Category Archives: Curveballs

Curveballs 4th October 2017 (with The Recoupes)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by The Recoupes (l-r Oliver, Alan, Michael, Louie). The teen foursome formed 4 years ago at school, and have just recently released their debut single Lovinit – which, as we found out, was recently featured in a segment on ITV’s This Morning! Find out how that happened, alongside plenty more stories, by listening back to the show above, plus click below to see them playing live in the studio. Find more on The Recoupes at

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – I Won’t Back Down

The Dirty Royals – R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Dreamscape – Finally Through

Hemmingway – This Ain’t All About You

Sound Mirrors – Suntanned Soul

The Skints – Katy on a Mission

Salako – Go On Then! Enlighten Me, Why Dontcha?

The Recoupes – Lovinit



The Recoupes – Drunk Messages (live in session)

Catfish & the Bottlemen – Twice

The Recoupes – All I Know (live in session)

Paul Weller – Woo Sé Mama

The Recoupes – Blue Collar Jane (live in session)

Sundara Karma – Vivienne

The Recoupes – Lovinit (live in session)

The Stone Roses – Elephant Stone

The Recoupes – Hearts


We Came as Romans – Lost in the Moment

LJ Howard – Settle Down

Dishy Tangent – Monster

Bob Collum & the Welfare Mothers – Little Rock

DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall

Arcaves – Out of the Blue

Ummagma – LCD

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Curveballs 28th September 2017 (with Sound Mirrors)

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Tonight was the second of two Curveballs shows this week as I sat in for Chay Appleyard on his regular 50 Shades of Chay show. I was joined by Sound Mirrors, a Chelmsford/Colchester six-piece (l-r Adam, John, Richard, Theo [front], Jeanette, Patch). Originally formed three years ago (and having grown more members since!), the sextet recently released their debut album spacerocketsandsunshine and have had a prolific summer of gigs, which we heard all about tonight! Find the album, alongside their earlier releases, on Bandcamp, plus give them a follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Cardigans – Carnival

Cousteau – The Last Good Day of the Year

Seedling – About to Fall

Hydrocele – The Shapeshifter

Blood Red Shoes – Eye to Eye

False Advertising – Hey You

Farrago – Better Than Real Life

SoundMirrors – Planet Fall



SoundMirrors – Suntanned Soul (live in session)

The Lemoncurd Kids – Start the Car

SoundMirrors – Sunrise (live in session)

Katy Forkings – Creatively

SoundMirrors – Saving Grace (live in session)

Belle & Sebastian – Lazy Line Painter Jane

SoundMirrors – Cosmology & Longing (live in session)


The Recoupes – Lovinit

Mr Happy Chainsaw – Charlie

The Invaders – Windows

Carousel – Show

Different People – Best Before / Used By

Coasts – You

Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection

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Curveballs 27th September 2017 (with Carousel)

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In the first of two shows this week, I was joined in the studio by Carousel (l-r Toby, Sarah, Chris, Tom). The quartet joined us in the middle of a busy few weeks – the previous week they’d played the launch gig in Southend for their debut EP which was released the following day, and they have many more gigs coming up in October (including ‘Camp Carousel’ on Oct 15th – details coming soon!). Find out more & get yourself the EP at

Click above to listen back to the interview (starts at 30:00), including stories of how they arrived at the band’s sound and recording the EP in a barn! Click below to see them playing live in the studio.

Sleater-Kinney – Jumpers

Boy – Skin

Oh Wonder – Heavy

Space – Dangerous Day

Hemmingway – Frontiers

DAWA – Open Up

Lisa Wright – Rising Strong

Carousel – Dead Horse



Carousel – Show (live in session)

Bob Dylan – It Ain’t Me Babe

Carousel – Throw Me to the Wolves

The Lone Bellow – Feather

Fruition – Death Comes Knockin’

Carousel – Porcelain (live in session)

Rhiannon Giddens – Waterboy


Stapleton – Tonight We Will Carry Him Home

SoundMirrors – Planet Fall

The Lemoncurd Kids – Caveat

Wolfe Sunday – The Barstool Brawler’s Son

Thursday – Understanding in a Car Crash

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Curveballs 20th September 2017 – with added Turbo!

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Tonight’s show came with added turbo, plus 2 new tracks from local acts Hemmingway and Mr Happy Chainsaw, whose new videos feature guest appearances from yours truly! Check them out below!


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

Jodie Abacus – She’s in Love with the Weekend

Suzanne Vega – No Cheap Thrill

False Advertising – Hey You

Mr Happy Chainsaw – Charlie

Hemmingway – Frontiers

Callum Lintott – The One That Got Away

Say Sue Me – Good for Some Reason

Hydrocele – The Shapeshifter

LJ Howard – Settle Down



Salako – Go On Then! Enlighten Me, Why Dontcha?

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Drinking Coffee Rag

Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Time Vs Necessity

De La Soul – Say No Go

Ludovico Einaudi – Le Onde

Just Brothers – Sliced Tomatoes

Nat King Cole – (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66

Corduroy – Skirt Alert

Forged in Black – Sinner Sanctorium

The Foreign Exchange – Sevenths & Ninths

Hackney Colliery Band – Song 2

Thundercat – Captain Stupido



Carousel – Throw Me to the Wolves

Sound Mirrors – Planet Fall

False-Heads – Weigh In

The Mighty Fallen –Nice Day

Killatrix – Bad Language

Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro

Kane Strang – Oh So You’re Off I See


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Curveballs 13th September 2017 (including Curveballs A-Z of Festival T-Shirts 2017)

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Tonight it was time to unveil this year’s A-Z of t-shirt slogans spotted around the festival circuit this summer, with over 60 crazy one-liners that certainly turned a few heads. Click above to listen back – the compilation starts just after the start of the second hour, with plenty of great music to enjoy in the meantime!

Blink 182 – Going Away to College

The Cardigans – I Need Some Fine Wine & You, You Need to be Nicer

Beck – Dear Life

Honeyblood – Sea Hearts

LCD Soundsystem – Emotional Haircut

Arcaves – Familiar Stranger

Carousel – Dead Horse

Farrago – Better Than Real Life

Green Day – Too dumb to Die

DAWA – Open Up

Suzanne Vega – Knight Moves

The Mighty Fallen – Freaky Thing

Heart – There’s the Girl

Oh Wonder – High on Humans

Muse – Showbiz

Just Brothers – Sliced Tomatoes

Korn – Here to Stay

Billy Talent – Fallen Leaves

Surge – Shame

The Lemoncurd Kids – Building Blocks

Hemmingway – Rise Again

Different People – Best Before / Used By

Bricks – Surprise Surprise

The Subliminal Kittens – Anymore

Tom Parsons – The Big Bang Theory TV Theme

Joe Jackson – Steppin’ Out

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Curveballs 6th September 2017 (with The Lemoncurd Kids)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by The Lemoncurd Kids (l-r Jon, James, Matt, Mark). The Chelmsford foursome have had a busy time since forming two years ago, with the release of their self-titled debut album last year and winning the Best Band category at the Panic Awards for the last two years running (and Band of the Decade this year!). Currently working on new material after a busy summer of gigs, they’ll be back on the live scene before Christmas – in the meantime, find them online at

Click above to listen back to the interview, including what they really think of lemoncurd, and the story behind the famous ‘curdigans’ they’re not seen without at gigs!

Jimmy Eat World – A Praise Chorus

The Cardigans – Sick & Tired

Sonic Boom Six – Back 2 Skool

Carousel – Show

Cavalcade – Silver Bones

Crown the Mushroom – Sweet Mary Jane

Farrago – Better than Real Life

The Lemoncurd Kids – Caveat



The Lemoncurd Kids – Is This It?

Vera Lones – Oldest Friend

The Lemoncurd Kids – Start the Car

Sound Mirrors – Planet Fall

The Lemoncurd Kids – Ghosts

Stealing Signs – Hide & Seek

The Lemoncurd Kids – Building Blocks

Alex Fox – Never Grow Old


Primo Nelson – Pinch

Walk in Coma – Through Your Eyes

Space – Blow Up Doll

De La Soul – A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays

Jodie Abacus – She’s in Love with the Weekend

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Curveballs 30th August 2017 (with Cavalcade and Crown The Mushroom)

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First up tonight I was joined by upcoming foursome Cavalcade (l-r Connor, Jack C, Jack L, Tom), just ahead of their gig at the Borderline performing alongside Starsailor. The Barking-based quartet have just released their new single, Silver Bones, which is available from all good download sites, and the band will be back out on the live scene too – find them on Facebook and SoundCloud in the meantime and see them playing live in the studio below!


Next up it was the turn of Daryl, Dee Dee & Devon from Crown The Mushroom. The foursome (also featuring Alfie) have released a series of EPs to date, including the most recent release The Trilogy EP, featuring some of their most ambitious work to date. Currently recording new material, expect to see this East London crew back on the road soon. Check out their Facebook and SoundCloud pages for more news and tracks!


Mallory Knox – Sugar

The Detroit Cobras – Right Around the Corner

Silent Natives – On the Run

Surge – Shame



Cavalcade – Anita

Mr Jukes (featuring BJ the Chicago Kid) – Angels / Your Love

Catfish & the Bottlemen – Pacifier

Cavalcade – Slight of Mind (live in session)

Cavalcade – Silver Bones

Moses – King Size


The Wholls – Roll Out

Dirty Heads – Vacation

Crown the Mushroom – Get This



Crown the Mushroom – Monsters

Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child

Crown the Mushroom – Sweet Mary Love

Fleetwood Mac – Gold Dust Woman

David Bowie – Suffragette City

Crown the Mushroom – The Trilogy

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Curveballs 23rd August 2017 (with The Mighty Fallen)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by The Mighty Fallen (l-r Mark, Dan, James, Max, Matt), just ahead of their latest gig at The Hope & Anchor, Islington. The Chelmsford-based five-piece have recently released their first album – a conceptual double LP entitled Artificial Ignorance. Proving that’s a more appealing prospect than that description may suggest, we heard a number of tracks from the album tonight alongside the quintet’s variety of musical favourites and influences. Find out more at

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Muse – Cave

Jamie Lenman – Waterloo Teeth

Sonic Boom Six – From the Fire to the Frying Pan

Decaydes – Addicted

Lilac Shadows – No Dark No Light

2 Far 2 Jump – Set Your Goals

Walkway – Casey

The Mighty Fallen – Virtual Machine



The Mighty Fallen – Life Long Lover

Arctic Monkeys – BrianStorm

The Mighty Fallen – Sons of a Dying World

Blind Melon – No Rain

The Mighty Fallen – Child Inside

The Sonics – He’s Waitin’

Magnum – The Spirit

The Mighty Fallen – Golden Paper (live in session)

Crosby, Stills & Nash – Wasted on the Way

The Mighty Fallen – Freaky Thing


Ripe – Goon Squad

Crown the Mushroom – Get This

Take the Backseat, Casey – Sleepwalking

Sans Wilfred – Creature in Me

Katy Forkings – Creatively

Corduroy – Practise What You Preach

Two Year Break – Tonight

Surge – Shame

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

Boston Manor – Laika

Oh Wonder – Body Gold

Two Door Cinema Club – Sun

Ash – Wild Surf

KoRn – No Place to Hide

Kasabian – You’re in Love with a Psycho

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Curveballs 16th August 2017 (with Walkway)

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Tonight I chatted on the phone to Chris Ready, frontman with Suffolk rockers Walkway. The foursome have just released their third album, WWIII, and have also just recently celebrated their 10th anniversary as a band! They  have a busy year of performing ahead of them, as we heard Chris discuss, alongside tales of performing with Status Quo and taking on a heavier sound with their new material. Click above to listen back to the full interview, and check out Walkway at!

De La Soul – Breakadawn

Thundercat (featuring Michael MacDonald & Kenny Loggins) – Show You The Way

Decaydes – Champagne

Queensburys – Won’t Shut Up

Greta Isaac – Comfortable

Sonic Boom Six – Worship Yourself

The Real People – Rolling Stone

Walkway – Stutter

Walkway – Leap of Faith

The Mighty Fallen – Freaky Thing

A – Foghorn

Oh Wonder – Lifetimes

Small Victories – Future

Hemmingway – Rise Again

Lady Grey & the Earls – Feel the Fear

Whoremoan – Fall Down

Mid-Shift Huddle – Dark Again

Darrah – You Know You’re Right

Matt Tubey – Keep On Keeping On

Madness – Baggy Trousers

Weekend Recovery – Don’t Try & Stop Me

Ash – Jack Names the Planets

Inklings – Thanks for the Insight

Ummagma – Lama (Robin Guthrie Remix)

Twenty One Pilots – Can’t Help Falling in Love

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Curveballs 9th August 2017 (with Geoff from The Badger Show on the phone)

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Tonight I chatted on the phone once again to Geoff Brooks from local YouTube channel The Badger Show. From its humble beginnings 3 years ago, The Badger Show now has hundreds of subscribers and viewers from all over the world, regularly featuring live gaming streams (including Alien Invasion, as caricatured by Twitter user iiCookieJacob above!) and live vlogging. Visit The Badger Show on YouTube for regular video updates, including the odd appearance from yours truly!

Sleeper – Sale of the Century

Ben Folds Five – One Angry Dwarf & 200 Solemn Faces

Seedling – Sensational Vacuum

Jodie Abacus – Space Buffalo

Silent Natives – Loosen Your Grip

Space – Blow Up Doll

Up & Go – Eleven

Nena – 99 Red Balloons

The Killers – Mr Brightside

Ripe – On My Mind

Strong Asian Mothers – Don’t Know Why

Counties – Mistress To Distance

Dead Natives – Something Strange

Suspects – Innocence

Darrah – Can’t Tax the Sun

Decaydes – Champagne

The Mighty Fallen – David

Chasing Cadence – Watching the World

The Invaders – Windows

Motorcycle Display Team – Letters of Last Resort

Hemmingway – Rise Again

State of Millenia – Way to Go

Salad Undressed – Being Human

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