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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!

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PISS TEST – BIGGEST BAND IN EUROPE LP and THE MANDATES – S/T LP out March 17th!

SURPRISE 042 | PISS TEST – BIGGEST BAND IN EUROPE LP
Portland, Oregon, tolerant Oregon, is having yet another supergroup taking the punk world by storm. After a debut 7″ on JONNYCAT and a split with FIST CITY on DRUNKEN SAILOR, they finally spit out their first full length LP. Fronted by arguably Portland’s angriest man Zachary Brooks (RED DONS, SCOTT BAIO ARMY, SODA POP KIDS) and backed by fellow PDX stalwarts Samantha (DOTTIE ATTIE, NEO BOYS, WIPERS) and Rodrigo (RED SHADOWS, POISON IDEA, AUTISTIC YOUTH) they deliver 13 snotty punk jams that tackle EVERY topic that needs to be tackled. They are the biggest band in Europe. By far.

First press is 500 copies on black vinyl.
All records come with a coupon for free digital download.
The Northamerican press will be out on JONNYCAT RECORDS in April!
FIRST 100 COPIES COME WITH A PISS TEST FRIDGE MAGNET!

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SURPRISE 043 | THE MANDATES – S/T LP
THE MANDATES are a punk/power-pop quartet based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Formed in 2010, Matt Sikkens, Jimmy Sixx, Kirch N. Destroy and their drummer, Tahoe, have dedicated the most ambitious few years of their lives to writing the best ’77 pop punk anthems their minds can arrange. Taking cues from classic acts like TEENAGE HEAD, THIN LIZZY, NEW YORK DOLLS and THE JAM, THE MANDATES have forged through their music scene, creating something vintage and yet somehow maintaining a modern appeal. The 12″ follow-up to their first single “Take You to the Dance” Is boasting their most danceable choruses and inspired lyrics to date. This full length vinyl release, produced by Portland punk rock aficionado PAT KEARNS (EXPLODING HEARTS, NICE BOYS, CLOROX GIRLS) is a passionate and earnest endeavour.

First press is 500 copies on black vinyl.
All records come with a coupon for free digital download.
This record was originally released on MAMMOTH CAVE.

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CHEMICALS – CHEMICAL LIVIN LP is out now!

Servus,

here we go again with a quick update! Thanks to everybody who made the CHEMICALS first European tour so much fun! We had the best of times and can’t thank friends old and new enough for the hospitality, partyablity and all the icy cold frosty dogs. Special thanks to the duke of Neufchatel and his estate, without him this buttery cruise on the stormy waters of Lake Neufchatel would not have been possible!!

So just during the tour this record below finally dropped from the pressing plant!

chemicallivinSURPRISE 035 | CHEMICALS – CHEMICAL LIVIN’ LP

“CHEMICALS are punks on drugs, whose hot-wired Trashpunkjunk can be associated with O.C. beachsounds of the “Führers…”-SMOGTOWN or GEARS and the MEAN JEANS on Pepp not canned beer, with their in your face “Screw you!”-nihilism as life’s central philosophy and was originally released on vinyl.in 2009” – OX Fanzine.
Repress of Portland’s finest garagepunkers first LP. Jonny Cat assembled Rich Preinesberger, Hajji Husayn and Douglas Burns of PDX punk stalwarts RED DONS to record this album in 2009 during the same session as RD’s FAKE MEETS FAILURE. 12 raygun blasts of nihilistic, futuristic and chemicalistic punk! Originally released on JONNY CAT RECORDS in 2009, this record has been remastered by Hajji Husayn at NORTH LONDON BOMB FATCORY MASTERING and has updated artwork by NYC’s finest AVI SPIVAK! 500 copies only, ever.

SINGLE COPIES ARE 15 EUROS POSTAGE PAID WORLDWIDE!
SEND YOUR PAYMENT TO: info@takenbysurprise.net

Or order HERE!

Stream and download the whole thing here:

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NEXT UP ARE:

BIG EYES – ALMOST FAMOUS LP
CHEMICALS / P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. split 7″
NIGHT BIRDS – BORN TO DIE IN SUBURBIA LP
AUTISTIC YOUTH – 3rd LP
RED DONS – NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND 7″
LONG KNIFE debut LP

and then some…

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LOTS of new records are available, including some sweet JONNY CAT RECORDS releases you probably won’t find anywhere else, some rare shit like a square shaped CLOROX GIRLS 7″ from back in the day (ltd. 200!) and other goodies by great labels from all over the punk globe.

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If you have any trouble ordering just email me at info@takenbysurprise.net

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DISTRIBUTION!

We deal direct, email to info@takenbysurprise.net for a complete wholesale list, including records from some other great labels like SABOTAGE, GRAVE MISTAKE, etc.

You can also get our records from the the nice people at:

DAY AFTER RECORDS (Czech Republic)
SOUNDS OF SUBTERRANIA (Germany)
PUNK DISTRO (Germany)
CARGO RECORDS (Germany)
SONIC RENDEZVOUS (Benelux)

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That’s it for this edition of the punk o’clock news. Enjoy your spring and see you at the Springsteen show in Hannover on May 28th!

NO SURRENDER!

Michl

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