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UK act PARADISE 9 was formed in 1998, initially consisting of Greg McKella (guitars, clarinet), Andy McDonald (bass), Steve Teers (djembe) and Wayne Collyer (drums). Later Mufa (percussion) and backing vocalists Jeanette Murphy and Tracie Reacher would be added to the line-up.

In 1999 they released their debut album Showtime to a generally positive reception. An argument over a minor issue saw to it that the band folded in 2003, but by chance a charity gig the year after lead to the revival of the band, initially with McKella, McDonald and Carl Sampson (drums) involved.

Tyrone Thomas (guitars) hooked up with the band in 2007, and when MacDonald left the band, he was replaced by Neil Matthars (bass) early 2008.

This new line-up issued the EP Nothing For Tomorrow in 2009, and is currently working on material for a second, full-length release.

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20th Anniversary: 1997 - 2017 Live

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 20th Anniversary: 1997 - 2017 Live by PARADISE 9 album cover Live, 2017
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20th Anniversary: 1997 - 2017 Live
Paradise 9 Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars

Here we have an album that pretty much does exactly what the title suggests, namely that it is an album comprised of live recordings taken from the band's 20-year career to date. The first CD is subtitled 'These Days' and includes tracks recorded in 2016 at the Blind Cat and Kozfest Festivals with the current line-up of Gregg McKella (vocals, guitar and synth FX), Tyrone Thomas (lead guitar, backing vocals), Neil Matthars (bass) and Wayne Collyer (drums). The second disc is "Those Days" and includes ex-members Andy McDonald, Steve Teers Mufa, Carl Sampson, Jonas Golland, and Jaki Windmill plus special guests the legendary Nik 'ThunderRider' Turner, Jeanette Murphy, Tracey Morais, Mike Mishra and Kev Ellis. The CD also comes with a tour poster and family tree, to help make sense of the comings and goings. But at the heart of this band is Gregg McKella, who has been the driving force from the very beginning when he formed Paradise 9 in 1997 at the Acoustic Revolution songwriter's nights with bassist Andy Macdonald.

Although we don't have any recordings from the very first year, we do have one from 1998, which shows that Paradise 9 have been following the same path of psychedelic space punk rock for a long time now. That they have been influenced by Hawkwind is never in doubt, but it is a more punk-influenced 'Wind than the standard space rock copyists. They have worked with Judge Trev and Nik Turner alike, and have a great deal of punk and edginess in their music, almost as if they were coming to it twenty years earlier than when they did. This is independent underground music that will never hit the charts, but the refusal to conform is one of its strengths. I first saw Neil play bass with the Casuals some twenty-five years ago, and I did smile when I realised that not only was Carl Sampson on the album, but that Mike Mishra also guests on one song from the Nineties.

Paradise 9 are now a staple on the underground and festival circuit, and one of the delights of this collection is the diversity of the songs on show, as well as the way they were arranged with the different line-ups and guests. This is undoubtedly the best way to discover one of the hidden gems of the British music scene

 Take Me To The Future by PARADISE 9 album cover Studio Album, 2013
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Take Me To The Future
Paradise 9 Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars So there I was one day perusing the latest issue of Gonzo, and at the very end there were some photos of a band called Paradise 9. I had never heard of the band before, but then noticed that the photos had been taken by the wife of the bassist, whose surname was Matthars. That got me wondering, surely this couldn't be Neil Matthars who used to be in the mighty Casual Affair with that nice man Mark Colton? A quick search of the internet later and I had discovered that not only was it the same person, but fellow ex-Casual Carl Sampson was the drummer. That was more than enough for me to start swapping emails with band leader Gregg McKella and grabbing a copy of the CD (I paid by giving him photos of Neil from 20+ years ago..)

It is of no surprise, given the artwork and the title, that this is psychedelic space rock. But, to my ears it is more than 'just' that. There is a real punk element to this, combined with reggae and loads of different styles all coming into space rock to make something that belongs in the Seventies but is also timeless. Nik Turner became involved in the proceedings, as did Judge Trev and other guests, and the feeling is of an album that is the underground personified in one shiny disc. As well as those already mentioned, the band is completed by Tyrone Thomas (Olympic Clamp Down/ex-Alternative TV) on lead guitar and Jaki Windmill (Mick Farren's Deviants /ex-Space Ritual/ex-Whimwise) on djembe, percussion and backing vocals, and it is the very different backgrounds of those involved that make it such a melting pot. For those who don't know, Casual Affair were probably the most important prog band to come out of West London in the early Nineties, and regularly sold out haunts such as the Red Lion at Brentford, before singer Mark Colton and guitarist Mike Mishra formed Freewill. Carl was later in Rook, another prog band, before he and Neil were involved in some one-off Casual gigs, yet this band has a very organic sound and one would never guess that the rhythm section cut their teeth playing a quite different form of prog.

"Ocean Rise" is probably the favourite, with clarinet, wonderfully bass and guitar lines, all complemented with swathes of space rock and different rhythms. All spacerock bands are going to be compared to Hawkwind at some point, but these far more in common with Inner City Unit and it is no surprise that they often gig together. If you enjoy this style of music, then this is a keeper.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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