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”
Adrian Belew is a legendary guitarist well-known for his diverse travels around the musical map. He is a multi-instrumentalist whose solo records are critically acclaimed. His moving singing voice and prolific songwriting has endeared a loyal fan base of music lovers. His music is being discovered everyday by more and more listeners thirsty for great music with a creative standard not often pushed by the commercial music industry.
For more than a decade the Adrian Belew Power Trio stunned audiences around the world. Now Adrian is ready to re-invent his live show with a new quartet which includes Jordan Perlson on drums, Saul Zonana on keyboards, guitar, and vocals, and bassist extraordinaire Julie Slick. The tour dates will be in support of Adrian’s newest release “POP-SIDED”, coming March 2019. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy master musicians playing great songs and having a ball!
Adrian describes the show as, “a more complete picture of most things I’ve done. More songs, new songs from the award-winning FLUX app, King Crimson material I haven’t played for years, and a dose of classic Power Trio. It’s my intention to make this the best Adrian Belew show ever!”
Adrian first appeared on the guitar-world radar when he toured with Frank Zappa who later said, “Adrian reinvented electric guitar”. Adrian’s signature tones, unique use of effects and whammy bar remains completely different, and his techniques continue to be a huge influence on today’s guitarists. He was guitarist, songwriter and frontman Progressive Rock Powerhouse King Crimson for over 30 years. “Discipline”, Adrian’s first record with King Crimson, is listed among the most important rock records ever made.
Adrian has had a career that commands both awe and respect from fellow musicians and loyal fans, from his first solo record “The Lone Rhino” to the Atlantic Records hit album “Mr. Music Head” or any of his other 20 plus solo records that push sonic boundaries while maintaining artistic integrity. Adrian shreds on guitar but also writes beautiful songs that will make you cry. Yes, Adrian has taken his fans on a wild ride through countless world tours and albums with David Bowie, Talking Heads, Laurie, Anderson, and Paul Simon. He truly is the Twang Bar King!
Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend has officially announced the release of his forthcoming new album ‘EMPATH’ for March 29th, 2019.
In the lead up to the album’s release, Devin will walk fans through how Empath came together with a series of documentary episodes recorded as phone conversations during the course of the albums recording. Watch him explain more in this video:
Devin comments: “Hello everybody, this is Devin Townsend and I would like to formally announce that after almost a year and a half of working, I have finished Empath. Now this record has taken me down a lot of very interesting psychological and technical avenues and the process was documented from the very get-go by a series of documentary videos that I have done, that outline everything from the gestation of the idea to the actualisation of it, through all the existential ups and downs that went on. As such this record is different to any record that I have released thus far, and trying to get people on board for what it is versus what it isn’t, I think needs to be dealt with in a different way. Stay tuned for the making of Empath – the video series.”
Over the past few years, the success that Devin has slowly worked for has fortunately come with the power to control his own creative destiny. The recent successes with the DVD from a sold-out Royal Albert hall, or his 2012 ‘Retinal Circus’, or last year’s ‘Ocean Machine’ live DVD with the Orchestra and Choir of State Opera Plovdiv has put him in a position where with the new album ‘EMPATH’, he will once and for all define himself as a musical force outside of any particular genre classification.
On this album Devin has decided to see what would happen if all the styles that make up his current interests were finally represented in one place. To finally shake the fear of expectation, and just do what it is he was meant to do creatively, EMPATH, true to the name, is about allowing the audience a feeling for a variety of musical emotions. The musical dynamics represented on this single album are broad, challenging, and immense. To approach this sort of work with a long history of what makes heavy music ‘heavy’, allows this to be done with a type of power rarely heard.
Joining Devin on this album is Frank Zappa alumni Mike Keneally as music director, as well as Morgan Ågren (Mats And Morgan, Frank Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal), Anup Sastry (Monuments, Periphery), Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, Abigail Williams), Nathan Navarro, Elliot Desagnes, Steve Vai, Chad Kroeger, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Ché Aimee Dorval, Ryan Dhale and the Elektra Women’s Choir.
A bold statement with massive production values and dynamic, uncompromised musicality. This is a statement about not only pursuing creative freedom in a conservative scene, but also trying to show that heavy music is truly a valid musical tool.
‘EMPATH’ will be released on Limited 2 CD Digipak (including an entire disc of bonus material), Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180G 2LP Vinyl + CD + LP-booklet & as digital album.
The full track-listing is as follows: 1.Castaway 2.Genesis 3.Spirits Will Collide 4.Evermore 5.Sprite 6.Hear Me 7.Why 8.Borderlands 9.Requiem 10.Singularity Part 1 – Adrift 11.Singularity Part 2 – I Am I 12.Singularity Part 3 – There Be Monsters 13.Singularity Part 4 – Curious Gods 14.Singularity Part 5 – Silicon Scientists 15.Singularity Part 6 – Here Comes The Sun
Last year Devin announced a special ‘An Evening With’ tour that would see him performing acoustically, as well as taking part in a fan Q&A at each show.
The full list of dates are as follows, many of which are already sold out: 7th March – The Piano Man Jazz Club, New Delhi, India SOLD OUT 8th March – Levi’s Lounge, Mumbai, India SOLD OUT 29th March – Savoy Theater, Helsinki, Finland SOLD OUT 30th March – Savoy Theater, Helsinki, Finland SOLD OUT 31st March – Sodra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden SOLD OUT 1st April – Edderkoppen, Oslo, Norway SOLD OUT 2nd April – Bremen Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark 4th April – PassionKirchhe, Berlin, Germany 5th April – Stodola, Warsaw, Poland 6th April – La Fabrica, Prague, Czech Republic SOLD OUT 7th April – Freiheiz, Munich, Germany SOLD OUT 9th April – Kulturkirche, Cologne, Germany SOLD OUT 10th April – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany 11th April – Bravo Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands SOLD OUT 13th April – Reading 3, Tel Aviv, Israel 24th April – Bush Hall, London, UK SOLD OUT 25th April – Bush Hall, London, UK SOLD OUT 26th April – St George’s, Bristol, UK SOLD OUT 27th April – City Varieties, Leeds, UK SOLD OUT 29th April – Jam House, Edinburgh, UK SOLD OUT 30th April – Glee Club, Birmingham, UK SOLD OUT
Devin’s varied back catalogue is also being celebrated with lavish vinyl box-sets under the name of ERAS. Having already released parts 1 and 2 earlier in early 2018, the end of the year saw the release of part 3, which features some of his most recent work with Devin Townsend Project, including the albums ‘Accelerated Evolution’, ‘Epicloud’, ‘Sky Blue’, ‘Transcendence’ & the first ever vinyl release of the second part of the DTP’s now legendary Royal Albert Hall show. Order your copy of this deluxe 10 LP box-set here: https://devintownsendproject.lnk.to/ErasIII
PETE LEVIN – keyboardsTONY LEVIN – upright bassJEFF SIEGEL – drums Brothers Tony and Pete Levin are finally bringing the Levin Brothers band to tour the West Coast USA, along with their long-time drummer (Levin Brother from another mother) Jeff “Siege” Siege. On 4 of the dates, we’ll be co-billed with the British jazz-rock pioneers, Soft Machine (John Etheridge, Theo Travis, Roy Babbington, John Marshall). Back home in March, they will be doing a few shows in the Northeast, joined by the friend, master guitarist David Spinozza.
January 20 – Arcata, CA (Arcata Playhouse) January 21 – Arcata, CA (Arcata Playhouse) January 23 – Sacramento, CA (Sofia Tsakoupolus Center For The Arts)*** January 24 – Berkeley, CA (Freight & Salvage)*** January 25 – Felton, CA (Flynn’s Cabaret)*** January 27 – Fresno, CA (The Lounge at the Tower Theater) January 29 – Los Angeles, CA (The Baked Potato) January 30 – Los Angeles, CA (The Baked Potato) February 1 – Mexicali, BC, Mexico (Bol-Bol) February 2 – Scotsdale, AZ (Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts)*** March 8 – Tarrytown, NY (Jazz Forum) with David Spinozza March 9 – Tarrytown, NY (Jazz Forum) with David Spinozza March 16 – Kingston, NY (Senate Garage) with David Spinozza March 26 – Northampton, MA (The Iron Horse) with David Spinozza March 28 – Brookline, NH (Oak Hill Music Studio) with David Spinozza March 29 – Schenectady, NY (The Van Dyck) with David Spinozza
Iconic California psychedelic rock legends The Chocolate Watchband celebrate the release of their new album “This Is My Voice” (released by Dirty Water Records), led by founding and current members, vocalist David Aguilar and guitarist Tim Abbott, plus Gary Andrijasevich on drums. Second generation fans, guitarist Derek See and bassist Alec Palao (Grammy-nominated producer/ historian ), bring their enthusiasm and love for the music to the table to help weave THE sound which both faithfully recreates the sonic energy and tone of the original recordings, as well as giving a rare edge to new material that is a logical progression to the bands legacy.
Documented as influencing legendary bands far and wide within the psych, garage, and punk scene for the past 50 years, their live performances sizzle with the same outrageous audacity of the late 60s scene they helped usher into the San Francisco Bay area ballroom scene. The group was also seen as featured bands in the 1967 cult films “Riot on the Sunset Strip” and “The Love-Ins”, and their powerful stage presence continues to the present day in a timeless stage show which is oozing electric cool-aid energy. Critics have noted the Chocolate Watchband was America’s answer to the Rolling Stones!
While the bands’ music was a cherished secret of record collectors for many years, the music is now available to be heard by everyone, which has ushered in a new fourth generation of fans around the world, who hear the Watchband sound as it has reverberated into the psyche of the class of 2018 psychedelic bands.
Their newest songs resonate with genuine political rebellion in our current times, which can be heard in the lyrics of the new song “Judgment Day”.“I wrote ‘Judgment Day’ as the country was still in recovery,” says lead vocalist and founding member David Aguilar of the days following the 2008 market crash. “Families were living in their cars. It was a terrible time for the American dream. It resulted in the anger that put the current president into the White House. The Who were wrong, Americans can get fooled again!”
The band will be hitting the road in 2019 in support of their new album “This Is My Voice” with plans for a string of European tours and select US dates. Are YOU gonna be there?
Here’s what the press has said about The Chocolate Watchband’s new album:
“This is the revival band you’ve been looking to add to your rotation” – Pittsburgh Magazine
“Together they’ve created a record that deviates from the Watchband’s first phase of raunchy groovers and tender space-outs, opting for a more modern rock sound, yet without sacrificing their keen ear for anthemic songwriting and memorable melodies”- The Stranger
“This is My Voice isn’t so much a comeback as it is a continuation; the sound of one of the psych-rock era’s most dynamic outfits rolling its sleeves up, stirring its creative juices, and getting down to business” – Artist Home
O.R.k., featuring Italy’s celebrated vocalist, producer and award-winning film score composer Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari a.k.a LEF (lead vocals), King Crimson’s Pat Mastelotto (drums), Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin (bass), Marta Sui Tubi’s Carmelo Pipitone (guitars) are ready to reveal the first single “Kneel To Nothing” from their forthcoming new album on Kscope – Ramagehead.
WATCH “KNEEL TO NOTHING” HERE
The track “Kneel To Nothing” emphasises the band’s bewilderment brought about by our modern world; a world of technological information overload, of uncertainty and post-truth messages. Songwriter Lef explains more “We’re not preaching, we’d rather leave the lyrics open to different interpretations, but I guess this is one possible interpretation of the ‘Kneel To Nothing’ lyrics.
“As musicians, we collaborate across the miles thanks to the internet, so it goes without saying we aren’t against technology in general, but at the same time, it’s unarguably clear that the same technology has successfully made its way inside our bodies (and lives) in a potentially dangerous way in the last 20 years.
“How we react to impulses, live our relationships, and feel in general has become deeply influenced by new tech. We all seem to be trying to outdo each other, we can’t get enough of this constant competition through social media, and it’s making us more insular in real life. We also place an innate trust in the strength of our senses, but in a evolutionary perspective, we could end up diminishing of all our senses due to our evolving lifestyle. We’re becoming too lazy to read an article – let alone a book, too bored to listen to a song that is longer than 3 minutes, and we relentlessly skip from one impulse to another without really feeling anything. In a way we’re therefore ‘slaves’. It’s not as spooky as the visionary movie directors from the past have pictured it, but it’s happening in a subtler, yet still potentially hazardous way. We have somehow we’ve become both devoted and addicted to our smart phones”
The forthcoming album Ramagehead was created from the band’s collective vision, unique influences and a multi-layered reflection of their powerful and engaging live experience. The resulting epic contains all the ingredients of a fiery O.R.k. performance with dark and heavy riffing, mesmeric atmospheres. Recorded during 2018 at LefMusicStudio (Italy), The Wormhole (USA) and Nightspace (UK). The mixing for Ramagehead was handled by Adrian Benavides and three-time Grammy-winning engineer Marc Urselli (U2, Foo Fighters, Nick Cave), the mastering by Michael Fossenkemper, engineering by Benavides and Bill Munyon (King Crimson), cover art by Adam Jones (TOOL) and design by Denis Rodier (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman). The recordings, and involvement of SOAD’s Serj Tankian on a forthcoming single, solidifies the band’s serious intent to use their musical chemistry in exploring the hard-edged possibilities within rock.
Ramagehead tracklisting: Kneel to Nothing (instant download on digital pre-orders) Signals Erased Beyond Sight Black Blooms (feat. Serj Tankian) Time Corroded Down the Road Some Other Rainbow Part 1 Strangled Words Some Other Rainbow
O.R.k. have an extensive live campaign planned in support of Ramagehead which will begin in February 2019 with a European and UK head line run as well as being special guests on the continuing “Dissolution Tour” from new label mates The Pineapple Thief.
Colin Edwin comments “‘Ramagehead’ is our most intense, ambitious and accessible work to date and I am really looking forward to exploring the new material in a live environment and sharing our unique collective energy together. For me, O.R.k. is always a completely immersive and unforgettable experience in the live arena, so with new tracks to play and an opportunity to reach places and people we’ve yet to get to, this tour will be our best yet.”
Tour Dates: ** show with The Pineapple Thief 15.2 Ravenna (IT) – Bronson 16.2 Lugagnano di Sona/Verona (IT) – Il Giardino 17.2 Pisa (IT) – Lumiere 21.2 Bari (IT) – Garage Sound 22.2 Roma (IT) – Largo Venue** 23.2 Milano (IT) – Santeria Social Club ** 24.2 Pratteln (CH) – Z7 ** 26.2 Stuttgart (DE) – LKA Longhorn ** 27.2 Frankfurt (DE) – Batschkapp ** 28.2 Strasburg (FR) – La Laiterie ** 1.3 Zoetermeer (NL) – Borderij ** 2.3 Hamburg (DE) – Grosse Freiheit 36 ** 3.3 Copenhagen (DK) – Store Vega ** 5.3 Stockholm (SE) – Nalen ** 6.3 Oslo (NO) – Rockefeller ** 8.3 Iserhagen/Hannover (DE) – Blues Garage 10.3 Cologne (DE) – Yard Club 12.3 Munich (DE) – Backstage 13.3 Budapest (HU) – Durer 14.3 Nove Mesto nad Vahom (SK) – Blue Note 15.3 Berlin (DE) – Music & Frieden 17.3 Paris (FR) – Petit Bain 19.3 London (UK) – Borderline 20.3 Newcastle (UK) – o2 Academy ** 21.3 Glasgow (UK) – St. Luke’s ** 22.3 Manchester (UK) – o2 The Ritz ** 23.3 Birmingham (UK) – o2 The Institute 2 ** 24.3 Bristol (UK) – SWX **
O.R.k. are: Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari a.k.a LEF – lead vocals Pat Mastelotto – drums Colin Edwin – bass Carmelo Pipitone – guitars