Fuckshovel - Portia's Box

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Spawned in London Fuckshovel bring a head-ripping brutalised juggernaut of punk fuelled melody and ballsy swagger. An unrelenting mass of festering dragster groove primed with the DNA of old school Discharge disfigured and dispatched with the manic face down aggression of 'Hotrod'-era Ministry being pummelled by Anthrax and spiked with a crowd pleasing terrace styled choruses. As aggressive as their name suggest, Fuckshovel deliver gun shot drumming and sleaze-fuelled rock designed to shake your brain loose.

Once described by Barfly magazine as the ‘Best unsigned band in the UK’ and melding their sound from a collective background that includes stints with Cradle of Filth, Decimator, Basement Jaxx, Plan B and remnants of Phil Lynott’s Grand Slam, The Shovel set out to prove that you could get played on the radio with a name like that.

First single ‘Long Time Dead’ gained critical acclaim in the UK and received airplay on the BBC Radio 6 Rock Show hosted by Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson and also XFM’s John Kennedy show. The accompanying video was playlisted by MTV’s Headbangers Ball and was included in their Best Of Year show.

After a string of support shows with the likes of Fucked Up, Jaguar Love and Innerpartysystem they were invited to showcase at SXSW 2009. Pitchfork anointed them ‘Best band name of SXSW’ while local DJ Nigel Laskowski from local station and SXSW sponsor picked them as a ‘must see’ and later described their show as ‘killer’. On returning to the UK further shows included support slots to LA punk legends The Germs and the Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock.

The debut album ‘This Is What We Are’ was recorded in the legendary Assault & Battery 2 studios with producer Rohan Onraet. The first single ‘Schizophonic’ will be released via iTunes in October 2012. The album with artwork by Jamie Reid will be released in January 2013 with accompanying live gigs.

For fans of: Killing Joke, Peter and the Test Tube Babies, Sex Pistols, AC/DC, Pantera, Slayer, Velvet Revolver


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The Criminal Sessions (Reloaded) Compilation

Featuring 10 of the best alternative acts to grace the Club Criminal stages over the last 12 months, The Criminal Sessions (Reloaded) is a Criminal Records label compilation featuring some of the UK’s hottest and most exciting new and independent label finds. We’ve done all the digging and wading through endless demos so you don’t need to. Get involved, and check out some of our favourite new bands!



from Criminal Sessions Reloaded (Compilation), released June 2, 2014



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