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31/07/2020: Jon Gomm Announces New Album The Faintest Idea For Release on Kscope on 16th October 2020

Jon Gomm has announced the details of his new album The Faintest Idea, due for release on Kscope on 16th October 2020.

The Blackpool-born singer-songwriter released his debut album Hypertension in 2003. Things changed for Jon with his single Passionflower racking up millions of views on YouTube and other media platforms in 2012 – with Stephen Fry describing him on mainstream television as someone “playing the guitar in a way I’d never seen it played before” and “an all-round genius”. Follow up album Secrets Nobody Keeps arrived in 2013, and now The Faintest Idea is set for release this October.

Jon comments: “I didn’t realise that my songs were worth anything beyond the crazy guitar playing. When people started getting my lyrics tattooed on them, I had to accept that they’re not doing that because they’re fans of percussive guitar.

The Faintest Idea contrasts the warmth of Gomm’s acoustic articulation with the more icy textures of synth parts provided by Australian musician Andy Sorenson. “Andy has taken my raw, intimate solo acoustic performances, and placed them in an artificially expanded landscape of his own creation. I feel like I’m playing a gig, but the venue is a synthetic reality dreamworld. I strum a chord, and it bounces off a cyan cloud releasing a shower of notes, I hit another, and it echoes through a crystal chamber” says Gomm.

The album earned its title through the notion that all of us, to some extent, are just The Faintest Idea. The singer/guitarist notes how that everything is made out of vibrating strings of probability, and it’s this scientific and spiritual meaning – as well as the more literal translation of total guesswork – that felt like the perfect summation of album number four… “It’s an enigmatic title,” smiles Gomm. “There’s a fine line between a metaphor and a pun, so I guess it dances on that.

The album is complemented by the delicate hand drawn pen and ink cover art created by Lee Zimmerman.

The Faintest Idea is due to be released on 16th October on CD, double gatefold LP with D-side artwork etching, digital and as a stunning limited edition deluxe 3 disc hardback book edition which will feature – CD1 – The Faintest Idea album, CD 2 – The Naked Artist Mix – a stripped back version of the album; a DVD containing 6 exclusive performances filmed in a medieval church, guitar technique presentations, a 35 minute Jon Gomm interview, song description videos and The Faintest Idea in high resolution stereo audio. The book will feature Lee Zimmerman illustrations, song descriptions, handwritten lyrics and full guitar tablature for the song “Check You’re Still Breathing”. All formats are available to pre-order here:

The Faintest Idea – UK & Eire Tour

December 2020
Sat 5 – Huddersfield – Parish Pub
Sun 6 – York – The Crescent
Thu 10 – Trowbridge – Emmanuels Yard
Fri 11 – Cheltenham – Frog And Fiddle
Sat 12 – Swansea – Sin City

Jan 2021
Mon 4 – Southampton – Joiners
Tue 5 – Brighton – Komedia
Wed 6 – Bury St Edmunds – Apex
Fri 15 – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
Sat 16 – Bristol – Thekla
Sun 17 – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds
Fri 22 – Manchester – The Bread Shed
Sat 23 – Liverpool – Leaf
Fri 29 – Leeds – Brudenell

Feb 2021
Wed 3 – Runcorn – Brindley Theatre
Fri 5 – Milton Keynes – Craufurd Arms
Sat 6 – Haverhill – Haverhill Arts Centre
Sun 7 – Reading – Sub 89
Thu 11 – Cardiff – The Globe
Fri 12 – Blackpool – Bootleg Social
Thu 18 – Preston – The Ferret
Fri 19 – Newcastle – Cluny
Sat 20 – Glasgow – Oran Mor
Sat 27 – Dublin – Academy 2

March 2021
Fri 5 – London – Bush Hall
Sat 6 – Guildford – Boileroom

SOURCES: For The Lost PR

Keep up to date with TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide

29/07/2020: Jakko Jakszyk announces Secrets & Lies, a new solo album release

Jakko Jakszyk

Jakko Jakszyk’s first solo album since becoming a member of King Crimson in 2013 will be released on on 23rd October 2020. In advance of the album release, Jakko Jakszyk will be releasing the first single, The Trouble With Angels, via InsideOut Music on 14th August 2020.

“‘Secrets & Lies’ contains 10 songs that explore topics such as obsession, betrayal, the shifting grounds of contemporary politics, and the tangled threads of family history, Secrets And Lies balances sensitive writing, musical technique, and accessible tunes cast in an impressively cinematic sound world. With three of the tracks, Separation, Under Lock & Key and Uncertain Times originating in King Crimson’s writing sessions, the result is a mature work brimming with yearning melodies in symphonic or widescreen settings, fluid guitar work, and Jakko’s heartfelt, emotional vocals.

The album features Jakszyk joined by his King Crimson bandmates Robert Fripp, Gavin Harrison, Tony Levin & Mel Collins, as well as appearances from John Giblin (Simple Minds), Mark King (Level 42), Peter Hammill (Van der Graff Generator) and noted British comedian Al Murray.”

01. Before I Met You
02. The Trouble With Angels
03. Fools Mandate
04. The Rotters Club is Closing Down
05. Uncertain Times
06. It Would All Make Sense
07. Secrets, Lies & Stolen Memories
08. Under Lock & Key
09. The Borders We Traded
10. Trading Borders
11. Separation

The album includes two songs that were originally intended for King Crimson. Secrets & Lies will be released as a Limited CD+DVD Digipak (featuring 5.1 mix), Gatefold LP + CD & as Digital Album.

SOURCES: Jakko Jakszyk | DGM Live

29/07/2020: …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead announce three livestreams

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

“…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead came up with the plan for these livestreams when faced with the reality that touring in 2020 was no longer possible. Earlier this year the band released their critically acclaimed 10th studio album X: The Godless Void and Other Stories and embarked on what was going to be a year of touring to celebrate the new LP as well as their 25th anniversary. All this came to a grinding halt in mid-March and with the pandemic wreaking havoc in the US and beyond, Trail of Dead decided to create three full-band livestream performances for their fans that would also provide some financial assistance to the venues and record stores that have supported the band throughout their career and in 2020, when these folks most need it.

The upcoming livestreams by …Trail of Dead will present a unique one-hour set each week built around requests by fans for a handful of tracks rarely played live if at all and of course some classic live favorites to round out the sets.

The live streamed shows will begin with the July 31st US Live Set at 8pm CST, followed by the August 7th UK/EU Live Set at 8pm GMT +1 and culminating with the August 14th In the Studio set at 8pm CST. For the July 31st livestream, Trail of Dead is donating 20% of ticket sales to the venues they played and were set to play in 2020 in the US. They’ve also created exclusive merchandise for the event that will become available that same day. For the August 14th livestream, 20% of proceeds are going toward select US independent record stores including all 34 in the Coalition of Independent Music Stores along with several AIMS stores, namely End Of An Era in Austin, TX, Luna Music in Indianapolis, IN, Young Ones in Kutztown, PA and Daddy Kool in St. Petersburg, FL.

A direct link for all three livestreams is here:

The first two of these performances will be in conjunction with Safehouse in Austin, who have been hosting local livestreams for the past four years, well before the end of the world as we know it happened. In keeping with the strangeness of our current global zeitgeist they will be performing in the same space they’ve been holding rehearsals, to give our fans an intimate glimpse into their current reality.

The third and final set in the series will be performed on the sound stage of the Mosaic Sound Collective, the same location where …Trail of Dead recorded their last album X: The Godless Void and Other Stories. The Mosaic is a non-profit known as an important creative focus in the Austin area, having hosted many symposiums and workshops for people in the entertainment, performance and production world. With the launch of a new streaming venue the Mosaic continues to be an important creative hub of the band’s community, and …Trail are very proud to be taking part in the first round of these. This performance will be engineered by the album’s producer and technical mastermind Charles Godfrey.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

28/07/2020: Rick Wakeman releases the first single Ascraeus Mons from his new album The Red Planet

Rick Wakeman and The English Rock Ensemble (ERE) have released a video stream of the first single, Ascraeus Monss, taken from their latest studio album The Red Planet.

The Red Planet was officially released on 19th June 2020, however earlier this month Rick announced a worldwide distribution deal for The Red Planet with Madfish Music, which will see standard editions of the CD and LP, along with download and streaming versions on all major platforms, released on 28th August 2020.

“The album features 8 newly composed pieces, especially for this project, and harks back to Wakeman’s critically acclaimed debut album “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” where there were 6 heavy keyboard pieces based around a central subject matter. It is a serious return to “Wakeman Prog”…”

01. Ascraeus Mons
02. Tharsis Tholus
03. Arsia Mons
04. Olympus Mons
05. The North Plain
06. Pavonis Mons
07. South Pole
08. Valles Marineris

SOURCE: Rick Wakeman

27/07/2020: Moody Blues John Lodge releases new single In These Crazy Times (Isolation Mix) Featuring Vocals from Jon Davison

John Lodge bass guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for The Moody Blues has released a new single In These Crazy Times (Isolation mix).

Watch John chatting about and performing some of the track here:

You can Listen and buy the track here :

John recorded the track in his home studio in Florida and he performed vocals and guitar and using GarageBand – keyboards and drums. Joining John on the song are his wife, Kirsten and son, Kristian, both of whom have never recorded before. John was also delighted to have Jon Davison, of YES, add backing vocals and harmonies.

John says: In 1967 “The Moody Blues” recorded Days of Future Passed, and we were in the studio in lockdown 24 hours a day creating an album that changed my life. Being in lockdown now reminds me of the creativity and solitude that took place during that period of my life. So I have taken the opportunity, given by this lockdown period, to write and record a new song about these difficult day – days that stretched into weeks and months. When the pandemic came I had just finished up my US tour and the Rock and Romance cruise and within three days my wife and I were stranded. Music is my life, and without a studio (or my band), I decided to perfect my use of GarageBand to create all the instruments, and record my guitars and vocals in my home studio.

As I believe we are all in this together, I thought what a great idea to involve all of my family. My wife Kirsten is singing backing vocals (for the first time!), my son Kristian is playing Lead Guitar, his wife, Inga, took the photo for the cover (with social distancing!), Jon Davison, from the band Yes, joined me on vocals, and Emily, my daughter is managing the whole thing. The track was recorded at my home and Kristian and Jon added their parts in their homes, before we sent it to Ray Nesbit, my Front of House Sound Engineer for him to mix at his home studio. It truly is an Isolation Mix. My wish is that we can all be together again soon, and then I hope that my 10,000 Light Years Band and I can get together and make a Freedom Mix.

I hope you all can relate to this song as another step in life’s strange and mysterious path, and help you continue to keep the faith that we can do it together.

SOURCE: The Publicity Connection

25/07/2020: TPA More re-scheduling of dates

TPA Gig Logo 2016

Over the past few weeks we have been constantly updating the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide, as more and more tours and dates are being re-scheduled, some for a second time this year.

Recent changes have included the Genesis & Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets tours (both listed below). More changes include: Van der Graaf Generator, Caravan, Curved Air, Anathema, Man, Blue Oyster Cult, Steven Wilson (cancelled), and the list goes on….

Please feel free to contact us through the TPA website, or our Facebook Page or Facebook Group ~ if you spot anything we’ve overlooked…

SOURCE: The Progressive Aspect

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24/07/2020: Genesis re-schedule The Last Domino? tour

Genesis - Last Domino Tour? poster
Genesis have re-scheduled their 2020 UK and Irish dates for April 2021 and announce two additional shows in Birmingham and London.

‘The Last Domino?’ Tour 2021 will now start in Glasgow on 1st April and will be Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford’s first live outing together since the globe-trotting, sell-out ‘Turn It On Again: The Tour’ in 2007. They will be joined on stage by Nic Collins on drums, and the band’s long time lead guitar and bass player Daryl Stuermer.

The Last Domino?’ Tour 2021
01/04/21: Glasgow SSE Hydro
02/04/21: Glasgow SSE Hydro
05/04/21: Birmingham Utilita Arena
06/04/21: Birmingham Utilita Arena
07/04/21: Birmingham Utilita Arena – NEW DATE ADDED
09/04/21: Newcastle Utilita Arena
10/04/21: Newcastle Utilita Arena
12/04/21: Manchester Manchester Arena
13/04/21: Manchester Manchester Arena
15/04/21: Dublin 3Arena
16/04/21: Dublin 3Arena
18/04/21: Belfast SSE Arena
21/04/21: Leeds First Direct Arena
22/04/21: Leeds First Direct Arena
24/04/21: Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
25/04/21: Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
27/04/21: London The O2
29/04/21: London The O2
30/04/21: London The O2 – NEW DATE ADDED

Existing tickets for the rescheduled dates will remain valid and ticket holders will be contacted by their ticket agent. Tickets for the new dates in London and Birmingham and all other shows are on sale now via

SOURCE: Genesis

Keep up to date with these dates and more from across the progressive spectrum with TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide

24/07/2020: Fish releases Garden of Remembrance

Fish has released his new single Garden Of Remembrance, the latest song to be taken from his forthcoming and final solo album, Weltschmerz.

“The aptly titled ‘Garden Of Remembrance’ tells the story of a married couple dealing with the early onset of dementia and the resulting issues of a husband who’s “Lost between the here and now/Somewhere that he can’t be found” and his wife.”

“The song was put together as though we were painting a delicate piece of Royal Doulton china…” comments Fish.

Weltschmerz, the 84-minute double album is available to pre-order now from in multiple formats including double digipak CD with 16 page booklet and as a gatefold 180-gram double vinyl.


23/07/2020: Lonny Ziblat premieres Kingdom Of The Penguins video

Today sees the premiere of Lonny Ziblat’s Kingdom Of The Penguins. The piece was written in 2015 for the Dutch Wind Ensemble (Nederlands Blazersensemble) and originally scheduled to premiere, on Dutch TV, by the Fuse Ensemble, however due to the COVID crisis the show was canceled.

Lonny decided therefore to gather up a group of friends to record his own version of Kingdom Of The Penguins, which includes two musicians from his days with Modest Midget. Joining Lonny Ziblat (keyboards, acoustic, Spanish & electric guitars) are Oene van Geel (viola), Maripepa Contreras (oboe & cor anglais), Maarten Bakker (bass & double bass) and Artis Orubs (drums & percussion)

SOURCE: Lonny Ziblat

23/07/2020: Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets re-schedule UK Tour

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets have been forced to re-schedule their UK dates once again. With the announcement that their European shows would now take place in 2021, the band confirm that the UK shows will also take place next year.

“Due to the uncertainty surrounding us all due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saucers UK tour, due to take place in October, has been rescheduled to April/May 2021. It’s important to the band that those who are planning to attend the shows are able to do so safely and without concern for their health and wellbeing. To achieve this, and to allow people the opportunity to plan their travel to and from the concerts, postponing until next spring was the best option. It has also enabled the band to add some shows in Croydon, Newcastle, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Nottingham, with tickets now on sale.

All tickets remain valid for the new dates, and some tickets are still available to purchase. Unfortunately, we are unable to reschedule the shows in Gateshead and Southampton and customers can receive a refund from their ticket provider. However, we have announced new shows as close as possible to these areas (in Newcastle and Portsmouth).”

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets: 2021 UK Tour
13/04/21: De Montfort Hall, Leicester
14/04/21: G Live, Guildford
16/04/21: Fairfield Halls, Croydon
18/04/21: Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
19/04/21: Guildhall, Portsmouth
20/04/21: City & Memorial Hall, Sheffield
22/04/21: Royal Albert Hall, London
24/04/21: Pavilions, Plymouth
26/04/21: Dome, Brighton
27/04/21: Forum, Bath
29/04/21: New Theatre, Oxford
30/04/21: Regent Theatre, Ipswich
01/05/21: St David’s Hall, Cardiff
03/05/21: Philharmonic, Liverpool
04/05/21: Barbican Centre, York
05/05/21: City Hall, Newcastle
07/05/21: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
08/05/21: O2 Apollo, Manchester
09/05/21: Usher Hall, Edinburgh

The re-scheduled European dates can be found HERE on Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets website

SOURCE: Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets

Keep up to date with these dates and more from across the progressive spectrum with TPA UK Gig Guide

23/07/2020: IZZ to release Half Life EP later this month

On the heels of their celebrated 2019 studio album, Don’t Panic, IZZ are set to release a 20-minute EP entitled Half Life featuring four tracks including three new studio songs as well as a previously unreleased live version of The Wait of It All, a track originally featured on their 2004 EP, Ampersand Volume 1.. The title track from the EP is accompanied by and animated short film by Mallory Kinney.

“The title track of this EP was actually written several years ago, but when we listened to it again recently, it took on new meaning given the uncertainty in the world today and it became obvious to us that we needed to finish mixing it and get it out into the world,” says bassist John Galgano.

“This EP comes at an interesting time for the band and for the world because we have been using our time at home these past few months to take a deep dive into writing our next proper studio album which we plan on releasing in 2021 and this EP kind of snuck its way into our consciousness, so we decided to go with it and follow the muse,” says drummer Brian Coralian.

Half Life will be available on 28th July 2020 via download on Bandcamp. A limited vinyl pressing of Half Life, which contains a 20-minute bonus track on Side B from guitarist Paul Bremner’s solo album (featuring all of the members of IZZ) will also be available for purchase directly from the band and their label via their store: Doone Records Store.


23/07/2020: Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella to Release Through The Decades

Melanie Mau and Martin Schnella announce the forthcoming release of Through the Decades on 22nd August 2020.

Speaking of their strange experiences during lock-down, Martin explains: “Melli and I tried to be productive and creative and we decided to complete our new Acoustic Cover CD “Through The Decades” earlier than usually planned. We spent lots of time arranging and recording this new album and we are really happy with the result. It is the first album we worked together more as a team than before. Simon, Lars and Mathias got more involved in the arranging process and we are happy to be able to present you so many new songs of different styles in our acoustic sound.”

Track List
1. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (Genesis)
2. Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush)
3. Poesie Im Sand / Ljóð í Sand (Árstíðir)
4. Harvest Of Sorrow (Blind Guardian)
5. Miracles Out Of Nowhere – 2020 (Kansas)
6. Don’t Stop Me Now (Queen)
7. Kayla (Flying Colors)
8. In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)
9. And You And I (Yes)
10. Dark Water (Agent Fresco)
11. Reasons (Pain Of Salvation)
12. Creeping Death (Metallica)
13. I Am Above (In Flames)
14. Als Ich Fortging (Karussell)

Martin continues: “We also decided to re-record our Kansas Cover of Miracles Out Of Nowhere. This song means so much to us and it grew and became one of our most important covers to play live in our concerts. Now it is a very honest and live-vibey version including Lars on bass, Simon on percussion and Mathias on 3rd vocals.”

Guest Musicians
Jens Kommnick: Uilleann Pipes, Low Whistle, Cello
Marek Arnold: Soprano-, Alto- &Tenor Sax, Clarinette
Jelena Dobric: Vocals
Vocal arrangements by Melanie Mau, Martin Schnella & Mathias Ruck
Guitar arrangements and riffs by Martin Schnella
Bass arrangements by Lars Lehmann
Percussion arrangements by Simon Schröder
Celtic arrangements by Jens Kommnick
Sax arrangements by Marek Arnold

The album is available for pre-order now: Melanie Mau and Martin Schnella

SOURCE: Melanie Mau and Martin Schnella

23/07/2020: Ozric Tentacles Announce New Album Space For The Earth for 9th October 2020 Release

Space for the Earth is the latest album by Ozric Tentacles.

Written, recorded and produced throughout 2019/20 by Ed Wynne in Blue Bubble Studios, this diverse musical adventure comprises seven new tracks spanning 45 minutes. Inspired by the Scottish hills, valleys and beaches surrounding his studio, Wynne feels that lockdown in a strange kind of way has provided space for the Earth to breathe for a while and for people to rediscover its resonant healing frequency. Wynne comments: ‘This is space music for people from the Earth to enjoy’.

Ozrics’ synth player Silas Neptune and drummer Balázs Szende join forces again with Wynne on the album which also features special guest appearances from former members synth player Joie Hinton, drummer Nick Van Gelder, flautist Champignon and percussionist Paul Hankin. Psychedelic voyager Gracerooms also contributes additional synth layers. Wynne plays his recently revived Ibanez Jem, a new 8-string guitar, all kinds of synths and bass. Van Gelder uses the original snare he played on the first six cassette albums and early live Ozric performances. One tune features Champignon playing kaval, a traditional wooden Balkan flute.

The album artwork was inspired directly by these seven tracks and realised by arboreal artist Kitty (Twisty-Trees) with help from Ed and cosmic artist Ivy.

To celebrate this year’s summer solstice Ozric Tentacles released a new single, taken from Space For The Earth, entitled “Humboldt Currant”. Wynne states ‘It’s a light-hearted message about feeling all right. It’s not trying to dig down into the depths of what is going wrong in the world but giving people a little bit of relief from everyday life, a stepping-stone into the astral plane’.

Space For The Earth will be released on CD, LP (black and coloured vinyl available) and digitally and is available to pre-order here:

SOURCES: Hanglands PR

22/07/2020: Tim Smith of British Band  the Cardiacs, Dies Aged 59

Tim Smith, frontman with British band the Cardiacs, has died aged 59. The Guardian confirm the news from his bandmate, Kavus Torabi, who did not disclose the cause of death.

The Cardiacs posted lyrics to Smith’s song Heaven Heven on social media: “I have desired to go / Where springs not fail / To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail / And a few lilies blow.”

A full TPA obituary will follow shortly.

SOURCES: The Guardian

17/07/2020: Mark Kelly adds fuel to forthcoming solo album release

Mark Kelly (Marillion)

Back in April of this year TPA’s Leo Trimming caught up with Mark Kelly to discuss the release of the deluxe edition reissue of Marillion’s Script for a Jester’s Tear. In the interview Mark Kelly revealed that he had been working on his first solo album.

Mark commented: “I’ve been talking about it for many years but I’m actually quite far on with recording a solo album. I’ve pretty much finished writing and demoing with a bunch of musicians. I don’t want to say too much about it just yet but it’s definitely going to get done this year… so finally!”

In a series of posts on his Facebook page Mark Kelly announced “Finally, my first solo album is coming!”. He also reveled his new website – Mark Kelly’s Marathon.

Commenting back in April Mark added: “Very much a vocal album. I’ve got a really good singer, not known to anyone really but he’s a great find. He suits my music brilliantly. It’s a collection of songs – not really a concept album, although lyrically the songs are quite linked. It’s going to be two or three longer tracks of 10 to 15 minutes and two or three shorter tracks. It sounds a bit ‘Marillion-ish’ in places, as you’d expect, and at other times it doesn’t. Very much ‘songs’ and quite melodic.”

SOURCES: Mark Kelly | The Progressive Aspect

17/07/2020: Derek Sherinian launches new single from The Phoenix album

Today sees the release of the Empyrean Sky single, taken from the forthcoming studio album The Phoenix and Derek Sherinian’s first album since 2011’s Oceana. Sherinian is joined on Empyrean Sky by Simon Phillips (drums), Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (guitar), Jimmy Johnson (bass) and Armen Ra (theremin).

Derek Sherinian comments: “I truly feel that this is my best solo record to date. Simon and I put a lot of energy into the writing, and I am grateful to all of the great players that contributed to this recording.”

As mentioned, Sherinian has teamed up with drummer extraordinaire Simon Phillips, who not only plays drums but also co-produced and co-wrote the album: “It is always an amazing experience to be able to work with Simon. He’s been a hero of mine for ages, ever since I heard him playing on albums with Jeff Beck and Michael Schenker. And he is such an invaluable part of the way this new record has come out.”

There are a number of top line guests featured on The Phoenix, as has been the case in the past for Sherinian, on both guitar and bass. Some have become regular contributors to his solo sessions. People such as bassists Tony Franklin, who has been on all previous Sherinian albums, Jimmy Johnson and Billy Sheehan. Plus guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Zakk Wylde. In addition, for the first time. Steve Vai joins the fold.

Derek Sherinian comments: “Steve Vai has always been on my hit list. But it was when I played keyboards on the Generation Axe tour of Asia in 2017 that I asked him to play on my record, which he gladly accepted.”

01. The Phoenix (5:24)
02. Empyrean Sky (3:56)
03. Clouds of Ganymede (6:02)
04. Dragonfly (3:46)
05. Temple of Helios (6:01)
06. Them Changes (5:28)
07. Octopus Pedigree (5:04)
08. Pesadelo (6:55)

The Phoenix will be officially released on 18th September 2020 through InsideOut Music.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

17/07/2020: 10cc reschedule UK tour to 2021

10cc’s upcoming Autumn tour has been rescheduled into April and May 2021 due to the current corona virus outbreak. Previously the band had announced new dates for Northern Ireland & Eire and also dates for The Netherlands have been moved to February. The Durch dates can be found HERE on the 10cc website.

Graham Gouldman comments: “Although extremely disappointed to have had to move our autumn tour, we are delighted that we’ve been able to relocate it all to next April and May,”

04/04/21 (Sun): ABERDEEN, Music Hall
05/04/21 (Mon): EDINBURGH, Usher Hall
06/04/21 (Tue): PERTH, Concert Hall
09/04/21 (Fri): NORTAMPTON, Royal & Derngate
10/04/21 (Sat): RHYL, Pavilion Theatre
11/04/21 (Sun): STOKE ON TRENT, Victoria Hall
13/04/21 (Tue): CARLISLE, The Sands Centre
14/04/21 (Wed): SHEFFIELD, City & Memorial Hall
15/04/21 (Thu): HALIFAX, Victoria Theatre
16/04/21 (Fri): HULL, City Hall Little
18/04/21 (Sun): BASINGSTOKE, The Anvil
19/04/21 (Mon): LEICESTER, De Montfort Hall
20/04/21 (Tue): BUXTON, Opera House
22/04/21 (Thu): MARGATE, Winter Gardens
23/04/21 (Fri): SALISBURY, City Hall
24/04/21 (Sat): COLCHESTER, Charter Hall
26/04/21 (Mon): CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
27/04/21 (Tue): READING, The Hexagon
28/04/21 (Wed): HIGH WYCOMBE, Swan Theatre
29/04/21 (Thu): CROYDON, Fairfeild Halls
30/04/21 (Fri): WEYMOUTH, Pavilion
02/05/21 (Sun): STEVENAGE, Gordon Craig Theatre
03/05/21 (Mon): DARTFORD, Orchard Theatre
04/05/21 (Tue): EASTBOURNE, Congress Theatre

12/06/21 (Sat): CORK, Opera House
13/06/21 (Sun): DUBLIN, Vicar Street
14/06/21 (Mon): DUBLIN, Vicar Street
15/06/21 (Tue): BELFAST, Ulster Hall

SOURCE: 10cc

Keep up to date with these dates and more from across the progressive spectrum with TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide

17/07/2020: John Mitchell talks to TPA about the new Lonely Robot album

John Mitchell

In Part One of Dave Cookson’s interview with John Mitchell, he talks about his new Lonely Robot release, Feelings Are Good, songwriting, collaborating, being the robot and putting it all out there.

John comments: I’m intrigued by words and lyrics. I’m fascinated by people like Justin Currie from Del Amitri, and Roger Waters, they have such a compelling way of putting words together, and I’ve always been fascinated by words, as an example, on the It Bites album Map of the Past we had a song called Cartoon Graveyard, which is part of a lyric from a Paul Simon song, but I thought it would make an excellent title for a song, and I didn’t really know what I was writing about until I thought, the song is kind of about how you can become a caricature of what people expect you to be like, for example, if you are the class clown, you play up to that caricature and that’s what the song is about.

You can read the entire interview HERE on TPA

SOURCE: The Progressive Aspect

15/07/2020: The Pineapple Thief release second video from forthcoming album

The Pineapple Thief will release new studio album Versions Of The Truth on 4th September 2020 via Kscope. Today the band released the second single, Break It All, check out the video…

“One of the darker, more sinister tracks from the album, ‘Break it All’ attempts to make sense of narcissistic destruction and the fallout”, explains frontman Bruce Soord. “I remember this song developed really quickly, with Gavin (Harrison) firing back new ideas that sent me off in all kinds of directions. We seem to have developed our shared musical understanding even further with this album. Sometimes I listen back and wonder where on earth it all came from.”

The track arrives alongside a video directed by George Laycock and produced by Blacktide Phonic/Visual, and sees the band trapped in a maze designed by Adrian Fisher with shots of the band interspersed with surreal patterns emerging from the darkness.

Bruce explains, “George wanted to shoot in the maze at night, which would have been simple had it not been the week after the summer solstice! So we had to wait until about 11pm before it was dark enough to shoot. We were really lucky to be able to use Adrian Fisher’s maze in his garden. Adrian is ‘the world’s leading maze designer’ and a lovely guy to boot. He was more than happy to see me and the crew running around it in the dead of night. The maze ties in perfectly with the album artwork and the overall concept. We also got to shoot the whole band (socially distanced of course!). It was really nice to do something together after so long apart.”

Versions Of The Truth will be released on 4th September 2020 via Kscope.

SOURCE: The Pineapple Thief

15/07/2020: Lazuli announce the departure of guitarist Gédéric Byar


In a statement on their Facebook Page Lazuli have announced the departure of guitarist Gédéric Byar. Commenting they revealed that three weeks following the French lockdown, Byar expressed his wish to leave the band.

“These 15 years spent alongside Ged were magnificent and full of love, no shadow on the board, in happiness and in torment and his resolution seemed to us only more confusing. Today, Ged chose another path, far from music and although I regret this 180 degree turn, I will not allow myself to judge his decision. It is to admit that a group is not a prison and that in love as friendship, there can be no key at the door.”

Joining the band on guitar will be Arnaud Beyney.

“Arnaud is a great musician but not that, a beautiful human being too!!! His fiery and smile put balm to our hearts. If Ged is unique, Arnaud is too; two very different musicians, this will prevent comparison…”

Lazuli will return to gigging next year – confirmed dates:

01/03/21 (Mon): CAMBRIDGE, The Portland Arms
02/03/21 (Tue): NEWCASTLE, Think Tank?
03/03/21 (Wed): GLASGOW, Ivory Blacks
04/03/21 (Thu): LIVERPOOL, Cavern Club
07/03/21 (Sun): SOUTHAMPTON, The 1865
23/06/21 (Wed): LONDON, 229 The Venue

The band will also appear at next year’s Fusion Festival in Stourport (March) as well as the Ramblin’ Man Festival (July).

SOURCE: Lazuli

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15/07/2020: Gentle Giant premiere fan video of Proclamation

Members of Gentle Giant have reunited for the first time since 1980 with new video for Proclamation

Gentle Giant revealed on their Facebook Page:Prog Magazine is presenting a Gentle Giant ‘reunion’ for the first time in nearly four decades for an extraordinary new video. Pieced together over the last few months, it’s a brand new performance of Proclamation (originally from the legendary prog band’s 1974 album The Power & The Glory) including appearances from GG alumni Derek, Phil and Ray Shulman, Gary Green, Kerry Minnear, John Weathers and Malcolm Mortimore, alongside a dazzling array of contributions from some remarkably talented fans. There are also cameos from numerous notable musicians including Jakko Jakszyk, Billy Sherwood, ELO/Steve Hackett bassist Lee Pomeroy, Dan Reed (Dan Reed Network), Richard Hilton (Chic) and Mikey Heppner (Priestess).”

SOURCE: Gentle Giant

14/07/2020: Damian Wilson Revealed as Arena’s New Lead Vocalist

In a statement posted to their web site and Facebook pages, Arena have revealed Damian Wilson as their new lead vocalist following the departure of Paul Manzi.

“We have great pleasure in welcoming Damian Wilson to the new Arena line up. Most people will already know him as a fantastic singer, and there is no doubt he will bring something special and original to the band.

We have known Damian for about 25 years, and the idea of him singing for Arena has, in fact, been a possibility in the past, but circumstances did not allow that to happen at the time. However, since Paul has now decided to move on, it would seem that we have come full circle, and the time is now right!

A few days ago we took the chance to take some new photos. Although we were ‘socially distanced’, a little photoshop can do wonders. 😉

Recording will start soon for the new album ‘The Theory of Molecular Inheritance‘ with Damian on vocals, but the release has been delayed due to the restrictions of the Corona Virus.

You can be sure that we will release our new album just as soon as we can.”


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14/07/2020: The Tangent Launch ‘Life On Hold’; First Single From New Album Auto Reconnaissance

The Tangent recently announced the release of their 11th studio album Auto Reconnaissance on the 21st August 2020. The follow-up to 2018’s Proxy’, today they launch the first track titled ‘Life On Hold’;

Andy Tillison comments: “‘Life On Hold is the cheerful up-tempo Prog Rock foot-stomper we chose to kick off our album. It sits alongside pieces we’ve done in the past like ‘GPS Culture’ and ‘Spark In The Aether’, ‘Crisis In Midlife’ etc and it’s a flavour we do like to return to now and then. This one is influenced by things like that first Asia album, stuff like Kansas and Boston, and the kind of thing that Transatlantic might bang out at you. It’s part of our genetic makeup, but of course only one part. Although there’s a fair amount of accessible tunes on the new album, there’s some seriously deep water around too. And no, ‘Life On Hold’ has nothing to do with Lockdowns. It mentions Jean Paul Sartre, which is not normal in foot-stompers. Get it ON!! Bang, and the dirt is gone!

Auto Reconnaissance will be available as a limited CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP + CD + LP-Booklet and as a digital album. Pre-order now here:

Andy comments: “I utterly refuse to accept that Progressive Rock Music is some kind of museum piece. It is actually a living and breathing movement that has a past, a present and above all, a future. It once had an album-chart-topping golden age, but the genre was never about that. It has subtly and virally kept itself alive for decades where many new musical genres have risen to glory and faded away.

For this release, Andy is once again joined by long-time collaborators Jonas Reingold, Luke Machin (who co-produced the album with Andy), Theo Travis, and Steve Roberts. Andy comments: “In the past 6 years the line-up of The Tangent has become more stable than at the beginning. I think that the identity of the Tangent as a “Group” rather than a “Project” started to come together on the album ‘A Spark In The Aether’ in 2014. Essentially Luke, Jonas, Theo and myself have appeared on the last four albums, and we added Steve Roberts for the tour that supported ‘Slow Rust’ in 2017 and we’ve settled on this line-up. I hope for a while because I find this unit to be productive, in tune with the band’s purpose and manifesto and a lot of fun to boot. The new album ‘Auto Reconnaissance’ is the first time that the core band has been identical in structure to its predecessor. For the first time I feel that everyone is totally onboard with the fusion of Jazz, Prog, Punkishness and electronica that The Tangent likes to cook up. We are a good group of friends and although we don’t meet up often, it’s a real blast when we do. I’ve always considered Ed Unitsky the cover artist to have been a recurring member of the cast – his artwork has been a huge part of our story and although we move away, we always return.

Auto Reconnaissance features the artwork of Ed Untisky, whose visuals have not been seen on a Tangent album since 2014’s A Spark In The Aether.

Track List:
1. Life On Hold
2. Jinxed In Jersey
3. Under Your Spell
4. The Tower Of Babel
5. Lie Back & Think Of England
6. The Midas Touch
7. Proxima (Bonus Track)

The Tangent:
Luke Machin (Maschine, Francis Dunnery Band) – Guitar
Jonas Reingold (The Sea Within, Steve Hackett Band) – Bass Guitar
Steve Roberts (David Cross Band, ex Magenta, Godsticks) – Drums
Andy Tillison – Vocals, Lyrics, Keyboards, Composer
Theo Travis (Soft Machine, David Gilmour, Travis-Fripp) – Sax & Flute

SOURCE: For The Lost PR

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12/07/2020: Dyble Longdon Tribute To The Passing of Judy Dyble

English singer-songwriter Judy Dyble sadly passed away on 12th July 2020 following a long illness borne with great courage. Judy Dyble was one of the pioneers of the English folk rock scene in the 1960s, most notably as a founding member of Fairport Convention and vocalist with cult band Trader Horne.

Judy largely withdrew from the music scene in the early 1970s to concentrate on her family before being invited back to the Fairport fold in 1997 for the 30th anniversary reunion at Cropredy. To Judy’s great relief, her worries, ahead of the event, disappeared as ‘suddenly the years fell away.’ Further Fairport anniversary appearances reassured Judy and showed that her passion for music had remained through the years and she made three albums with Marc Swordfish, of Astralasia, as she began a revival of her music career.

This included numerous guest appearances on albums by a host of artists including, in 2017, Big Big Train. Judy went on to form a close working relationship with Big Big Train’s multi-instrumentalist frontman David Longdon. Together they will release their album Between A Breath And A Breath on 25th September 2020, with Longdon providing the music for Judy’s poignant lyrics.

Two songs from the Dyble Longdon sessions which are not included on the album, Crossbones and The Daguerreotype, will be released by English Electric in the autumn subsequent to the release of Between A Breath And A Breath as a tribute to Judy Dyble via Bandcamp.

The lyrics for Judy’s final collection of songs are, at times, haunting and beautifully fragile, dark in tone but neither morbid nor desperate. Specifically, The Daguerreotype looks at how the Victorians dealt with death, turning it into an art form.

In accordance with Judy’s request, Crossbones and The Daguerreotype will be made available as free downloads, with listeners being encouraged to make a donation to Judy’s chosen charity, the Barley Greyhound Sanctuary ( if they wish.

David Longdon says: “It is with great sadness that I write to say that my dear friend Judy Dyble passed away this morning. Judy and I became friends during the writing and making of this album. Along the way, there was much laughter and joy – but also challenging moments. She was a woman of a certain age and she wrote articulately and unflinchingly about the autumn phase of her life.”

She dealt with her illness with incredible courage and fortitude. She suspected this album was her swan song and she gave it her all. Judy reassured me that she’d had a great life. Which indeed she did. And I will miss her greatly.

We wish to express our deepest sympathies to Judy’s family, friends and many associates from her musical career at this time.

Judy’s family would like to thank her fans for their messages and good wishes on social media over the last few weeks, but at this time ask that they avoid contacting them for now as they would just like some quiet time.

SOURCE: The Publicity Connection

10/07/2020: Opeth announce European tour for March 2021!

Opeth 2021 banner

Last year, Sweden’s Opeth released their latest album, In Cauda Venenum, available in both Swedish and English. Today, they announce a European tour for March 2021, on which they will be accompanied by retro rockers The Vintage Caravan from Iceland.

10/03/21: Helitehas, Tallinn [EE]
11/03/21: Palladium, Riga [LV]
12/03/21: Progresja, Warsaw [PL]
13/03/21: A2, Wroclaw [PL]
15/03/21: Forum Karlin, Prague [CZ]
16/03/21: Arena, Vienna [AT]
17/03/21: Akvarium Klub, Budapest [HU]
19/03/21: Arenele Romane, Bucharest [RO]
20/03/21: Universiada, Sofia [BG]
22/03/21: Culture Factory, Zagreb [HR]
23/03/21: Tatro Degli Acrimboldi, Milan [IT]

~ More dates to follow…

Tickets will go on sale on Monday, 13th July at 09:00 CEST and available HERE.


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09/07/2020: Lee Abraham to Release New Solo Album Harmony/Synchronicity

Galahad guitarist and solo artist Lee Abraham will release his latest solo album, entitled Harmony/Synchronicity, on Friday 4th September 2020 through F2 Music / Festival Music.

The album was written and recorded during an intense 8 week period during the UK pandemic lock-down between April and early June 2020, and comes less than 12 months after Lee’s critically acclaimed album Comatose. Lee is joined as ever by musical partner Gerald Mulligan (Credo) on drums and a host of familiar vocalists.

Lee explains: “While calling on some of my trusted usual names to help me realise the album, Marc Atkinson (Riversea, Moon Halo) and Simon Godfrey (Shineback, Valdez, Tinyfish), I also reached out to Peter Jones (Tiger Moth Tales, Camel) whose voice is totally suited to one of the songs in particular (the late 80s/early 90s Genesis influenced ‘Stay’)”.

Following his excellent work on the gospel choir from my last album Comatose I had to ask Mark Spencer, my Galahad mate, to take part and sing some lead vocals. Mark has a real confident delivery that many people will know from his association with the legendary Twelfth Night. Finally, asking Stu Nicholson, the voice of Galahad, was long overdue! Stu and I have a working relationship that goes back nearly 15 years, so when I asked him he replied “I thought you’d never ask!

All the vocalists worked remotely on the album during the UK lock-down and sent their parts for inclusion. As you might expect the lyrics touch on themes associated with the world-wide pandemic, the media reaction and public opinion of political and society behaviour (The World Is Falling Down, Rise Again, Hearing The Call), remembering more comfortable times (Stay), while the title track explores the strange phenomenon of unrelated events occurring simultaneously.

Lee handles all guitars, keys, pianos and bass guitars and all production duties. Artwork design has been undertaken by Robin Armstrong (Cosmograf).

Track List
1. The World is Falling Down
2. Stay
3. Hearing the Call
4. Misguided Pt2
5. Never Say Never
6. Rise Again
7. Harmony/Synchronicity

SOURCE: F2 Music

09/07/2020: Judy Dyble and David Longdon Announce the Forthcoming Release of Between A Breath And A Breath

Dyble Longdon is a collaboration between vocalist Judy Dyble (ex Fairport Convention, Trader Horne) and Big Big Train songwriter and vocalist David Longdon. Together they will release their collaborative album Between A Breath And A Breath on 25th September. The CD edition is released on English Electric, distributed by RSK, and the gatefold vinyl edition is released on the Plane Groovy label.

The album contains seven original compositions with all lyrics by Judy Dyble and music and production by David Longdon. The collaboration with David Longdon is something Judy Dyble has hoped for for some time. “I first heard David sing with Big Big Train at King’s Place in London 2015 and immediately decided that I really wanted to sing with him someday. And here we are with a collaborative album, which I think is wonderful!

David Longdon adds: “Judy asked if I would like to work with her. She sent me some great lyrics which inspired the music and over the years we’ve become good friends. Judy duetted with me on The Ivy Gate, which appears on Big Big Train’s Grimspound album. The Dyble Longdon album is a natural development on from this piece.

Judy, who is fighting cancer, expands on the subject matter of the songs: “The lyrics for these songs virtually wrote themselves, with minor tweaks, as music grew around them. All were written before I was diagnosed and before the dreadful virus stamped its footprint on our world. Quite a few of my lyrics have a touch of sadness about them but always with an optimism for the future and a desire to know what happens next. France, Whisper and Obedience tell stories suggested in conversations and Between A Breath And A Breath is sheer magic. Astrologers was a simple ‘Hmmpph! Stop it!, while Heartwashing and Tidying Away were just poems which wrote themselves.

Between A Breath And A Breath was recorded at Real World Studios in Wiltshire and Playpen Studios in Bristol. The album was produced by David Longdon and mixed by Patrick Phillips (Elbow, Kate Bush and Sir Paul McCartney). The artwork for the album is by Sarah Ewing.

Track List
1. Astrologers
2. Obedience
3. Tidying Away The Pieces
4. Between A Breath And A Breath
5. France
6. Whisper
7. Heartwashing

Judy Dyble (vocals, autoharp) and David Longdon (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, piano and keyboards) are joined by Jeff Davenport (Jade Warrior, drums) and Longdon’s Big Big Train bandmates Danny Manners (double bass), Rikard Sjöblom (accordion), Rachel Hall (violin), Greg Spawton (bass guitar and Moog Taurus pedals) and Nick D’Virgilio (drums). Other featured musicians are Dave Gregory (ex-Big Big Train and XTC, guitar), Andy Lewis (Paul Weller, bass guitar), Luca Calabrese (Isildurs Bane, trumpet), Dave Sturt (Gong and Steve Hillage, fretless bass).

SOURCE: The Publicity Connection

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07/07/2020: Steve Hackett Announces Re-scheduled Seconds Out +More Tour Dates for September/October 2021

Steve Hackett has revealed re-scheduled UK dates, due to the COVID19 Pandemic, for his Seconds Out +More World Tour. The 2021 tour will now be extended by an additional 8 shows. The original tour was due to kick-off in November. It will now begin on 10th September 2021 at the Leicester De Montfort Hall. The show will feature the 1977 Genesis live album Seconds Out in full.

Seconds Out was the successful double album recorded on the 1977 Genesis tour together with The Cinema Show, from their 1976 tour, and featured Steve Hackett on guitar alongside Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Phil Collins who had taken on the role of vocalist following the departure of Peter Gabriel. The tour included music from each of the six studio albums from Steve’s time in Genesis and marked his final recordings with the band as he left to pursue his solo career upon its completion.

The Seconds Out +More! Tour will visit some of the venues Genesis played on that 1977 tour. Watch this space for additional material info!

I hugely look forward to being back on the road in the UK, bringing the whole of Seconds Out back to life! The set features some of the most thrilling Genesis material, this time all numbers played in full, plus additional surprises...” Steve Hackett

Tour Dates
*** New Additional Shows
Fri 10th Sep Leicester De Montfort Hall
Sat 11th Sept Liverpool Philharmonic
Sun 12th Sept Stoke Victoria Hall
Tue 14th Sept Birmingham Symphony Hall
Wed 15th Sept Cambridge Corn Exchange
Fri 17th Sept Cardiff St David’s Hall
Sat 18th Sept Basingstoke The Anvil
Mon 20th Sept London The Palladium
Tue 21st Sept London The Palladium
Wed 22nd Sept London The Palladium (new)
Fri 24th Sept Manchester O2 Apollo
Sat 25th Sept Edinburgh Playhouse
Mon 27th Sept Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Tue 28th Sept Dundee Caird Hall
Thurs 30th Sept Scunthorpe The Baths Hall
Fri 1st Oct Bradford St George’s Hall
Sat 2nd Oct*** Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (new)
Mon 4th Oct*** Croydon Fairfield Halls (new)
Tue 5th Oct Guildford G Live
Thur 7th Oct Brighton Dome
Fri 8th Oct*** Poole Lighthouse (new)
Sat 9th Oct Bexhill-on-Sea De La Warr Pavilion
Mon 11th Oct Southampton Mayflower Theatre
Tue 12th Oct*** Plymouth Pavillions (new)
Thur 14th Oct Carlisle The Sands Centre
Sat 16th Oct Newcastle O2 City Hall
Sat 18th Oct*** Aylesbury Waterside (new)
Tue 19th Oct Oxford New Theatre
Thur 21st Oct*** Peterborough Cresset (new)
Fri 22nd Oct*** Harrogate Royal Hall (new)
All tickets remain valid for the re-scheduled shows.
***Added Shows

Steve will be joined on the tour by regular musicians Roger King (keyboards), Jonas Reingold (bass), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes) with Nad Sylvan on vocals. Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson, Pendragon) will be on drums & percussion.

SOURCE: The Publicity Connection

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05/07/2020: Steve Howe talks to TPA about his forthcoming solo album Love Is

Steve Howe

Steve Howe, is looking forward to releasing his latest album – and his first for nine years – through BMG Records on 31st July. Love Is is Howe’s first solo album since the all-instrumental Time in 2011.
Many years in the making, Love Is features five instrumental tracks and five songs, a consistently strong and polished package and may well be one of the best albums of his solo career. The instrumentals keep a highly progressive rock guitar style to the fore, while the songs that explore stories of lives lived and lives only just begun. Love Is A River is the central longer song with several textural shifts, featuring a theme played on 12 string and steel guitars. Steve Howe sings lead vocals and plays electric, acoustic and steel guitars, keyboards, percussion and bass guitar on the instrumentals while Yes vocalist Jon Davison provides vocal harmonies and plays bass guitar on the songs. The album also features Dylan Howe on drums.

You can read the entire interview HERE on TPA | Read TPA’s review of Love Is

SOURCE: The Progressive Aspect

04/07/2020: The Ocean Reveal Details of New Album Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic

The Ocean will release their 8th full-length studio album on 25th September 2020. Entitled Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic, the album will be released via Metal Blade Records (CD / digital) and the band’s own Pelagic Records (vinyl). Having released Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic – the first half of a paleontology concept album – in 2018, the new album brings the concluding parts of the Phanerozoic journey.

A first preview of Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic, the new single, “Jurassic | Cretaceous” (featuring Katatonia’s Jonas Renkse) can be heard below:

Guitarist Robin Staps comments: “The first part of ‘Phanerozoic’ really is a ‘no-regrets’ album, which is quite rare; maybe even the first time I can ever say that.” In contrast with the compositional directness of Phanerozoic I, the new album is more progressive and experimental piece of work. “‘Phanerozoic II’ is more experimental, more eclectic in musical style and direction, and more varied in terms of tempos, beats, guitar work and the use of electronics,” notes Staps. “This was an intentional choice: we wanted Part I to feel rather streamlined and to have a strong cohesion between the individual songs. We wanted to create a certain vibe to linger from the first until the last note throughout the whole record. We kept the weirder, more daring and more progressive material for Part II.

Tracked in Iceland, Spain and Germany and produced by Jens Bogren, Phanerozoic II is underpinned by imaginative and challenging music recorded by drummer Paul Seidel, keyboardist Peter Voigtmann, bassist Mattias Hagerstrand and guitarist David Ramis Åhfeldt. The album is divided into two sections – Mesozoic and Cenozoic – Phanerozoic II is essentially an album about time with some poignant allusions to the modern world woven into the new music.

Staps explains, “The outcome is a record that is a real journey. It starts in one place, and concludes in a totally different place. In a way, it relates to 2013’s ‘Pelagial’, which was similar in that it was also a journey: but a more guided, focused and predictable one. ‘Phanerozoic II’ on the other hand is closer to the experience of free fall.”

Track List
1. Triassic
2. Jurassic | Cretaceous
3. Palaeocene
4. Eocene
5. Oligocene
6. Miocene | Pliocene
7. Pleistocene
8. Holocene

The album will be available in the following formats:
– deluxe edition CD (tri-fold digipak)
– instrumental CD (remus spine digipak w/ UV gloss)
– box set completion bundle (tri-fold vocal version CD digipak, instrumental version CD digipak, 2 posters, pin, and sticker)
* exclusive bundles with shirts and merch items, plus digital options will also be available

SOURCE: For The Lost PR

03/07/2020: Green Carnation’s Kjetil Nordus talks to TPA

Kjetil Nordus – Green Carnation

Following on from the release of their latest release, Leaves of Yesteryear, TPA’s Nick Hudson spoke to Kjetil Nordus about the long awaited new release.

“It’s been twenty years since their debut, and almost fifteen since their most recent release. Leaves of Yesteryear is an absolutely outstanding return to form, and a major statement of intent…”

Nordus comments: “During our first period, we did five albums that were very different from each other, but all of them contained lots of “typical” Green Carnation moments. We talked a lot about the band’s musical identity – what makes us stand out from other bands, and stuff like that. And we wanted to try to gather the most “typical” Green Carnation elements into one album. Therefore you can say there is a certain level of retrospect on the album, but it was also extremely important for us to give all of this new colours. After all, we are all 15 years more experienced as human beings and musicians since our last album together.”
You can read the full interview HERE on TPA

SOURCE: The Progressive Aspect

03/07/2020: Gazpacho Return With New Album Fireworker to be Released 18th September 2020 on Kscope

Gazpacho have announced details of a new album to be entitled Fireworker and set for release on the 18th September 2020 on Kscope. The title track can be heard below;

The album follows the band’s tradition of creating conceptual albums which explore philosophical quandaries, literary leanings, and personal turmoil. Its central premise (that humanity has always been controlled by an infallible and omniscient creature determined to propagate at any cost) means that Fireworker comes across like the overarching umbrella under which all of their previous albums fall.

Keyboardist Thomas Andersen elucidates: “There’s an instinctual part of you that lives inside your mind, separate from your consciousness. I call it the ‘Fireworker’ or the ‘Lizard’ or the ‘Space Cowboy.’ It’s an eternal and unbroken lifeforce that’s survived every generation, with a new version in each of us. It’s evolved alongside our consciousness, and it can override us and control all of our actions.” In order to get us to do what it wants, he clarifies, the “Fireworker” will silence the parts of our mind that feel disgust or remorse so that we’re unable to stop it. The conscious part of our mind, Andersen notes, will actually “rationalize and legitimize” those thoughts and actions so that we never discover the beast behind-the-scenes. No matter how we feel about ourselves in terms of identity, accomplishments, and value, we’re all just vessels—or “Sapiens”—that the creature uses until it no longer needs us. “If you play along,” Andersen explains, “It’ll reward you like a puppy and let you feel fantastic; if you don’t, it’ll punish you severely.

Fireworker is a single “trip” broken into five chapters but meant to be appreciated all at once. This time, however, Gazpacho’s recurring protagonist is investigating the labyrinthian hive of his own psyche to engage in a Bergman-esque confrontation with the “Fireworker.” This journey is even represented by the Wimmelbilder cover, which, as usual, was designed by collaborator Antonio Seijas and depicts “the billions of neurons that create the cave of the mind”.

Track List
1. Space Cowboy [19:43]
2. Hourglass [04:15]
3. Fireworker [04:41]
4. Antique [06:24]
5. Sapien [15:22]

Fireworker will be released on Kscope on 18th September, on CD, a gatefold 2LP on 180g black vinyl (3 sides audio, 1 side art etching) and digitally.

Sadly, due to the current covid-19 situation the band’s European and UK dates scheduled for October 2020 have been postponed to October 2021, but as the band didn’t want to disappoint their fans Gazpacho are planning to play Fireworker in its entirety via a livestream, alongside a Q&A about the concept plus will play a few favourites from their repertoire. Details of the streaming event and the rescheduled tour will follow soon.

In the meantime, they suggest, you should internalize the record as much as possible to eventually “research your own ‘Space Cowboy.’” Anderson adds: “It’s an attempt at a safe way of looking at something highly dangerous because the animal does not understand music or poetry. We’re trying to outsmart it by writing around it, as music can go places words can’t and there’s a magic to it all.”.

Thomas Andersen – keyboards, programming
Jan-Henrik Ohme – vocals
Jon-Arne Vibo – guitars
Mikael Krømer – violin, additional guitars
Kristian “Fido” Torp – bass
Robert R Johansen – drums

SOURCE: For The Lost PR

02/07/2020: Neal Morse Announces New Solo Concept Album Sola Gratia

Neal Morse has announced the release of Sola Gratia, his new solo progressive rock concept album, on the 11th September 2020. Originating from an idea about writing a record based on the apostle Paul, Sola Gratia came together at the beginning of 2020. The album sees Neal working with long-time collaborators Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Eric Gillette, Bill Hubauer and Gideon Klein.

The title Sola Gratia has echoes of Morse’s 2007 epic Sola Scriptura, about the life of Martin Luther, but was in fact originally the result of a simple marital misunderstanding: Morse comments: “I was talking to my wife Cherie about debuting this new piece at Morsefest 2020 (Morse’s annual fan convention in Nashville) and she said she thought it would be good for me to do a solo album. However, I thought she said ‘Sola album’ and – because some of the new ideas involved Paul’s aggressive pursuit of the early Christians, I could see a link to some of the themes of persecution in ‘Sola Scriptura’.

The music was recorded ‘virtually’ in April 2020 at the height of the Coronavirus lockdown with long term collaborators Mike Portnoy (drums) and Randy George (bass): “It’s the first album we have ever made remotely: I sent them the basic tracks and asked if they wanted to rearrange things, but they just said ‘No, it’s great!’, so they just played to it and sent their parts back over. It wasn’t an easy way to make an album, but creating always has its challenges, no matter how you do it.”

As Morse explains, it was this process that decided that Sola Gratia was to be a Neal Morse album, rather than being credited to The Neal Morse Band: “With the Neal Morse Band, the whole band works together on the writing, and while Eric Gillette plays some guitar and Bill Hubauer has added some keyboards on this one, neither of them wrote – or is singing – on this album.”
Sola Gratia will be released as a limited CD/DVD Digipak (featuring a ‘Making-Of’ documentary), Gatefold 2LP + CD, Standard CD Jewel Case and as a Digital Album. The cover art was created by another longtime collaborator, Thomas Ewerhard.

Track List:
1. Preface
2. Overture
3. In The Name Of The Lord
4. Ballyhoo (The Chosen Ones)
5. March Of The Pharisees
6. Building A Wall
7. Sola Intermezzo
8. Overflow
9. Warmer Than The Sunshine
10. Never Change
11. Seemingly Sincere
12. The Light On The Road To Damascus
13. The Glory Of The Lord
14. Now I Can See/The Great Commission

Neal Morse will debut Sola Gratia live at his annual Morsefest convention on the 18th and 19th September 2020. A limited number of people will be able to attend in person, with the event also being streamed online. More details and tickets are available here:

SOURCES: For The Lost PR

02/07/2020: Downes Braide Association Tease New Album

In a statement released on their Twitter feed, Downes Braide Association reveal they are working on a fourth studio album.

The statement reads: “Geoff & Chris are producing some fantastic songs and sending these on to Dave Bainbridge to add guitar & Andy Hodge to add bass, with added spoken vocals of Barney Ashton Bullock this album is turning out to be another masterpiece

The statement reads: “Geoff & Chris are producing some fantastic songs and sending these on to Dave Bainbridge to add guitar & Andy Hodge to add bass, with added spoken vocals of Barney Ashton Bullock this album is turning out to be another masterpiece

A release date for the new album has not yet been set.

SOURCES: Downes Braide Association Twitter

01/07/2020: Kansas’ Ronnie Platt talks to TPA

Ronnie Platt - Kansas

Veteran proggers Kansas have a new LP out, The Absence of Presence, and in light of that, vocalist Ronnie Platt made himself available to TPA for an interview where he talked about the new album, the challenges of recording and touring simultaneously and what he expects 2021 will look like for Kansas.

Platt comments: “I am as excited about this album now as I was when we first started working on the basic tracks,” he begins.

“There’s just something about the mystique of the album. It seems like the band is well tuned now. With The Prelude Implicit, I was still new with the band and Zak [Rizvi] didn’t join the band until we were already recording that album. Now I think we have a little maturity as a band with this album. Even though we recorded this album while we were touring – which made our schedule really intense.
“With The Prelude Implicit, we recorded that in the Winter months when we were off and we had the time to focus on just recording. For this album we were touring and at the same time recording.”
:You can read the entire interview HERE on TPA

SOURCE: The Progressive Aspect

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