Been clearing down that overfull MM in-box in the post Christmas slump and found a few videos and tunes we missed, or never quite got round to posting.
So we’re putting that right now and here they are, better late than never.
Let us commence with some pretty fearsome punk blues from Scott H. Biram who released a surprise new album at the tailend of 2020 titled Fever Dream. This particular foot-stomper is the self explanatory Drunk Like Me.
Cloud Nothings shared a driving power-pop gem in late November that totally passed us by. The Spirit Of is taken from upcoming album The Shadow I Remember, out next month on Carpark Records. Came with a vibrant, animated video too.
Brotherly punk duo Generation shared the video for their coming of age anti-anthem, Suicidal Champagne, heralding the thrills of drinking too much, too soon, too young and the mascara-smeared, heavy-headed repercussions that follow. Gilding buzzsaw guitars with lines of ‘fake IDs’ and ‘no money to spare’, the track radiates all-too relatable feelings of sweet teenage dreams-turned-sour.
A mise-en-scène of kaleidoscopic sound effects and time tunnel guitars, Micko & The Mellotronics transport their trademark new-wave sound through a psychedelic-tinted wormhole with invigorating results. Check the animated video for Psychedelic Shirt.
Baby Strange’s recent single More! More! More! is as anthemic as it is raw. It sees vocalist and guitarist Johnny Madden reflecting upon time spent listening through “paper thin walls” to house parties fuelled by class As and terrible music. Its driving, bass heavy guitars and four to the floor drums are encased in a melody that is pretty damn irresistible.
Our favourite literary performance punks, Cabbage launched a late festive missive from the hills surrounding Manchester with a typically vivid promo for their Black Grape-inspired single, Get Outta My Brain. A wiry tribute to the nerve-jarring electricity of their home city, the single rushed out long ago during the steamy days of summer, whilst the video has waited to warm the damp winter days that followed.
More animated goodness from The Besnard Lakes with their whimsical film to accompany the psych-rock majesty of surprise single Feuds With Guns.
And we wrap up with sardonic indie-popsters Blanketman’s excellent new track Harold, which brings with it a thumping, wonky and rowdy execution to introduce their National Trust EP that celebrates the north of England with the north-south divide as a backdrop.