New Artist Showcase

New Artist Showcase with Derek 9-10pm Tuesday 29th November 2022

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An entire hour dedicated to showcasing Music from  brand new and established independent artists and bands. Original and covers from both in the UK and Internationally.

An opportunity for one of your tracks to be  Smile Radio’s ‘Track of the Week’ with your track played across multiple shows for an entire week!

To feature on this or any other show on Smile Radio, simply get in touch via the emails below:

derek@smileradio.co.uk

and/or

hello@smileradio.co.uk

Damn The Wolves

Emerging from the South West of England (Cornwall) is new pop-rock-punk-indie trio Damn The Wolves with their debut single also titled Damn the Wolves which is set for release on streaming platforms on 11th November.  Impact date November 25th.

The band members, having previously shared stages with the likes of Thunder, Ash, Dr John, Feeder, The Blind Boys of Alabama, have been on an extraordinary journey of discovery. Building a recording studio in singer Jody’s garage the months leading up to the Covid pandemic, the trio then spent the ensuing time honing and creating the band Damn the Wolves –punk rock energy surrounded by an 80’s pop ethos. 

The song Damn the Wolves is unapologetically honest, cursing the lives we find ourselves in and the wolves we are haunted by. An array of hooks pushed forward by soaring guitars and an energetic tempo, this first single by the band was recorded in their studio, mixed in the US by Matt Dougherty (Megadeth, 3 Doors Down) and mastered in London by Pete Maher (The 1975, Depeche Mode, Jack White). 

Again, taking garage rock literally, an accompanying music video, filmed by award-winning filmmaker Gareth Bartlett, was filmed in guitarist Rick’s garage! 

Jody states “We’re super excited to be getting close to unleashing the sound of this band after spending time honing to the point where we are now content with it and the music saying what we wanted it to” 

“We’re hoping that the inherent loneliness and isolation, partly fed by the pandemic, alongside the eventual glint of belief and optimism within the songs connects with people and they come and join us on this journey” Rick explains. 

Brett adds “It’s been an insular time of exploration and experimentation and we’re pumped to be at the stage of people getting to hear what we’ve been up to” 
 
Band members:

Jody Martin – Vocals and bass 
Rick Martin – Guitar, Synths 
Brett Stepto – Drums 
 

Rogue

A truly international band from Belgium and South Africa, 10 Rogue have been making huge inroads on the music scene through their own blend of metal-rock, fused by heavy riffs, deep grooves and melodic vocals.

With members of the band having a wealth of experience such as supporting Bon Jovi, being a finalist in a national radio songwriting contest and even shutting down Simon Cowell

in front of millions, 10 Rogue now release their new single Hell To Pay.

Details on this along with further information on 10 Rogue can be found via the links below.

22 Hertz

Toronto’s Industrial Rock band 22HERTZ was created by Ralf Muller out of the ashes of his former heavy metal band ‘Point Blank’. Ralf handles vocals, song writing, and production duties, he’s also a multi-instrumentalist. Their live line up is rounded of by some of Toronto’s best session players.

 When Point Blank disbanded, Ralf went on to a lucrative and successful career in online marketing. It was after attending his first NIN show in 2009 that Ralf’s musical passion was once again awakened and the desire to create music that captured the intensity of NIN’s live performances overwhelmed him. Ralf taught himself how to record, produce and built his home studio. He decided to begin work on what will become the 10 tracks off 22HERTZ’s first full length album, recording and producing all the tracks. Following his first album release (Detonate), Ralf delves into a more approachable, radio friendly sound with his latest single “Get The Hell Out”.

 Even though, the sound of the project may not be painted in the typical soundpalette, 22HERTZ incorporates pop elements and hooks into their music; this produces an accessible original aesthetic that blends an abrasive underground sound that appeals to a wide mainstream audience. Ralf put his marketing expertise to work by actively

developing his online presence. Judging by their growing fan base online, it seems that this DIY project is hitting a nerve with music lovers. They are influenced by bands such as Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Steve Vai and Nine Inch Nails.

Chrissy Lemonte

Chrissy Lemonte is a London born independent singer-songwriter, now based in Birmingham, who came to prominence in the UK top 40 Charts with the MOBO nominee girl band ‘Asia Blue’, with one single being the Radio 1 Breakfast Show track of the week.

 

Chrissy became a solo artist opening at Ronnie Scotts for Beverley Knight. Her career began writing songs at the age of 7, singing and performing with her 5 sisters, ‘The Mohabir Sisters’ and touring with many artists nationally and internationally.

 

Her musical style is primarily NeoSoul/R&B/Soul with strong harmonies and her music is inspired by influences in Jazz, Soul and Gospel to name a few genres. Chrissy has worked with world renowned producers such as George Duke, Mike Peden, Sheridan Tongue, Andrew Franklin and many others, She was signed by A&M Records in the UK and PRA Records for the USA and is now an independent artist.

 

This latest single release from Chrissy Lemonte is the title track “Let Me Be The 1” from her upcoming EP. Another track with a soulful feel with her rich harmonies. Collaborating with a featured artist from Birmingham by the name of RTKal. The track is based around thought provoking lyrics about being someone’s number 1 and haunting licks and riffs that grabs your attention all through the track. The track is set for release on all streaming platforms on the 11th November.

 

pMad

pMad has been described as; “If The Cult and The Mission had a child this is what it would sound like”. If you are looking for something new yet still with that old school, then here you go, this is the one for you. A colossal & passionate alternative dark brooding alt rock, masterpiece, that blends crashing guitars pounding drums, stirring vocals, with a controlled intense passion that builds beautifully.

‘Who Why Where What’ officially releases worldwide on November 29, 2022 in collaboration with Sliptrick Records.

Find out more info here on pMad and all social media, etc

pMad is the solo music project of Paul Dillon, Portumna, Co. Galway in Ireland. 

Harley & The Wolf

Harley & The Wolf are an energetic four piece Alt Rock band from Belfast, Northern Ireland. The line up consists of Christi McCullough , Conor ‘Rico’ Ritchie, Pete Barber & Ryan Noble. Combining hard hitting riffs, delicate dual harmonies & anthemic vocal melodies to bring you their take on Modern Alt Rock!

Drawing heavily on old school Classic Rock and modern Alt Rock, the band also take influence from home with the likes of great Irish rockers, Thin Lizzy & The Cranberries being major influences on their music. Alongside modern rockers; My Chemical Romance, Deaf Havana, architects and more.

In 2020 the band released their debut single ‘For What It’s Worth’ alongside playing with American Indie Rock band ‘Hundredth’. 2021 saw the band follow up the release of their single with self-titled track ‘Harley & The Wolf’, a symbolic track for the band with heartfelt lyrics that are felt close to home.

After this saw the announcement for the release of their first EP ‘Youthful souls’ to be released January 28th 2022 and joining with Reaction Management company. Since then the band have released 2 tracks from the up-coming EP, they then rounded of 2021 with a sold-out home show in Belfast, and an intimate tour of Scotland, playing venues such as Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh and 13th Note in Glasgow.

With 2022 fast approaching they are now in preparation for the first Concert of the New Year, playing with ‘Grand Slam’ in the Button Factory Dublin. After the Release of their EP they plan to release dates for further shows and music throughout the coming months.

Garrington T Jones

Garrington T Jones is a performer and recording artist who gives the art of lyrical storytelling a modern day edge. Garrington has released three studio albums; “Abyssinia” (Oct 2017), “Dead Roses” (Sept 2019) and “The Odd Box” (Nov 2021). His songs are played on radio stations across Europe and Australia and on streaming services around the world. Garrington has collaborated with a number of musicians, most notably rapper Norbs Blade and fellow songwriter, Emily Ewing and he also fronts a Midlands based blues band called Stripped Down Blues.

Garrington recently embarked on a venture to save the lost tracks of “The Aviators”, a New Wave band that he was a member of back in the late 1970’s.

The old recordings by The Aviators were found in a cellar on several reel tapes, have now been carefully re-recorded with producer Dave Draper and released on an EP called “The Danceable Solution”, that is available on all major streaming services.

Garrington currently resides in the market town of Ledbury in the County of Herefordshire with his two fur boy chums, Ned & Robbie.

Charlie’s Smile is all about Garrington’s Grandson & his father, Ross who was working long shifts as a head chef at Malvern Theatres during the Panto season. The only time he saw Charlie was first thing in the morning and last thing at night. But Charlie’s smile always brightened his day!

Patti Dixon

Patti Dixon is an award winning, published songwriter from Austin, Texas. 

She’s been awarded as the current Songwriter of The Year by the Austin Songwriters Group having won 12 awards overall, 8 first place finishes in multiple categories in their international song writing competition.  

She brings many song writing flavours to the table blending genres with ease.  

She has seen her material recorded and performed on national radio and television over the years including the Dixie Chicks.  

 

Most recently Patti co-wrote “Girls Weekend” with international recording artist Francine Honey.

Her new six song EP, “Up Close” of Patti’s originals, produced by Austin’s Gabriel Rhodes is out now! (October 28th)

WOW

W.O.W otherwise known as Will Of Wills comprises of DJ Will and DJ Wills and is a music affiliation looking to bring together a vibe from all walks of life, and currently seeking more talented artists to collaborate with in the future and to join the WOW Movement.

Now releasing their new single All I Think About (feat Jaki Nelson), you can find more information on this and how to join the WOW Movement by visiting the links below.

Bobby & The Crew

Bobby And The Crew, is a group based on Bobby Benton song writing, Started in 2009 as a side project. In 2021 it become a full-time project.

Bobby is also the leader of the group. BATC music style is influenced

by many styles, Most of the BATC music belongs in Alt rock, but visit pop, blues and rock.

2022 we have 3 close members in the group and some session musicians.

The song is written In Norway and recorded and produced in Sweden.

Dirt Royal

‘Better Than Worse’ is the new single from Brighton based trio Dirt Royal, released on the 21st October on all streaming platforms.

 

The track is the A-Side to the recently released and well received single ‘Shoot Me Now’. A slight deviat

‘Better Than Worse’ is the new single from Brighton based trio Dirt Royal, released on the 21st October on all streaming platforms.

 

The track is the A-Side to the recently released and wellv received single ‘Shoot Me Now’. A slight deviation on the short sharp sound of the previous release, ‘Better Than Worse’ is packed with cutting guitar riffs and biting sentiments of melancholy and despair, coupled with a football chant hook that is sure to stick in your head wether you like it or not.

 

“Give them your life, give them your dreams, they’re gonna throw it all away”.

ion on the short sharp sound of the previous release, ‘Better Than Worse’ is packed with cutting guitar riffs and biting sentiments of melancholy and despair, coupled with a football chant hook that is sure to stick in your head wether you like it or not.

 

“Give them your life, give them your dreams, they’re gonna throw it all away”.

The Bad Day

Forged from the fires of the London music scene in 2017, The Bad Day are often described as “The Killers meet Springsteen”

 

The band’s first album came out in 2021 on two labels; Lunaria in the U.K. and P-Vine in Japan. The album was a critical success picking up awards and getting international airplay on BBC Radio 2, BBC introducing, Planet Rock and many other major stations in Japan and Brazil.

 

The band’s second album came out June 3rd 2022 and is very unique; a 2 part concept album called “The Bad Day”. All the songs flow into each other and tell a tragic story of freedom and love. The first single “Devil’s Lullaby” from the album won Classic Rock Magazine’s Track Of The Week.

 

Mastered at Abbey Road by Miles Showell who worked on Sgt Peppers and is their vinyl specialist. The album received rave reviews including 9/10 in Classic Rock Magazine and helped them grace the cover and be featured artists in numerous UK and US magazines.

 

The Bad Day have played major festivals such as the Isle of Wight (twice) and many other UK and European festivals. They also have some very cool headline shows and festivals booked in for 2022 and 2023.

“You” is an 80’s vibe, rock sci-fi, love story written from the perspective of someone waiting for their true love to awake from a deep interstellar sleep. We wrote this very recently (2022) as a full band and immediately set about recording it and releasing as a new single” – Nick Peck – guitarist.

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