Now Mr Snuggles and I have been sitting with our heads down counting the hits on each blog to see which band’s got what place.
The Top Ten Blogged Band Chart is played every Sunday 5-7pm on Radio KC as part of Ralph’s Indie Show.
No 1…Silver Coast
Ralph‘s given tracks by Inverness-based band Silver Coast spins on his Radio KC Indie Show a few times now over the last couple of years so it was with great interest that news of the new Seasons EP (which includes the recently released single Wake Up) hit the kennel’s inbox.
Wake Up is possibly Silver Coast‘s most ‘bouncy’ track to date and definitely aimed at a wider audience. Still holding onto the anthemic feel of earlier releases (big guitars and soaring vocals) but it has a more ‘populist’ and radio-friendly feel in a Twin Atlantic stylee.
No 2…Official Burnt Toast
Anyone that follows Ralph on Twitter will know he’s partial to a bit of toast, preferably charred around the edges, so it’s no surprise there was a bit of excitement here in the kennel when the soon to be released (November 2nd) Money As Debt Double A Side Single by Official Burnt Toast hit the turntable. With flip side Hi Time it’s a great intro to their Tubs ‘n Tongue-Fu album on Sonskrif.
No 3..Jimmy Brewer
It seems like Jimmy Brewer has been possessed by the artistic soul of James Taylor during the early Sweet Baby James years with the release of Strangers, a follow-up to his highly acclaimed debut album As Time Stands Still two years ago.
Jimmy Brewer exudes songwriting of the highest and most emotive quality for one so young and no surprise he’s supported the likes of Joan Armatrading prior to embarking on a headlining tour to promote the release of Strangers.
No 4…The Undivided
It’s always nice to see a band with a bit of heart and soul and there’s none more so than Welsh four-piece The Undivided as their new single and accompanying video Invincible highlights the need for organ donors and compassionately outlining the issues of gain and loss involved.
Formed in 2009 The Undivided have made quite an impact on the South Wales musical landscape and now their anthemic brand of alt rock is reaching further afield. They’re impressive live and have a growing fanbase.
Along with the ‘B’ Side Whisky Going Free, the tracks are from the most excellent new album Rocket Out Of London which has been recieving rave reviews from all the usual suspects and featured as a Steve Lamacq BBC6 Music Recommend.
No 6…Hyena Kill
Ralph’s not averse to rocking it out and there’s few better rocking it out duos on the unsigned circuit than Manchester’s Hyena Kill (Steven Dobb on vocal/guitars and Lorna Blundell on drums) who are crowdfunding part of the release of their debut album.
The idea behind the crowdfunding project on pledgemusic.com is to allow the fans to become involved and help them finish this debut album, which they’ve managed to fund themselves up to this point.
No 7…Peach Trees
As an East meets West collaboration (that’s Cleethorpes and Southport, not Russia and America) Peach Trees have come up with a pretty damn fine piece of get up on the floor, funky-ass disco music, made all the more listenable thanks to the soulful vocals of London-based Mr Ernie Jackson.
No 8…All The King’s Men
Manchester band All The King’s Men have released a new EP called Making My Escape and it’s another step up in their attempt to establish themselves as one of the top rocking it out Indie bands in the North West.
No 9…The Society
There’s always an abundance of Manchester bands to listen to who tend to try and sound like the usual Manc suspects, however, shiny bright young things The Society are going some way to buck that trend with the release of their latest track Given Up.
No 10…Black Cat Bone
Ralph has been giving Edinburgh band Black Cat Bone the odd spin on his Radio KC Indie Show recently due to their intensely likeable bluesy sound, so it’s with great pleasure that we can announce the release of their debut album Growl on the 31st October. Ralph has had a sneak preview and I can tell you now their alt rock bluesy style is shining through with this release.