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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Ralph's Top 10 Blogged Band Chart - 21.3.15


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 .....






Now Mr Snuggles and I Have Been sitting with our heads down counting the hits on each blog to see who's got bands which place.  



The Top Ten Blogged Band Chart is played every Sunday 5-7pm on Radio KC as part of Ralph's Indie Show.







No 1...Lost Embers




The Borders of Winter -Signed and Personalized CD

Having played guitar and written music since an early age, playing in a number of bands around the Welsh valleys, the next logical step was to perform as a solo artist so Lost Embers was formed in 2013. Since then songs have been written and recorded with important thought to location and space. These recordings gave way to the first full length album The Borders of Winter. 







No 2 ...The Phantom Sound







Working on a debut album, The Phantom Sound aka Californian born (now living in London) Marisa Schlussel strives to create honest, powerful and emotional songs, drawing on diverse influences from the late 70's and 80's including BowieBlondieThe Ramones and Duran Duran and giving them a contemporary feel.













No 3...Affairs








Ralph's played tracks by Affairs regularly on his Radio KC Indie Show since hearing their single Cressida nearly two years ago.  Now they're releasing a new single Blood Science on Monday 15th March so it's time to renew acquaintances.

From scattered English Counties, the band members of Affairs met at Hull University, drawn together by their mutual appreciation of 80’s music, art, slick hair, tight jeans and loose hips.









No 4...Sisteray





Sisteray have been making big waves in the indie/garage rock scene since forming in 2012 however 2014 was a breakthrough year for the London four-piece and 2015 looks to continue in that vein. They're big favourites here in the kennel and regulars on Ralph's Indie Show on Radio KC.








No 5...The Phantoms






Ralph's been a big fan of Edinburgh band The Phantoms since he covered them back in April last year after they played a set at the Ralph's Life CD Launch in Electric Circus for the Rethink Mental Illness charity. They've since played a succession of gigs including the one and only King Tut's in Glasgow.
















EP cover The Ones That Left TownNow it's no secret that despite the volume of US rappers knocking at the kennel door, Ralph has no great love of hippety hop - however - the self styled 'Barely Rappers' Outside Your House bring a quirky lo-fi feel to the table in a crossover stylee between Ceiling DemonsTo Have Is To Hold and a snippet of Snippet.

The release of The Ones That Left Town EP by duo Outside Your House is the proverbial breath of fresh air in what can be an extremely stale musical genre. 






No 7...Matt Creer





The Leeward Tide, Matt Creer

Needless to say if a band or artist has a dog they go right to the top of Ralph's blog diary, so it's no surprise today's feature is on singer songwriter Matt Creer who shares his life on the Isle Of Man with retired rescue dog Lala.


He's just released a new album callled The Leeward Tide which was released last Monday and Ralph's already played a track on his Radio KC Sunday Show.






No 8...Officer






So I'm watching the start of the new video from Officer for his single The Waters (a pre-cursor to his Myriads album) and thinking amiable electronica, when all of a sudden it bursts into up-beat Alt-Rock-esque swathed in an almost 80's New Wave back beat. It's made all the more lovely by Officer's celtic edged vocal and an atmospheric video that carries you along on a tide of musical goodness.











No 9...The Reveurs







Mancunian indie-rockers The Reveurs are releasing their new single Take a Bow to coincide with a string of gigs across the north of England that will see them playing in their home town as well as Sheffield, Leeds and Liverpool.

The Reveurs recorded Take a Bow in Salford's Blueprint Studio, made famous by Elbow as their recording studio of choice. 








No 10...Neutronic



Closer

Now Ralph's more of a guitar band animal, however after having covered Liverpool's The Little Secrets and SeaWitches recently he's been showing his mellow side. So much so, he had a listen in to the low-fi electronic vibings of Chester duo Neutronic.