March 26th 2021 sees us re-release a couple of great items from our catalogue.
Loop-aznavours sixth release with us originally came out in 2020 but got lost on the Interweb when our distributor went belly up – we have added him to another distributor and now it’s back again. A collection of alt pop punkery filled to the gills with Loop’s sideways look at the world.
Two of Moffs back catalogue released as part of our reissue programme. Originally released in 2014 and 2015. Under The Cobweb Sea is described by Moff as ‘an Eddodi mini-opera’. This is a continuous piece which might be described as “Eddodiprog”. It is a format Moff hopes to explore more as it gives him ‘the chance to be more diffuse in (my) writing style.’
Identity – an issue that has plagued scholars for centuries. Never more so than in the world of rock and roll where the persona of the star can be markedly different from the person behind the image. Tom Waits, a case in point, how did a smooth voiced singer-songwriter morph into a lounge bar lothario fueled on bad bourbon, and then a gravel voiced outsider artist…..2 Lost Souls examine this transition……will the real Tom Waits please stand up?
We released the second single from Elastikbande last year but the wider digital distribution was lost so we have relaunched it. With stunning cover art and three great tracks this release finds the trio on their best form with songs about work, politics, and vampires!
We continue our programme of relaunching Moff Skellington’s back catalogue with the reissue of the 2015 album The Corkscrew Tongue. This album was the third in our Moff Skellington catalogue and his 27th release overall. The subject matters vary between Secret Jelly, strange projects, Clown Threat, Keith with his random hormones, Clog dancing, and other strange and elusive matters.
March 4th sees two new releases and one reissue…..in addition Michael Scott who is behind the two new releases will be featured in this months edition of Eighth Day Magazine
STAGGS – in Western musical theory, a cadence is a melodic or harmonic configuration that creates a sense of resolution or finality. An unfinished or imperfect cadence is therefore one which has no “end” and thus leaves the listener longing for the final chord, which never comes…apparently it drove Mozart mad, whereas STAGGS quite like it…….music about the current state of play both medically and politically finds the mighty STAGGS at their acerbic best. The 18th release from the duo.
m.t. scott – m.t. scott has been exploring some dark corners of late. This latest release is based on a found, historical, recording of a psychiatrist interviewing a schizophrenic patient in a secure hospital. It does not make for easy listening but it is relevant to the state of things in early 2021 and perhaps gives us pause for thought. The 9th release from m.t. scott.
Moff Skellington – Originally released by Moff via Uterus Cottage in 2011 in CD form only this has never before seen the digital light of day. 14 portions of pure Eddodi with worms, stomach gas, marrows, druids (and their ancestors), and, dreams, amongst other things being delivered in Moff’s unique style
New disco, soul and funk flavoured 7 track EP from cult Manchester indie band – Dislocation Dance.
Ian Runacres has been releasing music under the name Dislocation Dance since 1980, when signed to the legendary Buzzcocks label, New Hormones. Moving to Rough Trade in 1982, (along with the Smiths), the band released an acclaimed album, Midnight Shift.
After various line-up changes and writing and producing for other artists, Ian launched Manchester’s BOP label. The ethos was to promote minority music from the North West, along with emerging dance and indie bands. The notable release being Manchester North of England compilation, featuring James and Freak Beats featuring 808 State. After a hiatus of several years, Ian reformed the band to tour Japan and released further albums – Cromer (Vinyl Japan), The Ruins of Manchester, and, Are We There Yet?, (LTM).
The new EP – Discombobulation marks the 40th anniversary of Dislocation Dance releases.
More importantly all income from this release will contribute towards crowdfunding for the treatment of Ian’s teenage son Joel, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in September 2019.
German Shepherd Records are pleased to be helping Ian and the band with this release. The EP will be pre-released via Bandcamp on 25th September 2020 with two tracks being available immediately. The full EP will be released on 30th October 2020 and will be available via all the major download and streaming platforms.
Message from Ian Runacres
In September 2019 my 19 year old son Joel, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma. This is the most aggressive and lethal of all brain cancers. To help prolong his life, the best option for Joel is to receive a pioneering new treatment, as quickly as possible. The treatment is in the form of a personalised vaccine manufactured from Joel’s own tumour tissue, but it is very expensive. All income from the sale of this EP will contribute towards crowdfunding for Joel’s treatment.
The aim is to help Joel live longer.
Information about Joel’s story and the fundraising campaign can be found at:
Night Operations is the project of Mike Powell which began in 2011 with the release of the long-deleted Colour & Number EP on Prescribed Records. Mike was the keyboard player for KIT B, and has in the past performed and released music with several other bands including Exchange (2012-2014), The Shelltones (2007-2011) and Five Days Of Static (2003-04) as well as releasing 2 singles under his own name, Behind The Wheel (2010) and Dancefloor (2011). After the release of the first EP, Night Operations releases have been few and far between; aside from the track Driving Rain which was released as an EP in 2014 and featured on the German Shepherd charity album Salford Streets. Night Operations has also released remixes, for artists and bands such as KIT B, Exchange and The Junta.
Work began on the Mantra album, the first full release with German Shepherd, as early as mid 2014, but most of the material was recorded in late 2015 / early 2016. The album was released in October 2016, preceded by a promo single, Remember, released in September 2016. A second album Advantage was released in February 2018. An EP featuring tracks Area 51 and Forbidden Fruit via three remixes was released in October 2018.
A new single “Pull The Trigger” was released in May 2020. This is now followed by the third album Protocol which releases on 25th September.
Protocol finds the Night Operations sound developing further with a more experimental approach and a broader mix of material. The finest work to date by Mike Powell shows him developing as a writer and artist. The album was recorded at The Zone, Runcorn and The Zone, Ellesmere Port and engineered & produced by Leon Schneider. Mike plays guitar and synthesizers and sings.
Dislocation Dance – we are pleased to support Dislocation Dance frontman Ian Runacres with a fundraising project to help raise funds for much needed medical support for his son Joel. We will be releasing a charity EP in October all income from which will be used to support the current fundraising project “Help Joel Live Longer”. Details of the appeal are available here – in summary we are seeking donations towards a pioneering treatment for brain cancer that will help Joel and also contribute to developing breakthrough treatment for brain tumours to help others in the future. Our release forms part of series of charity events aiming to hit the challenging target.
Originally formed in 1978 and active again since 2009 Dislocation Dance emerged in the midst of the first Manchester Post-Punk wave with a fresh sound. Perhaps they were a band out of time – their quirky jazz-pop too eclectic to make charts dominated by glossy sugary pop, and, not grim enough to fit in with the same scene as Joy Division or The Fall. We are pleased to add to their impressive back catalogue with a new EP which features new material and is called “Discombobulation”. More details on the release and the fundraising will follow over the next few weeks.
September 18th sees the release of the debut EP from The Right Side of Reason
The Right Side of Reason is the solo project of Andrew Missons from Inferior Complex. The four track EP celebrates minimal electronica with motorik drum beats laying a steady backbone to layers of rich synths – orchestral chords and powerful bass notes combining to create an epic sound.
In addition Andrew has worked with Paul Morley of Filed Fangs on a remix of the track Ensemble from the EP and this will be released as a single at the same time as the EP – for the purposes of the release the duo are calling themselves Fang Complex.
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!!
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 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.
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/
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
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.
……..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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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….
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?.
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….
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.
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.
Iron Mouse (formerly Ion-Morph) and Space Museum celebrate the next phase in their partnership with a five track EP “Treatments” released on February 12th. This is their first release under the new name.
The duo’s usual obsessions are in play with tunes about the treatment of mental patients, abusive patriarchs, religion, retro music and cover bands, and politics/duplicity, all wrapped up in layered post-rock electronica.
One half of the mighty Staggs – m.t.scott – has delivered to us a delightful parcel of a four track EP. Pending new Staggs material he has delved into his archive and enhanced a collection of excellent tunes which merge trip-hop, ambient, cinema soundtracks and sprinklings of guitar and piano. Blessed with the usual Scott world weary and sardonic narrative the songs capture a feel somewhere between Before and After Science era Eno, John Barry and european neo-realism. Entitled “The Broken EP” it will be released on 19th February via Bandcamp and our usual digital outlets.
Intelligent, emotional and thought-provoking this is one not to be missed for lovers of fine music.
We are pleased to announce that Salford/Manchester/Chester band Kit B will be releasing an EP with us this year.
Featuring our very own “The Junta” aka Monty on bass as well as other local music legends Danny Cusick (The Hidden Gem), Mike Powell (Exchange, Night Operations) and Peter Slater (Vee V V, Tunnelvision) the band deliver cutting edge Manchester indie and are gaining a growing reputation since their self-released EP “Be Your Own God” from 2015. It will feature this track “It Always Rains (On Sunday)” – watch this space for more news.
We are pleased to announce the release of a four track EP from Hamsters.
Called “Branches” the EP was recorded at 6dB studio in Salford by Simon “Ding” Archer, and features the current line-up of Ian Moss, Jon Rowlinson, Nigel Blinston and Damian Hughes.
Of the release Moss said, ” It is called “Branches” because this is music created by the latest line up from the Hamsters family tree , a stable line up too ! In fact the most stable ever Hamsters line up now though still only 10 months old, The Hamsters tale as has been well documented has been bloody and fractured , punctured by violently differing opinions , and yet there has remained a bond of brotherhood despite that , pride in our work runs deep even while we have drunk and laughed and made merry we always put the song first , we are of course proud of these recordings we present to you , they were recorded with smiles on our faces , I hope they make you smile too.”
The EP will available digitally through Bandcamp and a wide range of other Digital Outlets including, amongst others, Deezer, Amazon, I-Tunes, and Spotify. There will also be a limited edition run of CDs available from Bandcamp or at gigs.
Pre-release of the EP is on Monday 26th October with full release on 6th November.
We want to thank local company Mint Copy and their Touch Music service for doing an excellent job in producing the CDs. We cannot praise them highly enough for their help and assistance.
Friday October 9th sees our biggest set of releases to date with a new EP from IKMRAO, a new single from Bouquet of Dead Crows and the chance to pre-order Franco Bandini’s EP and the Bouquet of Dead Crows album……all available from Bandcamp
4th of September sees the release of a four track EP from Manchester legends Monkeys In Love,
Monkeys In Love met at a rave in a disused mental asylum in 2005. Since then they have grown from an original shouty two-piece configuration to become a decidedly more dynamic and considered five-piece. Their sound is hard to pigeon hole, but could be described as a strange canned-cocktail of forgotten film soundtracks, junk shop glam, lead-footed library funk, early eighties British indie, sludge metal… or maybe just a drunken, surly Stereolab.
Their lyrics are sly and sardonic and cover a broad range of subjects, including the cycle of life, internet trolls and hair transplants. They are a heavily visual band and incorporate puppetry, props and projection into the live act.
Monkeys In Love from left to right above are:
Laura on vox and visual stuff, Eamonn on guitar, Chris on bass Steve on vox, keys and lyrics and Danielle on guitar, flute and recorder
The Superselling Sounds Of The Monkeys In Love is a round-up of some actual jingles that the band have made for various things and some mock jingles that they have made for fun. It’s also a twist on the idea of a “best-of” compilation, in that some of the tracks are re-purposed versions of some of their more popular songs that they’ve either re-recorded or remixed and now sport exciting new lyrics about radio shows and stuff.
The tracks are
Graphene Is Making The Scene
Superselling Sounds Medley
Gin In A Can 2015
Most of the EP was recorded by Steve between March and July 2015, but track three comprises of material recorded between June 2012 and July 2015. All songs by Monkeys In Love, except Salesmen’s Wives by Monkeys In Love & P. Nash
With the summer heat beating down we offer two slices of Ion-Morph as our first releases in July.
Working again with Loop-aznavour, Ion brings two stunning tracks – the sixties pop stylings of “Go For The Throat” are married with the silky gallic pop charm of Hog & Bone, there are echoes of 70s TV themes in the mix as well. The two combine to create a fantastic sound and we believe this is their best release to date,
The dynamic duo are currently working on a full album release for later in the year.
The second release sees the return of the familial duo of Morph and Nemo with a cautionary tale. Morph advises “The novels of Jim Thompson have given me pleasure and inspiration over several decades , I recently informed a psychiatrist that I identified strongly with Lou Ford the central character in ‘ The Killer Inside Me ‘ , this is an imagining of inhabiting said characters mindset.”
Nemo plays with unusual time signatures to create a unique musical experience. This track is offered as free download.