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Gaoler's Daughter - Split Like Cells & Split For Real

Gaoler’s Daughter who have made regular appearances in MM postings over the past few years have announced a new eight track record via Bandcamp titled Split Like Cells, and used the same forum to also announce that the band are no more.

Assuming it is no cruel April Fools hoax, then we shall be mighty sad to bid them farewell – their brand of folk inflected, slightly woozy indie was a unsettling delight and should have brought them far more recognition than it did.

Buy Split Like Cells for £7 here.


Debut Album From Gaoler's Daughter

Following a series of excellent singles, EPs and digital releases, long time MM faves Gaoler’s Daughter will finally release their long awaited fan-funded debut album How To Make Time on the 26th August.

As you might expect it combines voyeuristic vocals, reverb-washed guitars and driving rhythms, resulting in an album that subtly acknowledges the band’s influences from Can to Sonic Youth. The first taste comes in the form of the video and stream for energetic lead single Cordelia, which is currently monopolising our play-count and more than whetting the appetite for the full album.

Watch it/listen to it below.


New EP From Gaoler's Daughter

Gaoler’s Daughter have been firmly on the MM radar since the release of Nine Pieces of Silk back in 2010, but it has been well over a year since we’ve had anything new from them. So, a pleasure indeed to discover they have released a new EP on Bandcamp both as a physical CD and a digital download (even though it gives a release date of August 2012 – surely we’re not that late?), as well as giving away a free download of a track called Magazines for last Valentine’s Day!

Both are another fine examples of their new wave tinged, melancholic indie rock and certainly whets the appetite for forthcoming fan-funded debut album How To Make Time, out on the 26th August.



Gaoler’s Daughter Return

Posted: February 24, 2012 in Folk, Indie, Music, Rock

Gaoler's Daughter Return.

We have been fans of Gaoler’s Daughter from the very first time we heard their demo of Nine Pieces of Silk back at the start of 2010. Since then they’ve delivered a  series of excellent EPs and singles in the shape of The Only Way To Travel, Alchemy, Rhyme & Treason and St. Peter.

They have been back in touch to tell us about a new single, How Do You Know. Keeping to their DIY tradition they are releasing the track themselves via CD Baby, bandcamp and Vibedeck on 19th March.

The new tune is a little heavier and more strident than anything they’ve offered up before, but the change up in gear suits them and thankfully the track is just as addictive as anything they’ve done previously.

Watch / stream it below.



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New Single From Gaoler's Daughter.

We’ve long been admirers of Gaoler’s Daughter and they have returned with a cracking new single, St Peter, which is released on the 2nd October.

This time the band have upped the tempo and delivered a song that is more urgent and direct, charging ahead on a clatter of percussion and guitars before settling into a groove that recalls the halycon days of prime Echo & The Bunnymen. The band seem to go from strength to strength with each release and this is certainly their best yet.

Visit their Bandcamp page here for this and previous releases.


Gaoler’s Daughter have featured a couple of times on MM – they have the ability to combine an ear for a great melody with an engaging blend of indie and folk that sets them apart from the majority of new bands in this rather overcrowded arena.

Their Rhyme & Treason EP gets a release today and here is the radio edit of Angry Eyes that has caught the attention of both Zane Low on Radio 1 and Tom Robinson on Radio 6 – it is easy to hear why.

You can download via all good digital retailers or buy a CD for £3 from their Bandcamp page here.

Download Gaoler’s Daughter – Angry Eyes (Radio Edit) mp3

Here at MM we share, chat, argue, bury and praise music on a pretty regular basis…like daily. So throughout the year, the Mackerel crew (Mrs Mackerel, Barry-Sean, Christy-Popper, Dr Roddy, Polly Pocket, Starbar, MM and others) keep their own ever-changing top tens ready for publication at the climax of the festive season.

Now is the time to reveal all…

Our third contribution this year comes from the mighty Dr Roddy, house-mate, chef, Leeds fan, and occasional soiler of his own trousers.

10. Strayfolk – What Wouldn’t I Do (Download here)

A peach of a song to start me off with, a sparse and beautiful track. Maybe not the most uplifting of tales that is to be told in this song, but that only seems to compliment the voice of Swedish vocalist Henrik Thoren, who has, for my money, the sound of a man who has been smoking cornpipes and drinking ‘shine on porches in the south of America, for many a moon.

9. Murder By Death – Foxglove  (Download here)

This song sets its stall out right from the start. I was smitten immediately with the haunting sound of the cello and the military/marching band drum’s are like a heart beat running through the song. The music and sound of Adam turlas voice,  may lead you to think that this fevered hunt for a lover is doomed for bad times and worse, but knowing that “It was always You” puts a smile on my face.

8. Pancake Breakfast – The Ballad Of Maynard Noe  (Download here)

From the first sound you have an idea that this tune could have a real groove to it and you’re not to be disappointed. The guitar plays a funky rhythm, whilst Mike Midlo leads us into a tale of a hard, uncompromising, thug of a man who eventually gets his comeuppance. The lyric “And he’d cruise up every night, like a dog in a bin looking for a fight” paints a great image of Maynard Noe. When the song breaks it does so with gusto, it also has a fantastic guitar and trumpet solo.

7. Yeasayer – Ambling Alp

There is a great bassline to this song and the chorus is contagious, once heard you can’t shift it (in a good way, not a pop ear rot way). The drums are simple, but resounding and there is some great work on the keyboards that create a kind of electro feel, but with a real modern twist. There are some gems of lyrics in this song too concerning “old man Schmelling”. And Ambling Alp. All in all a ripsnorter of a tune.


6. Fist Fam – S. F. Bay  (Download here)

This song is a real piece of feel good hip hop. From its first listening, it put a smile on my face, I just couldn’t stop my head from nodding. For 3 minutes and 52 seconds  I felt “street”, then, remembering I was a 30 something year old British male, that all came crashing down around my ears. But I thank Fist Fam for those fleeting moments. The harmonica has a real summery, Stevie Wonder type sound and the bassline is something that Rick James would have been proud of. The lyrics set the scene  of a carefree summer city. As I write this there is about two feet of snow outside, so that is a welcome thought.

5. Nathaniel  Rateliffe – Brakeman.

I find this song has an almost lullaby quality to it. The lyrics just seem to drip with regret and despair. The piano seems to frame that perfectly as Nathaniel Rateliffe sings a tale of a man who seems to be at the shit end of work, love and life. The song itself seems simple and uncomplicated by heavy production, which is by no means a bad thing. A definite case of less is more. And at 2 minutes 25 seconds that makes it perfect.


4. Street Sweeper Social Club – The New Fuck You.

Great name for a band, great tune. There is nothing wrong with a power chord riff that is more infectious than MRSA. This also has some of the greatest lyrics I have heard in one song, ever! I could repeat some of them here, but that would just mean writing the song pretty much verbatim. The only thing I can say is get yourself some understanding neighbours, beers and turn this one up!!


3. The Tallest Man On Earth – King of Spain  (Download here)

What a song. It couldn’t be any simpler, just a man and a guitar. Filling the speakers with such a rich sound you almost think there is a whole band there. This track was a instant hit in my house, you could listen to it in any frame of mind and take something from it. Because of this it has become the sound track to many a refined night of co-co and slippers obviously?  The pace of this track is excellent it gallops along like a giddy mare. While the lyrics leave you pining for rioja and siesta in warmer climes. A great winter warmer.

2. Wooden Wand – Ragtop Ruby

This song has the lyric of the year of the year for me “Mr Kyle from Saint Charlies, I guess you met a man there, He’d just enough rope in his trunk to make you uneasy”. A work of genius.  Although this is the opening line the rest of the song doesn’t disappoint with more inspired lyrics, while the guitar creeps along at a nice rhythm to accompany Wooden Wand’s drawling delivery. It was hard to choose between the WW songs I’ve heard this year but there could only real be one winner. Ragtop Ruby.

1. What Would Jesus Drive – The Girls Are In Charge  (Download here, live version)

Here it is: without question song of the year. As soon as heard this on a CD of Mr Mackerel’s latest offerings I knew it was going to be my number one. It has everything I love – thumping drum beat, power chords and a good bit of wit. Listening to Amy Casey and Tim Box banter the lyrics back and forth at one another  is a nice touch. But it’s the guitar riff that makes this song a sure fire winner. The bass and drums are the backbone but it’s that riff. Oh and I don’t know if I mentioned the killer riff?

Bubbling Under (Songs That Came So Close)

5. Overmountain MenLooking For Dr. Caligari

4. Gaoler’s DaughterNine Pieces Of Silk

3. UnclesSettler’s Song

2. Sheepdogs – I Don’t Know

1. Wooden Wand – Uncle Bill

Best Songs First Heard this Year, But Not 2010

5. Frank Turner – Try This At Home

4. Willard Grant Conspiracy – Drunkard’s Prayer

3. Get Busy Committee – My Little Razor Blade

2. Wooden Wand – Son Of Wand (Hard Luck Prince)

1. Wilco – Handshake drugs

Guilty pleasure (I’m in no way repentent)

Lena Meyer – Satellite

My, they’re a good looking bunch aren’t they!

We’ve posted about Gaoler’s Daughter a couple of times on Mad Mackerel and they’ve definitely been one of those bands we’ve marked out as worth keeping an eye on. An unusual mix of styles and sounds and a great ear for melody means they demand the listener’s attention and then retain the capacity to consistently surprise them.

Their new self-released EP is called Rhyme & Treason and is due for release on the 15th November. It contains four tracks and the first thing we noticed was that they seem to have beefed up their sound somewhat giving them a harder, sinewy edge than they possessed before. It works well and adds an extra degree of depth and power to the songs that is most welcome. As with all their previous releases, it is a genre-bending offering with elements of reggae, folk, pop, rock and even a touch of jazz in there too, but the guitar jangle and persuasive percussion are staples again and give the tracks a solid base from which to explore.

Visit their website here, where you can hear the rest of the EP’s tracks too. Download previous EPs via eMusic here.

Download Gaoler’s Daughter – Angry Eyes mp3 (from Rhyme & Treason EP)

Download Gaoler’s Daughter – Sun Coming Up (from Alchemy EP)

A little while ago we posted about Gaoler’s Daughter and gave you their excellent track Nine Pieces Of Silk. We then got hold of their equally excellent The Only Way To Travel EP, which boasted the (you guessed it) excellent song Jumbo Jet.

Now they are preparing to release a new EP titled Alchemy which is out on the 6th June. We’ve had an advance copy for a few days now and it is, no other word to describe it, excellent.

Their sound is summed up perfectly on their MySpace page – rowdy, stomping rhythms shift in an instant to beautiful, uplifting melodies, which are set against dark brooding harmonies. John Sterry’s sensitive vocals stand in stark contrast to the often disturbing content of his lyrics. Alex Mahood’s guitar, washed in reverb, cuts uplifting counter melodies into the driving, yet measured rhythms created by Alfie Ambrose and Ben Hutchinson.

Like we said – excellent.

Visit their MySpace here. Pre-order Alchemy here.

Download Gaoler’s Daughter – Sun Coming Up mp3 (from Alchemy EP)

Download Gaoler’s Daughter – Jumbo Jet mp3 (from The Only Way To Travel EP) Link removed by request.

See them live:

13 May – The Lock Tavern, Camden, London

14 May – The Staggs Head, Dalston, London

22 May – The Windmill, Brixton, London

28 May – Sharabang Launch Tour @ Concorde 2, Brighton

29 May – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

30 May  – Sharabang Launch Tour @ Marquee (old Barfly), Liverpool

31 May – Sharabang Launch Tour @ Taylor John’s House, Coventry

5 Jun – Sound Control, Manchester

11 Jun – Half Moon, Putney, London

12 Jun – BBC Introducing Stage, Sellindge, Kent

13 Jun – Strummerville Summer Session, Hammersmith, London,

9 Jul – Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent