German Shepherd Newsletter 7 – When The Lamb Became Lame

Hello again and welcome to the latest edition of the German Shepherd Records Newsletter……this week

  • A brand new album from m.t. scott
  • This year’s Australian visitor
  • Forthcoming gigs
  • What’s next in the pipeline


When m.t. scott approached us about his latest project and mentioned he was heading in a folk/country direction we were equally bemused and concerned. Our better angels should have reminded us that whatever “scott” does it is not going to be within the realms of perceived genre norms. He has drip-fed us the tracks on this album for a while now. Each time there have been subtle changes to the form and content with a marked improvement at each stage in the process of development.

Lame lamb image

He wants to call this ‘Country Rock’ which is fair enough but, as usual, with his work, it is much more than that. Starting with an obvious nod to a certain band from Prestwich (mining and melding several parts of their career and perversely involving Dick Emery) and then moving through phases of country and folk music with his usual anarchic abandon, “scott” has created a unique suite of songs. The addition of Josephine Dechamps’ vocals towards the latter end of the production process was an inspired move and added that certain magical element that was needed to conclude the project.

The subject matter, as with all his work, is both biographical and autobiographical, inspired meta-fiction in musical form with tangential psychogeography woven into the cover of the release and the backbone of the collection. He continues an exceptional run of groundbreaking and unique music with his trademark witty, sardonic, and sometimes cynical view of the world. Embrace his vision and abandon your preconceptions.


Opening track “Starving Artist Rock” can be streamed here:



Longstanding German Shepherd watchers will know that for the last four years we have hosted visits from visiting Australian musicians – two visits by Dave Graney and Clare Moore (The Moodists, The Coral Snakes, MistLy), and one by Harry Howard and the NDE (Birthday Party, Crime and City Solution). This year it’s the turn of Charlie Marshall. Charlie is over for a short solo tour of the UK and we have organised gigs in Cambridge on 15th September at The Cornerhouse (with support from the Scissors) and Manchester on 21st September at The Peer Hat(with support from Four Candles and Poppycock). Charlie will also be playing gigs in London.

Charlie Marshall

Gig details and information will be emerging shortly but until then here’s a brief biography of Charlie.

Charlie Marshall is an acclaimed singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia who has been an important part of the scene in that great music city since the 1980s. As a performer and songwriter, he comes from a similar place, and stands comparison, with better known Australian exports like Nick Cave, Ed Kuepper, Robert Forster, Dirty Three, Kim Salmon and Dave Graney.

Charlie has been the guitar-slinging backbone for many of Melbourne’s finest bands, starting with the legendary Harem Scarem who were a dynamite force in the key of punk blues, followed by the soulful intensity of The Body Electric whose stellar lineup included members of Dirty Three, Beasts of Bourbon and the Avalanches. Lately, he’s been backed by The Curious Minds featuring Clare Moore (Dave Graney ‘n the Coral Snakes), Bryan Colechin (Hugo Race True Spirit) and Tim Deane (Ron Peno & the Superstitions).

His songs are poetic, romantic meditations on life, love, philosophy and the universe, combining colourful chords with incisive lyrics and plenty of soul. In solo mode he’s a passionate, foot stomping, electric guitar slinging force, ranging from gentle, intimate moments to raging, beguiling intensity when in full flight. The latest album ‘Sublime’ is a unique blend of music, politics and science – try imagining Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys collaborating with the BBC’s rock star scientist Brian Cox. A new recording due out September 2018 promises lots of late 60s/early 70s soul-inspired grooves.

“My musical adventures have taken me on many paths since the 90’s but still some of my fondest musical memories are of playing with Charlie in The Body Electric and recording our first album, which I still regard as a great piece of work. A stone cold classic.” Warren Ellis, Paris, 2016

You can check out his most recent and stunning album “Sublime” here:

For more information:


Our busy schedule of gigs continues unabated, here is the latest listing. Gigs are added on a weekly basis so please check on our gig page regularly…..

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 and Umbrella Assassins 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 (private by invite only).
15th September – The Scissors and Charlie Marshall play The Cornerhouse, Cambridge
15th September – Mesmer Disciples play Music Lounge, Stockton on Tees
16th September – Mesmer Disciples play Museum Vaults Sunderland.
21st September – Four Candles, Poppycock and Charlie Marshall play The Peer Hat, Manchester
27th September – Inferior Complex play Ferndown RBL
28th September – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
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 at Oldham Rugby Club


We are pleased to announce a brand new single from Mesmer Disciples which will be released on 21st July which ties in with the bands appearance at the Alston Festival in Leeds

Combining two firm favourites from the bands’ live set the two tracker comprises Real Loud and Freaking Out There

Check out videos for the two tracks below

The band is currently working on a new EP for the late autumn