Tuesday, please come!
In Wrecks are playing tonight, as part of a new monthly gig called Repeater at Bar Bloc. They’ve been out of action for a bit, but their EP was one of our favourite releases of last year, so get down and check them out with Shambles In A Husk & Citagazi also tearing up the bill.
Yeah, I don’t know the other dates though, I was only asked to announce the Glasgow one a few weeks back.
There’s a lot going on in the next few months. Help us out by sharing these and coming to some shows.
None of those labels are big. That’s not a knock; they don’t consider themselves big either.
None of those labels are signing bands on music alone. They may love your work, but they’re just as happy to listen to it and not put it out themselves. Because unless you’re active and showing that you want to sell records, no established label can afford to work with you.
Some people may see the year Deathwish had (big Touche and Deafheaven sales) and think, “this is a good time to hit them up; they’ve got the money to take chances.” But this ignores basic business logic and the plain truth of ‘mo money; mo problems.’
When businesses generate more income, they take on more expenses. They are then less likely to take unnecessary risks. And, worth noting, they don’t have to anymore. Labels of the size you mention may not be big, but they’re big enough that they don’t have to jump on unknown bands. They can compete for bands that already have some buzz.
So, get some buzz. Put out your own record, or put it out on a smaller label. Play shows. Appear active at all times. Form friendships with the bands you play with. Or, be iconoclastic and grab attention by force of zersonality.
You’ll have to have value before anyone is able to recognize that value.
This answers questions a lot of people have been asking me,
Download Hex Charmer at https://thinprivilege.bandcamp.com/.
Pay what you want.
New single from the forthcoming Thin Privilege LP.
The illustrious WOLF MASK - ex frontman of garage punk band Cleavers & illustrator of Gnarwolves records & maker of cool zines etc - has drawn us this excellent portrait of Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart brandishing a skateboard as though it were a steel chair! Thanks dude.
This will probably be available as a sticker soon, we like stickers.
I threw together a quick newsletter since we have so many shows and releases coming up. It’s full of typos and bad grammar. Sorry dad.
Fletch has a sick Struggletown sticker job on his board.
Algernon Doll is the music of Ewan Grant, a lovely, introverted young man with a great dog, who has produced a wide array of beautiful & awkward music. In his current incarnation, he has enlisted the help of a full band to make a noise like a mix between Sonic Youth, Nirvana and something else entirely.
Lovers Turn To Monsters operates in a similarly singular manner at most times, this is the alter ego of Kyle Wood, an unassuming young man who makes delicate pop/emo/rock music. He too has put together a full band set for this show, which promises to be Weezer-esque in parts and probably good in other parts (I joke, Weezer are fine.) He too has a wide array of back catalogue music to work through, which is all on his bandcamp below.
As usual it’s free entry, Bloc make lovely pizza and serve lovely beer and other drinks. We’ll be selling records, t-shirts and the usual array of paraphernalia. Please browse, say hi and otherwise engage with us/each other.
SPORT come from France, and bring with them an amazing array of influences into a mixed bag of punk, emo and indie rock that’s simply awesome to hear. Fans of Daylight, Algernon Cadwallader, Nai Harvest & more will find plenty to nod, shout & sing along to.
Bayoné produce a fair amout of post-punk shoutalong noise for a band of only two people. Their last EP - Bloodhound was co released by ourselves and Birmingjams, a new label from the midlands, you’ll be sure to find yourself swept up in their emotive tales of lost love, lack of sleep & too much to drink.
The Sinking Feeling constitute 3 of my favourite humans, Fletch, Jo & Kenni who produce emo that harkens back to midwestern classic bands like Mineral & The Get Up Kids, with more modern influences like Balance and Composure and Title Fight shining through. Always a pleasure to have them play a show for us.
Tuesday 11th March at the 13th Note
Doors are at 8pm
£5 on the door
The 13th Note is an 18+ venue.