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With Just A Hint Of Mayhem – Singles Round-Up 2020 Part 13 September 27, 2020

Here we are with our thirteenth singles round-up of 2020. This one features five great tunes, which crept out into this currently horrible world over the past few weeks with a mission to make it better. These five songs include more great bands and singers from London, Bangor, Rugby (via West Lothian), Raleigh (North Carolina) and Canada . Two of these acts have appeared on With Just A Hint Of Mayhem before; Dying Habit and Eyeball and I am confident that everyone of this lot will appear again sometime in the future. Get into these great tunes right now!

“Mother” – The Dead Zoo

Jon, Gabby, Kaoru and Somrata are the Dead Zoo and this is their first single. It is a cover of a song originally by Puffy (aka Puffy AmiYumi a Japanese pop rock duo), an act completely new to me, as are the Dead Zoo. The tune has a real laid back 60s west coast feel with overlays of jangly indie guitar and an undercurrent of UK post punk. Kaoru’s hauntingly beautiful vocals wash over you and hypnotise you into a relaxed dreamlike state. She has incredible clarity in her vocal delivery. I assume the lyrics are Japanese, and I do not understand any of them, but it is such a classy track who cares! The video is nicely done using Zoom or something similar, as a bonus you also get to see Jon the drummer in a onesie! Regular readers know that my name is Bill, but the Dead Zoo are the only group of people in the world allowed to call me Helen! If I told you why I would have to kill you 😉

“Honestly” – Dying Habit

This is the third appearance at Mayhem Towers for Bangor’s finest rock band Dying Habit, to be fair they are also one of the UK’s best bands. This track came out a few weeks ago. “Honestly” is a hard rocking tune with a nod to pop sensibility. It showcases a band that really know their stuff and seem to work together effortlessly. I want to see them live even more now! The video gives the songs undercurrent of darkness a lighter touch with the two protagonists having some rather spiffing paint fun!

“I Love You, You’re The Worst” – Emily Burns

Now this is a stunningly well produced dark pop tune reminiscent of Lily Allen and Kate Nash lyrically. It is underpinned with a real classy modern R & B feel. It crept into my head and took up residence on the first listen. The video, with Emily playing a multitude of characters is rather splendid too!

“Paralyze (Theme for a Recurring Film)” – Eyeball

A marvellous instrumental piece of trippy, proggy synth which would fit perfectly on the soundtrack of the darkest David Lynch film. The sound is like an orchestral Giorgio Moroder inspired piece. Eyeball’s bio claims they are from North Carolina, I think that is fake news, I believe they have emanated from a bizarre parallel universe. A universe where proggy, synth rock is king and Eyeball are it’s royal family!

“The Social” – DJ Shub (feat. Phoenix)

This is an inspiring example of how to use your voice for good. It has some first class and very phat beats and a wonderful use of Native American chants. Vocally I was reminded of Lauryn Hill at her Fugees peak. Not only is this a great tune it supports Black Lives Matter and points out that Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Matter. All proceeds from this song will go to organizations benefiting these initiatives that are very dear to DJ Shub and Phoenix’s hearts. America needs this right now, hell the world needs this passion for life right now given the extreme racist regimes that exist on the planet today!

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“Masquerade” EP – Mother April 8, 2020

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Mother are a magnificent new band from Oxford. They have a new EP out called “Masquerade” and it is one of the best I heard in a long time. Fronted by vocalist Ignatius J Harris this band really pack some punch. Their first EP was produced by Mark Gardiner from the legendary Ride and this one is produced by Chris Barker of Willie J Healey and Premium Leisure and great production it is too!

We start with “Strangers”, which has a strong melancholic tincture of  Arctic Monkeys about it but that is not at all a bad thing. This track, in common with everything here, has a big helping of swagger.

Next up we have “Pretty Face”. This has a real bite and snarl about it. Fully equipped with a staggeringly good riff and excellent vocals this is a superb track. The rhythm section underpins this brilliantly and lends a real menace to this track, ending with a hint of Pistols style sneer.

“White Lies” summons up the Arctic’s comparisons again but as with every track, Mother add this to their own style and make it totally their own.

The alt-rock sound that opens the title track is a real breath of fresh air and “Masquerade” features beautifully impassioned vocals. A dark and cynical feel to this one which fades away to an echoey conclusion.

“LA” is a truly punchy song carried along on a bed of pulsing bass and drums.

“School Days” features some great guitar work and lovely keyboards. There’s a touch of an Iggy style croon here and this track really drips with sass and style.

Mother have completely and utterly got that “thing” that you find so rarely. You can see them getting that all-important break very soon. They are the tightest band I have heard in a long time from a rhythmic point of view. They have had praise and more importantly play from the legend that is Tom Robinson and have gigged with local (and national) hero Gaz Coombes so they definitely have the stuff to go all the way and stay there. Mother are not only one to watch, but they are also compulsory listening!

Written by Paul Bamlett

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