Underscore was launched because my other gigs either deflated, desiccated, disappeared or died.
Having started at the late, lamented Foxy Digitalis (Brad, Crawf, Bobby, where are you?) and travelled via Fluid Radio, Epitonic, Decoder Magazine and others, as well as having run the short-lived, enormously unsuccessful cassette label J&C Tapes, I took a break for grown-up stuff like having children and brain tumours and mental health issues and drink problems.
The constant, of course, was music. But all that music and no one to gibber on about it to? All that music and nothing to sick wild thoughts and ideas up on to? That only ever results in one thing: a seriously backed-up bastard.
So with nothing in the running, and an inbox as full of neglected promos as my head was of words requiring a release, the decision was made to go it alone. Underscore was born, and painfully.
My aim here is modest. I want to write about, and speak to if they’re willing, as many of the artists whose music I continue to receive daily despite my having done nothing with it for months. They send it in good faith and I want Underscore to honour that.
I also want it to be fun and informative. I want to cover as much as a guy with a family to look after and a day job reasonably can – I am no professional, and never have claimed to be, but I hope Underscore has something to say that people will enjoy reading and find informative. I also want to support the oddballs, the little guys, the obscurities and the practically unlistenable; I want to cover the weirdest shit you can throw at me, and the heaviest, and the noisiest, and the most far-flung.
As of March 2020, Underscore is:
I cannot promise we will write about everything we receive, although we will endeavour to listen to it all. Please enquire about submissions by clicking on the handy mail icon up there in the top right corner of the screen, or just go ahead and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. Physical is beautiful, but we are more than grateful for good ol’ digital.
Before I shut up here, I want to thank and praise my good friend Dylan McConnell at Tiny Little Hammers without whom this endeavour would not have been possible. Dylan made the Underscore logo for me, helped with some coding problems and generally nagged at me daily when I was dragging my feet. In my mind, Dylan is one of the very best designers working, and someone I can always trust when I need help or someone to make fun of because of where he lives. I love the guy.
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