BLACKBOOK PREMIERE: New Single ‘Drown’ From Oslo’s Mayflower Madame

One does have to appreciate that a band would take its name from an infamous sex scandal. History lesson? The real Mayflower Madam was Sydney Biddle Barrows, whose escort service in 1984 was charged with the promotion of prostitution.

Fittingly, then, Oslo’s mysterious, immensely powerful Mayflower Madame (they add an “e”) reach back to that same time for sonic inspiration. Indeed, their sneering vocals and wickedly distorted guitar riffs are pure Jesus & Mary Chain, the ominous, echo-drenched atmospherics recall Sisters of Mercy, and the overall and very palpable sense of fear and dread harken back to Faith-era Robert Smith. Their debut album Observed in a Dream was released in spring of 2016.

BlackBook premiere’s here the harrowing, appropriately titled new track “Drown.” The theatrical, widescreen soundscapes, thundering drums and layered instrumentation actually remind of Manchester post-punk heroes Chameleons (an A+ for obscurantism), evoking a final wintry chill before the onset of spring.

They arrive on these shores tomorrow, March 31, for the launch of their first North American tour, at Providence’s Dusk, before taking the stage at NYC’s Trans-Pecos on Saturday. Make an effort to see them.

 

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