Left Turn 4 Records Interview

Give us an introduction, who is involved in Left Turn 4 Records?
LT4 was started by myself, Ollie, and Filipe many years ago. We were playing in a band called Little Lights and wanted to self-release an album. I sketched out an idea I had for a label, a label which came in 4 parts which were all interlinked.
Various other people have come and gone. Some people work with us for one project, others for longer periods. All artists on LT4 are involved in Left Turn 4 Records.

Tell us a bit about working half in England and half in Sweden?
That has pros and cons for sure. I moved here 4 years ago and decided to try being a label based in two countries. It means that we have to talk using skype, and that we are constantly posting things for too much money. On the flip side it means we are exposed to two countries worth of bands, and two completely different approaches to DIY music. It’s been a learning experience.

The Thanet music scene seems to be picking up in terms of events at the moment, there is a lot of regular open mic nights going on and gigs in interesting venues like the Tom Thumb, the recent gig at Bugsy’s bowling alley by Art’s Cool and all day micro-festivals are popping up every few months but the attendance and still be quite hit and miss, what are your thoughts on that and can you compare it to what’s going on in Sweden at the moment?
Thanet has always had a unique music scene. Yes, sometime attendance is low but it’s a town. You would have to fight to put on half the amount of shows Thanet does in most other small towns. It’s amazing that so many great bands pass through such a small place. I would say that there are probably more gigs in Thanet that I would like to see than there are in Stockholm. Stockholm is strange. Last weekend I saw Thee Silver Mt Zion, for free, just down the road. The other week I paid stupid money just to get through the door to a place. Some gigs are packed but silent, others are half empty and a riot.

There is also a lot of merging creativity – live music with spoken word performances between bands, stalls in the corner with zine distros and artwork – do you think this could be the way forward in terms of getting new people to attend and see and hear things they usually wouldn ‘t go to see and networking artists across all platforms?
It has always been the way. The best records I ever bought were from pop-up distros at the back of venues. The best zines I ever found were thrown on tables in venues. Keep it mixed and keep it interesting. A ‘gig’ shouldn’t just mean a group of people standing on a stage and another group looking at them. It is a creative experience that both artist and audience can participate in.

Your zines and mixtapes are going down a storm, zines have become very popular again in the last couple of years, theres a lot more distro going on at gigs and events now than there were a few years ago, considering the way that it is so easy to communicate zine content digitally, why do you think paper zines are still going strong?
People have asked me that question before and I have always found it kind of funny. The book still seems to be doing pretty ok despite the e-book. Physical music sales are doing ok despite the myths about Spotify and Pirate Bay stealing our money and our children. People have a relationship with physical items. Zines are special because they are unique, sometimes handmade. People are always going to love that.

Are you still releasing paper zines and if so, how do you find the balance between what you post on your blog and what you release in paper form?
We are thinking about it. I reckon you will start seeing a paper version of the LT4 Zine coming out soon. Maybe four copies of it a year. The problem with trying to do records, zine, gigs and bookings is that it takes a lot of time, meaning you can’t do everything you want all the time. But we’ll get there.

and why do you think the cassette tape has made a sudden comeback in the past couple of years?
I can tell you right now why labels started doing it. They are cheap. Cheap as chips. The production cost is low and they don’t weigh very much. That’s the business side of it. Also, they were an under used product that replaced quickly. They have nostalgic value, they sound great (sometimes), they are fun, playful and what in the world is better than a mixtape?

What can we expect from you in 2014?
Lots of releases coming up in the first half of 2014. Three new acts added to the roster. Some tours. Paper zine. Maybe, maybe, maybe some live shows in Stockholm. Who knows. We would like to add some old Thanet artists to our Archives series which we started.

Can you recommend some Kent / Sweden based bands to watch out for this year?
Kent – Cosmic Thoughts are going to be the band of 2014
Sweden – WAGWAK. Not from Sweden but they live here. Lots of fun.

By Charles Tolfree

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10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN

10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN

10 facts about one of the most notorious and influential English rock bands from Liverpool.

1. Over ten years ago Bill Drummond summed up Echo and the Bunnymen’s career as “Lies, deceit, hatred, hotel floors, cocaine dealers, transit vans, acid trips, broken amplifiers, American girls, service stations, loss of innocence, corrupt road crews, missed opportunities, vanity, broken promises, shit gigs, bad sex, crap mixes, late VAT returns, petulance, incompetence, petty rivalry and Pete de Freitas dying.”

2. Their debut single, “Rescue”, reached No.62 in the UK charts whilst the album broke into the Top 20 at No. 17, following critical acclaim.

3. Drummer De Freitas shared a flat with guitarist Will Sergeant and bassist Les Pattinson

4. Former Colenso Parade singer Oscar turned down an offer to take over from McCulloch after he left the band when De Freitas tragically died in a motorbike accident at 27.

5. Vocalist Noel Burke and drummer Damon Reece were recruited by Pattinson and Sergeant to replace De Freitas and McCulloch in the band, they had previously been in St. Vitus Dance.

6. In 2002 EATBM won a Q Inspiration award for inspiring “new generations of musicians, songs and music lovers”. The band were said to be worthy winners because they have done so much to promote the Mersey music scene.

7. Ian McCulloch returned his copy of Metal Machine Music by Lou Reed to the record store claiming parts of the record were made of wood.

8. When they formed in 1978 they played with a drum machine for two years before drummer Pete De Freitas joined (1980)

9. The band have been signed to 7 labels and released 12 albums in total. (Labels: Cooking Vinyl, Euphoric, Warner Bros, Zoo, Sire, Ocean Rain London)

10. Ian McCulloch accidentally took heroine once. “I’ve never even taken it. Actually, I may taken it once . . . yeah . . . in Germany! I got caught short with a load of scag heads there and inadvertently took it. Can’t remember much about it though.”

SLAVES – BEAUTY QUEST

Anarcho-punk revivalists Slaves remind us all of the futility of seeking beauty with their latest lo fi rock track ‘Beauty Quest’. Catch the two-piece at Reading and Leeds Festival this summer.

BOOK REVIEW: THE FINAL TRUTH BY TERRY RAWLINGS

BOOK REVIEW: THE FINAL TRUTH BY TERRY RAWLINGS

THE MURDER OF A ROLLING STONE
BRIAN JONES: WHO KILLED CHRISTOPHER ROBIN?
THE FINAL TRUTH

BY TERRY RAWLINGS
WITH PAUL SPENDEL
(RockBookShop 2014)

In 1994 Terry Rawlings penned a book, which revealed the real and widely acknowledged truth behind the death of Brian Jones, original guitarist and founder of The Rolling Stones. In 2005 he brought out an updated version, which was the basis for Stephen Wooley [producer of The Crying Game and Scandal]’s 2005 MOVIE ‘STONED’ featuring David Morrissey and Paddy Considine.
Now in 2014, Rawlings returns with an updated version of his original bestseller Who Killed Christopher Robin to bring us up to speed on the latest findings in the murder investigation of Brian Jones, over 40 years on.

In this a real life rock and roll whodunit, not only has acclaimed author Terry Rawlings amassed evidence contradicting the official Accidental Death verdict, but also names Jones’ murderer.

BOOK REVIEW: KILLERS, THE ORIGINS OF IRON MAIDEN: 1975-1983 BY NEIL DANIELS

BOOK REVIEW: KILLERS, THE ORIGINS OF IRON MAIDEN: 1975-1983 BY NEIL DANIELS

(SOUNDCHECK BOOKS)

Neil Daniels traces Iron Maiden, one of the most popular heavy metal bands on earth, from their humble roots of East London, 1975 right through to the release of Piece of Mind when they were cemented as world-renowned rock stars. Despite this being one of many Iron Maiden books, Killers stands out as the first to explore the crucial early years in depth. Vital to the bands development, 1975 – 1983 held numerous changes and false starts before founder and bassist Steve Harris found his ideal line up.

Daniels, also of Author of Iron Maiden: The Ultimate Unauthorised History Of The Beast, has packed Killers with painstaking research and interviews with the band and those surrounding them at the time. The book also includes a foreword from Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and an afterword from ex-Judas Priest frontman Tim “Ripper” Owens.

FRIDAY TOMORROW!

Here’s the latest video from Electric River – In Your Name. These guys are managed by Eugene Butcher, Editor in-Chief of Vive Le Rock and Big Cheese Magazines so I predict you will be hearing a lot about them very soon!

KNOW YOUR ACCESSORIES!

KNOW YOUR ACCESSORIES!

CHIPPEWA-Original USA ENGINEER BOOTS

Power boots for rockers.

97863 BLK 10 EE

Just the same boots as Marlon Brando wore playing the iconic biker gang leader Johnny Strabler in the Wild One. Made in USA, this classic black leather Engineer boot is lightweight and made to last a lifetime.

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REPRINT OF THE CLASH ‘NIGHT OF TREASON’ 1976 POSTER

Rare and signed concert poster.

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Originally designed by the ‘Savage Pencil’ (Edwin Pouncey), this is a fantastic 2 colour screen print of a very rare Clash poster ‘Night of Treason’ from 1976. The concert took place on the 5th of November 76’ at the Royal College of Art with support from Subway Sect. This new limited screen print is an embossed and numbered edition of only 150 signed by the designer.

Available from: http://www.bamalamaposters.co.uk

USA BOBBLE HEADS

Because we all need a new way to show off our love for Tesco Vee.

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Liven up your mantelpiece with these 1 of 1000 limited edition rock n roll figures. Weither its Tesco Vee of The Meatmen, Handsome Dick Manitoba from The Dictators or Dr Junior’s J Mascis, now you can show off your music taste with these USA Bobbleheads.

Loads more music related merch available on their website http://www.mvdb2b.com