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The Singing Loins

Unravelling England

    Authentic raw folk from the Medway delta. The Singing Loins are back with their tenth album, proving that genius is nothing more than gritted teeth and enduring patience. "Unravelling England" features 12 brand new songs recorded as demos over a period of 18 months on a mate's cheap digital machine. It was soon apparent that the energy and imperfection they'd captured should be released as it stood. Chris Broderick & Chris (Arfur) Allen started The Loins as a raw, stripped down acoustic duo in 1990 and soon had Medway legend Billy Childish in their corner. He recorded their first two albums live in his bathroom onto a mono Revox tape machine and released them on his Hangman label. These savage rarities are now swapping hands for big dollars on EBay and are often quoted as major influences by young purveyors of punk/folk. After a couple more self-released albums and an album with Billy Childish on Damaged Goods, they split in 1999. After a 6 year lay-off they shook hands and returned in 2005 with a triumphant comeback album, "Songs To Hear Before You Die", and a year later were joined by Rob Shepherd, who played junk shop banjo and mandolin on their 2007 album, "The Drowned Man Resuscitator". Joined on "Unraveling England" by double bass player, John Forrester, The Loins offer up another dozen short stories from the end of old England's pier. Songs of underdogs, suicides, circus freaks, the bereaved, frustrated and heart-broken, the washed up and mentally ill. The jealousies, violence, hypocrisy and religion of humanity. And some pretty good tunes, too!

    CTMF

    All Our Forts Are With You

      In 1976/ 77 the ‘shortly to be’ Billy Chyldish, as well as being head of research in the counties first fortress study group The Medway Military Research Group, was working as an apprentice stonemason in Chatham dockyard. After seeing a feature on punk on the London Weekend show Billy thought he wouldn’t half mind being the singer in a punk rock group himself. Childish duly left work and suggested to a few old secondary school mates that they should form one pronto. “What about a name?” they asked, “simple”, answered Wild Billy, “we’ll be called CTMF.” Button Nose Steve, who was to shortly give Billy Chyldish his punk moniker – and even owned a Woolworth’s guitar, and Dave Marsh, a form mate who said he might buy a drum kit one day – both nodded slightly.

      36 years later, and CTMF have finally come into being. No ones sure where Dave Marsh now is, but button nose Steve is busy feeding pigs and ducks on his small holding in New Romney and Billy Chyldish, with other mates, has recorded an LPs worth of material – and half a dozen 45’s for different destinations around the globe – utilising lyrics first jotted down for the original CTMF line up in 1977. Billy describes CTMF group as “the epitome of modern”.and their sound as “the sound of yesterday, tomorrow” All of their records are released under the moniker CTMF. Some say this stands for Copyright TerMination Front, others claim it is simply short form for Clarity Through Fuzz .There have been numerous rumours that Jimmy Cauty plays bass and that it is none other than Bill Drummond that can be heard on Xylophone. Billy, however, muses that though he is indeed friends with Jimmy Cauty – and has in the past been in correspondence with Bill Drummond – he has never knowingly heard of the KLF as he “gave up on music after punk turned crap at the end of 77”. People in the know can vouch that all this is in fact truth.

      Cowbell

      Tallulah / Cry Baby

        “Tallulah” is the lead single from Cowbell's debut album, it features an exclusive B-side, “Cry Baby”

        Cowbell are Jack Sandham and Wednesday Lyle.The duo play garage/soul/rock n roll and write songs that combine a lyrical charm and ease with a sound that's full-bodied and powerful in spite of their stripped-down set-up. They take their influences from both sides of the Atlantic with a love for both the output of U.S labels such as Stax, Motown and Sun and for British sixties R and B bands such as The Small Faces, The Kinks and The Zombies. The pair had been friends for a long time when in the in summer of 2009 Wednesday decided to start playing the drums. Jack had been involved in bands before but was playing solo shows when Wednesday asked if he’d come along and play guitar. It felt good straight away and they started writing songs and played their first gig together just one month later.

        Thee Headcoats

        In Tweed We Trust

          Thee Headcoats were mainly Billy Childish (Git/Vox) Bruce Brand (Drums) and Johnny Johnson (bass), they formed in 1989 after Billy's previous band Thee Mighty Caesers gave up the ghost. By 1992 they had already released something like 6 albums and 15 singles.Lots more releases followed including this great LP In Tweed We Trust originally released in 1996, the follow up to the equally great Conundrum. Thee Headcoats carried on touring and releasing records in every corner of the world until mid 2000 when they called it a day. During the '90's I must have seen them 60 times, I even went over to Japan with them in 1993. There was something really natural about them, no bullshit. We did the 'We hate The Fuckin' NME' single after NME journo Johnny Cigarettes walked out of their gig in Archway after insisting that he should get in for free as he was from the NME and then reviewing Thee Headcoatees by saying their was no girls in the band (he left before they came onstage!!). 

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Coloured LP Info: Limited Lp Pressing On Duck Egg Blue Vinyl To Match The Cover

          Johnny Moped

          Motorhead / City Kids - Picture Disc Edition

            **Cover of classic Motorhead 7”** We asked a few of the bands we've worked with over the years to come up with a cover version of one of their favourite 7" singles. The interesting thing is that they also had to do the original b-side as well. That made it a lot trickier and a few fell by the wayside but we've ended up with a great set of seven singles.

            Holly Golightly

            Singles Round-Up

              Holly Golightly (real name) started her musical career as a founder member of all girl garage band Thee Headcoatees, a Billy Childish /
              Thee Headcoats splinter group in 1991. She spent four years as a Headcoatee before breaking away to release her debut record, The Good Things, in 1995. Where the Headcoatees sound was a blend of girl group sounds and three-chord garage-rock with all the original songs coming from the pen of Billy Childish, Holly's solo sound is more a blend of pre-rock electric blues, folk rock, and less frantic rock 'n' roll. Apart from the wide range of covers of such artists as Willie Dixon, Ike Turner, Lee Hazelwood, Wreckless Eric, and Bill Withers, Golightly also writes most of her own material.

              Holly Golightly is definitely the most interesting and diverse artist to come out of the Billy Childish school and is certainly one of the better singer/songwriters of the post-grunge era who gets better with every album. Since her debut in 1995, Golightly has been very prolific, releasing a string of classic long play records and loads of singles for a wide variety of labels as well as touring extensively in America, Australia & Europe. This double vinyl LP, (or single CD newly packaged in a digipack) compiles Holly's first twelve 7” singles, A & B-sides. It includes the bluesy 'No Big Thing' with its bar-room piano and harmonica backing, the dirty guitar-driven 'Til I Get, the shuffling brushed drums and double bass of 'Come The Day, the haunting vocal and bottleneck guitar of 'Stain' and finishes with a brilliant up-tempo cover of Pavement's 'Box Elder'.

              Cyanide Pills

              Just For You / I'm Celebrating

                cover of the Glitter Band classic ‘Just For You’ and comes backed with the original b-side ‘I’m Celebrating’ and a homage version of the original French 7” sleeve along with our ‘tribute’ to the classic Bell records label from the '70s. The Cyanide Pills will be back in London in December for one of their Xmas gigs

                Miss Ludella Black

                Till You Lie In Your Grave

                  Ex-Headcoatee - Back With A New LP! Featuring The Masonics! Miss Ludella Black is back with brand new LP Till You Lie In Your Grave, her follow up to 2008's From This Witness Stand. Yes, 10 long years but worth the wait! Till You Lie In Your Grave is the former Delmona and Headcoatee, Ludella's 3rd and favourite solo album released by Damaged Goods. It was recorded at Jim Riley's Ranscombe studio, in her home town of Rochester in Kent. The fourteen songs include twelve titles penned by Mick Hampshire, a cover of The Beatles' 'Wait', and a nod to her headbanging days with a rendition of Black Sabbath's 'Am I Going Insane'. Pour yourself a large Merlot, sit back, relax and enjoy! By the way,the sharp eyed of you may notice that the location of the photo shoot on the record cover bears an uncanny resemblance to that on the Headcoatees' Girlsville LP. Funny that! “Of all the creatures, man alone has ears on his stomach.”

                  The Senior Service

                  King Cobra

                    The Senior Service are back with their follow up to 2016’s The Girl In The Glass Case. Fans of their soundtrack inspired instrumentals will dig this new collection which features the recent 7” 'Slingshot' and 12 other fine cuts. Get tuned in to the twangy guitar, churning organ, pumping bass and funk drums that define The Senior Service! She lays coiled in the dark, her smooth skin pushed hard against the coarse wicker-work of her small prison. Eyes glisten emerald green through the blackness; a pink tongue darts from her mouth, lightning fast. She is patient but expectant, like a spring pressed down hard into the cavity of a music box, ready, waiting… The sudden crash of a guitar chord begins to chug rhythmically, purposefully – her senses are awoken and then, immediately captivated, she uncoils.

                    Hypnotised by the sound, she raises her body from its curled position and with little force, loosens the lid of her prison – she lifts her head into the newly discovered light just as the music builds. A cathartic trance overtakes her and she begins to dance, her long slender body swaying from side to side in perfect harmony with the aural pleasures that have entranced her. The music continues as she slides gently down the outside of the basket that has kept her incarcerated for countless hours. Her freedom tastes exquisite and the accompanying soundtrack feels perfect – so many sounds; textures; rhythms. And as the bright blue sky moves through a myriad of ever-darkening hues, she is relentless in her dance, unable to shake the hypnotic hold that the music has over her.

                    Then, as the music fades, she awakens from her trance, renewed, invigorated; she grows taller and lifts her face to touch the moon – a perfectly cylindrical white disc that hangs in the ink black sky – and with the music forever within her, she glides with sensual reptilian grace into the night. 

                    CTMF

                    Something's Missing Inside / Walking On The Water

                      Brand New 7” from Billy Childish's CTMF! The A-side is an alternate version of a track from the band's recent Brand New Cage LP. The B-side is a cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic exclusive to this release. “My interest in music is very much of when it was a vaudeville tradition, before it turned into rock... When I'm writing lyrics either I get an idea from the outside world or the world of rock 'n' roll - we reference things quite openly which most people don't do.” Billy Childish – July 2017

                      CTMF

                      About Brian (Alt.Version) B/W The Fields In Mist (unreleased)

                        The A-side is an alternate version of a track from the band's recent Brand New Cage LP. The B-side is exclusive to this release.
                        “There's a plaque to Mick and Keith at Dartford station saying 'here they formed the Rolling Stones.' To his great credit Bill Wyman is pretty pissed, you can see him complaining on YouTube about it, saying it's nonsense and that Brian formed the group... he's like the conscience and the talisman of The Rolling Stones. Apparently quite a difficult character in a lot of ways. His idiosyncratic take on things meant his demise was like the end of the validity of rock music.” Billy Childish – July 2017


                        CTMF

                        In The Devil's Focus

                          BBC 6music Sessions For Marc Riley And Gideon Coe) “We're like a cherry tree in the garden that nobody can be bothered to scrump cos it has slightly undersized fruit which has not been standardised for a supermarket. But we're the real thing and the jays and the crows like us.” Billy Childish – July 2017

                          For one week in July this year Billy Childish & CTMF had the unique distinction of airing radio sessions on both Marc Riley and Gideon Coe's BBC 6Music shows. The songs broadcast during the week, of Billy Two Mates, (as it became known) is now available on a limited edition 10” vinyl LP.

                          The Galileo 7

                          Tear Your Minds Wide Open!

                            Medway garage-psych at its finest! Limited to 300 vinyl copies with free CD featuring an exclusive extra track! Prior perception is a right nause, especially when it comes to The Galileo 7. This Kentish quartet have now been kicking out keen psych-pop nuggets since 2010, over the course of four albums and several 45s, but vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Allan Crockford's illustrious past and parallel present, as bassist with a roll call of the greatest British bands of the past 30+ years – The Prisoners, The James Taylor Quartet, The Prime Movers, The Solarflares, Graham Day & The Forefathers – seems to have, weirdly, done 'em no favours.

                            And in an age when peeps of a certain age are going goo-goo googly-eyed over the XTC back catalogue, rediscovering all manner of 60s psych-pop and garage treats, and lionising such moderne combos as Thee Oh Sees and Tame Impala, that the Galileo 7 haven’t reaped comparable plaudits seems just plain stoopid... This, their fifth album (counting the scorching “Live-o-Graphic” set), sounds like the work of a quartet of twenty-somethings – it’s high-energy, psychedelic garage rock’n’roll, replete with catchy, memorable tunes, seriously gnarly guitar, darkly humourous lyrics, four-part harmonies, Viv’s searing organ, Paul’s pin-point bass work and gloriously crash, bang, wallop drums, in a Keith Moon meets Thom Mooney (The Nazz) vein. The latter comes courtesy of longtime Galileo 7 bassist Mole (Embrooks / Higher State / State Records), whose shift to the drum seat has really kicked everything up a notch – his dynamite sticksmanship and stellar backing vox really bring out the best in the band

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

                            Buff Medways

                            1914

                              Billy Childish formed The Buff Medways in 2000. Their full name was Wild Billy Childish & The Friends of the Buff Medway Fanciers Association.  During the 19th century a breed a chicken was developed peculiar to the Medway area. The breed, now extinct, was a table bird for the London hotel market. The BUFF MEDWAY project, based at Fort Amherst, Chatham, attempted to recreate that ancient fowl through a selective breeding project.

                              The BUFF MEDWAYS cut a dash with their Victorian army uniforms and vintage Vox amps. The gear may be old but as one critic wrote the band were “the snarled lip embodiment of rock’n‘roll spirit rather than nostalgia or shabby revivalism”. Live and on record The BUFF MEDWAYS were all about great songs and vibrant raw energy – no frills! The original line up was Billy on guitar and vocal, Johnny Barker (bass) and Wolf Howard (drums), both ex-Daggermen. Johnny later left the band and was replaced by Graham Day (The Prisoners). They released two LPs for Graham Coxon’s label Transcopic Records Steady The Buffs & 1914, one on Vinyl Japan called This Is This. Their last album Medway Wheelers came out on Damaged Goods in 2005. The Buffs called it a day in 2006, going out on a high with a  sold out show at London’s Dirty Water Club on the 27th of October 2006. 

                              CTMF

                              I've Got A Conflicted Mind / In A Parallel World

                                “We're like a cherry tree in the garden that nobody can be bothered to scrump cos it has slightly undersized fruit which has not been standardised for a supermarket. But we're the real thing and the jays and the crows like us.” Billy Childish – July 2017

                                Featuring alternate versions of two tracks from the band's recent Brand New Cage LP. Both versions are exclusive to this release.


                                Wild Billy Childish & CTMF are back with their fifth album in five years. Brand New Cage follows the critically acclaimed SQ1 album from 2016. It features 10 new Billy Childish songs along with two written and sung by the band's bassist Nurse Julie. Subjects include lost landmarks of '70s Chatham, the true revolution of punk, spirituality, lost loves and the sidelining of Brian Jones from The Rolling Stones

                                Johnny Moped

                                Catatonic / Hard Lovin' Man

                                  They're just back from their first European tour since 1978 and have a newly recorded, limited edition, 7” single called ‘CATATONIC'. It's backed with their classic track 'Hard Lovin' Man' which oddly has never actually been recorded in a studio before, the version eveyrone knows and loves is actually a 'live' version from the Roxy Club back in 1977. These are the first recordings to feature 'new' drummer Marty Love following the recent departure of original drummer Dave Berk. It's also released to mark their appearance at this year's Rebellion Festival! 

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  Ltd 7" Info: Brand new white vinyl 7” from Croydon punk legends! 600 copies only!

                                  Snivelling Shits

                                  I Can't Come

                                    The third ever release on Damaged Goods was the original vinyl version of this album. (FNARRLP3) ‘Terminal Stupid’, their one and only single was one of my favourite singles from 1977 and in 1988 I searched out lead singer Giovanni Dadomo and together we put together this album. It features both sides of their that 7” plus another track they released on the Beggars Banquet compilation ‘Streets’ (Beggars first release), although they had to change their name (to Arthur Comix) as Beggars were worried about the word ‘shits’ on the cover of their album!.

                                    Anyway we found another 6 or so tracks, mastered it with Dave Goodman and put it out, at the time Gio had also unearthed one of the three tracks that he cowrote and recorded with The Damned, ‘There ‘Aint No Sanity Clause’ is included on the LP & CD. This is a review of the original album from the Trouser Press website.... ‘The hazard of anyone-can-do-it musical movements is what might get dragged in. Fortunately, the jokey Snivelling Shits - two London rock critics (singer Giovanni Dadomo and guitarist Dave Fudger) and such musician friends as Steve Nicol of the Hot Rods and bassist Steve Lillywhite - were sharply skilled at smuttily satirising the sounds of '77. As anthologised in this archival colored-vinyl document, the band's brief recording career (eight whole tracks, including the viciously irreverent "isgodaman?," originally released on a Beggars Banquet compilation LP under the name Arthur Comics?) included incisive swipes at the Sex Pistols, John Cooper Clarke ("I Wanna Be Your Biro”) and the Velvet Underground. That's history for you. 

                                    Duncan Reid And The Big Heads

                                    C'mon Josephine / Bombs Away

                                      Ex-Boys frontman returns with a blistering two track POWER POP 7” on purple vinyl! There are only two people in the entire world who can claim to have played with the Ramones while not actually being tagged with the ‘Ramone’ nom-de-plume. Duncan Reid is one of those people. As singer and bass player of Joey Ramone’s favourite band, The Boys, Duncan rode on the crest of a wave during punk’s original late-1970s heyday as part of a wider collective of friends and peers that included Sex Pistols, The Clash, Generation X and a host of other power-chord pioneers. The Boys remain one of the best-loved and influential bands of their generation. Montevideo, from the Big Heads’ debut album Little Big Head, earned Duncan the keys to the Uruguayan capital (the only other musicians to achieve this being Elton John and Paul McCartney). Following a cornucopia of stellar reviews for first album Little Big Head, The Big Heads developed their unique, effortlessly entertaining, melodic brand of harmony laden pop punk with: The Difficult Second Album.
                                      This May sees the release of their third album Bombs Away. Fourteen catchy little ditties about life, death, paranoia and Viagra. 

                                      More Memphis, more Fuzz, more greasy foot-beating, party-greeting, soul-treating maximum RnB. And yes, more Cowbell. Jack Sandham (Guitar/Keys/Vox) and Wednesday Lyle (Drums/Vox) have straddled the Atlantic with the beat stampede of their songbook so far, but Haunted Heart sees them walk down the dark end of the street, drawing on Atlantic-era Ray Charles and Dusty, while still keeping on creeping on with the sweaty-hand shaky knee Garage rock ear-worms. From the Sun Studio, Cramps-like swagger of the title track, to the paranoid Coasters swing and Doors-keys of None Of Your Business, Jack’s urgent vocals yelp out from the first needle drop, stepping aside for Wednesday’s wink of the eye on the Holly Golighty/Black Lips femme-fatale fury of Downlow, which sounds like it’s been ripped straight from the beating heart of the Fillmore during the Summer Of Love.

                                      Produced by the band themselves at Soup studios in Limehouse, London, their early raw bare-bones sound has now been fully expanded with Jack’s sandpaper grit guitars and Wednesday’s freight train rhythms chased down with some glitchy synths and vintage organs (Doom train/Neon blue) as well as a drop of Delta gospel Blues on Nothing But Trouble (also incidentally the first Cowbell song ever to actually feature a Cowbell). Otis and Pickett-era horns breathe seductively into the swampy-stomp of What Am I Supposed To Do, while New Kind Of Love tiptoes onstage with its alluring smokey jazz piano as Wednesday brings a beautifully casual Peggy Lee type Fever to the microphone.But it’s with the curtain-closers on both sides of wax that 

                                      The Killjoys

                                      Johnny Won’t Get To Heaven

                                        The Killjoys were one of the finest punk bands thrown up in the UK 1977 explosion. Energetic, frenetic and just a single piece of plastic to show for it. But what a record! Johnny Won't Get To Heaven is up there with the best in its class. Before Kevin Rowland discovered the joys of making menswear and years before he launched Dexys Midnight Runners he was the lead singer in this legendary punk band from the Midlands. Originally called Lucy & The Lovers and more jazz orientated, Kevin caught the first of a series of wind of changes and hitched a ride on punk with his girlfriend Heather on backing vocals and the gorgeous Gem on bass whom he exploited to the full even encouraging her wearing of sexually alluring clothing!!!!

                                        Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the debut long player from The Senior Service. A thrilling musical journey tinged with the filmic hues of bygone celluloid classics. Here you’ll find it all; excitement, action, romance, intrigue! Each song tells its own story – no words are necessary. As with all great instrumental music, it weaves its web of magic through the light and shade created from the brush of keys, plucking of strings and beating of skins, with the occasional splash of colour provided by brass, vibes and theremin (naturally) – this exquisite combination alone conjures up its narrative. A year or so back, Johnny purchased his first Hammond Organ. Being in love with the depth of sound and, yes, emotion, that flows, oozes and blasts from this monumental beast from an early age, it was time that Mr. B succumbed. There was a game plan – to form a band and attack the classics, tracks made famous by such giants of the Hammond as Georgie Fame and Booker T. It was a good plan and it was a plan that began to take shape. But then…

                                        …The band – four like-minded old friends sharing a love for the thematic majesty created by the likes of John Barry and Barry Gray – reconsidered and it was quickly decided upon to pen wholly original material, to follow in the colossal footprints of those sultans of the soundtrack. Colossal footprints undoubtedly, but the impassioned quartet of Johnny, Graham, Darryl and Wolf collectively lifted the hallowed mantle and strived to build their own set of purely instrumental tunes. What emerged was a collection of songs with an orchestral sensibility juxtaposed with an urgent garage rock crash bang wallop! It was completely unique but had a comforting familiarity that would take the listener back to the greatest scenes from some of their favourite movies. The fruit of these endeavours is now in your hand, packaged under the title of The Girl in the Glass Case – a title inspired by an original Wolf Howard poem. From the first unexpected crash of Snake Charmer that attacks you like the crack of a rattlesnake’s tail, to the final hushed piano coda of Bees, via the European flavoured intrigue of Into the Tunnel and exhilarating Mexican romance of Five Beans in the Wheel, you are completely immersed in the world of The Senior Service. So please indulge and enjoy. The Girl in the Glass Case awaits you.
                                        Roberto Rocket February 2016

                                        Wild Billy Childish & CTMF

                                        A Song For Kylie Minogue B/w True

                                          A-side is taken from the band's latest LP SQ 1, and is backed with an exclusive B-side 'True'. The single is already getting played on BBC6Music “On 'A Song For Kylie Minogue' Childish pays tribute to some of the rock stars who have paid tribute to him over the years (minus one or two big names). All true stories, we get an insight as to who has tried to stroke Childish.” (b.childish – march 2016) 40 years ago, Billy Childish, then a 16 year old working in Chatham dockyard formed a group called 'the Chatham Forts', and started a journey through punk rock from 1977 to now. Along the way this painter/ poet has released over 140 independent LPs. (SQ 1 is something like his 150th.) “The reason we didn't sound like the Smiths is because we wanted to sound like this” is Billy's reply to all the reviews of his band's work during the '80 and '90s - in the days when they stood all but alone as 'the kings of garage rock' (New York Times).

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          Ltd 7" Info: On transparent red or transparent yellow vinyl! (each limited to 400 copies!)

                                          'The reason we didn't sound like the Smiths is because we wanted to sound like this' 40 years ago, Billy Childish, then a 16 year old working in Chatham dockyard, imagined a group called 'the Chatham Forts', and so started a journey through punk rock from 1977 to now. Along the way this painter/ poet has released over 140 independent LPs. (SQ 1 is something like his 150th - no one knows for sure.) As always great lines are delivered with deadpan humour: “The reason we didn't sound like the Smiths is because we wanted to sound like this” is Billy's reply to all the reviews of his band's work during the '80 and '90s - in the days when they stood all but alone as 'the kings of garage rock' (New York Times). SQ 1 could be seen as a manifesto of punk rock defiance, a celebration of musical independence or simply a true document home made rock and roll delivered as art, not commerce.

                                          (Few artists have demanded and exerted so much control over their output as Childish. As with his previous LPs, all designs are undertaken by the group, from song writing, recording/producing, track listing, and LP design.)

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Laura says: Wild Billy Childish, under various guises, has been ploughing his own very individual furrow through rock'n'roll for forty years. "SQ1" is prime Childish: a raw, stripped back hybrid of classic garage rock and punk. It is, if you like, a musical autobiography of sorts, in that songs like "A Glimpse Of Another Time", "CTMF" and "SQ1" sum up the whole history and ethos of Billy's music. He happily proclaims that they've stayed at 'square one', and why not? Sometimes a handful of chords and pummelling drums is all you need! It's earned him plenty of 'celebrity fans' along the way as documented in his own inimitable way on "A Song For Kylie Minogue", and who can argue with the line "The reason we didn't sound like The Smiths, is because we wanted to sound like this". If anything sums up Wild Billy Childish, it's that statement!

                                          Piney Gir presents her sixth album, mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE, released via Damaged Goods.The album collates twelve pop stories about a young woman coming to terms with the hope and regret that accompanies love and loss. Piney's easy way with melody belies an album of new and different shades.

                                          Album opener ‘Gold Rules’ is a finely-honed, heavenly tune even as the song celebrates unreachable riches and glibly states the fact, “you can’t take it with you anyway.” First single, Keep It Together, deftly channels 60s beat pop and Stereolab all at the same time - a lover's lament laced with urgency and optimism, piped-in directly from her space-age, bachelorette pad.Other stand-out tracks include ‘Tilt A Whirl’, a piece of fairground philosophy that dates back to Piney’s childhood years when she would accompany her grandmother on something akin to the Waltzer. As the song spins, with Farfisas swirling around life's ups and downs "like a shooting star or a hope combustible..." become metaphors among the lights and sounds. ‘Mouse Of A Ghost’ fuzzes up like Pineys-in-Toyland channelling her inner riot grrl, with boxy guitar blasts that remind us all that you can rock just as hard, if not harder, in a gingham dress.

                                          Piney has pulled together a stellar band for this release, with members of Gaz Coombes and Emiliana Torrini's touring band jumping in on guitar, bass and drums alongside The Smith Brothers & regular collaborator Garo Nahoulakian taking a seat in the producer’s chair. Andy Ramsay of Stereolab makes an appearance on drums, and the bulk of the album was recorded in his South London studio. The rest was whipped-up in Piney’s little Hackney Studio, small and perfectly formed like a musical toy box, chock-full of space echo, marimba, omnichord and pocket piano, which combine to create a euphoric indie-starshine. Think Yoshimi-era Flaming Lips alongside sparkling tableaux of Mercury Rev., the tunefulness of Grandaddy and riff-led counter-melodies like Pixies.After a decade spent in the UK it feels like Piney's finally made England hers by rediscovering America, re-imagined from London's rainy streets, channelling her inner Jekyll and Mister Hyde. These tunes beautifully stitch together English folk, American pop, mariachi moments, trail songs and baroque beats. Sometimes it's like an alternative musical history of a storybook amusement park ride. And need we mention, it's a wild ride you're going to love

                                          Severed Limb

                                          If You Ain't Livin' / Tidy Is A Vulture

                                            The Severed Limb began life as a punk skiffle trio, recording a cassette in the cellar of drummer Charlie Michael’s south London pub in 2008. With Bobby Paul on guitar/vocals and Charlie’s half brother Leo Lewis on washboard they began gigging in South London pubs. With no actual bass player they asked members of the audience to fill in on tea-chest bass. After a few gigs the band were invited to support rockabilly star Imelda May at Bush Hall and later at Koko, Camden. They recruited bass player Colin Young and guitarists Jimmy Curry and Sam Soper (who’d produced the cassette together) to play at the gigs.

                                            Accordionist/illustrator Alex Barrow was recruited in 2009 and the band recorded a CD on Imelda May’s imprint. Unhappy with the results the band set about recording a DIY EP in Bobby’s living room in Elephant and Castle. With double bass player Simon Mitchell replacing Colin Young they started busking heavily and diversifying their sound to include elements of cumbia, garage and R&B. They self-released the EP ‘WOO EEE HA HA!’ on vinyl only and it quickly gained the attention of Steve Lamacq at BBC Radio 6 music who invited them to record a live session at the legendary BBC Maida Vale Studios.

                                            Sticking with the vinyl only format, the band released a 7” single (‘Take You Out’) and another EP (‘The Shake Up’). Along with Steve Lamacq, Mark Radcliffe started championing the band on Radio 2, Gideon Coe got behind them, John Kennedy at XFM and even Andrew Weatherall. In May 2012 The Severed Limb played to a full house at the Royal Albert Hall opening for Imelda May. Later that year dance music pioneers Hot Chip named them in their “dream festival lineup” alongside Kraftwerk and Aphex Twin.

                                            Compiling together the best tracks from the EPs along with eight new tracks The Severed Limb released their debut proper in early 2013. Kill You and Bill You the Price of the Bullet cemented their identity as a roots and punk outfit with a Clash-like diversity and curiosity for global sounds.

                                            The Severed Limb recorded their second album at Marco Nelson’s all analogue Studio 65 in Brixton Hill throughout 2014. Known for his work with Primal Scream, Paul Weller and Young Disciples, Marco brought tight arrangements and unique production to the album. The band further developed their influences to include New Orleans R&B, soul and dub. This new 7” single will be followed by If You Ain't Livin' You're A Dead Man, their eagerly awaited new album.

                                            Thee Spivs are back with their third album in as many years and with ‘The Crowds and The Sounds’ they’ve honed their canny blend of trad punk, garage punk, post punk, new wave, classic English rock’n’roll and pub rock to create a magnificently varied album. Dare we say, these young men have matured, with Ben Edge proving his worth as an accomplished songwriter. Drawing from a more diverse array of influences, Thee Spivs have lapped up and reimagined sounds from bands such as The Television Personalities, The Ramones and early Wire. The new album is a natural progression from their critically acclaimed debut ‘Taped Up’ (which landed the band an early Mojo Rising feature and a Guardian New Band of the Day piece as well as praise in The Sunday Times and Artrocker) and last year’s ‘Black and White Memories’ (with reviews including Q, Uncut and BBC). ‘The Crowds and The Sounds’ is instantly more melodic and you can see additional influences from the very British qualities of The Kinks. The songs are slowed down and slightly longer in length, with a lot more thought and work in to each one than the furiously fast, punchy numbers from their early records.

                                            The Pukes

                                            Will I Learn?+ Because You’re Young / Jet Boy, Jet Girl / GLC

                                            The pUKEs are a 20-strong punk ukulele band based in London. They play songs by the likes of Dead Kennedys, Exploited, X-Ray Spex, The Clash, etc like you never heard ‘em before. Their massive stage presence and raucous live show has landed them slots at Rebellion punk festival and Shoreditch 1234, as well as gigs with many of the bands who inspired them, including Sham 69, Bad Manners, Chelsea, Menace and Subhumans. Around half the pUKEs were ‘non musicians’ before they learned the uke, the others have been in bands such as UK Subs, Extreme Noise Terror and Lost Cherrees. The pUKEs recorded an original track, produced by Dick Crippen from Tenpole Tudor, and released it as a video, which gained 3000 hits in the first two weeks. They have lots of gigs and festivals planned for the summer including a couple at Somerset House The EP features one original song ‘Will I Learn’ plus covers of Menace, Capt. Sensible & Cock Sparrer!

                                            The Jimi Ben Band

                                            Royal Baboon / Monkeys In Da House

                                            Debut single from French 3-piece electronic garage band, The Jimi Ben Band. Based in Lille, France, they came to our attention having played with Thee Spivs. We strongly suggest you YouTube the video to experience the full majesty and psychedelic majesty of the band.

                                            Once upon a time, Jimi Ben found himself lost in the jungle. He had been wandering in South East Asia for years and could find no way out. One night he was cruising for dirt and love, he got struck by sexedelic visions emerging from the red lights of go-go bars. An inner baboon voice told him: “Jimi ! Bad is good for you. Why don’t you set up a Rock’N’Roll band ?”. That’s exactly what he did. Back in his hometown (Stockton, Northern France), he was taught by long time friend Ricky Love how to play power chords on a guitar and recorded a first LP demo on a 4 tracks tape recorder in his kitchen.In December 2009, Johnny Boom (drums) joined Ricky Love (bass, vocals) and Jimi Ben (vocals, guitars) for their first show and further DIY tape recordings (Monkeys In Da House EP – 2011). Mainly influenced by American Garage bands, 60’s British Beat groups, Surf Music, Punk Rock and New Wave, these slackers like it rather cheesy, danceable and fun. The Jimi Ben Band started as a lo-fi garage trio. Since then, they have performed about 40 shows in France and Belgium and developed a degenerate style based on energy, coconut vocals and great amounts of reverb. They have made it quite clear that they wanted nothing but having girls dancing at gigs.

                                            Thee Spivs

                                            Black And White Memories

                                            Thee Spivs are back with their second album in November, following their debut from 2010 the critically acclaimed ‘Taped Up’.

                                            ‘Black And White Memories’ was recorded in East London at Gizzard studios with Ed Deegan at the controls over the summer, it features 14 new tracks. This album shows how the band have progressed and matured over the last year, alongside storming garage & 77 Punk tracks like the lead single ‘TV Screen’ and ‘Flicking V’s’ there are even a couple of ballads! The band recently played the MOJO awards gigs at London’s 100 Club alongside the Jim Jones Revue and they are heading back over to Europe for another string of dates in late October. Thee Spivs are Ben Edge (Git/Vox) Dan May (bass) and Steve Coley (drums) Rock ‘N’ Roll hasn’t been this much fun for years, give it a try, you might like it!


                                            Nat Johnson & The Figureheads

                                            Wonderful Emergency / Don't Worry Baby

                                            Nat Johnson is the former singer, songwriter and guitarist of Monkey Swallows the Universe - a Sheffield based five piece band who released two critically acclaimed albums earlier in the decade, toured the UK with Richard Hawley, the Long Blondes and Camera Obscura, were profiled in The Sun and the Guardian, played a host of festivals and performed live sessions for the likes of XFM, 6music and Radio 4's Loose Ends. Since the band split in 2008 Nat has embarked on what has so far proved to be a very fruitful solo career with her single for Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation "Dirty Rotten Soul" which is on the album and made Single of the Week by Steve Lamacq on 6 Music. Now with her debut album all recorded Nat has assembled a new backing band The Figureheads (featuring MSTU co-founder Kevin Gori, Chris Loftus of Fury of the Headteachers and Neil Piper of Champion Kickboxer) for a series of gigs throughout the Summer and Autumn - all leading up to the release of debut album "Roman Radio" on the 19th of October preceded by the double 'A' side single "Wonderful Emergency" c/w "Don't Worry Baby".

                                            Cyanide Pills

                                            Suicide Bomber/Black Lightning

                                              This is the second single from Leeds punk band the Cyanide Pills. It's a double A-side featuring a punk-pop classic of the future "Suicide Bomber" and the punk garage steamroller that is "Black Lightning" their debut EP "Break It Up" is nearly sold out so get it quick if you missed it. Cyanide Pills are:- Phil Privilege (shouting), Alex A (picking), Sy Pinkeye (strumming), Chris Wrist (banging) and Coz (twanging) they are currently putting the finishing touches to their debut album which should be out later this year.

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              Ltd 7" Info: Limited edition of 500 blue vinyl 7".

                                              Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians Of The Brirish Empire

                                              Thatcher's Children

                                              Taken from the forthcoming album "Thatcher's Children", this is a limited edition black vinyl 7" featuring an alternative, exclusive non album version of "Thatcher's Children". The flip side "Transition Girlfriend" is also exclusive to this release. The cover has been designed by James Cauty, James also does art alongside Billy and others at London's Aquarium Gallery and was half of the KLF. "Transition Girlfriend" features Nurse Julie on vocals, she's also singing lead on two more tracks on the album. Every five years or so Billy Childish is sited by the current top band as the embodiment of rock'n'roll integrity, and every five years or so Billy splits his group up and starts again from scratch. With his latest combo, The Musicians of the British Empire, Billy carries on his tradition of home made punk and rhythm and blues. This is what a real rock'n'roll group sounds like.

                                              The Headcoatees were Holly Golightly, Ludella Black, Kyra Rubella & Bongo Debbie, they released seven studio albums, a singles compilation and a split live album with Thee Headcoats. Thee Headcoatees played live along with Thee Headcoats from 1990–1999 when they split followed a year later by Thee Headcoats. Holly Golightly has gone on to release 13 solo albums and too many singles to mention, plus notable guest appearances on records by Rocket From The Crypt, The White Stripes and Mikabomb. Ludella Black was a founder member of legendary Medway band the DelMonas and has also released two solo albums with another planned for 2008 and is currently out on tour with The Masonics. Kyra Rubella released one solo album and singles on quite a few labels in the 1990's, she also did a single with Armitage Shanks in 1996. Kyra is currently in The A-Lines along with Debbie and Julie from The Musicians Of The British Empire. Bongo Debbie is currently in various bands including The Buffets, The A-Lines, and Dutronc and before that was also in The Would Be Goods, Honey & The Hucksters, Baby Birkin and probably a lot more besides.


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