The Ainsley Band Live At Unity Works PRE ORDER NOW

This June as part of Long Division Festival The Ainsley Band recorded a special live set. Recorded by Greenmount Studios a stripped down version of the band reimagined some old favourites as well as performing a handful of new songs written especially for the occasion. We are releasing the results on limited edition 12" gatefold sleeve vinyl. There are only 200 copies that will be pressed. Each of these will also include the DVD film of the show. Filmed by Skysail Studios it will be our first release on DVD. The 12" / DVD package will be released on Friday 16th October but you can pre-order your copy right now for £15 (+ p&p) right here.

1 Yo Everyone
2 Slip Smash
3 Montserrat Serene
4 Giggle and Spit
5 I Think About You Always
6 Long Distance
7 Stuck In Freefall
8 Doubt
9 Colder Heart
10 Gone But Not Forgotten
11 Happy To Stay

We also have a number of remaining copies of last year's equivalent by Piskie Sits. You can buy the 12" gatefold sleeve vinyl for £15 (+p&p) over here.

The Seven Year Itch starts today

Our 7th anniversary celebrations start today. Our biggest event yet, taking in 7 gigs in 7 different venues over 7 consecutive nights and we are calling it The Seven Year Itch. All gigs are free entry but we'll have a donations bucket if you want to drop us a few pence (all money goes into putting out more records). The vast majority of the PHOP roster will appear over the course of the week along with some specially selected guests. Also The Compression return for one night only to do the farewell gig they never did.

Wednesday 29th July - Mi Mye - WE ARE Pop Up Shop, Wood Street
Thursday 30th July - Piskie Sits, Buen Chico, Yard Wars - The Hop Wakefield
Friday 31st July - The Do's, St Gregory Orange, The Compression - Red Shed
Saturday 1st August - The Spills, Alpha Shallows, SWORDS - Players Bar
Sunday 2nd August - The Ainsley Band, One Day After School - Inns of Court
Monday 3rd August - Fur Blend, We Got Rocket, JJ Swimsuit - Bull & Fairhouse
Tuesday 4th August - The Grand, Head, Loz Campbell, Jack Winn - Unity Works Minor Hall

Also as well as the usual pop up PHOP Shop of merch we'll have a selection of releases from dearly departed PHOP bands. These will be available by an honesty box. Feel free to take any of these and contribute what you wish.

All gigs open at 8pm. Will you make it to all 7?

Runaround Kids split!

Sad news reaches PHOP HQ as Runaround Kids have this evening announced they are splitting up. We're incredibly proud to have worked with them for the last 6 years. We had some great times with them - slots at Leeds and Reading and touring round Ireland. They leave behind some great music as well as the memories, speaking of which they've just released their final recordings on their bandcamp page (see band statement below for link). We wish them all well in their new ventures.

Band statement:
Hey, Runaround Kids are ending. It's become impossible for us to feasibly continue, so we're releasing the last songs we did, which were recorded in December 2013. We're asking for a pound or more for them - this is because Philophobia's endless support in releasing our records has left them with a fair bit of debt from us (about £1,400 worth), so any money it raises will go to them, to try clear that a bit and hopefully to support other bands to get to do the things we did. All the merchandise we have left is reduced as well, for the same reasons.
It's been a blast. None of us were older than 16 when we started the band, 8 years ago(!), so it's been a huge chunk of our lives. It's sad to see it go, but it's been pretty amazing, and we've done some stuff I remain very proud of. A final gig is sadly not on the cards. Thanks to everyone who helped us since 2008.
Here's some stuff we're doing now:
George's poetry and art:
Jack's music:
Rob's in The Ainsley Band:

George, Jack and Rob

The Ship-Tones - Indie Reggae Revolution PRE-ORDER NOW

The Ship-Tones debut album is now available to pre-order from the PHOP Shop. That's right the Indie Reggae Revolution is nearly upon us. The album will be released on 12" vinyl gatefold sleeve (including CD copy), CD gatefold sleeve and download / streaming formats on Monday 13th July.

Featuring original vocal tracks from the likes of Edwyn Collins, Stephen Malkmus, Ryan and Gary Jarman and more mixed with The Ship-Tones' special blend of reggae.

1. Dilemma (feat. Edwyn Collins)
2. Da Senator (feat. Stephen Malkmus)
3. 'Ari Kari (feat. Ryan Jarman)
4. 'Ickle Shocks (feat. Ricky Wilson)
5. If You Wanna Reggae (feat. Justin Hayward-Young)
6. Jah Anna (feat. Gary Jarman)
7. Good For Me (feat. Stephen Holt & Clint Boon)
8. Teenage Icon (feat. Justin Hayward-Young)
9. Moved Your Chair (feat. Thabo)
10. Try It Again (feat. Jeffrey Lewis)
11. Dilemma (Mr Benn Mix)

'an album of incredible foresight bordering on genius. 9/10' Louder Than War

The 12"/CD packages can be pre-order now for £15 (+p&p) and the CD for £10 (+p&p) from our PHOP Shop here. You'll receive immediate downloads of Dilemma (feat. Edwyn Collins), 'Ari Kari (feat. Ryan Jarman) and If You Wanna Reggae (feat. Justin Hayward-Young). In addition you'll also receive the video for 'Ari Kari with the physical packages being shipped to you in time for 13th July release date.

Last but not least The Ship-Tones will be playing at Latitude Festival on Friday 17th July in the Keith Allen Tent at 11.15pm. More details here.  

The Grand - Incapacitated, Ill Fated and In Love OUT NOW

The Grand's debut album 'Incapacitated, Ill Fated and In Love' is out now. CD copies are available from Crash Records (Leeds), Debut Records (Barnsley), Jumbo Records (Leeds), Notorious Aardvark (Doncaster), Sound It Out Records (Stockton on Tees), Vinyl Tap (Huddersfield), Wah Wah Records (Wakefield) and of course direct from The PHOP Shop.

You can also find the album on all download and streaming sites.
The Grand have produced an album based on complex love stories and I'm hooked. Leeds Music Scene

It is a big, bold and adventurous record. Dealing as it does in the lyrical currencies of loss, loneliness and regret, 'Incapacitated, Ill Fated, and In Love' explores the darker side of love. Musically it rakes about in the ashes of post-punk, power pop, Americana and art-rock before salvaging from that debris an irresistible cocktail of sound. God Is In The TV

This is a truly impressive first album. The songs are, without exception, relentless; impassioned and powerful. Rhubarb Bomb

This is a more than fine pop/indie/rock album that deserves to be heard by the masses, I hope this is the case because The Grand have released an album that should be featured in all of those end of year album polls. Louder Than War

The best piece of music you will listen to this year. Vibrations Magazine

Incapacitated, Ill Fated, and In Love is a strong album that shows off the band’s distinctive sound and deserves your very serious attention. Glossy Onions

The Grand will without a doubt find success with this album, and the rest of us will find the 'something new' music we have been waiting for. Fair Feature

Lyrics that any songwriter would die to try and write. The Grand have produced a masterpiece here in how to write one class song after another. Alpha Beata

Incapacitated an album full of big ideas but with a thoughtful attention to detail that means you won't get everything that's in it on first listen. It's a record that's bound to get them compared to the early works of The National. As like so many great records, it's not easy listening, it reveals more every time that you listen to it and the more you focus on it. Even The Stars

The Grand have a sound of the melodic, infectious, intelligent and irresistible synergy between three people who are quite obviously meant to be making music together. Lead vocalist and bassist, Russ Smith has, quite simply, the most unique voice in popular music since John Fogerty. Incapacitated, Ill-fated and In Love is a complex, engaging and thought provoking work that will have you returning for another hit, another crack at peeling back the layers. Phil Greenwood Photography
The Grand also support British Sea Power at Unity Works on Friday 12th June as part of Long Division Festival.

The Grand - Incapacitated Ill Fated and In Love - PRE ORDER NOW

The Grand release their debut album 'Incapacitated, Ill Fated and In Love' on 24th May. It's released on CD and digital formats. You can pre-order the CD version now here. Pre-ordering the album will also gain you free entry to the album launch show (details below) and you will also receive an immediate download of 'A City That Loves Me' from the album. Your CD will be posted to you ahead of the release date.

The album will be launched on Sunday 24th May at Players Bar Wakefield. Support will come from The Ainsley Band and Knuckle. Entry is £5 or £12 with a CD copy of the album (free entry to pre-orderers see above). Doors at 7.30pm.

'The Grand have produced an album based on complex love stories and I'm hooked' Leeds Music Scene

'deserves your very serious attention' Glossy Onions

'a mixture of guitar and bass infused dramatic melodies, teamed with strong vocal ability, creating an alternative ‘pop’ sound that is very addictive' Leeds Local Sound

The Do's - This N That EP OUT NOW

The Do's This N That EP is out now. It is available on limited edition CD (100 copies) and digital formats. The CD is available from Crash Records, Jumbo Records (Leeds), Debut Records (Barnsley), Wah Wah Records (Wakefield) as well as from our shop.

You also be able to buy the CD at the forthcoming The Do's gigs:
18th April - Players Bar, Wakefield
2nd May - Milos, Leeds (5.15pm)
13th June - Long Division Festival, Wakefield (venue & time TBC)

Piskie Sits Live At Unity Works OUT NOW

Piskie Sits Live at Unity Works is released today on limited edition 12" LP. The 13 track live album was recorded by Greenmount Studios on Sunday 14th September 2014 as part of Long Division Festival.

The record - our first vinyl album release - is available for only £15 from our BigCartel page here. Each copy includes a download code (go to to redeem).

Limited copies will also be available from from Crash Records (Leeds), Debut Records (Barnsley), Jumbo Records (Leeds), Sound It Out Records (Stockton on Tees), Wah Wah Records (Wakefield) and Unity Works (Wakefield).

Piskie Sits - Live At Unity Works 12" LP PRE-ORDER

On 14th September as part of Long Division Fringe Piskie Sits were recorded live by Greenmount Studios at Unity Works. We are releasing the results as a limited edition 12" LP. There will be only 200 copies. It will be officially released on 30th January 2015. To secure yourself a copy you can order it now for only £15 (plus delivery) by clicking on the button below. If you need convincing watch the video of This Good This Bad from the show.  
Side A
1 Hey Everyone
2 Always The Crap Songs
3 Family Tree
4 I Know And You'll Know
5 Young Dumb And Full Of It
6 Waiting For The Dance Of Death
7 What Is The Point?
Side B
8 Feat. Pharrell Williams
9 No Hidden Chord
10 Big Fat Mouth
11 Viktoria Plzen
12 Churp Churp
13 This Good This Bad

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