The Unchained Show

The Unchained Show with Derek 7-9pm Friday 10th June 2022

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2 hours of mixed Music from multiple genre & decades – Rock, Pop, Metal, Funk, Blues, Classic Hip Hop & more.

A dedicated section each week for new Music & Artists too.

To be featured on this or any other show, get in touch via the emails below: 

derek@smileradio.online or hello@smileradio.online

 

Deaf Ben

DEAF BEN are a new transatlantic funk rock duo, consisting of Lloyd Birch and Dave Cotterill.

Lloyd, who is based in Los Angeles, and Dave, who lives in Stourbridge, are friends of more than 20 years, having met at college and later playing in bands together between 1998 and 2004. During this time, they could regularly be seen on the Birmingham and Black Country gig circuit, thumping out their own brand of funk rock, inspired by the likes of Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Reef.

In 2005, Lloyd moved to LA, and began writing and recording his own music. His first solo single – ‘People Say’ – was released in 2018 under the name Average Apes, with his latest single ‘Fade Away’ released earlier this year.

Dave went on to form and play in a number of other bands, including Into the Hurricane, My Own Agenda, and Left Hand Man, as well as writing and recording his own material.

Having kept in close contact over the past 15 years, the pair decided to reunite following the outbreak of Covid-19. For many bands and artists, the pandemic presented both challenges and opportunities. Dave and Lloyd put their time in lockdown to good use, channelling their musical creativity into their new project, Deaf Ben.

Despite being more than 5,000 miles apart, the result was electric and so the band’s melodic funk rock style was born. Dave and Lloyd play all instruments and record themselves in their private studios.

Deaf Ben’s first single ‘Sign it Back’ was released in  Summer 2020 followed by ‘Kerosene’ in February 2021 & their new single ‘Leave Me Here’ is due out at the end of June 2022

Available on all major streaming platforms.

 

Left Hand Man

The real turning point in the evolution of Left Hand Man came with the posing of a question, “Do you want to keep it as a simple acoustic recording, or shall we throw the kitchen sink at it?” Chris Smith (guitars/producer) had been helping Marc Plant (vocals) develop song ideas he had been working on since departing his previous band and the kitchen sink meant experimenting with a full range of sounds and recording techniques.
 
The next few months saw an ‘anything goes’ approach to writing and recording, combining a wide range of influences, from riff laden alternative rock to stripped back acoustic folk.
 
Nic Burrows (drums/producer) was added to the line up and his heavy hitting/fluent style gave further texture to the sound and saw the ‘First World Problems’ EP released in August 2015 and Bass player Ben Wade was added for the band’s 2nd and well received album, ‘Strange Creations’ . To help promote the album to live audiences, Dave Cotterill (Guitar) from Marc’s previous band, came on board. The new group of musicians gelled quickly and immediately began work on what would become the band’s upcoming 3rd album “Mission:Transmission”
 
‘An elaborate tapestry of prowling blues rock, loose-limbed indie and elastic soul’ Root and Branches Review
 
‘The band seem to be able to turn their hands to anything with a great deal of success. The musicianship and creativity throughout the album helps stand them apart’ Spin Magazine
 
‘Album of the month left hands down! There’s so much musical genius here that I just need to get to the point. Left Hand Man should be considered just as musically credible as bands like Radiohead and Muse because of this album’ Ryan’s Gig Guide
 
New Album ‘Mission Transmission’ is out now!

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