Mad Mackerel Recommends… Backwords

Brooklyn’s Backwords blends modern psychedelics with folk-rock, 60s-pop and a myriad other sonic surprises.

Gentle, lazy melodies that cannot be forgotten, and a swooping darker underside mean nothing can be taken for granted – be it in lyrical cynicism, primal growl, or feed backing improvisations – in between the sun-drenched, flowery pop melodies, freak-outs are always welcomed.

New album Nest is released on September 16th, check out, and download, Gloria from it below.

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Introducing >>> Chumped

Introducing >>> ChumpedWe’re loving the punk-pop of Hot 97 Summer Jam, the lead track from a new EP from Chumped called That’s The Thing Is Like. It precedes a debut full length, Teenage Retirement later in the autumn.

Describing themselves as “bummer punk”, the track has an opening salvo which just about sums up their expectations of the classic girl-meets-boy scenario.

“We’re reading books
We’re drinking coffee
I’m looking at you
You’re looking through me
I would wait for you all summer long
You would turn me away”

A winning combination of fatalism, brashness and studied indifference, it is available from Anchorless Records.

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Six Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. She Keeps Bees (featuring Sharon Van Etten) – Owl
2. Slaves – Hey
3. Mazes – Salford
4. Itasca – Nature’s Gift
5. Allo Darlin’ – Romance And Adventure
6. Ausmuteants – Fed Through A Tube

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Ultimate Painting – Winter In Your Heart

Ultimate Painting - Winter in Your Heart

Apparently, according to the background details, Drop City was an artists’ community formed in southern Colorado in 1965. It was the first real commune, pre-summer of love and inspired by the happenings of Allan Kaprow, the Fluxos movement and John Cage. The commune’s most celebrated collaboration was an improvised piece they called The Ultimate Painting.

It is from this esoteric world that James Hoare (of Veronica Falls) and Jack Cooper (of Mazes) have named their new project Ultimate Painting and offered up a new song Winter in Your Heart, which has echoes of the best of Gruff Rhys, with undercurrents of the cosmopolitan chic of early-Seventies NYC and even the languid drive of Stereolab.

The duo met and the seeds of their creative partnership were sewn whilst Mazes were supporting Veronica Falls on a European tour. Having both been brought up on a heady stream of 60s bands and with a mutual appreciation of classic recording techniques, they set out to collaborate the old fashioned way, not allowing their music to be touched by anything digital.

It is a lovely track. Have a listen.

 

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See them live

14 Aug – The Castle, Manchester
16 Aug – Garden Show, London
17 Aug – Brixton Windmill, London (w/Protomartyr)
20 Sep – Southsea Festival, Southsea

New Bands, New Singles, New Stuff – A Round Up (Pt. 2)

New Songs New Bands New StuffFollowing on from yesterday’s round-up of all things new and shiny in the MM inbox, here is a second instalment for your listening edification.

First up are Philadelphia’s cult indie favourites Literature, who have shared New Jacket, another slice of master-crafted indiepop from their upcoming album, Chorus. Larkin Poe’s sister duo Rebecca and Megan Lovell, are descendants of tortured artist and creative genius Edgar Allen Poe. They celebrate that unique genealogy and their own eccentricities with their debut full-length album, Kin, from which we have the excellent Crown of Fire.

Triptides have a new 7″ single release on offer, A side Clementine is a giddy rush of classic psych-pop jangle, while the new 7″ from The Grand Rapids is heavier, though equally skilfully executed psychedelic rock. Lead track Copper Girl is a tale of obtaining the unobtainable; with hints of The Byrds and The Brian Jonestown Massacre as brawling vocals and 80s post punk dramatics shines amongst the droning wall of guitars, and bright solos burn over the lumbering beats.

Winter In Moscow are a London based four piece indie rock act taking influences from Guided by Voices, Wire, The Wedding Present, and other college/garage rock acts. Their debut EP can be downloaded for free from Bandcamp here, and opening track is the full on driving rocker, The Good Clean Fun Police. Meanwhile, blending shades of blues, soul and roots music, Americana rockers Buffalo Stack have recently released their new single Dangerous.

Spooky Wagons describe themselves as a five piece sunshine-folk-indie-pop band and the good natured, uptempo Seatbelts from debut EP All Again Tomorrow certainly bears out the description and Soft Power, taken from LVL UP’s forthcoming long player Hoodwink’d is a brilliant slice of gritty lo-fi rock drawing on influences from 90s indie rock, 80s new wave and 70s power pop.

LA punks Girl Tears have signed to Captured Tracks’ sister label Sinderlyn. Candy Darling will be their first single for the label. And lastly, we have the brilliant haunting, Southern Gothica of  Adia Victoria’s first-ever single Stuck In The South, an absolute gem.

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New Bands, New Singles, New Stuff – A Round-Up (Pt. 1)

New Songs New Bands New StuffHaving returned from a few sunny days on the coast the in-box has been bulging with new singles, new bands and all manners of new stuff that is well worth sharing.

So dive in and have a listen and we’ll put some more up tomorrow.

San Diego’s Sister Speak’s first single from new album Rise Up For Love is the gritty Americana of Chicago Dream, whilst Wolvves’ offering Home is a stoned surfing-skater-punk classic in waiting.

Philadelphia-based foursome Mumblr are readying their first full-length album, Full of Snakes, due out September 16th via Fleeting Youth Records. The first song from the album is appropriately enough, the pummelling indie rock of Philadelphia. By contrast Helsinki’s Koria Kitten Riot’s Cold Cold Arms bring together pedal steel, country infused guitars and vocal lines to create a charming and alluring sound, that recalls the mellower end of Wilco’s spectrum and even Neil Young.

Passport To Stockholm’s new single Imperfections is a lovely slice of gently pastoral folk-rock, and in a similar vein, but from the other side of the pond, comes Manna Frost Trio’s Show Up Alone, the new single from their upcoming album Overgrowth.

Dead Sexy Sheila who play what they call psychedelic junk rock, take their influences from garage, goth, surf and indie rock and call to mind bands like Thee Oh Sees, Pavement and Gun Club. They are releasing a new single from their upcoming EP, Death Bat Flies Again, simply called Death Bat Flies. The equally exhilerating Menace Beach’s new single is a double A-sided release Tennis Court/Lowtalkin’, you can download the latter, a sub-two minute blast of fuzzed-up noise, below.

Lastly we have the gorgeous pedal steel and 5am woozy, country melancholia of Emma Swift’s Bittersweet which comes from her recently released self-titled debut mini-album (which we are very much looking forward to getting very well acquainted with – buy from Bandcamp here).

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