On this day, 3rd of March in the year of our Lord 2017, Ed Sheeran launched his new album ÷ (Divide, to the uninitiated. Ed is cool and talks in symbols). I feel I should make one thing clear: I d…
Scott Swain has been playing in bands for almost a decade, and has achieved relative success with this: from supporting Biffy Clyro back in the day, to being featured in Kerrang! Magazine.
However it wasn’t until his main band took a hiatus in 2016 that Scott decided to launch a solo project. Influenced by the likes of Elliot Smith, Mark Lanegan, and cult cinema, Scott’s music aims to combine haunting harmonies with provocative melodies, disarming listeners along the way.
Live he is raw: just vocals and an acoustic guitar. In the studio, however, he recruits a small band of reprobates to add some serious colour and angst to the songs.
Scott’s main two bands are How to Dress a Monster and Fire at Night. He is therefore likely to be playing live at least a few times a month and always happy to meet new people and chat about bands, music, and/or films.
Scott says: “The song is heavily inspired by the film ‘There Will be Blood’. Lyrically, I wanted to examine the relationship between wanting to be ambitious and the things which can be sacrificed in the process.
Also, I want to highlight how miserable it can make you if you let working be the thing which defines you as a human being. I think Daniel Day Lewis’ character painfully personifies both of these ideas in the film.
As the story behind the film is set in the Wild-West of America it seemed only fitting to have a Country style to the song, and nobody does Country with more attitude than the legendary Johnny Cash; so the song is also a homage to Cash”.
Abel Raise The Cain are an alternative indie rock band formed in the Northeast who were brought together by a mutual love of atmospheric and epic indie soundscapes influenced by the likes of Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros and Editors.
Their first release, a double A side single Too Late/The Promise brought the band widespread critical acclaim.
Abel Raise the Cain have played shows across the UK, where they’ve earned a reputation for enthralling and energetic live performances, which have led to coveted support slots for Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Spiritualised, Kodaline and Skaters.
The band’s outstanding single Black Swans went straight to number one in the Beat 100 music chart.
The song also led to Abel Raise the Cain winning the Beat 100 Ultimate Musician award, recognising them as one of the most outstanding bands on the network.
Following that up is their highly anticipated new single Every Rise which is another uplifting and anthemic slice of Indie Pop. It was released recently and is featured on Ralph’s Radio KC Indie Show on January 15th. It’s a prime example of them taking their musical influences and forging them into their own individual style.
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|No.1 One Eyed Wayne – Shakey Shakey
No.2 The Boston Shakers – Black Magic
No.3 Ded Rabbit – Figurine
No.4 Campfires In Winter – Free Me From The Howl
No.5 Rich Stephenson – Better Things To Do
No.6 Áine Duffy & The Hypnotyst – Grit
No.7 COPE – Seasons Ending
No.8 Artbreak – Polaroid In Paris
No.9 Sounds of Equinox – Goodbye (ft: Dementio13)
No.10 PARADOX – Painting Pictures
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The Strawheads – But Hey Happy Christmas
Madeleine Peyroux – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
The Low Countries – Carry On Christmas
Michael Bublé – It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas
Wullae Wright – For The Young And The Old
Paul Brennan – Just A Day
Lady Antebellum – A Holly Jolly Christmas
Lisa Redford – I Believe In Father Christmas
Mindless Behaviour – Christmas With My Girl
Cranberry Flick – The Christmas Song
Kevin Ross – Someday At Christmas
Trevor Jackson – I’ll Be Who You Love (This Christmas)
We Came From The Sea – Last Christmas
Los Campesinos! – When Christmas Comes
King Lil G – Cold Christmas
The 48K’s – Happy Christmas Day
Frightened Rabbit – She Screams Christmas
Ed Sings – Midnight Clear
Pulled Apart By Horses – Merry Christmas Everybody
BTS – Christmas Day
The Boy Who Kicked Pigs – The Christmas Song
Panic! At The Disco – White Christmas
Helen McCookerybook – Christmas Queen
Fetty Wap ft: Monty- Merry Xmas
Ralph’s first featured single of 2017 is Watch With You and it’s the latest release by Gloucestershire Indie rockers Quigley. The track was produced by Luke Oldfield (yes, it’s Mike‘s son) at Tilehouse Studios and mastered by top dog Pete Maher.
Quigley are back in the studio this month under the watchful eye of none other than Justin Broad who produces Jessie J and Raleigh Ritchie amongst others to numerous to mention. Needless to say Ralph will be watching (and listening) with interest and bring you more news on Quigley soon.
Watch With You will be on Ralph’s Radio KC Indie Show on Sunday 15th January.
Quigley trick you on Watch With You by leading in with an Adele-esque piano intro before bouncing into a proper Indie Pop anthem reminiscent of Ralph’s fellow Fifers Dogs Die In Hot Cars.
On Ralph’s ones to watch list in 2017.
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When William Blake penned his oft recited poem Jerusalem he could almost have unwittingly been setting the scene for the work of Equinox. Those ‘dark Satanic mills’ almost a metaphor for the depression that is prevalent within the poetry and the ‘mental fight’ that has become an almost daily battle.
The poetry of Equinox takes no prisoners with subject matter ranging from male suicide to prostitution but with equal amounts of undying love and devotion, and has been set to music by several musical influencers with whom contact has been made over the last few years.
A debut album, It’s Hard To Be Happy When Your Head Is Full Of Sin is planned for release early 2017 and is already half completed.
A debut appearance on the tYDbXx album by Welsh miserablists Radio Europa in the form of Josephine sparked initial interest as did surprise appearances at two 2016’s secret gigs, and Scream sees a duet with Welsh D.I.Y. lo-fi artist Pulco which has already featured on Radio Wales, Radio KC and Pure Radio.
Scream was also featured on the recent #MoreInCommon compilation raising awareness for the Hope Not Hate campaign. Equinox promises a huge name will appear on the album but no secrets are being given away.
When asked how the collaboration happened and how the unknown artist was persuaded to take part the answer is simple and concise – “we just asked him and he said Yes”.
New track Goodbye sees a duet with freaky electronic oddity maker Dementio13 who is renowned for his ambient, drum ‘n’ bass and krautrock influenced work in a track that is starting to make the media sit up and listen.
They aren’t just about poems, they stand to break down any misconceptions about the genre and the often hard-hitting deadpan will continue to be a source of interest over the coming months.
Ralph’s favourite video this week is Scarlett by Aberdeen band The Cliftons.
The Cliftons have supported luminaries such as The Bluetones and Man Made plus headlined at venues such as The Lemon Tree. The Cliftons are also set to release their follow up EP on January 21st with a hometown show in Tunnels.
The Cliftons are: James Will on Vocals/Guitar, Andrew Joseph on lead Guitar, Bilal Benzahia on Drums and Keir Smith on Bass.
On Ralph’s ‘ones to watch’ list 2017.
2015’s Into The Sea is perhaps the most perfectly realised of Dean Owens‘ albums rivalling Whisky Hearts for fans affections despite the presence of his two most iconic songs (Man From Leith and Raining In Glasgow) on the latter. Both albums were recorded in Nashville and both feature Owens’ long time compadre Will Kimbrough but Into The Sea, recorded seven years after Whisky Hearts is a better distillation of Owen’s Celtic Americana, the players and producer Neilson Hubbard at the top of their game. It’s also a more passionate album. At the time of recording Owens and his family were coming to terms with the death of his sister Julie from cancer, the album is dedicated to her. When I spoke to him about the recording of the album he said,” It was a difficult time for me when I was making the album for various reasons and a…
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