SPQR – No Brain, No Pain EP

Visceral Liverpool art-rock foursome SPQR have shared the title track from their third EP No Brain, No Pain which is out now (order here). Having already shared EP openers Nuthin Gud and the excellent Just Sumfin, the latest track is a bouncy, layered slice of quirky pop with an undeniably catchy bassline. Check them all out below.     Continue reading SPQR – No Brain, No Pain EP

Introducing >>> Junk Drawer

Belfast quartet Junk Drawer are new to us and have announced their debut album Ready For The House, out via Irish indie label Art For Blind. Channelling the likes of Pavement, Silver Jews, Beak> and more, the four-piece veer between slacker-rock, post-punk, krautrock and swirling psych across seven sprawling, chaotic vignettes of personal malady and recovery. Here are a couple of lyrically deft tracks to savour … Continue reading Introducing >>> Junk Drawer

Debut Album From Slum Of Legs

Almost five years ago we posted about Brighton’s Slum Of Legs, praising them for their brilliant, motorik punk and then, completely unnoticed by us, the band released their debut album at the end of March. Across ten tracks, the six-piece band are as fierce and as uncompromising as ever, melding defiant dissonance and danceable disco into a sonic whirlwind that somehow manages to be as … Continue reading Debut Album From Slum Of Legs

Mad Mackerel Recommends… Ohmme

Discovered these two tracks via Soundcloud last night and liked them a lot. Ohmme are a Chicago based duo and have a new record Fantasize Your Ghost, coming out on the 5th June via Joyful Noise Recordings.  3 2 4 3 was the lead single from it with it’s brilliant opening, “Looked in the mirror the other day / Caught my reflection / My mouth had moved … Continue reading Mad Mackerel Recommends… Ohmme

Deathlist – You Won’t Be Here For Long

Deathlist is the lo-fi solo project of Portland-based multi-instrumentalist Jenny Logan, exploring themes of loss, grief, survival, love, and dreams in the vein of Mazzy Star, Suicide, and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Her new album You Won’t Be Here For Long is out on the 29th May and we have a couple of tracks for you: a stream of the woozy and sinister title … Continue reading Deathlist – You Won’t Be Here For Long

New Video: Elephant Stone – Fox On The Run

The gentle propulsion and dreamy hypnotics of Fox On The Run is one of our favourite tracks from Elephant Sun’s recently released album Hollow. Like the lovechild of classic solo era John Lennon and Yo La Tengo, it is a masterpiece of finely crafted psych-pop and the band have shared a new video for it, which you can watch below. You can also buy the album … Continue reading New Video: Elephant Stone – Fox On The Run

Car Seat Headrest – Hollywood Video

Car Seat Headrest’s latest single from upcoming album Making A Door Less Open is called Hollywood. Check out the video for it here: a fun/riotous/terrifying take on Hollywood culture, with Will Toledo at his megaphone-screaming best, while the animated video sees his alter ego Trait taking a simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying haunted ride through Tinseltown. The album is released on the 1st May via Matador Records … Continue reading Car Seat Headrest – Hollywood Video

PINS – Hot Slick

Hard to believe it has been five years since Manchester based trio PINS released Wild Nights. Again we’re a bit late to the party, but Hot Slick, their third long player will be out on 29th May via their own Haus of Pins label. Three tracks have already been shared from it (see below) and now we have Ghosting, which also features Nathan Saoudi from Fat … Continue reading PINS – Hot Slick

Ezra Furman – Sex Education OST

Following the success of last year’s excellent Twelve Nudes long player,, Ezra Furman is back with Sex Education OST, songs from season 1 and 2 of the hit Netflix TV show. The 19-track LP will be released via Bella Union and is available to stream or download from today, with a physical release on CD and vinyl to follow on 10th April (order here). The … Continue reading Ezra Furman – Sex Education OST

Mad Mackerel’s Best of 2019: Chris T Popper’s Top Ten Tunes

Chris T Popper has been with MM from the very first post. Every year he produces his own list of favourite tunes and here are his selections for 2019. This year he was helped by Stan the greyhound. Next year I’m hoping we get Stan’s choices…   10. She Keeps Bees – Kinship Never got bored of that opening drum groove. Backed up by Jessica … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best of 2019: Chris T Popper’s Top Ten Tunes