Thursday, December 22, 2005

TOURING ADVANCES- non recoupable?

Question: how would i go about getting a non returnable advance from a record company in order to have a succeccfull national tour?

Answer: Flinch, thats an amazing question, and is a thorny subject which is discussed ona daily basis at all record companies with active touring bands! As Earache are a record company I often have to remind my bands that we are in fact a "record" company, not touring company....meaning that our foremost obligation is to provide the means to record and release and spread the recordings (which we make money off) and not the touring activities, which we don't see any income off.Record companies like Earache DO of course supply 'shortfall tour support' to assist bands touring especially in the early days before the band can command high enough gig fees to tour without losing money(usually around second or third album if the fans take to the band).The costs of touring USA can be very high indeed, you have to pay $100,000 to appear on an Ozzfest tour, and the cost is higher for a European band that needs immigration visas, return flights aswell...this can dwarf the costs to actually record the album.

Getting it non returnable is the real tricky part- as all/most companies seek to recoup those costs, i don't know any that dont recoup it! if you have any recordings you can give the company in return for $$ it might be possible..meaning if you have a self released album you could sell it to them, and then use the funds to go do the tour.. good luck.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

MISTRESS ON BBC2 TV "Never Mind The Buzzcocks"

Question: is it true that Mistress are on TV tonight? what channel?

Answer: yes everyone favourite Brummie grinders do appear on BBC TV tonight in the UK, during the popular game show "Never Mind the Buzzcocks" at 9.40pm on BBC2.Playing a selection of pop ditties in an extreme grindcore style and assualting the eardrums of such celebs as Aled Jones and Tony Christie! set your videos!!

Saturday, December 17, 2005


Question: I just read on Blabbermouth that Decapitated have split up.How can that be? Say it isn't so!

Answer: To be honest, we still dont know why, and suspect its not final but mere end of tour drama. We received this email from Mariusz the ex-manager of the band, seems some shit went down on their return from USA- note, contrary to the scandalously mis-reported internet 'facts' on Blabber, the problem is entirely internal to them and nothing to do with Earache.The latest news is we hear the band will still play with Nile with a USA based bassist and new singer Covan still on vocals, so...just goes to show don't beleive all the shite you read on blabbermouth or the message boards!

I am sorry to tell you, but band after coming back from US tour has problems with line-up.
Martin, their bassplayer and "voice" in contacts between me and band has decided to leave band, because of bad situation inside band.
Unfortunately, all Martin's leaving reasons are very serious...
I am worry my future cooperation with band, I am thinking about terminate my long-term deal with band.
I need to speak with my lawyer to make a decision, so please, if you have urgent questions regarding promotion please contact directly with band's members: (Vogg) (Vitek)
I am sorry for problems, if I could help you, please don't hesitate to contact with me!

Take care

Saturday, December 10, 2005


Question: wtf is going on with the berzerker tour!! we been told its not happenng but then people are saying they got them booked for gigs? fucking clear this mess up!

answer: The Berzerker will be touring the UK in support of the new album "world of lies" around march-april time. Some dates were actually booked in some clubs by the agent for the band for feb, but these have been put back a month or two and are being booked by a different agent.Hence the confusion, sorry.The Berzerker line up currently lives on 2 different continents, original and long standing Berzerker bassist Sam lives in the Uk now,( as does old guitarist Matt who plays in Akercocke now) while mainman and singer luke is in Australia still.The line up which will tour is undecided but *might* include one or more Akercocke members helping out.look for dates announced soon.

Thursday, December 08, 2005


Question: If I order something from the eurostore,does earache figure out the rate of exchange.How does it work.

Answer: Earache 's webstores exist in Nottingham UK and NYC USA and we take your money via credit cards in the local currency of each store- UK pounds in UK and US Dollars in USA..if your card is in another currency, we do not set the exchange rate but its the rate your credit card uses you will see on your statement.The exception is for fans in Europe where we convert Euros to pounds at 1.4 and do the transaction in UK pounds, as we dont operate in euros.

Munipical Waste European touring plans?

Question: Is it true that Municipal Waste will return to Europe in the New Year?

Answer: Indeed it is and it gets better as they will team up with Beecher and Linea 77 for the ELEGIES, MUTATIONS & PROPAGANDA TOUR 2006. So far the starting dates in the UK have been announced but stay tuned for more news of shows throughout Europe.

MUNICIPAL WASTE – BEECHER – LINEA 77 announce first leg

Earache teams up three of it’s hottest prospects for a lengthy European onslaught soon

Starting in the UK with 8 dates including a massive show with Sick Of It All in London more dates on the continent will be announced soon with a revolving running order decided on the night so get there early!


21.02.2006 UK MANCHESTER Phoenix
22.02.2006 UK BIRMINGHAM Edwards no.8
23.02.2006 UK PLYMOUTH Viaduct
24.02.2006 UK YEOVIL Flicks
25.02.2006 UK NORWICH Ferryboat
26.02.2006 UK LANCASTER The Yorkshire House
27.02.2006 UK LEEDS Josephs Well
28.02.2006 UK LONDON Electric Ballroom (with SICK OF IT ALL)

Still Available on Earache
BEECHER – This Elegy, His Autopsy
LINEA 77 – Available For Propaganda
MUNICIPAL WASTE – Hazardous Mutation

DEICIDE 'When London Burns' DVD release

Question: When will Earache release the Deicide live DVD and what is on it?

Answer: It'll be out on January 23rd 2006. Here's info I borrowed from our press department...

DEICIDE release ‘WHEN LONDON BURNS’ DVD on January 23rd

After recently setting Europe alight DEICIDE release their long awaited ‘WHEN LONDON BURNS’ DVD on Earache on January 23rd 2006.

Featuring an incendiary live set filmed before a rabid sold out crowd of maniacs in London GLEN BENTON and Co. rip the place apart with a smoking set featuring 13 evil crowd favourites. From the opening chords of “Scars Of The Crucifixion”, Anti-Christ anthems like “Kill The Christian” and stoking the fires of Hades to the apocalyptical end with “Oblivious To Evil”, WHEN LONDON BURNS’ captures Deicide at their diabolic best.

PLUS if you can still stand the heat then there’s also a bonus 30 minute documentary ‘BEHIND THE SCARS”. See behind the scenes as Deicide record ‘Scars Of The Crucifix’ – Candid interviews at home and backstage with the band – Exclusive footage from the rehearsal room and the formation of Deicide and Glen’s forehead branding explained.

Recorded Live at The Mean Fiddler, London, England on November 29th 2004

Scars Of The Crucifix
They Are The Children Of The Underworld
Bastard Of Christ
When Satan Rules His World
Once Upon The Cross
Kill The Christian
Serpents Of The Light
Dead But Dreaming
Lunatic Of God’s Creation
Sacrificial Suicide
When Heaven Burns
Dead By Dawn
Behind The Light Thou Shall Rise
Christ Denied
Oblivious To Evil

‘WHEN LONDON BURNS’ is released on Earache on January 23rd 2006