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Friday, 21 July 2017

The Velvet Hands

Games 2 shrink.jpgThe Velvet Hands release their second single, Games on September 8th via Easy Action Records and across all digital formats.

The Velvet Hands are the latest band to emerge from Cornwall’s blistering garage-rock scene. The ambitious, Stones x Strokes tinged quartet formed in 2015 at Truro College (and are still in their teens) and already have released a string of standout DIY singles.

Their blistering live sets, with two front-men Dan Able and Toby Mitchell wrestling for the mic, has seen them booked for a run of big name gigs, and support slots with the likes of The Bluetones, Yak and Wild Smiles. Games follows their #RSD2017 release Sick Of Living and is the 2nd single taken from their debut album, Party's Over due for release in 2018.

The Velvet HandsGames was recorded by The Velvet Hands at Troubadour Studios, Falmouth and produced by Ben Woods (ex -Lost Dawn/The Golden Dregs).

It's filled to the brim with charisma and swagger that the band effortlessly exude. It's louche vocal reminds me of The Buzzcocks at their height, however; for those whose memory doesn't stretch that far back, their Garage-esque, punky and punchy guitar driven new single is deemed to be reminiscent of the best of early 2000s guitar bands and a rousing two fingered salute to freedom, youth and a defiance in doing your own thing within the confines of relationships.

Ralph is giving the track a spin on this Sunday's Radio KC Indie show (5-7pm GMT) and they're high on his Ones to Watch list.

The Velvet Hands are Toby Mitchell, Dan Able, Louis Willbourne and Sam Hilder.


July 27th: Port Eliot Festival

July 28th: Leopolooza Festival - Mono Stage

July 30th: Leopolooza Festival - BBC Introducing Stage

August 10th: The New Inn,  Tywardreath

August 11-13th: Boardmasters Festival - Headlining BBC Introducing Stage

October 1st: Looe Festival

Thursday, 20 July 2017


Image may contain: 1 person, standingFollowing critical acclaim for the Fjokra single Sick Kids, which saw Tom Robinson, Fresh On The Net’s Chris McBride and Duran Duran’s John Taylor all recognise the considerable talent emanating from this highly original progressive-pop fourpiece, Fjokra now release Bang On TheDoor, a new single that again, showcases their multi-faceted talent and points of inspiration. The song came about when band main-man and multi-instrumentalist Fi (full name Fiachra Mac Oireachtai) was performing at Notting Hill Carnival. 

Inspired by the ‘raga beats’ filling the air throughout the event, Fi took these rhythms, mixed them with some didgeridoo loops and the basis of the song was born. 

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Fjokra is channeling rap inspiration from mainstream artists Outkast, Danny Brown, Kendrick Lamar and M.I.A, lyrically Bang On The Door is a love song euphemistically using food references similar to the cult Mr Bungle tune Squeeze Me Macaroni featuring Faith No More’s Mike Patton no less! 

Image may contain: 1 personOther flavours skilfully woven into the arrangement include an accordion solo, which came about from an incessant amount of listening to Israeli group Balkan Beatbox & Norwegian balkan band Farmers Market plus touches of heavy metal inspired by N.E.R.D’s iconic track Rock Star.

The Bang On The Door video was shot in Portugal – a fitting backdrop for Fjokra out to impress! In fact Ralph was so impressed he's playing Bang On The Door on the Radio KC Indie Show Sunday 30th July.

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Having studied at Dublin’s Institute of Technology and then a Popular Music course at Salford University, Fi moved to London where he formed Fjokra whilst also playing, and/or producing with the likes of The Clash, Duran Duran, Tyondai Braxton (Battles), Lazy Habits and Hollie Cook. 

He’s also performed for Quentin Tarantino’s, Ennio Morricone’s and Leonardo Di Caprio’s Oscars after-party!

Fjokra Live...

Aug 20 Landed Festival Llandrindod Wells, United Kingdom Tickets 

Aug 27 Victorious Festival Portsmouth, United Kingdom Tickets

Wednesday, 19 July 2017


Dawley based ‘army of four’ Savannah, are breaking out of the confines of their small town with their brave, bold and unapologetic brand of British rock ‘n’ roll for the masses. Looking to put their town on the map, along with other musical havens like Liverpool and Manchester, Savannah are proving that the genre of rock is by no means dead, as it has so often been declared.

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They are Liam Ball (vocals), Jason Lewis (guitar/backing vocals), Harry Neat (drums) and Ellis Holmes (bass), the tight-knit lads are releasing their new hard-hitting single, Taxing Times; a reflection of the prevailing feeling of austerity and oppression in the country today, coupled with the uncertainty of a dismal future. 

The track was recorded at Savannah’s purpose-built studio in Dawley, engineered by James Revitt and produced/mastered by Gareth Rogers and it'll be playing on Ralph's Indie Show 5-7pm on Radio KC next Sunday (30th July).

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With a passion rooted deep in music shared by all four of the ‘brothers’, as clich├ęd as it might sound, Savannah are appreciative that they are able to do what they love, and likewise, they love what they do.  With a host of hilarious anecdotes, both comic and tragic, they are a band with personality; not just your moody rock’n’rollers who play to get paid. In fact, the boys have stood firm that...

No trivial silliness could crack this brotherhood – all the sex, drugs, rock’n’roll and money could not get in the way of our divine purpose’.

Savannah take in a plethora of influences when it comes to forming their sound, looking up to the likes of The Kinks, Blur and Primal Scream, as well as indie-rock new boys, Blossoms. With the endless list of inspirational artists coming before them, they feel they are in the prime position to create new music, building on the art of the past with their own stamp of individuality.

Image may contain: textHaving built a dedicated local fan base which has raised them to the status of local celebrities in Telford, the band have played alongside acts such as Bad Manners, The Troggs and Bruce Foxton from The Jam. When it comes to getting their music out there, Savannah aren’t afraid of doing things the old fashioned way; they’ve driven miles to meet people in person in order to introduce their music and they’ve even performed from the top of the largest inaccessible hill in their area.

Image may contain: 2 people, textNoticeable everywhere from their synonymous local phrase and hashtag ‘#EyUpJockey’, which they have plastered all over the country in the form of stickers, the band have proved that a rock’n’roll revolution is on its way and they're at the front of the procession.

Ralph's Indie Show Replay - as played on Radio KC - 16.7.17

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Mt. Doubt - A Natural Swimmer
The Relights - Yesterday's Soul
Dirty White Fever - Shallow Borders
Jack Hopkinson - We've Still Got Tonight
Murmur - Sane
Peter118 - Need You More ft: Lisa Cox
Bud Sugar - Viral
Broken Boy - It's OK
Wide Eyed Boy - Loving You Is So Easy
Motions - Coincide
Verity White - Don't Underestimate Me
SPINN - Notice Me
Katalina Kicks - Cold
Featherwest - Honeybee
Fond Of Rudy - Love
The Winachi Tribe - Lay Your Guns Down
The Winachi Tribe - Room With A Zoo
The Winachi Tribe - Seed Will Grow
Oranj Son - Still
Joel Thomas - Music - Sunshine Funshine
Bat and Ball - Worth
Apollo Junction - Paris
Control Of The Going - Wild Flower
Indigo Velvet - Mona
Puppet Rebellion - Watch Me Fall
FloodHounds - State Of Mind

Monday, 17 July 2017

Joel Thomas - Video Of The Week

Ralph's favourite this week is Sunshine Funshine by Joel Thomas. ralph played the track on Sunday's Indie Show on Radio KC.

Joel Thomas is a twenty-two year old singer songwriter from Liverpool and he is the latest signing to Edge Hill University's in-house, indie record label.

Joel has been playing the guitar for the last seven years and writing songs for three.

Sunshine Funshine is Joel Thomas' first release on The Label Recordings. An infectious slice of Indie Pop, he says The Smiths were one of his biggest influences. 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Ralph's Top 10 Blogged Band Chart - As played on Radio KC - 16.7.17

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




Published 15.7.17 and as played on 


No 1: Wozniak

Edinburgh shoegazers Wozniak head south for a handful of shows in the next few weeks, touring their debut album Courage Reels

The band have teamed up with Ralph's favourites Goodsouls Promotions to put together the dates in London, Brighton (in conjunction with Acid Box Promotions), Leeds and Salford. Other than in London, this will be their debut in each of these places. Live, Wozniak are loud, intense and powerful. 

No automatic alt text available.Enamel Animal self-released a debut album, Unfaith, which was released in February 2017 to critical acclaim in underground rock/metal circles, leading them to their recent signing with Holier Than Thou Records

Enamel Animal remain close to their roots, and continue to hone their art by the riverbank in the city they love, allegedly drinking tea and whiling away the hours until the end of the world.No automatic alt text available.

No 3: Ali Ingle 

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Once again Ali Ingle has proved his pedigree as one of the UK's most promising singer songwriters with the release of his delightfully retrospective new single Saintly and we're delighted to be giving it an exclusive premiere here on Ralph's Life.

"I'm really proud to exclusively show you my debut video release with Coconut Creatives They are a cool bunch of people who together make up a London based creative content agency."

No 4: Mower

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Ralph's ears pricked up at the end of last year with the news that Blur-ite (see what I did there) Graham Coxon's favourites Mower were back on the scene after a 12 year hiatus.

Signed to the Blur guitarist’s Transcopic label in 2001, Mower released their Coxon-produced debut album to critical acclaim, lead single Na making it as NME’s Single of the Week. 

No 5: SONS

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Brighton's SONS release Zealot is arguably their biggest, most mainstream track to date.

First two Singles, Reptiles and A Love Song? have both done exceptionally well with everyone from Radio X to BBC Intro and of course Ralph on Radio KC heaping praise plus repeat spins on brothers Lee and Nick.
Zealot is hailed by SONS as "a song for the times, a scream to engage with the desire for change. A potent and powerful commercial blast that hits your heart and your head with SONS typical uncompromising venom."

No 6: Equinox

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Ralph covered the book release by the mysterious Yorkshire poet Equinox last year with the promise that an album featuring works from the book would appear featuring collaborations with a range of musicians.

Well that time has come to pass as It's Hard To Be Happy When Your Head Is Full Of Sin is now available in digital and CD formats. 

No 7: WildCohen

With experience often comes excellence and that's certainly the case with Sheffield duo of Jody Wildgoose and Rob Cohen who have come together; combining their individual experience, to create the excellent WildCohen, releasing their BloochyKoo album in the process.

The album; released on indie label Spoonjuice Records, is a psychedelic gem in the form of an old school concept album. 

No 8: Culann

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Culann are long time Ralph's Life favourites after not only donating a track for the Ralph's Life CD for Rethink Mental Illness but travelling down to London to play the CD's launch night in the capital's iconic venue Proud Camden.
The Culann journey has seen them play The BarrowlandsKing Tuts 13 times, Wickerman Festival, Tiree Music Festival, GoNorth & Celtic Park, home of Celtic Football Club.

No 9Oranj Son

No automatic alt text available.Oranj Son are a four piece Psych Punk band from Ellesmere Port comprising Kieran Linford (guitar & vocals), Lew Yii (drums), Brad Welch-Harley (bass) and Matthew Linford (keys/synths). 

The band, whose influences range from Echo and the Bunnymen and Teardrop Explodes to LCD Soundsystem and Sonic Youth, have been together for two years and Oranj Son have already made a big impact on Liverpool's music scene since they made their live debut at Sound City in 2015.

No 10: RiD

No automatic alt text available.RiD are a Coventry based band with links to Birmingham and Wales. In 2007, Dave
Cooke (rhythm guitar and songwriter) and Ricky Hogan (vocals) formed the band as a response to frustration over the media’s obsession with the current dire X Factor pop culture. 

In 2012, after various line-up changes, RiD were joined by Tony Cox (drums) and Kathryn Marsh (vocals). 2014 saw the departure of their guitarist and bass player, but in 2015 they were joined by James D. Nelson (lead guitar) and Jason Riggs (bass), which completed their current line-up.