New Single From Suave Martyrs

Another band who made it into the top end of our best of 2020 lists, Manchester quintet Suave Martyrs expertly blend elements of ‘60s West Coast rock, baggy indie and jangly psychedelia. Their latest single Cascades of Gold is four minutes of blissed out technicolour Madchester inspired freakadelia, falling somewhere in between the Stone Roses and a particularly enjoyable dose of mushrooms. With a narrative built around “two … Continue reading New Single From Suave Martyrs

Minor Moon – Tethers

Minor Moon, the Chicago-based cosmic Americana group led by multi-instrumentalist Sam Cantor, have an upcoming third full length album Tethers, out March 26 via Ruination Record Co. & Whatever’s Clever. Having previously shared the unhurried No Lightning Fix, the band have now offered up a second taste from the album in the shape of the simmering Under An Ocean Of Holes. So, if a healthy amount of Midwestern … Continue reading Minor Moon – Tethers

Jimmyjack Toth – Toth’s Law Volume 4

Though it pains me to say it, I was unaware that longstanding MM favourite Wooden Wand had permanently given up the moniker and is now simply Jimmyjack Toth. Even more so when I realised that he had just released a fourth volume of Toth’s Law – after a gap of just over three years. The digital liner notes (if such a thing can exist) on … Continue reading Jimmyjack Toth – Toth’s Law Volume 4

Psymon Spine – Jumprope

Fusing psychedelic pop and the deep grooves of dance music, Psymon Spine’s music oozes with melodic hugeness. New album Charismatic Megafauna explores a pot pourri of sounds ranging from disco to early techno and motorik’s incessant pulse. Latest single Jumprope offers vocalist Sabine Holler’s pithy commentary on city life over a driving beat and funk-inspired bassline that calls to mind LCD Soundsystem and Talking Heads.  Stream it … Continue reading Psymon Spine – Jumprope

New Video: Venus Furs – New Inspirations

Canadian psych-gazer, Paul Kasner aka Venus Furs was kind enough to send a vinyl copy of his excellent self-titled debut album all the way across the pond to us late last year, and also made an appearance in our best of the year lists with Page Before. He has a new video for the track New Inspiration, which he describes as “a late-night, moody song about … Continue reading New Video: Venus Furs – New Inspirations

Cool Ghouls New Album: At George’s Zoo

The Cool Ghouls are marking their tenth anniversary with the release of a new album At George’s Zoo. A heady brew of garage jangle, psychedelia and Americana, listen to the first taste in the shape of Helpless Circumstance. The album is out on the 12th March and you can click through on the Bandcamp link to pre-order.   Continue reading Cool Ghouls New Album: At George’s Zoo

Mad Mackerel Recommends… Nathan Hall & The Sinister Locals

Nathan Hall & The Sinister Locals are a Cardiff based psychedelic collective blending guitars, analogue synths, gizmos, haunted house organs, sound effects, beats and magic realist lyrics. in November they released a 22 track double album called On The Blink and have followed it up with a new three track release this week called New Eyes EP. The opening title track really is rather good … Continue reading Mad Mackerel Recommends… Nathan Hall & The Sinister Locals

Introducing >>> Painted Shrines

In 2018, longtime friends and collaborators Jeremy Earl of Woods and Glenn Donaldson of Skygreen Leopards met in Northern California to record an album under the name Painted Shrines. The album, titled Heaven and Holy, will finally see release this year, coming out on 5th March via Woodsist Records. Recorded in a week, it is a collection of hazy folk rock and drowsy psych-pop, which … Continue reading Introducing >>> Painted Shrines

Video Round Up / Catch Up

Been clearing down that overfull MM in-box in the post Christmas slump and found a few videos and tunes we missed, or never quite got round to posting. So we’re putting that right now and here they are, better late than never. Let us commence with some pretty fearsome punk blues from Scott H. Biram who released a surprise new album at the tailend of … Continue reading Video Round Up / Catch Up

Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Tunes of 2020

Time to finish off our reflections on the past twelve months. Here are my own choices for ten favourite tunes that soundtracked lockdown and those life saving dog walks with the gold medal winning picnic thief. 10 Man of Moon – Strangers The long awaited (by me anyway) return of Scottish duo Man of Moon was amply rewarded by their brilliant single Strangers using heavy … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Tunes of 2020