Hotei Euro Tour 2017

March 21, 2017

Japanese superstar HOTEI returns to Europe in April 2017 with live dates scheduled in Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium, playing in many cities for the very first time.

Says Hotei:

My career started from playing in small clubs in Japan, and we built it up to the level where I was able to play in front of stadiums full of screaming fans.

And now, I’m opening the door to the world, starting again from playing small clubs in new, unfamiliar places. Back to basics, never lose your ambition even in your success―that’s my philosophy. One step at a time with your own steps, that’s the only way to achieve your dreams.

I can guarantee you that you will be up on your feet dancing once you hear me play live with my amazing band, even if you are not familiar with me. Those who are bored with experiencing live performances with no soul will be surprised at how refreshing it is to see a real ‘live’ performance!

I am really looking forward to meeting as many people as possible on this Euro tour! If you can’t connect with the soul of the audience in front of you, there’s no chance to grab the hearts of thousands!

Hotei celebrated his 35th anniversary in music in 2016 with a new “Best of” album release and an extensive touring schedule in Japan, with 57 dates across the country. The shows ranged from intimate club shows, to a free open-air concert in his hometown in front of 25,000 fans and finishing the year with his 40th performance at the Budokan in Tokyo on December 30th, where Hotei performed 35 songs to celebrate his 35 years in music.

Hotei also found time in 2016 to continue building his international profile, striking up a personal and professional relationship with Italian superstar Zucchero and performing on his latest, platinum selling, album “Black Cat”. Hotei and Zuccchero performed live together several times in 2016, including Zucchero’s first ever performance in Japan at a special event in Tokyo, and at headline shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London and Arena Di Verona in Italy.

That special relationship has continued into 2017 with Hotei joining Zucchero on stage at the prestigious San Remo Festival in Italy in February, a major TV performance viewed by millions.

Also in 2016, Hotei released singles with godfather of punk Iggy Pop and Richard Z. Kruspe (from Emigrate/Rammstein) from his critically acclaimed debut international album, “Strangers”, and performed his first-ever LA show at the legendary Troubador, returned to the Highline Ballroom in New York, and performed headline dates in Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin.

Hotei released his debut international album, Strangers, in 2015 through Spinefarm Records, a subsidiary of Universal Music. The album features an array of guests including the godfather of punk Iggy Pop singing on two songs, Emigrate/Rammstein’s Richard Z. Kruspe, Bullet For My Valentine’s Matt Tuck, Noko from UK electronic band pioneers Apollo 440, and acclaimed Texan singer Shea Seger.

Heralded by Time Out as “iconic”, and a genuine superstar in his native Japan where he has sold more than 40 million records, Hotei is best known internationally for his Kill Bill theme ‘Battle Without Honor or Humanity’ and is sought-after as a collaborator both in the studio and on stage.

http://www.hotei.com

https://www.facebook.com/HOTEI

Hotei – European Tour April 2017

March 17, 2017

I will be working with Hotei in April. For those of you interested to know, his website says “We’ve added a couple more shows to the Euro tour, which now encompasses shows in Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium. Tickets are available now for all shows. Hotei will be joined by longstanding live collaborator, Zac Alford on drums, Japanese keyboard player Okuno, and London based all rounder Noko, who will be playing bass.”

Hotei’s new album “Strangers” features collaborations with the legendary Iggy Pop, Richard Z. Kruspe from European rock gods Emigrate/Rammstein, Matt Tuck from British rock band Bullet For My Valentine, Noko from electronic music pioneers Apollo 440 and acclaimed Texas singer Shea Seger.

Hotei comments, “When I was a teenager I was going to the record shops to buy everything I could by The Beatles, The Stones, Led Zeppelin… I soon realised that almost all of it was British. With idols like David Bowie and T-Rex, I’ve always felt a strong connection to the UK and now that I am living in London, ‘Strangers’ allows me to take a step out of this new and relatively anonymous space to introduce myself. A stranger to many, remembering the days when I was young and just starting out, playing gigs to a room of only 20 people, I want to connect with people individually and let them understand me through my music.”

11th April 2017 Euro Tour: Frankfurt, Zoom
12th April 2017 Euro Tour: Cologne, Clubbahnof Ehrenfeld
14th April 2017 Euro Tour: Amsterdam, Paradiso
15th April 2017 Euro Tour: Paaspop Festival, Netherlands
17th April 2017 Euro Tour: Hamburg, Indra Club
18th April 2017 Euro Tour: Berlin, Musik + Frieden
21st April 2017 Euro Tour: Zurich, Papiersaal
22nd April 2017 Euro Tour: Brussels, Rotonde Botanique

Hope to see some of you on the road…..you can find out more on Hotei’s website. He’s a kind and decent bloke but he’s a demon on the guitar. Come and see…..

http://www.hotei.com/en/

Nightingales + Ted Chippington – UK Tour Dates in May 2016

April 25, 2016

Nightingales + Ted Chippington - UK Tour Dates in May 2016

NIGHTINGALES + Ted Chippington
UK Tour May 2016

Thu 12 – BRIGHTON, Green Door Store
Fri 13 – BRISTOL, Thunderbolt
Sat 14 – BIRMINGHAM, Flapper & Firkin
Mon 16 – LONDON, Birthdays (Dalston)
Tue 17 – MARGATE, Tom Thumb Theatre SOLD OUT
Wed 18 – MARGATE, Tom Thumb Theatre
Thu 19 – CARDIFF, Moon Club
Fri 20 – OXFORD, Cellar Bar
Sat 21 – DERBY, Hairy Dog
Tue 24 – LEICESTER, Firebug
Thu 26 – MANCHESTER, Gullivers
Fri 27 – BRADFORD, 1 In 12 Club
Sat 28 – EDINBURGH, Leith Depot
Sun 29 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Cluny 2

Buy Nightingales stuff: http://ironmanrecords.bigcartel.com/artist/nightingales

Buy Ted Chippington Vinyl: http://ironmanrecords.bigcartel.com/artist/ted-chippington

Read all about it: www.thenightingales.org.uk

Seth Faergolzia of Dufus returns with Multibird in July 2016

March 3, 2016

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Seth Faergolzia from New York here.  I’m excited to announce that my stellar new project, MULTIBIRD, will be touring Europe in July.  I’ve been performing in Europe since 2001 when I first toured with Jeffrey Lewis and Cornershop.  Ever since then, I’ve come back at least once a year with one of my projects (Dufus, Faergolzia, Heck Yup, solo).  I’m just finishing up a project called #100songs, which is a songwriting & recording project which has been released via subscription website.  We will be promoting this 4 album set and performing a “best of” from the #100songs project.

MULTIBIRD is an ensemble of four (acoustic and electric guitars, bass and drums) who I’ve been working with for over a year, developing new material, pulling up old favorites from my back catalogue, and even playing a few choice covers (Zelda, Burning Down the House, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Roll Bus Roll).  If you haven’t yet heard my music, please check out the description and websites below.  If you have heard the music, then you know you will want to book us straight away before all dates fill.

We are booking dates during the month of July.  We prefer professional music venues with sound support but very much enjoy playing art spaces, outdoor events and even house concerts as well.
I hope to hear back from you soon!!
Best,
Seth

http://faergolzia.com

Buy Seth’s work here: http://ironmanrecords.bigcartel.com/artist/dufus

Biography:

Multibird is the brand new project by Seth Faergolzia. Seth is well known for subtly harmonic, experimental lyricism, dynamic song structures, and whip-crack-acrobatic vocals with projects such as Dufus, Heck Yup & Faergolzia.  Celebrated as a vibrant example of what happens when a musician turns a genre like folk upside down and inside out, over time Faergolzia has come to represent something of a genre unto himself oft times nowhere near the folk aesthetic.

With a body of work that exceeds 20 albums and appearances in over 20 countries with the likes of The YeahYeahYeahs, Dan Deacon, Animal Collective, Regina Spektor, Jeffrey Lewis, Moldy Peaches, Kool Keith, Benevento Russo Duo, and many more, Seth Faergolzia is poised to put a spring in the step of his global following with his latest project, MULTIBIRD.  He has, in a short span of months, written 100 songs, and released one fully produced song per week through his subscription website, completing a versatile four album set called #100songs.

The band:

Seth Faergolzia leading, singing and strumming acoustic. Shaun Jones from Heck Yup, will be gently shredding electric guitar. Beat professor, drummer extraordinaire, Dominic Marini was along for the Faergolzia tour last year and has become a solid mainstay of Seth’s projects. Stan Martinelli, the youngest member of Seth’s project 23 Psaegz is wielding the bass like Thor’s hammer.  All four members of the band sing in lush harmony.

The freak-folk group will be performing a full and varied cross-section of the peerless oddball music that has delighted and baffled audiences, collaborators, and critics alike for over 2 decades. Faergolzia will continue to shake musical conventions, making moments honest and organic in their exploration of possibility.

“Phenomenal live.” – NME

“Kind and Scary.” – Spex

“Frantic fever-dream folk slashed through with rock stabs.” – The Onion

“As giddy and inventive as it is pissed off, it’s the 21st-century equivalent of the Fugs at their finest.” – Village Voice

“I have never heard anything like this before or since.” – Pop Matters

“Whip-smart pop song writing, intricately clever wordplay.” – KUSF/MTV San Francisco

“This is folk rock twisted and distorted into compelling new structures.” – Relix

“They took that saucepan and spoon and wrote a textured and intense opera… 9 of 10.” – Vice

“Tender, calm and epiphanistic lyrics.” – New York Press

“Seth Faergolzia could be the poster boy for anti-folk.” — Stylus

“Speaking in tongues on top of complex musical phrases, the inspiring frontman of Dufus makes music like nobody else.  Often impenetrable and uniquely original, his rightful place is beside Captain Beefheart and Zappa.”  –Adam Green, the Moldy Peaches

John Sinclair – Tour Dates New Orleans 2016

February 11, 2016

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Fri. Feb. 12    7:30 p.m.     Piano Poetry Paint @ Frenchy Gallery (8314 Oak St.) with Tom Worrell, Lionel Batiste & Frenchy

Sat. Feb 13         3 p.m.     Louisiana Music Factory with the Carlo Ditta Trio (421 Frenchmen St.)

Mon. Feb 15      7 p.m.       Reading from “IT’S ALL GOOD” at Frenchy Gallery

Tue. Feb 16       7 p.m.       Reading from “IT’S ALL GOOD” at Frenchy Gallery

Wed. Feb 17      7 p.m.       Reading from “IT’S ALL GOOD” at Frenchy Gallery

Thu. Feb 18       7 p.m.       Reading from “IT’S ALL GOOD” at Frenchy Gallery

Fri. Feb 19         7 p.m.       Reading from “IT’S ALL GOOD” at Frenchy Gallery

Sun. Feb. 28    10 p.m.       d.b.a. with the Carlo Ditta Trio (618 Frenchmen St.)

Mon. Mar. 7     10 p.m.     Hi-Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude), Instant Opus Improvised Series

Wed. Mar. 9       9 p.m.       Little Gem Saloon with the Carlo Ditta Trio  (445 S. Rampart St.)

Track John Sinclair on SongKick and get updates for shows as they are announced

Buy John Sinclair Books, Music and more here

Seth Faergolzia – Multibird

January 18, 2016

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Here’s a message from Seth Faergolzia of Dufus:

“Hoping all is well with you… I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be touring the UK this summer with my stellar 4 piece band, Seth Faergolzia’s Multibird.  The last couple of tours I’ve done in the UK have been just solo or with a duo supporting Jeffrey Lewis, so I’m really pumped up about coming over with a solid band.  We will have drums, bass, electric guitar and myself as usual on acoustic guitar and vocals.  We are planning on coming to the UK July 11-20 and would really love to book something with you.  Any info you’d need regarding my music over the past 20 years is available on my website www.faergolzia.com

Let’s make something awesome happen!

Best,
Seth
www.faergolzia.com

You can buy Music by Seth Faergolzia and Dufus in the Iron Man Shop

“Phenomenal live.” – NME

“Kind and Scary.” – Spex

“Frantic fever-dream folk slashed through with rock stabs.” – The Onion

“As giddy and inventive as it is pissed off, it’s the 21st-century equivalent of the Fugs at their finest.” – Village Voice

“I have never heard anything like this before or since.” – Pop Matters

“Whip-smart pop song writing, intricately clever wordplay.” – KUSF/MTV San Francisco

“This is folk rock twisted and distorted into compelling new structures.” – Relix

“They took that saucepan and spoon and wrote a textured and intense opera… 9 of 10.” – Vice

“Tender, calm and epiphanistic lyrics.” – New York Press

“Seth Faergolzia could be the poster boy for anti-folk.” — Stylus

“Speaking in tongues on top of complex musical phrases, the inspiring frontman of Dufus makes music like nobody else.  Often impenetrable and uniquely original, his rightful place is beside Captain Beefheart and Zappa.”  –Adam Green, the Moldy Peaches

Dufus with Adam Green and Regina Spektor in Brooklyn Vegan:
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2010/09/dufus_played_hi.html

Nightingales – Tour Dates in Europe September and October 2015

September 24, 2015

MAINLAND EUROPE

Wednesday 30th September: Ulm, DE – Cat Café
Thursday 1st October: Stuttgart, DE – Schocken
Friday 2nd October: St Gallen, CH – Palace
Saturday 3rd October: Ebensee, AT – Kino w/ Monochrome Set
Wednesday 7th October: Vienna, AT – Rhiz
Thursday 8th October: Budapest, HU – Durer Kert
Tuesday 13th October: Chemnitz, DE – Subway To Peter
Wednesday 14th October: Hamburg, DE – MS Stubnitz
Friday 16th October: Koln, DE – Night Of Surprise festival @ Stadtgarten w/ Holger Hiller

Buy Nightingales stuff: http://ironmanrecords.bigcartel.com/artist/nightingales

Read all about it: www.thenightingales.org.uk

Police Bastard – Gig Dates updated 2015

August 20, 2015

“Thought-provoking monologues and confrontational lyrics bring you on a cold, doom-laden journey of perpetual war, psychological mind control and disillusionment.”

Police Bastard – Confined CD (Iron Man) Distributed via Cargo Records

Police Bastard – It’s Good To Hate CD/DVD (Iron Man) Distributed via Cargo Records

Police Bastard Gig Dates:

2015
Aug 21st – The Dolls House, Abertillery, Wales https://www.facebook.com/thedollshousewales
Aug 22nd – The Sitwell Tavern, Derby
Aug 28th – Fuk Reddin Festival, T-Chances, London http://www.reknaw.com
Oct 4th – The Phoenix Bar, High Wycombe
Oct 10th – The Underground, Plymouth Rash Decision, Slug, Sickpig, Boycott The Baptisthttps://www.facebook.com/undergroundvenue
Oct 24th – T-Chances, London with Thatchers Love Child https://www.facebook.com/TChancesUK
Oct 30th – The Moon Club, Cardiff with Grand Collapse, Square Peg, and Poetic Justice
Oct 31st – The Chelsea, Bristol with The Migranes https://www.facebook.com/TheChelseaInnBS5
Nov 20th – The Rainbow, Birmingham with Anti System and Constant State Of Terror
Nov 21st – Stuck on a Name studios, Nottingham with Deviated Instinct
Dec 12th – The Rainbow, Birmingham with Warwound
Dec 27th – The Rainbow, Birmingham with GBH, Drongos For Europe

2016
Feb 27th – The Garage, Swansea
March 26th – The Moon Club, Cardiff with Conflict, Grand Collapse, Liberty, and more
Apr 1st – T-Chances, London with Discharge
Apr 23rd – The Courtyard, Rotherham with Bleed

(For all Police Bastard bookings: mark@ironmanrecords.co.uk)

Police Bastard - Confined CD Front Cover

Police Bastard – Confined – CD Album (Iron Man Records) Distributed by Cargo

Police Bastard - Confined - Terrorizer review by Ian Glasper 2014

“CVLT Nation’s Top 6 Crust Albums 2013: Police Bastard are pretty infamous at this stage, so no need for any introductions with band member links to Doom, Sore Throat, Filthkick, Sensa Yuma etc. Their new album ‘Confined’ sticks to their cynical view of the world mixed with innovative guitar textures and driving industrial intensity. Thought-provoking monologues and confrontational lyrics bring you on a cold, doom-laden journey of perpetual war, psychological mind control, disillusionment and omnipresent bullshit. For a band that has been knocking about on and off for twenty years, they could be forgiven for reverting to the formulaic. However, they rethink and deliver a furious maelstrom of complex dark hardcore, best served cold.” CVLT Nation (Dec 19, 2013)

Police Bastard - Confined Band Photo 2013

“The album starts with “The Curse Of The Cross”, an anti-theistic slice of brutality, which leaves the listener in no doubt that Police Bastard mean business. You even get a quote from Richard Dawkins about teaching the bible as fiction. Musically they give us huge chugging riffs on “Brought To Our Knees”, which tackles the blandness of multi-national companies infecting the high street, set against the backdrop of the widening gap between rich and poor. For those that like their anthems loud and stompy, “Sick Sick System” will no doubt win a seal of approval with its knock about Punk mayhem and catchy refrain, ‘sick sick system, same old bullshit’. Elsewhere on the album, we get subjects as diverse as being captivated by virtual reality (Word Confined) and environmental disaster from the hand of mankind (Cries From The Earth). Album closer “Fortress” sees organised religion attacked once more, and poses the question, how long before it crumbles…..” – Zak, Ryans Gig Guide (Dec 01, 2013)

Police Bastard - Confined CD Back Cover

“….From Mark Orton‘s cover art through the final song, “Fortress,” Police Bastard have presented an album that uses hardcore’s battering ram approach to push through a series of songs that depict how humanity has destroyed the Earth. Lines such as “We’re sealing our fate” hammer home the idea that mankind has taken the world to the edge of existence, and we’ll all soon perish, should we not change our ways. Thankfully, Confined manages to never lapse into Earth Crisis-like preaching, choosing instead to quote the likes of John Gray‘s Straw Dogs: “Long after the traces of the human animal have disappeared, many of the species it is bent on destroying will still be around, along with others that have yet to spring up. The Earth will forget mankind. The play of life will go on.” While the music is basic hardcore which occasionally aims for bigger sonic targets, the lyrics and presentation are what make Police Bastard worth checking out……” Rock Star Journalist, Rock Star Journalist (Nov 22, 2013)

Tracklisting:

The Curse Of The Cross, Brought To Our Knees, Sick Sick System, Humanimal, Cries From The Earth, Binary Thinker, Words Confined, Bite The Hand, We Are The Dead, Fortress.

The album was Recorded, Mixed, Produced and Mastered by Simon Reeves at Framework Recording Studios.

Police Bastard - Confined Inside CD wallet

Police Bastard Logo 2013

Police Bastard – T-shirts and other items of interest Buy here

IMB6020 Police Bastard – Dead to the world Album (Discography of everything from Gulf War Syndrome onwards with 7 never released new songs. Should be released next…..)

More Police Bastard info here: Police Bastard, Twitter, Facebook

The Dough Rollers

February 28, 2015

“This kid I like right now, Jack, he’s in this band The Dough Rollers. I like this kid’s style. He’s not trying to knock you over. I like watching him.”  Jack White, Rolling Stone.

The Dough Rollers

The Dough Rollers take their name from a song (Dough Roller Blues) officially recorded in the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee in 1930 by celebrated blues singer and guitarist Garfield Akers. The track Cottonfield Blues which Akers recorded a year earlier has often been credited with heralding the birth of rock n roll itself and when you consider that the Dough Rollers also cite  “Father of the Delta Blues” musician Charley Patton as a major hero you get some idea that you’re not going to see these guys on American Idol any time soon. Which is not to say that haven’t already appeared on the David Letterman Show – because they have.

The Dough Rollers are essentially Malcolm Ford (vocals, guitar) and Jack Byrne (guitar, vocals) and their history as a band dates back to 2008 when they both bonded over a mutual appreciation for blues music. Born in Wyoming Malcolm met New York-born Jack whilst out clubbing and demanded that he give him guitar lessons. Jack duly obliged and the nascent two-piece then expanded to encompass fiddler and singer Julia Tepper. Two albums quickly followed before the band expanded to a four piece for their third long playing offering (adding bass and drums) that really made people sit up and take note. Those people included Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp and Queens Of The Stone Age who all took the Dough Rollers on tour and Jack White who promptly signed the band to his Third Man Records.

The Dough Rollers released Little Lily/The Sailing Song on 7” vinyl through Third Man Records before recording the five track Gone Baby Gone EP which features Gone Baby Gone, Mansion On A Hill (produced by Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme whose previous credits include much of Arctic Monkeys Humbug), Friend Of Mine, My Love and Garbage Salad (featured on Letterman).

Released in the UK for the first time on April 6th the EP is a chance to get acquainted with Ford’s wondrous whisky-tinged vocals and Byrne’s nimble fretwork and it’s also a foretaste of the band’s debut album as a four-piece, an album they are currently recording in Manhattan’s Relicroom Studio. Gone Baby Gone EP will be available via Third Man Records from April 6th 2015.

www.doughrollersmusic.com
The Dough Rollers tour dates

Listen to a secret music link here

Police Bastard – Gig Dates 2015

January 24, 2015

Police Bastard - Tour Dates Flyer 2015

“Thought-provoking monologues and confrontational lyrics bring you on a cold, doom-laden journey of perpetual war, psychological mind control and disillusionment.”

Police Bastard – Confined CD (Iron Man) Distributed via Cargo Records

Police Bastard – It’s Good To Hate CD/DVD (Iron Man) Distributed via Cargo Records

Police Bastard Gig Dates:
March 19th – The Lughole, Sheffield with Systematik (Canada) https://www.facebook.com/thelughole
March 20th – The Black Bull, Gateshead http://www.theblackbullvenue.co.uk
March 21st – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh (Punk For Pam) with Subhumans, Paranoid Visions, Sick On The Bus, The Vile, Superfast Girlie Show, Thee Overdose, Critikill, Buzzbomb https://www.facebook.com/events/696269723740619/
April 3rd – T-Chances, London with Coitus, Short Bus Window Lickers, The Kadt http://www.reknaw.com
April 4th – Intake Club, Mansfield, Nottingham with Dogflesh, The Septic Psychos, Fear Insight, First Wave, Meansteed https://www.facebook.com/events/1079864568696573/
April 10th – The Dolls House, Abertillery, Gwent with Pizzatramp + State Of Decay https://www.facebook.com/thedollshousewales
April 11th – The Actress and Bishop, Birmingham with ANTHRAX U.K, Hagar the Womb, Lost Cherrees, Hatework Conspiracy, 16 Guns, Burning Flag, and Indecent Assault  http://theactressandbishop.com
May 12th – The Actress and Bishop, Birmingham with Poison Idea http://theactressandbishop.com
June 19th – The Actress and Bishop, Birmingham Anti System, The Vile, Scarred Society, Indecent Assault, and No Laughing Matter http://theactressandbishop.com
Aug 9th – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool http://www.rebellionfestivals.com
Aug 28th – Fuk Reddin Festival, T-Chances, London http://www.reknaw.com
Oct 9th – Fearfest, The Asylum, Birmingham The Stupids, Thirty Six Strategies, and King Of Pigs HC https://www.facebook.com/events/1538353739775580/
Oct 10th – The Underground, Plymouth Rash Decision, Slug, Sickpig, Boycott The Baptist
https://www.facebook.com/undergroundvenue
Oct 23rd – The Actress and Bishop, Birmingham http://theactressandbishop.com
Oct 24th – T-Chances, London with Thatchers Love Child https://www.facebook.com/TChancesUK
(For all Police Bastard bookings: mark@ironmanrecords.co.uk)

Police Bastard - Confined CD Front Cover

Police Bastard – Confined – CD Album (Iron Man Records) Distributed by Cargo

Police Bastard - Confined - Terrorizer review by Ian Glasper 2014

“CVLT Nation’s Top 6 Crust Albums 2013: Police Bastard are pretty infamous at this stage, so no need for any introductions with band member links to Doom, Sore Throat, Filthkick, Sensa Yuma etc. Their new album ‘Confined’ sticks to their cynical view of the world mixed with innovative guitar textures and driving industrial intensity. Thought-provoking monologues and confrontational lyrics bring you on a cold, doom-laden journey of perpetual war, psychological mind control, disillusionment and omnipresent bullshit. For a band that has been knocking about on and off for twenty years, they could be forgiven for reverting to the formulaic. However, they rethink and deliver a furious maelstrom of complex dark hardcore, best served cold.” CVLT Nation (Dec 19, 2013)

Police Bastard - Confined Band Photo 2013

“The album starts with “The Curse Of The Cross”, an anti-theistic slice of brutality, which leaves the listener in no doubt that Police Bastard mean business. You even get a quote from Richard Dawkins about teaching the bible as fiction. Musically they give us huge chugging riffs on “Brought To Our Knees”, which tackles the blandness of multi-national companies infecting the high street, set against the backdrop of the widening gap between rich and poor. For those that like their anthems loud and stompy, “Sick Sick System” will no doubt win a seal of approval with its knock about Punk mayhem and catchy refrain, ‘sick sick system, same old bullshit’. Elsewhere on the album, we get subjects as diverse as being captivated by virtual reality (Word Confined) and environmental disaster from the hand of mankind (Cries From The Earth). Album closer “Fortress” sees organised religion attacked once more, and poses the question, how long before it crumbles…..” – Zak, Ryans Gig Guide (Dec 01, 2013)

Police Bastard - Confined CD Back Cover

“….From Mark Orton‘s cover art through the final song, “Fortress,” Police Bastard have presented an album that uses hardcore’s battering ram approach to push through a series of songs that depict how humanity has destroyed the Earth. Lines such as “We’re sealing our fate” hammer home the idea that mankind has taken the world to the edge of existence, and we’ll all soon perish, should we not change our ways. Thankfully, Confined manages to never lapse into Earth Crisis-like preaching, choosing instead to quote the likes of John Gray‘s Straw Dogs: “Long after the traces of the human animal have disappeared, many of the species it is bent on destroying will still be around, along with others that have yet to spring up. The Earth will forget mankind. The play of life will go on.” While the music is basic hardcore which occasionally aims for bigger sonic targets, the lyrics and presentation are what make Police Bastard worth checking out……” Rock Star Journalist, Rock Star Journalist (Nov 22, 2013)

Tracklisting:

The Curse Of The Cross, Brought To Our Knees, Sick Sick System, Humanimal, Cries From The Earth, Binary Thinker, Words Confined, Bite The Hand, We Are The Dead, Fortress.

The album was Recorded, Mixed, Produced and Mastered by Simon Reeves at Framework Recording Studios.

Police Bastard - Confined Inside CD wallet

Police Bastard Logo 2013

Police Bastard – T-shirts and other items of interest Buy here

IMB6020 Police Bastard – Dead to the world CD Album (Discography of everything from Gulf War Syndrome onwards with 7 never released new songs. Should be released next…..)

More Police Bastard info here: Police Bastard, Twitter, Facebook

The Nightingales – Free download & October 2014 gigs

October 20, 2014

Nightingales - Out of True

Following a hiccup earlier in the year, thanks to a studio in Birmingham erasing four ‘Gales recordings (yeah really), the band are pleased to announce that their free download Covers Club is up and running again. Please take a listen to the latest cover version and forward the link to your family and friends.
http://thenightingales.bandcamp.com/

Also… the Nightingales along with their mate Ted Chippington are playing a few shows this month in remembrance & in celebration of John Peel who died ten years ago on October 25

Wed 22 – LONDON, Dublin Castle + I, Ludricous & The Mighty Clang Band (Clive Langer w/ Andy McKay & others, including Suggs?)
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/278323
https://www.facebook.com/events/304440333082020/

Fri 24 – SCARBOROUGH, Corporation Club + Eton Crop, Crumplehorns, The Subterranean Gentlemen & Lottie Holmes
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scarborough-john-peel-day-10th-anniversary-gig-with-the-nightingales-tickets-12473044211
https://www.facebook.com/events/570950153024782/

Sat 25 – STOCKTON ON TEES, Georgian Theatre + Blue Orchids, Terry And Gerry, The Wolfhounds, Inca Babies, Eton Crop,
A Witness, The Great Leap Forward, Crumplehorns, The Things, Pellethead & Terry Edwards
http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bigfigurepromotions
https://www.facebook.com/events/489508031195030/

Mon 27 – SHREWSBURY, The Vaults + Heartbeat Wunderbar
http://www.caroline-true-records.com/products/john-peel-celebration-evening-nightingales-ted-chippington-the-vaults-shrewsbury-monday-27th-october-2014
https://www.facebook.com/events/508165502653020/

www.thenightingales.org.uk
www.facebook.com/thenightingalesuk
https://twitter.com/_Nightingales

You can buy all sorts of Nightingales stuff in the Iron Man Shop

Nightingales – "Out Of True" in 2014

January 4, 2014

Born out of Birmingham’s original punk group The Prefects, the Nightingales have stubbornly ploughed their own furrow in the field of alternative rock n roll for three decades. 2006 saw the release of “Out Of True” on Iron Man Records and the return of a reformed Nightingales after some years away. The band have not wasted much time since then and yet another new album is on the way for 2014.

Nightingales - Out of True

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The new album, which remains secret for now, was recorded at Faust studio in September 2013 for release in spring 2014. There will be a vinyl lp and the record label & title will be confirmed soon.

The band hope to announce tour dates for UK/Europe for  April and May and some Festivals to be confirmed for over the summer/autumn 2014.

There may be some United States dates in Sept/Oct time too.

Nightingales are planning a 7″ 45rpm to be released at some point & another album to be recorded later in the year for early 2015 release.

Described in John Robb’s definitive post punk biography ‘Death To Trad Rock’ as “the misfits’ misfits”, the band has constantly garnered praise and respect from other artists and received endless glowing press reports, particularly for their live shows. Led by singer/lyricist Robert Lloyd (‘The most underestimated songwriter of his generation’ according to Ben Thompson in the Independent) the latest incarnation of the Nightingales are back again with a new album recorded at Faust studio in September 2013 for release in spring 2014. There will be a vinyl lp and the record label & title will be confirmed soon.

Birmingham’s original punk group The Prefects had been part of The Clash’s ‘White Riot Tour’, recorded a couple of Peel sessions, released a 45 on Rough Trade and, years after splitting up, had a retrospective CD released by NY label Acute Records to all round glowing reviews – from Rolling Stone to webzines.

The Nightingales was formed by former members of The Prefects following that band’s demise in 1979.

With an ever fluctuating line up, based around lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd, the Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early ’80’s as darlings of the credible music scene and were championed by John Peel, who said of them – “Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980’s to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans”.

The group recorded a bunch of critically acclaimed singles (Almost always ‘Single Of The Week’ in the music press) and three albums, plus many radio sessions for their great supporter Peel – more than any other band bar The Fall. They also regularly toured the UK and Northern Europe, as headliners and supporting acts as diverse as Bo Diddley and Nico.

In the late Eighties the Nightingales stopped working but, following the occasional gig between times, they re-grouped in 2004, with Lloyd being joined by original Prefects guitarist Alan Apperley.

Since restarting the group have been more productive than ever – releasing five 7″ vinyl singles and three studio albums (Plus two live ‘bootleg’ albums), touring England, mainland Europe and USA numerous times, recording many radio sessions along the way. They have been invited to play various festivals in Europe and the States, including Glastonbury and SXSW. Their “Let’s Think About Living” 45 was ‘Single Of The Week’ on BBC 6 Music and they have continued to receive regular rave reviews for their records and live shows.

2006 saw the release of “Out Of True” on Iron Man Records and the return of a reformed Nightingales after some years away. In 2008 the band recorded “Insult to Injury” produced by Hans Joachim Irmler of krautrock legends Faust which was released in 2009 on Irmler’s Klangbad label. “The Lost Plot”, an Irmler produced 10″ EP was released to coincide with the band’s Euro tours in 2011.

“No Love Lost” was also recorded at Faust Studio in Germany but this time self produced and was released in April 2012.

small selection of recent press:

Nothing could have prepared for the astonishing revelation of Robert Lloyd’s Nightingales… The cumulative effect is one of euphoric delight, of old knowledge in the hands of new disciples. “Dig the depth of the furrow of mirth that I can plough,” sings Lloyd on The Overreactor. Tonight The Nightingales hit an epic new low. Catch them when they’re at it again – MOJO, UK

The Nightingales have always been simply a great rock ‘n’ roll band and 32 years on they’re right at the top of their game – THE STOOL PIGEON, UK

The Nightingales – they’re back and they’re marvellous – MARC RILEY/BBC 6 MUSIC, UK

Nightingales are unreal. The level of playing and songwriting after their post-punk hiatus is unparalled by any of their generational comeback cohorts – TERRE T/WFMU, USA

With The Fall getting Lifetime Achievement awards and Gang Of Four canonised it is long past time the wayward genius of Robert Lloyd and his cohorts was recognised – RECORD COLLECTOR, UK

Rock & Roll at its best – SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, GERMANY

Consistently excellent, the Nightingales are back, as ferociously sardonic as ever. Nice to see them still mad, still funny, still wrecking the furniture after all these years. – DUSTED, USA

Shows just how poor these skinny jeaned little shits currently doing the rounds really are. – TASTY, UK

The Nightingales in Southend on Friday jetted in to my top ten gigs of all time – PHILL JUPITUS/BBC 6 MUSIC, UK

Forget all these NME Band of the Week types, who make out they don’t care, they won’t compromise, etc, whilst wearing the same indie uniform and churning out the same tired old riffs. They don’t need your attention. The Nightingales do. Because rock ‘n’ roll rarely gets as uncompromising as this – PLASTELIN, SERBIA

The Nightingales revisited their past and offered up the future. Still stunningly relevant – LONDON EVENING STANDARD, UK

The Nightingales subjugate a rapt and breathless audience with a performance of sinewy magnificence – DAILY TELEGRAPH, UK
Tuesday night at the Cake Shop in NYC. One of the best shows I’ve seen in years. Jangly, angsty, angular, punk, post-punk, just rock and roll, whatever, they destroyed – DAN SELZER/ILXOR, USA

The Nightingales have been responsible for some of the most genuinely innovative minority music of the past three decades. – THE QUIETUS, UK

They sound wired, edgy, boozy and as dangerous as ever, like a new band full of that energy that comes with those first moves and not a band who’ve been doing this since the start of punk. Robert Lloyd really shouldn’t be this good after all these years, should he? – THE ORGAN, UK

Boozy and deranged, Insult to Injury is how the new Franz record ought to sound – VICE, UK

This is a living, breathing beast of an album – ARTROCKER MAGAZINE, UK

This is their fiercest, most lacerating album yet, better by a good margin than the mid-1980s Pigs on Purpose…and that was excellent – BLURT, USA

Their freshest and most subtly intoxicating work to date – OBSERVER MUSIC MONTHLY, UK

The new album from the ‘Gales is their finest for 27 years. Start here and work backwards – SUNDAY TIMES, UK

Unlovable as ever. The Nightingales remain hard work for precious little gain – MOJO, UK

“The new album by Nightingales is brilliant. One of the fiercest and most exhilarating rock records I’ve heard in ages.” Andrew Male, MOJO

Nightingales ‘No Love Lost’ cd/dd – Cooking Vinyl – Released April 30th 2012 – Press Report March 30th 2012

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Seth Faergolzia of Dufus Europe Tour May 1st – 26th 2014

January 1, 2014

Seth Faergolzia of Dufus will be back in Europe from May 1st-26th. Ever since his days as the mastermind behind critically-acclaimed avant-boho outfit Dufus, Seth Faergolzia has blazed colorful trails into modes of expression one couldn’t have foreseen even as Dufus were being hailed as “freak folk” innovators.

When Faergolzia first emerged out of lower Manhattan at the turn of the millennium, he cut quite the figure as a trailblazing artist committed to pursuing his vision on the fringe of the fringes, quickly distinguishing himself as a visionary with an entertainer’s flair and a penchant for bending minds. Naturally, the surface absurdism of his output drew comparisons to likeminded iconoclasts like Captain Beefheart, Zappa, Ween, and Mr. Bungle. But, Faergolzia has come to represent a genre unto himself, the labyrinthine pathways of his inspiration delighting audiences and collaborators alike. In his new live show, taking the stage as a one-man tornado of sound, Faergolzia draws from new material, electronic samples, loops, improvisations, and choice selections from the Dufus vault — a full and varied cross-section of the matchless oddball muse that has delighted audiences, collaborators, and critics alike for over a decade.

You can buy Dufus – The Last Classed Blast, Dufus – Neuborns and many more Dufus and Seth Faergolzia CDs in The Iron Man Shop here: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

 

Seasick Steve Tour October November 2013

September 25, 2013

Seasick Steve - Tour Dates 2013
October

11/10/13 NL Vereniging, Nijmegen

13/10/13 NL Paard van Troje, Den Haag

14/10/13 NL Oosterpoort, Groningen

16/10/13 NL Vredenburg, Utrecht

18/10/13 FR Alhambra, Paris

20/10/13 D Fabrik, Hamburg

21/10/13 DK Vega, Copenhagen

23/10/13 NL Effenaar, Eindhoven

27/10/13 Rockhal, Luxembourg

28/10/13 D Stollwerk, Cologne

30/10/13 D Alte Kongresshille, Munich

31/10/13 D Centralstation, Darmstadt

November

2/11/13 CH Komplex 457, Zurich

4/11/13 D Longhorn, Stuttgart

5/11/13 I Magazini Generalli, Milan

7/11/13 NL Trix, Antwerp

Here’s Seasick Steve and Crazy Dan playing some Kitchen Music. Come and join the fun on tour, you know you want to.

And this is SEASICK STEVE’s Single “DOWN ON THE FARM” released JUNE 17th 2013

TRACK TAKEN FROM NEW ALBUM ‘HUBCAP MUSIC

’…an album steeped in gritty boogie and even grittier attitude.’ 4/5 The Independent

‘…he continues to make up for lost time in irrefutable style.’ 4/5 The Mirror



‘…raw and true’ 8/10 Uncut

Seasick Steve announced the release of his new single ‘Down On The Farm’, for June 17th, available to download now.

Hot on the heels of his sold-out headline UK tour, Steve is set to release album opener and fan favourite ‘Down On The Farm,’ another inimitably brilliant track that fuses all the best elements of rock n’ roll and bluegrass from a bygone time.

Known to his fervent fan base as an electrifying live performer, Steve was recently joined on stage by John Paul Jones at his rousing headline show at London’s Roundhouse, and fans can look forward to seeing Steve throughout the summer festival period, with appearances at Glastonbury and Lounge On The Farm amongst many others.

Hubcap Music, Steve’s 6th studio album and currently number one on the UK Record Store Chart, has been his most critically acclaimed to date and follows in the wake of Gold Certified album ‘You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks’.

As well as featuring in Steve’s incredible live show, John Paul Jones also worked with Steve and performed on the recording sessions for ‘Hubcap Music’, which features a roll call of incredible artists including Jack White, Luther Dickinson and Elizabeth Cook.

For more information on Seasick Steve always visit http://www.seasicksteve.com for more details and if you are curious to know what goes on you can follow @Seasick_Steve

….If thats not enough you can try following me on twitter for the odd Seasick Steve related update as i’ll be working for him on the tour as one of the crew. cheers mark

Seasick Steve Tour Dates August, September, October, November 2013

August 7, 2013

To get confirmed details on all dates always make sure you check www.seasicksteve.com but while you are here…..

08/08/13 BELGIUM Lokeren – Lokerse Feesten
16/08/13 HOLLAND Biddinghuizen – Lowlands Festival
17/08/13 UK Stafford – V Festival
18/08/13 UK Chelmsford – V Festival
15/09/13 BELGIUM Leffinge – Leffinge Leure Festival

October

11/10/13 NL Vereniging, Nijmegen
13/10/13 NL Paard van Troje, Den Haag
14/10/13 NL Oosterpoort, Groningen
16/10/13 NL Vredenburg, Utrecht
18/10/13 FR Alhambra, Paris
20/10/13 D Fabrik, Hamburg
21/10/13 DK Vega, Copenhagen
23/10/13 NL Effenaar, Eindhoven
27/10/13 Rockhal, Luxembourg
28/10/13 D Stollwerk, Cologne
30/10/13 D Alte Kongresshille, Munich
31/10/13 D Centralstation, Darmstadt

November

2/11/13 CH Komplex 457, Zurich
4/11/13 D Longhorn, Stuttgart
5/11/13 I Magazini Generalli, Milan

SEASICK STEVE released the Single “DOWN ON THE FARM” on JUNE 17th 2013

TRACK TAKEN FROM NEW ALBUM ‘HUBCAP MUSIC

’…an album steeped in gritty boogie and even grittier attitude.’ 4/5 The Independent

‘…he continues to make up for lost time in irrefutable style.’ 4/5 The Mirror



‘…raw and true’ 8/10 Uncut

Seasick Steve announced the release of his new single ‘Down On The Farm’, for June 17th, available to download now.

Hot on the heels of his sold-out headline UK tour, Steve is set to release album opener and fan favourite ‘Down On The Farm,’ another inimitably brilliant track that fuses all the best elements of rock n’ roll and bluegrass from a bygone time.

Known to his fervent fan base as an electrifying live performer, Steve was recently joined on stage by John Paul Jones at his rousing headline show at London’s Roundhouse, and fans can look forward to seeing Steve throughout the summer festival period, with appearances at Glastonbury and Lounge On The Farm amongst many others.

Hubcap Music, Steve’s 6th studio album and currently number one on the UK Record Store Chart, has been his most critically acclaimed to date and follows in the wake of Gold Certified album ‘You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks’.

As well as featuring in Steve’s incredible live show, John Paul Jones also worked with Steve and performed on the recording sessions for ‘Hubcap Music’, which features a roll call of incredible artists including Jack White, Luther Dickinson and Elizabeth Cook.

For more information on Seasick Steve always visit http://www.seasicksteve.com for more detail

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