The Music Mag: Unsigned UK Music News, Reviews & Promotion
“This totally rocks” NME
“You need to get a dose of Wet Nuns” The Guardian
“Their crazy live shows are earning a devoted, cult like, following” The Independent
“Snarling, sweaty, boisterously hurling expletives at you like great big lumps of molten rock… ridiculously appealing” Clash Magazine
“The moment we’ve all been waiting for” Artrocker
“Hedonistic riffology” The Fly
“Like a bastardised Black Keys… Their music goes down like a combo meal of gristle and mean noise; superb” The 405
“They make music that makes us want to get in bar fights in the vain hope that it might impress hot girls with tattoos” Thrash Hits
It’s fair to say that it’s been a massive year for the hell-raising duo Wet Nuns.
Having taken home the gong for Video Of The Year at last week’s Artrocker Awards, Wet Nuns can look back on acclaimed performances at the Reading & Leeds Festivals, Bestival, Liverpool Sound City, The Great Escape, and two riotous headline UK tours. They’ve been hotly-tipped by just about everyone, from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens to the Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders, the NME, The Independent, The Guardian, Q and Clash.
Now those purveyors of death-blues are set to charge into 2013 with a UK headline tour, two huge support shows with Blood Red Shoes, the release of a brand new EP ‘Broken Teeth’, their first US trip and the launch of their very own festival in March, the irreverently titled ‘Detestival’.
The forthcoming EP ‘Broken Teeth’ was recorded with Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, The Fall, MIA, The Kills) at McCall Studios earlier this year and is set for a February release, just as the band hit the road for a full UK tour starting in Newcastle on February 21st 2013.
Ahead of all that, Wet Nuns have also been invited to play two shows in the new year with Blood Red Shoes, at Norwich Arts Centre on January 21st and London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on January 22nd 2013.
Full dates for the ‘Broken Teeth’ tour are below, pre-sale tickets are available this Friday 14th December from http://www.artistticket.com/link/?s=Wet+Nuns, before going on general release from Monday 17th December. Look out for more news on Wet Nuns forthcoming EP, US dates and ‘Detestival’ to be announced in the coming weeks;
WET NUNS UK TOUR 2013;
21st Feb – NEWCASTLE – Think Tank
22nd Feb – EDINBURGH – Electric Circus
23rd Feb – GLASGOW – Broadcast
25th Feb – LEEDS – Brudenell
28th Feb – LIVERPOOL – Kazimier
01st Mar – STOKE – Sugarmill
02nd Mar – NORWICH – Arts Centre
03rd Mar – BRISTOL – Croft
04th Mar – BRIGHTON – Sticky Mike’s
05th Mar – LONDON – Birthdays
06th Mar – BIRMINGHAM – Rainbow
07th Mar – MANCHESTER – Now Wave @ Roadhouse
Location: North Wales
Genre: Alternative / Indie
Indigo Sky are a 4 piece Alternative Indie band from North Wales. After being together for 2 years their album ‘Pretty Intentions’ will be released on the 13th of December 2012. Having four people with different influences have brought together the sound, ranging from The Cure to Snow Patrol to Muse.
Indigo Sky – I’m Not Here
Fun with a clean indie sound, Indigo Sky won the competition hands down for December on The Music Mag. This is just the start for them as they are definitely destined for great things. Their song ‘I’m not here’ can be found on the sidebar as a featured song until the end of January!
If you like what you see and hear, check out Indigo Sky on facebook.
The Music Mag was lucky enough to get hold of one of the unsigned music industry’s largest names; James Moore. Author of Your Band is a Virus, James has just released the expanded edition, lets see what words of wisdom he has to share:
“Your Band is a Virus Expanded Edition” has just hit the shelves in time for Christmas. Could you tell us a little bit about the book?
The book is intended to share everything I’ve learned in my time as a music promoter in a way that is clear and actionable. The intent is to do away with much of the silliness and expectations surrounding music promotion and have a real, human brainstorm. The book is artist focused, and it’s a book about breaking the rules just as much as it is about respecting those who help you on your path. Once artists realize that the music industry is neither balanced nor “fair”, they free themselves of their mental limitations and can then stand alone.
It’s about being as creative and passionate/forceful in your promoting as you are in your music making. I’m confident artists will get a lot out of it.
What more can we expect from the expanded edition?
I think it’s safe to say that much of the music promotion info we take in ends up making us feel as if we’ve just attended a weekend seminar, only to wake up on Monday morning with no actionable steps to work on. “Your Band Is A Virus – Expanded Edition” is the antithesis of that scenario.
Artists will find hundreds of resources in the book covering everything from approaching music blogs properly, writing news releases as opposed to press releases, generating high amounts of press and reviews, how to hire freelancers and outsource your own music promotion, how to host video and remix contests, secure licensing deals, and be your own publicist. There are industry interviews with everyone from legendary producer Stuart Epps (Led Zeppelin) to HIP Video Promo CEO Andy Gesner. It’s packed with information.
Artists will also find some information that could be seen as controversial, but I aim to tell it as it is, not as it should be.
What have been the most important steps you’ve taken to succeed in the music industry?
Steps is the key word. It’s a step by step process and you have to take time for all the little things. I grew up listening to a variety of artists, everyone from Public Enemy and Nirvana to Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Portishead, Juno Reactor, and Sepultura. The only common thread was “It’s got to have soul, man!”.
Music with depth.
So when I started Independent Music Promotions I decided that’s what I would stick with. It’s a tougher path. Last month I said no to roughly 20 artists, but I only take on people who have soul in their music, and I can enjoy on a deeply human level. My company is fairly small, but that’s the foundation I build it on and that’s what sets me apart.
I try to be as personal as possible and also experiment with new promotional tactics all the time. Many media outlets trust my music picks and have an open door. Email by email, phone call by phone call, you connect with more people, and it’s the quality of people you have on your side that decides how successful you are.
Let me ask you something which our readers might be interested in…Say if a new band came up to you and asked you for advice to getnoticed, what three things would you say to them?
Most importantly – where can we buy your book??
For the Amazon version as well as the physical book, you can buy the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Your-Band-Is-Virus-ebook/dp/B00ADPGIXK/
For all other digital formats, it’s available at Smashwords here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/258865
Is there anything else you’d like to say to our readers?
If you think your music has depth and you’d be a good fit for Independent Music Promotions, feel free to get in touch with us at www.independentmusicpromotions.com. Be sure to read the FAQ and Band Promotion sections first. I guarantee a detailed response and honest opinion on your music to all artists (with depth of course. If you’re Idol pop, you won’t receive a reply) who take the time to contact me.
Thanks for having me, Craig!
Have you noticed that the sound deteriorates each time a vinyl record is played? Dust is the biggest culprit because it is abrasive and when combined with the pressure exerted by the stylus on the walls of the groove it can cause permanent damage to the track. Moreover, dust can get embedded into thermoplastic material. Though there is only a point contact between the stylus and the groove, the one-and-a-half grams of pressure exerted on a minute area will translate into tons per square inch. The heat that is generated will partially melt the plastic. This creates a microscopic flow around the stylus and the dust gets permanently embedded.
Here a few tips on how to keep your vinyl records in top playing shape
#1: In a tray, take about 16 oz. of warm water and add two squeezes of liquid detergent. Wet a soft cloth thoroughly and squeeze it out. Wipe the disc in such a way that the strokes follow the grooves. Wipe at least thrice but stay off the label. Do not rinse the discs, but keep them supported against the wall or a cabinet overnight so that they become completely dry.
#2: To protect the grooves of the disc, Lp records usually come packaged in glassine, polyethylene or paper inner sleeve or liner. The sleeve is kept in a dust jacket or paper box and it is then shrink wrapped. Records should never be stored without the inner sleeves. Further, paper or cardboard should not be used as inner sleeves. The glassine and paper inner linings should be removed and instead polyethylene liners should be used. This is because most glassine and paper liners contain acids which can damage vinyl surface of the disc. Also, avoid sleeves made of PVC. The shrink wrap should be removed because it is temperature sensitive and may warp the disc.
#3: Take care not to touch the discs’ surface. Clean, lintless cotton gloves can be used to handle the discs by their edges. The records should not be kept exposed for long. In fact, they should be put back in their containers when they are not being used. The containers should also be always kept closed. Avoid keeping the record near dust sources and having foods and beverages near the area where records are handled and ensure that the area is kept clean and dust free as much as possible. It is good if the air conditioning system is equipped with filters. Labeling should be kept to a minimum.
#4: If the inner liner or jacket is damaged or lost, it is important to replace them immediately. They should never be repaired because it may create an uneven surface and the adhesive may flow into the record.
#5: To take out the disc, first of all bow the jacket open and pull out the disc by holding one corner of the inner sleeve. Avoid pressing the disc as dust may get entrapped between the disc and the sleeve. The grooved disc must be removed by bowing the inner sleeve and allowing the disc to slip on to the open palm such that the thumb holds the edge and the rest of the fingers of the same hand are at the center label. When placing the disc on the turntable, use both hands to hold the disc by the edge.
#6: Alcohol should never be used to clean the disc as it can break the bond between the base and the laminate. The best way to clean records is to use machines such as VPI, Keith Monks and Nitty Gritty with detergents Tergitol 15-S-3 (0.25 part) and Tergitol 15-S-9 (0.25 part) in distilled water (100 parts). The machines ensure an even dispersion of fluid for cleaning and then the surface of the disc can be vacuum dried. It is important to clean the records before every playback.
Physically based in West Co. Clare, The Online Academy of Irish Music (OAIM) is a new and unique platform for providing quality Irish musical tuition on a global scale. The teaching is transmitted directly from some of Ireland’s most experienced performers and tutors to any location in the world.
To take a course at OAIM is to engage with the Irish tradition in a new and innovative way. By enrolling in a class, you will be learning music in the Irish tradition using the materials and skills to hand today; computers, the internet, the expertise of some of the best teachers of Irish music and of course your own developing talent on your chosen instrument. OAIM uses the powers of the internet to deliver tutorials from leading musicians that combine video, audio, manuscripts and text.
At OAIM, students from all over the world converge to access Irish music tuition, discuss their lessons and progress, and meet with one and other in the classroom chat forums.
When you join OAIM, you are joining a rapidly growing, worldwide, community of Irish music learners. Although based on the western seaboard of Ireland, our online community stretches to all corners of the globe.
Follow the link to learn more about The Online Academy of Irish Music.
It’s been a good year in mainstream music in 2012, The Music Mag has picked it’s top 10 tracks throughout the year based on popularity and on what we danced to most around the office.
10/ Little Things – One Direction
One Direction (C) 2012 Simco Limited
A big year for ’1D’ and despite not being a huge fan of X-Factor and the artists constantly churned out of the show One Direction have become a global hit for the Simon Cowell franchise.
A slower and more emotional song by the Jonas Brother-esque One Direction saw millions of females flock to Youtube to play it on repeat. In our list it lies at number 10.
9/ This is Love – Will I Am ft. Eva Simmonds
Will I Am © 2012 Interscope Records
A massive year for Will I Am saw him as a judge on BBC’s The Voice, performed at the Diamond Jubilee, and a number 1 hit with ‘This is Love’.
8/ R.I.P – Rita Ora ft. Tinie Tempah
Rita Ora © 2012 Roc Nation LLC
She was the first artist in 2012 to have 3 consecutive number ones “Hot Right Now”, “How We Do (Party)” and “R.I.P.”. R.I.P was number 1 for two weeks and perhaps her most well known song, featuring the rapper, songwriter, and even CEO that is Tinie Tempah.
The song again features dance and rnb elements which have been very popular in 2012.
7/ Spectrum – Florence and the Machine
Florence and the Machine © 2012 Universal Island Records
Florence have developed from their huge album ‘Lungs’ in to a more mainstream, dance influenced performance. They have a loyal set of fans and Spectrum was their successful release of 2012, and definitely deserves a place on the list. I wonder if they’d have got so big if they went by the lead singers name Florence Welch… funny what good promotion can do!
6/ Wild Ones – Flo Rida ft. Sia
Hey I heard you were a wild one oooOOoooh. One of the catchiest lyrics of the entire year.
It shuffles in to our list at number 6, not quite breaking the top 5. But there’s good reason for this. Read on to find out…
5/ Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye ft. Kimbra
Gotye © Cotye
18 consecutive weeks in the top 10 definitely warrants a top 5 spot for Gotye with the super catchy ‘somebody that I used to know’.
The song is a real re-visit to an older sound and on first listen (if you’ve been living under a rock) you might be thinking ‘what the hell’… but once it kicks in, when you watch the video, and after listening a few times it’ll be stuck in your head for days!
4/ Rhianna – Where Have You Been
Rhianna had a massive 2011, relesing song after song … after song.
2012 hasn’t been any different and the hits keep on coming for Rihanna. ‘Where Have You Been’ was arguably bigger than her other well known track ‘Diamonds’. Where Have We Been bumps in at 4, leaving us with our top 3 to come!
3/ Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen © 2011 604 Records Inc
Hey I just met you, and this is crazy! Another one of the catchiest lyric from any song from the year. At the beginning it started off a little annoying, but grew in to a huge guilty pleasure for many music fans out there. Her debut song straight to the top of the UK charts, that’s how it’s done!
2/ Sexy and I Know it – LMFAO
LMFAO © 2011 Interscope Records
The picture says it all. Not musically amazing, but the impact it had on culture in 2012 from people in the street to our very own Tom Daley singing along to ‘I’m sexy and I know it!’. It’s in at number 2!
1/ Gangnam Style – PSY
The most viewed video on Youtube in history surely merits the number one spot for this addictive, exciting, and slightly annoying title by PSY.
At the time of writing, the official Gangnam Style video has a whopping 775 MILLION views on youtube. Will it become the first video to hit 1 billion?? It probably will.
It’s quite rare for foreign acts to break UK and America in such style, but the track is something special. The dance moves, mixed with the humorously delivered lyrics has created a craze all around the world. There have been many different covers and different parodies of the song already. Long may it continue to fly the flag of 2012!
Honorable Mention/ Taylor Swift – We Are Never Getting Back Together
With all the boyfriends she’s had over the past couple of years the public were waiting for the gossip on Taylor Swift. Delivered through her music we now know she’s never ever ever getting back together with someone!:
Honorable Mention/ Nicky Minaj – Starships
This is on here just for the video really! And the fact that in 2012 Nicky Minaj became the highest charting female rapper in history in the UK.
Fancy some hip hop this morning? We woke up to find this video sitting in our inbox and felt the need to share! It’s Super Pride by Baltimore Ledge, Featuring Ryan Collins and Dip.
Location: London, UK
Genre: Rock / Punk
Mayhem Deranged are an old fashioned rock band from London, UK. Their lead singer Ray Mayhew is perhaps best known in music history as being the mad drummer for pop-cyberpunk band Sigue Sigue Sputnik from 1983 to 1990. When Sputnik disbanded in 1990 he quickly formed Mayhem Deranged – a vehicle for Ray to show his abilities both as a singer & a songwriter. Early versions of “50 Megaton Love” and “Kept Woman” featuring John Liesk on guitar were recorded during 1990.
Mayhem Deranged – Here I Go Again
Later that year guitarist Kevin Prockter comes on board and a large body of material is amassed until mid 1993. Regrettably, the master recording sessions never took place and the demos were shelved until recently. Another albums worth of material was written in 1996 with a new line up and an all new sound. Again, masters were not achieved and all the material shelved.
Ray sporadically performed in a variety of different incarnations of Mayhem Deranged over the years since, most of it under the radar… Until Now.
It wasn’t until March 2008, when guitarist Kevin Prockter returned to the group and bassist Robert Godfrey was added to record the track “Here I Go Again” (above). Mayhem Deranged then played their first official public gig in September 2008.
Mayhem Deranged’s sound is what we love: old school rock, mixed with some old school punk. Proper vocals, with meaningful yet catchy lyrics, sang over the top of some crunky electric guitar riffs, not forgetting the drumming – of course. Check out Here I Am Again above, and if you like what you hear head on over to their website: here.
Wouldn’t it be nice if once, just once, a Christmas song was at number one for Christmas – not X-Factor, not an X-Factor protest song, just a good ol’ fashioned Christmas song for Christmas? (Brought to you in association with Lyric Lounge Review)
Let me introduce you to Stevie Greg; STEPHEN GREGORY is an award-winning horror novelist … and now a hit song-writer! He quit teaching in the 80s, moved to a cottage in the mountains of Snowdonia, and wrote three dark disturbing novels.
He lives and works in Borneo with his artist wife Christine, diver-environmentalist son Nick, and two dogs, Poppy and Marmite, but they’re hoping to move soon to their 500-year-old fortified farmhouse in France or their daughter-in-law’s farm in Thailand.
Appalled by the onset of middle-age, Stephen wrote his JAMMY LITTLE CHRISTMAS SONG so that he could become a rich and famous ‘rock god’ and hang out with Mick ‘n’ Keith in Beverley Hills … Kirsty Maclean sings, Jamie Hutchinson is the raunchy guitarist, and the percussion and engineering were done by Nick Wilson in his super studio.
JAMMY LITTLE CHRISTMAS SONG starts off in winsome mood, and explodes into the catchiest, most infectious Christmas party anthem the pop world has heard for decades! … upbeat, warm and optimistic, just unashamedly good fun, with a great family message!
Play it loud!
Play it again, LOUDER! … with a big glass of sherry in one hand and a mince pie in the other!
Drink the sherry … top up your glass …
And play the song again, LOUDER! … and I’ll promise that the jammy tune will stick inside your head and you’ll be singing it for the rest of the day!
To celebrate reaching the middle of the week Clothes 2 Order are launching another competition on twitter! The #TWEESHIRT competition is back. After getting some great entries last week and a wonderful winning design they are excited to see what you can come up with this week.
This weeks challenge: Clothes 2 Order want your favourite music quotes! Could be your favourite line from a song? A quote from your favourite musician or anything expressing why you love music. And anything you would love to see on a t-shirt.
The prize: Clothes 2 Order will print the winning quote on FIVE t-shirts and you will receive your very own personalised t-shirts.
How to enter: Simply tweet @clothes2order with your entry and the tag #tweeshirt