About Gubic

GUBIC started out as an attempt to support unsigned bands by organising a competition. The idea was for everyone to get together and chose a single by an unsigned band which we would then force into the charts by buying it all together in one week.

I had heard that  it only took a thousand or so sales to reach the top forty and the group I started on Facebook reached the five thousand maximum in only a couple of months.

Alas despite everyone promising that they would buy the winning single the group failed in its primary objective.
I deliberately made it free to enter the competition and never asked any bands or anybody to give me any money.
In fact it cost me money and time to organise and at the end I myself bought all the top ten singles even though I had been given free copies of them.

We did achieve some good things including introducing lots of people to lots of other people who could hep each other, and the winning bands inevitably gained a lot more fans. We helped launch a radio station XRP radio and started at least one person on the road to becoming a radio presenter which had never occurred to them before.

This blog is just another part of my constant battle to keep promoting the best unsigned bands against the teeny pop fodder foisted on us by Simon Cowell and co.

I don’t do it for money and I don’t do it because I favour the underdog. I just do it because these bands are so much better than almost all the garbage that we get in the charts and on mainstream radio.

 

44 comments on “About Gubic
  1. Shannon Radic says:

    What is the best way to get in contact with GUBIC regarding new music to add to this site?
    Best
    Shannon

    • Kingdon says:

      Leave a link to your band’s website or social media site. If I like the music then there is a chance I will review it.
      You may leave links to any and all your web platforms relating to any unsigned or underground band.
      Links to radio stations playing unsigned music and any other sites that may benefit unsigned bands are also welcome. BUT NOT if the site demands payments up front for services with no guaranteed results. That includes pay to play radio, venues, or Battle of the bands contests.

  2. daniel alves says:

    there should be more of you! shamefully there are only a few people outside with that kind of thinking, hope you can move something in the www!!
    please check out our progressive metal band with violin and cello! 😉
    best regards
    alves

    • daniel alves says:

      here is another link to our music @ soundcloud 😉

    • Kingdon says:

      Nice one Daniel. I have done a post about your stuff now.
      I’m sorry, it is not very well written. Your music is far out of my comfort zone although enjoyable.
      Thank you for the comment and links, other bands take note, it is always worth promoting yourselves on music blogs.

  3. Hello,

    I have been browsing music blogs and have stumbled onto yours and was wondering if you would be interesting in writing a piece about my band, Smoking Buffalo.

    We are Smoking Buffalo, a 5 piece rock/punk band from Clacton-on-sea, Essex. We are made up from 5 close friends, Jake James on lead vocals, Ben Saunders on rhythm guitar, Darren Gritthins on lead guitar, Zak Simmons on bass and Grant Masters on drums.

    We have been together around 6 months and have naturally formed a great chemistry and bond through our different tastes in music and ideas. We like to make music we think is fresh and exciting, unlike many of the tunes which are in the charts, however chart topping is not something which interests us – we just want to be one of the best punk rock bands in the country.

    We have another 10 tracks which we are currently perfecting and are due to record our first EP early July. The songs on our demo were all recorded live, with vocals added afterwards, I think this allowed us to get our gritty message and sound across.

    We are yet to gig as there are not many options or much call in our local seaside town, so we have decided to take an alternative route and create as much buzz online as possible before releasing an EP and packing our bags to tour London and gig our hearts out towards Christmas.

    If any of this interests you and you would like to help us get our name around and remind people punk is not dead, please let me know.

    Many Thanks

    Grant Masters

    • Kingdon says:

      I’ll try and take a look at your site soon and if I like the music I will review it.
      Thank you for posting.

    • Kingdon says:

      Hi Grant, I have written a post about your band now. Hope you like it.
      Even if you don’t, it is still another valuable link back to your sites.

  4. hows it going .

    If you can find the time to review or even just listen to our debut album we would be honored. we are an unsigned and independent west of Ireland grunge rock band. as we are from the west of Ireland and not city based, its extremely difficult to get any exposure whatsoever. this is our first album and a very important one for us!

    BIO—–
    As the miller burns were formed out of the west of Ireland cover band scene .Growing tired of the soul destroying, same songs, week in week out, the lads got together to play for the reason they learned instruments in the first place,……the love of music!!!!! . upon early jams it was clear that the love for grunge/rock was coming to the forefront and a “sound” was born. an album was written and recorded and will be released in mid June 2013

    Tristan miller(vocals)
    Kelvin miller(guitar)
    Paddy beirne(bass)
    Kian montgomery(guitar,synths)
    Tommie scanlon(drums)

    this album is not out until mid June.
    if you just click the link bellow ,then enter the code bellow also you will have access to our beloved music!

    thank you for your time and support for unsigned acts!

    As The Miller Burns
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/As-The-Miller-Burns/182469815215686?fref=ts

    Code—–llmk-jf82
    http://asthemillerburns.bandcamp.com/yum

    • Kingdon says:

      Oh you have no idea how nice it was to wake up this morning and find a post that wasn’t spam.
      Rest assured I will check your music out soon.
      Thank you for being a real person.

  5. rawshank says:

    Really like what you’re doing here

    https://soundcloud.com/rawshank-1

    We’re called Rawshank. We’re from Cambridge and South London.

    Would be great if you’d give our tracks a listen and let us know what you think

    Adam

  6. thepunter14 says:

    Hi Kingdon,

    Great work and purpose!

    Would appreaciate it if you took sometime to review material from The Hertz Complex

    We are a london based band and while it’s been a busy few months, it’s a constant battle to keep getting better gigs and exposure

    We recently headlined a set in the Whisky a Go Go in LA and our track ‘Bassy’ has been selected as the lead soundtrack for a short movie ‘The Pact’

    I’ve included a couple of links to our tracks and if necessary I can send our email Press Pack for all the details

    Bassy – Promo Video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFHaoZK3SUM

    The Hertz Complex – Whisky a Go-Go, LA – Rehearsal and Encore
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZCxAukNoIA

    https://www.facebook.com/TheHertzComplex
    http://www.thehertzcomplex.com

    Keep up the good work!

    Regards,
    Neil

  7. Matt Park says:

    Hi,
    This is a great website and really admire what you are doing. I’m in Empire Affair, we have been going 2 and half years and have noticed a huge lack in websites like this. We’d really appreciate your views on our band and the latest EP – Sparks in the Dark. You can listen to it and find more about us at http://www.empireaffair.co.uk/press
    Hopefully speak soon,
    Matt

    • Kingdon says:

      I liked your stuff Matt, and have written an article about you.
      Thanks for the introduction. Always good to hear from bands on here.

  8. Amo says:

    Hello ,

    My name is Amo. I’m part of the band Syndrome, an alternative electro-rock group.

    We independently released our first EP, “Colourful Cows”. The EP tells the first part of a story about the Colourful Cows, a metaphor for society.

    We design music through basic experimental creation: we program virtual instruments, build new live performance tools, and use Concretic and live sampling. We demonstrate the results in our music and live shows, but we have also presented our technology in some university lectures and many exhibitions.

    I’m happy to share our EP (http://syndromeofficial.bandcamp.com/) with you and would be grateful if you would like to review it. If you’re interested, you may also check out our technical webpage, which displays video clips demonstrating our technology and methods: http://www.syndrome.nu/insight

    Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/syndromenu
    Thank you for your time.

    Amo

    syndrome

  9. Littermouth says:

    Hi, can’t see any other ‘contact us’ link so assuming this right way for a new unsigned band to contact you.
    Littermouth is a newly formed band based in North Cornwall and North-west Devon (around Bude/Holsworthy area). We have just released our first video:
    http://youtu.be/QtUGDa4jcT4
    which was filmed on location in Cornwall and Devon just north of Bude and with it we have also released a selection of audio:
    https://soundcloud.com/littermouth
    which we felt best demonstrated the full range of our style, which is essentially Rock and Acoustic with well crafted lyric sung with strong melodic emphasis and around original and hopefully intriguing chordal patterns.
    We are currently working hard with a full line up on a full set of original material which we hope can be presented life later this autumn with gigs in venues in the Bude & North Devon area.

    • Kingdon says:

      Yep, that’s exactly the best way to contact me.
      I love getting comments that aren’t spam. I get so much spam, that genuine comments are a breath of fresh air.

  10. Mark S73 says:

    Hallo.

    Just introducing ourselves to you this afternoon.

    We were loooking for an Email addy to send you some shizzle but failed 🙂

    Nice site you have here, mind lending us your ears sometime?

    Our Debut EP “remember.Bulletproof.” is Released on Nov 5th.

    Wondered if you fancied reviewing it 🙂

  11. Annette says:

    Hi, I’m a real person from the unsigned prog band: The Light Afternoon.

    We are a studio based project created by Steve Newland. Basically, he does everything (guitars, keyboards, programming, recording etc, etc), while I do the vocals and the artwork.

    Steve has always been involved in music and has played in various bands. But I never had been, I merely sung to myself all the time, but never publicly! But by a quirk of fate, when Steve couldn’t find a singer in 2002, he persuaded me to have a go. Well, we’ve been working together under different guises since then, doing various different styles and concepts, but we seem to have finally clicked under the prog banner. After all, we grew up with it:-) (Yes, we’re not young!) We both like lots of other styles of music and bands too.

    We have had positive reactions to our album: “My Parallel Life” which we self produced in December 2012, and our music has been played on various Prog radio shows since then, but we still need more coverage.

    I came across your blog by chance and I think what you are doing is really important, because there is so much really good music out there that has no way of being heard unless people like yourself make the link. And by the way, I listened to your radio show on Sunday 6 October 2013 and I really liked Helghyer, The Beast Of Bodmin is a really great track. Hopefully your other listeners will also think so.

    So I was wondering whether our music might interest you, your readers and your listeners. Please take a listen at one of the following links below and if you like us and are interested in reviewing us or playing us on your radio show, then please send me an address and we’ll send you (Olli, that is) a complimentary CD. Readers and listeners can buy our cd directly from us at our website (www.thelightafternoon.com), or on mp3 from Amazon, iTunes or Routenote.

    Keep up the good work Olli of promoting unsigned bands.

    I hope you enjoy listening to our music:-)
    All the best.
    Annette from The Light Afternoon
    http://www.thelightafternoon.com
    iTunes – Music – The Light Afternoon
    https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/my-parallel-life/id590457451?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 
    Amazon MP3 – The Light Afternoon
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Parallel-Life/dp/B00B7RFANW/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359556503&sr=301-1
    Routenote.com – The Light Afternoon

  12. Kevin Casey says:

    Hi there

    How are you? Do you accept demos from Irish rock bands?

    Thank you

    Kevin

    • Kingdon says:

      Yes, I totally do.
      Feel free to link to your website, and or social media.
      If I like your music I will review it.
      If I don’t like it I will tell you privately.
      If I don’t review it it may mean I just forgot.
      I don’t have a method for you to send MP3 to GUBIC but if the need arises I can send you my email privately.

  13. Charlie says:

    Hi Oliver, I am a friend of The Hysterical Injury and saw your post on facebook, My band Nasty Little Lonely is releasing an EP on 17th February, we’d be grateful for any coverage. I have included our private video and soundcloud links, hope you enjoy!
    cheers
    Charlie

  14. Zak says:

    We’re a dirty rock band called Dirt Wizard. I hope you enjoy it!
    Thank you for doing what you guys do in reviewing the small unsigned bands! We greatly appreciate it!

    http://youtu.be/Uyw6lnficWE

    http://youtu.be/EEGwJh3DYAY

    http://youtu.be/1uiMYw8seDI

    http://youtu.be/HE7mnpeb938

    http://youtu.be/5DPq1Kp32KI

    Like us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dirt-Wizard/301085830025401

    Download Entire EP for free at our BandCamp! https://dirtwzard.bandcamp.com

    SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/dirt-wizard

  15. Nadia Sheikh says:

    Hi!

    My name is Nadia Sheikh and I’m a 17 year old singer/songwriter. I live in Spain even though I’m also British. I’ve just recorded 6 of my own songs with producer Mr. Nigel Walker in his home studio in Madrid. I would really appreciate it if you could give them a listen.

    My facebook page is : http://www.facebook.com/nadiasheikhmusic
    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nadiasheikhmusic/50-feet-original
    Youtube: http://youtu.be/ruhQaY3LEX4

    Thanks!

    Nadia 🙂

  16. Zak C says:

    Hello, Gubic!

    I couldn’t find a different way to contact you, so doing this via comments. Please give our band a listen We are an alternative rock band From Lviv, Ukraine.

    Here is a link to our Facebook, all of the infor and embedded music is there. : https://www.facebook.com/inone.band.music?fref=ts

    Thank you in advance!

    Z.

    • Kingdon says:

      Hi Zak, thanks for getting in touch.
      Ukraine eh? Intriguing, where did you hear about GUBIC by the way?
      I will check you out shortly.

  17. DEC BURDGE says:

    Hi Gubic

    We’ve recently released our new track ‘Run for your Money’ as a free download on soundcloud

    https://soundcloud.com/brockleyforest

    We’d like to know if you’d consider promoting our new track?

    Thanks
    Dec

    http://brockleyforest.co.uk

    brockleyforest@live.co.uk

  18. Hi Kingdon,

    My band is Words That Burn from Dundalk, Ireland. i was wondering if you could consider our debur album “praey” (released in june 2013) for review. Thanks a million.

    wordsthatburn.bandcamp.com

  19. TwoSixOnes says:

    Hi Gubic,

    Found your site searching for unsigned music blogs on Google. Like what you stand for and would be honoured if you would take a listen to our EP – http://www.soundcloud.com/twosixones

    All of our contact details are on the website set out in the box above.

    Kind regards,
    TwoSixOnes

  20. Charlie says:

    Hi
    I hope you’re well, thank you for the wicked review you gave us!
    A quick update for you: We will be launching our EP ‘Son Of The Flies’ at a gig on Wednesday 26th February, supporting The Wytches and Epicdemics (featuring members of Future Of The Left) at the Exchange, Bristol. We have some cheap tickets, so let me know if you’d like any!

    We are now taking pre-orders for the EP at http://www.nastylittlelonely.com

    Thanks,
    Charlie from Nasty Little Lonely

  21. Kevin Casey says:

    Hi there

    How are you? I hope the new year has been kind so far. I am mailing you as I am still promoting my first single “One man’s war” as well as the follow up “I’ll be back someday” . I was just wondering would you be interested in maybe writing your own honest review about “One man’s war” . If not its cool .

    Thanks a mil

    Kevin

    • Kingdon says:

      Hi Kevin, I’m sorry I have been in metaphorical hibernation from blogging for a long time.
      Have you a link to a Bandcamp site or similar where I can check out the tunes and possibly purchase them or get a download.

  22. Hi,

    I’m an American musician who has settled in the UK, and I’ve just released an acoustic album I’d like to let you know about, called “flute, voice and piano.” You can listen to it here: https://soundcloud.com/jessicadavey/sets/hoshizora-flute-voice-and/s-QlYlq

    Thanks,
    Jessica

  23. Funke and the Two Tone Baby says:

    Hello,

    Hope you are well.

    We met when I came down to perform at the Pilton Greenman festival last July. I’m heading back again this year and am also just in the process of releasing my next EP, I was wondering if you’d be interested in a copy? Drop me a line and hope we can sort it out.

    Regards

    Dan Turnbull
    Funke and the Two Tone Baby

  24. Hanshotfirst says:

    Artist: Hanshotfirst
    Title: ‘We Should Have Killed Quaid On Mars’
    01.05.14

    Surrey based post-hardcore act Hanshotfirst are delighted to release their visceral second single We Should Have Killed Quaid On Mars as a free download from 1st May, paving the way for their EP release this summer.

    There’s something in the soil in the home-counties. For every Made In Chelsea bit-part cameo there’s a Reuben or a YouMeAtSix, and lurking somewhere in that twister of guttural screams, catchy hooks and vicious riffs are Hanshotfirst, waiting to unleash their stock of sweaty anthems.

    Custom-made cymbal-hat wearing Zander Dale has been in a band with Mike Thomas and Ed Robinson for several years, originally bonding over a mutual love for Finch’s What It Is To Burn. The band has since grown and grown, and have added drummer Will Asson to their ranks. Now, with this track release (lovingly nicknamed Quaid), a video for next single 2001 close on the horizon, and performances lined up for the summer, this is an exciting time to know all about Hanshotfirst.

    LINKS
    Link: We Should Have Killed Quaid On Mars – http://youtu.be/sHih2k92Pz8, https://soundcloud.com/hanshotfirstuk/we-should-have-killed-quaid-on-mars (also downloadable here – http://we.tl/nr6gkucpxQ)
    Link: You can now also stream third single 2001 ahead of its summer release here – https://soundcloud.com/hanshotfirstuk/2001a/s-EO8XN
    Link: Images – http://we.tl/rRWGu726uq

    TOUR DATES
    You can catch Hanshotfirst at the following announced tour dates:
    23/5 – The Star – Guildford
    20/6 – The Star – Guildford
    27/6 – SUMMER FEST – Godalming
    20/7 – Guilfest – Guildford

    WEBSITES

    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HanshotfirstUK?fref=ts
    Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/user/HanShotFirstOfficial
    Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/hanshotfirstuk
    iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/whiskey-and-bleach/id775038564?i=775038581
    Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/artist/6rur7n9zzh72UZHuDOdkBi
    LastFM – http://www.last.fm/music/Hanshotfirst
    Instagram – http://instagram.com/hanshotfirstuk
    Twitter – https://twitter.com/HanshotfirstUK
    BandCamp – http://hanshotfirstofficial.bandcamp.com/track/whiskey-and-bleach

    For more information contact Toby Leston at tobypjleston@gmail.com or the team at hanshotfirstofficial@gmail.com

    • Kingdon says:

      Wolf Club Lunar Society
      Great name for a band.
      I don’t use iTunes so I need to be able to buy your music another way.
      Preferably Bandcamp which offers the best deal for artists and a great shopping experience for music lovers.

  25. Neil says:

    Hi all and Kingdon,

    Neil here from The Hertz Complex again

    kept you in mind since you were one of the first to announce us to the world via your blog with a review of our track Bassy and our gig at The Whisky A Go Go

    We are preparing for our debut EP release on July 14th. It’s called A New Habit and we’ve been delighted with the response from reviewers to date and the progress we’ve been making in last few months

    Would be grateful if you could give it a listen and let us know your thoughts

    let me know and I will send the tracks to you

    here is the lead track ‘Maybe I know’ –

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE9eYLuxnls

    Cheers
    Neil

    https://soundcloud.com/thehertzcomplex/

    https://www.facebook.com/thehertzcomplex

    • Kingdon says:

      Hi Neil, I’ve had my head in the sand since spring.
      Focussed on getting out of debt doing a proper job, I let the blog go completely.
      I’m back after getting canned by the boss. Got a lot of catching up to do.

  26. Hi,

    We would love for you to write about us. I’ll send you the links to our music below.

    Karavan is a Swedish Americana Roots band most known for touring Sweden with the former John Fogerty-guitarist Hunter Perrin and upcoming Sony Nashville artist Cam (who made an appearance on the CMA Award Show this year). We’ve done two tours with both artists and last summer we did one with each one of them. The inspiration that came out of those tours brought us to write and record a new Karavan album called Karavana. We have just finished the release tour of that album here in Sweden and Denmark.

    We keep our fingers crossed hoping to hear back from you! 🙂

    /Sincerely
    Jonnie

    Link to full album on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/karavantheband/karavana/s-IiAJT
    Link to separate songs on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/karavantheband
    Link to mp3 download + PR Photos (Dropbox): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g8h8yyud5qv4j3d/AAC5CX51-7T42itwTlgQ7krxa?dl=0

    Websites:
    http://www.bluebulletproductions.com/artist/karavan/
    https://www.facebook.com/karavanSWE

    Articles in English:
    http://www.pinupsandkustoms.com/blog/hunter-perrin-with-karavan-on-tour-in-sweden/
    http://www.pinupsandkustoms.com/blog/hunter-perrin-with-karavan-rock-n-roll-rodeo-is-in-town/

    Articles in German:
    http://www.rootstime.be/CD%20REVIEUW/2014/SEP1/CD17.html

  27. Beth French says:

    Hello,

    I hope you’re well.

    I’m emailing on behalf of a fast-rising, ska-punk band, UK Feds, who are performing at The Factory, Barnstaple, on Thursday, 25th February.

    We have a few guest list spots available if you’d like to come down to review or interview the band, so please do let me know as soon as possible if you’d like to attend and I’ll put you on the guest list.

    The band are currently on a UK-wide tour as main support for the two tone ’70’s legends, Selecter, and are making real waves on the live circuit after the release of their debut EP, Living In Anger.

    Please find full details of the band and tour below.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best wishes,

    Beth French
    Tiger Bam Communications

    T: 0121 224 7557
    E: Beth@tigerbam.co.uk
    W: http://www.tigerbam.co.uk

    SELECTER ANNOUNCE NEW BIRMINGHAM BAND, UK FEDS, AS MAIN SUPPORT ON UK WIDE TOUR THIS FEBRUARY.

    Birmingham band UK Feds have been confirmed as main support for Selecter on UK wide tour consisting of dates in Plymouth, Southend, Wolverhampton, and more, playing at the Factory, Barnstaple, on Thursday, 25th February.

    UK Feds will join two tone legends Selecter on a nation wide tour starting February 2016. Selecter are most known for their Top 10 hits ‘Gangsters vs. The Selecter,’ and ‘On My Radio,’ and the 1980 album ‘Too Much Pressure’ reaching number 5 in the charts.

    UK Feds are a new exciting four-piece ska-punk band from Birmingham, West Midlands, formed in September 2015 and made up by members Jon Kings (lead vocals/guitar), Ryan Kings (vocals/bass), and Ricky-Lee Cooper (drums) Mikey Rainsford.

    The band are only just starting out in their career but have previously played main support for punk legends Ruts D.C on a nationwide tour which gained the band scores of new fans. They secured the coveted support spot so early in their career due to their willingness to write music about what they see going on in the world around them, and how they are affected by lack of work, poor paying mundane jobs, making them a great fit for bands like Ruts D.C and Selecter.

    UK Feds describe their music as “heavy ska” and keep their music raw and in your face – the way it sounds live. The band are looking forward to getting out on the road as main support , as lead vocalist Jon Kings explains;

    “We are really excited to support a legendary band like Selecter. As a band we make music about the stuff going on in the world that affects us, just like bands in the 70’s and 80’s did. The chance to tour with a band whose music inspires us is a great opportunity, and we are really looking forward to getting the chance to play our music live to a new audience. ”

    The UK wide tour kicks off at Chinnerys in Southend on February 19th and concludes in Wolverhampton on March 12th, with tickets and full listings available at http://www.theselecter.net

    —ENDS—

    For more info and to arrange interviews with UK Feds, please get in touch with Rachael Giaramita at rachael@tigerbam.co.uk or 0121 794 0204/ 07429 073 515.

    Please see links to UK Feds online platforms:

    Full Selecter Tour Dates:

    * Press Passes are available; contact rachael@tigerbam.co.uk for more details.

    Southend – Chinnerys – Friday (19/2)

    Bedford – Corn Exchange – Saturday (20/2)

    Barnstaple – The Factory – Thursday (25/2)

    Falmouth – Princess Pavillion – Friday (26/2)

    Plymouth – The Hub – Saturday (27/2)

    Blackburn – King Georges Hall – Thursday (3/3)

    Kendal – Brewery Arts Centre – Friday (4/3)

    Doncaster – Diamond Lounge – Saturday (5/3)

    Stockton – Arc – Thursday (10/3)

    Hull – Fruit – Friday (11/3)

    Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms – Saturday (12/3)

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