|Date||Venue, City||Special Guests||Tickets|
|16-Mar||Night People & The Twisted Wheel Club, Manchester||Deadwing||link|
|17-Mar||The Musician, Leicester||The Amber Herd||link|
|17-Mar||HMV Leciester (acoustic set)|
|18-Mar||Sub Fusion Festival (Kidderminster College)||Red Bazar||link|
|20-Mar||Albert’s, Nottingham||The Blackheart Orchestra||TBA|
|21-Mar||O’Riley’s, Hull||John Hackett Band||link|
|22-Mar||Fiddler’s Elbow, London||Kyros||link|
Following on from their rebirth seven years ago, The Brainiac 5’s evolution continues on Back To Shore. The band’s instinctive willingness to experiment is taken a step further. Usually, before starting to record, they’ve known what they’ll be doing. This time around, the approach has been totally new.
At the end of the sessions for their last album We’re Ready, the band were left with an unused, hypnotic loop, which they decided to send out to various ex-band members, friends and associates, whom they encouraged to expand on the track in whatever way they saw fit. Contributors included Brainiacs co-founder and poet Bert Biscoe; Cornish folk legend Chrissy Quayle aka The Mermaid of Zennor; reggae DJ and toaster Oxman; jazz saxophonist Oli Arlotto and Dave ‘Bagpipes’ Brooks of infamous ‘Balloon Dance’ comedy troupe, The Greatest Show On Legs.
The response to the process was extremely fruitful, leading to the creation of the four-part title track. The loop had a liberating effect, allowing the music to fly off in different directions, yet still sounding like a united whole. More players were invited to contribute to the project, while two more songs each were provided by Brainiacs guitarists Charlie Taylor and Duncan Kerr. From their psychedelic punk standpoint, the Brainiac 5 have ventured further than ever before, incorporating elements of folk, reggae, jazz and world music, resulting in the musical melting pot you hold in your hands.
Emerging out of the Cornish freak scene in the mid-70s, The Brainiac 5 migrated to London, causing a stir with their Mushy Doubt EP, earning such celebrity fans as John Peel and Alex Chilton, and prefiguring the early 80s psych revival. Splitting before their debut album World Inside (produced by Hawkwind’s Martin Griffin) could be released, they reconvened in 2012, going on to release a 10” EP (Space Is The Place), an early years anthology (When Silence Was Sound) and three new studio albums (Exploding Universe, Journey To X, We’re Ready), all of which have drawn praise from the likes of Mojo, The Wire, Prog, Record Collector, Shindig,Vive Le Rock, Louderthanwar, Terrascope and more…
The Brainiac 5 play a special album launch on 5 April at The Gunners, 205 Blackstock Rd, London N5.
Punk energy harnessed to a serious Ladbroke Grove attitude, the result a wonderful cornucopia of sound. Terrascope
If ever there was a bridge between punk and prog then this is it. Dancing About Architecture
Their eclectic music ranges from freak-outs to hints of jazz and bluebeat. Prog
Proper British festival music. **** Shindig!
This is acid punk at its best. **** RNR
WOKINGHAM FESTIVAL 2019 TEAMS UP WITH WHITE STAR RECORDS FOR INAUGURAL PROG AND CLASSIC ROCK DAY. LINE-UP CONFIRMED, EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Wokingham Festival: Day 3 – A Celebration of Prog and Classic Rock
Monday 26th August 2019, Cantley Park
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For the first time in Wokingham Festival’s lengthy history, organiser Stan Hetherington has teamed up with White Star Records/Magick Eye Records founder Chris Hillman to present an all-day celebration of progressive and classic rock!
Taking place on Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend, the festival now extends to include even more bands performing on Monday 26th August from 12pm-7pm, with gates opening from 11am. The festival’s third day will focus on classic and prog rock genres while simultaneously keeping with the family-friendly nature of the weekend.
With all performing acts hand-picked by Hillman and Hetherington, the main stage line up of the third day’s artists has been confirmed and early bird tickets are now on sale!
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of their original formation this year, Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash will headline the festival’s additional date. They will be joined by Flutatious (Magick Eye Records), who return to Wokingham Festival having stunned attendees of last year’s festival with their unique brand of psychedelic folk rock. UK-based prog rock trio Kepler Ten will be on-hand to dish out a tsunami of modern prog rock, while fans of the classics will be treated to R2 – A tribute to perhaps one of the most influential prog rock bands of former decades – Rush.
Closing off the announcement of performing artists for the day are Berkshire 4-piece The Paradox Twin (whose debut album ‘The Importance of Mr Bedlam’ was released via White Star Records in 2018) and Reading-based rock sextet The Room – who are one of White Star Records latest signings, joining the label in late 2018 before releasing their third studio album ‘Caught By The Machine’ on 22nd February 2019.
On the selection of these bands for the new day of the festival Chris Hillman (who runs White Star Records alongside producer and musician John Mitchell) comments:
‘I’ve been to Stan’s Wokingham Festival in the past and have always been impressed with the very good organisation and atmosphere. I was therefore more than happy to accept when Stan asked me if if I’d help him create a new extra day for the festival this year featuring some of our artists. It’s wonderful to be involved with the event!’
Mirroring the White Star Records founder’s enthusiasm, Hetherington – who runs the festival as well as the renowned Wokingham Music Club (WMC) – adds :
‘It’s great to have respected and growing record labels such as White Star Records based in Wokingham. To be able to work with Chris and the team there to create a new day at the festival featuring some of their artists with other rock and prog acts that have appeared at the WMC previously is very exciting.’
With second stage bands yet to be announced for Wokingham Festival’s day three extension, ‘Early Bird’ weekend tickets for Wokingham Festival have already gone on sale, and may be purchased via the official website.
Tim Bowness – announces UK live dates in support of ‘Flowers At The Scene’
Photo Credit: Rob Whitrow
Tim Bowness’ fifth solo album ‘Flowers At The Scene’ was recently released, and now he is pleased to announce 2 UK live dates in support of the record. Produced by no-man, the album is a vibrant collection of 11 strikingly diverse songs.
Tim and his band featuring John Jowitt (IQ, Frost etc), Michael Bearpark, Andrew Booker, Brian Hulse and Steve Bingham – will be playing songs from his Inside Out/Sony label albums and no-man. You can find those dates below:
26th May – Arts Workshop, Worcester
7th June – Dingwalls, London
Tim and band will also be playing the following live dates:
31st May – De Boerdij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands (co-headlining with Anneke Van Giersbergen)
2nd June – Wroclaw, Poland
3rd June – Warsaw, Poland
20th July – Night Of The Prog, Loreley, Germany
Watch videos for the three singles from the album below:
It’s The World: https://youtu.be/ohSYbX4qHzc
Borderline : https://youtu.be/qDuOJWLXM28
I Go Deeper: https://youtu.be/ptY7m76xAps
‘Flowers At The Scene’ is available as CD, LP + CD & as a digital album. Order now here: https://timbowness.lnk.to/FlowersAtTheScene
Prog Magazine have said of the album it is “literate, heart-aching art rock at its finest”, while Louder Than War comment that the record “sees him delivering a set that drips with the tasteful quality you’d expect given his fastidious care and meticulous work ethic.”
Tim comments of the new album: “’Lost In The Ghost Light felt like a conclusion to a particular way of writing and working. In the wake of that, Flowers At The Scene very much feels like a new beginning.
It was an exciting project to put together and it was great working closely with long-term creative partners, Brian Hulse and Steven Wilson plus a talented cast of new collaborators. Steven was initially brought in to mix the album, but very quickly was helping develop production ideas alongside Brian and I. Listening to pieces such as Not Married Anymore, Borderline and The War On Me, we both felt that the project had more than a hint of the spirit of no-man and it became obvious that this was a no-man co-production rather than a Bowness/Wilson one.
Elsewhere, the likes of Jim Matheos, Colin Edwin, Dylan Howe and Tom Atherton delivered some incredible performances and it was a delight to get Peter Hammill, Kevin Godley, Andy Partridge and David Longdon involved.
Peter and Kevin were two of my favourite singers growing up and I’ve been a long-term fan of XTC, so it was genuinely a thrill to hear their excellent contributions.”
Representing the duo of Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson’s first joint production in over a decade, the album features performances from an extraordinary cast of players including Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator), Andy Partridge (XTC), Kevin Godley (10cc), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Jim Matheos (Fates Warning), David Longdon (Big Big Train), co-producer Brian Hulse (Plenty), Australian trumpeter Ian Dixon, and drummers Tom Atherton and Dylan Howe. The Curator, David K Jones, violinist Fran Broady and Charles Grimsdale also guest.
Mixed by Steven Wilson and mastered by The Pineapple Thief’s Steve Kitch, the album’s artwork is by Jarrod Gosling.
The full track-listing is as follows:
1) I Go Deeper (4.15)
2) The Train That Pulled Away (4.04)
3) Rainmark (4.15)
4) Not Married Anymore (3.30)
5) Flowers At The Scene (3.04)
6) It’s The World (3.03)
7) Borderline (3.45)
8) Ghostlike (5.08)
9) The War On Me (3.47)
10) Killing To Survive (3.59)
11) What Lies Here (4.00)
Tim Bowness is primarily known as vocalist/co-writer with no-man, a long-running collaboration with Steven Wilson.
In addition to releasing six studio albums and a documentary DVD with no-man, Tim has worked with popular Italian artist Alice, Mercury Prize nominated Banco De Gaia, Robert Fripp, Peter Hammill and Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera (amongst many others).
Tim recorded the album Flame (1994) with Richard Barbieri (Porcupine Tree/ex-Japan), and co-produced/co-wrote Talking With Strangers (2009) for Judy Dyble (ex-Fairport Convention).
Tim Bowness released his fourth solo album, ‘Lost In The Ghost Light’ last year through InsideOutMusic, garnering the best solo reviews he has ever received and reaching #5 in the official UK rock chart. It also picked up Best Cover Artwork at the prestigious annual Progressive Music Awards 2017.
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Norwegian progressive rockers LEPROUS have started recordings for their 6th studio album, expected to be released later in 2019 via InsideOutMusic.
LEPROUS recently entered the studio to record drums and Baard Kolstad checked in with this comment:
“We entered the studio to record the drums for half of the album last week with David Castillo @ Ghostward/Fascination Street Studios, same studio as we recorded the 2 latest studio albums. As an over autistic control freak I am when recording myself, this time around I had more time than ever to perfectionise and experiment with my sound almost without compromises, so a big thanks to Einar and David for their patience!
We also recorded 1 song together, drums and bass, something neither LEPROUS or I have ever done before. Feeling very good to leave the drum recording for now, focusing on the last half of the album to be recorded in May. I’m so looking forward to hear the outcome just in a few days when the guitarists have put their touch. Will be a different LEPROUS album for sure, but still LEPROUS!”
After having toured restlessly across European and North America, LEPROUS are currently on their debut tour of Latin America this week as next step of their touring cycle for their current and much acclaimed album release “Malina“. Here is a list of all upcoming dates for 2019 announced so far (Newest additions marked *):
LEPROUS – Latin American Tour 2019:
05.03.2019 Santiago (Chile) – Club Chocolate
07.03.2019 Santiago (Chile) – Club Chocolate
08.03.2019 Buenos Aires (Argentina) – El Teatrito
10.03.2019 Sao Paulo (Brazil) – Carioca Club
LEPROUS Live 2019:
22.03.2019 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Prognosis Festival
23.03.2019 San Gwann (Malta) – Metal Over Malta
06.04.2019 Paris (France) – Heart Sound Metal Festival *
27.04.2019 Toulouse (France) – Slasher Metal Fest
07.06.2019 Bergen (Norway) – Close To The Rain *
09.06.2019 Tomas (Portugal) – Comendatio Music Fest
29.06.2019 Madrid (Spain) – Download Festival *
23.08.2019 Suceava (Romania) – Bucovina Rock Castle *
More dates to be announced soon…
LEPROUS recently released a cover of Massive Attack’s “Angel“, which they have also been playing on tour. Check out its video here: https://youtu.be/5VaRCjRpWBE
And the single here: https://LeprousBand.lnk.to/Angel
Also check out material off the “Malina” album by LEPROUS here:
“From The Flame” (Video): https://youtu.be/FZSlX1zXnfM
“Stuck (Radio Edit)” (Video): https://youtu.be/jk63FcCIw9g
“Illuminate” (Video): https://youtu.be/Tl4gwOMrJiQ
“Bonneville” (Drums Playthrough Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx_VUb9Bd5c
“Coma” (Drums Playthrough Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kjr_jEQjKQ
“Mirage” (Drums Playthrough Video): https://youtu.be/nAymiEANito
“Malina” hit various sales charts upon release: Germany: # 34, The Netherlands: # 68, Finland: # 23, Switzerland: # 39, Austria: # 42, Belgium (Flemish): # 52, Sweden Physical Album Chart: #29, Sweden Vinyl Charts: # 14, UK Rock Album Chart: # 19, USA Billboard Heatseekers: # 21 and USA Billboard Current Albums: # 190.
“Malina” is available as Jewelcase CD and Digital Download, but also as limited edition Mediabook CD (+ extended booklet & bonus-track) and as Gatefold 2LP on 180gr. vinyl (+ poster, bonus-track & entire album on CD), also as limited coloured editions.
RIVERSIDE are about to start the next leg of touring in support of their latest album ‘Wasteland’, beginning 6th March for 24 dates in Europe, before heading to North America in May for their biggest tour in the continent to date.
To celebrate RIVERSIDE have launched a live clip (shot by John Vis) for the new album’s title track.
Check out “Wasteland (Live) here: https://youtu.be/-ygv3BBqv3U
The band comments: “The “Wasteland Tour” promoting our seventh album, “Wasteland”, released in September 2018, has been our greatest turnout success to date. In 2018, we played concerts in many places in Europe. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get everywhere we wanted, and so we’ve decided to continue touring this year and visit the places we haven’t been to on this tour. 06.03.2019, in Prague, we will play the first concert of the 2019 edition of the tour, and it will be the start of our greatest adventure of this year. If you still haven’t seen us in our new incarnation, now is your chance – please come, as RIVERSIDE have never been in such a great shape on stage! 🙂 “
The full list of RIVERSIDE live-dates reads as follows:
RIVERSIDE – Wasteland European Tour 2019
06.03. Prague (Czech Republic) – Palac Akropolis
07.03. Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic
09.03. Budapest (Hungary) – A38
10.03. Bucharest (Romania) – Quantic Club / Soundart Festival
12.03. Sofia (Bulgaria) – City Stage
13.03. Belgrade (Serbia) – Dom Omladine
14.03. Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Kino Šiška
16.03. Rome (Italy) – Largo
17.03. Milan (Italy) – Magnolia
18.03. Toulouse (France) – Le Rex
19.03. Cognac (France) – Les Abattoirs
21.03. Bristol (UK) – SWX
22.03. Leeds (UK) – Stylus
23.03. Glasgow (UK) – SWG3
24.03. Birmingham (UK) – The Mill
26.03. Zwolle (The Netherlands) – Hedon
28.03. Copenhagen (Denmark) – Viften
29.03. Gothenburg (Sweden) – Stenhammarsalen
30.03. Oslo (Norway) – Cosmopolite
31.03. Stockholm (Sweden) – Kraken
02.04. Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi
03.04. Jyväskylä (Finland) – Lutakko
04.04. Tampere (Finland) – Olympia
05.04. Tallinn (Estonia) – Rock Cafe
RIVERSIDE – Wasteland North American Tour 2019
03.05. Atlanta, GA – City Winery
04.05. Lake Park, FL – Kelsey Theater
05.05. Sarasota, FL – Opera House / Rosfest
06.05. Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
07.05. Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
09.05. Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall
10.05. Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
11.05. Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
12.05. Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
14.05. Quebec City, QC – Salle Sylvain Lelièvre
15.05. Montreal, QC – Club Soda
17.05. Toronto, ON – Mod Club
18.05. Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
19.05. Chicago, IL – Chop Shop & 1st Ward
20.05. St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
22.05. Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
24.05. Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
25.05. Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
27.05. Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
28.05. Pomona, CA – The Glass House
29.05. San Francisco – CA, Slim’s
31.05. Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
01.06. Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre
02.06. Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
RIVERSIDE – Live 2019:
20.07. Maidstone (UK) – Ramblin’ Man Fair Festival
24.07. Worpswede (Germany) – Music Hall
25.07. Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) – De Boerderij
26.07. Weert (The Netherlands) – De Bosuil
27.07. Breitenbach (Germany) – Burg Herzberg Festival
17.08. Bonn (Germany) – KUNST!RASEN Classic Rock Night festival + Jethro Tull & Fish
RIVERSIDE also recently announced a string of long awaited vinyl re-releases for their second, third and fourth albums “Second Life Syndrome” (2005, 2-LP), “Rapid Eye Movement” (2007, 2-LP + bonus tracks) and “Anno Domini High Definition” (2009, 1-LP) out March 15th, 2019 via InsideOutMusic.
The albums will be available on 180gr. vinyl and come in Gatefold sleeves, with the standard album on CD as bonus. Pre-order below:
Second Life Syndrome: https://Riverside.lnk.to/SecondLifeSyndromeReissue
Rapid Eye Movement: https://Riverside.lnk.to/RapidEyeMovementReIssue
Anno Domini High Definition: https://Riverside.lnk.to/AnnoDominiHighDefinitionReissue
Next to the standard edition as Jewelcase CD and Digital Album, RIVERSIDE’s current “Wasteland“ is also available as limited edition Mediabook CD (with extended booklet, a bonus track radio edit version of “River Down Below“ and a set of 3 stickers) and as Gatefold 2LP (on 180gr. vinyl with the album on CD as bonus and an Etching of the D-Side).
Order “Wasteland“ in various formats here: https://Riverside.lnk.to/Wasteland
Two great bands one show !