“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is part of a Leeds garage rock triumvirate that combines members of other notable local outfits including Pulled Apart By Horses and Menace Beach (also featured here on these pages) and also Grammatics & Mother Vulpine. Magick Mountain are Ty Segall’s Fuzz for the Moors, offering seismic fracks and monolithic riffs to shake God’s own country to its muddy foundations.
Their debut album “Weird Feelings” is like the fever dream rantings of a snake-wielding cult preacher who’s mistakenly walked into the “Slaughtered Lamb” pub, and it’s therefore right up VS’ collective strasse. Psych proto-punk with an anthemic quality that makes them as close to The Undertones or The Rezillos as Hawkwind, it’s a visceral thrill ride, and we’re glad to welcome here (also of Menace Beach/Sky Larkin) Nestor Matthews…
First as a quick aperiff-tif (sorry), it’s a new single “Infinity x2″…
Here’s the equally pumped previous single “King Cobra” – like King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard with a better band name. Starting like a mantra it cuts loose into a squally wild goose chase before returning to its wilfully hypnotic hooks. Or summat like that.
“Weird Feelings” is the mesmeric sound of three seasoned players in perfect unthinking sync – Nestor along with kindred spirits Tom Hudson (Pulled Apart By Horses) and Lins Wilson (Grammatics, Mother Vulpine), recorded in an unhurried 18 months, mostly at home and sometimes in the studio with producers Margo Broom and James Kenosha. Although its not out until 23 October, with the two cracking singles above there’s plenty to get your molars digging into.
Given the slightly longer lead time, I’ve only meandered into releasing Nestor’s choice of tune into the blogosphere so although the sentiment of being homebound is still very much a la mode, I can only dream of what it might be like for it to be a “grey July day” rather than a scorched Earth August one (albeit weather way more suited to the mystic Woodstockian exoticism of Magick Mountain). In any case, enough blathering from me, it’s over to Nestor Matthews with an enjoyably obtuse and on brief “song for ewe”…which is part Stevie Nicks “Edge Of Seventeen” part Pink Floyd “Run Like Hell”, a soupcon of The Pop Group and a whole heap of Zeni Geva…
“Like pretty much everyone else on the planet at the moment, I’m spending a lot of time indoors. I’ve been doing my best to embrace the house arrest by exploring the depths of my record pile and this morning I just so happened to land on Nisennenmondai’s succinctly titled ‘A’ from their 2013 album ’N’. Hopefully that’s obscure enough!?
The track has kind of floored me for reasons I wasn’t expecting. Magick Mountain is a very loud and very live band but Lins, Tom and I are contemplating the reality that we likely won’t be together on stage for the best part of a year. This psychedelic, no-wave slow burner is a pulsing balance of patience, restraint and the joyful chaos of loud, live music that is inspiring me to keep going on this grey July day. We might have to wait a while, but we’ll get there!”
Here’s the track:
And here’s a bonus live version that hopefully captures what I’m getting at:
THANKS VERY MUCH TO NESTOR MATTHEWS AND TO KATE AT STEREO SANCTITY PR
Keep them peeled for “Weird Feelings” out on 23 October, and in the meantime check out these links for more gen:
If you want more on a similar vein, check out the Lucky 7s by fellow Leeds heroes Pulled Apart By Horses and Menace Beach….