Four Candles

Four Candles: Alternative Golf EP – all proceeds to The Peer Hat venueEP Review 

Four Candles: Alternative Golf (German Shepherd)

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Out now

All proceeds to The Peer Hat venue – buy on fee-free Friday 5 June and literally all proceeds go to the venue

Outsider Rock band and Prole-Art-Prog-Punks  Four Candles release a new EP full of ideas, anger, freakishness and melody – as-is their won’t – and give away the profits to arts-pub-venue which provides a haven for local bands.

I have written about German Shepherd Records recording artistes, Four Candles, before…

…an experimental rock band who pull together in different directions…. brittle funk-punk/art-rock/ garage-gothic… a punk-inspired freedom of expression …A music made up of fragments of the past re-assembled into a new, tense, present and possible future. (Killing The Image review 2017)

Four Candles despite the comedic name are a serious band.  They deal in introspection and exorcism.  Self analysis and therapeutic rant’n’roll. The songs document life on the margins.  (Spiritual Rapture review 2018)

It has moments where it is absolutely beautiful: studiously intense yet transcendental… but others when it is full of lyrical bile and musical ugliness.  It is an impressive work of idiosyncratic, purposeful art-rock.  (Nettle Rash review 2019)

This new four song EP is more of the same, with added piano, cello and brass/woodwind section.

Musically comparable to prime Stranglers, Public Image Ltd and a whole host of alternative rock ground-breakers – it is Four Candles at their most accomplished. Ian Moss’ poetry and performance an intense, cathartic as ever and in the case of Doughnuts, downright strange.

Loose Lips is Beefheartian punk beauty.  Basketcase shows off Mark Taylors McGeochian guitar sound and playing.  Requiem, the final song is as moving and desperately sad a song as you will hear this year – concerning the forgotten children who die in ‘care’.

The four song format suits Four Candles well. They cram all their skill and passion in and come over stronger than trying to reproduce a whole live-set in the studio. Less is More. This is Four Candles… burning bright.     (GB)

Ian ‘Fourcandles’ Moss on the Peer Hat, home of his Manchester Meltdown events.

It is in every way the perfect grass roots venue in terms of size, sight lines and a kind of Twin Peaks ambience, which I loved….  it has become the beating heart of the underground music scene in Manchester and beyond.  It is a place where bonds are forged, where the sparks of creativity illuminate the room, it is a place of poetry, passion, revolutionary ideas and love.  It is a warm place in a cold corporate world, a place where everybody counts, where everybody is cared about. A place that is of vital importance and under threat of closure because of the effects of the corona virus epidemic.  Nick and Dom are the owners but they are hardly fat cat capitalists, they are musicians and dreamers, idealists and good guys. They need our help to get through this and Manchester needs the Peer Hat to get through this.

Under normal circumstances we would have held a release party at the Peer Hat… all profits from sales go direct to the fund to help keep the Peer Hat open.

For more on the venue there is a Great Feature by Emily Oldfield on Visit Manchester and a Peer Hat Crowdfunder page

Buy the Alternative Golf EP here

The band: Ian Fourcandles – Vocals, Mark Taylor – Guitar,  Jon Rowlinson – Bass
and Phil Peak – Drums are joined by and would like to thank: Becky Alexis Martin – Piano, Cello, and Backing Vocals. Liz Vernon – Flute and Bassoon, Julie Cheung – Trumpet, Julia Nelson – Backing Vocals.

EP recorded and engineered by Simon “Ding” Archer at 6dB Studios, Salford.

All words by Ged Babey


There are numerous other crowdfunders for small venues all over the country and LTW does its best with limited resources and unpaid volunteer staff to cover as many as we can.  But the message is as always, support your local venues. 


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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


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