Soft Machine announces Fall 2019 Tour Dates and New Album to be Recorded in 2020   

Soft Machine, arguably the greatest bunch of people in circulation, featuring legendary musicians John EtheridgeTheo TravisRoy BabbingtonJohn Marshall, is touring this Fall, mostly in the UK and there are two shows in The Netherlands.

Next year, there will many shows around Europe, and hopefully in South America as well.

FALL 2019 TOUR DATES
SEP 13 – LOWESTOFT, ENGLAND (Lowestoft Jazz Festival, The Seagull Theater)
OCT 10 – YORK, ENGLAND (The Crescent)
OCT 11 – KINROSS, SCOTLAND (Backstage at the Green Hotel)
OCT 13 – AMBLESIDE, ENGLAND (Zefferellis)
OCT 16 – WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND (Robin 2)
OCT 17 – MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (Band On The Wall)
OCT 22 – MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND (Wavendon Stables)
OCT 24 – NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND ( Bonington Theater)
OCT 26 – LONDON, ENGLAND (HRH Prog 8 Festival, Empire Shepherds Bush)
OCT 27 – SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND (HRH Prog 8 Festival, Academy)
OCT 30 – CARDIFF, WALES (Earl Haig Club)
OCT 31 – NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME, ENGLAND (New Victoria Theater)
NOV 10 – GLASGOW, SCOTLAND (Mono)
NOV 11 – NEWCASTLE ON TYNE, ENGLAND (The Cluny)
NOV 14 – CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND (Storey’s Field Center)
NOV 21 – BRIGHTON, ENGLAND (Komedia)
NOV 29 – TILBURG, THE NETHERLANDS (Paradox)
NOV 30 – ZOETERMEER, THE NETHERLANDS (De Boerderij)
Thank You for Your support Leonardo / MoonJune / Soft Machine

And we have plans to make a new album, sometimes in the late Summer of 2020, to be released in early 2021. And then, besides many more gigs across Europe and the UK, the band will go back to Japan and Asia in 2021 and as well, to the USA and Canada.

Worldwide booking/management and booking coordination:: MoonJune Music <noanoamusic@moonjune.com>

The Soft Machine‘s last album ‘Hidden Details’ is still hot! Check it here:
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20 Essential Albums of 2018 by Kev Rowland

No. 1
Yagull – Yuna
Self-released
December 2, 2018
https://yagull-moonjune.bandcamp.com/track/yuna-2

No. 2
Galahad – Seas of Change

Self-released
January 22, 2018
https://galahad1.bandcamp.com/album/seas-of-change

No. 3
Michael – Alan Taylor Avalonia (The Sonnets of Guinevere)

Melodic Revolution Records
June 29, 2018
https://michael-alantaylor.bandcamp.com

No.4
Bomber Goggles – Gyreland
Melodic Revolution Records
March 21, 2018
https://bombergoggles.bandcamp.com

No. 5.
Tiger Moth Tales – Story Tellers Part Two
Self-releasedTalking Elephant
October 18, 2018
https://tigermothtales.bandcamp.com/album/story-tellers-part-two

No. 6
Ashley Hutchings – Paradise And Thorns
Talking Elephant
November 9, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Paradise-Thorns-ASHLEY-HUTCHINGS/dp/B07GJFQ2CV

No. 7
Soft Machine – Hidden Details
Dyad
September 14, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Details-Soft-Machine/dp/B07F9G2JQX

No. 8
3.2 – The Rules Have Changed
Frontiers Music SRL
August 10, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Rules-Have-Changed-3-2/dp/B07D5R6GFK

No. 9 
Dream Aria – The Other Side
February 24, 2018
Self-released
https://dreamaria.bandcamp.com/album/on-the-other-side-cd

No. 10
Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear – Live in the Studio
Self-released
September 16th. 2018
http://www.iona.uk.com/albums/detail/id/36/live-in-the-studio

No. 11
Xavi Reija – The Sound Of The Earth
MoonJune Records
January 18, 2019
https://xavireija-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/the-sound-of-the-earth-hd

No. 12
Mystery – Lies
and Butterflies
Unicorn Digital 
Released July 14, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Lies-Butterflies-Mystery/dp/B07F7R8L1Q

No. 13
Damanek – In Flight

Giant Electric Pea
October 12, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Flight-Damanek/dp/B07GWJW463

No.14
Dwiki Dharmawan – Rumah Batu
MoonJune Records
May 15, 2018
https://dwikidharmawan-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/rumah-batu-hd

No. 15
Dialeto – Live with David Cross
Chromatic Music
June 4, 2018
https://dialeto.bandcamp.com/album/live-with-david-cross

No. 16
Mayan – Dhyana
September 21, 2018
Nuclear Blast
https://www.amazon.com/Dhyana-MaYaN/dp/B07GRRH5HC

No. 17
Carpe Noctem – Vitrun
Aural Music
October 5, 2018
https://www.amazon.com/Vitrun-Carpe-Noctem/dp/B07GGRJWQZ

No.18
Ovrfwrd – Blurring the Lines (a democracy manifest ) ( 2018)
Sel-released
September 29, 2018
https://ovrfwrd.bandcamp.com/album/blurring-the-lines-a-democracy-manifest-2018 

No. 19
The C Sides Project – 10 Days
Self-released
October 26, 2018
https://csides1.bandcamp.com/album/10-days

No. 20
Ten Jinn – Ziggy Blackstar (A Tribute To David
Melodic Revolution Records
October 5, 2018
https://tenjinn.bandcamp.com/album/ziggy-blackstar-a-tribute-to-david-bowie

 

 

SOFT MACHINE – HIDDEN DETAILS – MOONJUNE RECORDS

There can be few British bands that can say that they have had as much impact on music as the mighty Softs, and here a mere 37 years after their last studio album they are back with a new one. Originally formed in 1966, with their debut album in 1968, they have continued to be at the cutting edge of fusion and have had some incredible musicians pass through their ranks. The band officially disbanded in 1978, then reformed briefly in 1981 and then 1984 before returning as SoftWare in 1999, which in turn became Soft Works, before morphing into Soft Machine Legacy in 2004, and then at the end of 2015, they decided to drop the word “Legacy”. But given that guitarist John Etheridge, bassist Roy Babbington and drummer John Marshall were all in the same line-up(s) in the Seventies, they have a more than valid claim to the name. The only member of the band who wasn’t involved back then is Theo Travis, who provides sax, flute and Fender Rhodes. But, he joined Soft Machine Legacy as long ago as 2006, when he replaced Elton Dean after he had passed away.

Anyone who admits to enjoying Canterbury progressive rock or fusion will have multiple Soft Machine albums in their collection, and this one fits right in. John Etheridge is an incredible guitarist, and it takes someone very special indeed to step into the shoes of Allan Holdsworth, not once but twice. He is lyrical, dramatic, restrained yet over the top, simple yet complex, allowing the music to take him where it will. Every musician is an absolute master of his craft, and they push the envelope in so many ways. Jazz, prog, fusion, call it whatever you like but this is intricately crafted music that is both awe-inspiring yet inviting, eclectic yet so very easy to get inside of, and the more time spent with it the greater the rewards. Some of these guys are nearly 80 years old now, yet show no sign at all of slowing down. This is an essential purchase.

10/10 by Kev Rowland

 

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