Welcome to Low Notes – a music blog that covers more or less whatever I like.
So, hello there, and welcome to Low Notes.
But what is Low Notes? It’s a new music blog which will review a wide range of old, new and – most of all – cool sounds.
How do I define ‘cool’, you ask? It includes this, this, this, this and, of course, this.
What’s its USP? It doesn’t obsess over genre, trends or whether something is new or old. I will review albums from the 60s and next week. The only real test is whether the music is worth talking about, why and, of course, if it’s a fun read.
I freely admit to loving metal, the more underground, the better. But I don’t see why that should get in the way of liking other genres. So, if you’ve ever wanted to read reviews of Wham!’s back catalogue rubbing shoulders with the latest shriekfest by Tomb Mold, and just a dash of ZX Spectrum chiptunes, you’re in the right place.
There will be variety. It may get a little mad here.
Music journalism is too stratified and conservative these days. It lacks both a sense of adventure and the utter madness of it at its best. Low Notes will endeavour to bring back the old vibe.
What Low Notes won’t cover
Crap. My definition of crap is anything that lacks any depth or is plainly soulless nonsense, all defined by that arbitrator of taste and insight, me. I won’t celebrate most of the plastic tosh churned out in the 80s or the 90s, even ‘ironically’. So, no Kylie and Jason, no Spice Girls, no… You should know by now.
I hate most Nu Metal, with some honourable exceptions. Coldplay is liquid shit being blasted out of a rectal volcano. I don’t think you can truly love something without hating something else. For every slurry of crap music that is pushed out by labels, a dozen obscure bands with something to say fade into nothing.
The only exception is when I will take the piss out of some of the worst of the worst. Sometimes to know good music, you’ve got to know what utter rubbish is like. I will show you.
“Will Low Notes review my demo?”
Depends. This sounds flippant, but if I get submerged in links to all manner of Bandcamp pages, or Haulix links, I will choose what interests me, which may be a random affair. I’m also very busy and do this in my spare time.
That is not to say that I won’t listen to it. But I might not ever get around to it. Sorry – though it is always worth a try. Please do e-mail me first in any case.
One word of warning, though. My reviews are always honest and thorough. You may not like what I say, but I’ll never mislead or trick you either. All freebies, press junkets and potential conflicts of interest will be disclosed from the start.
This is something the best of American journalism does very well, and I see no reason not to replicate it.
“Who/what is Low Notes?”
I am a failed music journalist. Failed, in the sense that I keep doing it. Bite me.