Hot damn! Hey Mandible’s The Arse comes in at #15 on Here Come The Flood’s Top Albums Of 2015!
“Hey Mandible, a psychedelic noise rock trio out of Jacksonville, FL, have captured boredom and angst an their new full-length The Arse. They have a beef with pretty much everybody and everything – women, kids, religion – and are trying to smother their dislikes with howling feedback and distortion. It could have resulted into an album filled with flat sounding, brickwalled songs, but they have a good ear for dynamics, hooks and slow moving melody lines.
Being a trio implicates an less is more approach, using shifting time signatures within songs to spice things up and using the bass as a second lead guitar. Queens of the Stone Age meets Dinosaur Jr. Hey Mandible uses their album to conjure up an eclipse in the sunshine state. It sure as hell will scare the shit out of retired folks who populate the bingo halls and golf courses in Florida.”
“#42: Hey Mandible—The Arse (Fort Lowell/Infintesmal)
New album from band out of Jacksonville, Florida—heavy guitar indie rock with psychedelic outer space noise blasts that mediate the volatile rock ‘n’ roll middle ground between power pop hooks and angry feedback/distorto riffs. “The Arse” integrates noise and melody in a fluid, punch-you-out hug of addictively dark and challenging song structure, where distortion never overpowers, but always provides a muscular compliment. These are songs that hit you hard with a punk-edged face-slap that has just the right amount of warmth & sting to call your back again. 500 copies on green marble vinyl, and the cover art by Laura Bearl is a trip. (The 50s housewife taking the smiling little broasted baby out of the oven has horns and furry, hooved legs.) Similarities to bands like Dumb Numbers, Turn Me On Dead Man, Dinosaur Jr., Mission Of Burma, Black Level Embassy, Sonic Youth, Polvo, the Intelligence. Hey Mandible play brilliantly angry, darkly accessible rock with an instinctual, gut-level roar of power that hangs on to the melodic groove for dear life. Recommended.”