The best way for musicians to reach people online in 2019

Shilling your art on social media can be a frustrating and unrewarding task for musicians and bands who have to rally the motivation to self-promote and try to reach fans online only to see tumbleweeds through their profiles and a lack of return on that effort. But we’ve got some quick tips and tricks that will help you get the most as an artist and start connecting with fans.

What’s the best way to reach people online in 2019?

Whether you love, hate or merely tolerate self-promotion of your music online and on social media everyone wants to see they are getting something back for the effort they’re putting in. But it’s seemingly harder than ever to reach people without paying to promote your posts and if you’re not ready or willing to commit a budget, what can you do?

Crossing your fingers and hoping some magic happens is probably not the best plan – but making sure you’re putting the right things out to reach the right people is likely to see you right. That means a little bit of knowing who you’re trying to reach (no, not ‘everyone’) and what they like online (in terms of content types at least). It’s all about doing the right things to reach the people that count to you.

Know your audience

You may want to reach every last person on the planet with your music but chances are, right now, your audience is much smaller. You may have an idea of you think should like what you’re making, but it’s worth checking whether that’s the reality.

If you already have social media profiles you can get some information about the people who like you (not in an overly creepy way, in a general way) from the stats and it’s also worth checking your Spotify for Artists profile for this information.

You’ll get an idea of the age, location, and gender of the people who are listening for you and from this you can work out whether you’re hanging in the right places online to find more of those people. Each social media network has a core demographic so while your fave might be Insta if your audience is all on Twitter you might want to put some effort in over there.

What to put out on social media

You’ll also want to check what the best content is for each platform and audience. Again, while you might love crafting long verbose status updates if everyone is scrolling past them the time you’re spending may not be helping too much toward your success.

Across all platforms video is by far the most popular type of content right now and so making sure you have at least some of this in the mix of how you share stuff online is a good idea. More people will see it, more of those people are likely to engage with it, and that in turn helps it get shown to more people.

And music lends itself to video – you don’t need a grandiose cinematic showcase for you latest single, video can be shot on your phone and behind-the-scenes, live footage, practice room, tour van and more all make interesting and quick videos you can share online.

Work out what’s working

None of this will make it feel less icky if you’re not keen on self-promotion or pushing yourself as an artist online but if you’re going to feel that way, you may as well at least get some good results. Knowing what’s working and not makes all of this easier over time so it’s worth checking to see whether you should do more or less or something according to how people have reacted.

Most social media platforms will give you a few stats to go on without you having to work too hard for it. You can see easily how many people have liked or commented on your posts, but it’s worth also seeing what the engagement rate is. Some platforms do this for you if you look in your insights section and you should be able to get a feel for what’s normal for you. Overall it’s worth bearing in mind that engagement rates are low across the board and 1.6% is average for Instagram, while Facebook and Twitter are much lower (less than 1%).

Distilling your music to an engagement rate percentage probably isn’t what made you start a band but this stuff is important if you want to be independent and have an audience of people ready to buy your music and come to your shows.

Want some help with promotion and PR?

If you’re ready to take control of your career and find success for your music on your terms then we’re here to help.

We can help you plan for your next release through helping you find your audience, create great content and support your social media efforts, gain coverage in the music press and airplay on radio as well as link you in to a national network of independent promoters and help you record and release your music.

Book your free 15 minute discovery call with Noble and Wild founder Sarah Lay where she will find out more about you and the ways we can work together. Book now – no obligation. Or check out other ways we can work together.

Who’s your number one fan?

Whether you are just starting out or you’ve been around a while the chances are you already have someone who’s a fan of your music (and we’re not talking about your mum or your best friend) – and how you treat those who love what you’re doing can make a big difference to you as an artist.

Let’s bust a few myths to get started talking about fans…

  • you don’t need hundreds of thousands of them to be successful
  • you don’t have to be friends with them
  • you don’t need to change or compromise your creativity to gain fans (in fact you absolutely shouldn’t do this)
  • if you’re an independent musician having fans who will buy your music and merch, come to your shows and talk about you to others is key to all your do.

As an independent musician you should be making music for yourself but by finding people who love what you are doing too – so much they will part with cash, invest their time, and spread the word about you – you’re setting up a way to allow you to keep creating.

There doesn’t need to be a legion of these people (at least not to start with) but you do need them to be engaged with what you’re doing, not just passively liking but never looking at your Facebook page. As with all you do you should be thinking about reaching the people who count, not just counting the number of people you can reach.

Fan finding

Where are these people though? It’s a strange situation where it’s both easier and harder than ever to find fans for your music.

Traditionally when everyone was introduced to music through their local record shop, radio, the music press, or music TV the key to finding fans was getting the gatekeepers of those places onside. You needed to have a certain amount of success before you could really become successful, even as an independent artist.

These days the internet means you can by-pass the tastemakers and find your fans directly – but the way people discover music has become much broader alongside this so you have to be ready to go out and find them, not just expect them to find you.

This most obvious way to do this is to have social media profiles which represent you authentically and through which you are joining conversations and talking with people. In the twenty (or so) years I’ve been working online this has held true: you get out what you put in. If you blast out messages and never respond to anything or join a conversation you will be perceived in the same way as advertising and be ignored by many as a result. If you use your profiles to chat and join in, you’re likely to find you build connections which are more meaningful to your music and creative path.

Don’t want to be glued to your screen and spending more time on social media than you are on your music? There are other ways. More one-way but valuable is a mailing list. You can collect signs up at shows, or through a simple online sign up page (link to it from your Bandcamp or Spotify profile, or your social media accounts if you have them) and send out updates on what’s going on. People have opted-in to this – they’ve let you know they’re into what you’re doing – so chances are they’re more ready to act on what you’re doing than if you have thousands of likes on your page.

And you want to make sure the machines are working in your favour beyond your conversation. Getting playlisted with similar artists, being seen on line-ups with bands who are likely to have fans who’d dig what you’re into, and finding a broader reach through getting coverage in the press and on radio are all still important in finding your way in front of people who might care.

Conversation > Connection > Consistency

Wherever you are looking for fans and trying to be discovered keep in mind that conversation, leads to a connection, and it’s then down to you to be consistent to maintain it and build on it. Don’t just show up when you have something to push at people (months of silence followed by ‘new single out now – buy please!’ is not a good look) but be around consistently and people will be more ready when you do have something happening.

Fan rewards

There are lots of ways you can reward fans who are showing you extra special report – they don’t have to be expensive, and they can feel inclusive even when they’re for only a few people. A great example recently came from indie folk band Sister John and Last Night From Glasgow records who sent a heart-shaped lathe cut vinyl of single Airport to just four people on Valentine’s Day 2019.

While the track went on general release digitally the following day the vinyl was a chance for the band to say thank you to a few people who had been supporters or gone to special efforts for the band, while also creating a collectable item. Lathe cut vinyl has no minimum run order so creating short runs is an option worth looking at.

Or maybe you want to be more personable with all those who have purchased your music. While signed copies are pretty standard (and still much-loved and collectable) LIINES made sure they included a hand-written note with each copy of their debut album they shipped.

With most of the run sold in pre-order this was no small task but the short notes thanking people for their support were appreciated by those receiving the record, and was a human touch in a world where an anonymous and robot-packed Amazon parcel is becoming the norm.

That personable approach can be taken at the end of every gig by making sure you head to your merch stand and are ready to chat with people – yes, you’ll have a lot of similar conversations over time but each conversation you have is also special and memorable. Not getting out to play shows or find conversation hard? You can be as personable online by showing up on your social media profiles and having conversations, not just pushing stuff.

How we can help you find your fans

If you’re ready to take control of your career and find success for your music on your terms then we’re here to help. We can help you plan for your next release through helping you find your audience, build an engaged fan base, gain coverage in the music press and airplay on radio as well as link you in to a national network of independent promoters and help you record and release your music.

Book your free 15 minute discovery call with Noble and Wild founder Sarah Lay where she will find out more about you and the ways we can work together. Book now – no obligation. Or check out other ways we can work together.

Workshops on How To Do It All Yourself as an independent musician

Noble and Wild lead Sarah Lay has teamed up with independent label Last Night From Glasgow to offer a full day of workshops for independent musicians and unsigned artists in Glasgow this March.

Including sessions on how to make money as an independent artist, how to do your own PR and panel sessions the event will be held at Stereo in Glasgow between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 16 March 2019. Tickets will be priced at £10 and include lunch, and entry to the evenings gig – a third birthday bash for Last Night From Glasgow with performances from Cloth, Sister John, Annie Booth, and Foundlings.

Places are limited so make sure you put your name on the list here.

Sarah has worked across the music industry for the last two decades and brings experience as an independent label owner as well as music journalist, PR and artist manager. She’s worked with independent artists and helped them to earn money from their music, build their fanbase, gain coverage, and find their own way to success.

She said, “Being unsigned or independent as an artist, band or musician is a choice these days and signing to a label or getting representation isn’t a necessity in order to grow a fan base, gain coverage or make money from your music.

“These workshops will share tips of the trade and share skills, and give bands a different way of thinking about what they do which will help them to get where they want to be.”

Event: How To Do It All Yourself with Reckless Yes and Last Night From Glasgow
Date: Saturday 16 March 2019, 11am-4pm
Location: Stereo, Glasgow
Cost: £10 including lunch and gig entry
Register your interest in one of the limited places here.

How to start planning for your music career in 2019

If you’re starting to look ahead to 2019 and making plans for your music, and resolutions to build on what you did in 2018, booking in for a free discovery call with Noble and Wild founder Sarah Lay may be a good first move.

The free call – which can be by phone, Skype or Zoom – will give you time with Sarah to go over where you’re at with your music and what you’d like to achieve in the next 12 months. Maybe you want to release a single or album, get some coverage or hear your songs on the radio, or perhaps you’re already gritting your teeth about another year of Facebook posts that reach no-one but feel obligatory. Or maybe you don’t know what you want to do – you just want to make music, and reach people who like it enough to buy and support you to do more.

With years of experience running a record label, putting on shows, managing artists, and working as a music journalist and PR Sarah can help you focus on the steps you need to take for success. Whether that’s learning a trick so those Facebook posts have a purpose, or knowing what you need to put in your press pack to get journalists to take a listen, or wondering what you need to do to command a fee for your gig efforts, or maybe you’re thinking about finding a manager to help you to the next stage with your music but aren’t sure of the pros and cons – Sarah can help guide you to success through sharing her experience across the industry in all of these areas and more.

Our calls and services – and Sarah’s ethos overall – is about helping you as an independent or DIY musician to keep creative control while moving toward your success. Whether you want to be signed by a label or are keen to go it alone Sarah will share practical steps and support you to get there.

What others say

Having worked with Sarah at Reckless Yes, the label through which Chorusgirl released second album Shimmer and Spin in 2018. Sarah worked with the band (alongside label co-founder Pete Darrington) on releasing the record on vinyl, CD and digital; planning a UK tour; and working with butilikeyou PR on a print, online and radio campaign while Sarah supported on social media planning.

“Highly recommend Sarah Lay – from our own experience, she’s absolutely excellent at mentoring, advice and inspiration!” – Silvi Wersing, Chorusgirl

Many Reckless Yes artists have used Snug Recording Company, a studio in Derby, including Grawl!x, Unqualified Nurse Band, Pet Crow, and Mighty Kids. Sarah has also worked with them on podcast recording.

“Having worked with indie record label Reckless Yes on various releases, we know that Sarah who co-runs the label is a total goldmine of information on all things PR, press and DIY (mainly because they’ve supported their artists to experiment and they know what works and what didn’t).” – Snug Recording Co.

Book now

There’s no obligation to take up Noble and Wild services off the back of the call and there’ll be no hard sell – if we think we can help you we’ll let you know but the calls are offered to help you focus first and foremost. Book your call here.

Already know where your music career focus is in 2019?

We’re running some workshops to help you get set up for success. Run as small group workshops Sarah will be sharing her skills and knowledge and there’ll be plenty of time for you to ask questions and get the answers specific to what you’re trying to do. We run day and evening sessions around the UK to fit around your other commitments, discounts for more than one member of a band to attend, and all our workshops currently have 50% off – bonus!

Waiting list sign up for:

If you’d like to find out about other ways to work with Sarah – including social media marketing, PR and plugging services, or our bespoke packages tailored to you – check out our services page or book in for a free 15 minute discovery call.

Events: making money, finding fans, and DIY PR – check out our next events

If you’re looking ahead to 2019 and wondering how you can make it a successful one with your music our latest batch of events may well be for you.

Whether you’re wondering how to earn money from your music, are feeling frustrated your social media efforts aren’t connecting you to fans, or you know you’ve got to run the PR gauntlet for you next release we’ve got you covered.

About our workshops

Our workshops are small group sessions to make sure you have a chance to ask plenty of questions and get advice from Noble and Wild founder Sarah Lay.

  • Where? We hold our workshops in various locations around the UK
  • When? We’ll be announcing our next dates in early January so sign up now to the waiting list to be the first to hear
  • How much? We’re offering 50% off our workshops at the moment meaning the two hour sessions an cost as little as £20.

 

About Sarah Lay

Our workshops are led by Sarah Lay, founder of Noble and Wild, and co-founder and head of creative at independent record label Reckless Yes.

She’s an artist manager and live promoter as well as a music journalist for publications including Loud&Quiet, Drowned In Sound, Louder Than War magazine, and Get It Her Ears, and a PR who’s found coverage for clients with 6Music, Radio X, Amazing Radio, Louder, The Line of Best Fit, The 405, For The Rabbits and more.

Added to this experience across the music industry she’s an award-winning content and experience specialist who loves to work collaboratively to support independent musicians create success on their terms through sharing the knowledge and skills she’s gained working with artists and labels.

Chat to her on Twitter and Instagram. If you’d like a free 15 minute, no obligation, discovery call about your music you can book one in with Sarah here.

More about our next events

How To Make Money From Music

If you’re playing gigs but barely making enough to cover your petrol, if you’re releasing tracks but never covering the cost of your distribution from your streaming royalties, and you’re always emptying your change jar to pay for rehearsal time this workshop is for you. We’re not churning out millionaires or selling get rich quick schemes but we can help you start to make money from your music through understanding your royalties, sharing different options and costs to releasing your music, and being able to command a fee for your live shows.

This is a two hour workshop and we’ll make sure you’ve got an action list to take away at the end of the session. Sign up here to be the first to hear about dates and locations for this workshop, and book early to get your 50% off early bird pricing.

Finding Fans: how to build a fan base eager for your music

Everyone has to have a Facebook page these days, right? But you also have to boost those posts if you want people to see them. Social media can take a lot of your time (and money) and not show you a definite return. We’ll help you find fans who want to buy your music and come to your gigs by showing you where your effort is best placed, and sharing some tips to get the most from social media and other ways of connecting to the people who love your music (and we don’t just mean your mum).

This is a two hour workshop and we’ll make sure you have a checklist and content plan to take away at the end of the session. Sign up here to be the first to hear about dates and locations for this workshop, and book early to get your 50% off early bird pricing.

DIY PR: going it alone for coverage for you next release

You’ve sent a hundred emails to every magazine, blog, playlister, and radio station you can find but the reviews aren’t coming. If you’re not ready or able to spend money with a PR this workshop is for you. We’ll make sure you reach more people with your next release by taking you through how to get the perfect press pack together, how to plan your timelines and crucially – how to get seen in a journalist’s inbox.

This is a half day course and the price includes refreshments. We’ll make sure you have a campaign template and checklist to take away at the end of the session. Sign up here to be the first to hear about dates and locations for this workshop, and book early to get your 50% off early bird pricing.

Don’t want to wait?

If you want to start working toward success with your music right now you can book in for a free, no obligation, 15 minute discovery call with Sarah Lay now. She’ll get to know you and your music to see how we might work together. You can also find other ways to work with us here.

What a band should put in their press pack

There’s more music press around than ever before and yet it can still be hard work to get your music covered online or in print. Take some of the chance out of it by checking out our guide to creating a great press pack for your next release.

Getting your music reviewed on a website or in a magazine, or getting your band featured in some other way, can help you tracks in front of new people and help to build a reputation for promoters and others. But even though there’s more music sites around than ever before competition is high and you need to find ways to stand out in a the overflowing inbox of journalists and bloggers and once you have you need to make sure they have all the info they need. Enter the carefully crafted perfect press pack.

If you’ve researched the submission guidelines for the publication and – even better – formed a genuine relationship with a writer based on what they’re already covering you’re in the best position to get your email opened. When that happens you want all the information needed to be provided in the right way and not to miss anything – doing so might mean you get passed over or something vital is missing from any coverage.

Creating a press pack for your band

Here’s our guide to what to include in the press pass for your next music release.

Introduce the band

This might sound obvious but it’s worth making sure the name of the band and the name of the release are clear, and you’ve included where you’re from / based as well as listed out the members. When working as a journalist I see this stuff is often missed as it’s so obvious / boring to you but for a writer it’s the basic detail they need for clarity.

If there’s a bit of a story to the release or how you came together, or how you work as a band then include this too – but the golden rule here is to keep it short. You can include an additional biography sheet as an attachment if you want to provide a full history or a deeper delve into your musical psyche but it’s not a must.

You might want to include a For Fans Of (FFO) line to give a flavour of your sound – but make sure this is truly representative and not just a wish list. If you’re not sure leave it out and let the journalist decide.

Include previous coverage

If you’ve had reviews or airplay already then include two or three choice quotes – and try to keep these fresh. It’s also worth including any impressive playlisting you’ve had – for example on a Spotify curated playlist or one with a good number of followers – and mentioning any shows or festival bookings associated with the release.

Provide great band photos and artwork

If you’re approaching an online publication remember they are likely to need both a landscape and portrait orientation image of the band, as well as a copy of the artwork, and these should be web optimised (at the right resolution for use online). For print, you need to supply at a much higher resolution.

Rather than attaching to the email or embedding them all in your one-sheet consider uploading a selection of clearly named images to Dropbox or similar and providing a link. Always – ALWAYS – include the photo credit in the name or metadata, and in the body of your email and one-sheet too.

Streams, downloads or physical copy?

The way you provide your music may need to differ by publication. For example, if you’re looking for a review in a print publication which specialises in vinyl releases you’re going to need to send them a copy of the record.

If you’re approaching online publications they may give guidance on formats on their submission page, may prefer to be approached through services like SubmitHub, or individual writers may prefer certain formats. I know writers who won’t review from anything but a physical copy and others who want everything as a stream in the first instance – it’s another reason it’s worth getting to know writers and what they want.

As a good rule of thumb it’s worth including a link to a Dropbox folder where MP3 or WAV files can be found, offering a download code for Bandcamp (where your tracks should be private until release day) and a link to a private Soundcloud (again, this should be private until release day – but make sure you supply the embed code in the email too). Got a video? Make it unlisted on YouTube and supply the link and the embed code in the email.

Remember your links

Finally it’s worth including additional information publications may want as standard – don’t make them work to find you online but include links to your social media profiles – Bandcamp, Spotify, Facebook etc – within the email. And make sure each of the places you’re providing a link to are up to date and show your complete information, and vitally – are obviously being used to share with people and don’t have a last post from six months ago and tumbleweeds ever since.

If you have live dates around the release then make sure they’re included too – date, venue, city, support bands / supporting information, and ticket links. The more you provide to a publication in a ready-to-go format the more likely it is to be included.

And that’s it – you’re all set.

Ready to get your music in front of music journalists and bloggers?

If you’re ready to take control of your career and find success for your music on your terms then we’re here to help. We can help you plan for your next release through helping you find your audience, build engaged fans, gain coverage in the music press and airplay on radio as well as link you in to a national network of DIY promoters and help you record and release your music.

Book your free 15 minute discovery call with Noble and Wild founder Sarah Lay where she will find out more about you and the ways we can work together. Book now – no obligation. Or check out other ways we can work together.

The Hudson Super 6 – Ride The Tiger EP coverage

The Hudson Super 6 Ride The Tiger EP artworkThe Hudson Super 6 EP Ride The Tiger is due for digital release on 9 June 2017 via Ingue Records.

This campaign covered online and radio and coverage will be updated as it is available.

  • “They describe themselves as ‘dark ‘n’ dirty porno blues rock’ and there is a certain muckiness to this new one, which might just be the best thing they’ve done so far” – Hidden Herd
  • “they mercilessly bludgeon your eardrums with some mean and moody rocking it out” – Ralph’s Life blog
  • “a record of punchy and raucous rock music. No drama, no fluff and no filler” – Storge
  • Vents Magazine – EP announcement
  • Circuit Sweet – EP announcement
  • Storge – video announcement
  • Morphettes online radio
  • Ralph’s Life, Radio KC

 

For all press enquiries: sarah@wearenobleandwild.com

You Want Fox – Liar Liar coverage round-up

You Want Fox Liar Liar artworkYou Want Fox single Liar Liar was released digitally via Reckless Yes on 10 March.

This campaign covered online and radio.

  • John Kennedy – X-Posure on Radio X
  • Charlie Ashcroft – Audition on Amazing Radio
  • “bold and heavy rock riffs paired with catchy pop choruses” – Louder Than War online feature
  • “The vocals are sweet, the guitars are menacing and the drums back everything expertly. It’s Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ for rock fans. It’s the perfect pop song.” Grrrls With Guitars
  • “‘Oozing sex appeal, but possessing bigger balls than their male counterparts”Hidden Herd
  • “Equal parts lipstick pouts and knife fights, they’re most aptly summed up as Be Your Own Pet meets Melvins”LeftLion feature
  • “a glorious blend of power and sweetness, softness and steel.”Listen with Monger
  • “they effortlessly fuse girly pop sensibilities with the rifferama ding dong of say Royal Blood or The White Stripes. It works so well, as the polar opposites of their pretty harmonies collide with the feeling your arse is being savaged by a snarling rottweiler.”NeonFiller
  • “loud, raucous, but also a whole lot of fun”Even The Stars
  • LOUD WOMEN ezine (March edition) – featured video
  • Girls On The Rock Show, NGDigital
  • Punky Radio
  • Interview with Dean Jackson – BBC Introducing East Midlands
  • Andy Wilbury radio show
  • Pop That Goes Crunch (LA) radio show
  • Radio Lantau (Hong Kong)
  • Nusic (Nottingham) radio show and podcast.

For all press enquiries: sarah@wearenobleandwild.com

Pet Crow – A Simple Guide To Small And Medium Pond Life – press coverage

Pet Crow album artworkPet Crow’s debut album A Simple Guide To Small And Medium Pond Life is released on Reckless Yes Records on 24 February 2017. You can buy your copy here.

The press campaign covered online, print and radio as well as online and print advertising.

This is a round-up of coverage for the campaign:

  • “Rapturous guitars and so much more going on there” – John Kennedy Radio X show X-Posure
  • 7/10 album review in Louder Than War magazine (February issue)
  • Charlie Ashcroft Amazing Radio
  • “‘Shake it Out’ is a punk-funk classic dragged straight from the noughties indie dancefloor and transported back to a 60s Sonics gig.”The National Student
  • “Sounding like Patti Smith fronting MC5 times ten”Bearded Magazine
  •  “fun, frenetic and full of verve “- Upset Magazine
  • “Blaring with mind-jarring garage-pop that is infused with no-nonsense riot grrrl sensibilities, the song is anthemic and infectious. It is full of attitude yet there is an undercurrent of innocence.” – The Revue
  • “a great mixture of sixties style garage and surf rock, new wave with a smattering of a more optimistic version of post punk in there too and it is all smothered with an infectious pop sensibility coursing right through it”Circuit Sweet
  • “garage rock but the time signatures give it a bit of an arty twist”LeftLion
  • “Tracks such as Pressure Sores, Bazwatch and Let Your Hair Down are straight up garage rock/ riot grrrl anthems. Where as songs such as Shake It Out add a bass and drum driven groove to show a more The Julie Ruinesq. danceable side to the band.”Storge
  • “A band on the rise and one you will love and adore in no time at all”Circuit Sweet
  • Mention in Loud Women eZine 
  • “There are elements of a myriad of influences and styles: slacker pop in the mould of Menace Beach, drone rock like Hookworms on closing track Absorbed, ’60’s garage bands like The Zombies, and straight ahead punk straight from 1976.”Louder Than War online album review
  • Album of the Week on Kool Strings
  • “Drawling squalling vocals, playful chiming guitar and a rhythm section that is heavy on the cow bell and grooving on the bass lines” – Louder Than War album announcement
  • Circuit Sweet album announcement
  • Two mentions from Derby local online media storge.co.uk – best Derby releases of 2016 (for EP Pet Soundz) and releases to look forward to in 2017 (for this album) – storge.co.uk
  • Advertising in Louder Than War magazine, online with Storge and Louder Than War.

For all press enquiries: sarah@wearenobleandwild.com

LIINES – coverage round up

unspecified-40On behalf of Reckless Yes Records we’ve been working on the single and tour campaign for Manchester post-punk trio LIINES. 

Out now digitally and on 7″ vinyl the double-A of Disappear and Be Here is the band’s first on a physical format and for Reckless Yes, who also handle their management.

You can buy the single in either format here.

Coverage for LIINES – Disappear / Be Here:

  • “Both songs have an inescapable urge with rolling bass runs directly locking in with the vocal melody. While hi-hats and a dissonant guitar mark the offbeats in ‘Disappear’, ‘Be Here’ can boost a bona fide sing-along chorus.”The Quietus
  • “perfect slice of post-punk pop”God Is In The TV
  • “The driving bassline and crisp vocals invoking comparisons to the likes of Savages, LIINES are certainly ones to watch.”Louder Than War
  • “On ‘Disappear’, machine gun snares, pumping high hats blend with screeching jarring guitars in a minimalist post punk symphony, while McVeigh’s voice soars above. The bassline sounds new wave and drives everything forward.”Collapseboard
  • “These dark festival tent stages are perfect for LIINES’ sharp angular assault on the senses.”Even the Stars
  • “‘Disappear’ is a fraught slice of punk rock with echoes of Sleater Kinney, Elastica and Fugazi in the mix. It’s urgent and vital stuff.”The National Student
  • Interview with Are We Alive
  • Interview with Louder Than War
  • “By the end of their live set, the audience are almost as breathless as Zoe, who delivers a performance that lays everything bare and holds nothing back whilst Steph struts effortless cool like all great bass players, visually detached from what’s going on around her but absolutely atuned to her band mates and Leila’s drumming is so often the driving force behind the songs.”Even the Stars
  • “The raw vocals and deliberately dissonant accents of Disappear give the song a heart-fluttering intensity, whilst Be Here provides a shout-along chorus. The two songs are different faces of the same coin, dark and bitter, made sharp by their simplicity. By keeping it simple, LIINES extract the maximum amount of power from their songs. The anger in both tracks is palpable, and the tunes are sure to be a live favourite.”Are We Alive?
  • “‘Be Here’ is one of our favourites from the Manchester based trio,  it’s edgy,snarly “post-apocalyptic pop” (which as a definition probably makes less sense than “post-punk”). Expect them to make  Brobdingnagian strides in 2017.”Von Pip Musical Express
  • “Direct and uncompromsing, LIINES are a band at the top of their game at the moment.”Even the Stars (live review of 26 November Manchester AATMA show)
  • Louder Than War ones to watch 2017
  • Local press from Manchester Evening News and Bury Times.
  • Radio play on John Kennedy (Radio X), Shell Zenner (Amazing Radio), Charlie Ashcroft (Amazing Radio), The Rumble (Radio Andra), The Wildcard Show (FCUM Radio), Unsigned Radio Guide (Amazing Radio), Get In Her Ears (Hoxton Radio), Morphettes podcast, Music Is My Radar.
  • Advertising in Louder Than War magazine (print)
  • Online promotion via Scruff of the Neck, We Are LIINES, Reckless Yes.

Previous press coverage and other information is on the LIINES website.

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