Come and see the newest venue in town. We’re putting on a show in a Salford terrace. Tomorrow night. Sat 19th Oct. FREE ENTRY. From 8pm.
NAKED (on drugs) x Bernard + Edith
With very special guests, Ruth Bate, plus DJs.
I’ve heard it being described as a Detroit jazz club. I’ve also heard it being described as a mini Shakespearean theatre. And it used to be a terraced house, home to a family at the turn of the 20th century. And the fact we’re putting on a show in an empty terrace goes someway to show the breakdown of the family unit; as houses are abandoned for the high rises. Mothers, sons, sisters, fathers, brothers; where have they all gone?
“They fuck you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had. And add some extra, just for you.” – Philip Larkin
This is social demobility in action. The future is bleak. We have to stick together. Join us, for God’s sake.
Google tells us its 9mins walk from Manchester Carling Cathedral (near Hanging Ditch). Cross over the Victoria Bridge and heading down to your right onto Greengate, following Greengate all the way round to Collier Street. You’ve arrived at the Eagle Inn (Lamp Oil). All are welcome.
We’ve been hanging out with some old friends recently in Paris, Liverpool and Hebden Bridge. Something truly special is happening.
If you missed them, then you can read all about it in this [HERE] Atrocity Boy review.
Be sure to catch them at the Manchester International Festival when they’ll be performing their debut album in full. Tickets available [HERE].
The band are called M O N E Y.
Photograph courtesy of Philip Andrew Hunter.
We are pleased to announce the inaugural SWAYS long player, GHOST OUTFIT – I Want You To Destroy Me. Recorded in our beloved Bunker, the album documents the bitterness of separation and young love gone wrong. Conceived and delivered as a musical whole, with a crafted, tuneful pop aesthetic emerging through dense layers of noise and distortion, I Want You To Destroy Me is not so much a sound as a state of mind.
“The first SWAYS masterpiece.” – Atrocity Boy
1. Too Soon
8. I Want Someone Else
10. What You’ve Got
Released 24 June 2013, on limited edition 12” heavyweight vinyl, CD & digital. Please note: all vinyl comes with CD + digital. Pre-order now : http://swaysrecords.bigcartel.com/product/ghost-outfit-i-want-you-to-destroy-me-12-lp-cd-digital
Recorded by Marten Hurley in the Bunker, Salford, England.
Produced by Marten Hurley & Ghost Outfit.
Mastered by Joe Lambert, JLM Sound, New York, USA.
Artwork by Will Sharp (Grotesque Nouveau).
Listen to Killuhs -
That’s right, the Louche are back! In their first live outing for nearly a year, they return with new members and new songs, with stellar support from Father Sculptor ('Shockingly traditional and startlingly 1984.' - The Guardian) and our very own Emperor Zero.
Soup Kitchen, Manchester, Friday 24 May, from 8pm.
Tickets £5 [HERE]
Facebook event [HERE]
Thursday 16th May, 8pm til late
Emperor Zero play live at Kraak Gallery, Manchester
£2 entry. Event details [HERE]
This performance is dedicated to anyone who has deliberately forgotten their PE kit so they can get out of playing sports that involve mud and physical contact. It’s for the geeks, the outsiders and the sickly ones. Bring your bats.
If you’re anything like us and you like (a) vinyl and (b) getting drunk in the afternoon while listening to great bands, then Record Store Day 2013 is for you.
BLOOM 1PM (Soup Kitchen)
BERNARD + EDITH 3PM (Common)
KULT COUNTRY 4PM (Soup Kitchen)
G R E A T W A V E S 5PM (Soup Kitchen)
Emperor Zero ft. Jacq Ghost 6PM (Common)
You can also buy a limited edition RSD tape featuring some of the artists above - available exclusively from Piccadilly Records and Common. We’ll also be DJ’ing digitally at Common before and after Emperor Zero.
Soup Kitchen event [here]
Common event [here]
Saturday 23rd March 2013
SWAYS Records and In Collaboration With Love present …
The Reunion Exhibition
Kult Country | Kraken | July
9pm til late
THE BUNKER, M3 7LW
KULT COUNTRY - “Slowburn” / “ATDF” - Debut 7”
Available on 7” heavyweight vinyl with digital download from 29th April 2013, but you can pre-order now to avoid disappointment. Visit [HERE].
Kult Country are on tour in England & France, catch them here:
15th March – Shacklewell Arms, London, UK
23rd March – The Bunker, Manchester, UK
31st March – Detestival, Sheffield, UK
20th April – Soup Kitchen, Manchester, UK
14th-16th June – Rockorama, Toulon, FR
PRE-ORDER THE DEBUT 7” [HERE]
Lovers of England, Happy Saint Valentine’s Day.
To get you in the mood, we’re pleased to announce the release of the second single by Emperor Zero, ‘Mental Health Café’ (SWAYS016).
The video by Steven Cherry received its premiere this afternoon on über-cool Berlin website No Fear of Pop.
The vinyl, featuring cover photography by Natalie Curtis, is available to pre-order now. It can either be bought individually or as part of a very special new ‘Mothers of England’ box set.
Pre-order from our store [HERE]. It will be released in Manchester on 4 March 2013 (via Piccadilly Records) and at all good record shops nationwide on 25 March.
The song is dedicated to the playwright Sarah Kane. Enjoy.
B L O O M
Debut single, ‘Lords’ and ‘Virtue’ (SWAYS017)
Released on 18 February 2013 on cassette tape with digital download, available to pre-order [HERE]
Recorded and produced by Marten Hurley. Additional production by Yousif Al-Karaghouli.
Curations No.2: SWAYS Records
NAKED ON DRUGS /// BERNARD + EDITH /// BLOOM
The Return of 120 Minutes
Event details [HERE]
Debut EP, Naked (SWAYS015).
Tracks: 1. Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night /// 2. D.O.R. /// 3. Green Leather Jacket /// 4. Death Dance
EP available [HERE]
We are delighted to announce the release of the debut EP by Naked, available on cassette tape, with free poster and digital download, from 15 October 2012. (‘Death Dance’ available to all as a free download.) An accompanying video is now available [HERE] Directed by Steven Cherry and filmed on location at Fort Levy, Levenshulme, Manchester.
Luke Louche stands in the street, smoking a roll up with his back to the wall and shivering in the freezing meat cellar of a Manchester winter. In the background a noisy punk band bleed into nothingness. Hunched, withdrawn, his eyes are cool and distant; when he answers a question he blinks, as though being drawn back into the present from a faraway place. There’s trouble there … Also here on this good night is Sébastien Perrin, a young itinerant in a leather jacket on the most fuxked up French exchange imaginable, a flicker of a smile playing at the corner of his lips.
We don’t know how the hell these two started talking, what magnetism brought their like-minds together, but we’re pleased that they did. They soon struck up a friendship that revolved around a shared love of William Burroughs and the musical avant-garde and it wasn’t long before Sébastien had moved to Salford and the duo had set up camp in our HQ at the Führer Bunker, which they filled with caterwauling clarinets, yelping vocals and the screeches made from crude instruments crafted out of planks of wood and razor wire.
Earlier this year they began to release demos and perform live in alternating guises, sometimes as Naked on Drugs, sometimes stripped back to Naked, but always exposing themselves with non-cha-lance — n. the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern — and of course we immediately fell in love.
The band play a unique collaborative show entitled THE HUMAN BEAST at Islington Mill, Salford, on 12 October: http://youtu.be/oxvIXpMuNJw
In association with Fat Out Til You Pass Out we proudly present The Human Beast at Islington Mill. A night of wild & immersive performance and stunning sounds. Starring Ghost Outfit / Naked (On Drugs) / Emperor Zero / Volkov Commanders.
Friday 12th October 2012
- Ghost Outfit - ‘W A S T E’ -
New Video & Free Download
It’s been a long time. We were just about to take out a missing persons ad. Has anyone seen these ghosts? Once the toast of the North, ripping out thunderous live shows, playing gigs on buses and excitedly embarking on experimental video projects, just as the two-piece seemed set to scale new heights they suddenly vanished behind their white sheets.
There were rumours: a sighting of the young duo on Market Street drinking continental lager from cans and shouting at children. Someone claimed to have seen them sporting beards, sunglasses and Hawaiian shirts at Manchester Airport, queuing for a flight to South America like a pair of guilty Nazis. Someone else reckoned that a nasty man had kidnapped all our bands and taken them down to that there London in a metal cage like the child catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang where they were going to be enslaved by a record label funded by the blood money from one of them cunts off of Dragon’s Den. Come along, kiddie-winkies!
Then, last week, we received a brown paper package. Instead of the east German porn we’d been hoping for, it had some music inside. The postmark had been washed off in the summer rain. It seemed to say ‘Cong …’ something. We were immediately won over by their commitment to the conventional unconventionality of rock myth-making, teasing us like seasoned pros — oh so coy, elusive and aloof — before we blew our load all over those dirty sheets of theirs at this sordid, sleazy act of revelation. We fuxking love that kind of shit. Better still, we had a listen and we were staggered by what we heard. Here was subterranean noise art for the darkened dancefloors of the post-industrial age. In the absence of any further instructions we thought we’d take the liberty of sharing it with you all. See what you reckon.
So, mothers of England, we present you with ‘W A S T E’, a first taste of THE CONGO TAPES and a solemn promise: there’s plenty more where this came from. A whole album’s worth, in fact. They’ll be making live appearances too. Les Ghosts will be playing Bestival and also a very special show at Islington Mill on October 12 where the new album will be spanked out in its entirety. More details to follow. Catch them if you can.
For a free download click [HERE]
Artwork by Will Sharp