MM Shorts 684: Susan

MM Shorts 684: Susan

Susan is a three piece band from Los Angeles playing twee-garage-punk-pop.

Drawing on their mutual love of Shop Assistants, The Darling Buds and The Go Betweens they crafted three effervescent, fizzing slices of power-pop that make up their debut 7″ EP Just Call It.

Listen to the whole EP here. Order from Bandcamp here.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

It is the weekend and time for our regular round up of the songs from the past week that are well worth some listening time…

1. Torres – Sprinter
2. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Step Brother City
3. Nai Harvest – All The Time
4. Uniform – Perfect World
5. Shadow Age – Silaluk
6. Fight Like Apes – Pretty Keen On Centerfolds
7. Marshmallow Coast – Hash Out Cash Out
8. Elijah Ocean – Drunk Drummer

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

It’s Saturday, time for our mop up of some of the tunes released this week that are well worth giving a whirl too.

1. Girlpool – Ideal World
2. Houndstooth – Borderlands
3. Death Cab For Cutie – Little Wanderer
4. Aquarian Blood – Savage Mind
5. Sheer Mag – Button Up
6. Wolf Alice – I Saw You (In A Corridor)
7. Teleman – Strange Combinations

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Friday Afternoon Round Up

Friday Round Up

It’s Friday and a trawl through the overloaded MM in-box has been well overdue. So here are a few tunes, new and not quite so new, that are well worth giving some ear-time to0…

And your starter for ten:

Inspired by 70s Punk and 90s Brit Pop, NYC band Public Access T.V. have announced the release of their debut EP in the US on Terrible Records. The first track to be shared the from the EP is Metropolis.

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Citing wildly diverse influences: Gary Glitter, Slade, uppers, cartoonish depression, Iggy Pop, 70s iron on font, Sex Pistols, booze and Hawkwind, Cheena’s unifying theme is defiantly one of late ’70s proto-punk. Did I Tell You Last Night? comes from their forthcoming self-titled 7″ via Sacred Bones.

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Wartime Blues is an indie-Americana octet based in the small, mountainous town of Missoula, Montana. Their sound has been compared to Nebraska-era Bruce Springsteen, Wilco and the more acoustic aspects of Yo La Tengo. Build A Sun comes from their third long player April, Texas.

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Human Form is a new London punk band consisting of ex/current members of Vertical Slump, Keel Her, Slowcoaches, Feature, Warmhammer et al. They play a twisted form of doomy punk, informed by the likes of The Wipers, Moss Icon and 80s SST Records, as well as the recent output from the DIY scenes of Olympia and Sydney, but with distinctly British-sounding vocals. Listen to new song, Pith.

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Chick Quest’s music is something akin to Violent Femmes or Talking Heads mixed with music from old 60s spaghetti westerns and pulp films. This is Girl On Fire from their debut record, Vs. Galore, which comes out on April 20th.

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Plum are a Denver based psych rock band aiming to place the psychedelic 60s and early 70s into a modern context. This is their recently released second single Behind Your Man.

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Human Behavior are a dark freak-folk group from Tucson, AZ who have just released the second album in a trilogy encompassing Catholic guilt, drug addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, and ethnic identity confusion. Consisting of 13 songs or chapters, listen to Chapter 2.

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Ancient River, the sonic brainchild of singer/songwriter James Barreto, is an ever-changing snapshot of rock n’ roll and psychedelia, flowing from the swampy roots of the American south to the far reaches of innerspace. Listen to the pulsating, fuzziness of the title track from their their forthcoming album Keeper Of The Dawn.

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The Districts will release their new single Heavy Begs on 27th April, another slab of raw and energetic blues-inspired rock. Woozy guitars are grounded by a driving rhythm and lead singer Rob Grotes’ distinctive distorted vocals.

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Lastly, meet Art Nikels, a freeform blend of electronically fused psych-rock, citing influences ranging from hip-rock to kraut-höp. Hesitation Makes comes from their upcoming debut EP, Primitives.

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Introducing >>> Fuck Tornadoes

Introducing >>> Fuck Tornadoes

So with a name like that, you can be pretty confident you know what’s in store.

And you’d be right. We don’t know much about Fuck Tornadoes after they popped up in our Soundcloud feed, but a quick visit to their Facebook page seems to suggest that they’re a Swedish punk band with LA connections and have just released a single called Hey Y’all backed with Warm Nights Are Super Cool. Other than that information is pretty scant.

The A side is a jet propelled adrenalin rush of bratty, sneering rock that sounds like a long lost classic from 1977, while the B side is fabulously catchy buzzsaw punk with filthy vocals that sound like they come from a rotting corpse in the bottom of a well.

The best new punk single we’ve heard in a very long time. Fuck Tornadoes, yeah!

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Drenge – Never Awake

Drenge’s first single from forthcoming album Undertow, the brutally catchy We Can Do What We Want was undoubtedly the best thing we’d heard from them to date.

Follow up single is the equally bruising Never Awake and whets the appetite for the new release (out 17th April) even further.

Try it on for size…

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MM Shorts 677: Galanos

Taking their name from a combination of literary references and Spanish that when combined roughly translates to ‘silver tongued devils,’ Kingston, New York’s Galanos music is darkly seductive and coldly aloof at the same time.

​Wait For It is the debut single off of their LP Vacation Cannons, steeped in the solo sounds of Stiv Bators and early Lords of the New Church, the cinematic expanses of Ennio Morricone, and relentless fuzz drone of surf guitars.

Give it a whirl…

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Here is our regular gathering up of some of this week’s best new releases for you. Enjoy.

1. Daughn Gibson – Shatter You Through
2. Laura Marling – Strange
3. This Is The Kit – Silver John
4. Bully – I Remember
5. Tame Impala – Let It Happen
6. Adam Torres – Dusty Wing Spirit
7. Lower Dens – Ondine
8. Mikal Cronin – ii) Gold

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PS – Phil, I hope that’s better! ;-)

New Single From Dinosaur Pile-Up

Leeds trio, Dinosaur Pile-Up are back and streaming the almost-title-track from their forthcoming third album Eleven Eleven.

Titled 11:11, the single will be released via SO Recordings on 18th May and is undoubtedly their biggest and heaviest offering to date.

Listen to some bone-splintering riffage here.

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Introducing >>> Karen Meat & The Players

Introducing >>> Karen Meat & The Players

Karen Meat & the Players, a garage/roots-punk trio from Des Moines, Iowa, have just released their self-titled, five-track, debut EP, on cassette and digital formats from Red Nude Tapes.

An EP of disarming frankness and vulnerability throughout, even when the subject at hand is pizza and beer, as on our favourite track on the collection.“

You want me to be the girl of your dreams
But I’d rather barf all the shit I snarfed down earlier

Precisely! Buy from Bandcamp here.

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