Hot Mulligan // Why Would I Watch // Album Review


Hot Mulligan, one of Emo’s brightest stars is back with their blend of Mid-West Emo and Pop-Punk in their 3rd studio album entitled Why Would I Watch. After the overwhelming success of 2020’s, You’ll Be Fine, fans will not be disappointed with the latest release.

Upon starting the album, Shouldn’t Have A Leg Hole But I Do quickly sets the tone as the band’s base sound is as strong as ever, with the elements of Math-Rock that flood the melancholic emo soundscapes. These sounds flow seamlessly from track to track with the likes of It’s A Family Movie She Hates Her Dad and track three And I Smoke, which also brings in some great atmosphere with the building riffs towards the end of the track.

This Song Is Called Its Called What Its Called brings the angst as the bands Mid-West emo influences start to shine through incredibly strongly, as well as in No Shoes In The Coffee Shop (Or Socks) and Christ Alive My Toe Dammit Hurts, as well as more elements of Math-Core with disjointed guitar licks accompanying the simplistic yet catchy riffs.

To save some surprises, the last track I’ll talk about is my personal favourite from the album, Shhhh! Golf is On. Every musical element and angst lyrical theme that makes Hot Mulligan so damn exciting is here and turned up to 11. From Angsty lyrics, fantastic musicianship and the best vocal performance on the album, this song is a perfect introduction to one of Emo’s most exciting bands.

If you’re a fan of Mid-West Emo, Pop-Punk or Math-Rock then I honestly cannot recommend this album enough. From start to finish, the album sounds fresh, heartfelt, and an incredibly strong contender for my album of the year. Listen to this album. That simple.

Review: Dan Stapleton


Why Would I Watch is out now via Wax Bodega


‘Why Would I Watch’ tracklisting

Shouldn’t Have a Leg Hole But I Do
It’s a Family Movie She Hates Her Dad
And I Smoke
This Song is Called it’s Called What’s it Called
No Shoes in the Coffee Shop (Or Socks)
Christ Alive My Toe Dammit Hurts
Cock Party 2 (Better Than The First)
Shhhh! Golf is On
Gans Media Retro Games
Smahccked My Head Awf
John “The Rock” Cena, Can You Smell What the Undertaker

It can now be streamed in full at the following link: Additionally, the band will release a new music video for the song “No Shoes In The Coffee Shop (Or Socks)”, which can be seen on YouTube at 5pm BST HERE or by clicking the image below.




Hot Mulligan recently announced an Autumn tour with Spanish Love Songs.  The tour will see the bands play across the UK for seven shows before heading over to Europe.

Full dates below:


1st September – Stylus, Leeds

2nd September – Academy 2, Manchester

3rd September – The Garage, Glasgow

5th September – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

6th September – SWX, Bristol

7th September – Electric Ballroom, London

8th September – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham

Tickets On Sale Now

Since forming in Lansing, Michigan, in 2014, the college friends – vocalist Tades Sanville, guitarists Chris Freeman and Ryan Malicsi and drummer Brandon Blakeley – have ascended from basements to buzz band on the back of two beloved albums, 2018’s Pilot and 2020’s ‘you’ll be fine’. Now, bolstered by 140 million Spotify streams, a sold-out nationwide headlining tour, support slots for the likes of The Wonder Years and New Found Glory and headlines in Alternative Press and Rock Sound, the band’s third cements their evolution as one the most versatile and profoundly moving bands in the underground.

Listen to ‘Why Would I Watch’ Here:

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