Stranger Fridays with Heavenly Recordings

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Next Friday, February 28th, the Heavenly crew will be DJing at one of our favourite record shops, Stranger Than Paradise in Hackney, London.

Jeff, Danny, Daisy and Diva will be spinning tunes from behind the counter, with the music being played out into the whole of Mare Street Market where the shop is situated too.

The event takes place as part of Heavenly’s 30 year anniversary celebrations, so expect to hear music from throughout the Heavenly catalogue alongside the regular mish-mash of music from our ever growing record collections.

If that wasn’t enough reason to throw a party, The Orielles new album Disco Volador comes out that day too! No doubt we’ll be hearing some tracks from that, fresh from the pressing plant.

We’ll also be raising a glass and paying our respects to the late Andrew Weatherall, who was a massive part of the label’s 30 year history and a big supporter of Stranger Than Paradise.

It’s free entry, with things kicking off from 7pm. Mare Street Market has a fully licensed bar and is open till late so it will surely be a night to remember 🍾

You can pre-order The Orielles’ Disco Volador on limited coloured vinyl from Stranger Than Paradise here. Choose the “click and collect” option at checkout and you can pick up your copy from the shop at the end of the night to take home with you.

Adulkt Life / Snoozers / Barry & Token Girl DJs at New River Studios

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Our recommended gig of the week is this Friday at North London’s New River Studios.

The night will feature:

Adulkt Life, a new band featuring members of the legendary Huggy Bear and Male Bonding (and our Sonny)

Snoozers, a new project from Jon Slade (ex-Huggy Bear, sometime Comet Gain, always good value)

Barry, South London’s quintessential queer guitar pop band

PLUS very special guests – we’re not allowed to tell you who but trust us when we say we are MEGA excited about them playing, all the way from the other side of the planet.

After all that Daisy and Diva, AKA Token Girl DJs, are gonna share their killer records with us to stop us being sad it’s all over!

Adulkt Life will have brand new zines hot off the press for reading on the bus home too.

See you there!


2020 Calderdale Flood Appeal

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Calderdale has been massively devastated by Storm Ciara. Many homes, roads and businesses throughout the region have been flooded and left underwater.

Calderdale is a place very close to our hearts, with The Orielles hailing from Halifax, Working Mens Club hailing from Todmorden, and one of the country’s greatest independent music venues – The Trade’s Club – being situated in Hebden Bridge.

Said venue is hosting a fundraiser event on Friday 28 February to help people hardest hit in their community. More details and tickets are available here.

You can also donate to the Calderdale flood appeal directly here.

Please help how you can.

Caught by the River Presents Greenery


Caught by the River are teaming up with Tim Dee for an evening of Greenery in Bristol on April 3rd.

Celebrating the release of Dee’s book of the same name, Greenery will feature readings and conversations from the author himself as well as Will Burns, Luci Gorell Barnes, Alexandra Harris and Michael Malay.

There will also be a talk about the work of Bristol-based artist Greg Poole, the painter of Greenery‘s cover, who sadly died in December 2018.

Read more about the event and grab tickets over at Caught by the River.

Working Mens Club – White Rooms & People


Working Mens Club have released a brand new single and video – ‘White Rooms & People’.

The video was directed by Kieran Evans, who had this to say about the band, and the video:

I’ve lost count how many people have told me a band will blow my mind when i see them live only for the whole experience to be a huge disappointment. but then again on a warm summer evening last june, that very rare moment where my mind was blown actually did happen and working mens club were responsible. just 40 odd people and me slowly losing our minds in a sweaty basement. fuck they were good. i mean really fucking good.

fast forward 5 months and jeff barrett fires over a soundcloud link to me of white rooms and people and a simple question. promo. interested?…
fuck yeah.

so here goes….
i wanted to abstract the idea of what a band should be seen to “do” in a pop video. what is the purpose of performing/miming live in this unreal state? i love the bands attitude especially syds stage persona so i played with the idea of the band showing complete disinterest and nonchalance to this “requirement” to perform to camera. a number of the set-ups were devised on the day of the shoot with the band which made the process even more fun. the stereotypical visuals of cables, amps and paraphernalia were dumped in favour of the band presenting an attitude in the way they ‘performed’ or “mimed” the song.

in terms of the look and feel, the more i listened to the track, the more i wanted the shoot to have an analogue feel. the song is such a hook laden monster i wanted to really set it visually apart from the current crop of indie style guitar bands promo’s set in derelict warehouses. with that in mind, i started looking at early 80’s video art as reference points and especially the slightly off kilter vision fx treatments of footage that somehow gave “meaning” to the art and the messages behind it.. so we worked with a vivid, colourful palette that lent itself more to 80’s style videos…the one request syd had was he wanted the promo to have a weird/unsettling feel to the clip despite the colour and vividness so I devised a simple narrative of framing the presentation of the promo within a strange, unsettling gallery space with a slightly dark twist to the band and protagonists fate. the clue is in the quote at the top of the promo….

ps. working mens club will truly blow your fucking mind. i’m telling you now.


You, Me & Cold War Steve – The International Exhibition of the People


Artist Cold War Steve has released a brand new exhibition which is completely free to download, encouraging people to print and put it up wherever they deem fit.

“The exhibition could run in your local library, a pub, front room, back garden, doctors surgery, music venue . . or even a gallery.

The first space to announce they’ll be hosting a version of it is Mannakin, a mannequin hire, sales, and recycling shop in Lincolnshire.

Head to Cold War Steve’s website for more details and to download the exhibition for your own showing!

Cold War Steve aka Christopher Spencer is an artist from Birmingham, England who specialises in surreal, satirical and hilarious collages originally made on his phone and iPad. Since 2016 Cold War Steve’s Twitter account with almost daily posts has been a lifeline to many in these dark times with his following increasing by the day. Three solo exhibitions, two books with Thames & Hudson, commissions for the National Galleries of Scotland and the Whitworth in Manchester, a giant billboard installation at Glastonbury Festival and an international TIME magazine cover have all followed in the last year. 

Proper Mag #33 featuring The Orielles

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Manchester’s Proper magazine has released it’s latest issue, #33, which includes a big feature on The Orielles.

In the feature, the band take us through an A-Z of their influences and favourite filmmakers, authors, places and more across 10 colourful pages.

The magazine also has an interview with the British Culture Archive, who recently had an exhibition at The Social.

We picked up our copy at the excellent Rare Mags shop in Stockport Old Town. You can also order a copy from Proper’s website.