Archive for March, 2009

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)



DASTARDS on the hunt for a new drummer!

Friday, March 20th, 2009

DASTARDS are now looking for a new drummer. If you are red-hot at drumming, completely committed to being successful, got a good kit and your own transport, and are prepared to work hard (for no reward until the big break!), preferably* under 30 and a regular person – please get in touch – – we’d like to meet you.

 *but not essential

DASTARDS headline The Cross Kings – London

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

DASTARDS at The Cross Kings London March 17 2009

Despite the huge problems caused for us (and the promoter, and the rest of the artists) by our drummer dropping out at the last minute DASTARDS went on to really perform jaw-droppingly well in front of a London crowd that actually seemed to ‘get’ the band. 

DASTARDS in London


2009 Exposure Music Awards nominees -DASTARDS

Monday, March 16th, 2009

We’ve been nominated in the Tourdates 2009 best live acts. 

Please vote for us here:


Stretch & DASTARDS
2009 Exposure Music Awards nominees
Tourdates are a major sponsor of the 2009 Exposure Music Awards which are taking place at the University of Gloucester Park Campus in Cheltenham on Saturday 25th April.

The tourdates community have the honour of deciding who will win three of the awards, Best Live Artist, Best Out of Area Artist and Best International Artist. The nominees for these awards are listed below, you can vote for your favourite by clicking the button on the artists tourdates profile, it’s easy, just follow the link!

To find out more about the awards go to

Put “uks hottest new band” into Google!

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

And this is what you get … (and Oasis & Pete Doherty aren’t NEW!)

Oasis crowned best British band at NME Awards winners – Telegraph  

  • 26 Feb 2009 Other winners included MGMT (best new band and best track for Time To – Similar pages

  • Oasis named NME’s Best Band – Yahoo! News UK  

    Amy Winehouse was named Worst Dressed and Pete Doherty picked up the award for Best New Band. The Mighty Boosh won the Best TV award, beating Skins, – 29k – CachedSimilar pages

  • DASTARDS – The official site of DASTARDS | The UK’s Hottest New Band  

    DASTARDS – Official DASTARDS Website – The UK’s hottest new band. – 13k – CachedSimilar pages

  • DASTARDS Gig Review by Andy O’Hare on the BBC

    Sunday, March 15th, 2009

    The DastardsThe Dastards

    There was more Old Grey Whistle Test-like memorable numbers from probably the biggest-hitting band currently in the two counties. This was an all-too-rare home fixture from The Dastards, who are busy making waves country-wide with stand-out numbers like ‘Flashlights’ and the Gloria-ish ‘Miranda’. The trademark ‘distinctive vocals’ from frontman Wake are very much the feature of these melodic indie-rockers – and a mini-scoop on the Friday Session Introdcuing last week I think for a pre-release hearing of the new single ‘Staying Out’ – back of the net! Standout for me, though, was the awesome Boys-Don’t-Cry-like anthem ‘Scaffolds Of Muscle’.

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    DASTARDS play London – March 17th CROSS KINGS

    Friday, March 13th, 2009

    Come and watch DASTARDS in London on March 17th at the CROSS KINGS – in KINGS CROSS!

    DASTARDS – Perfect 5th Taunton

    Friday, March 13th, 2009

    Here’s the band at The Perfect 5th in Taunton (on March 12th 2009)

    DASTARDS at Perfect 5th in Taunton


    Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

    This Thursday – 12th March – at The Perfect 5th.

    Come and say hello.

    Stretch & DASTARDS

    TRACKWRITERS – making music dreams come true!

    Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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    Stretch Records use TRACKWRITERS to produce & record all it’s tracks.TRACKWRITERS offers the following services:

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    In fact they’ll do anything you want with music – so if you’ve got a song but no music they can write & programme or record the music. If you’ve written music TRACKWRITERS can write the lyrics or co-write. If you want to sing a track TRACKWRITERS can produce a backing track for you – and record the vocal ..

    Nice friendly people – with the right skills – and very reasionably priced. (The end result is more important than the money).

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