Swedish Heavy Prog Band “Blå Lotus” Recording Sophomore album

Blå Lotus is back in the studio recording the follow-up album to the highly acclaimed debut Tube Alloys, released in January 2018. Pictured below is the keyboard rig of Fredrik Andersson. Swedish Heavy Prog band

Tube Alloys was only released as a digital album and are available worldwide on all digital platforms including the band’s Online shops

The Band
Fredrik Andersson // Keyboards & Vocals
Linus Karlsson // Bass Guitar
Wiktor Nydén // Drums & Percussion

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Prog Ensemble 41POINT9 Premieres Second Video “These Four Lands” From Forthcoming Album “Mr. Astute Trousers”

“In my mind, this is a band that melds two of my favorite things about music; Pop sensibility and progressive complexity. ” – Ted Leonard – Spocks Beard, Enchant 

Prog ensemble 41POINT9 is premiering their second video titled “These Four Lands”  from their forthcoming album “Mr. Astute Trousers” on Sonic Perspectives! The band has two albums being released internationally on September 21, 2018. One is the brand-new sophomore release “Mr. Astute Trousers” and the other is a remixed and remastered version of their debut album “Still Looking For Answers.” The band has been busy creating a series of high-quality concept videos to help get word about the album out.

Watch 41POINT9’s “These Four Lands” video here:

Hammer meets anvil and the sparks fly. In the process, a sword is made stronger than it could have been before. The same thing happened back in 1995 when bassist/songwriter/producer Bob Madsen met guitarist/songwriter/singer Brian Cline in the North Bay Area of California. Brian and Bob began working together on a few tunes written by Bob and began a lifelong “bromance.” In Brian, Bob had found the perfect voice for his muse. The only problem was Brian’s insistence on editing Bob’s lyrics (a process referred to as “lyrical evisceration”). (Of course, the real problem is that almost without exception Bob has had to admit that Brian’s edits make the songs better.)

After nearly a decade of friendship, the two decided to start a band together. That band is 41POINT9 and is known for being a prog rock band, but Bob and Brian would probably argue that point with you. “We don’t care about styles or subjects or how the song will be classified. We start out with an idea and let the idea dictate where the song will lead. We usually write the lyrics first and then add the music in order to further the concept of the song. As such, we are able to bring a diverse range of musical influences to bear, like a painter would with many pigments and brushes. We actually create the songs with little to no regard for how we would or even could perform them live.” Bob continues, “We might combine Stravinsky strings with funk bass and heavy metal guitars. Hip-hop or EDM production styles might meet new wave synths and storytelling lyrics that would be at home on a classic country album. We simply don’t care as long as the song is good.”

“Notice we didn’t mention Prog?” Brian adds, “We absolutely love progressive music; however, we don’t stop there. We are in the pursuit of the different. Shouldn’t progressive music progress? Why apply the same stylistic norms that have been used since the ’70s and still call it progressive? That’s not progressive – that’s stagnant.”

“Don’t get us wrong,” chimes in Bob, “we are writing songs with a very strong pop sensibility and we feel they are eminently listenable; we just don’t feel the pressure to stay in one genre or tonality. It just doesn’t matter as long as it serves the song.”

In support of the “Mr. Astute Trousers” album release, 41POINT9 is preparing to tour later in the year if all goes well. “The difficulty in touring is that we have been having a real problem finding a drummer for the band,” Bob concludes. “All of the ones we have auditioned have spontaneously combusted. I guess that’s what we get for using the same talent agency as Spinal Tap.”

For more information:
www.41POINT9.com
www.TheHighlanderCo.com
https://www.facebook.com/41POINT9/

Soft Machine Announce New Album Hidden Details & World Tour Dates, with First North American Dates Since 1974!

NYC – In support of their forthcoming new album, British music legends Soft Machine will embark on their first North American tour since 1974 in October 2018, followed by the second North-American leg of the tour in January/February 2019. In concert, their set list will include material from all parts of the band’s repertoire from 1970 onwards, but this is emphatically not a nostalgia act resting on its laurels. Last weekend Soft Machine played their first two shows in North America since 1974 (it was in 1974 they toured USA and Canada during the Bundles/Allan Holdsworth era). Both shows, at the Montreal Jazz Festival and Quebec City, were exceptionally well received by the enthusiastic audience and local press.

Hidden Details is a new studio album of Soft Machine, recorded at the late great Jon Hiseman’s Temple Studio in Surrey, England, last December 2017, and it will be released in September 2018 on MoonJune Records (North America; on CD and HD Download), on John Etheridge’s Dyan Records (UK/Europe on CD, and iTunes), and on Vivid Records (Japan), exactly 50 years since the release of the band’s 1968 debut album The Soft Machine. Limited and highly collectible vinyl edition of only 200 coloured vinyl (orange, blue and tour edition orange & blue marbled) will be released on the Dutch label Tonefloat, on September 8, 2018.

“’Hidden Details’ is very much the product of an active, contemporary sounding outfit striking out with its own agenda. Though informed by the past, the music here is neither weighed down nor beholden to it. Animated with the same ineffable and inquisitive spirit that has always made this group throughout its fifty years such a compelling experience, it’’ good to have a new Soft Machine with us in 2018. The yearning tenderness of ‘Heart Off Guard’ and the come-down reveries of ‘Broken Hill’ and ‘Drifting White’ showcase the more intimate aspects of Soft Machine’s personality while in contrast, ‘One Glove’ gives the more pugilistic side of John Etheridge’s playing an outing. The terse angularities of the title track and ‘Life on Bridges’ highlight a fearless disposition, as does the buzzsaw interplay heard during ‘Ground Lift’ and ‘Flight of the Jett,’ both featuring Roy Babbington’s decisive interventions. The surging lyricism of ‘Fourteen Hour Dream’ flirts with an almost popish sensibility, underscoring the sense that this is a quartet that is fundamentally at ease with itself. The return of what some older fans of the band have called ‘cosmic tinkles’’– the appearance of layers of cyclical electric piano motifs – is especially welcome. Their brief manifestation on ‘The Man Who Waved at Trains’ and Third-era, ‘Out-Bloody-Rageous,’ both stone-cold Mike Ratledge-composed classics, adds an extra spacey dimension to the overall sound. Travis’ use of looping technology with his flutes creates its own beguiling world and can be heard to powerful effect on the beautiful and enigmatic ‘Breathe,’ where his hovering notes are underpinned by Marshall’s oblique yet atmospheric percussion.” – Sid Smith

Soft Machine:
JOHN ETHERIDGE – guitar
THEO TRAVIS – sax, flute, Fender Rhodes
ROY BABBINGTON – bass guitar
JOHN MARSHALL – drums
with special guest GARY HUSBAND drums on selected dates

2018 North American Tour Dates:
October 6 – Orion Studios – Baltimore, MD, USA [John Marshall on drums]
October 7 – Theater Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 9 – Roxy’s & Duke – Dunellen, NJ, USA
October 10 – Darryl’s House – Pawling, NY, USA
October 12 – The Iridium – NYC, NY, USA
October 13 – The Iridium – NYC, NY, USA
October 14 – The Iridium – NYC, NY, USA
October 16 – Mod’s Club – Toronto, ON, Canada [Gary Husband on drums]
October 17 – The Tralf – Buffalo, NY, USA [Gary Husband on drums]
October 18 – Beachland Music Hall – Cleveland, OH, USA [Gary Husband on drums]
October 19 – The Irving Theater – Indianapolis, IN, USA [Gary Husband on drums]
October 21 – Progtober Festival – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL, USA [Gary Husband on drums]
October 22 – Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI, USA [Gary Husband on drums]

2019 North American Tour Dates:
January 24 – Freight & Salvage – Berkeley, CA, USA
January 25 – Flynn’s – Santa Cruz, CA, USA
January 27 – Alberta Rose Theater – Portland, OR, USA
January 28 – Triple Door – Seattle, WA, USA
January 29 – Triple Door – Seattle, WA, USA
January 31 – The Baked Potato (2 shows) – Los Angeles, CA, USA
February 1 – The Baked Potato (2 shows) – Los Angeles, CA, USA
February 2 – Scottsdale Performing Arts Center – Scottsdale, AZ, USA
February 4-9 – Cruise To The Edge – Key West, FL / Cozumel, Mexico

2018 confirmed shows in Japan & Europe:
July 7 – Montreal Jazz Festival – Monument National – Ludger Duvernay – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
July 8 – Salle Jean-Paul Tardif – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
July 28 – Billboard Live Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan (2 shows) [special guest Gary Husband, keyboards]
July 29 – Billboard Live Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan (2 shows) [special guest Gary Husband, keyboards]
July 30 – Billboard Live Osaka – Osaka, Japan (2 shows) [special guest Gary Husband, keyboards]
September 6 – Cosmopolite – Oslo, Norway
September 8 – De Boerderij – Zoetemeer, The Netherlands
September 9 – Musikbunker – Aachen, Germany
September 10 – Franzis – Wetzlar, Germany
September 12 – Muhle Hunziken – Rubigen, Switzerland
September 13 – La Casa Di Alex – Milano, Italy
September 14 – Club Il Giardino – Verona, Italy
September 16 – Porgy & Bess – Vienna, Austria
September 17 – Museum – Bratislava, Slovakia
September 18 – Akropolis – Prague, Czech Republic
September 19 – Kulturbanhof – Jena, Germany
November 3 – Marlow Theater – Canterbury, UK
November 6 – Sage – Gateshead, UK
November 8 – Green Hotel – Kinross, Scotland, UK
November 9 – Hebden Bridge Townhall – Hebden, UK
November 10 – The Trade’s Club – Howden, UK
November 16 – Borderline – London, UK
November 17 – West End Center – Aldershot, UK
November 18 – Lews Con Club – Lewes, UK
November 20 – Epic Studios – Norwich, UK
November 22 – Trading Boundaries – Fletching, UK
November 25 – Talking Heads – Southampton, UK
December 15 – Peppel – Zeist, The Netherlands
December 16 – Harmonie – Bonn, Germany

Soft Machine is a legend and an institution of British music, a band who included Robert Wyatt, Daevid Allen, Mike Ratledge, Kevin Ayers, Andy Summers (later of The Police), Hugh Hopper, Elton Dean, Roy Babbington, John Marshall, Karl Jenkins, Allan Holdsworth, John Etheridge, Percy Jones, Rick Sanders, Dave McRae and Jack Bruce among others (Jimi Hendrix briefly jammed with the band in 1968!). Since its creation in 1966, this band pioneered Psychedelic and Progressive Rock, led the ‘Canterbury’ trend, pioneered jazz-rock, and then guitar-led fusion (launching the guitar god Allan Holdsworth in 1974), influenced generations of musicians. Disbanded in 1978, recreated in few occasions in 1981 and 1984, the band resurfaces in 1999 under the name of Soft Ware. Much was said about this band with a very complex intriguing history of constant personal changes during the 1966-1978 period. The band resurrected in 1999 under the name of Soft Ware, then as Soft Works 2002-2004 and Soft Machine Legacy 2004-2015. In December 2015, it was confirmed that the band had dropped the “Legacy” tag from their name, as the band featured three of the group’s 1970s era members – guitarist John Etheridge, drummer John Marshall and bassist Roy Babbington (from the seminal 1976’s album Softs), in addition to flute and sax player Theo Travis – returning to the original name from 2015, and performing numerous concerts all around Europe, South America and Japan.

To pre-order Soft Machine’s Hidden Details CD and HD 24bit Download:
https://softmachine-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/hidden-details-hd ;
All CD orders come with HD 24bit downloads.
Pre-ordered CDs will be shipped in the end of August 2018.
Pre-ordered Downloads will be released the first week of September.
Those who purchased either the CD or HD Download, will receive instant download of one tune before the official release date. Downloads of two more tunes will be released on August 4 2018, and the full album download will be released on September 7 2018.
$15 for the CD + shipping (from USA) and $10 for HD 24bit Download.

To pre-order Soft Machine’s Hidden Details CD and HD 24bit Download:
https://softmachine-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/hidden-details-hd ;
All CD orders come with HD 24bit downloads.
Pre-ordered CDs will be shipped in the end of August 2018.
Pre-ordered Downloads will be released the first week of September.
Those who purchased either the CD or HD Download, will receive instant download of one tune before the official release date. Downloads of two more tunes will be released on August 4 2018, and the full album download will be released on September 7 2018.
$15 for the CD + shipping (from USA) and $10 for HD 24bit Download.

MoonJune Records: http://www.moonjune.com/

Soft Machine’s Official Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/softmachinelegacy

Current Soft Machine’s BandCamp:
https://softmachine-moonjune.bandcamp.com

John Etheridge’s Soft Machine page:
https://www.john-etheridge.com/bands/soft-machine

Ornan McLean is out of Elephants of Scotland

According to the bands latest new blast, Ornan McLean is no longer in Elephants of Scotland. We wish him all the best going forward. That’s is nothing else on this matter.

Bob Gagnon, John Whyte, and Adam Rabin have been talking about what’s next for the band. Some surprising and novel ideas have been floated and I’m sure we’ll be discussing and exploring them more in the coming months.

Adam Rabin solo album
Work continues on the new album. I have one song and a half left to record. One thing I can tell you now is the title will be “The Badger Flies at Dawn.” Good luck figuring that one out. Honestly, I haven’t yet myself. The album is shaping up to be an even mix of my prog rock leanings and my more pop-oriented stuff.
Watch a sneak peek

She Thicc!
Last week, we baffled our audience with an improvised musical about a teenage shark and a teenage girl trying to find some common ground. It didn’t end well for them. Because, well, shark. But the songs were great!

SHE THICC is co-headlining the inaugural Big Pond Improv Festival at Vermont Comedy Club July 19-21. We will be performing Friday, July 20th at 7pm VCC in Burlington, Vermont. Tickets are only $10 so come on out and say hi!
Big Pond Improv Festival

Theme Songs
I seem to have started a side business of writing and recording theme songs for podcasts. Two new ones have launched in the last week. If you’re looking for some new chit chat to fill your days check these out:

Vermont Comedy Club’s “Improv Overdrive” just launched this week. Each week, the talented nuts I call my friends up here make up scenes and stories on the spot. The theme song draws on my 1980s upbringing right down to the electronic drums fills that I got to play. Also, on some episodes, I provide improvised underscoring on piano.
Subscribe to Improv Overdrive

The “What The Hell Are You Watching?” podcast has been around for a few years now with my good friend Lincoln L. Hayes discussing a different movie each episode. I re-worked an old Mailbox tune “Interesting Times” for the new theme song.
Subscribe to “What the Hell Are You Watching!?”

Take care!
Adam

HAKEN & LEPROUS join forces for North American tour with special guests BENT KNEE

HAKEN & LEPROUS, two of the most exciting bands in progressive rock today, are pleased to announce they will join forces for a North American co-headline tour in October / November 2018, with InsideOut label-mates BENT KNEE as special guests. These will be the first dates in support of Haken’s recently completed, forthcoming fifth studio album due out later this year.

HAKEN comment: “We’ve been talking about getting out on the road with our good mates Leprous again since our European jaunt with them back in 2014. Both our bands have gone from strength to strength in terms of our live shows since then, and we’re excited to see what they have planned, as well as playing brand new music from our forthcoming album. We’re also stoked to have Bent Knee along with us. It sure to be an epic night of music, don’t miss it!”

Einar Solberg from LEPROUS adds: “So it’s finally happening! I think the request we’ve gotten the most was “Please tour together with Haken!” Almost more often than “Come to Chile!” We actually did a tour together once in the UK back in 2014, and we have wanted to do a more comprehensive tour for a long time, but it just never worked out until now. We’ve been friends with Haken for quite a while, and to tour with them is long overdue. I think this is a great package for most prog fans, as it unites two pretty different approaches to the genre in one evening. And yet, despite our quite different approaches, I know for sure that we share a lot of fans and this package should make for fantastic shows for everyone!”

The full list of dates can be found below, tickets go on sale this Friday, July 13th.
Haken & Leprous with Bent Knee:

October 30th – The Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac, MI
October 31st – Opera House, Toronto, ON
November 1st – Astral, Montreal, QC
November 2nd – Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA
November 3rd – Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
November 4th – The Sinclair, Boston, MA
November 6th – Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
November 7th – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
November 8th – The Orpheum, Tampa, FL
November 9th – Revolution, Fort Lauderdale, FL
November 10th – The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
November 11th – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
November 13th – Gas Monkey, Dallas, TX
November 14th – Barracuda, Austin, TX
November 16th – Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
November 17th – Glasshouse, Pomona, CA
November 18th – August Hall, San Francisco, CA
November 19th – Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
November 20th – The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
November 21st – Rickshaw Theater, Vancouver, BC
November 23rd – Metro Music Hall, Salt Lake City, UT
November 24th – Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
November 25th – Granada Theater, Lawrence, KS
November 26th – Delmar Hall, St Louis, MO
November 27th – Exit/In, Nashville, TN
November 29th – Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
November 30th – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
December 1st – Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL

HAKEN are also pleased to reveal that they have completed recording of their fifth studio album, due out later this year: “That’s right! We can now also announce that our fifth album is now in the can! We always set out to do something a bit different with each album, but this one has surpassed what we had hoped to achieve. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood on the production and mix and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We can’t wait for everybody to hear it!”

The band recently released their first ever live album titled ‘L-1VE’.
Watch a clip of ‘The Endless Knot’ here:

LEPROUS recently released a brand new standalone single titled ‘Golden Prayers’, as well as announcing further European tour dates in support of latest album ‘Malina’, alongside Agent Fresco for later this year. Find the full list of European tour dates here: https://www.leprous.net/tourdates/

This North American tour will be their second of 2018, following a run earlier in the year supporting Between the Buried & Me and The Dear Hunter.
Listen to ‘Golden Prayers’ here:

BENT KNEE are currently finishing up their Paper Earth North American tour, following the release of last year’s critically acclaimed ‘Land Animal’ album. Watch a concert film of the band’s first full-scale contemporary-classical composition, also titled ‘Paper Earth’, here:

HAKEN online:
www.hakenmusic.com
www.twitter.com/Haken_Official
http://www.facebook.com/HakenOfficial

LEPROUS online:
www.leprous.net
www.facebook.com/leprousband
www.youtube.com/leprouschannel

BENT KNEE online:
http://www.bentkneemusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BentKneeMusic/
https://twitter.com/bentkneemusic

INSIDEOUT MUSIC online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/InsideOutUSA
www.insideoutmusicshop.com

INSIDEOUTMUSIC Spotify Playlist:
http://spotify.com/progrockessentials

Light Freedom Revival Releases Second Album ‘Truthonomy’ Feat. Jamie Glaser, Billy Sherwood and Oliver Wakeman

VANCOUVER BC – John Vehadija has reunited with his cast of high class musicians for ‘Truthonomy’, the new album by Light Freedom Revival, which is released on July 3rd, 2018.

Along the bright sounds of Jamie Glaser’s acoustic guitar and Vehadija’s ethereal vocals, Billy Sherwood returns for the rhythm section (Drums and Bass), as well as Oliver Wakeman (piano and keyboards) and Marisa Frantz (Harmony Vocals). Eric Gillette also joins in the project by providing additional electric guitar as well as mixing and mastering.

This talented team was called up by Vehadija once again to help him express his ideas in the form of a new concept album that offers new insights in his own spiritual journey and the science of Truthonomy.

John Vehadija believes in the existence of an absolute truth and he relied on his spiritual knowledge to create a story of soul awakening, for the seeker to rediscover Creation as a living being self aware of itself. Truthonomy is defined to represent a light truth economy in an open universe system which develops society with divine tunnel visions of how to consciously manifest one’s destiny.

“It’s hard to explain how this album came to be because it was totally unplanned, but it’s partially based on my travels to major capitals on different continents, and so I tried to create a unified world perception beyond the countries we live in to reach a standard of a new kind of planetary civilization. As I was writing the songs,” said Vehadija, “I realized it is a concept album of someone moving through many parallel negative timelines, constantly searching for the truth, trying to find the original one that had once been his real home, a place from where it’s safe to project into the future and reality will not anti respond to soul impulse calculations. I’m proud of the way it came out, it represents almost a new style of music, you can love it or hate it, but you cannot dismiss it. I felt it was my soul mission to express this for humanity. I didn’t want to create dogma, I wanted to create freedom and awareness. I wanted it to be like a self reflective mirror for the soul. In my opinion we should all deal with the truth as we understand it, and not just put it aside it and ignore it forever.”

Jamie Glaser had this to say about the record: “‘Truthonomy’ is one of the most interesting projects I have gotten a chance to work on in recent memory. John is great to make music with; he’s a super talented man and I appreciated his positivity; he always makes sure to write stories in both words and music that keep the listener spiritually uplifted and sonically on an adventure. He gave me a lot of freedom to create my parts and it was always a great and fun challenge.”

“As I finished all bases and drums I realized it all sounded very cool!” said Billy Sherwood “I like the general feel for all the music, it’s a bit more simplified and earthy than the last CD! It was a fun record to make and I’m happy with the way it came out.”

Oliver Wakeman tells us: “I’m glad John was happy with the keyboard performances I recorded for his new album… there were a couple of tracks, like ‘Emma’ and ‘Lies No More’, which in particular I really enjoyed playing on. Working on John’s album also gave me the opportunity to use some new keyboard sounds courtesy of IK Multimedia as well as recording using my Dexibell piano. It’s always fun to play on a project with talented musicians and John has gathered a bunch of great artists to bring his vision to life. I’m pleased he asked me to be a part of it.”

Marisa Frantz who did the harmonies for the whole album, shares her thoughts about the song “Truthonomy” which clocks at just over sixteen minutes: “It’s a truly epic song, captivating from beginning to end! It has so many beautiful melodies which were fun to put together. I had to do a variety of backgrounds including lyrical harmonies as well as other vocal textures and dynamics. I also wanted to give it space to breathe in spots. It was a pleasure working on this project for John.”

“I have never seen a more beautiful thought provoking cover” Vehadija tells us about the CD artwork provided again by the international visual artist Ed Unitsky. “I’m very happy about this new album and that John contacted me again to create the cover!” said Unitsky.

Intended to be a true work of art, something that both prog audiences and music lovers in general will be very satisfied with, ‘Truthonomy’ is available in CD Digipack and MP3 Format starting July 3rd on lightfreedomrevival.com as well as Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and other major distributors.

For a limited time, ‘Truthonomy’ is also available in a ‘High Definition Audio’ Crystal USB format with bonus tracks on lightfreedomrevival.com

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