Yorkshire RatsNorthern Ruff Records
By AJ Phink
The Yorkshire Rats Formed, somewhat unsurprisingly, in Yorkshire in 2004, the band is the brainchild of former Billy No Mates and Abrasive Wheels’ musician Don Mercy who was inspired by the roots driven punk of American groups like Social Distortion and Lucero, as well as the attitude of artists from the old school such as Stiff Little Fingers and The Ramones. The band has quickly built up an army of dedicated fans attracted to their fine blend of SoCal punk rock and 80s UK influences, and this latest release indicates that this is something that isn’t going to change anytime soon.
Opening track Alone Together hits you between the eyes with as finer two and half minutes as you’re going to experience this year, carrying the energy of Pennywise and the attitude of Social Distortion, which is all filtered through some fine Yorkshire grit. But this self titled EP isn’t a case of a powerful lead single padded out with filler, Where Do I Sign and No Way Out come close to being the equal of the initial punk blast, with both tracks carrying different elements of the Yorkshire Rats sound, and the EP closes with the slower burning Better Days Will Come.
This is a close to a perfect EP as punk rock as you’re gonna get, this is easily the finest release to date from the Yorkshire Rats, everything that you could want is encapsulated across the EP’s four tracks, from the hard hitting opener, that sits amongst my favourite songs from 2017, to the hopeful and more soulful closing number, borders on perfection. This self titled EP will be amongst my favourite releases of this year, and in a year that has contained it’s fair share of bad news and disappointments this is exactly the kind of release that we need to keep us going.
Yorkshire Rats released their self titled EP on Friday 16th June via Northern Ruff Records
The Yorkshire Rats EP can be ordered here
UK punk rock act Yorkshire Rats have announced that their self-titled EP will be released today, June 16th 2017, through Northern Ruff Records and the EP is now available from the band’s official website. Inspired by the roots driven punk of American groups like Social Distortion and Lucero as well as faster artists from the old-school like Stiff Little Fingers and Ramones, Yorkshire Rats have finely tuned their musical output for their new EP.
You can order the Yorkshire Rats EP here
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Audible Joes, a punk band from Cork, Ireland, do not sound like your typical Irish punk band, they have swapped out bagpipes for gritty guitars and heavily melodic hooks, the Emerald Isle quartet have now released a music video for their new single, Speaker Submission. The track is taken from their forthcoming sophomore full-length, Irrational Anthems, an album full of blistering and abrasive tracks that will be released on July 14th and will be available via all major digital retailers and streaming services.
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The Professionals brand new album, What In The World, is now available for pre-order via Pledge Music. The album boasts ten new tracks and in addition to the core group of Paul Cook, Paul Myers and Tom Spencer it features a host of guests including Marco Pironni (Adam And The Ants), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Duff McKagan (Guns ‘N Roses), Mick Jones (The Clash) and of course Steve Jones. The album is due out on October 27th with the band playing an album launch show in London at The Garage on October 28th.
You can pre-order What In The World via Pledge Music here
Philadelphia’s Caracara have just released the music video for their single, Glacier, which is taken from their forthcoming full length record, that will be released later this year. Their debut album promises a shifting of styles and symbols, alternating from shimmering indie to whispers of neo-folk before relishing in the cathartic push of post-rock. This fluidity introduces a band with no point of origin, built from the mysterious clamour of noise as much as they are inspired by it.
Glacier can be streamed and purchased here
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UK punk rock act Yorkshire Rats have announced their self titled EP will be released on Friday 16th June via Northern Ruff Records, the EP is now available for pre-order from the band’s official website, all pre-orders will get an A3 print, a random gift from the band and the download of the EP on release date. To celebrate the news Yorkshire Rats have released a brand new music video for Alone Together, the first single to be taken from the forthcoming EP, it’s a rapid fire track that channels the harder edge of their songwriting.
You can pre-order the Yorkshire Rats EP here
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The Love Zombies will be back in the UK this June to play Camden Rocks and Download Festival, whilst they are in the UK they will be recording a live studio album and they are inviting fans to to be part of it. The album will be recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and a few of their closest fans can be in the studio audience and be on the record for a once in a lifetime opportunity. On June 2nd the Love Zombies will go into Abbey Road Studios and it is also be the day their debut album, Passionfruit, is released worldwide. If you can’t make it to Abbey Road Studios you can pledge for the download or vinyl of the new album
You can you can read more about the campaign, and pledge for No Slow Songs, here
Worcester based punk-rock quartet, Fights And Fires, are heading in to the Summer with a new album, Live Life Like A Tourist, set for release on July 14th through Lockjaw Records. The new album features eight tracks of melodic hardcore infused punk-rock, inspired by the members of the band finding happiness in their personal lives, rekindling a love for life and a passion for their music. As such, an underlying message of positivity runs throughout all eight tracks on the record.
You can stream the track Blanquettes Avenue here
Live Life Like A Tourist can be pre-ordered on vinyl here
88 Fingers Louie are back with a new album, Thank You For Being a Friend, their first in 19 years, the Chicago based punks will be releasing the new LP via Bird Attack Records on Friday June 30th 2017 on vinyl, CD and digital formats. A lot has changed since 88 Fingers Louie last released an LP, shortly after the release of a split EP in 1999 the band called it quits due to differences in vision for the band’s future. Its previous members went on to form and join almost a dozen new bands in the wake of their demise (Rise Against, The Story So Far, Paper Mice, Alkaline Trio and many more), theirs is a story with many stops, starts, ups and downs, but what’s most important is that they are back with a new LP.
You can view the video for Advice Column, and the bands European tour dates, below Read More…
Vancouver’s Gnash Rambler released their debut album on the 31st March. The self titled debut album contains their unique brand of hooky punk rock and metal tinged power pop. Gnash Rambler‘s debut album is available via Bandcamp and also from all the main digital streaming services and retailers.
Gnash Rambler‘s debut album can be pre-ordered here
You can view the lyric video for the track I’m Het that is taken from the album below Read More…
Last year The Bouncing Souls released their tenth full length, Simplicity, on Rise Records, and the New Jersey punk rock legends show no signs of slowing down. The band have now released a music video for the track, Satellite, that coincides with the announcement of Stoked For The Summer 2, the second year of the band’s curated hometown show extravaganza at the Stone Pony Summer Stage which is sure to be a night to remember with The Bouncing Souls recruiting their friends Lucero, The Menzingers, Mickey Rickshaw and Timeshares.
You can view the video for Simplicity, and The Bouncing Souls tour dates, below Read More…
New Jersey punks The Scandals have released their new EP, Lucky Seven, via Panic State Records and Say-10 Records and the band have also released a full stream of the EP. The Lucky Seven EP was produced by Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem, The Scandals frontman Jared Hart also plays in Brian Fallon‘s other project The Crowes.
You can stream the Lucky 7 EP here
The Black Bullets, described as “no holds barred, uncompromising, larger than life, hydrogen toxic gypsy punk n rollers”, are five bastard children from hell, locked together to produce the filthiest rock ‘n roll to penetrate human ears. In a world festooned with glossed up half baked celebrities and pretenders The Black Bullets are the real deal, the band have now released a new single, Mockingbird, ahead of the band bringing their party to Europe.
The Black Bullets Facebook page can be found here
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Cumbrian punks COLT 45 have released the first in a series of singles club releases, that will see six singles being released over the course of the next 12 months, with the first, Hard Times, being released today, the 28th April 2017, via Bandcamp. The singles are released digitally with a ltd edition CD available at all upcoming UK tour dates with Welsh alt rock band Straight Lines.
Hard Times can be ordered via Colt 45‘s Bandcamp here
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SplitLa Escalera Records
By AJ Phink
I always love getting a split single as it provides the chance to hear what are usually two or more bands I haven’t previously been acquainted with, on this release we have Colorado’s Black Dots and California’s Gentlemen Prefer Blood who will be releasing a new four song split single, which is scheduled to be released tomorrow, the 28th April 2017 through La Escalera Records. The split features two new songs from each band, as well as what is becoming something of a tradition on split releases where both bands cover one of each other’s songs.
The Black Dots kick off this split EP with their original contribution, Bittersweet Though Mostly Bitter, this is a fine slab of upbeat punk rock that is followed by Diets For The Dying, their cover of the Gentlemen Prefer Blood track that continues the promising start made by the opening track. Gentlemen Prefer Blood immediately return the favour by covering the Black Dots track Everybody’s Got One, this side of the split has a harder more frantic edge and Gentlemen Prefer Blood provide the split’s finest moment with their new offering, Stretch Remedy.
Split singles are often a tale of two halves, and this latest offering from La Escalera Records is no exception, Black Dots provided a fine two tracks of rousing punk rock on the a-side, but for me it’s the flip side with Gentlemen Prefer Blood‘s contribution that has edged it for me on this release, but it must said that it was a close run thing. This is a damn fine introduction to two new, at least to me, bands, and as this release is also available on two stunning splatter vinyl variants you should already be clicking on the links below.
The Black Dots and Gentlemen Prefer Blood split can be ordered and streamed digitally here
Physical formats of the split and merch bundles can be ordered via La Escalera Records here
Point Of View‘s 2013’s Burner EP showcased the band’s impressive ability to combine unconventional and lasting song-structures with extremely memorable vocal melodies, heartfelt lyrics, and tight-knit musicianship that left fans clawing more material, now they will answer that call with the release of the Vultures EP on May 12th via Creator-Destructor Records.
The Vultures EP can be pre-ordered via Creator-Destructor Records here
You can stream the track Wolves from the forthcoming Vultures EP here
After the success of their debut release, I’ll Be Waiting, Hello Casanova have worked tirelessly to craft a dynamic, energetic and passionate five track EP, the forthcoming I Am… EP blends together the stylings of pop and punk rock and showcases why they are fast becoming one of the most talked about bands in Ireland. Ahead of the release Hello Casanova have issued the first single from the EP, I Don’t Want To Talk, as a free download.
You can download I Don’t Want To Talk for free here
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Manchester’s Proletariat have released their debut single, Mr. Brown, and the track is now available via Spotify, the band have also released a video for the single. The track is taken from the forthcoming Always The Same EP that will be released on May 5th on Spotify and iTunes, and will feature four tracks.
The Proletariat‘s Facebook presence can be found here
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Cumbrian punks COLT 45 have announced they will release the first in a series of singles club releases with six singles being released over the course of the next year, with the first, Hard Time, being released on 24th April 2017 via Bandcamp. The singles will be released as digital downloads with a limited edition CD available at all upcoming UK tour dates with Welsh alt rock band Straight Lines. To celebrate the news, the band have today revealed a brand new DIY video for Hard Times which was shot in their home town of Workington and their rehearsal space.
You can view the video for Hard Times, and Colt 45‘s tour dates, below Read More…
1994 World Series ChampionsDestiny Records / Stomp Records
By AJ Phink
The Isotopes are more of a loose collective rather than a band, since their inception over forty members have come and gone through the ranks, including members of some of Canada’s finest such as The Real McKenzies, Exploding Fuck Dolls, Vibrators, DOA, Nervous Talk and Dee Cracks. The Isotopes have now released their sophomore album, 1994 World Series Champions, today, the 14th April 2017, via Destiny Records in Europe and Stomp Records in North America, their latest full length follows on from their impressive debut, 2015’s Nuclear Strikezone.
I’ll put my cards on the table before I get started, my knowledge of baseball is all gained from one episode The Simpsons, so to say the baseball references in this album are lost on me would be an understatement, but it does at least mean that I know the origin of the band’s name. Fortunately I do know an album of charged full tilt punk rock when I hear it, and that’s exactly what this is, from the opening short sharp shock of What We Do Ain’t Secret through to the superb closing track, Sandlot Party, this is ten tracks of Ramones influenced punk rock played exactly as it oughta be.
If you’re a fan of the likes of Teenage Bottlerocket, The Methadones and Masked Intruder, as well as the aforementioned Ramones, then this is an album that you will need in your life, unlike many sports albums or songs that are affiliated to one team this is more an album of punk rock that happens to have a baseball theme running through it. Whether you love baseball is incidental as this is ten tracks, that are delivered in around twenty minutes, of kick ass punk rock. Whilst reworking the Ramones trademark sound isn’t a new concept, if you’re going to do something you might as well do it well, and this is an album that is perfectly pitched, I knew I’d manage to get a baseball reference in there somewhere.
The Isotopes have released their short, sharp new album, 1994 World Series Champions, the Canadian baseball-punks new full length is released via Destiny Records in Europe and Stomp Records in North America. 1994 World Series Champions is ten crushing baseball punk anthems that showcase the Isotopes’ vast baseball acumen and sharp clubhouse wit.
1994 World Series Champions can streamed via Spotify here
The video for the track Legend Of George Brett can be viewed below Read More…
Inviting LightRise Records
By AJ Phink
Canada’s The Flatliners have released Inviting Light, their sixth studio LP, via Rise Records, there’s been a long four year gap since their last full length, Division Of Spoils, which was a collection of rarities and non album tracks, you have to go back to 2013’s Dead Language for their last album of new material. A hiatus of that length between new recordings often signifies a band changing or evolving their style, and Inviting Light is no exception as the new album and record label has signified a shift in their approach.
Inviting Light opens with the sinister chords of Mammals before the drum beat kicks in and you know that The Flatliners are back to what they do best, delivering heady melodic punk rock, ten of the twelve tracks deliver exactly that, accomplished melody driven punk rock, but that’s not the end of the story, amongst the pounding anthemic tracks their are quieter moments, includuing Unconditional Love, a track that brings things down with an intense slow burn and Chameleon Skin, the albums mellowest moment that introduces a laid back acoustic element to Inviting Light .
Inviting Light shows a new side to The Flatliners, this is a slightly more easy going and melodic album than the recordings I’ve previously encountered, whilst it still carries the same impact as their earlier material this is a more mature sounding release that suggests The Flatliners are still evolving and haven’t settled into a comfortable rut. Inviting Light is an album that will satisfy their establish fanbase, but it is also one that I feel will broaden their appeal as this is a more polished and refined sounding release that leans more towards the rock element of their punk rock.
The Flatliners recently completed an extensive US tour with Weezer and the band is now gearing up for a European tour with The Menzingers followed by a pair of South American shows, as well as a series of dates across their native Canada and a number of festival appearances this summer, meaning that pretty much everyone will have the chance to catch them live over the course of Spring and Summer.
You can order Inviting Light here
Turbulent HeartsHeadcheck Records
By AJ Phink
Los Angeles trio Turbulent Hearts, that consists of Suzy Moon, formerly of Civet, on guitar and vocals, along with new partners in crime, Mark Johnson, bass, and Jay Skowronek on drums, have been building an impressive reputation in the US through a steady stream of self released EP’s and incendiary live shows. The band released their self titled debut full length earlier this month via Headcheck Records, the album is a compilation of their three self released DIY EP’s, Panic, Rage and Crazy Girl, that were released over a twelve month period between the summers of 2015 and 2016.
Panic kicks things off in fine style with a frantic full tilt blast of punk rock, whilst this is a theme that permeates the album it’s clear that Turbulent Hearts are no one trick pony. They crash through differing styles over the course of this fifteen track debut, all the while maintaining an impressive punk rock attitude, tracks such as On My Own and Not That Kind Of Girl channel old school UK punk rock, whilst Cryin’ and Another Thing Coming possess the snotty attitude of the original New York punk bands. But it’s not all punk rock fury, Never Getting Over You, Fallen In Luv and Notice Me have the feel of classic rock n’ roll numbers that are delivered with a hefty dose of attitude and distortion, there’s the sleazy blues grind of Redwood Nights and they even briefly unplug on the tortured number The Rage.
Turbulent Hearts have all the elements that made Suzy Moon‘s previous band, Civet, such a force to be reckoned with, but they have taken Civet‘s venom and blended it with a diversity of styles that makes Turbulent Hearts debut album an unpredictable beast. At it’s heart this is an album of intense punk rock fury, but it also channels punk’s varied history and brings in other styles and influences to ensure that this isn’t an album that ever falls into the trap of being repetitive. Turbulent Hearts will be on tour in the UK later this year, including an appearance at the Rebellion Festival, and on the basis of this album I’ll be doing my best to make sure I catch them live, as this collection of their DIY recordings to date suggests that Turbulent Hearts are a band to watch closely.
You can purchase Turbulent Hearts debut album via Headcheck Records here
The Manchester Punk Festival is almost upon us, the event takes place between 20th and 22nd April across a number of venues in Manchester, UK’s City Centre. This is the final volume of the compilations that precede this years festival. The Manchester Punk Festival Volume 14 features Throwing Stuff, After The Fall, Martha, Dirty Twisters, Clowns, Jakal, Inner Terrestrials, Riggots, Fair Do’s, BONO!, Foetal Juice, Kollapse, Wadeye, Billy Liar, The Kirkz, Doe, The Burnt Tapes, Helen Chambers and Matlida’s Scoundrels. The previous 13 volumes of the Manchester Punk Festival compilations, that cover the 2015 to 2017 line ups, are also still available as name your price downloads.
The final 200 tickets for the Manchester Punk Festival are on sale here
You can download Manchester Punk Festival Volume 14 as a name your price download here
Welsh rock ‘n rollers Nicotine Pretty recently released their impressive debut single, Who’s Gonna Save My Soul?, as a free download in conjunction with Glunk Records, who are planning a physical release later this year. The band have now announced their first tour dates in support of the single, including an appearance at Some Weird Sin, with more dates to be announced.
Toronto Canada’s The Flatliners are releasing Inviting Light, their sixth studio LP, today via Rise Records. With their US tour with Weezer drawing to a close the band is now gearing up for a European tour with The Menzingers followed by a pair of South American shows with the likes of Rise Against, Pennywise and more. The Flatliners are also confirmed for a series of festivals this summer including Pouzza Fest, Bledfest and It’s Not Dead.
You can order Inviting Light here
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Academy 2, Manchester, UK25th March 2017
By AJ Phink
Spring has finally arrived in Manchester and as the more then welcome, and long overdue, sunshine arrives a patch of darkness descends upon Manchester in the shape of Creeper, tonight is the first date of their European tour that is in support of their debut album, Eternity, In Your Arms, that was released via Roadrunner Records just prior to the tour. Accompanying Creeper on the UK leg of their tour is an impressive bill of support acts in the shape of Milk Teeth, Energy and Puppy, tonight the Academy 2 is completely sold out, the crowd is noisy and vibrant and the turn out for the support acts, and the variety of t shirts on display, indicates that each band has bought along its own noisy and dedicated following.
Fresh from signing to Spinefarm Records, London based trio Puppy occupy the early slot on the tour, they open proceedings with some doom laden tones that for me channel the spirit of the early recordings by Black Sabbath combined with kind of the pop hooks that the likes of Weezer deliver. Whilst the singers unique vocal style seemed to divide opinion amongst those around me, and their style may seem slightly at odds with the rest of tonight’s bill, their short set of poppy proto metal seems to warm the crowd up nicely and they appear to go down well with the majority of the sizeable crowd who have already made it into town for the early start to tonight’s show.
The crowd at tonight’s show is distinctly youthful, something I will always take as a positive sign for the health of the UK’s punk scene, and the venue is almost packed to capacity by the time Boston’s Energy take to the stage for their debut appearance in the UK. They open with a slow burning instrumental that builds in intensity before their set kicks off in earnest, Energy are a band that certainly live up to their name, they deliver a welcome blast of melodic hardcore, that is a distinct contrast to Puppy‘s opening set, that brings a frantic hard edged shot of adrenalin and punk rock to tonight’s show. Energy‘s set carries a distinct horror punk undercurrent, especially with their most recent single, The Witching Hour, that is of course included in their all too short appearance tonight. Their set of hard edged punk hits the spot nicely and saw the first, but not the last, chaotic moshpit of the night and towards the climax of their set there was an enthusiastic outbreak of crowdsurfing. This is Energy‘s first visit to the UK, their powerful and impressive set of punk rock has undoubtedly won them a new set of converts on this side of the Atlantic, myself included amongst that number.
Milk Teeth continue the full tilt assault with a set of fuzzed up punk rock that adds another dimension to tonight’s bill. Their sound reminds of bands such as Verruca Salt, L7, The Muffs and Babes In Toyland, but for me it’s delivered with a sharper cutting edge, and of course a punkier sensibility. The intensity of their set builds up and delivers some pummelling punk rock that is of course exactly what the crowd wanted. This is Milk Teeth‘s first show of the year, and they’ve certainly hit the ground running as by the third song in their set the mosh pit is back in business and crowd surfers are keeping the security staff busy. Milk Teeth;s sound combines elements of grunge, alternative and of course good old fashioned punk rock to stunning effect, their all too brief set, that is largely culled from their superb 2016 album, Vile Child, produces a series of anthemic numbers that, like Energy‘s impressive set before them, has left me wanting to hear a lot more by both of tonight’s main support acts.
Following the superb set from Milk Teeth there is a lengthy gap Before Creeper make their eagerly awaited appearance, largely because the stage has undergone a transformation into what can only be described as Vegas Halloween chic, complete with illuminated neon tombstones. I last encountered Creeper supporting The Misfits in the academy basement in 2015, they’ve come a long way since I last saw them as their following seems to have grown considerably over the last few years, as their appearance draws nearer the venue sees a distinctly more gothic contingent added to the crowd in the already packed Academy 2. The lights drop and an raucous chant rings out, then the tombstones illuminate and then their set kicks in with their emotive horror tinged punk rock. This is a different band to the one I saw supporting New Jerseys finest, everything has changed and you get the distinct feeling that Creeper are destined for bigger things. Creeper channel rock, horror punk and emo influences to crowd pleasing effect, they have developed a loyal and energetic following and they play a set of the kind of material My Chemcial Romance used to deliver so well in their heyday.
Creeper play their set to the energetic and sweaty crowd that seem to know every word and chord throughout the first night of this hefty European tour, even if it is on a stage that looks as though it came straight off the set of a higher budget musical remake of Plan 9 From Outer Space. The spring weather finally arriving, tonight’s good natured crowd, the Academy 2‘s unobtrusive security and it’s efficient bar staff have combined to ensure that atmosphere at tonight’s show was perfect, add the four bands that made up tonight’s line up into the mix and you can see why tonight’s show was completely sold out. For me Milk Teeth and Energy stole the show tonight with their raw edged punk rock, but I suspect that I’ll be in the minority on this one judging by the crowds delirious reaction to a triumphant set by Creeper that saw my photographer for the night, Mike Maffia, almost buried under a hail of crowd-surfers and stage-divers at the start of Creeper‘s set.
Creeper‘s official website can be found here
Puppy can be found on Facebook here
Live photography by Mike Maffia
You can click on any of Mike’s photos to view a slide show of the images
Brown BreadOne Step Outside Records
By AJ Phink
No Ta are finally calling it a day, they released their final EP, the ominously titled Brown Bread, via On Step Outside Records on the 1st April 2017, the EP is now available for download and also on seven track CD that comes in a four panel gatefold sleeve with additional goodies included. To make a suitable final statement all money raised from the download of the Brown Bread EP will be donated to the Alzheimers Society, supporting their vital work helping people with dementia and supporting their families.
Any thought’s that No Ta might be bowing out with a whimper are swiftly dispelled with the frantic opener, Headcase, from this point on it’s seven tracks of hard edged punk rock that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The highlight of the EP is the wonderfully titled Johnny Ramone Syndrome, that ends with a few instantly recognisable chords of Blitzkrieg Bop, but every track on this EP is a fine speedy number and the end result is an EP that is a definitive adrenaline fuelled full stop in the history of No Ta.
No Ta‘s final EP is a frantic blast of hardcore infused punk rock, I can’t think of a finer epitaph to one of the UK’s finest DIY punk bands than this release. Hopefully No Ta‘s members will re-emerge with new projects as this EP indicates that there was still more to come from No Ta. The band have also simultaneously released recordings of their final concert, Last Gig, and of their final rehearsal, Practice Room, forming a trilogy of releases that sadly draws a line firmly under No Ta‘s brief but colourful existence.
The Brown Bread EP, and the Last Gig and Practice Room LP’s, can be ordered here
More Information on the Alzheimers Society can be found here