German Shepherd Records Newsletter #17 – New Mistletoe, New Bouquet of Dead Crows, Salford Music Festival, New Poppycock, Charlie Marshall dates

Hello and welcome to the German Shepherd Records Newsletter…..

This week

  • A new EP from Misletoe
  • A new album from Bouquet of Dead Crows
  • The return of the Salford Music Festival
  • A new single from Poppycock
  • Charle Marshall Tour
  • Updated gig guide

MISTLETOE

The current alter ego of Ian “Moet” Moss (Hamsters, Four Candles, The Parasite) for his solo projects, is Mistletoe. On the latest release “….there is no rock and roll on the radio” Ian works with Foghorn Leghorn, The Boom Da Da Booms and Loop-aznavour on three new tracks. With his usual acerbic wit he attacks radio programming, patronage, and fan obsession. With music ranging from electro punk, wonky rock and post punk guitar layerings and a slight nod towards Monty Norman this is Moss at his most inventive. The music follows on from his collaborations on the highly regarded Music and Words and Words and Music releases.

The lead track can be accessed on Soundcloud

The EP is released digitally on September 14th

BOUQUET OF DEAD CROWS RETURN WITH THEIR SECOND ALBUM

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To celebrate the release of their new album ‘Motus Octo’ on the 23rd of November. Bouquet Of Dead Crows will playing a special launch show the day after release day (the 24th of November). The band will playing the new album in its entirety. The venue is The Blue Room in Cambridge and support comes from War Waves (Obsessional Anxiety rock from Ipswich) and Shyer (Catchy, Upbeat hook-laden pop rock). The new album, their second full length release, features eight stunning new tracks and sees the band developing a heavier riff laden approach. The is now available to pre-order on limited edition coloured vinyl and CD. with exclusive bundle deals which includes a limited edition T-shirt.

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German Shepherd will host a digital version of the album via Bandcamp and a range of other digital download platforms.

The band have a run of dates upcoming to support the new release.

-September 29th – Deepdale Festival- Norwich
-October 25th – Huntington – The Pepys (acoustic gig)
-November 1st – London – Dublin Castle
-November 15th – Bedford – Esquires
-November 24th – Cambridge – Blue Moon (Album Launch)
-November 29th – Norwich -Gringos
-December 1st – Ipswich – Smokehouse
-December 6th – Stamford – Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge
-December 8th – Bishops Stortford – The Horn at the Half Moon

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/deadcrows/

SALFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL

Salford Music legend Ed Blaney has announced the return of the Salford Music Festival with a two night one venue run at Walk The Plank, Cobden Street, Brindle Heath in the heart of the city. The dates for your diary are 28th and 29th September and Four Candles will be appearing on the Saturday. The line-ups are strong on both nights and at £10 for ticket covering the whole event (£6 for individual nights) Ed has once again put Salford on the map with a grass roots musical extravanganza.

Book online HERE

POPPYCOCK RETURN WITH A NEW SINGLE

Poppycock will launch their new single “Iggy Pop” on 21st September as part of the Peer Hat gig with Charlie Marshall and Four Candles (see below). A catchy call and response rocker the song has long been a live fan favourite. With artwork from Suzanne Smith, responsible for many of the covers for Fall releases, the song celebrates the legend of Iggy Stooge! More details next week.

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CHARLIE MARSHALL TOUR

As previously announced we are assisting Australian musician Charlie Marshall with a short UK tour. The confirmed dates for the September tour are:

  • 15th –  The Cornerhouse, Cambridge with Scissors
  • 21th Peer Hat, Manchester with Four Candles and Poppycock and DJ set from Stephen Doyle
  • 23th Grayston Unity, Halifax
  • 28th Betsy Trotwood, Clerkenwell, London with Doomed Bird of Paradise and Michael Plater

Promotion for these dates would be much appreciated and we have prepared, with Charlie’s approval, a selection of his music that will be played on the tour including – Not a Cruel machine, & Almighty Carousel (from the Sublime album), and Won’t Give Up & Weightless (from the Won’t Give Up album).  copies of these tracks and interviews are available on request for DJs, Bloggers and Music Press.

Charlie is a well respected Melbourne musician and has played with likes of Warren Ellis (The Dirty Three, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) and Clare Moore (The Moodists, The Coral Snakes, The MistLy). His melodic rock tinged songs are stunning and last years album “Sublime” was a triumph.

GIG GUIDE

Forthcoming live appearances by our artists

  • 6th September – The Strays play The Jolly Collliers, Heanor
  • 13th September – The Strays play Chameleon Arts Cafe Nottingham
  • 15th September – The Scissors and Charlie Marshall play The Cornerhouse, Cambridge
  • 15th September – Mesmer Disciples play Music Lounge, Stockton on Tees
  • 16th September – Mesmer Disciples play Museum Vaults Sunderland.
  • 16th September – The Strays play West Street Live, Sheffield
  • 21st September – Four Candles, Poppycock and Charlie Marshall play The Peer Hat, Manchester
  • 21st September – Drink and Drive play The Old Pint Pot, Salford
  • 25th September – Inferior Complex play The Joiners, Southampton
  • 29th September – The Strays play The Jolly Collier, Heanor
  • 27th September – Inferior Complex play Ferndown RBL
  • 27th September – Electric Cheese support Tom Hingley at Preston Guildhall
  • 28th September – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
  • 28th September – The Strays play Park Hotel, Wigan – Musicians Against Homelessness gig
  • 29th September – Four Candles play Salford Music Festival at Walk The Plank, Cobden Street, Salford
  • 29th September – Bouquet of Dead Crows Play Deepdale Festival, Norwich
  • 5th October – The Scissors are at Oxford Wheatsheaf (Klub Kakofanney).
  • 5th October – Shaun Maxwell of Taser Puppets plays a solo acoustic set at Chorley Live
  • 6th October – Toska Wilde plays Saks Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13 Showcase
  • 6th October – Inferior Complex play Liberties, Southampton
  • 11th October – An Evening with Moff Skellington at The Peer Hat, Manchester
  • 14th October – Taser Puppets play TNT Punk Fest at The Peer Hat, Manchester
  • 17th October – The Strays play West Street Live, Sheffield
  • 19th October – Taser Puppets play Old Courts, Wigan
  • 25th October – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Pepys, Huntingdon – acoustic gig
  • 1st November – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Dublin Castle, London
  • 2nd November – German Shepherd Records Fundraiser at The Peer Hat, Manchester – with Drink and Drive, Taser Puppets, The Strays and Flea
  • 15th November – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Esquires, Bedford
  • 17th November – Drink and Drive and Four Candles play The Railway, Greenfield
  • 22nd November – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
  • 24th November – Bouquet of Dead Crows launch new album Motus Octo at The Blue Moon, Cambridge
  • 29th November – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Gringos, Norwich
  • 29th November – Four Candles play “Free Rock & Roll” at Sound, Duke Street, Liverpool
  • 1st December – Toska Wilde plays Saks Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13 Showcase
  • 1st December – Bouquet of Dead Crows and Umbrella Assassins play Smokehouse, Cambridge
  • 6th December – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge, Stamford
  • 8th December – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Horn at the Half Moon, Bishops Stortford
  • 8th December – Boz Hayward and Keltrix play The Peer Hat, Manchester
  • 8th December – Poppycock support Vic Godard at Yes (The Basement) on Charles Street, Manchester with ASBO Derek – it’s next to the Lass O’ Gowrie.
  • 22nd December – Drink and Drive play Strummercamp Fundraiser and Oldham Rugby Club
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German Shepherd Records Newsletter #16 – The Screaming Love Collective, Moff Skellington, Charlie Marshall, and Mistletoe – plus gig guide

Hello and welcome to our weekly newsletter….in this edition

  • The Screaming Love Collective return with new album “Imola”
  • Moff Skellington announces Manchester date
  • Charlie Marshall UK tour dates finalised
  • Mistletoe to release new three track
  • Gig Guide

THE SCREAMING LOVE COLLECTIVE – IMOLA

The Screaming Love Collective return with their infectious “Psychedelic Punk Rock Groove Sensation” with the album “Imola” which comprises 13 tracks of dance orientated hypnotic grooves. Including former single “Laika/Cosmonaut No 1.” the album takes found sound/clips and mingles them with electronic explorations to create 42 minutes of prime aural entertainment. Led by the ever busy Bryn Thorburn the Collectives’ latest release is due on 7th September via Bandcamp, Spotify, I Tunes, Apple, Amazon and a wide selection of other digital download options. Lovers of dance oriented electronica will enjoy the wide open sound on this excellent collection.

MOFF IN MANCHESTER

Poet of the surreal, musician extraordinaire, and exceptional artist Moff Skellington returns to Manchester on Thursday October 11th for a mixed media show. Dubbed “An Evening with Moff Skellington” the show features one or two songs and a lantern show based upon Moff’s celebrated art pictures. The show will be held at The Peer Hat on Faraday Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester and commences at 7:30pm. The show is £3.50 and there will be no ticketing so pay on the door. We hope to see you there for what will be a fascinating evening.

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CHARLIE MARSHALL DATES FINALISED

Longstanding German Shepherd watchers will know that for the last four years we have hosted visits from visiting Australian musicians – two visits by Dave Graney and Clare Moore (The Moodists, The Coral Snakes, MistLy), and one by Harry Howard and the NDE (Birthday Party, Crime and City Solution). This year it’s the turn of Charlie Marshall. Charlie is over for a short solo tour of the UK during September- here are the dates

15th The Cornerhouse, Cambridge with Scissors
21st The Peer Hat, Manchester with Four Candles and Poppycock
23rd Grayston Unity, Halifax
28th Betsy Trotwood, Clerkenwell, London with Doomed Bird of Paradise and Michael Plater

Charlie’s most recent album “Sublime” was rightly heralded a pop masterpiece with some exquisite melodies and thought provoking lyrics.

Charlie Marshall is an acclaimed singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia who has been an important part of the scene in that great music city since the 1980s. As a performer and songwriter, he comes from a similar place, and stands comparison, with better known Australian exports like Nick Cave, Ed Kuepper, Robert Forster, Dirty Three, Kim Salmon and Dave Graney.

Charlie has been the guitar-slinging backbone for many of Melbourne’s finest bands, starting with the legendary Harem Scarem who were a dynamite force in the key of punk blues, followed by the soulful intensity of The Body Electric whose stellar lineup included members of Dirty Three, Beasts of Bourbon and the Avalanches. Lately, he’s been backed by The Curious Minds featuring Clare Moore (Dave Graney ‘n the Coral Snakes), Bryan Colechin (Hugo Race True Spirit) and Tim Deane (Ron Peno & the Superstitions).

His songs are poetic, romantic meditations on life, love, philosophy and the universe, combining colourful chords with incisive lyrics and plenty of soul. In solo mode he’s a passionate, foot stomping, electric guitar slinging force, ranging from gentle, intimate moments to raging, beguiling intensity when in full flight. The latest album ‘Sublime’ is a unique blend of music, politics and science – try imagining Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys collaborating with the BBC’s rock star scientist Brian Cox. A new recording due out September 2018 promises lots of late 60s/early 70s soul-inspired grooves.

My musical adventures have taken me on many paths since the 90’s but still some of my fondest musical memories are of playing with Charlie in The Body Electric and recording our first album, which I still regard as a great piece of work. A stone cold classic.” Warren Ellis, Paris, 2016

MISTLETOE RETURN WITH THREE TRACK EP

Ian Moss’s solo project “Mistletoe” returns with a new three track in EP. The September release will include collaborations with Loop-aznavour, The Boom Da Da Booms and Foghorn Leghorn. Watch this space for more details.

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GIG GUIDE

6th September – The Strays play Tap ‘N’ Tumbler, Nottingham
15th September – The Scissors and Charlie Marshall play The Cornerhouse, Cambridge
15th September – Mesmer Disciples play Music Lounge, Stockton on Tees
16th September – Mesmer Disciples play Museum Vaults Sunderland.
21st September – Four Candles, Poppycock and Charlie Marshall play The Peer Hat, Manchester
27th September – Inferior Complex play Ferndown RBL
27th September – Electric Cheese support Tom Hingley at Preston Guildhall
28th September – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
5th October – The Scissors are at Oxford Wheatsheaf (Klub Kakofanney).
5th October – Shaun Maxwell of Taser Puppets plays a solo acoustic set at Chorley Live
6th October – Toska Wilde plays Saks Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13 Showcase
6th October – Inferior Complex play Liberties, Southampton
11th October – An Evening with Moff Skellington at The Peer Hat, Manchester
14th October – Taser Puppets play TNT Punk Fest at The Peer Hat, Manchester
17th October – The Strays play West Street Live, Sheffield
19th October – Taser Puppets play Old Courts, Wigan
2nd November – German Shepherd Records Fundraiser at The Peer Hat, Manchester – with Drink and Drive, Taser Puppets, The Strays and Flea
22nd November – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
29th November – Four Candles play “Free Rock & Roll” at Sound, Duke Street, Liverpool
1st December – Toska Wilde plays Saks Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13 Showcase
8th December – Boz Hayward and Ketrix play The Peer Hat, Manchester
8th December – Poppycock support Vic Godard at Yes (The Basement) on Charles Street, Manchester with ASBO Derek – it’s next to the Lass O’ Gowrie.
22nd December – Drink and Drive play Strummercamp Fundraiser and Oldham Rugby Club

German Shepherd Newsletter 7 – When The Lamb Became Lame

Hello again and welcome to the latest edition of the German Shepherd Records Newsletter……this week

  • A brand new album from m.t. scott
  • This year’s Australian visitor
  • Forthcoming gigs
  • What’s next in the pipeline

m.t. scott CONFOUNDS HIS RECORD LABEL WITH A COUNTRY ROCK ALBUM

When m.t. scott approached us about his latest project and mentioned he was heading in a folk/country direction we were equally bemused and concerned. Our better angels should have reminded us that whatever “scott” does it is not going to be within the realms of perceived genre norms. He has drip-fed us the tracks on this album for a while now. Each time there have been subtle changes to the form and content with a marked improvement at each stage in the process of development.

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He wants to call this ‘Country Rock’ which is fair enough but, as usual, with his work, it is much more than that. Starting with an obvious nod to a certain band from Prestwich (mining and melding several parts of their career and perversely involving Dick Emery) and then moving through phases of country and folk music with his usual anarchic abandon, “scott” has created a unique suite of songs. The addition of Josephine Dechamps’ vocals towards the latter end of the production process was an inspired move and added that certain magical element that was needed to conclude the project.

The subject matter, as with all his work, is both biographical and autobiographical, inspired meta-fiction in musical form with tangential psychogeography woven into the cover of the release and the backbone of the collection. He continues an exceptional run of groundbreaking and unique music with his trademark witty, sardonic, and sometimes cynical view of the world. Embrace his vision and abandon your preconceptions.

 

Opening track “Starving Artist Rock” can be streamed here:

 

THIS YEARS AUSTRALIAN VISITOR

Longstanding German Shepherd watchers will know that for the last four years we have hosted visits from visiting Australian musicians – two visits by Dave Graney and Clare Moore (The Moodists, The Coral Snakes, MistLy), and one by Harry Howard and the NDE (Birthday Party, Crime and City Solution). This year it’s the turn of Charlie Marshall. Charlie is over for a short solo tour of the UK and we have organised gigs in Cambridge on 15th September at The Cornerhouse (with support from the Scissors) and Manchester on 21st September at The Peer Hat(with support from Four Candles and Poppycock). Charlie will also be playing gigs in London.

Charlie Marshall

Gig details and information will be emerging shortly but until then here’s a brief biography of Charlie.

Charlie Marshall is an acclaimed singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia who has been an important part of the scene in that great music city since the 1980s. As a performer and songwriter, he comes from a similar place, and stands comparison, with better known Australian exports like Nick Cave, Ed Kuepper, Robert Forster, Dirty Three, Kim Salmon and Dave Graney.

Charlie has been the guitar-slinging backbone for many of Melbourne’s finest bands, starting with the legendary Harem Scarem who were a dynamite force in the key of punk blues, followed by the soulful intensity of The Body Electric whose stellar lineup included members of Dirty Three, Beasts of Bourbon and the Avalanches. Lately, he’s been backed by The Curious Minds featuring Clare Moore (Dave Graney ‘n the Coral Snakes), Bryan Colechin (Hugo Race True Spirit) and Tim Deane (Ron Peno & the Superstitions).

His songs are poetic, romantic meditations on life, love, philosophy and the universe, combining colourful chords with incisive lyrics and plenty of soul. In solo mode he’s a passionate, foot stomping, electric guitar slinging force, ranging from gentle, intimate moments to raging, beguiling intensity when in full flight. The latest album ‘Sublime’ is a unique blend of music, politics and science – try imagining Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys collaborating with the BBC’s rock star scientist Brian Cox. A new recording due out September 2018 promises lots of late 60s/early 70s soul-inspired grooves.

“My musical adventures have taken me on many paths since the 90’s but still some of my fondest musical memories are of playing with Charlie in The Body Electric and recording our first album, which I still regard as a great piece of work. A stone cold classic.” Warren Ellis, Paris, 2016

You can check out his most recent and stunning album “Sublime” here:

For more information:
http://www.charliemarshallmusic.com
https://charliemarshall.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/charliemarshallandthecuriousminds

FORTHCOMING GIGS

Our busy schedule of gigs continues unabated, here is the latest listing. Gigs are added on a weekly basis so please check on our gig page regularly…..

6th July – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
6th July – The Strays play The Globe, Glossop
7th July – The Strays play Sharrow Fest After Party, Sheffield
7th July – Toska Wilde plays SAKS, Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13
14th July – Drink and Drive and The Strays play Whittles, Oldham with Little Avis
17th July – Scissors supporting KOLARS at The Portland Arms Cambridge
20th July – The Strays play The Cutlers Arms, Rotherham
21st July – Mesmer Disciples play Alston Festival
25th July – Mesmer Disciples play Santiago Bar, Leeds
26th July – Pearl Divers play Jimmy’s, Manchester
27th July – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge in Stamford
28th July – Drink and Drive and Poppycock play Peer Hat, Manchester
28th July – The Strays play Fuel, Manchester
28th July – Bouquet of Dead Crows and Umbrella Assassins play Pim Jam Festival, Haverhill
29th July – The Strays play Red Lion, Chesterfield
27th August – Four Candles play The 2nd annual Pressure Drop summer gig (private by invite only).
15th September – The Scissors and Charlie Marshall play The Cornerhouse, Cambridge
15th September – Mesmer Disciples play Music Lounge, Stockton on Tees
16th September – Mesmer Disciples play Museum Vaults Sunderland.
21st September – Four Candles, Poppycock and Charlie Marshall play The Peer Hat, Manchester
27th September – Inferior Complex play Ferndown RBL
28th September – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
5th October – The Scissors are at Oxford Wheatsheaf (Klub Kakofanney).
8th December – Boz Hayward, Poppycock and Ketrix play The Peer Hat, Manchester
22nd December – Drink and Drive play Strummercamp Fundraiser at Oldham Rugby Club

WHAT’S NEXT IN THE PIPELINE

We are pleased to announce a brand new single from Mesmer Disciples which will be released on 21st July which ties in with the bands appearance at the Alston Festival in Leeds

Combining two firm favourites from the bands’ live set the two tracker comprises Real Loud and Freaking Out There

Check out videos for the two tracks below

The band is currently working on a new EP for the late autumn