Guest Blogger - Drunken Werewolf
by Tiffany Daniels
When I started DrunkenWerewolf I didn’t have a specific idea of what I wanted to do – I just knew I wanted to do something. Propelled by a lack of decent, fresh blood amongst the pages of mainstream music publications, the internet offered a timely platform for my writing.
The first few entries on the blog were a hectic sprawl of words, mainly about The Cooper Temple Clause and Ludes. My need to keep everything meticulously organised soon kicked in, and even the spam reacted.
One day I got a comment from a Viagra website that read, “I like the structure of your blog, it’s very different”. I got myself into a routine – find new band on MySpace, write an off the wall description, post a photo, post a download. Then the Viagra websites of the world started to take over MySpace and I was forced to resort back to word of mouth and gigs – how antiquated!
Eventually a barrage of PR emails and recommendations came my way – all fed straight into DrunkenWerewolf, who spits out many but consumes a significant amount of talent.
Over the years I’ve developed a clearer understanding of what exactly I’m fighting for. Music that doesn’t rely on the past is too often ignored in favour of accessible artists. I’m all for dance floor joy and summery optimism, but if it sounds exactly the same as the stuff out last year, I don’t really see the point. I also have a softness for unusual vocals and poignant lyrics, though that’s not a rule.
I featured three of the acts that stand testament to these ‘likes’ on the show. The first was Tristen, a singer-songwriter from Nashville who definitely takes influence from beach wave and 60s pop, but doesn’t let it consume her music.
Promoting someone closer to home, London’s Roxy Rawson shrieks enough to intimidate any classically trained violinist out of the room, and Laura Stevenson & The Cans bluntly does something no one else has even attempted – whoever thought punk, bluegrass, folk and rock could work with trumpets! Excellent.