Diamond Seeds Podcast Five

Diamond Seeds Podcast No 5 The Luton Scene
Diamond Seeds Podcast No 5 The Luton Scene
Luton Bands  - Past and Present

This is a special Diamond Seeds Edition showcasing the talent that has emerged from Luton, near London in the UK. The show covers bands that played in the town from the 1980s up until present day.

Here’s the info on the bands that had music played on podcast Number five!

The Kindred

Since their formation in 2001, The Kindred have delivered a melodic, yet, aggressive, occasionally tongue in cheek blend of Punk and Metal to the South East.

Members : Kirk (drums), Paul (Guitar, Vocals) and Rob (Bass, Vocals). Thjey  have released three albums to date. Between a heavy dose of gigging and writing the band have also had time to film their first music video for the song “Broken UK” off their last album “exacerbate.” Check them out live, that’s where they really shine. The album “exacerbate” can be found on itunes, spotify, amazon and all other digital download sites.



Drive Like Casey

DLC’s brand of “Electric punk rock” (NME) has earned them credible supports slots
2010 Saw the release of their mini-album “The Four Horsemen”.







Buy the album from here : http://diamondseeds.recklessrelic.co.uk/?cat=164

Nostramus Album Releases :

2011 Doomsday Dot Com 2010 Earthlights re-mastered

As ‘The Hidden Core’ (THC) – 2010 Dark Ambience

Steve Spon is the guitarist of UK Decay. Nostramus is completely different from the music of UK Decay, yet there are similar threads. Spon’s association with the musical underground and nineties rave scene meant taking the technological path, creating counter-commercial music using the development of music technologies. The influence of drum’n bass, which unfurled during 1995 at Exodus Collective Parties inspired him to focus on capturing moods and atmospheres in an invigorating new direction of his musical expression. Released in 2011, ‘Doomsday Dot Com’ transports the listener on a journey through themes, and rhythms of addictive music. Sound-scapes crafted from the modern world contain delicious tunes and intriguing samples. The album contains the 2003 White Label release ‘Hero Bamboo Stick’ which was a collaboration with ‘Check-One-Two’.

The Friction

The Friction pictures 1979 can be found:


The Friction formed in 1978: Cary Graves (guitar), Roger Holdstock (vocals), Colin Salmon (drums) and Mark White (bass). They organised and debuted at the infamous 1979 Luton Town Hall gig, along with the Statics, UKDK and the Clips. Luton Council immediately banned all ‘punk’ from its premises!
They played all the usual Luton venues: Baron of Beef, Christchurch, 33 Arts Centre, etc. and recorded “Murder” at Quest Studios, Luton.

The Knockouts

Instrumental punk and suited surf. From the previous line up of Luton Band Thrilled Skinny  www.hightown.org.uk. Go there to enter the crazy world of the Knock Outs. There’s nowhere else like it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLOWX-FFf6U for a taster of the film.


Members: Kath – Guitar, Tim – Bass, Greg – Drums, Mark – Vocals

Record Label: Lung Burn

For information and some more music –


The Rattlesnakes

line up was Blink, Phil Crum, Steve Lewis and Greg Herbert.

Rattlesnakes video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZmEib3ITnI

AND http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOAxE9RyFe8

What happened to Steve Lewis?


The Adenoids

http://theadenoids.co.uk/ Buy the CD – 15 tracks!


Penumbra Sigh

Penumbra sigh was Steve Richards, Pete Keenan, Mark Pratten and Kaz, and a drummer unnamed.


http://www.ukdecay.co.uk/anti-nirex.htm read here for the full story of how the Anti Nirex tape was made!

In the mid eighties the government wanted to open a nuclear waste dump in mid Bedfordshire. The company was called nirex. Luton Bands came together to make a tape as part of the protest. The tape was called ‘Dump it on Parliament’.

Almost as soon as the tape was released, the government dropped their plans but today this collection stands as a historical snapshot of Luton’s alternative musicians, community and culture of the mid-late eighties. In 2004 one of the original artists to have appeared on the tape, Bugsy – digitised and sent the UK Decay Com website the MP3’s to host, which we have hosted to this day, now twenty five years after it was originally released. In 2006 Spon re compiled and remastered using another recently found copy of the original, selecting the best quality to have survived the years of each track on the tape.

Click Click



formed in 1982 after previous project “Those Nervous Surgeons”. They cut their first single later that year, Click Click continued until the end of 1989. Other members included keyboard player Jon Morris, guitarist Graham Stronach and lighting wizard Pete Hosier (Big Ant Productions) who remained with the group until the end. Since 1997 Adrian and Derek reformed and play on and off….Skin and bones was released in 2011.

The Flexy Boys

They play in pubs and clubs, bringing smily culture to grunge!

Find the Flexy Boys on facebook


See them live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTvfTUOdBrM

The Defekters



Four piece experimental psychedelic reggae, ska, punk. Formed 2007 – feel good, thought provoking songs and play festivals! Cara Jane the vocalist sometimes sings with  Ting and Ra and the Iries (she is not an offical member) –  a Reggae band from Luton worth checking out!



Occult Radio Disorganization

Adrian Smith, Spon and Gary Whitely produced this material for the Anti Nirex tape.



Read the history of the band here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_Decay

Rose out of Luton post punk days and worked a while. Took a 25 year lunch break and they reformed. Some gigs sometimes – good to catch – if you cant check them out on You Tube….



GESTALT started its life with Steve Sma5h and Stef Cox as a studio project with their first Release FORGE A NEW NOIZE on Eskimo Indigo Records back in 2009. Hoping they reform, release material and gig in the future….

Ella Jo

EJ the DJ – does a bit of singing too…..



My Favourite Music Venue in Luton

The Castle Tavern – a great place to perform live or to watch bands play live




Diamond Seeds Podcast Two

Ds Cast Two
Ds Cast Two

The show where the cat from next door was banned, Ella Jo reminisces about a gig at Belper River Gardens and shouts go out to people around the world, including Paul the traveller who was the first traveller to visit a Himalayan mountain in 2012 and listeners in Sydney Australia and Singapore.
Ella Jo plays a track from neighbour Garrys birthday party and advises listeners to clear some space so they can get a boogie on during the show….


Send demos to diamondseed3@googlemail.com
and have a look at our website – diamondseeds.co.uk

Track 1 – Bev Lee Harling, Barefoot In Your Kitchen, from album of the same name on Wah Wah 45s Label
17th June Lovebox festival, London, 21st July Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire, 23-27th August Shambala Festival, Northamptonshire
Track 2 – Chrishopher Rees and the South Austin Horns, Warm By My Fire from the album Heart on Fire on the Red Eye Music Label
Track 3 – DJ Food, Giant re-mx featuring Matt Johnson, The Illectrik Hoax EP on the Ninja Tune label
Track 4 – Nostramus, The Ooh from the album, Earthlights on the Diamond Seeds Label
Track 5 – Fiction, Careful on the Moshi Moshi music Label
Track 6 – Ella Jo, Subplane Highway from the album Limits of Milkweed on the Diamond Seeds Label
Track 7 – The Wind Up Birds, Cross Country from the album The Land on Sturdy Records
Track 8 – Damn Damn Patriots, Family Unit on Wooden House Records
Track 9 – Kid Kombat, Chinga on Televizion Record label
web sites :
Track 10 – De La Soul’s Plug1 and Plug 2, Must Be The Music from the album First Serve on Pias Recordings


Diamond Seeds Podcast One


Diamond Seeds Podcasts 2012


The first hot day of the year in 2012 – in the middle of the countryside with the birds tweeting and the horses clip clopping and the lambs bleating – actually my producer and I were sweating it out in our studio on a mission to launch our first podcast radio show. We launched now because we keep hearing amazing music and we think its time to make these tracks known to the world. We are enthusiastic about new, original music from just about any genre – my philosophy is that if your song sits well on my ear it deserves a spin!!!
As the temperature rose EJ the DJ tried to communicate, wearing the wrong glasses and feeling like her mouth was full of spaghetti (you know the feeling???) Luckily we produced a great 45 minute podcast – guys keep sending your promos in – we will listen to all of them and choose the best to share.
Send your MP3s or soundcloud for download to EJ the DJ at Diamond seeds
Address – diamondseed3@gmail.com

DS Cast One: Tracklist

Track 1 Nostramus Strange Pursuit from the Album Doomsdaydotcom on the Diamond Seeds Label (diamondseeds.co.uk)
Track 2 Milagres  Halfway from the album Glowing Mouth on the Memphis Industries Label
Track 3 Savoir Adore_ Dreamers from the album Our Nature (release due 2012) (wwwsavoiradore.com)
Track 4 Jim Moray_The Eighteenth of June from the album Skulk
Track 5 Polly and the Billets Doux_ Fortune of War from forthcoming album release due 2012 (www.pollyandthebilletsdoux.co.uk)
Track 6 Jess Morgan_A Musket of My Own from the album Aye Me (www.jessmorgan.co.uk)
Track 7 Belleruche_Afan from the Album Rollerchain (facebook.com/BellerucheUK)
Track 8 Ella Jo_Anytime from the album Alter Ego on the Diamond Seeds Label (diamondseeds.co.uk)
Track 9 The Pond_Memory Let Down from the album The Pond
Track 10 Fracture_Ride from Distiller Records


About Reckless Relic

Reckless Relic

Reckless Relic was born from a curious nature.  enquiring mind – museums – all over the world – pondering – history – marvelling – stories – human culture. RR started off as an idea for designs for clothing, using pictures of ancient works of art.

The project

 website share pictures and information about some of these fantastic objects.  incorporate the other loves of my life – books and music.

As a researcher I am always working on a book .

As a musician I am quite fascinated with music from other cultures. The songwriting challenge of my life has been a concept album called ‘Almost Anglo Saxon’- an album written on a historical theme, designed to educate as well as entertain. This will be my fourth album on the Diamond Seeds Label which can be accessed from Reckless Relic.