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Mayhem Singles Round Up Part 1 2023 February 15, 2023


It has been way too long since our last singles round-up. So here is the first for 2023, it includes twelve songs that have been passed on to me or recommended during the previous few weeks and months, there are some really classy tracks here. This is quite a Yorkshire-centric list, but I have lived in Yorkshire since 2007, so why not? Let me know what you think of them! You will find a YouTube link to each song in the title and a link to the artists website or Spotify page if you click the artist name. You can also find the link to a Spotify playlist of all these songs by clicking here.

Chu Chi Face” – Madam Misfit

Feeling down? Feeling blue? I know exactly what you need to do! Just listen to “Chu Chi Face” by the frankly incomparable and obscenely talented Madam Misfit. This tune is a 21st Century (or 19th Century) take on the song originally featured in the 60s children’s classic film ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang‘. Madam Misfit does her Electro Swing Thing with it and takes it to another funderful dimension. Watch the video and if you are not smiling by the end of it get your face muscles looked at. The only gripe I have is the dunking of chocolate covered biscuits……why?

Rebound” – Millie Manders and the Shutup

A cracking single from a cracking band, this bigs up their pop-punk chops, a song that needs to be all over the radio!

Green Eyed Ocean Smile” – Honeytrap

This has the feel of a classy chilled 80s synth track with a real 21st Century vibe. For me, this is HoneyTrap’s finest song to date. It was released as a single last year and is now a part of their recently released EP, ‘Fenêtre Forming’

Glue Song” – Beabadoobee

Bea gives us a truly gorgeous love song, which will be perfect for chilling in the garden, the park, or at a festival this summer

The Cvlt Song” – Astrology For Men

This is a band that includes Luca from Vaquelin (more of them later) and it is a soft loud and frankly stupendous metal anthem in waiting.

Scottish Snow” – Pennine Suite

York’s Pennine Suite are back with yet another great single. The way Nick and Louise’s vocals intertwine make this song linger in your head for ages, and I do mean that in a good way. If Bananarama did perfect jangly indie songs, this would be one of them.

By The River” – Apollo Junction

I love bands that produce great music and seem to get better with every release. This bodes incredibly well for album number three from one of Leeds’s finest bands. Instrumentally the band is on fire and Jamie’s vocal pulls out all the stops. This has left me dreaming of the finest alternative 80s hits!

On My Own” – The Kut

Possibly the hookiest, catchiest rock song in ages. I love all the “whoa whoa” backing vocals. Expect to hear your postman whistling this tune! If you love this, and why wouldn’t you, check out the earlier release “Fun When You’re Winning

Social Cyanide” – Vaquelin

Those Vaquelin boys are back with a really bluesy slab of classic rock. It has some softer-sounding moments, but even they have razor-sharp edges. The riffage is ace and can I hear strings low down in the mix or is that treated guitar. Album number two will be something very special indeed!

Hazel Frustration” – Kindelan

This is the latest release from Kindelan, following hot on the heels of the rather splendid, “The Other Side”, these tracks will eventually form an EP. “Hazel Frustration” is a song of relationships and heartbreak, Kindelan styles it in a wonderfully softer modern R & B style. I have been a fan for quite a while and she continues to get better with each release.

Reset” – Wolforna

What a fabulous slice of heavy rock this is, filled with gargantuan riffs and softer moments that evoke the less hard side of Led Zeppelin. The vocals are outstanding.

Fatal Flaw” – Thrillhouse

This opens like a skilful take on peak New Order and moves on to draw on the likes of OMD and Eccho and the Bunnymen. A tremendously good pop scented rock track which is so joyful to listen to.

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The Mayhem Monthly Top 20 Song Chart – August 2022 September 25, 2022


Very, very late indeed, but here comes the sixth monthly Mayhem Top 20 Song Chart, this time for August 2022, and it remains as eclectic as most of our previous charts. There are some weird and wonderful strange bedfellows in this list, just like those charts of my youth. The number one for August is the rather splendid Newcastle act, Cat Ryan with their incredible single “Rex Mundi”. They are followed closely by four acts who have not appeared in the song chart before, Trunky Juno, Thrillhouse, Matt James, and Lynx Deluxe. The latter made it into the artist chart for August. Check out Matt James’ new album, ‘Breaking The Fall’, a set of fine songs from a former member of one of my favourite bands, Gene! Politics and passionate, powerful opinions are represented by Captain Ska with “Blood On Your Hands” at number 6, Muse with “Will Of The People” at number 19, and the magnificent current single full of monumental power, passion, and anger from Delilah Bon, “Dead Men Don’t Rape” at number 10. Vaquelin, one of York’s finest bands have appeared in the song chart four months in a row now, their latest single “Broken Window” is at number 20. Classic soul and reggae are represented by Holland and Dozier and Junior Byles. The Streets, Arctic Monkeys, Just Jack, Yungblud, and Pale Waves are all here. Early Italian House Disco music is at number 17 with Silvetti’s “Spring Rain”. Tom Waits is at ten, while classical music gets a look in with the beautiful and haunting piano piece “Metamorphosis No. 4” composed by Philip Glass at number 16. Hannah Robinson has featured in the Mayhem charts a few times and she returns as the voice of J.A.G. on “Fools Lie”. We would love to hear your thoughts on the Mayhem Song Top 20 Chart. Check out the complete list below and click here to access a Spotify playlist of the whole top 20!

1 Rex Mundi – Cat Ryan
2 Oxford English Dictionary – Trunky Juno
3 Cruel Twist Of Fate – Thrillhouse
4 Champione – Matt James
5 Jane Goodall – Lynx Deluxe
6 Blood On Your Hands – Captain Ska
7 Why Can’t We Be Lovers – Holland and Dozier
8 Brexit At Tiffany’s – The Streets
9 Tom Traubert’s Blues (Four Sheets To The Wind In Copenhagen) – Tom Waits
10 Dead Men Don’t Rape – Delilah Bon
11 Curly Locks – Junior Byles
12 Starz In Their Eyes – Just Jack
13 Fools Lie – J.A.G
14 Star Treatment – Arctic Monkeys
15 Tissues – Yungblud
16 Metamorphosis No. 4 – Philip Glass/ Jenny Lin
17 Spring Rain – Silvetti
18 Lies – Pale Waves
19 Will Of The People – Muse
20 Broken Window – Vaquelin

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“Cruel Twist Of Fate” – Thrillhouse August 8, 2022

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When a band posts on Twitter “Our new tune is out on Friday. We ain’t got no money for PR, as usual. Soooo… anyone up for reviewing it? Means you get to hear it early! Scathing, brutal and unfair reviews very welcome” my interest is piqued. Thrillhouse did precisely this in respect of their new single last week. It is called “Cruel Twist Of Fate” and was launched in the wider world, I mean apart from those stuck-up privileged, snotty, superior, reviewers like me, who got it early, on Friday 5th August. I don’t like doing bad reviews, I’m not comfortable with it, but if I have to I will, and if someone invites a scathing, brutal, unfair review, what is an old bloke to do? Well, he needs to listen to the song first at least. I did just that, four times, albeit a bit late, considering it is now Monday. I had all my scathing, brutal, and unfair words ready and loaded into my sawn-off lexicon. Sorry to disappoint you though, I really didn’t need them! This is a great electro-pop track that also includes some fine more “organic” instruments, notably piano and electric guitar. If the Thompson Twins had a sweaty bout of illicit sex on the beach with Orchestral Manouvres In The Dark (OMD) with sand gathering in every available crease while Hall and Oates’s 1980s backing band were soundtracking them doing the two-backed beast, this fine song, “Cruel Twist Of Fate” would be the result some 9 months later. Thrillhouse refer to themselves as generic indie garbage and maybe there is a tiny element of generic and maybe even a pinch of indie, but garbage? Seriously, no way! I bloody love this single which is full of hooks and melodies to die for. I will spend the next few days acquainting myself with more of Thrillhouse‘s great tracks. I urge you to do the same. I am sorry Thrillhouse I so wanted to be scathing, brutal, and unfair, but you have made such a great song, I couldn’t! Click here to check out their fabulous collection of songs on Spotify!

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