She/Beast – In The Depths Of Misery

She/Beast is a project of MM faves Arre! Arre!’s vocalist and bassist Katja Nielsen. A result of lockdown and restrictions, and needing an outlet for dealing with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder after a decade of suffering from it, she has put together two EPs mixing lo-fi rock and goth gloom with growling bass and scuzzy guitars. Titled In the Depths of Misery and This Too … Continue reading She/Beast – In The Depths Of Misery

Cool Ghouls New Album: At George’s Zoo

The Cool Ghouls are marking their tenth anniversary with the release of a new album At George’s Zoo. A heady brew of garage jangle, psychedelia and Americana, listen to the first taste in the shape of Helpless Circumstance. The album is out on the 12th March and you can click through on the Bandcamp link to pre-order.   Continue reading Cool Ghouls New Album: At George’s Zoo

Mad Mackerel Recommends… Nathan Hall & The Sinister Locals

Nathan Hall & The Sinister Locals are a Cardiff based psychedelic collective blending guitars, analogue synths, gizmos, haunted house organs, sound effects, beats and magic realist lyrics. in November they released a 22 track double album called On The Blink and have followed it up with a new three track release this week called New Eyes EP. The opening title track really is rather good … Continue reading Mad Mackerel Recommends… Nathan Hall & The Sinister Locals

Introducing >>> Painted Shrines

In 2018, longtime friends and collaborators Jeremy Earl of Woods and Glenn Donaldson of Skygreen Leopards met in Northern California to record an album under the name Painted Shrines. The album, titled Heaven and Holy, will finally see release this year, coming out on 5th March via Woodsist Records. Recorded in a week, it is a collection of hazy folk rock and drowsy psych-pop, which … Continue reading Introducing >>> Painted Shrines

Video Round Up / Catch Up

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 … Continue reading Video Round Up / Catch Up

The Martha’s Vineyard Ferries – Betty Ford James

We were big, big fans of the previous two long players from The Martha’s Vineyard Ferries and the trio have just announced their first new record for seven years. Suns Out Guns Out will see the light of day on 26th February and the first taste comes with the one minute single Betty Ford James, which is about as taut and as intense as you could … Continue reading The Martha’s Vineyard Ferries – Betty Ford James

Mad Mackerel Recommends… Sun June

Austin, Texas’s Sun June have shared Everything I Had, the last single from upcoming album Somewhere, out 5th February via Run for Cover and Keeled Scales. Beautifully meditative, muted, sparse guitars play around the vocals of Laura Cowell as she pines “Everything I had, I want it back“. It is a perfect showcase for the gentle sway of their country leaning pop songs seeped in melancholy, as … Continue reading Mad Mackerel Recommends… Sun June

New Video: Shame – Nigel Hitter

Shame have shared a new song, Nigel Hitter, the latest single taken from their imminent new album Drunk Tank Pink – out 15th January via Dead Oceans. Grinding into gear via a heavy, driving bassline, the track opens up to a mesh of guitars which motor the song through its stirring hooks and explosive vocal delivery. Alongside, the band have shared a new video which … Continue reading New Video: Shame – Nigel Hitter