Here are the details for our releases for September 13th
As trailed last week 90s Peel favourites Harvey’s Rabbit are back with a new name and new line-up.
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
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
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.
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
– Two new Mixcloud Direct Radio Shows from Bryn from The Screaming Love Collective and Mark & Richard from Lizard Brain
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.
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’.
‘Powerful…a disruptive, edgy opus’
(Cambridge Music Reviews)
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.
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
Gigs featuring our artists for the rest of July….
Angry! play The Queen’s Head, Stockwell Road, Brixton, London with the Lucky Sevens.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Our updated gig guide reads as follows
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 2020 February
1st – The Junta will be supporting TRUE ORDER at Sunbird Records, Darwin