The very first LOUD WOMEN ‘Her’cury Music Award shortlist announced

‘Her’cury Music prize Shortlist announced

For this – the very first LOUD WOMEN ‘Her’cury Music Award – we’ve honoured most of the criteria of our rival, the so-called “Mercury” prize: that is, albums by British-based musicians released between 30th July 2016 and 21st July 2017 (sorry to Deux Furieuses and Crumbs, respectively).


With TWO differences: our ‘Her’cury prize doesn’t care about record formats or industry distribution, and these artists are all LOUD, all female-fronted or female-driven, or just plain all-female. From a pool of thirty options, our scientific poll of the LOUD WOMEN Team has produced this shortlist of 12, given below in alphabetical order.

The winner of the ‘Her’cury Music Award will be announced at lunchtime on Thursday 14 September.


al Crimes – ‘Ceramic Cat Traces

Swansong album from Kirsty (Cat Apostrophe) Fife’s previous band. Tense post-hardcore melodies in the music and subtle political undertones in the words, topped with the prolific perzine-ster’s borderline-breakdown vocals. Aaron and Ruth supply rhythm and vocal support.

Desperate Journalist – ‘Grow Up’

Second album from the runaway success story of the London indie scene, pushing all your Britpop/postpunk/pop-goth/80s-indie buttons at once. Soaring vocals, chiming guitars, proper songs and all’s right/wrong with the world.


The Empty Page – ‘Unfolding’
Powerful debut from female-fronted Manc pop-grunge alt-rockers, who contributed key track ‘Deeply Unlovable’ to LOUD WOMEN’s debut compilation album. 


Honeyblood – ‘Babes Never Die’

Brilliant hook-laden grunge pop from this Glasgow duo, with every song a winner; proving that the ‘difficult second album’ is just a problem for other people.

51s5ccRZ0dL._SS500The Menstrual Cramps – ‘We’re Not Ovaryacting’

The Menstruals (well, we can’t really nickname them ‘The Cramps’) hit the ground running earlier this year with this impressive digital debut and a ridiculously-confident live debut on International Womens’ Day for Who Runs the World/LOUD WOMEN.

Nolay-1Nolay – ‘This Woman’

Latest album from the Unorthodox Daughter, and impossible to number because so many of Nolay’s releases have been mixtapes straight from the underground. No pop-grime crossover, no compromise, and no holds barred. Nolay’s definitive feminist statement.

Oh! Gunquit – ‘Lightning Likes Me’

Second album from criminally-underrated, slightly-uncategorisable (although we’re about to have a go), new-wave surf-garage trash-punks!

Pet Crow – A Simple Guide to Small and Medium Pond Life

Impressively-tuneful debut album from Derby male/female 4-piece, released on vinyl by LIINES’ label Reckless Yes. Dancey, surfy, garagey indie punk fronted by Danielle Cotterill’s powerful vocals.

Petrol Girls – ‘Talk of Violence’

Debut full-length release from probably the most powerful feminist band in the UK, known to leave audiences genuinely shocked-and-awed with a combination of rock hooks, hardcore assault and uncompromising lyrics. One of two shortlisted bands with a track on the LOUD WOMEN Volume One compilation album.

resizeSacred Paws – ‘Strike a Match’

Definitive musical statement from Rachel Aggs (Trash Kit, Golden Grrrls, Covergirl, Shopping) – possibly the UK’s greatest guitarist – combining what used to be called ‘world music’ with Postcard Records-esque post-punk funk. Scottish Album of the Year, and now LOUD WOMEN ‘Her’cury shortlist!

a4192287913_16The Tuts – ‘Update Your Brain’ 

Widely-acclaimed and long-awaited debut from one of the hardest-working DIY bands in the business, released a decade after they first formed at school. Standout newer tracks ‘Con Man’ and ‘1982’ bring the best punk-pop hooks and ‘Give Us Something Worth Voting For’ delivers the clearest message.

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The Wharves – ‘Electa’

Second album from this all-female melodic post-everything powerhouse follows 2014’s ‘At Bay’, showcasing more of their tightly rhythmic and skilfully harmonic repertoire.


Runners up

¡Ay Carmela! – ‘Working Weeks’
Bamboo – ‘Live at Café Oto’
Deerful – ‘Peach’
Ex People – ‘Bird’
The Franklys – ‘Are You Listening?’
Feature – ‘Banishing Ritual’
Hands Off Gretel – ‘Burn the Beauty Queen’
Kamikaze Girls – ‘Seafoam’
Little Simz – ‘Stillness in Wonderland’

Grace Petrie – ‘Heart First Aid Kit’

Porridge Radio – ‘Rice, Pasta and Other Fillers’
Rattle – ‘Rattle’
Ravioli Me Away – ‘Living is a Myth’
Skinny Girl Diet – ‘Heavyflow’
Slowcoaches – ‘Nothing Gives’
Teen Canteen – ‘Say It All With a Kiss’
Kate Tempest – ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’
Young Romance – ‘Another’s Blood’

The winner will be announced at lunchtime on Thursday 14 September.


2 Sept – LOUD WOMEN Fest at DIY Space for London – 20 acts in 1 day.  
“LOUD WOMEN will undoubtedly be the beacon for all the best new female talent” – The Morning Star
“championing women in music through putting on great gigs with great people” – Parallel Magazine
“Fans of women-centric punk, rock and riot grrrl will heart this UK-based promoter.” – DIVA magazine

Greetings from Vancouver airport

An Open Letter for friends and family.


Hi there,

Greetings from Vancouver airport. I thought I’d write people a few lines about our visit to Phil and co in the USA while waiting for the flight.

The trip was perfect, managing to combine exciting expeditions with time to hang out and relax. We spent the weekend at a wonderful house jutting onto a beach on Orcas Island surrounded by deer, and on the Sunday we drove to the pinnacle of the island’s highest peak, Mount Constitution. From there we could see Bellingham. Mount Constitution is however tiny in comparison to the mainland’s Mount Baker’s 10,000 ft where we went on Wednesday; Picture Lake up there is apparently the most photographed place in the world. Our view was obscured by the smoke from forest fires in British Columbia which shrouded the whole area in a thick soupy mist.

On other days we hung out at Phil’s, picked blackberries, visited Ally’s workplace (a bakery where she prepared a delicious strawberry tart), wondered around the town, played with the cats and a very cute visiting dog named Basil, and watched the sunset at Locust Bay. Lots of time for reading, chatting and relaxing.

My rather too many snaps the stay are here

And now this Friday afternoon we wait for our flight, when we arrive it will be Saturday morning.

Hoping to catch up with you soon,


Mallory Knox reveal new single ‘Sugar’ and video

Mallory Knox are back with a brand new single ‘Sugar’ to fuel your summer. Full to the brim with the band’s signature driving hooks and the epitome of a singlaong chorus, ‘Sugar”s themes are in fact quite bleak. Bassist and songwriter Sam Douglas explains that it’s a song “about feeling completely isolated and alone in a world where it feels like everyone has someone to lean on except you. You’re driven to a point of desperation, which makes you feel that having someone for a very short period of time (ie. a one night stand) is better than having no one at all.”

The track heralds the band’s forthcoming performances at Reading & Leeds Festivals at the end of this month. Mallory Knox will solidify their status as a main stage force to be reckoned with, playing alongside a main stage line-up that includes Jimmy Eat World, Bastille and Kasabian at Reading on Friday 25th Aug and Leeds on Saturday 26th Aug.

Mallory Knox released their latest album ‘Wired’ mere months ago and it broke into the Top 20 of the UK Album Charts, as did its predecessor ‘Asymmetry’. ‘Wired’, is amongst the most hard-hitting, melodically euphoric, outspoken and open-hearted albums in modern rock and ‘Sugar’ sees the band soar yet further.



Tom Robinson – Cambridge stop on 2-4-6-8 Motorway Tour this Autumn



To mark the 40th anniversary of 2-4-6-8 Motorway in October 2017, TOM ROBINSON pays tribute to the original Tom Robinson Band by performing his entire ‘Power In The Darkness’ album at select venues across the country. 

Taking in 15 dates in total, the tour will also see Tom back at London’s legendary 100 Club for a 3 night residency with a classic four piece lineup. His incendiary live quartet features Faithless drummer Andy TreaceyRichard Ashcroft guitarist Adam Phillips and keyboard virtuoso Jim Simmons plus Tom himself on bass and lead vocals. Full dates listed below.


Born in Cambridge in 1950, Tom Robinson first became known in the late 1970s as a musician and LGBT activist with the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) who were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International. In 1977 their Top 5 debut release 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the landmark singles of the UK punk era. Other hits included Glad To Be GayUp Against The Wall and the band’s debut album Power In The Darkness which went gold in the UK and Japan.

As a solo artist Tom had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, and co-wrote songs with Peter GabrielElton John and Dan Hartman.  His 14th studio album Only The Now was released in 2015 featuring guests such as Billy BraggJohn Grant and Ian McKellen. Recent festival dates include LatitudeGreen Man and headlining the Left Field stage at Glastonbury 2016.

As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music, is a member of the Ivor Novello Awards committee and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship of LIPA to recognition his support for new music artists through BBC Introducing.


10 – Cardiff, The Globe
11 – Milton Keynes, The Stables
12 – Cambridge, The Portland
13 – Bewdley Festival
14 – Nantwich, Words & Music
17 – Wakefiled, Unity Works
18 – York, The Crescent
19 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
20 – Sheffield, Leadmill
21 – Manchester Home
24 – London 100 Club
25 – London 100 Club
26 – London 100 Club
28 – Newcastle, Riverside
29 – Glasgow, King Tut’s

Cambridge Calling 2 – bands wanted

Hi All,

Hope you’re well and enjoying what little sun we’re having.

I’m now starting to work on Cambridge Calling Volume 2, which I’m looking to release through German Shepherd Records later this year. Volume 1, a compilation of Cambridge area bands, was released earlier in March (and is still available as a download) raising money for a local charity, The Arthur Rank Hospice. We’ll be looking at raising money for charity again and would welcome any suggestions for a worthy cause.

I’m contacting you because you’d previously expressed an interest in the series of compilations or I’ve recently been in contact in relation to The Smelly Flowerpot show on Cambridge 105. If you’re interested in contributing a track, could you send your chosen song over as a mastered WAV track please? Dropbox of other file sending sites such as WeSendIt might be the best way to send the file. In addition to this, could you reply with the following information please?

  • Track title and artist name
  • If you have an ISRC number for the track, could you send over please?
  • By return, it will be implied that you consent to German Shepherd Records using your track on the Compilation.
  • If you are already on a label, please confirm they are also happy for German Shepherd Records to use your track on the Compilation. German Shepherd are happy to mention your label on their promo.
  • Suggested Charity
  • If possible, please supply links to your own website/facebook/twitter page and give a brief biography for use on the release.
Please note, we’ll be limiting this release to around 17/18 songs (depending on track lengths) which should be enough to fill a cd should we look at a cd release as well as download. On that basis, I’ll be giving priority to those who showed an interest in the first release but didn’t have a track featured, followed by those who can get all the relevant information back to me promptly. In order to achieve a release date in October, I’ll need all the tracks and relevant information back to me by August 31st latest. For those that don’t get a track onto this Volume, for whatever reason, you will have priority for appearing on Volume 3 which will be slated for a release mid 2018.
I look forward to hearing from you- please let me know if you have any questions.
Finally… feel free to give me a shout if you want any new music airing on The Smelly Flowerpot. 😊
Best Regards




Next release on Black Pop Records is the EP “INC.” by Rick Ashtray from Oslo and Trondheim. You might already recognize the members from other Norwegian acts such as Mats Wawa, Blomst and Gold Celeste. Yesterday, the band premiered the first single from the EP entitled, “One Of These Nites”, with Northern Transmissions.

Speaking about their forthcoming EP the band said, “”INC.” is an EP about the least rock n’ roll life style there ever was: a career in a corporation. None of the members of Rick Ashtray know anything about it, but they still try to put it into words and music.”

Rick Ashtray has been playing frenetic garage rock since 2012, but didn’t release their debut album until 2016. Now, in the summer of 2017, Rick Ashtray is ready for a new adventure; “INC” EP.

Having a full time job in an office with water coolers and horrible bosses is something that the members of Rick Ashtray have no experience in. However, they made “INC.” based on the life as an employee in a corporate business.

Armed to the teeth with the music references of old men and sketchy guitar solos, Rick Ashtray has made an EP that tells stories about something they don’t know anything about.

We’re wondering if the band fell into the rock’n roll magic potion like Obelix when they were young, because this is some of the strongest tracks we have heard in a while.

Black Pop Records, is the latest addition to Norway’s Jansen Plateproduksjon label group (Los Plantronics, Hajk, Atlanter, Electric Eye, Death By Unga Bunga, Chain Wallet etc.). As a label that have always sought to bring the best of Norway’s music to the UK and US, Black Pop Records focus is on garage infused punk and power-pop. The label is set to release a number of 7” singles over the course of 2017, bringing forward tracks that are infectious and hook driven whilst remaining challenging and innovative.

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The Lurkers reveal new lyric video for “Shadow” & 40th Anniversary 5-CD Box Set and 7″

The Lurkers
Reveal brand new lyric video for “Shadow” as part of their 40th Anniversary celebrations
Their first ever single Shadow/Love Story will be reissued on 7” green vinyl
Along with a 5-CD Box Set out on 28 July via The Arkive
The Lurkers reveal the brand new lyric video for their very first single “Shadow, which is being reissued on 7” on 28 July via The Arkive, along with a 5-CD Box Set to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. The track used for the video clip is the album version of the song, which was on the Fulham Fallout album. The band have never made a video before and they brought in the team of producer Luis Hindman and animator Sufiyaan Salam via Creative Commission to work their magic. They say about the video; “The idea for the concept was inspired by the artwork for the single. The design introduced a tone and colour scheme which was built upon with fast paced energetic lyrics which correspond with the tempo of the song.”
Pete Stride from The Lurkers described it as; “a slightly deranged lyric video…and that’s just fine.”

The video was premiered by Clash, who wrote; “Becoming the first band to be signed to Beggar’s Banquet, The Lurkers arguably kicked off one of the most important stories in British independent music.”
The Arkive is excited to release a 5-cd box set for pioneering British punk band The Lurkers.  The Lurkers were the first ever band on Beggars Banquet, and the whole label history boils down to their existence. Formed in West London in 1976, they are one of the most notable bands of early UK punk and within eighteen months the band had 5 UK top 75 chart singles with appearances on Top of The Pops. This 5-cd, 86 track box includes their two Beggars Banquet albums (Fulham Fallout and God’s Lonely Men), all of their singles and 9 demos, 21 BBC session tracks, and the Pete Stride / John Plain album New Guitars In Town (the first time on CD), due out on 28 July (excluding North America).
Now cult icons, their early singles have been noted over the years as being punk classics. Henry Rollins included their debut album “Fulham Fallout” as one of his 20 favourite punk albums in LA Weekly, and Mojo included their “Just Thirteen” single in their list of the best punk rock singles of all time.
Martin Mills, the founder of Beggars Banquet, talks about the start of the label and the beginning of The Lurkers…. “Underneath our Fulham shop (Beggars Banquet record store) we had a basement which we turned into a rehearsal room where punk bands like Generation X went to rehearse. One of the other bands that rehearsed down there was The Lurkers. The manager of the shop, Mike Stone, started to manage the band because they needed help. Then he needed help so we started managing them and trying to get them a deal – but we couldn’t. This was 1976 and at that point there weren’t very many labels, and each one had already signed their one punk band – and that was it. So we set about doing the record ourselves in a way that is now second-nature to almost anyone in a band. But then it was such an unusual thing to do. Then there was no road-map. There were no small independent record companies, so we worked out how to put a record out ourselves. We ended up putting out our first single by The Lurkers soon after Stiff put out ‘Buy 1’ with Nick Lowe and Chiswick put out their first single. So the three of us started at pretty much the same time. It was a lot of fun and a piece of cake, to be honest, because there were so few punk singles around that everyone bought everything there was. There was this completely captive market. So we did another Lurkers single which was just as much fun. Then we thought, let’s put out an album, and we did. Which was Streets, a punk compilation album from all the independent labels that were suddenly springing up. After this we put out the first Lurkers album.”
The early line-up consisted of Pete Stride on Guitar, Pete “Manic Esso” Haynes on drums, Howard Wall on vocals and Arturo Bassick on Bass (replaced after the first two singles by Nigel Moore).
Their first single, released exactly 40 years ago, was the song “Shadow” b/w “Love Story”. Their biggest hit was 1978’s “Aint Got a Clue” which reached #45 on the UK singles chart. The band was a John Peel favourite, recording four sessions, and they played Top of The Pops as well as other high profile UK shows. Disbanding after the release of their second album, they re-formed in 1982 with a new vocalist but broke up again in 1984. In the years since, the band has continued in various forms, notably with the three core members under the name The Lurkers God’s Lonely Men who most recently released an album titled The Future’s Calling.
The Lurkers had no schtick, no frills. They were inspired by the Ramones and the New York Dolls, the British beat boom of the ‘60s and Glam Rock band like Slade and Sweet. While the other bands embracing punk at the time were flaunting their sound with typically “punk” safety pins and spiky hair, The Lurkers had unfashionably long hair and even, on occasion, wore white suits.
“The name of our band is The Lurkers because that’s what we are…we’re all a bunch of temperamental so and so’s. But we won’t conform to anybody’s fashions. Before the Lurkers I was playing jazz… this New Wave thing came along and I was crazy on it. We all were because we thought it was genuinely outcast by society. But it’s all just another fashion.”  Esso – Sounds 3.6.1978
5-CD Box Set

DISC ONE – Fulham Fallout
Ain’t Got A Clue
I Don’t Need To Tell Her
Total War
Hey You
Then I Kicked Her
Go Go Go
Time of Year
Self Destruct
It’s Quiet Here
I’m on Heat
Be My Prisoner

DISC TWO – God’s Lonely Men
She Knows
God’s Lonely Men
Out In The Dark
Whatever Happened to Mary
Take Me Back to Babylon
Room 309
I’ll Be With You
Seven O’Clock Someday
Sleep On Diamonds
Bad Times

DISC THREE – Singles & Demos
Shadow (single version)
Love Story
Freak Show
Mass Media Believer
Be My Prisoner (Streets version)
Ain’t Got A Clue
Ooh! Ooh! I Love You
We Are The Chaos Bros. (Fulham Fallout Firty Free)
I Don’t Need To Tell Her
Just Thirteen
Out In The Dark
Suzie Is a Floozie
Cyanide (Pub version)
New Guitar In Town
Little Ole Wine Drinker Me
Total War (Demo)
Then I Kissed Her (Demo)
I Love The Dark (Demo)
Freak Show (LP Demo)
Cold Old Night (Demo)
Pick Me Up (Demo)
Mary’s Coming Home (Demo)
New Guitar In Town (Demo)
Little Ole Wine Drinker Me (Demo)

DISC FOUR – BBC sessions
Freak Show (BBC Session)
Total War (BBC Session)
I’m On Heat (BBC Session)
Then I Kissed Her (BBC Session)
Be My Prisoner (BBC Session)
Ain’t Got A Clue (BBC Session)
Pills (BBC Session)
I Don’t Need To Tell Her (BBC Session)
Jenny (BBC Session)
(Here Comes The) Bad Times (BBC Session)
God’s Lonely Men (BBC Session)
In Room 309 (BBC Session)
Countdown (BBC Session)
Whatever Happened To Mary (BBC Session)
Take Me Back To Babylon (BBC Session)
Out In The Dark (BBC Session)
See The World (BBC Session)
You’d Better Move On (BBC Session)
Cold Old Night (BBC Session)
School Girls (BBC Session)
Pick Me Up (BBC Session)

DISC FIVE  – Pete Stride and John Plain – New Guitars In Town
Laugh At Me
School Girls
Cold Old Night
He’ll Have To Go
Just Like A Clown
Half The Time
New Guitar In Town
Cure For Love
Restless Kind
You Better Move On
Pick Me Up
Jimmy Brown

7″ SINGLE   Shadow/Love Story
Love Story

JACK RUNDELL – ex Waxing Captors punker releases solo single

Ex-punker rocker releases downbeat country single


(3 track single)

Release date: 4th August 2017

Some years after the demise of the infamous Ipswich-based punk band The Waxing Captors, guitarist Jack Rundell is back with an unexpected new release, a three-song single of carefully crafted country songs.

I wanted to do something slower and quieter, that doesn’t harass the listener for their attention,” Rundell explained. “The lyrics are still pretty weird, and there’s even some electric guitar in there, but it’s inviting you on a gentle stroll rather than a roller coaster ride.”

This change of approach has already been noted in relation to his contribution to the recent compilation “This is the Sound of Sugar Town, Volume Two”, which showcases bands from Bury St Edmunds, Rundell’s hometown. As one reviewer put it, “Singer songwriter JACK RUNDELL calms things down with his country/folk spiced track WICKED WORDS, a fun and infectious stroll with a grin on its face.” Amid the onslaught of roaring guitars and pounding drums on the album, Rundell’s track stands out.

The mood of Cold Coffee is downbeat, each song tackling a difficult subject: depression, workplace strife and the end of a relationship. However, there is a good dose of dark humour and an underlying positivity which distinguish this music from the doom and gloom often associated with country or with singer songwriters in general.

Cold Coffee will be followed up with an album length release, drawing on Rundell’s extensive back catalogue of songs, and a UK tour. It may not be easy, but Rundell is determined to find his audience.

Thanks for reading.



Cabbage ‘ Celebration of a Disease’ – new video and tour



“There’s nobody else matching Cabbage for innovation, imagination and fury”
Louder Than War
“…the natural heirs to the Happy Mondays’ wonky crown”
Marc Riley, BBC 6Music

‘The Extended Play Of Cruelty’ EP:
1. Celebration Of A Disease
2. Fraudulent Artist
3. A Network Betrayal
4. Ertrinken
5. Asa Morley

Cabbage have today aired the new video for ‘Celebration Of A Disease’, lifted from the forthcoming EP ‘The Extended Play Of Cruelty’, to be released on August 25th on CD, Cassette and 10 inch vinyl, and available to stream now. Watch the video, directed by Dom Foster,

The Manchester band recently premiered EP track ‘A Network Betrayal’, described as “a tongue firmly in cheek depiction of train travel in Northern England,” by Cabbage co-vocalist Joe Martin. “When my brother (who actually works for Network Rail) heard it he told me to ‘buy a fucking ticket’. The more kind hearted rail staff I bump into, the guiltier I feel about writing it, but studying the varying behavioural traits of different conductors has always been fascinating. All quotes are genuine, having been frantically scribbled down during journeys.”

‘The Extended Play Of Cruelty’ EP was produced by James Skelly and Richard Turvey at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios, and is Cabbage’s first release since signing to new label Infectious Music (Alt-J, Drenge, DMA’s).

Cabbage’s busy summer of festival appearances, which kicked off with two shows at Glastonbury (watch their performance on the John Peel Stage here) and a raucous set at Latitude Festival (where they headlined The Lake Stage), continues this weekend with sets at Kendal & Standon Calling.

Having sold out every headline date they have played this year, Cabbage have announced details of a headline tour for September & October 2017. They will be supported by Doncaster’s The Blinders, Liverpool’s Queen Zee and The Sasstones, and Proletariat, from Cabbage’s hometown of Mossley, Greater Manchester.

Cabbage discuss the new EP and their future album plans in a wide ranging interview with Louder Than War, read here

Cabbage: Lee Broadbent (lead vocals), Joe Martin (vocals, guitar), Eoghan Clifford (guitar), Stephen Evans (bass), and Asa Morley (drums).

Sept 27              Holmfirth, Picturedrome *
Sept 28              Preston, 53 Degrees *
Sept 29              Stockton, Ku Bar *
Sept 30        Leeds, Live Art Bistro *
Oct 6                Peterborough, The Met Lounge **
Oct 11               Dundee, Church **
Oct 12              Dunfermline, PJ Molloys **
Oct 13              Darlington, Inside Out (Darlington) **
Oct 14               Barrow, The Drawing Room **
Oct 17               Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre *
Oct 18              Bedford, Bedford Esquires *
Oct 19              Stowmarket, John Peel Centre for Creative Arts *
Oct 20              Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms *
Oct 21              Buckley, The Tivoli *

* The Blinders (Main Support), Queen Zee and The Sasstones (Opener)
** Queen Zee and The Sasstones (Main Support), Proletariat (Opener)

July 28               Kendal Calling
July 29               Standon Calling
July 30               Y Not Festival
August 5        Wirral: Skeleton Coast Festival.
August 6        Twycross, Wales: 110 Above Festival.
August 11       Italy: Ypsigrock Festival.
August 26        Reading Festival.
August 27         Leeds Festival.
Sept 1              Bingley Festival
Sept 9               Festival No. 6
Sept 15        Derbyshire: Rec Rock Festival.
Sept 16         Blackburn: Confessional Festival

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.


*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.

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)