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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Ralph's Top 10 Blogged band Chart - as played on Radio KC 23.4.17






Tracks from the Top Ten Blogged Bands are played 

every Sunday 5-7pm on Radio KC as part of 
Ralph's Indie Show.







LISTEN TO LAST WEEK'S TOP 10 HERE

AS PLAYED ON RADIO KC - 23.4.17




RALPH'S BRAND NEW TOP 10 CHART 

Published 22.4.17 and as played on 

RALPH'S RADIO KC INDIE SHOW 23.4.17








Image may contain: 1 personThe Phantom Sound aka Marisa Schlussel is exclusively premiering her new song which is called, Voices here on Ralph's Life. It's from her upcoming second album currently being recorded with Ken Stringfellow, who is producing once again. 

The album will feature Dale Crover of The Melvins and Nirvana (Bleach), and Brian Viglione of The Dresden Dolls and Scarlet Sails on drums. 









No 2: Feral Five


It's hard to believe that it was as far back as 2013 when Ralph first came across Feral Five and they donated a track to the Ralph's Life CD for the mental health charity Rethink


Nearly four years down the line, Feral Five have produced another 'banger' of a CD and March 31st sees the official release of Man Cat Doll Machine (I'll forgive them not calling it Man Dog Doll Machine) with some splendid artwork by Tracey Moberly who's previously collaborated with Banksy and Bill Drummond.








No 3: Stocksnskins



Ralph's recently encountered the musical stylings of  Stocksnskins who are post punksters who seem to render poetry via electronic music. Ralph decided to have a quick word to find out.

 "We nod towards post punk electronica mixing lots of beats and bass with poetic spoken word and the odd rants. We formed in May 2016 in Bournemouth. and have been played on the Neil Lomax Teenage Kicks radio show a few times and supported Endea at Sound Circus, Bournemouth."











No 4 Stillia

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Ralph's favourite video this week is Let Me In by St Helens band Stillia

The video was directed by none other than Johnny Vegas for the release of their single and produced by his production company Woolyback Promotions.


Filmed and Edited by WASP Video








No 5: SKIES


Off the back of their debut EP If You Feel Like ItSKIES went from strength to strength last year. With support from Radio 1 DJ’s Huw Stephens' and Phil Taggart's, online plaudits from Clash, Q, TMRW, Punktastic, and regular backing from Abbie McCarthy of BBC Intro Kent.

They took to the road with the likes of Clean Cut KidCoasts and Get Inuit , culminating in SKIES seeing out 2016 in perfect style with a jam-packed headline show at Camden Assembly.








No 6: Scott Lloyd


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The In The Garden EP will be the sixth Scott Lloyd release to date and covers insightful themes such as getting older, childhood, mental health and loss.

Normally a solo performer, Scott has used a full band to back him on the EP, which is a step away from his previous acoustic sound. The EP was recorded at Limefield Studios, Manchester in July 2016 and will be released independently by Scott.









No 7: Luna Rosa



Ralph's been looking at all the bands and artistes playing at this year's Blackthorn Festival in July and featured them all in one big blog, but there's a few which we'll be taking a closer look at over the next few weeks.

One such band is Luna Rosa who hail from Corby in Northampton-shire. Formed in 2014 Luna Rosa have played up and down the UK racking up over 200 gigs in just over two years, including headline and festival slots.









No 8: Motions



Motions are an alternative rock band based in Dublin formed by Tom Daly and Dave Nulty in late 2015.

With powerful vocals accompanied by minimalist textures and driving guitars, Motions sound ranges from shimmering soundscapes to anthemic rock.

Last year saw the release of their well received debut single Back To Where I Begun and the band have; unsurprisingly, been drawing attention worldwide with major industry interest in the UK & US alike.










If you like your rock heavy then Oxford-based, masked hard rockers, Field of Giants have the very thing for you, with the release of their second independent album In Arcadia dropping in June.

After a string of local shows to test their new material, Field of Giants are well prepared for the release of their follow-up on the music buying public.








No 10: Factory Acts 




Ralph's long been a fan of Factory Acts who are a Salford post-punk electro duo who live on the edge of the analogue-digital divide, sometimes dreaming, always dancing.

After garnering copious amounts of critical acclaim with their debut EP Thirst in 2014, Salford's underground, post-punk maestros Factory Acts return with their highly anticipated sophomore release Second Amendment which is available on official release April 21st.