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The Bastard Sons of Dennis: Pieces of Me

Posted by Wudmaster on 15/04/17

Pieces of Me is the newest release from The Bastard Sons of Dennis. It was recorded at 432Hz instead of 440Hz. It has been added to their Cherry Smoke Empire album, which is a collection of original songs by the duo. It is a gentle, wistful, melodic piece in the key of C major.

Pieces of Me is a song that was composed by Q.Wim on Sunday 24th October 1993. It was first played by The Bastard Sons of Dennis on Exmouth beach in the early summer of 1994. It has never been performed live by our gruesome twosome as it has a slow tempo and a sensitive feel, which would be incongruous in one of their high-energy live performances.

This song has a long history and we all felt it deserved to be included on this album. It was performed at the spontaneous gathering of The Bastard Sons of Dennis in May 1998, which we have uploaded to the pages of The Bastard Sons of Dennis here at Wud Records. For a complete change, it features Yuri on bass rather than guitar. This is as an echo of the 1998 jam session.

With just one track left to upload, the Cherry Smoke Empire album by The Bastard Sons of Dennis is almost complete! We hope to finish and upload the final track in the coming days. Of course, we shall keep all fans of the band updated in our News Service and on Twitter.

As with the rest of the Cherry Smoke Empire album, we have set the price for Pieces of Me to pay-what-you-want. This means you can choose what value any of the songs or indeed the whole album has for you when downloading, including for free! Contributions to keeping the lights burning and the wheels turning are all gratefully accepted. :)

If you would like to download or listen to Pieces of Me at Bandcamp, please click here.

If you prefer to listen to the whole Cherry Smoke Empire album here at Wud Records, please click here instead.

Watershed: photo gallery created

Posted by Wudmaster on 14/04/17

A new gallery of old photos of the band Watershed has been created. These photos were apparently taken by George during the long cold late winter period of 1991. At that time he was living at the shared hoouse in Elm Road, Mannamead, Plymouth, which was the band’s headquarters.

Describing the new page as a gallery is perhaps overstating the case a little. There are only four photos, but that is considerably better than none. We felt that fans of the band would love to have the opportunity to see them.

Here at Wud Records we live in hope that some day there will be more fabulous Watershed music uploaded to the internet somewhere, whether it is by ourselves (assuming we can source some more from somewhere), members of the band, or their many fans. If anything changes, we shall update you in our News service and on Twitter.

If you would like to listen to the Life, Times and Dreams EP by Watershed, please click here.

To listen to Watershed Live at the Cooperage, Plymouth on Christmas Eve 1990, please click here.

To have a look at the new photo gallery of Plymouth’s finest reggae band, please click here.

Wud Records: online marketing advice and strategy guide

Posted by Wudmaster on 09/04/17

Here at Wud Records we don’t normally go in for offering marketing advice, especially unrequested marketing advice. We tend to feel that other people who find us are likely to be grown-ups who know what they are about, and if there is something they want to understand a bit better, the chances are likely that somebody on the internet has already explained it better than we ever could.

However, we’ve decided to make an exception. There’s a story behind this as well, so if you’re sitting comfortably…

During a recent team discussion, we were reminded of something. At the very beginning of the ‘new’ Wud Records website in 2008, it was something we hoped to achieve one day. What we hoped for was somebody to listen to one of our tracks every hour. We have been exceeding this for quite some time now. On average, between four and five people listen every hour, 24 hours/day, 365 days/year. This figure is growing all the time. It’s simply amazing.

Several months ago, we began to use a brand new marketing strategy to try to increase our fanbase on SoundCloud and our followers on Twitter in a wholesome, organic way, one which didn’t involve paid services that would result in useless phoney likes and follows.

This led to the creation of our Discoveries playlists, which are compilations of the favourite music our team agree on from everything that we hear at SoundCloud during any given month. Some of those wonderful acts that we’ve discovered are barely being heard at all, which seems a terrible shame considering what fabulous music they are involved in creating.

Some of the ones who we have given free publicity and shoutouts to have asked us how they might reach more supporters and new fans. After typing our strategy a few times in emails and private messages, we decided to put the little knowledge we have and tips that seem to have worked for us into one page at our website so everyone can see it if they want to.

Some marketing companies will charge you a fortune for this very same information. It’s no secret, and the more people use this method, the better for everyone.

If you would like to read our ‘How-To’ marketing advice guide, “Be Discovered on Social Media Platforms!”, please click here.

Good luck!

The Bastard Sons of Dennis: Horsemon

Posted by Wudmaster on 08/04/17

Horsemon is the name of a brand new track added to the album Cherry Smoke Empire by The Bastard Sons of Dennis. It is quite unlike any of the other tracks on the album in that it is an electronic dance music piece. In a sense it is not particularly new either, as it is the earliest recording of The Bastard Sons of Dennis. Horsemon dates right back to the summer of 1992!

Because Horsemon is so different to the rest of the Cherry Smoke Empire album, it is in a sense a bonus track and has been placed as the penultimate offering. The final track on the album, the epilogue to The Furniture, is most definitely in the style of a bonus track.

Horsemon is a highly unusual piece of EDM in that it is completely improvised. It was recorded in the old Silent Running Studios. Q.Wim played around on Nicodemus and Yuri operated the machines.

The whole thing was a simple loop on the Atari 1040. The Yamaha TG33 is panned centre to right and the Kawai K4r is panned centre to left. The E-mu Pro-Cussion is panned wide left to right and the Akai S900 plays the bassline straight down the middle. As the piece develops, you can hear new parts being added to the sequencer. The rather blorty keyboard theme on the TG33 was recorded into the sequencer, quantised and left be, without the wrong notes being removed.

Despite this piece being rather messy, we felt that it had enough artistic merit to be included on the Cherry Smoke Empire album as a bonus track. Some of the musical ideas and the main guitar theme that Q.Wim plays are fantastic. The sound isn’t as great as it might be, but if you consider it was salvaged from a 25-year-old cassette, it’s not so bad.

There is something of a tale behind this curiously-named piece. We always thought the name sounded like a Jamaican word, meaning ‘postman’. However, when Q.Wim and Yuri were searching for a name to call themselves (a perennial dilemma for most bands), they started out by putting together their two Chinese astrological signs, a horse and a monkey. This was the name that appeared on the posters of their first live performances and pre-dates the entire notion of Dennis. When saving the file on the old studio Atari, the filename would only permit up to eight characters. And so it was that ‘HorseMonkey’ became truncated to ‘Horsemon’, and that was the name that always stuck.

If you would like to listen to Horsemon from the Cherry Smoke Empire album among the pages for The Bastard Sons of Dennis here at the Wud Records website, please click here.

If you prefer to listen to Horsemon at Bandcamp, where you can also download it for free or for whatever value you choose, please click here instead.

Wud Records: March 2017 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 02/04/17

A brand new playlist of all the favourite musical discoveries of the Wud Records team has been published at SoundCloud. All of the artists on it are independent and not associated with ourselves in any way. We simply accumulated songs that we all liked during March into one agreed playlist and published it at the end of the month.

Tracks have been arranged according to the number of plays at the time of publishing, starting with the fewest. Tracks that are early in playlists tend to receive more plays than later tracks, and we feel that the ones with fewer plays need the best chance of exposure.

If you are one of the bands from which we recently liked, shared or tweeted a track at SoundCloud, there is a chance that one of your tracks might be on this new playlist!

Are you a member of SoundCloud? We always follow back if you have your own tracks and we always listen eventually, even if it takes a few weeks. So if you would like the opportunity of a bit of free publicity you could follow Wud Records on SoundCloud. It’s even free to join!

We hope that some more people will find and listen to the wonderful songs on this new playlist of musical discoveries. Each one has something that we felt was special or interesting in some way. Because we enjoyed them so much, we feel that it would be great if the artists in question could have a bit more exposure for their fabulous works. So please listen, enjoy, share and check out some of these wonderful bands. In many cases it was a tough job to choose just one track.

The playlist is very eclectic, so there is probably something on there to suit every taste. If the track you are listening to isn’t quite doing it for you, skip to the next one and perhaps that will please your ears more. Sometimes similar tracks end up next to each other, and sometimes extremely different tracks do, so we recommend you just try it for yourself.

If you find some new favourites on there, why not shout about them on social media? We are sure the artistes responsible for creating the music will welcome such word-of-mouth exposure.

If you would like to listen to this special new playlist of March 2017 Musical Discoveries over at SoundCloud, please click here.

Wud Records: March 2017 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/04/17

The top ten tracks for March 2017 from Wud Records have been published in a new playlist at SoundCloud. Tracks have been arranged from one to ten according to their popularity and take into account plays, likes, downloads and reposts at SoundCloud and Bandcamp.

Tracks that are only published at Bandcamp will be omitted from the SoundCloud playlist. Archive tracks will also be ignored. Only you, the listener, can influence our April 2017 playlist, so if there is a track you particularly like, keep playing it!

We’d like to thank everybody who helped to make March 2017 a massively record-breaking month for us by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks. We are truly amazed at what a fantastic month we’ve just had, smashing the previous record set in July 2016 by over 43%!

Congratulations to Dark Company who have dominated this month’s chart by having the top three tracks. Their song Killer was our new number one. It is the first time that Killer has been a number one track for us. It replaces Medicines, which drops to number three, just below Last Train to Heaven, the closing track on the band’s 1993 Rage in Heaven album.

Also appearing in this month’s chart are Flicker, The Subterraineans, Wud and Rough Terrain. Well done to all!

At Bandcamp we enjoyed an exceptionally busy month. Our newest release, Ten Years Later by The Bastard Sons of Dennis had the most individual track downloads, but was not played the most. Wanted to Be a Singer from Pok‘s Anthology album held its position as our most played Bandcamp track in March 2017. Cherry Smoke Empire by The Bastard Sons of Dennis was also the most downloaded album in March. Big thanks to everyone who supported us by downloading our music. :)

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in March 2017, as played, downloaded, liked and reposted by listeners, please click here.

If you prefer to listen here at Wud Records, you will find that it is our new default music player and you will find it on all non band-specific pages at our site, such as our News service or our homepage.

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