Rad Releases 20 – Ethan of Tone Deaf Creatures
It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2020 rapidly approaches and we quickly want to move away from this year- we take a personal look back on familiar names, labels, promoters, and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. In what has been a challenging year for all, the one constant has been how artists and their labels have adapted and produced some of the best records of our time and it’s those releases that have the audience has depended on to get them through the year.
This year the Rad Releases special celebrates 10 years, to mark the decade-long feature we let our favorites take over the site to tell us the records that have kept them going throughout this trying year. Telling us how they’ve adapted, if they’ve returned to a loved record and what we can look forward to from them next year.
Our next takeover is the final in two parts, as we hand over to Ethan of Tone Deaf Creatures. Tone Deaf Creatures are a South Wales based live music promotions company consisting of Rich and Ethan. In the pre-pandemic world, the pair worked relentlessly curating and hosting some unmissable live events, when their world was paused the pair continued to promote music any way they could. Throughout the summer the promoters turned to hosting several special Facebook live Q+A sessions with various musicians, labels and promoters, connecting their audience to such key members of their musical community. Both Rich and Ethan have continued to use their platform to promote and unite and we are in awe. Now Ethan tells us more on his year in music…
1000 Gecs & The Tree of Clues – 100 Gecs
100 Gecs are one of my favourite artists right now, I discovered them through the Youtube Channel The Punk Rock MBA & if you haven’t heard of them yet the Hyper-pop group are insane. A really refreshing mix of everything I grew up loving all blended into one terrifying remix album with guest artists out of the wazoo.
The Return Of No Point – My Name Is Ian
If I was a Gentoo Penguin, I would find you the smoothest pebble is the stunning lead single off of this edition of My Name Is Ians discography & it’s brimming with musical intricacy & amusing & off beat lyricism. If you haven’t heard of the band before get to know as they are class, the live performances are a sight to behold.
I Let It In & It Took Everything – Loathe
Loathe are insane, I love this band. Rich (my Tone Deaf Creatures business partner) & I had the pleasure of putting them on back in February & it was easily one of the highlights of my promotional career & something I will 100% always be thankful for. The album is genuinely beautiful, it draws on
such a wide range of inspiration & does it in such a seamless & creative way. I’m slightly bias however as anything that takes even a hint of inspiration from Blade Runner is a winner in my book.
Tickets To My Downfall – Machine Gun Kelly
This album is great, it’s always refreshing to have an artist that isn’t afraid to do whatever they want, personally I really get wound up when people still hang onto genre likes its something sacred. Machine Gun Kelly can do whatever he wants & if it s a pop-punk revival album then more power to
him, it’s a belter start to finish. 10/10 son.
City – Foxxglove
The debut single by Foxxglove is beautiful, Foxxglove has only just started to bloom (flower pun intended) & her haunting Welsh vocals always send shivers down my spine. I literally can’t wait for her next release, Minas her producer is great & if they sound anything like they do live it’s gonna blow the competition out of the water.
The best gig you’ve put on this year / attended
In February Rich & I had the pleasure of putting on Loathe in Clwb Ifor Bach, they sold out the upstairs & it was a beautiful sight to behold. Selling out that venue was something I’d wanted to do since I started doing musical bits in Cardiff which seems like 10 years ago now. I’ll always remember that.
Shoutout to Ian Chadderton at The Lanes in Bristol also however because I also saw Holding Absence & Foxxglove play there back in August / September, the sit down show was lush, they 100% can work it’s just tough as hell to get right & the venue needs to have that right vibe.
Has there been any record that’s got you through this year?
Back in the peak of UK wide lockdown I rediscovered an album / artist that I hadn’t thought of for like 5 years, Save Your Breath were a decent sized Welsh pop-punk band, had a few releases / tours but 2011s Vices is something I used to jam too. I hadn’t thought of them for ages until I was listening to Sappenin’ Podcast with Sean Smith & I think him or Morgan must have brought them up. So good. Such a happy album, reminds me of being in my first year of uni & not having any issues in the world.
How have you adapted with releasing / recording / promoting during this year?
We’ve not really been able to do as much Tone Deaf Creatures bits this year as we would’ve liked but it has been fun doing the Live Q&As via Zoom on our Facebook / Youtube channels. Chatting to other music industry people about bits & bobs was very cool, Rich & I also sold some merch, it all went fairly well I think! Just ticking over really & keeping our name out there, don’t over work yourselves guys it’s not worth it during these tough times!
Best discovery this year?
Easily my best discovery this year was how easy it is to pimp the shit out of instant noodles, some fresh garnish or the multitude of ways you can cook an egg with them. Youtube noodle hacks, it’s insane trust me. People don’t play when it comes to inventive ways to mix up instant ramen.
Promoter Highlight of 2020
I think the obvious one would be for Tone Deaf Creatures Loathe at Clwb Ifor Bach but also Junior at Tiny Rebel Cardiff on Superbowl Sunday was insane. It almost feels like last year as it was February 1st or something like that? Time has flown by man.
As this is our 10th year of Rad Releases we want to look back on your 10 years – has there been one standout moment / standout records for that past 10 years for you?
It’s hard to pin-point one moment that’s made it all worth it, but shoutouts always gotta go to Hannah Morgan who runs Team Up Cardiff an alternative clubnight in Cardiff. I wouldn’t be doing what I am if she hadn’t always shown that work can be fun / something to be proud of. The real MVP baby! xxx
Artist / Band to watch for 2021
Foxxglove, she’s the one. Love everything she does & it’s such early days for her, get to know! www.instagram.com/foxxgloveuk/
Promoter Plans for the New Year
Rich & I are doing a stage at Pwer Fest with our friends in Stereo Brain Records in May fingers crossed. Beyond that book more grassroots / touring artists & keep doing that until we physically can’t. Support your local music scene & stay hydrated! Check out what we’re up to on our socials too https://www.facebook.com/TNDFCRTRS/
Thank you Ethan, we wish you the best and hope you can get back to shows soon!