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Lonely Robot, the project masterminded by producer, guitarist and singer/songwriter John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Arena), are set to release their much-anticipated second studio album ‘The Big Dream’ on 28th April 2017. John recently sat down to discuss each track on the album in detail, and you can find the first of these chats here: https://youtu.be/vEAKKGWNj48

Lonely Robot’s latest single, ‘Sigma’, was launched last week and you can listen to it here: https://youtu.be/y3rolatG5sE

John had this to say about the track: ‘Sigma is the very last track I recorded for The Big Dream, the nature of which can be summed up with a sadly age old proverb which resonates now more than ever; “History will teach us nothing”.’

Pre-order the album on all formats, including special edition digipak CD (including 3 bonus tracks), gatefold 2LP + CD, and digital download here: http://smarturl.it/LonelyRobotTBD

An official video for the album’s first single ‘Everglow’ was also recently launched and you can watch that here: https://youtu.be/onTjlbuKZxo

Watch John Mitchell discuss how Lonely Robot came together, as well as the new album, in a series of interview clips here: https://youtu.be/1IZTy0l1CRw

Following 2015’s acclaimed debut ‘Please Come Home’, ‘The Big Dream’ has a core theme running through it – one that sees The Astronaut, the central character in the Lonely Robot adventure, emerging from a long period in stasis.

Mitchell explains: “The Astronaut wakes up from a cryogenic sleep but finds he’s no longer in space, and is instead in a woodland area surrounded by a group of strange people with animal heads! It’s a little surreal, a little ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to some extent. This is something of a solipsistic haze, for want of a better description!”

Mitchell explains more about his Lonely Robot concept: “I have always envisaged the storyline of The Astronaut’s journey evolving over the course of three albums. And I always knew where I wanted to go with the second album – taking The Astronaut away from space and into a strange and unfamiliar environment. Right now, I have no thoughts of what will happen for the third one but I’d better start thinking about it now!”

“The key inspiration for Lonely Robot comes from my love of science fiction films, and the atmospheric soundtracks that often accompany them – such as Alan Silvestri’s compositions for ‘Contact’ and Clint Mansell’s work for ‘Moon’.”

The album once again features drums by Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson), with all other instrumentation on the album delivered by Mitchell himself.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Prologue (Deep Sleep)
2. Awakenings
3. Sigma
4. In Floral Green
5. Everglow
6. False Lights
7. Symbolic
8. The Divine Art Of Being
9. The Big Dream
10. Hello World Goodbye
11. Epilogue (Sea Beams)

Bonus Tracks:
12. In Floral Green (Acoustic Version)
13. The Divine Art Of Being (Acoustic Version)
14. Why Do We Stay? (feat. Kim Seviour)

At the end of 2015, Lonely Robot played a triumphant show at The Scala in London, and Mitchell wants to play further live dates in 2017, with a few already confirmed. “The only condition is that I want them all to be special; and now we have two albums of material from which to choose the set.”

Lonely Robot will be brought to life on stage with Craig Blundell on drums, Steve Vantsis on bass & Liam Holmes on keyboards (pictured above). The following dates are currently confirmed:

Thu 27 April – Sub89, Reading, UK (album launch show)
Fri 28 April – Marillion Convention, Leicester, UK
Sat 27 May – Trinity Live, Assembly Rooms, Leamington Spa, UK

Lonely Robot’s debut album Please Come Home received fantastic reviews upon release, with Prog calling it “one mighty statement of intent” and Fireworks stating it’s “one of the finest pieces of Prog Pop”.

Look out for more information in the coming weeks at John Mitchell’s brand new website:
http://www.johnmitchellhq.com

LONELY ROBOT online:
http://www.facebook.com/johnchristianmitchell

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http://www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
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“Mind boggling… the grandest and subtlest ideas are on the table” -NPR

“The silo-smashing Bent Knee’s unique mix is equal parts ingenuity and deliciousness” – The Wall Street Journal

“Bent Knee breaks new stylistic and temperamental ground” – The Boston Globe

Bent Knee is unlike any band you’ve ever heard. Its borderless sound combines myriad influences from across the rock, pop, minimalist, and avant-garde spectrums into a seamless, thrilling whole. Its forthcoming album Land Animal-Bent Knee’s first for InsideOutMusic/Sony, released on June 23, 2017 -takes its sound to a new level. It offers a suite of songs full of addictive hooks, lush melodies and enthralling twists and turns that capture the reality of life in the 21st Century-a reality of people and nations in the midst of tumultuous change. It also communicates a ray of hope and desire for listeners to embrace the fact that they’re not alone in their struggles.

To watch the beautiful, provocative video for “Land Animal” please click link below: https://youtu.be/ocn0gkJ2sMY

Directed by Greg Bowan, the video explores the inner conflicts people have as they endure daily stresses and lose the big picture view on what really matters in life.

Bent Knee formed in 2009 as a democratic collective determined to push the boundaries of pop and rock. Lead singer and keyboardist Courtney Swain’s soaring vocals are instantly arresting. Guitarist Ben Levin is one of the most dynamic and versatile guitarists around, shifting between the raging and raucous to the sublime and meditative. Bassist Jessica Kion and drummer Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth combine into an enthralling rhythm section that’s equal parts powerhouse and nuance. Violinist Chris Baum’s kinetic violin work provides drama, grace and intrigue. World-class producer and live sound designer Vince Welch weaves it all together with a captivating, expert touch.

The band has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Its last two albums, 2016’s Say So and 2014’s Shiny Eyed Babies, were hailed as significant art-rock achievements. The group has performed hundreds of shows across the world to date. During the fall of 2016, the band played for ecstatic audiences as an opener for the U.S. leg of The Dillinger Escape Plan’s farewell tour ahead of signing with InsideOutMusic/Sony.

“We’re very excited to be working with InsideOutMusic/Sony,” said Swain. “It’s wonderful to have our music reach a lot of new ears across the globe through them. It’s an honor to join their roster of prestigious artists and we look forward to a long relationship with the label.”

The band is now on tour in America. During April and May, it opens for the expansive rock act Thank You Scientist, known for its combination of progressive and jazz influences. Bent Knee then continues in June with a headlining tour. See full routing below at: http://www.bentkneemusic.com/tour/

To pre-order Land Animal on iTunes today, with instant download of the title track, please visit: http://smarturl.it/BentKneeLandAnimal
Further preordering information coming soon.

Bent Knee Online:
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https://www.facebook.com/BentKneeMusic
https://twitter.com/bentkneemusic
https://www.instagram.com/bentkneemusic
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRd-aSYP_8IROepkG2xhrDg
https://soundcloud.com/bentkneemusic

INSIDEOUTMUSIC online:
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http://www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
http://www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
http://www.twitter.com/insideouteu

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Jim Matheos, founding guitarist of legendary US progressive metallers Fates Warning, has announced the release of the debut album from his new Ambient Instrumental Rock project Tuesday The Sky. The first full-length album ‘Drift’ is set for release on June 30th, 2017, and sees Matheos expanding the boundaries of his sound ever further.

Drift came together in the downtime between Fates Warning finishing Theories of Flight and the beginning of the touring cycle, enabling Matheos to explore a type of atmospheric and instrumental music you might not expect of him. He comments: “With this kind of music, it’s a lot about creating a mood and letting that sink in and develop over long periods of time, as opposed to the more frenetic format of most prog music.” Taking cues from artists like Brian Eno, Boards Of Canada, Sigur Ros and Explosions In The Sky, he explores expansive textures and ambient electronica, as well as some of the most colossal riffs he has ever produced.

The album also features the talents of God Is An Astronaut’s drummer Lloyd Hanney, who provides a rhythmic backbone that is at once punchy, precise and restrained when necessary. Other guests include long-time OSI collaborator and former Dream Theater member Kevin Moore who plays keys on two songs as well as Anna-Lynne Williams (Trespassers William, Lotte Kestner), who provides ethereal vocals (of the non-verbal kind) on two other songs.

What the future of this project holds and whether it will be taken out on the road is yet to be seen. Matheos comments: “It would be a challenge to bring this project but it is an interesting idea and one I would at least consider if there seems to be enough interest.” What is sure though, is that Tuesday The Sky‘s debut is a bold, brave, creative and ultimately successful album from one of rock’s most underrated of musicians.

The album will be released as special edition CD, black LP + CD & digital download.
Further details will be revealed soon.

In 2016, Jim Matheos released his 12th studio album with pioneering progressive metal band Fates Warning, titled ‘Theories of Flight’, and 2017 has seen them touring the US & Europe in support of that album. Watch the latest video taken from the album, for the track SOS, here: https://youtu.be/bRXFODSZSxM

Tuesday The Sky & Jim Matheos online:
https://www.facebook.com/TuesdaytheSky/ (not launched yet!)
http://www.tuesdaythesky.com (not launched yet!)
http://www.facebook.com/pg/Jim-Matheos-254045091307842/
http://jimmatheos.com/

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Lonely Robot, the project masterminded by producer, guitarist and singer/songwriter John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Arena), are set to release their much-anticipated second studio album ‘The Big Dream’ on 28th April 2017.
Today they launch a stream of the second single taken from the album, ‘Sigma’, which you can listen to here:https://youtu.be/y3rolatG5sE

John had this to say about the track: ‘Sigma is the very last track I recorded for The Big Dream, the nature of which can be summed up with a sadly age old proverb which resonates now more than ever; “History will teach us nothing”.’

The track will be available on all good streaming services from tomorrow (14th April), and will also be included as an instant grat on iTunes & Amazon MP3. Pre-order the album on all formats, including special edition digipak CD (including 3 bonus tracks), gatefold 2LP + CD, and digital download here: http://smarturl.it/LonelyRobotTBD

An official video for the album’s first single ‘Everglow’ was also recently launched and you can watch that here: https://youtu.be/onTjlbuKZxo

Watch John Mitchell discuss how Lonely Robot came together, as well as the new album, in a series of interview clips here: https://youtu.be/1IZTy0l1CRw

Following 2015’s acclaimed debut ‘Please Come Home’, ‘The Big Dream’ has a core theme running through it – one that sees The Astronaut, the central character in the Lonely Robot adventure, emerging from a long period in stasis.

Mitchell explains: “The Astronaut wakes up from a cryogenic sleep but finds he’s no longer in space, and is instead in a woodland area surrounded by a group of strange people with animal heads! It’s a little surreal, a little ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to some extent. This is something of a solipsistic haze, for want of a better description!”

Mitchell explains more about his Lonely Robot concept: “I have always envisaged the storyline of The Astronaut’s journey evolving over the course of three albums. And I always knew where I wanted to go with the second album – taking The Astronaut away from space and into a strange and unfamiliar environment. Right now, I have no thoughts of what will happen for the third one but I’d better start thinking about it now!”

“The key inspiration for Lonely Robot comes from my love of science fiction films, and the atmospheric soundtracks that often accompany them – such as Alan Silvestri’s compositions for ‘Contact’ and Clint Mansell’s work for ‘Moon’.”

The album once again features drums by Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson), with all other instrumentation on the album delivered by Mitchell himself.

The track listing is as follows:
1. Prologue (Deep Sleep)
2. Awakenings
3. Sigma
4. In Floral Green
5. Everglow
6. False Lights
7. Symbolic
8. The Divine Art Of Being
9. The Big Dream
10. Hello World Goodbye
11. Epilogue (Sea Beams)

Bonus Tracks:
12. In Floral Green (Acoustic Version)
13. The Divine Art Of Being (Acoustic Version)
14. Why Do We Stay? (feat. Kim Seviour)

At the end of 2015, Lonely Robot played a triumphant show at The Scala in London, and Mitchell wants to play further live dates in 2017, with a few already confirmed. “The only condition is that I want them all to be special; and now we have two albums of material from which to choose the set.”

Lonely Robot will be brought to life on stage with Craig Blundell on drums, Steve Vantsis on bass & Liam Holmes on keyboards (pictured above). The following dates are currently confirmed:

Thu 27 April – Sub89, Reading, UK (album launch show)
Fri 28 April – Marillion Convention, Leicester, UK
Sat 27 May – Trinity Live, Assembly Rooms, Leamington Spa, UK

Lonely Robot’s debut album Please Come Home received fantastic reviews upon release, with Prog calling it “one mighty statement of intent” and Fireworks stating it’s “one of the finest pieces of Prog Pop”.

Look out for more information in the coming weeks at John Mitchell’s brand new website:
http://www.johnmitchellhq.com

LONELY ROBOT online:
http://www.facebook.com/johnchristianmitchell

InsideOutMusic online:
http://www.insideoutmusic.com
http://www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
http://www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic

Visit the InsideOut Shop:
http://www.insideoutshop.de

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In 2016 renowned Dutch vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen announced the formation of a brand new progressive metal band under the name of VUUR. With their debut album well under way, the band are extremely pleased to announced they will be main support to Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA on The Ultimate Principle tour this coming November in Europe.

Anneke had this to say: “Right after the release of our debut album this fall, VUUR will hit the road on our first European tour as direct support for the mighty EPICA. Also part of this amazing line-up is Tunisian Progressive Metal band MYRATH. We are recording the album as we speak and we really can’t wait to play these songs live! We are looking forward to this tour and seeing you. Get ready for an amazing night and purchase your tickets here: http://www.epica.nl/tour“.

The list of dates is as follows:
9th November – Klub Studio, Krakow – Poland
12th November – Kesselhaus, Berlin – Germany
13th November – Markthalle, Hamburg – Germany
14th November – Essigfabrik, Cologne – Germany
15th November – La BAM, Metz – France
17th November – Stereolux, Nantes – France
18th November – Krakatoa, Bordeaux – France
25th November – Le Moulin, Marseille – France
26th November – Le Transbordeur, Lyon – France
29th November – Bakcstage Werk, Munich – Germany
3rd December – L’Aeronef, Lille – France

The band recently offered a glimpse into the recording process of their debut album at Sandlane Recording Facilities in Rijen, the Netherlands. You can watch a behind the scenes video here: https://youtu.be/BUFJHiabs9o

In the video Anneke reveals that the lyrical content of the album is inspired by the many cities she has visited while being on the road.

Anneke comments: “For a long time I’ve wanted to make a kind of concept album about the cities we’ve visited, because we tour so much and see so many countries and cities. I often have a strong feeling for a city. It can be anything – sometimes I visualize a city as a man or a character, or sometimes something happened in that city and I want to write about that.”

Other confirmed live dates are as follows:
9th June – Neushoorn (warm-up show), Leeuwarden – the Netherlands
30th June – Tuska Open Air, Helsinki – Finland
14th July – Masters of Rock, Vizovice – Czech Republic
15th July – Dynamo Metal Fest, Eindhoven – the Netherlands

More dates TBA.

VUUR’s debut full length is due in the fall of this year.

ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN online:
http://www.annekevangiersbergen.com
http://www.facebook.com/annekevangiersbergenofficial
https://instagram.com/annekeannique
https://twitter.com/AnnekeAnnique
http://www.youtube.com/AguaDeAnniqueMusic

VUUR online:
http://www.vuur.band
http://www.facebook.com/vuurband
https://instagram.com/vuur_band
https://twitter.com/vuur_band

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http://www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
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Following last years disbanding of Sweden’s , vocalist and driving force Rikard Sjöblom has turned his attention to his solo project Gungfly, and signed with InsideOutMusic for the release of their next album ‘On Her Journey To The Sun’ on 19th May 2017. Now they are pleased to reveal the title track of the album with a brand new live video which you can see here:http://vevo.ly/krbhwN

Rikard had this to say: “On Her Journey To The Sun is the title track for the new Gungfly album and I would say it is one of the poppier tunes of the bunch. Instead of doing a traditional music video we decided to record a live version of the song in the studio and film it! This seemed more natural for Gungfly and gave us a chance to show you the live band.

The title comes from the late stand-up comedian Bill Hicks who asked himself what “On Her Journey To The Sun” will be available as a special edition 2CD digipak, http://smarturl.it/RSGungflyOHJTTS

Watch a teaser for the album https://youtu.be/zga0ZdGd-uc

“I recorded what was to become the first album between 2007 – 2008 and it was released in 2009. The name Gungfly is a Swedish word meaning Rikard continues: “I’ve always been writing and recording lots of music and when I formed the live band to perform these songs for the first time I got to pick some of my oldest friends to play with and thankfully they wanted to be part of it! Petter and Rasmus Diamant (yes, they’re brothers) on drums and bass have always been the backbone foundation in this line-up and sometimes we actually do gigs as the Gungfly trio. Sverker Magnusson has been behind the keys since the start and was recently joined by Martin Borgh too to be able to cover all of the keyboard work on the albums, so sometimes we do three keyboard players on stage at the same time! This is made possible by the fact that guitarist David Zackrisson (Beardfish) is in the band as well. Me then? I do what I’ve always done; sing, play guitars and a bunch of vintage keyboards (mainly Hammond organ) – and I have lots of fun.”

Rikard Sjo¨blom is perhaps best known as the multi-instrumentalist frontman of Beardfish, who established themselves as one’Folklore’. That year also marked the release of his most recent solo album under his own name, ‘The Unbendable Sleep’.

GUNGFLY online:
https://www.facebook.com/rikardsjoblom/
http://www.rikardsjoblom.com/

InsideOutMusic online:
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http://www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
http://www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic

Visit the InsideOut Shop:
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Lonely Robot, the project masterminded by producer, guitarist and singer/songwriter John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Arena), recently announced that their much-anticipated second studio album ‘The Big Dream’ will be released on 28th April 2017. Today sees the launch of the official video for the track ‘Everglow’, directed by previous collaborator Lee Blackmore.

Watch it now at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onTjlbuKZxo

John Mitchell had this to say: “Everglow is the first song I wrote for The Big Dream, and here is my ace pop video for it. It features what I call an anti-chorus…if you need to vindicate yourself on a public platform you’re looking in the wrong placeJ”
A series of interview clips were recently launched, where John Mitchell discusses how Lonely Robot came together, and the new album in detail. Watch the latest one here: https://youtu.be/1IZTy0l1CRw

Following 2015’s acclaimed debut ‘Please Come Home’, ‘The Big Dream’ has a core theme running through it – one that sees The Astronaut, the central character in the Lonely Robot adventure, emerging from a long period in stasis.

Mitchell explains: “The Astronaut wakes up from a cryogenic sleep but finds he’s no longer in space, and is instead in a woodland area surrounded by a group of strange people with animal heads! It’s a little surreal, a little ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to some extent. This is something of a solipsistic haze, for want of a better description!”
Mitchell explains more about his Lonely Robot concept: “I have always envisaged the storyline of The Astronaut’s journey evolving over the course of three albums. And I always knew where I wanted to go with the second album – taking The Astronaut away from space and into a strange and unfamiliar environment. Right now, I have no thoughts of what will happen for the third one but I’d better start thinking about it now!”
“The key inspiration for Lonely Robot comes from my love of science fiction films, and the atmospheric soundtracks that often accompany them – such as Alan Silvestri’s compositions for ‘Contact’ and Clint Mansell’s work for ‘Moon’.”

The album once again features drums by Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson), with all other instrumentation on the album delivered by Mitchell himself.

‘The Big Dream’ will be available as a special edition digipak CD (including 3 bonus tracks), gatefold 2LP + CD, and digital download. Pre-order now here: http://smarturl.it/LonelyRobotTBD

The track listing is as follows:
1. Prologue (Deep Sleep)
2. Awakenings
3. Sigma
4. In Floral Green
5. Everglow
6. False Lights
7. Symbolic
8. The Divine Art Of Being
9. The Big Dream
10. Hello World Goodbye
11. Epilogue (Sea Beams)

Bonus Tracks:
1. In Floral Green (Acoustic Version)
2. The Divine Art Of Being (Acoustic Version)
3. Why Do We Stay? (feat. Kim Seviour)

At the end of 2015, Lonely Robot played a triumphant show at The Scala in London, and Mitchell wants to play further live dates “The only condition is that I want them all to be special; and now we have two albums of material from which to choose the set.”

Lonely Robot will be brought to life on stage with CraigThe following dates are currently confirmed:

Thu 27 April – Sub89, Reading, UK (album launch show)
Fri 28 April – Marillion Convention, Leicester, UK
Sat 27 May – Trinity Live, Assembly Rooms, Leamington Spa, UK

Lonely Robot’s debut album Please Come Home received fantastic reviews upon release, with Prog calling it “one mighty statement of intent” and Fireworks stating it’s “one of the finest pieces of Prog Pop”.

Look out for more information in the coming weeks at John Mitchell’s brand new website:
http://www.johnmitchellhq.com

LONELY ROBOT online:
http://www.facebook.com/johnchristianmitchell

InsideOutMusic online:
http://www.insideoutmusic.com
http://www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
http://www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic

Visit the InsideOut Shop:
http://www.insideoutshop.de