Long Lost 80s Indie Pop and More Shed Punk

August 27th sees the release of two new additions to our catalogue.

Michael James Pollard & Sioux Goddard’s “Revolution” is a previously unreleased collection of tunes from the mid-1980s.

Originally from Derby, Michael moved to Manchester in his late teens to be amongst some of his favourite groups. After recording a Radio 1 session for John Peel he began writing and recording with Sioux Goddard and they came into contact with Lindsay Reade at Factory Records who helped get them an album deal with Fundação Atlântica. Over a two week period they recorded eight tracks at Revolution studios in Cheadle. The album, however, was never released as the label hit financial difficulties and closed soon after. We are pleased to be able to release this album.

Purchasers of the album and German Shepherd Kennel Club members receive two additional and exclusive bonus tracks. CD versions are also available.

Haverhill’s finest return with the second installment of their King of Fruit Series – three energetic slices of Shed Punk!

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Umbrella Assassins announce gigs and further releases

Haverhill Shed Punk maestros Umbrella Assassins have announced a handful of dates and further volumes in their King of Fruit series.

The boys have the following gigs in the diary:

  • 4th July – The Haverhill Show, The Recreation Ground, Haverhill
  • 23rd October – The Ark, Newmarket (Charity Gig)
  • 13th November – The Smokehose, Ipswich
  • 11th December – The Smokehouse, Ipswich – Bouquet of Dead Crows are playing at this gig also

A planned second volume in the groups King of Fruit series is nearing completion with an August release planned. In addition an unexpected third volume has agreed following the completion of some tunes.

Drummer Garry McKervill said “It looks like things are finally happening at last. We are looking forward to getting out of the waiting room.”

Check out the first volume of King of Fruit here

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New Video Rich from King of Fruit Vol. 1

Haverhill’s finest band return with a brand new release.

Named as ‘The King of Fruit Vol 1’ this three song e.p. from the Umbrella Assassins, is the first of two halves, divided into six fruity segments with a distinctive size, strong sound and thorny rind, and finds the trio blasting through the event horizon and into hell.

The seeds were sown a few months back and a sound that evokes overpowering reactions of deep intensity has been grown. Vol. 2 will follow in 2021

Umbrella Assassins Lockdown Special

A special show put together by Garry, Steve and Bunge from Umbrella Assassins celebrating the release of their new album “Humanity”. The show follows the story behind the album with interludes and musical choices which reflect the narrative.

“Dodo Freak (Freakum Dodois) the last of his kind. Losing faith in humanity he escapes to a new planet. As years go by he wonders what has become of his old home, so he decides to look. Hurtling through the countryside in his spaceship he meets a girl, falls in love and starts a family. Through new found friends he assembles a band of humans, those lucky few. The pioneers of the twelve by ten. The creators of Shed Punk. Umbrella Assassins bring you an album. Humanity, The next phase of the journey.”

The new album will be available via German Shepherd records from April 10th 2020.

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New releases from Loop-aznavour, Umbrella Assassins and Lizard Brain plus reissues

Here are the details of our releases on April 10th plus news of some reissues and an additional single release on April 3rd

Loop-aznavour

Adventures of Salvador front man and theremin wizard Loop-aznavour resumes his solo career with a brand new album  Les Idiots de L’Electronique.

Loop takes us through ten great new songs involving a wide selection of bizarre and wonderful characters. Applying his unique and dead-pan humour to the everyday idiosyncrasies of life this collection will certainly lighten the mood in these trying times.

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Haverhill’s finest proponents of Shed Punk are back with a full length which includes revisited versions of tracks from the previous EPs and Singles released by German Shepherd.

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Entitled Humanity it’s a concept album dealing with the adventures of  Dodo Freak (Freakum Dodois) the last of his kind. Losing faith in humanity he escapes to a new planet. As years go by he wonders what has become of his old home, so he decides to look. Hurtling through the countryside in his spaceship he meets a girl, falls in love and starts a family. Through new found friends he assembles a band of humans, those lucky few. The pioneers of the twelve by ten. The creators of Shed Punk.

Mixing raw shed punk with some lighter pop tunes and experimental pieces this is Steve, Garry and Bunge with their best offering yet.

The band have put together an entertaining podcast to support the release of the album which will be available around the time of release from Bob’s Mixcloud Page.

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Re-releases

Following a change in our distributors we are pleased to announce that the following are available once more from all the digital streaming and download sites…..

plus a host of reissues of Moff Skellington albums:

Plough Monday, On Flanders Moon, Golfer In Disgrace, Bargains Are A Hollow Syrup, Fetch, Uncle Roy’s Utopian Vision Parts 1 and 2, The Corduroy Bridge, Thorny Conduits

Eighth Day Magazine

We are continuing to write a monthly column for the excellent Eighth Day Magazine. March’s edition included a piece on Moff Skellington and an introduction to The English Disease. April’s edition which is due out at the weekend includes the first of a two part article on our work with Cambridge Bands – check out the magazine here

and finally …..there’s an extra release scheduled for April 3rd from

Lizard Brain

The Lizard Brain team have produced an excellent remix of the track Put Some Love In Your Heart from their That Has A Nice Ring To It album.

Again we felt that this tune offered some hope and love during the current lockdown. This track is a taster for their new single 32 Years which will follow on April 24th.

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Stay safe!

Umbrella Assassins launch “Dad’s Song” with a new podcast

As part of our regular artist curated podcasts, Garry, Steve and Bunge of Umbrella Assassins have put together an eclectic mix of tunes in support of the release of their new single “Dad’s Tune” on December 6th.

Apart from three Umbrella Assassins tunes there is music from

  • King Khan & BBQ Show  
  • The Chats  
  • Hot Snakes 
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse 
  • Kurt Vile 
  •  Sonic Youth  
  • Run The Jewels featuring Kamasi Washington  
  • Honeyblood  
  • Robert Parker 
  • Ty Segall  
  • BadBadNotGood, Charlotte Day Wilson  
  • Radiohead 
  • The Velvet Underground

The trio are currently working on a new album for release in 2020.

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Newsletter 60 – End of the Year Releases

We finish a very busy year with four releases …..

Umbrella Assassins Dad’s Song – 6th December Release – Digital Download

Responding to a post from Rebel Arts Radio, asking for radio stings the band knocked up a riff and used lyrics that drummer Garry’s dad gave to them. They liked it so much, they adopted it into a song.

The new single ‘Dad’s Song’ recorded in Tiny Eyes Studios concludes a busy year for the Haverhill Shed-Punk trio. Andy’s words describe a meeting with Carol at a party in Wood Green 1970. A love story that continues fifty years later.

3 years ago Umbrella Assassins were reborn in Steve’s shed. Escaping everyday lifes’ boredoms and unpleasantness, making a haven for creativity and the appreciation of beer at the bottom of the garden. The punk trio would go on to create something special, that would change their lives forever, Shed Punk!!!

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Various Artists – Off The Leash (Charity Album) – 13th December Release – Digital Download

We continue our annual routine of compiling rarities, oddities, remixes and new tracks by our artists to deliver an album dedicated to raising money for charity – this year it’s Manchester Mind.

Manchester Mind is an independent local charity dedicated to supporting people in the Manchester area with Mental Health issues. They have been delivering services in the city since 1989 (previously as HARP), initially focusing on people living in Hulme, but over the years they have extended their services to meet the needs of people citywide. In 2011, they became one of 137 Local Mind Associations, as they affiliated to national Mind.

Our artists have generously donated tracks and all profits from sales/streams will go to the charity.

Featured on the album…..

  • New Tracks from Space Museum, Two Lost Souls, Positronik, Issac Navaro, Auster Boys, Angry!, The Parasite, La Capsula (Mark and Luisa from Elastikbande), The Mind Sweepers, Jed, Moff Skellington, Dominic Carlton Jones
  • A live recording from The Junta featuring Ian Moss
  • A sneak preview of next years releases from The Get and The Screaming Love Collective
  • A guest remix from Kammahav (featuring Tony Jenkins of Lizard Brain)
  • A KIT B  tune remixed by The Junta
  • A classic rock track from PrunX
  • Remixes from sycloner, Lizard Brain  and Inferior Complex

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Ian and Neil Moss  – Pickpockets Fingers – 13th December release – Digital Download

The Moss Brothers have been extremely busy in the second half of 2019 and this latest single, the seventh in the run, returns to their glitchy neo-jazz off kilter sound from Neil, and menacing lyrics from Ian.

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Cambridge Calling Volume 4 – – 13th December release – Digital Download

CAMBRIDGE CALLING is a series of compilations of emerging artists from Cambridge which has been curated by Dave Hammond whose fortnightly show on Cambridge 105 Radio, The Smelly Flowerpot, is a mainstay of the cities music scene. The first compilation was released in March 2017 and the second in the summer of 2017. The third compilation was released in August 2018.

This fourth compilation is released on 13th December 2019 in digital format via Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple, Amazon , Deezer, Google, and many other streaming outlets.

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What started out as a vague idea to pull a few tracks together soon snowballed into the current series of multi genre epics, fired by the enthusiasm of the artists involved. The more Dave scratched at the surface of the local scene, the more it became apparent how much excellent music was out there.

Aside from putting some superb music out there, the aim is also to raise money for deserving charities. In this case the charity is Emmaus Cambridge – a service which aims to reduce homelessness.

The unique artwork for the series was created by Stewart Harris Designs.

THE SMELLY FLOWERPOT

Dave Hammond’s fortnightly Monday evening show on Cambridge 105 “The Smelly Flowerpot”  brings the best of local music to the airwaves as well as championing grass roots music from the city of his birth, Hull, and other places around the UK and the rest of the world. With regular sessions and interviews with both upcoming and established artists creating a fascinating mix of music Dave is true ambassador. Dave’s shows have directly lead to German Shepherd Records working with artists from the Cambridge area including Bouquet of Dead Crows, The Scissors, Keltrix, Umbrella Assassins and Lizard Brain,  all of who appeared on earlier volumes in this series.

THE CHARITY

Emmaus Cambridge is a homelessness charity providing more than just a bed for the night to people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion and was the first Emmaus community to be established in the UK.

For many people who have experienced homelessness, losing their self-esteem can be the most damaging part of their experience. Being on your own, with no support around you can be soul destroying, leaving you feeling worthless.

Finding your way out of that situation isn’t easy, particularly when the only options available are temporary fixes, offering a bed for the night but little to occupy your days.

Emmaus is different because it provides a home for as long as someone needs it in an Emmaus community. This gives people the opportunity to take stock of their lives, deal with any issues they might have, and often re-establish relationships with loved ones.

THE ARTISTS

The artists featured on this volume are featured on this page.

We will be back in the New Year with new releases from The Get, The Screaming Love Collective and Issac Navaro.

GIGS

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Manchester Meltdown 2019 – featuring Ian Moss and Piledriver, The E-Fits and Matthew Hopkins 30 Nov 2019
The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK

Adventures of Salvador and Weimar – 30 Nov 2019
The Globe, 144 High St W, Glossop SK13 8HJ, UK

Elastikbande and Four Candles – 7 Dec 2019
Fuel Cafe Bar, 448 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M20 3BW, UK

The Get, Angry! – 13 Dec 2019
The Railway Hotel, Clifftown Rd, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1AJ, UK

The Harveys & Matthew Hopkins plus TV Smith -14 Dec 2019
The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK

KIT B and Inferior Complex – 15 Dec 2019
West Street Live, 128 West St, Sheffield S1 4ES, UK

Black Limousine and The Ombudsmen plus The Inflated Tear (a “supergroup” featuring Unseasonal Beasts, Factory Acts, and Gentle Jon) – 18 Dec 2019
The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK

The Scissors – 20 Dec 2019
The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Rd, Cambridge CB4 3BA, UK

Inferior Complex -20 Dec 2019
Clockwork Bar, 323 Shirley Rd, Southampton SO15 3HW, UK

Ember Rev – 20 Dec 2019
The Blue Moon, 2 Norfolk St, Cambridge CB1 2LF, UK

Electric Cheese, Inferior Complex and Dominic Carlton Jones – 28 Dec 2019
The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE, UK

 Thank You

That’s all of our news for 2019 now wrapped up. We’ll be back at the end of December with news about next years releases.

Many thanks for all your support during 2019 to our subscribers, followers, gig attenders, bloggers and radio show hosts who have helped us spread the German Shepherd story.

 

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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.

NO DRUMS!

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.

YERRRR!!!!

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

GIGS

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

German Shepherd Records Newsletter 48 – New single from the Moss Brothers, Showcase Events, Forthcoming Releases and Gigs

Hello and welcome to the weekly newsletter from German Shepherd Records

This week we have a new single to announce plus lots of gig news and a sneak peak at what’s coming from the label in the rest of 2019

IAN AND NEIL MOSS

Ian and Neil return with the second in a run of a new singles with “A Story” a psychedelic sound melange tinged with progressive tropes and layers of voices and instruments. Released digitally on June 28th the single will be followed by at least one more in this productive run of material from the Moss siblings

WEIMAR, THE OMBUDSMEN AND SOME OF THE PARISH CHURCH FIRE

For the hometown gig of the week we are back at The Eagle in Salford this Friday for a band curated evening from Weimar, currently in the studio recording their debut album, who have brought in exciting new German Shepherd roster members The Ombudsmen. This three piece from the Greater Manchester area produce amazing instrumental music which is breathtaking to watch live – the band will have a special guest vocalist on show on the night. Bassist John is also in The Parish Church Fire and three of his band mates Sam, Dewi and Tim will also be playing as “Smith, Hughes, and Williams”. That trio can also be seen at The Castle in Manchester on July 4th as part of another MASS Assembly event. We will have an announcement about a Parish Church Fire gig, with some very special guests, very soon. To complete the circle Weimar, together with Dominic Carlton Jones, will be representing German Shepherd Records at this years Foundations Festival at The Peer Hat/AATMA in Manchester on 1st (Dominic) and 2nd (Weimar) November.

 

SALVADORIAN ADVENTURES

With the release of the sophomore album, “Welcome To Our Village” from Adventures of Salvador this Friday we would like to remind of the launch event at The Castle Hotel, Manchester on 28th June, where the band will be joined by Electric Cheese (who have a new EP in the pipeline) and Umbrella Assassins who bring their Shed Punk sound all the way from Haverhill in Suffolk, their new single “Sweat It Out” was released last Friday. Tickets are selling fast!

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

A quick preview of what is coming in Summer/Autumn….

  • The first of four EPs from the pairing of Simon “Ding” Archer and Ian Moss called Unseasonal Beasts…..special guests on the EP include Dan Woolfie, Susan O’Shea, Seth Leppard and Eoghan Clifford
  • The new album from Four Candles called “Nettle Rash” – German Shepherd subscribers will get a bonus track
  • A new one from The Screaming Love Collective called “Do What You Love”
  • A remix single from Lizard Brain called “Don’t Even Blink”
  • The excellent debut EP from Ember Rev “Premonition and Ruin” will be distributed with a new release coming later in the year
  • Another Ian and Neil Moss single “Fall Out Of Love With Me”
  • A remix from Inferior Complex of “I Dream”
  • A collection of Crab Dance GIs tracks to date plus a brand new single “The Latest Record/Trash Talk”
  • A new EP from Auster Boys “Reversing Into The Holoscene”
  • A Kit B compilation “Seven Singles & Four Obscure B Sides”

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2019

June

  • 19th –
    • Ember Rev play Johnny Wright’s Wednesday Sessions at The Brook, Mill Road Cambridge
  • 21st –
    • Weimar play The Eagle, Salford with The Ombudsman and Smith, Hughes & Williams from The Parish Church Fire
  • 22nd –
    • Ember Rev and The Scissors play Knackfest in Isleham, Ely
    • Electric Cheese play The Doghouse Cellar Jazz Bar, Bury
  • 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 with Umbrella Assassins and Electric Cheese
    • Inferior Complex play The Alexandra, Southampton
    • Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Old Abbey Taphouse, Manchester
  • 30th –
    • Electric Cheese play Night and Day Cafe, Manchester

July

August

  • 9th –
  • 10th –
    • Weimar play Scarborough Apollo
  • 16th –
    • Keltrix play The Green Man, Granchester
  • 24th –
    • Umbrella Assassins play Rugfest, Haverhill
  • 25th –
    • Toska Wilde plays It Came From The Sea II at The Centre, Margate
  • 29th –
    • Dominic Carlton Jones plays The Peer Hat, Manchester

October

  • 12th –
    • Scissors play The Six Bells, Cambridge
  • 26th  –
    • Toska Wilde plays CULT 13 – Underground Alternative Night at The Venue Southend.
    • Poppycock play the Castle Hotel, Manchester

November

  • 1st
    • Dominic Carlton-Jones plays Foundations Festival at Peer Hat/AATMA, Manchester
  • 2nd
    • Weimar play Foundations Festival at Peer Hat/AATMA, Manchester

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2020

February

  • 1st –
    • The Junta will be supporting TRUE ORDER at Sunbird Records, Darwin

Newsletter 46 : Umbrella Assassins New Single, London Gig, New Bands on the Label

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the German Shepherd newsletter. This time around:

  • New Single from Umbrella Assassins
  • German Shepherd Tea Party in London
  • New bands joining the label
  • Gig News

UMBRELLA ASSASSINS

Haverhill’s finest Umbrella Assassins are back with a potent new single “Sweat it Out” releasing in digital format only on 14th June. Moving on from recording in the Shed the trio have now their own recording studio in drummer Garry McKervill’s garage.

This song, about an 87 year old neighbour called Pauline who broke her leg and spent 4 months in a hospice. No family, no phone, no telly. She had to sweat it out, she changed, who wouldn’t? …it’s the first recording from Garry’s garage, now known as Tiny Eyes studios, and the first single from the upcoming album Zoo Planet.

The band support Adventures of Salvador on June 28th at the Castle Hotel in their first visit to Manchester. Electric Cheese are also playing. Tickets are £5 for the gig only or a special pre-order priced at £10 which includes a digital version of the new Adventures of Salvador album  “Welcome To Our Village” on its’ release date as well as CD copy of the album which can be collected at the gig.

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Other gigs coming up

13th July – Smokehouse, Ipswich
20th July – Dublin Castle, London with Adventures of Salvador and The Get
27th July – Pim Jam Festival, Rose and Crown, Haverhill

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GERMAN SHEPHERD TEA PARTY IN LONDON

As mentioned above 20th July sees one of our rare visits to London with an afternoon gig between 2pm and 5pm at the famous Dublin Caste.

The line up is Adventures of Salvador, Umbrella Assassins and The Get

Tickets are available from HERE

NEW RECRUITS

We are pleased to announce we will be working with two great bands in the coming months….

First up another addition to our Cambridge branch we are pleased to welcome Ember Rev to the kennel.

The band came together early 2016 to play the nervous & neurotic accordian-driven tunes of Cambridge singer-songwriter Dan Ecclestone. Initially ploughing a folk-rock furrow, debut album …it was all fields around here was all ukuleles and autoharps. Last year’s critically acclaimed Premonition & Ruin shifted the sound up several gears and the complex asymmetrical rhythms heard in their current set are pushing the band in a darker direction. Reworking and re-purposing familiar forms that recall the percussive Africana of Talking Heads and the accordian-led romance of Arcade Fire; alternately rattling and stuttering then piledriving at breakneck speed, it’s a sound that demands you keep coming back.

We are re-releasing Premonition & Ruin with digital distribution in July and also promoting the band. A third album To The City To The Sea will follow in August.

The band have the following dates lined up

19th June – Johnny Wright’s Wednesday Sessions at The Brook, Mill Road Cambridge
22nd June – Knackfest in Isleham, Ely,

The bands releases to date can be found on Bandcamp

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Our second new band is legendary Manchester 90s group Harvey’s Rabbit.

Guitarist Mick Pullan sums up the early history of the band as follows – “Harvey’s Rabbit were around for most of the 1990’s and based in Manchester. I think we first got together in 1992 and played our last gig at the Night and Day Cafe on Oldham Street, Manchester in the Autumn of 1998. We were never really part of a scene but had a few ideas and a good DIY work ethic. 1994 was a busy year. Tired of the process of recording demos, sending them off and being rejected, we decided to be a bit more ambitious and record an album “A Place For Beginners” at Studio Studio near Rochdale. We released it (Cassette only) on our own Rain Soaked label. Releasing it meant getting a few copies on the shelves of Piccadilly Records, selling some at gigs and giving a load away. Around the same time we managed to get some dates supporting The Fall – 2 at the Roadhouse in Manchester, followed by Penzance, Exeter, Basingstoke and Oldham Queen Elizabeth Hall. And a memorable week spent commuting to Liverpool to play at the Lomax Club. One thing leads to another and no doubt it was this connection which led to us coming to John Peel’s attention and getting us a session.”

On the strength of the Peel Session the band got a deal with Rotator Records and released a handful of singles and an album, got wider national radio play, and got into John Peel’s festive fifty in 1995. In Autumn 2009 Harvey Rabbit played live together for the first time in 10 years in honour of guitarist Dave Thom’s birthday. They gigged semi-regularly since then picking up the pace over the last two years.

Often described as the English Go-Betweens the band have a unique melodic pop sound with elements of klezmer and other european folk oriented genres folding into the mix.

The band got back in the studio earlier this year to record some new tunes and we will be releasing a four track EP in September

The band play the annual tribute to the legendary Jon the Postman on June 8th at The Peer Hat Manchester with Sandells and The Distractions.

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Harvey’s Rabbit 2019 – Timothy Lyons, David Thom, Pete Saunders, Michael Pullan, and Andy Gott

GIG NEWS

Our updated gig guide reads as follows

2019
June
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
8th – Keltrix play Pride!, Jesus Green, Cambridge
8th – Inferior Complex play The Red House, Yeovil
13th – Inferior Complex play Angola ’76 , Shaftsbury
13th – Adventures of Salvador and Matthew Hopkins play Hannah’s Bar as part of Liverpool Fringe Festival…FREE
15th – The Mind Sweepers supporting JD Meatyard at Leith Depot Edinburgh tickets are £5 with £1 going to local homeless charity.
19th – Ember Rev play Johnny Wright’s Wednesday Sessions at The Brook, Mill Road Cambridge
20th – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
21st – Weimar play The Eagle, Salford
22nd – Inferior Complex play King Charles, Poole
22nd – Ember Rev play Knackfest in Isleham, Ely,
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 with Electric Cheese and Umbrella Assassins.
28th – Inferior Complex play The Alexandra, Southampton
28th – Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande play The Old Abbey Taphouse, Manchester
July
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 and Adventures of Salvador with Moonstrips at Blue Moon Cambridge
20th – Keltrix play Whoosh Festival, The Missing Sock, Sto-Cum-Quy
20th – Adventures of Salvador with Umbrella Assassins and The Get play Dublin Castle, London – 2pm to 5pm show!
27th – Umbrella Assassins play Pimjam festival at the Rose and Crown, Haverhill
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
August
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
October
12th – Scissors play The Six Bells, Cambridge
26th – Toska Wilde plays CULT 13 – Underground Alternative Night at The Venue Southend.
26th – Poppycock play the Castle Hotel, Manchester
2020
February
1st – The Junta will be supporting TRUE ORDER at Sunbird Records, Darwin

Newsletter 44 – sycloner, Adventures of Salvador, Strummercamp, Unseasonal Beasts and gig news

Hello and welcome to another edition of the weekly German Shepherd Records Newsletter

This week

– Introducing sycloner
– Adventures of Salvador announce album launch
– German Shepherd acts at this years Strummercamp
– Unseasonal Beasts
– Gig news

Introducing sycloner

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.

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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” .

Strummercamp

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.

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Unseasonal Beasts

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.

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Gig News

And finally here is a list of all the forthcoming gigs featuring our artists…..

May
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
June
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
July
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
August
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
October
12th October – Scissors play The Six Bells, Cambridge
26th October – Toska Wilde plays CULT 13 – Underground Alternative Night at The Venue Southend.

Exclusive Ticket and Album Offer for Adventures of Salvador Album Launch Gig!

The Masters of Urban-Punk-Surf-Rock are back with their second album “Welcome To Our Village” …… Adventures of Salvador will be launching the album on June 28th at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester, with special guests Electric Cheese and Umbrella Assassins. As a special offer we are offering tickets with exclusive early access to two tracks from the digital version of the album and the complete album on its release on 21st June.

Demand for tickets is bound to be high so get in early via this link

You will be sent an e-ticket and two exclusive download codes for two great numbers from the album. On June 21st you will be sent an exclusive download code for the whole album.

With three of the most powerful and punky bands on our label we reckon it’s going to be a hell of a night. Here’s a taster of what to expect at the gig :

Newsletter 41 : More Moff, Live Scissors album, Adventures of Salvador album, Umbrella Assassins T Shirts and Gigs!

Hello and welcome to your weekly news for all things German Shepherd Records

This week

– The Pukes of a Hot Cloister re-released
– New Scissors live album coming soon
– Adventures of Salvador new album trailed
– Umbrella Assassins T Shirts now available
– More Gigs announced

MORE MOFF SKELLINGTON

As we continue our programme of re-releasing Moff Skellington’s huge back catalogue we have reached the landmark “The Pukes of a Hot Cloister” which will be re-released digitally on May 3rd.

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The dark days of January 2012 were brightened somewhat by the arrival of The Pukes Of A Hot Cloister album. As usual there was a feast of lyrical athleticism, Moff plucks words out of the ether and re-arranges them in a completely unique and totally compelling way. This album is particularly full of memorable “Moffism’s”, too many to mention and all rather special, there is some degree of continuity from prior releases in parts, with several references to molecules, and the usual bovine references that are scattered across the albums, and the opening instrumental “House of New Bricks” is quoted in the words/music of the penultimate track “Four Peg Wooden Unit”. Two of the tracks “Time for Nervous Questions In The Pub” and “Confident of Pending Treats” formed part of the six song set Moff recorded for Bob Osborne’s “Reformation” radio show on Salford City Radio, the other four appearing on the previous years Embers from the Rapid Eye album, so there is some specific continuity between those two albums. As is usual with Moff you know what you are going to get – the difference with each album though is how he has progressed his art and which particular parts of his “dreamscape” he is addressing in this instance.

The opening “House of New Bricks” sets the scene with a stately waltz around the accordion with bluesy harp wailing – this soon transforms into the strange and somehow beautiful “Crap and Ugly Toys” which is Eddodi in its purest sense. From there on we are gently led through a journey of fascinating words and unique music. A contemporary “manifesto” of Moff’s work, whether it be his art or his music, described a reality comprising three interacting factors – octoberness, perfection and slapstick. Simply put these three elements , anticipation, entropy, and the essentially comedic nature of existence, intertwine to allow innovation, expression and interpretation. We are resisting the urge to release spoilers about the content of this album as we believe that the listener should absorb this marvellous work and draw their own conclusions from the text/sound. All we will say is that the other-worldliness of Moff’s output is never more apparent as it is here. He has always been unique. no one else is doing music like this – it just seems he has built on his work to date to create something rather special. Variety is the watchword here and it is all good. Comparisons, bench-marks, yardsticks etc are impossible so the listener needs to approach it from his/her perspective.

Moff has 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.

LIVE SCISSORS

We are pleased to announce the return of Cambridge band the Scissors with a live album recorded at The Smokehouse in Ipswich earlier this year. The raw sound of the live Scissors experience is captured perfectly and demonstrates the pure energy of the band on stage. Release date is planned for 10th May.

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ADVENTURES OF SALVADOR ALBUM TRAILED

The much anticipated new album from Adventures of Salvador “Welcome to our Village” is coming in June. Pending that the band play The Peer Hat, Manchester this Thursday (25th) and Ramsbottom Cricket Club on May 10th, Liverpool Fringe on June 6th with the album launch scheduled for June 28th at The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester. Watch this space for more details.

UMBRELLA ASSASSINS T’S

Haverhill’s finest are hard at work on new material with an album promised later in the year pending that you can increase your sartorial eloquence by acquiring one of their rather fine T-Shirts at this LOCATION. The trio play The Smokehouse, Ipswich on July 13th.

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GIGS

The Spring Summer gig list is hotting up with extra gigs for Inferior Complex, Keltrix and Four Candles emerging…..the full list is below

April
25th – Adventures of Salvador play the Peer Hat, Manchester
26th – Mark Corrin plays The Railway, Didsbury
May
1st to 31st – Moff Skellington has an art exhibition at Canwood Gallery and Sculpture Park, Checkley, Hertfordshire
3rd – Inferior Complex play Winchester Gate, Salisbury
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
7th – Ian Moss performs in Unseasonal Beasts project with Simon “Ding” Archer at the Castle Hotel, Manchester as part of the MASS assembly event. This is a free event but you must reserve a ticket
10th – Adventures of Salvador play Ramsbottom Cricket Club
11th – Keltrix play The Haymakers, Cambridge (Acoustic Set)
18th -Weimar play the Eagle, Salford supporting St Lucifer
20th – Stewart Harris from Scissors on Dave Hammonds Smellypot Show on Cambridge 105 talking about the new live album
24th – Four Candles play Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
25th – Sam Smith plays Strummercamp at Oldham Rugby Club
June
1st – 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

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7th – Inferior Complex play The Alexandra, Southampton
8th – Keltrix play Pride!, Jesus Green, Cambridge
8th – Inferior Complex play The Red House, Yeovil
15th – The Mind Sweepers and Paul Winter (solo set) supporting JD Meatyard at Leith Depot Edinburgh tickets are £5 with £1 going to local homeless charity.

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20th – Inferior Complex play The King Charles, Poole
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
28th – Adventures of Salvador play The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester – ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
July
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 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
31st – The Junta plays The Peer Hat
August
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

German Shepherd Records Newsletter #15 – Umbrella Assassins, Cambridge Calling Vol. 3, new The Screaming Love Collective album, and, gig guide

Hello and welcome to a new edition of the German Shepherd Records Newsletter.

This week

  • A new EP from Umbrella Assassins
  • The third volume of a Cambridge Calling Compilation curated by Dave Hammond’s Smelly Flowerpot Show
  • New Screaming Love Collective album announced
  • Our weekly gig guide

 

UMBRELLA ASSASSINS – LIVE AT THE CRUNCH

Haverhill a hotbed of East Anglian rock and roll.

It is home to the erudite ex-Hullite DJ Dave Hammond who introduced us, via his Smelly Flowerpot Radio Show to Umbrella Assassins, who also hail from Haverhill.

This is raw and uncompromising punk rock music from the band who are using a “proper” recording studio for the first time.

The Crunch is a new recording studio in Norfolk which was originally an Operations Control Centre during the Battle Of Britain. Initially built in 1939 as a Decontamination Centre for chemical warfare.

This is the band recorded at their very best, by Mr Jason, live onto 7 tracks of a vintage 8 track reel to reel tape machine, using vintage mics, vintage drums, and a 70s little 5-watt WEM guitar amp.

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Umbrella Assassins Live At The Crunch delivers three tracks of uncompromising Shed Punk in the spirit of early Stooges, Ladbroke Grove era Pink Fairies and the Minutemen

For previous Umbrella Assassins recordings go to: http://www.umbrellaassassins.com

It releases digitally on August 31, 2018

The band is……

Steve – guitar, vocals
Bunge – bass, vocals
Garry – Drums.

Listen to lead track “Factory Floor” here:

The band play Rugfest, Haverhill on August 25th.

CAMBRIDGE CALLING VOLUME 3

Cambridge Calling is a series of compilations of emerging artists from Cambridge which has been curated by Dave Hammond whose fortnightly show on Cambridge 105 Radio, The Smelly Flowerpot, is a mainstay of the cities music scene. The first compilation was released in March 2017 a second compilation, followed in the summer of 2017. This latest release is the third in an ongoing series.

What started out as a vague idea to pull a few tracks together soon snowballed into the current multi-genre epics, fired by the enthusiasm of the artists involved. The more the perpetrator scratched at the surface of the local music scene, the more it became apparent how much excellent music there was out there.

Aside from putting some superb music out there, the aim is also to raise money for deserving charities. The nominated charity for this release will be announced closer to the release date.

A full breakdown of all the bands involved in this release can be found on our designated page.

This latest collection is the most eclectic yet which perfectly encapsulates the vibrant and far-reaching nature of the Cambridge scene

Two sample tracks from the album:

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The album releases on August 31st

Previous releases in the series


NEW SCREAMING LOVE COLLECTIVE ALBUM – IMOLA – DROPS ON 7th SEPTEMBER

Ever busy Screaming Love Collective head honcho Bryn Thorburn has put together a new 13 track album psychedelic punk rock groove sensation. Building on the excellent run of albums this new release carries on the rich form with hypnotic dance based electronica with a gritty edge. More details next week

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GIG GUIDE

Forthcoming gigs featuring our artists:

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
26th August – Four Candles and Sam Smith play The Station Hotel, Ashton Under Lyne
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
6th October – Toska Wilde plays Saks Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13 Showcase
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
1st December – Toska Wilde plays Saks Southend on Sea as part of Cult 13 Showcase
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 #10 – Umbrella Assassins, Moff Skellington and Positronik

Hello and welcome to the German Shepherd Newsletter for releases on August 3rd

This week-

  • Haverhill purveyors of Shed Punk – Umbrella Assassins – join German Shepherd
  • Positronik deliver their pop stylings with a Summer EP
  • Moff Skellington is back with the first of two new EPs
  • Gig News
  • What’s in the pipeline

UMBRELLA ASSASSINS JOIN GERMAN SHEPHERD

Haverhill based and self-styled Shed Punk trio Umbrella Assassins have moved from the confines of their usual recording set-up in The Shed to a fully fledged studio for the release of a new three track EP “Live at The Crunch” in late August.

As long admirers of this band, who already have a massive back catalogue of 24 releases via Bandcamp  we were extremely pleased when they agreed to join us on the label.

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Recorded at new studio “The Crunch” in Norwich, the band – Steve guitar/vocals, Bunge bass,vocals, and Garry – Drums –   have delivered some of their best material to date. Recorded by Mr Jason in a location which was an Operations Control Centre during the Battle Of Britain. and built in 1939, they played live onto 7 tracks of a vintage 8 track reel to reel tape machine, using vintage mics, vintage drums, and 70s little 5 watt WEM guitar amp to create a gutsy earthy sound. Look out for more news on the band who play PIM JAM Festival Haverhill on 28th July and Rugfest Haverhill on 25th August, in the near future.

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POSITRONIK POP PICKS FOR SUMMER

Greater Manchester’s finest purveyors of electro-pop, Positronik,  return with a four-track EP “Summer” featuring two new tracks, and two reworkings of classic material from their first album. Featuring Nathalie Haley – Vocals , Monty – bass and Captain Black on guitar and keyboards, the trio’s powerful pop is perfect for those long hot summer nights bringing back memories of classic chart hits from the 60s onwards. This is a digital only release which comes out on August 3rd via Bandcamp, Spotify, I Tunes, Google, Amazon and lots more platforms.

Here is a sneak preview of lead track “Caged Bird”

FACEBOOK – @positronikband

MOFF AND UNCLE ROY

The ever-prolific Moff Skellington is back with a new six-track EP which looks at the life of the mysterious Uncle Roy and his Utopian Vision. Uncle Roys is a shadowy figure from Moff’s childhood who was partially inspired by the work of legendary science fiction writer James P Blaylock. In the first of two EPs with the same title, Moff delivers his usual unique and thought-provoking music examining the nether regions of life at the edge of your imagination. Moff’s music is described as Eddodi which is best explained as a form of music which has no boundaries and is not constrained by what has gone before or indeed may happen in the future. If you have not heard Moff before the best comparison we can is that of a surreal version of Ivor Culter who has been infested by post-punk.

The second volume Uncle Roy’s Utopian Vision will follow in September

FORTHCOMING GIGS

Here is our latest gig list

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
17th August – The Junta and Special Friends Live At The Peer Hat, Manchester – album launch
25th August – The Mind Sweepers play the Carlisle Fringe Festival
25th August – Umbrella Assassins play Rugfest, Haverhill
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

IN THE PIPELINE – WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THE RELEASE SCHEDULE

The release schedule is hotting up as summer moves into autumn with the following in the pipeline

10/08/2018 The Junta – Network : brand new album – check out the launch gig at The Peer Hat in the list above
10/08/2018 Loop -Aznavour – Requiem for a mouse : a new single
17/08/2018 Toska Wilde – Oscar In Earnest : a new EP
17/08/2018 Poppycock- Iggy Pop/Magic Mothers ; the long awaited second single and a taster for next years debut album
24/08/2018 Four Candles – Chastity BeltDipping A Toe -: the third pairing from the Spiritual Rapture album
24/08/2018 Inferior Complex – Reflections : a new EP
31/08/2018 Umbrella Assassins – Live at the Crunch : see above
31/08/2018 Various Artists Cambridge Calling Vol 3 : a new compilation from Dave Hammond – this will be a Bandcamp only release
07/09/2018 The Screaming Love Collective – Imola : a new album
14/09/2018 The Strays – new EP
21/09/2018 Moff Skellington – Uncle Roys Utopian Vision #2 : the second volume!