Sleeping Ducks EP now available

The collaboration between Moff Skellington and Hazel Fairburn has been released.

Coupling the wonderful world of Eddodi with Hazel’s violin this is real treat for fans of Moff’s music and lovers of folk music with a slightly different outlook.

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Two EPs from The Strays

26th January sees our release and distribution of two EPs by Buxton based electronic punk duo The Strays.

With a lo-fi DIY beat driven attack the duo of Johnny (beats, guitars) and Georgie (vocals) Stray take no prisoners, with a venomous attack on the establishment, politics and the darker nooks and crannies of the music and entertainment industry. The sound is raw, the love child of Suicide and The Ramones if said child had been brought up in the industrial North West of the UK. There is punk, there is pop, there is electronica and there is a mutant form of dance/disco all in play at various times.

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With positive reviews flying out of the internet already we predict that these guys are destined for something special with their heavy touring schedule and growing fan bases in the East Midlands and North West.

We release their first two eps “Explicit Content” and “Never Tweet Your Heroes”.

Both have been previously self released on Bandcamp but we are taking on the distribution chores for the band with releases via Spotify, I Tunes, Amazon, Apple Music and many more digital platforms, plus inclusion in the German Shepherd Bandcamp pages.

Videos are in production at the moment and should be released next month.

Because the band can use some rather anglo saxon language at times we have provided safe radio edits of a selection of songs from both eps for our chums in DJ land.

Here is a soundcloud clip for Gone In The Head

There is a bonus track on Explicit Content – the previously unreleased “Be Seen Not Heard” which is exclusive to the German Shepherd release.

FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/thestraysofficial/

GIGS

The boys have a number of gigs coming up…..

26th January – The Mulberry Tavern, Sheffield
3rd February – The Globe, Glossop
4th February – Fab Cafe, Manchester
11th February –The Bunny Hop, Heanor
16th February – The Mulberry Tavern, Sheffield
24th March – The Crown Inn, Heanor
15th April – Dublin Castle, London
19th April – The Peer Hat Manchester
2nd June – The Station Hotel, Ashton U Lyne

REVIEWS

Mind Noise Network

unique, upbeat and downright weird songs.

Double EP Review: The Strays – Never Tweet Your Heroes & Explicit Content

Aural Delights

The Strays are well worth less than 20 minutes of your time and the price of a pint to give them some support and to encourage them to continue their attack on the sort of targets that need calling out.

Content of an Explicit Kind

……..five songs in 14 minutes demonstrates the Ramones like efficiency of the bands output and their joyful application of their craft which marries clever and often politically astute lyrics with crisp punk-electronica.

Never Tweet Your Heroes

July 7th releases from Boz Hayward and Issac Navaro

We are pleased to announce two releases for July 7th, 2017

Firstly we have a new EP from Issac Navaro called “Terminals”. This five track release follows from the highly successful “Paths to the Shore” album from earlier in the year.

Melding state of the art electronica with a post-rock vibe Issac has created an ambient and reflective soundscape which reflects the geography of his native Scotland.

Comparable with the ground breaking mid 70s Tangerine Dream releases on Virgin Records but also incorporating the epic elements of Mogwai or Sigur Ros this delightful collection is a worthy successor to the debut album.

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Secondly we have the brand new album from Manchester musician Boz Hayward. We have previously worked with Boz on distribution of his material but this time he has taken the plunge and given us the honour of releasing his music.

Boz returns with a deeply personal album which combines his particular take on modern folk, and adds a a vibrant slice of country music, together with his trademark whimsical pop elements. Entitled “Tennessee Ten” it consists of, naturally, ten new songs which were written during and around two visits with his mother in 2014 and 2015 to care for his aunt in Tennessee. whose health was failing, and, who passed away during the second visit. There is a narrative that runs through the album creating a delightful and sometimes poignant atmosphere

Exceptional musicianship is a key component of the success of the album. Boz’s self deprecating comment that he writes “simple songs” with a “limited style” doesn’t quite fit with the quality of the album. It is beautifully arranged with well known musical elements being evident but not obvious.

Haywards work generally splits into three broad areas – his more strident punky work, the cinematic soundtrack vignettes, and this more song based approach. One can find excellence in all three strands of his output but this perhaps the place where hopefully he will get the attention and recognition he deserves.

Both releases will be available on Bandcamp and the usual digital outlets. We aim to have a CD version of the Boz Hayward album available on our Merch page in due course.

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Ergonomics!

We are extremely pleased to present the newest offering from Salford based “techno tuneage” wizard The Junta. 

This new six track EP follows on from the highly regarded “Art of Glass” album and the “Hydra” EPs.which are both still available at www.germanshepherdrecords.bandcamp.com

The Junta aka John “Monty” Montague distills his love of all things electronica into a fresh set of tunes with inspiration from, among others, John Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk and OMD shining through the beat orientated infectious music. With catchy earworm melodies and rhythms that inspire your best dance floor shapes you’ll find it hard not to exercise your mojo on hearing this release!
With a video currently in production and plans for live outings due soon Monty balances his duties as bass player with Kit B and his weekly show on Salford City Radio and plans for the re-emergence of local faves Positronik…he’s a busy chap.
The EP is released on June 9th via Bandcamp, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, I Tunes and other well known digital outlets. A limited edition CD version of the release will be available at gigs and via The Junta’s webpage. The CD contains a bonus track.
Find out more about The Junta at:
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Introducing PrunX

We are pleased to announce the addition of Berlin based band PrunX to German Shepherd Records. Introduced to the label by Cannonball Statman,  the band were formed in 2000 and have gone through several line-up changes.

The current line up of the band is :
FrankOz Pfeil – Guitar, Vocals; Mikado K. Schütt -Keyboards, Vocals ;  Joushi Schütt – Guitar, Vocals;  Stilgar T. Krennrich – Bass, Vocals, and Tom Schneider – Drums
The ep “vol.III” released on June 19th 2017 and features three tracks – The Iron Dream, Sick of it All, and Welcome To Your Nightmare.  Special guest metal percussion is provided by N.U.Unruh, of Einstürzende Neubauten on The Iron Dream.
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Cackles

We love iconoclasts at German Shepherd Records.
Cannonball Statman is a perfect example.
Well above average height (he is very tall), with a pre-Raphaelite mass of hair which appears to have a life of its own, and a battered  acoustic guitar, he is visually and aurally completely unique.
Some observers might describe his music as freak-folk, but he is much more than that.
Firstly we need to talk about his guitar technique. Unique doesn’t do it justice, blistering fast scribbles of notes and chords, traversing the fret board with manic intensity creating slabs of sound which move between epic and lyrical effortlessly. But he also plays slow with beautiful open chords creating more introspective sounds.
Secondly we need to talk about the words. Statman in a live setting needs your very close attention as words spill from his mouth with a rapidity and complexity that are unparalleled. If you were to draw a literary comparison authors like Kurt Vonnegut,Thomas Pynchon, Samuel Beckett and Paul Auster would leap to mind. His use of language is rich and his ultra fast delivery is stunning.
Sometimes his delivery is so rapid your brain is still processing the words long after the song has finished. Songs become short stories packed with characters and often feature New York as their backdrop. His live tour de force “Carlos Is On Fire” is a tale of an encounter in late night New York City which takes on a different form every night as Cannonball re-invents the song for each performance.
Sometimes he is melodic and restrained, sometimes he howls like a dog, sometimes he approaches the speed of light.
At a recent gig in Salford, that we hosted, open mouthed audience members left the concert room after Cannonball Statman’s set with one word on their lips – genius.
We are pleased to release our second EP with Cannonball – Cackles.
Two years ago we released a live EP from a gig in Salford
Cannonball, or Jesse, as his mum and dad call him, has a very prolific career outside of our work with him with 20 releases to date
The new four track EP  was recorded and engineered by Franz Rodeck at Culture Container in Berlin, Germany. on March 19th, 2017. It was also captured on video….
You can contact Cannonball via Facebook
Cackles is released on May 26th via Bandcamp, Spotify, I-Tunes, Amazon and many more digital outlets.
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A Whole Lotta Screaming Love coming your way

We are extremely pleased announced that we will be releasing a serious amount of music from The Screaming Love Collective in the next few months.

24th March will see an album teaser EP called “Orbital” featuring three new tracks. This will be followed by the debut album “Spirit Radio” which features singles to date, the EP and other new tracks. Later in the year the sophomore album “Thought it would have been better by now” will emerge.

The music is a powerful mix of hypnotic dance rhythms and psychedelic interventions, we think it’s rather special and cannot wait to share it with you.

Bryn has recently completed both albums and feels they are linked with the first taking an optimistic look at the world whereas the latter looks at modern times from a “where the hell is my jetpack”. The basic message is where is all the cool stuff we were promised as kids?.

Here’s teaser with the lead track from the EP.

 

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Bouquet of Dead Crows launch Epicentre EP with new video

Cambridge melodic rockers launch their new EP “Epicentre” on 30th September with a brand new video. The EP includes the original album track from the “Of The Night” album as well as previously unreleased  demos and live versions of the bands songs.

The band play Salford Music Festival on the release date at the Eagle Inn, Salford….

Rose and the Diamond debut on German Shepherd

It is with great pleasure that we announce the release of the debut EP from Rose and the Diamond Hand.

Rose is Rose Niland, whose soulful and memorable vocal style has dominated the Manchester music scene for several years now. We released her debut solo EP “From Now” in 2014 to wide critical acclaim.

Rose is an active singer, songwriter, producer and musician, as well as Rose and The Diamond Hand, she features in Poppycock, vVULVa, and The Little She Girls.

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Rose is joined by Bob Clowrey on Synthesizer/Samples and Keyboards, Mark Corrin on Bass Guitar, and Leonie Fox on Drums for this release.

This debut EP “Universe Is Woman” delivers four atmospheric songs which have already become live favourites. The glacial and gothic tinged down-tempo sound of the band has evoked comparisons to both Portishead and Siouxsie & The Banshees. Rose’s soulful, melancholic vocals and enigmatic lyrics are delivered over a striking and minimalist musical backdrop. Hypnotic bass and drum rhythms are intertwined with subtle experimental electronic textures to create an evocative mood. The songs on the EP include the yearning, catchy shimmer of “Icicle” and the cyclic, pulsing soul of “Universe Is Woman”. Also included is “Dominate”, a fierce, attitude packed cut, and “Extended”, a haunting, otherworldly number.

The EP is released as download only on August 12th on our Bandcamp portal at £2.75 (exc VAT)

A gig to support the release takes place at our regular venue The Eagle Inn, Collier Street, Salford on 13th August,  Rose and The Diamond Hand is also part of our Salford Music Festival German Shepherd Showcase on October 1st, also at The Eagle, and supports Georgio “The Dove” Valentino at his EP launch on December 3rd, again at The Eagle.

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