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Wolf Parade will return with their first proper album in seven years, Cry Cry Cry, which lands on the 6th October on their long-time home of Sub Pop.

The soaring choruses, rousing anthems, sprawling guitars and chaotic keys that make up Wolf Parade are all on proud display on the album’s anthemic lead single, the boisterous Valley Boy.

Stream it below.

 

MM Shorts 962: Ryan Wong

Posted: July 27, 2017 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Rock
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Ryan Wong of the Cool Ghouls is releasing a six track cassette of his own on 4th August via Empty Cellar Records (order here).

With nods to the Velvets, the Grateful Dead and Brendan Benson, the first track is the infectiously catchy Good Lovin’ which at 2.59 just about ticks every box for a classic pop single.

Have a listen.

 

Technical issues have meant we’ve been quieter than usual this week, but hopefully with all those resolved we can get back to normal service. It is a shame as we spent the weekend with middle sprat wallowing ankle, and sometimes knee, deep in swampy mud at Truck Festival.

Truck has been a bit of a Mackerel family institution for a few years now, a small(ish) friendly and well run festival with an eclectic musical line-up and tea and cakes served by the local WI. This year’s musical line-up was a bit bigger and more mainstream and it was clear that, on arrival, the atmosphere was quite different.

I’m told Truck has been bought out by a much larger, much more “business focused” company and it certainly felt that way. Gone were the days of sauntering up to the entrance, a friendly chat and in you go – now we had sniffer dogs, unsmiling ticket checkers and most unforgivable of all, a two hour plus queue to get in (others queued for twice as long). It set the tone for a weekend that could be viewed in two distinct parts – music that was brilliant and organisation that was not.

As the rains came, and came again, and again and again over the first two days the entire site including the camping fields turned into a horrific mud bath. Given the forecast was known for a few days (at least) I was anticipating some kind of contingency plan from the organisers especially as tents quite literally began to submerge in thick, syrupy mud. I expected wooden or metal walkways to be put down on the main paths, maybe open a second entrance to the main arena to spread the footfall a bit, and as we were on a farm, lots and lots of straw to go down to try and soak up the worst of the mud.

Literally nothing was done and a “who cares and fuck you” attitude prevailed. A few token and totally inadequate bales of straw at the entrance and that was it. Otherwise it was sink or slip or swim, and for lots of people that meant sink (and slip for pretty much everyone else).

It was such a shame as musically the festival was brilliant. Friday set us up with contagious indie pop from Big Moon and Hinds on the main stage, British Sea Power’s soaring, cinematic rock in the Market Tent (complete with giant dancing bears) and a fabulous set of infectious punk rock from Dream Wife (who were unrecognisable from the band we saw at the Great Escape a year or so ago). Headliners Slaves and Franz Ferdinand were both excellent in the driving rain that failed to dampen the spirits of the audience and created possibly the slippiest, sloppiest mosh pit ever.

Saturday was spent almost entirely in the Nest whilst the rain hammered down outside and vendors’ stands began to resemble a mud wrestling carnival. The visceral drive of Dead Pretties was an unexpected discovery whose set began brilliantly but tailed off a bit towards the end – almost as if the set would have worked better in reverse, before LIFE took the stage and created mayhem with a brilliant set of angry punk that somehow melded the Dead Kennedys, Sleaford Mods and the Fall into a perfect combination. Abattoir Blues’ crunchy, grungy rock maintained the tempo if not quite the intensity before the Crows racheted things up again with an excellent set of energetic post-punk. A brief excursion to somewhere near the main stage where Sundara Karma’s psych-inflected rock went down extremely well before a return to the dry of the Nest for a fabulous set from Yak complete with crowd surfing guitarists and a perfectly judged set of brutally infectious, needling guitars and pummelling percussion. Suitably impressed, middle sprat slogged off to watch the Wombats whilst I stayed for headliners, and once fictional band, Moonlandingz who were a revelation – fronted by the Fat White Family’s Lias Saoudi and backed by Sheffield experimental outfit Eccentronic Research Council together with Fat Whites’ Saul Adamczewski. Their spaced out, motorik rhythms and funky indie-disco melded perfectly with a nightmarish, sinister edge that created a cosmic wig-out of epic proportions. We slowly waded back to our damp tent to the strains of a Libertines greatest hits set.

Sunday saw us back in the Nest with middle sprat for the screaming guitars of Weirds’ industrially tinged grunge led by a frontman who could teach Paddington a thing or two about hard stares. On the main stage Cabbage showed just why they are causing such a stir as the next big indie thing, a brilliant set of sardonic, krautrock tinged indie and a fine line in insouciant showmanship being greeted rapturously by the big crowd. Back in the Nest our first experience of singer-songwriter Kevin Devine was a joy – much more in line with previous Truck discoveries, his was a wonderful collection of songs and a fabulous voice and made for a welcome change of pace – a little oasis of Americana amid the loud guitars and crashing drums. It was back to the guitars and drums for All Them Witches who were slightly one-paced and predictable compared with previous fare. Back outside to watch a surprisingly (for me) engaging and uptempo set from indie stalwarts Maximo Park (middle sprat’s set of the weekend), and then, joining the huge crowd, for the Vaccines – closing the Festival and pleasing the masses with a collection of mostly energising mainstream indie anthems. The contrast was great at times, one truly terrible new song that sounded like something Fleetwood Mac would have knocked out and rejected in five minutes juxtaposed with sing-alongs to Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra), Post Break-Up Sex and If You Wanna.

They left the stage early, fireworks went off and we exited en-masse through the claggy mire flanked by unsmiling security and a question mark about the future of the heart and soul of Truck…

Ten of the best songs we heard at Truck

10 Vaccines – Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
9 Dead Pretties – Social Experiment
8 Maximo Park – Apply Some Pressure
7 British Sea Power – Waving Flags
6 Dream Wife – FUU
5 Kevin Devine – Another Bag Of Bones
4 Yak – Hungry Heart
3 LIFE – Popular Music
2 Cabbage – Uber Capitalist Death Trade
1 The Moonlandingz – Black Hanz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We shared Void, the new single from Beaches, at the weekend in our regular round-up post and what a cracking tune it is – a sonic blast of motorik mayhem that we are loving.

Now the Aussie quintet have shared an excellent new video for the song. Directed by Beaches’ own Ali McCann with help from filmmaker Joel Roche, it takes inspiration from Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 monochrome masterpiece Persona, as well as the early abstract films of German artist Hans Richter.

Enjoy.

 

 

Mermaidens are a three-piece outfit from Wellington, New Zealand, who are defined by intricate and unique songwriting, and a hypnotic live synergy.

Drawing inspiration from bands like Warpaint, Fugazi, Exploded View and Sleater-Kinney, Mermaidens’ sound offers a mesmerising dip into the realms of post-punk and psych where warm harmonies and dreamy, hypnotic lyrics, entwine with dark and moody riff-based melodies.

Taken from the forthcoming album Perfect Body, which is due out on 4 August via Flying Nun, have a listen to the single Sunstone below.

With Dream Dream Secret Colours continues to craft a sound that reaches far beyond the city limits of their hometown of Chicago, taking its musical cues from indie, pop, psychedelia, and garage rock, and offering listeners a myriad of melodies that make up the band’s signature sound.

Check out Feed the Machine, which delivers a pounding vibe of bass with an attitude of 70s London and the equally good Pins and Needles.

Buy from Bandcamp here.

 

 

Falmouth based group Holiday Ghosts will release their debut LP on 22nd September. Originally started as the solo project of The Black Tambourines‘ Sam Stacpoole the project has since evolved into a group with Katja Rackin and Charlie Murphy joining as songwriters.

In late 2016 the band released the Paranoia single as part of Art Is Hard Records’ Pin Pal Club series and so, alongside the debut LP announcement, it seemed an apposite time to stream the track for those who have yet to have been seduced by their stripped back, primitive rock ‘n’ roll.

 

The marvellous Micah P. Hinson has shared new track Oh, Spaceman, taken from his new album Presents The Holy Strangers, out on Full Time Hobby on 8th September. He’ll also be playing a lot of dates in the UK and Ireland in the autumn.

About the song, he says “It was the first song I wrote for my boy, Wiley Tex, after he was born, and the only song I played for about half a year after his birth. It is the only song where the melody and words came before sitting behind a guitar. Which is not a way I’ve ever written.”

Stream it here.

 

Catch him live:

19 September – Broadcast – Glasgow
20 September – Sneaky Pete’s – Edinburgh
21 September – The Cluny 2 – Newcastle
23 September – Deaf Institute – Manchester
24 September – The Crescent – York
25 September – Newhampton Arts Centre – Wolverhampton
26 September – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds
27 September – The Cookie – Leicester
28 September – The Bullingdon – Oxford
29 September – The Portland Arms – Cambridge
30 September – The Globe – Cardiff
01 October – The Lantern – Bristol
02 October – Scala – London
03 October – Komedia – Brighton
05 October – Voodoo – Belfast
06 October – Roisin Dubh – Galway
07 October – Cyprus Avenue – Cork, Ireland
08 October – Whelans – Dublin, Ireland

David Nance, Omaha veteran of warble and hiss, returns with Negative Boogie, his new concoction of chug, throb and greasy swagger. Amongst the tracks is this cracked, nerve shredding cover of Merle Haggard’s Silver Wings.

Try it on for size…

 

  1. Ian Felice – Kingdom Of Dreams
  2. Torres – Three Futures
  3. Together PANGEA – Money On It
  4. Oh Sees – Animated Violence
  5. Prism Tats – Brainwaves
  6. A. Savage – Winter In The South
  7. Protomartyr – A Private Understanding
  8. Beaches – Void
  9. Sloan Peterson – Rats
  10. Speedy Ortiz – Screen Gem
  11. DIIV – Cow  (Sparklehorse cover)