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Shamefaced Sparrows - Music For The Thick

It is a pleasure to welcome back the twisted, noir-pop of the Shamefaced Sparrows. The marvellously titled Music For The Thick is a new song that channels the spirit of the Cramps through ominous death-march percussion, macabre lyrics and werewolf style howls.

Imagine cruising a 50’s beach boardwalk unstoppably headed towards the end of the world, and accompanied by the Addams Family…

Stream it here.

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Mad Mackerel's Best of October 2012.

Our monthy round up of the best new tunes we’ve posted and a few brand new ones too. More than 30 tunes to set you up for the weekend. Enjoy.

Wooden Wand – Southern Colorado Song
Another brilliant example of our favourite, prolific troubadour’s storytelling prowess.

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Download The Growl – With The Sharp End Of A Trowel mp3 (from Cleaver Lever EP)
Soaked in the authentic primal blues of the swamps with a twang of rockabilly, a haze of psychedelia and, at its heart, the pulsating, bloody roar of rock’n’roll.

The Shamefaced Sparrows – Ride That Seastorm
Like the Velvets fronted by Dick Dale, or the Beach Boys cage fighting with the Kinks these are crackling with surf-pop vintage – think cruising rain-slicked neon streets in 50s LA!

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Download Angel Snow – Lie Awake mp3 (from Angel Snow)
Haunting, chilling vocals paired with melancholy lyrics create a gorgeous scenery for a listener’s travels.

Matthew Friedberger – Expectant Fathers – In for a Surprise VII. As if in the Car with the Kids (from Matricidal Sons Of Bitches)
Inspired by the films of Poverty Row and his current city of residence, Paris – it makes for a potent combination.

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Download Jenee Halstead – Rodeo Of Sadness mp3 (from Raised By Wolves)
Another fine example of her spooky, sparse approach that comes across as sounding like a slightly malevolent hybrid of Dolly Parton and PJ Harvey.

Download Skipping Girl Vinegar – You Can mp3 (from Keep Calm, Carry The Monkey)
More heartwarming hobo-pop, full of lyrical twists and sonic layers.

Download Kings Of Lowertown – Down Tobacco Road mp3 (from Kings of Lowertown EP)
Excellent primal blues chug.

Download King Of Spain – Green Eyes mp3 (from All I Did Was Tell Was Tell Them The Truth And They Thought It Was Hell)
Spacious indie rock with jaunty pop hooks.

Bromheads – Holding The Gun
Fizzes over with the energy of a can of Irn-Bru exploding full in your face. It is sharp and pithy, and fast and furious, and machetes its way into your brain like an earworm with a mouthful of razors.

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Wintersleep – Martyr
Another prime example of their shimmering, pulsating indie rock.

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MMOSS – Another Dream
Jangly organs, flutes and driving drums, unexpected arrangements, classic recording sounds and psychy harmonies.

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Algernon Doll – Spiral Sounds
Lavish, intense and splendid, but underpinned with a creeping sense of anxiety and discontent.

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Download Jason Lytle – Somewhere There’s A Someone mp3 (from Dept. Of Disappearance)
A track of wonderfully weary heartbreak and ennui from erstwhile Grandaddy frontman’s new album

Rural Ghosts – Eyes (from Eyes Single)
A little rawer, a little more powerful, but this is still Americana that overflows with haunting beauty.

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Woollen Kits – Susannah (from Four Girls)
sweet, fuzzed-up pysch-garage.

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Download Ending People – Beat Of My Heart mp3 (from Fill Your Lungs)
Catchy, hypnotic indie rock showcases new wave inspired sinewy guitar lines.

Hailer – Spooky Clams (from Another Way)
Calls to mind The Fall in its relentless rhythm, while the reverb swirls and drifts around the (frankly clearer) vocals.

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Download Ty Segall – Femme Fatale mp3 (from The Velvet Underground & Nico by Castle Face and Friends)
Maniacal take on Velvet Underground classic.

Download The Luyas – Your Name’s Mostly Water mp3 (from Animator)
Hypnotically brilliant track from latest album.

Download Fidlar featuring Kate Nash – AWWWKWAARRRDDD mp3 (from Fidlar)
Bizarre combo works a treat. Punk rock!

Download Outer Minds – Those Machines mp3 (from Behind The Mirror)
One hundred and fifty seconds of belligerence escaping with venomous joy from your speakers.

Download Deathbarrel – Merciless Winds mp3 (from Merciless Winds)
The sound of wrenches and motor oil, of Saturday night beers and truckstops, of longing and loss, of late evenings and aching muscles, of endless roads and shore leave, of the dreams of freedom that all and any working man feels deep in his soul.

Download Dr. Dog – Black Or Red mp3 (from Shame, Shame Deluxe Edition)
Scrappy yet hook-packed rock emboldened by a bare-bones aesthetic.

Download Lonesome Moses – Fisting With A Shark mp3 (from Lonesome Moses EP)
Outlaw country that celebrates unassuming heroes and heroines trying to navigate a world of booze, venereal disease, and Octoloans…

Download Dead Stars – Fractured mp3 (from Fractured) Removed at artist’s request.
Races along in a tumble of reverb, gruff vocals and a nagging guitar line that also puts us in mind of Silversun Pickups Lazy Eye.

Juiceboxxx – Expressway To The Darkness
American heart of darkness anthem, like Suicide reinvented for the 21st century.

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Download Dolfish – There Must Be Something Wrong With These Shoes mp3 (from I’d Rather Disappear Than Stay The Same)
More warped promise from the skewed and idiosyncratic world of offbeat folk troubadour.

And to finish off we have a taste of Teen Mom’s effervescent fuzzed up pop from forthcoming EP Mean Tom (pre-order here), another stunning cover from Marissa Nadler – this time Daniel Johnston’s Devil Town and a new non-album track from psych-blues rockers The Buffalo Killers, Baptized is a down-and-dirty rocker that somehow melds heavy psych with gospel! Lastly we have the welcome return of Sleeping Bag’s bedroom indie-pop, addictively deadpan if you will, Walk Home comes from new limited edition EP Women Of Your Life (pre-order here).

Download Teen Mom – I Wanna Go Out mp3 (from Mean Tom EP)

Download Sleeping Bag – Walk Home mp3 (from Women Of Your Life)

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More deathpop from the Shamefaced Sparrows.

Back in February we gave a warm welcome to the brilliantly named Shamefaced Sparrows and their own particular brand of ‘deathpop’. After too big a gap, they have thankfully got back in touch to say “…and now that we have emerged from our makeshift den, built amid an unmapped, tree-ringed field, that time has come.,..mop your brow with relief, pour yourself a stiff iced-drink, have your secretary fetch for you your finest cigar and enjoy Apple Tragedy and Ride That Seastorm! by the shamefaced sparrows..

Well, who were we to argue. If only we actually had a secretary and smoked cigars. No matter, the stiff iced-drink was a given, and so was the quality of these two tunes plus Murder In The Dollhouse.

Like the Velvets fronted by Dick Dale, or the Beach Boys cage fighting with the Kinks these are crackling with surf-pop vintage – think cruising rain-slicked neon streets in 50s LA!  Enjoy!

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Introducing...The Shamefaced Sparrows. Like most music blogs we get a lot of music submissions. Sifting through them becomes, after a while, a process that is akin to shortlisting candidates for interviews. Sometimes we get minimal information “I’m Billy-Bob a singer-songwriter from Arkansaw, folks call me Bubba, I think you’ll like my music” and sometimes we get huge long press releases with photos, reviews, and lists of influences that could fill a small book.

Like most, we become attuned to picking out words and phrases that might grab our interest or alternatively turn us right off – for example anything that we get in talking of remixes, house bangers, mash-ups, dancefloor fillers, electro pop, ambient noodling and similar is unlikely to meet our tastes. It doesn’t mean its crap, just that its not what we choose to listen to, music being after all, a pretty subjective topic.

If on the other hand we get something with (a) a band name we like, (b) a description that grabs our interest, and (c) a bit of humour then we are pretty likely to give it a chance. The point of this preamble is to introduce a band who got it right on all three counts with us, and then even better more than delivered on the music front.

The band in question is a duo called Shamefaced Sparrows. It is, to MM’s mind a brilliant name for a band. They sum their music up as “death pop”, which we like the sound of…a lot. They go on to say that they combine the savage sonics of Link Wray with the melodic guile of the French Ye-Ye girls. If that sounds like a fanciful notion; consider the dynamics of both: youthful, exuberant, joyous, dangerous, daring and sexy.

Lastly, a bit of their back story: “Having recently fled our bone-‘n’-carcass-made nest in Shithole, East Midlands, we have fluttered and soared through increasingly glum and greying skylines. With ascending eagerness and hope, we scoured the grim landscape, determined to espy a never-fading, ever-blooming Eden. 
We found Hackney.   
Still, what can you do?

They sent us three demos to listen to – our hopes were already high. And like an occasionally rabid hybrid of Two Wounded Birds, The Cramps and Tony Bennett they deliver in spades. If we had a record label, we would want the Shamefaced Sparrows as our first signing.

Have a listen. Save the name in your Google Alerts. Wait for a ‘proper’ release. The Mackerel’s fins are crossed for the Sparrows…

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