Introducing >>> Bloody Death Skull

Despite the ominous name, Los Angeles band Bloody Death Skull is not scary, not in the traditional sense. Swirling together electrified ukulele with toys and whatever sounds and instruments they like over the classic chord structures that launched early rock and soul, BDS makes fun music rooted in the ’50s & ’60s with a garage-punk mentality and lyrics that sweetly break some taboos.

Just in time for Halloween, listen to Betsy’s Back below, all the while imagining The Shirelles meeting Roky Erickson on a playground in outer space.


TRAAMS – A House On Fire

The wonderful TRAAMS follow up the recently released Slipping and Penguin with a third track titled A House On Fire.

It is another of the band’s more epic songs, clocking in at just under nine minutes of krautrock inspired grooviness. The band explain: “A House On Fire has only been played live a couple of times so far. It’s been in the set for our current tour and is a lot of fun to play.  We’re quite fond of the recorded version and hope you like it too. Also, it’s nice and long and you can dance to it should you wish.”

Have a listen and indeed, dance if you wish. Also, see live dates below – the one with Girl Band should be a cracker…



Live Dates

November 2nd – Joiners Arms, Southampton
November 3rd – The Bullingdon, Oxford
November 9th – Queen Of Hoxton, London
November 10th – 02 Institute2, Birmingham (with The Wytches)
November 11th – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
November 16th – Picture House Social, Sheffield
November 24th – Studio2, Liverpool
November 25th – Club Ifor Bach, Cardiff
December 8th – Scala (with Girl Band)

Bruising – I Don’t Mind


Bruising will release new single I Don’t Mind on 2nd December via the ever-excellent Beech Coma label, backed by Rest In Peace Kurt Donald Cobain (1967-1994). 

Listen to the A-side below which showcases the best of the four piece’s pop sensibilities, but with hooks that are both blistering and bashful and some venomous guitars.

They’ll also be hitting the road to play live dates in November and December – dates also below.


Tour Dates

Friday 4th November – DIY Presents at Fallow Cafe, Manchester
Saturday 3rd December – Fan Club at Rough Trade, Nottingham
Sunday 4th December – Hope and Ruin, Brighton
Monday 5th December – Picturehouse Social, Sheffield
Wednesday 7th December – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Thursday 8th December – Think Tank, Newcastle
Friday 9th December – Roll For The Soul, Bristol
Sunday 11th December – The Blue Moon, Cambridge
Monday 12th December – The Shacklewell Arms, London

Mad Mackerel Recommends… Dream Wife

London based musicians Alice, Bella and Icelandic singer Rakel formed Dream Wife at art school in Brighton. They are a wonderfully visceral proposition – imagine a mix of hardcore punk and glam rock, but shot through with a pop and disco mentality. They have shared a new track FUU featuring a guest rap appearance from Fever Dream (ex-Reykjavíkurdætur).

The song is a furious, raucous ball of energetic and grizzled guitar licks positioned against an aggressive mantra of retribution. It is held together by lyrics that are as confrontation as they are anthemic, borrowing equally as much from the Spice Girls as they do Hole or L7.

This one will clear the cobwebs from your speakers. Play loud!


See them live:

31/10/16 Moth Club, London – SOLD OUT

01/11/16 The Loft, Liverpool

08/11/16 The Social, London – FREE

17/12/16 The Green Door Store, Brighton

Introducing >>> Spoilers

We’re really enjoying No Pressure taken from London-based garage outfit Spoilers’ upcoming debut LP Anti Vibe.

Drawing inspiration from motorik krautrock rhythms as well as the likes of Fugazi and Sonic Youth, it recalls the punchier elements of Dischord Records post-hardcore; melding everything together into a spaced-out grunge gumbo.

Anti Vibe is out On November 11th and can be pre-ordered here.


Catch them live:
10 November – London, The Brewhouse
16 November – Brighton, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
18 November – Glasgow, The Flying Duck
19 November – London, Lion Records In-Store
24 November – Utrecht (NL), ACU
26 November – Amsterdam (NL), Pacific Parc
6 December – London, The Amersham Arms
17 December – London, DIY Space for London

New From The Cave Singers


With very little fanfare (so it seems) the wonderful Cave Singers have shared a new song.

On their Facebook page, they simply describe You Don’t Know Me as a dreamy number.

Turns out they’re right. Have a listen.


Hand Habits – All The While

We’re loving All The While, the first taste from Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void), the debut album from Hand Habits (aka Meg Duffy).

With a organic pensive feel, it is a beautifully constructed song imbued with just the right amount of yearning and intimacy. Gorgeous stuff.

Have a listen.


New Video: Quiet Quiet Band – In The Body

We shared Quiet Quiet Band’s excellent In The Body at the start of the month, but here is the band’s new video for the track.

The song is a deliciously lilting country-swing voyaging on a sashaying groove of woody bass and shuffling brushes, while violas flurry and electric guitars flare.

MAINLAND – Permission Slip

A couple of years ago we described Brooklyn band MAINLAND as creating urgent and erratic tunes influenced by the likes of Guided By Voices and Lou Reed.

Now they are back with a burst of uptempo, breezy, indie-pop that is as charming as it is effervescent.

Listen to Permission Slip below.


Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekHere they are, all rounded up in a nice neat package for you – eight new releases from the past week.

They include the return of punk blues band Boss Hog after sixteen years, and of desert blues aficionados Tiniariwen as well as new singles from IDLES, Our Girl, and Sundara Karma amongst others.


  1. Boss Hog – Wichita Grey
  2. IDLES – Well Done
  3. Esme Patterson – Not Feeling Any Pain  (William Elliott Whitmore cover)
  4. Our Girl – No Big Deal
  5. joyride! – Girls Who Wanna Realize Themselves
  6. Forth Wanderers – Nerves
  7. Tinariwen – Ténéré Tàqqàl
  8. Sundara Karma – Olympia