Back when Beat Motel was printed on actual paper we had columnists. Lots of columnists. We lost count, that's how many we had. We recently found the storage folder where we kept the header images each writer had on the top of their columns. I always loved this aspect of the zine, the column header was a chance for each writer to express something. Or, if they were lazy then … [Read more...] about Beat Motel column headers
This article originally appeared in 'Issue Punk Zine' number 62. Whenever I sit down to write a column I’m wary of coming across as some old bugger having a bit of a moan, which can be a bit of a challenge as it’s reasonably hard to disguise the fact that sometimes I am an old bugger having a bit of a moan. Before I get fully into my flow I also need to make it clear … [Read more...] about Bands and promoters – make a bleedin’ effort!
Originally published in Lights Go Out issue #17... Now I don’t mean balls to all the old punks, I just wanted a snappy headline. I’m not talking about a particular age range either, I’m talking about folk who belittle other folk’s passion or enjoyment for anything because they’re either new to it or because they weren’t there at the start. A good non-punk example … [Read more...] about Balls to the old punks!
Me, a few years before my first gig. Originally published in ‘Lights Go Out’ issue 11, February 2011 Whenever folk talk about the first gig they went to it is assumed (by them) that they'll earn extra points if it was either a very obscure and musically challenging underground act, or if the first band they saw went on to become global megastars. Now I certainly don't … [Read more...] about For those about to rock, we pray for you.