Vinyl Hunter Recordings- Sun Scream Debut Vinyl EP Release

Vinyl Hunter are delighted to be working with Sun Scream band and launching Vinyl Hunter recordings with Big Red Lazy Sun. EP Vinyl. This is the next chapter in the Vinyl Hunter story and we are keen to share this with everyone who has helped VH on the journey so far

We are ready to let the world know about Sun Scream band but need your help to raise the funds towards the Vinyl Pressing. For a minimum donation of £15 towards our costs you will receive a FREE signed limited edition 1st pressing of Big Red Lazy Sun OR £40 gives you a VIP Lilac edition signed & exclusive access to launch party plus goody bag end extras.

Preorder and donate here:

About the band:
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We are Sun Scream, a Psychedelic Noise Pop band from Suffolk. Our big influences are Tame Impala, Pink Floyd, Thee Oh Sees, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Black Sabbath.

We are bringing our own brand of Psychedelic Rock to the UK right now that displays its influences, but also crafts its own unique sound.

Our debut EP – Big Red Lazy Sun is mixed and ready to be pressed on Vinyl with Vinyl Hunter Recordings label.The reaction form people so far has been HUGE! A massive mix of Led Zeppelin meets the Beatles on acid.

We have been touring extensively for the past 2 years with shouts outs and interviews on BBC Music Introducing in Suffolk with Graeme Mac and Richard Haugh and interviews with Steve Lamacq BBC Radio 6 music we are set to launch our EP this September with a sneak review of the tracks at this years Lattitude Festival on the Lake Stage.

Listen to two of the five tracks that will feature on the physical release here:

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War Waves – ‘Sleep’ , the new single

War Waves – ‘Sleep’ , the new single, released 29.06.18

For fans of: Frightened Rabbit, Idlewild and The Gaslight Anthem

“90’s angst may have disappeared from the musical mainstream for a while, but it never left the fragile hearts and nervous minds of many of us. We don’t need a distraction – we need music that listens to us and shares our feeling of disenchantment.

War Waves seemed to come out of nowhere in 2015. Their self-titled record created a modest local buzz but also reached isolated listeners all over the world who were looking for a record just like it. 

War Waves dropped the follow-up single ‘Horses’ in July of 2016 and it was a statement of intent. The full-length “All That We Lack” arrived shortly afterwards and confirmed that this was a band who had lofty goals for their sound and were absolutely capable of reaching them.

Which brings us to now.

‘Sleep’ – the first single lifted from War Wave’s upcoming EP ‘Be Well’ – shows even more maturity from a band that already seemed to bypass a few grades in school.

With ‘All That We Lack’, War Waves found their sound. On ‘Sleep’, the band refines it, upping the ante with more dynamism from the instrumentation and songwriter Marc Newby’s soul-baring lyrics and vocal delivery. 

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This is the type of record you buy, listen to repeatedly and scream it back to the band when seeing it live”.

Adam Darowski (

JOE STRUMMER – 001 – compilation featuring rare and unreleased songs

Ignition Records are proud to announce the release of ‘Joe Strummer 001,’ the first compilation to span Joe Strummer’s career outside of his recordings with The Clash. ‘Joe Strummer 001’ features 32 tracks and includes favourites from his recordings with the 101ers, The Mescaleros, his solo albums, soundtrack work plus 12 previously unreleased songs.
Joe Strummer 001‘ will be released on Friday 28th September and is available to pre order now –  – on the following formats:
  • Limited edition Deluxe Box set: Quadruple heavyweight Vinyl, 7” vinyl single, cassette, 64 page hard backed A4 Note Book, enamel badge, art print, screen print, lyrics, sticker sheet and includes 3 more unreleased tracks (IGN53BOX).
  • Limited edition Deluxe Double CD in 64 page hard backed A4 Note Book with writings, lyrics, photos and sketches taken from Joe’s extensive personal archive (IGNCD53X).
  • Double CD in slipcase (IGNCD53).
  • Quadruple heavyweight Vinyl in slipcase (IGNLP53X).
  • Digital download.
’London Is Burning’ – an alternative/early version of ‘Burnin’ Street’ from Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros final album ‘Streetcore’ – is available now –
All the formats include tracks that have never appeared anywhere before as well as new remasters. Exclusive to all formats is an album of unreleased material including an early demo of ‘This Is England’ entitled ‘Czechoslovak Song/Where Is England,’ a solo demo of ‘Letsagetabitarockin’ recorded in Elgin Avenue in 1975, outtakes from ‘Sid & Nancy’ featuring Mick Jones and unreleased songs ‘Rose Of Erin’, the biographical and mythical recording ‘The Cool Impossible’ and ‘London Is Burning’ one of the last songs Joe recorded.
Punk pioneer, singer, songwriter, recording artist, activist, musical and political inspiration for a generation and mighty diamond Joe Strummer was the most charismatic and passionate front man to emerge from the punk explosion of the late seventies. After Joe’s untimely death in December 2002 it was discovered that he had been quite an archivist of his own work, having barns full of writings and tapes stored in his back garden. There are now over 20,000 items in the Joe Strummer Archive. The archiving of this material and compiling of ‘Joe Strummer 001’ was overseen by Joe’s widow Lucinda Tait and compilation producer Robert Gordon McHarg III.
All tracks were restored and mastered by Grammy Award winner Peter J. Moore at the E. Room in Toronto Canada. On going through cassettes and recording tapes it was discovered that Joe was rather frugal and keen on hiding tracks. On cassettes he would leave 20 minutes between songs. On the 1” 8 track recordings it was discovered there were hidden tracks superimposed onto each other. For example tracks 1-4 were taken by one song and tracks 5-8 by two other songs which were thought when played back to be caused by tape denigration until the tapes went to Peter J Moore who was able to separate one song from another.
The box set has the same content as the CD set and is pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl. The box set’s accompanying hard backed book also included in the Deluxe CD features rarely seen and previously unpublished memorabilia from Joe’s personal collection as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums. The slipcase cover of all formats is taken from Joe’s 1990 Californian driving license.
Art directed and designed by Robert Gordon McHarg III who previously worked on the Clash ‘Sound System’ box set with Paul Simonon, the John Cooper Clarke compilation ‘Anthologia’ and curated the Black Market Clash Exhibition.
Gordon says, “The idea behind the 64 page A4 notebook is that it’s done as if Joe had designed it himself, telling his story, an insight into his workings including hand written lyrics with personal notes and scribbles.”
Tracklisting (showing Vinyl side breaks)
1975 101ers from ‘Elgin Avenue Breakdown’
Keys To Your Heart’
1976 101ers from ‘Elgin Avenue Breakdown'(Version 2)
Love Kills’
1986 Joe Strummer from ‘Sid And Nancy’ OST
Tennesse Rain’
1987 Joe Strummer from ‘Walker’ OST
Trash City’
1988 Joe Strummer & Latino Rockabilly War from ‘Permanent Record’ OST
15th Brigade’
1989 Joe Strummer B.side of ‘Island Hopping’
Ride Your Donkey’
1989 Joe Strummer from ‘Earthquake Weather’
Burning Lights’
1990 Joe Strummer from ‘I Hired A Contract Killer’ OST
Afro-Cuban Be-Bop’
1990 The Astro-Physicans from ‘I Hired a Contract Killer’ OST
Sand Paper Blues’
1995 Radar from ‘Sandpaper Blues’ Exhibition
1997 Electric Dog House from ‘Generations 1 (A Punk Look At Human Rights)’
(L-R) Mick Jones and Joe Strummer of the Clash performing at Warfield Theater in California, 2 March 1980.
It’s A Rockin’World’
1998 Joe Strummer from ‘South Park’ OST
Yalla Yalla’
1999 Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros from ‘Rock Art & The X-Ray Style’
X-Ray Style’
1999 Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros from ‘Rock Art & The X-Ray Style’
Johnny Appleseed’
2001 Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros from ‘Global A Go-Go’
Minstrel Boy’
2001 Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros from ‘Black Hawk Down’ OST
Redemption Song’
2002 Joe Strummer with Johnny Cash from ‘Johnny Cash: Unearthed’
Over The Border’
2002 Joe Strummer with Jimmy Cliff from ‘Fantastic Plastic People’
Coma Girl’
2003 Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros from ‘Street Core’
Silver & Gold’
2003 Joe Strummer & Mescaleros from ‘Street Core’
1975 Previously Unreleased Cassette Tape Demo. Recorded at 101 Elgin Avenue.
Joe Strummer: Vocals & Guitar. Julian Yewdall “in September 1975, I finally got Joe to type up his lyrics, along with a rough recording. I then posted these back to myself, and deposited the sealed envelope in my bank’s vault, as this was the easiest way I knew of legally protecting his copyright. Over 30 years later and long after I had closed the account, I came across the forgotten bank receipt amongst some old letters, and on returning to the bank, was amazed and delighted when they handed me back the envelope free of charge.”
Czechoslovak Song’ / ‘Where Is England’
1983 Previously Unreleased 1/2 Inch Tape Master Demo dated August.
Early version of ‘This Is England.’
Joe Strummer: Vocals & Guitar. Paul Simonon: Bass. Pete Howard: Drums.
Pouring Rain’
1984 Previously Unreleased 1 inch 8-track Demo Recorded July 1984.
Joe Strummer: Vocals & Guitar. Paul Simonon: Bass. Pete Howard: Drums.
Mixed by Peter J. Moore 2018
Blues On The River’
1984 July. Previously Unreleased. 1 Inch 8 Track Tape Demo.
Joe Strummer: Vocals & Guitar. Drum Machine.
Mixed by Peter J. Moore 2018
Crying on 23rd’
1986 with The Sooth Sayers. Previously Unreleased. 1/4 Inch Tape.
Produced by Joe Strummer. Outtake from the Alex Cox film ‘Sid & Nancy.
’Joe Strummer: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Bass. Mick Jones: Guitar. Chris Musto: Drums, Percussion.
2 Bullets’
1986 with Pearl Harbour. Previously Unreleased. 1/4 Inch Tape.
Produced by Joe Strummer. Outtake from ‘Sid & Nancy.’Pearl Harbour: Vocals. Joe Strummer: Rhythm Guitar, Bass. Mick Jones: Guitar. Chris Musto: Drums.
B.J. Cole: Pedal Steel Guitar.
N.B. Both songs were recorded in Kentish Town and are the first recordings of Joe and Mick since ‘Combat Rock.’
When Pigs Fly’
1993 from When Pigs Fly.
Joe Strummer: Vocals & Guitar. Danny Thompson: Bass. Tommy McManamon: Electric Rhythm, Licks Guitar, Spanish Guitar.Terry Williams: Drums. James MacNally: Flute, Piano, Bodhran. Lee Goodall: Saxophone. Steve Warbeck: Accordion. Stuart Gordon: Violin.
Pouring Rain’
1993 from When Pigs Fly
Joe Strummer: Vocals & Guitar. Danny Thompson: Bass. Terry Williams: Drums. Steve Warbeck: Accordion.
Rose Of Erin’
1993 from When Pigs Fly
Joe Strummer: Vocals & Guitar. Danny Thompson: Bass. Terry Williams: Drums. Steve
Warbeck: Accordion. Tommy McManamon: Fuzz Electric Guitar, Rhythm & Slide Guitars James MacNally: Whistle, Piano.
Previously Unreleased. From the Sara Driver film ‘When Pigs Fly’
Transferred from Cassette Tape. Produced by Joe Strummer
Recorded 1993 at Rockfield Studios.
The Cool Impossible’
1993 JS Demo
Previously Unreleased. Recorded 1993 at Rockfield Studios. 2 Inch Tape Multitrack.
Produced by Kosmo Vinyl. Mixed by Peter J. Moore 2018
Joe Strummer: Vocals & Guitar. Danny Thompson: Bass. Aaron Ahmun: Drums. Tommy McManamon: Guitars. James MacNally: Piano.
London Is Burning’
2002 Mescaleros
Previously Unreleased. Recorded 2002. The last song to be discovered for Joe Strummer 001. Reworked into ‘Burning Streets’ on ‘Streetcore’. Originally titled ‘Fire Fighting Street’ and written for Joe’s show at Acton Town Hall for the Fire Brigade Union on November 15th 2002. Produced by Joe Strummer, Martin Slattery & Scott Shields. Joe Strummer: Vocals & Guitar. Scott Shields: Drums, Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar, Synth, BVs. Martin Slattery: Electric Guitar, Chamberlain Strings, Tambourine, BVs.
US North’
1986 JS/Jones from Candy Mountain
Previously Unreleased. Recorded 1986. 1/2 Inch Tape Master. Produced by Mick Jones.
Unused song from the Robert Frank and Rudy Wurlitzer film ‘Candy Mountain’.
Joe Strummer: Vocals, Guitar. Mick Jones: Vocals, Guitars, Bass. Greg Roberts: Drums. Dan Donovan: Keyboards. Felippe Gonzales: Bongos. Xavier Solano: Agogo. Strings played by The Radio Futura Philharmonic Orchestra, Madrid
The Box Set will contain all of the above plus:
This is England‘
1984 July Demo
Previously Unreleased.1 Inch 8 Track Tape Demo.
Joe Strummer: Vocals & Guitar, Paul Simonon: Bass, Pete Howard: Drums.
Mixed by Peter J. Moore 2018
Before We Go Forward’
1984 July Demo
Previously Unreleased. 1 Inch 8 Track Tape Demo.
Joe Strummer: Vocals & Guitar, Paul Simonon: Bass, Pete Howard: Drums.
Mixed by Peter J. Moore 2018
‘U.S. North Basement Demo
Unreleased. Recorded 1986. Discovered in Joe’s cast cupboard.
Joe Strummer & Mick Jones: Vocals, Guitar, Drum Machine
The album is available to pre order now


Gaffa Tape Sandy launch pulsating new single ‘Meat Head’

Gaffa Tape Sandy launch pulsating new single ‘Meat Head’

Released 29th June via Antigen Records

Photo credit: Burnt Out Media

Gaffa Tape Sandy – Meat Head

Rising garage rockers Gaffa Tape Sandy launch their punishing new single Meat Head, building on their brand of high-octane, adrenaline-fuelled rock ‘n’ roll delivered with a vital message.

Meat Head was written as an attack on the type of mind-sets people harbour which involve believing that they somehow own or have the right to the body of another person”, the band stated. “The song is intended to be a pointed finger, an accusation and a vexed comment aimed towards reckless attitudes that exacerbate rape culture. It’s a topic we feel strongly about, and so wanted to perform with passion and indignation”.

With drummer Robin Francis’ viciously executed pre-choruses and bassist Catherine Lindley-Neilson’s fierce vocal delivery, the subject of the song can be widely felt within the performance just as much as the lyrics, adding to the wave of momentum surrounding the trio heading into the summer months.

One of NME’s 100 Essential Acts for 2018, the Bury St. Edmunds outfit have already toured across the UK with Indoor Pets this year and will be hopping all over the festival circuit with imminent slots at Latitude (BBC Introducing) and Y Not following raucous displays at The Great Escape and Live At Leeds.

Produced by George Perks (SuperGlu), Gaffa Tape Sandy’s Meat Head is released 29th June via Antigen Records and will be available on all digital platforms.

Live Dates 
29 June – WOW Festival
07 July – Waldstock Festival, Germany
15 July – Latitude Festival
21 July – Truck Festival
28 July – Y Not Festival
11 Aug – River Town Festival, St Ives
15 Sept – Subterranean Festival, Cambridge
08-10 Nov – Iceland Airwaves

Gaffa Tape Sandy is Kim Jarvis (lead vocal, guitar), Catherine Lindley-Neilson (lead vocal, bass), Robin Francis (drums & percussion)

A very few copies of Gaffa Tape Sandy’s previous release on R*E*P*E*A* T Records are available here…

Gaffa Tape Sandy

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IDLES announce second LP “Joy As An Act Of Resistance”, World Tour & video for “Danny Nedelko”






Bristol 5-piece IDLES (“the UK’s best punk band” – The Guardian) have confirmed details for their anticipated second LP – ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’ will be out August 31st via Partisan Records. IDLES have also shared the album’s first single, a pro-immigration anthem entitled “Danny Nedelko,” which takes its name from one of the band’s close friends (and Ukrainian immigrant). The song is accompanied by a self-directed video that features Danny himself, listen/watch HERE.

Produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan & Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush), ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’ takes aim at everything from toxic masculinity, nationalism, immigration, and class inequality – all while maintaining a visceral, infectious positivity. Singer Joe Talbot summarises: “This album is an attempt to be vulnerable to our audience and to encourage vulnerability; a brave naked smile in this shitty new world. We have stripped back the songs and lyrics to our bare flesh to allow each other to breathe, to celebrate our differences, and act as an ode to communities and the individuals that forge them. Because without our community, we’d be nothing.”

Read Joe’s full statement on the album’s inspiration and origins here.

Last week IDLES unleashed blistering 2-part album opener, “Colossus,” along with a music video that features cameos from Stone Cold Steve Austin, Fred Astaire, Evel Knievel, Jesus Christ + more. Listen/watch HERE.

This fall, IDLES will embark on their first ever global tour, including their biggest London headliner yet at O2 Forum Kentish Town on 18th October. Their last London headliner, at Heaven, sold out nearly six months in front. Full dates below, general on sale begins Friday June 8th at 10am local time. More info here.

IDLES self-released their debut album – ‘Brutalism‘ – last year. That record carried the band to #1 on Spotify’s Viral Chart, they opened for Foo Fighters at the O2, and landed on Loud & Quiet, DIY, CRACK, NME, Dork and Radio 6’s albums of the year lists among others. They’ve performed to fervent audiences at Primavera, Latitude, Reading and Leeds festivals, and were one of the biggest success stories to come out of SXSW this March (“May be the best punk show of its kind I’ve ever witnessed…felt like experiencing something people will be talking about for years to come.” – Austin American Statesmen).

‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’
Out August 31st on Partisan Records


1. Colossus
2. Never Fight a Man With a Perm
3. I’m Scum
4. Danny Nedelko
5. Love Song
6. June
7. Samaritans
8. Television
9. Great
10. Gram Rock
11. Cry To Me
12. Rottweiler

‘Tour of Joy’ 2018 dates:


11 Sept – Tokyo, JP – Daikanyama Unit
14 Sept – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
15 Sept – Fort Wayne, IN Middle Waves Music Festival
16 Sept – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
17 Sept – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
18 Sept – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmont
20 Sept –  Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
22 Sept – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
24 Sept – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
25 Sept – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
27 Sept – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
28 Sept – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
29 Sept – St.  Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill Duck Room
01 Oct – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
04 Oct – Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre
05 Oct – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
06 Oct – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
08 Oct – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
10 Oct – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
16 Oct –  Bristol, UK – SWX
18 Oct – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
19 Oct – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
20 Oct – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
23 Oct – Newcastle, UK – Riverside
24 Oct – Leeds, UK – Leeds University Stylus
25 Oct – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
26 Oct – Birmingham, UK – Institute
27 Oct – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
29 Oct – Oxford, UK –  O2 Academy
30 Oct – Lille, FR – L’Aeronef
01 Nov – Brussels, BE – Botanique
02 Nov – Leffinge, NL –  De Zwerver
03 Nov – Dusseldorf, DE – zakk
04 Nov – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
06 Nov – Groningen, NL – VERA
08 Nov – Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
09 Nov – Hamburg, DE – Knust
10 Nov – Leipzig, DE – UT Connewitz
11 Nov – Berlin, DE – SO36
13 Nov – Prague, CZ – Futurum
14 Nov –  Vienna, AT – Flex Cafe
16 Nov – Munich, DE – Ampere
17 Nov – St. Gallen, CH – Palace
18 Nov – Dudingen, CH – Bad Bonn
19 Nov – Zurich, CH – Mascotte
20 Nov – Lausanne, CH – Les Docks
22 Nov – Milan, IT – Circolo Magnolia
23 Nov – Lyon, FR – Epicerie Moderne
24 Nov – Bordeaux, FR – Rock School Barbey
26 Nov – Porto, PT – Hard Club
27 Nov – Lisbon, PT – Lisboa ao Vivo
29 Nov – Madrid, ES – Moby Dick
30 Nov – Barcelona, ES – Razzmatazz
01 Dec – Toulouse, FR – Connexion Live

The Lovely Eggs announce Autumn tour dates, Share video for “Big Sea”, On Tour in May |

Autumn Tour Dates
11 Oct – Beat Generator Live, Dundee
12 Oct – CCA, Glasgow
13 Oct – Bongo Club, Edinburgh
19 Oct – The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
21 Oct – The Roadmender, Northampton
23 Oct – The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
24 Oct – The Musician, Leicester
25 Oct – 1865, Southampton
26 Oct – The Fleece, Bristol
27 Oct – The Haunt, Brighton
28 Oct – The Scala, London
9 Nov – The Cluny, Newcastle
10 Nov – Gorilla, Manchester
New album This Is Eggland out now
On Tour in May with support from Mr Ben & The Bens
and comedian & poet Rob Auton – most dates SOLD OUT!
Festivals in the Summer!
(see full tour dates below)
With Egg Mania reaching fever pitch, due to public demand, surreal DIY punk rockers The Lovely Eggs (and hardest working band in indie), have announced another tour in the Autumn. This follows their nearly sold-out run later this month and will include the previously announced biggest London headline show to date at The Scala on 28 October. The band will also be playing at festivals in the summer, including Rebellion, Festival Number 6 and Green Man.
They have also created a marvellous video for their latest single Big Sea, which combines fantastical animation with footage from their twelve years of touring, giving a taster of the thrills in store from the live shows – as Holly Ross explains; “It’s our life on film really.” The single will be released on 7” surf blue vinyl on 18 May via Egg Records and is taken from their newly released and critically acclaimed album This is Eggland. “Big Sea” explores the mysteries of the universe with a rallying anthem to everyone who wants to live life differently.
“It’s a pretty deep song really,” said Holly, “It questions the ridiculousness of human ritualistic behaviour and tries to look at what life is all about, the universe and stuff, and the mystery that weaves its way through everything.”
Watch video for “Big Sea” here:
BBC 6 Music Album of the Day

“Exhilarating and trashy.” Uncut

“A giant leap forward.” The Independent 4*s

“Impressively focused, relentlessly brilliant and a must-go destination.” Shindig 5*s

“This is Eggland is a relentless, heartfelt statement of intent. You wouldn’t bet against them unearthing glory from the fringe for decades to come.” The Quietus
“Not since Space Ritual-era Hawkwind has anyone so successfully combined workboot riffing with the swirling bleeps of the unexplored cosmos.” Record Collector
“The duo’s sound has toughened, their edge has sharpened and their approach has streamlined as they’ve become more and more the most perfect version of themselves.” Drowned In Sound 9/10
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Since its release in February This is Eggland has won high praise from critics and fans alike. The Independent’s 4* review described it as “a giant leap forward” with The Guardian describing their single “Wiggy Giggy” as “marvellous.”
Produced and mixed by Grammy award winning producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Tame Impala) and self released on their own label Egg Records, This is Eggland confounded expectations, hitting number nine in the UK Independent National Album Chart, it also made it to number 23 in the UK Vinyl Charts and overall number 136 in the UK National Album Chart – although, had they towed the industry line and not sold the album direct to fans via their website and gigs before release day, they would have been in the top 45! Their single “Wiggy Giggy” was number eight in the Official Vinyl Singles Chart, again despite most sales coming from gigs and their own website. The album CD had to be repressed twice and the vinyl once in the first week alone. As industry outsiders, all this was achieved without the help of management, booking agent or record label support.
The Lovely Eggs are one of the most unique, innovative and genuine bands on the British Underground music scene. Holly Ross (guitar/vocals) and David Blackwell (drums) have built up a cult following, selling out gigs across the UK, as well as gaining support from BBC 6 Music and Radio One. Heavier and more in-your-face than anything they’ve done previously, This is Eggland brings together a fierce DIY ethos, surreal sense of humour and kitchen-sink realism, creating an explosive blend of motoric krautrock, 60s psychedelia and punk rock attitude.
The album received a tremendous response from radio. It was declared “Album of the Day” by BBC Radio 6 Music who also added their single “Wiggy Giggy” to the BBC 6 Music playlist. Steve Lamacq stated, “I can’t get enough of this record at the moment,” and made it the “Lamacq livener” (where it has been played every day for a week). It went on to win Roundtable and was the most popular track on both Steve Lamacq and Marc Riley‘s show on consecutive weeks. The pair played their seventh live session for Marc Riley in February before heading out on a sold out tour of the UK, with 9 out of 10 dates sold out in advance.
In April the band will release a special edition of This Is Eggland on giant fried egg vinyl especially for Record Store Day on 21 April. Limited to an eye watering 500 copies, the LP will appear in a special hand packed sleeve, designed by the band with the giant fried egg in its own polythene display sleeve with a uniquely designed cardboard top. This is a true gem for any collector. They will also make an appearance at Rough Trade Nottingham for a special in-store live performance on Record Store Day itself.
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To coincide with the release of their new single “Big Sea”, the eggs will take to the road for a string of UK tour dates in May and June, this time with their pals Mr Ben and the Bens (a firm favourite of Marc Riley) and poet and comedian Rob Auton, before a summer-full of festivals.
Full Live Dates:
24 May – Guildhall, Preston*
25 May – The Exchange, Bristol* [SOLD OUT]
26 May – The Boiler Room, Guildford*
27 May – The Printworks, Hastings*
28 May – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate* [SOLD OUT]
29 May – Portland Arms, Cambridge* [SOLD OUT]
30 May – The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham* [SOLD OUT]
31 May – The Hairy Dog, Derby*
1 June – Picturehouse Social, Sheffield* [SOLD OUT]
2 June – Long Division Festival, Wakefield
3 June – Glastonwick Festival, Shoreham By Sea
15 June – Esquires, Bedford
16 June – Greenman Ahoy (Boat Party), London
23 June – A Break In The Clouds, Clitheroe
22 July – Nozstock, Bromyard
27 July – Indietracks, Ripley
29 July – Camp Bestival, East Lulworth
3 August – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge [SOLD OUT]
4 August – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
11 August – Boardmasters Festival, Newquay
17 August – Greenman Festival, Brecon Beacons

(*with Mr Ben & The Bens and Rob Auton)

Watch video for “Wiggy Giggy” here:

Watch video for “I Shouldn’t Have Said That”
Directed by Casey Raymond

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Tickets for Scala show

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Cambridge based alternative rockers Bouquet of Dead Crows return with a brand new single “Bunched Up Bradley”

Cambridge based alternative rockers Bouquet of Dead Crows return with a brand new single “Bunched Up Bradley” -the single sees the return of original drummer Andrew Coxall after a brief sojourn in the Antipodes. Launch date is May 18th and it is a digital download only release.

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This is a one-off single which will not be appearing on the band’s new album which they are currently recording. The title of the song, which has nothing to do with the lyrics emerged from a conversation between bassist Graeme and drummer
Andrew when the position of the balls on a snooker table were misheard as being “Bunched Up Bradley”. The band have two keynote gigs outside of Cambridge, in Manchester (9th) and Newcastle (10th), coming up in early June. The gigs
feature German Shepherd label mate The Junta and fellow
Cambridge band Goldblume.

The bands’ first release since their 2015 album sees them mixing melodic vocals from Toni Cooper with the hard edged riffing that they are rightly praised for. Their debut album “Of The Night” was described as “classy smooth and trenchant rock” by The Headbanging Moose . Liverpool Sound and Vision described the release as “A magical album to come across, Bouquet of Dead Crows is a swagger of a band, one that is honest as is it enlightening, Of The Night is something special indeed.”

Formed in 2013, Bouquet of Dead Crows are an alternative Rock/Pop band from Cambridge that combines big riffs with big melodies. Their debut album ‘Of The Night’ was released at the end of 2015, which was recorded at the Parlour Recording Studio (Evil Scarecrow, Napalm Death, Evile) in Kettering. The album is available from German Shepherd Records

The band are currently working on album number two and anticipate it being released
Summer 2018 The lineup consists of Antoinette Cooper on vocals, Neil Bruce on Guitar,
Graeme Clarke on Bass, and Andrew Coxall on Drums.

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King of the Slums – ‘Artgod Dogs’ set for release on June 8th

King of the Slums – ‘Artgod Dogs’ (Album) set for release on June 8th 2018

Label – SLR Records Cat Number SLR004 Distribution – SRD

King of the Slums started up in around 1985 in the ‘Hulme’, area of Manchester, England UK. They never considered themselves a ‘Manchester’ band, just a band with an arty background, a little
self-indulgent with story-type songs. A distorted electric violin was used all the time in early recordings, along with guitar, bass and drums.

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They continued developing this sound throughout their initial singles and albums. In 1991, following their 3rd studio album, they fell out with record companies, management and each other and disbanded. Their instruments damaged, their biro’s broken. They were on the verge of a tour in the USA, and were considered a vital LIVE act.

In 2009 the band embarked on a new album, but everyone fell out again and only developed 5 or 6 new songs. The resulting album, “The Orphaned Files”, was sold out many times and is now a collector’s item but the band did not pursue things further.

In 2016 the band got back together and released a full brand new album ‘Manco Diablo’ in 2017which received widespread critical acclaim. The band are currently happy together and view their 6th studio Album ‘Artdog Gods’ as their finest piece of work to date. Notably the new album features the reintroduction of violin and viola. A live performance at Manchester’s Night and Day venue is scheduled for 23rd June 2018 in which the band will feature songs encompassing their full recorded history.

It is anticipated that this live performance will be recorded and visualised resulting in the bands 7th and final album. With no other dates currently scheduled this will mark a rare opportunity to see
King of the Slums perform live. It might be a one minute wonder, but it’s one you should not miss

“The Art of the Future will be the overthrow of situations or nothing” Debord

Steven Adams & The French Drops share video for “Ex Future” from new album Virtue Signals out today

Steven Adams & The French Drops
Share video for “Ex Future
Taken from album Virtue Signals due out this Friday, 4 May
via Hudson Records

UK Tour Underway
Tour Dates:
Wed 2 May – Manchester – The Castle
Thur 3 May – Glasgow – Hug & Pint
Fr 4 May – Newcastle – Cluny 2
Sat 5 May – York – The Basement
Sun 6 May – Halifax – Grayston Unity courtyard (afternoon)
Sun 6 May – Sheffield – Shakespeares (evening)
Wed 16 May – London – Boston Music Room
Steven Adams & The French Drops share the video for their new single “Ex Future“, taken from the album Virtue Signals, out this Friday, 4 May, via Hudson Records. The track was shared by The Line Of Best Fit, who wrote; “The new group really lock in to the motorik groove of new single “Ex Future”, before giving way to the kind of stomping chorus that Adams has always done so well… The video was created by Tom Crawford, and features a host of google-eyed monsters gyrating over a series of abandoned homes and industrial complexes.”
Steven Adams and The French Drops start their UK tonight at The Castle in Manchester. Check them out across the North of England and Scotland over the next week, with a London date at Boston Music Room on Wednesday 16 May. More info here.
Anger seldom sounds as enticing as it does on Virtue Signals. It is an album that rails against the iniquities of the world and meshes the personal with the political, without ever smacking the listener around the head. Adams (former songwriter/singer/guitarist with The Broken Family Band and Singing Adams) can’t help but be witty and empathetic even as he rages, and the fury is wrapped inside his characteristically sweet melodies.
Virtue Signals captures the sound of a band finding “its own thing”. Laurie Earle (Absentee, Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards, Wet Paint) plays guitar with a loose, intuitive touch; Michael Wood – who had played bass with The Singing Adams – switches to keyboards here, while Daniel Fordham (drums) and David Stewart (bass) from The Drink complete the band.
Following a few years of performing and recording solo (see 2014’s House Music and 2016’s Old Magick), Adams says he wanted to put together “a band where everyone was following their noses. I’ve been calling the shots for ages now, and now I can lean on these people, make more noise. It’s fair to say we share a lot of the same thoughts and feelings about the state of the world. But mostly we talk about food.”
Though the band worked on the songs for several months, the album was recorded in a little over a week, in September 2017, at Half Ton Studios in Cambridge. It was produced by Ben Nicholls, who plays with Nadine Shah, Cara Dillon, and many others, as well as helming his own Kings of the South Seas project. Adams was initially ambivalent about having a producer on board, but “Ben’s head is full of music. He came to a rehearsal and started making the occasional suggestion about songs and arrangements. At first we were a bit freaked out, but everything he suggested worked. In the studio he was in charge, which was oddly liberating.” The album was then mixed by acclaimed producer and engineer (and Hudson Records supremo) Andy Bell.
It’s over 16 years since Adams started making music with The Broken Family Band [actually Hoffman came first and were probably better – pedantic and opinionated Editor], generating critical acclaim with each subsequent release and maintaining a dedicated cult following ever since. So, all these years later – having been called a national treasure enough times to fill a pirate’s chest, without ever having become an actual pop star – why does Steven Adams still do it? “I write songs and I play them and I try not to overthink it or to feel reliant on this for anything other than what it is; sounds, words, feelings, and an excuse to hang out with good people. That’s virtue signaling, in case anyone asks.”
Praise for previous Steven James Adams album Old Magick

“It’s pleasing, this time, to hear Adams sing unadorned and less accompanied; it lets the melody run uncluttered and those brilliant lyrics step forward.” Q 4*s

“Funnier than most sitcoms.” Mail on Sunday 4*s

“Barbed, modern-life chronicles.” Uncut

“You’d struggle to find a British songwriter of the last 15 years who’s had such consistently good reviews.” The Guardian

Pre-order Virtue Signals here:
Steven Adams & The French Drops
Virtue Signals
1. Bad Apples
2. Paul
3. Ex Future
4. Last Centurys Man
5. Imprinted
6. Wolves
7. A Joke
8. Free Will
9. Desire Lines

Bury Fringe returns with Gaffa Tape Sandy, Goldblume, The Baby Seals, Tundra and 26 more!

temp2The Bury St Edmunds Fringe Festival All-Dayer returns next Saturday, 5th May to help round off this year’s Fringe shenanigans. Astonishingly, it’s the 7th consecutive year we’ve run the all-dayer, which this year sees Washing Machine, Toonteen Artist Management and up-and-coming new promoter Joel Morris team up to present no less than THIRTY artists across four stages, plus an open mic session. 
This year’s line-up showcases some of the most exciting DIY music our region has to offer, including headliners GAFFA TAPE SANDY (as part of their astonishing run of UK festival appearances, including Latitude, Live At Leeds, Liverpool Sound City and Truck), BurySOUND 2017 winners TUNDRA, Cambridge alt-rock trio GOLDBLUME and righteous Ipswich rockers THE BASKERVILLES.

Headlining CHRIS’S STAGE are mighty grunge-surf-punk heroes TUNDRA​, superbly supported by SIAH​, KELODOWN​, STEALING SIGNS​, LEMONDAZE​, BLUE MEAN EYES​, SUBSTATION and QUEEN DOGS.
Co-headlining the Toonteen Artist Management​ ROCK AGAINST RACISM STAGE is a two-headed rock hydra comprising GOLDBLUME​ and THE BASKERVILLES, whose arrival will be fearsomely foretold by THE CATCH​, KULK​, GRANDMA’S WAFFLE VELOCITY, MATT HAMMOND, BAILEY​ and ROBERT C TAYLOR.
And on Joel Morris​’s MAGIC CARPET STAGE we’ll be saluting the supreme sounds of PHOEBE AUSTIN, BEN PEGLEY, ALICIA HALL, ROSA and NOAH EVANS. There’ll also be open mic slots for anyone who fancies jumping onstage and getting involved!
Date & Time: Saturday 5th May 2018, 1-11pm
Venue: The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
Tickets: £8 on the door, £6.60 advance from
All ages welcome (under-14s must be accompanied by a parent/carer)

Full details of all Bury Fringe events can be found on our website at