Into Music Reviews: More New Music May 2021

May is turning into a really good month which is seeing a steady release of new, great music. Into Music are discovering some recently released gems which we are happy to tell you about. 

Artist: Dot Allison
Song: Long Exposure

It’s been twelve years or so since Dot Allison released a new album but that’s about to change with the release of long player, Heart-Shaped Scars on 30 July 2021. With a back catalogue including One Dove, several collaborations as well as a number of solo albums, it’s fair to say this new release is eagerly anticipated. 

The prelude to that is first single, Long Exposure which is out now on SA Recordings.  Allison’s vocal is fragile yet elegant and takes centre stage to a musical backdrop which includes a gently played ukulele, strings and keys. 

At times sparse and bleak, the songs retains an ambient air that plays well with hints of nature and barren landscapes and an undercurrent of authentic stripped back folk music.

To pre-order Heart-Shaped Scars, visit the SA Recordings website here.

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Artist: The Media Whores
Song: Cruel Britannia

It’s fair to say there’s been quite a lot going on in the world politically over the past 18 months with Brexit, Covid, various elections, cronyism and a shed load more besides.

Pleasingly, agit post-punksters, The Media Whores, continue to take notice and make political and social commentary through their incisive lyrics and dynamic songs. 

With a new album, A Light In A Dark Place in the can for release later in 2021, the band have sent out Cruel Britannia from the traps early and it’s a typically caustic offering from the Falkirk band. Rat-a-tat drums set the tone before piercing guitars come in as the track bounces along with incisive vocals from singer Craig Anderson. The song ends with the refrain “I want out” again and again and it’s clear what the band are getting at. The Media Whores are known for their incendiary live performances and hopefully we will see them take to the stage soon to perform their new material. 

Keep up to date with The Media Whores via their Bandcamp page here

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Artist: Mad Mulligans
Album: Who Are The Mad Mulligans

Yes, just who are The Mad Mulligans? Well, they are from New York City and are a collective of punks from a variety of established bands who have come together during lockdown to record a mini-album of eight tracks which runs to just over seventeen minutes in duration.

The component parts were recorded in isolation due to Covid but collaborations like this perhaps wouldn’t have happened otherwise. With four core members and eleven contributors (including Jim Threat of Scottish punks, Threats) overall, there’s plenty to get into here. For example, Bricks And Batteries is a straight up punk thriller with plenty of “wow-ows”.

Elsewhere, piano is added by Brian Martin from NYC ska band Mephiskapheles on Knock One Back. Personal favourite though is So Sure We’re Right which includes mesmerising guitar work which is similar in style to East Bay Ray of The Dead Kennedys. 

Divided We Fall only lasts thirty-seven seconds but is a sure fire track to go down a storm for those that like to slam dance, if that’s your bag. 

Who Are The Mad Mulligans is out now and can be ordered via Dammit Records Bandcamp page here

John Welsh
@welshjb

Links:
@DotAllisonmusic
@MediaWhoresband
@dammitrecords71

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