The new line-up of Four Candles made its debut at Strummercamp on 30th August 2021. Thanks to Matt and Susan for capturing the band on video and photos. The featured track is “Meat Machine”
The Harveys have announced a series of gigs…..
- 30th August – Glaston-Bury, Bury – venue to be advised
- 8th October – Peer Hat, Manchester – TV Smith + Richard “Kid” Strange (Doctors of Madness) + The Harveys
- 16th October – Eagle Inn, Salford – The Harveys + The Distractions
- 25th November – The Peer Hat, Manchester – Dislocation Dance + The Harveys – a fundraiser for the “Help Joel Live Longer” campaign
- 12th February 2022: The Turnpike, Leigh. The Love You More (Pete Shelley) memorial gig
- 19th March 2022: The Deaf Institute, Manchester. The Monochrome Set + The Harveys
Haverhill Shed Punk maestros Umbrella Assassins have announced a handful of dates and further volumes in their King of Fruit series.
The boys have the following gigs in the diary:
- 4th July – The Haverhill Show, The Recreation Ground, Haverhill
- 23rd October – The Ark, Newmarket (Charity Gig)
- 13th November – The Smokehose, Ipswich
- 11th December – The Smokehouse, Ipswich – Bouquet of Dead Crows are playing at this gig also
A planned second volume in the groups King of Fruit series is nearing completion with an August release planned. In addition an unexpected third volume has agreed following the completion of some tunes.
Drummer Garry McKervill said “It looks like things are finally happening at last. We are looking forward to getting out of the waiting room.”
Check out the first volume of King of Fruit here
There are of course more pressing issues than introducing a band right now as we struggle against a global pandemic, but, The English Disease, having readied themselves for their debut and with a run of gigs to follow that have had to be cancelled/postponed, decided to invite our trusty man with a camera Paul G Forshaw to their rehearsal room to document their sound.
A very new and exciting band. Treat this as a virtual gig……let us know what you think!
Bang Bang Maxwell -drums
Maximus Volume – guitar
Max Factor – voice
To clarify what is going on we invited Max Factor to introduce each of the songs in the set:
Is that punk rock enough for ya? : fed up with being told what ‘ I is ‘ and what ‘ I ain’t ‘ this is a riposte to the soulless fakes and plastic conservatives who uphold the rules of punk orthodoxy.
Sex Pigs : creepy middle aged men sliding right up tight against pretty young things at gigs
Crypto Queen : the One com scam , persuasive and lucrative but not for the investors
Bad Acid : what it says on the tin , life can be a bum trip and we all need to love and be loved.
Politic dog : there is no escape for any of us , politics, like it or not, affects every thing we do , for those who don’t care it may be time you did .
20 minutes in Mostar : a memory , a true tale of visiting a country on the brink of war and playing a game of football with innocent children , did they survive the horror that awaited them ?
Due to the ongoing medical situation The Cravats have cancelled their tour.
If you have bought tickets and not yet contacted us please drop us a line at email@example.com including your paypal e-mail address and we will reimburse you.
As things stand we have not made a final decision on whether the Easter Weekend Meltdown events with the other bands are to be cancelled, once we have made a decision we will let everyone know.
Thanks and stay safe
Here is the usual weekly news update from the kennel.
JED DEBUT ALBUM
27th March sees the release of the debut album from Jed called “Black Gold Texas Tea”.
This is a digital only release which will be available from the services indicated on the image below.
Jed is Jed Stephens a multi instrumentalist with a passion for electronic music of all kinds, his music is a mix of electro, techno, D&B, house and ambient.
He has been a song writer, producer and performer for many years, previous bands include Bass Bandits and Exchange, he is currently in the North West UK based Synthpop covers band Elektrio.
Jed’s musical influences range from Sibelius and Bartok through to the Chemical Brothers and Orbital, via The Beatles, Kraftwerk, New Order, 808 State, Frankie Knuckles, Arthur Baker and Vince Clarke.
Those old enough to remember The Beverley Hillbillies will recognise the derivation of the album title!
The music on the debut is modern electronic combining the best of elements of techno with the soundtrack feel of John Carpenter, Vangelis or Jarre. Using the best in modern electronic gear he creates stunning tracks which combine epic sounds with dance rhythms. His live show, complete with laser lighting rig, is stunning, a guaranteed dance fest for anyone who attends.
Find Jed on Facebook
This week sees a raft of reissues of some of our best releases, where Smart Links are available we have linked them below….
From Moff Skellington
- Golfer In Disgrace
- On Flanders Moon
- Plough Monday
- Bargains are a hollow syrup
- Uncle Roy’s Utopian Vision Volumes 1 and 2
- The Corduroy Bridge
- Thorny Conduits
also released this week is another in our Moff Skellington back catalogue releases – available for the first time via download/streaming is Gliding Through Stone.
Three new albums from Moff are coming in June with a further release planned for later in the year.
From Night Operations
- Area 51
A new Night Operations single is coming on May 8th
Due to the current situation you will be aware that a number of gigs are being cancelled – we are keeping our gig list up to date when cancellations occur – please check the list on the right hand side of this page regularly to see if a gig is going ahead or not.
Perhaps aptly for a gig taking place on Friday the 13th, Weimar have unfortunately been beset by a run of bad luck in relation to this weeks scheduled gig at The Railway West Didsbury.
Due to Eddy being unable to perform on the night, they had previously secured a reserve drummer to fill in for him at this gig, but sadly due to unforeseen circumstances the reserve is now himself unable to do the show.
Weimar do not want to let fans down by cancelling at short notice, so they will still be appearing at this gig and will now be performing an acoustic set as a three-piece (Aidan, John and Ste).
They have passed the headline slot over to Square Wild, and will now play earlier in the evening, doing an acoustic set of stripped-back reworkings of a selection of their songs. In the meantime, JCK and The Rogue Network will still be appearing on the bill.
Sometimes, unfortunately bad luck can not be prevented, but they have worked around this situation as best as they can and hope to be able to offer something refreshingly different with their acoustic performance this Friday.
We hope to see you there and will be posting stage times as soon as they are available.
This time around we are promoting releases for 20th March. We have two new releases from Moff Skellington.
We also have some great gigs to tell you about.
Moff Skellington is back with a brand new EP and the reissue of his 2010 album “Gliding Through Stone”
Moff’s newest release is called “Throat Mender”.
An EP, lasting a tidy 12 minutes, it offers a useful introduction to the artist. From the opening “Flowers On The Box” which waltzes Moff’s rich wordplay into your ears, through the Klezmer inspired “Colin Piggott” which is existentially Yorkshire in its manic delivery, whilst at the same time being utterly psychedelic. Track three “There’s A Ghost In The Place” perhaps channels R.Dean Taylor but then extends into a virtual tangle of language and imagery. The EP concludes with a tune inspired by German Shepherd label owner Ian Moss who was heard by his partner to utter when waking from slumber “Madonna Leave Me Alone”. Moff explores the dream state which might have led to this utterance.
We are also releasing for the first time an album from 2010 called “Gliding Through Stone” a collection which covers such varied subject matter as lard, bracken, Peggy Mount, Bees and Magistrates. Originally self released by Moff we now share it with the wider universe.
Moff has recently been featured in the Eighth Day Magazine as part of a new and regular series of articles about the labels output. In addition three new Moff Skellington albums are finished and planned for release in the summer of 2020.
On Friday 13th Weimar are back with a headliner as part of the Deco Residency at the The Railway in Didsbury – free entry and loads of other bands on the bill.
On Saturday 14th we are pleased to have The Mind Sweepers down from Dumfries for their second Manchester gig – they are supported by an excellent band from Stroud called The Red Propellers – £5 on the door at The Peer Hat in Manchester City Centre – we highly recommend this gig – two great bands, see the vids below!!
All of our other upcoming gigs can be found on the right hand side of this page.
Our next release, on March 13th, is a digital only album by The Parasite called “Keep The Future Safe”. It will be available from Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play and many more digital outlets.
The Parasite is a project involving Ian Moss (Four Candles, The English Disease, 2 Lost Souls), and, Bob Osborne (Space Museum, Auster Boys, Passage of Time).
The latest release from the duo comprises eight new tunes which combines Moss’s spoken word/vocal delivery and lyrical dexterity, with Osborne’s unique take on sound design.
With subjects ranging from that boy in the Tank Top behind David Bowie, performing Star Man, on Top of The Pops (a seminal cultural moment), via urban decay, a tribute to Pete Shelley, and downside of being a Good Samaritan. This is another collection of music which we like to describe as Different Noises For Your Ears.
As a studio only band there is no plan for any live performances of this album.
BOUQUET OF DEAD CROWS SUBSCRIBER SPECIAL
Our subscriber special for March is a selection of early mixes of tracks from the new album by Bouquet of Dead Crows. Six tracks from part 1 the new album “Hemispheres”, a collection called “Celestial”, are presented alongside a four way commentary from Neil, Toni, Andy and Karen from the band giving some insight into the creation of the music and its subject matter.
This music will not be available anywhere else and only subscribers to the label will be able to access this unique collection.
If you want to subscribe to our label – it’s only £40 a year for a minimum of 40 releases over 12 months, plus the majority of our back catalogue absolutely free; there’s also 10% off merch and subscriber specials like this one – then follow this LINK.
We will releasing an exclusive Bandcamp only collection of part 1 of the new album next month so non-subscribers will have to wait that little bit longer for the new music. The band will launch “Celestial” at a gig at The Blue Moon, Cambridge on April 4th. Here are a couple of live examples of what to expect from the new album …..
We have a busy month ahead for gigs
8 Mar 2020 – The Spinning Top 20 Wellington Road South, SK4 1AA Stockport
13 Mar 2020 – Railway Inn (Didsbury), 3 Lapwing Ln, Manchester M20 2NT, UK
14 Mar 2020 – The Acoustic Couch, 11 Market St, Bracknell RG12 1JG, UK
The Mind Sweepers with The Red Propellers
14 Mar 2020 – The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK
Rose and the Diamond Hand
20 Mar 2020 – The Kings Arms, 11 Bloom St, Salford M3 6AN, UK
Four Candles and Adventures of Salvador
20 Mar 2020 – The Salty Dog, 23 High St, Northwich CW9 5BZ, UK
The English Disease
23 Mar 2020 – The Hatch Sheffield
Kit B and Inferior Complex
26 Mar 2020 – The Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7AN, UK
Inferior Complex and Bouquet of Dead Crows
29 Mar 2020 – The Smokehouse, South Street Studios 6 South Street, Ipswich IP1 3NU, UK
Here’s what we have planned for February 28th and also some gig news
CRAB DANCE GIs
The Crab Dancers return with another quality slice of Manchester Music. A two track single double A side entitled – Cover Aversion/I’m Sorry (But You’ve Got To Go)
Crab Dance GIs is the side project for KIT B’s Danny Cusick which also features Craig Bodell and Paul Smith, all three of whom were in the excellent band The Hidden Gem.
Packed with Cusick’s sardonic wit and great melodies this is a welcome addition to a collection of great tunes produced by the band
The bard of Abstercot is never far from our minds and in anticipation of a new EP in around a months time we are re-issuing Moff Skellington’s excellent album The Pukes of A Hot Cloister.
The dark days of January 2012 were brightened somewhat by the arrival of The Pukes Of A Hot Cloister album. As usual there was a feast of lyrical athleticism, Moff plucks words out of the ether and re-arranges them in a completely unique and totally compelling way. This album is particularly full of memorable “Moffism’s”, too many to mention and all rather special, there is some degree of continuity from prior releases in parts, with several references to molecules, and the usual bovine references that are scattered across the albums, and the opening instrumental “House of New Bricks” is quoted in the words/music of the penultimate track “Four Peg Wooden Unit”. Two of the tracks “Time for Nervous Questions In The Pub” and “Confident of Pending Treats” formed part of the six song set Moff recorded for the “Reformation” radio show (Salford City Radio), the other four appearing on the previous years Embers from the Rapid Eye album, so there is some specific continuity between those two albums. As is usual with Moff you know what you are going to get – the difference with each album though is how he has progressed his art and which particular parts of his “dreamscape” he is addressing in this instance.
The opening “House of New Bricks” sets the scene with a stately waltz around the accordion with bluesy harp wailing – this soon transforms into the strange and somehow beautiful “Crap and Ugly Toys” which is Eddodi in its purest sense. From there on we are gently led through a journey of fascinating words and unique music. A contemporary “manifesto” of Moff’s work, whether it be his art or his music, described a reality comprising three interacting factors – octoberness, perfection and slapstick. Simply put these three elements , anticipation, entropy, and the essentially comedic nature of existence, intertwine to allow innovation, expression and interpretation. We are resisting the urge to release spoilers about the content of this album as we believe that the listener should absorb this marvellous work and draw their own conclusions from the text/sound. All we will say is that the other-worldliness of Moff’s output is never more apparent as it is here. He has always been unique. no one else is doing music like this – it just seems he has built on his work to date to create something rather special. Variety is the watchword here and it is all good. Comparisons, bench-marks, yardsticks etc are impossible so the listener needs to approach it from his/her perspective.
It is with great pleasure that we re-release this album for wider consumption.
RE-INTRODUCING THE SCISSORS
We thought it was timely to bring the oft neglected and rather marvellous band The Scissors back to forefront.
The Cambridge based band offer a unique sound encompassing carnival freakshow organ, primitive synths, and rock’n’roll guitar powered psych-punk-pop. Their influences are varied, but their sound has been likened to The Teardrop Explodes, The Doors, The Chameleons, Wire, The Damned, and XTC.
The current line-up of the band is: Stewart Harris – vocals/bass, Toby Lefever – guitars, Simon Powell – keys/tronica, Huw Wallace – drums
The Scissors started in 2006 in Cambridge as a trio; adding organ and primitive analogue synths a year later to mould their sound into a mix of psychpop and post-punk that they continue to develop. They have played alongside great acts including Glasvegas, Hey Sholay, Raglans, ex-Kook Max Rafferty, James McCartney (son of Sir Paul), Make Model and Jakil. In terms of venues they have delivered well-received sets in London (Dublin Castle, Camden Enterprise, Hope and Anchor), and in the East of England (The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket, Epic Studios in Norwich). In their home town they’ve played at the Portland Arms, Cambridge Junction, the Corn Exchange, Mill Road Winter Fair and comic/sci-fi convention CamCon. They have even ventured north to play the Salford Music Festival They’re no strangers to local radio, especially Cambridge 105’s ‘Stagger Indie’ show and Dave Hammond’s Smelly Flowerpot on Cambridge 105.
We re-release their two latest offerings to a wider audience from the 28th.
As trailed last week the debut release (it’s not a single!) from Filed Fangs is officially released on 28th February – here’s a link to a review from Louder Than War.
Gigs for the remainder of February and March
21 Feb 2020
Haverhill Art Centre, High St, Haverhill CB9 8AR, UK
22 Feb 2020
The Whip & Kitten, 8, 12 Burnley Rd, Rawtenstall, Rossendale BB4 8EW, UK
Adventures of Salvador, Loop-Aznavour
28 Feb 2020
Shangri-La at the Carlton Club, 279 Bury Old Rd, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1JA, UK
28 Feb 2020
The Whip & Kitten, 8, 12 Burnley Rd, Rawtenstall, Rossendale BB4 8EW, UK
Bouquet of Dead Crows
29 Feb 2020
The Blue Moon, 2 Norfolk St, Cambridge CB1 2LF, UK
The Junta with Section 25 Industrial Unit
29 Feb 2020
Aatma, 1st Floor, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK
8 Mar 2020
The Spinning Top 20 Wellington Road South, SK4 1AA Stockport
13 Mar 2020
HOLROYD ARMS, 36 Aldershot Rd, Guildford GU2 8AF, UK
13 Mar 2020
Railway Inn (Didsbury), 3 Lapwing Ln, Manchester M20 2NT, UK
The Mind Sweepers with The Red Propellers
14 Mar 2020
The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK
14 Mar 2020
The Acoustic Couch, 11 Market St, Bracknell RG12 1JG, UK
20 Mar 2020
Winchester Football Club Hillier Way, Winchester SO23 0JD, UK
Four Candles and Adventures of Salvador
20 Mar 2020
The Salty Dog, 23 High St, Northwich CW9 5BZ, UK
The English Disease
23 Mar 2020
The Hatch Sheffield
Kit B and Inferior Complex
26 Mar 2020
The Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7AN, UK
Inferior Complex and Bouquet of Dead Crows
29 Mar 2020
The Smokehouse, South Street Studios 6 South Street, Ipswich IP1 3NU, UK
The English Disease is a new bass free trio featuring
Bang Bang Maxwell -drums
Maximus Volume – guitar
Max Factor – voice
You can catch them live at the following events
- Monday 23rd March , the Hatch , Sheffield
- Sunday 26th April , Oldham, Strummercamp Shangri-La stage
- Thursday 4th June , Salford , The Eagle with The Sandells and JD Meatyard
- Saturday 6th June – Stockport , Pressure Drop studios as part of Shockportia 2 (afternoon gig)
Riff heavy with funky rock beats and a touch of math-prog breaks they are well worth checking out – imagine Buddy Holly on steroids plus King Crimson in a blender with The Butthole Surfers and Don Van Vliet and you are somewhere adjacent sound wise.
Here we are again with some more new music for you….we have one new release for February 14th plus one pre-release……. and some other news
INFERIOR COMPLEX – LIVE ON SHEPPEY FM
Southampton’s post punk trio are back with another release.
This time a recording from a radio session for Phil Crowder’s End of the Week Show on Sheppey FM. Phil has been steadfast supporter of our label and has had sessions with our more southern based acts.
This six track mini-album, recorded in October 2019, covers music from all of the band’s releases and the stripped back feel of these recordings is a fine example of their live sound. The release was engineered by Jamie Ryan at Sheppey FM an edited & mastered by Matt at Untapped Talent in Southampton.
The band have gigs coming up in Southampton (7th February) Guildford (13th March) London – Dublin Castle (26th March) Ipswich (29th March) and Southampton (10th April). Please see the gig list page right for more details.
FILED FANGS – WHEN IS A SINGLE NOT A SINGLE?
As trailed last week on 14th February we pre-release the first offering from new Manchester based duo Filed Fangs.
To remind you what we said last week.
Time for something new?
It is “Calcify” – a track NOT a single.
A hint. An introduction. The first of many tracks from a staggered album – a collection of songs that will track by track / drip by drip / bite by bite reveal a body of work
Distressed sounds, walls of guitars (bass and lead), layers of keyboards
Snatches of vocals, needle hitting red, music from a broken radio just off the dial through a splintered culture, motes of sound breaking through.
Calcification – hardening, insoluble deposits, disruption of systems and functions
They are Filed Fangs – Paul (Slum Turkeys) and Boz (Flea) collaborating – echoes of sound from Manchester 30 years back brought up to date. Time flowing back and forward, echoes and future memories.
Grunge, dub, electronica, noise.
Epic and enigmatic.
When everything else these days sounds like somebody else’s stuff (recycled post punk brit pop blah blah blah) this sounds unique, special. compelling. Something to get your teeth into?
Hyperbole? You decide……full release will be on February 28th and CD versions will be available. The track has already been featured on “Standing In The Shadows of Lev” show on ALL FM, Manchester
SUBSCRIBER SPECIAL – IAN MOSS AND SPACE MUSEUM
We are releasing today the second volume of Ian Moss’s Spoken Word series to our subscribers – with 14 brand new pieces, supplemented by the sonic tinkerings of Space Museum, Moss covers a wide range of topics close to his heart including aging, the climate crisis, politics, relationships and tribute bands. This release is exclusively for our subscribers and will not be available anywhere else.
Subscriptions to the label are £40 a year. With that you get everything we release in the next twelve months, a series of subscriber only specials, 10% of all merch and over 230 previously released albums, singles and EPs which you can stream or download. To subscribe please follow this LINK
MORE MELTDOWN – CRAVATS TICKETS SELLING FAST
The next edition of Manchester Meltdown has been expanded to a two night affair. Good Friday (April 10th) sees Four Candles and Adventures of Salvador (currently back in the studio) plus ex Notsensible Stephen John Hartley (Sage) at The Peer Hat, Faraday Street – there a no pre-tickets for this event and the entrance fee is a mere £5.
The following day sees a bumper bill of bands from across the north west – Unseasonal Beasts, Factory Acts, Matthew Hopkins, Andy T Band and Horsemeat – plus headliners The Cravats back in Manchester after a two year absence with a new album to promote.
Tickets are £8.50 in advance and are selling fast so we recommend people get on board as soon as possible. Tickets are available HERE. Entry will be £10 on the day early purchase saves you loads!
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.
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.
Friday 3rd January sees a special gig in Manchester with Skeletal Family at Night People and The Twisted Wheel Club. Our very own Weimar and The Junta will be part of the line-up on what promises to be a great night.
KIT B’s next gig will be at the West Street Live venue in Sheffield on Sunday December 15th. This is the first out of Manchester gig for the band’s new line of Danny Cusick, John Montague, Martin Botham and Mark Hayward
We have a busy last week of October with four new releases planned for October 25th and a couple of high profile gigs for that weekend.
All releases are digital except where indicated and will be available from our Bandcamp Page and via Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and all of the other usual digital platforms
ELASTIKBANDE – VACUUM CLEANER EP
Elastikbande are a brand new Manchester UK based three piece (post punk / grunge / garage rock) outfit featuring ex members of The Fall / Polythene, (Una Baines’) Poppycock and Rose & The Diamond Hand. Featuring Kate Themen on drums, Luisa Maraffino on guitar / backing vocals and Mark Corrin on bass / vocals.
The band’s sound is dynamic, melodic, catchy and often witty. Previously band member’s other work has featured on The John Peel Show, BBC Radio 1, 6 Music and BBC 3’s Late Junction, plus covered in blogs such as The Quietus and Louder Than War.
Their debut EP Vacuum Cleaner was recorded entirely live in the studio in Salford in August 2019 to capture the energy of the group’s stage show.
Musically Elastikbande have been compared to a blend of The Fall, Pavement, The Pixies and more. These early songs are about everything from household appliances to stage diving etiquette.
The band will be appearing at our showcase gig on October 25th at Gullivers, Manchester (see below)
Mark’s solo album from this year “Pub Bin” is also still available
BOUQUET OF DEAD CROWS – LEFT TO ROT
Following the success of their album “Motus Octo” and a line-up change Cambridge alternative rock band “Bouquet of Dead Crows” is back with a brand new single “Left to Rot”. With new bassist Karen Gadd the band embark on the next phase in their career with a heavier sound …. they will be playing Manchester Gullivers on October 25th – and the Blue Moon Cambridge on 1st November as part of a gig swap with Manchester rockers The Parish Church Fire.
MOFF SKELLINGTON – THE INFRASOUND GUEST
Moff follows up his “Strange Acrylic Night Custard” album with another journey into the mysterious realm of Abstercot in the company of The Infrasound Guest – tales of Pardonian customs, squirrels and Seraphs, and pillows for your Spasms amongst other strangeness add to the over 20 + albums he has released to date. Moff is the natural successor to Ivor Cutler and Viv Stanshall if those two had been fed on a diet of Pere Ubu, Cabaret Voltaire, Tom Waits and The Fall. Moff defies description so we won’t bother, you either get it or you don’t – we understand that to – but if you do get it please trumpet it from the highest pinnacles in your neighbourhood so he get the attention he rightly deserves.
Moff will be back next months with a fascinating new album via The Sleeping Ducks.
If you want to have a further taste of Strange Acrylic Night Custard …….
THE JUNTA – JE SUIS
Salford’s premier electrohead is back with a new six track EP 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 at Wangies in Eccles on a Friday Night.
His new EP follows on from the highly regarded “Network” album and is packed with dance friendly beats inspired by the likes of Jean Michel Jarre, and Chemical Brothers.
The EP is launched on October 26th at The London Road Inn, Buxton with support from 243 Ida and Neural Dance
A limited edition CD version will be available at gigs and via our Bandcamp page.
SHOW CASE GIG
We end October with a showcase gig (as mentioned above) at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester with a great line up of
- THE PARISH CHURCH FIRE
- BOUQUET OF DEAD CROWS
With the more rock/punk elements of our releases in play this promises to be a great evening of music with some special surprises promised by the headliners.
Tickets are available at SEETICKET.COM and the whole thing kicks off at 7pm
Many thanks to the ever reliable Paul Forshaw for the video capture of the sets from Matthew Hopkins and The Harveys at The Peer Hat – additional audio has been provided by Stephen Doyle to really bring the live experience out.
We are also pleased to announce that Matthew Hopkins will be joining The Harveys at their gig on 14th December with TV Smith at The Peer Hat.
Marking the full gig debut of Unseasonal Beasts at Fuel Cafe Bar Manchester on 28th September we are pre-releasing a track from their second EP. Scorpion Joe, which features Dan Woolfie from Coroner For The Police, AAAK on drums. Ding and Moet promise a spectacular sound experience at the gig with some technical wizardry being used to create a unique listening environment.
Other tracks on the EP feature Mike Kelly (The Mission) on Drums and Susan O’Shea (Factory Acts) on vocals.
You can pre-order the EP now, which will be released on 27th September on Bandcamp, and across all other digital platforms in October.
The Junta presented a revised version of “Ergonomic” featuring some of the elements used by the Space Museum remix of the track at The Peer Hat gig on July 31st. Here it is captured in stunning “Juntavision”.
Our latest recruit to the Kennel – Jed Stephens – live at The Peer Hat – there should be a new album from Jed in the New Year
- Electro Strings
- Glitch Bitch
- Be Afraid
- Video Games
Legendary Manchester band Harveys Rabbit are now The Harveys and launch their debut single at The Peer Hat in Manchester on Friday 20th September. They are joined by German Shepherd recording artists Matthew Hopkins and another legendary Manchester band Dislocation Dance. Details below….
The new single will be available in digital and CD format – CDs are limited to 75 copies and will be available from the German Shepherd Bandcamp Page.
9th August sees two new digital only releases both from Manchester Pop Anarchists Crab Dance GI’s
Best Crab collects their recordings to date from various compilation appearances and singles which we are redistributing to major digital download sites
Trash Talk/The Latest Record is a brand new single
Crab Dance GIs features ex Hidden Gem Members Danny Cusick, Craig Bodell , and Paul Smith – they are based in Manchester/Salford UK
Expect pop smarts with dry humour and strong melodies …. this is Manchester Pop Royalty!
A Mixcloud Direct radio show compiled by Danny Cusick, featuring his favourite music and Crab Dance GIs songs, will also be available to subscribers during the release week. Subscription is only £2.99 a month
FACEBOOK LINK – https://www.facebook.com/crabdancemusic/
FORTHCOMING GIG HIGHLIGHTS
- We have a showcase at ex-Fall man Ed Blaney’s new Manchester bar/venue Yerrr on August 10th with a stellar line up of Four Candles, Adventures of Salvador, Elastikbande and The Ombudsmen. Keltrix will be playing The Green Man in Granchester on the same night.
- Black Limousine’s next gig and single launch will be on 16th August with Bobbie Peru also playing. This will be Bobbie Peru’s last gig before they transform into new band E-Fits
other future gigs to check out
- Umbrella Assassins – 24 Aug 2019 – Rugfest Haverhill
- Toska Wilde – 25 Aug 2019 – The Centre, Margate CT9, UK
- Adventures of Salvador, Weimar and Pearl Divers – 26 Aug 2019 – Glaston Bury, Bury (venues to be confirmed)
- Dominic Carlton Jones – 29 Aug 2019 -The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK
- The Mind Sweepers – 31 Aug 2019 – Queen of the South Bar, 8-10 Nith Pl, Dumfries DG1 2PN, UK
- The Harveys and Matthew Hopkins, with Manc legends Dislocation Dance – 20 Sep 2019 – The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK
- Umbrella Assassins – 5 Oct 2019 – The Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7AN, UK
Due to sterling video work by Paul Forshaw we have all three sets from the Adventures of Salvador album launch at the Castle Hotel on Friday 28th June 2019.
The Masters of Urban-Punk-Surf-Rock are back with their second album “Welcome To Our Village” …… Adventures of Salvador will be launching the album on June 28th at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester, with special guests Electric Cheese and Umbrella Assassins. As a special offer we are offering tickets with exclusive early access to two tracks from the digital version of the album and the complete album on its release on 21st June.
Demand for tickets is bound to be high so get in early via this link
You will be sent an e-ticket and two exclusive download codes for two great numbers from the album. On June 21st you will be sent an exclusive download code for the whole album.
With three of the most powerful and punky bands on our label we reckon it’s going to be a hell of a night. Here’s a taster of what to expect at the gig :
Hello and welcome to the regular e-news from German Shepherd Records. This week we have the exciting details of the first single from Weimar plus gig news featuring our artists…..
Weimar debut single – John Doe/Curse The Songs
Weimar, a four-piece Art Rock band based in Manchester, release their debut single, the double A-side “John Doe/Curse the Songs” on Friday 1st February. Both songs have been produced and mixed by Simon ‘Ding’ Archer of The Fall, Pixies and PJ Harvey fame. The single will be released digitally by German Shepherd Records and physically by Weimar’s own label Marlene’s Hat. Its release will be accompanied by a special launch gig at The Eagle Inn, Salford, at 7.30pm on Friday 1st February with support from Sticky Pearls, Dominic Carlton Jones and Geneviève Walsh.
Weimar have played regular gigs on Manchester’s underground circuit since 2017 and have been included in Louder Than War’s 50 New Bands for 2019. Their music incorporates elements of Post-Punk, Indie and Experimental Rock together with touches of Cabaret, Chanson, Alt Folk and Dark Circus. Aesthetically and lyrically they take influence from historical and cultural sources, basing their image and outlook around the German Weimar Republic of the 1920s. Their songs are preoccupied with the seedier side of culture and the darker elements of humanity, and the need for cultural and artistic rebellion in the face of political oppression.
Following this single release, Weimar will be going into the studio in February to begin the recording of their debut album, and are currently planning further live shows throughout 2019.
Positive reaction to the release so far……
“The skill and uniqueness of Weimar… lies in their ability to express personal observation and tune into the undercurrents and untold stories of society, wielded through unabashed art pop which unfolds in layers, often linking to the past.
‘John Doe’ is a track which opens with beautiful plucked guitar, mood building with the slide of bass before those signature glistening guitar hooks come in – a feature of Weimar’s music I have come to love and crave. Weimar are a band which celebrate the storytelling capabilities of music, interweaving intelligent lyricism with resounding rhythms as we become acquainted with the character of ‘John Doe’.. the embodiment of a concept many of us know all-too-well. The track creates catchiness without the cliché, energetic builds and bursts of beat and guitar, topped with undulating vocals for a tale which enchants and evokes.
‘Curse The Songs’ is a stand-out track of lush atmospheric build and gripping vocals immersed in echo and emotion. A wholly refreshing change from the variety of songs out there which seek to parody high-profile individuals and fall short of the mark, ‘Curse The Songs’ is excellently executed, navigating a whole narrative and impactful instrumentation to deliver an intelligent kind of outcry against those musicians who seem to swing far to the right in their older age. Building in energy, bringing together bolstering bass with a deft jangle of guitars and glistening edges to the sound, when combined with Aidan Cross’ expressive delivery, this makes for a track you will want to listen to, time-over. A band clearly capable of creating intelligent upbeat with topical and artful depths.” Emily Oldfield, Louder Than War.
“You know when you get that chill up your back when you hear music that is genuinely different and exciting…..? The most important band to come out of Manchester since Magazine” – Aural Delights Blog
For the listener, the weight of anticipation can sometimes tip the balance of appreciation the wrong way, leaving he/she underwhelmed by what’s been presented after a long wait. Fortunately for this listener, that wasn’t the case with the debut single from Weimar which has just arrived fully a year after I was first told about the new venture by singer Aidan Cross. ‘John Doe’ has a great pounding bass line wrapped around scratchy guitar and a vocal with real presence. Better still, ‘Curse the Songs’ builds over four phases from a relatively quiet opening to a galloping second section, a thrilling third and an epic finale with a vocal that matches each passage with relish. Highly recommended.” – Dave Hammond, The Smelly Flowerpot on Cambridge 105 Radio
“An early contender for single of the year – brilliant stuff!” Stephen Doyle, Salford City Radio
Aidan Cross- vocals, rhythm guitar
Johann Kloos- lead guitar
John Armstrong- bass
Anthony Edwards- drums
NEW GIGS ANNOUNCED
The gig list for German Shepherd Artists for 2019 is already filling in with some key announcements recently made. The Mind Sweepers have announced two new dates in March, and Toska Wilde has a gig supporting TV Smith in April…..details below
- 23rd – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Rose and the Diamond Hand, Matthew Hopkins, Bang Up The Elephant and Four Candles
- 25th – The Mind Sweepers play the Big Burns Supper at The Hub, Dumfries
- 25th – Inferior Complex play The Alexandra, Southampton
- 30th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Springfield Elementary, Bobbie Peru, Mark Corrin and Four Candles
- 1st – Weimar launch their debut single at The Eagle, Salford with support from Dominic Carlton Jones
- 2nd – Electric Cheese play The Ferret, Preston
- 2nd – The Get play a Storehouse Fundraiser at The Railway, Southend on Sea
- 9th – Scissors play NCI Club Cambridge (Cambridge Central Aid charity fundraiser, Scissors headlining, other acts TBC)
- 15th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Bury Sound at Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
- 23rd – Electric Cheese and Four Candles play The Railway, Chorley
- 2nd – Four Candles, Johann Kloos and Rose Niland play the Peer Hat, Manchester, a benefit for Macmillan nurses as a memorial for Modal Roberts
- 2nd – Electric Cheese play The Village Inn, Skelmersdale
- 3rd – The Mind Sweepers play as part of a Charity Band Day at The Normandy, Dumfries
- 13th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play West Street Live Sheffield
- 16th – Bouquet of Dead Crows, The Scissors and Umbrella Assassins play The Smokehouse Ipswich.
- 16th – The Mind Sweepers play The Midnight Club, Bathgate
- 23rd – Electric Cheese play The Ferret, Preston
- 29th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Blue Moon Cambridge + Burning Codes, Basement Strippers & Matt Hammond
20th – Toska Wilde accompanied by Brucie Bitch is in fine company at The Venue, Southend
Here are the sets from Four Candles and Adventures of Salvador at Manchester Meltdown 2.2 on 9th January 2019.
Bouquet of Dead Crows bring in the New Year with a clutch of gigs just announced
-February 15th Hunter Club – Bar & Venue BurySOUND
-March 13th West Street Live Sheffield
-March 16th The Smokehouse Ipswich – Supporting Burning Codes + Kulk
-March 30th The Blue Moon Cambridge + Burning Codes, Basement Strippers & Matt Hammond
With many thanks to Paul Forshaw for sterling videography we are pleased to present the whole performance from Moff at The Peer Hat on 11th October 2018
The Mind Sweepers are back with a gig at The Riverside in Dumfries on November 17th.
Hello and welcome to our weekly newsletter….in this edition
- The Screaming Love Collective return with new album “Imola”
- Moff Skellington announces Manchester date
- Charlie Marshall UK tour dates finalised
- Mistletoe to release new three track
- Gig Guide
THE SCREAMING LOVE COLLECTIVE – IMOLA
The Screaming Love Collective return with their infectious “Psychedelic Punk Rock Groove Sensation” with the album “Imola” which comprises 13 tracks of dance orientated hypnotic grooves. Including former single “Laika/Cosmonaut No 1.” the album takes found sound/clips and mingles them with electronic explorations to create 42 minutes of prime aural entertainment. Led by the ever busy Bryn Thorburn the Collectives’ latest release is due on 7th September via Bandcamp, Spotify, I Tunes, Apple, Amazon and a wide selection of other digital download options. Lovers of dance oriented electronica will enjoy the wide open sound on this excellent collection.
MOFF IN MANCHESTER
Poet of the surreal, musician extraordinaire, and exceptional artist Moff Skellington returns to Manchester on Thursday October 11th for a mixed media show. Dubbed “An Evening with Moff Skellington” the show features one or two songs and a lantern show based upon Moff’s celebrated art pictures. The show will be held at The Peer Hat on Faraday Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester and commences at 7:30pm. The show is £3.50 and there will be no ticketing so pay on the door. We hope to see you there for what will be a fascinating evening.
CHARLIE MARSHALL DATES FINALISED
Longstanding German Shepherd watchers will know that for the last four years we have hosted visits from visiting Australian musicians – two visits by Dave Graney and Clare Moore (The Moodists, The Coral Snakes, MistLy), and one by Harry Howard and the NDE (Birthday Party, Crime and City Solution). This year it’s the turn of Charlie Marshall. Charlie is over for a short solo tour of the UK during September- here are the dates
15th The Cornerhouse, Cambridge with Scissors
21st The Peer Hat, Manchester with Four Candles and Poppycock
23rd Grayston Unity, Halifax
28th Betsy Trotwood, Clerkenwell, London with Doomed Bird of Paradise and Michael Plater
Charlie’s most recent album “Sublime” was rightly heralded a pop masterpiece with some exquisite melodies and thought provoking lyrics.
Charlie Marshall is an acclaimed singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia who has been an important part of the scene in that great music city since the 1980s. As a performer and songwriter, he comes from a similar place, and stands comparison, with better known Australian exports like Nick Cave, Ed Kuepper, Robert Forster, Dirty Three, Kim Salmon and Dave Graney.
Charlie has been the guitar-slinging backbone for many of Melbourne’s finest bands, starting with the legendary Harem Scarem who were a dynamite force in the key of punk blues, followed by the soulful intensity of The Body Electric whose stellar lineup included members of Dirty Three, Beasts of Bourbon and the Avalanches. Lately, he’s been backed by The Curious Minds featuring Clare Moore (Dave Graney ‘n the Coral Snakes), Bryan Colechin (Hugo Race True Spirit) and Tim Deane (Ron Peno & the Superstitions).
His songs are poetic, romantic meditations on life, love, philosophy and the universe, combining colourful chords with incisive lyrics and plenty of soul. In solo mode he’s a passionate, foot stomping, electric guitar slinging force, ranging from gentle, intimate moments to raging, beguiling intensity when in full flight. The latest album ‘Sublime’ is a unique blend of music, politics and science – try imagining Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys collaborating with the BBC’s rock star scientist Brian Cox. A new recording due out September 2018 promises lots of late 60s/early 70s soul-inspired grooves.
“My musical adventures have taken me on many paths since the 90’s but still some of my fondest musical memories are of playing with Charlie in The Body Electric and recording our first album, which I still regard as a great piece of work. A stone cold classic.” Warren Ellis, Paris, 2016
MISTLETOE RETURN WITH THREE TRACK EP
Ian Moss’s solo project “Mistletoe” returns with a new three track in EP. The September release will include collaborations with Loop-aznavour, The Boom Da Da Booms and Foghorn Leghorn. Watch this space for more details.
6th September – The Strays play Tap ‘N’ Tumbler, Nottingham
15th September – The Scissors and Charlie Marshall play The Cornerhouse, Cambridge
15th September – Mesmer Disciples play Music Lounge, Stockton on Tees
16th September – Mesmer Disciples play Museum Vaults Sunderland.
21st September – Four Candles, Poppycock and Charlie Marshall play The Peer Hat, Manchester
27th September – Inferior Complex play Ferndown RBL
27th September – Electric Cheese support Tom Hingley at Preston Guildhall
28th September – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
5th October – The Scissors are at Oxford Wheatsheaf (Klub Kakofanney).
5th October – Shaun Maxwell of Taser Puppets plays a solo acoustic set at Chorley Live
6th October – Toska Wilde plays Saks Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13 Showcase
6th October – Inferior Complex play Liberties, Southampton
11th October – An Evening with Moff Skellington at The Peer Hat, Manchester
14th October – Taser Puppets play TNT Punk Fest at The Peer Hat, Manchester
17th October – The Strays play West Street Live, Sheffield
19th October – Taser Puppets play Old Courts, Wigan
2nd November – German Shepherd Records Fundraiser at The Peer Hat, Manchester – with Drink and Drive, Taser Puppets, The Strays and Flea
22nd November – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
29th November – Four Candles play “Free Rock & Roll” at Sound, Duke Street, Liverpool
1st December – Toska Wilde plays Saks Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13 Showcase
8th December – Boz Hayward and Ketrix play The Peer Hat, Manchester
8th December – Poppycock support Vic Godard at Yes (The Basement) on Charles Street, Manchester with ASBO Derek – it’s next to the Lass O’ Gowrie.
22nd December – Drink and Drive play Strummercamp Fundraiser and Oldham Rugby Club
The new Four Candles album has been getting loads of praise and some very positive reviews. Spiritual Rapture was released as a CD on 22nd June via our Bandcamp Page and will also be released digitally as three separate two-track singles in June, July and August.
Lead track “Strange Things Are Happening” has a video which has had over a 1,000 streams and is now available on You Tube….
The bands gig at Manchester Meltdown on 23rd June, which was also the album launch was caught on video by Paul Forshaw….and reviewed by Emily Oldfield
The available stock CD is very low, although some copies have been held over for sale at gigs. Grab your CD now at our Bandcamp Page before they sell out.
The Strays have announced a lengthy list of gigs for the latter end of June and July. Taking in Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Chesterfield, Oldham, and Glossop the dynamic duo are also working on a new EP which will be available in a few months and are also planning a live album, the proceeds of which will be donated to charity, which we hope to release in July. Watch this space for details
With their first gig in a while Keltrix are back at The Portland Arms, Cambridge with a gig organised by Johnny Cabbage of Rebel Arts Radio. The date is March 9th and the other band on at the event is the excellent Beverley Kills (in a stripped back format for this gig) who were on Cambridge Calling Vol 2.
Our most popular release to date “This Is What Happens When A Fly Lands On Your Food” by Drink and Drive gets its long awaited launch at The Peer Hat, Faraday Street, Manchester on Wednesday 24th January.
Doors are at 8pm and the entry price is only £3 and the event is not ticketed. The launch is part of the Manchester Meltdown residency.
Also playing on the night are Four Candles, Bobbie Peru and Cynthia’s Periscope.
After last weeks packed show at the venue we are anticipating a big crowd so we recommend arriving on time to see all four bands. Four Candles will start the night at 8:15 prompt. Drink and Drive will be playing last and will be on stage around 10pm.
The new album has received multiple airplay around the UK and has proved to be our most popular release on Spotify. A sample of the band can be found in the video for the track “Adult Pig Suit”……
German Shepherd label co-owner Ian “Moet” Moss has pulled together a five week Wednesday night residency at The Peer Hat in Manchester during January 2018. Pulling together the best cutting edge bands in the Greater Manchester area, the line-up includes a selection of German Shepherd acts as well as other notable performers from the scene.
Starting at 8pm each night and only costing £3 to enter the festival of music is not only value for money but gives Manchester gig goers the chance to sample new and exciting independent music.
The bill is still being finalised but the listing below provides the already agreed slots on what looks to be an exciting event which hopefully will become embedded as a routine in the Manchester music calendar.
Notable is the long-awaited return of the much loved Monkeys In Love after maternity/paternity leave.
Mr Moss’s own band Four Candles will be the resident act for all five dates and will kick off the evening at 8:15pm sharp. Moet promises a surprise on the Candles set list on each night!
It will be pay on the door with no ticketing.
Watch this space for more details
Boz Hayward has released another video to compliment the Tennessee Ten album. The wonderfully quirky “My Little Bubble” is now available, shot in New York, City and state, the ‘lounge jazz’ track from the Tennessee Ten features Rick Burrows on trumpet, and is described as a diy lo-no-fi Bert Weill Productions video.
November 1st also sees a live performance of the whole of Tennessee Ten at The Eagle Inn, Salford. One Sided Horse and Misharlo support (details below).
After a few years off Positronik are back to live performances with a gig this September – details on on the poster below. Original members Jeff Black and John Montague are joined by vocalist Nathalie Haley who previously sang with Pearl Divers.
The annual Glaston-Bury extravaganza returns on August 28th, now in its tenth year this excellent event raises money for Bury Hospice and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, and our very own Four Candles and The Junta are playing as well!
Boz Hayward’s brand new album Tennessee Ten is now available for pre-order in advance of the official release date of July 7th.
In addition videos are available for the two preview tracks “Night of the Fireflies” and “The People Are Good”
Boz launches the album at South West Manchester Cricket Club on July 6th. It’s five minutes from the Chorlton Metrolink Stop. Musicians performing with Boz on the night will be Phil Robinson (guitarron bass), Virginia Harvey (backing vocals/keyboards), Mark Greer (slide guitar/keyboards), Rick Burrows (trumpet/melodica/keyboards), Clive Mellor (harmonica), Pat Clarke (harmonica) and Eddie Wastnidge (percussion) and the show starts at 9pm sharp. Facebook Event.
Saturday 14th October sees wandering Troubadour and live sensation JD Meatyard playing with The Mind Sweepers at the QOS Bar in Dumfries. It kicks off at 9pm and promises to be a great night of music.
We celebrate label co-owner Ian Moss’s 60th Birthday with a music filled gig at The Witchwood in Ashton-u-Lyne on June 25th, The show runs from 2pm and 8pm and features some of our own artists plus a selection of the best bands in the Greater Manchester area at the moment. It’s a free entry but we would encourage anyone attending to contribute £5 to cover expenses for the participating musicians.
On the line up
- Factory Acts
- Four Candles
- And a band that has had more retirements than Frank Sinatra but this is definitely the last ever gig – The Hamsters
Friends are welcome
Friends of the bands are welcome
Curious music lovers are welcome
All welcome !
Facebook Event Page
Must see Manchester band Four Candles make their Strummercamp debut at Manchester Rugby Club on Sunday 28th May as part of the three day festival.
Our good chum Mr Stephen Doyle, of Clifton, starts a new run of live promotions under his “Sonic Diary” banner with Poppycock and Kit B from the German Shepherd Kennel, and North Manchesters Y-Key Operators (who Monty out of Kit B and The Junta has guested with). It’s all going on at the excellent Fred’s Ale House in sunny Levenshulme on March 25th and will cost you £5…..8pm start
The Mind Sweepers keep up their busy gigging schedule with a gig at regular venue The Coach & Horses, Dumfries on 14th January….
We were pleased to make it possible for Dave Graney and the MistLy to play in Salford in the spring, and we are equally pleased to be able to do the same for fellow Melbournian Harry Howard this month.
With the first of only two dates in the UK Harry Howard and the NDE appear on 21st November 2016 at The Eagle Inn in Salford.
Harry Howard is an Australian musician who played, wrote and toured with The Birthday Party, Crime & the City Solution, and These Immortal Souls.
Harry now fronts his own band Harry Howard and the NDE . The band also includes Edwina Preston on keyboards and backing vocals, as well as Clare Moore on Drums and Dave Graney on bass. Unfortunately Dave and Clare cannot make this tour and their roles will be filled by Craig Williamson on drums and Chris Hughes on bass – both having served time as members of These Immortal Souls
Harry is embarking on this UK/European tour to support the release of the bands third album ‘Sleepless Girls’. He is only playing two dates in the UK and we are pleased to be able to host the opening gig and a unique chance to hear the band’s garage post punk sound in the intimate surroundings of The Eagle in Salford .
The band will play a Marc Riley Session on 6Music on Wednesday 23rd at Media City – Salford Quays before playing the Betsey Trotwood in London on 24th November, and then on to dates in Europe, before returning to Melbourne.
Poppycock are a musical collective led by Fall and Blue Orchids founder Una Baines, and are regular performers on the Manchester music scene. With an ever fluid line-up and an exceptional set of songs they are a must see band with in impressive vocal line-up.
Early Bird Tickets priced at £5 are available from the ticket link. These are E – Tickets so please bring a digital or paper copy on the night if you book in advance.
Pay on the door – £7
The new album from Harry Howard & The NDE and previous releases will be available for sale on the night.
This is a rare opportunity to see this band and tickets are limited to 80 so fans should book early to avoid disappointment.
Thursday 13th October sees Vic Godard back in Manchester supported by our very own Poppycock. Details below and here
Bouquet of Dead Crows first ‘full band’ gig of 2016 is happening at The Grapes, Cambridge on the 16th of September. This is likely to be teir only full band gig in Cambridge until the new year…so you should definitely attend! The band also play Salford Music Festival on September 30th.
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.
You can catch three of our bands at Dulcimer, Chorlton on July 9th….The Electric Cheese, West Coast Sick Line and Pearl Divers with DJ sets from those cuddly Monkeys in Love. A mere £5 to get in….
Ian Moss and Jon Rowlinson the vocalist and bass player from Hamsters have got together with Mark Taylor (Guitar) and Phil Peak (Drums) to form a new group called Four Candles.
Taking inspiration from Krautrock , post-punk and no wave the band are currently pulling together a set for their first gigs. One of those first appearances will be at The Eagle in Salford on 12th August as part of a German Shepherd Showcase with Bouquet of Dead Crows, Saint Lawrence Verge and Poppycock.
Here are some early rehearsal recordings from the band.
Sunday 15th May saw the much anticipated repeat of the Smoked Ears Will Not Grow Back at The Fenton in Leeds featuring Moff Skellington, Mr Mouse and Loop-aznavour. Many thanks to the Southend Contigent for making the journey north and also Doug from Flies On You for attending. A memorable evening with the world premiere of the long form Mr Mouse piece “The Mouse Engine”.
Catch Rose and the Diamond Hand at Fuel on Wilmslow Road Manchester next Thursday May 5th along with I Am Your Autopilot, Gwen Osmond and Fur …
“One of the Best Live Bands in Cambridge” says Cambridge Music Reviews and you can catch them at the following over the summer months:
Saturday 4 June – Strawberry Fayre, Cambridge
Saturday 2 July – Bar Hill Festival, Bar Hill, Cambridgeshire
Saturday 20 August – Knackfest – Karma Farm, Isleham Fen, Ely, Cambridgeshire
Pending that have a listen to their excellent second album
An excellent evening at Dulcimer Chorlton on 9th April 2016 curated by the inestimable Steve and Laura. Here are a few memories thanks to Mark Ridings.
We are pleased to announce the return of our label themed nights which will be held at Dulcimer in Chorlton.
On Saturday, April 9th we will be featuring:
- Aidan Cross
- Taser Puppets
- West Coast Sick Line
and on Saturday, May 14th will be featuring:
- Alana Bondi
- The Electric Cheese
- Kit B
- and one further act to be confirmed
We hope these will be the first of many nights to celebrate our label.
Stay tuned for more information
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s incendiary ‘Judas’ gig at Manchester Free Trade Hall – a gig that has has been hailed as one of the twenty most important moments in rock history, the electrifying night the young American poet clashed head on with the traditionalist die-hards of the folk scene.
Manchester District Music Archive is celebrating this outstanding event with a fundraising concert , to be held on Tuesday 17th May 2016 at a city centre venue which is still to be confirmed.
The evening will see Dylan’s set list from that night performed by a collection of Manchester’s finest musicians, each group or performer playing one song from the original 1966 concert.
We are pleased to confirm that Poppycock will be playing “Just Like A Woman” at the event.
You can catch The Electric Cheese at Mono, Chorlton on Friday 18th December 2015 alongside The Unassisted, Acid Haystack and The Shattered Villain, Gardenback, Dub Vampire.Draft Riot,Birds And The Beast,My Igloo, and, The Sonic Gypsy. Facebook Event
Our cuddly rodents will play Bar 101 in Bury on 31st August at 6:30pm as part of the Glaston-Bury Festival
Festival wristbands can bought at the Bury Met on Market Street for the ridiculously cheap price of £6
The venue is just around the corner from the Met on Silver Street and both are close to the Interchange and the Metrolink
Looking at the vast array of talent on offer across multiple venues this looks like a great day out for friends, family and pets