The Banned Reviews Takeover 03/03/13

We hope you enjoyed more great underground and unsigned music.  It pressed lots of nice buttons in our brains, like a kid hitting lots of red buttons.  The end result was plenty of amazing sounds from artists and producers from across the UK, and even one band from Chicago.  AudioWhore’s album is just out and a bit good! Meanwhile we’re expecting great new material from Atlantica soon.  We hope their tracks got you excited!  Hear it again on Friday at 6.30 or listen now for great independent music.  Do you like what you hear?  Any requests?  Email

Track Listing:

AudioWhores – Slice of Life / On Facebook

Tyrannosaurus Alan – S.T.B feat Jak Brown / On Facebook

Atlantica – In Vivid Colour / On Facebook

Fish Tank – Kakapo / On Facebook

The New Diet – See Millions, Saw Few / On Facebook

Matt Appleby – By Night / On Facebook

Common Outlaw – Catalyst / On Facebook

Wildfowl – She Opened Her Legs / On Facebook

Up For The Letdown – I Fear Sharks / On Facebook

Slaves – Cease Fire / On Facebook

Slaves – Nervous Energy

Wolfstone Ft. Romy Harmony & Alexander – I’ll Never Let You Go (Fade Remix) / On Facebook

Afro Dizzy Jack Remix – Talking with myself 2012  Afro Dizzy Jack Remix / On Facebook

Mr Beanie – Trap Mix / On Facebook

Much Love.


The Banned Reviews Takeover 03/02/13

Another show, more awesome Kent bands.  Well mostly they’re from Kent, if we’re being strictly honest Seven Deadly and Imperial Leisure aren’t from Kent but we hope you agree they’re pretty awesome still.  Discover all these bands and see them live!  Catch this show again on Friday 6.30 – 7.30!  Listen now for great independent music here.

Track Listing:

Seven Deadly – From This Darkness / On Facebook

Crashgate – B.O.B / On Facebook

Insult – One More Day / On Facebook

The Reason I Failed History – Doom De Doom / On Facebook

Andy Robinson – What Would You Do? (Bastile/City High Cover) / On Facebook

Craig Sheridan – Nitewish / On Facebook

Fish Tank – Oliver Postgate / On Facebook

Imperial Leisure – London to Brighton / On Facebook

Wildfowl – Carousel / On Facebook

Seba – Painted Sky (Meloki Remix) / On Facebook

Mr Beane Smith – Trap Mix Vol. 2 / On Facebook

Third Place Victory – One Year Wasting / On Facebook

Much love,

Banned Reviews

Interview: Rory Asten Bell of Wildfowl

Medway blues rockers Wildfowl have had an exciting few months and it’s only going to get better.  We caught up with vocalist and guitarist Rory Asten Bell to see whats g’wanning.

How has 2013 started for Wildfowl?

2013 so far has started pretty well for us. Every Friday for the first 3 weeks of January we were playing, in Camden a lot which was great. We’ve been doing gig after gig after gig and we’ve been writing lots of new material so overall it’s been a great start to the year and hopefully it will be a big year for us too.

What inspired you to begin as a band and choose to play blues rock?

Blues has always been a genre that I was very fond of ever since I started playing guitar and writing songs.  I’ve always found people like Robert Johnson really inspiring.  He was such a brilliant guitarist and wrote about his life as it was without giving a rose tinted spectacle on it.  Another reason behind my love of blues is Howlin Wolf. He has this incredible rough and husky voice that anyone would die for.  Blues is one of them genres that matches my personality and also the whole mood of the band.  It’s just a genre where you can write about anything you want and express it in a million ways.  We’re not strictly a blues band but there are so many strong links it that it’s the closest thing we can compare our music to.

You got through it pretty quickly, what was it like recording the E.P?

The whole way we approached the E.P was mad.  We’d been together as a band for a little under 3 weeks when we recorded our E.P. We played one gig at an open mic night at the Barge in Gillingham and another at a small bar called Poco Loco in Chatham.  As I’m very picky with recording techniques and everything that comes along with recording I really wanted our E.P to sound how I feel it should. I got in touch with Jim Riley at Ranscombe studios in Rochester, I’d recorded with Jim and Brendan Esmonde in previous bands so it was the right thing to do this time. Jim’s studio is completely analog and is recorded on a tape reel just how they used to do it back in the day. It made making the E.P so much more fun. We recorded it all live and it feels like you’ve accomplished so much more doing it that way because it goes to show you have to be tight as a band otherwise you have to wind the tape reel back and start over. If anyone ever needs a recording done, YOU NEED TO GO TO JIM RILEY !

Rory Asten Bell, Wildfowl

It’s got you some interest from far and wide, a French music blog commented on your review and we saw an American label add you into a compilation. How far has word about you spread?

It’s been a bit strange how it’s reached France and America.  We’ve had a lot more American fans since they featured us on their winter compilation. It’s great to know someone’s keeping an eye on us from overseas. As far as we’re aware the furthest it’s gone out to is Oklahoma which is mad for a band based in Medway.
You’ve been gigging A LOT recently, whats been your favourite gig to date? How have the crowds received you?

Purple Turtle was a very good gig of ours. But then in terms of a crowd pleaser we all agree that Beacon Court on the 23rd of December was fantastic for us.  We were the band opening for the evening but we managed to pack out the whole room before 9 o clock.  Everyone there seemed so happy as it was 2 days before crimbo and all of our friends and family came down and to have a room full of people coming just to see you play cheer you on is the best feeling ever.  Every gig we’ve done we always get the best reaction from people afterwards.  The main comments are the harmonies between Genevieve and me.  We once got a comment saying we sounded like the beach boys with our harmonies.  It’s great to have comments like that.

What have been your funniest/weirdest experiences gigging?

I’m not going to lie but being in a band with our bassist Shaun Meaney is the funniest thing. He’s just mental and never ceases to amaze us. He’s so eccentric on stage and we now have a crowd pleaser called ‘The Meaney Bop’.   It’s one of them signature things that Shaun does on stage. It’s a joy to watch as he’s off in his own little world.


What are your plans for 2013?

GIG, GIG, GIG and also GIG !!!!  We’re going to be working on our album this year too which I will be recording myself in my home studio.  We aren’t in any rush to get it completed anytime soon and we aren’t in any rush to leak any details on it but we are going to keep this one very closely to our chests.

When 2013 goes off for you in a big way, what band big or small do you pick to tour with?

Crybaby Special and The Monsters.  They have been tweeted by The Libertines recently.  They’ve been asked to play with and support Pete Doherty and they are the most respected band out in Kent at the moment.  There’s no contest as to what band we want to gig with.  We’re already gigging with them all over our hometown and throughout London too.  They are the hardest working musicians about and they deserve everything they work for.  As a band we’ve had the amazing honour to follow them in their steps and we’ve learnt so much from them.  They’ve helped us out in more ways than I can thank them for.  Not only are they the best local band I’ve seen live before and they are three of the best people I’ve met. We gig with them what seems to be every gig these days but I wouldn’t change that. We always have such a laugh with Jason, Josh and Lewis.  They are the reason we’re so busy.  Seeing them do over 100 gigs last year made us all want it soo much as well. I have no fear in saying they’re going to be massive one day in the very near future !

And most importantly, whats your favourite kind of biscuit?

This is the hardest thing you’ve asked today. I’m going to have to say chocolate digestive. It’s sweet, it’s tasty and it’s got chocolate all over one side. It’s better than your average bourbon ! !

Wildfowl on Facebook

David Horn

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Release Review: Wildfowl – The Carousel E.P

The Banned Reviews Takeover 20/01/13

Ahhhhhhh.  It’s good to be back!

Tonight we played some big sounding Kent music, and if we’re honest it did nice things to our inner jelly.  We can’t wait to bring you more weeks of underground and regional music.  We hope you like it, but we’re also open to suggestions!  Comment or email us on  Listen again on Friday 6.30 – 7.30 for a repeat!  Listen right now for awesome independent music!

Tack Listing:

YaMaHaRaHaRa – Hit Red / On Facebook

Tyrannosaurus Alan  – S.T.B feat. Jak Brown / On Facebook

Slaves – Nervous Energy / On Facebook

Wildfowl – You Tripped Me / On Facebook

Elle Rayenne – Rayguns / On Facebook

Lizzie Andrews – Rock, Paper and Scissors / On Facebook

Common Outlaw – Catalyst / On Facebook

The Rebecca Riots – Not One Step Back / On Facebook

Tank Trap – Burdened Smile / On Facebook

Pawse – I Need You / On Facebook

Krafty – The Memory of You / On Facebook

Mr Beanie, Rebirth Records – Bass and Dub Mixtape / On Facebook

Much love,

Wildfowl – The Carousel E.P

I’d like to take the opportunity to talk to you about wildfowl.  Don’t worry this isn’t a hack by the RSPB.  Wildfowl are actually a Medway based  band playing swagger laden blusey rock.  Wildfowl formed in August and are releasing their debut, The Carousel E.P.  To show off even further the E.P was recorded in just one day.  What waits on it are six dirty and infectious tracks.

The first of these is Shackles.  Instantly an inviting riff climbs out of whatever your using (speakers, headphones, singing squirrels, y’know).  Carried along by a strong bass line your ears are then treated to the vocals.  With the vocal duties shared across the Carousel E.P you’re treated first to Rory Asten Bell’s smokey warblings before Genevieve Gore joins to complete the harmony.  Driven by that hooky riff and strong drumming Shackles jaunts along, setting up the sound of Wildfowl perfectly.

Influences such as Jack White and Miles Kane shine through in Wildfowl’s delivery of raw guitar driven blues.  Rory’s guitar works well with the rest of the band, helping tell stories.  Equally however it can take center stage and impress.  Denials Your Friend shows this guitar work at it’s best as a supportive riff pulses through verses before building to hooky crescendo as the song enters it’s final minute.  Always helpful in a band is the drumming, which is powerful throughout the Carousel E.P.  The beats laid down by Adam Green drive the songs forward, and are at their most pounding in tracks such as Half Cut.  The clarity of the recorded drum sound is also impressive.  Sean Meaney’s bass creates a pervading sense of rhythm across the Carousel E.P, but particularly beasty in tracks like such as Carousel.

Stand out tracks on the E.P include You Tripped Me and Carousel.  This Opens with an uncertain chime before an attention grabbing riff straight from a Bond film kicks in.  You Tripped Me also shows Genevieve leading the vocal duties.  Her clear vocals deliver the lyrics straight to the center of your brain and contrast the dirty (in all the best ways) music beneath them.  Add a catchy chorus to that big Bond riff and raucous drumming and this song won’t leave your mind.  As the raucous and energetic end approaches this track is a world away from its opening.  The title track Carousel is a five minute epic with a body possessing rhythm.  The song shows the band at their most versatile.  It has a big and infectious sound in places.  However it also has a slow vocal breakdown  and a cheeky false end as more bluestastic (that’s totally storms down your ears.

Wildfowl have started off big.  The Carousel E.P is a six track blues manifestos of energy, soul and passion.  Wildfowl wear their influences on their sleave but leave their originality ringing in our ears.  See the band live and get a copy from iTunes.

Wildfowl on Facebook

Track Listing:

  1. Shackles
  2. Half Cut
  3. You Tripped Me
  4. She Opened Her Legs
  5. Carousel
  6. Denials Your Friend

David Horn


Interview: Rory Asten Bell of Wildfowl

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