doubledotdash!? was founded in 2004 when a few friends thought that their music could use some kind of collective organisation - safety in numbers.  initially focussing on computer music, this soon diversified as the tentacles were spread through friendship networks and annual compilation CD-Rs were assembled with under-appreciated and/or unfocused gems in any genre - piles of styles.  tentative footsteps were taken into producing live events along at The 3Bs, Rising Sun Arts Centre (both in Reading), and South Hill Park (in Bracknell).

new friends and chance encounters switched things up a notch in 2008 with live music events becoming more frequent and focusing mostly on the underground diy rock scene - an econo band night.  initially based at the Kings Tavern, and now South Street arts centre since 2009.  support from South Street has meant that the live music events have increased in scale and ambition - most typified by the launching of the DOUBLEDOTBASH one day microfestival in 2010.

along side these live music events other things have started, continued, and stopped.  such as records/tapes/CD-rs, zines, t-shirts, film screenings, workshops, DJ nights, radio shows, quiz nights.  we like post-rock, punk-rock, porch-music, drone, beatz, etc.

if you are making music in Reading(ish) and ripping off one or more of the following, then please get in touch:

Captain Beefheart, The Velvet Underground, Bonnie Prince Billy, Sonic Youth, Kimya Dawson, Part Chimp, Venetian Snares, Sly & The Family Drone, Slint, Minutemen, Uranium Club, Aphex Twin, Bikini Kill, The Stooges, SOPHIE, ZZ Top, Leila, Four Tet, Neil Young, video game music, Beat Happening, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Ex, Pavement, The Fall, Scout Niblett, Fugazi, Lungfish, William Onyeabor, PJ Harvey, Basic Channel, Julius Eastman, Fupper, Black Flag, Black Sabbath, The Knife, Starving Weirdos, Tortoise, Pharoah Sanders, Low, Alice Coltrane, Sebadoh, Boards Of Canada, Can, Broadcast, Broadcast, Broadcast, Broadcast, Broadcast, Broadcast.

This list seemed like a good idea at the start, but now seems really trite, hopefully you get the idea.