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Re: The Bullet Kings

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Re: The Bullet Kings

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Long Time Dead - Spring 2010

1 - long time dead
2 - saints and sinners
3 - my country
4 - no money no nothing
5 - brand new disgrace
6 - gutter press
7 - fuck you
8 - violence in the city
9 - 7 in '77
10 - a better place

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Munki Boi » Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:26 am

The dirty city streets
The concrete tower blocks
The beggar on the streets
The closure of the docks

This is my country
The place that I call home
This is my country



Can't wait to hear the album
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:29 pm

well.... you have heard the album now :)
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:30 pm

Sadly the East Coast Oi Fest has been cancelled :(

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:08 am

ok, a few things of interested for the fans of the fat lads of punk

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1 - long time dead
2 - saints and sinners
3 - my country
4 - no money no nothing
5 - brand new disgrace
6 - gutter press
7 - fuck you
8 - violence in the city
9 - 7 in '77
10 - a better place

our new album will be going to press in a few weeks, just final tweaks on the artwork and audio

and secondly we have been asked to record a song for the world cup by our publishers ....

and it's going to be on white vinyl and download!,.....

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Nick F » Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:11 am

Im waiting patiently, but, get on with it and stop fucking around on forums :wink:

Will you be around for a skate at Ramp City 29th?

Whats going on with The Great St Louis too? When is that album out?
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:02 pm

friday the 29th of jan ?.... i could do

me fuck about on forums .... i have a proper job ill have you know !!!!!!! i dont fuck about on anything :)

GSL album .... out in march i think
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Nick F » Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:09 pm

Thats right Jan, Im planning on getting up for lunchtime...
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:10 pm

mmmmmm is it open ?

woody you fat cunt .... is RC open on 29th friday afternoon
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:48 pm

the studio is booked to record the "world cup" song for our publishers ...."Raise your Glass to England"

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and it's going to be on white vinyl and download!,.....

and a new b side "God Forsaken Town"
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:44 pm

ok it's recorded

who wants a listen ?... just a rough mix.... but it's good enough to share

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Re: The Bullet Kings

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Nick F » Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:07 am

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:09 pm



just a test ... thought i would share for a few moments

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Re: The Bullet Kings

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suddenly it felt like i was in U2 ....
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Nick F » Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:54 pm

You wanna be carefull pluggin electrickery into things in the snow, you'll blow up is what you'll do
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Sun Feb 28, 2010 9:55 pm

Nick F wrote:You wanna be carefull pluggin electrickery into things in the snow, you'll blow up is what you'll do


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Re: The Bullet Kings

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http://www.myspace.com/trvof

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:50 pm



finished version
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby m5surfer » Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:16 pm

Hmmmmmmm cud sell that, is Top Of The Pops still goin?
All in all good stuff Carl, when's the white vinyl thingy due out?
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:14 am

cheers

looking like it's only CD and download.... the record company cant get UK distribution on vinyl... so it's not happening ... which is such a shame

but it's NOT our call.. and we aint putting the money into it .....

and thank fuck TOTP isnt still going ... can you imagine us 3 fat cunts on the telly!


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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby m5surfer » Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:23 pm

Damn, that is a shame Carl, wuda looked really nice too, still here's hoping to a fair few sales/downloads for you guys :D
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:02 am

yeah it is a shame .. i was looking forward to having a another coloured vinyl to my name

sales ..... well it's released 10th May .... so time will tell on that one

this my publishers project ... so i have no real clue to what/how/where on this just yet
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Re: The Bullet Kings

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:34 am

ok you lot ..... i need a little help

we have been included on this web site http://www.worldcupsong.com/ and scoring is from youtube hits!!!!!

you dont have to listen to it ... just play it a few times to boost our rating ... snigger



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Re: The Bullet Kings

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Pretty England - very alternative independent England anthems on Cherry Red Records

1. Raise Your Glass From England

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Re: The Bullet Kings

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby greywolf » Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:35 am

I'm sure you do !!
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:38 am

fuck off! ....

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:21 am

Munki Boi wrote:The dirty city streets
The concrete tower blocks
The beggar on the streets
The closure of the docks

This is my country
The place that I call home
This is my country



Can't wait to hear the album



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Re: The Bullet Kings

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:48 am

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and a review of the single :)


The Bullet Kings “Raise Your Glass for England” CD Single / Download (Moriarty Records)

As it is the year 2010 and yet another World Cup (of football/soccer) looms, it is also time for World Cup songs come flying out of the woodwork, from all kinds of genres with varying success. It must be said that in all truthfulness, most songs (if not all of them) have the same degree of success as the England football team whose ability to flatter to deceive comes around for most major tournaments.

I’d already heard one (very bad) England football song with a punk background when I was offered the chance to review The Bullet Kings’ “Raise Your Glass for England” and so it was with trepidation that I approached my first listen. I must put my cards on the table, in that not being English, I won’t be getting carried away by the nations’ involvement in South Africa. Don’t get me wrong, I will be watching as much of the competition as I can but will not be flying a flag or being too downhearted if the few world class players in the English squad fail to deliver.

Back to the music! World Cup songs don’t give bands much leeway in terms of lyrics but what can make them stand out is how the words blend with the music, and in the case of The Bullet Kings they manage to come away with a song, although lyrically basic (obligatory mentions of “three lions” and “1966” are included), that has a ripping punk rock feel to keep it going along at a fair pace. This kept my interest throughout the 2 minutes and 42 seconds of the song and (*I whisper this*) had me singing along as well, which would probably turn many heads back home in Wales! This isn’t plodding punk rock either and the threesome do produce a mighty sound with vocals that can best be described as if the singer/bassist, Wilf, has been gargling with a mixture of broken glass and gravel. Don’t let that put you off, as it sounds very earthy and punk without being unintelligible. With Carl providing a raging guitar sound with some well included solo work whilst Andy bangs away like a slightly restrained Animal from the Muppets, this song is a triumph in a genre that so often disappoints.

The song never slows up, doesn’t have a feel that it is cheesy in any way and this helps make it a thoroughly enjoyable romp. I’m sure that this would get played in many pubs across the country during the months of May, June and July this year, with many fans singing whilst actually raising their glasses – if it doesn’t, then what do football fans want? a dull and boring, lyrically challenging song by someone like Radiohead?

The b-side, “Godforsaken Town” takes us back to a more punk theme that was prevalent back in the late 70’s/early 80’s and is still something that many encounter in this new, modern age. With all the advances in technology and life in general it might seem strange that some people still have difficulty in that the village, town or city that they live in offers very little to them other than it probably looks and feels the same as many other places in the same country. Just from travelling around a small part of the UK, there is a similarity to many places these days as all the shops look the same, the way houses look are the same and to do something different is almost frowned upon. Sounds just like being a punk back in the 70’s/80’s!!

The Bullet Kings provide two great songs on this single three if you include the radio edit version of “Raise Your Glass .....”.
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Re: The Bullet Kings

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby m5surfer » Tue May 04, 2010 1:48 pm

COOLIO!!! Nice one Carl & The Gang, it is indeed one catchy fookin choon. When is the appearance on SoccerAM likely to be?
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Tue May 11, 2010 3:31 pm

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The Bullet Kings “Rebels Without Reason” (Casket Records) SugarbuzzMagazine.com

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Although three years old, this album by The Bullet Kings recently came into my possession and having listened to it a few times, I felt the need to give it my fullest attention and produce the following review.

I like to think I have some knowledge of what’s going on musically in the UK but I’m beginning to realise there is a huge gulf in what I am aware of and within that gulf are numerous bands who both deserve and require my attention.

The Bullet Kings are one of those bands. A three piece from “up North”, made up of Wilf (bass and vocals), Carl (guitar and some vocals) and Andy (drums), three guys who from the pictures to be found of this band look particularly scary and intimidating – ideal for a punk rock band! To say that these guys have been round the block a few times would not be to put them down – I’m 44 years old myself and still love all things punk rock, so I take my hat off to the boys for keeping on doing what they’re doing. Let’s face it, if Charlie Harper can keep the UK Subs going at his age then that should give hope to many more bands, musicians who feel the need to carry on.

The Bullets Kings produce a 17 track album which is not breaking any new ground in terms of being punk rock but what comes through across all of the songs is passion, desire and a commitment to continue fighting against what is wrong in this country, and presumably in many others too. In addition to this, The BK’s (sounds like a well known fast food chain!) manage to avoid coming across as just another bunch of old duffers churning out the same fodder that they played 20 years ago.

Wilf’s vocals have a terrific gravelly sound which gives the songs an air of menace at times although he can show a slightly softer side where needed. Carl’s guitar has a West Coast Epitaph feel, along the lines of, but without imitating, Bad Religion and Pennywise, two of the powerhouses of punk over the last few decades. Andy’s drumming fits in well without being overly done, giving a solid rhythm section. What I hear in this band is a hint of the aforementioned California bands, with a dose of Canada’s prime punk exports, DOA, mixed in with a general street punk/Oi! feel that should appeal across the many genres to be found in punk rock these days.

Lyrically, The Bullet Kings keep clear of any kind of Graffinesque approach and make sure that the words get over the messages in a straightforward manner. It’s always good to find a band that can address any kind of fascism, “Friday Night Nazi” whilst also calling those who use the internet for the furthering of the reducing women to nothing more than objects (“Porno Pigs”).

My own favourite song is “London Town”, hitting out at the impersonal city where the inhabitants go blindly about their business, so often not noticing all that is going on around them. The subject reminds me of “Piccadilly Circus” by Stiff Little Fingers, which also mentions getting stabbed whilst in England’s main city.

“Punk Not Profit” addresses the way record labels have used bands over the years to try and follow trends and make some quick cash, most of which is never seen by those producing and performing the music as they get sucked up into big machines and turned into tiny cogs. The lines “Profit margins and market size/Men with pound signs in their eyes/Turn chaos into cash” say it all as this still continues today.

One cannot do anything other than admire those who stick to their guns and have not used punk as a phase in their life to shock those around them. To me, it’s made me who I am, in the way I think, question and refuse to accept things without looking further into them. This record makes me believe that the members of The Bullet Kings are like minded souls and that always adds something special to what is being produced.

I’d imagine that these guys provide a very entertaining and exhausting live show, one that hopefully comes to a town near me soon.

PS - Having already heard the yet to be released new album I can say that The Bullet Kings are not a band to rest on their laurels – check out “Rebels Without Reason” and keep your ears pinned back ready for “Long Time Dead” due out later in 2010, as it’s even better.
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Fri May 21, 2010 8:52 am

the new album ... is FINALLY here

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1 - long time dead
2 - saints and sinners
3 - my country
4 - no money no nothing
5 - brand new disgrace
6 - gutter press
7 - fuck you
8 - violence in the city
9 - 7 in '77
10 - a better place

Being sent out for review ....... and the odd MAS member as well ...
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby mike261263 » Sat May 22, 2010 7:09 am

I believe there are many "odd " members here! :shock: :shock:
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Sun May 23, 2010 3:38 pm

mike261263 wrote:I believe there are many "odd " members here! :shock: :shock:


and your right in the bloody middle of them as well!!!
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Re: The Bullet Kings

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Carl Arnfield wrote:
mike261263 wrote:I believe there are many "odd " members here! :shock: :shock:


and your right in the bloody middle of them as well!!!

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Sun May 23, 2010 9:13 pm

^^^^ well 1 out of 2 aint bad LOL
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Mon May 31, 2010 11:07 pm

The Bullet Kings “Long Time Dead” (Casket Records) Punknews.org

As a recent convert to The Bullet Kings I am in the process of listening to a lot of their stuff in a short space of time. This gives me a good opportunity to compare and contrast their recorded output quite easily. This is the soon to be released follow up to “Rebels Without Reason” and it is easily as enjoyable as that record, if not more so.

The first thing that strikes me with “Long Time Dead” in comparison to their previous long player “Rebels Without Reason” is that although the punk anger is retained there is are more songs which are of a slower or mid-paced nature. To me there is the sense of a band which has attempted to progress their music rather than just rehash what they previously released and although this is an album firmly rooted to punk rock, there is a ‘rock’ feel that has come to the fore which is the big difference to the previous album.

Saying that, “Long Time Dead” opens with a sense of urgency with a catchy sing along tune (something these three punks are easily able to add to their songs) and is followed up by a version of the UK Subs’ “Saints and Sinners “ which has been slightly reworked with the aid of the oldest punk around, Charlie Harper himself. I have to be honest I lost track of the UK Subs around the time of “Flood of Lies” so cannot compare this to the original but will be seeking out the “Mad Cow Fever” album on which it features to see how it stands up. That being said, I love the Bullet Kings version so perhaps it will be the UK Subs who have to step up to the plate and show me what they have got!! What is also noticeable is how Wilf’s vocals sound a bit like Charlie Harper at times, but nowhere near enough to think that this is a UK Subs Mark 2! It doesn’t hurt that Charlie Harper actually ‘introduces’ the song on the album.

Amongst the other stand out tracks are “My Country”, a brooding, almost lament like, statement of the UK today. Despite the negative elements that punctuate the song, it still feels like there is a touch of pride in the country but not in a nationalistic way.

“Gutter Press” is an attack on ... yes, the gutter press, of which the UK has quite a bit, with newspapers (and I use the word ‘news’ with an element of irony) reporting what so often seems to be pointless celebrity-linked items. The opening lines say it all about how the proliferation of such journalism is becoming accepted and tolerated yet the inanity of it is largely ignored by the masses:

“Read your headlines, spread your lies
Cheque book stories I despise”

Surely there is more to life than a myriad of ‘famous’ people who have done very little to achieve such a high level of fame and every facet of their life is reported on? This is not to excuse the ‘high brow’ press as well who can often sink to levels not far off the tabloids but to some extent they do try to report some more worthy news. Good on The BK’s for picking on such a valid target!

“7 in ‘77” is easily my favourite track on the album and it’s no surprise then that it reminds me of my favourite band, Stiff Little Fingers, at times and for this I commend the personnel of The Bullet Kings. Any band who can make me think of SLF deserve some credit and to do so by producing such a good song is even better.

The album ends strongly with the longest track (just a shade under five minutes long) “A Better Place” which passed me by on the first few listens but once I got into it I realised how good it was. It’s just a very good song to listen to and brings it all to a close quite nicely ... until the hidden track “Talk Is Cheap” (a Charlie Harper cover) kicks in after a few minutes of silence an d then that is that, no more!

The Bullet Kings threw me a curve ball – I was expecting more of the same along the lines of the “Rebels Without Reason” album of three years ago, but no, they have gone and improved what they do. The result is a more varied album in which they display a desire to move forward, certainly in the musical sense, and in doing so create an album fit for punks across the globe but which could sit in the record collections of those who do not consider themselves ‘punk’ but who like angry music with a bit of rock thrown in. Lyrically, these are still angry punks who feel that things are far from right in the world and they get this message across with a minimum of fuss and in a relatively straightforward manner. Again, though, there does seem to be some progression in the lyrics which shows that as a unit, The Bullet Kings, are taking these forward steps as one.

It would be too easy to dismiss The Bullet Kings as a bunch of old duffers but they are certainly worth checking out – maybe not everyone’s cup of tea but some may well enjoy this album, as I have done since first hearing it. If you like the UK Subs then you really should give this band a chance.

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby greywolf » Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:09 am

To sum it up in fewer words :-

It's a fuckin' great album !
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:30 am

The Bullet Kings - Raise Your Glass For England" is out on Cherry Red Records "Pretty England" comp CD

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:49 pm

The Bullet Kings - "Raise Your Glass for England" is RELEASED!!!!

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/raise-your-glass-for-england/id378082070

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:03 pm

Coming soon - new video from The Bullet Kings 'Godforsaken Town'

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:53 pm

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stills from the video shoot
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:08 pm



finished

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby greywolf » Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:42 pm

:D Oh YEAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:20 am



you just cant beat a bit of Wha Wha :)
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby mike261263 » Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:35 pm

Its nice of you to write a song about Yarmouth.
Like the tune!!

You have too many guitars...one is enough for anyone!
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:26 pm

mike261263 wrote:Its nice of you to write a song about Yarmouth.
Like the tune!!

You have too many guitars...one is enough for anyone!


cough!!!!

i have ONE per video!
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby mike261263 » Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:49 pm

Ah...thats ok then!
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:34 am

mike261263 wrote:Ah...thats ok then!


ill be in texas in a few weeks collecting my new one as well :)
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:35 am

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a new split white vinyl is next for the bullet kings with US band "Suckered In"

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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby mike261263 » Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:47 am

Carl Arnfield wrote:
mike261263 wrote:Ah...thats ok then!


ill be in texas in a few weeks collecting my new one as well :)


Ah that one!! Texas ...YE-HA Y`ALL!!

I have one geetar..thats all i need :wink:
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:30 pm

one guitar !!!!!... thats a big fat lie!
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:53 am

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Can't wait to hear the album



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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Carl Arnfield » Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:11 am

Carl Arnfield wrote:Image

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looks like the cover versions on our side of the vinyl will be "butcher baby" by "the plasmatics" ... how retro are we!!!
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Re: The Bullet Kings

Postby Woody » Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:52 am

Bring on the Gaffer tape :)
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