Newts – Preparing for the Revolution

Newts EP 2 (Losers)

Notice; it has come to the attention of NEWTS* PLC that certain elements on this latest EP (ref’ track 1. Losers) may result in unpalatable reactions. Initially the material delineates a familiar sense of despair with the grinding continuity of showing up at a polling booth to pretend it matters, but it ends with what was, at the time of preparation, a speculative request for the continuation of resistance, and voter participation.

We can only apologize, therefore, that in light of recent events, where hope was actually shown to rise, albeit briefly, from the ashes in the UK electorate’s mouths, for the offensive reactions this might cause. As such this  final verse/ chorus has been declared as potentially too negative for sensitive ears (the elderly, infirm, the hard right).

Those affected can of course continue to enjoy the remainder of the EP containing a healthy mix of songs about New years day hangovers and murderers borrowing a drum kit (Mission Creep), Breaking someones nose repeatedly in your mind (Remains), and 19th Century American Archaeologists (Bone Wars).

Those  who already heeded the call of democracy, with the required hardy constitution can consume this product in it’s entirety. Whilst preparing for the revolution.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Yours NEWTS PLC*

*a limited liability three piece noise rock band operating in Cambridge and London (mainly Tottenham Hale)

and also a link to a video we made for it.

https://youtu.be/hOLtChVEUkM

We’re based in Cambridge and London and we’re playing

Haverhill the Bull (Cam FM breakthrough)

16th September (w Goldblume/ Kill the Crow)

Cambridge the Blue Moon

28th September (w/ Ragweed, Doyouthinkhesaurus)

Petrol Girls release ‘Fang’ music video & Festivals incoming


PETROL GIRLS release ‘Fang’ music video.

Having brought their thrillingly abrasive live show to 2000trees and Glastonbury Festivals over the past couple of weeks, Petrol Girls have revealed a music video for ‘Fang’, which documents the band’s time on the road over the past few months.

‘Fang’ is taken from Petrol Girls’ debut album ‘Talk of Violence’ which was released to critical acclaim last year. The band have been on the road ever since and are continuing a busy summer festival schedule with Rebellion, Punk Rock Holiday and Boomtown in August.

Never ones to shy away from provoking conversation and always standing vehemently against sexual violence and harassment in the music community, Petrol Girls’ current festival set includes a soundscape incorporating fans’ accounts of harassment at festivals as a pre-cursor to their track ‘Touch Me Again..’
More festival dates this summer

LIVE DATES:
AUGUST 
Fri, 4               UK, Manchester, Rebellion Festival
8-11                 Slovenia, Tolmin, Punk Rock Holiday
11-13               UK, Hampshire, Boomtown Fair
SEPT 
Sat, 2              UK, London, DIY Space for London, Loud Women Fest
Sat, 9              Germany, Stains In The Sun Festival

they’ve constructed a liberating scream against “conservative attitudes”” – CRACK

“Post-hardcore quartet kick sexism in the nuts” – Kerrang!

savage vitriol directed at capitalism, greed and ignorance.” – The Independent

“Breathtaking.” – NARC

CONNECT:
https://www.facebook.com/Petrolgirls
https://petrolgirls.bandcamp.com/

PETROL GIRLS ARE:
Ren Aldridge: vocals
Liepa Kuraitė: bass/vocals
Joe York: guitar/vocals
Zock: drums

ORDER/LISTEN:
Bandcamp: https://petrolgirls.bandcamp.com/album/phallocentric
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/phallocentric-single/id1151642724?ls=1&app=itunes
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/phallocentric-single/id1151642724?ls=1
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/0ej09vdlqnXvir07HbM3Y8

Reverend & The Makers share new single “Juliet Knows” | New album “Death of A King” out Sept 22nd

REVEREND & THE MAKERS share new single “Juliet Knows”

New album “Death of A King” out Sept 22nd on Cooking Vinyl

Photo credit: Roger Sargent

Reverend & The Makers release a new single ‘Juliet Knows’ on Friday 14th July, the single is taken from the band’s new album, ‘The Death Of A King’, released through Cooking Vinyl, on Friday 22nd September. ‘Juliet Knows’ sees the Makers and Milburn’s Joe Carnall take on lead vocal duties and is available now, along with previous single ‘Too Tough To Die,’ upon pre-ordering ‘The Death Of A King’ HERE.

Sixth studio album ‘The Death Of A King’ which was recorded at Karma Sound Studios Thailand , is the followup to the Top 20 album ‘Mirrors’, and will be available on CD, Deluxe edition CD, 12” Vinyl, limited edition 12” vinyl, cassette and digital download. The album can be pre-ordered from the band’s website and iTunes.

A video for an acoustic version of ‘Juliet Knows,’ lifted from a short film, shot in Thailand and directed by Shaun James Grant, can be seen here

McClure says of recording ‘The Death Of A King’ “As soon as we got there, the king of Thailand died. And there was a mad monsoon. Most of the town went into mourning and shut down, and all the people who worked at the studio were wearing black. There was this whole ceremony for the king, which was quite moving but it put a weird atmosphere in the air.”

The wave of love and optimism from a new generation towards Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party – whose progressive views McClure has tirelessly championed –  has found the singer fielding queries from the Al-Jazeera news-desk and appearing on Channel 4 News. Corbyn appeared on stage with Reverend and the Makers during the Labour election campaign at Wirral Live on May 20th. ‘We were playing at Tranmere with the Coral and the Libertines and I introduced him on stage and we got 20,000 people singing his name to ‘Seven Nation Army:’ “Oh, Je-re-my Cor-byn. Everywhere he went afterwards they started singing it.” Says McClure.

With five Top 20 albums already under their belts, Sheffield rock’n’roll radicals Reverend and the Makers have carved out a niche for themselves as one of the most enduring and incendiary acts on the British musical landscape.

In singer Jon ‘the Reverend’ McClure, they can boast one of the true natural frontmen of the modern era, a songwriter of intensity, vision and seemingly boundless energy, never afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve. Derided, adored, but never ignored, it is McClure, along with longtime songwriting partner Ed Cosens, who have powered the runaway freight-train of the Makers relentlessly forward. With a passion for truth, a hatred of injustice and a belief that music should have something to say, McClure has shown balls of Sheffield steel – facing down his detractors and amassing along the way a diehard ’Rev army’ who ensure that that Reverend and the Makers shows sellout the length and breadth of the country.

‘The Death Of A King’ is set to make it a full-house of all six studio albums that Reverend and the Makers have propelled into the Top 20, since 2007 debut ‘The State of Things’ reached number 5, aided by the anthemic breakthrough single ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’.The band toured the follow-up album ’A French Kiss in the Chaos’ (2009) as support act for the last ever live dates from Oasis.  ‘@Reverend Makers’ was released in 2012, ‘Thirty Two’ was unleashed in 2014 and the critically applaudedMirrorswas released in 2015.

As previously announced Reverend & The Makers  play numerous festivals during the summer before setting out on a headline tour of the Uk in October and November:

JULY

8th Guilford One Live Festival
9th Llangollen International Festival
21st Northampton Bug Jam Festival
22nd Buckinghamshire PennFest
28th Dorset Camp Bestival
29th Penrith Kendal Calling

AUGUST

6th Liverpool Hope and Glory Festival
12th Peterbourogh Green Meadows Festival

SEPTEMBER

29th Looe (Cornwall) Looe Music Festival

OCTOBER

14th Glasgow Garage
25th London Electric Ballroom
27th Sheffield Academy

NOVEMBER

4th Manchester Academy

Reverend & the Makers were originally born out of a collective of musicians. ‘The Death Of A King’ renews the original spirit of the band and sees lead vocals shared on certain songs with other band members ‘Juliet Knows’ (Joe Carnell), ‘Auld Reekie Blues’ (Eddie Cousins) and ‘Black Flowers’ (Laura McClure).

The Death of a King’ finds the band in better musical shape than ever, and cranking the mighty engine up another gear.

Reverend & The Makers are: Jon McClure, Ed Cosens, Joe Carnall , Laura McClure and Ryan Jenkinson.

http://www.reverendmakers.com/

COOKING VINYL

PENETRATION – 40th Anniversary UK tour in October/November 2017

photo credit : Rik Walton

PENETRATION

40th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR 

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

First generation punk act Penetration celebrate 40 years as a touring and recording band with an autumn UK tour. 

Having played their first London show at the legendary Roxy club in April 1977 before releasing ’Don’t Dictate’ as 

their debut single that November, the group deem 2017 to be not only their own 40th anniversary, but also that of

when punk hit the provinces.

A dozen dates in October/November will feature a set that traces the musical path taken by the band from its origins, including early demo songs, right up to 2015’s triumphant comeback album, ‘Resolution’. It will work through their repertoire in chronological order.

Here’s a live clip of ‘Don’t Dictate’ at the Electric Circus in Manchester in August 1977

The show will be road-tested with a performance at The Exchange in North Shields on 25th August, part of a two day Punk In The Provinces extravaganza during the Whitley Bay Film Festival. Full programme:

http://bit.ly/2t6uJ5W

 

Autumn tour dates:

21.10.17  LIVERPOOL O2 Academy 2

22.10.17  GLASGOW Broadcast

26.10.17  LONDON O2 Academy Islington

27.10.17  BRIGHTON Lewes Con Club

28.10.17  BRISTOL The Fleece

03.11.17  EDINBURGH Mash House

04.11.17  NEWCASTLE Cluny

09.11.17  SHEFFIELD O2 Academy 2

10.11.17  PRESTON The Continental

11.11.17  DERBY The Hairy Dog

16.11.17  BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy 3

18.11.17  STOCKTON Georgian Theatre


                  

PENETRATION

BIOGRAPHY

Penetration were formed in Ferryhill, County Durham in late 1976 at the very beginning of the punk phenomenon. 

Their bass, drums and twin guitar line-up were distinctive musical features, while singer Pauline Murray’s fearless yet vulnerable vocals fitted perfectly with their anthemic and often complex song arrangements. They signed to Virgin in 1977 and released the classic ‘Don’t Dictate’ single that autumn. Their debut album, ‘Moving Targets’, was released in 1978 to critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching no. 22 in the album chart.

Their second album, ‘Coming Up For Air’, was produced by Steve Lillywhite (in between helming the debuts of both Siouxsie & The Banshees and U2) and was recorded immediately after a long US tour. The sessions were rushed, but even so produced excellent songs such as ‘Come Into The Open’ and ‘Shout Above The Noise’ that ensured a healthy Top 40 chart placing for the finished record. However, a combination of stress and pressure from label and management proved telling factors when Murray announced onstage at Newcastle City Hall that Penetration were splitting up upon completion of their autumn 1979 UK tour to promote the album.

Murray and bassist Robert Blamire continued to write together and teamed up with Martin Hannett (Joy Division, Magazine) to record the proto dream pop single ‘Dream Sequence’ with The Invisible Girls. Released in 1980, it was swiftly followed by the Top 30 album ‘Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls’ (reissued by Factory Benelux in  2014) and a tour with John Cooper Clarke. That same year, Murray also provided guest vocals on the final album release by The Only Ones, ‘Baby’s Got A Gun’ (including the single ‘Fools’), while Blamire began an association with the highly rated Scars that resulted in him producing their acclaimed ‘Author Author!’ album.

Personal life changes and disillusion with the industry caused Murray to turn her back on music in 1982 aged 23. 

 

When she eventually started to write again it was as a fiercely independent artist. Setting up the Polestar label with Blamire, she released several singles during the latter half of the ‘80’s (including covers of songs by Alex Chilton and John Cale) and an album entitled ‘Storm Clouds’ in 1989. The following year she also set up Polestar Studios, a music rehearsal and recording facility in Newcastle.

Murray was persuaded to reform Penetration in 2000 and the group began playing live again, including a number of appearances at the annual Rebellion punk music festival. However, it was only in 2015 that they released their long awaited third album, ‘Resolution’, which was recorded via a Pledge campaign and was well received by critics and fans. It was awarded the no. 2 Album of the Year accolade by Vive Le Rock magazine, while their back catalogue was also reissued and positively reassessed in ‘The Virgin Years’ box set that autumn.

‘Resolution’ retains the essential components of Penetration, with subtle references to their previous releases sprinkled throughout. Produced by Blamire, his bass combined with the drumming of John Maher (Buzzcocks) provides a strong rhythm section, while the powerful guitar parts of Steve Wallace and Paul Harvey blend perfectly, leaving Murray’s still strong and unique voice to convey passionate yet intelligent lyrical subject matter.

A video for the song ‘Beat Goes On’ from ‘Resolution’ can be seen here:

The album artwork is designed by Vaughan Oliver. A legend in his own right via his long term association with the 4AD label, he was actually in the same class at school as Murray and Blamire.

Penetration toured ‘Resolution’ upon release and in 2016, while Murray also appeared in BBC TV programmes and on music and literary panel discussions relating to influential women in rock and the 40th Anniversary of Punk.

   

PENETRATION – ‘RESOLUTION’ REVIEW QUOTES  

“Their jangly, soulful, melodic take on punk-pop still has freshness and urgency  7/10”  UNCUT

“This is a confident and exciting high for the band  8/10”  CLASSIC ROCK

“A push and pull between vulnerability and optimism  8/10”  VIVE LE ROCK

“Punchy, purposeful and convincingly contemporary  4/5”  RECORD COLLECTOR

“Powerful, emotional, reflective, romantic. Absolutely flawless  10/10” LOUDER THAN WAR


http://penetrationband.com

SuperGlu share new video for ‘Welcome Home’

 SuperGlu share new video for ‘Welcome Home’ (Out Via Communion Singles Club)
New SuperGlu video

SuperGlu  – Welcome Home – 28th July , 2017

Communion Singles Club – Stream/Buy Here.

“A band everybody will be talking about by the end of this year” – BBC Introducing

“Bands don’t come more instantly infectious than SuperGlu” – DIY

“Punk with a pop flourish. Matching askew melodies to some wry, acerbic lyrics, the whole package is shot-through with a punk energy” – Clash

SuperGlu are a four-piece formed in Britian’s smallest town, Manningtree. But far from being beset by any small-town mentality, SuperGlu arrive with big ideas, a big sound and an anthemic pop punk banger in new single, Welcome Home, through Communion Records as part of their Singles Club.

The band consists of brothers Benjamin  and Alex Brown (guitar), Krista Lynch (bass) and Ben Ward (drums). They can be identified neatly and concisely as: a regional champion disco-dancer, a reclaimed boat dweller, an abstract painter and a proclaimed pesto addict. This is a band of incredibly close friends/relatives, a gang – think The Ramones covering Japandroids, but with even more fun.

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Having been championed by Huw Stephens, BBC Introducing and DIY Mag, the band travelled to SXSW this year and were hotly tipped as one of the ‘must see’ acts at the festival. This summer sees them take on Latitude and a number of London dates.

There is a spikiness and brat-like attitude on display, lyrics delivered with a snarl and swagger. When Brown sings “I can’t get over this feeling it’s so good” it’s not hard to see why SuperGlu are regarded as one of the UK’s best emerging live acts, with a natural gift for hooks and harmonies.

The new single follows their EP Horse and singles Dreams and Simmer Down (which was named as Huw Stephens’ BBC Introducing Pick Of The Week).

Welcome Home is the second release from Communion Records’ 2017 edition of their Singles Club.  The track will be available to stream from 9th June.  Vinyl will be available to buy from 28th July and can be pre-ordered from the Communion Records store here.

In keeping with Communion’s dedication to cutting edge visual artists, the artwork for the single was designed by illustrator Stephen Graham.

This year’s Singles Club releases are available to buy as a subscription from communionmusic.co.uk (for £20, which also includes a poster of the year’s singles, at the end of the year), as well as standalone vinyl releases, and of course on all digital platforms.

14th July – Latitude Festival
21st July – Nostock Festival , Herefordshire
27th July – The Islington, London
12th August – Leefest
13th August – Boardmasters Festival
26th August – Three Wise Monkeys, Colchester
2nd September – Bnatural Festival
3rd Sept – Communion presents at Notting Hill Arts Club, London
8th September – The Swan, Ipswich
9th September – Esquires, Bedford
13th September – Facebar, Reading
14th September – The Cellar, Oxford
17th September – The Hope, Brighton

https://www.facebook.com/supergluband/
Listen now on Spotify http://spoti.fi/2tI5BB7
Listen now on Apple Music http://bit.ly/2tN1Uss
Pre-order 7inch Vinyl (out 28th July 2017) http://bit.ly/2tI2uJj
Watch SuperGlu on Tour http://listings.ticketweb.co.uk/super…

Pussy Riot ‘Riot Days’ UK Tour, November 2017

PUSSY RIOT PERFORM RIOT DAYS UK Tour November 2017
Tickets On Sale Friday 14th July 9am →
Saturday 18th November – Bristol, The Marble Factory
Sunday 19th November – Brighton, The Haunt
Monday 20th November – Manchester, Gorilla
Tuesday 21st November – Glasgow, Oran Mor
Pussy Riot need little introduction, the Russian protest art collective have one of the most important voices of the last 10 years who’s lyrical themes include feminism, LGBT rights, and opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom the group consider to be a dictator.

Gaining global notoriety in 2012 when three of the groups members, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich were imprisoned for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” for their peformance inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, a protest directed at the Orthodox Church leaders’ support of Putin during his election campaign.

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikov were released in December 2013 (Samutsevich was freed on probation in 2012). In March 2014, Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova founded Zona Prava, an organization that defends prisoners’ rights. Alyokhina is a recipient of the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace and has also been awarded the Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought

In September 2017 Maria Alyokhina will release her memoir RIOT DAYS (Penguin Books), the accompany piece to the book is the touring play RIOT DAYS (“Revolution”) that merges punk, electronica, theater, documentary footage and protest.

RIOT DAYS (“Revolution”) will see Maria Alyokhina, Kyril Masheka – her main stage partner on “Burning Doors”, Nastya (one of the leaders of Pussy Riot of 2011-2012) and Max of the music duo AWOTT (Asian Women On The Telephone), and Olga (another Pussy Riot member), perform throughout the UK. The project is produced by Alexander Cheparukhin and directed by Yury Muravitsky – one of the leading Russian theatre directors, winner of the “Golden Mask” annual Russian theatre award.

Tickets On Sale Friday 14th July 9am →

This is the Sound of Sugar Town vol 2 – an update

Big thanks to everyone who came along to Relevant Record Cafe, Vinyl Hunter and The Hunter Club over the past 2 weeks for the two launches of This Is The Sound Of Sugar Town Volume 2! Big cheers all who played, paid or hosted us – much appreciated.

Between the two launch parties we’ve raised £703.65 from ticket sales and donations for Julian Support so far, and hopefully we’ll make quite a bit more from sales of the record. Relevant Records, Vinyl Hunter and HMV bury st edmunds have plenty in stock, but if you’re stuck out in the far-flung East Anglian wilds you can mail order/stream/download it directly from R*E*P*E*A*T from the link below. In the wise wise words of Tegan & Sara: EVERYTHING IS AWESOME. Spread the word!

 

This Is The Sound Of Sugar Town Volume 2′ is OUT NOW on R*E*P*E*A*T​ Records/Pure Deadly as a delicious 12″ vinyl album and download. Featuring thirteen more tasty treats from Bury St Edmunds Rock City (compiled by Washing Machine’s Seymour and Richard from R*E*P*E*A*T) and beautiful cover art by Kate Jackson, all profits from the compilation will be donated to East Anglian mental health charity Julian Support.

Mail order the vinyl (with immediate download) direct from R*E*P*E*A*T here:
https://repeatfanzine.bandcamp.com/…/this-is-the-sound-of-s…

Download it from iTunes or Amazon here:
https://itunes.apple.com/…/this-is-the-sound-o…/id1235706556
https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Sound-Sugar-Tow…/…/B071L96NR7/

Stream it on Spotify here:
https://open.spotify.com/album/0ZjSS2iz1A6Ktu7vbPBD8b

It’s also available Worldwide in all good record stores, including Vinyl Hunter​ and HMV bury st edmunds, and Relevant Record Cafe​ in Cambridge.

The full tracklisting is:
Sun Scream​ – She
Cathedrals & Cars​ – The Concierge
Janet Street Slaughter​ – The Sensitive Side Of Bill Sykes
The Wilsons​ – If It Wasn’t So Soon
The Cuts​ – Hometown
Gaffa Tape Sandy– L’Appel du Vide
Bracken​ – Slaves Pt. II
Horse Party​ – Looking For Life
Suburban Minds​ – Sunbreak
The Virtues – Moonman
Jack Rundell – Wicked Words
SIAH​ – Susie Smokes
Tundra​ – Vacation (Cheer Up Chuck)

HUGE thanks to Seymour for all his hard work and inspiration to make this idea a reality not once but twice; also to Richard R*E*P*E*A*T, Kate Jackson, Phil Rose, Sam Marsh and everyone who helped to make the album possible! We at Washing Machine are very very proud to have been involved.

Now BUY IT.

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Pix from the gigs here

Vinyl Hunter and The Hunter Club https://www.flickr.com/photos/roseyrepeat/albums/72157682866851114
Relevant Records https://www.flickr.com/photos/roseyrepeat/albums/72157682853895672

F.O.X, Amethysts, Bessie Turner & more for last Washing Machine of the summer!

The last Washing Machine night of the summer is on Saturday 29th July at The Hunter Club Bury St Edmunds, and we’ve got a rather exciting line-up:
Headlining are Colchester’s F.O.X, who’ve just finished a European stadium tour supporting fellow Essex electro-superstars Depeche Mode (DM’s singer Dave Gahan is a big fan and personally invited them to tour), which saw them playing to literally hundreds of thousands of people.
Supporting we’ve got Sudbury two-piece AMETHYSTS, whose recent single ‘Purple Blood’ has received a lot of attention, and seen them invited to play Secret Garden Party and a special BBC Introducing event at Snape Maltings; we’re also very excited to welcome Manningtree’s BESSIE TURNER, whose debut single ‘Big Sleep’ (released in May on SuperGlu drummer Ben Ward’s new Don’t Try label) was immediately championed by BBC Radio One’s Huw Stephens, resulting in her being invited to play at Latitude Festival by the BBC.  Also on the line-up is BLOOD TALK, the new project from Bury-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Barny Cutter.
Here are full details of the gig!
Saturday 29th July 2017
The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
F.O.X, AMETHYSTS, BESSIE TURNER, BLOOD TALK and CANCEROUS NORMALITIES
6-11pm, 14+ (under-14s welcome with parent/carer)
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“It feels like you’ve been invited to the great disco on the Sun, and you shall dance on the stars until the grand supernova ends us all.” – 1Q Music

 
“Sweeping, massive electro-pop” – Supajam
 
F.O.X are an electro-synth-pop trio based in Essex. Formed in 2013, they released their debut album ‘Chimera’ and spent time touring across the USA with The Deer Tracks, including five celebrated appearances at SXSW.
 
Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode is a champion of the band and has personally invited them to support DM on their ‘Delta Machine’ and ‘Spirit’ stadium tours, which saw the band playing to over 400,000 people across Europe.
In 2016 they released the single ‘Half Way To Nowhere’ from new two-part album ‘Hypoxia’, gaining support from MTV and VIVA.
 
F.O.X’s relentless touring schedule has also seen them touring the UK with such artists as Dua Lipa, Tom Odell, Professor Green and Devlin.
 
“Tasty!” – Jim Gellatly, XFM
 
“Their debut album Chimera is a fantasy come true, a great pop band with great pop tracks. 9/10” – Liverpool Sound And Vision
 
“The world needs a band like this” – Caesar, Live N Loud
 
Support comes from Sudbury’s 6music-approved ambient-electro-indie two-piece AMETHYSTS, Radio One’s new favourite megastar-in-waiting (and star of this year’s Latitude Festival) BESSIE TURNER, Bury-based purveyors of dreamy, ethereal darkness BLOOD TALK and brand new alt-rock duo CANCEROUS NORMALITIES.
 

Punk, Not Fraggle – Senseless Things Charity Tribute Album Released

Senseless Things charity tribute album released
available now from https://www.senselessthingstribute.co.uk/

Senseless Things fans across the world have teamed together to create a tribute album in honour of the band, whilst raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.

Inspired by the band’s recent reunion gigs in Hull and London, dedicated fans on Senseless Things’ Facebook fan page rallied together to keep up the enthusiasm of the group, recording their favourite songs for a new album, which is out on Monday 26 June.

From punk to blues, ukuleles, and banjoes, Punk not Fraggle features 15 tracks from acts from Beach Slang to fans’ bands and brand new bands put together especially for the album.

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The mastermind behind Punk, not Fraggle, Clair Coult, explained: “When the 90’s punk/indie (but definitely not Fraggle) band Senseless Things announced they were reforming to do two gigs in March 2017 it made a lot of old Pop Kids very happy.  Very, very happy.  We were so happy we forgot that we weren’t 18 anymore.  Then we had an idea.  

Many fans on the Senseless Things Facebook community were also in bands or played music for fun.  So we thought, what if everyone covered their favourite Senseless Things track? What if we made an album and gave all the proceeds to charity? I really wanted to give something back to the band to say thank you.”

Clair reached out to Senseless Things to invite them to choose the charity that would be supported by the tribute album and they selected Teenage Cancer Trust. A hoard of fans then got in touch wanting to support the charity and record their favourite songs.

The name, Punk Not Fraggle, was taken from a t-shirt slogan worn by guitarist Ben Harding at the band’s Shepherd’s Bush reunion gig on Saturday 25 March. It referred to a style of UK pop punk popular in the late 80s and early 90s, tagged by Steve Lamacq as Fraggle Rock: a label that Senseless Things were keen to shake off.

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Ben explained: “Punk, Not Fraggle – that’s what my t-shirt said. This had come from a conversation with some close mates on Facebook, in which it was strongly argued that the Things were exactly that. Punk, not Fraggle. That somehow we didn’t deserve to be lumped in with a random collection of other Herberts whom we happened to resemble.”

Contributing their cover of Too Much Kissing to Punk Not Fraggle are Philadelphia punks Beach Slang, who were joined on-stage by Senseless Things’ singer Mark Keds, Ben Harding, and drummer Cass Browne in Camden in June 2016 to perform the classic song from the 1989 album, Postcard CV.

Kingston punk rockers, Down Love, whose debut album Trust was released earlier this year on Boss Tuneage, have recorded I’m on Black and White, a lesser-known b-side from the Everybody’s Gone single; while Green Vinyl, made up of Australian band Black Vinyl’s drummer Phil Cullen and bassist Paul Green, with Paul’s children Miles (16) on guitar and Izzi (13) on vocals, take on a beautiful acoustic version of Best Friend from the album The First of Too Many.

Bringing some unexpected turns into the mix are The Legendary snakeSNAKEsnake, giving Fishing at Tescos a country makeover with banjo, melodica and cello; and the Three Amigos, taking on Someone in You with their duelling ukuleles.

Punk Not Fraggle’s creator, Clair, has teamed up with husband Trevor and son Joshua as Pop Kids on their version of Drunk and Soppy. Clair and Trevor have previously recorded songs for Feeder tribute albums, A Place Inside Our Minds II and III.

Ben said: “I always thought that I was the kind of musician who would only ever contribute to tribute albums. Done it twice – once for the NME’s 50 years of the charts one, recorded on the infamous Blur tour of the USA in 1992 (which is another story), and once for a Beatles tribute album, when Senseless Things recorded a Rutles song instead because, well, they were better than the Beatles.

Honestly, I never thought that I’d end up being the subject of one (well, partly)… You could say that Beach Slang’s cover of Too Much Kissing was where it all started. There and the Senseless Things Facebook group, where we’d been nagged endlessly – for years – to play together again. And – for years – I and the others had firmly managed expectations (said ‘Never’. ‘No way’. ‘Ain’t gonna happen’). So, back in 2015, I heard that Beach Slang cover, then the first EP and album and fell head-over-heels. And it turned out they were playing in Camden a few weeks later. So I was there, with gifts of old t-shirts and spare copies of 7-inches; and James Alex invited me up to play TMK with them. What a blast. I’d missed playing it, that song. Fast forward a few months, and the Slang were back in town. This time, Deadcuts (Mark Keds and Cass Browne’s current band) had manoeuvred themselves onto the bill, so we did it again – me, Cass and Mark, alongside James and Ed from Beach Slang.

Yeah, it was a bit slow. But it was intense. It was also a seed – maybe the final blow to any resistance to the idea that we should do another show. I’d been convinced in all the years preceding that it’d never happen. Now we know different. And if playing TMK with the Slang had been a blast, all four of us back together, playing it to our fans, was something else entirely. It felt like the distillation of everything we’d ever been before – energy pent up for decades, and an outpouring of love from the crowd the like of which I’ve rarely – if ever – felt from an audience before. Best gigs of my whole career.

And from this in turn came the inspired idea by Clair to put together a tribute album – possibly a way to try to extend that delicious moment when we were all together, there at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire or the Adelphi in Hull. Whatever the inspiration, I’m loving it. At the time of writing, I haven’t heard the full versions of the tracks, but what I have heard is wonderful. Quirky, heavy, tender… and inspired by the work we put in all those years ago. From musicians across the world. It’s pretty damn moving, I can tell you that much, and I’m humbled by it. I’m really looking forward to this – I’m waiting for the release like the rest of you. I’m going to pay for my copy too.”

The full list of bands featured is: Johnny Automatic, Green Vinyl, Secret Lies, Indie Generation, The Legendary SnakeSNAKESnake, Raining Planets, the Three Amigos, Philtrum, the Pop Kids, Down Love, Ricky Boom-Boom, Nat the Hammer, Fortress of Forever, the Jerks, and Beach Slang.

Clair added: “I’ve been a massive Senseless Things fan since 1990 when, at the tender age of 15, a friend played me their first album, Postcard CV.  It was love at first listen! Senseless Things quickly became my favourite band and their songs became the soundtrack to my youth.  I went to see the band at every opportunity and I even made a ‘Simon’ doll (the pink creature drawn by Jamie Hewlett that featured in the artwork of The First of Too Many).

Punk Not Fraggle has been a tremendous collaborative effort.  Special thanks go to Richard Hall for designing the album artwork, Amy Fay, Pete Cole, Carrie Beth, Trevor Coult, Nick Sayers, all of the bands and artists who have participated in the project and of course Mark Keds, Ben Harding, Morgan Nicholls and Cass Browne – without whom none of this would have been possible.”

Senseless Things originally formed in 1986 and released four albums, Postcard CV, The First of Too Many, Empire of the Senseless, and Taking Care of Business, before splitting up in 1995. Their single Lost Honey, released in March 2017 on Speedowax Records, was their first new material in 22 years.

Punk, not Fraggle is available as a digital download exclusively at https://www.senselessthingstribute.co.uk/ from Monday 26 June. The album costs £5 with all proceeds going to Teenage Cancer Trust. For more info, follow Punk Not Fraggle on Twitter at @punknotfraggle

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The full track listing of the album is:

1) Is It Too Late – Johnny Automatic
2) Best Friend – Green Vinyl
3) Tangled lines – Secret Lies
4) Everybody’s Gone – Indie Generation
5) Fishing at Tescos – The Legendary SnakeSNAKESnake
6) Andi in a Karmann – Raining Planets
7) Someone in You – The Three Amigos
8) Girlfriend – Philtrum
9) Drunk and Soppy – The Pop Kids
10) I’m on Black and White – Down Love
11) Something to Miss – Ricky Boom-Boom
12) Primary Instinct – Nat the Hammer
13) Too Much Like I Know You – Fortress of Forever
14) Touch Me on the Heath – The Jerks
15) Too Much Kissing – Beach Slang

‘This Is The Sound of Sugar Town Vol 2’ New BSE album – Bury launch sells out / Cambridge launch this Saturday

 cThe Bury St Edmunds launch party for new charity vinyl compilation ‘This Is The Sound Of Sugar Town Volume 2’ took place on Saturday (1st July), featuring twelve live bands and five guest DJs throughout the day.  
The daytime show at Vinyl Hunter Record Store, with live sets from JACK RUNDELL, THE CATCH, DAVID JAGO’S MOUSE-DRAWN CART, BLUE MEAN EYES, THE VIRTUES and BurySOUND 2017 winners TUNDRA, saw scores of people flocking to be the first to own a copy, while all 120 tickets for the evening show at The Hunter Club, featuring CATHEDRALS & CARS, SUBURBAN MINDS, GAFFA TAPE SANDY, BRACKEN, SUN SCREAM and SIAH, sold out on the door.  From gig profits and donations we raised £660 for local mental health charity Julian Support, although we hope to raise much more over the coming months from sales of the record!
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There will be another launch party for the record this coming Saturday, 8th July, 7-10pm at Relevant Records in Cambridge with live sets from GAFFA TAPE SANDY (above), BOUQUET OF DEAD CROWS, TUNDRA (below) and JACK RUNDELL; all ages are welcome, entry by donation to Julian Support.  The Facebook event page for Saturday is here:
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‘This Is The Sound Of Sugar Town’ is released online and in shops this Friday, 7th July via legendary Cambridge-based indie R*E*P*E*A*T Records.  You can listen and order online here: