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Friday, 19 September 2014

Ralph's Top 10 Blogged Band Chart - 19.9.14

OK bands you know the score.....

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

the higher you go.....

So Tweet it, Facebook it.....

and generally expose yourself.....






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

So here it is.....

The Top Ten Blogged Band Chart .....









No 1.....Feral Five



FERAL FIVE - 3D
Ralph's been up to his ears in Gunk this week! No not the stuff for cleaning car engines...'Gunk' is a portmanteau of Geek Punk and it was celebrated in style on the 5th-7th September at the Music Tech Fest in London...and Ralph's chums Feral Five were at the forefront with a live performance prior to the launch to celebrate the official release of 3D Print Me single on 12" Vinyl on September 17th in the East London Design Store.










Photo courtesy of Emma Marshall

Listening to North London band One Eyed Wayne is like having a flashback to putting on a Blockheads record (one of those round, flat, black vinyl things) that's been re-mixed with a bit of UK Subs and no small amount of humour. A case in point is their latest release After The Break and accompanying video. It's fast and furious social commentary at its televisually cynical, clever and punky best!



No 3... Desert Ships




Desert Ships are composed of Mikey on vocals and guitar, Daniel on bass and vocals with Claude on drums and vocals and forming in 2012 then releasing their debut album Doll Skin Flag in the same year.  The album, produced by acclaimed musician and producer Mark Gardener formerly of seminal shoegaze band Ride was met with huge critical acclaim.








No 4... Steel Threads





Ralph played the Steel Threads track It Goes On during this weeks Indie Show on Radio KC and such was the interest via his social media in the kennel that he was moved to take a closer look.

Describing themselves as 'An original acoustic band playing their own unique blend of Rock and Folk' and with influences as diverse as Led ZeppelinCrowded House and Fleetwood Mac, they are multi-talented duo of Neil Wardleworth (drums/guitar/vocals) and Laura Wilcockson (violin/vocals).




No 5..... Wullae Wright


Displaying Superhero-finished.jpg
Ralph's previously blogged Wullae Wright and it's proved to be the most well read of any over the last couple of years. Needless to say it was good news when Wullae Wright got in touch to say he was releasing 'Superhero' as a single. The story of the song is no less poignant than Wullae Wright's plaintive vocal which, overlaid on subtle acoustic guitar with an orchestral background is just as heart wrenching as the single's message. 







No 6.....TITORS INSIGNIA 




Photo: It's Finally Here Folks, 

Our long awaited 2nd album "GET YOURSELF A NAME" is set to be released via any digital download site on 11.08.14 and hard copys to follow

recorded at JARAF HOUSE STUDIO and cover Sleeve photo by Legendary Photographer BRIAN CANNON your gonna love it.

Track Listing - GET YOURSELF A NAME

1. Kiss like a Rattle snake
2. Lay it on the Line
3. Closing Time
4. Wake up Wake up
5. Forgiving Kind 
6. I Need the Real Thing
7. Movin on
8. Beg, Plead & Pray
9. Get yourself a Name
10. Born this Way (but that's ok)
11. The Sky's The Limit

We would like to thank every one who has supported T.i over the past 6 years we have been rocking the country and a Special Thanks to 

Angelica Fenney for Hair & Make-up & for all her hard work in managing us through blood sweat and tears, and a broken down car on the way to a scotland gig.... lmfao xx

John Kettle from Jaraf House Studio for producing the epic songs and giving us the opportunity to record a few of his own & his wife Virginia Kettle songs we have recorded with him tracks 1, 5, 6. and all the Coffee we made for him but not like slutch (he says in a wigan voice)

And to the brilliant famous photographer Brian Cannon for taking the album sleeve shot & Noreen Osborne for Modeling for it, its gonna blow your minds..also Brian and having the patients to ways around for a 3 hours late band member, there's always a story when it comes to a Titors Event...

Jp Braddock from Formation Audio Post Production & Mastering

Location of sleeve, the sleeve was taken in the cinema bar in St. Helens. A massive thanks to Kev & Andy for letting us use there venue. Quality lads. 

Also to our sponsors Classy Cuts, Mandy Shandy Miller & Anarchy Tattoo Studio, Ste Cliffe for making us look the part and supplying us with great tattoos.. x
x

Thanks 

Much Love & Peace

T.i

Well it's finally here, St Helens band TITORS INSIGNIA are releasing Get Yourself A Name - their long awaited,11 track follow-up album to Fair City Riots tomorrow. It includes their rock it out classic track Beg, Plead and Pray which featured on the Ralph's Life CD for mental health charity Rethink.











Ralph's recently been listening to a lot of 'proper' music for 'grown ups' and in this category comes the recently released EP King Of Crows by Sheffield band Braver Than Fiction. It's a collection of four live tracks that set off vocalist Mel's bluesy infused vocals against some snazzy Steampacket-esque Hammond organ-ising.





No 8.....Jingo


Black Flowers
With the majority of unsigned bands pushing their music via the EP recently it's nice to see that a band has the confidence in their songwriting ability to produce a complete album of twelve tracks in order that the listener can get a real handle on their music.

London based, four-piece alt rockers Jingo have done just that with the release today of The Art Of Loving. Comprised of husband and wife Jack and Katie Buckett along with friends Chris Smith and Joe Reeves they've compiled some delightfully mean and moody music that highlights Katie's crystal clear vocals.






No 9..... Fragile Creatures 



Fragile Creatures EP

Brighton seems to be producing a wealth of musical goodness of late and Fragile Creatures are pushing their way to the forefront of that trend after an enforced hiatus due to tragic circumstances. After a successful start to 2013; including starting to record an album, David Vatchnadze, their mentor and founder of Indie record label DNVMusic sadly passed away.








No 10.....Villiers




Ralph's been keeping an eye on Lancashire lads Villiers for a bit now and, with the imminent release of a Double A Side single (You're Not Alone/Nowhere Left To Run) as a follow up to the excellent 'Dancer', this seemed as good a time as any to spread the good musical word. They're very much in the same mould as London electro boys Thumpers or Resonate from Sheffield, but with a bit of a mean and moodier edge as shown on 'Dancer'.









Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Desert Ships



Musical news for today comes in the form of a dreamy EP release by Desert Ships called Skyliner

Desert Ships are composed of Mikey on vocals and guitar, Daniel on bass and vocals with Claude on drums and vocals and forming in 2012 then releasing their debut album Doll Skin Flag in the same year.  The album, produced by acclaimed musician and producer Mark Gardener formerly of seminal shoegaze band Ride was met with huge critical acclaim.







Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records described the band as having “some great fucking songs” and Mark Gardener described his time working with Desert Ships as “a total pleasure, a total trip.”








The London based trip-tonic Desert Ships describe their sound as heavily cinematic. Haunting guitar loops and hypnotic grooves allow the dream-like melodies to weave in and amongst each other, while the three-part vocal harmonies bring a spacey, ambient tint to the eclectic mix.  Comparisons have been drawn with the likes of Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, and at times even the rousing film scores of John Barry.  Lead singer Mikey describes the band’s music as “a reverb drenched apocalyptic experience”.








Desert Ships have played numerous festivals since the release of Doll Skin Flag, and toured with the likes of The Prodigy, Band of Skulls, Babyshambles and The Rifles as well as radio airplay from XFM's John Kennedy, BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamacq and BBC Radio London Calling's Gary Crowley.  They consistently receive radio play on local stations in the UK, US, Europe and South America.









The Skyliner EP is trip-tastic and Desert Ships are psychedelic as you can get, kicking of with the shoegazy title track Skyliner which drifts dreamily into the excellent Shell Shock. They follow that up with Heart Beats which has shades of Rubberbear, before finishing with the more industrial and edgy Ausgang, my favourite on the EP and for me it's a 9/10.




Gigs

Sat 8th Nov

 EP Launch: Cherry Cola club night at The Purple Turtle, Camden, London.


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Ralph's Top 10 Blogged Band Chart - 13.9.14

OK bands you know the score.....

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

the higher you go.....

So Tweet it, Facebook it.....

and generally expose yourself.....






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

So here it is.....

The Top Ten Blogged Band Chart .....













Photo courtesy of Emma Marshall

Listening to North London band One Eyed Wayne is like having a flashback to putting on a Blockheads record (one of those round, flat, black vinyl things) that's been re-mixed with a bit of UK Subs and no small amount of humour. A case in point is their latest release After The Break and accompanying video. It's fast and furious social commentary at its televisually cynical, clever and punky best!





No 2.....TITORS INSIGNIA 




Photo: It's Finally Here Folks, 

Our long awaited 2nd album "GET YOURSELF A NAME" is set to be released via any digital download site on 11.08.14 and hard copys to follow

recorded at JARAF HOUSE STUDIO and cover Sleeve photo by Legendary Photographer BRIAN CANNON your gonna love it.

Track Listing - GET YOURSELF A NAME

1. Kiss like a Rattle snake
2. Lay it on the Line
3. Closing Time
4. Wake up Wake up
5. Forgiving Kind 
6. I Need the Real Thing
7. Movin on
8. Beg, Plead & Pray
9. Get yourself a Name
10. Born this Way (but that's ok)
11. The Sky's The Limit

We would like to thank every one who has supported T.i over the past 6 years we have been rocking the country and a Special Thanks to 

Angelica Fenney for Hair & Make-up & for all her hard work in managing us through blood sweat and tears, and a broken down car on the way to a scotland gig.... lmfao xx

John Kettle from Jaraf House Studio for producing the epic songs and giving us the opportunity to record a few of his own & his wife Virginia Kettle songs we have recorded with him tracks 1, 5, 6. and all the Coffee we made for him but not like slutch (he says in a wigan voice)

And to the brilliant famous photographer Brian Cannon for taking the album sleeve shot & Noreen Osborne for Modeling for it, its gonna blow your minds..also Brian and having the patients to ways around for a 3 hours late band member, there's always a story when it comes to a Titors Event...

Jp Braddock from Formation Audio Post Production & Mastering

Location of sleeve, the sleeve was taken in the cinema bar in St. Helens. A massive thanks to Kev & Andy for letting us use there venue. Quality lads. 

Also to our sponsors Classy Cuts, Mandy Shandy Miller & Anarchy Tattoo Studio, Ste Cliffe for making us look the part and supplying us with great tattoos.. x
x

Thanks 

Much Love & Peace

T.i

Well it's finally here, St Helens band TITORS INSIGNIA are releasing Get Yourself A Name - their long awaited,11 track follow-up album to Fair City Riots tomorrow. It includes their rock it out classic track Beg, Plead and Pray which featured on the Ralph's Life CD for mental health charity Rethink.







No 3.....Jingo


Black Flowers
With the majority of unsigned bands pushing their music via the EP recently it's nice to see that a band has the confidence in their songwriting ability to produce a complete album of twelve tracks in order that the listener can get a real handle on their music.

London based, four-piece alt rockers Jingo have done just that with the release today of The Art Of Loving. Comprised of husband and wife Jack and Katie Buckett along with friends Chris Smith and Joe Reeves they've compiled some delightfully mean and moody music that highlights Katie's crystal clear vocals.









Ralph's recently been listening to a lot of 'proper' music for 'grown ups' and in this category comes the recently released EP King Of Crows by Sheffield band Braver Than Fiction. It's a collection of four live tracks that set off vocalist Mel's bluesy infused vocals against some snazzy Steampacket-esque Hammond organ-ising.







No 5..... Wullae Wright


Displaying Superhero-finished.jpg
Ralph's previously blogged Wullae Wright and it's proved to be the most well read of any over the last couple of years. Needless to say it was good news when Wullae Wright got in touch to say he was releasing 'Superhero' as a single. The story of the song is no less poignant than Wullae Wright's plaintive vocal which, overlaid on subtle acoustic guitar with an orchestral background is just as heart wrenching as the single's message. 





No 6.....Feral Five



FERAL FIVE - 3D
Ralph's been up to his ears in Gunk this week! No not the stuff for cleaning car engines...'Gunk' is a portmanteau of Geek Punk and it was celebrated in style on the 5th-7th September at the Music Tech Fest in London...and Ralph's chums Feral Five were at the forefront with a live performance prior to the launch to celebrate the official release of 3D Print Me single on 12" Vinyl on September 17th in the East London Design Store.









No 7... Steel Threads





Ralph played the Steel Threads track It Goes On during this weeks Indie Show on Radio KC and such was the interest via his social media in the kennel that he was moved to take a closer look.

Describing themselves as 'An original acoustic band playing their own unique blend of Rock and Folk' and with influences as diverse as Led ZeppelinCrowded House and Fleetwood Mac, they are multi-talented duo of Neil Wardleworth (drums/guitar/vocals) and Laura Wilcockson (violin/vocals).






No 8..... Fragile Creatures 



Fragile Creatures EP

Brighton seems to be producing a wealth of musical goodness of late and Fragile Creatures are pushing their way to the forefront of that trend after an enforced hiatus due to tragic circumstances. After a successful start to 2013; including starting to record an album, David Vatchnadze, their mentor and founder of Indie record label DNVMusic sadly passed away.








No 9.....Villiers




Ralph's been keeping an eye on Lancashire lads Villiers for a bit now and, with the imminent release of a Double A Side single (You're Not Alone/Nowhere Left To Run) as a follow up to the excellent 'Dancer', this seemed as good a time as any to spread the good musical word. They're very much in the same mould as London electro boys Thumpers or Resonate from Sheffield, but with a bit of a mean and moodier edge as shown on 'Dancer'.









Photo: Our EP Howlin' is out now and available for download on iTunes and amazon worldwide
UTRRalph's featured Birmingham band Broken Witt Rebels a couple of times now on his Radio KC Indie Show and always to some great feedback, so it was with great interest that he checked out their newly released EP Howlin'.

Released this week, it's five tracks of bluesy, gutsy and downright nasty rock 'n' roll in the style of Bad Company or Family from back in the day. Lean, mean, punch you in the face and buy you a drink after tunes, proper music for grown ups.