Archive for the ‘Indie’ Category

Nashville-based storyteller Jeremy Ivey has released his debut album The Dream and the Dreamer today.

Until now he has operated in the background, for years performing in bands like Secret Handshake and country-soul group Buffalo Clover with his wife, celebrated country-rock luminary Margo Price. At 40, Ivey is ready to take a step into the spotlight and on the evidence of this record it is long overdue.

Ivey cites everyone from the Beatles to Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan as influences, but the nine-song album manages to sound original and contemporary, hosting a collection of homespun, deeply introspective tracks drawing from country, folk and some gentle psychedelia.

Listen to a couple of outstanding songs from it below. Order via Bandcamp here.

 

 

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Wonk Unit – Cyclists

Posted: September 12, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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Wonk Unit, the unique punk quartet born out of the South London town of Croydon, return with a new single Cyclists, that furthers the bands inimitable take on punk rock, and finds them this time taking aim at selfish cyclists.

Last Summer on route to a festival on some country lane we were unfortunate enough to get stuck behind two cyclists, yes two abreast,” explains frontman Alex Johnson. “Did they care about the motorcade snaking behind them? Course not! Go read the highway code – two abreast is cool but ONLY IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS. DO NOT OBSTRUCT THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC. It’s the rules. So, I was tapping my hands on the dashboard when the funk took hold. “Cyclists riding 2 abreast blocking traffic, blocking traffic”. After about three months the cyclists decided to fix a puncture and we made it to the festival. By then the song was already a Wonk winner in the van! We jammed it in soundcheck and was a hit in our set later that night. The end.

The end result is just over two-minutes of additive wonk genius that once ingested, is almost impossible to get out of your system.

In short, you’ll be humming this for weeks.

 

Vivian Girls – Memory

Posted: September 11, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Punk, Rock
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During their initial run as a band, Vivian Girls were a band of outsiders for outsiders – a band for the freaks and the malcontents. The ones who loved The Wipers as much as Burt Bacharach as much as The Shangri-Las. They were the band that made the punks feel like they could sing harmonies and pop fans could get in touch with their anger. Cassie Ramone’s lyrics alternated between love, loss and rage. They were heart-on-their-sleeves romantics in one breath and a spiralling explosion of feedback in the next.

After their third album -2011’s Share the Joy – the members of Vivian Girls parted ways and the band who had known each other since they were teenagers, went about the business of living. Katy Goodman and Ali Koehler both moved to Los Angeles, continued making music (La Sera for Goodman, Best Coast and Upset for Koehler) and started families. Ramone continued to make art in Brooklyn, released two solo records and two full-lengths with Kevin Morby as The Babies, and moved to Los Angeles in 2018 after a phone call with Goodman kickstarted the idea of playing music together again.

The result is a reunion record titled Memory, it may conjure images of a band waxing nostalgic about the halcyon days of yore, but it is anything but a pleasant reminiscence. The latent darkness that always haunted their records is on full display upon their return. After eight years, Vivian Girls are back and they haven’t forgotten what they went through. It’s a loud, snarling journey and there’s a sense of streamlined direction and intensity to the performances: Memory is an album filled with personal reflections on toxic relationships, the false promise of new love, mental health struggles, and finding ways to accept oneself amidst it all.

Listen to Sick, Something To Do, and latest single Sludge. Videos to watch too. And pre-order the album here.

It’s good to have them back.

 

 

 

Mad Mackerel Recommends… Dry Cleaning

Posted: September 11, 2019 in Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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Not in the literal sense obviously – though there is nothing wrong with a freshly laundered garment.

No this Dry Cleaning is a south London foursome that are about to release their second EP, Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks, which follows their summer debut Sweet Princess. The music is wonderfully simple – direct and uncomplicated with unusual spoken word style vocals which gives the whole thing an original and beguiling feel. Groups like The Feelies, the Necessaries, the B52s and Pylon all served as inspirations when the band first came together.

Listen to Sit Down Meal from the EP below and the excellent Traditional Fish from the previous release . Pre-order the new EP here.

 

 

See them live:

17.10 – Workman’s Club, Dublin
19.10 – Simple Things Festival, Bristol
20.10 – SWN Festival, Cardiff
23.10 – The Lexington, London
23.11 – Great Western Festival, Glasgow
24.11 – Picture House Social, Sheffield

It’s no understatement to say that Girl Band’s The Talkies album is our most anticipated upcoming record.

We’ve shared a couple of excellent tracks from it already and here is another – Salmon of Knowledge.

Just listen!

 

Introducing >>> KATZ

Posted: September 6, 2019 in Alternative, Garage, Indie, Music, Rock
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Taking influences from the likes of Mac DeMarco and Surf Curse, KATZ are a three-piece band from Manchester, who span surf punk, garage, and indie. Their new six track EP Dumb Songs was recorded entirely on a four track cassette recorder and is well well worth checking out.

Listen to Dumb Song below and click through to order.

 

Round these parts we love Spray Paint who seemed to have carved out a completely unique sound and niche in the crowded post-punk arena. Since 2016’s Feel The Clamps long player, the band have shared their collaborations with Protomartyr, Ben Wallers, Ben Mackie, and Dan Melchior but not released anything new of their own.

That’s about to change with Into The Country, a new album with lyrics once again mined from the info wars comment section and various other stressful situations like airports and hospitals. It is out on October 25 via the 12XU label.

First single is the almost nine minute motorik menace of Cleaning Your Gun, a track that puts an unsettling, paranoid and disturbing dystopian near-future into vivid musical focus.

Listen here and pre-order the album here.

 

Parsnip – Taking Me For A Ride

Posted: September 3, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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Following our earlier Dune Rats post, we’re keeping the Antipodean theme going with Melbourne four-piece Parsnip.

When the Tree Bears Fruit is their debut album of playful, poetic, propulsive indie rock and follows on from two 7-inches in the last two years. They have shared a new single Taking Me For A Ride, an oddball pop gem laden with soft grooves, wide-eyed melodies and psychedelic hooks. For some reason it makes me think of Amazulu

Give it a spin.

 

Dune Rats – Rubber Arm

Posted: September 3, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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Our favourite fucked-up Aussie muckers are back with a new record!

The mighty Dune Rats have shared Rubber Arm, and happily they have shown absolutely no musical progression at all, sticking with their tried and tested hyperactive, stoned punk rock with another mighty shout-a-long chorus.

Great video too. Welcome back boys.

 

She Drew The Gun have announced a brand new single Trouble Every Day released via Skeleton Key Records.

It is a reinterpretation of Frank Zappa’s original, and with the blessing of the Zappa estate, She Drew The Gun frontwoman Louisa Roach has updated the lyrics to reflect our troubled times.

She says, “I heard Trouble Every Day and thought it would make a great cover, Frank Zappa wrote it based on the TV coverage of the Watts riots in LA back in the 60s, so I rewrote some of the lyrics to reflect what I’ve seen reported on the TV in more recent times, from English riots to the Extinction Rebellion protests. It takes a look at the issues that are facing us at the moment from the rise of the far right to the threat of climate change and the role the global media corporations play in supporting neoliberal ideology.”

Stream it here. Live dates below too.

 

Live Dates:

15-Oct – York, The Cresent
16-Oct – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
17-Oct – London, Electric Ballroom
19-Oct – Oxford, Ritual Union Festival
20-Oct – Cardiff, SWN Festival
22-Oct – Exeter, Exeter Phoenix
23-Oct – Bournemouth, The Old Fire Station
24-Oct – Brighton, Concorde 2
26-Oct – Bedford, Esquires
27-Oct – Reading, Sub 89
28-Oct – Norwich, Arts Centre
29-Oct – St Albans, The Horn
30-Oct – Manchester, Academy 2
01-Nov – Edinburgh, Summerhall
02-Nov – Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree
03-Nov – Glasgow, The Garage
05-Nov – Newcastle, Riverside
06-Nov – Hull, The Welly
07-Nov – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
09-Nov – Liverpool, O2 Academy
13-Nov – Belfast, Voodoo
14-Nov – Dublin, Soundhouse