More From Emma Ruth Rundle

Here is a second track from Emma Ruth Rundle’s forthcoming long player Marked For Death which is out at the end of September.

Protection is a track that juxtaposes a haunting melody against swathes of guitar noise to create something that is as vulnerable as it is powerful.

Have a listen.


The Devil Makes Three – I Am The Man, Thomas

The Devil Makes Three’ have shared the latest track off their upcoming album, a concept project, Redemption & Ruin.

It is a cover of Ralph Stanley’s classic I Am The Man, Thomas and is one of twelve hand-picked songs that shares the repertoire and legacy that have inspired The Devil Makes Three since before they even founded the band.

Listen below.


MM Shorts 873: Tyrannamen


Melbourne’s Tyrannamen are set to release their debut self-titled album on London’s Static Shock Records on 23rd September.

Full of ramshackle yet instantly catchy punk rock but with a soulful and rock ’n’ roll underbelly, it sits somewhere between Alex Chilton, Royal Headache and Irish power pop kings The Moondogs.

Check out I Can’t Read Your Mind below.


Another From The Handsome Family

The new Handsome Family album Unseen is rapidly becoming one of our most played, and is another fabulous addition to their catalogue of twisted, gothic tinged Americana.

The latest track to be shared is Tiny Tina, which tells “the tragic story of tiny-horse-meeting gone awry.

Rennie Spark describes it thus, “Every year at the state fair I went determined to see Tiny Tina the world’s smallest horse. Every year I came home without doing it. One year she just wasn’t there. Why didn’t I go see her when I had the chance? Maybe I was afraid of disappointment? Maybe I was afraid of not being disappointed? I did see a hypnotist at the state fair one year who was so terrifying that I felt like I was having a psychotic break. The devil himself may have been at the fair that year. Carnivals are always that way— teetering between joy and insanity. Is this why so many people are afraid of clowns? We hope you hear all these things in this song: joy, fear, heartbreak, awe— all the things the sight of a really tiny horse ought to make you feel.


Mad Mackerel Recommends… Raccoon Fighter

Raccoon Fighter

Queens, NY-based trio Raccoon Fighter has shared a second single, Adderall, marking the release of their new EP Hover Craft.

A blend of polished punk, psychedelia and lo-fi, fuzzy, garage bliss, it is a follow up to the excellent LVLR.

Listen to both below.



MM Shorts 872: The Afterglows


Philadelphia duo The Afterglows have released a self-titled album of lo-fi indie rock that has nods to power-pop, punk and a kind of warped, mournful Americana.

Available on a  pay-what-you-want deal from Bandcamp, it is a fine listen that we’re thoroughly enjoying. Grab it here or listen to a couple of tracks below first, Spitting Blood and Punks From The Past.



Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekAfter a week’s break, we’re back with our regular round up of the best new tunes of the past seven days.

It includes the return of a number of MM regulars too: No Age, The Growlers and Pop. 1280 as well a stunning new track from Annie Hardy (ex of Giant Drag) and plenty more besides.

So then, ten cracking songs – dive in.

  1. Pop. 1280 – Pulse
  2. Hiss Golden Messenger – Tell Her I’m Just Dancing
  3. The Growlers – City Club
  4. Angel Olsen – Sister
  5. Magic Trick – First Thought
  6. Shilpa Ray – Paisley
  7. The Raveonettes – A Good Fight
  8. Annie Hardy – Go Hey Raku Sake
  9. No Age – Separation
  10. Cory Hanson – Ordinary People











Moondoggies Release Don’t Be A Stranger on Vinyl. Share Unheard B-Side.


Ten years ago in the woodsy city of Everett, Washington, five friends banded together to form The Moondoggies.

A northwest Americana band whose 2008 debut full-length Don’t Be A Stranger was a much-loved fave of MM’s right back in the earliest days of Mad Mackerel.

On 7th October, the record will finally be made available on vinyl for the first time via Hardly Art (pre-order here). The double LP will also include five b-sides from the band’s early days, including the raw, rollicking Oh Now Honey, which you can stream / download below.


Another From Hazel English

A couple of days ago we posted about Hazel English’s upcoming EP of delightfully blurry indie-pop, Never Going Home.

Now we have a brand new track from it, I’m Fine is a dreamily, ethereal song about dealing with anxiety. She says, “It’s about struggling with something nobody else can see and trying to act like everything’s fine, when it’s really not.”

Find out for yourself – stream it here.


Sharon Van Etten – Not Myself

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Sharon Van Etten has released Not Myself in memory of the victims of the Orlando shooting.

It is available for a minimum $1 donation via Bandcamp here, and she says of the song, “I was home with my parents in New Jersey when I heard of the shooting at the nightclub in Florida. Hate, violence, and intolerance has always upset me, but I haven’t been this overwhelmed with sadness and disbelief in a long time. The victims were only trying to be themselves and be comfortable and safe in their surroundings. That safety was violated out of fear and with a gun.

I originally wanted to raise money for the victims and their families, but I knew the issue was bigger than this. I wrote “Not Myself” for the victims of this horrific event, but I chose to support the research and awareness work of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund: a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.

In the memory of those trying to be safe and be themselves, I hope we can all come together to help prevent another massacre like this and end gun violence.

Hear hear.