Category Archives: Curveballs

Curveballs 13th December 2017

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The Decemberists – 16 Military Wives

Marika Hackman – Time’s Been Reckless

The Royals – Cage the Royals

Suzanne Vega – Night Moves

Hydrocele – Content with Concise

Fountains of Wayne – Sick Day

BB & the Elf – We Just Want You to Know It’s Christmas

Tom Parsons – Jungle Bells

Jamiroqual – Hey Floyd

The Milk – Deliver Me

Crown the Mushroom – Get This

Darrah – Stars

Primo Nelson – Stink

Jacksonswarehouse – Getting Away with It

Concrete Natives – Let’s Make Up

Cavalcade – Silver Bones

Invaders – Happy Happy

Jodie Abacus – 100 Dollars

The Age of Luna – Feels So Good

Calum Lintott – Wonderland

CC Smugglers – Dirty Money

Eric McGrath – Back Home

Manic Street Preachers – International Blue

Weekend Recovery – Why Don’t You Love Me?

Portrait – Down Wit Dat?

American Standards – Writers Block Party

The Unbelievable Truth – Solved

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Curveballs 6th December 2017 (with Tommy & Feral Child, and The Royals)

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Feral Child and Tommy from Longy & the Gospel Trash. You may recall Feral Child when he accompanied Longy for his first appearance on the show back in October 2013. Since then, accompanying Longy as the Gospel Trash, the six-piece have just released a live album, Songs from the Seaside, recorded at Southend’s Railway Hotel, with a view to recording their next EP in the new year. In the meantime though, since April Longy has been on a mission to play 500 gigs in 500 different venues in a year – after playing all over London and at a few festivals, he’s on a brief tour of South Africa just before Christmas, will be back in the new year. Click above to listen back to Tommy & Feral Child reveal what gig number he’s up to and their favourite gigs from the marathon to date! Find out more on Longy at


Next up was the return of The Royals (l-r Charlie, Ben, Tom, George). Since joining us in the studio back in January, the foursome are currently working on a new EP, which we got a sample of tonight with a live session. The EP – entitled A Crack in the Glass – will be out soon and they’ll be returning to the live circuit possibly even sooner! In the meantime, check out the Royals on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Click below to see them playing live in the studio!

Everclear – So Much for the Afterglow

Carousel – Throw Me to the Wolves

My Brightest Diamond – Before the Words

Weekend Recovery – Why Don’t You Love Me

Longy & the Gospel Trash – Primark Hospital Blues



Longy & the Gospel Trash – Hamlet Court Blues

Plan B – Heartbeat

Longy & the Gospel Trash – You Say you’re a Warrior, Are Ya?

Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover

Longy & the Gospel Trash – Healing Hands


Novelists – L’Appel du Vide

The Royals – Cage the Royals



The Royals – Wishing Well (live in session)

Oasis – Live Forever

The Hives – Wait a Minute

The Royals – Roundabout (live in session)

Lower Than Atlantis – Had Enough

Stereophonics – C’est la Vie

The Royals – Cage the Royals (live in session)

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Curveballs 29th November 2017 (with Primo Nelson)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by Dave Ambrose, frontman with local funk collective Primo Nelson. From their beginnings as Big Dogg at the start of the decade, Primo Nelson now boasts 12 members as well as its own ‘Primoverse’! The band are currently gearing up for the release of their third album early next year and the first cut from it, new single Stink, will be out soon with more singles to follow! Keep updated on their equally funky website

Click above to listen back to Dave discussing the ‘Primoverse’ and plenty more! (Feature starts from 17:55).

De La Soul – Breakadawn

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

Shaman’s Harvest – The Come Up

Jodie Abacus – 100 Dollars

Primo Nelson – What’s That!



Primo Nelson – Stink

David Bowie – Let’s Dance

Primo Nelson – Funky Like Yo’ Mama

Sly & the Family Stone – Dance to the Music

Primo Nelson – Pinch


Streetlight Manifesto – We Will Fall Together

The Royals – Cage the Royals

Longy – Binging It All Back Home

The Milk – Deliver Me

Invaders – Better Place

Different People – Ain’t to Fade (acoustic version)

Asylums – Missing Persons

Magic Seas – There’s a Feeling

Lazy Habits (featuring Miss Baby Sol) – Memory Banks

The Keepers – Another Night

Danny McMahon – The Other Side


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Curveballs 22nd November 2017

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(CoffeeGuyz?! It’ll all come clear soon…)

Caribou – Odessa

Honeyblood – Ready for the Magic

Ebony Bones – We Know All About U

Jamie Lenman – Hardbeat

Courts – Feel My Love

LJ Howard – Piece of Me

They Might Be Giants – I Left My Body

The Royals – Cage the Royals

Primo Nelson – Pinch

Age of Luna – Coco

Darrah – Stars

AC/DC – Back in Black

Jodie Abacus – She’s in Love with the Weekend

Lazy Habits (featuring HCB & Born Ina Barn) – Feed the Brass

Tall Poppies – Now

Future of the Left – Manchasm

Katy Forkings – Find My Feet

Bob Collum & the Welfare Mothers – Little Rock

Edd Coates – The Crooked Fold

Danny McMahon – What It’s Like

Portrait – Here We Go Again

Frank Turner – There She Is

Calum Lintott – Wonderland

Forged in Black – Pay the Price

LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends

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Curveballs 15th November 2017 (with Darrah)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by Mike Darrah for his second solo appearance on the show. Darrah recently followed up his debut solo single Can’t Tax the Sun with Stars, available now from download sites, and since he last joined us in June, has been putting together a live band for upcoming shows. The first of those is on December 2nd when he appears at Chinnerys in Southend supporting Asylums, and he’s back there on the 23rd, and inbetween he’ll be playing Southend Central Station on Dec 9th in aid of Avenue Child Contact Centre. Keep up with the world of Darrah on Facebook.

Click above to hear his tales of unusual gig locations and plenty more, and below to see him playing live in the studio:

The Eels – Last Stop: This Town

My Vitriol – Under the Wheels (2017 Version)

Frank Turner – There She Is

Danny McMahon – Hide Away

Jamie Lenman – Hell in a Fast Car

Shed Seven – Nothing to Live Down

Calum Lintott – Wonderland

Darrah – Can’t Tax the Sun



Darrah – Business (live in session)

Indian Queens – I Get No Rest

Darrah – Stars

The Smiths – The Headmaster Ritual

Darrah – Vitamin D (live in session)

Cheap Trick – Surrender

Darrah – Manchester & Love (live in session)

Don Henley – The Boys of Summer


Primo Nelson – Pinch

Different People – Best Before / Used By

Jacksonswarehouse – Right Here Right Now

Holloway Road – Under Cover

Benny Andersson – Thank You for the Music

Hemmingway – Rise Again

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Curveballs 8th November 2017 (with Forged In Black, Frank Turner and Danny McMahon)

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Tonight I chatted to the one and only Frank Turner on the phone. Originally finding fame as frontman with Million Dead, Frank has released six solo albums since going solo in 2006, and his currently working on his seventh – but not before releasing a new compilation, Songbook, on November 24th. As well as tracks from his solo career, the compilation features new track There She Is alongside new recordings of older tracks. Click at … to hear him chatting about all that alongside memories of his 2000th gig, and when we first met a decade ago when he was an opening act at Chinnery’s! Find Frank at (Go to 33:10 to listen to interview)


I also chatted to Bristol singer-songwriter Danny McMahon on the phone. Recognisable to Curveballs listeners as the singer of synth-pop trio Phoenix Club, Danny spoke to us just ahead of his country & western-themed debut solo EP, Making Memories, out on November 17th, and his latest solo gig at Brentwood’s Essex Arms the following day. Find Danny on Facebook and Twitter. (Go to 08:18 to listen to interview)


Finally I was joined in the studio by Southend metal quintet Forged In Black. Having come a long way since their beginnings as Merciless Fail, Forged In Black have had a busy few months with the release of their latest EP Sinner Sanctorum and alongside gigging, have already begun work writing a full-length album for next year. Click above to hear them chatting about their sound progression from their early days, working with a famous producer in the metal world and how they were going to feature a cover version on the new EP but ended up with a hefty epic of their own… Find them at (Go to 59:25 to listen to interview)

Hundred Reasons – If I Could

CC Smugglers – Dirty Money

Holloway Road – Under Cover

Danny McMahon – Hide Away

LJ Howard – Piece of Me

Frank Turner – The Real Damage

Frank Turner – There She Is

Don Broco – T-Shirt Song

The Silver Bayonets – Low



Judas Priest – Painkiller

Forged in Black – Sinner Sanctorum

Black Sabbath – War Pigs

Forged in Black – Pay the Price

Deep Purple – Into the Fire

Judas Priest – Burn in Hell

Forged in Black – There’s Always Time


Darrah – Stars

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Curveballs 1st November 2017 (with Koray and Crusher Curtis)

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First up tonight I chatted to Southampton-based wrestler Crusher Curtis, just ahead of his appearance at Brentwood Theatre for Dropkixx Wrestling. After grapples all over the UK and abroad, Crusher’s debut Brentwood appearance was against Dropkixx regular Ian Frost (whom we chatted to a few months back), and it’s safe to say Crusher had a few hard words for his opponent – click above to find out more! Crusher can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Next up it was the station debut of singer-songwriter Koray Aykal. Previously known as The Monster King, now performing under his own name, Koray treated us to five tracks in session & plenty of unusual stories, including playing live while blindfolded! Click above to listen back to the interview and below to see him playing live in the studio, including the track which was conceived on the spot after Koray invited listeners to submit a title! Find Koray on Facebook and YouTube.

The Dears – Lost in the Plot

Victories – Wiccan

Idlewild – (I Am) What I Am Not

Reuben – Crushed Under the Weight of the Enormous…

AC/DC – Back in Black



Fall Out Boy – Thks Fr Th Mmrs

Koray – Dear Darling (live in session)

Petty Phase – You’ll be Dead

Koray – Green Eyed Monster (live in session)

My Chemical Romance – Welcome to the Black Parade

Koray – Lock Stock Barrel (live in session)

Bryan Adams – Summer of ‘69

Paramore – Misery Business

Koray – Adam Fry (live in session)

Koray – Play a Little Slow Song (live in session)


Gabriel Bruce – Come All Sufferers

Forged In Black – There’s Always Time

Katy Forkings – Creatively

Republica – Christiana Obey

The Screens – Jennifer Jones

Shed Seven – Room In My House

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Curveballs 25th October 2017

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Skunk Anansie – Twisted (Everyday Hurts)

Robert Vincent – So in Love

Don Broco – Stay Ignorant

Jamie Lenman – Hell in a Fast Car

Danny MacMahon – Hide Away

Calum Lintott – The One That Got Away

At Last We Live – Fame

Carousel – Throw Me to the Wolves

Jonny Dongel – Sorry Simon

Sonic Boom Six – The Rape of Punk to Come

Beckie Grace & Tom Parsons – Who Knew (Phoenix FM Session)

Forged in Black – Sinner Sanctorum

Primo Nelson – Pinch

Darrah – Stars (Phoenix FM Session)

Victories – Mandy Machine

The Mighty Fallen – Freaky Thing

Hemmingway – Blow You Away

Mr Happy Chainsaw – Standing There

Let’s Wrestle – Rain Ruins Revolution

Tamsyn – The Only One (Phoenix FM Session)

Matt Tubey – Keep On Keeping On

Lazy Habits – Give It Up

Minus the Bear – Silver

The Wholls – Roll Out

Helloween – Pumpkins United

The Foreign Exchange – So What If It Is

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Curveballs 18th October 2017 (with Victories and Calum Lintott)

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First up tonight I was joined in the studio by Laura and Chris from Victories. Originally guests on the show back in 2013, the trio (also featuring bassist Luke) have enjoyed a resurgence recently with the addition of Laura on drums and the impending release of their new double A side single, Mandy Machine / Wiccan. The single is released at midnight on Halloween, to coincide with their spooky-themed headline gig at Chelmsford’s Bassment on the same night. With many more gigs in the pipeline, expect a suitably victorious few months for them! Find where they’re playing next & where to get your hands on the single at



Next I was joined by Calum Lintott – alongside guitarist Lawrence – for a chat & live session, just ahead of his headline gig at The Loft in his hometown of Southampton. Calum has just released his latest single for download, The One That Got Away, and with plans to release further singles in the coming months alongside more gigs, his is a name that’ll be heard a lot more outside the south coast very soon. Click below to see him playing live in the studio!


Suzanne Vega – Marlene on the Wall

Phoenix Club – The Feeling

Zebrahead – Keep It to Myself



The Miracles featuring Billy Griffin – Love Machine

Victories – Mandy Machine

Victories – Wiccan

AC/DC – Back in Black

Queens of the Stone Age – Head



Calum Lintott – The One That Got Away

Calum Lintott – English Daisy (live in session)

Foo Fighters – The Sky is a Neighbourhood

Calum Lintott – Baby I’m Insane (live in session)

Crystal Fighters – Yellow Sun

Calum Lintott – It’s Still Me (live in session)

Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting


Two Year Break – Tonight

Concrete Natives – Let’s Make Up

Silent Natives – Sunlight

Darrah – Can’t Tax the Sun

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Curveballs 11th October 2017

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Luscious Jackson – Here

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Flat Tonic Water

Honeyblood – Babes Never Die

At Last We Live – Fame

Don Broco – Stay Ignorant

Sound Mirrors – Sunrise

Farrago – Better Than Real Life

Rachel Bloom – I Don’t Care About Award Shows

Ian Brown – FEAR

Dishy Tangent – Monster

The Recoupes – Lovinit

Space – Dangerous Day

False Advertising – Hey You

Calum Lintott – The World’s Not For Turning

Hemmingway – Frontiers

The Trusted – Sunlight

Black Cherry Pop Tart – PYT

Carousel – Dead Horse

Gigi Monrose – Freedom

Hydrocele – The Shapeshifter

LJ Howard – Settle Down

Salako – The Moonlight Radiates a Purple Glow in his World

Minus the Bear – Silver

Suzanne Vega – Night Moves

Rajiv – Cloud 9

River City People – (What’s Wrong with) Dreaming

Primo Nelson – Pinch

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