This Is What Happens When A Fly Lands On Your Food

Our good friend Tony Thornborough (The Be Reet Radio Show) contacted us a while back with news of an album that Oldham band Drink and Drive had completed. Tony, a big fan of the band, who was one of the first DJs to share them with the outside world, suggested that the band had lots in common with the German Shepherd brand. The sample track that Tony sent through (see below) was more than enough to convince us that this was a band that would fit perfectly in the German Shepherd kennel. Contacts were made and ideas were swapped, Ian went to see them in Oldham, and Bob started on the background work to lead us to releasing the bands debut album “This Is What Happens When A Fly Lands On Your Food” on December 1st.

Here is a taster, the massive six minute opener “The Itch-Scratch Cycle” (the aforementioned sample track that grabbed our attention)

Forthcoming gigs for the band……

December 23rd – The Bank Top Tavern, Oldham 
December 30th – The Witchwood, Ashton 
January 24th – The Peer Hat, Manchester

The album was recorded at 6dB Studios (where a lot of releases are laid down) with the ever excellent Simon “Ding” Archer.

We will also be distributing the bands first EP in the new year which has only had a Bandcamp release so far.

Being lazy sods and far too busy watching Stranger Things 2 and Gotham we insisted the band to write their own interview and did far better job than we could ever hoped to have done…….. and this is what they came up with via Ben the vocalist…..

Brief history please…..

We formed in Oldham in 2008 because there was nothing else to do. They cut off our escape routes and we had to write songs to keep warm. The band was born out of pure spite and an utter disinterest in anything musical that was coming from our town. This makes us sound snobbish but we’re just being honest. We were bored and we wanted to make a racket for ourselves, we didn’t care if anyone liked us. Some people did, so we carried on.

What are the bands influences?

The horror of the mundane. I never wanted to write songs about girls or cars, leave that to the experts. I’m too emotionally retarded to write love songs. I write about the things I find on the street, found lyrics play a big part. Recurring themes are TV & Media, deviants, people I don’t like, bands I don’t like, awkward social situations and a complete bewilderment at modern life in general.

How would you describe the sound?

It’s basically the internal monologue of an alcoholic smartarse set to music. Heavy bass riffs, repetitive. Irritating.

What’s with the album title?

The title is taken from a health information poster of the early 80s. It was designed by Charles Saatchi and was in hospitals, doctors and clinics the length and breadth of the country. It had a profound and terrifying effect on me as a child.

What is the band’s ethos?

We just want to do our own thing, make outsider art and be left the fuck alone. We have no desire to be included in any kind of “scene” and as such distance ourselves from Manchester, we are from Oldham – it’s a different kettle of fish. We’ve always done everything ourselves, artwork, videos, promotion and all that. We’re not a political band but we are political people, when it was the Jubilee a few years back, Oldham had just been named in the top ten most deprived towns. So we put a gig on and distributed every last penny we made round the town, in little plastic wallets for people to find. Although as a gesture it’s akin to pissing in the wind, I were dead proud of that bit of positive anarchy.

Are you Spinal Tap? How many drummers have you had?

Dunno. About six? All of them apart from Jonny are under my patio. We have an initiation ceremony where each new drummer has to dig their own plot before we’ll allow them in to rehearsal.

Who is FP Moonbridge?

He’s like our fifth member. He’s a Milk Lab Technician we contacted psychically. He didn’t really like it at first because we kept sending him dead cats in his dreams but he’s now like our unofficial biographer. He drinks mild in halves.

Why did your original drummer leave?

He was sacked. I won a bottle of bourbon on the football card and the little bastard drank it all.

What is the point of “False Lib”?

What do you mean? That it’s not about anything? Doesn’t bother me that it’s throwaway. The guitar riff is the bass riff from “Hate Song” by Fudge Tunnel but don’t tell em.

How many versions of “Stars Without Make-Up” did you write before this one that you still can’t play?

Several. But that’s not really on me, I wrote the guitar part so I can play it. It’s our guitarist who can’t play it the same way twice, which again is fine by me. You never saw Bob Holness wear the same tie twice on Blockbusters did you?

Which Fall album are you planning on pillaging next?

This is just getting lazy now. We sound fuck all like the Fall really.

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Photo  – Craig Gill

 

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Moet’s Meltdown

German Shepherd label co-owner Ian “Moet” Moss has pulled together a five week Wednesday night residency at The Peer Hat in Manchester during January 2018. Pulling together the best cutting edge bands in the Greater Manchester area, the line-up includes a selection of German Shepherd acts as well as other notable performers from the scene.

Starting at 8pm each night and only costing £3 to enter the festival of music is not only value for money but gives Manchester gig goers the chance to sample new and exciting independent music.

The bill is still being finalised but the listing below provides the already agreed slots on what looks to be an exciting event which hopefully will become embedded as a routine in the Manchester music calendar.

Notable is the long-awaited return of the much loved Monkeys In Love after maternity/paternity leave.

Mr Moss’s own band Four Candles will be the resident act for all five dates and will kick off the evening at 8:15pm sharp. Moet promises a surprise on the Candles set list on each night!

It will be pay on the door with no ticketing.

Watch this space for more details

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In a Bubble with Boz

Boz Hayward has released another video to compliment the Tennessee Ten album. The wonderfully quirky “My Little Bubble” is now available, shot in New York, City and state, the  ‘lounge jazz’ track from the Tennessee Ten  features Rick Burrows on trumpet, and is described as a diy lo-no-fi Bert Weill Productions video.

November 1st also sees a live performance of the whole of Tennessee Ten at The Eagle Inn, Salford.  One Sided Horse and Misharlo support (details below).

 

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Limited Edition Cannonball Statman T-Shirts released

Jesse says there are is a Limited edition of Cannonball t-shirts for the 2017 holiday season, with the infamous Cannonball Statman logo designed by Mike Shoykhet, printed in red ink on black Gildan shirts. The purchase includes unlimited streaming of  his NV album via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download.

Go via this link to secure one – there are not many left….

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Sjhaking all over

13th October sees the release of a new three track EP “Sjhake” by Cambridge self styled purveyors swirling keyboard-fuelled psychpop with horror-show freak-beat guitars and new wave post-punk bass-lines.

Lead track Sjhake previously featured on the bands second album “Haunted Mirror”, second track “Glossy Magazines” was featured on a German Shepherd compilation and the third track “Electric Line Terminus” is a new release.

PrunX release video for Iron Dream


In anticipation of the release of new EP “Mind Trajectory” in November PrunX have released a video for the track “Iron Dream” which appeared on their Vol. III release. With stunning and stark imagery the video captures the spirit of Norman Spinrad’s alternative history novel which inspired the track.

Watch this space for news about the new EP, until then enjoy the video

 

Poppycock return with new line-up

After a short break Manchester collective Poppycock are back with a new line-up which debuts at Fred’s Ale House on 6th October supporting Dave Graney and Clare Moore.

The band now comprises – Paula Darwish -Guitar Vocals,  Stuart Quinn-Harvie – Drums ,Matt Crawford -Bass , Jane Goetzee and Lucy Nyland – Vocals , Lucy Power – Flute/Guitar and Una Baines – keyboards/guitar

Lucy, Stuart and Una remain from the previous line-up, the rest of the band having been brought together over the last few months.

This will be a welcome return for a band that has been building a huge reputation as a much see live act.

Tickets are available from our Merch Page priced at £5 plus booking fee. Interested music lovers are advised to book early as tickets are selling quickly.

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Una Baines

 

 

 

Words and Music

German Shepherd co-owner Ian Moss is set to release two volumes of new material. The first “Words and Music” will be released on 22nd September, the second “Music and Words” a fortnight later.

Of this new body of work Moss says

“For a period during 2017 I had been unable to sing due to the pneumonia. Whilst I was recovering from I instigated a series of collaborations with a cast of musician friends with the starting point being a spoken word piece I provided them. What they have done has far exceeded my expectations and the fruits of their labours are provided via two albums of material.

All proceeds from the sales of these album will be donated to UNICEF.

I know what each of us regards as good or bad music is purely subjective but I think this is very good indeed and hope a lot of people will agree.

I need to thank everyone who has helped not least Bob Osborne and doff my cap towards JD Meatyard, CP Lee and Mike Kerins who have all encouraged me to proceed in this direction.”

From the first volume please find below Ian’s collaboration with Mark Corrin (Salford City Radio DJ and musician with Rose & The Diamond Hand, and his own solo projects). It’s called “Ali Baba” and is an indication of the strength of the material across the 39 song project.

The Bandcamp version of the album will also include a PDF booklet with background notes and images to view alongside listening to the tracks. The album will be released digitally only via all the usual platforms.

Collaborators on this first volume are

m.t. scott
Johann Kloos
Neil Moss
Guy Nolan
Space Museum
Andy T
Aidan Cross
The Screaming Love Collective
Steve of the North
Toska Wilde
Dave Thompson
Moff Skellington
Carl Lingard
Keltrix
Dominic Carlton Jones
The Scissors
The Junta
Steve Strode
and the aforementioned Mark Corrin

Ian can be found on Faceboook at : : https://www.facebook.com/ian.moss.146

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The Return of Positronik

After a few years off Positronik are back to live performances with a gig this September – details on on the poster below. Original members Jeff Black and John Montague are joined by vocalist Nathalie Haley who previously sang with Pearl Divers.

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