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Ahead of Culture Abuse’s UK headline tour this month, the SF punks have released a cover version of one of their favourite songs, Police on my Back, found lurking in the set list of their current live shows. They have recorded with FIDLAR frontman, Zac Carper.

Famously covered by (GOAT) The Clash (who pretty much did more better covers than anyone else), and included on their Sandinista album, the origins of the song are with The Equals, fronted by Eddy Grant and released in the 1960s.

Heer at MM we’re always a bit wary of anyone taking on something The Clash have already done – the bar is mighty high after all. But, we’re liking this a lot – it’s the little things – the enunciation of “Tuesday” that sounds like “Toosday” to these anglo ears, the extended reggae breakdown and the exaggerated, staccato vocals on the verses.

Stream it below. Check out the competition, and also see their UK live dates with Gouge Away starting next week.




17-Oct, Southampton, Joiners
18-Oct, Birmingham, Actress & Bishop
19-Oct, Nottingham, Bodega
20-Oct,, Leeds, Key Club
21-Oct, Brighton, Hope & Ruin
22-Oct, Bristol, Exchange
23-Oct, Glasgow, King Tuts
24-Oct, Manchester, Star & Garter
25-Oct, London, Boston Music room

EZTV – Daytime

Posted: September 18, 2018 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Psychedelic, Rock

Daytime the new single from New York trio EZTV is a really sweet slice of jangly indie rock that recalls the 60’s heyday of pastoral psychedelia and all those wonderful nugget compilations.

Listen here and order here from Bandcamp.


Here is our latest collection of musical films for you. A regular pot pourri of musical styles from Girl Skin’s gorgeously fragile chamber folk to Sit Down’s oozing amalgam of doom metal and sludgy punk by way of The Cavemen’s amphetamine-fueled rhythms and scorching guitar, coupled with drunk and disorderly vocal tirades, and First Aid Kit’s ever perfect vocal harmonies.

There is Steve Mason’s soulful new single, brash snot-rock from TV COMA and the pummelling psych rock of the Oh Sees and Black Delta Movement and more hypnotic stoner wooze from The Holydrug Couple.










  1. YAK – White Male Carnivore
  2. Rays – Yesterday’s Faces
  3. Beachtape – Fix It Up
  4. Human People – Jenny
  5. Yowler – Angel
  6. Muncie Girls – Clinic
  7. Richard Thompson – My Rock, My Rope
  8. Rebecca Blasband – Love Is










LA indiepop-punks Girl Friday take inspiration from a plethora of influences ranging from the SCUM Manifesto, socialist propaganda, pro-women rallies, The Breeders, witchcraft, mall goths, and surf rock of the 70s.

On new single Decoration/Currency, the foursome have effortlessly fused together a seemingly clashing collage of musical styles with intelligently poetic lyrics wrapped in a pro-active, political mentality.

Listen below, and to (possibly even better) previous single Velvet. Click through to get both from Bandcamp. File somewhere between The Go-Gos and Alvvays.



Born (accidentally) in Canada, raised in Blackpool and now hiding in Melbourne, polarizing anti-genre artist Benjamin Shaw returns with a new long player Megadead.

Sitting somewhere between Smog and Four Tet, it is a wonderfully miserable album of disarmingly accessible songs filled with fuzz, brittle melodies, looping guitars, ‘80s synth, self-sabotage, self-doubt, violent fantasy and uncertain swagger.

The album will be released on the 31st August through Audio Antihero (US/UK) and Kirigirisu Recordings (Japan), it’s a wild amalgamation of his previous work, blurring burned-out lo-fi, electronic pop, glimmering keys, field recordings, aching words, layered noise and uncompromising experimentalism.

Check out first (free) single Terrible Feelings below.


No less than thirteen corking new tracks this week from the brilliant hypnotic post-punk thrum of FEWS to the infectious indie pop of Hater by way of a Ramones inspired Colleen Green, wiry art-punk from Public Practice, fuzzy urgency from Ron Gallo, raucous arena ready rock from We Were Promised Jetpacks, and sunburnt, pastoral psych from The Smoking Trees.

And lots more besides…

Do we spoil you? Course we bloody do.

  1. FEWS – Business Man
  2. J Mascis – See You At The Movies
  3. The Dodos – Forum
  4. Hater – Fall Off
  5. The Skiffle Players – Local Boy
  6. Colleen Green – I Wanna Be Ignored
  7. Menace Beach – Satellite
  8. Public Practice – Fate / Glory
  9. The Goon Sax – We Can’t Win
  10. Shannen Moser – Haircut Song
  11. Ron Gallo – Always Elsewhere
  12. We Were Promised Jetpacks – Repeating Patterns
  13. The Smoking Trees – Honestly, I Wish That I Knew















Gently Tender have risen from the ashes of Palma Violets, a band that started promisingly (we saw them perform an insane set at SXSW a few years ago), but soon faded into rather generic, mundane indie rockdom.

The new band features three ex-Violets (Sam Fryer, Pete Mayhew and Will Doyle) plus Big Moon’s Celia Archer and guitarist Adam Brown. Who knows if they have taken their naming inspiration from the Incredible String Band’s 1967 track of the same name, but the two songs they have shared have a definite psychedelic edge and in the case of latest track Avez-Vous Déjà, a more contemplative, pastoral English country garden feel.

Stream it below together with the ragged swagger of first single 2 Chords Good.



Dolls – Pop The Bubble EP

Posted: August 15, 2018 in Alternative, Garage, Indie, Music, Pop, Punk, Rock

Dolls have shared the lead track from their forthcoming EP Pop The Bubble.

Set for release in September the EP is four garage-pop anthems with as much sass as they have bite. For now, check out Sugar Free, a riotous example of their infectious grunge-punk inspired by “the use-and-throwaway society around us today, how superficial people’s lives can be, and how rapidly people’s values and what’s on-trend can change”.

Stream it here.


Mad Mackerel Recommends… The Beths

Posted: August 14, 2018 in Indie, Music, Pop, Rock

New Zealand’s The Beths deliver a perfect blast of indie-pop, occupying a warm, energetic sonic space between joyful hooks, sun-soaked harmonies, and acerbic lyrics. Their debut album Future Me Hates Me, is out now on Carpark Records.

Channelling their stew of personal-canon heroes while drawing inspiration from contemporaries like Alvvays and Courtney Barnett, The Beths serve up deeply emotional lyrics packaged within an assortment of roadtrip-ready pleasures, each song hitting the listener’s ears with an exhilarating endorphin rush.

Listen to a selection of tracks from the album below as well as their new video for You Wouldn’t Like Me.






Tour Dates:

5 Nov – Bristol @ The Crofters Rights
6 Nov – Manchester @ Mancunia Records and Studio
7 Nov – Glasgow @ Broadcast
8 Nov – Leicester @ Duffy’s Bar
9 Nov – Bournemouth @ The Anvil
10 Nov – Brighton @ East Street Tap