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No 1: JUXTA
If you like your post punk downright dystopian and delightfully dirty (alliteration is my muse) then have I got the album for you.Welcome To Your Life is the long awaited second album from JUXTA, one of the most important bands on the indie scene right now.
Combining high energy punk rock with dark industrial sounds JUXTA draws on a range of influences from Joy Division to Nine Inch Nails to devastating effect.
No 2: Rob Jarvis and The Mercury Sons
Essex based Alt Rockers Rob Jarvis and The Mercury Sons are due to release their debut single Just To Make You Happy on the 17th of February.
It's already had its first radio play on the KerrangFresh Blood Show and needless to say Ralph will be giving it a pre-release spin on his Radio KC Indie Show soon.
No 3:They Called Him Zone
It's nearly a year since Ralph played the lead track Miami from the eponymous debut EP by Bradford's dark and mysterious electro-pop outfit They Called Him Zoneon his Radio KC Indie Show.
OK, OK, they're not that mysterious as I can tell you the band are - Mik Davies on Vocals, Drone and Production, Steve Maloney on Vocals, Guitar and Production plus John Bradford on Keys and percussion when playing live.
No 4: The Cliftons
Ralph's favorite 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.
No 5: Weekend Debt
From Lanark in Bonnie Scotland, Weekend Debt are a fresh new indie band comprising four young, talented and vibrant musicians. Citing Influences such as Catfish and the Bottlemen, Arctic Monkeys, Courteeners and Fatherson, Weekend Debt are garnering a reputation for 'getting the joint jumping' via a set replete with indie tunes influenced by many a night out and the relationships that ensue.
No 6: Where Fires Are
Ralph's always been a fan of crowdfunding since doing one for the Ralph's Life CD for Rethink Mental Illness a couple of years ago, so on hearing that Leeds Alt Rockers Where Fires Are were using PledgeMusic to fund their upcoming EP one four six one it was time to take a looksee.
Ralph will be playing I've Got The Time on next Sunday's Indie Show on Radio KC
No 7: La Fleur
The focus of this week's feature articles on Ralph's Life is firmly on the burgeoning supply of quality Indie music in Scotland currently. With Sunday's Indie Show on Radio KC containing over a third of the tracks played from Scottish based bands and artists, it seems there's a bit of a tidal wave about to swamp the rest of the UK.
One case in point is young (they're so young they cite Catfish & The Bottlemen as an influence) Wishaw band LAFleur. They're only a couple of years into their musical journey together but are rapidly managing to attract the right kind of attention.
No 8: Snippet
Today's post focuses on the quintessentially English songwriting of Johnno Casson who performs under the pseudonym of Snippet.
April 7th will see the release of his new album Future Melancholy Pop Music and the title sees the contents doing exactly what it says on the tin. It's 15 tracks of reflective, retrospective, introspective, captivating, engaging, satirical, funky and just plain compulsive lo-fi listening pleasure.
No 9: Bright Young People
Full of more swagger than a mid-90's Gallagher brother, the intense sounds of North wales guitar bandits Bright Young People have come knocking firmly at the door with their new single Suppress Happiness, which was recorded and produced by former Vibrators guitarist Pat Collier
It's aggressively laid back intro belies the louche nature of the ensuing guitar driven track. It's in your face vocal marks out its live and loud pedigree, whilst ensuring its radio-friendliness. If this is your first introduction to their presumptuous sound, it'll have you clamouring for more.
No 10: The Farm
The Farm are using Pledgemusic to release 3 brand new songs plus a re-mix of Feel The Love, all signed by the band, as well as the new EP being part of some extremely groovy merchandise bundles.
Founding member Peter Hooton said - "We're releasing this music now because we've been playing festivals for a few years and everyone we meet always asks the same question, 'When are you releasing new material'."