A Year In The Life Of TNSrecords – 2016

It’s that time of year when people start writing their reviews of the year. It’s been a fairly busy old year for TNS so we thought we’d take the opportunity to recap what has probably been our most successful year to date.

It’s safe to say we started it as we meant to go on. With complete chaos. We hosted a New Year’s Eve party at Gulliver’s in Manchester. Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man went onstage at 11.30, then stopped at 11.55 for everyone to have a complimentary shot of Jagermeister (cheers Steffi Price) before bursting into a suitably ramshackle version of Auld Lang Syne, before finishing the remainder of the set. It’s safe to say that human pyramids and walls of death are a great way to start any year.

We were back at Gulliver’s later that month for our last TNS gig for the forseeable future. It was a TNS all-dayer, headlined by Faintest Idea. After our 10 Year Anniversary gig in 2014 we had decided to get others involved (our good friends at Moving North and Anarchistic Undertones) and use the April date we had traditionally used for the TNS birthday gig for Manchester Punk Festival. Whilst MPF is something we are exceptionally proud of it’s also a ridiculous amount of work. We realised that evening that we were definitely spreading ourselves too thin by trying to do everything. For the same reasons that our zine is currently in hiatus and that our podcast is infrequent right now, something else had to give.

We felt that by putting the TNS gigs into hiatus we would have more time to spend on the label and MPF, so as we were packing up after the gig we decided a break was needed. It was a hard decision, but we’re sure we will be back one day and Manchester certainly isn’t short of amazing punk promoters. We’re not sure we are really even leaving a gap. We want putting on a gig to be something we’re excited about rather than something that is forced. Quite simply, you just can’t do everything. We all have so many amazing memories from the 12 years of TNS gigs and for that reason, we certainly think this is an extended break rather than stopping forever. We’ll see.

As well as being the last band to play a TNS gig, Faintest Idea were also our first release of a busy year. ‘Increasing The Minimum Rage’ is their third TNS album and their finest release to date, showcasing their two-tone infused street ska sound perfectly. Many positive reviews followed and their live shows are attracting more and more people every time. 2017 could be a huge year for them.

2016 also saw us releasing new full length albums for Stoj Snak, Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man, Wonk Unit and Pizzatramp. We also had a couple of collectively released 7”s from Matilda’s Scoundrels and Shot! as well as continuing to release the Wonk Unit back catalogue on vinyl for the first time. Their second album, ‘Trolleys – Thank You’ was our second of the reissues series. Our very good friend from Denmark, Stoj Snak released his Screamer/Songwriter album. This is folk punk at its very best! We are delighted he’s going to be playing at MPF in 2017.

‘Colossal Velocity’ by Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man was the bands third on the label. It also received a fantastic critical response (it was the first TNS release to be reviewed in Kerrang!, getting a great 4K review). Clocking in 17 tracks in just over 20 minutes you’d expect fast and angry music, you’d be right!

Wonk Unit have had an absolutely incredible year, with many tours, including playing huge venues alongside Slaves. Their ‘Mr Splashy’ album is an instant classic, combining punk, indie, ska and many other sounds to make a truly original sound. We can’t wait to see what 2017 holds for this band as they continue to tour constantly.

Pizzatramp are a new band to the TNS roster. We saw them for the first time this year and were blown away by their fast, aggressive and riff driven punk rock. We are so happy to have added them to the TNS family. Again, next year could be huge for these guys.

We also co-released a couple of excellent 7”s for bands that were new to the label. Matilda’s Scoundrels play superb folk punk and are currently recording their debut album. London’s Shot! play an awesome and distinctive blend of hardcore and punk n’ roll. Both bands will also be gracing the MPF stages in 2017.

We have also continued to distro music and zines from all over the world. It’s certainly not just about our own releases. We have some amazing music in the distro right now. Due to time and money restraints we can’t release every band we love but hopefully we can help a few more people to hear their music.

In April we had the second ever Manchester Punk Festival. We were absolutely over the moon that it sold out ahead of the festival. It really couldn’t have gone much better. Every band had a great crowd and everyone seemed to have an incredible time. It was amazing seeing DIY bands playing to huge audiences. It really is awesome what can be achieved when like-minded people work together, pooling their resources and ideas. We are well on with plans for 2017.

Next year’s MPF is set to be even bigger and better. It absolutely blows our minds that we have booked bands like Paint It Black and Strike Anywhere. Not only are these legendary bands that we are huge fans of, they are also bands who really get the DIY ethos of the festival. The future of MPF is something we are incredibly excited by. We hope you can join us in 2017.

The DIY scene in general seems to be going from strength to strength. We’ve all been to/played so many amazing gigs this year and there are absolutely incredible individual scenes in so many places. It’s so cool to see how many people are supporting DIY bands, gigs and labels. Long may it continue! We were going to make a list of small gigs and festivals people should check out but that would do a disservice to any that we miss. Just find out what local gigs are happening near you, get out and support them. You will not be disappointed.

We have so much planned for 2017 already. We already have several releases already lined up that you will hear about very soon. We really hope you can join us for a huge party at MPF.

In February/March we’ll be doing a big TNS showcase tour with Wonk Unit, Roughneck Riot, Revenge Of… and Faintest Idea playing a series of dates across the UK. In the true spirit of DIY gigs we believe that every band on the bill should be supported. So we won’t be announcing the running orders until the gig actually starts. Get down early. It’s all going to be a lot of fun. We hope you can join us for the ride.

TNS would like to say a massive thanks to every single person who has supported what we do over the past 12 months. We really couldn’t exist without you. We do all this in our spare time alongside full time jobs. So many people help out with what we do. We hope you know how much we appreciate your time and effort.

Please keep supporting DIY music. Every single sale makes a difference to a label like TNS. Every single person through the door at a DIY event makes it viable for that event to happen.

TNS Summer Sale Extended

We have extended the TNSrecords summer sale until the end of the month. You can now grab loads of punk rock goodies from the TNS distro with 25% off. Just head to the webstore and use the code ‘TNSaleAug14’ by the 21st August to get 25% off everything in the TNS webstore (except t-shirts). We have some amazing releases coming up that we are really proud of, we just need your help to pay for them. If you want the label to continue we need your support. Every purchase of our releases and stock from the distro makes a massive difference to us and is really appreciated. It makes running the label slightly less hard work. Please don’t presume that loads of people are buying the releases.

Keep your eyes pealed one will be announced very soon. As usual, every penny that we make from TNS straight back in to help us release new music. We run the label in our spare time on a not-for-profit basis. This is a great time to support what we do whilst picking up some new music.

TNSaleExtensionAlthough not included in the sale, we have also just released some new t-shirt and hoodie designs. The TNS bear is available both on black and white tees as well as on a hoodie. You can also now pick up the popular TNShark ‘Mainstream Music Is Shit’ t-shirts and hoodies which are back by popular demand! Check them all out HERE!

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Thank You! A Quick TNSreleases Sale.

We cannot begin to fully put in to words how absolutely blown away we were with the TNS 10th Birthday celebrations. The support we received across the whole weekend was so humbling. The attendance far exceeded our wildest expectations. It was awesome. We are now starting to recover so we thought we should show some appreciation in return and help any new people to TNSrecords to check out what we do. We are going to have a quick 25% off sale on all TNS releases. We are off driving around Europe in a van with Revenge Of… from the 19th to 27th, so the sale is on until we return. We also want you to hear as many new bands as possible. So any order of 3 CDs or more will get a free TNS compilation as well.

TNS all-dayer2Taken by Pay No More Than… Photography

Anyway, before we give you more information on that, we had so much help in putting the weekend’s TNS party on we should thank everyone involved. We are inevitably going to miss someone, as this was such a collective effort and so many people got involved. For that we can only apologise, our memories aren’t what they used to be for some reason.

Mikey Wong, as usual, did an awesome job at making sure that everyone heard that the gig was happening. He was helped by all the members of the street team who help us get flyers in people’s hands across the UK. Fizzy did countless jobs making sure everything was ready, packing parcels and sorting the distro out. Sam sat on the door all day, as she has many times in the past, making life so much easier for us, as well as doing loads of little jobs that no-one sees. Both of these girls put up with lots of TNStress, so thanks loads to them. Loads of people helped run the distro during the day; thank you Tom, Laura, Col, Kathy and Dani.

All-dayer Cake

Kim made a cake. Probably the best cake the world has ever seen. We can’t get our heads around how long that would take or even how it is possible. And that is not to say Charlotte’s cake wasn’t fantastic too; both of them went way above our expectations, plus both cakes tasted amazing! Cheers to Ricky for the pizzas at the Bay Horse. Col, Mike, Mikey, and Davey helped out with some boring tasks that you wouldn’t want to wish on anyone. Dazzler and Tree stepped in at the last minute to make sure that the after show actually happened. Big Hands, Emz, Jack, Dave and Fizzy helped set everything up, carrying loads of stuff… basically lots of things that you don’t want to do when you’re hung-over. Cheers to everyone who took such amazing photographs of the bands and shared them with the world. Then we come to the video below, which was a complete surprise to us and blew our minds when we saw it for the first time on Friday. Thank you to everyone involved, you can see all their faces in the video… well apart from Scott who filmed and edited it all. Finally, to all the bands that played. Everyone gave it their all and, at the end of the day, is the reason we were all there. What a show!

And thank YOU for your support. We want to make sure that great underground music is heard by as many people as possible. If people don’t come to the gigs, buy records, spread the word, then this wouldn’t happen at all. On that note, we are having this sale. Just use the code ‘THANKYOU2014’ when you check out, between now and 27 April, to get 25% off all TNS releases.

**We are away until 27 April so orders will only be sent out when we return.**

If you are looking for other great weekends to hurt your livers at you should definitely check out 0161 Festival and Strummercamp Festival, which are both happening in May. Thanks again. See you at the Restarts gig on 14th June.

Check out Pay No More Than… Photography for more pictures of the gig.

TNS all-dayer 3Taken by Pay No More Than… Photography