So it’s one week since I had the bright idea to put together a double album of 40 out of over 400 unsigned Indie bands that have been featured on the Ralph’s Life music blog and Radio KC. The response has been outstanding with all 40 tracks donated within 5 days! Needless to say all the tracks…
Just confirmed for the Ralph’s Life Double CD for The Fine Line Project for mental health awareness and Rethink is Manchester’s The Travelling Band. They’ve donated their track ‘Took My Soul’ for the compilation.
Ralph previously blogged them back in March on the release of their excellent ‘Hands Up’ EP which you can check out by clicking here
POINO, STIG NOISE SOUND SYSTEM, STAER, BLACK PACKER - I have nothing to say guys… the gig I attended last night at The Bay Hourse - Manchester - was fkn’ amazing. Waking up and still hearing that buzzing noise in my ears is a sweet pleasure. Starting with.. ‘Who are them???’. Oh, Black Packer!I felt straight away the tight and long sound’s hands stretching and reaching my inner guts. The strident dark lines were from John Hegre and Jean-Philippe Gross’ energy. Cheeky, French Feedback duo. https://vimeo.com/48355475
Then from the darker side of the murkiness a grotesque, dreary, con-fusional sound came over.. heavy jazz experimental hard noise free improvised rock from Norway with fucked love. Ciao STAER http://gafferrecords.bandcamp.com/track/staer-french-erotique
The next, new notes start flying around the room, other kind of vibrations invest columns, sofas, bricks and human cells from the skin to the blood.
P O I N O . Present, past and future. The time is out, raped, seducted, misused in a so exiciting way. Catching the Noise-Rock’s ghosts, mixing them, adding agonies, experiencing new shapes, giving them life, POINO made up their own creature. Very good stuff. http://poino.bandcamp.com/
To end the night, a little pleasurable tasting by Stig Noise Sound System. Yes, they are. The Band that won my hearth. ADOPT A SNAKE OR FUCK OFF! A jungle, chaotic and well projected, to destroy every common sense. They are always there, immortal creators of the terrific sound. DAJE!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEGtuvRTHbs&list=PL325A06CDE7CEB219
Hope see you soon guys.
There is literally not a bad word to be said about OFF! Perhaps it is the calibre of the musicians that comprise the band that sways peoples judgement, or maybe it’s that people are impressed that men of a certain age can maintain such high levels of political and social fury… but it’s probably just that they are absolutely brilliant.
Nell Bryden – The Borderline, Soho – 12th June 2012
With the UK release of her new studio album, “Shake The Tree”, approaching fast it was not a surprise to see our lovely singer-songwriter Nell back in the London scene, what was surprising though was to see her performing at Soho’s Borderline accompanied only by her guitar, without her supporting band. I have to admit I was a bit sceptical when I saw the bare stage at first, but didn’t have to worry. Nell’s charisma, her stage persona and her voice are so powerful and so huge that she can fill up any empty stage any time, and believe me, once she has your attention, she won’t let it go easily! The Ramones t-shirt that she chose to wear could at first mislead anyone in thinking that Ms Bryden is just another average wanna-be rock chick strumming along a bluesy guitar… That couldn’t be further from the truth. Nell is an incredibly hard working and talented artist, who’s currently A-listed on Radio 2. The lyrics to her songs come from her soul, from her tears. They’re made up of what she experiences in her almost ordinary life, everyday and her performances transmit that very well. Nell decided to open up her set with “Mercy On Me”, which is about the true story of a prisoner sent to Death row. The trial was abundantly covered by the US media and at one point there was founded hope that the death sentence would be dropped. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case, and “Mercy On Me” is about the last 14 days of the man’s life, his feelings… his regrets. Not an easy subject to handle, but the audience was captivated, immediately mesmerised. She performed what people consider to be her best song yet, “Sirens” mid act. A very emotional piece that took 10 years to write, describing the atrocity of her beloved New York City on 9/11. Emotions were running high but there still is a very positive message that Nell wants to deliver: “If we leave behind the tears in our eyes, from the sound of sirens the city will rise. Hold your hand in mine, we’ll swim against the tide, from the sound of sirens love will survive”. The show finished on a high note: a rapturous crowd clapping and singing along to more cheerful tunes, such as the album title track “Shake The Tree… gonna shake it till the roots come out of ground”. After all, no one can’t keep a true New York rebel too quiet for too long.
THE M E T A L HAMMER
The Metal Hammer awards, better known as the GOLDEN GODS awards, which took place at the O2 Indigo in North Greenwich on June 11th, was an intimate metal love-affair among many rock royalties, novelties and hardcore fans. The show consisted of 5 bands playing each a 15 minutes, or thereabout, set and opened up with the Swedish black metallers “Watain”. winners of Best Underground Band. Watain are well known for refusing to go on stage unless allowed to bring with them pints of human blood to splatter the audience with…. How thoughtful of them! The ghostly intro to their set was somewhat a bit too long, so much so that rumours started spreading on what was happening backstage… Did they really forget the bloody bags at home? Eventually, the set took off to what would have been a fiery start, were it not for a malfunction with the lead singer microphone… alias! There were flames and explosions, melting guitars and even a scorched drum kit. It was a pretty hot deal, black metal performed with excellency, but thankfully for those standing in the front row, it was quite a bloodless experience. New Yorkers Biohazard followed with a high tempo show, intrepid and energetic, they didn’t disappoint and really got the crowd going. Then, enter Ghost! The band formed in Stockholm in 2008 and are fairly new to the UK live scene; musically they can be compared to bands such as Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult, though their opening piece sounded very much like a Muse song than anything else. Theatrical, intriguing and quite captivating to watch, at times almost surreal. The musicianship and riffs are worth investigating, but somehow the lead singer does not deliver. His performance was a bit weak at times and not as majestic as his costume makes you hope it could be. Nevertheless they took home The Best Breakthrough Artists Award, not bad! Sabaton (also from Sweden) failed to impress…. but that was just as good, as they would have been blown to pieces anyway by the mighty Anthrax. It is not by chance that Anthrax were chosen to be part of the Big 4 tour with Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer. Extremely forceful, they played to perfection, and, granted it was only a 20 minutes set, they played effortlessly. Belladonna was superb, 30 years on and his voice was still in excellent shape. There wasn’t a single head not head-banging, everyone was just wishing their performance could have lasted longer… Not by luck either that they won the “Metal As Fuck” Award. Anthrax will be playing live in London with Motorhead in November, it will be incredible!
Best UK Band: Saxon
Best International Band: Lamb Of God
Best Underground Band: Watain
Best New Band: The Defiled
Breakthrough Artist: Ghost
Best Live Band: Rammstein
Best Drummer: Vinnie Paul
Best Event: Iron Maiden Conquer The UK (Again)
Best Album: Mastodon – The Hunter
Video Of The Year: Trivium – In Waves
Metal As Fuck: Anthrax
Dimebag Darrell ‘Shredder’: Devin Townsend
Spirit Of Hammer: Bill Bailey
Inspiration: Roadrunner Records
Icons: Fear Factory
Riff Lord: Robb Flynn & Phil Demmel – Machine Head
The Golden God: Joey DeMaio – Manowar
by Serena Furlan
"JAZZCORE" from Japan, since 1985.. so far! Yes, RUINS ALONE is full of energy as well as of passion for music. Watching his shows you can see, feel, live all the power of his sound.. and you could image to play with him, or jamping to the his rhythm or yet, to stay gasp!
Tatsuya Yoshida is his real name: he worked with a lot of other artists like John Zorn, Fred Frith or Derek Bailey. But before to become Rouins Alone, he was already playing in the group YBO2 beside Masashi Kitamura and K.K. Null (Zeni Geva). And then, Ruins Alone, his alternative creation is influenced by his past experience of course, and by Frank Zappa, Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Camel, This Heat and others artists.
Hardcore punk, prog theatrics, and free-improv are the secrets of his special menù!.. Would you like to taste some of his dishes? Very well ! Because you could find a lot of live shows around the world! In fact Ruins Alone played various time in different countries.. and in Italy? Yes, but just in West coast, thus you could find a new tournè, maybe in East coast this time.. or all the Italian land! He is always ready to give his best performance in everywhere.. with love.
S T I G N O I S E
WoW! I felt in love.. StiG nOisE !!!
Manchester, Islington Mill, I was reading a book, sipping a beer.. and observing the musicians movements and sounds… check… mmmmh… 2 decks-1 theramin-1 big drum kit-1 little drum kit-some skatty guitars-some trumpets-several old casio keyboard-1 old lap-steel Hawaiian guitar-some beats-1 banjo-some dubplates-Bunch of old records-1 handful of Big Muff(s) and assorted pedals-headphones used like microphones-1 jarg mixer-melodica have screamed off amazing noises … pTpTpTpTpTnn-Pli-Tnn-Pli-TnnnnNNN-PtPtPtPt..ncncncncnc..praarrrrraaaaaaaaaaa..nnnnNNNNtStStS… grating voice…
Grungy, Noisy, Gypsy, DIY, Folky, Hip-Hop(ish), Jazz, No Wave, Experimental are mixed up by an unlimited flux of minds-bodies-souls-energies in exploration of sounds… since 1998. The Stig Noise’s den is in Liverpool… music, films and other curious things.. and a lot of live shows around over 15 countries!
Of course, you must visit their website (and facebook?):
… and come to their shows!!!
See U soon
“I feel like I’m trying to mix this amazing light yellow paint, and I’m damned if I’m gonna let anyone come along with a strong red and drip it into my paint bucket and turn my music orange.” What does Cosmo Jarvis do with his feeling and creativity? He models a lot of messages, how? Writing lyrics, acting, singing, playing.. an incredible number of songs and films. Inspirated from John Lennon, Robin Williams, Frank Zappa, Maximus Decimus Meridius, The Crash Test Dummies, Elliot Smith and other artists, he started writing aged twelve.
So young, now 21, he has been recently praised by Brian Eno: “he is a very interesting example to me of a new kind of person; a new kind of artist.” Cosmo Jarvis is like a river in flood! “I draw inspiration for music from anything that seems like a good idea at the time. But it can be anything from people, places, films, dreams, fictional stories/situations, personal dilemma, emotion, questioning the human condition and shit like that.” He said.
His energy is growing up as well as his curiosity and interest to explore new sounds, also provoking audience sensibility by his lyrics, like on the anthemic “Gay Pirates” or “Sure As Hell Not Jesus”.
After latest gig in Manchester, Night & Day Cafè, Cosmo Jarvis UK tour goes on…
More information about this histrionic and hyperactive artist:
ROBOTS IN DISGUISE
After eleven years of hard working and lovely trips to round in UK, Europe and Japan, and supporting Gary Numan, Cyndi Lauper and The Gossip, RID-Robots in Disguise realized Happiness V Sadness, fourth poptastic album.. with a little help from their fans, whose ‘pledges’ paid for its production! Dee Plume (guitar and vox) and Sue Denim (bass and vox), backed live by Ann Droid (drums and vox), are like one whole of mind, soul and body, and you live all delicious savage push to dance thier electro-indie-rock-dance sound (picture: fans on the stage, Sound Control, Manchester). Irresistible rhythms, thinked lyrics, crazy-funny shows, these girls have all good talent to make well and better.
Finally and not less important, I want say bye bye with a gritty expression by RID:
“Not only will we make our best ever record for your listening pleasure,but part of the proceeds will go to benefit the Alzheimers Society (http://www.alzheimers.org.uk)
We love you Robot Patrol!”
More info: http://www.robotsindisguise.co.uk/
See U soon