Posts Tagged ‘White Lung’

best of the weekA mighty fine collection of new tunes for you this week including, amongst others, the very welcome return of Psychic Ills, a Waylon Jennings cover from Mark Kozelek that also features the talents of Will Oldham and Low’s Mimi Parker, some brash, urgent punk rock from the Virginmarys and some typically laid back folk from guitar virtuoso Steve Gunn.

Enjoy.

  1. Psychic Ills featuring Hope Sandoval – I Don’t Mind
  2. Mark Kozelek – Amanda (Waylon Jennings cover)
  3. Colleen Green – Between The Lines
  4. Wire – Internal Exile
  5. White Lung – Kiss Me When I Bleed
  6. Chaika – The Quietness
  7. Woods – Hollow Home
  8. Steve Gunn – Conditions Wild
  9. Virginmarys – Moth To A Flame
  10. case/lang/veirs – Best Kept Secret

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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best of the weekNo less than ten marvellous tracks gathered up in the Mad Mackerel butterfly net this week to share with you. From the pulverising ferocity of Future of the Left and White Lung’s blistering power-pop to the fragile Mothers and sweet Americana of Radical Face. Enjoy!

  1. White Lung – Hungry
  2. Future Of The Left – If AT&T Drank Tea What Would BP Do?
  3. Mothers – Mother And Wife
  4. Marissa Nadler – Janie In Love
  5. Summer Flake – Wine Won’t Wash Away
  6. The Raveonettes – Run Mascara Run
  7. Woods – Can’t See At All
  8. Andrew Bird featuring Fiona Apple – Left Handed Kisses
  9. Whitehorse – Pretty Thing (Willie Dixon cover)
  10. Radical Face – Rivers In The Dust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Crooked BrothersHaving spent two days at the Great Escape mostly under a regular onslaught of aggressive guitars and drums, it was a relief to head out early and catch a marvellous set of twangy Americana, folk and country from The Crooked Brothers who were playing at the Alberta Music Week Canada Showcase – not only that but there was a mighty fine breakfast on offer too.

Highlights were the easygoing groove of opening track 17 Horses and the skittering country-funk of a new track about selling organs on the black market…

We followed it up with a trip to see Bridie Jackson & The Arbour whose gentle folk ballads and sweet harmonies further soothed the soul and suitably refreshed we were ready to tackle some of the more intense bands on our schedule.

During the first two days we had been thwarted in our attempts to see Theo Verney, but a trip to the Loft for an Alternative Escape event should have put that right. Except late running meant we saw the ferocious onslaught of three piece Get Hot (“this song’s called Drugs, this song is called Fight, this song is about smoking, it’s called Never Give Up. YOU SHOULD NEVER GIVE UP“) who were pretty entertaining in a wholly visceral kind of way. As we waited for Theo to take the stage, we got instead P.S. I Love You who swathed their power chords in a guitar fuzz that made an indiscernible whole that was enough to send us back out into the street. Theo had eluded us for a final time.

The Great Escape - A PlaylistThe evening’s entertainment started with a brilliant set of thrilling punk rock from Tonbridge Wells duo Slaves who melded the best of Carter the USM with the Dead Kennedys interspersed with some tall tales of Big Foot in the Kent woods, loose women, and fighting girls. Highlights included Nervous Energy, Where’s Your Car Debbie? and White Knuckle Ride. Next up was one of Mr Popper’s must-sees, the experimental mix of drone, krautrock and punk of Dublin’s Girl Band who duly delivered in spades, and in Lawman provided one of the songs of the festival.

The frantic, non-stop punk from White Lung seemed to fall a bit flat, with not enough variation to keep the crowd interested and what should have been a apocalyptic event passed by with not much more than a whimper. And so it was to headliners Mazes, who by contrast slowed the pace to something that was perhaps overly pedestrian, and it was only the outstanding set-closer Skulking that brought the crowd to life and showed how good the three-piece really can be…

Then it was back out into the howling gale that has buffeted the sea-front all weekend for one final time. Happy to report the Great Escape lived up to its name and exceeded expectations – it has all the feel of a mini SXSW without the queues and admittedly without the weather. Roll on 2015.

 

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The Great Escape - A PlaylistToday, Chris T Popper and I are heading south to Brighton and our first visit to the Great Escape festival.

There are a whole host of bands we’re looking forward to seeing, from the South American punk-pop of Las Kellies, the angst of Gambles, the spectral folk of Mirel Wagner and the junkyard blues of the Amazing Snakeheads, to the stoned slacker indie of Dune Rats and the growling garage of Theo Verney.

Perhaps best of all though is that element of surprise, the anticipation of stumbling across something new that makes an event like this such good fun. And there is plenty of scope for that here with over 400 bands playing sets. Happy days.

Until then, have a listen to some of the highlights that we have already picked out – these are all high on our must-see list…a twenty five song salute!

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White Lung - Snake Jaw

Uncompromising and confrontational punk rockers White Lung have offered up Snake Jaw, the b-side to forthcoming 7″ single Drown With The Monster. It will also appear on their forthcoming third album Deep Fantasy (which you can pre-order here from Domino Records).

It is a typically provocative offering, as hard hitting and as hardcore as ever, but with a nod to a more melodic approach that we are very much looking forward to seeing and hearing live at the Great Escape next month.

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Vancouver band, White Lung’s brand of relentless, hard-hitting rock’n’roll has appeared many times on MM and after a couple of albums and plenty of singles on lots of labels, they have now signed to Domino Records.

Their first release will be a typically catchy, oppressive 7″ single titled Drown With The Monster.

You can watch below, and pre-order the single here.

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MM Shorts 463: White Lung 7″

Posted: October 23, 2013 in Alternative, Music, Punk, Rock
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MM Shorts 463: White LungVancouver punk rockers White Lung will release a new 7″, Blow It South backed with Down With You.

The A side is a full-on, high octane shredder hewn from the classic vein of short, sharp punk shocks, whilst the B side somehow ratchets up the needle a little more and is, if anything, even more assertive!

It is out on the 28th October (digital) with a physical release on the 5th November via Deranged Records.