PARADISE 9

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Paradise 9 are a four- piece rock band based in London and Brighton. Formed in 1997 by singer songwriter Gregg McKella. The band came about, while Gregg was performing in singer/songwriter nights in West London during the 90s. He recruited musicians, until a line-up was established, and the band was born, essentially at the renowned Acoustic Revolution, and the Troubadour in South Kensington. They released their first album “Showtime” in 1998.

In 2017 they celebrated their 20th anniversary, with an extended set at the Half Moon in Putney and came with the release of their live double 20th Anniversary 1997 ~ 2017 CD and a DVD of this gig is soon to be released.

Their music brings a chilled yet punchy approach to the rock genre sound, taking inspiration from psychedelic and progressive bands like Pink Floyd, Gong, and Hawkwind while fusing proto and post punk from the Ramones through to the Clash, Wire and the Psychedelic Furs.

Paradise 9 are now;
Gregg McKella on vocals, guitar, glissando guitar, clarinet and space FX’s (Daevid Allen’s Glissando Guitar Orchestra/ex-Dreamfield/ex-Image Wot Image)
Tyrone Thomas on lead guitar and backing vocals (SpacedOgs/ex-Image Wot Image/ ex-Alternative TV)
Neil Matthars on bass (ex-Casual Affair)
Wayne Collyer (ex-Deep Skin/ex-Men are Dead) on drums.


Paradise 9 are:

Gregg McKella on vocals, guitar, glissando guitar, clarinet and space FX’s (Daevid Allen’s Glissando Guitar Orchestra/ Monty Oxymoron’s Fibroid Nebulae)

Tyrone Thomas on lead guitar and backing vocals
(SpacedOgs/ Olympic Clamp Down/ Jeanette Murphy Band/ex-Alternative T.V.)

Neil Matthars on bass (ex-Casual Affair)

Wayne Collyer (ex-Deepskin) on drums

The band takes inspiration from bands like Pink Floyd, Gong, Hawkwind, while fusing proto and post punk antics from the Ramones through to the Clash. They are currently working on their next studio album 'Science Fiction Reality" due out in 2019.

Their 2017 ‘20th Anniversary 1997 ~ 2017 Live’ 2CD album….

"... Paradise 9 creates songs of beauty that are about appreciating the world and the people in it. Whether it is the upbeat, explosive space punk of “State of the Nation” or the deeply moving acoustic folk-psychedelia of “Falling for You,” McKella’s brilliant songwriting is at the core of each tune on this album....” JACK GOLD-MOLINA - It's Psychedelic Baby

Their last studio album “Take me to the Future” has received critical acclaim, getting extensive radio plays...

"What makes this record special, though, is the lightness of touch that moves it effortlessly between psychedelia, punk, reggae, dub and just all those musical genres that represent facets of the counter-culture as a joined-up whole.”
IAN ABRAHAM – Space Rock Reviews

“This album is truly an incredible blend of sounds that gradually change throughout the listening experience. The tracks work together, flowing from one to the other to take the listener on a meandering journey…”
STEVE JUDD -Terroscopic Reviews -

And their ‘Live at the Amersham Arms 2014’ album.

"... I like the combination of punky edged Rock ‘n’ Roll, trippy soloing flute and Psych guitar leads....File under absolutely fucking AWESOME!... Killer set. What a great live band...”

JERRY KRANITZ - Aural Innovations

“Paradise 9's punk spirit and angry, disillusioned social commentary does much to challenge popular stereotypes of psychedelic music….” Kim Harkin - Bliss aquamarine webzine January 2018

They have played extensively around the UK, performing at many festivals including Glastonbury 2011/13/14, Bearded Theory, Alchemy, Green Gathering, Hope, Tannerfest, Cosmic Puffin and Kozfest to name a few. .
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