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



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


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”



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.


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


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



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
Pearl Divers
Night Operations
The Electric Cheese
Bouquet of Dead Crows
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.
Cover for 200


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

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:

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