German Shepherd Records Newsletter #17 – New Mistletoe, New Bouquet of Dead Crows, Salford Music Festival, New Poppycock, Charlie Marshall dates

Hello and welcome to the German Shepherd Records Newsletter…..

This week

  • A new EP from Misletoe
  • A new album from Bouquet of Dead Crows
  • The return of the Salford Music Festival
  • A new single from Poppycock
  • Charle Marshall Tour
  • Updated gig guide


The current alter ego of Ian “Moet” Moss (Hamsters, Four Candles, The Parasite) for his solo projects, is Mistletoe. On the latest release “….there is no rock and roll on the radio” Ian works with Foghorn Leghorn, The Boom Da Da Booms and Loop-aznavour on three new tracks. With his usual acerbic wit he attacks radio programming, patronage, and fan obsession. With music ranging from electro punk, wonky rock and post punk guitar layerings and a slight nod towards Monty Norman this is Moss at his most inventive. The music follows on from his collaborations on the highly regarded Music and Words and Words and Music releases.

The lead track can be accessed on Soundcloud

The EP is released digitally on September 14th



To celebrate the release of their new album ‘Motus Octo’ on the 23rd of November. Bouquet Of Dead Crows will playing a special launch show the day after release day (the 24th of November). The band will playing the new album in its entirety. The venue is The Blue Room in Cambridge and support comes from War Waves (Obsessional Anxiety rock from Ipswich) and Shyer (Catchy, Upbeat hook-laden pop rock). The new album, their second full length release, features eight stunning new tracks and sees the band developing a heavier riff laden approach. The is now available to pre-order on limited edition coloured vinyl and CD. with exclusive bundle deals which includes a limited edition T-shirt.


German Shepherd will host a digital version of the album via Bandcamp and a range of other digital download platforms.

The band have a run of dates upcoming to support the new release.

-September 29th – Deepdale Festival- Norwich
-October 25th – Huntington – The Pepys (acoustic gig)
-November 1st – London – Dublin Castle
-November 15th – Bedford – Esquires
-November 24th – Cambridge – Blue Moon (Album Launch)
-November 29th – Norwich -Gringos
-December 1st – Ipswich – Smokehouse
-December 6th – Stamford – Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge
-December 8th – Bishops Stortford – The Horn at the Half Moon

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Salford Music legend Ed Blaney has announced the return of the Salford Music Festival with a two night one venue run at Walk The Plank, Cobden Street, Brindle Heath in the heart of the city. The dates for your diary are 28th and 29th September and Four Candles will be appearing on the Saturday. The line-ups are strong on both nights and at £10 for ticket covering the whole event (£6 for individual nights) Ed has once again put Salford on the map with a grass roots musical extravanganza.

Book online HERE


Poppycock will launch their new single “Iggy Pop” on 21st September as part of the Peer Hat gig with Charlie Marshall and Four Candles (see below). A catchy call and response rocker the song has long been a live fan favourite. With artwork from Suzanne Smith, responsible for many of the covers for Fall releases, the song celebrates the legend of Iggy Stooge! More details next week.



As previously announced we are assisting Australian musician Charlie Marshall with a short UK tour. The confirmed dates for the September tour are:

  • 15th –  The Cornerhouse, Cambridge with Scissors
  • 21th Peer Hat, Manchester with Four Candles and Poppycock and DJ set from Stephen Doyle
  • 23th Grayston Unity, Halifax
  • 28th Betsy Trotwood, Clerkenwell, London with Doomed Bird of Paradise and Michael Plater

Promotion for these dates would be much appreciated and we have prepared, with Charlie’s approval, a selection of his music that will be played on the tour including – Not a Cruel machine, & Almighty Carousel (from the Sublime album), and Won’t Give Up & Weightless (from the Won’t Give Up album).  copies of these tracks and interviews are available on request for DJs, Bloggers and Music Press.

Charlie is a well respected Melbourne musician and has played with likes of Warren Ellis (The Dirty Three, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) and Clare Moore (The Moodists, The Coral Snakes, The MistLy). His melodic rock tinged songs are stunning and last years album “Sublime” was a triumph.


Forthcoming live appearances by our artists

  • 6th September – The Strays play The Jolly Collliers, Heanor
  • 13th September – The Strays play Chameleon Arts Cafe Nottingham
  • 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.
  • 16th September – The Strays play West Street Live, Sheffield
  • 21st September – Four Candles, Poppycock and Charlie Marshall play The Peer Hat, Manchester
  • 21st September – Drink and Drive play The Old Pint Pot, Salford
  • 25th September – Inferior Complex play The Joiners, Southampton
  • 29th September – The Strays play The Jolly Collier, Heanor
  • 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
  • 28th September – The Strays play Park Hotel, Wigan – Musicians Against Homelessness gig
  • 29th September – Four Candles play Salford Music Festival at Walk The Plank, Cobden Street, Salford
  • 29th September – Bouquet of Dead Crows Play Deepdale Festival, Norwich
  • 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
  • 6th October – Toska Wilde plays Saks Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13 Showcase
  • 6th October – Inferior Complex play Liberties, Southampton
  • 11th October – An Evening with Moff Skellington at The Peer Hat, Manchester
  • 14th October – Taser Puppets play TNT Punk Fest at The Peer Hat, Manchester
  • 17th October – The Strays play West Street Live, Sheffield
  • 19th October – Taser Puppets play Old Courts, Wigan
  • 25th October – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Pepys, Huntingdon – acoustic gig
  • 1st November – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Dublin Castle, London
  • 2nd November – German Shepherd Records Fundraiser at The Peer Hat, Manchester – with Drink and Drive, Taser Puppets, The Strays and Flea
  • 15th November – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Esquires, Bedford
  • 17th November – Drink and Drive and Four Candles play The Railway, Greenfield
  • 22nd November – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
  • 24th November – Bouquet of Dead Crows launch new album Motus Octo at The Blue Moon, Cambridge
  • 29th November – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Gringos, Norwich
  • 29th November – Four Candles play “Free Rock & Roll” at Sound, Duke Street, Liverpool
  • 1st December – Toska Wilde plays Saks Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13 Showcase
  • 1st December – Bouquet of Dead Crows and Umbrella Assassins play Smokehouse, Cambridge
  • 6th December – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge, Stamford
  • 8th December – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Horn at the Half Moon, Bishops Stortford
  • 8th December – Boz Hayward and Keltrix play The Peer Hat, Manchester
  • 8th December – Poppycock support Vic Godard at Yes (The Basement) on Charles Street, Manchester with ASBO Derek – it’s next to the Lass O’ Gowrie.
  • 22nd December – Drink and Drive play Strummercamp Fundraiser and Oldham Rugby Club