Curveballs

Curveballs 18th May 2016 (Eurovision Comedown Special)

Click below to listen back to the show: This week was the comedown from another Eurovision Song Contest, in which the UK didn’t come last, and the music somehow still…

 
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Curveballs 11th May 2016

Click below to listen back to the show:   Lush – Ladykillers Lena Fiagbe – Shine Fragile Creatures – Stowaways Fades – Breaking Through the Walls The Living End –…

 
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Curveballs 4th May 2016

Click below to listen back to the show: Kasabian – Processed Beats Skawar – Best of the 80s Cate Le Bon – Wonderful Paul Draper – Feeling My Feart Run…

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

Click below to listen back to the interview: Dani Sylvia interview at around 34:00. This week I chatted in the phone to Sussex-born, London-based singer-songwriter Dani Sylvia. Dani recently released…

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

Click below to listen back to the show: This week was our busiest for a while, kicking off with Charlie Howsego from acoustic duo Little Chasers, and singer-songwriter Louise Jaymes….

 
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Curveballs 13th April 2016 (with Vindico)

Click below to listen back to the show: Tonight I was joined in the studio by upcoming foursome Vindico. (L-R) Dylan, George, Rhys and Jack hail from the Isle of…

 
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Curveballs 6th April 2016 (with Paul Ziepe)

Click below to listen back to the show (Paul Ziepe interview from around 29:00) Tonight I was joined in the studio by local singer-songwriter Paul Ziepe. Paul recently returned to…

 
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Curveballs 30th March 2016 (with Spud MacBain)

Click below to listen back to the show: Spud MacBain interview starts around 34:00. Tonight I was joined in the studio by singer-songwriter Spud MacBain. Born in Sheffield but now…

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

Click below to listen back to the show: Tonight on Curveballs we welcomed two stars from upcoming thriller series Case Files into the studio – Heather Mae Cutts (above left,…

 
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Curveballs 16th March 2016 (with Pocket Trees)

Click to listen back to the show: Tonight I was joined in the studio by three members of Pocket Trees (l-r Ben, Jon, Jon). The foursome (also featuring bassist Pete)…

 
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Curveballs 9th March 2016 (with Scarlett & Saffron)

Click below to listen back to the show: Tonight I was joined in the studio by Grimsby/Sheffield trio Scarlett & Saffron. The threesome of Rob, Olly & Louis were in…

 
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Curveballs 2nd March 2016

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

 
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Curveballs 24th February 2016

Click below to listen back to this week’s show: John Mayer – No Such Thing Dreamscape – Finally Through Beat Happening – Zombie Limbo Time Field Music – I’m Glad…

 
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Curveballs 17th February 2016 (with Fragile Creatures)

Click below to listen back to the show:   Tonight I was joined in the studio by quintet Fragile Creatures, just ahead of their latest gig on Friday night in…

 
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Curveballs 10th February 2016 (with Illicit)

Click below to listen back to the show: For tonight’s show we had a go at getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit, with a few romantic tunes and some serenading…

 
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Curveballs 3rd February 2016 (with Tony Short)

Click below to listen back to the show: Tonight I was joined in the studio by fellow Romford boy Tony Short, joined by his fiancée Lisa. Now based in Gillingham,…

 
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Curveballs 27th January 2016

Click below to listen back to the show: Seeing out January with the new, the old and the off-the-wall! Super Furry Animals – Demons Idlewild – The Space Between All…

 
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Curveballs 20th January 2016 (with Gunner Who)

Click below to listen back to the show: Gunner Who interview at around 29:00. Tonight I was joined in the studio by London’s Gunner Who (l-r Ant, Tom, Joe, Mark)….

 
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Curveballs 13th January 2016 (with Josh Massey)

Click below to listen back to the show: Tonight was the first Curveballs live session of 2016, courtesy of West London singer-songwriter Josh Massey. Josh released his debut EP, Paper…

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

Click below to listen back to the show:   Happy New Year! The first Curveballs of 2016 featured one final look back at some of the great guests we had…

 
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Curveballs 30th December 2015 – Best of 2015 Part 1

Click below to listen back to the show: Tonight was the first of two shows looking back at the many guests and music we had in the studio in 2015….

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

Click below to listen back to the show: This week was the return of Lady Grey & the Earls (l-r Paul, Amy, Justin, Graham), as is traditional for the annual…

 
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Curveballs 16th December 2015 (with Into Horizon)

Click below to listen back to the show: Tonight I was joined in the studio by Southend newcomers Into Horizon (l-r Luke, Glaen, Rob, Elliott), just ahead of their second…

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

Click below to listen back to the show: Tonight I was joined in the studio once again by State Of The Art (l-r Ray, Dan, Tiago, Elle, Adam). Since they…

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

Click below to listen back to the show:   First up tonight I was joined in the studio once again by High/Low (l-r Steve, Lee, Dave). Since we last chatted…

 
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Curveballs 25th November 2015

Click below to listen back to the show:   Disclosure (featuring Lion Babe) – Hourglass Mundy – To You I Bestow Nothing But Thieves – Trip Switch Lazy Habits –…

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

Click below to listen back to the show:   Tonight I chatted to Stevenage drummer and producer Kieran ‘Mumble’ Leigh. Kieran has previously been featured on Curveballs as drummer for…

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

Click below to listen back to the show: Damien Kage interview starts shortly after 30:00.   Tonight I chatted to Damien Kage from Nottingham production company Tricell Films. The company…

 
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Curveballs 4th November 2015

Click below to listen back to the show: If you’re a band or solo artist looking for airplay or an interview on Curveballs, drop us a line via the Contact…

 
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Curveballs 28th October 2015 – Halloween Special

Click below to listen back to the show:   Tonight it was our annual Halloween special here on Curveballs, digging up some of the ghostly tunes from years gone by…

 
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Curveballs 21st October 2015 (with Suplex Wrestling)

Click below to listen back to the show: Wrestlers from around 30:00 onwards.   Tonight I was joined in the studio for a second time by Suplex Wrestling’s Mitch “The…

 
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Curveballs 14th October 2015 (with Lisa Wright)

Click below to listen back to the show: This week I welcomed local country singer Lisa Wright back to the Phoenix FM studio. Since joining us in December last year,…

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

Click below to listen back to the show: This week we got in touch with our theatrical side as I chatted to Jake Burtenshaw, director of upcoming Halloween production The…

 
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Curveballs 30th September 2015 (with Apachelux)

Click below to listen back to the show: Apachelux interview begins at around 27:00.   Tonight I was joined in the studio by enigmatic electronica duo Apachelux. The pair met…

 
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Curveballs 23rd September 2015 (with Lee Sargeant)

Click below to listen back to the show:   Tonight I was joined in the studio once again by local singer-songwriter Lee Sargeant. Since his last appearance on the show…

 
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Curveballs September 16th 2015 – Festival Special!

Click below to listen back to the show: This week it was time for our annual festival round-up, reliving some of the best memories and singalongs from the festival season….

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

Click below to listen back to this week’s show:   This week we gave listeners the first opportunity to hear my chat with Space frontman Tommy Scott, ahead of the…

 
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Interview with Space’s Tommy Scott

Space burst out of Liverpool in the mid-90s with hits including Female of the Species, Neighbourhood, Avenging Angels and many more. After two hit albums, Spiders and Tin Planet, personal and record label issues saw…

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

Click below to listen back to the interview: Thingamagig’s Pete & Stuart at around 27:00, The City Perils at 1:11:00.   First up tonight I was joined in the studio…

 
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Curveballs 19th August 2015

Click below to listen back to the show: Another 3-hour special this week, featuring as much new and undiscovered music as we could find with a smattering of old favourites…

 
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Interview with Tom Parsons & Beckie Grace

Click below to listen back to the interview: This week I sat in for Bob on One2Three and was joined in the studio by local musicians Tom Parsons and Beckie…

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

Click below to listen back to this week’s EXTENDED show! 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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Curveballs 5th August 2015 (with The Sparrows)

Click below to listen back to the show: The Sparrows interview at approximately 28:00. Apologies for the crackling during parts of the show.   Tonight I was joined in the…

 
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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,…

 
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Curveballs 29th July 2015 (with Mouthful of Ashtrays)

Click below to listen back to the interview: Mouthful of Ashtrays interview begins around 27:00.   Tonight I was joined in the studio by Mouthful of Ashtrays (l-r Tony, Mark,…

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

Click below to listen back to the show: DS North interview at 1:10:00. Tonight I chatted to local wrestler DS North about the upcoming British Wrestling Evolution event Dominance, which…

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

Click below to listen back to the show: Interview with David & Shelly at around 11:00. Arch Rivals interview at around 37:00.   First up tonight I was joined in…

 
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Curveballs 8th July 2015 (with Different People)

Click below to listen back to the show: Different People interview starts at around 28:00.   Tonight I was joined in the studio for a second time by Thurrock’s Different…

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

Click below to listen to this week’s show:   Looks Like Rain interview at around 18:00, Travis Waltons interview at around 1:04:30.   First up tonight I was joined in…

 
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Curveballs 24th June 2015

Listen back to this week’s show here: Plenty of new bands and tracks to check out this week, and it seems festival season is really in full swing, as we…

 
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Curveballs 17th June 2015 (with Micrafish)

Click below to listen back to the show: Micrafish interview begins at around 32:00.   Tonight I was joined in the studio by Southend foursome Micrafish (l-r Ryan, Alex [back],…

 
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Curveballs 10th June 2015

Click below to listen back to this week’s show: Another week and another year older (thanks for the birthday messages online everyone). The passing of time means festival season is…

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

Listen back to this week’s show here: Olaf Stando interview at around 10:00, Counties at 45:00.   First up tonight I was joined in the studio once again by good…

 
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Curveballs 27th May 2015 (with The Baby Blues)

Click below to listen back to the show: Baby Blues interview starts around 27:00.   Tonight I was joined in the studio by local newcomers The Baby Blues (l-r Mike,…

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

Click below to listen back to the show: The Takes interview at 11:00, Ease Springs interview at around 32:00.   First up tonight I was joined by Sam and Curtis…

 
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Curveballs 13th May 2015 (with Looks Like Rain)

Click below to listen back to this week’s show: looks Like Rain interview commencing at 30:00.   Tonight I was joined in the studio by local quartet Looks Like Rain…

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

Click below to listen back to the show: Lone Wolf interview at the beginning of the second hour.   Tonight I chatted on the phone to good buddy of the…

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

Click below to listen back to the show: John Baker interview at 13:00. Art Of Rebellion interview at 30:00.   First up tonight I was joined in the studio by…

 
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Curveballs 22nd April 2015 (with Ten A Penny)

Click below to listen back to the show: Teen a Penny interview begins at 30:40.   Tonight I was joined in the studio by locals Ten A Penny (l-r Dan,…

 
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Curveballs 15th April 2015 (with Lanter of Badds)

Click below to listen back to the show: Lanter of Badds on air at around 30:00.   Tonight I was joined in the studio by three members of Thurrock rockers…

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

Click below to listen back to the show: The MBG interview starts at approx. 13:00. Young & The Blue interview at approx. 48:00.   First up tonight I was joined…

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

Click here to listen to the show: Imperial Leisure interview at 37:00; Lips interview at 2:02:00   First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Richard, Dennis and…

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

Listen back to this week’s show here: Russell & The Wolf Choir interview at 28:05, Meadowlark interview at 02:02:01 First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Russell…

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

Click below to listen back to the show: Stan Blade interview at 18:00, Magda Czula interview at 54:00, Essex Wrestling Academy interview at 2:02:20. First up tonight was singer-songwriter Stan…

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

Listen back to this week’s show here:   First up tonight I was joined in the studio by James and Joe from our good buddies The Ends. The foursome (also…

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

Listen back to this week’s show here: 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…

 
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Curveballs 25th February 2015 (with Tom Baitson)

Click below to listen back to the show:   Tonight I was joined in the studio by singer-songwriter Tom Baitson. Since he last joined us in 2012, Tom has recorded…

 
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Curveballs 18th February 2015 (with Late Homecoming)

Click below to listen to the interview:     Tonight I was joined in the studio by Hertfordshire-based quartet Late Homecoming (l-r Tom, Liam, Tennyson, Steve). Since they last joined…

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

Click below to listen back to the show:   This week it was the return on our good buddies Lady Grey & The Earls. Since their last appearance at Christmas,…

 
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Curveballs 4th February 2015

Click below to listen back to the show:     Congratulations on surviving another January everyone; I think we can all call ourselves experts on that now! This week was…

 
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Curveballs 28th January 2015 (with The Long Run)

Click below to listen back to the show:   Tonight I was joined in the studio by Canvey Island’s The Long Run (l-r Darren, John, Gavin, Ryan). Since Darren &…

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

Click below to listen to this week’s show:   Tonight I was joined in the studio once again by Queensburys. The Thurrock-based foursome are set for a busy year, with…

 
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Curveballs 14th January 2015

Click below to listen back to the show: Hope everyone’s having a great start to 2015 – if you’re interested on getting your music on the show, then do get…

 
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Curveballs 7th January 2015 – New Year Special

Click below to listen back to the show:   Happy new year everyone! The first Curveballs of 2015 featured an assortment of acts we hope to be hearing more of…

 
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The Best of Curveballs 2014 – Part Two

Listen back to the show here:   For the final Curveballs show of 2014, we concluded our look back at the year with tracks from July through to December, featuring…

 
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The Best of Curveballs 2014 – Part One

Click below to listen back to the show:   Tonight we began a look back at 2014 with the first of two shows featuring some of our favourite musical discoveries…

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

Click below to listen back to this week’s show:   First up for tonight’s Christmas Special, we heard about the upcoming Christmas comedown gig taking place at Billericay Town Football…

 
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Curveballs 10th December 2014 (with High/Low)

Listen back to the show here:   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…

 
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Curveballs 3rd December 2014 (with Lisa Wright)

  Listen back to this week’s show here:   Tonight I was joined in the studio by local singer-songwriter Lisa Wright. We first chatted to Lisa in 2012 when she…

 
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Curveballs 26th November 2014

Listen back to this week’s show here:   Tonight was all about showcasing some of our favourite new tracks, as well as others from throughout the year, a few blasts…

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

Click below to listen back to this week’s show:   Tonight I was joined in the studio by Arfur Doo & The Toerags (l-r Tim, Simon, Fran, Judy), quite possibly…

 
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Curveballs 12th November 2014 (with A Higher Demise)

Listen back to this week’s show here:   Tonight I was joined in the studio by metallers A Higher Demise (l-r Dan, Dag, Charlie, Rachel, Terry), just ahead of their…

 
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Curveballs 5th November 2014

Listen back to this week’s show here:   References to fireworks, fire, pyro, volcanoes and getting blown over – check. Bonfire night spirit embraced (we pretty much had to, there…

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

Click below to listen back to the show:   Tonight I was joined in the studio once again by local singer and Vacant Touch frontman Lee Sargeant, alongside debutant Dan…

 
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Curveballs 22nd October 2014

Click below to listen to this week’s show: Metal, electronica, indie, hip-hop, just about every tempo covered this week, and Weird Al Yankovic parodying Pharrell for good measure. Listen and…

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

Listen back to this week’s show here:   First up tonight I was joined by our good buddies Scarlet Echo (me pictured above with Mitch, Hannah, Jamie and Alex). The…

 
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Curveballs 8th October 2014 (with The Takes)

Listen back to this week’s show here:   Tonight saw the Phoenix FM debut of The Takes (Sam, Harry, Curtis, Toby). Formed last year, the foursome have one EP available…

 
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Curveballs October 1st 2014

Click below to listen to this week’s show: So we arrive in October, and we marked it this week with plenty of great new acts (many local ones!), alongside some…

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

Click to listen back to this week’s show:   First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Nadia Marisa. From Switzerland, now living in London, Nadia has just…

 
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Curveballs 17th September 2014 (with Wild City)

Listen back to this week’s show here:   Tonight I was joined in the studio by Wild City (l-r Dave Billy, Craig, Andy). Based around Essex, the foursome formed at…

 
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Curveballs 10th September 2014 (with Different People)

Listen back to this week’s show here:   Different People (l-r): Thomas (guitar), Dave (drums), Matt (vocals/guitar), Jack (bass), Lee (guitar). Tonight saw the Phoenix FM debut of Different People….

 
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Curveballs 3rd September 2014 (with Minnie Birch)

Listen back to this week’s show here:   Tonight I was joined in the studio by singer-songwriter Minnie Birch. Based in Hemel Hempstead, Minnie has had a busy year with…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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Curveballs 13th August 2014 (with Art Of Rebellion)

Listen back to the show here:   Tonight I was joined in the studio once again by local trio Art Of Rebellion (l-r Lee, Russ, Nathan). Since they last visited…

 
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Curveballs 6th August 2014 (with Stereolight)

Listen back to this week’s show here:   Tonight I was joined in the studio by newcomers Stereolight (l-r Jess, James, Josh, Tom). Formed only a few months back, the…

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

To listen back to this week’s show click here:   First up in the studio tonight I was joined by Hertfordshire-based quartet Late Homecoming (l-r Liam, Tom, Tenny, Steve). The…

 
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Curveballs 23rd July 2014 (including Luke Wright interview)

Listen back to this week’s show here:   This week’s show had a heavy influence of Latitude Festival, where myself, 33rpm Chris and Nightswimming Matt had spent the previous weekend….

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

Listen back to this week’s show here:   First up tonight, I was joined in the studio by Danfest organisers David Pankhurst and Shelly Morris (pictured with sons Danfest Dan,…

 
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Curveballs 9th July 2014 (with The Long Run)

Click below to listen back to this week’s show:   Tonight I was joined in the studio by Darren and John from The Long Run. The Canvey Island quintet (also…

 
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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…

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

Listen back to this week’s show here:   Tonight I was lucky to be joined in the studio by two great upcoming singer-songwriters. First up was Anna Carow, just ahead…

 
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Curveballs 18th June 2014 (with Uprising)

To listen back to the show click here: Tonight I was joined in the studio by an uprising foursome called… Uprising! Hailing from Romford and Hornchurch, the quartet (l-r Orton,…

 
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Curveballs 11th June 2014 (with Chris Bird chat)

Listen back to this week’s show here: 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…

 
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Curveballs 4th June 2014 (with All True Events)

Listen back to this week’s show here: Tonight I was joined in the studio by Witham newcomers All True Events (l-r Alex, James, Joe). The trio are currently recording their…

 
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Curveballs 28th May 2014 (with Scarlet Echo)

Listen back to this week’s show here: Tonight I was joined once again in the studio by Scarlet Echo (l-r Mitch, Alex, Jamie, Hannah). Since they last joined us a…

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

Listen back to the show here:   First up tonight, I chatted to Shaun Lee from Mad-Hat Promotions, who have recently been hosting a Battle of the Bands event at…

 
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Curveballs 14th May 2014 (with Accidental Tourists)

Listen back to this week’s show here:   Tonight I was joined in the studio by locals Accidental Tourists (l-r Toby, Dan, Josh, Sam), who have just released their self-titled…

 
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Curveballs 7th May 2014 (with GraVil)

Click above to listen back to the show!     GraVil (l-r): Sparx (bass), David (rhythm guitar), Grant (vocals). Tonight we welcomed local metallers GraVil back to Curveballs. GraVil originally…

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

Click here to listen back to this week’s show: Nick & the Sun Machine (l-r): Simon (drums), Joe (bass), Nick (vocals/guitar). This week featured a chat and session from Nick…

 
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Curveballs 23rd April 2014 (with High Flying Wolves)

Click below to listen to the whole show – also featuring an exclusive session track from Nick & The Sun Machine. More from them next week! Tonight I was joined…

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

Click below to listen to the show:   This week’s show included my recent chat on the phone to Dave Green (above second left), frontman of The Filthy Souls. The…

 
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Curveballs 9th April 2014 (with Lee Sargeant from Vacant Touch, and Lisa Houghton)

To listen back to this week’s show click below. Scroll down for individual interviews & live videos.   First up tonight I chatted to Lisa Houghton – whom you may…

 
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Curveballs 2nd April 2014 (with EastEnd Promises)

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…

 
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Curveballs 26th March 2014 (with Stone By Window… & who’s that in the Gazette?)

  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…

 
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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):   This week’s show featured a triple bill of live sessions as I was joined…

 
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Curveballs 12th March 2014 (with The MBG and Mark Oliff)

To listen back to this week’s show, click below!   First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Mark Oliff to chat about the upcoming Castle Reunion event…

 
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Curveballs 5th March 2014 (with The Albino Peaches, & Vacant Touch’s Lee)

To listen back to this week’s show, click here:   First up this week, I was joined in the studio by Lee Sargeant from local quartet Vacant Touch, just ahead…

 
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Curveballs 26th February 2014 (with Porcupine Kiss)

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…

 
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Curveballs 19th February 2014 (with Man Made)

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…

 
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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…

 
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Curveballs 5th February 2014 (with Loving Forty-Four)

  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…

 
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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…

 
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Curveballs 22nd January 2014 (with Freya & Matt from The Hermit)

  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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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Curveballs 18th December – Curveballs Christmas Special with Lady Grey & The Earls

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…

 
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Curveballs 11th December 2013 (with Minerva Falls)

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…

 
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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:   Tonight I was joined in the studio by Andy, Melissa and…

 
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Curveballs 27th November 2013 (with Chapter 9)

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…

 
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Curveballs 20th November 2013 (with Black Cherry Pop Tart)

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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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Curveballs 23rd October 2013 (with The Seagulls)

  Tonight 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…

 
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Curveballs 16th October 2013 (with The Ends and Olaf Stando)

Listen back to the show here:   Another busy one tonight.  First up was Olaf Stando, back for his third appearance on Curveballs, this time with tracks from his new…

 
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Curveballs 9th October 2013 (with Queensburys and Dregs Of Society)

Listen back to the show here:   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…

 
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Curveballs 2nd October 2013 (with Optional Rubber Duck and Longy)

Listen back to the show here: 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…

 
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Curveballs 25th September 2013 (with Elysium)

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…

 
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Curveballs 18th September 2013

Listen back to the show here: 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…

 
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Curveballs 11th September 2013 (with The Dalloways)

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…

 
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Curveballs 4th September 2013 (with Any Colour You Like)

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…

 
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Curveballs 28th August 2013 – Festival Special with Rockzilla’s Danny & Adrian

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,…

 
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Curveballs 14th August 2013

Listen back to the show here: 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 –…

 
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Curveballs 7th August 2013 (with Dead Baby Birds)

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….

 
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Curveballs 31st July 2013 (with Art of Rebellion)

  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…

 
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Curveballs July 24th 2013 (with Soma Rising)

  Click here to listen to the show on Mixcloud – Scroll down for interview & live vids.   Soma Rising (l-r): Sam (bass), Mike (vocals/drums/melodica/synth/etc), Rob (vocals/guitar), Andrew (vocals), Paul…

 
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Curveballs July 17th 2013 (with High Flying Wolves and Olaf Stando)

  Listen back to the entire show here on Mixcloud or scroll down for individual interviews and videos! First up tonight I was joined in the studio for a second…

 
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Curveballs 10th July 2013 (with The Lunar Pilots and Ten A Penny)

Click here to listen back to the show on Mixcloud! Scroll down for individual interviews and videos. First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Romford-based quartet Ten A…

 
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The Ends at Brentwood Festival

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…

 
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Interview with Rajiv at Brentwood Festival

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….

 
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Curveballs 3rd July 2013 (with Sabiba and Any Colour You Like)

Listen back to the show here or scroll down for interviews & videos! Busy one tonight. First up I was joined in the studio by (some of) Pink Floyd tribute…

 
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Curveballs 26th June 2013 (with The Tomorrow Men)

Click here to listen back to the show 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…

 
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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…

 
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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,…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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….

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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Curveballs 27th February 2013 (with The Lightworker)

Tonight I was joined in the studio by Dan (above left, guitar/vocals) and Matt (drums/vocals) from The Lightworker. Based in Maidstone, the duo have played all over the east of…

 
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Curveballs February 20th 2013

This week there was another chance to hear my chat with House Party Massacre – click here to listen again and watch the video. Skunk Anansie – Twisted (Everyday Hurts)…

 
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17th February 2013 with House Party Massacre

Tonight I sat in for Matt Jolley on what was unofficially named “The Jolley Curveballs Selection”. Thankfully, it got better… …As I was joined in the studio by Londoners House…

 
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Curveballs 13th February 2013 (with FallPath and The Tax)

First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Stevie Watts from London’s The Tax. Since we first spoke to the band in November, they’ve released the single Motorway…

 
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Curveballs 6th February 2013

Happy February everyone! Another January survived. Plenty of tunes tonight in celebration. Don’t forget you can keep up with Curveballs on Facebook and watch tracks from Curveballs session guests on…

 
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Curveballs 30th January 2013 (with The Ends)

The Ends (l-r): James (guitar), Liam (bass), Mike (vocals/guitar), Joe (drums). Tonight I was joined in the studio by Canvey Island quartet The Ends, just ahead of their first gig…

 
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Curveballs 23rd January 2013 (with Lisa Wright on the phone)

This week I chatted on the phone to local country singer Lisa Wright. Since her performance at our last Phoenix In The Foyer event in November (from which you can…

 
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Curveballs 16th January 2013 (with Black Cherry Pop Tart’s Tom on the phone)

Tonight I chatted to Tom from local acoustic duo Black Cherry Pop Tart. Tom and singer Lisa have become regulars in Brentwood with their appearances at The Swan’s open mic…

 
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Curveballs January 9th 2013 (with The Lites)

The Lites (l-r): Greg (vocals/guitar), Ross (bass), Tim (guitar). Tonight I was joined in the studio by The Lites, their second appearance on the show. The band, also featuring drummer…

 
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Curveballs 2nd January 2013 (with Matt Broadbent from Harper)

For the first show of 2013, I was joined in the studio by a good friend of Curveballs, Matt Broadbent. Formerly of the FiftyFours, Matt recently formed Harper alongside Daniel…

 
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Best of Curveballs 2012 (2 shows available to listen)

Merry Christmas to all Phoenix FM listeners, and thank you all for your support in 2012. Click below to hear our 2 ‘Best of 2012’ specials: Show 1 (Broadcast Boxing…

 
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Curveballs Christmas Special 20th December 2012 (with Lady Grey & The Earls)

Lady Grey & The Earls (l-r): Justin (rhythm guitar/vocals), Amy (vocals), Paul (lead guitar), Mark (drums), Graham (bass). It’s that time of year again – the Curveballs Christmas Special with,…

 
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Curveballs 12th December 2012 (Christmas warm-up with Lace & Whiskey)

Click here to listen again to the interview: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Lace & Whiskey (l-r): Ben (stand-in bass), Andy (guitar/vocals), Melissa (guitar/vocals), Aaron (drums/vocals). Tonight I…

 
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Curveballs 5th December 2012 (with My Heroine and Marbles)

My Heroine (l-r): Alex (drums), Giverny (guitar/vocals), Georgina (bass/vocals), Emma (vocals/guitar). Tonight I was joined in the studio once again by My Heroine. Since their appearance at Our Creative Sessions…

 
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Curveballs 28th November 2012 (with The Shermans and Rayne)

The Shermans (l-r): Callum (vocals), Sean (rhythm guitar), Alex (drums), Hamish (lead guitar), Jake (bass). Tonight I was joined in the studio by Brentwood’s The Shermans, who can be seen…

 
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Curveballs 21st November 2012 (with InHiding)

Click here to listen again to the interview: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] InHiding (l-r): Jimmy (bass), Rob (vocals/guitar), Richard (vocals/guitar), Warren (drums). Tonight I welcomed InHiding into…

 
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Curveballs 14th November 2012 (with Southgate & Leigh)

Click here to listen again to the interview: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Tonight I was joined in the studio by Southgate & Leigh, their second appearance on…

 
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Phoenix In The Foyer 3

On the first Saturday in November, Phoenix FM returned to the Brentwood Centre Foyer for our third showcase of some of Essex’s best new musical talent, this time with our…

 
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Curveballs 7th November 2012 (with George King on the phone)

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Tonight I chatted to local singer-songwriter George King, just ahead of his appearance at the Leftfield Retro Show Music Awards in Colchester, where…

 
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Curveballs at Halloween – 31st October 2012 (with EastEnd Promises)

EastEnd Promises: (l-r) Lewis (vocals/bass), Iason (drums), Wayne (guitar). Other guitarist Jake joined us online in the chatroom! For this year’s Halloween show, we started out with half dozen fiendish-themed…

 
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Curveballs 24th October 2012 (with George from The Tax on the phone)

Tonight I chatted to George Hill (second left) from upcoming London fivesome The Tax, who are gearing up to release their new EP, Somebody’s Watching You, on Ambicon Records very…

 
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Curveballs 10th October 2012 (with Joshy Connor)

Tonight I was joined in the studio by singer-songwriter Joshy Connor. Joshy grew up in Cambridge before moving back down to London a few years ago. His debut album Running…

 
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Curveballs 3rd October 2012

In case you’re wondering when looking through tonight’s Curveballs Turbo, no, we are not related or the same person.   OK Go – Get Over It www.okgo.net Shawn Lee –…

 
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Curveballs 26th September 2012 (with Porupine Kiss, & HPM)

Porupine Kiss (l-r): Paul (keyboards), Jules (guitar), Dave (vocals), Russell (drums/congos) Tonight I was joined in the studio by Chelmsford’s Porcupine Kiss, just ahead of their headline appearance at Chelmsford…

 
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Curveballs 19th September 2012 (with Walk In Coma)

Walk In Coma (l-r): Alex (vocals), Tom (bass), Nick (drums), Mark (guitar). Tonight I was joined in the studio by Southend’s Walk In Coma. The metal foursome first appeared on…

 
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Curveballs September 12th 2012 (with Lace & Whiskey, and Southgate & Leigh)

Lace & Whiskey (l-r): Aaron (drums/vocals), Melissa (vocals/guitar), Nick (bass), Rock ‘n’ Roll Andy (vocals/guitar). Tonight I was joined in the studio by Lace & Whiskey, who have recently released…

 
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Curveballs 5th September 2012 (with Forgotten Castaway)

Tonight I was joined in the studio by upcoming Hertfordshire rockers Forgotten Castaway, just ahead of their performance at Balstock Festival over the weekend. Since their formation at the beginning…

 
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Curveballs August 29th – Festival Comedown Special

Home from another excellent Reading Festival, and tonight we were looking back at some of the great sing-alongs and new musical discoveries of the weekend. From Green Day’s impromptu Saturday…

 
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Curveballs August 15th 2012 (with Coburg’s Widow and Hollow Demise)

First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Andy B and Andy T from Hollow Demise. They’ll be headlining Chinnerys in Southend this Saturday alongside One Fell Down,…

 
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Curveballs 8th August 2012

The Hives – Two-Timing Touch & Broken Bones www.thehivesbroadcastingservice.com Blood Red Shoes – Down Here in the Dark www.bloodredshoes.co.uk Boy – Skin www.listentoboy.com Black Circles – Escape www.facebook.com/blackcirclesband Minus the…

 
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