Top Of The Pops

Check out the rather brilliant video to the debut Toyger single ‘Karl’s Diary’:

The single was played at half time during Middlesbrough’s thrilling 0-0 draw with Ipswich at The Riverside Stadium on Saturday too – it sounded splendid through those big speakers!

The single is released on Monday 24th October through Pay For The Piano Recordings.

Lifeless Album Tour

The press campaign for the new Lifeless record is going well. Today we confirmed a track on the cover-mount CD and a review in the next issue of Zero Tolerance magazine and we’ve also got reviews lined up various other rather splendid magazines too – not to mention the fact that Total Rock Radio are play-listing Judgement Day from 3rd October. I’ll be sure to post scans etc of all press that the band get – it’s coming together nicely!

They’re touring to coincide with the release, if you’re a promoter – contact to get them booked. Confirmed dates at the moment are as follows:

24th Sept - Whitmore, Manchester
29th Sept - Head of Steam, Durham
1st Oct - Duke of Wellington, Lincoln
23rd Oct - Fish Tank, Durham
26th Oct - Riverside, Selby
29th Oct - Venue tbc, Newcastle
30th Oct - Venue tbc, Huddersfield
31st Oct - Atik, Middlesbrough - RECORD RELEASE PARTY!!!
14th Nov - The Empire, Middlesbrough
2nd Dec - House Show, Sheffield
17th Dec - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Photograph by Robin Chamberlain - 83 Photography


The brand new eponymous album from LIFELESS is being released this Halloween (Monday 31st October of course) through Thrash Town and Pay For The Piano. The first review of the record can be seen on this here link:

You can pre-order the album directly from Lifeless:¬†and be sure to check out their new video if you haven’t already done so… and see if you can spot a little cameo from yours truly:

Out Of Spite

I think I’ve finally almost recovered from last weekend’s Out Of Spite XI festival at The Well in Leeds. Musical highlights included Leatherface, Milloy, Pylon, Protectors, Bangers, The Dauntless Elite, Glass Avalanche and Coal Train to name but a few, although the real highlight was seeing an awful lot of friends that I don’t get to see even half as much as I wish I could.

Pylon played their last ever gig on the Sunday night and to say they’ll be sorely missed is a massive understatement. I’ve got to know them quite well as people over the past few years and was fortunate enough to share a stage with them on a few occasions back in the DARTZ! days so it’s hard to articulate how I genuinely feel about their music without coming across as a bit creepy… I’ll just keep it simple and say that they’ve been a pretty important band in my musical upbringing!

Thankfully Chris Pylon’s new band Protectors are pretty nifty too, eh? Cheers to everybody who picked up one of the Protectors Party Bags at OOS – fair to say that they were probably the fastest selling Pay For The Piano Recordings release to date! Get me on the Apprentice. I’ve saved the music industry. Who’d have thought that putting a CD, a bottle opener, a t-shirt and a few stickers inside a tote bag would prove so popular… tote-ally brilliant.


Lifeless – Judgement Day

The new Lifeless album is being released by Pay For The Piano Recordings on Monday 31st October. To whet your appetite, here’s the official video for the first single to be taken from the album – Judgement Day:

Lifeless-judgement day (official video) from Rick Baker on Vimeo.

Eagle eyed viewers may notice a brief cameo from yours truly…


Protectors feature ex-members of two of my favourite bands – Pylon & Dugong – so it’s no surprise that I think they’re dead good is it? Their debut album is available to download through the In Rainbows business model of “pay what you want” from Bandcamp.

Check out this rather splendid video:

For those of you who prefer a physical release to digital download, you’ll be pleased to know that I’ll be releasing a limited run of CDs in lovely packaging over Summer. Nice one.