‘You Love Us’ :Manic Street Preachers In Photographs 1991-2001’ by Tom Sheehan

Tom Sheehan: Manic Street Preachers

‘You Love Us. Manic Street Preachers In Photographs 1991-2001’ by Tom Sheehan



Taken from new album ‘Hajk’ out Spring 17 via Jansen Plateproduksjon

“The new track is a bold statement of intent; one that doesn’t just deserve repeated listens, but damn well demands it.” Gold Flake Paint

“Hajk’s latest single is crisp, clear, and smooth. ‘Best Friend’ is a street-ready guitar-pop track”
– Stereogum

“This new Oslo-based band will make you feel so very fine” – Noisey

“They’ve got the perfect balance of experimentation and catchy song-writing, it’s like listening to a new, cutting-edge version of Dirty Projectors.” – Indie Shuffle

“We suspect they’re going to make some serious noise”– Hilly Dilly

Previous single ‘Magazine’ featured in Indie Shuffle’s Top 10 Indie Songs Of The Year

The Guardian’s ‘One’s To Watch’

Premiered at Gold Flake Paint and described as ‘riding a somewhat exquisite wave between indie sentiments and beguiling pop music’, Hajk’s new single ‘Nothing Left To Say’ is out today on all streaming services

Their first single ‘Magazine’ premiered at Noisey here and received plenty of support from others such as Indie Shuffle, London In Stereo and Hilly Dilly, while their second single ‘Best Friend’ had it’s debut with Stereogum here.

The tracks are taken from Hajk’s self titled, highly anticipated, debut album due to be released this Spring.

Gold Flake Paint also said “Nothing Left To Say’ weaves between experimental pop meanders and a gleaming sense of assuredness that positively leaps out of the track, albeit a leap that glows with elegance amid the exuberance.”

Hajk Nothing Left To Say Magazine Best Friend Jansen Plateproduksjon

Debut album ‘Hajk’ out Spring 17 via Jansen Plateproduksjon

Hajk’s debut album is finally here, and the newest member of the Jansen family dazzles us all. Their beguiling mix of indie and intricate pop smarts has gone straight to the hearts of the listeners and fans.

Their first release, Common Sense, was listed by Norwegian radio stations almost before the band got out of their rehearsal space, and the follow-up single Magazine received a great reception from international media. In the US, Vice picked up the single straight away, and this blazed the trail for the band over there. Indie Shuffle went on to include Magazine in their top 10 songs of 2016.

Considering that they’re such a fresh band, Hajk have been surprisingly quick to adjust themselves. Not long after they’d written enough for a set of music, they played at Slottsfjellfestivalen, Øyafestivalen and by:Larm. They were playlisted by radio before they left the stage at those festivals, and now they’re here – with a confident debut and a collection of songs that any band would have envied.

Hajk are fronted by Preben Sælid Andersen and Sigrid Aase, who share the vocals, while Johan Nord (drums), Knut Olav Buverud Sandvik (bass) and Einar Næss Haugeth (keys) are the band’s backbone. Musically, Hajk are situated in a modern landscape, but looking back to the fine pop of the past, with an emphasis on very strong melodies. The band are influenced by artists like Dirty Projectors, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Amason, but still they stand firmly on their own feet, with an original sound that also challenges the genre they belong to.




‘Irresistibly charming’ NPR       ‘Our latest Scandi obsession’ i-D

‘as intoxicating and chilling as the feeling of wearing a leather jacket and sunglasses for the first time’ SPIN

Clearer than the lo-fi murkiness of the debut EP but still very much the opposite to the slick pop dominating todays musical landscape, ShitKid – AKA 24-year old Åsa Söderqvist – will release her highly anticipated debut album ‘Fish’ via PNKSLM Recordings on June 2nd.

Originally from the north of the Sweden, Åsa moved to Gothenburg after high school, starting a feminist punk band before turning inward and recording what would become her debut self-titled EP on a broken computer at home. A collection of three eerily incandescent blasts recounting the age-old tale of love at first sight was the result. Released in the spring of 2016, her unique brand of grunge-pop reached far beyond it’s lo-fi confines, with debut single ‘Oh Please Be A Cocky Cool Kid’ appearing on national TV the very next day. An expanded version of the debut EP was released in the summer of 2016, leading to numerous festival appearances in her homeland and sold-out shows in London and Stockholm, quickly becoming one of the most talked about new acts around. With live favourite “Sugar Town” leading the charge, ‘EP 2’ followed in March, inviting the listener into ShitKid’s world and showcasing Åsa’s strength as a songwriter.


Written, recorded and produced by ShitKid, ‘Fish’ cements the arrival of an anti-popstar in the making. Guitar fuzz and digital drum-beats provide a fitting platform for her tipsy musings, executed with rock n’ roll grit and charming nonchalance. Catch her live across Europe this spring/summer:

European Live Dates

1st April – Umea Open, Umea

4th to 7th April – Arhus, Denmark

15th May – Le Pont Ephemere, Paris

16th May – Cirque Royale, Brussels

17th May – Bush Hall, London

18th May – Brightelm at The Great Escape, Brighton

19th May – Komedia at The Great Escape, Brighton

21st May – Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate

24th June to 1st July – Roskilde Festival


Album Pre-Order: www.PNKSLM.com/store

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shitkidmusic

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/pnkslm


PETROL GIRLS continue UK Tour and call for video submissions

PETROL GIRLS announce UK Tour
Open call for video submissions for ‘Touch Me Again’

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

“it’s on fire from start to finish.” – Upset Magazine (4/5)

“a bloody furious ten-track barrage.” – DORK (4/5)

“Post-hardcore quartet kick sexism in the nuts on ballsy debut.” – Kerrang! (KKKK)

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

“Breathtaking.” – NARC (4/5)

Petrol Girls’ Ren Aldridge “cannot wait to come back over to the UK, see friends and have a proper good shout.” The band will hit the road in March and April, with several newly-announced headline shows, festival appearances and a stint supporting Strike Anywhere. Ren elaborates “I’m definitely not the only one feeling a bit overwhelmed by the state of politics right now, and touring always ends up being a great way of meeting people to rage, dance, hug and organise with. We’re also collecting phone video submissions to put together a video for our song Touch Me Again, which grew out of the demo chant “MY BODY MY CHOICE” and seems to be something we’ll be shouting a lot more given the escalating political attacks on women, wombs and marginalised bodies in general.” 

On the 29th March, Ren  performed solo at the book launch for ‘Nasty Women’, a book project which she contributed to. Further info here.

Petrol Girls released their debut album ‘Talk of Violence’ via Bomber Music on 18thNovember, 2016. Caustic and pertinent, Petrol Girls’ live show has to be seen in the flesh to really be experienced. The band combine manic jagged rhythms with vocals that range from furious screaming to intricate melodies and harmonies. Influenced by Refused, White Lung, Bikini Kill, Fugazi, RVIVR, Propagandhi, At The Drive-In and War On Women, Petrol Girls have sculpted a sound and a performance that is not only explosive, but highly detailed and raucous. They identify as a feminist band and draw on personal experiences to challenge and ridicule sexism, as well as exploring wider political themes, such as alienation, mental health and the current anti-austerity movement. Sometimes desperate and sometimes defiant.


Fri, 21             UK, Manchester, Manchester Punk Festival
Sat, 22            UK, Bristol, The Exchange *with Strike Anywhere
Sun, 23           UK, London, The Underworld *with Strike Anywhere
Mon, 24          UK, Exeter, Cavern *with Strike Anywhere
Tue, 25           Netherlands, Utrecht, Ekko *with Strike Anywhere
Wed, 26          Germany, Hamburg, Hafenklang *with Strike Anywhere
Thu, 27           Germany, Zwiesel, Juz *with Strike Anywhere (Sold out)
Fri, 28             Germany, Saarwellingen, Flexibel *with Strike Anywhere
Sat, 29             Belgium, Meerhout, Groezrock
Wed, 3            France, Paris, Supersonic – Free entry show
Fri, 5               Germany, Dortmund, Visions Party
6-8                   UK, Cheltenham, 2000 Trees Festival
8-11                 Slovenia, Tolmin, Punk Rock Holiday
10-13               UK, Hampshire, Boomtown Fair


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

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

Wet Dreams premiere new single ‘I Can Fly’

Wet Dreams premiere new single ‘I Can Fly’

“Land speed record rock ‘n’ roll, Wet Dreams are a band to file alongside Ty Segall’s more out-there moments, or even a group like Beach Slang.” – Clash

New 7″ ‘Cartridge Belt’ due out 19th May 2017 via Black Pop Records
the new punk, power-pop, garage rock output from Norway’sJansen Plateproduksjon (Los Plantronics, Hajk, Atlanter, Electric Eye, Death By Unga Bunga, Chain Wallet etc.)

Wet Dreams is a project featuring members from Death By Unga Bunga, FOAAAM and Warp Riders. The members found a collective interest for modern American psychedelic hard rock and punk, and have undertaken a number of shows in Oslo after they started up in 2015. Now they are finally ready to release their debut 7″ single, ‘Cartridge Belt’.

The 7″ consists of 3 songs which are about war, travels inside the mind and party rituals. Speaking about the EP songwriter Sebastian Ulstad Olsen said, “Even if the song structures aren’t miles away from the stuff I write in Death By Unga Bunga, I’ve been longing to challenge the recording and production process. I love music that bend the rules, so Wet Dreams is a great laboratory for this purpose. We probably didn’t spend more than 18 hours on this project, with great help from Preben Andersen and Øystein Braut.”

Pic Remi Eik

The record is due out 17th May 2017 via Black Pop Records, which 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. Their first two releases will be Wet Dreams ‘Cartridge Belt’ and a new single from Kynnet (featuring members of Teksti-TV 666).

Wet Dreams is:

·         Sebastian Ulstad Olsen (Death By Unga Bunga)
·         Eimund Aadahl (Warp Riders)
·         Per-Richard Ottosen (Warp Riders)
·         Bendik Pettersen (FOAMMM)


Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché

 Watch the trailer:

 Indiegogo crowdfunding details here

To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the seminal X-Ray Spex album ‘Germfree Adolescents’, a new film titled Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché is in the works. Fund-raising begins today via Indiegogo, with a cinema release date set for November 2018.

 Bi-racial, female, working class and possessing one of the most satirical perspectives in punk, X-Ray Spex founder Poly Styrene was, as Billboardproclaimed, “one of the least conventional front-persons in rock history”.

Poly was responsible for some of the most original, intelligent and exciting music of the punk era and beyond, but away from the songs, the look and that warrior-cry voice, her fascinating and sometimes frightening story, incorporating struggles with misogyny, racism and mental health issues, has remained largely untold. Until now.

“Poly Styrene remains one of the most original and dynamic voices in popular culture. We’re aiming to make a film that reflects her effervescent and vivid life, and provide a fitting cinematic tribute to her legacy as an artist and icon.” Paul Sng, Director


In this feature-length documentary, the jigsaw pieces of Poly’s life will be brought together for the first time. Original interviews, new research and previously unseen archive material are combined to present a thrilling, poetic and at times impressionistic portrait of a singer, seeker and mother. Underscored with Poly’s music from throughout her career, I Am A Cliché celebrates one of punk’s most uncompromising icons.

“We have an opportunity to celebrate an artist, a satirist, a free-thinking feminist and a serious style pioneer, but ultimately the thread running through the film will be the deep, enduring connection between a mother and her daughter.” Zoë Howe, Co-Writer

Co-written and narrated by Poly’s daughter Celeste Bell, the film will examine the past through the lens of the present, by revisiting pivotal moments and significant spaces in Poly’s history, while at the same time raising awareness of the issues she struggled with – and rose above – throughout her life.

“This film will be a celebration of the life and work of my mother, an artist who deserves to be recognised as one of the greatest front women of all time; a little girl with a big voice whose words are more relevant than ever.” Celeste Bell, Narrator and Co-Writer

I Am A Cliché director Paul Sng has previously won widespread acclaim for his film Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain. The film will be co-written by Poly’s daughter Celeste Bell and author and musician Zoë Howe, whose renowned music biographies include Typical Girls? The Story of The Slits, Barbed Wire Kisses – The Jesus and Mary Chain Story and Wilko Johnson – Looking Back At Me. Zoë and Celeste are also currently working on an accompanying Poly Styrene biography, due via Omnibus Press in November 2018.


Official site: http://polystyrenefilm.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamacliche/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PolyStyrenefilm

Vimeo trailer: https://vimeo.com/207022243

YouTube trailer: https://youtu.be/WXVEEwBEDcY

New Single from Clever Thing – ex 80s Matchbox, Bad For Lazarus, Pink Lizards and more.


Clever Thing

Stream new single ‘Fixer Upper’ HERE out via Be Pacific on April 28th

 Clever Thing have already amassed a heavy arsenal of blistering tracks and cemented their place as one of Brighton’s favourite live bands, but a single listen of ‘Fixer Upper’ confirms this as their boldest output yet. On April 28th the bands follow up single to last years ‘In A Tissy’ will be released via DIY purveyors of local psych, Be Pacific.


The strikingly angular track is a primitive delight – lyrically sharp and a frenzy of jilted riffs and dense bass. Together with B-side‘Major Swing’ (an equally intoxicating piece with loose, explosive guitar delivery that could rival Jack White), Clever Thing areprimed to satisfy any restless soul with their visceral rock’ n roll abandon.


Fronted by Rich Fownes and Daisy Coburn, the band draw inspiration from spiritual forefathers Billie Holiday and Black Flag.While that might sound chaotic, the result is remarkably precise in attitude and intention.


Having individually been acquainted with some of Brighton’s greatest exports – Bad For Lazarus, Pink Lizards, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster & UNKLE – the new outfit conspire here into an expansive and refined phenomenon, occupying, in the words of Lost In the Manor, a twisted sensibility and raw power that would leave any Iggy and the Stooges fan salivating.”


Photo credit: Steve Glashier

Artwork: James Rueben




28.04 – Green Door Store, Brighton

06.05 – The Finsbury, London




Daisy Coburn (Guitar + vocals)

Rich Fownes (Guitar + vocals)

Charles Buttons (Bass)

James Drohan (Drums)











The Anchoress Supporting Manic Street Preachers & New Headline show announced

I’m thrilled to announce two new full band shows this summer….

Firstly, I am beyond excited that I will be supporting the Manic Street Preachers again on June 22nd at Bristol Harbourside. It’s such a huge compliment to be asked back again by the band after last summer’s Eden Sessions show, where I was also asked to duet on “Little Baby Nothing” during their headline set ( – the first time it has been performed live as a duet since Kylie Minogue joined them on stage at Shepherds Bush Empire in 1996).

Tickets for the show go on sale for the show this Friday 31st March:

TICKETS & INFO: www.bristolsounds.co.uk

We will also play our ONLY full band headline show the next day as part ofChester Live, a city wide, multi venue live event that takes place 22-25th June.The Anchoress band will headline The Live Rooms on Friday 23rd June as part of the festival with a full-length, full band set. Tickets are just £12.50 adv. for single show entry. Full festival passes are also available:

TICKETS & INFO: www.chesterlive.co.uk

22nd June, BRISTOL, Bristol Sounds (supporting Manic Street Preachers)
23rd June, CHESTER, Chester Live (HEADLINE SHOW)

As well as the full band shows later this summer, I am also very excited to be supportingSimple Minds for a string of 15 dates on their UK Acoustic tour with a smaller, stripped down 3-piece.

Stepping out from my usual role in their live band, instead I’ll be opening every show of the UK tour with my piano, playing a stripped-back version of songs from the album at some of the most stunning concert halls across the country, including the legendary London Palladium.

These are my biggest solo live shows to date and I hope that you’ll be able to join me at what will be some very memorable venues this summer:

17th May, DUNDEE, Caird Hall
18th May, GLASGOW, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – SOLD OUT
19th May, GATESHEAD, Sage Gateshead – SOLD OUT
21st May, BIRMINGHAM, Birmingham Symphony Hall
22nd May, LIVERPOOL, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
23rd May, MANCHESTER, Bridgewater Hall
25th May, BRIDLINGTON, The Spa
26th May, NOTTINGHAM, Royal Concert Hall
27th May, LONDON, Palladium – SOLD OUT
29th May, BRISTOL, Colston Hall
30th May, CARDIFF, St Davids Hall
1st June, SOUTHAMPTON, The Mayflower
2nd June, POOLE, The Lighthouse
3rd June, BRIGHTON, Dome
4th June, LONDON, Theatre Royal Drury Lane

22nd June, BRISTOL, Bristol Sounds (supporting Manic Street Preachers)
23rd June, CHESTER, Chester Live (headline show)


If you’ve not yet got your hands on the stunning 2 CD and 2LP version of the album – including 5 new tracks, there are a handful of signed copies remaining now, with limited edition signed artwork postcard.  This expanded, second edition of the album has been lovingly remastered by Jon Astley, and includes 5 brand new acoustic versions of songs from the album, featuring stunning string arrangements from Gillian Wood.


17th May, DUNDEE, Caird Hall
18th May, GLASGOW, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – SOLD OUT
19th May, GATESHEAD, Sage Gateshead – SOLD OUT
21st May, BIRMINGHAM, Birmingham Symphony Hall
22nd May, LIVERPOOL, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
23rd May, MANCHESTER, Bridgewater Hall
25th May, BRIDLINGTON, The Spa
26th May, NOTTINGHAM, Royal Concert Hall
27th May, LONDON, Palladium – SOLD OUT
29th May, BRISTOL, Colston Hall
30th May, CARDIFF, St Davids Hall
1st June, SOUTHAMPTON, The Mayflower
2nd June, POOLE, The Lighthouse
3rd June, BRIGHTON, Dome
4th June, LONDON, Theatre Royal Drury Lane

22nd June, BRISTOL, Bristol Sounds (supporting Manic Street Preachers)
23rd June, CHESTER, Chester Live (headline show)

Gavin Chappell-Bates launches Kickstarter Campaign

Cambridge singer-songwriter Gavin Chappell-Bates, whose debut album was released on R*E*P*E*A*T Records last year, has just launched a Kickstarter pledge campaign for his second album called ‘The Last One’. Gavin says that the new 11 track folk-rock album will tell the story of the last human alive.

To give people an opportunity to get directly involved with the creation of the album, and to help fund it, Gavin decided to try his first crowdfunding campaign. In return for backing ‘The Last One’ pledgers get regular updates from the recording studio, exclusive access to album demos and their name in the album credits. They can also choose to have a reward such as signed CDs and vinyl, limited edition t-shirts and art prints, a private online song writing workshop, a gig at their home, a song written for them or an opportunity to appear in a music video.

In just the first few days Gavin’s fans, friends and family have already pledged 38% of the final target needed to make the project a success. If Gavin doesn’t hit the £2,000 target when the campaign ends on 16 April then he gets none of the pledges.

To find out more and get involved then visit Gavin’s Kickstarter campaign page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/366019814/the-last-one-2

Gavin plays the R*E*P*E*A*T Clash Night on May 13th at The Portland Arms and The Love Music Hate Racism Stage at Strawberry Fair on June 3rd


Manics, Slaves, R*E*P*E*A*T and more releases planned for Record Store Day 2017

Numbered Limited Edition 12″ vinyl – Record Store Day Exclusive

Side A
1  Your Love Alone Is Not Enough (featuring Nina Persson) 03:56
2  Your Love Alone Is Not Enough (DEMO – 60’s Jangle, Faster Studios) 04:04

Side B
1  Your Love Alone Is Not Enough (JAMES SOLO HOME ACOUSTIC CASSETTE DEMO) 03:41

We are excited to reveal the limited edition releases available next month to celebrate Record Store Day’s 10th anniversary. This is the start of all the fun!

The full list of over 500 records, which can be found HERE, will be making their way exclusively into independent record shops across the UK on Saturday 22nd April. The record labels have once again given us a set of special releases to work with. From this generous selection shops will each curate their own unique Record Store Day offerings. As always, there is a massive range of music on offer, across all genres, enticing more shops (and hopefully customers) than ever to get involved.

R*E*P*E*A*T’s contribution can exclusively be previewed here

Natasha Youngs of Resident Music in Brighton said “Shops all over the country will be supporting the releases with an array of events (live music, raffles, quizzes, giveaways and more), offering a day that truly celebrates the record shop culture that we all live and breathe every day. The UK’s independent record shops are a fiercely diverse set of businesses but this event brings us together to celebrate our differences.”

To mark the milestone of 10 years of Record Store Day, we have enlisted for the first time five official UK champions: Slaves, Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre), Kate Tempest, Kate Nash and Izzy Bizu.  They each have a very special release and video message to share ahead of the event which can be found HERE.

Moreover, as a birthday gift to record store fans, the first 20 people in each store queue will receive a limited edition Fred Perry collaboration record bag for the releases they find on the day. The bags have been designed for Fred Perry by UK based artists Suzi Kemp, Melvin Galapon, Jack Kimberley and David Sparshott for the 10th anniversary.

The party atmosphere will continue on the 22nd April when this year’s Record Store Day takes place.