Mayflower Madame Drops ‘Prepared For A Nightmare’ LP on Vinyl & CD
Tomorrow brings the vinyl and CD release of MAYFLOWER MADAME’s new album ‘Prepared for a Nightmare’. Like many things delayed by the ongoing Covid-19 situation, vinyl press activity and shipping deliveries saw a slowdown over the past few months. But finally, tomorrow is the day, and who doesn’t love vinyl packed with a great soundtrack.
Clash Magazine says their music is “deeply atmospheric psychedelia”, Classic Rock dubs it “The love child of post-punk and neo-psychedelia” and Q Magazine calls their output “a feverish nod to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club… the spacey menace of early Verve”. Try it for yourself.
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Here music lovers will find a dark and distinctive blend of post-punk, shoegaze, and psychedelia. The album will be released by French label Only Lovers Records in collaboration with Portland’s Little Cloud Records and Parisian label Icy Cold Records.
Not long ago, the band released singles ‘Swallow’ with video by Astrid Serck, and ‘Vultures’, inspired by the art of George Grosz and Hieronymus Bosch, the video for which includes live footage of the band and a dance sequence by Norwegian drag artist Remi Johansen Hovda.
“This is a combination of shady psych-pop and shoegaze with elements of surf and post-punk,” says frontman Trond Fagernes.
Hailing from Oslo, Mayflower Madame is Trond Fagernes (vocals, guitars, bass), Håvard Haga (guitars), and Ola J. Kyrkjeeide (drums). Formed in 2011, they first rehearsed in a desolate industrial building, sharing space with a carwash company. Their hazy, smoke-laden sound was conceived naturally amidst these gritty surroundings. They soon recorded a four-track demo and became ‘Unsigned Band of the Week’ on a major Norway stations.
After a few years of playing shows in Scandinavia, carefully honing their sound along the way, Mayflower Madame finally released their debut album ‘Observed in a Dream’ in 2016. Through eight tracks of theatrical psych-gaze exploration and dark romanticism, the album conveyed the wintry feeling of their home country – icy and gloomy, haunting, and majestic.
Tours in North America and Europe followed, followed by the ‘Premonition’ EP in 2018, a 4-track collection of apocalyptic love songs, and more touring and festival circuits in France, Germany, the UK, and Eastern Europe between recording sessions for their second LP. Mayflower Madame has shared the stage with bands like Killing Joke, Moon Duo, Night Beats, Psychic Ills, Froth, The Underground Youth, Crocodiles, Cosmonauts and La Femme.
Their much-anticipated second album ‘Prepared For A Nightmare’ sees the band delving even deeper into their own distinctive blend of psych-noir and post-punk with elements of shoegaze and noise-rock.
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