Farewell fuckers – we are closing up shop

It is with mixed feelings that I am announcing that Ragged Press will be closing up shop.  This was not an easy decision by any means and I felt that owed some explanation to our regular readers.

Ragged Press started in October 2016 and I don’t think I had any idea what it would become.  It was just a vehicle to collaborate with Dan Barkley (Punk Rock Radio) and Rod Manning a Sydney based photographer and all time nice dude.  Since that time it’s grown into something that has been wonderful, but also a burden for me to manage.

My first passion has always been to capture great local bands in front of my camera lens and hopefully do them a little bit of justice.  As the site has grown, I was spending more and more of my time managing contributors, editing submissions and handling administration of the site – all things that I’m not really that good at, and ultimately they are things that I don’t enjoy nearly as much as chasing the next kick arse image.

That’s not to say that there hasn’t been some amazing highlights along the way and I have definitely had the pleasure of working with an amazing group of contributors.  I’m not going to name them all individually as inevitably I will miss someone, however there are a few people that I did want to single out.  Dan Barkley and Rod Manning have been on board from the very start.  Rod’s photos are amazing and Dan has done a lot of work behind the scenes getting our contributors access to different performers, he really is one of the unsung heroes behind Ragged Press.  Mik and Kacey from Punk-a-Billy Touring and Knoodle Promotions have been staunch allies to Ragged Press as well as being the kind of supportive mates on a personal level, that anyone needs when you’re undertaking a project like this.

Lastly Em Newbold, editor extraordinaire and Jodie Lyons our intrepid interviewer who broke her interviewing cherry with none other than Bill Stevenson (Descendents) back in the early days of RP and has never said no to a challenge set in front of her.  There have of course been many other contributors over the span of Ragged Press, and I want to thank them all for sharing their talents and passion.

As I stated at the start of this article, closing up Ragged poses some extremely mixed feelings.  At the crux of this ambivalence is my continued passion to do the best I can to provide exposure for the great punk bands that play in dives across Melbourne.  These are the bands that all too often struggle to get any kind of coverage from more mainstream outlets.  A good chunk of that ambivalence has been resolved this evening after having a chat with the fine folk at the Behind The Scene website.  The result of these discussions is that I will now be shooting and writing for this great site with the provisio that I get to continue to cover the range of great local bands that you’ve grown used to seeing on Ragged Press.

This is a great new adventure for me, one that is pretty exciting as I get to continue doing the stuff I get a real kick out of, without having to worry about the host of other considerations that are required of the guy at the top of the heap – I make a far better foot soldier than I do a general.  I really hope you come follow my adventures over at BTS.

Thank you to everyone who has regularly followed Ragged Press, it has meant an absolute shit ton.


Matty G


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