Introducing PrunX

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

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

 

Stereopod  are a Scottish instrumental studio based duo who grew up together,
loathing mediocrity. They are inspired by a love of guitars and synths,
and the focus of melody in music.Influences primarily include
Mogwai,  John Carpenter,  Boards of Canada,  Alessandro Cortini, James
Holden, and Vessels to name a few.  Ideally thier music is aimed at
perhaps capturing the attention of film makers, its sound tracky and
that was our plan when they began, hence the name of the album “Cinematopoeia”.

The album will be released later in 2016. Here’s a taster

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Introducing Four Candles

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.

Welcome to The Mind Sweepers

We are pleased to announce we will be working with Dumfries based band The Mind Sweepers. Describing themselves as “Genre Defying” the band comprises Paul Winter (vocals/rhythm guitar/lyrics) John Mcinally (Lead Guitar) Jack Trainer (bass/harmonica) Gareth Mcintyre (keyboards/piano, bass), and,  Bryn Thorburn (drums/percussion/photography).

Here’s a taster of what to expect:

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Introducing The Scissors

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Once again Cambridge provides us with a band that we are very pleased to be associated with. The Scissors deliver swirling Hammond organ fuelled psychpop with horrorshow freakbeat guitars and new wave post punk synergy. Read more about them on our artists page.

We will be releasing their excellent second album “Haunted Mirror” soon. Pending that have a listen to their excellent debut album “Daylight Cinema” which has recently been re-released with a new master.

Kit B join German Shepherd

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.

Check out their website.

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Mike, Danny and Monty

 

Upping our Chorley Contingent

We are pleased to announce that we will be releasing Chorley based band  Taser Puppets forthcoming EP “Fossil” in the New Year. Recorded at 6dB Studios in Salford with Simon “Ding” Archer the new four track is currently being mixed.

This is our second band from Chorley on the label and there is a link as Jason from The Electric Cheese was formerly a member of the Tasers.

Formed in 2008, Taser Puppets are a big four-piece ball of loveliness, noise, melody and contradictions. Vocal driven music laced with dark humour like a evil ‘Treat’ or ‘Minstrel’, depending which chocolate generation you come from.

The EPs Twisted Pop and Fuzzy Felt can be found in the British Library Sound and Moving Image Catalogue.

Having played most of the North’s top venues supporting the likes of The Primitives, Yeah Yeah No’s, Bez (Happy Mondays), Interrobang (Chumbawamba) and Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets) to name just a few, more high profile gigs are on the way.

With regular national and international radio airplay, plus slots booked at various festivals, 2016 is looking good for the band.

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Mark, Terry, Shaun and Bob of the Taser Puppets

Introducing The Sideshow

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The Sideshow are forging a formidable reputation as one of the most dynamic and engaging bands in the UK

Whether playing at a packed Albert Hall or an intimate venue in their native Cambridgeshire, The Sideshow deliver their catchy, heartfelt, and sometimes geeky songs with sincerity and humour.

In the last year they have shared the stage with artists as diverse as Feeder frontman Grant Nicholas, and UK rock favourites The Subways.

Whilst The Sideshow’s music shares some sonic territory with Weezer, Ryan Adams, Oasis and Ben Kweller, their disarming blend of naïve charm and acerbic wit – and keen ear for a killer hook – always provide something fresh and exciting.

Frontman Mark is a multi-instrumentalist who enjoyed turbulent success early in his career as drummer of Hamfatter, including a top 3 hit on the UK indie chart, British and European tours and several national TV and radio appearances. The Sideshow is indeed his brain child writing and recording all the songs before deciding to form the band for real.

New single “How It Goes” is set to put The Sideshow on the map, it has been described as a “thumping, rolling song from a fiercely true rock and roll band” by Steven Loftin at gigsoup.com. From the first beat to the last your ear will be hooked as the song constantly crescendo’s.

The band are in the midst of recording new material and look to be bringing a compelling rock album to the table in 2016.

You can hear “How It Goes” on Bob’s Aural Delights Podcast 152 

Watch out for release news early in the new year.