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Month: May, 2013

Boots On The Ground Benefit Comp


Make-That-A-Take Records released a special live acoustic punk compilation yesterday to benefit Boots On The Ground, an international non-profit humanitarian aid and charitable organisation dedicated to providing in-field emergency and primary medical care in under-served areas and conflict zones throughout the world. Boots On The Ground was formed by James Clark, who became friends with our own Barry “The” Kydd whilst he was in Dundee and they have remained close friends since. Barry is a keen supporter of BOTG and when news of the tornadoes in Oklahoma broke, we felt it prudent to try to do what we could to help out our friends, no matter how little.

We put this comp together with the help of Samarth Kanal, presenter of The Punk Show; Anarchy in the Air3 Radio Show at the University of Stirling. Samarth has been a great supporter of the Scottish DIY punk scene and had a series of bands drop by the studio across the year. All tracks were broadcast live from the Air3 Radio studios at the historic Airthrey Castle on the grounds of Stirling University (a uni I attended myself). We are delighted to have them together for the first time. Massive thanks are due to The Murderburgers, The Lemonaids, Slackerville, Loaded 45 and The Walking Targets for letting us put their songs on the comp also. There are a couple of Uniforms songs on there too. The artwork was kindly donated by the wonderful WOLF MASK, so again, many thanks to all involved.

We’ve put a minimum £2 donation on the download but please feel free to donate more if you can/feel inclined. Boots On The Ground are currently on the scene in Moore, OK providing emergency relief assistance. 100% of donations taken will go directly to BOTG and directly to those indeed of help.

The Murderburgers – “You’ll Have No Fun Without Me”

The Walking Targets – “Fault Lines”

Loaded 45 – “Joe”

Slackerville – “Another Reason”

Uniforms – “Not Tonight”

The Lemonaids – “I Can’t Surf (Without You)”

The Murderburgers – “My Head Is Fucked Again”

The Walking Targets – “Here’s To The Thoughts We Hold”

Loaded 45 – “Making Enemies Not Memories”

Slackerville – “Red Or Golden”

The Lemonaids – “Summertime’s Up”

Uniforms – “Schoolboy Errors”

The Walking Targets – “Jack of All Trades” (HWM cover)

The Murderburgers – “It’s Over Already”

The download also comes with a document written by Samarth about his experiences with the bands as well as artwork. Please check out the Boots On The Ground website  and support the vital work that they undertake.

All donations for digital downloads for the MTAT bandcamp page will be going to BotG this week too, so if you are downloading, please make a contribution if you can. There’s also a sale of sorts going on at the MTAT merch page as not only will every order come with the usual cool free shit, you’ll also get a FREE MYSTERY CD from the our distro for this weekend only!

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!


Upcoming MTAT Shows

There are a whole bunch of Make-That-A-Take shows coming up between now and the end of the year, a couple of which we can’t announced yet but are very excited about. Full details will be available very soon but pencil “attending the punk rock show” into your diary for both Friday 4th and Saturday 26th October. Both shows will be rocking, I promise.

Also, we’ve introduced a MTAT “Season Ticket” for the first time. Fifty pounds will gain you access to all MTAT show in 2013, including a full weekend pass for Book Yer Ane Fest VII and entry to Mini-Fest on Saturday 28th September, along with an immediate download of Make Yer Ane Comp IV, a personalised MTAT comp, a bunch of cool shit from our merch/distro, a personalised and hand-numbered Season Ticket and more. If you think about all the quality bands you’ll see at our shows this year, it works out at less than a pound a band; £50 for over 50 bands from all across the world is a bargain, I’m sure you’ll agree.

You can buy your Season Ticket at the MTAT Bandcamp page. All gig posters and art by Jamie Wright.

steaks lemonaids show

The first show in the newly refurbished Kage with;

Full-blast short sharp bursts of 90s Gilman Street gobby melodic punk worship with characteristic Scottish cynicism delivered at 200mph like Osker/J Church with the underlying tenderness of Jawbreaker, etc. On tour with The Lemonaids, the Steaks will be tighter than John Q Public and will be in and out then drinking your beer within 20 minutes. Get the “Terminal Boredeom” EP, one of the best releases of 2012. Split 7″ with Cleavers incoming.

Super-melodic harmony-laden bubblegum surf pop-punk rock’n’roll goodness influenced by the likes of The Beach Boys/The Queers/Teen Idles from Glasgow. One of the tightest bands in the country, these guys tore with house down when they played with Masked Intruder recently. This will be their first MTAT show despite our previous efforts to get them up here. On tour with the Steaks, this will be like a sugary sweet dessert.

Raging slabs of politically-fuelled d-beat/crust/hxc madness from Edinburgh via London and Poland, Spat spit out uncompromising hardcore punk ragers like Discharge, Oi Polloi and Dead Kennedys falling out at an anarchist all-dayer. Their “Consumers Suck” LP is an unforgiving banger and the upcoming “Nihilistic Views” EP is a suitably pissed off progression. Check them out at Kage for the first time.

Upbeat melodic driving pop-punk/post-hardcore from young Dundee three-piece fresh from supporting Irish punks Axis Of bring their super-hooky Alkaline Trio/Rise Against-esque bangers to a MTAT for the first time. Mixing fat riffs and pop-punk hooks, we’re very much looking forward to hosting these guys at Kage. Get down early!

Doors @ 7.30pm
FREE SHOW!!! (including entry to club night thereafter)

ghost mice dundee 2013

Acoustic folk-punk pioneers and founders of the legendary Plan-It-X Records from Bloomington, Indiana return to Dundee for the first time since 2007. With an extensive discography including four full-lengths and innumerable split EPs with the likes of Andrew Jackson Jihad, Paul Baribeau and ONSIND, the two-piece released the “All We Got Is Each Other” LP last year. Frontman Chris Clavin also recently published “Free Pizza For Life; The Early Years of Plan-It-X” which is a must read for all involved in the DIY punk scene. Having toured all over the world with their positive personal and political sing-a-long anthems, it’s our pleasure to welcome Ghost Mice back to Dundee.

Scotland’s finest angry young man turned romantic acoustic punk rock poet returns to his second home in Dundee armed with tales of love, loss, life and everything in between. The “Ghosts Of Punk Rock” EP released through MTAT and Forest Records is further evidence of Billy’s evolution from snarling punk rocker to thoughtful and engaging storyteller. Having toured all round Europe and played the likes of Rebellion, Strummercamp and The Golden Hours festivals, Billy is one of our most treasured acts. His new single is going to blow minds.

Piano-led haunting yet hopeful romantic punk rock balladry from the former voice of The Stay Gones, mastermind behind Walk The Plank Promotions and all round super-nice guy Raph, from Cambridge via Edinburgh. Raph has stepped out on his own after the demise of his former band and comes armed with a fistful of heart-breakers and tales of a life lived on the road.

Acoustic punk two-piece from the wilds of rural Perthshire return to Cerberus after supporting Jeff Rowe last year with their sparkling debut EP under their belt. Upbeat yet reflective, these guys play fiddle-fuelled acoustic punk bangers along the lines of Chuck Ragan, Austin Lucas and Ghost Mice themselves. Good times await.

First MTAT show from ukulele playing singer/songwriter Nyla from London, now residing in Glasgow. Playing introspective anti-folk along the lines of Kimya Dawson/ONSIND, Nyla has released two EPs; one about making someone smile, one about trying to cheer yourself up. That tells you almost everything that you need to know!

Doors @ 7.30pm
Entry by Donations (£3/4 suggested!)


Top quality fresh melodic punk rock bangers from Surrey coming to Scotland for the first time. Formed just last year, Break-Ups released the cracking “It’s Complicated” EP on Cats? Aye! Records and have been impressing people up and down the country. One of the UK’s finest new punk rock bands, we’re very pleased to have them up in Dundee. These guys play soulful anthemic punk along the lines of The Loved Ones/Hot Water Music/Bangers with plenty of fists up sing-a-long goodness.

Edinburgh’s finest emo/electro/alt/punk rockers return to Dundee for the first time since supporting Sweet Empire at the turn of the year. Armed with their “Too Many Stories” record on Anti-Manifesto, Taking Chase will be firing on all cylinders as they gear up to support The Menzingers in Edinburgh. Expect rifffffffs, rock and rapid-fire delivery. Think RX Bandits/Douglas/Rival Schools.

Return of the east coast cowpunks playing their first Dundee show since wrapping up tour with Colorado punks Loaded 45 earlier this year. With the split 7″ out now on MTAT, you can expect blood, sweat and tears punk rock and maybe a cheeky handful of new songs and sing-a-longs.

Melodic punk rock of the highest calibre from this brand new Glasgow-based all-star punk collective featuring members of Beauty School Dropout and The Day I Snapped. Mixing equal parts of the finest in 90s UK punk with the more “traditional” Epitaph/Fat Wreck sound, these hardened punk rock journeymen have an ear for an infectious hook and the straight-up punk rock banger.

Doors @ 7.30pm
£5 Tax (includes club night thereafter)

cut ups edinburgh

We are very excited to bring Exeter’s finest soulful melodic punk rockers back to Dundee for the first time since Book Yer Ane Fest IV. Their third full-length “Building Bridges. Starting Here” was released last year on Household Name Records and was one of the finest albums of 2012, as well as being their most cohesive and anthemic record to date. The Cut Ups are one of our collective favourite bands and are the nicest bunch in UK punk rock. This will be their first Scottish show in 3 years so dig into their back catalogue and get ready for the sing-a-longs. Get stoked!

Full-blast blood sweat and tears sing-a-long cowpunk rock’n’roll from the bleakness of the east coast bring the rukus back to Edinburgh after last visiting The Banshee in March at a late show during their spring tour with Loaded 45. Expect strangely uplifting rowdy yet reflective gruff punk bangers. New split 7″ records out with Question The Mark on Team Beard Records and Loaded 45 on Make-That-A-Take.

One of the most under-rated bands in the country, The Kimberly Steaks bring pure early 90s Gilman Street worship together with characteristic Scottish cynicism and spit out short, fast, gobby melodic pop-punk bangers at 200mph. Like Jawbreaker having hangover breakfast with Osker, the Steaks will be in, out and drinking your beer before you know it. Split 7″ with Cleavers incoming.

Wise beyond their years Edinburgh young team punks bring their ridiculously catchy yet grizzled pop-punk back to the Banshee. These guys mix the gravel of HWM/Banner Pilot with the upbeat anthems of The Bouncing Souls/Menzingers and belt it out with suitable youthful passion. Go check out their EP and split with Maxwell’s Dead.
The shape of cowpunk to come!

Doors @ 8pm
First band Sharp!
£5 Tax

casually dressed poster

Passionate full-throated and anthemic melodic post-hardcore merchants from Freiburg, Germany paying their very first visit to Scotland. Last year’s “Trial and Execution” EP is an absolute belter and is a work of strength, continuity and purpose. Casually Dressed have been touring all over the mainland and have shared stages with the likes of The Flatliners, Set Your Goals and Apologies, I Have None, which gives a good representation of the hard-edged emo/post-hxc landscape these guys inhabit. If Thrice/AoF/FFAF with a heavy dose of conviction is your bag, you’ll find much to love here.

Saccharine-sweet youthful modern melodic pop-punk/emo four-piece from Portsmouth on tour with Casually Dressed are also visiting the east coast of Scotland for the first time. With an EP produced by the same lad responsible for Deaf Havana and You Me At Six, you can expect sky-scraping vocals harmonies, driving guitars and upbeat super-melodic pop-punk bangers in the vein of A Day To Remember/Fall Out Boy/Don Broco.

Top quality 90s emo/punk meets epic 80s pop-balladry by way of a distinctly Scottish indie sensibility, this Dundee four-piece are one of the most exciting and undefinable acts to come from the east coast in quite some time. Featuring members of Bonehouse and From The Tracks, Terrafraid deal in massive sing-a-long anthems that tug on your heartstrings whilst cheekily stealing your beer with a smile on their faces and hearts on their sleeves.

Super-fast gobby melodic skate punk rock’n’roll like your granny used to make from Glasgow old Cold War Legacy Records. This will be the first time that they’ve played Dundee in a very long time and their brand of Epitaph/Fat Wreck technical and hooky skate-punk goodness will be like pulling on your favourite old hoodie. If you don’t have a soft spot for NOFX/Bad Religion/Pennywise-esque good times, what the hell is wrong with you???

Doors @ 7.30pm
£5 Tax (includes entry to club night thereafter)



A veritable banquet of DIY goodness.


Doors @ 5/6pm.



3 days of punk/hxc/emo goodness to benefit Safe-Tay and the causes they support.

We’ll be announcing bands steadily over the next few months, starting with these guys…

Super-hooky energetic melodic power-pop/punk/indie rock 3-piece from Long Island, New York on Jump Start Records playing an exclusive Scottish show as part of their European tour. With their latest EP “Tightrope Walker” being produced by the legendary J. Robbins, you can expect top-notch anthemic tunes not a million miles away from the likes of The Weakerthans, Jawbreaker and The Get Up Kids raised on a steady diet of American college rock. A special treat for the Friday night of Book Yer Ane Fest VII for sure.

Torch-bearers of road hardened progressive melodic European DIY punk rock, we are pleased to welcome Antillectual from The Netherlands back to Dundee. Their “Future History” EP was released in late 2012 on Shield Recordings and the band continue to tour relentlessly, recently touring through Brazil, Russia, the USA and all across Europe. This will be the second visit to BYAF for the Dutch trio after they blew us away back at BYAF V. It’s our pleasure to have them back for BYAF VII.

Driving melodic punk rock bangers from the Manchester four piece making their first trip to Scotland. Last year’s 7″ on Drunken Sailor Records is one of the best debut UK punk rock records we’ve heard in years. Featuring members of The Leif Erricson and The Great St. Louis, these guys playing urgent, passionate punk rock of the finest calibre. We’ve been trying to get these guys up for a while so we’re very excited to welcome them to BYAF.

Bringing their absolutely banging gruff melodic pop-punk/indie/emo jamz from South Wales to Scotland for the first time, Dividers are a band that we’ve long admired from afar and are stoked to finally welcome to Dundee. One of the finest punk bands in the UK, they’ve released splits with the likes of Timeshares and Ten Speed Bicycle as well as playing with Iron Chic, Smoke Or Fire, Lemuria and heaps more. It’ll be sweet to see them reunited with their tour buddies in Antillectual too!

PMX (Reunion Show!)
The Perth skate/tech/pop punk legends reunite for their first show in over 5 years and play BYAF for the very first time. Last releasing the “Rise And Shine” album on All Star/Bells On Records in 2004, PMX dropped the 25 minute epic single “The Ballad Of Tony Montana” in May 2013 and will play their first show in over half a decade at BYAF VII. This is something we’ve tried many times to make work; this year it is finally going to happen. Open up the circle and get stoked!

Kage Nightclub, St. Andrews Lane, Dundee


For all booking enquiries, please email make_that_a_take_records@yahoo.co.uk

Here’s an FAQ too;


What is Book Yer Ane Fest?

(Revised(ish) 32/05/2018)

BOOK YER ANE FEST XI happens in Dundee, Scotland from Friday 1st through Sunday 3rd December 2017. Tickets are on sale here.

Book Yer Ane Fest is a DIY punk/hardcore/emo/whatever festival hosted in Dundee, Scotland by Make That A Take Records.

For the last nine years (and ten festivals, as we did two in 2009), Book Yer Ane Fest has raised money and awareness for Safe-Tay, a Tayside-based water safety charity formed in Perth following the death of our friend Graham Motion in 2006. The PCC, Graham’s core group of hardcore punk friends, organised “Motionfest” in 2006 and 2007. After consulting with the PCC and learning that they wouldn’t be holding a third event, we asked if they’d hold any objections to Book Yer Ane Fest being a benefit for Safe-Tay. They held no objections, thus our tradition was born.

 The first Book Yer Ane Fest took place at Mucky Mulligans in Perth on November 15th 2008. Book Yer Ane Fest III saw BYAF move to Kage Nightclub in Dundee, which became our home for the next five years, including for our first three-day BYAF in 2011, which saw Leatherface headline on the Saturday night at what would prove to be their final Scottish show. That weekend also proved to be, in hindsight, somewhat the turning point for our collective. 2015 saw Book Yer Ane Fest IX move to Buskers and The Firefly in Dundee, with great results, and Book Yer Ane Fest X was also held there.

Book Yer Ane Fest X also marked the final festival in support of Safe-Tay, as they have wound up operations after ten emotionally difficult yet incredibly productive years. Safe-Tay has achieved a great deal amidst great personal suffering over the last decade, including the erection of many water-safety and caution signs throughout Tayside, the bringing together of many divergent government and non-profit organisations concerned with water safety and education, and increasing awareness of water safety and education throughout the region. With cross-sector connections made between groups with greater reach and influence, Lisa and family felt they had taken Safe-Tay as far as they could. Their influence and legacy cannot be denied.

We cannot thank Lisa Stuart and her family enough for all of the hard work, commitment and dedication that they have shown over the last decade. Our gratitude to Lisa and family for all of their support over the years cannot be understated. Thank you, for everything.

Over the years we’ve had the distinct privilege and honour to host friends and artists from all over the world, collectively raising in excess of ten thousand pounds for charity. We are very proud that something that essentially started as a Joey Terrifying gig in the back room of a Perth pub to raise some money for our pal’s charity has developed into something for which people are willing to travel from all over the globe to attend and a central fixture on the Scottish punk rock calendar. While never expressly the intent, it continually blows our mind what Book Yer Ane Fest has evolved into and would couldn’t be more humbled at the interest we’ve been afforded over the last few years.

Over the years, we’ve aimed to provide an accessible, interesting and diverse celebration of DIY punk culture and have had the honour of hosting hundreds of local, national and international bands/artists including, but not limited to; Leatherface (ENG), The Slow Death (USA), Franz Nicolay (USA), Rational Anthem (USA), Lipstick Homicide (USA), Antillectual (NL), Bangers (ENG), The Arteries (WAL), Mikey Erg (USA), Oi Polloi, Kaddish, Departures, The Spook School, ONSIND (ENG), Helen Chambers (ENG), Chris T-T (ENG), Beauty School Dropout, Rebuke (SWE), The Bomb (USA), Bear Trade (ENG), The Living Daylights (ENG), Sink Alaska, Uniforms, The Upstarts, Chrissy Barnacle, Wonk Unit (ENG), Slaves (ENG), The Murderburgers, Billy Liar, Make War (USA) and many more. We aim to continue to do so!


Book Yer Ane Fest XI sees the evolution continue once again and will happen in Dundee from Friday 1st through Sunday 3rd December 2017. Our venues for this year will be Abertay Student Centre, Conroy’s Basement and The Firefly, all within easy walking distance of each other in Dundee city centre. This year we shall be raising money and awareness for Insight Counselling, The Royal Life Saving Society and Tayside Mountain and Water Rescue. This year, we shall also be running our TINS FOR TUNES programme to support Dundee Foodbank.

There will also be both pre and post-Book Yer Ane Fest shows this year, full details of which will emerge over the next few months. While we have yet to announce any bands, there are bands booked and we look forward to hosting our most open, accessible and inclusive Book Yer Ane Fest yet.

Limited Earlybird Weekend Tickets for Book Yer Ane Fest XI will go on sale on Sunday 21st May 2017. These tickets will be £20 and will be strictly limited to 100 in total, as this is the capacity of our smallest venue.

Possessing an Earlybird Weekend Ticket is THE ONLY WAY to ensure entry to ALL MAIN BYAF SHOWS in Dundee.

Please make sure to grab one if you want to ensure your entry!

Earlybird Weekend Tickets will be available for £20 HERE from 12 noon on Sunday 21st May. Don’t snooze on it!

Both the pre-BYAF and post-BYAF shows will be pay on the door only.

“Can my band play?”

It really depends.

There is NO FORMAL APPLICATION PROCESS for Book Yer Ane Fest. Let’s be honest, there’s no way to say this without sounding like a roaster, but BYAF is booked collectively with no one individual in a position to impose their will. We are all actively involved in our musical communities, hosting shows and touring all over, so our booking decisions come from an informed perspective and not just on the whim of Dr. Deeker!

However, all that said, we do love hearing from new bands so if you want to get in touch, please do so by email only. Please do not message our FB page as it is collectively run and a timely response cannot be guaranteed.

The best way to get involved is to come along and support the scene on a regular basis. With limited space for local bands, those who support the scene and what we do all year round are more likely to be considered for BYAF.

Please bear in mind that BYAF is a charity fundraiser. While we do have a small budget and do our best to accommodate every reasonable request, we aren’t in a position to offer anything extravagant. For a fuller discussion on this subject, please check out this post.

Local bands can drop off a demo CD/tape/USB/download code/floppy disk to the DEMO DROPBOX that will be in situ at all upcoming shows at Conroy’s Basement.

Also, we’d appreciated it if any/all booking requests went through our email address at; info@makethatatakerecords.com

Also, and we cannot stress this enough, please DO NOT add or message individual members of the collective on FB or any other social media platform to enquire about playing BYAF.

 When will tickets be on sale?

100 Earlybird Weekend Tickets will be on sale for £20 from Sunday 21st May. An Earlybird Weekend Ticket will be the only way to ensure your entry to all BYAF shows in Dundee.

Thereafter (once all 100 Earlybird Weekend Tickets are gone), a Weekend Ticket will be a straight up thirty quid. As it stands, there will be no advanced single/individual day tickets but walk-ups will be available on the days.

Keep your eyes peeled on the Make-That-A-Take facebook page for further details.

 Are you doing accommodation packages this year?

Afraid not. While we’d be love to be able to offer accommodation packages, we already have our hands full accommodating bands. However, Dundee has an excellent Backpackers Hostel and loads of hotels that you can get cheap if you book in advance. Again, please keep your eye on the MTAT page for further developments on this front.

 “Can I have a stall?” “Can I bring my distro?”

Very possibly.

Given that the main events of Book Yer Ane Fest XI will be taking place at Abertay Student Centre, we have a bit more space at our disposal. We’ll be hosting a “Punk Rock Flea Market” of sorts and are seeking to involve as many community groups as possible. If you’d like to get involved and claim a space for your activism, please get in touch.

We have limited space but are always keen to hear from progressive thinking organisations, labels and those that run distros. All decisions are made by the collective and are considered on a case-by-case basis.

 Is BYAF all-ages?

All shows at Abertay Students Centre are 14+ (under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult). All shows in The Firefly and Conroy’s Basement are 18+, sorry. Please bear this in mind when ordering tickets.

 “My band is playing, can we get our friends on the guestlist?”


We operate a strict “no guestlist” policy so please don’t embarrass us or yourself. Van drivers, tour managers, etc, are obviously exempt. As Mike Watt says; “If you’re not playing, you’re paying”. Take it up with him.

 “I work for the press/TV/PR/blog/blahblahblah. Can I get guestlist?”


 “Is there anything that I can do to help?”

Yes, there are many things and we’d be very appreciative if you could!

This year especially we are looking for some troops to get involved in the BYAF CREW. Please do hit us up if you’d be keen to support in any way, shape or form!

We will also be looking for some volunteers to help us out with spreading the good word in terms of flyering, PR, postering, zine articles, radio play, interviews and all that other weird and wonderful stuff. If you feel like you’d be keen to help in this capacity, please hit us up. The spreading of the good word, even to your pals, is very much appreciated!

The best thing you can do is come to the festival and have an amazing time. It’d be great if you brought some friends with you and spread the word too. We’re always looking for people in Dundee who would be willing to have a bunch of punks sleeping in their flat for an evening and are always keen to hear from volunteers to help with this.

If you think you meet this description, please drop us an email.

 Why put on a festival in winter? In Scotland?

What’s a punk to do, eh?

For a more detailed background and history, we’d thoroughly recommend checking out “Film Yer Ane; The Book Yer Ane Fest Documentary” made by our friend Adam Morrow and the crew at Funguerins.

We’d also recommend checking out both the GGM Photography pages and the Smalbob YouTube channel for loads of BYAF photos and videos from over the years. Ye can also find some more at Cowpunk TV.

The first Make Yer Ane Comp was released at the original BYAF also. It’s still rad some ye should download it (and awhin else in the MTAT catalogue).


Keep your eyes on the BYAF XI event page and MTAT website for developments as they happen.


Live; Nothington (USA) / Bonehouse / Shatterhand / Andy Chainsaw – Edinburgh

Nothington in Edinburgh

Walk The Plank Promotions hosted their second show of a very busy weekend on Sunday night at The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh which saw San Francisco punks Nothington return to Scotland for the first time in over three years. “Borrowed Time”, their last LP, is one of my very favourite punk records thus far this decade and I hadn’t seen them since Fest 10, so I was very excited. Papa D and Jonny Domino picked Abbie and I up around half 5 and we made our way to the capital. We met up with Jamie and found our recommended-by-Boab falafel shop closed, so settled on the old favourite that is The City Cafe; always a good choice for pre-show scran. Once finished, we headed round to The Banshee (my mozzarella, tomato and basil bloomer was excellent btw).

Our good friend Andy Chainsaw opened the show playing purely acoustic on the floor to the side of the stage and had (I think) already played a couple of songs before we appeared, but we arrived in time to catch the majority of his set. Andy was in full voice and belted out his grizzled punk tales of woe with ever-present passion and gusto that seems to grow with each performance. Nervousness may masquerade as self-deprecating humour at times and ending on a new song then forgetting how it goes isn’t the ideal, but Andy pulled it off with his usual charm and provided a warm, fitting opening to a mixed bill in the cosy confines of The Banshee. Andy will be touring later in the year so keep yo peepers peeled. You can get the “High Windows and Low Tides” EP for free from here.

Next up were those nutters in Shatterhand who were wrapping up a weekender after playing with No Contest and Sink Alaska in Stirling on Friday night then running the first all-ages matinee show in Falkirk on Saturday (check out Tub Thumper Promotions) and they were on fire. Seriously, Shatterhand exhibit more passion and energy than most bands half their age, marrying gobby snarled punk rock with incredible guitar-work and some of the wildest, hardest drumming you’re ear likely to see. Honestly, Brian “Big Baby” Hastings is an absolute beast on the kit, sitting in tight with the thumping running bass underpinning the whole thing. In between booze-fuelled bangers like “Brewdog Nights” and “The Tenpercenters”, Shatterhand are also a fiercely independent yet thoughtful entity, something often missed, as evidenced by the discussion and subsequent reaction to the song “Paradigm Shift”. Rather than regurgitate or paraphrase, here’s what the guys had to say about it (from their facebook);

shatterhand tattoo

“Mike’s Tattoo – The words are from our song “Paradigm Shift” which was written with a genuine positive intent and to show support with a friend struggling with suicide issues. It is intended to reach people in kindness and we hope that people can talk openly about the subject without judgement and know that they are not alone when they are at their darkest moments. If you’re at one of our gigs and we try to start a discussion about suicide before playing this song it is in no way intended to upset or offend, but rather to bring it into the open and to just talk about it like rational human beings who all have failings, limitations and face their demons every day and we hope it gives the song some context. Respect and Unity!”

A punk rock show isn’t a class room just as a stage or floor isn’t a pulpit, but I guess the ideal is that the best parts of punk rock are about the open exchange of ideas, safe spaces for all and tolerance. The key word there is “ideal”; if you’re going to be tolerant of ideas that you support, you have to be prepared to be tolerant of those ideas that you don’t support. Freedom of expression means freedom of expression for all. Punk rock should mean freedom across the board. I don’t know exactly what I’m getting at (well, I do, I’m just not articulating my thoughts very well), but I can only describe my perception of an atmosphere; there were some WEIRD VIBES BRO. Regardless, Shatterhand were rocking and Dave is a wizard of a guitarist and was playing slide with a Brewdog bottle at one point. Rare!

The Banshee was getting progressively busier as the evening rolled on and the place was pretty much packed by the time Bonehouse hit the floor. While they may have initially seemed a strange choice of support for a gruff punk show, there is no denying that Bonehouse are one of the finest bands in the country and their blend of intricate guitar work, soaring harmonies and paint-stripping screamo vocals really hit the spot, as always. Vocalist Dave was apologetic about his vocals, complaining of a sore throat (full sympathy from this guy) but he needn’t have been; the band were tight (as always), with drummer Iain laying the strongest foundation you could hope for with his solid, technical and progressive style. He makes it look so easy too. This was another exemplary performance from the lads and watching Sean writhe and wriggle whilst the band belt out the three-way vocals is always a treat. A whole room singing along with “The Bonehouse Summer Jam” and it’s hook of “In spite of it all she’s unable to tell the time” is always a goosebumps-inducing moment, this night being no exception. The crowd was increasing in rowdiness by the end of their set and I’d say it was a solid victory across the board.

Bonehouse are heading out on tour in Europe this summer with Brighter Arrows from Chicago this summer and will also be dropping a four-way split with Canadian punks Polina and Todos Caeran and Dundee heroes Kaddish, so keep your eyes peeled for that dropping on various labels in the next couple of months.

The place was rammed by the time Nothington arrived to blast us with their road-worn tales of loneliness, isolation, heartbreak and hope with a bunch of excited punks congregating at the front (okay; Jonny, Jamie and I on our side!) and certain members of the crowd were more drunk than others. Nothington have been in Europe for almost a month now and the band have that special “tour tightness” and didn’t miss a beat, although it was clear that the guys were a little road weary and are on the home stretch of tour. You couldn’t tell in their performance though as they ripped through their set with the same drive and enthusiasm of a band that has toured the world over and played the main stage at Groezrock a couple of weeks ago. It’s that kind of dedication that is inspiring; it doesn’t matter if it’s in front of thousands of people at a festival or a dark room in Edinburgh in front of sixty people on a Sunday night; the delivery is the same. That ethic is something a lot of people could learn from. Anyway, I spent the first half of the set pretty much screaming along with Chris and pumping my fist in his face as the band belted through the likes of “The Escapist” (a very close personal favourite song of mine) “I Should Stay” and the banger that is “Where I Stand” with it’s incredible woah’s and Leatherface-esque riffage from their debut LP “All In”. I’m pretty bad at remembering set lists as I’m usually singing along, this case being no exception.

The band played a good mix of material from their discography and were inspiring sing-a-longs and fists in the air from the start. The crowd were getting pretty rowdy and there was plenty of dancing, rocking out and pushing and shoving going on. I moved to the back as I wanted to film a little bit although it’s so dark in The Banshee at times that’s it’s difficult to see a thing at times. It also wasn’t ideal that the lights kept cutting out at various moments. Still, it all added to the atmosphere and the rowdiness, which soon got a little bit out of hand. Obviously everyone wants to have the best time at shows and enjoy themselves, but people also need to posses some self-awareness. I’m not going to tell people how to act and how to behave, but people need to be accountable for their own actions; there were a lot of elbows being thrown around at the front with some people acting like roasters and at one point it all kicked off and a pull apart happened, with people being knocked over, pushed around and escorted to the doors. Abbie got stomped on by some roaster and covered in beer and I had to pick two folk up off the floor at the door; not exactly what you’re looking for when watching one of your favourite bands. As I mentioned before, punk rock is not a church or a primary school, but there’s a line when it comes to acceptable behaviour and levels of drunken roasterism at shows. Far be it for me to call anybody on this as I’ve been that dick many times, but it was an unfortunate end to what had been an amazing show. It’s also not the first time that this has happened with these particular individuals. Between the rukus in the crowd and people getting up in the band’s collective faces, there was definitely a bit of an unsavoury atmosphere and this was reflected when the band stopped playing during the fracas at the front/at the door. Still, these things happen and it shouldn’t be allowed to tarnish the night as a whole, even if it did take the shine off things a little bit.

After the show was over, we spent some time catching up with our friends Ryan Weber of Spanish Gamble / Boneshakers fame who was doing merch on the tour and Adam Bilboa who was driving. I acquired the new Nothington / Paper Arms 7″ which is a little cracker released on Cargo Records in Europe and features a particularly amusing answering machine message from a certain Ryan Young of Off With Their Heads. I also managed to blag a shirt with the last of the money in my pocket before we packed up and hit the road. It was good to see so many people venturing out late on a Sunday, even if more than half of the crowd were Dundee cowpunks. Thanks to Raph for putting the show together. Raph, under his Turtle Lamone guise, is touring the UK next month and is also putting on some killer shows across the summer, the next of which being Spoonboy with Delay, Martha, Joe Listen and Turtle Lamone (record release show!) on June 5th. All in, this was a great show with a fair few talking points and, while perhaps not the greatest display of togetherness and unity our little scene has ever exhibited, it’s good to know that there are still some things that can stoke the fires of passion and discontent; something to which Nothington are pretty much the perfect soundtrack.

Review; Cleavers – “I Can’t Wait Around For You/Give Up” 7″

cleavers 7 inch cover

I ordered the new Cleavers 7″ from Dada Tunes on Monday afternoon and it dropped through my letter box this morning. I had ordered the record/shirt bundle; the record itself is beautifully packaged in classic Wolf Mask style with lyric sheet, inner sleeve and sticker all wrapped up in a heavy gauge plastic cover. Purchase of the record also comes with instant digital download and features two bonus tracks. All for a tenner. Top quality all round with a rapid turnaround, as is standard from these guys.

Most importantly, however, is the music. This 7″ is a natural progression from last year’s “Life Is Shit” record and shows a more reflective and subtle side to the Cleavers lexicon whilst retaining their characteristic gleeful scuzzy punk stomp. This record tells a tale of life (a relationship) being short and messy with no time for taking things slow, echoed by the frantic Fucked Up meets Buzzcocks swagger of the verses before breaking into a full-blown pop-rock surf harmony-laden chorus with the simple desperate cry of “I can’t wait around for you”. The song moves into it’s second act with the middle before coming back round to the super-hooky chorus before things hurtle on towards the feedback drenched end.  Stirring stuff indeed.

cleavers merch

If side A was the sound of the impassioned sparks of argument and frustration, then “Give Up” is the moment of desperation when you finally snap and fuck it all. Starting out with some pure Pixies-worship, this is the sound of slacker punk admitting it’s own futility with a scream of “what’s the point in even waking up?”. Guitars are sharp yet sparse and the distorted bass moves things along with a Breeders-esque resignation. The story the moves into it’s fourth and final act, breaking down before building up into pure 80s hardcore two-step territory, then coming round full circle and ending up back where we started.

All in, this is a cracking little record on a format that serves Cleavers so well. They’ve created the audio equivalent of a bitter-sweet short story; chaotic yet controlled, expansive yet concise. Sonically, Cleavers acknowledge their past yet continue to evolve, experimenting and expanding their creative pallet. This is reflected in the choice of cover for the bonus tracks on the download; Joy Division’s doomed classic “Transmission”. Being a Joy Division mark, I remember being trepidatious upon seeing them play it live for the first time, but Cleavers once again stamp their own identity on the song whilst being reverent to the original.  A brave choice and one for which they should be applauded. Rounding out the release is a live version for “I Can’t Wait Around For You” which highlights just how much these guys kill it live. Go see them when you can.

The record is available now from Dada Tunes and comes highly recommended. Keep your eyes on the Cleavers page as they’ll have a shitload of stuff coming up across the summer. The band will play at our first show in Edinburgh next week at The Banshee Labyrinth with Canadian punks Fist City, The Kimberly Steaks and FUCK! (It’s Pronounced Shit!) so if you’re at the show, make sure and pick up a copy of this record. You can also get both this record and the “Life Is Shit” 7″ for £6 here. Don’t be a mook and miss out.



Okay, I confess; this isn’t a blog about International Workers’ Day or global anti-capitalist action, although I do stand firmly in solidarity with the workers of the world; “there is the elite and the dispossessed”.

I myself have some time off work without obligation for what feels the first time in years and I thought it prudent to catch up with all matters Make-That-A-Take. We’ve got some big plans for across the summer and things are busier than they have ever been. The Uniforms / Loaded 45 split 7″ inches are on their way to us and will be assembled and posted out as soon as possible to those who have pre-ordered, likely within the next couple of weeks. This is the first time that we’ve ventured into the world of vinyl and we’re pretty excited about it. Maybe we should throw a release party or something? Who knows. Regardless, you can pre-order the record at the Make-That-A-Take bandcamp page and it comes with instant digital download. There are also a limited batch of record/shirt deals, so go grab one of them if that’s your bag. Thanks to DyingScene and For The Love Of Punk for all their support. I’ve still got some download codes left so if anyone wants one for review/zine/podcast/radio/whatever purposes, please drop me an email.

Talking of first ventures, we are involved in putting on our first ever Edinburgh show next week in collaboration with Billy Liar and Forest Records. It’s our pleasure to put on Fist City, an oddball punk rock band from Alberta, Canada. They’ll be joined by equal oddities Cleavers, The Kimberly Steaks and FUCK! (It’s Pronounced Shit!) at The Banshee Labyrinth and is sure to be a bit of a special treat. Huge thanks to Drunken Sailor Records and Billy for getting this sorted out. Get the full details here.

fist city edinburgh

Talking of Edinburgh, we have also moved The Cut Ups‘ show from Dundee to the capital on Thursday 1st August as there was a gig clash with a Rusty Hip CollectiveGW show at Kage featuring the wonderful Football Etc, Plaids, Bonehouse, Carson Wells and The Sinking Feeling, so to avoid any split, we’ll be hosting them at The Banshee once again. It’s been almost four years since The Cut Ups played in Edinburgh, playing at The Wee Red Bar with Joey Terrifying, Dick Dangerous and The Love Bastards and Billy Liar way back before Book Yer Ane Fest III. This time around they’ll be joined by us roasters in Uniforms, The Kimberly Steaks and the guys from The Walking Targets. Those dudes were on The Punk Show on Air3 Radio with Samarth Kanal and recorded some live acoustic stuff that you can download here. Talking of which, Uniforms and Loaded 45 did the same thing when we popped in before the Stirling show of tour and you can download the sounds of nine idiots pissing themselves laughing here.

ghost mice dundee 2013

Back on the home front, we’ll be hosting our first acoustic show of the summer at Cerberus Bar, Dundee on Monday 24th June and we are very excited to welcome Ghost Mice from Bloomington, Indiana back for the first time since their tour with Paul Baribeau way back in 2007. That night we hosted a little acoustic punk rock party in the basement of Drouthy Neebors that was opened by Kevin Thomson, who will also be playing this return leg with his new folk-punk two-piece Broken Stories. Kev and Gillian have released a little gem of an EP which you can download here. They’ll be joined by the ever-loquacious Billy Liar, the piano-punk balladry of Turtle Lamone and a first MTAT show from Glasgow based ukulele-wielding singer-songwriter Nyla. It’s been a while since we’ve hosted a show like this one and it’ll be a donations on the door deal. It’d be great if you kind people could come and join us for what’s sure to be in interesting night with the Plan-It-X guys. You should definitely check out Chris Clavin’s book “Free Pizza For Life” book; a heart-wrenching tale of love, friendship and DIY punk.

We shall also be putting on a Dundee show as part of The Lemonaids/Kimberly Steaks tour and it will be a free show at Kage on Saturday 8th June. We’ll have full details of that bad boy in the next week or so. Beyond that, we’ll be hosting Break-Ups from south England alongside the mighty Sink Alaska and others on Friday 19th July then we’ll be welcoming German post-hardcore troops Casually Dressed on Friday 9th August. We’ve also got some incredible shows to announce for later in the summer but I am forbidden from spilling the beans about any of them at this point in time. I will, however, advise that you mark Saturday 28th September in your diaries as we will be playing host to a cheeky little half-day “mini-fest” of sorts at Kage. This is a show that we are all sorts of excited about. You may also wish to pencil in both the fourth and twenty-sixth of October, and maybe the days after too. Just saying!

Then it’ll be time for Book Yer Ane Fest VII, running this year from Friday 29th November through Sunday 1st December. There will also more than likely be a pre-BYAF show of some description on the Thursday night beforehand. We’re having a big MTAT meeting tomorrow night so I may be able to shed a little more light on what special treats we have planned after then. It seems that this year is going to feature the most travelling bands that we’ve ever hosted so will be on the hunt for volunteers who would be keen to help us out with things over the weekend, such as accommodating/feeding bands, acting as guides, etc, in exchange for a free weekend pass and other cool shit. If this sounds like it may be your cup of tea, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Running a three-day event can be a total ballache so any help that may be out there is certainly appreciated.

Finally on the MTAT front, we are going to be releasing Make Yer Ane Comp for download this summer. If any bands would like to get involved, please get in touch. We’ll be making a limited run of physical CDs too and we are now currently taking submissions (I just felt like a total roaster typing that, but I’ll leave it in for authenticity’s sake).

This month also marks two years since our Bandcamp page went live. We currently have 33 releases available for streaming and download, many of them for free/pay-what-you-want download and the rest of them for super-cheap. We’ve had an incredible number of plays/downloads and the donations that people have made (and continue to make) really are incredible. It truly makes me personally feel like we must be doing something right and it gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling in my tummy (lolz). Seriously though, the worldwide DIY punk community is inspiring to me. Like I wrote in my guest Pet Piranha blog, the DIY community really is based upon friendship. All of this would be pointless pissing in the wind if there weren’t people out there who share your passions and/or visions. It’s nice to feel you’re not alone!

There are some fucking great records up there if I do say so myself, including all four in the MYAC series and all the BYAF comps. Thank you again to everyone who continues to support what we do. There’s a merch store up there too for all your boutique cowpunk needs and you’ll also find some distro shit up there. We’ll get around to uploading the CD catalogue very shortly, I promise. If any bands/labels out there want involved in our distro or if you’d like us to carry anything (zines, etc), please get in touch with us.

Right, I’ve rambled on for quite long enough for today. I’ve been procrastinating, drinking coffee, doing housework, listening to records and doing various “paperwork” tasks for hours and I still haven’t made it out to the Post Office to send the latest batch of merch out. I’ve been massively distracted due to listening to “The Ballad Of Tony Montana”, the new 25 minute punk rock masterpiece from PMX which is not only the first material that they’ve released since 2004’s “Rise and Shine”, but it may also be the longest punk rock song/rock opera of all-time, outrunning everything from “The Decline” to Crass to Fucked Up. That in itself is some achievement; the fact that it’s mind-bogglingly tech and ambitious as fuck and pulled off with maximum aplomb is quite another. Now I just need to talk them into doing that shit live at BYAF VII! Go download it now, it’s essential listening.