Release announcement and Video Premiere: DL Burdon – Countdown Sessions (Little Rocket Records, 2020)

At the end of 2019, DL Burdon (Leatherface, Former Cell Mates, Anchor Bends) returned to his home town Sunderland to play a sold-out Christmas gig at one of Sunderland’s oldest pubs, The Ship Isis, situated just opposite the towns’ former site of the famous Vaux Brewery, by the River Wear. Some of you may remember this being announced on this very site. Long story short, the gig sold out quick-smart, and I’m told a raucous, boozy good old time was had by all…

The following day, Davey and Little Rocket Records label owner, Graeme Philliskirk (Leatherface, Medictation) met at the infamous Bunker (where Little rocket Records HQ is based), which is the home of all things punk rock and musical within Sunderland’s rich cultural tapestry to this day. Taking the perhaps perilous decision to take the “hair of the dog” approach to easing their heavy heads, the pair partook of a few light whiskeys. One thing led to another, and Davey picked up a guitar and played six songs from his ever-growing repertoire. Secretly, Graeme quickly engaged the “Record Button” and captured this impromptu, off the cuff small live set.

The six tracks presented here span Davey’s post-Leatherface musical endeavours, and take in a couple of numbers from Former Cell Mates (The Reason) and Anchor Bends (Playful Slaps), as well as four cuts spanning his burgeoning solo career. The mood here is as stripped back, sombre and achingly beautiful and honest as you would no doubt expect. Today, we are priviliged to be able to host the video premiere of Still Casting Shadows for your viewing and listening pleasure. The track originally appears on the solo album Accidental Aesop (released via Boss Tuneage).

The Countdown Sessions is available now via the DL Burdon and Little Rocket Records bandcamp page

Tony of Nurgle is a true child of the North, recently returned to Yorkshire and residing in Leeds (after close to a decade living in exile in Croydon and South East London). He used to co-run a specialist record store in Manchester (Roadkill Records), and also several years as a promoter, and put on shows for the likes of Leatherface, the Loved Ones, Lucero, Minus The Bear, These Arms Are Snakes, Spy vs Spy, Latterman etc. He also spent several years DJing at shady rock clubs in Manchester, and started the infamous Thursday night "punk room" at Jilly's Rockworld. Also responsible for Middle Finger Response, and collaborated with a couple of friends on a monthly night called Refuse to Lose, which will still occasionally reunite the original DJ line-up - next event at Retro in Manchester on 07/09/2019. Apart from that, it's all bitterness and a jaundiced view of human nature, occasionally skateboarding, always exhausted, often reading books with maps in the front.

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