German Shepherd Newsletter #32 – Adventures of Salvador, Issac Navaro and Manchester Meltdown

Hello and welcome to the last edition of the German Shepherd Newsletter for 2018 and our first two releases for 2019


Urban Punk-Surf-Rock from the heart of the north west of England. Adventures of Salvador release the first single from their second album “Welcome To Our Village” with “Retroman”, a bass driven riff monster of a tune.   Produced and recorded at Big City Jacks Recording Studio in Bury, Greater Manchester by Tony Long the band have hit a new creative peak with their intense and hypnotic sounds. This is enhanced with stunning artwork from Jack Jerz.  The single will be launched as part of the Manchester Meltdown Festival  (see below) at The Peer Hat, Faraday Street, Manchester on 9th January 2019. This is a digital download release vIa Bandcamp and distributed to the major online stores via AWAL later in January. Pre-release is available from today.
Adventures of Salvador comprise Nigel Beck – Bass and Vocals, Dave “Loop-aznavour” – Vocal, Keyboards and Theremin, Mark Berry – Guitar and Mike Smith – Drums. They have built a growing reputation as a must see live band across Greater Manchester and beyond.
The single is already getting lavish praise:
 “An outrageously confident slice of modern Rock & Roll. The best thing I have heard in a very long time” – Stephen Doyle, Salford City Radio
“Are you sure this isn’t some long-lost collaboration when Mark E Smith jammed with the Cramps and the B-52’s??? It sounds ace – Grim Up North Sea Surf Punk!”  Ged Babey, Louder Than War
“The Salvadors reach new heights with an audacious blues soaked rumble through the urban hills above the Manchester Conurbation” Aural Delights Blog
“Fuzzy surf rock riffs slapped in the face by a punk in a ginnel! Northern to the core, it’s retro…man”. The Rock Fairy
“Where retro and modern collide . A catchy, infectious, ear worm that I couldn’t wait to listen to a 2nd and 3rd time.” Tarzan Dan Q107FM
FACEBOOK – @adventuresofsalvador
INSTAGRAM –  @advofsalvador
TWITTER – @AdvofSalvador


Issac Navaro returns with a brand new album of electronica infused ambient, post-rock, and blue eyed soul-pop.  Dumfries based musician Issac Navaro (aka Drew McLatchie) is back with his trademark mix of post-rock, electronica, and pop but this time with a little sprinkle of blue-eyed soul. Presaging a forthcoming shift in direction the new album shifts a little more into a populist direction with more accessible structures and some singing!  However long time Navaro admirers will not be disappointed as the trademark epic ambient post-rock statements are still in play with further examples of the type of music that gained critical acclaim on his previous releases #Forensics, Terminals, and Paths to the Shore, as well as his groundbreaking work with Mark Thomson on aA and the Stereopod album Cinematopeia. The album is a digital download only release via Bandcamp and most of the leading other digital portals. The Bandcamp edition comes with additional artwork – a series of photographs depicting each of the individual tracks. Release date is 11th January 2019.with pre-release being available from today.


Manchester’s premier grass roots music series returns every Wednesday in January at The Peer Hat, Faraday Street, Manchester. Curated by Ian Moss this run of gigs is the best place to see some of the most exciting new bands and artists on the circuit. Each gig commences at 8pm and will conclude by 11pm – the entrance fee is £3. There are some excellent examples of the best in North West bands and artists with Whitney Bluzma from Ill with a new band, the return of the legendary Vee VV, and Aidan Cross & Johann Kloos new band Weimar being some of the fantastic music on show.
The line ups are as follows with Four Candles being the opening act on each night
3rd – Transcendental Equation / Nick Alexander / Weimar
9th – Emily Oldfield / St Lucifer / Adventures of Salvador
16th – Vee VV / Model / Poppycock
23rd – Rose and the Diamond Hand / Bang Up To The Elephant / Matthew Hopkins
30th – Elastikbande / Springfield Elementary / Bobbie Peru
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