Published on 1st January 2018

TPA News – January 2018

Latest Prog News from across the progressive rock spectrum & updated throughout January 2018.

12/01/18: The Fierce And The Dead release first video for Euphoric

Truck is the first video from the forthcoming Fierce And The Dead album Euphoric, scheduled for release on 18th May 2018 – through the Bad Elephant Music label.

To coincide with the pre-ordering, the Truck single will be released as a ‘pay-what-you want’ download on 26th January. The single is accompanied by a video, from Mark Duffy and inspired by the 80s wire-frame video games.

“The video is very much in an 80s retro game style”, says guitarist Matt Stevens. “Those who have following us since 2010 may spot the odd reference. Truck is a good indicator of the direction we’re going in on the new record – it’s us but more so. We’re really excited for everyone to hear it.”

Previously the band announced an album launch show at London’s The Black Heart (now sold-out) and are currently adding more dates for 2018.

Visit the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide and Visit the TPA UK Festival Page for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

12/01/18: Adam Wakeman & Damian Wilson sophomore album due February

Adam Wakeman & Damian Wilson announce the release of, The Sun Will Dance In Its Twilight, their second full length album, scheduled for release on 16th February 2018. Unlike its acoustic predecessor, Weir Keeper’s Tale, Wakeman and Wilson have enlisted drummer Ash Soan, guitarist Andy Dunlop, Tony Woollard on cello and backing vocalist Haley Sanderson, for this release. Here’s a taster from the album

“Writing songs with Damian is always a great experience as we tend to start from scratch and follow where the writing takes us. We’re so pleased with how this album has come together. Having Gary Stevenson on board to mix the album and add an extra ear from a production background has been nothing but positive. He also has a killer coffee machine.”

The Sun Will Dance In Its Twilight will be available through Blacklake as Digipak CD and in digital formats, from most major platforms, from 16th February – and a vinyl edition is scheduled for 16th March 2018.

Adam and Damian will embark on an extensive UK tour starting in February and running into March. Visit the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

12/01/18: Long Distance Calling release video for second single

German instrumental rockers Long Distance Calling reveal a ‘studio shot’ video for the second single, Ascending, taken from their forthcoming album Boundless and scheduled for release at the beginning of next month.

The band comments: “We proudly present the brand new video clip for our second single ‘ASCENDING’ which we shot in the studio, where we recorded ‘BOUNDLESS’. We caught an intimate yet intense atmosphere, and we are happy to share it with you, enjoy!”

Boundless will be released as a special edition Digipak CD | Gatefold 2LP + CD (incl. etching on side D) | Digital Download – through InsideOut Music on 2nd February 2018.

The band previously announced tour dates in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic throughout February and March. Visit Long Distance Calling Tour Page for these dates.

11/01/18: Ayreon Universe live release in March

A live registration from Ayreon Universe three performances from Tilburg’s 013 venue, last September, is set to be released on 30 March 2018, via Mascot Label Group/Music Theories. Today sees the first trailer for the release.

“This unique performance features 16 singers, 28 songs, an 8 piece band and a special appearance by Arjen. The duration of the show was more than 2 hours. It was filmed with 30 cameras and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray with 5.1 surround audio, with an extensive list of extras, including a behind-the-scenes documentary with interviews with every singer and musician, and a compilation of the try-out show performed a few weeks earlier.”

Ayreon Universe: The Best Of Ayreon Live will be released in several formats including: 5-Disc Earbook | Blu-ray | DVD | LP – full details to be revealed shortly.

Pre-orders start 30th January 2018 with 30th March 2018 confirmed as the official release date.

SOURCE: Arjen Lucassen [Ayreon]

11/01/18: Godsticks release Angry Concern video

Following the release of their latest studio album on Kscope last year, Godsticks have shared a new video for the track Angry Concern, filmed during the recording sessions for Faced With Rage at Monnow Valley Studio in Wales.

The band previously announced a couple of UK shows in Cardiff and London in May – check out the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

SOURCE: I Like Press

09/01/18: Esoteric Recordings announce definitive Curved Air reissues

Esoteric Recordings have announced two new definitive Curved Air reissues, Air Conditioning (1970) and Air Cut (1974)!

“Beautifully packaged, both classic albums have been given the Esoteric reissue treatment: AIR CONDITIONING has been newly remastered from the original tapes, and expanded with 11 bonus tracks drawn from previously unreleased studio out-takes and BBC sessions, while the new definitive CD edition of AIR CUT has been remastered from the original tapes for the first time ever! Both boast illustrated booklets with new essays & interviews.”

SOURCE: Esoteric Recordings

09/01/18: PFM replace Focus on HMS Prog

Due to contractual reasons Focus have had to withdraw from the inaugural HMS Prog sailing in March this year. Prog reveal their replacement will be Italian legends PFM…

“PFM join a bill featuring Caravan, Geoff Downes, Roger Dean, Pendragon, Cairo, Martin Turner (performing both Argus AND There’s The Rub) and Prog Editor Jerry Ewing are all lined up to appear, giving a series of performances and talks. There will also be a day time gig in Amsterdam on the Saturday, with all transfers supplied.”

The two day event departs from Hull and sailing to Amsterdam between 2nd & 4th March 2018. Visit the HMS Prog website for more details


07/01/18: The first HawkEaster 2018 bands announced

Dates: 30th March – 1st April 2018
Venue: The Alhambra Theatre, 56 Marine Road West, Morecombe, LA4 4EU
Info: Hawkwind

Hawkwind | TOSH | Membranes | Son of MAN | Evil Blizzard | TFATD The Fierce And The Dead | Tarantism | Erin Bennett | Screeech Rock | and more TBA…

Visit the TPA UK Festival Page for this event and more from across the prog spectrum.

06/01/18: Ray Thomas ~ RIP

Ray Thomas, founder member, flautist and vocalist of the Moody Blues, passed away suddenly at his home in Surrey on Thursday 4th January 2018. Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder founded the Moody Blues in the early 60s along with Denny Laine, Graeme Edge and Clint Warwick. However in 1966 the line-up changed with Justin Hayward and John Lodge replacing Denny and Clint. “The musical style of the group changed dramatically with the incorporation of the Mellotron into their sound, along with Ray’s evocative flute playing.”

“In the mid 1970s Ray recorded two successful solo albums; “From Mighty Oaks” (1975) and “Hopes Wishes and Dreams” (1976). The Moody Blues success continued into the 1980s. Ray’s song “Veteran Cosmic Rocker” (from 1981’s “Long Distance Voyager”) highlighted Ray’s marvellous sense of humour.

Ray remained with the Moody Blues until 2002 when he retired from the band due to health issues. Despite mobility issues, Ray continued to play and record occasionally, contributing a new song, “The Trouble with Memories” to a 2010 boxed set release of his two solo albums and more recently to the John Lodge album “10,000 Light Years Ago” in 2014. In 2017 it was announced that the members of the Moody Blues, including Ray Thomas, were to be inducted in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.”

SOURCE: Esoteric Recordings

05/01/18: Kayak launch animated video ahead of their new album release

Kayak launch an animated video for La Peregrina, the second single to be taken from their aptly titled Seventeen album, which will be released on Friday 12th January 2018.

Ton Scherpenzeel comments: “‘La Peregrina’ is the story about the merciless passing of time and the vanity of man, as observed by the legendary pearl that represents eternal beauty. It watches the rise and fall of kings and serves to enhance the status of queens who wear it, and knows all their secrets. An intriguing idea that inspired me to write this longest epic – the album version is almost 12 minutes long – on the new KAYAK album.”

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

Read TPA’s review of Seventeen HERE.

05/01/18: Cuneiform Records – a new era

“For decades, Cuneiform Records proved that a small, indie record label releasing avant-garde / art music could be as professional and sustainable as a major label that releases mainstream pop. But today, in a changed climate caused by digital revolution, all species of record labels are endangered. Cuneiform looks forward to your support as it devotes 2018 to exploring how to adapt to a radical new environment.”

“Steve Feigenbaum is the brains behind Cuneiform. He is in charge of A&R (curating Artists & Repertoire), in addition to overseeing all business and legal matters, including sales, distribution, manufacture, licensing for media and more. For 2018, Steve will take a year sabbatical to determine what direction the label could or should take to be viable again in the future. Because sales of recorded music in every format – digital, cd, lps – have dramatically declined for everyone in the music industry, it is no longer feasible for us to run a record label in the same manner as we have for the past 35 years. For Cuneiform, 2018 will be a year to rethink, retool and evolve the label.”

You can read the full article HERE

SOURCE: Cuneiform Records

02/01/18: Aranis call it a day

Flemish acoustic avant-rockers Aranis have decided to call it a day, mainly, it would appear, for financial reasons…

In a statement the band comment: “As you know, aranis has been working for almost 16 years with programs with their own compositions or edits of music from others (like-minded) composers. We went on many partnerships with various groups and band, and played around 400 concerts…” which took them to many countries.

Continuing: “In the present political climate, it is unfortunately no longer sustainable for aranis to grow as a group. We set the bar high for ourselves and try to challenge ourselves again and surprise our public.”

The band are planning a few farewell concerts and will be announced shortly.

01/01/18: Andy Poole departs from Big Big Train

In a brief statement founding member Andy Poole announces the he has parted ways with Big Big Train and is “…ready for new and exciting adventures”.

The band responded by saying they: “would like to thank Andy for the significant part he has played in the band’s journey and we wish him well in his future endeavours”.

Big Big Train will continue with the seven-piece line-up of D’Virgilio / Gregory / Hall / Longdon / Manners / Sjöblom / Spawton alongside the five-piece BBT brass band led by Dave Desmond.

For future live performance, the band have recruited an additional musician to assist the band with keyboard and guitar work. An announcement will be made in due course.

01/01/18: John Payne and Erik Norlander announce the Dukes Of The Orient

Dukes Of The Orient will release their eponymous, debut album on 23rd February 2018. The album, which has been ten years in the making, features John Payne on vocals and bass guitar along with keyboardist Erik Norlander. The album also includes guest performances from Jeff Kollman, Guthrie Govan, Moni Scaria and Bruce Bouillet on guitar, Molly Rogers on strings and Jay Schellen on drums.

John Payne says of the album: “With Dukes of the Orient we have dug deep with analog soundscapes, superlative musicians and song-driven epics. Add to this the masterful artwork of Rodney Matthews and a journey that started with the supergroup ASIA, we give you the next chapter, one we are extremely proud of.”

“Dukes of the Orient has its origins in 2007 as “ASIA Featuring John Payne,” a band that continued on after ASIA keyboardist, Geoff Downes, left the band to re-form the original 1982 lineup. Payne recruited Norlander to join Guthrie Govan and Jay Schellen for tour dates in the US and initial recordings, some of which endured to appear on the Dukes of the Orient album here.

Govan left the band to form The Aristocrats and was replaced by guitarist Bruce Bouillet followed by Jeff Kollman and Moni Scaria. The final lineup resulted in the track, “Seasons Will Change,” released as a video in 2013 and also now appears on the Dukes of the Orient album.”

Tour dates, in support of the new album, are expected to be announced shortly …

01/01/18: Peter Hammill European tour dates for 2018

Peter Hammill will be touring in Europe in the early part of 2018, starting in Belgium, The Netherlands and Sweden in March and April. He will conclude April’s tour dates with seven UK shows before moving into May with the recently added shows in Germany. Peter will be doing two nights in each of the following cities: Nuremeberg, Dortmund and Berlin – and he plans to do two entirely different sets for each pair of shows.

Peter Hammill European Tour 2018
10/03/18: 4AD, Diksmuide [BE]
12/03/18: Zonnehuis, Amsterdam [NL]
13/03/18: Parkvilla Theatre, Alphen [NL]
06/04/18: Palladium, Malmo [SE]
07/04/18: Kulturhuset, Stockholm [SE]

20/04/18: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London [UK]
24/04/18: Òran Mór, Glasgow [UK]
25/04/18: Stoller Hall, Manchester [UK]
27/04/18: St Luke’s Church, Brighton [UK]
28/04/18: St Luke’s Church, Brighton [UK]
29/04/18: The Lantern, Bristol [UK]
30/04/18: Junction, Cambridge [UK]

21/05/18: K4 Festsaal, Nuremberg [DE]
22/05/18: K4 Festsaal, Nuremberg [DE]
24/05/18: Piano, Dortmund [DE]
25/05/18: Piano, Dortmund [DE]
26/05/18: Quasimodo, Berlin [DE]
27/05/18: Quasimodo, Berlin [DE]

SOURCE: Peter Hammill

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