Easter Saturday Meltdown

We are pleased to return to our spiritual home The Peer Hat on Saturday 11th April with another edition of Manchester Meltdown.

Commencing at 4:30pm and with advance tickets at only £8.50 we offer a stunning line up of great music. We expect this one to sell out so get your advance tickets now from HERE.

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Headlining are The Cravats.

Anyone who has had even a vague love of punk music over the last 35 years will know The Cravats or, at least, be aware of their existence. Championed by John Peel with four sessions, releases on Small Wonder and Crass; the sax-riddled, bass-laden weirdness, the humour, the love of Dada and the infamous Redditch ‘Dustbin of Sound’.

Never mainstream, never hugely popular but always utterly unique they ploughed their own musical furrow in the peripheral vision of the music biz since forming in 1977. They stopped in the mid-eighties for a cup of tea and it wasn’t until the 2006 release of ‘The Land of The Giants’ double CD compilation on Overground Records that many folk realised what they’d missed.

Co-founder The Shend and original sax-riddler Svor Naan, along with fellow Redditcharian Rampton Garstang on drums, resurrected a live version of the band in 2009 at the bequest of admirers old and new. Steve Albini’s curated ATP, the final Feeding of The 5000 Crass show, a host of European festivals including 4 years at Rebellion Festival, a Marc Riley BBC6 session and a bunch of selective UK gigs followed to much critical acclaim.

Only with the addition, of Viscount Biscuits on guitar and Joe 91 on bass they finally decided the ingredients were right for new material  and a couple of singles in 2016 and a stunning album “Dustbin of Sound”  in 2017 saw the band reaching new heights including a debut Manchester gig at The Star and Garter.

We thought it was time they came back!

Still drenched in sax, obliquely angry, raucous and sounding like no other band in existence they have remained faithful to the sound that made them unique. Eccentrically frantic on stage, odd but on the ball on record and definitely not normal, the world needs bands like The Cravats.

With a new album due and a new single out there it’s a good time to come and see this excellent band.

 

In support we have:

Unseasonal Beasts – the electronic dance punk of Simon “Ding” Archer and Ian “Moet” Moss has already been seen in full flow via a couple of EPs and a handful of gigs. With two more EPs in the pipeline the duo present an intense barrage of sounds and rhythm capped off with Moss’s trade-mark polemic and vision.

 

Andy T Band – Andy Thorley’s relentless gigging and impressive output is legendary. With precise and evocative spoken word he recounts tales of injustice and political chicanery with an eye to the truth and the pricking of bombastic bubbles. He combines exciting music with a unique and compelling vocal style.

Factory Acts – A Salford-based post-punk dark-electro duo, Factory Acts exist at the edge of the analogue-digital divide, sometimes dreaming, always dancing. Matt the bass delivers the grinding pulsating backbone, SOS’s impressive array of keyboards and stunning vocals create a sound that makes you dance,  but also makes you think.

Matthew Hopkins – the punk via folk trio of Anne, Julia and Max delivers memorable harmonies, great rhythms and catchy tunes concerning politics, the environment and injustice. Pain and joy are covered in equal measure.

Horsemeat – Horsemeat is a band. Horsemeat can be simple. Horsemeat can be tough. Horsemeat can be tender. Horsemeat can be complex and rich. Horsemeat just is. A trio featuring ex Bobbie Peru, and current member of The E-Fits, Bert Genovese. This will be their debut gig.

 

Pre-order Unseasonal Beasts EP Number Two

Marking the full gig debut of Unseasonal Beasts at Fuel Cafe Bar Manchester on 28th September we are pre-releasing a track from their second EP. Scorpion Joe, which features Dan Woolfie from Coroner For The Police, AAAK  on drums. Ding and Moet promise a spectacular sound experience at the gig with some technical wizardry being used to create a unique listening environment.

Other tracks on the EP feature Mike Kelly (The Mission) on Drums and Susan O’Shea (Factory Acts) on vocals.

You can pre-order the EP now, which will be released on 27th September on Bandcamp, and across all other digital platforms in October.

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German Shepherd Records Newsletter 49 – Unseasonal Beasts, Adventures of Salvador, Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande

Hello and welcome to the weekly newsletter from German Shepherd Records……

This week

– The first EP from Unseasonal Beasts
– Adventures of Salvador album launch and mini-tour
– Debut gig for Mark Corrin’s Elastikbande
– New video from The Screaming Love Collective
– Gigs!

THE REAL NORTHERN POWERHOUSE

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The debut EP from the partnership of Ian “Moet” Moss and Simon “Ding” Archer is released on July 4th, they call themselves Unseasonal Beasts, badged as MUSIC  FROM THE NORTHERN POWERHOUSE . The first of a series of four, the EP includes three brand new tracks of pumping electronic pop-punk/post-punk with special guest appearances from the Manchester music scenes finest – Dan Woolfie, Eoghan Clifford, Seth Leppard and Susan O’Shea. This powerful music has been constructed over several months at Ding’s legendary 6dB Studios in Salford. It follows on from the debut single from the pairing from 2014 X-Factor/Dum Dum Daze.

With subjects ranging from legendary Chilean/French film-maker Alejandro Jodorowsky(who is feted in a massive near seven minute dance epic) through the harrowing tales of migrant workers, to a discourse on the pressures of modern life, this is a powerful first statement from two legends of Manchester Music.

No gigs are planned at the moment although the duo have made one live appearance to date featuring two of the tracks from this EP

A ten minute interview with Ian Moss will be broadcast on Bob Osborne’s Aural Delights Show on Taint Radio on July 4th.

ADVENTURES OF SALVADOR ALBUM LAUNCH

The Adventures of Salvador album launch is this Friday (28th June) at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester with special guests Electric Cheese and Umbrella Assassins. CD and Vinyl editions of the album will be available on the night. The band will follow up the launch with a string of other dates:

13th July – Strummercamp Summer Party, Star and Garter, Manchester
19th July – The Blue Moon, Cambridge with The Scissors
20th July – The Dublin Castle, London with Umbrella Assassins and The Get

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MARK CORRIN’S ELASTIKBANDE DEBUTS

Mark Corrins’ Elastikbande will be playing their debut gig at the Old Abbey Taphouse, Manchester on Friday 28th June with New Zealand band Mr Sterile Assembly and Liverpool group Unstoppable Sweeties. The band will also be doing a set at the Monkeys In Love afternoon gig “50th anniversary of the moon landing” at The Klondyke Club, Levenshulme on July 28th …..this is an afternoon show between 1pm and 5pm. The band are described as “a three piece garage rock / post punk outfit featuring ex members of The Fall / Polythene, (Una Baines’) Poppycock and Rose & The Diamond Hand”. Featuring Kate on drums, Luisa on guitar / backing vocals and Mark on bass / vocals the band are about to start recording their debut album and Mark has another solo album in the pipeline.

NEW VIDEO FROM THE SCREAMING LOVE COLLECTIVE

The new Screaming Love Collective album, and the second one this year, “Do What You Love” releases on July 19th – it’s a fun packed selection of dark disco grooves moving on from the post-punk stylings of previous albums.

FORTHCOMING GIGS

2019

June

  • 26th –
    • Dominic Carlton Jones plays Cuckoo Calling (Featured Artist) Bury New Road, Prestwich
  • 28th –
  • 30th –
    • Electric Cheese play Night and Day Cafe, Manchester

July

August

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

 

2020

February

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

 

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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