Published on 1st August 2018
TPA News – August 2018
Latest Prog News from across the progressive rock spectrum & updated throughout August 2018.
31/08/18: The Tangent announce new studio album
“Recorded during the band’s tour with Karmakanic in 2017/18, which saw them with more chances than normal to work together on the record – hotel writing sessions, van discussions, soundcheck ideas – all of which have allowed the band to make an album that is as organic as they have achieved since their formation 15 years ago.”
Andy Tillison comments: “Our belief is that Progressive Rock music is still a valid and viable musical form in 2018 and will continue to be so. Our band has always sought to take on board things from the present and add them to that magical mix. We don’t claim to be offering the FUTURE. We just claim to be offering one set of possibilities. Ours. Now.”
‘Proxy’ is a riot of juxtaposing styles, presented in a really direct manner and despite being firmly rooted in the stylistic traits of the Progressive Rock Genre takes some unexpected turnoffs and a major swerve. The albums kicks off with a trademark Tangent prog fantasia based around growling Hammonds, shrieking Synths, whirling guitars and sharp percussive bass – influences of ELP, Egg, Hatfield & the North, Caravan and Camel proudly worn on their sleeves. This 16-minute title track eventually becomes a protest song about the continuing wars that share their name with the song.
But this album features no overall concept. The second track is a sun-drenched Mediterranean fusion instrumental, more Chick Corea than Che Guevara. And the third track is referred to by the band as an attempt to find the missing link between Porcupine Tree and Jamiroquai. By the time we reach the centrepiece epic track ‘The Adulthood Lie’, the rulebook has been left behind and the band are trying to fix the car with whatever is at hand.
02. The Melting Andalusian Skies
03. A Case of Misplaced Optimism
04. The Adulthood Lie
05. Supper’s Off
The CD Digipack includes Excerpt From “Exo-Oceans” – bonus Track
The album will be available in several formats: Limited CD Digipak | Vinyl LP + CD | Digital
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
30/08/18: Muse release video for video for The Dark Side
Since then the band have confirmed the album title, Simulation Theory and confirmed an official release date of 9th November 2018. This has again coincided with the latest video/track to be released
The eleven-track record was produced by the band, along with producers Rich Costey, Mike Elizondo, Shellback and Timbaland. Each of the album’s songs will be accompanied by a video.
29/08/18: New Alan Parsons studio album tentatively scheduled for early 2019
Frontiers Music Srl announce that Alan Parsons has signed with the label and is currently working on a new studio album and scheduled for release in the spring of 2019. An official date is to be confirmed
“The writing and recording sessions are going incredibly well,” says Alan. “The album already has a working title, which is THE SECRET, and it will include musical and lyrical themes that are very close to my heart and my own interests and passions. I do not really want to reveal a lot about it, except that for the moment everything that surrounds THE SECRET is going to be just that….a secret!”
“The overall musical approach of the album is expected to be in keeping with the symphonic rock that Alan explored on his earlier solo records and the “Project” albums. But, of course, there will be new twists and turns and robust new creative inspiration behind the album. Some special guests will be on the album, but those will be revealed later….again, in keeping with the working title of the album, “The Secret”.”
SOURCE: Frontiers Music Srl
29/08/18: Jethro Tull to release 50th Anniversary Edition of This Was
Jethro Tull will release an expanded 50th anniversary edition of their 1968 debut album, This Was.
Recorded during the summer of 1968, This Was is the only Jethro Tull album to feature guitarist Mick Abrahams, who left the group shortly after the album came out to form Blodwyn Pig. The title of the album refers to the band moving away from its early blues-based sound, which was referenced in the original liner notes: “This was how we were playing then—but things change, don’t they?”
– Original album and bonus tracks remixed in stereo by Steven Wilson
– Live BBC sessions recorded in 1968
– Original mono mix and original 1968 U.K. stereo mix
– Original album and bonus tracks remixed by Steven Wilson in 4.1 DTS and AC3
– Dolby Digital surround and 96/24 LPCM stereo
– Flat transfer of the 1968 stereo remix
– Presented in a case-bound DVD book filled with an extensive history of the album, track-by-track annotations by Ian Anderson, plus rare and unseen photographs
A full track listing and further details can be found HERE on the Jethro Tull website.
SOURCE: Jethro Tull
28/08/18: Mostly Autumn announce new studio album
Mostly Autumn announce the release of a limited edition, double album version of their new studio album, White Rainbow. This will be limited to 2000 copies and the band are looking at late November early December release date. A single disc version of the album will be released in early 2019.
Commenting on the release “It’s that time again, another chapter begins and we are very proud indeed to announce the upcoming release of the limited edition version of our new album, White Rainbow”. The album is dedicated to guitarist Liam Davison, who sadly passed away last year.
Bryan Josh comments: What can we say about this album…… well, this one’s for Liam.
SOURCE: Mostly Autumn
26/08/18: Carptree post Subimago album teaser
Sweden’s Carptree have posted a compilation teaser video for their forthcoming Subimago studio album, which is scheduled for release on 19th October 2018, via Reingold Records.
Carptree combines the core duo Niclas Flinck (vocals) and Carl Westholm (keyboards), who released their self-titled debut in 2001. Since then Carptree have released a steady stream of albums, and with the release of Subimago this will make a total seven since the band’s inception.
Subimago will be available in several formats: CD | Vinyl | DigiPak (inc 16 pages booklet) | Digital
25/08/18: Gösta Berlings Saga launch first single from ET EX
Earlier this month Sweden’s Gösta Berlings Saga announced they would be releasing their fifth studio album, ET EX, on 12th October 2018. This will be the band’s first album through InsideOut Music and follows up their well received, self released Sersophane from 2016. To launch the pre-ordering campaign the band have released the first single, Capercaillie Lammergeyer Cassowary & Repeat
Speaking of the single the band comment: “To us, ‘CLC&R‘ is a logical progression in the continuous chiseling of the sound that is Gösta Berlings Saga – or at least parts of it. While the song itself is very minimalistic and repetitive, we didn’t spare any expenses on this one instrumentation-wise to achieve a sense of contrast – for instance by inviting Lars Åhlund from Soen on saxophone. Basically, it’s a simple and powerful tune with a complex soundscape!”
01. Veras tema (3:37)
02. The Shortcomings of Efficiency (7:41)
03. Square 5 (7:02)
04. Over and Out (4:36)
05. Artefacts (5:56)
06. Capercaillie Lammergeyer Cassowary & Repeat (6:58)
07. Brus från stan (1:36)
08. Fundament (9:59)
ET EX will be available in several formats: Digipak CD | Various Vinyl Packages [with bonus CD] | Digital – from 12th October 2018.
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
24/08/18: Nosound release new single and video for Shelter
The footage was personally shot by Giancarlo, “I had a very specific view in mind, I had the idea of a woman coming from the sea and meeting another woman in this field, without suggesting anything specific about the past of the two characters, or the nature of their meeting or relationship. Also, to me, without wanting to make a political statement, I needed to subtly make reference to a subject very dear to my home country, Italy, with the heart-breaking situation of migrants coming from the sea and some terrible politicians and diffused racism across the population.”
In July Nosound shared the first single to be released Don’t You Dare – details can be found in last month’s TPA News. Giancarlo Erra described the new material as “stripping back of what has come before, and its inspirations are in a different field altogether…”
Allow Yourself will be available in several formats LP | CD | Digital – full details can be found HERE
SOURCE: I Like Press
24/08/18: Haken announce European & Latin American tour dates
Haken, who recently gave details of their fifth studio album Vector, scheduled for release on the 26th October 2018 – details can found further down in this month’s TPA News. Following the recent announcement of North American tour dates this Autumn the band have now revealed European & Latin American dates for 2019.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing our ‘Vector Studies’ to Europe. We had immense fun celebrating our 10 year anniversary across Europe in 2017 with incredible turnouts and warm receptions. This time around we will be focusing on performing tracks from our new album ‘Vector’ along with some live favourites of ours. For your health and wellbeing, the good doctor prescribes you some Live Haken.”
Latin America 2019
26/01/19: Teatro Teleton, Santiago, Chile
27/01/19: Groove, Buenos Aires, Argentina
29/01/19: Caricoa Club, Sao Paolo, Brazil
30/01/19: Auditorio Centro De La Amistad Peruano China, Lima, Peru
01/02/19: Lunar, Mexico City, Mexico
15/02/19: Academy 3, Manchester, UK
16/02/19: St Luke’s, Glasgow, UK
17/02/19: The Fleece, Bristol, UK
19/02/19: Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany
20/02/19: Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
22/02/19: Übel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, Germany
20/02/19: Lille Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
23/02/19: John Dee, Oslo, Norway
24/02/19: Debaser Strand, Stockholm, Sweden
26/02/19: Columbia Theater, Berlin, Germany
27/02/19: Kwadrat, Krakow, Poland
28/02/19: A38, Budapest, Hungary
02/03/19: Szene, Vienna, Austria
03/03/19: Futurum, Prague, Czech Republic
04/03/19: Conne Island, Leipzig, Germany
06/03/19: Im Wizemann, Stuttgart, Germany
07/03/19: Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
08/03/19: Kiff, Aarau, Switzerland
09/03/19: Magazzini Generali, Milan, Italy
10/03/19: Transbordeur, Lyon, France
12/03/19: Mon Live, Madrid, Spain
13/03/19: Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao, Spain
14/03/19: La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
15/03/19: De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
16/03/19: Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
23/03/19: Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland
You can find all the UK dates by visiting the TPA Gig Guide
24/08/18: New studio album release from John Hackett & Nick Fletcher
Esoteric Recordings announce the release of Beyond The Stars a new studio album by John Hackett & Nick Fletcher and featuring drummer Wayne Proctor (King King) and six string bassist Simon Hall (Hitiro).
“Beyond the Stars sees John and Nick on an epic journey through time and place, from wistful reminiscing about happier times to a vision of a dystopian future. The songs take you on a rollercoaster ride showcasing Nick Fletcher’s incredible virtuosity on the guitar alongside John’s trademark flute. Their writing partnership, first featured on the John Hackett Band album We Are Not Alone, goes from strength to strength and Beyond the Stars shows them to be a musical force to be reckoned with.”
Beyond The Stars will be released on 12th October 2018.
SOURCE: Esoteric Recordings
24/08/18: Vennart stream their new single Spider Bones
Vennart reveals the second track taken from their forthcoming album To Cure A Blizzard Upon A Plastic Sea, scheduled for release on 14th September 2018. Vennart revealed Sentientia earlier this month and today sees the release of Spider Bones
Mike Vennart says: “Spider Bones is one of the most euphoric tunes I’ve ever done. I don’t think I’ve ever done anything so obviously ‘funky’ which is definitely dangerous territory for me.
“The drums are set to ‘Madchester’ while the rest of the band rocks the fuck out, albeit in the usual woozy, wonky kind of way. The bassline was an absolute bitch to play so I asked Steve Harris from Iron Maiden but he was too busy. Yes, really.”
Vennart have a series of UK dates during November…
UK TOUR DATES 2018
19/11/18: Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
20/11/18: The Fleece, Bristol
22/11/18: Tufnell Park Dome, London
23/11/18: The Deaf Institute, Manchester
24/11/18: King Tut’s, Glasgow
25/11/18: The Cluny, Newcastle
Visit the TPA Gig Guide for all these dates and a whole host more from across the progressive rock spectrum…
24/08/18: Skyharbor unveil title track off upcoming album
Skyharbor, who release their third full-length album, Sunshine Dust, on 7th September 2018, have premiered Sunshine Dust, the albums closing title track.
Sunshine Dust marks the band’s first album with Eric Emery on lead vocals: “It encapsulates everything that defines our sound, the heart-on-sleeve emotion, drenching ambiance… and big riffs. It’s possibly vocalist Eric Emery’s finest moment on the record.”
“‘Sunshine Dust’ is the personal favorite for us,” says Dhar of the track. “It was written at the end of the Guiding Lights sessions and has gone through a lot of metamorphoses before arriving at its current form, with Kim from Dead Letter Circus co-writing a lot of the melodies. It encapsulates everything that defines our sound, the heart-on-sleeve emotion, drenching ambiance, and big riffs. It’s possibly Eric’s finest moment on the record.”
SOURCE: Consequence of Sound
24/08/18: Magma continue their ongoing rare live releases
“At the time of this concert, “Köhntarkösz” was still in its phase of elaboration, although the recording of the studio album began only 2 months later. Large sequences were still not composed, others were borrowed from “Köhntarkösz Anteria” and were taken away, then used later in the “K. A” recording of 2004. In a similar way, “Theusz Hamtaahk” did not have its final shape and its coda was cut soon after.”
SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR
22/08/18: Esoteric Recordings announce Be Bop Deluxe remaster
Esoteric Recordings announce the release of a newly re-mastered editions Be Bop Deluxe’s third album Sunburst Finish from 1976. There will be two editions available: Expanded & Remastered Edition 2CD and a 3CD/1DVD Limited Edition Deluxe Boxset – both versions will be released on 16th November 2018.
Both editions will feature the original stereo mix remastered and a new 2018 stereo mix, along with seven bonus tracks including six previously unreleased recordings. In addition the Limited Edition Deluxe Boxset features a selection BBC recordings. The DVD includes a 5.1 Surround Sound mix and footage from The Old Grey Whistle Test show from January 1976.
SOURCE: Cherry Red Records
22/08/18: Yes featuring ARW share Rhythm Of Love
Yes (ARW) featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman have released a video of Rhythm Of Love taken from the band’s forthcoming Live At The Apollo release, scheduled for 7th September 2018, via Eagle Rock Entertainment. Recorded during their sell-out concert at Manchester Apollo in early 2017…
Available in several formats: 2CD | 3LP | DVD | Blu-ray – Live At The Apollo includes Yes classics: Roundabout, And You And I, Hold On, Heart Of The Sunrise, Rhythm Of Love, I’ve Seen All Good People, Owner Of A Lonely Heart and many more.
21/08/18: Pixie Ninja North Eastern US tour starts next month
Norwegian quartet Pixie Ninja undertake a handful of US dates next month in support of their debut album Ultrasound. The tour will start at the prestigious Progday Festival in North Carolina and then work its way north playing legendary prog stages Pianos, Orion Studios and the NJ Proghouse.
North Eastern US 2018 Dates
01/09/18: Progday (North Carolina)
03/09/18: Pianos (New York)
04/09/18: NJ Prohhouse (New Jersey)
05/09/18: Orion Studios (Baltimore)
Marius Leirånes (bass & keyboards), Jostein Haugen (guitar & keyboards), Fredrik Klingwall (keyboards) and Mattias Olsson (drums & percussion).
The band reveal they will be playing both old and new material as work has begun on a second album which will be released in 2019.
21/08/18: Damanek announce the release of their second album
Damanek will release their second album, In Flight, on 5th October 2018 via the Giant Electric Pea (GEP) label. Guy Manning (multi-instrumentalist), Sean Timms (keyboards), Marek Arnold (saxophone) and Dan Mash (bass) are joined by several guest musicians include Luke Machin (guitar), Antonio Vittozzi (guitar), Brody Thomas Green (drums), Tim Irrgang (percussion) and many more…
03. The Crawler
04. Moon-Catcher (Heaven Song – Part 2)
05. The Crossing
06. Big Eastern
Part 1 – I Cruel Skies
Part 2 – The Shaking Earth
Part 3 – A Life In Chinatown
Damanek will no doubt be promoting the new album when they tour the UK, alongside Southern Empire this November. Visit the TPA Gig Guide for all of these dates and more from across the prog spectrum…
21/08/18: The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown 50th anniversary box-set out in October
Esoteric Recordings will mark the 50th Anniversary of The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown with a deluxe edition box set, to be released 26th October 2018.
“Alongside the stereo album and numerous bonus tracks, the rare Mono mix appears on CD for the first time, as well as three additional, previously unissued BBC sessions and four other radio recordings, plus a handful of pre-track recordings by Arthur Brown before he formed Crazy World… “
The packaged arrives as 12” x 12” box set, complete with a stereo vinyl replica of the original LP and a poster, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, and includes a 12,000 word sleeve-note from Mojo magazine’s Mark Paytress (including fresh quotes from Arthur and others), alongside a wealth of illustrations and three previously unissued photos from the original front cover session.
SOURCE: Cherry Red Records
21/08/18: Esoteric Recordings announce Anthony Phillips Field Day release
Esoteric Recordings announce the release of Field Day, Anthony Phillips instrumental album originally released in 2005. For the newly re-mastered 2CD/1DVD version Anthony Phillips has revisited the recordings, re-mastering the original stereo mixes and has created a 5.1 Surround sound mix with engineer James Collins.
“Work on the composition of FIELD DAY began in September 2001. Anthony would later reflect “I’d become a stranger to the world of guitars and all my lovely stringed instruments would often look at me with mournful reproach! There was a gap in my keyboard-based TV work and so I launched myself on the neglected fretted fraternity, improvising for 2 – 3 hours on each in a state of great excitement but chronic rustiness”.”
You can find a full track listing for the new edition of Field Day HERE at Cherry Red Records.
The 3 disc digipack edition Field Day, which includes a booklet with new essay by Jonathan Dann and comments from Anthony Phillips is scheduled for release 26th October 2018.
20/08/18: IQ to release 25th anniversary edition of Ever
Marking the 25th anniversary of Ever, IQ announce the release a remixed version of the 1993 album, some time in late September or early October
“The studio work has now finished for the 25th Anniversary Edition of ‘Ever’, the hugely popular IQ album that saw the return of Peter Nichols to the fold in the early nineties. Post production began this week and (fingers crossed) we’ll be sending the final thing to the pressing plant early next week.
This special edition of the album will be presented in a 4 panel digipak format and features a brand new stereo remix by Mike Holmes on disc 1, live versions of the whole album on disc 2 and a surround sound mix of the studio album on disc 3, along with a set of ‘further listening’ files comprising demos, rehearsal tapes and unused ideas. There’s also a 40 page booklet with lots of photos, stories and memories from the time. Unexpectedly we’ve also managed to put together a surround mix of the live material – we’re just hoping we can fit it all on the 3rd disc…”
The band plan to play Ever, in its entirety, during their two December Christmas shows at London’s Islington Assembly Hall and Zoetermeer’s De Boerderij.
SOURCE: Progressive Ears
20/08/18: Shineback premiere first single from new album
“We humans do a marvellous job of failing to communicate with one another, often when it matters most”, says Shineback main man Simon Godfrey. “All the songs on ‘Dial’ carry that as an underlying theme. Musically, very much like the debut album and last year’s ‘Minotaur’ EP, the new record seeks to hop the fences between genres, just to enjoy the process of getting dirty while in the hunt for buried sonic treasures”.
Alongside Simon’s regular writing partner Robert Ramsay, guests returning from ‘Rise up Forgotten…” including Matt Stevens, Dec Burke, Hywel Bennett and Henry Rogers. New collaborators include Tom Slatter, Daniel Zambas and Tom Hyatt.
Pre-ordering for Dial is available HERE
SOURCE: Bad Elephant Music
20/08/18: Coevality release studio video for Oceania
Los Angeles base instrumental progressive rockers Coevality release a music video for Oceania taken from their upcoming album Multiple Personalities.
The official release date for Coevality’s Multiple Personalities is still to be announced.
The band describe their music as instrumental progressive rock, blended with a variety of different styles, from an ambient film score perspective. The trio features Jon Reicher (Guitar), Derrick Elliott (Bass) and Andy Prado Jr (Drums).
17/08/18: Opeth to release live album in November
Opeth will release Garden Of The Titans: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on 2nd November 2018 via Moderbolaget Records/Nuclear Blast Entertainment. “This historic event was captured for the DVD, Blu-Ray and Vinyl formats during their performance May 11th, 2017 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado.
The video footage for Garden Of The Titans was overseen by The Deka Brothers and audio was mixed by David Castillo.
02. Ghost Of Perdition
03. Demon Of The Fall
04. The Wilde Flowers
05. In My Time Of Need
06. The Devil’s Orchard
07. Cusp Of Eternity
08. Heir Apparent
Garden Of The Titans: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre will be released in several formats (both the DVD & Blu-ray include CDs containing the audio) on 2nd November 2018.
16/08/18: Coheed and Cambria premiere The Gutter video
Coheed and Cambria premiere visualizer for their track The Gutter, the third track to be released from their forthcoming album The Unheavenly Creatures – scheduled for 5th October 2018 via Roadrunner Records.
02. The Dark Sentencer
03. Unheavenly Creatures
05. Black Sunday
06. Queen Of The Dark
07. True Ugly
08. Love Protocol
09. The Pavilion (A Long Way Back)
10. Night-Time Walkers
11. The Gutter
12. All On Fire
13. It Walks Among Us
14. Old Flames
15. Lucky Stars
The box set includes an exclusive 80-plus-page hardcover illustrated sci-fi novel, with imagery by Chase Stone as well as the complete “Act 1” novella written by frontman Claudio Sanchez and his wife Chondra Echert.
The band previously announced six UK dates in October – visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and a whole host more from across the progressive rock spectrum…
16/08/18: In Continuum release video trailer for new album
Dave Kerzner’s In Continuum announce the release of their debut concept album, Acceleration Theory, later this year. By way of a taster the band have released a short trailer…
The new album is written and produced by Dave Kerzner and will include co-written songs originally intended for Sound of Contact.
Acceleration Theory features Dave Kerzner, Matt Dorsey & Randy McStine from Sound of Contact along with Marco Minnemann and special guests Nick D’Virgilio, John Wesley, Jon Davison and more.
14/08/18: Kscope to release Anathema – Internal Landscapes 2008 – 2018
Following the recent announcement about their upcoming 10 year anniversary, Kscope are set to release Anathema – Internal Landscapes 2008 – 2018 on 26th October 2018. The album is a thirteen track journey through the best of Anathema’s Kscope years featuring: Thin Air, Untouchable, Dreaming Light and Springfield
01. Anathema [6:41]
02. Untouchable part 1 [6:14]
03. Untouchable part 2 [5:33]
04. Thin Air [6:00]
05. Ariel [6:29]
06. Can’t Let Go [4:34]
07. Dreaming Light [5:47]
08. Are you There? [5:11]
09. J’ai Fait Une Promesse [3:33]
10. Leaving It Behind [4:27]
11. Springfield [5:42]
12. Distant Satellites [8:07]
13. Internal Landscapes [8:37]
To coincide with Kscope’s 10th anniversary celebrations Anathema will perform an intimate acoustic show at London’s Union Chapel on 2nd October. Also on the bill are Paul Draper, Iamthemorning and Gleb Kolyadin. Anathema will be playing a series of intimate acoustic shows, under the title Ambient Acoustic Tour with selected dates in Europe and the UK. Details can be found further down this page…
SOURCE: I Like Press
13/08/18: Glass Hammer announce new concept album Chronomonaut
Glass Hammer announce the release of a new concept album, Chronomonaut, a sequel to their 2000 release Chronometree – scheduled for 12th October 2018. Guest appearances will include Guest appearances include Discipline’s Matthew Parmenter and Chris Herin.
“Chronometree” told the story of Tom, a prog-rock obsessed teenager in the late seventies who heard alien voices communicating to him through his favorite albums. Tom has since grown up and is apparently none-the-wiser. “Chronomonaut” will tell the story of his recent mid-life crises. Bassist and songwriter Steve Babb explains, “Apparently, the voices have returned and have been urging Tom to time-travel back to the glory days of the early prog scene.”
“To lend credibility to the Chronomonaut story, the character of Tom began posting his own music and theories on time travel to YouTube and at least one well-known progressive rock forum (progressiveears.org) several months ago using the name “The Elf King”. Glass Hammer has also been releasing “found footage” video of Tom, supposedly from 1983, which documents his time travel experiments as well as the failure of his own prog band to secure a record deal.” Continue reading HERE
SOURCE: The Prog Report
13/08/18: Winter’s End announce headliners and line-up for next year’s festival
Nineteen73 Artist Promotion reveal the complete line-up for the Friday – Sunday of the Winter’s End Festival 2019: The festival will once again take place at Chepstow’s Drill Hall between 5th & 7th April 2019. There will also be a stand-alone Thursday night event, on 4th April – headline act to be announced shortly.
Dates: 4th April – 7th April 2019
Venue: The Drill Hall, Lower Church Street, Chepstow, NP16 5HJ
Info: Winter’s End
Kayak | Threshold | RPWL | Abel Ganz | Tin Spirits | Godsticks | Cyril | Crystal Palace | Weend’ô| Midnight Sun | L’Anima | Exploring Birdsong
SOURCE: Nineteen73 Artist Promotion
10/08/18: Anathema announce Ambient Acoustic European & UK tour dates
Anathema will play a series of Ambient Acoustic dates in European & UK later this year, including Kscope’s 10th anniversary Union Chapel concert.
“Welcome to a new Anathema experience: Ambient Acoustic.
In exploring what we might do to expand the music still further, out of thin air came the idea to arrange music in a ‘third way’, in the space between the acoustic band and the live rock band..
With ‘ambient acoustic’ we feel more free to explore many textures, mixing live loops, piano, strings, percussion, electronics, guitars and voices, all within the essence of the songs and the emotions they carry.
We hope you enjoy this next chapter of the story, the journey of discovery, of searching for something that can never really be found…”
AMBIENT ACOUSTIC 2018 DATES
28/09/18: Theatre Le Splendid, Lille [FR]
29/09/18: 013, Tilburg [NL]
30/09/18: Amsterdam, Melkweg [NL]
01/10/18: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
02/10/18: Union Chapel, London*
03/10/18: The Deaf Institute, Manchester
04/10/18: Mackintosh Queen’s Cross, Glasgow
*Kscope 10th anniversary show (details can be found further down this page)
Anathema will be touring these shows as a four-piece featuring Daniel & Vincent Cavanagh and Lee & John Douglas.
Visit the TPA Gig Guide for all of the UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum…
10/08/18: The Pineapple Thief share new video for their second single
Bruce Soord explains: “broadly speaking the title reflects the disintegration of relationships and the undoing of our social fabric. In a time when we are supposed to be bound closer together than ever, I have never felt so apart from the world. We are living through a revolution and right now I am not sure it’s a good one. Lyrically this is the most vivid I have been.
”’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.”
Previously The Pineapple Thief announced they would be taking Dissolution on the road starting in September 2018 and running into 2019. A full list of dates can be found HERE an the band’s Tour Page.
SOURCE: I Like Press
10/08/18: Kscope announce special London event to celebrate 10 years
Kscope celebrate their first decade as a record label. They plan to kick-off the year’s revelries with an intimate acoustic show at London’s Union Chapel. On the bill for the evening will be Anathema, Paul Draper, Iamthemorning and Gleb Kolyadin.
08/08/18: Steeleye Span announce UK dates
Steeleye Span who are currently preparing for their 50th anniversary next year, have announced a series of UK dates this October. The band will also perform at this year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival on 26th August 2018.
2018 UK tour dates
01/10/18: Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen
02/10/18: Subscription Rooms, Stroud
03/10/18: The Stables, Milton Keyne
04/10/18: Swan Theatre, Worcester
06/10/18: Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne
07/10/18: Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
08/10/18: Corn Exchange, Cambridge
09/10/18: Opera House, Buxton
10/10/18: Palace Theatre, Mansfield
12/10/18: The Core at Corby Cube, Corby
13/10/18: Holy Trinity Church, Sudbury
14/10/18: Theatre Royal, Margate
15/10/18: The Hexagon, Reading
17/10/18: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
18/10/18: The Courtyard, Hereford
The Steeleye Span line-up for this tour is Maddy Prior (vocals), Julian Littman (guitars & keyboards), Andrew Sinclair (guitar), Roger Carey (bass), Liam Genockey (drums) Benji Kirkpatrick (guitar) and Jesse May Smart (violin).
Visit the TPA Gig Guide for all of these dates and more from across the prog spectrum…
06/08/18: Soft Machine Hidden Details album taster
It was announced last month that Soft Machine were to release a new studio album, Hidden Details in September 2018. Details can be found HERE in the TPA News. By way of a taster MoonJune Records have added three tracks on the Hidden Details Bandcamp Page.
Soft Machine will embark on their first North American tour since 1974 in October 2018, followed by the second North-American leg of the tour in January/February 2019. Currently touring in Japan, the band have European dates lined up during September & November, along with a string of UK dates in November – visit the TPA Gig Guide for all the UK dates…
05/08/18: Mark Rowen’s debut solo album to be released shortly
Guitarist and songwriter Mark Rowen will finally release his debut album – the official release date will be announced this month. In 2006 Rowen joined former Mostly Autumn keyboardist Iain Jennings as a member of Breathing Space and appeared on the band’s well received debut album, Coming Up for Air. He also contributed to the Riversea debut album Out Of An Ancient World in 2012. His solo release Radiance features eleven tracks and Trick of The Light is the first taster from the album
Mark Rowen is joined on Radiance by vocalist Lisa Box, Leigh Perkins on keyboards and former Breathing Space bandmates Paul Teasdale & Barry Cassells on bass and drums respectively.
04/08/18: Perilous Journey – Gordon Giltrap Biography to be released in October
Gordon Giltrap reveals that his biography Perilous Journey will be released on 5th October 2018 through Wymer Publishing. Written by Rock Society editor Steve Pilkington, over a three year period and with a foreword Del Newman.
“Guitarist Gordon Giltrap is the epitome of what is often referred to as a ‘musician’s musician’, in that the respect in which he is held by his peers speaks volumes for his ability and influence. Beginning his career as a solo acoustic guitarist and vocalist in the late 1960s, it was 1976 before the name Gordon Giltrap came into the public eye with the release of his landmark album Visionary, and album and single chart success followed over the next few years with the albums Perilous Journey and Fear Of The Dark, as he formed The Gordon Giltrap Band to perform these progressive rock-tinged works in the live environment. By now a wholly instrumental performer, his greatest commercial success came with his signature piece Heartsong, which followed up its chart success by being picked up by the BBC for use as the theme tune to their long-running Holiday programme.
Following this, Gordon retreated largely to the acoustic realm with his next few albums, and retained a devoted hard-core following, as well as the aforementioned admiration of some of the biggest names in modern guitar music. Coming from the humblest of childhoods in South East London, Gordon’s life in and out of the spotlight has proved to be a rollercoaster of highs and lows and one which ultimately transcends even his musical achievements as a story of human triumph and tragedy.”
The first 100 ordered copies will be signed by Gordon and pre-ordering is available HERE.
SOURCE: Gordon Giltrap
Gordon will be performing a special launch concert at the Wesley Arts Centre in December. Visit the TPA Gig Guide for this date and more from across the prog spectrum…
03/08/18: Von Hertzen Brothers add more UK dates in December
The Von Hertzen Brothers have added a series of UK headline dates prior to their support slot with Uriah Heep in December. VHB kick off the new dates with an appearance on Sunday at this year’s Planet Rockstock event, before a series of seven dates take them to the Uriah Heep shows.
WAR IS OVER TOUR 2018
02/12/18: Planet Rockstock, Porthcawl
04/12/18: Thekla, Bristol
05/12/18: The Junction, Plymouth
06/12/18: O2 Academy, Oxford
07/12/18: The Corporation, Sheffield
08/12/18: University (SU), Newcastle
10/12/18: Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
11/12/18: O2 Institute 2, Birmingham
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03/08/18: Iamthemorning to release Ocean Sounds in October
Iamthemorning will release Ocean Sounds on 19th October 2018 via Kscope. The film will feature twelve tracks spanning Iamthemorning’s last three albums, and with a bonus feature on the Blu-ray release – an un-plugged acoustic performance of Blue Sea taken from their forthcoming fourth studio album.
Following the success of two critically acclaimed albums, Belighted and Lighthouse, Gleb Kolyadin and Marjana Semkina are releasing a new studio film shot at and named after a remote recording studio on Giske, a Norwegian island. Here is the first trailer from the release…
Marjana commented “It was the most inspiring place for us to work in, surrounded by the sea, mountains, wild flowers and gorgeous Norwegian sunsets. All of the natural splendour we don’t see that often.”
01. Inside (3:30)
02. Scotland (3:37)
03. To Human Misery (4:05)
04. Romance (2:57)
05. 5/4 (3:12)
06. Touching II (3:53)
07. Os Lunatum (3:49)
08. Matches (3:53)
09. Sleeping Pills (3:17)
10. Libretto Horror (2:04)
11. Chalk & Coal (4:06)
12. K. O. S. (5:51)
~ bonus track
13. Blue Sea (2:42) Blu-ray disc only
Ocean Sounds will be released as a 2CD/Blu-ray set (which includes the film and hi-res audio) | 180g LP | Digitally
03/08/18: Haken will release their fifth studio album in October
InsideOut Music reveal that Haken will release Vector, their fifth studio album on 28th October 2018.
The band comments: “On the back of celebrating the 10 year anniversary of our conception, all of us here in the Haken camp are extremely excited to begin this new chapter of our career and share ‘Vector’ with the world.”
02. The Good Doctor
03. Puzzle Box
05. Nil By Mouth
07. A Cell Divides
“To celebrate the announcement of the new album, the band are opening up a unique opportunity for one fan’s artwork to be used as the etching on the fourth side of the vinyl LP version of the record. Haken are inviting fans to submit their own version of the Rorschach test ink-blot image which graces the album’s cover, and one winner’s art will be picked by the band to be etched into every vinyl copy of Vector.”
Closing date for submissions is 10th August 2018
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
03/08/18: Gösta Berlings Saga sign with InsideOut Music for new studio album
Sweden’s Gösta Berlings Saga will release their fifth studio album ET EX on 12th October 2018. This will be the band’s first album through InsideOut Music and follows up their well received, self released Sersophane from 2016.
Commenting on the new release: “Our first release on InsideOutMusic will be our fifth album, titled “ET EX”, on which we have developed our eclectic instrumental rock even further with more of everything we love. More experimentalism, more contrast, and with more sonic variety than ever. Stay tuned for more details on album information as well as further show announcements.”
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
02/08/18: New live King Crimson Blu-Ray out next month
King Crimson will release Meltdown, a 3CD/1Blu-Ray set featuring over three and a half hours of material performed during King Crimson’s five night residency at Mexico City’s Teatro Metropolitan in July 2017.
“Meltdown includes, for the first time with this line-up, audio recordings of Breathless, Discipline, Moonchild and Tony and Jeremy’s nightly Cadenza improvs.” Full track listing can be found below.
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part One
Prince Rupert’s Lament
The Hell Hounds of Krim
The Talking Drum
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part Two
Meltdown will be released on 28th September 2018
SOURCE: King Crimson
02/08/18: All Them Witches share new track from forthcoming studio album
Nashville experimental psych-rockers All Them Witches have announced the release of their fifth studio album ATW, scheduled for 28th September 2018 on New West Records. The band have issued the first track taken from the album – Fishbelly 86 Onions
ATW marks a shift in the overall production from the preceding Sleeping Through The War album, and also marks the introduction of keyboard player Jonathan Draper.
“It’s the band confirming and continuing to develop their approach, in the devil’s boogie of “Fishbelly 86 Onions,” the organ-laced groove and masterful flow of “Half-Tongue,” the build of “HJTC” and the fluid jam in closer “Rob’s Dream.” You can hear it in the mellow patience of that last track, never lost but always wandering, and in “1st vs. 2nd,” where they turn from a frenetic shake to some purposefully metal-ish riffing while still holding onto gut-tightening tension.”
Pre-ordering is available via Bandcamp
The band have also announced a US tour kicking off at the Seven Sense Festival (Louisville) in October and running through till the end of November. All dates can be found HERE
02/08/18: Steven Wilson extends 2019 To The Bone European Tour
Steven Wilson announces that the To the Bone tour has been extended into 2019 with more shows in Europe, including eight dates all across France in January.
Earlier this week he announced a series of US dates for later this year – visit the Steven Wilson Tour Page for full details.
SOURCE: Steven Wilson
01/08/18: Asturias new studio album out today
Japan’s Asturias return with their latest studio album Across the Ridge to Heaven. Multi-instrumentalist Yoh Ohyama gathers together an impressive cast of musicians for this latest release.
Across the Ridge to Heaven is the follow up release to their 2016 At The Edge Of The World and once again fuses both electric and acoustic styles taken liberally from the classical, jazzrock and progressive camps. Yoh Ohyama is once again joined by Kiyotaka Tanabe (drums), Tei Sena (violin & viola), Kaori Tsutsui (clarinet & recorder)…
01/08/18: Mildlife announce UK tour this September
Melbourne-based Mildlife have announced a series of UK dates this September. At the start of 2018, Mildlife released their debut album and garnered high praise from Mojo, The Guardian, BBC 6 Music, The Express and Shindig. You can read the TPA review HERE.
The band recently completed a sold-out national tour of their home-country, and today announced plans to cross the oceans for a EU and UK tour this September.
SEPTEMBER TOUR DATES
06/09/18: Ricci Weekender, Catania [IT]
10/09/18: The Castle Hotel, Manchester
11/09/18: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
12/09/18: Hare & Hounds 2, Birmingham
14/09/18: Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool*
15/09/18: Music Hall, Ramsgate
17/09/18: Jokerspub, Angers [FR]
18/09/18: New Morning, Paris [FR]
19/09/18: Ghost Notes, Peckham London**
21/09/18: Rialto Theatre, Brighton
* supporting Wooden Shjips
**co-headlining with Expansions
SOURCE: Prescription PR
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