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New From Ten Ton Man

Posted: August 17, 2015 in Americana, Country, Music, Rock
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New From Ten Ton Man

Long established MM faves, NYC-based trio, Ten Ton Man, have shared their first single, Crazy Theory, from their upcoming new EP, Permission To Sin.

Ten Ton Man deal in the kind of seedy Americana that wouldn’t be out of place in True Detective or a David Lynch film, and Crazy Theory is another fine example of their noirish, unsettling approach. It brilliantly juxtaposes a jaunty rhythm with lyrics that peel back the carpet of respectability to gaze unflinchingly at what squirms beneath.

“Have a pocket full of change, 
and a suitcase full of hope,
almost everyday I write my love a note,
it says I’m rotting from the inside,
no-one knows I’m down and out

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Ten Ton Man - LifesaverWe are pleased to bring you the premiere of Ten Ton Man’s new video for latest single Lifesaver.

Concentrating as they do on the darker side of life with themes of addiction, alcoholism, loneliness and despair the band are a pretty much hand in glove fit for Mad Mackerel, and have featured in posts a few times in the past.

With echoes of the great Johnny Cash at his best, and built around a stripped back live performance, this song is a perfect example of their gritty, tense, and sometimes downright morose Americana, delivering a perfect juxtaposition of catchy melody and ultimately downbeat lyrics. Frontman Paul Livornese says about the song, “Lifesaver is about a player getting played. Leading a woman on for the sheer joy of the hunt and unwittingly falling for her while all along she was just looking for a fling herself. In a lustful rage, if he can’t have her nobody can…

Watch it in all its monochrome glory here. Visit the band’s website here.

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Ten Ton Man – Mary

Posted: September 20, 2014 in Americana, Folk, Music, Rock
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Gritty Americana trio Ten Ton Man releases new single Mary, a song about a past drunken lover, which is taken from their as yet untitled upcoming album to release in early 2015.

An uptempo rootsy rock song, it carries plenty of grime under its fingernails, and certainly enough to distinguish itself from the more usual fare in this overcrowded genre.

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Ten Ton Man - Chunk Of Change EPLust, seduction, addiction, sleaze.

All topics that we generally find can help make a mighty fine song. Throw in some deep baritone vocals, rolling rootsy instrumentation and a good helping of despair and frustration and you have something pretty close to New York trio Ten Ton Man’s forthcoming three track EP Chunk Of Change – The Toad Hill Sessions.

Watch the appropriately bawdy video for Fine Line’s cautionary tale of balancing hedonistic desires and restraint, and then grab yourself a free download of both that and the title track.

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Round Up

Time to round up a few more of the releases that have tickled our ears from the inbox and round the web.

Ali Koehler has hitherto been best known as the drummer of the pop group Best Coast and the noisy girl punk trio Vivian Girls. After her departure from Best Coast, Koehler decided to step up from behind the kit to front a band of her own, embracing her melodic punk-spirited songwriting impulses with Upset. The new three-piece will release its hooky debut record of pop-punk, She’s Gone, this autumn. Take a listen to Oxfords and Wingtips from it.

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We posted Wake Up Lucid’s track I Want at the end of September and this is the ominous, jagged b-side, Let It Roll.

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Rural Ghosts recently released their debut long player City Of Elms. It is a fine record of folk tinged indie rock distinguished by driving rhythms and haunting lyrical content. Take a listen to a couple of tracks, Limbo and Eyes.

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Ten Ton Man’s Drinking Song comes from their self -titled debut album of minimal, gritty, Americana with a lyrically dark slant. The sinister undertones of this track perfectly encompass the feelings of someone who is down on their luck. With his signature baritone voice, frontman Paul Livornese sings the gloomy lyrics, “Sing along to the drinking song//When the booze is gone //You’ll be all alone.”  Something many of us can relate to at one time or another…

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Black Hearted Brother is the new band formed by Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave 3), Nick Holton (Coley Park, Holton’s Opulent Oog) and Mark Van Hoen (Locust, Seefeel). Listen to the excellent  (I Don’t Mean To) Wonder from the trio’s debut album Stars Are Our Home which is officially released tomorrow (order here).

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Foul Play is the excellent first track from all girl garage-pop trio Sharkmuffin’s second EP 1097 which is released next Wednesday.

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Buzzard Lope recently released their debut single East By East on their own label Lost Toys Records. The single blends frontman Roger Illingworth’s husky vocal – reminiscent of Mark Lanegan – with Adam Jarvis’ brooding double bass.

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Lem and The White Fire are a distinctive soul/pop/folk 11-piece collective who have released their catchy debut single Telephone – it features a memorable sing-a-long chorus and a rousing riff from the brass section of the collective.

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Haunting vocals stand at the forefront of La Guerre’s new EP, Violent, which is the solo project of Katlyn Conroy, a member of the band Cowboy Indian Bear. Listen to the lovely, sultry Sorrow Song.

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Huckleberry Binge are a whirl of fuzzed-out folk rock and murky pop anthems. They released their Tornado EP back at the end of the summer, but Fur Trapper from it is too good not to post – better late than never.

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We have another track from Lola Colt, Jackson is their second single (out 2nd December) and is another top notch track of fuzzy, blistered guitars and twangy psychedelia.

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Singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow built up a huge following after the release of his debut album Early In The Morning, and Cavalier is the evocative first single from January’s follow up album Post Tropical.

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The Witch Hunt return with the release of their debut EP Little Book of Hate on Dead Young Records, a collection of five songs showcasing a promising range and depth, with dark, twisted melodies and haunting vocals. The follow up to their second single Crawl, immerse yourself in the visceral and threatening Army Man from the EP.

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Lastly (for now) we have the new single from Melbourne indie-folk quartet Sleepy Dreamers. Titled Bike Song it features a catchy hook, four part vocal harmonies and a good dose of handclaps – pretty sure to evoke some foot-stomping action.

MM Shorts 416: Ten Ton Man

New York City-based Americana roots rock trio Ten Ton Man releases their dark, emotional track Ditty from their debut self-titled album that originally saw a release at the end of 2012.

The dark undertones of the single express the weariness of someone who has decided to leave a relationship that is no longer working in order to pursue a life he imagined. It is well worth some ear-time.

Order the album here.