Posts Tagged ‘Meat Wave’

New From Meat Wave

Posted: January 15, 2018 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Post Punk, Rock

Chicago’s Meat Wave are back in business with the bracing one-two of new single Shame and Dogs at Night, the trio’s first new material since last year’s acclaimed The Incessant LP which arrived in March and made our end-of-year best of lists.

Both tracks were recorded during the Incessant sessions and continue to mine the more playful, dexterous elements that the record brought to the band’s sound, all tumbling drums, spidery guitar patterns and pensive, provocative vocals. Dogs at Night previously appeared as part of last year’s Our First 100 Days project (we posted it here), while the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Shame is seeing the light of day for the first time.

Listen here.


Our second personal countdown comes from long time top twenty stalwart Chris T Popper, a fish of fine musical taste and the Steve Bould of Mad Mackerel.

20 Nervous Dater – Bad Spanish


19 The Moonlandingz – Black Hanz


18 Meat Wave – The Incessant


17 Roadhouses – Drinkin’


16 Ty Segall – Big Man


15 Public Serivce Broadcasting – All Out


14 The Gay Blades – Hurricane Boys


13 DZ Deathrays – Shred For Summer


12 King Lizard & The Gizzard Wizard – Vomit Coffin


11 Sleaford Mods – Drayton Manored


10 Pontiak – Tomorrow Is Forgetting
A methodic rollercoaster of a tune. Flurry of drums at the start and we’re in to the somniferous beat with some ominous guitar work echoing in the background. It’s heavy shit – plenty of reverb and that shamanic thump carries on ricocheting inside your head like a tripped out game of Pong.


9 Black Mekon – Janey Was A Klepto
Fantastic title for a song and the band name isn’t bad either; this comes from the album One in the Hate (which also includes the track ‘Frank Died Hanging From An Electric Fence’ which has to be worth a mention). It certainly hurtles along at a frantic pace and honed down to less than 2 and half minutes it packs plenty in with minimal fuss.


8 Big Thief – Shark Smile
Infused with a sadness that you sense immediately, Adrianne Lenker’s divine vocals transports you to chasing that yellow van on the moonlit road. It feels effortless with Lenker’s precision and timing. I especially loved her line comparing a kiss to the need for oxygen. A song that feels both poignant and strangely uplifting.


7 Lød – Folder
Folder is a rather splendid 8 and a half minute journey that takes the scenic route. Borrows from pretty much all my favourite bands and still sounds original. Fantastic breaks using keyboards and real good bass, never fails to keep you amused and bemused.


6 The Coathangers – Captain’s Dead
I’m still coming to terms with the fact I missed The Coathangers UK tour this year. Vocalist and guitarist Julia Kugel said the song was partly a response to the direction America has taken under a certain person elected to office in January lamenting ‘The reward for malicious action is often a bag of shit, one way or another’. The sense of disappointment is palpable and brilliantly observed.


5 Cool Ghoul – Gord’s Horse
My top ten wouldn’t be complete without a Gord’s Horse. San Francisco quartet Cool Ghouls put this laid back beauty together that plods along like… a horse I guess. A horse tripping on acid but still a horse.


4 Whispertown – Born To Ride
Whispertown is the rather marvellous LA based singer/songwriter Morgan Meyn Nagler. She possesses such an engaging and warm vocal style it hooked me in pretty much straight away. The song is so damn smart, feeling fresh and inventive and I absolutely love the hazy backing vocals.


3 Terry – Take Me To The City
Following last year’s entry at number 6 Terry have nabbed the no 3 spot this year with the instantly likeable Take Me To The City. The ‘All they talk about…’ refrain hints at longing for brighter lights but you get the feeling no one is escaping soon. Possesses a hook and riff you would die for.


2 Idles – Exeter
Idles so nearly managed a clean sweep for me this year. My favourite album with Brutalism, my favourite live act of the year and finally very nearly the best song of 2017. Joe Talbot’s lyrics are delivered with a most agreeable ferocity. Hands up whose ready for a bar fight, there’s plenty of takers here. A tour de force of barely contained anger at the banality of it all.


1 Metz – Drained Lake
Opening a song with feedback is always good in my book. I’m a simple soul. From it’s urgent, jarring beginning and opening line (‘Forever getting nowhere, while blankly staring in to space’) Drained Lake is just pure badass from start to finish. Guitar like buzzsaws, manic drumbeat and a sense of barely held together chaos throughout. It’s relentless and uncompromising and it delivers.



30 Meat Wave – The Incessant


29 L.A. Witch – L.A. Witch


28 Oh Sees – Orc


27 Pissed Jeans – Why Love Now


26 Deer Tick – Deer Tick Vol. 1


25 Ty Segall – Ty Segall


24 Public Service Broadcasting – Public Service Broadcasting


23 Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger In The Alps


22 Alvvays – Antisocialites


21 Sleaford Mods – English Tapas


20 Spectres – Condition


19 Whispertown – I’m A Man


18 The Americans – I’ll Be Yours


17 King Krule – The Ooz


16 Ron Gallo – Heavy Meta


15 Flat Worms – Flat Worms


14 Micah P. Hinson – Micah P Hinson Presents: The Holy Strangers


13 The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding


12 Kevin Morby – City Music


11 Mark Lanegan – Gargoyle


10 LIFE – Popular Music


9 Protomartyr – Relatives In Descent


8 Laura Marling – Semper Femina


7  Terry – Remember Terry


6 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana


5 Black Angels – Death Song


4 Cabbage – Young, Dumb & Full Of…


3 Big Thief – Capacity


2 The Moonlandingz – Interplanetary Class Classic


1 IDLES – Brutalism


50 Hiccup – Teasin’


49 Nervous Dater – Bad Spanish


48 Sun Abduction – Acid Pyramid


47 Roadhouses – Drinkin’


46 Dream Police – Revenge


45 BAIT – Push The Elephant


44 Meat Wave – The Incessant


43 Young Fathers – Only God Knows


42 Ty Segall – Big Man


41 The Sugarmen – Our Gallows


40 The War On Drugs – Holding On


39 Sleaford Mods – Drayton Manored


38 DZ Deathrays – Shred For Summer


37 Pontiak – Tomorrow Is Forgetting


36 Protomartyr – My Children


35 Black Mekon – Janey Was A Klepto


34 together PANGEA – Money On It


33 Gay Blades – Hurricane Boys


32 Pissed Jeans – The Bar Is Low


31 Screaming Females – Glass House


30 The Divine Comedy – To The Rescue


29 Idles – Mother


28 Deer Tick – Sea Of Clouds


27 The Black Angels – I’d Kill For Her


26 The Queens Of The Stone Age – The Way You Used To Be



Best of 2017: 75 – 51

Best of 2017: 100 – 76

Meat Wave

We are eagerly anticipating Chicago trio Meat Wave’s forthcoming album The Incessant out on 17th February on Big Scary Monsters here in the UK and EU, and via Side One Dummy in the States.

We posted the title track  recently and Incessant was brilliant, but the rollicking, self-referential Bad Man, might be even better – one of the most cathartic, bile-ridden songs in a catalogue littered with them.

Listen below, pre-order the album here, and check out their upcoming UK tour dates too.


See them live

Apr 21st | Brighton – The Joker
Apr 22nd | Nottingham – Stuck On A Name
Apr 24th | Cardiff – Club Ifor Bach
Apr 25th | Birmingham – The Flapper
Apr 26th | Leeds – Brudenell Social Club (Games Room)
Apr 27th | Glasgow – Hug & Pint
Apr 28th | Newcastle – Hit The North
Apr 29th | Liverpool – Studio 2
Apr 30th | Leicester – Handmade Festival
May 1st | Guildford – Boileroom
May 2nd | London – Birthdays

best of the weekAnother seven days have come and gone, although these felt infinitely more dangerous than any others. Hats off to Ewan McGregor at least this week!

If nothing else it means new songs from those horrified by the new leader of the free world – so to kick us off we have offerings from Suuns, Meat Wave, Father John Misty and an update on a protest song classic from Billy Bragg. Elsewhere a raw articulation of grief from Mount Eerie, and some sparkling new releases from none others than Real Estate’s Byrds-ian jangle, Promised Land Sound’s space-country, FEWS’ post-punk motorik squall, some sunny indie from Tim Darcy (of Ought), garage-grunge from Meatbodies, a brilliant slab of shoegazey beach-punk from Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and to round it all off a new song from power-pop-punks White Reaper.

Twelve songs – a perfect playlist to kick off the weekend.


  1. Suuns – Native Tongue
  2. Billy Bragg – The Times They Are A-Changing Back
  3. Meat Wave – Dogs At Night
  4. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  5. Meatbodies – Haunted History
  6. Real Estate – Darling
  7. Tim Darcy – Still Waking Up
  8. Promised Land Sound – By The Rain
  9. Mount Eerie – Real Death
  10. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – French Press
  11. FEWS – LaGuardia
  12. White Reaper – Judy French














Nickel In The Jukebox

Welcome to our first Nickel in the Jukebox feature of 2017. Ten recent, and not-so-recent, tunes scooped up over the past couple of months from our bulging in-box. We have everything from noisy punk to swamp-blues and mellow folk and all points in-between. Something for everyone as the cliche goes – and you decide hit or miss!


EAT FAST – Sand Drone  [RIYL: Fuzz Rock, No Age, Ty Segall]


Courtney Marie Andrews – Rookie Dreaming  [RIYL: Country, Caitlin Rose, Hooray For The Riff Raff]


Rebel Kind – Just For Fools  [RIYL: punk-pop, Alvvays, Best Coast]


Meat Wave – Incessant  [RIYL: lo-fi punk, The Men, Woolen Men]


Sewer Rats – Mother Acid  [RIYL: Stoner rock, Motorhead, The Doors]


A Valley Son – In The Low Late Of The Late Afternoon [RIYL: Country soul, Dr. Dog, Allman Brothers Band]


Charlotte Carpenter – Lately  [RIYL: Confessional folk, Joni Mitchell, Marika Hackman]


Hardcore Sex – Clarksdale, MS  [RIYL: Swamp Blues, Scott H Biram, Dead Weather]


Thula Borah – The Psychopath Test  [RIYL: Post-rock, My Bloody Valentine, Silversun Pickups ]


Heat – Sometimes  [RIYL: Post-punk, Echo & The Bunnymen, Merchandise]



best of the weekOur regular collection of the best of the week’s new tunes. This week no less than x new tracks for you.

  1. The Felice Brothers – Carriage
  2. Smoke Fairies – Wild Winter
  3. Savages – T.I.W.Y.G.
  4. Meat Wave – Symmy
  5. Theo Verney – Sailed Long
  6. WALL – Fit The Part
  7. Cassie Ramone – Run Run Rudolph (Chuck Berry cover)
  8. Pinemen – That Certain Flavour










Meat Wave have released a new video from their forthcoming new album, Delusion Moon (out Sept 18th on SideOneDummy).

It’s for the jarring, discordant Cosmic Zoo, and it follows a decidedly punk day-in-the-life style format for the Chicagoan trio…

Watch it here.



We’re pleased to share another track from Chicago trio Meat Wave, this time it is the venomous, driving Cosmic Zoo, from forthcoming album Delusion Moon (out Sept 18th on the SideOneDummy label).

This one will give your speakers blisters…see UK tour dates below too.


Catch Them Live:
Monday November 23 – Brighton – The Hope & Ruin
Tuesday November 24 – Bristol – Louisiana
Wednesday November 25 – Birmingham – Sunflower Lounge
Thursday November 26 – London – The Victoria
Friday November 27 – Manchester – Gullivers
Saturday November 28 – Nottingham – JT Soar
Sunday November 29 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
Monday November 30 – Norwich – Owl Sanctuary