Saturday 4 March 2017

Ralph's Top 10 Chart as played on Radio KC - 5.3.17

OK bands you know the score.....

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

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

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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.



PUBLISHED - 4.3.17

No 1: 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.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 3: 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 4: 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'."

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 6: 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.

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 9: Floodhounds

FloodHounds - 'I Wanna Know'
Pre Order the single from Officially released on iTunes/Spotify etc on 4th March. Video by Tom Flynn Using footage from Fritz Lang's 1927 film Metropolis.

Make Noise Studios/Practice Sheffield provided the live band footage.

No 10: Sam Jefferson

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Ralph's giving Too Much For You by Sam Jefferson a spin on the Radio KC Indie Show on March 5th so we thought it'd be nice to run a feature too. 

Raised on a steady diet of Blind Lemon Jefferson (probably no relation), Bert Jansch, and Woody Guthrie records, traditional Blues and Folk music is at the heart of his musical soul. 

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