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 applauded ‘Mirrors’ was 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:
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
6th Liverpool Hope and Glory Festival
12th Peterbourogh Green Meadows Festival
29th Looe (Cornwall) Looe Music Festival
14th Glasgow Garage
25th London Electric Ballroom
27th Sheffield Academy
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.
photo credit : Rik Walton
40th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
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:
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 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
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:
Download it from iTunes or Amazon here:
Stream it on Spotify here:
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.
Pix from the gigs here
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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
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.
Album artwork by Richard Hall
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.
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
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
“Garient has come a long way since picking up a guitar at 15. Since then he has evolved into a diverse and truly original singer/songwriter, not to mention producer of his own works. Producing an array various styles of music but always retaining his Pop Indie routes, this is a true songwriter. At 19 years old he decided to learn classical piano which can be heard throughout his music and has helped him write strong and definitive arrangements.
Over the years he has reached finals of competitions, gained contracts, featured on compilation albums, sold albums in Japan, and has even appeared on TV as an actor which he runs along side his Music career.
Garient is much more than a solo artist and has been involved in several bands over years.
Although he has a love for ,he feels at best being a front man where there is freedom to do what he wants, or as he puts it “Lose myself in the music and not have to think”.
With a true presence on stage and strong songwriting skills it is hard to not to appreciate. Garients ability to perform and captivate any audience in any type of venue.