CIGGIE WITCH'S MAD MUSIC ALBUM NOW ON VINYL
Order Mad Music on vinyl
Mad Music, the third and unexpectedly final album by Melbourne's Ciggie Witch is receiving a well-deserved vinyl re-release.
When Zac Denton, the band's co-founder and co-lead singer died tragically late-last year at the age of 24 from complications owing to a brain cyst, he had yet to realise his ambition to reissue 2017's cassette-only Mad Music on vinyl. Finally now, here it is!
Says the band's Mitch Clemens:
"Though we weren’t planning on it being our last, this record is a fitting end to Ciggie Witch’s 'studio' discography. Recording this album was heaps of fun, with the whole band squeezed into Zac’s bedroom, talking and writing and recording each other’s songs, often only a handful of takes after playing it for the first time. I think this mixture of recreation and urgency is evident in the recordings, and we’re stoked that you can now listen to it on the big liquorice disk."
Mad Music is twelve tracks spanning oddball pop, heartbreaking ballads, spoken word and straight-up jangle.
"Alongside similarly conglomerate bands like Scott & Charlene's Wedding or Wireheads, they've followed both pop brilliance and their own oddball impulses. But as with those two bands, when they're on, they're f*cking on." – Raven Sings the Blues
MONNONE ALONE 'DO IT TWICE' SINGLE
Available Feb 22, 2019
Pre-order 'Do it Twice' on vinyl 7" and digital
Melbourne four-piece Monnone Alone return with ‘Do it Twice’, an ode to second chances and graciously sabotaging life’s opportunities – just for kicks!
In his rollicking mid-life singalong, former-Lucksmith Mark Monnone asks to see his past moments of interpersonal discomfort and raise them a double-whammy to see if they’ll all crash and burn one more time so he can revisit that awkward adrenaline rush and feel those “fever sweats and forever shakes”.
Doused in trembling 12-string clamour and irrepressible fuzzy outbursts, ‘Do it Twice’ is the second taste from the Monnone Alone album Summer of the Mosquito, and follows previous single ‘Cut Knuckle’, which Raven Sings the Blues announced ”stands alongside new cuts from The Chills and The Bats as an extension of the Aus/NZ jangle-pop prominence that bubbled over between ’86 and ’90."
‘Do it Twice’ and b-side 'The Sea & the City' (originally by San Francisco band The Mosquitoes) were recorded and mixed by Gareth Parton, assisted by the band’s drummer Gus Franklin and is out on February 22 via The Lost And Lonesome Recording Co.
MONNONE ALONE 'CUT KNUCKLE' SINGLE
(Limited to 100 copies, 7"s will ship October 15, 2018)
Since settling on a solid line-up of Joe Foley (Aleks & the Ramps), Louis Richter (Mid-State Orange) and Gus Franklin (Architecture in Helsinki, The Smallgoods) the once solo Monnone Alone is now anything but. Though still deeply laden with Monnone’s signature indiepop warble, the band step off in a new direction on ‘Cut Knuckle’, leading the charge on their forthcoming second album Summer of the Mosquito (planned for release in early-2019).
‘Cut Knuckle’ is the first single to come from the outfit since 2013’s well-received debut LP Together at Last. Weighing in at just over two-and-a-half minutes, the snappy indiepop banger is a loaded amalgamation of the group’s broad stylistic influences from Hoodoo Gurus to The Kinks; Paul Kelly & the Coloured Girls to Television Personalities, yet holds Monnone’s winsome turn-of-phrase and bruised-but-beautiful melody central to its unique core.
Recorded and mixed by UK expat Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, The Breeders, Big Scary, Foals) with assistance from Monnone Alone drummer Gus Franklin and mastered by Joe Carra at Crystal Mastering, ‘Cut Knuckle’ sets a towering benchmark for what’s to come on their anticipated follow-up LP.