MM Shorts 984: Matt Hectorne

Posted: November 6, 2017 in Americana, Folk, Indie, Music, Rock
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Recently released Americana single Only Way into Your Heart from Matt Hectorne is an open letter of minor chord progressions and whiskey-drenched tension that drives an upbeat melody. Pedal steel plays centre stage, creating a haunting, almost Gothic, vibe that swells and retreats before it glides and settles. The duality between darker chords and an uplifting chorus create an infectious blend that encompasses the entire rhythm.

Stream it below.

 

Hailing outta Brisbane, Dumb Things have released their first self-titled album.  It’s a collection of country-burnt pop songs, scruffy enough to get stopped at the door, but charming enough to talk its way in.

Listen to the excellent opener Drivin’ Home that offers up more than a nod to Parquet Courts. The cassette can be bought for $5 via Bandcamp or the digital version is on a “pay-what-you-want” deal.

 

I Was A Fool is New York trio Sunflower Bean’s first new single since releasing their critically acclaimed debut album Human Ceremony last year.

It is a sublime slice of dreamy, indie-pop that over three and a half minutes manages to expertly navigate a route that prevents it from ever becoming twee or overly saccharine whilst retaining a gentle, rolling charm all of its own.

Listen below. As well as opening for the Wolf Alice tour next week, they will be back in March next year for a headline tour of their own. Dates also below.

 

24/03 – Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
26/03 – Norwich @ Open Norwich
27/03 – Birmingham @ Hare and Hounds
28/03 – Newcastles @ Riverside
29/03 – Leeds @ The Wardrobe
30/03 – Manchester @ Gorilla
31/03 – Liverpool @ The Magnet
01/04 – Glasgow @ Stereo
03/04 – Bristol @ The Thekla
05/04 – Brighton @ Concorde 2
06/04 – London @ KOKO

Tickets on sale from the 10th November here.

Australian duo DZ Deathrays have announced their new album, Bloody Lovely, with the release of their newest single Total Meltdown.

The single bulges with their thrash-party attitude, a massive chorus, and is every bit as loud as it is fun.

 

Halloween is one of our favourite times of year. You get the best films for a start and oldest sprat has already digested the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the original Halloween itself in the past few days. So here is a collection of new spooky themed tunes that have found their way into our in-box, and which like a lot of the other stuff we got, wasn’t shit. We also have a bloody and brilliant Halloween 2017 classic playlist here too.

No tricks. All treats. Enjoy.

Slowcoaches just released a new single Complex, which we shared here, but never ones to rest easy, they are back with something special for Halloween. They’ve covered The Misfits’ Skulls in typically raucous fashion.

 

Los Angeles-based rap-punk duo Ho99o9 have revealed Neighborhood Watch as a surprise Halloween release

 

Wild Evel And The Trashbones have their roots in 1960s US garage punk. Take some of Billy Childish’s trashy guitar solos, some of the Miracle Workers’ and The Stomachmouths’ catchy melodies, add some “three-finger organ”, combine them with invisible monsters and cavemen, in the spirit of the late great Screaming Lord Sutch, and you’ll have the gist of what these guys are up to.

 

In a somewhat similar vein, The Two Tens have shared Looney Bin especially for October 31st, a psychotic, demented blast of garage punk.

 

Also just in time for Halloween, Lee Ranaldo has released the brand new video for Uncle Skeleton, a track taken from his latest album, Electric Trim, which is out now on Mute.

 

Meanwhile, NJ-based indie-rockers The Clydes have released their new single The Vampire of Hanover, written from the perspective of Fritz Harman, a German serial killer.

 

And lastly, we have the trademark croon and growl of Shilpa Rays’ Morning Terrors Nights of Dread, which comes from latest album Door Girl.

 

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MM Shorts 982: Tempesst

Posted: October 31, 2017 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Psychedelic, Rock
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London based 4-piece Tempesst have release their debut EP Adult Wonderland, along with the announcement of new single Feel Better – a psych-tinged ode to partying all night and living for the weekend, to escape from the monotony of everyday life.

Stream it here.

 

First Aid Kit – Postcard

Posted: October 31, 2017 in Americana, Folk, Music, Rock
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Swedish duo First Aid Kit will release their new album Ruins on January 19, their first since 2014’s excellent Stay Gold.

They’ve shared another track from it, Ruins, which they describe as “one of the most traditional sounding songs we’ve ever written. It’s not a resentful song, but more of a reaching out to a lover to wish them well on their journey in the midst of having to let them go.

Listen below.

 

 

In 2014 The Men side-project Dream Police released their excellent debut LP Hypnotized, toured extensively, and ultimately, as side projects tend to work, they returned focus to their primary band.

Fortunately, after three years wait, they got together recently and recorded a brand new single. Revenge.

Happily too, their signature use of the Roland 707 drum machine, the driving but psychedelic bass line, the droning organ, the dizzying guitar leads, and haunting vocals are all there on the single too, just as they always have been.

Have a listen.

 

 

Marvellous indie trio Dream Wife, who delivered one of our favourite live sets of the year at Truck Festival have announced details of their much anticipated self-titled debut album. There are plenty of options to buy the record including a very special limited edition transparent vinyl with blood red splatter, a gatefold vinyl edition and CD and various bundles with signed novellas – check the pre-order options here.

They have also shared a new track, Let’s Make Out, which is another top notch track of catchy, feminist post punk swirl… with teeth!

Listen below.

 

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Six corking new videos for six corking new (or newish) raucous tracks. Some of our favourite tunes of the year here…