Dan and Rob from melodic hardcore heavyweights Darko join Sarah for a chat. We talk lyrics, cocktails and tour stories. Dan shits his pants and Rob gets shat on by a bird. Don’t miss this!
Darko are simultaneously one of the hardest-working and hardest-partying bands we know. They are all dedicated, intelligent and serious musicians… but that doesn’t mean that they’re above telling us about shitting a tent at Punk Rock Holiday.
Join us for this special episode of the Shout Louder Podcast with Dan Smith and Rob Piper of Guildford’s melodic hardcore tour-de-force: Darko. We have an in-depth chat, finishing with the most embarrassing Worst Time story we’ve heard yet.
We also tell the tale behind the ‘summer cocktail’ bundle they have recently announced, with a gorgeous yellow/pink/blue splatter re-press of their stunning album Bonsai Mammoth. I wanted to find out a bit more background behind some of the songs and how the band manage to balance their punk rock lifestyles with their day jobs.
You can also enjoy music from Forever Unclean, Money Left To Burn and A Wilhelm Scream. And Rob gets shat on by a bird. You wouldn’t want to miss that. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud or wherever you get your podcasts!
Darko’s summer cocktail bundle can be pre-ordered from Lockjaw Records, with special edition t-shirts and posters – you can pick up a copy here.
Darko are heading out on a rare UK tour with A Wilhelm Scream in two weeks time. Shout Louder strongly recommend that you go to as many dates on this tour as you possibly can. Here’s the full list:
- June 21st: Glasgow, Nice & Sleazy with Shout Louder’s personal faves The Affect Heuristic
- June 22nd: Manchester, Star & Garter with Fair Do’s and Throwing Stuff
- June 23rd: Norwich, Waterfront with Other Half
- June 24th: London, New Cross Inn part of Polite Riot Festival
- June 25th: Bristol, Exchange with The Run Up
- June 26th: Stafford, Redrum with Funeral Shakes and This Is The End
- June 27th: Southampton, Joiners with Almeida
Continue reading “Podcast #7: Rob & Dan from Darko Takeover!”
Episode 4 is packed full of punk rock treats for you! We have an interview with Australian party machines The Bennies, a massive Umlaut Records giveaway to celebrate the new Consumed release and tales of SBÄM Fest and El Topo Goes Loco. We also play new tunes from The Human Project, Youth Avoiders, Tragical History Tour and Consumed!
Our highlight was catching up with Anty and Nick from The Bennies in Beligum, and asking them about their worst experience ever! Hold on till the end of the episode for that.
First up, Mark and Sarah discuss their recent gigs, including an account Austrian punk festival SBÄM Fest, including talk of Propagandhi, Satanic Surfers, No Trigger, Astpai, Wonk Unit, Donots and The Murderburgers. Sarah gets emotional, has Iron Chic mansplained to her, gains a boob bruise and discovers the perils of getting drunk with Darko two weeks in a row.
We also cover Belgian sunny ska/skate romp El Topo Goes Loco, including The Bennies, Beat The Red Light, The Affect Heuristic, Thanx 4 All The Shoes, The Burnt Tapes, Slack Birds, Imperial Leisure and Not Available. Mark also chats about TIE Fighter Pilot, Project Revise and Butt Plug Babies, plus we share a love of a Bangers.
Come join us in Sarah’s living room, talking faster than light to get through all this awesome content.
Continue reading “Podcast #6: The Bennies, Consumed, SBÄM Fest & El Topo”
Jamie Munro joins us a guest for this no-holds-barred episode, bonding over a love of drinking, punk rock and conversational tangents.
On Episode #5 Mark and Sarah are joined by the Aerial Salad’s loquacious frontman Jamie Munro. If you’re not already familiar with Manchester’s freshest pop-punks then this is a great chance to get to know them better.
Join us in Sarah’s living room as we bond over a love of conversational tangents and talk utter shite about the UK punk rock world. Share in the laughter as Mark ‘Hunkasaurus’ Bell makes a failed attempt to rein Jamie and Sarah in!
We cover myriad topics, including Jamie’s wholesome adventures in Disneyland, alt-girl-specific paedophilia, drug-induced escapades, an ex-girlfriend crying during Jamie’s set and a prediction for Jamie’s miserable future. We also share our love for Triple Sundae, Fastfade, Burnt Tapes, Incisions, Clayface, Pizzzatramp, Astpai, Sham City Roasters and many more.
We’ve even got an exclusive unreleased Aerial Salad track and an announcement for their upcoming European tour with The Raging Nathans. We also celebrate the line-up announcement for Polite Riot festival, including the addition of Apologies, I Have None to an incredible line-up that already features Teenage Bottlerocket and A Wilhelm Scream.
If that’s not enough for you, we’ve even got music from EAT DIRT, Two Houses and The Affect Heuristic.
Continue reading “Podcast #5: Jamie from Aerial Salad Chatting Utter Shite”
Holly Searle joins us to talk Manchester Punk Fest highlights and Hell Hath No Fury Fest.
“Let’s record a podcast,” I said.
“When’s the next time we’ll both be in the same place?” he said.
“How about at Manchester Punk Festival? Sunday morning might work.”
“Sweet. We need to check out of the hotel at 10:30, we’ll be at yours for 11am.”
In hindsight, that is the moment where it all went wrong. Mark Bell, our podcast co-host and general all-round sensible guy, agreed to this idea, no doubt considering the fact that he doesn’t tend to drink too much and that he’s smart enough to go home before the end of the afterparty.
Unfortunately, we didn’t factor in was my tendency to keep partying as early into the morning as possible. I lasted all the way through the afterparty, then ventured to the after-after party, then did some street drinking, then wound up at my friend’s flat partying with the last of MPF’s survivors. This is where Mark found me at 10:45 on Sunday morning, still drinking, swearing profusely and talking over everyone in a drunken fashion like a right twat. [Edit: I thought I’d powered through, but apparently I’d passed out and needed to be woken up 3 times while Mark was calling me.]
And so we recorded a podcast. Immediately afterwards, I passed out on a staircase. Continue reading “Bonus Drunkcast: MPF Highlights with Holly from Kiss Me, Killer”
Mark and Sarah discuss all things MPF 2018 including insider tips and line-up clashes, plus we announce the Wotsit Called Fest headliner!
We are so excited to share Podcast #4 with you! This is our favourite one so far; we just hope you love it as much as we do. You can listen on iTunes, Soundcloud and many other podcatchers, or on the link below.
Recorded in the extremely silly, hungover aftermath of Dugstock Festival Mark and Sarah discuss all things Manchester Punk Festival in detail. We pick through the whole line-up, talk about the festival’s history and give you insider tips on surviving the weekend. Even if you’re not attending the festival, it’s worth a listen to hear some fantastic punk tunes and to laugh at how tired we are.
Stay tuned till the end as we will also be proudly announcing the Friday night headliner of Wotsit Called Festival. Wotsit Called was one of our top festivals of 2017 and it’s growing even bigger this year. It takes place on the last weekend of September at The Palace in Hastings – you can book tickets here. We can’t wait to tell you who they’ve booked!
The podcast is available on iTunes (here) and all other good podcatchers, or you can listen to it right now:
These are the songs we play:
Continue reading “Shout Louder Podcast #4: Manchester Punk Festival Special”
Episode 3 is here! Featuring brand new music from Call Me Malcolm, Nosebleed and Triple Sundae, plus tunes from March and On A Hiding To Nothing.
We’re back! In Episode 3 we are excited to share three fresh tracks with you ahead of their release – you can look forward to new songs from Nosebleed, Triple Sundae and Call Me Malcolm. We also have some fast noisy stuff from March and On A Hiding To Nothing.
Sarah get annoyed and goes off on tangents, while Mark is there to rein her back in as usual. Mark shares his love of All Saints and displays an incredibly poor knowledge of hip hop, Sarah shares a love of The Strokes and a hatred of Good Charlotte as we discuss some of our musical origins. We also share a mutual story about getting rained on Punk Rock Holiday.
After having a good whinge, we discuss some of the most exciting releases of the moment, including Our Lives In Cinema, Eat Dirt, Money Left To Burn and The Affect Heuristic. We take plenty of time to discuss the shows we’ve been to lately including Shredfest (with No Contest, Laughing In The Face Of, Almeida, Sombulance, LineOut and Dead Neck), Pat Butcher‘s carrot in a minute gag, Only Strangers, Kiss Me Killer, Honey, The Domestics and The Kirkz.
The podcast is available on Itunes and all other good podcatchers, or you can listen to it right now:
These are the songs we played:
You can subscribe to the podcast on Itunes or whichever podcatcher you use. You can also find all of our previous episodes on Soundcloud. Please give us your feedback. Is there anything we should be doing differently? Let us know.
If anyone wants to read my predictions for 2018 which Mark mentions in the podcast, you can find it here. Why not also have a gander at our reviews of Only Strangers/Rising Strike/The Kirkz? If you enjoyed our chats about Mark Bartlett in Our Lives In Cinema, check out the piece he wrote for Shout Louder about creating the album and the challenges of DIY punk.
Dinosaurs, songs to go down to, regrettable drunken incidents and the origins of a rubber skull. Episode 2 available now!
Episode 2 of the Shout Louder Podcast is now available! You can now find it on iTunes and Soundcloud, or you can listen through the link below.
What’s Sarah’s most regrettable drunk-at-a-gig incident? What’s Mark’s ‘death song’? What’s the deal with Dugstock’s Dug mascot? What’s Mark’s favourite dinosaur? You will soon find out.
We’ve got music from PMX, Stabbed In Back, Aerial Salad, Lesdystics and Harsh Realms. We talk in detail about Dugstock 2 (Umlaut Records’ 3-day festival over the Easter Weekend). Mark finds a decent song to go down to. Sarah gets overly excited, plays some random songs and misprounces a lot of words.
Sarah talks about a gig she recently attended at The Old Courts in Wigan, with Speed Dinosaurs, The Mighty Bossmags, Fair Do’s, Roughneck Riot and The Crash Mats. Mark gives a concise, organised description of his current Top 5 favourite bands, while Sarah goes off on a variety of unnecessary tangents. Mark convinces Sarah to share the drunkest gig incident she most regrets (spoiler: we’re not talking about Punk Rock Holiday, let’s forget that night ever happened). Here’s a clue:
Thank you so much for your amazing feedback on #1, it’s great to hear that so many of your enjoyed the podcast. Keep telling us what you want; we love hearing from you.
Give it a listen, give it a share and give us a shout! Let us know what you think.
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This episode features the following tracks:
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We have some super exciting stuff coming up on the next to episodes – we’ve got two big, exclusive announcements and heaps of new tunes. We’re working to get some guests involved for #5 onwards, so watch this space.
Welcome to our brand new Shout Louder podcast, bringing new music and gig gossip direct to your ears.
We are extremely excited to announce a our brand new podcast!
This new branch of Shout Louder is designed to bring new music, gig gossip and amusing anecdotes direct to you ears.
Your podcast hosts are Sarah Williams and Mark Bell. Sarah’s the puppet master of Shout Louder and a certified gig-addict. Mark’s an illustrator, guitarist and promoter who runs Umlaut Records, along with the other lovely guys from Mug. If you don’t know him personally, you will probably recognise his artwork from a t-shirt you own!
Why is there a bear in the mosh pit? What’s it like to play to a crowd of deaf people? What waxy horrors lurk inside Sarah’s ears? How many tangents can Sarah drift off on? In this episode we talk about some of the bands we’ve seen recently, album’s we’re currently obsessed with and the worst gig Mark’s ever played. You can also hear music from F.O.D., The Shell Corporation, Only Strangers and Arms & Hearts.
Give it a listen, give it a share and give us a shout! Let us know what you think.
The podcast will be available online through iTunes and all your lovely podcatching clients in the near future. Bare with us for now – we’re trialling the first episode through this website online.
In future, we are hoping to get some guests involved, bring you some interesting info and interview, and new loads of new music.
If you like it, please subscribe and give us a share! We would also love to hear your feedback so that we can be even better next time. Give us a shout!