New Shabby Tinkerz track – ‘Don’t Want Your Love’

New Shabby Tinkerz track – ‘Don’t Want Your Love’

Check out the new song by Luton pop funsters Shabby Tinkerz.

Owen Stephen – ‘Still Dreaming’ EP review


Debut solo outing from TOG bassist

Owen Stephen - Just Dreaming EP cover

1. Rainy Skies
2. Always Looking
3. Just Dreaming
4. From Grace
5. Place Called Love
6. Hardest Roots

In between touring America, performing with the likes of Darren Hayes (ex-Savage Garden) at Wembley and recording the next album from The October Game, Owen Stephen has found the time in his busy schedule to create this, his debut solo EP ‘Still Dreaming’. Having become something of a veteran of Hertfordshire’s thriving underground music scene, playing in various acts over the years, Owen is finally getting attention further afield, with this EP looking set to build on that. (Note: Owen isn’t the only TOG member to release solo material – bandmate Ollie Taylor released his album ‘Little Drummer Boy’ last year on Scylla Records, reviewed here
Whilst this collection may share one or two influences with TOG, this is actually a very…

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Podcast | Episode 7: Introducing Mr. Matt Smith

In this episode Dan is joined by new co-host and long time friend Mr. Matt Smith who brings along some new features as well as promoting his new monthly comedy night in Old Town Stevenage at Cinnabar, the first of which begins tonight (20 Feb 2013). Find out more at the following link:

Featuring music from:

Brocker – St. Albans Pop Punk
Hostages For Smack – Balstock Punkers
Double Vision Sound System – Arlsey Dub
Left Engine – Letchworth Alternative Indie Rockers

Charlie’s Top 25 Albums of 2012

And here are the albums… They’re alllll good:

Scott Walker – Bish Bosch
Eyvind Kang – The Narrow Garden
Swans – The Seer
Chairlift – Something
John Talabot – Fin
Young Smoke – Space Zone
DJ Rashad – Teklife Vol 1: Welcome to the Chi
Neneh Cherry & The Thing – The Cherry Thing
David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
Black Dice – Mr Impossible
Motorpsycho & Ståle Storløkken – The Death Defying Unicorn
Goat – World Music
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
Om – Advaitic Songs
iamamiwhoami – Kin
LHF – Keepers Of The Light
Holly Herndon – Movement
Farrah Abraham – My Teenage Dream Ended
Slugabed – Time Team
Mala – Mala in Cuba
Dawn Richard – Armor On
UFOmammut – Oro: Opus Primum
Nite Jewel – One Second of Love
Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
Lone – Galaxy Garden

Charlie’s Top 25 Tracks of 2012

HELLOSo maybe it’s a bit late putting this list out at the beginning of February, but it’s taken a while to digest and crunch down our listening over the last twelve months.

Below are our Top 25 nationally-released tracks of 2012. Hope you disagree. No Spotify playlist yet. Look em up yourselves for now. :

1. Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
2. Scott Walker – Epizootics!
3. Blawan – Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage
4. Eyvind Kang – Invisus Natalis
5. DJ Rashad – Welcome to the Chi
6. Swans – Mother Of The World
7. John Talabot – Missing You
8. Chairlift – I Belong In Your Arms
9. Swindle – Do The Jazz
10. Burial – Kindred
11. Tame Impala – Elephant
12. Blondes – Lover
13. Neneh Cherry and the Thing – Dream Baby Dream
14. iamamiwhoami – Goods
15. Miguel – Do You…
16. Tame Impala – Feels like we only go backwards
17. Zebra Katz ft. Njena Reddd Foxxx – Ima Read
18. Icona Pop – I Love It
19. Black Dice – Pigs
20. Animal Collective – Honeycomb
21. Django Django – Hail Bop
22. Squarepusher – Unreal Square
23. Young Smoke – Traps In Space
24. Holly Herndon – Breathe
25. Boylan – High Lite (Sinjin Hawke Remix)

Podcast | Episode 6: Doggett & Ephgrave

Comedians Doggett & Ephgrave joined us in the studio before Christmas to wax lyrical about their monthly Mostly Comedy nights in Hitchin, which wraps up nicely with a trip down memory lane for us all!

Host Matt ‘Red’ Turner says his farewells as this is, sadly, his last show for a while.

Featuring music from:

Sons Of Guns
Hostages For Smack
Kilto Take
Indie & The Vegas
Stu O’Connor
The Astronauts

Find the podcast here! You can also subscribe via the iTunes store!

Our next LIVE broadcast will be on Thursday 24 January from approximately 6:30/7pm.  To listen simply follow this link and click on the the listen banner.

Heroes & Villains – Mutant Sounds from the Italo Disco Era

Here’s a neat little mix of Italo and Mutant Disco-flavoured sounds from the early ’80s, as mixed by Rogue resident DJ Dog Latin.

Plenty of little gems in here, so enjoy!

Heroes & Villains – Mutant Italo Sounds by Doglatin on Mixcloud


1. Midnight Man – Flash & The Pan
2 Cowboys & Gangsters – Guichy Dan
3 The Black Hole – Methusalem
4 Zombie – Methusalem
5 The Ultimate Warlord – The Immortals
6 Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja – By Disco Dancer Soundtrack
7 Computerized Love – Savage
8 Vamos A La Playa – Righeira
9 Melody – Plustwo
10 Temporary Secretary – Paul Mccartney
11 Einstein A-Go-Go – Landscape
12 La Femme Chinoise – Yellow Magic Orchestra

The Rogue Radio Show New Year Shuffle!

The Rogue Collective have now enjoyed over a year of bringing you our weekly Rogue radio show with the kind help of our friends at  In 2013 there’s certainly no sign of us stopping, but there will be a few changes to the schedule as well as the introduction of new co-hosts and features.

To listen to our previous shows, click on the podcast tab at the top of the page.

Matt ‘Red’ Turner has taken a six month sabbatical to go traveling around Spain and at some point soon Matt Sanchez looks to be doing similar.  Dan Nicholls has also had a reshuffle in light of commitments to his band, Midnight Whisky Massacre, who we can hopefully see playing live in the months to come.  As a result we will now be alternating the day of the radio show on a weekly basis.

The show is set to return on Monday 7 January and will thereafter resume on Thursday 24 January, followed by alternating Mondays/Thursdays:

Monday 28 Jan
Thursday 7  Feb
Monday 11 Feb
Thursday 21 Feb

… and so on for the foreseeable future.

The show will run at its usual time each week, from approximately 18:30/19:00 – 20:30/21:00.  The podcast will continue to be released on an irregular, sort of monthly basis!  We will endeavor to announce each new podcast episode here on the blog as and when they are released.

As for the new features, well, the first Thursday show on 17 January will see Dan joined by Mr. Matt Smith, a touring stand-up comedian, music fan and long time friend of Dan and the collective.  We hope that Mr. Matt Smith will continue to join us on the digital airwaves thereafter, which seems likely given that he seems to have more than a few radio-friendly ideas.  We wait with baited breath.

We will still be working to bring you the latest in local music news, gigs and releases but hopefully now with a lot less dead air and a schedule to keep both us and our fans on our toes!  And if it’s all a bit too much to take in so early into the new year, fear not: we will continue to announce each broadcast and podcast on twitter in the preceding days to each event.

Here’s wishing you and your ears a happy new year from all of the Rogue collective!

To listen to our previous shows, click on the podcast tab at the top of the page.

Spandex Ballet for Xmas No.1 – Simon Cowell: Shit For Ears

X-FACTOR. LOVE IT or hate it, you’ve really gotta hate it. 

While Simon Cowell’s overblown karaoke contest continues to be mistaken for “music today” by people who otherwise take absolutely fuck-all notice of music today outside of what they see on ITV while scarfing down gobfuls of Doritos on a Saturday night, there are those who also believe that the Christmas Number 1 spot is something sacrosanct that ought to be filled by something more festive, more tasteful, less obviously in-your-face – Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name’ for example.

Messrs Chris Hollis and Leon Camfield aka Spandex Ballet are among the latter group, and this year they’ve gone one better and written their very own song for the winter season, festively titled ‘Simon Cowell: Shit For Ears’.

This could, of course, be a Machiavellian ploy to subvert us from voting for whoever the hell is involved with Cowell’s auto-tuned puppet show and to make Spandex Ballet very rich instead, but in this case we at Rogue are way behind it.

So do the world a favour – go out in your droves and buy this record and soon, SOON, we will see the waxy-faced nipple headed freak’s ego reduced to the size of a shrew:

Addendundumdum: Profits made from this single are actually going to Cancer Research – just one more reason to buy it. 

Crap Crab single launch w/ Sons Of Guns, Disco Zhivago + Beneath the Waves – this Fri 7th December at Club 85

INSTRUMENTAL post-punkers Crap Crab have teamed up with Anonymous Promotions for a special event at Club 85 to mark the launch of their debut single “Crab Riff”.

The bill features Hitchin electro-rockers Sons Of Guns who’ve been making huge waves with their new song and video for “I Slept In The Car”. Also supporting – two brand new bands who take to the stage for the first time: Stevenage pop-punks Beneath The Waves, and Hitchin-based odd-pop trio Disco Zhivago (featuring Rogue’s own Charlie Frame).


Skewed instrumental post rock party pop, like Devo but tighter and bouncier and funkier… Get yer pincers out!

Face-melting jumpalong electro-rock for fans of Crystal Castles, featuring members of Vanilla Nightmare and Frog Stupid
The Disco Zhivago boys unveil their weird-pop project. Start-stop-trip-you-up funky pop.
Another debut from Stevenage based five piece… Expect some punk, expect some pop, expect to be left out if you’re not down early!

Friday 7th December 2012
Doors 7:45, music from 8:15
16+ show (photo ID required)
Entry £5
Club 85, 74 Whinbush Road, Hitchin