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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Norquay

Image may contain: one or more people, people playing musical instruments and guitarWhen the muse comes a calling they say there's no stopping her inspiration; just ask songwriter/musician Andrew Norquay

After years away from music due to commitments as a commercial diver, the creative roar within Andrew has erupted, bringing a new energy and adventure for his alt rock sound.
Drawing on inspirations which include the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Muse, Radiohead, and Oasis, Aberdeenshire hailing Andrew Norquay has breached new imagination and inventive tenacity in the songs on his Vices EP

Lyrically, they explore and challenge personal and social issues within a landscape of growling riffs and fiery melodies leaving a lingering impact on your thoughts and any appetite for evocatively rousing rock ‘n’ roll.




 


NORQUAYThe first result of his new burst of inspiration is the Vices EP. Consisting of five heart bred tracks as infectiously anthemic as they are emotionally open and boldly fertile, the EP is a galvanic realisation of Andrew’s step forward in craft and invention from previous releases. 
From the dark snarl shaping the stoner spiced roar of The Black Dog and the desert rock hued incitement of Animal, the Vices EP commands attention. 
It is a variety which has also simply blossomed in his songwriting, evidenced further within the new release by the predacious yet exotically coloured stroll of Warfare and Slaves with its mesmeric southern blues drawl. 
The Vices EP by Andrew Norquay is a tapestry of varied genres and adventurous imagination subsequently mixed and mastered by Rohan Onraet (Gary Barlow, Wonderland, Delta Goodrem, Audio Bullys, Starsailor). 






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Monday, 15 January 2018

Who Killed Nancy Johnson? - Video Of The Week




Brian's favourite video this week is Dark Horse by Who Killed Nancy Johnson?

Dark Horse is a single release from their forthcoming Flat Earth Theory EP and the song was written by Anthony, Ball, Moulton, Wren.


Recorded November and December 2017 at Creative Control Studio in Bracknell by Al Heslop. Mastered by Pete Maher. Released 2018 on Slip Skin Records.
The Who Killed Nancy Johnson? video was re-cut by Pete Moulton using an animation supplied by Daniel Hallam.










Saturday, 13 January 2018

Brian's Top 10 Chart - as played on Radio KC 14.1.18






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







LISTEN TO THE FESTIVE TOP 10 HERE

AS PLAYED ON RADIO KC - 17.12.17


 


RALPH'S BRAND NEW TOP 10 CHART 

Published on 13.1.18 and as played after 

RALPH'S INDIE SHOW on RADIO KC - 14.1.18 - from 5-7pm






We are delighted here on Ralph's Life to be premiering the video to accompany Mule, a track from the album It's Hard to Be Happy When Your Heart Is Full Of Sin by Equinox. Ralph reviewed the book a year ago almost to the day, followed by a feature on the album prior to its release earlier this year to a raft of critical acclaim.

The video for Mule sees the starkly disturbing spoken word of Equinox overlaid on an exquisitely simple soundscape by American musician Nat Lyon












Michael Jablonka is a musician so prolific that you may think he devotes every waking hour to his art and, if the fantastical nature of many of his songs are anything to go by, several hours of his dreams as well.
In addition to performing as Michael Kiwanuka’s chosen guitarist; a role that has found him touring arenas and festivals worldwide this summer. He has been fine-tuning his own powerful 21st-century take on bluesy alt-funk and soulful indie-rock. Michael Jablonka’s gifted, intricate guitar skills bely the no-frills anthemic intent of his rootsy songcraft.








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Ralph's favourite video this week is Shooting Star by The Gravity Drive. They are the hugely talented husband and wife duo Elijah and Eva  Wolf whose music never fails to garner critical acclaim.
Twitter: @TheGravityDrive
Written and performed by The Gravity Drive.












Brian's fist ever choice of a favourite video in 2018 for Ralph's Life is Best Things by The Boston Shakers which was filmed in Liverpool venue EBGBS

"What do you get when you mix Fun Lovin' Criminals with Tijuana Bibles and stir in a bit of John Mayall and Dr Feelgood? Liverpool six-piece The Boston Shakers of course.






No 5: Fold



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Leeds based Fold are old friends of Ralph's Life both here on the blog and on Ralph's Radio KC Indie Show, mainly due to the consistently high standard of their releases and the new single Choose Love which is to be released on Clue Records November 24th maintains that standard.

The bands music always comes with a message and Choose Love is no exception. They believe that humanity (and of course dogs) could do with a big hug right now and with that in mind the song is being supported by The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.












Brian's Video Of The week for Ralph's Life is Call Me Up by young Oxford indie guitar band The White Lakes. Their bouncy new single is available to download now on iTunes and Spotify.

Matt on Rhythm guitar and vocals.

Alex on lead guitar and vocals.

Charlie on bass guitar and backing vocals.

Kyle on drums.











Brian has taken up his responsibilities for Ralph's Life from today and has picked his first Video Of The Week. It is Afflictions by young Welsh band The Pitchforks.

Afflictions, written and performed by The Pitchforks.
Recorded and produced by Steffan Pringle at Musicbox Studios, Cardiff.










No 8: Pyramid Park




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Winter 2017 saw Cambridge based artist Pete McCallen a.k.a. PYRAMID PARK release the second single Born To Be Brave from his wonderfully crafted debut album Vulnerability.


Recorded in Glasgow at Gloworm Studio’s with producer Iain Hutchison, the alt-pop artist and Hutchison created an album based on their mutual faith. References are as broad as Phoria, Two Door Cinema Club and Gabriel Khane.









No 9: Tiger Lilly



Image may contain: 1 personTiger Lilly is a multi award winning indie pop artist from the suburbs of London hailed for her raw and emotive 'heart on her sleeve' lyrics and captivating live performances.

2017 was a rollercoaster of success for Tiger Lilly with her last singe Broken Glass
winning an award for 'Best Pop Song' from the Akademia Music Awards in LA, performing at Tom Kerridges Pub in The Park, opening the family stage PRIDE in London and taking to the main stage at ATLAS Festival supporting the likes of Reef, Toploader, GLC, The Tribe and Fatman Scoop.










No 10: Luna Rosa


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Luna Rosa are an Alt-Psych Indie four piece hailing from Corby.They profess to playing, "drums and bass that shake the cranium, guitars that wail like a banshee, anthemic lyrics that will have the masses bellowing from the utmost top of their lungs as they are forced to move by the wall of sound that now induces them. Brash and raucous scenes held on a plethora of euphoria as Luna Rosa have taken to the stage."




















Thursday, 11 January 2018

Luna Rosa

Image may contain: 1 personLuna Rosa are an Alt-Psych Indie four piece hailing from Corby.

They profess to playing, "drums and bass that shake the cranium, guitars that wail like a banshee, anthemic lyrics that will have the masses bellowing from the utmost top of their lungs as they are forced to move by the wall of sound that now induces them. Brash and raucous scenes held on a plethora of euphoria as Luna Rosa have taken to the stage."






No automatic alt text available.Formed in 2015, Luna Rosa have played up and down the UK racking up over 200 gigs over a two year period; including headline and festival slots. Their live shows are hailed as brash, exciting and raucous. Grabbing the crowd from the off and not letting them go. 

The release of Luna Rosa's first EP in November 2015 brought an array of positive reviews and led to bigger gigs. In 2016 the single from the EP This One (High On The Groove) was played on over 50 nationwide radio stations, including Ralph's Indie Show on Radio KC. 2017 continued in the same vein and with the promise of a new single and tour 2018 looks like a good year.