German Shepherd Newsletter #11 – The Junta. Loop-Aznavour, and Inferior Complex

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition the German Shepherd Records Newsletter

This week :

– The Junta’s second album “Network”
– A new single from Loop-aznavour
– Inferior Complex release video for “You’re The Only One For Me”
– Gigs

THE JUNTA RETURNS WITH “NETWORK”

Salford’s electronica maestro The Junta returns on August 10th with a brand new album “Network” with lots of special guests. As well as his recording debut on vocals on one of his own songs “All Roads”, The Junta has brought in friends Loop-aznavour on the wonderfully quirky “Welcome to my village”, Aidan Cross (The Bacillus, Weimar) on the darkly gothic “Ghost In The Machine” , and fellow Salford City Radio DJ Stephen Doyle on “They All Lead To”.

Along with the usual hi tempo Junta dance workouts there are also some slower more evocative pieces creating a marvellous collection of songs which demonstrate considerable progress since his debut album “Art Of Glass” and a subsequent run of EPs and Singles.

The video for the song All Roads can be found here

The Junta launches the album at a free gig at the Peer Hat, Manchester on August 17th with special guests Loop-aznavour and Poet & The Loops. The Junta will be joined on stage for his set by Ian Moss, Aidan Cross and Loop-aznavour.

The Junta on Facebook – @thejuntauk

NEW SINGLE FROM LOOP-AZNAVOUR

Also on August 10th we welcome back to the weird and wacky world of Theremin master Loop-aznavour with his special brand of Electronic Punk. The frontman of the highly respected Adventures of Salvador returns in solo mode with a two-track single including the dark “Requiem For A Mouse” and the high-tempo attack of “Snivelling Shit”. Loop’s caustic wit and punk attack make him one of the must-see artists on the Greater Manchester scene. His next gig is at the aforementioned Junta album launch at the Peer Hat on August 17th

Single B-Side “Snivelling Shit” ………

INFERIOR COMPLEX VIDEO

Southampton post-punkers Inferior Complex have released a new video to support their first single “You’re The Only One For Me”. The trio are currently working on a new EP which is planned for release later in the year.

GIGS

Please find below a list of forthcoming gigs featuring artists on our label

17th August – The Junta and Special Friends Live At The Peer Hat, Manchester
17th August – Drink and Drive play The Railway, Shaw Hall Bank Rd, OL3 7JZ
25th August – Electric Cheese play Lucky 8s Rock and Blues Bar, Chorley
25th August – The Mind Sweepers play the Carlisle Fringe Festival
25th August – Umbrella Assassins play Rugfest, Haverhill
25th August – Toska Wilde plays It Came From the Sea, It Died On the Beach- festival afterparty at 101 Social Club, Cliftonville.
26th August – The Mind Sweepers play Solfest – Cottage Stage
27th August – Four Candles play The 2nd annual Pressure Drop summer gig (private by invite only)
27th August – Taser Puppets play Glaston-Bury, Bury
15th September – The Scissors and Charlie Marshall play The Cornerhouse, Cambridge
15th September – Mesmer Disciples play Music Lounge, Stockton on Tees
16th September – Mesmer Disciples play Museum Vaults Sunderland.
21st September – Four Candles, Poppycock and Charlie Marshall play The Peer Hat, Manchester
27th September – Inferior Complex play Ferndown RBL
27th September – Electric Cheese support Tom Hingley at Preston Guildhall
28th September – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
5th October – The Scissors are at Oxford Wheatsheaf (Klub Kakofanney).
5th October – Shaun Maxwell of Taser Puppets plays a solo acoustic set at Chorley Live
14th October – Taser Puppets play TNT Punk Fest at The Peer Hat
19th October – Taser Puppets play Old Courts, Wigan
2nd November – German Shepherd Records Fundraiser at The Peer Hat, Manchester – with Drink and Drive, Taser Puppets, The Strays and Flea
8th December – Boz Hayward, Poppycock and Ketrix play The Peer Hat, Manchester
22nd December – Drink and Drive play Strummercamp Fundraiser and Oldham Rugby Club

German Shepherd Newsletter 8 – Mesmer Disciples, The Junta and The Strays

 

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the German Shepherd Records newsletter.

This week

– NEW SINGLE FROM MESMER DISCIPLES
– JUNTA NETWORK ALBUM LAUNCH
– STRAYS ANNOUNCE LIVE ALBUM FOR CHARITY
– FORTHCOMING GIGS

NEW SINGLE FROM MESMER DISCIPLES

Leeds based psychedelic blues-rock band Mesmer Disciples return with a new single “Real Loud” on 20th July. Coupled with the track “Freaking Out There” this new digital release further cements the growing critical praise that this unique band has been gathering. With two tasty cuts of the bands’ intense music, you have a perfect example of why this is the must-hear band of the moment…..

“Leaps out at you as an unctuous mix of Arthur Brown and Tex-Mex imbibing something mind-expanding in an opium den in a Bill Burroughs tract. Moody, brooding and sensuous” – Aural Delights Blog

” creating an all-enveloping throbbing and entrancing psychedelic rock experience of two guitars, vocals, drums, and the occasional tamboura. Like a stoned early Cramps jamming with the Buffalo Springfield. Indeed – menacing, experimental and at times unhinged. Gorgeous, subversive, and completely mesmeric!” Micheal Canning, Music research UK

“Musically they are moody, psychedelic, and gritty with tracks building in layers creating a truly menacing atmosphere” – Counterfeit magazine

“Their double guitar attack was brilliantly executed creating a blues-infused wall of sound, , the guitars and drums were rhythmically very tight and they all played brilliantly, one of the guitarists at hyper-speed. Mesmer Disciples are definitely a band to watch out for “- Leeds Music Scene

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Lead by Stewart Kinloch’s unique vocal stylings, the band has another EP in the pipeline for release in the autumn. The single will be released as download-only via the following:

Bandcamp, I Tunes, Spotify, Amazon, Play Music, Napster, Medianet, 7 digital, Rdio, Deezer, zvook, Slacker Radio, Nokia, eMusic, 24/7, Shazam, akazoo, asprio, kkbox, and saavn.

The band has two gigs coming up tying in with the release of the single

21st July – Alston Festival
25th July – Santiago Bar, Leeds

Both tracks can be previewed via You Tube

 JUNTA NETWORK ALBUM LAUNCH

The Junta is back with a brand new album in August and has already announced the launch date. With support from Loop-aznavour and Poet & The Loops (Martin Christie) and guest appearances from Ian “Moet” Moss (Four Candles) Aidan Cross (Weimar, The Bacillus) and Loop-aznavour this will be a fun packed night of cutting edge electronica. The album is launched on August 10th and the gig will be on August 17th from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at The Peer Hat in Manchester. It’s free entry.

Junta Album Launch Poster

The stunning single from the album “All Roads” can still be viewed via You Tube

THE STRAYS ANNOUNCE LIVE ALBUM FOR CHARITY

The punk polemic of The Strays was captured in full effect at a gig in Glossop earlier in the year. The dynamic duo was so impressed with the results that they have decided to share it with the rest of the world. All proceeds from the sale of the 12 track album will be donated to the charity Mary’s Meals to aid the fight against the terrible famine in South Sudan. It is called “Live and Unwell” and is released on July 27th

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The boys have a busy schedule of gigs coming up (see below) and are one of the hardest working bands on our roster.

Here’s a timely reminder with the video of recent release “Richard Dreyfuss” –

 

FORTHCOMING GIGS

Future gigs featuring bands on the label are listed below, including a new fundraising gig to support the continued existence of this label and maintain its “not for profit” status

14th July – Drink and Drive and The Strays play Whittles, Oldham with Little Avis
14th July – The Mind Sweepers and The Screaming Love Collective play the QOS bar, Dumfries
14th July – Electric Cheese play The Golden Ball of Longton · Longton as part of Longton Live
17th July – Scissors supporting KOLARS at The Portland Arms Cambridge
20th July – The Strays play The Cutlers Arms, Rotherham
21st July – Mesmer Disciples play Alston Festival
25th July – Mesmer Disciples play Santiago Bar, Leeds
26th July – Pearl Divers play Jimmy’s, Manchester
27th July – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge in Stamford
28th July – Drink and Drive and Poppycock play Peer Hat, Manchester
28th July – The Strays play Fuel, Manchester
28th July – Bouquet of Dead Crows and Umbrella Assassins play Pim Jam Festival, Haverhill
29th July – The Strays play Red Lion, Chesterfield
27th August – Four Candles play The 2nd annual Pressure Drop summer gig (private by invite only).
15th September – The Scissors and Charlie Marshall play The Cornerhouse, Cambridge
15th September – Mesmer Disciples play Music Lounge, Stockton on Tees
16th September – Mesmer Disciples play Museum Vaults Sunderland.
21st September – Four Candles, Poppycock and Charlie Marshall play The Peer Hat, Manchester
27th September – Inferior Complex play Ferndown RBL
28th September – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
5th October – The Scissors are at Oxford Wheatsheaf (Klub Kakofanney).
2nd November – German Shepherd Records Fundraiser at The Peer Hat, Manchester – line-up to be announced shortly
8th December – Boz Hayward, Poppycock and Ketrix play The Peer Hat, Manchester
22nd December – Drink and Drive play Strummercamp Fundraiser and Oldham Rugby Club

Newsletter #3 – New music from The Junta, Loop-aznavour and re-released Pearl Divers – 15th June

Welcome to another edition of the German Shepherd Records Newsletter.

This week:

  • A new single from The Junta
  • A new EP from Loop-aznavour
  • The re-release of Pearl Divers debut EP
  • Gigs where you can see German Shepherd Artists
  • A sneak preview of forthcoming releases

 

THE JUNTA TAKES “ALL ROADS”

Keyboard guru and electro-head The Junta is back with a new single, another track from his forthcoming album “Network”. This release is the first one where The Junta adds his vocal chords to the rack of instruments at his command. Combining a dream pop vibe with a rhythmic electronic backing this summer anthem should have people off their deckchairs and onto the dance floor. Accompanied by a travelogue video of The Junta prowling around the Northern Quarter in Manchester and taking in some of his favourite music venues the new song “All Roads” shows yet another side of his musical output.

Watch the video at The Junta’s website.

 All Roads

LOOP VS CASIOS

It has been a long time since we had a solo release from Loop-aznavour as he has been rather busy with his work with Adventures of Salvador. We were rightly pleased when he approached up with a new set of tunes called “When Casios Ruled The Earth”. Loop’s one man shows are known for their unique brand of punk electronica with added theremin and all that is to the fore with four brand new songs which touch on a range of bizarre/unique subjects and a delivered with Loop’s trademark malevolence with a smile.

 Here’s a taster with lead track “She Is My Automaton”

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PEARL DIVERS RE-RELEASED

June 8th sees the re-release of Pearl Divers debut EP “The Past Ain’t Made To Last”. With a newly settled line-up and a few gigs under their belt the band are keen to share this three song classic with you once again. Featuring live staples “Sunshine”, “Smoking Gun” and “Waterfall” the EP is a great showcase for a live act with a growing reputation on the Greater Manchester music scene.

You can purchase the EP from our Bandcamp page here

…it is also available from the usual digital outlets from June 8th.

FORTHCOMING GIGS TO PUT IN YOUR DIARY

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 – Bouquet of Dead Crows, The Junta, and Goldblume playing AATMA Manchester
9th June – Toska Wilde and JD Meatyard play 101 Social Club, Margate
9th June -Inferior Complex play the Bandstand, Eastleigh
10th June – Bouquet of Dead Crows, The Junta, and Goldblume playing Bar Loco, Newcastle on Tyne
15h June – Keltrix launch their new album at The Corner House, Cambridge,
21st June – Bouquet of Dead Crows play Bedford Esquires
23rd June – Manchester Meltdown Summer All Day Special
30th June – The Scissors play Knackfest, Karma Farm, Isleham Fen
7th July – Toska Wilde plays SAKS, Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13
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

FORTHCOMING RELEASES

We have lots of exciting releases in the pipeline including

– a new six track mini album from Four Candles called Spiritual Rapture
– a new mini-album from Moff Skellington and Moet working at The Colourful Disease – called Economics
– a new mini- album from Auster Boys featuring Moet – called Unnatural Appetites
– and a new EP from m.t. scott called Seven Country Ballads

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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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Ergonomics!

We are extremely pleased to present the newest offering from Salford based “techno tuneage” wizard The Junta. 

This new six track EP follows on from the highly regarded “Art of Glass” album and the “Hydra” EPs.which are both still available at www.germanshepherdrecords.bandcamp.com

The Junta aka John “Monty” Montague distills his love of all things electronica into a fresh set of tunes with inspiration from, among others, John Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk and OMD shining through the beat orientated infectious music. With catchy earworm melodies and rhythms that inspire your best dance floor shapes you’ll find it hard not to exercise your mojo on hearing this release!
With a video currently in production and plans for live outings due soon Monty balances his duties as bass player with Kit B and his weekly show on Salford City Radio and plans for the re-emergence of local faves Positronik…he’s a busy chap.
The EP is released on June 9th via Bandcamp, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, I Tunes and other well known digital outlets. A limited edition CD version of the release will be available at gigs and via The Junta’s webpage. The CD contains a bonus track.
Find out more about The Junta at:
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Hydra Expanded

The Junta’s dance floor thumping classic EP “Hydra” goes to wider digital distribution on March 31st when we combine the original EP with   a selection of remixes of the track Agent Coulson to create a mini-album of classic techno tuneage.

Inspired by The Junta’s love of all things sci-fi and specifically classic show Agents of Shield this is electronica at its best….

The album will be available on Spotify, I-Tunes and Amazon and other digital outlets

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