German Shepherd Newsletter 55

Another fun packed week for kennel followers out there….

FOUR CANDLES

30th August sees the release of a new single from Manchester post-punk trouble causers Four Candles. Recorded live by Big Clive the band deliver “Volcano Burning Blue” from the Nettle Rash album plus a brand new track “Loose Lips” – the release is FREE and is only available from the German Shepherd Records Bandcamp Page. German Shepherd Records Bandcamp subscribers will get the entire set (including the two single tracks) as part of their subscription package. This lively set includes a selection of songs from across the bands’ three releases to date including the memorable “Strange Things Are Happening” set closer where the audience joined the band on stage. Recorded at YERRRR bar in Manchester this is Four Candles at their best – Live and Loud!

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The recent Record Collector review of the bands latest album Nettle Rash by Mick Middles is rather fulsome in it’s praise although we should point out that the band are not from Salford.

Record Collector Review

If you have not grabbed it yet the Nettle Rash album is still available digitally and we have a limited number of CDs available also

The band play the alternative part of the Colne Blues Festival on Sunday August 25th

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THE HARVEYS

Formerly known as Harveys Rabbit the Peel favourites are back with a debut single under a new name The Harveys. “Skeleton Dance/Laugh At The Stars” pre-releases on September 3rd with the option to purchase a CD single of the release. The single releases proper on 13th September and is launched at The Peer Hat, Manchester on 20th September where the band are supported by Matthew Hopkins and Manchester legends Dislocation Dance. Often described as the English Go-Betweens the band have a unique melodic pop sound with elements of klezmer and other european folk oriented genres folding into the mix.

An up to date biography of the band can be found here.

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BLACK LIMOUSINE

Three piece Alternative Rockers Black Limousine release their debut single “Dressed In Black” on 6th September – with lots of media interest already generated we expect Rock and Metal stations to pick up on this excellent track. Lead by Four Candles guitarist Mark Taylor ably supported by bassist John Pew and drummer Damien Hughes (Peter Hook, Monaco, Hamsters) the band played a stunning headline set at The Peer Hat on 16th August launching the new single. They were supported by Sam and Tim from The Parish Church who delivered a great set which was also much appreciated by the lively crowd.

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FORTHCOMING RELEASES

Other than the above we have packed programme of releases in the Autumn/Winter with new material from

  • m.t. scott
  • Ember Rev
  • sycloner
  • Moff Skellington
  • Elastikbande
  • Ian and Keith Moss
  • Angry!
  • The Parasite
  • The Parish Church Fire
  • Bouquet of Dead Crows
  • The Get
  • The Harveys
  • Auster Boys
  • Weimar

We are also aiming to release the fourth in our series of Cambridge Calling compilations curated by the inestimable Dave Hammond.

WEBSITE MAKEOVER

Our website has had a refresh with a new layout….as you can see on the left hand side of the page a wealth of information about what we do and the bands/artists on the label, in the middle the latest news, and on the right our forthcoming release and gig schedule. Please remember to check the schedule regularly for new events.

CHEESE!

And taking of events we are pleased to announce the launch of a new (and first) book by label co-owner Ian Moss. October 23rd at The Peer Hat (we’re never out of the place) sees a fun-packed mixed media event to support the release. Here is the bill of fayre….bring your own cheese!

  • Ian has his book Cheese ( 100 unhip albums to love) published by Empire publishers in October to mark the event you are invited to this evening
    • 7-30 -8-30 Disco , Ian will spin discs from his collection released between 1970 and 1980 , the sounds that warped his mind and formulated his taste
    • 8-30 -9-00 Nick Alexander will interpret songs discussed in the book in his own inimitable style , this is seriously not to be missed
    • 9-00 – 9-30 – Poet, Journalist and erudite speaker Emily Oldfield will join in conversation with the author about his aims , motivation and passion ,
    • 9-30 10-00 Books available to be signed etc
    • 10-00 – 11-00  more Disco

 

 

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German Shepherd Newsletter 54

Lots of news to share with you this time around

IAN AND NEIL MOSS

The Moss Brothers have a new single out on August 23rd called The Perfect Spy, the fourth in a series of new releases, with a least one more planned for this year. Ian is the lead singer in Four Candles and Unseasonal Beasts and Neil of course is famed for his involvement in The Frantic Elevators. The latest offering is in a similar vein to the last few singles with the younger brother delivering his usual stream of consciousness lyrics over Neil’s angular and complex musical bed. This is unique music which defies comparison.

NO DRUMS!

Fuel Cafe Bar in south Manchester features a drummerless line-up on September 28th with the full live debut of Moet & Ding’s Unseasonal Beasts, ably supported by The Ombudsmen, Vice Vera (the new solo project of TamsinA of Liines) and Rickerly. It’s only £4 and it should be a good night in a very compact and groovy venue.

YERRRR!!!!

Talking of The Ombudmen we had a great time at Ed Blaney’s YERRRR Bar in Manchester last Saturday night with great performances by the aforementioned trio, Elastikbande, Adventures of Salvador and Four Candles. Videos of two of those bands are now available  with a Four Candles show reel in production at the moment. Many thanks to Ed for providing an excellent performance space for the city

The Ombudsmen – Sputum

Elastikbande – Vacuum Cleaner

GET YR SWEAT ON!

Umbrella Assassins have released a new video for the latest single “Sweat It Out” it features The Dodo Freaks (we’re not sure who they are but we are going with the flow). The band are playing two acoustic sets at this years Oxjam in Cambridge as well as Haverhill Rugfest (see listings below)

MY SHADOW WALKED AWAY

In anticipation of the release of a brand new EP on September 27th called “In And Of Itself” sycloner have released a video of a great track from their Lost and Found EP.

NEW KIT B LINE-UP

Following from the recent release of a compilation of Singles and Obscure B Sides we are pleased to let you know that KIT B have a new line-up. Mainstays Danny Cusick (Guitar, Vocals) and John Montague (Bass) are joined by new recruits Martin Botham on drums and Mark Hayward on guitar. The long awaited return to the live stage happens on October 5th when they support Blackpool post-punk legends Vee VV at Dulcimer in Manchester.

DID YOU MISS A RELEASE?

If you did not catch some of our recent releases here is a handy list check out our Bandcamp Page!

  • Adventures of Salvador – Welcome To Our Village (Album)  Digital, CD and Vinyl
  • Auster Boys – Reversing Into The Holocene (EP)  Digital
  • The Screaming Love Collective – Do What You Love (Album)  Digital
  • Four Candles – Nettle Rash (Album)  CD and Digital (Limited Stock Left in the Bandcamp Store)
  • Crab Dance GIs – The Latest Record (Single) Best Crabs (EP)  Digital
  • KIT B – Singles and Obscure B Sides (Album) Digital – Spotify, Apple, Google etc not on Bandcamp
  • Mark Corrin – Pub Bin (Album) Digital

GIGS

All our forthcoming gigs are now listed in a handy guide on the right hand side of this page but here’s a handy list of our August activities

  • Angry 15 Aug 2019 Essex Arms, 10 Warley Hill, Warley, Brentwood CM14 5HA, UK
  • Dominic Carlton Jones on Chris Perry’s In The Spotlight Show on Salford City Radio 15 Aug 2019
  • Keltrix 16 Aug 2019 The Green Man, 59 High St, Grantchester, Cambridge CB3 9NF, UK
  • RELEASES – ANGRY! : NOT OK 16 Aug 2019
  • Black Limousine and Bobbie Peru 16 Aug 2019 The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK
  • RELEASES – Ian and Neil Moss “The Perfect Spy”
  • Umbrella Assassins play Rugfest and Oxjam Cambridge 24 Aug 2019 Haverhill Rugby Football Club, School Ln, Haverhill CB9 9DE, UK
  • Umbrella Assassins play acoustic set at Rugfest 25 Aug 2019 Haverhill Rugby Football Club, School Ln, Haverhill CB9 9DE, UK
  • End of the Week Show on Sheppey FN features Toska Wilde and Brucie Bitch 25 Aug 2019 Sheppey FM, Sheppey Community Media Centre, Sheerness ME12 1HH, UK
    Toska Wilde 25 Aug 2019 The Centre, Margate CT9, UK
  • Weimar at Glaston-Bury (3:20pm) 26 Aug 2019 Venue Bar & Club, Silver Street, Bury BL9 0DH – Adventures of Salvador,and Pearl Divers also playing
  • 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
  • Mark Corrin at Alt Night 31 Aug 2019 The Whip & Kitten, 8 – 12 Burnley Rd, Rawtenstall, Rossendale BB4 8EW, UK

German Shepherd Newsletter 53 – Crab Dance GIs and Gigs!

NEW RELEASES

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

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Trash Talk/The Latest Record is a brand new single

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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

German Shepherd Newsletter 52 – Auster Boys, Inferior Complex and KIT B

Welcome to our weekly news which this time lets you know about our three August 2nd releases.

Auster Boys –  Reversing Into The Holoscene

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The masters of psychogeography and the art of the flâneur are back with a three track EP “”Reversing Into the Holocene”. The title track is a stinging attack on the regressive policies of the Tory government and the other main track “Autopsychogeography” applies metafictional processes to journeys across Greater Manchester and the villages of West Northamptonshire blurring locations and times. The set is completed by a dub version of the title track. In a unique approach to the melding of spoken word and electronica the Austers celebrate their sporting, literary and musical heroes.
Austers on Facebook – @austerboys

Inferior Complex I Dream (Remix)

Southampton trio Inferior Complex return with a stunning remix of the track “I Dream” from their debut album.
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Raymond Missons – bass guitar and vocals
Andrew Missons – Arp omni 2 and guitar
Paul Jenman – drums

Additional production and arrangement in this instance was by Alex Bradley.

I Dream was originally recorded at Sound on Sound Southampton March 2017 an included in the “In My Life” album

The band have series of gigs coming up – see our gig list below
You can find them on Facebook at @arp2011
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Kit B Singles and Obscure B-Sides

With a new line-up in rehearsal we thought it would be a good idea to collect everything that we had released by KIT B to date in a tidy little package. Exclusively available on digital sites only this twelve track collection includes singles, ep tracks and compilation tracks showcasing some of the finest alternative popular music in Manchester. Core members Danny Cusick (The Hidden Gem, Crab Dance GIs) and John Montague (The Junta, Positronik) are joined by a wide variety of excellent musicians including Night Operations Mike Powell to create stunning tunes with memorable hooks and melodies.
You can find them on Facebook – @kitbband
KIT B Compilation

AOS HIT HMV

The Bury branch of HMV is now stocking Vinyl and CD versions of Adventures of Salvador’s “Welcome To Our Village” under their “Local Artist” promotion.
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FORTHCOMING GIGS

Why not catch one of our bands live……details below
July

  • 27th – Umbrella Assassins and Bouquet of Dead Crows play Pimjam festival at the Rose and Crown, Haverhill
  • 28th – Monkeys In Love celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at The Klondyke Club, Levenshulme, Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande also play – afternoon show between 1pm and 5pm
  • 28th – Angry! play Friend Festival, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 5LI
  • 31st – The Junta, and Jed play The Peer Hat

August

  • 3rd – Adventures of Salvador play Movers & SHAKERS Festival at The Longfield Suite Prestwich to support Forever Bury and Help Save Bury Football Club.
  • 9th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
  • 9th – Toska Wilde plays Margate Pride Rock at Elsewhere, 21-22 The Centre, Margate
  • 10th – The Ombudsmen, Four Candles, Adventures of Salvador and Mark Corrin play Yerrr Bar, Manchester
  • 16th – Keltrix play The Green Man, Granchester
  • 24th – Umbrella Assassins play Rugfest, Haverhill
  • 25th – Toska Wilde and Brucie feature on the End of the Week Show in Sheppey FM before nipping around the coast to play at It Came From The Sea II at The Centre, Margate
  • 26th – Adventures of Salvador, Weimar and Pearl Divers play Glaston-Bury, Bury – venues and times to follow
  • 29th – Dominic Carlton Jones plays The Peer Hat, Manchester
  • 31st – The Mind Sweepers play Queen of the South Bar, Dumfries
  • 31st – Mark Corrin plays Alt Night at The Whip and Kitten, Rawtenstall

September

  • 7th – Inferior Complex play Railway Hotel, Yeovil
  • 13th – Inferior Complex play The White Swan, Aylesbury
  • 20th – The Harveys and Matthew Hopkins play The Peer Hat, Manchester
  • 20th – Weimar play The Boulevard, Wigan
  • 28th – Inferior Complex play The Victoria Gate, Taunton

October

  • 12th – Scissors play The Six Bells, Cambridge
  • 19th – The Junta plays at Hymns for Robots at the Golden Lion, Lancaster
  • 19th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Smokehouse, Ipswich. FREE ENTRY
  • 25th – The Parish Church Fire, Bouquet of Dead Crows, and Mark Corrin at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester
  • 26th  – Toska Wilde plays CULT 13 – Underground Alternative Night at The Venue Southend.
  • 26th – Poppycock play the Castle Hotel, Manchester

November

  • 1st – Dominic Carlton-Jones plays Foundations Festival at Peer Hat/AATMA, Manchester
  • 1st – Bouquet of Dead Crows and The Parish Church Fire play The Blue Moon, Cambridge
  • 2nd – Weimar play Foundations Festival at Peer Hat/AATMA, Manchester
  • 14th – The Harveys and Four Candles play The Castle, Manchester
  •  30th – Adventures of Salvador and Weimar play The Globe, Glossop

December

  • 14th – The Harveys play The Peer Hat, Manchester with the legendary TV Smith

2020
February

  • 1st – The Junta will be supporting TRUE ORDER at Sunbird Records, Darwin
  • 1st – The Harveys support The Monochrome Set at Jimmy’s Liverpool

German Shepherd Newsletter 51 – Ember Rev and Ian & Neil Moss

Hello and welcome to our regular newsletter featuring:

Next weeks releases on July 26th

– Wider distribution for Ember Rev’s “Premonition and Ruin” EP
– A New Single from Ian and Neil Moss

Available now….

– Two new Mixcloud Direct Radio Shows from Bryn from The Screaming Love Collective and Mark & Richard from Lizard Brain

EMBER REV

Ember Rev came together early 2016 to play the nervous & neurotic accordian-driven tunes of Cambridge singer-songwriter Dan Ecclestone. Initially ploughing a folk-rock furrow, debut album “…it was all fields around here” was all ukuleles and autoharps. 2018’s critically acclaimed Premonition & Ruin shifted the sound up several gears and the complex asymmetrical rhythms heard in their current set are pushing the band in a darker direction.

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The band joined German Shepherd in June 2019 for a wider distribution of Premonition and Ruin and the aim to release a full album later in the year.

The highly regarded EP is packed with stunning song craft and memorable lyrics.

‘absolutely blown away…stunning…. pure ingenious Art Rock passion, which is riddled with so much complexity it should be any self-respecting audiophile’s absolute dream’.
(A&R Factory)
‘Powerful…a disruptive, edgy opus’
(Cambridge Music Reviews)

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Bandcamp Version of the EP

IAN AND NEIL MOSS

The Moss Brothers return with the third of a new run of singles “Fall Out Of Love With Me” – with trademark angular rhythms and instrumentation and unique lyrics Ian and Neil turn the usual perception of a long song on it’s head. With a further single already in the bag and more planned it has been a busy time for the brothers.

MIXCLOUD DIRECT

Our new subscription service on Mixcloud Direct continues with two brand new hour length podcasts the first from Bryn Thornburn of The Screaming Love Collective, and the second from Richard & Mark from Lizard Brain, Featuring music from both artists and a selection of their own musical choices this is an excellent opportunity to listen to the influences behind two of our bands. Subscription is £2.99 a month from HERE

JULY GIGS

Gigs featuring our artists for the rest of July….

  • 18th
  • 19th –
    • The Scissors and Adventures of Salvador with Moonstrips  at Blue Moon Cambridge
  • 20th –
    • Keltrix play Whoosh Festival, The Missing Sock, Sto-Cum-Quy
    • Adventures of Salvador with Umbrella Assassins and The Get play Dublin Castle, London
  • 27th –
    • Umbrella Assassins and Bouquet of Dead Crows play Pimjam festival at the Rose and Crown, Haverhill
  • 28th –
    • Monkeys In Love celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at The Klondyke Club, Levenshulme, Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande also play – afternoon show between 1pm and 5pm
    • Angry! play Friend Festival, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 5LI
  • 31st –
    • The Junta plays The Peer Hat