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Published on 1st June 2018

TPA News – June 2018

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


23/06/18: Stick Men & David Cross Latin American tour dates

MoonJune Records announce that David Cross has joined forces with Stick Men for a series of Latin American dates kicking off in São Paulo (Brazil) during August and running through to September where the quartet tour closes in Monterey (Mexico). Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter will then return to the USA for three dates.

STICK MEN with DAVID CROSS
24/08/18: São Paulo, SP, Brazil (Club Carioca)
25/08/18: Niteroi, Rio De Janeiro, RJ, Brazil (Teatro Municipal) 2 shows
28/08/18: San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina (Teatro Alberdi)
30/08/18: Mar Del Plata, Argentina (Teatriz)
31/08/18: Buenos Aires, Argentina (ND Teatro)
01/09/18: Rosario, Argentina (Vorterix)
03/09/18: Montevideo, Uruguay (Las Trastienda Club)
05/09/18: Cordoba, Argentina (Teatro del Libertador San Martín)
06/09/18: Santiago, Chile (Teatro Nescafé de las Artes)
08/09/18: Lima, Peru (Teatro Municipal)
13/09/18: Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia (Teatro Centro Boliviano Americano)
14/09/18: La Paz, Bolivia (Teatro 16 de Julio)
18/09/18: Guatemala City, Guatemala (Teatro Lux)
19/09/18: San Salvador, El Salvador (venue TBA)
20/09/18: Escazú, San José, Costa Rica (Jazz Café)
23/09/18: Mexico City, Mexico (Centro Cultural Robert Cantoral)
24/09/18: Monterey, Mexico (Escena Monterrey)

STICK MEN
25/09/18: Dallas, TX, USA (Sundown @ Granada)
26/09/18: Houston, TX, USA (Dosey Doe Woodlands)
27/09/18: Austin, TX, USA (One World Theater)

“Pat, Tony and Markus are excited to return to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Mexico as Stick Men, and to bring for the first time their Stick Men repertoire to Peru, Bolivia and Guatemala. For David Cross, these will be his first live performances ever in Latin America outside of Brazil, where he recently performed with local progressive group Dialeto.”

SOURCE: MoonJune Records


22/06/18: Gryphon update on their new release – plus reissues and gig dates

Gryphon, who are currently in the final release stages of ReInvention, the band’s first studio album in over forty years, will launch their new album at London’s Union Chapel on 14th September 2018.

In other news – Esoteric Recordings announce the release of Raindances, a 2CD anthology featuring every track from the four albums released by Gryphon on the Transatlantic label between 1973 and 1975. Raindances will be released on 24th August 2018 and brings together Gryphon (73), Midnight Mushrumps (74), Red Queen to Gryphon Three (74) and Raindance (75).

Raindances has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and the package an illustrated booklet and includes exclusive interviews with Richard Harvey, Brian Gulland, Graeme Taylor and Dave Oberle.

GRYPHON DATES 2018
14/09/18: Union Chapel, London
06/10/18: The Robin 2, Bilston
07/10/18: The 1865, Southampton

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for Gryphon’s UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum…


22/06/18: Aisles premiere last video of Live Series and announce EP

Aisles premiere the last video of their “Live from Estudio del Sur” sessions, for the song Club Hawaii, which was originally released on the album Hawaii (2016). The session started with the video for Clouds Motion, and it continued with Shallow and Daft, Still Alive, and Club Hawaii. All of these songs will be included on their new EP, Live from Estudio del Sur which will be released on 6th July 2018.

Guitarist German Vergara comments: “We knew that ‘Club Hawaii’ could not be left out of this live series. It’s a very collective effort in which we incorporated elements from electronic and Latin music, pop, jazz, and even metal, so as to transport the listener to the future in which the concept of the album takes place. We used more distortion, sounded heavier than usual and Sebastián recites a heart wrenching poem in the darkest section of the song. Personally it’s my favorite on the ‘Hawaii’ album and I’m very proud of my lyrics. When playing it live I get goosebumps every time we reach the part ‘Turn my soul into flesh and soil and blood and waves…’”

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR


21/06/18: Mogwai announce the release of KIN

Today, Mogwai have officially announced the release of KIN: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on 31st August 2018 via Rock Action. The album is composed of tracks recorded by the band for the score of the forthcoming sci-fi/crime drama.

Mogwai previously released Donuts (Official Trailer) and today sees the release of We’re Not Done (End Title), the final cut from their soundtrack.

Of the soundtrack, Stuart Braithwaite says: “We were really excited to be asked to record the original score for Jonathan and Josh Baker’s debut movie KIN. It was amazing to do a project that was so different to anything we’ve done before and see how our music fits in a totally different environment to how it’s been used before. The music in the film is some of my favourite Mogwai has ever made and we can’t wait for people to hear it.”

KIN is directed by Jonathan and Josh Baker, starring Jack Reynor, Zoë Kravitz, Carrie Coon, James Franco & Dennis Quaid.

Mogwai’s KIN: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally from 31st August 2018, via Rock Action. Pre-ordering available now from the Mogwai website.


19/06/18: Regal Worm to release new studio album in July

Jarrod Gosling’s Regal Worm announce the release of their third album, Pig Views, on 13th July 2018. “Featuring Jarrod’s trademark use of vintage synths, organs and Mellotron to great effect and largely self-played, this beautifully produced album sees the RW sound move to a more song based format but still allowing space for contemporaneous flights of fancy and some seriously heavy psychedelic grooves.”

Pig Views is the third in a loose trilogy of albums that started to great acclaim with 2013’s Use and Ornament, quickly followed by the companion piece 2014’s Neither Use Nor Ornament.

Pig Views is scheduled for release via Uranium Club/Quatermass on 13th July 2018. All formats and will be available direct from the Uranium Club Bandcamp and from Burning Shed.

SOURCE: We Do Band Stuff


18/06/18: Sanguine Hum sign to BEM for new studio album

Bad Elephant Music announce that Sanguine Hum will be joining the label for the release of their new studio album, Now We Have Power, scheduled for October 2018.

Joff Winks, Sanguine Hum’s guitarist and vocalist: “Making Now We Have Power has been a long, but enjoyable process and we’re really thrilled that Bad Elephant are on board with us to present the album to the world. There is an exciting vibe at BEM that is totally about putting interesting and unique music first and we’re really happy to be part of their enthusiastic team for this release.”

Now We Have Power will be released on CD and high-quality digital download on 12th October 2018 – pre-orders opening in late August.

SOURCE: Bad Elephant Music


17/06/18: New release from David Kollar and Arve Henriksen in July

Illusion of a Separate World is the meeting between innovative Slovakian guitarist, film music composer and sound designer David Kollar (Steven Wilson, Pat Mastelotto, Fennesz, Marco Minnemann, Eivind Aarset) and Norwegian trumpet maestro Arve Henriksen. Shimmering soundscapes and haunting melodies mixed with soundtrack music, ethnic influences, electronic explorations, jazz hybrids, and post-rock riffs are at the core of this meeting.

David Kollar and Arve Henriksen started their collaboration after they met in 2017 and played just twice before the recording. “I played last year at the Spectaculare festival in Prague,” said David “I had a solo performance and after me there was Arve playing with Christian Fennesz. At the end of the festival, we shared our contact details. In few months, we met again on the stage at Hevhetia festival in Slovakia.” The performance was such a bonding experience that the two chose to record an album together.

Intimate, intense, passionate and subtle, Illusion of a Separate World is two artists showing how easy is for them to create music that is immediate and tremendously complex, haunting and gorgeous at same time.

SOURCE: David Kollar


16/06/18: Robert Fripp’s New York residency soundscapes available

Robert Fripp’s complete three-day soundscapes residency in New York from November 2000 is now available to buy as a bundle as well as individual concerts. The performances began just four days after King Crimson had completed its final North American tour for the year.

The concerts ran from 28th – 30th November and included a lunchtime and evening performances were held in the atrium of New York’s World Financial Centre, described here by Downtown Express…

“The large, open Winter Garden provided a wondrous setting, filled with palm trees as well as speakers situated under many of the seats for a true surround-sound experience. (Fripp himself called this arrangement “quietly spectacular.”) The music itself was anything but sedate as he improvised, creating an alternately eerie, vibrant, calming atmosphere. Technology has allowed him to achieve an even more dynamic sound than his looping technique.”

Click HERE for download information.

SOURCE: DGM Live


15/06/18: Argos to release fifth studio album

Bad Elephant Music announce the release of Unidentified Dying Objects, the fifth album studio album from Argos – scheduled for release on 20th July 2018.

“This follow up to 2015’s warmly received A Seasonal Affair sees the Mainz-based quintet joined by a stellar guest list, including Andy Tillison (The Tangent), Linus Kåse (Änglagård, Brighteye Brison), and Marek Arnold (Damanek, Toxic Smile, Seven Steps To The Green Door and many others). Unidentified Dying Objects sees the band continue to develop their blend of Canterbury-scene influences and contemporary progressive rock, and also marks the debut studio performance as a full member of the band by keyboardist Thilo Brauss.

The new album, featuring stunning artwork from long-term collaborator Bernd Webler, will be released on 20th July 2018, and pre-orders are available HERE.

SOURCE: Bad Elephant Music


15/06/18: Godsticks release acoustic version of We Are Leaving

Mindful that their fourth studio album Faced With Rage, released in October 2017, did not have an acoustic track – Godsticks have now peeled back We Are Leaving

Darran Charles comments: “It was pointed out to us recently that Faced with Rage was the only Godsticks album that didn’t feature an acoustic guitar track. So we have stripped a song down to its bare bones and this is the result. Hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed recording it. The video (filmed and edited by Chris Vinnicombe) can be viewed above.”

The band will be performing at this year’s Stone Free Festival, which takes place this weekend – and they will also be undertaking a short series of UK dates in October.

Visit the TPA UK Festivals Page and the TPA Gig Guide for the UK’s most comprehensive prog gig listings…


14/06/18: 41POINT9 premiere Confessions At Midnight single/video

41POINT9 premiere the first single/video from the band’s forthcoming album Mr. Astute Trousers, scheduled for release on 21st September 2018. Confessions At Midnight is the risqué new video that has been accepted into a service providing music to over 2500 strip clubs in the US making the single the first ever Prog Rock single and video to be accepted into this type of market.”

The video tells the story of a burlesque dancer who falls in love with her Emcee… Bassist Bob Madsen comments: “What started as an inside joke has actually become a pretty cool lil’ tune. One evening the band was wondering why you never hear Prog in a Strip Club? That just seemed unfair. So 41POINT9 set out to rise to the challenge and correct this tragic wrong. Hence, ‘Confessions At Midnight’ was born.”

The band’s Bob Masden and Brian Cline have produced a series of concept videos, to promote album, which will be released during the summer and ahead of the album’s release on 21st September 2018.

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR


13/06/18: InsideOut Music celebrate their 25th anniversary

To coincide with their 25th anniversary, two of InsideOut Music longest serving artists, Spock’s Beard & Roine Stolt’s The Flower Kings, will head out on a European co-headline tour this Winter 2018.

Spock’s Beard & The Flower Kings European Tour 2018
30/11/18: Cosmopolite, Oslo, Norway
01/12/18: Kulturhuset Studion, Stockholm [SE]
02/12/18: KB, Malmo [SE]
04/12/18: Zeche, Bochum [DE]
05/12/18: Z7, Pratteln [CH]
06/12/18: La Machine, Paris [FR]
07/12/18: De Boerderij, Zoetermeer [NL]
08/12/18: Hedon, Zwolle [NL]
09/12/18: Islington Assembly Hall, London [UK]
10/12/18: Academy Club, Manchester [UK]

Spock’s Beard comment: “Spock’s Beard is excited to announce an upcoming Winter tour! It will be a co-bill with Roine Stolt’s THE FLOWER KING’s revisited band, so each show promises to be a great evening of music. We’ve been getting a lot of questions about who will be playing drums on this tour, so at this time let me introduce our new touring drummer, Mr. Mike Thorne, from SAGA! We are really excited to have him on board and are looking forward to seeing you on tour.”

Roine Stolt adds: “Asked to put together a band to go on the road, celebrate our label Inside Out’s 25 year anniversary – I was thinking of the ‘treasure’ that is the music I wrote for The Flower Kings during that same period. I felt compelled to bring out this music for yet another round – and in the process bring in some old friends and some new.

The music is universal – some songs timeless – and by November I hope to have an exciting set-list – to not only celebrate my 1st album and the origin of all things “The Flower King” – but to cover the rest of TFK’s history – and eventually a new tune & a few new faces. Tune up the engine – Time to prog!”

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for the UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum…


13/06/18: The Pineapple Thief reveal more details on new album and share first single

The Pineapple Thief have revealed the first single, Far Below, taken from their forthcoming studio album Dissolution which will be released on 31st August 2018 via Kscope.

Bruce Soord explains the song’s evolution “’Far Below’ began life as a bit of a jam session between myself and Gavin. Gavin had this distinctive 6/8 rhythm going and it didn’t take long for me to find the melodies. And so, a song was born. Is it my favourite track from the album? Impossible to judge as the album covers so much ground. But it does showcase what the four of us want The Pineapple Thief to be about and I for one can’t wait to play this one live.”

To find out more about Dissolution and a comprehensive list of the 2018/2019 European tour dates – continue reading HERE on TPA.

SOURCE: I Like Press


13/06/18: Caligula’s Horse announce headlining European tour dates

Caligula’s Horse announce their first headline tour of Europe and will also feature fellow Australian bands Circles and I Built The Sky.

CALIGULA’S HORSE IN CONTACT EUROPEAN TOUR 2018
05/10/18: Euroblast Festival, Cologne [DE]**
07/10/18: ProgPower Festival, Baarlo [NL]*
08/10/18: Backstage, Paris [FR]
09/10/18: Ferrailleur, Nantes [FR]
11/10/18: Mungirock Aretoa, Mungia (Bilbao) [ES]
12/10/18: Very Prog Festival, Toulouse [FR]**
13/10/18: AMFest, Barcelona [ES]**
14/10/18: Nazca, Madrid [ES]
15/10/18: RCA Club, Lisbon [PT]
17/10/18: KiFF Foyer, Aarau [CH]
18/10/18: Legend Club, Milan [IT]
20/10/18: Collosseum, Kosice [SK]
21/10/18: Dürer Kert, Budapest [HU]
22/10/18: KSET, Zagreb [HR]
23/10/18: Strahov 007, Prague [CZ]
24/10/18: Musik & Frieden, Berlin [DE]
25/10/18: Headcrash, Hamburg [DE]
27/10/18: Fangelset, Gothenburg [SE]
28/10/18: John Dee, Oslo [NO]
29/10/18: BETA, Copenhagen [DK]
30/10/18: The Tube, Dusseldorf [DE]
01/11/18: Boston Music Room, London [UK]
02/11/18: Audio, Glasgow [UK]
04/11/18: Mama Roux, Birmingham [UK]
05/11/18: Star And Garter, Manchester [UK]
06/11/18: The Lanes, Bristol [UK]
*I Built The Sky [Not Appearing]
**Circles & I Built The Sky [Not Appearing]

SOURCE: Caligula’s Horse

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for the UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum…


13/06/18: Southern Empire to release new album in July

Southern Empire, who hail from Australia have announced details of their second album, Civilisations, which will be released through GEP Records on 20th July 2018.

“It’s always exciting to release a new album and this one is particularly special as it marks the first time a band member (apart from myself) has written one of the songs,” keyboard player Seam Timms told Prog. “Album opener Goliath’s Moon has been written by our guitarist Cam Blokland and it’s a smash!

“There’s also a re-worked, extended version of a song I wrote with Mark Trueack for the abandoned Unitopia album titled Crossroads, a piece I worked on with Steve Unruh from Samurai of Prog called Innocence & Fortune and another ‘epic’… Cries For The Lonely which drummer Brody Green had a huge hand in creating, as did all of the guys. This is truly a band effort and we can’t wait for you all to hear it!!!”

Southern Empire and Damanek will play selected European dates in Germany, Belgium and Netherlands during November, as well as five UK dates including this year’s HRH Prog Festival.

SOURCE: Louder

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for all the UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum…


13/06/18: faUSt to embark on North America & Canadian Tour in July

faUSt will be embarking on their Vagabondages in North America tour in July 2018. Featuring founding member Jean-Hervé Péron, faUSt’s North American tour begins on 11th July 2018 in Chicago. There will be line-up changes and guest additions at various points of the tour – founding member and drummer Werner ‘Zappi’ Diermaier will join the ensemble in Brooklyn on 22nd July to the end of the tour. Also featured with the band is guitarist Amaury Cambuzat.

Full dates and line-ups can be found on the faUSt BlogSpot.

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR


12/06/18: Nick Mason announces Unattended Luggage three album box-sets

Nick Mason reveals the release of Unattended Luggage, a limited edition three album – CD or Vinyl Boxset of albums on 31st August 2018. Albums included will be Nick Mason’s Fictitious Sports, Profiles and White of the Eye. The three individual albums will also be available as a download through various streaming platforms.

Nick comments on the boxsets: “Listening back after 30 odd years, I’m delighted they are getting the reissue treatment. I’m rather hoping that sales will be sufficient to damage the market in the original rare vinyl versions!”

The box sets will be released a few days before Nick’s Saucerful Of Secrets begin their European tour.

SOURCE: Nick Mason


12/06/18: Jon Hiseman ~ RIP

Drum legend, composer, arranger, recording engineer, record producer and music publisher Jon Hiseman passed away in the early hours of this morning 12th June 2018… Jon had been diagnosed with brain tumor last month.

Recently Jon formed a new trio with long time friend Clem Clempson and Mark Clarke. Under the name of JCM the band recorded Heroes in late 2017 and the band had recently embarked on some UK tour dates.

Clem Clempson said of his friend: “It is with great sadness and a feeling of utter disbelief that I must share the awful news that my dear friend and colleague of almost 50 years, the great Jon Hiseman, passed away early this morning after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. Hard to believe that this could come to pass just a few weeks after we were playing together onstage with JCM. For all who worked with him he was a constant guiding light, inspirational and indefatigable, a true leader who will be greatly missed by his many colleagues and legions of fans. Thanks for everything Jon, RIP.”

Most noted for his work with Colosseum & Colosseum II, however this would merely scratch the surface. Perhaps we should let the music speak…

Our condolences to his family and close friends.

Jon Hiseman ~ RIP


12/06/18: Strangefish launch Up To You video taken from forthcoming album

In last months’ TPA News it was revealed that Strangefish were to release a new studio album in June. Now with less than a week until the launch of The Spotlight Effect, the band offer a taster video – Up To You.

“‘The Spotlight Effect’ focuses on the media driven world we find ourselves in today, where every move we make is analysed then picked to pieces. There’s nothing sacred anymore; all things are considered fair game for an ‘entertain-me’ hungry audience. This perfectly summed up the general mood of all the songs, with aspects of the human condition as the overriding theme.”

The Spotlight Effect will be on CD and digital media on 18th June 2018.


11/06/18: TesseracT announce UK & Eire tour dates

TesseracT continue to promote their recent studio album Sonder with the announcement of UK & Eire tour dates, starting in November, and following on from their European dates. Special guests for the tour will be Between The Buried And Me and Plini…

SONDER UK 2018
27/11/18: SWX, Bristol
28/11/18: Academy 2, Manchester
29/11/18: The Garage, Glasgow
30/11/18: O2 Institute, Birmingham
01/12/18: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
02/12/18: Tivoli Theatre, Dublin
*Tickets go on sale Friday 15th June @ 10:00am

Daniel Tompkins comments: “We’re finally able to announce TesseracT’s return to our home shores! It’s been over 2 years since our last UK headline and we’re excited to bring our biggest and best show to our UK fans. We’re also in very good company, joining us – our friends, Between the Buried and Me and Plini…”

Visit the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide for all these dates and more from across the prog spectrum…


09/06/18: Neil Campbell to release After the Flood in July

Neil Campbell announces the release of After The Flood, the second instalment of a trilogy of albums all scheduled for this year. Having spent a couple of years on the project, part one of the concept albums, The Outsider ~ News From Nowhere was released in February. By way of a first glimpse into the second instalment, Neil has released Crossing Continents

After the Flood is a conceptual instrumental band hailing from Liverpool, UK featuring guitarist/composers Neil Campbell and Marty Snape, along with Roger Gardiner (Overwater bass) and Viktor Nordberg (drums).

After The Flood will be released on 13th July 2018… and you can catch Neil performing on day one of this year’s EppyFest 7 festival on 27th July 2018

Visit the TPA UK Festivals Page and the TPA Gig Guide for the UK’s most comprehensive prog gig listings…


08/06/18: The Sea Within launch lyric video for second track of their debut album

The Sea Within launch the lyric video for Goodbye, the second single taken from their eponymous debut album, which will be released 22nd June 2018. For Goodbye, Flying Colors’ Casey McPherson is the featured vocalist…

Roine Stolt comments: “One of the great groovy ‘collaborative’ tracks on our album. We go down the ‘funk’ route here – but with strong melody hooks. Originally presented by Jonas Reingold, but all the band helped in writing, shaping & bringing this song to life in the London studio. Casey McPherson added his soulful voice to this ‘breakup drama’ – a bit of ‘real life story’ in a music genre that seldom dwells in reality. It promises to be a great live track.”

The previously single clip, Ashes of Dawn, appeared in last month’s TPA News.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music


08/06/18: Two new releases from Cuneiform Records

“Here’s something that I genuinely thought I would never say again: Below are two new Cuneiform releases.” Steven Feigenbaum…

To read Steve’s “Two Toes Back In The Water” post – CLICK HERE.

Today Cuneiform Records release two new recordings by Thumbscrew: Ours, an album of original Thumbscrew compositions, and Theirs, featuring Thumbscrew performing works by others. Released and distributed worldwide by Cuneiform 8th June 2018.

Ours and Theirs are available in CD and digital (standard & HD) formats and are the first releases of newly recorded material to come out on Cuneiform in physical and digital formats since the label’s re-emergence. Available from Cuneiform Records Bandcamp Page

SOURCE: Cuneiform Records


08/06/18: Travis & Fripp release 3CD set in July

Theo Travis & Robert Fripp have a new 3CD set released in July. Between The Silence consists of three complete concerts recorded between 2009 and 2010 with only two tracks previously available.

The concerts ran from 28th – 30th November and included a lunchtime and evening performances were held in the atrium of New York’s World Financial Centre, described here by Downtown Express…

“As with so much music where improvisation is central, a core element, hearing the performances as heard on the respective nights allows the listener to enter more fully into the spirit in which the music originated, while the differences in venues, acoustics & even size of audience impacts upon the manner in which the duo approaches each concert.

Most of the music featured is new to CD with only two tracks having appeared in different/edited form on the album Follow.

As ever the music produced by Travis & Fripp remains wonderfully difficult to neatly categorise – sometimes quiet, but never to the extent that it could be described as ‘ambient’ – improvisational, but not in such a manner as to call it ‘jazz’ – using electronics, but not resulting in music that could be described as ‘electronica’. It is, nonetheless, music that has touched a great many people – both in concert & as presented on discs – with this release marking the duo’s fifth recorded release.”

Click HERE for more information.

SOURCE: DGM Live


07/06/18: Haken release second track from forthcoming L-1ve album

Haken will release their first live album, L-1VE, through InsideOut Music on the 22nd June 2018 – today sees the launch of the second clip, The Endless Knot, taken from the live set.

The band comments: “The Endless Knot is one of our live favourites; the crowd reaction when the opening riff kicks off always sends goose bumps, knowing we’re all in for a wild ride of brutal riffing, mosh-friendly dub-step and epic sing-a-longs! It’s just a chance for everyone to let their hair down while simultaneously showcasing one of our shorter, yet more complicated tunes to play.”

L-1VE will be released as a 2CD/2DVD Digipak package & as digital download. The DVD will include four bonus tracks filmed at ProgPower USA 2016, as well as all of the official videos from the Affinity album. The main show and the bonus material on the DVD are also mixed in 5.1 surround sound.

The previously released clip, In Memoriam, appeared in last month’s TPA News.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music


07/06/18: MoonJune Records reveal first track from new Dwiki Dharmawan album

MoonJune Records reveal the first video from Dwiki Dharmawan’s Rumah Batu, scheduled for release circa 15th June 2018. Featuring Indonesian singer, Dewi Gita this edited version of Impenan, gives a glimpse into this diverse release, which draws from both Dwiki Dharmawan’s jazz influences and cultural heritage.

“Brimming with adventurous compositions, ingenious arrangements and superlative performances, “Rumah Batu”(meaning “the stone house” in Indonesian Bahasa language) almost defies categorization – eclipsing both progressive jazz and world music genres. While a score of diverse ethnic flavors abound throughout, within its nucleus resides the free-spirited, unpretentious essence that epitomizes the greatest jazz.”

The album is available in both physical and digital formats HERE.

SOURCE: MoonJune Records


06/06/18: Bent Knee release live video for Paper Earth

Bent Knee release, Paper Earth, a previously unreleased thirty-minute song cycle performed alongside the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Percussion Ensemble.

“Following the release of their acclaimed album ‘Land Animal’ and US/European tours, the group was selected by Judd Greenstein (New Amsterdam Records) and jointly commissioned by NYC’s Ecstatic Music Festival & Celebrity Series of Boston’s Stave Sessions to compose a new work for the band and percussion ensemble. Bent Knee teamed up with Samuel Solomon and the Boston Conservatory Percussion Ensemble to create what would be the group’s first-ever collaborative composition of this kind. The final result is a mesmerizing six-movement, 30-minute journey that explores how memory continuously alters our present. The piece premiered live at the Apples & Olives Festival in Zurich in March 2018, followed by performances at Celebrity Series’ Stave Sessions in Boston the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York.”

Paper Earth, written by Bent Knee, was jointly commissioned by Celebrity Series of Boston’s Stave Sessions and the Ecstatic Music Festival.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music


06/06/18: Uriah Heep announce the release of their 25th studio album

Uriah Heep will release their 25th studio album, Living The Dream, on 14th September 2018. Ahead of this the band have released the first single, Grazed By Heaven

“The song is clearly about sexual tension and desire, very much in the form of Fifty Shades Of Grey, putting oneself at ease with the person who is taking control of the situation and trusting you will be in absolute bliss. Fantasy and lust is the calling card here, it’s quite black & white really. The song is very sexy so naturally called for a sexy lyric,” says Jeff Scott Soto.

Uriah Heep, who are currently on tour, have announced that their full World Tour will run into 2019. All dates can be found HERE on Heep’s website…

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for all the UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum…


04/06/18: Silhouette to play at this year’s Summer’s End Festival

The Summer’s End Festival organisers have revealed that due to personal issues affecting a member of September Code they have had to drop out of this year’s event. There replacement will be Dutch proggers Silhouette.


03/06/18: Leprous release Golden Prayers single

Norway’s Leprous have released a new single Golden Prayers, which was recorded during the Malina sessions, but not included on the album.

The band commented on the single: “It’s very exciting for us to finally release Golden Prayers” , continuing – “It was recorded together with the Malina material, but we felt it worked better as a standalone tune than on the actual album. So we saved it until now. Enjoy!”

The band have a number of festival appearances over the coming months before embarking on a European tour during September. Check out all the dates on the Leprous Tour Page. Joining Leprous for this tour will be Agent Fresco.

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for all the Leprous UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum…


02/06/18: BirdPen release first single from forthcoming album

Southampton based alt/prog rock duo BirdPen will release their new studio album, There’s Something Wrong With Everything, in the early autumn. It is preceded by a single, “This Is Your Life, which comments on our confused, junk guzzling, information overloading, fake news spreading, fear mongering and brainwashed modern age. Driven by a motorik groove with a Pink Floyd-ish synth layer, heavy fuzz guitar precedes a chorus from which emanates a ranting message driven vocal: “This is your life, static screens, faded dreams oh can’t you see. This is your life, the broadcast lies, open your eyes you will see.”

“‘There’s Something Wrong With Everything’ melds heavy/psychedelic guitars, rolling basslines, Krautrock drums and old school electronics to create a doom groove ambience with Dave Pen’s lead vocal sitting atop, while musically the duo draw inspiration from acts such as Deerhunter, Hookworms, Suuns, The Beta Band, Pink Floyd and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.”

This Is Your Life is written, recorded and produced by the BirdPen duo of Mike Bird and Dave Pen. The song was mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios in London. Available to pre-order via Pledge Music

SOURCE: redsand pr


01/06/18: Riverside announce new studio album ‘Waste7and’ & European tour dates

Riverside have signed a new deal with long-time partners InsideOut Music and announce their upcoming seventh studio album Waste7and as well as European tour dates in support of the album during October and November.

“Well, we’re back in the game! We’re happy to tell you that our seventh album will be called “Waste7and” (Wasteland) and will be released at the end of September this year. It will be our first album recorded as a trio. Our music has become more serious and more mature, so get ready for a manly and emotional album. “Waste7and” is going to be a really accomplished one. It combines the emotional character of the first two and the production maturity of the latest two releases. If everything goes according to plan (as we’re still recording), the new Riverside album will simply d e s t r o y you 🙂

Also this year we’re going on the “Wasteland 2018 Tour” to promote the new album. Below you will find a list of the cities we’re going to visit in the autumn of 2018. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 1st. More info soon!”

You can find all the dates on the Riverside Gig Page.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

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01/06/18: The Wetton/Downes Icon albums to be re-released

Geoffrey Downes and the John Wetton (estate) announce the re-release of the iCon trilogy of albums, newly re-mastered and with bonus tracks and all enclosed in six panel Digi-packs.

The re-releases have been personally overseen by Geoff Downes and are intended to be a return to the marketplace of individual albums for fans who may wish to purchase a definitive edition.

Of his song-writing relationship and the formation of iCon, Geoff Downes says, “Throughout my entire career, there is no doubt in my mind, that some of my proudest achievements have been the songs that I wrote with the late John Wetton. Not only were we great friends, but also blood brothers in the song-writing department. His magic rubbed off on me immensely, and outside of the hugely successful Asia template, we decided to step out together with our Icon project. It was a ‘bromance’ made in heaven, because here we had the chance to expand our innermost thoughts and variety of influences, without interference. It was effectively ‘us’. We also had the luxury of working with some of the finest musicians in the world who were willing participants in the project.”

For fans of the whole iCon legacy, a box set is being planned out featuring these albums and all the other recordings of the iCon duo, including previously unreleased material.

Continue reading HERE on the Geoff Downes website.

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR


01/06/18: Robert Berry to release 3.2 The Rules Have Changed in August

Robert Berry will release 3.2 The Rules Have Changed on 10th August 2018, via Frontiers Music. The initial work began for the album with Keith Emerson prior to his untimely death in 2016. Berry recently decided to record the album using the material that they had created as a fitting tribute to Keith Emerson. Check out Somebody’s Watching, taken from the album:

“Keith and I developed together a vision of what the new album would be like”, explains Berry. “There were many times over the past 30 years since 3 had come out that Keith either played on a session for me or we just talked on the phone. The new album consists of some past 3 writing from 1988, some newly written last efforts from Keith, and some songs written exclusively by me after Keith’s death.

The album features some past 3 material from 1988, some newly written tracks from Keith and some songs written “exclusively by me after Keith’s death”.


01/06/18: Curved Air’s Phantasmagoria to be re-mastered and reissued

Esoteric Recordings announce the release of an expanded 2 disc edition of Curved Air’sCurved Air - Phantasmagoria Phantasmagoria next month. Originally released in 1972, the album was the first to feature a line-up of Sonja Kristina (vocals & acoustic guitar), Darryl Way (violin & piano), Francis Monkman (guitar, keyboards & VCS3), Florian Pilkington-Miksa (drums) and new member Mike Wedgwood (bass, vocals).

This expanded two-disc edition includes three bonus tracks, two previously unreleased versions of Marie Anotinette and Melinda (More or Less) with French and Italian lyrics respectively and the non-album single Sarah’s Concern (released on CD for the first time). Re-mastered by Francis Monkman the expanded edition also includes a bonus DVD featuring the band’s appearance on the Belgian TV show “Pop Shop” in 1972 and their performances on the Austrian TV show “Spotlight” the same year.

Phantasmagoria will be released on 27th July 2018 and features an illustrated booklet with an essay by Malcolm Dome and exclusive interviews. Full track listing can be found HERE.

SOURCE: Cherry Red Records


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