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.
Sexy Cowboy, the alluring single (taken from the debut album Forever released later this year) showcases Jonny Debt’s unique and honest vocal style and his classic poetic approach reminiscent of the 1960s psychedelic era of songwriting. He pairs vocal hooks with erotic guitars in a way that has shades of Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison.
Have a listen.
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.
Hot on the heels of The Lovely Eggs new single we also have a new track from kaleidoscopic Swedish psych-explorers Goat.
Union of Mind and Soul sees the band continue the catchy but stripped down, unplugged approach that was heard on I Sing in Silence. At the new single’s core is a driving acoustic guitar and a ridiculously catchy recorder riff that will have you humming for hours well after the track is over.
Union of Mind and Soul doesn’t actually feature on the new album Requiem – this is an alternative, eerier version to the track Union of Sun and Moon, which the album opens with… clear? Thought not.
Never mind, listen anyway.