Sunday, 18 September 2016

The Sticks - No Sustain E.P MSR-014



Enigmatic three-piece post-punkers The Sticks return after a four year gap, with a brand new selection of warped and primal laced tracks in the form of the "NO SUSTAIN" E.P

The Brighton based trio continue with their minimalistic and disjointed style of music, clearly influenced by the early 80s DIY culture and C-80 tape scene, The Sticks have always been that band who would richly deserve to be on a Messethetics compilation. 

The songs on this extended-play release fuses their influences of this past music scene but also combines new and unusual interplay which give The Sticks a very unique and fresh sound all of their own and totally individual to them. When you hear a Sticks track, you know what you're hearing but can never pin-point what the influence is and thats the magic of The Sticks.

The Sticks' members James "The Plague" Tranmer, Iain Paxton & Stuart Cartland each share the musical input rotating instruments and vocal duties as and when it suits them.

Side A kicks off with the title track 'No Sustain', the track sounds like it would easily have been released by Fast Products in 1980, the song deals with themes of the mundane, the boredom of modern life, the safety of living a "normal" 9-to-5 existence... The guys sing it with a nonchalant feel, which exemplifies the boredom of Brighton life (don't be fooled folks Brighton isn't that great!!!).

'Cobblers' starts off like some lost 60s garage obscurity, then takes an amphetamine hit where the song explodes into a myriad of visualisations, documenting more kitchen sink drama in the form of walking "cobbled" streets of any suburban town and The Sticks warns you to "BEWARE THEM" in the songs first line.

Flip the record over to Side B and things begin to get weird, 'Air Atlantis' has an almost Gang of Four feel through the spectrum of a Captain Beefheart or even Early-Floyd acid-trip, the guys are retelling the dizzy heights of air travel to the fabled lands of Atlantis, could this just be fiction?? or are the guys on a cosmonautical inner journey?? who knows?? ask them??

Casual Man, hits like some Hip-Hop track if it had overdosed of Kool-Aid and watched endless episodes of Sesame Street, The Sticks sing of the Casual Man - the guy we all see walking walking the town centre on a Saturday night and all slightly hate and despise, this is all the more amusing with the groovy bass-line which almost sarcastically takes the piss in its own funky way.... AMEN to The Sticks.


The No Sustain EP, will be released on OCTOBER 31st 2016.

It will be limited to 300 copies only and come in hand-numbered risograph sleeves, there will also be lyric inserts which the band themselves are going to be risographing too.

The record will be in a number of mail-orders and a couple of record shops.

however to buy from source please go to  www.marketsquarerecordings.bandcamp.com on the day of release.

Also.... go and check out the Sticks on Facebook  here  THE STICKS FACEBOOK
















Friday, 8 April 2016

Jessica & The Fletchers - Marble Fountain b/w Crystal Tears MSR-13




Barcelona based Indie-Pop noise makers Jessica & The Fletchers debut 7"  Marble Fountain b/w Crystal Tears will be proudly released on Market Square on the 23rd May 2016.

Jessica & The Fletchers have caused a bit of a sensation on the world-wide indie pop music scene during the last year, with their uber authentic C86 styled noise-pop, they wouldn't be out of place sharing the bill with The Shop Assistants circa 1986, however they are rooted firmly in their location of Barcelona 2016.

Fronted by Antoni Amaya who is also the bands songwriter, the group are clearly influenced by the ramshackle C86 music scene which came out of England in the mid-80s, they are defined by strong melodies, great song-writing and ethereal noise melting it all together just like honey.

Whilst being inspired by mid- 80s indie labels such as Sarah Records, Subway Organisation, bands like Talulah Gosh and most-likely a lot of the Scottish Indie scene of the time, these young noise-makers also take influence from the Spanish new-wave which aptly enough coincided with the C86 scene in the mid-80s. Jessica & The Fletchers although influenced by music made 30 years ago are also firmly rooted in the "NOW" and I feel are a breath of fresh air in the music world today, there are not many honest pop bands out there anymore, however these girls and guys are just that and I love that about them.

When I heard Jessica & The Fletcher for the first time, I fell in love with their music, their songs are rooted in the realism of their own lives, its truly honest music and has an extremely bittersweet vibe about it. Jessica & The Fletchers have a really interesting way of making short, spiky, pristine pop songs which are under the 3 minute-mark yet remain totally true to themselves and they keep a real understated mystery.... I think they're FAB!!!!

Marble Fountain starts the 45 with fuzzy guitar and simple 4/4 drumming holding it together, suddenly Jane the bands guitarist and lead vocalist starts off proceedings with her soft vocal singing the opening line "You saw shooting stars before the sunset..." the song proceeds in a see-saw motion of melodic intensity, retelling the tale of love-lost and adolescent poetry.

The B-side 'Crystal Tears' is the same style of indie genius, although a little more up-tempo compared to the A-side again Antoni provides beautiful teenage style street poetry with his lyrics and Jane sings a beautiful melody throughout, Aitor the bands drummer, keeps the time firmly despite the speed delivered and Sonia the bassist provides a nice comfortable bass holding the song together, they work well as a unit, which can really be heard on this track.

I see great things happening for Jessica & The Fletchers and really feel they should be "YOUR next favourite band".

The 7" will be released on the 23rd May 2016 and is limited to 300 copies only, each record comes with a hand-numbered lyric postcard and will also come housed in a Risograph fold-over sleeve (Just like a fanzine from back in the 80s) 


JESSICA AND THE FLETCHERS ARE...


Antoni Amaya - Keys/ Backing Vocals
Aitor Bigas - Drums
Sonia Montoya - Bass
Jane Wildson - Guitar/ Vocals


Check them out on FACEBOOK -  JESSICA & THE FLETCHERS

Also check them out on Bandcamp to purchase their previous material.

You can buy copies of the single direct from the band or through us at our bandcamp page (See below)  I'll be putting the 45 up for PRE-ORDER on May 16th which is a week before it's out.











Saturday, 10 October 2015

The Fallen Leaves - Out In A Forest b/w The Inside Of A Chair MSR-12



Formed in 2004, South London based quartet The Fallen Leaves have been making a unique noise, blending mod-esque poptones & vitriolic punk urgency, they're one of London's truly great and lost independent bands.

"Punk Rock for Gentlemen" is their idiom and this new release lives up to the motto.

Out In A Forest b/w The Inside Of A Chair, is the bands second 45rpm single, follows a large and prolific number of self-released albums and a debut single on their own Parliament Records label.

Both songs on this release were co-written by the groups founding members Rob Green & Rob Symmons.

Side A 'Out In A Forest' is rooted in a four-chord, power-pop tradition with trembling guitars, weaving bass and a consistent drum beat holding it all together, whilst Rob Green's lead vocal melodically croons on top.

Fans of early indie music, after its initial rise from punk, would enjoy this record it has a certain early Creation or Cherry Red Records feel to it, similarities to bands like The Jasmine Minks, The June Brides & The McTells whilst at the same time showcasing The Fallen Leaves influences from melodic sixties mod-pop via The Who and The Creation.

The Flip-Side 'The Inside Of A Chair' is an instrumental of magnificent proportions. Rob Symmons having been one of the original founding members of cult punk band The Subway Sect showcases with this track alone that he was of great importance to that band and its influence on countless post-punk and 80s indie groups as well as continuing to make music utilising his totally unique guitar sound and style of playing.

The Inside Of A Chair, is a short but venom-filled track which moves along in a menacing manner there is a great sense of frustration in this song, the song title brings up ideas of Kitchen-Sink Drama and certainly doesn't live down that title.

The Current line-up of The Fallen Leaves are...


Rob Green - Vocals & Tambourine
Rob Symmons - Guitar
Matthew Karas - Bass & Backing Vocals
William Lewington - Drums

Check out the Fallen Leaves of Facebook

The 7" is released on October 26th and will be available via bandcamp

PRE-ORDER will be added to bandcamp link below on Monday 19th October

www.marketsquarerecordings.bandcamp.com (check out for more great music)

The 45 is limited to 300 copies only, each 45 is housed within a Market Square company sleeve and comes with a hand-numbered postcard.









Monday, 20 July 2015

The Wrong Society - She Destroyed Me b/w Without You MSR-11


Hamburg's The Wrong Society have been going from strength to strength the last couple of years, with a bunch of live shows throughout 2014 & 2015, plus their great self-released 7" earlier in 2015 not too mention a previous tape and 7" released in 2014.

Market Square are pleased to be releasing the third The Wrong Society 45, not only are the guys'  friends and fans of mine, they're also great at making moody garage songs.

this two-sider features two-moody garage cuts.

The punker a-side 'She Destroyed Me' follows in the 60s garage tradition of the girl done me wrong theme, but unlike many other neo-garage bands that attempt to make music with this theme, The Wrong Society do it in a way which is believable, they MEAN IT. Kai Becker the band's frontman, seems to also get a great tone out of his Vox Teardrop guitar, the song snakes along menacingly with bass and drums driving the song, there is something quite German about this, it recalls 60s German garage bands like The Guards, some great organ playing and guitar work weaves throughout the song too, making this a top a-side choice.

The flip 'Without You' is a killer song, the guys tap into the New England teen scene sound really well here, there is a real innocent vibe about this song and I really dig it, the lyrics are genius, full of teen style angst and abandon and naive genius "when I see a pretty girl, it makes me feel sad"  brilliant!!!!

The Wrong Society consist of

Kai Becker - Guitar & Vocals
Bernie Bernaise - Drums
Arne Kron - Bass & Vocals
Karsten Scholz - Organ & Vocals








Recorded in Hamburg, Summer 2015                                                             RELEASED - 31st  August  2015

Limited to 300 copies only, homed in a Market Square company sleeve, contains hand-numbered postcard

Available to purchase via  www.marketsquarerecordings.bandcamp.com  plus numerous outlets worldwide, email me to find out if the 45 is near to where you live.

Check out The Wrong Society on Facebook.

Paul Messis - The Blind Leading The Blind b/w As Time Rolls By MSR-10


Paul Messis has been releasing music since 2008, he's a well established figure on the underground music scene, this is his sixth solo 45.

Blind Leading The Blind b/w As Time Rolls By, continues in the 60s garage vein Messis is known for.

The top-side 'The Blind Leading the Blind' is a jangle led protest song about the state of the world at the moment, the hypocrisy of the media, the self-consumption of the modern age. Musically sounding as though it belong in Los Angeles 1965, the song follows a typical folk-rock chord progression, whilst Messis delivers his angst ridden poetry, expressing his own mis-trust of the established figures which rule society. 12 String guitar plays a prominent part, jangling throughout, with a Jazz inspired guitar solo in the middle and fuzz tone guitar penetrating through the compression.

'As Time Rolls By' the b-side, continues the 12 string lament Messis is known for, the track is a Dovers-esque downtrodden pop song, Messis portraying his alienation from the world with further  lyricism about inner confusion and melancholy, Messis' understated vocal styling adding to the naivety and charm of the track.








Recorded at Mom's Landing Kent May  2015                                                           RELEASED - 31st August 2015

Limited to 300 copies only, homed in a Market Square company sleeve, contains hand-numbered poster.

First 100 copies come in a DIY fold-over sleeve, these sleeve versions will only be sold on Bandcamp to the first 100 buyers of the record.
Available to purchase via  www.marketsquarerecordings.bandcamp.com  plus numerous outlets worldwide, email me to find out if the 45 is near to where you live.

Check out www.paulmessis.com  

Worthless - Children Of The Grave b/w Softest MSR-09


Market Square are proud to be releasing a new 45 by Brooklyn based psych-heads Worthless.

Children on The Grave b/w Softest is a two-sided acid psych freakout of mind-altering pop proportions.

Formed in 2012 by psych whizz kid  Curtis Godino, Worthless who are natives of Florida headed north and made their home-destination Brooklyn NY, once they arrived in the big city,  the group formed and begun its manifesto of making brain-changing psychedelic music.

The group have very similar connotations to 60s  anti-establishment acid-punk band The Fugs (also from New York), they share the Fugs' DIY assault of the senses, whilst recording the music themselves and also releasing their own music, having released their debut LP on their own label earlier in the year.

Worthless are the ideal group for Market Square and we are super pleased to be releasing like-minded folks and sharing their music worldwide.

This their second 7" see's the band develop a pop sensibility entwined within the psychedelic weirdness they create with their tape-echos, delays and Vox 12 string guitars.


The top-side Children of The Grave, sets out with a reverb heavy vocal, sounding reminiscent to 60s Milwaukee psych group The Baroques, the song walks along with a trippy feel further heightened by the use of acoustic guitar and odd sounding sound-effects at times sounding quite similar to early Pink Floyd demo 'Scream Thy Last Scream', gloriously lo-fi in its recording, this will be the soundtrack for anyone who enjoys original psych.

The B-side 'Softest' is an organ led piece of psych mastery, the song has a Jane and Serge vibe about it, the warped yéyé pop of Worthless evolving through layers of echo and feedback, plus genius use of slowing and speeding the tape to effect the vocals, the song then slides to its finalé a slow early Floyd Farfisa Compact solo, this instrumental segment recalls imagery of San Francisco's live venue The Fillmore filled with psychedelic light shows and oil lamp projectors, you could well be placed on Haight and Ashbury circa 1966 than modern-day Brooklyn 2015.


Worthless play live regularly around the New York area so check them out if you get a chance.

the band consists of -  Curtis Godino, Skyler Toski, Nicole Zamfess, Leonard Skillet, Lily Rogers &  Sam Dishy






Recorded in Brooklyn early 2015                                                                 RELEASED - 31st August 2015

Limited to 300 copies only, homed in a double-sided hand-numbered  fold-over sleeve, featuring postcard and rubber stamped inner sleeve.

Available to purchase via  www.marketsquarerecordings.bandcamp.com  plus numerous outlets worldwide, email me to find out if the 45 is near to where you live.

Check out Worthless on Facebook.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

The Belltowers - Here To Stay b/w Lovin' You (Leading Me On) MSR-08


Florida based folk-rock group The Belltowers have been going since 2006, Market Square are proud to be releasing their second 45rpm single and the labels eighth release.

Here To Stay b/w Lovin' You (Leading Me On) hears The Belltowers continuing in their Byrdsian take-over, following on from their debut 45 on Hidden Volume Records, The Belltowers continue with their high quality twelve-string janglers and Paisley-Underground inspired folk-rock.

The Band consist of ex-Lears frontman Paul Mutchler - Vocals & 12 String Guitars, Eddie Foeller - Guitars, Mandolin and Harp, Marshall Huggins - Bass and Keys and Thomas Miller - Drums & Percussion.


'Here To Stay' the A-side, hits with perfect paisley pop stylings, recounting early 80s bands such as The Rain Parade and The Three O'Clock, the song ebbs and weaves, with continuous Rickenbacker jangle, harmonies and an underlying Hammond organ swirling gently beneath, the break has an interesting backwards guitar solo and overall shows a great level on musicianship and songwriting skills from The Belltowers.

The B-side 'Lovin' Me'  is a short and sweet jangler, Mutchler sounding more like Roger McGuinn than McGuinn himself, the track also has a sort of Long Ryders country-rock feel to it also, great drum fills permeate the scene whilst the compressed treble-tone action of the Rickenbacker 12 string guitar chimes through.

The Belltowers like countless other groups in America right now are recording and writing great music, Market Square Records are pleased to be releasing the likes of these groups in Europe and giving them a chance to have their music on the great format of 45rpm 7" wax.

Recorded in Orlando, Florida  Winter 2014                                                              RELEASED - 16th March 2015

Limited to 300 copies only, homed in a Market Square company sleeve, contains multi-coloured hand-numbered inserts and a limited 150 qty Q&A insert

Available to purchase via  www.marketsquarerecordings.bandcamp.com  plus numerous outlets worldwide, email me to find out if the 45 is near to where you live.

Check out The Belltowers on Facebook.