PRICK AND DING #59:CLEAR

THIS WEEK:CLEAR Clear are a song writing collective from Sheffield. If I've said it once I've said it a thousand times-bring me warm & toasty anyday of the week.What do I mean by warm & toasty? I mean warm & melodic music that delivers the sort of lovely glow you get from an open fire,from a heartfelt welcome home or the feeling of being surrounded…

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PRICK AND DING #58: STRAW BEAR

THIS WEEK: STRAW BEAR Straw Bear are a 5-piece band working, living, breathing and making fine music all over the South East of England. Yet again it was the melody, the tone and the delivery that pulled me in when Straw Bear first came jumping out my speakers via Shell Zenner's wonderful radio show on Amazing Radio. I cooed, I swooned, I did a short…

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PRICK AND DING #54 :RUTH THEODORE

THIS WEEK:RUTH THEODORE Ruth Theodore is a folk singer/musician with a difference & is based in East London. I first heard her work when our own Tom Robinson (aka the guvnor ;) played her wonderful song 'Overflow' (below) on his great saturday night radiogram show I planned to write about Ruth a lot earlier without knowing she was in the midst of health issues. Halfway through…

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PRICK & DING #53: THE BIRDMAN RALLIES

THIS WEEK:THE BIRDMAN RALLIES The Birdman Rallies are a 4 piece band from Harrogate making lovely music that they call alternative rock,I think its got a style & flavour all of its own and is well worth further investigation - and I'll let you decide on what style you'd call it - great music is what really matters isn't it? (more…)

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PRICK AND DING #44 :THE PAPER SHADES

THIS WEEK:THE PAPER SHADES The Paper Shades are a Folk duo comprised of Sarah Dollar and Jon Rixon from Southern England. They deliver blissful understated harmonies & gentle guitar refrains that dance in & out of subtle rhythms and 'Light of the Day 'will have you swaying,dreaming & toe tapping all in one full swoop. (more…)

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PRICK AND DING #43: DUOLOGUE

THIS WEEK: DUOLOGUE Duologue are a 5 piece based in London making cracking eletronica fuelled Pop music. This line up is:-Tim Digby-Bell (Vocals), Toby Leeming (Live programming & beats), Seb Dilleyston (Violin), Toby Lee (guitars), Ross Stone (Bass). They have just released their debut album, ‘Song & Dance’ and the single 'Push It' through Killing Moon Records. (more…)

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PRICK AND DING #40: FOLD

THIS WEEK:FOLD Based in Leeds, Fold are a live downtempo / trip-hop 4 piece consisting of founder Seth Mowshowitz on synths & samples, Kane Rattray on drums, Ben Walsh on bass and Josh  Gardziel on guitar. They integrate speech into music in experimental ways in order to reflect some of the more difficult truths of the world. I think they are wonderful & confess to…

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PRICK AND DING #37 :VINNY PECULIAR

THIS WEEK:VINNY PECULIAR Vinny Peculiar is a songwriter/poet based in Manchester - with an acute pop music sensibility running through his work. It's as if he's logged all the best bits of 20th and 21st century UK culture, distilled them at Gas Mark 6 for a while, and then re-imagined them in the form of a shapely new song. There's something familiar and trusting in…

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SIX DEGREES – (#9)

MUSIC VIDEOS Lux Lisbon - Get Some Scars Get Some Scare is the new single and video by London based band Lux Lisbon. The single will be included in the new EP of the same name that will be released on March 25th, a 4 tracks EP that also includes their already popular song Your Heart Is A Weapon The Size Of Your Fist.  Lux…

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PRICK AND DING #32: LONESOUND

THIS WEEK: LONESOUND Lonesound is an Indie Guitar Pop act based in Dalston, London - in which James Ewers writes and arranges the songs - and also plays everything, bar the drums. James is blessed with a gift of a voice that sounds great on record, on radio and (alright, this is an educated guess) live too, I'm willing to bet. It sounds like The…

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