Track Premiere: The Maggie’s Marshmallows “No Friend of Mine”

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Another Nuggets-worthy gem: Prague garage rockers to debut via Get Hip full length in late September.

By Blurt Staff

 Cue it up and it’ll be instantly familiar: “No Friend Of Mine,” that sneers-and-fuzztone-laced ‘60s garage classic from Texas’ The Sparkles, subsequently covered by pretty much every garage band worth its salt—including Pittsburgh’s Cynics, whose guitarist also helms the Get Hip label, which is the astute music biz establishment that recently signed Prague-based band The Maggie’s Marshmallows, who just happen to have covered “No Friend Of Mine” on their self-titled Get Hip debut album, due out Sept. 30. We here at BLURT are chuffed to premiere it for you, our discriminating (and garage-loving) readers, so check it out:

The album was recorded in France, of all places, and boasts production by the mighty Jim Diamond, so you know that’s an additional trademark of quality. The young, female-fronted Czech combo is clearly influenced by all things ‘60s, from garage-punk and psych to surf to (as they advise us) Mexican soap opera soundtracks. As our own contributor Jonathan Levitt astutely notes, “The album hits that sweet spot of hearing familiar sounds in creative new ways. If there is one band that I’ve heard of late that might go a few rounds with the Cynics, I’d say this Czech trio stands a fighting chance.”

Amen to that. Incidentally, if you’re smart you’ll grab the wax, jack – 150-gram opaque cream vinyl at that.

On the web: facebook.com/themaggiesmarshmallows

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