The Ramsgate Hovercraft – Dithyramb now on Amazon, iTunes

The band’s latest album, Dithyramb, is now available for download on Amazon, iTunes and other online music sites such as Google Play, thanks to the efforts of our friends at record label sp8kauf. And don’t forget you can still hear the album on streaming services such as Spotify, and buy the limited-edition double vinyl album from Bandcamp.


The Ramsgate Hovercraft performing tracks from Dithyramb at Ramsgate Music Hall, February 2017


The Ramsgate Hovercraft: Cinéma Vérité now available on Spotify, Amazon

Thanks once again to the endeavours of our dear friends at sp8kauf, The Ramsgate Hovercraft’s latest album Cinéma Vérité is now available in digital edition. You can find it on Spotify, Amazon and other online music retail sites. The digital edition contains all the same tracks as the physical package, which you can still purchase online from Bandcamp or from selected east Kent record shops.


The Ramsgate Hovercraft: sample track from Cinéma Vérité

Here’s Antechoresis II, the first track from the CD shipped with The Ramsgate Hovercraft’s new album Cinéma VéritéVisit Bandcamp to buy the package, which features one LP, one CD and original art inserts and includes a full download of all the tracks. And don’t forget your tickets for the album launch party at Ramsgate Music Hall on 28th February 2015 where the band will be playing tracks from the album live with support from Ray Gun and Alberteen.


Meet me at the hoverport.

Howling Sounds – vinyl heaven in Ramsgate

HOWLING SOUNDS 107A High Street Ramsgate, Kent CT11 9RH

The last few decades have been brutal ones for the romantic music collector. In the early 90’s , popularity of the compact disc was making the frayed-edged cardboard LP cover look like the Betamax cassette’s best buddy – prices of the new silvery product rocketing as fast as the typeface credits shrank to eyeball-impairing micro-scale. Anyway – we all agree you cannae beat having a music shop down the road. Ideally all record buying fans would choose to live on the corner of London’s Broadwick Street and Berwick Street but unfortunately this can’t be the case for most of us (actually my ideal, for a spate of time, would have been to live IN the Blue Posts between shopping trips). Here in the 21st century the glory days of Soho’s ever unfolding treasures seem a distant memory; classic LPs from the last 60 years an elitist’s dream & unattainable to most.

So it is with great pride that I draw your attention to a crown jewel nestled in the heart of deep downtown Ramsgate. For the last 20 odd years HOWLING SOUNDS has been serving the needs of the Thanet community with a most wide range of diamonds in the rough. Rock, soul, pop, dance, folk and whatnot (I kid you not) abounds in vinyl, CD and even lil’ ol’ cassettes tapes. Dave Howling ( yes. howling. ) a committed music addict, took over the shop in 1991, having worked in the actual biz side of the industry at weekly newsprint bible Melody Maker for many a year. At that time, the new CD medium had become a household word and people were not sure whether to bother with their ties to vinyl, turntables & lack of shelf space. In a smart move, Dave never made any attempt to rid his shop of the old guard long players, EPs and 7″ singles that still take up most of his Aladdin’s Cave of joy. Through these years he has seen the interest slowly wane & wither but in these last few years start to gain a momentum unlike any time since the arrival of the acursed demonseed CD. One suspects that the current world of music appreciators has now become so accustomed to the download convenience that, when it comes to a truly quality audio treat or present (even to just yourself – or esp just yourself!) a plastic faceless coaster just won’t cut the moutarde. Enter the variable world of 12″ records (singles as well) where you might find yourself with a Funkadelic sleeve – designed to be near impossible to finish reading in a single lifetime, or blessed Beatles ‘White Album’ crammed with posters, portraits, collage, lyrics, etc. Not to forget all them indulgent progressive rock 70s’ album covers. We won’t even touch on how great all the music can be.

Howling Sounds can provide you 6 days a week with a mighty choice of bizarre, jazzy, punk, techno grime (!!), vintage, not-so-vintage and sometimes ultra-collectable vinyl joys and y’all should get your music lovin’ asses through his door and enjoy what is there waiting for you. Be warned: I already bought the Pinky & Perky in Space 7″ so don’t even hope.

P.S. Note, the shop also sells assorted stereo equipment for home & DJ needs. Walls are uniquely decorated with absolutely crazy looking guitars!! Not sure how much longer Dave Howling is going to let his Grand Funk Railroad LP’s graze amidst all those darling Van der Graaf Generator & other prog classics!! Possible legal action will be taken.

Howling Sounds