Tuesday, 4 October 2016

'Malawi' charity album out!

German Shepherd Records' new charity album, fighting famine in Malawi, is out now (and features a brand new track from us)!

Here's more about it...

'Malawi is in a state of emergency and facing its worst food crisis in many years. Parents are unable to feed their children and millions are going hungry.

A horrible combination of floods and drought throughout Southern Africa has devastated crops, leaving many families on the brink of starvation. It’s only set to get worse over the coming months. During this time of crisis a daily meal is a vital lifeline for vulnerable children in desperate need of nourishment.

In April, the President of Malawi declared a state of national disaster. 6.5 million people are facing chronic hunger. Severe droughts have left the country short of one million tonnes of maize needed to feed its people in the months ahead. The government of Malawi estimates that more than eight million people – half the country’s population – could need food aid by the end of 2016.

£12.20 is all it costs for the charity Mary's Meals to feed a child for a whole school year. We are asking you to donate a minimum of £3 for this album which will include music we have previously released as well as brand new tracks - all money raised after Bandcamp and Paypal fees will be then sent via Mary's Meals to Malawi'

Get it here

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Salford Music Festival! and Malawi!

We're thrilled to be playing at The Eagle in Salford this Friday (30 September) as part of Salford Music Festival! Now in its seventh year, this grass roots, no-nonsense event, is part of the musical life blood of the city. Bob of Aural Delights has more info on his blog...

We're on a great bill alongside The Junta, Cambridge's Bouquet of Dead Crows, and Kit B. And it's free entry!

We'll also be promoting the forthcoming 'Malawi' famine-busting charity compilation out on 1 October on German Shepherd Records, which features (among other delights) a brand new track from ourselves, 'Glossy Magazines'. It's a song you might be familiar with if you've been to any of our gigs this year, and we're very proud to have it included on this worthwhile album.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Summer's not over yet!

Pic by Donna
Big thanks to all who came to the Portland on Saturday and made the psych-punk-fest that was The Machismo's last stand such a great night! The Moonstrips were on top mind-melting form, and C John Freeborn also dazzled with his intricate wordsmithing and guitar sounds!

But summer's not over yet! Next up we're excited to be back on the bill at a great little festival not far from Ely - Knackfest 2016 is at Karma Farm on 20-21 August, with some great acts in a truly lovely location (Karma Farm). Book your pitch for Sat 20th August, or make a full weekend of it and arrive on Fri 19th, by emailing karmafarmcampsite@gmail.com and quote "Knackfest" to make your booking, or stay on for longer and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Isleham Fen. Please note places are limited to around 100 people for camping. Music all day Saturday, with further open mic acoustic slots on Sunday lunchtime weather permitting - bring your instruments! KF is self-catering, local shops/farm shop nearby. Real ale on site this year! Donations encouraged at £5 pp so the organisers can pay some basic expenses, otherwise it's just camping fees to Karma Farm. Book a yurt if not already taken? Kids welcome!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Machismos, Moonstrips and more!

We're proud to be playing with amazing psychedelicists Moonstrips, and the legendary Machismos on 30 July at Cambridge's Portland Arms! The night will be compared by Virgil deVoyde, and all proceeds go to Down Syndrome Association.
£3 entry on the door

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Pond Life at Strawberry Fair

We're delighted to be playing Rebel Arts Radio's 'Pond Life' Stage at this year's Strawberry Fair!
We're on at 12 noon, ahead of a whole bunch of amazing bands - it's going to be a fantastic afternoon at the Pond!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Interviewed by Jude Clarke for Cambridge News

We're interviewed by Jude Clarke for today's Cambridge News! Read the full interview.

This week we meet The Scissors, who love rock 'n' roll outsiders, hope their best song is yet to be written and would like to be covered by The Fall.

1: How long have you been together as a band?
We've been going in various forms for 10 years, come this December! But the current line-up's been together since 2010.

2: Talk me through the band members: what do they do and what are they like?
Stewart (second right) sings and plays bass. Loves cats and cookery, though not at the same time.
Toby (second left) plays guitar. Loves ephemera, pop art and ancient megaliths.
Simon (far left) plays organ and homemade electronic contraptions. Likes making mechanical greetings cards.
Huw (far right) plays drums. Likes walking and cycling, loves Emily.

3: What's your favourite thing about Cambridge?
The way the river meets the trees meet the pubs.

4: What's your best song?
We've not written it yet, hopefully! But Phone Calls from the Dead (a cautionary tale about not believing everything you hear, driven by a severely off-kilter guitar riff) always seems to go down well, as does Your House has Ghosts (garage-psych stomper about being trapped by one's own memories).

5: Best local show?
Our recent album launch gig was great to play. It was fun to curate the evening, with punky-folkpop singer-songwriter Helen Robertson and local punk pop legends Rubber Dux supporting. We decorated the Boathouse gig room with hanging cut-outs of esoteric Victoriana (cats' heads, medicine bottles, haunted mirrors) to create the right atmosphere.

6: Who are your musical heroes or heroines?
We love rock'n'roll outsiders, like maverick record producer Joe Meek (The Tornados, Screaming Lord Sutch), Brit-rock/glam/punk legend Jesse Hector (Crushed Butler, Hammersmith Gorillas), neo-music hall poet Viv Stanshall (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band), or 90s psychodramatic lounge legend Paul Hofner (Gretschen Hofner).

7: Which bands or artists would you pick to play your perfect festival?
The perfect festival is one where none of the good bands clash at the same times, so you get to see them all. Huw would have The Mars Volta, circa 2003-2005. Simon loves the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, but The Demon Barbers are probably his favourite festival band. Stewart loves Dreadzone at festivals – they're perfectly suited to that environment and never fail to unite a crowd in a nonstop dancing frenzy. Toby would love the original line-up of Thirteenth Floor Elevators, but that's not likely to happen on these shores any time soon.

8: If you had to cover one song, what would it be; if you could pick any band or artist to cover one of your songs, what would it be?
We'd cover Garden of my Mind by The Mickey Finn, a classic UK psych-rock track from 1967. It'd be nice if The Fall covered one of ours. We once covered The Stooges' I Wanna be Your Dog in the style of The Fall, with Stewart shouting out random breeds of dog in the manner of Mark E Smith…

9: Who would you get to play you in a video?
Huw – Jim Dale
Stewart – Terry Scott
Simon - Bernard Bresslaw
Toby – Sid James

10: Can you suggest another local band or artist that we should feature on this page?
Think most of our favourites have been featured! (The Seven Twenty, Bouquet of Dead Crows, Beverley Kills), but maybe you've not featured Moonstrips, a fantastic Cambridge garage-psych trio who have just released a cracking three-track EP (facebook.com/moonstrips)?