I’ve recently drawn your attention to Creeping Bent Records on Patreon and the indie-label Last Night From Glasgow with the suggestion that your financial support would provide great value for money.

Technically, I’m on the soapbox again, but this time you don’t have to dig deep into your pockets to enjoy some music, although the option is there if you wish to do so.

I never imagined that I would have gone down the road of supporting so much music that was given a digital rather than a physical release. I do still prefer to have something on vinyl or CD if things are available in such a format, but so many singers and bands are using bandcamp that I’d be a Luddite if I didn’t avail myself of what’s on offer there.

As of this morning, I have 155 items in my bandcamp collection, a small number of which I also have in CD or vinyl, but for the likes of The Affectionate Punch, everything is of the digital nature – 15 singles/EPs in total.

The collective usually make their music freely available, with the most recent efforts being the four-track Just A Phase EP which was recorded in December 2020/January 2021.  As ever, you never quite know what wonderful sounds are going to emerge from these DIY, but far from lo-fi, recordings given the range of influences from which the collective draw inspiration.

This time round, those of you who like your early 80s Cure crossed with Zoo Records from the same era are in for a bit of a treat with the lead song from the latest EP:-

mp3: The Affectionate Punch – Insubstantial

It turns out that your humble author provided the inspiration for the title of one of the other tracks on the EP.  Click here for more info.

I’ve been in dialogue with TAP in recent days, and I’m delighted to say that further new material is imminent, with every chance that it’ll get a very early airing on this blog.  From the early demo that I’ve heard of the music, it is going to down a different, darker and road than much of the other material….stay tuned!




  1. Very much enjoyed Insubstantial and the new direction from
    TAP. As JC says, anyone fond of The Cure, especially earlier Cure,
    will find something to love in this. Well played, TAP.

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