Published on 1st April 2017
TPA News – April 2017
Latest Prog News – from across the progressive rock spectrum & continually updated throughout April 2017.
26/04/17: Fish announces Lazuli & Doris Brendal as support on UK shows
Fish has announced that Lazuli will be supporting him on some of the December shows, “however due to other commitments in France they can only play these dates“. Support for the other dates will be Doris Brendel
You can visit the TPA Gig Guide for all these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.
24/04/17: Magenta release Trojan EP – free on download
With only a few days to go till the release of their latest studio album, We Are Legend Magenta have released a ‘free of charge’ download of the Trojan EP – available from Bandcamp. The band have also issued a video to accompany the single…
The EP comprises a single edit of Trojan, taken from the twenty six minute epic album version, alongside remixes of two other sections of Trojan in the style of Rob’s ChimpanA project.
Christina comments: “I great to finally enable everybody to hear what we’ve been working on for the last year. We’ve been opening the recent gigs with this single edit of “Trojan”, and it’s a real barn-stormer of a track which really shows off the power of our new rhythm section. We can’t wait for everybody to receive their copies of the album. We’re exceptionally proud of it.“
We Are Legend will be released through the band’s Tigermoth Records on 27th April 2017. You can read TPA’s review of We Are Legend HERE.
21/04/17: Big Big Train premiere Experimental Gentlemen
The promo features a shorter version of the track, with the song appearing in full on the band’s upcoming album Grimspound, which is now available for pre-order.
Bassist Greg Spawton tells Prog: “This song is our celebration of the astronomers, botanists and scientists who were aboard HMS Endeavour on Captain Cook’s first voyage of discovery in 1768. The voyage was primarily a scientific expedition made at the behest of the Royal Society. Cook called the scientists on the ship his ‘experimental gentlemen’.”
Big Big Train vocalist David Longdon previously revealed that the band had progressed their sound on the record. He said: “Grimspound has followed on very swiftly from Folklore. We found ourselves with a wealth of new material and, with writing input from Danny, Rachel and Rikard, we have been able to move the band’s sound forward while building on all we have learnt over the last few years. We are determined to work hard and, as they say, make hay while the sun shines.”
Big Big Train will play three shows at London’s Cadogan Hall at the end of September and the beginning of October. The first two concerts are sold out and limited seats are available for the remaining Sunday matinee performance.
You can visit the TPA Gig Guide for all these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.
21/04/17: Rosalie Cunningham confirms Purson have called it a day
She says in a statement: “The past five years have been an unforgettable whirlwind, for which I have to thank our wonderful fans around the world, the band and all the people who have contributed to Purson’s success over the years…
…Their support has been overwhelming, but the Purson framework has gone as far as it could go, and now it’s simply time to move on. I feel strongly drawn to a more DIY approach to my career in music, and look forward to the freedom to explore many avenues as a solo artist.”
20/04/17: Roger Waters new studio album out in June
It’s been in the pipeline for some time now, but Roger Waters has revealed that he will release Is This The Life We Really Want?, his first studio album since 1992’s Amused to Death, on 2nd June 2017. Produced and mixed by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead & Paul McCartney), the twelve track album includes new songs that, according to a press release contain “unflinching commentary on the modern world and uncertain times.” Continue reading HERE on TPA.
Listen to Smell the Roses (audio only), the first official music to be released from Is This The Life We Really Want?
The album will come out as a 180-gram vinyl LP, CD and digitally – pre-orders begin on Friday 21st April 2017.
SOURCE: Rolling Stone
20/04/17: Caravan add more UK dates in November
Caravan kick off their UK 2017 tour at the legendary Trading Boundaries venue in East Sussex.
CARAVAN UK 2017 TOUR
15/11/17: Trading Boundaries, Fletching
16/11/17: Public Halls, Harpenden
17/11/17: HRH Prog VI, Pwllheli
18/11/17: The Met, Bury
19/11/17: Komedia, Bath
*More dates to be added
You can visit the TPA Gig Guide for all these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.
20/04/17: TesseracT North American & Canadian shows
UK based TesseracT return to North America for a short run of dates with Megadeth and Meshuggah including a performance Montebello Rockfest.
23/06/17: Montebello Rockfest Montebello, Canada
25/06/17: House Of Blues Boston, MA
27/06/17: The Fillmore Philadelphia, PA
28/06/17: Portsmouth Pavilion Portsmouth, VA
29/06/17: The Fillmore Silver Spring, MD
30/06/17: Express Live! Columbus, OH
05/07/17: Colosseum at Caesars Windsor Windsor, Canada
07/07/17: Family Arena St Charles, MO
08/07/17: The Zoo Amphitheatre Oklahoma City, OK
09/07/17: Revention Music Center Houston, TX
11/07/17: Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA
20/04/17: Enslaved in the studio for album fourteen
Enslaved announce that we have entered the studio to record our fourteenth (yet untitled) full-length release. It will also mark the recording debut of new keyboardist/clean vocalist Håkon Vinje from Seven Impale.
“Aiming for both wilder and yet more progressive and melodic horizons, we’re always up to surprise and challenge you…”
Ivar Bjørnson Official comments: “It is absolutely fantastic to be in the studio with these new songs. So many doors were opened with “In Times” and the times (sic) that followed; for us as a band, for me as a composer and I guess for us all on a personal level. I have never worked this hard to put together music for an album before, and that intensity continues into the studio where everybody is giving their everything, every hour of every day. We are a tighter unit than ever before, which is obvious sonically. The concept conjured by myself and old war-brother Grutle is the strongest we have worked with. Finally, I am proud that we have taken more risks than ever before, and one in particular – and it is yielding awesome results. What does that mean? Stay tuned to find out!”
19/04/17: The Enid finalise short UK tour dates in June
The Enid will embark on a five date mini-tour during June 2017 in support of their Resurgency album…
THE ENID RESURGENCY UK TOUR 2017
21/06/17: The Portland Arms, Cambridge
22/06/17: Band On The Wall, Manchester
24/06/17: Talking Heads, Southampton
26/06/17: The Fleece, Bristol
29/06/17: Bush Hall, London
Robert John Godfrey will reunite with The Enid on 5th August 2017 for a special concert to celebrate his 70th birthday.
You can visit the TPA Gig Guide for all the UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum.
19/04/17: Cosmograf to release new album in July
Speaking to Team Rock/Prog, Robin Armstrong reveals that Cosmograf‘s sixth studio album, The Hay-Man Dreams – “a collection of six songs presenting a mythical tale of a farm labourer that dies prematurely leaving a loving wife and young family” – will be released on 10th July 2017. The album will feature guest performances from Rachael Hawnt, Kyle Fenton, Matt Stevens and Rachel Hall.
Speaking of the release Robin Armstrong says: “It’s really a dark love story about a relationship built during a life of hard labour working on a farm in rural Britain…
…I came up with the idea after researching the fate of my great great grandfather who was a farm labourer and gamekeeper and died in mysterious circumstances.”
18/04/17: Bent Knee premiere Land Animal video
Bent Knee premiere Land Animal video, taken from their forthcoming studio album, Land Animal, which will be released on 23rd June 2017 through InsideOut Music/Sony Music Entertainment.
“We’re very excited to be working with InsideOutMusic/Sony,” said Swain. “It’s wonderful to have our music reach a lot of new ears across the globe through them. It’s an honor to join their roster of prestigious artists and we look forward to a long relationship with the label.”
“Bent Knee is unlike any band you’ve ever heard. Its borderless sound combines myriad influences from across the rock, pop, minimalist, and avant-garde spectrums into a seamless, thrilling whole. Its forthcoming album Land Animal—Bent Knee’s first for InsideOutMusic/Sony, released on June 23, 2017 —takes its sound to a new level. It offers a suite of songs full of addictive hooks, lush melodies and enthralling twists and turns that capture the reality of life in the 21st Century—a reality of people and nations in the midst of tumultuous change. It also communicates a ray of hope and desire for listeners to embrace the fact that they’re not alone in their struggles.”
SOURCE: Bent Knee
18/04/17: Queen + Adam Lambert Announce UK and European Tour
“Just weeks after announcing a 26-date summer tour of North America, Queen + Adam Lambert today revealed further live plans for 2017 which will now see the band return to Europe later this year for a series of 24 dates including 12 arena concerts in the UK and Ireland. The tour will showcase a spectacular new stage production and a set list that the band hints will provide some surprises.” You can read the full PRESS RELEASE HERE.
01/11/17: Prague, Czech Republic, O2 Arena
02/11/17: Munich, Germany, Olympiahalle
04/11/17: Budapest, Hungary, Sportarena
06/11/17: Lodz, Poland, Atlas Arena
08/11/17: Vienna, Austria, Stadhalle
10/11/17: Bologna, Italy, Unipol Arena
12/11/17: Luxembourg, Amneville Galaxie
13/11/17: Amsterdam, Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
17/11/17: Kaunas, Lithuania, Zalgiris Arena
UK & IRELAND
25/11/17: Dublin, 3 Arena
26/11/17: Belfast, SSE Arena
28/11/17: Liverpool, Echo Arena
30/11/17: Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
01/12/17: Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
03/12/17: Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
05/12/17: Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
06/12/17: Leeds, First Direct Arena
08/12/17: Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena
09/12/17: Manchester, Arena
12/12/17: London, 02 Arena
15/12/17: London, The SSE Arena, Wembley
19/11/17: Hartwell Arena, Helsinki, Finland*
21/11/17: Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden*
You can visit the TPA Gig Guide for all the UK & Eire dates – and more from across the prog spectrum.
18/04/17: Public Service Broadcasting announce UK tour dates
Public Service Broadcasting have announced further tour dates for later in the year and in support of their forthcoming studio album. Every Valley will be released on 7th July 2017…
UK Tour Dates 2017
13/10/17: The Great Hall, Cardiff
14/10/17: LCR UEA, Norwich
16/10/17: Academy, Manchester
17/10/17: Boiler Shop, Newcastle
18/10/17: Barrowland, Glasgow
19/10/17: O2 Academy, Leeds
20/10/17: Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
21/10/17: Rock City, Nottingham
23/10/17: Colston Hall, Bristol
24/10/17: Pyramids, Portsmouth
25/10/17: De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
26/10/17: Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, London
18/04/17: The Fierce And The Dead release Palm Trees video
Earlier this month, (please read below), we reported news of The Fierce And The Dead‘s live mini album Field Recordings, to be released through at Bad Elephant Music on 28th April 2017. Today sees the official launch of the Palm Trees video:
Recorded at last year’s Ramblin’ Man Festival, Field Recordings “captures the band in their element – performing live on stage in front of an enthusiastic crowd”.
17/04/17: Magic Bus hatch new album in May
Magic Bus, musically described as “a love-in of late 60’s early 70’s”, announce their third studio album Phillip The Egg, recorded over nine days at Vale Studios and will be released through their own ‘Back to the Garden Records’ on 1st May 2017.
“Writing songs with the Canterbury / West Coast vibe they are known for but with the added influence of vintage prog clearly coming to the fore…
… Their music features in ‘Going Further’, a new film about the 50th Anniversary of Ken Kesey’s Magic Bus Trip across America'”
18/04/17: Discipline release Captives of the Wine Dark Sea teaser
Discipline have issued a brief teaser from their forthcoming studio album…
We reported last month that Detroit’s Discipline had recently signed to Laser’s Edge for the release their fifth studio album, Captives Of The Wine Dark Sea in June. It would now appear that the album will be released on CD, LP and digital formats in July 2017. The cover art, audio previews, pre-order info is expected in the next few days.
17/04/17: Anathema announce North American & Canadian tour dates
16/08/17: Baltimore, MD Soundstage
17/08/17: New York, NY Gramercy Theater
18/08/17: Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
19/08/17: Quebec, QC Saile Multi
20/08/17: Montreal, QC Astral
21/08/17: Toronto, ON Opera House
23/08/17: Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
24/08/17: Cleveland, OH House of Blues
25/08/17: Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
“Touring the U.S. and Canada is always a fantastic privilege,” said guitarist Daniel Cavanagh. “These countries have been the birthplace of some of the most revered recording artists of all time. We are delighted to visit the east coast and we promise to visit the west coast, following up soon. Our new album, The Optimist, is set in America. It will be a blast! “
SOURCE: Kscope Music
16/04/17: Allan Holdsworth ~ RIP
The words unique and genius are so often overused, however in the case of Allan Holdsworth, they seem to fall short of the mark. One of the true innovators of the guitar and a truly gifted musician and composer.
In a brief statement on Facebook his daughter Louise posted: “It is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father Allan Holdsworth. We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius. We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously.”
Allan Holdsworth ~ RIP.
15/04/17: Afro Celt Sound System announce UK tour dates
“Formed by Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, Afro Celt Sound System are a European and African based collective who’ve been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started.”
Read Leo Trimming’s concert review of Afro Celt Sound System’s 2016 gig at Exeter’s Phoenix Theatre HERE.
Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the wide ‘prog’ spectrum.
14/04/17: Steve Hackett releases 50 Miles from the North Pole video
Steve Hackett releases 50 Miles from the North Pole video – taken from his latest album The Night Siren. Steve’s twenty-fifth studio album was released on 24th March 2017 by InsideOut Music. Read our review of The Night Siren HERE on TPA.
Steve kicks off a series of UK tour dates starting at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall on 28th April and concludes at the “sold-out” London Palladium show on 19th May 2017.
Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.
14/04/17: Alan Emslie marks 15th anniversary with four re-masters
Today is the 15th anniversary of Edinburgh based, multi-instrumentalist Alan Emslie‘s first solo CD, and to mark this event he has released special re-mastered versions of his solo albums Dark Matter, Driven Heavy and Emotive Bay, along with the special addition of the Soft Monster album Floating.
For a limited period you can download all four albums with a “name your price” offer HERE at Bandcamp.
14/04/17: Nad Sylvan releases audio stream for the new single
With the promise of a future video, Nad Sylvan releases an audio stream of The Quartermaster, the new single from his forthcoming album The Bride Said No.
Commenting on the track Nad Sylvan said: “Apart from the Vampirate, the widow that turns into a bride again, the ship’s cat and the martyr – I felt it was time introduce a new character – namely the self-proclaimed Quartermaster, who pilots the ship into new waters, eventually landing on a desert island.”
The Bride Said No will be released through InsideOut Music on 26th May 2017 and features numerous guests including Steve Hackett, Roine Stolt, Tony Levin, Guthrie Govan, Jonas Reingold, Nick D’Virgilio and Doane Perry.
14/04/17: Colin Tench releases a snippet from a new project
Colin Tench releases a snippet from the second album which is currently in progress. The new album will feature drummer Joe Vitale (Joe Walsh, CSN, The Eagles, Barnstorm and many others)
Commenting on the inclusion of Vitale: “There is a lot of work going on for this album already and even tho’ Joe is touring for months, with Walsh, Tom Petty, Bad Company and (if rumours are correct), maybe even the Eagles, he will have time to devote to this and we are very honoured. We really do have to be at the top of our game!”
More news as expected soon…
12/04/17: Dolcetti release video track taken from Arriver
Dolcetti release video track for Corri, corri bambina, the final tune taken from their second album Arriver, released in January this year.
Commenting on the track the band say: “This is one of the songs we love the most, because we played it in a very spontaneous and passionate way.”
You can read the TPA’s review of Dolcetti’s Arriver HERE.
11/04/17: BEM announce new album release from Syncage
Bad Elephant Music announce the release of Syncage’s Unlike Here album scheduled for release on 5th May 2017. Syncage are an Italian four-piece band centred on the vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Matteo Nicolin, with brother Riccardo (drums & percussion), Daniele Tarabini (bass, flute & vocals) and Matteo Graziani (keyboards & violin). Unlike Here was co-produced by noted Italian engineer Mike3rd (Tony Levin, Benny Greb, Pat Mastelotto) and mastered in California by Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson, Steve Morse, Terry Bozzio).
“Unlike Here is a concept album, but cast in a thoroughly modern mould, drawing in jazz, fusion and metal influences as well as classic prog tropes to create an energetic, youthful mix. As well as traditional rock instrumentation, the music makes significant use of a string quartet, as well as guest musicians adding additional textures on trumpet and vibes. A modern progressive sound with the same musical mentality as The Tangent, Barock Project, and label-mates Verbal Delirium.”
SOURCE: Bad Elephant Music
11/04/17: A brief update from the Gryphon camp
“Just a quick update from the Gryphon camp. We have been rehearsing material for the new album and are off to play a festival in Portugal at the beginning of May. Then into the studio to start recording the new album around the middle of May. Also working on the DVD of the Union Chapel gig which should be ready within the next couple of months or so.”
11/04/17: District 97 to release live DVD in May
District 97 reveal that they will be releasing a limited 200 run of Live At De Boerderij DVD through Laser’s Edge on 30th May 2017. Recorded on 3rd April 2016 as part of the Progdreams Festival at The Netherlands’ De Boerderij Culturrpodium in Zoetermeer.
All 200 copies of the DVD will autographed and only available to “Premium Members of District 97’S Inside The Vault Club“.
11/04/17: Emerson Lake & Palmer – more classic re-mastered albums next month
As part of the comprehensive re-issues programme that BMG began early in 2016 to spotlight ELP’s legacy of nine studio albums as well as their various ‘live’ recordings and
compilations. A new collection of Emerson, Lake & Palmer albums are being released on CD, vinyl and download by BMG on 26 May 2017. They include Works Volume 1, Works Volume 2 and Love Beach
All of ELP’s album tracks have been carefully re-mastered by world renowned studio engineer Andy Pearce and made available in a variety of formats. They include high quality CD, freshly cut vinyl LP and HD digital download. At the special request of the late Greg Lake, the LPs are presented on 140 gram vinyl to endure a superior, high quality sound. The CD booklets contain extensive liner notes with rare photographs and new band interviews by legendary rock journalist Chris Welch.
SOURCE: Hall Or Nothing
07/04/17: Gungfly launch live video of the title track from forthcoming album
Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly have released a live video of the title track off their forthcoming album On Her Journey To The Sun, performed live at Sound Society studios in February 2017. On Her Journey To The Sun will be released, through InsideOut Music, on 19th May 2017.
Rikard comments on the video: “On Her Journey To The Sun is the title track for the new Gungfly album and I would say it is one of the poppier tunes of the bunch. Instead of doing a traditional music video we decided to record a live version of the song in the studio and film it! This seemed more natural for Gungfly and gave us a chance to show you the live band.
The title comes from the late stand-up comedian Bill Hicks who asked himself what moths used to fly into before there was electric light. “…are there moths on their way to the sun right now going: it’s gonna be worth it…” the lyrics have nothing to do with this but rather deal with letting go of someone or something that you just can’t resist. Hope you’ll like it!”
07/04/17: Jethro Tull’s Songs From The Wood 40th Anniversary Edition
Jethro Tull will release a 3CD/2DVD set to mark the 40th anniversary of Songs From The Wood, debatably one of the band’s finest albums …”and the first in the band’s acclaimed late 1970s Folk Rock Trilogy”.
“Songs From The Wood is often referred to as one of the most commercially appealing Jethro Tull albums, containing elements of rock, prog and folk-rock. Although media reaction at the time divided opinion, the album has certainly developed a nostalgic rapport with fans through the years and it is perceived today as one of the band’s most popular albums.
Drummer Barrie Barlow comments that it sounds “Fresh, unique, great textures, interesting and dynamic!”, while guitarist Martin Barre remembers that “It was a very tight band, one of the strongest line-ups Tull ever had… I think that Songs From The Wood and Heavy Horses [the follow up album] as a pair of albums are near the top of the tree”.
Jethro Tull’s tenth album was inspired by Ian Anderson’s departure to a more rural environment in a transition which bore clear influence on the writing and recording process, with the band notably doffing a cap to British folklore and countryside.”.
The Parlophone Records’ long awaited “Country Set”, will be released on 19th May 2017 and features:
3CD/2DVD and 96 page book deluxe package
Including the original album remixed by Steven Wilson
A host of unreleased associated recordings and live tracks
DVD components featuring a live concert, HD audio and 5.1 mixes
Full details can be found HERE on the Jethro Tull website.
07/04/17: Magenta release free downloadable ‘Greatest Hits’ album
“So many times we have people coming up to us to say that they didn’t even know we existed, and then discover the band and become fans for life. So the purpose of this album, is to have something that we can point music lovers to.”
The album is available through numerous platforms including Bandcamp, ITunes and Spotify…
07/04/17: Isildurs Bane & Steve Hogarth collaborative album release due next week
Sweden’s Isildurs Bane and Marillion vocalist Steve Hogarth have joined forces to release a new studio album set for release through Ataraxia on 14th April 2017. Colours Not Found In Nature received its live premiere on 26th November last year at Isildurs Bane’s IB EXPO concerts held in Halmstad Sweden.
Comprising six songs composed by Isildurs Bane’s keyboards man and MD Mats Johansson and Steve Hogarth, …”the richly detailed recordings feature tuned percussion, strings, woodwind, brass and voices, and within an integrated suite-like album structure.
Both a departure for Steve Hogarth and a stunning return for Isildur’s Bane, the album incorporates elements of Rock, traditional music, Jazz and contemporary Classical in one brilliantly unified world.”
06/04/17: Paul O’Niell ~ RIP
In a brief statement Trans-Siberian Orchestra announced that founding member Paul O’Neill had passed away…
“The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O’Neill has passed away from chronic illness.
He was our friend and our leader – a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all.”
The band have indicated that more details will be made shortly.
05/04/17: YESTIVAL – Tour Dates Announced
As announced on YES’s SiriusXM show, the YESTIVAL Tour will feature YES, Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy.
For these 2017 YESTIVAL shows, YES will play one track live, from each studio album from YES (1969) to DRAMA (1980), chronologically, with a few surprises thrown in.
Aug 04: White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum, NC
Aug 05: Holmes Convocation, Appalachian State Uni, Boone, NC
Aug 07: Pier Six Concert Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
Aug 08: Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA
Aug 10: MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT
Aug 11: Ford Amphitheater, Brooklyn, NY
Aug 12: P.N.C. Bank Center, Holmdel, NJ
Aug 16: The Palace Theatre, Greensburg, PA
Aug 17: DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
Aug 19: Festival Park – Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, IL
Aug 20: Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland, OH
Aug 22: The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
Aug 23: Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land, TX
Aug 25: Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
Aug 26: The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Aug 29: Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Sep 03: Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
Presales & Onsales begin April 13th & 14th.
Check back to yesworld.com for more details.
SOURCE: Yes World
05/04/17: Steven Wilson signs worldwide record deal with Caroline International
Posted on the official Steven Wilson website: “We can now officially announce that Steven Wilson has signed a worldwide record deal with Caroline International, part of the Universal Music Group, joining a roster that includes Peter Gabriel, Thurston Moore, Iggy Pop, Van Morrison (Official), Glass Animals and Underworld among others.
SW: “I’m absolutely delighted to be entering into partnership with Michael Roe and his team at Caroline for my next album. Although Caroline exist within the Universal Music Group, their philosophy allows me to remain creatively independent, while at the same time providing the “muscle” that being with a major organisation brings. This makes it a perfect home for me, and I’m happy to now be label mates with some of the most respected musicians in the industry.”
Michael Roe, Joint Managing Director of Caroline International: “I’ve been a fan of Steven’s recorded and production work for many years. He’s an incredible talent with a big and dedicated fanbase but someone who has not received the wider recognition I think he deserves. I’m thrilled he’s chosen Caroline as a home”.
The follow up to 2015’s Hand. Cannot. Erase. will be released later this year, more news coming soon.”
Photo credit – Lasse Hoile
05/04/17: Perri & Neil announce new album for May
Classical guitarist Neil Campbell, vocalist Perri Alleyne-Hughes and poet Seán Street will officially release their Estuary album on Thursday 18th May 2017 at a launch concert in Liverpool’s Capstone Theatre.
“The special launch performance will include the presentation of an immersive quadrophonic mix of the new album specially created for the event along with projected visuals by artist Peter Dover and live contemporary dance by choreographer Rachel Sweeney.”
Neil Campbell comments: Estuary… combines spoken poetry, fluid classical guitar textures, atmospheric soundscapes and beguiling vocals.”
Visit the TPA Gig Guide for this date and more from across the prog spectrum.
04/04/17: Can to release Singles compilation and a two volume book
Can will release a 3CD compilation bringing together a career spanning legacy. Can—The Singles will be released on 16th June 2017 via Mute & Spoon Records and will compile better known tracks in addition to some lesser known songs. The compilation will also feature Turtles Have Short Legs, recorded during the Tago Mago sessions, which was originally released as a 7″ single in 1971, but never featured on any of the band’s studio albums.
“This unique document is the first time the singles have been presented together and shows the breadth of their influential career, from well loved tracks like Halleluwah, Vitamin C and I Want More to more obscure singles such as Silent Night and Turtles Have Short Legs. The tracks are all presented in their original single version, many of which have been unavailable for many years and not presented outside of the original 7″ release.”
Can reveal that they will be releasing a new two volume book titled All Gates Open, scheduled for spring 2018 via Faber & Faber. It’ll be released in two volumes: The first will be a biography of the band and a second, CAN Kiosk, featuring visuals and interviews from the band.
04/04/17: Lonely Robot launch Everglow video
Last month John Mitchell’s Lonely Robot released the audio (video) for Everglow, taken from their second studio album, The Big Dream, to be released through InsideOut Music on 28th April 2017. More details can be found HERE on TPA. Today sees LR revisit to the track, this time complete with eye-straining video…
All the instrumentation on the album is by John Mitchell except for the drums which are played by Craig Blundell, however the live band, who hit the road later this month, will feature Steve Vantsis (bass) & Liam Holmes (keyboards) along with will be John with Craig. Dates announced are:
27/04/17: Sub89, Reading
28/04/17: Marillion Convention, Leicester
27/05/17: Trinity Live, Assembly Rooms, Leamington Spa
Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.
04/04/17: mouse on the keys announce EU/UK tour with Mutiny On The Bounty
EUROPEAN TOUR 2017
28/04/17: Rotondes – Luxembourg (LUX)
29/04/17: KulturA – Liège (BEL)
30/04/17: Patterns – Brighton (UK)
01/05/17: Rich Mix – London (UK)
03/05/17: Cairo – Würzburg (GER)
05/05/17: Vera – Copenhagen (DK)
06/05/17: Molotow – Hamburg (GER)
08/05/17: Underdogs Ballroom – Prague (CZ)
09/05/17: Kantine am Berghain – Berlin (GER)
11/05/17: Grammatikoff – Duisburg (GER)
12/05/17: Schon Schön – Mainz (GER)
Visit the TPA Gig Guide for the UK dates and more from across the progressive spectrum…
“mouse on the keys are well-known for blurring genres and their latest release Out of Body is no exception, traversing dark and avant-garde electronica, minimalist neo-classical, whilst also continuing to develop on their math-rock tendencies with rapid-fire time signature changes, angular rhythms and melodic yet frenetic piano work.” Out of Body was released earlier this year via Topshelf Records.
SOURCE: Prescription PR
03/04/17: The Fierce And The Dead to release new live album this month
“Taken from the band’s incendiary set at last year’s Ramblin’ Man Festival, Field Recordings captures the band in their element – performing live on stage in front of an enthusiastic crowd. The album features two previously unreleased songs which may (or may not!) feature on The Fierce And The Dead’s third solo album, currently in production.”
Matt Stevens comments: “The Fierce And The Dead is all about the live experience and this recording from Ramblin’ Man really captures that”. “It was an honour to be asked to play on the same bill as some legendary acts”, adds bassist Kev Feazey. “As a band we started out in tiny cramped venues so having the opportunity to play our noisy weird music to an appreciative audience on a big stage is both surreal and excellent”. And from guitarist and meteorologist Steve Cleaton: “Such a joy and honour to support truly great bands, playing in front of such a rocking and friendly crowd, and the weather was right as well!”
SOURCE: Bad Elephant Music
03/04/17: Mew release third video taken from their soon be released Visuals album
In January Denmark’s Mew released the first official audio video for Carry Me To Safety, taken from the Visuals album. This was followed in March with the release of the second track, 85 Videos, directed by the band’s vocalist Jonas Bjerre. Today sees the third video release – this time Time Twist – once again directed by Jonas Bjerre.
Visuals will be released on 28th April 2017 and available in vinyl, CD and digital formats. The band will also undertake a series of European dates in May – see January’s TPA News for more info.
02/04/17: Dark Dark Horse release new EP
Leicester duo Dark Dark Horse comprising of producer & multi-instrumentalist Jamie Ward and vocalist James Stafford release the Luna II EP on 7th April 2017 via Little Fanfare. After a break from activity with Ward touring full time with globetrotting instrumentalists, Maybeshewill, 2017 marks a rebirth of the band having signed a publishing deal with Warner’s W Songs. This will be the duo’s debut album Centuries. The first single, Frontiers was released last month:
“On their new expansive EP, Luna II Ward and Stafford glide their way through the 5 tracks with shimmering synthesizers, luscious piano melodies, inventive beats and dreamy vocals. It’s otherworldly electronica with real depth and warmth, a sound that the duo describe as “electronica with a human heart”.
SOURCE: Little Fanfare Label
01/04/17: Steven Wilson releases new CD edition of “Unreleased Electronic Music”
Steven Wilson has released a new CD edition of music previously only available in handmade and highly limited CDR editions, and a vinyl version on ToneFloat. The 11 track album clocks in at a little over 65 minutes and is a collection of various electronic music projects…
“Unreleased Electronic Music is a collection of SW’s experiments in several different styles of instrumental electronic music (IDM, ambient-techno, trip-hop…etc..), made at various times between 1990-2003, some of which was created for UK television commercials. This new edition comes in a 6 panel digipack with reproductions of some of the unique Lasse Hoile Polaroid photos that were included with the very first edition, and for the first time also includes a booklet with newly written sleeve and track notes.”
01. king of the delta blues
02. observer commercial 1998
03. dub zero
04. the tobogganist
06. telegraph commercial
07. to wear a crown
08. nuclear head of an angel
10. slut 1.4
Released today and priced at £7 the CD is exclusive to my Steven’s Headphone Dust mail order store.
01/04/17: Anathema premiere the first track Springfield from forthcoming album
Anathema’s eleventh full-length album The Optimist is scheduled for release on 9th June 2017 through Kscope. Full details, including track listing, album artwork and tour dates can be found HERE on TPA. By way of a teaser the band have released the track Springfield from forthcoming album:
Daniel Cavanagh: “Here we present the song ‘Springfield’, it’s actually the song that closed our unforgettable Wembley gig with Opeth and it seemed to be a track that just fell into place without much effort. It seemed to do itself. The song forms part of a narrative that runs through The Optimist album, it’s a narrative that begins where A Fine Day To Exit left off. The album is a journey. The songs are ambiguous. There is no right or wrong way to take them. Make of them what you will.”
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