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, and the Psychedelic Furs.
Aylesbury local Gregg McKella returns to his hometown with his band Paradise 9.
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Paradise 9’s music has been described as a cross between Hawkwind and The Clash.
Their latest album “Science Fiction Reality” was released last year on Flicknife Records and was recorded and co-produced by Lifesign’s Steve Rispin.
Tremendous space rock with an intelligent and optimistic zen-punk message.”
It’s Psychedelic Baby! Magazine
Challenging, deft and understated space rock for 2021 and generations beyond.
Guy Shankland – Vive Le Rock
…this for me is music of rock origin, hints of just about anything else that they can fit in, all wrapped around a punk vocal style that spits out its anger at the state of the planet and the human apathy toward it. Of its time music, with a conscience.
Mark Cartwright – The Punk Site.
Photo: Robin Trankana
Paradise 9 formed in 1997, growing originally from London songwriters’ night Acoustic Revolution where Gregg performed his songs. The band has had varying line-ups, the current incarnation being:
Gregg McKella on vocals, guitar, glissando guitar, clarinet and space FX’s (Glissando Guitar Orchestra/Judge Trev Band/Monty Oxymoron’s Band/ex-Dreamfield/ex-Image Wot Image/ex-The Prescence)
Tyrone Thomas on lead guitar and backing vocals (SpacedOgs/Jeanette Murphy Band/ 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 have played hundreds of gigs and many festivals including Glastonbury Festival, A New Day Festival, Cambridge Rock Festival, Bearded Theory, Kozfest, Green Gathering and Small World. They have shared stages with Ken Pustelnik’s Groundhogs, Hawklords, Sendelica, Here & Now, The Vibrators, Glen Matlock and the Mavericks to name a few.
In 1999 their first studio album ‘Showtime’ was recorded at Quo Vadis studios, in North London and self-released.
In 2009 the EP ‘Nothing For Tomorrow’ was recorded at Liscombe Park Studios in Soulbury, mixed by Steve Rispin (Lifesigns), followed in 2013 by the EP ‘State Of The Nation’ with Judge Trev Thoms (Inner City Unit) guesting on the title track and ‘Distant Dreams’. Sadly, Trev passed away in December 2010 and so the EP was dedicated to him.
In 2013, ‘Take Me To The Future’, featuring two tracks with Judge Trev and his old band mate, Nik Turner (Space Ritual/Inner City Unit/ex-Hawkwind) on sax and flute playing on the title track. Recorded at Liscombe Park Studios with Steve Rispin.
In 2017 the band celebrated their 20th anniversary, with an extended set at the Half Moon in Putney, that included most of the previous members and guests of the band and came with the release of their double “20th Anniversary 1997 ~ 2017 Live” CD.
Originally from Aylesbury, Gregg ran the Om Club in the early-1980s with the late Mick Smith at the Britannia pub, putting on original bands including locals Marillion, Revolver and Solstice.
One of Gregg’s early bands was The Presence (that featured the late Colin Keinch on bass, Ian Moore on lead guitar and Brian Holmes on drums), playing many gigs including supporting Marillion and Ozric Tentacles in the mid-1980s.
Gregg relocated to London in 1987 and teamed up with singer/songwriter Jeanette Murphy to form Image Wot Image. They played extensively around London and the South-east, including at the Hop Pole in Aylesbury.
In 1998 he formed Dreamfield with Poppy Gonzalez. Their single “Take Me With You”, was made Single Of The Month on the then GLR Saturday Breakfast Show. Dreamfield went on to perform and record in England, America and Estonia.
Gregg is a prolific musician, spending some years busking and honing his song writing skills at singer/songwriting gigs in London. He has guested with many bands and artists including playing in Monty Oxymoron’s, (keyboardist from the Damned) solo band, Nik Turner’s Inner City Unit and Space Ritual, Mick Farren & The Portobello Allstars, and Steffe Sharpstring’s SenTieNT album “Live at The Real Music Club Brighton 2012”.
In 2018, he featured on Spirits Burning & Michael Moorcock’s “This Alien Heat”, playing guitar and glissando guitar on “To Steal a Space Traveller” that also featured Blue Oyster Cult’s Joe and Albert Bouchard on lead vocal, ex-Hawkwind Adrian Shaw and Hawklords’ Harvey Bainbridge, The Groundhogs’ Ken Pustelnik and Don Falcone.