So far, just one self-released album called Mattachine!
. According to their website
they're no longer selling hard copies, but it can still be downloaded from iTunes if that's your kind of thing. Which it's not, is it?
not really. i really hate finding out about bands when their records are already sold out, especially excellent queer bands (partly cos i fancy myself knowledgeable about these things!). but i downloaded it from mediafire, which sweetened the blow somewhat.
been listening to mattachine!
all day, and indeed just felt prompted to send fanmail to the band. it's fucking great! one of those albums where on first listen you think 'ah, nice simple catchy songs' & 'oh, that's a good lyric' but not a lot more, then on subsequent listens new things reveal themselves, especially lyrically. i mean, i like simple, dumb punk or pop, but what's even better is the hidden depths that aren't needed for the songs to work, but suggest that any simplicity in sound is totally deliberate, working within a pop framework.
so, the bits that hit first (e.g. the opening lines to "personal" or the porn sample in "tell me how" or 'oh, this singer likes men in corduroy too' or 'is that linton singing?') end up being kind of distracting when one engages with the more subtle/ universal parts. i think it's a deceptively skilful album. "the movement" is my favourite song, probably because it seems like a mournful elegy for the mattachine society, but could also be about any kind of activist group ever. "in my head" is another favourite.
thanks for making this thread. i just found out that some of my friends saw them play at wotever in london, but didn't see fit to mention them to me as something to check out. so i'm glad to hear the band now, rather than when bear life
is sold out as well!