The Inner Sanctum 22

Persistently striving to find new heights and never settling on what is easy The Reputation Radio Show last week unleashed its first full episode of The Inner Sanctum. Never a show for the faint hearted but for all with a heart for the best new music this was an event which flew on full boosters and unbridled mischief.

Hosted by the unpredictable talent of Johnny Summers aided by the simply indecipherable Pete Ringmaster, The Inner Sanctum left scorch marks in its tracks with some of the finest new sounds and artists yet to be featured on Reputation Radio Show as a whole, which with their pedigree and impressive finds shows the quality of what was unveiled alongside favourite new and older independent classics.

The show also featured live a persistent offender musically and comically on the show in drummer extraordinaire Paul Holden and new victim rock guitarist Matthew Meadows. With two artists as unable to contain their enthused banter as the host of the show it was a car crash made in heaven and irresistible listening. What emerged from within the mayhem was an enthralling update firstly from Paul about where he was musically. With the demise of the band Nowhere Fast, the drummer unveiled the reasons for its end and where he was looking in regards to the direction of his musical career. He also talked about the cover band he plays in, The Djinn which knowing the thoughts and aversion to such things by half of the Reputation crew was a brave move, who said drummers had no sense of humour.

Matthew Meadows had no problems with bands though one feels he would in many ways like to at some point in a positive way. The show was let into the early life of Matthew as the man talked about his days as a ballet dancer, the move to being a guitarist, computer programming, and his sexual relations with R2D2 and his carnal knowledge of a dalek. Ok the last two might be more our imagination as due to mic problems his end he sounded occasionally like Robby the Robot on a washing machine so we are making assumptions of what he might have said. Seriously though it was enlightening to learn more about the man who perpetually confuses people before it dawns on them where he is coming from with his striking videos and eager to impress sounds.

On the music front the show was no less thrilling as it brought to its audience for the first time the simple mesmeric beauty and charm of the music of Holly Walker through her song Modern Life taken from her brand new EP Bedroom Bangers and the surging rock imaginations of The Secret City with a track from their new self titled album in the shape of A Call. Both went down a storm with requests to hear the tracks again on the same show which unfortunately time did not allow but Johnny and Pete had already decided such their own enjoyment and impressed responses to both songs there would be more airings on future shows.

The show also featured an exclusive play of the title track from the just released Eloquently Violent album  from electro/industrial band Illustrial whose Baz Badrock joined the show in the chatroom as did the band and tour manager of another band to be featured especially on the show Our Innocence Lost. Taken from their latest album Like A Complete Unknown, it was the first time the song End of Time was played on the Reputation Radio Show and it also went down a storm with the audience. The play was also enhanced by the fact the band who were playing a gig that night were listening in through the wireless set up of Manager Rog in their tour van outside the venue whilst the event was going on. Such their enthusiasm to hear they hid from the venue staff until the very last minute just so they did not miss the song and then proceeded to blow the venue, audience, and the other bands away with the powerful performance of which they are renowned.

With additional great music from the likes of Tim Bennett, The Escape,  Slam Cartel and The Shanklin Freak Show, to name just four of the multitude played, it all added up to a brilliant and enjoyable show. It was not as confrontational, dangerous, and in your face as before…no it was even more so and all the better for it. On every Friday from 9PM UK time, The Inner Sanctum looks like being one show which no one will want to miss and if they do they have the podcast of the show to greedily unleash their inner mischief with anyway.

Check out the podcast of the show @ http://www.spreaker.com/user/reputationmedia/innersanctum22 and tune in live each week @ http://www.reputationradioshow.com/

Find out more about the artists featured @…

https://www.facebook.com/hollywalkersongs

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Secret-City/270623946291067

https://www.facebook.com/ourinnocencelost?ref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Illustrial/104161896358

https://www.facebook.com/matthew.meadows

https://www.facebook.com/paul.holden1

RingMaster 09/07/2012

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Holly Walker: Bedroom Bangers EP

Holly Walker is quite simply a poet who uses clean and uncomplicated music to punctuate her insightful and sharp lyrical observations. She is a literary guerrilla striking from the inside of music and life to highlight with wit and wonderful flair the world of the artist and us. Easy to relate to and even easier to be captivated by the debut EP from Holly Bedroom Bangers, is immense and easily one of the most striking and thoroughly enjoyable releases this year so far.

The EP unveils four new songs from the artist and brings her skills as a trained pianist and striking lyricist into an additional blend of restless lo-fi beats to create a hypnotic minimal aural breath. Imagine a mix of John Cooper Clarke with Young Marble Giants and a splash of the likes of Lily Allen and you get a flavour of the stunning talent of Holly Walker. She brings a pied piper effect with her music, the EP from its start having an immediate pull and irresistible lure and by its end leaves you needing to follow her music anywhere.

Opening track Modern Life begins on a single repeated piano note before slowly spreading its fingers for a catchy grip of the ear whilst Holly stalks those supposedly in the know with their own recommendations and words though the lyrics can just as easily be read for our own personal cyber endeavours and lives. Simply piano and voice with rhythmic rattles of beats and a persistently underlying muted bass like pulse, the song hooks the senses with the fullest power and addiction whilst lighting up thoughts and pleasures.

The following Penelope ignites the senses next to cause an even more viral infection upon the heart. With a slightly livelier pulse but still beautifully uncluttered the song sways and teases to send inner and outer smiles to their wider and fuller climax. With flushes of strings weaving throughout the song and lyrics again sparkling with a mischievous grin it is vocally where Holly really captures the imagination, her delivery seizing her words to thrust them forward with at times military precision and always with an enchanting and spicy clarity.

Third song Sterile Facile badgers and jabs the ear with initial beats and a feistier energy. The song reminds of eighties post punk band Au Pairs and brings the realisation of who Holly reminded of in previous songs, Lesley Woods from the same band.  With a higher bounce than the other songs on the EP the track whips up the emotions into a near frenzy of swinging and frenetic energy.

    Panic Beats Panic closes the EP with the most emotive essence of all the songs, its personal melodic heartbeat an easy compelling wrap for feelings and thoughts. It finishes the release with the same irrepressible and siren like hold which enveloped from within the other songs whilst bringing a further diversity to the release.

Bedroom Bangers released on her own Hungry Bird Records, is wonderful, a real pleasure to walk the summer hand in hand with. Intelligent, witty, and completely infectious this is the one release you need to have this summer and Holly Walker the one artist to follow closely.

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RingMaster 10/06/2012

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