We are a completely independent music blog based in Manchester but we're not limited to music from the greatest city on the planet. We don't work for anyone, we don't run gigs or nights, release records or manage bands.
We write about music we love - that is our one criteria. We don't care if a band has been going 30 minutes or 30 years, if we like it we'll write about it.
We are not an advertising vehicle for your gig, your business or your band and if you treat us like one it'll piss us off. We don't do "previews" because no one reads them and we want to write about music we've experienced so please don't ask us to.
Please don't add us on our personal accounts on Facebook, we're likely to ignore you if we don't know you - email us at email@example.com
Over 90% of the posts on this blog are made by one person with a full time job who attends around 200 gigs a year - we can't cover everything and listen to everything we're sent, but we'll try (some handy guidelines below to help us!)
We have names. They're on this page. We're more likely to respond if you've made that effort.
Look at what we write about and see if your band sounds like a fit.
We're not going to copy and paste a press release and pass it off as a blog post.
If we love your music we'll write about it, if we come to your gig and love it then we'll write about it too. If your music doesn't do it for us, tell your Dad to respect our opinion and move on, plenty of people obviously do like you.
If we write about you and you like what we write, please retweet it, share it on Facebook. It helps us get the message about the bands we write about out to more people.
We're not trying to sell you anything (but feel free to go and make the bands we write about rich) and we're not protesting about anything either.
We will go on and on about certain bands we love. We'd apologise for that, but we wouldn't mean it. We might even be friends with them if we'd be friends with them in real life.
If all this makes us sounds like twats, then we probably are. We don't care to be honest. This is a hobby, we do it because it's fun. Don't make it a chore.
We are on Twitter - we will post what gigs we're watching and anything that catches our ear.
Ideally what we'd like to be able to listen and write a piece is :
- Dropbox or Soundcloud link (preferably downloadable as we listen a lot on the move)
- Brief bio of the band (link to press release is fine) including who's in it and who plays what
- Upcoming shows
- Facebook / Twitter / website and any other relevant links (inc YouTube videos)
- Try to avoid comparing yourself to other bands.
We would appreciate your help in spreading the word by sharing our posts, retweeting our tweets - we feel cheeky asking you to do so, but a lot of bands we write about are relying on word of mouth and recommendations to get heard. And it works. So please help us to help them.
Editor - David Brown
Staff Writer - Stuart Ralston
Contributions by Debby Walker, Glenn Wallworth, Wendy Smith, Andrew Carson, Richard Wills, Stewart Howie, Christine Shanks and Elspeth Mary Moore
One Of The Three - James website - we love James. This is our tribute site to them
Tim Booth - lead singer of James. We run his solo site.
Von Pip Music Express - our favourite Scouser's music page
Amazing Radio - the place to hear the best unsigned / independent bands