Archive for the ‘Pop’ Category

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s METZ cover of Gary Numan!

Today it is a foot-stomping cover of Plastic Bertrand’s 1970’s classic Ça Plane Pour Moi, by psych-pop Mancunians Whyte Horses.

It is a song which always puts a huge smile on my face whenever I hear the original or any of the many cover versions and adaptations of it. This one is no different.





The rain continues to come and go, Boris Johnson is still PM, we’re now planning for food shortages post Brexit… life in summer in the UK is pretty bloody grim sometimes.

Then along come the Allah Las – new single Polar Onion fits the downbeat theme (“the creeping paranoia that comes along with creating something that is inevitably valued based on the opinions of others.“, they say), yet it is still all sunshine jangle, hippy peace and gentle uncomplicated pastoral psychedelia.

A rare joy – so shines a good deed in a weary world.


Ireland’s Martian Subculture creates leftfield, lo-fi psych rock. An eerie, restrained vocal is surrounded by kooky, comatose guitars on tracks that oscillate between themes of love, loneliness and interplanetary exploration.

Recorded alone in a bedroom studio, latest single All Emotions Are Equal is an irresistible invitation into a new sonic universe.


Here are ten new tunes all nicely collected up for you in one easy post – from the righteous fury of IDLES and Honey Lung to the traditional folk of Bonny Light Horseman and Devendra Banhart. We also have new songs from the likes of the Lumineers, Parsnip, New Pornographers, Sleater-Kinney, Angel Olsen and The Growlers.

Whatever floats your boat, there is something here to enjoy.











Elvis Depressedly, the wonderfully enigmatic project of prolific songwriter, Mathew Lee Cothran, has announced Depressedelica, a brand new full-length due out October 4th from Run For Cover Records.

Depressedelica marks the North Carolina based musician’s first new album as Elvis Depressedly in four long years, and it finds him writing and recording more adventurously than ever before, tipping its cap to artists as varied as Elliot Smith, Prefab Sprout, Cocteau Twins, and Pink Floyd, pushing sonic boundaries and blurring genre lines with gleeful abandon.

Check out the shimmering, off-kilter indie pop of Jane, Don’t You Know Me?


Following a few rough years of touring, relationships beginning and ending, and writer’s block, Mikal Cronin decided to make a change. He packed up and retreated to Idyllwild, a small town in the mountains of southern California, where he spent a month in the cabin, alone. The solitude proved fruitful, with the bulk of forthcoming long player Seeker being written and demoed during this time period.

After a series of fires sparked by an arsonist forced him to evacuate immediately, he returned a few days early to LA and began the recording process using Ty Segall’s Freedom Band.

Seeker will be out on the 25th October and Show Me is the first taste from him. Check it out below, together with some UK dates for early next year.


Live Dates

Feb 24th | Bristol, The Louisiana
Feb 25th | London, Moth Club
Feb 26th | Manchester, Soup Kitchen
Feb 27th | Glasgow, The Hug & Pint
Feb 28th | Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Feb 29th | Brighton, The Hope & Ruin


Mad Mackerel Recommends… The BV’s

Posted: July 31, 2019 in Indie, Music, Pop, Rock

Just discovered The BV’s via a random Soundcloud stream – these aren’t new songs, but they are about as perfect a slice of dreamy, catchy indie pop as you could possibly hope to find.

A duo hailing from Falmouth in Cornwall and Augsberg in Germany, listen to Charlie, I Don’t Know Who You Are! (from their Cartography album released back in March) which is jaunty enough to make the sun peep through the clouds to see what is going on, and the equally excellent Be Enough from last year’s Interpunktion EP that echoes with jangly C86 goodness, and would be our friend Barry Sean’s favourite new song.

Bandcamp page is here – check it out.



Bristol band Some Bodies have a brand new single called TV Show.

It is beautifully constructed and well crafted indie-pop that utilises a killer krautrock riff, effortlessly intertwining it with ethereal dream-pop breakdowns.

Think Ty Segall crossed with Foxygen… maybe. Anyway, have a listen.


We’re loving this single from emerging Brighton five-piece Youth Sector, a post-punk outfit offering up a blend of drawling vocal melodies and crooked guitars on new single Renting Spaces In My World.

It sounds like it has come straight out of NYC in the early 1980s and definitely has echoes of Talking Heads, Devo and even some classic indie disco, but happily it ploughs its own furrow, tempering the angry synths and choppy guitars with an unashamed nod to pop music, making it both catchy and cool! A nice skill to have.

Play it below.


A couple of weeks ago Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures shared their new single Sober In Barcelona, which is the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming new album, Tequila Island, released next week, 21st June on Fika Recordings.

it’s an ode to a lost afternoon in the baking Spanish sun that sees Mr Brinks mournfully lamenting a period of sobriety on the Plaça de Sol in Gràcia that he swears he’ll never put himself through again.