Toodles & The Hectic Pity are local favs and have been in Bristol playing music together through the first half of their 20's. They write snappy, percussive punk songs with rich vocal melodies. Their lyrics are crafted with subtle literary hints and playful turns of phrase, tucking existential themes into catchy refrains that cry for sing-a-long. Far from pretentious, the Toodles live show is full of contagious energy and enthusiasm.
Lyrically, ‘Ghost, Guilt & Grandparents’ is an exploration of loneliness, anxiety, and the nature of familial relationships through time.'Ducks' is an upbeat yet melancholy track written by front-person Callum McAllister while living in a new home, without a job and without a strong creative project. He has this to say about the song,"Ducks is about being haunted and lonely. It’s also about realising how much you rely on others; that people are as much a part of your home as the building. The main image comes from Catcher in the Rye where Holden asks the taxi driver where the ducks go in winter and, of course, he’s not really asking about the ducks; he’s asking about himself. I’m sure they do have somewhere to go, but I channeled my inner Holden in creating a metaphor that didn’t make a lot of sense. Ducks are a sympathetic animal, and I think that they nicely dramatise that essential alienation of the heart: That an expression of love can simply be that you’re at home in someone’s love, and that without that kind of care, it can be the same kind of estrangement as having no family home to go back to."
FFO Jeffery Lewis, ONSIND, AJJ, The Sidekicks, Mountain Goats
The album artwork comes from Bristol artist Fi Plummer <IG @evil_twin_tattoo> who hand-carved linocut prints for each of the songs on the EP. The first 50 pre-orders will get an original print!
"These mini zines have been really popular. Tiffany writes about the freedom of cycling in such a way it makes me want to get out on my bike. She challenges the pitfalls that can generally put women off- such as cycling in large cities or even pregnant, and uses enthusiastic and positive real life experiences to encourage us to get out and join in!"
"I feel like this record will be my number 1 of 2019. Feminist, anti-fascist, political - a perfect mix of emotional hardcore with a little touch of metalcore. So beautiful, hits you right in the gut."
ANDREW: UV TV 'Happy' (Deranged Records, 2019)
"Great catchy, shoegazey, post-punk from Gainesville / New York. Their second LP on Deranged Records."
ERICA: Great Grandpa 'Four of Arrows' (Big Scary Monsters, 2019)
"I just discovered Seattle's Great Grandpa. I love how strange their songwriting style is, they're really dynamic and have super compelling vocals & lyrics, plus surprising use of banjo."
RORY: Iconoclast 'Domination or Destruction' (Compiled by Sealed Records, 2019)
"Great release on the La Vida Es Un Mus imprint ‘Sealed Records’. This compilation collects all the released (and hard-to-find!) material from the cult Californian peace punk band. Highly recommended for fans of Crass, Discharge, etc. Complete with an awesome booklet of rare photos and other content."
"Really love this zine put together by Anika from Katie Ellen and Mimi from NONA all about falling out of love. A collection of poetry, short stories and photography, printed in full colour on smooth heavyweight paper, and the classic American half letter size makes it stand out on our shelves. I think this could be cathartic reading for anyone going through or recently out of a romantic break-up. I hope there are more issues to come."
Good Luck Everybody the long-awaited seventh studio album from AJJ, is a grim glimpse into the tidal wave reality of modern life in America. It’s a collection of songs that will undoubtedly stand out in the band’s 15-year catalogue; while still rooted in the folk-punk sound AJJ has become known for, the album is unafraid to delve into new territories that test the limits of what the band is capable of.
Produced by vocalist Sean Bonnette and bassist Ben Gallaty, and featuring guest appearances from Thor Harris, Jeff Rosenstock, Kimya Dawson, and Laura Stevenson, Good Luck Everybody comes out on 17th January 2020 via their new label, AJJ unlimited LTD, and on Specialist Subject Records in Europe.
Fresh are donating profits from their Bandcamp downloads and Specialist Subject Records will donate 1p per stream on Spotify until November 4th. They've been raising funds and awareness about eating disorder resources at their shows all year.
Fresh's first ever US tour commences tonight in Orlando followed by The Fest and dates with Adult Mom. In November they'll be supporting PUP in the UK.
USA 28th Oct - Will's Pub, Orlando Florida 1st-3rd Nov - The Fest, Gainesville, Florida
with Adult Mom 5th Nov - Duke Coffee House, Raleigh NC 6th Nov - Songbyrd, Washington DC
UK with PUP! 21st Nov - Electric Ballroom, London - SOLD OUT 22nd Nov - SWX, Bristol 23rd Nov - Academy 2, Birmingham 25th Nov - Stylus, Leeds 26th Nov - The Garage, Glasgow 28th Nov - The Riverside, Newcastle 29th Nov - Academy 2, Manchester 30th Nov - The Loft, Southampton - SOLD OUT
Subscribe for every vinyl release on Specialist Subject in 2020!
It’s the sixth year of our annual Season Ticket subscription. Expect at least 8 vinyl releases (mostly LPs / 12"s, maybe a couple of 7"s). Limited to 100.
A SEASON TICKET INCLUDES:
Every new vinyl release on Specialist Subject in 2020
Always receive the most limited colour / edition
10% discount on the website and in our shop for the whole year
Advance digital download emailed to you ahead of every release
Plus an initial package of exclusive Specialist Subject merch including:
- Physical letterpressed card 'Season Ticket' designed by Mark Pavey (perfect if buying this for a gift) - Specialist Subject bamboo coffee cup - 'I ONLY SHOP AT SPECIALIST SUBJECT RECORDS' large organic shopping bag - Temporary tattoo sheet designed by Jamie Morrison / Got Vitamin C - Specialist Subject logo enamel pin - 2019 Specialist Subject Releases Sampler Download Card
The first package with the initial gifts will be posted from the end of November. If you're in the UK and you get your order in before the 18th December, it'll be with you for Christmas.
The price this year is £100 plus postage (free if collected from the shop).
POSTAGE PRICES UK £30 Europe £60 Rest of World £65
Bulk Deliveries (up to four packages spread out throughout the year) Europe £30 Rest of World £35
For international orders there are two postage options, a more expensive one if you want every release as it comes out or a cheaper option which will be split into a few deliveries throughout the year.
Where possible if you're ordering other items from our website we'll ship them for free with your Season Ticket deliveries.
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If you're ordering for someone else, please put their name, email and full address in the notes when you order. We won't contact them until the new year.
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"Really loving the second issue of CHEWn! zine. Who knew I needed a sensory guide to pasta? And five pages dedicated to vegan food in Oxford that makes me want to plan a trip there. With everything from kitchen playlist recommendations, interviews, recipes, restaurant and record reviews Matt has managed to create a fun zine that encapsulates the DIY punk scene and it's love for vegan grub."
"Early 2010's, rippin' hardcore punk band from Olympia, WA known for their explosive live shows. Fronted by Mary Jane Dunphe (who you'll remember from Pinocchio a couple weeks ago) with Corey Evans, later of G.L.O.S.S., on drums. Sleeping through the morning!"
"I love this tongue in cheek celebration of the boss’ backside. Inspired by a queer pang aged six, Cj became a fan for life. This zine celebrates both the history of Springteen’s musical career and derrière through the decades." Kay
"Very excited to see C.H.E.W. playing in the Exchange basement this week. Sick hardcore punk from Chicago on the UK’s finest punk label, Drunken Sailor!"
ERICA - Bad Moves - Tell No One LP (Don Giovanni Records, 2018)
"Smart & satisfying indie power-pop from Washington D.C. They're touring the West Coast USA in November and have a host of excellent music videos. We've been out of stock for ages, happy to have them back!"