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Men of England

Our new track features a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley which is more political than 90% of the tunes on Spotify. It calls on working people not to accept exploitation and to rise up.  Written shortly after the Peterloo massacre (1819), it was thought too inflammatory to publish during Shelly’s lifetime. Idles take note.

Men of England, wherefore plough 
For the lords who lay ye low? 
Wherefore weave with toil and care 
The rich robes your tyrants wear? 
Wherefore feed and clothe and save 
From the cradle to the grave 
Those ungrateful drones who would 
Drain your sweat—nay, drink your blood? 
Wherefore, Bees of England, forge 
Many a weapon, chain, and scourge, 
That these stingless drones may spoil 
The forced produce of your toil? 
Have ye leisure, comfort, calm, 
Shelter, food, love’s gentle balm? 
Or what is it ye buy so dear 
With your pain and with your fear? 
The seed ye sow, another reaps; 
The wealth ye find, another keeps; 
The robes ye weave, another wears; 
The arms ye forge, another bears. 
Sow seed—but let no tyrant reap: 
Find wealth—let no imposter heap: 
Weave robes—let not the idle wear: 
Forge arms—in your defence to bear. 
Shrink to your cellars, holes, and cells— 
In hall ye deck another dwells. 
Why shake the chains ye wrought? Ye see 
The steel ye tempered glance on ye. 
With plough and spade and hoe and loom 
Trace your grave and build your tomb 
And weave your winding-sheet—till fair 
England be your Sepulchre. 
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New album ! ‘Here Come The Sea Cadets’ – Preorder link upk

 

  

 The new Sea Cadets album  'Here Come The Sea Cadets' is released on January 4th 2019 on Rural Tension Records (ARTLP2)

Preorders - via this link - will not only receive the CD before Christmas but receive one of our new Bands FC inspired badges and pay no postage at all.

Think of all the people who would want one of these in their stockings 😉

Download copies of the album will contain 8 tracks,

1 Here Come The Sea Cadets
2 The Houses Of Diss
3 Hamsters Are Playing
4 Lost In Time

5 Gott Im Himmel  (Not on the CD)
6 For Essex Calves A Pasture
7 Born By The Ouse
8 Furious

The album is downloadable from the usual places and streamable via Spotify, links updated as we have them

To purchase the album on Apple Music, click HERE

The CD version contains 4 bonus tracks

Back Cover and badge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracklist / CD Image  - Scroll down the last few posts to hear/see some of the tracks.

 

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For Essex Calves a Pasture

For Essex Calves a Pasture

'For Essex Calves a Pasture' is our new track,  in it we protest about the Land Enclosures Act and call on the men of the Fens to rise up and prevent the toffs of Essex from taking our land.  17th Century Politics. Wooo !

 Powte's Complaint

Come, Brethren of the water, and let us all assemble,
To treat upon this matter, which makes us quake and tremble;
For we shall rue it, if''t be true, that Fens be undertaken
And where we feed in Fen and Reed, they'll feed both Beef and Bacon.

They'll sow both beans and oats, where never man yet thought it,
Where men did row in boats, ere undertakers brought it:
But, Ceres, thou, behold us now, let wild oats be their venture,
Oh let the frogs and miry bogs destroy where they do enter.

Behold the great design, which they do now determine,
Will make our bodies pine, a prey to crows and vermine:
For they do mean all Fens to drain, and waters overmaster,
All will be dry, and we must die, 'cause Essex calves want pasture.

Away with boats and rudder, farewell both boots and skatches,
No need of one nor th'other, men now make better matches;
Stilt-makers all and tanners, shall complain of this disaster,
For they will make each muddy lake for Essex calves a pasture.

The feather'd fowls have wings, to fly to to other nations;
But we have no such things, to help our transportations;
We must give place (oh grievous case) to horned beasts and cattle,
Except that we can all agree to drive them out by battle.

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Fanzines

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West Norfolk bands werent featured much in the National Music Press - or in the London/Manchester based fanzines -  in the 80's but we did have a handful of enthusiasts making sure our scene had its own publications.

Tox (Steve Harnett) had the most successful zine, Trees & Flowers, one whole issue and some snippets of other issues can be found on the Fanzine page as are examples of Bushes and Weeds (Kevin Tordoff) plus mentions of Final Straw from Norwich.

The Fanzine page

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The Sea Cadets

The Sea Cadets were originally formed in 1980 when the Exploding Hamsters imploded.

Demo recordings and a single gig preceded a 30 year hiatus when Gary was sent into Exile (Essex)

New recording in 2014 led to BBC 6Music plays followed by a single (Chameleon) and Album (Sail Away) which sold in almost negative numbers but proved Spotify favourites in Scandinavia and the USA.

Singles in 2016 and 2018 led to more airplay on BBC 6Music and Radio Norfolk Introducing (cool, considering we are both over 200 years old) and led to an appearance on the 2017 Emotional Response Christmas Compilation CD.

An EP is planned for Autumn 2018.

Click here to see the history of the Sea Cadets

Click here to play or buy Sea Cadets music