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Saturday, 24 March 2018

Brian's Top 10 Chart - as played on Radio KC - 25.3.18

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




Published on 17.3.18 and as played after 
THE INDIE SHOW on RADIO KC - 18.3.18 - from 5-7pm

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Based in London Kadija Kamara is a singer songwriter who best describes her sound as Alt Soul.

With a love of 60’s and 70’s analogue sounds, she combines her affinity for retro soul music with a host of modern influences.

No 2: The Moods

Brian's favourite video this week is Hidden by The Moods from their Missing Peace album. After a monumental 2017, The Moods accelerate into 2018 at an exponential rate. Hailing from Manchester and the North West, The Moods are a ten-piece collective creating socially charged rap dealing with topics such as corruption, poverty, injustice and inequality. 

Hanging Valleys is an alternative band founded in 2016, comprising of Thom Byles (acoustic guitar, vocals), Mike Phillips (electric guitar, vocals) and Alexis Meridol (beats, synthesizer).

Hanging Valleys music is centred around soaring falsetto vocal harmonies accompanied by ethereal atmospheric phrasing on electric and acoustic guitars, which combine to create a rich shifting soundscape.

No 4: Katalina Kicks 

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Following the release of album Vices back in 2017, Katalina Kicks have spent a year of solid touring around it and following singles, accompanied by airplay across Kerrang!, BBC Introducing, Planet Rock and too many regional and online stations to mention. 

After spending a few months locked down in the studio, Katalina Kicks now release brand new single Waterfall, with a supporting mini UK tour.

No 5: Oddity Road

Oddity Road kicked off 2018 with their biggest headline gig as 500 people crammed into a sold out Sheffield Academy. They followed this up with a UK support slot alongside The Sherlocks and their own UK headline dates. 

The four 18 year old school mates played over 50 gigs and 25 festivals in 2017 including an infamous BBC Introducing headline set to 4000 people at Y Not festival.

No 6: Bugeye

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Having made a splash in 2016 and 2017 with airplay from luminaries such as BBC 6 MusicSteve Lamacq and rave reviews from the likes of God Is In The TV, female fronted, disco-punk band, Bugeye, return with their new single, I’m Not the One and a UK tour with sold out shows.  

Taking obvious inspiration from early pop punk bands such as, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Altered Images with a visual nod to David Lynch and punch-drunk productions, I’m Not The One sees the band take on a slightly darker pop approach.

No 7: Talma

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Seamlessly blending alt, classic and art rock, London-based five-piece TALMA command a magnetic sound and presence that comes straight out of the underground scenes of London. The raw and unshackled live performances are where TALMA truly run riot. They’ve supported the likes of Queen keyboard player Spike Edney and received acclaim for their intense energy and all-out charisma from London all the way to LA, including praise from industry commentator and author Ari Herstand.

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Brian's favourite video this week is Made Out Of Maps by Wojtek The Bear.

Made Out Of Maps is the first single from the eagerly awaited debut album by Wojtek The Bear, A Talent For Being Unreasonable which is due for digital and vinyl release on Scottish Fiction records on May 25th.
Wojtek The Bear tucked themselves away to work with Chris McCrory to record A Talent For Being Unreasonable at Shady Lane Studios late 2017.

No 9: Brownbear

Image may contain: 1 person, beard and close-upWhat is Home? is the debut album from Brownbear. Combining strong melodies and indie riffs that have come to be expected from the band with an added lyrical maturity, the album covers love, loss and life whilst questioning what exactly home is. The album is preceded by an addictive and accomplished single release by the band in the shape of Truth Without Consequence which is accompanied by an equally accomplished and stylish video.

Brownbear are a four-piece indie-rock outfit led by singer/songwriter Matt Hickman.

No 10: Acrylic

Once in a while some new music comes along that transports you back to when you first heard a new release by a band that later becomes a true classic. 

Such was the occurrence on first listening to the upcoming EP release by burgeoning Scottish Alt-Popsters Acrylic

Listening to their All I AM EP transported me back to first listens to the likes of The Blue Nile and their near incomparable release Stay

Thursday, 22 March 2018

The Kut

Image may contain: 1 person, on stage and textRock category Finalist of the UK Songwriting Contest 2017 and Semi-Finalist of the USA led International Songwriting Competition, The Kut have announced a World Wide Record Deal with Cargo Records for their long-awaited debut album Valley of Thorns. Known for bringing some of the best independent albums to the fore, including those by The White Stripes, The Black Keys and Jonny Rotten’s Public Image Limited, Cargo Records have now put pen to paper and added The Kut to a long list of UK indie musicians to join their worldwide roster. 

The album, produced by James Le Rock (Skindred / Def Leppard / White Zombie / My Vitriol) releases on April 13th. The single; Mind Games, is the first new offering from the album, and that releases March 30th. 

Image may contain: 3 people, close-upJohn Dryland at Cargo Records spoke of the record deal, noting that

 it’s great to be working with such a hardworking, stellar artistes as The Kut on their debut album.”

Active on the UK and European alt.rock scene, The Kut, is the alter-ego of multi-instrumentalist, Princess Maha. 

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With  Princess Maha Diana Bartmann Jennifer Sanin.

The Kut live outfit has seen many guises, with the most recent line up featuring Diana Bartmann (drums) and Stella Vie (bass / bvs). 

Festival performances include Download, Camden Rocks Festival, Rebellion Festival, Hard Rock Hell, Glastonbudget, Nice N Sleazy and Strummercamp and more. Tours have spanned the UK, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. 

Image may contain: 1 person, close-upVoted into the winning spots of the MTV Brand New Unsigned Poll for 2014, subsequent EP releases and tours have gained The Kut support from - deep breath - BBC Introducing Lancashire, Kerrang! Radio, Planet Rock, The Guardian, Metro, Scuzz TV, Kerrang! Magazine, Big Cheese, Metal Hammer, Q and Classic Rock, AXS TV, MTV-U USA and many credible independents.
Maha announced that It’s an absolute dream come true to sign with Cargo. They are super passionate about their artists - truly one of the UK’s finest. The debut has been a long time coming, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it”.

The summer of 2017 saw The Kut playing 21 UK mainland dates, and the year ended with the band claiming the Number 1 Spot in the Beyond 50 Promotions Top 50 Under the Radar UK Bands. Announcements for 2018 have included The Kut being added to the line ups of Camden Rocks Festival, Amplified Festival, Strummercamp Festival, Nice and Sleazy and Rebellion.