Friday, November 21, 2014


Photos by Paul Hughes

What a wingding. What a Shakedown. What a tear-up. An evening of  triple win amazingness was had by Howling Black Soul Dr X , The Ends - and the Railway's assembled drinkers and dancers.As Piley says it was like having three headliners.

Huge salutes due to everyone who played, danced and drank and Duncan on the desk for the wall of sound..

Howling Black Soul were majestic. Their album is already one of Podrophenia's highlights of the year, but live they somehow even outdid that! Incredible sound, proper R.O.C.K vocals!

Leicester's Dr. X were playing their first ever show in Southend (possibly Essex, maybe the South in general!), and what a treat it was. Mesmerising seeing them create such a amazing sound from home made, hand-crafted instruments, ingenious! Loads of great feedback on them during the rest of the evening and the CDs seemed to be selling well too!

And The Ends? They are like an incendiary bomb going off! A sonic boom of unrelenting energy . Power-pop punk tunes, super-chargedstage presence, and an electric bunch of musicians.

And behold our first moshpit - so lively that even lead Mike dived in! .Southend rocks..

And watch out for the large format poster of the Ends new single sleeve (and vinyl debut) out on Podrophenia Records in 2015

Hurrah, hats aloft and here's to the next five years

Friday, November 14, 2014

Five Years, Three Bands, One shebang of a night

I've chewed enough internet ears about tonight's Podrophonic extravaganza - so will leave the always excellent Echo to load you up with the low-down.. See above from their Wednesday 'Scene' feature

All you need to know - dates, deets etc are here and here.

See you on the other side

For a selection of our Echo back issues - zip yourself hereabouts

Friday, November 7, 2014

One week from today, we celebrate five years of Podrophenia with three live bands.....

Pod-quiz: can you name all the acts and artists above who've appeared or played at live nights and radio sessions? 

Cats, kittens, rock and rollers - in one week's time a triple-whammy bill lands at Southend's most Rock 'n' Roll local to celebrate  FIVE years of one of Britain’s longest running podcasts  (yes, we really have been doing our ol' podcasting, radio-ing, DJing and live night-ing what-nots for a FIVE years !).

The event takes places at Southend’s Railway Hotel - where, upstairs, there’ll be live music with three (yes, THREE!!) quality acts, all of whom have been heard on Podrophenia.

Headliners are Canvey’s newest new wavers.. THE ENDS


There's blues-blasting support from  DR. X.

And we open with the explosive HOWLING BLACK SOUL

Followed by Piley and the other one DJing for the aftershow in the downstairs bar

If you’ve ever listened in, downloaded or contributed to anything Podrophonic - come along, raise a glass, shake a leg and bring a pal. Kick off’s at 8pm and we run ‘ til last orders. Salut!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Podrophenia Horror:The Queen of the Taxidermy scene's Box of Delights and The Ends new single

What a gallery of goodies Essex legend Tequila Jayne brought in with her for our Horror Podrophenia: pea-chicks, a rat with an ear its back, freeze dried brains. All you need to know about taxidermy and rouge taxidermy is contained within the latest Podrophenia.

And behold as we reveal Essex most haunted, why ghosts are rubbish and other assorted spooky doings

All this and your first listen to The Ends vinyl debut out on Podrophenia Records next year...

Stream below, download here - or load up via iTunes

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Podrophenia - The Halloween Edition live tonight... with The Ends and a Rougue Taxidermist

What a treat we have for you on the October edition of Podrophenia:

A playlist of horror themed songs from Piley and self...

A special guest, and ol' pal of mine from the Templewood Court Massive -  Jayne Brown. Britain's leading 'rogue taxidermist

'Homemade dragons, a 'unicorn' and even a pair of GLOVES made from dead pet cats: Meet the UK's leading 'rogue taxidermist'....  read all about it here..

Or catch Jayne in action via All Creatures Great and Stuffed...

All this and James and  Joe from The Ends dropping in for a chat, natter and some 'sclusive news.

Tune your internet airwaves to Shipful of Bombs from 8pm tonight

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Leo Bud Welch: when the Mississippi meets The Thames

Photo by Gary Franklin....

If you grabbed, downloaded or listened live to our recent U edition of Podrophenia, with Martin McNeill and West Weston - you may recall some talk about the sweaty, stomping performance by Leo Bud Welch at The Railway

You can browse my review of this gig in the new Blues Magazine, as well as spotting my fuzzy-mug peeping out of page 7 (part of the Blues Crew). And by coincidence, there's a live write-up on the same page as LBW, of West Weston at Ronnie Scott's with Mud Morganfield...

Although 220 words I didn't quite squeeze in the nugget about:  Leo making his way stage-wards, and stopping for a nifty-footed  shuffle and dance to a tune I'd just spun in - the Stones version of I'm a King Bee...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Podrophenia's Fifth Anniversary birthday bash - one month today

Photo by Paul Slattery

Boys, Girls, rockers, rollers and residents within the Podrophenia postcode. On November the 14th. We celebrate FIVE years of one of Britain’s longest running podcasts - Podrophenia, (yes, we really have been doing our podcast, radio , DJing and live-night shenanigans for a FIVE years now!).

Naturally, the event takes places at Southend’s most rock ‘n’ roll local, and Podro HQ – The Railway. Upstairs, there’ll be live music from Canvey’s newest new wavers The Ends - with support band (TBA). Followed by Piley and self DJing for the aftershow in the downstairs bar…..

If you’ve ever listened in, downloaded, contributed to anything Podrophonic - come along, raise a glass, shake a leg and bring a pal. Kick off is at 8pm and we run ‘ til last orders. Salut!

Dates and details are all hereabouts

Friday, October 10, 2014

David Woodcock new single: Vote once, vote twice, vote thrice....

As heard on a recent Podrophenia, our boy David Woodcock is a contender for the 6Music Rebel Playlist with his new single 'Relatively Single Man'. Voting closes at midnight this Sunday (October 12th) , weigh in with your click-power and get behind Dave Woodcock.. For triple whammy wallop, vote on a home PC/work PC/ mobile - and give your pals a nudge...

Click us a winner here.... Scroll down until you see the image below..


Monday, October 6, 2014

Podrophenia Buildings: The 54 Plates in session and Jukebox Jimmy live

For the first of our October shows Piley and I bring you a theme of buildings. There's all the usual chat and old buff including Sausage Songs, 'When Tags go wrong'  'Add a word, Ruin a film'...and a Beatles/Cilla rarity...

Plus special guests Nathan and Nolan Abbot from The 54 Plates playing live in SFOB HQ
East End legend Jukebox Jimmy phoning in with a track from Jim's Juke Box. And, the offer of a freebie dowload of 'In With the Out Crowd' track from The Autumn Stones...


Download here Podrophenia Buildings:

Stream below Or via iTunes

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Radio Podrophenia - Buildings. Live tonight at 8pm

New York - and looking north east from the Empire State Building April 2012 *sighs* 

For the October edition of Podrophenia, Piley bring you bundle of songs based around architecture. A two hour tower of new music and obscure gems including 'shrines', 'barrel houses' 'stone' and 'factories'...

But more than this we have live appearances from Nolan and Nathan of  The 54 Plates  - and  Pellicci legend  Jukebox Jimmy joins us on the blower to pick a tune from Jim's Jukebox...

A couple that may or may not make tonight's Podro-playlist - from Sheffield's electricians....

And a pub tune from those booze-brewed rockers.....