Published on 1st November 2017
TPA News – November 2017
Latest Prog News from across the progressive rock spectrum & updated throughout November 2017.
29/11/17: Rausch to release second album in February
Philadelphia’s Rausch will release their long-awaited sophomore studio effort Book II on 2nd February 2018. The video for first single, Greener Grass, was released on Monday…
The band line-up for Book II is Doug Rausch (vocalist & piano), Joe Fine (bass), Gary Wehrkamp (guitar), Chris Ruffini (drums) and with special guest appearances from Mark Zonder (Fates Warning), Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard) and guitarist Brendt Allman (Shadow Gallery).
The album has been mixed by Rich Mouser (Chris Cornell, Dream Theater, Weezer), with additional production by David Ivory (The Roots, Halestorm) and is scheduled for release on 2nd February 2018.
28/11/17: ARW (Yes) and Roger Hodgson announced for next year’s Stone Free Festival
Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman have been announced as headliners for day two, of next year’s Stone Free Festival, which once again returns to The O2 in London. Headlining on the Saturday evening are Scorpions and they will be joined by Megadeth who will also be playing their only UK show of 2018. More bands and stages are to be announced in the coming weeks…
The festival will take place at The 02 Arena on 16th & 17th June 2018 and tickets go on sale at 10:00 this Friday (1st December 2017).
27/11/17: Camel announce UK tour dates
In late October Camel announced a special concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall where they would perform Moonmadness in its entirety. It was also hinted at the time that more UK dates would follow. Well here they are:
CAMEL MOONMADNESS UK TOUR 2018
07/09/18: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
08/09/18: Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle
09/09/18: The Assembly, Leamington Spa
10/09/18: The Waterside Theatre (Friars), Aylesbury
12/09/18: O2 Guildhall, Southampton
13/09/18: Corn Exchange, Cambridge
14/09/18: Town Hall, Birmingham
17/09/18: Royal Albert Hall, London
* Tickets go on sale at 10:00 1st December 2017
Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.
Continue reading HERE on TPA
27/11/17: Bad Elephant Music sign Fractal Mirror for fourth studio album
More Elephant talk as Bad Elephant Music announce Fractal Mirror are joining the BEM roster for the release of their latest studio album, Close To Vapour, scheduled for early 2018. Their fourth album brings together core members Leo Koperdraat, Frank L Urbaniak and once again joined by Echolyn’s Brett Kull. Founder member Ed van Haagen will also be guesting on the release.
Frank L Urbaniak comments: “We’re extremely pleased to join the diverse Bad Elephant Music family”.
“We are confident that together we’ll be reach a wider audience with Close to Vapour. For us this reflects a dramatic step forward in both composition and production, and we’re grateful for BEM giving us this opportunity, and for the confidence they’ve shown in us”.
David Elliott from Bad Elephant had this to say: “I’ve been a keen follower of Fractal Mirror’s music since Strange Attractors, their first album, and we’ve been talking over the last couple of years about working together.
Close To Vapour will be released on CD and high quality digital download in the first quarter of 2018.
SOURCE: Bad Elephant Music
26/11/17: Bad Elephant Music announce TFATD third album & launch show
Bad Elephant Music announce that The Fierce And The Dead’s third album, The Euphoric, will be released on 18th May 2018, and will be launched at a special show at Camden’s The Black Heart on that date.
The Euphoric builds on the band’s trademark sound, reflecting the confidence and power they’ve built after touring both Spooky Action and Magnet, taking their instrumental sound into exciting new areas.
Matt Stevens says: “We’re pleased to be releasing our third studio album with our long-term friends Bad Elephant Music, alongside our Spencer Park Music imprint. We’ve spent the last few years gigging heavily and The Euphoric reflects that. We can’t wait for everyone to hear it”.
The album – available on CD, vinyl and download – will be preceded by two digital singles, the first of which will be released in January.
SOURCE: Bad Elephant Music
24/11/17: Touchstone and vocalist Aggie Figurska part company
Touchstone, who yesterday announced that they were be unable to play at this weekend’s Danfest, revealed today that vocalist Aggie and the band will go their separate ways and the band’s Christmas Bash will be the final curtain call.
In a statement on the Touchstone Facebook Page the band comment: “It is with much regret that Touchstone announce they will be parting company with Aggie; after 2 years as lead vocalist, her last performance with Touchstone will be the Christmas Bash on December 10th at 229.
The relaunch of any band after two members leave was always going to be a hard task but we rose to the challenge and came back with some barnstorming shows and a new sounding critically acclaimed EP; unfortunately Aggie is unable to move into the next chapter with us.
Touchstone is now actively seeking a new lead vocalist to join the band and become involved in the writing and recording of the next studio album and future shows.
Aggie will always be a member of the Touchstone family and the band wish her every success and happiness in the future”
24/11/17: HMS Prog
Geoff Downes will be appearing on both legs of the cruise, playing live as well as hosting a Q&A session.
Caravan, The Martin Turner Band, Focus, Cairo will be performing full band sets and Pendragon will be playing an acoustic spot.
The cruise will also host a Roger Dean album art exhibition and a Q&A session along with special cinema screenings and a collectors fair.
Visit the HMS Prog website for more details
SOURCE: MP Promotions
23/11/17: Kayak launch first single from forthcoming album
The band have recently announced a series of Dutch dates, with Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly and in support of the album.
24/01/18: 013, Tilburg
25/01/18: Neushoorn, Leeuwarden
26/01/18: Victorie, Alkmaar
27/01/18: Boerderij, Zoetermeer
28/01/18: Luxor, Arnhem
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
23/11/17: Orphaned Land release Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs album teaser
Israel’s Orphaned Land have released an album teaser for their forthcoming studio album, Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs, scheduled for release on 26th January 2018, through Century Media Records.
Vocalist Kobi Farhi comments: “Our music has always been a combination of anger, tragedy, protest and joy.”
Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs features a guest appearances from Steve Hackett as well as guest vocal appearances from Bland Guardian’s Hansi Kürsch and At The Gates Tomas Lindberg.
Following the release the band will undertake an extensive European tour in early 2018…
22/11/17: King Crimson announce European Tour 2018
King Crimson announce European Summer Dates and UK & European Autumn Dates for 2018. Visit the TPA Gig Guide for the UK dates.
“Although we live in uncertain times King Crimson will be out on the road in Europe during 2018.”
“In addition to the regular tickets the band will be offering two packages – The Royal Package (as before) and a new Courtiers Package to try and prevent mass scalping of the best tickets. These will be available from DGMLive on the Tour page of the website and via the promoters in the UK and Germany.”
Continue reading HERE on TPA.
21/11/17: Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds 40th Anniversary tour dates
War Of The Worlds celebrates it’s 40th anniversary in 2018 and to mark the occasion Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage announce a series of arena shows starting in November 2018.
“Conducted by Jeff Wayne, with the 9-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings, the most ambitious production yet will ‘break through the fourth wall’ to bring the action closer to the audience for a most captivating and immersive experience.”
30/11/18: SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow
01/12/18: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
02/12/18: Arena [MCR], Manchester
04/12/18: First Direct Arena [LDA], Leeds
05/12/18: Echo Arena, Liverpool
07/12/18: Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
08/12/18: Genting Arena, Birmingham
09/12/18: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
10/12/18: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
12/12/18: International Centre [BIC], Bournemouth
13/12/18: International Centre [BIC], Bournemouth
15/12/18: The O2 Arena, London (Matinee)
15/12/18: The O2 Arena, London
16/12/18: The Brighton Centre, Brighton
17/12/18: The Brighton Centre, Brighton
*More dates to be added…
Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum.
21/11/17: John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest announce 50th anniversary concert
On Sunday 6th May 2018 John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest will be celebrating 50 years of Barclay James Harvest music at the Royal Northern College of Music Theatre in Manchester. This very special show will be a unique audio visual show and will also feature an exhibition of BJH memorabilia and artefacts in the foyer of the venue.
Tickets go on general sale tomorrow Wednesday 22nd November 2017 exclusively from the RNCM Box Office
21/11/17: Steve Hackett – Wuthering Nights: Live In Birmingham (Official Trailer)
Wuthering Nights was filmed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall during Steve Hackett’s recent, critically-acclaimed Genesis Revisited & Classic Hackett tour. Marking the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, Hackett’s last album with Genesis, the band performed five tracks from the album: Eleventh Earl Of Mar, One For The Vine, Blood On The Rooftops, …In That Quiet Earth and Afterglow.
Further details and full track listing can be found HERE on TPA.
20/11/17: Within Temptation announce 2018 European tour dates
Within Temptation have announced an extensive European tour schedule for next year, visiting 33 cities in 18 countries during October, November & December 2018. Sharon den Adel comments: “This run of dates ends the longest break we have ever taken from touring.”
Continue reading HERE on TPA.
SOURCE: Within Temptation
20/11/17: Yes to release Topographic Drama – Live Across America
This Friday (24th November 2017) sees the release of Yes’ Topographic Drama – Live Across America. Recorded earlier this year the release features Drama in its entirety, plus sides one and four from Tales From Topographic Oceans and more from the Yes back catalogue…
Continue reading HERE on TPA.
Yes will be touring Europe and the UK in 2018, where once again they will perform Sides 1 and 4 along with an excerpt from Side 3 Tales From Topographic Oceans. Please visit the TPA Gig Guide for the UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum.
18/11/17: Neal Morse announces new solo album
Neal Morse will release his latest solo album Life And Times, through Radiant Records on 16th February 2018. A somewhat reflective and primarily acoustic album will be supported next year, when Neal plans to tour the US and Europe with some “absolutely solo” shows in cafes and small venues.
““I’ve come through a lot of difficult times and I’m in a fairly content place now,” comments Neal Morse. “You can feel that on some of the songs.” Much of this ‘acoustic-orientated, singer/songwriter’ album was written while he was travelling around the world on “The Road Called Home” tour in 2017, with some of the songs being inspired by the places he visited, while others are from spending time with his family..”
SOURCE: Neal Morse
18/11/17: Landmarq and Tracy Hitchings part company
The band posted the following announcement on their Facebook Page: “It is with much regret that Landmarq announce they will be parting company with Tracy Hitchings, after 20 years as lead vocalist.
Whilst the band remains UK-based, Tracy has been living, and married, in Australia for the last three years. This has inevitably presented a range of logistical difficulties in keeping the band together and maintaining such a long-distance working relationship.
The band hoped that it would be possible to keep the existing line-up, and UK members have been working remotely with Tracy on new material for the next album. Unfortunately it has proved too difficult to make this work effectively and therefore the band has had to make the hard decision to move forward without her.
Landmarq is now actively seeking a new lead vocalist to join the band and become involved in the writing and recording of the next studio album and future gigs.
Tracy is concentrating on her solo material and successfully pursuing a variety of opportunities in her new homeland. The band wish her every success and happiness.”
18/11/17: Uriah Heep commence work on their 25th studio album
Frontiers Music Srl announce that Uriah Heep are set to commence the recording of their 25th studio album entitled Living The Dream. The album is slated for release in the autumn of 2018.
“We have been together for 47 years and we have seen many bands come and go, so in effect we are ‘Still Living The Dream,’ so it was the perfect title for the new album,” says Uriah Heep guitarist and founding member Mick Box.
More details will be announced in the coming months.
17/11/17: Kayak release trailer for forthcoming studio album
Dutch progressive rockers Kayak will release their latest studio album entitled Seventeen, through InsideOut Music, on the 12th January 2018. Today they have launched a trailer for the record, featuring snippets of three tracks.
“Seventeen is now available to pre-order on 2CD Digipak (featuring an extra disc with 36 minutes of demo material), gatefold 2LP + CD & digital download. A strictly limited blue Gatefold 2LP+CD (200 copies only) is exclusively available at the band’s own official store.”
17/11/17: King Crimson European tour dates announcement
Next week, King Crimson will be announcing the dates for next year’s European tour. This will visit Poland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, Italy, France and UK. Dates will be announced on Wednesday 15th November 2017 with pre-sale VIP tickets going on sale on 23rd November. More news next week…
15/11/17: Andy Tillison announces The Kalman Filter project
Andy Tillison reveals The Kalman Filter will be the title to be used for his electronic/ambient music, along with side projects with other musicians.
“The first album under this name is called “Drink Of The Wilderness” and it’s inspired by many happy days in all types of weather, wandering around a lonely part of the Yorkshire Dales by some reservoirs which have become more and more special to both Sally and myself. I’ll have more to say about these places and their stories in the next few days.
The music is, as with Murk & Fog rooted in German electronic tradition with occasional dark jazzy forays and the odd DJ technique cropping up here and there. I’ve gravitated a lot more to the “Pink” era of Tangerine Dream of late – the really early stuff they did before “Phaedra” defined them, and as such have used harshness and dissonance a lot more than the previous solo albums. And no – that does not mean I have neglected the fluidity of that classic “Virgin” period.”
SOURCE: Andy Tillison
14/11/17: Steve Howe launches new video for Leaving Aurora
Following the news that Steve Howe would continue with plans to release his recently completed collaborative album with late son Virgil, he has now launched a specially created new video for the track Leaving Aurora.
“‘Nexus’ explores a completely different side of Virgil’s ability, as a writer & keyboard player – ‘in his own right’. His talents were multi-diverse, so sitting at a keyboard & computer or in the middle of his drum kit, at all his regular DJ-ing gigs or on the radio, he always gave his best.”
Nexus is scheduled for release on 17th November 2017.
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
13/11/17: Jeff Lynne’s ELO announce UK & Eire arena dates for 2018
Following on from a ten date stadium tour of the USA in August, Jeff Lynne’s ELO will head to Europe for a string of Arena dates during September and October…
“Following triumphant performances in Oberhausen, Amsterdam and Zurich in 2016, as well as a sold out UK arena tour including London’s Wembley Stadium in June 2017, Jeff Lynne’s ELO have announced today that they will be returning to the UK and Europe for an extended run of shows in 2018. The newly announced shows will see the legendary band play 19 dates across the continent through September and October.”
Looking ahead to the new shows, Jeff said; “Our audiences are amazing. It’s like they’re in the group. We can’t wait to play for them again.”
12/09/18: Ericsson Globe Arena, Stockholm
14/09/18: Spektrum Arena, Oslo
16/09/18: Royal Arena, Copenhagen
18/09/18: Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg
19/09/18: Mercedes Benz Arena, Berlin
21/09/18: Olympiahalle, Munich
23/09/18: Stadhalle, Vienna
25/09/18: SAP Arena, Mannheim
27/09/18: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam
UK & EIRE
30/09/18: Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
03/10/18: SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow
05/10/18: Arena, Manchester
09/10/18: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
10/10/18: Arena, Birmingham
15/10/18: First Direct Arena, Leeds
17/10/18: O2 Arena, London
23/10/18: Echo Arena, Liverpool
25/10/18: 3Arena, Dublin
26/10/18: The SSE Arena, Belfast
Tickets go on sale from 9:00 (local time) on Friday, 17th November 2017.
SOURCE: Jeff Lynne’s ELO.
11/11/17: Grice to release new five track EP in December
The Grey of Granite Stone will feature five new pieces by multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter Peter GRICE, with musical support from B J Cole (pedal steel), former Japan & Porcupine Tree keys-man Richard Barbieri, Al Swainger on bass, drummer Joe Breban, Duncan Chave on loops/programming and Maria Peters on backing vocals. The Grey of Granite Stone will be released on 12th December 2017 – here’s a taster from the EP…
01. Change My World
02. Spirit Level
03. Miss Your Love
05. ʻGlass Séanceʼ
“The Grey of Granite Stone is a cocktail rich with haunting vocal harmonies and uplifting art rock songs with a dash of experimental sonic ambience. The closing piece ʻGlass Séanceʼ features GRICE at his most experimental playing a self-created glass armonica summoning the spirit of a summer past.”
The Grey of Granite Stone CD is available to pre-order from Bandcamp – which includes a free download of the exclusive single version of the track Change My World
SOURCE: hungersleep productions.
11/11/17: Ulver release digital EP through Bandcamp
01. Echo Chamber (Room of Tears)
02. Bring Out Your Dead
03. The Power of Love
“The sad remains from our Caesarean banquet. Two songs we kind of left on the drawing board but resumed work on this summer. Additionally, a cover of a childhood favourite – one we actually started some twelve–thirteen years ago – from the time we first started thinking about making “pop” music. This EP was finalized in our new studio in the old town of Oslo in September, and sent off to Youth’s (Martin Glover and Michael Rendall) in London in October, for imperial sound quality. Mastered this week by The Bricoleur.”
10/11/17: New instrumental release from Tom Slatter
This album has been a long time in the making, with many of the tracks dating back to Tom’s university days. Most were never performed for their intended instruments – which included string quartet and solo harp – and lurked for many years in the depths of Tom’s hard drive, waiting for him to do something useful with them. Eventually he figured out what needed to be done – this wasn’t a collection of pop-inspired classical pieces – this was a rock album!
Enlisting the talents of Alun Vaughan (bass guitar) and Chrissie Caulfield (violin) Tom has realized this vision of layered, complex but tuneful noise, fitting neatly into the BEM instrumental zone also occupied by the likes of The Fierce And The Dead, The Brackish and The Bob Lazar Story.
”The songs on Murder and Parliament have been running around in my head for a decade or so” says Tom, “And I can’t wait for other people to hear them too”
David Elliott from BEM: “Murder and Parliament shows a very different side to Tom’s writing. The Slatter DNA is still there but the compositions are of a different and highly beguiling breed”
SOURCE: Nineteen73 Artist Promotions
09/11/17: InsideOut Music announce new Steve Hackett DVD
InsideOut Music announce a new live release, Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham, from Steve Hackett. Wuthering Nights was filmed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall during Steve Hackett’s recent, critically-acclaimed Genesis Revisited & Classic Hackett tour. Marking the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, Hackett’s last album with Genesis, the band performed five tracks from the album: Eleventh Earl Of Mar, One For The Vine, Blood On The Rooftops, …In That Quiet Earth and Afterglow.
Steve comments on the Birmingham concert: “I’m excited about imminent release of ‘Wuthering Nights’. It felt special to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, the Genesis album I had the most songwriting involvement with and a favourite among many fans. Songs like One for the Vine, Eleventh Earl of Mar and Blood on the Rooftops come across powerfully on this release, which also features other Genesis and solo Hackett favourites along with songs from my latest album The Night Siren… Sit back and enjoy!”
The DVD/Blu-Ray also includes fascinating behind the scenes footage, most of which was filmed on the day in Birmingham. There are also three videos for tracks from The Night Siren: Behind the Smoke, Fifty Miles from the North Pole and West to East.
Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham will be released on 26th January 2018 and available in several formats: Special Edition 2DVD + 2CD Digipak, Blu-Ray, Digital album and Blu-Ray in stereo & surround sound. Full details can be found HERE.
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
09/11/17: King Crimson re-issue Earthbound
King Crimson continue their re-issue series with Earthbound, originally released on the Island HELP label in the summer of 1972. The reissued album, the twelfth in the series, will be available as a 2-disc CD/DVD set and released on 17th November 2017. The line-up for Earthbound featured Robert Fripp (Guitar & Mellotron), Boz Burrell (Vocals & Bass), Mel Collins (Saxes & Flute) and Ian Wallace (Drums).
“The new version of Earthbound features an expanded version of the original album on CD & DVD. As a series of stereo only/low-fi recordings, a 5.1 edition was neither possible nor appropriate. However, also included on the DVD of this release is the full performance from Summit Studios, captured on the same US tour in 1972, appearing in both new stereo & quadraphonic mixes, providing the only live surround recordings of this line-up.
This release also features 15 minutes of material not included on the original mail order only CD of Summit studios as issued by DGM in 2000. The DVD also features the Schizoid Men sequence from the Ladies of the Road live album & a transfer of a 1972 vinyl edition of the Earthbound LP.”
More details can be found HERE
SOURCE: DGM Live
08/11/17: Camel announce dates in The Netherlands and Poland
Camel have announced six Dutch gigs along with two shows in Poland and with more dates are expected to be announced shortly. Last week Andy Latimer revealed that the band would perform Moonmadness in its entirety on the Royal Albert Hall in September.
The Moonmadness 2018 Tour
30/05/18: De Oosterpoort, Groningen [NL]
31/05/18: Podium Victorie, Alkmaar [NL]
02/06/18: Progresia, Warsaw [PL]
03/06/18: Dom Muzyki Tanca, Zabrze [PL]
05/06/18: Paard Van Troje, Den Haag [NL]
07/06/18: Metropool, Hengelo [NL]
08/06/18: Muziekgebouw, indhoven [NL]
09/06/18: TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht [NL]
SOURCE: Camel Productions
08/11/17: David Gilmour Live At Pompeii edited screening on the BBC
BBC 2 will be screening a 60-minute version of David Gilmour’s Live At Pompeii performance on Saturday, 18th November at 22:40…
More information will be available HERE shortly.
08/11/17: G3 (Satriani, Petrucci & Roth) UK tour dates
Joe Satriani has invited Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and the former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth to join him on his G3 Tour in 2018 beginning 16th March 2018 in Moscow and winding up on 30th April in Birmingham. The G3 tour takes in numerous European countries – France, Italy, Spain, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, UK and more. The recently announced UK dates can be found below.
24/04/18: Cliffs Pavilion, Southend On Sea
25/04/18: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London
26/04/18: Colston Hall, Bristol
27/04/18: Apollo, Manchester
29/04/18: Guildhall, Portsmouth
30/04/18: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Visit the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.
Joe Satriani will release of his 16th solo album, What Happens Next, on 12th January 2018 via Sony/Legacy Recordings.
SOURCE: Noble PR
07/11/17: 35th Anniversary Edition of APP’s Eye in the Sky out next month
Legacy Recordings, the catalogue division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Alan Parsons Project‘s Eye In The Sky, with the worldwide release of a definitive deluxe collector’s box set, featuring rare and unreleased material.
“The 35th anniversary Eye in the Sky collector’s box set includes 3 CDs (CD1: Original Album Expanded + bonus tracks, CD2: Eric Woolfson’s Songwriting Diaries, CD3: Previously Unreleased Bonus Material and Disc 4: 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo HD version of the original album on Blu-ray). Also included are 2 vinyl LPs (the original album newly struck at half speed on four sides at 45rpm at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell), a flexi-disc replica of an original 1982 promo, a 60-page hardback book featuring newly-written essays, previously unreleased images recently discovered in Eric Woolfson’s personal archive and new interviews with many of the musicians who recorded the tracks on the album, an Eye in the Sky 1982 replica poster and postcard, a gold-foil Eye of Horus stamp on the front of the box and more.”
Eye In The Sky will be released on Friday, 1st December 2017. A full track listing can be found HERE.
SOURCE: Stuart Kirkham PR
07/11/17: Public Service Broadcasting announce UK tour dates for 2018
Following their recent run of UK dates Public Service Broadcasting confirm 11 more shows for April next year. The band previously announced two shows in Eire and Northern Ireland in January 2018.
Visit the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.
06/11/17: Soft Machine news
It has been revealed that Soft Machine will be recording a new studio album. John Etheridge, Theo Travis, Roy Babbington and John Marshall will all convene at John Hiseman’s Temple Studio during December. Soft Machine will shortly embark on a short run of UK dates – please visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates. It was also recently confirmed that the band would perform at Progtoberfest 2018 which is held at Reggies in Chicago. More 2018 USA shows, along with South America, Europe and Japan dates will be announced shortly.
01. Soft Machine Legacy – Black & Crimson (from Burden Of Proof, 2013)
02. Soft Machine Legacy – The Nodder (from Live Adventures, 2011)
03. Soft Works – Elsewhere (from Abracadabra, 2003)
04. Soft Machine Legacy – The Steamer (from Steam, 2013)
05. Soft Machine Legacy – Kite Runner (from Soft Machine Legacy, 2006)
06. Soft Machine Legacy – Arianna Blue (previously unreleased)
07. Soft Machine Legacy – Kings & Queens (from Live In Zaandam, 2005)
JOHN ETHERIDGE – Guitar (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7)
THEO TRAVIS – Sax, Flute & Fender Rhodes Piano (1, 2, 4, 6)
ROY BABBINGTON – Bass (1, 2, 6)
JOHN MARSHALL – Drums (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
HUGH HOPPER – Bass (3, 4, 5, 7)
ELTON DEAN – Sax & Fender Rhodes Piano (3, 5, 7)
ALLAN HOLDSWORTH – Guitar (3)
SOURCE: MoonJune Records
05/11/17: Tiger Moth Tales release The Ballad Of Longshanks John video
Last month Tiger Moth Tales released a single edit of Hygge, taken third studio album, The Depths Of Winter, scheduled for release later this month through White Knight Records. Today sees the release of the second, single edit, video this time around The Ballad Of Longshanks John.
The Ballad Of Longshanks John was co-written by Jamie Ambler, who also provides the voice overs and is bolstered by a live brass section conducted by Mark Wardle.
The storyline behind the track is taken from English folklore and the story of Robin Hood and the events leading to his death.
Peter says of the track: “The Ballad of Longshanks John is a musical setting of the folk tale of the events leading up to the death of Robin Hood. It tells of how Robin sought help from his cousin, a prioress, who offers to bleed him to cure his sickness, which was a common practice of the time.”
The Depths Of Winter will be released on 20th November 2017.
05/11/17: Liam Davison ~ RIP
In a brief message today Mostly Autumn announced the sad news of the passing of Liam Davison. At this moment in time the cause of his passing is unknown.
“We are absolutely heartbroken to inform you that our dear friend and ex band member Liam Davison has passed away.
We are devastated.”
Liam had a strong 20 year involvement with the band and appeared on their debut album, For All We Shared…, in 1998 and many of their subsequent releases. He would leave the band briefly in 2007 and finally called it a day following the recording of 2014’s Dressed In Voices. In 2011 Liam released his own solo album, A Treasure Of Well Set Jewels.
03/11/17: Intervals premiere new track By Far And Away
Intervals have premiered the brand new track By Far And Away exclusively with Prog.
The song will feature on Aaron Marshall’s upcoming album The Way Forward, which is scheduled for release on 1st December 2017.
Marshall says: “By Far And Away is one of my favourite tunes on the record. The song features the boy wonder, Owane, who actually played keys on the whole album. When the initial inspiration for the song struck me, I knew right away that I wanted to collaborate with him on this one and we had a blast.”
Intervals are currently on the road in the UK and later across Europe, with support provided by Nick Johnston and Polyphia.
03/11/17: We Like We release new track from forthcoming album
Danish ‘instrumental performance and sound quartet’ We Like We premiere, I’m Not For More!, a new track taken from their forthcoming studio album Next To The Entire, scheduled for release next month. You can listen to I’m Not For More! HERE on Soundcloud.
“Although classically trained, all four share a desire for exploring, experimenting and shaping a sound of their own, something which is truly present on this album.”
The band comments on the new track: “The opening track of our new album I’m Not for More unfolds itself like an endless floating mantra of repetitive vocal and violin melodies accompanied by a distorted cello drone and a whirling vibraphone. “I’m not for the record, I’m not for money, I’m not for the purpose, I’m not for more…. is a modern lullaby, a rejection of the neo capitalist society and the eternal aspiration for more.”
SOURCE: House Of Prog
03/11/17: Perfect Beings sign to InsideOut Music for forthcoming album
LA’s Perfect Beings, introduce the first piece of music from their forthcoming Vier album, scheduled for release on 19th January 2018.
Since the recording, Perfect Beings have added new drummer Sean Reinert (Cynic & Gordian Knot) to the band’s founding core of Ryan Hurtgen (vocals & piano), Johannes Luley (guitar, bass & production) and Jesse Nason (keyboards).
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
03/11/17: Von Hertzen Brothers stream War Is Over
To mark the release of their latest studio album Finland’s Von Hertzen Brothers have issued a stream of War Is Over, the title track from the album.
“The title song is a three part declaration of peace,” says Kie Von Hertzen. “The intro can be seen as the echo of the distant turbulent times and/or as a deep relief after years of distress. The middle part, which we call simply “the song” deals with the understanding of how peace can only be achieved here and now, in this very moment. There is no way to peace. Peace IS the only way.”
“With the tempo and the continuous transposing of the melody we try to leave the impression of how joyful the realisation of freedom can be. The song ends with a fanfare, which was recorded in 100 guitars stems. Finland celebrates its 100 years of independence this year, so it can be seen as our bow to those who fought to make our country free and independent!”
“There is this underlying texture throughout the album, which I see as a huge question mark,” says Mikko Von Hertzen. “What are we as humans doing to preserve a loving and kind world? Why are we fighting every day and blaming others for our problems?”
02/11/17: Godsticks release new lyric video for We Are Leaving
Godsticks’ guitarist & frontman Darran Charles explains how he sought inspiration for the song from witnessing the devastating effects addiction and depravation can have on families and neighbourhoods, and the experiences of those that have to stay and those who break away.
“Although not strictly autobiographical, the song is a reflection of my growing up on an estate that during my late teens/early twenties had become infiltrated with heroin and, by association, crime. A huge number of the people I grew up with became heroin addicts and although I wasn’t personally in danger of falling into that lifestyle (as I usually did the opposite of everyone else for some reason!) I could see how easy it was to fall into the clutches of addiction, especially when all those around you had fallen victims themselves.
However, many years later some of those who did manage to escape that environment were able to beat the addiction, and I think that kind of hope is reflected in the song.”
‘this album is a natural progression from Emergence and could be their finest to date’ – continue reading TPA’s review of Faced with Rage
SOURCE: I Like Press
02/11/17: Kscope to reissue No-Man’s Returning Jesus
Originally released on the 3rd Stone label in February 2001, Returning Jesus is a collection of ambitious songs which combine Singer-Songwriter, Chamber Jazz, Progressive and Ambient influences with the band’s unique widescreen production and seductively melancholy compositions.
The double CD edition features a 2017 remaster from Steven Wilson and sleeve notes by Tim Bowness – and contains the original album, plus a bonus disc of b-sides, demos and alternate versions; plus additional artwork and photographs from regular No-Man collaborator Carl Glover.
With the double 180g heavyweight audiophile double vinyl edition also featuring a 2017 remaster by Steven Wilson, packaged in a gatefold sleeve with additional artwork and photographs from Carl Glover.
Returning Jesus will be released on 3rd November and available to order HERE.
SOURCE: I Like Press
01/11/17: Orphaned Land announce European tour dates
Orphaned Land will be touring across Europe during February and March 2018 in support of their new studio album Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs, which will be released 26th January 2018 through Century Media.
Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs: European Tour 2018
24/02/18: Arnheim – Willem Een [NL]
25/02/18: Essen – Turock [DE]
26/02/18: London – Underworld [UK]
27/02/18: Paris – Petit Bain [FR]
28/02/18: Nantes – Le Ferrailleur [FR]
02/03/18: Madrid – Copérnico [ES]
03/03/18: Barcelona – Bovedo [ES]
04/03/18: Montpellier – Secret Place [FR]
06/03/18: Cologne – Jungle [DE]
07/03/18: Berlin – Bi Nuu [DE]
08/03/18: Bratislava – Randal Club [SK]
09/03/18: Cluj Napoca – Flying Circus [RO]
10/03/18: Krakow – Zet Pete [PL]
11/03/18: Budapest – Dürer Kert [HU]
13/03/18: Munich – Backstage [DE]
14/03/18: Borgo – Priolo Dagda Live Club [IT]
15/03/18: Rome – Jailbreak Live Club [IT]
16/03/18: St. Maurice – The Manoir Pub [CH]
17/03/18: Zug – Galvanik [CH]
18/03/18: Pagney – Chez Paulette [FR]
Visit the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide for the UK date and more from across the prog spectrum.
01/11/17: Three new releases from the Gentle Art Of Music label
The Gentle Art Of Music label (GAOM) announce the release of three new albums for November – from Blind Ego, Lesoir and Panzerballett.
Blind Ego – Liquid Live: 10th November 2017
RPWL guitarist Kalle Wallner’s solo-project, Blind Ego return with Liquid Live, a digipak that contains the CD “Live At Loreley” and the DVD “Live At Logo Hamburg”.
Lesoir – Latitude: 17th November 2017
New in the GAOM family, but already well known in the Netherlands, Lesoir‘s new album was recorded with John Cornfield (Muse, Supergrass, Oasis) and Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief) in the UK.
Panzerballett – X-Mas Death Jazz: 24th November 2017
What may seem like an utopian idea of cultural romanticism is actually the premise of Germany’s major avant-garde outfit Panzerballett’s new record X-Mas Death Jazz.
SOURCE: Gentle Art Of Music
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