Twelfth Day of Halloween: DW is 8!

Issue 9Halloween is special to us. The eve of All Saints’ Day marks DrunkenWerewolf’s Christmas, birthday and heyday if ever there was one. In previous years we’ve celebrated with a booming house party that nearly landed us with an ASBO, a werewolf flashmob, a new music showcase and more besides. This year we’re keeping things digital, but there’s plenty to gorge on. Over the next twelve days, as per the carol, we’ll be posting tricks and treats to the g(l)ory of our readers.

Our first installment comes in the form of this, a special kind of retrospective. In 2013 DrunkenWerewolf suffers its eighth birthday – a decade away from the legal drinking age and creeping closer still to secondary school. To celebrate our hopefully ongoing life, our Constant Gardner Tiffany Daniels takes a look back at zine covers of years past, and discovers things her pickled mind had not-purposefully forgotten about.

DrunkenWerewolf began as an idea born out of frustration. By 2005 I was immersed in new music through legal and not so legal downloading sites, treasuring a huge selection of undiscovered artists thanks to recommendations from complete strangers. Weirdly, most of them were from New Mexico. The problem was, perhaps understandably given their source and the relative lack of blogs at the time, no British music publication covered these underground and up and coming acts, and I kind of wanted to know more.

Without stepping on the toes of our History section too much, what eventually came to light was the DrunkenWerewolf zine. This was a space for artists and writers to express their thoughts on new music in whatever form they saw fit. It was also a place for me to push new artists on the unsuspecting listener, and rant about Bad Music. Our team of illustrators put pencil to paper while a select few tapped away on keyboards in their squat-like bedrooms, churning out recommendations, reviews and features revolving around selected acts.

As a disclaimer, feel free to request a PDF of any of the zines listed below by emailing tiffany@drunkenwerewolf.com.

Issue 1: featuring Kat Flint, Art Brut, Frank Turner, UggaMugga, Harry and the Potters, Victory Collapse, Venus Bogardus, Oh Bijou

We’re going to say it; the first issue was fucking huge. It was so large I nearly gave up midway through and abandoned the project as an overenthusiastic, stupid notion. I spent the most part of Christmas 2007 sticking paper to the back of cereal boxes in a bad attempt to make the page design look pretty. Fortunately and despite my lack of Blue Peter knowledge, I caught the fever, and consequently the online blog became a lot more focused too. DrunkenWerewolf had at this point been around for three years, but like a dumbfounded toddler, we were only just finding our feet.

Issue 2: featuring Rhysmix, Captain Polaroid, Bishop Allen, Kitty Solaris, Manda Rin, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Old Time Relijun

I remember this issue specifically because Old Time Relijun continues to be most difficult musician I have ever encountered. The questions a writer sent to him were returned to me, the Editor, as “inadequate”. Three times. Eventually we pulled some sort of response from the singer songwriter, but it was so crammed full of theological theory I barely understood what he was saying.

Issue3Issue 3: The Bristol Special, featuring You and the Atom Bomb, Safetyword, Countryside, Rachael Dadd, Rasha Shaheen, Venus Bogardus, Paul Hawkins

The Bristol Special was realised over the course of the summer of 2006 but printed back up in Liverpool, where I was living at the time. Handily, a friend hosted a gig at Korova with You and the Atom Bomb and Safetyword later in the month, so copies were quickly dispatched and sold out. I didn’t really think about the possibility of this being an issue when I started the installment.

Issue 4: The Brighton Special, featuring The Go! Team, Talkshow Boy, Michael McLinn, Bela Emerson, Hamilton Yarns, I’m Being Good, Purr Records

One might ask why Talkshow Boy, a Melbourne based lo-fi musician, and Purr Records, then located in Bath, feature in a Brighton special. The answer is fairly simple: we ran out of acts. Or at least, the short lived sub-editor put in charge of this issue while I took my exams ran out of acts. In retrospect we shouldn’t have rushed it and I should have retained control, but the presence of The Go! Team and ambitions to make the zine bimonthly pushed the release.

Issue 5: featuring Lupen Crook, Kiran and the Night Owls, Untitled Musical Project, The Delta Fiasco, Planningtorock, Day for Airstrike, The Old Romantic Killer Band, Tim Holehouse

This is where I start to feel old, because I clearly remember putting this issue together, like it was yesterday. I remember the art work coming through and feeling particularly pleased with it. I can remember inserting the text around those alien themed borders. Jenny Hardcore lent us a photograph of hers for the front cover and it looks really professional and grown up. There were page numbers, and everything. It was a good day in the DW Design office.

Issue 6: featuring Jeremy Warmsley, Rose Kemp, Littlelostdavid, Pengilly’s, The Housewives, Betty & The Werewolves, Brontosaurus Chorus

This was a bad day in the DW Design office. All of the text slipped down on several pages to overlap the illustration. I photocopied 200 before I realised. Bad day. Bad, bad day.

Issue 7: featuring Polly Scattergood, Das Wanderlust, Penny Broadhurst, The Jealous Girlfriends, Serows, Jenny Hardcore

At this point several musicians had begun to write for us regularly. Penny, Laura from Das Wanderlust and Jeremy Warmsley all chipped in for at least five issues. I still attribute DrunkenWerewolf’s early success to their involvement. How it came about I can’t tell you. I was incredibly unorganised at this point so I think we basically lucked out.

Issue 8: featuring Caitlin Rose, Lisa Mitchell, Isa & The Filthy Tongues, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Haunted Stereo

Behold everyone: Caitlin Rose’s first ever piece of UK press, published around the beginning of 2007. Okay, so she’s rubbing shoulders with a future X Factor contestant, but we can’t always get it right, can we?

Issue 9Issue 9: featuring Mumford and Sons, Cherbourg, The Victorian English Gentlemens Club, Emily Stern, Esben and the Witch, The Ethical Debating Society, An Axe, Cuthbert and the Night Walkers

Cuthbert are the band that time forgot. They released one amazing song and then disappeared, the selfish so and so’s. Mumford and Sons, on the other hand...

Issue 10: featuring Jeremy Warmlsey, Lupen Crook, Das Wanderlust, Filthy Little Angels, House of Strange, OLO Worms, King Charles, Buffalo Clover

I can pinpoint this issue exactly because it was published for our 5th birthday party, the aforementioned ill-fated, ASBO threat inducing house party in November 2007. Though the line up is still stunning, we were a bit lazy and asked all of our regulars to contribute. It includes an amazing rant about education by Lupen Crook, specifically.

Issue 11: featuring Tristen, The Indelicates, Rachael Dadd, This is the Kit, Tristram, Laura Hocking, Naomi Hates Humans

Oh God this was confusing. I was going for Tristen, I accidentally booked Tristram, realised my mistake and booked both of them.

Issue 12: featuring Johnny Flynn, Frightened Rabbit, Lissie, Pearl and the Puppets, Adelaide’s Cape, Laura Stevenson and the Cans

Here marks the beginning of my obsession with all things Laura Stevenson. Also the first time anyone bellowed "HEY JOURNO" at me, courtesy of Lissie's tour manager.

Issue 13: featuring Mystery Jets, Paul Hawkins, Pete Roe, Bear Driver, Woodpecker Wooliams

There was a gap between Issues 12 and 13; how long I couldn’t tell you, but long enough for me to finally get my act together and sort out a coherent, fixed design. Consequently Issue 13 better resembles a magazine than what came before it, though it was still printed in the basement of the University of Liverpool’s library. I had to sneak in without a card at this point as I'd graduated and was poor.

Issue 14: featuring Kyla la Grange, Nat Johnson, Islet, This is the Kit, Heidi Talbot, Pengilly’s

The last issue from Liverpool before I moved back home to Bristol. I think we revisited Pengilly’s here because I felt so awful about their previous issue being shit. Also, we’ve interviewed This is the Kit more times than I thought.

Issue 15: featuring Melissa Auf der Maur, Jenny and Johnny, Emmy the Great, The Twilight Sad, K Anderson, Heathers

This issue nearly gave me a heart attack. Firstly Jenny Lewis’ PR actually offered us an interview with her. We didn’t have to beg or anything. And then, clearly drunk on life, I decided to give Melissa Auf der Maur a shot. It worked. I had to have a lie down followed by a stiff drink. This was a crowning moment on the DW timeline.

Issue 16Issue 16: featuring Jeffrey Lewis, Johnny Foreigner, True Womahood, Rhosyn, The Hysterical Injury, Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell

I interviewed Jeffrey in the basement of Cafe Kino, Bristol with his band sound checking behind me. It was loud, and he wouldn’t eat his dinner at the same time as talking to me because he said it was rude.

Issue 17: featuring The Thermals, Boy & Bear, Valentina, My First Tooth, Polly & the Billets Doux

With the exception of The Thermals, this issue is a bit boring. I think it was nearing Christmas, which would explain it.

Issue 18: featuring Follow That Bird, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Thomas Tantrum, The Coathangers, Roxy Rawson, Ghosting Season, Oax, Balto

This is an issue of bands that I continue to love while everyone else continues to ignore them. Oax are particularly worth checking out, and Follow That Bird are about to release a new album under the name of Mirror Travel.

Issue 19: featuring Slow Club, She Makes War, Beth Jeans Houghton, Youngblood Hawke, Bravo Brave Bats, Phil the Tremolo King

For this issue our fresh faced sub editor Alice Slater spoke to Phil the Tremolo King, now also a regular writer, about being generally awesome. It’s such an amazing, inspiring interview and definitely in my Top Five moments. Also the front cover of this issue looks nice.

Issue 20: featuring EMA, Marissa Nadler, Among Brothers, Love Inks, Emily Scott

A line up that reflects our move from zine to magazine; this issue also came with a cardboard cover and proper printed paper. It’s almost like we were moving towards greater things or something...

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