Undercover Music – A 2 day celebration of alternative music in Margate

Undercover Festival V Line Up Stronger Than Ever Before, Now with an added FREE after show on the Sunday in Margate completes the weekend” say festival organisers. . .

Undercover Festival V (2017), Dreamland Margate, 8 & 9 September

A 2 day celebration of alternative music including Punk / Ska / Dub / Reggae / Alt + so much more.

See You Down The (Sea) Front”


(Only show in the South East for 2017 with full band)



Undercover Festival now in its FIFTH year are moving to the unique and quirky setting of Dreamland Margate in Kent.

Undercover a festival venue and experience that defies all other conventions and festival templates, not only do we have a cracking line up but festival goers can experience many retro rides and amusements plus it is once again held undercover i.e. not outdoors so if it’s peeing down come September it’s not a problem and your beer won’t get diluted. Leave your wellies at home, and enjoy one of the best small alternative festivals the South has to offer this September.

Plus we have just announced a FREE After Show Party on Sunday 10th Sept at The Dug Out, Fort Hill Margate. (Details on the facebook event page). https://www.facebook.com/events/137071190193238/

The festival is one that prides itself on taking an independent and grassroots approach to things, and is always determined to be different from mainstream events, with two days of alternative action from bands you’d be highly unlikely to see on many other festival line-ups.

This year’s festival has a line-up that is packed with bands that should appeal to most that like their music alternative. Undercover is an X Factor Free zone and there is no place for that schmaltzy pulp on our stages” said Festival Organiser Mick Moriarty.

Mick added “Preparations are going well and ticket sales are up on last year so out advice is get in quick to get your tickets because when they are sold out that’s it, we have more shops selling tickets this year plus you can get your tickets by post or online from Dreamland or the Undercover website.

In a financial climate where it always seems to be about the money, Undercover throws convention to the wind and just goes with what it believes in. There is a huge line up and tickets can be bought in advance online of from various locations details from www.undercoverfest.com

Details of Dreamland plus you can also get tickets from them as well www.dreamland.co.uk ENDS

Undercover Festival V (2017) at Margate Full Line Up






Days, Times and stages all posted on the website.

Line up subject to change

Further details see website WWW.UNDERCOVERFEST.COM

REVEREND & THE MAKERS announce new album ‘The Death Of A King’

REVEREND & THE MAKERS announce new album ‘The Death Of A King’Released 22nd September via Cooking Vinyl
Watch the video for new single‘Too Tough To Die’
UK Tour October/November

Artwork & Photo credit: Roger Sargent

Reverend & The Makers release their sixth album, ‘The Death Of A King’, through Cooking Vinyl, on Friday 22nd September. The first song to be taken from the album, ‘Too Tough To Die,’ was premiered on BBC 6 Music Steve Lamacq show on Wednesday, is available on June 2nd upon pre-ordering ‘The Death Of A King’from: https://rntm.lnk.to/TDOAK

‘The Death Of A King’, the followup to the Top 20 album ‘Mirrors’, was recorded at Karma Sound Studios, Thailand with additional recording at 2Fly Studios & 1984 Studios (Sheffield) and produced by Dave Sanderson. It will be available on CD, Deluxe edition CD, 12” Vinyl, limited edition 12” vinyl, cassette and digital download. The album can be pre-ordered from the bands website:www.reverendmakers.com and iTuneshttps://RntM.lnk.to/TDOAKPR/itunes

The video for ‘Too Tough To Die’ is an extract from a film shot in Thailand and directed by Shaun James Grant. Following the critical success of previous album/film  ‘Mirrors’, which saw the band decamping to Jamaica, ’ The Death Of A King’ follows the band as they arrive in a remote fishing village in Thailand to record and film, however things take an unexpected twist when on the day of arrival the controversial king of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, dies.

Jon McClure: “We loved the recording abroad thing after the last album. Gives the albums a flavour of their own and so we thought we’d give Thailand a try, take the family and all that. I’ve been there before and Pete and Carl raved about Bang Saray so we took all the gang out there. Loads of us. It had finally got back to that big collective I’d always wanted to create. Having long since given up the notion of being number One, we resolved to just make tunes we liked. Ryan’s mrs played bass for a tune, the wives and kids sang backing vocals. Being so far away from home and my family (Laura couldn’t come as she was pregnant) meant I was starting to go a bit mental by the end. I kinda feel like some of that comes thru in the tunes a bit too. I’m kind of off trying to recreate ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’. I’m 35. I have a new set of concerns . I see the world in a different way now so I’m trying to be true to who I am today.”

Reverend & The Makers played a storming set at Wirral Live (May 20th) where Jon McClure proudly welcomed Jeremy Corbyn to the stage, to make what many commentators agree his most impassioned speech of the 2017 campaign to date. Reverend & The Makers have announced five shows in October and November, with support from Will And The People. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 2nd June from: http://gigst.rs/RATM

14th Garage, Glasgow
25th Electric Ballroom, London
27th Academy, Sheffield
28th Academy, Sheffield

4th Academy, Manchester

Reverend & the Makers were originally born out of a collective of musicians, ‘The Death Of A King’ renews the original spirit of the band and sees lead vocals shared on certain songs with other band members ‘Juliet Knows’ (Joe Carnell), ‘Auld Reekie Blues’ (Eddie Cousins) and ‘Black Flowers’ (Laura McClure).

The full tracklisting for ‘The Death Of A King’ is:

•  Miss Haversham
•  Auld Reekie Blues
•  Bang Seray
•  Boomerang
•  Too Tough To Die
•  Carlene
•  Monkey See
•  Black Cat
•  Who Am I
•  Time Machine
•  Juliet Knows
•  Black Flowers

Bonus songs: Deluxe CD & vinyl download code:

•  Lisa (featuring James Skelly)
•  Still Down
•  You Can Have It All (featuring John Cooper Clarke)

Reverend & The Makers play a sold out show at Don Valley Bowl  (June 2nd) with Joe Carnell’s band, Milburn, before heading out on the following summer festivals:

3rd Camden Rocks, London
10th Tidal Waves Festival, Bridlington

8th One Live Festival, Guilford
9th International Festival, Llangollen
21st Bugjam Festival, Northampton
22nd Pennfest, Buckinghamshire
28th Camp Bestival, Dorset
29th Kendal Calling, Penrith

6th Hope and Glory Festival, Liverpool
12th Green Meadows Festival, Peterborough

Reverend and the Makers have achieved five UK Top 20 Albums and five Top Five Indie chart singles: debut album ‘The State of Things’ (2007) included the UK Top Five single ‘Heavyweight Champion Of the World.’ Second album ‘A French Kiss In The Chaos’ followed in 2009 and saw the band supporting Oasis on their final tour at stadiums across the UK and also a UK tour with fellow Sheffielders Arctic Monkeys. ‘@Reverend Makers’ was released in2012, ‘Thirty Two’ was unleashed in 2014 and the critically applauded ‘Mirrors’ was released in 2015.

Reverend & The Makers are: Jon McClure, Ed Cosens, Joe Carnall , Laura McClure and Ryan Jenkinson.


What the papers said about ‘Mirrors’

“The Best Album of their career.” (NME)

“‘Mirrors’ is a big career turnaround….the multi-genre mastery is magnificent.” (Daily Mirror)

“Jon McClure makes good on the ambition of past boasts.” (Uncut)

“The Rev’s Best.” (Classic Rock)

“Their best and most ambitious record.” (The Big Issue)

“Reverend & The Makers deliver their masterpiece…this is a wonderful work.” (Louder Than War)

Rancid – “Trouble Maker”

Emerging from the blue-collar swamps of Berkley, California, Rancid has now been a living, breathing punk rock band for over a quarter century. Apparently, nothing can kill them.

Back in 1991, after the demise of their much beloved and still influential first band, Operation Ivy, founding members Tim Armstrong (vocals, guitar) and Matt Freeman (bass, vocals) decided to do the impossible — start an even better band.

Thus, Rancid.

Signing with Epitaph Records, the band released their first album, “Rancid,” in 1993. Shortly thereafter, Lars Frederiksen (vocals, guitar) joined the band, because… well, are you going to tell him he can’t? The result, in 1994, was “Let’s Go.” People noticed.

In 1995, Rancid released the classic platinum-selling “…And Out Come The Wolves.” You still remember when you first heard it.

They followed with the even more ambitious “Life Won’t Wait” in 1998, and in 2000, Rancid released another album entitled “Rancid,” just to see if anyone was paying attention.

After “Indestructible” in 2003, Branden Steineckert (drums) joined to solidify Rancid’s current line-up. They subsequently released the albums “Let The Dominos Fall” (2009) and “Honor Is All We Know” (2014). This year will see the release of their ninth studio album “Trouble Maker” produced by their longtime producer and founder of Epitaph records, Brett Gurewitz.


Trouble Maker spans 19 tracks produced by Bad Religion frontman Brett Guerwitz, who is also the founder of Epitaph. “Ghost of a Chance” marks a preview of the release, a short burst of pop punk goodness that comes accompanied with a video of the band performing the song in a garage. Somewhat hilariously, the video includes subtitles for frontman Tim Armstrong’s vocals, as if Rancid fans are unaccustomed to his unintelligible slurring. Anyhow, check it out below.

Through it all, Rancid has remained fiercely independent, never losing their loyalty to community or each other. Their music confronts political and social issues, while balancing personal tales of love, loss, and heartbreak with attitude. Rancid gives their listeners a community where everyone can belong. By carrying on the traditions and spirit of the original punk rock bands that came before, Rancid has become a legend an inspiration to punk bands that have come after. They are the living embodiment of East Bay punk. And if you don’t know all this by now — you’re not playing their music loud enough!

In support of the release, Rancid will head out on the road this summer alongside fellow punk rock institution, Dropkick Murphys. See the full tour docket here.

See ya in the pit.

Placebo new single, video and tour


An unmistakably 21st-century take on an 80s art-rock classic, complete with a thought-provoking short film

For a band with such a strong and unmistakable catalogue of original material, Placebo have always had an impeccable way with a cover version. Starting with a take on Syd Barrett’s Dark Globe, way back in 1996, they have freely interpreted the songs of others to complement the originals. Their choice of covers – from Nick Drake to Boney M; Serge Gainsbourg to Depeche Mode – demonstrates Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal’s musical influences and heritage. Rather than keep their musical passions locked in an ivory tower, they approach each interpretation with an excitement to share what they love.

With its sledgehammer beat and Molko’s keening vocal, ‘Life’s What You Make It’ – the lead track from last year’s EP of the same name – instantly reminds you of all the reasons you fell in love with Placebo. There is a great deal in common with the work of Talk Talk (who sang the original in 1986) and Placebo: both remained true to their artistic vision, even if that has sometimes meant not taking the easy route. The song’s message of making the best of circumstances strikes a particular chord in the challenging era in which we live.

https://embed.vevo.com?isrc=GBY2T1600349&autoplay=true<p><a href=”https://www.vevo.com/watch/placebo/lifes-what-you-make-it/GBY2T1600349″>Life’s What You Make It</a><span> by </span><a href=”https://www.vevo.com/artist/placebo”>Placebo</a><span&gt; on </span><a href=”https://www.vevo.com”>VEVO</a><span&gt;.</span></p>

We covered Talk Talk’s Life’s What You Make It because it is a song from the 80s that we still liked, and wondered if we could replicate Gwen Stefani’s global smash hit with her band’s cover of ‘It’s My Life’. That remains to be seen…” Brian Molko says.

Molko wanted something different for the film to accompany their song. He had a concept in mind that was loosely based around the original 1986 Talk Talk video that was shot at night on London’s Wimbledon Common. It featured the band surrounded by nature, complete with, as Molko puts it, “little beasties crawling over leaves”. Brian felt that there could be an updated version, where “the band would be robots playing instruments and that e-waste would replace nature, as it appears to be doing only a few decades after the song’s original release”. The brief that the band put out to prospective directors was short, simple and open to interpretation: “e-waste, please!” 

It’s not that Placebo were inundated with appropriate responses. Brian continues, “The only director who actually came back to us with a treatment about e-waste was Sasha Rainbow. I called her up to sound her out and discovered that I was speaking to a very brave and passionate woman.”

Rainbow’s accompanying film for ‘Life’s What You Make It’ was shot in Agbogbloshie, a former wetland in the heart of Accra, in Ghana, which is home to one of the world’s largest electronic waste dumps. It sets an apocalyptic backdrop of first-world waste against the daily lives of those who inhabit this thoroughly otherworldly space.

“I told her that she had balls of steel for actually daring to go film on location in Ghana and that, no, we would not be coming, since we were timid little souls,” Molko says.

“The two boys in the film live in this extraordinary place,” Rainbow says. “Which for me, highlights a human’s ability to adapt with incredible strength, resilience, and humanity.” It is a compelling look into a world that few know exists: “I hoped to capture the environment in a dreamily meditative way that would at once juxtapose and yet synergise with the theme of the song, and glimpse at part of the repercussions of our current technological revolution. On the one hand, technology is enabling us to create things beyond our wildest imagination, and yet little discussion has been had about what to do with all our discarded e-waste.”

“I think that it is important to stress that the video is not anti-technology,” Molko adds. “That would be ridiculous, considering how much it enriches our daily lives. To me, it is about the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity that has not been chosen. We do, however, hope that it will make the viewer think about the repercussions of just throwing away tech that doesn’t work anymore. There are several new and ingenious ways to recycle tech these days. Some companies will even give you money for it. All it takes is a little more effort.”

One of songwriter Mark Hollis’ key phrases in ‘Life’s What You Make It’, “yesterday’s favourite”, is sung so powerfully by Molko, and underlines the e-waste message strongly in the film; yet it is far from being downbeat – the boys are seen dancing and laughing, making the most of their circumstances.

Life’s What You Make It’ continues Placebo’s remarkable run of singles, and its accompanying short film will provide one of the most thought-provoking moments you’ll have all year.

Watch / share the video for Placebo’s new single ‘Life’s What You Make It’ here: http://vevo.ly/QT4xRr


We are delighted to announce that Placebo will be returning to the UK to play a run of dates in October.

Fans have the opportunity to get tickets in a special 48 hour pre-sale that begins at 9am on the 7th June via www.aplaceforustodream.com


Sat 7 | Edinburgh Usher Hall
Sun 8 | Dundee Caird Hall
Tue 10 | Doncaster Dome
Wed 11 | Blackpool Empress Ballroom
Fri 13 | Reading Rivermead
Sat 14 | Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Mon 16 | Portsmouth Guildhall
Tue 17 | Swindon Oasis
Fri 20 | Plymouth Pavilions
Sat 21 | Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Mon 23 | London O2 Brixton Academy

Cabbage announce headline tour September / October



Having sold out every headline date they have played this year, Cabbage have announced details of a headline tour for September & October 2017.
They will be supported by Doncaster’s The Blinders, Liverpool’s Queen Zee and The Sasstones, and Proletariat, from Cabbage’s hometown of Mossley, Greater Manchester. The headline dates will follow a packed summer schedule of Festival appearances, including Reading & Leeds, Latitude, TRNSMT, Festival No.6, and two shows at Glastonbury (John Peel Stage & Left Field Stage).

Cabbage’s Record Store Day release, a double vinyl compilation of their first 3 EPs entitled ‘Young, Dumb & Full Of…’, was one of the days most in-demand releases, with all 1000 copies selling out in hours. The band recently signed to Infectious Music (Alt-J, Drenge, Albert Hammond Jr, Leftfield, DMA’S), watch this space for news of their first release on their new label.

Cabbage are Lee Broadbent (lead vocals), Joe Martin (vocals, guitar), Eoghan Clifford (guitar), Stephen Evans (bass), and Asa Morley (drums).

Sept 27       Holmfirth, Picturedrome *
Sept 28       Preston, 53 Degrees *
Sept 29       Stockton, Ku Bar *
Sept 30        Leeds, Live Art Bistro *
Oct 6                Peterborough, The Met Lounge **
Oct 11        Dundee, Church **
Oct 12              Dunfermline, PJ Molloys **
Oct 13              Darlington, Inside Out (Darlington) **
Oct 14        Barrow, The Drawing Room **
Oct 17        Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre *
Oct 18              Bedford, Bedford Esquires *
Oct 19              Stowmarket, John Peel Centre for Creative Arts *
Oct 20              Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms *
Oct 21              Buckley, The Tivoli *

* The Blinders (Main Support), Queen Zee and The Sasstones (Opener)
** Queen Zee and The Sasstones (Main Support), Proletariat (Opener)


June 29              London Scala
June 30             Birmingham O2 Institute3
July 1                   Manchester O2 Ritz

June 10        Manchester, Parklife
June 15        Neuchatel, Switzerland: Festi’neuch Open Air Festival
June 23        Glastonbury Festival – John Peel Stage
June 23         Glastonbury Festival – Left Field Stage
June 25        Netherlands: Down The Rabbit Hole
July 6               Spain: Bilbao BBK Live
July 8               TRNSMT Festival
July 14        Latitude Festival.
July 15        The Beat Herder Festival
July 21        Deer Shed Festival
July 22        Tramlines Festival
July 23        Truck Festival
July 28        Kendal Calling
July 29        Standon Calling
July 30        Y Not Festival
August 5        Wirral: Skeleton Coast Festival
August 6        Twycross, Wales: 110 Above Festival
August 11       Italy: Ypsigrock Festival
August 26        Reading Festival
August 27         Leeds Festival
Sept 1              Bingley Festival
Sept 9        Festival No. 6
Sept 15        Derbyshire: Rec Rock Festival
Sept 16         Blackburn: Confessional Festival




On tour now in North American, with new US tour dates announced below. EU/UK tour September/October 2017

New album ‘Swear I’m Good At This’ out now via French Kiss Records


NY’s Diet Cig have today shared the video for “Barf Day,” a single off their debut album Swear I’m Good At This. “Barf Day” premiered via Noisey alongside a feature on the band. Of the video they say, “Watch as The World’s Most Energetic Band™ turns a bummer birthday into a full-on ice cream bash in their video for “Barf Day” with just a few frozen treats and some minor auto theft. The song is off the band’s debut LP, Swear I’m Good at This, one of the most refreshingly fun albums of the year.”

You can read the full Q&A here and watch the video here: https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/diet-cig-barf-day-video

Since the release of Swear I’m Good At This Diet Cig – a duo of Alex Luciano (guitar and vocals) and Noah Bowman (drums) – have been playing to packed rooms across the US and Canada almost nightly. Today they add a round of September dates to their itinerary that includes a show at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom on September 8. They were last in the city on release day when they played two sold-out shows at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right.  Of the live show Paste has noted, “between Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman, Diet Cig’s music is playful, upbeat and addictive.” and AV Club said, “Diet Cig is still one of the most joyously energetic bands you can see, making an early morning schlep across town well worth it.”

Swear I’m Good At This was released this Spring via Frenchkiss Records to world-wide critical acclaim. It is the follow up to the infectious, 2015 Over Easy EP that introduced the world to the band’s consistent sing-a-long lyrics with thrashing drums and strums that never held back. Swear I’m Good At This accumulates Diet Cig’s tenacity for crafting life-affirming, relatable tales with a gutsy heart at their core. Luciano has the ability to write lyrics that are both vulnerable and badass, perfecting a storm of emotive reflection that creates a vision of a sweaty, pumped-up room screaming these lines in unison. Diet Cig make it okay to be the hot mess that you are.  The LP was produced, engineered and mixed by Christopher Daly at Salvation Recording Co. in New Paltz, NY with additional recording at Atomic Sound in New York City.

Praise for Diet Cig:

“Swear I’m Good At This all adds up to a snapshot of a young songwriter navigating through the yearning and boredom, ambition and insecurity that accumulates along the rocky path from adolescence to adulthood. The power of Diet Cig comes from the way Luciano and Bowman bolster these themes with affirming positivity in the form of delightful, explosive anthems.”  NPR

“Fantastic Fuzz-Pop Debut” – Rolling Stone – 4 stars!

“The best pop-punk uses sweetness as a decoy for angst, and Alex Luciano, the frontwoman of Diet Cig, has a piercingly saccharine voice that veers toward extreme sadness as she deploys it.”  – NY Times

“The delightfully titled ‘Barf Day’ (embodies) what makes the pair’s upcoming debut Swear I’m Good At This so enthralling: the featherweight garage grit, Luciano’s subversive sincerity, and bandmate Noah Bowman’s fist-pumping percussion…Against all odds, Diet Cig are coming of age on their own terms.”  Stereogum

Vocalist Alex Luciano brings a lighthearted innocence to (‘Tummy Ache’) singing criticisms of the patriarchy in the most charming way.”  Nylon

“Diet Cig’s debut album driven by Alex Luciano, is one of the most effeminate, flippant, giggly and cute albums of the year – and that’s part of what makes it so f*cking good.”  Uproxx

“loud, blunt, and totally fun.” – Under The Radar

“(Diet Cig) make pop-punk that’s simultaneously adorable and fierce…You can expect sing-along jawns that sound just as good at a sweaty Diet Cig show as they do when you’re alone in your bedroom”  – NY Daily News, “9 Albums Dropping in April You’d Be Foolish Not to Check Out”

“Swear I’m Good At This, is charismatic, balancing rage and rebellion with poppy lightness…Luciano breathes life and space into these traditionally closed-off feelings, and her twee pop voice will have listeners tapping their feet and leaning in for more.” – Bust

“Diet Cig’s music is playful, upbeat and addictive.” – Paste

“infectious indie-rock perfection” – NY Newsday

Swear I’m Good At This is now available to purchase HERE 

Diet Cig On Tour

June 06 – Des Moines, IA @ Gas Lamp #
June 07 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge #
June 08 – Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall #
June 09 – Indianapolis, IN @ Musical Family Tree #
June 10 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe #
Sep 07 – Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at The Outer Space *
Sep 08 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Sep 09 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre *
Sep 10 – Portland, ME @ SPACE
Sep 11 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall *
Sep 12 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt *
Sep 13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Funhouse at Mr Smalls *
Sep 14 – Gambier, OH @ Horn Gallery – Kenyon College
Sep 16 – Lancaster, PA @ Lizard Lounge *
Sep 17 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery  *
Sep 23 – Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix
Sep 25 – Paris, FR @ Supersonic
Sep 26 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix VZW
Sep 28 – Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie Rock Clubl
Sep 30 – Osimo, IT @ Loop
Oct 02 – Vienna, AT @ B72
Oct 04 – Munich, DE @ Orange House
Oct 05 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
Oct 06 – Denmark, CP @ Stengade
Oct 07 – Hamburg-St. Pauli, DE @ Molotow
Oct 09 – Köln, DE @ Blue Shell
Oct 10 – Münster, DE @ Gleis 22
Oct 12 – Norwich, UK @ Norwich Arts Centre
Oct 13 – Nottingham, UK @ Rough Trade Nottingham
Oct 14 – Lancashire, UK @ Lancaster Library
Oct 16 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Oct 17 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
Oct 18 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
Oct 19 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
Oct 21 – Bristol, UK @ Simple Things Festival
Oct 23 – Cambridge, UK @ Portland Arms
Oct 25 – London, UK @ Moth Club
Oct 26 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope & Ruin

# = with SPORTS
* = with Ratboys

Top Tips For Approaching Music Bloggers

Top Tips For Approaching Music Bloggers
The Music Blog Directory provides you with all the information that you need to reach those lovely Music Bloggers …. we have provided you with the tools to get the job done and all you need to do is to use the right skills!
So here are some tips that we think might help you get your music heard.
1.  Do your Research
It may sound obvious but read the descriptions that are included in The Music Blog Directory and focus your time and energy on blogs that fit your style of music.
Hit the link, go their website and read the last few posts, you may just discover a new blog to follow. Remember that you are asking the blogger to become your new fan, so it could certainly help your cause if you have already returned the favor.

2.  Follow their submission guidelines

Some blogs have strict music submission guidelines. Music submissions are a part of the game. It is also another way for a blogger to test if you have taken the time to read their blog or not.
3.  Send personalized emails. 
Please don’t mass email blogs! Take the time to Take the time to craft each individual email, address them by name, include a few personalized details you’ve learned through your research or casually mention a post of theirs that you enjoyed. You are asking the blogger to take the time to listen to your music and hopefully write a review, take the time to  personally email each blogger which is why we included this information in The Music Blog Directory.
One of the worst mistakes to make is to send a generic email around to a list of bloggers.
4.  Subject Lines
Subject Lines are like tricky first dates. Awkward but necessary and if you make a bad first impression then it can be difficult to recover!
It is best to keep subject lines simple, descriptive and personal. The ideal number of characters in a subject line is typically considered to be between 20 and 35.
You want the recipient to know right away exactly why you’re emailing. If your subject line doesn’t grab the person, your message is likely to get deleted on the spot.
Avoid ALL CAPS, jargon, and the term “Press release” in the subject line. Universally all the bloggers said they delete any emails that have “Press Release” in the subject line. Plus they get annoyed with all caps and industry jargon.
Don’t plea with people to “Open Me!”
When it comes to Subject Lines punctuation is not your friend okay!!!!!!!!

5.  Keep it Short, Sweet and to the Point!
Bloggers receive hundreds and hundreds of emails a day so do not be disheartened if you do receive a response on your first try. Chances are they have not even read your email.
Don’t overwhelm them with long windy emails…you have 3 sentences to catch the bloggers attention so keep it short, sharp, genuine, interesting and to the point.
Bloggers will simply tune out if you don’t get to the point quickly. If they want to know more, they will ask.

6.  Be Unique…Be You!
We have all heard the phrase “what’s the story” and no that’s not where did you grow up and what ashes your music rose from (unless of course you grew up on a remote part of Antarctica and learn to play music in the ashes of the fire that kept you alive in the cold harsh winter)
“The Story” is simply what makes you and your music different from every other band out there.
You love your music and you think people should hear it. Now you need to convince why they should love it too…..
Instead, think about which unique qualities that sets your story apart from all the rest.  So skip the hype and tell a story that captures people’s attention.

7. If you like it then you should have put a link on it.
99% of bloggers do not want their inbox filled by large attachments….’aint nobody got time for that!
So do your part and make sure your music is stream-ready so that a bloggers can easily preview your music before deciding to download.
Websites such as Soundcloud or Bandcamp are an ideal platform to use when pitching your music to music blogs.
Also include a download link to a high quality mp3, band photo and artwork using a site such as HighTail  (aka Yousendit) or WeTransfer.
Of course include links at the end of the email to your website (you do have one right?) and your various social networking sites.
8.  Check their social media
Bloggers have a firm grasp on the importance of online presence and utilize multiple platforms to communicate such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram …..

9.  Avoid Spam
I would strongly recommend running subject lines and the body of your email through a spam checker before sending to make sure they won’t get flagged on the other end. There are a lot of words that obviously get flagged by email spam filters like “opportunity, hot, free”), but there are some other “spammy” words you might not expect to cause problems. There are a lot of free spam checkers out there that can help you “de-spam” your email!
Also I know this has been mentioned already but I cannot over emphasize the importance over not bulk/mass emailing bloggers as many them have a filter to block mass emails.

10.  Don’t be a pest
Don’t send more than two emails. Along the same lines as “keep it short and sweet,” when you’re trying to get people to write and talk about your music, limit yourself to two emails:  an email with links and a follow-up email, sent at a later date. You’re not going to get a “yes” or “no” right away, so you need to be patient.
Once you have a blog post written about your music, don’t forget to be polite and to thank the blogger for their time.
Taken from the  12th Edition of The Music Blog Directory
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“I Want My Country Back” – new multi-band video for She Makes War’s political power pop anthem

She Makes War releases new band video for power pop anthem “I Want My Country Back”

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Bristol artist She Makes War has followed up her politically pertinent power pop anthem “I Want My Country Back” with an ambitious multi-band music video.

The video features leading UK post-rockers Thought Forms (including bassist Jim Barr (Portishead, Get The Blessing) plus three more band lineups of guest musicians and a crowd of slogan-bearing fans, showing compassionate strength in numbers against an ever more hateful media and calling out the likes of Theresa May, Paul Dacre and Katie Hopkins as complicit in this:

“I want my country back from unelected liars, hypocrites and sleazy hacks”

Described so far as “an awesome, astute, subversive, catchy political protest song”, “a hard-hitting tune, dripping in riffs, that’s an ear-worm and uplifting” with “massive melodies”, for fans of Weezer, Veruca Salt, Green Day, Belly, Lush and The Breeders, the song is available as a free download until the end of election day.

As Laura wrote, “I invited people to participate in the video because the song isn’t about me – everyone’s voice deserves to be heard, in the same way that everyone’s vote should be respected.”

A separate slogan video was released last week after so many submissions were received that she felt they deserved their own dedicated spotlight – this features messages from artists, performers and fans including Robin Ince, Marc Burrows (The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing), Sean McGowan, Nick Parker and Deux Furieuses.

“I Want My Country Back” is out now on Strataville.




I am a musician and singer/songwriter with a difference …… in that I do it all with one arm, not for any clever reason but simply because I was born with one arm.

Writing songs, in my head, before I could play any instrument, I eventually found a way of playing guitar, one-handed, when I was 13. Following many years as a guitarist/songwriter in various rock bands – The Poppyheads, Nelson Romeu, Supersmiler and Slinki Malinki – once managed by the legendary producer Gus Dudgeon, I eventually took a solo path in 2010. I started playing my own, simple, acoustic ballads at local gigs and was voted ‘Best Support Artist 2010’ at the ‘Guildford Music Awards’ of that year.

I continue to perform regularly, both as a solo artist and with my Blues trio/band, at numerous gigs and festivals throughout the UK and have toured internationally in Romania and Kosovo. I have had my songs featured in films such as ‘World without Waves’ and broadcast internationally – ‘Rock FM’ in Romania and ‘RTK’ in Kosovo, as well as on the ‘BBC World Service’ and ‘BBC – Radio Berkshire’.

In addition to rock, pop, blues and ballads, I also compose incidental and soundtrack music and have had my music featured in promo films for events such as the ‘Festival of Orlane’ in Kosovo and in a rock musical ‘Everything in Colour’.

After a succession of privately released demo albums, my latest, second, solo release “Out in the Sun”, which I also self-produced, is far more adventurous and contains original, more full sounding, pop compositions.

My Soundcloud site is at: https://soundcloud.com/mark-nelson-25

My Website is at: www.marknelsonmusic.co.uk

‘This Is The Sound of Sugar Town Vol 2’ – BSE charity compilation & launch parties!

This Is The Sound Of Sugar Town Volume 2


Thirteen More Tasty Treats from Bury St Edmunds Rock City


On Friday 7th July 2017, R*E*P*E*A*T Records and Pure Deadly are extremely proud to release ‘This Is The Sound Of Sugar Town Volume 2’: a 12″ vinyl and download album featuring thirteen amazing acts from the UK’s unsung DIY rock capital, Bury St Edmunds.
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Following the critical success of Volume 1 back in November 2015 (which received airplay and support from Tom Robinson, Steve Lamacq and Tom Ravenscroft at 6music, John Kennedy at Radio X and Radio One’s Huw Stephens), Volume 2 features new and shiny tracks by BRACKEN, CATHEDRALS AND CARS, THE CUTS, GAFFA TAPE SANDY, HORSE PARTY, JACK RUNDELL, JANET STREET SLAUGHTER, SIAH, SUBURBAN MINDS, SUN SCREAM, TUNDRA, THE VIRTUES and THE WILSONS, plus an exclusive cover painted by celebrated artist and musician (and former Long Blonde) KATE JACKSON.  All profits from this fine compilation will be donated to local charity Julian Support, which helps people with mental health issues to lead independent lives.
The 12″ album is strictly limited to 300 copies and can be streamed/pre-ordered now (with immediate download) from https://repeatfanzine.bandcamp.com/
Discussing the choice of charity, co-curator Seymour Quigley explained:
“From my early teens up until the end of my twenties, my life was blighted and almost destroyed by mental health problems I felt unable to discuss or disclose.   By the time I was forced to seek help, I’d lost my job, my home and most of my friends.  With the right support I was able to rebuild my life, but I was lucky where many others are not.  Due to its all-too-often invisible nature, mental illness is the unspoken pandemic of our age.  Organisations like Julian Support offer a vital lifeline, supporting people with mental health problems through their darkest times and helping them to regain a sense of agency over their own lives.”
THIS IS THE SOUND OF SUGAR TOWN VOLUME 2 will be available in all good record shops (while stocks last) and on iTunes/Spotify etc from Friday 7th July.
Saturday 1st July
Vinyl Hunter Record Shop, Bury St Edmunds
12-6pm, free entry + donations, all ages
Live performances by The Virtues, Janet Street Slaughter, Tundra, The Cuts, The Catch and Jack Rundell
DJ sets by Kate Quigley, Barny Cutter (Fortunato), Seymour Quigley & Ellie Langley (Horse Party) and Kate Wood
Saturday 1st July
The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
6-11pm, £5 (all proceeds to Julian Support), 14+ (under-14s welcome with parent/carer)
Live performances by Cathedrals & Cars, Suburban Minds, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Bracken, Sun Scream and Siah
Saturday 8th July
Relevant Records, Cambridge
7-10pm, free entry + donations, all ages
Live performances by Gaffa Tape Sandy, Tundra and Siah