New Video: Hyena – Mental Home

There is something undeniably great about a new band playing their guitars really, really fast and really, really loud.

This is exactly what you get on Hyena’s debut single Mental Home, three minutes of pure, pissed-off aggression and adrenalin – it will see a release on the legendary Stiff Records label on 9th March.

Watch the new video for it below.

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Metz – Acetate

Metz are following up their excellent self-titled debut on Sub Pop with the rather unimaginatively titled Metz II.

That’s where the predictability ends though, as proven with the first taste Acetate, a crushing mix of post-hardcore intensity and good old fashioned punk rock that will bring your speakers out in hives.

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Du Blonde – Black Flag

We posted a few days ago about the return of Beth Jeans Houghton, her new moniker of Du Blonde and her change of direction musically.

Here is Black Flag, a super-charged sonic change of direction that kicks off her new sound with thunderous drums, rumbling bass, heavy guitars and a vocal that burns with visceral rage.

Listen below (turn it up to 11), and get a free download here.

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New Video: La Bete Blooms – Stay Away

Post-punk five-piece La Bete Blooms have released a free download of their latest single Stay Away and a striking collage video of guitars, teeth and blood, filmed at one of the Hull band’s favourite hangouts, Früit.

It is the third and final single to be taken from the group’s debut self-titled EP, a barrage of guitar feedback, distorted bass and snarling vocals, reminiscent of the likes of Deerhunter and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

Watch it. Download it.

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Video Round-Up

Here is a selection of eight new music videos that have caught our eye, and ears, recently.

There’s some creepy and weird stuff in there too – freaky clowns, burning dolls houses, epileptic horses, sacrifices… So dig in to offerings from Circa Waves, Maryleigh Roohan, Alex G, Whistlejacket, Sean Grant & The Wolfgang, Guts Club, Steel Trees, and Green Gerry.

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Video Round Up

A plethora of excellent videos have hit our in-box recently and here is a small selection which are well worth hitting play on – from stoned out psychedelia to bleak nihilistic punk rock by way of traditional British folk, classic Americana and infectious indie rock.

So dive into musical films from Side Saddle, The Wands, Caddywhompus, WATERS, The Unthanks and Bad Breeding.

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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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