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Published on 2nd August 2016

TPA News – August 2016

Latest Prog News – from across the progressive rock spectrum & continually updated throughout August 2016.


31/08/16: Victoria and Albert Museum to host Pink Floyd exhibition

V&A Pink Floyd exhibition“The V&A is staging an unprecedented, innovative and multi-sensory journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut in the 60s through to the present day. The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is the first international retrospective of one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands who are recognised as one of the top selling artists of all time.

Aubrey Powell curates alongside Paula Stainton for Pink Floyd and, for the V&A, a team lead by Senior Curator Victoria Broackes. The curators have worked in close consultation with Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason on the content of the exhibition, which will feature over 350 artefacts spanning the band’s five decades, alongside material from the V&A’s outstanding collections of art, design, architecture and performance.”

The show opens on Saturday 13th May 2017


30/08/16: Purson UK tour dates

Purson continue to tour in support of their second album Desire’s Magic Theatre, released earlier this year.

Purson14/10/16: Sound & Vision Festival, Arts Centre, Norwich
17/11/16: O2 Academy2 [Scholar], Leicester
18/11/16: Electric Circus, Edinburgh
19/11/16: Beat Generator Live!, Dundee
20/11/16: The Cluny, Newcastle
21/11/16: The Fulford Arms, York
23/11/16: Arts Club, Liverpool
24/11/16: The Sugarmill, Stoke-On-Trent
25/11/16: Brain Freeze Festival, Ebbw Vale Institute, Newport

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.


28/08/16: Fractal Mirror release first video from their third album Slow Burn 1

Fractal Mirror release of the first video from their well-received third album Slow Burn 1, produced by Brett Kull of echolyn and mastered by Larry ‘Synergy’ Fast. Miracle is the opening track from the album where “the album adopts the late 60’s psychedelic/folk feel that will remain through most of the album…” The video was produced by Fractal Mirror drummer and lyricist, Frank Urbaniak; footage of the band was shot by Andrė de Boer.

“With the Miracle video, we tried to reflect the message of the song which is that we sometimes resort to passive vs. action oriented approaches to dealing with the future This is apparent to those of the baby boomer generation who see those dreams of the 60’s and early 70’s fade with our legacy of a more complicated and divided world. The lyrics and video reflects on what is a ‘miracle’ -is it technology, faith, or just persistence in the face of daunting challenges?”


27/08/16: Blind Ego premiere video for new single

Last month we reported that Gentle Art of Music (GAOM) had announced the release of the forthcoming, third album, from RPWL guitarist, Kalle Wallner, once again released under the Blind Ego moniker. Liquid is scheduled for release on 21st October 2016. Today sees the video release of the first single, Blackened taken from the album and features vocalist Arno Menses (Subsignal).

The band have also announced Dutch, Belgium and German tour dates in January 2017. Visit the band’s website for full details.


26/08/16: RoSFest 2017 confirm more acts for next year’s event

RoSFest2017

Following on from the announcement earlier in the week that UK’s The Fierce And The Dead would perform on the Sunday morning at next year’s RoSFest festival, comes news that Swedes, Änglagård will be headlining the Sunday evening. Headlining the Saturday evening will be the Neal Morse Band with other acts already announced – Unified Past and The Aaron Clifton Experiment. More bands will be announced in the coming months…

The event takes place between 5th & 7th May 2017 and once again the festival returns to the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg.

Find out more HERE on TPA.


25/08/16: New Jadis studio album is nearing completion

UK melodic rockers Jadis recently revealed that their latest studio album, No Fear of Looking Down is nearing completion and is expected to be released sometime in September 2016. The eight track album will be independently released through the band’s own label and available in several formats, including vinyl.

“The title, ‘No Fear of Looking Down’ and the idea, came about after watching on YouTube the perilous ascents…and descents of city and urban structures by fearless young ‘explorers’. They have now added to their dramatic antics by filming the climbs using high definition GoPro cameras. Being somewhat anxious myself when it comes to sheer heights, these unnerving accounts struck a chord with me and therefore thought it would be an interesting subject. Think climbing one of the Battersea Power Station chimneys at night, while it’s windy and with no harness, or free climbing Centrepoint in London and then performing handstands on one of the cranes…”


23/08/16: Gilli Smyth ~ RIP

Gilli Smyth_RIPIt is with sadness that we bring news of the passing of Gillian Mary “Gilli” Smyth – who passed away yesterday, aged 83. Gilli will be perhaps remembered for her work with Gong and its many offshoots. The following was posted on the Gong website earlier today…

“Gilli died at mid-day in Australia surrounded by loved ones. She had been admitted to Byron Bay hospital with pneumonia a couple of days ago. She was 83 and also ageless.

Her unique stage presence and vocals manifestied and determindly represented a vital, deeply fundimental feminine principle within the Gong universe. She last performed with the band in 2012.

We will miss her. Love and laughter to the Good Witch.”


23/08/16: Riverside to release instrumental album in October

Riverside have announced the release a new album, a transitional offering made up from songs taken from the years 2007 to 2015, as well as new tracks recorded at the beginning of 2016.

Mariusz Duda about the upcoming release:

Riverside - Eye Of The Soundscape“I had a feeling that the sixth RIVERSIDE album might be the last chapter of a story. That the future releases might have a different sound, a different character… Unofficially, I called our latest three albums “the crowd trilogy”. Each subsequent title was longer by one word – four, five, six. Six words was long enough as a title and I thought that was the one to finish it off with…

Before we started a new chapter, perhaps a “new trilogy”, I had an idea to release a complementary album. An album in between. An album we had always wanted to record. It wouldn’t be just new music but in our case and in such configuration it would definitely be a new quality because we hadn’t released such an album before.

For years, we have accumulated a lot of material, a part of which was released on bonus discs. I know that some of our listeners still haven’t heard those pieces and do not realise that RIVERSIDE, basically right from the start, have been experimenting with ambient and progressive electronic music. And that’s always been a part of our music DNA.

So I presented the idea to the rest of the band and the decision was unanimous. We decided to make a compilation of all our instrumental and ambient pieces, and release it this year as an independent album. Some of the songs would be re-mixed to make them sound better, but most of all, we’d add new compositions.

At the beginning of the year, we locked ourselves in the studio and we started to compose. We even published a picture on our facebook page, in which Grudzien is holding a small keyboard as a joke. That was that recording session. We were working with smiles on our faces, genuinely excited, knowing that this time it wasn’t just a bonus disc or an addition to something “bigger” but a fully fledged, independent release with that kind of music, full of space, trance, melodies and electronics. The day before I got a text message from Grudzien, “I really can’t wait for this release, I have always had a dream for RIVERSIDE to release such an album.”

“Eye Of The Soundscape” compiles all the special instrumental RIVERSIDE tracks previously used as bonus material for the “Shrine Of New Generation Slaves” and “Love, Fear and the Time Machine” albums, alongside rare cuts as well as 4 new songs (“Where The River Flows”, “Shine”, “Sleepwalkers” and “Eye Of The Soundscape”) into a massive playing time of +100 minutes, which will be available as 2CD-Mediabook, 3LP (With both CD’s as bonus) or Digital Download.

SOURCE: Riverside


22/08/16: Seven Impale announce second album in September

Norwegian’s Seven Impale announce the follow-up to City Of The Sun, with the release of their second album, Contrapasso, scheduled for 16th September 2016, through Karisma Records. Earlier this year the band teamed up again with producer Iver Sandøy (produced Enslaved | Krakow), in the Solslottet Studios, to record the follow up.

Seven Impale

“On “Contrapasso” you find a band that are more daring, experimental and complex. Again, they touch upon the harder soundscapes as well as including more catchy and upbeat tracks, but on this album everything goes one step further…

…Melding melody, experimentation, dramatics, atmosphere and contrasting rythms, with “Contrapasso”, Seven Impale has created an essential album for any fan of progressive rock!”

SOURCE: I Like Press


21/08/16: Drifting Sun to release re-mixed & re-mastered edition of second album

Drifting Sun_banner

A re-mixed and re-mastered edition of UK-based progressive rock studio project Drifting Sun‘s second album, On the Rebound, will be available in mid September. The new version will feature updated art-work.

Drifting Sun_ReboundTRACK LISTING
01. The Charade
02. Swan Song
03. Drifting Sun
04. Long Nights
05. Heavens Eyes
06. Minstrel
07. Mon Masque

Pre-orders along with freebie offer start tomorrow…


20/08/16: Gong post album montage on Soundcloud

Gong have previewed a montage, containing of several tracks, from their forthcoming studio album, Rejoice! I’m Dead!, which is scheduled for release on 16th September 2016 through Madfish.

“Inspired by the light, love and passing of our dear friend and inspiration Daevid Allen.”Dave Sturt.


19/08/16: Lifesigns and Niko Tsonev part ways

Niko TsonevLifesigns officially announce that guitarist Niko Tsonev played his final performance, with the band, at this year’s Cropredy festival. In a brief statement on their Facebook page the band commented:

“I know some of you will already know but just to say that Cropredy was Niko’s last show with the band.

He has decided it’s time to move on to pastures new and as such we wish him much luck and happiness with all future musical endeavours.

We’ve loved working with Niko these last three and a half years.

It’s been an amazing time and we have great memories to take with us as Lifesigns continues it’s journey forwards.”

Image: David Baird (TPA)


18/08/16: John Wesley posts lyric video for new single

John Wesley will release his eighth studio album a way you’ll never be on 7th October 2016 through InsideOut Music. Ahead of the release and by way of a taster InsideOut post a lyric video for the first single, by the light of the sun

Commenting on the single, John says:

“I’m happy to introduce “by the light of the sun”, the opening track of my new album, “a way you’ll never be”. This song sets the tone, as a good representation of the style of music and sound for this album. It also opens the door lyrically to introduce the concept of the album, which is my interpretation of the parallels between my favorite author, Ernest Hemingway’s “Lost Generation” and what I perceive to be our own modern day version of a “Lost Generation”. This theme is threaded through all of the songs on the album, with some of the songs making solid connections to characters, stories, and my personal interpretations of some of Hemingway’s writing.

The very first line of lyrics in the song make the connection to the “burning man” character used in the imagery of the cover art. “By the light of a sun, burning dreams into ash….”, this concept that many of us chase our dreams through life and sometimes the closer we get to them, the more these aspirations can seem to “burn us”.

The image of the “burning man” is meaningful on many levels, which contextually evolves from song to song. At times it represents change, or courage, as well as a burning passion. Other times it even ties into the the myth of “Icarus” having pushed too hard and flown too near the sun.”


18/08/16: More Pink Floyd albums to get the vinyl treatment

Following on from last week’s announcement of the vinyl releases of The Wall and The Division Bell albums, on 26th August 2016, comes the news that Atom Heart Mother, Meddle and Obscured By Clouds (all re-mastered from the original analogue tapes) will also undergo the heavyweight vinyl treatment. The date for these three albums is 23rd September 2016.

Floyd albums

This follows the release, in June, of the band’s first four albums, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, A Saucerful Of Secrets, More and Ummagumma.


17/08/16: Gong announce UK dates

Gong UK tour poster 2016Gong has announced a headline tour of the UK in November, in support of their forthcoming new album Rejoice! I’m Dead!

GONG UK TOUR 2016

20/11/16: Con Club, Lewes
21/11/16: The Globe, Cardiff
22/11/16: The Musician, Leicester
23/11/16: The Dome, London
24/11/16: Gorilla, Manchester
26/11/16: Audio, Glasgow

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.


16/08/16: Emmett Elvin to release new album in September

Bad Elephant Music have announced a new album release from multi-instrumentalist Emmett Elvin (Knifeworld, Chrome Hoof and Guapo). Assault on the Tyranny of Reason, will be official released on 23rd September 2016 and pre-orders are now available.

“Emmett’s first album of new material since 2014’s ‘Bloody Marvels’ extends and enhances the formula of that acclaimed release. Sarah Anderson (Chrome Hoof, The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble), Anna Tam (Mediaeval Baebes), Chloë Herington (Knifeworld), Beverley Crome (The Cesarians) and Daniel Friend reprise guest appearances, and are joined by a new key collaborator, drummer Alex Thomas (John Cale, Bat For Lashes, Chrome Hoof) who adds a new distinctive percussive edge to the twelve pieces on the album. Other stellar musicians from Emmett’s circle also guest, including Knifeworld and Gong main man Kavus Torabi. Mixing and mastering duties once again come courtesy of the Infallible Ear himself, Mark Cawthra.”

SOURCE: Bad Elephant Music


16/08/16: Kevin Godley launches official website

Kevin Godley10cc/Godley & Creme legend and renowned video director Kevin Godley has launched his official website, which features rare and unreleased video and audio content.

The website comes on the heels of the release of his critically acclaimed autobiography Spacecake…

Amongst the unreleased content found in the website is a fascinating new video of the classic 10cc track Somewhere In Hollywood, a brand new recorded track with French EDM producer Luke Mornay entitled Expecting A Message and Fashion Aid – the fashion industry’s contribution to Bob Geldof’s unstoppable 1985 campaign.

Says Kevin about the new website, “Creatively I’m all over the place but, as of now, I’m all over the one place. www.kevin-godley.com isn’t a museum it’s a meseum. Music, film clips, drawings, facts, figures, histories and futures.”

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR


15/08/16: The Tangent reveal A Few Steps Down the Wrong Road

Earlier this month it was reported that The Tangent had recorded their first material together since Andy Tillison’s illness, the result being a twenty minute piece entitled A Few Steps Down the Wrong Road. Details can be found further down this page. It was also revealed that the track, in its entirety, would be released today – and here it is…

A Few Steps Down the Wrong Road was made as a response to the UK vote to leave Europe: “A film by EU progressive rock band The Tangent, made in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the organisation and the subsequent racist behaviour of the press and many people around the country. Contains Strong Language.”

Andy Tillison commented: “Inevitably, after a very upbeat and nostalgic album that revisited our early career with “A Spark In the Aether”, I wanted to turn my head again towards the more socially aware music that I have written since I was a teenager. The idea has been building with me for some time, and now it’s time for me to get on with it. In the light of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, a political framework where the Tangent flourished as an international positive idea, it’s obvious that I want to say something about that. I’ve never been good at political debate, but in song I find my courage and I’m not letting this pass me by.”

The track is destined for a forthcoming album, to be released through InsideOut Music, however at this moment in time there are no further details available.


14/08/16: Skyharbor announce European and UK dates in October

Indian/American progressive rock band Skyharbor, alongside Sithu Aye and Modern Day Babylon, will be touring Europe and the UK in October.

The band posted on Facebook: “EUROPE & UK – we’re delighted to be prancing across your beautiful continent once again this October with our dear friends Sithu Aye and Modern Day Babylon! It’s been a while, and we have some surprises up our sleeves for you guys. See you on the road!”

Skyharbor_posterEUROPEAN TOUR 2016

01/10/2016: COLOGNE (DE) Euroblast
02/10/2016: READING (UK) Sub89
03/10/2016: CARDIFF (UK) The Globe
04/10/2016: BRISTOL (UK) The Exchange
05/10/2016: SOUTHAMPTON (UK) Talking Heads
06/10/2016: LONDON (UK) Dingwalls
08/10/2016: SHEFFIELD (UK) Plug
09/10/2016: NEWCASTLE (UK) University SU
10/10/2016: GLASGOW (UK) Audio
11/10/2016: MILTON KEYNES (UK) The Craufurd Arms
12/10/2016: HAARLEM (NL) Patronaat
13/10/2016: HAMBURG (DE) Logo
14/10/2016: MUNICH (DE) Feierwerk
15/10/2016: AARAU (CH) Flösserplatz

More shows to be announced – keep up to date with these UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum with the TPA Gig Guide.


13/08/16: An Endless Sporadic new album release in September

An Endless Sporadic are set to release Magic Machine on 16th September 2016. For this latest release, multi-instrumentalist Zach Kamins is joined by a host of special guests including Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater | LTE), Roine Stolt & Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings), Michael Iago Mellender (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) and Navene-K (Animals As Leaders | Entheos) – to name just a few!

“An abstract instrumental journey of mind-bending musicianship and rich expressiveness via avante garde film-score soundscapes, featuring flashes of stylistic innovation and ensemble work that is staggeringly packed full of drama yet still meaningful from a compositional standpoint.”


12/08/16: Esoteric Recordings releases update

Esoteric Recordings

Esoteric Recordings announce their release schedule for August & September which include Barclay James Harvest, Anthony Phillips and the latest studio offering from Van Der Graaf Generator. Full details can be found HERE.

AUGUST SCHEDULE
How We Live – Dry Land (Remastered Edition)
Eclection – Eclection (Remastered & Expanded Edition)

SEPTEMBER SCHEDULE
Barclay James Harvest – Gone To Earth (3 Disc Remastered & Expanded Edition)
Anthony Phillips – Private Parts & Pieces V-VIII (5 Disc Deluxe Clamshell Box Set Edition)
Van Der Graaf Generator – Do Not Disturb (CD Edition | Vinyl LP Edition)
Gravy Train – Second Birth (Remastered & Expanded Edition)

Also announced just announced is the October release of the eponymous debut album from Son of Man.


12/08/16: Antoine Fafard releases new album in September

Bass player and composer Antoine Fafard’s fourth album, Sphère, is to be released on September 2016 and features Gary Husband (drums, synth & piano) and Jerry De Villiers Jr (guitar). The album follows Ad Perpetuum (2014) – a collection of tunes that were well received by fans and critics.

Canadian-born and UK-based Antoine has been releasing original instrumental music for more than 15 years and his first three albums feature world-class musicians including Vinnie Colaiuta, Jerry Goodman, Scott Henderson and Dave Weckl.

“Sphère collects nine new original pieces featuring a blend of foot-tapping grooves, original chord progressions and creative soundscapes. The music offers plenty of space for De Villiers Jr to shine with his rich and warm guitar tone and highly melodic approach. The album also gives a platform for virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Husband to display his intensity and musicality in his highly creative approach to both drums and keyboards.”

Released via the recently-created Timeless Momentum label, Sphère is available on CD, as download and on stream. The album can also be purchased as a limited-edition CD, which includes three exclusive bonus tracks and an extensive booklet, available only at the Antoine Fafard website.


10/08/16: The Ben Cameron Project to release second album in September

A Cycle Never Ending the second album from The Ben Cameron Project and the follow-up to the well received Tipping Point (2014), will be released, through Bandcamp on 7th September 2016. Multi-instrumentalist Ben Cameron will is joined by Filippo Galli (drums), Peter Bakaja (bass), Norbert Varga (keyboards), Charlotte Jaffer (cello) and renowned pedal steel player BJ Cole.

The band will play the album, in its entirety, at London’s The Water Rat on 17th August 2016. Details can be found on the Ben Cameron website or visit the TPA Gig Guide – for this date and more from across the prog spectrum.


09/08/16: Pádraig Duggan ~ RIP

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Pádraig Duggan in Blanchardstown Hospital, Dublin, following a recurring illness. In a brief post on the Clannad Facebook Page:

“We are very sad to inform you of the loss of Pádraig Duggan, musician, songwriter and founding member of Clannad. He died this morning in Dublin, Ireland. He was 67.”

Pádraig Duggan ~ RIP


09/08/16: Portuguese band Griot to release debut album this month

Portuguese multi-instrumentalists João Pascoal and Sérgio Ferreira, under the name of Griot, will release their debut concept album, Gerald, on 14th August 2016. Alongside with the album the band will release a seventeen page storybook, in five chapters, which unravels with the album.

“Gerald’s a concept album portraying the journey of Gerald, a man with many questions and fewer answers. It’s an immersive journey about himself and something more, something grand, something new…”

Griot have enlisted an impressive ensemble of guest musicians and vocalists for Gerald. Visit the band’s Bandcamp Page for full details and availability…


07/08/16: The Tangent announce new material

The Tangent - A Few Steps banner

Andy Tillison has revealed that The Tangent have recorded their first material together since his illness, the result is a twenty minute piece entitled A Few Steps Down the Wrong Road. Joining Andy (drums, keys & vocals) are Jonas Reingold (bass), Luke Machin (guitar) and Theo Travis (sax & flute). There are also guest vocal appearances from Boff Whalley and Marie Eve De Gaultier.

The track is destined for a forthcoming album, however Andy along with InsideOut Music plan to release A Few Steps Down the Wrong Road in the not too distant future – currently slated for Monday 15th August 2016.

Andy will be talking about the track which will be premiered on Emma Roebuck’s “Northern Star” show on Progzilla Radio this Thursday (11th August 2016) – the show starts at 20:00 (UK).


05/08/16: Ray Wilson premieres Amen To That

Amen To That is taken from Ray Wilson‘s sixth solo album, Makes Me Think Of Home, scheduled for release on 7th October 2016 and hot on the heels of Song For A Friend, an acoustic album released earlier this year…

Makes Me Think Of Home contains subtle humour; particularly in the first single Amen To That. The track is accompanied by a multi-layered video production in which Ray showcases his acting skills as he takes on multiple characters in a range of unusual professions. The intense 7-day shoot produced what is undoubtedly the best video of Ray’s career and which takes the instantly memorable

Reflecting on his latest work, Ray says, “Makes Me Think of Home encompasses the joy of freedom we have all come to enjoy and perhaps take for granted as well as the fear of solitude. It highlights the many imperfections that make us special and reminds us not to fear them, but to embrace them. In the words of Leonard Cohen. “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in”.

TRACK LISTING
01. Never Should Have Sent You Roses
02. The Next Life
03. Tennessee Mountain
04. Worship The Sun
05. Makes Me Think Of Home
06. Amen To That
07. Anyone Out There
08. Don’t Wait For
09. Calvin And Hobbes
10. The Spirit

Makes Me Think Of Home will be released on 7th October 2016.

SOURCE: The Publicity Connection


05/08/16: North Sea Radio Orchestra release download single

Today sees the release of North Sea Radio Orchestra‘s download single, The British Road, written by Robert Wyatt.

The track is taken from the fourth NSRO album Dronne, scheduled for release 9th September 2016…


05/08/16: Kansas stream track from forthcoming album

It was revealed in June that Kansas had returned to the recording studios and would release a new album this year. Details, along with track listings can be found HERE on TPA. Today InsideOut Music have streamed With This Heart, a track taken from the The Prelude Implicit album.

“The Prelude Implicit features 10 all 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.”

The Prelude Implicit will be released on 21st June 2016 through InsideOut Music. Kansas will be debuting songs from the album in the USA this autumn, as part of their Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour.

SOURCE: The Publicity Connection


04/08/16: Anathema line-up Autumn tour dates

Anathema have revealed that they’ve been busy writing their new album, the follow up to 2014’s Distant Satellites. They have also announced a run of shows for November where they plan to road test this new material live for the very first time.

“These intimate shows are set to be the only tour in the band’s calendar for the rest of the year, and will no doubt excite both fans and the band themselves, heading into the recording period. An opportunity not to be missed.”

Anathema posterAn evening with Anathema tour dates

04/11/16: Picturedrome, Holmfirth
05/11/16: The Globe, Cardiff
06/11/16: The Haunt, Brighton
07/11/16: The Assembly, Leamington Spa
08/11/16: Sub89, Reading
10/11/16: Boerderij, Zoetermeer [NL]
15/11/16: Engine Rooms, Southampton

Visit the TPA Gig Guide – the UK’s most comprehensive UK prog concert listing.

Continue reading HERE on TPA.

SOURCES: Kscope | I Like Press


04/08/16: Rob Cottingham announces new band, album and UK gigs

Touchstone founder, songwriter, singer and keys man, Rob Cottingham has announced his new UK rock band, Cairo, who will be releasing their thirteen track debut album, Say on 3rd October 2016.The album has been recorded at Outhouse Studios, with John Mitchell. Cairo are: Rob Cottingham (keys & vocals), Rachel Hill (vocals), James Hards (guitars), Paul Stocker (bass) and Graham Brown (drums)

Rob comments: “I was after a new sound with the same sensibilities as in my previous writing but with heavier passages, as well as more ambient, electronic soundscapes – plus more time spent on crafting the blend of male and female vocals within the overall production of the music.”

The band will play at this weekend’s Cambridge Rock Festival and further UK dates later this year. Find them on the TPA Gig Guide – the UK’s most comprehensive UK prog concert listing.


04/08/16: Panic Room to film live DVD in October

Panic Room posterPanic Room have successfully reached their PledgeMusic Campaign target, to raise funds for the Live DVD and confirm the Islington Assembly Hall as the venue.

The concert will start early (6:00pm) as the band plan to play two lengthy sets, with material from across all of their albums, on Sunday 16th October 2016.

Visit the TPA Gig Guide – for more dates from across the prog spectrum.


03/08/16: Fotheringay to continue with live dates without Jerry Donahue

Jerry Donahue - FotheringayIn a post made on the Fotheringay Facebook Page they reveal that Jerry Donahue suffered a stroke 29th July 2016.

“Many of you will now be aware that Jerry Donahue suffered a stroke while at home in the USA on Friday July 29th. He is slowly recovering but will be unable to appear on the forthcoming Fotheringay UK and Europe tour dates for the foreseeable future. The band will be carrying on as a five piece, which is what Jerry would of course want, and he will be rejoining the band as soon as he is fit and well.”

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for Fotheringay’s UK dates.


02/08/16: Dec Burke to release new album this month

Festival Music announce that Dec Burke (Frost*, Audioplastik, Darwin’s Radio) has signed with the label and they will be releasing his third album, Book Of Secrets, on 29th August 2016.

The album features an impressive list of guest musicians including – Kristoffer Gildenlow (formerly Pain Of Salavation) on bass, Carl Westholm (Carptree) on piano, mellotron, organ and Steve Hughes (formerly Big Big Train) on drums.

Dec Burke - Book Of SecretsTRACK LISTING
01. Reflection
02. Everlasting
03. Take
04. As High As The Sun
05. Another Hope
06. Intervals
07. Hate & Lies
08. The Sun Will Rise

Book Of Secrets has been mixed by Lee Abraham and mastered by Karl Groom.


02/08/16: Opeth unveil lyric video of title track from new album

Yesterday Opeth, partnered with Rolling Stone, unveiled the first song and title track, Sorceress, from their forthcoming twelfth studio album. Sorceress is scheduled for release on 30th September 2016 via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records through Nuclear Blast.

Mikael Åkerfeldt commented: “…Here’s the title track, ”Sorceress,” combined with the now obligatory lyric video. Why not eh? We’re happy with the tune. It’s heavy, a bit “meat and potato,” but what the hell…we love it! Hope you do too!”

Opeth will be making a number of festival appearances, touring the US & Canada during late September and October, before heading to Europe in November. All tour dates can be found HERE.


01/08/16: Dream Theater announce US tour dates

“Roadrunner Records’ group Dream Theater has announced details of a fall North American headline tour. The trek, which gets underway October 5th at Bethlehem, PA’s Sands Bethlehem Event Center, will see the pioneering group performing their widely acclaimed double concept album The Astonishing in immersive and interactive settings for a unique and unparalleled live experience…”

Dream Theater tour

DREAM THEATER – FALL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2016
05/10/16: Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, PA
07/10/16: F.M. Kirby Center for Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre, PA
08/10/16: Hershey Theatre, Hershey, PA
14/10/16: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ
22/10/16: Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
31/10/16: Murat Theatre @ Old National Centre, Indianapolis, IN
01/11/16: Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI

SOURCE: Dream Theater


01/08/16: The Room to film October show for DVD release

The Room DVD posterThe Room reveal that we will be filming their show at Bilston’s The Robin 2 on 23rd October 2016 and that the DVD is planned for release early in the New Year.

“With two albums under their belts the band are renowned for delivering an energy laden show and are promising some surprises in October.”

Last month saw the band release a digital single, As Crazy As It Seems, through Bandcamp and taken from their second album Beyond The Gates Of Bedlam.

“The single epitomises the rich musical heritage at the heart of The Room’s progressive tinged rock – a combination of impressive musicianship, catchy hooks and thought-provoking lyrics.”

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