Calgary-based hard rock quintet KOBRA AND THE LOTUS have returned with their new studio album ‘Evolution‘, which will get a September 20th release on Napalm Records.The upcoming LP sees the band imbued with a new fire that comes through by way of undeniable hooks, soaring guitar riffs, marching drum beats, and the soulful, bombastic vocal delivery of lead singer Kobra Paige. No longer bound by old formulas and expectations from the past, ‘Evolution‘ comes through with a sound that is expansive and, at times, borders on outright swagger. Each song feels like an Active Rock hit in the making, while still having the grit and feverish intensity that longtime fans have come to admire from Kobra and the Lotus.
Fans can now enjoy the first offering from ‘Evolution‘. The band has dropped their music video for the new single “Burn!”
‘Evolution‘ boasts the band’s most cohesive and confident material to date. For the new record, Kobra and the Lotus enlisted the services of producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette[Alter Bridge, Linkin Park, Slash, Sevendust]. “The new body of work sets the tone for the music going forward. Sonically, it’s still heavy. It highlights the showmanship and maintains the edge. At the same time, it’s approachable. It pays tribute to our influences, but it takes the next step. So, it’s a reintroduction to us and a rebirth. A firm goal was to build a strong identity and update everything. We just want to be Kobra and the Lotus; that’s what we’re doing.
The first single, “Burn!” ignites this chapter. A hummable riff snaps into a visceral verse as the frontwoman directly declares, “I really hate you, yes I do.” The track builds towards an incendiary and infectious chorus, hinging on a seesawing guttural groove and hitting like a sledgehammer. “It’s about all of the reasons you hold yourself back,” she explains. “You literally need to burn all of those feelings, stories, excuses, and obstacles keeping you from being your own authentic self. It’s super personal. It’s a product of growing and arriving as a person. I’m realizing who I am. It’s symbolic of the rebirth,” says Kobra.
KOBRA AND THE LOUTS – ‘Evolution’ Tracklist 1. Evolution 2. Burn! 3. We Come Undone 4. Wounds 5. Thundersmith6. Circus 7. Wash Away 8. Liar 9. Get The F*ck Out Of Here 10. In The End 11. Tokyo (Japan Version Only)
Going further into the process behind ‘Evolution,’ Kobra comments, “We’ve never done a record like ‘Evolution.’ We’ve flown demos over the internet back and forth or started a few ideas prior to hitting the studio. This time, we were all working together in the flesh for the full duration of the writing process. It’s a collision of everything we love. We feel like it’s the freshest and most timeless thing we’ve brought to the table.”
In addition to the release of their new record, Kobra and the Lotus will hit the road starting next month. The trek kicks off on August 29th in Nashville, TN and concludes on November 1st in Ft. Myers, FL.
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS On Tour :8/29: Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge 8/31: Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend 9/2: Huntsville, AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall 9/3: Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner 9/4: Lakewood, OH @ Phantasy 9/5: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall* 9/6: Stafford Springs, CT @ Stafford Palace Theater 9/9: Laconia, NH @ Granite State Music Hall 9/10: Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s 9/11: Portland, ME @ Aura 9/13: Harrison, OH @ The Blue Note 9/14: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop 9/15: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection 9/18: Kansasville, WI @ 1175 Sports Park & Eatery 9/19: St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall9/20: Lombard, IL @ Brauer House 9/22: Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall 9/25: New York, NY @ Sony Hall 9/26: Harrisburg, PA @ Club XL Live 9/27: Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 29/29: Warrendale, PA @ Jergel’s Rhythm Grill 10/1: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse 10/3: Wichita, KS @ Wave – Indoor Stage 10/5: Golden, CO @ Dirty Dogs Roadhouse 10/6: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater10/9: Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse* 10/10: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage 10/11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky 10/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky 10/16: Tucson, AZ @ Encore 10/17: Roswell, NM @ The Liberty* 10/18: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom 10/19: Waco, TX @ The Backyard 10/20: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill 10/22: Houston, TX @ House of Blues 10/23: San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater 10/24: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock 10/25: Lafayette, LA @ The District 10/26: Miramar Beach, FL @ Village Door Music Hall 10/30: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live 10/31: Savannah, GA @ Victory North 11/1: Ft. Myers, FL @ The Ranch *KOBRA AND THE LOTUS HEADLINE
InsideOutMusic recently announced the signing of Philadelphia-based duo RISE TWAIN to the label, for the release of their self-titled debut album on the September 6th, 2019. The union of Brett William Kull (producer, audio engineer, and member of Echolyn, Grey Eye Glances, and Francis Dunnery’s New Progressives) and J.D. Beck (The Scenic Route, Beck-Fields, author & playwright) bring their collective years of direct and varied experience in writing, performing and recording music together for their impressive debut.
Today they launch the second single taken from the album, and you can listen to the track “Golden” here:
The band comments: “We sometimes watch lovers, friends, or family destroy themselves and those around; what was once idealized as golden, pure, beautiful, now lost in esoteric motivations. The chaos, tragedy, and permanence of these experiences become part of our lives… and they are woven into the notes, sounds, and performance of this new dynamic single by Rise Twain – Turn it up.”
The track-listing is as follows:
1. Everspring 2. Golden 3. The Range 4. Lit Up 5. Death of Summer 6. Oh This Life 7. Prayers 8. Falling Skies 9. Into A Dream 10. That Is Love
Talking of how the duo came together: “I produced an album for J.D.’s original band, The Scenic Route”, says Kull, describing his first meeting with Beck in 2007. “They were a rocky, progressive kind of band, like a Jeff Buckley kind of thing. I was immediately drawn to his vocals. He’s such a strong singer.” Kull says he and Beck immediately hit it off, what he describes as an “inevitable connection.”
Adds Beck, “I just knew I had to work with Brett on a higher level. When I came in to cut the vocals on the Scenic Route album, the way we worked together…some people you just gel with, and then some people you have a barrier with. Brett and I gelled.” They spoke of one day collaborating on their own project, which finally surfaces as Rise Twain.
Discussing the album’s musical direction, Beck notes, “There’s not a typical structural theme that we use over and over and over. ‘Organic’ is a word that comes to mind. Seeking openness through simplicity and allowing the complexity of music to exist without the necessity of overly packing it or overly processing it. With that we were able to achieve such a broad spectrum of sound, and a colossal sense of its existence, without having to have a billion guitars and a billion things put over top. There’s some colouring with strings and other embellishments, but it really is something very simple and stripped down, and it’s awesome.”
Kull adds, “There’s a lot of complexity in this, but it’s not overt in the least bit. But yet, when you get into it, there’s all this really rich harmonic and dynamic stuff going on.”
RISE TWAIN are: J.D. Beck: Piano, lead and backing vocals Brett William Kull: Guitars, bass, keys, percussion, lead and backing vocals
Acclaimed for his work as a founding member of prog metal standouts Haken, as well as Nova Collective, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress, and as a Strandberg Guitars associate artist, Richard Henshall is now prepared to release his debut solo album, ‘The Cocoon’. The album will now be released on August 9th.
The new video for “Limbo” from the album was premiered earlier today on The Prog Report. Watch the video now here:
“Limbo” focuses on the atmospheric side of my sound and draws influence from the likes of Sigur Ros and Volcano Choir. The lyrics touch upon the idea of being stuck between two worlds whilst being bound by a fate that you have no control of. Miles Skarin from Crystal Spotlight put together this beautiful video with his own footage of the dramatic, barren landscape of Iceland, which ties in perfectly with soundscapes within the music.” – Richard Henshall
Consisting of tracks that range from dense polyrhythmic passages to delicate minimalistic interludes and everything in between, ‘The Cocoon’ features Henshall’s trademark guitar and keyboard playing throughout, and marks his debut performance as a lead vocalist.
The multi-layered, richly textured and often heart wrenching album, represents four years of creative input from Henshall and draws inspiration from artists such as Bon Iver, Meshuggah, Squarepusher and Tigran Hamasyan, which has resulted in, arguably, his most ambitious and eclectic work to date.
Completing the lineup for the release are Conner Green (Haken) on bass and Matthew Lynch (Cynic and Nova Collective) on drums. “Conner and Matt never cease to astound me with what they can achieve on their instruments. They both have a fresh, unique approach to playing, which has really breathed new life into the music on ‘The Cocoon’. They really outdid themselves on this record”.
The album also features a stellar cast of guests including Jordan Rudess, Marco Sfogli, David Maxim Micic, Jazz saxophonist Adam Carrillo and Bent Knee’s Ben Levin, Jessica Kion and Chris Baum
PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS is the brand new group featuring the talents of current & former Spock’s Beard members Ted Leonard, Jimmy Keegan & Dave Meros as well as long-time contributing songwriter-producer John Boegehold. The bands self-titled debut was recently released, and now they are pleased to launch a Jimmy Keegan drum play-through video for the track “These Are My Things”, and you can watch that here
John Boegehold comments: “Dave and I wrote this a while back from the viewpoint of a guy feeling sorry for his lot in life. I love the bass tone he came up with and Ted’s guitar tone is classic 70s. Is voodoo-swamp prog a genre?”
John Boegehold comments of the new album release: “We’re all excited that everyone will finally get to hear the first of hopefully many albums from Pattern-Seeking Animals.”
The album has already been receiving great reviews, find a few of them below:
“shiny and soulful but spiky symphonic prog” – Prog Magazine
“a strong album with top-notch performances from some of the best players in the prog world” – Sonic Perspectives
“a must-have for any respectable music collection” – Power of Prog
Originally a vehicle for a few tracks John had been working on in early 2018, he quickly came up with enough music to work towards producing an album. With that in mind, he enlisted the talents of Jimmy Keegan (drums & vocals), Ted Leonard (vocals & guitar) & Dave Meros (bass), with Boegehold handling all the synths. He adds: “Besides live strings on a few songs and a female backing vocalist on another, it was all done between the four of us with Dave and Ted ending up as co-writers on some of the material.”
With the band obviously being closely associated with Spock’s Beard, John was conscious of exploring different avenues with Pattern-Seeking Animals, whether it was song structures, vocal arrangements, synth sounds or emotional textures. “Pattern-Seeking Animals was a clean slate so I found myself drawing on a few different musical influences and using some contemporary production ideas and sounds that I probably wouldn’t use with SB for various reasons.”
1) No Burden Left to Carry (9:38) 2) The Same Mistakes Again (5:10) 3) Orphans of the Universe (10:28) 4) No One Ever Died and Made Me King (3:54) 5) Fall Away (4:47) 6) These Are My Things (4:52) 7) We Write the Ghost Stories (3:22) 8) No Land’s Man (5:35) 9) Stars Along the Way (10:20)
As John notes, as the project came together it quickly became apparent that they would want to take this material out live: “Originally it was intended to be a recording project but as it was coming together we started talking seriously about doing it as a live band. Because of the complexity of a lot of the material, it’ll require an additional musician or two to pull it off live. The plan is to tour as much as possible and to come out with a new album at least once a year. In fact, work on the second album is already well under way.”
The story of Mediterranean Floor Population migration is as old as civilization, once fueled by curiosity and exploration; now by fear. A people fleeing war, poverty, violence, climate change and hoping to give future generations stability. The story of those brave enough to walk out of Africa through the Mediterranean Way to a life of uncertainty that holds a glimmer of hope.
Mediterranean Floor is the opening track from the bands 2018 release “An Gorta Mór” ifsounds are an Italian Art Rock band
Release Date: August 27th, 2018 Format:CD & Digital Packaging: Jewel Case with 12-page color booklet
Songs Titles: 01. Mediterranean Floor (06:34) 02. Techno Guru (02:17) 03. Violet (04:07) 04. Reptilarium (04:51) 05. An Gorta Mór (22:00 I.Emerald Island II.Phytophthora infestans III. Bridget O’Donnell IV The Great Famine V. Doolough Lake VI. The Docks of Limerick VII. Regina Oceani VIII. Long cónra IX. Ghosts in America
Guests: Lino Giugliano – Keyboards and synths on “Reptilarium”, “The Great Famine” and “Doolough Lake”. Matteo Colombo – Violin on “Emerald Island” and “The Docks of Limerick”. Vincenzo Cervelli – Lead Vocals on “The Docks of Limerick”, Backing Vocals on “Ghosts in America”. Alessandra Santovito – Lead Vocals on “Regina Oceani”. Francesco Forgione – Bhodrán on “The Docks of Limerick”. Marco Grossi – Backing Vocals on “Ghosts in America”. Arranged by ifsounds.
Album Notes Lyrics and Music by Dario Lastella. Produced by Dario Lastella. in Italy Mastered by Steve Kitch in England Sleeve design by Fabienne Di Girolamo: http://fabiennedigirolamo.com “An Gorta Mór” was produced, recorded and mixed in Molise, Italy between October 2017 through May 2018.
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of Unruly Child Band’s seventh studio album, entitled “Big Blue World”, on August 9, 2019. The first single, “Living in Someone Else’s Dream”, from the album is available now!
On the heels of the release of their outstanding album “Can’t Go Home,” Unruly Child played an emotional set at Frontiers Rock Festival 2017 in Milan, IT (which was filmed/recorded for a release in early 2018). While at the festival, a meeting with the label stoked the fires for the band to do more music together and to preserve the musical legacy of one of the very last melodic rock giants still operating. So, Marcie Michelle Free (vocalist – King Kobra, Signal), Bruce Gowdy (guitarist – Stone Fury, World Trade), and Guy Allison (keyboardist – Lodgic, World Trade, Doobie Brothers) reconvened in 2018 and started working on a brand new album which would match the outstanding quality of its predecessors.
“For this album, there was a conscious decision to merge the best of what Unruly Child does, while still evolving. You know, melodic rock, but with that unique Unruly Child approach,” says Guy Allison. “It’s hard for us to stand still and repeat ourselves, but we also cannot help but sound like “us”, irrespective of any artistic lateral movement. While I’m sometimes surprised what catches the ears of our fans, I think that the album has something for everyone.”
Guy Allison continues telling about the creative process, saying “this album was written (except for the few songs we pulled out of our ‘Rabbit Hole’ writing sessions and subsequently reworked) in about 14 days. After we get a structure roughly recorded, I’ll listen to the track until the melody magically shows up, seemingly out of thin air. Sometimes I’ll have a partial lyric, sometimes just a melody that I’m singing nonsense syllables to. I’m really lucky these days to have another wordsmith to work with. In the past, I’ve been the lyricist of most of the songs that I’ve been a writer on, but now I have Betsy Summers to do some of the heavy lifting with me in that department. On some songs I’ll say, “I’ve got this melody, what do ya got?”. On other songs, I’ll say, “I’ve got the first verse, but I need a second verse, here’s a pencil”. She always delivers. The rest of the time is spent giving the recordings the attention that they need to become Unruly Child tracks. Finishing the process is a lot like having a block of marble and chipping away at it until the statue underneath is revealed. For us, it’s always been the art of discovering what the song wants to be. Sometimes it’s immediate and sometimes it takes a little longer, but we always get what we’re after. It’s not much different than it was in 1991. We just have more experience now, and better gear!”
Since the initial release of the critically acclaimed “Unruly Child” in 1991, all the band members have successfully pursued accomplished careers in the music industry. Marcie Michelle Free, one of the world’s finest singers of recent times, and most renowned transgender vocalists, first released a solo record as Mark Free, entitled “Long Way From Love”, in 1993 and then another solo record as Marcie Free, “Tormented” in 1996. Guitarist Bruce Gowdy and keyboardist Guy Allison also kept quite busy over the years. They produced two more Unruly Child records and participated in another World Trade album with drummer Jay Schellen (YES). They have also pursued other projects and their reputation as writers, performers, and arrangers is second to none with their experience working with the likes of Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Doobie Brothers, Boz Scaggs, Air Supply, and The Moody Blues, to name a few.
The group, in its constant state of evolution, has generated an exciting new album reflective of their musical roots in contemporary and classic rock. With the return to the original line-up, they have discovered that while time may pass, some things never change.
Tracklist: 1. Living In Someone Else’s Dream 2. All Over The World 3. Dirty Little Girl 4. Breaking The Chains 5. Are These Words Enough 6. Will We Give Up Today 7. Beneath A Steady Rain 8. The Harder They Will Fall 9. Down And Dirty 10. The Hard Way
Line-up: Marcie Free – Vocals Bruce Gowdy – Guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals Guy Allison – Keyboards, percussion, vocals Larry Antonio – Bass, vocals Jay Schellen – Drums