GERMAN SHEPHERD RECORDS NEWS – Dominic Carlton Jones, 2 Lost Souls, Longsight, A Raffle, Charitable Work

Hello

We hope you are all well and coping in these strange times.

Firstly, many thanks to those DJs, Bloggers and websites  who have featured us recently. We really appreciate the support and time you are giving to the label and its artists.

This news is for releases on June 26th plus details of a new signing to the label and progress on some of our fundraising activities….

DOMINIC CARLTON JONES

Eccles based singer, songwriter, and troubadour Dominic Carlton Jones returns with a new double A side – Reach Out To Your Far Horizon/German Bombers

Dominic Carlton Jones  won the Salford Star Best Band/Act 2018 Award for his debut album Salford Punk Poetry Sadness Death New Life, which judges hailed as “inspired and original”. and his work has been rightly praised. The new single sees the seven minute plus “Reach Out To Your Far Horizon” exploring ambient soundscapes with an evocative and emotional spoken word delivery from Dominic. The guitar focused “German Bombers” provides another side of Dominic’s work with layers of picking and riffs building to create an atmospheric bed for more spoken word developing an epic soundscape where vocals kick in with a heartfelt song.

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2 LOST SOULS

The ever productive 2 Lost Souls duo of Ian Moss and Paul Rosenfeld are back with another charity focused single. The harrowing “Don’t You Call It Love”, which Ian premiered at his virtual Stonehenge festival performance, is a direct attack on child sex abuse and the evil people who perpetrate it. All proceeds from the sale of this single will be donated to Childline.

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LONGSIGHT

We are pleased to announce we will be working with Stockport, GreaterManchester band Longsight starting with a single.

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Longsight are a new indie guitar band from Stockport, North West England. Started in August 2019 their first few gigs have caught the imagination of their peers and music journalists alike.

Si Wolstencroft (The Fall/ Ian Brown’s band) “Absolutely love Longsight. They sound like a cross between The Buzzcocks and New Order”.
The Big issue: “Beg, borrow or steal the entrance fee. Longsight are about to go stellar”.
Cassie Delta KBYD radio California: “The songs have a hurting, haunting, heart-breaking echo to them.”
Manchester Evening News, “No wonder current music sounds banal, Longsight have taken all the best songs”.
Chester Chronicle: “Top new band. Every track sounds like a hit single.”
Glasgow Herald. “Beautifully crafted songs delivered in an unnerving style”.

The band comprises of:

  • Keo (Guitar/vox) formerly in Jez Kerr from A Certain Ratio’s solo band, The Family Bizarre and The Treatment Organisation.
  • Adam Halford (Drums/vox) formerly in The Trainset.
  • Johnny Stringer (Bass/vox) Formerly in The Stipe band.

Longsight’s first single ‘These Chains’ is out now on limited edition 7″ vinyl through Discogs. Produced by Jez Kerr from A Certain Ratio. Their first album is due out early next year through German Shepherd Records pending that a new single is coming soon.

Here’s the band live:

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A RAFFLE

Moff Skellington has made available the original artwork for three of his albums plus the poster designed for his gig at The Peer Hat, Manchester. There are four prizes so four chances to win. All punters need to do is purchase one or more tickets for the chance to enter the prize draw. Entrants get a free copy of Moff’s EP Uncle Roy’s Utopian Vision #1
The closing date for the raffle is Monday 22nd June and winners will be notified by e-mail by Friday 26th June when arrangements will be made for Moff to mail the artwork to the winners.

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All proceeds will be donate to The Peer Hat Fundraiser. Tickets can be purchased from this link.

….AND MORE FUNDRAISING

Our recent releases from Four Candles, 2 Lost Souls and Crab Dance GIs are all dedicated to raising money to support The Peer Hat, Manchester a much loved place by everyone at the label and where we hold our annual Meltdown events. We have already raised £265 through these releases but more would help if you are able to support us.

Our recent releases by Moongoose also have a charitable aim with homelessness charity Shelter being the recipient on any income from sales of the EPs.

 

New Moff Album Due and a busy week….

July 19th sees a new album from Moff Skellington called “Chummy Warder’s Blackspot Honeymoon”.

It’s a busy time for Moff with a further three albums on the way over the next three months. The latest offering returns to Moff’s more experimental side with a host of characters and places which would not be out of place the worlds of Lewis Carroll, Flann O’Brien or Spike Milligan.

With exploding bicycles, gaslit moonjelly, wishing eggs and other alternative aural gifts this is Moff at his most Eddodi.

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THIS WEEK

We have an incredibly busy Friday coming up with releases from

  • Crab Dance GIs – single
  • Four Candles – EP
  • Cosmic Panthers – EP with cassette version available from the Fuzzy Warbles Bandcamp Page
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  • Moongoose – two EPs

The Moongoose releases will be supported by a podcast from Yorkie which will be released on Thursday on Mixcloud – videos supporting this release will be available from Wednesday on You Tube. All proceeds from the sale of these EPs go towards supporting the work of Shelter.

This months Eighth Day magazine which is out soon features an article about Mark Corrin – please check it out.

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June 5th releases from Moongoose and Crab Dance GIs plus new videos from Bouquet of Dead Crows

Hello, here are the details of our releases for June 5th plus some video news.

MOONGOOSE

We are very pleased to be working with Moongoose for the release of two EPs.

Any income generated from the sales of these releases will be donated to the homelessness charity Shelter.

The two EPs entitled “Yellow” and Black” are respectful homages to cinema and its soundtracks.

The YELLOW EP is a tribute to all of the magnificent directors and composers of the Italian Giallo films from the 1970’s. Films such as SUSPIRIA, LIZARD IN A WOMANS SKIN, YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY, THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, ETC. Directors such as Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava, Sergio Martini, ETC. Composers such as Ennio Morricone, GOBLIN, Claudio Simonetti, ETC.

The Giallo films were mysteries/thrillers/horror films that usually placed an innocent in danger from a knife-wielding assailant. Full of terror and suspense, they usually had groundbreaking visuals and stunning soundtracks.

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The BLACK EP is a tribute the wonderfully atmospheric and very bleak American Film Noir Movies of the 1940’s and 1950’s.  Films such as DOUBLE INDEMNITY, IN A LONELY PLACE, KISS OF DEATH, THE BRIDE WORE BLACK, SUNSET BOULEVARD, ETC. Directors such as ALFRED HITCHCOCK, ROBERT SIODMAK, FRITZ LANG, ORSON WELLES, ETC. Composers such as BERNARD HERRMANN, MIKLOS ROSZA, MAX STEINER, ETC.

The American Film Noir movies were mysteries/thrillers/spy films that usually dealt with corruption, double-dealing and murder. The movies main features are the striking lighting design and weird camera angles

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Each EP comprises four tracks. To tie in with the release German Shepherd Records Subscribers will receive an additional pair of tracks from the Yellow and Black sessions – ‘Raven Circles’ and ‘Bitter Consequences .

A series of ten videos will be released to tie in with the two EPs. Watch this space for details!

Some limited edition CDs of both EPs will be available from the Moongoose website.

David “Yorkie” Palmer has also put together a podcast to promote the two releases which includes tracks from older Moongoose releases plus a selection of his favourite film scores. This will be available from the German Shepherd Mixcloud page from June 3rd.

Established in 1999 by YORKIE, former bassist and producer for platinum selling indie giants SPACE, and producer of Liverpool legends SHACK’s last album ‘…the corner of Miles & Gil’ (for Noel Gallagher’s SOURMASH label). He has also produced many other bands, most notably SEVEN SEALS, IVAN CAMPO and WINDMILL.

MOONGOOSE have released five singles, three ep’s and four albums to date.

The main core of MOONGOOSE is:

  • YORKIE (THE DANCE PARTY, EGYPT FOR NOW, THE BALCONY, SPACE, WINDMILL)
  • PAUL CAVANAGH (THE BALCONY, THE ROOM, GLOSS, CABIN IN THE WOODS, THE ROOM IN THE WOOD)
  • MARK JORDAN (VIDEOS: DEREK JARMAN, THE ROOM IN THE WOOD, ATV)

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CRAB DANCE GIs

Manchester’s pop subversives Crab Dance GIs, featuring Danny Cusick (Kit B), Craig Bodell (The Hidden Gem) and Paul Smith (The Hidden Gem) are back with a brand new single called “Stage Fright” their fourth release with German Shepherd.  Pizzicato strings and a moving synth bass create a bed for a special pop song.A sultry summer vibe runs through this hook packed tune which sees the Crabbies taking a more soulful route. If this one doesn’t grab your ears and give them a good shaking then nothing will.

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DEAD CROWS LAUNCH VIDEOS

To tie in with the release of “Hemispheres Part One :Celestial”  Bouquet of Dead Crows have been hard at work producing videos to support the albums tracks. Here’s the video for Left To Rot.

A You Tube playlist of the videos featuring the whole album will be available soon.

Pre-order the album now:

28th February releases and re-releases

Here’s what we have planned for February 28th and also some gig news

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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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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

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

German Shepherd Newsletter 53 – Crab Dance GIs and Gigs!

NEW RELEASES

9th August sees two new digital only releases both from Manchester Pop Anarchists Crab Dance GI’s

Best Crab collects their recordings to date from various compilation appearances and singles which we are redistributing to major digital download sites

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Trash Talk/The Latest Record is a brand new single

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Crab Dance GIs features ex Hidden Gem Members Danny Cusick, Craig Bodell , and Paul Smith – they are based in Manchester/Salford UK

Expect pop smarts with dry humour and strong melodies …. this is Manchester Pop Royalty!

A Mixcloud Direct radio show compiled by Danny Cusick, featuring his favourite music and Crab Dance GIs songs, will also be available to subscribers during the release week. Subscription is only £2.99 a month

FACEBOOK LINK – https://www.facebook.com/crabdancemusic/

FORTHCOMING GIG HIGHLIGHTS

  • We have a showcase at ex-Fall man Ed Blaney’s new Manchester bar/venue Yerrr on August 10th with a stellar line up of Four Candles, Adventures of Salvador, Elastikbande and The Ombudsmen. Keltrix will be playing The Green Man in Granchester on the same night.
  • Black Limousine’s next gig and single launch will be on 16th August with Bobbie Peru also playing. This will be Bobbie Peru’s last gig before they transform into new band E-Fits

other future gigs to check out

  • Umbrella Assassins – 24 Aug 2019 – Rugfest Haverhill
  • Toska Wilde – 25 Aug 2019 – The Centre, Margate CT9, UK
  • Adventures of Salvador, Weimar and Pearl Divers – 26 Aug 2019 – Glaston Bury, Bury (venues to be confirmed)
  • Dominic Carlton Jones – 29 Aug 2019 -The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK
  • The Mind Sweepers – 31 Aug 2019 – Queen of the South Bar, 8-10 Nith Pl, Dumfries DG1 2PN, UK
  • The Harveys and Matthew Hopkins, with Manc legends Dislocation Dance – 20 Sep 2019 – The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK
  • Umbrella Assassins – 5 Oct 2019 – The Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7AN, UK

German Shepherd 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

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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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.

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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 #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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