Monday, 27 June 2016

SOR50 arrived to celebrate the 50th CD-R release of the label. That was back in 2011. I think it's time to re-boot the series and take the first steps towards SOR100. 

If you would like to send something for consideration... send it over to I can't guarantee I'll like it, but I guarantee I'll listen to it and get back to you.

Releases will be limited to an edition of 50. 

Here's what the greatly missed Volcanic Tongue had to say about SOR50:

"Fantastic new compilation celebrating the fiftieth release on Andrew Paine’s consistently excellent Sonic Oyster imprint, with exclusive unreleased tracks from Richard Youngs (a song from his unreleased B Sides for Ultrahits project!), Richard Youngs & Andrew Paine, a beautiful drone work from Alistair Crosbie, The Zero Map with Wellington Squares (A Band related), Buddha On The Moon, Andrew Paine (US), Susan Matthews, Bolide, Clutter, Matthew Shaw, Brian Lavelle, Astral Social Club, Andrew Paine (UK), Will Klingenmeier, Book Of Shadows, Sindre and a final amazing blow-out from Glasgow’s Smoke Jaguar that pretty much justifies the entrance fee on its own"


Thursday, 4 September 2014

Matthew Shaw - Songs and the Silences of Night

On 25th August Sonic Oyster Records will release ‘Songs and the Silences of Night’ by Matthew Shaw. These four songs are the first to be released under his own name and build on the past releases as Tex La Homa while updating the sound and structure in view of more recent site specific and long form pieces. 
The ep is a celebration and personal investigation into four states of being, all considered in the present tense. Released on black 7″ vinyl with photo sleeve, and accompanying text by Matthew verso, and while inner sleeve, played at 33RPM
Side A – 1. Walking in Circles 2.Autumn Equinox
Side AA – 1. 13th Moon 2. Vernal Equinox
‘Songs and the Silences of Night’ may well form the beginning of new explorations into the use of poetry and song in the context of the seasons and circular nature of life.

Available for £5.00 at

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Rough Trade - Barbed Wire



Limited LP. Beyond 'Outsider,' beyond 'auteur' there is one figure who continues to revel in curveballs and sideways steps, and that figure is Glasgow based artist Richard Youngs. On 'Barbed Wire Explosion In The Kingdom Of Atlantis' Richard Youngs crafts a truly out-there and personal version of 80s D-Beat, recreating on his own the power of a punk band at the peak of its creative powers. Over pounding tin-can d-beats, the cheapest sounding power-chord guitar playing possible Youngs' voice is surviving the onslaught: recognisable from his previous vocal work but entirely perverted by a sonic form truly at wonderful odds with his lilting, droning tone. Easily more extreme in its execution than any number of 'classic' d-beat albums, this record aims for something, completely misses it and ends up in a place that is truly unique and needs to be heard. You can't ask more from an artist.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Richard Youngs - Barbed Wire Explosion in the Kingdom of Atlantis

Richard Youngs 'Barbed Wire Explosion in the Kingdom of Atlantis' is now available for pre-order on Sonic Oyster Records for £10.00 plus postage & packaging.

The album comes with full lyric sheet and is limited to an edition of 250. It will not be available in any other format.

Here's Richard's press release:

'Barbed Wire Explosion in the Kingdom of Atlantis is the sound of Richard Youngs attempting to recreate the sound of a band at the peak of its powers. Homemade in Glasgow to the backdrop of everyday life, nothing is hidden on this record. It is raw, direct, unpretentious, loud, fast, brief.

Richard Youngs' 38th solo album finds him revisiting a key influence on his adolescent self. He has had 30+ years to forget and now rediscover the joy of d-beat.'

The album is officially released on the 24th June, but you can pre-order directly now from

If you're desperate to get the album a week early, Volcanic Tongue will be selling it from Monday 17th June, with lyric sheet signed by Richard. You can find Volcanic Tongue at

This is going to sell out fast, so don't delay in ordering your copy.

A track from 'Barbed Wire' can be heard on soundcloud:

Volcanic Tongue's Barbed Wire Review

Barbed Wire Explosion In The Kingdom Of Atlantis

Sonic Oyster Vinyl (SOV-002

"Massively anticipated brand new album from Richard Youngs in an edition of only 250 copies, with all VT copies coming with a lyric sheet individually signed by Richard while stocks last: this one has been gestating for a while. Youngs was a big d-beat fan back in the day and has been working towards a vision of an ultra streamlined hardcore record that would combine the protesting/apocalyptic aesthetic of Discharge/Rude Kids et al with the heavenly song-stylings/‘Church of England’ edge that defines the best of his back catalogue. Well this is it. And it’s a monster. The Rotten Masters EP that he cut with Andrew Paine and that was the debut Sonic Oyster Vinyl release points the way but oddly enough the style is less aggressive than on there while still shadowing the whole early-Public Image Limited ‘feel’, especially in Richard’s vocals, which come over like a home counties take on Lydon circa Metal Box. Drum machines kick in with the classic d-beat rhythm and Richard shreds on lead guitar, playing in a fast amphetamine-metal style that trades technique for tectonics. The lyrics are genre-perfect with classic tracks like “More Fucking Stuff” coming over like a typically textually convoluted yet two-fingers pithy assault on consumerism – “more fucking stuff/high rise wilderness/more fucking stuff/these briars of prefabrication/more fucking stuff/random dystopias of regeneration/more fucking stuff” – and classic choruses like “feeling no feeling/feeling no feeling/feeling no feeling/feeling no feeling/feeling no feeling” that marry the hypnotic, bardic style of tracks like “Summer’s Edge” from Summer Wanderer to urban street-fighting aesthetics. Yet despite the potentially generic trappings this is a classic Richard Youngs album with beautifully rendered songs and some truly stirring vocal performances, with his voice given a new sense of urgent delivery, somehow linking his own particular English DIY tradition to parallel currents like Public Image, Crass, A Flux Of Pink Indians and Rudimentary Peni. With perfect scrabbly/messy DIY cover art and an atmosphere that is a confounding mix of strident avant rock radicalism, hardcore refusal, high energy free metal and nostalgic teenage memorial this is at once a defining Richard Youngs side and a massive step outside. Another amazing instalment in one of the most fascinating and unpredictable trips in underground music. Very highly recommended, you need to hear this one..." (Volcanic Tongue)

Thursday, 4 October 2012

The Driftwood Manor - A Cross atop a Hill (SOC010)

The Driftwood Manor - A Cross atop a Hill (SOC010)
Release Date: 15th October 2012
Limited Edition of 50 Cassettes
Cost: £5.00 plus postage & packaging

The Driftwood Manor has gifted the Sonic Oyster Cassette series with a stunning album to round off 2012.

'A Cross atop a Hill' takes Irish Folk as a starting point and proceeds to defy expectation with a quietly emerging mix of traditional music, drone and experimental modes. 

‘A Cross Atop A Hill’ is the final cassette release on the sonic oyster imprint for 2012. This is strictly limited to an edition of 50 and is set for release on October 15th.

If you would like to reserve a copy, please paypal to

Please note new pricing for POSTAGE & PAYPAL: - CD-R- In the UK, please add £1.00p towards p&p for one CD-R, £1.50 for 2 or more. Outside the UK, please add £1.50 towards p&p for one CD-R, £2 for 2 or more. Paypal is preferred - the address is sonicoysterrecords (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

The Tongue Gets Rotten

"Totally mind-blowing new three-track EP, privately issued by Andrew Paine’s Sonic Oyster imprint that sees Youngs and Paine at some kind of high-energy peak, with a tribute to UK anarcho groups like Crass, Flux Of Pink Indians, Discharge et al cut with the aggressive a-formalism of Throbbing Gristle: the opening “Tomorrow’s Story” is hands-down the wildest vocal performance of Richard’s career, with a heady use of ring modulation coming over like a Dalek fronting Crass, with every line a negative statement, an absolute refusal. The music is amazing, with Paine holding down massively dunderhead one-note bass solos and punked electronics and as the EP unfolds the music becomes even more aggressive, with the closing “Wisdom” coming over like Discharge’s “State Violence State Control” as played by Tampax. Indeed, this is the crudest, wildest, nastiest refusenik Industrial punk of either players’ back catalogue, a stunning slab of righteously enraged avant-thug muscle that just keeps on keeping on. A non-stop addition to the VT turntable this week, in a run of only 250 copies of which 50 are part of an exclusive VT sub-edition personally autographed by both Youngs and Paine. Seriously, you need to hear this: highest possible recommendation!" Volcanic Tongue