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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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