New releases from Loop-aznavour, Umbrella Assassins and Lizard Brain plus reissues

Here are the details of our releases on April 10th plus news of some reissues and an additional single release on April 3rd


Adventures of Salvador front man and theremin wizard Loop-aznavour resumes his solo career with a brand new album  Les Idiots de L’Electronique.

Loop takes us through ten great new songs involving a wide selection of bizarre and wonderful characters. Applying his unique and dead-pan humour to the everyday idiosyncrasies of life this collection will certainly lighten the mood in these trying times.



Umbrella Assassins

Haverhill’s finest proponents of Shed Punk are back with a full length which includes revisited versions of tracks from the previous EPs and Singles released by German Shepherd.

Album Art

Entitled Humanity it’s a concept album dealing with the adventures of  Dodo Freak (Freakum Dodois) the last of his kind. Losing faith in humanity he escapes to a new planet. As years go by he wonders what has become of his old home, so he decides to look. Hurtling through the countryside in his spaceship he meets a girl, falls in love and starts a family. Through new found friends he assembles a band of humans, those lucky few. The pioneers of the twelve by ten. The creators of Shed Punk.

Mixing raw shed punk with some lighter pop tunes and experimental pieces this is Steve, Garry and Bunge with their best offering yet.

The band have put together an entertaining podcast to support the release of the album which will be available around the time of release from Bob’s Mixcloud Page.



Following a change in our distributors we are pleased to announce that the following are available once more from all the digital streaming and download sites…..

plus a host of reissues of Moff Skellington albums:

Plough Monday, On Flanders Moon, Golfer In Disgrace, Bargains Are A Hollow Syrup, Fetch, Uncle Roy’s Utopian Vision Parts 1 and 2, The Corduroy Bridge, Thorny Conduits

Eighth Day Magazine

We are continuing to write a monthly column for the excellent Eighth Day Magazine. March’s edition included a piece on Moff Skellington and an introduction to The English Disease. April’s edition which is due out at the weekend includes the first of a two part article on our work with Cambridge Bands – check out the magazine here

and finally …..there’s an extra release scheduled for April 3rd from

Lizard Brain

The Lizard Brain team have produced an excellent remix of the track Put Some Love In Your Heart from their That Has A Nice Ring To It album.

Again we felt that this tune offered some hope and love during the current lockdown. This track is a taster for their new single 32 Years which will follow on April 24th.

Put Some Love In Your Heart

Stay safe!

News -Debut album from Jed, Reissues and Gig News


Here is the usual weekly news update from the kennel.



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

Jed Promo One


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.

Gliding Through Stone Cover

From Night Operations

A new Night Operations single is coming on May 8th

From Keltrix



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.



German Shepherd Records Newsletter #23 – Sam Smith, Matthew Hopkins, Mistletoe, and Gig News


Welcome to the latest German Shepherd Records Newsletter. This week:

  • Sam Smith returns
  • Mistletoe Charity Single supports NSPCC
  • An introduction to Matthew Hopkins
  • Gig News


Ex Sam Smith & Company, and, The Parish Church Fire front man, Sam Smith returns  on October 29th just after the equinox. Watch this space for exciting news.


Sam’s last single was the memorable “Bad Water”



Ian Moss returns as Mistletoe with a new single called “Children’s Home” on 26th October. On this release he is accompanied by Foghorn Leghorn.

A harrowing spoken word performance attacks the institutions who are complicit in allowing children to be abused and in that context all proceeds from the sale of this single will donated to the NSPCC.

This a deliberately lo-fi and stripped back recording in which Ian paints a vivid picture. A further EP featuring three new pieces in partnership with Marc Corrin follows next week



In 1974, two Catholic schoolgirls met at the age of 5 over a scabby knee and sang together in praise of the lord, ‘til they discovered Salvation in the form of Hex Enduction Hour. An explosion of hair spray, eyeliner and ideas ensued.

Julia moved to Blackpool and joined the band The Tingletones as singer before moving to Manchester, when she became singer for the short lived Arthur Badfrown Band. A move to London at the turn of the century saw her finally pick up a guitar. Upon returning to Manchester, she joined Government Death Epidemic as guitarist. She has recorded with Craig Scanlon and Steve & Paul Hanley (ex The Fall).

Anne has sang, go-go danced and played tambourine in 60’s- garage outfit The Stags since 2001. They are stalwarts of the garage scene playing around the UK and Europe and worked closely with Frank Sidebottom.

Max, Anne’s son, has been playing drums and guitar with bands since the age of 13. He is currently playing his own material in punk outfit Bang Up To The Elephant.

A hiatus in both womens’ musical projects gave them the chance to get together and get creative – Matthew Hopkins was born in 2016. Max completes the team, bringing exceptional musicality and skill to the band.

Their debut single “Something” will be released on November 2nd. Two further tracks “Lachrymose” and “Hey Joe” will be released at the same time but as Subscriber Only specials via our Bandcamp page. More information next week – pending that here is the link to the video of “Something”.


  • Weimar are playing The Peer Hat, Manchester on Monday 5th November, supporting Madmoizel. Jan Doyle Band are also supporting.
  • Keltrix play The Crown & Pipes, Fenstanton on Saturday 24th November
  • The Mind Sweepers The Riverside Dumfries on Saturday 17th November


For our full gig list please visit : –

Newsletter # 2 – New Keltrix Album, Manchester Meltdown Set Times. Bouquet of Dead Crows mini-tour, Gigs, and forthcoming releases

Hello and welcome to another edition of the German Shepherd Newsletter….

This week ….


Keltrix Naked sleeve front-page-001

We are pleased to announce the release of a brand new album from Cambridge based folk/electro act Keltrix. However, for this album, the electro part of the sound has been put aside to reveal the duo’s folk roots. Taking the best of the previous albums and adding two new tracks from the next album “Herstory” Sharon and Keri have stripped things back to just voice, guitar and violin to create a stunning collection of songs. Recorded at Sharon Sullivans home studio this is the Keltrix sound stripped bare – hence the album’s title “Naked”

Released digitally on June 8th via Bandcamp, Spotify, ITunes, Apple Music and many more digital outlets this is a chance to hear Keltrix as you have never heard them before. In addition, we are making available via our Bandcamp Merch Page a limited edition CD of the album.

Keri (singer/songwriter) and Sharon (violinist/producer) first met when performing with Dj’s and Live PA’s at dance music club nights back in the late 90’s. It wasn’t until several years later, however, that Keri formed the original Keltrix, an alt/folk/rock band that Sharon soon joined.  After several years, two albums and a certain amount of success, a continuing love of 90’s rave and trip-hop, along with the desire to progress musically, meant it was time to change direction. The 2015 double album Between Storms (band)/Beyond Storms (electro) was the turning point and Keltrix has been a live electro act ever since. Last years 4th album “Bobby Says” was a critical success.

Naked is a release which bridges the previous album “Bobby Says” and the planned new one “Herstory”. It is an acoustic album in a step away from the electronic direction Keltrix have followed of late. It contains two brand new tracks, both of which will be on the next album, albeit in a slightly different form. The rest of the selections are Keri and Sharon’s favourites from previous albums – the greatest hits of Keltrix. After ten years of constant recording and gigging Keltrix are taking a breather with a quieter year concentrating on the development and recording of the next album.

The album will be launched at the Corner House in Cambridge on 15th June – Featuring live acoustic music with special guests Heather McVey and Emily Fraser, and glamorous assistance and spanking sets from DJ Cabbage. Merch will be on sale including limited edition ‘Naked’ Albums plus T-Shirts & Vests. It’s £5 entry.  Doors 8.30pm Live music from 9pm.

You can hear an interview with Keri and Sharon below


  • Keri Kel – Songwriter, Vocals, Guitar,
  • Sharon Sullivan – String Arrangements, Violin, Backing Vocals
  • Recorded and Produced by Sharon Sullivan
  • Logo and Artwork by QxDesign


The  “Bobby Says” album succeeds magnificently in its attempts to pull together several strands and in doing so create a sound that, if not unique is certainly rare, engaging and very rewarding.- Dave Hammond, Sounds

In a show of brilliant variety – and one of the most striking acts I have seen for a long time – Keltrix were last up on the bill. They are an award-winning trio infusing electro folk with acoustic instrumentation, almost grungy, gutsy vocals and spiralling soundscapes. This is folk music with a fiery, flighty sense to it, and I was quickly entranced. – Emliy Oldfield, Louder Than War

Naked 10


The Set times have been announced for the Manchester Meltdown event at the Peer Hat, Manchester on June 23rd. There has been a lot of interest shown in the event so we recommend either purchasing an early bird ticket from behind the bar at the venue, or registering for a ticket 

Early purchase gets you the discounted price of £7.50 – the cost will be £9 on the day. The venue capacity is limited to 150.

Here are the set times:….

  • 2-45 – 3-25 Monkeys in Love
  • 3-45 – 4-25 Flea
  • 4-45 – 5-25 Diagonal Science
  • 5-45 – 6-00 Susan and Matt (Factory Acts)
  • 6-30 – 7-10 Four Candles
  • 7-30 – 8-10. Drink and Drive
  • 8-30 – 9-10 The Empty Page
  • 9-30 -10-10 Bobbie Peru
  • 10-30 – 11-10 The Sandells

The Prick Jaggers will make a short appearance sometime during the day and Stephen Doyle of Salford City Radio will be spinning the tunes throughout the day between the sets.


Following the release of the single “Bunched Up Bradley” Bouquet of Dead Crows are stepping outside of Cambridge for three dates…..

  • 9th June – Manchester AATMA with Goldblume and The Junta
  • 10 June – Newcastle Bar Loco with Goldblume and The Junta
  • 21st June – Bedford Esquires – supporting Sunlight for Honey (free entry)

The band will be back in Cambridgeshire on July 28th for the Pim Jam festival in Haverhill



  • 1st June – Inferior Complex are  supporting the Chameleons Vox at the Joiners in Southampton as part of their 35th-anniversary tour
  • 2nd June – The Strays play The Station Hotel, Ashton U Lyne
  • 2nd June – The Scissors and Keltrix play Rebel Arts Stage, Strawberry Fair, Cambridge
  • 3rd June – The Mind Sweepers play The Lantern, Dumfries
  • 6th June – The Junta plays Chancers Cabaret, Carlton Club, Whalley Range, Manchester
  • 7th June – The Mind Sweepers are playing Rabbies Tavern at Eden Festival.
  • 9th June –  Poppycock play The Mechanics Centre, Manchester
  • 9th June – Toska Wilde and JD Meatyard play 101 Social Club, Margate
  • 9th June -Inferior Complex play the Bandstand, Eastleigh
  • 15h June –  Keltrix launch their new album at The Corner House, Cambridge,
  • 23rd June –  Manchester Meltdown Summer All Day Special – see details above
  • 30th June – The Scissors play Knackfest, Karma Farm, Isleham Fen
  • 7th July – Toska Wilde plays SAKS, Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13
  • 21st July – Mesmer Disciples play Alston Festival
  • 28th July – Drink and Drive play Peer Hat, Manchester
  • 15th September – The Scissors and Charlie Marshall play The Cornerhouse, Cambridge
  • 15th September – Drink and Drive play Agueda, Portugal
  • 21st September – Four Candles, Poppycock and Charlie Marshall play The Peer Hat, Manchester


  • 15/06/2018 Loop -Aznavour – When Casios Walked The Earth –  New EP from the Adventures of Salvador singer
  • 15/06/2018 The Junta – All Roads – A new single featuring first time vocals from The Junta
  • 15/06/2018 Pearl Divers -The Past Aint Made To Last – digital re-release of  the EP
  • 22/06/2018 Four Candles-Strange Things- the first of three singles featuring new recordings
  • 29/06/2018 The Colourful Disease – Economics – Moff Skellington and Ian “Moet” Moss are back with some new material under a new name.
  • 06/07/2018 Auster Boys with Moet – Unnatural Appetites – A new collaboration between Northampton’s finest and Mr Moss
  • 13/07/2018 m.t. scott – Seven Country Ballads – a new EP from the mercurial Mr Scott


Our releases in April and May of this year are listed below – please see our Bandcamp page to have a listen or check them out on ITunes, Spotify, Amazon, Play Music, Napster, Medianet, 7 digital, Rdio, Deezer, zvook, Slacker Radio, Nokia, eMusic, 24/7, Shazam, akazoo, asprio, kkbox, and saavn.

  • 13/04/2018 Mistletoe-We See
  • 20/04/2018 Mesmer Disciples-The Big O
  • 20/04/2018 Kit B – Real Voodoo
  • 27/04/2018 Moff Skellington – Bargains Are A Hollow Syrup
  • 27/04/2018 The Strays – Richard Dreyfuss  
  • 04/05/2018 Inferior Complex – Science
  • 04/05/2018 Toska Wilde with Brucie Bitch – T Gurl
  • 04/05/2018 The Junta vs Loop-Aznavour – Welcome To My Village
  • 11/05/2018 Keltrix – Long Long Way
  • 18/05/2018 Øre – This Island Earth
  • 18/05/2018 Bouquet of Dead Crows- Bunched Up Bradley
  • 25/05/2018 Moff Skellington – Fetch
  • 01/06/2018 Auster Boys – Insomnia



Keltrix return with “Long Long Way” Single in two versions

Anticipating the release of a new album “Naked”, Keltrix are back and are releasing a new single “Long Long Way” on May 11th, a track which links back to their last album release “Bobby Says”.

The last album was predominantly electronic dance-oriented in keeping with their new sonic direction the band has developed over the last few years. However, the forthcoming album strips back their sound to its folk roots with just voice, guitar and violin delivering acoustic versions of the bands “Greatest Hits” together with a handful of brand new songs.

Keri and Sharon have rightly received praise for their unique blending of traditional music with modern electronica/dance but it is time to step back and chill and reveal the “naked” beauty of Keri’s unique voice and Sharon’s sublime playing.

The electric version of Long Long Way, which features Jay Willams, was a stand out track from “Bobby Says”.  It is coupled on this release with an amazing acoustic rendition of the song from the new album. A stunning video, inspired by those chilling horror movies that send shivers up and down your spine,  accompanies both tracks. Video links will follow in the next few days.

This is a digital only release which will be available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and a host of other digital platforms.

The new album will be released on June 8th and launched at Corner House Cambridge on the same evening. Digital and CD versions will be available.

Keltrix to release stripped back acoustic album

Keltrix return with a new release on 8th June. In a change from the recent electronic approach of the band they have stripped back the sound to acoustic and the new album is appositely titled “Naked”.

Violin and acoustic guitar dominate the soundscape and Keri’s voice is brought to the fore. Sharon’s playing on the album is exquisite with melody being the watchword.

The album consists of two new songs and a selection of re-imagined material from Beneath and Beyond Storms and Bobby Says.

The band will return to the more electronic side of things however with the album that follows “Naked”, which is planned for early 2019.


Our 200th release

After two and a half years of operation Greater Manchester based not for profit label German Shepherd Records has reached the milestone of a 200th release.

To celebrate this auspicious occasion label owners Ian and Bob asked the artists on the roster to contribute material for a compilation album. As with previous milestone releases from the label all proceeds will be directed towards a charity, in this case the Salford based homelessness charity Coffee4Craig which is based in Weaste which is close to the German Shepherd kennel in Eccles.

The compilation contains seventeen tracks and consists of a wide variety of musical genres reflecting the eclectic release policy of the label. From the proto punk of The Get through the psychedelic disco punk grooves of the Screaming Collective, a massive piece of post-rock ambience from Issac Navaro, the alt folk of Keltrix, and the rock styliings of Berllin’s PrunX, amongst many others there is fascinating musical variety from all over the UK, and all the way from Berlin. We are very grateful to JD Meatyard for contributing a track from his new album “Collectivise”. There are brand new tracks, new versions of previously released tracks, and remixes!

The artists contributing to the release are

The Get
JD Meatyard
The Screaming Love Collective
m.t. scott
Issac Navaro
Moff Skellingon
The Junta
Space Mueum
House Mouse
Toska Wilde
Pearl Divers
Night Operations
The Electric Cheese
Bouquet of Dead Crows
Dominic Carlton Jones

The stunning artwork for the release was contributed by Andy Quayle (Moff Skellington).

Sample track “Come On” from The Screaming Love Collective :

The compilation is released on August 11th and people are asked to pay £3 or more via Bandcamp. There will be wider distribution via Amazon, I Tunes, Spotify and many other digital platforms but the album will be priced higher through those platforms.
All profits net of distribution costs will be directed towards Coffee4Craig.
Cover for 200

Storm Warning

Keltrix’s critically acclaimed second album “Between and Beyond Storms” is now available on our Bandcamp page where you can grab the digital album or get one of the remaining limited number of CDs.

This double album marks the transition between the bands original folk-rock sound and their current more electronic/dance approach. Contrasts can be made between a selection of the bands repertoire with both old and new versions of some key songs presented as part the release.


Keltrix renew Salford Connection

Cambridge based alt.folk electronica band Keltrix renew their Salford connection by releasing their new album Bobby Says… on German Shepherd on 17th March 2017. Sharon and Rose from the band both have links to the city.

The opening track from the new album also features on the Cambridge Calling Compilation which will be released on the same day.

The band have a unique sound so they are completely at home on German Shepherd. Blending haunting vocals and soaring strings with electronic beats, bass and synth lines, the trio bridge the gap between alt/folk and electro creating a compelling and hypnotic sound.

The group launch the album on March 10th at the Portland Arms in Cambridge.

To hear Sharon from the band talking about the new album, and with some featured tracks then listen to the recent edition of Dave Hammond Smelly Flowerpot show where she guested.