Happy Moff Day

To brighten your day and lighten the load here is some new, and not so new, music from the mysterious world of Abstercot. Moff has three other new albums due in June and a further one later in the year.

Releases are available from Bandcamp, Spotify, I Tunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon and all the rest…..

Firstly a brand new EP “Throat Mender”……

…and then the wider release of Moff’s 2010 album “Gliding Through Stone”….

Stay tuned for more Moff news…..

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The English Disease – A Virtual Gig

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!

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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 ?

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Cravats Gig Cancelled – Ticket Refund for Manchester Gig

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 prestwichennui@gmail.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

 

 

News -Debut album from Jed, Reissues and Gig News

Hello

Here is the usual weekly news update from the kennel.

JED DEBUT ALBUM

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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

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REISSUES

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
  • Fetch
  • 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.

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From Night Operations

A new Night Operations single is coming on May 8th

From Keltrix

 

GIGS

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.

 

 

The Curse of Friday the 13th

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.

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More Moff and Great Gigs!

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

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.

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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.

Gliding Through Stone Cover 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.

GIGS

Weimar for Website
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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.

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New music from The Parasite and a Bouquet of Dead Crows Subscriber Special plus Gigs In March…..

THE PARASITE

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.

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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 …..

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MARCH GIGS

We have a busy month ahead for gigs

Poppycock
8 Mar 2020 – The Spinning Top 20 Wellington Road South, SK4 1AA Stockport

Weimar
13 Mar 2020 – Railway Inn (Didsbury), 3 Lapwing Ln, Manchester M20 2NT, UK

Inferior Complex
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

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Debut release from La Capsula announced

La Capsula is a two piece psychedelic folk duo from Manchester and Rome, comprising Mark Corrin (bass, vocals) and Luisa Maraffino (guitar, vocals). Their debut is called “Time Capsule”.

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Previous projects from members of the line up have been played on the BBC 1 John Peel Show, 6 Music and Nick Luscombe’s Late Junction on Radio 3.

These initial 4 songs are musically both lush and lo-fi, mellow and melodic, recorded on location in Italy and at home in Manchester with intimate one take only vocals inspired by nature walks and escape from the everyday.

Some subtle inspirations for the project could include John Martyn, Talk Talk, Julian Cope, Kevin Ayers, Arab Strap, Bonny Prince Billy and Songs Ohia.

Mark and Luisa are also members of Elastikbande and Mark has his own solo project.


The debut EP releases 6th March 2020 in digital and CD format. 

A new EP from Elastikbande and a new solo album from Mark Corrin are due later in the year.

Luisa is having a short break pending some treatment to her wrist and Elastikbande’s line-up is under review. Pending that Mark will be performing a series of solo shows in the near future starting at the Whip and Kitten in Rawtenstall on 28th February.

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Auster Boys Celebrate new album with a podcast of music they love

To celebrate the release of the new Auster Boys album “Lost In The Former East” Bob Auster South had a good idea, why not highlight some of the music that both the Auster Boys admire in a podcast? There is a lot of common ground musically between the two members of the band but it is great Australian Songs that have remained constant in both of their listening and music collections. There is some excellent music here, much of it may be unfamiliar. We hope it inspires and encourages further listening to the following marvellous artists….

The Apartments, Dave Graney, Clare Moore, The Coral Snakes, The Saints, Laughing Clown, Mark and Rob Snarski, Jackson Code, The Triffids, The Blackeyed Susans, Chad’s Tree, The Go-Betweens and The Neary Brothers all deliver great songs!

Tracks from the actual Auster release will be featured on Bob O’s Aural Delights Show #377

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Our Seventh Birthday

We started all this in a mill in Stockport in 2014 – as we enter our seventh year we celebrate by releasing something by the two co-owners of the label. It’s free but if you want to give us some money it will help us keep the label running. Subscribers get a copy automatically!

Many thanks to everyone who has supported the label since we started especially DJs, Bloggers and Journalists who have featured what we do. Also thanks to the venues who have allowed us to share our music/artists on a live stage. Special thanks to all the artists who contribute to the label – we couldn’t do it without you!

We’ve a lot more new music coming your way so stay tuned!

SM HTB

 

 

 

 

28th February releases and re-releases

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

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MOFF SKELLINGTON

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

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Photo credit : http://www.annielovettphotography.com

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.

FILED FANGS

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

Gigs for the remainder of February and March

Umbrella Assassins
21 Feb 2020
Haverhill Art Centre, High St, Haverhill CB9 8AR, UK

Electric Cheese
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

Elastikbande
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

Poppycock
8 Mar 2020
The Spinning Top 20 Wellington Road South, SK4 1AA Stockport

Inferior Complex
13 Mar 2020
HOLROYD ARMS, 36 Aldershot Rd, Guildford GU2 8AF, UK

Weimar
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

Inferior Complex
14 Mar 2020
The Acoustic Couch, 11 Market St, Bracknell RG12 1JG, UK

Inferior Complex
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

Introducing The English Disease

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.

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Latest news – Inferior Complex and Filed Fangs, plus more

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.

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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.
Hypnotic.
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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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What’s Coming In February?

This time around we are looking forward to what’s happening during February with German Shepherd Records…..

FEBRUARY RELEASES

7th -Positronik  – Work

We kick off the month with a new four track EP from Manchester soul-pop trio Positronik. With songs from both instrumentalist  Jeff “Captain” Black and singer Nathalie Haley there’s a certainly a lot of variety in the mix. Kicking off with Jeff Black’s Aretha inspired soul stomper, and EP lead track, W-O-R-K the stage is set for a set of dance floor classics. Nathalie’s dream-pop epic “Good So Bad” follows changing the mood, and next the soulful “Easy Money” again shifts gears highlighting her strong vocals. The set is completed with the hyper active  pop drenched “When You Call Me ‘Sweetheart'”.

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14th –  Inferior Complex  – Live on Sheppey FM

The ever busy Inferior Complex bring their post-punk sounds to the fore again with a live radio session album recorded live with Phil Crowder at Sheppey FM on his End of the Week show. This great collection reveals the trio’s great live sound. More information on this release next week. The band have a new single ready for release in May.

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21st  – Auster Boys – Lost In The Former East

The Austers are back with a new album of music from a flâneur perspective which this time focuses on a trip to Berlin and three jazz concerts in London. Iain Sinclair’s “The Last London” provides a literary back-drop to a psycho-geographical journey which slips between dreams and waking and where time  and meaning/intent are blurred.

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28th – Moff Skellington The Pukes of a Hot Cloister

We begin the monumental task of redistributing the bulk of Moff Skellington’s back catalogue this month. Moff will be providing brand new cover art for some editions. We begin with the memorable “Pukes of a Hot Cloister” a large portion of which was originally launched as a session of Bob’s Reformation Show on Salford City Radio some years back. New material from Moff is due in a few months time.

28th –  Crab Dance GIs – I’m Sorry(But You’ve Got To Go) / Cover Aversion

Manchester pop terrorists Crab Dance GIs return with a brand new single. Featuring KIT Bs Danny Cusick and former Hidden Gem Band Mates Craig Bodell and Paul Smith. This is their third single with us
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28th –  The Scissors –  Look Good In Cheap Clothes, and  Smokehouse and Mirrors

We redistribute the last two releases from Cambridge freakbeat/punkpop/new wave quartet – they return to Spotify/Apple/Google/Amazon etc

28th – Filed Fangs – Calcify (pre-released 14th)

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.
Hypnotic.
Epic and enigmatic.

When everything else these days sounds like somebody else’s stuff  (recycled post punk brit pop black blah blah) this sounds unique, special. compelling. Something to get your teeth into?

A preview….

FEBRUARY GIGS

A busy month ahead ……

  • 1st –
    • The Harveys – Jimmy’s, Liverpool L7 6HE, UK
    • The Mind Sweepers – Big Burns Supper, Eskdale House, Crichton Business Park, Dumfries DG1 4UQ, UK
  • 2nd
    • Bouquet of Dead Crows – The Fiddler’s Elbow – Music Venue, 1 Malden Rd, Belsize Park, London NW5 3HS, UK
  • 7th
    • Inferior Complex – The Alexandra, 6 Bellevue Rd, Southampton SO15 2AY, UK
  • 8th
    • Four Candles & The Ombudsmen – Fuel Cafe Bar, 448 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M20 3BW, UK
    • Weimar – Hoylake Social Club, 11 Trinity Rd, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 2BR, UK
  • 15th
    • The Mind Sweepers – The Vaults Arts Centre, Newton Stewart
  • 21st
    • Umbrella Assassins – Bury Sound, Bury St Edmonds
  • 28th
    • Elastikbande – The Whip & Kitten, 8, 12 Burnley Rd, Rawtenstall, Rossendale BB4 8EW, UK
  • 29th
    • Bouquet of Dead Crows – The Blue Moon, 2 Norfolk St, Cambridge CB1 2LF, UK
    • The Junta with Section 25 Industrial Unit – Aatma, 1st Floor, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK

Next up – new single from Inferior Complex! – and other news

31st January sees the release of a brand new single from Inferior Complex called “Dome” plus the re-release Drink and Drive’s “This Is What Happens When A Fly Lands On Your Food” album. There’s also the return of The Harveys to the live stage in Liverpool.

INFERIOR COMPLEX

Led by brothers Andrew and Ray Missons, Inferior Complex was originally formed in 1979 .  Andrew plays guitar and keyboards and Ray plays bass and is the vocalist. Original drummer Jimmy Faye left the band late 1980 but the band continued with another drummer and later on with a drum machine until the band split in 1983.

The brothers then  played in various other bands together until they reformed the group in January 2011 using an online drum machine.  In 2015 they added Paul Jenman on drums to complete the current line up.

Their influences are  early Factory Records bands including  Section 25,  A Certain Ratio, The Wake, Joy Division and New Order.

They self released their album “In Your Life” in June 2017 on Bandcamp and hooked up with German Shepherd in July 2017 for wider distribution.  A series of singles and EPs followed.

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new single called “Dome”. An instrumental, this epic track brings a cinematic feel to the bands trademark post punk sound.

Here’s a version of the release captured live at The Joiners in Southampton

A radio session by the band at Sheppey FM on Phil Crowder’s End of the Week Show will be released in a few weeks, and recordings with fellow German Shepherd artist Dominic Carlton Jones are planned for later in the year.

As usual the trio are gigging regularly with the following dates already in the diary….

  • 1 Feb 2020 – The Red Lion, 44 Fore St, St Columb Major, Saint Columb TR9 6AL, UK
  • 7 Feb 2020 – The Alexandra, 6 Bellevue Rd, Southampton SO15 2AY, UK
  • 13 Mar 2020 – HOLROYD ARMS, 36 Aldershot Rd, Guildford GU2 8AF, UK
  • 29 Mar 2020 – The Smokehouse, South Street Studios 6 South Street, Ipswich IP1 3NU, UK
  • 10 Apr 2020 – with  Bouquet of Dead Crows,  and The Get  – The Hobbit, 134 Bevois Valley Rd, Southampton SO14 0JZ, UK

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DRINK AND DRIVE

We are pleased to announce the availability of Drink and Drive’s stunning album “This Is What Happens When A Fly Lands On Your Food”. Due to technical/administrative issues the album has not been available on digital sites for the last few months but now it is back and can be streamed from January 31st onwards.

THE HARVEYS PLAY LIVERPOOL

The Harveys are back on stage with the first gig of the year at Jimmy’s , Liverpool on February 1st, they are supporting The Monochrome Set. Liverpool based DJs and Bloggers are invited to contact the band for pre-gig promo opportunities. Drop us a line at German Shepherd Records we will hook you up with the band.

Easter Saturday Meltdown

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.

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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.

 

New album from Issac Navaro and an Easter Meltdown

ISSAC NAVARO

January 24th sees the release of the new album from Issac Navaro.

Entitled “Nijua” it is the follow up to 2019’s “Outer Rings” and the sixth release with German Shepherd from this artist.

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Issac Navaro provides a potent mix of ambient, electronic music with nods towards post-rock. Science Fiction, space travel, football, and the moon, are key themes in this release with tracks referencing the moon landings,  Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke and legendary dutch footballer Arie Haan all part of a 15 track collection. Trademark Navaro themes are in play, piano melodies set against a lush backdrop of layered synths. As a bit of a twist this time around though there’s a vocal track with nods towards blue eyed soul as part of this release.

Work is underway to re-release, via the major digital outlets, the previous material by this artist – pending that all releases are available from our Bandcamp page….and are linked on the artist page on our website.

Issac Navaro was originally part of The Screaming Love Collective and also the duo Stereopod with Mark Taylor.

Issac provided an excellent track “Cloudburst”  for our recent charity album “Off The Leash”

 

GIG NEWS

The calendar is filling up rapidly with gigs way into the summer. Notably Easter weekend sees the return of Manchester Meltdown at The Peer Hat with a two night package on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

Friday sees Four Candles and Adventures of Salvador in play with an extra special headliner to be announced soon.

Saturday sees an afternoon and evening event commencing at 4pm with a great line-up of Elastikband, Horsemeat (featuring Bert Genovese of Bobbie Peru and The E-Fits), Matthew Hopkins, Factory Acts, Unseasonal Beasts, and headliners the legendary band The Cravats. More details to follow soon.

The rest of our gigs can be found on the right hand column on this site!

We’re Back! New Releases from The Get and The Screaming Love Collective…..

After a few weeks off to recharge our batteries we are back with two brand new releases on 10th and 17th January..

We kick of the new year with a new single from The Get.

The Get are a band from Southend On Sea. The main songwriter is Gary Smith who is also a member of another band on the label Angry! Vocals and lyrics are provided by Bruce Gordon who is also the partner in crime of Toska Wilde as Brucie Bitch. Drums are provided by Jon Smith .Bass, Keyboard and Production is from Jordan Ayriss

Their release is called “Genre Reassignment” and consists of three new songs and one which appeared on our recent charity album “Off The Leash”.

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Unashamedly lo-fi the quartet distill the spirit of punk into short pithy songs covering everyday occurrences and foibles.

This is a digital only release which will be available from Bandcamp, Spotify, You Tube etc from 10th January

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Our release for January 17th is from The Screaming Love Collective.

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It is their 11th release with us and follows on from last years “Do What You Love”.

The Screaming Love Collective are a psychedelic punk rock dark disco groove sensation  – they take electronic dance music and add some extra layers from a variety of other genres to create an infectious and sometimes dangerous aural cocktail.

Sounds vary between motorik dance repetition via mutant reggae/dub, hypnotic arpeggiating, grime leaning sonic attacks and slow funky workouts and even a little bit of post-punk.

The new album is called Human Traces and is a digital only release – it comprises 11 brand new tracks. Here’s a taster……

It will be available from Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music and all of the other digital outlets.

Bryn from The Screaming Love Collective  will be appearing on the drum stool with The Mind Sweepers on the following dates:

  • 24 Jan 2020 – Box Bar & Club, 431 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3LG, UK
  • 1 Feb 2020 – Big Burns Supper, Eskdale House, Crichton Business Park, Dumfries DG1 4UQ, UK
  • 15 Feb 2020 – The Vaults Arts Centre, Newton Stewart
  • 14 Mar 2020 – The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK

In addition to the above further releases are already planned for the next few weeks

  • A new album from Issac Navaro
  • A new single and a new EP from Inferior Complex, the EP is of their recent radio session on Sheppey FM
  • A new EP from Positronik
  • A new album from Auster Boys

The Smelly Flowerpot Enters The Kennel

To mark the release of the 4th volume of Cambridge Calling the curator of the collection, Dave Hammond, has put together a very special Smelly Flowerpot Radio show for German Shepherd Podcast listeners. Dave has opted for 20 tracks he has played and loved on his fortnightly show on Cambridge 105, a kind of selection of greatest hits that never were but should have been.

Music from the following artists is featured:

Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus, Ten Million Aliens, The Seven Twenty, Moscow Circus, Dos Floris, Ruth Theodore, Goddammit Jeremiah, Aethertrip. KP2/Loop Aznavour,
The Granite Shore, Trick Bird, Plantman, Hanterhir, West Coast Sick Line, Elizabete  Balcus, Vika Souto, Pearls Cab Ride, Tom Skelly, Jackie Leven and The Distractions

You can listen to Dave every other Monday between 9pm -11pm on Cambridge 105 Radio. Dave has been a steadfast supporter of the label since its outset and has interviewed many of our artists on his show as well as introducing us to the Cambridge bands that are on German Shepherd.

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Umbrella Assassins launch “Dad’s Song” with a new podcast

As part of our regular artist curated podcasts, Garry, Steve and Bunge of Umbrella Assassins have put together an eclectic mix of tunes in support of the release of their new single “Dad’s Tune” on December 6th.

Apart from three Umbrella Assassins tunes there is music from

  • King Khan & BBQ Show  
  • The Chats  
  • Hot Snakes 
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse 
  • Kurt Vile 
  •  Sonic Youth  
  • Run The Jewels featuring Kamasi Washington  
  • Honeyblood  
  • Robert Parker 
  • Ty Segall  
  • BadBadNotGood, Charlotte Day Wilson  
  • Radiohead 
  • The Velvet Underground

The trio are currently working on a new album for release in 2020.

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Sleeping Ducks “The Radio People” primer

As part of our regular series of artists curated podcasts Hazel Fairbairn of Sleeping Ducks has put together a new show introducing their new album “The Radio People”. It’s a fascinating selection of music from a wide range of  artists including

  • Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet
  • Radio Tarifa
  • Kate Bush
  • Aoife O’Donovan
  • Pentangle
  • Toumani Diabaté, Sidiki Diabaté
  • AK Patterson
  • Karen Dalton
  • Big Youth
  • Sam Amidon
  • The Fretless
  • Aphex Twin

The Sleeping Ducks album is released on 29th November

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Newsletter 60 – End of the Year Releases

We finish a very busy year with four releases …..

Umbrella Assassins Dad’s Song – 6th December Release – Digital Download

Responding to a post from Rebel Arts Radio, asking for radio stings the band knocked up a riff and used lyrics that drummer Garry’s dad gave to them. They liked it so much, they adopted it into a song.

The new single ‘Dad’s Song’ recorded in Tiny Eyes Studios concludes a busy year for the Haverhill Shed-Punk trio. Andy’s words describe a meeting with Carol at a party in Wood Green 1970. A love story that continues fifty years later.

3 years ago Umbrella Assassins were reborn in Steve’s shed. Escaping everyday lifes’ boredoms and unpleasantness, making a haven for creativity and the appreciation of beer at the bottom of the garden. The punk trio would go on to create something special, that would change their lives forever, Shed Punk!!!

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Various Artists – Off The Leash (Charity Album) – 13th December Release – Digital Download

We continue our annual routine of compiling rarities, oddities, remixes and new tracks by our artists to deliver an album dedicated to raising money for charity – this year it’s Manchester Mind.

Manchester Mind is an independent local charity dedicated to supporting people in the Manchester area with Mental Health issues. They have been delivering services in the city since 1989 (previously as HARP), initially focusing on people living in Hulme, but over the years they have extended their services to meet the needs of people citywide. In 2011, they became one of 137 Local Mind Associations, as they affiliated to national Mind.

Our artists have generously donated tracks and all profits from sales/streams will go to the charity.

Featured on the album…..

  • New Tracks from Space Museum, Two Lost Souls, Positronik, Issac Navaro, Auster Boys, Angry!, The Parasite, La Capsula (Mark and Luisa from Elastikbande), The Mind Sweepers, Jed, Moff Skellington, Dominic Carlton Jones
  • A live recording from The Junta featuring Ian Moss
  • A sneak preview of next years releases from The Get and The Screaming Love Collective
  • A guest remix from Kammahav (featuring Tony Jenkins of Lizard Brain)
  • A KIT B  tune remixed by The Junta
  • A classic rock track from PrunX
  • Remixes from sycloner, Lizard Brain  and Inferior Complex

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Ian and Neil Moss  – Pickpockets Fingers – 13th December release – Digital Download

The Moss Brothers have been extremely busy in the second half of 2019 and this latest single, the seventh in the run, returns to their glitchy neo-jazz off kilter sound from Neil, and menacing lyrics from Ian.

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Cambridge Calling Volume 4 – – 13th December release – Digital Download

CAMBRIDGE CALLING is a series of compilations of emerging artists from Cambridge which has been curated by Dave Hammond whose fortnightly show on Cambridge 105 Radio, The Smelly Flowerpot, is a mainstay of the cities music scene. The first compilation was released in March 2017 and the second in the summer of 2017. The third compilation was released in August 2018.

This fourth compilation is released on 13th December 2019 in digital format via Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple, Amazon , Deezer, Google, and many other streaming outlets.

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What started out as a vague idea to pull a few tracks together soon snowballed into the current series of multi genre epics, fired by the enthusiasm of the artists involved. The more Dave scratched at the surface of the local scene, the more it became apparent how much excellent music was out there.

Aside from putting some superb music out there, the aim is also to raise money for deserving charities. In this case the charity is Emmaus Cambridge – a service which aims to reduce homelessness.

The unique artwork for the series was created by Stewart Harris Designs.

THE SMELLY FLOWERPOT

Dave Hammond’s fortnightly Monday evening show on Cambridge 105 “The Smelly Flowerpot”  brings the best of local music to the airwaves as well as championing grass roots music from the city of his birth, Hull, and other places around the UK and the rest of the world. With regular sessions and interviews with both upcoming and established artists creating a fascinating mix of music Dave is true ambassador. Dave’s shows have directly lead to German Shepherd Records working with artists from the Cambridge area including Bouquet of Dead Crows, The Scissors, Keltrix, Umbrella Assassins and Lizard Brain,  all of who appeared on earlier volumes in this series.

THE CHARITY

Emmaus Cambridge is a homelessness charity providing more than just a bed for the night to people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion and was the first Emmaus community to be established in the UK.

For many people who have experienced homelessness, losing their self-esteem can be the most damaging part of their experience. Being on your own, with no support around you can be soul destroying, leaving you feeling worthless.

Finding your way out of that situation isn’t easy, particularly when the only options available are temporary fixes, offering a bed for the night but little to occupy your days.

Emmaus is different because it provides a home for as long as someone needs it in an Emmaus community. This gives people the opportunity to take stock of their lives, deal with any issues they might have, and often re-establish relationships with loved ones.

THE ARTISTS

The artists featured on this volume are featured on this page.

We will be back in the New Year with new releases from The Get, The Screaming Love Collective and Issac Navaro.

GIGS

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Manchester Meltdown 2019 – featuring Ian Moss and Piledriver, The E-Fits and Matthew Hopkins 30 Nov 2019
The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK

Adventures of Salvador and Weimar – 30 Nov 2019
The Globe, 144 High St W, Glossop SK13 8HJ, UK

Elastikbande and Four Candles – 7 Dec 2019
Fuel Cafe Bar, 448 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M20 3BW, UK

The Get, Angry! – 13 Dec 2019
The Railway Hotel, Clifftown Rd, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1AJ, UK

The Harveys & Matthew Hopkins plus TV Smith -14 Dec 2019
The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK

KIT B and Inferior Complex – 15 Dec 2019
West Street Live, 128 West St, Sheffield S1 4ES, UK

Black Limousine and The Ombudsmen plus The Inflated Tear (a “supergroup” featuring Unseasonal Beasts, Factory Acts, and Gentle Jon) – 18 Dec 2019
The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK

The Scissors – 20 Dec 2019
The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Rd, Cambridge CB4 3BA, UK

Inferior Complex -20 Dec 2019
Clockwork Bar, 323 Shirley Rd, Southampton SO15 3HW, UK

Ember Rev – 20 Dec 2019
The Blue Moon, 2 Norfolk St, Cambridge CB1 2LF, UK

Electric Cheese, Inferior Complex and Dominic Carlton Jones – 28 Dec 2019
The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK

 Thank You

That’s all of our news for 2019 now wrapped up. We’ll be back at the end of December with news about next years releases.

Many thanks for all your support during 2019 to our subscribers, followers, gig attenders, bloggers and radio show hosts who have helped us spread the German Shepherd story.

 

Two Lost Souls Podcast introduces the new album and includes favourite songs

As part of our regular run of artist curated podcasts Paul Rosenfeld from Two Lost Souls introduces tracks from the new album “Cords and Digits” and his previous collaborations with Ian Moss.

In between there favourite tracks chosen by Paul and Ian including music from Amos Milburn, Nirvana (the 60s band) , Sister Sledge, Pixies, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Bobby Gentry, Pere Ubu, Nigger Kojak, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Misletoe, Don Thomas, Madonna, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Simon Dupree & The Big Sound, James Brown,  and Earth Wind and Fire.

The Two Lost Souls album is released on 22nd November 2019.

 

Second Weimar single delivers two brand new videos

Weimar follow up their critically acclaimed debut single “John Doe/Curse the Songs”  with a new double A-side single, “Marvel to the State/Undesirable Master”, released on Friday 22nd November. Both the new songs feature the guest vocals of Rose Niland, singer with Rose & the Diamond Hand as well as Poppycock.

As well as being released digitally on German Shepherd Records, you can pre-order a CD version from the bands  website.

Both songs are accompanied by promo videos directed by Nikos Pavlou. Stunning cover art is from Brian Gorman.

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Stylistically, both new songs are significantly different from Weimar’s previous single. “Marvel To The State” – written as a celebration of female figures throughout history who have stood up in the face of oppressive politics – is a duet between Weimar’s frontman Aidan Cross and Rose Niland, set to a jazz-funk inspired backing. Rose co-stars in the video.

“Undesirable Master”, meanwhile, is a romantic torch song with an ethereal backing vocal from Niland. The video guest stars screen thespian Indigo Azidahaka, also vocalist with Granola Suicide.

The group play The Globe, Glossop on November 30th with Adventures of Salvador.

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Newsletter 59 – Weimar, Electric Cheese, Two Lost Souls

As we near the end of a very busy 2019 we up the stakes with three great releases for November 22nd
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WEIMAR – MARVEL TO THE STATE/ UNDESIRABLE MASTER

Manchester band Weimar, a four-piece Art Rock outfit, follow up their critically acclaimed debut single “John Doe/Curse the Songs” (released back in February 2019) with a new double A-side single, “Marvel to the State/Undesirable Master”. Both the new songs feature the guest vocals of Rose Niland, singer with Rose & the Diamond Hand as well as Poppycock. The single will be released digitally on German Shepherd Records, and on CD via Weimar’s own label Marlene’s Hat. MORE DETAILS NEXT WEEK.

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Adventures of Salvador and Weimar
30 November 2019
The Globe, 144 High St W,
Glossop
SK13 8HJ,
UK
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ELECTRIC CHEESE – ELECTRIC CHEESE

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After a long break and several line-up changes Chorley’s finest purveyors of cheesy comestible rock return with a four track self-titled EP.
The trio deliver sleazy rock n roll from the southern swamps of central Lancashire.
Formed in March 2014 originally with bassist Tom and drummer Matt. Since their departure in 2016 new members Al Superstar Green and Allan ‘Cheddar’ Tanner joined Jason Gorgonzola Hurley to form the new Electric Cheese. Since Al Green’s departure his spot has been filled by Mike ‘Mozarella’ Carling.
A tight power trio with killer riffs banging out some swampy rock n roll tunes with a wry sense of humour this release is a remarkabke follow up their excellent debut Lactose Intolerant.
Here’s a recent set from the band including tracks from the new EP
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TWO LOST SOULS – CORDS AND DIGITS

Two Lost Souls and Ian Moss and Paul Rosenfeld. Originally working together as part of Moss’s Music and Words Project , with Rosenfeld under his Foghorn Leghorn pseudonym, the pair have more recently appeared as Mistletoe with the single “Borderline Racist” . This newly christened project combines Rosenfeld’s memorable guitar playing with Moss’s bitter sweet observations. A real departure from Moss’s more punk orientated style this set of songs sets a whole new musical canvass. With some of Moss’s more memorable lyrics captured in a different context we have a refreshing and thought provoking new listening experience. Rosenfeld is a consummate writer deriving tones and structures from the rich history of guitar music. Support on bass is provided by Andy Drysdale, Renato Larossi, and Paul O’Sullivan. Long time Moss fans will be intrigued by this new direction.
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OTHER NEWS

  • Ian Moss’s book “100 Unhip Albums” can be ordered now from Empire Publications
  • Last week we released a one off Bandcamp only release from Staggs called “The Eton Mess”  
  • FORTHCOMING GIGS IN NOVEMBER
    • The Harveys and Four Candles 14 Nov 2019 Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE, UK
    • Inferior Complex 14 Nov 2019 The Joiners, 141 St Mary St, Southampton SO14 1NS, UK
    • Ian Moss Book Launch 14 Nov 2019 The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK
    • Ember Rev 15 Nov 2019 The Fiddler’s Elbow – Music Venue, 1 Malden Rd, Belsize Park, London NW5 3HS, UK
    • Inferior Complex 16 Nov 2019 The Railway Inn, 3 St Paul’s Hill, Winchester SO22 5AE, UK
    • The Get and Toska Wilde 16 Nov 2019 The Riviera Hotel & Holiday Apartments, 14-16 Burnaby Rd, Bournemouth BH4 8JF, UK
    • La Capsula (Mark and Luisa from Elastikbande) 21 Nov 2019 The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK
    • Angry 21 Nov 2019 The Edge Bar & Kitchen, 6-8 High Pavement, 1EA, Town Square, Basildon SS14 1EA, UK
    • The Junta 22 Nov 2019 Barrow Underground Music Society
    • The Junta 23 Nov 2019 Lions Den Manchester, 253 Deansgate, Mews, Manchester M3 4EN, UK
    • Inferior Complex 24 Nov 2019 Lord Nelson Poole, Poole BH15 1BQ, UK
    • Manchester Meltdown 2019 – Four Candles, The E-Fits and Matthew Hopkins 30 Nov 2019 The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK

Newsletter 58 – The Get, Auster Boys and Positronik

We have three releases scheduled for the 15th November….

THE GET – LET’S RAISE A GLASS FOR CHRISTMAS

The Get are back with an antidote to the usual Christmas tunes with a sardonic and perceptive take on the festivities.Wrapped in a parcel of pop punk sound the quartet deliver a pungent message for those who want an alternative to Noddy and his granny.

The band are playing The Riviera in Bournemouth on 16th November along with our very own Toska Wilde.

The Get will follow this single with a new EP in January 2020 called “Genre Reassignment”.

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AUSTER BOYS – LET’S GET LOST

The two Bob’s are back with a lengthy single comprising three parts. Describing, in their usual flâneur fashion, current  food obsessions, pricey beer, and strange geological formations, all taking place in Sheringham. Clerkenwell and Amsterdam – the ghost of Chet Baker hovers around and the eternal question as to who invented smashed avocado on sourdough is put to the listener. Wry observations on trends, outsider music and other perplexing 21st century behaviour. Time slips between the past and present.

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POSITRONIK – DON’T COME CRYING TO ME 

A new seven track remix mini-album from Manchester’s soul-pop sensations.

  • Songwriter Jeff “Captain” Black creates a new version of their classic track “Don’t Come Crying” and also does a remix
  • Electro wizard Jed provides two dancefloor friendly mixes
  • Cambridge pop masters Lizard Brain apply a deft touch
  • The Junta embargoes the tune with techno beats
  • Space Museum turns the song inside out to create something totally new

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In addition to the above we have a packed schedule of activities over the next two weeks…..

  • The Parish Church Fire – 6 Nov 2019 – Retro Bar, 78 Sackville St, Manchester M1 3NJ, UK
  • The Harveys Release Frank Got Married/Shadow of the Wind – 8 Nov 2019
  • The Harveys and Four Candles – 14 Nov 2019 – Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE, UK
  • Ian Moss Book Launch – 14 Nov 2019 – The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK
  • Ember Rev – 15 Nov 2019 – The Fiddler’s Elbow – Music Venue, 1 Malden Rd, Belsize Park, London NW5 3HS, UK
  • Inferior Complex – 16 Nov 2019 – The Railway Inn, 3 St Paul’s Hill, Winchester SO22 5AE, UK
  • The Get and Toska Wilde – 16 Nov 2019 – The Riviera Hotel & Holiday Apartments, 14-16 Burnaby Rd, Bournemouth BH4 8JF, UK
  • Angry – 21 Nov 2019 – The Edge Bar & Kitchen, 6-8 High Pavement, 1EA, Town Square, Basildon SS14 1EA, UK
  • La Capsula (Mark and Luisa from Elastikbande) – 21 Nov 2019 – The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK

Our charity album for 2019 will be launched on 13th December and features a bunch of new tunes, new mixes and other variants from our artists….all proceeds will be going to Manchester Mind Charity.

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A Moss Half Dozen

This weeks sees the release of the sixth and final track in a run of singles from musical brothers Ian and Neil Moss.

With a widely eclectic mix of styles and sounds the siblings have created a mind expanding variety of music which challenges the preconceptions and boundaries of our fractured culture.

The latest, “Total Freakout” is perhaps the most accessible of the set with a nod to 60s psychedelia albeit seen through the purple-tinted glasses of East Manchester……

Here is the complete set – they are also available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play and all of the other digital services

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It’s Matrimony!

8th November sees the release of the second single this year from The Harveys.

Previously known as Harveys Rabbit the band reconvened a few years back after success in the 1990s. With that name change and a new line up the core members Tim Lyons and Mick Pullen have brought back the melodic charm and crossover Manchester pop stylings for which they are rightly remembered, and currently appreciated.

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The new single couples a remake of an old Harvey’s Rabbit number “Frank Got Married” with a newer song “Shadow of Wind”. It will be available in digital download and CD formats and accessible from all of the main streaming platforms.

Embracing the Brel/Brecht elements of the bands work this exciting new double A side will be launched on 14th November at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester with support from Vee VV and Four Candles.

The band have also produced a podcast for the German Shepherd Mixcloud Select Channel to support the release of the new single.

Further gigs for The Harveys have been booked:

  • 14th December 2019 – The Peer Hat, Manchester supporting TV Smith – with Matthew Hopkins
  • 1st February 2020 – Jimmy’s, Liverpool supporting The Monochrome Set

 

KIT B play Sheffield

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

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Newsletter 57 – Lots of new releases and a big gig or two!

Hi Folks

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

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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

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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.
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MOFF SKELLINGTON – THE INFRASOUND GUEST

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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

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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.

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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
  • ELASTIKBANDE

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

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Matthew Hopkins and Harveys Sets from Friday last

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.

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New Moff – Strange Acrylic Night Custard

We are pleased to announce a brand new album from the master of Eddodi – Moff Skellington.
Entitled “Strange Acrylic Night Custard” the 12 track release is the latest in Moff’s unique journey through the Brigadoon of Dreamsleep – Abstercot
It is released in digital format only on 4th October via our Bandcamp Page as well as via all the usual digital platforms through AWAL.
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Moff, whose given name is Andy Quayle, is an iconoclast blessed with a unique talent with words and music that defies convention and operates in a separate and quite distinct time continuum to the rest of the world of entertainment. His prolific and prodigious output, over thirty albums, EPs and one DVD since 1999, offers some of the most exciting and challenging work you are ever likely to hear. Aside from his musical endeavours he is also a gifted and talented visual artist who has exhibited his unique painting and drawings in many different locations.
Moff also works alongside Ian Moss as “Moss Skellington” and “The Colourful Disease”, and has also collaborated with Auster Boys, and with Hazel Fairburn in the project Sleeping Ducks.

The vast majority of the Moff Skellington albums are home recordings, on which Andy sings, talks and plays a variety of instruments, including accordion, melodica, harmonicas, whistles, ukulele, guitar, huttyphone, stylophone, bodhran, jaw harp, kalimba, dulcimer, metronome, tenor horn, baritone euphonium, various percussion and elastic bands.. The results are then mixed and mastered to create amazing collections of songs and poems. Everything is recorded in real-time, there is no cut and paste, no sampling,  in fact nothing artificial at all, except perhaps the stylophone and the occasional drum machine.

Moff’s manifesto is simple and quite direct

“The chosen musical form is that of Edoddi, a species of folk music which celebrates the very individual and often skewed perceptions of the world engendered by modern life. Edoddi provides a refreshing alternative to the prescriptions and formulas of mainstream and “alternative” folk music. Edoddi philosophy: nothing is arbitrary. Make it up as you go along, it’s bound to be authentic!”. 

Moff’s is inspired by a disparate variety of artists from Pere Ubu, through to Tom Waits via Cabaret Voltaire and The Red Krayola. This is “folk music” viewed through a post-punk prism.
Our promotional package for this release  includes a  thirty minute audio presentation from Moff on the thinking behind the album where he introduces each track this will be available on release date from our Mixcloud Select page.
 
In addition to the above Moff has prepared a one hour podcast for our Mixcloud Select channel which will include three songs from the album and a fascinating selection of music that has inspired him over the years including some rare and unique artists that we hadn’t even heard of here at German Shepherd HQ.
Strange Acrylic Night Custard will be followed by a second album “The Infrasound Guest” on October 25th and a new Sleeping Ducks album “The Radio People” on November 29th.
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Pre-order Unseasonal Beasts EP Number Two

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.

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Harveys Podcast

The German Shepherd Mixcloud Select channel now features a great podcast from Tim and Mick from The Harveys to celebrate the release of their new single “Skeleton Dance/Laugh at the Stars” and as a precursor to their single launch show at the Peer Hat on September 20th.

With a wide selection of music that inspired the band as well as their single, a Harveys Rabbit classic and something from support band Matthew Hopkins coupled with some interesting chat this is a show not to miss….. it’s so good we are releasing world wide straight away.

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sycloner third outing – prerelease of “In And Of Itself”

Zac Fahey at Blank GC – “…sycloner are gearing up to release their third EP since forming in 2018. ‘In And Of Itself’ sees members Peter Greasley (Vocals) and Daniel Cunnington (Guitar) channel a vintage indie-pop sound while offering something more modern and progressive. According the band, the EP journeys deeper into familiar themes of self-unawareness, vanity and the challenges of living well. ‘Lean On Me’ is the EP highlight track, showcasing a heavier and more experimental side while the very next track ’Down The River’ is a stripped back indie ballad. ‘In And Of Itself’ is a fantastically diverse EP and well worth a listen.” http://blankgc.com.au/new-gold-coast-music-september-2019/

We have pre-released the EP today with immediate access to track one “You Tell Yourself” – full release comes on 27th September. A video for the track has also been released. Peter and Daniel have also recorded an interview introducing the EP which will appear on Bob Osborne’s Aural Delights Show on September 26th.

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German Shepherd Newsletter 56

Here are the details for our releases for September 13th

THE HARVEYS

As trailed last week 90s Peel favourites Harvey’s Rabbit are back with a new name and new line-up.

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With the first of two singles this year the band return with a run of live dates starting with a single launch gig at the Peer Hat Manchester on 20th September with support from Dislocation Dance and Matthew Hopkins

The single Skeleton Dance/Laugh at the Stars has been released for pre-order today with the option of purchasing a limited edition CD copy.

An audio interview with Tim and Mick from the band, conducted by Bob Osborne, will be included in Bob’s Aural Delights Radio show on 13th October on taintradio.

Tim and Mick have also curated a one hour podcast featuring their own music plus of a selection of tunes from artists that have influenced them including the likes of David Bowie, Jacques Brel and The Go-Betweens. This will be released on our Mixcloud Select channel next week.

Other gigs coming up…..

14th November – Castle Hotel, Manchester with Four Candles and Vee VV
14th December – Peer Hat, Manchester with TV Smith
1st February – Jimmy’s, Liverpool with The Monochrome Set

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The North East’s master of sardonic wit is back with a new EP (although he likes to call them mini-albums). m.t. scott of Staggs returns with one his regular journeys into the dark side of the human condition. “And This Is Why Clowns Are Sad”. The overall feeling is one of Pathos – not an obscure Greek island,but a quality that invokes pity or sadness. m.t. scott’s aural cinema returns with four tracks, each a vignette soaked in said pathos in the style of Brecht/Weill who have had a tussle in an abandoned art-house cinema with John Barry and any number of post-rockers you care to mention. Trade mark glitches pervade the piano led explorations leading to rich orchestral textures. The voice is always close to the microphone seeping into your unconscious. The subject matter appears fairly conventional but the usual scott tropes are in play a mix of the drama of the kitchen sink and some other deeper existential, possibly metaphorical messages, somewhere in the layers…..Tick Tock…Tock….Tick

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AND IN OTHER NEWS…..

  • Black Limousine’s new single “Dressed In Black” which is released this Friday gets airplay on the Radio 2 rock show this Sunday from 8pm. They have also been added to a very strong line-up at Gulliver’s Manchester on October 25th with The Parish Church Fire, Bouquet of Dead Crows and Elastikbande.
  • The Junta is embarking on a series of gigs across the north-west with dates in Manchester, Lancaster, St Annes, Barrow and Darwen – check out our forthcoming events list on the right hand side of this page.
  • Ember Rev appear on Dave Hammond’s Smelly Flowerpot Show on Monday 9th September from 9pm – you can listen on-line via the Cambridge 105 website.

Captain Black’s Positronik Pick ‘n’ Mix

In the latest of our artist curated podcasts Captain Black of Positronik selects an eclectic mix of music for your listening pleasure including his own band and label mates Pearl Divers and The Junta…..it’s a combination of toe-tapping soul driven pop sounds, latin jazz, and other musical delights

Mixcloud Select is a subscriber service which provides unique content and regular shows in an exclusive format for music lovers – for only £2.99 a month you get access to over 1300 radio shows plus subscriber specials. Sign up HERE.

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New Lizard Brain Podcast

The latest in our series of artist curated podcasts is now available on Mixcloud Select.

Curated by Mark and David from Lizard Brain it features three tracks from the band, one from Ember Rev and an eclectic selection of music from across a variety of genres.

To access this show sign up to Mixcloud Select for £2.99 a month and get exclusive access to a range of shows made by artists on the German Shepherd Records label.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

 

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

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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

New Ergonomics

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”.

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Time to get Angry!

August 16th sees the debut release from Angry – it’s a one track single called “Not OK”.

Anne and Gary are Angry. They tell true stories about the things that get in the way of having a calm and serene life…

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“Every now and again something new happens in music and Angry (band name) fit into this category …..certainly not for the faint hearted.”

Anne (Vallance) sings and hits things

Gary (Smith) sings and plays the guitar – he is also a member of The Get

It’s lo-fi  punk and pop with a message.

You can read more on Facebook

Here is a recent radio session with another song…..

 

The Harveys launch their new single at The Peer Hat

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.

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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

Black Limousine announce debut single “Dressed In Black”

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Formed in 2018, Black Limousine is a three piece alt-rock band from Manchester, UK.

They are set to release their debut single ‘Dressed in Black’ via German Shepherd Records on 6th September 2019.

‘Dressed in Black’ is a blistering debut with its heavy, sludgy guitars, macabre undertones and soaring rhythm section calling to mind great alt rock-sounds of the 90s such as Rollins Band, Helmet and Filter. The track was produced by Simon ‘Ding’ Archer (Pixies, PJ Harvey, The Fall) at 6dB Studios in Salford, UK.

Of the single, lead singer and guitarist Mark Taylor says: “It’s about a person who basically takes no joy from anything, despite having the opportunity to be involved in moments and experiences of joy in their life. It’s about people who are just completely self absorbed, paranoid and no awareness of the good that’s around them”.

Mark Taylor (Four Candles),who is a seasoned musician on the Manchester underground music scene, recruited bass player John Pew and drummer Damien Hughes (Peter Hook / Monaco) to form Black Limousine. The band mixes stoner rock influences with punk and new wave sounds to make their own brand of crossover rock.

The next UK date for the band is Friday 16th August at The Peer Hat Manchester.

‘Dressed In Black’ will be available via German Shepherd Records via their Bandcamp page and all other digital platforms from 6th September 2019.

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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.
AOS Bury

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

 

German Shepherd Records Newsletter 50 – New Four Candles Album, The Harveys, German Shepherd on Mixcloud Direct, and Gigs!

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of the German Shepherd Records newsletter,

We are still trying to cool down after a red hot night in Manchester last Friday where Adventures of Salvador launched their new album “Welcome To Our Village” accompanied by Electric Cheese and Umbrella Assassins. All three bands put in sterling performances as can be evidenced from Paul Forshaw’s videos of the event captured here.

This week we launch the new album from Four Candles “Nettle Rash” which is released on 12th July.

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The third album from the band finds them moving on and expanding their repertoire with the presence of Mark Taylor’s guitar coming to the fore, and Ian Moss’s words taking on a broad range of subjects from Climate Change, through political issues including the badger cull, to an exploration of the seamier side of sexual entanglements. With guest vocalists Anne and Julia from the band Matthew Hopkins and keyboards from engineer Simon “Ding” Archer the aural palette of the band has been expanded. This is their strongest album yet.

An interview with Ian Moss about the album will be aired on Bob Osborne’s Aural Delights show in taintradio on 11th July.

The band are playing live at the following

10th August – Yerrr Bar, Manchester with Adventures of Salvador, and The Ombudsmen
14th November – The Castle, Manchester with The Harveys.

Speaking of The Harveys – that is the new name for Harvey’s Rabbit and we will be releasing a brand new double A side single from the band “Skeleton Dance/Laugh At The Stars” in September – here’s a preview of the gorgeous single art

Skeleton Dance Cover Final

​GERMAN SHEPHERD ON MIXCLOUD DIRECT

We are pleased to announce the launch of German Shepherd Radio via Mixcloud Select

Hosted on label co-owner Bob Osborne’s Mixcloud channel this new venture will feature radio content from members of the German Shepherd Roster with exclusive shows only available to subscribers.  Subscription is £2.99 a month for access to brand new content featuring not only German Shepherd acts but also the bands and artists that our roster is listening to. We will also be featuring exclusive live content from our bands recorded at some of the gigs we have promoted.

To kick things off we have

  • an exclusive new show from Mike Powell of Night Operations which features a broad range of rock indie and electronica acts and couple of fellow German Shepherd artists – with John Grant, New Order, The Junta, Tin Machine, Dubstar , The Scissors, The Fevers, Weyes Blood, Ikara Colt, Ian Brown, and Temples.
  • the return of Bob’s Reformation Show with an interview with Ian Moss of Unseasonal Beasts and featuring tracks from Ian’s and Simon Ding Archers careers.

The next two exclusive shows will feature Four Candles and The Screaming Love Collective.

FORTHCOMING GIGS

July

  • 4th-
    • Smith, Hughes & Williams from The Parish Church Fire appearing at the Waiting for the Clampdown Book Launch at the Castle Hotel, Manchester – Free Entry
  • 5th –
    • Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
  • 13th –
    • Umbrella Assassins play The Smokehouse, Ipswich
      Electric Cheese play Indiefest 2019 at The Boulevard, Wigan
      Adventures of Salvador play Strummercamp Summer Party at The Star & Garter – £5
  • 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
  • 31st –
    • The Junta plays 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
      Toska Wilde plays Margate Pride Rock at Elsewhere, 21-22 The Centre, Margate
  • 10th –
    • Weimar play Scarborough Apollo
    • The Mind Sweepers play Queen of the South Bar, Dumfries
    • The Ombudsmen, Four Candles, Adventures of Salvador 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
  • 29th –
    • Dominic Carlton Jones plays The Peer Hat, Manchester

September

  • 20th –
    • The Harveys and Matthew Hopkins play The Peer Hat, Manchester
      Weimar play The Boulevard, Wigan

October

  • 12th –
    • Scissors play The Six Bells, Cambridge
  • 26th  –
    • Toska Wilde plays CULT 13 – Underground Alternative Night at The Venue Southend.
    • Poppycock play the Castle Hotel, Manchester

November

  • 1st –
    • Dominic Carlton-Jones plays Foundations Festival at Peer Hat/AATMA, Manchester
  • 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

 

Launching German Shepherd Radio

We are pleased to announce the launch of German Shepherd Radio via Mixcloud Select

Hosted on label co-owner Bob Osborne’s Mixcloud channel this new venture will feature radio content from members of the German Shepherd Roster with exclusive shows only available to subscribers.  Subscription is £2.99 for access to brand new content featuring not only German Shepherd acts but also the bands and artists that our roster is listening to. We will also be featuring exclusive live content from our bands recorded at some of the gigs we have promoted.

To kick things off we have an exclusive new show from Mike Powell of Night Operations which features a broad range of rock indie and electronica acts and couple of fellow German Shepherd artists – with John Grant, New Order, The Junta, Tin Machine, Dubstar , The Scissors, The Fevers, Weyes Blood, Ikara Colt, Ian Brown, and Temples.   

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Keep watching for more content to be announced soon….

To subscribe visit Bob’s MIXCLOUD SELECT PAGE

 

 

German Shepherd Records Newsletter 49 – Unseasonal Beasts, Adventures of Salvador, Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande

Hello and welcome to the weekly newsletter from German Shepherd Records……

This week

– The first EP from Unseasonal Beasts
– Adventures of Salvador album launch and mini-tour
– Debut gig for Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande
– New video from The Screaming Love Collective
– Gigs!

THE REAL NORTHERN POWERHOUSE

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The debut EP from the partnership of Ian “Moet” Moss and Simon “Ding” Archer is released on July 4th, they call themselves Unseasonal Beasts, badged as MUSIC  FROM THE NORTHERN POWERHOUSE . The first of a series of four, the EP includes three brand new tracks of pumping electronic pop-punk/post-punk with special guest appearances from the Manchester music scenes finest – Dan Woolfie, Eoghan Clifford, Seth Leppard and Susan O’Shea. This powerful music has been constructed over several months at Ding’s legendary 6dB Studios in Salford. It follows on from the debut single from the pairing from 2014 X-Factor/Dum Dum Daze.

With subjects ranging from legendary Chilean/French film-maker Alejandro Jodorowsky(who is feted in a massive near seven minute dance epic) through the harrowing tales of migrant workers, to a discourse on the pressures of modern life, this is a powerful first statement from two legends of Manchester Music.

No gigs are planned at the moment although the duo have made one live appearance to date featuring two of the tracks from this EP

A ten minute interview with Ian Moss will be broadcast on Bob Osborne’s Aural Delights Show on Taint Radio on July 4th.

ADVENTURES OF SALVADOR ALBUM LAUNCH

The Adventures of Salvador album launch is this Friday (28th June) at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester with special guests Electric Cheese and Umbrella Assassins. CD and Vinyl editions of the album will be available on the night. The band will follow up the launch with a string of other dates:

13th July – Strummercamp Summer Party, Star and Garter, Manchester
19th July – The Blue Moon, Cambridge with The Scissors
20th July – The Dublin Castle, London with Umbrella Assassins and The Get

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MARK CORRIN’S ELASTIKBANDE DEBUTS

Mark Corrins’ Elastikbande will be playing their debut gig at the Old Abbey Taphouse, Manchester on Friday 28th June with New Zealand band Mr Sterile Assembly and Liverpool group Unstoppable Sweeties. The band will also be doing a set at the Monkeys In Love afternoon gig “50th anniversary of the moon landing” at The Klondyke Club, Levenshulme on July 28th …..this is an afternoon show between 1pm and 5pm. The band are described as “a three piece garage rock / post punk outfit featuring ex members of The Fall / Polythene, (Una Baines’) Poppycock and Rose & The Diamond Hand”. Featuring Kate on drums, Luisa on guitar / backing vocals and Mark on bass / vocals the band are about to start recording their debut album and Mark has another solo album in the pipeline.

NEW VIDEO FROM THE SCREAMING LOVE COLLECTIVE

The new Screaming Love Collective album, and the second one this year, “Do What You Love” releases on July 19th – it’s a fun packed selection of dark disco grooves moving on from the post-punk stylings of previous albums.

FORTHCOMING GIGS

2019

June

  • 26th –
    • Dominic Carlton Jones plays Cuckoo Calling (Featured Artist) Bury New Road, Prestwich
  • 28th –
  • 30th –
    • Electric Cheese play Night and Day Cafe, Manchester

July

August

October

  • 12th –
    • Scissors play The Six Bells, Cambridge
  • 26th  –
    • Toska Wilde plays CULT 13 – Underground Alternative Night at The Venue Southend.
    • Poppycock play the Castle Hotel, Manchester

November

  • 1st
    • Dominic Carlton-Jones plays Foundations Festival at Peer Hat/AATMA, Manchester
  • 2nd
    • Weimar play Foundations Festival at Peer Hat/AATMA, Manchester

 

2020

February

  • 1st –
    • The Junta will be supporting TRUE ORDER at Sunbird Records, Darwin

 

German Shepherd Records Newsletter 48 – New single from the Moss Brothers, Showcase Events, Forthcoming Releases and Gigs

Hello and welcome to the weekly newsletter from German Shepherd Records

This week we have a new single to announce plus lots of gig news and a sneak peak at what’s coming from the label in the rest of 2019

IAN AND NEIL MOSS

Ian and Neil return with the second in a run of a new singles with “A Story” a psychedelic sound melange tinged with progressive tropes and layers of voices and instruments. Released digitally on June 28th the single will be followed by at least one more in this productive run of material from the Moss siblings

WEIMAR, THE OMBUDSMEN AND SOME OF THE PARISH CHURCH FIRE

For the hometown gig of the week we are back at The Eagle in Salford this Friday for a band curated evening from Weimar, currently in the studio recording their debut album, who have brought in exciting new German Shepherd roster members The Ombudsmen. This three piece from the Greater Manchester area produce amazing instrumental music which is breathtaking to watch live – the band will have a special guest vocalist on show on the night. Bassist John is also in The Parish Church Fire and three of his band mates Sam, Dewi and Tim will also be playing as “Smith, Hughes, and Williams”. That trio can also be seen at The Castle in Manchester on July 4th as part of another MASS Assembly event. We will have an announcement about a Parish Church Fire gig, with some very special guests, very soon. To complete the circle Weimar, together with Dominic Carlton Jones, will be representing German Shepherd Records at this years Foundations Festival at The Peer Hat/AATMA in Manchester on 1st (Dominic) and 2nd (Weimar) November.

 

SALVADORIAN ADVENTURES

With the release of the sophomore album, “Welcome To Our Village” from Adventures of Salvador this Friday we would like to remind of the launch event at The Castle Hotel, Manchester on 28th June, where the band will be joined by Electric Cheese (who have a new EP in the pipeline) and Umbrella Assassins who bring their Shed Punk sound all the way from Haverhill in Suffolk, their new single “Sweat It Out” was released last Friday. Tickets are selling fast!

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

A quick preview of what is coming in Summer/Autumn….

  • The first of four EPs from the pairing of Simon “Ding” Archer and Ian Moss called Unseasonal Beasts…..special guests on the EP include Dan Woolfie, Susan O’Shea, Seth Leppard and Eoghan Clifford
  • The new album from Four Candles called “Nettle Rash” – German Shepherd subscribers will get a bonus track
  • A new one from The Screaming Love Collective called “Do What You Love”
  • A remix single from Lizard Brain called “Don’t Even Blink”
  • The excellent debut EP from Ember Rev “Premonition and Ruin” will be distributed with a new release coming later in the year
  • Another Ian and Neil Moss single “Fall Out Of Love With Me”
  • A remix from Inferior Complex of “I Dream”
  • A collection of Crab Dance GIs tracks to date plus a brand new single “The Latest Record/Trash Talk”
  • A new EP from Auster Boys “Reversing Into The Holoscene”
  • A Kit B compilation “Seven Singles & Four Obscure B Sides”

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GIGS

2019

June

  • 19th –
    • Ember Rev play Johnny Wright’s Wednesday Sessions at The Brook, Mill Road Cambridge
  • 21st –
    • Weimar play The Eagle, Salford with The Ombudsman and Smith, Hughes & Williams from The Parish Church Fire
  • 22nd –
    • Ember Rev and The Scissors play Knackfest in Isleham, Ely
    • Electric Cheese play The Doghouse Cellar Jazz Bar, Bury
  • 24th –
    • The Junta plays The Peer Hat, Manchester with Lucky + Love.
  • 26th –
    • Dominic Carlton Jones plays Cuckoo Calling (Featured Artist) Bury New Road, Prestwich
  • 28th –
    • Adventures of Salvador play The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester – ALBUM RELEASE SHOW with Umbrella Assassins and Electric Cheese
    • Inferior Complex play The Alexandra, Southampton
    • Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Old Abbey Taphouse, Manchester
  • 30th –
    • Electric Cheese play Night and Day Cafe, Manchester

July

August

  • 9th –
  • 10th –
    • Weimar play Scarborough Apollo
  • 16th –
    • Keltrix play The Green Man, Granchester
  • 24th –
    • Umbrella Assassins play Rugfest, Haverhill
  • 25th –
    • Toska Wilde plays It Came From The Sea II at The Centre, Margate
  • 29th –
    • Dominic Carlton Jones plays The Peer Hat, Manchester

October

  • 12th –
    • Scissors play The Six Bells, Cambridge
  • 26th  –
    • Toska Wilde plays CULT 13 – Underground Alternative Night at The Venue Southend.
    • Poppycock play the Castle Hotel, Manchester

November

  • 1st
    • Dominic Carlton-Jones plays Foundations Festival at Peer Hat/AATMA, Manchester
  • 2nd
    • Weimar play Foundations Festival at Peer Hat/AATMA, Manchester

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2020

February

  • 1st –
    • The Junta will be supporting TRUE ORDER at Sunbird Records, Darwin

Pre-order and Pre-save Adventures of Salvadors Welcome To Our Village album

WTOV Merch

Adventures of Salvador fans you can now pre-order digital, CD or Vinyl versions of the new album “Welcome To Our Village” on Bandcamp.

Vinyl and CDs ship on June 24th. If you order today you get two advance tracks from the album as downloads.

Follow This Link to Pre-Save the album on Spotify and be entered into a competition to win a signed copy of the record in VINYL FORMAT!

 

 

German Shepherd Records Newsletter 47 – New Album from Adventures of Salvador and Gigs!

 

Bury, Lancashire’s finest proponents of Urban Surf Punk Rock, Adventures of Salvador, are back with their second full length “Welcome To Our Village” which releases on June 21st in digital, cassette, CD and Vinyl formats.

German Shepherd will be hosting the digital release via Bandcamp and world wide distribution via AWAL to over 40 platforms including Spotify, Apple, Amazon, I Tunes, You Tube, Instagram and many more.

The band will launch the album on June 28th at the Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester with special guests, and fellow German Shepherd artists Electric Cheese and Umbrella Assassins. Ticket presales are already available via the German Shepherd Merch page. The ticket package includes full digital download and a CD copy of the album collectable at the gig.

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With eight strong tracks the new album shows the band at their very best with gig favourites “King Kong”, “Uncle Walt” and “Prettier Than You” leaping out the speakers to grab you by the ears with Northern Punkabilly venom. The album centre piece and closer is the memorable “Welcome To My Village”, a song with echoes of Royston Vaysey and The Wicker Man, it is the tale of a hedonistic village elder who has his own population drive in full effect. Highly regarded single “Retroman” is also part of the set.

Adventures of Salvador are the bastard offspring of The Cramps, Jeffrey Lee Pierce and Johnny Rotten with a theremin. Their live sets are legendary with a post punk fervour emasculating prog rock elements to create a truly unique sound. With lyrics that echo Grand Guignol and Brecht with a smattering of early Nick Cave they are the must see band of the moment.

Produced and recorded at Big City Jacks Recording Studio in Bury, Greater Manchester by Tony Long the band have hit a new creative peak with their intense and hypnotic sounds. This is enhanced with stunning artwork from Jack Jerz.

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Adventures of Salvador are

Nigel Beck – booming bass/vox
Mark Berry – Genie of the Gretsch
Dave aka Loop-aznavour – vox/keyboard/theremin
Mike “Complicated” Smith – DRUMS!

FORTHCOMING GIGS

  • June 15th – The Brook, Ramsbottom (Free)
  • June 28th – The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester with Electric Cheese and Umbrella Assassins
  • July 19th – Blue Moon, Cambridge with The Scissors
  • July 20th – Dublin Castle, London with Umbrella Assassins and The Get

COMMENTS ABOUT THE BAND

“An outrageously confident slice of modern Rock & Roll. The best thing I have heard in a very long time” ​ – Stephen Doyle, Salford City Radio

“Are you sure this isn’t some long-lost collaboration when Mark E Smith jammed with the Cramps and the B-52’s??? It sounds ace – Grim Up North Sea Surf Punk!” ​ Ged Babey, Louder Than War

“The Salvadors reach new heights with an audacious blues soaked rumble through the urban hills above the Manchester Conurbation” – Aural Delights Blog

“Think of the B-movie, rumbling sexploitation sass of the legendary Cramps in a no holds barred street fight with the blunt yet beloved snark of The Fall or PIL and you get a hint of what’s going on here. Loud, brash and unapologetic….” Mark Buckley, Analogue Trash.

FACEBOOK – @adventuresofsalvador
WEBSITE – http://www.adventuresofsalvador.com

FORTHCOMING GIGS WITH GERMAN SHEPHERD ARTISTS

June

  • 13th –
    • Inferior Complex play Angola ’76 , Shaftsbury
  • 14th –
    • Four Candles play The Trades, 15 Greasborough Road, Rotherham
  • 15th –
    • The Mind Sweepers supporting JD Meatyard at Leith Depot Edinburgh tickets are £5 with £1 going to local homeless charity.
    • Adventures of Salvador play The Brook, Ramsbottom….FREE
  • 19th –
    • Ember Rev play Johnny Wright’s Wednesday Sessions at The Brook, Mill Road Cambridge
  • 21st –
    • Weimar play The Eagle, Salford with The Ombudsman
  • 22nd –
    • Ember Rev and The Scissors play Knackfest in Isleham, Ely
    • Electric Cheese play The Doghouse Cellar Jazz Bar, Bury
  • 24th –
    • The Junta plays The Peer Hat, Manchester with Lucky + Love.
  • 26th –
    • Dominic Carlton Jones plays Cuckoo Calling (Featured Artist) Bury New Road, Prestwich
  • 28th –
    • Adventures of Salvador play The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester – ALBUM RELEASE SHOW with Umbrella Assassins and Electric Cheese
    • Inferior Complex play The Alexandra, Southampton
    • Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Old Abbey Taphouse, Manchester
  • 30th –
    • Electric Cheese play Night and Day Cafe, Manchester

July

  • 5th –
    • Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
    • Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
  • 13th –
    • Umbrella Assassins play The Smokehouse, Ipswich
    • Electric Cheese play Indiefest 2019 at The Boulevard, Wigan
  • 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 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 – afternoon show between 1pm and 5pm
  • 31st –
    • The Junta plays The Peer Hat

August

  • 9th –
    • Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
  • 10th –
    • Weimar play Scarborough Apollo
  • 16th –
    • Keltrix play The Green Man, Granchester
  • 24th –
    • Umbrella Assassins play Rugfest, Haverhill
  • 25th –
    • Toska Wilde plays It Came From The Sea II at The Centre, Margate

September

 

October

  • 12th –
    • Scissors play The Six Bells, Cambridge
  • 26th  –
    • Toska Wilde plays CULT 13 – Underground Alternative Night at The Venue Southend.
    • Poppycock play the Castle Hotel, Manchester

2020

February

  • 1st –
    • The Junta will be supporting TRUE ORDER at Sunbird Records, Darwin

 

Newsletter 46 : Umbrella Assassins New Single, London Gig, New Bands on the Label

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the German Shepherd newsletter. This time around:

  • New Single from Umbrella Assassins
  • German Shepherd Tea Party in London
  • New bands joining the label
  • Gig News

UMBRELLA ASSASSINS

Haverhill’s finest Umbrella Assassins are back with a potent new single “Sweat it Out” releasing in digital format only on 14th June. Moving on from recording in the Shed the trio have now their own recording studio in drummer Garry McKervill’s garage.

This song, about an 87 year old neighbour called Pauline who broke her leg and spent 4 months in a hospice. No family, no phone, no telly. She had to sweat it out, she changed, who wouldn’t? …it’s the first recording from Garry’s garage, now known as Tiny Eyes studios, and the first single from the upcoming album Zoo Planet.

The band support Adventures of Salvador on June 28th at the Castle Hotel in their first visit to Manchester. Electric Cheese are also playing. Tickets are £5 for the gig only or a special pre-order priced at £10 which includes a digital version of the new Adventures of Salvador album  “Welcome To Our Village” on its’ release date as well as CD copy of the album which can be collected at the gig.

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Other gigs coming up

13th July – Smokehouse, Ipswich
20th July – Dublin Castle, London with Adventures of Salvador and The Get
27th July – Pim Jam Festival, Rose and Crown, Haverhill

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GERMAN SHEPHERD TEA PARTY IN LONDON

As mentioned above 20th July sees one of our rare visits to London with an afternoon gig between 2pm and 5pm at the famous Dublin Caste.

The line up is Adventures of Salvador, Umbrella Assassins and The Get

Tickets are available from HERE

NEW RECRUITS

We are pleased to announce we will be working with two great bands in the coming months….

First up another addition to our Cambridge branch we are pleased to welcome Ember Rev to the kennel.

The band 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. Last year’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. Reworking and re-purposing familiar forms that recall the percussive Africana of Talking Heads and the accordian-led romance of Arcade Fire; alternately rattling and stuttering then piledriving at breakneck speed, it’s a sound that demands you keep coming back.

We are re-releasing Premonition & Ruin with digital distribution in July and also promoting the band. A third album To The City To The Sea will follow in August.

The band have the following dates lined up

19th June – Johnny Wright’s Wednesday Sessions at The Brook, Mill Road Cambridge
22nd June – Knackfest in Isleham, Ely,

The bands releases to date can be found on Bandcamp

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Our second new band is legendary Manchester 90s group Harvey’s Rabbit.

Guitarist Mick Pullan sums up the early history of the band as follows – “Harvey’s Rabbit were around for most of the 1990’s and based in Manchester. I think we first got together in 1992 and played our last gig at the Night and Day Cafe on Oldham Street, Manchester in the Autumn of 1998. We were never really part of a scene but had a few ideas and a good DIY work ethic. 1994 was a busy year. Tired of the process of recording demos, sending them off and being rejected, we decided to be a bit more ambitious and record an album “A Place For Beginners” at Studio Studio near Rochdale. We released it (Cassette only) on our own Rain Soaked label. Releasing it meant getting a few copies on the shelves of Piccadilly Records, selling some at gigs and giving a load away. Around the same time we managed to get some dates supporting The Fall – 2 at the Roadhouse in Manchester, followed by Penzance, Exeter, Basingstoke and Oldham Queen Elizabeth Hall. And a memorable week spent commuting to Liverpool to play at the Lomax Club. One thing leads to another and no doubt it was this connection which led to us coming to John Peel’s attention and getting us a session.”

On the strength of the Peel Session the band got a deal with Rotator Records and released a handful of singles and an album, got wider national radio play, and got into John Peel’s festive fifty in 1995. In Autumn 2009 Harvey Rabbit played live together for the first time in 10 years in honour of guitarist Dave Thom’s birthday. They gigged semi-regularly since then picking up the pace over the last two years.

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.

The band got back in the studio earlier this year to record some new tunes and we will be releasing a four track EP in September

The band play the annual tribute to the legendary Jon the Postman on June 8th at The Peer Hat Manchester with Sandells and The Distractions.

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Harvey’s Rabbit 2019 – Timothy Lyons, David Thom, Pete Saunders, Michael Pullan, and Andy Gott

GIG NEWS

Our updated gig guide reads as follows

2019
June
5th – The Junta plays West Street Live, Sheffield
7th – The Parish Church Fire and Four Candles are playing The Eagle, Salford
7th – Inferior Complex play The Alexandra, Southampton
8th – Keltrix play Pride!, Jesus Green, Cambridge
8th – Inferior Complex play The Red House, Yeovil
13th – Inferior Complex play Angola ’76 , Shaftsbury
13th – Adventures of Salvador and Matthew Hopkins play Hannah’s Bar as part of Liverpool Fringe Festival…FREE
15th – The Mind Sweepers supporting JD Meatyard at Leith Depot Edinburgh tickets are £5 with £1 going to local homeless charity.
19th – Ember Rev play Johnny Wright’s Wednesday Sessions at The Brook, Mill Road Cambridge
20th – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
21st – Weimar play The Eagle, Salford
22nd – Inferior Complex play King Charles, Poole
22nd – Ember Rev play Knackfest in Isleham, Ely,
24th – The Junta plays The Peer Hat, Manchester with Lucky + Love.
26th – Dominic Carlton Jones plays Cuckoo Calling (Featured Artist) Bury New Road, Prestwich
28th – Adventures of Salvador play The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester with Electric Cheese and Umbrella Assassins.
28th – Inferior Complex play The Alexandra, Southampton
28th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Old Abbey Taphouse, Manchester
July
5th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
5th – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
6th – The Mind Sweepers play Electric Fields Festival, SWG3, Glasgow
13th – Umbrella Assassins play The Smokehouse, Ipswich
13th – Electric Cheese play Indiefest 2019 at The Boulevard, Wigan
19th – The Scissors and Adventures of Salvador with Moonstrips at Blue Moon Cambridge
20th – Keltrix play Whoosh Festival, The Missing Sock, Sto-Cum-Quy
20th – Adventures of Salvador with Umbrella Assassins and The Get play Dublin Castle, London – 2pm to 5pm show!
27th – Umbrella Assassins 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 – afternoon show between 1pm and 5pm
31st – The Junta plays The Peer Hat
August
9th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
10th – Weimar play Scarborough Apollo
16th – Keltrix play The Green Man, Granchester
25th – Toska Wilde plays It Came From The Sea II at The Centre, Margate
October
12th – Scissors play The Six Bells, Cambridge
26th – Toska Wilde plays CULT 13 – Underground Alternative Night at The Venue Southend.
26th – Poppycock play the Castle Hotel, Manchester
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February
1st – The Junta will be supporting TRUE ORDER at Sunbird Records, Darwin

Newsletter 45 – Space Museum, June Gigs, Subscriber Service, Forthcoming Attractions….

Hello and welcome to the latest newsletter from German Shepherd Records

SPACE MUSEUM

7th June sees the return of Space Museum with a mini-album called “Nightmare on Glitch Street”. After a couple of years off concentrating on other projects label co-owner Bob Osborne returns in his Space Museum guise with a predominantly instrumental album. Exploring Asian beats and adopting Stockhausen influenced sound design this latest collection stretches the edges of modern electronic music. The sole vocal track features the other label co-owner Ian Moss with a tongue in cheek homage to Jim Morrison.

 This is a digital only release

Find more about Space Museum with details of the back catalogue at this page

JUNE GIGS

June is going to be a busy month for German Shepherd artists with a range of great gigs in the calendar

  • The month kicks off with our Cambridge contingent in the shape of Umbrella Assassins (Rebel Arts Stage) Bouquet of Dead Crows (Portland Ballroom Stage) and Keltrix playing Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common, Cambridge on 1st
  • Inferior Complex have a busy month playing Bandstand, Eastleigh (2nd) The Alexandra, Southampton (7th), The Red House, Yeovil (8th), Angola ’76, Shaftsbury (15th), The King Charles, Poole (22nd) and are back at The Alexandra again on the 28th.
  • The Junta makes his first visit to Sheffield on the 5th at West Street Live and supports the visiting Lucky + Love at The Peer Hat on 24th.
  • Adventures of Salvador kick off a milestone month with a gig at the Liverpool Fringe Festival with Matthew Hopkins on the 13th, launching their new album “Welcome To Our Village” on 21st June with a celebratory gig at the Castle Hotel, Manchester on 28th with Electric Cheese and Umbrella Assassins.
  • The Parish Church Fire will be appearing at The Eagle, Salford on 7th with Four Candles, Emily Oldfield and a DJ set from Stephen Doyle
  • Keltrix play Cambridge Pride” at Jesus Green on the 8th
  • The Mind Sweepers will be supporting JD Meatyard at Leith Depot Edinburgh on the 15th ….tickets are £5 with £1 going to local homeless charity.
  • The summer solstice will see Weimar play The Eagle, Salford with up and coming band The Ombudsmen
  • Dominic Carlton Jones is the featured artist at Cuckoo Calling, Bury New Road, Prestwich on 26th
  • Mark Corrin’s new project Elastikbande play The Old Abbey Taphouse, Manchester on 28th

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SUBSCRIBE

The German Shepherd Records subscription service is gathering pace with new members joining regularly. This unique offer allows fans to enjoy everything the label releases over a 12 month period for only £40 with a release every week this is a huge bargain. As well as regular releases subscribers will get over 120 back catalogue releases, 10% of all merchandise and exclusive content. Exclusive content released to date includes….

  • An album of Spoken Word performances by Ian Moss
  • An expanded version of Matthew Hopkins “Something” Single
  • A collection of radio sessions from Bouquet of Dead Crows
  • An expanded version of Sam Smith’s “Live in Manchester” album.
  • An expanded version of Auster Boys/Moff Skellington releases “Greetings from Abstercot UK”
  • An audio documentary on the making of Dominic Carlton Jones award winning debut album
  • and more

To subscribe all fans need to do is sign up at this LINK

FORTHCOMING RELEASES

We have the following new releases in the pipeline…..

  • 14/6/19 – Umbrella Assassins return with a new single “Sweat it Out”
  • 21/6/19 – Adventures of Salvador release their new album “Welcome To Our Village”
  • 28/6/19 – Ian and Neil Moss release a follow up single “A Story”
  • 28/6/19 – Lizard Brain release a fantastic remix of “Don’t Even Blink” – a track from their debut album
  • 5/7/19 – The exciting new project from Ding and Moet Unseasonal Beasts will be unleashed with the release the first of three EP’s
  • 12/7/19 – Four Candles release their third album “Nettle Rash”
  • 19/7/19 – We re-release Moff Skellington’s “Gliding Through Stone” album

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Newsletter 44 – sycloner, Adventures of Salvador, Strummercamp, Unseasonal Beasts and gig news

Hello and welcome to another edition of the weekly German Shepherd Records Newsletter

This week

– Introducing sycloner
– Adventures of Salvador announce album launch
– German Shepherd acts at this years Strummercamp
– Unseasonal Beasts
– Gig news

Introducing sycloner

We are pleased to announce a promotion partnership with Australian duo sycloner.

sycloner is a collaboration between Peter Greasley (Vocals) and Daniel Cunnington (Guitar) and is based in Brisbane-Gold Coast (Australia). Originally meeting as members of the band Dream Circle (BMG), Daniel and Peter reconnected in early 2018 to create the indie-pop sound of sycloner. Daniel writes music and plays guitar from a diverse music base, including classical concerts and recordings. Peter writes, sings, bass, and keyboards.

First coming to the labels attention through Bob’s Aural Delights radio show we agreed to work with Peter and Daniel to promote their already released pair of EPs with the idea of releasing a third EP in due course. We were impressed by the quality of their songs and their classy sound.

Their first three track ep “Not Without You” was released in December 2018

Their second four track ep “Lost and Found” was released in February 2019

A third EP is on the way.

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Adventures of Salvador Album Launch

We are pleased to announce the album launch date for Bury’s finest exponents of Urban-Surf-Punk-Rock.

Adventures of Salvador play The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester on 28th June following the release of the album on the 21st. Full details which can be found on Facebook included options of buying a ticket direct from Ticketweb and to purchase a ticket plus digital version of the album bundle direct from our merch page on Bandcamp.

In addition the two support bands on the night are also on the German Shepherd records roster – Chorley’s Electric Cheese and all the way from Haverhill in Suffolk the “Shed Punk” trio Umbrella Assassins.

The new Adventures of Salvador album is called “Welcome To Our Village” and will be  released on June 21st, it includes the critically lauded single “Retroman” .

Strummercamp

We are pleased to announce that three of our bands will be at this years Strummercamp – to be held at Oldham Rugby Club on the weekend of 24th – 26th May. Four Candles will part of the opening night celebrations and The Parish Church Fire and Adventures of Salvador will also be playing over the weekend. Our good pal and DJ supreme Stephen Doyle will be getting the crowds moving with his excellent DJ sets. With a host of excellent acts over a packed weekend the 13th edition of this popular festival is not to be missed.

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Unseasonal Beasts

The exciting new partnership between Ian Moss and Simon “Ding” Archer made their debut at The Castle Hotel, Manchester last week and following that we are pleased to announce the forthcoming release of four EPs from the duo – combining the infectious and compelling industrial electronica of Archer with Moss’s punk rock growl and always fascinating lyrics, this series of releases promises to be one of the highlights of the summer. We’ll keep you posted on progress and pending that here’s a capture of last weeks show by the ever reliable Paul Forshaw.

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Gig News

And finally here is a list of all the forthcoming gigs featuring our artists…..

May
1st to 31st – Moff Skellington has an art exhibition at Canwood Gallery and Sculpture Park, Checkley, Hertfordshire
18th -Weimar play the Eagle, Salford supporting St Lucifer
18th – Poppycock play Whalley Range Pride event at The Carlton Club
20th – Stewart Harris from Scissors on Dave Hammonds Smellypot Show on Cambridge 105 talking about the new live album
23rd – Inferior Complex play King Charles, Poole
24th – Inferior Complex play Royal Oak, Basingstoke
24th – Four Candles play Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
25th – Sam Smith plays Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
25th – Four Candles play PsyCo Circus All Dayer at The Peer Hat – we think they are on at 5:30pm
26th – Adventures of Salvador plays Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
26th – Inferior Complex play Clockwork, Southampton
31st – The Mind Sweepers play Dickies Bar, Dundee
June
1st – Umbrella Assassins (Rebel Arts Stage) Bouquet of Dead Crows (Portland Ballroom Stage) and Keltrix play Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common, Cambridge
2nd – Inferior Complex play Bandstand, Eastleigh
5th – The Junta plays West Street Live, Sheffield
6th – Adventures of Salvador and Matthew Hopkins play Liverpool Fringe Festival
7th – The Parish Church Fire and Four Candles are playing The Eagle, Salford
7th – Inferior Complex play The Alexandra, Southampton
8th – Keltrix play Pride!, Jesus Green, Cambridge
8th – Inferior Complex play The Red House, Yeovil
13th – Inferior Complex play Angola ’76 , Shaftsbury
15th – Paul Winter from The Mind Sweepers is supporting JD Meatyard at Leith Depot Edinburgh tickets are £5 with £1 going to local homeless charity.
20th – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
21st – Weimar play The Eagle, Salford
22nd – Inferior Complex play King Charles, Poole
24th – The Junta plays The Peer Hat, Manchester with Lucky + Love.
26th – Dominic Carlton Jones plays Cuckoo Calling (Featured Artist) Bury New Road, Prestwich
28th – Adventures of Salvador play The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester – ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
28th – Inferior Complex play The Alexandra, Southampton
July
5th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
5th – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
6th – The Mind Sweepers play Electric Fields Festival, SWG3, Glasgow
13th – Umbrella Assassins play The Smokehouse, Ipswich
13th – Electric Cheese play Indiefest 2019 at The Boulevard, Wigan
19th – The Scissors with Moonstrips at Blue Moon Cambridge
20th – Keltrix play Whoosh Festival, The Missing Sock, Sto-Cum-Quy
28th – Monkeys In Love celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at The Klondyke Club, Levenshulme – afternoon show between 1pm and 5pm
31st – The Junta plays The Peer Hat
August
9th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
10th – Weimar play Scarborough Apollo
16th – Keltrix play The Green Man, Granchester
25th – Toska Wilde plays It Came From The Sea II at The Centre, Margate
October
12th October – Scissors play The Six Bells, Cambridge
26th October – Toska Wilde plays CULT 13 – Underground Alternative Night at The Venue Southend.

Exclusive Ticket and Album Offer for Adventures of Salvador Album Launch Gig!

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 :

Newsletter 43 – Loop-aznavour, Four Candles, Forthcoming Releases and Gig News

Hello and welcome to the weekly newsletter from German Shepherd Records

This week

– A brand new single from punk Theremin master Loop-aznavour
– New video from Four Candles previews their new album
– What’s coming up
– Gigs

LOOP-AZNAVOUR RETURNS

Bury, UK based punk theremin maestro Loop-aznavour returns with a brand new single “The President of the Noise Abatement Society”. When he isn’t being lead singer with Adventures of Salvador Loop performs solo with his trusty Theremin delivering punk enthused electronic music with a cutting edge. His latest offering comprises two songs and is released on May 17th.  Loop will be appearing live with Adventures of Salvador over the next few months- see gig list below.

 

FOUR CANDLES HIT CULINARY PROBLEM

Four Candles are previewing their new album “Nettle Rash” with the punchy punk offering “Fly In My Soup” via You Tube. With a cameo appearance from Una Baines (The Fall, Blue Orchids, The Fates, Poppycock) this tale of culinary disaster is a good indicator of the type of thing to expect from the new full length. The band are appearing at this years Strummercamp and a series of other key gigs in May and June.

WHAT’S COMING UP

Forthcoming planned releases by the label:

This week…10th May

The Scissors Live – Smokehouse and Mirrors
The Parish Church Fire Single – Hunger

24th May – promotion of the two EP’s to date from australian band sycloner
31st May – new single from Ian and Keith Moss – “What Killed the King?”
7th June – Space Museum returns with a new album “Nightmare on Glitch Street”
14th June – Umbrella Assassins are back with a new single “Sweat It Out” with an album to follow later in the year
21st June – Adventures of Salvador release their new album “Welcome to Our Village” – the band will be launching the album at a gig on 28th June with Electric Cheese and Umbrella Assassins – more details to follow
28th June – Moff Skellington’s album “Gliding through Stone” will be re-released

GIGS

Weimar have announced a series of gigs

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The ever busy The Mind Sweepers have announced a new date

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Full list of forthcoming gigs featuring our artists:

May
1st to 31st – Moff Skellington has an art exhibition at Canwood Gallery and Sculpture Park, Checkley, Hertfordshire
7th – Ian Moss performs in Unseasonal Beasts project with Simon “Ding” Archer at the Castle Hotel, Manchester as part of the MASS assembly event.
10th – Adventures of Salvador play Ramsbottom Cricket Club
11th – Keltrix play The Haymakers, Cambridge (Acoustic Set)
18th -Weimar play the Eagle, Salford supporting St Lucifer
18th – Pearl Divers and Dominic Carlton Jones play Malaga Drift, Church Street, Eccles
18th – Poppycock play Whalley Range Pride event at The Carlton Club
20th – Stewart Harris from Scissors on Dave Hammonds Smellypot Show on Cambridge 105 talking about the new live album
23rd – Inferior Complex play King Charles, Poole
24th – Inferior Complex play Royal Oak, Basingstoke
24th – Four Candles play Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
25th – Sam Smith plays Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
25th – Four Candles play PsyCo Circus All Dayer at The Peer Hat
26th – Adventures of Salvador plays Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
26th – Inferior Complex play Clockwork, Southampton
31st – The Mind Sweepers play Dickies Bar, Dundee
June
1st – Umbrella Assassins (Rebel Arts Stage) Bouquet of Dead Crows (Portland Ballroom Stage) and Keltrix play Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common, Cambridge
2nd – Inferior Complex play Bandstand, Eastleigh
5th – The Junta plays West Street Live, Sheffield
6th – Adventures of Salvador and Matthew Hopkins play Liverpool Fringe Festival
7th – The Parish Church Fire and Four Candles are playing The Eagle, Salford
7th – Inferior Complex play The Alexandra, Southampton
8th – Keltrix play Pride!, Jesus Green, Cambridge
8th – Inferior Complex play The Red House, Yeovil
13th – Inferior Complex play Angola ’76 , Shaftsbury
15th – Paul Winter from The Mind Sweepers is supporting JD Meatyard at Leith Depot Edinburgh tickets are £5 with £1 going to local homeless charity.
20th – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
21st – Weimar play The Eagle, Salford
22nd – Inferior Complex play King Charles, Poole
24th – The Junta plays The Peer Hat, Manchester with Lucky + Love.
26th – Dominic Carlton Jones plays Cuckoo Calling (Featured Artist) Bury New Road, Prestwich
28th – Adventures of Salvador play The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester – ALBUM RELEASE SHOW with Umbrella Assassins and Electric Cheese
28th – Inferior Complex play The Alexandra, Southampton
July
5th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
5th – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
6th – The Mind Sweepers play Electric Fields Festival, SWG3, Glasgow
13th – Umbrella Assassins play The Smokehouse, Ipswich
13th – Electric Cheese play Indiefest 2019 at The Boulevard, Wigan
19th – The Scissors with Moonstrips at Blue Moon Cambridge
20th – Keltrix play Whoosh Festival, The Missing Sock, Sto-Cum-Quy
28th – Monkeys In Love celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at The Klondyke Club, Levenshulme – afternoon show between 1pm and 5pm
31st – The Junta plays The Peer Hat
August
9th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
10th – Weimar play Scarborough Apollo
16th – Keltrix play The Green Man, Granchester
25th – Toska Wilde plays It Came From The Sea II at The Centre, Margate
October
12th October – Scissors play The Six Bells, Cambridge
26th October – Toska Wilde plays CULT 13 – Underground Alternative Night at The Venue Southend.

Newsletter 42 : The return of The Parish Church Fire, Live Scissors, New Dead Crows Video and gigs!!

Hello and welcome to the weekly newsletter from German Shepherd Records.

This week

– The Parish Church Fire return with a stunning single
– The Scissors live album from Ipswich
– New video from Bouquet of Dead Crows
– Forthcoming gigs

THE PARISH CHURCH FIRE

Released on May 10th 2019, the single “Hunger” represents the rebirth of Manchester alternative rock band The Parish Church Fire. Coupled with b-side “Adam Raised a Cain” this is the first release by the band since Sam Smith (guitar, vocals, keyboards) & Joe Roberts (drums) combined to release Locamente via German Shepherd in 2016.

Joined by new members John Bardsley (bass) and Timothy Hughes (guitar) for the first time, the full on attack and disquieting quality of Hunger is underpinned by its b-side: a hard rock version of Bruce Springsteen’s Adam Raised a Cain from the 1978 album “Darkness on the Edge of Town”. Marking the start of a new era for Sam Smith, “Hunger” is the crystallisation of 6 and half years of work of trying to get The Parish Church Fire established as a live band as opposed to its previous role as a solo studio project.

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On “Hunger” you hear the band in its new guise for the first time. The single will be followed by keynote gigs to launch and celebrate the band as a live entity. Recorded in April 2019 by founder of the band Sam Smith in his studio and produced by both Smith & drummer Joe Roberts, the release is as direct as its title and lyrics suggest: The Parish Church Fire are “hungry for more” following years of inactivity.

The b-side Adam Raised a Cain was carefully chosen to be a part of this release as its lyrical content is somewhat paired with Hunger and it will be an integral part of the bands upcoming shows in 2019.

An interview with Sam Smith about the renaissance of the band can be found  here  

FORTHCOMING GIGS
26th May – Strummercamp, Oldham Rugby Club
7th June – The Eagle, Salford

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THE SCISSORS

May 10th also sees the release of a mini live album from Cambridge band The Scissors. Captured at The Smokehouse Ipswich with a selection of music from all three of their studio albums this is the band at their very best – vital, unrestrained and packed with energy.

Here’s a teaser…..

BOUQUET OF DEAD CROWS RELEASE NEW VIDEO

Bouquet of Dead Crows have a new video out today! Warning, It’s not for the faint-hearted – but if you’re brave enough then check out ‘Fragments (Black Hole Eyes) from their new album ‘Motus Octo’ now! Plans for a subscriber special version of the album are being assembled, watch this space for news!

GIGS

Forthcoming gigs featuring German Shepherd Artists:

May
1st to 31st – Moff Skellington has an art exhibition at Canwood Gallery and Sculpture Park, Checkley, Hertfordshire
3rd – The Scissors play The Blue Moon, Cambridge
3rd – Electric Cheese play The Ferret, Preston
4th – Adventures of Salvador, Positronik and Pearl Divers play Music on the Market Place Festival , Buxton
4th – The Mind Sweepers play The Frunge Festival, The Elmerglen Hotel, Thornhill
5th – Keltrix play The Green Man Brew Ballyhoo, Granchester
7th – Ian Moss performs in Unseasonal Beasts project with Simon “Ding” Archer at the Castle Hotel, Manchester as part of the MASS assembly event.
10th – Adventures of Salvador play Ramsbottom Cricket Club
11th – Keltrix play The Haymakers, Cambridge (Acoustic Set)
18th -Weimar play the Eagle, Salford supporting St Lucifer
18th – Pearl Divers and Dominic Carlton Jones play Malaga Drift, Church Street, Eccles
18th – Poppycock play Whalley Range Pride event at The Carlton Club
20th – Stewart Harris from Scissors on Dave Hammonds Smellypot Show on Cambridge 105 talking about the new live album
23rd – Inferior Complex play King Charles, Poole
24th – Inferior Complex play Royal Oak, Basingstoke
24th – Four Candles play Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
25th – Sam Smith plays Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
25th – Four Candles play PsyCo Circus Allday Extravaganza at The Peer Hat
26th – Adventures of Salvador plays Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
June
1st – Bouquet of Dead Crows (Portland Ballroom Stage) and Keltrix play Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common, Cambridge
2nd – Inferior Complex play Bandstand, Eastleigh
5th – The Junta plays West Street Live, Sheffield
6th – Adventures of Salvador and Matthew Hopkins play Liverpool Fringe Festival
7th – The Parish Church Fire and Four Candles are playing The Eagle, Salford
7th – Inferior Complex play The Alexandra, Southampton
8th – Keltrix play Pride!, Jesus Green, Cambridge
8th – Inferior Complex play The Red House, Yeovil
15th – Paul Winter from The Mind Sweepers is supporting JD Meatyard at Leith Depot Edinburgh tickets are £5 with £1 going to local homeless charity.
20th – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
21st – Weimar play The Eagle, Salford
22nd – Inferior Complex play King Charles, Poole
24th – The Junta plays The Peer Hat, Manchester with Lucky + Love.
26th – Dominic Carlton Jones plays Cuckoo Calling (Featured Artist) Bury New Road, Prestwich
28th – Adventures of Salvador play The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester – ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
28th – Inferior Complex play The Alexandra, Southampton
July
5th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
5th – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
6th – The Mind Sweepers play Electric Fields Festival, SWG3, Glasgow
13th – Umbrella Assassins play The Smokehouse, Ipswich
13th – Electric Cheese play Indiefest 2019 at The Boulevard, Wigan
19th – The Scissors with Moonstrips at Blue Moon Cambridge
20th – Keltrix play Whoosh Festival, The Missing Sock, Sto-Cum-Quy
28th – Monkeys In Love celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at The Klondyke Club, Levenshulme – afternoon show between 1pm and 5pm
31st – The Junta plays The Peer Hat, Manchester
August
9th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
10th – Weimar play Scarborough Apollo
16th – Keltrix play The Green Man, Granchester
25th – Toska Wilde plays It Came From The Sea II at The Centre, Margate
October
12th October – Scissors play The Six Bells, Cambridge
26th October – Toska Wilde plays CULT 13 – Underground Alternative Night at The Venue Southend.

The Return of The Parish Church Fire

The Parish Church Fire are an Alternative Rock band from Manchester, UK fronted by Sam Smith. As loud as they are soft, the band have carved a unique dynamic with elements of heavy metal, trip hop, punk, jazz and blues. Comparable to Afghan Whigs, Radiohead & Pearl Jam. They have a new single out on May 10th called “Hunger” followed by two high profile gigs at Strummercamp and The Eagle, Salford in May and June.

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Here is a recent interview with band front man Sam Smith carried out by German Shepherd co-owner Bob Osborne.

Hi Sam, can you give us a brief history of The Parish Church Fire?

I put together the band in July 2014 after the disbanding my previous outfit ‘Sam Smith & Company’. Although The Parish Church Fire has solely been a studio project for the last 5 years an original live band was assembled upon formation but were only together for just 21 days. The line-up was myself, Chris Gilman & Rick Jarvis (and also Dave Wooley, Jack Farnworth and Peter Toner briefly). In that time Chris, Rick and I rehearsed relentlessly almost every day to get the wealth of material I had written up to standard for a busy gig schedule which had been booked for autumn of 2014. We had even managed to complete a studio session, recording 5 songs. Unfortunately, shortly after the sessions, the band split very abruptly due to the sudden departure of Rick Jarvis and my own ongoing health problems.

What have you been up to since 2014?

In 2015, I signed to German Shepherd Records and adopted the moniker ‘Franco Bandini’ as a result of increasing discomfort using my birth name due to the global rise of Universal Music Group artist Sam Smith. I released a solo EP as Bandini, entitled  ‘2014 Was a Bad Year’ and supported Australian rock legend Dave Graney at The Eagle Inn, Salford. I also did a radio session with Stephen Doyle at Salford City Radio and that was also released by German Shepherd. The ‘The Parish Church Fire EP’ which contained 3 of the 5 songs recorded with the original Parish Church Fire line up was self released at around the same time.

You pursued your vision of the Parish Church Fire band though?

The idea of assembling a band of musicians to represent the vision of The Parish Church Fire and also the desire to perform the songs written specifically for that band never went away. Whilst continuing to work as Franco Bandini, I met drummer Joe Roberts when we both rehearsed with a metal band which sadly never quite got off the ground. We stayed in touch after that band disbanded and we would occasionally meet to discuss the downfall of Manchester United, brewing methods and music production whilst sometimes exchanging demos via email. In 2016, we released the first Parish Church Fire single ‘Locamente’ on German Shepherd Records which was largely well received and we discussed putting together a live band, however as a result of personal circumstances for both of us getting in the way, this would not happen for another 2 and a half years.


Things picked up a little in 2017 though?

Yes! I returned to using my birth name in early 2017, releasing two singles and a live album along the way whilst performing live as a solo artist across the UK with just a guitar and piano. However I always felt that the Parish Church Fire band would come together as a live entity when the time was right. I was booked to appear at Strummercamp Festival in 2019 on the strength of my solo material and the time seemed right to assemble a band.  I contacted former Sam Smith & Company bassist John Bardsley, who is currently one of the key forces behind The Ombudsmen, and asked him if he would be interested in joining the band in its early stages of rebirth. Joe contacted friend and former Confucius Saint guitarist Timothy Hughes to see if he was interested and an initial rehearsal was soon set up.

So where are we up to now?

From the get go, due to various difficulties each of the four of us was dealing with in our personal lives, the rehearsals took place on the provision that they would always remain light hearted, humour would be at the forefront, and ,that a large amount of beer would be drank during each session!  Building on this foundation, a bond was carved between the four of us and despite the alcohol, professionalism ensued and a set of new material I had written was soon ready to perform, leading to a second gig being added for summer 2019 at The Eagle Inn in Salford.

On Initial listening to the new release we found a newly reborn Sam Smith, an artist with the potential we always knew was there, bursting through  With this new band drawing on the strengths of each individual member whilst always respecting the composition of Sam’s songs, there is a unique dynamic sound, emerging through this rebirth, which can be as heavy as it can be soft.  We took the view that there was a perfect marriage of the rock and punk ethos, exciting!

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Newsletter 41 : More Moff, Live Scissors album, Adventures of Salvador album, Umbrella Assassins T Shirts and Gigs!

Hello and welcome to your weekly news for all things German Shepherd Records

This week

– The Pukes of a Hot Cloister re-released
– New Scissors live album coming soon
– Adventures of Salvador new album trailed
– Umbrella Assassins T Shirts now available
– More Gigs announced

MORE MOFF SKELLINGTON

As we continue our programme of re-releasing Moff Skellington’s huge back catalogue we have reached the landmark “The Pukes of a Hot Cloister” which will be re-released digitally on May 3rd.

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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 Bob Osborne’s “Reformation” radio show on 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.

Moff has a major exhibition of his art at the Canwood Gallery and Sculpture Park during May. Exhibition will run from 11am to 4pm each week Tuesday to Sunday. 30 canvasses and 40 prints will be on show at the exhibition.

LIVE SCISSORS

We are pleased to announce the return of Cambridge band the Scissors with a live album recorded at The Smokehouse in Ipswich earlier this year. The raw sound of the live Scissors experience is captured perfectly and demonstrates the pure energy of the band on stage. Release date is planned for 10th May.

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ADVENTURES OF SALVADOR ALBUM TRAILED

The much anticipated new album from Adventures of Salvador “Welcome to our Village” is coming in June. Pending that the band play The Peer Hat, Manchester this Thursday (25th) and Ramsbottom Cricket Club on May 10th, Liverpool Fringe on June 6th with the album launch scheduled for June 28th at The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester. Watch this space for more details.

UMBRELLA ASSASSINS T’S

Haverhill’s finest are hard at work on new material with an album promised later in the year pending that you can increase your sartorial eloquence by acquiring one of their rather fine T-Shirts at this LOCATION. The trio play The Smokehouse, Ipswich on July 13th.

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GIGS

The Spring Summer gig list is hotting up with extra gigs for Inferior Complex, Keltrix and Four Candles emerging…..the full list is below

April
25th – Adventures of Salvador play the Peer Hat, Manchester
26th – Mark Corrin plays The Railway, Didsbury
May
1st to 31st – Moff Skellington has an art exhibition at Canwood Gallery and Sculpture Park, Checkley, Hertfordshire
3rd – Inferior Complex play Winchester Gate, Salisbury
3rd – The Scissors play The Blue Moon, Cambridge
4th – Positronik and Pearl Divers play Music on the Market Place, Buxton
4th – The Mind Sweepers play The Frunge Festival, The Elmerglen Hotel, Thornhill
5th – Keltrix play The Green Man Brew Ballyhoo, Granchester
7th – Ian Moss performs in Unseasonal Beasts project with Simon “Ding” Archer at the Castle Hotel, Manchester as part of the MASS assembly event. This is a free event but you must reserve a ticket
10th – Adventures of Salvador play Ramsbottom Cricket Club
11th – Keltrix play The Haymakers, Cambridge (Acoustic Set)
18th -Weimar play the Eagle, Salford supporting St Lucifer
20th – Stewart Harris from Scissors on Dave Hammonds Smellypot Show on Cambridge 105 talking about the new live album
24th – Four Candles play Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
25th – Sam Smith plays Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
June
1st – Keltrix play Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common, Cambridge
2nd – Inferior Complex play Bandstand, Eastleigh
5th – The Junta plays West Street Live, Sheffield
6th – Adventures of Salvador and Matthew Hopkins play Liverpool Fringe Festival
7th – The Parish Church Fire and Four Candles are playing The Eagle, Salford

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7th – Inferior Complex play The Alexandra, Southampton
8th – Keltrix play Pride!, Jesus Green, Cambridge
8th – Inferior Complex play The Red House, Yeovil
15th – The Mind Sweepers and Paul Winter (solo set) supporting JD Meatyard at Leith Depot Edinburgh tickets are £5 with £1 going to local homeless charity.

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20th – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
21st – Weimar play The Eagle, Salford
24th – The Junta plays The Peer Hat, Manchester with Lucky + Love.
26th – Dominic Carlton Jones plays Cuckoo Calling (Featured Artist) Bury New Road, Prestwich
28th – Adventures of Salvador play The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester – ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
July
5th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
5th – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
6th – The Mind Sweepers play Electric Fields Festival, SWG3, Glasgow
13th – Umbrella Assassins play The Smokehouse, Ipswich
13th – Electric Cheese play Indiefest 2019 at The Boulevard, Wigan
19th – The Scissors with Ember Rev at Blue Moon Cambridge
20th – Keltrix play Whoosh Festival, The Missing Sock, Sto-Cum-Quy
28th – Monkeys In Love celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at The Klondyke Club, Levenshulme – afternoon show between 1pm and 5pm
31st – The Junta plays The Peer Hat
August
9th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
10th – Weimar play Scarborough Apollo
16th – Keltrix play The Green Man, Granchester
25th – Toska Wilde plays It Came From The Sea II at The Centre, Margate

Newsletter 40 : 26th April Release from The Parasite, Subscribe, What’s Coming, and, Gigs!

NEW RELEASE

We are pleased to announce the latest release from The Parasite

The Parasite are Ian Moss (Hamsters, Four Candles) and Bob Osborne (Space Museum, Auster Boys) who just happen to co-own German Shepherd Records. They have appeared in various guises before – The Parasite being their latest vehicle to purvey their mix of spoken word, heartfelt vocalese and sound design.

The latest release, a ten track album, is called “All Limitations Are Self-Imposed is released on 26th April in digital format via Bandcamp and distributed by Ditto to over 30 platforms including Spotify, You Tube, Amazon etc

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The album reflects the usual Parasite themes – the dark worlds behind the shiny veneer of pop music, revenge, identity, politics, and the state of the nation. Musically the album veers between various genres and presents the duo’s off-kilter “tempo ignoring” attacks on perceived wisdom of what melody and rhythm should conform to.

Previous releases by The Parasite are available from the German Shepherd Records Bandcamp page.

The Parasite can be reached on Facebook

SUBSCRIBE!

With our subscription, you can get all of our new releases for just £40 a year (less than a pound a week!), while supporting our label and our roster of great artists directly. Given we release over 40 items a year this is a great value for money choice.

If you would like to pay more for you subscription you can. The more generous you are the more we can do!

German Shepherd is owned, operated and funded by us, on a not for profit basis We pride ourselves on being grass-roots, DIY and artist-focused. We started in 2014 and have been slowly growing a fan base and getting the support of a selection of friendly DJs and bloggers who feature what we do. However changes in the music industry, and price increases, have made it harder than ever for small labels like ours to stay in business in today’s climate. Your subscription directly helps us to continue releasing great music and in turn support some of the best underground artists out there.

When you subscribe you’ll get a load of great music and special offers

– All new releases automatically added to your Bandcamp account and available to download
– A selection of OVER 100 items from our back catalogue completely free when you first sign up
– A 10% discount on merch items including CDs, T-Shirts and Gig Tickets
– Special releases which are only available to subscribers – they will not be sold anywhere else
– Regular blog updates from us on what we are up to

All income, after admin fees from Bandcamp, goes direct to the bands, or to the nominated charity we are supporting on specific releases.

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FORTHCOMING

What’s coming soon from the Kennel

19/4/19 Mark Corrin Pub Bin
26/4/19 The Parasite All limitations are self imposed
3/5/19 Moff Skellington The Pukes of a Hot Cloister
3/5/19 The Parish Church Fire Hunger
10/5/19 The Scissors Live at the Smokehouse
17/5/19 Loop -Aznavour President of the Noise Abatement Society
24/5/19 sycloner Not Without You
24/5/19 sycloner Lost and Found

GIGS

Although it’s not one of our gigs Ian is appearing with Simon Ding Archer as Unseasonal Beasts as part of the MASS Assembly project from Manchester Uni at The Castle Hotel on May 8th. It is a free event but you need to register for a ticket on the event page.

April

  • 18th – Inferior Complex play The Facebar, Reading
  • 20th – Toska Wilde plays The Venue, Southend On Sea
  • 26th – Mark Corrin plays The Railway, Didsbury

May

  • 1st to 31st – Moff Skellington has an art exhibition at Canwood Gallery and Sculpture Park, Checkley, Hertfordshire
  • 3rd – The Scissors play The Blue Moon, Cambridge
  • 4th – Positronik and Pearl Divers play Music on the Market Place, Buxton
  • 4th – The Mind Sweepers play The Frunge Festival, The Elmerglen Hotel, Thornhill
  • 5th – Keltrix play The Green Man Brew Ballyhoo, Granchester
  • 7th – Ian Moss performs in Unseasonal Beasts project with Simon “Ding” Archer at the Castle Hotel, Manchester as part of the MASS assembly event.
  • 10th – Adventures of Salvador play Ramsbottom Cricket Club
  • 11th – Keltrix play The Haymakers, Cambridge (Acoustic Set)
  • 18th -Weimar play the Eagle, Salford supporting St Lucifer
  • 24th – Four Candles play Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
  • 25th – Sam Smith plays Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club

June

  • 1st – Keltrix play Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common, Cambridge
  • 5th – The Junta plays West Street Live, Sheffield
  • 7th – The Parish Church Fire  and Four Candles are playing The Eagle, Salford
  • 7th – Inferior Complex play The Alexandra, Southampton
  • 15th – The Mind Sweepers are supporting JD Meatyard at Leith Depot Edinburgh tickets are £5 with £1 going to local homeless charity.
  • 21st – Weimar play The Eagle, Salford
  • 24th – The Junta plays The Peer Hat, Manchester with Lucky + Love.
  • 26th – Dominic Carlton Jones plays Cuckoo Calling (Featured Artist) Bury New Road, Prestwich
  • 28th

July

  • 4th-6th – The Mind Sweepers play Electric Festival, Drumlanrig Castle (North West of Dumfries off the A76
  • 5th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
  • 5th – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
  • 13th – Umbrella Assassins play The Smokehouse, Ipswich
  • 13th – Electric Cheese play Indiefest 2019 at The Boulevard, Wigan
  • 19th –  The Scissors with Ember Rev at Blue Moon Cambridge
  • 20th – Keltrix play Whoosh Festival, The Missing Sock, Sto-Cum-Quy
  • 28th – Monkeys In Love celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at The Klondyke Club, Levenshulme – afternoon show between 1pm and 5pm

August

  • 9th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
  • 10th – Weimar play Scarborough Apollo
  • 16th – Keltrix play The Green Man, Granchester
  • 25th – Toska Wilde plays It Came From The Sea II at The Centre, Margate

German Shepherd Records Newsletter 39 – Mark Corrin album, sycloner, Moff Skellington and gigs!

Hello and welcome to the latest news from German Shepherd Records.

This week –

– Mark Corrin explores the Pub Bin
– sycloner bring Gold Coast sunshine to German Shepherd
– Moff Skellington announces huge art exhibition
– gig news

MARK CORRIN – NEW ALBUM “PUB BIN”

19th April sees the release of a new album from Mark Corrin.

Mark Corrin’s early releases as “Shirokuma” were frequently broadcast on the John Peel Show on BBC Radio 1, and his more recent solo work has featured on BBC Late Junction with Nick Luscombe. He also presents a weekly music radio show himself on Salford City Radio and has collaborated and performed with several notable artists from all over the world both live and on record. He has previously also been a member of groups including Una Baines’ (The Fall) band Poppycock, Rose & The Diamond Hand and is currently working with a new group called Elastikbande.

“Pub Bin” a digital only release is described as a dark comedy concept album set mostly in the venues, shops, offices, pubs and bins of modern Manchester. Blending electro pop and punk with Mark’s wry observational humour this is the album to lighten the mood of a distressed nation, and world!

Mark’s recent set at Manchester Meltdown includes many of the tracks from the album

You can check out Mark’s previous solo releases on two separate pages on Bandcamp as well as via Valentine Records Bandcamp page. Links are available on our artist profile page.

Mark is playing live on 26th April at The Railway, Didsbury, Manchester

SYCLONER JOIN GERMAN SHEPHERD RECORDS

Brisbane-Gold Coast duo sycloner (the S is lower case) become the first Australian artists to join German Shepherd Records. We will be distributing their first two EPs, which are currently available on Bandcamp, from May 24th with hopefully new material to follow soon. Their sophisticated indie sounds are deserving of a wider audience and we hope to spread the word about these talented musicians.

MOFF ANNOUNCES MAJOR ART EXHIBITION

Master of Eddodi Moff Skellington has announced a major exhibition of his art at the Canwood Gallery and Sculpture Park during May. Exhibition will run from 11am to 4pm each week Tuesday to Sunday. 30 canvasses and 40 prints will be on show at the exhibition.

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GIGS

Forthcoming gigs featuring German Shepherd artists

April

  • 12th – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
  • 13th – Positronik play London Road Inn, Buxton
  • 14th – Rose and the Diamond Hand play SpringFest at Victoria Baths, Manchester
  • 18th – Inferior Complex play The Facebar, Reading
  • 20th – Toska Wilde plays The Venue, Southend On Sea
  • 26th – Mark Corrin plays The Railway, Didsbury

May

  • 1st to 31st – Moff Skellington has an art exhibition at Canwood Gallery and Sculpture Park, Checkley, Hertfordshire
  • 3rd – The Scissors play The Blue Moon, Cambridge
  • 4th – Positronik and Pearl Divers play Music on the Market Place, Buxton
  • 4th – The Mind Sweepers play The Frunge Festival, The Elmerglen Hotel, Thornhill
  • 5th – Keltrix play The Green Man Brew Ballyhoo, Granchester
  • 10th – Adventures of Salvador play Ramsbottom Cricket Club
  • 18th -Weimar play the Eagle, Salford supporting St Lucifer
  • 24th – Four Candles play Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
  • 25th – Sam Smith plays Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club

June

  • 1st – Keltrix play Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common, Cambridge
  • 5th – The Junta plays West Street Live, Sheffield
  • 7th – The Parish Church Fire and Four Candles are playing The Eagle, Salford
  • 7th – Inferior Complex play The Alexandra, Southampton
  • 15th – The Mind Sweepers are supporting JD Meatyard at Leith Depot Edinburgh tickets are £5 with £1 going to local homeless charity.
  • 21st – Weimar play The Eagle, Salford
  • 24th – The Junta plays The Peer Hat, Manchester with Lucky + Love.
  • 26th – Dominic Carlton Jones plays Cuckoo Calling (Featured Artist) Bury New Road, Prestwich

July

  • 4th-6th – The Mind Sweepers play Electric Festival, Drumlanrig Castle (North West of Dumfries off the A76
  • 5th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
  • 5th – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
  • 13th – Umbrella Assassins play The Smokehouse, Ipswich
  • 19th – The Scissors with Ember Rev at Blue Moon Cambridge
  • 20th – Keltrix play Whoosh Festival, The Missing Sock, Sto-Cum-Quy
  • 28th – Monkeys In Love celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at The Klondyke Club, Levenshulme – afternoon show between 1pm and 5pm

August

  • 9th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
  • 16th – Keltrix play The Green Man, Granchester

German Shepherd Records Newsletter 38 – Positronik Album, Sam Smith & The Parish Church Fire Live!! , Mark Corrin, and Gigs!

Hello and welcome to this weeks German Shepherd Records Newsletter

Featured this week :

  • Positronik second album revisits old tunes and gives them a makeover
  • Sam Smith returns to the live stage with full band The Parish Church Fire
  • Mark Corrin joins German Shepherd with a new solo album
  • Gigs

POSITRONIK

In the interests of neatness, we’ve decided to collect together all the Positronik material recorded since singer Nathalie Haley joined. Most of it has already appeared on Captain Black albums or individual EPs, also released on German Shepherd Records. However, this collection has been freshly remixed and remastered. So if you’ve somehow managed to miss Positronik’s classic pop stylings up till now, this is the perfect introduction.

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There is one track missing – ‘New Frontier – but that will remain exclusive to the ‘It’s a Dog’s Life’ charity compilation for now.

All songs written and produced by Jeff Black, except:‘Snakes & Ladders’ – written by Jeff Black and Carl Lingard ‘Indian Summer’ (AKA ‘Something’) & ‘That Old Alchemy’ – written by Carl Lingard

Here is a soundcloud link to a teaser – the closing track to the album “That Old Alchemy” a stunning piece of John Barryesque writing from Carl Lingard of Pearl Divers.

If you like classic british electro-pop with a soulful edge then this album ticks all the boxes

The album is a digital only release and will be let loose on the world on 29th March

The band is playing live soon – please see the gig list below

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SAM SMITH

We are pleased to report the return of Sam Smith  with full band “The Parish Church Fire” to the live stage. As well as appearing at this years Strummercamp (see gig list below) the band will headline a date at Salford’s Eagle Inn on Friday June 7th. With recordings underway for new material it ‘s great to see Sam back in front of a full band and we can expect a riotous rock set from Sam and his talented friends.

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MARK CORRIN

It is with great pleasure we announce that Mark Corrin has joined us to release his solo album “Pub Bin”.

Pub Bin is a dark comedy concept album set mostly in the venues, shops, offices, pubs and bins of modern Manchester. You’ll hear influences from The Fall, The Bonzo Dog Band, Sleaford Mods, and the impact of other German Shepherd Records artists.

Mark Corrin’s early releases as “Shirokuma” were frequently broadcast on the John Peel Show on BBC Radio 1, and his more recent solo work has featured on BBC Late Junction with Nick Luscombe. He also presents a weekly music radio show himself on Salford City Radio and has collaborated and performed with several notable artists from all over the world both live and on record. He has previously also been a member of groups including Una Baines’ (The Fall) band Poppycock, Rose & The Diamond Hand and is currently working with a new group called Elastikbande.

The album is planned for release on 19th April….more details to follow in future weeks

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GIGS

Forthcoming live events featuring our roster:

March
23rd – Electric Cheese play The Ferret, Preston
30th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Blue Moon Cambridge + Basement Strippers & Matt Hammond
30th – Dominic Carlton Jones is playing an LGBT fundraiser at The Rose Of Farington .Leyland.
April
4th – Matthew Hopkins play The Eagle, Salford with Sandells and Wolf Suit
13th – Positronik play London Road Inn, Buxton
20th – Toska Wilde plays The Venue, Southend On Sea
May
5th – Keltrix play The Green Man Brew Ballyhoo, Granchester
18th -Weimar play the Eagle, Salford supporting St Lucifer
24th – Four Candles play Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
25th – Sam Smith plays Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
June
1st – Keltrix play Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common, Cambridge
7th – The Parish Church Fire and Four Candles are playing The Eagle, Salford
15th – The Mind Sweepers are supporting JD Meatyard at Leith Depot Edinburgh tickets are £5 with £1 going to local homeless charity.
26th – Dominic Carlton Jones plays Cuckoo Calling (Featured Artist) Bury New Road, Prestwich
July
4th-6th – The Mind Sweepers play Electric Festival, Drumlanrig Castle (North West of Dumfries off the A76
19th – The Scissors with Ember Rev at Blue Moon Cambridge
20th – Keltrix play Whoosh Festival, The Missing Sock, Sto-Cum-Quy
August
16th – Keltrix play The Green Man, Granchester

German Shepherd Records Newsletter #37 – Crab Dance G.I.s , T Shirts and Gigs

Hello and welcome to the regular newsletter from German Shepherd Records
Our release for March 22nd is the second single this year from Crab Dance G.I.s
Based around the writing partnership of Danny Cusick (KIT B, Hidden Gem) and Craig Bodell (Hidden Gem) the new single “Back In The Day” is a bitter-sweet slice of Manchester pop music looking back to the heady days of the early 1980s.
Primarily a studio based project Crab Dance G.I. can be found on Facebook
The single is available via Bandcamp and all the regular digital download outlets
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We now have available a limited number of T-Shirts via our Bandcamp Merch page

Priced at £10 plus p&p they will available for shipping from May 1st.  We are currently taking orders to determine how big a print run we need to do.

 

 

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Gigs

There are a number of new gigs that have been added to our listing featuring our artists. We are particularly pleased to have two acts on at Strummercamp this year – Four Candles and Sam Smith’s Parish Church Fire – both of who will feature again at a gig at the Eagle, Collier Street, Salford on June 7th

March
13th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play West Street Live Sheffield
15th – Adventures of Salvador play The Deaf Centre, Chester
16th – Bouquet of Dead Crows, The Scissors and Umbrella Assassins play The Smokehouse Ipswich.
16th – The Mind Sweepers play Midnight Breakfast Club at Bathgate.
23rd – Electric Cheese play The Ferret, Preston
30th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Blue Moon Cambridge + Basement Strippers & Matt Hammond
30th – Dominic Carlton Jones is playing an LGBT fundraiser at The Rose Of Farington .Leyland.
April
20th – Toska Wilde plays The Venue, Southend On Sea
May
18th -Weimar play the Eagle, Salford supporting St Lucifer
24th – Four Candles play Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
25th – Sam Smith plays Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
June
7th – The Parish Church Fire are playing The Eagle, Salford
15th – The Mind Sweepers are supporting JD Meatyard at Leith Depot Edinburgh tickets are £5 with £1 going to local homeless charity.
26th – Dominic Carlton Jones plays Cuckoo Calling (Featured Artist) Bury New Road, Prestwich
July
4th-6th – The Mind Sweepers play Electric Festival, Drumlanrig Castle (North West of Dumfries off the A76)
19th – The Scissors with Ember Rev at Blue Moon Cambridge

Greetings from Abstercot U.K.

March 15th sees the first dual effort by Moff Skellington and Auster Boys. Titled “Greetings from Abstercot UK” the two track release brings together the pyschogeography of Auster Boys and the other worldly genre known as Eddodi. Auster North produced two funky electro backing tracks and Moff added a good portion of Abstercot magic to create something new entirely, here is a sneak preview…… we hesitate to add the usual RIYL thing as this is nothing like anything you have heard before, unless you live in Abstercot!

For the main release the single will feature the two tracks, for German Shepherd subscribers the release will include the two Auster Boys base tracks as an added bonus

The cover art shows the centres of Leeds, Northampton and Eccles – all Abstercot in their own way!

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German Shepherd Records Newsletter #36 – New Album from the Screaming Love Collective and Special Birthday Offers! plus Gigs!!!

Hello and welcome to the latest newsletter from German Shepherd Records

This week we preview the release of a brand new album from the Screaming Love Collective and also celebrate our 5th Birthday with a special offer….

ALL THE LIGHT YOU SEE COMES FROM THE PAST

The Screaming Love Collective are back on March 1st with 10 slices of their trademark psychedelic punk rock groove sensations.

Masterminded by Bryn Thorburn the groove is intense and subject matter looks to the stars. “All The Light You See Comes From The Past” is the 10th release with German Shepherd Records from the Collective.

All The Light You See Comes From The Past

At the core of The Screaming Love Collective is Bryn Thorburn who is the drummer for The Mind Sweepers and has years of experience both playing and writing in bands including the Glasgow based self proclaimed art noise terrorists Spacehopper and the Edinburgh based psychedelic band Gram Solo.

Bryn also creates the artwork for The Screaming Love collective.

FACEBOOK – /www.facebook.com/thescreaminglovecollective/

For a  preview check out “Hard” Light from the album on You Tube :

FIFTH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

As we celebrate our fifth birthday we are offering on our Bandcamp page the following FIVE releases for 50 pence only for the next 5 DAYS!

WEST COAST SICK LINE – HOPE YOU ALL HAVE NIGHTMARES EXCEPT KIRSTY
MOFF SKELLINGTON – MARINE SUGARS (LOCALLY GLIMPSED)
HAMSTERS – LIVE ON THE INDEPENDENTS TOUR
HOUSE MOUSE AND SPACE MUSEUM – POST FACT
VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATION – 100

Check out our Bandcamp at – http://www.germanshepherdrecords.bandcamp.com

GIGS

Forthcoming events featuring German Shepherd records artists!

February
22nd – Moff Skellington plays at Shangri-La, The Carlton Club, Prestwich
23rd – Electric Cheese and Four Candles play The Railway, Chorley
24th – Positronik play Fab Cafe, Manchester
28th – Cassette Apes play West Street Live, Sheffield

March
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 – Pearl Divers play Malaga Drift, Eccles Town Centre (Near the station and not far from German Shepherd HQ!)
2nd – The Mind Sweepers play The Normandy, Dumfries
11th – The Junta supports Strange Circuits at The Eagle, Salford
13th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play West Street Live Sheffield
15th – Adventures of Salvador play The Deaf Centre, Chester
16th – Bouquet of Dead Crows, The Scissors and Umbrella Assassins play The Smokehouse Ipswich.
16th – Cassette Apes play The London Road Inn, Buxton
16th – The Mind Sweepers play Midnight Breakfast Club at Bathgate.
23rd – Electric Cheese play The Ferret, Preston
30th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Blue Moon Cambridge + Basement Strippers & Matt Hammond
30th – Dominic Carlton Jones is playing an LGBT fundraiser at The Rose Of Farington .Leyland.

April
20th – Toska Wilde plays The Venue, Southend On Sea

June
15th – The Mind Sweepers are supporting JD Meatyard at Leith Depot Edinburgh tickets are £5 with £1 going to local homeless charity.

July
4-6th – The Mind Sweepers play The Electric Fields Festival  Drumlanrig Castle

Crab Dance G.I.s return with Dayglo Dave

22nd February sees the release of a brand new single from Crab Dance G.I.s called “Dayglo Dave”.

Crab Dance G.I.s is Danny Cusick (KIT B, The Hidden Gem) and Craig Bodell (The Hidden Gem).

Released via German Shepherd Records Bandcamp page and to over 40 digital outlets via AWAL distribution, the single focuses on those music fans who focus on just one genre to the exclusion of others – in this case “Dayglo Dave” who only listens to “new wave”. Steeped in Manchester pop smarts with a garage rock vibe this is the sound of Manchester 2019.

Another single “Back in the Day” will follow on 22nd March.

This release follows on from the bands debut single (Listen to the) Dole Drums/Compassion Fatigue

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The Strays become Cassette Apes

Buxton based electro-punk duo Cassette Apes have announced a name change – they used to be called The Strays.  The pair are currently re-recording their existing material and annoucements are due in March on the release of old and new material. As a result  all existing Strays material has been taken down from our Ditto distribution and Bandcamp page. The boys continue to gig relentlessly under the new name so check our Gig Page for details of upcoming shows.

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German Shepherd Records Newsletter #35 – Moff Skellington, Weimar Single Launch, Award for Dominic Carlton Jones, New Single from Crab Dance GI’s and Gigs!

Hello and welcome to the regular newsletter from German Shepherd Records, this week:

  • We reissue Moff Skellington’s “The Corduroy Bridge” album
  • We report on the successful single launch from Weimar
  • We celebrate an award for Dominic Carlton Jones
  • We tell you about a new single from Crab Dance GI’s
  • We let you know about some gigs

MOFF SKELLINGTON – THE CORDUROY BRIDGE

If you have not heard the work of Moff Skellington before then you are in for a fascinating experience.

Moff, whose given name is Andy Quayle, is an iconoclast blessed with a unique talent with words and music that defies convention and operates in a separate and quite distinct time continuum to the rest of the world of entertainment. His prolific and prodigious output, over twenty five albums/EP’s and one DVD since 1999, offers some of the most exciting and challenging work you are ever likely to hear. Aside from his musical endeavours he is also a gifted and talented visual artist who has exhibited his unique painting and drawings in many different locations. He has recently moved into the world of video to create a fascinating marriage of his paintings and music.

The music is described as Eddodi – a kind of mutant folk music which incorporates elements of post-punk, rock and blues. Imagine Pere Ubu, Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart and Harry Partch thrown into a blender and mixed with the English Folk Tradition and you are getting somewhere near the sound.

The album “The Corduroy Tongue” was originally released in 2015 and we are reissuing it on 15th February in digital format as part of our plan to eventually release all of Moff’s back catalogue.

Moff is a “Marmite” artist you either are 1000% committed to his work or you are left scratching your head and wondering what you have just listened to. We understand if you don’t “get it” we are used to the mixed reaction.

As a taster of his work here is Moff defining entertainment

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WEIMAR ENJOY TRIUMPHANT SINGLE LAUNCH

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Weimar packed out The Eagle Inn in Salford on February 1st for the launch of their single “John Doe/Curse The Songs”. With an hour long set and a rapturous audience the band played both sides of the new single, were joined on stage by a very soulful Rose Niland for a couple of songs, featured new material, and, blew the roof off with a stunning version of “Nights In Spanish Harlem”. The set concluded with a couple of old tunes from Aidan Cross’s previous band The Bacillus (album still available on the German Shepherd bandcamp page). Press reports were effusive in their praise of the evening with Louder Than War and the Salford Star writing positive articles,. The single has gained airplay throughout the UK and the States and a series of very positive blogs have reviewed it also. Aidan will be appearing on Dave Hammond’s Smelly Flowerpot show on Cambridge 105 on Monday 11th February from 9pm where he will be chatting about the band and the plans for the forthcoming album.

DOMINIC CARLTON JONES

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As well as receiving praise for his opening set at the Weimar gig mentioned above Dominic Carlton Jones has won the Salford Star Best Band/Act 2018 Award for his album “Salford Punk Poetry Sadness Death New Life”, which judges hailed  as “inspired and original”. Salford Star Live Editor Ian Leslie presented the award to Dominic at the end of his set last Friday. A full report from the Salford Star can be found here. Many congratulations to Dominic from everyone in The Kennel. Thanks to Michelle Leslie for the photograph.

CRAB DANCE GI’S INTRODUCE DAYGLO DAVE

Danny Cusick (KIT B, The Hidden Gem) side project Crab Dance GI’s have a new single out on March 15th called “Dayglo Dave”. The first of two forthcoming singles from this project the song is the tale of a regressive music fan who “only listens to New Wave” and will countenance any other forms of music. Watch this space for more details!

 

 

GIGS

Details of forthcoming gigs featuring German Shepherd Artists:

February
9th – Scissors play NCI Club Cambridge (Cambridge Central Aid charity fundraiser, Scissors headlining, other acts TBC)
10th – Pearl Divers play Fab Cafe, Manchester
15th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Bury Sound at Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
23rd – Electric Cheese and Four Candles play The Railway, Chorley
24th – Positronik play Fab Cafe, Manchester

March
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 – Pearl Divers play Malaga Drift, Eccles Town Centre (Near the station and not far from German Shepherd HQ!)
2nd – Electric Cheese play The Village Inn, Skelmersdale
2nd – The Mind Sweepers play The Normandy, Dumfries
13th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play West Street Live Sheffield
15th – Adventures of Salvador play The Deaf Centre, Chester
16th – Bouquet of Dead Crows, The Scissors and Umbrella Assassins play The Smokehouse Ipswich.
16th – The Mind Sweepers play Midnight Breakfast Club at Bathgate.
23rd – Electric Cheese play The Ferret, Preston
29th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Blue Moon Cambridge + Burning Codes, Basement Strippers & Matt Hammond

April
20th – Toska Wilde plays The Venue, Southend On Sea

German Shepherd Records Newsletter #34 – Auster Boys, New Logo, and Gigs!

Hello and welcome to our latest newsletter

This week

– new Auster Boys album – “137 Heteronyms”
– new Logos/Branding
– Gigs

AUSTER BOYS – 137 HETERONYMS

The Auster Boys are back with a new full length which incorporates some archive material from 1990/1 and brand new tracks. 50% of the release was originally on the cassette release “Year of the Hangover” and reveals the early 90s sound of the duo when the Roland R-5 Drum and Bass Machine was being used alongside guitar and keyboards – subject matter centres around the first Gulf War, the fractured landscape of John Major’s UK, and Stalin’s double. The other 50% is Auster 2019 constructed in Ableton with the focus being a flâneu expedition to Lisbon and looks at three key figures in Portugese history.

Auster Boys is Bob Auster South who writes the words and narrates them and Bob Auster North who does the musical side of things.

You can sample a couple of tracks from the release here:

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NEW LOGO AND BRANDING

It’s nearly our fifth birthday so we thought we would tidy up the kennel. Our talented friend Michael T. Scott (Staggs, m.t. scott) has redesigned our logo and as you can see we have given our website a bit of a facelift.

GIGS

The final Meltdown of this season is on 30th January at the Peer Hat and features Four Candles, Mark Corrin (who is featuring music from his forthcoming album), Springfield Elementary, and Bobbie Peru. 1st February sees the launch of the new single from Weimar at The Eagle, Collier Street, Salford and also features Dominic Carlton Jones who will be receiving a special award on the night. A new gig has been announced for Scissors who will play at The Blue Moon, Cambridge on May 3rd with Goddamit Jeremiah and Beverley Kills.

Other upcoming gigs

February
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 play The Railway, Chorley
March
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
13th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play West Street Live Sheffield
16th – Bouquet of Dead Crows, The Scissors and Umbrella Assassins play The Smokehouse Ipswich.
23rd – Electric Cheese play The Ferret, Preston
29th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Blue Moon Cambridge + Burning Codes, Basement Strippers & Matt Hammond
April
20th – Toska Wilde plays The Venue, Southend On Sea

 

German Shepherd Newsletter #33 – Debut Single from Weimar, and gigs!

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.

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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.

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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

WEIMAR ARE:

Aidan Cross- vocals, rhythm guitar
Johann Kloos- lead guitar
John Armstrong- bass
Anthony Edwards- drums

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Official Website – http://weimarbanduk.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/weimartheband
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/WeimarBandUK
Soundcloud – http://www.soundcloud.com/weimartheband

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

January

  • 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

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February

  • 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

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  • 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

March

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 23rd – Electric Cheese play The Ferret, Preston
  • 29th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Blue Moon Cambridge + Burning Codes, Basement Strippers & Matt Hammond

April

20th  – Toska Wilde accompanied by Brucie Bitch is in fine company at The Venue, Southend

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Sam Smith Live In Manchester

We are pleased to announce the release of new recordings from Sam Smith – Live in Manchester.

Marking the end of a relatively fallow year spent mainly in the studio, this recording documents the final live date of 2018 for German Shepherd Records recording artist, Sam Smith. Recorded at the Castle Hotel, Manchester at the end of a mini-tour, this release captures the depths of Smith’s full live show across 12 tracks for the first time ever.

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However this is a very special release split across 2 versions. Firstly a 7 track EP released across all major streaming platforms. Secondly the full LP with all 12 tracks released exclusively to German Shepherd Records subscribers.

Smith delivers his songs unaccompanied alternating between piano and guitar in a venue he has always wanted to play but where bad luck and circumstances had conspired against previous attempts to perform there . Containing songs old and new alongside some select covers from some of Sam’s all time favourite artists in The Clash, Bruce Springsteen and Slipknot, this show was captured brilliantly by engineer Martin Hurley in a truly beautiful sounding room at well regarded music venue The Castle Hotel on Oldham Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Tracks ‘Circles of Purgatory Pt. 1’ and ‘Demonic · Histrionic · Catatonic’ are taken from Sam’s upcoming album (due Q2 2019) and these songs remain exclusive to the subscribers of German Shepherd Records via the LP release. Highlights from the general EP release are; a version of Slipknot’s 2004 hit Duality from behind the piano and a familiarly searing lament to the town of Stockport courtesy of old Sam Smith & Company live favourite ‘Some Facts’ in addition to songs from the ‘Bandini days’ and beyond.

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LP: GERMAN SHEPHERD RECORDS EXCLUSIVE VERSION

1. Nashville, Kid
2. Circles of Purgatory (Pt. 1)
3. Janie Jones*
4. The Whiskey, Guns & Bridges Blues
5. The Ghost of Tom Joad*
6. Duality*
7. Bad Water
8. Under the Waves off Kanagawa
9. Demonic · Histrionic · Catatonic
10. Ask the Dust
11. Some Facts
12. Running & Falling Free

This version is only available to Subscribers to German Shepherd Records. For £40 subscribers receive everything German Shepherd Records release digitally over 12 months plus over 40 former releases from the labels back catalogue as well as unique subscriber specials like this.

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EP: GENERAL RELEASE

1. Nashville, Kid
2. The Whiskey, Guns & Bridges Blues
3. The Ghost of Tom Joad
4. Duality
5. Bad Water
6. Some Facts
7. Running & Falling Free

All songs written by Samuel Frankie James Smith except where noted (Track 3 written by Joe Strummer & Mick Jones, Track 5 written by Bruce Springsteen, Track 6 written by Shawn Crahan, Chris Fehn, Paul Gray, Craig Jones, Joey Jordison, Jim Root, Corey Taylor ,Mick Thomson & Sid Wilson).

This release is distributed by Sam via AWAL to all major digital download portals on 25th January.

BIOGRAPHY

Sam Smith is a prolific singer, songwriter, musician and educator from Manchester. He has lead the bands Sam Smith & Company, and The Parish Church Fire as well as performing solo as Franco Bandini and under his own name. Steeped in rock and punk Sam is a charismatic and emotional performer. Currently reconstructing The Parish Church Fire and working on his debut solo album Sam will next be performing live with the band at Strummercamp 2019 at Oldham Rugby Club with further selected gigs to follow.

CONTACTS

 

DISCOGRAPHY WITH GERMAN SHEPHERD

Franco Bandini – 2014 was a bad year (2015)
Franco Bandini – Sonic Diary Session 24​-​02​-​16 (2016)
Franco Bandini – Locamente (2016)
Sam Smith – Bad Water (2017)
Sam Smith – Under the waves off Kanagwa (2018)

Lizards On The Radio

Lizard Brain have secured two radio appearances in the run up to the release of their 3rd album “Stray” on Friday 18th January.

The band will be featured on the CAM FM Breakthrough show on Sunday 13th January between 19:00-21:00 with a session to follow in the near future.

This will be followed by an appearance on Dave Hammond’s Smelly Flowerpot Show on Cambridge 105FM between 21:00 and 23:00

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Lizard Brain release third album “Stray” with German Shepherd Records

Cambridge based band Lizard Brain join German Shepherd Records for their third album “Stray” . Released digitally on 18th January, 2019 the 12 track collection finds the band delivering a heady cocktail of beautifully crafted and diverse songs

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Lizard Brain are:

Richard Jones: songs, keys, bass, vox, arrangements, production
Mark Fleet: songs, keys, arrangements, production
David Carter: songs, guitars, vox, bass, flute, sax, arrangements, production
Tony Jenkins: songs, vox, guitars, arrangements

“Stray” was recorded in the purpose-built Lizard Lounge studio in Lode, Cambridge from late 2016 to late 2018. Album production was led by Richard and supported by Mark and David. Following on from their earlier self-released albums Hold The Mind (2012) and That Has A Nice Ring To It (2016), the songs on the new collection emerged from a series of writing sessions using different combinations of band members whose wide musical influences resulted an album rich with variety.

The album kicks off with the Moroder drenched alt-disco groove of “Lost In Sound”, switches to the impassioned rock of “Gannets” and then swerves into Jamaican grooves with “Am I Just A Name Now”. In these three opening tracks the group evidence their skill and competence in delivering lyrically strong, well produced, quality material. What follows is a varied menu of twangy psych pop, driving rock, Northern Soul, elegiac balladry, and an epic anthemic closer “Freedom”. Throughout there are strong melodies and hooks that will leave you going back for repeated listens.

Here as a taster is an early pre-release version of the albums’s opening track “Lost In Sound”

 

Lost In Sound achieved the maximum possible 20 weeks in East Anglia’s New Music Generator listener chart in 2018, against stiff opposition from the best bands in the Eastern region. It became the second Lizard Brain track in the NMG Hall Of Fame, alongside Sweet Blessed Miracle. This was a real tribute to the depth of Lizard Brain’s support as people voted consistently for both tracks over all 20 weeks.

The album will be available in digital format on Bandcamp, Spotify, I Tunes, Amazon, Google, Apple Music and loads more download sites.

ABOUT LIZARD BRAIN

Mark and Richard started working together as Lizard Brain in 2008. Richard had already been in various successful musical projects, including as founder member of Transoceanic, regularly topping charts and for some years the most successful UK-based artist on MP3.COM, at the time the most important global music web platform. You can find three Transoceanic albums on all major current music platforms – ambient electronica at its very best.

Mark was a fan of Transoceanic before realising Richard was the founder member. Mark hadn’t been in any bands before, but he was a passionate and knowledgeable consumer of a wide variety of musical styles, and quickly mastered powerful DAW and synth software and began to create highly original soundscapes. They began to consider releasing an album, later to be called Hold The Mind, in 2010. Tony joined midway through this period as a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, and helped bring the first album to completion during 2012.

David, a talented multi-instrumentalist who spans classical and most pop styles, and teaches guitar, joined midway through the second album, That Has A Nice Ring To It. Richard and Dave had written and performed a live theatre soundtrack of alt-rock songs several years previously.

It was only on releasing this second album in 2016 that Lizard Brain began actively to promote their music, reaching out initially to Dave Hammond at Cambridge 105FM, who introduced them to other DJs and became an active supporter and champion of the band. The hugely positive reaction Lizard Brain received from that point on, led to their investment in the Lizard Lounge studio late in 2016.

OF THE NEW ALBUM THE BAND SAY……

Richard: “Several times we thought that we were ready to master the album, but ‘Good Enough’ doesn’t cut it round here. So, nuances were changed, possibilities tried out and reference tracks compared to our mixes. It’s been so painstakingly mixed and mastered that we could give you a dozen different mixes of all the songs. But now I can really hear the difference. There’s nothing that I hear and think: “Ah – we missed that detail”. It’s as close to perfect as we could make it, and I love that. Worth every moment spent in the studio. It’s a very exciting achievement for us, no doubt about it.”

David: “Yeah, well the album really hangs together in a way I kind of expected, but was still surprised by, if that makes any sense. Four different writers, but all coming back to that central theme. What are we doing here? How are we supposed to be? With each other? With ourselves? Songs of hope, failure, reflection… escape even. Should I stay or should I go? How can I be happy? And what does it mean to be a human being? How do I work this thing? How did I get here? What do I do now? I had a joke, you know, that it was only musical differences keeping us together. You can pretty much hear that on the album, there’s a whole range of different styles. But it turns out deep down we are all pretty much the same. Who would have thought it? “

Mark: “Stray is what happens when you take a rocker, a hippy, an ambient geek and a mod, and you shake – vigorously.”

Respected Cambridge 105 DJ Dave Hammond who has featured the band from the outset on his Smelly Flowerpot show had this to say about the new album:

Sometimes when you listen to an album, you can’t help but come up with reference points, whether they are bands, genres or a general feel. But what happens when you reach sensory overload on the references? You can only come to the conclusion that said album is its own beast, better than the sum of its parts and a perfect summary in 40 odd minutes of all that has been great in pop music the last 50 or so years.

Let’s get those references out of the way- Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk, Python Lee Jackson, Moody Blues, The Police, Gary Numan, Talking Heads, Duane Eddy, Nile Rodgers, Gil Scott Heron, 10cc, Dexys Midnight Runners, Led Zeppelin, Leonard Cohen etc- and celebrate the third album by Lizard Brain. Similarly to the great Teenage Fanclub, these four Cambridgeshire based guys share song writing and singing duties which may partially explain the dizzying array of styles, not to mention instrumentation (Japanese flute, crows crowing anyone?), on show.

Aside from the music there’s plenty to intrigue lyrically, from the unsettling to the upbeat with many stops in between, and plenty open to interpretation. It’s a rare delight in today’s polished, soundbite world to hear words and music unafraid to run the gamut from hedonistic, toe tapping delight to gut wrenching emotion. The album, which is meticulously and beautifully self-produced, has undoubtedly been worth its lengthy gestation period.

I’ve just recently sorted and broadcast my top 20 albums for 2018 , but I already have a contender for 2019 following a private preview listen to Stray 

Other comments about the band…..

“I heard it for the first time this morning. Catchy and well produced. You guys never fail to impress.”  Neil Whiteside, Cambridge 105 DJ of lead track “Lost In Sound”

“I’m reminded of 10cc at their best, a truly impressive collection of songs” Aural Delights Blog

“Great songs.” Phil Crowder, The End of the Week Show Sheppey FM

Stray is available on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp and all major global outlets.

CONTACT LINKS

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Crows on the road

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

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German Shepherd Newsletter #32 – Adventures of Salvador, Issac Navaro and Manchester Meltdown

Hello and welcome to the last edition of the German Shepherd Newsletter for 2018 and our first two releases for 2019

ADVENTURES OF SALVADOR – RETROMAN

Urban Punk-Surf-Rock from the heart of the north west of England. Adventures of Salvador release the first single from their second album “Welcome To Our Village” with “Retroman”, a bass driven riff monster of a tune.   Produced and recorded at Big City Jacks Recording Studio in Bury, Greater Manchester by Tony Long the band have hit a new creative peak with their intense and hypnotic sounds. This is enhanced with stunning artwork from Jack Jerz.  The single will be launched as part of the Manchester Meltdown Festival  (see below) at The Peer Hat, Faraday Street, Manchester on 9th January 2019. This is a digital download release vIa Bandcamp and distributed to the major online stores via AWAL later in January. Pre-release is available from today.
Adventures of Salvador comprise Nigel Beck – Bass and Vocals, Dave “Loop-aznavour” – Vocal, Keyboards and Theremin, Mark Berry – Guitar and Mike Smith – Drums. They have built a growing reputation as a must see live band across Greater Manchester and beyond.
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The single is already getting lavish praise:
 “An outrageously confident slice of modern Rock & Roll. The best thing I have heard in a very long time” – Stephen Doyle, Salford City Radio
 
“Are you sure this isn’t some long-lost collaboration when Mark E Smith jammed with the Cramps and the B-52’s??? It sounds ace – Grim Up North Sea Surf Punk!”  Ged Babey, Louder Than War
 
“The Salvadors reach new heights with an audacious blues soaked rumble through the urban hills above the Manchester Conurbation” Aural Delights Blog
 
“Fuzzy surf rock riffs slapped in the face by a punk in a ginnel! Northern to the core, it’s retro…man”. The Rock Fairy
 
“Where retro and modern collide . A catchy, infectious, ear worm that I couldn’t wait to listen to a 2nd and 3rd time.” Tarzan Dan Q107FM
LINKS AND CONTACT
FACEBOOK – @adventuresofsalvador
INSTAGRAM –  @advofsalvador
TWITTER – @AdvofSalvador

ISSAC NAVARO – OUTER RINGS

Issac Navaro returns with a brand new album of electronica infused ambient, post-rock, and blue eyed soul-pop.  Dumfries based musician Issac Navaro (aka Drew McLatchie) is back with his trademark mix of post-rock, electronica, and pop but this time with a little sprinkle of blue-eyed soul. Presaging a forthcoming shift in direction the new album shifts a little more into a populist direction with more accessible structures and some singing!  However long time Navaro admirers will not be disappointed as the trademark epic ambient post-rock statements are still in play with further examples of the type of music that gained critical acclaim on his previous releases #Forensics, Terminals, and Paths to the Shore, as well as his groundbreaking work with Mark Thomson on aA and the Stereopod album Cinematopeia. The album is a digital download only release via Bandcamp and most of the leading other digital portals. The Bandcamp edition comes with additional artwork – a series of photographs depicting each of the individual tracks. Release date is 11th January 2019.with pre-release being available from today.

MANCHESTER MELTDOWN

Manchester’s premier grass roots music series returns every Wednesday in January at The Peer Hat, Faraday Street, Manchester. Curated by Ian Moss this run of gigs is the best place to see some of the most exciting new bands and artists on the circuit. Each gig commences at 8pm and will conclude by 11pm – the entrance fee is £3. There are some excellent examples of the best in North West bands and artists with Whitney Bluzma from Ill with a new band, the return of the legendary Vee VV, and Aidan Cross & Johann Kloos new band Weimar being some of the fantastic music on show.
The line ups are as follows with Four Candles being the opening act on each night
3rd – Transcendental Equation / Nick Alexander / Weimar
9th – Emily Oldfield / St Lucifer / Adventures of Salvador
16th – Vee VV / Model / Poppycock
23rd – Rose and the Diamond Hand / Bang Up To The Elephant / Matthew Hopkins
30th – Elastikbande / Springfield Elementary / Bobbie Peru
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German Shepherd Records Newsletter #31 – The Parasite, It’s A Dog’s Life, Inferior Complex, Adventures of Salvador, and Gigs!

Hello and welcome to the latest newsletter from German Shepherd Records

We will be taking a well deserved break between now and January so this is the last newsletter for 2018.

This week

  • The Parasite release charity single and EP
  • German Shepherd artists get together to raise money for charity
  • Inferior Complex release new single
  • Adventures of Salvador join German Shepherd for a single release, offer debut album as a free download
  • Line-up for Manchester Meltdown Night 4 confirmed
  • Gigs

THE PARASITE

The Parasite have released a one off single called “Wooden Huts” which aims to raise money for the homelessness charity Crisis.

See here for details

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The Parasite will also be releasing a four track EP on 21st December called Culture Wars – music inspired by the individual members of the influential band Throbbing Gristle forms the basis of the release with words from Ian Moss an integral part of the overall concept. With subjects as disparate as American Gangsters, anger management, assassins and coping with later life, there is a heady mix of vibrant wordplay and musical tricks and puzzles.

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IT’S A DOG’S LIFE

We return with one of our regular charity compilations – this one is called “It’s A Dog’s Life” and features stunning cover art from Moff Skellington. With a sizeable number of our roster involved we have a mix of brand new tracks, alternative mixes and new versions of old favourites. This will be released on 21st December and all proceeds will be donated to Mary’s Meals charity. A bandcamp only SPECIAL EDITION will include additional tracks from The Get and Sam Smith.

Featured artists are:

  • The Parasite
  • Umbrella Assassins
  • Bouquet of Dead Crows
  • The Get
  • The Scissors
  • Issac Navaro
  • Inferior Complex
  • The Mind Sweepers
  • Kit B
  • Mistletoe
  • Auster Boys
  • The Junta
  • The Screaming Love Collective
  • Positronik
  • m.t. scott
  • Sleeping Ducks
  • Lizard Brain
  • Sam Smith

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INFERIOR COMPLEX

Inferior Complex finish the year for us with a heartfelt tribute to the Missons brothers late mother Audrey. Called “Always In My Heart” the song marks the anniversary of Audrey’s passing this time last year combining the bands signature post-punk sound with emotive lyrics. The single releases as digital only on 28th December. They will be back with a new release next year.

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ADVENTURES OF SALVADOR

We are extremely pleased to announce that we are working with the North West’s Kings of Punk Surf the mighty Adventures of Salvador to release the first single from their forthcoming second album “Welcome To Our Village”. Including existing German Shepherd artist Loop-Aznavour on vocals, keys and theremin, the band has built a well deserved reputation as a must see live experience with the immense bass of Nigel Beck, the fluid guitar of Mark Berry, and Mike Smith’s powerhouse drumming. The single is called “Retroman” and will be released on 9th January coinciding with the bands appearance at Manchester Meltdown 2 at the Peer Hat. Manchester on that very day. Pending that the band are offering a free download of their debut album Chocolates and Drugs – check out this offer on website on the music player – just select down and pay what you like. The offer is open until December 31st – LINK

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MANCHESTER MELTDOWN NIGHT 4 CONFIRMED

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The line-up for the fourth night of 2019’s Manchester Meltdown on 23rd January has been confirmed with a very strong show featuring Rose and the Diamond Hand, Bang up to the Elephant, Matthew Hopkins and Four Candles. The show runs from 8pm to 11pm and it’s a mere £3 to get in

GIGS

Forthcoming gigs featuring our artists ………

2018
December
19th – Aidan Cross of Weimar plays Glossop Labour Club at the launch of Brian Gorman’s New Dawn Fades book. Free entry and 7pm start.
2019
January
2nd – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Saturn Mansion. Weimar, Trancedental Equations, and Four Candles
6th – The Mind Sweepers play the Big Burns Supper at The Hub, Dumfries
9th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring St Lucifer, Adventures of Salvador, Emily Oldfield and Four Candles
16th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Poppycock, Factory Acts, Mystery Guest, and Four Candles
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
30th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Springfield Elementary, Bobbie Peru, Elastikbande and Four Candles
February
1st – Weimar launch their debut single at The Eagle, Salford with support from Dominic Carlton Jones
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
March
2nd – Four Candles, Johann Kloos and Rose Niland play the Peer Hat, Manchester, a benefit for Macmillan nurses as a memorial for Modal Roberts

A partly political broadcast on behalf of the Parasite party

Last Friday in Manchester…..

Revellers stuff their faces with overpriced sausages.nuts and alcohol outside Wooden Huts in City Centre Manchester where mere yards away homeless people shiver in shop doorways in damp sleeping bags.

This is so very wrong in a so called first world country.

It struck us that the homeless might use the Wooden Huts as some form of temporary shelter, and our more anarchistic inner monologues even suggested knocking down the Huts and using them for firewood to keep the rough sleepers warm. These ideas are covered in Moet’s lyrics.

However temporary solutions, a bit like the Huts themselves, aren’t the answer, so we would like to give you the chance to donate to a homeless charity by buying our musical offering. All the money raised from this release will be sent to Crisis after we have paid our admin fees to Bandcamp and Paypal.

A donation of £28.18 to Crisis will give someone this Christmas
-A warm welcome and good company
-Three nutritious, hot meals daily, including a delicious Christmas dinner
-A bed for the night, if needed
-A chance to shower, freshen up and get clean clothes
-A health check and treatment from a doctor, optician and dentist
-Expert help with mental health and addiction problems
-Advice on housing, employment and benefits
-A way out of homelessness for good through Crisis’ year-round training, education and support.

We have 800 followers on Facebook – if each of them donated £1 we could help over 20 people.

German Shepherd Newsletter#30 – Staggs, Bouquet of Dead Crows, Poppycock Video, Manchester Meltdown and Gigs!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the German Shepherd Records Newsletter. This week

– Staggs release new single
– Subscriber Special Bouquet of Dead Crows Radio Sessions Collection
– Poppycock launch “Magic Mothers” Video
– Third Manchester Meltdown line-up announced
– Gigs!

STAGGS RETURN AND THEY HAVE ANGER ISSUES

Those fun frolicking STAGGS are back with a brand new single – ‘(Banned from) Anger Management’ and ‘Ner Ner Ner Ner Ner’ form the duo of in your face explosions of ire that make up “Staggs Cock Snooks”.  We always want more from Ridley and Scott but they are both very busy doing other things. The usual STAGGS tropes are in play, with tongues firmly in cheeks. The most English of bands they distill the spirit of eccentric and regional into tidy little nuggets of sound.
More about STAGGS here
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SUBSCRIBER SPECIAL – BOUQUET OF DEAD CROWS RADIO SESSIONS

We have released yet another subscriber special. A twelve track album of radio sessions from Bouquet of Dead Crows.
Recorded with Stephen Doyle (Salford City Radio) Dave Hammond (Cambridge 105) and Sandy Mill (CAM FM) the band are in full acoustic mode delivering songs with emotion and grace in an entirely new light.
This release is exclusively for our subscribers. It will not be on general release.
If you take out a subscription now you will get 22 back catalogue items plus the next 12 months releases for a mere £40. An absolute bargain!
To subscribe go to this LINK
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POPPYCOCK LAUNCH MAGIC MOTHERS VIDEO

In parallel with the release of last weeks new single “Magic Mothers” Poppycock have launched a new video.
The band  support Vic Godard at Yes (The Basement) on Charles Street, Manchester with ASBO Derek this coming Saturday 8th

THIRD MANCHESTER MELTDOWN LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

Ian has confirmed the line up of third Manchester Meltdown to be held on Wednesday 16th January at The Peer Hat in Manchester, the aforementioned Poppycock will be joined by Stoke-on-Trent band Model, the dazzling Factory Acts, with Four Candles making up the line-up at the festivals resident house band. It’s a mere £3 to get in and it runs from 8pm to 11pm.
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GIGS

2018

December

6th  – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge, Stamford
6th – The Scissors (plus Ember Rev and Goddammit Jeremiah) at Cambridge Cornerhouse.
7th – The Mind Sweepers play Coach & Horses, Dumfries
7th -Toska Wilde appearing at Connect With Nothing Event at The Lido, Margate
8th – The Mind Sweepers and Øre playing The Troqueer Arms Dumfries
8th  – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Horn at the Half Moon, Bishops Stortford
8th  – Boz Hayward and Keltrix with Misharlo play The Peer Hat, Manchester
8th  – Poppycock support Vic Godard at Yes (The Basement) on Charles Street, Manchester with ASBO Derek
8th –  Øre will be playing their debut gig  at the TA in Dumfries
22nd  – Drink and Drive play Strummercamp Fundraiser and Oldham Rugby Club
28th  – Drink and Drive, Four Candles play Whittles, Oldham

2019

January

2nd – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Saturn Mansion. Weimar, Trancedental Equations, and Four Candles
6th – The Mind Sweepers play the Big Burns Supper at The Hub, Dumfries
9th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring St Lucifer, Adventures of Salvador, Emily Oldfield and Four Candles
16th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Poppycock, Factory Acts, Mystery Guest, and Four Candles
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 – Ian Moss plays The Kings Arms, Salford
30th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Springfield Elementary, Bobbie Peru, Elastikbande and Four Candles

February

1st – Weimar launch their debut single at The Eagle, Salford with support from Dominic Carlton Jones
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

March

2nd – Four Candles, Johann Kloos and Rose Niland play the  Peer Hat, Manchester, a benefit for Macmillan nurses as a memorial for Modal Roberts

German Shepherd Newsletter #29 – The Scissors, PrunX, Various Artists Compilation for Charity, Looking Ahead, Gigs

Hello and welcome to the latest newsletter from German Shepherd Records.

This week:

– The Scissors Look Good In Cheap Clothes
– PrunX return with Sci-Fi teaser
– It’s A Dog’s Life : a new compilation for charity
– Releases for the rest of 2018 and looking forward to 2019
– Forthcoming gigs featuring German Shepherd Artists

THE SCISSORS LOOK GOOD IN CHEAP CLOTHES

Cambridge’s highly regarded band The Scissors return with a brand new album replete with their signature swirling keyboard-fuelled psych-pop,horrorshow freakbeat guitars and new wave post-punk basslines. Titled “Look Good In Cheap Clothes” the 7th December release shows a real development from it’s popular predecessor “Haunted Mirror”. With a dazzling mix of garage punk, otherworldly pop, and some new explorations  the band demonstrate a significant shift in their sound whilst retaining the core of their alternative take on music.

Here’s a sneak preview with a live version of album track “Ufotopia”

An interview with bassist and singer Stewart Harris, which includes a sneak promo preview of the albums contents can be found here: 

You can find more on the band on Facebook at: @thescissorsuk

The bands’ next gig is on Thursday 6th December at The Corner House, Cambridge with a stellar line up including Ember Rev and Goddamit Jeremiah.

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PrunX IN SPACE

Berlin based rockers PrunX never hesitate to point out the destructive effects of capitalism,  and on this new release they are using their unique sound as a “gateway to a peaceful solar system”. Celebrating this manifesto they release their third EP with our label on December 7th. Entitled “Contact” the three track collection presents a view from deep space – “favouring your ears with observations of Terra – most haunted planet in our galaxy”.

First Contact? – is a prelude for an upcoming concept album. The band say “It’s a far out story brought down to earth, when it happens, watch out for Sparks!”
Deadly Toys reflects a sarcastic spiteful calling out of arms-dealers.
There’s No Time is an ironic celebration of the negative impact of excess

Never afraid to rock out the band merge the best of the rich history of German music with a punk ethos. Label boss Ian Moss says “Imagine the Poison Girls in a heady brew with Amon Duul II with a hint of blues swagger”.

Facebook – @PrunXBerlin

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IT’S A DOG’S LIFE

Since the label’s beginning in 2014 we have regularly released compilations for Charity – including the Cambridge Calling series. To close the year we will release a new compilation called “It’s A Dog’s Life” featuring 17 tracks from our roster. The release will include brand new tracks from The Parasite, Umbrella Assassins, The Get, Issac Navaro, The Mind Sweepers, KIT B, Mistletoe, Auster Boys, The Screaming Love Collective, Positronik, m.t. scott and Sleeping Ducks. There will also be different versions and remixes of already released tracks from Bouquet of Dead Crows, The Scissors, Inferior Complex, The Junta, Lizard Brain and Sam Smith. A special deluxe edition for Bandcamp only will include additional tracks from The Get and one or two other surprises for our subscribers. The album will be released on 21st December and all proceeds will be directed towards Mary’s Meals charity to assist in famine relief. The album and also a selection of other German Shepherd releases will be featured on a special edition of Bob’s Aural Delights Radio Show on Analogue Trash radio on 20th December.at 10pm

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THE REST OF THE YEAR AND LOOKING FORWARD

After a busy year with over 70 releases and the launch of our subscription service we are ending on a high with three other new releases, a single from STAGGS, an EP from The Parasite, and a single from Inferior Complex. We will be taking a couple of weeks off at the start of 2019 but will be back in mid January firstly with a brand new album from Issac Navaro, and this will be followed by a single from Sam Smith, a new album from Lizard Brain and the debut single from hot new Manchester band Weimar.

Watch this space for details.

GIGS

November
27th – Rose & The Diamond Hand plays The Kings Arms, Salford
28th – The Strays play Lock 91 Manchester
29th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Gringos, Norwich
29th – Four Candles play “Free Rock & Roll” at Sound, Duke Street, Liverpool
29th – Loop Aznavour plays El Manisero at Eva, Sackville Street, Manchester
December
1st – Toska Wilde plays Saks Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13 Showcase
1st – Bouquet of Dead Crows and Umbrella Assassins play Smokehouse, Ipswich
1st – Moet the Poet is back on the Independents Tour with JD Meatyard and others as MC at Bar 39 in Darwen.
2nd – Moet the Poet is back on the Independents Tour with JD Meatyard and others as MC at Sound, Liverpool
6th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge, Stamford
6th – The Scissors (plus Ember Rev and Goddammit Jeremiah) at Cambridge Cornerhouse.
7th – The Mind Sweepers play Coach & Horses, Dumfries
7th -Toska Wilde appearing at Connect With Nothing Event at The Lido, Margate
8th – The Mind Sweepers and Øre playing The Troqueer Arms Dumfries
8th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Horn at the Half Moon, Bishops Stortford
8th – Boz Hayward and Keltrix with Misharlo play The Peer Hat, Manchester
8th – Poppycock support Vic Godard at Yes (The Basement) on Charles Street, Manchester with ASBO Derek
8th – Øre will be playing their debut gig at the TA in Dumfries
22nd – Drink and Drive play Strummercamp Fundraiser and Oldham Rugby Club
28th – Drink and Drive, Four Candles play Whittles, Oldham
January
2nd – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Saturn Mansion. Weimar, Trancedental Equations, and Four Candles
6th – The Mind Sweepers play the Big Burns Supper at The Hub, Dumfries
9th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring St Lucifer, Adventures of Salvador, Emily Oldfield and Four Candles
16th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Poppycock, Factory Acts, Mystery Guest, and Four Candles
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 – Ian Moss plays The Kings Arms, Salford
30th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Springfield Elementary, Bobbie Peru, Elastikbande and Four Candles
February
1st – Weimar launch their debut single at The Eagle, Salford with support from Dominic Carlton Jones
9th – Scissors play NCI Club Cambridge (Cambridge Central Aid charity fundraiser, Scissors headlining, other acts TBC)
March
2nd – Four Candles, Johann Kloos and Rose Niland play the Peer Hat, Manchester, a benefit for Macmillan nurses as a memorial for Modal Roberts

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German Shepherd Records Newsletter #28 – Poppycock, Crab Dance GIs, Subscription Service, Four Candles and Gigs

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the German Shepherd Records Newsletter. In this edition

  • Poppycock release a new single
  • Crab Dance GIs release their debut single
  • Our subscription service
  • Four Candles in the studio
  • Gigs

POPPYCOCK RELEASE “MAGIC MOTHERS”

Poppycock return with their second single of the year – the feminist anthem “Magic Mothers”. For a long time this potent piece of garage rock has been a live favourite with its’ call and response structure and positive message of empowerment. Poppycock is the collective formed by Una Baines (The Fall, Blue Orchids, Fates) which is a favourite on the Manchester live scene.

The line-up for this release is:

Vox – Lucy Nyland and Christine Johnson
Guitar – Heather Greenbank
Bass – Matt Crawford
Drums -Stuart Quinn-Harvie
Keys – Una Baines

The single was recorded at the excellent community resource at Seed Studios in Old Trafford and was engineered by Manos Sarantidis and produced by Manos Sarantidis and Una Baines.

Release date is 30th November. This is a digital only release which can be accessed via Bandcamp and 33 other download platforms.

 

CRAB DANCE GIs RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE

The Crab Dance GIs is a project from Danny Cusick (KITB, The Hidden Gem) and Craig Bodell (The Hidden Gem). Imbued with Manchester Pop Spirit the duo have delivered two classic pieces of rainy city music. Motorik beats, guitars and keys and kitchen sink drama lyrics are at the centre of “(LIsten to the) Dole Drums” an unambiguous tirade against poverty, a psycho-geographical dance around Manchester City Centre, and so damned catchy it hurts. “Compassion Fatigue” similarly balances post-punk with Manc pop smarts – a tirade against the selfie obsessed attention seekers that infest our streets.

Release date is 30th November. This is a digital only release which can be accessed via Bandcamp ONLY.


OUR SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE

Now well established our Subscription Service via Bandcamp offers music lovers to opportunity to access everything we release in any twelve months for £40. As well as receiving everything we have released since we started the service, plus a selection of older releases – now numbering 19 releases in total – the subscriber gets access to rare and otherwise unreleased items from our artists that will not be available on general sale. With over 40 releases a year this is an absolute bargain.

Interested? Then sign up at – https://germanshepherdrecords.bandcamp.com/subscribe

FOUR CANDLES IN THE STUDIO

Four Candles are back at 6dB studios in Salford under Ding’s expert guidance to record their third album. Feedback is extremely positive and some of the new tunes that have appeared at recent gigs will be laid down. Expect to hear more at forthcoming gigs!

GIGS

The gig calendar is filling up fast with dates already in place for 2019. Particularly notable is Manchester Meltdown which is every Wednesday evening in January at the Peer Hat and features the best in Manchester and Salford grass roots music.

2018
November
22nd – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
23rd – Electric Cheese play Zombie Shack, Manchester
24th – Bouquet of Dead Crows launch new album Motus Octo at The Blue Moon, Cambridge
24th- Keltrix play The Crown & Pipes, Fenstanton
24th – The Strays play Fuel Cafe, Manchester
27th – Rose & The Diamond Hand plays The Kings Arms, Salford
29th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Gringos, Norwich
29th – Four Candles play “Free Rock & Roll” at Sound, Duke Street, Liverpool
29th – Loop Aznavour plays El Manisero at Eva, Sackville Street, Manchester
December
1st – Toska Wilde plays Saks Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13 Showcase
1st – Bouquet of Dead Crows and Umbrella Assassins play Smokehouse, Ipswich
1st – Moet the Poet is back on the Independents Tour with JD Meatyard and others as MC at Bar 39 in Darwen.
2nd – Moet the Poet is back on the Independents Tour with JD Meatyard and others as MC at Sound, Liverpool
6th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge, Stamford
6th – The Scissors (plus Ember Rev and Goddammit Jeremiah) at Cambridge Cornerhouse.
7th – The Mind Sweepers play Coach & Horses, Dumfries
7th -Toska Wilde appearing at Connect With Nothing Event at The Lido, Margate
8th – The Mind Sweepers and Øre playing The Troqueer Arms Dumfries
8th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Horn at the Half Moon, Bishops Stortford
8th – Boz Hayward and Keltrix with Misharlo play The Peer Hat, Manchester
8th – Poppycock support Vic Godard at Yes (The Basement) on Charles Street, Manchester with ASBO Derek
8th – Øre will be playing their debut gig at the TA in Dumfries
22nd – Drink and Drive play Strummercamp Fundraiser and Oldham Rugby Club
28th – Drink and Drive, Four Candles play Whittles, Oldham
2019
January
2nd – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Nick Alexander. Weimar, Trancedental Equations, and Four Candles
6th – The Mind Sweepers play the Big Burns Supper at The Hub, Dumfries
9th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring St Lucifer, Adventures of Salvador, Emily Oldfield and Four Candles
16th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Poppycock, Factory Acts, Mystery Guest, and Four Candles
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 – Dominic Carlton Jones, Ian Moss and Toska Wilde play The Kings Arms, Salford
30th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Springfield Elementary, Bobbie Peru, Elastikbande and Four Candles
February
1st – Weimar launch their debut single at The Eagle, Salford with support from Dominic Carlton Jones
9th – Scissors play NCI Club Cambridge (Cambridge Central Aid charity fundraiser, Scissors headlining, other acts TBC)
March
2nd – Four Candles, Johann Kloos and Rose Niland play the Peer Hat, Manchester, a benefit for Macmillan nurses as a memorial for Modal Roberts

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Weimar announce first single and launch

Weimar , the band comprising Aidan Cross- vocals, rhythm guitar, Johann Kloos- lead guitar, John Armstrong- bass and Anthony Edwards- drums, have announced the release of their debut single, the double A-side John Doe/Curse the Songs, to be released 1st February 2019, accompanied by a special launch gig at The Eagle Inn in Salford!

Recorded at 6db Studios Salford and produced by the legendary Simon ‘Ding’ Archer (The Fall, Pixies, PJ Harvey, Bobbie Peru), the double A-side will be released in physical format by Weimar’s own label Marlene’s Hat, and digitally by German Shepherd Records.

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German Shepherd Records Newsletter #27 – Bouquet of Dead Crows Album Release, and Gig Guide

This week we focus on the release of the brand new album from Cambridge alternative rockers Bouquet of Dead Crows.

Their second album “Motus Octo” is released on 23rd November. The title (referring to the fact that there are eight tracks on the album), essentially means ‘eight movements’, or eight emotions.

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This is an altogether harder and more focused set of songs than the debut album “Of The Night” with the band embracing the heavier side of their music but retaining the melodic edge that sets them apart. Expect riffs galore, epic tunes with soaring vocals and a rhythm section which drives the band to new levels.

Pre-release CDs of the album have completely sold out however Limited Edition Colour Vinyl Versions of the album plus T-Shirts and gig tickets are available via this link 

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The album will be available digitally via Bandcamp and the following sites

I Tunes, Apple Music, I Tunes Match, I Tunes Radio, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play
Napster, Media Play, Pulse Locker, 7 Digital, HMV Digital, Rdio, Pandora, I heart radio
Deezer, Svooq, Slacker Radio, Nokia, 24 / 7 Entertainment, Shazam, Akazoo, Aspiro
Wimp, Tidal, KK Box, Saavn, United Media Agency, AWA Music, Anghami Music
Claro Musica, Yandex, You Tube Music

Bouquet of Dead Crows are:

Antoinette Cooper : Vocals
Neil Bruce : Guitars
Graeme Clarke : Bass
Andrew Coxall : Drums, Percussion, Trumpet, Synths & Keys, & Backing vocals

Jethro Steel of Goldblume is the guest vocalist on track 7 Cold Inside

The album was recorded and Produced By Neil Haynes at the Parlour

Artwork is by Stewart Harris 

The band is touring to support the album with the following gigs:

NOVEMBER
15th – Esquires, Bedford
24th – The Blue Moon, Cambridge : ALBUM LAUNCH
29th – Gringos, Norwich
DECEMBER
1st – Smokehouse, Ipswich with label mates Umbrella Assassins
6th –Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge, Stamford
8th – The Horn at the Half Moon, Bishops Stortford

REVIEWS

……the quartet goes from the heavier waves of Alternative Metal to the charm of British Rock and the melancholy of Blues, extracting crisp and vibrant sounds from their instruments throughout the entire album, keeping us hooked on their music and always eager for more. THE HEADBANGING MOOSE

……with their second full length and a fuller, more aggressive sound emerges, consolidating the tension between the hard rock of the music and Toni Cooper’s melodic vocals. The music takes on a much broader more orchestral sound, the riffs are heavier, the structures are more complex. The band have demonstrated a clear development of their sound with this release. AURAL DELIGHTS

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GERMAN SHEPHERD ARTISTS GIGS

Gigs are piling up for our artists – here is the current full list

2018

November

14th – The Junta is invading Lock 91, Deansgate Locks, Manchester. Free entry
15th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Esquires, Bedford
17th – Drink and Drive and Four Candles play The Railway, Greenfield
17th – The Mindsweepers play The Riverside, Dumfries
17th – Poppycock and Aidan Cross (The Bacillus, Weimar) playing The Waldorf, Manchester as part of a Benefit gig for the NUJ Exiled Journalists Network
18th – Four Candles and Matthew Hopkins play The Eagle, Salford
22nd – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
23rd – Electric Cheese play Zombie Shack, Manchester
24th – Bouquet of Dead Crows launch new album Motus Octo at The Blue Moon, Cambridge
24th- Keltrix play The Crown & Pipes, Fenstanton
27th – Rose & The Diamond Hand plays The Kings Arms, Salford
29th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Gringos, Norwich
29th – Four Candles play “Free Rock & Roll” at Sound, Duke Street, Liverpool
29th – Loop Aznavour plays El Manisero at Eva, Sackville Street, Manchester

December

1st – Toska Wilde plays Saks Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13 Showcase
1st – Bouquet of Dead Crows and Umbrella Assassins play Smokehouse, Ipswich
1st – Moet the Poet is back on the Independents Tour with JD Meatyard and others as MC at Bar 39 in Darwen.
2nd – Moet the Poet is back on the Independents Tour with JD Meatyard and others as MC at Sound, Liverpool
6th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge, Stamford
6th – The Scissors at Cambridge Cornerhouse.
7th – The Mind Sweepers play Coach & Horses, Dumfries
7th -Toska Wilde appearing at Connect With Nothing Event at The Lido, Margate
8th – The Mind Sweepers and Øre playing The Troqueer Arms Dumfries
8th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Horn at the Half Moon, Bishops Stortford
8th – Boz Hayward and Keltrix with Misharlo play The Peer Hat, Manchester
8th – Sam Smith and The Ombudsmen play The Castle, Manchester
8th – Poppycock support Vic Godard at Yes (The Basement) on Charles Street, Manchester with ASBO Derek
8th – Øre will be playing their debut gig at the TA in Dumfries
22nd – Drink and Drive play Strummercamp Fundraiser and Oldham Rugby Club
28th – Drink and Drive and Four Candles play Whittles, Oldham

2019

January

2nd – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Saturn Mansion. Weimar, Trancedental Equations, and Four Candles
6th – The Mind Sweepers play the Big Burns Supper at The Hub, Dumfries
9th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring St Lucifer, Adventures of Salvador, Emily Oldfield and Four Candles
16th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Poppycock, Factory Acts, Mystery Guest, and Four Candles
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 – Dominic Carlton Jones, Ian Moss and Toska Wilde play The Kings Arms, Salford
30th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Springfield Elementary, Bobbie Peru, Elastikbande and Four Candles

February

9th – Scissors play NCI Club Cambridge (Cambridge Central Aid charity fundraiser, Scissors headlining, other acts TBC)

March

2nd – Four Candles, Johann Kloos and Rose Niland play the Peer Hat, Manchester, a benefit for Macmillan nurses as a memorial for Modal Roberts

 

German Shepherd Records Newsletter #26 – Flea, Inferior Complex, Crab Dance GIs, Subscriber Special Offer, and, Gigs

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of the German Shepherd Newsletter.  Featuring this time :

– Flea release album of classic tracks
– Inferior Complex celebrate Southampton Punks
– Crab Dance GIs announce new single
– New special offer for subscribers 11 to 20
– Gigs

Flea to release “parasitic insects teach us humility”

16th November sees the digital only release of a debut album for Manchester band Flea. It’s a debut that has arrived a little later than initially anticipated, as explained below:

Flea exists in the years between 1987 and 1993, as bass and drum-machine driven, industrial ‘grindcore’ noise merchants. Based in the depths of Manchester’s legendary Boardwalk rehearsal rooms alongside contemporaries A Certain Ratio, Happy Mondays and Oasis, Flea foray the UK (often with roommates Slum Turkeys or neighbours Dub Sex) to unleash their experimental industrial machine-groove upon unsuspecting audiences. Art Carbuncle’s bass nods to a PiL-dub thing and Boz Vile’s guitar sculpture is reminiscent of Keith Levene, John McGeogh and Geordie Walker. Sissy the drum machine produces unpredictable, edgy on/off beats that drive the audience into pleasurable submission. Feeding on the energy of the time, this complementary undercurrent and anti-dote to the co-existing ‘Madchester’ scene, goes under the radar.

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The discerning music world need not be concerned: A generation later, this parasitic menace will be found! German Shepherd Records will come to the rescue and release a collection of Flea songs recorded between 1989 and 1992. In this day people will identify strongly with Flea’s awareness of mental health issues, greed, media control and fake news. This collection includes hard-hitting Headshrinker ‘what’s for dinner?’: a hypnotic collision course with ‘medication time’ helped on its way with an intentional disorientating loop from Sissy. ‘Golf Show’ is a statement about CNN’s rolling news during the first Gulf War with all its surgical strikes, ‘Get A Life’ presents thoughts about ‘normal’, material life over an infectious, dubby bassline Jah Wobble would be proud of. ‘Panic Button’ is Oh Sees meet JAMC on speed on the beach. The finale ‘Your Words Mean Nothing To Me’ is a rescued treasure that could be in a ‘best of’ Magazine catalogue but with such emotional intensity that even Sissy is throwing up in turbulent rhythms. Extraordinary stuff which has found its time.

Flea exists again!

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Inferior Complex celebrate the Southampton Punk Scene

Inferior Complex return on November 16th with a new single, previously featured on a charity compilation. The usual trio of the Missons brothers and Paul Jenman are joined by Paul Beazley who narrates a list of key figures on the original Southampton Punk scene over a pulsing dub/post-punk soundscape dominated by Ray’s growling bass. The single is attached.

The trio will release another single in December and will have a new EP out in the New Year.

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Crab Dance G.I.s announce new single

Crab Dance G.I.s – the duo featuring Danny Cusick (Hidden Gem, KIT B) and Craig Bodell (Hidden Gem) have announced a new double AA single (Listen To The) Dole Drums, and Compassion Fatigue to be released digitally via Bandcamp on November 30th. The duo have previously featured on one of our compilation albums – “Salford Streets”

As part of the writing team that created some of the Hidden Gem’s memorable tunes Cusick and Bodell have a gift for song-craft which is exceptional. Watch this space for more details.

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Second Subscriber Special

In order to encourage our fans to take up our value for money subscription we are offering the next ten people to sign up a free gift of a CD from our back catalogue. For a mere £40 a year subscribers will receive everything we release over 12 months plus a selection of items from our back catalogue as well as one off subscriber specials which will not be released anywhere else.

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Gigs

The gig calendar is rapidly filling up and dates are now appearing well into next year

2018
November
14th – The Junta is invading Lock 91, Deansgate Locks, Manchester
15th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Esquires, Bedford
17th – Drink and Drive and Four Candles play The Railway, Greenfield
17th – The Mindsweepers play The Riverside, Dumfries
18th – Four Candles and Matthew Hopkins play The Eagle, Salford
22nd – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
23rd – Electric Cheese play Zombie Shack, Manchester
24th – Bouquet of Dead Crows launch new album Motus Octo at The Blue Moon, Cambridge
24th- Keltrix play The Crown & Pipes, Fenstanton
27th – Rose & The Diamond Hand plays The Kings Arms, Salford
29th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Gringos, Norwich
29th – Four Candles play “Free Rock & Roll” at Sound, Duke Street, Liverpool
29th – Loop Aznavour plays El Manisero at Eva, Sackville Street, Manchester
December
1st – Toska Wilde plays Saks Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13 Showcase
1st – Bouquet of Dead Crows and Umbrella Assassins play Smokehouse, Ipswich
1st – Moet the Poet is back on the Independents Tour with JD Meatyard and others as MC at Bar 39 in Darwen.
2nd – Moet the Poet is back on the Independents Tour with JD Meatyard and others as MC at Sound, Liverpool
6th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge, Stamford
6th – The Scissors (plus Ember Rev and Goddammit Jeremiah) at Cambridge Cornerhouse.
7th – The Mind Sweepers play Coach & Horses, Dumfries
8th – The Mind Sweepers and Øre playing The Troqueer Arms Dumfries
8th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Horn at the Half Moon, Bishops Stortford
8th – Boz Hayward and Keltrix with Misharlo play The Peer Hat, Manchester
8th – Poppycock support Vic Godard at Yes (The Basement) on Charles Street, Manchester with ASBO Derek
8th – Øre will be playing their debut gig at the TA in Dumfries
22nd – Drink and Drive play Strummercamp Fundraiser and Oldham Rugby Club
28th – Drink and Drive play Whittles, Oldham
2019
January
2nd – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Saturn Mansion. Weimar, Trancedental Equations, and Four Candles
9th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring St Lucifer, Adventures of Salvador, Emily Oldfield and Four Candles
16th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Poppycock, Factory Acts, Mystery Guest, and Four Candles
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 – Dominic Carlton Jones, Ian Moss and Toska Wilde play The Kings Arms, Salford
30th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Springfield Elementary, Bobbie Peru, Elastikbande and Four Candles
February
9th – Scissors play NCI Club Cambridge (Cambridge Central Aid charity fundraiser, Scissors headlining, other acts TBC)
March
2nd – Four Candles, Johann Kloos and Rose Niland play the Peer Hat, Manchester, a benefit for Macmillan nurses as a memorial for Modal Roberts

German Shepherd Records Newsletter #25 – m.t. scott, Bouquet of Dead Crows, The Ombudsmen, Manchester Meltdown, Subscribers Update and Gigs

Hello and welcome to our weekly update.

This week:

  • m.t. scott returns with a stunning single
  • Bouquet of Dead Crows radio interview
  • Introducing The Ombudsmen
  • Manchester Meltdown returns
  • Subscribers update
  • Gigs!!

m.t. scott launches new single “Don’t Mention The War”

Taciturn North Easterner and all round renaissance man m.t. scott is back, in partnership with Josephine Dechamp, with a just over six minute tune of epic grandeur.”Don’t Mention The War” which releases digitally on November 9th.

Scott says:

On holiday against nature, Basil Fawlty meets Marlene Dietrich in a nazi death camp. They examine British heavy metal graffiti and take photographs. True story.

Alternatively we say:

Noir…..a piano lost in a soundscape of menace…..bitter sweet melodies dance across a blackened landscape…..the perfect lullaby for Brexit times…..Scott and Dechamp interlock in a post-referendum slow dance echoing Christopher Isherwood, or Truman Capote or Dagmar Krause…..nothing seems real but conversely this is all true….only your own solipsism can lead you astray. Watch out for the falling Moose..

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Our first ten subscribers will be getting their own signed print of scott’s art alongside this release (see below)

He is now working on the next Staggs release with Ridley which we anticipate will arrive just before Christmas.

Bouquet of Dead Crows Podcast Interview

Anticipating the release of the Dead Crows sophomore album “Motus Octo” a fulsome appearance on Local Distortion Podcast offers an opportunity to listen to the band talking about the new album amongst other things.

Copies of the CD version of the album are nearly sold out – there are literally a handful left

See below for tour dates.

Introducing The Ombudsmen

We are pleased to introduce you to Stockport based instrumentalists The Ombudsmen. Coming across like the mutant offspring of Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and John Zorn but with added Greater Manchester vibes and an in your face your attitude they are definitely one to note for the future. With a handful of gigs under their collective belts and a growing reputation we thank Sam Smith for bringing them to our attention.

Whilst we are not, as yet, releasing anything by the band, we are taking the opportunity to assist with promotion and introduce them to the wider world with a selection of demo tracks. The band aim to get into the studio sometime in 2019 to get some material down.

Pending that say hello to them on Facebook and listen to them on Bob’s Aural Delights show over coming weeks.

Manchester Meltdown Returns

Ian Moss’s weekly residency at The Peer Hat returns in January next year with five consecutive Wednesday with four bands each night. Starting at 8pm each night the entrance is ridiculously cheap at £3

Details below:

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Subscribers Update

Having reached our first target of ten subscribers we are introducing a special gift for the next ten new subscribers who will receive a CD from our back catalogue when they sign up.

Sign up here – for £40 you get all our releases for 12 months, ten selected items from our  back catalogue, subscriber only specials, and everything we have released since we launched the service!

Gigs

2018
November

1st – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Dublin Castle, London
2nd – The Strays play Zombie Shack, Manchester
5th – Weimar are playing The Peer Hat supporting Madmoizel.
14th – The Junta is invading Lock 91, Deansgate Locks, Manchester
15th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Esquires, Bedford
17th – Drink and Drive and Four Candles play The Railway, Greenfield
17th – The Mindsweepers play The Riverside, Dumfries
18th – Four Candles and Matthew Hopkins play The Eagle, Salford
22nd – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
23rd – Electric Cheese play Zombie Shack, Manchester
24th – Bouquet of Dead Crows launch new album Motus Octo at The Blue Moon, Cambridge
24th- Keltrix play The Crown & Pipes, Fenstanton.
29th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Gringos, Norwich
29th – Four Candles play “Free Rock & Roll” at Sound, Duke Street, Liverpool
29th – Loop Aznavour plays El Manisero at Eva, Sackville Street, Manchester

December

1st – Toska Wilde plays Saks Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13 Showcase
1st – Bouquet of Dead Crows and Umbrella Assassins play Smokehouse, Ipswich
1st – Moet the Poet is back on the Independents Tour with JD Meatyard and others as MC at Bar 39 in Darwen.
2nd – Moet the Poet is back on the Independents Tour with JD Meatyard and others as MC at Sound, Liverpool
6th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge, Stamford
6th – The Scissors (plus Ember Rev and Goddammit Jeremiah) at Cambridge Cornerhouse.
8th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Horn at the Half Moon, Bishops Stortford
8th – Boz Hayward and Keltrix with Misharlo play The Peer Hat, Manchester
8th – Poppycock support Vic Godard at Yes (The Basement) on Charles Street, Manchester with ASBO Derek
8th – Øre will be playing their debut gig at the TA in Dumfries
22nd – Drink and Drive play Strummercamp Fundraiser and Oldham Rugby Club
28th – Drink and Drive play Whittles, Oldham

2019

January

2nd – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Saturn Mansion. Weimar, Trancedental Equations, and Four Candles

9th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring St Lucifer, Adventures of Salvador, Emily Oldfield and Four Candles

16th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Poppycock, Factory Acts, Mystery Guest, and Four Candles

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 – Dominic Carlton Jones plays at the Kings Arms, Salford

30th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Springfield Elementary, Bobbie Peru, Elastikbande and Four Candles

March

2nd – Four Candles play the Peer Hat, Manchester, a benefit for Macmillan nurses as a memorial for Modal Roberts