Four Past Midnight

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By Jordan Mooney.

One of the many fine albums sent to us recently by Stu Taylor at STP Records is a…horrors! A compilation?! Well, let’s have a look…

The uninitiated’s opinion of ‘Punk’ is, these days, rather heavily outdated. The idea of blokes in T-shirts making a lot of anarchic noise and shouting into microphones against a backdrop of crunching guitars is a unique genre that just isn’t in favour any more. As new talent rolls in, these old ideals are replaced by newer sub-genres, mixes and causes – that are mostly wonderful, of course…

But sometimes you want a simpler taste of things. Exactly the sort of Punk that was filling bars twenty five, thirty years ago. Sometimes you want to see some blokes just tearing everything a new one.

And, frankly, for us, the younger generation…

Well, ...

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GRENOUER ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM – UNWANTED TODAY, RELEASING 20/03/2015

By Jordan Mooney.

It’s incredible to think that it was all the way back in December 2013 that we interviewed the inimitable Andrey Ind of Russian metal group Grenouer.

Truth be told, when a press release for a new album came through, my first reaction was “already? It was only a few months ago when we had Blood on the Face sent in!”

Turns out that time really flies when you’re having fun.

Anyway!

The latest record from the seminal Ruski four piece, Unwanted Today, has had a release date announced, preorders opened and artwork revealed.

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Grenouer are confident that this the payoff to nearly twenty years of work – their magnum opus, promising to be more mature than any of their previous output, spanning a touch more in the way of ‘alternative’ (we even have an opera singer in there – coo!) –...

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The Fallen Word Shoppe Opens – Art, Props, DVD and Posters now for sale!

Oliver Harrison, gentlemanly animator, typographic wizard and the only director that Cat on the Wall has ever compared to Kubrick, has opened up a shoppe devoted to props, prints, posters and other such beguiling delights relating to his magnum opus, The Fallen Word.

The beauty of these offerings is they do not relate so directly to Mr. Harrison’s film. Many of them are simply beautiful items of expression, representing ideas in their purest forms that, to many a sophisticate, will make a fine conversation piece.

You can simply say you’re taking care of them. Until the world is ready for them again.

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If any particularly wealthy friends would like to purchase the word ‘Joy’ in a bell jar for me, I’d be most appreciative.
Beyond this, you can purchase a copy of the film on DVD...

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“Hold Me Cuddle Monster” – A Lucifers Beard Double Feature

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By Jordan Mooney.

Every so often – rarely, mind you – an album is delivered to our emails that gets us cats off of the wall and onto the floor to pretend we can dance. Yes, ladies and gents….once we’ve waded through the mass of boring hipsters on acoustic guitars and the usual PR teams spouting their utter bilge, you can find some real gems.

Lucifers Beard are not a group that tries to imitate. They’re not so much musicians as they are warlocks of sound, gathered around a vinyl cauldron. They seem to take at least a little inspiration from every identifiable sound and genre of the past sixty years and throw it into an utterly bewildering mix of catchy tunes and beguilement.

If You’re Going Through Hell, Keep Going is their second release and proves to be an admirable ambassador to the worl...

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Aleister X – Peeing in Asbury Park EP – mini-review

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By Jordan Mooney.

That imitable stallion of a man – that demigod of gentries – that veritable overlord of sound, Mr. Aleister X…has returned to Cat on the Wall with his latest EP, ‘Peeing in Asbury Park‘.

As ever it provides a soft bit of social commentary through the back alleys of Britain – droning, humming and strolling along in great big boots with no real destination, nor the want of one. It’s a typically scornful, cynical look at things we all know well. But it goes without trying to gain a higher authority or superiority complex.

Mr...

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Moustaches and Riffs – Meet Huxtable!

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By Jordan Mooney.

There seems to be a trend lately in that apocalyptic wasteland of charting rock music…

Generic, pissy two-piece rock bands with meagre, uninspired sounds garbling on about some toss or another. There’s been so many of them that this article would be clocking up at 4,000+ words in no time.

However, thankfully, in the unlikely landscape of Kilmarnock, a rock-duo has approached us with some beauteous riffs, heavy, impassioned vocals and a bloody brilliant attitude.

 

Huxtable, a duo of Jordan Yates and Marc William Brown, are unique in that they feel like they understand what ‘proper rock’ actually is, and come up with a vibrant set up of impassioned vocals and incredibly sharp riffs that could cut glass.

They’ve had quite a 2014...

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NOBODY CARES – The Official Music Video

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The music video is, in many ways, a dying art. The days of television coverage for these things are pretty much over, and, today, online, they exist as more of a promotional tool – sometimes the first thing a potential fan will ever see, as they type the band’s name into youtube’s little search bar out of curiosity.

Video is expensive. It takes a lot of money, time, and effort to produce something genuinely stunning. And, on the director’s part, it takes a lot of listening, understanding and initiative. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen a video that misinterprets its music and muddles the ideas of a track into a terrible mess of overstretched iconography.

Thankfully, for every concern about an independent, fresh artist…Hardy Hum, of And We Should Die Of That Roar, provides the exceptio...

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Undead Artists, Graveyard Calling and Punks Alive present The Travelling Morgue Horrorpunk Festival!

Johnny Rose, of The Thirteen Shots and Undead Artists fame, has touched down on this feral plane to inform us of a very exciting development.

On Saturday, the 4th of April, a Travelling Morgue is set to rumble into the Adam and Eve, Birmingham.

Aptly called ‘The Travelling Morgue Festival’, this rather beguiling line up of Horror Punk musicians is sure to set the city aflame, with Cat on the Wall familiars The Army of Walking Corpses and Trioxin Cherry slotted among the nine-band-strong rogue’s gallery. At least three bands are guaranteed to be half rotted, missing a limb, or, at the very least…

…drunk.

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Sadly, Cat on the Wall is unable to attend. But we’re sure you’ve got no excuses!

Advance tickets – at only £1...

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December 20th 2014 – STP Xmas Show – The Star & Garter, Manchester

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By Jordan Mooney.
Photographs by Zhaos Photography. (There’s more than we could fit into the review – go have a look!)

Before we begin, it’s time for our standard apology for the tardiness of our review. We, like anybody else, stop working for Christmas. But hey…less than three weeks late?!

Cat on the Wall is a ‘zine that’s as proud of those that appear repeatedly as we are of those new and exotic, and one of the biggest is the reappearance of STP Records throughout our roster of reviews and interviews.

STP Records is a home-grown label from the exotic, shining, futuristic metropolis (!) of Manchester – a testament to punk heritage and those more eclectic acts that a major label would be terrified of. Stu Taylor (the ST in STP, don’tchaknow) is well renowned for his undying support and...

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Raizing Hell release dire warning with ‘Thing For Murder’!

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Our favourite Romanian Nasties Raizing Hell have released a troubling documentary based upon the hazards of their music, marketing under pretence of a music video.

Low-fi? Certainly – and the dubbing’s more than a bit obvious here and there – but the style the video carries is testament to the promise Liv made to us last time we saw her…they’re a multimedia group. And this seems to be the first step to their takeover of everything they can dig their filthy little claws into.

It’s home made, it’s trying to tell a story and it adds a bit more dimension to what a ‘home grown’ group can manage on a skeleton (hoho!) budget.

Enjoy!

http://raizinghell.com

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