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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Rob Jarvis and The Mercury Sons

Essex based Alt Rockers Rob Jarvis and The Mercury Sons are due to release their debut single Just To Make You Happy on the 17th of February. It's already had its first radio play on the Kerrang Fresh Blood Show and needless to say Ralph will be giving it a pre-release spin on his Radio KC Indie Show soon.

I'm pretty certain they'll also be playing it at their first ever live gig in Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle this Saturday.

Rob Jarvis and The Mercury Sons cite a vast amount of musical influences ranging from Stone Temple Pilots and Alice in Chains through to Foo Fighters and one of Ralph's favourites, Biffy Clyro. These influences certainly make themselves felt on this first rendering from the band.

Just To Make You Happy showcases frontman Rob's ability as a songwriter. It's a strong rocking it out track that highlights his passion and skill in bringing light and shade to a track. 

Whilst he tips his hat to his influences in Just To Make You Happy he most definitely makes his own unique mark.

Image may contain: textAs Rob said:

"Our debut release hasn't been shown to a great deal of people, but those who've encountered it during the 'making of' stages have made reference to all kinds of bands, certainly lots of references to 90's rock, so I hope you all like it!"

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

They Called Him Zone

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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.

The good news is that They Called Him Zone have a mini album on the way (Out on February 20th) and as an introduction are releasing tracks Waste You and Devil Dying by way of a taster.

No automatic alt text available.What can the world expect from their latest offering I hear you ask? 

Well, they describe Crow Swan Wolf as...

"haunting, atmospheric, sexy, driving, psychedelic, gothic, dark-wave/ new-wave mayhem which casts shadows and blows tobacco smoke across an amber lit dystopian skyline".

"Somewhere between a blood-thirsty vampire driving a convertible in Miami and a Berlin cabaret bar. Darker than a graveyard at midnight. Mashed up guitars, synths, electro beats and infectious melodies".

No automatic alt text available.The tracks are available from their Bandcamp page on a 'pay-as-you-like' basis and are an excellent lead into the synth infused, bass-heavy world of They Called Him ZoneJust Fall blends a bouncy electro-pop soundscape with gloomy vocal to great effect and Devil Dying is just as enticing with a mean and moody percussive backbone drawing together a slightly lighter, very radio-friendly 'Euro-Pop' track.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Ralph's Indie Show Replay - 15.1.17

Ralph's Indie Show as played on Radio KC on Sunday 15th January 2017


LUMER - Futile
SONS - Reptiles
1 in Five - Salvation
RIVAL BONES - Lost Along The Way
The Trend - Going Under
Jay Tennant - Modern Heroes
PET CROW - Shake It Out
Cameron Davidson - All I Ever See Is You
Charlotte Carpenter - Fire
Hello Casanova - I'll Be Waiting
Larkins - Velvet
Yakima - Wabi Sabi
The Jade Assembly - Nothing Changes
The Cheap Thrills - Machine
Leika - Glass
Medicine Men - In The Breeze
Memory Flowers - Atoms
Cherryshoes - Justice
Wide Eyed Boy - Wolves
Lee Christian - the answer(s)
The Survival Code - One
Feed The Kid - In The City
Brothers Of Mine - The Answer
The Gallerys - Paisley
Nihil Piraye - Olmaz Olmaz

Just click the names to follow them on Facebook.

Inego - Video Of The Week

Ralph's favourite video this week is Exiled Love by Manchester band INEGO.

Available now from all good download stores. Produced by Gavin Monaghan and engineered by Joe Murray at Magic Garden Recording Studios. For part one of the story click here - For more information on INEGO, you can follow them here Facebook - Soundcloud - Twitter - @inegomusic

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Ralph's Top 10 as played on Radio KC - 15.1.17

OK bands you know the score.....

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

The higher you go in The Chart.....

So Tweet it, Facebook it.....

Generally expose yourself.....


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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 back here...

THE NEW CHART - 14.1.17

No 1: Quigley

Ralph's first featured single of 2017 is Watch With You and it's the latest release by Gloucestershire Indie rockers Quigley. The track was produced by Luke Oldfield (yes, it's Mike's son) at Tilehouse Studios and mastered by top dog, Pete Maher.

Quigley are back in the studio this month under the watchful eye of none other than Justin Broad who produces Jessie J and Raleigh Ritchie amongst others to numerous to mention.

No 2: Ded Rabbit

Image may contain: 4 peopleDed Rabbit are always a favourite on Ralph's Radio KC Indie Show, so it was with great anticipation that we await their latest single Figurine. With an official release date of February 3rd it's an epic aural assault on what should be an immense 2017 for this charismatic young band. 

CAMPFIRES IN WINTERRalph's favourite video this week is the Campfires In Winter single Free Me From The Howl from their debut album Ischaemia on Olive Grove Records. Free Me From The Howl is available now as a digital download or to stream. iTunes: Spotify:

It's been a couple of years since One Eyed Wayne first graced the hallowed pages of Ralph's Life with a review of their then newly released single After The Break

Well the good news is that the track features on the shiny new One Eyed Wayne album Attack Of The Luxury Flats.

It's 10 tracks of pure punky feelgoodness a la Blockheads with a bit of Wreckless Eric and a bit more of that UK Subs vibe that graces After The Break.

No 5: La Fleur

No automatic alt text available.he focus of this week's feature articles on Ralph's Life is firmly on the burgeoning supply of quality Indie music in Scotland currently. With Sunday's Indie Show on Radio KC containing over a third of the tracks played from Scottish based bands and artists, it seems there's a bit of a tidal wave about to swamp the rest of the UK.

One case in point is young (they're so young they cite Catfish & The Bottlemen as an influence) Wishaw band LAFleur. They're only a couple of years into their musical journey together but are rapidly managing to attract the right kind of attention. 

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Abel Raise The Cain are an alternative indie rock band formed in the Northeast who were brought together by a mutual love of atmospheric and epic indie soundscapes influenced by the likes of Arcade FireSigur Ros and Editors.

Their first release, a double A side single Too Late/The Promise brought the band widespread critical acclaim.

No 7: The Cliftons

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Ralph's favourite video this week is Scarlett by Aberdeen band The Cliftons.

The Cliftons have supported luminaries such as The Bluetones and Man Made plus headlined at venues such as The Lemon Tree. The Cliftons are also set to release their follow up EP on January 21st with a hometown show in Tunnels.

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Ralph's favourite video this week is In Sicily by Fighting Caravans a 6-piece Alt Rock band from Leeds.

Likened to QOTSA, Fat White Family and Grinderman they've had a very successful 2016, including performances at several festivals including Reading & Leeds and Sound City in Liverpool. The single In Sicily is released by Fighting Caravans on Christmas Day.

No 9: Scott Swain

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Scott Swain has been playing in bands for almost a decade, and has achieved relative success with this: from supporting Biffy Clyro back in the day, to being featured in Kerrang! Magazine.
However it wasn't until his main band took a hiatus in 2016 that Scott decided to launch a solo project.

No 10: VITO

Image may contain: 4 peopleHailing from Newcastle, VITO are four young men with their sights firmly set on achieving greater notoriety than just gigging around their local stomping ground in the North East.

They offer - "a 'no-frills' ethos, focusing on raw, dynamic performances" and "have a flair for compelling lyrics to accompany their upbeat riffs, creating poignant messages through tracks that pack a punch."