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Karl Phillips & The Midnight Ramblers



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When is a band not a band? Perhaps when it’s made up of disparate members whose combined musical heritage touches on orchestral, jazz, ska and, er, grime.

With so many influences, and a frontman who “was never really into music” it’s any wonder the four-piece ever got together. But here they stand ready to reveal the ingredients in their melting pot of ideas.

Moving outside the M25 to Wellingborough may not sound like the first step on the MC career ladder. But, after escaping the Orbital (and gaining a few feet in height) Karl Phillips soon began making his move on an urban scene typified by garish chains and faux Ray Bans much to the distaste of his peers, many of who felt the full brunt of his wit.

Now, what started as “a mock up band, put together for a laugh” is on the road to success with a crossover sound referencing dubstep, hip-hop and punk. Confusing? Then you should hear Karl’s description:
“It sound’s like the noise you get when you slap Tim Westwoods face.”

“Unlike Karl I’m quite a big music fan, though I’m really into guitar bands,” states drummer David Hole, who cites The Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead as key influences. He’s a surprising addition to an outfit that aurally resemble a punch up in a brewery, and it doesn’t stop there.

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