German Shepherd Newsletter 8 – Mesmer Disciples, The Junta and The Strays


Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the German Shepherd Records newsletter.

This week



Leeds based psychedelic blues-rock band Mesmer Disciples return with a new single “Real Loud” on 20th July. Coupled with the track “Freaking Out There” this new digital release further cements the growing critical praise that this unique band has been gathering. With two tasty cuts of the bands’ intense music, you have a perfect example of why this is the must-hear band of the moment…..

“Leaps out at you as an unctuous mix of Arthur Brown and Tex-Mex imbibing something mind-expanding in an opium den in a Bill Burroughs tract. Moody, brooding and sensuous” – Aural Delights Blog

” creating an all-enveloping throbbing and entrancing psychedelic rock experience of two guitars, vocals, drums, and the occasional tamboura. Like a stoned early Cramps jamming with the Buffalo Springfield. Indeed – menacing, experimental and at times unhinged. Gorgeous, subversive, and completely mesmeric!” Micheal Canning, Music research UK

“Musically they are moody, psychedelic, and gritty with tracks building in layers creating a truly menacing atmosphere” – Counterfeit magazine

“Their double guitar attack was brilliantly executed creating a blues-infused wall of sound, , the guitars and drums were rhythmically very tight and they all played brilliantly, one of the guitarists at hyper-speed. Mesmer Disciples are definitely a band to watch out for “- Leeds Music Scene

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Lead by Stewart Kinloch’s unique vocal stylings, the band has another EP in the pipeline for release in the autumn. The single will be released as download-only via the following:

Bandcamp, I Tunes, Spotify, Amazon, Play Music, Napster, Medianet, 7 digital, Rdio, Deezer, zvook, Slacker Radio, Nokia, eMusic, 24/7, Shazam, akazoo, asprio, kkbox, and saavn.

The band has two gigs coming up tying in with the release of the single

21st July – Alston Festival
25th July – Santiago Bar, Leeds

Both tracks can be previewed via You Tube


The Junta is back with a brand new album in August and has already announced the launch date. With support from Loop-aznavour and Poet & The Loops (Martin Christie) and guest appearances from Ian “Moet” Moss (Four Candles) Aidan Cross (Weimar, The Bacillus) and Loop-aznavour this will be a fun packed night of cutting edge electronica. The album is launched on August 10th and the gig will be on August 17th from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at The Peer Hat in Manchester. It’s free entry.

Junta Album Launch Poster

The stunning single from the album “All Roads” can still be viewed via You Tube


The punk polemic of The Strays was captured in full effect at a gig in Glossop earlier in the year. The dynamic duo was so impressed with the results that they have decided to share it with the rest of the world. All proceeds from the sale of the 12 track album will be donated to the charity Mary’s Meals to aid the fight against the terrible famine in South Sudan. It is called “Live and Unwell” and is released on July 27th

Live And Unwell EP - Cover

The boys have a busy schedule of gigs coming up (see below) and are one of the hardest working bands on our roster.

Here’s a timely reminder with the video of recent release “Richard Dreyfuss” –



Future gigs featuring bands on the label are listed below, including a new fundraising gig to support the continued existence of this label and maintain its “not for profit” status

14th July – Drink and Drive and The Strays play Whittles, Oldham with Little Avis
14th July – The Mind Sweepers and The Screaming Love Collective play the QOS bar, Dumfries
14th July – Electric Cheese play The Golden Ball of Longton · Longton as part of Longton Live
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).
2nd November – German Shepherd Records Fundraiser at The Peer Hat, Manchester – line-up to be announced shortly
8th December – Boz Hayward, Poppycock and Ketrix play The Peer Hat, Manchester
22nd December – Drink and Drive play Strummercamp Fundraiser and Oldham Rugby Club