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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Significant Human

So here's the story. For more than two weeks I'd been suffering from anxiety and depression but being a carer for my wife who has severe mental healthissues and as an advocate of 'it's good to talk' I phoned the local Minds Matter in St Helens helpline who after a long chat advised me to also contact my G. P. 

This on the same day I saw the tragic news from Frightened Rabbit that Scott had gone missing. The upshot is I'm now in a bed struggling to type a non-music related blog in a hospital bed via mobile phone having been diagnosed with brain swelling and a tumour and savouring every moment of nightmare that is predictive text! 

For That reason music blogging and new radio shows are suspended so watch this space for more news of Brian's significant human and Brian will be Twittering regularly! 




Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Brian's Indie Show REPLAY - as played on Radio KC - 29.4.18

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Hey Gigantic - Colours
Oranj Son - Radio Wires
The Boston Shakers - Ready For You
The Velvet Hands - Sick Of Living
Jennings Couch - Stay Out
Feliicia Eliza - Scandinavian Traveller
Krrum - Waves
SONS - Rise
Rat Scabies - Chew On You
Quotes of the Dead - Legs Akimbo
Submariner - Stumbling
Michelle Walsh - Fire Away
Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles - War Of One
Campbell's Wild - Smoking Guns
Acadian Driftwood - Catch The Sun
Alba Rosa - The Storm
Savage Mansion - Trouble In Paradise
Paper Hawk - Trails
Craig-Russell Horne - Control
Three Kings High - Bone Dry
Vieon - Fly By Light
Broken By Rock - BluGlo
Harlequiin - Bandit In A Blindfold
SAPHO - Change
Titors Insignia - Scream My Name
The Moods - Hidden






Monday, 30 April 2018

Millie Manders & The Shutup - Video Of The Week PREMIERE

Image may contain: 1 personBrian's favourite video this week is a premiere of Monster by Millie Manders and The Shutup.

Millie had this to say about the video which touches on subject matter very close to our collective heart.


"I wrote Monster while I was in the middle of an anxiety attack. I felt like I had a monster behind me and inside of me chaining me down and feeding me all the nasty things you feed yourself  - that you are worthless, pathetic, unloved, alone etc. 

I wanted to articulate that feeling somehow; The crippling, debilitating fear that comes with it. The irrationality of it and the confusion. Hopefully I have managed to get that across both sonically and lyrically with this track, and the video."





A review of the video of Monster by writer, spoken word performer and
mental health advocate Lynn Gerrard. - 10/10

"Through this video the outstandingly talented and creative Millie Manders has managed to relay a disturbingly accurate description of how it feels to be in the grip of the ‘Monster’ that is an anxiety attack.

I say ‘disturbing’ because, as someone who is host to such a monster herself, seeing that monster exposed so graphically through Millie’s hard hitting and factual experience is a reminder of just how real that monster is and how quickly and unexpectedly its parasitical tendrils can invade any of us at any time as it attempts to dominate and control.

In essence, I absolutely adored this video in all of its truth because not only could I see the monster through Millie’s behaviour I could hear it as Millie’s voice became intermittently darker the more possessed she became and the harder she had to fight.

And that is exactly how it feels to be in the monstrous clutches of an anxiety attack..


In fact, the next time I am struggling to explain to my GP just what I am going through I am going to show her this remarkable video by the unforgettable Millie Manders and I shall simply say “THIS!”.

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Saturday, 28 April 2018

Brian's Top 10 Chart - as played on Radio KC 29..4.18






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







LISTEN TO LAST WEEK'S TOP 10 HERE

AS PLAYED ON RADIO KC - 29.4.18









BRIAN'S BRAND NEW TOP 10 CHART 

Published on 12.5.18 and as played after 
THE INDIE SHOW on RADIO KC - 13.5.18 - from 5-7pm




No 1: Spring Break





For the last year Spring Break have been working on their debut album Tropicaledonia; a fusion of many styles, drawing influence from a rich palette of folk, funk, blues and jazz whilst all the while steeped in the cut and paste traditions of hip hop. 

Spring Break hope the musical diversity of the record will appeal to a wide range of tastes as it draws from the varied backgrounds of all the band members and collaborators. 






No 2MeMe Detroit



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Sitting somewhere between sleazy grunge and power indie, MeMe Detroit oozes sultry guitar driven hooks with a head turning vocal and MeMe Detroit has been pulling in fans with a magnetism that is both eloquent yet effortlessly cool. 

Previous support slots include bands such as Dead Sea Skulls, Piano Wire, Fun Lovin' Criminals and Asylums. Stand out shows include The main stage at Moto GP, Silverstone, The O2 Academy, Dublin Castle, The Finsbury pub for Get In Her Ears and Jurassic Fields Festival





No 3: The Kut


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Rock category Finalist of the UK Songwriting Contest 2017 and Semi-Finalist of the USA led International Songwriting Competition, The Kut have announced a World Wide Record Deal with Cargo Records for their long-awaited debut album Valley of Thorns. Known for bringing some of the best independent albums to the fore, including those by The White Stripes, The Black Keys and Jonny Rotten’s Public Image Limited, Cargo Records have now put pen to paper and added The Kut to a long list of UK indie musicians to join their worldwide roster.








No 4: Acrylic




Once in a while some new music comes along that transports you back to when you first heard a new release by a band that later becomes a true classic. 

Such was the occurrence on first listening to the upcoming EP release by burgeoning Scottish Alt-Popsters Acrylic

Listening to their All I AM EP transported me back to first listens to the likes of The Blue Nile and their near incomparable release Stay







No 5: Brownbear


Image may contain: 1 person, beard and close-upWhat is Home? is the debut album from Brownbear. Combining strong melodies and indie riffs that have come to be expected from the band with an added lyrical maturity, the album covers love, loss and life whilst questioning what exactly home is. The album is preceded by an addictive and accomplished single release by the band in the shape of Truth Without Consequence which is accompanied by an equally accomplished and stylish video.

Brownbear are a four-piece indie-rock outfit led by singer/songwriter Matt Hickman.














Image may contain: one or more peopleThe Velvet Hands have long time been favourites for plays on the Ralph's Life Indie Show on Radio KC over the last few years and with the imminent release of a debut album on limited edition blue vinyl for Record Store Day and general release May 5th it would be rude not to check it out here on the blog. 

We'll be featuring Sick Of Living on Brian's Indie Show on Radio KC Sunday 29th April as a pre-release spin of a track from the album Party's Over.













No 7: Bugeye


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Having made a splash in 2016 and 2017 with airplay from luminaries such as BBC 6 MusicSteve Lamacq and rave reviews from the likes of God Is In The TV, female fronted, disco-punk band, Bugeye, return with their new single, I’m Not the One and a UK tour with sold out shows.  

Taking obvious inspiration from early pop punk bands such as, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Altered Images with a visual nod to David Lynch and punch-drunk productions, I’m Not The One sees the band take on a slightly darker pop approach.








No 8: Hey Bulldog




Brian's favourite video this week is Al Lupo by Hey Bulldog

Like many bands before, Hey Bulldog began as a germ of an idea of main man Rob Manton. The multi-talented Manchester-based musician recorded the debut EP, New York City Blues, by himself with the help of a drum machine.

Before turning the project into a fully-fledged band, Manton created a buzz with the help of music websites and a variety of fanzines.
 











Leed’s natives Apollo Junction are set to release their new single Begin on May 18th via self release. The track is a masterful re-working of the original release of Begin five years ago, bringing us a fuller, rounder more radio friendly single that's a guaranteed floor-filler.

The original is on their Bandcamp but you'll be able to hear a pre-release spin of the track on Brian's Radio KC Indie Show of April 1st and that is no joke I promise you.












Image may contain: 1 personBrian's favourite video this week is a premiere of Monster by Millie Manders and The Shutup.

Millie had this to say about the video which touches on subject matter very close to our collective heart.


"I wrote Monster while I was in the middle of an anxiety attack. I felt like I had a monster behind me and inside of me chaining me down and feeding me all the nasty things you feed yourself  - that you are worthless, pathetic, unloved, alone etc.