Last week I wrote about a fine duo called Brown Brogues. I sent them what I had written, and now I get to write about their new EP because they are gentlemen. I’m unsure if I can write anything to truly do this EP justice, but I’m taking a break from what I should be doing (job hunting) and giving it a damn good go.

Zoloto is the name of the EP and it is out on 19th April. Yes that it on Record Store Day; the greatest day of the year for sure. The first 100 copies of Zoloto will come with a 7″ reissue of their first EP, Nobody Dies In Paris. It is honestly worth waking up incredibly early to queue up for it. You’ll have nothing else to do anyway. Most important day of the year, remember that. The word “Zoloto” means “gold” in Russian. It is also an acronym for “Remember, one day people will leave you alone” in prison tattoos.

Getting Caned In The Face With An Ashtray is my favourite track off the EP. If you listen to it carefully, it should remind you slightly of that other duo I adore- The Kills. Some parts of it just remind me of some songs off their last record, Blood Pressures. I guess I’m just in awe of duos and how much delightful noise they can make. You know I said that Brown Brogues were decadently brilliant? Well, Zoloto truly shows that decadent sound as brutal and as brave as ever. If you listen to this EP and you aren’t wanting to break stuff and tear down the walls, then you’ve probably got shit stuck in your ears.

The EP is only 15 minutes long, but you’ve got punchy tracks like Shit In Your Eye and My Birthday which are underground anthems in the making. These songs are going to make fans go nuts when they hear them live. My Birthday is a ferocious gem that I really cannot get enough of. Pretty sure if Joey Ramone was alive he’d be salivating over this track and wishing he wrote it. The EP is made up of 4 songs that have been created to melt your face, shatter your eardrums and to make your body move in an obscure fashion. If this EP is going to be the first thing many hear by Brown Brogues, then they will more than likely be losing their mind over it. I don’t understand how you couldn’t. How can 4 songs sound this GOOD? Never doubt Brown Brogues, ever. They are a band that are evidently going to be around for a long time making this kind of pleasant noise their own way.

Zoloto is pretty much one of the best things to have happened to music this year. To deny the talent that Ben and Mark have would be extremely foolish of you, so on Record Store Day- head down to your local record store and buy this EP. Go home and play it as loud as you like.

Zoloto will be released via Stolen Body Records.

Also, Brown Brogues will be supporting The Young Knives this month on tour. Brown Brogues will also being doing an EXTREMELY special show at the Soup Kitchen in Manchester on 3rd May with Murkage. Both bands will play their set followed by a set together. Tickets are £5 and you can buy them here:

Garbage & Marissa Paternoster-Because The Night.


Yes I dislike covers, but only when they are done in a mundane fashion. If you’re going to take someone elses work, then please do something to change it slightly. Add something to it. I don’t know what, but blow people’s minds. You have the power to do so, so you should.

So, with my dislike for covers those that are familiar with the best day of the year, RECORD STORE DAY will be aware of some of the releases that are coming out. I’ve got my eyes (and hopefully hands) on The Horrors/Toys split release. Looks good. However, there’s one in particular that got my attention more than others.

Patti Smith is my ultimate idol, closely followed by Shirley Manson. Basically, I have a thing for women who aren’t afraid to speak up and use their voices for the greater good. Oh, and they also make insanely beautiful music. No days have gone by where I haven’t listened to Garbage or Patti Smith. I just have to. That’s all there is to it.

Most are familiar with Patti’s cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Because The Night. Probably the best love song of all time? Oh go on then. Some have covered it and butchered it. There was a truly awful dance version of it some time ago. I wanted to do a Van Gogh; it was that bad. Then you have some who cover it and bring back the beauty and purity in it. They nail it. They bring it back to perfection.

Record Store Day sees the release of Garbage and Marissa Paternoster’s (Screaming Females. Listen to them. They are a brilliant rock band) cover of Because The Night. The live clips I have seen are out of this world. But my favourite has to be from Garbage’s show in New York at Terminal 5 from this Friday just gone.

Marissa is THE best guitarist around right now. No doubt about it. She has such a distinctive voice that goes so well with Shirley’s. You can see why both bands have come together to do this release. They just work so well together. One can only hope they do more.

When your hero covers a song by one of your heroes and makes it just as beautiful, it makes you proud. Makes you proud to not just a music lover, but proud to love both bands. Everything about their cover is all kinds of wonderful. The way Shirl and Marissa look at each whilst singing this is gorgeous. You can see how Shirl has taken Marissa under her wig, and in time will probably be just as empowering as her. She’s probably already there to be honest.

Anyway, go to your local record store on Record Store Day (20th April) and buy this. Buy some others too. Support your local record store, always.


Record Store Day: The Greatest Day Of The Year.

Tomorrow is my favourite day of the year. Most would regard Christmas or their Birthday as their favourite day of the year, I don’t. I class Record Store Day as THE best day of the year and the most important. I love music more than I can express. It is an obsession, and it is one I will never apologise for having. Record Store Day means the world to me because it gives me hope.

You see, we live in a world where we must have things NOW. We no longer take our time. Nobody has patience. Nobody seeks pleasure in waiting. I do. I feel that there is nothing better than waiting for something, then finally having it in your hands. I do not see the appeal of downloading music. Legally or illegally. Illegally downloading fucking pisses me off no end. But that’s another topic entirely, I could rant about that until my mouth dried up and my tongue fell off. It really gets to me. Another reason as to why Record Store Day is so vital.

The thing is if you download you are missing out. You are depriving yourself of having beautiful artwork in your hands as you lay on your bed listening to the songs. With a record you get that wonderful background noise- you do not get that from downloading. A record is so personal. You really hear every layer of the song so clearly. You feel part of it; you truly connect with the song and band.

Last week, whilst at my mum’s I went through some of my records. I played a record by The Fall on my record player. Every word coming out of Mark E Smith’s mouth was falling into my ears so crystal clear. I felt like I was part of the song. Every instrument was coming through the speakers so clearly, with a crisp sound that you cannot get from a download.

My heart would truly break if they ever stopped making records. Some of the records I own just sound so pure that way, I an’t ever imagine downloading them. It just seems ridiculous. I’d say I’m on my own with this idea- but those who feel the same are probably over the age of 50, again- I am okay with that. I was brought up with that familiar crackling sound. To get me to sleep at night my mum would play this wonderful psychedelic 60s record she had. I was in awe of what I was hearing, I used to pretend I couldn’t sleep just so I could hear the songs. My mum used to play Jefferson Airplane a lot, and when she played White Rabbit she would sing along with Grace Slick and move like Kate Bush. Thing is, she caught on that I just wanted to hear the songs- so she’d play the record over and over until I drifted off.

I’m a sucker for buying 7″ singles. A few months ago I was in a market that had a tiny record stall. I went through a section that called out my name, “Punk and others.” I flicked through. There was about 5 by The Jesus And Mary Chain. I picked them all up and bought them. Hearing their distorted sound through a record player made me appreciate the band even more. That fuzzy sound with lyrics of utter darkness caused me to go back to the first time I heard them, and to feel something more intense. I seek that feeling in everything I listen to. If I don’t feel that way, I won’t enjoy it. I guess it’s because I’m someone who firmly believes- if you heart isn’t in it, then it isn’t right/don’t do it. There’s too much passion in my bones and I have no idea what I am supposed to do.

My life revolves around Music. I find it to be an amazing force that brings people together. There is nothing better than turning to a complete stranger at a gig and knowing they are feeling the same way as you. Such heightened feelings just make you so glad to be alive. I feel, with Record Store Day, it does the same thing. People will go for miles to go to a specific store to get a certain record that is coming out especially. The bond you get is just priceless and something that deserves to have its own day. When a band you love put something special out for this one day, it is a truly magical thing. The band that you obsess over and dream about..when you buy that special release they put out- you feel as if you’re part of something irreplaceable and, you wait another 365 days to get that feeling back.

I have a few records that I have never played. I own one of my favourite songs on 7″. A rare copy of The Model by Kraftwerk. If you ever meet my mum, she’ll probably tell you about my obsession with that song when I was a baby. I used to dance in my nappy to this song and dance with my dog. It was the first song I remember hearing. When I saw it for sale, I just had to have it. I’ve never played it though.

I used to DJ when I was 14/15, and I think that is truly where my love for records really kicked in. I used to be in awe of my Uncle’s record collection, and he’s responsible for my love of Punk and The Jesus And Mary Chain. I used to spend Christmas being in awe of his collection just wishing I had them all. I’ll never have that many records, but still. I’m 25- I’ve got many years to carry on collecting.

Wherever you are in the world tomorrow please make sure you support the nearest record store. Buy something, and treasure it for life. Go home, and play it over and over. Lose yourself in the music and allow your ears to hear something so vital. Allow your body to tremble from the sounds. Most importantly, fall in love with your favourite band all over again, and in a different way.

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Keep music alive- buy a record.