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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Ralph's Top 10 Blogged Band Chart as played on Radio KC - 26.3.17

Tracks from the Top Ten Blogged Bands are played 

every Sunday 5-7pm on Radio KC as part of 
Ralph's Indie Show.





Published 25.3.17 and as played on 


No 1: Floodhounds

FloodHounds - 'I Wanna Know'
Pre Order the single from Officially released on iTunes/Spotify etc on 4th March. Video by Tom Flynn Using footage from Fritz Lang's 1927 film Metropolis.

Make Noise Studios/Practice Sheffield provided the live band footage.

No 2: Scott Lloyd

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The In The Garden EP will be the sixth Scott Lloyd release to date and covers insightful themes such as getting older, childhood, mental health and loss. Normally a solo performer, Scott has used a full band to back him on the EP, which is a step away from his previous acoustic sound. The EP was recorded at Limefield Studios, Manchester in July 2016 and will be released independently by Scott.

On Ralph's Radio KC Indie Show next Sunday (March 5th) we'll be featuring a few a few Americana styled tracks so it was very timeous when Day Became You, the new EP from Ian Roland & Simon Yapp was dropped off via the good offices of the postal service.

Produced by Nigel Stonier (Thea GilmoreThe WaterboysJoan BaezMartha WainwrightFairport Convention et al), the EP is the new release by Folk, Americana duo Ian Roland & Simon Yapp.

No 4: Syd.31

Image may contain: textSelf-styled angriest band in the UK Syd.31 have pronounced that they're taking rage to a level rarely heard before.

With two successful EPs and a single behind them, they are attempting to redefine what it means to be a band as society rips itself apart - music with purpose and impact. Imagine Slayer joining forces with Die Antwoord, or the bastard love child of Grace Jones and the late lamented Sid Vicious fronting Atari Teenage Riot.

No 5: Snippet

Today's post focuses on the quintessentially English songwriting of Johnno Casson who performs under the pseudonym of Snippet

April 7th will see the release of his new album Future Melancholy Pop Music and the title sees the contents doing exactly what it says on the tin. It's 15 tracks of reflective, retrospective, introspective, captivating, engaging, satirical, funky and just plain compulsive lo-fi listening pleasure.

Image may contain: 1 person, standing and outdoorIt's fair to say we're fans of Graham Marshall here in the kennel, not only due to his infectious glass-gargling voice but also due to the tenacity of the man in what is for many, a long and difficult path to achieve anything close to recognition, never mind fame and fortune. 

Ralph will be giving a track from Mr Complicated a spin soon on the Radio KC Indie Show so make sure you tune in every Sunday from 5-7pm GMT on and hopefully we'll see Graham Marshall hitting the road soon and not just in his 40' ASDA delivery truck.

No 7: Factory Acts 

Ralph's long been a fan of Factory Acts who are a Salford post-punk electro duo who live on the edge of the analogue-digital divide, sometimes dreaming, always dancing.

After garnering copious amounts of critical acclaim with their debut EP Thirst in 2014, Salford's underground, post-punk maestros Factory Acts return with their highly anticipated sophomore release Second Amendment which is available on official release April 21st.

No 8: Partisan

Formed in Manchester in 2013, Partisan are a Rock band who are committed to their cause. Their punchy, bold and unflinching anthems are taking authentic Rock back into the mainstream, evidenced by their ever increasing fanbase.

Ralph's giving Ashes a pre-release spin on the Radio KC Indie Show March 26th so make sure you tune in PLUS you can catch Partisan live at the following...

30th March - The Castle, Manchester

No 9: Stillia

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Ralph's favourite video this week is Let Me In by St Helens band Stillia

The video was directed by none other than Johnny Vegas for the release of their single and produced by his production company Woolyback Promotions.

Filmed and Edited by WASP Video

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Infectiously catchy experimental Rock duo, Sacrifice & Bliss release their outrageously good new single Kyrie, out Friday 28th April 2017.

Ralph gave it a pre-release spin on the Radio KC Indie Show last Sunday and the Electro-Rock innovators from London are set to hit the ground running this spring, touring alongside fellow Indie-Rock tastemakers Dantevilles.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Sacrifice & Bliss

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Photo courtesy of  Samantha Regen
Infectiously catchy experimental Rock duo, Sacrifice & Bliss release their outrageously good new single Kyrie, out Friday 28th April 2017. Ralph gave it a pre-release spin on the Radio KC Indie Show last Sunday and the Electro-Rock innovators from London are set to hit the ground running this spring, touring alongside fellow Indie-Rock tastemakers Dantevilles.

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Sacrifice & Bliss are inventive and enigmatic, with all instruments spiking excitingly throughout Kyrie providing a glorious tickle on the balls of your eardrum (yes, they exist – it’s science). This huge synth-laden Rock banger combines light and darkness to great effect with medieval & gothic influences triumphantly merged with rampantly upbeat electro synths. 

Unbelievably, with such a vast array of influences from Sly and The Family Stone to Radiohead, Sacrifice & Bliss have created something truly original whilst providing a curiously fulfilling helping of familiarity.

Image may contain: one or more people, people playing musical instruments, people sitting, night and guitarKyrie is packed full of the now trademarked and contagiously addictive riffs that fans have come to expect from guitar genius John K Lucy. Adapted from a Gregorian chant and with lyrics throughout Kyrie sung in part Greek, part Italian and part English, the distinctive vocals of co-songwriter and bassist Roger Hany put him as the front-runner for your new favourite frontman with soaring highs that Matt Bellamy of Muse would be jealous of.

Image may contain: 1 person, glasses and indoorFrontman Roger Hany explains that Kyrie was written about “the giving of yourself to that which is bigger or greater than yourself”.

Capturing the attention of the masses with sold out shows supporting the likes of 90’s Britpop icons My Life Story, 60’s Rock icon Arthur Brown and Folk Rock favourite’s Blackbeard’s Tea Party, it’s no wonder the duo have already been picked up by BBC Introducing and 6 Music with previous single Hit Me achieving multiple track of the week status’ across 40+ radio stations.

Sacrifice & Bliss live dates as follows...

18/03 Watford, Flag Supporting Dantevilles
23/03 Liverpool, Shipping Forecast Supporting Dantevilles
24/03 Glasgow, McChuills Supporting Dantevilles
26/03 Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge Supporting Dantevilles
27/03 London, Servant Jazz Quarters Supporting Dantevilles
28/03 Bristol, Louisiana Supporting Dantevilles
30/03 Stowmarket, John Peel Centre Supporting Dantevilles
01/04 Southampton, Joiners Supporting Dantevilles

Ralph's Indie Show REPLAY - as played on Radio KC - 19.3.17

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Playlist for 19.3.17:

United Fruit - Where The Sun Beats Down
October Drift - Cherry Red
Glass Animals - Life Itself
L U M E N - Billboard
Scarlet. - Who Left The Iron On
KAZE - Pinned On You
HALEM - Ghost
Pixx - A Way To Say Goodbye
Factory Acts - Leave The World To Us
Joel Sarakula - Analog Dreams
Dear Baby Deer - End Of The Rope
Crumplehorns - Before and After Midnight
Sacrifice & Bliss - Kyrie
The Fiction Aisle -Outskirts
The zzips - Been Dreaming
John Rush - The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree
Loki - Escape Artist (Prod: Jim Sutherland)
Where Fires Are - I've Got The Time
Puppet Rebellion - Please Me
Bush - The Beat Of Your Heart
Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles - Always Something
Traveller - All This Time
Hanging Valleys - Brother
Restless Natives - I Can See The Wind
Carly Thomas - Explode