When I got back from the riverside tour, I went straight to the serakos studio to shut down the new lunatic soul album. Came today 🙂
I am pleased to announce that after more than one written journey through various types of intersection, popękania and breaking to pieces and after the recent study marathons successfully reached the end.
The British Melodic Hard Rock band TEN, are releasing today the second single from their forthcoming 13th studio album entitled “Gothica”, which will be released on the 7th of July, 2017 via Frontiers Records. The brand new track entitled “La Luna Dra-Cu-La”, the lyric video of which we present to you today, is a fast rocker, based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which describes, according to band leader Gary Hughes, “the moment when guests approach Dracula’s castle for the first time, with the full moon illuminating an otherwise obscure and disturbing scene. The Dracula Moon, as the Transylvanian people call it.”
“Gothica” was produced by Gary Hughes and mixed/mastered by Dennis Ward, a longstanding professional association which has been ongoing since Dennis mixed TEN’s 2011 album, “Stormwarning”.
Additionally, the album features stunning original artwork by Stan W. Decker, while the atmospheric sleeve photography is once again provided by the remarkably talented Adrian Ashworth.
1. The Grail
2. Jekyll And Hyde
4. Man For All Seasons
5. In My Dreams
6. The Wild King Of Winter
8. Welcome To The Freak Show
9. La Luna Dra-cu-la
10. Into Darkness
Gary Hughes – Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar, Bass and Programming
Dann Rosingana – Guitar
Steve Grocott – Guitar
John Halliwell – Guitar
Steve McKenna – Bass Guitar
Darrel Treece-Birch – Keyboards
Max Yates – Drums and Percussion
Additional Backing Vocals – Karen Fell
Driftiting Sun is pleased to announce that their forthcoming new album ‘Twilight’ is now available as a pre-order on their official website and bandcamp.
Drifting Sun would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Mathieu Spaeter as our new guitarist. “Mathieu is a fantastic addition to the band, and has come up with superb guitars for this album which add magic to our tracks… welcome to Drifting Sun Mathieu!”
“We are really excited to bring this new record out – our most accomplished work so far – and we hope that you will all have as much pleasure discovering the album, as we have had making it!”
To celebrate the release of the “Twilight” Drifting Sun is offering a free download of the track Soldiers from their bandcamp site:
PETER FALCONER – VOCALS
Peter Falconer is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Hartlepool in the North East of England. Originally a classically trained pianist, he has been playing music for as long as he can remember, and counts Todd Rundgren, Prince and Frank Zappa amongst his biggest influences. He drinks an absurd amount of tea and speaks bad German.
MATHIEU SPAETER – GUITARS
PAT SANDERS – KEYBOARDS
Pat Sanders has collaborated on a large number of studio and live projects with many talented musicians throughout his career as a performer and song writer. He was part of numerous Rock acts back in France, and one of his most notable contributions is on Progressive Rock band Emeraude’s second record Voyageur. In the mid 90’s, Pat was also one of the founding members of a Jethro Tull tribute band named The Passion Players, a band which he followed on tour in Canada for a year. During his Canadian stint, Pat took time to play keyboards on the debut album of Esoteric Prog outfit Salem. With Drifting Sun, Pat has had the opportunity to work with John Lingwood (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) and John Keeble (Spandau Ballet). He lives in leafy South Buckinghamshire and drives a death trap.
MANU MICHAEL – BASS
Manu hails from the French Riviera. In the early 90’s he moved to the UK, and enjoyed a long stint in the country, during which time he joined Yorkshire-based Hard Rock outfit Mother Mary. Together, they toured extensively throughout the UK and abroad, and released an album entitled ‘Truth’. Manu has since settled back in the South of France and now divides his time between working as a session bass player and getting his own solo project off the ground. His influences range from Billy Sheehan to Gene Simmons to Steve Harris. He is a perfectionist and prides himself on having recorded all his bass lines in one take (except for the ones that took several attempts).
WILL JONES – DRUMS
Will began collaborating with artists from around the world in 2001. After graduating from music college in 2003 he spent a year with a band in Germany, then formed pop/punk outfit This Is My Honesty in 2006, cutting his teeth as a live performer. Will moved on to join London-based BBC Switch indie favourites Kids Love Lies in 2010, before entering the session world the following year. Will once got lost on the way to the stage at Sheffield City Hall.
Following their successful South American tour, Renaissance featuring Annie Haslam will be back in the US Northeast in October and November 2017 debuting their “Symphonic Journey” tour. This tour will include four very special concerts featuring a “10-piece Chamber Orchestra” (a handpicked assemblage of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion); October 26th at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT, October 27th at the Keswick Theater in Glenside PA, Town Hall in New York City October 28th and The Egg in Albany NY on October 29th. These performances will be the first time in 40 years that Renaissance will perform on stage with a “live” orchestra and, in addition, 2017 marks the 48th year since the band’s formation and its ninth consecutive year of touring since their reactivation in 2009.
Plans are currently being made for the group to film the October 27th Keswick Theatre show for an upcoming DVD release, which will follow the success of their 2015 London Union Chapel DVD. Additional tour performances without the chamber orchestra are currently being scheduled. A crowd funding campaign has been started to raise the significant funds to produce the new live DVD
For more information: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/renaissance-chamber-orchestra-live-concert-dvd
Renaissance leader and vocalist, Annie Haslam remarks, “The band keeps getting stronger and stronger and the addition of the chamber orchestra will be the most exciting event for the band in years. This addition of ‘live’ orchestral musicians will add an incredible dynamic to our big numbers like ‘Mother Russia,’ ‘Carpet Of The Sun’ and ‘Song For All Seasons,’ all of which included an orchestra on the original recordings.”
Ms Haslam will be joined on stage by long time musical associate Rave Tesar on piano along with Tom Brislin on keyboards, Mark Lambert on guitars, Frank Pagano on drums and percussion, and Leo Traversa on bass.
Oct 27 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA Tickets RSVP (With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra)
Oct 28 – Town Hall – New York, NY Tickets RSVP (With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra)
Oct 29 – The Egg – Albany, NY Tickets RSVP (With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra)
Nov 01 – City Winery – Boston, MA Tickets RSVP
Nov 02 – Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD Tickets RSVP
Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds. Acclaimed for their unique blending of progressive rock with classical and symphonic influences, the band’s career has spanned forty plus years spearheaded by the 5 octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford. They are widely considered to be the band that most successfully and routinely utilized the sound of a full orchestra in their recordings.
The band has toured throughout the world and has performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and additionally at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Chorale Society. Renaissance had a top ten hit in the UK with their song Northern Lights that still demands airplay to this day.
Watch the recent Renaissance/Annie Haslam music video for “Cry to the World” (with Ian Anderson on flute!):
The Second Brightest Star is a companion album to the Folklore (2016) and Grimspound (2017) releases and features over 40 minutes of new songs and instrumentals alongside music from the Folklore and Grimspound albums presented in extended formats. With the exception of Brooklands and London Plane which were recorded at 24/48 and have therefore been up-sampled for this release to 24/96, all audio is at studio master 24/96 hi-resolution. The Bandcamp download includes a complimentary PDF of the album booklet including lyrics and the stories behind the songs.
The Second Brightest Star Track Listing
1. The Second Brightest Star 07:17
2. Haymaking 03:23
3. Skylon 06:44
4. London Stone 02:01
5. The Passing Widow 05:33
6. The Leaden Stour 07:19
7. Terra Australis Incognita 04:16
8. Brooklands sequence 17:33
9. London Plane sequence 13:14 10. The Gentlemen’s Reprise 03:03
About Big Big Train
Big Big Train are an English progressive rock band formed in Bournemouth in 1990. The current line-up consists of Nick D’Virgilio (drums), Dave Gregory (guitars), Rachel Hall (violin), David Longdon (vocals, flute, keyboards and guitars), Danny Manners (keyboards and bass), Andy Poole (guitars, bass and keyboards), Rikard Sjöblom (keyboards and guitars) and Gregory Spawton (bass, guitars and keyboards). Until 2009, the band were mostly as a studio project band headed by Spawton and Poole with changing line-ups and guest musicians. They have released eleven studio albums and three EPs.
After starting out as an independent band, Big Big Train were signed to Giant Electric Pea from 1993 to 1998 and distributed their releases through their own website. Since their sixth album The Underfall Yard, which received critical acclaim from the progressive rock community, a more stable lineup has been established, and the band performed their first live concerts in 17 years at Kings Place, London, in August 2015. The gigs were voted Event Of The Year by the readers of Prog magazine. Stone & Steel, a Blu-ray featuring the 2014 rehearsals at Real World Studios and four of the songs performed at Kings Place, was released on 21 March 2016. Big Big Train were the winners of the Breakthrough Award at the Progressive Music Awards held at Kew Gardens, London on 3 September 2013, and have been nominated in several other categories in recent years. The band’s latest studio albums, Grimspound and The Second Brightest Star, were released April and June 2017 respectively.