German Shepherd Newsletter #9 – Four Candles and The Strays

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

This week

  • Second Four Candles single
  • Strays live for Charity
  • Gigs
  • In the pipeline


Following on from the “Strange Things (Are Happening” single of last month Four Candles return with two more tracks from the critically acclaimed “Spiritual Rapture” album with the effortlessly funky “You Can’t Be What You Pretend” and the blues-drenched “Basket Weaving”.

The band return to live action in August with a private party for Pressure Drop and supporting Australian visitor Charlie Marshall in September (see list below).

This digital-only release compliments the CD only full album which can be acquired at gigs and of which there is a limited number still for sale from our Bandcamp Page. The single releases on July via Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon and many more digital outlets

FACEBOOK – @FourCandlesManchester


Dynamic Punk duo The Strays return with a live album which captures them playing the best of their releases to date at The Globe in Glossop. Working through standout tracks like “Don’t Mither Me”, “Death In The Viper Room” and recent single “Richard Dreyfuss” the pair demonstrate why they are a must-see live act. All proceeds from the sale of the album will be donated to Mary’s Meals to help support famine relief in South Sudan.

The band continue to play live on a regular basis and have upcoming shows in Rotherham, Chesterfield and Manchester (see list below)

Here is opening track  “Don’t Mither Me”

FACEBOOK – @thestraysofficial


Forthcoming gigs featuring our artists:

20th July – The Strays play The Cutlers Arms, Rotherham supporting System of Hate
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
17th August – The Junta and Special Friends Live At The Peer Hat, Manchester – album launch
27th August – Four Candles play The 2nd annual Pressure Drop summer gig (private by invite only)
27th August – Taser Puppets play Glaston-Bury, Bury
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
27th September – Electric Cheese support Tom Hingley at Preston Guildhall
28th September – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
5th October – The Scissors are at Oxford Wheatsheaf (Klub Kakofanney).
5th October – Shaun Maxwell of Taser Puppets plays a solo acoustic set at Chorley Live
14th October – Taser Puppets play TNT Punk Fest at The Peer Hat
19th October – Taser Puppets play Old Courts, Wigan
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


We have busy few months ahead with the following releases planned

03/08/2018 Moff Skellington – Uncle Roys Utopian Vision #1
10/08/2018 The Junta – Network
17/08/2018 Toska Wilde – Oscar In Earnest
17/08/2018 Poppycock – Iggy Pop/Magic Mothers
24/08/2018 Four Candles- Chastity BeltDipping A Toe
24/08/2018 Inferior Complex – Reflections
31/08/2018 Various Artists – Cambridge Calling Vol 3
07/09/2018 The Screaming Love Collective- Imola
14/09/2018 The Strays – new EP
21/09/2018 Moff Skellington – Uncle Roys Utopian Vision #2