Category Archives: Curveballs

Curveballs 17th January 2018 (with the cast of Changing Face)

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Tonight I was joined in the studio by (l-r) Tony Williams, Debra Ball and Lee Scott Doran from forthcoming feature film Changing Face. Currently being filmed at various locations in the North and Midlands areas, Changing Face takes an uncompromising look at the sinister world of domestic violence and its many ugly forms behind closed doors. The film has already received waves of interest and praise for its gritty portrayals of its subject matter, following the release of its first trailer which you can see here. Changing Face is planned for a late summer release, and you can keep up with the crew’s latest news on their Facebook page.

The Cranberries – Promises

De Staat – Sweat Shop

Boy Kill Boy – Civil Sin

Seedling – Sensational Vacuum

Clor – Love & Pain

Danny McMahon – Hide Away

Lady Grey & the Earls – Electric Mist

Primitive Radio Gods – Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand

Angie Stone – Wish I Didn’t Miss You

The Recoupes – All I Know

Didi – Stampede

Warriors of the Discotheque (featuring Bella Deanie) – Just Breathe

The Big Moon – Happy New Year

Penny Arcane – Here We Are

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – Call Me Ishmael

SKUFT – Take It Off

Marika Hackman – Time’s Been Reckless

The Folk Implosion – Free To Go

Django Django – Tic Tac Toe



Queen – I Want to Break Free

The Charlatans – Blackened Blue Eyes

Oasis – Wonderwall

Curveballs 10th January 2018 (with The Lightworker and Lady Grey & The Earls)

Click below to listen back to the show: (Tune in around 20:00 for Lightworker interview and 1:10:00 for Lady & Grey & The Earls)

This week we had our first session of 2018 courtesy of Kay and Dan from The Lightworker. Dan was originally a guest on the show as The Lightworker way back in early 2013, but after a few years off he reactivated the band with a new line-up last year. With plans for new recordings and a host of live dates for 2018, expect to be hearing a lot more of The Lightworker this year! Click above to hear them chat about where they’re playing live and Dan’s recollections of his teenage years – spent mainly on tour! Find The Lightworker on Facebook & YouTube.

Next up it was the return of Lady Grey & The Earls for their first appearance on the show in over a year. The foursome (l-r Paul, Amy, Justin, Graham) have just made their back catalogue available on their Bandcamp page and are currently working on new material, of which we were treated to an exclusive sample tonight! Click above to listen back to the interview & hear them chatting about the influence of Alice In Wonderland & the theatre on the new songs, and more! Find them on Facebook too.


Eighteen Visions – I Let Go

Django Django – Tic Tac Toe

Minus the Bear – Call the Cops

The Age of LUNA – Feels So Good



Fleetwood Mac – Hold Me

The Lightworker – Beyond the Skylight (live in session)

The Corrs – Dreams

The Lightworker – Take Me as I Am (live in session)

Goo Goo Dolls – Slide

The Lightworker – Beat You Down(live in session)


Rayne – Human Imitation

Lady Grey & the Earls – Flowers



Lady Grey & the Earls – Dark Dog

Shed Seven – Disco Down

Lady Grey & the Earls – New World

Kasabian – Ill Ray

Lady Grey & the Earls – Into the Sky

Jamiroquai – Cosmic Girl


The Lemoncurd Kids – Building Blocks

Curveballs 3rd January 2018 – Happy New Year Special!

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Jamie Lenman – Hardbeat

Jodie Abacus – 100 Dollars

The Mighty Fallen – Freaky Thing

Calvalcade – Slight of Mind (Phoenix FM Session)

Crown the Mushroom – Get This

The Lemoncurd Kids – Caveat

Carousel – Show (Phoenix FM Session)

Sound Mirrors – Suntanned Soul (Phoenix FM Session)

The Recoupes – Lovinit (Phoenix FM Session)

Victories – Mandy Machine

Calum Lintott – It’s Still Me (Phoenix FM Session)

Koray – Dear Darling (Phoenix FM Session)

Forged in Black – Sinner Sanctorum

Darrah – Vitamin D (Phoenix FM Session)

Primo Nelson – Stink

The Royals – Cage the Royals (Phoenix FM Session)

Walkway – Stutter

Frank Turner – There She Is

Lady Grey & the Earls – Juxtapose

Shoot the Symphony – Rattlesnake

Scarred By Name – When the Slaughter Screams Your Name

Machine Head – Catharsis

Kenickie – In Your Car

Hydrocele – Content With Concise

Mark Anthony – Thank You

Courts – Feel My Love


Curveballs 27th December 2017 – Highlights of 2017 Part 1

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Tonight was the final show of 2017 so about the right time to look back at some of the great guests & live sessions we’ve had in this year, including highlights from our 10th anniversary show from March and a host of new & returning acts. We’ll be playing more highlights on our first show of the new year on the 3rd – thanks for all your support for the show this year and see you all in 2018!

Oh Wonder – Ultralife

Thundercat – Them Changes

Code of Conduct – Three’s a Crowd

Stealing Signs – You Will Be (Phoenix FM Session)

The Royals – Birdcage (Phoenix FM Session)

The Youts – Dizzy (Phoenix FM Session)

Mark Anthony – London City

Josh Emerton – Balthazar Impresario (Phoenix FM Session)

Two Year Break – Flaws

‘The Hemojis’ – Gimme Shelter (Phoenix FM Session)

Magda Czula – Fly High (Phoenix FM Session)

Silent Natives – Sunlight (Phoenix FM Session)

Lee Bowers – Postcards (Phoenix FM Session)

Rock ‘n’ Roll Andy – Rock ‘n’ Roll (Phoenix FM Session)

Lilac Sheer – A Little Little (Phoenix FM Session)

Tom Baitson – Ordinary People (Phoenix FM Session)

Dishy Tangent – Far From the Tree (Phoenix FM Session)

Late Homecoming – Clover (Phoenix FM Session)

The Waterfalls – Missing the Sun (Phoenix FM Session)

Alcanein – Star of the Show

The Vision – Living for the Weekend (Phoenix FM Session)

Wolfe Sunday – A Song For You (Phoenix FM Session)

Frankie Terra – You Can Go (Phoenix FM Session)

The White Gospel – The Birthplace of Radio (Phoenix FM Session)

Sound of the Suburb – No Tomorrow (Phoenix FM Session)

Darrah – Can’t Tax the Sun (Phoenix FM Session)

The Subliminal Kittens – Like You (Phoenix FM Session)

At Last We Live – Walk Away

Bricks – Footprints (Phoenix FM Session)

Minus the Bear – Silver

Curveballs 20th December 2017 (with The Badger Show’s Geoff)

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Tonight it was time to bring out the festive tunes (and obligatory festive radio jingles!) for our annual Christmas special. There was also a chance to listen to my chat from earlier in the week with local YouTuber Badger (AKA Geoff) from The Badger Show about his current series ‘Vlogmas’, in which he posts a new yule-themed video every day in the run-up to Christmas. Click above to listen to what he’s been up to & his plans for a new series in the new year, and check out The Badger Show channel!

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

Reuben – Christmas is Awesome

Manic Street Preachers – The Ghost of Christmas

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

The Dollyrots – Last Christmas

Youth Club – Coming Home

Tall Poppies – Cold Christmas

Sound of the Suburb – Crazy Christmas

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Cast – California Christmastime

Marika Hackman – Driving Under Stars

Carmen Toth – This Christmas I’m Giving You Love

The Pogues & Kirsty McColl – Fairytale of New York

Fountains of Wayne – I Want an Alien for Christmas

Rachel Bloom – Chanukah Honey

Hemmingway – Rise Again

Lemoncurd Kids – Caveat

Origami Noise – Little Screen

Darrah – Can’t Tax the Sun

Lighthouse – Brown Bottle Flu

Fascinating Aida – Cheap Flights

The Waterfalls – Feeling Cold

The Royals – Cage the Royals

The Futureheads – Christmas was Better in the 80s

Basildon Musicians Against Homelessness – Give a Little Help This Christmas

Lace & Whiskey – Christmas Time is Here

One State Drive – Merry Christmas Everyone

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

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

Click below to listen back to the show. Tommy & Feral Child interview at 17:14, The Royals at 1:14:52.


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)

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


Curveballs 22nd November 2017

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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

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