RIP Stefan Cush (of the Men They Couldn’t Hang)

For one reason or another, none particularly joyful, it has been a while since we’ve posted and it is sad to be dragged back to the keyboard to pay our own, insignificant tribute to the wonderful Stefan Cush of the Men They Couldn’t Hang who died of a sudden heart attack earlier this month. Folk-punk pioneers, TMTCH were a band I spent many happy times … Continue reading RIP Stefan Cush (of the Men They Couldn’t Hang)

New Single From Suave Martyrs

Another band who made it into the top end of our best of 2020 lists, Manchester quintet Suave Martyrs expertly blend elements of ‘60s West Coast rock, baggy indie and jangly psychedelia. Their latest single Cascades of Gold is four minutes of blissed out technicolour Madchester inspired freakadelia, falling somewhere in between the Stone Roses and a particularly enjoyable dose of mushrooms. With a narrative built around “two … Continue reading New Single From Suave Martyrs

Minor Moon – Tethers

Minor Moon, the Chicago-based cosmic Americana group led by multi-instrumentalist Sam Cantor, have an upcoming third full length album Tethers, out March 26 via Ruination Record Co. & Whatever’s Clever. Having previously shared the unhurried No Lightning Fix, the band have now offered up a second taste from the album in the shape of the simmering Under An Ocean Of Holes. So, if a healthy amount of Midwestern … Continue reading Minor Moon – Tethers

MM Recommends >>> Turnstiles

We’re a little late to the party with this, but oh my… yet another brilliant band out of Ireland… Turnstiles hail from Galway and last month they released their self-titled debut EP. It is four tracks of tense, minimal, scathing political punk rock and it is outstanding. My favourite track (by no more than a gnat’s armpit hair mind) is the blistering In A State. Stream … Continue reading MM Recommends >>> Turnstiles

Hallan – Hands Up

Portsmouth four-piece Hallan take the mundanity of everyday life and perfectly regurgitate it into a semi-abstract and distorted frenzy of punk musings with their new single Hands Up. The track sees the band introduce their latest narrative of Gumshoe Boy, an undercover operative in a satirical, parallel world where alternative music is outlawed in The State and the only legal audio consists of power-pop indie music … Continue reading Hallan – Hands Up

Jimmyjack Toth – Toth’s Law Volume 4

Though it pains me to say it, I was unaware that longstanding MM favourite Wooden Wand had permanently given up the moniker and is now simply Jimmyjack Toth. Even more so when I realised that he had just released a fourth volume of Toth’s Law – after a gap of just over three years. The digital liner notes (if such a thing can exist) on … Continue reading Jimmyjack Toth – Toth’s Law Volume 4

Shovels & Rope Cover The Beach Boys

Busted Jukebox, Volume 3 from MM faves Shovels & Rope came out  digitally at the end of last weekend via Dualtone. Physical copies will see a release on the 30th April. Amongst the covers on the record is this beauty – the Beach Boys’ In My Room, for which the duo are joined by the wonderful Sharon Van Etten. Absolute gem of a cover. You … Continue reading Shovels & Rope Cover The Beach Boys

Du Blonde – I’m Glad That We Broke Up (featuring Ezra Furman)

I’m Glad That We Broke Up is the new single from Du Blonde’s upcoming album Homecoming, which sees a release on the 2nd April. The record is a refreshing taste of pop-grungery and features a range of guests including Shirley Manson, Andy Bell (Ride/Oasis), Ezra Furman, The Farting Suffragettes, and members of Girl Ray and Tunng. This single features Ezra Furman and is the pair’s take … Continue reading Du Blonde – I’m Glad That We Broke Up (featuring Ezra Furman)

Mush – Hazmat Suits

Fresh from making our best of 2020 lists, Leeds based trio Mush are releasing their second album, Lines Redacted on 12th February via Memphis Industries. They’ve shared a new single from it titled Hazmat Suits and it is another doozy – huge fuzzy guitar riffs, gnarled grooves and frontman Dan Hyndman’s brilliantly-executed vocals that drip with satire and social observation.   Continue reading Mush – Hazmat Suits