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A Love Letter To Bangers (2008-2016)

 

Ahead of their final show at the Specialist Subject Records all-dayer in London tomorrow, I felt it prudent to write a few words about how wonderful I believe the three humans that comprise Bangers to be, how great I thought their band was and how bummed I am that they are calling it a day. I just wanted to write a little something to express how bummed I am but also to express my gratitude for their existence and for all the inspiration they’ve unwittingly gifted to me across the years.

I’m fairly certain that the first time I saw Bangers live was when they supported Iron Chic alongside Shields Up and Citizens at a This Is Our Battlefield show at the 13th Note in Glasgow in June 2011. That was the same night that we decided that we were going to form Uniforms, so pumped were we after the show driving back to Dundee in big G’s motor. They always exuded a weirdness unlike many of their UK punk contemporaries and I know that Jonny was always a big fan of Hit The Beach from back in the day. That show was the first time I felt that they had a profound impact on me; there was something about the live show that transmitted their oddness more directly than their recordings allowed. From that moment on, they had me!

 

In the five years since then I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Bangers play countless times. They’ve released three quality LPs (all of which come highly recommended) and a slew of 7″s and interesting releases, including the massively inspiring “Mysterious Ways” album that was conceived, written and recorded in 48 hours, with tremendous results. That creative spirit, that playfulness and willingness to actively engage in silliness, was a massive part of their appeal, yet they rarely strayed too far from the underlying existential questioning and cynicism that pervaded their narrative; a juxtaposition of light and shade. By allowing themselves that creative freedom to experiment, to conform to no standards but their own, excited and engaged me. By bowing out on their own terms, they continue this tradition. I think over the years I’ve managed to track down all of the vinyl releases they’ve done, although I suspect I may still be missing something.

They always had their own way of doing things, marched to the beat of their own drum, and that was hugely inspiring, especially to us in Uniforms. I think we felt a kinship; here was another bunch of weirdos from outwith the metropolitan centre weaving their own eccentricities and, crucially, humour, into the fabric of punk rock. I’ve always thought there was something of an idealistic, somewhat whimsical yet cosmically contemplative folk influence within Bangers, a unique storytelling narrative that could only be forged in isolation. Most importantly, however, they rocked and certainly *ahem* knew their way around a banger.

Their work ethic was also an inspiration; in the eight years they were together, they toured all over the UK, Europe and the USA (I think I saw them play at Fest 10 in Gainesville, although I cannot be absolutely sure) and played over 450+ shows. These dudes know and there’s no enlightenment can be attained like that from meditative time spent in stinking transit. Uniforms had the pleasure of playing loads of shows with them, including a DIY Rock Shop matinee show in Perth where Roo imparted the sagacious words of “take all the free drugs you can” to an audience of entranced teenagers. We were lucky enough to have them come and play Book Yer Ane Fest on two occasions, first at BYAF V with Leatherface in 2011 and again two years later at BYAF VII, which remains in my mind one of the craziest and most memorable sets in BYAF history.

Photo by GGM Photography.

Photo by GGM Photography.

Specialist Subject Records is the best punk label in the UK and have been an inspiration to us at MTAT. It can’t be overstated how much of a help Andrew was to me when MTAT transitioned from being an informal collective to a “business” and I’m not sure that I’ve ever adequately thanked him for his assistance and patience. So Andrew, thank you so much for all your help; you guys are an paragon of virtue and self-determination. To me, Specialist Subject is the prime of example of how to run a record label; it’s a family that nurtures a community and unifies people whilst prodigiously releasing records from some of the UK’s finest bands. Just check out their catalogue and you’ll see what I’m talking about; Great Cynics, The Arteries, Muncie Girls, The Fairweather Band, Sam Russo, Above Them; gem after gem. I’ve spent a lot of money on the Specialist Subject webstore and I’d recommend that you do the same.

I got my copy of the “Last Songs” 7″ in the mail this week, threw it on the turntable and felt a sadness unlike any other I’ve felt in some time when it comes to listening to a band’s final recordings. One of the best British punk bands ever, they will be a loss to our community. Three of the nicest, most intelligent and engaging punks I know (and impeccable house guests) I’m very grateful that I have had the chance to get to know them through punk rock and for the memories that they’ve created for me over the years; whether it’s Abbie and Hamish sharing the last of the pop tarts, screaming along in the front row while trying to ensure crowd surfers don’t hurt themselves and/or kick the mic into Roo’s teeth or just listening to their records at home, I’m thankful for everything they’ve created and the times we’ve had together.

I unreservedly feel that Bangers have been one of the most important bands in UK punk over the last eight years, certainly for me personally, and I’m real sad that I won’t be able to see them one last time. Everyone who can make it to The Lexington in London tomorrow should certainly do so.

RIP Bangers, it’s been rare.

 

Thank you Andrew, Hamish and Roo. See you in hell.

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The New Situation; An Essay by Dom Kaddish

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The world we live in is not the world we were born into. The following is an essay written by a man for whom I have the deepest of respect in all capacities; musically, artistically, professionally, as a thinker, as a peer, as a human; and someone I am grateful to call a good friend, Dom Kaddish.

In solidarity and hope, I am humbled to provide WYAZ as a platform.

The New Situation.

[Dear All, the following is overtly, and not allusively political. If you disagree with it in style or substance, come along to, for example, a punk rock show or a University class room and tell us or someone else why. In other words, use every available opportunity to keep up the impetus for a new grass roots progressive politics to emerge in the UK and elsewhere post-23 June 2016. It is necessary but not sufficient for us to discuss such things through the Internet. We also need to make them count in building a better society, through our actions and words in the spaces where we actually commit our bodies].

Yesterday, 1 July 2016, the Conservative party in the UK attempted to assure us that politics in the UK is ‘back to business’ in the wake of Brexit. A Mr. Gove invoked further deluded promises about the NHS, when discretion suggested this was a thing best avoided. A Mrs. May invoked her talents as a hard worker, as well as her gender (this last point being important in the context of the obnoxious ‘boy’s club’ that led to Brexit, but Mrs May’s party is attempting to cash in on it in a way that superficially emulates but actually runs counter to the progressive female strand of politics running through, say, Holyrood).

None of this can stand: we simply cannot allow the elite of the Conservative party to try to convince us that they are operating on the basis of a post-Brexit consensus, and that they have our interests at heart in any way at all. We cannot allow politics to return to a state of unscrutinised Tory-led ‘management’. Doing so will only validate what has always been at the heart of the Tory party: upstairs privilege over downstairs servitude.

Instead of building a consensus and helping the people of the UK, the Conservative party has perpetrated an act of unparalleled violence against the social ontology of the UK in the lead up to, and in the wake of, the referendum of 23 June 2016. That is, they have effected a shift in the way that every entity related to the entity ‘the UK’ relates to every other entity related to this entity. They have done it by instrumentalising a mode of politics (the either/or referendum) that was always too crude to deal with the complexities of this ontology, and the consequence of this is that neighbours, words, glances, embraces, sighs, stares, handshakes, schools, immigrants, jobs, friends, taxis, hopes, fears, pensions, pounds and Euros (etc., etc., ad infinitum) no longer relate in the same way as before.

Given this violence, attempts to move on are appropriate. These include: humour; changing the topic of conversation; smiling a bit more; feeling a bit more driven to think, write or feel something; being warmer and more open to people who don’t look and think like you; wanting to strive for a better and more tolerant society that doesn’t condone or cynically instrumentalise racism, etc., etc. These attempts to move on are not attempts to move backwards. On the contrary, attempts to move backwards are, by definition, ‘conservative’, and if there is one entity that events since 23 June have comprehensively destroyed, it is the party that bears that name.

There can be no ‘business as usual’ on behalf of the Conservative party because there is no Conservative party. Instead, the convulsing psychotic ghost that persists in the wake of that party has no consensus, no mandate, and no real vision at all, and this makes it a deeply dangerous, reactionary, and volatile force (witness May’s party’s instrumentalisation of the female card, one of the few apparently progressive moves that was left to it). That said, it also makes it a potentially weak and waning force, provided we, the progressive and internationalist forces in the game, play our cards right, and cease to be so haunted.

There can be no business as usual in the wake of 23 June, in whatever sense (as resigned, as alienated, as disenfranchised, as relieved, as whatever). We have to lay claim to our changed social ontology and recognise that the Conservative party and the hideous forces they have recently colluded with can have no real part to play in it, provided that we have the courage to exorcise them. We have to do our business differently, by not giving up and accepting Conservative attempts to manage what they have conjured. Much more is possible than that for progressive, tolerant, and socially just reform of all sorts of entities, including, but not limited to: the EU, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the age divide, racism, the North/South divide, the European sense of self and other.

Let’s resolve to be socially responsible and just citizens in a time of spectres.

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Kaddish released “Thick Letters To Friends” in 2014. Their new LP will be released soon.

European Tour Report (April 2015)

The Get It Together / Tragical History Tour “Rebuild, Recover” UK/EU Tour kicked off for me on Wednesday 1st April when Craig came to Dundee to pick me, my guitar and the MTAT distro up. We took the short ride in our hired banger of a van (who was a workhorse despite appearances) to Redd in Dundee, where my friend Dave Hughes was playing a show, to borrow a PA and load it into the back of the van. Years of touring with the likes of Papa Gain and Jonny Domino has taught me that you’re definitely better “looking it at than looking for it” and this tour proved to be no exception. After loading, we headed from Craig’s place in Alloa where we met Graham, played a few games of FIFA (at which I was awful), drank some tea then fell asleep to the hypnotic sounds of water flowing through the fishtank. Awaking around 6am with a desperate need to pee, we left to gather Mark and Fraser before hitting the road for our first stop in London; All Ages Records.

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Once we’d dropped off some MTAT releases (grab your copies of the Franz Nicolay 7″, Get It Together 7″, Kaddish LP and Bonehouse LP now) and collectively spent a shitload of cash on records (I finally found a copy of “Everything Sucks”, on tangerine vinyl no less), we headed up to The Unicorn where we met up with our pals in Mug and met the dudes in Waco and Demon Smiles, with whom we’d spend the next two shows. The Unicorn is a great little spot where I played last year and the show was fun with a very attentive crowd, especially for a roaster armed with an acoustic guitar. I also met my old uni friend Bundy of Chi Weapon, who I hadn’t seen for a couple of years, and all the bands killed it. Mug are, to my mind, one of the most under-rated punk rock bands in the country and are definitely due some kudos. Thanks also to Mark for hooking us up with the show and looking after us after such an early start and long drive. Once the show was over, we packed and went to my sister’s house that we used as home base for the next couple of nights.

Day two saw us playing in Brighton and we headed south after taking our time getting ready. We went for a walk throughout the city and paid the obligatory visit to Punker Bunker, where we dropped off some more MTAT releases and spent some more cash on records. Buz is one of the good dudes of UK punk and I can’t back PB enough; a quality little store. We then had our first burrito of tour and I have to say that I was left disappointed. While it certainly filled a hole, it lacked kick even with hot sauce. Bummer. The show was upstairs in an old boozer called The Quadrant and was quality. The room was tiny and quickly filled up with bodies. The assembled crowd were super respectful while I was playing and it was one of the more emotionally intense shows of the tour. It felt like we were connecting on a very cerebral level with punk rock the great unifier.

A local band called Barriers were up next playing on their third show and they showed great promise with their thoughtful metallic-edged hardcore before hometown troops Demon Smiles took to the floor. I enjoyed their set far more than I had the previous evening and they were very emotionally engaging as well as being in possession of some fizzy pop punk bangers that reminded me of Tilt. Good shit indeed. We spent a little time repositioning gear ahead of the Get It Together set, knowing fine well what was about to occur; utter madness. From the moment the band kicked in, the crowd kicked off and it was chaos throughout the entirety of the set, with circle pits, slam dancing and a fucking wall of death when the band were hollered back for an encore. Utter bedlam in the best possible way.

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We loaded out down the tiny stairwell and packed the van, experiencing the only potential beef of tour when some roaster decided it was a good idea to repeatedly try and hit the bass drum as I was carrying it towards the van. I told said roaster in no uncertain terms that such actions were unacceptable, to which he replied “I do what I want”. Being the zen motherfucker that I am, the bass drum didn’t end wrapped upside his head but in the back of the van, despite the strong temptation. We headed back to London to crash out at Lisette’s for a few hours before getting our shit together and heading for the Channel Tunnel first thing in the morning.

The morning started in the usual haze of coffee and sleepyheads. Before we knew it we were driving onto the train and through the tunnel then driving through France. I slept all the way through Belgium, waking only to smoke at the service station where we shared knowing nods with another touring party of punk rock roasters. We reached Beverwijk, Netherlands in the early evening and went for a cup of coffee before loading into the venue and meeting our hosts in Sweet Empire. It was great to catch up with those dudes again and they absolutely nailed it with their set. They seemed to be having a lot of fun at their hometown show and played a quality cover of “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath. Sweet Empire are themselves back in Dundee on Monday 18th May with German punks Irish Handcuffs plus Shatterhand and Terrafraid at what should be a peach at Redd Suite. Thanks so much to Jort for sorting us out with the show and to Rowald for accommodating and providing us with a wonderful breakfast. Also, I don’t often get vinyl envy but I did on this occasion. Rowald has a wonderfully extensive collection of quality records and we all had a pretty good time flicking through them and being jealous!

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3am in Beverwijk, Netherlands.

The next show was in Heerlen, Netherlands and we’d been told that was this Dutch bat country, so we were all pretty excited to check it out. I’ve always loved playing shows in smaller towns that perhaps don’t have the chance to host too many punk rock shows and we were all pumped when we rocked up to Cafe Bluff. The venue was pretty much perfect for a punk rock show and after loading in and setting shit up, went spent some time talking to venue owner Andre and the dudes in Superhero Status who we were sharing the bill with. We met some crazy locals too who we seemed to connect with, especially after we played, and we had a great time talking and hanging out with everyone. At the end of my set, Mattias of Superhero Status came up to me full of compliments, declaring that I’d “blown my (his) fucking mind, man” and that Get It Together played “the true hardcore”. Cannae argue wi that!

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A warehouse on fire somewhere between Heerlen and Nijmegen.

We’d met up with my good friend Graham who lives in Njimegen and he had an empty flat for a couple of days so we headed south and spent the night there before heading up to Amsterdam the next day. This show was one that we were scrambling for before we left for tour and information was pretty scant going in, but there was an address and a gig poster so we figured that we’d deal with whatever came our way. We parked up the van and went for a wander through the city as it was the first time for a couple members of our touring party but, given our lack of proclivities in such directions, the Red Light District held very little interest and we spent our time just having a walk around the heart of the city. We took the ferry back to the other side and made our way back towards the venue, which was a car garage that doubled as a squat.

We met our host Goiz, a Zapatista from Mexico who had been living in the squat for the last year. He explained to us that they were facing eviction and harassment from the police, all the while apologising for the lack of people at the show, for which we assured him that there was no need. He was a sound guy and pretty much the only person that spoke to us while we were there, with many of the rest of the folk present absolutely burst oot their nuts. Fair play to them likes. There was no electricity in the venue so the gig was run off a generator at half-power so we set up the PA (better looking at it than for it!) plus backline and waited until showtime to fire things up. Fraser and I killed some time outside by filming some acoustic songs in the back of the van. Ye can check out “What Would Vinnie Mac Do?” below;

We also met the dudes from Black Volvo and it soon became apparent that the other two bands on the bill weren’t showing up and with them, the crowd of people who’d planned on coming with them. As such, I took to the floor and blasted through a quick set before Get It Together proceeded to blow out the power of the generator with their first note. We managed to kickstart the genny, which then blew out another couple of times before managing to maintain life for both the GIT and Black Volvo sets. Mark got screamed at by a feral punk for playfully blowing out a candle and I thought for a moment that he may get his eyeballs clawed out. Once the show was wrapped, Graham pointed out some unsavoury ongoings, at which point we packed the van and took our leave. It wasn’t quite The Warzone but it wasn’t a kick in the arse off it!

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We headed back to Njimegen for a quick sleep at Graham’s before heading south to Freiburg, Germany and one of Europe’s oldest and most well-renowned punk squats in the form of KTS, an amazing space with living quarters, kitchens, artist studios, accommodations and a fully spec’d up performance space. We met my friend Laurin from the band Casually Dressed and were introduced to the wonders of Club Mate, a German caffeinated malt drink that was pitched to me as the equivalent of Irn Bru. I’m a no-sell on that idea but the stuff itself was magnificent and I must’ve drank at least a dozen bottles of it by the end of the tour. We also met the dudes from Daylight, a pop punk band from Barcelona who were charming and super keen. Mark talked to them about Catalonian independence (a cause that we all support) and football. We didn’t get a chance to go outside and have a kick about though, which was a bit of a bummer. They were really eager beavers but musically weren’t really my cup of tea but they were super-tight and full of saccharine sweet harmonies, although there was a little too much sugar washing down the medicine for my taste buds I’m afraid. I’d imagine the kids today would lap it up *ho hum, old punk grumble*

I really can’t say enough about how amazing I found KTS as a place and the warmth of the people who come together to make such places work. It was truly a privilege to play there and to be their guests for the evening, so thank you so much to Laurin and everyone involved for welcoming us so warmly. After the previous gnarly evening in Amsterdam, it was great to feel re-connected with like-minded individuals and morale in the camp was certainly lifted after some great food and a great show. The dudes in Daylight were also great for a banter too and seemed to appreciate our slightly off-kilter sense of humour; “sounds great, songwriting could be doing with a wee bit work though”.

KTS, Freiburg, Germany

KTS, Freiburg, Germany

We were up early the next day for a cross country drive to Leipzig so after a quick Club Mate and check-up that things had gone well at home with the Joe McMahon/Billy Liar/Broken Stories/Gone Wishing show the night before (I’m assured it went well even though I’m gutted to have missed it), we were all back in the van. We made good time, something that was a theme of the tour so kudos to all involved, so had some time to relax and gather our thoughts before loading into Kulturecafe Manfred. Leipzig is a very interesting place and the venue was in an autonomous zone in the city where all of the buildings are owned by the occupying anarchists. Sindy and everyone at the venue couldn’t have done more to make us feel welcome and invited us to join the community at the weekly supper club before we loaded in for the show. The street is full of different venues all catering to the various sub-genres and movements within punk rock, every scene active and full of activists.

The show turned out to be one of the rowdiest of the tour. Mark ended up getting busted open hardway after taking a beer bottle to the nose in the pit and concluded the set by hanging upside down from the rafters. The only slight bummer of the night was when I noticed an old crust punk helping himself to a couple of CDs from the distro table while I was performing, but we dealt with that in a quiet manner rather than making a public fuss about things. There is no call to steal from us. If you are so strapped for cash that you feel you need to steal music, I’d implore you to talk to us and there’s every likelihood that we’d just give you the CDs that you’re looking for. However, one bad apple need not spoil the harvest and I’d like to extend a personal thanks to everyone for the warmth of their welcome and for enjoying the show to the fullest. It’s nights like that that can remind us of just how vital and invigorating punk rock can truly be.

After making use of the showering facilities, having another great breakfast and talking punk, pop and politics, we piled back into the van and made our way towards the Czech border. We were all very excited to the heading towards Prague and were awestruck as we found ourselves winding our way through the narrow streets of this beautiful city. We parked up outside of what I thought was a pretty suspicious looking hotel and had to load the gear up a steep and winding cobbled street and down a tiny stairwell into the basement of the venue, a small punk rock pub called Sběrné Suroviny. Like in Leipzig, we were the only two acts on the bill so we both played slightly longer sets than we usually would and, in what would prove to be somewhat the trend, I found the people to be much more open, receptive and communicative once we had performed. As I’ve said before, punk rock can be a great unifier and it was heartening to see this being repeated night after night. There’s a power in the music, something in the ideas and delivery that transcends the limitations of language; the fractured English of the Czech punks being far better than my non-existent Czech skills, that brings indescribable joy. The Bohemians FC firm seemed into the Scottish hardcore anyways. It was great also to see my friend Ben, also of the aforementioned Chi Weapon, who these days lives and plies his trade in Prague. It seems that the cowpunk connections extend to all reaches of the continent.

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Making friends with Bohemians FC fans

After the show, we made our way to the home of our hosts Arnie and Jonas, a squatted house on the hills overlooking the city of Prague just below the near-derelict former Czechoslovakian national stadium. Jonas has lived in that house for over twenty years and for the brief hours that we were there, it seemed like one of the greatest places on earth. After some tea, we bedded down for the night before waking up early to go and see the sights in one of the most beautiful and amazing cities on earth. Arnie and Jonas were absolutely exquisite hosts, giving us a guided tour of the city and sharing stories about punk, anti-fascism and football whilst walking in glorious sunshine. I’m always so grateful to be able to spend some time in the places that I play and I’m sure I can speak for all of us when I say that we had an amazing time in Prague. Thank you especially to Arnie, Jonas and Anita for sorting us out with the show and making us feel so at home. Once we said our farewells to Arnie, Jonas and Boogie the dog, it was back out on the road and into Germany, where we were immediately pulled over and questioned by the German Border Patrol. Thankfully, they were fairly sound individuals and seemed frankly unimpressed when they questioned our rock’n’roll credentials for having no cocaine or marijuana in our possession. Punk’d by the polis, seick!

Roasters in Prague

Roasters in Prague

Next stop was Dresden and it was great to finally meet Gruni in person. Gruni is a punk that I met online a couple of years ago after we got talking about Uniforms. We were booked to play in Dresden on our tour that didn’t happen last year so it was great to finally meet and we seemed to get along straight away. Gruni fed us and took care of all our human needs before introducing us to our sleeping space for the evening upstairs in the squat. Luther 33 is quality spot on three levels, with the venue/bar in the basement, apartment upstairs and guest accommodation above that. As was the case in many of the squats that we visited, they exist under constant threat of eviction and harassment from the authorities, but the guys in Dresden definitely have their wits about them. Many of the punks in attendance at the show also shared a distinctly dry wit with the show being one of the most “banterful” of tour, with a great deal of back and forth between performing roasters and audience. I had some kind of strange out-of-consciousness moment during my set when I doubled-over laughing at the very thought of what was going on; I was ringleader in a room full of Germans singing along to “Smoke Weed Every Day” at the top of their lungs in an anarchist space in Dresden; in that moment it struck me as the most surreal yet beautiful thing on earth.

Once again, we arose early and left Gruni asleep as we tidied up after ourselves and left him some records as a token of our appreciation before heading to Berlin. I’ve been looking forward to playing in Berlin from almost as long as I can remember and felt like a little kid when we pulled up into the city and parked outside the Ramones Museum. We went inside and met Flo and his staff, gazing round the place in awe. This was another show about which we had scant details but had been set up by my friend Freddy Fudd Pucker, who is currently on tour in the southern hemisphere. We arranged a plan with Flo and it was set that I’d play at 8pm in the evening and that we were welcome to leave the van parked where it was. Absolutely perfect. We then spent the afternoon visiting some of the historic sites around Berlin and took in the panoramic Berlin Wall exhibition before talking a walk up to the wall itself, then walking down to the Brandenburg Gate. We then went for some amazing Mexican food (German burrito 1, English burrito 0) before heading back to the Ramones Museum. We were joined by our friend and Berlin resident Craig Dickson of Taking Chase/Elk Gang as well as drummer Graham’s brother and fiance, so we had a nice little crew assembled for the show. For me, it was an absolute joy and a very deep honour to play in such a prestigious place that has been visited and performed in by a great many artists I admire. To be asked to sign my name on the wall alongside some of the names that are there is humbling and something for which I am eternally thankful.

Ramones Museum, Berlin

Ramones Museum, Berlin

Post-show, we jumped in the van and headed for the East Side Gallery, a part of the Berlin Wall that remains standing and has been preserved as an art gallery. To be at the wall in the dark of night across the street from a massive O2 arena was slightly surreal and the darkness cast an ominous shadow over “The Death Strip” between the two parts of the wall, where trespassers or those trying to cross would be shot on sight. To be standing there for the first time, at night, with all the sounds of a metropolis around me set my heart racing. It was equal parts awe-inspiring, humbling, sickening, eye-opening and heartbreaking all at once, a feeling that I don’t think I’ve fully experienced since visiting Auschwitz many moons ago. To spend time considering the savagery of our species over the past century and, indeed, every century that preceded is a necessary exercise in humility.

East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery

We headed back to Craig’s, had some ginger tea then bedded down for the night as we had another gnarly drive for the last show of tour in Leiden, Netherlands the next day. We thanked Craig for his hospitality, loaded up on breakfast and set the SatNav homeward as everyone settled in for a seven hour drive. We rolled up in Leiden and met Jaap from Black Volvo at the home he shares with his wife and son where we were fed and watered before heading for the show. Black Volvo played with us again and absolutely destroyed it. We’ll be looking forward to having them up in Dundee at some point this year with their manic Dangerfields/Zeke meets Beastie Boys gonzo stomp. That shit is so good and I’d recommend checking out their new LP on Round Dog Records. The show itself was fairly quiet but was a uniquely intimate affair in another functioning squat that is facing closure. The European use of existent resources seems so much smarter than our austerity measures and it seems counterproductive to my mind that the authorities would want to close places that actually benefit the community. Money to be made, I guess!

After the show wrapped, we loaded out for the final time, said our goodbyes to the Black Volvo dudes and headed back to guitarist Roy’s place where we slept for around 5 hours before getting up and straight back into the van to drive through The Netherlands, Belgium and part of France to catch our train from Calais to Folkestone, where Fraser took over the wheel and slammed us back up the road to Stirling in around 8/9 hours. By the time we arrived at the Granada services outside Stirling, we’d covered somewhere in the region of 4000 miles and played 11 shows in 12 days. Papa D was kind enough to agree to come and pick me up so we unloaded the van for the final time, loading all of my and the MTAT shit in the back of Papa D’s motor and had a big group hug.

Get It Together are an incredible band and an incredible crew of dudes who I am proud to call my friends. It truly was a pleasure to share this adventure with you gentlemen, so thank you very much for sticking by your boy. To Mark Bell, Steve Todd, Cat Goodman; Jort, Rowald and the rest of the Sweet Empire dudes; Andre at Bluff, Goiz at Auto Control, Laurin and everyone in Freiburg, Sindy and crew in Leipzig; Arnie, Jonas and Anita in Prague, Gruni in Dresden; Flo and crew at the Ramones Museum and Craig in Berlin and the dudes in Black Volvo, thank you so much for an amazing time.

Cheers!

Cheers!

Tour was incredible and another wonderful experience, so thank you all. Thank you also to Abbie for being my eternally understanding better half and the MTAT crew for keeping things locked down while I was away.

Ye can download the THT “Live in Dundee” EP here.

Check out the Get It Together “Rebuild, Recover” 7″ here too!

Solidaritat Catalana per la Independència!

BYAF; Dundee First-Timers

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Book Yer Ane Fest VIII is now less than a week away and I’m starting to get pumped. As usual, I’m spinning plates but it seems that everything is coming together. One of my favourite things about BYAF, and what we do in general, is getting to bring rad bands to Dundee who have never played here before. We are incredibly lucky to be able to bring a bunch of tours together and welcome punks from all over the world to the city for the weekend. We are very grateful to the wonderful people in the punk and wider musical communities for coming together to make this happen.

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There have been some changes and adjustments to the line-up but a full and (hopefully) final schedule will be published in the next week. Thankfully, there will be NO CLASHES, meaning that everyone should get a chance to see everybody. To keep up to date with changes and announcements as they happen, keep your eyes on the event page and the MTAT twitter page.

Three Day Weekend E-Tickets will be online until 12 noon on Friday 28th November. Groucho’s have physical tickets for sale. A limited number of Weekend Tickets will be available on the door on Friday night only. Individual day tickets will be available on the door and will be £7/12/12 for Friday/Saturday/Sunday respectively.

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Lipstick Homicide (USA);
Friday, Main Stage @ Kage

Top quality fierce gobby melodic punk rock from Coalville, Iowa three piece who will be headlining on Friday night and playing the only Scottish show of their European tour. “Out Utero” on Bloated Kat is an essential record of fizzy pop bangers, like an Asian Man Records showcase at Gilman Street.

Freddy Fudd Pucker (New Zealand);
Pre-BYAF Glasgow / Saturday, Acoustic Stage @ Kage

Idiot punk rock troubadours have a way of finding each other. Freddy hit me up months ago and introduced me to his one-man-band trash/blues/punk chaos and I felt instant kinship. Freddy comes from New Zealand and has been trotting the globe for the last 5 years. He’ll be joining us for the Pre-BYAF show and will be around all weekend.

 Low Dérive (Italy);
Sunday, Main Stage @ Kage/ Post-BYAF Edinburgh

Our brothers at Team Beard Records have long recommended these hearty Italian punks and we are stoked to finally be able to bring them to Dundee as part of a quality little UK tour to and from BYAF alongside Joe McMahon of Smoke Or Fire and our Welsh roaster comrades Question The Mark. I am very pleased to have played a small role in putting it together, cheers troops!

 Joe McMahon (USA);
Sunday, Acoustic Stage @ Kage/ Post-BYAF Edinburgh

Smoke Or Fire are a band that I have long admired and while it seems that Joe and I have circled each other many times, it wasn’t until earlier this year that we finally met for the first time. Smoke Or Fire were one of the bands we wanted to put on when we started MTAT back in the day and, while that hasn’t happened yet, we’re very pleased to finally be able to bring Joe to Dundee and BYAF.

Guerrilla Monsoon (ENG);
Saturday, Main Stage @ Kage

Guerrilla Monsoon have been tearing it up all over the place over the past year, including their first US show at Fest 13. These dudes play pure melodic punk rock gold and are absolutely smashing it with their new “Big City Plans” EP on Paper and Plastick / Beach Community. We’ve developed a close friendship this year and I couldn’t be more excited that they’re playing their first Scottish show on the Saturday of BYAF.

Austeros (ENG);
Pre-BYAF Glasgow / Friday, Main Stage @ Kage

Three piece super-melodic power-pop punks from Cheltenham with a banging new EP out on Round Dog Records and Don’t Ask, these dudes will be playing their first Scottish shows at Pre-BYAF in Glasgow and on Friday night at Kage with a house full of kindred spirits. Think Superchunk/The Weakerthans/Weezer.

The Doublecross (WAL);
Saturday, Acoustic Stage @ Kage

The Doublecross is the project of singer/songwriter Jonathan Greenwood of esteemed Welsh indie punks The Modern Farewell and This Hidden Switch. “The Timeless Self-Destruction of…” is a wonderful roots-y slice of modern rock storytelling in a Springsteen/Lucero style on Boss Tuneage / Team Beard and sees Jon joined by array of guest musicians. We’re very lucky to be hosting a Scottish exclusive solo show on Saturday evening at Kage.

Fair Do’s (ENG);
Sunday, Main Stage @ Kage

We’ve been trying to get these Manchester skate punks up to BYAF for a few years now and have never been able to work it out until now so we’re very pleased to finally be welcoming them to Dundee. These dudes shred like A Wilhelm Scream/Propagandhi and may well claim the crown for fastest band in a weekend full of super-fast bands.

Dead Neck (ENG);
Saturday, Early Show @ Cerberus Bar

Lancashire melodic hardcore punks who are a pretty last minute addition to proceedings will be bringing the rukus to Cerberus Bar for the early show and is pretty much guaranteed to be absolute chaos. You’d be strongly advised to bring earplugs if you’re suffering a particularly gnarly Friday night festover!

For updated day splits, please see this freshly squeezed post here.

YASS MIN!

 

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.

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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.

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!

Get your SUPER EARLYBIRD WEEKEND TICKET FOR £20 HERE!!!

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
BOOK YER ANE FEST VIII
Cerberus Bar / Kage Nightclub, Dundee

Acts announced;

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

http://lipstickhomicide.bandcamp.com/

The Murderburgers
Scotland premier pop-punk princes

http://themurderburgers.bandcamp.com/

PAWS
Scottish punks gone worldwide wild

http://www.wehavepaws.com/

Bear Trade (ENG)
Punk rock hearts, northern souls

http://beartrade.bandcamp.com/

Departures
Scottish hardcore’s flagbearers worldwide

http://nosleepsampler.com/album/teenage-haze

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

http://lucabrasipunkrock.bandcamp.com/

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

http://christt.com/

In Tongues
Glasgow hardcore’s most militant punks

http://intonguesghc.bandcamp.com/

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

http://guerrillamonsoon.bandcamp.com/

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

http://iamericayotte.com/

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

http://warcharge.bandcamp.com/

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;

http://www.hoppo.com/dundee

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!

THANK YOU!!!

Dae Yer Ane Podcast; Episode 1

Okay, I admit it; I am a philistine when it comes to music and technology. I dislike I-Tunes and tend to stick to what I know when it comes to downloading and such like. I’ve recorded music onto computers but have never done so myself, as I’ve always had someone there clicking the buttons and telling me when to start. However, my new-found sobriety has ignited some kind of fire in me and I’m keen to learn new things. As such, I finally did a little bit (very little bit) of light reading about podcasting and home-recording, then proceeded to download Audacity and have my first blast at creating a Make-That-A-Take podcast.

Naturally, I christened this new adventure in hi-fi as “Dae Yer Ane Podcast”. It only makes sense. I decided to start with a podcast as it’s something that I’ve talked about doing for ages but have never got round to doing it. That or I’ve never found anyone willing to give me free reign on a microphone. Either way, I have finally gotten round to it. So delightful did I find the experience that I imagine I shall do it again, although I’m not going to make any promises about how frequently they’ll be done as I seem incapable to sticking to any sort schedule when it comes to the written word, let alone the spoken.

Regardless of my foibles and scatter-shot timekeeping, doing the podcast was a little bit of fun if nothing else. It’s also a mighty fine excuse for my to listen to some of my favourite bands, not that any excuse is needed. If there’s anyone out there that has enjoyed the podcast, has any advice and/or criticism to impart, would like to get their band played on the podcast, or whatever else, please feel free to get in touch.

2013 was rare. Here’s to a belter in 2014.

Happy new year.

 Sink Alaska – “Hitless Wonder”
The Walking Targets – “Count Me Out”
The Kimberly Steaks – “All My Friends Are Ghosts”
Bangers – “Part Animal”
Sweet Empire – “Torches”
Get It Together – “Skinned Knees and Bruises”
Filthpact – “D-Beat Is Love”
Sufferinfuck – “Phoney Wars”
Rope Spasm – “Marlboro Man”
Black Cop – “Brain Contractor”
Billy Liar – “The Ghosts of Punk Rock”
Loaded 45 – “Joe”
Uniforms – “The Trouble With Trying”
Rebuke – “Going to Japan and Back”
Broken Stories – “Everything All At Once”
Mesa Verde – “Post-Youth”
Kaddish – “Treading”
Lachance – “Old Haunts”
The Murderburgers – “Turning 25 Was Shit”

PS – Free download of the “Roaster” split to the first person to email MTAT correctly stating the movie from which the opening sample on the podcast is taken.

Review; Caves – “Betterment”

I must start with an apology to Bombed Out Records; I was sent this album for review purposes ages ago and while I’ve listened to the record innumerable times, I’ve totally slept on doing the actual review. For that I can make no real excuses other than the fact that I’m slack (as you may have noticed), so all apologies for the delay.

Caves are a three-piece punk rock band from Bristol and “Betterment” is their second full-length album and was released in July on CD by Bombed Out Records and on LP by Yo-Yo Records. Produced by Peter Miles (The Cut Ups, Crazy Arm, The King Blues), the sound of the record is massive and as far as nailing your colours to the flag goes, there’s no clearer manifesto than kicking off your album with the refrain of “I don’t care, I don’t care, go fuck yourself”. With that, we take off at light speed with fast, chugging guitars married to stomping drums and some nifty bass work, with a big fat sound that brings to mind The Breeders and such like.  There are plenty of “woahs” present, adding to the anthemic nature of the opening track, a theme that continues throughout the record.

caves tour poster

The relentlessness continues on “Build Against” with grungey riffage giving way to the refrain of “come back to what you know”, suggesting a comfort in familiarity and community. “Sometimes, sometimes leaving is hard” is a fitting lyrical theme for a band that tours as hard as Caves do; they are currently in the midst of a month-long European tour and have traversed the continent and the States many times. This is borne out in the evident tightness and dynamics; guitars are given room to breathe before things kick back in at a frenetic pace.

The “boy-girl” dual vocal attack brings to mind RVIVR, and while it may be somewhat the lazy comparison, if you can imagine the driving pop-punk of said band mixing with the melodic nuance of Lemuria, then I think you’re in the ballpark. The pace and infectious energy of the first half of the record is brought to a close by Lou’s solo acoustic rendition of the title track; a slow-building introspective number that sounds like it was recorded live in the middle of the night somewhere, like a punk rock lullaby with its cry of “I’ve never believed in you” that comes to an abrupt end before giving way to the sound of footsteps walking away.

We’re then met by the wail of mangled guitars before things kick back into high gear on the aptly named “Run” with the fist-in-the-air sing-a-long woahs and “running, running, running” refrain. The energy displayed is unrelenting and the record sails past in a blur of fast, infectious guitars, fuzzy bass runs and clattering drums with plenty four-on-the-floor tom action that often sounds on the edge of complete collapse before things are brought right back with one of many deep hooks prevalent throughout the record. This is a hard-rocking melodic punk record of the finest calibre, with only the closing track “Ender” breaching the three minute mark, but also a pop-punk record that manages to avoid the clichéd pitfalls on the genre, displaying great maturity, insightful subject matter and a grasp of dynamics far beyond the characteristic blur.

My personal favourite track may be “Babyccino”, the second last track on the album with its call of “Holding on, holding on strong” and its usual of what sounds like Hammond/B3 organ mixing with sustained octave chords before descending into chaos as it ends and moves into the final track of the record with its bass chords, pained call-and-response vocals and bass/guitar interplay. The familiar cry of “1,2,3,4” greets us once more before kicking into a fat bluesy stomper of a riff before picking up the pace and hurtling towards the end with a thumping instrumental jam that I can picture climaxing with thrown guitars and kicked over cymbal stands with the suitable scream of feedback. Brilliant.

caves edinburgh

All in, I’d say that “Betterment” is undoubtedly one of the finest UK punk rock records of the year and will rank highly when it comes to the ever-so-important end of year listings. Caves are a hard-working, hard-rocking pop-punk rock’n’roll band that have delivered a record full of passion, hooks and sing-a-long earworms that will nestle in your brain for days. They’re currently out on tour through Europe and will be back in the UK next weekend when they play some shows with Pure Graft. They’ll be at The Opium in Edinburgh on September 26 so make sure and pick up a copy of this record on vinyl at one of the shows. You can also get the album as a pay-what-you-want download from their bandcamp page (or the link above).

Inspiring stuff.

A Quick Round-Up; The Menzingers, Sink Alaska, THT, BYAF VII, shows, more!

Okay, so I’ve been slacking on the blog a little again but what can I say, I’m a busy boy. There’s been lots happening recently and there have been some awesome shows across Scotland in the last few weeks. I haven’t made it to as many of them as I would have liked but all the shows I’ve played and been to recently have been incredible. The Menzingers show in Edinburgh last week was particularly deece, although Bannerman’s was definitely a bit of a strange place to see them. There seemed to be a good few “bros” in the crowd too, but it seemed that everyone had fun, so that’s the main thing.

The band themselves were incredible, as always. They’ve pretty much been continuously on tour since “On The Impossible Past” came out and they did look a little tired, but they killed it as always. Abbie and I arrived just after Turtle Lamone started and he was great as ever and did a great job of translating his intimate DIY piano punk laments to a packed out crowd. I have to admit that I wasn’t particularly interested in Tigers Jaw, although they sounded fine, I’m just not that excited by them. That said, I don’t really know their stuff and those who do seemed to be bang into them. I must be honest and confess I nipped up to the Banshee with Fraser to retrieve the Make-That-A-Take banner during their set. My bad! Kudos as ever to Punk Rock Rammy for another amazing and sold out show!

We hosted Casually Dressed from Freiburg, Germany alongside their Portsmouth pop-punk tour buddies Midday Committee last Friday with support from First Step To Failure and Maxwell’s Dead. They were all sound folk and I regaled Casually Dressed with my enthralling tales of Eurocamp holidays and purchasing a Freiburg away shirt when we visited the city when I was around 13. That was the same holiday where I fell asleep with my legs hanging out the car window and got sunburn on my feet, Rare. Anyways, all the bands were great; Maxwell’s Dead were super-tight and seem to be finding their feet with Bobby on guitar. I reckon he also adds an extra layer of crust, giving things a dirtier F-Minus kind of vibe in the hardcore parts. The dub sounds a lot slicker too.

First Step To Failure were fucking great too, super-speedy, super-tech melodic hardcore but filled with plenty of hooks and metallic skate-punk bite. We’re definitely going to have those dudes back up here before the year’s end. Midday Committee are probably the closest thing to Fallout Boy that you’ll ever see on a MTAT bill but their saccharine-sweet Americanisms were tight, focussed and super-hooky, so despite not being my cup of tengoo, fault cannot be found. This was their first tour also, so they tackled everything with the youthful enthusiasm that you might expect. Casually Dressed rounded things off and seemed to be having a blast. They’d been on the road for about four weeks by this point, so you could definitely see that the craziness was creeping in. They play a somewhat schizophrenic type of angular post-hardcore meets pop-punk, full of signature changes and yelped vocals; an intriguing proposition for sure and certainly worthy of your attention. We’ll have an exclusive new song from them on Make Yer Ane Comp V when it comes out in a month or so. Top show all round, so big thanks to everyone who came out.

I’m playing some Tragical History Tour shows this weekend. I’ll be at The Green Room in Perth on Friday night alongside The Hostiles and Empty Lungs from Belfast. The show has apparently been merged with another show (double-booking???) so I’m going to be on earlybells at around 8.10pm, so get down there sharp if you’re wanting to catch me. I don’t seem to play many THT shows these days, so I’m quite excited by a couple of shows. It’s been a long time since I opened a ska show too! Then on Saturday I’ll be playing at the Brewdog Punk Weekender at Duke’s Corner in Dundee alongside my pals The Murderburgers and Robot Doctors. Apparently there’s going to be a “mohawk station” and prizes for the “best punk outfit”, which I find somewhat bizarre. Someone alert the punk polis! Philosophical and ethical debates aside, we’ll be there with the MTAT distro on Saturday night. Duke’s will also be hosting Min Diesel, The Shithawks and The Stranger’s Almanac on Friday night to kick off the weekender, so if you’re in Dundee this weekend get along there for sure. All shows this weekend are free too. If you don’t have it yet, you can get my Summer 2013 demo for free.

The demo was recorded by my friend Gerold who, along with Boab, made a live recording of the Break-Ups show last month as an experiment. We’re hoping to put together a Book Yer Ane Fest VII live album and this show served as a trial run. Boab and G are two super-talented and awesome dudes and they’ve done a cracking job, so it’s looking like our long-held dream may finally come true this year. Talking off BYAF VII, the line-up is getting frankly ridiculous. The bill is pretty much 95% booked and we will have the lion’s share of the bands and artists announced by the time Weekend Earlybird Tickets go on sale on Sunday 1st September. All tickets will be “will call” so we’ll have your name on the door, so all you need to do is show up and we’ll furnish you with a weekend wristband and some COOL FREE SHIT. Check out the full line-up here.

Right, time is marching on and I’ve got shit to do before I head to work for the night so I’m going to wrap this shit up quick-fire;

Make-That-A-Take are still having our summer FIRE-SALE. Head on over to our bandcamp merch page and pick yourself up a bargain. We’ve also got 39 releases on our page, most of which are available for free/pay-what-you-want download. Go ahead and fill your boots!

There are some rad shows coming up in the next couple of weeks too;

Oi Polloi/Billy Liar/The Bucky Rage in Glasgow

oi polloi

The mighty Off With Their Heads, The Murderburgers, UNIFORMS and Moonshine Docks in Glasgow (I’ll write something further about my gushing love for OWTH sometime before the show, I have absolutely no doubt).

OWTH praper

Then we’ve got a MTAT/GW collaborative brain-mangler of a show with Leeds punks Etai Keshiki and their touring pals Amorous Dialogues alongside Min Diesel and Little Anchors. Check the event page for full details!

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Finally, if you haven’t download DAE YER ANE SAMPLER yet, what are ye waiting for??? Thanks a lot GED, hopefully see some friendly faces over the weekend!

Make-That-A-Take Summer Sale!

Make-That-A-Take Records are having a summer sale on our Bandcamp merch page. All CDs/records/shit is reduced and all orders come with COOL FREE SHIT. Season Tickets are still available for £50 and give you entry to all upcoming MTAT shows in 2013, including a full weekend pass for Book Yer Ane Fest VII. Talking of which, a limited amount of Earlybird Weekend Tickets for BYAF will be going on sale from Sunday 1st September for £20. There will also be news of some pre-BYAF shit soon.

There are also 39 releases available on our Bandcamp page, most of which are up for free/pay-what-you-want download. All of our releases are cheap in both physical and digital form. I’ve said it before but it bears repeating that every single purchase goes straight back into the collective/label and allows us to keep going. We couldn’t do it without the support of you guys, so thank you very much for your continued support. Have a look and pick yourself up a summertime bargain.

12″ Records (£7);

Algernon Doll – “Citalo-pop” LP (comes with instant digital download)

7″ Records (£3);

UNIFORMS / Loaded 45 – Split 7″ (w/ digital download)

Shatterhand / Nosecone Prophets – Split 7″ (Unsane Asylum)

Shatterhand / Cigarette Crossfire – Split 7″ (Unsane Asylum)

CLEAVERS – “Life Is Shit” (Dada Tunes)

Struck A Nerve – S/T (Seven Inch Records)

Clowns / Michael Crafter – Split 7″

Try Hards/Upstarts/Mutley/Eastfield/Planeteers – Split 7″ (GFN? Records)

CD Albums (£4);

15 Minutes – “Together, Forever” (w/ digital download)

A Thousand Arrows – “Defalliance”

A Victory At Sea – S/T (w/ download of “Hopeful” EP)

Murderburgers – “How To Ruin Your Life” (Monster Zero)

Pete Bentham and The Dinner Ladies – “Hip Potater” (Free Rock’n’Roll)

Pete Bentham and The Dinner Ladies – “The New Underground” (Free Rock’n’Roll)

Shatterhand – “Chaos and the Art of Dissent” (Mystical Records)

Shatterhand – “Random Acts of Defiance” (Mystical Records)

The Brothel Corpse Trio – “Hanging In The Whore House

The Brothel Corpse Trio – “Death Shop Pit Stop

CDEPs (£3);

Algernon Doll – “A.D.

Maxwell’s Dead / The Walking Targets – “Shape of Cowpunk To Come” Split CD (w/ digital download)

Broken Stories – S/T EP (w/ digital download)

Elmo and The Styx – Sexy Clowns” (Antipop Records)

Loaded 45 – “No Coast Punk’n’Roll” (w/ digital download)

Shatterhand – “Bone Palace Ballet” (Mystical Records)

Sink Alaska – S/T Demo (£2 w/ digital download)

CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERS GED.