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11:44- just trying to finish up my APES summer assignment so i can get it out of the way. this stuff is really easy, but it’s so tedious too… i mean, in what life situation will i not have a calculator to perform long division?

Prawn’s new 12" EP will be released on July 3. The band also just started their European / UK run with Ape Up! from May 21 through June 29! The full list of dates is below.

  • 21.05.12 – CZ – Prague – Chapeau Rouge 
  • 22.05.12 – CZ – Brno – Fléda
  • 23.05.12 – DE – Menden - Autonum Zentrum
  • 24.05.12 – DE – Hamburg – Komet
  • 25.05.12 – DK – Copenhagen – KB18
  • 26.05.12 – NO – Oslo – Revolver 
  • 27.05.12 – NO – Trondheim – Lobbyen 
  • 28.05.12 – NO – Oslo – Secret show 
  • 29.05.12 – SW – Stockholm – Kafe 44
  • 30.05.12 – SW/DK - TBA
  • 01.06.12 – DE – Berlin – Schokoladen 
  • 02.06.12 – DE – Aachen – AZ 
  • 03.06.12 – FR – Lille – L’Imposture 
  • 05.06.12 – DE – Trier – Ex-Haus
  • 06.06.12 – SW – Porrentruy – Gallerie du Sauvage 
  • 07.06.12 – IT – Milan – Leo
  • 08.06.12 – IT – Bolzano – Rock’n roll Club
  • 09.06.12 – DE – Dresden – AZ Conni 
  • 10.06.12 – AU – Vienna – Rhiz 
  • 11.06.12 – PL – Lodz – Klub Dom
  • 13.06.12 – DE – Mainz – Haus Mainusch
  • 14.06.12 – UK – Southampton – Bargate Castle
  • 15.06.12 – UK – Folkestone – The View 
  • 16.06.12 – UK – Sheffield – Redhouse (all dayer)
  • 17.06.12 – UK – York – Stereo (matinee show)
  • 17.06.12 – UK – Manchester – Tiger Lounge
  • 18.06.12 – UK – Cornwall – Live Bar 
  • 19.06.12 – UK – Cardiff – Undertone 
  • 20.06.12 – UK – Brighton – Green Door Store (matinee show)
  • 21.06.12 – UK – London – The Black Heart
  • 22.06.12 – UK – Kingston (London) – The Hippodrome
  • 23.06.12 – UK – Milton Keynes – The Craufurd Arms 
  • 23.06.12 – UK – Basingstoke – Bang Bar 
  • 24.06.12 – BE – Antwerpen – Kavka 
  • 25.06.12 – FR – Paris – La Miroiterie 
  • 26.06.12 – FR – Bordeaux – Les lectures Aléatoires 
  • 27.06.12 – FR – Toulouse – Connexion 
  • 28.06.12 – SP – Barcelona – Jazz Cava 
  • 29.06.12 – FR – Tarbes – Celtic Pub

The Facebook event page for the tour is here.

Prawn UK / EU dates announced!

Prawn is headed over to Europe and the UK with Ape Up! from May 21 through June 29! The full list of dates is below.

  • 21.05.12 – CZ – Prague – Chapeau Rouge 
  • 22.05.12 – CZ – Brno – Fléda
  • 23.05.12 – DE – Menden - Autonum Zentrum
  • 24.05.12 – DE – Hamburg – Komet
  • 25.05.12 – DK – Copenhagen – KB18
  • 26.05.12 – NO – Oslo – Revolver 
  • 27.05.12 – NO – Trondheim – Lobbyen 
  • 28.05.12 – NO – Oslo – Secret show 
  • 29.05.12 – SW – Stockholm – Kafe 44
  • 30.05.12 – SW/DK - TBA
  • 01.06.12 – DE – Berlin – Schokoladen 
  • 02.06.12 – DE – Aachen – AZ 
  • 03.06.12 – FR – Lille – L’Imposture 
  • 05.06.12 – DE – Trier – Ex-Haus
  • 06.06.12 – SW – Porrentruy – Gallerie du Sauvage 
  • 07.06.12 – IT – Milan – Leo
  • 08.06.12 – IT – Bolzano – Rock’n roll Club
  • 09.06.12 – DE – Dresden – AZ Conni 
  • 10.06.12 – AU – Vienna – Rhiz 
  • 11.06.12 – PL – Lodz – Klub Dom
  • 13.06.12 – DE – Mainz – Haus Mainusch
  • 14.06.12 – UK – Southampton – Bargate Castle
  • 15.06.12 – UK – Folkestone – The View 
  • 16.06.12 – UK – Sheffield – Redhouse (all dayer)
  • 17.06.12 – UK – York – Stereo (matinee show)
  • 17.06.12 – UK – Manchester – Tiger Lounge
  • 18.06.12 – UK – Cornwall – Live Bar 
  • 19.06.12 – UK – Cardiff – Undertone 
  • 20.06.12 – UK – Brighton – Green Door Store (matinee show)
  • 21.06.12 – UK – Derby – The Old Bell
  • 22.06.12 – UK – Kingston (London) – The Hippodrome
  • 23.06.12 – UK – Milton Keynes – The Craufurd Arms 
  • 23.06.12 – UK – Basingstoke – Bang Bar 
  • 24.06.12 – BE – Antwerpen – Kavka 
  • 25.06.12 – FR – Paris – La Miroiterie 
  • 26.06.12 – FR – Bordeaux – Les lectures Aléatoires 
  • 27.06.12 – FR – Toulouse – Connexion 
  • 28.06.12 – SP – Barcelona – Jazz Cava 
  • 29.06.12 – FR – Tarbes – Celtic Pub

The Facebook event page for the tour is here.

“Tejas” - Ape Up!

It’s a busy time for the little label with a lot of love, Count Your Lucky Stars. Ape Up!, one of a number of recent signees, could prove to be one of the more interesting ones, beginning with the recently released 10" Kemosabe. A solid, short release, one that has me anticipating hearing more Ape Up!

Primarily showing a penchant for quick, energetic punk anthems, the foursome’s stay is brief and abrasive, but with more depth than may be initially apparent. For one, the “punk” part is a bit hard to pin down - vocals lean toward the heavier, dirtier side, but with moments of pop-punk sing-along popping up. My favorite part, though, is the instrumentation: it evolves unexpectedly throughout, with more intriguing guitar lines, sometimes in the vein of other emo-style CYLS bands, emerging from the normal propulsive punk scrum and providing a little twist and depth that are quite satisfying. 

- Tyler Hanan

If there’s one thing this zine was missing, it was somebody to take the piss. Well here’s my Interview with Chris and Foxy from Sunday League. I hope you enjoy it! Bloody Geordies.  

Hello Sunday League, Could you introduce yourselves and what each of you does in the band?

Chris: I do vocals and write lyrics

Foxy: Guitar, wearing no top

How would you explain to somebody that hadn’t heard your band before what your sound is like?

Chris: I explained it to my uncle as being like Slipknot mixed with Joy Division

Foxy: What Chris says but with a pinch of Crazytown

Is there any kind of story behind the name ‘Sunday League’?

Chris: Our friend John (Mullet wearers John) was there when we were trying to decide on a name and we realised that with his mullet and moustache, he looked like a sunday league dad. Thus, Sunday League was born. Before this we considered the names Bike Rides and Camelias.

Foxy: What Chris said but woth a pinch of Crazytown

Your EP ‘The Hall & Oates Sessions’ was released June last year. Do you feel like this record boosted the profile of SxL?

Chris: I think so. I think a few people were maybe into us before H&O, but we definitely got more shows after we released that, haha. 

Foxy: This one time, I was walking and I saw a young fan wearing a Sunday League Bill Murray shirt. I gave him a look as if to say ‘nice shirt’ and he looked back as if to say 'yeah, NICE shirt’, but I don’t think he really knew who I was. To summarise, no.

What kind of response did it get from your listeners/fans? Were you happy with it?

Foxy: My dad likes it and put it on while we were eating christmas dinner. If he’s happy, i’m happy.

Chris: Bandcamp statistics show that it is vaguely popular within the 'emo’ tag, haha. It wasn’t reviewed much by zines/blogs etc, I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. There are parts where I hate my vocals, but that’s my problem I suppose.

Do you think you’ve progressed a lot as a band since your first release in 2010?

Chris: We’ve had lineup changes since we first started, so naturally the way we write has changed a lot, and the overall sound has changed. I think if you took a song like 'Just because you’re on strings’ from the first demo and held it up against 'Wild Wolves’ from H&O, it sounds like two different bands. And the stuff we’re writing now has developed and changed quite a bit from those songs too.

Foxy: After the first release, I wasn’t excited about the direction we could have went, and felt like we could write stuff that wasn’t going to be lumped in with anything else going on at that time. I feel H&O is a good transition between what we were doing then and what we are doing now.

Ben (Friend of Sunday League): I think it was more organic than that.

How is it being signed to a label that one of your members (Chris) runs?

Chris: I run it for the most part but Nathan is involved. I will say we aren’t 'signed’ to any label, nor does the label sign any bands. It’s a bit more relaxed than that. We are doing stuff with a few different labels at the minute.

Foxy: It’s a bastard, Chris is strict, kind of like a DIY dictator. We’ve argued many times. But I love him deep down.

Do you have any new material/releases/merch in the works?

Foxy: Of course.

Chris: We’re going to be on a split with our friends Cycle Schmeichel as well as Giant Peach and Haircut. That will be out on What we Should be Doing Records. We’re writing for our full length right now, and we’re about halfway done with that, and most plans for the release have been finalised. We should also have new shirts and stuff soon.

You guys are from the Newcastle area right? How is your scene there? Is there much of a scene for emo or screamo/skramz music or do you find yourselves playing shows outside of Newcastle a lot?

Chris: There are a couple of bands you could call emo, most notably Wrestling. Newcastle has a good history of punk/hardcore stuff, and there are a bunch of good indie bands about at the minute. We play local shows about once a month or so. I think Manchester is our spiritual home as a band.

Foxy: What Chris said, I think we don’t get asked to play a lot of shows in Newcastle due to extreme amounts of nudity during our set. However, Manchester seems a lot more down with that shit.

Most of the bands I’m interviewing at the minute are getting this question but how excited are you to play the Prawn all dayer in June?

Foxy: Not very.

Chris: I’m excited. Prawn are good, Ape Up! are mint and i’m excited to see Papayer. I believe there will be a BBQ also, so that’s good.

Have you got any other shows/tours coming up apart from the Prawn show?

Foxy: Yes.

Chris: We’re doing our first tour first week of july. It takes in my birthday so that’s pretty exciting. We’re playing ManchFester next weekend, with a bunch of my favourite bands, that is also very very exciting.

What would you say are your biggest influences that contribute musically to Sunday League?

Foxy: Kebabs, Koosday, vests, fake tan, lasses, and just getting smashed.

Chris: The Smiths/Morrissey, Tom Waits, Chuck Palahniuck.

Right this is the part of the interview where you get to shout out to anybody (Bands/Friends/Local Talent ect) you want. Go ahead.

Chris: Please check out Well Wisher, Ten Speed Bicycle, Cycle Schmeichel, Wrestling, Dads, What we Should be Doing Records, Moshtache Records, Listen to Aylin, Lee Keith Innes, Ben Bowsher, Calvinball, Bird Calls, Ravachol, We Came Out Like Tigers, Mark Buchanan, xAidenClarkx, Ash from Krash, Pure Graft, Baskin’s Wish, Tide of Iron.

Foxy: Hall & Oates, Crazytown, Sunday League, Phil Collins, Design the Skyline, BMTH, Cradle of Filth.

Last question. If you could tour with any four bands to any four places, Who, Why and Where?

Foxy: Cradle of Filth tour in Eastern Europe.

Chris: One tour with four bands- Dads, Cycle Schmeichel, Wrestling, Well Wisher would be pretty intense. In the US, why not.

Thanks so much for doing this. Means a lot! Any last words?

Chris: Thank you for having an interest in our party.

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