All posts in December 2018

Cheers for 2018, see you in 2019!

Just winding things up here for 2018 and what a year it’s been! We hit the floor running at the start of January with the recording of CLEAVE with Chris Sheldon (bizarrely exactly 25 years to the day we first worked with him waaay back in Jan 1993 recording what became the Short Sharp Shock EP). Soon after the album was done we hooked up with the good folks at Marshall Records who brilliantly shared our creative vision and we inked a new deal with them.

In March we were lucky enough to go out on an extensive UK run supporting one of our big influences The Stranglers. It was an amazing experience playing with them, great crowds and a lovely atmosphere both onstage and off. They looked after us incredibly well so respect to them and their crew.

We debuted the first single CALLOW at the BBC Music Festival in Belfast and then over the summer we played number of high profile festivals in the UK and Europe (playing in some of the new CLEAVE tunes as we went along) which as usual was a fantastic experience.

All the while we were chipping away at the preparation for CLEAVE and it was released end of September to pretty much universal critical acclaim from friends, fans and the press. Always a good feeling when you’ve been working on new stuff and it finally gets unleashed.

Both the CLEAVE European/UK headline tours were incredible, each and every show was highly enjoyable (sometimes for a variety of reasons ;)) and we did our best to play long sets with as much new stuff and as many of the ‘hits’ as possible. You all ran with it, singing along and getting well into the spirit of it all.

Rest assured 2019 will be just as busy, we have a 2nd European CLEAVE headline run starting Jan 23rd (getting to a few places we missed on the first bit, Austria, Czech Rep, Hungary, Italy, France as well as Belgium, Netherlands and Germany), then a short Finnish tour and then some NI/Irish dates to boot. Festivals are coming in now as well and we already have some nice ones in place and we’ll be announcing those when we get the nod from the organisers. All these dates are up over at the official site HEEEEERRRRRRRRRRE

And to coincide with those January shows we will have a new single/video from CLEAVE out called “Kakistocracy (It’s Ok Not To Be Ok)” so we’ll give you a heads up when you can see/hear that.

Also plotting some things for the upcoming 30th anniversary celebrations in 2020, we’d be mad not to have some sort of party(parties?) with you all so that’ll all be announced in due course once we have a better idea of where we’re at.

As we always say, none of this would be possible without your ongoing support so a hearty “thank you” to each and everyone of you folks and, as cliched as it sounds, you people are the best!

Right, have a lovely festive/holiday time, put your feet up and have a blast. Stay safe and every best wish for 2019!

Andy-Michael-Neil T? 2018

Band Favourites of 2018

ANDY CAIRNS

Listening:

Ash-Islands
Wood Burning Savages-Stability
Fontaines DC-Four EP’s
Arvo Party-Tired Eyes
Robyn G Shiels-Death of the Shadows
Manic Street Preachers-Resistance is Futile
Arctic Flowers-Straight to the Hunter
Gazelle Twin-Pastoral
Idles-Joy As An Act of Resistance
Guttersnipe-My Mother the Vent
Gaye Su Akyol-Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir
Buzzcocks-Singles Going Steady ( Pete Shelley, thank you for everything)
Membranes ( synapse snapping stuff from Mr Robb and co. Thanks for the sneak preview)
Bikini Kill-Pussy Whipped

Watching:

Blackkklansman
Possum
The Man From Mo Wax
Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Narcos:Mexico
Snowfall:Season Two
Mandy
Hereditary
Chelsea winning the FA Cup Final
The Mousetrap ( finally got to see it)
The Stranglers-career spanning set at Manchester Apollo

Reading:
Karl Ove Knausgaard-The End
Jenny Hval-Paradise Rot
Chuck Palahniuk-Adjustment Day
Samuel Beckett-Company

MICHAEL McKEEGAN

Listening:
Tribulation-Down Below
Portal-Ion
Thou-Inconsolable
Wrong-Feel Great
Sepulcher-Panoptic Horror
Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons-Age Of Absurdity
Throat-Bareback
Idles-Joy As An Act Of Resistance
Maggot Heart-Dusk To Dusk
System Of Hate-There Is No Madness Here
Haunt-Burst Into Flame
Ravens Creed-Get Killed Or Try Dying
Robyn G Shiels-Death Of The Shadows EP
Cypress Hill-Elephants On Acid
Manic Street Preachers-Resistance Is Futile
Ghost-Prequelle
The Prodigy-No Tourists
Tomb Mold-Manor Of Infinite Forms
Funeral Mist-Hekatomb
Craft-Black Metal And White Noise
Contract In Blood-Various
Voivod-The Wake
Gouge Away-Burnt Sugar
Arvo Party-II
Behemoth-I Loved You At Your Darkest
Slaegt-The Circle
Raw Peace-Total Death
Obliteration-Cenotaph Obscure
Drug Church-Cheer

Watching:
The Haunting Of Hill House
A Quiet Place
Money Heist
Happy!
Evil Genius
Hap & Leonard
Ozark 2
Mandy
Making A Murderer Part 2
The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
The Sinner 2

Reading:
Thirst-Jo Nesbo
Hearts Of Darkness-Joseph Conrad
Contract In Blood-Ian Glasper
Prague Nights-Benjamin Black
The Outsider-Stephen King
The White Road-Sarah Lotz

NEIL COOPER

Listening:
Steve Reich – Pulse / Quartet
Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe EP
Sigrid – Strangers EP
Michael Nyman – Musique a Grande Vitesse and the Piano Concerto
Various – Habibi Funk: an eclectic selection of music from the Arab worldIdles – Joy as an Act of Resistance
Sleaford Mods – EP (stick in a five and go)
Nas – Illmatic
Liines – Stop Start
Panji and the Buffalo – Rare Moves
Uniform – Wake in Fright
Bad Brains – Bad Brains
Arvo Party – II
‘Dear Joan and Jericha’ podcast

Watching:
The Mighty Redcar
Inside No.9
The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire
Snowfall
A Quiet Place
Lady Bird
True Grit
A Star is Born
Killing Eve

Reading:
Georges Simenon – A Maigret Christmas and Other Stories
John Le Carre – The Spy Who Came in From The Cold
Robert Harris – The Fear
Terry Hayes – I Am Pilgrim
Joe Hill – The Fireman