Space Museum new Single!

After a week off we are back with the announcement of a new release for September 11th from Space Museum. It’s a two track double A single called “Histamine/Excruciate”.

Histamine is a rhythmically challenging piece in the ridiculous time signature of 35/8 with sonic nods towards Jason Miles synth sounds for Miles Davis’ Tutu album and barking mad arpeggiators fighting to get out of their restrictions. It’s inspired by the ongoing battle against pollen during the summer months.

Excruciate is a little more conventional rhythmically but hops between genres with little regard for adopted norms. There’s a hint of dub in there somewhere. I suppose you can actually dance to this one. It’s a digital only release which was recorded at Half Edge Studios in Salford 

What’s Coming Next in September?

  • A new solo project from Andy Missions of Inferior Complex called The Right Side of Reason
  • A collaboration between Paul of Filed Fangs and Andy of Inferior Complex with a remake of a track from The Right Side of Reason Project
  • A new album from Night Operations called Protocol
  • Another new album from Moff Skellington called Yeast
  • A new EP from Loop-Aznavour
  • September’s subscriber special will be a live recording made of The Junta in 2014 at the Crescent in Salford. This excellent recording was only his second gig and includes music from his debut album Art of Glass and a stunning interpretation of an EDM classic

Get Techno with The Junta!

Salford’s very own master of Techno returns on August 28th with a new EP and on September 4th with a full album.

The Junta is the alter-ego of Salford musician John “Monty” Montague.

Monty, aside from delivering electronica via The Junta also plays bass in Kit B and Positronik and is a DJ on Salford City Radio and can be seen DJing around Eccles on a regular basis.

We released a radio edit of the single from the new album, “Tech Noir”  on May 9th. A remix EP featuring new versions of the song precedes the new album. Of this Monty says:


“Recorded during the wilderness year. Inspired by my favourite 80’s/90’s artists, I decided again to release another remix e.p.TECH NOIR this time, remixed by some very good friends of mine. SPACE MUSEUM, NIGHT OPERATIONS, and POSITRONIK. “FILM NOIR” is a fabulous mash of TECH NOIR and Positronik’s “SUPERHEAVY”, featuring the wonderful production of JEFF BLACK and the vocals of NATHALIE HALEY. And a little reunion for Positronik! Oh and I couldn’t resist a Junta Remix of my own in the form of the T-800 Mix as a homage to The Terminator.”

A week later a brand new album “J3” follows – we think it’s his best yet. Plans for vocal versions of a couple of the tracks featuring some special guests had to be abandoned due to the lockdown but we hope will emerge when things get back to normal. Of the new album Monty says:

“Recorded mostly between Feb and June 2020…idle hands and all that! Wanted to avoid doing a bunch of lockdown songs, because I thought there’d be a wealth of them. Though couldn’t resist throwing in MAN AS AN ISLAND. Can’t wait to actually take these tunes on the road…when Boris green-lights the venues again.”

All instruments and recording on these releases are the work of The Junta with mastering  being done by Space Museum at his Half Edge Studios. 100% produced in sunny Salford!!

August is looking busy!!

Hello again…..

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

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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

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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)

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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.

What’s next……

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

May 29th releases – The Junta, Mesmer Disciples and The Parasite

Hello….

This week we have news of three releases for you, all digital, all coming out on May 29th.

THE JUNTA – TECH NOIR

Salford’s master of techno is back with a brand new tune which is from his forthcoming album “J3”.

Guaranteed to make you want to do the boogaloo this one is a guaranteed dancefloor (or living room carpet) fave!

MESMER DISCIPLES

Leeds finest proponents of alternative guitar rock are back with a fascinating new single “Chosen Child”.

Sadly the band are still without a singer so have chosen to use found sounds to compliment their intricate and emotive compositions.  We love the music this band make and we hope you will to!

 

THE PARASITE

Brewed in Mossley and Eccles over several months the new album from The Parasite is called “Social Validation Feedback Loop”

Politics , sexuality, fame and it’s attendant problems, extinction and identity, are all subjects in this collection of new pieces.

Non genre specific it weaves it’s way across several styles and influences to create a unique listening experience.

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OTHER NEWS

Bouquet of Dead Crows third podcast is released this Friday and includes an interview with Stewart Harris all round ace designer and bass man with The Scissors and Goddamit Jeremiah. The band are also on the next episode of Dave Hammond Smelly Flowerpot on Cambridge 105.

Moff Skellington to putting together a users guide to his new album “Wading With The Help Donkeys” which will be available in podcast format soon.

…and we will be back next week with details on releases from Moongoose and Crab Dance GIs

The Junta’s Network gets new distribution…plus subscriber special live album!

We have recently been re-organising our distribution arrangements and this has given us the opportunity to relaunch several albums in the back catalogue. One of the first of these is the re-issue of The Junta’s Network album from 2018.

Now distributed by A1 Music this excellent album shows the self-proclaimed Techno-Head at his best with guest appearances from Loop-aznavour (Adventures of Salvador), Aidan Cross (Weimar) and legendary Salford City Radio DJ Stephen Doyle. Combining an encyclopaedic knowledge of modern electronica with some post-punk and pop smarts this album finds The Junta at his most inventive.

In addition to the above album we are releasing a subscriber only live album of The Junta playing at Manchester’s AATMA venue.

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Here are some highlights from Network

Newsletter 57 – Lots of new releases and a big gig or two!

Hi Folks

We have a busy last week of October with four new releases planned for October 25th and a couple of high profile gigs for that weekend.

All releases are digital except where indicated and will be available from our Bandcamp Page and via Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and all of the other usual digital platforms

 
ELASTIKBANDE – VACUUM CLEANER EP

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Elastikbande are a brand new Manchester UK based three piece (post punk / grunge / garage rock) outfit featuring ex members of The Fall / Polythene, (Una Baines’) Poppycock and Rose & The Diamond Hand. Featuring Kate Themen on drums, Luisa Maraffino on guitar / backing vocals and Mark Corrin on bass / vocals.

The band’s sound is dynamic, melodic, catchy and often witty. Previously band member’s other work has featured on The John Peel Show, BBC Radio 1, 6 Music and BBC 3’s Late Junction, plus covered in blogs such as The Quietus and Louder Than War.

Their debut EP Vacuum Cleaner was recorded entirely live in the studio in Salford in August 2019 to capture the energy of the group’s stage show.

Musically Elastikbande have been compared to a blend of The Fall, Pavement, The Pixies and more. These early songs are about everything from household appliances to stage diving etiquette.

The band will be appearing at our showcase gig on October 25th at Gullivers, Manchester (see below)
Mark’s solo album from this year “Pub Bin” is also still available

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BOUQUET OF DEAD CROWS – LEFT TO ROT

Following the success of their album “Motus Octo” and a line-up change Cambridge alternative rock band “Bouquet of Dead Crows” is back with a brand new single “Left to Rot”. With new bassist Karen Gadd the band embark on the next phase in their career with a heavier sound …. they will be playing Manchester Gullivers on October 25th – and the Blue Moon Cambridge on 1st November as part of a gig swap with Manchester rockers The Parish Church Fire.
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MOFF SKELLINGTON – THE INFRASOUND GUEST

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Moff follows up his “Strange Acrylic Night Custard” album with another journey into the mysterious realm of Abstercot in the company of The Infrasound Guest – tales of Pardonian customs, squirrels and Seraphs, and pillows for your Spasms amongst other strangeness add to the over 20 + albums he has released to date. Moff is the natural successor to Ivor Cutler and Viv Stanshall if those two had been fed on a diet of Pere Ubu, Cabaret Voltaire, Tom Waits and The Fall. Moff defies description so we won’t bother, you either get it or you don’t – we understand that to – but if you do get it please trumpet it from the highest pinnacles in your neighbourhood so he get the attention he rightly deserves.

Moff will be back next months with a fascinating new album via The Sleeping Ducks.

If you want to have a further taste of Strange Acrylic Night Custard …….

THE JUNTA – JE SUIS

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Salford’s premier electrohead is back with a new six track EP  The Junta is the alter-ego of Salford musician John “Monty” Montague. Monty, aside from delivering electronica via The Junta also plays bass in Kit B and Positronik and is a DJ on Salford City Radio and can be seen DJing at Wangies in Eccles on a Friday Night.

His new EP follows on from the highly regarded “Network” album and is packed with dance friendly beats inspired by the likes of Jean Michel Jarre, and Chemical Brothers.
The EP is launched on October 26th at The London Road Inn, Buxton with support from 243 Ida and Neural Dance

A limited edition CD version will be available at gigs and via our Bandcamp page.

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SHOW CASE GIG

We end October with a showcase gig (as mentioned above) at Gullivers, Oldham Street, Manchester with a great line up of

  • THE PARISH CHURCH FIRE
  • BOUQUET OF DEAD CROWS
  • ELASTIKBANDE

With the more rock/punk elements of our releases in play this promises to be a great evening of music with some special surprises promised by the headliners.

Tickets are available at SEETICKET.COM and the whole thing kicks off at 7pm

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German Shepherd Newsletter 56

Here are the details for our releases for September 13th

THE HARVEYS

As trailed last week 90s Peel favourites Harvey’s Rabbit are back with a new name and new line-up.

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With the first of two singles this year the band return with a run of live dates starting with a single launch gig at the Peer Hat Manchester on 20th September with support from Dislocation Dance and Matthew Hopkins

The single Skeleton Dance/Laugh at the Stars has been released for pre-order today with the option of purchasing a limited edition CD copy.

An audio interview with Tim and Mick from the band, conducted by Bob Osborne, will be included in Bob’s Aural Delights Radio show on 13th October on taintradio.

Tim and Mick have also curated a one hour podcast featuring their own music plus of a selection of tunes from artists that have influenced them including the likes of David Bowie, Jacques Brel and The Go-Betweens. This will be released on our Mixcloud Select channel next week.

Other gigs coming up…..

14th November – Castle Hotel, Manchester with Four Candles and Vee VV
14th December – Peer Hat, Manchester with TV Smith
1st February – Jimmy’s, Liverpool with The Monochrome Set

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The North East’s master of sardonic wit is back with a new EP (although he likes to call them mini-albums). m.t. scott of Staggs returns with one his regular journeys into the dark side of the human condition. “And This Is Why Clowns Are Sad”. The overall feeling is one of Pathos – not an obscure Greek island,but a quality that invokes pity or sadness. m.t. scott’s aural cinema returns with four tracks, each a vignette soaked in said pathos in the style of Brecht/Weill who have had a tussle in an abandoned art-house cinema with John Barry and any number of post-rockers you care to mention. Trade mark glitches pervade the piano led explorations leading to rich orchestral textures. The voice is always close to the microphone seeping into your unconscious. The subject matter appears fairly conventional but the usual scott tropes are in play a mix of the drama of the kitchen sink and some other deeper existential, possibly metaphorical messages, somewhere in the layers…..Tick Tock…Tock….Tick

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AND IN OTHER NEWS…..

  • Black Limousine’s new single “Dressed In Black” which is released this Friday gets airplay on the Radio 2 rock show this Sunday from 8pm. They have also been added to a very strong line-up at Gulliver’s Manchester on October 25th with The Parish Church Fire, Bouquet of Dead Crows and Elastikbande.
  • The Junta is embarking on a series of gigs across the north-west with dates in Manchester, Lancaster, St Annes, Barrow and Darwen – check out our forthcoming events list on the right hand side of this page.
  • Ember Rev appear on Dave Hammond’s Smelly Flowerpot Show on Monday 9th September from 9pm – you can listen on-line via the Cambridge 105 website.

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

Mixcloud Select is a subscriber service which provides unique content and regular shows in an exclusive format for music lovers – for only £2.99 a month you get access to over 1300 radio shows plus subscriber specials. Sign up HERE.

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New Ergonomics

The Junta presented a revised version of “Ergonomic” featuring some of the elements used by the Space Museum remix of the track at The Peer Hat gig on July 31st. Here it is captured in stunning “Juntavision”.

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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.

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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.

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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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