Bum Note is the official unofficial blog for Freckfest. A place to hear new bands and find out a bit about them, it rose from the ashes of the famous Bum Note fanzine, produced at the tail end of the 80s and start of the 90s to promote musical talent in Irvine and its surrounding areas, which, as it still is today, was a proper hotbed of genre-straddling talent. The original Bum Note was often a vehicle in which good local bands were bitched about with a grudging respect and not-so-good local bands were given the severest of kickings with our metaphorical size 10 Doc Martens. Reviewing one of our issues and accompanying compilation tape in the Sunday Post, Radio Clyde DJ and Daytime TV presenter Paul Coia called us ‘irreverent and off the wall‘. There’s no reason why the online version should be any different.