New Madrid calls the indie rock mecca of Athens, Georgia home, though the majority of the band’s members hail from Tennessee. On “Manners”, the first single from the upcoming Sunswimmer, the band encapsulates that scorched summer drive south from their home state to its adopted one. There’s a case of cold beer in the backseat being divvied up between those in the car, and the drive is a bit reckless, with the windows down and a constant watch for state troopers.
At the outset, “Manners” reminds me of Diiv’s “Oshin”, with that guitar hook eating away at my brain, but once things get going, I’m picking up on fellow Athens residents The Whigs, but without the same snarl to the vocals. Just listen. You’ll hear it for yourself. The more than two minutes that comprise the second half of the song is one of the more captivating reasons to lock yourself in the car and steer in any direction other than back home.
Sunswimmer isn’t due out until February 25, and it’s the band’s first effort for New West Records, who are home to the likes of Drive-By Truckers. New Madrid seems like they’ll fit right in.
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