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Do The Dog Music News - March 2007

Scroll down the page for all the Do The Dog bands' TOUR DATES.

To celebrate 11 years of the label a DO THE DOG MUSIC 11TH ANNIVERSARY BASH will take place on Saturday 26th May at The Rhythm Factory, 16 – 18 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1EW (nearest tubes Whitechapel & Aldgate East). Appearing at the Bash will be Rebelation, Too Many Crooks, The Scrub, APB, 3 Minute Warning & New Town Kings & doors will be open from 6pm til 11.30pm. Tickets for the event are available now for Ł7.75 each (cheque payable to Do The Dog Music) from: Do The Dog Music, 65 Blackdown Way, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3FY. The venue’s capacity is only 300, so if you are planning to come along then please order your tickets in advance directly from Do The Dog Music HQ now to avoid disappointment! The Ł7.75 ticket fee includes postage & you will not have to pay a booking fee when ordering from us.

After 6 months of hard work involving 10 musicians, 25 instruments & 15 songs, the brand new REBELATION album is at last finished. The album was recorded at Purple Studios in Norwich by Laurence Eaves (who also recorded 3 tracks on the previous Rebelation release "Pounds & Pence"). The new album contains the finest cuts of rockin' reggae, smoothest rocksteady & scorching ska! It will be released in April on Do The Dog Music & the band will be taking to the road to promote the CD. A UK tour through April, May & June is being booked & there are also plans for a limited edition vinyl release & a Rebelation European tour later in the year.

Here at Do The Dog HQ we are happy to announce that the latest addition to the label’s stable of bands are SQUID 58. This Brighton & Cornwall based 4 piece is the new band formed by ex-Hotknives' lead vocalist Mick Clare. For this new project Mick has teamed up with ex-Ska'd For Life members Tim, Alan & Dom to create a highly infectious brand of 2 tone ska. Much like vintage Hotknives before them, Squid 58 lace their songs with melancholy story telling vocals & beautiful pop melodies. Their excellent 10 song debut CD, titled "Dismantled", (which was self-released by the band last year) will be released soon on Do The Dog Music. Check out 4 super cool Squid 58 tunes at http://www.myspace.com/squid58

Another brand new addition to the Do The Dog Music stable are ETTIN. This young 4 piece crew hail from the Sussex town of Worthing & have a really fresh infectious sound, mixing up chilled out reggae & dub stylings with upbeat 3rd wave ska & dreamy female vocals. Since their first gig at the end of 2005, Ettin have played with loads of bands around Sussex & notched up Brighton support slots with Toots & The Maytals & The Slackers. The band will be in the studio very soon to record their debut album, which should hopefully be released by Do The Dog Music in April or May. You can check out 4 fab Ettin tunes at http://www.myspace.com/ettinuk

Out now On Do The Dog Music is the long awaited re-release of Brighton ska kings TOO MANY CROOKS' superb second album "Inside"! Originally released almost a decade ago on the now defunct T Leaf Records, "Inside" has been unavailable for a few years, so here at Do The Dog HQ we've decided to give it a new lease of life! The new Do The Dog version of the album comes complete with groovy new artwork & has been re-mastered with 4 previously unreleased bonus tracks! Fans of Madness, Ian Dury & Bad Manners should snap up this 2 tone ska masterpiece without delay! To order your copy go to the Releases page at http://www.dothedog.com The end of January saw the Crooks pick up some Radio 1 airplay for their track "New Killer Ska" courtesy of Mike Davies' Punk Show.

Both Too Many Crooks & Ettin will be appearing at the next BRIGHTON SKA FESTIVAL at the Concorde 2 venue, Brighton Seafront on Sunday 15th April. The full line up for the festival is: The Hotknives, Too Many Crooks, Les Skalopes, Ettin, Just Called Charlie, The Meow Meows, Mr Shiraz, 2nd Time Lucky, The Karmatones, Pissed Resistska & Death By Ska. Doors will be open from 3-11pm & entry will cost you Ł10 on the door.

Due out soon on Do The Dog Music is the debut album from fast rising Essex based outfit NEW TOWN KINGS. Formed in the summer of 2004 this 9 piece played their first live show in Colchester in December 2005 & have since been setting venues across Essex & East Anglia alight with their super catchy live show! The New Town Kings' sound draws influence from original Jamaican artists such as The Skatalites, Toots & The Maytals, King Tubby & Des Dekker, as well as the New York stylings of The Slackers & King Django & UK 2 tone legends The Specials & their highly infectious brand of 2 tone ska, reggae & dub looks set to gain them many new fans over the next few years. The band's debut album looks set to be released in March or April on Do The Dog Music & New Town Kings plan to play loads of UK & European dates this year. You can check out 4 kick ass New Town Kings' tunes on their Myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/newtownkings

FOUR 0 have been working hard on their soon to be released debut album on Do The Dog Music. Final touches on the artwork for the release are being done now. The album will be titled "Across The Borderline" & will feature 11 tracks. The Swanage based 4 piece, who play a smoothly flowing, relaxed brand of ska & reggae in the mould of Sublime & Sadies Doll, are also currently training up their recently acquired new drummer Nathan.

The start of February saw SMOKE LIKE A FISH head over the Channel for their first ever live dates in France. The band played 4 highly successful French shows & if you take a look at the news page on http://www.smokelikeafish.co.uk you can read a hilarious diary of the tour. Gin frenzies, car bouncing, cable TV appearances, tardis-like snoring, lost shoes, Wursel singalongs & onstage bust ups all played a part in the latest SLAF adventure! More across water exploits will see the band head off to Germany & France in September.

Plans are also afoot for another PDF FESTIVAL in the SLAF orchard in mid Wales this summer. This year the festival will be a 2 day event & looks set to feature live sets by Splitters, Rebelation, Zen Baseballbat, The Big, 3 Minute Warning, New Town Kings, Skalinskis, SLAF, Subtronix, Tatty Syrup, 24/7 & loads more. The festival will take place on 27th & 28th July. Tickets will be limited to 400 & will cost Ł15 for the weekend. For more PDF Festival info email info@smokelikeafish.co.uk

January saw 3 MINUTE WARNING have a live session broadcast on BBC Radio Wales. The session featured the songs "The Ripper", "TV Is On" & "Sussed Out". The band have been working hard on material for the follow up album to their "Tramps Jackpot" disc on Do The Dog Music. 12 tracks have been penned so far & once they have a few more they will take the best into the studio. New tracks include "Have This", "On The Run" & "Vauxhall Nova". 3 Minute Warning are currently booking gigs for a summer tour where they will be performing their new material.

PAMA INTERNATIONAL will very soon follow up the release of their highly aclaimed "Trojan Sessions" album with a 10" vinyl EP titled "Pama International Meets Manasseh" on their own new label, Rockers Revolt Records. The disc will feature 4 superb dub re-workings of tunes from the "Trojan Sessions" album. The 4 tracks are "Neither High Nor Dub" (featuring Dennis Alcapone), "It's All About The Dub", "Betterment Dub" (featuring Dawn Penn) & "Fisherman Dub" (featuring Winston Francis & AJ Franklin). You can order the vinyl EP from http://www.pamainternational.co.uk

In other Pama International news the band are back in the studio recording their 5th album. Lynval Golding flew in from the States to begin work on the as yet untitled CD with the rest of the band in February. Pama International are working on 20 tracks of which they are going to cherry pick the best 12 or so for the release. Tracks being recorded include "Tomorrows News Today", "World War 3", "Doomsayers/The Use In Trying", "You Got Me/I Miss You", "Lovely Wife" & "The Race For Inner Space". The direction of the new album is reportedly dub fuelled roots rockers mayhem. Pama International will be touring from April through to mid September to promote the album, which should see a release around June time. The upcoming tour will include a bunch of summer festival appearances including Glastonbury, Eastern Haze, Dunstaffnage, Rebellion & Ostroda in Poland.

SPLITTERS are currently in the studio working on the follow up to their "Good Time Trouble" album on Do The Dog Music. As well as this new album, other Splitters planned releases in the works include a limited edition vinyl single & a dub version of "Good Time Trouble". Titled "Dub Time Trouble", this album is being engineered between Steve Vibronics (Scoops Records) & Paul Aryiss (The Tone, Hardskin). Meanwhile the long awaited Splitters' remix album is nearing completion & is also set for release this year. It features old & new Splitters' tracks in dub, drum n bass, electronica & ambient styles with mixes from Vibronics, Subtronix & Victor Rice. The band are also having their website overhauled for a re-launch at the end of March by Convolution Design. Splitters will be touring in Ireland & Europe later in the year, as well as appearing at the Rebellion & Summer Sundae Festivals. Ted & Steve Splitter also have a new hardcore side project band up & running called BlackEyeFriday.

Big news from the SKYLAR camp! The Southampton trad ska/reggae maestros have started recording their eagerly awaited 2nd album. The recordings will be spread across the next couple of months as the band are also busy with other projects. Matt, Nick & Rob have reformed Howards Alias & toured the UK in December.

SADIES DOLL members Dan & Jack are in the early stages of writing new songs for their new band, which looks set to also feature The Scrub's frontman Justin on drums. Watch out for some live dates from the trio in the not too distant future.

APB have recruited a new drummer to their line up in the shape of ex-Dead Pets' sticksman Tom. The band will begin gigging regularly again at the end of March. You can check out 4 fab brand new reggae/ska APB tunes at http://www.myspace.com/adubbypunkyband

THE SCRUB continue to slave away on work for their long awaited debut album release. Their Myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/thescrub has an excellent new song "Sideshow" up for people to have a listen to. The start of April will see The Scrub play some shows with Satori & Chris Murray & also a date with Westbound Train.

DAVID HILLYARD & THE ROCKSTEADY 7 have a new live CD, titled "Way Out East", out now. The album was recorded in Jena, East Germany on the band's 2004 European tour & was released on the Spanish label Brixton Records. The Rocksteady 7 played a European tour in January & February.

DUFF MUFFIN is dead, long live THE JB CONSPIRACY! Yes those loveably lazy Muffins have a new name & a brand new album. The album, titled "This Machine", is an absolute corker, the best ska/punk release i have heard in many a moon in fact & is out now on Gravity DIP Records. Having recently played some highly successful support slots with Capdown, The JB Conspiracy will be touring the UK again in May with Sonic Boom Six. You can order their new "This Machine" album from http://www.gravitydip.com

After numerous delays the CATCH IT KEBABS' 2nd CD, "Return Of The Kebabulance" has at last been released by Riot Music. And the long wait was definitely worth it as this is another great release from the band, serving up 7 kick ass helpings of their trademark fusion of 2 tone, 3rd wave ska, swing & skacore. You can order the CD now from http://www.punkermentality.com

TOUR DATES - support your local ska scene!

APB 31 03 London, 12 Bar 07 04 Bradford, Love Apple 08 04 Leeds, Josephs Well 20 04 Keighley, Victoria Hall 05 05 Bradford, 1 In 12 Club 14 05 London, Camden Purple Turtle 26 05 London, Rhythm Factory – Do The Dog Bash 09 08 Blackpool, Winter Gardens - Rebellion Festival

CATCH IT KEBABS 24 03 Barnsley, Arches 25 03 Manchester, Retro Bar 30 03 Workington, Monroe’s Bar 31 03 Ashington, Football Club 01 04 Bournemouth, Landmarc 06 04 Nottingham, Rose Of England 07 04 Cambridge, Portland Arms 08 04 Worcester, Evolution 08 04 Reading, Face Bar 09 04 Hebden Bridge, Trades Club 10 04 London, Camden Purple Turtle 11 04 Newbury, Football Club 12 04 Bristol, The Junction 13 04 Hereford, Imperial 14 04 London, Rhythm Factory 15 04 Swansea, Monkey Bar 21 04 Barnsley, Arches 28 04 Bishops Castle, Three Tuns 26 05 Barnsley, Arches 13 07 Nottingham, Rose Of England 14 07 Bishops Castle, Three Tuns 14 07 North Berwick, The Big Event 15 07 Scarborough, Zero 27 07 Newtown, venue tbc - PDF Festival 28 07 Pontdolgoch, Neuadd Newydd - PDF Festival 28 07 Barnsley, venue tbc – BOM Festival 29 07 Leicester, The Shed 10 08 Swansea, The New York 11 08 Narbeth, Queens Hall – Welsh Ska Festival

ETTIN 30 03 Worthing, The Rest 06 04 Worthing, The Rest 15 04 Brighton, Concorde 2 – Brighton Ska Festival 04 05 Worthing, Assembly Hall 07 07 Hove, Portland Rock Bar 13 08 Exeter, The Hub

FOUR 0 23 03 Swanage, White Swan 25 03 Boscombe, Green Room 01 04 Bournemouth, Landmarc 05 05 Swanage, White Swan 23 06 Swanage, White Swan 04 08 Swanage, White Swan

DAVID HILLYARD & THE ROCKSTEADY 7 05 04 New York City (USA), Bar On A

THE JB CONSPIRACY (ex-Duff Muffin) 06 04 London, Camden Underworld 14 04 London, Rhythm Factory 19 04 Kingston, Peel 30 04 Southend, Chinnerys 01 05 Derby, Victoria Inn 02 05 Leicester, Charlotte 03 05 Stoke On Trent, Sugarmill 04 05 Mansfield, Town Mills 05 05 Sheffield, D'N'R Live Bar 07 05 Newcastle, Trillians 08 05 Glasgow, Barfly 09 05 Carlisle, Brickyard 10 05 London, venue tbc 11 05 Oxford, Zodiac 12 05 Luton, University 13 05 Brighton, Engine Rooms 10 08 Blackpool, Winter Gardens - Rebellion Festival

NEW TOWN KINGS 23 03 Ipswich, Steamboat Tavern 07 04 Scarborough, venue tbc – Scooter Rally 19 04 London, Shoreditch The Edge 20 04 Ipswich, Steamboat Tavern 27 04 Colchester, East Mersea Youth Camp - Bum In The Mud Rally 04 05 Norwich, Cricketers Arms 06 05 Birmingham, Custard Factory 11 05 Ashington, Football Club 12 05 Hartlepool, The Studio 18 05 Kettering, Sawyers 26 05 London, Rhythm Factory – Do The Dog Bash 13 07 Bristol, Mr Wolf's Noodle Bar 14 07 Bishops Castle, Three Tuns 15 07 Brighton, Concorde 2 - Brighton Ska Festival 26 07 Swindon, 12 Bar 27 07 Swansea, The New York 28 07 Pontdolgoch, Neuadd Newydd – PDF Ska Festival 09 11 Great Yarmouth, venue tbc – Speedfreaks Ball

PAMA INTERNATIONAL 20 04 Southampton, The Joiners 27 04 Exeter, Phoenix 28 04 Falmouth, Princess Pavilion 03 05 Leeds, Hi Fi Club 04 05 Hebden Bridge, Trades Club 12 05 Nottingham, The Maze 01 06 Narbeth, Queens Hall 02 06 Chester, Telfords Warehouse 08 06 London, Jazz Cafe 09 06 Bristol, Clockwork 21 06 Glastonbury, Glastonbury Festival 13 07 Bournemouth, Opera House 14 07 Milton Keynes, Pitz 20 07 Somerleyton, Somerleyton Hall Estate - Eastern Haze Festival 28 07 Oban, venue tbc - Dunstaffnage Festival 29 07 Edinburgh, Club Ego 09 08 Blackpool, Winter Gardens - Rebellion Festival

REBELATION 13 04 London, 100 Club 14 04 Boston, Axe & Cleaver 22 05 Southampton, Soul Cellar 25 05 Cambridge, Man On The Moon 26 05 London, Rhythm Factory – Do The Dog Bash 16 06 Hunstanton, venue tbc – Lifestyles Festival 23 06 Kings Lynn, venue tbc – Vancouver Festival 24 06 London, Camden Dingwalls

THE SCRUB 03 04 Southampton, The Joiners 04 04 Bristol, The Cooler 05 04 Peterborough, Met Lounge 06 04 London, Camden Underworld 07 04 Harlow, Square 05 05 Bath, Pavillion 26 05 London, Rhythm Factory – Do The Dog Bash 27 05 Manchester, Retro Bar 11 08 Blackpool, Winter Gardens – Rebellion Festival

SMOKE LIKE A FISH 14 04 London, Rhythm Factory 26 04 Leicester, The Shed 27 04 Bishops Castle, Three Tuns 18 05 Kettering, Sawyers 16 06 Hunstanton, venue tbc – Lifestyles Festival 22 06 Darlington, Forum 24 06 London, Camden Dingwalls 07 07 Llanfairfechan, Castle 14 07 Bishops Castle, Three Tuns 28 07 Pontdolgoch, Neuadd Newydd - PDF Festival 11 08 Narbeth, Queens Hall – Welsh Ska Festival 15 09 Mainz (Germany), Reduit 10 11 Great Yarmouth, venue tbc – Speedfreaks Ball

SPLITTERS 30 03 Swansea, New York 02 04 Leicester, Charlotte

3 MINUTE WARNING 30 03 Alnwick, Falcons Rest 31 03 Ashington, Football Club 13 04 Leamington Spa, Kellys 27 04 Bishops Castle, Three Tuns 29 04 Manchester, Retro Bar 09 05 Rhyl, Bar Blu 12 05 Stockport, Thatched House 25 05 Swansea, The New York 26 05 London, Rhythm Factory – Do The Dog Bash 02 06 Rhyl, Dudley Arms 05 07 Nottingham, Junction 7 14 07 Bishops Castle, Three Tuns 27 07 Newtown, venue tbc - PDF Ska Festival 11 08 Narbeth, Queens Hall

TOO MANY CROOKS 15 04 Brighton, Concorde 2 – Brighton Ska Festival 26 05 London, Rhythm Factory – Do The Dog Bash