Published on 1st May 2017
TPA News – May 2017
Latest Prog News – from across the progressive rock spectrum & continually updated throughout May 2017.
23/05/17: King Crimson premiere Heroes video
We reported earlier this that King Crimson were to release an EP featuring their version of David Bowie’s Heroes recorded in Berlin during the band’s 2016 European tour. [Details can be found further down this page]. The title track sees Robert Fripp reprise the unforgettable guitar role he created for the original David Bowie studio recording in the same city in 1977, particularly poignant in the year of Bowie’s death.” Today sees the video release of Heroes
“King Crimson performed Heroes at the Admiralspalast in Berlin as a celebration, a remembrancing and an homage. The concert was thirty-nine years and one month after the original sessions at the Hansa Tonstudio overlooking the Berlin Wall. This is released in the Fortieth Anniversary year.”
Heroes – Live In Europe is scheduled for release on 2nd June 2017 and a full live album, recorded on the 2016 European tour will be released in September 2017
19/05/17: Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly launch animated video
Following last year’s winding up of Sweden’s Beardfish, vocalist and composer Rikard Sjöblom returned to his solo project Gungfly, and today sees the release of their next album On Her Journey To The Sun. You can find TPA’s review of the album HERE. To mark the event and taken from the their latest studio album is the animated video for He Held An Axe.
“One of the first songs I wrote for the album is a ballad called ‘He Held an Axe’. In Sweden there’s this old grand (and to some extent lost) tradition among troubadours to write “murder ballads” – beautiful ballads about gruesome killings in dark alleys, think of Jack the Ripper and you get the picture. I wrote this one with a twist. It’s about a lonely guy who’s accused of murder by the town folk. Did he do it? Nobody knows.”
On Her Journey To The Sun released today through the InsideOut Music label.
18/05/17: Leprous announce new album and European tour dates
Leprous reveal that the recording of the follow-up to The Congregation (15) is underway. Their fifth studio album Malina is scheduled for release on the 25th August 2017.
Einar Solberg comments “This album is the perfect example of how you can start with a vision and end up with a result that has nothing to do with the original idea…”
Leprous will also be embarking on an extensive European tour later this year with special guests Agent Fresco – plus Australia’s Alithia & fellow Norwegian’s Astrosaur.
LEPROUS EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
28:10:17: Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
29:10:17: Logo, Hamburg, Germany
30:10:17: Luxor, Cologne, Germany
31:10:17: Rockhal, Esch, Luxembourg
01:11:17: Patronaat, Haarlem, Netherlands
02:11:17: The Dome, London, UK
03:11:17: Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, Ireland
04:11:17: Damnation Festival, Leeds, UK
05:11:17: Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
06:11:17: Trabendo, Paris, France
07:11:17: Barakason, Nantes, France
08:11:17: Rocher Palmer, Bordeaux, France
11:11:17: Le Metronum, Toulouse, France
12:11:17: Le Moulin, Marseille, France
13:11:17: Magnolia, Milan, Italy
14:11:17: CCO Villeurbanne, Lyon, France
15:11:17: Salzhaus, Winterthur, Switzerland
16:11:17: Grillen, Colmar, France
17:11:17: Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
18:11:17: Szene, Vienna, Austria
19:11:17: A38, Budapest, Hungary
20:11:17: Rock Café, Prague, Czech Republic
21:11:17: Proxima, Warsaw, Poland
22:11:17: Musik & Freiden, Berlin, Germany
Tickets go on sale on tomorrow – Friday 19th May at 10am local time. Visit the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide for the UK & Eire dates and more from across the prog spectrum.
18/05/17: Muse release Dig Down music video
Muse reveal the music video to accompany the Dig Down single, which notably marks the first material from the band since the release of Drones (2015).
The video, directed by Lance Drake and stars Lauren Wasser. Matt Bellamy comments: “When I was writing this song, I was looking to counteract the current negativity in the world and give inspiration, optimism and hope to people to fight for the causes they believe in; that as individuals we can choose to change the world if we want to.”
Muse kick off their North American tour this Saturday, 20th May 2017. Later in the year the band return to Europe for festival appearances at the Reading & Leeds festivals in August.
18/05/17: Threshold update
The band are currently at Thin Ice Studios in England putting the finishing touches on their new concept album “Legends Of The Shires”. The record is due for release through Nuclear Blast later this year and it will be the band’s first ever double album.
Karl Groom commented: “The music just would not stop flowing during the writing process. We decided that while the ideas were of a high standard, we would keep writing and are very excited by what we have.”
Threshold will be back on the road across Europe at the end of the year, kicking off in Athens on November 12th and rounding off with a homecoming show in London on December 10th. Glynn Morgan will also play guitar during the shows…
18/05/17: Bent Knee premiere their first live video
The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album, Land Animal, which is officially released on 23rd June 2017 via the InsideOutMusic/Sony label.
“Holy Ghost” is about our self-induced angst as a means of creation and muse. “Art is suffering” is a well-worn trope, and it’s a remarkably easy mindset to fall into. We’re much more comfortable expressing our darkest emotions (we have a wide vocabulary for them), so we chase after those feelings to write about. Whenever life begins to feel easy, our first reaction is typically “is our music going to suffer for this?” Of course, life never stays in one place, and we can always find new depressing material to write about, but wouldn’t it be nice if, no matter how we feel, we can still appreciate the beauty that surrounds us and create based on that premise? “Holy Ghost” focuses on the invention of anxiety for anxiety’s sake. It’s a plea to a creative force from above, begging it to visit, if only you could be forlorn about something.
01. Terror Bird
03. Holy Ghost
04. Insides In
05. These Hands
06. Land Animal
07. Time Deer
08. Belly Side Up
09. The Well
SOURCE: Substream Magazine
17/05/17: Textures call it a day
Dutch progressive metallers Textures reveal that they have split and the planned, forthcoming sixth album, Genotype will now not be released.
“Personal motives have led to this decision and it has not been made in haste. These personal reasons made it harder to be the productive band TEXTURES always has been in the past and which this band needs to be. Without this dedication TEXTURES would merely be a shell of what it used to be.
Break-ups are never easy and always bring difficulties. Unfortunately we have to announce that our anticipated 6th album ‘Genotype’ will not be released and so there will be no double album. At least not for the coming years…”
The band have announced a series of farewell dates in November…
A Farewell to Textures Tour 2017
03/11/17: Zoetermeer Boerderij, Netherlands
04/11/17: Utrecht De Helling, Netherlands
08/11/17: Paris Backstage BTM, France
09/11/17: Toulouse Connexion Live, France
10/11/17: Madrid Caracol, Spain
11/11/17: Barcelona Apolo 2, Spain
12/11/17: Lyon CCO, France
15/11/17: Manchester Rebellion, UK
16/11/17: Dublin Voodoo Lounge, Ireland
17/11/17: Glasgow G2, UK
18/11/17: London Underworld, UK
23/11/17: Hamburg Hafenklang, Germany
24/11/17: Berlin Musik & Frieden, Germany
25/11/17: Prague Futurum, Czech Republic
26/11/17: Vienna Chelsea, Austria
02/12/17: Tilburg 013, Netherlands
Visit the TPA Gig Guide for the UK & Eire dates and more from across the prog spectrum.
14/05/17: Mogwai announce new album details and stream first track
Mogwai announce their latest studio album Every Country’s Sun will be released on 1st September 2017 via their own Rock Action Records label. To mark the announcement the band have streamed Coolverine, the first track from the album…
02. Party In The Dark
03. Brain Sweeties
04. Crossing The Road Material
05. aka 47
06. 20 Size
07. 1000 Foot Face
08. Don’t Believe The Fife
09. Battered At A Scramble
10. Old Poisons
11. Every Country’s Sun
Every Country’s Sun will be available in several formats: Heavyweight Black Double Vinyl, CD, Box Set and Digital Download.
12/05/17: Steven Wilson adds additional Albert Hall concert
Steven Wilson adds an extra UK date at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 28th March 2018.
2018 UK Tour Dates
17/03/18: Mandela Hall, BELFAST
19/03/18: Olympia Theatre, DUBLIN
21/03/18: St David’s Hall, CARDIFF
22/03/18: Symphony Hall, BIRMINGHAM
24/03/18: Clyde Auditorium [SECC], GLASGOW
25/03/18: The Sage, GATESHEAD
27/03/18: Royal Albert Hall, LONDON
28/03/18: Royal Albert Hall, LONDON
31/03/18: Bridgewater Hall, MANCHESTER
Visit the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.
12/05/17: The Pineapple Thief announce European tour dates
The Pineapple Thief have announced the second leg of their European tour in support of the critically-acclaimed album Your Wilderness. The new dates will see the band venture into Poland and Switzerland along with shows in Germany, Czech Republic, The Netherlands and UK.
The band will again be joined by virtuoso Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson) on drums and Darran Charles (Godsticks) on guitar. As anyone who witnessed the shows earlier this year will attest, the new five-piece line-up has allowed Bruce, Steve and Jon to expand upon their signature sound, enabling the band to truly shine on stage.
For a glimpse of what to expect, fans can watch clips of the band’s sparkling performance at London’s Islington Assembly Hall…
06/09/17: Dresden, Alter Schlachtof
07/09/17: Warsaw, Progesja Music Zone
08/09/17: Krakow, Kwadrat Music Club
09/09/17: Czech Republic Brno – Melodka
10/09/17: Munich, Backstage Halle
11/09/17: Zurich, Dynamo
12/09/17: Stuttgart, Universum
13/09/17: Cologne, Luxor
14/09/17: Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
16/09/17: London, ULU
17/09/17: Bristol, Bierkeller
* Special Guests will be Godsticks
SOURCE: I Like Press
12/05/17: Comedy of Errors release album teaser
Scotland’s Comedy of Errors have announced that their latest studio album House Of The Mind will be released on 16th June 2017. Today sees the release of the album sampler
“It’s both a departure from and a development of Spirit.” comment the band.
10/05/17: Justin Hayward announces The Wind of Heaven 2017 UK tour
Justin Hayward will tour the UK during September and October, in support of his latest album release All The Way, performing new songs from the album as well as Moody Blues classics.
Justin himself said: “I’m always so thrilled to have the opportunity to tour in the UK, particularly at this time in in my career when no one knows what the future holds. I’m bringing my ‘song writing’ guitars from home on the road with me, so the gigs will have the feel and sound of my music room along with the vibe I was feeling as I wrote the songs.”
18/09/17: Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
16/09/17: G Live, Guilford
20/09/17: Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
22/09/17: The Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple
23/09/17: Assembly Halls, Worthing
25/09/17: Playhouse Theatre, Weston-super-Mare
27/09/17: City Hall, Hull
28/09/17: William Aston Hall, Wrexham
01/10/17: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
02/10/17: St. David’s Hall, Cardiff
03/10/17: Union Chapel, London
05/10/17: Town Hall, Birmingham
06/10/17: Alban Arena, St Albans
Visit the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.
10/05/17: Steven Wilson announces major 2018 tour
Steven Wilson has announced details of a major European tour in early 2018 in support of his fifth studio album To The Bone.
“After many months of writing and recording, I’m pleased to finally announce details of my new album To The Bone, and a major European tour in early 2018 which includes a return to many of my favourite venues, including London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall. For my North and South American fans, expect to see further tour news soon.”
Full details can be found HERE on the Steven Wilson’s official website.
09/05/17: The Tangent announce details of new studio album
Insideout Music reveal that The Tangent‘s ninth album, The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery, will be released on 21st July 2017. The line-up for The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery includes Andy Tillison (keyboards, vocals & drums), Jonas Reingold (bass), Luke Machin (guitars & vocals), Theo Travis (sax & flutes) and Marie-Eve de Gaultier (keyboards & vocals). There are also guest appearances from author/playwright and Chumbawamba founder Boff Whalley on vocals, and upcoming DJ/producer Matt Farrow.
“The album sees The Tangent in political commentary mode once again – this time often focussing on the horrendous plight of refugees from war torn parts of the world – and the way in which they are treated by the West, and in particular by the tabloid press. The album laments the new trend in building walls and defending borders across the world yet takes time to look at the breakup of friendships and other more personal issues – along with a song about the fate of wildlife in the modern consumer world.”
01. Two Rope Swings
02. Doctor Livingstone (I Presume)
03. Slow Rust
04. The Sad Story Of Lead And Astatine
05. A Few Steps Down The Wrong Road
The album will be available on limited digipak CD, gatefold 2LP + CD, and digital download.
The band will head out on tour in support of the new record, once again joining forces with Sweden’s Karmakanic to present albums by both bands.
The Tangent 2017 tour dates
26/08/17: Reichenbach Bierkeller, Germany
01/09/17: Veruno, Prog + 1 Festival, Italy
09/09/17: Zoetermeer, The Boerderij, Netherlands
08/10/17: Chepstow, Summer’s End Festival, UK
21/10/17: Chicago, Progtoberfest, IL
22/10/17: Milwaukee, Shank Hall, WI
24/10/17: Westland, Token Lounge, MI
26/10/17: Dunellen, Roxy & Dukes, NJ
27/10/17: Arlington, The Regent Theatre, MA
SOURCE: Insideout Music
09/05/17: The Winter’s End Festival to return in 2018
The Summer’s End team announce that the Winter’s End Progressive Rock Festival, first held in 2010, will return between 27-29 April 2018 at Chepstow’s Drill Hall. According to SE Facebook Page the line-up for the event is almost complete, although no details have been released so far…
“As with Summer’s End, until the line up is announced we will be issuing “leap of faith” tickets priced £95 – which will include a 3-day ticket and a Winter’s End T shirt.”
Date: 27th April – 29th April 2018
Venue: The Drill Hall, Lower Church Street, Chepstow, NP16 5HJ
Info: Winter’s End
Visit the TPA UK Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.
08/05/17: Roger Waters streams more audio from new studio album
Roger Waters streams the second track taken from the forthcoming Is This The Life We Really Want? studio album. Last month Roger streamed Smell the Roses – the first official glimpse into the new album. Track listing and info can be found in TPA’s report from last month HERE. Yesterday the audio for Déjà Vu was uploaded to Youtube:
It was later revealed, on the official Roger Waters’ Facebook Page, that he would be performing Déjà Vu on CBS’ The Late Show later that evening.
UPDATE: …and here it is
Is This The Life We Really Want? will be released on 180-gram vinyl LP, CD and in digitally formats on 2nd June 2017.
08/05/17: Steven Wilson streams track from forthcoming album
Steven Wilson will release his fifth studio album, To The Bone on 18th August 2017, through Caroline International, part of the Universal Music Group, who he signed a worldwide deal with last month. The first music from the album is a stream of Pariah which features Steven in a duet with Ninet Tayeb, who also featured on SW’s two previous releases Hand. Cannot. Erase. and 4½.
01. To the Bone
02. Nowhere Now
04. The Same Asylum As Before
07. Blank Tapes
08. People Who Eat Darkness
09. Song of I
11. Song of Unborn
It is anticipated that the album will be is several formats including CD, Vinyl and high quality download.
08/05/17: EppyFest Mini – all acts confirmed
This year’s EppyFest will take place on Saturday 29th July 2017 at Cheltenham’s Frog and Fiddle. The sixth festival will be a slightly pared down affair, hence the title, but still boasts an impressive line-up:
“EppyFest Mini headliners will be Schnauser, a band that bring together Canterbury prog, 60s psych & melodic pop. Also on the bill is the amazing guitarist Neil Campbell, singer-songwriter Candythief, whimsical prog popster Mister Pongle, & our very special guests, Karda Estra (acoustic).”
More details will be available soon on the EppyFest website.
08/05/17: Time Flies: The Story Of Porcupine Tree updated
Rich Wilson will release his in-depth, career spanning book, of Porcupine Tree later this year through London based Rocket 88.
“The book will be available in two versions, both produced to the highest standards. The Classic edition will be a 300+ page hardback presented in a choice of four different cover designs. The Signature edition will come in a specially designed presentation box, will be signed and numbered by the author and will come with 3 unseen, numbered, 10×8 photographs which will be exclusive to the book.”
“Time Flies describes the genesis of Porcupine Tree from founder Steven Wilson’s bedroom through their entire existence, reviewing their seventeen year career and ten studio albums. Drawing on original and archive interviews with band members, friends and people connected to Porcupine Tree, this unauthorised biography offers a perfectly complete critical look at arguably the UK’s last great prog rock band.”
SOURCE: Rich Wilson’s The Porcupine Tree Book
06/05/17: Soul Enema premiere Aral Sea III – Epilogue video
Progressive Rock/Metallers Soul Enema premiere a second video track, this time the Aral Sea III – Epilogue, the final part of the trilogy, dedicated to the environmental disaster of the former Aral Sea…
“The video features magnificent time lapse video footage taken by photographer Denis Frantsouzov on his journey to the Aral Sea/Ustyurt Plateau region. “Epilogue” is the reflection of an irreversible loss, a way to bid a final farewell to the sea – once a blooming oasis in the desert, now literally turned to dust as a result of reckless human activity.”
Still no release date has been announced the band’s forthcoming album, Of Clans and Clones and Clowns, which features special guests Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) and Yossi Sassi (ex-Orphaned Land).
05/05/17: Miriodor release new studio album
The Miriodor discography has been building strength upon strength with each successive album. The band combines jazz, classical, rock, and international influences for an arresting, idiosyncratic sound that eludes description but remains immediately identifiable as Mirodor.
“With a career going back over 30 years, French-Canadian band Miriodor have carved out an instantly recognizable sound that straddles avant rock and jazz…Miriodor have a wonderful sense of melody to counter their more experimental tendencies, and [the band] pulls off the hard to achieve feat of being both quite odd and very accessible at the same time.” – Astounded By Sound!
05/05/17: Elder to release fourth album in June
Boston based three-piece heavy psych band Elder will release their fourth album on 2nd June 2017…
“Reflections of a Floating World is Elder’s fourth full length album and second LP released via Stickman Records (EU) and Armageddon Label (US). Long, undulating and dense tracks float between psychedelic passages and progressive rock without missing a beat; adventurous and unpredictable songs are punctuated by hypnotic jams, all colored by the tendency toward melody and dynamism that has become the band’s hallmark. In keeping with their motto of expanding and expanding upon their repertoire, guest musicians Mike Risberg and Michael Samos joined the core three in the studio to add extra guitar, keys and pedal steel, adding vibrancy and lushness to the album. In all regards, Reflections shows a band with a clear vision honing their skills with every year.”
05/05/17: Clive Brooks ~ RIP
Clive Brooks, drummer and founding member of Egg, sadly passed away on Friday 5th May 2017. Clive recorded two albums with Groundhogs (Hogwash (1972) and Solid (1974) and also worked for many years as a drum tech with Pink Floyd, Toto (Simon Phillips), Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds (2007 Tour), to mention just a few. However Clive will be best remembered for his work with Egg.
Clive Colin Brooks ~ RIP
04/05/17: Crippled Black Phoenix announce European summer dates
Crippled Black Phoenix announce a string of European dates across Europe starting at Germany’s Hellfest on 18th June…
18/06/17: Clisson – Hellfest [DE]
19/06/17: La Zone, Liege [BE]
20/06/17: Schlachthof, Weisbaden [DE]
21/06/17: Solomachello Festival, Segrate [IT]
23/06/17: Kiff, Aarau [CH]
24/06/17: St Helena Festival, Munich [DE]
14/07/17: Night of the Prog Festival, St Goarshausen[DE]
04/08/17: Lottfest, Raversbeuren [DE]
The band will continue to promote their Bronze album, (read TPA’s review HERE), released in November last year…
04/05/17: Bill Bruford to publish new book in 2018
Bill Bruford, recently inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, is to publish a new book in 2018. Following on from his acclaimed autobiography, his second publication is entitled Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer, which Bill says will be a less formal version of his doctoral thesis – available to download as a pdf here. The new book is based upon on the findings of his thesis and, he says, “identifies the great drummers who gave so generously of their time.”
SOURCE: DGM Live
03/05/17: Marillion reveal Misplaced Childhood deluxe editions
Marillion reveal the release of two deluxe versions of their Misplaced Childhood (1985) album. The deluxe versions will be released on 21st July 2017 through Parlophone Records as a 4CD/Blu-ray edition and a 4LP boxed version. Both will include a 60-page booklet with liner notes.
CD One features the complete re-mastered album. CDs two & three contain a live concert recorded live at Utrecht’s Muziekcentrum Vredenburg in October 1985. “The performance includes the entire Misplaced Childhood album along with several songs from the band’s earlier albums, like “Script For A Jester’s Tear” and “Fugazi.” All of the live recordings are previously unreleased except for “Chelsea Monday,” which was the B-side to “Heart Of Lothian”. The fourth CD contains re-mastered Demos, B-Sides and Alternative Remixes…
The Blu-ray disc contains an hour long documentary about the album, along with the promo videos for the singles Lavender, Kayleigh, Lady Nina and Heart Of Lothian. Additional features include a 96kHz 24bit Stereo Re-master and a high resolution 5.1 Surround Sound, by Steven Wilson.
A full track listing with audio snippets can be found HERE on the Marillion website.
02/05/17: The Watch upload first track taken from new studio album
Italian proggers The Watch reveal the first music taken from their forthcoming studio album Seven. Although no official release date has been announced, the band today issue the first audio/video taken from the release
Seven will be released through PickUp Records and features Steve Hackett…
01/05/17: Minor Giant recruit vocalist Sean Filkins
Dutch progressive rockers Minor Giant have announced that Sean Filkins will be their new vocalist and will shortly be starting to record his vocals for the band’s forthcoming album What Was Lost, which is scheduled for release in October.
“Sean is known for his work with Big Big Train (BBT) on the albums Gathering Speed and The Difference Machine. After BBT, he released his solo album War and Peace & Other Short Stories, to great critical acclaim. More recently, he guested on albums by Jeff Green, his former BBT bandmate Steve Hughes, Corvus Stone and The D Project.
Sean can also be heard on the first Minor Giant album, On The Road, albeit in a spoken role, rather than a singing one. Sean joined Minor Giant on stage in 2014 during the release show for the On The Road album, where he reprised that role, and sang his track The English Eccentric and the Pink Floyd cover Comfortably Numb.
Sean will be recording his vocals soon for the new Minor Giant album, ‘what was lost’, which is slated for an October 2017 release.”
SOURCE: Minor Giant
01/05/17: King Crimson release Heroes EP
King Crimson are to release an EP featuring their version of Heroes recorded in Berlin during the band’s 2016 European tour.
02. Easy Money
03. Starless (edit)
04. The Hell Hounds of Krim
05. Heroes (radio edit)
Robert Fripp writes of Heroes: “King Crimson performed Heroes at the Admiralspalast in Berlin as a celebration, a remembrancing and an homage. The concert was thirty-nine years and one month after the original sessions at the Hansa Tonstudio overlooking the Berlin Wall. This is released in the Fortieth Anniversary year.”
The title track sees Robert Fripp reprise the unforgettable guitar role he created for the original David Bowie studio recording in the same city in 1977, particularly poignant in the year of Bowie’s death.
Also featured on the EP are a ten minutes recording of Easy Money (Paris), a song that varies in length and solos from night to night and is always a fan favourite, an edited version (featuring the “song section”) of Crim Classic Starless often a set closer, always a stand-out moment and a recording of the three drummers’ showpiece The Hell Hounds of Krim (both from Vienna) – all previously unreleased live recordings.
Mel Collins: Saxes & flute | Robert Fripp: Guitar & keyboards | Gavin Harrison: Drums | Jakko Jakszyk: Guitar & voice | Tony Levin: Basses & stick | Pat Mastelotto: Drums | Jeremy Stacey: Drums & keyboards
A full live album, recorded on the 2016 European tour will be issued in September 2017
SOURCE: DGM Live
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