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BOOK YER ANE FEST XII

Make That A Take Records presents…

BOOK YER ANE FEST XII
Friday 30th November – Sunday 2nd December 2018
Abertay Student Centre + Conroy’s Basement
Dundee, Scotland

Weekend tickets; http://bit.ly/2HwP6wm
FAQ; http://bit.ly/2vVHW23
FB Event; http://bit.ly/2Mc3bom
2017 film; http://bit.ly/2BOBA3L
2018 Promo; http://bit.ly/2ABxnmc
Spotify playlist; http://spoti.fi/2Sydd3t

This year has been insane and, as such, it’s crazy to think we’re just over a month away from BOOK YER ANE FEST XII. Crazy, but true. This year marks ten years of Book Yer Ane Fest and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support over the last ten years.

The inaugural Book Yer Ane Fest was held on November 15th 2008 in the back room of Mucky Mulligan’s in Perth with a Joey Terrifying and a whole bunch of our friends. To think that things have evolved to the point where it is a five-day, three-city celebration of DIY punk culture in solidarity with some of our community’s most vitally-needed services is something that continually blows our collective minds and, personally, isn’t something that I care to dwell on for too long, for fear of being overwhelmed by it all.

We as a collective always endeavour to do our best to bring interested, compelling and satisfying line-ups to Book Yer Ane Fest. While acknowledging that we fall short of our ideals every day, through our collective action we aim to promote positive engagement, critical analysis and good times. While perhaps naive, our aim really is to spread joy. We hope that we manage to achieve this and that everyone has the best of times over Book Yer Ane Fest weekend. This is something that we spend our whole year working towards, our Wrestlemania, and, given how busy things have been this year, both “professionally” and “personally’, we’re looking forward to this year as much if not more than we have done in previous years.

Abertay Student Centre is fully accessible with lift access to all levels and gender neutral bathrooms. It is with regret that Conroy’s Basement is not fully accessible due to the stairs and being situated in a basement. We apologise to our friends for whom this may provide difficulties, however, our bathrooms are gender-neutral. We thank Abertay Student Centre for their support in this endeavour.

It’s been some ride. Thank you all for everything.

This year, we’re very proud to be working in solidarity with the following groups;

ADDACTION DUNDEE
http://www.addaction.org.uk/

DUNDEE FOODBANK
http://dundee.foodbank.org.uk/

DUNDEE REFUGEE SUPPORT
http://www.dundeethecaringcity.co.uk/

ROYAL LIFE SAVING SOCIETY
http://www.rlss.org.uk/

YOUNG MINDS UK
http://youngminds.org.uk/

We are also very pleased to welcome our friends to the PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET; Food Not Bombs Dundee, Artificial Womb. C. Gull, Leftfest, Vegan Actions North East, Sustrans, Debauchery Lee Designs, Radical Rebel DIY, Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, TNS Records, Roaming Vegan Baker, Team Beard Records, Gordon MacKenzie Photography, Samaritans, Shout Louder, The Curator Podcast and loads more, including the world famous BOOK YER ANE TOMBOLA.

We’d also like to extend our deepest thanks to our friends Audiowave Soundhire, Dundee Music Studios and Rainbow Music for their support and graft in providing PA equipment, backline and labour over the weekend, we couldn’t do this without you. Much love and respect!

http://www.audiowave.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/DundeeMusicStudios/
http://rainbowmusicstore.co.uk/

DAY SPLITS

Please be aware that the actual timetable of sets won’t be published until Book Yer Ane Fest weekend itself. We’d encourage everyone to get down early and support all of the bands. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

Thursday 29th November 2018
PRE-BOOK YER ANE FEST
BLOC, GLASGOW.
8.30pm, free entry

CANADIAN RIFLE
Rad Chicago punk rock on Dead Broke Rekerds
http://canadianrifle1.bandcamp.com/

THE AFFECT HEURISTIC
Quality international melodic skate punk
http://www.facebook.com/theaffectheuristic/

MEAN CAESAR
Nae messin’ gruff melodic punk from London on Little Rocket Records
http://meancaesarlrr.bandcamp.com/

QUESTION THE MARK
Welsh gravel punks fresh back from Fest to rip it up.
http://questionthemark.bandcamp.com/

Friday 30th November 2018
REGISTRATION / WEEKEND TICKET COLLECTION at CONROY’S BASEMENT.
Featuring SPECIAL GUESTS.
4-6pm, 18+. Grab your weekend wristbands and get pumped.

MAIN SHOW at ABERTAY STUDENT CENTRE.
Doors at 6pm.
£10 single day tickets on doors.
£6 unwaged single day tickets on doors.
£15 single day solidarity tickets available on doors.
14+ w/ adult.

CANADIAN RIFLE;
Rad Chicago punk rock on Dead Broke Rekerds
http://canadianrifle1.bandcamp.com/

DEAD OR AMERICAN (Reunion)
First Dundee show in over a decade
http://deadoramerican.bandcamp.com/

UNIFORMS
The Dead Prez of East Coast Cowpunk bring Reasons To Breathe
http://uniforms.bandcamp.com/

THE TWISTETTES
Radical electro-punk dance party guaranteed to bring the grooves
http://thetwistettes.bandcamp.com/

QUESTION THE MARK
Welsh gravel punks fresh back from Fest to rip it up
http://questionthemark.bandcamp.com/

PAPER RIFLES
Righteous fury-filled skyscraping indie punk rock from Edinburgh
http://paper-rifles.bandcamp.com/

THE OVERBITES
The shape of latter-day cowpunk to come
http://www.facebook.com/theoverbitesband/

HOUDINI SAID NO
Bombastic high-energy metallic punk rock party machine
http://www.facebook.com/houdinisaidno

THE BLOOD RED MOON
Disturbing cinematic orchestral instrumental post-rock

LATE SHOW at CONROY’S BASEMENT
Featuring ?????????
Doors at midnight, 18+.
Guaranteed entry with Earlybird Weekend Ticket.
Capacity is 100. One in, one out thereafter.

Saturday 1st December 2018
HARDCORE ZEN at CONROY’S BASEMENT
Guided meditation and hardcore punk.
Doors at 11am, 18+.

MAIN SHOW at ABERTAY STUDENT CENTRE
Doors at 12 noon, 14+ w/ adult.
£15 single day tickets available on doors.
£10 unwaged single day tickets available.
£20 single day solidarity donations tickets also available on doors.

CHEWING ON TINFOIL
Our oldest Irish punk pals play their first ever Book Yer Ane Fest!
http://chewingontinfoil.bandcamp.com/

AUSTIN LUCAS
Americana/country legend plays EXCLUSIVE SCOTTISH SHOW of EU Tour
http://www.austinlucas.com/

FOREVER UNCLEAN
Well-heeled Danish melodic punks return for big-time sing-a-longs
http://foreverunclean.bandcamp.com/

REVENGE OF THE PSYCHOTRONIC MAN
DIY punks play their last ever Scottish show
http://revengeofthepsychotronicman.bandcamp.com/

BRATAKUS
Highland anarcho-punk riot bring the noise and vegan straight-edge fury
http://bratakus.bandcamp.com/

GET IT TOGETHER
Posi melodic hardcore crew return to bring the ruckus
http://getittogether.bandcamp.com/

THE BURNT TAPES
Greek punks from London return with their regret punk anthems
http://burnttapes.bandcamp.com/

THE CUNDEEZ
None-more-oary Dundee legends bring legendary stomp to their first BYAF
http://www.facebook.com/Thecundeez/

MEAN CAESAR
Nae messin’ gruff melodic punk from London on Little Rocket Records
http://meancaesarlrr.bandcamp.com/

BABY CHAOS
Reunited 90s Glasgow alt-rockers’ first Dundee show in almost 20 years
http://www.babychaos.com/

WARSHY
Crazy Arm frontman brings solo project out on the road with Austin Lucas
http://www.facebook.com/Warshymusic/

QUEEQUEG’S COFFIN
Stomping soul-punk from newest members of MTAT family
http://www.facebook.com/QueequegsCoffin.official/

FRAGILE (Reunion)
Fife melodic punks reunite to play first show and BYAF in ten years

GOODBYE BLUE MONDAY
Misery punk might ruin your life but improve your fest
http://goodbye-blue-monday-1.bandcamp.com/

AVAS
None-more-posi melodic hardcore PMA punk rock jamz to soothe your soul
http://avas.bandcamp.com/

PLEASE, BELIEVE
Intense east coast ecossemo celebrating ‘…In Potential”
http://pleasebelieve.bandcamp.com/releases

THE AFFECT HEURISTIC
Quality international melodic skate punk
http://www.facebook.com/theaffectheuristic/

NICOLA MADILL
Majestic goth/neo-folk romanticism from one of Dundee’s finest talents
http://www.facebook.com/missnicolamadill/

HOLY SNAKES
Acoustic soul/blues/punk from inspirational MTAT crew comrade
http://www.facebook.com/holysnakesrules/

BIKE NOTES
Life-affirming smart melodic pop-punk from Walking Targets troops
http://bikenotes.bandcamp.com/

REBECCA RADICAL
Fresh acoustic anarcho-pop-punk from newly-gig-active Fife punker

TIM HOLEHOUSE
Deep-south mutant hardcore blues road warrior
http://www.facebook.com/RebeccaRadical/

LOVERS TURN TO MONSTERS
Wistful lo-fi indie-pop daydreams and romantic poetry
http://loversturntomonsters.bandcamp.com/

Film; SO, WHICH BAND IS YOUR BOYFRIEND IN?
https://youtu.be/_3kPqcBh6vU

LATE SHOW at CONROY’S BASEMENT
KADDISH; “What World Was Still?” LP Release Show
Dundee ecossemo legends celebrate the release of their third LP.. A MTAT + Black Lake Records joint
http://kaddishuk.bandcamp.com/
Pre-order; http://bit.ly/2O5zaHS

With special guests

BOAK
The gnarliest grind band in all of UK hardcore return to decimate the basement
http://boak.bandcamp.com/

Doors at midnight, 18+.
Guaranteed entry with Earlybird Weekend Ticket.
Capacity is 100. One in, one out thereafter.

Sunday 2nd December 2018

MAIN SHOW at ABERTAY STUDENT CENTRE
Doors at 12 noon, 14+ w/ adult.
£15 single day tickets available on doors.
£10 unwaged single day tickets available.
£20 single day solidarity donations tickets also available on doors.

ROUGHNECK RIOT
Full-blast Celtic punk legends play last Scottish show before hiatus
http://theroughneckriot.bandcamp.com/

DREAM NAILS
London feminist punk witches destroy everything at first Scottish show
http://dreamnails.bandcamp.com/

BABAR LUCK
The One World Warrior brings the spiritual soul to the punk rock party
http://babarluck.bandcamp.com/

FAIR DO’S
Brain-mangling melodic tech/skate/hardcore shredding the “Leopards” LP
http://www.facebook.com/fairdosband/

TRAGICAL HISTORY TOUR BAND
Scottish country dancing on the “Aphorisms” trail
http://tragicalhistorytour.bandcamp.com/

STONETHROWER
East coast ecossemo monoliths shake the foundations
http://stonethroweruk.bandcamp.com/

FISTYMUFFS
Patriarchy-smashing anarcho-riot-grrl noise from Edinburgh
http://www.facebook.com/Fistymuffs/

DIVIDE
Glasgow Hardcore legends celebrating over 20 years of mosh-based ruckus
http://divideghc.bandcamp.com/

CHERYM
Danceable radical indie pop-punk savageness from returning bittersweet Derry
http://cherym.bandcamp.com/releases

THE CAIRNGORMS YOUNG TEAM;
Lo-fi trip-hop existentialist blues exorcisms
http://thecairngormsyoungteam.bandcamp.com/

TIM LOUD
Peripatetic country/folk/punk/pop genius on the road to “Salvation”
http://timloud.bandcamp.com/track/salvation-single

BILLY LIAR
Fresh back from a party in the USA, Scotland’s angriest returns
http://officialbillyliar.bandcamp.com/

FIGHTS AND FIRES
Reunited midlands hardcore rock’n’roll punks back in Dundee
http://fightsandfires.bandcamp.com/

LOST AVENUE
Little Rocket punks putting “Fears” touring to rest after a year of graft
http://lostavenuelrr.bandcamp.com/

SEAS, STARRY
Introspective experimental post-rock majesty from Aberdoom
http://seasstarry.bandcamp.com/

DELINQUENTS
Bell Street’s favourite indie punk band wrap a crazy year
http://delinquentsdundee.bandcamp.com/

IRON SYSTEM
Old school melodic hardcore fae Fife like yer granny used to make
http://ironsystem.bandcamp.com/

LOU MCLEAN
Nae messin’ acoustic folk-pop jamz from Edinburgh’s sharpest tongue
http://loumcleanmusic.bandcamp.com/

BED OF WASPS
Raging slabs of blackened hardcore from the east coast’s gnarliest
http://bedofwasps.bandcamp.com/

GAY PANIC DEFENCE
Rabid powerviolence/grindcore/skramz from Fife’s sickest
http://gaypanicdefence.bandcamp.com/

VOLCANO X
Sunday Satanic rituals worshiping at the alter of the gods of heavy metal
http://www.facebook.com/volcanoxmetal/

HAYSTACK MONOLITH
Sci-fi lo-fi euphoric dance-poetry to celebrate our future glory
http://haystackmonolith.bandcamp.com/

AJ SIMMONDS
Bracing honest raw acoustic punk from the deep south of England
http://www.facebook.com/AJ.Simmonds1984

DRAWS CREATURE MASK
Cinematic celestial post-hardcore/post-rock soundscapes.
http://drawscreaturemask.bandcamp.com/

Film; FOOLISH OPTIMISM
http://www.foolishoptimism.org/

Monday 3rd December 2018

POST-BOOK YER ANE FEST
LEITH DEPOT, EDINBURGH
Doors at 7.30pm. Fiver tax.

DREAM NAILS
London feminist punk witches burn down the capital
http://dreamnails.bandcamp.com/

PAPER RIFLES
Righteous fury-filled skyscraping indie punk rockers slay their hometown
http://paper-rifles.bandcamp.com/

FISTYMUFFS
Hometown patriarchy-smashing anarcho-riot-grrl noise
http://www.facebook.com/Fistymuffs/

TIM HOLEHOUSE
Deep-south mutant hardcore road warrior blues shamanism
http://timholehouse.com/

PLEASE NOTE; CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Timetables will be published at BOOK YER ANE FEST.

BE RADICAL, SPREAD JOY.

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REFLECTIONS; Time, Growth, Evolution and Redefinition.

As alluded to in the zine, it’s impossible for me to discuss Book Yer Ane Fest from any real perspective other than my own. I’m far too closely involved to be truly objective, try as I might, and in the ten years we’ve been doing this label, I’ve learned to accept and understand that there are things over which I have no control. Book Yer Ane Fest seems to mean many different things to many different people, all with their own unique experiences, worlds within worlds. This is a truly beautiful thing.

Book Yer Ane Fest X last weekend was remarkable in many, many ways and even a week later I’m still struggling to fully digest it all. Thoughts and memories come back at me in waves, out of nowhere, and I remember fragments of conversations that I had with people who I see all too seldom. I’ll admit to being pretty nervous about the whole thing, especially in lieu of the the takeover of Buskers and all the fallout from that, and the weight of my own anxiety about hitting the ten year milestone. It’s no trade secret that I was considering that perhaps this year may be the last Book Yer Ane Fest.

Nostalgia unnerves me and life has changed so much since 2006, not just for me but for everyone I know, our entire culture and society. This is the only way it can possibly be, everything is impermanent. However, the older and more experienced I become, the more I value reflection and taking stock as important, not to wallow in perceived past glories and accomplishments but to remember exactly why it is you do what you do in the first place, to give thanks for the path that you’ve traveled and those who’ve supported you along the way. Does the flame of mid-thirties burn as bright as the flame of youth?

Ten years of supporting Safe-Tay, ten years of cowpunk and ten Book Yer Ane Fests seems like the perfect narrative ending; to round things out at a tidy decade and call it job done. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t appeal to part of me, mostly my nihilistic streak, and it is something that I wrestle with. No doubt there’s plenty of ego bullshit in there too. Going into this year, I didn’t know where my own head was at in this regard and didn’t have any answers, in the greatest MTAT tradition of the best plan being no plan at all, which you can never plan for. Sometimes it takes someone to ask the question before you know the answer.

It has been an honour to support Safe-Tay and the causes they support over these last ten years and we thank them for their vital work as they wind up operations, leaving behind an important and impressive legacy of safety education and awareness-raising. I had a conversation ten minutes before my Tragical History Tour set on Sunday evening that floored me and in that moment I knew that what we do is greater than me or any one individual, that we are all part of something so much bigger than ourselves. This was reaffirmed in the conversations I had with friends, some of whom I hadn’t seen in years and some whom I was meeting for the very first time. I felt it when I played, punk rock my meditative space.

It’s a long weekend for everyone involved and I did all eleven shows across the five days including playing three times, getting home at 3am on Tuesday after dropping Josh at the airport, then going straight back to work until yesterday. I’m still exhausted and only now is the comedown fully kicking in. Having the opportunity to play with Uniforms one last time before the birth of Matthew Fraser McGinty was a privilege and playing with Joey T again was just indescribable. Ben is my oldest friend, Gain and I have been in this since day one and being in that band was an education like no other. It was like slipping back into the mask and pulling a Springboard Frankendeeker; a total Wrestlemania moment for me.

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Photo by Bev at Hold My Pint Photography. http://www.facebook.com/holdmypintphotography/

I would like to personally thank each and every person that participated in making Book Yer Ane Fest X a success. It was undoubtedly our most ambitious attempt yet and it would not have been possible without the herculean efforts of so many people. Thank you so much to all of the amazing acts who performed over the weekend and every single person who came from all over the world to enjoy them and participate in the festival; to all the BYAF Crew and extended MTAT family and volunteers who opened up their homes and hearts for the weekend, helped with sound, manned the merch booths, ran errands, loaded/loaned gear, cooked food, provided physical and emotional support, we can’t thank you enough. You are all amazing humans.

Much love and thanks to Roseanne, Dave and all the staff at The Firefly Dundee, including Mark for his tireless work with sound and chefs Alex and Sean for going above and beyond the call of duty; Lee and Simon of the excellent sound crew at Buskers for their indefatigable graft over the weekend to support us and Buskers and for allowing us use of the space; all at Bloc+, Conroy’s Basement, Groucho’s and The Banshee Labyrinth; Dundee Music Studios for providing us with backline for the weekend; Rainbow Music for their continued support and endless patience; Mitch and all the crew at Audiowave, all at Sanctuary Tattoo Dundee for Book Yer Ane Flash and all the punks who got BYAF tattoos (pics plz!); Catholic Guilt, No One Knows Records, Black Lake Records, Umlaut Records, TNSrecords, Round Dog Records, Anti-Manifesto and everyone who donated prizes to the tombola; Hold My Pint Photography; GGM Photography; Adam Morrow for all the help with the A Fat Wreck screening; Urban Print; IDIOTEQ.com, Punktastic, TheCourier.co.uk and everyone who covered BYAF in the press and to anyone we may have forgotten; thank you!

We haven’t yet got our final total as we’re having a merch sale and will donate 100% of proceeds from the leftover “Still Joey Terrifying” shirts and the “Complete Collection” CD sales for December to the BYAF total to be donated to Insight Counselling, Tayside Mountain Rescue and The Royal Life Saving Society. Here’s hoping we can beat last year’s total. Check out my friend Graham’s awesome playlist of live videos too, think he’s got most bands from across the weekend. While there may be a few (mostly personal) dissatisfactions from the weekend, there’s no point in belabouring issues, perpetuating beef or throwing people under a bus, and all parties already know the score anyways, so that’s all the vague details I’ll go into. In the finest Paul Heyman tradition, if booked right nobody’d ever know, right? If we don’t learn, we don’t evolve and if we don’t evolve, we stagnate and die.

As with everything, Book Yer Ane Fest must evolve and MTAT along with it. As we embark upon our second decade as a collective and in the current cultural climate, I believe that the DIY punk rock community is of greater importance than ever before. I believe we are at a pivotal point in our evolution, Brexit and Trump the latest twisted manifestations of globalised nuclear capitalism and the echo chamber. We now live in a world where simply being “anti” is not nearly enough, where words and information are weapons. It is what we DO that it is important, beyond rhetoric.

It’s good to engage in discourse, to be challenged, and accept valid constructive criticism and advice; to develop reflective practice, if you will. We will always be an anti-sexist, anti-fascist, anti-racist, anti-homophobic, anti-transphobic collective, but how can we grow beyond defining ourselves by what we are not in a world of perpetual change and unprecedented evolution? If we define ourselves in negative terms, it logically follows that generating positivity becomes a greater struggle. The world will beat you down and “other” you, we need not unnecessarily “other” ourselves.

As such, for the first time, I have redefined our “mission statement”;

We are a progressive secular DIY punk collective and independent record label based on the east coast of Scotland. We aim to contribute positively to our community and believe in the equality of and equity for all humans regardless of gender, race, religion, nationality, class, status or any other perceived identifier.

Our collective/label formed at a house party show in 2006 and has evolved over the last decade into something we never anticipated. We are very grateful for the increased level of interest we’ve been receiving recently and are very excited about the possibilities that the future may hold.

We have a fairly wide understanding of what constitutes “punk”.

For all MTAT enquiries, please email info@makethatatakerecords.com

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The answer to the question is yes, there will be a Book Yer Ane Fest XI. Where it will be and what form it will take remains to be seen but things will continue to evolve as they’ve always done. Thank you to all involved, for everything.

The job ain’t fucking done yet.

 

BOOK YER ANE FEST X; THE ZINE

This is the upload of the zine I put together for Book Yer Ane Fest X.

There were 150 of them made, printed by the workhorse that is Big Mick’s old HP printer that lives in our living room and collated by my own sossij-fingered hands. I felt it was an important thing to do and I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to it.

I am humbled by the response to Book Yer Ane Fest X and have not yet had the mental space to process everything, memories and moments coming back to me in flashes. The story is also truly not exclusively my own; none of this could be done without the contribution of the many wonderful humans I have the privilege to call friends and the participation of the wider DIY punk rock family. That story will be told in time.

Everyone has their own Book Yer Ane Fest experience. That is a beautiful thing.

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BOOK YER ANE FEST IX; FIRST TIMERS

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Book Yer Ane Fest IX is only a couple weeks away and we are beginning to get mad stoked (and freaking out!) about spending a weekend in the company of some of the finest DIY punk bands and best people we know. BYAF has grown into something we’d never envisaged when we started in the back room of Mucky Mulligans in Perth way back in 2008 and for that we are truly grateful. This year marks another step in the BYAF evolution and we’ll be hosting it in Buskers and The Vestry for the very first time. Dougie and the troops have been very understanding and accommodating of us, so hopefully everyone has an awesome time. This will also be the first BYAF with a proper stage (no barrier!) so please behave accordingly and look out for one another!

Thank you also to everyone who has picked Weekend E-Tickets thus far, it’s always a massive stress reliever when you know that people are stoked on what you’re doing. If you haven’t got one yet, you can grab one RIGHT HERE (cheap pop, right?). Ye can check out the day splits on the MTAT website. Also, both Pre-BYAF and Post-BYAF in Glasgow and Edinburgh on Thursday 26th and Monday 30th November respectively are pay-on-the-door and all early shows at Cerberus Bar are free on a first come, first served basis as it’s tiny.

For updates as they occur, keep your eyes on the event page and our twitter.

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One of the best things for us about BYAF is the opportunity to bring new and interesting bands to Dundee and to catch up with friends that we may otherwise seldom see. As such, we’d like to extend a very warm welcome to the following bands to shall be playing BYAF for the first time over the weekend;

Make War (USA)

Formerly known as Sad and French, Make War are a three piece melodic punk rock band from New York who will play their first and only Scottish show of their debut European tour on the Friday night at Buskers. They’re touring in support of their new self-titled LP that is out now on Black Numbers / Gunner Records. The band shall also be playing an exclusive acoustic show on Friday evening at the pre-show/weekend ticket collection gathering at Cerberus Bar from 4-6pm.

FFO; Lucero, The Bouncing Souls, Gaslight Anthem

When; Friday 27th November at Buskers.

Above Them (ENG)

After many years of trying, we are absolutely thrilled to finally be able to welcome one of the greatest UK punk rock bands of recent times to Dundee for the very first time. Veterans of the UK DIY scene and venerated throughout the worldwide punk scene, these Yorkshire punks released their new “Water Lane” LP through the wonderful Specialist Subject Records earlier this year and will join us for an exclusive Scottish show.

FFO; The Weakerthans, Hot Water Music, Jawbreaker

When; Sunday 29th November at Buskers.

The Spook School

Currently setting the world on fire with their infectious and vital “Try To Be Hopeful” LP, these Edinburgh queercore indie pop punks join us at BYAF for the first time and play their first Dundee show since playing a packed Cerberus show with ONSIND and Spoonboy way back in February. The Spook School have had an incredible year, playing all over the world and we’re very excited to be hosting them in Dundee.

FFO; The Buzzcocks, The Slits, The Vaselines

When; Saturday 28th November at Buskers.

Good Grief (ENG)

Upbeat bittersweet fizzy bangers from these witty and intelligent Liverpool fuzzy melodic indie punks who will be bringing their lo-fi pop jams to Dundee for the very first time. Well traveled and with releases out on the esteemed Boss Tunage and Drunken Sailor Records and splits with BUZZorHOWL and Eureka California to their name, we’re very excited for a late afternoon sugar rush.

FFO; Superchunk, Dinosaur Jr, J Church

When; Saturday 28th November at Buskers.

Forever Unclean (DK)

Full blast bouncy gobby melodic Europunk from these three piece punkers from Copenhagen, Denmark who visit Dundee for the first time as part of their UK tour around BYAF. Bringing together slacker indie and tight 90s skate punk, their new EP “Shreds” does exactly that and was mastered by Jason Livermore at The Blasting Rooms in Colorado. They’ll be reunited with their old touring buddies Terrafraid, who will themselves be returning from their own three month European odyssey!

FFO; Kid Dynamite, Smoke Or Fire, Broadway Calls

When; Sunday 29th November at Buskers

Will Wood (NZ)

Kick-ass boot-stompin’ countrified punk blues murder balladeer from New Zealand joins us in Dundee for the first time on his UK tour with fellow one-man-band compatriot and partner in crime Freddy Fudd Pucker. Will Wood brings a wild-hearted whisky-soaked punk rock fire in his belly and a glint of wickedness in his eye.

FFO; Steve Earle, Murder By Death, Nick Cave

When; Saturday 28th November at The Vestry.

Great Cynics (ENG)

Another band that we’ve long hoped to play, we are delighted to welcome Great Cynics and their wonderful heart-warming melodic folk/punk bangers to BYAF for the first time. The band released their inspiring “I Feel Weird” LP on Specialist Subject earlier this year and have just returned from having everyone in Gainesville at Fest fall in love with them all over again. Excited to have them in Dundee again after last being seen with The Smith Street Band at Mini-Fest in 2013.

FFO; The Lemonheads, Billy Bragg, The Get Up Kids

When; Saturday 28th November at Buskers.

Chrissy Barnacle

From the “grimy side of the Clyde” comes nylon-stringed acoustic-wielding Glasgow singer/songwriter Chrissy Barnacle who brings her sharp-witted and heart-warming feminist political folk-pop to BYAF for the first time. We’ve been fans of Chrissy and her songwriting for a long time and we’re very pleased to finally be able to play host.

FFO; Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Ghost Mice

When; Saturday 28th November at The Vestry.

Rational Anthem (USA)

Life-affirming fist-in-the-air old school gobby melodic pop punk three piece straight outta Sarasota, Florida and out on the road on a European tour with kindred spirits The Murderburgers, Rational Anthem are an explosive fireball of punk rock power and will joining us in Dundee for the very first time. Their “Emotionally Unavailable” LP came out on Bloated Kate Records last year and is rammed full of bittersweet pop punk zingers. Guaranteed to be a fun time!

FFO; Lipstick Homicide, Dear Landlord, Screeching Weasel

When; Saturday 28th November

Lenin Death Mask

Aberdeen indie noise-poppers wrap up their ten day UK tour in celebration and support of their debut “Three Hits” 7″ that is released on November 16th through Fitlike Records, Allende Records and Dingleberry Records in Europe. As part of an active Aberdeen DIY scene, we are very pleased to welcome our east coast comrades to BYAF for the first time.

FFO; Husker Du, Titus Andronicus, The Cribs

When; Sunday 29th November at Buskers.

Veto

Glasgow Young Team emo/pop punkers shall be opening BYAF IX with their youthfully energetic take on classic emocore and modern pop punk. These troops have been super active in their local Glasgow scene and have organised a heap of benefit shows as well as touring the UK for the first time this year in support of their split EP with Brightr. One of the best young bands to emerge in Scottish punk in recent times.

FFO; Modern Baseball, Gnarwolves, Spraynard

When; Friday 27th November at Buskers.

Stonethrower (EP Release Show)

 Dundee’s latest Ecossemo punks of weel’ kent faces play their first BYAF and celebrate the release of their new “Swells/Repels” CDEP on MTAT by bringing us their angular and agitated take on alt/punk rock, combining math-y time signatures with an undeniable taste for the ferocious punk banger. Stonethrower are one of the spiciest Dundee bands to emerge over the last year and we’re very proud to be working with them to release the EP.

FFO; Faraquet, Kaddish, Future Of The Left

When; Sunday 29th November at Buskers.

PMX

It’s crazy to think that this is the first time that PMX have played BYAF but the band were already on hiatus when we started this shindig back in 2008. Reunited and refreshed, PMX have blazed back into action in 2015 with the release of the incredible “Dark Days” EP that we’re super proud to have been involved in and they’ve been absolutely shredding it since their return to action. BYAF will be their first Dundee show in over seven years. PMX also play Pre-BYAF at Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow on Thursday 26th November with Murderburgers, Rational Anthem and Dead Neck.

FFO; Propagandhi, Lagwagon, A Wilhem Scream

When; Friday 27th November at Buskers.

Edgarville (ENG)

Tour mates of Terrafraid throughout their three month European tour and veterans of the DIY punk underground, Lancashire two-piece Edgarville bring their folk-ish acoustic indie/pop punk to Dundee for the very first time to conclude their tour. These guys have faced almost every challenge imaginable throughout their time as a band and have lived to tell the tale. Hopefully we’ll be able to provide a happy ending for them at BYAF.

FFO; The Front Bottoms, Apologies I Have None, The Smith Street Band

When; Sunday 29th November at The Vestry.

Bettie Akkemaai (NL)

Bettie Akkemaai is a feminist folk punk singer/songwriter from Den Bosch, Netherlands who joins us in Dundee for the first time as part of a series of shows with her kindred spirit and Different Circle Records comrade Dave Hughes. Inspired by the global DIY anarcho-folk scene, Bettie plays acid tongued witty acoustic folk with bite and intelligence.

FFO; Even Greer, Mischief Brew, Kimya Dawson

When; Sunday 29th November at The Vestry.

The Exhausts (ENG)

These London born, Glasgow based super spiky gobby melodic punks started their European tour in October before playing as Misfits at our Halloween Party and have been on the road ever since with tour concluding at BYAF. The band has just released the awesome “Leave The Suburbs!” album through the excellent Everything Sucks Music and will bring a hefty dose of tongue-in-cheek garage rock’n’roll madness to night one of BYAF.

FFO; Misfits, The Shitty Limits, Bikini Kill

When; Friday 27th November at Buskers.

Paper Rifles

Skyscrapingly melodic beautiful acoustic folk/punk rock from the former Curators man now ploughing the field solo and knocking it completely out of the park. With a busy year behind him, we’re involved in a special little project to be announced soon that will precede the forthcoming 7″ coming soon on Struck Dum Records. One of the strongest voices in Scottish music, we’d highly recommend not missing this.

FFO; Manic Street Preachers, Chuck Ragan, Deacon Blue

When; Saturday 28th November at The Vestry.

Elk Gang

Hard hitting passionate punk rock/post-hardcore from the capital from the troops behind the Anti-Manifesto collective featuring the engine room of Shields Up, these fiery Edinburgh punks will play BYAF for the first time and will bring their lung-bustin’ melodic hardcore and scissor kicks to light a fire under your Sunday afternoon. One of the dark horse bands to watch out for over the weekend for sure.

FFO; Small Brown Bike, Iron Chic, Lifetime

When; Sunday 29th November at The Vestry.

Tim Loud (ENG)

Foot-stompin’ hard-rocking virtuoso country/punk/folk/pop masterclass from Leeds based one man band/singer/songwriter who plays BYAF for the very first time and joins us in the midst of his UK tour with the equally eccentric Tim Holehouse. Last year’s “Born To Lose” album is an under-rated pop masterpiece and was released on MTAT in conjunction with TNS and Gin House Records. Very pleased to finally get Tim up to BYAF.

FFO; The Levellers, Gram Parsons, The Beatles

When; Saturday 28th November at The Vestry.

Salem Street

Dundee Youth Crew wrap up an exceptional 2015 that’s taken them across the UK for the first time and seen them play some massive festivals including Nice N Sleazy. They’ll be bringing their first generation 77 inspired punk with deep reggae/ska grooves to the Sunday afternoon and will be the perfect band to ease your hangovers as ye get started for the last day of festing.

FFO; Stiff Little Fingers, Operation Ivy, One Man Army

When; Sunday 29th November at The Vestry.

Benny Monteux

Edinburgh based acoustic folk/pop punk singer/songwriter joins us at BYAF for the first time as part of his Scottish tour in support of his new single. Benny joined us in Dundee at Cerberus Bar earlier in the year and we are delighted to welcoming this charming, forthright and honest young man back.

FFO; Kris Roe, The Gaslight Anthem, The Wonder Years

When; Saturday 28th November at The Vestry

Brendan Dalton

Bruised and introspective lo-fi acoustic singer/songwriter from rural Perthshire playing solo at BYAF for the first time having played BYAF III with his former pop punk band Versailles many moons ago. Brendan in a talented and intelligent writer who’s had a great year including putting out his first single “Medium” through the emergent indie label Meraki Records. No stranger to Dundee, we’re delighted to welcome Brendan to BYAF.

FFO; Bon Iver, Belle and Sebastian, Ryan Adams

When; Sunday 29th November at The Vestry.

Please, Believe!

From the ashes of Ecossemo stalwarts Bonehouse comes Please, Believe! Ploughing a similar field as their predecessors in terms of emotive DIY post-hardcore/punk rock, PB bring an added sense of urgency and chaos to proceedings, creating a cathartic and noisy expulsion of emotion. No recordings yet but with such pedigree, we can guarantee some prime cuts of east coast Ecossemo goodness.

FFO; At The Drive In, Sinaloa, Life At These Speeds

When; Sunday 29th November at Buskers.

Phew!

Can’t wait, bring it on yo!

“The Frankie Stubbs School of Economics”

Disclaimer; the views expressed herein are purely my own and are not necessarily representative of the collective beliefs/feelings of MTAT Records.

My intention is not to throw anyone under a bus; that would be an exercise in counter-productivity; and it is not my place to make judgments pertaining the booking practices of others. This piece is purely from my own perspective and any beef should be directed towards me (email please) and not my comrades.

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There seems to have been a lot of talk and controversy on the internet recently about charity gigs and benefit festivals. It’s not just been one or two people talking about it, it seems to be a polarising topic and many people across the punk and wider music scenes have been engaged in debate about the rights and wrongs, do’s and don’t’s, yes’s and no’s surrounding charity events and benefit gigs. I’m not here to tell anyone that they’re right or wrong, people are free to do as they wish, but I aim to address how we do things with Book Yer Ane Fest.

Hosting Leatherface at Book Yer Ane Fest V was one of the highlights of my life. When we started BYAF back in 2008, there was never any goal in mind; we just put a show together for Joey Terrifying that ended up as an all-dayer. We wanted to contribute positively to a local charity that meant something to us, that cause being Safe-Tay, following on from the great work done by our friends the PCC that they had started with the two Motionfests in 2006/7. The fact that things have evolved and developed as they have is equal parts good fortune, serendipity, perseverance and hard graft; “be good to your punk scene and your punk scene will be good to you” and such capers. Sometimes when you gamble, things turn up trumps. Other times, you’re in the shitter. As I seem to be fond of saying; ye cannae enjoy Premier League glory every week, there will always be the shitty 0-0 away games in the rain in deepest, darkest February; not every show can be a 300 troops through the door sell-out.

We always strive to support charities that mean something to us personally and, specifically, we aim to work to benefit charities that work in our locality. Yes, we have done (and will continue to do) benefit shows for wider international organisations such as Doctors Without Borders, the Haiti Earthquake Appeal, Skateistan and many more, but I feel it is equally, if not more, important to engage with charities that do essential work on our doorstep; Safe-Tay, Tayside Mountain Rescue and Dundee Foodbank specifically (check out TINS FOR TUNES for more information). We also aim to do benefit shows year-round, rather than just on isolated occasions. This is something that was always been woven into the fabric of what we do and something that we will unapologetically continue to do. It’s not about scoring points or being seen to be doing something, it’s about engaging with and supporting local and national communities and the people who undertake the often thankless tasks associated with charity work. I have volunteered for charities for most of my life, donate personally to charities that I support and do everything I can to support those that need supporting. This has nothing explicitly to do with punk rock or music but with who I am as a person. This doesn’t make me any better than anyone else, it’s just my view of the world and something that I personally feel needs done. It’s also not something I feel compelled to crow on about at length, so I’ll leave that part of it at that.

However, when it comes to charity shows, specifically BYAF, it’s a slightly different kettle of fish. As things have grown and evolved, our expenses have grown. It’s a fairly tricky operation to book, accommodate, feed and water 40 odd bands from across the globe, many of whom may be on tour, and keep everybody happy and fulfilled when you’re trying to make money for charity. Sometimes we’ve had success, sometimes we’ve been met with failure. Some BYAFs have made a couple of grand, some have barely made a couple hundred. In total, we’ve raised over eight grand for Safe-Tay and the causes they support. We also continue to do shows and work with them throughout the year; from including literature from the Samaritans with our merch orders to hosting awareness-raising shows. This is something we will continue to do without an end in sight and for nothing more than the desire to do so.

To address the point at hand; to me, there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to booking bands for charity benefits. Obviously the aim is to make as much money and create as much awareness for the cause as possible, but it’s also imperative to remember that there is no benefit for anyone involved if there aren’t the bands playing that people want to see. From my (our) end, the aim is always to provide an interesting, diverse yet complimentary line-up that is reflective not only of eclecticism but also cohesion of message and intent. There are bands that we’ll never book (insert countless thousands of names) and we’ll never book bands aren’t in some way knowledgeable about what BYAF is all about, or at least interested in developing an understanding, as it’s hardly quantum theory, it’s a fucking DIY punk benefit. Essentially, any careerist bands that are looking to make fat cash can get fucked as it’s never going to happen. On another point, local bands generally know what they’re getting involved in and we strive to be unambiguous with all bands when it comes to booking BYAF; it started as a local charity all-dayer and in my heart of hearts, that is exactly what BYAF remains.

When it comes down to it, we will never pay any band more than we paid Leatherface for BYAF, hence the “Frankie Stubbs School of Economics”. I’m not going to discuss specific sums of money but Leatherface came out for a fraction of their usual cost and were absolute gentlemen about the whole thing. Leatherface are also one of my favourite bands of all time and if ever there was a band that I’d have made allowances for, it would have been them, but they responded positively and were more than happy with what we offered. If it’s good enough for Frankie Stubbs, it’s more than good enough for whatever flash-in-the-pan indie rockers that are this month’s flavour or some broken down rehabilitated punk dinosaurs that were barely relevant in the first place.

Bands for benefit shows have to be taken on a case-by-case basis; there’s a world of difference between the need to have expenses covered (a basic necessity of the touring band) and bands being money-grabbing arseholes. I know for a fact that a well-known band took a four-figure sum for a recent festival that actually lost money. To me, that’s bullshit, especially when said band took to social media and crowed on about how great of a cause they were supporting. So great of a cause that they saw fit to deprive the charity of any profits for the festival. To me personally, as a “musician” and “promoter”, such actions are unconscionable. I understand all the “but they’re professionals and need the money” blahblahblah; I call horseshit on that as no band NEEDS a grand to play a show, whether it’s a one-off, part of a tour or otherwise. That said, we’ve had instances (rare, to be fair) at BYAF when bands have “held us up” for more money than was originally guaranteed; those bands will never be asked back and are on the shitlist. Most bands, however, are more than keen to support the cause and get involved, and most are more than happy to be involved.

I often get asked about how best to get bands on BYAF; for locals it’s simple – come and get involved in your local music community, contribute something positive other than bitching and moaning, and actually do some research before getting in touch (I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve posted the FAQ). For touring/national/international bands, it’s case-by-case. If we can make it work, we will, but no one band is bigger than the festival itself. BYAF is generally a “cowpunk family” affair; it takes more than just one person to make this shit work. We also don’t book bands for BYAF that we wouldn’t book a regular show for. For me/us and everyone else involved, ye have to be sensible and realistic about things, but that works two ways. For example, we collectively need to realise that it’d be foolhardy to book Flavour of the Week and The Tasteless Scoots for a grand and hope for the best while only paying Respected Punks and The Internet Darlings fifty quid to drive from London or wherever.

Anyways, long story short; it’s called Book Yer Ane Fest so I’m in no position to tell people what to do and what not to do when it comes to booking their own shows/festivals/benefits/whatever. What I can say is that we strive to be open and honest with the bands that comes to play for us, let them know in plenty of advance what it is we are doing and what we are trying to achieve and that they’ll have a rad time with an attentive (and appreciative audience), will be well taken care of and their presence greatly appreciated. Finances (or the lack thereof) are always negotiated well in advance so there are no surprises for either party. If any band, regardless of “status” has issue with it, we just won’t book them. It’s that simple really.

We aim to provide a quality weekend of diverse DIY punk/hxc/emo goodness for a reasonable price whilst supporting charities that work within our local communities. I hope that is something that we achieve every year. If we fail in this objective, I feel that we have ultimately failed in our mission. This year the price for BYAF is going to be slightly higher than in previous years. This is unavoidable as we no longer have the run of our own space (that’s an entirely separate issue, which we’ll get to soon), but we still operate on the same premise and the objective remains the same. If bands/punters have any issue with how we operate, then they can feel free to let the boots do the talking and stay away or go elsewhere or, indeed, book their ane fest.

It’s important to be realistic but it’s also important to keep things in perspective. Ye can’t expect Recently Reformed 90s Nostalgia Band to play for a door deal any more than ye can expect Super Hyped Local Rock Stars to be grateful for their slot, but there is a middle ground where everyone can be happy (or at least contented) and everyone, specifically the charity, can benefit. That, after all, is exactly the fucking point of a benefit show; not ego, not earning fat cash, not taking the piss.

With all that said, a limited number of Earlybird Tickets for BOOK YER ANE FEST IX will go on sale on Monday 15th June alongside the announcement of the first batch of bands. Ye can ensure your entry to BYAF IX and all other shows this year by grabbing a MTAT HALF SEASON TICKET for £50. Now that’s a fucking bargain.

As Biohazard so eloquently put it; THERE IS NO BLACK AND WHITE, ONLY SHADES OF GREY.

Book Yer Ane Fest VIII; A Retrospective

Writing the post-BYAF blog is always daunting for me, so much so that I pretty much skipped out on writing about last year’s entirely.  I guess that had more to do with my own circumstances than anything else, though, as has been discussed in detail elsewhere. This time last year was a pretty dark time for me personally, but ultimately a time that led me into the light, so to speak. Without dwelling too much, it’s safe to say that I’m in a far better place this year. I don’t think that I’m alone in saying that BYAF VIII was pretty special and it may well have been the smoothest running fest that we’ve ever done. It’s humbling that so many people can come together and get behind the loose objectives that we all share and there’s no way that things would have ran so smoothly without the support and co-operation of everyone involved.

To everyone involved, I personally and we as a collective offer our deepest thanks. I certainly can’t do it alone and debts of gratitude go out to everyone. Apologies if I miss anyone; the MTAT crew (Abbie, Barry, Jamie, Jonny, Kenny), all the BYAF volunteers who got on board with sound, feeding and accommodating bands (Gav, Sean, Laura, Ross, Russell, Gerold, Gemma, Gaz, Neil and Joanne), Fiona and all the staff at Kage, Audrey, Dave and all the staff at Cerberus Bar, Boab at Punk Rock Rammy, Tristan and Harris at Dundee Music Studios, the staff at Rainbow Music, Mitch and crew from Audiowave Dundee, Team Beard Records, Round Dog Records, all the crew at Shadow Sound Central in Glasgow, Kev and the Anti-Manifesto troops in Edinburgh, Black Lake Records, Alshy for being a top geezer, Mighty Vision Entertainment, Dave Hughes, everyone who donated tombola prizes including Kenneth and the good people of Highland Fling Bungee, Grant George at Badlands Barbers, all of the bands and labels who donated prizes, all of the bands who came and nailed it and every single person that came through the door to support what we do and, more importantly, to support the ongoing work of Safe-Tay and Tayside Mountain Rescue.

For the month of December, all donations for digital downloads from the MTAT Bandcamp page will be added to our total for donation to Safe-Tay. The Legendary BYAF Tombola was a roaring success over the weekend. Huge thanks to Abbie and her crew (Cheryl, Fraser and Barry) for taking care of everything at the tombola table and everyone who took a punt at playing as it made an incredible £444.50 over the weekend. We will have the final figure to share at the end of the month once all digital downloads are taken into account. You can find over 60 releases, most of which are available for free/pay-what-you-want download, on our bandcamp page here.

I’m always interested in hearing about the experiences of other people at BYAF, as I am usually running around like a headless chicken over the course of the weekend. It’s both a blessing and a curse; all of these friends from all over the place assembled in one place for such a short period of time that it’s rare I get a chance to have more than a five minute chat with most people. To this end, I am seeking to put together a BYAF zine of sorts featuring stories from those who have attended BYAF, not only this year but from all the fests that we’ve run since we started in the back room of Mucky Mulligan’s back in 2008. If this is something that you’d be interested in contributing towards and being a part of, please get in touch by emailing me here. With a bit of luck, I’ll manage to throw something together by the time Book Yer Ane Fest IX rolls around (running from Friday 27th through Sunday 29th November 2015, in fact). I realise I failed to make good on my promise of a zine this time around, but believe me when I say that it’s going to happen this time, dammit!

 While BYAF is pretty much a year-round job, I guess my weekend started on the Wednesday night on my way back from teaching a class in Blairgowrie when I got a heads up from a pal (cheers Pete) about potential problems with the pre-BYAF show the following evening. Cue some manic texting and a couple of phone calls with Alshy and we were all set with a new venue. Massive props and shout outs to the troops at Shadow Central in Glasgow for sorting us out with both a venue and a backline at the very last minute and to all of the troops for making it out despite the changes. Alshy and I headed down to Glasgow together on the Thursday afternoon and met Freddy Fudd Pucker, his crew of New Zealanders and the dudes from Austeros for the first time whilst hooking up with our old muckers in Mug, Sink Alaska and The Kimberly Steaks. The show itself was rare; all of the bands killed it, the space for the show was a great one, there was a veritable corridor of merch, we covered costs and everyone seemed to have a great time. After that, it was in the motor and up the road for the back of midnight. Solid job all round and a great way to kick off what was already shaping up to be a wild weekend.

The Kimberly Steaks slayed it at pre-BYAF.

The Kimberly Steaks slayed it at pre-BYAF.

First thing on Friday morning saw me cooking the biggest pots of rice my kitchen has ever seen, drinking coffee like it’s going out of fashion (nothing new there) and ringing round everyone making sure all was in hand. We try to take each BYAF as a learning experience and things were fixing up pretty smoothly. The crew met up at Kage around half 2/3 and we got everything loaded in before I left Boab in general charge of sound and setting up while I scooted up the road to meet Russell and get set-up for the pre-show at Cerberus. I’d like to thank Russell and Dave Hughes for the PA and for volunteering to help with sound over the course of the weekend, your contributions are much appreciated gents. I opened the show playing acoustic THT shit and I can barely even remember what I played. I do remember playing the blues at one point and pissing myself laughing. I guess I must’ve entertained myself at least. Gav and Sean then took to the floor of an increasingly busier boozer and played a quick set of beautiful stripped-down Terrafraid material before Maxwell’s Dead absolutely tore the place apart with a suitably raucous set of rowdy ska-punk stompers that very much set the tone for the evening. Then it was a quick bolt down to Kage to catch Lachance open up proceedings.

I was running around like an idiot at this point, so I didn’t really get a chance to watch any full sets as such for the first half of Friday night but I did manage to catch at least a few songs of every band; The Lemonaids absolutely nailed it and it was the first of drummer Ross’s three sets of the night, seeing as he was drumming for both The Kimberly Steaks and The Murderburgers. Hats off to that man for sure! Austeros were spectacular and definitely made some new friends with their sparkling pop-punk goodness. Speaking of the Steaks, the two shows at BYAF were the first times that I’ve seen the band with the new line-up and they were absolutely incredible both times. I’ve been friends with Grieg for a long time now and it makes my bosom swell with pride to see how far the band has come and how Grieg himself has grown as a songwriter. I’ve said it before that “To Live and Die in West Central Scotland” is one of the records of the year and I’ll reiterate here that it is, to my mind, one of the truly great Scottish punk records; an absolute pop-punk masterpiece. The fact that they wrapped up with a cover of “Going To Pasalaqua” was just the frosted icing on the bittersweet pop-punk cake.

The Murderburgers' Annual BYAF Rammy.

The Murderburgers’ Annual BYAF Rammy.

The Murderburgers then rammied things up another notch and the usual BYAF Boiga chaos ensued. For a band that has spent the vast majority of the year on tour, the boys looked remarkably fresh and ready for a rammy at what was their first Scottish show after tearing it up around the USA. Jonny and I had to do a little of ye olde security at the front to make sure that people didn’t fall teeth-first into the monitors but, as always, the crowd capers were all in the best possible spirits and nobody was hurt. I think the mayhem was respectful over the course of the weekend, but I’m undeniably pro-mayhem so I may not be the best person to ask as far as these things go! Judging by the smiles strapped to awbody’s coupons though, all was good. Lipstick Homicide then stepped up and absolutely destroyed it, ripping through a half-hour of fizzy and gobby pop-punk bangers that reminded me why I got involved in this punk rock caper in the first place; short, sharp bursts of energy and attitude wrapped up in a sugary pop-punk coating. They were fucking brilliant and a more than fitting end to a wonderful first night of BYAF. After sorting out the last of the “business”, we slinked off home to try and get some rest before the madness resumed the next day. As usual, it was 3am bed, 8am rise!

Saturday started with the usual coffee and rallying of the troops before I spent a quiet minute being stoked that I didn’t have a hangover on the Saturday of BYAF for the first time ever. Neil from Bicycle Thieves gave me the heads up that he was running late so Turtle Lamone opened things up in Cerberus with some of his piano punk rock wonderment before Gone Wishing treated us to his first set of the day before hitting a bolt to Glasgow to play later on that evening. The assembled hardcore crew were then treated to something very rare and really rather special indeed; a secret acoustic set from Joe McMahon of Smoke Or Fire. As I have written about previously, Joe and I have been in each other’s orbits for some time and it was really rather surreal to have him sitting playing in the boozer where we throw our last minute shows.

Once Joe wrapped, it was a quick tidy up of the gear before heading down to Kage just in time to catch A Victory At Sea kicking up a storm upstairs in the main room. The acoustic stage was running one behind all day as we felt it important than Neil being able to perform after coming all the way from Wales to play, but I don’t think that anyone minded too much. Unfortunately I didn’t get to spend too much time downstairs during the Saturday but from all accounts it was truly intimate and memorable the whole way through. That’s one of the very few downsides of being involved in putting on a festival of any kind; you can never really catch all of the acts that you want to, despite having the very best of intentions. Luckily, and more importantly, we managed to stagger things so that clashes wouldn’t happen (on the whole) and that no attendees would have to miss out on any acts. I do hope that everyone managed to catch all of the artists that they wished to over the course of the weekend. That said, I managed to miss my pals in Terrafraid almost entirely as I was running around, I think I caught them playing one song. Fair play, that song is a banger; “always does what everyone does, what everyone does, it’s all the same”.

Random observation from Saturday afternoon; Joe McMahon somehow managed to sleep through the entirety of the In Tongues set in the main room, quite the achievement. In Tongues were fucking incredible, not to mention one of the heaviest bands I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing in Kage, truly tremendous stuff indeed.

Our boys in Sink Alaska were up next on the main stage and were a man down from pre-BYAF as guitarist Richie was unwell and deemed sidelined but Alshy, Brad and Sneddy put in a very admiral effort in his absence and ripped through 20 minutes of razor-sharp melodic punk zingers that could peel the enamel from your teeth. Get It Together then took up the baton and ran with it in the way that only they can; Mark a ball of frenetic nervous energy while Craig shreds the skin from your face with his riffage. Unfortunately we didn’t have the “Rebuild, Recover” 7″s ready in time for BYAF (and still don’t, but that’s another story) but their set was triumphant and celebratory nonetheless, with Mark handing out vocal duties to rest his heavily-infected chest. I’m pretty sure that me and Ade got involved in some sort of hardcore version of “Cuddyback Fights” at some point too; not overly dignified but undeniably guid craic. Uniforms played next and, again, it was pretty much a blur for me. We had some technical gremlins messing with us to begin with but that was quickly sorted and I think we hit our stride. BYAF is always a pretty emotional show for us and it was also our first Dundee show since Chic joined the band so we were super pumped. I probably talked a little more shit than usual but what can ye do? Thanks to everyone who checked us out and sang along with us, it truly was something pretty damn special and it means a lot to us.

It was a quick smoke and a quick change for me before getting stage-side for Guerrilla Monsoon. It was great to finally meet those dudes in person as I’ve built up a good relationship with Mark online over the course of the year and they are just a bloody tremendous band. If you haven’t checked them out yet, I’d strongly encourage you to do so; they blend an American emo/punk energy with distinct modesty and a bucketful of indie/punk bangers. Fucking great band and one of the hardest grafting yet ungrizzled bunch of dudes that I’ve ever met who deserve everything that is coming their way. Almost the exact same thing could be said of Algernon Doll, who were at their pulverising and chaotic best. They’re currently in the States recording their new record with Steve Albini and I have absolutely no doubt that it’ll be their best and most fully realised piece of work to date. Ewan is good friend of mine and it has been a pleasure to watch him evolve from shy acoustic multi-instrumentalist to full-on tattooed rock beast. Real as fuck.

Algernon Doll

Algernon Doll

It was great to finally get the dudes from Leagues Apart up for BYAF as it is something that we’ve talked about doing for a while. These dudes are a super talented band and know exactly how to bring the rukus, although I’m pleasantly surprised that there wasn’t more of a rukus in response to James balming everyone up. The dudes were playing only their second show with their new bassist Hub (of Pure Graft) and they rattled through a the pick of the bunch from their banging “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men” LP that came out earlier this year. They may have a reputation to uphold but these roasters have got some absolute crackers up their sleeves when they get to it. Standing at the side of the stage watching them, it was impossible for me not to have a massive smile strapped to my face at the sheer sight of everyone being pumped. Talking of being pumped, being invited onstage to sing “Dead Leg” with Bear Trade during their following set was one of the highlights of my year, if not my life. It’s no secret how much I love that band and their incredible “Blood and Sand” LP has been my most listened-to record of the year. It’s safe to say that they absolutely killed it and peeled out the choice cuts from the LP and dropped in a cheeky Replacements cover for good measure. There was a little bit of confusion towards the end as we’d run a little over time, but when they kicked into “Bastards of Young” as the last song of the evening, sheer joyous bedlam ensued. It sounds cliche and cheesy, but it was fucking incredible; one of those moments that makes all the shit that comes with it worthwhile. Life affirming stuff indeed.

Sunday started with a queue outside Cerberus and some sore heads before Shitgripper played our first show in Dundee and cracked some skulls open with some instrumental doom loud enough to rival the church bells before Ewan played a secret Algernon Doll acoustic set that included a delightful Fugazi cover. Lancashire punks Dead Neck than absolutely slayed it with their 1000mph skate punk, NOFX and Propagandhi covers and the most ridiculous version of “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” that you’re ever likely to hear. Maxwell’s Dead then opened proceedings at Kage with a last minute set of stormers and “nah-nah-nahs” before Robot Doctors slammed it with their high-energy indie rock and enviable high-jumps for such a delicate hour.

Our pals Question The Mark then nailed it and it was great to see them playing with our friend Rich of Team Beard on the bass for the first time. He played with such style and slipped into the pocket so tightly that you’d think that he’d been in the band from the very beginning before reunited Perthshire indie/emo legends Venetian Love Triangle played their first show in Dundee since supporting a little-known Biffy Clyro back in ’03. It was great to hear some of those old songs again, bringing me back to my youth and young manhood as Stef and his bands were always a great inspiration to me as a kid. I remember seeing Tenesee Kait playing Ramones covers at Blair Live in the Wellmeadow when I was around 15 and it clearly left an indelible effect on me. Italian punks Low Derive then took to the floor and entirely blew the place away with their thoughtful European take on midwestern punk rock; such a tight band with intricacy and harmonies all over the place. I was very grateful to be able to catch their full set at post-BYAF the next night. Another truly great band of truly good dudes who I very much look forward to seeing again.

Random memory; “Your voice is part of the space you take up” – Andy Chainsaw. Wise words, my friend!

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Billy on the Acoustic Stage

By this time of the weekend my memory was beginning to haze over a little, something in which I’m sure I wasn’t alone. I think that perhaps the atmosphere in the air at the acoustic stage whilst Billy Liar was performing best exemplified that of the weekend; excitement, humour, togetherness, positivity and everything that is good in punk. Billy is one of my bestest pals and his set was, to me at least, hilarious and I think he spent more time talking shit and going nuts than he did playing songs. Either way, it was another one of those special moments. Talking of which, the Broken Stories set was one of the most poignant and heart-wrenching sets that I’ve ever borne witness to. We were obviously all very excited that the set was doubling as the launch show for the “It’ll Be Alright” 10″ EP but I shall forever hold in my heart the feeling of complete awe and utter respect with tears rolling down my face whilst Kevin and Gillian performed “Playing On Repeat” from the EP. For Morgan Nicol, Jordan Cameron and all who’ve gone too soon, may you find peace. I had to go outside for a little while once they’d finished then helped Chris T-T and The Hoodrats load in. I caught a little bit of Bonehouse’s set beforehand and they were tremendous as always, delivering buckets of blood, sweat and tears as ever. My only regret is not getting to see more.

Our friends in Carson Wells had pulled an incredible shift in driving from London where they’d played at About Time 3 the previous day and destroyed it once more. I could labour on at length about the impeccably high standard of bands across the weekend but Carson Wells are very near the pinnacle of Ecossemo greatness. Truly a spectacular band, I have every confidence that their new LP will blow minds the world over once it is unleashed next year. Don’t sleep on these boys. I finally managed to pick up a copy of their split 7″ with Human Hands too, after many months of meaning to. The mighty Kaddish were up next and were at their mesmeric best, mixing in tracks from the “Thick Letters To Friends” LP with some classics and a couple of tasty tracks from their forthcoming full-length. Browsing facebook the next day, I saw a friend post that “seeing Kaddish at BYAF was the best twelve pound I’ve ever spent”, pretty much the perfect summation of things. By this point, my brain is mush, Fat Goth are on the floor decimating Kage and rattling the remaining skulls while shredding the roof tiles off the place. Then it was over.

To offset the imminent post-fest blues, I got dressed and headed along to Kage to load out the PA loading out all the backline from both Kage and Cerberus then returning them to their rightful homes (DM Studios and our spare room, respectively). A quick shower later and Russell was texting me from outside and we were off to the post-BYAF show in Edinburgh as hosted by our esteemed colleagues of Anti-Manifesto. Unfortunately we missed Dead Neck but arrived just in time to see Paper Rifles charm us with his impassioned Wildhearts-esque acoustic set before Question The Mark smashed it through the walls one more time. I bore witness to my third Joe McMahon set of the weekend and sat quietly before Low Derive rounded out the wildest yet smoothest-running weekend of my life with some rowdy punk rock bangers. Then it was back in the motor, up the road and back to DD1.

To all involved in a truly momentous weekend, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Ye are deece.

See ye at Book Yer Ane Fest IX.

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Book Yer Ane Fest VIII; Timetables

This is the final draft of set times for BOOK YER ANE FEST VIII. Things may change a little so please keep your eye on facebook and twitter for any amendments. Three Day Weekend Tickets will be on sale until 12 noon tomorrow, so grab one now if you haven’t got one. Weekend tickets will be available on the door on FRIDAY NIGHT ONLY. Thereafter, there will be day tickets on the door priced £7/12/12 for Friday/Saturday/Sunday respectively. This is shaping up to be one of our wildest fests yet so please enjoy yourselves. Respect each other, respect the space and rammy hard!

pre BYAF Glasgow updated

Please note the venue change for tonight’s Pre-BYAF show in Glasgow. The gig will now be at Shadow Central (formerly The Arc), 65 Commerce Street, Glasgow. The bill remains the same as do all other details except that it’s now BYOB. Please chuck us a buck for corkage if you’re going to be boozing as you’ll be saving beans!

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Book Yer Ane Fest; A Survival Guide by Baz

baz3Many of you may have tread this path before but for some, this could be your first foray into the collective madness of a Book Yer Ane Fest Weekend. Having attended all, and come out the other end in varying states of disrepair each time, I’m going to provide you with some hints, tips and tricks to maximise your fun while preserving your body long enough to make it Sunday nights headliners Kaddish and Fat Goth.

Now, some of you may not be taking a drink this weekend, as is your right to choose what does and does not go into your own body. In the case of the teetotaller, you won’t need to adjust your lifestyle a great deal in order to see this out, it’ll be a walk in the park. Plenty good fluids, food and rest will sort you out. The only thing you may be wary of is screaming your throat out to your favourite band, but a cheeky wee lozenge here and there is plenty adequate. The main concern here is those of you who will be booting the arse clean oot it all weekend, you are all old enough to make your own decisions so all I am offering is a simple guide to what has helped, and what has humbled me in the past –

The Classic “Peaked too early” Case

One thing that has broken me more times than not in the past, certainly since we moved to a 2, then a 3 day format, is going too fast too quick on the Friday night. Now this is easier done than you might imagine, usually down to the quality of the line ups and that Friday night is the classic night for touring bands to hit BYAF with a view to moving on to somewhere equally decent on the Saturday. So you may end up having a scenario of, your most anticipated band is playing the Friday night and you want to enjoy it, and you may also very well see them throughout the night enjoying a steady “refreshment” themselves and be more inclined to get in on the act! Before you know it you’ve tanned quite a few and are steadily heading towards the “WFC Bracket”* and you don’t want that tag, as you will keep it ALL weekend. Make sure you at least last long enough to see the bands you want to see, people have been ejected, or fallen asleep pretty early on the Friday before.

Another trapdoor on the Friday night is the fact a club night will start right after the last band has played and the stage is clear. You may find yourself making the executive decision to hit the hay to prepare for Saturday and as you say your goodbyes -boom, your jam comes on! Taps are aff and shit is lost. Before you know it your back at the bar buying shots for ABDY and the rest is a blur. The rest of you’re weekend you will be a shadow of your true self and so will your bank account. If you’re staying out and determined to party all night of every night then mix it up, take on plenty water especially toward the end of the night, simple advice but until I started actually doing it I didn’t see how much good it does!

If you are sensible, or just lucky, then you’ll wake up raring to go on the Saturday. The day starts a lot earlier on Saturday and Sunday so pacing yourself is key to making the most of the full days. 12+ Hours solid drinking is never going to be advised, but I’m not gonna kid on and say that it won’t happen, some of you will hop on this crazy train and to you I say good luck. Basic advice is the same, take on water throughout the day, a killer headache at a music festival is bad times. Make sure you eat throughout the day. Unfortunately there is no scheduled break in action during the Sat or Sun so you’ll need to check line ups and pop out when something you care less about it is happening. If you see food/meals being prepared in the club it will be to cater for the travelling bands so please don’t tan a plate and fire in. A lot of prep goes into making sure bands are fed and watered upon arrival, you guys need to fend for yourself I’m afraid!

Short walking distance from Kage you will find standard kebab/pizza shops, also Chopstix round the corner for tasty Chinese food and further afield at the foot of the Perth Rd (opposite Groucho’s), a 10 min walk, you will find Dr Noodles where a pretty healthy pot of noodles/veg + meat or tofu is pretty cheap and damn good. If your stuck for options or dietary needs grab one of us or anyone local, but make sure you get some nutrition into your wretched vessel, it will thank you later.

Worst Case Scenario

You’ve woke up on one of the days with a mouth tasting like you’ve been licking a pub carpet, a stomach doing somersaults, a head feeling like its split open and your liver sitting next to you drinking a black coffee calling you an arsehole. Nae good. Old pal water first, get it right doon ye, good couple pints. Then, if you have one, a Resolve or equivalent type of effervescent sachet designed to ease head, settle stomach and hydrate body. Those things are TECKLE. You’ll have to eat something, even if it means spewing it up again, at least it’s been in you. Take a good fresh air walk, then decide whether a hair o the dog will do you good or bad. After that, the days destiny is in your hands.

Ear plugs are always available for free at the club to protect fragile ears, but are recommended for all to use. It should be quite easy to get yourself to a nice stage of cheeriness each day without overdoing it so you still have enough energy to get up and on with it for the whole weekend. That said, I’m the king of saying that and doing the complete opposite, it happens, we’ve all been there, I just hope it doesn’t ruin anyone’s weekend! You’ve paid you’re money, make sure you see everything you wanna see this weekend!

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Now, punishing your body with poor drinking decisions aside, couple of major points to be made. Make sure you have fun, make sure you make some new pals and watch some new bands, RESPECT the place you are in and the people around you, especially those working hard to provide you with a good time, make sure you have fun, tip your bar staff if you can afford to; those guys and girls are pulling major shifts over the weekend to keep you lubricated, and make sure you have fun! Good luck to all seasoned vets and first timers alike!

Have a great Fest!

Written by Barry “The” Kydd, MTAT Roaster / Lachance chanter.

Book Yer Ane Fest VIII; Day Splits and Updates!

***Updated Saturday 22nd November***

Like winter, Book Yer Ane Fest always seems to sneak up on me. We spend pretty much all year planning for it but there is always a rush of things to get done at what kinda seems like the last minute every year. We’re pretty much on point for this year (I think) and BYAF VIII is shaping up to be the busiest weekend of shows that we’ve ever hosted; there will be over 50 separate performances over the course of 5 days, 4 venues and 3 cities across Scotland. If you haven’t yet seen my friend Adam Morrow’s “FILM YER ANE; The Book Yer Ane Fest Documentary“, then I’d thoroughly recommend checking it out as it tells the story with greater elegance than I could likely muster.

It never fails to blow my mind that something that started out as a premise behind a Joey T weekender has evolved into something that I feel is very important (to us). The most important thing to bear in mind, to my mind, is that BYAF is a benefit festival to raise money for Safe-Tay and Tayside Mountain Rescue. Obviously we want everyone to have to most rad of all possible times, but I’d also encourage mindfulness as to why we are gathered together and how we treat each other. With a little respect, everyone can enjoy the best time possible together. Please take a moment to check out the websites of these important organisations and support the vital work that they undertake.

pre BYAF Glasgow

Our first ever Glasgow pre-BYAF show happens exactly three weeks from tonight at the 13th Note Cafe and it’s going to be a banger. Scotland’s finest west coast east-bay punk rockers The Kimberly Steaks will be joining us to celebrate an amazing year that has seen them release on of their best records of the year in the form of “To Live and Die in West Central Scotland”; truly a modern pop-punk masterpiece. They’ll be joined by Round Dog Records’ newest recruits Austeros who played rowdy power-pop like The Weakerthans covering Jawbreaker, Glasgow melodic punk veterans Sink Alaska who are fresh from releasing their first 7″ single and their good friends Mug from London. The line-up is rounded out by the one man tour de force that is Freddy Fudd Pucker from New Zealand who will be joining us for the weekend. Doors open at 7.30pm and it’s a fiver a skull unless you’ve got yourself a Super Earlybird Weekend Ticket.

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I’m going to be writing a zine of sorts for BYAF this year, a programme of events if you will. Set times will be posted both online and contained within the zine, but times will also be posted up on the walls of the venues over the course of the weekend. What will follow below is a breakdown of day splits. Times will be posted later and this division does not necessarily reflect the running order of events across the weekend. As always, with all of these things, the card is subject to change. Cannae legislate for folk, ken?

Please note that all shows at Cerberus Bar are free but priority entry will be given to those with Super Earlybird Weekend Tickets. After that, it’ll be first come, first served. The place is pretty small so we’d encourage to get there early to make sure you get in. Please bring earplugs as you’ll likely need them! Also, please be aware that BYAF will be being recorded, filmed and photographed by a number of people for a number of projects throughout the weekend so you may well be caught on camera. If anyone is uncomfortable with that, please get in touch and make yourself known. Beyond that, please be cool and have an amazing weekend!

Get your Three Day E-Ticket for £25 here. Physical tickets are also available for £25 plus booking fee from Groucho’s, Dundee. Day tickets will be available in limited amounts on the door only and will be £7 on Friday night and £12 each on both Saturday and Sunday.

Friday 28th November

Cerberus Bar (4-6.30pm); Maxwell’s Dead / Terrafraid / Tragical History Tour + More (Free)

Kage Nightclub (Doors @ 6.30pm, First band @ 6.45); The Murderburgers / Lipstick Homicide (USA) / The Kimberly Steaks / Austeros (ENG) / Mug (ENG) / The Lemonaids / Lachance + Warped Club (£7 on the door)

Saturday 29th November

Cerberus Bar (12-2.30pm); Dead Neck (ENG) / Gone Wishing / Brian Curran / Mystery Guests

Kage Nightclub (Doors @ 2.30pm, First band @ 2.45pm); PAWS / Bear Trade (ENG) / Departures / Leagues Apart (ENG) / Guerrilla Monsoon (ENG) / Algernon Doll / Uniforms / Get It Together (7″ Launch Show) / In Tongues / Terrafraid / Sink Alaska / A Victory At Sea (ENG)

Acoustic Stage; Eric Ayotte (USA) / The Doublecross (WAL) / Billy Liar / Freddy Fudd Pucker (NZ) / James “Bar” Bowen (ENG) / esperi / A Hopeless Cause / Lovers Turn To Monsters

Sunday 30th November

11am; Keep your eyes on @makethatatake for details!

Cerberus Bar (12-2.30pm); Shitgripper / “The Menzingers” / Mystery Guests

Kage Nightclub (Doors @ 2,30pm, First band @ 2.45pm); Fat Goth / Kaddish / Avast! / Low Derive (ITA) / Chris T-T and The Hoodrats (ENG) / Bonehouse / Carson Wells / Venetian Love Triangle / Question The Mark (WAL) / Fair Do’s (ENG) / Alburn / Robot Doctors

Acoustic Stage; Joe McMahon (Smoke or Fire, USA) / Broken Stories (10″ Launch Show) / Tim Holehouse (ENG) / John Harcus / Dave Hughes and the Renegade Folk Punk Band / Turtle Lamone / Andy Chainsaw

Monday 1st December; Post-BYAF w/ Anti-Manifesto

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh (doors @ 7.30pm, £5 Tax); Low Derive (ITA) / Joe McMahon (Smoke or Fire, USA) / Question The Mark (WAL) / Paper Rifles

Poster to follow!

Think that’s it for now. Please keep your eyes on the facebook event page and the aforementioned twitter page for further and up-to-date information. A previously updated version of the Book Yer Ane Fest FAQ can be found here.

We’ll also be running the #BYAF photo competition again so if you’re uploading pics of the weekend, please use the hashtag to be in with the chance of winning a prize. We shall also be hosting the traditional tombola, merch sales, records and heaps more!

October Means I’m Getting Older

I’ve just realised that it has been over a month since I last posted a blog. That’s a long time for me to keep my gob shut but, believe me, it’s not for the lack of subject matter about which to run my mouth, more a lack of time in which to do so. Regardless, it has been a very busy time and there have been some rad shows over the last month or so. Arliss Nancy at Kage was a particular belter and Boab’s show with The Holy Mess, The Smith Street Band and The Menzingers at the Classic Grand was something very special indeed. I remember the first time that The Menzingers played at the Note to about 40 folk and it’s heartwarming to see a band that comes from the DIY punk rock scene crossing over and pretty much selling out an entire UK tour of big venues while still delivering banger after banger. The Smith Street Band were amazing also. Wil is such an engaging character and the band have a bucketful of future classics. It was the first time that I have seen The Holy Mess and I picked up their latest LP. It’s called “Comfort In The Discord” and is a cracker that reminds me of Dead To Me in parts; grubby no-frills punk rock like yer granny used to make. Between work, shows, the label, playing with my owns bands, etc, there just haven’t been enough hours in the day for me to get shit done. On that note, and by way of a public apology, I’m sorry if you’ve emailed me and I haven’t got back to you yet, I’m pretty much an asshole.

The Menzingers in Glasgow

The Menzingers in Glasgow

I spent last weekend out on the road with The Fur Coats (Scotland) for four days at what were four very different yet equally compelling shows across Scotland. It was great to finally get up to Inverness for a show and the dudes at Mad Hatters and Hootenany’s run a super-tight ship and come highly recommended. Marc Ruvolo is a special individual who writes incredible quirky pop songs and is a unique talent. I enjoyed getting to know Marc over the course of the weekend. That’s one of things that I find most special about punk; for strangers from different sides of the planet to meet and connect like family. or some such overly romanticised ideal. Big Ade and Gav Ross nailed it and have got to be one of the tightest rhythm sections in the country, so natural. The ragtag band of misfits is expected to coalesce once more next summer and will be getting together for a bunch of shows, details of which will emerge over time. There is talk of getting involved in a pretty exciting little project too, so keep your eyes peeled for that one. On the subject of rad projects, we’ve got one being announced tomorrow that I’m sworn to secrecy about but it’s pretty fucking cool.

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Our next Dundee show is one that I’m very excited about; it’s been a long time since we threw a good old fashioned basement punk rock party at Drouthy’s and that’s exactly what will be happening one week from today as we welcome the crushing touring French hardcore package of More Dangerous Than A Thousand Rioters from Strasbourg and Laval’s epic post-hardcore/noise merchants As We Draw to Dundee. They’ll be joined by Perth hardcore’s most maniacal Rope Spasm and Dundee’s modern melodic hardcore crew Condolences. The last full-blast show we threw at Drouthy’s was Dear Landlord way back in 2010 so it’ll be real good fun to get back our roots. We used to put on shows there all the time but haven’t done so much in recent years, so we are all stoked to be going back to the basement. It’ll be four bucks on the door and we’re hoping that you’ll join us for a classic sweaty little hardcore show of a Monday evening.

On the subject of Europe, our pals Bonehouse are currently out on tour on the mainland with Cornwall’s Crows An Wra. It was hoped that the Bonehouse “Tomorrow’s Worn Out Blues” LP would be ready in time for the tour but alas, we have been disappointed. The release of the record is a collaborative effort between a bunch of cool labels; Wolf Town DIY, Boslevan Records, Black Lake Records, Steady Anchor Records, Tief In Marcellos Shuld and Pint-Sized Collective. The first pressing of the record, limited to 500 copies, comes on “pick’n’mix” randomly coloured vinyl, so all records will be unique. The album was recorded by Ross Middlemiss and mastered by Robin Sutherland. Full order details will be forthcoming shortly.

Looking forward, Uniforms play our first show in 6 months and our first with Chic on drums at The Nerd Hutch in Newcastle on Halloween before coming to home to record over the weekend with Ross in Dundee. We’ll be recording four new songs for a 7″ that we plan to launch sometime around March next year. We’re then planning a little trip to Europe alongside our pals Get It Together in April, so keep your eyes and ears peeled as you’ll no doubt be getting balmed up about that shit before too long. Talking of GiT, their “Rebuild, Recover” 7″ EP is currently at press and is an absolute banger that I am very proud to be a part of bringing into life. Not only are those dudes one of the best new Scottish hardcore bands in some time, but they’re also some righteously solid dudes who know a thing or two about being in the punk rock trenches. The record is due to be released at Book Yer Ane Fest VIII when they play on Saturday 29th November at Kage, Dundee. The 7″ will come on classic black vinyl with full colour artwork from the wonderful WOLF MASK, as well as a digital download code and all the usual capers.

front previewGiven that there are a multitude of shows happening in Glasgow on Saturday 15th November, including shows from Against Me, The Ruts, Bob Mould and countless more, we thought it prudent to do the “honourable thing” (shameless cash-in? Shrewd Vince McMahon-like move?) and throw a late show on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow. This will be the first show that we’ve put on ourselves in Glasgow and it’s a little bit of an experiment but, like with the vast majority of things we do and decisions we make, we thought “fuck it, why not?”. As such, we’ve pooled resources with our friends and both Uniforms and Get It Together will be joined by Glasgow’s The Jackhammers for a late show at The Cellars on Sauchiehall Street with doors opening at 10.30pm after the Against Me show has wrapped at The Garage. I hit Laura Jane Grace up on twitter and said we’d be stoked if the band wanted to come down after the show, so who knows what could happen? I should stress at this point that this late show is the 100% completely unofficial Against Me after-show party. You’ll get a quid off entry if you bring a ticket stub from any of the other shows happening in Glasgow that night. MTAT DJs, specifically Jimmy Wrizzle, will be manning the wheels of steel for what should be an interesting evening before we head off to Leeds to play the Sunday of Pie Race Festival.

late show

Right, that’s enough havering for the moment. I feel I’ve aged just writing this piece. There’s lots of shit going on with Book Yer Ane Fest VIII. Best keeping your eyes on the event page to keep up to date with everything that is going on there! Three Day Weekend Tickets are available in person and online from Groucho’s and e-tickets are available from the MTAT Bandcamp merch page.

I turn 32 later this month too. Fuck that noise.