Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: October 2014

Mad Mackerel's Best Of October 2014

After a too long hiatus, we’ve resurrected our best of the month mix capturing our favourite tunes from October’s posts, plus a couple of new tracks too. So more than 25 songs to discover…dive in!

The September Girls – Veneer
Dark-hearted pop smothered in drenched feedback

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God Damn – Horus
A red-hot burning molten pot of pop hooks and grinding, bludgeoning riffs and rhythms.

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The Voyeurs – Stunners
Indie-psych rockers new single with nods to the tribal stomp of the Glitter Band and Iggy Pop to the colder, starker vignettes of Berlin era Lou Reed.

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Dirt Dress – Revelations
Cultivated racket of guitars, horns, and drums that mixes surf rock with synths in a curiously beguiling way.

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Amazing Snakeheads – Can’t Let You Go
More trashcan voodoo punk blues without parallel.

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Ultimate Painting – Ten Street
Excellent retro style, casually lacksadasical, take on jangly indie rock with echoes of Pavement and Lou Reed.

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The Wharves – The Grip
Gracefully minimal psych-rock with fuzzed out folk invoking the reverberated spook of 60s girl groups topped with crunchy guitar and thunderous drumming.

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Maggie Bjorklund – Fro Fro Heart
Brooding, profound and unforgettable standout from Danish pedal steeliest and singer’s new album.

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Gwyneth Moreland – Slaughterhouse Gulch
Perfect blend of authentic, classic country that feels as genuine as it does timeless.

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Menace Beach – Come On Give Up
Fuzzily insistent indie rock.

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Elijah Ocean – Bring It All In
Particularly fine example of classic backwoods, porch-rocking folk.

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Heat
Eastern tinged, gritty psychedelia.

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The Wave Pictures – Pea Green Boat
Dr Feelgood style blues riffs melded with typically quirky and literate vocals.

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Eaves – As Old As The Grave
Rich, tender, melancholia from new singer-songwriter.

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Elliott Brood – Nothing Left
Rollicking, infectious Americana cut through with bluegrass, folk-rock and a definite glam-rock flavour.

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Daddy Issues – Ugly When I Cry
Wonderful slab of downbeat grungy pop that drips with acerbic irony and a healthy dose of cynicism.

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The Don Darlings – If You Can’t Be Good
Masterpiece of southern gothic Americana

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Parkay Quarts – Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth
Townes Van Zandt, Warren Zevon, and Dylan are evident points of departure this lonesome tale about “two men tragically colliding in the deep south“.

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Viet Cong – Continental Shelf
Gloomy, brooding, ghostly, dissonant post-punk.

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Diarrhoea Planet – Bamboo Curtain
Catchy old-school style punk.

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Saint Agnes – Where The Lightning Strikes
Blues stomping, dirty rock n roll number with psychedelic organs, screaming guitars and haunting harmonica.

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Justin Townes Earle – Dreams (Fleetwood Mac cover)
Classic take on a classic track.

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Kyle Adem – I Go On
Haunting, satirical autobiography of loss and the person one becomes in solitude, sung with convincing desperation.

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Curtin – Big Blue Crown
Hazy track that creates a slow-burning and hypnotic soundscape.

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To finish we have new tracks from brilliant psych-rockers Pontiak, the burrowing, ominous Underneath Us Like A Snake, and Soft Fangs stunningly gorgeous and woozy Dog Park.

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Formes – Tumult

We’ve featured the sludgy, doom-laden psychedelia of Formes a number of times on MM, and the band will be releasing their debut long-player Dysphoria, in November.

Tumult is the first song to be taken from the album, an appropriately named stoned, seven minute epic of crushing psych-rock that ups the ante quite significantly from their earlier releases.

Download. Dive in…

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Six Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Delta Spirit – From Now On
2. She Keeps Bees (featuring Sharon Van Etten) – Is What It Is
3. Lilac Daze – Knives
4. Woods – Tomorrow’s Only Yesterday
5. Destruction Unit – Dust
6. The Cambodian Space Project – Here Comes The Rain

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New Album From Tweak Bird

New Album From Tweak Bird

Much under-rated psych-rockers Tweak Bird are back with a new album Any Ol’ Way.

The two brothers from southern Illinois have put together another top notch collection of heavy, hooky riffs, distortion, and thunderous percussion mixed with blessed out psychedelia and sludgy stoner anthems.

Take a listen to the excellent Greens below.

Order the vinyl or grab a digital copy via their Bandcamp page here.

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Here is a bonus download of Upside Down Frankenstein taken from their recent Scion AV Rock Show series.

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DZ Deathrays – Reflective Skull

DZ Deathrays - Reflective Skull

Starting with drums that could have sprung from a South London ghetto blaster, Reflective Skull, the new single from Brisbane’s DZ Deathrays quickly launches into a gut wrenching riff, cathartic half-howls and a rhythm section that both spirals and swaggers – all capped off in just three and a half destructive minutes.

Let sonic mayhem ensue…

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