Saturday, 27 May 2017

Ralph's Top 10 Blogged band Chart - as played on Radio KC - 28.5.17

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




Published 27.5.17 and as played on 


No 1 The Moods

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Ralph has been featuring the Blackthorn Festival on the blog recently due to the fact that it's near Manchester and probably the best value for money small festival in the UK.

We've also been singling out a few Manchester bands for some special attention and today it's The Moods turn.

After a very successful 2016 playing dozens of festivals such as Sound CityY Not FestivalDot to Dot etc. and a rather drastic lineup change, fast rising Scouse act The Jackobins are back with an anthemic new single called Nightfire.

Needless to say Ralph will be giving the track a spin on the Radio KC Indie Show and that will be coming up on May 14th from 5-7pm.

Ralph has followed the musical progression of North Yorkshire based dark hip-hoppers (it's grim up north) Ceiling Demons with increasing interest as they develop their unique soundscape. 

Never shy about capturing the frailties of the human state after initially getting together to pay tribute to a lost friend and then through their musical practice addressing mental health issues; Ceiling Demons have, with the release of their new single March Forward attained a new level of not just retrospective sadness but optimism and aspiration.

No 4: Names

What's in a name? A set of words by which we are known, addressed or referred to. With Names the question follows their every creative move, what and who are Names

A melancholic, electronic, piano based alt pop duo who defy easy definitions and have no intention of succumbing to the demands of pop culture. 

No 5: Fat Goth

Ralph has been a Fat Goth fan since first writing about them nearly five years ago (where does the time go) after catching them via the good offices of A Badge Of Friendship and hearing them via Vic Galloway on't radio. 

A year later and Fat Goth donated their track Creepy Lounge from their album STUD to the Ralph's Life CD to raise funds and awareness for the mental health charity Rethink (still available, just click here).

No 6: Katalina Kicks 

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Katalina Kicks profess to playing simple and direct heavy garage rock’n’roll: power chords and pummelling rhythms, fuzzy guitar and throbbing bass, big riffs and shouted choruses, pin-balling between grunge, punk and heavy blues. 

In Ian George Katalina Kicks also have a songwriter who can’t help but use his band as a platform to air his anxieties about the world around him. 

No 7: Himalayas

HIMALAYASCardiff four-piece Himalayas unveil a new video for their single Thank God I’m Not You and Ralph is giving it a spin on this Sunday's Indie Show on Radio KC and looking forward to catching them live in The Magnet, Liverpool.

The Tom Large directed video takes place at the derelict St. Luke’s Church in the Welsh town Abercarn. Filming of the video took place in a day spanning 22 hours, with the generator almost cutting out in the middle of the night.

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Formed in 2015 in Hawick by David Reid (vocals) John Findlay (guitar) and Rob Wood (keyboards), The Boy With The Lion Head soon added Alistair Clarkson (bass) to the band and began playing gigs around the Scottish Borders.

After gaining a small local following, Angus Hamilton (replaced now by Amy Hamilton) (percussion) joined the band during the recording of debut EP The Ebb and Flow. The EP achieved some success, notably airplay of The Eyes That Met Mine on Jim Gellatly's Amazing Radio Show.

No 9: 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.

Jamie & Shoony play anthems that have them making waves in Scotland and collecting a loyal fanbase. 

They have played to sell out crowds in some of the country's finest venues such as Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom, O2 ABC, Kings Tuts, The Electric Circus and Saint Lukes.

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