Olli’s Radio Show 16-03-14

Notes to self

You’re listening to Olli On The Radio The Voice FM, local radio for North Devon – Online – On Digital, and on 106.1 and 107.8 across North Devon.

Thank you to Anna Takken for an excellent show as always.

Coming up we’ve got a host of great unsigned bands from North Devon and beyond, as well as some great music old and new.

Hope you didn’t miss me too much last week and thank you to “Baggy” Adam Bagshaw  for covering for me because my band “The Buzz” were playing a gig in Honiton.

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Cloudy for the rest of today but remaining dry with just a 20% chance of rain. Light breezes from the west and temperatures barely into double figures.


Cloud cover keeping temperatures above 5°C with still only a 20% chance of rain.


No change really, cloudy, light westerly breezes, 20% chance of rain and max tempeatures 9°C

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Becoming a little more changeable for the rest of the week winds picking up on Tuesday and Wednesday bringing the odd band of rain between brighter weather, but still fairly mild.

Unsigned bands this week.

Jared Richter band – Essex

This band have been going for a few weeks and have already recorded an excellent single. I had to admire their pluck for asking the likes of Zane Lowe to check it out. Zane is a really really nice guy and I know because I have met him quite a few times.

Anyway, I checked out their song and it’s pretty good, so even if it doesn’t get onto Radio 1 straight away I’m going to give it a go.

Skata Tones -North Devon

Reggae/Ska band from the local area performing a mix of covers and originals.

Bison – Sheffield

One of my favourite bands with five albums to chose from, this week I think a bit of a ska sea shanty should go down well.

“Seasick Sam”.

Boardwalk Isabella – North Devon

Right, last time I will be playing Resurrection Man for some time, because next Sunday i will be playing you the brand new single The World Is a Mirror which is released on 24th March.

Bombskare – Scotland

Do All Dogs Go To Heaven is a brilliant piece of genre stretching ska with lots of brilliant tempo changes. I love it, I hope you do too.

One Man Boycott – North Devon

He supported Scott Xander Linn & The Broken Bottles last Friday at the Boathouse and I couldn’t go because I was gigging myself.

So here’s “Fingers Crossed” which I was planning to play a while back but couldn’t for technical reasons.

Ashley Fayth

Well she took the trouble to respond to a post on Facebook this morning when I couldn’t decide who to play. So I’m going to play the opening track from her album Wonder Wonder, it’s called Peanut butter.

By the way she wants me to point you at this link for a project she needs your help with.


Sam Dowden

I haven’t played Sam for a while now and it’s about time I put that right. “Silver Skin” was playlisted for a while so I think I’ll give it a whirl now.

Scott Xander Linn & The Broken Bottles

They played at The Boathouse last Friday and to give you an idea how mega they really are, they had One Man Boycott in support! He’s a headline act in his own right, but he came along and warmed up for them.
Let’s have my personal favourite “Six Feet Under the Bar”




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Until Day Breaks by Expected Boy

Track 7 from XRP Radio
Journey Through Genres

Expected Boy sound a bit like a Californian punk band but with an English lead singer, so it is perhaps a little UN-expected that they are in fact from Hyvinkää in … nope, I don’t know either.

Right, I checked and it is in Finland. It is famous for ….. erm, the Finnish Railway Museum and the home of KONE elevators. And now also for the band Expected Boy who, as it happens are touring in the UK from 17th to 23rd March.

More details on their Facebook Page

Expected Boy tour dates

Expected Boy tour dates

The track that features on Journey Through Genres is a fairly straight ahead possibly slightly tongue in cheek punk track featuring the hook line

Until Day Breaks I know we will be safe,
they say I live this way until the day I die
I’m a vampire!

It’s good solid music with a slightly off kilter vocal that is endearing yet dangerous.  You can check it out here at their Soundcloud Page

ExpectedBoyStageExpected Boy are Mara – Lead vocals
Leino – Guitar and backing vocals
Riku – Bass and backing vocals
Pauli – Drums and backing vocals

The band were formed in 2011 and they also have a Reverb Nation page with a few tracks available to stream.

You can of course buy “Until Day Breaks” from XRP Radio’s Bandcamp page along with sixty other tracks from various genres for the small sum of £10

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Switchstance by Philtrum

Review ofTrack 6 of
Journey Through Genres
from XRP Radio

Switchstance is two and three quarter minutes of frenetic drumming, power riffs, and punk vocals, from Kent based punk trio Philtrum.

Philtrum have a Bandcamp page (with a single “Permanent” featuring a B side “The Moment” ) and two EPs (“Rough Days” and “Needs Must“)

Switchstance” features on “Rough Days” from 2013 and whilst it is not my favourite genre I can listen to this and enjoy it. Certainly I can see fans of punk and heavy indie getting into this in a big way.

With a total of ten tracks on their Bandcamp they already have a respectable back catalogue having formed in 2011.

Philtrum are Paul P Vox/Guitar, Leo - Bass/ Backing Vox, James - Drums.

Philtrum are Paul P Vox/Guitar, Leo – Bass/ Backing Vox, James – Drums.

Their first e.p. is now available as a free download. Just £1.50 for the follow up and a quid for the current single. As always you can stream the tracks to decide if you like them, so pop over and check them out if you like it loud and fast.

You can also buy Switchstance from XRP Radio’s Bandcamp if you just want a taster of a whole range of genres.

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Olli’s Radio Show 2-3-2014

Notes to self

You’re listening to Olli On The Radio The Voice FM, local radio for North Devon – Online – On Digital, and on 106.1 and 107.8 across North Devon.

Thank you to Anna Takken for an excellent show as always.

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Mostly cloudy. Persistent and locally heavy rain in the afternoon.


Greater than 95% chance of rain this afternoon in fact It should be raining for pretty much the whole of this show. This rain will clear from the west towards the evening. Hovering between 20% and 40% chance for the rest of the evening. Winds mainly westerly or southerly. Maximum Temperature 11 °C.


A fresh band of rain should move in after midnight, around 60% – 80% chance until the early morning. Winds mostly light and from the south. Minimum Temperature 0 °C.


Changeable with a mixture of sunshine and showers, and generally light winds. Some showers will be locally heavy with hail and thunder, and will mostly die away during the evening. Your best chance of some sunshine is around five o’clock until it sets. Maximum Temperature 9 °C.

Issued at: 0400 on Sun 2 Mar 2014

Unsigned bands

Ashley Fayth Chester – via Newfoundland

Ashley’s song Scientist, got a good reception last time I played it so I am going to give it another spin. Her website is www.ashleyfayth.com

Boardwalk Isabella – North Devon

One of the most fervently supported bands in the region. With fans all over the world and airplay in over a hundred countries. This is their first single and there is a follow up due soon, called “The World Is A Mirror” rest assured I will be among the first to play it when it does come out. www.boardwalkisabella.com

Daylight Saving – Kent

The lovely voice of Kate Lynn-Deverre coupled with the guitar work of Richard Eady provides a genre busting mix of jazz and folk. For some radio stations that means they fall between two stools but for me it just makes them all the more interesting. www.daysave.co.uk

Holly Morwenna – Devon

I heard this young lady when I was listening to John Govier on a rival station. Ahem.
It is almost as if there is a “scene” that  seems to have emerged unplanned. She has a lot in common with the likes of Yazzy and Kiera Osment, and it makes me wonder just how many brilliant young ladies there are who can write, sing and play to such a high standard.

Holly is working on an e.p. and she has very kindly let me have a couple of tracks from that. This song is called, simply “Guitar”

Troy Faid – Leeds

It’s taken me a long time to get around to buying Troy’s second album, Solus, but I finally did so and I’m going to play a track called “A Rant and a Widdle”
Troy is in the south west in May. He’s in Penzance on Thursday 15th May, then at Lilicos in Barnstaple on Friday May 16th and then he heads over to the Dartmouth Music Festival for the second year running.
I urge you to make a date in your diary for the Lilicos gig. You have to see him live to believe he really can get some much from just one guitar and one pair of hands.

Leighton Howley – Devon

He’s a birthday boy, so happy birthday mate. He is also coming to the Boat House in Ilfracombe this coming Friday. Well worth getting along to see him, considering he is also playing The Godney Gathering on 19th July.
His album is available on iTunes and Amazon but you can also get one in person on the night.

Bella Gaffney – Oop north

She’s from Yorkshire but studying in Notts. I just love her accent and the way she sings words like “Roses”  I first heard her on a local radio station in Yorkshire that is similar to Roy Grimes Street Live and I just loved her guitar work. Seven Black Roses is a cover of a John Martyn song. Which makes me think, maybe John Martyn should feature on Daryl and Ali’s acoustic rock show sometime soon. I’ll have to suggest it to them.


Scott Xander Linn & the Broken Bottles – Devon

I haven’t played them for a while because they were playlisted but I think I need to give them another spin because they are also playing at the Boathouse in Ilfracombe, Friday week the 14th March

The band needs no introduction to listeners to this show, but if you haven’t seen them live then get along to the Boathouse and check them out.

Bison – Sheffield

An 11 piece ska band from Yorkshire, and number one on my list of bands that I desperately want to see live. Obviously it’s not goign to be cheap to get that many people down to North Devon so the more people who know about them the better the chances.  The band is particularly good at stretching the ska boundaries and combining it with other genres.
“Seasick Sam” for example is a ska sea shanty.

The Verbals – Devon

Every time I play The Verbals on the show we get new followers and retweets galore. If anything will keep a band in the spotlight it is loyal fans reacting to airplay. Keep it up. The Verbals are a three piece indie punk band from North Devon consisting of Matt Smart, Ali MacKenzie, and Guy Squires.  “Infidels” is the name of the song.

68-75 – from Atlanta Georgia

Feamle fronted rock band with a good dose of funkiness.
Suzanne Sledge (vocals), Andrew Cylar (guitars), with Matt Kotheimer(drums) and Matt Sickles(bass)

I might play a track from the latest album or possibly one from the e.p. I have played before. We’ll see.

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Olli’s Radio Show 23-2-14

Oh dear, leaving it until the morning of the show again…

Notes to self

You’re listening to Olli On The Radio The Voice FM, local radio for North Devon – Online – On Digital, and on 106.1 and 107.8 across North Devon.

Thank you to Anna Takken for an excellent show as always.



Generally cloudy with a 20% chance of rain, though mostly light and patchy in nature.
Windy, around 20 – 40 mph from the south.
Maximum Temperature 12 °C.


Remaining cloudy overnight with winds easing, but the chance of rain increasing to 80% in the early morning.
Minimum Temperature 6 °C.


A cloudy start with the overnight rain easing during the morning.
20% chance of rain around lunchtime and you might even spot the sun for a bit.
Then a further band of rain moves in, steadily increasing to 80% likelihood by late evening.
Winds picking up later in the day too, typically 20 – 40 mph
Maximum Temperature 11 °C.

Issued at: 0400 on Sun 23 Feb 2014

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Unsigned Bands

I’m only playing nine bands today because a couple of the tracks are a bit long. I think it’s worth the sacrifice though. I’ll try and get back to normal next week.

1, Rolin Humes – Croatia

First out of the traps today are Rolin Humes who are from Croatia. But don’t worry they sing in English and they don’t have any plans to come here at take our jobs just yet. If anyone fancies putting together a tour they’d probably be up for that.

Song title “Freedom”

2, 3, Canyon Ryde – North Devon

I reeally want to play “Beyond Lies The Open Sea” but it is eight minutes long. The only way to do it is to use up two or my choices so that’s what I am going to do.

Song “Beyond Lies The Open Sea”

4, Lenny Savage – Bristol

She’s a singer songwriter from Avon, with a bit of a retro feel to her songs. There are a range of styles on her album “Quaintrelle”, which you can buy online, from various sources.

Song “Green”

5, Lemonhaze – Scotland

Lemonhaze takes their name from a popular air freshener aroma. Honestly!
Well anyway, I thought I’d give em a spin and see what you think. They have a kind of indie sound

Song “Size Of The Universe”

6, Flamin’ Ratrods – North Devon

I played “Saturday Night” last week but you don’t get the flavour of a song on one listen so I think it needs at least another go round.

Song “Saturday Night”

7, Bombskare – Scotland

I’ve played you Bombskare’s “Do All Dogs Go To Heaven” and was rather pleased to see it get playlisted. So here’s a cover of The Beatles “Birthday” from Bombskare’s album “Skabbey Road” which is a ska tribute to the fab four.

Song “Birthday”

8, Leighton Howley – North Devon

He’s playing the North Devon Gigathon on 26th April as well as a number of festivals and such like PLUS I have got him playing at the Boathouse in Ilfracombe on Friday 7th March.

Song “T B A”

9, 10,  Baghdaddies – the world

Baghdaddies are an eclectic bunch of musicians from various parts of the world including Tyneside, and eastern Europe.
Their music is similarly broadly influenced and defies description.
Best I can manage is Ska, Gypsy folk, and world music.
I’m using up two choices again on this one as it’s nearly eight minutes again.

Song “Keep Ya Feet Still”

11, Captal

High time I played Captal again. They are playing the North Devon gigathon on 26th April so another airing of “Friends” is in order.





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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.

Olli On The Radio It’s The Voice local radio for North Devon, online on digital and on FM 106.1 and 107.8 across North Devon

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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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Jekyll – Indie rock from Blackpool

Actually they’re from
Thornton Cleveleys
to be specific.

It comes to something when on the 3rd of Jan you make a note to write an article about a band and it is the 12th of Feb before you make a start.
No wonder my kids don’t always do their homework if they get their work ethic from me.

From a comment on this blog, I came across this excellent young four piece from Thornton Cleveleys. (Yeah, I had to look it up too) It’s about half way between Fleetwood and Blackpool on the windswept Atlantic coast. It’s not a million miles from Liverpool and Manchester either and there is a sort of gentle overlaid indie scene influence that causes this band’s music to hint at such luminaries as Shed 7, Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets, and plenty more of that ilk.


In their own blurb on their Facebook page they cite influences from Muse, Radiohead, Bloc Party, Maximo Park, The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Editors…
I can hear some of these but not all. Then again, I haven’t listened to the entire oeuvre.

Jekyll are

  • Joel Foster
  • Jonny Chatterton
  • Lewis Armistead
  • Liam Singleton

This is “My Oh My” from the band’s Soundcloud page.

You can also find Jekyll on Twitter

There isn’t a website as far as I can tell, although  there is a site for what I must assume is a totally different band of the same name which simply announces that they have disbanded as of 2012.

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Ollis radio show Sunday 9th Feb 2014

Rushed off my feet

Been a  really hectic week this week and have had hardly any time to prepare a show. However I will still be playing a bunch of great unsigned music from some superb bands both local and not.


Staying windy with sunny spells and showers through Sunday.


Gales easing through the day. Further bright or sunny spells and scattered showers, again possibly heavy in places and wintry on higher ground. 60% chance of rain dropping to 20% tonight  Maximum Temperature 8 °C.


Winds easing further. Largely dry but some scattered showers in places Yellow warnings for ice on roads overnight 20% chance of rain rising to 60% around dawn. Temperature down to around 3 °C but feels like zero.


A drier day generally with bright or sunny spells although still with scattered showers, most likely in the afternoon. Much lighter winds than recently. 20% chance of raqin in the morning, rising to 60% in the afternoon, then dropping off again to less than 5% tomorrow night. Maximum Temperature 9 °C.

Issued at: 0400 on Sun 9 Feb 2014

Unsigned Bands

Tankus The Henge – from London

Feb 22nd at the Beaver in Appledore the incredible Tankus The Henge returns to North Devon. It was absolutely packed last time and I could barely move so PLEASE don’t come this time. Obviously I’m kidding don’t miss this band if you can possibly see them.

Jax – North Devon

Local girl Jackie Gibbins, formerly of iFunk but currently with a solo album of considerable depth. I have been playing her cover of Sweet Child o’ Mine but I hope to be able to play you a new track from her today.

Saints Of Sin – Portsmouth

Also playing in North Devon on 22nd Feb but at the Chill Bar. This is an absolutely fantastic rock band in the eighties hair metal mold.
They have everything, stagecraft, image, great songs, amazing musicianship and decent management. Only a handful witnessed their North Devon debut, please make sure they feel welcome this time around.

Kiera Osment – North Devon

Local wunderkind who almost needs no introduction. Beautiful voice and immense talent. She plays all over the region and well beyond. In particular she is playing the North Devon Gigathon at the Factory on 26th April which has an immense line up of local talent.

Bella Gaffney – Yorkshire/Nottinghamshire

There’s a chap by the name of Bill Horncastle up in Yorkshire who does a show on Vixen 101 –
He’s something of an inspiration for me personally and he gave me a mention on his show so I have to name check him on mine of course.
Fox’s Den is a bit like our Street Live, where he has local artists come in and play live as well as playing a good mix of signed and unsigned music.
I heard this young lady on that show and was immediately blown away.
She made me think of a modern day Joni Mitchell with Jimmy Page on acoustic guitar.

The song she played was Seven Black Roses which happens to be a cover of a John Martyn song, although I was ignorant of that at the time.

Captal – North Devon

I’ve played them before and they are surely worthy of more airplay. Local three piece punk band Captal with some great original tunes and an album out now.  “Friend” is the opening track so I’ll play that one.

They are also playing at the North Devon Gigathon in April

The Reasoning – Cardiff

Still one of my favourite bands of all time. I’ve played the title track from “Awakening” a few ties but I’d like to play something a lot more mellow. “Within Cold Glass” features the talents of Steve Rothery from Marrillion as a guest guitarist.

One Man Boycott

Sound Of The Sirens – Exeter

Accoustic duo with lovely harmonies and dual guitar they will be coming to Ilfracombe to play at the Boat House opposite the Landmark theatre in March I’m organising some gigs there just for a bit of fun and to help a bit with promoting some of my favourite bands. Here’s some of the dates already booked.

  • Feb 14th (valentines day)  Obsidian
  • Feb 21st Charmaine Lilley
  • Feb 28th (Big gig at the church)
  • March 7th Leighton Howley
  • March 14th Scott Xander Linn & the Broken Bottles
  • March 21st There’s a big local charity gig in Ilfracombe
  • March 28th Sound of the Sirens

Leighton Howley – North Devon


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6 Minutes to Sunrise

Introducing 6 Minutes to Sunrise
Southampton Alt Rockers

 - 6 Minutes to Sunrise -  from their Facebook page

– 6 Minutes to Sunrise –
from their Facebook page

PLEASE NOTE : I first began this article before Christmas and have had a few more attempts to finish it since then. My attention span is variable. As a result some of this may not make a ton of sense.

I feel like a bit of a fraud sometimes, doing this. After all, I am often writing about bands which I hardly know any more about than you do. In fact if you are reading this as a fan of the band, or even as a member of the band, then you will know a load more than I do.

So when I say I am introducing a band I am as much introducing them to myself as I am to you.

My first introduction to this band was via a message sent to the Facebook page for this blog, by Chris Scott.  He said

Came across your blog and thought I’d give you a shout. I’m the drummer for 6 Minutes to Sunrise, an Alternative Indie band from Southampton, we have just finished recording at Monnow Valley Studios in wales and received the final master from Abbey Road Studios London. I’d really appreciate if you could have a listen and let me know your thoughts.

Well of course you expect good things if an album has passed through the hallowed portals of Abbey Road.  Chris goes on to say,

We have been gigging and writing for around 18 Months … have been featured on BBC Introducing South and have played with some great bands, including Howler, Sound of Guns and on Friday Natives. …  We are also due to be featured in the Southampton Music magazine as ones to watch in December.

I was at a bit of a low ebb when he wrote and I hadn’t been very active on here. I was certainly interested but didn’t feel in the mood to check them out straight away. We exchanged a few messages about stuff and I promised to get onto it when I got my Mojo back.

So here I am, and I am very much impressed.  The band are, broadly speaking, alt rock / alt indie, the vocals are crisp and warm and smooth, like hot mince pies with double cream (it was Christmas when I first wrote this. I’m not wasting a metaphor like that now)

Yep, I know what you’re thinking, “shut up, talking about the music and just embed some tracks.”  OK, it’s a fair cop. Here you go; from their Soundcloud page.  My Favourite Fantasy.

This is the track that Chris shared with me first so presumably he would like you to hear it as well. Indeed on their Facebook page it does say it is their new single.

6 Minutes To Sundown on stage

6 Minutes To Sundown on stage

Right, here’s the line up of the band for you

  • Cameron Davidson – Vocals, Guitar
  • Paul Jackson -Vocals, Guitar
  • Chris Griffiths – Bass
  • Chris Scott – Drums


Other sites

The band have sound files on Reverb Nation including some that you can purchase.
I haven’t found a Bandcamp for them yet.
There is a Twitter account if you want to follow them

Strangely their official website address, which is only shown on their Facebook page, actually redirects straight back to their Facebook page. I double checked this.

In terms of this article, I am most ashamed. To think that between starting writing this, and now when I am about to hit “publish”, I have written about various album tracks from “Journey Through Genres”, raved about another South coast band “Saints Of Sin”,  and promoted my radio show and this blog; and all that time I kept putting off finishing this item, even though it was largely done and dusted.

I do hope Chris can forgive me.




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Gadget Hack-Wrench Suck by Luis Drayton

Review of Track 3 of XRP
Journey Through Genres

Track 3 of the unsigned sampler compilation from XRP radio comes from XRP stalwart Luis Drayton.

I’m not going to pretend I understand Luis Drayton at all. He is a slightly scary, cross dressing, sleazy, alt rocker; who also presents shows on XRP radio. Not that any of that is a problem.

He produces some of the dirtiest sounding music you’re ever likely to come across. Probably, this is the reason why he is so immensely popular with the XRP listenership. He doesn’t appear to have a Bandcamp page but here’s the track from the XRP bandcamp so can hear what I am talking about.

 It opens with a deep down riff and a rumble of drums, with Luis’ voice deep and husky.

Luis Drayton  Image from Facebook page

Luis Drayton
Image from Facebook page

The style is straight ahead punky rock with a very solid beat. Mosh pit fodder if ever I heard it. The lyrics are a bit odd as you might expect from the title.

“Gadget Hack Wrench Suck” four perfectly ordinary English words that any child of ten would be familiar with. But put together they become as incomprehensible as Greek, and to be honest, I’m not entirely sure I want to know what the song is about.

Suffice to say, I enjoy the noise from the speakers when it is playing and that is as deep as I am willing to dig, for fear of unearthing something unpleasant.

If you are not of a nervous disposition and like what you are hearing here then you can find out loads more at Luis Drayton’s blog


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