Mammal Hum.

3 08 2012

I honestly have no idea what I’m listening to. All I know is that it is utterly bizarre and bloody good. Thing is, most things that are bit mental and strange are usually the best. No good has ever come from being like everyone else or being a dull so and so. When you act like everyone else you hate yourself because you’re not staying true to yourself.

I’m fairly confident I love Mammal Hum because they’re a really good Northern band. They’re also on Mollusc Records; a label that I fully back. They put out some stunning music, and you should go listen to it all. ALL of it.

So, Mammal Hum are from Hull. There’s four of them; and they make a lot of noise. Not the kind of noise you’ll turn off, but the kind that lures you in. Creeps up slowly, gets louder and louder. Before you know it, you’ve found your new favourite band.

Some of their songs are like euphoric chants and some of their songs are like a swaying lullaby. Think Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes goes on a camping trip to the North of England..and this happens. Their music is utterly beautiful. With a few insane moments. You cannot ever have one without the others (this appeals to most things in life.)

What I love is that you can hear the influence of each member in their music. You know about my love for Warpaint don’t you? I love them because you hear crazy layers and you can hear the input of each member. This is why I’ve got a lot of love for Mammal Hum. There’s a HUGE community feel to their music. You know they are in their own world when they play, but you also feel part of it. There aren’t many bands that manage to do this nowadays. You sometimes feel partially segregated, but when you find a band that make you feel part of it all and make you come alive; that’s when you know you have found something truly of worth.

Initially this was meant to be a review but I am honestly useless at writing reviews for my own site. If it’s for someone else I’m okay. So I’ve basically turned this into a declaration of my love for Mammal Hum.

They have a folk feel (but not in that annoying Mumford & Sons/Laura Marling way) and they also take you on some psychedelic trip. You feel totally lucid and as if you have no control over your limbs and mind. Sometimes that’s bloody good thing.

Mammal Hum have a record coming out, What’s Behind Us Is Not Important out on 17th September via Mollusc Records. You should buy it.

You can find out more about the band, and the other artists on the label at : http://www.molluscrecords.co.uk/

Mammal Hunt take you back in time and throw you fast into the future. They mess with your head, and you cannot help but enjoy every second of it.





Rusty Bear-Source To Sea.

16 02 2012

I wrote over 1000 words originally, and the computer decided to bail as soon as I went to publish this. So what I am going to do is assume that what I wrote the first time round wasn’t good enough, and this is a sign to do better. If I go with this thought, I will  want to throw the computer out of the window and kick the router. I will try to remember as much as I can, but I have a really bad memory most of the time…

As someone who is half from Yorkshire (my mum is from sunny Doncaster) I feel like I need to fully back Rusty Bear and Mollusc Records with all I have. So I will.

Before I attempt to give you some kind of album review, I am going to hit you up with some FUN FACTS about Rusty Bear. You ready? Okay.

– The name comes from a French beer, Rusty Bière. I’ve never tried it, and I’m not a fan of beer to be honest. Wine on the other hand…

-Some of the tracks were done in an outside toilet/coal shed. I cannot tell you how impressed I am by this. You probably aren’t but for me- it shows just how important it was for Matthew to make music that he would record anywhere…even in toilet.

For now, they are the facts I am giving you. If you’re lucky I may throw in some more throughout this review. I say it is a review, but it isn’t. It’s just me trying to get you to listen to music that deserves your attention. Okay, so maybe it is a review but I refuse to let it be some generic bullshit like, “This album is really good. There are some nice songs on this record that you may like.” Bollocks! If an artist or band put their all into a record then I feel I need to return the favour by giving my full attention to it, and writing something about the record with all I have. Besides, I can only write from the heart anyway.

As far as debut records go, this one has some pretty solid production about it. You probably won’t believe me, but I am obsessed with the production side of things. I love hearing something that isn’t overproduced or too polished. I love being able to hear something that sounds raw and has possible flaws in it. Obviously I’m not saying this record has any flaws in it at all so far from it. It’s almost like, when you are in love with someone and, you just love them. You love the bones of them, and you even find their faults endearing and you just love them even more. That’s pretty much how Source To Sea makes me feel. The record was produced by Xander Edwards and was mastered by Carl Saff (worked with Real Estate) for a debut record, this is a pretty big deal you know.

I’ve rambled a bit, so I guess I should tell you which songs I love. I would, except…I pretty much love every single track. I spent most of the afternoon listening to Source To Sea, and just finding new parts to love. I could say I love Moth but then I’d listen to the record again and find it is actually Russian Horse that I love. So it is just safer if I say that every track is stunning. I’m going to sound mental but the track Falling Stones makes me imagine someone being chased though a dark, neglected woods by someone holding a rusty (I’m sorry!) hammer or something. It has that sinister feel to it, which I absolutely adore. This is the kind of feeling I look for in music. Something that scares me and causes my imagination to run wild. It does make me sound mental, I know. I like to think it is endearing, it gets me though. I love the song If She. It just feels like a wonderful piece of advice that I’ll probably have to take on board at some point…again!

I’m probably not going to be able to get this back up to 1000 words again, am I? Well, I’m going to keep trying anyway.

Rusty Bear/Matthew moved from Yorkshire to London (I’ll probably mention the fact he’s from the best county as often as I can, just because) and he is proving that Arctic Monkeys aren’t the only Yorkshire folk that can make some noise. I’m not going to do the whole, “If you like…then you’ll like Rusty Bear.” If you love honest and heartfelt music- then you will love this. That’s the only thing I can give you. At times this record does have its dark moments but at best it just feels like a lovely warm cuddle. I don’t think I’ve ever said that about a record before, and I think I hate myself for saying something so daft- but it’s all I have to be honest. It just makes you feel content and safe- but can leave you on edge at times. The fact that you can tell that this record was made with such drive, honesty and heart makes me love it even more. When you can find that in a record, you know you are listening to something so special and sacred. Listening to this record is a partially sacred experience mainly because you know that not everyone will be hearing it. Which is a good and bad thing. It’s good because no one can take that private moment from you. It is bad because the whole world needs to hear it.

So here’s the thing, as I want EVERYONE to hear this record- I am going to fully endorse Rusty Bear and all of the Mollusc Records family as much as I can. The fact that they are Yorkshire based has NOTHING to do with it (I’m such a crap liar aren’t I?!) I will always support something I believe in, and want everyone to hear. I’m just one person but, I like to think someone will read this and check out Rusty Bear. I live in hope, I have to.

Source To Sea will be released 26th March. For more information about Rusty Bear and Mollusc Records, you can check out the following links:

http://molluscrecords.co.uk/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mollusc-Records/18118

http://soundcloud.com/mollusc-records7661960721

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rusty-Bear/303757273003789

Looks like I did hit over 1000 words 😉

On a serious note, I know it is nice and all to support big acts and whatever, but we NEED to keep supporting Independent labels and artists. This is where you find the honest and passionate stuff. This is why I will be fully backing Mollusc Records.