German Shepherd Newsletter #29 – The Scissors, PrunX, Various Artists Compilation for Charity, Looking Ahead, Gigs

Hello and welcome to the latest newsletter from German Shepherd Records.

This week:

– The Scissors Look Good In Cheap Clothes
– PrunX return with Sci-Fi teaser
– It’s A Dog’s Life : a new compilation for charity
– Releases for the rest of 2018 and looking forward to 2019
– Forthcoming gigs featuring German Shepherd Artists

THE SCISSORS LOOK GOOD IN CHEAP CLOTHES

Cambridge’s highly regarded band The Scissors return with a brand new album replete with their signature swirling keyboard-fuelled psych-pop,horrorshow freakbeat guitars and new wave post-punk basslines. Titled “Look Good In Cheap Clothes” the 7th December release shows a real development from it’s popular predecessor “Haunted Mirror”. With a dazzling mix of garage punk, otherworldly pop, and some new explorations  the band demonstrate a significant shift in their sound whilst retaining the core of their alternative take on music.

Here’s a sneak preview with a live version of album track “Ufotopia”

An interview with bassist and singer Stewart Harris, which includes a sneak promo preview of the albums contents can be found here: 

You can find more on the band on Facebook at: @thescissorsuk

The bands’ next gig is on Thursday 6th December at The Corner House, Cambridge with a stellar line up including Ember Rev and Goddamit Jeremiah.

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PrunX IN SPACE

Berlin based rockers PrunX never hesitate to point out the destructive effects of capitalism,  and on this new release they are using their unique sound as a “gateway to a peaceful solar system”. Celebrating this manifesto they release their third EP with our label on December 7th. Entitled “Contact” the three track collection presents a view from deep space – “favouring your ears with observations of Terra – most haunted planet in our galaxy”.

First Contact? – is a prelude for an upcoming concept album. The band say “It’s a far out story brought down to earth, when it happens, watch out for Sparks!”
Deadly Toys reflects a sarcastic spiteful calling out of arms-dealers.
There’s No Time is an ironic celebration of the negative impact of excess

Never afraid to rock out the band merge the best of the rich history of German music with a punk ethos. Label boss Ian Moss says “Imagine the Poison Girls in a heady brew with Amon Duul II with a hint of blues swagger”.

Facebook – @PrunXBerlin

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IT’S A DOG’S LIFE

Since the label’s beginning in 2014 we have regularly released compilations for Charity – including the Cambridge Calling series. To close the year we will release a new compilation called “It’s A Dog’s Life” featuring 17 tracks from our roster. The release will include brand new tracks from The Parasite, Umbrella Assassins, The Get, Issac Navaro, The Mind Sweepers, KIT B, Mistletoe, Auster Boys, The Screaming Love Collective, Positronik, m.t. scott and Sleeping Ducks. There will also be different versions and remixes of already released tracks from Bouquet of Dead Crows, The Scissors, Inferior Complex, The Junta, Lizard Brain and Sam Smith. A special deluxe edition for Bandcamp only will include additional tracks from The Get and one or two other surprises for our subscribers. The album will be released on 21st December and all proceeds will be directed towards Mary’s Meals charity to assist in famine relief. The album and also a selection of other German Shepherd releases will be featured on a special edition of Bob’s Aural Delights Radio Show on Analogue Trash radio on 20th December.at 10pm

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THE REST OF THE YEAR AND LOOKING FORWARD

After a busy year with over 70 releases and the launch of our subscription service we are ending on a high with three other new releases, a single from STAGGS, an EP from The Parasite, and a single from Inferior Complex. We will be taking a couple of weeks off at the start of 2019 but will be back in mid January firstly with a brand new album from Issac Navaro, and this will be followed by a single from Sam Smith, a new album from Lizard Brain and the debut single from hot new Manchester band Weimar.

Watch this space for details.

GIGS

November
27th – Rose & The Diamond Hand plays The Kings Arms, Salford
28th – The Strays play Lock 91 Manchester
29th – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Gringos, Norwich
29th – Four Candles play “Free Rock & Roll” at Sound, Duke Street, Liverpool
29th – Loop Aznavour plays El Manisero at Eva, Sackville Street, Manchester
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.
7th – The Mind Sweepers play Coach & Horses, Dumfries
7th -Toska Wilde appearing at Connect With Nothing Event at The Lido, Margate
8th – The Mind Sweepers and Øre playing The Troqueer Arms Dumfries
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, Four Candles play Whittles, Oldham
January
2nd – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Saturn Mansion. Weimar, Trancedental Equations, and Four Candles
6th – The Mind Sweepers play the Big Burns Supper at The Hub, Dumfries
9th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring St Lucifer, Adventures of Salvador, Emily Oldfield and Four Candles
16th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Poppycock, Factory Acts, Mystery Guest, and Four Candles
23rd – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Rose and the Diamond Hand, Matthew Hopkins, Bang Up The Elephant and Four Candles
25th – Ian Moss plays The Kings Arms, Salford
30th – Manchester Meltdown Series 2 at the Peer Hat. Only £3 featuring Springfield Elementary, Bobbie Peru, Elastikbande and Four Candles
February
1st – Weimar launch their debut single at The Eagle, Salford with support from Dominic Carlton Jones
9th – Scissors play NCI Club Cambridge (Cambridge Central Aid charity fundraiser, Scissors headlining, other acts TBC)
March
2nd – Four Candles, Johann Kloos and Rose Niland play the Peer Hat, Manchester, a benefit for Macmillan nurses as a memorial for Modal Roberts

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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

Newsletter #4 – new music from Four Candles, new video from PrunX and gig news – 22nd June

Hello again and welcome to the German Shepherd Newsletter

This week

– Four Candles invite you to join their Spiritual Rapture
– Gig News
– New video from PrunX
– Manchester Meltdown
– What’s coming soon

Four Candles – Spiritual Rapture

Our release for 22nd June is a bit complicated – we are releasing the new album from Four Candles in CD format via our Bandcamp Page, however those who live in the digital world will get the album in three chunks of two track singles in June, July, and August. Heavily road tested during the bands’ January Manchester Meltdown appearances this new six-track album shows the band moving into new areas with surprising variations in style and content from their debut album “Killing The Image”. Recorded at 6dB studios in Salford the core band of Phil Peak – Drums, Jon Rowlinson – Bass, Mark Taylor – Guitar and Ian Moss – Vocals are joined by Ding on Piano and David Wilkinson on Saxophone.

The variety across the six-track collection is remarkable with the quartet drawing on their collective experience to create a fresh and approachable sound with the trademark Moss vocals providing a perfect counterpoint to the lush textures of Mark’s guitar and Phil and Jon’s tight rhythms.

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Well regarded artist Andy Thorley has had a sneak preview of the album as says “Spiritual Rapture is a cracking little silver disc that is great from start to early finish. Not wanting to overstay it’s welcome at under 30 minutes, it’s a perfect bite-size morsel, hunt your own copy down soon.”

With his 40th year on stage now achieved Ian Moss will be extensively interviewed by Stephen Doyle on his Sonic Diary Show on Salford City Radio at 9pm on 13th June. The show which will have an extended Mixcloud version will contain many examples of Ian’s work with bands including Hamsters, The Stepbrothers, Sicknurse, Kill Pretty and of course Four Candles.

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Messrs Doyle and Moss in Interview Mode

The bands next gig is on Saturday 23rd June at the Peer Hat as part of Manchester Meltdown (see below), copies of the CD will be available at the gig for a mere £5.

Here’s a preview of opening track – Strange Things Are Happening

Gig News

Several new gigs have been added to our list, notably with what looks like a cracking gig with Drink and Drive, and The Strays, at the newly refurbished Whittles in Oldham on 14th July.

  • 15th June – Keltrix launch their new album at The Corner House, Cambridge,
    21st June – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Bedford Esquires
  • 22nd June – Inferior Complex play The Railway, Winchester
  • 23rd June – Manchester Meltdown Summer All Day Special
  • 30th June – The Scissors play Knackfest, Karma Farm, Isleham Fen
  • 6th July – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
  • 7th July – Toska Wilde plays SAKS, Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13
  • 14th July – Drink and Drive and The Strays play Whittles, Oldham with Little Avis
  • 17th July – Scissors supporting KOLARS at The Portland Arms Cambridge
  • 21st July – Mesmer Disciples play Alston Festival
  • 27th July – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge in Stamford
  • 28th July – Drink and Drive play Peer Hat, Manchester
  • 28th July – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Pim Jam Festival, Haverhill
  • 15th September – The Scissors and Charlie Marshall play The Cornerhouse, Cambridge
  • 15th September – Mesmer Disciples play Music Lounge, Stockton on Tees
  • 15th September – Drink and Drive play Agueda, Portugal
  • 16th September – Mesmer Disciples play Museum Vaults Sunderland.
  • 21st September – Four Candles, Poppycock and Charlie Marshall play The Peer Hat, Manchester
  • 22nd December – Drink and Drive play Strummercamp Fundraiser and Oldham Rugby Club

New video from PrunX

Rockin’ it out big style with new bassist Berny with an old song “Dirty Gods” PrunX are in fine form on this recently released video

check out their previous releases with us

Manchester Meltdown

Tickets are going fast for Manchester Meltdown on June 23rd. A limited number of early bird tickets are available at the reduced price of £7.50, on the day entry will be £9. Doors open at 1:30pm for ticket/wristband collection and the first act will be on stage at 2:45pm. Legendary DJ Stephen Doyle will be providing musical accompaniments throughout the day. Limited edition badges will be on sale at the event will all proceeds going towards fighting the hunger crisis in South Sudan.

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

Early bird tickets can be reserved at this page

What’s coming?

Our next release will be a new collaboration from Ian Moss and Moff Skellington, collective known as the Colourful Disease, with a five track EP called Economics.

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PrunX release video for Iron Dream


In anticipation of the release of new EP “Mind Trajectory” in November PrunX have released a video for the track “Iron Dream” which appeared on their Vol. III release. With stunning and stark imagery the video captures the spirit of Norman Spinrad’s alternative history novel which inspired the track.

Watch this space for news about the new EP, until then enjoy the video

 

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
Keltrix
Pearl Divers
Night Operations
The Electric Cheese
Bouquet of Dead Crows
PrunX
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.
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Introducing PrunX

We are pleased to announce the addition of Berlin based band PrunX to German Shepherd Records. Introduced to the label by Cannonball Statman,  the band were formed in 2000 and have gone through several line-up changes.

The current line up of the band is :
FrankOz Pfeil – Guitar, Vocals; Mikado K. Schütt -Keyboards, Vocals ;  Joushi Schütt – Guitar, Vocals;  Stilgar T. Krennrich – Bass, Vocals, and Tom Schneider – Drums
The ep “vol.III” released on June 19th 2017 and features three tracks – The Iron Dream, Sick of it All, and Welcome To Your Nightmare.  Special guest metal percussion is provided by N.U.Unruh, of Einstürzende Neubauten on The Iron Dream.
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