Paul Golder writes for the Brentwood Gazette
More live music in the studio over the last week with two local bands who we hope are destined to bigger and better things.
First we welcomed Square Wave, whose members hail from Benfleet, Chelmsford and Hullbridge.
We gave their new single “Sweet” its debut play a few weeks ago and it’s since been picked up by the BBC and Radio X – it’s a great track which would appeal to fans of the Smashing Pumpkins, Ride, the Verve, Nirvana and Oasis.
Braydon and Alex from the band came in to Michelle Ward’s show to play an acoustic set and talked about their plans for the future.
Next up we had a visit from Harry and the Chicks, an energetic and unconventional band from East London.
The band’s music has been compared to such great artists as Tori Amos, Katy Perry and Marina and The Diamonds.
Harry, Mason and Dante came down to the station to play live on Jo Bailey’s Drive show, talking about their career to date and their obvious love of West Ham United.
I should point out it’s just absolutely not true that bands and singers who support West Ham United get more airplay on Phoenix FM. It’s such an absurd idea I felt I had to mention it in this article.
You can hear both sessions again on phoenixfm.com. And we’ve got more live music coming up in the next week or so, with Essex neo-rockabilly band Lower The Tone visiting Nick Field tonight, and more live sets from George Bone and Safenath in the coming days.