Damian will release his new EP ‘Thank You’ on 11 October, his 50th birthday. The EP features 5 songs arranged for piano, violin & cello and will be released as 10″ Vinyl + CD package, as well as digipak CD and on all major download and streaming platforms.
The EP, produced by Andrew Holdsworth, is Damian’s return to a more classical approach, recording with just piano and string orchestra, like Damian and Andrew did with ‘Just The Way It Goes’ over 20 years ago.
The EP opens with the words ‘Thank you for giving this man a home’. These words are now bittersweet; shortly after the song was recorded, Damian’s home, the boat this song is about, sunk on the way to Cropredy festival where he would perform with Adam Wakeman (the show went great nevertheless).
Besides opener ‘Thank You’ the EP features the songs:
‘Let Me Down Slowly’, a song Damian wrote while struggling through a break-up.
‘God Be My Judge’, an observation of our societies’ institutions, previously recorded with Adam Wakeman, now rearranged for piano and strings.
‘Until I’m With You’, about a friend’s loss and longing.
‘Can You Hear Me’, a song from Damian’s long lost friend Nick Woodbridge. This track is available now on all streaming and download platforms.
“The recording process had perhaps more in common with a classical session than a traditional pop one. The timing and dynamics of these tracks are very expressive; there were no click tracks and no editing. I believe this EP contains some of the most magical music Damian and I have ever made together” – Andrew Holdsworth –
Damian will be on tour from October 6th, performing with different guests every night, celebrating his 50th birthday. Solo shows from 25 Oct.
DAMIAN WILSON & FRIENDS TOUR
Damian will be on tour from October 6th, performing with different guests every night, celebrating his 50th birthday:
06 Oct Paris, FR – La Péniche Antipode (acoustic with guests) 10 Oct Gent, BE – The Crossover (full band show) 11 Oct Breda, NL – MEZZ (full band show) 13 Oct Mörlenbach, DE – Live Music Hall (full band show) 15 Oct Leicester, UK – The Musician (acoustic with guests) 16 Oct Bury St Edmunds, UK – Hunter Club (acoustic with guests) 17 Oct London, UK – St Pancras Old Church (acoustic with guests)
London UK – Chasing The Monsoon’s eagerly anticipated debut album ‘No Ordinary World’ will be released on Sept 20th from Immrama Records, Plane Groovy and Gonzo Media. Ian Jones, a founder member of critically acclaimed symphonic/progressive rock band Karnataka, and Steve Evans, multi-million selling songwriter and producer join forces with vocalist Lisa Fury, guitarist Ian Simmons and special guests including world-renowned Uilleann pipe player Troy Donockley (Nightwish) to create a powerful, dynamic and evocative sound fusing lush cinematic soundscapes with progressive, Celtic and world music influences, all bound in a state-of-the-art production.
This is expansive, cinematic music painted on a very broad canvas but with intimate story telling at its heart, taking the listener on an emotional journey through the rose-tinted memories of our childhood summers to the devastating threat of a nuclear winter but with an overarching theme of hope over adversity.
“Creatively, we were inspired by the beauty of our unique and beautiful yet fragile planet, juxtaposed against the increasingly loud alarm bells that warn of humankind’s impact on its future,“ says Ian & Steve. “Ultimately, this is an album that shines a positive light on an uncertain world.”
Recorded in Swansea and London, No Ordinary World is released in Sep 2019 on deluxe audiophile heavyweight vinyl as a double album edition of just 300 copies in a gatefold cover and is available to pre-order from www.burningshed.com
In closing Ian & Steve had this to impart, “We hope you enjoy listening to our debut album as much as we enjoyed making it. This has been a labor of love for the band and we’re very proud of our new creation. Over to you!”
Tracklist Chasing The Monsoon Circles Of Stone Dancing In The Afterglow Dreams Into The Light Innocent Child December Sky Lament Love Will Find You No Ordinary World
Chasing The Monsoon has made the album available in a number of formats:
Double vinyl in gatefold sleeve pressed on heavyweight 180g vinyl. Includes free album MP3 download.
Limited Edition USB stick in a presentaion box featurng the album logo. The USB stick contains the album in 24bit Wav from the orginal 24bit masters, the whole album in lossless FLAC and also the complete album as a single WAV file so you can hear the album as it was intended to be heard.
Download: Wav 24 bit identical to the original 24bit masters including an ‘album experience’ single file of the whole album. Enjoy the album in the highest audio quality.
Download: MP3 High bitrate MP3 files including an ‘album experience’ single file of the whole album.
We all love the convenience of downloads but we felt the album should also be enjoyed as a whole, so we’ve included a single file of the whole album, as well as the individual tracks, in each download package.
We also have a new high quality Chasing The Monsoon t-shirt and fleece available from the online shop:
Everyone ordering the No Ordinary World vinyl from Burning Shed will have the opportunity to win a very limited edition vinyl Test Pressing. Only 11 of these were made and we’re offering one as a prize. We’ll be drawing names from a hat on Sept 20th and the winner will receive the test pressing and have their money refunded from their original purchase.
Los Angeles – Bob Beland is an American born musician/songwriter from Los Angeles, CA, where he has performed, written and recorded original music from 1973 to the present. Much to the excitement of his fans worldwide, Bob has just released his much anticipated seventh studio album “Welcome” on his own Wrong Way Works label. Along with the release of “Welcome”, Bob recently collaborated on a track for 10cc/Godley & Creme legend Kevin Godley for his forthcoming solo album!
“Welcome” is my seventh self produced solo album release and was written and recorded over 2018 at Wrong Way Works, Mar Vista, California. Extra special credit should be given to my good friend Greg Embrey for all of his help and involvement along the way. The opening track, “Rocky Up! (love theme from “The Bang Bang Theory”) is an instrumental version of a song I co-wrote earlier last year with Kevin Godley, from the acclaimed UK band 10cc and groundbreaking art rockers Godley & Crème fame, which is called “The Bang Bang Theory” that will be included as part of his first solo album “Muscle Memory” due out soon on the UK label state51conspiracy.
Bob Beland decided to release three other studio albums that he recorded over the last three years but never released until now.
“Forward and Backworks” is a conceptual idea for orchestra that I recorded in 2015. The title refers to the four opening tracks and music that has a reverse or “mirror” counterpart. The album also contains four other original compositions. The sole guest musician on the album is classical violinist Paula Kuhr from the acclaimed multi Ethnic orchestra MESTO.
“Mar Vista” was recorded in 2016 and features the only guest musician on the album, Grammy award winning classical percussionist T.J. Troy whom I met as a member of the MESTO orchestra.
“Mano Sinistra” Latin music terminology for “to be performed with the left hand” was recorded in 2017 and features the talents of acclaimed pedal steel player Greg Leisz who has recorded and performed with renowned music artists such as k.d. lang, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and whom I first met as a member of the Funky Kings with Jules Shear, Jack Tempchin and Richard Stekol way back in 1975. Peter Curry on drums and bass is better known as the bassist for Los Straightjackets. I’ve also worked with Pete before on my first full album “Amnesia Lane” as well as co-writing a few instrumentals for his surf group the Halibuts. Pedal steel player and premier microphone designer Dave Pearlman, The Legendary Fontenelle DuClaw on keyboards, bass, and vocals, bassist Joe McGrath and vocalist Remy Beland round out the rest of the musical guests on the album.
Now, a little background on the players who contributed their time and talents to “Welcome.”
Greg Embrey was the co-founder of the mid 70’s L.A. rock band the Furys whom I later joined as their lead guitarist in the mid 80’s. A.K.A. The Legendary Fontenelle DuClaw
Bob Gross is someone I’ve known since the early 1970’s. Among the other acts he’s worked with was Delaney Bramlett of Delaney & Bonnie fame and currently can be seen and heard gigging with the Deanna Bogart Band. Bob is also playing on “The Bang Bang Theory” for Kevin Godley as well.
Richard d’Andrea is a friend and former Furys alumi who’s been a mainstay in the L.A. rock scene since the 70’s most notably founding the Know with Gary Valentine and working with musicians such as the Roosters and Carla Olson. Richard’s just released his first solo album under the handle Raw Terra called “Mars 12 Earth 0.”
Bobby Pickett is another dear old friend who worked extensively with the great Etta James, Sugarloaf, Detective, Jimmy Page and many other top names in music.
Doug D’Martino is from an earlier incarnation of the Furys
Marty Korth is a long standing friend of mine who also spent some time in the Furys and has played bass on other songs that I’ve written and recorded over the years. He’s a great film animator as well working on many classic Walt Disney and Hanna Barbarra features.
Stephen Linsley is a new friend I met through my old buddy Jules Shear. Stephen was the original bassist in the Jim Carroll Band and is also a fine portrait photographer.
Joe Conte is yet another former member of the Furys who came in at the last minute and played some very cool harmonica for me on “Rocky Up!’
Allie Menapace is an acoustic bassist I met through my old friend Peter Curry from Los Straightjackets fame. Pete suggested Allie for my song “Welcome Me” and she came through with flying colors.
Kevin Louden is a fine pedal steel guitarist, dobro, and multi-instrumentalist I’ve gotten to know over the past few years who’s based in Frederic, Wisconsin and plays all throughout the state.
Me? I’m just a musician. You can tell me by the way I walk… Enjoy! Bob Beland Mar Vista, Ca
All of Bob’s music is currently available at these on line music retail outlets – CD Baby, Apple MUSIC, iTunes, Pandora, Deezer, Google Play, Tidal, Facebook, Amazon Music Spotify and most other streaming subscription music services as well as SoundCloud and for licensing opportunities – Songtradr.
German instrumental-rock group LONG DISTANCE CALLING are pleased to announce their first ever live album ‘STUMMFILM – Live from Hamburg (A Seats & Sounds Show)’, scheduled for release on November 1st, 2019 through InsideOutMusic. Filmed during a special run of dates in early 2019, it saw the band performing seated shows in some very special locations for a stunning experience.
The band comments: “We are happy to unveil our first ever live album ‘STUMMFILM – Live From Hamburg’ which we recorded on the ‘Seats & Sounds’ tour earlier this year. After more than ten years on the road, we felt it’s more than about time to do a proper live album. We are very satisfied with the result, a lot of atmosphere, energy as well as some nice surprises have been captured at Kulturkirche Altona in Hamburg. We can’t wait to share this beautiful experience with you! Love LDC”
To celebrate the announcement, the band have launched a live clip of the track ‘Black Paper Planes’, and you can watch that here:
‘STUMMFILM – Live from Hamburg (A Seats & Sounds Show)’ will be available as a limited edition Blu-Ray + 2CD, Gatefold 3LP Vinyl & as digital audio download.
The full track-listing is as follows:
1. Into The Black Wide Open 2. The Very Last Day 3. In The Clouds 4. Like A River 5. On The Verge 6. Interlude 7. Out There 8. Apparitions 9. Black Paper Planes 10. 359° 11. I Know You, Stanley Milgram! 12. Sundown Highway 13. Flux 14. Metulsky Curse Revisited
For 13 years now, the Münster-based four-piece Long Distance Calling has been famed and cherished for its weightless yet massive music. After having returned to their instrumental roots Long Distance Calling sat down to carefully ponder their next step. When they got up again, they were ready for their most extraordinary live undertaking yet: Aptly entitled “Seats & Sounds”, this string of concerts saw Long Distance Calling take to the stage in very special locations in front on a seated audience.
The band took the matter almost religiously and went to great lengths in pulling off their most daring effort. “We wanted to go one step further, highlighting the audio-visual quality of the band for the very first time”, the band states, referring to the phalanx of video screens and specially curated visuals corresponding to each song.
One of those rare performances, the one at the Kulturkirche Altona in Hamburg, was captured on film and tape and is now being released. More an elegant silent film (visually speaking) than an ordinary live video, Long Distance Calling deliver a stunning performance in two acts: A “normal” Long Distance Calling set with songs from all their albums, and a special ‘Avoid the Light’ set, performing the dramatic album almost in its entirety. “This is one of the most important releases of our entire career”, the band continues, “and playing it felt like time travel.”
Meticulously prepared and rehearsed, this is Long Distance Calling on another level. Backed by guest musicians Luca Gilles on cello and Aaron Schrade on percussion and electronic beats, the experimental rock veterans show their grandeur in cinemascope – elaborately filmed and monumentally staged. In the end, Janosch Rathmer (drums), Jan Hoffmann (bass), Florian Füntmann (guitar) and David Jordan (guitar) not only played their biggest Hamburg headlining show; they also peaked their stellar career.
Debut album “What The Water Wants” out on October 18th First single launched today!
After various successful releases with his main band in the previous years, InsideOutMusic are now proud to welcome longtime Fates Warning vocalist and frontman Ray Alder to a new worldwide co-operation for his solo releases.
Ray Alder checked in with the following comment: “Hi everyone! I am so happy to announce that I have signed a deal with InsideOutMusic for my solo project and the debut album “What The Water Wants”. I want to thank InsideOutMusic for giving me the opportunity to record and share this album with the world. For the last year I have been writing with Mike Abdow, (Fates Warning touring guitarist), guitarist/bassist Tony Hernando (Lords Of Black) and my longtime friend Craig Anderson (Ignite) on drums. The album was mixed by Simone Mularoni (Rhapsody, Michael Romeo, DGM, etc.), who worked tirelessly with me to give this project the great sound we felt it deserved. I have had the ideas for a while but never had the time to actually sit down and write. But since Fates Warning had taken a break from writing and touring I finally had the chance to assemble the album. I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did writing and recording it!”
Ray Alder’s first solo album for the label is entitled “What The Water Wants” and includes 10 melodic and versatile songs created with assistance from guitarists Mike Abdow (Fates Warning touring member) and Tony Hernando (Lords Of Black) as well as drummer Craig Anderson (Ignite, Crescent Shield). The album was mixed by Simone Mularoni (Rhapsody, Michael Romeo, DGM) and will be released worldwide on October 18th, 2019.
A first single and introduction to the record has been launched today, so check out the track “What The Water Wanted” in a lyric video by Cloud Music Typography here:
Ray Alder’s “What The Water Wants” will be available as limited first-pressing Digipak CD with a bonus track (An acoustic version of “The Road”) and as LP on 180gr. vinyl with the full album on CD as bonus.
Complete tracklisting of the album
1. Lost 2. Crown Of Thorns 3. Some Days 4. Shine 5. Under Dark Skies 6. A Beautiful Lie 7. The Road 8. Wait 9. What The Water Wanted 10. The Killing Floor 11. The Road (Acoustic Version) * Bonus Track
Uncle Roy & The Band From Another Planet “Save The Universe” & Uncle Roy’s Spaceship “How Do We Get To Earth”
Two completely different music projects! Released September 1 & 2, 2019!
WELCOME THIRD ROCKERS FROM THE SUN!!! UNCLE ROY AND THE BAND FROM ANOTHER PLANET “SAVE THE UNIVERSE” 5-song EP is the very first release for U.R. and the B.F.A.P and will be released on September 1, 2019. The five, alternative rock-pop rock vocal tunes, range from sweet and ethereal, to a heavy blend of rock, alternative rock, classical rock, progressive rock, power pop rock and modern, pop rock musics. There are wonderful stories in the lyrics and lyrics that will make you feel and think about life. You can hear many different musical influences, within the sounds of U.R. and the B.F.A.P.. “This is all about fun! Enjoy!,” says Uncle Roy. Included with the physical CD is a beautiful 8-page booklet filled with fun, sci-fi stories and thoughts, pictures, song descriptions and lyrics written by Uncle Roy. There is also a cool, inventive and “top secret” alien photo file attached to the CD of Alien Uncle Roy.
WELCOME EARTHLINGS!!! UNCLE ROY’S SPACESHIP “HOW DO WE GET TO EARTH?” is a 5-song EP and the very first instrumental release for Uncle Roy’s Spaceship and will be released on September 2, 2019. The music is a progressive, instrumental recipe of several genres of rock music, blending time signatures and tempos, within instrumental rock, progressive rock, fusion, classical rock, space rock, jazz-rock, and other cosmic sounds, at this moment in space and time. There is a galaxy of musical influences from many light-years of playing, that you can hear within the sounds. Sometimes, the soundscapes will be light and breezy and dreamy. And sometimes, the soundscapes will be heavy, thick and creamy. Some tunes may have a bit of both, with a sprinkling or splashing of other musical textures and moods from soft to intense…Uncle Roy says, “Instantaneously, music finds our emotions and at the speed of light, brings them out! Music stimulates our imagination! Fun, with music! Enjoy!” Included with the physical CD is a beautiful 8-page booklet filled with fun, sci-fi stories and thoughts, pictures and song descriptions written by Uncle Roy.
Uncle Roy & The Band From Another Planet “Save The Universe” & Uncle Roy’s Spaceship “How Do We Get To Earth” is ROY LEONARD HERMAN. All music, lyrics and stories are, composed, performed and written by Uncle Roy. Roy Leonard Herman is the creator of original, multi-genre, styles of rock music from alternative rock to progressive rock and more. When asked, Uncle Roy says: “Music is a vehicle to bring the mind, the spirit, the soul and the body together. Music, inspires our greatest emotions to emerge. Music, inspires millions upon millions of people to enjoy a fantastic moment of living, simultaneously. Music, heals the heart and opens it up to life. Music is, magical! Music is, a state of happiness and freedom! I hope to create music for people of different musical tastes. Some will like vocal tunes and some will like instrumentals. Some will like pop music and some will like progressive music. And, I hope to give them all, some of what they love to hear. It inspires me to do different projects to please everyone I can who loves music. There is a third project, different from these two, that is materializing!”
“SAVE THE UNIVERSE” Uncle Roy says, “For ‘Save The Universe’ I wanted to create a set of tunes that were not one style of rock or just heavy or just light. I wanted to have some of the musical ingredients, from several rock stylings, within the scope of the music. I wanted the recipe for this project to be more universal, with a mix of rock genres. Therefore, each tune has its own musical and lyrical difference and character from the others. There is soft guitar and screaming guitar. There are dreamy, orchestral keyboards to, thick, and rockin’ keyboards. The drums may lightly and tightly groove for a section of a tune and then, be pounding. The bass will be subtle at times and then, sometimes big and fat. Vocally, you will find the voices of the songs going from the mellow and grand to heavy rock to a little, talk-singin’ and preachin’. For every letter of the alphabet, there is a musical influence that has manipulated my musical, genetic makeup, over a few light years. The world’s music is broad, cultural, always evolving and it is what influences me musically, as well, all the time.”
The song list: “COSMIC HAPPINESS” is a fun, alternative pop rocker that begins with a spacey, rock intro, as the cosmic, long distance romance story in the lyrics, unfolds. The tune rolls from a classic, bouncy, rock boogie groove, to a cool, hooky and rockin’ chorus.
“THE ISLE OF RIFF ON THE WORLD OF TONE” – this alternative rock tune opens with a tight, soaring rock motif that flows into a sweet, thick and grand alternative rock/pop rock verse. The verse slides into a heavy rock bridge that crescendos into a catchy, power pop, alternative rock chorus. The words tell the story of a peaceful, majestic, utopian world, where everyone is welcome.
“A WORLD OF MIRACLES” is a mellow, beautiful, dreamy, ethereal, philosophical, thoughtful song. With a couple of harmonious, chiming guitars, a pulse, and crisp and bright vocals, the song is filled with fairytale lyrics that create visions about some of the enchanted things we all would love in our lives.
“FATHER TIME” mixes an explosive, rock beginning that, ascends into the verses, as the music takes on the magic and vibe of an old, traditional ‘pub’ sing along song that evolves into an alternative-progressive, power pop rock finale. The lyrics remind us of the power and importance of, time. “IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER” is, an alternative rock tune with a world music vibe. The tune begins with an airy and misty music and vocal section. The song builds into a catchy, pop rock bridge that develops into a thumping, driving, preachin’, talk-singin‘ chorus. The words address the whole world issue of racism, prejudice and equality across the Earth.
“HOW DO WE GET TO EARTH?” WELCOME TO THE STORY AND JOURNEY OF UNCLE ROYS SPACESHIP!!! “After trying for a few light years of time, to repair the navigational system of my spaceship, due to a small ice particle smashing into the lens of the interstellar space guiding system, at the nose of this ship, I suddenly realized that my course direction had changed, drastically! None of the constellations or orbiting bodies were familiar. Distant solar systems were out of place in the twilight! The galaxy I was orbiting, was not, the Milky Way! I must have drifted into a wormhole while working on the repair. Which didn’t work. I need a few parts. Good thing is, at least, I found a map of our solar system and the Milky Way under my drivers seat. If I get close to home, it could help. ‘Let’s see. The map says, ‘Map of the Solar System,’ 1987..What!? What!? 1987! Oh man! This map is, ancient! Talk about, lost in space! Hopefully, I’ll meet someone out here who knows where I am, where I can get some parts and how I can return home…I guess I’ll just play some music while I survey my surroundings and give this galaxy a couple of orbits, so I can get comfy in my new neighborhood..Man! Whatever universe this is, it sure is a beautiful, sparkling place! Navigation by the stars! Oh yeah! I need some drivin’ music! Hmmm…Some of my Uncle Roy’s Spaceship music will do just fine! One thing about outer space is that, no one care’s about how loud or how long you play it! Everybody, everywhere, loves Earth music!!!” The adventure, begins…
Uncle Roy says, “I love instrumental music! From soloists to small groups to orchestral instrumentals, through a variety of music, the dynamic sensitivities within instrumental music makes me feel a rollercoaster of sensations and emotions!!! So, I thought that creating a project of some tunes with the ingredients of a few instrumental rock music genres together, would be fun! Instrumental rock, progressive rock, fusion, spacey rock, classical rock and jazz rock are all a part of the music in, ‘How Do We Get To Earth?’ There are moments of soft, sweetness and moments of roaring and throbbing sounds. There are cruising, floating rhythms that groove and heavier, driving rhythms that rock. The dreamy and bright soundscape moments will make you drift. Each tune has a different mood, feeling, atmosphere and style from the others.”
The song list: “SPACE NOODLEIN” is a a fun, screamin’, six string, jammin’ rocker! The intro starts as a fat drum beat that, leads into a progressive, classical rock section. Followed by a whimsical, ascending then descending musical theme, for that, ‘noodlein‘ underbelly feel, as the music breaks open into a heavy, roaring, rock development.
“MOOONBEAMS AND THE COSMIC BANG” begins with a syrupy, melodious and harmonious guitar melody and sounds, shooting in the background, to the soothing rhythms being played. The music moves suddenly, to a heavy, punchy and crunchy, progressive metal rock passage of the composition and into the powerful crescendo.
“THERE IS NOTHING MORE BRIGHT THAN THE STARS AT NIGHT” is a fusion instrumental that begins with an edgy tension creating tone, into a very cool, smooth cruisin’ groove, with light textured keys and tasty, sonic guitar, throughout. The tune bounces sweetly, drifting in to get the fusion ensemble rolling. This tune cruises nicely.
“IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE MILKY WAY” is a beautiful and dreamy soundscape. The song is a pretty, flowing, melodic and rhythmic composition that has a wonderful, warm, serene feeling and quality. The composition makes you drift thoughtfully and imagine. Subtle and sweet
“FLIGHT OF THE ANCIENT ALIEN” is an energetic, progressive rock tune. This tune crescendos all the way from start to finish. The music gives you the feeling of flying with this ancient adventurer. The intertwining guitar melodies, harmonies, and pulsating rhythm, from the start and throughout create a soundscape perfect for a sci-fi movie adventure.
I hope those in the universe, hear a little something within one or both of the projects, a tune or more, that touches them in a way that makes them happy, thoughtful, adrenalized and ready to rock the cosmos! I hope, all of you, find a tune or more you enjoy, that uplifts your soul to a state of happiness, helping you to fly to your own inner and outer space, where all the boundaries of the universe disappear and music, fills the air!!! Cheers and peace always, Uncle Roy
UNCLE ROY AND THE BAND FROM ANOTHER PLANET “SAVE THE UNIVERSE” & UNCLE ROYS SPACESHIP “HOW DO WE GET TO EARTH?” digital albums are available at the website, https://www.uncleroysalienmusic.com/. and as a Pre-Sale order at iTunes. They will be available at most major on line streaming music services and at most major on line music retail stores, as a digital album and single and as a physical CD, starting on the release dates for each album…