After a short Christmas break German Shepherd records are back with four releases in January and label co-owner Ian Moss is involved in all of the releases.
January 6th sees a release from Hamsters. The ‘ lost near mythical’ Hamsters single, recorded and ready for release in January 2015, was scheduled as a 7 inch double A sided vinyl before label funding issues scuppered it’s introduction to the world. Now German Shepherd launches a rescue mission so at last it may be heard. Side A , Basically Johnny Moped , celebrates the legendary outsiders Johnny himself along with Slimy Toad , Dave and Fred Burk and the mysterious Xerxes while giving name checks to other faves with unique visions – John the Postman , Wild Man Fisher , Marc Bolan and Tiny Tim , it is a celebratory blast and salute to people who walk their own chosen way. Side AA is Freudian Ships a wonky shanty concerning a hapless bunch of mutineers who end up adrift in both a physical and moral sense.
January 13th sees the latest release from House Mouse & Space Museum with special guest m.t.scott adding guitars and ambient noises. The two track release features King for a Day – a moody piece with references to The Wicker Man, and Bottom of the Bill – a rant against ego and self awareness in the music business.
January 20th sees the much anticipated return of techno/electronica whizz The Junta this time coupled with singer Ralph Florian-Wumme. In a heady mix of jaunty electronica and expletive strewn punk vocals the duo attack with venom those musos who prefer technique over art.
And finally on January 27th a release from John The Revelator (another new vehicle for the Moss Brothers – Ian and Neil) a jaunty little number with Oscar Wilde as the subject matter – it’s called Wild Flowers – it features Neils’ trademark off-kilter guitar echoing The Residents with its non-standard approach to composition and delivery.
All four releases will be available on Bandcamp as well as through the usual digital download platforms.