POP NOT HATE with BAND OF HOLY JOY – A Lucky 7 (or 10)
May14

POP NOT HATE with BAND OF HOLY JOY – A Lucky 7 (or 10)

The pages of this fanzine overfloweth with praise and love for Johny Brown and his incredible Band of Holy Joy. With the last run of releases “Brutalism Begins At Home” and “Funambulist We Love You” (VS album of the year in 2016) they have hit a truly rich vein of form and they’re now on the cusp of a bounteous, nay glorious new album “Neon Primitives”: an examination of the troubled times...

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EXCLUSIVE MIX – V.S. vs TCB “SUMMERISH MIXTAPE” 2019
May08

EXCLUSIVE MIX – V.S. vs TCB “SUMMERISH MIXTAPE” 2019

It’s time again for another super sharp shooting mixtape, this time with a slightly optimistic summertime theme from our good brother, DJ Thomas “T-Bird” Jones from the Birmingham soul & garage night Takin’ Care of Business (and rambunctious punks the Swampmeat Family Band plus the legendary DIY promoting co-op ColdRice). It’s always a pleasure (and never a guilty one). Here’s what T-Bird has to...

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IMPERIAL WAX – Lucky 7
May03

IMPERIAL WAX – Lucky 7

Imperial Wax photograph by Elmore LUCKY 7 is the feature where we ask artists to name their 6 favourite songs by others, and a lucky 7th song of their own… today it’s a band that are already absolute Velvet Sheep favourites and whose debut album “Gastwerk Saboteurs” (on Jeff Smith’s Saustex Records on 17 May) is most definitely our album of the year so far. They are: Keiron Melling, Pete Greenway & Dave...

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ELIZABETH MORRIS of ELVA – Song For Ewe
May02

ELIZABETH MORRIS of ELVA – Song For Ewe

Photographs by Jørgen Nordby “SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest was the singer of Allo Darlin’, a Kent meets Australian band whose perfect pop album “Europe” I own on resplendent white vinyl and who had a propensity for unusual covers ranging from AC/DC to the Ramones via The Go-Betweens and...

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JULIA SHAPIRO – Song For Ewe
Apr30

JULIA SHAPIRO – Song For Ewe

Julia Shapiro “SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is the Chastity Belt singer/guitarist who has a debut solo album called “Perfect Version” out on June 14th on Hardly Art Records. Written in a dark moment of unravelling, introspection and reawakening after a tumultous cancelled band tour, it’s...

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