Debut Throwing Stuff Album ‘Fit, Fine & Well’ Pre-Order

We’re really excited to bring you the debut album from Throwing Stuff! This is hardcore at it’s finest and is sure to be a contender for album of the year. The album is out on the 7th April in time for MPF2017 and the bands tour with Clowns. We have t-shirts and tote bags available exclusively for the pre-order!

The first 25 vinyl pre-orders will get a limited edition record with the b-side spray painted. Be quick or you will miss out! Pre-order the album HERE. Check out an album track on bandcamp HERE.

Throwing Stuff are a four-piece hardcore punk band based out of Manchester, England by way of London and Liverpool. Taking influence from the likes of Minor Threat, Paint it Black and Cold Ones, they play a fast, thrashy, no-nonsense punk that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but won’t shy away from the serious issues.

Fit, Fine & Well is Throwing Stuff’s debut LP. The title comes from the final line of the album closer, Father’s Day. A song about vocalist Ben’s experiences coping with his dad’s terminal, stage four brain tumour over the last year. Throughout his dad’s life, “fit, fine and well” has been the stock response to anyone who asked him how he was. Eighteen months on from diagnosis and two operations later, he still says he’s “fit, fine and well” as he battles what’s going on his head. Father’s Day is as honest and raw as Throwing Stuff have ever been lyrically, unrelenting and intense in the two minutes it lasts.

“I Know What’s Best”, a song about Ben’s mental health struggles in the last year, and Hangxiety, a thrashy number on the anxiety-ridden perils of getting battered, continue the Throwing Stuff’s more bleak, introspective shift compared to their earlier material.

When they’re not dabbling with doom and gloom, Throwing Stuff are usually angry about something. Whether that’s the trade in rhino horns (The Hunter), David Cameron’s leadership (We Wrote This Song Before David Cameron Resigned), the pitfalls of evolution (Whatever Made You Think that Paper Was So Valuable?) or genocide (The Butcher).

Due for release on April 7th, just in time for their trip around the UK with Aussie punk n’ rollers, Clowns, Fit, Fine & Well is a collection of songs that span almost the entire existence of the band, from the first practice right up to the studio floor.

Pre-order the album HERE.

Upcoming shows:
21st April – Manchester Punk Festival. Sound Control, Manchester
23rd April – The Lughole, Sheffield (with Clowns)
24th April – Maguires, Liverpool (with Clowns)
25th April – The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich (with Clowns)
26th April – The Junction, Plymouth (with Clowns)
27th April – Quadrant, Brighton (with Clowns)
28th April – Urban Bar, London (with Clowns)

New Black Volvo Album ‘Bad Driving’ – Pre-order Now

It is our pleasure to bring you the second album from Dutch punk rockers Black Volvo. The album is available on vinyl (pink and black) as well as CD. We have very limited stock of the pink vinyl so don’t hang around if you want one!

Head to our webstore to pick up a copy!

Black Volvo continue to blow us away with their fat riffs and all round catchy tunes. With thick riffs, loud bass, solid drums and catchy songs you need to wrap your ears around Black Volvo. Their live shows are entertaining, loud and always played with a laugh.

You can listen to the album track ‘Hanging Johnny’ on our page here: Bandcamp

‘Bad Driving’ was recorded by Tim at Big Dog Recordings in Antwerp. Black Volvo said “the recording sessions where so much fun! And that is what you will hear when you put the record on, 17 punkrock songs to bang your head to and leave you with a smile on your face! We can’t wait to play you all the new songs!”

These songs will easily turn into huge sing-alongs live. Party hard and fists in the air! Bring serpentines!

Head to our webstore to pick up a copy!

“crammed full with insanely catchy riffs that really do cross the genres; punk at its core with but metal elements and a sprinkling of glam vocals…” – Louder Than War

You can catch Black Volvo on tour in the UK in March. Here are the gigs they have coming up:

10-03-2017 – OJC Solution / Hillegom

17-03-2017 – Gebr. de Nobel / Leiden – RELEASE SHOW

22-03-2017 – The Lady Luck / Canterbury (UK)

23-03-2017 – Santiago’s / Leeds (UK)

24-03-2017 – Maguires Pizza Bar / Liverpool (UK)

25-03-2017 – Star & Garter / Manchester (UK)

26-03-2017 – The Smokehouse / Ipswich (UK)

08-04-2017 – JVC de Schuit / Katwijk

26-05-2017 – Patronaat / Haarlem

09-06-2017 – The Wagon & Horses / Birmingham (UK)

10-06-2017 – Private / Manchester (UK)

17-06-2017 – CAB03 / Leiden

29-09-2017 – TBC (UK)

30-09-2017 – Wotsit Called Fest / Hastings (UK)

Head to our webstore to pick up a copy!

www.blackvolvo.nl

TNS January Sale!

We have some big plans for 2017. We already have loads of releases lined up and we’re really excited about how the year is shaping up. But this means that we need clear some storage space and get funds together to pay for the pressing. So we are having a massive January sale.

We have loads of TNSrecords releases reduced by up to 75% in the sale section of the webstore. You can also now get 20% off everything in the webstore using the code ‘tnsjansale17‘ right up to the end of January.

As always, all money raised from the sale will go straight back into the label and help us put out some great underground punk records. Without your support we couldn’t keep doing what we do.

If you could help spread the word that would be really appreciated!

A Year In The Life Of TNSrecords – 2016

It’s that time of year when people start writing their reviews of the year. It’s been a fairly busy old year for TNS so we thought we’d take the opportunity to recap what has probably been our most successful year to date.

It’s safe to say we started it as we meant to go on. With complete chaos. We hosted a New Year’s Eve party at Gulliver’s in Manchester. Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man went onstage at 11.30, then stopped at 11.55 for everyone to have a complimentary shot of Jagermeister (cheers Steffi Price) before bursting into a suitably ramshackle version of Auld Lang Syne, before finishing the remainder of the set. It’s safe to say that human pyramids and walls of death are a great way to start any year.

We were back at Gulliver’s later that month for our last TNS gig for the forseeable future. It was a TNS all-dayer, headlined by Faintest Idea. After our 10 Year Anniversary gig in 2014 we had decided to get others involved (our good friends at Moving North and Anarchistic Undertones) and use the April date we had traditionally used for the TNS birthday gig for Manchester Punk Festival. Whilst MPF is something we are exceptionally proud of it’s also a ridiculous amount of work. We realised that evening that we were definitely spreading ourselves too thin by trying to do everything. For the same reasons that our zine is currently in hiatus and that our podcast is infrequent right now, something else had to give.

We felt that by putting the TNS gigs into hiatus we would have more time to spend on the label and MPF, so as we were packing up after the gig we decided a break was needed. It was a hard decision, but we’re sure we will be back one day and Manchester certainly isn’t short of amazing punk promoters. We’re not sure we are really even leaving a gap. We want putting on a gig to be something we’re excited about rather than something that is forced. Quite simply, you just can’t do everything. We all have so many amazing memories from the 12 years of TNS gigs and for that reason, we certainly think this is an extended break rather than stopping forever. We’ll see.

As well as being the last band to play a TNS gig, Faintest Idea were also our first release of a busy year. ‘Increasing The Minimum Rage’ is their third TNS album and their finest release to date, showcasing their two-tone infused street ska sound perfectly. Many positive reviews followed and their live shows are attracting more and more people every time. 2017 could be a huge year for them.

2016 also saw us releasing new full length albums for Stoj Snak, Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man, Wonk Unit and Pizzatramp. We also had a couple of collectively released 7”s from Matilda’s Scoundrels and Shot! as well as continuing to release the Wonk Unit back catalogue on vinyl for the first time. Their second album, ‘Trolleys – Thank You’ was our second of the reissues series. Our very good friend from Denmark, Stoj Snak released his Screamer/Songwriter album. This is folk punk at its very best! We are delighted he’s going to be playing at MPF in 2017.

‘Colossal Velocity’ by Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man was the bands third on the label. It also received a fantastic critical response (it was the first TNS release to be reviewed in Kerrang!, getting a great 4K review). Clocking in 17 tracks in just over 20 minutes you’d expect fast and angry music, you’d be right!

Wonk Unit have had an absolutely incredible year, with many tours, including playing huge venues alongside Slaves. Their ‘Mr Splashy’ album is an instant classic, combining punk, indie, ska and many other sounds to make a truly original sound. We can’t wait to see what 2017 holds for this band as they continue to tour constantly.

Pizzatramp are a new band to the TNS roster. We saw them for the first time this year and were blown away by their fast, aggressive and riff driven punk rock. We are so happy to have added them to the TNS family. Again, next year could be huge for these guys.

We also co-released a couple of excellent 7”s for bands that were new to the label. Matilda’s Scoundrels play superb folk punk and are currently recording their debut album. London’s Shot! play an awesome and distinctive blend of hardcore and punk n’ roll. Both bands will also be gracing the MPF stages in 2017.

We have also continued to distro music and zines from all over the world. It’s certainly not just about our own releases. We have some amazing music in the distro right now. Due to time and money restraints we can’t release every band we love but hopefully we can help a few more people to hear their music.

In April we had the second ever Manchester Punk Festival. We were absolutely over the moon that it sold out ahead of the festival. It really couldn’t have gone much better. Every band had a great crowd and everyone seemed to have an incredible time. It was amazing seeing DIY bands playing to huge audiences. It really is awesome what can be achieved when like-minded people work together, pooling their resources and ideas. We are well on with plans for 2017.

Next year’s MPF is set to be even bigger and better. It absolutely blows our minds that we have booked bands like Paint It Black and Strike Anywhere. Not only are these legendary bands that we are huge fans of, they are also bands who really get the DIY ethos of the festival. The future of MPF is something we are incredibly excited by. We hope you can join us in 2017.

The DIY scene in general seems to be going from strength to strength. We’ve all been to/played so many amazing gigs this year and there are absolutely incredible individual scenes in so many places. It’s so cool to see how many people are supporting DIY bands, gigs and labels. Long may it continue! We were going to make a list of small gigs and festivals people should check out but that would do a disservice to any that we miss. Just find out what local gigs are happening near you, get out and support them. You will not be disappointed.

We have so much planned for 2017 already. We already have several releases already lined up that you will hear about very soon. We really hope you can join us for a huge party at MPF.

In February/March we’ll be doing a big TNS showcase tour with Wonk Unit, Roughneck Riot, Revenge Of… and Faintest Idea playing a series of dates across the UK. In the true spirit of DIY gigs we believe that every band on the bill should be supported. So we won’t be announcing the running orders until the gig actually starts. Get down early. It’s all going to be a lot of fun. We hope you can join us for the ride.

TNS would like to say a massive thanks to every single person who has supported what we do over the past 12 months. We really couldn’t exist without you. We do all this in our spare time alongside full time jobs. So many people help out with what we do. We hope you know how much we appreciate your time and effort.

Please keep supporting DIY music. Every single sale makes a difference to a label like TNS. Every single person through the door at a DIY event makes it viable for that event to happen.

TNSrecords Tour 2017

We are really excited to add three new dates to the 2017 TNS Tour. Unfortunately Roughneck Riot are unable to play the new dates, but will still be playing all of the other previously announced dates.

Revenge of the Psychotronic Man, Wonk Unit and Faintest Idea will be playing at Cellar Bar in Stafford on Friday 3rd March and in Banbury on Sunday 5th March.

Revenge Of… and Faintest Idea will also be playing The Underground in Plymouth on Saturday 4th March.

Tickets will be available from the individual venues. There will also be local support acts. We will also be putting a limited edition tour 7″ and tour t-shirts on sale soon.

Find out more on the facebook event.

Friday 24th February – The Portland Arms, Cambridge
https://www.facebook.com/events/1825488631063213/
Saturday 25th February – Camden Underworld, London
https://www.facebook.com/events/1684104831615335/
Friday 3rd March – Cellar Bar, Stafford (No Roughneck Riot)
Saturday 4th March (No Wonk Unit/Roughneck Riot)
Sunday 5th March (No Roughneck Riot)
Friday 10th March – Think Tank, Newcastle
Saturday 11th March – Redd Suite, Dundee
Sunday 12th March – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh
https://www.facebook.com/events/1652172605094198/
Friday 17th March – The Maze, Nottingham
https://www.facebook.com/events/292805051114695/
Saturday 18th March – The Exchange, Bristol
https://www.facebook.com/events/1107345489385683/
http://www.exchangebristol.com/whats-on/events/18-mar-17-fishstock-2017-exchange/

The Kirkz Christmas Album Charity Fundraiser

It’s been ten years since The Kirkz unleashed their Christmas album on the world. I don’t think there is a Christmas that goes past since without “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” getting a spin. To mark this anniversary we thought this would be a good opportunity to release the album as a ‘pay what you want’ download to raise money for charity.

Sit back and contemplate that you live in a world where this album can be made and released on CDR then 10 years later as a digital download. What a time to be alive! Please head to our bandcamp to help us raise money for the charity Ollies Army – olliesarmy.co.uk

The rest of this was written by Max from the Kirkz. But we’re sure you didn’t need us to tell you…

“Ten whole years. A decade of wonderment since The Kirkz left a sparkling and indelible mark on the Season with “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”.

Previously known simply for being Cheshire East’s most dangerous band, here we saw a different side to the Kirkz. A magical tale unfolds of kindness and redemption, generosity of spirit and warmth of heart set against the snowy backdrop of a remarkable Macclesfield Christmas. At its core is the central theme of good vs evil, as timeless as Christmas and The Kirkz themselves. The album is notable also for forecasting the global financial crisis which would have gripped the world a mere 12 months later.

So join our four heroes to relive those 1st jolly steps outside on Christmas Eve and be transported to a simpler time, when our chestnuts were permanently roasting on an open fire.

God bless you and God bless THE KIRKZ.

The Kirkz and TNS are proud to present this download to you on a pay what you want basis. If you do choose to offer money then 100% of all received is being donated to registered charity Ollies Army. This will help in the fight against Batten Disease, a rare but terrible condition and help ensure that little Ollie and his sister get the very most out of this and every Christmas they can.
olliesarmy.co.uk

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TNSrecords Tour 2017

We have just announced a showcase tour in February and March next year. We are taking Wonk Unit, Faintest Idea, Roughneck Riot and Revenge of the Psychotronic Man on the road across the UK to a town near you.

We wanted to put together a lineup that showcased the diverse range of sounds on the label (and in the DIY punk rock scene in general). We also wanted to bring together a lineup of some of the bands we have been working with for many years and who are some of the most active bands in the DIY scene right now. These bands are all involved in booking their own gigs and supporting DIY music alongside their own live commitments.

With the help of their good friends at Our Bookings, TNSrecords are proud to announce the following dates:
Friday 24th February – The Portland Arms, Cambridge
Saturday 25th February – Camden Underworld, London
Friday 10th March – Think Tank, Newcastle
Saturday 11th March – Redd Suite, Dundee
Sunday 12th March – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh
Friday 17th March – The Maze, Nottingham
Saturday 18th March – The Exchange, Bristol

In the spirit of the DIY scene, we won’t be announcing the running orders of the gigs until the night of the event. We want to encourage crowds to check out bands they may already love and bands they may be less familiar with. TNS believes in supporting gigs from the start to the finish and checking out new music wherever possible.

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Here is an introduction to the bands on the TNS tour:
Faintest Idea are a band who featured on TNSrecords’ very first release, which was a 20 track compilation CD. They have since released three fantastic full length albums. This years ‘Increasing The Minimum Rage’ is probably their best to date. They bring together infectious two-tone ska and politically fuelled street punk and are guaranteed to have you dancing. They are truly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting ska bands around.
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Roughneck Riot have built a reputation as one of Europes finest live acts after relentlessly touring for the past few years. With a banjo, a mandolin and an accordion alongside your traditional punk instruments, they have really nailed the folk-punk sound and they will blast out a set list which offers one infectious anthem after another.
Wonk Unit are one of the most exciting bands in punk rock right now. Fresh from touring with Slaves, they are beginning to fill venues across Europe and the USA at their own headline gigs. They offer a truly eclectic sound that borrows from indie, punk and ska and much, much more. Their 2016 ‘Mr Splashy’ album is getting rave reviews from the underground press and more mainstream publications. They also host ‘Wonk Fest’, which is one of the highlights of the punk rock calendar.
Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man play fast… very fast. Bassist, Andy co-runs TNS and like Faintest Idea they featured on the very first compilation and have released three critically acclaimed albums on the label. These including this years Alan Partridge referencing ‘Colossal Velocity’. You can expect human pyramids, walls of death and wheelbarrow walls of death. The possibilities are endless.
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We hope you are as excited by this lineup as we are. We truly believe that these are four of the most exciting bands in the UK right now and we hope you can make it out to see some of these dates. We have many more awesome bands on the label and hope that this will be the start of many more TNS tours.
Tickets and info about local supports available from individual venues/promoters. We will post the individual events as soon as we have them.
TNS release bundles will be available at all gigs.

Pizzatramp Join The TNS Family – Pre-order New Album Now

We are very excited to announce that Welsh trash punks Pizzatramp have joined the TNSrecords family!  We also have their new album ‘Blowing Chunks’ available from our webstore now!

As soon as we heard their music online we had to see them live. When we finally saw them in all their glory they certainly didn’t disappoint, with a high energy action packed live show that has been exciting punk rock audiences all over the UK. This is fast as fuck, riff fuelled thrash punk, delivered with a swagger. It doesn’t piss about.

‘Blowing Chunks’ is their best recorded material to date, building on the success of their previous EPs and adding even bigger riffs and even more energy. Basically they are your new favourite band and they will be coming to a town or city near you very soon to drink all your booze.

The album is out on CD on the 11th November with the vinyl coming a month later. We have bundles for both CD and vinyl that include t-shirts and trucker caps!

Pre-orders are really appreciated. They help us keep the record label going.

Pre-order the album:
Vinyl: https://bit.ly/2dZp07t
CD: https://bit.ly/2e0glUv
T-shirt & Cap Bundle: https://bit.ly/2dZpEC4
Bandcamp: https://bit.ly/2evDBdM

Check them out on Facebook

Wonk Unit ‘Mr Splashy’ – Pre-order Now

Wonk Unit! Everyone’s excited, yes? We are very proud to be bring you the latest album from Wonk Unit. You can pre-order your copy from our webstore now. It is available on both CD and Vinyl. The album is out on the 23rd Sept and we will be shipping that week.

Get your copy NOW!

This is what Jonny Takeaway has to say about Wonk Unit.

“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?

Well, you should if you are ignorant of the air, leanings and grandeur of Wonk Unit, London’s improbable heroes. Heroes of community, of politics and melody.

Champions of Wonkfest, the ever growing London festival that is key to the punk rock calendar. Yes, punk rock. Individual, ironic, poignant and occasionally wistful, Wonk Unit deliver “Mr Splashy” in your ears and it resonates in a contemporary way, legitimizing the mantra of “21st century punks”.
My mate Sean brought home the latest Descendents effort on vinyl recently and spun a few tunes. My reaction?“This sounds like Wonk Unit”. Case closed.

Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? Honk If You Wonk.”

Tell me you’re not excited! Don’t hang about. We have a limited amount of some of the colour variations.

Pick up a copy HERE.

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Pre-order The New Shot 7″ Now

We have a brand new 7″ for you. We are very excited to welcome London’s Shot to the TNS family. We are joining forces with loads of awesome labels for this release. We will be shipping mid August. We don’t have loads of copies so be quick to make sure you don’t miss out.

Politically distressed/Pissed up Punk Rock n’ Roll from the hard knock pits of London, SHOT have gained nothing but momentum and respect since their inception in 2012, with their self titled EP under their belt and their debut album being released in 2014 which consisted of 13 tracks of politically charged punk rock that maintains the anarchist sentiment.

SHOT are now ready to release their 2nd EP on 7″ titled ‘The Masquerade Of Wolves’ which is much heavier and harder than before and manages to encapsulated the anger and contempt this band have towards the state.

Be sure to keep an eye out for SHOT they frequent the autonomous spaces of London, raising funds for grass roots radical causes and also tearing up venues across the city of London, UK and Europe.

Check them out on facebook HERE.

You can catch SHOT live at:

09/06 HOLLAND MINI TOUR – DEN HAAG
10/06 HOLLAND MINI TOUR – GRONINGEN
11/06 HOLLAND MINI TOUR – BREMEN
12/06 HOLLAND MINI TOUR – LEEUWARDEN
13/06 HOLLAND MINI TOUR – ROTTERDAM/BELGIUM TBC
17/06 BRISTOL PUNX PICNIC
18/06 SOUTH WALES TBC
04/08 REBELLION FESTIVAL
26/08 FUK REDDIN FESTIVAL
03/09 BIRMINGHAM PUNX PICNIC
09/09 BERLIN (GER)
10/09 PRAGUE (CZ)
11/09 JENA (GER)
13/10 CANTERBURY
14/10 TBC
15/10 GATESHEAD
16/10 BIRMINGHAM