Published on 1st March 2018
TPA News – March 2018
Latest Prog News from across the progressive rock spectrum & updated throughout March 2018.
30/03/18: The Fierce And The Dead release animated video for their new single 1991
The Fierce And The Dead have released their video for new single 1991 exclusively with Prog.
The track follows Truck which arrived back in January, with both songs set to feature on the band’s upcoming album The Euphoric, which will launch on May 18 via Bad Elephant Music.
Bassist Kev Feazey calls it the band’s “feel good summer hit” while guitarist Matt Stevens adds: “It’s our psychedelic instrumental pop single with a nasty metal twist – and is a lot of fun to play live.”
Guitarist Steve Cleaton explains: “The whole notion that time flows could be an illusion anyway. If such an idea is plausible, then the present moment is actually 1991 anyway.
“Every event has already happened. It’s widely understood that some people quite enjoy getting away from the perception that time flows. For others it’s a terrifying experience.”
1991 is now available as a pay-what-you-want download, while The Euphoric is available for pre-order – also from Bandcamp.
28/03/18: Esoteric Antenna announce charity album
Esoteric Antenna announce the release of a charity album, Harmony For Elements, featuring new tracks from artists from across the “progressive” music world – including Steve Hackett, Anthony Phillips, Roger King, Nick Magnus, Tony Patterson, Brendan Eyre, Rob Townsend, Amanda Lehman, Andy Tillison, Andy Neve, Dale Newman and Anna Marsden.
“The album features new music donated to raise funds and awareness for the charity Elephants for Africa, an organisation dedicated to protecting the endangered African elephant through research and education.”
“The music was written specifically to accompany a book written by Wildlife photographer and biologist Lesley Wood and founder of Elephants for Africa Dr Kate Evans.”
01. EVENTIDE – Nad Sylvan
02. IN A PERFECT WORLD – Steve Hackett, Anthony Phillips & Roger King
03. SEE THE DREAM – Tony Patterson
04. SUNSET TRAIL – Anthony Phillips
05. PLAY FOR TIME, TIME FOR PLAY – Rob Townsend
06. WE ARE ONE – Amanda Lehmann
07. CROSSING THE SAVANNAH – Nick Magnus
08. TWO ROPE SWINGS – Andy Tillison Diskdrive
09. THE ELEPHANT’S TALE – Anthony Phillips
10. THIS IS OUR HOME – Anna Madsen
11. LORATO – Steve Hackett
12. EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW – Dale Newman
13. RIVERS OF FIRE – Brendan Eyre
14. SPEAK FOR ME – Andy Neve
~ Bonus track
15. INTO THE LENS – Andy Neve
Harmony For Elements will be released on 25th May 2108.
26/03/18: YES50 Anniversary Tour 2018 US dates announced
Yes have revealed dates and details for this summer’s 50th Anniversary North American tour titled #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES. The 30-plus date tour kicks off on 5th & 6th June 2018, with a two-night stand at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles [IL]
“Much has changed since I joined Yes in 1970, but the core elements of the band have remained consistent,” shares guitarist Steve Howe. “We want to mark this anniversary with a tour that encompasses some of our best-loved work and revisit a few classic pieces that have been lost for a while. We look forward to sharing the 50th anniversary with the fanbase, playing classic songs that celebrate the broad musical style of Yes.”
The tour will take the band to Kansas City, Denver, Los Angeles, San Jose, Detroit, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Boston, Staten Island, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Orlando, among many other cities, before concluding towards the end of July in Atlanta. Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning this Friday, March 30 or Saturday, March 31, with select shows going on sale in early April. A handful of additional dates will be announced soon.
For the full list of dates please visit the Yes tour announcement page HERE.
26/03/18: Damanek and Southern Empire announce joint European tour dates
2018 European Tour
21/11/18: Reichenbach Bergkeller, Reichenbach [DE]
22/11/18: Spirit Of 66, Verviers [BE]
24/11/18: De Boerderi, Zoetermeer [NL]
28/11/18: The Talking Heads, Southampton [UK]
29/11/18: The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton [UK]
30/11/18: Boston Music Room, London [UK]
01/12/18: Classic Rock Society, Wesley Arts Centre, Maltby [UK]
Damanek and Southern Empire will be joined by Seven Steps To The Green Door for the German, Belgium and Dutch dates
20/03/18: The Flower Kings – announce second box-set release
Sweden’s The Flower Kings will release part two of their career spanning work with the A Kingdom Of Colours 2 (2004–2013) box-set, which covers the albums from Adam & Eve to Desolation Rose – and also includes three discs of bonus material dating back from 1995.
As with the first boxset, there is a brand new interview with Roine Stolt who gives a history of that period of the band’s existence.
A Kingdom Of Colours 2 (2004–2013) will be released on 1st June 2018 and you can see the full track listing HERE.
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
19/03/18: ESP 2.0 to release new album in April
ESP 2.0 will release their second studio album 22 Layers Of Sunlight on 20th April 2018. The follow up to their well received 2016 Invisible Din sees Tony Lowe (guitar, keyboards & vocals) and Mark Brzezicki (drums) are joined by ex-Lotus Eaters Peter Coyle (vocals), alongside Pete Clark (bass) and guest Richard Smith (keyboards).
“…this incarnation features Peter Coyle, formerly of The Lotus Eaters, joining forces with renowned composer/producer Tony Lowe to write these deeply evocative and stunningly original songs, merging passionate vocals and intricate soundscapes. Sometimes using complex rhythmic structures – supplied by ace session drummer Mark Brzezicki, overlaid with modern progressive rock elements and orchestral movements, the music creates an intense, dramatic but ultimately uplifting experience. 60+ minutes.”
The band will be out on the road during 2018 in support of the album, including two gigs in April – visit the TPA UK Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum…
19/03/18: Dave Kerzner reveals new band
Dave Kerzner has revealed details of his new band, IN CONTINUUM. The debut album, coming out later this year, will feature Kerzner (Sound of Contact) on keyboards and lead vocals along with lead vocalist Gabriel Agudo (Steve Rothery Band, Bad Dreams), lead vocalist Jon Davison (Yes), multi-instrumentalist Matt Dorsey of SOC, former SOC touring guitarists Randy McStine (The Fringe) and John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), drummers Nick D’Virgilio (Big Big Train) and Derek Cintron (Dave Kerzner Band), multi-instrumentalist Fernando Perdomo (Dave Kerzner Band) and more!
IN CONTINUUM have already been confirmed for the 2019 Cruise To The Edge, along with Yes, Steve Hackett, Jordan Rudess, Riverside, Airbag, Frost and many more…
18/03/18: John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest announce first UK tour since 2016
John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest announce their first UK tour since 2016, with the dates now confirmed as follows:
JLBJH UK Tour Dates
04/10/18: Opera House, Buxton
05/10/18: Sage 2, Gateshead
06/10/18: Queens Hall, Edinburgh
11/10/18: The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes
12/10/18: Epic Studios, Norwich
13/10/18: Islington Assembly, London
14/10/18: The Charter Theatre, Guild Hall, Preston
The band will then go on to play several concert dates in Europe full details can be found on the band’s News Page.
Visit the TPA UK Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum…
16/03/18: Frequency Drift release Letters To Maro in April
Bayreuth-based, cinematic proggers Frequency Drift will release their latest studio album, Letters To Maro on 13th April 2018, through the Gentle Art Of Music (GAOM) label. This will be the band’s seventh studio release and the first to feature new singer and lyricist Irini Alexia.
“Letters to Maro’s predecessor Last was still strongly imprinted by heavy guitars. On the new record, though, the Bayreuth-based band put the focus on rhythmic sophistication innovation in the field of sound design to deliver even more vital imagery for the imagination of people. In this context, however, the typically catchy vocal arrangements create a remarkable degree of accessibility…”
17/03/18: Presto Ballet postpone next month’s UK dates
The band revealed on their Facebook Page, that due to personal reasons, guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof was unable to fullfil the touring commitments with Presto Ballet this April.
Damain Wilson has stepped in for the three shows with Mystery & Midnight Sun and Tiger Moth Tales will now take Presto Ballet’s slot at next month’s Winter’s End Festival.
16/03/18: David Cross & David Jackson release new studio album Another Day – today!
During the 1970s David Cross was a member of King Crimson and David Jackson was a member of Van der Graaf Generator. Today sees the release of their collaborative album Another Day, released through Cherry Red Records and featuring Mick Paul on bass and Craig Blundell on drums. Here is a little taster
“From the first notes we ever played together David Jackson and I realised that we were driving in the same direction, free to play anything from fierce avant-garde cadenzas to haunting melodies and rocking riffs. ‘Another Day’ is the culmination of our ambition to date and has been realised as a quartet album through extraordinary instinctive performances from our collaborators, Mick Paul and Craig Blundell. The icing on the cake was the incisive, original vision which emerged in the mixing stage from our producer Jake Jackson. I love it.” – David Cross (March 2018)
“I am thrilled and very proud of this album with David Cross. It’s the best thing I’ve done in many years! We met at a Festival in Italy in 2010 and emergency improvised our way into a special kind of exciting harmony – and friendship too. Enjoying the space between two soloists, we soon discovered new ways of writing and arranging. Add in our legendary rhythm section of Mick Paul and Craig Blundell and I can guarantee you haven’t heard anything quite like this album before!” – David Jackson (February 2018)
Visit the Cross & Jackson website for more info.
SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR
16/03/18: TesseracT premiere video for their new single – King
The emotive and viscerally challenging clip, was directed by Kyle Kadow & Steven Cleavland and shot in a snowy Wisconsin following a brutal storm, which all added to the atmospheric footage as bassist Amos Williams explains “We have been very lucky to work with two cinematographers of such vision and quality as Kyle and Steven. We gave them free reign with the creation of the first story board. They chose to explore the theme of claustrophobia and how fear can control our lives. Using a luminary figure as a beacon of hope and escape for the characters.”
Lyricist and vocalist Daniel Tompkins expands on the song’s concept by saying “Far too often we find ourselves lead into conflict and inner turmoil. Life is surely a battle, history has a bad habit of repeating itself and when living with the constraints of an onerous life it’s easy to overlook the greatest gift we’ve ever received: life itself”.
The band will be undertaking a series of US and Canadian tour dates during April & May, with summer festivals across Europe before hitting stages in Europe towards the end of the year.
SOURCE: I Like Press
16/03/18: Alex Cromarty retired from Mostly Autumn – new drummer announced
Mostly Autumn have announced that Alex Cromarty has decided to retire from the band.
The band comment: “It has been nothing but an absolute pleasure to share our time with Alex who is undoubtedly a huge musical talent in all areas and a superb character to have around. We sincerely wish him all the best for the future in whatever he does and we will obviously remain close friends.”
“His replacement will be Henry Rogers will be injected into the Mostly Autumn sound and we wholeheartedly welcome Henry on board. Henry is a hugely accomplished live and session player who has also known and loved Mostly Autumn for some years.”
“With the sadness of the end of another era comes the excitement of a new one , Henry’s first show will be in York at The Crescent on Sunday 25th March.
Visit the TPA UK Gig Guide for this date and more from across the prog spectrum…
SOURCE: Mostly Autumn
15/03/18: Lunatic Soul announce the release of his sixth studio album
Mariusz Duda will mark the 10th anniversary of Lunatic Soul with the release of his sixth studio album and the companion to 2017’s Fractured. Under the Fragmented Sky is set for release on 25th May via Kscope… Here is a short teaser, posted today
“It’s a very unexpected and spontaneous release” – says Mariusz Duda – “Initially, I was thinking about a maxi single “A Thousand Shards of Heaven” with a couple of other tracks but the material had evolved so beautifully in the studio that I ended up with 36 minutes of brand new music.”
Under the Fragmented Sky will be released in the following formats on 25th May 2018: CD | LP | Digital
SOURCE: I Like Press
15/03/18: 10cc will tour UK later this year
10cc UK tour will get under way at High Wycombe’s Swan Theatre on 18th October and conclude at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre on 17th November 2018.
2018 UK Tour Dates
18/10/18: Swan Theatre, High Wycombe
19/10/18: Winter Gardens, Margate
20/10/18: Forum Theatre, Malvern
22/10/18: Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
23/10/18: Concert Hall, Perth
24/10/18: Usher Hall, Edinburgh
25/10/18: Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl
27/10/18: De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea
28/10/18: The Anvil, Basingstoke
29/10/18: Royal & Derngate, Northampton
30/10/18: Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
01/11/18: The Dome Leisure Centre, Doncaster
02/11/18: Victoria Theatre, Halifax
03/11/18: Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage
04/11/18: Corn Exchange, Cambridge
05/11/18: Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
07/11/18: The Hawth Theatre, Crawley
08/11/18: Festival Theatre, Chichester
09/11/18: Pavilion, Weymouth
10/11/18: Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight
12/11/18: Opera House, Buxton
13/11/18: City Hall, Hull
14/11/18: Alban Arena, St Albans
15/11/18: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
16/11/18: The Hexagon, Reading
17/11/18: Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Visit the TPA UK Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum…
12/03/18: Tool return to the studio for new album
Although no specifics have been announced the band reveal that the new album is written and they will be heading into the studio to record soon.
“After all the years of writing and arranging (and re-arranging) at the band’s loft, I can at this time officially report that the guys have moved into a major studio where the recording process for the next album is about to begin in earnest.”
09/03/18: The Pineapple Thief head out on European tour in September 2018
The Pineapple Thief announce a European tour in support of their new studio album, due out this summer. Once again the band will be joined by Gavin Harrison on drums.
The Pineapple Thief European Tour 2018
15/09/18: La Maroquinerie – Paris [FR]
16/09/18: La Madeleine – Brussels [BE]
17/09/18: Schlachthof – Bremen [DE]
18/09/18: MusikZentrum – Hanover [DE]
19/09/18: Lido – Berlin [DE]
21/09/18: Stodoła – Warsaw [PL]
22/09/18: Sklub – Olomouc [CZ]
23/09/18: Rock Café – Prague [CZ]
24/09/18: Szene – Vienna [AT]
26/09/18: Backstage – Munich [DE]
27/09/18: Colos-Saal – Aschaffenburg [DE]
28/09/18: Live Music Hall – Cologne [DE]
29/09/18: Melkweg – Amsterdam [NL]
04/10/18: The Liquid Rooms – Edinburgh [UK]
05/10/18: The Leadmill – Sheffield [UK]
06/10/18: O2 Shepherds Bush Empire – London [UK]
09/03/18: Enochian Theory call it a day
In a statement on their website the band reveal that after almost fifteen years they have called a halt – for the moment at least…
“It is with a heavy heart, but perhaps one of slight relief collectively, that we officially announce that ENOCHIAN THEORY has come to a logical end. Whether it’s a hiatus or the final end, we are not sure…but for now at least, we have to put this all away and explore pastures new.
We have tried to find a way forward in the past 5 years to create a new album, but there are too many factors working against this process and we have collectively come to the conclusion that it is best to move forward in different directions.”
You can find the full announcement HERE on the band’s website…
07/03/18: TesseracT announce European tour dates in November
TesseracT, who are set to release their fourth studio album Sonder on 20th April 2018, through Kscope, have announced details for their European headline tour with support from Between The Buried & Me and Plini.
Daniel Tompkins comments: “To have such a strong support bill with us means the SONDER European Tour could be the event of 2018 for many progressive rock fans! We’re bringing an exciting new production, which properly represents TesseracT in a live environment. Joining us are our friends in Between The Buried And Me – it’s been a long time since we last toured with them and it will definitely be worth the wait. To cap it all off we’re also bringing along the mighty Plini – this will be our second tour of 2018 with him, he’s an amazing musician and gives the tour a great dynamism!”
TESSERACT – SONDER EUROPEAN TOUR 2018
09/11/18: Live Music Hall, Cologne [DE]
10/11/18: Doornroosje, Nijmegen [NL]
11/11/18: Biebob, Vosselaar [BE]
12/11/18: Le Trabendo, Paris [FR]
13/11/18: Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg [DE]
14/11/18: Gruenspan, Hamburg [DE]
15/11/18: Pumpehuset, Copenhagen [DK]
16/11/18: Parkteatret, Oslo [NO]
17/11/18: Kägelbanan, Stockholm [SE]
19/11/18: Lido, Berlin [DE]
20/11/18: Im Wizemann, Stuttgart [DE]
21/11/18: Flex, Vienna [AT]
22/11/18: Backstage, Munich [DE]
23/11/18: Kiff, Aarau [CH]
24/11/18: Campus Industry, Parma [IT]
25/11/18: Rockhal, Esch [LU]
Tickets go on sale: Friday 9th March 2018 and with more dates to be added over the coming months.
SOURCE: I Like Press
07/03/18: Todd Rundgren’s Utopia Reunite for US dates
Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Willie Wilcox and Ralph Schucket are returning for a 2018 US tour, starting next month and running through May & June. The guys explained recently:
“In celebration of the upcoming reunion tour, Friday Music will be releasing a 7-disc box set, THE ROAD TO UTOPIA: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS (1974-82). This limited edition collection will bring each of their seven classic albums to life, now in first-time CD digipak gatefold covers featuring the original album artwork elements, rare inner sleeve art, newly written commentary from the band, and more. The box set has a scheduled street date of April 20.”
Visit the Todd Rundgren Facebook Page for tour venues and dates.
SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR
07/03/18: Jeff Beck announces three UK dates in June
12/06/18 Royal Concert Hall, NOTTINGHAM
13/06/18 Royal Concert Hall, GLASGOW
16/06/18 Philharmonic Hall, LIVERPOOL
*Tickets go on sale: Friday 9th March 2018
Visit the TPA UK Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum…
07/03/18: The Monks of Doom return with new studio album
The Monks of Doom are set to release their first album of all new material since 1993’s Forgery in the Spring of 2018.
“Recorded over a several years beginning in 2009, The Brontë Pin continues the Monks’ spontaneous forays into the worlds of improvised music, adventurous instrumental work, dystopian paranoia and mind melting psychedelia.”
“Recorded and mixed by Bruce Kaphan (American Music Club, David Byrne, Chris Isaak, The Black Crowes), the album simply picked up where the Monks left off in 2005 with their album of covers, What’s Left For Kicks? By measures more aggressive and more laid back than previous recordings, The Brontë Pin continues in the grand tradition of this exceptional yet reclusive group of musicians, melding myriad influences into a virtuosity hard to define in the world of current music.”
Art/psych/prog rock collective, The Monks of Doom features members from Camper Van Beethoven (Victor Krummenacher, Greg Lisher and Chris Pedersen), along with Counting Crows’ David Immerglück.
SOURCE: Pavement PR
05/03/18: 3RDegree to release new studio album in April
“Where Volume 1 imagined a world transformed by a Technological Singularity, Volume 0 supplies the backstory nearer to present-day. Instead of a landscape dominated by a ubiquitous corporation, the world is seen through the eyes of cybernetic companions, ambitious transhumanist parents, lonely internet trolls, social-media addicts trying to expand their personal brand and elitists moving to New Zealand to ride out the apocalypse.
And in true 3RDegree fashion, this is all delivered with a healthy dose of dark humor using melodic, song-based progressive rock as the vehicle.”
The band will embark on a brief US tour in support of the album during May – visit the band’s Facebook Page for more details.
04/03/18: John Holden gathers impressive cast for debut album
Multi-instrumentalist John Holden will release his debut solo album Capture Light, on 23rd March 2018. Joining John are Billy Sherwood, Oliver Wakeman, Joe Payne, Gary O’Toole, Peter Jones, Marc Atkinson, Jean Pageau and more.
“I have been amazed and thrilled by the talented musicians I have managed to bring into the project. The support and advice from some top producers and sound engineers has also been invaluable; everyone made a fantastic contribution.”
Read TPA’s review of Capture Light HERE
03/03/18: Tangekanic – post Doctor Livingstone (I Presume) video
Tangekanic have posted film footage recorded at the New Jersey Proghouse in October 2017. The instrumental track, taken from The Tangent’s The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery album, will appear on the their forthcoming live album Hotel Cantaffordit.
More info and can be found in last month’s TPA News along with the previously released video for Sanctuary In Music.
No exact date has been announced for the release of Hotel Cantaffordit, however it is anticipated the it will be shipping in early March.
SOURCE: The Tangent
02/03/18: Kino premiere Grey Shapes On Concrete Fields video
Taken from their forthcoming studio album Radio Voltaire, scheduled for release on 23rd March 2018, is the second video track taken from the album.
Radio Voltaire will be the band’s second release, some 13 years since their Pictures debut and sees John Mitchell & Pete Trewavas teaming up once more, with Craig Blundell on drums & John Beck guesting on keyboards.
The album will be available on Limited CD Digipak (including bonus tracks), Gatefold 180g Double Vinyl (incl. CD) & Digital Download.
01/03/18: Spock’s Beard announce 13th studio album Noise Floor
Spock’s Beard have announced the release of their 13th studio album Noise Floor on 25th May 2018. As announced previously, for this album Ted Leonard, Alan Morse, Dave Meros & Ryo Okumoto are joined in the studio once again by drummer & original member Nick D’Virgilio, who records his first album with the band since 2010’s ‘X’.
Disc 1 – Noise Floor
01. To Breathe Another Day
02. What’s Become of Me
03. Somebody’s Home
04. Have We All Gone Crazy
05. So This Is Life
06. One So Wise
07. Box of Spiders
Disc 2 – Cutting Room Floor
01. Days We’ll Remember
04. Armageddon Nervous
As with all Spock’s Beard songs, most of the new album was written by the individual members, and then brought to the rest of the band as high quality demos. “We all do this type of thing in our home studios,” adds Leonard. “So, by the time they reach the stage where the entire band get to judge them, they are really developed, and therefore everyone can make a reasoned judgement.”
More information can be found HERE on the Spock’s Beard Facebook Page.
01/03/18: Malady to release second album later this month
Finland’s Malady will release their second studio album, via Svart Records, on 30th March 2018 and follows in the footsteps of their eponymous debut album: “a beautifully realised piece of original Finnish progressive rock which had its roots very strongly in the sound of the early 70s and achieved cult approval”. The second album from the quintet, Toinen Toista, pushes the boundaries further than before…
“Composed and arranged as a collaborative piece by the band, ‘Toinen Toista’ has layers upon layers that captivate and entrance you, permitting more details to be discovered with each listen. Their sound is glazed with the kind of homegrown syrupy finish only vintage Scandinavian Prog Rock can offer but is combined with wondrous melodies that feel truly timeless. Lyricist and drummer for Malady, Juuso Jylhänlehto, has said: “this album is open to many interpretations and laden with symbolism, but at its core lays the basic questions of being human and the transient nature of things.” These are subjects that have been explored since time immemorial, yet ones that continue to be reflected on in new ways by Malady.”
SOURCE: Prescription PR
01/03/18: Joe Payne launch show
Former The Enid vocalist & frontman Joe Payne will perform his latest single I Need a Change/Moonlit Love at a special re-launch show tomorrow evening (2nd March 2018) at The Picturedrome in his hometown of Northampton.
Joe will be performing “the best of my back catalogue” for this one-off event, including songs from The Enid and other collaborations.
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