DAMANEK announce​​ upcoming album “Making Shore”

Pic: Luke Machin (Guest), Sean Timms, Dan Mash, Marek Arnold, Brody Green (Guest), Guy Manning (Seated)

A third DAMANEK album “Making Shore”, is being recorded for a planned 2020 release.
This is the working title for it…and as the first two releases ‘ON TRACK’ and ‘IN FLIGHT’ both implied movement and travel (by Rail and Air) in their names, I was leaning to a more Sea/Water-centric title this time (2 words again…isn’t branding wonderful)

This new set of material sees us once more return to ecological concerns/issues and of course from a narrative empathetic POV, placing the listener in the heart of the story…naturally.

80 odd minutes of initial demos have been written with some quite diverse themes

Here are some working track names and ideas behind them:

1. A Mountain of Sky (about the solitude and aloofness of Mount Everest)
2. A Crown of Thorns (about the decline of the Great Barrier Reef)
3. Back2Back (looks at the concern around Global arising from over population)
4. Reflections on Copper (a observation on the debilitation brought through Dementia)
5. In Deep Blue [Sea Songs Part One] (a tale of personal fear overcome!…)
6. Noon Day Candles (an appeal to the World Stage about child hunger and a belief that each and every voice makes a difference in addressing the issue)
7. Self-Composed (an introspective personal look at my own song writing)
8. Americana (narrates the impact of Climate change on a fictional US farm)

9. Oculus – this is an epic, Gothic tale dealing with the perils of inter-dimensional travel … it is a bit involved, but the story will unfold!!!

Marek, Dan, Sean & I will be returning once again with a supporting cast of superb musicians, some you already know, some new, some well known…have I made that intriguing?

So, no live dates planned as yet, but we looking ahead to 2021 now to get some things booked in.

Related Updates:
Meantime, please check out the latest album by Cyril called “The Way Through” (Cyril is one of Marek’s projects for which I provided the concept story line and the lyrics). It has got some great reviews.
Also check out the the new Seven Steps to the Green Door album, “The Lie”.

Maschine have been recording their third album and so Dan (and Luke Machin) will no doubt be publishing details all about it plus news of their Autumn UK tour with District 87 (look out for details on these dates on Social media).

Work has also started on the third Southern Empire album, the follow up to the fantastically well received “Civilisation” – watch out for news on that too from down under.

So that’s it for now.
Please visit the Damanek web site, add some comments to the Guest book and keep up to date with all things Damanek on the Damanek Facebook page.
We love to hear from you, chat, answer questions etc.

More news soon, when things have progressed.

Btw, I will be this years UK Summers End festival if you are about to day Hi!

Take Care
Guy M


DAMANEK get Ready to Record New Album

Recording work on “In Flight” is due to start up in a few weeks, really looking forward to how the REAL players transform my demos…poor old Marek has had to put up with my crappy Sax samples…
Trying to get a November tour organised is proving very frustrating…a number of the venues it would be good to play simply will not consider it because we cannot guarantee audience numbers…and I do see where they are coming from but its Catch22 …to get bigger numbers you have to be known, to be known you have to be a proven live act which means you have to have played
We would like a German date and a northern France date if anyone has good direct contacts with the owners
Help appreciated…
See you soon


United Progressive Fraternity Release 24 min Movie For Travelling Man (The Story of ESHU)

MUSIC VIDEO DEBUT FOR ‘TRAVELLING MAN (THE STORY OF ESHU)’ BY UNITED PROGRESSIVE FRATERNITY (21 Dec 2016). Special guest appearance by Steve Hackett (Genesis). 

Stunning live action, CGI, digital artwork and stop-motion animation combine with live band footage to tell an epic story of trust, perspective, relationships, change, making choices, purpose in life, and love. ESHU is the Travelling Man, ‘Keeper of the Crossroads’, a mythical god in African culture who guides and teaches by teasing and tricking. Discover the wisdom in this masterpiece of songwriting. Travelling Man (The Story of ESHU) by United Progressive Fraternity (UPF).

Featuring the Blender Open Source movies produced by Ton Roosendaal – Elephants Dream, Sintel, and Tears of Steel; International Short Film Festival participant ‘The Flower in the Bottle’; Maxim Mildenberg; anime from Konstantin Dmitriev, creator of the Open Source Morevna film project, amazing stop motion from Gabriel Nóbrega & PG Santiago, and dystopian realities from Adrian Bonaventura.

Synopsis: Take a surrealistic sci-fi and fantasy journey through past, present, and future with ESHU – the Keeper of the Crossroads and discover what awaits you on the right path. Directed by Mark Truey Trueack. Produced by Ted Ollikkala, Singapore. Travelling Man (The Story of ESHU) is taken from the UPF album ‘Fall In Love With The World’, released by InsideOut Music, 2014.

Travelling Man (The Story of ESHU) – [Trueack/Williams/Timms]
Mark Truey Trueak – Vocals
Guy Manning – Keyboards
Guitars – Matt WIlliams
Acoustic Guitar – Steve Hackett
Drums – David Hopgood
Percussion – Tim Irrgang
Bass – Daniel Mash
Sax – Marek Arnold
Flute & VIolin – Steve Unruh

LIVE – Heerlen, The Netherlands (3 Oct 2014)
Vocals: – Mark Truey Trueack
Keyboards – Guy Manning
Sax & Keys – Marek Arnold
Guitars – Matt Williams
Bass – Daniel Mash
Drums – David Hopgood
Percussion – Tim Irrgang

United Progressive Fraternity – UPF Links
Check out the movie page’ with free downloads, trivia & comments by band members about the song/performance.
United Progressive Fraternity – UPF