German Shepherd Newsletter 6 – Unnatural Appetites

Hello again and welcome to our weekly newsletter. In this edition

  • Auster Boys team up with Moet for a new album
  • The Strays embark on a summer tour
  • The Mind Sweepers reach record streaming levels on Spotify
  • Forthcoming gigs
  • In the pipeline
  • Four Candles album launch captured live


July 6th sees the release of a first collaboration between the Auster Boys and Moet. Titled “Unnatural Appetites” this seven-track collection contains some fantastic and fascinating new music.   Whilst Bob Auster South works on new pieces of text Moet has been co-opted to work within the Auster catchment area. The music is deliberately more brutal and scary than the usual Auster offerings. Descriptions of the tracks are as follows
  • HMK – aka the Heavy Metal Kid. You’ve seen him at gigs, he a flaneur of rock and roll, a wandering immortal of the music scene.
  • Ghosts – not the Albert Ayler tune but delivered in the same spirit. “What Am I Going To Find At The End of The Rainbow…..?”… a psychogeographical journey,
  • Spit – this has since morphed into a Four Candles song. When the establishment becomes the enemy,
  • Iceland – No falling down drunk in the Cafe Iol. Tales from the edge of the world. Austers like Travelogues very much
  • Monster – deep into the belly of the beast
  • Quit – The continuing story of Ian vs The Disease
  • The Species – Sci-fi in a Phillip K Dick style. Paranoia and the dark arts.
Bob Auster North – Sound Design and Production
Moet – Vocals & Lyrics
Bob Auster South – Conceptual Continuity
Adopting a brutalist electronica approach the Austers combine perfectly with Moet’s rhetorical polemic
You can preview opening track “HMK” here


Increasingly popular Punk Duo The Strays share their wit and wisdom in a variety of towns and venues as listed here. Don’t miss a chance to see Jon and Georgie mixing politics, humour and punk and creating a great live experience.


We are pleased to reveal that our band from north of the border The Mind Sweepers have broken our own record for streams on Spotify following a successful festival appearance in June. Almost doubling our usual Spotify streams the band have certainly made an impact with their album “States of Mind”. Here’s a reminder of the bands’ work with the excellent “Threesome”;.
Check out the album on our Bandcamp Page


The gig calendar is filling up with some excellent events in coming months. Here is the latest list:
26th June – The Strays play Zombie Shack, Manchester
28th June – The Strays play West Street Live, Sheffield
29th June – The Strays play The Angel, Nottingham
30th June – The Scissors play Knackfest, Karma Farm, Isleham Fen
6th July – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
6th July – The Strays play The Globe, Glossop
7th July – The Strays play Sharrow Fest After Party, Sheffield
7th July – Toska Wilde plays SAKS, Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13
14th July – Drink and Drive and The Strays play Whittles, Oldham with Little Avis
17th July – Scissors supporting KOLARS at The Portland Arms Cambridge
20th July – The Strays play The Cutlers Arms, Rotherham
21st July – Mesmer Disciples play Alston Festival
25th July – Mesmer Disciples play Santiago Bar, Leeds
26th July – Pearl Divers play Jimmy’s, Manchester
27th July – Bouquet of Dead Crows play  Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge in Stamford
28th July – Drink and Drive and Poppycock play Peer Hat, Manchester
28th July – The Strays play Fuel, Manchester
28th July – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Pim Jam Festival, Haverhill
29th July – The Strays play Red Lion, Chesterfield
27th August – Four Candles play The 2nd annual Pressure Drop summer gig.
15th September – The Scissors and Charlie Marshall play The Cornerhouse, Cambridge
15th September – Mesmer Disciples play Music Lounge, Stockton on Tees
15th September – Drink and Drive play Agueda, Portugal
16th September – Mesmer Disciples play Museum Vaults Sunderland.
21st September – Four Candles, Poppycock and Charlie Marshall play The Peer Hat, Manchester
5th October – The Scissors are at Oxford Wheatsheaf (Klub Kakofanney).
8th December – Boz Hayward, Poppycock and Ketrix play The Peer Hat, Manchester
22nd December – Drink and Drive play Strummercamp Fundraiser and Oldham Rugby Club


Forthcoming releases – a sneak preview
29/06/2018 The Colourful Disease Economics EP
06/07/2018 Auster Boys With Moet : Unnatural Appetites Album
13/07/2018 m.t. scott When The Lamb Become Lame Album
20/07/2018 Mesmer Disciples Real Loud Single
27/07/2018 Four Candles You Can’t Be What You Pretend/Basket Weaving Single
27/07/2018 The Strays Live Album
10/08/2018 The Junta Network Album
17/08/2018 Toska Wilde Oscar In Earnest EP
24/08/2018 Four Candles Chastity BeltDipping A Toe Single
31/08/2018 Various Artists Cambridge Calling Vol 3 Compilation Album (Bandcamp Only Release)
07/09/2018 The Screaming Love Collective Imola Album
14/09/2018 The Strays new EP


Multiple thanks to our resident video historian Paul Forshaw for capturing Four Candles in all their glory live a the Peer Hat last Saturday launching the new album “Spiritual Rapture”. WARNING – THERE IS SOME VERY STRONG LANGUAGE IN THIS VIDEO