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're not a news site, we don't run gigs or nights, release records or manage bands. Our stats don't work properly, we have no advertising and we'd rather no one knew who we are.
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 believe creativity is nothing if it doesn't have substance or legacy.
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 as we will only say no. Even if we know you (and like you).
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 despite our best intentions when we set this up as a tiny blog back in 2014, but we'll try. If you send us a release and we don't cover it, don't take that as us not being interested.
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. If it's not, there's probably plenty more appropriate places who will cover you.
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, tell your Mum. 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 artists we love. We'd apologise for that, but we wouldn't mean it. If you don't get we're writing about what we love then that's your issue, it's not very difficult and we're not going to spell it out for you or draw you a picture. Some of the artists we write about, we like them as people too.
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 / Soundcloud / You Tube / Bandcamp link (preferably downloadable as we listen a lot on the move)
- An embed code if we can't grab it - Spotify only allows us to embed thirty seconds so doesn't allow people to get the whole song without clicking through
- Brief bio of the artist / 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
- Try to avoid comparing yourself to other bands - we want to know about you and why you're different and unique
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 Writers - Stuart Ralston, Julia Grantham
Contributions by Debby Walker, Glenn Wallworth, Liam Hart, Wendy Smith, Richard Wills, Stewart Howie, Christine Shanks, Ed Smith, Jason Wynne, Ste Ackley and Elspeth Mary Moore