Category Archives: Curveballs

Curveballs 27th July 2016 (with Mockingbird)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by London-based foursome Mockingbird (l-r Jo, Alice, Bethan, Frances). The quartet formed in 2013 and their mix of acoustic folk, country and harmonies have made them a big hit at festivals and live events across the capital in the past year. They have one self-titled EP available on their SoundCloud page, and have more live shows planned soon – keep up with them on Facebook for the latest news!

Click above to listen back to the interview (staring time around 00:30:30), including talk of weddings, getting a big following in Islington, and the random musical direction they may be heading in next! Click below to see them playing live in the studio.

Lena Fiagbe – You Come From Earth

Stealing Sheep – Rearrange

Micrafish – Remember the Rain

The Lemoncurd Kids – Caveat

The Broken Chords – First & Only Kind

Sonic Boom Six – Love

Joy Atlas – Drop Your Sword

Mockingbird – Road

 

MOCKINGBIRD LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Mockingbird – Hole in My Heart (live in session)

Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere

Mockingbird – Disturbia / Monster (live in session)

Stormzy – Shut Up

Mockingbird – Walk Right On (live in session)

Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me

Mockingbird – Road (live in session)

Frances & the Light (featuring Bon Iver & Kanye West) – Friends

 

Fragile Creatures – One Bit at a Time

Arfur Doo & the Toerags – Kid on the Mountain

Farrago – Best of Intentions

Muertos – Black Box

SKUFF – Curtain Call

Surge – Lemonade

Tokyo Taboo – Make It Out Alive

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Curveballs 13th July 2016 (with Painting On Pavements)

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This week I was joined in the studio by (l-r) Ross and Adam from Painting On Pavements. Formed from the ashes of previous Curveballs guests Lanter Of Badds, the Thurrock-based fivesome have released two singles to date – Set Me Free and Tired Mind – with more new releases to come, including new track Expectations which was heard exclusively on tonight’s show. They’ll be returning to the live scene soon too – look out for news on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Click above to listen back too the show, including an exclusive play of Expectations, the long story behind the recording of their first single, and a rather random dedication to an absent band member…

 

Asylums – I’ve Seen Your Face in a Music Magazine

Slaves – Where’s Your Car Debbie?

Lux Lisbon – Keep Me Wild

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Honest Man Blues

Callum Gardner – Ascending from the Storm

MFC Chicken – Gross People

KLOQ – Behind the Screams

Painting on Pavements – Tired Mind

 

PAINTING ON PAVEMENTS IN THE STUDIO

Painting on Pavements – Set Me Free

Culture Club – Karma Chameleon

Painting on Pavements – Expectations

Mumford & Sons – The Wolf

Caravan Palace – Lone Digger

Muse – Panic Station

Biffy Clyro – Different People

 

Harry Pane – Changing

Corner Pilots – Rocket Fuel

Origami Noise – Little Screen

Into Horizon – Nothin’ But Love

Ocean Flaws – Dancing to the Fear

SKUFF – Laughing in the Dark

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Curveballs 20th July 2016 – Corner Pilots interview

 

Tonight I was joined in the studio by Dan, Jake and Joshua from Corner Pilots. The Surrey fivesome (also featuring Ben on bass and Reece on drums) joined us just after their biggest gig to date at the O2 Academy and just ahead of releasing a new single. They have more new releases and live dates in the pipeline – find out more at www.cornerpilots.com!

Click above to listen back to the interview, including the story behind the band getting together (a bad Oasis cover was involved), and them becoming the only band in Curveballs history to use certain vocabulary in their songs…

Scroll down to see them playing live in the studio too!

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Full tracklisting for the show was as follows:

Dingus Khan – Knifey Spoony

De La Soul – Action!

The Kubricks – Self-Help Wannabe

CC Smugglers – Rhythm

Blink 182 – Built This Pool

Joy Atlas – Dismount

Corner Pilots – Queen of my Nightmare

 

CORNER PILOTS IN THE STUDIO

Corner Pilots – Language (live in session)

David Bowie – Moonage Daydream

Corner Pilots – Self Destruct (live in session)

The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter

The Black Keys – Little Black Submarine

Corner Pilots – With a Little Help From My Friends (live in session)

Reignwolf – Are You Satisfied?

 

Farrago – This Spark

Mockingbird – Road

Phoenix Chroi – Mighty

Origami Noise – Leeroy Jenkins

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Curveballs 6th July 2016 (with Thingamagig / Big Stinky Dog’s Pete & Stu)

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This week on Curveballs I was joined once again by Pete Baker & Stuart Sinclair, founders of Billericay label/promoter Big Stinky Dog, and organisers of annual music alldayer Thingamagig. Now in its ninth year, this year’s Thingamagig is happening at The Ship Inn in Stock on July 23rd, and is headlined by The Kubricks and Deferred Success, with many more acts to be seen from 12pm onwards on the day. You can find out more at www.bigstinkydog.co.uk and www.thingamagig.co.uk.

Click above to listen back to the interview, including tracks from acts who are playing, and the rather chaotic story of the first ever Thingamagig!

 

Bennet – Mum’s Gone to Iceland

Huetensil – Nothin’

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Mary Can’t Dance

Sonic Boom Six – Do What You Wanna Do

Hot Hot Heat – Sad Sad Situation

Surge – Loveblood

Immense – Football Chant

Blink 182 – Built This Pool

 

THINGAMAGIG ORGANISERS PETE & STU IN THE STUDIO

Von Jergo – Johnny

Stuart O’Connor – You Know the Score

Clare Blackman – When I Close My Eyes I See Mountains

Delta Jacks – English Man

The Kubricks – Ghosts

 

Super Furry Animals – Bing Bong

Painting on Pavements – Tired Mind

Callum Gardner – Ascending from the Storm

Asylums – Necessary Appliances

Stealing Signs – Hide & Seek

Arcaves – Man Enough

Mockingbird – Road

Two Door Cinema Club – Are You Ready?

The Velettes – I See Melody

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Curveballs 29th June 2016 (with Phoenix Chroi and LJ Howard)

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Graeme, Elaine and Joe from Phoenix Chroi. The group – who also feature Darren on guitar – are based in Woking and joined us just ahead of a busy summer of festival appearances. They released their first album, Songs From the Last Five Years, last year and are currently planning their second. Find out more at www.phoenixchroi.com. Click above to listen back to the interview, where they chat about the origins of their name, putting on their own gigs, and much more. Click below to see them playing live in the studio.

 

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Next up I was joined by singer-songwriter LJ Howard. Based in Southend, LJ previously had minor success performing in bands before going solo, and he released his debut solo single Nothing Lasts Forever earlier this year.  LJ is currently recording new material for release soon and live performances to go with it – look him up at www.lj-howard.com. Click above to listen back to him chatting about appearing on TV with a previous band, what LJ stands for and plenty more! See him and guitarist Pete playing live in the studio below.

Lena Fiagbe – You Come From Earth

Sonic Boom Six – Monkey See, Monkey Do

Into Horizon – Time & Tide

Phoenix Chroi – Destruction

 

PHOENIX CHROI IN THE STUDIO

Phoenix Chroi – Mighty (live in session)

Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit

Phoenix Chroi – Crossroads (live in session)

The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop

Phoenix Chroi – Beaches (live in session)

The Specials – Monkey Man

 

Lazy Habits – Hindsight Bias

LJ Howard – Nothing Lasts Forever

 

LJ HOWARD IN THE STUDIO

LJ Howard – Too Late (live in session)

John Legend – All of Me

LJ Howard – All of the People (live in session)

Seal – Daylight Living

LJ Howard – Nothing Lasts Forever (live in session)

 

Origami Noise – Nicolas Steno’s 374th Birthday

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Curveballs 22nd June 2016 (with Gigi Monrose)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by upcoming singer-songwriter Gigi Monrose. Based in Lindon, Gigi is spending summer gigging across the local area and currently has a wide range of tracks available on her SoundCloud page.

Incubus – Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song)

Night Driving In Small Towns – Kick

Lena Fiagbe – You Come From Earth

Lisa Wright – Back To You

Cat’s Eyes – Be Careful Where You Park Your Car

Lazy Habits – The Breach

Gigi Monrose – Red Wine

 

GIGI MONROSE IN THE STUDIO

Gigi Monrose – In Your Bed

Simon & Garfunkel – Feeling Groovy

Gigi Monrose – Hit the Road Jack

James Brown – It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World

Gigi Monrose – Out of Time

 

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Something Blue

LJ Howard – Nothing Lasts Forever

The Invaders – Windows

Dark Globes – Dream Away

Jumpstone – Telling You

Fire at Dawn – Parasite

Reservoir Blues – Invasive Manoeuvres

Into Horizon – Time & Tide

Immense – Football Chant

Origami Noise – Little Screen

Jamie Isaac ft Rejjie Snow – Last Drip

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Curveballs 15th June 2016 (wth Sell & Tamsyn)

First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Dave and Tony AKA Sell. The duo originally formed many moons ago, undergoing a few different guises over the years, but reformed recently to record new material. Click above to listen back to the pair chatting about their history (possibly a longer history than any other band we’ve ever had in), plus being featured on a film soundtrack! You can listen to some of Sell’s material, new and old, on their YouTube page.

Next up I was joined in the studio by Michael, Alex and Phil from Manchester-based quintet Tamsyn. Having recently established their full band line-up, Tamsyn are hitting the studio in August to record their first EP, of which we got a sample tonight with a live session. The fivesome are playing various gigs & festivals across the UK this summer – find them on Facebook and Twitter for their latest news! Click above to listen back to the interview, including the book that inspired their name and the story behind their matching jackets.

Full tracklisting for this week’s show:

The Kubricks – Self-Help Wannabe

Lena Fiagbe – You Come From Earth

Reachback – Just a Kiss

Sell – The English Way of Life

 

Sell – Aftershave

Sell – I’m Afraid (live in session)

Sell – I’m Afraid (new studio version)

Sell – Room at the Top

The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again

 

De La Soul ft Snoop Dogg – Pain

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Hundreds of Miles

 

The Libertines – Music When the Lights Go Out

Tamsyn – Things Change (live in session)

The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry

Tamsyn – The Only One (live in session)

The Beatles – Eleanor Rigby

Tamsyn – Abbie Jones (live in session)

Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger

 

Lost On Broadway – Starry Castaway

The Lemoncurd Kids – Pieces

Arfur Doo & the Toerags – Kid on the Mountain

Painting On Pavements – Tired Mind

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Curveballs 25th May 2016 (with Kieron Liley and Nick Pearmain)

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio by author, stand-up comic and fellow community radio DJ Nick Pearmain. Nick has just published the first of a series of horror-themed books entitled Westspring, and is currently writing the follow-up. We chatted all about that as well as his work in stand-up, radio and charity work as part of the NickJackHE organisation, who you can find out more about here. The first book in the Westspring series, Tales of a Patient, can be found here.

 

Next up I was joined in the studio by local singer-songwriter Kieron Liley. Kieron recently released his first EP, Tales of the Heartbreak Kid (available from his Bandcamp page), with a plan to release more new material later this year. He’ll be fitting recording around a busy summer of events – his next local shows include the Fiddler’s Elbow in London on June 6th and the Undersolo on June 22nd. For the full list, find Kieron on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Click below to see him playing live in the studio – more videos coming soon!

Minus the Bear – Throwing Shapes

The Fontaines – Paul Newman

Ben Westbeech – The Book

Madness – Wings of a Dove

Tony Christie – (Is This the Way to) Amarillo

Fragile Creatures – Stowaways

 

Kieron Liley – Heartbreak Kid

 

KIERON LILEY IN THE STUDIO

Kieron Liley – Lex Lightning (live in session)

Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head

Kieron Liley – Stuck On Repeat (live in session)

Weezer – Buddy Holly

Kieron Liley – Baby One More Time (live in session)

Busted – Thunderbirds Are Go

Kieron Liley – Girl by the Seaside (live in session)

Scouting For Girls – This Ain’t a Love Song

 

Poder De Tres – Cruisin’

Reservoir Blues – Invasive Manoeuvres

One State Drive – Crowds

Origami Noise – Little Screen

The Thirst – True

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Curveballs 8th June 2016 (with LGnTE and Walkway)

Another busy show tonight, just ahead of my birthday. First up was the return of Lady Grey & the Earls, who gave us plenty of good banter as always and a live session of brand new tracks, suggesting we’ll be hearing a lot more from them before the year is out. Then I spoke to Walkway frontman Chris on the phone, chatting about the Suffolk foursome’s recently released second album Streetwise and the bands they’ve played alongside recently, including Status Quo and Black Stone Cherry! Click above to listen back!

Youth Club – Filling It Up to Go

Sonic Boom Six – No Man No Right

Painting On Pavements – Tired Mind

Reservoir Blues – Invasive Manoeuvres

Tom Parsons – Theme From Small Town Horror

Imperial Leisure – Man Vs Monster

Lady Grey & the Earls – Feel the Fear

 

Lady Grey & the Earls – Juxtapose (live in session)

Florence & the Machine – What Kind of Man

Lady Grey & the Earls – New World (live in session)

Boy Meets Girl – Waiting for a Star to Fall

Lady Grey & the Earls – To the Bone (live in session)

Lady Grey & the Earls – Freak Show

 

Lazy Habits – Hindsight Bias

Dawney Gramah – Few Steps

Into Horizon – Time & Tide

Two Faced Serenade – Just Friends

Walkway – Streetwise

KLOQ – Behind the Screams

Billie Olela – Thou Art Welcome

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Curveballs 1st June 2016 (with Poder De Tres and Reservoir Blues)

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At the start of June we welcomed Poder De Tres back into the Phoenix FM studio, following their previous appearance on Stepping Out, as well as a live set at Phoenix Fridays, earlier in the year. The trio specialise in acoustic covers, mainly of soul and pop tracks from the last few decades, with an unusual specialism in 90s R&B and garage tracks. Among their upcoming gigs, they can be seen on the last Friday of every month at Reids Restaurant in Billericay – see the full gig listing & have a listen at www.poderdetres.com.

Click below to listen back to the interview and to see them playing live in the studio!

(Apologies for the fuzzing in some places during the interview.)

 

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Later in the show I chatted to upcoming rock foursome Reservoir Blues, just ahead of what would be a busy month of gigs for them (including our own Fitness In Mind Alldayer), as well as putting together their debut EP ‘Gutter’. Click below to listen back to the interview and see them playing live in the studio!

(Apologies for the fuzzing in some places during the interview.)

Full tracklisting for the show was as follows:

Blink 182 – Built This Pool

Lazy Habits – Left 2 (Ruins)

Tom Parsons – Theme from Small Town Horror

Kieron Liley – Girl by the Sea

Poder de Tres – 50/50

 

PODER DE TRES IN THE STUDIO

Poder De Tres – No Diggity (live in session)

Terence Trent D’Arby – Sign Your Name

Poder De Tres – Love Yourself (live in session)

Gregory Porter – Hey Laura

Poder De Tres – Like I Love You (live in session)

 

The Albino Peaches – Static Love

Reservoir Blues – Invasive Manoeuvres

 

RESERVOIR BLUES IN THE STUDIO

Warren Zevon – Lawyers, Guns & Money

Reservoir Blues – Bitter Whiskey (live in session)

Florence & the Machine – Girl With One Eye

Reservoir Blues – Gutter (live in session)

Bruce Springsteen – Cover Me

Reservoir Blues – Unity (live in session)

 

Lady Grey & the Earls – Feel the Fear

Stuart Masters – Mystic Blue

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Curveballs 18th May 2016 (Eurovision Comedown Special)

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This week was the comedown from another Eurovision Song Contest, in which the UK didn’t come last, and the music somehow still managed to be even more bewildering than the scoring system. It got me thinking though, that the many Eurovision nations (the UK included) are a bit undersold musically by this annual love-in/spite-fest (depending on your location) so this week’s Curveballs was focusing on some of these nations’ better music, from punk to electronica via classical and metal! Listen & enjoy! “Love love peace peace…”

 

The Hives – Walk Idiot Walk

Republic of Loose – The Translation

Lush – De-Luxe

The Living End – Monkey

Finland – Through These Walls

Snowdogs – Best Discoveries

The Fontaines – Dusty Springfield

Blink 182 – Built This Pool

 

Electric Lady Lab – Hurts

Johnny Machette – Spasitelé

De Staat – Sweat Shop

Rammstein – Engel

Ladytron – Kletva

Ace Out – Captif

Dimmu Borgir – Blessings Upon the Throne of Tyranny

Ludovico Einaudi – Le Onde

Bortsch Orkestra – Bortsch Enié Goulasch

Soulwax – E-Talking

Ska-P – Wild Spain

Ummagma – Orion

 

Super Furry Animals – Bing Bong

Kieron Liley – Heartbreak Kid

Crown the Mushroom – Muay Thai Kick

Sooma – Down With Every Lie

Dani Sylvia – Free

Paul Dale – Theme from a Satellite Town

Sir.O – Please Stop Talking

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Curveballs 11th May 2016

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Lush – Ladykillers

Lena Fiagbe – Shine

Fragile Creatures – Stowaways

Fades – Breaking Through the Walls

The Living End – Donkey

Such Strange Arts – Figure It Out

Lazy Habits (featuring Poetek) – Left 2 (Ruins)

The Display Team – This is the News

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Honest Man Blues

Reservoir Blues – Invasive Manoeuvres

Reachback – You’re On Fire, Kid!

Hurricane#1 – I Wanna Kill You

Fire at Dawn – Parasite

JumpStone – Telling You

Motorcycle Display Team – Letters of Last Resort

Pixx – Fall In

Arcaves – Love You All the Time

Garbage – Empty

Angelica – Misdemeanour

Paul Dale – Wolves & Hyenas & Foxes Oh My

Vindico – Waves (When I Go)

Snide – Go On

Whiteout – No Time

Jamie Isaac (featuring Rejjie Snow) – Last Drip (Remix)

Fungus – A Fan Club Would be Nice

Painting on Pavements – Laura

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Curveballs 4th May 2016

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Kasabian – Processed Beats

Skawar – Best of the 80s

Cate Le Bon – Wonderful

Paul Draper – Feeling My Feart Run Slow

The Display Team – A Summer of Subservience

This Modern Hope – Ship on the Ocean

The Thirst – True

Petty Phase – Made to Order

Lazy Habits – Kicking the Clouds

Panama Sunrise – Delevingne

Cameo – Candy

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Soleil

Deniers – Blood Pressures

Dani Sylvia – Perfection Generation

Lush – Rosebud

Indigo – Pins & Needles

Different People – Picture Perfect

Ren Stedman – What I Have Become

Kieron Liley – Heartbreak Kid

Velvet Tree – My Love

Painting on Pavements – Laura

Ekkoes – Heaven

The Living End – Keep on Running

Blink 182 – Bored to Death

Fire at Dawn – Parasite

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Curveballs 27th April 2016 (with Dani Sylvia on the phone)

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Dani Sylvia interview at around 34:00.

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This week I chatted in the phone to Sussex-born, London-based singer-songwriter Dani Sylvia. Dani recently released her debut EP Monologues, from which we heard two tracks tonight, and has also been on tour with The Feeling and Jeff Lynne’s ELO! We heard all about that tonight alongside what inspired the EP’s lyrics and her plans for the next few months. Dani can next be seen live at Metropolis Studios on May 5th and Ronnie Scott’s on May 10th, with more dates & news to come – keep up to date at www.danisylviamusic.com

Elvis Costello & the Attractions – (I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea

Gomez – Whippin’ Picadilly

Lucy Rose – Sheffield

Lena Fiagbe – You Come From Earth

Lush – Burnham Beeches

Hurricane #1 – I Wanna Kill You

Elliot Porter – Keep Going

The Lemoncurd Kids – Pieces

Dani Sylvia – Coming Back

Dani Sylvia – Free

Prince – Money Don’t Matter 2 Night

Walkway – Get Out

Paul Ziepe – Believe in You (Phoenix FM Session)

Indigo – Pins & Needles

Mark Matthews – London Lives

High/Low – Are You There?

Lee Sargeant – Me & the Moon (Phoenix FM Session)

The Velvet Tree – My Love

Crazy Grandma’s Rocking Chair – Nice Guy

Ronnie Wiggins – Don’t Be Afraid

Super Happy Fun Club – London

Ian Dury & the Blockheads – Billericay Dickie

The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger

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Curveballs 20th April 2016 (with Elliot Porter, Louise Jaymes and Little Chasers’ Charlie)

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This week was our busiest for a while, kicking off with Charlie Howsego from acoustic duo Little Chasers, and singer-songwriter Louise Jaymes. Charlie and Louise are currently both studying Music Performance at Havering College, and joined us just ahead of their latest joint gig at the Golden Lion in Romford at the weekend. They are both currently recording their first sets of songs – of which we got a sample tonight – and can both be seen at Romford & Gidea Park RFC on May 26th as part of the ‘Last Song’ performance. In the meantime, find Little Chasers online on Facebook & Twitter while Louise can be found at Facebook and Twitter too!

Click above to listen back to the interview, including the many instruments Charlie had to carry around when he was younger, and the film that first inspired Louise to pick up a guitar! Click below to see Louise playing live in the studio too!

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Next up was the Phoenix FM debut of singer-songwriter Elliot Porter. Hailing from Bishops Stortford, Elliot released his debut EP Keep Going last November, and knows a thing or two about keeping going, as he joined us just ahead of his latest gig in Cambridge later in the week, with plans to return to London in June – stay tuned for dates & listen to more tunes at www.elliotporter.co.uk.

Click above to listen back to the interview, including tales of juggling guitar & piano playing on stage, and click below to see Elliot playing live in the studio!

Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma

Noonday Underground – London

The Lemoncurd Kids – Pieces

Little Capers – Jäegerbombs & Cigarettes

3rd Eye Foundation – In Bristol with A…

Louise Jaymes – Feathers in the Sky (live in session)

Morrissey – Dagenham Dave

Elliot Porter – Keep Going

 

ELLIOT PORTER IN THE STUDIO

Elliot Porter – Over Again (live in session)

Jamie Lawson – I Wasn’t Expecting That

Elliot Porter – Something You Regret (live in session)

Bob Dylan – Just Like a Woman

Elliot Porter – Joanna (live in session)

Damien Rice – Amie

Elliot Porter – Golden Touch (live in session)

James Bay – Let It Go

 

Dani Sylvia – Forever Young

Lux Lisbon – Show Me the Money

Paolo Morena – Where Do You Go When You Don’t Fit In?

The Capers – Right Little Raver

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Curveballs 13th April 2016 (with Vindico)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by upcoming foursome Vindico. (L-R) Dylan, George, Rhys and Jack hail from the Isle of Wight, and recently released their first single Waves (When I Go) with a plan to release more new material later in the year. They can next be seen live at The Islington in London on May 15th. Find them online at www.vindicoband.com.

Click above to listen back to the interview, including the unusual location the band got their name from, tales of playing festivals, and what to expect from the Isle of Wight music scene. Click below to see the playing live in the studio too!

Nine Black Alps – Unsatisfied

My Brightest Diamond – Pressure

Lush – Out of Control

My Cruel Goro – It’s Fake

Johnny Machette – Spasitelé

Figures – Wigourney Seaver

They Called Him Zone – Gonna Have a Cool Time

Vindico – Waves (When I Go)

 

VINDICO LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Vindico – Outbound (live in session)

Foo Fighters – Times Like These

Vindico – Yesterday (live in session)

Smashing Pumpkins – Stand Inside Your Love

Vindico – I Don’t Really Care (live in session)

Kings of Leon – No Money

Vindico – Waves (When I Go) (live in session)

Catfish & the Bottlemen – Fallout

 

The Departure – Just Like TV

Elliot Porter – Keep Going

Loving Forty Four – Beaten & Bruised

Dark Globes – Do What You Want

Minerva Falls – Devil

These Arms Are Snakes – Child Chicken Play

Lolita Storm – Red Hot Riding Hood

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Curveballs 6th April 2016 (with Paul Ziepe)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by local singer-songwriter Paul Ziepe. Paul recently returned to the local scene after a few years away (one of his previous bands, Cloned, previously received airplay on Curveballs), and was a semi-finalist at Essex Undiscovered earlier this year. He’s currently recording his first solo EP, and can next be seen live at the Thames Delta All Stars event at Little Thurrock’s The Ship on April 23rd, followed by a slot at the Essex Cider & Sausage Festival at Barleylands in Billericay on April 30th, with more dates to come – check his Facebook page for more!

Click above to listen back to the interview, & find out what got him back into music, and being on the same bill as a band whose drummer would go on to join a rather famous rock act of the moment…

Click below to see him playing live in the studio

 

Nirvana – Come As You Are

The Samurai Seven – Been a Fool

Spud MacBain – Walking Away

The Thirst – True

Ekkoes – Heaven

Kieron Liley – Heartbreak Kid

Paul Ziepe – Bitter Taste

 

PAUL ZIEPE IN THE STUDIO

Paul Ziepe – Ease My Mind (live in session)

Oasis – Bring it on Down

Foo Fighters – Everlong

Paul Ziepe – Why? (live in session)

Ben Howard – Keep Your Head Up

Paul Ziepe – How Deep is Your Love? (live in session)

Fink – Yesterday Was Hard On All of Us

Paul Ziepe – Believe in You (live in session)

 

The Albino Peaches – Static Love

Vindico – Waves (When I Go)

The Famous Potatoes – I Like Chicken Pie

Indigo – Pins & Needles

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Curveballs 30th March 2016 (with Spud MacBain)

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Spud MacBain interview starts around 34:00.

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by singer-songwriter Spud MacBain. Born in Sheffield but now based in East London, Spud joined us on the very day he released his new single, Walking Away, which is available from all good download sites. He’s currently working on his debut album which is tentatively planned for a summer release – stay up to date at www.spudmacbain.com.

Click above to listen back to the show, including how he came to be known as Spud (and his real name), alongside his favourite gig to date and the unusual location where he recorded his new single.

Click below to see him playing live in the studio:

Super Furry Animals – Something for the Weekend

The Lovely Eggs – Food

Bunny – Ambulance Drive

Nick Stephenson – One Thing

Stuart Masters – Mystic Blue

New York Tourists – Colours

Scarlett & Saffron – Pushrod

Lazy Habits – Kicking the Clouds

Spud MacBain – Walking Away

 

SPUD MACBAIN LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Spud MacBain – The Only One (live in session)

Oasis – Headshrinker

Neil Young – Southern Man

Spud MacBain – The Afterglow (live in session)

Badly Drawn Boy – Another Pearl

Spud MacBain –On the Run (live in session)

Bee Gees – To Love Somebody

Spud MacBain – Eye of the Tiger (live in session)

The Coral – Walking in the Winter

 

Field Music – The Noisy Days Are Over

Painting on Pavements – Drifted Apart

Fire at Dawn – Bad Trip

Indigo – Pins & Needles

They Called Him Zone – Gonna Have a Good Time

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Curveballs 23rd March 2016 (with Case Files stars Cerys & Heather, & director Damien)

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Tonight on Curveballs we welcomed two stars from upcoming thriller series Case Files into the studio – Heather Mae Cutts (above left, who plays Julia) and Cerys Wrigley-Moss (above right, who plays Tammy), plus we also chatted to the show’s director Damien Kage from Tricell Films, on the phone. Case Files, which is currently being filmed around the UK, revolves around a group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by deadly creatures called Kreepas, and is set to be a must-watch for all sci-fi and horror fans. You can find out more about the series on Tricell Films’ website at www.tricellfilms.com.

Click above to listen back to the interview, including what inspired Damien to write the story, the unusual range of weapons Cerys & Heather have to use to fight off evil kreepas in the show, getting some unexpected visitors while filming in Nottingham last year, and that’s even before we get to the unusual ingredients used by the make-up department…

Sugar – The Act We Act

Ladytron – Playgirl

Sonic Boom Six – Keep On Believing

Fragile Creatures – Ready to Go

Walkway – One Touch Too Much

Lush – Out of Control

Muertos – Make Me Your Zombie

 

CASE FILES’ CERYS, HEATHER & DAMIEN

Coldplay – Adventure of a Lifetime

The Weeknd – Night

Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive

Lukas Graham – 7 Years

The 1975 – Sound

Babylon Zoo – Spaceman

 

Seedling – Put Your Hand Under My Shirt

Spud MacBain – The Only One

Pocket Trees – Moon Horizon

Figures – Wigourney Seaver

 

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Curveballs 16th March 2016 (with Pocket Trees)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by three members of Pocket Trees (l-r Ben, Jon, Jon). The foursome (also featuring bassist Pete) recently released their first EP Hail Fever, with more new recordings to come, alongside live dates. They can next be seen live at The Islington in London on March 26th – check their website www.pockettrees.com for more!

Click above to listen back to the interview (starts around 32:00), including chats on their origins as a 2-piece, where the name comes from, and many more! See them playing live below:

 

Feeder – Miss You

Flogging Molly – Drunken Lullabies

Republic of Loose – The Translation

Fragile Creatures – Stowaways

Arcaves – Frozen Water

High/Low – Let’s Run

Different People – Picture Perfect (Phoenix FM Creative Session)

Crazy Grandma’s Rocking Chair – Nice Guy

Pocket Trees – Awaken

 

POCKET TREES LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Pocket Trees – Moon Horizon (live in session)

Soundgarden – Rusty Cage

Foo Fighters – Deepest Blues Are Black

Pocket Trees – Lost Inside a Sound (live in session)

Biffy Clyro – Kill the Old, Torture Their Young

Pocket Trees – Solemn at the Altar (live in session)

The Subways – My Heart is Pumping to a Brand New Beat

 

Red Hook – This Broken City

Walkway – Mission Impossible

Lady Grey & the Earls – Feel the Fear

Painting On Pavements – Laura

Minerva Falls – Devil

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Curveballs 9th March 2016 (with Scarlett & Saffron)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by Grimsby/Sheffield trio Scarlett & Saffron. The threesome of Rob, Olly & Louis were in the middle of a UK tour when they came to visit, having played London’s The Good Ship the night before, and setting off straight after the interview to Glasgow for a gig the following night! The tour was in aid of their new single Jealous which has just been released & available to buy & download, with plans to release more new material later in the year alongside many more gigs! Find Scarlett & Saffron online on Facebook and Twitter.

Click above to listen back to the show & find out the origins of the band’s name (playing guitar on a beach is featured), and why their last song choice – Crash by the Primitives – is a fitting one. Plus watch them playing live below!

 

Operator Please – Leave It Alone

Jack Off Jill – My Cat

Reachback – Saviour

Lilac Sheer – Zoe

Kata Hay – Redneck Woman

Stealing Sheep – She

Mark Matthews – London Lives

Scarlett & Saffron – 45

 

SCARLETT & SAFFRON LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Scarlett & Saffron – Marfinkla (live in session)

Circa Waves – T-Shirt Weather

Scarlett & Saffron – Jealous (live in session)

Phoenix – 1901

Scarlett & Saffron – Pushrod (live in session)

The Strokes – You Only Live Once

The Primitives – Crash

 

Pocket Trees – Moon Horizon

Fades – Breaking Through the Walls

False-Heads – Steal & Cheat

State of the Art – Through Heaven, Through Hell

Loving Forty Four – Beaten & Bruised

Youth Club – Pressure

Arcaves – Frozen Water

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Curveballs 2nd March 2016

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Unfortunately we are only able to bring you the first 1hr 15mins of this week’s show. We apologise for any disappointment.

 

Disclosure (featuring Sam Smith) – Omen

Optional Rubber Duck – Girl at the Movies

Nothing But Thieves – Trip Switch

Rat Boy – Sportswear

Lush – Out of Control

High/Low – Thing Inside

Lux Lisbon – Show Me the Money

Lazy Habits – Left 2 (Ruins)

Josh Massey – Streetlights (Phoenix FM Session)

Illicit – Sweet Home Chicago (Phoenix FM Session)

Fragile Creatures – Ready to Go (Phoenix FM Session)

Kata Hay – Redneck Woman

Scarlett & Saffron – Carry Me Home

Dark Globes – Dream Away

Muertos – Black Box

The Beatniks – CC (Love Surprise)

Matt Tubey – Easy Going

Pocket Trees – Moon Horizon

Vindico – Waves

Dani Sylvia – Perfection Generation

Poder De Tres – 50/50

Walkway – Mission Impossible

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The Main Grains – Unscrewed

Mr B – Hail the Chap

Into Horizon – Fragmental Information

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Curveballs 24th February 2016

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John Mayer – No Such Thing

Dreamscape – Finally Through

Beat Happening – Zombie Limbo Time

Field Music – I’m Glad

Dark Globes – Do What You Want

Fragile Creatures – One Bit at a Time

Lush – Out of Control

The Albino Peaches – Static Love

Ocean Flaws – Mojo

Adorned – Lazy Summer Daze

Lazy Habits – Kicking the Clouds

Space – Strange World

Last Known State – Never Learn

Different People – Over Your Shoulder

Stan Blade – #IBlameTheParents

High/Low – Mould

KISS – Rock ‘n’ Roll All Nite

Arrows of Time – Impossible Glow

Dwele – Lady (Wantigga Flip)

Dani Sylvia – Perfection Generation

Leigh Luscious – Lovestruck

Crown the Mushroom – Muay Thai Kick

Lilac Sheer – Ana

Ummagma – Lama

Night Driving in Small Towns – February

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Curveballs 17th February 2016 (with Fragile Creatures)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by quintet Fragile Creatures, just ahead of their latest gig on Friday night in their native Brighton. The fivesome release their debut album …And Other Wild Things on March 18th and are planning dates across the South East shortly after that. We got a taster of both the new album and the upcoming gigs tonight in the form of an excellent live session, which you can watch below and listen back to above, alongside tales of guest appearances in other bands’ music videos and a rather unfortunate item they once had to share a stage with.

Find Fragile Creatures on Facebook and at www.fragilecreatures.co.uk.

 

3 Doors Down – Kryptonite

Crashland – Standard Love Affair

Superbus – Beggin’ Me to Stay

Field Music – It’s a Good Thing

Sol Silver – Turn On Me

Twelve Foot Ninja – Endless

Last Known State – The Edge

Fragile Creatures – Stowaways

 

FRAGILE CREATURES IN THE STUDIO

Fragile Creatures – One Bit at a Time (live in session)

Housemartins – Happy Hour

Fragile Creatures – Grace (live in session)

My Morning Jacket – Big Decisions

Fragile Creatures – Ready to Go (live in session)

Storms – Shame

Fragile Creatures – Stowaways (live in session)

Fierce Friend – Don’t Fade Me to White

 

Minus the Bear – This Ain’t a Surfin’ movie

States of Emotion – Rag & Bone Men

Painting on Pavements – Set Me Free

Indigo – Pins & Needles

The Walking Method – Rusty Hook

Different People – Daniel

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Curveballs 10th February 2016 (with Illicit)

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For tonight’s show we had a go at getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit, with a few romantic tunes and some serenading courtesy of Illicit (l-r Chris, Andy, Rob, Jimmy). Based mainly in Maldon, the fivesome (also featuring drummer Neil) have performed all over Essex with their wide repertoire of popular songs, of which we had a sample tonight. Illicit can next be seen live at the Chappel Winter Beer Festival on February 26th with appearances in Colchester, Maldon and South Woodham Ferrers to follow among many more – for the full list, head to www.illicitband.co.uk.

Click above to hear their tales of setting off sensors at festivals among other gig stories, and below you can see them playing live in the studio covering Robert Johnson, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi and Stereophonics!

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Stealing Sheep – Love

The Dirty Royals – I’m in Love

The Foreign Exchange (featuring Tamisha Waden) – Truce

Indigo – Pins & Needles

The Beatniks – CC (Love Surprise)

Optional Rubber Duck – Girl at the Movies

 

ILLICIT IN THE STUDIO

Gary Moore  – Parisienne Walkways

Illicit – Sweet Home Chicago (live in session)

Spin Doctors – Two Princes

Illicit – Here I Go Again (live in session)

Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun

Illicit – Wanted Dead or Alive (live in session)

Tom Waits – New Coat of Paint

Illicit – Dakota (live in session)

Led Zeppelin – Heartbreaker

 

Ben Westbeech – Something for the Weekend

Fragile Creatures – Stowaways

The Sparrows – Hello

Tom Parsons – Isolated in Space

Reuben – Nobody Loves You

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Curveballs 3rd February 2016 (with Tony Short)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by fellow Romford boy Tony Short, joined by his fiancée Lisa. Now based in Gillingham, Tony has made a musical comeback of sorts recently, a few years after suffering Encephalitis, a rare brain disease. He’s currently planning an all-day gig in the summer to raise money and awareness for treatment – and as we found out tonight, he has big plans.

Click above to hear him chatting about his many plans for the year – plus look out for his performance videos on YouTube!

 

Minus the Bear – Pachuca Sunrise

Night Driving in Small Towns – February

Bob Collum & the Welfare Mothers – Cemetery Blues

High/Low – Autospy

Vindico – Waves

The Foreign Exchange – The Last Fall

Tom Parsons – Sweetest Love of All

 

TONY SHORT IN THE STUDIO

Dobie Gray – Drift Away

Tony Short – Champagne Supernova (Phoenix FM Session)

The Rolling Stones – Wild Horses

Paul Weller – You Do Something to Me

Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun

Audioslave – Cochise

Bob Dylan – Mr Tambourine Man

 

Stapleton – Northwest Corners

Fragile Creatures – Stowaways

The Silver Bayonets – Schemes

The Beatniks – CC (Love Surprise)

Huetensil – Simple

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Curveballs 27th January 2016

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Seeing out January with the new, the old and the off-the-wall!

Super Furry Animals – Demons

Idlewild – The Space Between All Things

Frenzal Rhomb – Big Brother

Bob Mould – Voices in My Head

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Honest Man Blues

The Foreign Exchange – The Last Fall

Disclosure (featuring Jamie Woon) – January

Fragile Creatures – Stowaways

Huetensil – Mr Curry’s Troubles

Wolf Alice – Freazy

My Cruel Goro – Lost E

Pocket Trees – Moon Horizon

Skaciety (featuring Leila K) – Step Back (Take a Look Around)

High/Low – Mould

Minus the Bear – Drilling

False-Heads – Steal & Cheat

Painting on Pavements – Set Me Free

Paul Woodley – Shake Your Hips (Phoenix FM Creative Session)

Arrows of Time – Impossible Glow

Gunner Who – RIOT

Ships Have Sailed – Summertime

Decades – Champagne

Miro – TBTC

Let’s Wrestle – Rain Ruins Revolution

KLOQ – The Gun

Ummagma – Risky

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Curveballs 20th January 2016 (with Gunner Who)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by London’s Gunner Who (l-r Ant, Tom, Joe, Mark). The foursome released their self-titled debut last year (available on their Bandcamp page), and plan to record and release the follow-up later this year. They can next be seen live at Leytonstone’s The Plough & Harrow on March 4th, and the Underbelly in Hoxton on April 23rd. Find them on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud in the meantime!

Click above to listen back to the interview, including tales of where they might be recording the next album, and a challenge from a listener which they’ve accepted…

The Eagles – Lyin’ Eyes

Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love

The City Perils – Explain

Skaciety (featuring Leila K) – Step Back (Take a Look Around)

Painting On Pavements – Set Me Free

Fades – Back

Gunner Who – Mellow Venom

 

GUNNER WHO IN THE STUDIO

Gunner Who – Winona

The Ramones – I Wanna be Your Boyfriend

Gunner Who – Imagine Life, Imagine Death

The Fat White Family – Is It Raining in Your Mouth

Belter – TV Junkie

Gunner Who – RIOT

Gunner Who – Enough is Enough

 

Optional Rubber Duck – Smile

Matt Tubey – He Below Me

False-Heads – Steal & Cheat

State of the Art – Through Heaven, Through Hell

The Main Grains – Unscrewed

The Outer Seasons – Out of Season

Scarlet Echo – Mainstream

Stealing Signs – When I Get Out of Here

Lace & Whiskey – Out of Time

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Curveballs 13th January 2016 (with Josh Massey)

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Tonight was the first Curveballs live session of 2016, courtesy of West London singer-songwriter Josh Massey. Josh released his debut EP, Paper Planes, last year which made the iTunes charts, and plans to record a follow-up release in the coming months. Definitely a name to be looking out for this year, and you can do just that on his Facebook and Twitter pages.

Click above to listen back to the show & click below to see him playing live in the studio!

 

David Bowie – Heroes

Dartz! – Once, Twice, Again!

Ben Westbeech – Taken Away From

States of Emotion – Rag & Bone Men

NOVA – Crash & Burn

Minus the Bear – Pachuca Sunrise

Tom Parsons – China Girl

Space – Strange World

Silent Natives – Circles

High/Low – Mould

Josh Massey – Tonight

 

JOSH MASSEY LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Josh Massey – Runaway (live in session)

James Bay – If You Ever Want to be in Love

Josh Massey – Paper Planes (live in session)

Samm Henshaw – Only Wanna be With You

Josh Massey – Streetlights (live in session)

Michael Jackson – Baby be Mine

 

Disclosure (featuring Brendon Reilly) – Moving Mountains

Gunner Who – RIOT

The Long Run – Beat the Lights

Lady Grey & the Earls – Forget Me Soon

Into Horizon – Built to Break

Stan Blade – Women They Love a Bad Boi

Stone by Window – Adrift Again

 

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Curveballs 6th January 2016 (Best of 2015 Part 2 & new for 2016)

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Happy New Year! The first Curveballs of 2016 featured one final look back at some of the great guests we had in during the second half of last year, including a personal highlight for me in interviewing Tommy Scott from Space. From then on, however, eyes were firmly focused on the year ahead, with some brand new tracks and new names to be looking out for in 2016, alongside the return of a few established ones too. Here’s to a great year of music!

Disclosure featuring Lion Babe – Hourglass

Youth Club – Pressure

The Albino Peaches – Motha

NOVA – Alive

The City Perils – The Optimist

Tommy Scott (Space) – Neighbourhood (Phoenix FM Session)

Lee Sargeant – Me & the Moon (Phoenix FM Session)

Apachelux – Only When You’re Lonely

Lisa Wright – Before I Die

High/Low – Mould

Stan Blade – #IBlameTheParents

State of the Art – One Million Eyes (Phoenix FM Session)

Into Horizon – Nothin’ But Love

Lady Grey & the Earls – Feel the Fear

Josh Massey – Paper Planes

Different People – Over Your Shoulder

Painting on Pavements – Set Me Free

Luke Wright – Have a Gong!

The Outer Seasons – Out of Season

Lazy Habits – Kicking the Clouds

Sugarmen – Plastic Ocean

Gunner Who – My Brother Will Like This (My Parents Won’t)

Jarryd James – This Time

Primo Nelson – Pinch

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis v Slimkid3 – Baby Bye

 

 

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Curveballs 30th December 2015 – Best of 2015 Part 1

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Tonight was the first of two shows looking back at the many guests and music we had in the studio in 2015. Part 2 is due soon! Don’t forget you can still listen back to all the shows from 2015 at www.phoenixfm.com/category/curveballs. We’re currently on the lookout for bands looking for airplay and/or an interview on the show in 2016 – if you’re up for it, drop us a line via the Contact page!

 

Motorhead – Ace of Spades

Queensburys – Driving Home (Phoenix FM Session)

The Long Run – So How (Phoenix FM Session)

Late Homecoming – Head Down

Lady Grey & the Earls – Feel the Fear (Phoenix FM Session)

Tom Baitson – The Milkman (Phoenix FM Session)

Joshua Woo (Fades) – Falling Into Place (Phoenix FM Session)

Paul Littler (The Maida Vales) – Mrs Kraus (Phoenix FM Session)

The Ends – You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides)

Magda Czula – Goodbye

Russell & the Wolf Choir – Closure

Imperial Leisure – Animal

Lips – Hag (Phoenix FM Session)

Young & the Blue – Only For a Second (Phoenix FM Session)

Lanter of Badds – Fight Or Flight?

Ten a Penny – Tel Aviv

Art of Rebellion – Self Destruct

Lone Wolf – Mistakes

Looks Like Rain – My Utopia (Phoenix FM Session)

The Takes – Scuffle on the Kitchen Floor (Phoenix FM Session)

Ease Springs – Somewhere in Between (Phoenix FM Session)

The Baby Blues – “Mike’s Life” (Phoenix FM Session)

Olaf Stando – Float (Phoenix FM Session)

Counties – November (Phoenix FM Session)

Different People – Over Your Shoulder (Phoenix FM Creative Session)

Arch Rivals – Something Wrong

Mouthful of Ashtrays – Slow Train

The Sparrows – What I’ve Done (Phoenix FM Session)

Stan Blade – Women They Love a Bad Boi (Phoenix FM Session)

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Curveballs Christmas Special 23rd December 2015 (with Lady Grey & The Earls… who else?)

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This week was the return of Lady Grey & the Earls (l-r Paul, Amy, Justin, Graham), as is traditional for the annual Curveballs Christmas Special! Since their last appearance, the foursome have recorded a host of new material, of which we heard 4 tracks tonight. They’re returning to the live scene next month when they can be seen live at London’s Amersham Arms on January 15th, with many more live dates to come – check their Facebook and SoundCloud pages for more!

Click above to listen back to the interview and find out more about why Paul’s home jukebox is happy this Chrimbo, alongside honourable mentions for Star Wars, Right Said Fred and jumpers…

Vice Squad – Santa Claws is Coming to Town

Manic Street Preachers – The Ghost of Christmas

Sonic Boom Six – It’s Always Christmas When I Think of You

Tall Poppies – Cold Christmas

The Pukes – Exmas

Hadleigh Ford – It’s Christmas

Social Potion – This Christmas I’m Giving You Love

Lady Grey & the Earls – Why So Serious?

 

LADY GREY & THE EARLS IN THE STUDIO

Lady Grey & the Earls – Forget Me Soon

Florence & the Machine – Ship to Wreck

The Who – My Generation

Lady Grey & the Earls – Looking Glass

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Right Stuff

Lady Grey & the Earls – Feel the Fear

Sam Cooke – Twisting the Night Away

Lady Grey & the Earls – To the Bone

Pulp – Underwear

Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You

 

Lace & Whiskey – Christmas Time is Here

The Dollyrots – Be My Leia

The Blog – (Commercial)

Lisa Houghton – The Night I Fell in Love

Karen Mav – Take Me Home for Christmas

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Curveballs 16th December 2015 (with Into Horizon)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by Southend newcomers Into Horizon (l-r Luke, Glaen, Rob, Elliott), just ahead of their second gig at Chinnerys, where they played their debut gig last month to an impressive reception. The foursome have also recently released their first set of recordings – including one track which was played exclusively on tonight’s show – and you can pick up a CD at their gigs, more of which will be announced in the new year. Stay tuned to their Facebook page in the meantime!

Click above to listen back to the tracks and, among other things, the band’s tales of recording said tracks in a lounge!

 

Alkaline Trio – Private Eye

Stealing Sheep – Love

Django Django – Vibrations

The Main Grains – Unscrewed

The Tuesday Club – Boo Hoo

Scarlet Echo – Mainstream

Lazy Habits – Kicking the Clouds

Into Horizon – Fragmental Information

 

INTO HORIZON ON THE STUDIO

Into Horizon – Built to Break

Metallica – Devil’s Dance

Into Horizon – Nothin’ But Love

Iron Maiden – Phantom of the Opera

Arcane Roots – If Nothing Breaks, Nothing Moves

Into Horizon – The Game

Muse – Map of the Problematique

 

State of the Art – One Million Eyes

Lady Grey & the Earls – Why So Serious?

Crown the Mushroom – Muai Thai Kick

The Albino Peaches – Motha

Ocean Flaws – Like a Fool

Primo Nelson – Pinch

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Curveballs 9th December 2015 (with State Of The Art)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio once again by State Of The Art (l-r Ray, Dan, Tiago, Elle, Adam). Since they last joined us in the studio last year, the quartet have become a quintet with the addition of guitarist Adam, and they plan to follow up last year’s Careless Confessions EP with a new as-yet-untitled single in January. The fivesome can next be seen live at the O2 Academy Islington on January 23rd – find them online on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!

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Stone Temple Pilots – Plush

Jarryd James – This Time

8 Storey Window – I Will

Stone By Window – Adrift Again

Leanne Louise – Spotlight

High/Low – Mould

State of the Art – One Million Eyes

 

STATE OF THE ART LIVE IN THE STUDIO

State of the Art – Betrayed (live in session)

Thrice – Circles

State of the Art – One Million Eyes (live in session)

Fightstar – Mercury Summer

State of the Art – Giants! (live in session)

Don Broco – You Wanna Know

State of the Art – New World Order (live in session)

Foo Fighters – Something From Nothing

 

Into Horizon – Built to Break

Stan Blade – #IBlameTheParents

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Curveballs 2nd December 2015 (with Stan Blade and High/Low)

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio once again by High/Low (l-r Steve, Lee, Dave). Since we last chatted to them at the Village Green festival in July, the trio have recorded a new album, Autospy, which you can pre-order right now from their website www.wearehighlow.co.uk where you’ll also receive their new single Mould for your trouble! The threesome will be back out on the road in the new year – stay tuned to the website for more!

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Next up was the return of Stan Blade.  Since his debut appearance on the show in March, the Southend singer-songwriter with a hip-hop edge has had a busy summer of gigs and recording new material, and later this month he’ll be releasing his second single #IBlameTheParents. Stan can next be seen live at the Haystack Pub in Canvey Island on December 5th, followed by London’s Undersolo on December 16th. Find Stan online on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Click the link above to hear both interviews & click below to see Stan Blade playing live in the studio

 

Fat – Downtime

Into Horizon – Nothin’ But Love

Lazy Habits – Kicking the Clouds

High/Low – Mould

High/Low – Thing Inside

Official Burnt Toast – Hi-Time

Stan Blade – Women They Love a Bad Boi

 

Stan Blade – People (live in session)

Nothing But Thieves – Trip Switch

Stan Blade – Basildon Boy Meets Canvey Girl / La La La

Asylums – Missing Persons

Stan Blade – Women They Love a Bad Boi (live in session)

 

State of the Art – Through Heaven Through Hell

Disclosure – Echoes

Happy Attack – Compo

Matt Tubey – Easy Going

City Perils – Explain

Jarryd James – This Time

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Curveballs 25th November 2015

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Disclosure (featuring Lion Babe) – Hourglass

Mundy – To You I Bestow

Nothing But Thieves – Trip Switch

Lazy Habits – Kicking the Clouds

Sugarmen – Plastic Ocean

Stealing Signs – When I Get Out of Here

Matt Tubey – Easy Going

Youth Club – Pressure

Mixed Up Studios featuring Victoria BeeBee – Tangling

Ummagma – Lama

Ocean Flaws – Like a Fool

Stan Blade – Women They Love a Bad Boi

High/Low – Mustard Man

State of the Art – Careless Confessions

Gunner Who – My Parents Will Like This (My Parents Won’t)

Different People – Picture Perfect (Phoenix FM Creative Session)

Under the Stars – Insane Fascination (Phoenix FM Creative Session)

Loving Forty-Four – Beaten & Bruised

States of Emotion – Lena

Lee Sargeant – Me & the Moon (Phoenix FM Session)

Bruce Springsteen – Brilliant Disguise

Lights That Change – Starlight

Depeche Mode – Precious

Mickey 9s – Computer Inventor

Muertos – Make Me Your Zombie

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Curveballs 18th November 2015 (with Kieran ‘Mumble’ Leigh)

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Tonight I chatted to Stevenage drummer and producer Kieran ‘Mumble’ Leigh. Kieran has previously been featured on Curveballs as drummer for Forgotten Castaway and Atlas, but is currently involved in a variety of musical and film projects as producer and instrumentalist – way too many to list here, so click above to listen back to the interview and find out more, as well as how he got his unusual nickname! Kieran can be found on Twitter and Facebook where you can find more links to his music!

 

Pleymo – New Wave

Silmarils – Va Y Avoir du Sport

We Are Scientists – Sprinkles

Stone By Window – Set Free

Question of Honour – Let’s Be Friends

The Foreign Exchange (featuring Carlitta Durand) – Disappear

My Cruel Goro – Clash

Atlas – Summer Jams

 

KIERAN ‘MUMBLE’ LEIGH IN THE STUDIO

Waste – Blow

Johnny Cash – I Walk the Line

Gho$t$ounds – Fat Trap

Booker T & the MGs – Green Onions

 

4Hero – Escape That

Velettes – Wild Flowers

Decades – Champagne

Lady Grey & the Earls – Freak Show

Zebrahead – Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right But Three Rights Make a Left

The Folk Implosion – Free to Go

Ace Out – We Should Be Dancing

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Curveballs 11th November 2015 (with Damien Kage from Tricell Films)

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Damien Kage interview starts shortly after 30:00.

 

Tonight I chatted to Damien Kage from Nottingham production company Tricell Films. The company are currently filming Case Files, a TV series written by Kage, and promises to be quite a treat for the zombie film fans among you suffering Halloween withdrawal symptoms. As we found out during the interview,  we found out that Damien and Tricell Films have plenty more in the pipeline for the horror & sci-fi lovers among you who like a good fright – have a listen and find out more! Find Tricell Films online at www.tricellfilms.com.

Dedmau5 – I Remember

Counting Coins – All That I Need

Husker Du – Don’t Want to Know If You Are Lonely

Huetensil – Nothin’

Guthrie Brown & the Family Tree – Lakeside

Dead to Me – Victims of No Ambition

Muertos – Make Me Your Zombie

John Murphy – In the House – in a Heartbeat

Disclosure (featuring Lion Babe) – Hourglass

Atlas – Summer Jams

Zen Motel – Devil Song

Micrafish – Cumulonimbus

Silent Natives – Circles

Forever Never – One Life

Dave Stannard – Over the Top (Phoenix FM Session)

Different People – Over Your Shoulder (Phoenix FM Creative Session)

Tokyo Taboo – Drowning (Phoenix FM Creative Session)

KLOQ – This Beat (Phoenix FM Creative Session)

Matt Tubey – Marbles (Phoenix FM Creative Session)

Ilana J – Angel

Vicinius Terra – O Inverno

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Curveballs 4th November 2015

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Reuben – Freddy Krueger

Counties – November

Badly Drawn Boy – Everybody’s Stalking

Silent Natives – Circles

Huetensil – Nothin’

Official Burnt Toast – Hi-Time

Mickey 9s – Computer Inventor

Apachelux – Only When You’re Lonely

The Fleeting Ends – Can’t Say No

The Foreign Exchange (featuring Tamisha Waden) – Truce

Dreamscape – Separate Sense

The Velvet Tree – My Love

Killatrix – Dumb

Fades – New Design

Harper – Electric Headlock

Looks Like Rain – 52:59

State of the Art – Through Heaven, Through Hell

Dave Stannard – Small Talk

Let’s Wrestle – Rain Ruins Revolution

Derelics – California

Horrorpops – Walk Like a Zombie

The Tuesday Club – Lady Gargar

Samantha Aungle – Disrespect

Warm Winters – Meet Me by the Sea

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Curveballs 28th October 2015 – Halloween Special

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Tonight it was our annual Halloween special here on Curveballs, digging up some of the ghostly tunes from years gone by which you may have forgotten about, along with plenty of fresh blood in the form of new music to suit the time of year. I got so many suggestions online for spooky tracks to play that I might do a Halloween overspill on next week’s show…

Misfits – Monster Mash

Colours of Melanchola – Bottom

The Specials – Ghost Town

Attaboy Skip – Ghostbusters Theme

Space – Strange World

Ministry – Every Day is Halloween

Tokyo Taboo – Drowning

Sonic Boom Six – Strange Transformations

Beat Happening – Zombie Limbo Time

Bis – Secret Vampires

Lights That Change – Starlight

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put a Spell on You

The Eels – My Beloved Monster

Alice Cooper – Feed My Frankenstein

Nothing But Thieves – Trip Switch

The City is Ours – A Reason

Warm Winters – Meet Me By the Sea

The Baby Blues – “Mike’s Life” (Phoenix FM Session)

Imperial Leisure – Machine Vs Monster

Fella – Bunny Boiler

Counting Coins – All That I Need

Tom Parsons – Dragged Into Fear (Virtually Insane Theme)

Andy Forray – Drac’s Back

The Travis Waltons – Vampire Bite

Killing Miranda – Teenage Vampire

Engerica – Trick Or Treat

Derelics – To Brunhilde

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Curveballs 21st October 2015 (with Suplex Wrestling)

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Wrestlers from around 30:00 onwards.

 

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Tonight I was joined in the studio for a second time by Suplex Wrestling’s Mitch “The Wolf” Davis and Phil Powers, with an unexpected guest appearance (read: gatecrash) from fellow grappler Shane Stevens. Mitch & Phil both emerged victorious from their most recent matches at East Tilbury last Saturday, but as we found out, they weren’t without their controversies! Click above to listen back to the interview, including tales of drama in and out of the ring, unpopular wrestlers and even more unpopular referees, and people who just can’t get the interviewer’s name right…

Catch Mitch, Phil and Shane in action on November 8th at the Old Regent Ballroom in Stanford-le-Hope from 5pm. Find them online at www.suplexwrestling.co.uk.

 

Disclosure – Jaded

Royal Trux – I’m Ready

Sunna – I’m Not Trading

Husker Dü – Dead Set On Destruction

Ummagma – Orion

South – Paint the Silence

Let’s Wrestle – Rain Ruins Revolution

The Kooks – She Moves In Her Own Way

Primo Nelson – Pinch

Isotonik – Different Strokes

Imperial Leisure – Jenny

Lisa Wright – Back to You (Phoenix FM Session)

Space – Strange World

Youth Club – Nothing

The City Perils – Prove Me Wrong

Warm Winters – Tiny Little Moments

Tom Parsons – Dragged Into Fear (Virtually Insane Theme)

Sonic Boom Six – A People’s History of the Future

Manbreak – Future Days

Stealing Signs – Hide & Seek

Fella – Sideways

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Curveballs 14th October 2015 (with Lisa Wright)

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This week I welcomed local country singer Lisa Wright back to the Phoenix FM studio. Since joining us in December last year, Lisa has just released her new EP, Before I Die, which she recorded earlier in the year during a visit to Nashville! With a busy few months ahead in both gigging and more recording, expect to be hearing a lot more from Lisa not just in country circles but plenty more too! The EP is available from all download sites, and Lisa can next be seen live locally at The Garage in Highbury next Thursday (22nd) where she’ll be supporting Jeannine Barry. Find Lisa on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Click above to hear Lisa chatting about playing one of Nashville’s most famous venues, alongside other sights to see there (& something she didn’t see!), the experience of recording her new EP, and the country music-inspired items of clothing nobody should be without!

Click below to see her playing live in the studio:

 

Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career

Lush – 500 (Shake Baby Shake)

Noonday Underground – London

The Albino Peaches – Motha

Kiss Me Quick – I Only Love You When I’m Drunk

The Foreign Exchange (featuring Shana Tucker) – Milk & Honey

Lisa Wright – Before I Die

 

LISA WRIGHT LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Lisa Wright – Girl Like Me

Chris Stapleton – Traveller

Lisa Wright – Here We Go Again

Carrie Underwood – Smoke Break

Lisa Wright – Back to You (live in session)

Eric Church – Talladega

Lisa Wright – You Grow But You Don’t Change

Dolly Parton – Better Get to Livin’

 

Toby Lightman – Every Kind of People

Disclosure (featuring Lion Babe) – Hourglass

Counties – November

The Ends – No Choruses

The Tuesday Club – Lady Gar Gar

Killatrix – Dumb

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Curveballs 7th October 2015 (with The Turn Of The Screw director Jake)

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This week we got in touch with our theatrical side as I chatted to Jake Burtenshaw, director of upcoming Halloween production The Turn of the Screw, which can be seen at Chelmsford’s Old Court Theatre between October 27th and 31st. Based on Henry James’ gothic tale, it’s guaranteed to make your Halloween go with a scream! Tickets can be bought from www.ctw.org.uk.

Click above to listen back to the interview to hear Jake talking about what how the original play’s influence is still felt today, as well as some reminiscing about when he first appeared on Curveballs back in 2009 under a very different guise, and what he’s been up to since then – which involves a few well-known films!

 

Lush – Ladykillers

Jungle Brothers – VIP

Future Kings of Spain – Your Starlight

Disclosure – Echoes

The Ends – No Choruses

Sugar – The Act We Act

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put a Spell on You

Lisa Wright – Before I Die

Kiss Me Quick – I Only Love You When I’m Drunk

Apachelux – Only When You’re Lonely

Lee Sargeant – Relationships (Phoenix FM Session)

Before I Go – Freedom

Rayne – Dolorus

Howling Black Soul – Brand New Soul

Kloq – This Beat

Primo Nelson – Pinch

Adam Wedd – Ark

Foxtrott – Shields

The Foreign Exchange – Asking for a Friend

Tom Rory Parsons – Dragged Into Fear (Virtually Insane Theme)

Devereux – Collision Path

Arcaves – Frozen Water

Ummagma – Risky

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Curveballs 30th September 2015 (with Apachelux)

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Apachelux interview begins at around 27:00.

 

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by enigmatic electronica duo Apachelux. The pair met in Southend a year ago and released their debut single This Time earlier this year. We got to hear the follow-up, Only When You’re Lonely, on the show tonight – its first radio play – ahead of its release in November, when it will be available alongside two exclusive remixes. For news and upcoming recordings, Apachelux can be found online at www.apachelux.com.  

Click above to listen back to the interview, including stories of how they got their unusual name, what’s currently driving them mad in the studio, and their completely different other projects!

 

Roni Size & Reprazent – Brown Paper Bag

CSS – Off the Hook

Lone Wolf – Alligator

Devereux – Heavy Eyed Hope

Disclosure (featuring Lorde) – Magnets

Stealing Sheep – Deadlock

 

APACHELUX IN THE STUDIO

Daft Punk – Robot Rock

Apachelux – This Time

Algiers – Black Eunuch

Apachelux – Only When You’re Lonely

Roger Sanchez – Another Chance

Marlena Shaw – California Soul

Disciples featuring David Rodigan – Mastermind

 

The Foreign Exchange – So What If It Is

Lisa Wright – Before I Die

Ekkoes – Last Breath

KLOQ – The Gun

The Ends – You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides)

Stick in the Wheel – Bedlam

Tom Rory Parsons – Escape From This Reality

Tony Steele & the Massacre – Starting From Scratch

Lee Sargeant – Strolling On (Phoenix FM Session)

Blood Red Shoes – 7 Years

The Ramisco Maki Maki Rocking Horse – And We Will Dance

The Fleeting Ends – Can’t Say No

Funke & the Two Tone Baby – Not Enough Bonobo

Different People – Over Your Shoulder

Space – Strange World

Tokyo Taboo – Bubbilicious

Lush – Hypocrite

The Velettes – Wild Flowers

Volume All Star – Alpoboy

 

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Curveballs 23rd September 2015 (with Lee Sargeant)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio once again by local singer-songwriter Lee Sargeant. Since his last appearance on the show last year, Lee has had a busy time gigging and getting ready to record his debut solo album, due out early next year. Inbetween now and then however, you can find him playing and hosting a weekly open jam night every Thursday at Ten Green Bottles in Leigh-on-sea, with some other live dates in the pipeline too – find him on Facebook and Twitter and stay tuned!

Click above to listen back to the interview and hear some tales of random instruments being brought to the open jam night, songs being written in lounges, and the many random places and audiences Lee’s played to in the past year!

Click below to see him playing live in the studio:

 

Lush – Single Girl

Badly Drawn Boy – Everybody’s Stalking

De La Soul – Breakadawn

Lisa Wright – Before I Die

Bakerside – Tuesday Moonlight

Space – Strange World

Funke & the Two Tone Baby – Not Enough Bonobo

 

LEE SARGEANT IN THE STUDIO

Incubus – Drive

Lee Sargeant – Me & the Moon (live in session)

Jamie Cullum – Pure Imagination

Lee Sargeant – Strolling On (live in session)

Lo-Fi Beats featuring Lee Sargeant – Exit Strategy

Reef – Summer’s in Bloom

Lee Sargeant – We Get Back Up (live in session)

Del Amitri – Just Like a Man

Lee Sargeant – Relationships (live in session)

 

Bear’s Den – Above the Clouds of Pompeii

Apachelux – This Time

Adam Wedd – Ark

Disclosure featuring Lion Babe – Hourglass

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Curveballs September 16th 2015 – Festival Special!

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This week it was time for our annual festival round-up, reliving some of the best memories and singalongs from the festival season. Looking back on some of the highlights of Village Green and Latitude in July (interviews and photos of which are still available here on the Phoenix FM website), Essex Road Fest, as well as Reading in August and Bestival earlier in September.

Who annoyed festival organisers when their set overran? Who seemingly vanished in a puff of smoke? Who came on stage wearing a drum machine (that’s right, wearing)? Who did an impromptu meet-and-greet with fans straight after coming off stage? And who was marking 20 years since their first festival appearance by playing there again? Click above to listen back to the show and all will be revealed!

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Of course, it wouldn’t be the Curveballs festival special without the annual A-Z of festival t-shirts. What amusing pun can be found on this lad’s shirt? Have a listen to the show to find out and hear this year’s full slogan countdown!

 

Asylums – I’ve Seen Your Face in a Music Magazine

Nitin Sawhney – Sunset

Django Django – Storm

Luke Wright – Have a Gong

Badly Drawn Boy – Once Around the Block

Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays

Manic Street Preachers – You Love Us

The City Perils – Explain

Limp Bizkit – Faith

New Found Glory – My Friends Over You

Nothing But Thieves – Trip Switch

Ash – Girl From Mars

Azealia Banks (featuring Lazy Jay) – 212

Bury Tomorrow – Man on Fire

Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer – Hail the Chap

Jurassic 5 – Concrete Schoolyard

Level 42 – Something About You

House of Pain – Jump Around

Slaves – Where’s Your Car Debbie?

Chemical Brothers (featuring Noel Gallagher) – Setting Sun

The Skints – Katy on a Mission

Dub Pistols – Mucky Weekend

Jungle Brothers – VIP

Deadmau5 – Ghosts N Stuff (excerpt)

Roni Size & Reprazent – Brown Paper Bag

Underworld – Cowgirl (excerpt)

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Curveballs 9th September 2015 (with Space’s Tommy Scott)

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This week we gave listeners the first opportunity to hear my chat with Space frontman Tommy Scott, ahead of the release of their new single Strange World. Click above to listen back to the interview and click here to see him playing live in the studio.

Terrorvision – Perseverance

Nine Black Alps – Not Everyone

De Staat – Build That, Buy That

The City Perils – The Optimist

Kloq – The Gun

The Foreign Exchange (featuring Shana Tucker) – Milk & Honey

Lisa Wright – Before I Die

Space – Neighbourhood

 

SPACE’S TOMMY SCOTT IN THE STUDIO

Tommy Scott (Space) – Female of the Species (live in session)

Tommy Scott (Space) – Avenging Angels (live in session)

Space – Strange World

Tommy Scott (Space) – The Loneliest Robot (live in session)

Tommy Scott (Space) – Neighbourhood (live in session)

Space – Attach of the Mutant 50ft Kebab

 

Youth Club – People

Stan Blade – Women They Love a Bad Boi

Walkway – Streetwise

Nova – My Bitter Blood

Lone Wolf – Crimes

Lo-Fi Beats (featuring Lee Sargeant) – Exit Strategy

Kids with Torches – The Comedian

Underworld – King of Snake (Barking mix)

Django Django – First Light

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Interview with Space’s Tommy Scott

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Space burst out of Liverpool in the mid-90s with hits including Female of the SpeciesNeighbourhoodAvenging Angels and many more. After two hit albums, Spiders and Tin Planet, personal and record label issues saw the band withdraw from the public eye, but last year they returned with a bang with their first new album in a decade, Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab, accompanied by a UK tour alongside fellow 90s hitmakers Republica. A follow-up album is currently in the works and the first fruits of new Space material will be arriving next month in the form of new single Strange World.

Space singer Tommy Scott recently visited the Phoenix FM studio to chat to Nick Field about Space’s past, present and future, and play some tracks, both old and new, live in the studio. Click below to listen to the interview and see him playing live!

(Apologies for the fuzzy sound quality in places during the interview).

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Curveballs 2nd September 2015 (with The City Perils, and Thingamagig’s Pete & Stuart)

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Thingamagig’s Pete & Stuart at around 27:00, The City Perils at 1:11:00.

 

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Stuart Sinclair and Pete Baker from Billericay label Big Stinky Dog Records, organisers of alldayer Thingamagig. Now in its eighth year, the latest Thingamagig event takes place on September 19th from 12pm at The Ship Inn in Stock, with headliners Tallowah and Ed Rome plus many more. Advance tickets are available now, and there will also be a shuttle bus service running from Billericay & Chelmsford – to find out more, and for the full line-up, visit www.bigstinkydog.co.uk.

Click above to listen back to the interview and find out more about who to watch this year, as well as how Thingamagig got its name and how various mis-spellings gave them ideas for more events…!

 

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Next up I was joined by three-quarters of upcoming local rockers The City Perils (l-r Ricky, Andy, Dave). The foursome (also featuring drummer Dal) formed from previous bands at the beginning of this year and have had a busy summer with gigs in London and the release of their first set of recordings. They can next be seen live at the Underbelly in Hoxton on September 26th, and can be found on Facebook and SoundCloud. Click above to listen back to the interview to hear them discussing gigs in back gardens and some of the crazy inspirations for their songs.

 

New Found Glory – Hit Or Miss (Waited Too Long)

Do Me Bad Things – What’s Hideous

China Drum – Wuthering Heights

Kloq – This Beat

Metasic – New Design

 

THINGAMAGIG’S STUART & PETE IN THE STUDIO

Ed Rome – Hype

Funke & the Two Tone Baby – Not Enough Bonobo

Tallowah – Wise Up

Origami Noise – I Made Me Think

 

Kids With Torches – Overloading

Django Django – First Light

The City Perils – Explain

 

THE CITY PERILS IN THE STUDIO

The City Perils – When the Nightmare Started

Saves the Day – Drag in D Flat

The City Perils – The Optimist

Foo Fighters – Everlong

The City Perils – Prove Me Wrong

Elliot Smith – Bled White

 

A – Getting Around

Space – Strange World

Loving Forty Four – Sabretooth

Surge – Loveblood

The Travis Waltons – Tell Me Where You Are

Arcaves – Frozen Water

Unearth the Kings – Saturday Night Hero

The Foreign Exchange – Asking for a Friend

Imperial Leisure – Animal

Looks Like Rain – 52:59

Fella – Sideways

 

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Curveballs 19th August 2015

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Another 3-hour special this week, featuring as much new and undiscovered music as we could find with a smattering of old favourites for good measure! we also had a look at what’s coming up at local gigs and festivals for the rest of August. Plenty to go out and discover! Curveballs returns on September 2nd where I’ll be chatting to The City Perils (above) and the organisers from Thingamigig! See you at Reading Festival!

Biffy Clyro – Questions & Answers

Imperial Leisure – Isle of Slice

4hero – Star Chasers

Nova – My Bitter Blood

My Cruel Goro – Clash

Youth Club – Breathe

Space – Strange World

Stealing Sheep – Love

Tom Rory Parsons – Escape from this Reality

Apachelux – This Time

Marika Hackman – Ophelia

The Get Up Kids – My Apology

American Werewolf Academy – I Can’t Lose

Ella Squirrel – Quiet Fire

The Foreign Exchange – Asking for a Friend

Fella – Sideways

Liam Hayes & Plush – Greyhound Bus Station

Grits (featuring Fyutch) – Seize the Day

Surge – Loveblood

Fire at Dawn – Bad Trip

The City Perils – Explain

The City Is Ours – A Reason

Kurtze – Dry Bones

De La Soul – Breakadawn

The Sparrows – Follow (Phoenix FM Session)

Micrafish – Broken Mirrors

Charlie Law & the Cabineers – Take Me Home

Calico – Now I’m Sure

Different People – Over Your Shoulder

Django Django – Vibrations

Fidlar – No Ass

Lucy Rose – Scar

Dedmau5 – I Remember

Tinman – 18 Strings

Lights That Change – Toxic

Tokyo Taboo – Bubbilicious

The Albino Peaches – Bang Bang

Arctic Monkeys – This House is a Circus

Arch Rivals – Something Wrong

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Interview with Tom Parsons & Beckie Grace

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This week I sat in for Bob on One2Three and was joined in the studio by local musicians Tom Parsons and Beckie Grace for a chat and exclusive live session. Both are recent music graduates from Havering College, and are set to be names we’ll be hearing much more of in the coming months – Beckie is currently putting together a debut album with her band The Cascade, while Tom recently produced audio drama Virtually Insane, with more productions in the pipeline!

Click above to listen back to the interview and hear about, among other things, Beckie’s theatre award and Tom’s composition of a certain famous TV theme!

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Beckie’s band The Cascade can be found here: http://instagram.com/the_cascade_

Tom can be found on SoundCloud here: http://www.soundcloud.com/rory-parsons

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Curveballs 12th August 2015 (with The Albino Peaches and Nova)

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Albino Peaches interview at approx 29:00, Nova interview at approx 1:47:00. Apologies for short fuzzing during parts of the show.

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Dan (above right) and Kyle from The Albino Peaches. After mainly spending the first half of the year recording the new material, the Harlow-based trio (also featuring Tommy on drums) are gearing up to release a new single, Motha, on August 31st, with plans to release two more singles later this year. August 31st is also the day you can catch them live at The Square in Harlow – stay tuned to their Facebook and Twitter pages for more news on live shows and releases.

Click above to listen back to the interview – once we’ve got the talk of lodges and caravans out of the way, find out about where in the world they’ve been getting some high-profile radio play!

 

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Next up was Stevenage foursome Nova. Formed last year, they’ve recently released their first EP, the aptly-named Debut, and had a busy summer gigging. They can next be seen live this Saturday (15th) at the Cricketers in Stevenage, with plenty more gigs to come – find out more at www.nova-band.co.uk.

Click above to find out more about upcoming gigs, the unusual inspirations for their songs, and what the band were called before Nova. It’s quite a story in itself.

Incubus – Drive

Imperial Leisure – Animal

Youth Club – Nothing

KLOQ – High

Tokyo Taboo – Bubbilicious

Miggs – Pretty

Noonday Underground – London

The Albino Peaches – Bang Bang

 

THE ALBINO PEACHES IN THE STUDIO

The Albino Peaches – Ride

Arctic Monkeys – From the Ritz to the Rubble

The Albino Peaches – Motha

Kula Shaker – Govinda

The Albino Peaches – Memphis

Rush – Spirit of the Radio

 

Striped Sight – Karma

Micrafish – Remember the Rain

Jacksonswarehouse – Right Here Right Now

Palumbo & the Funk – Dawn is Rising

Nova – Alive

 

NOVA IN THE STUDIO

Nova – My Bitter Blood

Kings of Leon – Red Morning Light

Muse – Knights of Cydonia

Nova – Time Ticks Slowly

Ozzy Osbourne & Randy Rhoads – I Don’t Know

Nova – Crossing that Line

Royal Blood – Loose Change

 

Optional Rubber Duck – Smile

Sounds of Sputnik – Blizzard

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Curveballs 5th August 2015 (with The Sparrows)

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The Sparrows interview at approximately 28:00. Apologies for the crackling during parts of the show.

 

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by local fivesome The Sparrows (l-r Paul, Jamie, Bobby, Chris, Ross) – and all their equipment, which as you’ll hear, was put to good use! The quintet are currently recording material for a new EP to be released later in the year, but before that, you can next see them live at the Camden Barfly on August 22nd. Find The Sparrows online at www.sparrowsmusic.co.uk.

Click above to listen back to the interview, including tales of their shortest ever headline gig and some truly bizarre listener questions!

Click below to see them playing live in the studio:

 

Howling Bells – Into the Chaos

The Get Up Kids – The Company Dime

Mouthful of Ashtrays – Slow Train

Space – Strange World

Kurtze – Dry Bones

Ummagma – Risky

The Sparrows – Away From Here

 

THE SPARROWS LIVE IN THE STUDIO

The Sparrows – Hello (live in session)

John Mayer – Gravity (live)

The Sparrows – Free to Love (live in session)

Jason Mraz – Butterfly

The Sparrows – What I’ve Done (live in session)

Dave Matthews Band – #41

The Sparrows – Follow (live in session)

 

Do Me Bad Things – Off the Hook

The Albino Peaches – Bang Bang

Nova – My Bitter Blood

Killatrix – Dumb

The Takes – Song 2 (Phoenix FM Session)

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Words & Sound interview with Tom Parsons

I recently sat in for Chris Stagg on Words & Sound, and chatted to local musician and producer Tom Parsons. Music graduate Tom was in to chat about Virtually Insane, an audio drama he recently provided production and music duties for, alongside other musical projects he has coming up. You can hear clips from Virtually Insane alongside Tom’s other work on his Soundcloud and YouTube pages, and he can also be contacted on Facebook. Expect to hear more from Tom soon!

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Curveballs 29th July 2015 (with Mouthful of Ashtrays)

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Mouthful of Ashtrays interview begins around 27:00.

 

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by Mouthful of Ashtrays (l-r Tony, Mark, Dave, Rik). Originally formed in Chelmsford in the mid-80s, and last in action as a band in the early 90s, the foursome reformed in 2013 and have recently released a new EP, Fire in the Hole. After a series of live appearances locally so far this year, they return to the live scene in September – check the official website for details of where to catch them and how to get your hands on the EP!

Click above to listen back to the interview and hear Mouthful of Ashtrays discuss getting back together as well as their gigs with Dr Feelgood among other famous names from the 80s, and getting played on the radio by John Peel and Bruno Brookes!

 

NOFX – Bottles to the Ground

Gardener – Tamed

The City Perils – Explain

Striped Sight – Talk Like the Moon

Arctic Monkeys – Secret Door

Apachelux – This Time

Mouthful of Ashtrays – Never Get to Heaven

 

MOUTHFUL OF ASHTRAYS IN THE STUDIO

Mouthful of Ashtrays – Slow Train

Crazy Cavan & the Rhythm Rockers – Jumpin’ Jive

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Travelling Man (live)

Mouthful of Ashtrays – One for the Hippy

Johnny Cash – Boy Named Sue

Mouthful of Ashtrays – Cold War Kid

Dr Feelgood – That’s It I Quit

 

Fire At Dawn – Bad Trip

The Sparrows – Away From Here

Different People – Over Your Shoulder

Do Me Bad Things – What’s Hideous

Machine Head – Hallowed be Thy Name

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Curveballs 22nd July 2015 (with DS North on the phone)

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DS North interview at 1:10:00.

Tonight I chatted to local wrestler DS North about the upcoming British Wrestling Evolution event Dominance, which takes place at Lopping Hall in Loughton on August 8th. DS first joined us on the show back in 2009, just before the very first BWE championship event, which he went on to win. After a few years away, BWE returned earlier this year with its first tournament in four years, and Dominance – their third event – features a host of upcoming British wrestling talent. For the full line-up of matches, visit www.britishwrestlingevolution.com.

Click above to listen back to the interview and hear DS North chatting about who to look out for at Dominance, his choice of entrance music, and why his match opponent, Reece Royale, should be worried!

DS also announced that BWE are running a competition to win tickets to Dominance – to be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this question: which WWF wrestler would enter the ring to the tune of Rule Britannia? Send your answer plus your name to britwresevo@gmail.com and good luck! The competition closes on Wednesday July 29th.

 

Cave In – Anchor

Django Django – Reflections

Arctic Monkeys – Bad Thing

Wolf Alice – You’re a Germ

Marika Hackman – Ophelia

Minus the Bear – Michio’s Death Drive

Arcaves – Frozen Water

High/Low – Mustard Man

Different People – Daniel

Nova – Alive

Culling the Pantheon – Nemesis

Fragile Souls – Devil’s Sun (Electro Mix)

Looking for Liam – Saw a World

Mouthful of Ashtrays – Slow Train

The Little Mothers – Your Twisted Sister

Lips – Rolling Stone

A Day to Remember – All I Want

Lady Grey & the Earls – Beggars Belief

Arch Rivals – The Long Gone

Do Me Bad Things – Liv Ullman on Drums (Move in Stereo)

Chvrches – Do I Wanna Know?

 

 

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Curveballs 15th July 2015 (with Arch Rivals, & the Danfest crew)

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Interview with David & Shelly at around 11:00. Arch Rivals interview at around 37:00.

 

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Danfest organisers David Pankhurst and Shelly Morris (pictured above with sons Dan and Louee), just ahead of this year’s event at Stanford-Le-Hope’s Crooked Billet on July 18th. Now in its third year, Danfest is an all-day event featuring local acts and is in aid of raising funds for the National Autistic Society and Great Ormond Street Hospital. You can find out more about Danfest on Facebook. Click above to listen back to the interview, where we find out more about who’s booked for this year, and why young Dan is going to win every single argument from now on…

 

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Next up it was the Phoenix FM debut of London’s Arch Rivals (l-r Arran, Rodrigo, Chris). The foursome (also featuring Gareth) formed at the beginning of this year and recently released their first EP, Something Wrong, which is now available on download and limited-edition CD. They can next be seen playing live at Islington’s O2 Academy on July 24th. In the meantime, click above to listen back and find out about Arran’s stage management tales, and their ‘friend of the stars’ producer among other things! Find Arch Rivals online at www.archrivals.co.uk.

 

 

Do Me Bad Things – Time For Deliverance

The Kubricks – Self-Help Wannabe

Asylums – I’ve Seen Your Face in a Music Magazine

 

DANFEST FEATURED BANDS

High/Low – Mustard Man

The Ends – You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides)

Different People – Daniel

 

Bunny – Ambulance Drive

Arch Rivals – Something Wrong

 

ARCH RIVALS IN THE STUDIO

Arch Rivals – Stay True

Echoic – Last Train

Arch Rivals – Greater Mammals

Emperor Yes – Wasps

Tall Ships – Phosphorescence

Arch Rivals – The Long Gone

Raul Seixas – Sociedad Alternativa

 

Looking For Liam – Saw a World

Nova – Alive

Staind – Sober

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Curveballs 8th July 2015 (with Different People)

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Different People interview starts at around 28:00.

 

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Tonight I was joined in the studio for a second time by Thurrock’s Different People (l-r Callum, Tom, Matt, Dave, Lee). Since their last appearance on the show last year, they’ve recorded a new EP, Picture Perfect, which we were sampled to tonight, and is due for release soon. In the meantime, Different People can be seen playing live at Danfest, which takes place at Stanford-Le-Hope’s The Crooked Billet on July 18th, followed by the Traitors Gate, Grays on July 31st and Hornchurch’s The Crown on August 30th. Find them on Facebook, Twitter and Bandcamp.

Click above to listen back and hear tales of dragon encounters, falling off chairs and getting strange interferences while recording!

 

Alkaline Trio – Time to Waste

Super Furry Animals – Venus & Serena

Shark Tape – Bronco

The Travis Waltons (featuring Charlie Simpson) – Separation Season

Looks Like Rain – 52:59

The City Perils – Explain

 

Area 11 – Are You Listening?

Different People – Over Your Shoulder

30 Seconds to Mars – Kings & Queens

Different People – Picture Perfect

Asylums – I’ve Seen Your Face in a Music Magazine

Different People – Daniel

Black Sabbath – Into the Void

Different People – Line ‘Em Up

Foo Fighters – Everlong

 

Arch Rivals – Something Wrong

Arcaves – Frozen Water

Gunner Who – Enough is Enough

Superbus – Boys Don’t Cry

Arctic Monkeys – Chun Li’s Spinning Bird Kick

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Curveballs 1st July 2015 (with Looks Like Rain and The Travis Waltons)

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Looks Like Rain interview at around 18:00, Travis Waltons interview at around 1:04:30.

 

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Steve and Chris from Looks Like Rain (yes, we realise that was kinda ironic for the hottest day of the year so far too). The band can be seen playing at Barking Folk Festival on Sunday, where they’ll be playing alongside Billy Bragg among many others! They’ll be releasing a new single, 52:59 (as heard exclusively when they first joined us in May)on Sunday to coincide with the slot – find out more at www.lookslikerain.co.uk. See them playing live in the studio below:

 

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Then I chatted to Daniel Flay (above right), frontman of Bristol’s The Travis Waltons. Daniel is gearing up for the band’s second album release, Separation Season, on August 10th, which features guest appearances from Jamie Lenman and Charlie Simpson among others. It’s not Dan’s first brush with famous faces, having had one of the band’s videos introduced by a famous US actor. Click above to find out how all these amazing collaborations came about, and how you can get your hands on the album, alongside tales of gigs in gardens and living rooms!

 

 

Voice of the Beehive – Don’t Call Me Baby

Milloy – Deuce

My Brightest Diamond – This is My Hand

Stapleton – Dear Dusk

Odds – Someone Who’s Cool

Looks Like Rain – Epitomise (live in session)

Looks Like Rain – 52:59

Looks Like Rain – Thank You, Farewell & Goodbye (live in session)

Stars – From the Night

Culling the Pantheon – Nemesis

Robert Vincent – Life in Easy Steps

Belter – Poison

The Travis Waltons (featuring Jamie Lenman) – Good Grief

The Travis Waltons – Doom

Different People – Over Your Shoulder

Ten A Penny – Tel Aviv

Stan Blade – Women They Love a Bad Boi

Double Headed Jester – Lily’s Getting Lippy

Lanter of Badds – Fight Or Flight?

Godhead – Eleanor Rigby

Arctic Monkeys – My Propellor

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Curveballs 24th June 2015

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Plenty of new bands and tracks to check out this week, and it seems festival season is really in full swing, as we found out with a montage of bands playing Leigh Folk Festival this week, and news that one of our favourite regularly featured bands is playing Glastonbury!

Don’t forget you can still vote for your favourite Arctic Monkeys tracks here: http://www.phoenixfm.com/2015/03/26/the-top-20-show-arctic-monkeys/ and tune in to Phoenix FM on July 22nd at 10pm to see which track is the number 1 party anthem!

Beth Orton – Stolen Car

Lazy Habits – The Breach

Ten A Penny – Tel Aviv

Late Homecoming – Head Down

Lone Wolf – Get Rough

Nova – Alive

Micrafish – Remember the Rain

Ella Squirrel – Loop

Bear’s Den – Above the Clouds of Pompeii

Stealing Sheep – Apparition

Django Django – Reflections

Arctic Monkeys – No.1 Party Anthem

Counties – Mistress to Distance

Looks Like Rain – 52:59

Minnie Birch – Bones

Bob Collum & the Welfare Mothers – Knockdown Dragout

The Krakenists – Krackenist

The Ends – You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides)

Walkway – Overrated

Magda Czula – Power of Sound

The City Perils – Explain

Howling Black Soul – Myself

False-Heads – Twentynothing

Different People – Over Your Shoulder

Frank Turner – Who’s Got a Match?

Massive Attack – Teardrop

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Curveballs 17th June 2015 (with Micrafish)

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Micrafish interview begins at around 32:00.

 

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by Southend foursome Micrafish (l-r Ryan, Alex [back], Luke, Matt), just ahead of their launch gig at Chinnerys for their debut album, Blood, Smoke & Broken Mirrors, from which we heard three tracks. A fascinating mix of rock styles, the album is available on CD and will be available to download shortly. Micrafish can also be seen live at London’s Surya on August 14th – you can find out where else, and how to get your hands on the album, at the band’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Dreamscape – Finally Through

Fella – Bunny Boiler

The Takes – That Chat

Arch Rivals – Something Wrong

John Coffey – Broke Neck

Ella Squirrel – Quiet Fire

Lips – Rolling Stone

 

MICRAFISH IN THE STUDIO

Nirvana – In Bloom

Micrafish – Remember the Rain

Micrafish – Broken Mirrors

Black Stone Cherry – Blind Man

Pearl Jam – Even Flow

Micrafish – Cumulonimbus

Presidents of the USA – Peaches

 

Foo Fighters – Aurora

Metasic – Falling Into Place

Electric Child House – Soul Sucker

Anna Carow – I’m On Fire (Phoenix FM Session)

Arctic Monkeys – Balaclava

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Curveballs 10th June 2015

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Another week and another year older (thanks for the birthday messages online everyone). The passing of time means festival season is rapidly upon us, and we discussed some upcoming local fests tonight, as well as talking about walking on fire and Reuben gig memories.

Two Door Cinema Club – Wake Up

The Features – The Idea of Growing Old

My Brightest Diamond – Pressure

Ella Squirrel – Quiet Fire

Disclosure – When a Fire Starts to Burn

Different People – Over Your Shoulder

Walkway – Just Can’t Help

Youth Club – Filling It Up to Go

Ten A Penny – I See the Light

Arcaves – Killing Time

Django Django – Pause Repeat

Drenge – Bloodsports

Electric Child House – Soul Sucker

Stan Blade – Women They Love a Bad Boi

Lucy Rose – Scar

Beartooth – In Between

The Long Run – 9 Past 8

Reuben – Keep It to Yourself

Olaf Stando – Island (Phoenix FM Session)

Counties – November (Phoenix FM Session)

The Baby Blues – “Mike’s Life” (Phoenix FM Session)

TheCityIsOurs – A Reason

Huetensil – Executioner’s Song

Machine Head – Message in a Bottle

Lazy Habits – The Breach

Arctic Monkeys – Brianstorm

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Curveballs 3rd June 2015 (with Counties and Olaf Stando)

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Olaf Stando interview at around 10:00, Counties at 45:00.

 

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio once again by good buddy of the show, local singer-songwriter Olaf Stando. Since his last appearance last year, Olaf has moved to Scotland to go to university, but has still found time to write new material during study breaks, and we were treated to a sample of that tonight. Olaf’s EP Horizons is still available for download, and you can keep up with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Click above to hear Olaf’s tales of writing songs while studying, and soon-to-be globetrotting! Click below to see him playing live in the studio.

 

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Next up I was joined in the studio by Counties, a new band formed from the ashes of We Were Lions, who recorded a session for us last year. They’ve just recruited a new bassist to complete their line-up, and plan to release their debut EP (of which we were treated to a sample tonight) this summer. Expect Counties’ brand of rock mixed with pop-punk to be a sound you’ll be hearing plenty more of very soon – find them now on Facebook and Twitter.

Click above to hear Counties’ stories of annoying the neighbours while recording and getting people mixed up – and click below to see them playing live for us.

 

Rocket From the Crypt – Young Livers

De Staat – All is Dull

Lily & Madeline – Rabbit

 

OLAF STANDO IN THE STUDIO

Olaf Stando – Pavements (live in session)

Olaf Stando – Island (live in session)

Olaf Stando – Float (live in session)

 

Stan Blade – Women They Love a Bad Boi

Fella – Bunny Boiler

 

COUNTIES IN THE STUDIO

The Amity Affliction – Don’t Lean On Me

Counties – November (live in session)

Flogging Molly – If I Ever Leave This World Alone

Counties – Better Days (live in session)

A Day to Remember – Right Back at it Again

Counties – Mistress to Distance (live in session)

Counties – 2014 Taught Me Nothing (I’m Still Learning)

Oasis – Whatever

 

The Takes – That Chat

Stephen Foster-Pilkington – If This Isn’t Good – What Is?

The MBG – Rose Tints

Guns ‘n’ Roses – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

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Curveballs 27th May 2015 (with The Baby Blues)

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Baby Blues interview starts around 27:00.

 

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by local newcomers The Baby Blues (l-r Mike, Louise, David). The trio formed at the beginning of this year and are already making a name for themselves with live appearances locally, including sets at the Essex Arms and our own Phoenix Fridays event at Old Brentwoods (which you can still listen to here). The trio plan to record their first EP in July and are also planning an alldayer at the Essex Arms in August – find out more by staying tuned in on their Facebook page.

Click above to hear them chatting about shaved heads, being inspired by debauchery, and a contender for the longest hashtag ever, and click below to see them playing live in the studio!

 

The Smashing Pumpkins – Perfect

Fungus – I’d Rather be a Doll

Ease Springs – Swayze

Lone Wolf – Alligator

Stealing Sheep – Deadlock

The House United – Made of Matches

 

THE BABY BLUES IN THE STUDIO

BB King – The Thrill is Gone

The Baby Blues – My Medicine (live in session)

Kill It Kid – Blood Stop & Run

The Baby Blues – Feels Just Like (live in session)

Keb’ Mo’ – Old Me Better

The Baby Blues – Done (live in session)

Bruce Springsteen – Atlantic City

The Baby Blues – Mike’s Life (working title) (live in session)

Samantha Fish – Go to Hell

The Baby Blues – Pink (live in session)

 

Looks Like Rain – 52:59

Olaf Stando – Postcards

The Takes – That Chat

Motorhead – Enter Sandman

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Curveballs 20th May 2015 (with Ease Springs and The Takes)

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The Takes interview at 11:00, Ease Springs interview at around 32:00.

 

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First up tonight I was joined by Sam and Curtis from The Takes. Since their last appearance on the show back in October, the foursome have recorded a new EP, Text Me When You Leave, which is released this Saturday, and they’ll be marking it with a launch gig at The Swan Inn, Hatfield Peverel. You can find them online at www.thetakesofficial.weebly.com.

Click below to see them playing live in the studio:

 

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Next up it was Steve and Sam from Ease Springs. The trio (also featuring drummer Gerald) recently released the album Who is Leonard Bopper?, which is also connected to an online graphic novel you can read online at www.whoisleonardbopper.com. Ease Springs can next be seen live at the Golden Fleece in Chelmsford this Sunday as part of Shakster Records’ charity weekender. Find them online at www.easesprings.com.

See them playing live in the studio below:

 

Foo Fighters – Gimme Stitches

Arctic Monkeys – D Is For Dangerous

The Ends – You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides)

 

THE TAKES LIVE IN THE STUDIO

The Takes – That Chat

The Takes – Scuffle on the Kitchen Floor (live in session)

The Takes – Song 2 (live in session)

 

Stan Blade – Women They Love a Bad Boi

Ease Springs – Legalised, Controlled & Sold

 

EASE SPRINGS LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Ease Springs – Tonight (live in session)

Fleetwood Mac – The Chain

Ease Springs – Somewhere In Between (live in session)

Rage Against the Machine – Wake Up

Ease Springs – There’s No Way (live in session)

The Waifs – London Still

Ease Springs – Sunny Sunny Sky (live in session)

Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Mellowship Slinky in B Major

 

Art of Rebellion – Under the Mountain

Loving Forty Four – Sabre Tooth

Any Colour You Like – Fearless (Phoenix FM Session)

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Curveballs 13th May 2015 (with Looks Like Rain)

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looks Like Rain interview commencing at 30:00.

 

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by local quartet Looks Like Rain (l-r Rich, Jed, Steve, Chris). The foursome originally formed while at school in the early noughties, and following a break to pursue outside interests, returned to the local circuit recently with new material and their first gigs in a few years. We got a sample of what’s to come with an exclusive play of their new track, 52:59, as well as a live session. Looks Like Rain can be seen supporting Billy Bragg in East London in July – for more information on that, and other stories from their favourite gigs over the years, click above to listen back! Find them online at www.lookslikerain.co.uk.

Click below to see them playing live in the studio:

 

Minus the Bear – Pachuca Sunrise

The Playwrights – Fear of Open Spaces

Stealing Sheep – Not Real

Lone Wolf – Crimes

Django Django – Reflections

Natusro – Suffocation

Folk Family Revival – I Drew a Line

 

LOOKS LIKE RAIN IN THE STUDIO

The Stone Roses – Love Spreads

Looks Like Rain – My Utopia (live in session)

Paul Weller – The Changingman

Looks Like Rain – The Code (live in session)

Radiohead – Exit Music (For a Film)

Looks Like Rain – Until the Magic Dies (live in session)

Looks Like Rain – 52:59

Looks Like Rain – Amsterdam (live in session)

 

Ease Springs – Legalised, Controlled & Sold

The Takes – That Chat

Magda Czula – Hold Me

Young & the Blue – Boredom

Lanter of Badds – Fight Or Flight?

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Curveballs 6th May 2015 (with Lone Wolf on the phone)

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Lone Wolf interview at the beginning of the second hour.

 

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Tonight I chatted on the phone to good buddy of the show Lone Wolf, aka Paul Marshall. The Essex-born, Leeds-based performer is having a busy month, with the imminent release of his new album Lodge in May 11th, and playing a handful of shows up and down the UK, including an appearance at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on May 9th. Click above to listen back to the interview, where Paul discusses how his approach to music has changed over the years, why this will be the last album under the Lone Wolf name, and a nod to our old music teacher…

Find Lone Wolf online at www.iamlonewolf.com

 

Hole – Awful

Operator Please – Volcanic

Nick & the Sun Machine – Fiery Sky

Django Django – Shake & Tremble

The Kubricks – Self-Help Wannabe

Looking For Liam – Modern Girls

Killatrix – Dumb

Ten A Penny – I See the Light

Ady Suleiman – So Lost

Rivalries – Shortest Way Home

Stealing Sheep – Deadlock

Joan as Police Woman – Holy City

The Krakenists – Heart Felt Miss

Hadleigh Ford – Joga

The Foreign Exchange – So What If It Is

Tellison – Tact is Dead

Lone Wolf – Mistakes

Stan Blade – What You Gonna Do

The Shermans – In Daylight

The Silver Bayonets – Schemes

Scarfo – Cosmonaut No7

Kittie – Charlotte

Russell & the Wolf Choir – The Constant

Weird Al Yankovic – Eat It

Tame Impala – Stranger in Moscow

Ronnie Wiggins – It’s a Lazy World

 

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Curveballs 29th April 2015 (with Art Of Rebellion, and The Control Rooms’ John Baker)

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John Baker interview at 13:00. Art Of Rebellion interview at 30:00.

 

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio by John Baker from new Shenfield rehearsal studios The Control Rooms. The studios opened in March at Whitegates Business Centre – a short walk from Shenfield station – and with 3 rehearsal rooms and guitar tuition available, there’s plenty to offer local musicians. Click above to listen back to the interview and find out more at www.thecontrolrooms.co.uk.

 

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Next up it was the return of Art Of Rebellion for their fourth Curveballs appearance. The trio have just released their debut album The Fire Ignites on CD and download, and plan to return to the live scene very soon – find out more at www.artofrebellion.co.uk and the band’s Facebook page. Click above to listen back to the interview – and prepare to have “a lovely lovely voice” stuck in your head for a while…

 

Django Django – First Light

Lazy Habits – The Breach

Ten A Penny – I See the Light

 

THE CONTROL ROOMS’ JOHN BAKER IN THE SUDIO

Gaz Coombes – Detroit

The Rolling Stones – Before They Make Me Famous

 

ART OF REBELLION IN THE STUDIO

Art of Rebellion – Under the Mountain

Art of Rebellion – Hidium

Dream Theater – The Dark Eternal Night

David Bowie – Heroes

Art of Rebellion – The End

Matchbox 20 – How Far We’ve Come

Hundred Reasons – Silver

Art of Rebellion – People of Gotham

 

Melanie De Baisio – The Flow

The Takes – That Chat

Metasic – New Design

Johnny Cash – Personal Jesus

Lone Wolf – Mistakes

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Curveballs 22nd April 2015 (with Ten A Penny)

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Teen a Penny interview begins at 30:40.

 

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by locals Ten A Penny (l-r Dan, Brad, Mo), making their second appearance on the show. They’ve been busy recording new material, of which we heard two samples tonight, including new single I See the Light which will be released on May 1st. They can next be  seen live at the Essex Arms on Warley Hill on June 21st, and they’re also playing Chelmsford’s Brownstock Festival on July 12th. Find out more on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Click above to listen back to them chatting about all how the recording of the new material came together, and who the empty seat in the studio is reserved for…

The Animalhouse – Small

Boy Kill Boy – Showdown

The Bluetones – Thank You, Not Today

Lazy Habits – The Breach

Didi Benami – Trouble

Ady Suleiman – So Lost

Lone Wolf – Crimes

 

TEN A PENNY IN THE STUDIO

Alt-J – Breezeblocks

Ten A Penny – I See the Light

Foo Fighters – Walking After You

Ten A Penny – Tel Aviv

Jesse Malin – Bent Up

Royal Blood – Figure It Out

New Order – Age of Consent

 

Art of Rebellion – Under the Mountain

The MBG – Blues No1

Connor Wells – Give It (Up Up Up Up)

Lanter of Badds – Chill Manner

Ryan Adams – Wonderwall

 

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Curveballs 15th April 2015 (with Lanter of Badds)

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Lanter of Badds on air at around 30:00.

 

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by three members of Thurrock rockers Lanter of Badds (lr Adam M, Ross, Adam R aka Taco). Since forming two years ago, the six-piece have released one EP, Set Meal A, and gigged across Essex. They’re currently working on a follow-up release and can next be seen live at Chinnerys in Southend on April 25th, Basildon’s Castlemayne on May 8th, and Brentwood’s own Essex Arms on May 17th. Find them online at www.lanterofbadds.co.uk as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Sunna – I’m Not Trading

De Staat – Build That, Buy That

Bakerside – Tuesday Moonlight

Stealing Sheep – This Time

The MBG – Wake Up

Young & The Blue – Only For a Second

Johny Machette featuring Ondřej Brzobohatý – Spasitelé

 

LANTER OF BADDS IN THE STUDIO

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

Lanter of Badds – Fight Or Flight

Daze Train – Today

Lanter of Badds – Chill Manner

The Wombats – Give Me a Try

Skindred – Set It Off

Lanter of Badds – We Have It on a Screen

PJ & Duncan – Let’s Get Ready to Rhumble

 

Sounds of Sputnik featuring Ummagma – Overdrive

Nick & the Sun Machine – Baby A

Queensburys – Cash

False-Heads – Snatch

Crème de Chèvre – God Knows I’ve Goats to Make Cheese

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Curveballs 8th April 2015 (with The MBG, and Young & The Blue)

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The MBG interview starts at approx. 13:00. Young & The Blue interview at approx. 48:00.

 

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio by locals The MBG (l-r Joe, Laura, Lewis, Ben). Since their first visit to the studio a year ago, they’ve grown two new members, played all over Essex and London (you may have spotted them at Lighting Up Brentwood just before Christmas) and have just released their first EP Everywhere We Sit is VIP. The foursome have another busy few weeks ahead – they can next be seen live at a headline show at the Railway Hotel, Southend, on April 24th. They can be found online on Facebook and you can download the EP from Bandcamp.

Click above to listen back to the interview and find out what inspired the EP name, and some samples from their growing array of crazy gig stories!

 

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Next up I was joined by Young & The Blue from London (l-r Jack, Lewis, Adam, DJ, Dan). They first joined us back in 2013 when called The Seagulls, but since relaunching last year they’ve been busy gigging and have just released a new EP entitled Change Your Mind, from which we heard a sample via a studio session. They can next be seen live at Colchester’s Swinburne Hall on April 24th and you can find them online at www.youngandtheblue.com.  Click above to listen back to the interview and session, and find out which band members come under ‘young’ and ‘blue’!

 

Bennet – Mum’s Gone to Iceland

Luscious Jackson – We Go Back

Imperial Leisure – Animal

 

THE MBG IN THE STUDIO

The MBG – Blues No1

The MBG – Wake Up

The MBG – Rose Tints

The MBG – Cynic Song

Pixies – Where Is My Mind?

 

YOUNG & THE BLUE IN THE STUDIO

Young & The Blue – Boredom

Young & The Blue – Watching (live in session)

Cage the Elephant – In One Ear

The Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night

Blink 182 – Dammit

Young & The Blue – Around (live in session)

Brand New – Jesus Christ

The Stone Roses – Begging You

The Smiths – I Want the One I Can’t Have

 

Idlewild – Collect Yourself

Lanter of Badds – Fight Or Flight

High/Low – Mustard Man

Ekkoes – Last Breath

Lips – London Town

Weird Al Yankovic – Tacky

Bely Basarte – Mambo No5

Snug – Beatnik Girl

Jack Off Jill – My Cat

The Silver Bayonets – Schemes

Lone Wolf – Crimes

Stan Blade – What You Gonna Do

High Tyde – Karibu

Olaf Stando – Postcards

Arctic Monkeys – If You Were There, Beware

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Curveballs 1st April 2015 (with Imperial Leisure and Lips)

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Imperial Leisure interview at 37:00; Lips interview at 2:02:00

 

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Richard, Dennis and Ben from longtime Curveballs favourites Imperial Leisure. The band originally formed in the late 90s and went on to release two albums, The Art of Saying Nothing and Death to the One-Trick Pony, before establishing their current line-up in 2012 and recording their third album Lifestyle Brand which is released this coming Monday (April 6th). They’ll be marking the occasion with a headline show at The Lexington on London that day, supported by Ghouls and Sonic Boom Six. Find out more at www.imperial-leisure.co.uk. Click above to hear them discuss their many tales of ‘guerilla gigging’ and memories of recording the album, and gigging everywhere from Romford to Belgium!

 

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Next up I was joined by Alex, Nathalia and Isabel from Lips. The trio (also featuring drummer Jason) formed a year ago in West London and are currently recording their debut EP in Colchester with producer Tom Donovan. The EP – of which we got a sample tonight, via a live session – will be released in June, and Lips can next be seen live at the Crown & Treaty pub in Uxbridge this Sunday (5th) as part of the Yuck Rocks Festival. Click above to hear them chatting about their influences, recording the EP and more, and click below to see them playing live in the studio! Lips can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Reel Big Fish – Take On Me

De Staat – Sweat Shop

Ady Suleiman – So Lost

Lanter of Badds – Fight Or Flight?

Stan Blade – Women They Love a Bad Boi

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Hey Mr Landlord!

The Dollyrots – Da Doo Ron Ron / I Wanna Be Sedated

Imperial Leisure – Isle of Slice

 

IMPERIAL LEISURE LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Imperial Leisure – Animal

Ozomatli – Cut Chemical Suite

Random Hand – Anger Management

Imperial Leisure – Lucky People

Gentle Mystics – Hark

Imperial Leisure – The Big E

The Skints – This Town

 

SocietySociety – Say Yeah You Got It

Young & the Blue – Watching

The MBG – Blues No1

The Ends – Kebab Shop Fodder

The Maida Vales – Love the One You Love

Arcaves – Killing Time

 

LIPS LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Lips – London Town

Lips – Rolling Stone (live in session)

Queen / David Bowie – Under Pressure

Lips – Hag (live in session)

Led Zeppelin – Rock & Roll

Lips – Yellow Brick Road (live in session)

 

Midget – Parting Shot

Hadleigh Ford – All is Full of Love

Sonic Boom Six – Totally Addicted to Bass

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Curveballs 25th March 2015 (with Russell & The Wolf Choir, and Meadowlark)

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Russell & The Wolf Choir interview at 28:05, Meadowlark interview at 02:02:01

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Russell Evans, the titular member of Russell & The Wolf Choir. Originally performing as a solo acoustic act (including an appearance on our Creative Sessions in 2011), last year Russell recruited a band of local musicians to record what would become a series of EPs – the first of which, The Ivy Leaf Agreement, is available now, with a second to be released later in the year. You can find out more about Russell & The Wolf Choir’s mix of acoustics, rock and post-punk at www.russellandthewolfchoir.com. Click above to listen back to the interview, including a preview of two exclusive new tracks which will appear on the next EP, and chatting about Russell’s many other, completely different-sounding bands!

 

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Later on I chatted to Kate McGill from the band Meadlowlark. The Bristol-based duo (also featuring Daniel Broadley) have had a busy few months, recently seeing their single Eyes Wide surpass 27 million Spotify plays and playing a sold-out show in London. Their new EP Dual is released at the end of this month and they’ll be supporting Amber Run on their upcoming UK tour in April – find out more at http://meadowlarkofficial.tumblr.com. Click the link at the top to hear the interview.

 

The Dears – Lost in the Plot

Boy – Skin

Sleater-Kinney – A New Wave

Surge – Tears of Joy

Stealing Sheep – Not Real

Roadkill Ghost Choir – Slow Knife

 

RUSSELL & THE WOLF CHOIR IN THE STUDIO

Former Utopia – Double Negative

Russell & the Wolf Choir – This Fall I Think That You’re Riding For

Tellison – Tact is Dead

Russell & the Wolf Choir – The Constant

Splintered Man – Home to No Home

Hop Along – Powerful Man

Russell & the Wolf Choir – At a Cost

Russell & the Wolf Choir – Closure

Hadleigh Ford – The Emperor’s New Clothes

 

Ummagma – Live & Let Die

Olaf Stando – Postcards

Stan Blade – Women They Love a Bad Boi

The Ends – You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides)

Looking for Liam – Modern Girls

Magda Czula – I Know You By Heart

Imperial Leisure – Isle of Slice

Huetensil – Last Night

Double Headed Jester – Lilly’s Getting Lippy

Meadowlark – Eyes Wide

Late Homecoming – Head Down

Let’s Wrestle – Rain Ruins Revolution

A Day to Remember – All I Want

State of the Art – Sanctuary

Kids With Torches – DNA

Kata Hay – Cannibals (Real World)

Geoffrey Williams – Drive

The Foreign Exchange – Listen to the Rain

Dr Meaker featuring Sian Evans – Right Back

Jacksonswarehouse – Right Here Right Now

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Curveballs 18th March 2015 (with Stan Blade, Magda Czula, & Essex Wrestling Academy)

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Stan Blade interview at 18:00, Magda Czula interview at 54:00, Essex Wrestling Academy interview at 2:02:20.

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First up tonight was singer-songwriter Stan Blade. Based in Southend, and specialising in acoustic music with a spoken-word influence, Stan has already had a busy year of gigging and promoting a Crowdfunder campaign to record his debut album and tour the UK. He can next be seen live at Tigerlily in Leigh on March 26th and The Townhouse in Southend on March 27th. For more info on Stan’s Crowdfunder campaign, find him on Facebook and Twitter. Have a listen to find out how Stan Blade got his name, and his unique sound. See him playing live below too:

 

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Next up was a different variety of singer-songwriter in the form of Poland-born, London-based Magda Czula. Magda recently released her first EP, Power of Sound, with all profits going to children’s charity Dreams Come True. Her next gig is at the Comedy, near Piccadilly Circus, on April 1st, and you can keep up with her goings-on on Facebook and Twitter. Have a listen above to find out how Magda got into music, the wonders of Polish rock, and her reaction when I said “Dzień dobry, jak się masz?” See her playing live below:

 

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Finally tonight, it was time to get physical as I was joined by Essex Wrestling Academy’s head coach Phil Powers (above right) alongside wrestling newcomer Mitch Davis (above left), also from the EWA. With training sessions every weekend at their base on Langston Road, Loughton, and with regular showcase matches around the county, Essex Wrestling Academy has established itself at the forefront of local wrestling talent and a world away from what you might be used to from performance wrestlers on TV. Find out more at www.essexwrestlingtraining.com. Have a listen to find out about their next events, as well as Phil and Mitch’s favourite wrestling moves!

 

Ani DiFranco – Shy

The Capers – Right Little Raver

Black Bottom Lighters – Nuclear

The MBG – Blues No.1

Stan Blade – Women They Love a Bad Boy (live in session)

Radiohead – Just

Stan Blade – I Saw You (live in session)

Jamie T – Sheila

Stan Blade – Cupid (live in session)

Ady Suleiman – So Lost

Magda Czula – I Know You By Heart

Magda Czula – Goodbye

D-em – Wehiku Czasu

Magda Czula – Hold Me (live in session)

Ernesto Alonso – Moonshine

Russell & the Wolf Choir – I Think I Need an Editor

Meadowlark – Eyes Wide

The Maida Vales – You Don’t Need Love

The Silver Bayonets – Schemes

Metasic – New Design

God is an Astronaut – Fireflies & Empty Skies

The Filthy Souls – Boys Will Be Out for a Fight

Let’s Wrestle – Rain Ruins Revolution

Disclosure – Flow

Huetensil – Want Too Much

All True Events – Rock ‘n’ Rolla

Fountains of Wayne – Sick Day

Idlewild – Radium Girl

LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations

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Curveballs 11th March 2015 (with Paul from The Maida Vales, James & Joe from The Ends)

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio by James and Joe from our good buddies The Ends. The foursome (also featuring Mike and Liam) have just released their new single, You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides), available on 7” vinyl from record stores and their website www.theends.co.uk. You can next see them at St Moritz Club in Soho on Friday (13th) supporting David Woodcock. Click above to hear them talking about their recent in-store gig in Leigh and the crazy things that happen whenever they play the single live…

 

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Then making his Phoenix FM debut was Paul from The Maida Vales. The multinational foursome , with members from the UK, Italy and Latvia, are currently putting together material for their debut album. You can hear recent demos from them on their website www.themaidavales.com. The band can be seen live at the Paper Dress Vintage in Old Street, London next Thursday (19th) alongside Nick & The Sun Machine and Zoo. Have a listen to Paul chatting about just how many auditionees he had for the band, the story behind their name, and how people can get involved in their first album release. Click below to see him playing live in the studio too:

 

 

De Staat – Down Town

Youth Club – Filling It Up To Go

Double Headed Jester – Lilly’s Getting Lippy

The Ends – You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides)

The Ends – Kebab Shop Fodder

The Ends – Just Do It www.theends.co.uk

The Maida Vales – Love the One You Love

 

PAUL FROM THE MAIDA VALES LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Paul Littler (The Maida Vales) – Kiss Me Goodbye (live in session)

Supergrass – Going Out

Paul Littler (The Maida Vales) – You Don’t Need Love (live in session)

The Lightning Seeds – You Showed Me

Paul Littler (The Maida Vales) – Love is Suicide (live in session)

Mystery Jets – The Nothing

Beck – Think I’m in Love

Paul Littler (The Maida Vales) – Mrs Kraus (live in session)

www.themaidavales.com

 

Magda Czula – Goodbye

Stan Blade – I Saw You

Symmetry – The Cure

The Capers – Right Little Raver

Memo – Thief

Feet First – Borders

Russell & the Wolf Choir – Closure

Metasic – Point & Laugh

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Curveballs 4th March 2015 (with Joshua from Metasic, and Jared from Symmetry)

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First up tonight, I chatted to Symmetry frontman Jared Hara, just before he went on stage in Nottingham as part of LA-based quartet’s nationwide UK tour. Jared turned to music after losing his eyesight when he was aged 12, and went on to form Symmetry in early 2013. They can be seen supporting McBusted at Islington’s O2 Academy on Friday 13th March, and with new material due very soon, they’re a name worth remembering! Click above to listen back to the interview (note: the sound quality is a bit fuzzy in places, and due to a recording fault, my questions and Jared’s answers overlap in places. Apologies for any confusion this may cause). Find them at www.symmetryband.com.

 

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Then I chatted to Metasic frontman Joshua Woo in the studio, just ahead of the band’s gig at the O2 Academy in Islington. The fivesome released their debut EP Falling Into Place at the end of last year, which is available as both a digital download and as a USB memory stick – a ‘meta-stic’! As well as the O2 Academy gig this Saturday (7th), they can also be seen live at the Sebright Arms in East London on March 20th. The EP can be downloaded/ordered from their Bandcamp page.

Click to listen back to the interview and hear about the unusual story behind the formation of the band and the EP, and how Joshua now has the nickname “Evil Elvis”…

Click below to see Joshua playing live in the studio.

 

We also heard two acoustic tracks courtesy of Ease Springs, looking forward to welcoming them into the studio soon.

 

Super Furry Animals – Play It Cool

Sunna – I’m Not Trading

Django Django – First Light

Memo – Ballet Boy Can’t Science

Ease Springs – Somewhere in Between (Acoustic Version)

Symmetry – The Cure

Metasic – New Design

 

JOSHUA FROM METASIC LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Joshua Woo (Metasic) – Falling Into Place (live in session)

Radiohead – Weird Fishes / Arpeggi

Joshua Woo (Metasic) – Throw It Away (live in session)

Aphex Twin – Minipops 67 [120.2] (Source Field Mix)

Joshua Woo (Metasic) – Are You Willing (live in session)

Queens of the Stone Age – In the Fade

Joshua Woo (Metasic) – Point & Laugh (live in session)

Bjork – Pagan Poetry

http://metasic.bandcamp.com

 

Cardinal Sons – Solo

The Maida Vales – Love the One You Love

The Ends – You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides)

Nadia Marisa – Time Flies By

Ease Springs – Tonight (Acoustic Version)

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Curveballs 25th February 2015 (with Tom Baitson)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by singer-songwriter Tom Baitson. Since he last joined us in 2012, Tom has recorded plenty of new material which you can hear on his SoundCloud page, as well as gigging across London – he can next be seen live at Roadtrip & The Workshop on Old Street this coming Tuesday (March 3rd). Tom can also be found on Facebook and his official site.

Click above to hear Tom discussing getting random visits from cats and some other equally random things that have inspired his songs. Click below to see him playing live in the studio:

 

Sleater Kinney – No Cities To Love

The Ends – You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides)

Little Donkey – Real Woman

Django Django – First Light

Late Homecoming – Amelie

Ease Springs – Legalised, Controlled & Sold

Tom Baitson – Story of the Masked Detective

 

TOM BAITSON LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Tom Baitson – The Milkman (live in session)

Creaky Boards – Songs I Didn’t Write

Tom Baitson – Goddess of My Dreams (live in session)

The Beatles – Here Comes the Sun

Tom Baitson – Gammon

Tom Baitson – Mr Turner (live in session)

The Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive

Tom Baitson – High Class Living (live in session)

Tom Baitson – [Unknown Title] (live in session)

http://tombaitson.wix.com/music

 

Metasic – Falling Into Place

Foster-Pilkington – Plebs

The Takes – Baby Blue

Lady Grey & the Earls – Why So Serious?

State of the Art – Careless Confessions

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Curveballs 18th February 2015 (with Late Homecoming)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by Hertfordshire-based quartet Late Homecoming (l-r Tom, Liam, Tennyson, Steve). Since they last joined us in July last year, they’ve been on an eventful UK tour (which we heard plenty of stories about!) and recorded a new EP, Head Down, due for release at the end of the month (along with a video for the lead track, the filming of which was also quite eventful!). They play Club 85 in Hitchin this Friday, with more live shows in the pipeline – keep up on Facebook and Twitter.

Have a listen to them chatting about having bad luck with hotels, even worse luck with cars and UK geography, and getting an unexpected visit during their last video shoot. Plus, click below to see their rather unusual live cover version!

 

 

Sugarcult – Bouncing Off the Walls

Youth Club – Tunnel

Dance Hall Crashers – Beverley Kills

The Ends – You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides)

Cardinal Sons – Underdressed

Ady Suleiman – So Lost

Stan Blade – What You Gonna Do

IRIS – Candle

 

LATE HOMECOMING IN THE STUDIO

Decade – British Weather

Late Homecoming – Hello World

5 Seconds of Summer – What I Like About You

Late Homecoming – Amelie

Counting Crows – Accidentally in Love

Prince – Kiss

Late Homecoming – Teenage Dream (Katy Perry cover) (live in session)

Anavae – Anti-Faith

www.twitter.com/latehomecoming

 

Ease Springs – Nights Like These

Tom Baitson – High Class Living

Sabiba – One More Chance

Wolf Party – In My Pocket

Little Donkey – Real Woman

Young & the Blue – Boredom

Magda Czula – Goodbye

 

 

 

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Curveballs 11th February 2015 (with Lady Grey & The Earls)

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This week it was the return on our good buddies Lady Grey & The Earls. Since their last appearance at Christmas, they’ve been finishing off their new album and booking new shows. They’ll be joining us at Old Brentwoods, Ashwells Road for the latest Phoenix Fridays event on February 27th, followed by a set at the Asylum in Chelmsford on March 13th. You can keep up to date with them on Facebook. Have a listen to the interview to hear new tracks, discussions of 90s memories, and find out why they nearly had to re-record a song due to the final note!

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Beck – Sexx Laws

Stealing Sheep – Genevieve

Sleater Kinney – No Cities To Love

David Livings – Scrub No9

Apidae – Turning Tides

Lone Wolf – Give Up

 

The Chemical Brothers (featuring Noel Gallagher) – Let Forever Be

Lady Grey & The Earls – Feel the Fear (live in session)

Moby – Porcelain

Lady Grey & The Earls – Paper Sky

David Bowie – Little Wonder

Lady Grey & The Earls – Wonderland (live in session)

The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black

Lady Grey & The Earls – Swallow My Envy

Lady Grey & The Earls – Breathe

www.facebook.com/ladygreyandtheearls

 

Sarah Holburn – Falling Down

Late Homecoming – Amelie

High/Low – Night Drive

Fuze – Gimme Fire

The Long Run – Showed Him How to Dance

Lux Lisbon – Keep Me Wild

Youth Club – Tunnel

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Curveballs 4th February 2015

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Congratulations on surviving another January everyone; I think we can all call ourselves experts on that now! This week was a selection of new singles and rediscoveries. Don’t forget you can keep up with our upcoming guests by checking the ‘Coming Up…’ section below right on this page, and if you’ve got music of your own you’d like us to give a listen, get in touch via the ‘Contact’ page above!

Bloc Party – Helicopter

Night Driving in Small Towns – February

Milloy – February

Emma Harrop – Be With Me

Aeromancy – Triangles

Cardinal Sons – Solo

IRIS – Candle

Lanter of Badds – Chill Manner

Queensburys – Driving Home (Phoenix FM Session)

Lazy Habits – The Road

Veruca Salt – Officially Dead

Dedamu5 – I Remember

The Long Run – So How (Phoenix FM Session)

SocietySociety – Stereotypes

Lady Grey & the Earls – Love Me & Leave Me

Madidus – Fallen Angel

Loving Forty Four – Sabre Tooth

Leanne Louise – Spotlight

Metasic – Falling Into Place

Lee Sargeant – Blown Over (Phoenix FM Session)

Chloe Jac – Excuse After Excuse

Lux Lisbon – Keep Me Wild

Felix – Oh Thee 73

Endless Mile – Cellophane

Bakerside – Remember Me

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Curveballs 28th January 2015 (with The Long Run)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by Canvey Island’s The Long Run (l-r Darren, John, Gavin, Ryan). Since Darren & John joined us in July last year, the foursome have been working on a new album, the follow-up to last year’s limited edition Showed Him How To Dance. They’re balancing that with a busy tour schedule around Essex, with appearances in Basildon, Hornchurch, Southend and their Canvey hometown booked for the next few weeks – head over to their website www.the-longrun.co.uk for the full schedule. They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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Disclosure (featuring Jamie Woon) – January

Young & the Blue – Boredom

Lazy Habits (featuring Baby Sol) – Memory Banks

Sleater Kinney – No Cities to Love

The Ends – You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides)

Sarah Holburn – I Heard

The Maida Vales – Love the One You Love

The Long Run – Outro–Shown

 

THE LONG RUN LIVE IN THE STUDIO

The Long Run – Showed Him How to Dance

Allan Holdsworth – Metal Fatigue

Buddy Miles – Them Changes

The Long Run – I Know (live in session)

The Long Run – Paradise

The Long Run – So How

Oasis – (It’s Good) To Be Free

The Long Run – Get to Know Ya

The Long Run – Lying Low (live in session)

www.the-longrun.co.uk

 

Jacksonswarehouse – Right Here Right Now

Lace & Whiskey – Out of Time

False-Heads – Wrap Up

Wolf Party – In My Pocket

Apidae – Turning Tides

Queensburys – Cash

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Curveballs 21st January 2015 (with Queensburys and AT Music Group)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio once again by Queensburys. The Thurrock-based foursome are set for a busy year, with the release of their new EP in March (which will feature the track Driving Home which they played live tonight), and there’s plenty of chances to catch them live too – they can next be seen on stage at London’s Scala on February 28th. Keep up with them on their Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud and YouTube pages.

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After the show I also chatted to Marc from AT Music Group, who this week hosted a showcase event at Evoke in Chelmsford, where they are currently planning a series of live events featuring various big-name acts – with a chance for local bands to get involved as well. Click below to listen to the interview and find out more! AT Music Group can be contacted via their Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as www.atmusicgroup.co.uk.

 

 

Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends

Nick & the Sun Machine – Acid Rain Clouds

Youth Club – Tunnel

Felix – Oh Thee 73

Ease Springs – There’s No Way

Stan Blade – What You Gonna Do

Queensburys – Hard as Nails

 

QUEENSBURYS LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Queensburys – City Light (live in session)

PJ Harvey – Is This Desire?

Queensburys – Driving Home (live in session)

The Stone Roses – Shoot You Down

Queensburys – Nothing at All (live in session)

Madeline Peyroux – Between the Bars

Queensburys – I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free

Catfish & the Bottlemen – Kathleen

www.facebook.com/queensburys

 

Ronnie Wiggins – It’s a Lazy World

The Long Run – Highway Line

High/Low – Mustard Man

Primo Nelson – What’s That?

Smashing Pumpkins – 1979

Disclosure (featuring Jamie Woon) – January

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Curveballs 14th January 2015

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Hope everyone’s having a great start to 2015 – if you’re interested on getting your music on the show, then do get in touch with us via the Contact page!

Foo Fighters – Rope

Bis – Control the Radical

Deadmau5 – I Remember

Stapleton – From Wood to Ridge

Emma Harrop – Be With Me

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Crazy Country Fool

Jake Lore – Charlie

SocietySociety – Skyscrapers

Olaf Stando – Postcards

Magda Czula – Goodbye

Lisa Wright – Home

Disclosure – Defeated No More

Buzzcocks – What Do I Get?

Queensburys – Hard as Nails

Ease Springs – Legalised, Controlled & Sold

Harper – Bringing Me Down

Young & the Blue (featured pic) – Watching

Nick & the Sun Machine – Ask Me for my Name

Lady Grey & the Earls – Why So Serious?

Lux Lisbon – Your Heart is a Weapon the Size of Your Fist

Luscious Jackson – We Go Back

Aeromancy – Triangles

High/Low – Night Drive

The Broken Chords – Rock & Stone

Veruca Salt – Volcano Girls

The Foreign Exchange – Listen to the Rain

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Curveballs 7th January 2015 – New Year Special

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Happy new year everyone! The first Curveballs of 2015 featured an assortment of acts we hope to be hearing more of this year. From local bands hoping to make an impact to international names making long-awaited comebacks, it’s shaping up to be a good dozen months. If you’re in a band and hoping to get some airplay or an interview on the show, do get in touch with us via the Contact link above. We look forward to rocking out with you!

Sonic Boom Six – Back 2 Skool

The Lites – This Fear

Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends

Harper – What More Can You Give?

Mac Lethal – Incredible Mozart Rap

SocietySociety – Stereotypes

Young & the Blue – Boredom

Nick & the Sun Machine – Fiery Sky

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Junk on the Radio

Peyote – Never Let Her

The Drink – Microsleep

Looking for Liam – She Is

Olaf Stando – Postcards

Longy – Love Schizophrenia

Nadia Marisa – Time Flies By

Bis – Cubis (I Love You)

The Ends – Blank Maps

Lee Sargeant – Blown Over (Phoenix FM Session)

Lone Wolf – Glass

Lady Grey & the Earls – Bowl into the Fray

Lazy Habits (featuring Baby Sol) – Memory Banks

Stose – Class War

Veruca Salt – Seether

Lux Lisbon – The Devil Got Me Dancing

Scarletts Roses – Lost

Jacksonswarehouse – Right Here Right Now

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The Best of Curveballs 2014 – Part Two

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For the final Curveballs show of 2014, we concluded our look back at the year with tracks from July through to December, featuring a host of tracks from bands who joined us in the studio as well as a few memorable sing-alongs from the festival season. Thanks for all your support for Curveballs in 2014 – here’s to an even better 2015! See you on the airwaves!

Sondre Lerche – Bad Law www.sondrelerche.com

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Hey Mr Landlord! www.teapadorchestra.co.uk

The Long Run – 9 Past 8 (Phoenix FM Session)www.the-longrun.co.uk

Osmium Guillotine – D-Day www.osmiumguillotine.com

Sohn – Artifice www.sohnmusic.com

Late Homecoming – Terror Twin (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/pages/Late-Homecoming/418596588275292

We Were Lions – Find (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/wewerelions

Imperial Leisure – Nasty Boy www.imperial-leisure.co.uk

Stereolight – What Are You Doing It For? (Phoenix FM Session) www.stereolight.co.uk

Art of Rebellion – Echoes of Conflict www.facebook.com/pages/Art-of-Rebellion/14683788071

Blood Red Shoes – Speech Coma www.bloodredshoes.co.uk

Vic Mensa – Orange Soda www.vicmensa.com

Minnie Birch – Wise Words (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/minniebirch

Different People – This Dream Ain’t to Fade (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/DifferentPeopleBand

Wild City – Reaper Man (Phoenix FM Session) www.reverbnation.com/wildcity

Nadia Marisa – Time Flies By (Phoenix FM Session) www.nadiamarisa.com

Chloe Jac – Excuse After Excuse (Phoenix FM Session) www.chloe.ie

Scarlet Echo – Greyhaven www.scarletscho.co.uk

The Takes – Knock (Phoenix FM Session) http://thetakes.weebly.com

State of the Art – Through Heaven Through Hell (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/stateoftheartbanduk

Rochelle Jordan (featuring Iamsu) – Playa 4 Life www.rochellejordan.com

Lee Sargeant & Dan Tilbrook – Further Away (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/pages/Lee-Sargeant/410983035633753

A Higher Demise – Here We Go Again www.facebook.com/AHigherDemiseBand

Arfur Doo & the Toerags – King of the Fairies (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/ArfurDooAndTheToerags

Lisa Wright – Warrior (Phoenix FM Session) www.twitter.com/lisawright92

High/Low – Mustard Man www.wearehighlow.co.uk

Lady Grey & the Earls – Tear (Phoenix FM Creative Session) www.facebook.com/ladygreyandtheearls

Ease Springs – Nights Like These www.easesprings.com

Disclosure (featuring Sam Smith) – Latch www.disclosureofficial.com

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The Best of Curveballs 2014 – Part One

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Tonight we began a look back at 2014 with the first of two shows featuring some of our favourite musical discoveries and session guests here on Curveballs. This show featured the highlights of January through to June, where we welcomed both local and international rising stars to the studio, with plenty of new and established names among the line-ups. We re-learned the alphabet via hip-hop and tapped our toes until our heels fell off to a host of great tracks. Part 2 can be heard on New Year’s Eve at the earlier time of 6pm; hopefully you can join us then in seeing out the year in style!

 

Space – Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab www.spacetheband.com

Filthy Souls – Boys Will Be Out For a Fight www.thefilthysouls.com

Loving Forty Four – Sabre Tooth (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/lovingfortyfour

Feet First – My Heart is Fools Gold http://feetfirstuk.bandcamp.com

Porcupine Kiss – Shout It Out (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/porcupinekiss01

Mac Lethal – Alphabet Insanity www.maclethal.com

Lee Sargeant – Relationships (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/pages/Lee-Sargeant/410983035633753

The Albino Peaches – Memphis (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/AlbinoPeaches

The MBG – Fields www.soundcloud.com/the-mbg

Kata Hay – Smoke When I Drink (Phoenix FM Session) www.katahay.com

Meryl & A Bit of Yellow – Time to Persevere (Phoenix FM Session) www.merylandabitofyellow.nl

Lilac Sheer – Love is Always Free (Phoenix FM Session) www.lilacsheer.com

Looking For Liam – Modern Girls www.lookingforliam.com

Stone By Window – Regretfully Jealously (Phoenix FM Session) www.stonebywindow.co.uk

Eastend Promises – Joker www.eastendpromises.com

High Flying Wolves – Can I Call It a Day? (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/TheHighFlyingWolves

Nick & the Sun Machine – Baby A (Phoenix FM Session) www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

GraVil – Thoughts of a Rising Sun www.gravilmetal.com

Accidental Tourists – Spotlight www.facebook.com/atourists

The Ends – Black Hole Girl www.theends.co.uk

Scarlet Echo – Mainstream www.scarletecho.co.uk

All True Events – Yeah You www.facebook.com/pages/All-True-Events/675348195822885

Chris Bird – Ladyluck http://chrisbirdproductions.wordpress.com

Uprising – Retalliation (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/UprisingUK

Anna Carow – It Was Love (Phoenix FM Session) www.annacarow.com

Olaf Stando – The Run (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/olafstandomusic

The Foreign Exchange – So What If It Is www.theforeignexchangemusic.com

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Curveballs 17th December 2014 (with Lady Grey & The Earls, Ian Parkins & Scarlet Echo)

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First up for tonight’s Christmas Special, we heard about the upcoming Christmas comedown gig taking place at Billericay Town Football Club on December 27th. Organiser Ian Parkins joined us to discuss the show alongside Jamie and Hannah from Scarlet Echo, one of the bands who’ll be playing alongside The Theme and The Tuts. You can get tickets for the gig from WeGotTickets.

 

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Then we welcomed back, as is traditional for the Christmas Special, Lady Grey & The Earls (l-r Paul, Graham, Amy, Justin) – their 10th Curveballs appearance, no less! Since they last joined us a year ago, the foursome have recorded a new album, which is currently being mastered. We were treated to a few tracks tonight ahead of its release next year, which is also when they’ll be making a return to the live scene, with a set at Brentwood’s Essex Arms on January 17th followed by an appearance on our own Phoenix Fridays bill at Old Brentwoods on February 27th. Find them on Facebook.

Lace & Whiskey – Christmas Time is Here www.laceandwhiskey.co.uk

Hadleigh Ford – My Time to Shine www.hadleighford.com

Andy Rehfeldt & Bordi – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (Death Metal version) www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHuXSvbC91g

The Theme – Hits the Sky www.thethemeuk.com

The Tuts – Dump Your Boyfriend (live) www.facebook.com/thetuts

Scarlet Echo – Mass Production www.scarletecho.co.uk

Magda Czula – Goodbye www.facebook.com/magdaczula

Lady Grey & The Earls – Why So Serious?

 

LADY GREY & THE EARLS IN THE STUDIO

Lady Grey & The Earls – Paper Sky

Lady Grey & The Earls – Bowl Into the Fray

Cat Stevens – First Cut is the Deepest

Martha Reeves & the Vandellas – Nowhere to Run

Lady Grey & The Earls – Shadow Away

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Freaky Teeth

Lady Grey & The Earls – Electric Mist

Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You

Lady Grey & The Earls – Rhythm is a Dancer / Breathe (Phoenix FM Creative Session)

www.facebook.com/ladygreyandtheearls

 

The Cloudrunner – Christmas Medley (Holidays Are Coming / Santa Claus is Coming to Town) www.facebook.com/thecloudrunner

Russell & the Wolf Choir – The Compass & the Foal www.russellandthewolfchor.com

Careless Sons – Don’t Tell Me You Don’t Like Christmas www.carelesssons.com

Matt Lorentzen – Christmas Time www.mattlorentzen.com

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Curveballs 10th December 2014 (with High/Low)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by locals High/Low (l-r Dave, Steve, Lee). Originally formed in early 2013 by singer/guitarist Steve and bassist Lee, they first appeared on Phoenix as part of last year’s Creative Sessions. They went on to record their debut album, Stuck in a Void, later that year.  A few months back, they recruited drummer Dave to complete the line-up, and High/Low make their return to the live scene this month with two Southend gigs, starting at Saks Underground on the 19th before a set at Chinnerys on the 21st. They can be found online at www.wearehighlow.co.uk and the album Stuck in a Void can be found on Bandcamp.

 

Sugar – Changes

De Staat – Down Town

Bis – Don’t Let the Rain Come Down

The Talks – Don’t Look Behind You

Young & the Blue – Watching

Newton’s Apple – Out of the Maze

High/Low – Mustard Man

 

HIGH/LOW IN THE STUDIO

High/Low – Sneakers

Bob Mould – This War

High/Low – Burnt

Manchester Orchestra – Cope

High/Low – Already Alone

Therapy? – Living in the Shadow of the Terrible Thing

Foo Fighters – Good Grief

High/Low – Night Drive

www.wearehighlow.co.uk

 

Anthrax – Safe Home

Lady Grey & the Earls – Smiling Out of Key

Queensburys – Cash

The Kubricks – Self-Help Wannabe

Shouting Signals – I Am Catastrophe

Lace & Whiskey – Christmas Time is Here

Greg(o)rian – Utter Condemnation (excerpt)

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Curveballs 3rd December 2014 (with Lisa Wright)

 

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by local singer-songwriter Lisa Wright. We first chatted to Lisa in 2012 when she took time out from university to play one of our Brentwood Centre gigs from that year. Since graduating earlier this year, Lisa has made a number of live appearances, and recently released a new single, Faith, as a few download from her Soundcloud page. Lisa can next be seen playing live at the Essex Arms in Brentwood on December 19th, and there’ll be new material on the way very soon, including the track Home which was premiered on tonight’s show. Lisa can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Listen to Lisa chatting about studying in Liverpool and the unusual things she missed about home while there, as well as an unusual situation in London where she heard Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire being played! Click below to see her playing live in the studio.

 

Luscious Jackson – Ladyfingers

Boy – Skin

The MBG – Fields

Young & the Blue – Boredom

Jamie Lenman – Pretty Please

Stealing Sheep – Rearrange

My Brightest Diamond – This is My Hand

Lisa Wright – Faith

 

LISA WRIGHT IN THE STUDIO

Lisa Wright – Warriors (live in session)

Kacey Musgraves – Follow Your Arrow

Lisa Wright – Sinners (live in session)

Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire

Ward Thomas – Push for the Stride

Lisa Wright – Home

Holly Williams – Drinkin’

www.twitter.com/lisawright92

 

The Lites – This Fear

High/Low – Mustard Man

Simon Gentry (Krakenists) – That Dress

Scarlet Echo – Mainstream

Lower Than Atlantis – Beech Like the Tree

Osmium Guillotine – Phobophobia

Lilac Sheer – Love is Always Free

Martin Garrix – Animals

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Curveballs 26th November 2014

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Tonight was all about showcasing some of our favourite new tracks, as well as others from throughout the year, a few blasts from the past and a look ahead to the coming week in gigs – including of course, Lighting Up Brentwood and Lighting Up Shenfield which are happening this Saturday and Sunday respectively, where you’ll be able to catch myself and plenty more of the Phoenix FM crew. See you there!

Super Furry Animals – Do Or Die

Barry Adamson – What It Means

States of Emotion – The Way That I’m Wired

Anthrax – Safe Home

Moondogs – Blue Tattoo

My Brightest Diamond – Pressure

Little Donkey – Real Woman

Rochelle Jordan (featuring Iamsu) – Playa 4 Life

Little Boots – Taste It

Tommy & the Chauffeur – Having & Wanting

Imperial Leisure – Festival

Refused – New Noise

Scarlet Echo – Mainstream

Lisa Wright – Faith

Metasic – Falling Into Place

State of the Art – Through Heaven, Through Hell

Ease Springs – Nights Like These

Leanne Louise – Running

Scarlett’s Roses – Lost

The Everglows – Sugary Sun

The MBG – Fields

The Folkwitz – I Wanna Be Like You (Phoenix FM Session)

Manic Street Preachers – A Design for Life

Arfur Doo & the Toerags – King of the Fairies (Phoenix FM Session)

Martin Garrix – Animals

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Curveballs 19th November 2014 (with Arfur Doo & The Toerags)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by Arfur Doo & The Toerags (l-r Tim, Simon, Fran, Judy), quite possibly the first band we’ve ever had in who list Irish folk music as their main specialism. They also boast a highly impressive range of instrumentation, with recorders, flutes and violins in their repertoire! We heard a selection of tracks in the studio, based around traditional Irish folk songs with a few extra touches – have a listen and see what you can recognise! The Toerags plan to spend the rest of this year recording their debut album before returning to the live scene with a set at … on January 13th.

 

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Letters to Cleo – Here & Now www.letterstocleo.net

Sondre Lerche – Bad Law www.sondrelerche.com

Young & the Blue – Soft Wax Children www.soundcloud.com/youngandtheblue

Noveis – Caleidoscopiophonia www.noveis.it

Scarlett’s Roses – Lost www.scarlettsroses.com

Los Salvadores – Holly Shore www.facebook.com/pages/Los-Salvadores/139802822750974

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Drinking Coffee Rag www.teapadorchestra.co.uk

 

ARFUR DOO & THE TOERAGS IN THE STUDIO

Rose Kemp – Dirty Glow

Arfur Doo & the Toerags – King of the Fairies

Fairport Convention – Toss the Feathers (live medley)

Arfur Doo & the Toerags – Kesh Jig / Morrison’s (live in session)

16 Horsepower – Haw

Arfur Doo & the Toerags – Crazy Man Michael (live in session)

Fairport Convention – Who Knows Where the Time Goes?

Arfur Doo & the Toerags – Dennis Murphy’s Polka / The 42 Pound Cheque / John Ryan’s

www.facebook.com/ArfurDooAndTheToerags

 

Ani DiFranco – Shy www.righteousbabe.com

Job Seekers Alliance – Royal Smile www.soundcloud.com/job-seekersalliance

Different People – This Dream Ain’t To Fade www.facebook.com/DifferentPeopleBand

Machine Gun Men – Down with the Devil www.facebook.com/MachineGunMen

Northern Uproar – Livin’ It Up www.northernuproar.com

Imperial Leisure – Nasty Boy www.imperial-leisure.co.uk

Dreamscape – Finally Through http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/17204-la-di-da-recordings

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Curveballs 12th November 2014 (with A Higher Demise)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by metallers A Higher Demise (l-r Dan, Dag, Charlie, Rachel, Terry), just ahead of their gig at the Royal Vic & Bull in their hometown of Dartford. The fivesome’s debut EP, The Doctor Will See You Now, was released earlier this year, and they can next be seen live on November 28th at Attitude Festival at Clermont Pier in Lowestoft, on a line-up headlined by Dani Filth’s band Devilment.

Click above to listen back, and hear them chatting about recording their EP with an ex-member of Reuben, and being on the same bill as a group of burlesque dancers!

Sonic Youth – Sugar Kane www.sonicyouth.com

Reuben – Stuck In My Throat www.wordsfromreuben.com

Idlewild – A Film for the Future www.idlewild.co.uk

Little Donkey – Real Woman www.facebook.com/littledonkeymusic

Hana Piranha – Blue Skies www.hanapiranha.com

Sounds of Sputnik featuring Ummagma – Overdrive www.soundcloud.com/soundsofsputnik

A Higher Demise – All These Reasons

 

A HIGHER DEMISE IN THE STUDIO

A Higher Demise – Here We Go Again

Atreyu – The Crimson

Sum 41 – The Hell Song

A Higher Demise – Over & Over

Finch – What it is to Burn

A Higher Demise – It’s a Trap

A Day To Remember – All I Want

www.facebook.com/AHigherDemiseBand

 

Blood Red Shoes – Colours Fade www.bloodredshoes.co.uk

The Ends – Blank Maps www.theends.co.uk

Longy – Love Schizophrenia www.whoislongy.com

Different People – This Dream Ain’t To Fade www.facebook.com/DifferentPeopleBand

Ekkoes – Last Breath www.ekkoes.com

Colours of Melancholia – 3 Days www.coloursofmelancholia.com

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Curveballs 5th November 2014

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References to fireworks, fire, pyro, volcanoes and getting blown over – check. Bonfire night spirit embraced (we pretty much had to, there was a big firework display going on outside the Brentwood Centre after all!).

 

Ladytron – Ghosts www.ladytron.com

Luscious Jackson – We Go Back www.lusciousjackson.us

This Boy’s Fire – I Try www.thisboysfire.co.uk

Looking For Liam – Modern Girls www.lookingforliam.com

Fearless Vampire Killers – Unbreakable Hearts www.fearlessvampirekillers.co.uk

The Broken Chords – Pyro www.thebrokenchords.com

Rayne – The Great Burden www.facebook.com/rayneofficial

Scarlet Echo – Greyhaven www.scarletecho.co.uk

Jacksonswarehouse – Right Here Right Now www.facebook.com/JACKSONSWAREHOUSE

Hadleigh Ford – The Emperor’s New Clothes www.hadleighford.com

Dreamscape – Finally Through http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/17204-la-di-da-recordings

Jawbox – Channel 3 www.myspace.com/jawboxdc

Sugar – Fortune Teller www.facebook.com/pages/SUGAR/148505795208421

Dr Meaker featuring Sian Evans – Right Back www.drmeaker.co.uk

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra – Hey Mr Landlord! www.teapadorchestra.co.uk

Sondre Lerche – Bad Law www.sondrelerche.com

The Foreign Exchange – So What If It Is www.theforeignexchangemusic.com

A Higher Demise – All These Reasons www.facebook.com/AHigherDemiseBand

Little Donkey – Wrong Direction www.facebook.com/littledonkeymusic

Modovar – The Sea of Unbroken Words (Phoenix FM Creative Session) www.modovar.com

Lee Sargeant – Blown Over (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/pages/Lee-Sargeant/410983035633753

False-Heads – Without a Doubt http://false-heads.bandcamp.com

Veruca Salt – Volcano Girls www.verucasalt.com

Ekkoes – Last Breath www.ekkoes.com

Bernhoft – Come Around www.bernhoft.org

Louis Armstrong – Firework http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Armstrong

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Curveballs 29th October 2014 (with Lee Sargeant & Dan Tillbrook)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio once again by local singer and Vacant Touch frontman Lee Sargeant, alongside debutant Dan Tillbrook. Lee and Dan showcased a new track they’d been working on, and we also chatted about goosebumps, tea and being on the same bill as Peter Andre.

Lee can be seen playing live this Sunday at the East Coast Social in Southend. He can be found on Facebook here.

Click below to see some live tracks:

 

Reuben – Freddy Krueger www.wordsfromreuben.com

De Staat – Psycho Disco www.destaat.com

Operator Please – Ghost www.facebook.com/operatorplease

IRIS – Haunted www.iris.uk.com

The Open Feel – Sidewalk Zombies www.theopenfeel.com

Ekkoes – Last Breath www.ekkoes.com

Scarlett’s Roses – Nightmares www.scarlettsroses.com

 

Lo-Fi Beats featuring Lee Sargeant – Exit Strategy

Lee Sargeant & Dan Tilbrook – Further Away (live in session)

Rival Sons – Face of Light

Lee Sargeant – Dreamchaser (live in session)

Wax Fang – Majestic

Lee Sargeant – Blown Over (live in session)

Don Hinson & The Rigamorticians – Monster Mash

Lee Sargeant – Does She Know (live in session)

Bernhoft – Streetlights

www.facebook.com/pages/Lee-Sargeant/410983035633753

 

Massive Attack – Sly www.massiveattack.co.uk

Whoremoan – Killer Gorilla www.facebook.com/wh0remoan

Fearless Vampire Killers – All Hallows Evil www.fearlessvampirekillers.co.uk

Engerica – Trick Or Treat? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engerica

DJ Shadow – Ghost Town www.djshadow.com

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Curveballs 22nd October 2014

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Metal, electronica, indie, hip-hop, just about every tempo covered this week, and Weird Al Yankovic parodying Pharrell for good measure. Listen and enjoy!

 

Soulwax – Conversation Intercom www.soulwax.com

False-Heads – Fall Around http://false-heads.bandcamp.com

Sleater-Kinney – Start Together www.sleater-kinney.com

Scarlet Echo – Grey Haven www.scarletecho.co.uk

IRIS – Haunted www.iris.uk.com

Paper Cranes – Little Darling www.papercranes.co.nz

Linden Jay – Be Like You www.lindenjay.com

Jake Lore – Charlie www.jakelore.com

State of the Art – Through Heaven, Through Hell www.facebook.com/stateoftheartbanduk

Dreamscape – Separate Sense http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/17204-la-di-da-recordings

Emma Harrop – Desperation www.emmaharrop.com

Weird Al Yankovic – Tacky www.weirdal.com

A Higher Demise – Here We Go Again www.facebook.com/AHigherDemiseBand

De Staat – Sweatshop www.destaat.com

Submotion Orchestra – 2L84U www.submotion.co.uk

Jacksonswarehouse – Right Here Right Now www.facebook.com/JACKSONSWAREHOUSE

Lee Sargeant – Comfort Zone www.facebook.com/pages/Lee-Sargeant/410983035633753

Bob Collum & the Welfare Mothers – Jennifer Jones www.bobcollum.com

Lost On Broadway – 50s Guy www.facebook.com/lostonbroadway13

Paolo Morena – Oh Yeah www.paolomorena.com

The Ends – Black Hole Girl www.facebook.com/theendsband

Rochelle Jordan (featuring IAMSU) – Playa 4 Life www.rochellejordan.com

Optional Rubber Duck – Going Home www.facebook.com/OptionalRubberDuck

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Curveballs 15th October 2014 (with State Of The Art and Scarlet Echo)

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First up tonight I was joined by our good buddies Scarlet Echo (me pictured above with Mitch, Hannah, Jamie and Alex). The foursome have just released a new single, Grey Haven, which is available as a free download from their website www.scarletecho.co.uk – the same place you can also download their previous single, Lose Control. The band plan to spend the next month writing new material before returning to the live circuit later in the year, but don’t forget you can still listen back to their Phoenix Fridays gig from last month here!

 

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Next up it was the Phoenix FM debut of State Of The Art (l-r Tiago, Raymond, Dan, Elle). The foursome formed 2 years ago and have one EP available, Careless Confessions, alongside plenty of other random merchandise, as we found out – listen to the interview to find out more! They’re planning a new EP release in the new year, but in the meantime you can catch them playing their biggest show to date at the O2 Academy in Islington on November 28th. State Of The Art can be found on Facebook and YouTube. Click below to see them playing live in the studio!

 

Ladytron – Sugar www.ladytron.com

De Staat – All is Dull www.destaat.com

Jake Lore – Born to Believe www.jakelore.com

 

SCARLET ECHO IN THE STUDIO

Scarlet Echo – Grey Haven

Scarlet Echo – Lose Control

www.scarletecho.co.uk

 

Colours of Melancholia – Django Surf www.coloursofmelancholia.com

State of the Art – Through Heaven, Through Hell

 

STATE OF THE ART IN THE STUDIO

Hoobastank – Crawling in the Dark

State of the Art – Through Heaven, Through Hell (live in session)

A Day to Remember – It’s Complicated

State of the Art – Chains (live in session)

Thrice – Blinded

State of the Art – One Million Eyes (live in session)

Funeral For a Friend – Monsters

State of the Art – We Are One (live in session)

www.facebook.com/stateoftheartbanduk

 

Ease Springs – There’s No Way www.easesprings.com

Different People – This Dream Ain’t to Fade www.facebook.com/DifferentPeopleBand

We Were Lions – Silver Medal www.wewerelions.com

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Curveballs 8th October 2014 (with The Takes)

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Tonight saw the Phoenix FM debut of The Takes (Sam, Harry, Curtis, Toby). Formed last year, the foursome have one EP available on their SoundCloud page, with a view to writing and recording new material before returning to the local live circuit in January. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and at www.thetakes.weebly.com.

Click above to hear them chatting about getting gigs, and bedrooms, and a lot more.

See them playing live in the studio below:

 

Midget – All Fall Down http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midget_(band)

Dead to Me – Bad Friends www.deadtomesf.com

Nick & the Sun Machine – Fiery Sky www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

De Staat – Down Town www.destaat.com

Mac Lethal – Rap Classified Ads www.maclethal.com

Emma Harrop – Desperation www.emmaharrop.com

Su Casa – Sand in My Eyes www.myspace.com/sucasamusic

Bennet – Jordan Bennet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bennet_(band)

The Takes – Nice

 

THE TAKES LIVE IN THE STUDIO

The Takes – Up the Bracket (Libertines cover) (live in session)

Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds

The Takes – Baby Blue (live in session)

The Libertines – The Boy Looked at Johnny

The Takes – That Chat (live in session)

The Family Rain – Binocular

The Takes – Knock (live in session)

The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations

www.thetakes.weebly.com

 

State of the Art – Through Heaven, Through Hell www.facebook.com/stateoftheartbanduk

False-Heads – Fall Around http://false-heads.bandcamp.com

Dead Foxxes – City Lights www.facebook.com/DeadFoxxes

Nadia Marisa – Don’t Hold Back www.nadiamarisa.com

Madidus – No Fairytale www.facebook.com/MadidusBand

Lady Grey & the Earls – Beggars Belief www.ladygreyandtheearls.com

Optional Rubber Duck – Going Home www.facebook.com/OptionalRubberDuck

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Curveballs October 1st 2014

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So we arrive in October, and we marked it this week with plenty of great new acts (many local ones!), alongside some trips back to the 90s, and a classified adverts section in hip-hop form – it has to be heard to be believed! If you’re a band or singer looking for some airplay and/or an interview on Curveballs, we still have slots available for the rest of the year so feel free to drop us a line via the comments section below or the Contact page!

 

Luscious Jackson – CitySong www.lusciousjackson.us

Sondre Lerche – Bad Law www.sondrelerche.com

Ease Springs – Legalised, Controlled & Sold www.easesprings.com

Emma Harrop – Desperation www.emmaharrop.com

Jake Lore – Your Girl www.jakelore.com

Mac Lethal – Rap Classified Ads www.maclethal.com

Nadia Marisa – Time Flies By www.nadiamarisa.com

Zoe Konez – Escapee www.zoekonez.com

Sohn – Artifice www.sohnmusic.com

Bunny – Ambulance Drive www.allmusic.com/artist/bunny-mn0002019719

San – Imminent Child www.damnably.com/smallgang

All True Events – Kings & Queens www.facebook.com/pages/All-True-Events/675348195822885

Kata Hay – Smoke When I Drink www.katahay.com

The Takes – Nice http://thetakes.weebly.com

Odds – Someone Who’s Cool www.oddsmusic.com

The Krakenists – Krakenist www.facebook.com/krakinsts

The Ends – Black Hole Girl www.facebook.com/theendsband

High/Low – Crashland www.wearehighlow.co.uk

Former Utopia – Schism www.formerutopia.com

Lilac Sheer – Today of All Days www.lilacsheer.com

Chloe Jac – Excuse After Excuse www.chloe.ie

Tolivar – Do Or Die www.facebook.com/Tolivar

Disclosure featuring Sinead Harnett – Boiling www.disclosureofficial.com

Fat – Downtime

The Kubricks – Self-Help Wannabe www.thekubricks.com

Nick & the Sun Machine – Fast Learner www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

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Curveballs September 24th 2014 (with Nadia Marisa and Chloe Jac)

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Nadia Marisa. From Switzerland, now living in London, Nadia has just released her debut EP Hope, and will be playing a launch gig at 93 Feet East on Brick Lane in East London on October 9th. Click below to listen to the interview and see her playing 2 tracks live in the studio. www.nadiamarisa.com

 

 

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Then it was the turn of Chloe Jac, also based in London, but originally from Ireland. Chloe currently has one EP available for download entitled Tiny Little Fleas, with a view to recording her first album soon. With a busy gigging schedule ahead, Chloe can be seen playing live this Saturday (27th) at the Finsbury in Manor Park, the Boogaloo in Highgate on Tuesday (30th), and she’ll also be joining Nadia at 93 Feet East on October 9th. Click below to listen to the interview and see her playing 3 tracks live in the studio. www.chloe.ie

 

Transister – Look Who’s Perfect Now http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transister

Blood Red Shoes – Speech Coma www.bloodredshoes.co.uk

Drowners – Luv, Hold Me Down www.drownersband.com

Optional Rubber Duck – Girl at the Movies www.facebook.com/OptionalRubberDuck

Mac Lethal – Incredible Mozart Rap www.maclethal.com

The Foreign Exchange – Call It Home www.theforeignexchangemusic.com

The Krakenists – Heart Felt Miss www.facebook.com/krakinsts

The Open Feel – Sidewalk Zombies www.theopenfeel.com

Nadia Marisa – Home

 

NADIA MARISA LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Nadia Marisa – Time Flies By (live in session)

Joss Stone – Right to be Wrong

Nadia Marisa – What For

Nadia Marisa – Feeling Like (live in session)

John Hiatt – Have a Little Faith in Me

www.nadiamarisa.com

 

CHLOE JAC IN THE STUDIO

Alt-J – Left Hand Free

Chloe Jac – Excuse After Excuse (live in session)

Morrissey & Marshall – High & Low

Chloe Jac – My Love It’s Over (live in session)

Chloe Jac – Something in Sin (live in session)

www.chloe.ie

 

Thundercat – Without You http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thundercat_(musician)

Zoe Konez – Escapee www.zoekonez.com

Wild City – Cruel to be Kind www.facebook.com/wildcityband

Young & the Blue – Paint the Sun www.soundcloud.com/youngandtheblue

Scarlet Echo – Lose Control www.scarletecho.co.uk

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Curveballs 17th September 2014 (with Wild City)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by Wild City (l-r Dave Billy, Craig, Andy). Based around Essex, the foursome formed at the start of this year, and following on from a busy summer of gigs, they are currently recording new material for a future release in the new year. Before then, however, you can catch them this Saturday at the Traitors Gate in Grays, followed by a an appearance next Friday (26th) at Aylum in Chelmsford, and they’ll also be back in Brentwood on October 3rd at the Hermit. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and Reverbnation.

Click above to hear them chatting about the band’s background, their influences and that unusual location where they’ll be recording their next release. Click below to see them playing live in the studio too – including a bold cover version!

 

Biffy Clyro – Joy.discovery.invention www.biffyclyro.com

David Devant & His Spirit Wife – Ginger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Devant_&_His_Spirit_Wife

SocietySociety – Skyscrapers www.reverbnation.com/societysocietymusic

Slaves – Hey! www.facebook.com/slaves

Different People – This Dream Ain’t to Fade www.facebook.com/differentpeopleband

All True Events – Kings & Queens www.facebook.com/pages/All-True-Events/675348195822885

Ten A Penny – Three Leaf Clover www.tenapennymusic.com

 

WILD CITY LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Them Crooked Vultures – Nobody Loves Me & Neither Do I

Wild City – Reaper Man (live in session)

Black Stone Cherry – Hell & High Water

Wild City – Lying Beside You (live in session)

Wild City – Cruel to be Kind

Royal Blood – Out of the Black

Wild City – Everlong (live in session)

Sixx AM – Life is Beautiful

Wild City – Cruel to be Kind (live in session)

www.facebook.com/wildcityband

 

Scarlet Echo – Lose Control www.scarletecho.co.uk

Nadia Marisa – Time Flies By www.nadiamarisa.com

Apidae featuring Drew York – Turning Tides www.soundcloud.com/ApidaeUK

The MBG – Fields http://thembg.bandcamp.com

Crosswires – Modern Art http://crosswires.bandcamp.com

Joel RL Phelps & the Downer Trio – Hold Fast www.joelrlphelps.net

Ease Springs – Nights Like These www.easesprings.com

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Curveballs 10th September 2014 (with Different People)

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Different People (l-r): Thomas (guitar), Dave (drums), Matt (vocals/guitar), Jack (bass), Lee (guitar).

Tonight saw the Phoenix FM debut of Different People. The band formed in Grays last year, and currently have two releases available – the EP Too Much Money, Too Little Time and the single Made Like You – from their Bandcamp page. The band can be seen playing live this Saturday at the 229 Club, Great Portland Street, London at 8pm – and if you’re going and you mention Curveballs and/or Phoenix FM to the band at the gig, you’ll get a free CD!

The band can be contacted online via their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Click to hear them chatting about the inspiration for their name, the jamming sessions that made the band what it is today, and Bugsy Malone gets a mention too…

Click below to see them playing live in the studio!

 

We Are Scientists – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt www.wearescientists.com

Sonic Boom Six – Back 2 Skool www.sonicboomsix.co.uk

Rocket from the Crypt – Young Livers www.rftc.com

Mac Lethal – Incredible Mozart Rap www.maclethal.com

The Open Feel – You’re Still Running www.theopenfeel.com

Stone By Window – FMV www.stonebywindow.co.uk

The Tomorrow Men – Independent… Yeah Right www.facebook.com/thetomorrowmenmusic

Different People – Made Like You

 

DIFFERENT PEOPLE LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Different People – Daniel (live in session)

Paramore – Still Into You

Different People – Over My Shoulder (live in session)

Alter Bridge – Metalingus

Different People – Picture Perfect (live in session)

Pearl Jam – Alive

Different People – This Dream Ain’t to Fade (live in session)

Green Day – Waiting

Foo Fighters – Generator

Different People – Made Like You (live in session)

www.facebook.com/differentpeopleband

 

The Victories – Still Here (Tell Me I’m Sane) www.facebook.com/thevictoriesmusic

Wild City – Cruel to be Kind www.reverbnation.com/wildcity

A Light Left On – Quit Now & Cake will be Served Immediately www.soundcloud.com/alightlefton

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – An Oak Tree www.getcapewearcapefly.com

Flares – Thunder Haze www.flaresband.com

Minnie Birch – Delirium www.facebook.com/minniebirch

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Curveballs 3rd September 2014 (with Minnie Birch)

Listen back to this week’s show here: IMG_6883   Tonight I was joined in the studio by singer-songwriter Minnie Birch. Based in Hemel Hempstead, Minnie has had a busy year with gigs all over the UK as well as in the US, and is currently recording new material for her debut solo album. In the meantime, you can listen to more of her music on her Bandcamp and Reverbnation pages, and find where she’s playing next on her Facebook and Twitter pages.

Click above to listen back to the interview and find out about her playing Nashville, recording her album and a famous name she’ll be supporting later in the year!

Click below to see her playing live in the studio:

Disclosure featuring Aluna George – Voices www.disclosureofficial.com

Thomas James – 1989 www.thomasjamesofficial.com

Ease Springs – No Sleep Tonight www.easesprings.com

Loving Forty Four – Sabre Tooth www.facebook.com/LovingFortyFour

The Open Feel – Sidewalk Zombies www.theopenfeel.com

Apidae featuring Drew York – Turning Tides www.soundcloud.com/ApidaeUK

Minnie Birch – Promises

 

MINNIE BIRCH LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Minnie Birch – Floundering (live in session)

Blind Willie Johnson – God Moves on the Water

Minnie Birch – Wise Words (live in session)

Broken Boat – Still Young

The Streets – The Strongest Person I Know

Minnie Birch – Bones (live in session)

Minnie Birch – Glitter

Minnie Birch – Sea Shanty (live in session)

www.facebook.com/minniebirch

 

Stealing Signs – Medicine www.facebook.com/stealingsigns

Different People – Made Like You www.facebook.com/DifferentPeopleBand

Tolivar – Never Trust a Girl with a Curly Smile www.facebook.com/Tolivar

The Kubricks – Self-Help Wannabe www.thekubricks.com

Longy – Love Schizophrenia www.whoislongy.com

Dancing Years – Places We’ve Roamed www.dancingyears.com

Ekkoes – Team www.ekkoes.com

Meryl & A Bit of Yellow – Chance www.merylandabitofyellow.nl

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Curveballs 27th August 2014 – Festival Special

So I was back from Reading this week and it was time for the annual Curveballs festival round-up, including top sing-alongs, new musical discoveries, and stories about dressing up, stunts on stage, blasts from the past and, of course, we rounded off the show with our annual A-Z of festival t-shirts. Some classics this year! Click above to listen back to the show!

The Travis Waltons – Homewrecker www.thetraviswaltons.com

Stereolight – What Are You Doing It For? www.stereolight.co.uk

Hot Hot Heat – So So Cold www.hothotheat.com

Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That www.hallandoates.com

Sohn – Artifice www.sohnmusic.com

Slaves – Where’s Your Car, Debbie? www.youareallslaves.com

Luke Wright – August Bank Holiday, Essex, 1914 www.lukewright.co.uk

Dizraeli & Downlow – Nick www.dizraeli.com

Imperial Leisure – Jenny www.imperial-leisure.co.uk

Hackney Colliery Band – Rolling in the Deep www.hackneycollieryband.co.uk

Dan Whitehouse – A Dream That’s Floating Out to Sea www.dan-whitehouse.com

Blood Red Shoes – I Wish I Was Someone Better www.bloodredshoes.co.uk

Dancing Years – Places We’ve Roamed www.dancingyears.com

Jimmy Eat World – A Praise Chorus www.jimmyeatworld.com

Paramore – Misery Business www.paramore.net

The Hives – Tick Tick Boom! www.thehivesbroadcastingservice.com

American Authors – Best Day of My Life www.facebook.com/americanauthors

Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor www.arcticmonkeys.com

Breach featuring Andreya Triana – Everything You Never Had (We Had It All) www.soundcloud.com/breach-uk

Vic Mensa – Orange Soda www.vicmensa.com

You Me At Six – Win Some, Lose Some www.youmeatsix.co.uk

Disclosure – Grab Her! (excerpt) www.disclosureofficial.com

Blink 182 – What’s My Age Again? www.blink-182.com

Disclosure – Stimulation

Minnie Birch – Promises www.facebook.com/minniebirch

Stealing Signs – Every Emperor www.facebook.com/stealingsigns

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Curveballs – Wed 20/8/14

I sat in for Nick tonight and played with his Curveballs. Nick gave me four songs to play which i did however, this left me to my own devices for most of the show!!

I tried my best to keep you all amused with my music and tried to stick to Nicks music as best i could. Also many thanks to Mel Watson for staying behind and giving me moral support…….well scaring me silly with her ghost stories actually but thanks anyway Mel.

Here is what was played on the show:

NICKS CHOICES: 

  1. Stapleton – FromWood To Ridge
  2. Rochelle Jordan – Shawty
  3. Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra – Hey Mr Landlord
  4. Black Hats – Kick In The Doors

GARYS CHOICES

  • Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds – AKA What A Life
  • Black Box Recorder – The Facts Of Life
  • Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds
  • Panic! At The Disco – The Ballad Of Mona Lisa
  • Feeder – Tumble & Fall (Acoustic Version)
  • Nash The Slash – Dead Mans Curve
  • Black Grape – Kelly’s Heroes
  • Vaccines – If You Wanna
  • Sisters Of Mercy – Dominion
  • JJ 72 – Snow
  • Rogue Traders – Voodoo Child
  • Cud – Purple Love Balloon
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Not Ready To Die
  • Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You
  • Kingmaker – Eat Yourself Whole
  • Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
  • Muse – Feeling Good
  • Ben Howard – Only Love
  • James – Born Of Frustration
  • Van Helsings Curse – Tubular Hell
  • Shed Seven – Going For Gold
  • Grace Jones – La Vie En Rose
  • Greg Khin Band – Jeopardy
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers – By The Way
  • Pogues – Honky Tonk Woman
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Curveballs 13th August 2014 (with Art Of Rebellion)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio once again by local trio Art Of Rebellion (l-r Lee, Russ, Nathan). Since they last visited us in July last year, they’ve been recording their debut album Fire Ignite, which is currently being mastered – but Phoenix FM listeners were treated to a sneak preview of four tracks which will appear on the album, due out soon – stay tuned to their Facebook page for more details!

Click above to listen back to the show and the interview – including talk of ‘panic bongos’ and who is it who has “a lovely lovely voice…”!

 

Feeder – Miss You www.feederweb.com

Robots in Disguise – Turn It Up www.robotsindisguise.co.uk

All True Events – Yeah You www.facebook.com/pages/All-True-Events/675348195822885

The Travis Waltons – Homewrecker www.thetraviswaltons.com

Stone By Window – Regretfully Jealously www.stonebywindow.co.uk

Smallgang – Imminent Child www.smallgangland.co.uk

The Krakenists – Heart Felt Miss www.facebook.com/krakinsts

Art of Rebellion – Under the Mountain

 

ART OF REBELLION IN THE STUDIO

Art of Rebellion – Echoes

Mastodon – Pendulous Skin

Art of Rebellion – The Fall of Icarus

Deep Purple – Fireball

Between the Buried & Me – Moredecai

Art of Rebellion – The End

Art of Rebellion – People of Gotham

www.facebook.com/pages/Art-of-Rebellion/14683788071

 

Ease Springs – Legalised, Controlled & Sold www.easesprings.com

Killatrix – Supersonic www.killatrix.co.uk

Lady Grey & the Earls – Why So Serious? www.ladygreyandtheearls.com

Harper – What More Can You Give? www.harper.co.uk

Disclosure (featuring Ed Macfarlane) – Defeated No More www.disclosureofficial.com

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Curveballs 6th August 2014 (with Stereolight)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by newcomers Stereolight (l-r Jess, James, Josh, Tom). Formed only a few months back, the foursome’s appearance this evening was the night after they played Southend’s Railways Hotel – their very first gig! Their debut track, What Are You Doing It For?, is available at their gigs and by contacting the band – find them on Facebook, Twitter and at www.stereolight.co.uk. Their next confirmed gig is at Southend’s Chinnerys on October 3rd but more dates before then is a possibility – stay tuned!

Click below to listen and see them playing live in the studio!

 

Boy Kill Boy – Suzie www.boykillboy.com

Ease Springs – Midnight www.easesprings.com

Dr Meaker featuring Sian Evans – Right Back www.drmeaker.co.uk

Imperial Leisure – Untouchable www.imperial-leisure.co.uk

Wild City – Cruel to be Kind www.reverbnation.com/wildcityband

We Were Lions – Find www.wewerelions.co.uk

The Travis Waltons – Homewrecker www.thetraviswaltons.com

Stereolight – What Are You Doing It For?

 

STEREOLIGHT LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Stereolight – Time (live in session)

Resin – Raise the Day

Stereolight – I See Fire (live in session)

Last Dinosaurs – Zoom

Oasis – Roll with It

Stereolight – What Are You Doing It For? (live in session)

The Killers – All These Things I’ve Done

www.stereolight.co.uk

 

Scarlet Echo – Lose Control www.scarletecho.co.uk

Art of Rebellion – Superhero (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/pages/Art-of-Rebellion/14683788071

The Ends – Black Hole Girl www.facebook.com/theendsband

Late Homecoming – Terror Twin www.facebook.com/pages/Late-Homecoming/418596588275292

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Hey Mr Landlord! www.teapadorchestra.co.uk

Tibetan Sky – Good News www.soundcloud.com/tibetansky

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Curveballs 30th July 2014 (with We Were Lions and Late Homecoming)

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First up in the studio tonight I was joined by Hertfordshire-based quartet Late Homecoming (l-r Liam, Tom, Tenny, Steve). The foursome have just released their EP Youth In Revolt and are about to embark on a nationwide tour with Vivid Nation and Anavae. They can be seen playing London’s Surya venue on August 8th, and you can find them online on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Click below to see and hear them playing live in the studio – including a rather unusual covers medley!

 

 

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Next up it was the turn of three-fifths of We Were Lions (l-r Rob, James, Lloyd). The fivesome (also featuring Phil and Dan) hail from all over Essex and have just released their second EP, Horizons, available from their SoundCloud page (where you can also download their first EP Rebirth). The band plan to return to the live circuit soon – stay tuned to their Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as www.wewerelions.com for more news!

Click below to see and hear them playing live in the studio, including an exclusive new track in session.

 

Cave In – Anchor www.cavein.net

Different People – Made Like You www.facebook.com/DifferentPeopleBand

Stose – Class War www.stoseopm.com

 

Late Homecoming – Gentlemen’s Code (live in session)

Late Homecoming – Terror Twin (live in session)

Late Homecoming – Love is on the Radio / Thinking Out Loud / Lived a Lie / Boston Square (live in session)

www.facebook.com/pages/Late-Homecoming/418596588275292

 

Predicting the Fall – I’ve Clapped Twice, Don’t Make It Thrice (excerpt) www.predictingthefall.com

Fidlar – No Ass www.facebook.com/fidlarLA

We Were Lions – Backseat

 

WE WERE LIONS IN THE STUDIO

We Were Lions – Find (live in session)

A Day to Remember – Downfall of Us All

We Were Lions – I Still Have My Health (live in session)

All At Sea – Whole New World

We Were Lions – Mistress to Distance (live in session)

Deaf Havana – Everybody’s Dancing & I Just Want to Die

We Were Lions – I’m Not Angry (live in session)

New Found Glory – My Friends Over You

www.wewerelions.com

 

Osmium Guillotine – Blight Upon Mankind www.osmiumguillotine.com

Stereolight – What Are You Doing It For? www.stereolight.co.uk

Sabiba – One More Chance www.facebook.com/pages/Sabiba/52910863966

Imperial Leisure – Nasty Boy www.imperial-leisure.co.uk

Colours of Melancholia – Django Surf www.coloursofmelancholia.com

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Curveballs 23rd July 2014 (including Luke Wright interview)

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This week’s show had a heavy influence of Latitude Festival, where myself, 33rpm Chris and Nightswimming Matt had spent the previous weekend. As well as playing some of my musical discoveries from the festival, there was also a chance to hear my interview with Luke Wright, who was the main compere of the Latitude Poetry Arena. We chatted about lions in Essex, how to get into poetry and his latest work about being a ‘fat dandy’ – have a listen to the show to find out more!

 

Kosheen – Catch www.kosheen.com

Kill Chaos – We Came Here to Die www.killchaos.co.uk

The Lightworker – Life Worth Living www.facebook.com/TheLightworkerband

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Hey Mr Landlord! www.teapadorchestra.com

High Flying Wolves – Can I Call It a Day? www.facebook.com/TheHighFlyingWolves

Jake Lore – Your Girl www.jakelore.com

The Ends – Black Hole Girl www.facebook.com/theendsband

Sohn – Artifice www.sohnmusic.com

Luke Wright – The Minimum Security Prison of the Mind www.lukewright.co.uk

 

CURVEBALLS TURBO

The Unobtainables – Brand New Shoes www.facebook.com/theunobtainables

Disclosure – London Town www.disclosureofficial.com

Zoe Konez & Kal Lavelle – Love Will Tear Us Apart www.zoekonez.com

Linden Jay – Be Like You www.lindenjay.com

Reeps One – UMPH www.reepsone.co.uk

Dizraeli & Downlow – Nick www.dizraeli.com

Luke Wright – O England Heal My Hackneyed Heart www.lukewright.co.uk

Kyo – Le Graal www.kyomusic.com

Weird Al Yankovic – Word Crimes www.weirdal.com

Unnatural Selection – Fifty Word Obituary www.unnaturalselection.bandcamp.com

Ady Suleiman – Why You Running Away? www.soundcloud.com/adysuleiman

 

We Were Lions – Find www.wewerelions.com

Late Homecoming – Terror Twin www.facebook.com/pages/Late-Homecoming/418596588275292

Lady Grey & the Earls – Freak Show www.ladygreyandtheearls.com

Muertos – Make Me Your Zombie www.soundcloud.com/muertosband

Predicting the Fall – Suck It ‘Til Your Ears Touch www.predictingthefall.com

Sabiba – Dancing Eyes www.facebook.com/pages/Sabiba/52910863966

Dr Meaker featuring Sian Evans – Right Back www.drmeaker.co.uk

Sir O – Please Stop Talking www.sir-o.com

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Curveballs 16th July 2014 (with Osmium Guillotine, and Danfest’s David & Shelly)

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First up tonight, I was joined in the studio by Danfest organisers David Pankhurst and Shelly Morris (pictured with sons Danfest Dan, front, and Louee). Riding on the success of the original event a year ago, the second Danfest is taking place on Saturday 2nd August at the Crooked Billet in Stanford-le-Hope. Pure DC headline the event, while there’s also sets from Minerva Falls, High/Low, Sabiba and many more, and with face painting and a bouncy castle to boot, it’s set to be a great day for all the family. There’s a great cause to support on the day as well, with all profits from the event going to the National Autistic Society. Find out more on the event, and how to make a donation, on the event’s official Facebook page.

 

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Next up I was joined by locals Osmium Guillotine (l-r James, Pete, Dan). The foursome (also featuring guitarist Lance) have just released their debut self-titled album, from which we heard a few tracks. They can next be seen live at the Gunners Pub in London on August 9th, and the album is available from their website www.osmiumguillotine.com. The band can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Click to listen back to the interview and find out just some of the crazy stories behind their songs… and their name!

 

 

One Minute Silence – Fish Out of Water www.facebook.com/oneminutesilence.band

Our Time Down Here – Tony & the Gang http://ourtimedownhere.tumblr.com

Immense – Football Chant www.fat-cat.co.uk/site/artists/immense

High/Low – Sneakers www.wearehighlow.co.uk

Minerva Falls – D-Evil www.minervafalls.com

AC/DC – Back in Black www.acdc.com

Osmium Guillotine – Phobophobia

 

OSMIUM GUILLOTINE IN THE STUDIO

Osmium Guillotine – Martyrdom

Death Ape Disco – Kingdom of Others

Osmium Guillotine – City of Chaos

Kaine – The Iron Lady

Osmium Guillotine – Goomba

Osmium Guillotine – D-Day

www.osmiumguillotine.com

 

We Were Lions – Find www.wewerelions.com

The Long Run – Nine Past Eight (Phoenix FM session) www.the-longrun.co.uk

Little Donkey – Wrong Direction www.facebook.com/littledonkeymusic

Mogwai – 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong (excerpt) www.mogwai.co.uk

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Curveballs 9th July 2014 (with The Long Run)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by Darren and John from The Long Run. The Canvey Island quintet (also featuring Stewart, Ryan and Gavin) formed eight years ago and have been regulars on the Essex circuit since. We heard a couple of tracks from their most recent album, Showed Him How to Dance, alongside a live session featuring some new tracks. Inbetween recording their next release, the band can be seen at the Banned For life festival in Old Leigh on July 13th, as well as an appearance at Brentwood Festival on July 19th, where they can be seen on the Marquee stage. Find them online at www.the-longrun.co.uk as well as Facebook and Twitter.

Click below to listen back to the interview and see them playing live in the studio.

 

 

Hot Hot Heat – No, Not Now www.hothotheat.com

Royal Trux – I’m Ready http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Trux

Fuzzface – Not Now I’m in a Hot Tub www.myspace.com/fuzzface1

Stose – Class War www.stoseopm.com

Reggie Williams – You Make Me Feel www.reverbnation.com/reggiewilliamsmusic

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Hey Mr Landlord! www.teapadorcestra.com

Madidus – No Fairytale http://madidus.bandcamp.com

The Long Run – Showed Him how to Dance

 

THE LONG RUN IN THE STUDIO

The Long Run – Donna Don’t Run (live in session)

Bruce Springsteen – Blinded By the Light

The Long Run – I Know (live in session)

The Long Run – Lying Low

The Long Run – Hear My Train a Comin’ (live in session)

Gotye – In Your Light

The Long Run – Thrill She Gives (live in session)

The Long Run – Nine Past Eight (live in session)

www.the-longrun.co.uk

 

Osmium Guillotine – Phobophobia www.osmiumguillotine.com

Muertos – Black Box www.soundcloud.com/muertosband

Ross Candy – Show Me Love www.candyofficial.com

Accidental Tourists – Not My Fault www.facebook.com/atourists

Beth Orton – Stolen Car www.bethortonofficial.com

Immense – Football Chant www.fat-cat.co.uk/site/artists/immense

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Curveballs 2nd July 2014

As much music as we could fit into 2 hours? Go on then! Click below to listen to this week’s show.

If you’re interested in getting airplay or an interview on the show, drop us a line via the Contacts page!

 

Midget – Invisible Balloon www.insall.co.uk/midget

Menswear – Crash ’14 www.menswearband.com

CSS – Rat is Dead (Rage) www.csssuxxx.com

False-Heads – Without a Doubt http://false-heads.bandcamp.com

Sondre Lerche – Bad Law www.sondrelerche.com

Disclosure featuring Sinead Harnett – Boiling www.disclosureofficial.com

Rochelle Jordan – Lowkey www.rochellejordan.com

The Foreign Exchange – Call It Home www.theforeignexchangemusic.com

The Ends – Blank Maps www.facebook.com/theendsband

Bis – Control the Radical www.bisnation.com

The Tuesday Club – New Glamour www.thisisthetuesdayclub.co.uk

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – High Speed Train www.teapadorchestra.com

Chris Bird – Do I www.soundcloud.com/chris-bird-91

We Were Lions – Find www.wewerelions.com

The Travis Waltons – Canned Food & Shotguns www.thetraviswaltons.com

The Long Run – Highway Line www.the-longrun.co.uk

Jake Lore – Born to Believe www.jakelore.com

Tolivar – Never Trust a Girl with a Curly Smile www.facebook.com/Tolivar

Harper – Bringing Me Down www.harperband.co.uk

Stealing Signs – Medicine www.facebook.com/stealingsigns

Queensburys – Cash www.soundcloud.com/queensburys

Anna Carow – Every Day www.annacarow.com

Scarlet Echo – Lose Control (Save Alex Controlling Mix) www.scarletecho.co.uk

Olaf Stando – Perfect Imperfections www.olafstandomusic.com

Social Potion – Drive Myself Home www.socialpotion.ca

Tunnelvision – Straight Out the Congo www.soundcloud.com/tunnelvisionmusic

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Curveballs 25th June 2014 (with Anna Carow and Olaf Stando)

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Tonight I was lucky to be joined in the studio by two great upcoming singer-songwriters.

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First up was Anna Carow, just ahead of her latest gig at the Redchurch Brewery in London on Saturday. Anna hails from the USA but has recently become a regular on the gig circuit in London, where she has been staying while studying music. Her debut album City Songs is available to download from iTunes, Amazon and Spotify, and there’s more new material in the pipeline – stay tuned to Anna’s website and Facebook pages for more news! In the meantime, click below to see and hear her playing live in the studio.

 

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Next up was the return of Olaf Stando. Since he last joined us last October, Olaf has made several gig appearances across the south of England and begun work on a new EP, of which we got a sneak preview in the form of a new session. You can keep up with Olaf’s news via his Facebook and Twitter pages, and click below to see and hear his session.

 

Theaudience – A Pessimist is Never Disappointed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theaudience

Immense – Football Chant www.fat-cat.co.uk/site/artists/immense

Kata Hay – Smoke When I Drink www.katahay.com

 

ANNA CAROW LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Anna Carow – It Was Love (live in session)

Anna Carow – Unsatisfied (live in session)

Anna Carow – I’m On Fire (live in session)

www.annacarow.com

 

Nick & the Sun Machine – Ask Me For My Name www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

Olaf Stando – Postcards

 

OLAF STANDO LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Olaf Stando – Perfect Imperfections (live in session)

Arctic Monkeys – Snap Out of It

Olaf Stando – Keyhole (live in session)

Olaf Stando – What About Today / Waiting (live in session)

Lewis Watson – Sink Or Swim

Olaf Stando – Pavements (live in session)

Gabrielle Applin – Keep On Walking

Olaf Stando – The Run (live in session)

www.olafstandomusic.com

 

Lone Wolf – Ghosts www.iamlonewolf.com

The Long Run – Highway Line www.the-longrun.co.uk

The Tuesday Club – New Glamour www.thisisthetuesdayclub.co.uk

Lost Harbours – Whispers in the Night http://lostharbours.bandcamp.com

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Curveballs 18th June 2014 (with Uprising)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by an uprising foursome called… Uprising! Hailing from Romford and Hornchurch, the quartet (l-r Orton, Daniel, Sam, Rory) formed last year at college and plan to release their first set of recordings online very soon. They can be seen playing live at Chinnerys in Southend on September 12th with more gigs in the pipeline – stay tuned for news on their Facebook, Twitter and Reverbnation pages. In the meantime, click below to see them playing live in the studio!

 

Ash – Wild Surf www.ash-official.com

The Ends – You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides) www.facebook.com/theendsband

Little Mothers – Your Twisted Sister www.myspace.com/littlemothers

Sohn – Artifice www.sohnmusic.com

The Lightworker – Writing on the Wall www.soundcloud.com/the-lightworker

All True Events – Yeah You www.twitter.com/alltrueevents

Alphabetamax – If England Had Ryan Giggs www.alphabetamax.co.uk

 

UPRISING IN THE STUDIO

Bad Religion – American Jesus

Uprising – Retalliation (live in session)

Volbeat – The Lonesome Rider

Uprising – Calm Before the Storm (live in session)

Nirvana – Lithium

Uprising – All I Need (live in session)

Linkin Park – A Place For My Head

Uprising – The Life That Could Have Been (live in session)

Metallica – For Whom the Bell Tolls

www.facebook.com/uprisinguk

 

Anna Carrow – Come On Back www.annacarrow.com

Olaf Stando – Postcards www.olafsstandomusic.com

State of the Art – Through Heaven, Through Hell www.soundcloud.com/sotabanduk

Under the Hat – Playing Her Game www.facebook.com/underthehat

False–Heads – Without a Doubt http://false-heads.bandcamp.com

Robert Vincent – Life in Easy Steps www.robertvincentmusic.com

Chris Bird – Ladyluck www.soundcloud.com/chris-bird-91

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Curveballs 11th June 2014 (with Chris Bird chat)

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Tonight I chatted to Kent-based singer/musician/producer/engineer Chris Bird. Chris first came to our attention last year as a member of Decaris, and has recently been recording his debut solo album One Up From 11, which will be released on August 4th. For more on Chris, head to his SoundCloud page, and he can also be contacted via Facebook and Twitter.

 

Snuff – Marbles http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snuff_(band)

High/Low – Crashland www.wearehighlow.co.uk

Dub Pistols – Cyclone www.dubpistolsmusic.co.uk

Imperial Leisure – Nasty Boy www.imperial-leisure.co.uk

All True Events – Going Back for More www.twitter.com/alltrueevents

Accidental Tourists – Comic Life www.facebook.com/atourists

Su Casa – Sand in My Eyes www.myspace.com/sucasamusic

Luscious Jackson – Show Us What You Got www.lusciousjackson.net

Chris Bird – Ladyluck www.soundcloud.com/chris-bird-91

Scarlet Echo – Lose Control www.scarletecho.co.uk

Harper – Ligature www.harperband.co.uk

Beast Within – Like Freedom is Too Much www.facebook.com/BeastWithinUK

The MBG – Fields www.facebook.com/pages/The-MBG/277969245653494

Bob Collum & the Welfare Mothers – Knockdown Dragout www.bobcollumonline.com

Under the Hat – Subconscious www.facebook.com/underthehat

Nick & the Sun Machine – Fiery Sky www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

Scarlett’s Roses – Roll On Rio www.scarlettsroses.com

Osmium Guillotine – Blight Upon Mankind www.osmiumguillotine.com

Stealing Signs – Medicine www.facebook.com/stealingsigns

Rochelle Jordan – Lowkey www.rochellejordan.com

The Foreign Exchange – On a Day Like Today www.theforeignexchangemusic.com

Young & the Blue – Paint the Sun www.youngandtheblue.com

Mr Beard – Never Gonna Stop www.soundcloud.com/mr-beard-official

 

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Curveballs 4th June 2014 (with All True Events)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by Witham newcomers All True Events (l-r Alex, James, Joe). The trio are currently recording their debut EP, from which we heard three tracks tonight. They can next be seen live at Haverhill festival on June 28th, with the EP release and more dates in the summer to come – follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more!

 

A – Old Folks www.acommunication.co.uk

Fuzzface – (Not Now) I’m in a Hot Tub www.myspace.com/fuzzface1

Black Bottom Lighters – Right Time www.blackbottomlighters.net

The Ends – You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides) www.facebook.com/theendsband

Harper – Bringing Me Down www.harperband.co.uk

Scarlet Echo – Lose Control www.scarletecho.co.uk

Black Hats – Kick in the Doors www.blackhatsmusic.co.uk

 

ALL TRUE EVENTS IN THE STUDIO

Kings of Leon – Happy Alone

All True Events – Going Back for More

Santana – Smooth

All True Events – Yeah You

Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know

All True Events – Be There

Foo Fighters – The Pretender

London Grammar – Strong

www.twitter.com/alltrueevents

 

Stealing Signs – Medicine www.facebook.com/stealingsigns

Chris Bird – Ladyluck www.soundcloud.com/chris-bird-91

Shouting Signals – Set It Off www.shoutingsignals.com

The Long Run – Highway Line www.the-longrun.co.uk

Metasic – The Bullet Hits www.soundcloud.com/metasic

Osmium Guillotine – D-Day www.osmiumguillotine.com

States of Emotion – The Way That I’m Wired www.statesofemotionmusic.com

Time Keegan & Departure Lounge – Disconnected http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Departure_Lounge_(band)

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Curveballs 28th May 2014 (with Scarlet Echo)

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Tonight I was joined once again in the studio by Scarlet Echo (l-r Mitch, Alex, Jamie, Hannah). Since they last joined us a year ago, Hannah and Mitch have been joined by two new members – guitarist Jamie and drummer Alex (whom you may recognise from previous bands who have joined us in the studio!). Scarlet Echo will be releasing a free download single, Lose Control, on their SoundCloud page on June 7th, and will be marking the release with live shows at The Bassment in Chelmsford on June 6th followed by the Essex Arms in Brentwood on June 7th. Find out more on Facebook, Twitter and www.scarletecho.co.uk!

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No Doubt – Spiderwebs www.nodoubt.com

Luscious Jackson – We Go Back www.lusciousjackson.net

The Ends – You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides) www.facebook.com/theendsband

Dead Foxxes – Rolling Rock www.deadfoxxes.com

State of the Art – Through Heaven, Through Hell www.soundcloud.com/sotabanduk

Scarlett’s Roses – Roll On Rio www.scarlettsroses.com

Scarlet Echo – Lose Control

 

SCARLET ECHO LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Scarlet Echo – Mainstream (live in session)

Sneaker Pimps – Roll On

Radiohead – There, There

Scarlet Echo – Factory Floor (live in session)

Beck – Golden Age

Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart

www.scarletecho.co.uk

 

Streetlight Manifesto – We Will Fall Together www.streetlightmanifesto.com

All True Events – Yeah You www.facebook.com/pages/All-True-Events/675348195822885

The Silver Bayonets – Your Complex Life www.thesilverbayonets.co.uk

Bow Flats – I Know What I Know www.facebook.com/bowflats

High/Low – Crashland www.wearehighlow.co.uk

The Talks – Don’t Look Behind You www.thetalks.co.uk

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Curveballs May 21st 2014 (with Shaun from Mad-Hat Promotions, and James from The Ends)

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First up tonight, I chatted to Shaun Lee from Mad-Hat Promotions, who have recently been hosting a Battle of the Bands event at the White Horse, Chadwell Heath. They’re hosting the grand final this Sunday (25th), with J Romero, Dead Foxxes, State Of The Art and Loving Forty-Four all battling it out for the top honours. With cash, video and recording prizes all up for grabs, it’s set to be a great night of music with everything to play for. You can find out more on Mad-Hat Promotions’ future events through their Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

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Next up I chatted to another good buddy of the show, James from The Ends (pictured above right). The Canvey Island foursome have just released their new single You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides), and next Wednesday (28th), they’ll be playing their biggest gig to date when they support The Enemy at Camden KOKO, before venturing out for two further support gigs in Birmingham and Portsmouth. With the next single already in the bag for an August release, it’s set to be a busy few months for the quartet – keep up with them on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter!

 

Cake – Never There www.cakemusic.com

Sonic Boom Six – The Concrete We’re Trapped Within (It’s Yours) www.sonicboomsix.co.uk

Disclosure – When a Fire Starts to Burn www.disclosureofficial.com

Smash Mouth – Walkin’ on the Sun www.smashmouth.com

Chris Bird – Ladyluck www.soundcloud.com/chris-bird-91

Jon Lajoie – Please Use This Song www.jonlajoie.com

J Romero – Superhero www.facebook.com/JRomeroBand

Dead Foxxes – City Lights www.deadfoxxes.com

Loving Forty-Four – Poppy www.facebook.com/lovingfortyfour

State of the Art – Through Heaven, Through Hell www.soundcloud.com/sotabanduk

Ummagma – Lama www.ummagma.com

High/Low – Crashland www.wearehighlow.co.uk

The Ends – You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides)

The Ends – You Were Nice Once www.facebook.com/theendsband

All True Events – Yeah You www.facebook.com/pages/All-True-Events/675348195822885

Accidental Tourists – Spotlight www.facebook.com/atourists

Last Superheroes – Get It On! www.lastsuperheroes.co.uk

Anne of the Wolves – Rainmaker www.anneofthewolves.com

Flight of Ryan – Technicolour Souls www.facebook.com/flightofryan

Hana Piranha – Thin Air www.hanapiranha.com

The Foreign Exchange – So What If It Is www.theforeignexchangemusic.com

 

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Curveballs 14th May 2014 (with Accidental Tourists)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by locals Accidental Tourists (l-r Toby, Dan, Josh, Sam), who have just released their self-titled debut EP. Since their first appearance on Phoenix FM with Scott Ross last October, the quintet (also featuring singer Amanda) have become regulars at The Hermit venue in Brentwood alongside many other local gig appearances. Their next live appearance will be at Ilford Sports Centre on May 23rd, and you can find more on the band (and listen to their EP) on their Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud pages.

 

Ikara Colt – Sink Venice http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikara_Colt

Big Yoga Muffin – Is That How You Get Off? www.last.fm/music/Big+Yoga+Muffin

Seedling – Dutch Disease www.seedling.nl

Not From There – Juanita’s Cocktail Party http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_from_There

Jon Lajoie – Please Use This Song www.jonlajoie.com

High/Low – Crashland www.wearehighlow.co.uk

Anne of the Wolves – Rainmaker www.anneofthewolves.com

Accidental Tourists – Comic Life

 

ACCIDENTAL TOURISTS IN THE STUDIO

Accidental Tourists – Not My Fault

Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky

The 1975 – Girls

Accidental Tourists – 12 Moons

Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke

Accidental Tourists – Spotlight

Gary Clark Jr – Numb

www.facebook.com/atourists

 

Minus the Bear – Into the Mirror www.minusthebear.com

The Ends – You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides) www.facebook.com/theendsband

The Wavetones – Take Back Tomorrow www.facebook.com/TheWavetones

Nick & the Sun Machine – Acid Rain Clouds www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

Shouting Signals – Set It Off www.shoutingsignals.com

State of the Art – Careless Confessions www.soundcloud.com/sotabanduk

 

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Curveballs 7th May 2014 (with GraVil)

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GraVil (l-r): Sparx (bass), David (rhythm guitar), Grant (vocals).

Tonight we welcomed local metallers GraVil back to Curveballs. GraVil originally formed as a duo back in 2008 (their first appearance on the show being in February of that year!), before singer Grant headed out with a new extended line-up (also featuring Tony on lead guitar and Perrin on drums). The band have had a busy past year with the release of their debut full-length Thoughts of a Rising Sun and bagging themselves an impressive headline slot on the Takeover stage at last year’s Download Festival. The band plan to spend much of this year putting together their second album but a trip back to the live circuit is a possibility too – stay tuned for news via www.gravilmetal.com as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

 

Slipknot – Left Behind www.slipknot.com

Twelve Foot Ninja – Endless www.twelvefootninja.com

Ladytron – Predict the Day www.ladytron.com

Kill Chaos – We Came Here to Die www.killchaos.co.uk

Ummagma – Lama www.ummagma.com

Redefine – Seven by Seven www.last.fm/music/Redefine/The+Daisy+Chain+Cycle

GraVil – Beyond Reprieve

 

GRAVIL LIVE IN THE STUDIO

GraVil – Through the Eyes of Spartans

Bull Riff Stampede – Thrashing Machine

Fallen Fate – I Welcome the Dead

GraVil – Bottle of Shadows

Collapse – Arms & the Covenant

GraVil – March of the Titans

Cinders Fall – I Inside

www.gravilmetal.com

 

Mum Locked in Castle – Soft as Thorns www.facebook.com/mumlockedincastle

Accidental Tourists – Comic Life www.facebook.com/atourists

Tolivar – Never Trust a Girl with a Curly Smile www.facebook.com/tolivar

Nick & the Sun Machine – Fiery Sky www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

The Shermans – Hurricane www.soundcloud.com/theshermans

Beast Within – Like Freedom is Too Much www.facebook.com/BeastWithinUK

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Curveballs 30th April 2014 (with Nick & The Sun Machine)

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Nick & the Sun Machine (l-r): Simon (drums), Joe (bass), Nick (vocals/guitar).

This week featured a chat and session from Nick & The Sun Machine’s recent visit to Phoenix FM. The St Albans-based foursome (also featuring Mikey on guitar) formed in 2012 and released their debut album, Wide Lying Smiles, in March, available on CD and download. The band can be seen regularly performing live around the south east, with plans to tour further out later in the year. They can next be seen live at The Workshop in London on May 8th, followed by a support slot with CC Smugglers at Club 85 in Hitchin on the 10th. For the full list, head to www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk. The band can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Bandcamp.

Click below to listen to the interview & see them playing live in the studio!

 

The Eels – Flyswatter www.eelstheband.com

Black Bottom Lighters – Hard Way www.blackbottomlighters.net

The Bluetones – Thank You, Not Today http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bluetones

Imperial Leisure – Nasty Boy www.imperial-leisure.co.uk

The Foreign Exchange – On a Day Like Today www.theforeignexchangemusic.com

The Ends – You Write the Hits (I Wite the B-Sides) www.facebook.com/theendsband

The Talks – Don’t Look Behind You www.thetalks.co.uk

Nick & the Sun Machine – White Chalk

 

NICK & THE SUN MACHINE LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Nick & the Sun Machine – Baby A (live in session)

Steely Dan – Reelin’ in the Years

Nick & the Sun Machine – Better Than Any Drug (live in session)

Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing

Nick & the Sun Machine – Fiery Sky (live in session)

The Correspondents – Alarm Call

Nick & the Sun Machine – One Thing (live in session)

www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

 

Shomaha – All Grown-Ups Are Pirates www.shomaha.co.uk

GraVil – Thoughts of a Rising Sun www.gravilmetal.com

Accidental Tourists – Comic Life www.facebook.com/atourists

High Flying Wolves – Lotoon www.soundcloud.com/highflyingwolves

Minerva Falls – D-Evil www.minervafalls.com

Shotgun Shango – Scarlett www.soundcloud.com/shotgun-shango

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis – I’m Going Back www.kittydaisyandlewis.com

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Curveballs 23rd April 2014 (with High Flying Wolves)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio for a second time by High Flying Wolves (l-r Peter, JJ, Tom). After a few months away writing new material, the local foursome (also featuring drummer Jed) are planning a comeback on the live circuit next month, starting with Stortford Music Festival (aka Stortfest) on May 4th and Epping’s speakeasy Bar on May 27th, with more live dates to come alongside a new EP. We also got a sneak preview of what to expect from said EP with a live session. Keep up with High Flying Wolves’ activities on their Soundcloud, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Click below to listen back to the interview & see them playing live in the studio!

 

Elastica – Connection http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elastica

The Filthy Souls – Boys Will Be Out for a Fight www.thefilthysouls.com

Lone Wolf – Soldiers www.iamlonewolf.com

Young & the Blue – Soft Wax Children www.soundcloud.com/youngandtheblue

Nick & the Sun Machine – Fiery Sky (Phoenix FM Session)  www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

The Black Hats – Kick in the Doors www.blackhatsmusic.co.uk

Mac Lethal – Alphabet Insanity www.facebook.com/maclethal

Dead Foxxes – City Lights www.deadfoxxes.com

High Flying Wolves – Ballad of Kevin Bacon

 

HIGH FLYING WOLVES IN THE STUDIO

High Flying Wolves – Lotoon (live in session)

The White Stripes – Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine

High Flying Wolves – Goldfish (live in session)

Screaming Females – It All Means Nothing

High Flying Wolves – Kaytee (live in session)

Muddy Waters – Got My Mojo working

High Flying Wolves – Can I Call It a Day? (live in session)

Alabama Shakes – Heavy Chevy

High Flying Wolves – Lotoon

www.soundcloud.com/highflyingwolves

 

SocietySociety – Say Yeah You Got It www.facebook.com/SocietySocietyMusic

Shotgun Shango – Scarlett www.soundcloud.com/shotgun-shango

Ten A Penny – Three Leaf Clover www.tenapennymusic.co.uk

Metasic – The Bullet Hits www.facebook.com/metasic

Nick & the Sun Machine – Baby A www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

Lo-Fi Beats featuring Lee Sargeant – Exit Strategy www.facebook.com/DBRmusicUK

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Curveballs 16th April 2014 (with Dave from The Filthy Souls, & Easter gig guide)

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This week’s show included my recent chat on the phone to Dave Green (above second left), frontman of The Filthy Souls. The band are based in Los Angeles but originally formed in Dave’s home town of Wigan, and since the move to the US, have featured in numerous American TV shows and adverts, including an upcoming campaign for BOSE headphones. Click to find out some of their other famous TV appearances and more from Dave about living the dream.

 

Bis – Action & Drama www.bisnation.com

Arveene & Musk featuring Ruby Goe – Mr Mr www.soundcloud.com/arveeneandmisk

Social Potion – Drive Myself Home www.socialpotion.ca

Space – Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab www.spacetheband.com

Tune-yards – Water Fountain www.tune-yards.com

Mac Lethal – Alphabet Insanity www.facebook.com/maclethal

Sabatta – Told Ya www.sabatta.net

Lo-Fi Beats featuring Lee Sargeant – Exit Strategy www.facebook.com/DBRmusicUK

Shouting Signals – Set It Off www.shoutingsignals.com

The Filthy Souls – Destroy You www.facebook.com/thefilthysouls

The Filthy Souls – Boys Will Be Out for a Fight www.thefilthysouls.com

The Foreign Exchange – So What If It Is www.theforeignexchangemusic.com

The Custodian of Records – Your Blog’s in my Business http://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Custodian_of_Records

High Flying Wolves – Ballad of Kevin Bacon www.facebook.com/TheHighFlyingWolves

Last Superheroes – Get It On! www.lastsuperheroes.co.uk

The Victories – Still There (Tell Me I’m Sane) www.soundcloud.com/victories

Loving Forty-Four – I’ve Got a Kingdom www.facebook.com/lovingfortyfour

FutureAges – Missing Misery www.futureages.com

Scarlett’s Roses – Nightmares www.scarlettsroses.com

The Ends – Just Do It www.facebook.com/theendsband

Harper – Heavy Like Thunder www.harperband.co.uk

Sub Rosa – Hands Around http://subrosa4.bandcamp.com

Nick & the Sun Machine – Baby A www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

Lee Sargeant – Comfort Zone www.facebook.com/vacanttouch

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – High Speed Train www.teapadorcestra.co.uk

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Curveballs 9th April 2014 (with Lee Sargeant from Vacant Touch, and Lisa Houghton)

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First up tonight I chatted to Lisa Houghton – whom you may recall did a session for us last year as half of Black Cherry Pop Tart – about her latest venture as part of Mad Hat Promotions. They’re organising a Battle of the Bands event at the White Horse in Chadwell Heath, with some great prizes for the bands taking part in the two heats on April 20th and May 4th, followed by the final on May 25th. To get involved, get in touch with Mad Hat Promotions on Facebook.

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Then I was joined again by Vacant Touch singer Lee Sargeant. Since his first Curveballs appearance a month ago, Lee has collaborated with Lo-Fi Beats on a new single, Exit Strategy, which has just been released on Deaf By Records, as well as plenty of gigging with Vacant Touch, who are hoping to get their debut release ready very soon. You can find out more at www.facebook.com/vacanttouch.

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G-Love & Special Sauce – You Shall See www.philadelphonic.com

Nick & the Sun Machine – Ask Me for My Name www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

The Shermans – In Daylight www.soundcloud.com/theshermans

Black Bottom Lighters – Right Time www.blackbottomlighters.net

The Long Run – Highway Line www.the-longrun.co.uk

 

LEE SARGEANT IN THE STUDIO

Clutch – Burning Beard

Lo-Fi Beats featuring Lee Sargeant – Exit Strategy

Lee Sargeant – Rivers & Worlds (live in session)

Span – Cut Like Diamonds

Lee Sargeant – Summer Song (live in session)

Del Amitri – Start With Me

Foo Fighters – Rope

Lee Sargeant – Faceless Demons (live in session)

Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American / Salt Sweat Sugar

Lee Sargeant – Comfort Zone (live in session)

Hundred Reasons – Oratorio

www.facebook.com/vacanttouch

 

Lilac Sheer – Today of All Days www.lilacsheer.com

Weatherbird – Where I Wanna Be www.weatherbird.co.uk

EastEnd Promises – Heads Or Tails www.eastendpromises.com

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Curveballs 2nd April 2014 (with EastEnd Promises)

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Tonight saw the return of EastEnd Promises (l-r Wayne, Jake, Iason, Lewis), their fourth Curveballs appearance. They last joined us in October 2012 just after the release of their debut album Alan & the White Horse, which is still available on CD and download. Since then, the Newham-based foursome have had a busy time gigging and putting together new material. They can next be seen live at The Boleyn in Upton Park this Saturday (5th) followed by a set at the Plough & Harrow in Leytonstone on April 11th. Keep up with their news on Facebook, Twitter and at www.eastendpromises.com.

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Adequate Seven – Splitting Up http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adequate_Seven

House Party Massacre – First Impression www.housepartymassacre.com

The Tomorrow Men – Independent… Yeah Right www.soundcloud.com/thetomorrowmen

Looking For Liam – No Good For Me www.facebook.com/LookingforLiam

Kata Hay – Smoke When I Drink www.katahay.com

Black Bottom Lighters – Hard Way www.blackbottomlighters.net

The Long Run – Highway Line www.the-longrun.co.uk

EastEnd Promises – Joker

 

EASTEND PROMISES IN THE STUDIO

EastEnd Promises – Sweet Said

The Cockney Rejects – Fighting in the Streets

Alan McKee – For My Father

EastEnd Promises – Violent Spiders

Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – Thou Shalt Always Kill

Incubus – Dig

EastEnd Promises – Heads Or Tails

www.eastendpromises.com

 

Queensburys – Beneath the Tide www.facebook.com/Queensburys

Warm Winters – Meet Me By The Sea www.facebook.com/warmwintersband

Metasic – The Bullet Hits www.facebook.com/metasic

Stone By Window – Signal www.stonebywindow.co.uk

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Curveballs 26th March 2014 (with Stone By Window… & who’s that in the Gazette?)

 

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This week I was joined in the studio by three-fifths of Stone By Window (l-r Bob, Nick, Mark). Hailing from various parts of the south east, the fivesome released their first EP, EP1, at the end of last year (still available from their Bandcamp page), and will be recording and releasing a follow-up within the next few months. A preview of what might be on the new EP was to be heard tonight courtesy of a live session, alongside chat about modern technology and a lot more! Stone By Window can be contacted via their website www.stonebywindow.co.uk as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Listen back to the show here:

 

Click below to see them playing live in the studio!

 

Jetplane Landing – Brave Gravity www.smalltownamerica.co.uk/artists/jetplane-landing

The Birthday Suit – Hope Me Home www.thebirthdaysuit.co.uk

Kata Hay – Cannibals (Real World) www.katahay.com

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – High Speed Train www.teapadorchestra.com

Space – Charlie M www.spacetheband.com

Lo-Fi Beats featuring Lee Sargeant – Exit Strategy www.facebook.com/DBRmusicUK

Meryl & A Bit of Yellow – Chance www.merylandabitofyellow.nl

Stone By Window – Ex-Static

 

Stone By Window – Simple Things (live in session)

Phoenix – Lasso

Stone By Window – FMV (live in session)

Depeche Mode – Should Be Higher

Stone By Window – Regretfully Jealously (live in session)

The 22-20s – Heart on a String

Stone By Window – Signal (live in session)

Slade – How Does It Feel

www.stonebywindow.co.uk

 

Stapleton – Northwest Corners www.myspace.com/stapleton

EastEnd Promises – Joker www.eastendpromises.com

Harper – Death Valley Days www.facebook.com/harperbanduk

Mannequins – Yella Belly www.facebook.com/mannequinsuk

Lilac Sheer – Today of All Days www.lilacsheer.com

Paolo Morena – Oh Yeah www.paolomorena.com

 

PS Did you spot Nick in the Brentwood Gazette this week?

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Curveballs 19th March 2014 (with Kata Hay, Meryl & A Bit of Yellow, and Lilac Sheer)

Listen back to this week’s show here (scroll down for individual interviews and session videos):

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This week’s show featured a triple bill of live sessions as I was joined in the studio by a trio of singer-songwriter ladies (l-r): Meryl & A Bit of Yellow, Lilac Sheer and Kata Hay, just ahead of their UK tour together.

Kata Hay grew up in Oklahoma before moving to her current base of Tennessee. She has been singing on stage since the tender age of two and won her first talent competition aged just five – and it’s fair to say she hasn’t looked back since. Kata has just released a compilation of old and new material on iTunes to tie in with the UK tour, which sees her headlining shows in London, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff and Colchester – for the full list and to hear more from Kata, head to www.katahay.com.

 

Meryl & A Bit of Yellow, aka Dutch singer Merel van der Wielen, is joining Kata on the tour and Meryl also treated us to a few tracks on the show. She has recently released her debut EP, Chance, which can be previewed and ordered from her website www.merylandabitofyellow.nl.

 

Finally it was the turn of the other third of the tour, Lilac Sheer, who originally hails from Israel but is now based in London. She has just released a new single, Love is Always Free, which is taken from her album A Different Country which will be released later in the year, but you can hear a few tracks from it now at her website www.lilacsheer.com.

 

Sleater-Kinney – Jumpers www.sleater-kinney.com

Hadleigh Ford – Eye of the Needle www.hadleighford.com

Stealing Sheep – Genevieve www.stealingsheep.co.uk

Nick & the Sun Machine – Ask Me For My Name www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

The MBG – Fields http://thembg.bandcamp.com

Jamie Lenman – Pretty Please www.jamielenman.com

Lazy Habits (featuring Miss Baby Sol) – Memory Banks www.lazyhabits.co.uk

Soul Coughing – 16 Horses http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul_Coughing

Kata Hay – Cannibals (Real World)

 

LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Kata Hay – Smoke When I Drink (live in session)

Kata Hay – Robbie’s Song (live in session)

Brandi Carlile – The Story

Meryl & A Bit of Yellow – Chance

Meryl & A Bit of Yellow – Time to Persevere (live in session)

Joni Mitchell – Little Green

Meryl & A Bit of Yellow – Before Sunrise (live in session)

Meryl & A Bit of Yellow – Like a Kid (live in session)

Lilac Sheer – Mother Earth

Lilac Sheer – Love is Always Free (live in session)

Lilac Sheer – Queen of Hollywood (live in session)

Lilac Sheer – Today of All Days (live in session)

Jewel – Goodbye Alice in Wonderland

Kata Hay – Cannibals (Real World) (live in session)

www.katahay.com

www.merylandabitofyellow.nl

www.lilacsheer.com

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Curveballs 12th March 2014 (with The MBG and Mark Oliff)

To listen back to this week’s show, click below!

 

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Mark Oliff to chat about the upcoming Castle Reunion event at Eclipse nightclub, Brentwood on March 26th. A night of throwbacks to the Castle’s punk era-inspired nights of the 70s, 80s and 90s is promised at the event, and you can get your hands on tickets by visiting this link on Facebook. Click above to listen back to the interview, including Mark’s many stories of clubbing with skateboards!!

 

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Next up it was the turn of the MBG, a new local foursome featuring (l-r) Sam (vocals/guitar), Laura (drums), Ben (bass) alongside guitarist James. The band have just released their debut single Fields which is available as a download from their Bandcamp page. Following on from their appearance at Billericay’s Ivory Rooms earlier this week, they’re currently booking more shows, including a set at the New Cross Inn in London on April 10th – stay tuned for more shows and news via their Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr pages. Click above to listen back to the interview and their stories of what MBG stands for and how everyday household rooms and objects have shaped their recording…

 

Ross Candy – I Can’t see It www.rosscandy.com

The Dalloways – Desperate www.facebook.com/thedalloways

Black Bottom Lighters – Right Time www.blackbottomlighters.net

 

MARK OLIFF’S CHOICES

Hawkwind – Seven By Seven

The Ramones – Chasing the Night

 

The Albino Peaches – Gimme the Night www.facebook.com/AlbinoPeaches

Stapleton – Passing Place www.myspace.com/stapleton

 

THE MBG IN THE STUDIO

Guns ‘n’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine

The MBG – Fields

Cage the Elephant – Back Against the Wall

Two Door Cinema Club – Sun

Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor

http://thembg.bandcamp.com

 

Kata Hay – Cannibals (Real World) www.katahay.com

Meryl & A Bit of Yellow – Chance www.merylandabitofyellow.nl

Lilac Sheer – Love is Always Free www.lilacsheer.com

Aeromancy – Triangles www.reverbnation.com/aeromancy

Nick & the Sun Machine – Acid Rain Clouds www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

Alexei Crawley – Swimming Pools www.soundcloud.com/alexeicrawley

Point Inaudible – The Waster www.pointinaudible.com

Vic Mensa – Lovely Day www.vicmensa.com

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Curveballs 5th March 2014 (with The Albino Peaches, & Vacant Touch’s Lee)

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First up this week, I was joined in the studio by Lee Sargeant from local quartet Vacant Touch, just ahead of their headline gig at Chinnerys in Southend this Thursday (6th). The foursome are hoping to release new material later in the year, and can be found on Facebook and Twitter. Click below to listen to the interview and see Lee playing live in the studio.

 

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Then it was the turn of The Albino Peaches (l-r Daniel, Tommy, Wesley). The trio formed shortly after singer Daniel performed a solo set on Curveballs back in June 2012, and are releasing their new single Gimme the Night on March 31st, which was one of the tracks they performed live for us this evening! You can keep up to date with all their other news on the band’s Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as giving them a listen on SoundCloud. Click below to hear the interview and click below to see them playing live in the studio – more videos coming soon!

 

Space – Fortune Teller www.spacetheband.com

Nick & the Sun Machine – White Chalk www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

Optional Rubber Duck – Jamie’s Song www.facebook.com/OptionalRubberDuck

Lee Sargeant (Vacant Touch) – Relationships www.facebook.com/VacantTouch

Lee Sargeant (Vacant Touch) – Time Takes Your Place

Colours of Melancholia – Brotha Funk www.coloursofmelncholia.com

Porcupine Kiss – Shout It Out! www.porcupinekiss.co.uk

The Albino Peaches – Gimme the Night

 

THE ALBINO PEACHES LIVE IN THE STUDIO

The Albino Peaches – Memphis (live in session)

Kings of Leon – Supersoaker

Aphrodite’s Child – The Four Horsemen

The Albino Peaches – Lucifer’s Child (live in session)

The Cure – A Forest

The Albino Peaches – Gimme the Night (live in session)

The Black Crowes – Twice as Hard

Joy Division – Transmission

The Albino Peaches – Home (live in session)

www.facebook.com/AlbinoPeaches

 

Stone By Window – Ultrasonic www.stonebywondow.co.uk

The MBG – Fields http://thembg.bandcamp.com

Dregs of Society – The Bomb www.facebook.com/cometastethedregs

Ekkoes – Fight the Feeling www.ekkoes.com

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Curveballs 26th February 2014 (with Porcupine Kiss)

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This week I was joined in the studio once again by Chelmsford’s Porcupine Kiss. Since they last joined us in May last year, the fivesome have been recording their debut album Disillusion which is nearing completion and will be released later in the year. We had a sample of what to expect from the album with a live session, and there was some debate over venues they can play which are named after shapes. Find Porcpune Kiss at www.porcupinekiss.co.uk  and on Facebook and YouTube, and click below to listen back to this week’s show and see them playing live in the studio.

 

Minus the Bear – Pachuca Sunrise www.minusthebear.com

Point Inaudible – The Waster www.pointinaudible.com

The Ends – Blank Maps www.facebook.com/theendsband

Ross Candy – I Can’t Feel It www.rosscandy.com

Man Made – My Heart is Fool’s Gold www.facebook.com/ManMadeUK

Tolivar – Shilo http://tolivar.bandcamp.com

Stone Thieves – New Mexico www.facebook.com/stonethieves

Porcupine Kiss – Steal Tomorrow

 

PORCUPINE KISS IN THE STUDIO

Porcupine Kiss – Lost in Silence (live in session)

Alter Bridge – Still Remains

The Cure – A Forest

Porcupine Kiss – I Belong (live in session)

Porcupine Kiss – Jaded (live in session)

Faith No More – Epic

Porcupine Kiss – Shout It Out (live in session)

Mansun – Wide Open Space

Porcupine Kiss – Scream (live in session)

www.porcupinekiss.co.uk

 

Drive Through Therapy – Words for the B-Side www.facebook.com/drivethroughtherapy

The Filthy Souls – Boys Will Be Out for a Fight www.thefilthysouls.com

The Albino Peaches – Gimme the Night www.facebook.com/AlbinoPeaches

 

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Curveballs 19th February 2014 (with Man Made)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by new pop-punk trio Man Made (l-r Josh, Jay, Chris). Hailing from Stevenage, the threesome recently released their debut single My Heart is Fool’s Gold, available for download from their Bandcamp page. The trio can next be seen live at The Horn in St Albans on February 27th with more dates coming in March – find out more on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Click below to listen back to this week’s show (Man Made interview is 30 mins into the show) and to see Man Made playing live in the studio – more vids coming soon!

http://www.mixcloud.com/nickfield2/curveballs-19th-february-2014-with-man-made/

 

Streetlight Manifesto – We Will Fall Together www.streetlightmanifesto.com

Janus Stark – Floyd What Are You On? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janus_Stark

Lazy Habits – Starting Fires www.lazyhabits.co.uk

The Albino Peaches – Bang Bang www.facebook.com/AlbinoPeaches

Reachback – Pretty Slick www.reachbackband.com

SocietySociety – Skyscrapers www.facebook.com/SocietySocietyMusic

Stanley Odd – Get Out Ma Headspace www.stanleyodd.com

Man Made – My Heart is Fool’s Gold

 

MAN MADE IN THE STUDIO

Man Made – Strike 22 (live in session)

Blink 182 – Dumpweed

Man Made – Mix Tape (live in session)

Letlive – H Ledger

Man Made – “Don’t Have A Cow Man” (live in session)

State Champs – Remedy

Man Made – My Heart is Fool’s Gold (live in session)

Deaf Havana – Nelsons County

www.facebook.com/ManMadeUK

 

Broken Tongues – Sunrises www.brokentongues.com

Porcupine Kiss – Steal Tomorrow www.porcupinekiss.co.uk

The Filthy Souls – Unlucky www.thefilthysouls.com

Point Inaudible – The Waster www.pointinaudible.com

Subrosa – Hands Around http://subrosa4.bandcamp.com

Ekkoes – Fight the Feeling www.ekkoes.com

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Curveballs 12th February 2014 (Valentine’s Day Special. Sort of.)

In the run-up to Valentine’s Day, tonight’s show consisted of a number of tracks on the theme of romance and how relationships can be a bit odd at times. On the subject of being a bit odd, there was the first Curveballs Turbo of the year this week too, with the obligatory Valentine’s running theme. Click below to listen back to the show and rock out romantically!

 

Edwyn Collins – The Magic Piper (of Love) www.edwyncollins.com

Incubus – Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song) www.enjoyincubus.com

Night Driving in Small Towns – February http://nightdrivinginsmalltowns.bandcamp.com

Luscious Jackson – We Go Back www.lusciousjackson.net

Lone Wolf – The Lovers www.iamlonewolf.com

The MBG – Fields http://thembg.bandcamp.com

The Shermans – Love Premiere www.soundcloud.com/theshermans

Hadleigh Ford – Butterfly www.hadleighford.com

Idlewild – Love Steals Us From Loneliness www.idlewild.co.uk

Crashland – Standard Love Affair http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crashland_(band)

Fuzzface – How He Got That Girl www.fuzzface.co.uk

Leanne Louise – Love Come Down (Phoenix FM Session) www.leannelouisemusic.co.uk

 

CURVEBALLS VANLENTINE’S DAY TURBO

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Danse de la Limonade www.teapadorchestra.co.uk

Rochelle Jordan – This is Love www.rochellejordan.com

Loving FortyFour – No Scrubs (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/lovingfortyfour

Deftones – No Ordinary Love www.deftones.com

Martin Grainger – Chicks Dig It http://martingrainger.bandcamp.com

The Detroit Cobras – Right Around the Corner www.thedetroitcobras.com

Monty Python – Sit on My Face http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Python

Shawn Lee – A & R Man of Love www.shawnlee.net

Nat King Cole – You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat_King_Cole

Shred Guitar Eric – Valentine’s Day Meets Metal www.shredguitareric.com

 

Man Made – My Heart is Fool’s Gold www.facebook.com/manmadeuk

Sabiba – Dancing Eyes www.facebook.com/pages/Sabiba/52910863966

Aeromancy – Shoot Me Down www.soundcloud.com/aeromancy

FutureAges – Deviant of the Soul www.futureages.com

The Filthy Souls – Destroy You www.thefilthysouls.com

Thomas James – 1989 www.thomasjamesofficial.com

Thundercat – Without You www.facebook.com/pages/Thundercat/133418683405606

Mind Movies – You’re All I Need www.soundcloud.com/mindmovies

 

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Curveballs 5th February 2014 (with Loving Forty-Four)

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Tonight was our first live session of 2014, courtesy of local threesome Loving Forty-Four (l-r Charlie, Alex, Jamie), making their third appearance on the show. Since they were last with us in May 2012, the trio took most of 2013 off to concentrate on work, studies and travelling, but returned to the local live scene in January with gigs in Chelmsford and Brentwood, with plenty more to come – they can be seen at the Essex Arms (next to Brentwood station) on March 6th, and they’ll also be playing Monto Water Rats in London on April 18th. Their first EP is still available for free download on their Bandcamp page, and you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Click below to listen back to the show and see them playing live in the studio!

 

 

Nine Black Alps – Not Everyone www.nineblackalps.com

Blood Red Shoes – One More Empty Chair www.bloodredshoes.co.uk

Mum Locked in Castle – Forgotten Prayer www.facebook.com/mumlockedincastle

Harriet Jones – Dealin’ Man Blues  www.harrietjonesmusic.co.uk

Aeromancy – Triangles www.soundcloud.com/aeromancy

Space – Fortune Teller www.spacetheband.com

Year of Birds – I Play With My Food http://yearofbirds.bandcamp.com

Loving Forty-Four – Glenda Needs Her Bottle

 

LOVING FORTY-FOUR IN THE STUDIO

Loving Forty-Four – Sabre Tooth (live in session)

Rage Against the Machine – Calm Like a Bomb

Loving Forty-Four – Molly’s Lips (The Vaselines cover) (live in session)

The Ramones – My Brain is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)

Loving Forty-Four – No Scrubs (TLC cover) (live in session)

Kris Kristofferson – Whiskey, Whiskey

Foo Fighters – Aurora

Loving Forty-Four – Eight Pairs of Legs (live in session)

Jerry Reed – Amos Moses

http://lovingfortyfour.bandcamp.com

 

Queensburys – Maker’s Hand www.facebook.com/queensburys

FutureAges – Deviant of the Soul www.futureages.com

Fuze – Don’t Cry www.fuzeofficial.co.uk

The Ends – Blank Maps www.facebook.com/theendsband

Man Made – My Heart is Fool’s Gold www.facebook.com/ManMadeUK

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Curveballs 29th January 2014

Listen back to this week’s show here:

 

Deadmau5 – I Remember www.deadmau5.com

Boy – Skin www.listentoboy.com

The Tomorrow Men – Independent… Yeah Right www.soundcloud.com/thetomorrowmen

Aeromancy – Triangles www.soundcloud.com/aeromancy

Def Leppard – Rocket www.defleppard.com

4Hero – Escape That www.4hero.co.uk

Stealing Signs – People www.facebook.com/stealingsigns

Lucas Jack – Don’t Get Carried Away (Curtis) www.lucasjackmusic.com

SocietySociety – Skyscrapers www.reverbnation.com/societysocietymusic

Nick & the Sun Machine – Ask Me For My Name www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

Drenge – Bloodsports www.soundcloud.com/drenge

The Filthy Souls – Destroy You www.thefilthysouls.com

Night Driving in Small Towns – February http://nightdrivinginsmalltowns.bandcamp.com

The Silver Bayonets – Your Complex Life www.thesilverbayonets.co.uk

Linden Jay featuring Ruby Wood – Break the Hold www.lindenjay.com

Harriet Jones – Dealin’ Man Blues www.harrietjonesmusic.co.uk

Point Inaudible – Keep It Close to Me www.pointinaudible.com

Kill Chaos – OK on the O.K. www.killchaos.co.uk

Loving Forty-Four – I’ve Got a Kingdom http://lovingfortyfour.bandcamp.com

Weatherbird – Where Eye Wanna Be www.weatherbird.co.uk

Looking For Liam – The Reason I Stayed www.facebook.com/LookingforLiam

Leanne Louise – Save Your Heart (Phoenix FM Session) www.leannelouisemusic.co.uk

Lone Wolf – Glass www.iamlonewolf.com

Robert Vincent – Life in Easy Steps www.robertvincentmusic.com

Imperial Leisure – Can’t Lie www.imperial-leisure.co.uk

Mind Movies – Goya www.soundcloud.com/mindmovies

 

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Curveballs 22nd January 2014 (with Freya & Matt from The Hermit)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by Freya Lees and Matt Davey from Brentwood youth venue The Hermit. The venue, which features gigs, recording and music tuition for 13-19-year-olds, reopened a year ago this week, and this weekend is putting on two gigs to celebrate the first anniversary of its relaunch. To find out about how to get tickets and for who’s playing in the coming weeks, check out The Hermit on Facebook, Twitter and www.TheHermitClub.co.uk.

Listen back to the show here:

 

Luscious Jackson – Are You Ready? www.lusciousjackson.net

Disclosure (featuring Jamie Woon) – January www.disclosureofficial.com

Echoes – Fight the Feeling www.soundcloud.com/wehearechoes

Young & the Blue – Never Over www.soundcloud.com/youngandtheblue

Blitz Kids – Sometimes www.blitzkidsofficial.com

Prismism Project – Throwing Shapes www.soundcloud.com/prismismuk

Looking for Liam – The Reason I Stayed www.facebook.com/LookingforLiam

Last Superheroes – Get It On! http://lastsuperheroes.bandcamp.com

Accidental Tourists – Backstabber www.facebook.com/atourists

Olaf Stando – Hand in Hand www.olafstandomusic.com

Kata Hay – Cannibals (Real World) www.katahay.com

FutureAges – Deviant of the Soul www.futureages.com

Circle of Reason – Themes Amongst Thieves www.facebook.com/circleofreason

Kill Chaos – We Came Here to Die www.killchaos.co.uk

Blood Red Shoes – An Animal www.bloodredshoes.co.uk

Lone Wolf – Ghosts of Holloway www.iamlonewolf.com

Rochelle Jordan – Follow Me www.rochellejordan.com

Lace & Whiskey – Out of Time www.laceandwhiskey.co.uk

Harper – Death Valley Days www.soundcloud.com/harperbanduk

Loving Forty-Four – Poppy http://lovingfortyfour.bandcamp.com

Broken Tongues – Sunrises www.brokentongues.com

The Foreign Exchange – Take Off the Blues www.theforeignexchangemusic.com

Cling – Into the Light www.clingmusic.com

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Curveballs 15th January 2014

Tonight we continued our look through bands we hope to be hearing more from this year. They may not be having number 1 hits by the end of the year (although that’d be awesome!), but their wares should prove entertaining. Don’t forget you can scroll down and check on the left for upcoming guests on the show, and if you’re a band or singer looking for airplay or an interview on the show, drop us a line via the contact page.

Click below to listen back to this week’s show:

Mayer Hawthorne – The Stars Are Ours www.mayerhawthorne.com

Jamie Lenman – Pretty Please www.jamielenman.com

School of Seven Bells – Iamundernodisguise www.sviib.com

Sonic Boom Six – Keep on Believing www.sonicboomsix.co.uk

Thundercat – Special Stage www.facebook.com/pages/Thundercat/133418683405606

Koortwah – Forty Five www.koortwah.com

Stealing Sheep – Genevieve www.stealingsheep.co.uk

Lazy Habits – Ashes www.lazyhabits.co.uk

Chapter 9 – Elegy www.chapter9.co.uk

Year of Birds – I Play With My Food http://yearofbirds.bandcamp.com

Kill Chaos – We Came Here to Die www.killchaos.co.uk

The Talks – Why Did You Bring It Up? www.thetalks.co.uk

Who’s Driving? Bear’s Driving! – We’re Not Archaeologists (Stop Digging Things Up) www.facebook.com/whosdrivingbearsdriving

Swim Thru Frequencies – Keweenaw www.swimthrufrequencies.com

Ummagma – Live & Let Die www.ummagma.com

Stose – Misfits www.stoseopm.com

Prismism Project – Ghosting (Phoenix FM Session) www.soundcloud.com/prismismuk

Leanne Louise – Save Your Heart www.leannelouisemusic.co.uk

Harriet Jones – Dealin’ Man Blues www.harrietjonesmusic.co.uk

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Hot Bath www.teapadorchestra.co.uk

Little Donkey – Wrong Direction www.facebook.com/littledonkeymusic

Loving Forty-Four – Glenda Needs Her Bottle http://lovingfortyfour.bandcamp.com

Harper – Heavy Like Thunder www.soundcloud.com/harperbanduk

Blitz Kids – Sometimes www.blitzkidsofficial.com

Porcupine Kiss – Steal Tomorrow www.porcupinekiss.co.uk

The Filthy Souls – Destroy You www.thefilthysouls.com

The Ends – Blank Maps www.facebook.com/theendsband

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Curveballs 8th January 2014

After last week’s look at the year gone by, this week we were looking at the year ahead on Curveballs with a look at the bands and singers we hope to be hearing more from in the coming months, both here in the local Essex scene and further out. We’re currently taking bookings for interviews & sessions in 2014 on the show, as well as new music for airplay of course, so if you fancy being a Curveball, head to the contact page and drop us a line!

Click below to listen back to this week’s show:

 

Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine? www.arcticmonkeys.com

The Victories – Coward That I Am www.facebook.com/thevictoriesmusic

Nick & the Sun Machine – White Chalk www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

Lazy Habits (ft Miss Baby Sol) – Memory Banks www.lazyhabits.co.uk

Thundercat – Heartbreaks & Setbacks www.facebook.com/pages/Thundercat/133418683405606

SocietySociety – Say Yeah You Got It www.reverbnation.com/societysocietymusic

Harper – Heavy Like Thunder www.facebook.com/harperbanduk

Curse These Metal Hands – Back to the Boogie www.facebook.com/ctmh1

Leanne Louise – Save Your Heart www.leannelouisemusic.co.uk

Kata Hay – Cannibals (Real World) www.katahay.com

The Albino Peaches – Home www.facebook.com/AlbinoPeaches

Loving Forty-Four – I’ve Got a Kingdom http://lovingfortyfour.bandcamp.com

Minerva Falls – CLM www.minervafalls.com

Point Inaudible – Keep it Close to Me www.pointinaudible.com

Minus the Bear – Empty Party Rooms www.minusthebear.com

Emma Harrop – Your Ocean http://emmaharrop.bandcamp.com

Maddox – First Time, One Time, Last Time www.facebook.com/pages/Maddox/328553768321

High Flying Wolves – Ballad of Kevin Bacon www.facebook.com/TheHighFlyingWolves

The Tax – Am I Ever Gonna Get You Back? www.facebook.com/thetaxband

Dead Baby Birds – After All www.deadbabybirds.co.uk

Chapter 9 – Come One, Come All www.chapter9.co.uk

Eastend Promises – The Joker www.eastendpromises.com

Two Door Cinema Club – Wake Up www.twodoorcinemaclub.com

Disclosure (ft Edward MacFarlane) – Defeated No More www.disclosureofficial.com

Longy – Careful What You Wish For www.whoislongy.com

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Curveballs 1st January 2014 – As much cool stuff from 2013 as we can fit into 3 hours

Happy new year one and all! Following on from our Christmas Day covers special, New Year’s Day Curveballs consisted of as many session tracks and top tunes from 2013 as we could fit into a 3-hour special. Even with the extra hour we couldn’t fit in every single act we chatted to last year – we’ll make up for that next week, promise!

Listen back to the show here…

 

Harper – Feel So Hollow www.soundcloud.com/harperbanduk

The Lites – Dénouement (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/thelites

The Ends – No Choruses www.facebook.com/theendsband

FallPath – Refuse to Fall (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/FallPath

House Party Massacre – End of Me (Phoenix FM Session) www.housepartymassacre.com

The Lightworker – Jack O’Lantern (Phoenix FM Session) www.soundcloud.com/the-lightworker

Abodes – Fingernails www.facebook.com/AbodesBand

Gereint Vickery – Please Don’t Bring Me Down (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/pages/Gereint-Vickery/385921618154918

Drive Through Therapy – Emily (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/drivethroughtherapy

IRIS – Lights at Ten (Phoenix FM Session) www.iris.uk.com

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – She Don’t Like the Fish www.teapadorchestra.co.uk

Last Superheroes – Get It On (Phoenix FM Session)  http://lastsuperheroes.bandcamp.com/

Dead Foxxes – Wasted My Time www.deadfoxxes.com

George Henry King – Worse Off Than You (Phoenix FM Session) www.soundcloud.com/georgehenryking

Olaf Stando – Hand in Hand (Phoenix FM Session) www.olafstandomusic.com

Point Inaudible – The Waster www.pointinaudible.com

Porcupine Kiss – Banished (Phoenix FM Session) www.porcupinekiss.co.uk

Harry Palmer Band – Where I Lay My Hat (Phoenix FM Session) www.reverbnation.com/harrypalmerband

Paolo Morena – Peace of Mind (Phoenix FM Session) www.paolomorena.com

Learn to Swim – Hunting for Bears (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/pages/Learn-To-Swim/125999830806505

The Tomorrow Men – The Smoke (Phoenix FM Session) www.soundcloud.com/thetomorrowmen

Rajiv (featuring Mr Arch) – Catch Me If You Can www.rajivmusic.com

Any Colour You Like – Fearless (Phoenix FM Session) www.acyluk.com

Sabiba – One More Chance (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/pages/Sabiba/52910863966

Ten A Penny – Three Leaf Clover (Phoenix FM Session) www.tenapennymusic.com

The Lunar Pilots – Black & Blue (Phoenix FM Session) www.thelunarpilots.com

High Flying Wolves – Ballad of Kevin Bacon (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/TheHighFlyingWolves

Stealing Sheep – Shut Eye www.stealingsheep.co.uk

Soma Rising – Brandon’s Song (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/somarising

Art of Rebellion – Superhero (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/pages/Art-of-Rebellion/14683788071

Dead Baby Birds – After All www.deadbabybirds.co.uk

Disclosure – F for You www.disclosureofficial.com

The Dalloways – Desperate (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/thedalloways

Elysium – Deception by Perception (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/Elysiumusic

Dregs of Society – I Don’t Believe You www.facebook.com/cometastethedregs

Optional Rubber Duck – Going Home (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/OptionalRubberDuck

Queensburys – Driving Home (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/queensburys

The Seagulls – Nobody Here (Phoenix FM Session) http://theseagulls.bandpage.com

Black Cherry Pop Tart – No One Knows (Phoenix FM Session) www.soundcloud.com/blackcherrypoptart

Chapter 9 – New Breed (Phoenix FM Session) www.chapter9.co.uk

Minerva Falls – D-Evil (Phoenix FM Session) www.minervafalls.com

The Folkwitz – I Wanna be Like You (Phoenix FM Session) http://thefolkwitz.wix.com/thefolkwitz

Lady Grey & the Earls – Why So Serious? www.ladygreyandtheearls.com

Lace & Whiskey – Christmas Time is Here www.laceandwhiskey.co.uk

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Curveballs 18th December – Curveballs Christmas Special with Lady Grey & The Earls

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Lady Grey & the Earls (l-r): Paul (guitar), Justin (guitar), Mark (drums), Amy (vocals), Graham (bass).

I think it’s fair to say that Christmas just isn’t Christmas here at Phoenix FM until we’ve had our annual Curveballs festive special with Lady Grey & the Earls. This, their fifth Chrimbo appearance and ninth guest slot overall, found the fivesome in as much festive spirits as ever, musing about playing festival bills with Big Brovaz and Gareth Gates, and stunning us with their creative skills, particularly when it came to designing slightly x-rated mugs. To find out exactly what that last sentence was about, click below to listen back to the show. You can find out more about LGnTE at www.ladygreyandtheearls.com and on Facebook.

Listen back to the show here:

 

Shred Guitar Eric – Christmas Meets Metal www.shredguitareric.com

Black Stone Cherry – Santa’s Back in Town www.blackstonecherry.com

Reuben – Christmas is Awesome www.wordsfromreuben.com

Vice Squad – Santa Claws is Coming to Town www.vicesquad.co.uk

Manic Street Preachers – The Ghost of Christmas www.manics.co.uk

Hadleigh Ford – My Time to Shine www.hadleighford.com

Rant ‘n’ Rave – What Do You Want For Christmas? www.reverbnation.com/rantnraveband

Lady Grey & the Earls – Why So Serious?

 

LADY GREY & THE EARLS IN THE STUDIO

Lady Grey & the Earls – Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Phoenix FM Session)

Bruno Mars – Treasure

Lady Grey & the Earls – Beggars Belief

Beady Eye – Second Bite of the Apple

Lady Grey & the Earls – Adore Me

Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera – Moves Like Jagger

Lady Grey & the Earls – Shadows Away

Blur – Trimm Trabb

Lady Grey & the Earls – Swallow My Envy

www.ladygreyandtheearls.co.uk

 

Lace & Whiskey – Christmas Time is Here www.laceandwhiskey.co.uk

Lisa Houghton – The Night I Fell in Love http://hadleighford.bandcamp.com

Leanne Louise – Save Your Heart www.leannelouisemusic.co.uk

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Curveballs 11th December 2013 (with Minerva Falls)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by Minerva Falls (l-r Tom, Aaron, Ad, Ross, Ben) for a chat and live session. The Southend-based fivesome are marking the release of their debut album, Death in the Afternoon, with a gig at Chinnerys this coming Friday (13th) alongside Herida and Great Divide. 2014 is set to be a busy year for them with a number of gig dates and appearances already booked, with more to come – find the full list and more at www.minervafalls.com. They can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Click below to listen back to this week’s show, which includes a debate on how honey is made, and how Ben ended up being the most suavely-dressed guest we’ve ever had on the show…

See them playing live in the studio below – more videos coming soon!

 

Baroness – Take My Bones Away www.baronessmusic.com

Jawbox – Channel 3 www.myspace.com/jawboxdc

Ummagma – Live & Let Die www.ummagma.com

Echoes – Fight the Feeling www.facebook.com/wehearechoes

Emma Harrop – Your Ocean http://emmaharrop.bandcamp.com

Farewell Republic – Gliss http://farewellrepublic.bandcamp.com

Pipedream – Trip http://1pipedream.wix.com/pipedream

Minerva Falls – CLM

 

MINERVA FALLS IN THE STUDIO

Minerva Falls – D-Evil (live in session)

Herida – Refrain

Minerva Falls – Reject Your Apathy (live in session)

Hundred Reasons – If I Could

Minerva Falls – CLM (live in session)

Great Divide – Turning Up the Heat

Minerva Falls – Wrecking Ball (live in session)

www.minervafalls.com

 

Jamie Lenman – A Plague on Both Your Houses www.jamielenman.com

Lady Grey & the Earls – White Room www.ladygreyandtheearls.com

The Lunar Pilots – Perfect Dream www.thelunarpilots.com

Lone Wolf – Glass www.iamlonewolf.com

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Curveballs 4th December 2013 (with Lace & Whiskey and The Folkwitz)

To listen back to this week’s show, including chats with The Folkwitz and Lace & Whiskey, click below:

 

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by Andy, Melissa and Aaron from Lace & Whiskey. Their third appearance on Curveballs, the band (also featuring bassist Nick) have just released a Christmas single, Christmas Time is Here, which some of you may recall was premiered in live acoustic form during a session they did on the show a year ago. The single is available from iTunes and all good music download sites, while Lace & Whiskey are also planning a special gig in London just before Christmas – stay tuned to www.laceandwhiskey.co.uk to find out more! You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Earlier in the show I also chatted to Iain, Shaun and Guy from The Folkwitz, just ahead of their gig this Saturday at St Lawrence Church Hall, Upminster as part of the Grand Casino Night fundraiser event. The threesome are currently planning their first release for next year, and in the meantime can probably be found busking in random locations, as you can find out on their YouTube channel! They also have their own website alongside their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Click below to see them playing live in the studio!

 

Flogging Molly – Drunken Lullabies www.floggingmolly.com

Jamie Lenman – A Quiet Understanding www.jamielenman.com

Tolivar – A Balance of Stars http://tolivar.bandcamp.com

 

THE FOLKWITZ IN THE STUDIO

The Folkwitz – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun / Teenage Kicks / Girls & Boys (live in session)

The Folkwitz – Say You’ll Be There (live in session)

The Folkwitz – I Wan’na Be Like You (live in session)

http://thefolkwitz.wix.com/thefolkwitz

 

Chapter 9 – New Breed www.chapter9.co.uk

Whoremoan – Pony Boy www.facebook.com/wh0remoan

 

LACE & WHISKEY IN THE STUDIO

Lace & Whiskey – Out of Time

Lace & Whiskey – Christmas Time is Here

Not Katies – Two Halves Are Two

Tree View Drive – Quiet Town

Bad Touch – Too Late

Rush – A Passage to Bangkok

Lace & Whiskey – Confuse the Mind

Alice Cooper – Trash

The Black Keys – Golden Ceiling

Lace & Whiskey – The Nightmare’s Back

www.laceandwhiskey.co.uk

 

Minerva Falls – CLM www.minervafalls.com

Pipedream – Trip http://1pipedream.wix.com/pipedream

Grin & Bear It – So Long, Sweet Lime www.facebook.com/grinandbearituk

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Curveballs 27th November 2013 (with Chapter 9)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by new local trio Chapter 9 (l-r Paul, Ben, Richard). The trio formed earlier this year by singer/guitarist Paul and drummer Richard (both formerly of Pleasure Dead Cell, one of the first bands ever to guest on Curveballs) with bassist Ben recently recruited to complete the line-up. They have a series of tracks available on their website www.chapter9.co.uk, and they’ll be returning to the live circuit in the new year with a set at The comedy in Leicester Square on January 10th. They can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Click below to listen back to the show and see them playing live in the studio!

 

Sugar – Changes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_(American_band)

Flanders – Anky Fremp www.discogs.com/artist/Flanders+(2)

Little Donkey – Wrong Direction www.facebook.com/littledonkeymusic

Harper – Feel So Hollow www.facebook.com/harperbanduk

Pipedream – Concept http://1pipedream.wix.com/pipedream

Never a Hero – The Call www.neverahero.net

Chapter 9 – Failing System

 

CHAPTER 9 IN THE STUDIO

Chapter 9 – Come One Come All (live in session)

Soundgarden – My Wave

Stabbing Westward – Nothing

Chapter 9 – Looking Back (live in session)

Dream Theater – Another Day

The Winery Dogs – Elevate

Chapter 9 – New Breed (live in session)

The Who – The Seeker

Chapter 9 – To Good Friends & Better Times (live in session)

www.chapter9.co.uk

 

Mum Locked in Castle – Soft as Thorns www.facebook.com/mumlockedincastle

Lace & Whiskey – Christmas Time is Here www.laceandwhiskey.co.uk

Whoremoan – Pony Boy www.facebook.com/wh0remoan

Paolo Morena – Oh Yeah www.paolomorena.com

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Curveballs 20th November 2013 (with Black Cherry Pop Tart)

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Tonight I was joined by local covers duo Black Cherry Pop Tart. Lisa and Tom are regulars at The Swan in Brentwood, where they can be seen at the pub’s Open Mic Night every Tuesday. They are also available for weddings, parties and other events, alongside regular appearances on the local gig circuit – find out more by visiting them on Facebook, SoundCloud and Twitter.

Click below to listen back to the show and see them playing live in the studio.

 

Ben Folds Five – One Angry Dwarf & 200 Solemn Faces www.benfoldsfive.com

Jamie Lenman – Pretty Please www.jamielenman.com

Dead Baby Birds – After All www.facebook.com/deadbabybirds

Thomas James – 1989 www.thomasjamesofficial.com

The Lunar Pilots – Hurry Up & Live www.thelunarpilots.com

Yuna – Live Your Life www.yunamusic.com

Rochelle Jordan – This is Love www.rochellejordan.com

Black Cherry Pop Tart – I Wish

 

BLACK CHERRY POP TART IN THE STUDIO

Black Cherry Pop Tart – Ain’t Nobody (live in session)

Tommy Emmanuel – House of the Risin’ Sun

Black Cherry Pop Tart – Never Too Much (live in session)

Stevie Wonder – Masterblaster

Black Cherry Pop Tart – PYT (Pretty Young Thing) (live in session)

Sweet Female Attitude – Flowers

Black Cherry Pop Tart – La La La (live in session)

Them Crooked Vultures – New Fang

Black Cherry Pop Tart – No One Knows (live in session)

www.facebook.com/BCPopTart

 

Minus The Bear – Diamond Lightning (Acoustic Version) www.minusthebear.com

Chapter 9 – New Breed www.chapter9.co.uk

The Seagulls – Nobody Here www.theseagulls.bandpage.com

The Silver Bayonets – Your Complex Life www.thesilverbayonets.co.uk

Vic Mensa – Lovely Day www.vicmensa.com

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Curveballs 13th November 2013

Happy birthday to my mum who was born on this day. Which means she could well have been conceived on Valentine’s Day…

Listen back to the show here!

 

Camera Obscura – French Navy www.camera-obscura.net

Shawn Lee – Hanging by a Thread www.shawnlee.net

Bis – Young Alien Types www.bisnation.com

The Shermans – In Daylight www.soundcloud.com/theshermans

The Dalloways – Desperate www.facebook.com/thedalloways

Mayer Hawthorne – The Stars Are Ours www.mayerhawthorne.com

Ummagma – Rotation www.ummagma.com

Mind Movies – You’re All I Need www.soundcloud.com/mindmovies

Tolivar – Spaced Out http://tolivar.bandcamp.com

Chapter 9 – Zenith www.chapter9.co.uk

God Is an Astronaut – Remembrance Day www.godisanastronaut.com

Koortwah – Occult It www.koortwah.com

The Lunar Pilots – Hurry Up & Live www.thelunarpilots.com

Ludovico Einaudi – Le Onde www.ludovicoeinaudi.com

Thomas James – 1989 www.thomasjamesofficial.com

Black Cherry Pop Tart – I Wish www.facebook.com/BCPopTart

Echoes – Fight the Feeling www.soundcloud.com/wehearechoes

Whoremoan – Killer Gorilla www.facebook.com/wh0remoan

Shouting Signals – Never Run Away www.shoutingsignals.com

Ten A Penny – Three Leaf Clover www.tenapennymusic.com

Harper – Death Valley Days www.facebook.com/harperbanduk

The Victories – Come For Me www.facebook.com/thevictoriesmusic

Longy – Bringing It All Back Home to You Now www.whoislongy.com

Dead Foxxes – Plastic Princess (live) www.deadfoxxes.com

Dead Baby Birds – After All www.facebook.com/deadbabybirds

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Curveballs 6th November 2013

Listen back to this week’s show here:

Incubus – Pardon Me www.enjoyincubus.com

4 Hero – Star Chaser www.4hero.co.uk

The Dalloways – Hooked www.facebook.com/thedalloways

The Seagulls – Nobody Here www.facebook.com/theseagullsband

Lazy Habits (ft Miss Baby Sol) – Memory Banks www.lazyhabits.co.uk

High Flying Wolves – Ballad of Kevin Bacon www.soundcloud.com/highflyingwolves

Nick & the Sun Machine – White Chalk www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

Luscious Jackson – Show Us What Ya Got www.lusciousjackson.net

The Ends – Blank Maps www.facebook.com/theendsband

Dead Foxxes – Lonely Boy Blues www.deadfoxxes.co.uk

Never a Hero – Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too www.neverahero.co.uk

Ummagma – Live & Let Die www.ummagma.com

Danny Fontaine & the Horns of Fury – The Cowboy www.hornsoffury.com

Redefine – Seven By Seven www.last.fm/music/Redefine

Rochelle Jordan – Earth to Your Brain www.rochellejordan.com

Mind Movies – Goya www.soundcloud.com/mindmovies

Stose – Misfits www.stoseopm.com

Nick Field – (Spoken word extract) www.nickfieldpoetic.co.uk

Gore – Replace My Face with a Pizza Base www.reverbnation.com/goruguay

Shred Guitar Eric – Party Rock Anthem Meets Metal www.shredguitareric.com

Vic Mensa – Lovely Day www.vicmensa.com

The Lunar Pilots – Hurry up & Live www.thelunarpilots.com

Corporal Machine & the Bombers – Five a Day www.the-bombers.co.uk

Skindred – Doom Riff www.killthepower.com

Knifeworld – Don’t Land on Me www.knifeworld.co.uk

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Curveballs 30th October 2013 – Curveballs Halloween Special

A night of spooky Curveballs tunage tonight, and not a Monster Mash in sight. Click below to listen again!

Colours of Melancholia – Bottom www.coloursofmelancholia.com

Reuben – Freddy Krueger www.wordsfromreuben.com

Ladytron – Ghosts www.ladytron.com

Sonic Boom Six – Strange Transformations www.sonicboomsix.co.uk

Bob Collum & the Welfare Mothers – Cemetery Blues www.bobcollum.com

Koortwah – Occult It www.koortwah.com

Obrigado – The Mental Institute www.facebook.com/Obrigadoband

Gore – Gory Story www.reverbnation.com/goruguay

Matt Lorentzen – Freak Show (Halloween Radio Mix) www.mattlorentzen.com

Minus the Bear – Heaven is a Ghost Town www.minusthebear.com

Family Band – Night Song www.familybandfamily.com

Gnarls Barkley – The Boogie Monster www.gnarlsbarkley.com

Lone Wolf – The Ghosts of Holloway www.iamlonewolf.com

Walk in Coma – When the Prey Becomes the Hunter www.walkincoma.co.uk

Post Modern Escape Artist – The Strange Deceiver (La Femme Fatale) http://postmodernescapeartist.bandcamp.com

Stose – Freddy www.stoseopm.com

The Unknownn – Nocturnal www.theunknownn.com

Cities Aviv (featuring RPLDGHSTS) – I Drank Up All the Clouds http://citiesaviv.bandcamp.com

The Cloudrunner – For This Nightmare We Sleep www.facebook.com/thecloudrunner

Rochelle Jordan – How to Feel www.rochellejordan.com

Shred Guitar Eric – The Exorcist (Tubular Bells Meets Metal) www.shredguitareric.com

FutureAges – Under Orders www.futureages.com

Chaos Theory – My Enemy (Phoenix FM Creative Session) www.wearechaostheory.co.uk

DJ Shadow – Midnight in a Perfect World www.djshadow.com

Engerica – Trick Or Treat http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engerica

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Curveballs 23rd October 2013 (with The Seagulls)

 

IMG_0569Tonight I was joined in the studio by The Seagulls (l-r Patrick, DJ, Lewis, Adam [held up], Jack) for a chat and live session. The local fivesome recently released two singles available for download from their … page, with a view to recording a new release in the next few months. They’re also planning more live shows too – they can next be seen playing at the O2 Academy in Islington this coming Sunday (27th), with more dates to be announced soon. Keep up with them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Click below to listen to the interview and see them playing live in the studio.

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High Flying Wolves – The Ballad of Kevin Bacon www.soundcloud.com/highflyingwolves

The Ends – Blank Maps www.facebook.com/theendsband

Lazy Habits – Memory Banks (ft Miss Baby Sol) www.lazyhabits.co.uk

IRIS – Second Best www.iris.uk.com

The Dalloways – This is My Life www.facebook.com/thedalloways

Cibo Matto – Sugar Water www.yeahbasicallycibomatto.com

The Seagulls – Pretty Girls

 

THE SEAGULLS LIVE IN THE STUDIO

The Seagulls – Thought (live in session)

The Smiths – Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before

Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine

Babyshambles – Fall From Grace

The Seagulls – Nobody Here (live in session)

The Flatliners – This Respirator

The Clash – I Fought the Law

The Stranglers – Peaches

The Specials – Too Much Too Young

The Seagulls – Nobody Here

www.facebook.com/theseagullsband

 

The Lunar Pilots – Hurry Up & Live www.thelunarpilots.com

OK Go – Get Over It www.okgo.net

Terrorvision – Tequila www.terrorvision.com

Olaf Stando – Hand in Hand www.olafstandomusic.com

Union Kid – Last of the Lo-Fi

House Party Massacre – First Impressions www.housepartymassacre.com

Feeder – Lost & Found www.feederweb.com

 

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Curveballs 16th October 2013 (with The Ends and Olaf Stando)

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Another busy one tonight.  First up was Olaf Stando, back for his third appearance on Curveballs, this time with tracks from his new EP Horizons in tow, as well as more previously unheard tracks in a new acoustic session (click below to see him playing live in the studio!). The EP is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and plenty more outlets, and Olaf can next be seen locally at Chelmsford’s Triangle Club on October 26th, Camden’s Fiddler’s Elbow on the 29th, and he returns to Brentwood on November 22nd with a set at the Hermit – find out more at www.olafstandomusic.com.

 

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Then it was the return of James, Mikey and Joe from Canvey Island’s The Ends, just ahead of their latest gig at The Edge in Basildon. Since we last spoke to them at Brentwood Festival in July, the energetic foursome (also featuring guitarist Liam) have had a busy few months of gigs, record deals and recording new material with The Enemy’s Tom Clark. Their new single Blank Maps is released on CD and download this Monday (21st), and there are plenty more new tracks to come, some of which were played exclusively on tonight’s show. With a gig in Brighton followed by a homecoming show at Canvey’s Oysterfleet Hotel booked for next month, The Ends are definitely a name to be looking out for over the next few months. Keep up with all their goings-on on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

Hot Hot Heat – No, Not Now www.hothotheat.com

Optional Rubber Duck – Jamie’s Song www.facebook.com/OptionalRubberDuck

Olaf Stando – Postcards

 

OLAF STANDO IN THE STUDIO

Olaf Stando – Stole You Away (Benjamin Francis Leftwich cover) (live in session)

Olaf Stando – The Run

Olaf Stando – Puzzle (live in session)

Olaf Stando – Strangers

­ Olaf Stando – Searching (live in session)

Olaf Stando – Hand in Hand

www.olafstandomusic.com

 

Year of Birds – I Play With My Food http://yearofbirds.bandcamp.com

The Ends – Blank Maps

 

THE ENDS LIVE IN THE STUDIO

The Ends – No Choruses

The Ends – You Write the Hits (I Write the B-Sides)

The Ends – You Were Nice Once

The 45s – It Ain’t Over

The Ends – She Does It Right (Dr Feelgood cover)

The Ends – Jack

www.facebook.com/theendsband

 

Lazy Habits (ft Miss Baby Sol) – Memory Banks www.lazyhabits.co.uk

The Seagulls – Nobody Here www.soundcloud.com/theseagullsband

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Curveballs 9th October 2013 (with Queensburys and Dregs Of Society)

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First up tonight, I was joined by Southend’s Dregs Of Society (l-r Gary, Jason, Jasmine, Robb). Originally formed in 2001, the foursome recently released a compilation of their tracks, the mysteriously titled Great Hits, Shame About the Boat Race. They can be seen playing Chinnerys in Southend this Friday, in what is set to be their last gig – for now… Find them online at Facebook, Reverbnation and, er, MySpace

 

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Next it was the return of Queensburys (l-r Dan, Archie, Tom, George). The foursome joined us in the studio back in March, and also recorded a Creative Session the following month. After a summer spent gigging across Essex and London, the foursome plan to spend the next few months writing and recording new material, a follow-up to their current EP Beneath the Tide, which is out now on CD and download. Click above to listen to the interview (and find out which TV presenter has become a fan after catching them live in Camden) and click below to see them playing live in the studio – more videos will be added shortly! Find them on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.

 

Idlewild – Little Discourage www.idlewild.co.uk

Jawbox – Channel 3 www.myspace.com/jawboxdc

FutureAges – Africa www.futureages.com

 

DREGS OF SOCIETY IN THE STUDIO

Dregs of Society – I Don’t Believe You

Dregs of Society – Gerry

Dregs of Society – The Bomb

www.facebook.com/cometastethedregs

 

Stapleton – Passing Place

Queensburys – Hard as Nails

 

QUEENSBURYS IN THE STUDIO

Queensburys – Losing Out (live in session)

The Heavy – How You Like Me Now?

Johnny Cash – Personal Jesus

Queensburys – Driving Home (live in session)

Ray Charles – Eleanor Rigby

Queensburys – Mate with Me (live in session)

The Pixies – Where is My Mind?

www.facebook.com/queensburys

 

Stone Thieves – New Mexico www.facebook.com/stonethieves

The Ends – Blank Maps www.facebook.com/theendsband

The Victories – Still There (Tell Me I’m Sane) www.facebook.com/thevictoriesmusic

The Dalloways – Desperate www.facebook.com/thedalloways

The Filthy Souls – Destroy You www.thefilthysouls.com

Koortwah – Phantom Limb www.koortwah.com

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Curveballs 2nd October 2013 (with Optional Rubber Duck and Longy)

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Another busy Curveballs started with our most enigmatic guest to date, singer-songwriter Longy (above with trumpeter Adam AKA Feralchild), who was in the middle of a very busy week, having released his debut EP Bringing It All Back Home to You Now at the start of the week, and finished the week with live sets at Tigerlily in Leigh-on-sea and Brentwood’s Essex Arms. Longy can next be seen live at Aces & Eights in London on October 10th with many more live dates to come this month – find the full list at www.whoislongy.com as well as his Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

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After that it was the turn of Maidstone’s Optional Rubber Duck (l-r Karl, Broom, James, Darren). Formed originally in 2011, the pop-punk foursome have two EPs currently available from their Bandcamp page, and will begin work on their debut album very shortly. They can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  As we found out, their influences incorporate both the ‘pop’ and ‘punk’ of their genre, and are among the more random we’ve had recently!  See them playing live in the studio below:

 

Operator Please – Zero Zero www.facebook.com/operatorplease

The Get Up Kids – The Company Dime www.thegetupkids.com

Lower Than Atlantis – Beech Like the Tree www.lowerthanatlantis.com

 

LONGY IN THE STUDIO

Longy – We Bleed As One

Longy – Deadly Sins

Longy – Bringing It All Back Home to You (live in session)

www.whoislongy.com

 

FutureAges – Childish Minds www.futureages.com

Optional Rubber Duck – Jamie’s Song

 

OPTIONAL RUBBER DUCK IN THE STUDIO

Optional Rubber Duck – Girl in the Movies (live in session)

Bowling for Soup – Trucker Hat

Optional Rubber Duck – Going Home (live in session)

The Offspring – Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)

Optional Rubber Duck – Jamie’s Song (live in session)

B*Witched – Blame it on the Weatherman

Optional Rubber Duck – Poker Face (live in session)

www.facebook.com/OptionalRubberDuck

 

Queensburys – Hard as Nails www.soundcloud.com/queensburys

Dregs of Society – I Don’t Believe You www.facebook.com/cometastethedregs

Dead Baby Birds – After All www.facebook.com/deadbabybirds

Paolo Morena – Oh Yeah www.paolomorena.com

 

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Curveballs 25th September 2013 (with Elysium)

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Elysium (l-r): Charlie (bass), Dan (guitar), Warren (drums), Floyd (vocals).

Tonight I was joined in the studio by Romford blues-rock foursome Elysium, just ahead of their latest gig at the Essex Arms. The next few months promise to be busy for them, with more gigs and the recording of their first EP in the pipeline. Keep up with their news on their Facebook, SoundCloud and Reverbnation pages.

Click below to listen back to the show and see Elysium playing live in the studio!

 

Sugar – Good Idea http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_(American_band)

Twelve Foot Ninja – Endless www.twelvefootninja.com

One Final Stitch – Seven & Nine www.facebook.com/OFSBand

Ummagma – Live & Let Die http://ummagma.bandcamp.com

Koortwah – Forty Five www.facebook.com/koortwah

Baroness – Take My Bones Away www.baronessmusic.com

 

ELYSIUM IN THE STUDIO

AC/DC – Riff Raff

Elysium – Black Champagne (live in session)

Bob Marley – Trenchtown Rock (live)

Queens of the Stone Age – Go with the Flow

Elysium – Aftermath (live in session)

Clutch – Electric Worry

Elysium – Deception By Perception (live in session)

Nirvana – In Bloom

www.facebook.com/elysiumusic

 

Blood Red Shoes – Colours Fade www.bloodredshoes.co.uk

Optional Rubber Duck – The Hardest Step www.facebook.com/OptionalRubberDuck

Mark Wilkins – A Stone Turns Over http://markwilkins.bandcamp.com

The Victories – Coward That I Am www.facebook.com/thevictoriesmusic

Future Ages – Wolf at the Door www.futureages.com

Colours of Melancholia – Django Surf www.coloursofmelancholia.com

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Curveballs 18th September 2013

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Funeral For A Friend – Escape Artists Never Die www.funeralforafriend.com

King Prawn – The Dominant View www.facebook.com/officialkingprawn

Ben Folds Five – Brick www.benfolds.com

Lazy Habits – Starting Fires www.lazyhabits.co.uk

Learn to Swim – Everynight www.facebook.com/pages/Learn-To-Swim/125999830806505

The Dalloways – Desperate www.facebook.com/thedalloways

Dregs of Society – I Don’t Believe You www.facebook.com/cometastethedregs

The Jar Family – Machine www.thejarfamily.com

Drive Through Therapy – Together We Fall www.facebook.com/drivethroughtherapy

The Ends – Blank Maps www.facebook.com/theendsband

Sonic Boom Six – The High Cost of Living www.sonicboomsix.co.uk

The Pierrots – Glad www.soundcloud.com/thepierrots

Ten A Penny – Three Leaf Clover www.tenapennymusic.com

Eden Royals – All the Way (Hey You) www.facebook.com/EdenRoyals

Amy Winehouse – In My Bed www.amywinehouse.com

Rochelle Jordan – How to Feel www.rochellejordan.com

Arveene & Misk (ft Ruby Goe) – Mr Mr www.soundcloud.com/arveeneandmisk

Bob Collum – My Little Hurricane www.bobcollum.com

Point Inaudible – Sins (Phoenix FM Session) www.pointinaudible.com

Chapter 9 – Looking Back www.chapter9.co.uk

Dead Baby Birds – After All www.facebook.com/deadbabybirds

Queensburys – Hard As Nails www.soundcloud.com/queensburys

The Seagulls – Nobody Here www.facebook.com/theseagullsband

The Tax – Am I Ever Gonna Get You Back? www.soundcloud.com/thetaxband

Luscious Jackson – Show Us What You Got www.lusciousjackson.net

Uncommonmenfrommars – Authority Freak http://uncommonmenfrommars.bandcamp.com

Alt-J – Breezeblocks www.altjband.com

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Curveballs 11th September 2013 (with The Dalloways)

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The Dalloways (l-r): James (drums), Holly (vocals), Ollie (guitar), Rhys (bass).

Tonight I was joined in the studio by local quartet The Dalloways. The foursome formed at the beginning of this year and recently released their debut EP, available on CD and free download at their SoundCloud page. After a prolific summer of gigs which saw them play all over Essex, the Dalloways plan to spend the next few months writing new material before heading back out on the live circuit towards the end of the year. In the meantime, they can be found online at Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Click below to listen back to the show and see them playing live in the studio!

 

Theaudience – A Pessimist is Never Disappointed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theaudience

Seedling – Dutch Disease www.seedling.nl

Dead Baby Birds – After All www.facebook.com/deadbabybirds

Learn to Swim – Hunting for Bears www.facebook.com/pages/Learn-To-Swim/125999830806505

The Shermans – In Daylight www.soundcloud.com/theshermans

Paolo Morena – Oh Yeah www.paolomorena.com

Rochelle Jordan – Earth to Your Brain www.rochellejordan.com

The Dalloways – Hooked

 

THE DALLOWAYS IN THE STUDIO

The Dalloways – Desperate (live in session)

The Strokes – Machu Picchu

The Dalloways – This is My Life (live in session)

Kings of Leon – Pyro

Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Scar Tissue

Paramore – So Into You

The Dalloways – Fast Car (Tracy Chapman cover) (live in session)

Arctic Monkeys – 505

Arctic Monkeys – One for the Road

Courts – The Game is Long

www.facebook.com/thedalloways

 

Optional Rubber Duck – The Hardest Step www.facebook.com/OptionalRubberDuck

Harper – Death Valley Days www.facebook.com/harperbanduk

Soma Rising – Brandon’s Song www.facebook.com/somarising

Last Superheroes – Get It On www.facebook.com/LastSuperheroes

Manic Street Preachers – Design for Life www.manicstreetpreachers.com

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Curveballs 4th September 2013 (with Any Colour You Like)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio once again by Ray and Alan from local Pink Floyd tribute act Any Colour You Like, along with their fundraising organiser Lynn. Since they last joined us for a session in July, the 11-piece (or there abouts) have played Brentwood Festival and several other dates, and this Saturday (7th) can be seen playing live at Grays Civic Hall in aid of Farleigh and St Luke’s Hospice. To find out more and for how to get your hands on tickets, visit www.acyluk.com.

Click below to listen back to the show:

Alkaline Trio – Private Eye www.alkalinetrio.com

God is an Astronaut – Fireflies & Empty Skies www.godisanastronaut.com

Minus the Bear – Listing www.minusthebear.com

Dead Baby Birds – After All www.facebook.com/deadbabybirds

Nick & the Sun Machine – White Chalk www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

Stealing Signs – People www.facebook.com/stealingsigns

The Albino Peaches – Home www.facebook.com/albinopeaches

Hadleigh Ford – Money (Gimme Gimme) www.hadleighford.com

Atlas – Summer Jams www.facebook.com/atlasmusicpage

Koortwah – Forty Five www.facebook.com/koortwah

Sonic Boom Six – The High Cost of Living www.sonicboomsix.co.uk

Amateur Best – Too Much www.amateurbest.co.uk

Any Colour You Like – Wish You Were Here (Phoenix FM Session)

Any Colour You Like – Fearless (Phoenix FM Session) www.acyluk.com

Grandaddy – Laughing Stock www.facebook.com/pages/Grandaddy/18140673438

The Dalloways – Hooked www.soundcloud.com/thedalloways

Ten A Penny – Three Leaf Clover www.tenapennymusic.com

Coburg’s Widow – Crash & Burn www.facebook.com/coburgswidow

Dukester Sessions – Turn It Off

Stose – Freddy www.stoseofficial.com

Joshy Connor – California www.joshyconnor.com

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Curveballs 28th August 2013 – Festival Special with Rockzilla’s Danny & Adrian

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Tonight was the annual Curveballs Festival Special, featuring some of the bands we discovered and tracks we sang along to at this year’s Reading, Standon Calling, Latitude and Brentwood Festivals, as well as the return of the infamous Curveballs A-Z of Festival T-shirts. We also chatted to The Reason’s Danny Gould and Dawgfish’s Adrian Brown, both of whom are appearing (and in Danny’s case, managing) the upcoming Rockzilla Festival, where a variety of local covers bands can be seen playing live at the Circus Tavern near Purfleet on September 6th & 7th – to find out more and buy tickets, head over to www.rockzilla-uk.com.

To listen to all of that, click below!

 

Chas ‘n’ Dave – The Sideboard Song www.chasndave.net

The Ends – Jack www.facebook.com/theendsband

Kraftwerk – The Model www.kraftwerk.com

Stealing Sheep – Shut Eye www.stealingsheep.co.uk

Intensi-T (ft Ollie Green) – Little Friend www.intensi-t.net

Willy Mason – Oxygen www.willymason.co.uk

Was (Not Was) – Walk the Dinosaur http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was_(Not_Was)

Twisted Sister – I Wanna Rock www.twistedsister.com

Disclosure – Tenderly www.disclosureofficial.com

Atlas – Summer Jams www.facebook.com/atlasmusicpage

Nick & the Sun Machine – Ask Me For My Name www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk

Maddox – First Time, One Time, Last Time www.facebook.com/pages/Maddox/328553768321

Lazy Habits – Starting Fires www.lazyhabits.co.uk

Skindred – Doom Riff www.skindred.net

Fidlar – No Ass www.facebook.com/fidlarLA

Clean Bandit – Mozart’s House www.cleanbandit.co.uk

Green Day – Welcome to Paradise www.greenday.com

Lower Than Atlantis – Beech Like the Tree www.lowerthanatlantis.com

Sonic Boom Six – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Inventions www.sonicboomsix.co.uk

Lucy Rose – Scar www.lucyrosemusic.com

King Prawn – The Dominant View www.facebook.com/officialkingprawn

Fall Out Boy – Thks Fr Th Mmrs www.falloutboy.com

Backing tracks for A-Z of Festival T-Shirts:

And So I Watch You From Afar – Guitars Set to Kill http://asiwyfash.tumblr.com

Knife Party – Rage Valley www.knifeparty.com

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Curveballs 14th August 2013

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Dub Pistols – Official Chemical www.dubpistolsmusic.co.uk

Rachel Stamp – I Got the Worm www.facebook.com/rachelstamppage

Bettie Seveert – Shake Her www.bettieserveert.com

Blood Red Shoes – Black Distractions www.bloodredshoes.co.uk

Robert Vincent – Life in Easy Steps www.robertvincentmusic.com

Koortwah – Forty Five www.facebook.com/koortwah

Amateur Best – Too Much www.amateurbest.co.uk

Lazy Habits – The Road www.lazyhabits.co.uk

Su Casa – Sand in My Eyes www.myspace.com/sucasamusic

Felix – Oh Thee 73 www.facebook.com/FelixTheBand

Loving Forty-Four – I’ve Got a Kingdom http://lovingfortyfour.bandcamp.com

Space Raiders – Beautiful Crazy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Raiders_(band)

Arveene & Misk (ft Ruby Goe) – Mr Mr www.soundcloud.com/arveeneandmisk

Stose – Misfits www.stoseofficial.com

OFF! – King Kong Brigade www.offofficial.com

Coburg’s Widow – Crash & Burn www.facebook.com/coburgswidow

Soma Rising – Brandon’s Song www.facebook.com/somarising

Phoenix – Run Run Run www.wearephoenix.com

Gereint Vickery – Please Don’t Bring Me Down www.soundcloud.com/gereintvickery

Point Inaudible – Condiment Killer www.pointinaudible.com

Learn to Swim – I Can See Right Through You www.soundcloud.com/learn-to-swim

High/Low – Tapedeck www.facebook.com/wearehighlow

Last Superheroes – Get It On! www.facebook.com/LastSuperheroes

Shouting Signals – Never Run Away www.shoutingsignals.com

Atlas – Summer Jams www.facebook.com/atlasmusicpage

The Dalloways – Hooked www.soundcloud.com/thedalloways

The Charlatans – Just Lookin’ www.thecharlatans.net

Madison – Forever www.projectrm.moonfruit.com

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Curveballs 7th August 2013 (with Dead Baby Birds)

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Dead Baby Birds (l-r): Matt (guitar/vocals), Tristan (vocals/bass), Andy (guitar/vocals). Absent drummer Sam represented by iPad photo.

Tonight I was joined in the studio by three-quarters of Dead Baby Birds. Since their first appearance on the show back in January 2012, they’ve undergone a few line-up changes but have also enjoyed some high-profile gig appearances, including a set at the Olympic Park during last year’s Paralympics. Fast forwarding to the present, we heard two exclusive new tracks  tonight, one of which (After All) is soon to be available as a free download from the band’s SoundCloud page. They can next be seen live at Hornchurch Live in Harrow Lodge Park on August 24th, followed by Nambucca in London on September 6th. Find them on Facebook, Twitter and at www.deadbabybirds.com (currently under construction).

Listen back to the show here (DBB interview 30 mins in):

The Cribs – Hey Scenesters! www.thecribs.co.uk

Blood Red Shoes – Lost Kids www.bloodredshoes.co.uk

House Party Massacre – First Impressions www.housepartymassacre.com

Lazy Habits – The Road www.lazyhabits.co.uk

Dregs of Society – I Don’t Believe You www.facebook.com/cometastethedregs

Treasures – Keep Me Around http://treasuresmusic.bandcamp.com

The Lunar Pilots – Hindsight www.thelunarpilots.com

 

DEAD BABY BIRDS IN THE STUDIO

Billy Talent – Red Flag

Dead Baby Birds – After All

Biffy Clyro – Bubbles

Sum 41 – Still Waiting

Muse – Panic Station

Dead Baby Birds – The Ballad of Mr Sprinkles

Blink 182 – What’s My Age Again?

Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Can’t Stop

www.facebook.com/DeadBabyBirds

 

Never A Hero – Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too www.neverahero.net

Gaggle – Crows www.gaggle.tv

High/Low – Spy Eye (Phoenix FM Creative Session) www.facebook.com/wearehighlow

Harper – Death Valley Days www.soundcloud.com/HarperBandUK

Chapter 9 – New Breed www.facebook.com/chapter9music

Koortwah – Forty Five www.facebook.com/koortwah

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Curveballs 31st July 2013 (with Art of Rebellion)

 

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Art of Rebellion (l-r): Lee (drums/vocals), Russ (bass/vocals), Nathan (vocals/guitar).

Tonight I was joined in the studio for a second time by  Art of Rebellion – their first Phoenix FM appearance since way back in April 2009! Having gained and then lost a few members since then, the trio are making a return to the local live scene this month – you can see them playing The Edge in Basildon on August 12th and Chinnerys in Southend on August 24th. You can also find them on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

Listen back to the show here:

Click below to see them playing live in the studio:

 

Alkaline Trio – Time to Waste www.alkalinetrio.com

Mum Locked in Castle – Forgotten Prayer www.facebook.com/mumlockedincastle

Bis – Silver Spoon www.bisnation.com

Harper – Death Valley Days www.soundcloud.com/HarperBandUK

Stealing Signs – People www.facebook.com/stealingsigns

The Dalloways – Desperate www.soundcloud.com/thedalloways

 

ART OF REBELLION IN THE STUDIO

Dem Brooklyn Bums – One Good Reason

Art of Rebellion – Stop To Breathe

Art of Rebellion – The Fate of Those Who Try (live in session)

Stan Bush – The Touch

Owiny Sigoma Band – Harpoon Land

Art of Rebellion – Superhero (live in session)

J Bowden – Vanishing

Bombay Bicycle Club – Evening Morning

Pearl Jam – Brain of J

Art of Rebellion on Facebook

 

Down the Machine – Know Your Place www.facebook.com/DownTheMachineOfficialFB

Dead Baby Birds – Southern Yemeni Diner www.deadbabybirds.com

Lucy Rose – Scar www.lucyrosemusic.com

False-Heads – Fall Around http://false-heads.bandcamp.com

Whiskey Chaser – I’m A Whiskey Chaser www.facebook.com/WhiskeyChaser

Mark Wilkins – Why Don’t You Stay http://markwilkins.bandcamp.com

 

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Curveballs July 24th 2013 (with Soma Rising)

 

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Soma Rising (l-r): Sam (bass), Mike (vocals/drums/melodica/synth/etc), Rob (vocals/guitar), Andrew (vocals), Paul (drums).

 

Tonight I was joined in the studio by rock/reggae/hip-hop/other quintet Soma Rising. The Basildon/Wickford fivesome first came to our attention when they took part in our 2012 Creative Sessions, and then in May they returned to the Brentwood Centre to perform in our Battle Stage contest. With their debut album currently in progress, expect to be hearing a lot more of their unique sound around town very soon. The band can be found on Facebook and SoundCloud.

Click below to listen to the interview and see them playing live in the studio:

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Sonic Boom Six – Bigger Than Punk Rock www.sonicboomsix.co.uk

Boy – Skin www.listentoboy.com

Ace Out – We Should Be Dancing www.facebook.com/band.aceout

Stealing Sheep – Rearrange www.stealingsheep.co.uk

Intensi-T – Little Friend www.intensi-t.net

Danny Fontaine & the Horns of Fury – The Cowboy www.hornsoffury.com

The Talks – Why Did You Bring It Up? www.thetalks.co.uk

Soma Rising – The Spark

 

SOMA RISING IN THE STUDIO

Soma Rising – Where Do They Go (live in session)

The King Blues – The Future’s Not What It Used To Be

Soma Rising – Peaceful Protest

Soma Rising – Brandon’s Song (live in session)

Akala – Yours & My Children

The Cat Empire – The Wine Song

Soma Rising – Chemical Love (live in session)

Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – The Beat That My Heart Skipped

www.soundcloud.com/somarising

 

Art of Rebellion – Stop to Breathe www.facebook.com/pages/Art-of-Rebellion/14683788071

Bis – Starbright Boy www.bisnation.com

IRIS – Lights At Ten www.iris.co.uk

False-Heads – Where Is Your Man http://false-heads.bandcamp.com

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Curveballs July 17th 2013 (with High Flying Wolves and Olaf Stando)

 

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio for a second time by Chelmsford-based singer-songwriter Olaf Stando. Since he last joined us in April, Olaf has been juggling his exams with writing and recording a new EP, which is due out in September. Keep up with his latest news at www.olafstandomusic.com.

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Then it was the Phoenix FM debut of High Flying Wolves (l-r Jed, Peter,Tom), just ahead of their gig at The Square in Harlow. The foursome (also featuring Joe) originally formed in 2011 and have recently released their first EP, Ugly Temper, which is available to stream on their SoundCloud page and available on CD from their gigs. They can next be seen live at the Dublin Castle in August – find out more on the band’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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The Candyskins – Somewhere Under London www.thecandyskins.com

Queensburys – Cash www.soundcloud.com/queensburys

Olaf Stando – Hand In Hand

 

OLAF STANDO IN THE STUDIO

Olaf Stando – Strangers (live in session)

Olaf Stando – Postcards (live in session)

Olaf Stando – Silhouettes (live in session)

Lewis Watson – Calling

www.olafstandomusic.com

 

High Flying Wolves – I’m Not

 

HIGH FLYING WOLVES IN THE STUDIO

High Flying Wolves – Ballad of Kevin Bacon (live in session)

Violence, Bow Ties & Blazers – Tonight

High Flying Wolves – Hang Loose (live in session)

The Gaslight Anthem – “45”

High Flying Wolves – We’re Gonna Be Friends (White Stripes cover) (live in session)

Flobots – Combat

High Flying Wolves – Kaytee (live in session)

Max Raptor – King is Dead

www.soundcloud.com/highflyngwolves

 

Eleven Dollar Life – A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. www.facebook.com/elevendollarlife

Soma Rising – Brandon’s Song www.facebook.com/somarising

The Victories – Coward That I Am www.facebook.com/thevictoriesmusic

High/Low – Forty (Phoenix FM Creative Session) www.facebook.com/wearehighlow

Nick Turnham & Katie Rogers – Take Care / Fill Me In (Drake/Rihanna/Craig David cover) www.facebook.com/NickTurnhamMusic

The Lunar Pilots – Hindsight www.thelunarpilots.com

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Curveballs 10th July 2013 (with The Lunar Pilots and Ten A Penny)

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Romford-based quartet Ten A Penny, who have just released their debut single, the double A-side Revolution of Pi / Three Leaf Clover, available on CD and download, and treated us to both tracks in acoustic form tonight. They can next be seen playing live at the Spread Eagle in Southend on July 19th, followed by Chelmsford’s Asylum on August 8th. Find all their gig listings and get yourself the single by going to www.tenapennymusic.com.

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Then I was joined by Brien and Dave from The Lunar Pilots. All hailing from around Essex, the fivesome (the other three-fifths being Paul, Keith and Conor) have recently released their debut album, Point of No Return, produced by the Grammy Award winner Steve Orchard, who has previously worked with Paul McCartney, U2 and Coldplay among many others. The fivesome follow up their recent appearance at Fling Festival in Chelmsford last weekend with appearances this Saturday (13th) at KelvFest in Kelvedon then later that day at Ashfest in Asheldam! There’s plenty more chances to catch them live in August too – head to www.thelunarpilots.com to find out more!

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Inspiral Carpets – Joe www.inspiralcarpets.com

The Ends – Jack http://theends.bandcamp.com

Minus the Bear – Throwing Shapes www.minusthebear.com

 

TEN A PENNY LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Ten A Penny – Revolution of Pi (live in session)

Ten A Penny – Three Leaf Clover (live in session)

Ten A Penny – Platform 5

www.tenapennymusic.com

 

Down the Machine – Know Your Place www.facebook.com/DownTheMachineOfficialFB

The Lunar Pilots – Perfect Dream

 

THE LUNAR PILOTS LIVE IN THE STUDIO

The Lunar Pilots – Hindsight

Editors – A Ton of Love

The Lunar Pilots – Sit By the Wall (live in session)

Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule the World

The Lunar Pilots – Black & Blue (live in session)

The Lunar Pilots – Hollow Tunes

The Lunar Pilots – Pins & Needles (live in session)

Fleetwood Mac – The Chain

www.thelunarpilots.com

 

Big Sir – Our Pleasant Home http://bigsir.bandcamp.com

High Flying Wolves – The Ballad of Kevin Bacon www.soundcloud.com/highflyngwolves

Olaf Stando – Hand in Hand www.olafstandomusic.com

Tenek – Another Day www.tenek.info

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The Ends at Brentwood Festival

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Click below to hear the band chatting to Nick Field after their set about their favourite new song to cover during their set as well as their plans for the coming months.

 

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You can hear more music by The Ends at theends.bandcamp.com. They can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Click below to see two tracks from their set, including the final track where singer Mike handed out badges to the crowd (tracks contain some strong language):

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Interview with Rajiv at Brentwood Festival

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Singer-songwriter Rajiv was one of the winners of Phoenix FM’s Battle Stage event in June, and played on the main stage at Brentwood Festival on Sunday to a sun-drenched crowd. Nick Field caught up with him after his set to find out how it went and his plans for what promises to be a busy summer for him.

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For more on Rajiv and where you can next see him live, visit www.rajivmusic.com and find him on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Click below to see two tracks performed live at the festival:

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Curveballs 3rd July 2013 (with Sabiba and Any Colour You Like)

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Busy one tonight. First up I was joined in the studio by (some of) Pink Floyd tribute act Any Colour You Like, ahead of their set this Saturday at Brentwood Festival. The band (who we think has 14 members in total, give or take) originally formed during the nineties and have helped to raise thousands for charity from their live shows. Have a listen to them talking about their work and see  them playing live in the studio below. Their website is www.acyluk.com and they can also be found on Facebook.

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Later on I was joined by Natan, Laurence and Adam from Sabiba. The trio recently released their debut album Mudslide, from which we heard some tracks performed live in the studio. In their quest to make grunge cooler than ever, Natan and Laurence can next be seen performing at Danfest at the Crooked Billet, Stanford-le-Hope, on July 20th, while Sabiba can be found online at www.sabiba.co.uk and on Facebook.

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Jawbox – Static www.myspace.com/jawboxdc

Abodes – Darkest Nights www.soundcloud.com/abodes

Kiites – Indian Skull http://kiites.bandcamp.com

 

ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE IN THE STUDIO

Any Colour You Like – Fearless (live in session)

Any Colour you Like – Wish You Were Here (live in session)

www.acyluk.com

 

House Party Massacre – First Impressions www.housepartymassacre.co.uk

Sabiba – Cardigan Scan

 

SABIBA LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Sabiba – Give to Me

Sabiba – One More Chance (live in session)

Screaming Trees – Shadow of the Season

Chapter 9 – New Breed

Sabiba – Hot Hat Man (live in session)

REM – Let Me In (live)

Sabiba – Dancing Eyes (live in session)

Tom Petty – Mary Jane’s Last Dance

Sabiba – Suicide Queen (live in session)

www.sabiba.co.uk

 

The Lunar Pilots – Perfect Dream www.thelunarpilots.com

Ten A Penny – Three Leaf Clover www.tenapennymusic.com

The Ends – We Could Call This Song Untitled (But That Would Be Lazy Songwriting) http://theends.bandcamp.com

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Curveballs 26th June 2013 (with The Tomorrow Men)

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The Tomorrow Men (l-r): Jake (bass), Riley (drums/vocals), Jonny (vocals/guitar).

Tonight I was joined in the studio by The Tomorrow Men, their second appearance on Curveballs as well as their second Phoenix FM appearance this month after they popped up on Brentwood’s Only Alternative a few weeks back. The foursome (also featuring James on guitar) headline the Beer Tent at the Brentwood Festival on July 5th (just after Chas & Dave come off the main stage!), so be sure to catch them if you’re heading there. Elsewhere, you can keep up with goings-on on the Tomorrow Men SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Cake – Never There www.cakemusic.com

The Foxes – Trauma Town www.thefoxesband.com

The Dalloways – Hooked www.soundcloud.com/thedalloways

The Ends – Jack www.theends.bandcamp.com

Ten A Penny – Revolution of Pi www.tenapennymusic.com

Kiites – Indian Skull http://kiites.bandcamp.com

Warm Winters – Meet Me By the Sea http://warm-winters.bandcamp.com

The Tomorrow Men – Independent… Yeah Right

 

THE TOMORROW MEN IN THE STUDIO

The Tomorrow Men – The Smoke (live in session)

The Stone Roses – Turns Into Stone

The Tomorrow Men – Art Gallery (live in session)

The Rolling Stones – Little Red Rooster

The Tomorrow Men – A Different Tune to Tap To (live in session)

NWA – Express Yourself

The Tomorrow Men – Downward Motion (live in session)

The Tomorrow Men – Solitaire

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A Little Knowledge – I Would Rather www.facebook.com/ALittleKnowledge

Sabiba – One More Chance www.facebook.com/pages/Sabiba/52910863966

The Van Dams – Bubblegum & Cigarettes www.facebook.com/thevandamsband

Scarlet Echo – Shooting Stars www.scarletecho.co.uk

Vacant Heights – Backing It Up Now www.facebook.com/VacantHeights

House Party Massacre – First Impressions www.housepartymassacre.com

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Curveballs 19th June 2013 (with Learn to Swim)

Tonight I was joined in the studio by Matt and Molly from Learn to Swim, their fourth appearance on the show. Since the band (also featuring guitarist Mark and a drum machine called Dave) last joined us in November 2011, they’ve recorded a new EP which is due out shortly (on clear 7” vinyl, no less!) with more recordings to come. The trio (or is that quartet?) can next be seen live on July 10th at the 12 Bar Club in Denmark Street, London, with more gigs in the pipeline – stay tune via the band’s Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and SoundCloud pages.

Click below to see them playing live in the studio and for chats about the new EP, drummers, cheese, tea and sunglasses.

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Two Door Cinema Club – Wake Up www.twodoorcinemaclub.com

Boy – Skin www.listentoboy.com

Holy Ghost! – Wait & See www.facebook.com/HolyGhostNYC

Soma Rising – Brandon’s Song www.facebook.com/somarising

Smallgang – Leaves www.smallgangland.com

The Dalloways – Hooked www.soundcloud.com/thedalloways

Olaf Stando – Hand in Hand www.olafstandmusic.com

Learn to Swim – I Can See Right Through You

 

LEARN TO SWIM LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Learn to Swim – Every Night (live in session)

The Go-Betweens – Streets of Your Town

Learn to Swim – Hunting For Bears (live in session)

Learn to Swim – Sunshine State

Learn to Swim – Happy Ever After (live in session)

The Divine Comedy – Bad Ambassador

Learn to Swim – And Did She Ever (live in session)

Gorillaz – Broken

Learn to Swim – So I Told Her

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Atlas – Summer Jams www.facebook.com/atlasmusicpage

The Tomorrow Men – Independent… Yeah Right www.thetomorrowmen.com

A Little Knowledge – Drink Deep www.facebook.com/ALittleKnowledge

Sabiba – One More Chance www.facebook.com/pages/Sabiba/52910863966

Never a Hero – Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too www.neverahero.net

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Curveballs 12th June 2013 (with Paolo Morena)

Tonight I was joined in the studio by Chelmsford-based singer-songwriter Paolo Morena, just ahead of his set at The Bull in Colchester. Paolo releases his new EP, simply entitled Is, on July 7th, and has picked up widespread acclaim for his live solo shows, which consist of him using a variety of instruments and a loop pedal to create a musical soundscape. There’s plenty of opportunities to catch Paolo live over the next few months – his next show is at Hylands Park, Chelmsford this Sunday (16th) as part of the Boys Toys Fathers Day event, after which he can be seen at the Old Queens Head in Islington on June 30th. For more dates, music and links, visit www.paulmorena.com.

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Camera Obscura – Eighties Fan www.camera-obscura.net

Lone Wolf – Soldiers www.iamlonewolf.com

Southgate & Leigh – Don’t Wait www.southgateandleigh.com

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – She Don’t Like the Fish www.teapadorchestra.co.uk

Calories – Let’s Pretend That We’re Older www.caloriesband.com

The Tibetan Tea Company – Heaven Only Knows www.tibetanteacompany.co.uk

Little Donkey – Wrong Direction www.facebook.com/littledonkeymusic

Paolo Morena – Oh Yeah

 

PAOLO MORENA IN THE STUDIO

Paolo Morena – Revenge

Simon & Garfunkel – Keep the Customer Satisfied

Rodriguez – Sugarman

Simon & Garfunkel – The Only Living Boy in New York

Paolo Morena – Peace of Mind (live in session)

Paolo Morena – Queen of the Party Scene

Rodriguez – Crucify Your Mind

Paolo Morena – The Mission in Me

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Do Me Bad Things – Off the Hook http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_Me_Bad_Things

Learn to Swim – Dark Again www.facebook.com/pages/Learn-To-Swim/125999830806505

Gereint Vickery – Please Don’t Bring Me Down www.soundcloud.com/gereintvickery

The Lightworker – Life Worth Living www.facebook.com/thelightworkerband

 

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Curveballs 5th June 2013

Listen online to this week’s show on the new Curveballs Mixcloud page: http://www.mixcloud.com/nickfield2/curveballs-5th-june-2013/

 

The Primitives – Who Are You Trying to Fool? www.the-primitives.co.uk

Wilt – Radio Disco http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilt_(band)

The Features – The Idea of Growing Old www.thefeatures.com

Vacant Heights – Backing It Up Now www.facebook.com/VacantHeights

High/Low – Forty (Phoenix FM Creative Session) www.facebook.com/wearehighlow

Das Russians – Private Ambulance www.facebook.com/DasRussians

The Albino Peaches – Flamer www.facebook.com/pages/The-Albino-Peaches/471705232849666

The Dalloways – Pretty Lies www.soundcloud.com/thedalloways

The Ends – Jack www.theends.bandcamp.com

Vivien Glass – Part Machine www.vivienglass.com

Lux Lisbon – Get Some Scars www.luxlisbon.com

Whiskey Chaser – Kill City www.facebook.com/whiskeychaser

The Cult – Firewoman www.thecult.us

Mark Wilkins – My Rocket Flew www.markwilkins.bandcamp.com

Dingus Khan – Ambulance www.dinguskhan.co.uk

The Tomorrow Men – Independent… Yeah Right www.thetomorrowmen.com

Paolo Morena – Oh Yeah (live) www.paolomorena.com

The Van Dams – Bubblegum & Cigarettes www.soundcloud.com/the-van-dams

Simon Gentry – That Dress www.soundcloud.com/simon-gentry

Harper – Plastic Dolls www.soundcloud.com/HarperBandUK

The Scarlet Echo – Parallel Worlds www.scarletecho.co.uk

Soma Rising – Brandon’s Song www.facebook.com/somarising

Hadleigh Ford – Eye of the Needle www.hadleighford.com

Echobelly – Falling Flame (Phoenix FM Session)www.echobelly.com

Harry Palmer Band – Where I Lay My Hat (Phoenix FM Session) www.reverbnation.com/harrypalmerband

Learn to Swim – Sunshine State (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/pages/Learn-To-Swim/125999830806505

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Curveballs 29th May 2013 (with The Harry Palmer Band)

The Harry Palmer Band (l-r): Graeme (guitar/vocals), Kuba (bass), Harry (vocals/guitar), Jessica (drums).

Tonight I was joined in the studio by the Harry Palmer Band. Formed a year ago, the foursome have been gigging around London and the South East for much of this year, as well as recording their debut EP which is due out in June. They can next be seen live at The Practice Roomz in Stevenage on June 1st as well as The Troubador in London on the 22nd. Keep up to date with the band on their Facebook, Twitter, Reverbnation and YouTube pages.

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G-Love & Special Sauce – You Shall See www.philadelphonic.com

The Dirty Royals – Josephine www.myspace.com/dirtyroyals

Porcupine Kiss – The Burden www.porcupinekiss.co.uk

Optional Rubber Duck – My Kingdom www.optionalrubberduck.bandcamp.com

High Flying Wolves – Ballad of Kevin Bacon www.facebook.com/TheHighFlyingWolves

The Dalloways – Hooked www.soundcloud.com/thedalloways

Glorytellers – Barely Born www.geofffarina.com

Lux Lisbon – Get Some Scars www.luxlisbon.com

Vacant Heights – Backing It Up Now www.facebook.com/VacantHeights

Harry Palmer Band – Kiss Me Like You Mean It

 

HARRY PALMER BAND IN THE STUDIO

Harry Palmer Band – Lay Me Down (live in session)

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive

Blue Oyster Cult – Burning For You

Harry Palmer Band – Where I Lay My Hat (live in session)

John Mayer – Slow Dancing in a Burning Room

Harry Palmer Band – Woman to Hold (live in session)

King Crimson – 21st Century Schizoid Man (excerpt)

Thin Lizzy – Dancing in the Moonlight

Paramore – Still Into You

Harry Palmer Band – I Still Remember (live in session)

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Lubriphonic – Suffering Fools www.lubriphonic.com

Mark Wilkins – My Rocket Flew www.soundcloud.com/markwilkins33

 

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Curveballs 22nd May 2013 (with Porcupine Kiss)

Porcupine Kiss (l-r): Jules (guitar), Russ (drums), Dave (vocals), Jack (bass), Paul (keyboards).

Tonight Porcupine Kiss joined me in the studio for their third Curveballs appearance. Since they last joined us in September last year, they’ve recruited new bassist Jack and enjoyed a prolific few months in gigs across Essex, alongside the release of their EP From Carnage to Chaos which you can download for free from www.porcupinekiss.co.uk. Their first full-length is planned for later in the year, and their next gig is at The Lion in Ardleigh on June 27th – keep up to date on the band’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

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Zoot Woman – You & I www.zootwoman.com

Hello Mahalo – Dawning Days www.myspace.com/hellomahalo

The Tomorrow Men – The Magician’s Grip www.thetomorrowmen.com

Dirty Royals – R.E.S.P.E.C.T www.myspace.com/dirtyroyals

Vacant Heights – Backing It Up Now www.facebook.com/VacantHeights

FallPath – Refuse to Fall www.facebook.com/fallpath

The Port Authority – Lilly Eve www.facebook.com/theportauthorityofficial

Beaver Fuel – Eurovision Political Favour Contest www.facebook.com/pages/Beaver-Fuel/185336686160

Porcupine Kiss – Shout It Out

 

PORCUPINE KISS IN THE STUDIO

Porcupine Kiss – The Burden (live in session)

Machine Gun Men – Man on a Mission

Belle & Sebastian – I’m a Cuckoo

Porcupine Kiss – I Think You Know (live in session)

Sixx AM – Life is Beautiful

REM – Star 69

Porcupine Kiss – Banished (live in session)

Cold War Kids – Hang Me Out to Dry

Porcupine Kiss – (Untitled instrumental) (live in session)

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Minus the Bear – Cold Company www.minusthebear.com

Harry Palmer Band – Better Than That www.reverbnation.com/harrypalmerband

High/Low – Tapedeck www.facebook.com/wearehighlow

Corporal Machine & the Bombers – Five a Day www.the-bombers.co.uk

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Curveballs 15th May 2013 (with FallPath)

FallPath (l-r): Alex (vocals), Luke (guitars), Ben (drums), Jay (bass).

Tonight saw the return of Brentwood’s own FallPath to the studio, their second appearance of the year following a session in February. The foursome treated us to four newly-recorded tracks (one of which was so new it had apparently only been finished half an hour before the show started!), and also gave an exclusive announcement that they’re playing The Garage, Islington on July 7th alongside 15 other bands as part of a contest organised by Emergenza, which will give one band the opportunity to play the Taubertal festival in Germany in August. With more gigs and releases in the pipeline, keep up with FallPath on their Facebook and YouTube pages.

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The Dears – Lost in the Plot www.thedears.org

Minus the Bear – Empty Party Rooms www.minusthebear.com

The Tomorrow Men – Independent… Yeah Right www.facebook.com/thetomorrowmenmusic

Optional Rubber Duck – My Kingdom www.optionalrubberduck.bandcamp.com

Point Inaudible – Theme from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (Phoenix FM session) www.pointinaudible.com

Hadleigh Ford – No Bones www.hadleighford.com

Mark Wilkins – A Stone Turns Over www.soundcloud.com/markwilkins33

Koortwah – The Wilderness www.koortwah.com

FallPath – Refuse to Fall

 

FALLPATH LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Alter Bridge – Broken Wings

FallPath – Remedy

Shinedown – I’ll Follow You

FallPath – Mr Pretender

Breaking Benjamin – Diary of Jane

FallPath – Chasing Me

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Bored Spies – Summer 720 www.facebook.com/boredspies

Porcupine Kiss – Shout It Out www.porcupinekiss.co.uk

Paolo Morena – Oh Yeah www.paulmorena.com

Last Superheroes – Get It On www.facebook.com/lastsuperheroes

One Final Stitch – Skeletons www.facebook.com/pages/One-Final-Stitch/420261308005900

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Curveballs 8th May 2013 (with Point Inaudible)

Point Inaudible (l-r): Alex (bass), George (drums), Dean (vocals/guitar), Mark (guitar)

Tonight I was joined in the studio by Basildon-based foursome Point Inaudible. Their current line-up was established at the start of the year with the arrival of singer Dean (a former member of Killed By Krueger, a guest band from the very early days of Curveballs!) and have been regulars on the local gig circuit ever since. The band plan to release their debut single through Animal Farm Records later in the year, and with more gigs and releases in the pipeline, theirs is a name worth remembering. Their next gig is at the Hope & Anchor in Islington this Saturday (11th) and you can find them online at www.pointinaudible.com as well as on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Click below to hear the interview – including talk of crazy gigs and Dean’s past on channel 4 – and see them playing live, including a most unusual cover!

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Operator Please – Catapult www.facebook.com/operatorplease

Dead to Me – I Love My Problems www.deadtomesf.com

Hello Mahalo – Crowbar www.myspace.com/hellomahalo

Vivien Glass – The Changing www.vivienglass.com

One Final Stitch – Skeletons www.facebook.com/pages/One-Final-Stitch/420261308005900

House Party Massacre – Blue Youth www.housepartymassacre.com

Colours of Melancholia – Django Surf http://coloursofmelancholia.bandcamp.com

Dirty Royals – R.E.S.P.E.C.T www.myspace.com/dirtyroyals

Point Inaudible – Stained Kiss (live at chinnerys)

 

POINT INAUDIBLE LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Point Inaudible – Theme from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (live in session)

Cold War Kids – Saint John

Point Inaudible – Release (live in session)

Paws – Poor Old Christopher Robin

Primus – Electric Uncle Sam

Point Inaudible – Sins (live in session)

Rage Against the Machine – Snakecharmer

Point Inaudible – Keep It Close to Me (live at Chinnerys)

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Ace Out – When the Stars… www.facebook.com/BAND.ACEOUT

Mark Wilkins – A Stone Turns Over www.soundcloud.com/markwilkins33

Last Superheroes – Chasing the Sun www.facebook.com/lastsuperheroes

The Scarlet Echo – Shooting Stars www.thescarletecho.co.uk

Golden Gurls – I Can See the City http://goldengurls.bandcamp.com

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Curveballs 1st May 2013

Pinch punch first of the month, tonight’s show went out with a big team meeting in the background. Normal service resumes next week!

 

Minus the Bear – Dr L’Ling www.minusthebear.com

Houdini – Into the Woods www.houdiniband.co.uk

The Tomorrow Men – Independent… Yeah Right www.facebook.com/thetomorrowmenmusic

IRIS – Lights at Ten www.iris.uk.com

Eleven Dollar Life – Suitcase www.facebookc.om/elevendollarlife

Beacon – Feeling’s Gone http://beacon.bandcamp.com

The Shermans – Intentions www.soundcloud.com/theshermans

Drive Through Therapy – Emily (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/drivethroughtherapy

Graeme Campbell – While You Were Gone www.reverbnation.com/graemecampbell

Sia – The Girl You Lost To… www.siamusic.net

Rochelle Jordan – Here I Go www.rochellejordan.com

Decaris – The Only Way www.facebook.com/decarisband

George King – Worse Off Than You (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/georgehenryking

Stapleton – Tonight We Will Carry Him Home www.myspace.com/stapleton

Shawn Lee – Happiness www.shawnlee.net

Broken Tongues – Does Hip-Hop Remember the Jazz? www.brokentongues.com

The Ends – Jack www.facebook.com/theendsband

Last Superheroes – The Liar You Are (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/lastsuperheroes

Sam Keyes – Old Rules www.facebook.com/samkeyesmusic

Mum Locked in Castle – Lions Led www.facebook.com/mumlockedincastle

House Party Massacre – Blue Youth www.housepartymassacre.com

Olaf Stando – Hand in Hand (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/olafstandomusic

The Dirty Royals – You & I Can Take On the World www.myspace.com/dirtyroyals

Lone Wolf – Soldiers www.iamlonewolf.com

The Cloudrunner – Wolf Street www.facebook.com/thecloudrunner

Sonic Boom Six – For the Kids of the Multiculture www.sonicboomsix.co.uk

The Tax – Young, Empty & to Blame www.facebook.com/thetaxband

The Lightworker – Jack-O-Lantern (Phoenix FM Session) www.facebook.com/thelightworkerband

Ummagma – Kiev www.ummagma.com

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Curveballs 24th April 2013 (with Olaf Stando and George Henry King)

First up tonight I was joined in the studio by George King (pictured above with bassist Alan). Since we last heard from George in November last year, he’s written a host of new tracks (some of which we heard tonight) and begun putting together his first solo release, due out later this year. George can next be seen live at the Hole In The Wall in Colchester on May 4th, followed by Proud Camden on May 6th. Find him on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and SoundCloud.

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Next up I was joined by another local singer-songwriter, Olaf Stando. Hailing from Ingatestone and originally coming to our attention as a member of Digging For Dinosaurs, Olaf is currently working on solo material and just released a new single, Hand in Hand, which is available for download from ITunes. He has a number of live appearances lined up for the summer, with more solo releases in the pipeline too – find him online on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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More Than Conquerors – Try Antlers www.facebook.com/mtcofficial

Little Donkey – Uh Oh www.facebook.com/littledonkeymusic

Subrosa – Dead Hearts http://subrosa4.bandcamp.com

 

GEORGE HENRY KING IN THE STUDIO

If You’re Here For Love Then Join the Queue (live in session)

Worse Off Than You (live in session)

It Doesn’t Mean That You’ll be Happy (live in session)

Silhouette Trees

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Yuna – Live Your Life www.yunamusic.com

Olaf Stando – Burning Knowledge

 

OLAF STANDO IN THE STUDIO

Olaf Stando – Hand In Hand (live in session)

Saint Raymond – Fall At Your Feet

Olaf Stando – The Run (live in session)

Charlie Simpson – Cemetery

Olaf Stando – Strangers (live in session)

Lewis Watson – Sink Or Swim

Olaf Stando – Searching (live in session)

Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Break the Day Open

Olaf Stando – Hand In Hand

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Lone Wolf – The Swan of Meander www.iamlonewolf.com

Axes – Wet Wet Wet Wet www.weareaxes.com

Grin & Bear It – Sleepwalker’s Marathon http://grinandbearit.bandcamp.com

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Curveballs 17th April 2013 (with Last Superheroes)

Last Superheroes (l-r): Rusty (bass), Sam (drums), Gabriel (vocals/guitar), Andrew (guitar/BVs).

Tonight I was joined in the studio by Last Superheroes for a chat and live session (worth watching for the drum skin alone!). The foursome hail from Southend (‘Southend-on-Sludge’ as it’s known, apparently) and will be releasing their debut album on May 3rd with a gig at The Square in Harlow, followed a week later at The Hermit in Brentwood. Find them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Incubus – Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song) www.enjoyincubus.com

Flanders – Everybody

Eleven Dollar Life – DSA www.facebook.com/elevendollarlife

Queensburys – Hard as Nails www.facebook.com/Queensburys

The Jar Family – Machine www.thejarfamily.com

The Shermans – Intentions www.soundcloud.com/theshermans

Colours of Melancholia – Django Surf www.coloursofmelancholia.com

Last Superheroes – Jackie the Ripper

 

LAST SUPERHEROES IN THE STUDIO

Last Superheroes – Get It On (live in session)

Slash – Back to Cali (live)

AC/DC – Highway to Hell

Last Superheroes – Chasing the Sun (live in session)

Rachel Stamp – Black Cherry

Last Superheroes – The Liar You Are (live in session)

Poison – Unskinny Bop

Last Superheroes – Black 13 (live in session)

The Cult – My Bridges Burn

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Baroness – Take My Bones Away www.baronessmusic.com

George King – Silhouette Trees www.facebook.com/georgehenryking

Fearless Vampire Killers – Palace in Flames www.fearlessvampirekillers.co.uk

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Curveballs 10th April 2013 (with Dead Foxxes)

Dead Foxxes (l-r): Craig (vocals/guitar), Mark (guitar), Tommi (bass), George (drums).

Tonight I was joined in the studio by locals Dead Foxxes. The foursome first came to our attention with their set at Phoenix In The Foyer back in November, and have since gone on to perform in the semi-finals of this year’s Essex Undiscovered, as well as beginning work on their debut EP which is due soon. Their next live show is at Edge in Basildon on April 25th, and they can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Click below to listen to the interview as well as 4 exclusive acoustic tracks recorded especially for Phoenix FM.

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Eighteen Visions – I Let Go http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eighteen_Visions

David Devant & His Spirit Wife – Ginger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Devant_&_His_Spirit_Wife

Mum Locked in Castle – Forgotten Prayer www.facebook.com/mumlockedincastle

House Party Massacre – Blue Youth www.housepartymassacre.com

Paolo Morena – Oh Yeah www.paolomorena.com

Houdini – Into the Woods www.houdiniband.co.uk

Well Excuse Me Princess – Bang Head Here http://wellexcusemeprincess.bandcamp.com

The Albino Peaches – Flamer www.soundcloud.com/the-albino-peaches

 

DEAD FOXXES IN THE STUDIO

Black Stone Cherry – Blame It on the Boom Boom

Dead Foxxes – Big Fat Mamma Jammer

Dead Foxxes – Big Fat Spicy Mama

Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightning

Dead Foxxes – Wasted My Time

The Cloudrunner – Wolf Street

Rival Sons – Memphis Sun

Dead Foxxes – Welcome to Prosperity

Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier

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Last Superheroes – Jackie the Ripper www.facebook.com/LastSuperheroes

Harper – Plastic Dolls www.facebook.com/harperbanduk

Point Inaudible – Stained Kiss (live) www.pointinaudible.com

Jakal – Clear as Day http://jakal.bandcamp.com

Dingus Khan – Ambulance www.dinguskhan.co.uk

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Curveballs 3rd April 2013 (Stockton Calling, anyone?)

Tonight I played a few musical discoveries I had made at the weekend up north at Stockton Calling, an all-day music event held at 7 venues across Stockton-on-Tees town centre. Indie, metal, experimental, folk, jazz, hip-hop – what a grand day out! You can find out more on Stockton Calling by going to www.stocktoncalling.co.uk.

Little Man Tate – Man I Hate Your Band http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Man_Tate_(band)

South – Paint the Silence http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_(British_band)

Little donkey – Uh Oh www.facebook.com/littledonkeymusic

IRIS – Lights at Ten www.iris.uk.com

Just Another Year – Ipso Facto www.facebook.com/justanotheryear

Spill Sixteen – Come With Me www.spillsixteen.com

Vivien Glass – Julius www.vivienglass.com

Rochelle Jordan – Here I Go www.rochellejordan.com

Koortwah – The Wilderness www.koortwah.com

The Jar Family – Machine www.thejarfamily.com

The Port Authority – Lilly Eve www.soundcloud.com/theportauthority

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – She Don’t Like the Fish www.teapadorchestra.co.uk

Go! Zilla – I’m Bleeding http://gozilla.bandcamp.com

Stanley Odd – Get Out Ma Headspace www.stanleyodd.com

Collectors Club – I Wanna Be You www.soundcloud.com/collectors-club

Nine Black Alps – Just Friends www.nineblackalps.com

The Cloudrunner – Wolf Street www.facebook.com/thecloudrunner

Sabiba – One More Chance www.facebook.com/pages/Sabiba/52910863966

Forged in Black – The Devil’s Gate www.facebook.com/forgedinblacks

The Victories – Come For Me www.facebook.com/thevictoriesmusic

Howling Black Soul – Dirty Talk (Phoenix FM Creative Session) www.myspace.com/howlingblacksoul

The Albino Peaches – Flamer www.soundcloud.com/the-albino-peaches

Nick Turnham – Something New www.facebook.com/NickTurnhamMusic

Point Inaudible – Theme from ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ (live cover) www.pointinaudible.com

Cay – Nature Creates Freaks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cay_(band)

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Curveballs March 27th 2013 (with IRIS)

Tonight I was joined in the studio by James, Adam and Ross from IRIS. Based in Kent, the alternative rock / post-hardcore quartet (also featuring Rich) originally formed back in 2009 and have released an EP, Out of Fiction, which won them acclaim from Rock sound magazine. With the current line-up established at the end of last year, the band release a new single, Lights at Ten, available on CD and free download on April 29th, and will be touring the South East throughout April and May. They can next be seen live at Finsbury Park’s Silver Bullet on April 4th, and for the full list of dates, head over to www.iris.uk.com as well as the band’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Click below to hear the interview and see them playing live in the studio (including a live performance of forthcoming single ‘Lights at Ten’):

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Billy Talent – Try Honesty www.billytalent.com

Reachback – Pretty Slick (For a White Chick) www.reachbackband.com

Mum Locked in Castle – Lions Led www.facebook.com/mumlockedincastle

The Ends – Jack www.facebook.com/TheEndsBand

Little Donkey – Uh Oh www.facebook.com/littledonkeymusic

Houdini – Into the Woods www.houdiniband.co.uk

Our Time Down Here – Tony & the Gang www.ourtimedownhere.tumblr.com

IRIS – Long Walk to Sleep

 

IRIS LIVE IN THE STUDIO

IRIS – Out of Fiction

IRIS – Lights at Ten (live in session)

Lower Than Atlantis – Deadliest Catch

Don Broco – Back in the Day

IRIS – Aversion to Light (live in session)

Reuben – Missing Fingers

Smashing Pumpkins – Soma

IRIS – Lights at Ten

Hildamay – Changing the Key

www.iris.uk.com

 

Reuben – Three Hail Marys www.wordsfromreuben.com

Just Another Year – Ipso Facto http://justanotheryear.bandcamp.com

Drive Through Therapy – Emily www.facebook.com/drivethroughtherapy

 

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Curveballs 20th March 2013 (with Drive Through Therapy and Scarlet Echo)

First up tonight I was joined in the studio for a second time by Scarlet Echo (l-r Hannah, Paul, Thom, Mitch). The foursome have just released their latest EP, Parallel Worlds, which they launched earlier in the month playing to a packed crowd at Billericay Town FC. The band play Chinnerys in Southend on the 22nd, and are planning a full UK tour later in the year – keep up with their latest news at www.scarletecho.co.uk as well as on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Next up was the debut station appearance from Drive Through Therapy (l-r Jay, Alix, Adam). The foursome (also featuring Charlie on guitar) are releasing their second album, Together We Fall, on May 3rd available as a CD or download. They can be seen playing live at the Camden Barfly on March 29th followed by the album’s launch gig at the Colchester Soundhouse on April 19th and a full UK tour in May. Find out where they’re playing, and sample the new album, on the band’s Facebook and Twitter  pages.

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Sugarcult – Bouncing Off the Walls www.sugarcult.com

Houdini – Into the Woods www.houdiniband.co.uk

The Get Up Kids – Up on the Roof www.thegetupkids.com

 

THE SCARLET ECHO IN THE STUDIO

Parallel Worlds

Shooting Stars

Shock

Darkest Days

www.scarletecho.co.uk

 

Dead To Me – Nothin’ Runnin’ Through My Brain www.deadtomesf.com

Drive Through Therapy – Words for the B-Side

 

DRIVE THROUGH THERAPY IN THE STUDIO

Drive Through Therapy – Can’t Handle the Remix

Drive Through Therapy – Emily (live in session)

Foo Fighters – My Hero

Drive Through Therapy – Vital Signs

Muse – Butterflies & Hurricanes

Drive Through Therapy – Together We Fall (live in session)

New Found Glory – My Friends Over You

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Streetlight Manifesto – We Will Fall Together www.streetlightmanifesto.com

IRIS – Lights at Ten www.iris.uk.com

Shouting Signals – Never Run Away www.shoutingsignals.com

 

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Curveballs 13th March 2013 (with Gereint Vickery and Queensburys)

Queensburys (l-r) George (guitar), Tom (vocals/guitar), Dan (bass), Archie (drums).

Another busy one tonight. First up I was joined in the studio by Queensburys – their second visit to the studio after making an appearance on last year’s Creative Sessions under their old moniker, Bow Street Runners. They have a new EP, Beneath the Tide, released later this month, which they’ll be launching at Chinnerys in Southend on March 28th. They can also be seen at Burtons in Grays on the 30th, as well as Brentwood’s The Hermit on April 19th. Find Queensburys on Facebook and Twitter.

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After that, Gereint Vickery (pictured centre with guitarist Ben on the left and brother/manager Iwan on the right) touched down for a session and natter.  Gereint received his first ever radio play here on Curveballs back in January, and has more recordings in the pipeline as well as opportunities to catch him live – the next of which is at the Rattlesnake in Angel, N London on March 18th (his birthday gig, no less!). Gereint can be found online on Facebook, SoundCloud, Twitter and YouTube.

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Sleater-Kinney – Jumpers www.sleater-kinney.com

Howling Black Soul – Lapdog (Phoenix FM Creative Session) www.myspace.com/howlingblacksoul

G-Love & Special Sauce – You Shall See www.philadelphonic.com

 

QUEENSBURYS IN THE STUDIO

Hard as Nails

Running Out

Mate With Me

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Abodes – Fingernails www.soundcloud.com/abodes

Gereint Vickery – Sick of the Bright Lights

 

GEREINT VICKERY LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Gereint Vickery – Please Don’t Bring Me Down (live in session)

Nirvana – My Girl

Gereint Vickery – Music Stops

Oasis – Cigarettes & Alcohol

Gereint Vickery – Please Stop Talking (live in session)

InHiding – Chemical

Bloc Party – Positive Tension

Gereint Vickery – untitled track / Sugar Coated Lies (live in session)

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Big Sir – Our Pleasant Home http://bigsir.bandcamp.com

Drive Through Therapy – Dark Nights www.drivethroughtherapy.com

Houdini – Into the Woods (Phoenix FM Session) www.houdiniband.co.uk

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Curveballs March 6th 2013 (with Abodes and The Victories)

Another busy one tonight. First up I was joined in the studio by The Victories (l-r Aaron, Chris, Luke). The local threesome recently released a new EP, We Are the Victories, which is available on iTunes, Spotify, and at their gigs, where Chris usually carries a boxful of them under his arm. Find The Victories on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and you can next see them live at the Tower Tavern, Goodge Street, London on March 9th, and at the Hermit in Brentwood on March 15th, alongside Killing Jimmy and Scuffed.

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I was then joined by another local trio, Abodes. Having recently established themselves on the local live scene, they’ve recently released a 7-track EP entitled Self-Diagnosed Insomniac, with a follow-up due in the coming months – we heard 2 exclusive new tracks live in the studio which may appear on it. Abodes can next be seen live at the Enterprise, Camden on March 14th, followed by a set at the Seaxe bar at Brentwood’s Essex Arms on March 15th. Find them on Twitter, Facebook, SoundCloud and YouTube.

Click below to listen to the interview and see Alexei playing live in the studio:

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Incubus – Favourite Things www.enjoyincubus.com

The Cloudrunner – Wolf Street www.facebook.com/thecloudrunner

Calories – Orchard Girls www.facebook.com/calories

 

THE VICTORIES IN THE STUDIO

Come for Me

Still There (Tell Me I’m Sane)

Coward That I Am

www.facebook.com/thevictoriesmusic

 

Colours of Melancholia – Django Surf www.coloursofmelancholia.com

Abodes – Lacerate

 

ABODES LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Balance & Composure – Quake

The Story So Far – Quicksand

Abodes – Fingernails (live in session)

Abodes – Horizons

Basement – Cupboards

Title Fight – Lefty

Abodes – new track (live in session)

The Wonder Years – All My Friends Are in Bar Bands

Abodes – new track (live in session)

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Benton Falls – Swimming With You www.myspace.com/bentonfalls

Gereint Vickery – Tequila Dreaming www.soundcloud.com/gereintvickery

The Shermans – Marina www.facebook.com/theshermansband

Mannequins – Much Ado About Nothing www.mannequinsuk.org

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