DJ. Gig goer. Loud voice. Survivor of both R&B and heavy metal phases, although both often threaten to make a comeback. Host of Curveballs, every Wednesday between 8-10pm on Phoenix FM, featuring the many styles & faces of the local Essex scene & scenes from around the world.
Click below to listen back to the show. Tommy & Feral Child interview at 17:14, The Royals at 1:14:52.
First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Feral Child and Tommy from Longy & the Gospel Trash. You may recall Feral Child when he accompanied Longy for his first appearance on the show back in October 2013. Since then, accompanying Longy as the Gospel Trash, the six-piece have just released a live album, Songs from the Seaside, recorded at Southend’s Railway Hotel, with a view to recording their next EP in the new year. In the meantime though, since April Longy has been on a mission to play 500 gigs in 500 different venues in a year – after playing all over London and at a few festivals, he’s on a brief tour of South Africa just before Christmas, will be back in the new year. Click above to listen back to Tommy & Feral Child reveal what gig number he’s up to and their favourite gigs from the marathon to date! Find out more on Longy at www.whoislongy.com.
Next up was the return of The Royals (l-r Charlie, Ben, Tom, George). Since joining us in the studio back in January, the foursome are currently working on a new EP, which we got a sample of tonight with a live session. The EP – entitled A Crack in the Glass – will be out soon and they’ll be returning to the live circuit possibly even sooner! In the meantime, check out the Royals on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Click below to see them playing live in the studio!
Everclear – So Much for the Afterglow
Carousel – Throw Me to the Wolves
My Brightest Diamond – Before the Words
Weekend Recovery – Why Don’t You Love Me
Longy & the Gospel Trash – Primark Hospital Blues
TOMMY & FERAL CHILD IN THE STUDIO
Longy & the Gospel Trash – Hamlet Court Blues
Plan B – Heartbeat
Longy & the Gospel Trash – You Say you’re a Warrior, Are Ya?
Tonight I was joined in the studio by Dave Ambrose, frontman with local funk collective Primo Nelson. From their beginnings as Big Dogg at the start of the decade, Primo Nelson now boasts 12 members as well as its own ‘Primoverse’! The band are currently gearing up for the release of their third album early next year and the first cut from it, new single Stink, will be out soon with more singles to follow! Keep updated on their equally funky website www.primonelson.com.
Click above to listen back to Dave discussing the ‘Primoverse’ and plenty more! (Feature starts from 17:55).
De La Soul – Breakadawn
Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Mary Can’t Dance
Shaman’s Harvest – The Come Up
Jodie Abacus – 100 Dollars
Primo Nelson – What’s That!
PRIMO NELSON’S DAVE IN THE STUDIO
Primo Nelson – Stink
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Primo Nelson – Funky Like Yo’ Mama
Sly & the Family Stone – Dance to the Music
Primo Nelson – Pinch
Streetlight Manifesto – We Will Fall Together
The Royals – Cage the Royals
Longy – Binging It All Back Home
The Milk – Deliver Me
Invaders – Better Place
Different People – Ain’t to Fade (acoustic version)
Asylums – Missing Persons
Magic Seas – There’s a Feeling
Lazy Habits (featuring Miss Baby Sol) – Memory Banks
Click below to listen back to the show (Darrah from 29:30):
Tonight I was joined in the studio by Mike Darrah for his second solo appearance on the show. Darrah recently followed up his debut solo single Can’t Tax the Sun with Stars, available now from download sites, and since he last joined us in June, has been putting together a live band for upcoming shows. The first of those is on December 2nd when he appears at Chinnerys in Southend supporting Asylums, and he’s back there on the 23rd, and inbetween he’ll be playing Southend Central Station on Dec 9th in aid of Avenue Child Contact Centre. Keep up with the world of Darrah on Facebook.
Click above to hear his tales of unusual gig locations and plenty more, and below to see him playing live in the studio:
Tonight I chatted to the one and only Frank Turner on the phone. Originally finding fame as frontman with Million Dead, Frank has released six solo albums since going solo in 2006, and his currently working on his seventh – but not before releasing a new compilation, Songbook, on November 24th. As well as tracks from his solo career, the compilation features new track There She Is alongside new recordings of older tracks. Click at … to hear him chatting about all that alongside memories of his 2000th gig, and when we first met a decade ago when he was an opening act at Chinnery’s! Find Frank at www.frankturner.com. (Go to 33:10 to listen to interview)
I also chatted to Bristol singer-songwriter Danny McMahon on the phone. Recognisable to Curveballs listeners as the singer of synth-pop trio Phoenix Club, Danny spoke to us just ahead of his country & western-themed debut solo EP, Making Memories, out on November 17th, and his latest solo gig at Brentwood’s Essex Arms the following day. Find Danny on Facebook and Twitter. (Go to 08:18 to listen to interview)
Finally I was joined in the studio by Southend metal quintet Forged In Black. Having come a long way since their beginnings as Merciless Fail, Forged In Black have had a busy few months with the release of their latest EP Sinner Sanctorum and alongside gigging, have already begun work writing a full-length album for next year. Click above to hear them chatting about their sound progression from their early days, working with a famous producer in the metal world and how they were going to feature a cover version on the new EP but ended up with a hefty epic of their own… Find them at www.forgedinblack.com. (Go to 59:25 to listen to interview)
First up tonight I chatted to Southampton-based wrestler Crusher Curtis, just ahead of his appearance at Brentwood Theatre for Dropkixx Wrestling. After grapples all over the UK and abroad, Crusher’s debut Brentwood appearance was against Dropkixx regular Ian Frost (whom we chatted to a few months back), and it’s safe to say Crusher had a few hard words for his opponent – click above to find out more! Crusher can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Next up it was the station debut of singer-songwriter Koray Aykal. Previously known as The Monster King, now performing under his own name, Koray treated us to five tracks in session & plenty of unusual stories, including playing live while blindfolded! Click above to listen back to the interview and below to see him playing live in the studio, including the track which was conceived on the spot after Koray invited listeners to submit a title! Find Koray on Facebook and YouTube.
The Dears – Lost in the Plot
Victories – Wiccan
Idlewild – (I Am) What I Am Not
Reuben – Crushed Under the Weight of the Enormous…
First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Laura and Chris from Victories. Originally guests on the show back in 2013, the trio (also featuring bassist Luke) have enjoyed a resurgence recently with the addition of Laura on drums and the impending release of their new double A side single, Mandy Machine / Wiccan. The single is released at midnight on Halloween, to coincide with their spooky-themed headline gig at Chelmsford’s Bassment on the same night. With many more gigs in the pipeline, expect a suitably victorious few months for them! Find where they’re playing next & where to get your hands on the single at www.victoriesband.co.uk.
Next I was joined by Calum Lintott – alongside guitarist Lawrence – for a chat & live session, just ahead of his headline gig at The Loft in his hometown of Southampton. Calum has just released his latest single for download, The One That Got Away, and with plans to release further singles in the coming months alongside more gigs, his is a name that’ll be heard a lot more outside the south coast very soon. Click below to see him playing live in the studio!
Suzanne Vega – Marlene on the Wall
Phoenix Club – The Feeling
Zebrahead – Keep It to Myself
VICTORIES IN THE STUDIO
The Miracles featuring Billy Griffin – Love Machine