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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Brian's Top 10 Chart - as played on Radio KC - 18.3.18

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




Published on 17.3.18 and as played after 
THE INDIE SHOW on RADIO KC - 18.3.18 - from 5-7pm

Hanging Valleys is an alternative band founded in 2016, comprising of Thom Byles (acoustic guitar, vocals), Mike Phillips (electric guitar, vocals) and Alexis Meridol (beats, synthesizer).

Hanging Valleys music is centred around soaring falsetto vocal harmonies accompanied by ethereal atmospheric phrasing on electric and acoustic guitars, which combine to create a rich shifting soundscape.

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Based in London Kadija Kamara is a singer songwriter who best describes her sound as Alt Soul. With a love of 60’s and 70’s analogue sounds, she combines her affinity for retro soul music with a host of modern influences.

No 3: Oddity Road

Oddity Road kicked off 2018 with their biggest headline gig as 500 people crammed into a sold out Sheffield Academy. They followed this up with a UK support slot alongside The Sherlocks and their own UK headline dates. 

The four 18 year old school mates played over 50 gigs and 25 festivals in 2017 including an infamous BBC Introducing headline set to 4000 people at Y Not festival.

No 4: Sheafs

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SHEAFS are a five-piece indie rock band from Sheffield, which formed in the later end of 2015 comprise Lawrence Feenstra (lead vocals), Chris Goodacre (guitar/backing vocals), Charles Mellor (guitar), Callum Wright (bass/backing vocals), Charlie Eastap (drums).

Following on from the legacy of breakthrough single, This Is Not A Protest, new track, Shock Machine is a bold step up in both power of performance and size of hooks used.

No 5: Wozniak

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Brian's favourite video this week is Ghosting by Edinburgh band Wozniak which is taken from their critically acclaimed Colour Reels album released in April last year.

Wozniak purvey atmospheric shoe-gaze of the highest quality and that's evident in this latest offering from the album. Go seek it out.

No 6: The Moods

Brian's favourite video this week is Hidden by The Moods from their Missing Peace album. After a monumental 2017, The Moods accelerate into 2018 at an exponential rate. Hailing from Manchester and the North West, The Moods are a ten-piece collective creating socially charged rap dealing with topics such as corruption, poverty, injustice and inequality. 

No 7: Katalina Kicks 

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Following the release of album Vices back in 2017, Katalina Kicks have spent a year of solid touring around it and following singles, accompanied by airplay across Kerrang!, BBC Introducing, Planet Rock and too many regional and online stations to mention. 

After spending a few months locked down in the studio, Katalina Kicks now release brand new single Waterfall, with a supporting mini UK tour.

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If you're a Beatles fan you'll remember with fondness how the hairs on the back of your neck stood up the first time you listened to She's Leaving Home; well watching the video for So Little Time by Brighton's Pining For Sunshine produces just that effect.

It's the debut single written by Pining For Sunshine songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Jacob Shoobridge-Chandler and was produced by Iggy B and recorded at the Bella Union Studios no less.

No 9: 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 10: Talma

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Seamlessly blending alt, classic and art rock, London-based five-piece TALMA command a magnetic sound and presence that comes straight out of the underground scenes of London. The raw and unshackled live performances are where TALMA truly run riot. They’ve supported the likes of Queen keyboard player Spike Edney and received acclaim for their intense energy and all-out charisma from London all the way to LA, including praise from industry commentator and author Ari Herstand.

Thursday, 15 March 2018


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What 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.

The group released their debut single Dead or Alive in May 2014 which subsequently gained them national radio exposure and high profile gigs which included supporting The Libertines at their comeback show at the iconic Barrowland’s Balllroom in Glasgow.

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Brownbear then went on to join The Libertines again at their BST Summertime show at Hyde Park before playing at a number of festivals including T in The Park & Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. An acoustic version of Dead or Alive recorded in the BBC Treehouse became the most viewed clip online for T in the Park 2014 ahead of the likes of Arctic Monkeys & Biffy Clyro. 

The bands first London headline show was a sell out and received a positive 7/10 review from the NME. Brownbear then embarked on a European tour before starting work on their debut album. Early in 2016 they supported The View on the Scottish dates of their UK tour before returning to the studio to finish recording the album, produced by Joe McAlinden

Image may contain: one or more people and people on stageWith What Is Home? now complete and set to be released Brownbear are gearing up for getting back out playing live this year starting with the album launch show at Stereo in Glasgow on Friday 20th April and that's one not to be missed!

April 20th – Stereo, Glasgow (Album Show) 
May 3rd – Clarks, Dundee 
May 4th – Mr C’s, Thurso 
May 5th – Bakers, Kilmarnock 
May 11th – The Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin 
May 12th – Gig in the Goil Festival 
May 13th – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh 
May 26th – Ayr Town Hall w/ Tom Clarke 
June 23rd – Upside Doon Festival, Ayrshire 
June 30th – Kelburn Garden Party 
July 27th – Kendall Calling

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018


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Having made a splash in 2016 and 2017 with airplay from luminaries such as BBC 6 Music, Steve 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 than previous offerings, with a video production debut from front women, Angela Martin as the music video director and producer.

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Bugeye sound like the bastard child of Ian McCulloch and P J Harvey with this single release by their prodigy seeing them as proud parents with their love-child Bugeye getting top marks for their GCE A level Music Module with I'm Not The One

OK, OK that's as surreal a comparison as I can stretch to; but it's as big a compliment as I can pay.

"When dreams in the waking world don’t come true, we expect escapism in our dreams at night, but often receive the opposite which this song and video explore. It's a piece about isolation, about an inner pleading for everything to be OK in the morning, but instead we’re plagued with nightmares.  The lyrics repeat to represent the continued struggle of how we are all waiting for something, mostly an un-articulated something and that we, as humans, can only have respite for a fleeting moment."  

Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and sunglassesWritten by Bugeye front woman, Angela Martin, the song revisits, on a more personal note, taking care of her Mother in her final weeks of life in 2013 where diary notes that later influence the song state; 

"I’m not the one that saves the day, I’m not the smart one that thinks of a cure, but maybe tonight I’ll think of something to ease the coming days to give you peace."

Brian's spinning I'm Not The One on the Radio KC Indie Show April 1st so make sure you tune in from 5-7pm GMT.


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