First up on this first Tuesday in April 2023 is York/Leeds band “The Black Skies” are about to release their third single in 12 months with the help of NMG and co-producer George Shilling (Oasis/Primal Scream). They have a new single which was released on 30th via streaming services. This time they have chosen to release a cover of the Nina Simone classic “Felling Good” featuring American Outlaw/Scumbag Country band Hellbound Glory (Shooter Jennings American Label).


Sprung from Germany’s Punk Rock capital Berlin, Awkward Reunion reminds you of the early days, the bruises and the broken voices after you’ve downed a few too many with your friends at the show. Known for their strong harmonies and perfectly raw guitar melodies, the band’s members carry the torch from their previous endeavours in The Uprising, Berlin Blackouts, Versus You and many others. After releasing a tape on the DIY label Tape or Die in 2018, the four joined Mercy Union on tour through Germany and supported many other bands such as Not Scientists, Pears and Off With Their Heads.  

The band is set to finally release their long awaited debut album ‘Idiot’ on SBÄM Records. Recorded in their own studio in Berlin and mixed by Pete Steinkopf (The Bouncing Souls), the band has created the summer punk rock soundtrack of the year to raise your fist and scream along too. In cooperation with SBÄM Records and Felix from Flix Agency, Awkward Reunion is ready to take to the stages again in 2022.

The Black Skies

Bad Dog Records are thrilled to announce the release of the debut single from York based duo The Black Skies on all digital platforms from this weekend. The Black Skies are a British rock/soul band who describe their sound as a mix of melancholy rock and soul with metal influences, skill-wise.

The two school buddies James Handley and Luke Falkingham began jamming during lockdown, the magic happened and soon they amassed a body of work. They soon caught the attention of British indie label Bad Dog and taken under the wing of producer Paul Gorry, they entered Reel Production studios in York and recorded their debut single ‘Unchained’.

Mixed by George Shilling (Oasis, Primal Scream, Blur,) and featuring the backing vocal talents of Debbralee Wells (The Future Shape Of Sound), ‘Unchained’ is a glorious trip through the mind of disenchanted youth. Themes of mental health issues, small town angst and broken love flow freely through the lyrics of The Black Skies, and ‘Unchained’ is the perfect entry point for the unacquainted.

A contemporary sound that showcases stunning vocals and mature songwriting is backed up by a promo video recorded in a warehouse, in the industrial wastelands somewhere in Immingham, offering a dark and foreboding background that offers hope in times of hardship.