Multinational London-based band MFC Chicken aptly describe their music as the stuff “the Sonics listened to”, and if you’re remotely interested in sax-flavoured ‘50s greaser grooves you’ll take this 45 like a rocker to a free vat of hair gel.Read More
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If you believe the schtick about expat-Canadian vocalist-saxophonist Spencer Evoy meeting bassist Bret Bolton on a pilgrimage to Joe Meek’s former flat and recording studio, you’ll swallow the line that the band was named after a takeaway shop Bolton was living above. And that the pair met when Evoy was busking outside. Every band needs a back story. and it beats Mick and Keef telling record collection stories to each other on a train platform.Read More
Mike Stax, long-time singer for San Diego's long-running The Loons, is better known for Ugly Things, the magnificent magazine he runs, than his band. This double-headed taste of their forthcoming album suggests that needs to change.Read More
Considered the combination of The Beatles in 1964 with the Ramones 1977, Muck And The Mires are an original quartet from Boston who likes to create short songs that have the power of punk and garage, but also contain doses of powerpop, blues and are soulful.
For their latest LP, entitled Dial 'M' For Muck, they composed a dozen songs that keep the same style that has been touring the US and European. Already a few years ago were the winners by Little Steven Van Zandt (member of the E Street Band Bruce Springsteen and broadcaster Underground Garage radio show) looking more energetic group of underground rock country. If that was not enough, remember that they have shared the stage with the likes of Dick Dale, Dictators, Supersuckers, Ray Davies and MC5, among others, which allows us to understand a little of his sound.
With a peculiar history, the group was unintentionally. Around 2000, Muck (Evan Shore, former member of The Queers and The Voodoo Dolls) recorded a home demo under the name of Muck And The Mires, pretending to be a recording of the sixties lost in time, which immediately caught the attention of various labels, but ultimately those who were commissioned to edit Amp Records on CD and vinyl Soundflat Records. The album took the strange title of All Mucked Up - The Best of The Muck And The Mires, and to date many people think it is a greatest hits of an old band, when in fact it is the first material of an imaginary project . Given the expectations and good reception, Evan decided to recruit other musicians, now formally conceive Muck And The Mires.
Back to the present, which the quartet recorded this album released by the British label Dirty Water Records are issues that follow the structure of an average pop song, but with energy and euphoric screams that only rock can generate. There dotted fuzz guitars, hypnotic keyboard and a battery that always marks the same rate.
No false pretenses, they do not care about changing the world or implement a particular political ideology, all that matters is that you shake and perspire while enjoying any of his compositions, for surely they will do it onstage.
A huge joyful celebration of an eclectic mix of 1950s Rock 'n' Roll, Garage Rock, Soul, Blues and instrumental Surf music.Read More
Despite the name putting me off for some time I couldn't ignore the rave reviews this band were getting and this Dirty Water Records release certainly showed me what I've been missing.Read More
Like The Teamsters, this Danish outfit are working in a quite traditional genre but have the songs to make them stand out amongst a sea of forgettable Garage Rock bands and this impressive debut promises much more great music to come.Read More
‘Dial M For Muck’ is the latest from Boston’s garage rocker’s Much And The Mires. Teaming up with Kim Fowley of The Runaways and Jim Diamond of The White Stripes, the album features 12 songs reminiscent of The Beatles circa 1964 and the Ramones in 77.Read More
The Arrogants’ new EP is like a breath of fresh air in today's garage scene. At the average age of 18, the boys from Lille certainly know what garage is about, more than many other bands that have been on the scene for a while. They combine the youthful energyRead More
Boston’s Muck and the Mires make rock with the same clatter and harmony that The Who, Kinks and Remains pioneered in the mid-’60s.Read More
Muck and the Mires are up next. They had their record release bash in Boston the prior night. I reviewed Muck and crew in BGN's 05/26/14 issue. Tonight they’re a blast. But, rather than say it all again, let’s talk about their new disk, Dial ‘M’ for Muck!Read More
Even though this Boston 4 piece operates since 2000, i have just found out about them through their previous album that came out on the British label Dirty Water Records. Just like the previous record, it is evident that this group borrows its influence from the bands of the British Invasion.Read More
Gary Schwind, music reviewer for the Orange County Music Examiner, has named MFC Chicken's 'Solid Gravy!' as one of his top 12 albums of 2014. Gary wrote:Read More
If you're one of those old-skool garage fans who are waiting for King Salami and the Cumberland Three to put out their next album then I think I may have just found a quick temporty fix for you while we wait. Also on the Dirty Water label, there's more than a passing resemblence between MFC Chicken and the aforementioned King Salami and co. Except instead of being fixated on sausages, these guys, as their name suggests (they're named after a takeaway over in Holloway), have a bit of an obessession with chicken. Seriously, if someone hasn't tried to link the two bands up on a 'sausages 'n' chicken' tour already then the matter relly needs to be rectified asap.Read More
This Copenhagen four-piece strut their '60s garage blues brilliantly on a scorching debut album. Crammed with snappy guitar breaks and solos, such as on opener 'Come On', there's an urgency permeating from their foot-tapping rhythms on 'Girls Like You', as their loose sounding grungy groovs grabs you via its appealing unpolished edginess, the gruff vocals complimenting perfectly their brash backbeat.Read More
Muddy amazing! This Boston based garage band formed at the start of this millenium, but their musical heartbeat is firmly influenced by last century's '60s transatlantic beat music explosion. Releasing a handful of albums since, this latest batch of garage powerpop rock'n'roll really hits the spot.Read More
When you are a young group and we sign on a label for a first EP, it is generally happiness. When you do more of the garage revival sixties and that the label in question is Dirty Water Records, ecstasy is probably not far off. But what about when there is a group that Lille sign on the prestigious English label? Yes that must be it looks like a fairy tale version of garage rock! Not even major when they are discovered by Yvan Serrano (Dustaphonics - which produces the EP said), The Arrogants must be on their little cloud.Read More
Monday 24 of November will be the date in which Dirty Water Records releases their third LP by the titans of garage-rock. From Boston… Muck and The Mires! With a as sesentero title as DIAL “M” FOR MUCK! the quartet gives twelve tracks that are not limited to a furious garage of ankle boots and fringe but they are sufficiently flexible to contribute other received apuntos good for the degustador of the good rock. Without doubt, it's their best disc to date!Read More
Anyone for some garage rock laden down with rock and roll melodies, backing 'Oohs and Ahhs', and plenty of shuffling back beats and authentic fuzz guitars? "Hell yeah" should be the reply and if that's the case then the oddly named Muck and the Mires have got an album for you.Read More
Arrogant nuggets from youthful French blues rockers. 8/10
Reflecting similar fixations with ‘60s garage rock and r’n’b as The Styrpes – though more Standells than the Yardbirds – The Arrogants a quartet of young ‘blues from a gun’ hipsters deliver an impressive set of organ-driven beats.