Missing Lyrics

Thank you to all the people who have pointed out the printing error in the first pressing of The Stormy Petrel, the booklet is missing the lyrics to ‘Disgrace’ and ‘Belly Dancing Stoat’. With permission we reproduce the lyrics here.


I don’t want to be a fucking disgrace in this place do I?
I don’t want to be fucking straight laced in this place do I?
I don’t want to be a crease on a piece of crimpolene do I?
I don’t want to be the colour grey like today do I?
I don’t want to be a fucking disgrace in this place do I?
I don’t want to be the colour grey like today do I?

I’ll be with you
I’ll be with you
For all my days

I don’t want to be dragged over hot coals on a sunny day do I?
I don’t want to be the weatherman in the rain do I?
I don’t want to be a sign of the times do I?
I don’t want to be the butt of the joke that’s all folks do I?

I’ll be with you
I’ll be with you
For all my days

Belly Dancing Stoat

A scapegoat in a waistcoat
Selling mini plagues again
There’s idle speculation
That I procrastinate my life away
A more persistent Monday morning daze

You can’t bend me
Or attempt to mend me
You can’t lend me how you’re feeling

When I first saw you in that attic you looked anything but ecstatic that day
Why would someone leave you sitting there right in the middle of a dead room stinking of paint?
I remember just thinking you are coming home with me and ever since you’ve stayed in one piece

Is it an illusion you’re alluding to?
A belly-dancing stoat
Is more believable than you

You can’t bend me
Or offend me
You can’t lend me how you’re feeling


The Stormy Petrel – A Review

The Stormy PetrelSome records – whether they’re brand new or not – have this sort of lived-in quality that will just set a mind at ease when they start playing. It might be the lyrics that speak just right or the guitar tone that feels like the listener is sitting in the eye of a storm, or a rhythm section that strikes just the right chord in a listener but, whatever it is, it just feels like home. That’s the sort of feeling that The Stormy Petrel – Leatherface’s first album released since 2004’s Dog Disco and also the first on the band’s own label – imbues in listeners.

Read the review in full here.

A Little Bit of History

Joseph HodgsonThe following is from Dix Noonan Webb auction site and contains some interesting facts in the eventful life of Joseph Hodgson, The Stormy Petrel. If anyone can shed light on what happened to the medal please tell us via our contact page.


An early Board of Trade Medal for Gallantry in Saving Life at Sea from the W. H. Fevyer Collection was awarded to Joseph Hodgson, “The Stormy Petrel” of Sunderland, whose lifesaving exploits were recounted in The Illustrated London News.

Board of Trade Medal for Gallantry in Saving Life at Sea, V.R., large, silver (Joseph Ray Hodgson, Wreck of the “Trois Sœurs” on the 4th January 1856) fitted with a scroll suspension, edge bruising and some contact marks, nearly very fine £450-550.


Joseph Hodgson's MedalJoseph Hodgson’s life-saving exploits were recounted in The Illustrated London News of 17 April 1858. The account, compiled by Bill Fevyer, was reprinted in the L.S.A.R.S.J. No.31, p.25-27.

‘Mr Joseph Hodgson … is a resident of Sunderland, and has signally distinguished himself on the north-east coast by his heroic exertions to save life from shipwreck. He possesses silver medals from the Royal Humane Society, from the National Life-boat Institution, from the Board of Trade, and a first-class gold medal from the French Emperor for saving the crew of a French vessel. He has himself saved twelve persons from drowning, besides having been, with others, the happy means of rescuing a great number of human lives. In stormy weather he is seldom off the beach, and hence the title of ‘The Stormy Petrel’, by which he is so well known. On one occasion Mr Hodgson saved a baby, bringing it on shore wrapped up in his coat, in the slings of the rocket apparatus; then, returning to the vessel, he brought thence the mother safe to land.

We append the chief of Mr Hodgson’s heroic deeds:

1844 he saved the life of John Snowdon, a child of about two years, by jumping off the quay into the River Wear.
1846 he saved John Nicholson’s life by jumping off the quay into the River Wear, near the Custom House.
1847 he saved the lives of John Marshall, by jumping off a keel into the River Wear, near the ferry-boat landing; of Joseph Alexander, who was knocked overboard by a keel’s tiller; and of William Cornage, a seaman, who fell into the river: in this latter case he was called out of bed’.
1849 he rescued John McTun, a seaman, who was washed from the life-boat, by going into the sea for him, during the wreck of the Tyneside.
1852 he assisted in saving the crew of the ship Thomas Clarkson.
1854 he assisted in saving the crew of the Medina, and that of the Harmony, of London, on January 4; and on the 9th of the same month, the Samuel and Sarah, billyboy, of Grimsby, going on shore behind the South Pier, he succeeded in getting to the vessel and first brought to land the captain’s child, eight months old, then returned with rocket-lines and brought the captain’s wife. In October he, with the assistance of five others, saved from the wreck of the Niagara a lad who had been left on board in bed sick. On November 15 he assisted in saving the crews of the Victoria, the Coldstream, the Calypso, and the Margaret. 1855 he saved (October 30), with the assistance of Joseph Clark, the captain of the Brig Brenda, wrecked behind the South Pier, who had been left on board.
1856 he assisted (September 28) in saving the crew of the Madalenea, wrecked on the Glass Heads, behind South Pier.
1857 he assisted, on January 4, in saving part of the crew of the Rienzi, at Hendon, one mile south of Sunderland. On the night of January 4 the Trois Sœurs, French schooner, drove behind the South Pier, several rockets were fired, but, the crew not understanding the use of the rockets, Mr Hodgson succeeded in getting on board by a line, and sent the crew all safe to shore; for which service the captain presented him with a splendid timepiece, the Emperor to the French with a gold medal, and the Board of Trade with a silver medal and £2. On the same day he assisted in saving the crew of the James Bales, of Sunderland, wrecked behind the South Pier. On March 21 he assisted in saving, by the life-boat, the crew (twenty-five in number) of the barque Six Sisters, wrecked behind the North Pier. On April 6 he assisted in saving the crew of the Isabella. A local paper gives the following account of Mr Hodgson’s heroic conduct on this occasion: “On Monday the schooner Isabella was making for Sunderland harbour, the wind blowing a gale from the east. The tempest drove her behind South Pier, the waves dashed over her masts, and the crew were in imminent peril of destruction. The Wear Commissioners’ men were at hand with rocket lines. The Stormy Petrel, Mr Joseph Hodgson, ever present in the hour of danger, was also there, and slipping off his clothes, volunteered to carry a line on board, 250 yards distant, and performed the daring feat, and all hands were cradled to shore in the rocket-chair.” …… ‘

The date of award of the Board of Trade Medal for Gallantry in Saving Life at Sea (medal instituted in 1855) makes it one of the earliest issued. In his article, Mr Fevyer reported that a search of the archives of the Royal Humane Society had failed to find any award made to Hodgson and speculated that the medal awarded was possibly that of the Sunderland Humane Society which was known to be active at the time. Hodgson was awarded the R.N.L.I. Medal in Silver in 1856. In the Life-Boat, 1 April 1857 it states, ‘Jan. 3 1856 – The Committee voted the silver medal of the Institution, and their thanks, inscribed on vellum, to Mr Joseph Hodgson, of Sunderland, in testimony of his extraordinary exertions, extending over a period of twelve years, in saving life. He had personally rescued 10 persons from drowning, and had assisted, in life-boats and other boats, in saving about 17 others’. A similar citation is given in Lifeboat Gallantry but there his name is given as ‘Joseph Carver Hodgson’.

Source: http://www.dnw.co.uk/auction-archive/catalogue-archive/lot.php?department=Medals&lot_id=64016

The Stormy Petrel in the USA

No Idea Mail OrderThings just get better, not sure if you already know but we are so pleased to announce that noidearecords.com has released the new Leatherface record ‘The Stormy Petrel’ in North America.

Big Ugly Fish is swimming at the news of this and we look forward to working with the No Idea Team.


The first release on Big Ugly Fish Recording’s was ‘The Stormy Petrel’ a twelve track album from Leatherface. Stefan Mush, Graeme Philliskirk, Dickie Hammond and Frankie Stubbs have been in the studio putting together 12 tracks and the resulting album ‘The Stormy Petrel’ is available worlwide. The album was recorded in the same studio as Dog Disco with Fred Purser behind the sliders!

The album and band merchandise will be available from this site and Plastichead will be distributing the new CD throughout Europe. In Japan, CR Japan will be Licensing/ distributing and Australia Poison City.

The Band kicked off 2010 in East Canada and the East coast US with Yesterday’s Ring playing all the dates with Leatherface.

Greame Philliskirk
Bass Beast

Stefam Musch
We only play it twice!

Frankie Stubbs
Acoustic for the Ears!

Richard Hammond
Bison Big Boy’s Toy’s