Get Techno with The Junta!

Salford’s very own master of Techno returns on August 28th with a new EP and on September 4th with a full album.

The Junta is the alter-ego of Salford musician John “Monty” Montague.

Monty, aside from delivering electronica via The Junta also plays bass in Kit B and Positronik and is a DJ on Salford City Radio and can be seen DJing around Eccles on a regular basis.

We released a radio edit of the single from the new album, “Tech Noir”  on May 9th. A remix EP featuring new versions of the song precedes the new album. Of this Monty says:


“Recorded during the wilderness year. Inspired by my favourite 80’s/90’s artists, I decided again to release another remix e.p.TECH NOIR this time, remixed by some very good friends of mine. SPACE MUSEUM, NIGHT OPERATIONS, and POSITRONIK. “FILM NOIR” is a fabulous mash of TECH NOIR and Positronik’s “SUPERHEAVY”, featuring the wonderful production of JEFF BLACK and the vocals of NATHALIE HALEY. And a little reunion for Positronik! Oh and I couldn’t resist a Junta Remix of my own in the form of the T-800 Mix as a homage to The Terminator.”

A week later a brand new album “J3” follows – we think it’s his best yet. Plans for vocal versions of a couple of the tracks featuring some special guests had to be abandoned due to the lockdown but we hope will emerge when things get back to normal. Of the new album Monty says:

“Recorded mostly between Feb and June 2020…idle hands and all that! Wanted to avoid doing a bunch of lockdown songs, because I thought there’d be a wealth of them. Though couldn’t resist throwing in MAN AS AN ISLAND. Can’t wait to actually take these tunes on the road…when Boris green-lights the venues again.”

All instruments and recording on these releases are the work of The Junta with mastering  being done by Space Museum at his Half Edge Studios. 100% produced in sunny Salford!!

New Moff Skellington EP Released

In the second of a series of three new EPs from Moff Skellington we are pleased to release “Bargains Are A Hollow Syrup”.

The EP is available from Bandcamp as well as the all the usual digital outlets.

In this five-track extravaganza, Moff explores the funny old world of the present

UCEP2 Bargain Are A Hollow Syrup

 

Two Strays EPs released

We have now released the two EPs by The Strays to date. The first EP Explicit Content includes a previously unreleased track “Be Seen Not Heard”.  There is also a chance to purchase a CD version of the original version of that EP.

The two EPs are available via all the usual digital outlets as well as our Bandcamp page.

The duo have a number of dates planned to support these releases…..

  • 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

Strays

 

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.

Strays

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