Andrew McCormick

Music’s like the proverbial iceberg:  a massively publicised and marketed peak topping a hulking great underexposed and subterranean underside.  Garage rock from seaside towns.  Guys in lofts from Portland, Oregon.  Punk from mates who met at Chess Club.  Bands so far off the Top 100, you’d have to cryogenically freeze them just to get them to the outer reaches alive...

But music they make and it’s certified gold.  Or sometimes a less precious metal.

The Open Tune-iversity gets below the surface to see who’s playing in the pub next door when U2 are in town.  Sometimes they’re new and sometimes they’ve got a few miles on the clock.  Sometimes they’re the biggest thing in Chipping Sodbury and sometimes they’ve already chucked it all in to become quantity surveyors and secure that first mortgage.  It doesn’t matter – a new sound’s a new sound if you haven’t heard it played before.  You may even find a new favourite band to bone up on.

We also love a good story – ‘cursed’ bands, album anecdotes, great bands you’ll know playing tracks you won’t – and no Open Tune-iversity show would be complete without a fanfare, a track to stand and stare to and a pick from The Kinks’ extensive and glorious canon.

Join us at The Open Tune-iversity on Meridian FM – an education without detention, PE in the rain or a substitute chemistry teacher saying you’ll never amount to anything in life, Andrew...