New Australian label Ruined Smile has new things. These two new releases from Moral Straightjacket and Ksilema are on short runs of tapes and follow on from the recent split between Lake Michigan and Hopelesstown. They will also shortly be co-releasing The Blue Period's 12inch with sncl, Wolf Town DIY and Good Post Day Records.
As if the recent Reiziger gigs weren't enough proof enough that you can't kill 90s indiemo, Norwegian mob Beezewax are doing a couple of gigs. Blimey. I saw them yonks ago at the Verge and they were dead good. Here's where and when they're getting their fuzzy emo pop on:
10/12 - The Montague Arms, London
11/12 - The Moon Club, Cardiff
12/12 - Maguires, Liverpool
13/12 - Out Of Spite festival, Leeds
I have tried: doing a label, a distro, a website, and putting on gigs. The hardest? Putting on gigs. Someone has made a book about it, so that you don't have to find it as mind shatteringly tough as I did. Here is more info:
Putting on DIY gigs is rewarding, fun and often important in bringing communities of musicians, artists, writers, photographers and audiences together in spaces removed from the mainstream and in places largely absent from tour itineraries. However, without inspiration and information from others, it can seem daunting to try and get started.
Don’t Make a Scene responds to this need. A group of DIY promoters, musicians, label heads, tour managers, bookers, sound engineers and audience members from across the UK draw from their own experiences to offer advice and resources in the form of articles, interviews, illustrations and photographs. What results is a diverse, informative and easily digested how-to (and how-not-to) guide for the fledgling promoter.
The contributors to Don’t Make a Scene are largely drawn from people that the zine compilers Rob St. John and Bartholomew Owl (from Edinburgh band eagleowl) have worked with or been inspired by in their collaborative promoting and music making over the last decade.
Contributors include Chris Tipton (Upset the Rhythm, London: ‘Curate your event with imagination, honour and taste’), Sofia Hagberg (End of the Road / Sam and Sofia, Sheffield: ‘Advancing a show’), Emily Tracer Trails (Edinburgh and Glasgow: ‘A guide to not losing money on gigs’), Fielding Hope (Cry Parrot / Cafe Oto, Glasgow / London: ‘Applying for funding’), Andy Inglis (5000 / former manager of the Luminaire, London: ‘We’re good at taking things for free’), Matthew Young (Song, by Toad, Edinburgh: 'Bridging the promoter-musician gap'), Johnny Lynch (Lost Map, Isle of Eigg: ‘Some things I’ve learnt about putting on gigs’) and Andy Abbott (That Fucking Tank / Wharf Chambers, Leeds: ‘DIY bother? Reasons to keep doing it’) and many more.
Don’t Make a Scene contains new visual art, illustration and photography by Lizzy Stewart, Tommy Perman, Sarah Tanat-Jones (Synaesthete / Kit Records), Craig Coulthard, Neil Cammock, Matt Pattinson and Cammy Watt (Enfant Bastard).
The zine features an interview with Marie Tippex (from booking agent Julie Tippex), and articles on DIY sound engineering by Tim Matthew (regular engineer for Lau and James Yorkston); on all-ages gigs by eagleowl’s Clarissa Cheong, on setting up DJs and club nights by Malcolm Benzie (Papi Falso) and Lisa Brook (founder of Cafe Kino in Bristol and DJ Cupcake); and advice for prospective promoters from experienced touring musicians David Thomas Broughton, Mark Andrew Hamilton (Woodpigeon) and Dan Willson (Withered Hand).
The first edition of 300 copies will be released on 24th November 2014, reasonably priced at £4, and will be available for pre-order through dontmakeascene.co.uk. Don’t Make a Scene was riso printed by Footprint Workers Co-op in Leeds using soy inks on recycled paper.
An interview with bitter, brutal grinders Miserable Failure is up now on the C-blog. By our calculations, you will be able to listen to their entire back catalogue 378 times through before you finish reading it.
Static Shock have just released a new 7" from Toronto hc scummers S.H.I.T, which comes hot on the heels of releases for Lengua Armada and Iron Lung Recs. Cool.
Yep, GY!BE are playing some Euro dates in April 2015. Here ya go:
07.04 - Markthalle, Hamburg
08.04- Weststadt Halle, Essen
09.04 - Freiheiz, Munich
10.04 - Live Club, Milan
11.04 - Estragon, Bologna
12.04 - Les Docks, Lausanne
15.04 - Le Transbordeur, Lyon
16.04 - L’Aeronef, Lille
17.04 - Albert Hall, Manchester
18.04 - Vicar Street, Dublin
19.04 - ABC, Glasgow
20.04 - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
22.04 - Bataclan, Paris
23.04 - Bataclan, Paris
25.04 - Salzhaus, Winterthur
26.04 - Donau Festival, Krems
28.04 - La Laiterie, Strassbourg
30.04 - Paradiso, Amsterdam
Crucial Blast Records release some great, horrible, often uncategorisable stuff drawing from - but not nailed to - genres like black metal, industrial, ambient and noise. They've just released a pay-what-you-like label sampler on Bandcamp which gives an overview of where the label is at and features a bunch of new/unreleased tracks. Bands include Gnaw Their tongues, Emit, Degenerate Slug, Theologian, T.O.M.B., Epistasis, Cloak Of Altering, Persistence In Mourning etc. Have a gander.