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Month: July, 2014

The Show Must Go On – Sunday 10th August

Unfortunately there is bad news for cowpunks to bear; Chicago skate punks Counterpunch have been confirmed as appearing at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool on Sunday 10th August and, as a result, won’t be able to make the show at Kage the same night. This is through no fault of the band as between us we did everything we could to make things work, it’s just one of these circumstances that cannot be helped. The band will still be playing at Audio in Glasgow with Australian punks Local Resident Failure, First Step To Failure and Veto the following night (Monday 11th August) so Scottish punks will still have a chance to see them. We hope to bring the dudes to Dundee when they return to Europe some time in the next 18 months or so!


As regards our own show, THE SHOW MUST GO ON! The show at Kage Nightclub will still be happening and will now feature Scottish punk legends Shatterhand (who have just come off the Summerslam Weekender with Saudi Arabian/Canadian mentalists Clepto and the mighty Certain Death), Perth post-hardcore rockers Last Of Us playing a rare Dundee show and the aforementioned Glaswegian skate punkers First Step To Failure, who just fucking rip and will be dropping their new album soon. I’ll be opening the show armed with my acoustic guitar. Entry will now be £4 and there will be free download codes for everyone. If people are looking for a refund, please get in touch and we’ll sort it out. Likewise, if anyone still wants to attend and would like a partial refund, please let us know, if not we’ll sort you out with something from the distro by way of thanks and compensation.

We’ll have an updated poster for your delectation shortly.


Jeffrey Lewis (NYC, USA) / Seth Faergolzia (Dufus, USA) – Four Weeks Away!

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We are four weeks away from what is going to be another very exciting and unique show from Make-That-A-Take Records on Tuesday 19th August at Kage Nightclub, Dundee.

New York native singer/songwriter/film-maker/comic writer/artist Jeffrey Lewis will be bringing his band The Jrams to Dundee for the very first time as part of his extensive European Summer Tour. Jeff reached out a couple of months ago and was keen to make a stop in Dundee on this tour as he has never before performed in the city. We are very excited to finally make that happen.

Jeffrey has been releasing records for the past 15 years, sharing a label with the likes of The Smiths and The Strokes in the shape of the legendary Rough Trade Records and is one of the pioneers of the much-lauded New York “anti-folk” scene. Jeffrey’s song-craft melds the cutesy, honesty-driven folk-ish stylings of lo-fi acoustica with a sense of bashed-out indie rock joy to create a triumphant noise that appeals as much to the feet as to the heart. One of the most quietly influential songwriters of his generation, Jeffrey carves beautiful poetic lyricism from both the mundane and the dreamy, bringing everything together in a kaleidoscope of colour and witticisms.

Jeffrey and his rag-tag bands of misfits and miscreants, this time in the form of The Jrams, have toured worlwide since their inception, touring and sharing bills with the likes of Sonic Youth, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, Daniel Johnston, Pulp, Devo and countless more. Jeffrey is undoubtedly in the premier league of “cool” NYC indie rockers and it is our absolute pleasure to welcome him to Kage Nightclub for the very first time.

Jeffrey will be joined on his adventures by the uniquely oddball acoustic punk rock stylings of fellow New Yorker Seth Faergolzia, former frontman of the equally oddball punk rock collective Dufus. Seth will be with a his backing band Heck Yup on this trip that will see him traverse Europe for the summer and will be performing live with guitars, loops, vocals, cellos and more in an act that is as engaging as it is challenging and experimental; a veritable tornado of sound. Seth has been making records for almost 20 years and recently released his first “proper” solo album “Doubting Won’t Do” following a successful Kickstarter campaign and features collaborations with Adam Green of The Moldy Peaches.

Seth is also a painter, sculptor, author and clothing designer, bringing an certain colour and extravagance to his performances that have been called “phenomenal” by the likes of the NME. Describing his style and sound as “freak folk”, you can guarantee that every show is a unique and one-off experience.


Scotland’s finest guitar-wielding punk rock poet Billy Liar will be supporting, fresh from his UK tour with The Murderburgers and his apparent residency at Rebellion Festival. A weaver of many a fine tale, young Mr Havers is currently working on multiple projects and is finishing up the recording of the forthcoming “Quit Your Band, Get A Job” split with his current tour buddies that will be coming out soon on Round Dog Records. Billy last released the stunning “All I’ve Got” EP, physical copies of which can be purchased from our Bandcamp page. A sometime firebrand, sometime philosopher with a 100% cowpunk heart of gold, Billy Liar is one of our country’s most cherished punk rockers who is always a pleasure to host and behold. We expect this time be absolutely no exception.

Opening the show shall be Dundee’s finest experimental/loopist/singer/songwriter/soundscapist esperi, the sonic alter-ego of all-round lovely chap Chris James-Marr. Mixing elements of finger-picked acoustic melancholia with electronic loops, children’s instruments and a voice of pure honey gold, esperi paints psychedelic portraits of grunge-pop perfection. With new album “Seasons” in the can and due for a September release, it is our pleasure to welcome esperi back to a MTAT show for the first time since BYAF V.

Advanced e-tickets are available for £5 here. Physical tickets are also available for purchase in person/online from Groucho’s, Dundee for the price of £6. Please note that entry will be £7 on the door.

Thanks very much, I look forward to seeing you there with a big smile strapped across your coupon. Check out the facebook event page here.

Status Update!

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It’s safe to say that we are a long way from being drunk in the back room of Big Mick’s place after playing a house party show there sometime in the mid-noughties, probably 2005/6. That’s when Papa Gain and I first “officially” scribbled some ideas onto a piece of paper that effectively represented the first ever Make-That-A-Take manifesto. To paraphrase, it read something like “nobody else gives a shit so we give a shit ourselves”. That simple statement remains true in my heart of hearts unto this very day. The first show we ever put on was when we were teenagers in Alyth Guide Hut. We’ve muddled through and learned along the way. This tale is in no way unique, but it’s our tale. The tale has been told in greater depth many times, most notably in Adam Morrow’s “FILM YER ANE; The BOOK YER ANE FEST Documentary”. The purpose of this blog is to close one chapter and start another.

Long story short, Make-That-A-Take Records is now an official company. We’ve been a DIY purely voluntary collective for the thick end of a decade now and we’ve done things that were beyond our wildest dreams when we first started putting on shows, mostly in houses, Drouthy’s and The Balcony Bar. Together, we’ve created some memories that will live with me forever; a rammed Kage for Dead To Me on a Wednesday night, a sold-out Book Yer Ane Fest V (heading onto VIII this year, what the fuck???), Frankie Stubbs dancing to “Call Me Al”,  putting out heaps of CDs, moving onto vinyl; I am grateful for each and every one of those moments and it continues to blow my mind that we’re still here doing this after all these years. To me, however, it feels like we are just getting started.

This is not a decision that has been taken lightly but we feel that it is necessary in order to move forward as we wish to. What started as gentlemen’s agreements and drunken idea-throwing has evolved into something larger and more wide-ranging than ever imagined, and to that end I feel it is essential that all affairs are properly managed. What it essentially means is a whole lot more paperwork for us and little to no change for you troops! Our priorities remain the same; to put on great inclusive punk rock shows, to put out music that we believe in and to support our friends and the punk community. We will continue to do benefit shows, treat bands as we’d wish to be treated ourselves, put on what we feel to be value-for-money shows and do everything with the same heart and soul as we’ve always done. All money that comes in will continue to go straight back out into records/shows/projects/etc.

Personally, this is something that I’ve wrestled with for many years, but feel wholeheartedly that the time is right to formalise matters.  Sometimes punk rock means having your shit together. All told, that’s what I’m trying to do here. None of this would have been possible if it weren’t for the people who come out to the shows and those in the collective that continue to bust a gut to make shit happen. Thank you to everyone for the support, I hope that you’ll continue to support and engage with what we do, starting with the ACOUSTIC RAMMY TOUR tomorrow night!

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Book Yer Ane Fest VIII; The Craic Thus Far

Thank you to everyone who has ordered Super Earlybird Weekend Tickets recently and thank you to everyone who has been emailing with questions about the weekend.

Book Yer Ane Fest is an annual three-day DIY punk/hxc/emo/whatever festival hosted by Make-That-A-Take Records to raise money and awareness for Safe-Tay and the causes that they support.

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The last batch of Super Earlybird Weekend Tickets are available now for £20 and will ensure that you can get in to all shows including the pre and post-BYAF shows across the wekeend (early shows at Cerberus excluded). That’s 5 whole nights of moichness for twenty bucks!


As things seen to be growing arms and legs (as ever!), here’s the craic as it stands just now;

Thursday 27th November
Pre-BYAF at Official 13th Note, Glasgow
Line-up TBA

Friday 28th – Sunday 30th November
Cerberus Bar / Kage Nightclub, Dundee

Acts announced;

Lipstick Homicide (USA)
Pop-punk/riot grrl from Iowa


The Murderburgers
Scotland premier pop-punk princes


Scottish punks gone worldwide wild


Bear Trade (ENG)
Punk rock hearts, northern souls


Scottish hardcore’s flagbearers worldwide


Luca Brasi (AUS)
Tasmanian punks visit for the first time


Chris T-T and The Hoodrats (ENG)
English poetic folk plugged in and amped up


In Tongues
Glasgow hardcore’s most militant punks


Guerrilla Monsoon (ENG)
Gruff Midlands pop-punk on Paper + Plastick


Eric Ayotte (USA)
Acoustic singer/songrwriter/film-maker on Plan-It-X Records (the official one)


War Charge
Edinburgh hardcore’s most posi-punk/youth crew


Plus loads more to be announced!

Day splits will be announced before too long also!

There will be early shows (1200-1430) on the Saturday and Sunday at Cerberus Bar, Dundee. As Cerberus is pretty small, we’d advise getting down early and it’ll be first come, first served.

The Acoustic Stage will run downstairs in Kage on the Saturday and Sunday.

There will also be a screening of Adam Morrow’s FILM YER ANE; The BOOK YER ANE FEST Documentary.

Monday 1st December
Post-BYAF at The Banshee Labyrinth (TBC), Edinburgh
Line-up TBA

Unfortunately, we aren’t in a position to offer any accommodation packages but would recommend Dundee Backpackers Hostel;


Dundee also has loads of hotels so keep your eyes peeled for cheap deals from all of the usual suspects (Travelodge, etc).

 We shall do our level best to keep everyone up to date!



MAKE YER ANE COMP V is now available for free/pay-what-you-want download!!!

Thanks to all the bands and all the labels involved. Please follow the link below for full details and your download.

The Walking Targets – “Threads”
The Kimberly Steaks – “Wrong Exit”
Get It Together – “Carry You”
The Murderburgers – “Turning 25 Was Shit”
Sink Alaska – “Hitless Wonder”
Bear Trade – “Bleeding Heart Trouble”
Guerrilla Monsoon – “Big City Plan”
Lachance – “Bright Hearts Burning”
Kaddish – “End, As In Aim”
UNIFORMS – “Father’s Day”
Frown – “Under Hot Sun”
Billy Liar – “Sleep”
The Doublecross – “Houses and Homes”
Terrafraid – “The Fall”
First Step To Failure – “Drowning Out”
Don Blake – “Underpants Collection”
The Luddite – “Quitar”
Eddy & the T-Bolts – “Holy Wars and Mental Wards”
Zen Fuck-Ups – “Victim”
The Shithawks – “Do It Cool”
Rope Spasm – “Marlboro Man”
Bed of Wasps – “Failing”
Algernon Doll – “Relate”
hahira – “Febrile”
Stonethrower – “Vector-Borne”
Proverbs – “8”
Condolences – “Dearly Departed”
Broken Stories – “Best of Friends”
Question The Mark – “Whatgoesaroundcomesaround”
Shatterhand – “Mosaic”
Maxwells Dead – “I Just Wanna Say (Fuck You!)”
The Rocco Lampones – “S.O.S.”
Robot Doctors – “Rules”
Tim Loud – “No Gods, No Masters”
Lovers Turn to Monsters – “One Day At One Moment…”
Mark McCabe – “My Disguise Is Better Than Yours”
The Cinnamon Service – “Grace”
Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart – “Poor You”
Tragical History Tour – “Rebel Girl” (Bikini Kill)
Danny, Champion Of Nothing – “Hawthorn Ridge”