Vince Ripper & The Rodent Show – ‘It’s Fun To Be A Monster’

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By Jordan Mooney.

Picture if you will…

It’s the late 90s. A worn down Blackpool bingo hall has been cleared to make way for the usual DJ sets. Nothing particularly inspired, and a crumbling plaster wall with rising damp is all that acts as a backdrop.

The audience is a few teenagers – made up far too much and plastered in neon. The UV light isn’t quite strong enough to pick up their fluorescent make up, and keeps flickering. Within its casing are a plastering of long-deceased flies.

Some dust falls from the knackered lighting rig as they attempt to get the controls for them working. It’s given up as a bad job and the technician goes for a piss. The door to the men’s room is hanging off of its hinges, and on the back of it, there’s a crudely scribbled phone number advertising ‘a good time’.

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Andi Sex Gang needs your help – IndieGoGo campaign with WGW perks nearing end!

Andi Sex Gang, one of the many inspiring artists set to perform at April’s Whitby Goth Weekend this year, is currently running an IndieGoGo to aid in the production of the group’s next magnum opus, Achilles in the Eurozone.

Unfortunately, at this moment in time it’s coming quite some way short due to the presence, we  suspect, of the word ‘Sex’ in the group’s stage name, which those terrifying Facebook dictators have frowned upon heavily. Without the aid of social media truly taking a role, they’re currently up to only £770 from a required £6,000.

This means that one of the world’s strangest and most mystical performers NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Give a little, help a lot, is the order of the day – a few pounds, a fiver, it doesn’t matter – the campaign has only six days until completion, so all ...

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Whitby Goth Weekend Photo Competition – WIN TWO HALLOWE’EN 2015 TICKETS!

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To celebrate the 21st Birthday of Whitby Goth Weekend this year, Cat on the Wall has the pleasure to announce a competition for Weekend Tickets to the Hallowe’en 2015 event, thanks to our generous partnership with the UK’s premier Goth festival.

All you need is your Goth clothes, a camera, a nice marker pen and a sheet of paper. And potentially a lot of hair dye if you so desire.

The question is simple….

What THREE THINGS do you love most about Whitby Goth Weekend?

Just write your three choices on a piece of paper, pop in your fangs and put on your finest silks and take a photograph of yourself holding up your newly established sign of appreciation!

Email this photograph to JORDAN(AT)CATONTHEWALL.NET under the subject ‘WGW COMPETITION’ by Midnight on the 22nd of April!

At the last Whitby ...

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MIDNIGHT MOB – THESE DAYS REVIEW

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By Jordan Mooney.

It’s time for the next album sent to us by STP Records’ dear Uncle Stu. Last week it was DragSTER – this time, we’re going for a band we’ve never listened to before from the vast array of unusual artists on the STP roster. Why not? Well, they’re all the way across the Atlantic, so we’ve never seen a show, for a start…

Midnight Mob are one of the relatively few out-of-country connections for STP – based in the writhing, carbon-dioxide spouting metropolis of New York, the group has a dramatic setting for some very, very dramatic music.

The CD’s cover doesn’t reveal much – and not knowing much about the group myself, I was actually quite surprised to hear such a modern sound from our favourite label...

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DRAGSTER – DEAD PUNK REVIEW

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By Jordan Mooney.

They said that the peace would be eternal. That finally, the beast had fallen silent – the Hi-Fi’s speakers were silent and collecting dust. The iTunes playlist would not exceed the next multi-thousand milestone. The CD Collection would not grow further.

But no. Fear not; we were just on hiatus while Jordan had to focus on earning his contract at a new job. He has his contract now, so we’re opening back up. May we never fall silent again, apart from when eating, that just isn’t pretty.

And have we got some corkers for you – while we’ve been stressed out over other things, our wonderful bearded labelman extraordinaire Mr. Stu Taylor has been sending us bubble-envelopes of STP Records’ latest releases.

So, without further ado…let’s get ourselves stuck into this palette of...

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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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