Archive for the ‘Alternative’ Category

We’re loving this track from Beijing’s Gong Gong Gong who make driving, stripped-down transnational blues, tapping into the spirit of Bo Diddley, the Monks, and psychedelic music from West Africa to Southeast Asia.

Shot-by-shot, frame-by-frame, Siren 追逐劇 is a story of galloping hooves and screeching tires—a horse and car racing each other through mountains and desert, charging into the city and all set to a thumping, hypnotic low-end pulse.


Catch them live

14/2/19 Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
15/2/19 Glasgow @ The Art School
16/2/19 Dublin @ Whelan’s
18/2/19 Manchester @ Gorilla
19/2/19 Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
20/2/19 London @ Scala

EZTV – Daytime

Posted: September 18, 2018 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Psychedelic, Rock

Daytime the new single from New York trio EZTV is a really sweet slice of jangly indie rock that recalls the 60’s heyday of pastoral psychedelia and all those wonderful nugget compilations.

Listen here and order here from Bandcamp.


Here is our latest collection of musical films for you. A regular pot pourri of musical styles from Girl Skin’s gorgeously fragile chamber folk to Sit Down’s oozing amalgam of doom metal and sludgy punk by way of The Cavemen’s amphetamine-fueled rhythms and scorching guitar, coupled with drunk and disorderly vocal tirades, and First Aid Kit’s ever perfect vocal harmonies.

There is Steve Mason’s soulful new single, brash snot-rock from TV COMA and the pummelling psych rock of the Oh Sees and Black Delta Movement and more hypnotic stoner wooze from The Holydrug Couple.










She Makes War – Undone

Posted: September 18, 2018 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Post Punk, Rock

She Makes War (aka Bristol based artist and multi-instrumentalist Laura Kidd) has shared her new single Undone, the first installment of the double A side Undone / London Bites, taken from the forthcoming album Brace For Impact, which is out 5th October.

Written in a daze the day after her grandmother Constance died last May, Undone’s monster guitars deliver palpable rage at the bad things that happen to good people, the song acting as an openhearted rallying cry against the British stiff upper lip brigade. “We need to give ourselves a break”, she says. “Giving ourselves time to feel devastated doesn’t make us weak.

Stream it below and pre-order here.


  1. together PANGEA – Hi-Fi Television
  2. Kurt Vile – Bassackwards
  3. The Distillers – Blood In Gutters
  4. FIDLAR – Too Real
  5. Human People – Black Flowers
  6. Courtney Marie Andrews – Heart and Mind
  7. Fucked Up – House Of Keys
  8. Marc Ribot featuring Tom Waits – Bella Ciao
  9. Hiss Golden Messenger – Rock Holy
  10. Moaning Lisa – Comfortable
  11. TOY – The Willow
  12. Beachtape – Figure It Out
  13. William The Conqueror – Bleeding On The Soundtrack















Mad Mackerel Recommends… SAVAK

Posted: September 13, 2018 in Alternative, Music, Post Punk, Rock

Noisy Brooklyn rock veterans SAVAK (members of Obits, Holy Fuck and The Cops) have announced details of their new album Beg Your Pardon.

It is their third long-player release, and follows a compelling progression from their past offerings (2016’s Best Of Luck In Future Endeavors and 2017’s Cut-Ups). The new album features everything from noisy careeners and ’80s hardcore nods to slightly glammy stompers and straight-up, New Zealand-inspired, guitar-pop songs.

Album opener, Dead Dick is a bristling bayonet, lyrically inspired by the #metoo movement, lancing scumbag patriarchs while humorously dropping a Van Halen reference.

It is seriously good stuff – have a listen and check out the video for We Lead Them To Our Doors at the same time. Order the album here.



New Vulgarians single

Posted: September 13, 2018 in Alternative, Music, Post Punk, Psychedelic, Rock

We’ve featured Hull’s Vulgarians a few times on MM, ever since seeing them support TRAAMS in Oxford.

A compelling mix of post-punk and psych-rock, the band’s excellent new single Dead People Are Easier To Love is their first new music since last year’s Almost Instinct, Almost True EP, and makes use of 80s synthesisers to add a new level of sonic urgency to their sound

Have a listen.



Fancy some raw, lo-fi, blues-punk and garage rock ratcheted up way past eleven on the dial? Thought so…

You Gonna Burn is the latest visceral, sleaze-ridden heavy-duty offering from London’s Suicide Generation – featuring guitars that could fell trees.

Have a listen.


New from Estrons

Posted: September 13, 2018 in Alternative, Music, Rock

Following up anthemic first single Lilac, Welsh rockers Estrons have shared their new single Body.

It is the latest excerpt from what is shaping up to be a highly anticipated debut long player You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough, which is due out on 5th October

Listen below.



New Single From Flat Worms

Posted: September 6, 2018 in Alternative, Garage, Music, Punk, Rock

Flat Worms are back. And just like that a shit day just got transformed.

The new 7″ single from the LA based threesome is titled The Apparition / Melt The Arms. The B side can be streamed below – it is furious, buzzing, magnificent, garage-punk that will put hairs on your chest and then melt them off again – all in just over two minutes.

Just glorious. Listen, then click through and order it.