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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Ralph's Top 10 Blogged Band Chart - 6.2.16

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 .....


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Follow Ralph's Life Indie Music Blog on Pinterest.






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



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






No 1: Brownbear


Not so much a group, more a self-styled musical collective, Glasgow's Brownbear led by Matt Hickman have just released Wandering Eyes as a prelude to their much-awaited debut album. Matt, along with Andrew McAllister on lead guitar, Ruairidh MacDougall on bass and Sam Waller on drums are producing melodic, indie pop songs of the highest quality.














London duo Living Dead Girl are purveyors of dark poppy electronica conveyed through the musical talents of multi-instrumentalists Jonno Lloyd and Jessica English. 

Their self-styled sound, "combines a distinctive fusion of ethereal vocals, electronic rhythms and unique compelling instrumentation".








No 3: Noiiises




When it comes to bands committed to providing an honest musical soundscape with a message, Coventry's Noiiises are heading for the top of the pile.

Their brand of ambient, synth-infused electronica with melodic vocals and meaningful lyrics sets them apart from other more generic bands of that ilk.

Noiiises are composed of Swiss born singer/songwriter Ludovic Merkelbach, Johnny Catt on guitar, Sarah Ransley on bass/synth and Joe Morris on drums/SPD-S and their debut EP View Top To Ocean is set to cause a bit of a stir.







No 4: Rony Trio




Not surprising that Ralph's been featuring Rony Trio on his Radio KC Indie Show of late, as their eclectic, poppy, folk-based blend of upbeat musical goodness always draws great feedback. Formed around London based Rony Berrebi, ably supported by Oliver Mitchell on Bass and drummer Jim McRae they've acquired an ever-growing band of faithful followers in the London area (and beyond) due to their relentless gigging.








No 5: The Frisbys



Ralph played Born And Raised by The Frisbys on his Radio KC Indie Show last Sunday. 


It's one of the tracks on their Double A side single, the other being Give In To The Dark, which precedes the upcoming launch of The Cause EP on the 30th of January.












Drewford Alabama

Now you know Ralph, always happy to write about and promote unsigned bands and artists, however, every now and again something fascinating comes along that piques his interest. Just such a case is the story of Drewford Alabama.

At the start of 2015 Jamie Morrison (NoisettesStereophonics) presented to the world the fascinating story of Drewford Alabama.








No 7: Mountain Jam



Ralph's featuring Lemon And Lime the latest release by Midlands band Mountain Jam on his Radio KC Indie Show this Sunday. 

It's psychedelic, 'Madchester-esque' guitar driven sound is quietly addictive and sure to be a firm favourite with their fans at gigs, the next of which is in Hinckley on March 25th.








Mildred's Dairy have the feel of a grown-up Orange JuiceAztec Camera and Deacon Blue throughout this release with well-crafted, well-written tracks immaculately played and produced. Then there's the relatively tongue-in-cheek nature of the sleeve notes and the band's ambiguously anonymous bio. Possibly self-explanatory when you think more about the album's title which is based on The Helsinki Bus Station Theory







No 9: Véloniños




One of the finest slices of Americana-esque music to hit the kennel's juke box of late is the eponymous album by Véloniños which was released on Monday. 


It's steeped in Rockabilly and Rock 'n' Roll, which is hardly surprising as it's the work of former Shakin' Pyramids duo Davie Duncan and Kenny McLellan, ably assisted by Shug Jamieson and Laurie Cuff (formerly of the infamous Cuban Heels).












First of the Ralph's Life blogs after the excesses of the Festive Season is aimed at calming things down with news of the release of Exec. Style as a single by Fighting Caravans. They're a Leeds Based Alt Rock band that have been smouldering away since their formation in 2014 and variously described as 'recording political and spiritual disdain with Americana/Blues overtones'.

















Thursday, 4 February 2016

Mildred's Dairy

Second of the Glasgow bands with new albums out featured by Ralph this week is Mildred's Dairy and their quirkily named offering The Helsinki Bus Station Theory. In keeping with the retro feel of the album's packaging (niftily designed by Alf Button) slightly 80's vibed tunes and faux record effect, it would be all the more impressive served up as a vinyl platter.



Mildred's Dairy have the feel of a grown-up Orange Juice, Aztec Camera and Deacon Blue throughout this release with well-crafted, well-written tracks immaculately played and produced. Then there's the relatively tongue-in-cheek nature of the sleeve notes and the band's ambiguously anonymous bio. Possibly self-explanatory when you think more about the album's title which is based on The Helsinki Bus Station Theory

First outlined in a 2004 graduation speech by Finnish-American photographer Arno Mikkinen, the theory claims that the secret to a creatively fulfilling career lies in understanding the operations of Helsinki's main bus station. With that in mind this offering may be a Mildred's Dairy Last Train To Glasgow Central.







This album is infectious to listen to, with some extremely radio friendly tracks. Ralph's already played Evergreen on his Radio KC Indie Show and they've featured on Tom Robinson's Fresh On The Net program recently. They will also lend themselves very well to live performances. 

It's on the cards that the band will be gigging with increasing frequency throughout 2016 and with tracks like Fools Rush In they'll quickly get the crowds on-side and grooving along.









Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Véloniños



One of the finest slices of Americana-esque music to hit the kennel's juke box of late is the eponymous album by Véloniños which was released on Monday. 

It's steeped in Rockabilly and Rock 'n' Roll, which is hardly surprising as it's the work of former Shakin' Pyramids duo Davie Duncan and Kenny McLellan, ably assisted by Shug Jamieson and Laurie Cuff (formerly of the infamous Cuban Heels).

The Véloniños album is available digitally and on CD but it's authenticity begs for it to be lovingly pressed on vinyl, maybe something they'll consider due to the resurgence of that format.



RER001CD-digital-product-01The Véloniños album features six songs previously released as a digital EP plus four brand spanking new tracks - Red Diesel Medicine, Preacherman, These Quiet Lands and Hillbilly Girl. Ralph has already played the single Hey Velonino on his Radio KC Indie Show and will be following that up by spinning the excellent, blues infused Alabamaman on the Valentines Day Special.

For aficionado's of the Americana scene, the Véloniños album's a true classic, but that being said its appeal should cover the full spectrum with its blues, rockabilly, rock 'n' roll and just downright quality listening pleasure pedigree.






Véloniños






Saturday, 30 January 2016

Ralph's Top 10 Blogged Band Chart - 30.1.16

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 .....


                                                 ralphslife.co.uk



Follow Ralph's Life Indie Music Blog on Pinterest.






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



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






No 1: Noiiises



When it comes to bands committed to providing an honest musical soundscape with a message, Coventry's Noiiises are heading for the top of the pile.

Their brand of ambient, synth-infused electronica with melodic vocals and meaningful lyrics sets them apart from other more generic bands of that ilk.

Noiiises are composed of Swiss born singer/songwriter Ludovic Merkelbach, Johnny Catt on guitar, Sarah Ransley on bass/synth and Joe Morris on drums/SPD-S and their debut EP View Top To Ocean is set to cause a bit of a stir.




No 2: Brownbear


Not so much a group, more a self-styled musical collective, Glasgow's Brownbear led by Matt Hickman have just released Wandering Eyes as a prelude to their much-awaited debut album. Matt, along with Andrew McAllister on lead guitar, Ruairidh MacDougall on bass and Sam Waller on drums are producing melodic, indie pop songs of the highest quality.













London duo Living Dead Girl are purveyors of dark poppy electronica conveyed through the musical talents of multi-instrumentalists Jonno Lloyd and Jessica English. 

Their self-styled sound, "combines a distinctive fusion of ethereal vocals, electronic rhythms and unique compelling instrumentation".










Drewford Alabama

Now you know Ralph, always happy to write about and promote unsigned bands and artists, however, every now and again something fascinating comes along that piques his interest. Just such a case is the story of Drewford Alabama.

At the start of 2015 Jamie Morrison (NoisettesStereophonics) presented to the world the fascinating story of Drewford Alabama.






No 5: The Frisbys



Ralph played Born And Raised by The Frisbys on his Radio KC Indie Show last Sunday. 


It's one of the tracks on their Double A side single, the other being Give In To The Dark, which precedes the upcoming launch of The Cause EP on the 30th of January.













First of the Ralph's Life blogs after the excesses of the Festive Season is aimed at calming things down with news of the release of Exec. Style as a single by Fighting Caravans. They're a Leeds Based Alt Rock band that have been smouldering away since their formation in 2014 and variously described as 'recording political and spiritual disdain with Americana/Blues overtones'.









It's a new year, so here's a new sound from Ralph to tickle your ears. Edinburgh Alt/Rock band The Social Order recently released a three track EP Dark As Day

The lead track's fairly mean and moody before leading to the surprisingly lighter, alt-folkier sounding Deja Vu Vegas, before reverting to some more; decidedly heavier, mean and moodiness in GWC.

The Social Order are; in no particular order, Dave Bellingham, Sam Morris, Richmond Taylor and Billy Stag and they'll be playing Edinburgh's Hard Rock Cafe on January 29th, go check them out if you get the chance!





No 8: Mountain Jam



Ralph's featuring Lemon And Lime the latest release by Midlands band Mountain Jam on his Radio KC Indie Show this Sunday. 

It's psychedelic, 'Madchester-esque' guitar driven sound is quietly addictive and sure to be a firm favourite with their fans at gigs, the next of which is in Hinckley on March 25th.





No 9: Rony Trio




Not surprising that Ralph's been featuring Rony Trio on his Radio KC Indie Show of late, as their eclectic, poppy, folk-based blend of upbeat musical goodness always draws great feedback. Formed around London based Rony Berrebi, ably supported by Oliver Mitchell on Bass and drummer Jim McRae they've acquired an ever-growing band of faithful followers in the London area (and beyond) due to their relentless gigging.







No 10: Phoenix Calling






With the release of the much vaunted and highly acclaimed Forget Your Ghosts, debut album in March of 2015, Cambridgeshire alt-rockers Phoenix Calling caused quite a stir amongst the mainstream 'heavy hitters' like Kerrang and Scuzz TV.

No surprises then that they're releasing Hold On To Glory, a stand-out track from Forget Your Ghosts, as a single to kick off 2016.