Mad Mackerel Recommends… Pinecones

Mad Mackerel Recommends... Pinecones

It’s tempting to simply categorise Georgia’s Pinecones alongside their punk, hardcore, and metal roots.

Really, though, it’s no use: no genre can claim them as one of its own. This is music that’s too melodic for the conventions of punk, but with vocals that are often shouted with hardcore’s guttural ferocity. It’s doom laden, meandering, punch-to-the-gut stuff that is as defiant as it is manic and as compelling as it is straight-forward.

New album Sings For You Now is out today via Arrowhawk Records. Here are three equally visceral and thrilling tracks from it.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… The Deer Run Drifters

Mad Mackerel Recommends... The Deer Run Drifters

With one half of the band influenced by the sounds and lyrics of Alt-Country, and the other half deeply rooted in a more modern folk, The Deer Run Drifters have quickly carved themselves out a perfect spot in Americana music.

Their latest album Restless Youth continues what the band is known for: themes of life, heartbreak, and of course drunken mishaps.  Utilising their trademark weathered and often heartbreaking lyrics fused with a “high and lonesome” twang to draw listeners in, there’s desperation in vocalist Chris Link’s voice that’s both alluring and bleeds honesty.

Give the title track a spin.

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Video: Fraser A. Gorman – Shiny Gun

With his beautifully offbeat, gloriously sun-baked debut LP Slow Gum hurtling our way just in time for summer, rapidly ascendant Australian troubadour Fraser A. Gorman has shared new single Shiny Gun.

Distilling the best elements of folk, blues and vintage Americana, with Shiny Gun Gorman delivers a warmly rousing anthem in waiting. His distinctly oddball wit and wry poetry courses through the song’s veins, culminating in a chorus that’s as heart-tugging as it’s uplifting.

Watch the brilliant video, which features label mate and close friend Courtney Barnett as a disaffected news anchorwoman, here:

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MM Shorts 715: Asylums

Asylums know intimately the tiny pleasures that can be found despite walking the poverty line. Their new single Joy In A Small Wage may as well be the band’s manifesto – a fierce DIY ethic with homemade videos and self-released records.

The single comes across like Orange Juice gene-spliced with Mudhoney, all pop hooks wrapped in barbed wire and wry social commentary.

Listen here.

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Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Nine new, and excellent, songs from the past seven days neatly packaged for your listening pleasure.

1. Jeffrey Lewis – Train Song
2. The Sandwitches – Our Toast
3. Ultimate Painting – Break The Chain
4. John Vanderslice – Midnight Blue
5. Destroyer – Dream Lover
6. Heather Woods Broderick – Wyoming
7. DRINKS – Hermits On Holiday
8. Spoon – TV Set (Cramps cover)
9. Nots – Virgin Mary

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MM Shorts 714: Eastbound Jesus

Eastbound Jesus have announced details for their third studio album, Hollerin’ that sees a release on the 30th May.

A unique hybrid of rock, country and bluegrass, the album is an authentic ode to life in rural Upstate New York through all its changing seasons. Check out the first single, Keep On Hollerin’ below.

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New Video: Magic Potion – Booored

Stockholm trio Magic Potion trade in warped out, slacker pop of the best kind, recorded on an old reel-to-reel and produced by the band itself.

Their debut EP Melt is due on 1st June, via Beech Coma. Preceding the EP is lead single Booored which received much praise when it premiered earlier this month, and it’s now also gotten the video treatment in the form a home-made 2D animated VHS cartoon movie.

Watch it below. Stream the song, and its excellent preceding debut track Deep Web.

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MM Shorts 713: Steady Sun

Steady Sun, the five-piece psychedelic outfit who have featured a number of times on MM, has returned with their first single in two years, Lover Knows.

It is taken from forthcoming album Flora and kicks off as a gently pastoral excursion into the dreamier end of the psych-spectrum. Midway through it flexes its muscles briefly before settling back down to meander to a sweetly hazy conclusion.

Groovy stuff, and a perfect companion piece to our earlier Old Baby post.

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Introducing >>> Old Baby

We were alerted by a much trusted friend in the PR world about a southern-psych band from Louisville performing under the name of Old Baby.

He mentioned that we’d undoubtedly heard of some of the member’s other bands, thought they’d rather we not know who they are.

So, all we can tell you is: yes, Old Baby is from Louisville. Yes, Old Baby is filled with veteran musicians. Do they shake? They do. Do they shimmy? Oh, indeed, more than you could imagine.

Here is Someday, the first sumptuous taste, a seven minute psych-masterpiece. The southern gothic trances croon from the top of a western mountaintop, easing the restlessness from your troubled mind.

Absolutely love this.

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