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NEW RELEASE Posted 21 Aug 2019

SOOT SPRITE ANNOUNCE NEW 12" EP SHARP TONGUE

Exeter's shoegaze / bedroom pop trio announce their debut full band release! Out 11th Oct on Specialist Subject Records!

Pre-Order available now!

Soot Sprite's last recording 'Comfort In Concrete' (2018) was a home recorded EP that left a lot of us wanting more of songwriter Elise Cook's personal and powerful songwriting. The wait is over! Having joined with Ross Becker (bass) & Matthew Tiller (drums), Soot Sprite is now fuller, deeper and just as vulnerable. We are so excited to be involved in the release of 'Sharp Tongue'!

This EP is comprised of five songs that confront issue of self-esteem, insecurity and difficult social dynamics. "When going through times of heightened anxiety," Cook says, "it's sometimes difficult to recognise that you're your own worst enemy, and I wrote this through feelings of urgency to write and constantly work on music in one way or another whilst comparing myself to my peers and what felt like the impossibly fast world moving around me.

For The Rabbits premiered the first single 'Bleed', "One of the most impressive new tracks we’ve heard all year, wherever the world has been hiding Soot Sprite, they’re not going to stay out of site for long."

You can pre-order 'Sharp Tongue' now, alone or bundled with a tote, for delivery ahead of the 11th October release date. As with all our pre-orders this year, you'll receive free shipping globally! Thanks for your support!


UPCOMING DATES:

23/8 Bridgwater - Cobblestones
25/8 Bristol - Specialist Subject Records All Dayer (Tickets Here)
14/9 Bristol - Breakfest (Tickets Here)

FIND SOOT SPRITE HERE:

https://sootsprite.bandcamp.com/ | https://www.instagram.com/soootsprite/

https://www.facebook.com/sootspritemusic/ | https://twitter.com/soootsprite

SPECIALIST SUBJECT RECOMMENDS Posted 19 Aug 2019

PICKS OF THE WEEK 19/8/2019

ANDREW - Radiator Hospital 'Music For Daydreaming' LP (Salinas, 2019)

"Latest Radiator Hospital, showing off their softer side. Also, Erica is playing a show with Swanning, Cynthia from RH's solo project, on 8th Sept in Manchester." DETAILS HERE



RORY - Booji Boys 'Tube Reducer' LP (Drunker Sailor Records, 2019)

"As well as being one of my favourite current bands, I love telling people they're saying the band name wrong; they're fulfilling my dream of being a real record shop asshole. Plus I love saying Nova Scotia."


ERICA - Press Club 'Wasted Energy' LP (Hassle Records, 2019)

"I'm really feeling this hard hitting Garage Punk from Australia. getting a strong Gits resonance, which is very welcome. On tour in the UK at the end of the month."





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SPECIALIST SUBJECT RECOMMENDS Posted 12 Aug 2019

PICKS OF THE WEEK 12/8/19

Featuring friends from the Exchange Cafe!

ERICA - The Smudjas 'What We Have Is Today' (Legno / Adagio830, 2017)

“Rad punk from Milan. Sick riffs curtesy of Ivana. Pamela’s vocals are satisfying and gruff, on the perfect edge of loose. Great band with loads of energy both live and on record.”


RORY - Powerplant 'People In The Sun' (Dreamland Syndicate / Erste Theke Tonträger, 2019)

“Awesome new-wavey punk from London. Recommended for fans of Institute, Negative Gears, etc.”


CALLUM MCALLISTER (of Toodles & The Hectic Pity) - Mitski ' Bury Me At Make Out Creek' (Dead Oceans, 2014)

“Dead sad and the title is a Simpsons reference”



CHRIS FISHLOCK (of Pokemon Liberation Army) - The Winter Passing 'Double Exposure' (Big Scary Monsters, 2017)

“Beautiful Irish music made by beautiful Irish people.”





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NEW RELEASE Posted 08 Aug 2019

HOVVDY ANNOUNCE

'HEAVY LIFTER' LP

Dreamy, downtempo rock duo from Austin, Texas join with Spesh Sub for their 3rd LP - out 18th Oct!

Watch the lyric video for their first single 'Cathedral'.

We're well pleased to announce our latest release, Hovvdy from Austin, Texas! Hovvdy is a collaboration between drummers / bedroom recording musicians Charlie Martin & Will Tayler. Fuzzy, compelling and lovely, their songwriting styles merge seamlessly into a singular worn-in sound.

'Heavy Lifter' is a split release with Double Double Whammy (US)! Pre-order now and watch / listen to their single 'Cathedral' ... plus catch them out on the wind in the USA over the next months!

The record is available to pre-order now with more info HERE

This is a co-release with the excellent Double Double Whammy from Brooklyn, NY. If you're outside Europe please pick it up from them.

TOUR DATES:

8/23 - Nashville, TN - DRKMTTR *

8/24 - Columbus, OH - Big Room Bar *

8/25 - Milwaukee, WI - The Back Room at Colectivo Coffee *

8/26 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *

8/27 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *

8/29 - Omaha, NE - Reverb Lounge *

8/30 - Columbia, MO - Cafe Berlin *

8/31 - Norman, OK @ Opolis *

9/1 - Denton, TX - Andy's Bar *

10/18 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda ^

10/19 - Dallas, TX @ Ruins +

10/23 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa ^ #

10/25 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle (Back Room) ^ #

10/26 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church ^ #

10/27 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott ^ #

10/29 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade ^ #

10/30 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd ^ #

10/31 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel ^ #

11/1 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor ^ #

11/2 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl ^ #

11/3 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone Cafe ^ #

11/14 - San Diego, CA @ SPACE ^ ~

11/15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge ^ ~

11/16 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord ^ ~

11/18 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza ^ ~

11/19 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Ballroom ^ ~

11/21 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios ^ ~

11/23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court ^ ~

11/24 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge ^ ~

* w/ Lomelda

^ w/ Caroline Says

+ w/ Christelle Bofale

# w/ Kevin Krauter

~ w/ Nick Dorian

hovvdy.com | facebook.com/hovvdy

Twitter @hovvdy2000 | Instagram @hovvdy

Photo by Santiago Dietche

SPECIALIST SUBJECT RECOMMENDS Posted 05 Aug 2019

PICKS OF THE WEEK 5/8/19

ANDREW - Mal Blum 'Pity Boy' LP (Don Giovanni Records, 2019)

"Loving this new Mal Blum album. Reminds me of Jesus and his Judgmental Father who I dearly miss!”



KAY - Gurr 'In My Head' LP (Duchess Box Records, 2016)

"Always find myself going back to this album- especially in the summer! So many pop bangers, and they're fun and full of energy live!"



RORY - V/A 'Flex Your Head' (Dischord Records, 1981)

"Classic compilation of early DC hardcore. My favourite band on this album changes every day. Essential"


ERICA - Rays 'You Can Get There From Here' LP (Trouble In Mind Records, 2018)

"Rays played the Stag a few weeks back on tour from the Bay Area. They've got a real feel good, throw back, jangly, Sonic Youth-esque sound. Really nice folks."





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NEW RELEASE Posted 01 Aug 2019

GARDEN CENTRE ANNOUNCE

'A MOON FOR DIGGING' LP

Brilliant, Brighton, indie pop collective reveal third album with new video for single 'Wide Sea'! 1st November release date, pre-order available now!

Garden Centre are a band that encompass the childish wonder of our every day. On their self titled debut they deconstructed the thoughts and feelings of a friendship group forged in the fires of forgotten spaces. In 2018's followup 'Monster Energy' they tackled energy drink consumption and semi rural exploration. Now, on their new album ‘A Moon For Digging’, they’ve reaffirmed their ability to look at the world a little differently. Conveying simple, starry-eyed narratives with a tentative sense of optimism, Garden Centre’s sweet, playground melodies will urge you to look up from your phone and notice the little things; the hidden things.

The record is available to pre-order now with more info HERE! Like with all of our releases this year, pre-orders get free shipping!

This is a co-release with the fine folks at Kanine Records in New York, if you're outside Europe please pick it up from them.



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SPECIALIST SUBJECT RECOMMENDS Posted 29 Jul 2019

PICKS OF THE WEEK 29/7/2019

ERICA - Petrol Girls 'Cut & Stitch' LP (Hassle Records, 2019)

"I chose Petrol Girls this week thinking about how good it feels to hear people making hard, passionate music and speaking up for truth and justice. I appreciate them."



KAY - Martha 'Courting Strong' Cassette (Dead Broke Rekerds Reissue, 2014)

"The first and my favourite Martha record... in physical format for the price of a download!"



RORY - Failed Flowers S/T Mini LP (25 Diamonds, 2016)

"One of my very favourite LPs of recent years. C86 style indie from Fred Thomas and Anna Burch's short-lived band."



ANDREW - Pedro The Lion 'Control' LP (Jade Tree, 2002)

"Listened to this record for the first time in ages while I was away with Slingshot Dakota & Fresh. It’s so good, every song’s a banger!"




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NEW RELEASE FRIDAY Posted 26 Jul 2019

New Video from Don't Worry

+ August UK Tour Dates

'Mood Swings & Roundabouts' explores some of life's enduring questions through the eyes of a trout.

Don't Worry have a run of UK dates later this August and have given us a lovely DIY music video in anticipation of these summer shows. 'Mood Swings & Roundabouts' is off of their anthemic LP 'Who Cares Anyway?' (2018, Specialist Subject Records). Don't Worry are loved for their distinctly British sensibility, humor and the deft way they navigate anxiety and uncertainty in their lyrics while writing fantastic indie punk bangers.

"Mood Swings & Roundabouts is a song about being aware of the fact you’re getting older, and being concerned about whether or not you’ve taken the right paths and made the right choices in life. Sometimes it can feel like there’s a lot of pressure on people to do certain things, earn certain amounts of money, things like that, but, ultimately, life has to be about getting by and trying to be as happy as you possibly can in your given circumstances. I guess the song is also about the old chestnut of having a love hate relationship with the town you grew up in." Ronan Kehoe


UPCOMING DATES

20/8 - Norwich, Rabbit

21/8 - Liverpool, Craft Taproom

22/8 - Glasgow, Bloc

23/8 - Cheltenham, Frog & Fiddle

24/8 - Exeter, Cavern

25/8 - Bristol, Exchange at the Specialist Subject Records All Dayer

26/8 - Plymouth, The Junction

30/8 - London, The Old Blue Last


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SPECIALIST SUBJECT RECOMMENDS Posted 22 Jul 2019

PICKS OF THE WEEK 22/7/2019

FEATURING MATT OTRIDGE, EXCHANGE DIRECTOR!

KAY - Toodles & The Hectic Pity 'Call In Sick' LP (Invisible Llama Records, 2017)

"One of the bands I'm most looking forward to playing at our All Dayer on 25th August. Can't wait to hear their new EP!"



MATT - Pup 'Morbid Stuff' LP (Little Dipper, 2019)

“I don’t know. I like them. They’re playing a gig in November and you can get a ticket right here in this shop.”


ERICA - Songs: Ohia "The Magnolia Electric Co." 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition LP (Secretly Canadian, 2013 Reissue)

“Jason Molina wrote such painfully pretty and sad songs. This record gives me so much emotion.”



RORY - Sudor 'Causa General' LP (Beat Generation, 2019)

“Proper primitive punk album from the Madrid hardcore legends on the awesome Beat Generation label.”


ANDREW - Cagework S/T LP (Phys Ed Recs, 2019)

"Amazing new album from our good mate Sam Bedford (who you may know from American Enthusiasm / Selfish Son). Great noisy pop!"




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2 YEAR BRISTOL ANNIVERSARY ALL DAYER 25 AUG Posted 17 Jul 2019

SPECIALIST SUBJECT RECORDS ALL DAYER 2019

Excellent Bands! Cosmic Misery DJs! Vegan BBQ! Karaoke Afterparty!
We're so happy to be a part of the Bristol community! We absolutely love it here and are so happy to throw this party!
Get your tickets! We want to celebrate with YOU!

It's coming up to two years since we opened our record shop on the first floor of the Exchange. We've worked with bands from Bristol, across the UK and around the world and put out nearly 20 releases since Summer 2017. We've been open seven days a week (most weeks) from 12-6 everyday and we love our regulars so much. Our Christmas parties have been legendary (who could forget the Jesus and His Judgemental Father/Fleetwood Mac cover set?!) and we've loved putting on loads of big gigs and intimate in-stores with great bands. This All Dayer will cap off the launch week for the new Exchange basement venue. We're happy here.

GET YOUR TICKETS Right Here, Right Now! Collect at the Door...
... and if you fancy, we're making shirts and totes with this Specialist Subject Records shop illustration by Sophie Wright. Available here to buy alone or in a discounted bundle with your ticket to the All Dayer.

Have a listen to the bands playing on either Bandcamp (free/donation download) or Spotify. Songs by Onsind! WOAHNOWS! Witching Waves! Erica Freas Music! Charmpit! Don't Worry! Crumbs! Garden Centre! Katie Malco! ME REX! El Morgan and the Divers! Toodles & the Hectic Pity!



ON TOUR! Posted 16 Jul 2019

SLINGSHOT DAKOTA & FRESH

Midway through their tour, these dreamy punks gave us an update from the road.
They play Manchester tonight!

Specialist Subject Records: Do you have any hot takes?
Kathryn: Every day on tour should have a mandatory nap built in.
Carly: Slingy D is best described as “shit band no songs.”
George: Sure is a hot one huh?!


SPS: How’s tour so far?
K: Wonderful.
C: Tour has been incredible so far. Fresh & Andrew & Kay have been taking the best care of us!
G: So much fun!


SPS: Have you played with any cool bands that you'd never heard of before?
C: Every support band has been the best: Søft, Solution Hours & Rosehip Teahouse
G: Søft were so great.
K: Søft.


SPS: How was 2000 Trees?
G: It was the best. I got to meet Andy Williams from Every Time I Die and watch them play Hot Damn, hang out with my friends in Free Throw, pretend to be a roadie, rep a rose wine company and eat Beckies Bajhis!

SPS: What’s been the best food on tour?
C: The best tour food has been all of the homemade food from Andrew & Kay!!! Especially the Mac & Cheese.
K: Andrew’s homemade vegan pancakes, and the BBQ that we had last night.
G: Beer.


SPS: Where are you excited about playing this week?
K: I’m excited for Manchester, The Scotland shows and Leeds!
C: We are excited to go back to Leeds, the scene of Toms accident! Also stoked to go back to JT Soar as a full band since I had to play solo due to Toms accident.
G: Scotland is always fun.


SPS: What are you listening to in the van?
G: Tom Petty!
C: Mostly Tom Petty and the “Fresh Podcast” aka Jack/Myles/Kathryn chatting vividly in the back seat.
K: Each other!


SPS: Who’s doing the most farts?
K: It’s usually Myles but Carly is the champion thus far.
G: Carly.
C: Me.

Catch these beautiful freaks at any of these shows over the next week:

16/07 - Gullivers, Manchester
EVENT: http://bit.ly/2VwxL0B
TICKETS: http://bit.ly/2DGKOme

17/07 - Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh
EVENT: http://bit.ly/2V52Gli
TICKETS: http://bit.ly/2INfZAo

18/07 - Bloc, Glasgow
EVENT: http://bit.ly/2DBqqTk
FREE ENTRY

19/07 - Wharf Chambers, Leeds
EVENT: http://bit.ly/2DEZZw0
TICKETS: http://bit.ly/2GKgNlU

20/07 - The Flapper, Birmingham
EVENT: http://bit.ly/2vt6vBy
TICKETS: http://bit.ly/2IZwDvS

21/07 - Exchange, Bristol - Matinee 2pm!
EVENT: http://bit.ly/2DDdpZA
TICKETS: http://bit.ly/2LarrrR

SPECIALIST SUBJECT RECOMMENDS Posted 15 Jul 2019

PICKS OF THE WEEK 15/7/2019

FEATURING 3 RANDOM GUESTS OFF THE STREET!

RORY - Fried Egg 'Square One' LP (Feel It Records, 2019)

"Awesome old school hardcore from Virginia. I’m really enjoying almost every record ‘Feel It’ have put out this year, but this may be my favourite.”


KAY - Control Top 'Covert Contracts' LP (Get Better Records, 2019)

“Up there with my top releases of the year. Brilliant driving queer post punk with a hardcore edge.”



TOM LEE OF MANCHESTER - John K. Samson 'Winter Wheat' LP (Epitaph, 2016)

"Poetic and heartbreaking."


CHRIS FISHLOCK OF BRISTOL - Antarctigo Vespucci 'The Essential AV Volume One' LP (Asian Man Records, 2018)

"Best pop tunes ever written. Boom"



MAX COLE OF BRISTOL - Oathbreaker 'Rheia' LP (Deathwish , 2016)

"Beautiful and harrowing in equal measure."


ERICA - Waxahatchee 'Out in the Storm' LP (Merge, 2017)

"The reclamation of self written into this record makes me feel strong. A masterful release from the American indie band."