Archive for the ‘DASTARDS MUSIC’ Category


Wednesday, July 14th, 2010


So … what’s been happening with the dastardly ones?

Well here goes ..

WAKE has re-recorded The Future and you can hear it here:

The band is choosing tracks for the first album. This is the choice so far:


I Know

Life On The Edge

Lonely In Between

Spitting Roses



Take A Left

The Sympathy March


Unknown Metaphors For Lift Off

The Future


These tracks show the true nature of DASTARDS – the darker, more thoughtful side. Let us know what you think of that choice.

WAKE has been in Norway for a few weeks touring around. He’s back on 17th July when the band can start gigging again.

And we’re looking forward to the WORCESTER MUSIC FESTIVAL ( in August where DASTARDS will be appearing on the BBC Introduing stage at the Marrs Bar in Worcester on August 20th. See you there!


Sunday, January 31st, 2010

On advice from members of the Musicians Clinic held in October 2009, plus with feedback back from A & R, DASTARDS have re-recorded FLASHLIGHTS in order to make it even better.

Gone are the arpeggios and acoustic guitars. In come some real ballsy guitars, a new bass line, massive lead breaks and a bigger drum sound – the overall effect being to give the track (already well-liked by Kerrang Radio) a huge wall of sound – just the spacey feel originally intended.

Check it out here:

Tom Robinson plays DASTARDS on 6 Radio

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

On Sunday November 22nd Tom Robinson played PYLON on his BBC 6 Radio show and also featured the track in his weekly podcast. 

Tom has previously played STAYING OUT on his show.

So, Tom – a big THANK YOU to you. We will always appreciate those who help the band on the way up. You know who you are!

BBC Introducing with Tom Robinson on 6 music

DASTARDS get more Kerrang Radio Airplay

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

On Sunday this week (10th May) Kerrang Radio played SUCCUMB by DASTARDS.

 Brilliant! – Thanks Alex and Kerrang Radio


DASTARDS – The Future

Monday, April 6th, 2009

The Future – it’s the name of the track that Wake is currently working on – plus it’s also something on our minds as we contemplate what the next stage of the Dastardly ‘Plan’ is.

The band is currently ‘drummer-less’. The band can continue to perform as a trio – and judging by the response at the last gig in London, the band are just as popular without drums. But some of the tacks – e.g. Staying Out – have drums as a central part of the track.

 So – do we look for another drummer to be a band member? Or do we say the band is a trio (like Busted!) and employ a session drummer for each live gig?

 What do you think?  

DASTARDS – Does it need to be commercial?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Here at Stretch Towers we have this conversation a lot – and it shows the breadth of Wake’s songwriting abilty that we are even discussing it. Do DASTARDS tracks need to be commercial?

The answer I guess depends on what we’re trying to achieve – and exactly what is meant by ‘Commercial’

It could be argued the ‘Commercial’ means ‘will it sell at all?’. Well – with the ‘long tail’ of global online retailers – even very niche tracks could sell in quantities that could keep the artist in beer and kebabs. But I think most people think that the word ‘Commercial’ means selling lots to the mainstream public ..

Before we look at that though we have to really think about the idea of people actually buying recorded tracks. Does anybody do this now? Apart from Grannies buying the Will Young CD (because he’s a nice polite young man), who else is buying? Download sales are massively increased – but I’ve yet to meet a teenager who has actually ‘bought’ a download. So I don’t think we can count on recorded music sales as the main source of income for DASTARDS in the future.

Maybe ‘Commercial’ means – ‘does it appeal to the masses’ (i.e. would they download it for free if they could? or would people watch this band live?). Well – we could dive off here into a discussion about the state of ‘live’ music in the UK – but let’s not.

I think we’ll assume that  ‘Commercial’ means ‘enough people like it to mean that it gets listened to’ then YES I think that DASTARDS tracks DO need to be ‘commercial’ – but – as we have discussed – ‘commercial’ will mean different things to different people. And really – at the end of the day – the artist has to bear in mind the audience for their music and – to coin a phrase – ‘Give them what they want!’

(And we’ll educate them at the same time time to try new types of music too)




Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Here’s a song I’ve been listening to – in various formats and styles – for 4 years now.

It’s by DASTARDS – and it’s called SCAFFOLDS of MUSCLE


Let us know what you think!