The Margaret Hooligans – Witch on the Corner
|April 21, 2023||Piety Street Publishing|
|Single | Digital||03:37|
|Garage Rock / Garage Blues||Bala Cynwyd, PA, USA|
The Newcomers‘ Arrival
The waiting time until The Margaret Hooligans will release their next album Saturday Night in Bartertown has once more been shortened by another ex ante single single. This time, the Pennsylvanian Garage Rock duo has been inspired by the true story of an elder lady who uttered severe scepticism about the sudden change of her surrounding. Cheap housing attracted new residents, a creative scene was born which then attracted investors, and step by step the district became another shiny playground for neoliberals, hipsters and greenwashed companies. Good ol‘ gentrification. The Witch on the Corner – eponym for the song – refused to welcome the new arrivals and welcomed them with disdain until one came who changed her mind. This is the tale of the Witch on the Corner:
Meg and Strontium get the Blues
Meg Cratty and Mr. Strontium are experts in reinventing themselves over and over again while keeping their unmistakable sound simultaneously. Their latest single release Witch on the Corner contains a lot more Blues Rock than previous songs. Meg slides across the fretboard of her ukulele like crazy, and the heavily distorted stomp on the ground together with Strontium’s massive drumming. Two thirds through the song, intense use of the cowbell announces the track’s climax which comes with a mouth organ. For a moment or two, the sound becomes extraordinarily psychedelic and occult until Strontium’s voice from the back helps the listeners to get real and get back to solid ground again.
In Witch on the Corner, The Margaret Hooligans dance and jump across genre boundaries and churn their listeners with them. The new single is a genre-bending, enchanting, bewitching tidbit for everyone who is waiting for Saturday Night in Bartertown.
All pictures by courtesy of The Margaret Hooligans.
Witch On the Corner was recorded in the basement of Piety Street Publishing,
mixed and mastered by Jon Huxtable of Smallfish Recordings,
and produced by Mr. Strontium.