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We’re big Mind Spiders fans here at MM, and frankly they seem one of the most underrated bands out there. Evolving from lo-fi garage punk beginnings to a mix of post-punk and art-rock that recalls Devo, Talking Heads and Bowie, they consistently deliver with a raison d’être that is built around delivering music that is relentlessly aggressive, melodic and downright catchy.

They have announced a new album Furies, which will see the light of day on the 26th January via Dirtnap Records. The first taste from it is the propulsively brittle and furious Outside – as you’d might expect it is incessant, urgent and brilliant.

Stream it below.

 

Grass House – Tumble In The Wind

Posted: November 20, 2017 in Indie, Music, Rock
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We’ve long been admirers of Grass House – in fact we named them as one of our favourite new bands of 2010.

They’re back after somewhat of a hiatus with a new track on Soundcloud. Tumble In The Wind is a resigned, evocative return – the kind of thing they do so well. The low-key half spoken half whispered vocals intoned over a slow moving refrain that conjures up images of rain running down windows on a dreary, autumn day.

Marvellously melancholic. Stream it below.

Image credit Meg Lavender

Birmingham trio Table Scraps create black-hearted garage punk which fully embraces the good, the bad and the ugly of rock’n’roll’s twisted lineage and various mutations. They were in our 2015 best of lists and have announced their new album Autonomy and shared a brand new track from it, Sick Of Me.

Of the song, Scott Vincent Abbott of the band has said “‘Sick of Me’ is about when friendships stagnate and minor annoyance gives way to mouldering resentment. Then juxtapose that feeling on top of a jangly sunshine pop backdrop (or as close to that as we ever get!). The echo of our breeze block 5m x 5m (and very un-soundproofed) room also perfectly suited the track’s claustrophobic feel. It’s dedicated to everyone just about keeping a lid on telling that one person how you really feel and cutting them loose.”

The single is out on vinyl and backed with ominous instrumental Mequinenza.

Listen to both below. Order here and check out some live dates.

 

 

Live Dates

NOVEMBER
16 – Black Heart, Camden (w/Swedish Death Candy)
20 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (w/Black Lips)
22 – Bierkeller, Bristol (w/Black Lips)
25 – Old Blue Last, London (Free entry)

DECEMBER
9 – The Five Bells, New Cross (w/Peeping Drexels & HUSSY)
12 – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds (w/secret headliner)

FEBRUARY
23 – Foodhall, Sheffield
27 – Hope & Ruin, Brighton
28 – Shacklewell Arms, London

MARCH
1 – 60MPC, Bournemouth
2 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
3 – Old England, Bristol

  1. Screaming Females – Deeply
  2. Dan Michaelson – Careless
  3. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Polygondwanaland
  4. Blitzen Trapper – Joanna
  5. Camp Cope – The Opener
  6. Palehound – Sea Of Blood
  7. Loma – Black Willow
  8. Saintseneca – Moon Barks At The Dog
  9. S. Carey – Fools Gold
  10. Spice Boys – I Don’t Get Around
  11. Pansies – Green Apple Eyes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve been remiss in sharing details of Wooden Wand’s Toth’s Law recordings. Volume 1 came out back in June, which we did cover, but Volumes 2 and 3 have followed since then.

They are collections of outtakes, demos and songs that never, for one reason or another, made it onto his other recording output. Nevertheless the collection contains songs that frankly, other singer-songwriters would be giving their right arms for, or at least looking to do a deal similar to that of Robert Johnson’s mythical crossroads.

Here are a couple of top notch tasters from them with JJT’s description. Head over to Bandcamp to purchase the albums.

Drug Sniffing Dogs is about conflicts of interest and cognitive dissonance. I was probably also thinking about Fugazi’s Great Cop.

It’s A Lie – a song about the toxic mythology of rock and roll, and a condemnation of the rock demigod’s sense of entitlement.

 

 

Broken Stay Open Sky is the fourth full-length album by Red River Dialect, and their first for Paradise of Bachelors, due out 2nd February.

The band have shared the album’s lead single, Kukkuripa, a gently meandering, contemplative folk tale that has a sweeping, cinematic grandeur to it.

 

  1. Widowspeak – Harvest Moon  (Neil Young cover)
  2. Wilco – Dynamite My Soul
  3. Kal Marks – Adventure
  4. The Staves & yMusic – The Way Is Read
  5. Ty Segall – My Lady’s On Fire
  6. Drive-By Truckers – The Perilous Night
  7. Johanna Warren – Here To Tell
  8. Angel Olsen – Sans
  9. Dama Scout – Toothache
  10. The Liminanas – Shadow People (featuring Emmanuelle Seigner)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gestures – Nervous

Posted: November 10, 2017 in Alternative, Garage, Music, Punk, Rock
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We’ve previously shared Kicks and now we’re thoroughly enjoying cranking out this new track from lo-fi garage punks Gestures.

Nervous is also taken from the Stockholm band’s new EP Bad Taste that is due out a week today, and if anything is even better than the previous single.

Enjoy…

 

London band Calva Louise gleefully mix squalling guitars with the sweetest of pop melodies to create quirky, outsider punk rock that has nods to Pere Ubu, Talking Heads and the Sugarcubes.

Listen to their blistering new track Getting Closer below.

 

Over the years, we’ve heard many (usually crap) covers of the Buzzcocks’ classic Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve), but this slow moving version by folk duo The Honey Ants bucks the trend. Not only that, it may just be the most melancholic and arresting we’ve heard.

Give it a spin…there will be new music from The Honey Ants next year.