Jul 202017

madmackerel – July 20, 2017 at 03:22PM

We shared Void, the new single from Beaches, at the weekend in our regular round-up post and what a cracking tune it is – a sonic blast of motorik mayhem that we are loving.

Now the Aussie quintet have shared an excellent new video for the song. Directed by Beaches’ own Ali McCann with help from filmmaker Joel Roche, it takes inspiration from Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 monochrome masterpiece Persona, as well as the early abstract films of German artist Hans Richter.




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Jul 202017

madmackerel – July 20, 2017 at 12:22PM

Mermaidens are a three-piece outfit from Wellington, New Zealand, who are defined by intricate and unique songwriting, and a hypnotic live synergy.

Drawing inspiration from bands like Warpaint, Fugazi, Exploded View and Sleater-Kinney, Mermaidens’ sound offers a mesmerising dip into the realms of post-punk and psych where warm harmonies and dreamy, hypnotic lyrics, entwine with dark and moody riff-based melodies.

Taken from the forthcoming album Perfect Body, which is due out on 4 August via Flying Nun, have a listen to the single Sunstone below.

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Jul 202017

madmackerel – July 20, 2017 at 09:20AM

With Dream Dream Secret Colours continues to craft a sound that reaches far beyond the city limits of their hometown of Chicago, taking its musical cues from indie, pop, psychedelia, and garage rock, and offering listeners a myriad of melodies that make up the band’s signature sound.

Check out Feed the Machine, which delivers a pounding vibe of bass with an attitude of 70s London and the equally good Pins and Needles.

Buy from Bandcamp here.



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Jul 192017

madmackerel – July 19, 2017 at 12:18PM

Falmouth based group Holiday Ghosts will release their debut LP on 22nd September. Originally started as the solo project of The Black Tambourines‘ Sam Stacpoole the project has since evolved into a group with Katja Rackin and Charlie Murphy joining as songwriters.

In late 2016 the band released the Paranoia single as part of Art Is Hard Records’ Pin Pal Club series and so, alongside the debut LP announcement, it seemed an apposite time to stream the track for those who have yet to have been seduced by their stripped back, primitive rock ‘n’ roll.


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Jul 182017

madmackerel – July 18, 2017 at 09:19AM

The marvellous Micah P. Hinson has shared new track Oh, Spaceman, taken from his new album Presents The Holy Strangers, out on Full Time Hobby on 8th September. He’ll also be playing a lot of dates in the UK and Ireland in the autumn.

About the song, he says “It was the first song I wrote for my boy, Wiley Tex, after he was born, and the only song I played for about half a year after his birth. It is the only song where the melody and words came before sitting behind a guitar. Which is not a way I’ve ever written.”

Stream it here.


Catch him live:

19 September – Broadcast – Glasgow
20 September – Sneaky Pete’s – Edinburgh
21 September – The Cluny 2 – Newcastle
23 September – Deaf Institute – Manchester
24 September – The Crescent – York
25 September – Newhampton Arts Centre – Wolverhampton
26 September – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds
27 September – The Cookie – Leicester
28 September – The Bullingdon – Oxford
29 September – The Portland Arms – Cambridge
30 September – The Globe – Cardiff
01 October – The Lantern – Bristol
02 October – Scala – London
03 October – Komedia – Brighton
05 October – Voodoo – Belfast
06 October – Roisin Dubh – Galway
07 October – Cyprus Avenue – Cork, Ireland
08 October – Whelans – Dublin, Ireland

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Jul 172017

madmackerel – July 17, 2017 at 12:19PM

David Nance, Omaha veteran of warble and hiss, returns with Negative Boogie, his new concoction of chug, throb and greasy swagger. Amongst the tracks is this cracked, nerve shredding cover of Merle Haggard’s Silver Wings.

Try it on for size…


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Jul 152017

madmackerel – July 15, 2017 at 09:16AM

  1. Ian Felice – Kingdom Of Dreams
  2. Torres – Three Futures
  3. Together PANGEA – Money On It
  4. Oh Sees – Animated Violence
  5. Prism Tats – Brainwaves
  6. A. Savage – Winter In The South
  7. Protomartyr – A Private Understanding
  8. Beaches – Void
  9. Sloan Peterson – Rats
  10. Speedy Ortiz – Screen Gem
  11. DIIV – Cow  (Sparklehorse cover)













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Jul 142017

madmackerel – July 14, 2017 at 12:17PM

An appropriate companion piece to our earlier BAIT post, Meatraffle blast out a rallying cry to the proletariat to throw off the chains of mediocre, mass produced music and get down to their sweet and chaotic sonic waves.

Throwing out land shanties of burning bankers, friendly local drug dealers, enduring friendship and the Russian Revolution: psychedelic, socialist, utopian, death ragga, erroneous funk, trapdoor jazz, bastard musik.

Watch the video for Love HZ the b-side to their latest single Brother (hear it here), which is to be released on limited 7” vinyl and digitally today, via Moshi Moshi Singles Club.


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Jul 142017

madmackerel – July 14, 2017 at 06:16AM

We’re big fans of the noisy, post-punk and mordant black humour of Southend-on-Sea duo BAIT.

The excellently named Waspy is their latest release, a thunderous cacophony of industrial percussion and pummelling riffs. Marvellous stuff.

Frighten your granny below…


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Jul 132017

madmackerel – July 13, 2017 at 03:13PM

Surfing Magazines, the new garage-rock group consisting of two thirds of The Wave Pictures and one half of Slow Club, have shared New Day – the second track to be taken from their self-titled debut album, due for release on Moshi Moshi on 1st September.

They say “New Day is a super quick tune. I’m not totally sure what its about. There’s some Russian dolls in there, a birthday clown and apparently I want to throw all my clothes away!”

Listen here.


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