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Album review: TEKE::TEKE – ‘Shirushi’: a deliciously wonky, delectably trippy psych debut

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YOU’VE already been directed to take a dive into Brum garage-punkers Table Scraps by no less than IDLES’ Joe Talbot, who counts himself a fan; now’s your chance to climb aboard and feast on some crumbs as the band – Scott, TJ and Poppy – shake their collectively animated ass with “Doom Generation”, the South …

IF YOU thought a mere four albums in 2020 – the twin suns of Protean Threat and its through-the-looking-glass rerub Panther Rotate, the limited Metamorphose and the cassette-only Levitation Sessions – would maybe dry the wellspring of Osees’ John Dwyer, well boy! were you ever wrong; he’s back with a new associate project, who are …

NORWEGIAN quintet Death By Unga Bunga have recently announced the release of new album, Heavy Male Insecurity, which will be out on Jansen Records on February 12th; and they’ve trained their sights on your rawk heart with their latest single, “Egocentric”. Take a listen below. It takes everything that’s great about Nordic garage rock, gives it a little …

LA’S hallucinatory pop explorer Ariel Pink is revving up for the next phase of his reissue programme, delving right back to the beginning of Haunted Graffiti days with the third and fourth instalments of Ariel Archives. The reissue programme for Mexican Summer will see cycles 3 and 4 hit the world on January 29th next year. …

OSEES – the band who Marc Riley called the “best live band in the world”, and he was so on the money – have released footage of a live take of “Gelatinous Cube”, from Big Sur, with the strict instructions: meant to be listened to loud on speakers. Watch and you know they’re absolutely on …

TAKE a Canadian and an American, base them in Luxembourg; fill their bellies with garage-punk-pop fire; give ’em a gentle shake. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Francis of Delirium. Over here at Backseat Mafia we last encountered 19-year-old singer Jana Bachrich and her partner in musical crime Chris Hewett in early September when they …

RULE one: Japanese bands do brilliant, brilliant things with guitars: this is just fact. From the mind-blowing chaos of Melt-Banana to the heavy psych stylings of Acid Mothers Temple and Bo Ningen, down through the garage-rawk of Guitar Wolf and the dreamy, trippy-hippy psych of Ghost, new and deeper appreciations of how to wield and …

LEEDS garage trashpunks Magick Mountain are flexing ‘n’ ready to unleash the dirty hip grooves of their debut album Weird Feelings on Friday week with one final sleazy come-hither in the shape of “Cherokee”, which you can dive into below. The power trio Lins Wilson, Tom Hudson and Nestor Matthews, have thrown a quartet of riffin’ beauties out …

A FRIDGE full of beers; pizza and chips in the oven, and a spread of crisps laid out: this is the ‘new normal’ for the live show experience during the Covid-19 pandemic. The surreal element of watching a band from halfway across the world from the comfort of the living room will likely never actually …

JOHN DWYER’S Osees. I mean, they’re an absolute force of nature; a vivacious, fiery, disciplined, fun, piledriving force. If you’ve never seen them, by jiminy you need to: kinda meh at Vampire Weekend on the main stage, I wandered into their second-stage headline set at End of the Road in 2018 and stopped dead. Absolutely …