Podcast #5: Jamie from Aerial Salad Chatting Utter Shite

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.

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The Shell Corporation: “Every time I come home from tour I have to make it up to my cat.” [Interview]

Californian skate-punks The Shell Corporation spoke to us about their new record ‘Fucked’ and their relentless touring schedule.

Interview by Mark Bell and Sarah Williams.

The Shell Corporation are an ascerbically political, enticingly fast meldodic punk band from Burbank, California, who our podcast host Mark Bell is a particular fan of. They’ve just released an incredible new album fucked. on La Escalera records, and they’re taking a trip over to the UK for the first time in May!

We spoke to Jan (vocals) and Curtiss (guitar) to learn more about the awesome new record, their relentless touring and how they function as a band. As it turns out, they make great jokes as well as great music.

Thank you for talking to us! You’re on the road promoting the new album fucked. at the moment. How’s the tour going so far?

  • JAN: The tour went well! It’s good to get back to places that we’ve been before and see old friends. I’m always pleasantly surprised to show up at a gig and there are twenty people there to see my band, and I don’t even know any of them.
  • CURTISS: Ya, this last tour up the West Coast was really fun, but I’m really looking forward to Europe in May. We are getting to play a lot of new places and this will be the first time we are going to the UK so we are pretty stoked. From what I can tell, this upcoming tour has no places where I have to shit in a hole, so everything’s coming up Milhouse.

What’s the strangest (or most notable) thing to happen to you so far, on this tour?

  • JAN: Thankfully, nothing notable or strange happened to us on the tour. The van didn’t break down, we got paid at almost every show and nothing got stolen. I’d call that a win.
  • CURTISS: Hmm… This tour was pretty tame on the weirdness scale actually. Which is kind of a bummer (as a guy in a punk rock band) but a total blessing at the same time (as a guy who also has a mortgage to pay). In the past we’ve always had stuff like Sean’s toe being ripped from his body, Jake nearly dying in a German hospital, getting shaken down by border cops and accidentally destroying a farm town’s prize squash. But nah, besides getting yelled at by methheads for not sharing our Jameson, this tour was pretty positive.

How long have you know each other? Have you always been in bands together?

  • JAN: Curtiss and I have known each other since 1988 or thereabouts. We’ve been playing in bands together since we were in high school. I met Sean when we started this band (he was a friend of a friend of Curtiss’), and Curtiss and I met Jake on tour in Europe. He was playing drums for The Briggs and we were playing guitar in another band. When we were putting together Shell Corp., we ran into Joey Briggs at Punk Rock Bowling. He mentioned that Jake was looking for a band, and so we made Joey call Jake right then and there to get him on board.
  • CURTISS: Ya, like Jan said, we’ve known each other since we were wee little kids. I think we traded Nintendo games. Then later we were the only two kids in town who liked Propagandhi and Dead Kennedys but also John Coltrane and Miles Davis. It makes for a strange mix of patches on a leather jacket, but apparently a long lasting friendship. I first met Sean in Las Vegas. He was onstage at a karaoke bar singing Poison by Bel Biv Devoe in a Jawbreaker shirt. Instant friendship. Jake however, was too talented to be in our band. However, alcohol makes us very charming and we convinced him to make a terrible career choice and join us.

Can you describe your song writing process?

  • JAN: I write the lyrics and melody and usually some kind of an outline of an arrangement. I record that on my iPad with maybe a track of backups and some guitar or bass – whatever is needed to convey the idea of the song. Curtiss, Jake, and Sean take that sketch and write their parts and work out the arrangement for the song, which usually ends up being totally different than how I had envisioned it. Some of the fastest burners on fucked. started out as ballads.
  • CURTISS: For this record, I bowed out of the writing process and just focused on the production side. Partly because I thought it would be better to have Jan’s singular vision drive the songs, but more than that it was probably just me being lazy. Don’t tell him that though… if he asks it’s because of a more “pure artistic” process or some shit.

Bonus Drunkcast: MPF Highlights with Holly from Kiss Me, Killer

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.]

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Shout Louder Podcast #4: Manchester Punk Festival Special

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:

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Shout Louder Podcast #3: Deep Inside I’m A Cynical Fuck

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.

Podcast #2: Dinosaurs and Drunken Disasters

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:

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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.

The podcast is available on iTunes and all good podcatchers. Please rate, review and subscribe to the podcast – it helps to promote the show and so that other listeners can find it.

This episode features the following tracks:

Please do give us your feedback! Let us know what you liked the most and what we could do better, so that we can keep making the podcast better for you in future.

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.

Shout Louder Podcast #1: There’s a Bear in the Circle Pit!

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!