Monthly Archives: July 2016

The InbetweenTheScreams SEVEN DEADLY SINS Playlist

The InbetweenTheScreams musical guide to the Seven Deadly Sins: Pride; Greed; Lust; Envy; Gluttony; Anger; Sloth

 

Enjoy

 

Coming Soon: Latest Update On Radio Station Progress

Way more than just an idea and with a lot of background work and foundation building going on, if all goes to plan there should be some concrete news to put out very soon….

Your feedback to THIS ARTICLE has been incredibly encouraging.  I think we clearly all share a common idea of what works for ‘rock radio’ and it is absolutely achievable if we can harness the passion, commitment and thirst for something that is ‘ours’ that is clearly evident. Your feedback and pledges of involvement with limited knowledge has been heartwarming and there is a distinct buzz building. Some things have had to be kept quiet for reasons but thank you so much for everything so far.

Never one to shy away from anything to do with music and even more so when I fervently believe that a vision is fully achievable, realistic and has a proven audience……

Time to exhale….

 

 

 

 

The #TRRFAM (S)HE’S DEAD JIM, FUNERAL PLAYLIST

So here it is, as chosen by the inimitable #TRRFAM, that final song that will be playing at your funeral as you take the final curtain and the ultimate pyro goes off as your adoring family, friends and fans wail away!!

Grab yourself a tissue and enjoy!!

 


As always, Shares, Retweets, Likes, Comments, Requests etc etc most welcomed, in fact encouraged

And stay tuned for more mirth and mayhem.

And the very exciting news on the future launch of

 

 

Team Rock: An Abject Lesson In Poor Communication

Most people who listen to rock radio in the UK will be aware that 5 weeks ago last Friday, Team Rock Radio pulled it’s DJ’s from the air and reverted to a looped cycle of talk free radio while they ‘rebranded’. This initially was communicated as a 1 week exercise but at the same time all freelance staff were laid off, including a number of the daytime presenters. Not an unheard of exercise in streamlining dressed up in the clothes of image change.

Then all communication pretty much ceased and 5 weeks later Team Rock Radio still has no responses to numerous requests by concerned listeners about what is happening and when a ‘normal service’ is likely to resume.

And that can only lead to one conclusion and that is the sad reality that Team Rock Radio is dead.

Team Rock had a large core of the listeners who felt extremely engaged by and invested in Team Rock Radio, almost entirely because of a rapport built with and nurtured by the dj’s, to such an extent any prolonged absence shrouded in silence was bound to lead to people asking questions and doing some digging and discover realities.

Sadly, those facts are that Team Rock Limited is in the midst of a catastrophic financial problem to the tune of £8m. This isn’t a rebranding exercise, this is a last ditch attempt to save a failing business that has vastly overreached in an extremely challenging market. And at a time when Team Rock should be looking to retain the support of listeners, listeners who are often also readers of the magazines that look to form the mainstay of the business revenue, they shut up shop and refuse to engage in any way with listeners. An attitude maybe indicative of a poor business sense at best and a premeditated negligent one at worst.

Everyone fully understands the sensitivity and implications of a business going into a consultation phase and obviously the first thought is for the people who have already lost their jobs and also those at risk but when announcements are said to be going to be made and then they are not, it starts to seem like listeners are just being strung along to stop them going elsewhere. Not sure what that will achieve in the long run with no radio station but the outcome is a growing sense of resentment towards Team Rock. And that was totally avoidable. In fact it is actually counter-productive as, whatever is salvaged from the legacy of Team Rock, it will still require the involvement of the same people now feeling alienated to take the subscriptions, put money into the games or to fulfill the other elements of the sustainability model and from talking to a lot of other listeners, I am not sure there is any goodwill left, as people look for an alternative amidst the silence.

And so it’s time to face that reality, that while it was an amazingly exhilarating ride with Moose, JRock, Dewsbury, PeteC, Miss Rach, Sophie K, Muggs and the multitude of others who supplied content, this is the end of the road for Team Rock Radio and we need to think about what is next for us.

What a shockingly woeful treatment of the lifeblood of any business, the end user but in life, you reap what you sow.

 

 

IDLEWAR: AN IMPULSE TO GET INVOLVED?

IDLEWAR, a long time favourite project of mine in bringing this American grunge rock laden band into to the consciousness of the masses, finally broke cover with news of their first album release, IMPULSE. And YOU can help the band take this huge step.

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As the band themselves state on their PledgeMusic page,

This is a huge launch for IDLEWAR! We love making music that moves us and our fans. This fall we will release “Impulse” which is our first full length album. We also have a tour booked in the UK to support this release and meet some of our fans face to face. IDLEWAR believes this is our time to get out there and engage the rock world and we would love for you to partner with us!

As an independent band we love the freedom of making music that our fans connect with. We do everything we can to give our fans access to our music…audio, visual, and live. That’s where you come in!

PledgeMusic is where we’ve decided to ask our fans to support our art and help us bring IDLEWAR to the masses.
It means the world to us having you enjoy and be inspired by what we do. Bands like IDLEWAR wouldn’t be able to do this without you! For those about to rock….We thank you for your Pledge!

If you haven’t heard this band before then check out this weeks InbetweenTheScreams What’s Hot Record of the Week over on the right then hit these guys up on their YouTube channel or Soundcloud stage and check out their first two EP’s, both clear evidence of why the extensive exposure over in the UK is worth catching them on this winters first UK tour and also getting involved with getting this album released.

Spread the word, this band are going to be huge.

Full details of the band and contact details can be found: By Clicking Here

And all you need to know to support their album launch can be found: By Clicking Here

You can also help build the momentum by sharing this piece via all the usual social channels.

Much appreciated.

Gary: InbetweenTheScreams

 

Monday Morning ‘Make Mine A Double’ #TRRFAM Playlist

The inhabitants of the almighty ship that is TRRFam, fruitlessly waiting on any last hope of Team Rock Radio ever returning, pick two tracks from their favourite bands and we spin them back to back….

Strap yourselves in, it’s going to get a little bit crazy…..

 

ENJOY!!

 

As always, Retweets, Likes,comments, feedback, future participation, beer, cash…..always appreciated

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Sweet Little Machine – Pulling No Punches In The Punk Pop Battle

It’s a pretty crowded ring that there Punk Pop battleground and as one challenger enters a dozen tired pretenders are sent crashing into cheap seats. It takes more than just a penchant for dischord and cliche to stand out and there is no end in sight of the bands lining up to grab a slice of the limited airwaves unsigned acts get.

Sweet Little Machine deserve their shot at the title. Tight and edgy musically, lyrically punchy and targeted, they proudly wear the uniform of a generation and wear it well. And if the buzz building around this Sheffield foursome holds any weight, there are big things in store.

Check out their new single, In God We Trust and catch them on tour this summer.

 

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Tour Dates

August 5th – The Leopard – Doncaster
August 6th – The Live Room – Manchester
August 7th – The Turf Hotel – Burnley
August 12th – The Lincoln Imp – Scunthorpe
August 19th – Percy’s Cafe Bar – Whitchurch
August 20th – The Scene Club – Swansea
August 25th – O’Rileys – Hull
August 27th – Lounge 41 – Workington
August 28th – Lifest – Birmingham
September 2nd – Pi Bar – Leicester
September 3rd – The Black Swan – Bradford

 

Find out more via:

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Bookings via: Northern Crossroads Ltd – Damien@Northerncrossroads.co.uk
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As usual, shares, Retweets, Likes, comments etc etc greatly appreciated.
Gary

BIG D’s BIG P: The Pant-Shittingly Good, Dewsbury Inspired Playlist

Here it is, dedicated to the legend that is Dewsbury, Big D’s Big P,  as chosen by the #TRRFAM

 

 

Enjoy

#TRRFAM

 

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THRASH THROUGH THURSDAY: OLD SCHOOL THRASH WEEK

21ST JULY EDITION

Here’s the this weeks two tracks to help us get through Thursday and on to Friday maddafaaaaackaaaars…….. and it’s a revisit to the manic days of the old school thrash merchants, Exodus and the mighty SLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

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First off is the onslaught of raw thrash that is Exodus and the track ‘A Lesson In Violence’ from their 1985 debut album, Bonded By Blood,

 

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The second needs absolutely no introduction. The ultimate in thrash and as relevant and heavy today as they were back then. SLAYER and RAINING BLOOD, taken from the fucking massive 1986 album REIGN IN BLOOD

 

TURN IT UP MOFOOOOOOOOOOOOOO’S !!!!!!

 

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Check back next Thursday for more InbetweenTheScreams Thursday Thrash tunes or get in touch to make suggestions.

Cheers

Gary

Spirit Of Radio: A New (Community) Model Army

Ali, the rare constant throughout my life apart from music and perhaps an unacknowledged thirst for chaos over calm, despairs of these moments; the pause between breaths; the sudden idea leaping into consciousness; the moment the dream never fully realised, never completely measured yet never ever relinquished thus cast into the pit of possibilities and revisited randomly in ‘what next’ moments, returns…….moments just like this.

These are the moments that are dangerous to all around, the moments when the blue touch paper is lit and those I have brought in in a fevered tidal wave of excitement and measured BS1potential are bound to the rocket that is about to explode into their world. I never walk through an idea, I embrace it completely, wholeheartedly and relentlessly and race through it repeatedly, clattering into every hurdle until a solution to everything is found and the implausible becomes an absolutely possible reality.

Although it scares the life out of Ali, with her legal mind and research background, I’m a seat of the pants type person but that is completely underpinned with a knowledge that nothing I have yet tried has failed and I don’t intend to start failing now.

So I have been thinking a lot about music delivery and more specifically internet radio recently, due to obvious circumstances and a dirth of alternatives that come anywhere near the standards that I find engaging enough to keep me interested. And so I took that breath….

And another…..

And I slept on it, a little….. difficult in the heat but more so with the voice inside screaming at me, DO IT!

And after a short time I knew that what was in my heart, what was firmly in my mind was something eminently achievable….. albeit with the right people involved.FTR1

And the people who need to be involved are you, the very people who appreciate what brought us together and the things that made it work, that made it so engagingly, interactively different, that created a community out of the bond with like-minded individuals, a family, a feeling of inclusivity, a feeling of genuinely being part of something that, with the right intent could grow into something we all felt we had invested in and had pride in being associated with.

And to those just along for the ride it was a hugely entertaining experience where the people and music were what mattered.

I am one hundred percent positive that that is still achievable and something that could be nurtured from the ground up and become huge, game-changing even; a community radio type model with every listener as part of the future and success as they want to become invested in being; where input into the foundations and continuity of that success brings its own rewards but where we all continue to encourage and nurture the continued success for the benefit of all.

Sound interesting? Something you would sign up for, maybe consider a very small investment in, subscribe to? We don’t need that many people involved initially to get this off the ground and we have the proven ability to get momentum behind something we believe in,don’t we. Look where it has brought us so far….

Up for it?

Send me an email via: CLICK HERE

Retweets, Shares, discussion, suggestions VERY MUCH APPRECIATED AND WELCOME!!

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