HAYBABY - I was lucky enough to catch this band at a basement gig in a less than salubrious venue recently, and I got in touch straight away, asking them to do an OSS session. I'm glad they said yes, as they're a lot of fun, and lovely people as well. I hope that comes across. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
RATS AS BIG AS DOGS - I go back a long way with the various members of this band, apart from Oliver Swift, who I don't think I've ever met. He's dead to me. Hehe. Jay I met during the first week that I worked in Thetford Music, a local Mon & Pop (mainly Pop) musical instrument shop in Thetford, in the U of the K. We quickly became friends, and have been for over 20 years now, at one point being in a hardcore band called "Volunteers" together. Shannon I met when she did her highschool Work Experience at Old School Studios, when she was about 15. Reuben I met when he was in teen-garage sensations "Thee Vicars", whose early gigs I booked, and I recorded most of their back-catalogue. This band is unlike any of their previous bands, though I guess it has tiny elements of each of them. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
MAMMAL HANDS - This week, my very attractive young friends, we have something a bit different. Last week we had the orchestral stylings of Wooden Arms, and this week it's the jazzy, almost trip-hop in places, instrumental leanings of Mammal Hands. I am not very good at putting bands into genres, so it's probably best that you ignore that, and just listen to the damn session. OK? Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
WOODEN ARMS - About time! We've been trying to book Wooden Arms for a session for months now, and due to busy schedules it took a bit of doing, but it's finally here! So, we dusted off the ol' Grand Piano, put on our orchestral hats, and this session turned out to be a real doozy. So why not settle down into your listening chair, and see what happens? Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
JACK POUT & THE DIRT LEVEL - Eagle-eared listeners will already be familiar with Jack Pout's music, as he did a solo session for us not too many months back. And after a recent Old School Private Party, during the All-Star Jam, Jack, Conor, and various band members, got up and played a few of his songs. It seemed perfect timing to get his new band into the studio for the session you see/hear before you. By the way, if you do have Eagle ears, I'd love to see a photo. I mean, if they're attached to your head; not just on a plate or something.. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
THE DONKEYS - Today we have for you an awesome live set from San Diego's "The Donkeys". The first half of the session is recorded with mics, and the 2nd half is direct from the mixing desk. Please forgive the transition.. This set was recorded live on location at New York's awesome Cakeshop, where we would recommend that you go, just like, generally! Great gluten free cakes there too, which is good for me, as I'm gluten free. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
SOLKO - It's not often we get to record reggae bands around here in sunny Norwich in the U of the K, so today's rather refreshing. Listen to all the warm, crunchy, analogue goodness, put on your skanking slippers, and most importantly, make sure you at some point leave the house, and go and catch Solko playing live, in a venue near you. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
OWL MUSEUM - Well, that was a fun night! It was another Private Party at the Studios of the Old School, and a good time was had by all, including these handsome young fellas, Owl Museum. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
KINGS & CROWS - I heard this band on the BBC in the UK, which is almost endorsement enough in itself. I immediately hassled my glamorous assistant Conor to book them at our soonest convenience, and hence here we are, only two months later, and they're coming in your ears on this very wavelength! Hows about that! It's a really fun session, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
ASK LYDIA - I first saw this band play at B2 in Norwich, and so when Conor (my glamorous assistant) suggested booking them for a session I was more than in agreement. I spot bits of Postcard infuence, like Orange Juice, which can only be a good thing. Go and see them, if you're in our neck of the woods, OK? Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
MY VISOR - This is sort-of a Return Visit for My Visor, as the did an Old School Studios session a few years ago, back when we were in a barn in the countryside. But this is their first time playing one of our famed Private Parties, and it definitely won't be their last. I've been a big fan of theirs for ages, so I'm ever so glad they played. Hopefully you'll think so too. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
ICHICUTS - This session was a lot of fun. Ichicuts are one of the most hands-on and creative duos I've ever met. They built their own studio, and they make equipment, and they make flightcases for their equipment stations, and they drive around in an Ambulance of all things. I've had a great time hanging out with Gordon and Erik, and hopefully you will too for the next 30 minutes. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
HEART OF A DOG - It's a welcome return visit from Norwich's Heart Of A Dog this week. They return with some new songs, and we hope you have a relaxing time listening to their session. It was of course recorded to analogue tape, the way God would've intended, if she'd still be alive (R.I.P). So, put on your blue suede slippers, and settle down in your favourite armchair in preparation. Oh, by the way, their song "Fall Guy" isn't a cover of the Lee Majors TV themetune, unfortunately. Still, give 'em a chance, eh? Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
HOST - This week, we have another live set from our recent Old School Studios Private Party. I think this one was party number 16? I'm not completely sure though, as the last 4-5 parties have passed in one long drunken haze. They've all been a lot of fun, and this latest one was no exception. Lorna, the singy, flutey girl from Host is a great showbiz buddy of mine, and it was great to get to see her doing her thing, at my studio, in front of a load of lovely people. That's sounds a bit more sinister than I meant it to sound.. Sorry about that. Basically, Lorna's awesome, and that's that! Anyway, back to the music. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
BEAST WITH A GUN - Yep, it's that time again ladels & jellyspoons! It's the next in our long, distinguished line of private parties at the Studio they like to call Old of School. This week we have a storming and very drunken set from Beast With A Gun, who've been off the scene for a few years, but are back with authority. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
THE PIRATONES - Hopefully, some of you will remember a session I recorded with The Rum Larkers a while back? That was the embryonic name that The Piratones went under for a few gigs, before they changed to their current moniker. Over the last 18 months the band has tightened up, added more great songs to their set, and are about to head off on their first UK Tour, so do make sure you show them your support, if they play in your neck of the woods. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
ROB MARR - My friend and co-host, Sir Iain L'Orwey, puts on a bi-weekly acoustic-ish gig night at Cinema City in Norwich, called OST, or Original Soundtrack. One of the regular musical guests there is Rob Marr, and so that is how I first got to hear Rob, and I'm very please indeed to have the chance to bring him to your ears via the medium of quality radio. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
POPOP @ OLD SCHOOL PRIVATE PARTY #15 - Yet ANOTHER awesome party that only a select few were invited to. Jealous? Oh... Well, you bally-well SHOULD be, cos we had two whales of a time. Aside from the awesome musical acts (Popop, Mulch & Transept), there was also great DJing from Malice & Mr Jason, and then we ended up having a sort of Full Band Karaoke, where Malice would put on a record (an 80s hit), and whoever was in the room would join in on all the band instruments, and singing, all of which was running through the PA system. It was loud, rawkus, and a lorra lorra fun! Anyway, you last week heard Mulch & Transept, and this week you get to hear "POPOP" Live @ Old School Studios Private Party #15. Plus, there's a bonus session at the end from The Covert Stylist, plucked from our vaults, recorded at Monkeyboy Studio in Cambridge in 1999. Monkeyboy Studios was my pre-Old School Studios studio. Hope you enjoy it. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
MULCH & TRANSEPT @ OLD SCHOOL PRIVATE PARTY #15 - Yet ANOTHER awesome party that only a select few were invited to. Jealous? Oh... Why not? Well, you should be, cos this one was a LOT of fun. Aside from the awesome musical acts (Popop, Mulch & Transept), there was also great DJing from Malice & Mr Jason, and then we ended up having a sort of Full Band Karaoke, where Malice would put on a record (an 80s hit), and whoever was in the room would join in on all the band instruments, and singing, all of which was running through the PA system. It was loud, rawkus, and a lorra lorra fun! Anyway, you don't get to hear that, but you do get to hear Mulch & Transept, Live @ Old School Studios Private Party #15. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
CHAD MASON - Let me start off by saying that Chad Mason is a gentlemen, and a thoroughly lovely fella. A "fella cutie" if you will... (that's an afrobeat joke..) This week, we come from on location, location, location, at Norwich's "Cinema City", where every other Tuesday it's "O.S.T" night! Chad is a regular there, both solo, and playing in other bands, such as The Winter Visitors, and Ben Grizzly & The Loose Leaf Drifters, and probably many others that I've temporarily forgotten about. Harken, and lend him your ears.. Chad Mason. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
PATRICK SALT RYAN - I was lucky enough to be at some of the opening nights of a new venue called The Grand Victory, and even luckier to get to record this set from Patrick Salt Ryan. He's quite a ragged genius, and his hardcore followers lapped up every second. He's also very entertaining, and just a really warm and friendly person, and I hope I get to see him play again soon. I also recorded sets by Mike Ireland (from I Am The Avalanche) and a few other great people that same night, so you might get to hear some of those recordings on future shows. I'll have to check the tapes to see how it all turned out. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
POPOP - As many of you will know, Death Of Discotheque were one of my favourite local Norwich bands. They did an OSS session for me a few years ago when they started, and before that I'd recorded Jay & Whit's previous band, Ray Brower, when Old School Studios was in one of its previous locations. So it was only natural that I'd bring back Jay, with his new project "Popop" at his earliest convenience. Now, this is sort of acting as a test run for when Popop play at the next Old School Party in a few weeks time. That should be a real doozy! Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
MULCH - Last week I had a great one-off session with my friend's Tom and Taz. Tom had contacted me a few weeks beforehand with a vague idea about recording a piece of music for his beautiful girlfriend Ros' birthday, and I was more than happy to be asked to be a part of it. Tom had vague ideas for a few musical themes, and he said he was gonna wing the rest. I got the grand piano tuned, and setup a drumkit, bass amp, guitar amp, and a mic for vocals. Tom then played two pieces on piano, and left a gap between them. Tom then moved onto bass guitar, with Taz joining him on the drums. They proceeded to play a 10+ minute piece involving three movements (with a reprise of the first movement at the end), which was half planned, and half improvised. This was done in ONE take. Then Tom added guitar (one take) and vocals (one take). I mixed it, mastered it, and we then went home, tired and happy. The piece is called Fur Dhampir, which means For Vampire. There's supposed to be umlauts on a bunch of the letters, but I can't work out how to do that, so just imagine it.
JACK POUT - I recently saw Jack gigging at The Walnut Tree Shades, which is my favouritely named local pub. And then when my friend Conor suggested Jack for a session, I thought that would be great. And well, it IS! I hope you enjoy it. I noticed tiny flecks of Billy Bragg, Dr Feelgood, and other great influences. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
THE ALL-STAR JAM - Well, where to start.. OK, it was my Birthday Party last month, and we'd had a couple of fantastic bands playing (Madames Et Monsieur, then Juke & The All-Drunk Orchestra), and we'd had people DJing, and light projections happening, and eating cakes, and lots of drinking drinks. The scene was set for the customary "All Star Jam", including members of the aforementioned Madames Et Monsieur, Juke & The All-Drunk Orchestra, plus members of Deadbeats, The Great Shakes, The Loose Leaf Drifters, and possibly more, which I have forgotten. It was certainly fun for us, and as I staggered home with Chad Mason at 6:30am I was happy that I'd had such a fantastic birthday. I understand however that most of you guys weren't there, so listening to this might be akin to pulling teeth.. With that in mind: Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
RIGHT TURN CLYDE - Eager viewers will know that we featured a studio set by Right Turn Clyde about 4 months ago on this very show. Shortly after that, they played at one of our Planet Beet Private Parties, also at Old School Studios, and I've been saving this set up for a special occasion. Well, today is that day, so break out the party streamers and orange squash, and let Right Turn Clyde into your hearts for a second time. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
JUKE & THE ALL DRUNK ORCHESTRA - Today's show is the second of three parts that were recorded at my recent Birthday Party, which took place, of course, at Old School Studios, in Norwich, in the U of the K. Today's set being the amazing Juke & His All Drunk Orchestra. Their drunkenness helped them fit in with me and my friends, so it's all credit to them for ascimilating with their surroundings in such a convincing way. Thanks to everyone that came to the party and helped me have a great time until 7am!
MADAMES ET MONSIEUR - Today's show is the first of three parts that were recorded at my recent Birthday Party, which took place, of course, at Old School Studios, in Norwich, in the U of the K. Some of you will know that I play drums in Madames Et Monsieur, but don't let that put you off! Thanks to everyone that came to the party and helped me have a great time until 7am! Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
PORT ISLA - We were in a little bit of a rush to record this session, as Port Isla then hat to hot foot it down to The Birdcage in Norwich, to play a storming set there. Did that affect the quality of today's session? Of course it didn't! These boys work well under pressure, and the session turned out bloody brilliant! Don't believe me? Listen in and see. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
PHILLIP HENRY - Part 2 - This week's set comes to you live from The Bicycle Shop in Norwich, which you must by now know is our favourite local venue, and it's fast becoming a favourite tour stop for many great acoustic singer songwriters and bands alike. We're hoping to eventually bring you a dedicated weekly "Live @ The Bicycle Shop" type show here on Breakthru Radio, but for now, we'll call this "Live @ Old School Studios - On Location, Location, Location", haha! Phillip Henry played two blinding sets, and this is the 2nd of those, so please do check out last week's show if you enjoy what you hear today. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
PHILLIP HENRY - This week's set comes to you live from The Bicycle Shop in Norwich, which you must by now know is our favourite local venue, and it's fast becoming a favourite tour stop for many great acoustic singer songwriters and bands alike. We're hoping to eventually bring you a dedicated weekly "Live @ The Bicycle Shop" type show here on Breakthru Radio, but for now, we'll call this "Live @ Old School Studios - On Location, Location, Location", haha! Phillip Henry played two blinding sets, and we'll feature the 2nd set on next week's show, so please do listen out for that. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
DAVID CELIA (part 2) - David and his awesome band were due to come into Old School Studios on the afternoon of the Norwich leg of their UK tour, but they ended up doing a BBC radio session, and didn't then have enough time for our one. Soooo, we brough the mountain to Mohammed. Well, not a mountain, but a bunch of recording equipment.. To the Bicycle Shop, which is a cafe/bar and music venue.. It was worth the effort, and the gig was fantastic! This is Part 2 of the gig. Part 1 was featured 2 months ago. I have no idea why it took me so long to air the 2nd part.. Sorry about that listeners.. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
JUKE JONAH & THE ALL DRUNK ORCHESTRA - I first encountered this motley crew about 3 1/2 years ago, when Old School Studios was based in the wilds of Norfolk, out in the countryside. They hadn't been going for very long, and did a session for me, which I really enjoyed, and which the band enjoyed so much that they recorded their first record with me shortly after. Fast Forward 3 1/2 years, and they're now a finely-tuned and well-oiled (in more ways than one..) machine, of the highest order. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
WE CAN'T DANCE - We're so pleased to have got We Can't Dance to play at one of our private parties at Old School Studios! This is a storming, powerful set of songs, from a band that have no right to be so good at such a young age. They sort of remind me of a female-fronted early-Ash. Great songs. This is what they sound like live, so make sure you go and see them play if you get the chance. Oh, by the way, the 1st song was the soundcheck, so I was in the control room getting everything working, hence lack of bass guitar for half the 1st song. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
EFFORT - I've been wanting to book Effort for quite a while, and it finally happened. They agreed to travel down from London to play at one of my Planet Beet Private Parties, along with We Can't Dance (on next week's show!) and Madames Et Monsieur. Actually, I think I'll change the name to Old School Party, cos it makes more sense.. Yeah, almost definitely. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
If you've been involved with the Norwich music scene at any point in the last 30 years, you'll probably have heard of Shane Olinski (nee O'Connor).
CINECLUB - Some of you may already be familiar with Cineclub, as we've been playing their music for many years. Both under the Cineclub name, and in the guise of Swallows In A Heatwave. And you may also be familiar with their drummer, Keith Brown, as we've played his solo stuff, and also a few LPs worth of tunes by his band My Visor. So, with that in mind, let's now settle down with your old buddies, Cineclub. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
CATE FERRIS - Part Two - So I was walking down to The Bicycle Shop in Norwich, which is a really nice cafe, restaraunt, bar, acoustic venue type place, cos I was gonna be recording the gig there that evening, and I needed to chat to the promoter, Ian. Anyway, just in front of me this girl walked in, and she looked familiar. I said "are you Cate?", and she said "Yeah!". I'd recognised her from the gig poster. OK, not a GREAT story, but the thing is, we got on really well, and hopefully that made her feel slightly more at-ease than she would've done otherwise, what with it being her first ever trip to Norwich. I'm sure her next Norwich gig will be absolutely packed. I know I'll definitely be there! Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
CATE FERRIS - Part One - So I was walking down to The Bicycle Shop in Norwich, which is a really nice cafe, restaraunt, bar, acoustic venue type place, cos I was gonna be recording the gig there that evening, and I needed to chat to the promoter, Ian. Anyway, just in front of me this girl walked in, and she looked familiar. I said "are you Cate?", and she said "Yeah!". I'd recognised her from the gig poster. OK, not a GREAT story, but the thing is, we got on really well, and hopefully that made her feel slightly more at-ease than she would've done otherwise, what with it being her first ever trip to Norwich. I'm sure her next Norwich gig will be absolutely packed. I know I'll definitely be there! Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
DEADBEATS - Well, you may unknowingly be familiar with the playing and singing of Deadbeats, due to their previous bands. Dan and Joe used to be in The Great Shakes, and Stuey was in The Loyal Few, both of whom have done Live @ Old School Studios sessions. Did you guess that? Two points for "yes", and one point for "no". Hmmm, I'm not really sure why you get a point for getting it wrong, but I don't make the rules.. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
HELLO BEAR - It's a long-awaited return visit from everybody's favorite poppy popsters Hello Bear. They did an OSS session when they first started, about two years back, and they also then played at a Planet Beet Private Party. Also, the other Friday, it was Norwich Fashion Week, and I ended up doing sound for them at a free gig they played outside Elements, a clothes shop in Norwich. That was lots of fun! Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
DAVID CELIA - Well, after one week back at the studio, we're out on location, location, location again, like the little scamps that we are. David and his awesome band were due to come into Old School Studios on the afternoon of the Norwich leg of their UK tour, but they ended up doing a BBC radio session, and didn't then have enough time for our one. Soooo, we brough the mountain to Mohammed. Well, not a mountain, but a bunch of recording equipment.. To the Bicycle Shop, which is a cafe/bar and music venue.. It was worth the effort, and the gig was fantastic! We have part one on today's show, and may have part two on next week's show, depending on "stuff". Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
RIGHT TURN CLYDE - Well, this session has been a very long time coming. We tried to schedule it about 6 months ago, and then again 3 months ago, and FINALLY, we're in the same place at the same time, so you'd better bloody appreciate it!! Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
THOMAS PAYNE & TWITCHERS - Today we have two sets for you, both on location, and at opposite sides of the Atlantic. First we have Thomas Payne, recorded at The Bicycle Shop, Norwich, UK, and then we have Twitchers, recorded at Cakeshop, in New York. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
THE DONKEYS - Today we have for you an awesome live set from San Diego's "The Donkeys". The first half of the session is recorded with mics, and the 2nd half is direct from the mixing desk. Please forgive the transition.. This set was recorded live on location at New York's awesome Cakeshop, where we would recommend that you go, just like, generally! Great gluten free cakes there too, which is good for me, as I'm gluten free. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
KAMILLA - Now, we've been trying to book Kamilla for a while for some recording, and so when someone cancelled on us at the last minute for an OSS session, we leapt at the chance to get Kamilla into the studio. Young, good looking, and talented. And that's just me!! Hehe, no seriously though, check out Kamilla, live at the studios they call old; school.. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
PUBLICIST - This was a fun one! Recorded on location at Cakeshop in New York, I was hanging out there with my friend Jason (a different Jason, although I was there too..), and Jason (the other one) soundchecked this guy with drums, synths, vocoder and stuff, and it sounded pretty awesome, and he was the sweetest guy. But then when it came his turn to burn, he had a lazer pointer thing, pointed at his white tshirt. And a thick gold chain, circa 1983. And the crowd went wild, even if you can't tell from my terrible photos. It was pretty impossible to get got photos, partly cos I'm a terrible photographer; partly cos Cakeshop gave me free drinks, and partly cos it was pitch black in the venue, apart from the lazer pointer.. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
FERGUS & GERONIMO - I first saw this band play at the Northside Festival last year, and they were a lot of fun. I ended up getting to be friends with their singing drummer/guitarist Jason Kelly, and recorded a solo OSS session with him in June, which I hope you heard. Well, tonight ladies and gentlemen, you're now going to hear what the whole band sound like, live, in person, on the stage. I'm hoping to get them into the studio as soon as possible. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
PATRICK SALT RYAN - I was lucky enough to be at some of the opening nights of a new venue called The Grand Victory, and even luckier to get to record this set from Patrick Salt Ryan. He's quite a ragged genius, and his hardcore followers lapped up every second. He's also very entertaining, and just a really warm and friendly person, and I hope I get to see him play again soon. I also recorded sets by Mike Ireland (from I Am The Avalanche) and a few other great people that same night, so you might get to hear some of those recordings on future shows. I'll have to check the tapes to see how it all turned out. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
SWEARIN' - I was at The Gutter (not lying in it..) in Brooklyn, to see a friend's band called Parquet Courts. I had no idea who any of the other bands were going to be, and didn't recognise any of the band names. But, I hung around anyway. I ended up being blown away by the opening act, and was even more excited when they did a cover of a That Dog song. Soooo, I went up to them straight after their set, booked them for a session, and the rest is history! Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
HAYBABY - I was lucky enough to catch this band at a basement gig in a less than salubrious venue recently, and I got in touch straight away, asking them to do an OSS session. I'm glad they said yes, as they're a lot of fun, and lovely people as well. I hope that comes across. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
THE NEVER EVERS - I met Jen and Bobby from The Never Evers on separate occasions, but sheer fluke, and it turned out that not only did they happen to be married, and amazingly warm and friendly people (who I'm now friends with), but they also happened to have a kick-ass band. And that's what we have for you today; a great session with The Never Evers. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!