Paradise 9 are a 4 piece rock band based in London and Brighton. Formed in 1997 by singer songwriter Gregg McKella, they released their first album “Showtime” in 1998. In 2017 they are celebrating their 20th anniversary.
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 (Olympic Clamp Down/ex-Alternative TV), Neil Matthars on bass (ex-Casual Affair) and Wayne Collyer (ex-Deepskin) on drums.
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.
They have played extensively around the UK, performing at many festivals including Glastonbury 2011/13/14, Bearded Theory, Alchemy, and have headlined at The Green Gathering, Hope Festival, Tannerfest, Cosmic Puffin and Kozfest to name a few.
To date they have 2 studio albums ‘Showtime’ (1998) and ‘Take Me to the Future’ (2013), a live CD ‘Live at the Amersham Arms 2014’ and a DVD ‘Live at On-board the Craft 2013’.
‘Take Me to the Future’ features several guest musicians, including ex-Hawkwind Nik Turner on sax and flute, and the late great Judge Trev Thoms on guitar, both from seminal post punkedelic band Inner City Unit. It also features Pink Fairies’ Jaki Windmill on percussion and backing vocals, and Jeanette Murphy, Poppy Gonzalez and Steve Teers….
“...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 ABRAHAMS – Space Rock Reviews August 2013
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 November 2015
Paradise 9 are currently working on their next studio recording, and later this year will release their 20th anniversary album compiling live performances from their inception in 1997 to present.