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Got a band? Want a review?

By chief hack Ignatius Rake

Posted June 27, 2012
Open mic: Send us your stuff and we'll write about it. (Check bottom for credit)

Are you in a band and want a review? Then get in touch.

Do you strum, drum, croon or swoon?

If so, we'd like to hear from you.

Yes, siree, Bob.

We love music and what's more we want to promote fresh talent and write about it.

So if you're signed, unsigned or somewhere in between, email us your MP3s or links to your website, MySpace, ReverbNation, Titface, YouTube or whatever page and we'll give your material a blast (three or four tracks minimum, please, and likewise no more than a typical album's worth).

We can't guarantee we'll listen to your stuff straight away as we might be down the pub or up the junction but we will whap it on as soon as conveniently possible.

If we like it, we'll review it.

If we don't, we won't.

What's more, any review can then be freely used for your own promotional purposes, such as on Titface or flyers etc.

All we ask is that in return you put a link and a like (online) or a clear reference (in print) to

Hey, you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.

But does your material have to be of a certain genre or in a certain language?


We'll listen to anything played on anything and sung in anything, from Norwegian punk and Flemish experimental to Mexican reggae and Esperanto grindcore.

D'ye ken John Peel (RIP)?

Well, think along those lines (minus the beard).

To get some idea of our reviewing style, have a read of this and this.

What's more, as should be evident from the travel section, we also get around a fair bit.

So if you'd like us to come to a concert, whether you're playing in Canada, Kraków, Cambridge or Caracas, send us an invite (with or without an airline ticket) and if we're ITA1 we'll swing by with our pen and paper, either right away or at some point in the future.

As bone fide hacks, we also like a pint, so don't be shy about splashing the booze around when we turn up.

But it's not just bands and musicians we want to promote.

The above also applies to artists, comedians, film makers, writers, poets, cartoonists and pretty much anyone else with a bit of a creative spark in them.

And what's more, it's all totally free, free I tell you!

Plus, we promise we won't nick your stuff either, although if we really like it and with your written permission (an email will do) we might use it in a film like this or this, which you can then bung up on YouTube etc for even more exposure, glory and kudos.

So what's the catch?

Well, there isn't one.

That's right, we actually enjoy doing stuff like this because a) we need material to write about and b) for us it's fun.

Hence the website.

So start sending today!

Unless of course you've got a hangover.

In which case, tomorrow's fine.

But get sending

'Cos we wanna get writin'.


1) ITA: in the area, like the Blaggers.

Picture credit

Top and thumb: Photo of a microphone by Marcus Nunes.

For licensing information click the above link.

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