Published on 1st June 2016
TPA News – June 2016
Latest Prog News – from across the progressive rock spectrum & continually updated throughout June 2016.
28/06/16: Erik Norlander releases first video from Surreal album
Erik Norlander releases The Galaxy Collectors video taken from the Surreal album released last week.
“After two recent highly-acclaimed releases with his Rocket Scientists project, Norlander now presents the follow-up to his 2009 solo epic The Galactic Collective released in several forms including a live DVD/CD set. Surreal continues in that spirit with traditional rock band instrumentation fronted by Norlander’s own timeless, signature keyboards. Surreal gives both a nod to the past and puts an eye on the future with lush analog soundscapes, real living human grooves, and unforgettable melodic lead work that will keep the songs playing in the listener’s head long after the music stops.”
28/06/16: Van Der Graaf Generator talk ‘technically demanding’ 13th album
Peter Hamill, speaking exclusively to Prog Mag reveals Do Not Disturb features some of the band’s most technical work to date…
“The follow-up to 2012’s ALT was recorded over the space of a week after rehearsal sessions, with all backing tracks recorded live in the studio. And Hammill reports the album is a “vital” addition to the band’s catalogue.”
Peter Hammill tells Prog: “Some of this music is as technically demanding as anything Van Der Graaf Generator have ever played. Other passages rely on the feel and empathy which has been built up over the years.
“As a whole, it’s a confident and assertive exploration of the possibilities of a modern trio. Lyrically, the passage of time and the cascades of shared memory and experience illuminate the songs. Do Not Disturb is a vital addition to the recorded Van Der Graaf Generator canon.”
05.Shikata Ga Nai
06.(Oh No I Must Have Said) Yes
07.Brought To Book
08.Almost The Words
Do Not Disturb will be released through Esoteric Recordings (Cherry Red Records) on 30th September 2016 and will be available as a vinyl double album and as a single CD.
SOURCE: Prog Mag
26/06/16: Greenslade to release The Birthday Album – Live Switzerland 1974
Greenslade are to release the aptly titled The Birthday Album – Live Switzerland 1974 on 5th August 2016. The concert was recorded on 18th January 1974 and celebrated Dave Greenslade’s 31st birthday and contains re-worked versions of tracks that appeared on Bedside Manners Are Extra and and the eponymous Greenslade albums.
The band line-up for this concert: Dave Greenslade, Dave Lawson, Tony Reeves and Andrew McCulloch.
24/06/16: 65daysofstatic to release the official soundtrack to No Man’s Sky
65daysofstatic set to release the official soundtrack to the most anticipated game of the year, No Man’s Sky on 5th August.
Formed in 2001, the Sheffield four piece have continued to evolve from their chaotic, thrashy inception to the measured, sonic brutalism of recent years. Releasing 6 albums of experimental, noisy instrumental music since 2004, they have developed a unique sound with a broad aural palette, a healthy disrespect for genre and a delight in mashing the extremes of both guitar and electronic music together.
Their most recent record ‘Wild Light’, released in 2013, was the band’s most widely received album to date with the likes of NME, Clash, Kerrang, Rock Sound, Independent, Q, DIY Magazine, Line Of Best Fit and Drowned in Sound all heaping praise on the band’s work.
In 2016 they hope to take things to a whole new level with the release of the official soundtrack to the space exploration game No Man’s Sky. As well as the game’s official soundtrack, ’No Man’s Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe’ is very much a new 65daysofstatic record, comprising 10 original new songs that make up the official soundtrack along with an additional collection of soundscapes and sound design, exclusive to this release. Grand in ambition, the album presents a restless, overwhelming experience, both a natural progression from ‘Wild Light’ and an attempt to answer the question, ‘what does forever sound like?’.
SOURCE: I Like Press
23/06/16: Festival Music to release new Multi Story album
The Festival Music label (F2 Music) announce the release of a new album from Multi Story, their first in 29 years! The eight track album, entitled Crimson Stone, has been mastered by Roger King (Steve Hackett Band) and will be released on 18 July 2016.
02. Sly Dream Catcher
05. White Star
06. Black Gold (Part i & ii)
07. The Viewers
08. Crimson Stone
“Multi Story formed in the early 1980’s. Following a session recorded for Tommy Vance’s Radio One Rock Show in 1984, the band signed with Heavy Metal Records (the new FM label), and released their debut album “East West”, recorded in Monmouth’s famous Rockfield Studios, in 1985. The band supported Magnum on their “On A Storyteller’s Night” tour of 20 dates throughout the UK, leading to headline gigs at the Marquee Club, and TV appearances. The band’s second album “Through Your Eyes” was released in 1987 with Grantley Nicholas on vocals (who later went on to form Feeder), following the departure of original vocalist Paul Ford. The album did not quite capture the reaction the debut received, and the band subsequently parted company with the FM label by mutual consent. Writing partners Rob Wilsher (founder member and keyboard player) and Paul Ford got the creative juices flowing again and started casually working on new material as a duo. It was reaching completion when Rob met brothers Jordan Neale and Aedan Neale on another music project, which sparked the idea of re-working the material to accommodate a full band and fire the Multi Story machine back into life with a new line up.”
SOURCE: F2 Music
23/06/16: Brand X reunite for US tour dates
Legendary Jazz-Rock-Fusion band Brand X has reunited and is preparing to celebrate their reunion with a Fall 2016/Spring 2017 U.S. tour, including a headline performance at Progtoberfest in Chicago on October 21st. Also on this initial run will be shows in Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland and Boston to name a few.
After years of rumors of a potential reunion, it is finally happening. Three of the four main members came together recently in New York, and according to sources present at the rehearsals, listening to them play was “…like traveling back in time to the legendary ‘Livestock’ album – there was no question this was BRAND X! Their sound was uncannily identical to the BRAND X of ‘Livestock’ – and that in itself speaks volumes”
The reunited BRAND X will be performing material from their first three albums on these initial tours in October and November 2016.
SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR
22/06/16: Barock Project and Luca Pancaldi part company
After ten years in the band, vocalist Luca Pancaldi announces a friendly split from Italian sympho-rock band, Barock Project, shortly after a new double live-album release ‘Vivo’.
“After a careful analysis of what my chances and aspirations are, I came to realize that it is now, the best time to separate my own way from that of Barock Project. Not without regret and nostalgia I chose to continue to pursue other career paths, which could not coexist with equally challenging life in the band. With a bit of sadness, but also with the tranquility of having made the right choice, I wish my fellow passengers all the success and achievement they deserve, and that is finally appearing on the horizon. Always and forever, a Barock fan!”
21/06/16: Kansas to release new studio album in September
Kansas, who returned to the studio in January 2016 after signing with Inside Out Music, will release their highly anticipated new studio album, The Prelude Implicit on 23rd September 2016. This will be the band’s first new release in 16 years.
“The Prelude Implicit features ten new tracks written by the band and co-produced by Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, and Richard Williams. KANSAS’s signature sound is evident throughout the album. It showcases Ronnie Platt’s soaring lead vocals, David Ragsdale’s blistering violin, Williams and Rizvi’s rocking guitar riffs, the unmistakable sound of David Manion’s B3 organ and keyboards, Ehart’s thundering drums, and Billy Greer’s driving bass and vocals.”
01. With This Heart
02. Visibility Zero
03. The Unsung Heroes
04. Rhythm in the Spirit
06. The Voyage of Eight Eighteen
09. Crowded Isolation
10. Section 60
Release date 23rd September 2016
Continue reading HERE on TPA
SOURCE: The Publicity Connection
21/06/16: Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman (ARW) announce UK dates for 2017
Last month ARW confirmed extensive US Tour Dates during October and November 2016 and with European/ROW dates to be announced shortly. Today sees the announcement of the UK dates, scheduled for March 2017. Tickets go on sale Friday 24th June 2016 at 10:00
12/03/17: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
13/03/17: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
15/03/17: Dome, Brighton
16/03/17: International Centre (BIC), Bournemouth
19/03/17: Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, London
21/03/17: Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
22/03/17: Usher Hall, Edinburgh
24/03/17: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
25/03/17: O2 Apollo, Manchester
Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more.
A full list of the US dates can be found HERE.
16/06/16: Levin Minnemann Rudess return in July with new studio album
Tony Levin, Marco Minnemann and Jordan Rudess (LMR) return with the follow up to their critically acclaimed, self-titled debut released in 2013. A year in the making, From the Law Offices, sees these three monster musicians unite once more. You can listen to the Levin Minnemann Rudess four minute teaser HERE.
The album will be available in as a Standard Edition CD comprising of 14 tracks + 3 bonus tracks exclusive to CD and as a Standard Edition CD + DVD comprising 14 tracks + 3 bonus tracks exclusive to CD. Bonus DVD includes: 48k/24 bit wav files; One, unreleased solo track each from Tony, Marco & Jordan; Demos (MP3’s) from various stages of the song writing process (+ one demo from first LMR album); DIY videos created & self recorded by Tony, Marco & Jordan.
From the Law Offices will be released by Lazy Bones Recordings on 15 July 2016.
16/06/16: Controlled Bleeding announce new studio album
The longstanding and prolific experimentalist project, Controlled Bleeding, will return with its first proper studio album since 2002, entitled Larva Lumps and Baby Bumps, this summer on Artoffact Records.
An eclectic mix of industrial, progressive rock, jazz and heavy metal influences, Larva Lumps and Baby Bumps will be released as a 2CD digipak and digital download on 26 August 2016, with a 2LP edition, to be released on 23 September 2016.
“Originally formed nearly 40 years ago in 1978, New York-based Controlled Bleeding remains one of the most hard to classify and avant-garde experimental projects. The band’s output ranges from brutal noise to eclectic industrial, from avant-jazz to prog rock…”
SOURCE: Fresno Media
15/06/16: Opeth sign with Nuclear Blast for new album release
Nuclear Blast have announced the signing of Swedish progressive legends Opeth, for the release of their twelfth studio album, scheduled for release later this year.
Opeth are currently in the studio with Tom Dalgety putting the finishing touches on Sorceress…
15/06/16: Debut release from Ghost Medicine out next week
Georgia based guitarist and composer Jared Leach, working under the name Ghost Medicine, release their debut album on 24th June 2016 and features drummer Scott Prian, bass player extraordinaire Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree/ORk/Tim Bowness/Metallic Taste of Blood) and additional vocals from Sarah Hoefer…
Discontinuance comprises of seven tracks – “exploring themes related to the contradictory and inexpressible nature of the human experience, “Discontinuance” is a remarkably developed and engaging statement from a hitherto unknown voice”.
SOURCE: We Do Band Stuff
14/06/16: Touchstone announce new vocalist
The band say: “She’s performed in productions including The Phantom Of The Opera, Broadway Street and The Beautiful Violoncellist. In 2015 she moved to Copenhagen to study at the Complete Vocal Institute.
“She then moved to London in January, following her heart’s calling to become lead singer. Her influences include Muse, Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Dream Theater.”
The band previously announced Christmas shows at London’s Borderline and Bury’s The Met, with one more gig to be added. These shows will see the new line-up unveiled. Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more.
14/06/16: Trent Gardner ~ RIP
American progressive rock musician and producer, Trent Gardner, died suddenly on 11 June 2016. No further details are available at this moment in time.
He will be perhaps best known for his work with Magellan, formed with his brother Wayne Gardner in 1985. Magellan released several albums during the late 90s & 00s and featured an impressive list of guest musicians.
Trent Gardener 1961 – 2016
13/06/16: The Neal Morse Band to release Live CD/DVD set in August
The Neal Morse Band will be releasing a new live 2CD/DVD set and Blu-ray on 5th August 2016 entitled “Alive Again.” Riding on the tremendous success of their breakthrough album, The Grand Experiment, The Neal Morse Band set out on a tremendously successful world tour in the spring of 2015. Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy have teamed up with Randy George, Eric Gillette and Bill Hubauer to create one of the greatest progressive rock bands of all time. Full stop. “Alive Again” will be available as a DVD/2CD set and a standalone Blu-ray and shows the band at the top of their form performing for a rousing audience in The Netherlands on March 6, 2015.
02. Eric’s Gtr Solo
03. In The Fire
04. Alive Again
06. Oh Lord, My God
08. King Jesus
Says Neal, “The Alive Again tour and this DVD/Blu-ray is one of the finest we have ever done. In my humble opinion… It’s really great! I think you all are really going to dig it. Check it out and you’ll understand how amazing this band is! I love it!”
SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR
11/06/16: Dream The Electric Sleep launch new video
We reported last month, that after a lengthy delay, Dream The Electric Sleep would release their latest album, Beneath The Dark Wide Sky, 22nd July 2016. Yesterday saw the band post the first video, Let the Light Flood in, taken from the album…
The band recently joined Mutiny Records, who subsequently announced they would be releasing the US Progressive/Alternative outfit’s new studio album.
SOURCE: I Like Press
10/06/16: UK TECH-FEST announces Haken, Napoleon, Sithu Aye plus 16 more bands
UK TECH-FEST have announced another 19 bands to their already impressive line-up for the festival’s fifth anniversary.
“They join instrumental legends Animals As Leaders, progressive metal legends Between The Buried And The Dead (UK 2016 Exclusive), Canadian math-metal mavericks Protest The Hero (UK 2016 Exclusive) and Dutch groove merchants Textures…”
Visit the TPA UK Festival Guide for a complete list of bands for this year’s event which takes place at the Newark Showground between 7th – 11th July 2016.
SOURCE: Hold Tight PR
09/06/16: TCP to release their third album in July
After a gap of some five years, US based proggers Temporal Chaos (TCP), are set to release their third album, Temporal Chaos, on 12th July 2016. The band released their debut album The Way in 2009 followed by Fantastic Dreamer in 2011 – both albums distributed on the 10T Records label.
The band line-up is Henry Tarnecky (vocals & keyboards), Blake Tobias (bass & keyboards), Jack Wright (guitars & drums) and Glenn Arpino (keyboards)
09/06/16: Premiata Forneria Marconi add UK dates
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) have added two UK concerts to their European tour schedule.
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) 2016 Tour
23/06/16: Arena Villa Vitali, Fermo Teatro [Italy]
08/07/16: Arena Mia Martini, Castiglione Cosentino [Italy]
03/08/16: Castiglione Cosentino, Udine [Italy]
06/08/16: AQ Ovindoli [Italy]
14/09/16: Islington O2 Academy, London [UK]
15/09/16: Sound Control, Manchester [UK]
17/09/16: Belgique Plae Du Martyr, Verviers [Belgium]
18/09/16: Amerikaweg, Zotermeer [Holland]
21/09/16: Colossal Rossmarkt, Achaffenburg [Germany]
Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more.
08/06/16: Australia’s Casey Golden Trio to release Miniature EP in July
Sydney’s Casey Golden Trio announce the release of Miniature, the follow-up to their 2015 release Outliers. The new EP consists entirely of a single piece, in four parts and sees “the trio’s first foray into extended composition, exploring a wider range of influences and augmenting the band with additional instruments”.
The band features Casey Golden (piano & compositions), Bill Williams (bass) and Ed Rodrigues (drums & percussion)…
Miniature will be available from 15th July 2106 on Bandcamp, iTunes and CD Baby.
07/06/16: John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension European tour updates
A reminder that John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension will tour Europe next month starting at the Charlie Jazz Festival in Vitrolles, France…
John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension. 2016 Summer Europe Tour
01/07/16: Vitrolles , France
03/07/16: Montreux , Switzerland
06/07/16: Segré , France
07/07/16: Vienne, France
08/07/16: Vienna, Austria
12/07/16: Karlsruhe, Germany
14/07/16: Pori, Finland
16/07/16: Edinburgh, UK
18/07/16: Algeciras, Spain
19/07/16: Madrid, Spain
20/07/16: Barcelona, Spain
21/07/16: Chambéry, France
23/07/16: Porto, Portugal
24/07/16: Lisbon, Portugal
27/07/16: Darmstadt, Germany
28/07/16: Jena, Germany
29/07/16: Kassel, Germany
30/07/16: Stuttgart, Germany
02/08/16: Marciac, France
03/08/16: Sete, France
John McLaughlin – Guitar
Gary Husband – Keys/Drums
Etienne MBappe – Bass
Ranjit Barot – Drums
06/06/16: Matt Stevens to release new solo album
“Entitled ‘Archive’, the album comprises a live set recorded in 2014, together with rarities, some of which are available on CD for the first time with this release. The live cuts are taken from all of Matt’s four solo releases, and are very different in presentation to the studio versions.”
Matt Stevens commented: “This represents the end of my solo career for now, you need to know when to quit and after playing some amazing gigs with Steve Rothery, Jon Gomm, Nick Harper and many others I feel I’ve taken the solo guitar format as far as I can.
When I first started out playing open mic gigs in 2007 I never dreamt that I’d still be doing guitar and loop pedal gigs in 2015 and that I’d end up playing the shows I’ve done. It’s great to be working with BEM on releasing it!”
Archive will be released in a limited, numbered and signed CD edition in Summer 2016 and will also be available digitally.
SOURCE: Bad Elephant Music
04/06/16: The Claypool Lennon Delirium release Bubbles Burst
Primus’ main man Les Claypool and Sean Lennon release the Bubbles Burst video taken from their recently released collaborative album Monolith of Phobos. The Bubbles Burst video features comedians Noel & Mike Fielding as the late Michael Jackson and his pet chimpanzee, Bubbles. It is reported, by Lennon, that Claypool came up with the video concept after he recalled the time he spent at Jackson’s house as a child.
NPR spoke to Sean Lennon regarding the backlash, from certain quarters, to the video: “I think it’s important that even if people don’t believe me or are angry about the way Michael [Jackson] is portrayed in the video, that the truth is my intention is very sincere and harmless, and I’m just making a song. I’m not trying to take him out or anything, or put him down. I was just trying to have fun and talk about an odd situation in a way that makes it art.”
03/06/16: Dave Swarbrick – RIP
It is with sadness that we bring news of yet another the passing, this time, Dave Swarbrick. Probably best know for his virtuosic fiddle and vocal contributions with Fairport Convention, although Dave released many solo albums and recorded and performed with so many artists – that list would fill this page.
“Swarbrick – known as “Swarb” – began his musical career as a guitarist in a ceilidh band in the late 1950s, before joining the Birmingham-based Ian Campbell Folk Group as a fiddle player. He first worked with Fairport Convention in 1969 as a session musician, subsequently becoming a member of the group, and was the first fiddler on the UK folk scene to electrify the violin. His writing and playing was a key ingredient in the group’s Liege & Lief album, a record that rewrote the folk landscape with its electrified versions of traditional English folksongs.
During the 1970s, alongside his leading role in Fairport Convention, Swarbrick became a sought-after session musician, working with acts including Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny, Bert Jansch and Martin Carthy. Between 1976 and 2010 he released 12 solo albums, and in 2007 joined the 1969 Fairport Convention lineup (with Chris While standing in for the late Sandy Denny), to perform the Liege & Lief album in full.”
SOURCE TEXT: The Guardian
02/06/16: New album from Van der Graaf Generator this September
Peter Hammill and Esoteric Recordings reveal the album cover for the forthcoming Van der Graaf Generator album, Do Not Disturb, which will be released on vinyl, as a double album and as a single CD. The official release date is 30th September 2016.
Peter posted recently: “The latest VdGG album is now finished and will be released, on Esoteric, on September 30th. More news to follow closer to the time!”
01/06/16: We Are Kin to release second album in July
Bad Elephant Music announce the release of Manchester progressive rock quartet We Are Kin’s second album, …and I know… on 8th July 2016. This is the first recording to feature the revitalized core quartet, with vocalist Emma Brewin-Caddy and bass player Lee Braddock joining founding members Daniel Zambas and Gary Boast. The band recently released No Evil taken from the album…
“The album sees the band taking a huge step forward in terms of writing, performance and production, and will appeal to both existing fans and all lovers of excellent conceptual songwriting.”
01/06/16: Steve Hackett releases first official footage from forthcoming DVD
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway is the first cut to be released from Steve Hackett‘s forthcoming 2CD/2DVD – The Total Experience Live in Liverpool – Acolyte to Wolflight with Genesis Classics out on 24th June 2016. Full track listing can be found in the TPA Featured News from April 2016.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of his first solo album Voyage Of The Acolyte and following his latest Wolflight, the Acolyte to Wolflight with Genesis Revisited tour was Steve’s effort to represent the many chapters of his career. Featuring two sets – one highlighting his solo work, the second paying tribute to Genesis – the two hour performance was greeted with enthusiasm by both fans and critics.
The Total Experience Live In Liverpool will be available through InsideOut Music as double CD plus double DVD digipak, separate Blu-Ray edition as well as digital album including the two audio CDs.
SOURCE: The Publicity Connection
01/06/16: Rob Reed announces Sanctuary live concert
Rob Reed has announced he will perform his Sanctuary project live with a ten piece band, on 8th October, at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios. Rob also reveals the concert is to be filmed for a future DVD release.
Rob Reed’s Sanctuary II will be released on 10th June 2016 through Tigermoth Records.
Visit the TPA UK Gig Guide for this date and many more from across the prog spectrum.
01/06/16: Frost* release Numbers video taken from Falling Satellites
Jem Godfrey had this to say about the video: “Us being us, we wanted to try something a bit different for the Numbers video that would make it more interesting visually than just 4 blokes in a room wobbling about so we shot everything using bit of software called DepthKit via a Kinect sensor. This enabled us to create 3d modelled versions of ourselves that could continue to freely be rotated, moved and manipulated even after filming was completed. The render times were horrendous, but Crystal Spotlight did an incredible job putting it all together. I think the end result is magnificently Frost*-ish and suits the song very well”.
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
Frost* will be touring in support of the new album during June & July. Visit the TPA Gig Guide for the UK dates.
01/06/16: Deus Ex Machina return with new album this month
Following an eight-year absence, the Italian rock/progressive group Deus Ex Machina bursts back onto the international scene with Devoto, its 8th album and first release since Imparis.
“Devoto retains Deus Ex Machina’s distinctive blend of fiery, complexly designed music, passionate bel canto vocals, virtuosic instrumental performances and analogue-heavy textures. Here as before, DEM’s music combines both the energy and beauty of early Mahavishnu Orchestra and Larks’ Tongues in Aspic-era King Crimson; the contrapuntal complexity of Gentle Giant; hints of RIO-tinged avant-prog; and the unmistakable Mediterranean vibe of fellow Ital-progsters like PFM and Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso. But just as each successive album has represented something different yet still unmistakably, unequivocally DEM, Devoto takes a more direct, immediate approach: a more hard-hitting, gut-punching, visceral Deus Ex Machina.”
SOURCE: Cuneiform Records