Malcolm Mask McLaren Matriculate Maudlin Moods

Ah, as previously noted, everything’s coming up Malcolm Mask McLaren these days, and now a month on from announcing this summer’s new record from them, the group dropped the MV from what I really hope is the trendsetter for the thing, because this was worth waiting for:

What a payoff! MMM and their melodic hardcore thing have always been such a neat package, and filing down the edges for a slightly more radio-friendly product has done nothing to take away from the group’s core merits, which in no particular order are “cool music that people of a certain age enjoy either literally or ironically” and “an effervescent joy that very few loudol acts can approximate, let alone duplicate.” Given the connotations, “maudlin” maybe isn’t the best word, but you try finding M words in English that correspond to net-positive emotional stuff. These highly attenuated post-titling conceits aren’t writing themselves!

I suspect (informed by history!) that MMM could, well, have on their hands an EP just as great as last year’s and still not get any Best Of consideration out of you uncultured louts, but for the sake of argument let’s make sure you have all of the details while we still have a week until release:

Just buy the damn thing!

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