Next up – new single from Inferior Complex! – and other news

31st January sees the release of a brand new single from Inferior Complex called “Dome” plus the re-release Drink and Drive’s “This Is What Happens When A Fly Lands On Your Food” album. There’s also the return of The Harveys to the live stage in Liverpool.

INFERIOR COMPLEX

Led by brothers Andrew and Ray Missons, Inferior Complex was originally formed in 1979 .  Andrew plays guitar and keyboards and Ray plays bass and is the vocalist. Original drummer Jimmy Faye left the band late 1980 but the band continued with another drummer and later on with a drum machine until the band split in 1983.

The brothers then  played in various other bands together until they reformed the group in January 2011 using an online drum machine.  In 2015 they added Paul Jenman on drums to complete the current line up.

Their influences are  early Factory Records bands including  Section 25,  A Certain Ratio, The Wake, Joy Division and New Order.

They self released their album “In Your Life” in June 2017 on Bandcamp and hooked up with German Shepherd in July 2017 for wider distribution.  A series of singles and EPs followed.

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new single called “Dome”. An instrumental, this epic track brings a cinematic feel to the bands trademark post punk sound.

Bandcamp purchasers of the single will get a hidden extra remaster of the song!

Here’s a version of the release captured live at The Joiners in Southampton

A radio session by the band at Sheppey FM on Phil Crowder’s End of the Week Show will be released in a few weeks, and recordings with fellow German Shepherd artist Dominic Carlton Jones are planned for later in the year.

As usual the trio are gigging regularly with the following dates already in the diary….

  • 1 Feb 2020 – The Red Lion, 44 Fore St, St Columb Major, Saint Columb TR9 6AL, UK
  • 7 Feb 2020 – The Alexandra, 6 Bellevue Rd, Southampton SO15 2AY, UK
  • 13 Mar 2020 – HOLROYD ARMS, 36 Aldershot Rd, Guildford GU2 8AF, UK
  • 29 Mar 2020 – The Smokehouse, South Street Studios 6 South Street, Ipswich IP1 3NU, UK
  • 10 Apr 2020 – with  Bouquet of Dead Crows,  and The Get  – The Hobbit, 134 Bevois Valley Rd, Southampton SO14 0JZ, UK

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DRINK AND DRIVE

We are pleased to announce the availability of Drink and Drive’s stunning album “This Is What Happens When A Fly Lands On Your Food”. Due to technical/administrative issues the album has not been available on digital sites for the last few months but now it is back and can be streamed from January 31st onwards.

THE HARVEYS PLAY LIVERPOOL

The Harveys are back on stage with the first gig of the year at Jimmy’s , Liverpool on February 1st, they are supporting The Monochrome Set. Liverpool based DJs and Bloggers are invited to contact the band for pre-gig promo opportunities. Drop us a line at German Shepherd Records we will hook you up with the band.

Easter Saturday Meltdown

We are pleased to return to our spiritual home The Peer Hat on Saturday 11th April with another edition of Manchester Meltdown.

Commencing at 4:30pm and with advance tickets at only £8.50 we offer a stunning line up of great music. We expect this one to sell out so get your advance tickets now from HERE.

Meltdown Saturday Poster Amended

Headlining are The Cravats.

Anyone who has had even a vague love of punk music over the last 35 years will know The Cravats or, at least, be aware of their existence. Championed by John Peel with four sessions, releases on Small Wonder and Crass; the sax-riddled, bass-laden weirdness, the humour, the love of Dada and the infamous Redditch ‘Dustbin of Sound’.

Never mainstream, never hugely popular but always utterly unique they ploughed their own musical furrow in the peripheral vision of the music biz since forming in 1977. They stopped in the mid-eighties for a cup of tea and it wasn’t until the 2006 release of ‘The Land of The Giants’ double CD compilation on Overground Records that many folk realised what they’d missed.

Co-founder The Shend and original sax-riddler Svor Naan, along with fellow Redditcharian Rampton Garstang on drums, resurrected a live version of the band in 2009 at the bequest of admirers old and new. Steve Albini’s curated ATP, the final Feeding of The 5000 Crass show, a host of European festivals including 4 years at Rebellion Festival, a Marc Riley BBC6 session and a bunch of selective UK gigs followed to much critical acclaim.

Only with the addition, of Viscount Biscuits on guitar and Joe 91 on bass they finally decided the ingredients were right for new material  and a couple of singles in 2016 and a stunning album “Dustbin of Sound”  in 2017 saw the band reaching new heights including a debut Manchester gig at The Star and Garter.

We thought it was time they came back!

Still drenched in sax, obliquely angry, raucous and sounding like no other band in existence they have remained faithful to the sound that made them unique. Eccentrically frantic on stage, odd but on the ball on record and definitely not normal, the world needs bands like The Cravats.

With a new album due and a new single out there it’s a good time to come and see this excellent band.

 

In support we have:

Unseasonal Beasts – the electronic dance punk of Simon “Ding” Archer and Ian “Moet” Moss has already been seen in full flow via a couple of EPs and a handful of gigs. With two more EPs in the pipeline the duo present an intense barrage of sounds and rhythm capped off with Moss’s trade-mark polemic and vision.

 

Andy T Band – Andy Thorley’s relentless gigging and impressive output is legendary. With precise and evocative spoken word he recounts tales of injustice and political chicanery with an eye to the truth and the pricking of bombastic bubbles. He combines exciting music with a unique and compelling vocal style.

Factory Acts – A Salford-based post-punk dark-electro duo, Factory Acts exist at the edge of the analogue-digital divide, sometimes dreaming, always dancing. Matt the bass delivers the grinding pulsating backbone, SOS’s impressive array of keyboards and stunning vocals create a sound that makes you dance,  but also makes you think.

Matthew Hopkins – the punk via folk trio of Anne, Julia and Max delivers memorable harmonies, great rhythms and catchy tunes concerning politics, the environment and injustice. Pain and joy are covered in equal measure.

Horsemeat – Horsemeat is a band. Horsemeat can be simple. Horsemeat can be tough. Horsemeat can be tender. Horsemeat can be complex and rich. Horsemeat just is. A trio featuring ex Bobbie Peru, and current member of The E-Fits, Bert Genovese. This will be their debut gig.

 

New album from Issac Navaro and an Easter Meltdown

ISSAC NAVARO

January 24th sees the release of the new album from Issac Navaro.

Entitled “Nijua” it is the follow up to 2019’s “Outer Rings” and the sixth release with German Shepherd from this artist.

Nijua

Issac Navaro provides a potent mix of ambient, electronic music with nods towards post-rock. Science Fiction, space travel, football, and the moon, are key themes in this release with tracks referencing the moon landings,  Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke and legendary dutch footballer Arie Haan all part of a 15 track collection. Trademark Navaro themes are in play, piano melodies set against a lush backdrop of layered synths. As a bit of a twist this time around though there’s a vocal track with nods towards blue eyed soul as part of this release.

Work is underway to re-release, via the major digital outlets, the previous material by this artist – pending that all releases are available from our Bandcamp page….and are linked on the artist page on our website.

Issac Navaro was originally part of The Screaming Love Collective and also the duo Stereopod with Mark Taylor.

Issac provided an excellent track “Cloudburst”  for our recent charity album “Off The Leash”

 

GIG NEWS

The calendar is filling up rapidly with gigs way into the summer. Notably Easter weekend sees the return of Manchester Meltdown at The Peer Hat with a two night package on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

Friday sees Four Candles and Adventures of Salvador in play with an extra special headliner to be announced soon.

Saturday sees an afternoon and evening event commencing at 4pm with a great line-up of Elastikband, Horsemeat (featuring Bert Genovese of Bobbie Peru and The E-Fits), Matthew Hopkins, Factory Acts, Unseasonal Beasts, and headliners the legendary band The Cravats. More details to follow soon.

The rest of our gigs can be found on the right hand column on this site!

We’re Back! New Releases from The Get and The Screaming Love Collective…..

After a few weeks off to recharge our batteries we are back with two brand new releases on 10th and 17th January..

We kick of the new year with a new single from The Get.

The Get are a band from Southend On Sea. The main songwriter is Gary Smith who is also a member of another band on the label Angry! Vocals and lyrics are provided by Bruce Gordon who is also the partner in crime of Toska Wilde as Brucie Bitch. Drums are provided by Jon Smith .Bass, Keyboard and Production is from Jordan Ayriss

Their release is called “Genre Reassignment” and consists of three new songs and one which appeared on our recent charity album “Off The Leash”.

Genre Reassignment Artwork

Unashamedly lo-fi the quartet distill the spirit of punk into short pithy songs covering everyday occurrences and foibles.

This is a digital only release which will be available from Bandcamp, Spotify, You Tube etc from 10th January

The Get
Jon, Bruce and Gary

Our release for January 17th is from The Screaming Love Collective.

Human Traces Opt 2

It is their 11th release with us and follows on from last years “Do What You Love”.

The Screaming Love Collective are a psychedelic punk rock dark disco groove sensation  – they take electronic dance music and add some extra layers from a variety of other genres to create an infectious and sometimes dangerous aural cocktail.

Sounds vary between motorik dance repetition via mutant reggae/dub, hypnotic arpeggiating, grime leaning sonic attacks and slow funky workouts and even a little bit of post-punk.

The new album is called Human Traces and is a digital only release – it comprises 11 brand new tracks. Here’s a taster……

It will be available from Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music and all of the other digital outlets.

Bryn from The Screaming Love Collective  will be appearing on the drum stool with The Mind Sweepers on the following dates:

  • 24 Jan 2020 – Box Bar & Club, 431 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3LG, UK
  • 1 Feb 2020 – Big Burns Supper, Eskdale House, Crichton Business Park, Dumfries DG1 4UQ, UK
  • 15 Feb 2020 – The Vaults Arts Centre, Newton Stewart
  • 14 Mar 2020 – The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK

In addition to the above further releases are already planned for the next few weeks

  • A new album from Issac Navaro
  • A new single and a new EP from Inferior Complex, the EP is of their recent radio session on Sheppey FM
  • A new EP from Positronik
  • A new album from Auster Boys