Published on 1st December 2018

TPA News – December 2018

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

21/12/18: Steve Hackett launches second single from At The Edge Of Light

Following the success of 2017’s The Night Siren, Steve Hackett recently announced the release of his new studio album, At The Edge Of Light, to be released through InsideOut Music, on 25th January 2019. Today sees the release of the release of the second single Underground Railroad, which features vocalists Durga and Lorelei McBroom.

Steve Hackett comments: “I was inspired to write “Underground Railroad” in Wilmington, Delaware, discovering about that amazing network that helped slaves escape in pre-Civil War America, spearheaded by brave people like Harriet Tubman. Durga and Lorelei McBroom (both sang with Pink Floyd) sound amazing, expressing that heartfelt pain. As well as electric guitar, I play Dobro acoustic and also harmonica, transporting us back to those times…”

You can listen to the album’s first single Under The Eye Of The Sun HERE.

Of the new album Steve adds: “In these dangerous times, deep shadows feel even sharper than usual and we find ourselves standing at the edge of light… The contrast between dark and light weaves its way throughout the album in many ways, from the sense of good fighting evil through to the interplay of dark and light opposites magically combining in cultures, including the heartbeat of India and primal tribal rhythms. Ultimately, this album embraces the need for all musical forms and cultures to connect and celebrate the wonder of unity in this divided world.”

At The Edge Of Light will be released in a number of formats including: CD | Double Vinyl + CD | Media-book CD + DVD | Digital format.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

21/12/18: Guitarist Markus Reuter Releases First Christmas Album

Poly-disciplinary musician and touch guitarist Markus Reuter has just released his first Christmas album – a free, limited-availability-period recording of five traditional Christmas songs (each of which has been given Markus’ distinctive loop/solo/soundscape treatment). As with much of Markus’ music, the pieces are accessible and enjoyable while concealing hidden depths. Beneath and behind Markus’ soulful touch guitar renditions of the original melodies, billowing detailed soundscapes are built on re-examinations and explorations of the pitch series of each tune. Listeners can enjoy the simple snowfall, or choose to tunnel deeper into the ice kingdom. A parallel universe… strangely hypnotizing.

The album is available for free download from HERE between 17th and 31st December 2018 (and is available long-term as a free 5.1. surround sound version from HERE).

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR

20/12/18: Kansas announce Tom Brislin as new keys man

Kansas announce keyboardist Tom Brislin as the newest member of the band, replacing the departing keyboardist David Manion.

Phil Ehart comments: “We are extremely excited for Tom Brislin to be the newest member of KANSAS. His background speaks for itself, and we are looking forward to working with him. We cannot wait to get started, and think KANSAS fans will really enjoy what Tom brings to the band.”

Tom Brislin adds: “It’s an honor to be asked to join a such legendary band as KANSAS. Their music has been in the soundtrack to so many of our lives, and their repertoire has enduring depth, beauty, and power. I’m thrilled to perform the classics and I’m equally excited to be a part of the new music that KANSAS creates.”

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

20/12/18: Doris Brendel and That Joe Payne announce three UK dates

Doris Brendel and That Joe Payne announce co-headline shows in March and April next year. The dates are:

16/03/19: Underbelly, London
31/03/19: The Exchange, Bristol
14/04/19: The Robin 2, Bilston


17/12/18: RPWL announce new studio album and European tour dates

RPWL announce the release of new studio album, Tales From Outer Space, on 22nd March 2019 on the Gentle Art Of Music label.

Guitarist Kalle Wallner comments: “After three live albums, it was incredibly fun to create own songs again. I’m incredibly proud of the new album and cannot wait until we can finally present it live in April!“

“This time it has not become a concept album in the true sense. However, there are seven short stories about science fiction. For us it was not only thematically very interesting, but also musically an incredible playground, which literally invited to experiment with sounds and all imaginable musical stylistic devices.”

The band’s European tour will kick off in the UK with four concerts, including a headline appearance at the Winter’s End Festival in Chepstow. Special guest on all dates will be Aaron Brooks.

Tales From Outer Space Tour 2019
02/04/19: Boston Music Rooms, London [UK]
03/04/19: The Robin, Bilston [UK]
04/04/19: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow [UK]*
05/04/19: Winter’s End Festival, Chepstow [UK]
07/04/19: De Boerderij, Zoetermeer [NL]
08/04/19: Meisenfrei, Bremen [DE]
09/04/19: Logo, Hamburg [DE]
10/04/19: Klub Kuznia, Bydgoszcz [PL]
11/04/19: Progresja, Warsaw [PL]
12/04/19: Piekary Slaskie [PL]
13/04/19: TBA Suchy Las/Poznan [PL]
14/04/19: Artrock-Festival, Reichenbach [DE]
16/04/19: Maschinenhaus, Berlin [DE]
17/04/19: TBA, Prague [CZ]
18/04/19: Bluesgarage, Isernhagen [DE]
19/04/19: Spirit of 66, Verviers [BE]
20/04/19: Chez Paulette, Pagney-derrière-Barine [FR]
22/04/19: Z7, CH-Pratteln [CH]
23/04/19: clubCANN, Stuttgart [DE]
24/04/19: Hypothalamus, Rheine [DE]
25/04/19: Zentrum Altenberg, Oberhausen [DE]
26/04/19: Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg [DE]
27/04/19: Lindenkeller, Freising [DE]

Special guest on all dates will be Aaron Brooks.
* with Abel Ganz

SOURCE: Nineteen73 Artist Promotion

14/12/18: In Continuum release video for Be The Light

Dave Kerzner’s In Continuum have released Be The Light single, featuring Marillion’s Steve Rothery. The single also features guest vocalists Gabriel Agudo, Leticia Wolf and Yes’ Jon Davison…

The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming debut, sci-fi concept album Acceleration Theory, which is scheduled for release on 1st January 2019.

SOURCE: In Continuum

14/12/18: Gandalf’s Fist release single from forthcoming studio album

Gandalf’s Fist have today released a ‘surprise’ digital single, taken from our forthcoming studio album, via Bandcamp.

“The hard-rocking single, Leader of Men, blows away any festive sentimentality with an assault of guitars, synths and soaring vocals from Keri Farish.”

“Plucked like a rusty cog from a subterranean cavern, we’re releasing this tasty morsel as our “festive” 2018 single as a sneaky peek at our upcoming 2019 album.This single version features a separate master from the main album version to well and truly ensure you knock Ol’ Saint Nick’s socks off!”

SOURCE: Gandalf’s Fist

12/12/18: The Steve Hillage band announce UK dates

Steve Hillage banner

Steve Hillage announces three UK dates in June 2019.

06/06/19: The Junction, Cambridge
07/06/19: O2 Ritz, Manchester
08/06/19: O2 Shepherd’s Bush, London

The Steve Hillage Band for these dates will be will be the members of Gong. “Why am I doing this now? Well, the last gig the band did was on November 17, 1979 at Hammersmith Odeon in London. So next year is a significant anniversary for me. And when someone suggested this, it made sense. This isn’t the first time it’s been proposed, but now it is all coming together.

I need musicians of the highest calibre to make it all work properly. The people in Gong fit the bill. I know them well, have guested with the band on a number of recent occasions and they’re all keen to do this.”

The Steve Hillage Band will also play the Sunday evening at next year’s Night Of The Prog XIV Festival.

SOURCE: Steve Hillage

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

10/12/18: Summer’s End announce line-up for next year’s festival

Summer's End 2019

The fifteenth edition of the Summer’s End Festival will take place, once again, at the Drill Hall in Chepstow between 3rd & 6th October 2019. Today sees the announcement of the line up for Friday 4th October to Sunday 6th October.

Collage | Wobbler | Hasse Froberg And Musical Companion | Phideaux | District 97 | Comedy Of Errors | Lesoir | Mayra Orchestra | The Windmill | Talitha Rise | The Far Meadow | The Kentish Spires

Festival co-promoter Huw Lloyd Jones talks about the line up: “For our fifteen edition, Lambsie and I believe that we have created an international line up of the highest quality, once again giving people the opportunity to see bands that they would simply not be able to experience anywhere else in the UK.”

The line up for the stand-alone concert on Thursday 3rd October will be announced shortly for this event and more from across the prog spectrum.

SOURCE: Summer’s’s End

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06/12/18: Kscope announce the signing of O.R.k for the release of their new

Kscope have announced the signing of O.R.k to the label and will release their new studio album, Ramagehead, on 22nd February 2019.

The band includes composer/vocalist Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari, Pat Mastelotto (drums), Colin Edwin (bass) and Carmelo Pipitone (guitars). System of a Down’s Serj Tankian makes a special appearance as a guest vocalist.

Colin Edwin comments: “Ramagehead is our most intense, ambitious and accessible work to date and I am really looking forward to exploring the new material in a live environment and sharing our unique collective energy together. For me, O.R.k. is always a completely immersive and unforgettable experience in the live arena, so with new tracks to play and an opportunity to reach places and people we’ve yet to get to, this tour will be our best yet.”

Ramagehead will be released on CD | 180g Black Vinyl LP | Digital.

SOURCE: For The Lost PR

05/12/18: New studio album – Flowers At The Scene – by Tim Bowness

Tim Bowness has announced the release of Flowers At The Scene, his new studio album, which is scheduled for release, by InsideOut Music, on 1st March 2019. Guest appearances include Peter Hammill, Andy Partridge, Kevin Godley, Jim Matheos and David Longdon.

“Against a backdrop of propulsive Art Rock, heartbreaking ballads and more, Tim Bowness distinctively delivers cinematic storytelling and disarmingly direct confessional lyrics on his strongest solo album to date.”

Commenting on the album: “Lost In The Ghost Light – which was always intended as a one-off – felt like a perfect conclusion to a particular way of writing and working. In the wake of that, Flowers At The Scene very much feels like a press reset.

It was an exciting project to put together and it was great working closely with old sparring partners, Brian Hulse and Steven Wilson. Steven was initially brought in to mix the album, but very quickly he was doing far more and developing production ideas alongside Brian and I. Listening to pieces such as Not Married Anymore, Borderline and The War On Me, we both felt that the project had more than a hint of the spirit of no-man and it became obvious that this was a no-man co-production rather than a Bowness/Wilson one.”

Flowers At The Scene will be released by InsideOut Music on 1st March 2019.

SOURCE: Tim Bowness

05/12/18: The Room to release new album thhrough White Star Records

The Room announce that they have signed a record deal with White Star Records and will be releasing their new album Caught By The Machine, produced by John Mitchell, on 22nd February 2019. Kicking things off the band preview of their new single Broken

The video was filmed at Cambridge Rock Festival.

SOURCE: The Room

04/12/18: Neal Morse Band premiere Welcome To The World

The Neal Morse Band have premiered their new single Welcome To The World exclusively with Prog.

Commenting on Welcome To The World, Mike Portnoy says: “Here’s the first taste from the upcoming double concept album The Great Adventure.

“While the album is made up of two acts and five epic chapters, there are many songs within the chapters with constant reoccurring themes, riffs and melodies that make the entire album a very cinematic experience – continuing on from its predecessor The Similitude Of A Dream.

“Welcome To The World is a great example of some of the new directions taken with this album and the lyric video by Christian Rios is the first look into this new world!”

SOURCE: Louder

03/12/18: Todd Rundgren announces World Book & Concert tour dates

Todd Rundgren will be embarking on the world’s first hybrid concert/book tour this spring, highlighting both his hits as well as “deep tracks” spanning his 50-year career.

01/04/19: Theater am Mareintor Duisburg, Germany
02/04/19: Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Germany
03/04/19: Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands
06/04/19: Eventim Apollo London, UK
10/04/19: Buckhead Theatre Atlanta, GA
11/04/19: Buckhead Theatre Atlanta, GA
13/04/19: State Theatre Washington, DC
14/04/19: State Theatre Washington, DC
16/04/19: Town Hall New York, NY
17/04/19: Town Hall New York, NY
19/04/19: Berklee Performance Center Boston, MA
20/04/19: Berklee Performance Center Boston, MA
23/04/19: Athenaeum Theatre Chicago, IL
24/04/19: Athenaeum Theatre Chicago, IL
27/04/19: Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON
28/04/19: Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON
01/05/19: Fillmore Philadelphia, PA
02/05/19: Fillmore Philadelphia, PA
05/05/19: Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square Cleveland, OH
06/05/19: Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square Cleveland, OH
09/05/19: The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
10/05/19: The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
12/05/19: Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco, CA
13/05/19: Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco, CA
22/05/19: Sumida Triphony Hall Tokyo, Japan
23/05/19: NHK Hall Osaka, Japan

Tickets go on sale Monday, 10th December 2018 @ 10:00 Local Time.

SOURCE: Todd Rundgren

02/12/18: Alan Emslie returns with new solo album

We revealed in October that Edinburgh based drummer/percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Alan Emslie planned to return with his first solo recording in thirteen years. Ahead of the release Alan has issued a drum cam video for the track Planned Obsolescence, taken from the album Obnubilate.

Obnubilate was recorded at Le Studio during 2018 and scheduled for release on 21st December 2018. Pre-ordering is available from Bandcamp.

SOURCE: Alan Emslie

01/12/18: Peter Hammill announces the release The K Box

The K Box is a 4CD box-set collecting the output of Peter Hammill and the K Group, including the studio albums Enter K and Patience and the live recordings The Margin and +. The K Box will be released on 2nd February 2019. Full track listing can be found HERE

This limited edition deluxe set also features extra tracks and a 48 page hard back book with sleeve notes by Tim Bowness, reflections from PH and the band, plus previously unseen photographs.

Formed in 1981 to tour material from A Black Box and Sitting Targets, the K Group was Peter Hammill’s idea of a traditional Beat Group and like everything else in Hammill’s world it was far from typical and a universe away from the likes of Herman’s Hermits or The Clash.

Utilising the considerable talents of ex-Vibrators and Peter Gabriel guitarist John Ellis and former Van Der Graaf members Guy Evans and Nic Potter, the stripped-down nature of the K Group’s sound – echoed by Enter K’s stark and uncompromising artwork – aligned Hammill’s vision even more closely to the burgeoning Post-Punk scene that his music had undoubtedly influenced, while also remaining true to his Progressive-era experiments with song structure, time signatures and textures.

Between 1981 and 1984, over the course of dozens of concerts, two studio albums, two singles and a live release (issued in 1985), the K Group delivered a muscular take on Hammill’s unique artistry that resulted in a body of work distinct from other phases in his prolific career. At its most prosaic, the K Group offered relatively straightforward Rock songs (Paradox Drive, Film Noir), dramatic ballads (Just Good Friends), sonic experiments (Accidents) and knotty epics, but in reality the K quartet transformed these generic starting points into something far more individual, and – flying in the face of early 1980s Pop artifice – wholeheartedly human.

Ultimately, the K Group may only represent a tiny fraction of Peter Hammill’s vast output, but like Van Der Graaf Generator the band provided a memorable means of hearing Hammill’s visionary music in a powerful collective context: A context that arguably remained dormant until the 21st Century resurrection of Van Der Graaf Generator itself.

SOURCES: Peter Hammill | Burning Shed

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