Monday, 24 February 2014

Plymouth's Rock Scene Part 1 (Ragdoll, Western Approach , Manupulated)

Here in Plymouth we have been treated to many international and British rock bands gracing our venues whether at the White Rabbit, The Junction , Tiki Bar or Plymouth Pavilions. Bands like Boy Sets Fire, Funeral For a Friend, Mallory Knox, Fearless Vampire Killers, Lost Alone, Hawthorne Heights, A World Defined, You Me At Six, Every Time I Die, Anavae, The JCQ, Ashes To Angels, Blitz Kids, Bowling For Soup, Soil and many many more have all stopped at Plymouth.
We also have a clutch of home grown talent who have been busy gigging night after night in our City and the surrounding area. Over the next few weeks we will be publishing a series of articles focusing on local talent in order to celebrate the wealth of talent we have in our City (and surrounding areas). 

This week we focus on the heavier end of the spectrum.


Ragdoll are a 4 piece band forged in 2013 from members of Sky vs Mountain and We Were Kids Aflame. The band consists of Luke Evans (vocals), Gordon MacKenzie (guitar), Tom Chadd (Bass) and Jack Beck (Drums).  

The band spent the majority of 2013 locked away in bedrooms, bathrooms and basements around Plymouth working on their new EP “$wagdoll” (intentional dollar sign not just typo!”. The band are current playing different venues in Plymouth.

What Do They Sound Like?
The band mixes layers of crunchy guitars, pounding bass and drums with punk infused half sung/ half shouted vocals. The unpredictable vocals and epic breakdowns should lead to an interesting live show.

Purchase Ragdoll's new EP at

Find out more about the band at

Western Approach

Western Approach were formed in 2012 and have not stopped touring since, the band are a four piece made up of the cryptically named Whits ( Guitar, Vocals), Art ( Bass, Vocals), Duncz  (Guitar, Vocals) and Hanvey ( Drums, Vocals).  They recently won the Battle of Bands Contest at Level 2 and are current gigging around the south west.
What do they Sound Like

Their mix of elements from hard rock, metal and post hard-core makes an incendiary listen. For fans of Bullet for My Valentine, Rage Against the Machine, Parkway Drive and Bring Me The Horizon.

Find more about Western Approach at


Spewed from the bowels of hell in 2012, Manipulated consist of Synn Unsworth on Vocals & Guitar, Christopher Moss on Guitar, Richard Pearce on Bass and Malcolm Bray on Drums. 

The band played their first gig in March 2013 and have been relentlessly touring ever since.
What do they sound like?

Heavy as a brick to the face…… fast paced drumming , shredding riffs and heavy vocals. Clearly influenced by Metallica, Pantera, System of a Down, Lamb of God and Slayer.

Find out more about Manipulated at

More bands next week .....if your band would like to be featured e-mail plymouthrockscene At