sycloner band members have spent the last ten months shaping up songs for their latest EP, 2021’s Window $hopping which contains contains four tracks that push and pull through alt-pop soundscapes. Trademark lyrics range from the cryptic to the bleeding obvious. Window $hopping reflects the anxieties and bluster found in earlier releases, and crackles with themes of loss, connection, and episodic self-awareness. Their fifth release, Window $hopping is the follow up to 2020’s Running Interference but it’s far from their last. Currently, they are working on new material to be released in due course.
Australian duo Peter and Daniel from sycloner are back with a new EP “Running Interference” and to mark the event they have curated a podcast which includes three of the four tracks from the EP as well as a selection of music by their favourite artists. Music from The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Mr Bungle, Cornelius, Massive Attack and The Necks makes an appearance.
We hope you are all well and safe in these strange times
Fortunately, due to the magic of technology and forward planning we are able to continue to share new music with you.
We are extremely grateful for recent support via airplay and features of our releases and for the new subscribers who have joined us, and, everyone who has purchased music from the label. We were very pleased to see The Peer Hat reaching its fundraising target and we encourage everyone to check out the first compilation album from the venue. We have some exciting news about a further compilation from Nick, Dom and co which we are keeping close to our chests at the moment. With the closure of The Deaf Institute and Gorilla, Greater Manchester has lost two key music venues so it is vitally important we continue to support grass roots music.
We have two new releases and a reissue to share …..all digital only and available from August 7th. They can be found on Bandcamp and all of the major download and streaming platforms.
So, here we go again…….
sycloner – Running Interference EP
From Brisbane on the gold Gold Coast, of Australia – sycloner band members have performed with everyone from Debbie Harry to The Sugarcubes and with good reason. Their spin on alt-pop gives way to energetic blasts throughout not only their career but also their latest EP.
Running Interference contains four tracks that set the record straight on alt-pop soundscapes. Fans will also appreciate that they have something to say on songs like “Awful” and “Worry Well”. Running Interference is reminiscent of existential anxieties found in earlier releases and buzzes with themes of loss, love, and self awareness. For fans of Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand, and Stereophonics, sycloner brings wry humour and melancholy to the material, producing thoughtful soundscapes which reflect on the hard work of living well.
This fourth release is the follow up to 2019’s In And Of Itself but it’s far from their last. Currently, they are working on new material to be released in due time.
Filed Fangs – (I Am A) Utopian
With debut release “Calcify” getting the thumbs up from John Robb in Louder Than War and tin tin tin the emboldened Filed Fangs, Boz Hayward and Paul Morley, are back with a brand new track.
Searing synths kick things into a mesmeric melange of layered sounds and powerful beats – like Saturday night in the post punk grunge disco with pulsing strobing sounds revolving around your head-space as guitar riffs worm their way into your subconscious mimicking and adding to the penetrating lead sounds as chanting half-heard vocals float at the edge of things.
This second track confirms our expectations of this talented pair and we are excited about receiving future material from them.
Moss Skellington – The Lump (Expanded)
Just under four years ago we released singles and an album by Ian Moss and Moff Skellington under the collective name of Moss Skellington. Wider digital distribution of these releases was lost when we changed our distributor so we have taken the opportunity to reissue them as one package with a new distributor – an expanded version of The Lump album.
The combination of Eddodi and Manchester’s post-punk legend makes for a unique and compelling sound – the singles Boomerangs/Body Bad and The Wickedest Man In The World/Boys from the Bible Stories together with the original album gives you a complete set of the collaborations.
Moss (Hamsters, Four Candles. Cosmic Panthers, The Parasite, 2 Lost Souls) and Moff’s fecundity is legendary with both separately releasing many items in 2020 alone – this new package of sounds adds to an already immense body of work.
August is looking busy with the following new releases planned
- Staggs return with their last release (or is it?) – The Death of Staggs
- Matthew Hopkins release a new single – Love Don’t Do Logic – with another new one to follow in September
- Our subscribers will receive a unique collection of Adventures of Salvador’s Early Singles and EPs
- Yes….. another new album from Moff Skellington – A Slapstick Life
- In anticipation of a new album in September The Junta releases the Tech Noir Remixes featuring contributions from Night Operations, Positronik and Space Museum
Coming on July 3rd
Coming on July 10th
All proceeds from the sale of the new Screaming Love Collective album will be donated to the Scottish Association for Mental Health
New videos …..
Bouquet of Dead Crows with a new version of “Caged”
and sycloner with a video from the last release
Zac Fahey at Blank GC – “…sycloner are gearing up to release their third EP since forming in 2018. ‘In And Of Itself’ sees members Peter Greasley (Vocals) and Daniel Cunnington (Guitar) channel a vintage indie-pop sound while offering something more modern and progressive. According the band, the EP journeys deeper into familiar themes of self-unawareness, vanity and the challenges of living well. ‘Lean On Me’ is the EP highlight track, showcasing a heavier and more experimental side while the very next track ’Down The River’ is a stripped back indie ballad. ‘In And Of Itself’ is a fantastically diverse EP and well worth a listen.” http://blankgc.com.au/new-gold-coast-music-september-2019/
We have pre-released the EP today with immediate access to track one “You Tell Yourself” – full release comes on 27th September. A video for the track has also been released. Peter and Daniel have also recorded an interview introducing the EP which will appear on Bob Osborne’s Aural Delights Show on September 26th.
Lots of news to share with you this time around
IAN AND NEIL MOSS
The Moss Brothers have a new single out on August 23rd called The Perfect Spy, the fourth in a series of new releases, with a least one more planned for this year. Ian is the lead singer in Four Candles and Unseasonal Beasts and Neil of course is famed for his involvement in The Frantic Elevators. The latest offering is in a similar vein to the last few singles with the younger brother delivering his usual stream of consciousness lyrics over Neil’s angular and complex musical bed. This is unique music which defies comparison.
Fuel Cafe Bar in south Manchester features a drummerless line-up on September 28th with the full live debut of Moet & Ding’s Unseasonal Beasts, ably supported by The Ombudsmen, Vice Vera (the new solo project of TamsinA of Liines) and Rickerly. It’s only £4 and it should be a good night in a very compact and groovy venue.
Talking of The Ombudmen we had a great time at Ed Blaney’s YERRRR Bar in Manchester last Saturday night with great performances by the aforementioned trio, Elastikbande, Adventures of Salvador and Four Candles. Videos of two of those bands are now available with a Four Candles show reel in production at the moment. Many thanks to Ed for providing an excellent performance space for the city
The Ombudsmen – Sputum
Elastikbande – Vacuum Cleaner
GET YR SWEAT ON!
Umbrella Assassins have released a new video for the latest single “Sweat It Out” it features The Dodo Freaks (we’re not sure who they are but we are going with the flow). The band are playing two acoustic sets at this years Oxjam in Cambridge as well as Haverhill Rugfest (see listings below)
MY SHADOW WALKED AWAY
In anticipation of the release of a brand new EP on September 27th called “In And Of Itself” sycloner have released a video of a great track from their Lost and Found EP.
NEW KIT B LINE-UP
Following from the recent release of a compilation of Singles and Obscure B Sides we are pleased to let you know that KIT B have a new line-up. Mainstays Danny Cusick (Guitar, Vocals) and John Montague (Bass) are joined by new recruits Martin Botham on drums and Mark Hayward on guitar. The long awaited return to the live stage happens on October 5th when they support Blackpool post-punk legends Vee VV at Dulcimer in Manchester.
DID YOU MISS A RELEASE?
If you did not catch some of our recent releases here is a handy list check out our Bandcamp Page!
- Adventures of Salvador – Welcome To Our Village (Album) Digital, CD and Vinyl
- Auster Boys – Reversing Into The Holocene (EP) Digital
- The Screaming Love Collective – Do What You Love (Album) Digital
- Four Candles – Nettle Rash (Album) CD and Digital (Limited Stock Left in the Bandcamp Store)
- Crab Dance GIs – The Latest Record (Single) Best Crabs (EP) Digital
- KIT B – Singles and Obscure B Sides (Album) Digital – Spotify, Apple, Google etc not on Bandcamp
- Mark Corrin – Pub Bin (Album) Digital
All our forthcoming gigs are now listed in a handy guide on the right hand side of this page but here’s a handy list of our August activities
- Angry 15 Aug 2019 Essex Arms, 10 Warley Hill, Warley, Brentwood CM14 5HA, UK
- Dominic Carlton Jones on Chris Perry’s In The Spotlight Show on Salford City Radio 15 Aug 2019
- Keltrix 16 Aug 2019 The Green Man, 59 High St, Grantchester, Cambridge CB3 9NF, UK
- RELEASES – ANGRY! : NOT OK 16 Aug 2019
- Black Limousine and Bobbie Peru 16 Aug 2019 The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK
- RELEASES – Ian and Neil Moss “The Perfect Spy”
- Umbrella Assassins play Rugfest and Oxjam Cambridge 24 Aug 2019 Haverhill Rugby Football Club, School Ln, Haverhill CB9 9DE, UK
- Umbrella Assassins play acoustic set at Rugfest 25 Aug 2019 Haverhill Rugby Football Club, School Ln, Haverhill CB9 9DE, UK
- End of the Week Show on Sheppey FN features Toska Wilde and Brucie Bitch 25 Aug 2019 Sheppey FM, Sheppey Community Media Centre, Sheerness ME12 1HH, UK
Toska Wilde 25 Aug 2019 The Centre, Margate CT9, UK
- Weimar at Glaston-Bury (3:20pm) 26 Aug 2019 Venue Bar & Club, Silver Street, Bury BL9 0DH – Adventures of Salvador,and Pearl Divers also playing
- Dominic Carlton Jones 29 Aug 2019 The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK
- The Mind Sweepers 31 Aug 2019 Queen of the South Bar, 8-10 Nith Pl, Dumfries DG1 2PN, UK
- Mark Corrin at Alt Night 31 Aug 2019 The Whip & Kitten, 8 – 12 Burnley Rd, Rawtenstall, Rossendale BB4 8EW, UK
Hello and welcome to another edition of the weekly German Shepherd Records Newsletter
– Introducing sycloner
– Adventures of Salvador announce album launch
– German Shepherd acts at this years Strummercamp
– Unseasonal Beasts
– Gig news
We are pleased to announce a promotion partnership with Australian duo sycloner.
sycloner is a collaboration between Peter Greasley (Vocals) and Daniel Cunnington (Guitar) and is based in Brisbane-Gold Coast (Australia). Originally meeting as members of the band Dream Circle (BMG), Daniel and Peter reconnected in early 2018 to create the indie-pop sound of sycloner. Daniel writes music and plays guitar from a diverse music base, including classical concerts and recordings. Peter writes, sings, bass, and keyboards.
First coming to the labels attention through Bob’s Aural Delights radio show we agreed to work with Peter and Daniel to promote their already released pair of EPs with the idea of releasing a third EP in due course. We were impressed by the quality of their songs and their classy sound.
Their first three track ep “Not Without You” was released in December 2018
Their second four track ep “Lost and Found” was released in February 2019
A third EP is on the way.
Adventures of Salvador Album Launch
We are pleased to announce the album launch date for Bury’s finest exponents of Urban-Surf-Punk-Rock.
Adventures of Salvador play The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester on 28th June following the release of the album on the 21st. Full details which can be found on Facebook included options of buying a ticket direct from Ticketweb and to purchase a ticket plus digital version of the album bundle direct from our merch page on Bandcamp.
In addition the two support bands on the night are also on the German Shepherd records roster – Chorley’s Electric Cheese and all the way from Haverhill in Suffolk the “Shed Punk” trio Umbrella Assassins.
The new Adventures of Salvador album is called “Welcome To Our Village” and will be released on June 21st, it includes the critically lauded single “Retroman” .
We are pleased to announce that three of our bands will be at this years Strummercamp – to be held at Oldham Rugby Club on the weekend of 24th – 26th May. Four Candles will part of the opening night celebrations and The Parish Church Fire and Adventures of Salvador will also be playing over the weekend. Our good pal and DJ supreme Stephen Doyle will be getting the crowds moving with his excellent DJ sets. With a host of excellent acts over a packed weekend the 13th edition of this popular festival is not to be missed.
The exciting new partnership between Ian Moss and Simon “Ding” Archer made their debut at The Castle Hotel, Manchester last week and following that we are pleased to announce the forthcoming release of four EPs from the duo – combining the infectious and compelling industrial electronica of Archer with Moss’s punk rock growl and always fascinating lyrics, this series of releases promises to be one of the highlights of the summer. We’ll keep you posted on progress and pending that here’s a capture of last weeks show by the ever reliable Paul Forshaw.
And finally here is a list of all the forthcoming gigs featuring our artists…..
1st to 31st – Moff Skellington has an art exhibition at Canwood Gallery and Sculpture Park, Checkley, Hertfordshire
18th -Weimar play the Eagle, Salford supporting St Lucifer
18th – Poppycock play Whalley Range Pride event at The Carlton Club
20th – Stewart Harris from Scissors on Dave Hammonds Smellypot Show on Cambridge 105 talking about the new live album
23rd – Inferior Complex play King Charles, Poole
24th – Inferior Complex play Royal Oak, Basingstoke
24th – Four Candles play Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
25th – Sam Smith plays Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
25th – Four Candles play PsyCo Circus All Dayer at The Peer Hat – we think they are on at 5:30pm
26th – Adventures of Salvador plays Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
26th – Inferior Complex play Clockwork, Southampton
31st – The Mind Sweepers play Dickies Bar, Dundee
1st – Umbrella Assassins (Rebel Arts Stage) Bouquet of Dead Crows (Portland Ballroom Stage) and Keltrix play Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common, Cambridge
2nd – Inferior Complex play Bandstand, Eastleigh
5th – The Junta plays West Street Live, Sheffield
6th – Adventures of Salvador and Matthew Hopkins play Liverpool Fringe Festival
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
15th – Paul Winter from The Mind Sweepers is supporting JD Meatyard at Leith Depot Edinburgh tickets are £5 with £1 going to local homeless charity.
20th – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
21st – Weimar play The Eagle, Salford
22nd – Inferior Complex play King Charles, Poole
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 – ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
28th – Inferior Complex play The Alexandra, Southampton
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 with Moonstrips at Blue Moon Cambridge
20th – Keltrix play Whoosh Festival, The Missing Sock, Sto-Cum-Quy
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
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
12th October – Scissors play The Six Bells, Cambridge
26th October – Toska Wilde plays CULT 13 – Underground Alternative Night at The Venue Southend.
Hello and welcome to the latest news from German Shepherd Records.
This week –
– Mark Corrin explores the Pub Bin
– sycloner bring Gold Coast sunshine to German Shepherd
– Moff Skellington announces huge art exhibition
– gig news
MARK CORRIN – NEW ALBUM “PUB BIN”
19th April sees the release of a new album from Mark Corrin.
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.
“Pub Bin” a digital only release is described as a dark comedy concept album set mostly in the venues, shops, offices, pubs and bins of modern Manchester. Blending electro pop and punk with Mark’s wry observational humour this is the album to lighten the mood of a distressed nation, and world!
Mark’s recent set at Manchester Meltdown includes many of the tracks from the album
You can check out Mark’s previous solo releases on two separate pages on Bandcamp as well as via Valentine Records Bandcamp page. Links are available on our artist profile page.
Mark is playing live on 26th April at The Railway, Didsbury, Manchester
SYCLONER JOIN GERMAN SHEPHERD RECORDS
Brisbane-Gold Coast duo sycloner (the S is lower case) become the first Australian artists to join German Shepherd Records. We will be distributing their first two EPs, which are currently available on Bandcamp, from May 24th with hopefully new material to follow soon. Their sophisticated indie sounds are deserving of a wider audience and we hope to spread the word about these talented musicians.
MOFF ANNOUNCES MAJOR ART EXHIBITION
Master of Eddodi Moff Skellington has announced a major exhibition of his art at the Canwood Gallery and Sculpture Park during May. Exhibition will run from 11am to 4pm each week Tuesday to Sunday. 30 canvasses and 40 prints will be on show at the exhibition.
Forthcoming gigs featuring German Shepherd artists
- 12th – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
- 13th – Positronik play London Road Inn, Buxton
- 14th – Rose and the Diamond Hand play SpringFest at Victoria Baths, Manchester
- 18th – Inferior Complex play The Facebar, Reading
- 20th – Toska Wilde plays The Venue, Southend On Sea
- 26th – Mark Corrin plays The Railway, Didsbury
- 1st to 31st – Moff Skellington has an art exhibition at Canwood Gallery and Sculpture Park, Checkley, Hertfordshire
- 3rd – The Scissors play The Blue Moon, Cambridge
- 4th – Positronik and Pearl Divers play Music on the Market Place, Buxton
- 4th – The Mind Sweepers play The Frunge Festival, The Elmerglen Hotel, Thornhill
- 5th – Keltrix play The Green Man Brew Ballyhoo, Granchester
- 10th – Adventures of Salvador play Ramsbottom Cricket Club
- 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
- 1st – Keltrix play Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common, Cambridge
- 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
- 15th – The Mind Sweepers are supporting JD Meatyard at Leith Depot Edinburgh tickets are £5 with £1 going to local homeless charity.
- 21st – Weimar play The Eagle, Salford
- 24th – The Junta plays The Peer Hat, Manchester with Lucky + Love.
- 26th – Dominic Carlton Jones plays Cuckoo Calling (Featured Artist) Bury New Road, Prestwich
- 4th-6th – The Mind Sweepers play Electric Festival, Drumlanrig Castle (North West of Dumfries off the A76
- 5th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
- 5th – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
- 13th – Umbrella Assassins play The Smokehouse, Ipswich
- 19th – The Scissors with Ember Rev at Blue Moon Cambridge
- 20th – Keltrix play Whoosh Festival, The Missing Sock, Sto-Cum-Quy
- 28th – Monkeys In Love celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at The Klondyke Club, Levenshulme – afternoon show between 1pm and 5pm
- 9th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Railway, Didsbury
- 16th – Keltrix play The Green Man, Granchester