LENGUAS LARGAS – COME ON IN LP out now!

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SURPRISE 065 | LENGUAS LARGAS – COME ON IN LP
LENGUAS LARGAS hail from the dusty confines of Tucson, Arizona. Made up of an unholy union of dirty DIY dudes who range from werewolf looking motherfuckers to dudes with cute ass shoes, they aren’t interested in the music scene, but instead, just interested in music and creating it.

Born out of the recuperation of tour sickness and brain baked boredom on New Years Day 2009 they play a graveyard like spooky haze gloom/psych rock with cold, minimal, post-punk stylistic leanings and have the Roky Erickson Weird-O-Meter pegged; as well as carry a mile-long locomotive’s worth of quarry-grade rock, freshly blasted from the earth

One day they hope to create a sound equal to the thundering ghostly stampede in the sky fronted by La Llorona and her plaintive wails. Failing that, they’ll settle for creating a hit song as universally loved as “Hotel California” or “I’m Too Sexy.”

This record was originally released by RECESS RECORDS in the USA.

Besides the regular edition on black vinyl, we have a limited edition of 100 available for mailorder only, with a screenprinted and custom cut folder around the cover (see below), designed and printed by our friend Chris Brief of FLATLAND SCREENPRINTING!

 

Order HERE (regular) or HERE (limited)!

The band also just released a new 12″ EP on RED LOUNGE RECORDS!

Get in touch with TRAPDOOR TOURZ at info@trapdoor-tourz.de for booking them on their European tour in the fall!

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MANIAC – DEMIMONDE LP OUT NOW!

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MANIAC are gentlemen punks from Los Angeles. They are what they call a supergroup, being comprised of ex and current members of bands like CLOROX GIRLS, CUTE LEPERS, THE GIRLS, IMAGES, L.A. DRUGZ and RED DONS. Demimonde is their first long player. With echoes of everything from Cheap Trick to early Wire to modern-day greats like The Briefs, Demimonde hits that perfect blend of catchy ’77 punk and jittery new wave. And with all due credit to engineer MARK RAINS at Stationhouse Studios and DANIEL HUSAYN of Red Dons for the mastering job to make this baby loud and raucous.

Under license from LA-TI-DA Records, Vancouver, B.C. | LTDR-LP003

ORDER HERE!

RED DONS – THE DEAD HAND OF TRADITION – FULL STREAM AND DOWNLOAD!

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RED DONS – THE DEAD HAND OF TRADITION LP is available now for stream and download at the link below. Their first full European Tour in four years kicks off this Thursday in Bremen. We had a slight mishap at the printer with the gatefold jackets of the LP due to problems with the silver and gold ink. This delayed production until this week, all your pre-orders are gonna ship within the next days and the band will have plenty of copies for sale on tour. All records come with a digital download coupon, so if you ordered your vinyl there’s no need to purchase a digital copy. Thanks for your patience, enjoy the record and come see them play!


RED DONS EURO TOUR 2015
27.08. Bremen, DE – Sportamt w/ Jungbluth
28.08. Hamburg, DE – Hafenklang – GET LOST FEST
29.08. Copenhagen, DK – Ungdomshuset
30.08. available Sweden, Denmark
31.08. Gothenburg, SE – Bengans
01.09. Oslo, NO – The Crossroad Club
02.09. Stockholm, SE – Lilla Hotellbaren
03.09. Umea, SE – Verket
04.09. Oulu, FI – Tukikohta
05.09. Helsinki, FI – Ääniwalli – WALLIHAUTA
06.09. travel
07.09. Uppsala, SE – Costeau
08.09. Malmö, SE – Norra G 26 w/ Terrible Feelings
09.09. Berlin, DE – SO36 w/ No More Art
10.09. Warsaw, PL – ADA w/ Gulag Beach
11.09. Brno, CZ – Bajkazyl w/ Cult Values
12.09. Vienna, AT – EKH w/ Warcry, Cult Values
13.09. Bratislava, SK – Fuga
14.09. Ilirska Bistrica, SL – MKNZ w/ Warcry
15.09. Budapest, HU – Müszi w/ Nervosas
16.09. Zagreb, HR – Attack w/ Nervosas, Pale Angels
17.09. Milan, IT – Lo-FI Club
18.09. Geneva, CH – La Verseuse
19.09. St. Etienne, FR – La Guelle Noir
20.09. Barcelona, ES – CSO La Rampa
21.09. Valencia, ES – La Residencia
22.09. Alicante, ES – tba
23.09. Madrid, ES – Wurlitzer Ballroom
24.09. San Sebastian, ES – tba
25.09. Bordeaux, FR – Heretic Club
26.09. Paris, FR – La Mecanique Ondulatoire w/ Pale Angels
27.09. Antwerp, BE – Music City – RODEOFEST
28.09. Cologne, DE – Privat
29.09. Frankfurt, DE – Dreikönigskeller
30.09. off
01.10. off
02.10. Tübingen, DE – Epplehaus – HEIMAT TO HELL FEST w/ The Stops
03.10. Munich, DE – Kafe Kult w/ The Stops, Stalled Minds
04.10. Leipzig, DE – Zoro w/ The Stops, Destruction Unit

 

RED DONS EURO TOUR 2015

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RED DONS are heading back to Europe for a five week trip supporting their new album “The Dead Hand of Tradition” at the end of the month!

Below are a new song from the album entitled “Amman (Before the Bomb)” and the tour schedule. Check local listings for updates on the shows and email us at info@takenbysurprise.net with any questions.

RED DONS EURO TOUR 2015
27.08. Bremen, DE – Sportamt confirmed w/ Jungbluth
28.08. Hamburg, DE – Hafenklang – GET LOST FEST
29.08. Copenhagen, DK – Ungdomshuset
30.08. available Sweden, Denmark
31.08. Gothenburg, SE – Bengans
01.09. Oslo, NO – The Crossroad Club
02.09. Stockholm, SE – Lilla Hotellbaren
03.09. Umeå, SE – Verket
04.09. Oulu, FI – Tukikohta
05.09. Helsinki, FI – Ääniwalli – WALLIHAUTA
06.09. travel
07.09. Uppsala, SE – Red Room
08.09. Malmö, SE – Norra G 26
09.09. Berlin, DE – SO36 w/ No More Art
10.09. Warsaw, PL – ADA w/ Gulag Beach
11.09. Brno, CZ – Bajkazyl w/ Cult Values
12.09. Vienna, AT – EKH w/ Warcry, Cult Values
13.09. Bratislava, SK – Fuga
14.09. Ilirska Bistrica, SL – MKNZ w/ Warcry
15.09. Budapest, HU – Müszi w/ Nervosas
16.09. Zagreb, HR – Attack w/ Warcry
17.09. Milan, IT – Lo-FI Club
18.09. Geneva, CH – La Verseuse
19.09. St. Etienne, FR    – La Guelle Noir
20.09. Barcelona, ES – tba
21.09. Valencia, ES – La Residencia
22.09. Alicante, ES – tba
23.09. Madrid, ES – Wurlitzer Ballroom
24.09. San Sebastian, ES – tba
25.09. Bordeaux, FR – Heretic Club
26.09. Paris, FR – La Mecannique Ondulatoire w/ Youth Avoiders, Stalled Minds, Pale Angels
27.09. Antwerp, BE – Music City – RODEOFEST
28.09. Cologne, DE – Privat
29.09. Frankfurt, DE – Dreikönigskeller
30.09. off
01.10. off
02.10. Tübingen, DE – Epplehaus, HEIMAT TO HELL FEST w/ The Stops
03.10. Munich, DE – Kafe Kult w/ The Stops, Stalled Minds
04.10. Leipzig,DE – Zoro w/ The Stops, Destruction Unit

First track from RED DONS – THE DEAD HAND OF TRADITION LP streaming now!

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Five years after their seminal “Fake Meets Failure” LP, Red Dons return with their junior album “The Dead Hand of Tradition,” set to be released August 10th on  Taken By Surprise Records in Europe and later this summer by Deranged Records in North America.

A lot has happened in those five years.

Two of the band’s core members Douglas Burns and Hajji Husayn left their hometown Portland, Oregon behind, for Chicago and London. They recorded and released a slew of singles on labels like Grave Mistake and Dirtnap (including a collaboration with TV Smith of UK punk legends The Adverts). Despite the distance between them, they’ve managed to tour regularly in North America and Europe.

In January this year they reconvened in Portland to record “The Dead Hand of Tradition” at Buzz Or Howl Studios, the same establishment where they recorded the album’s predecessor. “The Dead Hand of Tradition” features ten new tracks of their signature dark, driving, melodic punk rock sound. The formula of their distinctive songwriting hasn’t changed, but has matured as a result of having five more nomadic years under their belts. These new experiences have only added to the themes of alienation, emigration, and loss present in their music.

With Red Dons stalwart Richard Joachim on drums and recent recruit Ruby Sparks of The Stops (Dirt Cult Records / Sabotage Records) on guitar, the band just finished a Midwest / Canadian tour including an appearance at the Ottawa Explosion Fest last month and is returning to Europe for five weeks in the fall.

Pre-order limited white vinyl HERE!

Find the opening track “The Good Disciple” streaming at the link below.

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RED DONS + TV SMITH – A VOTE FOR THE UNKNOWN 7″ PRE-ORDER!

SURPRISE 050 |  RED DONS + TV SMITH – A VOTE FOR THE UNKNOWN 7″

A VOTE FOR THE UNKNOWN is a collaborative effort between punk legend TV SMITH and the RED DONS. The former ADVERTS front man provides the lyrics and vocals to music recorded by the band. Tracked in a Swedish bomb shelter and mixed by Hajji Husayn at the NORTH LONDON BOMB FACTORY, this record is a must have for any ADVERTS fan looking for one more offering from TV SMITH backed by a punk band.

Edition of 500 copies on black vinyl in screenprinted sleeves.

RECORDS ARE SCHEDULED TO SHIP MARCH 21!

Order HERE!

ENDLESS COLUMN – SUMMER 7″ PRE-ORDER!

SURPRISE 051 | ENDLESS COLUMN – SUMMER 7″

ENDLESS COLUMN started in 2010 when Doug Burns (OBSERVERS, RED DONS) moved to Chicago and started the band together with Jimmy Hollywood (TYRADES), David Wolf (DAYLIGHT ROBBERY) and Eric Watts. They deliver rocking lo-fi garagerock with surfy undertones. These four songs are taken from their demo, recorded and mixed entirely on a Tascam 246 in the summer of 2011, and mastered by Daniel Husayn at North London Bomb Factory. The band went on a hiatus after Burns moved away for school for two years in 2012 and is now back together playing shows again.

One time pressing of 500 on black vinyl in screenprinted sleeves. Released in cooperation with TWINTOE RECORDS.

RECORDS ARE SCHEDULED TO SHIP MARCH 10!

Order HERE!