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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.


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.

Little Green Cars live

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.


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.


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

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.


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.