Raising Funds

Ok, I'll come clean straight away. This post is essentially me begging you  for money. Let me explain. In the summer of 2019 after over a decade of what some might describe as reckless spending I decided to take out a bank loan and get Philophobia's finances under control. There has always been a deficit since the beginning of Philophobia but at the back end of 2018 I had come very close to losing any control of it and having avoided the worst I was determined to get things under control. So I took out a loan. This was a personal loan in my own name. I would then be more careful with spending - less romantic, more pragmatic (this proved to be quite a useful change with what 2020 was to deal out to everyone).

I had planned some fundraising events for 2020 and 2021 to try to pay off the loan earlier than it's five year term. Obviously that couldn't happen last year and things lookedmore than a bit worrying in March last year. Then with the creation of 'Bandcamp Fridays' we found that many of your lovely people bought some of our older releases which I had placed on a 'pay what you want' basis. This has allowed me to not miss a single payment on the loan so far.

That was great, thank you to every single one of you that has bought something from the Philophobia bandcamp page. Unfortunately since the end of the Bandcamp Fridays traffic to the page has dropped off a bit. Added to that I am facing redundancy in my other job (the one that pays the bills) so I can pay any 'shortfallings' each month out of my own pocket.

So I am asking for your help. It still feels like it's far from the right time to do any big fundraising events so I am highlightling the vinyl, CDs, books and downloads on the bandcamp page to aim to raise enough to cover the repayments over the next few months at least. There is currently just over £3,000 remaining on the loan to be paid back over the next 3 years. I'm not expecting to raise the full amount here but £500 would give 6 months breathing space (£1,000 a year etc). Here are some diagrams to iilustrate (and break up the block of writing):








Above is the situation now. To the left is the dream scenario.




 

The majority of items we released prior to 2017 are available on a 'pay what you want' basis or are significantly reduced from their original price. There are some titles bundled together too. Any purchase however small is very much appreciated and will help pay off the loan. All items can be found on the merch page of our bandcamp.

Thanks x


Welcome to Philophobia: Terror Cult

 


Delighted to welcome Terror Cult to the Philophobia Phamily.

Born from the frustration of gun violence and the mental health epidemic, this four-piece indie rock/punk band make their way onto the Leeds music scene with an explosive start.

Formed in 2020, Terror Cult consists of Tate Maloney (vocals,guitar), Ben Kirby (bass), Daniel Hepworth (lead guitar) and Alex Wardle (drums).

Influenced by the likes of REM, Mac Demarco, Misfits and Manic Street Preachers, they’re bringing their post-punk influences and melodic pop hooks to the North of England and beyond. 

 
Their debut single Snubnose Jesus will be available across all digital platforms on 30th July. Presave it on Spotify now here.   
 
They will also be playing their debut gig on the same day at Henry Boons in Wakefield at the first Philophobia gig of the year. Get your tickets here.


Dead Slow Hoot - A Kinder Kind OUT NOW

 

Today sees the release of Dead Slow Hoot's new EP A Kinder Kind. It is available on 12" vinyl*, CD and digital formats now from our bandcamp page.  You can also find it across all the usual digital platforms.

The band will be performing a stripped back set on their instagram page tomorrow (Friday 18th) at 7pm BST.  

You can also catch the band live in August at: 

Sidney & Matilda, Sheffield 18/8/21 

Paper Dress Vintage, London 19/8/21

Serotonin in sound form.
Christian Carlisle BBC Introducing In Sheffield

This EP will be the dark horse release of the summer.
When The Horn Blows

Dead Slow Hoot’s atmospheric additions set them apart from the rest.
Earmilk

An exquisite cut of intense, doom-filled gloom and it grows into Dead Slow Hoot’s most anthemic
offering yet.  
Mix It All Up

The moody step-child of Joy Division and The National.

Buffablog

Brilliant poetic lyricism.
Words For Music

Sure to draw you into their world of poetic lyricism and gritty guitars.  
God Bless The Bands

Channel[ing] the pulsing sound of Interpol.
Mystic Sons

A remarkable outfit that should be on everyone’s radar.

Clout

They have mastered the ability to hit deep by blending poetic lyricism with bittersweet post-punk sounds.

Alfitude

A hybrid of buoyant melancholia and infectious optimism.
Aupium


* The vinyl is currently delayed, as is the industry norm at the moment. We are hoping to have them in the next two or three weeks and will post them out the day we receive them. If you order the vinyl through our bandcamp page you will receive a digital copy so you can listen to it while you wait for the vinyl to arrive.

Dead Slow Hoot - A Kinder Kind EP out 17th June

 

Dead Slow Hoot release their new EP A Kinder Kind on 17th June. The follow up to their 2019 debut album No Reunions will be released on 12" vinyl, CD and digital formats and will contain the singles Taller Tree, Low Road, Gesticulating Wildly and Until Your Breathing Drowns It Out.

You can listen to all the singles and order the EP now from our bandcamp page. The vinyl is £16, the CD is £5 and digital download is £4. There are also a very very limited number of vinyl bundles of both A Kinder Kind and No Reunions for only £30.

You can can also catch the band playing live in August at the following:

18th - Sidney & Matilda, Sheffield

19th - Paper Dress Vintage, London


Press for A Kinder Kind

Serotonin in sound form.
Christian Carlisle BBC Introducing In Sheffield

This EP will be the dark horse release of the summer.
When The Horn Blows

Dead Slow Hoot’s atmospheric additions set them apart from the rest.

Earmilk

An exquisite cut of intense, doom-filled gloom and it grows into Dead Slow Hoot’s most anthemic offering yet.  
Mix It All Up

The moody step-child of Joy Division and The National.
Buffablog

Brilliant poetic lyricism.
Words For Music

Sure to draw you into their world of poetic lyricism and gritty guitars.  
God Bless The Bands

Channel the pulsing sound of Interpol.
Mystic Sons

A remarkable outfit that should be on everyone’s radar.
Clout

They have mastered the ability to hit deep by blending poetic lyricism with bittersweet post-punk sounds
Alfitude

Bundles of Bundles

We have a number of bundle offers available on our bandcamp page. These contain older releases which we still have stock left of. We are offering them at low prices in order to free up space and more money for new records. Please check them out. Maybe even buy them as a gift for a friend. Every purchase helps keep the blue heart beating so thank you in advance.


33 1/3 Bundle

3 12" LPs for as little as £1, though if you can please pay more if you can. Choose from The Ship-Tones Indie Reggae Revolution, The Aisnley Band Live at Unity Works, Take Turns Cryptomnesia Crept,  Piskie Sits Live ay Unity Works or Stick and Twist

order here



Mystery CD Bundle

5 random CDs from our back catalogue available on a 'pay what you want' basis.

order here






The Chameleon of PHOP

Tim Metcalfe has featured in many guises on Philophobia releases from Lapels to more recently JJ Swimsuit with the likes of St Gregory Orange, Yard Wars, Black Ribbon and more along the way.

Here you can get everything featuring him that is still in print (pictured) for only £15.

order here.



Baker Island Bundle

Baker Island's Restless Legs album on 12" vinyl plus their cassette compilation How Does Half Help By Doing Nowt for only £10.

order here

 

 

 

 

 

 









Until Your Breathing Drowns It Out - Dead Slow Hoot's new single out now

 Until Your Breathing Drowns It Out, the latest single taken from Dead Slow Hoot's new record A Kinder Kind is out now across all digital platforms.

A Kinder Kind - is it an EP or a mini album? All I know is it contains 7 new amazing tracks from Dead Slow Hoot and it's out next month on the 17th.


It will be available on 12" vinyl, CD and digital formats. You can pre-order it now here.

"Taller Trees" is a track laced with post-punk integrity, a true anthemic single. EARMILK
 
'Taller Tree is an exquisite cut of intense, doom-filled gloom and it grows into Dead Slow Hoot’s most anthemic offering yet.' Mix It All Up
 
'The moody step-child of Joy Division and The National.' buffaBLOG
 
'Sure to draw you into their world of poetic lyricism and gritty guitars.' God bless the bands
 
'A remarkable outfit that should be on everyone’s radar.' CLOUT
 
'They have mastered the ability to hit deep by blending poetic lyricism with bittersweet post-punk sounds.' Alfitude

The Lodger - Cul-De-Sac of Love vinyl nearly sold out

 


Thanks to everyone who has bought a copy of The Lodger's Cul-De-Sac of Love album so far. We are now down to the last few copies. Our label partners Pretty Olivia, Lazy Perfection and We Were Never Being Boring have all sold out of their allocations. We have 8 copies left which are available here.

There are also a few copies left in various record shops around West Yorkshire. Crash Records (Leeds), Jumbo Records (Leeds), Vinyl Tap (Huddersfield), The Vinyl Whistle (Headingley) and Wah Wah Records (Wakefield) all have 3 to 5 copies left each.

Philophobia Music Presents gigs on Instagram



While our normal gigs are on hold we are attempting to promote online gigs through our instagram page.

These gigs are free to view but if you can, and wish to, you can pay to enjoy the gig. All money donated will be split equally between the artists performing and Philophobia Music.

You can donate using the following link:



Gig listings

Friday 29th May  8pm start - JJ Swimsuit & Peter Cat

Friday 26th June 8pm start - Van Houten & Oh Papa!

Friday 31st July?

Clearance Sale


While things are generally rosy in the PHOP realm right now we do have a couple of problems that we could do with addressing:

1. We have too much debt. Roughly 1 in 3 of 149 releases have lost money. While I think that is a pretty decent ratio it has still left some debt which I am still trying to pay off (over £6,000).

2. We have too much stock left of older titles in the stockroom. I say stockroom, that's not strictly true since I moved the label back home earlier this year. It's taking over my flat.

So then I think I can can two birds with one stone here, with a clearance sale to raise some funds and clear some space.

With titles available for as little as £1take a look at the list below. Please spread the word, there's some underappreciated records here. Thanks

CD Mystery Bundle 5 CDs for £10
Post War Glamour Girls - Live At St. Austin's 12" LP £8
Wanna Buy A Record? Double Best Of 10 Years CD £5
Take Turns - Cryptomnesia Crept 12" LP £2
Piskie Sits - Stick and Twist 12" LP £8
Piskie Sits - Live At Unity Works 12" £5
Piskie Sits - Creature Feature CD album £4
Yard Wars / Cactus Knife Spilt 10" EP £5
Yard Wars - Death To Western Hifi CD album £3
The Spills - Collecting Dust 12" LP £8
The Spills - Collecting Dust CD album £4
The Grand - Incapacitated, Ill Fated and In Love CD album £5
Protectors - The Stem and Leaf 12" EP £2
St Gregory Orange - Midnight At The Sycamore Lounge CD album £3
St Gregory Orange - Things We Said In Bedrooms CD album £2
Charlie Padfield - Balloon Magic CD album £3
The Ainsley Band - Live At Unity Works 12" LP £3
The Ainsley Band - Devil's In The Detail CD album £2
The Ainsley Band - 5-4-3-2 She's not the One CD album £1
The Ship-Tones - Indie Reggae Revolution 12" LP £5
The Ship-Tones - Indie Reggae Revolution CD album £3
imp - Moon Coastal Maine CD album £3
Runaround Kids / We Are Losers Spilt 12" EP £1

Sic Itur Ad Astra EP out now

Our new 3x3 EP Sic Itur Ad Astra is released today. The EP eatures 6 tracks - 2 each from Slurs, JJ Swimsuit and Bad Idea - spread across 3 3" CDs in a limited handmade package. There are only 100 of these packages available. You can buy them for only £3 from our bandcamp. The 3" CDs will work in a standard top loading CD player with a one with a front loading tray. The EP includes a download code.

The EP is also available digitally and you can find it in a whole host of places such as these.