Set to Fade

Big Ugly Fish RecordingsThe hosting for BUF Recordings runs out in a matter of months, we will not be re-newing the service. All our good work from over the past 3+ years is now archived here in this blog. The shop is in the process of moving too. You’ll find the remainder of our stock on Bandcamp. There are limited quantities of The Stormy Petrel and Live in Melbourne Vinyl LP’s left, both in red vinyl, so get them while you can before you have to pay a small fortune for them on eBay. You can find them here: biguglyfishrecordings.bandcamp.com

We are keeping the BUF Facebook Page as a point of contact if anyone has any queries and don’t forget there are two excellent active Leatherface Facebook pages here and here.

Operations are winding down due to other music projects and commitments outside the music industry.

BUF would like to thank everyone who visited us, bought music and merchandise from us, watched the bands on our small independent label and, those who continue to listen to the great music we were so privileged to be associated with.

We recommend HDQ’s new album Lost in Translation: facebook.com/HDQofficial

The Sainte Catherines: facebook.com/thesaintecatherines

The Leatherface site will remain as an archive as it is and will be updated with archive material as we receive it, if you have anything to contribute to the archive, the gallery or can recommend a high quality video please contact us via Facebook here.

Paul and Graeme @ BUF Recordings.

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Big Ugly Fish Newsletter #12

Dear Subscribers,

The Sainte Catherines Photobook Shows All

Les Saintes CatherinesWell, not everything but it’s finally here! What is? Well, The Sainte Catherines have only gone and printed 200 copies of a 46 pages photobook. These previously unreleased pictures were taken by photographer Jimmi Francoeur during the recording sessions for their last album Fire Works, back in 2010. When you purchase the book, you instantly get to download two new songs and three bonus acoustic tracks. Plus you’ll get the Fire Works Deluxe Edition CD inserted in the photobook when we ship it out in April. Ask nicely upon purchase and they will sign your copy in joined up writing, these guys are not just a bunch of pretty bearded faces you know.

Bonus tracks:
14. Leaving El Rancho, 15. Torture Of A Kiss, 16. Ben Mieux D’Même, 17. We Used To Be In Love (Pale Moonlight edit), 18. Reinventing Ron Hextall (I Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye) (Tim Thomas At The White House remix).

Out now. $30 + shipping. Pre-order your copy direct from saintecatherines.com

Leatherface T-Shirts See Light of Day Shock

Leatherface Mush T-ShirtHello there, we finally got around to restocking the Big Ugly Fish Cornershop with your favourite merchandise. Included in this is a limited edition run of Leatherface’s Mush LP cover tees, Smokey Joe tees previously only available on tour, as well as other favourites including Leatherface Shield Logo, The Stormy Petrel Boat and Monkey Rodeo tees. Available here right now.

BUF CD Sales Hit By Recession

Roll up, roll up! The Stormy Petrel CD has now been reduced to £6.99 as it’s now a bit long in the tooth and all copies are now seeking a place in your or your friends punk rock music collection. All other CD’s including Leatherface’s Live in Melbourne, The Sainte Catherines’ Fire Works and NRFB CD’s have also been reduced in this period of austerity, so stock up while you can. Available here right now.

The Sainte Catherines’ T-Shirts Found In Abandoned Basement

The Sainte Catherines T-ShirtHeld captive since a brief tour of Europe when young and later abandoned by really naughty bad ass people, the surviving and ever so slightly dishevelled Fire Works t-shirts (2 x Ladies Fit Small and Medium, 5 x Medium and 9 x X Large) are in the caring hands of the Big Ugly Fish and are currently looking for permanent, caring homes to go to at a small fee of £8 each. Available here right now

Regards.
Admin @ BUF
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The Sainte Catherines Launch Photobook

It’s finally here! What is? Well, The Sainte Catherines are only going to be printing 200 copies of a 46 pages photobook. These previously unreleased pictures were taken by photographer Jimmi Francoeur during the recording sessions for their last album Fire Works, back in 2010. When you purchase the book, you instantly get to download two new songs and three bonus acoustic tracks. Plus you’ll get the Fire Works Deluxe Edition CD inserted in the photobook when we ship it out in April.

Bonus tracks:
14. Leaving El Rancho, 15. Torture Of A Kiss, 16. Ben Mieux D’Même, 17. We Used To Be In Love (Pale Moonlight edit), 18. Reinventing Ron Hextall (I Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye) (Tim Thomas At The White House remix).

Released: April 2012. $30 + shipping. Preorder your copy direct from saintecatherines.com

Big Ugly Fish Newsletter #9

Dear Visitor,

it’s nearly Christmas and the Leatherface boy’s are out on a tour of Shenanigans, so enjoy the festivities if you make it?

N.R.F.B Featuring Frankie NW Stubbs

NRFBN.R.F.B (Nuclear Raped Fuck Bomb) is a collaboration of Frankie Stubbs (Leatherface), Jens Rachut (Kommando Sonne-Nmilch), Thomas Wenzel (Die Sterne, Die Goldenen Zitronen) and Mense Reents (Stella, Egoexpress). The 7 songs of this record, alternated sung by Frankie Stubbs, Jens Rachut and the female voice of Lisa Hagmeister are a wild and insane mix of punk rock with electronic influences, techno, flamenco-guitars and spoken words. Surrounded by strange lyrics and unbelievable stories in German and English this is perhaps the strangest independent/punk-record in 2011 far beyond any genre limits.

The CD (Available here) comes with a chic matte gold-plated pressure digi-pack with booklet text. The matte gold-coated cover of the limited LP edition comes coloured inner bag with lyrics in olive green / brown vinyl (Available here).

Tournée d’adieu des Sainte Catherines

Yes, the rumours are true, The Sainte Catherines have called it a day. Gawd bless ’em and all who sail in ’em. Read the official press release here: saintecatherines.com

Leatherface UK Winter Tour Dates

December
Friday 2nd – The 1 in 12 Club, Bradford.
Saturday 3rd – Book Yer Ane Fest V, Kage Nightclub, St. Andrews Street, Dundee, Scotland.
Sunday 4th – Independent, Holmeside, Sunderland.
Monday 5th – Sound House, Leicester.
Tuesday 6th – The Victoria Inn, Derby.
Wednesday 7th – The Croft, 117-119 Stokes Croft, Bristol.
Thursday 8th – The Cavern Club, 83-84 Queen Street, Exeter.
Friday 9th – Night and Day, Manchester, M1 1JN.
Saturday 10th – The Fighting Cocks Bar & Live Music Venue, Old London Road, Kingston, United Kingdom.
For full details please visit leatherface.biz/tour

Limited Edition Leatherface T-Shirt and Badges/Sticker Pack

The Stormy Petrel Red T-ShirtBy popular Facebook demand there is now limited edition Leatherface T-Shirt is available from the BUF Merchandise section of the Big Ugly Fish website here until 31st December 2011.

Also available online and on the tour is a three badge and two sticker pack available at the bargain price of £4.00 from the BUF Cornershop here.

Christmas Competition

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for this years Xmas competition, we’ll reveal the details soon.

Regards.
Admin @ BUF
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Big Ugly Fish Newsletter #8

Dear Subscribers,

New Leatherface Release | Leatherface Tour Dates | The Sainte Catherines Tour | Associates

Big Ugly Fish Recordings is proud to announce the release of ‘Viva La Arthouse’ a Leatherface live album recorded in Melbourne in 2010 on their Stormy Petrel World Tour.

It is available to order from the Big Ugly Fish Cornershop right now and is available as a single CD for £9.99 or Double gatefold LP for £12.99 plus P&P.

Leatherface
Viva La Arthouse – Live in Melbourne
Big Ugly Fish Recordings

Leatherface - Live in MelbourneViva La Arthouse is Leatherface’s second release on their own label and is a celebration of their 2010 Stormy Petrel World Tour that took in Europe, Canada, America, Japan and Australia. This double live album was recorded and mixed at Melbourne’s famous music venue The Arthouse by Poison City Record’s Matt Bodiam. The recording was made in arrangement with bassist Greame Philliskirk on the spare of the moment with the other three members of the band unaware the gig was being recorded for posterity.

Sadly The Arthouse, which has hosted punk and indie shows in North Melbourne for the past 19 years, closed its doors in May 2011 after its long-time licensee Maree Kelly decided not to renew its lease. An unsympathetic landlord and a change in the liqour licensing regulations are the two major factors in the Kelly family’s decision not to renew the lease. Leatherface’s Frankie Stubbs has a long-standing relationship with The Arthouse, in October 2005 A Death In the family flew Frankie over from the U.K to produce their debut album in the newly equipped Arthouse Studio.

Leatherface live shows have become the stuff of legend, if you’ve ever been lucky enough to catch them live you’ll have witnessed the pre-gig excitement, the trepidation of the emotional possibilities, the rollercoaster ride of each song and the overall full on powerhouse brutality of melodic punk rock which is down to Dickie Hammond’s unique guitar playing and Frankie Stubbs counterpointing riffs, the bombast of the rhythm section that comprises of Stephen ‘Skruff’ Owen on drums and Greame Philliskirk on bass. On top of this mighty backdrop is Frankie Stubbs lyrics, with his incredibly raspy voice and passionate delivery, exudes an aura that demands and gets respect. He wins admiration, in part, for his distinct lack of trying to be something he’s not. He is utterly devoid of pretense and flash.

Tracklist:1. Not a Day Goes By (Stubbs). 2. God is Dead (Stubbs, Hammond). 3. Watching You Sleep (Stubbs, Evans). 4. Never Say Goodbye (Stubbs, Hammond). 5. Diego Garcia (Stubbs, Hammond). 6. Little White God (Stubbs, Hammond). 7. Peasant in Paradise (Stubbs). 8. Hoodlum (Stubbs). 9. Sour Grapes (Stubbs). 10. Nutcase (Stubbs, Hammond). 11. My Worlds End (Stubbs, Hammond). 12. I Want the Moon (Hammond, Stubbs). 13. Broken (Stubbs). 14. Not Superstitious (Stubbs). 15. Pale Moonlight (Stubbs). 16. Dead Industrial Atmosphere (Stubbs). 17. Springtime (Hammond, Stubbs). 18. Hops & Barley (Tucker). 19. Hurt (Reznor).

leatherface.biz
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Leatherface Tour Dates
Thursday 21 July – The Victoria Inn, Midland Place, Derby. Derby DIY Collective presents Leatherface – Back in Derby after last years amazing Fathers Day show. Plus Teen-Rebel Dopefiends – Northern catchy punk on Not Shy Recs!
teenrebeldopefiends.bandcamp.com
20:00 – 23:00. The Victoria Inn, Midland Place, Derby, United Kingdom. 8pm doors / £5 adv. Tickets: thevictoriainnderby.co.uk

Friday 22nd July – The New Adelphi Club, 89 Grey Street, Hull
myspace.com/adelphiclub

Saturday 23rd July – The Dog and Partridge, Bolton. The Dog and Partridge is Bolton’s original and best live music venue. If you hate hearing Oasis four times in an hour, if you care about music, if you’re a band that wants to play somewhere you can be guaranteed a warm welcome and a decent PA then the Dog and Partridge is the spiritual home you might not have found yet. Tickets £6. Available at the Dog over Dogstock (27th/28th/29th May).
liveatthedog.co.uk

Video

Footage courtesy of Aussie Punk Rock Podcast D.I.Wireless www.diwireless.com.au. Leatherface’s second set of the weekend, this time back at the Arthouse on Sunday night. After a late band withdrawal they doubled up as headliners again to give everyone the chance to catch another awesome set.

The Sainte Catherines - Fire WorksThe Sainte Catherines – Fire Works Autumn Tour 2011
The Sainte Catherines will be on tour in Germany with Sunderland’s own Broken Few in September 2011 and of course we’ll let you know the dates once everything is finalised.

Their critically acclaimed ‘Fire Works’ is now available for £7.99 from the Big Ugly Fish Cornershop. Here is what people have had to say about the album so far:

“The Sainte Catherines appear to have adapted their style with ease, retaining their blaring guitars whilst a more reflective approach has broadened their sound and with it their appeal.” Emma Howe – Manifesto Magazine

“The Sainte Catherines have released a not totally unexpected, but a surprise of an album, it’s not anarcho or hardcore; ‘Fire Works’ has too many influences. Overall this is punk albeit influenced by 1970’s rock and 1990’s Orange county punk. Good to hear a band in such great form.” Steve Janes – withguitars.com

facebook.com/thesaintecatherines
myspace.com/thesaintecatherines

Associates
Pumpkin Records (Manchester)
Pumpkin Records recently welcomed two new additions to their collective, Leatherface and The Sainte Catherines, both bands will feature on the new Pumpkin Records sampler and will be working with Big Ugly Fish Recordings on some future releases.
pumpkinrecords.co.uk
Drunken Sailor Records
A label who have recently released a 7″ by The Magnificent, as well as material by Unfun and The Young Leaves have approached BUF with the possibility of doing a split 7″ with Leatherface specially for the Out of Spite Festival 2011. We’ll keep you posted on any progress.
drunkensailorrecords.bigcartel.com
Boss Tuneage
Three members of HDQ, minus singer Golly all went on to form Leatherface in the late 80s, whilst members also ended up at one point or another in Sofa Head, Generic, Dr. Bison, Stokoe, and of course The Jones. Well it seems plans are afoot for a third and final HDQ reissue in the near future to tie up all the other recordings by the band not covered on Boss Tunage’s two reissues of their second and third albums ‘Sinking’ and ‘Soulfinder’.
bosstuneage.com

Regards.
Admin @ BUF
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The Sainte Catherines withguitars.com Review

The Sainte Catherines - Fire WorksThe Sainte Catherine’s
Fire Works
Big Ugly Fish Records

Have you ever travelled to Montreal? Actually half of Canada? Me too, but I know a man that did, and even does. Moreover he has long made me aware of The Sainte Catherines; to be honest it was just a name of one of twenty competent Punk bands that a couple of TSC tracks made the odd CD compilation we swapped between mates. So imagine the surprise to be presented with ‘Fire Works’ the new album, face to face with a host of a diverse array of tracks, even more so, compared to the odd track I’d previously strayed upon. Though formed in 1999 this is my first major taste of Sainte Catherines, best to go into some kind of detail.

The band seems to draw on a wide range of influences from 1970’s rock and punk to eighties post punk hardcore. So there are influences that range from Alice Cooper, Kiss, New York Dolls, Ramones. I can also hear traces of bands like Pennywise, Offspring and NOFX and the vocals; remind me of The Styrenes. ‘Fireworks’ contains expansive music ingredients, all are from the various stages of rock and punk make no mistake, there is no one holding their finger in their ear or anything as dumb as that. The Sainte Catherines are far more immediate, engaging and delivered with attitude, you can go from the melodic and 4/4 tempo opening of ‘We Used to Be In Love’ to the full tilt of ‘The Great Somewhere Else’ two very different songs, one large umbrella.

‘BLR Vs Cancer’, also stands out, the song comes across all Styrenes’ (minus the piano) meets the Rocky Horror Show. While the track that could go down as the best soundtrack to that Chicago High School End Of Year Prom; still mired suitably twisted memories, long compressed questions still remain; then as the light finally begins to shine, we  go  straight into the rock tinged occasionally harmonica driven, ‘Back To The Basement That I Love’. Next up, ‘Maggie And Dave’ has a great classic feel and a king sized hook, then it’s ‘No Friends’, just give this song an extra verse and it’s my choice for a single. The three guitar ‘frontline’ of TSC really help fill out the sound, after ten plus years the 5-piece appear to be breaking loose a little, bringing in a handful of unexpected instruments and with more complex song structures, there is some hard work behind the scenes of ‘Fire Works’.

The Sainte Catherines have released a not totally unexpected, but a surprise of an album, it’s not anarcho or hardcore; ‘Fire Works’ has too many influences. Overall this is punk albeit influenced by 1970’s rock and 1990’s Orange county punk. Good to hear a band in such great form.

Source: www.withguitars.com