Athens, Georgia based quartet New Madrid have just come out with a rather spacey new single “Don’t Hold Me Now” (which can be listened to here via SoundCloud) that will be on the band’s upcoming album “magnetkingmagnetqueen” which comes out in April via Normaltown/New West.
“Don’t Hold Me Now” while having that cosmic floating off into space vibe to certain aspects of it is very much grounded by its dirty driving bass line that keeps it in its punk rock roots. Lyrically it is an interesting concept, as it talks about what it’s like when someone pulls you out from a dream you’re having. Stereogum goes into further detail, saying:
Athens, Georgia quartet New Madrid have an album called magnetkingmagnetqueen on the way, and lead single “Don’t Hold Me Now” suggests it will be a good one. Propelled by skittering drums and lockstep bass and topped off by Phil McGill’s mangy singsong, it sounds like an old Gang Of Four song reimagined in the translucent style of Modest Mouse’s The Moon And Antarctica.
“Don’t Hold Me Now” seems like a good sign of things to come from New Madrid. At the very least it’s a good single.