In the Club 045 December 2021

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Featuring the Life and Times of The Tuesday Club and friends











Welcome to our no longer Socially distanced but still cautious of a crowd Issue (No.45) of In the Club Magazine...MAN it’s been a long time coming... We’re all getting a bit sick of saying 18 months ago blah... but it’s true... Almost... It’s been 15 since issue 44. There’s two reasons for such a gap... 1) Is obvious... There’s been bugger all to write about! 2) Is less so, but worth knowing, unfortunately ISSUU who allow us to post the mag on their platform have since we last wrote changed their Ts and Cs and are now only allowing 2 FREE postings/hostings a year. Which saddens us greatly (and we hope you guys too), but leaves us in a situation where we just have to just go with the ‘literal flow’... As we don’t get any funding and are not about to ask you loyal listeners for a subscription it means for the time being at least until a take over from news international... We will be restricted to a Christmas and a Summer version of your favourite online muzak fix!?! We hope this will be ok with you, if it isn’t, then unsubscribe I guess, but at the end of the day there’s (hopeful plenty enough to click on, watch, listen to and buy to keep you from such a drastic knee jerk reaction? In the meantime please keeping listening to the Andreas & The Wolf Radio show, please pre-order the vinyl, keep sharing the mag and social posts and sending the love to all of your locked down bands and artists in anyway you can, cos we need you and miss you! And breathe... INTRO over... So what’s the news we hear you ask! Well let’s imagine the world had stopped until August Bank Holiday 2021 and then we can pick up from there... So 30th August 2021 The Tuesday Club make very long awaited return to the scene of many a memorable (or hazy night) - St Albans Lower Red Lion in Fishpool Street, where landlord David had lifted the gloom by announcing a beer and live music ‘fest’ in his own back yard. On arrival I have to say I was mildly shocked at the amount of people crammed into the garden... So I stood slightly aloof with my opening two pint salvo, until I was spotted by a couple of the TC massive and invited into the danger zone! There’s a lot been said by big/ real/famous bands about how emotional it is stepping out for your first gig in X months, but I have to say as I addressed the swaying masses (was that me or them, I hear you ask!... Both I’d say)... a lump came ©bradwigglesworth as ever the man in the front row. Blue Angel to the throat and tear to the Acoustic Cafe Sunday 17th October. eye, it was bloody marvelous to be gigging again, made all the more fab by the ecstatic reaction of the assemblage! To all of you we bow in homage, it was a GREAT day. For those who missed it, you can see a bit more from a visual perspective later in the mag thanks mainly to the magnificent talents of Brad Wigglesworth... 18 months with nowt and then two in four days! Our 2nd was our a return to London for the first time since our 2019 XMAS support to She Made Me Do it and saw us this time back at the scene of one of the first gigs we ever did back

in November 2011, Electrowerkz in Islington. This time our London support was the legendary Sigue Sigue Sputnik, who despite being a good four or five original members down put on a totally engaging set and added another great notch to our ever growing list of the fab and the famous! Finally on the live front... On Sunday 17th of October. I even managed a solo spot for the first time since the halcyon days of Alcudia 1988. At the request of the legend that is Bill Johnson host of the Blue Angel Acoustic Cafe (every Sunday at The Horn, St Albans), I strung together a 30 minute ‘career’ spanner, which included songs by The TCs, The Scratch and new as yet unannounced project Narcotic Hearts (whoops there I said it!) Big thanks to all who came to show their support, an enjoyable if a little surreal afternoon was had by all... And I didn’t even so much as kneel down! ;-) if takes another 35 years for a solo spot, I’m not sure I’ll still be around so thanks to all for baring witness to my potential solo finale! Moving on... Gigs aren’t the only exciting things however. The (Perfect Pop Co-Op) label side of our operation has also finally shaken itself from hibernation too and we are immensely delighted that first with the Tuesday Club and then with new signings, FACTION STRUCTURE and THE SCRATCH (remember them!) We can promise new musical releases too! The TCs bring out a digital and limited edition 2 track single REDEMPTION SONG on the night of their next gig... A 2nd support to 90s indie heroes My Life Story on 9th December... and 2022 will be kicking of with a debut single, followed by an album by FACTION STRUCTURE featuring FIXX bass god Dan K Brown and introducing future starlet Tiggy Pop sometime around Spring. Extra BIG thanks to Dolly & Troy who have bigged up FS on many occassions on their Barrel House Radio Show. There are also tentative plans for a tie in with the delayed launch of The Andreas and The Wolf Album - Fountain of Truth so keep your eyes peeled for party news around the autumn area... Also 2022 sees the 20 year anniversary of The Scratch’s debut single I Relax to Spiral Scratch. We know a lot of you subscribers were fans of the band back in the day, so we are planning a whole schedule of re-issues on Perfect Pop including all 4 studio albums, for those unfamiliar with The Scratch, read on... More details of all of these releases will be all over our social media over the coming months, so make sure you’re following us! Finally, it being December we take a minute (or a thought of every day since) to remember our mate Terry ‘Super’ Cockell who has now been missing in action for 7 long years. As you know Terry was a star of not only The Tuesday Club, but also The Scratch and featured on the last album Great Adventure and on the latest TCs release Redemption Song. Love you and miss you always Supes. So all that’s left for me to do is thank you for your patience, please DON’T UNSUBSCRIBE. Tell your mates to sign up instead!!! And we hope to see you all down the front or at least at the side at the Horn on 9th December! Be safe and hopefully see you live again by the next mag!


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LOWER RED LION ST ALBANS 30 AUGUST 2021 And so, a mere eighteen months on... The Tuesday Club returned to live performance and in the proverbial style of buses, not once, but twice. The pics here taken by the mighty Brad Wigglesworth attest to a day of catharsis and a lot of fun/relief and even mist of eye... (And not necessarily due to gravel burn!) The Scene of many a memorable TC night, not least our ‘Art is Magic’ Launch party way back in 2018. The Lower Red Lion played host to a day of music ranging from Jazz, Acoustica and even show tunes, to a dust and lager soaked finale by your favourite local anti heroes. Despite a touch of cold feet earlier in proceedings from Landlord and all round top geezer David who had been heard saying he wasn’t entirely sure inviting The TCs to Garden Party was a great idea, being how smoothly things had gone... was soon becalmed of his wise decision as the pent up full throttle spectacle unfolded to a rapturous throng of merrily sozzled regulars...

The second of the TC ‘2 nighter’ was 4 days later at London’s Electrowerkz in support of 80s shock sensations Sigue Sigue Sputnik... Not quite at their peak it’s fair to say but the evening certainly proved to be worth the effort as they turned in humorous uber camp renditions of the hits to a an appreciative crowd... who the TCs actually managed to do some selling to themselves too! Big thanks to Frank for keeping the Faith and sticking us on the ever changing bill in a night we went from 2nd on to opening act to main support in a kind of COVID test and trace do si do!

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The Ringmaster’s Review: Now, as we say, they are back with a two track new single and a support show with My Life Story, which will also play as the release party for new single Redemption Song. The song is one the band originally recorded back in 2014 but was shelved after the untimely death of drummer Terry ‘Super’ Cockell. Always knowing it had to have its moment, The Tuesday Club has returned to it and had it “…spruced up with new vocals and a 21st Century revamp” for a new and fresh adventure. Featuring the band’s line-up at the time of original recording of vocalists Andreas Vanderbraindrain and The Minx, bassist Beautiful Wolf, keyboardist Rogerio Marauder, guitarists Wasabi and JRod and of course Cockell (a.k.a. Telski) and produced and engineered by Steve Honest, the track entices Though its members have continued to be with feral riffs first and immediately after ear creatively busy with their various projects even grabbing rhythmic incitement, they almost as Covid took hold, it feels like a lifetime since warrior like in their touch. There is an instant we stomped around with new incitement from grumble to the song which aligns magnetically The Tuesday Club for company. But as strains with the infectious tones of AVBD and the warm of normality return and bands can begin tearing throated caresses of The Minx, guitars and keys up stages again, the UK alternative rock’n’rollers adding ear grabbing individuality as the band are about to uncage a new single as they again weaves an inescapable enticement of their begin bending floorboards with their live energy. uniquely familiar and never predictable sound. Since forming in 2011, the St. Albans, Herts/ North London hailing band has released a trio of albums and a host of EPs and singles which defy convention and predictability. Their sound is a fusion of indie and art pop, punk and rock ‘n’ roll which equally dares you to tag it and then laughs in your face at the attempt. It is devilish, mischievous and constantly proven hell of a lot of fun, revelry cast with instinctive and inventive craft as proven by their eagerly acclaimed last album, the 2018 released Art is Magic. Similarly live they have proven rapscallion and irresistible, sharing stages with the likes of Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Dreadzone, Space, Gene Loves Jezebel, My Life Story, Department S, Toyah, B-Movie, Spizz Energy, Scant Regard, Bad Manners, Vangoffey & The Society and so many more over time as well as making attention grabbing performances at numerous festivals.

The track is accompanied by Hand Of God, which sees AVBD on vocals and guitar, Rogerio sharing bass and keys, Wasabi and JRod weaving with guitars and The Minx bouncing drum bred out rhythms whilst providing ever potent backing vocals. The track is quite simply a delicious romp, prime Tuesday Club enterprise driven by rhythmic manipulation and pop punk revelry. At times it is akin to a mix of The Tea Set and Spizz Energi, an old school punk/new wave instinct nagging protagonist with a big grin on its mischievous doings.

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Of many words which can be applied to our encounters with record label/radio show/magazine/ creative collaboration Perfect Pop Co-Op, surprising and predictable stand tall. The first is a perpetual experience as year by year projects and releases through them have ignited the imagination and courted the passions like few others with varying but constant success. It may vary from encounter to encounter and will for each listener but the people behind it all seem to tap into the instinctive wants we certainly have here. The second of the two adjectives arises because of the first, a relentless challenging and sparking of that same imagination we now simply expect. The newest release from them is no exception, Buyin’ Into Fantasy a record which caught assumptions unaware took them to fresh and stimulating acceptance searching places yet all the while left us greedily devouring all within its vinyl brought walls. The release is the debut full-length from Faction Structure and the first in a quintet of albums from the newest member of the Perfect Pop Co-Op family. Its creator is GAND?, a protagonist of sound and invention as familiar as he is unique. A solo project seeing its creator on all instruments and creation though bassist Dan K Brown from the FIXX and guitarist ‘Kid’ Jordan guest on the album which has been co-produced by Steve Honest with GAND?, Buyin’ Into Fantasy is an experimental adventure borne of a world in turbulence amid apathetic subservience which in some ways is almost selfperpetuated by the deceit carrying up risings seemingly against it. It is a protagonist bred in apocalyptic anxiety and discontent, one born even before the covid pandemic came along to highlight all its grievance and observations. How to describe the project’s sound? Old wave disco-rock has been used but truly it is a boldly individual amalgam of flavours past, present and newly imagined. It is art pop, post punk, experimental punk, avant-new wave…the list could continue but what emerges is a character of invention and breath of sound purely Faction Structure. Side A of the record opens with I Spy A Sign, a track sauntering in from the distance with a belligerently wiry guitar groove. As quickly the words and tones GAND? provoke further temptation, thoughts and ears incited by the slow swing of his vocal reflection. With a great gnarly bassline, flames of brass and a pop nurtured catchiness which invades every aspect of its creative and emotional dissonance, the song effortlessly had body and imagination on board, a seventies glam rock hue adding to the warped tapestry of sound. So This is England follows, its entrance even more unhurried almost ponderous with a rhythmic stroll just as leaden. Yet it too is inherently infectious, its weighty thought and sway swiftly under the skin as a web of sounds and flavours conspire in its emerging incalculable landscape. Ears found a great John Otway-esque essence to the song as vocals joined the resignation fuelled fanfare of the song while The Sweetness straight after provokes hints of bands such as Blancemange and Dalek I Love You within its rousing romp yet equally has Residents like darkness and menace to ignite the demons and creative animation of the track further.

From one major favourite moment to another as next up Anxieties Faction Structure springs its disco seeded enterprise into a post punk, cinematic soundtrack honed landscape of doubt and unease. Squirts of brass like electronics caught the imagination with Essential Logic like invention yet as in all tracks any reference we give merely gives a hint to the bodies of sound shaping each song. With its great esurient nagging and moments of graceful warmth not forgetting the webs of irregular temptation, side one is brought to one compelling close. The Faction Structure moniker comes from a David Bowie interview for Mojo Magazine in 2002 about his hugely influential Diamond Dogs LP, a quote reflecting an apocalyptic breath within the world at the time which remains so apt in a time that Buyin’ Into Fantasy now explores and there is a definite Bowie essence to the album’s title track. The Side B opener is another drawing on that seventies glam rock inspiration, its aberrant funk swing and infestation of rhythm hungry eighties alt-pop quickly proving addictive. At times it plays like a mix of Swell Maps warping Heaven 17, again the multi-varied and uniquely adventurous incitement of the album being escalated. Delays of Layered Greys provide a dystopian disco for ears and body to unite with but one courted by industrial dark shadows and emotional paranoia bred of post punk heart and cynicism. In many ways it bears low key provocation yet is mercilessly infectious, like Joy Division infused with early Human League aberration while the superb When I Can’t See The Light expresses its psychosis like Fad Gadget caught in the erosive pleasure of The Mekons, its virulent orchestration and intimate irritancy proving increasingly irresistible. The Escalator To Nowhere concludes the release, it a slow moving almost predacious provoking of thought and attention. It’s bent out of shape dynamics and matching rapacious inclinations cast a web of thick enticement around the imagination, a masterful lure echoed in its breath of escape though there is no eluding the shadows which also lurk. It is a compelling end to a record which gripped ears and imagination like no other this year. Though not pandemic inspired it does echo the aspects of darkness and dispute all have felt but primarily it is an echo of the world before and around it through knowing intimacy. More so it is an adventure of sound and enterprise which got under the skin in no time and left us greedy for the pleasure sparked and despite all the hints we gave in artist comparisons it is truly one unique and especial exploration. Buyin’ Into Fantasy is planned for an early 2022 release with its first single expected later this year. Keep up to date with Faction Structure @… @FactionStructu1 @factionstructure1 Pete RingMaster 09/11/2021 Copyright RingMaster Review faction-structure-buyin-into-fantasy

“BUYIN’ INTO FANTASY” by Faction Structure

All instruments by GAND? – hang on, I’m just trying to work that one out! It’s the question mark that’s flummoxed me? Anyway, I’ll park that for now…..

I love an album with the lyrics, as I like to read along – a bit like having the subtitles on for a US Drama, as I can’t always sort out what they’re actually saying. Not that I’m saying I can’t work out what Faction Structure are singing, as delivery of the vocals is more “talky singy” in parts. I just feel that for an album like this, having the lyrics are a bonus when you’re busy trying to work out the intent of these protest songs. There, I’ve said it, protest songs and I was going to save that for later…. The opening track has already made me sit up and take note - being delivered in a deadpan & off-beat style, reflective of the topic…..with an opening salvo which firmly tells me that this ain’t no “middle-of-theroad” offering. This is going to demand I listen, think, mull over and replay back-to-back.

me reading more bad news and the angle of this song is all becoming too real for me? We certainly seem to be heading for a “death disco” dancing alongside Michael Gove! “The Sweetness” with keyboards, effects, rolling drums, psych-pop, sterner singing and it’s all chugging along at a tempo….which is great! Man this is really rolling now!…………..sweeping key introduction, feels clubby and yet not really “pally clubby”…..if you get what I mean. The deadpan delivery of the vocals juxtapose with the vibes of the music.

“This is a great blend of a punk attitude, off beat and sometimes off flip it over – for set music, retro Quick, this is a vinyl album I am listening to! Much angst...” more rewarding when

“So This Is England” with it’s electro’ undertones…….feels a bit “half-speed” which adds to the depressing landscape painted by the lyrics and the overall aura of the soundscape. I am sure this track is getting slower every time I play it, or is it just

the lyrics are laid out in front of you on the back and the photo on the front looks like one of those quiz photos of an object snapped from an unfamiliar angle OR up very close and you have to guess the object. BUT actually, I think it’s just art!

Side Two opens with a right “stomper” and with the addition of Dan K. Brown on bass (yes, he of The Fixx) – pumping away! Title track…loving this driving beat and “2020 faker” message. “Delays of Layered Greys” is a cracker I’m really trying hard to put my finger on some of the influences on this track… introduction = early Human League? Liking the singing here (bit more tempo) and the nonchalant guitar which feels deconstructed, but which is always harder to play and fit it in. That’s why we should pass our gaze beyond the lead guitarist and check out what the rhythmn guitarist is up to?

“SIDE Two opens with a right “stomper” and with the addition of Dan K. Brown on bass (yes, he of The Fixx) – pumping away!”

Lovin’ the bubbly bits of keys and effects on “When I Can’t See The Light” with the classic 80’s keyboard sweeps. Are we allowed to say “80’s”……it’s not ageist, promise! Anyway, I agree with Dylan Jones! (ref. his recent series on BBC). The closing track is called “The Escalator To Nowhere”, which seems very fitting as the closing track on an album with this calibre and style. I’m just trying to imagine being on an escalator to nowhere and if this song would reflect how I might feel about that? This is a long track as the escalator ploughs on to nowhere, through a landscape of turmoil and angst. This really is a fitting epitaph to have on the album!

beat and sometimes off set music, retro angst..…..with sweeping keyboards in bursts and a deadpan (I know, I have already used that descriptor too!) delivery. The whole collection of songs feel like they are really trying to tell me something, something that is stark & slightly frightening! If I was to offer some “constructive feedback” (oh OK, criticism then) I was waiting to hear a different tenure (is that even a word to describe singing) – a bit like I used to wish and wait for Phil Oakey to move a key or two up.

Overall this is modern, punky, protest music – about “buyin’ into fantasy”, about “standing on the cliff edge” whilst on an “escalator to nowhere” and savouring that “sweet smell of defeat”. I need to sit down with GAND? and learn more about the drive behind this collection of off-beat and sardonic thoughts. I’m left with a feeling that each song wasn’t really written but was doodled and each one was “put together” in the moment, with some randomness – of course, I know that’s probably not true…….as the oft repeat choruses and casual complexity illustrate, which for me form the bedrock of these songs. It’s that nonchalant (there’s that word again) feel to the whole intent. This is a great blend of a punk attitude, off RELEASE DATE: 01/04/2022


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In the club For this months ‘In the Club’ we are excited to Welome Francis ‘Franny’ Griffiths of Indie heroes Space... thanks to Wikipedia for this blurb... hope it’s true! Franny is a keyboardist, producer and remixer, who is best known for being a member of the band, Space. He also plays guitar, melodica and piano. His main influences are Kraftwerk, hip-hop, Can, various electro bands and Crass. The strange noises produced by Griffiths’ piano (contrary to rumours, he does not use a Theremin) are one of the trademarks of Space’s sound. Unlike his other bandmates, Griffiths has never performed lead vocals on a Space track, with one exception – “I Am Unlike A Lifeform You’ve Ever Met”, a B-side on the “Avenging Angels” single. However, on the first two Space albums, Spiders and Tin Planet, as well as the B-sides of various singles, he has contributed instrumental tracks, as well as remixes under the moniker Franny Aspirin. 1. We’re sitting in the cyber pub doing this interview and it’s our round. What would you like to drink?

Blue Ghost Shot. Can’t go wrong with a cocktail you set on fire :)

2. What was the last thing you hear or watched that was so good you had to tell someone about it?

Sweet Home. South Korean apocalyptic horror series. Before Squid Games. I still prefer Sweet Home.

FRANNY - SPACE 3. What does Punk Rock mean to you?

For me its not about the music or the style, it’s more of an attitude 4. Who was the first artist you paid to see?

The Stranglers I think. I was much younger than my friends who could go the pub and watch gigs. I got a friend to buy my ticket, luckily I knew the security on the door. Still one of my favourite gigs. Little did I know then that I would be playing the Royal Court, Liverpool back then. 5. Who is the most influential person in your life?

I’m sure most say their father but in my case it’s true. He’s the best thing that ever happened to me. Always wanted me to follow my dream. 6. Which song do you wish you had written?

Oh My!! That’s an hard one. “Turn The Heater On” New Order. I obsessed over that song when I was a teenager.

7. What would you older self tell your 16 year old self?

Stop bunking into clubs, you’re going to get caught and beat up. I got beat up many times ;) Continued...

8. Is the internet a help or hindrance to a) new acts. b) established acts?

I’ve absolutely no idea. I don’t pay much attention to the workings of music nowadays. Don’t think I ever did. I just wanted to create. 9. What four things would you put in a time capsule?

Pictures of my family. My favourite LP. My Season Ticket. My old battered passport, stamped from back to front. My first cassette demo I did with Space. 10. If you had a time machine and could go back to any year in music, what would it be and why?

1983. Me and my friends loved music and clubbing passionately back then. March 83 Blue Monday was released. I wasn’t one for dancing but when this came on in the Harrington there was nothing stopping me.

11. If you could be any character in a film, what film and who would it be?

Steve Austin, a man barely alive. I absolutely loved The Six Million Dollar Man when I was a kid. Nothing’s changed. I can run in slow motion just like him now I’m older. 12. You are now In The Club, but which club do you actually wish it was? Main pics by Mark J Allen81 photography

Harrington Club, Liverpool, where I could be myself. And not worry about a thing. 13. Who’d be in your 4 piece fantasy band. Guitar, Bass, Drums and Vocals? (Although you don’t have to restrict it to a 4 piece, or those instruments)

Guitar, Roy Harper. Bass, Jean Jacques Burnel. Keys, Mick MacNeil. Vocals, Fad Gadget. Drums, Stewart Copeland. 14. What question haven’t we asked you that you wish we had?

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wait to Top Man Franny big thanks and can’t pefuly see you and the guys again soon, ho on the same bill ;-)

The Fabulists are an alt rock act, formed in London in 2005. Their first album, Where Silence Should Be, was released on Zube Records. This was followed by Dog Violets, a collection of

dreamy, atmospheric, piano-based songs, and Cardiophonica, the band's third album, is released on 26th July 2021 with first single, Full Fathom Five, out on 12th July.

The Fabulists are: Shaun Milton Vocals and synthesisers Adam Wilson Vocals, keyboards and guitar

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Cardiophonica, builds on the success of the band’s earlier work but draws on a wider palette of sounds, adding vocal harmonies, and experimenting with a variety of guitar sounds, vintage and modular electronica. The songs themselves, the music, the sonics, evoke memory of place, of love, hauntings, of dreams, fleeting encounters, of the unexpected, of absence. There


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is a halcyon, almost hallucinatory, often romantic slant to many of the songs; others present a more noirish filmic quality: torch songs, lamentations, murder-revenge ballads, lonely-road songs that chime with the works of Scott Walker, Portishead, Roxy Music and Dennis Wilson. Cardiophonica is journey; a profound, affecting exploration of the elusive nature of love, of loss, of life. The CD will be available from the Zube Records website, with streaming and downloads from all major platforms

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She Made Me Do It’s new 6 track EP Otherworldly

is out now. From the dark, dense and heavy post-punk pounding of Never Sleep to the electronically kinetic pop of Otherworldly via the bouncy riff-laden Confessional Day. She Made Me Do It are Shaheena Dax (Rachel Stamp) - Vocals, Bass, Keyboards and Will Crewdson (Rachel Stamp, Adam Ant band) Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards. They are joined live by Joe Holweger (Adam Ant Band) on drums. The Otherworldly E.P. was produced by Will Crewdson and mixed by John Mitchell.

“this EP is a rollercoaster trip inside the band’s hook-laden psyche.”

Full on surf guitar intertwined with fat electro beats to elegantly mash your psyched up frontal lobe.

Will Crewdson presents Scant Regard, a solo one-man whirlwind of pure unadulterated guitar driven energy. Also known for his guitar work with Adam Ant, The Selecter, Johnette Napolitano, Rachel Stamp and Flesh for Lulu, Will rams home all his experience into this mind-bending apocalyptic amalgamation of epic soundtrack proportions. He deftly merges the early electronic pioneering flavours of Fad Gadget, Cabaret Voltaire and Nitzer Ebb with the classic twanging guitar sounds of Duane Eddy and Link Wray, adding to this a smattering of post punk energy and attitude to wrap it all up in a blood stained bow. The envelope can be pushed in many directions. The seventh Scant Regard album shows Will Crewdson pushing himself into new territories. Within his blueprint of surf guitar-driven electronic rock’n’roll he branches out further into hard industrial funk directions with experimental techno flourishes throughout. From the brutal ‘Listen to the Brand’ to his frenetic cover of Depeche Mode’s classic ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ there’s never a dull moment. Scantify yourself completely with this incredible beat-laden sci-fi tinged journey.

1 Blunt Horizon 2 Lunar Orchid 3 Fistbump 4 Listen to the Brand 5 Vampire State Building 6 Original Vigilante 7 Just Can’t Get Enough 8 CrO2 9 Teeth on the Wheel 10 Nobody Talks 11 Stickleback Lies 12 The Lightning Brigade

Scant Regard - ‘Listen to the Brand’

Scant Regard - Massive Cult Following out NOW on CD, iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify etc.

Scant Regard - ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ (Depeche Mode cover)

m s i c i t n a m o r h s u l , y r t l 'Su ' s e g d e y k i p s with Petra & Roger are FEVER CREATURE… Here to make noise and mischief… Over the summer of 2020, when the implications of the pandemic restrictions were setting in hard, members of Harpenden based band, Hubcap Moon, Petra Gilbert and Roger Payne, feeling the frustrations of not being able to play live, discussed the possibility of embarking on a new venture to alleviate their shared disappointment. After many conversations, exchanging thoughts and ideas as to the sort of musical monster they wanted to create, they arrived at a definite identity and an intriguing concept of how they wanted to sound.

The outcome has come as much a surprise to them as it has to the few who know them and have heard the early results. Retro Rock n Roll influences with a punk attitude. Sultry, lush romanticism with spiky edges. In fact, the defining factor came when Petra and Roger posed themselves the question, what sort of music would David Lynch commission to play in the Bang Bang Bar? From the very start and the early sketch recordings, their unique universe began to form. All that was needed was a name appropriate to compliment the sultry, atmospheric shapes and sounds starting to emerge…

What The Ey e Doesn't Se e (Joyless Jones Vs Fev er Creature)

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'Creatures in the Basement' is FEVER CREATURE'S first release, On JAM UK. Creatures in the Basement comes at you as a frenetic commotion. The claustrophobic soundtrack to a, heat of the night, bad dream. Scorching - seductive - demented. A frantic, heart-beat skipping, short, sharp, shock to the senses. Once listened to, catch your breath and play it again…

Petra Gilbert – Drums and ‘sometimes’ voice Roger Payne – Guitars and voice Produced and mixed by Pete Jones, plus added Bass guitar


K U . M . A . J His remixes, own releases and of course PIL and Dept S work has been a near constant on the Andreas & The Wolf Radio show over the last 2 years, so we thought it about time we caught up with all round top (if pessimistic) bloke Pete Jones and his ever growing portfolio of collaborations.

I don't have a release schedule stretching out two years hence! Who knows, possibly more of my old tunes and the odd release for selected artists who I have a connection with. Or I might just retire, see how it goes...

Former Public Image Limited bass player and producer, Pete Jones, owner of JAM UK records answers a few questions. When did JAM UK come into fruition and why did you start your own label?

I set up JAM UK around 2008. The label name is actually “Jabberjab Art & Media UK”, JAM for short. The idea was it was going to be an umbrella company for all sorts of artistic endeavours; music and poetry alongside other different art mediums as well as any associated digital or mixed media, either current or as yet to be invented. A lot of the ideas I had never came to be, so it ended up as a music label to facilitate selected musical releases.

Who is on the label?

Primarily, it’s for my own musical projects; it started with a collaboration with a French guitarist Fred Suard called The Creepy Dolls, Pete and Charlie was another collaboration. I went on to release stuff for Department S while I played for them and continued with my own stuff under Pete Jones and Joyless Jones. I have also released tracks for Fever Creature, Southdown Laundry Club and Rogue Sector who are local bands, my daughter under the name Kintsuku and a Scottish band by the name of The Jimmy Tarbuck Experience. I have released a few remixes too, from Department S, Fever Creature and Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons.

What are the latest releases?

In October 2021 I released EP’s for Fever Creature called Behind Closed doors and Something To Live For by The JTE. Albums by both artists are due for release soon. The Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons remix was also out at the same time. My last release was a digital and limited CD called The Ballad of Bunky Wimp

What’s the label ethos?

I don’t have one, other than I’ll do what I want, when I want.

Are you looking to sign any new bands?

Not really, but if anyone wants to send me their latest demo for consideration by all means get in touch. Send it on a cassette wrapped in a £50 note.

Any advice for aspiring label owners?

Be prepared to lose money and getting headaches from bashing your head against a wall repeatedly. Digital releases are pretty straight forward but physical releases can lose you shed-loads. Releasing stuff is easy, selling it is the difficult bit so unless you are endlessly playing live up and down the country and have a reasonable fan base, you won’t shift much. If it’s a vanity project then fair enough, stick all the unsold records in the garage.

What’s next?

I don’t have a release schedule stretching out two years hence! Who knows, possibly more of my old tunes and the odd release for selected artists who I have a connection with. Or I might just retire, see how it goes.

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It took some doing but we’ve finally managed to pin Dave and Eddie down to the task of choosing their TOP 5 albums of 2021. All of these can be bought or ordered from Empire Records so we thought it a perfect opportunity to let the experts help you choose your Christmas presents this year!!!

1. DAVE’s TOP 5: 1. Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert 2. Idles - Crawler 3. Royal Blood - Typhoons 4. Tigercub - As Blue As Indigo 5. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - Sticky






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Perfect Pop Co-Op celebrate 20 years of St Albans band The Scratch next year with plans for re-issuing their 4 studio albums with bonus tracks, a singles As and Bs album, a live album and a demos album... It’s been 12 years since the band, played their last gig... a lot of water has gone under the bridge since then... but we thought it the ‘PERFECT’ time for a reintroduction...

The Scratch a brief intro...

was 99.9% most likely at the time, (as we parted staggering at the end of the evening), that I would have given John a flyer for the next Mamajamas gig, which would probably have been either at The Where do I start... I guess it Barfly in Camden OR bizarrely The starts with my previous band Widemouth Bay Surf club or Manor Mamajamas, who by 1999 were Pub in Bude, Cornwall... (Yes... into their 6th year of existence... it random!)... John said he’d come starts here, ‘cos this is where I first (to the Barfly) and he did and with met John Viney (The Beautiful Wolf) him I’m pretty darn sure also came at a mutual friends party. Grim, Grim... so this went on a few times could possibly have been there too until before I knew it was Johns’ but I remember John and possibly near neighbour. a brief chat about music... but Obviously back in the year 2000 nothing more... email, mobile phones and all that Fast forward to the Summer of jazz were some way off being 2000, when I moved to Crouch common, so we made a weekly End in North London and was once arrangement to meet up and again thrust into John’s company further discuss the state of the via the same friend and probably bizzo in the pub opposite the for a similar birthday type reason. YMCA, where we had just enlisted This time we bonded. A pub crawl on a circuit training course! We around Soho had begun with a well diligently did this for a few weeks organised group, but gradually as with the promise of a post workout the pub count increased it became pint or three spurring us on. Music a deal more of a rag tail affair... with was always top of the agenda. us the very rag of the tail! Not just because of the alcohol however, we John obviously new what I was were by now completely engrossed up too with the ‘Jamas, but I was curious as to why he wasn’t ‘active’ like two star crossed lovers in a conversation about Punk Rock and musically having quit acid house mavericks Jump some ten years the general state of new music in previously. I asked if he’d be up this the new millennium!. for maybe doing some kind of We definitely had lots in common. It collaboration just to keep his hand

in, which he seemed amenable too and suggested we get Grim involved. Neither had worked together since the heady days of acid house, but both fancied giving it a try. We had no plan. I was coming at it from a Grunge band and they were a beats and samples duo, way out of my pay grade on the tech front... but this could be an interesting style clash we thought so why not... We all currently liked a new and relatively unknown band called The Strokes (touted as a new Ramones at the time)... I guess they were both from New York? So we decided to arrange a session. Grim had all of his music gear set up in a loft space in Highbury, so that seemed like a perfect place to start... Both John and Grim had little sections of song ideas started which they taped for me to have a listen too and a think about in terms of lyrics and I had a couple of potential newies for Mamajamas which by a slowly evolving twist of fate would now be the basis of my contribution to our new project... currently a project with no name.. but that’s a whole other story!!!

by Andy Scratch.


“I love The Scratch me. Not only have they got ace punk inspired tunes, they’ve got a great spirit. They’ll go all the way, you watch.” Clint Boon – XFM

DISCOGRAPHY I Relax to Sprial Scratch/Trigger Finger - 7” double A - side Released: 10.11.02 Ponyland Records

You Want the World/Independant Unrepentant /Teen Idol - Digital EP Released 29.06.09 Ponyland Records

DIY - Album - CD /Digital ALBUM Released 01.12.03 Ponyland Records

Destroyed by the Look of Love/Flicker /Not your friend (live demo) - Digital EP Released 25.09.09 Ponyland Records vWhatever Happened to Friday Night - CD/Digital Album Released 12.10.09 Ponyland Records

X-RAY Eyes/Brainstorm - 10” Single Released 04.02.04 Ponyland Records Brainstorm Remixes - CD EP Released 17.01.05 Ponyland Records Undercover - CD EP Released 30.06.05 Ponyland Records Logical Mind Remix - CD EP Released 05.12.05 Ponyland Records Night Bus or Milk Train - CD /Digital ALBUM Released 26.07.06 Ponyland Records Numbers/Texture to the Flava - CD /Digital Single Released 06.12.07 Ponyland Records Night Bus or Milk Train - CD /Digital ALBUM Re-Released 03.12.07 Ponyland Records Critical Mass/Dear Maniac - CD /Digital Single Released 28.04.08 Ponyland Records Girls’ World/Sweet Surprise - CD /Digital Single Released 28.07.08 Ponyland Records Against the Grain/Cool in an Uncool Way -CD /Digital Single Released 07.01.09 Ponyland Records

Teen Idol (Radio Edit) - Digital Single Released 25.10.09 Ponyland Records X-RAY Eyes/Brainstorm - 10” Single Re-Released 25.03.10 Ponyland Records X-RAY Eyes/Brainstorm/Brainstorm Kidda Mix - Digital EP Released 25.03.10 Ponyland Records I Relax to Spiral Scratch/Trigger Finger - 7” Re-Released 05.07.10 Ponyland Records DIY Remaster - Album - CD Released 10.10.10 Ponyland Records Homely Crackle/Narcotic Hearts - 7” Single Released 16.04.11 Ponyland Records Wag Potential - CD single Released 14.11.11 Ponyland Records Great Adventure - CD/ Digital Album Released 12.05.12 Ponyland Records


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by England’s The Scratch is one of the most pocket-picking white guy post-punk dub dance whatsis slabs since The Pop Group’s “She Is Beyond Good And Evil”. And, yeah, it lacks some of that record’s massiveness. but the sputzy way these clowns pile grooves together on “X-Ray Eyes”, then tangle them with Beefhearty guitar slides, and strange post-glam vocals, is pretty goddamn snappy.


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The Scratch - Live Review

©Karin Albinsson

The St Albans four piece dig deep into the Buzzcocks/ T.Rex canyon of furious guitar pop. It’s a rich seam and one that’s paying them dividends. They have the same kind of historic vocals, witty lyrics and tearaway guitars that made their two prime influences two of the best pop bands this country has ever produced. This sliver of guitar gold dominated their sound and their set is stuffed full of great tunes. It can only be a matter of time before someone takes some notice of this hard working band.

John Robb

at Night and Day, Manchester

The Big Breakthrough!?!!? VERSUS CANCER MANCHESTER M.E.N. ARENA 30 MARCH 2007


Eddie’s TOP 5: 1. Tenderlonious - Still Flute Amazing mix of jazz and electronica as always from the flautist. This one has a nice, sparse, 80/90s house vibe in places, with lots of funky percussion breakdowns.

2. Water From Your Eyes Structure





One minute it folk the next it’s crunchy krautrock electronic sounds... You never know where it’s gonna go and I love it for this reason.

3. Halsey - If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power

The Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross (NIN) production on this really makes its special. Huge mix of styles, lots very Halsey-esque, but with a definite underlying dread and anger. Every track is different.

4. Squid - Bright Green Field Not much to say except: bonkers. Gong-like in places, very big post punk vibe too. Heartfelt sounds. 5. Various - Fabric Presents: Overmono Just one of those mixes that flows really well. Played it a lot over the summer, definitely got a lot of warm weather tracks on there. A well curated selection!


Obviously we won’t be linking anywhere else about these releases, if you want to know more go and see the chaps in person or getting intouch via these details!

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A year in the life of Dislocated Flowers 2021

New Dislocated Flowers E.P;

‘Broken Hummingbird Repair Garage’

released 11/11/2021

Part 1 – Bleeding Soul Angels Part 2 – Acid Red Available on Bandcamp: Archive DiY cassette recordings from TVO 1994 released as TVO2 - Grimy, raw, messy, degraded oxides and a look back in time to the pre-Internet digital freedom days. When the A&R gatekeepers ruled the world of releases and everything depended on demo tapes and fingers crossed moments for the unsigned lottery of ‘does your face fit are you a radio-friendly-unit-shifter that will be marketed in our next fashion-designingproduct genre?’… ahhh

This year is madder than last year, next year will be madder still… Control is on heat and pumping with profound malicious joy at the ever increasing restrictions placed on humanity by Pharma-Tech-GreedCorporation PLC… as ever enabled by compliant, mendacious, weak, grabbing politicians with no moral compass or empathy. Mob vitriol as no debate comfortably off thought police create mass ignorance in the ever devolving race to purity of offence and who claims it. Mass delusion and stupidity on a scale never dreamed of by power freak junkies and chaos everywhere. Oh what times we live in…

Currently mixing and mastering the last instalment of the Twenty One Cut-Up Trilogy

“Afraid of being alone and forgotten, driven mad by Control and afraid always. Pharma Dope Control multiple jab addiction process is the eugenics fast breeder. What you are is not what you are. Control coughs the virus to swallow heat babel inducement. Negative destructive hateful people syndrome enabler through virtue vice as decreed normal influencer speaks.

Soft Harm Patch – to be released December 2021

Bioweapon gene counters AWOL renegade counter terror multiplier ongoing history story. Move without murmur every day Pharma Control Dope nod out virus mode. Under a flag of convenience in come the grinning eyeless killers dancing fast moving slowly to their aims. No test or research protocol supplemental requirement for ever increasing profit explosion, expulsion, explosion. The individual is a mob mindless driven desperate to be liked but feared. Guide the young and desperately needy easily led believers of man to end reason and agreement. Speak truth, friend, and you are cancelled out rubbed away pitchfork mobbed and burnt alive and whole sale, buy my book. Attempt to step out of the Control Mind principal drip fed since birth. Thought Police and Predatory Creeps authority mob rule ain’t it grand kid...”

Soft Harm Patch Pilgrims, today’s reading is from the book of Loveless Neo-Puritanism. Chapter 23; Letters to the Numb



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SKULL & FORK Endless Idiot is a one-man post-punk project from Stefan, the frontman of UK punk band Who Killed Nancy Johnson? Skull And Fork, the project’s second full length, follows hot on the heels of debut album, Sisyphus, released in February. Skull And Fork draws on similar inspirations, taking motifs and ideas from punk, post-punk, new wave and minimalism. There’s a waltz, a pop song, a banger, some oddities, some anger, a song called Love that isn’t, one instrumental, and bastard versions of two songs originally written for a rhythm and blues band.The

new album has improved production values but keeps the 100% DIY approach. Skull & Fork is out now via digital platforms including Bandcamp.


See You Next Tuesday The Complete Sessions


7 years in, album 3 - Art is Magic. Art Is Magic Always Taking Things Too Far Soulless City Syndrome Fruit Salad Girl Drowning My Sorrows

In 2013 as a bristling 8 piece - 2 bass, keys, drums, 3 guitars, 2 vocals and a Minx!... The Tuesday Club released ‘See you next Tuesday’ on an unsuspecting world... “Roxy Music played by The Rocky Horror Show”... here for the first time you can grab for your collection - The Complete sessions... featuring the lost tracks and unreleased material... 5 of which have been released on varying eps and singles, 3 of which have never been released... and now due to loss of the original masters - 1 of which was never and will never be finished! Released on Ltd edition of only 50 cds and a digital download. You’d be a definite SYNT not to want this?! CD1: Original Album:

Dolly Dynamite Ain’t Got No Class Money Means Nothing Nanananana She Splayed My Teeth New Regime (Slow Swing) Replication and Montage All You Do Is Wow New Glamour Wish My Slate Was Cleaner Vinyl As a Manifesto Oh Daddy Please Little Miss Attitude Human inhuman being

Put Your Faith (In What You Can Control) We Are The Team Let The Kids Run The Country Rock’n’Roll’s Not A Science Who And Youz Army album/art-is-magic


CD 2:

Previously released Material True Sex Appeal (Free Xmas single) These Dogs Bite (B-Side Dolly Dynamite EP) Old Before Your Time (Original mix) One Idea and a Lonely Voice (From Forbidden Kiss EP) New Regime (Punkd) (B-Side Ain’t got no Class) Previously Unreleased Material Erotism And Machinery It Ain’t Changed Me Gordon Curfew (unfinished Mix)

SOD Brexit! An anthem to re-unite the land! Available on limited Edition 7” Vinyl! album/let-the-kids-run-the-country

Perfect POP UP SHOP!

Perfect for anytime of the year but even more so for Christmas, get all of your perfect pop music here at our exclusive pop up shop!

Releases currently available from The Tuesday Club

My Consciousness EP My Consciousness, Harsh tales of ancient news and Something Major. Available on Silver and MP3 download! EP001

Lady Gargar EP Lady Gargar, Scars are Superstars and Resistance makes your heart groan fonder. Available on Silver and MP3 download! EP003

Forbidden Kiss EP Forbidden Kiss, Cities Alive and One Idea and a lonely voice. Available on Silver and MP3 download! EP002

Boo Hoo EP Boo Hoo, Beat Oven, Greyer Shades Of Grey Available on Silver and MP3 download! EP004


It started on 1st January 2015, caused by tragedy in December 2014 and finally ended with a 'closing party' on October 6th 2018. If this is your introduction to the #rf365 you have a lot of catching up to do! The Perfect Pop Co-Op reissued the collection on Bandcamp for the first time in 2019 in conjunction with the posting of 'compilation' videos on youtube. In 2019 Reverse Family were added to the British Libraries' Sound Archive in recognition of the project.

reverse Family ‘A year reversed’ by HArkii Media © 2018 Staring:

Dermot Illogical, The Minx, Rog Dr.. DAVE, Johnny V, Matt Edmond Hug(h)e Davenport Filmed & Produced by Karen Lui on location 2018

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MY SONGS ABOUT LIFE MID CRISIS Ever had that dream where an insect invades the ear and sets up home to mercilessly tease and torment thereon in? If so, a form of similar reality is about to be unleashed as the Reverse Family step forward to announce themselves with a sound which trespasses and festers in the psyche. The difference is that this is set to be the most welcome invasion of ears as it crawls with relish into the imagination. Reverse Family is the solo project of Dermot Illogical, aided by a fluid band of collaborators from time to time, this debut offering is a lo-fi exploration into an experimental DIY web of sounds and flavours which is hard to pin down but certainly embraces everything from post punk and noise pop to indie and old school punk. There are so many highlights offered by the Reverse Family songs; each track connecting with an ever eager hunger for punk fuelled, post punk spiced imagination. Plastic Punks epitomises this perfectly, its Fire Engines toned melodic jangle and Spizzenergi devilry sheer temptation again emerging as something specific to Reverse Family. With a tongue in cheek lining to the lyrical reflection shaping songs which spreads into the music itself, Reverse Family is a beguiling adventure with a nod to the past and a grip on an imagination as fresh as it is, well quite simply a touch loco. Ringmaster Review



“It’s outsider pop that’s so far outside you need binoculars to see it.” @thedevilstuna

THE MINX DIARY pics by Stephen Manuel The Minx is back in the Club. Minx have missed cowbell too much. Was time to come back in new disguise and spy more on Club of Tuesday. This also involve changing some minions and auditioning new. Minx has now upgraded to select few of best minions. Continue quest for rid world of disgust shoe and have survived summer of much flip-flop.


Minx is still enjoying ‘lives in a house, a very big house in the country’. But one thing Minx do not like is fight with squirrels. Not real fight (haha) but fight from put food out for birds and greedy pig squirrels eat all food before Mr and Mrs Robin and Blackbird get look in.

Minx To Do List 1. check what shoe ‘Minki’ wear for record drums on Club of

Tuesday song 2. Request cowbell be placed higher in mix for Minx 3. Destroy garden shoes 4. Stop James Bond Girl squirrel from eat all fat ball Hammock a success. Minx love gardening.

Minx have tried everything and read up on all method to deter pesky squirrel. This week have try chilli powder, as the ‘pesky blighters’ do not like cayenne pepper. That will teach the little beggars, as Mrs B next door like to say. She also like birds but have large contraption in garden that look like lamp from the 70s but Minx don’t like that sort of thing hanging over bush, so decide to try other ways. Have 2 sets of squirrels - front squirrels, who make way over front garden from river beyond and through to the feed station (yes Minx have gone whole pig and make feed station for wildlife. Minx like nature!) and the back squirrels, who, yes, come from trees at back of garden. One special squirrel is call ‘Path Squirrel’ - she quite sweet and after minion placing food for bird, trot down back path missing running across grass lawn. She nicest squirrel and can imagine her tiptoe in high heels around puddles when going across carpark to night club in Essex.


It raining but still bird-hating squirrel is out with vengeance playing Mission James Bond Girl Impossible and stealing fat balls from feeder. Minion want to go out and scare off but is amusing to watch, though also very angry for steal food of small bird and big bird. In Country Pile also have greenhouse - and Minx grow many vegetable tomato, chilli, pepper and aubergine. Minx feel have properly embraced country life, though refuse to get wellington boot as too much disgust shoe. Take a walk in woods with head minion and realise just round corner from shop called Lidl. Have never heard of this shop before but Minion assure Minx is for all people and is cheap. Minx do not do cheap, but venture in anyway and amaze by how food all piled high in mixtures. Have box full of cottage pie or fish pie. Minx do not have time to ‘sort through’ food, so walk away. Go to the Middle of Lidl (ha ha is funny pun joke?), instead and Minion say is full of unknown delights. Minx buy packet of mixed watch batteries, some coloured pencils, set of drill bits, some ‘garden shoe’ to destroy later, and 5 boxes of instant risotto. Is successful trip and decide Minx like nature ramble if can buy such useful items.


other singer Andy Vanderdoodah too. This song have lot of cowbell and Minx insist is mix very high so all can hear. 2 song have been recorded and band tell me Minx nemesis ‘Minki’ have apparently record DRUMS on other track. Minx very angry at this as ‘Minki’ is not meant to be have anything do with Tuesday Club. Is Minx’s band and she should stick to her own 50feet of bloody Woman. Only thing Minx agree with ‘Minki’ is with high heel, though Minx know that ‘Minki’ can not play drum wearing High Heel as not Sheila E, so must have result in flat disgust shoe.

Minx is asked by Club of Tuesday to record vocals remotely. Minx do not have remote idea what to do, so ask Music Minion (who have been on furlough for 18 months) to set up place for Minx to record. New single will feature Minx ... with


Have found out from shoe Minion that apparently ‘Minki’ wear Converse shoe for drum on record. Is only acceptable flat shoe for Minx so partly forgive, but still plan a warning for encroach on territory. Minx so not like how dark night gets early. Is sit in room at 3 o clock and have to put light on. Is also get cold and Minx feel like old lady wrap in blanket. Am so annoy that Russian ability to not feel cold seem to have gone since move to country. Even vodka tea do not help, though make smile more. At least one time a day. Vodka Minion (who work double shift during lockdown times) is kept busy trying to keep Minx happy when feel cold.


Head Minion mention word Chr*stmas when is not December. He severely punish. Have only just celebrate Halloween and pumpkin only just finish being carve and made into pumpkin pie (one of Minion is from US of A and make excellent pumpkin pie. He call himself Pumpkin Bumkpin now he live in countryside of England) and still not all eaten so how can Minx even think about getting out tree and tinsel and lights? Why are such lights called fairy lights? Surely fairy have no need of lights with their magic wand? Lights are not shaped like little people with wing, so not sure why name have happened like this. Maybe it is so rich parent can buy for little girl bedrooms with Barbie wallpaper and a tent shaped like magic castle - name fairy light encourage purchase behaviour from romantics. Don’t get wrong, Minx very romantic too and wish Minx’ Manor was like castle in Prague, but also pragmatic and now live in country is not possible yet.


Is time for Strictly Dance, where Minx and all minion sit and watch. At first Minx think was fetish kinky dance because of talk of Strict this and Strict that and nearly turn off when see amount of sequin and mesh flesh, but programme suck everyone in and all become addicted, even Head Minion who usually pooh pooh all thing like that. He worst one and insist all stops when ‘Da dada da da da daaaah da dada da daaaaah’ start and all house watch, even from minion kennels.


Is day of rest but not for Minx. Neighbours have invite Minx over for a ‘cuppa’ and have agree to go. Think they want to ask Minx to look after cat while they are away. Is quite sweet cat and Minx get on with. Minx plan to infiltrate cat with idea of only chasing James Bond Girl squirrel and friends and leave all bird alone. Minion laugh at Minx being in cahoots with cat, but Minx have last laugh when fat balls last longer and he not have to keep go to Wilko to get more! Andreas V tell Minx that mag going out just before the C word (for English, not Russian people). So reluctant early and with vodka tea in hand, Minx say! Happy New Year and Merry Christmas!

С Новым Годом и c Рождеством


SAMPLERs PPCOSAM 1, 2, 3 & 4


Age of Control (Remix) - Rogue Sector AudioBiological - Dislocated Flowers Dead Marchers - Bleeding Soul Angels Dream boy doin’ well - The Bleeed Destroy (We’re Here to) - Scant Regard Impulsive compulsions - Pony Virus Way it goes - Reverse Family Sometimes When I Dream - Southdown Laundry Club Too pure to Live - The Tuesday Club WFTW(TCD) - The Dodo Without Doubt - The Venus Overload Limited AMbition - Andreas And The Wolf Teen Idol - The Scratch

Interesting Times - Dislocated Flowers Valerie Leon, Queen of Neon - The Bleeed Broken Morning - She Made Me Do It Fiction - Reverse Family Beat Oven Extended Mix - The Tuesday Club Just A Game - The Dodo Superslider - The Venus Overload Public Domain - Andreas And The Wolf Logical Mind Pv Remix - The Scratch I’ve had Enough - TAGAS In the evening - Jordan Thomas impulsive-compulsions-perfect-pop-sampler-02


Orange Rose, Yellow Tulips - Dislocated Flowers All I Want Is You - Andreas & The Wolf Fun and Games - She Made Me Do It War - Scant Regard Inadequcy (day 197) - Reverse Family Your headache - Reverse Family Lady Gargar ‘Trestle 2014’ - The Tuesday Club Wow Jazz - The Tuesday Club Afghanistan Bananastand - The Venus Overload Flying Face - The Venus Overload Glue - The Dodo Creature of Desire - Andreas And The Wolf Time to say (80’s electro mix) - The Scratch No two castles are the same - The Scratch Psychic Hygiene - 50ft Woman We’re Here - Jordan Thomas All The Pretty Boys and Girls - Hello Dearies Stictly only Swinging - 50ft Woman Night of the Wild Mind - Suicide Tapes Song for Disillusioned Man - Hello Dearies Nine Day Decline - Decisons (John Ashton Mix) Saladin - Dislocated Flowers impulsive-compulsions-perfect-pop-sampler-03


Waking Up (again) With Kevee Cheers to In The Club for inviting me to do an update since last time pre COVID! Well the solo stuff went ok... Dropped the album Wake Up With Kevee beginning of last summer in the height of lockdown so never got to gig it really. It was a mix of songs from back in the 80’s, new songs and some reworking on Skomads tracks. I just wanted to put all those songs out there. It really wasn’t genre specific from reggae, ska punk to rock, indie and even a psychobilly track! Andy from Terminal Twist helped out on some bass and Frisco added drums to a lot of tracks. Dave Doll produced it at Farm Factory and added a few bits of guitar, backing vocals even a synth! My daughter featured on a couple of tracks and made us sound quite professional.

So onto Determinated, I was sitting at home for 3-4 weeks listening to a lot of Ramones, early Motörhead even a bit of Discharge and GBH. Next thing I wrote four songs in a day, just punk, rocknroll Another couple followed and with Frisco in mind

I though I’d love to do this live. I put out a single recorded in the bedroom under Determinated and it went down well so I formed the band. Andy jumped on board and we recorded a mini album ‘Cusp of Revolution’ and have gigged it including The 100 Club and Dublin Castle thanks to The Pocket Gods and Nub. Joules has joined us on bass as Andy can’t commit really living 2 hours away but we’re always up for four of us being involved. On the side I started painting a lot. I’ve dabbled

before on single, album covers but seemed to be spending more time on it. I had a piece displayed in The Summer Scapes exhibition in St Albans which has spurred me on. It looks like another exhibition is going to use a piece next year. My paintings go with a song and lyrics and I’ve been dreaming of putting on a show where you can wander round basically listening to the art as well as, reading the art and looking at it. I’m hoping it’s going to happen early 2022. The exhibition using the piece next year asked for the lyrics and sound files (which they loved) so it should be happening on a smaller scale at least. The website will hopefully be up soon, to promote everything. Determinated will soon be back in the studio doing a couple of tracks, it’s sounding really tight.

My solo stuff had been put on hold but a new single is on its way. ‘Coming Up Empty’ a story of struggling, things never quite working out as you had planned but lucky for me I’ve got Sandra and we always pull through. So it’s a love song really and means a lot to me. Covid has made us all have a think about what is important in life. Time, stands out to me and free movement. Just get your ideas out there while you can, if they do well it’s a bonus. Thanks again guys, hopefully catch up on the road, we’re usually easy to find at the bar. Cheers Kevee

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"Coming Up Empty' is a story of struggling, things never quite working out as you had planned..."

s ’ M G I B MIGHTY PROBE In the fist of a new regular feature, local music fan and King of the single, double AND triple entendre Big M! goes in deep, asking people involved in the independent music scene for their views and opinions on what’s happening out there.


In this first probing he goes into depth with Mac MacLaren, LIVE St Albans musician and owner of the ‘Lemonrock’ gig guide MUSIC about his unique gig guide, the music scene in St Albans generally and his experiences within it as well as where he which they reluctantly declined but offered me their database , so I see’s the future of Live Music. inherited a data base of 500 gigs for Exeter & Plymouth! BigM!: You know I’ve been down to Cornwall and Devon quite a lot and I have seen Lemonrock advertised at various pubs and venues and some of the bands I’ve seen down there work with Lemonrock too.

BIG M! PROBES MAC. It’s a cold November afternoon when I visit Mac Maclaren’s office, he offers me a well needed cup of tea and he sits down for his late lunch of cheese on toast, we settle down and start to talk… BigM!: So Mac, the first I wanna ask is, for the uninitiated and unaware can you tell us what Lemonrock is?


Mac: Lemonrock is an online, local gig guide, which is an App on your phone or tablet etc, and it tells you what live music is on in the town where you live, without you having to do much at all, you just download the app, which automatically knows where you are, and then any time you are interested on going out to see a band, then you look on Lemonrock and it tells you what is on in your local area. Big M!: OK, so you said it’s ‘local’ but it’s also national too really? It’s got quite a wide geographical coverage. Mac: It was born in St Albans, because I lived here! And I started going out to a load of gigs, and I felt there was a need for something on line, ‘cos this was a long time ago, going back to 2000 and it grew gradually over the next few years to Harpenden, London Colney, and Luton and then some band from Harpenden had a gig in Surrey , which my database couldn’t handle, so I expanded it and then within the next couple of years to lots of different counties and then I had some very good luck in 2005 when a gig guide in Devon, run by really enthusiastic people like me, which for whatever reason stopped listing gigs, so I approached the guys who ran it and offered them my help,

Mac: Bands love Lemonrock: it saves them from having to get their own website and keeping it updated, which, even if you do get your own website it’s gonna cost you 5 or ten quid a month, and you have to update it, which is more difficult than it should be, but Lemonrock makes all of that easy. BigM!: And you’ve actually preempted a question I was gonna ask later: You moved to St Albans in? Mac: 1990. Big M!: OK 1990: so you started hitting the music scene around St Albans? Mac: Yeah, I used to mainly go to acoustic gigs in the early 1990’s, there were a few of them around, so people like the legendary Bill Johnson and Grae J Wall were running these open mic nights and maybe slightly more organised gigs with named bands, so I got to know the local bands in St Albans in the 90’s and it was actually through that I became interested in recording, this was obviously way before Lemonrock, and I started writing songs again having stopped really. So the music scene in St Albans gave me the impetus to get back into song writing. BigM!: I wanna get back to that, but the next thing I wanted to ask was, so from 1990 to now, what changes have you seen, for better or for worse, on the gig/live music scene? Mac: It’s still pretty vibrant. And that’s not bad when you consider that’s a whole generation. We still got the Horn which is doing a mixture of covers and originals. One thing I would say I’ve noticed is there are many more covers bands around now. BigM!: Why do you think that is?



Mac: I’m really not sure. There are so many good original singer/ songwriters around, I think the mobile phone has had a lot to do with the way that people behave generally-before we had mobile phones an audience would have a much better attention span-they were going to a gig and seeing a new band and now… I think…people are less patient.

BigM!: Do you also think that before if you wanted to see a new, up and coming band the only way you could really see them was by going to them at a gig? Whereas now, with all the available online platforms, like Soundcloud for example, if you wanna check out a new band you can do it from the comfort of your home on your phone? Mac: It’s never the same though, even a well produced gig on line is nothing like…. BigM!: No, I meant like demo’s: bands can now have bandcamp pages where they can put their demo’s or even finished tracks on line… Mac: Well Lemonrock has helped with that, we enable bands to upload their tracks onto their Lemonrock page, so people can get an idea, at least what they sound like before committing to going to see them at a gig. BigM!: And how many bands currently use Lemonrock? Mac: There is a lot of churn, we have some bands that have been on Lemonrock for fifteen years other’s for only a few months. So overall we’ve probably had 25,000 bands come and go! At the moment it’s currently about 5,000. Big M!: If I was in a band, and I signed up for Lemonrock, what do I get out of it as a band? I can advertise my gigs, but how dos that work? How do you inform the subscribers? Mac: Well, your page on Lemonrock is very easily discovered, because we’ve written search engine software that makes it a breeze, so once you’ve written your page, google will pick it up, but you can also share it to your favourite social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, just with a click of a button you can add that Lemonrock content to your social media. We also send out emails to music fans-we send out THOUSANDS of emails every week to people in an area, but you can also follow a band on Lemonrock and if your a fan of that band, even if they are not in your local area we will send you emails about their gigs So as soon as your gig gets posted, it gets emailed out to thousands of fans. BigM!: So if I was in a band, and I had a gig coming up, if I was on Lemonrock, that gig would be notified to thousands of Lemonrock subscribers? Mac: Thats right. We would notify people usually within a 20 mile radius of your gig and that can be thousands of people, especially if that gig was in a place like St Albans where there is literally thousands of Lemonrock subscribers.

BigM!: And venues can subscribe too? Is that correct? Mac: Yes. Although bands form the majority of our membership, you can

to Lemonrock? Mac: Not really, because, although they are both massive sites they are ‘jack of all trades’. Both of them. And they haven’t got

“One thing I would say I’ve noticed is there are many more covers bands around now.” Mac. join Lemonrock as a venue and post your venues gigs and that can work really well if the bands don’t have a Lemonrock page, the venue can add the gigs and in doing so that creates simple skeleton pages for then band that they are adding gigs for. So, it’s kinda organic in that way: bands can do they same thing-they can create a venue page that a venue can then claim and the venues can create band pages that the bands can then claim! It’s a ready made solution for marketing your band. Big M!: I’ve obviously done my research and had a look at Lemonrock and I think one of the things I like about it is that appears to be unique in the fact there is no advertising on it. What was the decision behind that? Mac: Advertising, in my opinion cheapens any website. And usually you don’t have any control over the advertising content, which makes it even worse, so…. Big M!: So you’ve got an ethical stance as well then? Mac: I don’t know it it’s ethics, it’s more to do with ease of use and relevance…. Big M!: Yeah-it’s people not being distracted I guess. Mac: Yes, that’s right. So we charge a small fee-a membership fee, which is currently £42 per year, which is £3.50 per month and that means we don’t have to put advertising on the site which means the site is dedicated to live music and gigs. Big M!: So it’s like the ‘Ronseal’ of gig guides! It does exactly what is says on the tin! Mac: It’s an unfussy gig guide, ad free, and attempts to make it as accurate as possible, where all the dates, times etc are thoroughly checked. I don’t think there is any other gig guide that puts as much work into the presentation and into the data quality that Lemonrock does. Big M!: You mentioned Facebook, Instagram: have they presented challenges

round to organising their data in the way Lemonrock’s data is organised. So, if for example, you live in Hitchin you can easily find, automatically and easily find your local gigs, whereas no such thing exists on Facebook. (To my knowledge!) Big M!: I think if a band has a page on Facebook, they can send you a message they have a gig coming up, but I could be living in Scotland, the band night be based in London and doing a gig in Scunthorpe! Which is no fucking good or relevant at all to me! Mac: One of the strengths of Lemonrock is it’s location awareness. So we wouldn’t do that! We would send you details of gigs in Scunthorpe if you lived in Scotland. (Unless of course, you were following a band who happened to be playing far away. It’s very flexible). Big M!: I also understand that if you are a band subscribing to Lemonrock you can use it to advertise your gigs but you can also do a mail shot to people following you informing them of upcoming gigs or events?


Mac: You’d do that through your social media channels, you’d post your information onto Lemonrock as a blog. So all bands and venues can write blogs and you would then share the blog. So there is an extra step involved, but it still means Lemonrock is there as the platform for your band when you share it on your social media site. It links into your social media page so people will see not just your blog, but listen to your music, see your photographs and most importantly see when you are gigging. Big M!: Yeah-I like that: You can upload your demos to Lemonrock, which is all part of the service if you are a band isn’ it? Mac: Yeah! Most bands these days make their own recordings and Lemonrock accepts MP3’s which are very small files so, you can upload maybe 15, 20 songs to your Lemonrock page and it won’t take up much space. So everybody gets a fair chance at promoting they’re selves. Big M!: So I wanna move things on a bit, so apart from the Pandemic, which is the obvious one, what challenges have you faced in the ever increasing digital world we live in. Has that been a help or a hinderance for Lemonrock? Mac: I’m constantly amazed the internet actually exists and I think it is an amazing invention and tool. I think that without internet, live music might well have had a rather more ill fated existence over the last 10 or 20 years. Big M!: What makes you say that? Mac: TV. Big M!: T.V. ???! Mac: Has got very slick and people like to stay in and watch it instead of going out. Big M!: I guess a lot of venues have closed down too… I mean music venues have closed down over the last couple of decades, that

can’t have helped. Mac: There is the constant problem of venues competing with supermarkets because of the licensing laws, and that impacts on the feasibility of live gigs to take place, because the venue has to pay the band… Big M!: And quite rightly so! In my opinion, bands ABSOLUTELY should be paid! Mac: Absolutely. I totally agree. Big M!: I’m not gonna mention the pub. But, I was chatting to a St Albans landlord who was looking to revamp and relaunch his boozer and he wanted to put live music on. So I mentioned that I knew you and Denise Parsons who were promoting music in St Albans and I would be more than happy to do the necessary introductions. But he told me he didn’t wanna pay for bands/ gigs. And it just left me thinking ‘what fucking planet is this bloke on’? You know, guitars, amplifiers and drum kits aren’t cheap are they? And he’s just expecting something for nothing! Mac: It’s such a weird attitude. I wouldn’t go into a pub and ask for a pint of beer for free… Big M!: Well I would! I wouldn’t expect it, but I’d chance me arm! Mac: I know you would yeah! But no, why should anybody do anything for free? OK, so maybe if a band proves itself and is a success and does a gig for a lower fee… but there is so much work involved putting on a gig: not least the cost of the instruments and the amplification…. Big M!: And it’s the other things people don’t even realise, you don’t just rock up and play a gig, unless of course you are incredibly talented like Jimi Hendrix or something, if you are a mere mortal in a band you have to go and pay for rehearsal space, you have to invest before you even get any gigs in return (and hopefully some money).

“It’s an unfussy gig guide, ad free, and attempts to make it as accurate as possible, where all the dates, times etc are thoroughly checked. I don’t think there is any other gig guide that puts as much work into the presentation and into the data quality that Lemonrock does.” Mac. Mac: Yes, people don’t realise the costs involved, your’re right. Rehearsal studios do cost money, and don’t forget the time investment toopeople aren’t born able to play and sing, they have to spend hours and hours practising and perfecting their art so it’s presentable to the public! And a lot of people just don’t get that. I would have thought that Landlords would have got that though. Big M!: Yeah, I think generally Landlords dowe both know there are plenty of pubs in Hertfordshire and St Albans in particular that do put on Live Music and I think the landlords as far as I’m aware are very fair and equitable in what they pay their bands. I would say this particular aforementioned landlord I was referring to is the exception rather than the norm and hasn’t really got realistic expectations. Mac: I know who you are talking about and I know for sure that pubs that do invest in their live music will succeed generally, because live music creates a welcoming, fun atmosphere for the pub and shows the public that the pub cares about the community. Big M!: And of course it gives the bands the opportunity to do their thing. Mac: It’s a great thing be able to play in a band, it’s exciting and if you are doing it right, it will be exciting for the audience as well. Big M!: You’ve made a good point there, and again I’m enjoying this interview ‘cos I’m not leading you, your pre-empting all my questions! You’re a musician yourself, you came to St Albans in 1990 and you started up a band and I believe you recorded and released a few albums didn’t you? Mac: We did! My band was called ‘MacLaren Wall’. I say ‘was’ - it still exists but we haven’t recorded for a long time, we’re more of a live band now. Yes, they were fun days. We

recorded about 20 songs and released 3 CD’s in the 90’s. I loved it! It was great fun meeting musicians and producers and getting to grips with CD production and art work. I had a whale of a time! I miss those days. Big M!: Would you go back if possible? Mac: I have decided I’m a better software engineer than musician! So, however sad that sounds… Big M!: I can’t argue with you because I’ve heard you, I have actually bought one of your albums… Mac: Thank you Sir! I wondered who that was… Big M!: I have bought one of your albums, I think it’s called ‘Such Is Life’? Mac: ‘A Bit Like Life’ Big M!: Yeah - ‘A Bit Like Life’ that’s the one! And that’s a very good album, but I know nothing about software engineering so I can’t really argue the point on that one. But I think, that’s a very good album and it’s stands up today even though it was made in the mid 90’s. Mac: You’re very kind! Actually that particular CD was made in 2004, with a producer who put a techno slant on the songs which makes the CD very interesting. Big M!: I think it’s gotta bit of a Morcheeba, slightly trip-hoppy sort of vibe to it that album. Mac: Yes, that’s what the producer brought to the table. He’d already worked on remixes for U2 and Springsteen amongst others. So he had some potentially great contacts, but like the other two CD’s we didn’t manage to convince the world that we were the best thing ever! Big M!: You never now, with this interview there might be a huge rush down to Empire Records, ‘cos they’re still in there. People might rush out and buy them and this time next year you’ll be a millionaire! Mac: Excellent! Well, thank you for that very comforting projection! It’s been great talking to you! Big M!: Hang about! I’ve not finished yet! I wanna go back to Lemonrock and ask what you see as the future for Lemonrock, how will it evolve and develop in say the next 5 years? Mac: I am hoping that Lemonrock will become a household name eventually in all parts of the UK, I would hope as technology advances the app will become even easier to use and will become the first point of call for any band out there-original or covers band Lemonrock will be there to put your gigs on and then get people to come along to those gigs.

Big M!: I like the fact you’ve been on both sides of the fence really. You’re in this position now of editing Lemonrock and providing this service to gig goers and bands, but you’ve also been on the other side where you’ve been in a band so I think it gives you a unique perspective if you like. Mac: Yeah. Thats really helped me in designing the best site possible, because I can see things from a musicians point of view I’m constantly asking questions when I’m designing the site and as a gigging musician I’m also thinking of how people interact with the site. Is it geared towards musicians? And not just some faceless customers. Big M!: So for up and coming bands, what advice would you give them? Not including the obvious one — get yourself a Lemonrock membership! Mac: Well, obviously... Big M!: Sorry Mac, I don’t like to interrupt but let me just elaborate on this a bit: I don’t think this just applies to musicians I think it’s applicable to a lot of creative people, where they’ve obviously got an untold amount of talent and ability, but I think there is almost an element with a some, not all of them where they feel they don’t really need to work, they just have to sit back and wait for the world to discover their ‘genius’ and when that doesn’t happen they can tend to become a bit jaded and bitter about it. I mean, this probably goes back to you being a musician, I think you’d agree you have to put the yards in don’t you? You don’t just turn up and sell a million records! Mac: You’re right. You really have to work hard at the promotion side of your band, your songs and your gigs. Because, nobody else is going to do it! Thats the whole idea behind Lemonrock-that it enables you to create your own presence on the web and add as much interesting information as possible. You’d be amazed by the number of bands that don’t write anything about their selves . They get their selves a free Lemonrock trial account, and they add 1 or 2 gigs and they write anything about their selves they don’t even put photographs of their selves on their page! How are they ever going to ‘make it’ if that basic information isn’t there? So as a free trial member you get the ability to add your bio, upload MP3’s post pictures, add links to your social media pages and add gigs! You can do that for 30 days, which is long enough I think to get a flavour of what Lemonrock can do for you as a band. Big M!: So, for any of our readers who are in bands and for what ever reasons are not Lemonrock members, how can they find out more? What do they need to do?

Mac: Go to on your mobile or tablet, sign up as a band and within literally seconds you can be uploading photographs and MP3’s of your band and start getting known by your local live music, gig goers. Big M!: Can we possibly provide bands with your email address if they have any further questions? Mac: Sure! I’m always more than happy to help people who are starting out and don’t have a web presence or are trying to improve their web presence: that will cone straight through to me and I will give them my personal help! Big M!: Thats very kind of you! I think that’s about it from me, but before we finish, is there anything else you’d like to say about Lemonrock or anything else in general? Mac: I think, if I could I would make Lemonrock free of charge. Facebook, Instagram etc are free. But they are multi billion dollar companies run by thousands of people... Big M!: And sell advertising. Mac: And sell advertising! But that’s not what Lemonrock is about. Lemonrock is ad free and because of it’s niche aspect we need to charge a small subscription fee, which is the equivalent of a pint of beer a month! I think even the most hard up bands might be able to afford that. Big M!: Yeah, I think that’s a very reasonable and interesting analogy really. Put that into perspective, yeah it’s not a lot is it? When you are reaching potentially thousands of gig goers and record buyers. Mac: Well as I said, it’s niche whereas EVERYTHING is on Facebook and Instagram Lemonrock is just about live music and NOTHING else. Big M!: That seems the perfect place to end. Thank you for your time Mac it’s been a pleasure! Mac: Thank you! Well, that’s it for this first interview, I think you’ll agree folks, Big M! Made a good fist of it. He’s slotted in very well with the rest of the ‘In The Club’ team. Watch out for the next edition where he will be probing, teasing and pumping for information from some other subject from the independent music scene. visit and get yourself signed up!



album and most recently I’ve written a few tracks for a planned 12” with The Pop Group’s label, Freaks R Us. Some of these tracks will be collaborations with Mark Stewart and Mal, whom I still believe to be two of the most important writers and performers around.

RANDOM ANSWERS Sonic explorer Eric Random discusses his life in music and sound with Rogue Sector’s Andrew Trussler.

Born in 1961, Mancunian musician Eric Random became interested in experimental music during his teens. In the late 1970s he formed the Tiller Boys with Pete Shelley and Francis Cookson, and soon after began producing and performing music under his own name. Over the last forty years, he’s released an array of experimental, eclectic albums and collaborated with Nico (with whom he toured extensively in the 1980s as part of her band, the Faction) and Cabaret Voltaire, amongst others. Widely travelled, he studied non-western instruments in India, eventually relocating to Morocco for a number of years in the early 2000s. Now back in his native Manchester, Eric has produced no less than four albums in the last few years, with a new double vinyl LP, Wire Me Up, due for release in early 2019. His music has fascinated me since I first heard Earthbound Ghost Need (released in 1982), as a teenager. We finally met in January this year, at The Wild Card Brewery in East London, where Eric was headlining. Not one for interviews, Eric prefers to let his music speak for itself. So I was grateful when he graciously agreed to answer my questions. Here he talks about his formative musical influences; covering Maurice Ravel’s Bolero; working with Nico; his long friendship with Cabaret Voltaire; and being

A compilation of your early work, A Boy Alone, has just been released as a double LP [on Dark Entries]. Looking back, how do you feel about this material now?


...the addiction is stronger than ever. I've been pretty much living in the studio this past year or so, finishing tracks for a new double vinyl album, Wire Me Up, for Sleepers Records that will be out early in the New Year.


Although I’m not one for looking back, I do feel it’s important to keep older works alive and present. So releases such as A Boy Alone are very much appreciated. I can be a little over-critical when returning to previous recordings though, so I usually prefer to give as much freedom of choice as possible to whoever is compiling the project. followed by the secret police in Czechoslovakia. The last couple of years have seen you performing live in London, Europe and America, as well as the release of two new albums, Words Made Flesh and Two Faced. How have these been received and what are you working on at the moment? Yes, releasing and playing live again has been a really positive experience with two new albums on Viennese post-punk imprint Klanggalerie being well received. Plus a number of live performances around the UK, mainland Europe and the U.S., of which appearances in cities like Vilnius and Berlin were highlights. These events stood out, mainly as there were young audiences who were new to my work, which was an added excitement for me. That said, seeing a few old faces was nice at gigs in Sheffield and a really great night at the Wild Card Brewery in East London, with DJ sets from good mates Stephen Mallinder [Mal] and Lone Lady. The latter part of 2018 has been taken up with writing another

Eric Random – Dow Chemical Company [A Boy Alone]: watch?v=5M42d8ajZXA Growing up in Manchester, were you interested in music as a youth? What were your formative musical experiences / epiphanies? Some of my earliest musical memories are imprints of the Motown and Ska records that my elder brothers and sisters used to play. In my early teens I began listening to the likes of Roxy Music and The Velvet Underground, whose music I could relate to more than anything I’d heard before. Then the arrival of Punk served as a gateway to accessing 70s German art bands and electronic music.

The Velvet Underground – The Black Angel’s Death Song [The Velvet Underground & Nico]: watch?v=fU4G_8VYlOQ Manchester in the mid-to-late 70s seems to have been an exciting place. It really feels like there was a community of artists trying to achieve similar ideas, much like the underground scene that was


The Chiffons – Sweet Talking Guy: watch?v=KP0Nbp1cbOM


The pioneering musician and master of the ‘treated’ vocal discusses Cabaret Voltaire, Wrangler, Creep Show and his forthcoming solo album. Rogue Sector’s Andrew Trussler asks the questions. Born and raised in Sheffield, Dr. Stephen Mallinder, aka ‘Mal’, has been making music for five decades. In 1973, he was a founding member of Cabaret Voltaire with Chris Watson and Richard H. Kirk, one of the most original and influential electronic bands to emerge from the UK. Taking their name from the Dadaist nightclub (founded in Zurich, 1917), Cabaret Voltaire began as sonic pranksters, “jumped up kids with tape recorders,” as Mal once put it. But they were soon recording twice a week in Watson’s attic, with ideas and attitudes inspired by Sci-Fi, B-movies, William Burroughs and Dada. Mal became the group’s main vocalist, bass player and drum machine programmer. After moving into their Western Works studio, the band signed to Rough Trade in 1978, releasing four studio albums and many singles for the label over a four year period. Watson left the band in November 1981, but Kirk and Mallinder continued as a duo, signing to Virgin via Stevo’s Some Bizzare label and skewing their dystopian vision closer to the dance floor. By the late 1980s, they were signed to EMI, mutating Electro, Techno and House in the process, and working with producers such as Afrika Bambaataa, Adrian Sherwood and Marshall Jefferson.

As a child growing up in the 1960s, what was the first music that caught your attention? What was the first dance music you liked? My earliest memories of music I personally liked were very ‘produced’ – I loved Telstar by the Tornadoes,

When Cabaret Voltaire disbanded in 1994, Mal moved to Perth, Western Australia, where he set up the Off World Sounds label, worked as a journalist, produced and presented radio programmes for RTRFM, and organised numerous music festivals. He also co-produced Shaun Ryder’s Amateur Night in the Big Top album (Off World Sounds 2003), while making and releasing his own music as Sassi & Loco and Ku-Ling Bros. After completing a PhD in music and popular culture, he returned to the UK in 2009, teaching and researching at the University of Brighton. However, Mal’s prime focus is still recording and performing music, mainly as part of Wrangler, with Phil Winter and Ben ‘Benge’ Edwards. They’ve released three studio albums on the MemeTune label, LA Spark, Sparked and White Glue, as well as playing live dates in the UK, Europe and Japan. They’ve also collaborated with John Grant under the name Creep Show, releasing an album, Mr. Dynamite, in 2017. With a Creep Show UK tour and another Wrangler album slated for later in the year, Mal also plans to release a new solo album in November – his first since Pow-Wow in 1982.

and the very dramatic Johnny Remember Me by John Leyton. The first record I bought was Sweet Talking Guy by the Chiffons – but I’d no idea who Joe Meek and Phil Spector (the respective producers) were at the time, because I was so young. I grew up on ska and soul music, everything from Sam Cooke to Anthea & Donna.

The first gig I ever went to was Booker T and the MGs. So my first experience of live music was breaking into Sheffield City Hall, at the age of 14, to see Steve Cropper on stage. When I was 15 I walked up to the stage of the same City Hall and shook hands with Martha Reeves while she was performing. She was a bit shocked, but gracious, as I recall.

me fucking around.

Bo Diddley – Let Me Pass: watch?v=YIL6uXnE748 You and Richard Kirk met in your teens at football matches and soul clubs around Sheffield. How did Chris Watson come into the picture and where did the initial interest in Dada come from? Richard and I were friends from the age of about 14,

I gather you had an older sister who liked the Beatles. hanging about town, and being a bit feral. We went to clubs, often illegally, as we were very young. We drifted What did you make of them at the time and what apart for about three years and then reconnected do you think of them now, specifically the song, through various friends, and we’d both gotten into Tomorrow Never Knows? Both Brian Eno and John Bowie, the early Roxy album, the Velvets, Faust. Foxx cite it as a seminal track, with Foxx saying the stripped down rhythm, the use of chance, tape loops and treated vocals, Cabaret Voltaire rehearsing at contained many elements Western Works, late 1970s. L-R: that would re-emerge in Richard Kirk, Stephen Mallinder, the underground electronic Chris Watson (photo by Pete Hill) scene of the late 70s and early 80s. It also features traces of Eastern music, which were often there in Cabaret Voltaire’s output and some of the bands you produced, such as 23 Skidoo, Hula and Eric Random. I was only little so my younger sister’s obsession with the Beatles (she saw them play a couple of times, at the City Hall, ironically) was something that was just ‘in house.’ I was surrounded by their music, plus the Stones and the Beach Boys. Later I got the more experimental stuff they were doing. But before that, my other sister had a boyfriend who was into Thelonious Monk and really ‘out there’ stuff, so when I was 12-13 I had access to a diverse range of music. I really got into the old Bo Diddley records and I still love Bo’s sound. I had a tape recorder from the age of about 13 and used to record and mess with it, progressing to looping and playing backwards, but it wasn’t informed by other music as I had no idea of that kind of process. It was just

We were exploring things. Chris was connected through mutual friends and he was at technical college with mates of Richard’s. Both Richard and I wanted to go to Art College (I was a year above Richard) but the school I was attending were adamant I went to university, as you could only get diplomas at Art College. Richard went for about six months but kind of floated away from it. We’d started making music by then so it took over for both of us. Chris had a similar fascination with art. I think

"My earliest memories of music I personally liked were very 'produced' - I loved Telstar by the Tornadoes, and the very dramatic Johnny Remember Me by John Leyton."


Musician and producer Pete ‘Joyless’ Jones goes head-to-head with Rogue Sector’s Andrew Trussler and talks PiL, pills, bass and bananas and much more besides. Pete Jones was born in 1957 and grew up in Watford. As a teenager, inspired by David Bowie and Yes, he started playing bass guitar. His first serious band was a prog rock group called Blonde. By 1982, he was living in New York City, recording and performing with Public Image Ltd and Brian Brain. He played bass on PiL’s Commercial Zone album, including their biggest selling single, This Is Not A Love Song. After leaving PiL he went on to play and record with many other bands, among them Cowboys International and The Creepy Dolls, as well as making music and producing under his own name. In recent years, he’s been a key member of Department S; playing bass, writing songs and producing their 2016 album, When All Is Said And All Is Done. He’s also been a great supporter of local bands in the St Albans area. He is, quite possibly, the nicest miserable sod you could ever meet. In June he releases a solo album, Contrivances For The Soul, with an autobiography to be published later in the year.

Let’s start with your ‘Joyless’ nickname. Are you a glass-is-half-empty kind of guy? Call me what you like. I quite like the ‘Joyless’ tag and you will often find me playing up to it on occasions when the circumstances allow. It’s all show because underneath that miserable and joyless exterior is a very happy bunny. I’m at my happiest when I’m being miserable. You release your first solo album in June, which I’ll return to later. But you’ve also written a book that chronicles your life; from Musical leanings - Pete as a boy growing up on a Watford council estate, playing very diverse. Luckily, I had an bass for Public Image older brother, Terry, who kept a Ltd, Brian Brain, Department S, look out for me. He was a tough right through to your current projects. Why now? skinhead and had a reputation, so nobody dared lay a finger on me. Writing a book was something I never thought of doing until Did you feel like an outsider? recently. It was a good friend Not in an obvious way, no. I had of mine who actually suggested plenty of friends when I was it. Every other two-bit rock god growing up, I just didn’t seem to seems to have written one so I think in the same way as them. thought, ‘Why don’t I?’ It’s been I was a very shy kid and always quite cathartic going back and worried about all sorts of shit. writing it all down, and it makes me realise how much I’ve done over the years.

What was the first music you gravitated to?

Tell me about your early life in Watford.

I remember playing my dad’s old records at home: Lonnie Donegan and George Formby mostly. But I wasn’t touched by the music, I was more interested in how the record player worked and wanted to take it apart.

Well, it was a fairly normal upbringing, albeit at the poorer end of the scale. We lived on a tough council estate; no heating, phone, carpets or other such niceties, but I didn’t know any better. Everyone else was just as skint as us. How did you get on at school? It was shit, I hated every fucking minute of it. I went to a large comprehensive, made from two schools. One was a grammar school, the other a secondary modern. So the mix of pupils was

As a young teenager, I listened to all sorts of rock music, then Bowie came along and he was really the first artist to make me want to play in a band. I got into music halfway through my A-Levels and, from that point on, that’s all I wanted to do. I would have gladly chucked that all in if I could have joined a band and gone on tour! If I hadn’t got involved in music,


He is, qu ite poss ibly, the nicest m i s e rable so you cou ld ever m d eet.

'He's also been a great supporter of local bands in the St Albans area.






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