Archive for the ‘Pop’ Category


Brooke Bentham’s new single, All My Friends Are Drunk is a song for lost youth and young adulthood.

With influences somewhere between Mazzy Star, Yo La Tengo, Sparklehorse and early Angel Olsen, the young singer/songwriter writes sharp and eloquent songs about her experiences and this one captures “that wishful longing for what was” in the self-destructivity of her and her peers.

It is a truly exemplary display of her talents – creamy overdriven guitars combine with driving rhythms and stunning vocals, giving a Sonic Youth-esque feel to her raw and emotive sound.

Stream it below.




Dry Cleaning have shared the second single off their forthcoming EP Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks.

Invigorating and thoughtful, Viking Hair has their trademark repetitive, melodic guitar motifs ringing out over an energised rhythm section that builds to a gradual crescendo.

Check out the video below, and also first single Sit Down Meal here. You can order the EP via Bandcamp here.



Introducing >>> My Little Hum

Posted: September 26, 2019 in Indie, Music, Pop, Rock

California husband and wife duo My Little Hum will release their sophomore album, Pioneer on the 18th October. The fabulous artwork featured on the cover was created by master illustrator Wayne Brezinka who has done cut-out-style artwork for numerous top-selling albums.

The eight tracks on the record glitter and shimmer with upbeat, breezy indie-pop, that is packed with lush female harmonies, bubbling bass lines and catchy melodies.

Check out One Of A Kind, and latest single, the marvellous Subway Song below.



Vetiver – Swaying

Posted: September 23, 2019 in Americana, Country, Folk, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock

Vetiver have shared Swaying, the second single off their upcoming release Up On High. It’s a sweet, jangly banger that songwriter Andy Cabic calls an homage to his early heroes R.E.M. and The Feelies.



Vivian Girls – Memory

Posted: September 11, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Punk, Rock

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

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

Parsnip – Taking Me For A Ride

Posted: September 3, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock

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.


Vetiver are back with a new album Up On High (out in October) and will be playing live in the UK in December.

Have a listen to the acoustically styled, lush folk of To Who Knows Where with its lovely pastoral psych-pop flourishes.

Gorgeous stuff.

Live Dates

7 Dec 19 – Liverpool @ 81 Renshaw
8 Dec 19 – Manchester @ YES
9 Dec 19 – Durham @ Old Cinema Launderette
10 Dec19 – Edinburgh @ Sneaky Pete’s
11 Dec 19 – Glasgow @ Mono
13 Dec 19 – Leeds @ Headrow House
14 Dec 19 – Birmingham @ The Cuban Embassy
15 Dec 19 – Brighton @ The Brunswick
16 Dec 19 – Bristol @ Rough Trade
17 Dec 19 – London @ O2 Academy2 Islington

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.