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Friday 24th May 2019

DF: Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell [Crofters]

— Crofters Rights
Greasy 70s Hard Rock
price: Headfirst Tickets


Deaf Förever Promotions proudly presents...

The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell // Haggard Cat // Superseed

Friday 24th May
The Crofters Rights, Bristol

Doors: 19:30
Tickets: £8 ADV // £10 OTD

Underground Hard Rock heavyweights THE ADMIRAL SIR CLOUDESLEY SHOVELL grace us with their presence for some loud, gritty riffing. Keep it Greasy!

Suport from Notts based head splitters HAGGARD CAT and Bristol's 3-guitared anthemic rockers SUPERSEED.


The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell

"There seems to be an endless horde of fresh-faced bands that proclaim to be resurrecting the spirit of rock n’ roll these days. They see themselves to grabbing the genre by the scruff of its neck and dragging it back to its supposed glory years. Yet, few bands can say they’ve lived the lifestyle quite like Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell. These working class grease rock bastards, fuelled by speed, cheap lager and roadside fry-ups, have the scars to prove their worth.

The thing is, The Shovell has never claimed to be the biggest or the best around and frankly they don’t care who is. There is no brash egotism at play here, just a rough-and-ready honesty which permeates in what these three guys do. Their songs haven’t washed in weeks, far too busy spinning crackling Budgie vinyls, knackered Motörhead live albums played at a sluggish RPM and snorting self-inflammatories to do anything hygienic. If you want your music dressed up to the nines like an American prom queen, look elsewhere.

Here’s a band proud to be the soundtrack to your weed smokin’, beer swiggin’ escapes from 2016’s dystopian shitstorm reality; one feverishly decorated with unrelenting commercialism, villainous politicians and godforsaken auto-tune. There may be thousands of musicians who can play their instruments better, write more intelligent and thought provoking music, but when you listen to rugged and guttural ‘tune in, drop out’ vibes of Keep It Greasy, none of that seems to matter.

Their approach to sound and texture makes this record feel like an undiscovered gem from 1971, time worn, warts n’ all. Its beauty is defined, rather than hindered by, its unkempt primalism. As a record too, it displays an improved sense of how to get your heart battering your rib cage – think rattling Geezer Butler bass, gravel-toned vocals and the freewheeling madness of Keith Moon. These new songs are using the tried and tested Shovell formula to find new ways of getting under your skin.

From the jolting opening sex-pest boogie of U Got Wot I Need to the sandpaper smooth, Zeppelin stomp of Tired N’ Wired – its lyrics straight from Lemmy’s freight train of thought – they make the last three decades crumble away. Longer tracks like Hairy Brain Part 2, Paid In Full and album closer Wrong are peppered with many of rock’s cornerstones – twisting harmonies, driving shuffle rhythms and whirling feedback – but never sound impressionistic. They simply absorb you, swallow you whole.
But this is no mere pastiche that cashes in on society’s occasional backwards-glancing, nostalgic tendencies. This is down-to-earth and real. Keep It Greasy documents the trials and tribulations these sleezeballs have been through while on the road and beyond.

It doesn’t parade itself as anything immaculate or ground-breaking – and we all know how tiresome such hyperbole infested press releases can be – but it is hellish fun. Stick it on at a neighbour-unfriendly volume and enjoy it for the sordid, fucked up time warp that it is and see for yourself."

-- Phil Weller, August 2016


Haggard Cat

"Haggard Cat have stormed onto the scene over the last 12 months and there seems to be absolutely no letting up from them. Combining enormous hooks, violently voracious beats and thoughtful lyrical themes all pummelled out live at head spinning volumes with unrivalled intensity. To witness Haggard Cat live is as immersive as it is devastatingly chaotic, which is something the band has managed to replicate perfectly on their debut full length album.

Challenger (released through Earache Records) is a 10 track warts-and-all crash course in everything rock and roll should be, receiving rave reviews across the board including Kerrang (4k), Metal Hammer (4/5) and Total Guitar (4/5). Haggard Cat have managed to showcase exactly how well they can craft great songs and contain them in a package that sounds so visceral and real that they could be in the same room as you. The two lead singles from the album the Patriot and American Graffiti have enjoyed national radio plays on BBC Radio One by Daniel P Carter and Huw Stevens as well as regional airplay from Dean Jackson on BBC Introducing. Their later single Bone Shaker was playlisted on Kerrang TV, Kerrang Radio and Planet Rock as well as being crowned “Track of the Week” by Phil Alexander at Mojo Magazine.

As excitement builds around the band, they have announced a mission statement to tour none-stop in their bid to play to absolutely everyone and anyone. So far their relentless touring schedule has seen them play as main support to Ugly Kid Joe, Band of Skulls, Jamie Lenman, DZ Deathrays, Feed The Rhino and Palm Reader as well as on a handful of their own expansive headline DIY tours. They have also racked up storming mainstage performances at 2000 Trees and ArcTanGent festivals as well as a rapturous appearance on the Earache Factory stage at Boomtown Festival.

In 2019 Haggard Cat are hellbent on channelling the momentum made throughout 2018 and they look to turn up the heat even more as they hint mysteriously at the arrival of new music. They kicked off the year with a triumphant headline slot at Rock City Beta for Beat the Streets in their hometown of Nottingham, they then announced a support slot with Pigsx7 and Part Chimp (which sold out nearly instantly). The band will also appear with Employed to Serve later in the year, as well as playing two enormous shows at Shepherds Bush Empire and Manchester Albert Hall in support of Elvana."



"Boasting a three pronged attack of singer/guitarists and a solid, driving rhythm section, this five piece band create a huge anthemic wall of sound guaranteed to get your cakes shaking. With a varied mixture of hard, classic, punk, stoner, grunge and garage rock influences proudly worn on their sleeves, Superseed manage to deliver an epic initial opus that will melt faces at fifty paces."

Event photos for DF: Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell [Crofters]:

DF: Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell [Crofters] at Crofters Rights
DF: Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell [Crofters] in Bristol 2019

Artist Videos:

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - The Thicker The Better (OFFICIAL)

Artist Audio:

The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell
SoundCloud - Superseed

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