Previews Releases

Ummagma to release new studio album “Compass” on June 26th 2019 on Leonard Skully Records

We are pleased to announce indie pop electronic rock duo Ummagma will be releasing their vinyl LP ‘Compass’ this June on Leonard Skully Records.
Their third long-play, this is the duo’s first album in seven years and also the first time the band is releasing a record on vinyl.

Ahead of this album, they present the “Caravan” single, along with a special B-side “Ty i Ya”. The title track is an invigorating pop rock anthem inspired by the musicians’ own journeys and infused with Carpathian gammas and percussion. Listen to the new single below.


Album and Art Booklet The Prayer & Profanity of HOWARD COWARD by Chelsea Hare

Now available to buy at The Peer Hat in Manchester for £10 or mail order with postage. We joined forces with North East based Plastic Palace Records to make this release happen.
The Prayer & Profanity of HOWARD COWARD was written and recorded by Chelsea Hare. During the process, drawings emerged like sprouting branches from the same tree, further colouring the themes of the album through symbols and signposts. This 28-page booklet includes all of the original artwork, in album-order, to provide the listener with a cryptic map to turn through as the album plays. This accompaniment also includes lyrics. Each copy comes with a download code.


Politburo’s 2nd Album ‘Barrington Way’ and Tour Dates

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Politburo’s second album is entitled ‘Barrington Way’ and will be released on 19th August 2016 through Leonard Skully Records.

The band have also announced a UK tour in August:

4th August, Bristol, Stag and Hounds
7th August, Blackpool, Stanley Park
12th August, Nottingham, Jam Cafe
17th August, Manchester, Night n Day
19th August, York, The Basement, with George Boomsma
20th August, London, The Betsey Trotwood
25th August, Glasgow, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy




The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur Vinyl EP Now Available to Buy

With Danny’s enveloping hooks, Daniel’s swooning falsetto… the new songs invite paradoxical praise: serenely assaultive, vertiginously soothing – The Guardian

They’re in the moment, with a perfect blend of past, present, and future – Wax Poetics

The Veldt are a unique and singular, musical proposition – authentic American soul music, without post-modern irony, without cliché. If theVelvet Underground had left the Factory and toured with STAX … They are Kane’s kissing kousins – Rudy Tambala (A.R. Kane)

Their awesome wobbly psychy guitar music and from-the-heart soulful vocals are as wonderful as ever…myself and Robin Guthrie are just 2 screaming fans – Creation Records’ Founder Joe Foster

For black artists, doing anything outside of the bubble, beyond what’s derivative of what white kids are doing, being able to express yourself honestly, is not celebrated at all. So when I heard these guys, it gave me confidence – Doc McKinney (The Weeknd, Drake, Estherio)

A reply to anyone who thinks that soul is missing from the indie-rock scene – Village Voice

Equal parts Jesus and Mary Chain and James Brown – NY Press

Identical twins Daniel and Danny Chavis may originally hail from Raleigh/ Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but they have been East Village residents for the past 28 years. They are also co-founders of thegroundbreaking band The Veldt, who lifted their band’s name from a Ray Bradbury science fiction story. Musically reared in the church and juke-joints of their native southern state, the twins have been performing since they were children, listening to music that included gospel, Motown and Pink Floyd. They now make music, together with bassist/programmer Hayato Nakao, returning to their roots with the release of The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation Mixtape EP. The album releases on April 8 and to celebrate, the band is doing a whirlwindl tour of Central Canada (see tour dates below)

The first single is the emotionally wrought Sanctified, a ballad that perfectly captures the lush sound of Danny’s screeching guitars and decibel-breaking distortion, along with Daniel’s soulful wail and Hayato Nakao’s deep bass grooves and guitar feedback, the track serves as theperfect re-introduction to this dynamic band. The title The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur was borrowed from an E.E. Cummings poem. Its raging sound was influenced equally by the emotional soul of Marvin Gaye, free jazz warriors Sun Ra and Pharaoh Sanders, various Drake hip-hop tracks, and their own fertile electric imagination.

In their early days, the Chavis brothers making a name for themselves playing throughout the south at a time when fellow southerners REM and Superchunk were securing major label deals. As more black rock bands (Living Colour, 24/7 Spyz) began selling records and gigging throughout the world, The Veldt was courted by various labels, including IRS Records and Capitol.

Initially signed to Capitol Records in 1989, The Veldt embarked on a musical journey that changed their lives. Soon, they were in the studio with dream-gaze guru Robin Guthrie working on their initial recordings, playing American concert halls with Cocteau Twins and The Jesus and Mary Chain, and recording Marigolds with Lincoln Fong (Moose).

The Veldt were a sensation from the start as they became a part of a movement of innovators who came of musical age at a time when rhythmic rebels were reflective, gritty and wild. Their sound inspired future generations of alternative artists, including TV On the Radio.

They switched labels and Mercury Records released Afrodisiac in 1994, produced by Ray Shulman (The Sundays, Bjork, Sugarcubes). Their single Soul in a Jar was an underground hit.

As the brothers moved to expand their musical language, fusing more electronics into their soundscape, they retired the “Veldt” name and, for various reasons, began recording and touring under under the name Apollo Heights. In 1999, the Chavis brothers met bassist Hayato Nakao, who would become their permanent partner. Their music was loud, exploring color, space, sensuality and beat driven melodies with rhythmic and dynamic tension. Daniel’s falsetto vocals cast a contrast upon the wall of sound created by Danny’s heavy rock dreamscape guitar and Hayato’s pounding and licentious beats.

Although The Veldt had signed to two major labels after leaving Mercury Records in 1995, the brothers decided to remain indie and self-released their 2008 album White Music for Black People. “The major labels were always trying to get us to change our sound, our look or both,” Daniel laughs. “But, we had no interest in being the next Lenny Kravitz or Tony! Toni! Toné! Unfortunately, not everyone shared our vision. We weren’t trying to be rock stars, we just want to play our music and pay our rent.”

Apart from Robin Guthrie and A.R. Kane, who produced ‘And It’s You’ from this EP, they have collaborated with TV On The Radio, Mos Def and Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite), and have shared the stage with My Bloody Valentine, The Pixies, Echo & TheBunnymen, Cocteau Twins, Manic Street Preachers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis, Living Colour and TV on the Radio, among others.

They eventually changed their name back to The Veldt. The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur serves to mark the band’s re-emergence and will be followed by another full album of material on their Resurrection Hymns LP later this year (via SonaBLAST! Records). Indeed, for these veteran musicians and passionate noise technicians, this newest EP marks a new beginning. The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur will be released via UK label Leonard Skully Records on April 8, 2016.

The Veldt will be touring central Canada and North Carolina in early to mid-April and also will be opening for The Brian Jonestown Massacre for various east coast dates during their forthcoming U.S. tour in May.

1. Sanctified
2. In a Quiet Room
3. Token
4. One Day Out of Life
5. And It’s You

03/25 New York City – Private session for Huffington Post
04/01 London, ON – CHRW 94.9 FM In-Session
04/01 London, ON – 765 Old East Bar & Grill (with The Mongrels)
04/02 London, ON – CHRW Saturday Morning with Howie Zowie
04/03 Toronto, ON – Silver Dollar Room (with MIMICO)
04/06 Peterborough, ON – Red Dog Tavern (with Stacey Green Jumps)
04/07 Montreal, QC – Barfly (with The City Gates)
04/08 Ottawa, ON – Zaphod’s Ottawa (with Everett)
04/11 Raleigh/Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
04/18 New York City – Mercury Lounge (with Fist of Facts)
04/28 Austin, TX – Levitation Festival / Committee To Keep Music Evil Pre-party at Barracuda
05/06 Philadelphia – Union Transfer (with Brian Jonestown Massacre)
05/07 Boston – Paradise Rock Club (with Brian Jonestown Massacre)
05/09 New York City – Webster Hall (with Brian Jonestown Massacre)


The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur Vinyl EP Now Available For Pre Order

The Veldt’s upcoming 12″ vinyl release is now available as a pre-order here at Leonard Skully Records.




On The Moon by The Plague Doctors

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Available in record shops from 16th Nov 2014

“If David Lynch made boy-bands, they might be OnTheMoonsomething like this – and the world would be a much better place for it” Why be credible when you can be incredible? This is the motto of The Plague Doctors, the UK’s wrongest pop act.

Paul, John and Paul first met at 2am outside the Chapel of Love and Loathe in the Lost Vagueness field at Glastonbury in 2004. Unfortunately, they didn’t realise that they had met, so it wasn’t until 2007 that they reconvened in Manchester and decided to form a band. Originally styling themselves as The Fucking Kings, they invented the genre of post-karaoke. After a disastrous first gig at the Tiger Lounge bar in Manchester, they decided to uninvent the genre of post-karaoke and actually learn to play their songs on instruments. It was also agreed around this time that The Fucking Kings was not an appropriate name for a band. Swiftly re-emerging as The Plague Doctors, the band adopted their trademark white masks and red capes and began terrorising the pubs and clubs of northern England with their demented pop stylings. Songs such as Snipping Off Your Face, We Killed Everyone at Radio 1 and Diana 2.0 became fast favourites among a hardcore fanbase of around 12 people. Audiences were shocked, confused and entertained in equal measure by the band’s heady mix of synth-powered pop melody, frightening lyrical content and gleeful disregard for musical convention. In 2009 the Doctors put their song Wasting My Time forward as an entry for that year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which resulted in them being made fun of by Andrew Lloyd Webber on national television. Other notable public appearances have seen the band writing a jingle for an 11-year-old football correspondent on Scott Mills’ Radio 1 programme and covering Earth Song at a Michael Jackson tribute concert.

A series of stolen weekends and evenings over the last four years have seen the Doctors come together whenever possible to write and record their music. The result of those sessions is The Plague Doctors’ debut album, On The Moon. It collects the band’s most popular songs from their Manchester years, plus a couple of new tracks for good measure. It is 27 minutes long.

The Doctors appreciate that very few people outside of the band’s hardcore fanbase will have any interest in owning On The Moon, but they had to get it out of their systems. On The Moon is available on CD, vinyl and as an mp3 download. It is recommended that you buy the sumptuously-packaged vinyl version, as the band gets more money that way. Vinyl: £12.99 CD: £4.99 Mp3: £2.99 In addition, the Plague Doctors will be coming out of hibernation to play a number of dates in support of the release of On The Moon, the first of which will take place at Kraak Gallery in Manchester on Saturday 15 November 2014. If you want to see the Plague Doctors now that they’re a bit older and fatter, book your tickets now.

“They were not quite massive ants; not quite huge buzzards; nor were they decomposing human corpses. They were something I cannot and must not recall.” Pop Impresario Jonathan King



Free Download of “Sally Came To See” & “Kali Madhya” by Politburo

Download for free the new virtual double A Side ‘Sally Came To See’ and ‘Kali Madhya’ by Politburo. ‘Kali Madhya’ also features artist Florian Fusco who is playing the Random Appropriation Synth, which he invented.


The Jungfraus by The Jungfraus 9.12.2013


‘The Jungfraus’ album by The Jungfraus
Released on 9th December 2013

On Monday 9th December 2013 The Jungfraus released their eponymous debut album. Recorded in the most part live between October 2012 and June 2013, it features 9 hypercoloured psych pop odyssey’s written and played by the group and produced by Nick Alexander and mastered by Dominic James. The recordings capture the eclectic energy of the band’s live shows and form an upbeat and adventurous introduction. So come marvel at a host of oddities; from an intergalactic ‘Miracle Man’, fallen cowboys haunted by women on the back of their eyelids, the ocean witch ‘Sally Salamander’ and ‘The Watcher at The Door’.

Buy 12″ LP here (includes digital download link)

Buy CD here (includes digital download link)

Buy digital download here


The Jungfraus Album Taster


The Jungfraus are a five piece psychedelic pop band from Manchester, England. Formed in spring 2012, the group is led by charismatic songwriting team Mick and Joe, who share brilliantly contrasting lead vocals and interweaving Byrdsian guitars. This alongside the telepathic rhythm section of Ste Grimes on bass and Liam Farr’s thunderous drums, coupled with the strange and swirling paisley tinged Hammond of Jonny Rathbone makes for a sound both vintage and unique.

Since their formation the group have gained a reputation for their enthralling, energetic, and surprising live shows, combatting the all too familiar po-faced indie routine with a compelling strut and rock and roll showmanship which demands attention. Early highlights include frequent free secret shows across their hometown, buzzing headline slots in London and a residency at Bar Lubitch and radio play in Los Angeles, USA, during August 2013.


Their sound has drawn comparisons to everyone from Love, The Byrds and early Barrett-era Floyd to the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Super Furry Animals. Their songs are classic and catchy as they are melodic and intriguing.



Last Days of Butterfly by Stranger Son 25.11.13


We are excited to announce the new Stranger Son mini-album ”Last Days Of Butterfly” is to be released 25.11.13 on Leonard Skully Records.

”Last Days Of Butterfly”, Stranger Son’s third album, took place in a drained Edwardian pool in a listed building in Manchester, and was recorded and mixed live to 1/2″ tape.

The first 100 copies will feature hand-printed sleeve inserts. The release will be also accompanied by a series of short films.

Buy CD here.

Buy digital download here.

Sprawling cinematic grooves, encompassing frustration, disconnection and tension”. 4/5 The Big Issue

“Dead headed riff opines, very much cultivated in a harrowing Roland S. Howard stylising. Bleak stuff”. The Sunday Experience

“Spindly guitars and deep, dark angry voice, the tension is terrific  and you may want to carry a knife when listening”. 8/10 Norman Records


Seven Songs by The Bibles

The Bibles present “Seven Songs”


Buy digital download here.

01 dobo the rat

02 two tail girl

03 travel

04 shedontloveyouanymore

05 church of satan

06 callaloo

07 bedroomselfhelpdeathmantra

08 wrong tree

09 seven songs

10 magic chords