Oli’s radio show 16-2-2014

Another Unsigned Sunday

Or maybe we should say Independent.

A lot of so called Unsigned Bands these days are in fact signed to a label. It’s just that they are not associated with the major labels, Sony BMG or Warner.

More and more bands are choosing to create their own labels or signing to one of the many small independent labels all over the country.  Often they prefer the freedom that these deals offer. Complete artistic control is sometime more important than making a fortune, sometimes it is just a principle.

Notes to self

Thanks to Anna Takken for a great show as usual.

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A cold start with ice patches, then fine and sunny.


A cold and frosty start and sunny morning. But turning cloudy in the afternoon. less than 5% chance of rain rising to 20% later in the day Maximum Temperature 10 °C.


A cloudy evening, light winds and not as cold as last night. An increased risk of rain overnight up to 80% chance in the early morning. Minimum Temperature 6 °C.


Rain across the region for much of the day, mostly light but with some heavier bursts. It’s patchy but pretty much everyone will see some. Winds lighter than recently, though fairly windy for a time with coastal gales. Maximum Temperature 11 °C.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Patchy rain may be slow to clear on Tuesday. Wednesday mainly cloudy but dry. Rain arriving overnight will turn showery on Thursday. Generally light winds, though breezier on Thursday.

Issued at: 0400 on Sun 16 Feb 2014

Independent bands

1 The Flaming Ratrods – North Devon

Flamin’ Ratrods album Rockabilly Bones includes ten tracks all written by the band (Teague/Wilson/Delve/Northam) and recorded in a wooden kabin and mastered by Benny Joy. It was released by Nervous Records in 2013 and I plan to play the opening track from the album titled, “Saturday Night” even though it is Sunday afternoon.

The band was a four piece but is now a trio; Kev Teague – vocals and guitar, Rob Delve – drums and Bryce Wilson – double bass

2 Troy Faid – Leeds

Troy’s guitar playing is quite simply stunning, calling to mind the likes of Robert Johnson.  His Yorkshire accent and laconic vocal style fits surprisingly well with that Delta Blues style.

He is visiting Devon in May plying at Lilicos on Friday 16th and then at the Dartmouth Music festival on Saturday 17th Although he can perform incredibly on his own, he will be bringing his band which consists of Pat Bannon – drums and Adam Richards – double bass.

3  The Verbals – North Devon

Bideford based punk trio The Verbals not only have some great songs, but they and their fans cause a nice stir on Twitter every time they get played. It’s always a pleasure to play good local music but it’s even nicer when that music generates some responses.  The Verbals are, Matt Smart, Ali Mackenzie, and  Guy Squires

Infidels is the lead track and you can hear them play this and others at the North Devon Gigathon on Saturday 26th April at the Factory Petroc.

4 Tankus The Henge – London

With less than a week before Tankus The Henge play a show at the Beaver Inn Appledore (Saturday 22nd Feb) I HAVE to include a track from their album. This five piece band put on a visual show which complements their musical creativity. It’s a melting pot of ska, rock, circus music and show tunes.

I plan to play “Recurring Dream” for you.

5 Boardwalk Isabella – North Devon

I’ve played their lead single “Resurrection Man” a few times and you can count on the band to spread the word to their growing army of fans. This tracks is also on rotation in over 100 countries around the world on hundreds of radio stations. The band consists of James C Hughes, Nathan Porter, Steve Tanton, and my mate George Thomas.

The new single is out soon, and I’m hoping we can be among the first stations to give it airplay.  Boardwalk Isabella are taking bookings at the moment, including talking to some festival organisers so hopefully I will be able to tell you some confirmed dates soon.

6 Saints Of Sin – Southampton

Another touring band playing in North Devon on Saturday 22nd Feb Saints Of Sin are at the Chill Bar. The last time they played there there were a handful of faithful regulars. This time I expect and hope that the place will be rammed because this is one of the best rock bands I’ve seen in a long long time.  They blew me away.

I plan to play “Living Young” because I’ve played the other song “One More Minute” which is a bit more of a power ballad.

7 Yazzy – North Devon

Yazzy Chamberlaine was in the running to open the Godney Gathering this year, but was just pipped in the last few days of voting.  She will have plenty of other opportunities if she continues to write such lovely songs and perform so beautifully.

For anyone who was maybe rejected this Valentines, or who has ever had a love un-returned, I plan to play the very lovely “3 Kisses”

8 Billy Brown – Hertfordshire

Billy is not just a great musician but also a big supporter of unsigned bands himself. He presents the Loud Llama Show on XRP radio every Wednesday evening playing all unsigned bands. He recently released a cover of Junior Murvin’s  “Police and Thieves” as part of “Specialized 2” raising money for cancer relief.  But I intend playing “Running Scared” from earlier in 2013.

9 Sound Of The Sirens – Devon

Exeter duo Sound of The Sirens consists of Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood who both play guitar and sing. Also one of them sometimes plays a bass drum. The two played at the Landmark beer festival last year and are back in Ilfracombe on Friday 25th April at the Boat House (opposite Wildersmouth Beach)

10 Jekyll – Thornton Cleveleys (Near Blackpool)

I just wrote an article about this band recently so it is natural to give them a play. They are four lads from near Blackpool consisting of Joel Foster, Jonny Chatterton, Lewis Armistead, and Liam Singleton and I would describe their sound as  kind of Manchester/Liverpool indie.

11  Small Town Jones – North Devon

I’ve played a track called Wintersong by Jim Jones, from the Good to Go No Dramas album, a few times before Christmas. Jim Jones is now known as Small Town Jones and his album “Freight Ships” is available from Bandcamp for seven quid. Ten tracks and I am going to play the title track Freight Ships.

North Devon Gigathon

26th April at the Factory Petroc a huge line of of great North Devon bands fundraising for North Devon Hospice and promoting live music at the same time. I certainly plan to go, and other Voice presenters are planning to be there although not in an official capacity. Here’s a running order for the bands playing.





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