TINS FOR TUNES and THE JANUARY SHILL
Given that my last post was essentially just a shill job for Dae Yer Ane Podcast (download/stream here), I guess this entry counts as my first blog post of 2014. As such, I hope that everyone had an enjoyable time over the festive period and that we are all stoked and raring to go in the TWO ZERO ONE FOUR. I, for one, am pretty excited about things as we look towards what’s going to be happening this year. I’ve been sober coming on six weeks now and am filled with a joyousness and enthusiasm, dare I say a “zest”, for life that’s been somewhat absent for a while. Funny that, but we live and learn. Personal shit aside, 2014 is shaping up to be another wild year for Make-That-A-Take with some cool stuff already announced and even more cool stuff to come over the coming months.
TINS FOR TUNES
Winter can be bleak enough at the best of times, let alone when you are struggling and in crisis and the temperatures are sub-zero. Whilst not exactly a revolutionary idea, we feel obligated to do our part to help our fellow humans and, as such, we’ll be running the TINS FOR TUNES campaign at all of our shows this winter.
The concept is a simple one; bring an item of non-perishable food stuffs to any/all of our shows this winter and exchange it for download codes and free CDs (while stocks last) at the door of the show. The box will then be delivered to Dundee Foodbank (http://dundee.foodbank.org.uk/) to be distributed to those in need.
All support in this endeavour would be very much appreciated. You can find a list of preferred non-perishable food items here.
Our first show of 2014 is an absolute beast and offers up four distinctive flavours of Scottish hardcore. Aberdoom’s mighty “Plague Carriers of the Crust Apocalypse” Filthpact are celebrating ten years in the trenches by falling on their sword and breaking up with one last tour. They will be joined on their last show in Dundee from West Lothian grindcore merchants Sufferinfuck, Central Belt posicore kids Get It Together (who’ll be releasing their new “Perspectives” EP) and new filthy hardcore from Perth in the form of Rope Spasm (who’ll be playing their very first show). This will be one noisy affair and it takes place on Friday 31st January at Kage. This will be the first night of Tins For Tunes and we’ll also have the MTAT distro with us, so bring some pennies along and support all the bands.
The next night sees Get It Together and Uniforms playing a basement show downstairs in Barnton Street Music in Stirling, rounding out GIT’s weekend of EP release shows. The show will be kicking off at 7pm and has basement has a strictly limited capacity of 50, so the doors will be closed at either 7.30pm or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first! I’ll be playing a solo acoustic in-store show at Europa Music on Friar Street in Stirling that same afternoon and will be armed with a whole bunch of MTAT releases and perhaps a cheeky little new THT CD, although we’ll have to wait and see on that one!
SPILL YER GUTS is our first attempt at something a little more intimate than the average acoustic show and, as it’s our first time, I shall be the guinea pig and will be performing in Tragical History Tour style. I shall be joined on this journey by my friends in Little Anchors and Broken Stories for what should be an interesting evening of story and song. Imagine VH-1 “Storytellers” in a punk rock bar and you’ll have an idea of the kind of thing that we are going for. If things go well, we’ll look at adding more SPILL YER GUTS events to the MTAT calendar. It’ll be happening at Cerberus Bar, Dundee on Tuesday 11th February and entry will be by donations on the door (please).
After that, we have a local band night at Kage on Saturday 15th February that will feature Robot Doctors (who have found fame recently by being featured on Manchester City’s “Goal of the Month” video) and The Shithawks, plus a couple more local bands to be announced. On the subject of local bands; we are always looking for new bands to come and get involved and play our shows. New blood is vital to a healthy and evolving DIY scene and we want to hear from people who are keen to get involved, so hit us up and let us hear your noise and ideas!
Thursday 13th March sees The Murderburgers kick off their latest European tour by playing the place where they rounded out 2013’s touring at Kage. They’ll be joined by Lancashire pop-punks Don Blake, who are doing the Scottish dates with Da Boigas, as well as by us roasters in Uniforms and our good pals in Lachance playing their first ever full band show. Should be a pretty exciting evening all round. The day after that, Uniforms are off to play our first shows in Ireland and will be visiting Galway, Dublin and Belfast. We’ve still got a couple of things to iron out and firm up but we should be able to share full details with you soon.
Stoked though I am on going to Ireland for the first time, a little part of me is gutted that we’re going to miss the very first STUCK IN SPRINGTIME FEST at The 13th Note in Glasgow. The show is going to double as the album launch from The Kimberly Steaks, the first release of the year with which was are involved. Next up will be 7″s from both Broken Stories and a new EP from Uniforms, swiftly followed by the second full-length from the mighty Kaddish. All things worth getting excited about!
We are continuing to hold our JANUARY SALE at the Make-That-A-Take Bandcamp page and have a heap of cool shit going real cheap. Prices are;
All 7″s – £3
All 10″s – £5
All 12″s – £6
All CDEPs – £2/3
All CD Albums – £4
We also have a bunch of shirts, koozies, patches and the like as well as bundles going super-cheap. Many of the distro items are down to the very last copies, so if you are wanting something, please get in there quick. All orders will come with the usual COOL FREE SHIT.
2014 Season Tickets are also available and will be shipping out during the first week of February. For a one-off £100, a Season Ticket gives you entry to every MTAT show of the year (including a full three-day weekend pass for Book Yer Ane Fest VIII), advanced physical copies of every MTAT release of the year, a “Welcome Pack” that includes a BURST COW shirt and more, plus you’ll be the first to know about any “secret” shit that we may be planning, as well as getting the occasional surprise in the mail. Many bargains all round!
We now also have 47 releases available from our Bandcamp music page and have added a bunch of new stuff, most of which is available for free/pay-what-you-want download. This morning we posted the debut album from Colorado ska-punkers Bad Karma Kings. The album is called “Nothin’ To Lose” and was recorded by Christopher Fogal at Black In Bluhm Studios in Denver, Colorado. We’ve got a few copies in the distro too, so check that shit out for sure.
Right, that’s enough rambling on for now. We’ve got some cool stuff to announce over the next week once we’ve sorted some of the finer details but we’ are very pleased that we’ll be hosting our pals in Question The Mark and Bangers on separate occasions over the coming months.
Thanks for the continued support and all the best for the TWO ZERO ONE FOUR.