Official Mid-Year Address

Last month, Mannequin Republic owner Tom Byrnes wrote a mid-year review for the company and to make some special announcements about our bands and the direction of the company.  The post reads as follows:

Hey guys!

So, it’s mid year 2012 and we’ve suddenly hit our 2nd year as a working business. It’s amazing the amount of support we have received over the years and I’d like to thank everyone for their continued support. I am very proud of what we’ve achieved in such a short space of time.

I would also like to extend a huge thank you to past and present students from all music colleges, who feel the need do projects and assignments about Mannequin Republic. This means a lot and I am beyond stoked that people are finding us an interesting company to profile and write about.

We’d also love to welcome Save The Clocktower to the family. These guys are paving a path for other Tasmanian bands to get out of the state and to get their music known to a wider audience. I am really pleased with the progress they’ve made and look forward to many more years working with such a badass band. Make sure you catch them on tour in September with Belle Haven.

Down to business. Recently we’ve undergone some changes and have thought out a brand new strategy for Mannequin Republic. In the past we’ve been more than happy to put on shows, at our own expense, and help local bands get shows. That has been one of the best things I’ve had the pleasure of doing.

However, these things can’t last forever, and we’ve decided to wind down putting on regular live shows and gigs.  A number of factors impacted this decision: the over saturation of the scene and the lack of consistent venues has made our decision a lot easier, as it were. We’re also experiencing a tough economic period which has also had to make us wind back on what we’ve been doing. As an American manager friend said to me recently, why spend money you haven’t got?

So, our main focus for the time being will be band management, handling their PR, helping them sort out budgets, merchandise, recording, etc. It’s been fun Brisbane! I am looking forward to seeing where we go from here and the future is pretty darn rosey!

Meanwhile check out our bands and make sure you get to a show to check them out!

For more on Tom Byrnes, see his official bio page in the about section.

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