APF Showcase Interviews – Bill Jacobs of Diesel King

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ANDREW FIELD (APF RECORDS):

“All APF bands are equal. But one is just a little more equal that the others. I usually dodge the question – ‘so who’s your favourite band on your label then?’ – but I can do it no longer. It’s Diesel King. I tried to play it cool when I spoke to Bill Jacobs and Geoff Foden back in May about record deals but when they agreed to sign DK to APF I think I may actually have wet myself a little. I am, by far, Diesel King’s biggest fan. They know it. I know it.

In 2017 Diesel King gave me their EP #gofuckyourselves to release. I love it SO MUCH. I listen to it every few days, even now 9 months later. Some dude in America put the opening track ‘Declaration’ on a playlist on Spotify and the song got streamed over 10,000 times. Diesel King would like it if no one bought their stuff or listened to their music, but whilst I am around there is no chance of that happening. They are staying on APF for the rest of their lives whether they like it or not. There WILL be a Diesel King album in 2018. I will make them do it. It will be amazing. I can’t fucking wait”.

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Bill Jacobs, drummer of Diesel King (and Gurt and Hanowar and Trippy Wicked), is amazing. But I digress. From a distance due to restraining orders etc, he answered some questions for us in advance of the APF Showcase in Manchester on 3rd February.

APF: What was your highlight of 2017?

Bill: As a band? Well we did fuck all most of the year, it’s not hard to choose, so it would have to be the release of our epic leviathan magnum opus EP #GOFUCKYOURSELVES on the quite lovely APF Records. Personally? There was a brief 5 minute period on a sunny July afternoon where i didn’t wanna hurl myself off of a bridge, so i guess that’s a highlight.

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APF: As a member of Diesel fucking King what’s your proudest achievement so far?

Bill: Finding another band to play with that wasn’t Diesel King. Those guys are pricks.

APF: Which of your label mates are you most looking forward to seeing at the 3rd February APF Records Showcase, and why?

Our Billy: I personally cant wait to see Twisted Sister. You have signed Twisted Sister right?

APF: What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?

Bill: You get one serious answer per interview so this might as well be it. It might not be the “best” but definitely the one that stays with me the most was playing Paris with High On Fire about 5 days after the attack at the Bataclan. It was a surreal experience having people delightedly thanking you for playing and then on the verge of tears telling you about the friends they’d lost a few days beforehand. I’ve seen the term thrown around before but this is one of the few gigs I’ve ever been to where I felt a real emotionally charged atmosphere.

APF: What are your plans for 2018?

Bill: Probably do an album because Fieldy wont shut up if we dont. Hopefully do some shows if we can drag Geoff and Mark away from the gym for an hour.

APF: Tell us something we don’t know about you or your band?

Billy: Each member of Diesel King fits inside each other according to size, like Russian Dolls. I’m fluent in 7 languages and I’m 235th in line to the throne of Latvia.

APF: Anything to declare?

Bill: Go. Fuck. Yourself.

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Diesel King’s “#gofuckyourselves” EP is out now on APF Records and can be bought from:

apfrecords.bigcartel.com

dieselking.bandcamp.com

The APF Records Showcase takes place at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February. Tickets available from: wegottickets.com/event/418903

Event information: facebook.com/events/791925504312658/

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APF Showcase Interviews – Joe Clements of RedEye Revival

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“I remember the day I decided to sign RedEye Revival to APF Records. I was stood with Dave Rowlands of Pist in Rebellion Manchester watching the Leeds lads go through their paces. Paul Allinson up front doing his windmill hairshaking, Joey Kilkelly pogo-ing away on bass, Shaun Marsh doing things with his double bass drum pedals which at times defy both logic and gravity, and Joe Clements shredding his green guitar – peeling off thrash riff after riff after riff. On their day there is no better live band than RedEye fucking Revival. Talented, handsome bastards the lot of them. I turned to Dave as their set ended and he turned to me and we smiled a knowing smile. At that moment I knew I had to make them an APF band.” – ANDREW FIELD, APF RECORDS

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APF Records released RedEye Revival’s second EP “Double Drop” in October. It’s a short sharp party thrash shock. It’s songs – plus those from RedEye’s stunning debut “Raise Hell No Regrets” – will be aired at the APF Records Showcase at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February.  Joe Clements popped by for a quick chat.

APF: What was your highlight of 2017?

Joe: It was a good year for the band, we’ve gotten way better, played awesome shows, put out new music, wrote new music, met new people and partied with friends. Outside the band, I found out I’m somewhat of an adult human and got engaged to Anna. Paul found out his balls worked and fathered an adorable little meathead called Freddy. Adults yo. I don’t want to leave anyone out so: Shaun and Joey are engaged to each other and are expecting their first child this year.

APF: As a member of Redeye Revival what’s your proudest achievement so far?

Joe: It’s nice struggling to answer this one. We’ve achieved pretty much everything we’ve wanted to so far (still yet to break Japan) but for me I’m super fucking proud to be part of the APF roster. The label embodies everything we’re about and I think it will grow exponentially, I’m excited to see what happens!

APF: Which of your label mates are you most looking forward to seeing at the 3rd February APF Records Showcase, and why?

Joe: If I manage to see anything after our set it’ll be a miracle because I can’t wait to get shitfaced already. We’ve got the good fortune of playing with and seeing most of these reprobates pretty often, which is good because they’re all excellent. The Hyena Kill are insane though, I feel quiet compared to them and there’s only two of the buggers.

APF: What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?

Joe: Got to mention Bloodstock 2016 here, that was just one of the best weekends of my life. Wish I could remember more of it… But the best show we’ve ever done has to be the Double Drop launch party at Sanctuary (holla!) in Burnley last October. It was a right party as well! Thanks to everyone who came down for it and Nomad, Under & Today They Are Older for playing. Shout out to Hoffman & John for being complete animals too. Ask us this again next year, hopefully the answer will be the APF Showcase.

APF: What are your plans for 2018?

Joe: We’re booked in to record something new with Grammy Award winning producer* Nick Gizzi in March, well excited for that. We’ve got some quality shows booked already and always want more. Plan is just to keep doing what we do and have a good time doing it.

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APF: Tell us something we don’t know about you or your band?

Joe: Come ply us with booze and / or drugs on Saturday 3rd of Feb and we’ll open up.

APF: Anything to declare?

Joe: Not really, just get yourselves some tickets for the Showcase and have a good fuckin’ time! Peace! 

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RedEye Revival’s “Double Drop” EP is out now on APF Records and can be bought from:

apfrecords.bigcartel.com

redeyerevival.bandcamp.com/

The APF Records Showcase takes place at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February. Tickets available from: wegottickets.com/event/418903

Event information: facebook.com/events/791925504312658/

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APF Showcase Interviews: Ed Campbell of Barbarian Hermit

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APF Records final signing of 2017 was Mancunian quintet Barbarian Hermit. We’ve been stalker-level fans of these riff dealers for several years, and had a moist trouser moment when they approached us about joining the APF family. Messrs Campbell, Regan, Robertshaw, Fafner and Manning will be releasing their first full-length album during the late summer of 2018. We’ve heard a couple of riffs from it. They are filthy. You’ll get to hear at least one of them at the APF Records Showcase at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February. In advance of that, we spoke to front man Ed Campbell.

APF: What was your highlight of 2017?

Ed: Honestly, every single gig is a pleasure and an privilege. Though, Id have to say the highlight of 2017 (aside from Fieldy’s Birthday bash, of course!) was playing at HRH Doom vs Stoner with so many great acts; from Boss Keloid to Orange Goblin, Pist to the mighty St Vitus. Absolute honour.

APF: As a member of Barbarian Hermit what’s your proudest achievement so far?

Ed: My proudest achievement in Barbarian Hermit has to be the writing we are currently doing – it’s come a long way since we first formed all those years back. It will all be laid down at Skyhammer Studio shortly and we’ll be handing out stonking eargasms soon after.

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APF: Which of your label mates are you most looking forward to seeing at the 3rd February APF Records Showcase, and why?

Ed: That is probably the hardest question on the list, as they all make things go very hard. I honestly can’t pick a single one out so I’ll go for the ones I haven’t seen yet having been abroad for some time before returning to the band, such as; BongCauldron and Tronald. Beautiful filth for enthusiastic ear love all round.

APF: What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?

Ed: Best gig I have ever played has to be the aforementioned HRH gig though a close second was in Korea with my previous band FatalFear supporting Arch Enemy in a huge arena. Was fun to play to a big crowd.

APF: What are your plans for 2018?

Ed: Debauchery. Decibels. Destruction.

APF: Tell us something we don’t know about you or your band?

Ed: You might not know that I was originally the singer before the most excellent (Scarlett P) Simon replaced me, or that we have harnessed the power of the brown note, to deliver with only a moments notice. That and we were all fans of Blue Peter. Not the show though, the stripper.

APF: Anything to declare?

Ed: Not unless you’ve got it on camera.

APF: We have, Ed. Oh god we so have.

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The APF Records Showcase takes place at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February. Tickets available from: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/418903

APF Showcase Interview: Dave Rowlands of Pist

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It’s less than five weeks until the APF Records Showcase All-Dayer at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February.

In the first of a series of short interviews with members of bands signed to APF Records Dave Rowlands – vocalist in Pist – talks about the Showcase and the band’s past, present and future.

APF: What was your highlight of 2017?

Dave: Not dying, Mo Salah signing for Liverpool FC, the new Midnight and Marilyn Manson records.

APF: As a member of PIST what’s your proudest achievement so far?

Dave: Still being together 4 years on, the killer shows we’ve had the opportunity to play, all the cool bands we’ve got to meet, all of it really, even the lows that makes the highs even better!!

APF: Which of your label mates are you most looking forward to seeing at the 3rd February APF Records Showcase, and why?

Dave: BongCauldron obviously, and I think why is pretty obvious…we love them! Also special mention to Battalions and Mastiff – the Hull contingent – who are absolutely crushing! I remember playing a show in Scunthorpe, I think, when Dennett was still playing in Mastiff and it was the first time we’d seen them, Dennett punched his flight case in and they put on a right rowdy show, loved ’em since then! We’re friendly with most of the bands on the bill so it’ll be cool to see everyone! Shout out to Redeye Revival, Desert Storm, Diesel King, Barbarian Hermit, Under and Nomad too.

APF: What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?

Dave: Bloodstock 2015 was pretty cool although I’d shat my pants the night before due to excessive drug use and too much trust in farts. I think HRH Doom V Stoner Sheffield will take some beating, the crowd were fucking incredible, absolutely loved that show!!

APF: What are your plans for 2018?

Dave: We’re writing a new album at the moment and have a shit ton of ideas!! We’ve got a new EP coming out, a UK tour with the Battalions lads, Desertfest London and I’m sure there’ll be a fair bit more.

APF: Tell us something we don’t know about you or your band?

Dave: We like to drink occasionally.

APF: Anything to declare?

Dave: They have the right what fuckin’ right? To say I must fight in their fuckin’ wars They declare it! Why should I fight in their fuckin’ wars? When they never show realities of war They declare it! Why should I fight in their fuckin’ wars? Why should I do their killing and be killed? They declare it! It ís down to them there’s no doubt in my mind All they want is lots of glory They declare it! They! They! They declare it! They! They! They declare it! They! They! They declare it! They! They! They declare it! War! War! War!

Pist’s new EP will be out on APF Records in the Spring.

For more information on the APF Records Showcase happening in Manchester on 3rd February visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/791925504312658/

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BongCauldron Vinyl Update – 20.12.17

Sorry, no easy way to break this news: it’s been delayed again. Was due with us yesterday or today (19th or 20th). Just received the following email from our vinyl supplier:
“I have been trying to track the BongCauldron delivery all morning and I have been advised that the last truck to the UK from Czech Republic has been delayed and is not shipping until 3rd January. I am extremely sorry, I was assured the stock was shipping this week but due to issues with the courier service there are no trucks leaving for the UK. I have expressed my disappointment to the plant and am very sorry that you will not receive the stock until the new year”.
Gutted. Sorry everyone. Frankly I don’t believe what I’m being told, so am away to get right up a few people’s noses. 😡
Merry fucking Christmas
Fieldy

BongCauldron Vinyl Update

BongCauldron’s “Binge” was released on 30th November. It was available on that day through digital downloads, streaming sites, and on CD. Vinyl pre-orders were invited from early October with shipping of the records announced for the first week of December 2017.

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On Friday afternoon (1st December) we were informed by our vinyl supplier that, due to an unspecified issue at the pressing plant, we won’t receive the records until 19th or 20th December. We are investigating with both the London-based vinyl supplier and (through them) the Czech Republic-based pressing plant why this delay has occurred. APF Records ordered and paid for the vinyl back in September with a promised delivery date to APF of 30th November.

We’re disappointed on so many levels, but mainly for those who pre-ordered the album as far back at 9th October. It’s embarrassing for us as a label, especially as APF prides itself on having items with pre-orderers in advance of the release date – and always ships orders for released products within a couple of days.

The only upside to this is we’ve been able to get some more of the green vinyl for you on accelerated delivery. It should be with us early in the new year.

Those who ordered the vinyl record through our Big Cartel store have already been sent a download code so they can at least download and enjoy the album digitally whilst they wait for their LP.  If you have bought the vinyl and not received your download code, please drop us an email (info@apfrecords.co.uk) so we can sort this for you.

When the vinyls arrive at APF HQ on 19th or 20th December we will have them posted out to buyers the same day. All things being equal UK-based buyers will have “Binge” in their hands before Christmas. I’m afraid oversees buyers are unlikely to receive them until early January.

Whilst the vinyl delay was not of our making, we are sorry for it. To go someway towards making this up you, there will be a BongCauldron merch item sent with the vinyls to anyone who has ordered one. This item will only be available to those who have ordered the vinyl.

Please accept our apologies for this delay. Feel free to get in touch should you wish to discuss your order further.

Cheers

Andrew Field

On behalf of APF Records