We tipped M(h)aol for big things back in 2016 in our Plec Picks series and then they up and ghosted us and the world for the guts of 5 years, but thankfully everybody’s favourite intersectional feminist post-punk band are back with ‘Laundries’.
Róisín Nic Ghearailt, Constance Keane, Jamie Hyland, Zoe Greenway, and Sean Nolan are now scattered between Dublin, London, and Bristol, but where other groups may have given-up due to the long-distances and the easy allure of more immediate musical projects in the intervening 5 years M(h)aol have managed to maintain their collective passion for the project and pick-up where they loft off in 2015 with their last release ‘Clementine’.
As you would expect from a band like M(h)aol they would would only return if they felt they had something relevant to say. ‘Laundries’ is a dark track chronicling one of the most ghastly and abhorrent failures in the history of the state – the Magdalene Laundries.
‘Laundries’ is a stirring reminder not to turn a blind eye to the injustices in the world, pertinent to local and world politics in the age of Direct Provision and the rise of far-right ideals on the world stage.
Hopefully, ‘Laundries’ is only the first step in the most unexpected and welcome comeback of 2020. A M(h)aol album in 2021? Now that really would be something to look forward too.
You can revisit M(h)aol’s 2016 Plec Picks feature here. Listen to laundries on Spotify below.