Published on 1st March 2021

TPA News – March 2021

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Latest Prog News from across the progressive music spectrum & updated throughout March 2021.

27/03/2021: Clive Mitten to release first solo album

Former Twelfth Night multi-instrumentalist, Clive Mitten’s first solo album Suite Cryptique: Recomposing Twelfth Night 1978-1983 is scheduled for release this Friday, 2nd April 2021. The two-hour album comprises cinematic orchestral re-compositions of all of the material contained on Twelfth Night’s three seminal albums plus a few live favourites, reworking them in a classical style to produce something entirely new.

The album was written, arranged, recorded and produced by Clive, with some help from two ‘old’ friends, violinist extraordinaire Jane Mann (strings consultant), and Twelfth Night guitarist Andy Revell (unravelling guitar parts and general feedback).

Clive comments on the release: “I had for some forty years wanted to revisit the early years of Twelfth Night. I had it in my head that I could do strange and wonderful things with the music. Then on 23 March 2020 the first lockdown occurred and I was off. From the outset I planned this as a “cinematic orchestral” album, a style that I had been developing for the last five years. Musical influences? Reich, Glass, Adams, Bach, Beethoven, Wagner, Mahler. That makes me a “post-minimalist” or “need to get over myself”. This is not a covers album. Re-composed means taking fragments or larger pieces of tunes and rethinking their purpose from the most basic notes. Some tunes are more or less aligned to their original structures – some confuse the structures. Things move around.”

Disc One

Part One: Live at the Target
Part Two: Live (and Let Live)
Part Three: The Collector
Disc Two
Part Four: Fact and Fiction
Part Five: Creepshow

Suite Cryptique: Recomposing Twelfth Night 1978-1983 will be distributed through RSK on Friday, 2nd April 2021. Physical copies will be available through the Twelfth Night website and Digital through Clive’s Bandcamp site or Twelfth Night’s Bandcamp site

SOURCE: Twelfth Night

27/03/2021: TPA talks to Billy Sherwood about replacing Chris Squire in Yes

Billy Sherwood (photo by Geoff Ford)

Yes have announced European and UK dates for their delayed Relayer Album Series tour (details can be found on this page), now confirmed for May and June 2022. The tour, which was originally scheduled for 2020 and then May 2021, has been delayed due to the ongoing Coronavirus restrictions and will feature the 1974 classic album Relayer. Meanwhile, the group’s bass player Billy Sherwood has spoken of his special relationship with Yes founder member the late, great Chris Squire, whom he replaced in the band.

“Sadly, when Chris was diagnosed and knew he was going and asked me to take his place, it was just the reality of fate, the destiny of my musical career which I’m blessed to have. What can you say? Personally, for me, it’s a very strange thing.

“Yes was my favourite band – religiously. And, somehow, I have replaced my favourite bass player on Planet Earth, may he rest in peace. It was hard to lose him but this is what he wanted. A very interesting and bizarre journey.”

You can read Geoff Ford’s review with Billy Sherwood HERE on TPA


27/03/2021: Procol Harum to release Missing Persons EP in May

The Esoteric Antenna label (Cherry Red Records) announce the release of a new EP, Missing Persons, from Procol Harum.

“Completed during lockdown conditions imposed by the outbreak of the COVID 19 virus, the EP title track is a poignant and emotive song in the finest musical tradition of PROCOL HARUM. War is Not Healthy is also a fine observation of war and its impact on humanity.

With the lyrical subject matter of both songs being particularly apt for the times we live in, this new music from PROCOL HARUM is timely.”

SOURCE: Cherry Red Records

26/03/2021: Gong rescheduled UK tour dates for 2022

Gong UK Tour 2022 banner (TPA)

Gong will be touring the UK during March 2022…

01/03/22: BRIGHTON, Chalk
02/03/22: SOUTHAMPTON, The 1865
03/03/22: READING, Sub89
04/03/22: GUILFORD, The Boileroom
05/03/22: COLCHESTER, Arts Centre
07/03/22: LEICESTER, The Musician
08/03/22: MANCHESTER, Gorilla
09/03/22: GLASGOW, Òran Mór
10/03/22: CARLISLE, The Brickyard
11/03/22: WIGAN, The Old Courts
12/03/22: STOCKTON, The Georgian Theatre
13/03/22: NORWICH, Arts Centre
14/03/22: BURY SAINT EDMUNDS, The Apex
15/03/22: BIRMINGHAM, Hare & Hounds
16/03/22: NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms
17/03/22: NEWCASTLE, The Cluny
18/03/22: YORK, The Crescent Community Venue
19/03/22: HEBDEN BRIDGE, Trades Club
20/03/22: GWYNEDD, Neuadd Ogwen
22/03/22: EXETER, Phoenix
23/03/22: BRISTOL, Thekla
24/03/22: STROUD, Subscription Rooms
25/03/22: HITCHIN, Club
26/03/22: RAMSGATE, Music Hall
27/03/22: TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Forum
28/03/22: LONDON, Subterania

SOURCE: TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide

25/03/2021: Abel Ganz to headline A Sunday In September festival

Chris Parkin’s London Prog Gigs have announced the line-up for the aptly titled ‘A Sunday In September’ one day festival which will feature Abel Ganz, The Emerald Dawn (debut London gig), The Gift, IT, Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate and a special acoustic opening set from Tom Slatter. The date for the diaries is 19th September 2021 and the venue is the The Bedford, Balham SW12

A Sunday In September

SOURCE: London Prog Gigs

Keep up to date with the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide | TPA UK Festival Guide

25/03/2021: New live album from Steve Hackett and Djabe to be released in May

Djabe & Steve Hackett TPA_News

Esoteric Antenna announce the release of a new 2CD & DVD live album by Djabe & Steve Hackett entitled The Journey Continues.

The concert was mainly recorded in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary in August 2019. The concert continued a series of live performances that followed the release of the acclaimed collaboration between Djabe, Life is a Journey: The Sardinia Tapes, an album which was the result of improvised sessions that took place in a church on the island of Sardinia.

The Journey Continues captures on two CDs and a DVD Djabe & Steve Hackett performing selections from that album on the concert stage, along with classic Genesis material such as “Hairless Heart”, “Firth of Fifth” and “Los Endos”, Steve Hackett’s “Last Train to Istanbul” and Djabe compositions.”

The Journey Continues will be released on 28th May 2021 through Esoteric Antenna/Cherry Red Records

SOURCE: Cherry Red Records

23/03/2021: Yes announce rescheduled ‘The Album Series Tour 2022’ dates

Yes have now confirmed their rescheduled European & UK dates for 2022. In a statement on the band’s website they comment: “Due to COVID restrictions across Europe, and for everyone’s safety, we need to reschedule our forthcoming European and UK tour dates for 2022.”

Geoff Downes says: “We’re really looking forward to getting back onstage and performing for our fans. Relayer will be special.”

Yes - The Album Series Tour 2022 poster

The tour line-up features Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals), Billy Sherwood (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Jay Schellen (additional drums and percussion).

The show will comprise full production and a high-definition video wall. The show will include favourite classic tracks from YES’ extensive catalogue together with Relayer, the seventh studio album by YES, and one of the band’s most distinctive in full. Relayer marked a slight change in direction as Patrick Moraz replaced Rick Wakeman on keyboards bringing an edgier, avant-garde feel to the album. This was perfect for the opening track Gates Of Delirium, almost 22 minutes in length, with its battle scene featuring the keyboard of Moraz and Steve.


All Yes tour dates can be found on their YesWorld Website | You can also keep up to date with Yes’ UK & Eire dates (and much more) with the TPA Gig Guide

23/03/2021: 10cc add more UK dates in 2022

In February 10cc announced new and rescheduled dates in the UK, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg & Ireland. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the European dates moved to October and November of this year and the UK & Eire concerts were moved to September and October 2022.

Obviously keen to be back on the road the band have announced a string of UK dates for March 2022. Under the ‘Greatest Hits’ banner 10cc will play the following 13 concerts during March and April 2022…

Greatest Hits Tour 2022
25/03/22: LIVERPOOL, Philharmonic Hall
26/03/22: YORK, Barbican
27/03/22: NOTTINGHAM, Royal Concert Hall
28/03/22: MANCHESTER, Bridgewater Hall
30/03/22: CARDIFF, St David’s Hall
31/03/22: BATH, The Forum
01/04/22: SOUTHEND ON SEA, Cliffs Pavilion
03/04/22: LONDON, Palladium Theater
04/04/22: BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion Theatre
05/04/22: BIRMINGHAM, Symphony Hall
06/04/22: GUILFORD, G Live
08/04/22: GLASGOW, Royal, Concert Hall
09/04/22: GATESHEAD, Sage

SOURCE: 10cc

Keep up to date with all the UK & Eire dates (and much more) with the TPA Gig Guide

22/03/2021: The Aristocrats announce FREEZE! Live in Europe 2020 for release on 7th May

The Aristocrats - photo Manu Haeussler

The revered instrumental power trio, featuring Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann (drums) recorded the album at performances across Spain in February 2020, just weeks before live music went on extended hiatus.

The Aristocrats - FreezeThe album leans heavily on debut live-recorded renditions of material from their most recent album You Know What…?. “FREEZE! documents a particularly memorable period for the band so I think it’s really fortunate that we were able to capture this musical ‘snapshot’”, says Govan. “After months of relentless gigging, the material from our latest studio recording had started to feel really natural for us and yet… somehow, there was still an unmistakable element of excitement and musical risk-taking on stage every night when we played those songs.”

It also contains an epic version of the band’s Get It Like That with Minnemann’s drum solo dedicated to Rush’s Neil Peart, who passed while the band was on tour: “I played my heart out for him every single night.”

Beller says, “it’s something for our fans who may not have caught this tour to experience and hopefully enjoy at home; and, ideally, it’s also something to keep the flame burning for when we can get back out there and let loose onstage once again. Because that’s what we do best.”

The album can be pre-ordered now HERE.


22/03/2021: Steven Wilson cancels The Future Bites Tour

Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson’s UK dates scheduled for September will now not be going ahead. In a statement on his Facebook Page Steven comments:

“Sadly for the second time I am forced to postpone my tour to promote THE FUTURE BITES – the rescheduled dates were due to begin in September. While recent developments made me at least optimistic that the UK shows might have been able to go ahead (though no guarantee), the same is not true of much of the rest of Europe. With it now clear that it would not have been possible to proceed with many of the shows I have reluctantly made the decision to cancel the whole tour. As a solo artist so many of my expenses are in advance, rehearsal and musician costs, developing the production, so to then only be able to perform a handful of shows at best would simply not have been financially feasible. Once again I must apologise for the disappointment and any inconvenience caused.

I plan to use the time creatively and to complete and release 2 new albums I have in progress in 2022 and 2023 respectively. With that in mind it makes more sense for me to now look forward to touring these albums instead, and to incorporate the TFB ideas and songs.

In the meantime there is more TFB related music on the way over the coming months in the form of some fantastic remixes and a release for the song ANYONE BUT ME, which was originally the closing track on the album but which I replaced with COUNT OF UNEASE. Right now I’m also working hard to finish my book which will be published later this year by Little, Brown and Company – news on all this soon.

The world is totally messed up at the moment, and the cancellation of my tour is not especially significant in the grand scheme of things, all the same I was very excited to be finally getting out there and interacting with real musicians in front of a real audience again, so this is a real blow.

Thanks again for your understanding and patience. S x”

SOURCE: Steven Wilson

21/03/2021: TPA talk with Ian Anderson about the 50th anniversary of Aqualung

Ian Anderson - Aqualung 50th Anniversary Interview

We recently spoke to Ian Anderson and he gave us his thoughts about the Aqualung album, on the occasion of the 50th birthday, and about the early progressive movement.

“In a year or two it will be the 51st and 52nd anniversaries which, in a way are really more important because that was when it was really selling a lot, not straight out of the box.

To begin with it did okay, but the thing that marked Aqualung, compared to all the other records – it wasn’t a sleeper but it was definitely a slow burn – the huge advantage of that record was that it spread over the next couple of years like a coronavirus. It was a musical pandemic throughout most of the world.”

You can read Ian Anderson’s full interview with Geoff Ford HERE on TPA


18/03/2021: New album from Corrado Rustici

Corrado Rustici,

Guitarist and producer Corrado Rustici, a founding member of Cervello and Nova, released a new instrumental album, Interfulgent, on 26th February.

In a 40 year career, he has performed and recorded with Phil Collins, Allan Holdsworth, Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis, amongst many others, and has become one of Italy’s most successful producers.

With Interfulgent he looks to place the electric guitar into a more contemporary musical context, characterised by wholly unique guitar sounds created from his range of signature pedals and effects. Corrado’s guitar work is expressive and original, liberating the instrument to reveal what it is truly capable of.

Corrado has dubbed this a “transmodern” project, all the melodies and rhythms constructed with contemporary electronic sounds, with additional contributions from Alex Argento of Icefish. Influences come from fusion, progressive and classical music to create evocative musical landscapes. He describes it as “an artistic interpretation of a profound desire to transcend the socio-cultural darkness that surrounds us with the help of new concepts, metaphorically represented on the cover by a luminous object… a harbinger of better times ahead.”


12/03/2021: TPA talk to Aborym’s Fabrizio Giannese

Aborym (photo by Laura Aurizzi)

A few weeks ago we published Nick Hudson’s review of Aborym and their Hostile album, “a schizophrenic, kaleidoscopic, ever-changing barrage of hostility occasionally wrapped up in a more melodic skin, but never something that feels fully safe”. Following the review Nick spoke to Fabrizio Giannese (‘Fab’) from the band…

That, I guess, brings me back to Hostile, which almost sounds to me like it’s the score of an imaginary film – so you’ve definitely obtained some very good results. I know it’s possibly a bit of a stretch, but Hostile actually reminds me quite a bit of the classic horror film soundtracks from Goblin. And there are definite moments within the album that would not sound at all out of place in a horror film.

“That’s an interesting point of view and I think in a way Hostile hides some cinematic approaches, even if basically accidental. This “cinematic” aura probably comes by our new way to approach the songwriting process, especially when we start to write new music on the modular system instead of writing stuff on a guitar or on the piano. We were trying to make something that sounded exciting, so we did get into the whole modular world. That was also something new to me, but I started learning by watching my friend Luciano Lamanna, because he’s a great programmer on that thing. He has a whole wall of it. The goal was to feel a sound in our head, and to start patching away on my modular system and always come up with something good. What I was into was the fact that it was very ‘in the moment’ performance-based recording. Unlike midi instruments, I could never recall the sound, and that in itself made the approach different. I would record, and might work with the parts, but it was more about embracing the imperfections than trying to fix them. And that’s really exciting. So, that cinematic mood you’re talking about comes from accidental solutions, by patching stuff through envelopes, LFOs, sequencers.”

You can read the full interview with Fabrizio Giannese HERE on TPA


11/03/2021: Roger Trigaux ~ RIP

Roger Trigaux ~ RIP

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of Roger Trigaux, composer, guitarist and leader of Belgian group Present. Roger was a founding member of Univers Zero and appeared on the first two albums, however after Heresie (1979) he left Univers Zero to put together Present, which included Univers Zero members Daniel Denis and Christian Genet.

Roger died peacefully on 10th March 2021 at around 9:00 pm after a long period of ill health.

SOURCE: Cuneiform Records

10/03/2021: Glacier release first track from forthcoming studio album Island In The Sky

Scheduled for release later in 2021 the band’s third album Island In The Sky features The Man Who Cried which pays tribute to Joseph Merrick and was inspired by David Lynch’s touching film The Elephant Man (1980).

Glacier’s John Youdale comments on the track: Joseph Merrick (referred to as John in the film) was a hideously disfigured young man who lived in late Victorian London. Known as ‘The Elephant Man’, his fate was to be a caged sideshow amusement in London’s streets. Widely regarded as an imbecile, he was treated terribly by his ‘owners’. A doctor, Frederick Treves liberated Joseph and discovered him to be an articulate and gentle human. Merrick became the toast of London society, until his failing body, ravaged by an aggressive form of fibromatosis, eventually gave up.

Island In The Sky will be released in late summer and available through the band’s Bandcamp site.

SOURCE: Glacier Music

09/03/2021: TPA talk to Billy Sherwood about the Arc Of Life band and album

Arc Of Life_ photo by Erik Nielsen

“I think it’s a testament to the passion for music between everyone in Yes, there’s so much music in us all that we have too much for one unit”, says Yes bass guitarist Billy Sherwood. Talking with Geoff Ford Billy Sherwood expands on Yes’s ‘young guard’ who have collectively stepped out from the shadow of the prog giant with a bright new project by the name of Arc Of Life.

Inevitably, there will be comparisons with Yes as they are all drenched in the best practice of the bench-mark prog icons. Jon Davison’s vocals capture that unmistakable signature Yes-sound, but there is also a fresh and vibrant accent that sets Arc Of Life apart.

“It’s funny how people compare it to Yes, right out of the gate, just because we’re all from Yes. It’s nothing like Yes, really, and it’s not trying to fill any Yes-shoes, either. It already feels its own thing to me, which is kinda cool. I call Yes the ‘mothership’ and there are many satellites that have come off the mothership and orbit around that. Conspiracy and Circa were Yes off-shoots, Geoff (Downes) has his projects and Steve (Howe) has got his trio. They are completely different but, by the same token, they come off the mothership.”

You can read Ian Anderson’s full interview with Geoff Ford HERE on TPA


09/03/2021: Clive Nolan and Oliver Wakeman to release 3CD Box Set ~ Tales By Gaslight

Oliver Wakeman reunites with Clive Nolan after 20 years to issue a 3CD Box Set – Tales By Gaslight featuring remastered versions of their ‘future prog classics’ Jabberwocky and The Hound Of The Baskervilles along with a new disc Dark Fables. By way of a taster Messrs Nolan & Wakeman have released Why Do You Hate Me? taken from the Tales Of Gaslight Box Set…

The track is based on the confrontation between Frankenstein’s monster and his maker, Dr Frankenstein who is disowning him. Oliver says: “Why Do You Hate Me”? is a powerful song with an overarching theme of needing to be wanted and loved. Essentially a song for the disadvantaged and marginalised, a theme many people will be able to relate too”.

The Tales By Gaslight box set, comprising 3CDs each with a 16-page booklet and 3 individual Art prints of the three covers, is available to pre-order from Burning Shed now at Burning Shed

Including guest performances by Peter Banks (Yes), Bob Catley (Magnum), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Gordon Giltrap, Peter Gee (Pendragon), John Jowitt (IQ), Robert Powell and Rick Wakeman (amongst many others), the set features the duo’s acclaimed Rock Operas Jabberwocky (1999) and The Hound Of The Baskervilles (2002) plus Dark Fables (a collection of over 40 minutes of music conceived for an abandoned album based on Frankenstein) and several unreleased pieces.

SOURCES: YouTube | Burning Shed

05/03/2021: TPA talk to The Emerald Dawn

The Emerald Dawn

With The Emerald Dawn‘s new album, To Touch The Sky, due for release towards the end of this month, TPA’s Tony Colvill speaks to the band about the album, recording during lockdown and the prospect of playing live again…

Is To Touch the Sky an optimistic or pessimistic title? To reach, achieve, aspire? Or to reach for the impossible? As a title it seems to me as one of embracing change and success, what do you feel?

Tom: I cannot speak for the rest of the band, but for me To Touch the Sky is the path to achieving a goal through the obstacles encountered on the way, whether it is a personal trial or even struggling through this pandemic.

Ally: To me, it is the most optimistic of our four albums to date, and the title reflects that.

Tree: Either optimistic or pessimistic depending on the listener and the mood you are in when you play the album. For me, the title To Touch the Sky is an invitation.

David: As to whether the title is optimistic or pessimistic, I think that should be left up to the listener, especially as the music contains a variety of moods and is therefore open to interpretation.

You can read The Emerald Dawn‘s full interview with Tony Colvill HERE on TPA


05/03/2021: Bad Elephant Music announce new album from Ciccada


Bad Elephant Music announce an April release date for Harvest, the third album from Athens’ based septet Ciccada.

Harvest follow’s up the band’s second studio album The Finest Of Miracles (2016), with six new tracks “featuring their trademark blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation, woodwind and reeds, all fronted by the twin vocal attack of Dimi Spela and Evangelia Kozoni”.

“Ciccada’s sound is a unique blend of rock, jazz, folk and Western European traditional music. It is based on strong melodic lines, drawing on influences from the progressive greats of the 1970s, such as Gentle Giant, Jethro Tull, Camel, Gryphon, Strawbs, Renaissance, Hatfield & The North, Spirogyra and Curved Air.”

Harvest will be released on CD and in digital formats on 23rd April 2021.

SOURCE: Bad Elephant Music

04/03/2021: John Holden releases charity album and video for cancer research

Today (4th March 2021) sees the release of John Holden’s Together Apart charity album which aims to raise funds for vital research into a rare type of ovarian cancer.

The lead single from the album is an extended version of Renaissance’s Northern Lights. The track features original bassist Jon Camp, Gavin Harrison on drums, Oliver Wakeman and Vikram Shankar on keyboards, Michel St Pere and Oliver Day on guitar. Vocals are performed by Anneke Van Giersbergen, Marc Atkinson, Peter Jones, Sally Minnear and That Joe Payne.

“I always loved the song and thought it would be a perfect choice to reach as many people as possible. It pays homage to the original but there are some surprises!”. says Holden “I approached the musicians and they all instantly agreed to perform for free, everyone has done a magnificent job. All the artists involved have also been so generous to let us choose songs from their repertoire, I am sure people will love the selection”.

The album includes the original track Circles, taken from Holden’s forthcoming album Circles in Time. The video of the song features Sally Minnear with lyrics by John’s wife Elizabeth who tells us ‘The track is based on my experience of living with recurrent ovarian cancer, so it is very personal, and Sally’s beautiful voice was perfect for it.’

Aware that research into new treatments is seriously underfunded and with a huge drop in donations due to the pandemic, the couple decided to do a charity release with the funds going to Edinburgh University’s Cancer Research Centre.

Elizabeth says, ‘People tell me to keep fighting, but without the weapon of more effective treatments I can’t do that – only research can give women like me hope.’

Together Apart is available as a digital album HERE on BANDCAMP, with a minimum price, but people can pay more if they wish to make a larger donation to the research.

SOURCE: John Holden

03/03/2021: The Emerald Dawn’s new album, To Touch the Sky, on pre-order from 5th March 2021

The Emerald Dawn

The Emerald Dawn will be marking Fee Free Day this coming Friday, 5th March, by launching the pre-order for their new album, To Touch the Sky, on their Bandcamp page. The album will be released on 20th March 2021.

Comprising three long tracks, this fourth album continues the Cornish quartet’s symphonic explorations. The band will be back out on the road when conditions allow, you can catch them at the Prog for Peart festival in Abingdon on 3rd July.

SOURCE: The Emerald Dawn

02/03/2021: Portals Festival rescheduled to September 2021

Portals Festival 2021

The Portals Festival, to be held at The Dome in Tufnell Park, London, has been rescheduled from May to September 2021. The full updated line-up is still to be revealed by Vennart and Bossk have been confirmed as headliners for the event over the weekend of the 11th and 12th September.

From the press release: “With the government announcement this week, we’re thrilled to announce we have secured new dates for Portals Festival 2021.

“In celebration we are offering 10% off tickets until the 7th March!

“Vennart will headline the Saturday, fresh off of the surprise release on his stunning third album In The Dead, Dead Wood. We consider this brand new, lockdown inspired and recorded album to be his finest work since Oceansize. It combines cathartic aggression and soaring instrumentation interlinked with a throughline of melodic hooks. This will be a special treat.

“The mighty Bossk will be our closing Sunday night headliners at Portals Festival 2021. The Kent-based band will bring their unique amalgamation of post-rock, post-metal and doom for their biggest headline show to date.

“A combination of atmospheric, energetic, frantic, crushing, soaring and screaming bands fill the line-up, to showcase the breadth of experimental rock music the artists we love have to offer. We are working our hardest to confirm every band that we had previously announced, and will reveal the rest of the line-up in the coming weeks.

“We are striving to make this years’ festival the safest it can possibly be, by following all the government guidelines and taking advice from the festival industry as a whole. If all goes to plan, by September, we will be able to safely bring you the festival you deserve.”

SOURCE: Portals Festival

02/03/2021: Frost* announce new studio album release in May


Frost* have announced they will release their latest studio album Day And Age, through the InsideOut Music label, on 14th May 2021.

Day And Age features Jem Godfrey along with John Mitchell and Nathan King, as well as featuring three guest drummers; Pat Mastelotto, Kaz Rodriguez and Darby Todd.

Jem Godfrey comments: “2020 was the year of the studio for obvious reasons. “As a result 2021 is going to be a bumper year for new music I think and we’re very happy to be riding that wave too into what I hope will be a better year for everybody.”

Frost* - Day And AgeTRACK LISTING

01. Day And Age
02. Terrestrial
03. Waiting For The Lie
04. The Boy Who Stood Still
05. Island Life
06. Skywards
07. Kill The Orchestra
08. Repeat To Fade

Day And Age will be released on: Limited 2CD (including a bonus disc of instrumentals) | Gatefold 180g vinyl/CD (with etching on Side D) | Digital.

Pre-ordering starts 19th March 2021.


02/03/2021: 11 Years Of Chaos fundraiser compilation album

11 Years Of Chaos

Instead of a festival this year, London promotion Chaos Theory is releasing a compilation album as a fundraising venture, while still promoting the many diverse musicians they work with.

10% of proceeds will go to the #SaveTheBlackHeart campaign, with the rest being split between artists and Chaos Theory to invest in more ways to keep promoting despite the impact of coronavirus and Brexit.

The album is available through Bandcamp – CLICK HERE

11 Years Of Chaos includes brand new works by Aphexia, Five The Hierophant, Riotmiloo, Scald and Thomas Ragsdale, an unreleased live recording by The Fierce & The Dead, special re-edits by Thumpermonkey and Metalogue, and an unreleased cover by Maud the moth.

The release also features music by A Sweet Niche, Årabrot, Black Orchids, Boss Keloid, Brigitte Handley, Casual Nun, The Display Team, Drekka, Flies Are Spies From Hell, Kate Arnold, Kylver, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard, Memory of Elephants, Prisa Mata, Sümer, Vodun and Yowie…

SOURCE: Chaos Theory Music

01/03/2021: Skin Alley’s Krzysztof Henryk Juszkiewicz memoirs published

Skin Alley And Beyond

Krzysztof from one of the original prog bands, Skin Alley, has recently written his memoirs, which is now released on Wisdom Twins Books. Covering “the heady early prog scene and is a great read”.

In this remarkable book, Krzysztof Henryk Juszkiewicz looks back on his life, reflecting on both his musical adventures through the years, and the origins of his family, who came to the UK from Poland after the conclusion of World War 2. Along the way we learn of his part in early 70s prog rock band Skin Alley; their ups and downs, highs and lows, the making of their albums, and such memorable occasions as playing the first Glastonbury and even jamming on stage with Jimi Hendrix. We are also given a glimpse into Krzysztof’s brushes with the likes of Hawkwind, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer and the Comic Strip gang, Tracey Ullman and Shakin’ Stevens. This revealing and honest memoir is a treat for fans of classic rock and European history, and will delight anyone interested in a good story well told.

CLICK HERE to order ‘Skin Alley And Beyond’

SOURCE: Chris Wade (Wisdom Twin Books)

01/03/2021: Mogwai – ‘As The Love Continues’ debuts as No1 UK album


Mogwai’s tenth studio album As The Love Continues has debuted at number 1 on the UK Official Albums Chart on 26th February. The Glasgow band’s first number one album comes 25 years on from the release of their debut single,

Mogwai - As The Love ContinuesMogwai – As The Love Continues “We’re unbelievably happy to have the number 1 album in the UK,” said Mogwai guitarist Stuart Braithwait. “We want to thank everyone at Rock Action Records – both of you – and mostly to thank everyone who has bought, downloaded and streamed the album, and supported us over the last week, and the last 25 years. It’s something we’re amazed by. We’re taken aback by everyone’s support, kindness and generosity.

“It is 25 years this week we released our first single Tuner/Lower, the first release on our own label Rock Action Records. We didn’t start the band or the label to get into the charts. None of us ever envisaged either the band or the label being in a position where having a Number 1 record would be a possibility.

Continue reading HERE on TPA

The mark this achievement the band have announced a special home-town concert on Sunday 7th November 2021 at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. Keep up to date with the all UK dates (and more from across the progressive spectrum) with the TPA Gig Guide

SOURCE: TPA (The Progressive Aspect)

01/03/2021: Old Time Prog – Brian Woodbury, featuring Johnny Unicorn

A bit of fun in these bleak times: Taken from the album Levity & Novelty and written and arranged by Brian Woodbury & Johnny Unicorn, this song is an affectionate send-up of the progressive rock music of the 1970s. You’ll hear references to the styles of: Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Henry Cow, Gentle Giant, Jethro Tull, Magma, Gong, Soft Machine, ELP, Marillion, Rush and probably others.

Using Chuck Berry’s “Rock and Roll Music” as a template, the song goes through a number of different musical styles telling the story of date gone wrong leading to the protagonist finding a new love interest. The story culminates in their late night listening section of a song-within-a-song “Adri Ajana” by the fictional band Ollotis Alvaria, in which the song-within-a-song’s protagonist makes a pilgrimage to the South to collect the hallucinogenic venom of the Colorado River Toad.

SOURCE: Brian Woodbury

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