Buen Chico - Let's Not Go Back To Work In January OUT NOW

Buen Chico's Christmas single Let's Not Go Back To Work In January is released today. Available across all digital formats like BandcampSpotifyiTunes and many others.

In June 2016, Buen Chico released their third album, ‘Working for a Work Free Future’. The album critiqued contemporary society’s fetishisation of hard graft, whose primary benefactors are the super-rich. It offered an alternative vision of a world in which technological innovations benefit all of society, enabling us to work less and party more.

In December 2016, songwriter Morgan Tatchell-Evans (vocals, guitar, keys) wrote something of a coda to the album, passionately transposing its themes to the season of merriment and good will. In keeping with the values espoused, the band have taken their sweet time about recording it, but it’s here now, with bells on. It’s called ‘Let’s Not Go Back To Work In January’, and will be released on 8th December 2017, which also happens to be Morgan’s birthday.

This time around, the band are shorn of guitarist Matthew Haigh who presently has his hands full with leading mathy progsters Wot Gorilla?, and his recent introduction to parenthood. Brothers Alan (drums) and John Kenworthy (bass) are as ever on hand to provide a punchy backdrop to the festive jangle. Alan’s apparently serious attempts to source a children’s choir to provide the metaphorical icing on the rum-soaked fruitcake were, mercifully, unsuccessful.

The album Working For A Work Free Future is still available here

Climbing Alice - Living EP OUT NOW

Climbing Alice's Living EP was released last week. The 4 track EP was recorded live by Chris Mulligan. It can be downloaded and streamed from all the usual digital outlets. If you download the EP from our bandcamp page you will also receive 4 bonus tracks recorded during the same session.

1. Ninja Powers
2. No Time For The Living
3. Pizza King
4. Jason Orange
Bandcamp Bonus Tracks
5. Coin
6. Grey
7. Chicken Feet
8. Fau Negege

Bandcamp / Spotify / iTunes / Soundcloud

Baker Island - Restless Legs OUT NOW

Baker Island's new album Restless Legs is out now. Available on both 12" vinyl and digital formats. You can find the vinyl at Crash, Jumbo (both Leeds), Vinyl Tap (Huddersfield), Wah Wah (Wakefield), Sound It Out (Stockton On Tees), Pop Recs (Sunderland), RPM, Reflex, Beatdown (Newcastle Upon Tyne) and of course direct from us. The digital format is available at all download and streaming outlets.

The band will be supporting the release with a number of live dates. Catch them at the following:
25th August - Wharf Chambers, Leeds w/ YOI & One Day After School
9th September - Mining Institute, Newcastle w/Chorusgirl, Slurs & Swine Tax
12th September - The Victoria, London
14th September - 1 in 12 Club, Bradford w/ Cowtown, Garden Room & Bad Idea
23rd September - Brock N Broll, Chorley w/ Sprinters
24th September - Klondyke, Manchester w/ Sprinters
27th September - Wharf Chambers, Leeds w/ Sprinters, Duck & Bad Idea

Restless Legs by Baker Island Available to Pre-order

Baker Island's new album Restless Legs is released on 25th August on 12" vinyl and digital formats. You can pre-order the vinyl now for the offer price of £13 (£15 on release) from our bandcamp page here. You'll receive new single Write Home immediately with your pre-order. Write Home is also available to download and stream from all digital outlets.

You can also watch the video for Write Home below: 

Take Turns special offer

Take Turns debut album Cryptomnesia Crept is now available from our bandcamp page here  for only £8 on 12" vinyl. The LP version also includes a CD copy and as always you receive a download copy through bandcamp. If that wasn't enough we'll throw in a cassette copy of Take Turns' Animal Fat EP for free (limited numbers, only available while stocks last).

Welcome To Baker Island

We are delighted to announce we will be release the second album by Baker Island this Summer. Restless Legs will be available on 12" vinyl and digital formats from 25th August. The single Write Home will precede the album on 4th August.

Baker Island are a band from Newcastle who make indie-noise-pop like “the fuzzy love child of Pavement and Pixies” (NARC. Magazine).  Starting in 2013, initially as a recording project of Sean Dodds - with help from a collective of people including Jonny Helm from The Wave Pictures and Chris McManus from Pure Graft – they eventually became a live band comprising Sean (guitar and vocals), Kev Raijah (guitar), Cathy Russell (bass), Chris Perriman (keys) and Matt Hayward (drums).

Between 2014 and 2016 they self-released 3 singles and a debut album 'Bobby Hundreds', "an LP filled with gloriously wonky-pop tunes" (NARC).  EP 'Four Days In The Life Of The Auto-Icon' was released on California's Wiener Records, and their last single 'Demolishing The Fourth Wall' was released on EDILS Records in September 2016.  These were played on Radio 1 (Huw Stephens), BBC 6 Music (Steve Lamacq, Tom Ravenscroft and Gideon Coe), and BBC Introducing in the North East. 

During this time, they’ve played at Indietracks Festival, Evolution Emerging Festival, and alongside Jeffrey Lewis, Chorusgirl, Sky Larkin, Oh Well Goodbye, Dignan Porch, Allo Darlin', Witching Waves, The Wave Pictures and The Lovely Eggs, amongst others.

You can buy Baker Island's existing releases from their Bandcamp and follow them on Facebook and Twitter

Phundraising Thanks

Thank you to everyone who cam to our Phundraising Weekender this weekend. It was an absolute blast. You raised £1,090.86 for us. This wipes over a third of our debt. I really can't thank you all enough for your generosity in helping make the weekend not only a successful fundraiser but an immensely enjoyable time. I'm overwhelmed and humbled to tears by you all, you beautiful beautiful people.

Individual thanks to Shane and Mike for doing the sound, Amy, Lucy and Charlotte for sterling work behind the bar, Stevie G and Stringer for djing, John for photographing the weekend, Jamie for finding a solution to the pillar problem and of course all the bands that played.

A few people have been in contact saying that they were unable to attend but wish to donate, so I've set up a donate button to our paypal account. Thank you in advance to anyone who donates through this.

Of course another way (and especially helpful in light of the fact that we have to vacate Crux at the end of the month) is to buy some merch - CDs & Vinyl here and T-shirts here.


Phundraising Weekender Preview Part 4

Our preview of our weekender reaches the final part. Sunday will be a bit gentler than Saturday and we're aiming for a relatively early finish too. Unfortunately Jamiesaysmile has had to drop out this week. We've not decided upon a replacement as yet so stage times are a rough guide at this point.

Opening up at 16:30

The Tidy Wives - The Tidy Wives AKA Karen Logan Smith combines jangly messy electric guitar, rumbling basslines and electronic beats to create melodic art-pop-rock songs with a bittersweet edge.

Next up at 17:30

JJ Swimsuit - One half of St Gregory Orange, Tim is currently putting the finishing touches to his debut JJ Swimsuit album. More short songs compared with 2013's The Hunter's Kindness EP. Listen to The Hunter's Kindness.

Following on at 18:30

Chloe Juliette Beswick - Singer/songwriter who deals in avante folk dark dream-pop. Listen to Seven Sewers Away.

The penultimate act of the weekend at 19:30

Charlie Padfield - Mesmerising punters wherever he goes with his dynamic guitar playing and electrifying presence, Padfield's been on a mission to deliver his music to any ears willing to listen since 2014. Listen to Constellationing.

Bringing the weekend to a close at 20:30

Ralph Dartford and The Bleeding Obvious - “A rabbit-hole of genres” describe perfectly the music of The Bleeding Obvious, the monicker of Yorkshire lass Jessica Rowbottom, whose debut album was released last November to acclaim worldwide and featured a host of local talent. Together with A Firm Of Poets’ Ralph Dartford, expect songs from their new collaboration “Swoon!”, which explores love, addiction, escape and reconciliation with spoken word and music you can dance, reflect, laugh and fall in love with. Listen to Linwood House.