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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Small Victories

Formed earlier this year, London three-piece Small Victories are already on the verge (November 4th) of releasing their second single for our listening pleasure. 

It's called Paint The Picture and it's a thumper of a guitar-driven, bass-heavy, drum infused, full-on and in your face indie tune. It'll be getting a spin this Sunday 23rd October) on Ralph's Radio KC Indie Show.

Small Victories are Nick Thomas on Guitar/Vocals, Andy Faulkner (formerly of the late-lamented IC1s) and Louis Matthews (previously Furs & Masks) on Bass.

Displaying Promo Shot 1.jpgSmall Victories debut release Future was enriched by their varied influences which range from Garage Rock, through Shoegaze to Psychedelia and they've built on that with Paint The Picture to produce an assured and infectious Indie hit.

Small Victories have already played a string of live performances to no small amount of critical acclaim and have a not-to-be-missed single launch coming up in the iconic Water Rats in London's Kings Cross for This Feeling on Saturday 5th November.

Rock Against Violence 2016

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Rock Against Violence 2016 is back for a 5th year and will take place on 10 November at the O2 Academy in Islington. The concert features stellar London-based bands, all in aid of Solace Women’s Aid

Headlining the evening will be one of Ralph's favourite London bands Hunter and The BearThey've featured regularly on Ralph's Indie Show on Radio KC and in the blog.

Hunter and The Bear are a four-piece whose combination of melodic sensibility with riff-heavy tunes puts them to the fore of the burgeoning guitar-driven music that is currently prevalent. 

This summer saw Hunter and The Bear setting out on an exciting and highly ambitious project. Anticipating their first full length record in early 2017, the band will release a single a month giving audiences a teasing insight into their work.

Of late they have set crowds alight at the UK's major summer festivals such as Leeds and Reading whilst also embarking on critically acclaimed headline tours of Spain and here in the UK as well as supporting guitar legend Eric Clapton on his most recent arena tour so their set at Rock Against Violence is one not to be missed!

Power of SolaceEstablished in 2011, Rock AgainstViolence has grown into Solace’s annual flagship music event, raising a staggering £23,000 in 2015. 

Mary Mason, Chief Executive Officer at Solace Women’s Aid, said: “We’re really thrilled and grateful that these talented bands are all helping us campaign against domestic and sexual abuse. There is such a widespread problem across the capital with thousands of women and children needing support after experiencing horrific abuse. Gigs like these reach new audiences and help raise awareness of the issues as well as the services that can support women and girls to be safe, recover and live independently free from abuse.” 

Advance tickets cost £15 and are on sale at 

Tickets at the door will be £20. During the show, there will also be a silent auction and raffle prizes to raise additional funds for Solace, including a Gourmet Society membership, a VIP personal shopping appointment with money to spend, private bartending services, collector's items, beauty products and many more.

Also playing on the night are...

Patch & The Giant who are currently gearing up to release their debut album, “All That We Had, We Stole” early next year. 

Folk Radio UK says about the band: “Tucked somewhere between the music of Balkan enthusiasts, Beirut and the rustic elegance of modern DIY folk”. 

Read more and listen to free tracks on their website.


We Use to Make Things who are an eight piece London-based indie-pop band with big horns, big harmonies and a healthy respect for a melodic hook and fat groove. 

Read more and listen to free tracks on their Facebook page.

The Wild Things are a four-piece alternative rock band from West London. 

Pulling from early influences as wide as the Beach Boys and Foo Fighters by way of a Weezer pop-tinged lean, the band’s recent output has seen them pull in a rockier, dirtier vibe recalling The Smashing Pumpkins and Band of Skulls via Wolf Alice. Read more and listen to free tracks on their website.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The Undivided

Hailing from the South Wales Valleys, The Undivided are a four-piece comprising of lead guitarist and singer Joe Disson, percussive maestro Rhydian Mason, guitarist Lew Bray and joining in 2014 Bass guitarist Craig Prosser.

Formed circa 2010, born from the ashes of previous aural endeavors and built on the back of long-standing friendships. 

A successful meeting of minds, a period of incessant and relentless gigging followed, which saw them perform dates across the UK- including support and opening slots for Ash, The Xcerts, Kids in Glass Houses, The Dirty Youth and IDivide - with praise coming from Kerrang!, Rock Sound, NME and XFM, to name but a few.

Satellites is the title track dropped from their epontmous EP and it reflects the fact that The Undivided are a band driven by a desire to create the kind of noise people simply have to stand up and hear. Ralph will be spinning Satellites on the Radio KC Indie Show this Sunday, October 23rd.

Inspired by the political, message-heavy words of fellow countrymen Manic Street Preachers, the instrumentation of Idlewild, and the penchant for melodic pop sensibilities evident in the likes of Mansun and Peace, The Undivided make music that’s impossible to ignore. 

Soaring guitar chords launch from atop punishing riffs, shuddering bass lines carry the rhythms forward, and sledgehammer drumbeats underpin this combination of harmony and electricity.

Their previous album This New Day was produced by Romesh Dodangoda which helped garner the funding support from the Welsh Arts Council.

The Undivided set out to fulfil their ambition of breaking with the norm to deliver truly poignant, meaningful and moving songs through expert musicianship and honest lyricism. So much so, they secured a sync placement for the instrumental version of Headlights from the previous album This New Day on the opening and closing credits of BBC 4 Royal Institute Christmas Lectures.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016


One band currently soaring right now are HAWK (see what I did there) who are currently based in Berlin with a view to boosting their profile whilst returning regularly to the UK for live performances.

The self-styled Alt Noir, Anglo Irish combo release their new single Mirror Maze on November 4th which precedes the She Knows EP due for a March 2017 arrival via Veta Records.

Ralph's already giving the single a pre-release spin on his Radio KC Indie Show on October 23rd and there'll be more from HAWK on the show soon.

The Mirror Maze single sees Julie Hawk's Elysian vocals take a darker edge in this lyrically moody and musically rhythmical release in a This Mortal Coil stylee.

HAWK are not afraid to carry bold messages within their poetic lyrics. Singer Julie explained her stance on, Mirror Maze: “It’s about being torn and suppressed by conflicting expectations that society places on us, mainly from a female perspective." 

Julie goes on to say, "Certain behaviour is seen as feminine from one perspective and weak from another, and others a seen as strong but too masculine. 
It’s about facing these issues in everyday situations, even amongst people who you consider close.” Past releases Once Told and Glass addressed Ireland’s laws on and abortion and contraception and same sex marriage."
HAWK are: Julie Hawk (vocals), Matthew Harris (guitar), Chris Handsley (bass) and Sam Campbell (drums).

They play one of Ralph's favourite London venues, The Sebright Arms on November 11th.

Neon Dolls - Video Of The Week

Leeds grit-rock four-piece Neon Dolls released of their new single Step Out Of The Dark and it's Ralph's Video Of The Week.

The visceral new single is lifted from their upcoming second album When It Strikes and combines classic rock riffs, pounding drums and football terrace melodies.
Since forming two years ago, Neon Dolls have been busy perfecting their hybrid of muscular Britpop and shoutalong punk vocals and blowing away audiences on the buzzing Leeds music scene.

Formed from the ashes of defunct bands on the scene, the boys quickly developed a sonic formula influenced by Northern guitar greats Oasis, The Verve and The Stone Roses as well as more recent hardcore and grunge bands from the USA.

 With a growing fanbase affectionately dubbed the Neon Army behind them, tracks from their debut album Imperial (released last year) were playlisted on BBC Introducing and their sold out live shows led to Fred Perry Subculture hailing them as one of the best new bands in the country.

In the meantime...why not watch their brand new video for Step Out Of The Dark here...

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Ralph's Top 10 Blogged Band Chart - 15.10.16

OK bands you know the score .....

the more hits your blog gets by the fans ..... 

the higher you go .....

So Tweet it, Facebook it .....

Generally expose yourself .....


Click here for the Ralph's Life website

Now Mr Snuggles and I have been sitting with our heads down counting the hits on each blog to see which band's got what place.

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

No 1: Tensheds


A piano bashing, guitar swinging husky voiced hobo.

'Milktrain' is taken from the new Tensheds album 'The Dandy Punk Prince', 

Order your copy at: 



SHVLLOWS are a four piece Electronic Pop band from Edinburgh, Scotland. Forming in early 2015, the band have spent the last year mastering their unique blend of hybrid synth pop and are ready to make their mark on the UK music scene over 2016. 

Their release Zurich is Ralph's Video Of The Week.

No 3: Sisteray

‘Who R Ya?’ - new single from Sisteray release on 1-2-3-4 Records is out now!

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No 4: Hunter & The Bear

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This week Ralph's favourite video is Renegade by Hunter and The Bear and it's the first single from their debut album due out early next year.

Having shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and Simple Minds, this young British band are making a big noise on the rock scene. They've toured extensively in the UK & Europe this year and have been described as - "One of the most exciting live acts around!"


Nuuxs is a French born singer songwriter who grew up in Hackney. Her music style is influenced by Tarantino soundtracks and Lo-Fi beats, ably demonstrated in her debut single Holy Man released in April. The track, which has received over 66,000 streams on Spotify, was produced and co-written by Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, The Libertines, James Bay, Paloma Faith) and added to Starbucks' in-store playlist.

No 6: Fingertrap

FingertrapCardiff 4-piece Fingertrap release Body Popping, their first single for Wise Dog Records, on 28th October 2016.

With energy and indie pop sass to rival The Hives and The Fratellis, the last 18 months have seen them play raucous shows around the UK, with numerous festival appearances including Frankfurt Musikmesse and The Montreux Jazz Festival, and win two Europe-wide competitions for their live performances run by industry giants Casio and Shure.

No 7: Empathy Test

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If there was an actual empathy test other than in the dystopian future of Blade Runner, then the new double A side single: Demons/Seeing Stars, by London based electro popsters of the same name passes with flying colours. 

The soon-to-be released Empathy Test track Demons shines bright in the musical firmament as they explore the nature of jealousy in the human condition. It's available on September 9th and is a precursor to their much vaunted and eagerly awaited debut album.

Scotland’s four-piece electro pop outfit The Blet Project return with their third single Eight Till Ten. A light-hearted look at modern working life and the pressures it puts on relationships; set to the sounds of 90’s R&B girl groups.

The band was formed in spring 2015 by Stephen Dennis (synths/backing vocals) to create thought-composed, three-minute pop songs with socially conscious lyrics. 

Sisters Sally and Natalie Joiner are The Honeyfire, a dream-pop guitar band hailing from Bristol, UK.

Their enchanting harmonies and textured guitar lines reveal an honest and endearing bond between the siblings. Blending themes of fear, failed love across dreamscapes thorugh their poetic lyrics, these ethereal songstresses captivate their audiences with dark and hauntingly beautiful live performances.

No 10: The Society

Displaying Begging Official Single Cover.jpgNorth West Indie popsters The Society are creating quite a stir in Manchester and it's no wonder with a cracking debut single Begging on the way plus a headline show in The Soup Kitchen soon. Begging is a tight, melodic track guaranteed to fill the dance floor.

After playing in a handful of previous bands Lew Whalley and Harry Beresford met and instantly developed a strong musical bond, later forming the foundation of The Society.