“There are only two music journalists worth reading: Mary [Chang] and Steve Lamacq.”
– Daniel Hopewell of the Crookes, 19 September 2013, Brooklyn, New York
“This is Mary Chang, our best American champion of British music we have…”
– BBC radio presenter Steve Lamacq, 19 March 2015, Austin, Texas
As you can probably work out, There Goes the Fear (TGTF) is a UK/US music Web site, covering live reviews, album reviews, the hottest new artists and the latest tours in the UK. In 2009, we added a USA editor Mary Chang based in Washington DC and were nominated for the first time in the Best Blog category in Record of the Day‘s Music Journalism and PR Awards in 2009. (Since then, we have been nominated four times: 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.) Founder and editor Phil Singer was recognised as one of Britain’s tastemakers and offered his opinions in late 2009 for the BBC Sound of 2010 poll. Mary Chang became Editor-in-Chief of TGTF in August 2010 and as of June 2015, Martin Sharman (Gateshead) serves as Head Photographer. Our contributors are based in the UK and America.
In addition to album, single, EP and live reviews, you’ll also find some pretty nifty interviews with artists and profiles of bands on our radar that we recommend you keep an eye on. You will find on our Soundcloud interviews including those that editor Mary Chang did with musicians at the inaugural ARIA Week in Sydney, Australia in November 2012 and in Austin, Texas at SXSW 2013 and archived podcasts. We will continue to upload quality audio features to our Soundcloud in the coming weeks.
In May 2013, we premiered our YouTube channel; the first video to feature on the channel was exclusive footage of the Crookes performing single ‘Dance in Colour’ at Fierce Panda’s 19th Birthday Slamdown at London Scala on 21 May 2013. The name of our Web site “There Goes The Fear” comes from the awesome Manchester trio Doves song of the same name.
Hosting comes from those lovely people at United Hosting. We’ve been using them for over 9 years now and they never cease to amaze. Great support, and very little downtime. Just amazing.
Reviews and Submissions
We’re more than happy to have a listen to the music you send us, suggest to us, etc. However, we implore you, please read our site so you have a feeling about the kind of music we tend to write about. That way you won’t send your new French didgeridoo recording, only for us to either a) not write about it or b) tear it to shreds. Sometimes the new stuff provides the best surprises and might well change our outlook. And sometimes, it’s just not our thing and it’s not personal.
E-mail is usually the best way to get in touch.
firstname.lastname@example.org is the address to use.
We try our best, but because none of us work on this Web site full time and also due to the high volume of emails we receive collectively as a Web site and individually by our officers, we cannot respond to every demo, press release or gig request we are sent. Apologies.
If you want to call us or write to us, E-mail us first and we’ll sort out details.
If you’re a PR person / interested in our visitor and page view statistics, give us a shout and we’ll get back to you ASAP.