Tuesday, 16 November 2010


So, 2010. How was it for you?

The year couldn't have got off to a better start for us with the square-shaped (Fantasy Football funded) release of party-loving Andrew W.K.'s 7" single, which sold out in what felt like a matter of hours, quickly followed in similar fashion by the debut Tall Ships EP which also sold out. Twice. With a third pressing on the brink of disappearing, too. The release of Walter Schreifels debut solo album, his ensuing UK tour and my constant "who the hell do I think I am?!" questionning each and every time I was forced to email arguably one of the most influential people in the history of punk rock, chasing up a photo, interview or whether or not he'd remembered to book a hotel in Kingston (he hadn't) took us through the spring and into the summer with a perfect, er, spring in our step, before Chicago's Grown Ups came and kicked all of our arses with their brilliant record, 'More Songs', in May. The saddest news of the year came as Blakfish decided to call it a day, halfway through their European tour with Biffy Clyro! This unfortunately meant that the BSM 5-a-side football tournament was lacking a certain, rowdy Brummy element, but everyone coped admirably with Fear And Records eventually coming through to become the first ever double winners.

Shoes And Socks Off kept relatively quiet this year but still managed to sneak out two albums; the three CD, 40+ track, 'Don't Blame Yourself, It's In Your Blood', and the wonderful, yet confusingly titled 'Robin Hood Waiter Champion Have-Not' (including a video for each song, made for a total budget of less than £10), before hitting the road for a paltry 30 date tour in September. Kevin Devine followed up last years 5th studio album with a new EP, 'She Stayed As Steam', which featured a couple of 'Brothers Blood' recording session out-takes and saw him crash the iTunes chart, something which he later bettered with the release of his Bad Books album (a band he shares with members of Manchester Orchestra), which topped the Amazon chart in November and even found itself in the US billboard top 200!

Dad Rocks!, the solo project from Mimas front man Snævar Njáll Albertsson landed on British soil for the first time, bringing with him his delightful debut EP, a set of BSM cover songs and a handful of lovely videos, before being joined by the rest of Mimas who celebrated the release of their lovely second album in October. Another new addition to our roster, Hold Your Horse Is, released a stunning debut EP and saw their music soundtrack more than their fair share of "arty" videos for Front Magazine, whilst Adebisi Shank's awesome new record rightly got the internet all hot and bothered as they were propelled into the top 10 of the Hype Machine chart.

BSM itself 'Partied Hard' by hitting the landmark of 100 releases, celebrating with the release of a CD/DVD double pack in our most ellaborate, popup, artwork yet, before Tall Ships came back with another brilliant EP, taking it out on tour with Minus The Bear, Maps And Atlases, 65 Days of Static and more, just before Talons dropped arguably the best album of the year with the brutiful (new word alert) 'Hollow Realm'. A record every bit as crushing as you would expect from the young instrumentalists. Our final release of 2010 comes from Tellison with their long-awaited, Zane Lowe endorsed, new single, 'Collarbone', showing the world they've most definitely still got it, with the excitement rapidly building for their new album, due out early next year.

Throughout the year our '10 Collection, 52 part singles club has been speeding along, providing subscribers with a weekly dosage of great music to brighten up every Monday morning, and we've thrown a number of free parties across the country, including showcases at The Great Escape, Southsea and Swn festivals. Of course, we'll be seeing the year out in our usual style; the BSM Christmas Tour! This year it's the turn of Tall Ships and ex-Colour boys, Tangled Hair, to bring the festive spirit, as we all start turning our attention to mulled wine, Santa and then the new year, which promises, amongst other things...

The debut album from Shapes! The boys have taken much of this year off (apart from a short tour with some band called Glassjaw, of course) to write and will be heading to Sweden later this month to record it with none other than Eskil Lövström, the man behind Refused's seminal 'The Shape of Punk To Come' (the headline puns just right themselves really, don't they?). Look out for a release in the spring, alongside the debut full-length from Dad Rocks!, which may or may not feature a very awesome guest appearance, although I don't want to jinx it, so I won't tell you who just yet. Other new releases lined up for 2011 include EP's from Men and Tangled Hair, as well as our '11 Collection singles club and a book from Shoes And Socks Off.

It seems somewhat of a cliche to wrap this up by saying thanks and we couldn't have done it without you, but if you can make it to any of our xmas tour dates (below), let's raise a glass and toast the continued success of the independent music industry, and the wonderful people within it. Here's to another great year!

BSM Christmas Tour 2010 w/ Tall Ships and Tangled Hair

06.12 - Brighton, The Albert
07.12 - London, Brixton, The Rest Is Noise (free entry)
08.12 - Cambridge, Portland Arms
09.12 - Kingston, New Slang
10.12 - Bristol, Start The Bus
11.12 - Middlesbrough, Uncle Alberts (free entry)
12.12 - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
13.12 - Sheffield, Bungalows and Bears (free entry - no Tangled Hair)

1 comment:

palmcop said...

Well, I do not actually imagine it may work.