LATEST NEWS - 1st November 2005

Welcome to the all new look Tough Guy's Music website! This time you will be able to access pages, reviews and links much easier than before. If you would like me to put a link to your band's website, or want me to review your band's EP, all you have to do email me by clicking

The 2005 TGM Awards are only three weeks away - celebrating the best in local music in Cumbria and SW Scotland, with a total of thirteen awards up for grabs, covering a range of awards from EP and Song to Bands's Genre and Band's Area, as well as the big gong itself, Best Band (Overall). These awards are voted by you - and you have the power to decide who you want to win in each award. The nominations for all the awards that are up for grabs are all ready to view by clicking HERE - and you can also view last year's winners of the 2004 TGM Awards by clicking HERE!

TGM has also followed suit with many of the local bands and promoters in Cumbria and SW Scotland and have gone My Space! Yep, TGM has its own My Space page, giving you the lastest news from TGM HQ. You can get to the My Space page by going to the Links page or by clicking HERE! If your band has a page on either My Space or Pure Volume and would like it added to the Links Page, just email me via the link above the News logo.

The UK and US Charts (30th October to 5th November 2005) are updated. Find out what singles and albums have made the Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic.

We have EP reviews galore for you all to view. We are building up the EP Review page as we speak, with brand new reviews of EP from many of the top and upcoming local bands. We currently have MS Recordings' ctrlaltdelete and Skoud's new EP's, ready for you to view, as well as Synko first full length album. All you have to do is click the EP Reviews button, or if you can't be arsed moving your mouse to the left, you can always click HERE!

In the Spring, you will have heard the news of the departure of Chris Hewitt from ctrlaltdelete, and has been replaced by Simon Papeleo from Second to Last and Joey Cohen Riot fame. You can read the original transcript of the original three keys after their performance at last August's Papfest by clicking HERE!

Each year, I compile my own End Of Year Top 40, featuring songs from the Official UK Top 40. The Top 40 Of the Year page includes the Top 40 for 200, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. To find out which songs made it into each chart, just click the button above or you can just click HERE to see!

The Brickyard, Carlisle, will be celebrating the memory and legacy of the late John Peel by hosting a week of live music, entitled John Peel Week from Monday 24th to 29th October. Each night will feature different live bands from local acts like Overdriven Unknown and Second To Last, to non-local acts like The Most Terrifying Thing, Monkey Boy, This Is Seb Clarke and Skeletal Family, as well as the Brickyard's own Rhythmic Voodoo night. More details are on the Gig Listings page, as well as the Brickyard's website, which can be accessed via the Links page.

The Venue, Dumfries, present the Trick Or Freak night, celebrating Halloween, on Friday 28th October, featuring live music from Turbyne, Genetik Blueprint and Sadie Hawkins Dance.

The New School Of Rock/Nokia Raw Tour comes to the Brickyard on Halloween night (31st October), with live music from Tokyo Dragons, The Sound Explosion and The Answer.

The following local EP's/Albums are available to buy:

Acrimonious Anguish - "Beat Your Meat For Metal"
Adelphi -
"Summer Song"
A New Design
- "Untitled"
A Weaker Way - "Roses Are Black"
The Olly Alcock Band - "Why The Long Face"
Call Of Duty
- "Call Of Duty LP"
Canned Laughter
- "Up In Smoke"
The Citizen - "No Standing On Air"
- "Things To Come..."
- "Mondegrass"
Finding Emo
- "I Think We Agree... The Past Is Over"
5 Divinity Avenue
- "Enlightenment"
The Forgotten North
- "The Berlin Chronicles"
- "High And Lonely"
- "Seconds Out... Round 3"
Last Dance Massacre
- "The Apology"
Last Kiss Goodbye
- "Necrophobic"
The Last Picture Show
- "This Train/Never"
Let Airplanes Circle Overhead
- "Let Airplanes Circle Overhead LP"
Mental Note
- "Cover Your Eyes And Dance"
- "Out Of The Count"
Motive Sounds Compilation
(2CD featureing 30 top local bands past and present, including Second To Last, Nush, Anodize, Ctrl Alt Delete, Joey Cohen Riot, Starla, Reluctant To Speak, Synko and MANY MANY more)
Novasmoke - "...Just Couldn't Help Myself"
Persistence - "The Khuddus EP"
The Psychedelic Underground - "Step Inside"
Reluctant To Speak - "Two Iced Waters With Ice"
Second To Last - "We Are Gong On The Bear Valley Trail"
Self Titled - "Self Titled EP"
- "Systems And Drafts"
Skunk - "On a Good Day"
Snooky - "Deflower"
Something Stupid - "Thieves And Rich Kids"
- "Subject To Change"
Tauntra - "Stories Set In Sound"
23 - "Twenty Three"