PREMIERE: Mammal - 'The Penny Drop'

30 January 2024 | 2:08 pm | Mary Varvaris

'The Penny Drop' retains Mammal's classic neo-funk meets punk sound, with the new number displaying their heavier edges amidst a chaotic flurry of energy.


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Melbourne (Naarm) rockers Mammal are back with a riotous new single, The Penny Drop, premiering exclusively today on The Music.

It’s the first taste of new music before Mammal releases their new album, also entitled The Penny Drop, on Wednesday, 6 March. To launch their latest song, they’ve announced a surprise free show at 170 Russell in Melbourne’s CBD on Friday, 9 February, with support from a solo-performing I Built The Sky and Bushido.

The Penny Drop retains the band’s classic neo-funk meets punk sound, with the new number displaying their heavier edges amidst a chaotic flurry of energy.

Explaining that it’s a song that pleads for justice, frontman Ezekiel Ox said in a press release, “It's the voice of those who have struggled for decades in, or in solidarity with, the poor, dispossessed, displaced, sick, disabled or criminalised people around the world. It's a celebration of the wins we've had, however big or small.

“People say the system is broken, but it's not; it's working exactly how the racists, land thieves and war criminals intended. Destruction, death, and environmental collapse are here - just be sure to take your reusable bags to the supermarket and turn your lights off, and we should be fine, right?

“Now more than ever, we need to strut like a catwalk model and demand ceasefire and health, housing, water, and education rights. Who's with the mighty Mammal?”

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You can listen to The Penny Drop below.

Ox also detailed the core themes behind their upcoming LP, which should be simple for anyone to see: politics.

It’s an album that finds Mammal “setting up guillotines, smashing the fash, punching up, our inability to tolerate fools. Musically, fresh, mature, sexy bare bones rock and fucking roll. This album is not for the kids.”

Mammal amassed 100 riffs in 30 days on The Penny Drop, plus a 24-hour vocal freestyle, and whittled down 17 tracks to 12. “Mammal is riding high on the energy. It was a different process for us this time; it took over a year to finish from riff to master,” Ox added.

“To be honest, we just want to get it out and see everyone at the shows when we play it live. This album is built for the live stage.”

You can get your free tickets to see Mammal at 170 Russell next week here.