Thursday, 26 August 2010


I receive a lot of emails from unsigned bands. Too many emails, in fact. There's the occasional gem in there which is clearly from a true fan, who passionately discusses their love for the label and our bands, or goes into detail about the first time they saw xyz play live, or how many times they've listened to abc's debut album. Unfortunately, for every one of those, there's roughly 50 inappropriate ones. Bands who have filled the cc field of their email with the address of every label ripped from The Unsigned Guide. Bands who have read so far as the "Records" part of our name and immediately sent a message, ignorant to the fact that we don't sign funk bands or artists influenced by the Stone Roses. Bands who have played 3 gigs in their local school, recorded a terrible quality demo and proclaimed themselves "the next big thing". Bands who send 20 MP3 attachments. Bands who send recordings of the bass and drums, claiming that not only is it far from being their best song, they haven't yet recorded the guitar or vocals. Bands who include Red Hot Chilli Peppers in their influences. Bands who list their members in big, bold letters as if I'm meant to know who they are. Bands with crap names. Bands with crap music. All of these annoy me beyond belief, rightly or wrongly.

This morning, upon deleting my 9th such email in an hour, I took a moment to think about the perfect band submission, if such a thing could exist. Perhaps a list of rules would be a good idea?

This is where I realised I'm as contradictory as I am angry.
  1. Be concise... yet make sure you give me lots of info
  2. Be friendly and charming... but don't suck up
  3. Be confident... but do not, under any circumstances, be arrogant
  4. Tell me why your band is going to sell records... but don't tell me they're the next big thing
  5. Make it be known that you're not afraid to work hard... but don't you dare call me at 9pm on a Sunday night
  6. Do tell me your Myspace address... but I will frown on you for still using that terrible website
  7. Don't send MP3 attachments... but do make sure there are streaming and download links available
  8. Don't tell me I should sign you cos you're friends with our bands... although I do kinda like hearing that
  9. Don't list a bunch of gigs in towns I've never heard of... but do show me you're willing to tour hard
  10. And finally, continuing from the above; don't offer me guestlist for a gig in a village hall on the other side of the country one rainy Monday night... but do, it makes me feel powerful
Dear unsigned band, if after reading this somewhat confused list you still think you have what it takes, I excitedly await your email.

Much love

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Adebisi Hype

Adebisi Shank seem to be all over the place this week. Having wrapped up their tour with a triumphant set in Kingston last night, and their new album now available to stream online, the internet was ablaze with talk of our favourite Dubliners today, so it was an absolute delight to discover The Independent reporting on the trio hitting the Hype Machine top 10 yesterday, above Arcade Fire, no less. On top of this, the record picked up its second 5/5 review, this time from the lovely chaps at Alter The Press, whilst a quick search of their name on Twitter just fills my heart with joy to see so many discussions going on.

And as if that wasn't enough pixel-inspired excitement, Bad Books (the new band from Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra) launched their online profiles to an overwhelming response last night, putting a track from their forthcoming, self-titled album up to stream via Facebook. Kevin also showed a little glimpse of his somewhat eccentric personality, as you can see below.

And, as if that STILL wasn't enough... NME are featuring Dad Rocks! video on their website

NB: Non-geeks may not understand why any of the above excites me. I'm a little envious of you, I must admit.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Keep your NME's closer

Sometimes NME get things spot on.

"A DIY inspiration"

Busy week this week. I've been listening to mixes of the new Tall Ships and Men EP's loads, making the usual world domination plans, figuring out some tours, reading a hefty contract and meeting some awesome people in London. The week is bookended by my friends stag do this past Saturday, and the ensuing wedding this coming Saturday. It means a trip to the former capital of culture, Liverpool, so that'll be fun.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Shoes And Socks Off - 'Robin Hood' - the videos

That's it, we've made it to the end of the Shoes And Socks Off series of videos for new album, 'Robin Hood Waiter Champion Have-Not'. 10 videos in 10 weeks, for a budget of around a fiver in total, all posted below for your convenience. If you like what you hear, the album is now available to pre-order via

Monday, 2 August 2010


Dad Rocks! was back in the studio recording for a new split single due out in the autumn on his Danish label, Kanel Records. Judging by this video, it was a pretty productive time...