Easter Saturday Meltdown

We are pleased to return to our spiritual home The Peer Hat on Saturday 11th April with another edition of Manchester Meltdown.

Commencing at 4:30pm and with advance tickets at only £8.50 we offer a stunning line up of great music. We expect this one to sell out so get your advance tickets now from HERE.

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Headlining are The Cravats.

Anyone who has had even a vague love of punk music over the last 35 years will know The Cravats or, at least, be aware of their existence. Championed by John Peel with four sessions, releases on Small Wonder and Crass; the sax-riddled, bass-laden weirdness, the humour, the love of Dada and the infamous Redditch ‘Dustbin of Sound’.

Never mainstream, never hugely popular but always utterly unique they ploughed their own musical furrow in the peripheral vision of the music biz since forming in 1977. They stopped in the mid-eighties for a cup of tea and it wasn’t until the 2006 release of ‘The Land of The Giants’ double CD compilation on Overground Records that many folk realised what they’d missed.

Co-founder The Shend and original sax-riddler Svor Naan, along with fellow Redditcharian Rampton Garstang on drums, resurrected a live version of the band in 2009 at the bequest of admirers old and new. Steve Albini’s curated ATP, the final Feeding of The 5000 Crass show, a host of European festivals including 4 years at Rebellion Festival, a Marc Riley BBC6 session and a bunch of selective UK gigs followed to much critical acclaim.

Only with the addition, of Viscount Biscuits on guitar and Joe 91 on bass they finally decided the ingredients were right for new material  and a couple of singles in 2016 and a stunning album “Dustbin of Sound”  in 2017 saw the band reaching new heights including a debut Manchester gig at The Star and Garter.

We thought it was time they came back!

Still drenched in sax, obliquely angry, raucous and sounding like no other band in existence they have remained faithful to the sound that made them unique. Eccentrically frantic on stage, odd but on the ball on record and definitely not normal, the world needs bands like The Cravats.

With a new album due and a new single out there it’s a good time to come and see this excellent band.

 

In support we have:

Unseasonal Beasts – the electronic dance punk of Simon “Ding” Archer and Ian “Moet” Moss has already been seen in full flow via a couple of EPs and a handful of gigs. With two more EPs in the pipeline the duo present an intense barrage of sounds and rhythm capped off with Moss’s trade-mark polemic and vision.

 

Andy T Band – Andy Thorley’s relentless gigging and impressive output is legendary. With precise and evocative spoken word he recounts tales of injustice and political chicanery with an eye to the truth and the pricking of bombastic bubbles. He combines exciting music with a unique and compelling vocal style.

Factory Acts – A Salford-based post-punk dark-electro duo, Factory Acts exist at the edge of the analogue-digital divide, sometimes dreaming, always dancing. Matt the bass delivers the grinding pulsating backbone, SOS’s impressive array of keyboards and stunning vocals create a sound that makes you dance,  but also makes you think.

Matthew Hopkins – the punk via folk trio of Anne, Julia and Max delivers memorable harmonies, great rhythms and catchy tunes concerning politics, the environment and injustice. Pain and joy are covered in equal measure.

Horsemeat – Horsemeat is a band. Horsemeat can be simple. Horsemeat can be tough. Horsemeat can be tender. Horsemeat can be complex and rich. Horsemeat just is. A trio featuring ex Bobbie Peru, and current member of The E-Fits, Bert Genovese. This will be their debut gig.

 

It’s Matrimony!

8th November sees the release of the second single this year from The Harveys.

Previously known as Harveys Rabbit the band reconvened a few years back after success in the 1990s. With that name change and a new line up the core members Tim Lyons and Mick Pullen have brought back the melodic charm and crossover Manchester pop stylings for which they are rightly remembered, and currently appreciated.

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The new single couples a remake of an old Harvey’s Rabbit number “Frank Got Married” with a newer song “Shadow of Wind”. It will be available in digital download and CD formats and accessible from all of the main streaming platforms.

Embracing the Brel/Brecht elements of the bands work this exciting new double A side will be launched on 14th November at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester with support from Vee VV and Four Candles.

The band have also produced a podcast for the German Shepherd Mixcloud Select Channel to support the release of the new single.

Further gigs for The Harveys have been booked:

  • 14th December 2019 – The Peer Hat, Manchester supporting TV Smith – with Matthew Hopkins
  • 1st February 2020 – Jimmy’s, Liverpool supporting The Monochrome Set

 

The Harveys launch their new single at The Peer Hat

Legendary Manchester band Harveys Rabbit are now The Harveys and launch their debut single at The Peer Hat in Manchester on Friday 20th September. They are joined by German Shepherd recording artists Matthew Hopkins and another legendary Manchester band Dislocation Dance. Details below….

The new single will be available in digital and CD format – CDs are limited to 75 copies and will be available from the German Shepherd Bandcamp Page.

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German Shepherd Records Newsletter #24 – Matthew Hopkins, Mistletoe, Sam Smith, Lizard Brain, Bouquet of Dead Crows, m.t.scott subscriber offer and gigs!

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of the German Shepherd Newsletter.

In this issue:

  • Matthew Hopkins release first single – with a special deal for subscribers
  • Ian Moss teams up with Mark Corrin for a new Mistletoe Release
  • Sam Smith launches new single on Sunday
  • Cambridge band Lizard Brain join German Shepherd for their new album
  • Bouquet Dead release a new video from forthcoming album
  • Special subscriber offer for new m.t.scott single
  • Some new gig announcements!

MATTHEW HOPKINS

As trailed last week North West Trio of Julia Nelson and Anne & Max Calderbank release their first single on German Shepherd Records on November 2nd. General distribution via the usual digital outlets will be provided for lead track “Something” – two additional tracks “Hey Joe” and “Lachrymose” will be subscriber only releases via Bandcamp.

MISTLETOE RELEASE NEW EP

Ian Moss is back with a brand new EP called “Made To Break” this time in partnership with famed Manchester area musician and DJ Mark Corrin. Ian says “Accidents will happen and plans go awry , a Moss/Corrin live summit had been bubbling and then evaporated but from the plume of steam signifying the end of that project the idea of a recorded project was trapped in a bottle and given a shake.
Unscrew the top carefully and see what is released back into the air”.

Corrin backing tracks and Moss vocals were glued together by the Auster Boys to produce three pieces where Moss’s intriguing spoken word is coupled with atmospheric sounds.

The EP is released on November 2nd.

Moss and Corrin’s previous collaboration “Ali Baba” was a bit special….

SAM SMITH LAUNCHES NEW SINGLE ON SUNDAY

The much trailed new single from Sam Smith – formerly of the Parish Church Fire and alter ego of Franco Bandini – gets released on Sunday 29th October complete with video. A special newsletter will be released on the day to celebrate this event.

LIZARD BRAIN JOIN GERMAN SHEPHERD

Increasing our Cambridge band count to five we are pleased to announce we will be releasing the new album from Lizard Brain in the new year. The melodic quartet have had two album releases to date  and are recognised as one of the most exciting bands coming out of Cambridge. The band appeared on Cambridge Calling Volume 1.

Watch this space for more news.

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DEAD CROWS LAUNCH ANOTHER VIDEO

In preparation for the release of new album “Motus Octo” Bouquet of Dead Crows have launched another video from the album with track 2  “The Devil’s in the Detail” – also featuring guest miming from Stewart of The Scissors and Garry from Umbrella Assassins it’s a strong indicator of the quality of the forthcoming album.

SUBSCRIBER SPECIAL

The new single “Don’t Mention The War” from m.t. scott is released on 9th November. In a one-off special gift our first ten subscribers will receive a unique signed print of one of ten images created by Michael. With subscription places going fast signing up to the service is strongly recommended if fans want to claim their free gift. Here is an example of one of the prints.

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GIGS

A number of new gigs have been announced since our last newsletter and these are highlighted in bold in the list below

2018

October
24th – Umbrella Assassins play Pim Jam Festival Fundraiser at the Haverhill Arts Centre
25th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Pepys, Huntingdon – acoustic gig
27th – Pearl Divers play Red Wall, New Victoria Mills, Bury

November
1st – Bouquet of Dead Crows play The Dublin Castle, London
2nd – The Strays play Zombie Shack, Manchester
5th – Weimar are playing The Peer Hat supporting Madmoizel.
14th – The Junta is invading Lock 91, Deansgate Locks, Manchester
15th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Esquires, Bedford
17th – Drink and Drive and Four Candles play The Railway, Greenfield
17th – The Mindsweepers play The Riverside, Dumfries
18th – Four Candles and Matthew Hopkins play The Eagle, Salford
22nd – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
24th – Bouquet of Dead Crows launch new album Motus Octo at The Blue Moon, Cambridge
24th- Keltrix play The Crown & Pipes, Fenstanton.
29th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Gringos, Norwich
29th – Four Candles play “Free Rock & Roll” at Sound, Duke Street, Liverpool
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.
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 play Whittles, Oldham

2019

March
2nd – Four Candles play the Peer Hat, Manchester, a benefit for Macmillan nurses as a memorial for Modal Roberts

 

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

Hello

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

SAM SMITH RETURNS

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”

 

MISTLETOE SUPPORTS NSPCC WITH NEW SINGLE

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

CHILDRENS HOME

INTRODUCING MATTHEW HOPKINS

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”.

GIG NEWS

  • 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

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For our full gig list please visit : – https://germanshepherdrecords.com/forthcoming-events/