Revenge of the Psychotronic Man announce split!

After pushing 14 years and well over 500 gigs, 4 albums and numerous splits/EPs/7”s Revenge of the Psychotronic Man have come to a big decision. We’ve had an unbelievable run but we collectively have realised that our time as a band is coming to an end.

Trying to do this alongside full-time work and numerous other commitments has been exhausting. We leave this knowing we have given absolutely everything we could. Doing around 50 gigs a year and ensuring we record and release as often as possible has taken its toll. We have got to a point where we have realised that this is affecting relationships with friends/family/partners and, significantly at times, mental health. There have been occasions where we were practising 2/3 times a week, then gigging all weekend and trying to squeeze work/TNSrecords/Manchester Punk Festival/MBBP in alongside it all. We guess we can’t do all of that forever. We would never want something we have prioritised and loved so, so much to become a chore. But we could never do this half-heartedly either – this is worth way more than that.

We have so many awesome gigs booked (including a handful that we haven’t announced yet) and we have absolutely no intention of letting anyone down. We also want to go out on a good run as it’s probably what we will remember all this by the most. So, we will be doing all the gigs we have booked (and maybe a couple more). They will be our tightest and most passionate performances ever, they simply must be. We will then wrap it all up with a final Manchester gig in November/December. Everything we can announce atm is listed below.

We have genuinely not thought about what comes after that. But this isn’t a hiatus. Maybe we’ll want to come back to it in the future, maybe not, we will see where our lives take us individually. At the moment none of us really want to think about that, but if it happens it certainly won’t be any time soon. It quite possibly will be never.

We will be releasing one last record too. It will have selected tracks from our last three albums plus some rarities and unreleased stuff. More news to follow on that soon.

There are so many people to thank that we’re not going to attempt it right now. We have been truly humbled by our experience and it’s safe to say that the DIY music scene is in a much healthier position than it was 14 years ago. What a community we have, it’s so heart-warming. It’s impossible to overstate how honoured we are to have played a small part in that. We can’t list everyone we want to thank here, that would be ridiculous, but we’d like to acknowledge the contribution of past members, Dave Allcock, Liam McDevitt and Tom Fildes and also our number one roadie, Malibu Phill McKie. And we do want to take this chance to publicly thank Tim Bevington. We couldn’t exist as a band without him and what he has selflessly done for our band (and for independent music in general) also can’t be overstated. We told Bev what we’d decided yesterday and he called me to chat about it. He said, “if someone had told you what you would achieve at the start, you wouldn’t have believed it”.

And that rings so true. We are so lucky to have had all these incredible experiences. If you’d told us that three idiots would sell well over 5000 records/CDs, play to capacity crowds with likes of Bad Religion and three years in a row at MPF, play all over Europe, get mainstream radio play and do an actual MAIDA VALE session, we would have just laughed out loud. But we started this band to have fun, to gig as much as we could and to get our favourite new bands playing in our own town and to help build communities of like-minded people, where people supported small DIY gigs. We can genuinely say we’ve tried so hard to do all those things and that our happiest moments are the small, packed gigs where the crowd gets ridiculously silly. Seeing the crowd responding to our music means everything. We’ve made so many friends and seen thousands of incredible bands. Writing this is bringing tears to my eyes, but we all know it is time. I think we leave the DIY scene in an incredibly healthy place, with so many amazing bands coming through right now. And obviously we will all continue to be involved with that individually in a variety of ways.

It would mean to absolute world to see you all at some of the remaining gigs. Thank you so, so much from the bottom of our hearts. This has been a life-changing, mind-blowing and wonderful experience. Much, much love.

Andy, Matt and Big Hands

Remaining Gigs
Saturday 3 February – The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
Friday 2 March – The Birds Nest, Deptford, London
Saturday 17 March – The Old Town House, Warrington
Thursday 22 March – The Salty Dog, Northwich
Friday 30 March – Bad Apples, Leeds
Saturday 31 March – Dugstock, The New Cross Inn, London
Sunday 1 April – The Lady Luck, Canterbury
Tuesday 3 April – Steinis Pub, Schwerin, Germany
Wednesday 4 April – Menschenzoo, Hamburg, Germany
Thursday 5 April – Stö, Leipzig, Germany
Friday 6 April – Mark, Salzburg, Austria
Saturday 7 April – Burgerhaus Glockenbachwerkstatt, Munich, Germany
Saturday 14 April – Westgarth, Middlesbrough
Saturday 21 April – Manchester Punk Festival
Saturday 28th April – Comrades Club, Conwy
Wednesday 2 May – Rebellion, Manchester – with ZEKE
Saturday 19 May – Bankhouse Tavern, Oldham
Saturday 26 May – Strummercamp Festival
Saturday 21 July – The Swan With Two Necks, Macclesfield
2-5 August – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
Saturday 29th September – Wotsit Called Festival, The Palace, Hastings
Saturday 27th October – 1000Fryd, Aalborg, Denmark
November/December – Dates tba – The End Of Revenge, Manchester.
(Plus a handful to be announced soon and a couple to be confirmed).

Random Hand’s ‘Change of Plan’ on Vinyl

Random Hand are back! To celebrate we decided to bring you their awesome debut album ‘Change of Plan’ on vinyl for the first time, marking 10 years since it was first unleashed on the Punk & Ska loving scene. Listening back to ‘Change of Plan’ reminds you how packed full of huge tunes it is, from the Metal flavoured Ska classic ‘Play some Ska’ to the brooding grooves of ‘Danger Makes enemies’. The record looks awesome on bright red vinyl, lovingly presented in the updated artwork, by Simon Mitchell.

Pre-order here: http://bit.ly/2mPkNIf

We’re very excited to watch it go off when they play Manchester Punk Festival, in April! If you can’t make MPF, they will be playing a selection of songs from the record at a few festival and club shows across 2018. The record features the original 10 tracks, none of that extra EP nonsense tagged on the end. Make sure you pre-order a copy from our webstore; we’ve only pressed a short run. We’ll be shipping the album in time for its release on 9 Feb.

Random Hand say “This Album marked our arrival, as a band that was going to be around for some time, and you better start to enjoy us, because we were going to be playing a lot of gigs… it seemed to work!”

“In the eyes of many, nothing we’ve done to date exceeds this album. They would be wrong, but it’s nice that they care enough to have an opinion. Listening back, it’s wonderful to hear what it captured and we’re pleased it means so much to so many.”

“We’re going to be doing a bunch of festivals and a few club shows through 2018, which haven’t been cynically timed with this release, it just wonderfully worked out that way. So, come see us play and buy the damn thing.”

Random Hand played one of the first TNS gigs way back in 2004 and went on to headline our 10th anniversary all-dayer at Sound Control. But aside from those heady heights they have also played Reading and Leeds Festival, Rebellion, Boomtown, Slam Dunk, Mighty Sounds and countless gigs across the UK & the rest of Europe.

Alongside a couple of EPs, 4 studio albums and a live album, Random Hand also recorded 3 sessions at Maida Vale for Mike Davies’ great BBC Radio 1 Punk Show.

So, what are you waiting for? Get this beautiful slab of ‘ska-punk-metal soundclash’ in to your life and prepare yourself for the return of the mighty RANDOM HAND!

Pre-order here: http://bit.ly/2mPkNIf

Tim Loud and the Psychotronic Man: pre-order the EP now!

In April 2017, Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man and Tim Loud toured mainland Europe together. It was drunkenly decided that they should produce a collaborative EP (people have all their best ideas when drunk). We’ve teamed up with No Time Records to bring you the EP on tape (with download) as a record of this event. It is available to pre-order from our store now and will be released on the 17th Nov.

What resulted from the collaboration was a set of songs that reflect music that the band listen to, rather than the music they usually play. There’s more of a rock sound than either Revenge of the Psychotronic Man or Tim Loud would usually have. While the songs are all quite different it’s come out fairly coherent. In there is a a mixture of catchy punk, hair metal and grungy rock music.

The lyrics touch on the ridiculous idea of putting other people on some sort of pedestal, keeping with the lyrical themes usually picked up in RotPM and Tim Loud’s tunes. They also cover motorcycles, and sensible boundaries for designated quantities of fun. Probably firsts for both. The fun they had making it definitely shines through.

This is not the first collaborative effort with these people involved, as there has already been a split EP released of Revenge and Bootscraper (RIP) covering each others songs. This EP was then written and recorded in 48 hours. Here are the results of that drunken plan. It is, fair to say, not what you might have expected… Apart from the drunk bit.

“We thought it might be a laugh – it was. Surprisingly sober session though. We did have some beer, but no one got seriously hurt. Who knows what other collaborations await? I am hoping for Marvin Gaye and Slayer (Marvin Gayer?). We might need a ouija board.”

“Massive thanks to Aled, Bev at TNSrecords, Tommy at No Time and Ben Tosser for the floorspace/food whilst recording. Huge thanks also to everyone who looked after us on that tour. Very good.”

The EP was recorded by Tim Loud, August 2017. It was mixed and mastered by Aled Jenkins.

Pre-order NOW.

Wonk Unit’s Nervous Racehorse on Vinyl

We have already released Wonk Unit’s first 3 albums on vinyl. You will not be surprised that we are now releasing their fourth album ‘Nervous Racehorse’ on vinyl. This is the first Wonk Unit album we released back in March 2014. Our copies of the splatter won’t be around for long so don’t hang about! Pre-order the record here.

Discussing the album, Alex from Won Unit said this was a “big watershed moment in the life of Wonk Unit was Nervous Racehorse. So there we were, minding our own business when those nice people from TNS asked if we wanted to release our 4th record with them. And didn’t it just bring us to a wider audience and expand our Northern family. Yes it did! Racehorse was Muffy on steroids. Some classic tunes on this one. Go Easy, Lewisham, Nan, Nagging wife. The list goes on. Racehorse was the album when we perfected the Wonk formula and when hit our stride.”

Vinyl pre-order: http://bit.ly/2yaDrOJ
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2fwgVsu
Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/2w51NsC

Wonk Unit are one of the most unique bands in punk rock today, with an incredibly eclectic mix of sounds, which it would impossible to describe; you just need to hear it. The almost poetry driven vocal style adds to the band’s originality. The catchy melodies are so memorable that you will be singing along for days.

“One of the most unique bands in modern punk rock. Wonk Unit are a fresh breath of life in the London punk scene. They’re fun, weird, poetic and utterly compelling all at once, a must-see.” Art Rocker

“[Wonk Unit] have managed the almost impossible task of having found their own sound. It’s punk son, but not as we know it”. Eugene Butcher (Big Cheese)

Wonk Unit are heading out on tour with Aerial Salad across the UK in November. Check out the dates below…

Pressing:
Translucent red w/ green splatter – 100
Brown – 200
Orange – 300
Cream – 400

Find out more about Wonk Unit on facebook.

Matilda’s Scoundrels ‘As The Tide Turns’ Pre-Order

The wait is over! Matilda’s Scoundrels debut album is here. Formed in 2014, Matilda’s Scoundrels are a 6 piece folk punk unit from Hastings. They’ve been building a solid reputation up and down the country over the past year and supporting the likes of The Levellers, Ferocious Dog, The Mahones, The Rumjacks and The Goddamn Gallows.

Blending traditional punk instruments with accordion, mandolin, tin whistle and gravelly vocals makes for an exciting mix of music which has had hundreds of bodies moving, feet tapping and beer flowing. Their album ‘As The Tides Turns’ is out on 8 September on Vinyl and CD. We also have an exclusive pre-order t-shirt available.

Pre-order your copy HERE. The first 25 vinyl pre-order get a limited edition spray painted and screen printed mailer! Be quick.

This is what the band had to say about the album. “As The Tide Turns has been a labor of love for all of us as a band for over 8 months from initially recording it to getting it all finished and we couldn’t be happier with what we managed to achieve. This album offers a few party tunes to get you in the mood for drinking with your mates but it also offers so much more with us having written about our experiences in the Calais Jungle through to protest songs inspired by people marching against all manner of issues to the massive injustices being experienced the world over by privatised penal systems and so much more.

It’s an album we feel is about the times we live in right now and about the opportunity to change the direction that all this crazy shit is going into a positive future which is what inspired the album name which itself we felt was the feel of the album from the songs we have written for it over the last 2 years. We hope you all enjoy it as much as we did writing it all and we can’t wait for you all to hear it!”

“Angry pissed off folk-punk that will have you shaking your fist as well as tapping your feet.”
London Celtic Punks

“All you want to do when you hear it is throw yourself around in a sweaty gig venue.”
Shot In The Foot

Vinyl pressing:
Translucent Yellow (100)
White (200)

Pre-order your copy HERE.

New Album from The Domestics

We’re very excited to bring you a brand new album from The Domestics! What an album. If you like your hardcore you really need this in your life. The album is available on gold, silver and bronze vinyl! It looks stunning. Pre-order it now from our webstore. It’s out on the 4th August, we will be posting them out that week.

Pick up a copy here – https://www.tnsrecords.co.uk/?product_cat=tns-releases

Cherry Blossom Life is the third album from East Anglian hardcore bruisers, THE DOMESTICS. This record sees them drawing evermore on their Japanese, Swedish and USHC influences, integrating them further into their already ferociously defined sound.

It’s fast, it’s rabidly pissed off, but it’s not just another formula hardcore record. Check some of the lyrical themes here – from philosophical musings on the concept of love (and how it’s sold to us) to the plight of migrants exploited by employers in destination countries; from notions of authenticity in punk, domestic violence, the purging of destructive familial ties and the usual dose of loathing (self and otherwise). And that’s just for starters.

Cherry Blossom Life is a more musically stripped-down record than its predecessor, Routine & Ritual, now that the band has pared down to a four piece, but this seems only to have focused their rage across these 17 tracks all the more.

Previously compared to the likes of classic hardcore outfits such as OUT COLD, GAUZE, NEGATIVE APPROACH, RIPCORD, FORWARD, POISON IDEA and BLACK FLAG, alongside more contemporary exponents like GREEN BERET, CAREER SUICIDE and KOWARD, U.S. punk bible, MAXIMUM ROCK ‘N’ ROLL described their last album as “Stellar…if you’re gonna play hardcore don’t fuck around. THE DOMESTICS got the memo…pissed beyond belief”. Stalwart UK punk zine SUSPECT DEVICE described them as “one of the UK’s finest punk bands” whilst New Zealand’s’ SCANNER refers to them as “brutal hardcorecaustic yet intelligent”.  It remains to be seen what people make of this record, but take it from me, it fucking rips!

Frontman, James Domestic, talking about the new record, says “This really is the culmination of the six years that this band has existed and for the first time, rather than simply being a recording of all the new songs we had, it was actually written as an album.  The flow and the dynamics of the whole thing was considered right from the start. I mean, in the main, it’s the fastest record we’ve made –but there are peaks and troughs.  We’re not a one trick pony y’know?

Asked about what he thinks THE DOMESTICS bring to the crowded hardcore table, James has this to say: “One thing we’re always keen on is proper, catchy, memorable songs. There’s tons of great hardcore all over the world but the stuff I like best has speed, intensity and really great songs.  Riffs and shouting is all well and good, but if you have good songs within that too, it means that a record, can have longevity and connection…it’ll still sound great in ten years or twenty years time and messages carry better if a song is memorable; if people come and see you play and are singing along that’s just the best thing for us. It feels like the communication of ideas – political, social or personal – is all the richer”.

Pick up a copy HERE.

We’ve also joined up with several labels to release a new covers 7″ from the Domestics. Pissing on Perfection is a six song 7” E.P. on ‘piss splatter’ vinyl. It features six DOMESTIC-ated versions of songs by other bands, all of whom are band favourites or – in the majority of cases – are a direct influence on THE DOMESTICS’ sound. From Japanese hardcore legends, GAUZE, to post-punk contrarians, THE FALL (via tracks by ANGRY SAMOANS, OUT COLD, RUDIMENTARY PENI and THE FIVE STRING DROPOUT BAND) there’s quite a variety here, all done in the trademark DOMESTICS style. East Anglian Hardcore roots!

2017 EURO TOUR DATES:

27/08: T. Chances, London, UK (FUK Reddin Fest)

28/08: Vrankrijk, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

29/08: TBC

30/08: Underwerkt, Copenhagen (Denmark)

31/08: Blitz, Oslo (Norway)

01/08: Snövit, Stockholm (Sweden)

02/08: venue tbc, Gothenburg (Sweden)

04/08: TBC

05/08: kÖpi , Berlin (Germany)

06/08: stÖ, leipzig (germany)

07/08: The Pit’s, Kortrijk (Belgium)

 

Pre-order Grand Collapse’s new album ‘Along The Dew’ now

We are incredibly excited to bring you the second album from Cardiff’s hardcore punks Grand Collapse. ‘Along The Dew’ does not disappoint and perfectly follows on from the bands frantic debut ‘Far From The Callous Crowd’. ‘Along The Dew’ delivers everything you want from Grand Collapse; it’s aggressive with loads of energy, massive riffs and non-stop. The album is available to pre-order now  on vinyl and CD and will be dispatched the week of it’s release on 19th May!

This is what the band have to say about the album. “We’ve spent the last three years touring the Far From The Callous Crowd record to death so at the beginning of 2016 we thought it about time we cracked on with making a new album. Writing and performing new songs was a breath of fresh air and we were excited to capture it in the studio. On reflection I think this album is more chaotic and aggressive than the first. It has a lot of energy, a ton of riffs and is unrelenting in pace. Topically I’ve covered the DSEI arms fair, our trial against the UKBA, the convenient death of Luciano Ponzetto & the harrowing nature of domestic abuse. The title track, Along the Dew, is a fictional short story about a fallen huntsman struggling through the wintry earth and being chewed by woodland creatures. Happy stuff like that. We’re really happy with this effort, which is saying something because we’re a bunch of pedantic bastards when it comes to this stuff.”

As with their debut album, the artwork is a woodcut print made by the amazing artist John Abell. To find out more about him, head to his website.

Pre-order now

Make sure you check out Grand Collapse during their upcoming tour in May and June. Here are the dates;

Have a listen to Grand Collapse’s debut album below.

Pre-order ‘Angst’ the New Album from kollapse Now

We’re excited to bring you the new album from our Danish friends kollapse. We’ve teamed up with 15 other labels to bring you this awesome “eclectic mix of melodic doom riffs, epic crust, dark emo, and personal narratives”. Both the blue and black variants of the record have UV coating. We don’t have many copies so if you want one, especially the blue, don’t hang about. You can pre-order your copy here.

This is what the band has to say about the album. “The album is the culmination of several years of work, a harvesting of stress and adversity and the challenge of forging something abstract into a coherent expression. For the band “Angst” is about communication something that is real in a culture that is shallow and dispensable. Feelings of isolation, being broken mentally and socially and the distinct coldness of living in Scandinavia fuels the fires of kollapse. “Angst” is all about the beauty in the harsh and the ugly. Standing firmly on the side of the outsider.”

kollapse started jamming around 2012 with the intention of uniting the members’ love of various heavy music. After a DIY 10″ the band grew into a more honed and personal sound, and released a split 7″ with Copenhagen-based crusty hardcore band No Fealty. kollapse in the present is an eclectic mix of melodic doom riffs, epic crust, dark emo, and personal narratives. The band aim to create a pure, authentic and brutally honest expression.

With a producer in line, that understood the band and its direction, the recording process manifested a darker, heavier, and more focused sound, with songs that vary between slow lurches to fast and ferocious. The lyrics on the new album deal with anxiety, loss, freedom, suicide, death, and upbringing as underlying themes. kollapse recorded ANGST together with producer Jacob Bredahl in the spring of 2016.

The album is mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Cult Leader, Magrudergrind, Modern Life is War, among others), and the album is being released by 16 different DIY record labels around Europe.

Heavy cover, reverse board print with spot varnish
Heavy insert with lyrics and liner notes

Blue vinyl edition limited to 201 copies
Black vinyl edition limited to 513 copies

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Wonk Unit’s ‘Muffy’ On Pre-order Now

We are excited to bring you Wonk Unit’s third album ‘Muffy’ on vinyl for the first time. We have pressed it on three lovely colours; Purple, Blue & Red. The album will be out in time for Wonk Unit’ European tour on the 5th May.

Pre-order the album HERE. 

Muffy is Wonk’s third album. Here is what Alex, Mr Wonk himself, has to say about the release:

“Muffy was a real watershed moment in the career of Wonk Unit. Christmas Eve 2011 I think. Home alone, I remember opening my laptop and reading through old poems and stories on my blog ‘Cement You Cunt’. Could I write music to poetry?  Worth a try. On finding ‘Horses’ I starting tinkering with chords and within a few minutes, the song was born. ‘Pon the scaffold the wind cuts through’ quickly followed.  ‘Elbows’, ‘Go Easy’, ‘She cut her finger’, ‘Plasterer’, ‘Donkey of the Damned’ and pretty much 75 percent of the rest of ‘Muffy’ was written that evening. It was a revelation in songwriting to me. The words were already there, the lyrical content was strong. The buzz I got from bringing those poems to life, a total joy!  The funnest creative process ever.
This is now how I write songs. Poetry first, music later. Both ‘Nervous Racehorse’ and ‘Mr Splashy’ were written this way too. Possibly a reason for Wonk’s diversity as some of that poetry spans a decade. Different moods, different feels.”

Some of the colour variations are like to go quickly so don’t hang about if you want one.

Pre-order the album HERE. 

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)