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Ralph's Top 10 Chart - as played on Radio KC - 22.10.17
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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 LAST WEEK'S TOP 10 HERE

AS PLAYED ON RADIO KC - 8.10.17









RALPH'S BRAND NEW TOP 10 CHART 

Published on 14.10.17 and as played after 

RALPH'S INDIE SHOW on RADIO KC - 15.10.17 - from 5-7pm





No 1Sugarmen



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Ralph's favourite video this week is the excellent and trippy Push Button Age by Liverpool band Sugarmen.

The track is on their soon to be released debut album Local Freaks which sees it's launch party in The Sebright Arms, London on October 5th.











Artwork.jpgMulti-talented artistLucie Barâtis set to release her new singleTake Me Awayon 24th NovemberviaAlya Records.Being the sister ofCarl Barât, ofThe Libertinesfame,music is firmly embedded inLucie?s blood.

Having always performed in bands, combining a love of writing and performing,Luciehas recorded with legendaryDavid Bowieproducer,Mark Platiand more recently withThe Au Revoirs.










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Ralph's favourite video this week is She Said by Blackburn band Violet Youth and you can find that on their recently released debut EP Primary Nature

The four songs on the EP were written between 2013 and 2016 and they describe them as"The sounds of Violet Youth in it's infancy." 











No 4: Lover




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The bones of London band Lover was formed towards the end of 2015, and they started on their debut album, Human Geography in early 2016. 

The album was completed just before they embarked on a mini UK tour supporting Earl Slick / Bernard Fowler?s Station to Station Tour. On tour the band started building a following and garnered great feedback from the public and industry insiders.








No 5: Purest



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Yielding more swagger than a Kevin Shields customized Jazzmaster, the intense sounds of Sheffield guitar banditsPuresthave come knocking firmly at the door of mainstream radio with new singleWaiting Forto be released later this month.

The Sheffield 4-piece? debut made such an overwhelming first impression onGary PowellofThe Libertinesthat he,along with label partner Wayne Clarke,signed them to their label25 Hour Convenience Store Recordsfor their second full release. 







No 6: Himalayas



Sigh on a Hurricane jpeg shrinkv1.jpgHIMALAYASrelease their new single,Sigh On A Hurricaneon 27th October viaPeepshow Records, available on all the usual download suspects

Earlier this year the band released the incendiaryThank God I'm Not Youwhich brought them exposure to global audiences; featuring on numerousSpotifycurated playlists amassing over1.86mstreams and over330kmonthly listeners, as well as multiple plays on network radio.











Image may contain: textWhilst Manchester is brimming with indie-rock bands, long time Ralph's Life favourites The Jade Assembly purvey a brand of rock and roll that stands out from the crowd, full of raw charisma and plenty of determination. With energetic rock to lift your feet off the floor, these Bolton lads perform with fearsome energy and zealous honesty.
Top news just in is the release of a new single in the shape of Got My Star and it's a banger so needless to say Ralph's giving it a spin on the Radio KC Indie Show Sunday 15th October.










No 8: The Actions 


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The Actions announce their forthcoming Single Let?s Talk released 14th September via igiveyougive.com

All the income raised will go entirely to MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctor Without Borders), Save The Children and Greenpeace.











No 9: Snippet



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Colchester's favourite son Johnno Casson aka Snippet is the uncrowned king of feelgood pop-esque music and his latest album Human Good isn't bucking that trend. 

Johnno takes you on a journey of"people-rich"stories that encompasses a wide array of characters including fraudsters, pimps, prostitutes, drinkers, users and abuser?s and simple everyday folk just trying to make sense of this world. 










No 10: Names


Limb by Limb by Pembrokeshire-based duo Names is the follow up single to Backs Turned, a song that has already been played on Ralph's Indie Show on Radio KC. It has been described elsewhere as?a wintry soundscape with all the fluency, space and atmosphere of the Mogwai Les Revenants soundtrack?. 

Where do you go after creating such an assured artistic statement with your debut single? Limb by Limb is the answer. Names have shed any creative ego to create a raw, emotionally rich song devoid of self-indulgence and over reaching dramatization.












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PAVES Baby Packshot.jpgLondon four-piecePAVESare set to release their new singleBabyvia the reformedThis Feeling Records, digitally as of now and on limited edition 7? vinyl on November 17th.


BABYis an upbeat, ready made guitar classic that wouldn?t be out of place in a feel good, Hollywood rock n roll movie. Speaking on the track, the band said,"Babywent down a blast all summer. It stood out at every festival we performed at, as the track punters got into the most. It's got that summer vibe, so we only felt it natural to release it withThis Feelingwho have supported big time from day one."

Needless to say Ralph's giving the track a spin on theRadio KC Indie ShowSunday 29th October so remember to tune in from 5-7pm on rkc.noip.me internet radio.





Pavesare the London faces of Britain?s new rock and roll movement. When they?re not bringing their Stonesesque swagger, with what Clash describe as ?wah-wah flavoured guitar matched to some scorching vocals", live on stage, they?re out nearly every night in support of their musical peers. Literally, the faces of the scene; Luke Shield (Lead Vocals and Guitar), Mike Whitaker (Lead Guitar), Perry Read (Bass and Backing Vocals), Tom Triggs (Drums).


This Feeling Recordsis the instinctive next step for one of the UK?s most influential names in guitar music promotion and have played their part in the rise of the likes ofCatfish and The Bottlemen,Blossoms,Cabbage,and more.

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The London 4-piece have gone down a storm atIsle of Wight Festival,TRNSMT&Tramlines, playing to packed stages.

CatchPaveslive over the new few months.





NOVEMBER:
16th: London The Monarch (Single Launch Party)

24th: Glasgow Broadcast

25th: Leicester O2 Academy

26th: Manchester Jimmy's



DECEMBER:
12th: Doncaster Social Bar
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Ralph's Indie Show Replay - as played on Radio KC - 15.10.17
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Ralph's Indie Show Replay

As played on Radio KC

Sunday 15th October from 5-7pm GMT


Internet Radio on rkc.noip.me


Played in 161 countries 

Worldwide on 2 satellites





Submissions: ralphslife@mail.com


Twitter: @fruitbatwalton


 

PLAYLIST :

Click the band's name to follow them if they're on on Facebook:


The Nickajack Men - Can't Take It Anymore
Speak, Brother - Magnificent
HVMM - Lacerate
Katalina Kicks - We Don't Care
Gutterflower - Inked Meat
Loka - Herculaneum Rock
The Assist - Give It To Me
Cavalry - Heresy
The Jade Assembly - Got My Star
White Room - Cable-Built Dreamland
Skellums - Cast Of Characters
Carousel Clouds - Always Talking
Nine Tons - As Soon As They Come To Find Me
ist ist - Right Before Your Eyes
SHANGHAI BLUES - Swim
Anna Tosh - Edge Of Cool
Tiger Lilly - Broken Glass
Bryony Sier - Babylon
Jake Aldridge - Numb ft: Kelly Jenns
Benjamin Yellowitz - Erase You
Bugeye - Wake Up
Ded Rabbit - Pressure Pusher
Restless Natives - Moving On
Jack Perrett - In The Morning
Johnno Casson aka Snippet- Human Good
WHY - Repair The Breach











HVNTER
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After the release of his debutGhostEP,thesecond singleThe GamebyHVNTERis set to hit the mainstream airwaves next month and if you likeCHVRCHESyou're going to love this(and not just because of the V instead of a U)sublime little electro gem .

Always at the vanguard, Ralph's giving it a pre-release spin on theRadio KCIndie Show Sunday October 29th. Tune in 5-7pm UK time.

HVNTERis the musical project of South Wales singer-songwriter and producer Jamie Willetts. His debut trackBloodquickly racked up over 30,000 plays on Soundcloud within the first few weeks and recently he released hisGhostEP.




 


Wide-Side2.jpgThe Gameis the second track to be taken off the new EPand is a showcase of Willetts? ability to craft incredibly hook-heavy electronic music with outstanding pop sensibilities, peppered with hints of contemporary dance music for good measure.


The story is a tale we?re all familiar with and, asHVNTERstates,?The Gameis about figuring out slowly someone is kind of playing a game with you and working out what they've been doing all this time. But still being stupid enough to go along with it.?



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Names
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Limb by Limbby Pembrokeshire-based duoNamesis the follow up single toBacks Turned, a song that has already been played onRalph's Indie Show onRadio KC. It has been described elsewhere as?a wintry soundscape with all the fluency, space and atmosphere of theMogwai Les Revenants soundtrack?. 

Where do you go after creating such an assured artistic statement with your debut single?Limb by Limbis the answer.Nameshave shed any creative ego to create a raw, emotionally rich song devoid of self-indulgence and over reaching dramatization. Yet again Ioan and Joey have found beauty within the smouldering ashes left in the wake of life?s broken relationships. 






Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and shoesIoan ofNamesexplained to us that Limb by Limbis... 

?largely inspired by the ignorance of issues within a relationship which slowly bring about its demise. Also the effect of a background anxiety on life and ability to socialise.? 

Limb by Limbmusically and lyrically perfectly depict the contrasting moments of clarity and internal isolation one feels holding on to a dying relationship. The sense of calm in the release, yet claustrophobic panic of the unknown. 

It's heady stuff for ones so young however; but, as withTalk Talk?s majesticSpirit of EdenNamesare quickly becoming masters of the intimate, unseen but deeply felt moments we share. 

Their music explodes on to a cinematic canvas full of flowing chords and echoey melodies. They very much remind me of a nascentBlue Nilein their ability to pull the listener into their atmospheric soundscapes; and with that Dear Reader, I can pay them no greater compliment. 



   
Charlotte Carpenter - Video Of The Week
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Shelteris the lead single taken from the new EP byCharlotte Carpenterand it's Ralph's favourite video this week. The EP is released 20th October 2017 on 10"vinyl and you can pre-order your copy here:SHELTERSeeCharlotte Carpenteron tour throughout October and November...

Tickets:Charlotte Carpenter Tour
Directed by Joe Phipps


Image may contain: 2 people, child and close-upWebsite:charlottecarpentermusic.com
Twitter:twitter.com/ccarpentermusic
Facebook:facebook.com/charlottecarpentermusic
Instagram:instagram.com/ccarpentermusic









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Ralph's Top 10 Chart - as played on Radio KC - 15.10.17
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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 LAST WEEK'S TOP 10 HERE

AS PLAYED ON RADIO KC - 8.10.17









RALPH'S BRAND NEW TOP 10 CHART 

Published on 14.10.17 and as played after 

RALPH'S INDIE SHOW on RADIO KC - 15.10.17 - from 5-7pm







Image may contain: 4 people, people standing and child

Ralph's favourite video this week is She Said by Blackburn band Violet Youth and you can find that on their recently released debut EP Primary Nature

The four songs on the EP were written between 2013 and 2016 and they describe them as"The sounds of Violet Youth in it's infancy." 











No 2: Lover




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The bones of London band Lover was formed towards the end of 2015, and they started on their debut album, Human Geography in early 2016. 

The album was completed just before they embarked on a mini UK tour supporting Earl Slick / Bernard Fowler?s Station to Station Tour. On tour the band started building a following and garnered great feedback from the public and industry insiders.








No 3: Mickey 9s




Image may contain: nightRalph's favourite video this week is Ghosts by Scottish band Mickey 9s.

The song, which was released by Mickey 9s as a demo last year, is about the refugee crisis and the new video brings more of a focus on the words and human tragedy behind the track.

Ralph will be playing Ghosts by Mickey 9s on this Sunday's Indie Show on Radio KC so tune in from 5 - 7pm on rkc.noip.me











No 4: The Actions 


Image result for the actions let's talk

The Actions announce their forthcoming Single Let?s Talk released 14th September via igiveyougive.com

All the income raised will go entirely to MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctor Without Borders), Save The Children and Greenpeace.











No 5Sugarmen



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Ralph's favourite video this week is the excellent and trippy Push Button Age by Liverpool band Sugarmen.

The track is on their soon to be released debut album Local Freaks which sees it's launch party in The Sebright Arms, London on October 5th.












Artwork.jpgMulti-talented artistLucie Barâtis set to release her new singleTake Me Awayon 24th NovemberviaAlya Records.Being the sister ofCarl Barât, ofThe Libertinesfame,music is firmly embedded inLucie?s blood.

Having always performed in bands, combining a love of writing and performing,Luciehas recorded with legendaryDavid Bowieproducer,Mark Platiand more recently withThe Au Revoirs.










No 7: Purest



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Yielding more swagger than a Kevin Shields customized Jazzmaster, the intense sounds of Sheffield guitar banditsPuresthave come knocking firmly at the door of mainstream radio with new singleWaiting Forto be released later this month.

The Sheffield 4-piece? debut made such an overwhelming first impression onGary PowellofThe Libertinesthat he,along with label partner Wayne Clarke,signed them to their label25 Hour Convenience Store Recordsfor their second full release. 









No 8: Joe Dolman


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Joe Dolman is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Leamington Spa. With 2 independently released EP?s under his belt landing him top 10 in the UK and US iTunes charts.

he has been growing from strength to strength with each show he plays, picking up BBC Radio 1 plays from the likes of Huw Stephens as well as across the country on BBC introducing.














No automatic alt text available.ewport nativeJack Perrettis set to release his new singleIn The Morningand it will be available on November 17th on all the usual download suspects.

It seeshimchanneling maximum Britpop swagger with his new single,It'sa singalong affair from the get-go. With its 90s Britpop vibes and catchy hooks, the track showcasesJack Perrettwho has anatural ability for songwriting, solidifying his status as part of the bright future of British music.










No 10: Himalayas



Sigh on a Hurricane jpeg shrinkv1.jpgHIMALAYASrelease their new single,Sigh On A Hurricaneon 27th October viaPeepshow Records, available on all the usual download suspects

Earlier this year the band released the incendiaryThank God I'm Not Youwhich brought them exposure to global audiences; featuring on numerousSpotifycurated playlists amassing over1.86mstreams and over330kmonthly listeners, as well as multiple plays on network radio.
































Ralph's Indie Show Replay - as played on radio KC - 8.10.17
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Ralph's Indie Show Replay

As played on Radio KC

Sunday 8th October from 5-7pm GMT


Internet Radio on rkc.noip.me


Played in 161 countries 

Worldwide on 2 satellites





Submissions: ralphslife@mail.com


Twitter: @fruitbatwalton




PLAYLIST :

Click the band's name to follow them if they're on on Facebook:


Umbrella Assassins - The Man With The 50 Watt Fingers
Operation Neptune Spear- Designer Puppets
GLOO - Force You
Purest - Always
Sugarmen - Push Button Age
Duke Of Wolves - Teddy Boy
Canto Falls - Clarity
Jersey Budd - No Surrender
Ravellas - Colour Me Sweet
Fie Fie Fie - Edge Of Space
The Bad Flowers - City Lights
Cabezudos - Tempting Fate
The Spase - Fade Away
The Bottom Line - I Still Hate You
Nine Tons - Ride Leon
Living Dead Girl - Still Life
Lucie Barât ? Be Uprising
Greta Isaac - Tied
Best Girl Athlete - Baby Come Home
The Clear - Guiding Star
Joe Dolman - Addicted To You
PUKK - Turned Out Nice Again
Maxwell Panther- Lovers Light Bright Touch
Skellums - If You Have To Leave
Crooked Weather- Rabbit Holes
Mannequin Death Squad - Blue





Johnno Casson aka Snippet
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Johnno takes you on a journey of"people-rich"stories that encompasses a wide array of characters including fraudsters, pimps, prostitutes, drinkers, users and abuser?s and simple everyday folk just trying to make sense of this world. 

Alongside love letters to England and Johnno?s home town of Colchester,Human Goodis shot through with a sense of defiance and optimism that everything will work itself out and be alright in the end. In Johnno's own words it's"melodic, passionate and full of sweet surprises."




PictureFrom the off, the eponymous lead trackHuman Goodsets an optimistic tone, with Johnno's quintessentially English vocal overlaid on a bouncy soundscape. 

Snippetquickly follows that with the slightly trippy and addictiveThey Keep Comingbefore getting meaner and moodier in the shape ofTime Of Our Lives.

The lead in to I Don't Need To Love Youis as wistful as the title suggests beforeSnippetgets all sanguine with the delightful(Not) Down And Out.

Another track not to be missed is the poignantGentle Days, whilst not forgetting the equally wistfulHurt For You. This is an album of ups and downs, but not in a bad way asJohnno Cassonemploys his ever clever song writing talent to tease your emotions. We don't do marks out of...but if we did...Human Goodgets a'must have'comfortable 8/10.





Lucie Barât
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Multi-talented artistLucie Barâtis set to release her new singleTake Me Awayon 24th NovemberviaAlya Records.

Being the sister ofCarl Barât, ofThe Libertinesfame,music is firmly embedded inLucie?s blood.

Having always performed in bands, combining a love of writing and performing,Luciehas recorded with legendaryDavid Bowieproducer,Mark Platiand more recently withThe Au Revoirs.

She has also appeared in both film, television, and worked in theatre production - having always been one for exploring creative outlets.






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Ralph's been a little bit in love withLucie Barâtafter playing her debut singleBe Uprisingon theRadio KC Indie Showlast week (the new single will be on the show for a pre-relase spin soon) to some excellent online feedback, so we've slipped the video in for that below. You're welcome...

If you'd like to catch Lucie live then she has a couple of dates coming up...

Firstly on October 19th in Tunbridge Wells Forum followed by, November 2nd in Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, Brighton with another Ralph's Life favouriteBrix Smith.








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The edgierLucie Barâtsophomore single,Take Me Away, is about being stuck in a cycle of excess and wanting to reconnect to that innocent child with big dreams.

Yearning to gain back some purity, optimism and to be saved from a soul-eating cycle of hedonism and oblivion.


Speaking of the track,Luciesaid...

?For me, it's about milestones in life. Stopping to take stock, looking backwards and seeing if you ended up where you thought you would be - looking forward and honestly asking yourself if you want to shift gears and make changes to your life.?



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