London – With The Pineapple Thief’s Dissolution Tour Part 2, due to begin on 21st February in Italy, the band have released a new video for the track “Threatening War”, from their critically acclaimed studio album Dissolution.
Frontman, composer and guitarist, Bruce Soord on seeing director George Laycock’s interpretation of the song reflects “When I wrote the words for ‘Threatening War’, I had in my mind the journey from despair to hope, and how we need a physical connection with people in our lives to complete that journey, if and when it happens. When I saw how ‘Blacktide’ had tackled this visually it really hit home in a way I wasn’t quite prepared for. It captures the emotion of the song perfectly.”
The Pineapple Thief are due to begin the second leg of their European & UK Dissolution tour in February, have confirmed they will be taking new label mates O.R.k out as main support. The first leg of the tour in September included many sold out shows and their biggest show to date at London’s prestigious O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and will once again be joined by now full-time member Gavin Harrison on all dates.
21.02 Firenze (Italy) – Viper 22.02 Roma (Italy) – Largo Venue 23-02 Milano (Italy) – Santeria Social Club 24.02 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7 26.02 Stuttgart (Germany) – LKA – Longhorn 27.02 Frankfurt (Germany) – Batschkapp 28.02 Strasburg (France) – La Laiterie 1.03 Zoetermeer (Holland) – Boerderij 2.03 Hamburg (Germany) – Grosse Freiheit 36 3.03 Copenhagen (Denmark) – Vega 5.03 Stockholm (Sweden) – Nalen 6.03 Oslo (Norway) – Rockefeller 20.03 Newcastle (UK) – O2 Academy 21.03 Glasgow (UK) – Saint Luke’s 22.03 Manchester (UK) – o2 The Ritz 23.03 Birmingham (UK) – o2 The Institute 2 24.03 Bristol (UK) – SWX
The Pineapple Thief will be supported by new Kscope label mates O.R.k
The Pineapple Thief have an extensive live campaign planned for 2019, including a return to London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire to headline HRH Prog on 26/27th October (http://www.hrhprog.com/ ) so look out for further dates to be announced.
The band’s 2016 album, Your Wilderness produced 4m+ album streams, a #7 in the UK Independent Charts and two extensive headline European tours culminating at London’s Islington Assembly Hall where the concert was recorded for the live release Where We Stood. Their recently released album Dissolution has seen the band propelled to even greater heights, having gained a #1 position in the UK Rock Charts and #22 in the German national album charts. The band have garnered high praise across the worldwide media as can be seen in the small selection of review quotes below…
Prog Magazine – Album Of The Month – “a varied album that pulls together the band’s diverse styles into nine cerebral but very accessible songs” Kerrang Magazine – “Its existence makes the world a slightly better place” Total Guitar – “this is essential listening for fans of contemporary prog” Slam (DE) – “Just a beautiful, melancholy record, powerful and full of hymn-like harmonies” Lust for Life (NL) – “Dissolution ticks all the boxes” RockTribune (BE) – “an album to cherish” Rockerilla (IT) – “a beautiful album from the beginning to the end, where every track is a piece of a mosaic of enchanted sounds”
Casey McPherson, the vocalist for prog rock supergroups Flying Colors and The Sea Within, is pleased to announce the release of a new Alpha Rev album entitled ‘Alpha Rev presents Cas.e Sessions, Volume 1.’ Alpha Rev is the singer/songwriters own project that he has spearheaded since 2005. The album is a collection of songs written over the course of the last two years as part of the singer’s monthly fan-subscription service, The Cas.e Sessions.
You can see the lyric video for the track “My Evolution” here:
After recording and performing with bands for most of his career, Casey McPherson wanted to do something outside the box, a more in-depth artistic look into life for him… so, he started a music and video experience called the Cas.e Sessions. The Cas.e Sessions explores creating songs around a relevant topic or experience and documents the whole process. Every month, the members of the Cas.e Sessions get a new song, a short documentary around the song, and an online live show, which has allowed McPherson to make a record completely independent, fully funded by the members.
Casey had this to say about the song and album:
“’My Evolution’ captures a lot of what I’ve learned from Flying Colors. I also ended up playing every instrument on the recording so that was a fun challenge. You won’t know what you’re capable of until you try!
I didn’t intend to release the Cas.e Sessions Volume 1 to the general public, just to the Cas.e Sessions members, mostly because I recorded each song in a day and wasn’t thinking about how it would be received. Maybe that was a good thing? Looking back, I’m very proud of the journey it takes you on!”
3.I’m a Refugee
4.White Matter Recess
6.You Are the Peacemakers
7.Song of Aleppo
8.Write Your Name
10.Stillness for Humans
Casey McPherson is a singer/songwriter who began his recording career with the band Endochine in 2004. A year later he formed Alpha Rev and found success in the pop/alternative world with that band’s second album New Morning and that album’s title track. “New Morning” was added on VH1, and it became a top 10 hit on the AAA radio charts, as did “Sing Loud” from the 3rd record “Bloom.”
In 2012, he was approached by Flying Colors manager Bill Evans at the suggestion of drummer Mike Portnoy, who was a fan of McPherson’s band Endochine. The singer joined Portnoy, Neal Morse, Dave LaRue and Steve Morse in Flying Colors, who released their debut album in 2012 and the follow-up Second Nature in 2014. This unexpected entry into the world of progressive rock introduced McPherson to a whole new audience. In 2018, he recorded a few tracks on the debut self-titled album by new prog supergroup The Sea Within, featuring Roine Stolt, Marco Minnemann, Jonas Reingold, Tom Brislin and Pain of Salvation vocalist Daniel Gildenlöw. McPherson has since replaced Gildenlöw as the group’s full-time singer. The Sea Within are set to appear on the upcoming Cruise to the Edge, Feb, 4th-9th in Tampa, Florida.
Currently, McPherson is working with Flying Colors on the group’s 3rd studio album. He is planning an upcoming solo progressive rock album and will continue to release albums under Alpha Rev and as a solo artist.
Hailing from the Southeast of the United Kingdom, melodic yet progressive rock act The Room is thrilled to announce their signing to White Star Records, the label owned and operated by Chris Hillman and John Mitchell. This announcement comes shortly after White Star Records added London prog rock outfit Quantum Pig to their growing roster of artists. Both bands now join a label that currently houses the likes of Voices From The Fuselage, Kepler Ten and The Paradox Twin.
Chris Hillman details the journey leading toward this signing event:
“I’d been aware of The Room for some time and became very impressed with their musicianship, however, the thing that really won me over was this huge step up in their melodic, anthemic quality. It feels like The Room is growing and developing with every album, and I find many of their melodies going around in my head after listening – real “earworms” that I think will resonate with a large audience. Get ready for some quality prog with sticky, memorable moments!”
Along with their signing announcement, The Room has simultaneously unveiled early details of a new studio album. Their upcoming third full-length is titled ‘Caught By The Machine’ and will be released on 22nd February 2019. Ahead of this release, the sextet is giving fans and newcomers a taste of things to come with their first video single for the track ‘Broken’.
Binding a broad range of musical influences into a distinct and nostalgic sound, smart songwriting and captivating melodies form the foundation of The Room’s musical core. ‘Broken’ proves no exception, but don’t let it’s bright, foot-tapping, major-key guitar riffing fool you – there’s more to the single than meets the eye…
“I had to think long and hard about how ‘Broken’ was to be approached,” explains vocalist Martin Wilson. “I’d always wanted to play with the idea that most problems people have been brought on by themselves; Wrong life decisions, bad investments, excessive drink, and drugs abuse, mistreatment of others and so on. Often, I have found that people in these positions are the first to complain, but the last to admit fault.”
“With ‘Broken’, the instrumental backdrop is uplifting, with this jaunty feel to it, but I wanted to find something different – a juxtaposition if you like – to the lyrics, adding a little more intrigue to the song. So we’ve got this upbeat instrumental backing, while the lyrics offer a slightly darker picture. Spiraling out of control because of one’s own actions, how life can crash over negativity you’ve brought on yourself and so on…and yet you still complain and pass blame.”
The Room unashamedly admits that they wrote “Broken” as something of a challenge to themselves. All too aware of the modern specifics of genre definition, the band hoped to be able to break prog traditions, writing a three-minute, mainstream song that would merge the great melodies and broad choruses of prog, whilst remaining radio-friendly and accessible.
Despite the strong narrative of ‘Broken’, The Room recognized the bounce and drive of the single and wanted to bring this to life even more with a quirky, fun music video, shot at the 2018 Cambridge Rock Festival by MHG Music Videos.
Jaclyn Bradley Palmer is releasing the music video “O’ Holy Night,” her duet with Holland’s Broadway actor Jeroen Robben (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST). The song appears on her new holiday album, DECEMBER.
There’s the warmth of brother in “O’ Holy Night.” The video takes place in a church built in the 1200s in the Netherlands. It moves from black and white to color and features Jaclyn and Jeroen blending their trained and comforting voices, plus her friends harmonizing in the background. ”My musical friends,” the magnanimous Jaclyn says. “They hail from 7 different countries, and they’re all different, but coming together in harmony. I’ve always made artistic friends wherever I lived (Cleveland, LA, New York, Holland, now Ireland). I always had a community, thanks to music and art. “
The changing of black & white into color, Jaclyn explains, “signifies the light and beauty that comes from the holiday season. By using one take (after the introduction footage), we allow viewers to enter the ancient church and experience the song as if they were a fly on the wall, inviting them into the middle of a very special moment in time.”
Jaclyn enjoyed working with Jeroen, whom she met on the set of the Voice Holland.
He came to her house to watch the episode they were on together. But he had to sing to Jaclyn’s 4-year old daughter for his supper because he played “The Beast.” “She was absolutely mesmerized to have a real Disney character in her living room!”
December is Jaclyn Bradley Palmer’s 4th studio album release, and in the Americana Singer-Songwriter Genre.
Palmer received her vocal training in opera from Indiana University and later became a singer-songwriter in Los Angeles where her music was licensed for TV and film. The new record, which combines holiday classics with original compositions, is a nod to her diverse musical background. “I have been longing to create a holiday album for many years and am so happy with the result,” shared Palmer. “Every winter, the music of Nat King Cole and Johnny Mathis filled my house and really made the home feel like Christmas. I wanted to contribute to this musical tradition of bringing on holiday cheer in the same way.”
Jaclyn Bradley Palmer’s new Christmas album, DECEMBER is available for download and streaming on mediums such as iTunes, Amazon, Spotify. The album (as well as Jaclyn’s catalog) can be purchased through the artist’s website: www.jaclynbradleypalmer.com.
On iTunes, Amazon, all digital stores for a special price of $7.92!
Fernando Perdomo just released his new music video for “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” at Abbey Road Studios featuring Diane Birch Shawn Lee and Jason and Daphna Rowe…
While My Guitar Gently Weeps was recorded and filmed at Abbey Road Studio 2 in the UK on (07-25-18) the song comes from Perdomas latest release Zebra Crossing.
Video information and credits
On July 25th, 1968, The Beatles started recording “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in Abbey Road Studio 2 during the sessions for the legendary “White Album”.
50 years later to the day. The song was recorded again in the same studio with a group of British and American musicians.
Video Directed, Shot and Edited by Cyndi Trissel
Additional footage by Sharon Rudolph
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
Written by George Harrison
Produced by Fernando Perdomo
Engineered by Gordon Davidson and Fernando Perdomo
Mixed and Mastered by Zach Ziskin
Fernando Perdomo – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Diane Birch – Vocals
Shawn Lee – Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jason Rowe – Vocals
Daphna Rowe – Vocals
Paul Stacey – Bass
Dave Bainbridge – Piano
Andy Mapp – Drums
Dave Kerzner – Organ and Mellotron
Mark Murdock – Percussion
Kaitlin Wolfberg – Violin
Ruti Celli – Cello
1. I’M HERE
2. SOMETIMES I FEEL NOTHING AT ALL
3. FIND LOVE (HOLD ON)
4. WE WERE RAISED WITH HEADPHONES ON
6. NOT MEANT TO BE
9. CROWN OF STARS
12.WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS
Norwegian Progressive Rock Band 22 is releasing their new single “Chroma Key” today. It’s the second new song taken from the double album “You Are Creating“, which will be released on November 23rd via Long Branch Records and Indie Recordings (Nordics).
Guitarist Magnus Børmark about “Chroma Key”:
” ‘Chroma Key’ is a song about our physical reality being in a reciprocal reflecting relationship with our inner world. Where to start if you want to make a change? It is lyrically somewhat inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Man in the mirror”, though our song encourages crushing the looking glass, and see what happens then. I also thought of this song as a good song to drive to, and the guitar riff was based on some tom-pattern that Andreas (the drummer) made. The title of the song alludes to a rainbow, and how all the colors combined can unlock something bigger than the individual parts. Since light is basically sound at a much higher frequency, we have used specific colors for the respective instruments in “22”, so as to visually match what is going on aurally.
22 have defined their own musical domain as an eclectic, melodic, energetic and stadium-appealing progressive rock outfit. “You Are Creating” is a conceptual album divided into two limbs, making it up to the listener to create a whole of these two parts, trusting the active participation of the listener.
“You Are Creating” is an assertion made by 22 that the listener is the one creating the effects of the music they are hearing. Pitch and rhythm in different arrangements (songs) are just tools provided by the artist, which the listener utilizes and thus creates the experience of music.
The band claims that it is not the artist’s stories and emotions that are “given” to the listener. The listener uses music actively to explore their own emotional, mental and spiritual realms. Therefore, music is able to create experiences on such an intimate and personal level, having millions of different people from different cultures thinking: “they are singing about my life!” or “that’s exactly how I feel” in response to hearing the exact same recording of the exact song. Consciously or not, humans use music to explore their own life, world and being.
Every song on “You Are Creating” is made with the above-mentioned mechanism as an all-permeating creative principle.
“You Are Creating” is available in the following editions:
inner sleevesShirt Bundle
– LBR LP+T-Shirt Bundle
– Double Gatefold LP incl. ‘Limb1’ on mint colored vinyl and ‘Limb2’ on purple colored vinyl, printed inner sleeves and download code
– 2CD Digipak
– Digital (as single albums “You Are Creating: Limb1” & “You Are Creating: Limb2”)
E.S.P (Extra Sensory Play) EP – 2009
FLUX – Album – 2010
PLASTIK EP 2011
KNEEL ESTATE EP – 2012
FLUX Japan Edition – 2012
FLUX Uk Edition – 2012
THE POOL SESSIONS – Live DVD – 2012
YOU ARE CREATING – 2018