Alternative Rock

New album: Micko & The Mellotronics || 1​/​2 Dove – 1​/​2 Pigeon

I scrolled through some year-end lists this week to see if I missed any good records this year. In Louder Than War’s Top 50 I came across the name Mick & The Mellotronics at no.27, unknown to me but described as a ‘classy, intelligent art-school guitar band’. At Bandcamp I was immediately enthusiastic about the cool art work: a pigeon with an Elvis wig! The music and lyrics are so captivating that it pays to spend your time on them; the LP gets 9/10 reviews for a reason. The debut album ½ Dove – ½ Pigeon is available via Landline Records.

“I titled the record ½ Dove – ½ Pigeon because I thought it was an honest reflection on how most people see themselves.” – Micko Westmoreland

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New single: NewDad || I Don’t Recognise You

As far as I know, the Irish alternative-rock band NewDad – none of them can call themselves a dad, not even the girl from the gang – haven’t released a physical release yet, but their previous track Blue already got quite a bit of airplay in the UK. Now they present fifth (digital-only) “single” I Don’t Recognise You, in which dreamy vocals and powerful guitars alternate. The lyrics are quite heavy, but the accompanying video shows what the band stands for: ‘Fun, easy going and desperately trying to sound cooler than we are.’ An EP is said to follow in early 2021, one to look forward to.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: The Spunloves || Too Deep For The Desert

Another band from Australia, Perth to be precise, who make delicious likeable jangly guitar music. What’s in the water over there? Too Deep For The Desert, The Spunloves’ second full length album is one you would love to play again and again. Listen to Love Letter (Return to sender) below, my favorite track from the LP.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

Album: Eaten by Snakes || Calming Pink

I am terrible in estimating a band’s popularity. Here is a band, a duo actually, that have a sound for which clearly there is a wide audience. Think Superchunk, think Bob Mould, think Japandroids. They release a well produced filler-free record that sounds mature and self-assured. A record that is instantly satisfying, but also becomes better with every play. A record that has great artwork as well. I am talking about Calming Pink by Eaten by Snakes. That band has 175 monthly listeners on Spotify. Shakin’ my head in disbelief.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Discogs || Shield Recordings

New album: Thelonious Monster || Oh That Monster

I did not see this one coming, but this fanboy is very happy with it. You probably know that Bob Forrest first had too many Sammy Hagar Weekends and later used those experiences to save others from Running with Monsters. And now, 34 years after his first and 16 years after his last album with Thelonious Monster, he is back with 10 new tracks. These sound more like the old 80’s work than the songs on their most successful LP – Beautiful Mess, but that’s not a bad thing in this case. The band will be touring again in 2021 and will also return to the Pinkpop festival – that show will not be as legendary as in 1993, but no doubt it will sound better!

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

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