Finnish fuzz rockers MANGOO (pronounced “man go”) will drop their forthcoming full-length “The Heat” via Small Stone next week. The Turku-based outfit’s third full-length boasts a wall of thick, fuzz-fueled guitars and hard-hitting drums with an added sprinkling of analog synth sounds. Combined they result in a sound truly the band’s own – someplace between grunge, classic heavy rock, and a progressive psychedelic spaciousness that refuses any and all boundaries of style between rock and metal and beyond.
In advance of its release they have premiered the official new video for “Beyond The Sky.” The captivating new clip was selected to be screened and compete in the Finnish Oulu Music Video Festival 2017. Offers the band of their latest Atte Heinonen-directed work, “Once again, director Atte Heinonen did an amazing job with the video. We are especially thankful for not having to appear in it at all. Atte and Juha [Koivisto] came up with an interesting and personal interpretation that gives the song a new dimension. We are also very grateful for Gidon Tannenbaum’s [Mother Kasabian] kick ass guest appearance on the track.”
Director Atte Heinonen commented: “Tormenter is alluring. Tormenter is cunning. Tormenter is brutal. Tormenter is with us all. Can you find a key to your prison? The video to MANGOO’s ‘Beyond The Sky’ is a grindhouse style story about three young women on a roadtrip that takes a strange turn. The soundtrack vibe of the song inspired me to make a cinematic video, actually more like a short film. We developed the idea during the summer of 2016, and the production started in the fall. All in all, we spent seven days shooting it. We built our own props and two sets of miniature models. Two of the locations where in an old clergy house dating from the 18th century. We got the whole thing done just in time for the Oulu Music Video Festival, where it was accepted into the domestic competition category. There it went up against 112 other videos selected from 402 entries. For a music video, this was quite a big chunk of work, but we got it packaged very nicely thanks to an amazing and dedicated team!”
The Heat will see release via Small Stone on December 8th, 2017. Preorders are currently available here.
Catchy hooks and sweet vocal harmonies are nothing new for the Finnish rockers. MANGOO has been busting out the fuzz since 2005 when they released their untitled debut EP. Countless beers, shows, and drummers later in 2009 the first full-length, Neolithic, was released on 7:45 Records. With a firm lineup of vocalist/guitarist Richard “Pickles” Dahllund, guitarist/backing vocalist Mathias “Mattarn” Åkerlund, bassist/backing vocalist Igor del Toro, drummer/backing vocalist Teemu Pulkkinen, and keyboardist/backing vocalist/noisemaker/engineer Niklas Björklund, they engage new expanses as they follow-up their 2012 Small Stone debut, Neverland, with the eleven songs of The Heat.
Mega-choruses like “Get Away” and “Grey Belly” provide landmarks while MANGOO brings psychedelic heft to “Beyond The Sky” and the title-track, which, at seven minutes, seems to draw together everything the album that shares its name has to offer – except perhaps in the closing cover of Eddie Murphy’s 1985 single “Party All The Time.” Not that they needed to remind listeners to stay on their toes because you never know what’s coming when MANGOO emerges from the studio, but suffice it to say the track remains an earworm for the ages.
All told, MANGOO’s The Heat is fifty-three minutes of masterful heavy rock and roll of inimitable personality and unmistakable songcraft. It is a welcome return after half a decade from a band who have obviously not been wasting their time in terms of growth and forward progression, and a surefire highlight for any underground heads lucky enough to take it on.