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

Newsletter 58 – The Get, Auster Boys and Positronik

We have three releases scheduled for the 15th November….

THE GET – LET’S RAISE A GLASS FOR CHRISTMAS

The Get are back with an antidote to the usual Christmas tunes with a sardonic and perceptive take on the festivities.Wrapped in a parcel of pop punk sound the quartet deliver a pungent message for those who want an alternative to Noddy and his granny.

The band are playing The Riviera in Bournemouth on 16th November along with our very own Toska Wilde.

The Get will follow this single with a new EP in January 2020 called “Genre Reassignment”.

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AUSTER BOYS – LET’S GET LOST

The two Bob’s are back with a lengthy single comprising three parts. Describing, in their usual flâneur fashion, current  food obsessions, pricey beer, and strange geological formations, all taking place in Sheringham. Clerkenwell and Amsterdam – the ghost of Chet Baker hovers around and the eternal question as to who invented smashed avocado on sourdough is put to the listener. Wry observations on trends, outsider music and other perplexing 21st century behaviour. Time slips between the past and present.

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POSITRONIK – DON’T COME CRYING TO ME 

A new seven track remix mini-album from Manchester’s soul-pop sensations.

  • Songwriter Jeff “Captain” Black creates a new version of their classic track “Don’t Come Crying” and also does a remix
  • Electro wizard Jed provides two dancefloor friendly mixes
  • Cambridge pop masters Lizard Brain apply a deft touch
  • The Junta embargoes the tune with techno beats
  • Space Museum turns the song inside out to create something totally new

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In addition to the above we have a packed schedule of activities over the next two weeks…..

  • The Parish Church Fire – 6 Nov 2019 – Retro Bar, 78 Sackville St, Manchester M1 3NJ, UK
  • The Harveys Release Frank Got Married/Shadow of the Wind – 8 Nov 2019
  • The Harveys and Four Candles – 14 Nov 2019 – Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE, UK
  • Ian Moss Book Launch – 14 Nov 2019 – The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK
  • Ember Rev – 15 Nov 2019 – The Fiddler’s Elbow – Music Venue, 1 Malden Rd, Belsize Park, London NW5 3HS, UK
  • Inferior Complex – 16 Nov 2019 – The Railway Inn, 3 St Paul’s Hill, Winchester SO22 5AE, UK
  • The Get and Toska Wilde – 16 Nov 2019 – The Riviera Hotel & Holiday Apartments, 14-16 Burnaby Rd, Bournemouth BH4 8JF, UK
  • Angry – 21 Nov 2019 – The Edge Bar & Kitchen, 6-8 High Pavement, 1EA, Town Square, Basildon SS14 1EA, UK
  • La Capsula (Mark and Luisa from Elastikbande) – 21 Nov 2019 – The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK

Our charity album for 2019 will be launched on 13th December and features a bunch of new tunes, new mixes and other variants from our artists….all proceeds will be going to Manchester Mind Charity.

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Captain Black’s Positronik Pick ‘n’ Mix

In the latest of our artist curated podcasts Captain Black of Positronik selects an eclectic mix of music for your listening pleasure including his own band and label mates Pearl Divers and The Junta…..it’s a combination of toe-tapping soul driven pop sounds, latin jazz, and other musical delights

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German Shepherd Records Newsletter 38 – Positronik Album, Sam Smith & The Parish Church Fire Live!! , Mark Corrin, and Gigs!

Hello and welcome to this weeks German Shepherd Records Newsletter

Featured this week :

  • Positronik second album revisits old tunes and gives them a makeover
  • Sam Smith returns to the live stage with full band The Parish Church Fire
  • Mark Corrin joins German Shepherd with a new solo album
  • Gigs

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In the interests of neatness, we’ve decided to collect together all the Positronik material recorded since singer Nathalie Haley joined. Most of it has already appeared on Captain Black albums or individual EPs, also released on German Shepherd Records. However, this collection has been freshly remixed and remastered. So if you’ve somehow managed to miss Positronik’s classic pop stylings up till now, this is the perfect introduction.

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There is one track missing – ‘New Frontier – but that will remain exclusive to the ‘It’s a Dog’s Life’ charity compilation for now.

All songs written and produced by Jeff Black, except:‘Snakes & Ladders’ – written by Jeff Black and Carl Lingard ‘Indian Summer’ (AKA ‘Something’) & ‘That Old Alchemy’ – written by Carl Lingard

Here is a soundcloud link to a teaser – the closing track to the album “That Old Alchemy” a stunning piece of John Barryesque writing from Carl Lingard of Pearl Divers.

If you like classic british electro-pop with a soulful edge then this album ticks all the boxes

The album is a digital only release and will be let loose on the world on 29th March

The band is playing live soon – please see the gig list below

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SAM SMITH

We are pleased to report the return of Sam Smith  with full band “The Parish Church Fire” to the live stage. As well as appearing at this years Strummercamp (see gig list below) the band will headline a date at Salford’s Eagle Inn on Friday June 7th. With recordings underway for new material it ‘s great to see Sam back in front of a full band and we can expect a riotous rock set from Sam and his talented friends.

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MARK CORRIN

It is with great pleasure we announce that Mark Corrin has joined us to release his solo album “Pub Bin”.

Pub Bin is a dark comedy concept album set mostly in the venues, shops, offices, pubs and bins of modern Manchester. You’ll hear influences from The Fall, The Bonzo Dog Band, Sleaford Mods, and the impact of other German Shepherd Records artists.

Mark Corrin’s early releases as “Shirokuma” were frequently broadcast on the John Peel Show on BBC Radio 1, and his more recent solo work has featured on BBC Late Junction with Nick Luscombe. He also presents a weekly music radio show himself on Salford City Radio and has collaborated and performed with several notable artists from all over the world both live and on record. He has previously also been a member of groups including Una Baines’ (The Fall) band Poppycock, Rose & The Diamond Hand and is currently working with a new group called Elastikbande.

The album is planned for release on 19th April….more details to follow in future weeks

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GIGS

Forthcoming live events featuring our roster:

March
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
4th – Matthew Hopkins play The Eagle, Salford with Sandells and Wolf Suit
13th – Positronik play London Road Inn, Buxton
20th – Toska Wilde plays The Venue, Southend On Sea
May
5th – Keltrix play The Green Man Brew Ballyhoo, Granchester
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
1st – Keltrix play Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common, Cambridge
7th – The Parish Church Fire and Four Candles 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
20th – Keltrix play Whoosh Festival, The Missing Sock, Sto-Cum-Quy
August
16th – Keltrix play The Green Man, Granchester

German Shepherd Records Newsletter #18 – Iggy Pop-pycock, PrunX video and new gigs announced

Hello and welcome to the weekly newsletter from German Shepherd Records

This week

  • The new single from Poppycock
  • A new video from PrunX
  • New gig announcements

POPPYCOCK CELEBRATE IGGY POP

We are pleased to announce the release of a brand new single   from Manchester based collective Poppycock. Led by Una Baines (The Fall, Blue Orchids, The Fates) the band went through a significant line-up change last year, has been gigging often and has recorded two new singles since then. The first of those singles is a celebration of the Godfather of Punk Rock the seemingly ageless “Iggy Pop”. Using the groups trademark twin vocal approach.the band power through a jaunty homage which has proved to be a live favourite. Una’s trademark organ sound makes a welcome return also.

Poppycock was formed by legendary Manchester musician and community activist Una Baines who was a founder member of the seminal post-punk groups The Fall and Blue Orchids, The band has been active on the Manchester scene for over five years and played at several key events in the Mancunian musical calendar.

The single releases on September 21, 2018 as a digital download only,

Poppycock on this recording were:

Lucy Nyland – Vox
Christine Johnson – Vox
Heather Greenbank – Guitar
Matt Crawford – Bass
Stuart Quinn-Harvie – Drums
Una Baines – Keys

Poppycock also includes

Lucy Power – Flute and Percussion
Paula Darwish – Vox and Guitar

The single was engineered Manos Sarantidis and produced by Una Baines and Manos Sarantidis. Keeping The Fall connection current the artwork for the single was created by Mark E. Smiths sister Suzanne. It was recorded in July 2018 at the fabulous community resource Seed Studios in Old Trafford.

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Poppycock will launch the single on 21st September at The Peer Hat, Manchester which will also feature visiting Australian Musician Charlie Marshall and Four Candles.

A second single “Magic Mothers” will be released later in the year.

The band support Australian band Terry on 12th September at Gullivers, Manchester.

PRUNX LAUNCH NEW VIDEO

Berlin based rockers PrunX have released a video for “Can’t Take It” from last years “Mind Trajectory” EP. This heavy blues rocker features a twin vocal attack from Mikado and FrankOz, the latter delivering a searing guitar break. Catching them live the video shows this excellent band at their best

Check out the full EP

GIG NEWS

The gig calendar is filling up rapidly and can be found in full at this page

Some recent announcements include

  • Øre will be playing their debut gig on Saturday 8th Dec at the TA in Dumfries
  • Positronik and The Strays play Fab Cafe, Manchester on 14th October
  • Drink and Drive will be seeing the year out with a gig at Whittles, Oldham on 28th December
  • Boz Hayward will be playing an afternoon gig at Levenshulme Market on September 29th