Please use the contact form below to get in touch with The Dreaded Press – sorry if you prefer to send email the regular way, but we get more than enough spam already, and this little form prevents our address from being harvested by Viagra salesmen from Eastern Europe …
Update, September 2011: as is probably quite obvious from a look at the frontpage, TDP has dropped back to a dribble of reviews and mentions. This is due to changes in my employment patterns; I just don’t have time to write about music for fun when I have other things to write about that will actually earn me some money and help pay the rent. This is sad in some respects, and I do intend to come back to TDP to talk about music when time and motivation allows, but the days of three to five reviews a week are dead and gone, I’m afraid.
That said, I’m always interested in new music, and you’re welcome to use the form below to tell me about yours… on the strict understanding that I can’t guarantee I’ll write about it, and may not even get around to listening to it: after four years of running this site, I get sent a great deal of stuff to listen to already, and a lot of it – to be completely blunt – is amateur stuff from bands who should be concentrating on playing live and building a fanbase that way (because selling music in physical formats is pretty much a dead industry from this point forward, so if you want to be anything more than a hobbyist, it’s the live circuit you’ve gotta work at).
So, send ‘em if you’ve got ‘em… but please bear in mind I like to listen to new music during the rare times I’m not sat at a computer. This means that links to streaming sites (MySpace, Soundcloud) will largely be ignored, as will download lockers like MediaF*re that bombard me with pop-up ads for online casinos or try to upsell me on a “pro” account for the privilege of listening to something I’ve never heard of before. The golden rule of thumb here is Make It Easy: send me a link to somewhere I can download your tracks as a single zipped folder of decent quality audio files, and I’ll probably hoover ‘em down and try ‘em out (though, to reiterate, I’ll probably only write about them if they really blow me away or wind me up).
If you want my advice, Bandcamp is your friend; there are facilities there for giving away freebies even if you’re normally charging for your tunes, and it’s a quality streamlined service that connects bands directly to listeners. Your label, PR or management may prefer Soundcloud, but their idea of convenience doesn’t align with my own, I’m afraid.
Still interested? then use the form below and send when you’re ready!
Comments or questions are welcome.