Published on 1st June 2019
TPA News – June 2019
Latest Prog News from across the progressive rock spectrum & updated throughout June 2019.
17/06/2019: Tides From Nebula Return With Fifth Studio Album From Voodoo to Zen
After a three year break, Polish instrumental post-metal band Tides From Nebula return with their fifth studio album From Voodoo to Zen. This will be their first album as a trio and is scheduled to be released on 20th September 2019 via Long Branch Records (SPV) and Mystic Production.
Guitarist Maciej Karbowski comments: “It seems that being a three piece made us work harder and challenged us to write better music. I’m pretty sure this is one of the reasons the album ended up sounding so rich and epic.” He continues: “Musically and visually this new record is a sidestep for us, which came subconsciously. We just followed our gut feeling and as we were recording in our own recording studio, we could work on every small detail and I am sure that this album will develop with every listen. We are super curious about the listener’s reaction.”
Maciej Karbowski – Guitar / Keys
Przemek Węgłowski – Bass / Keys
Tomasz Stołowski – Drums
1. Ghost Horses
2. The New Delta
5. From Voodoo to Zen
6. Nothing to Fear and Nothing to Doubt
7. Eve White, Eve Black, Jane
SOURCE: Hold Tight PR
17/06/2019: Eddie Jobson’s The Green Album/Theme of Secrets Now Available As a Remastered 3-Disc CD & High-Fidelity Blu-ray Audio
Eddie Jobson’s The Green Album and Theme of Secrets is now available as a remastered 3-Disc CD & High-Fidelity Blu-ray audio. The package is a double release of two solo albums from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee (with Roxy Music) keyboard and violinist Eddie Jobson.
The highly regarded Green Album, with studio band Zinc, was originally released in 1983 on Capitol Records along with the first CGI MTV video “Turn it Over.” Theme of Secrets is a pioneering electronic music album performed entirely on the Synclavier Music Computer. The 1985 release was featured in TIME magazine.
All tracks have been remastered for this special 3-disc CD and high-fidelity Blu-ray Audio re-release. The package is available from 14th June in the USA and from 21st June 2019 as an import on Burning Shed and elsewhere in Europe/Japan.
Five new double-CD releases are being planned to commemorate Jobson’s fifty years as one of the world’s most respected musicians. He is also currently producing six video lectures on The Art and Science of Music.
SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR
14/06/2019: Hasse Fröberg and Musical Companion Announce the Release of Parallel Life for August 2019
In a short statement Hasse Fröberg and Musical Companion (HFMC) has announced the forthcoming release of their fourth studio album Parallel Life on 30th August 2019. The album has been recorded at Soundfront Productions and pre-orders will be available from 28th June 2019.
1. Parallel Life – 22:32
I. A prophet’s escape
II. To change
III. You and life
IV. Hand to the sky
V. An otherworldly purpose
VI. A choice moment
2. Sleeping with the Ghost – 05:27
3. Time Waits – 09:56
4. All those Faces – 04:46
5. Rain – 09:05
6. Friday – 05:40
7. Never Alone – 08:20
Produced by: Hasse Fröberg and Kjell Sandberg
Sound engineers: Kjell Sandberg and Bosse Lindmark
Artwork by: Ed Unitsky – www.facebook.com/Ed.Unitsky.fanpage
Photos by: Tallee Savage – www.savagebeauty.se
Label: GlassVille Records
13/06/2019: John Wetton ~ An Extraordinary Life
The John Wetton Estate has announced work has commenced on a solo career box set featuring expanded editions of his iconic albums and a lavish hardback book.
Since John Wetton’s passing in January 2017, his family, friends and management have been working on finding a fitting tribute to such a remarkable man and iconic artist. The result of this labour of love is a box set entitled “An Extraordinary Life”, dedicated entirely to John’s solo career.
1. Caught in the Crossfire
2. Battle Lines
5. Rock of Faith
6. Raised in Captivity
Each album will be remastered and will come with bonus material.
An Extraordinary Life will also feature a lavish hardback “coffee table” book written by one of John’s friends, the journalist Nick Shilton. Nick has interviewed dozens of John’s collaborators, peers and associates, both in and out of the music business, as well as friends from his childhood and through all eras of his career, collecting a multitude of exclusive, poignant and wonderful stories along the way.
No official release date has been announced, however the boxset will initially be exclusively available via Burning Shed ahead of a wider scale retail release.
SOURCE: John Wetton Website
13/06/2019: Thank You Scientist share new single ~ Swarm
Ahead of this Friday’s official release date Thank You Scientist have shared their new single Swarm, taken from their forthcoming 84-minute full length album, Terraformer. Speaking about the new single, the band says, “Swarm is a song about reconciling with the fact that every small decision you’ve made is responsible for where you are presently, and the endless obsession over the what if’s.”
Guitarist Tom Monda about the album: “This album probably features some of Sal’s most personal lyrics, juxtaposed with some far reaching and topical stuff that is new for us. There are conceptual threads linking the music and lyrics but we prefer that the listeners discover and interpret them on their own. Terraforming in really general terms is taking a planet or some type of celestial body and making it inhabitable for humans. I thought this was a fitting metaphor for the band, in terms of the changes we had gone through in the past two years. I felt totally creatively renewed, and I think scope of the album speaks to that.”
Along with their appearance at this year’s ArcTanGent festival the band will play a series of UK dates during August…
14/08/19: Albert’s, Nottingham
15/08/19: Flapper, Birmingham
16/08/19: ArcTanGent Festival, Bristol
17/08/19: Engine Rooms, Southampton
18/08/19: The Underground, Plymouth
SOURCE: Prescription PR
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12/06/2019: Tom Slatter Announces New Album Demon on Bad Elephant Music
Tom Slatter has announced his sixth album Demon, to be released with Bad Elephant Music, is now available for pre-order from Bandcamp. The album “is a set of deeply personal songs, with lyrics about wizards, tentacles, murderers and demons.”
Slatter comments: “Wizards is a song that has been in my live set for a couple of years, first as an acoustic song and then with the Tom Slatter Band. It’s a song about drunkard wizards trying to fix their town through magic. But it is also a personal song. It’s about how I felt when I changed career from teaching – a job that was deeply destructive to my mental health – to the world of charity, and the place I moved to at the same time. It’s about the joy of having people request my songs, about singalong choruses and family and also, yes, about urban magic and drunk inner-city dryads.” But, he is quick to add, “it is also about family and history and my actual real life.”
1. Wizards Of This Town
2. Modern World
3. Weather Balloons And Falling Stars
4. West Wind
5. Patterns of Light
6. Cutting Up All Of Our Dreams
7. Drop Dead’s Punching Above His Weight Again
8. Tinfoil King
SOURCE: Tom Slatter
11/06/2019: Rise Twain Sign to InsideOut Music for Release of Self-Titled Debut Album
InsideOutMusic are pleased to announce the signing of Philadelphia-based duo Rise Twain to the label, for the release of their self-titled debut album on the 6th September 2019. The union of Brett William Kull (producer, audio engineer, and member of Echolyn, Grey Eye Glances, and Francis Dunnery’s New Progressives) and J.D. Beck (The Scenic Route, Beck-Fields, author & playwright) bring their collective years of experience together of this album.
The band comments: “This entire album has been a serendipitous occurrence. From the beginning writing process to the final mixes and masters, we have experienced fortunate moments that have given our endeavor a momentum all its own. Meeting Thomas Waber from InsideOut Music is an example of this. Like the writing of the songs, signing with the label felt easy and natural to do. Thomas and the staff have been wonderfully helpful and active in promoting the energy and momentum of what we started. The songs carry this force in them. You’ll feel it from the first note of the album to the last, whether listening with headphones, lights dim, or in a car with the windows open and alive. Check this music out!”
Talking of how the duo came together in 2007: “I produced an album for J.D.’s original band, The Scenic Route. They were a rocky, progressive kind of band, like a Jeff Buckley kind of thing. I was immediately drawn to his vocals. He’s such a strong singer.” Kull says he and Beck immediately hit it off, what he describes as an “inevitable connection.”
Adds Beck, “I just knew I had to work with Brett on a higher level. When I came in to cut the vocals on the Scenic Route album, the way we worked together…some people you just gel with, and then some people you have a barrier with. Brett and I gelled.” They spoke of one day collaborating on their own project – and now the result will shortly be released.
RISE TWAIN are:
J.D. Beck: Piano, lead and backing vocals
Brett William Kull: Guitars, bass, keys, percussion, lead and backing vocals
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
07/06/2019: Bent Knee launch new single
Boston-based art-rock band Bent Knee announce their brand new single Catch Light, the first new music to arrive from their forthcoming new studio album out later this year.
“Catch Light is about the pressure women feel to shrink themselves and their ideas. The song is the culmination of over a year of collaborative sonic experiments and marks a drastically new direction for the band. More to come.”
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
07/06/2019: The Reasoning “The Last Hurrah” announcement
With the imminent closure of London’s Borderline, and as the band have been unable to find another suitable venue in the city, The Reasoning’s final show will now be at The Robin on 29/09/19. But it looks like it might be a grand event…
“We have now decided to do one ‘BIG’ farewell on 29th September at The Robin 2. This is going to be an all-day event with some fun things planned, plus the addition of 3 wonderful bands to the bill. The doors will open at 12pm and the show will finish at around 9.30 – 10pm, allowing time for people to catch the last tram/transport home. Of course, if people want to stay on for an “aftershow”, it has been agreed that the venue will shut at around 11.30pm, so we can all have drinks to celebrate an end of an era.”
SOURCE: The Reasoning
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07/06/2019: No One Ever Died and Made Me King – the new single from Pattern-Seeking Animals
Pattern-Seeking Animals, the new group featuring current & former Spock’s Beard members Ted Leonard, Jimmy Keegan & Dave Meros as well as long-time contributing songwriter-producer John Boegehold, today launch the second track taken from their self-titled debut album. Pattern-Seeking Animals scheduled for release on 5th July 2019, via InsideOut Music. You can listen to No One Ever Died and Made Me King below…
John Boegehold comments: “Dave and I wrote this a while back from the viewpoint of a guy feeling sorry for his lot in life. I love the bass tone he came up with and Ted’s guitar tone is classic 70s. Is voodoo-swamp prog a genre?”
01. No Burden Left To Carry
02. The Same Mistakes Again
03. Orphans Of The Universe
04. No One Ever Died And Made Me King
05. Fall Away
06. These Are My Things
07. We Write The Ghost Stories
08. No Land’s Man
09. Stars Along The Way
You can listen to the previously released track, No Burden Left To CarryHERE
The album will be released on limited CD Digipak | Gatefold 2LP + CD | Digital on 5th July 2019.
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
07/06/2019: Ian Anderson announces new Jethro Tull book
The official illustrated history of Jethro Tull, The Ballad Of Jethro Tull, will be published in November – and Ian Anderson confirms it’ll contain a disc of new material.
Today, Ian Anderson announced two new recordings have been created especially for the project. The first, ‘The Ballad of Jethro Tull’ is a narrative poem written and read by Ian Anderson over a unique and original mix of classic Tull music, produced by Anderson himself – and named after the title of the book. The b-side is Ian reading Walter Scott’s 1808 poem, ‘Marmion’ with musical backing composed for the recording and played by John O’Hara (current Tull keyboard player) on a cathedral organ.
The new 7” single will be exclusive to the 500-copy limited run ‘Signature Edition’, each copy signed by Ian, and encased in a hand-made box containing two art prints specially commissioned for the book from renowned artist Peter Klucik, who also created the cover design for the book.
The ‘Classic Edition’ of the same book will have a higher print run, be available at a lower price point, and include a download code for the two new recordings.
Pre-ordering now will allow fans to have their name printed in the finished book – details can be found HERE.
SOURCE: Anne Leighton Media
06/06/2019: Fish announces Weltschmerz Tour dates for March 2020
“Roll Up Roll Up!! The circus is heading back out on the road again from next March starting off with a clutch of UK dates before heading out to Europe in April for a 6 week tour.”
Fish has announced a series of “relatively intimate” UK dates for March 2020, ahead of a six week tour of Europe and the UK in the Autumn.
“There are already plans for more UK and European dates in the Autumn with attempts made to capture more open airs next Summer with indoor shows joining the dots.”
Fish also reveals that he plans on writing new material, for release, ahead of the tour: “With all this in mind I made the decision to aim at writing with Steve Vantsis and others throughout the summer and getting as much in play as possible with the aim to record the album in October/November /December for an intended release at the end of January beginning of February 2020 immediately before the tour.”
MARCH UK TOUR DATES
13/03/20: The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
15/03/20: Picturedrome, Holmfirth
16/03/20: Islington Assembly Hall, London
17/03/20: Islington Assembly Hall, London
19/03/20: Y Plas (CU Students Union), Cardiff
20/03/20: Cheese & Grain, Frome
21/03/20: Roadmender, Northampton
23/03/20: Concorde 2, Brighton
24/03/20: Apex, Bury St Edmunds
25/03/20: KK’s Steelmill, Wolverhampton
27/03/20: O2 Academy, Manchester
28/03/20: The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
Support for these dates will be Doris Brendel
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06/06/2019: Magenta to Release Limited Edition of the 2006 Classic Home
Rob Reed comments:
“During the preparation for the Magenta 20th Anniversary show in Newbury, we decided to include a large selection from our HOME album was has always been underperformed. Having to recreate the tracks, meant having to re visit the multi tracks which were in a bit of a mess.
Not being able to resist a ‘tinker’ with the songs, I ended up re-working the multi-track. I solved some problems in the arrangements, and added fresh dynamics and colours. I Kept what was good about the original – the vocals which are amazing, for instance – but re-working the backing tracks. We added some new things, and then took away anything that did not earn its keep from the original mixes. We were also very lucky to have Pete Jones (Tiger Moth Tales) on hand to play saxophone on the track “Moving On”, like he did in Newbury. The result I think is a more dynamic and atmospheric interpretation of what we looking to achieve.
I hope you enjoy..”
The CD is available to pre-order from the Magenta shop.
01. This Life
03. Moving On
04. My Home Town
05. Brave New Land
06. The Journey
07. Towers Of Hope
09. Morning Sunlight
11. The Dream
12. The Visionary
13. Journey’s End
14. The Traveller’s Lament
04/06/2019: Cult of Luna Announce Two UK Shows As Part of European Tour
Ahead of their main stage appearance at ArcTanGent festival in August, Cult of Luna have announced that they will return to the UK in November for 2 UK dates in Leeds and London as part of their European tour. They will be joined by Brutus and A.A Williams.
The band recently released a new single The Silent Man which will also appear on their new album, to be released later this year.
21/06/19: Graspop Metal Meeting – Belgium
22/06/19: Hellfest Open Air – France
28/06/19: Tuska Festival – Finland
29/06/19: Provinssi Festival – Finland
06/07/19: Resurrection Festival – Spain
07/08/19: Brutal Assault Festival – Czech Republic
09/08/19: Øya Festival – Norway
16/08/19: Rock Altitude – Switzerland
17/08/19: Arctangent Festival – UK
11/10/19: Väven, Umeå – Sweden
17/10/19: Pumpehuset, Copenhagen – Denmark
18/10/19: Pustervik, Göteborg – Sweden
19/10/19: Vasateatern, Stockholm – Sweden
24/11/19: Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin – Germany*
25/11/19: Stollwerck, Cologne – Germany*
26/11/19: Melkweg Max, Amsterdam- Netherlands*
27/11/19: Trix – Antwerp – Belgium**
28/11/19: University Stylus, Leeds – UK*
29/11/19: Electric Ballroom, London – UK*
30/11/19: Le Trianon, Paris – France*
03/12/19: Alcatraz, Milan – Italy*
04/12/19: Kino Siska, Ljubljana – Slovenia*
05/12/19: Backstage, Munich – Germany*
06/12/19: Arena, Vienna – Austria*
08/12/19: Progresja, Warsaw – Poland*
*w/ Brutus and A.A Williams
**w/ A.A Williams
SOURCE: For The Lost PR
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03/06/2019: Gandalf’s Fist premiere The Clokkemaker video
Gandalf’s Fist premiere the “visualisation video” for The Clokkemaker, taken from their forthcoming, double steampunk concept album, The Clockwork Prologue.
“We’re really proud of this song and it really puts a marker down on where we can go with this newly refreshed lineup!”
SOURCE: Gandalf’s Fist
03/06/2019: ‘Unsustainable’ Spiral Key Call It A Day
Spiral Key have reluctantly announced the band has now come to an end. A short statement on their Facebook page reads:
“It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce that Spiral Key has become unsustainable for us, and will cease activities.
We’re immensely proud of what we’ve achieved over the last seven years: two album releases, including our most recent ‘An Error of Judgement’; many great gigs; lots of good times with good friends.
We’d like to thank everyone who bought one of our albums, or came to one of our shows; Chris Allan and Dan Carter, for playing with us these last few years; and all the people who’ve supported us on this journey.
“At the end of the tracks, where our lights fade to black””
SOURCE: Spiral Key
01/06/2019: Weedpecker Announce Line Up Departures
Weedpecker have announced the departure of founding member Bartek (Guitar), drummer Kuks and bassist Karol.
The statement reads:
We have a very important statement for you about significant changes in Weedpecker. Me (Piotr) and Bartek decided to take our separate music paths. The fact that we are brothers, made this choice even more difficult for us. Bartek was a member of Weedpecker from the very beginning, he recorded with us all the albums, played countless gigs and rehearsals. He is a composer of such pieces as Embrace or Lazy Boy and The Temple of Wonders.
Bartek, my beloved brother, thank You with all my heart for all the years together. Your contribution to this band has been enormous and you will always be a member of Weedpecker. I wish you a lot of success in your new art. I am convinced, that soon we will all hear about your new cool band.
Under these circumstances, Weedpecker is saying goodbye to Kuks and Karol. They are close friends with Bartek and will keep playing together. I am sure that new project which they will create together, will be perfect.
Karol and Kuks, dear boys, thanks that you’ve put up with me – the old stoner grandfather – for so long. At every gig you gave your best on the stage. I am really grateful to you for all the time spent together, and again, thank you with all my heart.
Unfortunately, we must cancel Weedpecker’s tour in France and Germany. 😞 I would like to strongly apologize to all the organizers and assure that we will be back as soon as possible.
So what happens to Weedpecker now?
Something must end for something new to come. The new band members are already chosen and started working hard. We’ll give you more details soon. The plan is the same as usual. We will record the next album. You can be sure it’s gonna happen! Stay tuned!
A lot of love for all of you who support this band.
SOURCE: Weedpecker Facebook
01/06/2019: Pendragon Announce Love Over Fear UK and European Tour 2020
Pendragon have announced the first dates for their UK and European Tour 2020 supporting new album Love Over Fear which is expected to be released later this year. More dates are set to be announced but the schedule to date is confirmed as follows;
28/02/20: 229 The Venue – London – UK
29/02/20: NW England TBA
01/03/20: The Green Hotel – Kinross – Scotland
02/03/20: March – TBA
03/03/20: La Maroquinerie – Paris – France
04/03/20: Zentrum Altenberg – Oberhausen – Germany
05/03/20: Spirit of 66 – Verviers – Belgium
06/03/20: Das Rind – Rüsselsheim – Germany
07/03/20: De Boerderij – Zoetermeer – Netherlands
10/03/20: Kusnia – Bydogoszcz – Poland
11/03/20: Blue Note – Poznan – Poland
12/03/20: Ośrodek Kultury Andaluzja – Piekary Ślaskie – Poland
13/03/20: Łódzki Dom Kultury – Łódź – Poland
14/03/20: Reigen – Vienna – Austria
15/03/20: Il Giardino, Verona, Italy
16/03/20: Le Rex Club – Toulouse – France
17/03/20: La Nau – Barcelona – Spain
18/03/20: March – TBA
19/03/20: CCO – Lyon – France
21/03/20: Chez Paulette – Pagney-Derriere- Barine – France
22/03/20: Z7 – Pratteln – Switzerland
The band will also be playing Cruise to the Edge between 27th March – 1st April, taking in Miami, Belize and Honduras
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