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We’ve decided to do things a bit differently this year – too many times in the past we’ve posted our favourite songs of the year and then discovered late releases we wished we’d added! And also 2019 was a shit year for the world – Brexit, Johnson, Trump, the world burning… at least there is music.

So, way after everyone else has done theirs, here is MM’s countdown of top 100 tunes for 2019 – part 1!

 

100 Chupa Cabra – Violent Urges

 

99 Metz – Dry Up

 

98 Youth Sector – Renting Spaces In My World

 

97 Some Bodies – TV Show

 

96 Tummyache – Median

 

95 Dr. Dog – Can’t Catch Me

 

94 Amyl & The Snifters – Monsoon Rock

 

93 DITZ – Gayboy

 

92 Phobophobes – Blind Muscle

 

91 B Boys – I Want

 

90 Big Thief – Not

 

89 Matt Shapiro – Rockaway Girl

 

88 Pile – The Soft Hands of Stephen Miller

 

87 Port Juvee – Hope to Lose

 

86 The Murder Capital – Green & Blue

 

85 Better Oblivion Community Center – Dylan Thomas

 

84 Oh Sees – Heart Worm

 

83 Spectator – Weight

 

82 Fat White Family – Feet

 

81 Hurt Valley – Apartment Houses

 

80 Bambara – Serafina

 

79 Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – At The Back Of The Pit

 

78 Crows – Chain of Being

 

77 WIVES – Hit Me Up

 

76 Cate le Bon – Daylight Matters

 

75 Slaves – One More Day Won’t Hurt

 

74 B Boys – Instant Pace

 

73 LIFE – Moral Fibre

 

72 Catholic Action – People Don’t Protest Enough

 

71 Black Adidas – Be Cool

 

70 Panik Attaks – Terror

 

69 FEET – Outer Rim

 

68 The Dream Syndicate – Put Some Miles On

 

67 Purple Mountains – Margaritas At The Mall

 

66 Lightning Dust – Competitive Depression

 

65 Comet Gain – We’re All Fucking Morons

 

64 LIFE – Excites Me

 

63 Hotel Lux – Tabloid Newspaper

 

62 Sunflowers – Dreamweaver

 

61 Sleep Eaters – Bad Love

 

60 Frog – Black Friday

 

59 Patio – Boy Scout

 

58 Working Men’s Club – Teeth

 

57 The Stroppies – Cellophane Car

 

56 Brooke Bentham – All My Friends Are Drunk

 

55 IDLES – Mercedes Marxist

 

54 Bee Bee Sea – Be Bop Palooza

 

53 Sleep Eaters – Life of Sin

 

52 Field Medic – The Bottle’s My Lover, She’s Just My Friend

 

51 Squid – Match Bet

 

 

Bambara – Heat Lightning

Posted: January 11, 2020 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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Bambara’s new album Stray was announced in October ahead of a February 14th release on the always reliable Brooklyn indie Wharf Cat. The album is structured like a collection of short stories about a group of loosely-related characters living in a fictionalized Georgia community.

Beginning with lead single Serafina, and followed by Sing Me To The Street, the band have shared the third single from the album Heat Lightning. It is a driving punk song with almost western-style guitar leads undercut by ominous synth swells, frontman Reid Bateh turns the spotlight on one of the album’s lead characters, the personified figure of Death.

Stream it here. Pre-order the album here.

 

Sometimes you get an email from a band that already pretty much sums up everything we might want to say about a record in a couple of brilliant sentences.

Deeside’s Chupa Cabra is a perfect case in point. First, they describe their music as “nauseating, salivating, hypnotizing, no good sucker-punch-piss-yourself polystyrene agitator Blues“. Nice!

And they go on to describe their new single Violent Urges as “a word-salad murder-ballad set to the beat of a brick in a washing machine. It’s the urge to shout at the telly, it’s quitting smoking, it’s the space between the holes in your memory. Chupa Cabra’s new single is a call to trepan the masses. Bring your own anaesthetic.

‘Word-salad murder ballad’ might be our favourite song descriptor of the year.

Good tune too. Listen in.

 

Fun fact: The Chupacabra translates as literally “goat-sucker”; from chupar, “to suck”, and cabra, “goat”, it is a legendary creature in the folklore of parts of the Americas, with its first purported sightings reported in Puerto Rico.

ShitKid – Get Jealous

Posted: November 22, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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Fiercely independent Swedish duo ShitKid’s upcoming release Duo Limbo/”Mellan himmel å helvete” presents four incendiary new blasts of grungy punk as they were originally conceived. Firstly as English-language tracks, before “Mellan himmel å helvete” (‘Between Heaven and Hell’) takes the same instrumental tracks and lays new Swedish vocals over the top. The effect is two sides of the same coin, defined by the subtle differences in the vocal delivery in what are their first recordings in their native Swedish.

The excellent lead single is Get Jealous, and it is out now.

 

The Restless Bear label’s first vinyl release is a split EP from GRAVVES and Deh-Yey.

We have both tracks for you – North Wales noisy alternative punks GRAVVES have shared a new video for Jaws, fairly precisely dubbed a “short, hectic and animated barrage of riff-heavy punk rock

While Chester’s Deh-Yey scornfully question the all pervasive influence of mobile technology and social media with A Matter of Life & Likes.

Stream them here…

 

 

GURU – Don’t Talk / LTD

Posted: October 18, 2019 in Alternative, Music, Punk, Rock
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A pretty much perfect companion piece to our earlier post today from Blood Vision

Brighton punks GURU have a new double A side digital single to promote – Don’t Talk / LTD actually saw a release yesterday and we’re loving it.

Don’t Talk slams out of the gate with nary a backwards glance and proceeds to accelerate to warp speed on the back of some potent punk riffs and lyrics borne of frustration. LTD is, if anything, even better – a tense, propulsive anthem that builds to a frenzied crescendo. I’d love to see this live…

Top notch stuff. Stream them both here.

 

 

 

Hailing from Northampton, Blood Visions play the sort of no holds barred, unapologetic punk rock that all too often comes across as little more than weakly derivative of what has gone before.

Thankfully not so with new single 01604ever, which is taken from their upcoming self-titled EP, this five-piece avoid all the usual pitfalls and best of all have taken the time and trouble to build their frenetic attack around a proper song. There are shades of Titus Andronicus for sure, but in a damn good way, and this is a track we’ve been blasting out all morning.

Now you should too…

 

 

Petrol Girls’ latest single No Love For A Nation explores the band’s inherent abhorrence of nationalism and borders in general.

Vocalist Run Aldridge says “This track is our anti-nationalist anthem. As a band, we come from three different nation states – Austria, Lithuania and the UK – and hold no love for any of them.

It is a pulverising slab of meaty, anthemic punk rock. Give it a spin.

 

Panik Attaks – Terror

Posted: September 13, 2019 in Alternative, Music, Punk, Rock
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Just discovered this while trying and failing to clear down the MM Inbox.

Punk rock at its finest from Dublin’s Panik Attaks – just how many brilliant bands are coming out of Ireland at the moment?

Love this!

 

Wonk Unit – Cyclists

Posted: September 12, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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Wonk Unit, the unique punk quartet born out of the South London town of Croydon, return with a new single Cyclists, that furthers the bands inimitable take on punk rock, and finds them this time taking aim at selfish cyclists.

Last Summer on route to a festival on some country lane we were unfortunate enough to get stuck behind two cyclists, yes two abreast,” explains frontman Alex Johnson. “Did they care about the motorcade snaking behind them? Course not! Go read the highway code – two abreast is cool but ONLY IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS. DO NOT OBSTRUCT THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC. It’s the rules. So, I was tapping my hands on the dashboard when the funk took hold. “Cyclists riding 2 abreast blocking traffic, blocking traffic”. After about three months the cyclists decided to fix a puncture and we made it to the festival. By then the song was already a Wonk winner in the van! We jammed it in soundcheck and was a hit in our set later that night. The end.

The end result is just over two-minutes of additive wonk genius that once ingested, is almost impossible to get out of your system.

In short, you’ll be humming this for weeks.