The Margaret Hooligans are back with another exceptional song. Alley Cat Stomp serves as a perfect follow-up to Hey Love, The Lost Stilt Walkers, Witch On The Corner, What Kind Of Donut Are You, Our Museum Of Failure, Monkey Nuts, and Revenge Of The ScarJo, seven tracks The Margaret Hooligans released this year. For those who somehow missed previous articles about this outstanding band, The Margaret Hooligans combines different styles to illustrate rich and luxurious sonic imagery. Perhaps blues comes to mind first, but you’ll notice some other complementary music genres lurking around. Don’t be surprised if you stumble upon some of the finest properties borrowed from garage rock, noise rock, punk rock, alternative, indie rock, rock ‘n’ roll, etc. Their base unquestionably leans toward a blues-rock sound, but these additional elements decorate, accentuate, and enhance this song on an entirely new level. Therefore, these experimentations with different styles resulted in a mesmerizing track that will appeal to your ears no matter which genre you prefer.
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You’ll immediately notice how excellent vocal performance serves as a centerpiece of this track. The vocal harmonies balance between low, mid, and high notes, emphasizing all the raw, fuzzy, abrasive riffs and chord progressions. Besides all these sonic maneuvers, guitars add more complexity to this track with so many catchy leads. It’s also good to mention that the guitar carries a lot of low-end since the band excluded bass guitar from the mix. Still, you’ll not miss a thing since guitars resonate with so much precision and power. This composition wouldn’t sound this good without outstanding drumming performance based upon moderate, well-accentuated beats, breaks, fills, and other percussive acrobatics. The rhythm section provides groove and pace but also keeps the remainder of the instrumentations in line.
As always, The Margaret Hooligans pay so much attention while assembling their tracks, and that’s the case with Alley Cat Stomp as well. You’ll notice how they thoroughly planned the entire song structure, so every segment carries many sonic delicacies and surprises. I adore how they keep their sound so raw, abrasive, fuzzy, and lo-fi, but at the same time, all vocal harmonies, chord progressions, riffs, and beats are equally present in the mix. The Margaret Hooligans and their latest single, Alley Cat Stomp, demand your utmost attention because bluesy garage rock never sounded this good. They invested so many brilliant ideas into it, and their effort paid off in a catchy, ear-appealing song that will become a staple on your playlist. The single is available on all
streaming platforms. Don’t miss it.