Pitchfork (link) “While the singer’s voice has a quality that could accurately be described as “rat-like”, this ain’t just mindless speed punk.”
Weird Canada (link): “Loud, capricious, and making bad decisions. Mammoth Cave said it’s too bad nobody will listen to this record. Prove them wrong.”
AUX (link): “Writ large, Cruel World makes negativity, alienation, hatred, and paranoia sound deceptively sweet—and it’s almost freeing to follow the band down the wormhole of negative emotions and mental illness.”
Vue (link): “Back to the Cruel World is fresh air in the stolid world of Canadian rock ‘n’ roll.”
Telescope (link): “Devilishly gruesome noise.”
Exclaim (link) : “There are also three songs with “shit” in the title, so there’s that.”
I made a mix for GET BENT!
Vibe out on this.
Ketamines’ Paul Lawton is a busy guy, between touring (dates here), the recent release of Spaced Out, and running Mammoth Cave Recording Co. So it’s pretty neat that he found some time to make us a mix of his current favorite Canadian bands. Download the mix here and check out our other guest mixes here.
1. Cousins (Halifax, NS) - Speech - Cousins released this song on a 7” last summer, and I just redescovered it on their brilliant new LP The Palm at the End of the Mind (Saved by Vinyl). Speech was my Summer jam last year, and it is getting me right back in the proverbial mood…
What can we say about this years lineup? It’s as solid as it gets. Not only are THE SPITS, THE REIGNING SOUND, ARCHERS OF LOAF, THE SADIES and so many more of our favourites coming to Calgary, tonnes of Mammoth Cave related bands who we have worked with or WILL BE WORKING WITH (shhh) are coming to town. It’s gonna be the party to end all parties.
Here is the list.
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet - It’s no secret that we are doing the reissues of all of the Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet records, starting with Savvy Show Stoppers (Pre-Order is immanent!), but they are only playing TWO reunion shows (Calgary and Toronto on July 14). Period. Filling in for Reid Diamond (my bass-guitar hero, may he rest in peace) is Dallas Good from The Sadies. Epic. If you think you don’t know Shadowy Men, you are wrong - they did all the Kids in the Hall music, and Savvy Show Stoppers, Dim The Lights, Chill The Ham, Sport Fishin’ are three all-time Canadian classics. We couldn’t be more excited!
At the same time that Savvy Show Stoppers comes out, we will be releasing Vancouver’s Needles//PIns debut LP “12:34,” which I guarantee you will get EVERYONE STOKED once it comes out. This record is instant classic. So good. Best band. Best bros and lady-bro.
Also, of special note (to us), this Sled Island will be the LAST EVER shows of Edmonton’s The Wicked Awesomes. They’ve been dying a slow death for YEARS, but this is the final nail and we are pleased to help them go out in style. MCR001!!! Best band. Best “bros”.
Also, we have a new 7” coming VERY SOON from FEEL ALRIGHT. They are gonna blow you away with how great they are. SOOOO GOOOD!!!!
THE REST OF THE LIST FOLLOWS HERE:
The Allovers (Garrett from The Famines new band…. SOOO KILLER!!!)