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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Ralph's Top 10 Blogged Band Chart as played on Radio KC - 26.2.17

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Tracks from the Top Ten Blogged Bands are played 
every Sunday 5-7pm on Radio KC as part of 
Ralph's Indie Show.



LISTEN TO THE TOP 10 HERE


 


No 1: JUXTA


No automatic alt text available.If you like your post punk downright dystopian and delightfully dirty (alliteration is my muse) then have I got the album for you.

Welcome To Your Life is the long awaited second album from JUXTA, one of the most important bands on the indie scene right now.

Combining high energy punk rock with dark industrial sounds JUXTA draws on a range of influences from Joy Division to Nine Inch Nails to devastating effect.







No 2: 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.









No automatic alt text available.TheTwisted Dolls are a 2-piece, blues influenced garage rock band from Manchester, UK. Forming over a love of genuine rock n' roll, the Dolls have been playing powerful sets to live audiences in the UK for 18 months, non-stop.

Young, hungry, with a set of blistering garage rock songs. After two successful independent releases, they received national radio play and were invited to perform a live session on BBC Radio. This exposure led to more high profile gig offers, and a slot on main stage of the Feel Good Festival 2016.










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It's nearly a year since Ralph played the lead track Miami from the eponymous debut EP by Bradford's dark and mysterious electro-pop outfit They Called Him Zone on his Radio KC Indie Show.

OK, OK, they're not that mysterious as I can tell you the band are - Mik Davies on Vocals, Drone and Production, Steve Maloney on Vocals, Guitar and Production plus John Bradford on Keys and percussion when playing live.








No 5: Black Lime



After a morning listening to Americana (I know, I  know) it was time to get back on the Indie train and who better than with up-and-coming Hull 4-piece Black Lime and their new release Fight Or Flight prior to their debut EP Pleasantville (soon come) for our listening pleasure.


With a mean and moody Strokes-esque vocal and driving guitar throughout it's a gritty delight. It's been on replay here all afternoon and it's unlikely to be coming off the jukebox any time soon.








No 6: Weekend Debt

Weekend Debt

From Lanark in Bonnie Scotland, Weekend Debt are a fresh new indie band comprising four young, talented and vibrant musicians. Citing Influences such as Catfish and the BottlemenArctic MonkeysCourteeners and FathersonWeekend Debt are garnering a reputation for 'getting the joint jumping' via a set replete with indie tunes influenced by many a night out and the relationships that ensue. 










No 7: The Farm


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The Farm are using Pledgemusic to release 3 brand new songs plus a re-mix of Feel The Love, all signed by the band, as well as the new EP being part of some extremely groovy merchandise bundles.

Founding member Peter Hooton said - "We're releasing this music now because we've been playing festivals for a few years and everyone we meet always asks the same question, 'When are you releasing new material'."













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If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again seems to be the motto of Welsh 3-piece power pop outfit The Immediate who originally split in 1997 due to - "frustration, an argument over a mouth organ and the success of The Stereophonics."


Releasing one single (unaccountably popular in Sweden), making every conceivable mistake in the How To Be A Successful Indie Band handbook, touring with some excellent bands (Mansun, 60ft Dolls, Dodgy) and eventually flickering out they left behind the memory of some great gigs, a few fine songs, and little else.












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 10: Cold Summer 


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This year kicks off with Cold Summer releasing Waiting as a single in advance of their first live shows of the year. It's a tried and tested fans favourite that grabs you by the nuts from the first riff and doesn't let go until the frantic chant at the end. They're building a bridge between Alt Rock and Post Hardcore/Punk fans with this one. All things to all rockers. 

Needless to say Ralph's giving it a spin on the Radio KC Indie Show in the near (Sunday 5th March) future.

























Thursday, 23 February 2017

Black Lime

After a morning listening to Americana (I know, I  know) it was time to get back on the Indie train and who better than with up-and-coming Hull 4-piece Black Lime and their new release Fight Or Flight prior to their debut EP Pleasantville (soon come) for our listening pleasure.

With a mean and moody Strokes-esque vocal and driving guitar throughout it's a gritty delight. It's been on replay here all afternoon and it's unlikely to be coming off the jukebox any time soon.

Alex Greaves produced Fight Or Flight at The Nave Studios in Leeds and according to the band, Alex’s production style was vital in making the record, as they bounced ideas off him to refine their sound.







Image may contain: 4 people, people standing, sunglasses and indoorNeedless to say Ralph will be giving Fight Or Flight a spin on the Radio KC Indie Show (March 5th) as will; I'm certain, a plethora of mainstream radio stations including Auntie BeeB.

Next Black Lime gig is this Saturday (Feb 25th) in Verve Bar, Leeds alongside the excellent Psyence. Go check them out if you get the chance.

Remember, watch out for the imminent arrival of their debut EP Pleasantville on your favourite streaming platform.






Ian Roland & Simon Yapp

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 Gilmore, The Waterboys, Joan Baez, Martha Wainwright, Fairport Convention et al), the EP is the new release by Folk, Americana duo Ian Roland & Simon Yapp.

Released January 2017 it includes new songs, Day Became You and Gravity Inside, as well as a new recording of the excellent Shooting Star



Ranging from the reflective and infectious title track Day Became You, through the delightfully melodious love song Shooting Star that follows and into the bouncy foot-stomper that is Gravity Inside, Ian Roland & Simon Yapp have given us a multi-faceted Americana gem from which we'll be featuring a track on the Radio KC Indie Show on March 5th.

Recorded at Airtight Productions Recording Studios, Manchester, UK, with Séadna McPhail engineering and Alan Lowles mastering the final release, the EP has Nigel Stonier also providing multi-instrumental parts, as well as Séadna adding percussion and Richard Young on drums.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Cold Summer


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Cold Summer are an energetic post-hardcore 4-piece from Leeds, writing experimental melodic rock with a twist that is developed through a wide range of influences between them. The end result being music which portrays a bitter sweet ambience with angst and raw passion from their punk and hardcore roots.

Formed late in 2011 the band have maintained a strong DIY work ethic, self producing/releasing 2 EP's: Transitions and Wake, in 2012 and a self titled album in 2013, they have also been responsible for self booking an album release tour and UK tour with US band He Is Legend in 2014. 











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This kind of mentality has ultimately led to support slots with diverse and established artists Funeral For A Friend, Polar, Self Defense Family, Lemuria, Milk Teeth, Brawlers, Zoax and recently Grieved, Employed To Serve and Sorority Noise.

In 2016 Cold Summer released Fight To Survive to critical acclaim and no small amount of airplay including Ralph's Indie Show playing A Time Imagination Forgot To Inspire on Radio KC





Their most refined and emotionally driven music to date, the record holds to right a world of consumption, greed and corruption.

A call to arms for an apathetic generation.

Cold Summer are currently focused on writing a follow up to this release channeling the frustration of a uncertain future due to the  social and political events in the UK last year.




This year kicks off with Cold Summer releasing Waiting as a single in advance of their first live shows of the year. It's a tried and tested fans favourite that grabs you by the nuts from the first riff and doesn't let go until the frantic chant at the end. They're building a bridge between Alt Rock and Post Hardcore/Punk fans with this one. All things to all rockers. 

Needless to say Ralph's giving it a spin on the Radio KC Indie Show in the near (Sunday 5th March) future.




Sat 25th Feb: The Key Club, Leeds supporting Hellions & Acres

Thurs 9th March - The Hop, Wakefield - Headline show (support TBC)

Sun 28th may - King Street Crawl, Snooty Fox Club, Wakefiled