TNS RECORDS FANZINE #13: Free, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, 72 pgs.

For some irrational reason, I assumed this was going to suck. Don’t ask me why. Maybe it was the cheesy cover? Anyway, this is pretty rad. I know that a lot of great record labels have grown out of zines (Lookout, No Idea, etc.) but this seems to be a fanzine put together by a record label and representing a solid Manchester punk community. The layout doesn’t speak to me, smacking of crisp, uninventive computer design as it does, but I’ll forgive that given how much work it must be running a record label, radio station, and distro on top of putting out a zine. The bulk of this is columns and interviews, both of which I found very well done. What an impressive thing this TNS is! I’ll probably not seek this zine out again, but I’m glad it found me.([email protected], tnsrecords.co.uk)