Mammal release new single Keanu Reeves along with guitar playthrough!

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Mammal release new single Keanu Reeves along with guitar playthrough!

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Photo by Dean J Miller
Words by Mixdown staff

Named for the Internet’s Boyfriend while also laden with the trademark Mammal spitfire stylings, "Keanu Reeves" finds the Melbourne quartet embracing spacious frustration and brutal neo-scream in musically muscular fashion.

Mammal “Keanu Reeves”

Narrm neo punk/funk warriors Mammal target misinformation in scintillating fashion, with their explosive new single “Keanu Reeves” officially out in the world today, and also marking the band’s first new material since 2022. Fittingly accompanied by a music video inspired by one of the actual Keanu Reeves’ most iconic cinematic moments, the brand new Mammal outing will also be witnessed taking full, ferocious flight this December, with a special single launch show taking place on Friday December 22 at The Evelyn Hotel as part of the reinstatement of the traditional Mammal Christmas Party.

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Mammal guitar playthrough

Drawing sonic inspiration from the equally powerful likes of Rage Against the Machine, Jimi Hendrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Public Enemy, Metallica and Clutch, Keanu Reeves also brought Mammal together with the multi-platinum awarded Jimi “The Island” Maroudas (The Avalanches, Tim Rogers, The Living End) on producing duties, as well as engineering by Tyson Fish and mixing by long time Mammal collaborator Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Helmet, Sunk Loto).

Full of riotous beats, elasticated basslines and the voracious vocal delivery of frontman Ezekiel Ox, Keanu Reeves is a lyrically pop culture- aden powerhouse beating with a timely thematic core, as Ox elaborates, “We started writing for our new album, and Pete [Williamson] and Zane [Rosanoski] came up with the original Keanu Reeves song. I flew down for a couple of days of drinking, smoking and freestyle, and the song came out. It’s about misinformation, and the need for humans to be able to agree on an objective reality to survive. It’s grim out there at the moment, Orwellian. But in the end, some things are real. We name check Tracy Chapman in the song too, which is exciting.”

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