Posts Tagged ‘mad mackerel’

Eureka California at Mad Mackerel

Versus is Athens GA duo Eureka California’s third album in three years – a white-knuckle ride through a tattered psyche and a brain that just won’t shut up.

Too smart for self-pity and too drunk to think clearly, it is endlessly self-referential and endlessly self-destructive, stuck on a non-stop treadmill of tension and release, of megalomania and doubt.

Versus is agoraphobic fight songs, songs about loving television more than people because people always let you down and the static from the set makes more sense than the static coming out of their mouths. EC songs exist in a world where ordering a pizza is fraught with anxiety and you have to laugh to keep from dying.

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Witching Waves at Mad Mackerel

We’ve been grooving along to an advance copy of Crystal Cafe, the new album from London trioWitching Waves, due out on 25th February on Soft Power (UK) and Happy Happy Birthday To Me (US).

Listen to Twister below, a sonic blast of edgy noise-pop that doesn’t sacrifice the melody at the heart of the song and has one of those bass lines that punches well above its weight.

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Halfsour at Mad Mackerel

As the legend goes, halfsour started out as a Guided By Voices cover band but now boast a much harder edge to their sound.

Later this month they will release their debut album titled tuesday night live. it is an album where the songs are generally short and punchy – only a few times do they pass the three-minute mark – blasting you with catchy guitar melodies and bratty vocals. It’s music to have bottle rocket wars to, to throw a party in a back garden shed, to have a demolition bicycle derby, to throw rocks at trains to, to try to throw keys up into a tree to get stuck to, music that just calls out for fun and abandon.

Listen to Porch Sittin here.

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Animal Daydream at Mad Mackerel

Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, Animal Daydream are a duo offering songs that are reminiscent of later Teenage Fanclub and Fleet Foxes, but also borrow liberally from the sound of ’70s soft rock, particularly Fleetwood Mac and CSNY, with their strong vocal harmonies and overall smooth, almost slick production.

New EP, Citrus is released at the end of this month and this is the excellent title track.

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Great Lakes at Mad Mackerel

Great Lakes formed back in 1996 in Athens, Georgia and has been based in Brooklyn, NY since 2002. The band has released four albums. A fifth record called Wild Vision will come out this month on the band’s own label, Loose Trucks.

While their early records traded in a whimsical, light-hearted psychedelia, the band have gradually gravitated toward more personal songs, with a darker tone. That pattern continues with Wild Vision.

Have a listen to Swim The River.

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Antlered Aunt Lord at Mad Mackerel

Antlered Aunt Lord is entirely Jesse Stinnard, a guy who’s spent the past ten years in Athens, Georgia as a cherished eccentric in a town known for its cherished eccentricities. His first official release is Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (and on fire), and is out on the 30th November and features members of Tunabunny.

Melodic, lyrically inventive, reticent, and moving – think the missing link between the Pixies and The Byrds if they’d been raised in the Appalachians.

Listen to The Beezwax below.

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Moon Types at Mad Mackerel

Moon Types hail from Sweden and their latest three track EP features a set of easy-going and jangly indie-pop songs in the vein of Ladybug Transistor and Real Estate.

Have a listen to lead track, Know The Reason with its instantly catchy melody and bouncy feel. You can order the EP from Jigsaw Records here.

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Frog at Mad Mackerel

New additions to the marvellous Audio Antihero roster, New York duo Frog’s offering Judy Garland (with artwork from regular MM fave Benjamin Shaw no less) is a brilliant lo-fi romp through vocal gymnastics, uptempo, infectious banjo rhythms, and a fabulous falsetto chorus.

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Marshmallow Coast at Mad Mackerel

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Marshmallow Coast at Mad Mackerel

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