WATCH: Hexmaze – ‘Hex Hex Hex’

Making a mark on the London music scene since 2017, five-piece band Hexmaze have just dropped their single, ‘Hex Hex Hex’. With a hypnotic potion of punk lyrics and vocals, haunting chants and fuzzed out guitars, the collision of different sounds creates a genre-splitting track. In their latest single, the band demonstrate their diversity and ability to experiment in a song and create what will ultimately become a favourite amongst fans.

The music video, directed by Swedish visual artist Anna Bo, complements the energy and organised chaos of the song. Anna Bo creates a horror-like fairytale setting, which is intersected with scenes of the band dressed as Atwood-esque spectres band walking in unison. The video is almost ritualistic as its indulgent and rich imagery perfectly captures the intense emotions packed within the song. Both the music video and the single signify the journey from anxiousness to anger, and overall create an empowering message.

Watch the new video for ‘Hex Hex Hex’ here:

Amy McCarthy
@behindthecritic

WATCH: The Coathangers – ‘F The NRA’

We’ve been massive fans of Atlanta trio The Coathangers for a while now, finding comfort in their cathartic fusion of uplifting melodies and gritty, angst-driven energy. And today, with the release of their poignant new video for ‘F The NRA’, we see them speaking up for what they believe in, in an impassioned plea against gun violence. Referring to the US National Rifle Association which advocates for gun rights in the States, ‘F The NRA’ was written by guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel, who felt compelled to make a political statement in the face of potential backlash, in part because she is a refugee from Belarus, a country with limited freedom of speech and press.

Propelled by a gritty, punk-driven energy, ‘F The NRA’ is a painfully topical offering charged by the band’s seething passion, trademark raw growls and driving, frenzied hooks. Accompanied by a protest-fuelled video, featuring spine-tingling statistics, including the final heartbreaking fact that ‘Every Day 100 Americans Are Killed By Gun Violence’, The Coathangers deliver a furious and clear message with an anthemic, potent force.

Kugel has expanded on her motivations to speak out in an essay published today at The Talkhouse, with contributions and advice from Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill), Brendan Canty (Fugazi/The Messthetics) and Dennis Lyxzen (Refused, International Noise Conspiracy). From the essay:

 “I do not take the freedom of expression that all U.S. citizens are granted lightly. The band was confident that we wanted to put ‘F the NRA’ on the record. It provided a personal catharsis and a sense of empowerment in the wake of the immense feeling of helplessness that was weighing heavily on us as we coped with continuous reports of mass shootings. It was not until those around us started warning us of the repercussions we could face, did we realize the risk involved in yelling at the giant. My ingrained fear of speaking out came back to me. Yet the reason I am a musician is because of a need to express my truth, personal or political. I began to question everything: the rights of an artist, the responsibility of being political, the fear of backlash, and the desire to be heard.” (Read more here)

Watch the powerful new video for ‘F The NRA’ here:

The Devil You Know, the upcoming album from The Coathangers, is out 8th March via Suicide Squeeze.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

WATCH: MeMe Detroit – ‘De Moe’

Having received acclaim from the likes of Clash, Louder Than War and BBC Introducing, as well as wowing us more than once with her energy-fuelled live show at The Finsbury, at the end of last year Birmingham’s MeMe Detroit shared her immense new EP Life In The Now. 

Taken from the EP, latest single ‘De Moe’ is inspired by the negativity that seems to emanate from the human mindset due to the way society has moulded us. A ode to positivity overcoming the bad thoughts that can hold us back, it’s a gritty, scuzz-filled blast of grunge-tinged rock ‘n’ roll. With MeMe’s trademark gravelly snarl and penetrating riffs, it blasts into the ears with its intense racing beats, propelled by a frenzied sense of urgency and raw, soaring power.

Filmed at Pirate Studios and directed by Dwane Perks, watch the new video for ‘De Moe’ here:

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Track Of The Day: Maria Kelly – ‘july’

Having played at festivals such as The Great Escape and Electric Picnic, as well as sharing stages with the likes of James Vincent McMorrow and Lisa Hannigan, Irish artist Maria Kelly released her latest EP notes to self at the end of last year.

Taken from the EP, new single ‘july’ looks inward, exploring the idea that we are ultimately in control of how we feel, and must take responsibility for what we choose to dwell on. Another truly beautiful offering from Kelly, it flows with her silky smooth, emotion strewn vocals and a delicate, spine-tingling musicality. Oozing a heartbreaking sense of vulnerability, it sparkles with a mystical grandeur, creating a simply mesmerising slice of alt-folk. 

Directed by Gareth Walsh, watch the new video for ‘july’ here:

notes to self is out now via Veta Records.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Track Of The Day: Tallies – ‘Easy Enough’

Consisting of Sarah Cogan, Dylan Frankland, Cian O’Neill, and Stephen Pitman, Toronto-based Tallies have just released their eponymous debut album.

Taken from the album, the band’s latest single ‘Easy Enough’ oozes a captivating, dreamy haze as the raw vocals of Cogan soar alongside a whirring scuzz. With its shoegazey, spiralling hooks and luscious emotion-driven energy, it’s impossible not to get sucked into its hypnotic allure and fall instantly in love with the unique, swirling charm of this Tallies.

Produced by Christopher Mills, watch the new video for ‘Easy Enough’ here:

Tallies’ eponymous debut album is out now via Fear Of Missing Out Records.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Track Of The Day: Argonaut – ‘Girl Talk’

Since releasing their third album Forever last year, London band Argonaut have undergone a line-up change incorporating additional female members including former luminaries of legendary indie groups Hefner and Monochrome Set and UK Riot Grrrls Linus. Now, with their latest EP, appropriately entitled The New Argonaut EP, the band have stayed true to their DIY roots with this collection of infectious offerings.

Taken from the EP, latest single ‘Girl Talk’ is an empowering, punk-pop anthem. With motivational lyrics such as “You rock, you can change the world, you inspire boys and girls, you can do anything!”, it’s the perfect pick-me-up to kick start the new year. Filled with shimmering hooks and a magnificent punk-rock spirit, it’ll leave you ready to face 2019 with all the immense, buoyant energy that it oozes.

Filmed on Hampstead Heath, the video for ‘Girl Talk’ is available to watch now:

The New Argonaut EP is out now, order here. And catch Argonaut live for us at The Finsbury, next Friday 11th January, supporting Wolf Girl!

Mari Lane
@marimindles

 

Video Premiere: BABYTEETH – ‘Cocoon’

Following the success of previous single ‘Shame’ and receiving acclaim from the likes of Kerrang! and BBC Radio 1, London band BABYTEETH are back with a fiery new tune.

With distinct shades of nineties legends such as Garbage or Fiona Apple, ‘Cocoon’ rages with the gritty vocals of Camilla Roholm, alongside deliciously scuzzy riffs. Oozing a whirring anthemic power and nostalgic grunge-infused energy, it’s an instant earworm, set to have you singing along on first listen. Of the track the band explain:

“It’s about how we’re sometimes addicted to making bad choices because they’re the more exciting. It’s also about how powerful it can be to decide to feel gratitude for all the shitty experiences, as they’ve turned you into a stronger version of yourself. It’s about personal rebirth, and remaking.

Watch the somewhat dark, and unashamedly retro, new video for ‘Cocoon’ here:

Catch BABYTEETH live supporting none other than Adam Ant at The Roundhouse on 19th December.

Mari Lane
@marimindles