Newsletter 45 – Space Museum, June Gigs, Subscriber Service, Forthcoming Attractions….

Hello and welcome to the latest newsletter from German Shepherd Records

SPACE MUSEUM

7th June sees the return of Space Museum with a mini-album called “Nightmare on Glitch Street”. After a couple of years off concentrating on other projects label co-owner Bob Osborne returns in his Space Museum guise with a predominantly instrumental album. Exploring Asian beats and adopting Stockhausen influenced sound design this latest collection stretches the edges of modern electronic music. The sole vocal track features the other label co-owner Ian Moss with a tongue in cheek homage to Jim Morrison.

 This is a digital only release

Find more about Space Museum with details of the back catalogue at this page

JUNE GIGS

June is going to be a busy month for German Shepherd artists with a range of great gigs in the calendar

  • The month kicks off with our Cambridge contingent in the shape of Umbrella Assassins (Rebel Arts Stage) Bouquet of Dead Crows (Portland Ballroom Stage) and Keltrix playing Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common, Cambridge on 1st
  • Inferior Complex have a busy month playing Bandstand, Eastleigh (2nd) The Alexandra, Southampton (7th), The Red House, Yeovil (8th), Angola ’76, Shaftsbury (15th), The King Charles, Poole (22nd) and are back at The Alexandra again on the 28th.
  • The Junta makes his first visit to Sheffield on the 5th at West Street Live and supports the visiting Lucky + Love at The Peer Hat on 24th.
  • Adventures of Salvador kick off a milestone month with a gig at the Liverpool Fringe Festival with Matthew Hopkins on the 13th, launching their new album “Welcome To Our Village” on 21st June with a celebratory gig at the Castle Hotel, Manchester on 28th with Electric Cheese and Umbrella Assassins.
  • The Parish Church Fire will be appearing at The Eagle, Salford on 7th with Four Candles, Emily Oldfield and a DJ set from Stephen Doyle
  • Keltrix play Cambridge Pride” at Jesus Green on the 8th
  • The Mind Sweepers will be supporting JD Meatyard at Leith Depot Edinburgh on the 15th ….tickets are £5 with £1 going to local homeless charity.
  • The summer solstice will see Weimar play The Eagle, Salford with up and coming band The Ombudsmen
  • Dominic Carlton Jones is the featured artist at Cuckoo Calling, Bury New Road, Prestwich on 26th
  • Mark Corrin’s new project Elastikbande play The Old Abbey Taphouse, Manchester on 28th

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SUBSCRIBE

The German Shepherd Records subscription service is gathering pace with new members joining regularly. This unique offer allows fans to enjoy everything the label releases over a 12 month period for only £40 with a release every week this is a huge bargain. As well as regular releases subscribers will get over 120 back catalogue releases, 10% of all merchandise and exclusive content. Exclusive content released to date includes….

  • An album of Spoken Word performances by Ian Moss
  • An expanded version of Matthew Hopkins “Something” Single
  • A collection of radio sessions from Bouquet of Dead Crows
  • An expanded version of Sam Smith’s “Live in Manchester” album.
  • An expanded version of Auster Boys/Moff Skellington releases “Greetings from Abstercot UK”
  • An audio documentary on the making of Dominic Carlton Jones award winning debut album
  • and more

To subscribe all fans need to do is sign up at this LINK

FORTHCOMING RELEASES

We have the following new releases in the pipeline…..

  • 14/6/19 – Umbrella Assassins return with a new single “Sweat it Out”
  • 21/6/19 – Adventures of Salvador release their new album “Welcome To Our Village”
  • 28/6/19 – Ian and Neil Moss release a follow up single “A Story”
  • 28/6/19 – Lizard Brain release a fantastic remix of “Don’t Even Blink” – a track from their debut album
  • 5/7/19 – The exciting new project from Ding and Moet Unseasonal Beasts will be unleashed with the release the first of three EP’s
  • 12/7/19 – Four Candles release their third album “Nettle Rash”
  • 19/7/19 – We re-release Moff Skellington’s “Gliding Through Stone” album

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German Shepherd Records Newsletter #23 – Sam Smith, Matthew Hopkins, Mistletoe, and Gig News

Hello

Welcome to the latest German Shepherd Records Newsletter. This week:

  • Sam Smith returns
  • Mistletoe Charity Single supports NSPCC
  • An introduction to Matthew Hopkins
  • Gig News

SAM SMITH RETURNS

Ex Sam Smith & Company, and, The Parish Church Fire front man, Sam Smith returns  on October 29th just after the equinox. Watch this space for exciting news.

 

Sam’s last single was the memorable “Bad Water”

 

MISTLETOE SUPPORTS NSPCC WITH NEW SINGLE

Ian Moss returns as Mistletoe with a new single called “Children’s Home” on 26th October. On this release he is accompanied by Foghorn Leghorn.

A harrowing spoken word performance attacks the institutions who are complicit in allowing children to be abused and in that context all proceeds from the sale of this single will donated to the NSPCC.

This a deliberately lo-fi and stripped back recording in which Ian paints a vivid picture. A further EP featuring three new pieces in partnership with Marc Corrin follows next week

CHILDRENS HOME

INTRODUCING MATTHEW HOPKINS

In 1974, two Catholic schoolgirls met at the age of 5 over a scabby knee and sang together in praise of the lord, ‘til they discovered Salvation in the form of Hex Enduction Hour. An explosion of hair spray, eyeliner and ideas ensued.

Julia moved to Blackpool and joined the band The Tingletones as singer before moving to Manchester, when she became singer for the short lived Arthur Badfrown Band. A move to London at the turn of the century saw her finally pick up a guitar. Upon returning to Manchester, she joined Government Death Epidemic as guitarist. She has recorded with Craig Scanlon and Steve & Paul Hanley (ex The Fall).

Anne has sang, go-go danced and played tambourine in 60’s- garage outfit The Stags since 2001. They are stalwarts of the garage scene playing around the UK and Europe and worked closely with Frank Sidebottom.

Max, Anne’s son, has been playing drums and guitar with bands since the age of 13. He is currently playing his own material in punk outfit Bang Up To The Elephant.

A hiatus in both womens’ musical projects gave them the chance to get together and get creative – Matthew Hopkins was born in 2016. Max completes the team, bringing exceptional musicality and skill to the band.

Their debut single “Something” will be released on November 2nd. Two further tracks “Lachrymose” and “Hey Joe” will be released at the same time but as Subscriber Only specials via our Bandcamp page. More information next week – pending that here is the link to the video of “Something”.

GIG NEWS

  • Weimar are playing The Peer Hat, Manchester on Monday 5th November, supporting Madmoizel. Jan Doyle Band are also supporting.
  • Keltrix play The Crown & Pipes, Fenstanton on Saturday 24th November
  • The Mind Sweepers The Riverside Dumfries on Saturday 17th November

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For our full gig list please visit : – https://germanshepherdrecords.com/forthcoming-events/

German Shepherd Newsletter 6 – Unnatural Appetites

Hello again and welcome to our weekly newsletter. In this edition

  • Auster Boys team up with Moet for a new album
  • The Strays embark on a summer tour
  • The Mind Sweepers reach record streaming levels on Spotify
  • Forthcoming gigs
  • In the pipeline
  • Four Candles album launch captured live

AUSTER BOYS MEET MOET

July 6th sees the release of a first collaboration between the Auster Boys and Moet. Titled “Unnatural Appetites” this seven-track collection contains some fantastic and fascinating new music.   Whilst Bob Auster South works on new pieces of text Moet has been co-opted to work within the Auster catchment area. The music is deliberately more brutal and scary than the usual Auster offerings. Descriptions of the tracks are as follows
  • HMK – aka the Heavy Metal Kid. You’ve seen him at gigs, he a flaneur of rock and roll, a wandering immortal of the music scene.
  • Ghosts – not the Albert Ayler tune but delivered in the same spirit. “What Am I Going To Find At The End of The Rainbow…..?”… a psychogeographical journey,
  • Spit – this has since morphed into a Four Candles song. When the establishment becomes the enemy,
  • Iceland – No falling down drunk in the Cafe Iol. Tales from the edge of the world. Austers like Travelogues very much
  • Monster – deep into the belly of the beast
  • Quit – The continuing story of Ian vs The Disease
  • The Species – Sci-fi in a Phillip K Dick style. Paranoia and the dark arts.
Bob Auster North – Sound Design and Production
Moet – Vocals & Lyrics
Bob Auster South – Conceptual Continuity
Adopting a brutalist electronica approach the Austers combine perfectly with Moet’s rhetorical polemic
You can preview opening track “HMK” here

THE STRAYS EMBARK ON A SUMMER TOUR 

Increasingly popular Punk Duo The Strays share their wit and wisdom in a variety of towns and venues as listed here. Don’t miss a chance to see Jon and Georgie mixing politics, humour and punk and creating a great live experience.

THE MIND SWEEPERS

We are pleased to reveal that our band from north of the border The Mind Sweepers have broken our own record for streams on Spotify following a successful festival appearance in June. Almost doubling our usual Spotify streams the band have certainly made an impact with their album “States of Mind”. Here’s a reminder of the bands’ work with the excellent “Threesome”;.
Check out the album on our Bandcamp Page

FORTHCOMING  GIGS

The gig calendar is filling up with some excellent events in coming months. Here is the latest list:
26th June – The Strays play Zombie Shack, Manchester
28th June – The Strays play West Street Live, Sheffield
29th June – The Strays play The Angel, Nottingham
30th June – The Scissors play Knackfest, Karma Farm, Isleham Fen
6th July – Inferior Complex play The Shooting Star, Southampton
6th July – The Strays play The Globe, Glossop
7th July – The Strays play Sharrow Fest After Party, Sheffield
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
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 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.
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
5th October – The Scissors are at Oxford Wheatsheaf (Klub Kakofanney).
8th December – Boz Hayward, Poppycock and Ketrix play The Peer Hat, Manchester
22nd December – Drink and Drive play Strummercamp Fundraiser and Oldham Rugby Club

IN THE PIPELINE

Forthcoming releases – a sneak preview
29/06/2018 The Colourful Disease Economics EP
06/07/2018 Auster Boys With Moet : Unnatural Appetites Album
13/07/2018 m.t. scott When The Lamb Become Lame Album
20/07/2018 Mesmer Disciples Real Loud Single
27/07/2018 Four Candles You Can’t Be What You Pretend/Basket Weaving Single
27/07/2018 The Strays Live Album
10/08/2018 The Junta Network Album
17/08/2018 Toska Wilde Oscar In Earnest EP
24/08/2018 Four Candles Chastity BeltDipping A Toe Single
31/08/2018 Various Artists Cambridge Calling Vol 3 Compilation Album (Bandcamp Only Release)
07/09/2018 The Screaming Love Collective Imola Album
14/09/2018 The Strays new EP

FOUR CANDLES LIVE

Multiple thanks to our resident video historian Paul Forshaw for capturing Four Candles in all their glory live a the Peer Hat last Saturday launching the new album “Spiritual Rapture”. WARNING – THERE IS SOME VERY STRONG LANGUAGE IN THIS VIDEO

Get To The Chorus reviews States of Mind

Blogger Get To The Chorus has posted an excellent review of the debut album from The Mind Sweepers on Facebook…..we’ve copied it below:

“The MIND sweepers, (yes The MIND sweepers) have been around locally here in Galloway for a few years, in one capacity or another. I first heard Paul Winter (vocals and guitar) perform a few times in our local in Dumfries probably around 10 years ago, just solo open mic nights and/or afternoons, long before the The Mind Sweepers, it was a no frills, no effects on vox or guitar affair, it was as raw as live music gets. I then have seen him perform perhaps 2014? For the launch of the Lost Wasp Records label in Gatehouse were he came armed with some new material, one of which was the “The Mating Game” a story of alcohol and seedy copulation and violence I remember an old lady sitting directly behind me that night “gasping” at the abrasive yet brutally honest lyrical content – settle Missus. Various local acts performed that night, such as The Razorbills, Marcus Samson Wright (Now of High Street Records) and the awesome James Smyth who now performs under the name Captain Zanzibar. Not long after this, The Mind Sweepers were formed after drummer Bryn Thorburn teamed up with Paul and it all started to make more sense. A fuller sound began to ensue, more palatable, sonically satisfying, same songs just given more limbs to stand on. The line up from then until now has gone through some changes but as this album is released it has become a more static unit.

States of mind is, without a doubt, a soundtrack for the coming summer so releasing it in spring is tactically shrewd. All tracks are sing-alongs, 21st-century private soliloquies that define time and place. Is it indie? Is it folk? Is it a little bit country? A little bit rock n roll? … Ummm… the answer is yes it is!! This is an immediately easily accessible album, it has a real identity, it is what it is, they are what they are in the same way The Eagles weren’t just a country act, and that is as best as I can put it.

In delivering this record, the boys have stuck to what they know which is songs they are very familiar and comfortable with and it’s that familiarity and comfort that really translates across to the listener. Imagine midsummer, the back of your mate’s car. driving to a festival, bleaching hot sunshine, – this record is on the stereo. It’s a soundtrack for moments like these. As I listen to “States of Mind” (as I write this) I’m already familiar with a few of these songs through live shows and immediately they sound different and this serves as The Mind Sweepers now having a “sound”. I find myself looping “Light of my Life”, its warmth and drive is big and powerful and will be played on many a radio this summer, the choral harmonies hark back to the 70s and breathe beautiful life into an otherwise sad story of love lost. Other highlights are “Taken by the Tide”, “A 1000 ships they sailed” and the sublimely tender “Castaway” which I like to think it is a continuation of “Light of my Life”, only later on that night.

A few weeks ago I managed to catch up briefly with Bryn Thorburn (Drums) after their support slot with The Skids. (Just take this opportunity to thank all the Sweepers for a guest pass that night, it was kinda pricey otherwise so thank you) Bryn drove me home after the gig and let me hear an advance of the album. Bryn will testify that I was immediately impressed, in particular with the vocals. I say that because Paul has such a big singing voice, he could fill the Mariana trench…. without a PA, but now, I dare say, his soft, tender airy vocal delivery is so very intimate and I’m so impressed that I ask Bryn to play “castaway” again.

Win Liv Shak., Owen Fielding, Al Price all guest on the album to great addition and effect, everything is at the surface for the listener to cherry pick, some of the guitar playing reminds me of Johnny Marr and his tight and crisp meandering lines, the bass and drums are deep, simple and solid, everything serves the song, nothing is overplayed or indulged. Everyone involved has laboured, there is no half-arsed complacency, these songs are so perfectly set in stone which brings me to the production. The album was recorded by Huey Dowling at Unit 7 Studio (Bladnoch) in Wigtown. I’m not just impressed with the production of this record, I’m so so impressed with the hazy, summer fields, stoned feel that is intrinsically captured in the production. Seriously, I can’t stress this enough, it’s such a warm record, reflective, happy, modest, and wistfully youth filled. A lot of elements have clearly clicked in bringing “States of Mind” to life, be it by design or serendipity it doesn’t matter, it’s irrelevant.

“He really got the best out of us,” Says Bryn.

The Mind Sweepers are ready for the summer, they sound fantastic and this is a real step up for them, effortless and lazy…..A beautiful record.

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