And so as we head north to Mackem country here are 8 songs to keep you company over the weekend. All lovingly culled from the week’s new releases for you and including songs from Hope Sandoval & The Warm Intentions featuring Kurt Vile, Greys, MV & EE, Honeyblood, Luxury Death and the incomparable Leonard Cohen.
- Greys – Fresh Hell
- Itasca – No Consequence
- Black Honey – Hello Today
- Honeyblood – Sea Hearts
- Hope Sandoval & The Warm Intentions featuring Kurt Vile – Let Me Get There
- Luxury Death – I Feel Your Pain
- Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
- MV & EE – Feel Alright
Writing songs that proudly bear a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O – but with a pop aesthetic reminiscent of 50s and 60s acts a la the Temptations or Buddy Holly – LA based four piece The Regrettes create infectious, heart-on-your-sleeve, punk driven tracks.
We’ve previously shared A Living Human Girl and now you can wrap your ears around the follow-up, the fizzing, urgent Hot.
We were very taken with the juddering, post-punk leanings of Aathens’ track I Wanna Be A Totem that we recently shared.
Now we have another – the equally good, and equally confrontational, Idiot Thing. Both come from their debut TVEP.
Have a listen.
Punk Slime Recordings have announced the official debut album from Birmingham’s wonderfully named Swampmeat.
Gin & Tonic will be released on November 25 and is a collection of countrified rock and roll, that recalls Creedence, The Clash and the man in black, confidently straddling the edge between country, punk and rock and roll.
Lead single Brand New Cadillac (not a cover!) serves as a perfect introduction to the world of Swampmeat for the uninitiated.
Listen below. Top banana.
Pool Hall is the new single by The Wave Pictures, taken from their forthcoming album Bamboo Diner in the Rain, due out on Moshi Moshi on 11th November.
The new album is a bluesy, boozy love letter to the guitar, filled with American Primitive instrumentals, John Lee Hooker chugs and Link Wray style minor-key surf music.
Listen to the single below and check out tour dates for November and December too.
3 – Manchester (Deaf Institute)
4 – Halifax (Arden Road Social Club0
5 – Sheffield (Plug)
6 – Nottingham (The Maze)
7 – Cambridge (The Portland Arms)
8 – Leeds (Brudenell Social Club)
9 – Hull (The Adelphi)
10 – Edinburgh (Sneaky Pete’s)
12 – Glasgow (CCA)
13 – Newcastle (Cluny 2)
14 – Birmingham (Hare & Hounds)
15 – Chester (Telfords Warehouse)
16 – Bath (Komedia)
17 – Oxford (The Cellar)
20 – Bristol (Start The Bus)
21 – Brighton (Komedia)
1 – London (XOYO)
2 – Ramsgate (Ramsgate Music Hall)
The Coathangers’ excellent new album Nosebleed Weekend has been getting regular spins here at MM. The record kicks off with Perfume, a song that marries sultry pop vocals with toothy guitar riffs and is the subject of a brand new video from the band.
Watch it below.
The trip to deposit our eldest at University meant we couldn’t get this ready in time at the weekend. So belatedly as he discovers the joys of student freedom, here are our quick picks from the rest of the best of the new releases last week.
Enjoy (nearly) new tracks from the likes of Kim Gordon, Purling Hiss, La Sera, Damaged Bug and a fine cover from The Dodos….
- Kim Gordon – Murdered Out
- Marching Church – Lion’s Den
- Purling Hiss – 3000 AD
- La Sera – Queens
- Damaged Bug – Smoggy Terminus
- Matt Kivel – The Water
- Joyce Manor – Last You Heard Of Me
- The Dodos – Never Meant (American Football cover)
Sun Angle’s singular brand of frenetic and sprawling psych-punk draws inspiration from mid-period SST bands like Meat Puppets while simultaneously connecting the threads between Can, 70s-era Miles Davis and early Fleetwood Mac.
Their new record, Skullflower is out on the 21st October and you can listen to Drink The Moon from it below.
According to the band, the song is “about a person fed up with religious zealots and who becomes more obsessed with Satanism and the Occult. It’s also an homage to Philip K Dick and the theory of hylozoism, which is the theory that all matter is somehow living“.
Sounds good whatever…
The Staches are a four-piece from Switzerland combining visceral garage rock with punk and lo-fi pop into one delightful and unholy mix.
Latest single is Total Commitment, out via French DIY label Six Tonnes De Chair Records.
Listen below. Buy the limited edition vinyl here.
People That You Meet is the latest song to be shared from Slaves’ upcoming album Take Control (out on the 30th September).
The raucously, infectious new track was written with Joel Amey from Wolf Alice whilst on the road in the US, and he also features on drums.
Watch the chaotic, hairdressing themed video for it below.