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Southend band Kasakela live in session

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We were delighted to welcome Southend band Kasakela in to the Phoenix FM studio this week for their first interview and session.

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The band comprise Joel, Ben, Henry, Connor and Kieran and have been together for a couple of years, releasing debut single Peachy late last year.

We had a chat about how the band got together and their current plans for playing live, writing and recording.

They also played some songs for us which you can see again below:

You can keep up to date with the latest news on the band’s Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud pages.


Interview with Last Known State

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It was great to meet up with Warren and Adam from Romford band and have a chat on air.

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Both have been in to Phoenix FM before – Warren came in to Curveballs in 2013 when he was playing in Elysium and Adam came in way back in 2012 when he was in BridgeBound.

Last Known State have been around for a couple of years and we chatted about recent gigs and music releases, and plans for the future.

You can keep an eye and an ear on the band’s latest happenings by following them on Facebook.


Little Green Cars come to London

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It was great to meet up with Dublin’s LITTLE GREEN CARS ahead of their sold-out show at the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen.

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They are hot property in Ireland where their debut album, Absolute Zero, topped the album charts in 2013, even though they are still relatively unknown in the UK at the moment.

All that’s about to change with the release of their new album Ephemera on March 11. We’ve been playing excellent new single The Song They Play Every Night here on Phoenix FM and the rest of the album follows in a similar vein of emotional, thoughtful and well-crafted tunes.

I had a chat with Stevie and Adam about the new album and their forthcoming tours of North America and Europe. I also hung around for the show itself to hear a great mix of old and new tunes, more than ably supported by fellow Irish band Other Creatures.

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You can find out more about Little Green Cars by keeping an eye on their official website, Facebook and Twitter pages.


Playlist for 1 December 2015

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Starting to creep a few Christmas songs into the playlist now!

Tonight’s tunes:

Carter USM – Surfin’ USM

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Elmo Sexwhistle – Sledgehammer
They Might Be Giants – Underwater Woman
Best Coast – Feeling OK
Beatniks – Ball And Chain
Mystery Jets – Telomere
Sultans of Ping FC – Xmas Bubblegum Machine
Drape – My Friend The Scientist
Bethany Curve – Me Voy
Killatrix – Overcome (live at Phoenix Fridays)
Curve – Fait Accompli
Phantastic Ferniture – Gap Year
School of Seven Bells – Open Your Eyes
Tuff Love – Crocodile
Young Knives – Woman
Karma Repair Kit – Your Restless Spirit
All Good Children – Ammunition
Warm Brains – Languid Tarmac
Glam Chops – Countdown To Christmas
Lush – Half And Half
Nada Surf – Popular
Taffy – Suicidal Bunny
Petty Phase – Made To Order (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Tall Poppies – Suzy
Sugarcubes – Walkabout
XTC – Thanks For Christmas
Pacific – Time To Forget
Cornershop – Counteraction (version)
Salad – Granite Statue
Wojtek Godzisz – December Will Be Magic Again


End of year special – best tracks of 2015!

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Yes I know it’s only 24th November but I wanted to get in extra early with my best tracks of 2015 and here’s a 2 hour special for your enjoyment!

The tracks – in the order we played them on the show but NOT the order I would rank them in – are:

Blur – Go Out
Taffy – Suicidal Bunny
Asylums – Joy In A Small Wage
Monochrome Set – Iceman
Sarah Cracknell – On The Swings
Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends
Beck – Dreams
Everything Everything – Distant Past
Circa Waves – T-Shirt Weather
Dingus Khan – Milk Of Every Mammal
Horse Party – Paydirt
Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire
They Might Be Giants – Underwater Woman
Garbanotas Bosistas – Places, Planes and Trains
Killatrix – Overcome
Blur – Lonesome Street
Sans – Torquay
Public Service Broadcasting – Go!
Cornershop – Jason Donovan Tessa Sanderson (version)
Laura Marling – Gurdjieff’s Daughter
Wolf Alice – Freazy
Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
Kate Pierson – Bring Your Arms
Metric – Lie Lie Lie
Kassassin Street – Radio Silence
Stornoway – Get Low
Sleaford Mods – Tarantula Deadly Cargo
Cat Bear Tree – Adult
Drape – My Friend The Scientist
Tame Impala – Let It Happen


The Everglows return to Phoenix FM

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We welcomed back The Everglows – Andy Smith, Ray Brodrick and Steve Perkins – to the Phoenix FM studios for their second session for us, having first visited us a year ago.

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We had our customary LONG chat about music – and they played three more songs for us too, which you can see again below:

You can find out what the band are up to by visiting their Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud pages.


Chloe Marriott live in session

Every now and then you come across an amazing talent and it’s so good to be able to help get it out to the wider world!

We stumbled across 18-year-old Canvey blues singer/songwriter Chloe at the recent Village Green in Southend, where she graced the Main Stage in front of a few thousand people – and we wasted no time in booking her in to Phoenix FM for a chat and a session.

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Chloe talked about her life, why she chose her particular musical path and the music that influences her.

She also played two of her own compositions – Tales of York Road and Won’t Make The Same Mistake Twice, and a cover of James Carr’s 1966 track Pouring Water On A Drowning Man.

You can see and hear the whole interview and session below:

At the moment you can keep an eye on Chloe’s progress on her Facebook page and or by listening to Phoenix FM as she’s sure to be back soon!


Steve Hackett talks about Wolflight and Genesis Revisited

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It’s been the best received of anything I’ve ever recorded at any time … I thought it would be nice if it had legs but it seems to have sprouted wings

Wolflight, Steve’s 23rd studio album (we think!) was released in March and reached no 31 in the UK charts – Steve’s best chart position for an album of new material since the mid 80s.

The album is, dare we say it, a concept album – a journey in search of freedom through space and time with the fantastic musicianship that’s very much a trademark of Steve and his band.

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There was also very much a nod to the many tribute bands who continue to keep the music of Genesis alive – including a mention for Los Endos, who – by coincidence – we spoke to last week!

Steve talked at length about how the new album was put together, and we had a look back at the recent series of Genesis Revisited tours and what to expect when Steve gets back on the road later this year.

I also almost persuaded Steve to start a music blog – we’re always worried here that he might not be busy enough …

Wolflight is out now and you can buy all manner of special editions from Steve’s official website, which you can find at hackettsongs.com.

You can also follow two Facebook pages – his official page and the Steve Hackett Appreciation Society, and also his Twitter page to keep up to date with the latest news.


The LaFontaines play their “get out of jail” card

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We spoke to Kerr Okan, frontman with Motherwell rock/hop hop outfit The LaFontaines about the band’s debut album, live performances and the band’s daring escape from a Moroccan jail (and no, we didn’t make that up …)

The band are playing the Barfly on Friday although you need to get in quick as tickets are nearly sold out. New single King is out now and the debut album Class is out on Monday. For more details visit the band’s official site or keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter pages.


Interview with Jack Lipinski from Los Endos

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Genesis tribute band LOS ENDOS are back at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch on Sunday and we spoke to lead singer Jack Lipinski about his life in the band and what to expect when they take to the stage.

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If you love the music of Genesis but haven’t seen Los Endos before then this act is a must see – the band manage to perfectly capture the spirit of the band through the Gabriel and Hackett era. Tickets are still available for the show and you can buy them from the Queen’s Theatre’s website.

To find out more about Los Endos you can visit their official site, Facebook or Twitter pages.


Indietracks is coming …

Indietracks has been wowing critics for 8 years now – for many people, its idyllic yet quirky surroundings and menu of indie, twee pop and post punk makes it the perfect small festival.

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Phoenix FM will be visiting for the first time this year and I spoke to one of the organisers, Nat Hudson, about what we can expect this year. You can hear the interview again here:

If you like the sound of that then tickets are still available from the official website at https://www.indietracks.co.uk/.


Marika Hackman chats to Phoenix FM

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Folk rock singer Marika Hackman has had a busy time recently, with the release of her debut album “We Sleep At Last” and UK tour already this year.

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I spoke to Marika about her busy year and what else is in store by way of live performances and future recordings.

Marika’s new single “Ophelia” is out on Monday. You can keep up to date with Marika by following her on Facebook or Twitter.


Interview with Stephen Barnes from Thousand Yard Stare

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One of the great lost bands of the early 90s for me was Thousand Yard Stare. This Slough five-piece released a number of EPs and a couple of albums on their own Stifled Aardvark label, with major label backing from Polydor, and gigged relentlessly in the few years they were active. After their 1993 split all has been quiet until this year, when they announced a one-off gig (already sold out) at the Borderline in London on 6 June.

I was lucky enough to catch some of the live performances first time round and also have a box full of vinyl and cassettes bearing their logo too! Music history has lumped them in with the shoegaze set of the early 90s but there was much more to their music than that, ranging from rock to folk to pop. I spoke to lead singer Stephen Barnes about the early days, the split and the reunion, and you can hear it all below:

When we finished the “official” part of the interview we had a long chat about the good old days of music and Stephen told me a great story about the making of the Buttermouth video back in 1991.

Stephen’s mum got a phone call from the makers of the Chart Show at ITV – the band had put Stephen’s phone number on their first EP, long before the days of internet and mobile phones, and someone from ITV had found the demo and given them a call.

They asked to feature Buttermouth on the Chart Show, as it was the lead track on the Keepsake EP which was the second highest new entry on that week’s indie chart. Stephen grabbed the phone, said yes, no problem, we’ll send it over by Friday, three days’ time. And of course, being a small indie band on their own label, they didn’t have a video.

The only person Stephen knew who could possibly make a video was Tim Smith from the Cardiacs – Stephen said that the band were obsessed with the Cardiacs, even though this never really came out in their music. The video was knocked out in two hours, which featured the band in Windsor Great Park with Stephen in a shopping trolley being whizzed around while Tim filmed it all on a handheld Super 8 camera.

The video was knocked out at a cost of £30 and delivered to ITV on time. The Chart Show tended to show ten second clips so Stephen said that as long there was ten seconds which looked half-decent he was happy!

That’s how a rare Thousand Yard Stare EP track ended up on national television … it’s hard to imagine bands having that kind of opportunity today!


Gulag Vakation live on Phoenix FM

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We welcomed local band Gulag Vakation into the Phoenix FM studios for the first time for a chat and acoustic session.

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The band are currently writing and recording a concept album about live in the USSR, drawing heavily on folk music from Russia and Eastern Europe. They also played some of the songs which you can see and hear again below:

You can discover more about them by visiting their Facebook or Twitter pages.


“It’s all about big choruses and good tunes”

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London band SULK have been causing a few waves since the release of their debut album “Graceless” almost two years ago – and we’ve been giving the tunes plenty of support here on Phoenix FM.

The band are looking to put out their follow-up album this year and I spoke to lead singer Jon Sutcliffe before their gig at Oslo in Hackney about what the band have been up to and his thoughts on the current music scene.

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The show itself was a fantastic display of the band’s reverb-heavy rock, with new tunes including Queen Supreme (given out as a free CD on the night) sitting comfortably with classic tracks including Marian Shrine and Back In Bloom. The support band were great too as those who get there early enough were treated to an Americana/psychedelic set from Reading band Tail Feather.

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You can keep up to date with Sulk at their official website here.


The Novelty live on Phoenix FM

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We welcomed Essex band The Novelty into the Phoenix FM studios for the first time for a chat and acoustic session.

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We had a chat on what the band have been up to and also got to hear acoustic versions of two songs which you can see again below:

You can discover more about them by visiting their Bandcamp, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter pages.


Playlist for 22 January 2015 (AOTW: Pinkshinyultrablast – Everything Else Matters)

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Our album of the week is a great debut from Russian pop/shoegaze outfit Pinkshinyultrablast. They’ve been compared to 90s bands like Lush and the Cocteau Twins but they’re a little more varied than that – not that I would complain to see a Lush comeback! The album is out next week – another winner on the Club AC30 label.

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We also had live music in the studio from the Novelty which you can see again here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Mansun – Take It Easy Chicken
Circa Waves – Fossils
Everglows – It’s Alright (For You And Me)
Honeyblood – (I’d Rather Be) Anywhere But Here

The Novelty live in the studio:
Novelty – Drama Queen
Novelty – Corona

Bohicas – To Die For
Primitives – Petals
Garbage – Subhuman
Bis – Twilight Cafe
Pinkshinyultrablast – Holy Forest
History Of Apple Pie – Tame
Ash – Kung Fu
Sleeper – Inbetweener
Inspiral Carpets – Monochrome
Cardigans – Hey! Get Out Of My Way
Pinkshinyultrablast – Umi
Ringo Deathstarr – Chainsaw Mornings
Kate Pierson – Bring Your Arms
Power Of Dreams – See You
Public Service Broadcasting – Gagarin
Sleaford Mods – Tiswas
Pre New – Psychedelic Lies
Sofa Pets – Awesome Time Apart
Pinkshinyultrablast – Land’s End
Tussilago – Say Hello
Viet Cong – Silhouettes
Superfood – Mood Bomb


Midnight Barbers live on Phoenix FM

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We welcomed Chelmsford duo The Midnight Barbers into the Phoenix FM studios for the first time for a chat and acoustic session.

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We had a chat on what the band have been up to and also got to hear acoustic versions of three songs which you can see again below:

You can discover more about them by visiting their Facebook or Twitter pages.


Playlist for 15 January 2015 (AOTW: Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love)

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Sleater-Kinney make a welcome return to the music scene with their 8th album and the first one for 10 years, No Cities To Love. It’s as good as the hype surrounding it.

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We also had live music in the studio from the Midnight Barbers which you can see again here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Radiohead – Planet Telex
Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends
Bohicas – To Die For
Cable – Hexagon Eye
Primitives – Hidden In The Shadows
Desperate Journalist – Cristina
Django Django – First Light

Midnight Barbers live in session:
Midnight Barbers – Gimme Water
Midnight Barbers – It’s Appalling
Midnight Barbers – Puppy

Delakota – 555
Pond – Elvis’ Flaming Star
Idlewild – Come on Ghost
Viet Cong – Continental Shelf
Bis – Popstar Kill
Electric Six – I Need A Restaurant
Marion – Toys for Boys
Franz Ferdinand – Leaving My Old Life Behind
Sleater-Kinney – Price Tag
Pinkshinyultrablast – Holy Forest
Ghosts Of Dead Airplanes – Hair Metal Shame
Mogwai – Teenage Exorcist
James Atkin – Love Blind
Kate Pierson – Bring Your Arms
History Of Apple Pie – Jamais Vu
Powder – Afrodisiac
Prodigy – Nasty
Sleater-Kinney – Surface Envy
Supergrass – Richard III
Superfood – Mood Bomb
Damned – Nasty


Playlist for 8 January 2015 (AOTW: Viet Cong – Viet Cong)

Our first album of the week was from Calgary four-piece Viet Cong with their self-titled album. I’ve been playing Continental Shelf a lot on the show over the last few weeks and the rest of the album is more of the same high quality.

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Superfood – Right On Satellite
Absent Kid – Retaliate First
Finding Miranda – Karaoke Singers
Viet Cong – Continental Shelf
Gerard Way – Millions
Pinkshinyultrablast – Holy Forest
B-52’s – Channel Z
Close Lobsters – New York City In Space
Marmozets – Irish Blood, English Heart
Public Service Broadcasting – Gagarin
Tenek – Another Day
Viet Cong – Pointless Experience
Inspiral Carpets – Spitfire
Earl Brutus – Come Taste My Mind
Lucius – Turn It Around
Kate Pierson – Bring Your Arms
Kenickie – Nightlife
CSS – Off The Hook
Republica – Bloke
Bis – This is Fake DIY
Kate Bush – Lily
Black Casino And The Ghost – Packd Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box
Asylums – The Death Of Television
Bohicas – To Die For
Viet Cong – Bunker Buster
British Sea Power – It Ended On An Oily Stage
Leave The Planet – Coasts
Sleaford Mods – Tiswas
Elastica – S.O.F.T.
Angelica – Take Me I’m Your Disease
History Of Apple Pie – Mallory