Thoughts: Why TSNTW Stopped, and Why It’s Starting Again

The Sound Not The Word was started at a very different time in my life compared to now. Unemployed, living at my parents’ place, with free time on my hands, I decided to do something I’d been thinking of for a while, and start writing reviews of records I liked. It was a humble enough start, with few expectations. But it quickly grew, and despite taking a few breaks over the years, come last Autumn I found that my initial passion had gone; that all I was listening to was stuff I intended to review, and as such, a lot of the fun from music had gone. Working full time, paying bills, and feeling like I had no time for myself made me say: enough.

So, what’s changed to made me start again?

No single thing. I’ve kept up writing for other sites even when TSNTW was not active. I’m as busy as ever. But, having had time to spend on other things, I’ve found I’ve kinda missed having a place to write about what *I* want to write about, in my own style. Writing for Astral Noize and Pure Grain Audio is great, but it’s different. After all, I doubt either site would green-light me writing an article headed “HYPE HYPE HYPE”, or using tags like RIFFS FOR THE RIFF GOD. Some things I tried in the absence of TSNTW didn’t work out. Some did – I finally made and released music of my own, as Lunar Cult. But still, that desire to write about what I want to write about persists.

So, here’s the plan. TSNTW is a blog, and I’ll treat it as such. The pressure of the submission inbox is forever real (and I still receive almost as many review requests now as when TSNTW was at its most active), but I’ll try not to let it get to me. I want to write more things than just reviews. I’ll publish at a pace, and in a style, that suits me. The only real rule is, “no assholes”.

And that’s that. We’re here to celebrate the underground, the niche, the heavy (whether musically or otherwise), the anti-fascist, the socially progressive, and the sheer joy of music.

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