Beverley Kills will have the track Sticks & Stones included on Volume Two of Cambridge Calling, the album follows on from the March 2017 release of a first volume and German Shepherd Records have announced that the second volume will be released on October 20th. The nominated charity for this release is Cambridgeshire Alliance For Independent Living. This is a Disabled People’s User Led Organisation which is run by people with disabilities for people with disabilities, their families and their carers who live in Cambridgeshire. Details of all the artists appearing on this volume can be viewed here, the album boasts the same genre busting mix as Volume 1 with something for pretty much everyone. The German Shepherd Records website can be found here and Beverley Kills Facebook page is here
Friday the 13th sees the release of the Sjhake! EP by The Scissors, Cambridge’s self styled purveyors of swirling keyboard fuelled psychpop with horror show freak beat guitars and new wave post punk bass lines. The EP is being released via German Shepherd Records and Sjhake will be available digitally via Bandcamp, Spotify, Amazon and iTunes.
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Wine And Wallop, Manchester, UK1st July 2017
By AJ Phink
There’s a trend amongst a fair few artists to strip things down and get back to basics, since writing for The Punk Site I’ve encountered a number of artists better known for their plugged in performances, including TV Smith and Louise Distras, perform acoustic shows, and now it seems this that a number of Manchester artists are following this trend, whether it’s by choice or enforced by circumstances. Sam Smith has made the decision that this is the direction he will take from now on, whilst Ben Corry is performing an acoustic set as The Madding Crowd are on a hiatus from live performances whist they seek out a new drummer and Andy Adams has always followed this path, regardless of the reason this line up has been enough to ensure that tonight’s show at the Wine and Wallop is completely sold out.
2.4German Shepherd Records
By AJ Phink
German Shepherd Records, along with Cambridge 105FM, will release a compilation featuring some of the finest new music from that city. Cambridge Calling Vol. 1 features Trick Bird, All We Earthlings, Broadway Danny Rose, I Strip For Couples, Black Buttercups, The Seven Twenty, Garuda, The Motor Tapes, Keltrix, 3 Screaming Popes, Bouquet Of Dead Crows, Eil Marchini, Datum Plane, Pete Newman Clarinet Project, Lizard Brain, The Scissors, Model Village, Umbrella Assassins and Gavin Chappell Bates. All proceeds from the album will go to support the Arthur Rank Hospice In Cambridge, the compilation will be released digitally on 17th March via Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other well known digital outlets.
Full details of Cambridge Calling Vol. 1 can be found here
Basically Johnny MopedGerman Shepherd Records
By AJ Phink
This is the first release of 2017 from Manchester based independent label German Shepherd Records, Basically Johnny Moped is the new single from the Hamsters with the bands live favourite occupying the A-Side, coupled with the anarchic punk sea shanty, Freudian Ships. This is the long lost Hamsters single that was recorded and ready for release back in January 2015, it was scheduled for release as a double A-Sided vinyl single before label funding issues meant that the recording never saw the light of day, thankfully German Shepherd Records launched a rescue mission so at last it may be heard, and as a result it has finally surfaced today, the 6th January 2017
Basically Johnny Moped occupies the A-Side and it’s a track that celebrates the legendary outsider punk band, appropriately enough this is a single that is delivered in the experimental style of the some of the more eccentric outfits that the UK punk scene spawned four decades ago. The single weaves a condensed tale of the rise and fall of one punks largely forgotten bands, and it name checks a lot of their contemporaries and people who were involved in the band. It’s an entertaining and eccentric salute to a band that trod their own path, and it’s one that’s delivered in a style that’s a cross between the pub rock and early punk bands of the 1970’s. Freudian Ships occupies the AA-Side, this is a departure from the A-Side, it’s a deranged sea shanty concerning a hapless bunch of mutineers who end up adrift in both a physical and moral sense, it’s delivered in the same shambolic style as Basically Johnny Moped but as I’ve indicated it has more than a whiff of piracy and the high seas about it.
German Shepherd Records have a varied and unpredictable roster of bands and the Hamsters could not have found a better home for the release of this almost lost single. The Hamsters channel elements of the original punk attitude with a post punk style, as befits a band who were originally around in the late 1970’s, that is all delivered with a gruff eccentric approach that is not without it’s charms. If you have a love for the more experimental side of the UK punk and post punk scenes then Basically Johnny Moped would be a single that will make a fine addition to your collection. Basically Johnny Moped is now available for download via German Shepherd Records.
The German Shepherd Records Bandcamp can be found here
The Hamsters Facebook page can be located here
Adult LooniesGerman Shepherd Records
By AJ Phink
Staggs is Michael Scott and Paul Ridley, the duo used to be core members in the Newcastle, UK anarcho punk band Reality Control back in the 1980s. Their recent releases have been characterised by a more electronic sound, but they appear to have gone back to their roots for the Adult Loonies EP. The title of the EP relates to their debut release, Weird Kids EP, so this may indicate that the band have matured, at least physically, whilst simultaneously imitating and revisiting their past.
The lead track, Gone For A Burton, features a cross between new wave, anarcho and punk styles, and it’s certainly as catchy as anything, vocally it’s reminiscent of a demented delivery by Howard Devoto, the original Buzzcocks vocalist and front man of Magazine. Musically it’s pure late 70’s punk and early 80’s early new wave, but that’s not the end of the story, the track features vocal samples and knowing references to moments of pop culture, and I found that every time I played this track it grew on me, the infectious and subtle charms of this track are not to be underestimated. It’s A Larf picks up where the first track left off, but in a slightly more strident manner, it alternates between a weirdly snarled verse and an upbeat post punk chorus that carries more menace and strangeness that its predecessor.
The Adult Loonies EP features two brand new tracks that are performed, with their tongues firmly in the cheeks, in the punk style of their youth, if you are a fan of old school punk rock and new wave then this really should be on your Xmas list. Gone For A Burton is easily the stronger of the two tracks, It’s A Larf comes across as the B Side of this release, but both tracks feature a combination of punk rock attitude, new wave rhythm and post punk stylings that I find oddly appealing. On the basis of the two tracks on the Adult Loonies EP I hope that Staggs make further efforts to recreate their past glories.
The Adult Loonies EP can be streamed and purchased here
Malawi is a 17 track album released by German Shepherd Records to send vital funds to the people of Malawi. Malawi is in a state of emergency and facing its worst food crisis in many years. Parents are unable to feed their children and millions are going hungry. A horrible combination of floods and drought throughout Southern Africa has devastated crops, leaving many families on the brink of starvation. It’s only set to get worse over the coming months. During this time of crisis a daily meal is a vital lifeline for vulnerable children in desperate need of nourishment. £12.20 is all it costs for the charity Mary’s Meals to feed a child for a whole school year. German Shepherd Records are asking you to donate a minimum of £3 for this album, which will include music they have previously released as well as brand new tracks, all profits will be sent via Mary’s Meals to Malawi.
You can stream and download the album here