By DJ Monk

Artwork for Quarantine-Age Kicks by Muck And The MiresAs we enter another week of enforced self-isolation, and with the music business very firmly in lockdown for the foreseeable future, our good friends over at Rum Bar Records have sought to chase away the Monday blues and bring extra sunshine into our lives by turning the clock back to brighter days and presenting us with this appropriately titled collection of nine newly remastered tunes from the back catalogue of veteran Boston garage rockers Muck And The Mires.

All of these tracks have been out of print for donkeys’ years now, and among those selected for this re-exploration are the two last ever songs to be produced by the legendary Kim Fowley. It’s a bright and breezy collection that touches the bases of garage punk, rockabilly and even the heady days of Merseybeat and Sixties British power pop, the latter most notably on ‘Slipping Away’ and the Fowley-helmed ‘Three Steps Closer’, the second of which quite easily have been rescued from the likes of The Yardbirds’ reject pile.

For the 20 minutes of it’s duration, this collection of rediscovered pop gems – only one of which breaks the two-and-a-half minute barrier – will certainly bring the feelgood factor back to life behind locked doors and should trigger its fair share of socially-distanced dad dancing in living rooms all over the Überverse.

Cheers Lou for unearthing another little collection of gems and, yes, we will see you at the bar for a Malibu ‘n’ Coke when the doors re-open.

  • ‘Quarantine-Age Kicks’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.

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