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Pure Rawk Awards 2012: for new, unsigned, independent and breaking talent.
The 2012 Awards night will feature some of the best new, independent talent in the UK. We will be announcing more bands, but we are pretty stoked to be able to confirm the following …
Winners of the Best Album at the 2011 Awards with “Dreams of Death and the Death of Dreams”. Anger, energy, intensity, belief … these are the essential ingredients in all great rock ‘n’ roll and they have them all in abundance. OC are an alternative rock band from Manchester, mixing elements of metal, punk, goth and grunge they have created a sound all their own.
The Lost Souls Club
They stand in a low-lit bubble of dark, all moody stances and bursts of frenetic energy – edgy, dirty and raw. With hints of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Jesus and Mary Chain, as well as NIN-edge that remains, there’s a real intensity that really makes it hard to turn away. There’s something dark and wrong going on here, but at the same time its irresistible… you just want to reach out and touch it.
They describe themselves as “Pop stars in temporary accommodation”. Roxy Music meets Easyworld with a hint of Ultrasound via Remote Control perhaps? Or in the theme of thoughtful ambiguity, perhaps not. Either way, this is Proper British Pop – fronted by the eponymous Jonny Cola, they are a visually exciting and highly invigorating experience, that comes off the stage and grabs your attention.
Check them out online at: www.jonnycolaandtheagrades.net
James Warner Prophecies
Winners of the 2011 “Best EP/Single” Award for their EP ‘Fell’. The band have just signed to independent Midlands label, Sound-Hub Records. They are hard edged three piece rock band from the Midlands, with their dirty little fingers in Rock, Pop, and Lyrical storytelling. They have played at both intimate venues, and prominent festivals around the UK and Europe, picking up an ever-growing fanbase along the way due to their spectacular live performances.
Patchwork Grace (acoustic)
They released their latest EP play Dead in August 2010 and currently working on their new album. The three song release was produced by Brit Rock legend John Mitchell (YouMe@Six, Funeral for a Friend, Enter Shikari, Kids in Glass Houses, My Passion) and received rave reviews. Patchwork Grace were also voted by Kerrang Radio and its listeners as the best Female Fronted Unsigned band in the UK 2010. Check them out online at: www.patchworkgrace.co.uk
The night will see the following awards presented by Nix Crichton (Pure Rawk Editor) and some very special guests.
Awards categories for 2012:
Band of the Year
New Band of the Year
Axe Hero of the Year
Frontperson of the Year
Bassist of the Year
Drummer of the Year
EP/Single of the Year
Album of the Year
Promoter of the Year (for dedication to unsigned and new bands)
Video of the Year
New Breed of the Year ** Pure Rawk contributors only **
Underground Record Label of the Year
Underground Photographer of the Year
Local Venue of the Year
DJ of the Year ** New for 2012 **
The John Rayner Award (for outstanding contribution to underground music)