Introducing >>> Mini Mansions

Gathering comparisons from 80s New Wave to dreamy psychedelic pop, Mini Mansions’ forthcoming new album, The Great Pretenders, is due in early 2015.

The fast-paced first single, Death Is A Girl plays out with a sense of urgency, daring you to stand still, while the reverse sees the band take on a cover of Sherlock Holmes originally by Sparks.

Have a listen to both below. You can also catch them supporting Royal Blood on a big European tour, also early next year.

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Tour Dates with Royal Blood

February 22 Glasgow Barrowlands
February 27 Plymouth Pavilions
February 28 Bridlington Spa
March 2 Portsmouth Guildhall
March 3 Newport Centre
March 5 Norwich UEA
March 6 Blackpool Empress Ballroom
March 8 Belfast Ulster Hall
March 9 Dublin, Ireland Olympia
March 11 Wolverhampton Civic Hall
March 13 London Brixton
March 14 Nottingham Rock City

 

MM Shorts 624: Magic Castles

Magic Castles’ new album Sky Sounds, was released yesterday through A Recordings Ltd, Anton Newcombe’s UK-based imprint. The Minneapolis 5-piece combine the hazy, hypnotic atmospherics of bands like Spacemen 3 and Galaxie 500 with the organ-drenched psych sound of the mid/late ’60s outfits – particularly American West Coast folk-rock -for an altogether otherworldly sound.

Have a listen to the laid back, reverb laden, title track.

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MM Shorts 623: Saint Agnes

A short while ago we posted the new single from cinematic psych outfit Saint Agnes, titled A Beautiful Day For Murder. Now we have the b-side Where The Lightning Strikes - a blues stomping, dirty rock n roll number with psychedelic organs, screaming guitars and haunting harmonica.

And we have the video for you, with a stream of both the a and the b-side for you.

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MM Recommends…Christian Bland & The Revelators

MM Recommends... Christian Bland & The Revelators

Christian Bland & The Revelators are led by the guitarist for longstanding MM faves, US psych-warriors The Black Angels.

New album The Unseen Green Obscene is a masterpiece of rolling, hypnotic, guitars that throughout manage to create a lovingly authentic homage to the classic kaleidoscopic psychedelia of the 60s.

Check out CB160 below, and order the record here.

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New Videos: Lola Colt || The Franklys || September Girls || Meat Wave

Four videos to set pulses racing from Lola Colt, The Franklys, September Girls and finishing with Meat Wave’s insanely catchy punk rock.

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(Download the whole album on a pay-what-you-want deal from Bandcamp).

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Another From Howard Enyon’s So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam

The upcoming Fire Records reissue of the frazzled, bejewelled, uniquely madcap tall tales of  Howard Enyon’s 1970s acid-folk masterpiece So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam is certain to be one of our favourites of the year.

Until then, here is another track to treasure, the six minute album closer Shadows & Riff.

Out on the 17th November, you can pre-order the album here. Check our previous post here.

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Introducing >>> Daddy Issues

Introducing >>> Daddy Issues

The excellently named Daddy Issues are an all girl trio producing a twisted, distorted take on garage-pop that drips with acerbic irony and a healthy dose of cynicism.

Ugly When I Cry is a wonderful slab of downbeat grungy pop that we’ve had on repeat ever since we heard it!

Stream it below, or grab it for a buy-now deal at Bandcamp.

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Return Of The Manhattan Love Suicides

Return Of Manhattan Love Suicides

The Manhattan Love Suicides burnt bright between 2006 and 2009. Taking their ferocious sonic assault all over the UK and further afield to New York and SXSW twice. They released one full rough and raw sounding studio LP, a clutch of 7″ singles and EPs, plus a bumper 27 track compilation CD in their four(ish) years together.

In 2009, the band came to an unexpected halt and that, so we thought, was that for The Manhattan Love Suicides.

Then, at the tail end of 2013, a new song appeared completely out of the blue on YouTube - (Never Stop) Hating You. A rough mix, and unmastered, but a taste of what was to come. It meant the band were back and will release their second full length LP, More Heat! More Panic! in early 2015. While the record stays true to their three minute buzzsaw guitar attacks, it also showcases a band comfortable in trying new things and tempering the noise with a tender side. But noise fans can rest assured that the band haven’t forgotten about their fuzz pedals. This album delivers all the noise and fury you’d expect. It also delivers a few things that might just surprise you.

Want proof? Then try (Never Stop) Hating You

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Trans Upper Egypt – Moon Doom

Check out the fried sonics of Trans Upper Egypt’s new track Moon Doom.

Drums in constant motion, bass that moves from bouncy to sinister, both competing with the syncopated dissonance of two synthesizers-spaceage sounds melting into a chainsaw fight, and all punctuated by scorched vocals.

It comes from their second album, self-titled, out on the 4th November via Austin based label, Monofonus Press.