Bands

Free Swim

December 2012

Beautiful shimmering melodies with a cheeky understated sense of humour. Legend has it that Free Swim was born out of missed opportunity. The band's Facebook bio explains thus...
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Rebekah Delgado

November 2012

Theatrical and at times cinematic, God is in the TV described her latest album Don’t Sleep as “more of a musical novel to be explored and savoured”. After fronting two very successful bands, and touring Italy, Spain (she’s multi-lingual) and the US, Rebekah went solo. Her material solo material is a departure from her previous bands’ foundations, being influenced more by her Spanish roots and Arabic leanings as well as artists such as Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel, and Sonic Youth.
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Let’s Meet Jesus

October 2012

Like a phoenix from the flames Let’s Meet Jesus arose from the ashes of old Kooba favourites, Elephant vs. Leopard, with a renewed sense of purpose & inspiration. Their live shows, in my humble opinion, are second to none & have to be seen to be believed.
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Dingus Khan

September 2012

It was the inspired band name that first drew me to Dingus Khan. It sums up the music so well – a blend of namesake Genghis' ferocity and the silliness you would expect from something called Dingus.
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Thumpermonkey

August 2012

Serioulsy heavy, serioulsy intricate, seriously Progressive. Nice
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Blue Lip Feel

July 2012

This band first blew me and the audience away at a packed ‘Playhard’ event in Camden; stood in the crowd, mouth agape in sheer awe! This band had me captivated with every strum of their instrument, hook, lyric and drum line!
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Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward & Fisher

June 2012

Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward & Fisher, or AMWWF for short (we are pronouncing it Amwoof) are a Dundee's premier folk super group. The quintet formed following the demise of much loved Dundonian indie bands such as Luva Anna, The Law and Magdalen Green, with refugees from each group pooling their talents as AMWWF.
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Alice Rock

May 2012

Qunk, is how they describe their sound. Sort of quirky pop punk. They write love songs to their mobile phones (QT 1000) and about IVF (Breeding Lady). These songs will stay in your head for days.
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Mascot Fight

April 2012

Nominatied as a band of the month for their jaunty jingly jittery tunes and cheeky wordplay
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Vintage Crow

March 2012

Vintage Crow are an exciting up-and-coming four-piece Progressive Hard Rock/Metal Group that reside from Reading/Maidenhead.
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Oxo Foxo

February 2012

Intelligent electronic indie pop. Oxo Foxo is a female solo artist from Sheffield.
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Phillious Williams

January 2012

Phillious Williams is maybe a real person or maybe my grandfather was just a good story teller. This Grandfathers Grandfather sailed on a clipper ship…’The Cutty Sark’ many years ago, His name can be found on the logbook, so I know this part is true.
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Amateur Transplants

December 2011

The Amateur Transplants are Dr Adam Kay and Dr Suman Biswas, two sweary boozy musicians who gave up their prosperous medical careers as qualified doctors to sing puerile parody songs.
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Wonk Unit

November 2011

Sooooo Wonk Unit, their debut album was Flying the Japanese Flag, it had front man Alex Johnson naked on the cover, his cock covered in menstrual blood. Nice!
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Pigshackle

October 2011

Pigshackle were formed in 2003 but didn’t actually release their EP Epig until 2007. After that, shit got real. They played a tonne of shows & learnt how do to things with instruments that hadn’t been previously thought possible.
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Dignan Porch

September 2011

Dignan Porch is a London based band which was instigated by Joe Walsh (ex Artefacts For Space Travel) in 2009. The band was snapped up by the hip US independent label Captured Tracks immediately after Joe posted the first Dignan tracks online.
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Bill Davro

August 2011

No one in Bill Davro is actually called Bill Davro. From the town of Warrington, jostled between Liverpool and Manchester, the pop trio of Bill Davro avoid the obvious musical cultures of those two larger cities to plot a musical course of their own; creating rich voiced modern skiffle pop, but of a timeless/other time from a golden, other worldly, parallel 'the North'.
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Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer

July 2011

This is one of those ideas that has you face-palming in shock that you didn't think of it first. But we didn't – Jim Burke late of Collapsed Lung did. The minute I heard the first track from his original long-player, Flattery Not Included, I knew he had Kooba written all over him.
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Black Kettle

June 2011

Chief Black Kettle was a leader of the Southern Cheyenne who was killed by General Custer in 1868. Quite what he has to do wth Koobas Band of the Month for June, I have no idea. What I can tell you is that Boston indy rockers are receiving a fair amount of play on Kooba right now.
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Dormant Figure

May 2011

Dormant Figure from Dundee - Band of the month for May 2011. Sounds like: The best brooding and passionate elements of Joy Division and The Editors but with enough of their own subtle joie de vivre to make them unique and distinctive.
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The Evolution Control Committee

April 2011

TradeMark G founded The Evolution Control Committee (ECC for short) in 1987 and they have been pioneers in the world of bootleg mash-ups ever since. The are best known for their underground hit “Rocked By Rape” which sees CBS’s Dan Rather fused to Back In Black by AC/DC.
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Jenny Lockyer

March 2011

Jenny Lockyer is our band of the month for March 2011. We first encountered Jenny when she and Jonny Yeah both contributed their voices to MJ Hibbett's rock Opera Dinosaur Planet. You've probably heard tracks from her 9 track album “Fluff” on our early 2011 shows.
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Noughts and Exes

February 2011

This band who are well loved in Hong Kong for their harmonious pop are also possibly on the verge of taking on the world; with a recent feature in world famous TIME magazine hailing them as one of the top 5 bands of Asia to check out in 2011.
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Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons

January 2011

Sounds like: Feline rockabilly blues punk. History: Formed in Basingstoke in 2008/2009, the band began life as simply “The Johnsons” and quickly gained notoriety for their blistering live sets and the on-stage antics of cat-headed lead singer Pussycat.
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The Guilty Hands

December 2010

The Guilty Hands formed from the ashes of a former project featuring band mates Gareth, Paul and Martin. Soon after uploading their first few demos in 2009 they won £15,000 from user-vote based website Slice The Pie.
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Milk Kan

November 2010

Cockney punk skiffle hip hop. Milk Kan started out as due Scrappy Hood and Jimmy Blade who busked together in London before temporarily relocating to New York where they honed their live act in bars and clubs across the Lower East Side.
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Elliot Mason

October 2010

Elliot Mason - Band of the Month October 2010. A singer songwriter with a uniquely surreal style. Marrying the mundane and the unexpected to hilarious effect. ter escaping the Isle of Wight, Eliott had a short stint writing and producing musical comedy sketches for channel 4's Eleven O Clock show before embarking on a glittering career of unnerving punters and promoters in pubs across the UK.
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Dead Empire

September 2010

All the best of Pearl Jam, sprinkled with Alice in Chains & a generous lashing of Audioslave. Simmer gently, but don’t over heat. Eeerrrm don’t really know what to say about these guys, I met them when they played a show at the New Cross Inn. I was drunk & thoroughly enjoyed their set & so begged them for a free CD after the show to play on Kooba.
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Left With Pictures

August 2010

Left With Pictures – Band of the Month August 2010. Beautifully innocent avant garde psychedelic orchestral chamber pop. LWP consists of a bunch of classically trained musicians from London. Formed in 2005, the year in which we first played them on Kooba...
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Allegro

July 2010

Everything and nothing you’ve ever heard before! Instantly loveable, fun, pop-rock tunes completely unique vocals. The fantastic five, Austin, Jamie, Nick, Ian & Dan formed in 2007, through a network of siblings, ex- girlfriends, and the rest, as they say, is on their MySpace!
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Zocalo

June 2010

Lashings of old-school groove with a newer, bigger sound, magical bluesey solo’s laid over funk laden bass-lines, pounding drums power FAT riffs and soaring vocal lines that make your feet tap and your drinking arm move.
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The Lucky Face

May 2010

The Lucky Face - Band of the Month May 2010. Sounds like: The greatest and glossiest sounds of 1963 – 1969 filtered through a modern mindset. Like Donovan backed by The Band and produced by Phil Spector. The Lucky Face, aka Tim Mullineaux, is a prolific solo artist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, 60s music aficionado, erstwhile guitarist on 8 Year Old Mum (a band he shares with Kooba favourite Blabbermouth), and a thoroughly great bloke to have a drink with.
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Gobuzli

April 2010

If HP Lovecraft had started an electro band, that specialised in psychedelia by way of Japanese pop - it would sound something like this. It also explains the unhealthy obsession with jellyfish.
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The Library Suits

March 2010

If the Manics, rather than coming from “the Valleys”, had instead come from the Chelmer Valley. And instead of pseudo-Anarcho-Marxist rants (Which I have always found hard to figure if you're signed a corporate major label), The Library Suits' anthems don't attempt to be achingly cryptic; therefore making them instantly more heartfelt, and infinitely more honest.
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My Son The Bum

February 2010

Well, depending on which album you listen to, you'll hear heavy rock, metal, punk, pop and even prog rock. The constant with everything however, is a world class production ethic, quirky lyrics, a fine sense of song construction and a very tight hard rockin band.
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Bearsuit

January 2010

Discovered by John Peel in 2001, Bearsuit quickly became a highly regarded act on the indie circuit. They have built their sizable reputation upon several UK tours, a handful of well received 7” singles and several LPs, the most recent of which, “oh:io” in 2009, was the first to catch our attention here at Kooba Radio.
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