The Shivas – Manson Girls

The Shivas - Manson GirlsPortland’s The Shivas have announced the release of their fourth LP, You Know What To Do, out October 28th on Olympia-based label K and on cassette via Burger Records.

Having drawn comparisons to bands like Thee Oh Sees and Black Lips, The Shivas blend elements of surf-pop, garage-rock, and good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, dousing their hook-filled melodies with a healthy dose of reverb. There are fuzzy, frenetic jams and hazy slower tunes, and the sub-90 second crackle of Manson Girls is one of the former.

Have a listen.


Steve Palmer – Unblinking Sun

Steve Palmer - Unblinking Sun

The ethos and energy of punk rock first inspired Steve Palmer to pick up a guitar, but it was his discovery of the music of John Fahey in 2012 that renewed and deepened that interest. For his first full-length, Unblinking Sun, he filters cosmic krautrock, drone, and psychedelic improvisation through the vernacular of the American fingerpicked folk tradition.

We have a couple of excellent tracks from it to stream or download, Cassini and Six Dollar Sunglasses. We’ll wager that fans of William Tyler or Clan Nugent will find much to like here.



The Ukiah Drag – Final Prayer

Ukiah Drag - Final Prayer

The Ukiah Drag probably make perfect bedfellows for our earlier post from The Girl Band.

Their debut long player In The Reaper’s Quarters will drop on the 9th September via Wharf Cat Records, an unholy alliance of drone, pummelling riffs, creepy gothica, and sinful piano that takes in everything from Link Wray to The Fall by way of the Stooges.

We’ve previously posted Her Royal Grip and now we have the eight unforgiving minutes of Final Prayer, a destructive one-way journey to musical ruination.



Girl Band Stream I Love You (Beat Happening Cover)

Girl Band Stream I Love You

Taking influences as disparate as Bad Brains, Neu, The Birthday Party and minimal techno, the visceral Girl Band were one of the best live shows from our trip to The Great Escape. We’ve already posted their new single De Bom Bom, and now we have the B-side for you, a crushing cover of Beat Happening’s I Love You.

Released on 7″ by Dublin’s Any Other City Records, De Bom Bom will be limited to 500 copies, each 100 wrapped in a different colour of card from Dark Blue to Dark Green. Pre-order from their Bandcamp page here.


Catch them live in the UK and Europe

29th Aug – Electric Picnic Festival – Ireland
30th Aug – Shipping Forecast – Liverpool
31st Aug – The Dome (Raw Power Fest) – London

3rd Sep – Lilla Hotellbaren – Stockholm,
5th Sep – Bakken – Copenhagen
6th Sep – ACUD Macht Neu – Berlin
9th Sep – Dr Setltsam – Leipzig
10th Sep – Astra-Stube – Hamburg
11th Sep – Stroomhuisje – Eindhoven
12th Sep – Zeester Boat – Nijmegen
18th Sep – Clonakilty Int Guitar Fest – Ireland
19th Sep – Joe Lees – Tullamore, Ireland
26th Sep – Kasbah Social Club – Limerick, Ireland
27th Sep – The Button Factory – Dublin

2nd Oct – Waves Festival Vienna
3rd Oct – Waves Festival Bratislava
4th Oct – Final Club – Praha
5th Oct – Kino Šiška – Ljubljana
9th Oct – Roisin Dubh – Galway
10th Oct – Spirit Store – Dundalk
16th Oct – Shapes – London
17th Oct – Night and Day Café
18th Oct – Triskel Arts Centre

MM Shorts 602: The Tills

MM Shorts 602: The Tills

Asheville-based garage rockers The Tills release their new six-track EP today, capturing smoldering definitive versions of songs upon which the band have built their raucously fun reputation. The vinyl 7” features 4 songs as well as a digital download card offering two additional tracks.

Check out the catchy, garage-pop classic-in-waiting Gee Golly below.

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.


New Video: Saint Saviour – I Remember

Saint Saviour releases her new album of layered, lush, pastoral folk, In The Seams, on November 4th through Surface Area.

The lead single is the achingly beautiful I Remember, watch the video below.

“I remember when we would hang about in hollow trees
New sounds, sitting smoking leaves
Walking past boarded up windows gets you down
Shit town, knew you couldn’t breathe”


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.