English alternative progressive rock band The Pineapple Thief will release an album titled Give It Back on May 13th via Kscope. This is an album of newly recorded, re-worked classic tracks, that now feature drum legend Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson), from the band’s impressive catalog.
The Pineapple Thief is one of the leading lights of Europe’s experimental rock domain, led by post-progressive mastermind Bruce Soord and reinforced by Gavin Harrison (King Crimson) on drums.
In the lead up to their extensive forthcoming 2022 European and US tour (23 Feb through to June) in support of their latest studio album ‘Versions Of The Truth’, The Pineapple Thief present ‘Give It Back’ which is due for release on the 13th May through Kscope.
‘Give It Back’ is a new album featuring 12 new versions of earlier works including songs taken from the albums ‘Little Man’, ‘All The Wars’, ‘Tightly Unwound’. The band has completely re-recorded all of the tracks to complement brand new Gavin Harrison drum parts and new song arrangements. The result of this process is a unique release of reworked songs which showcases the evolution of The Pineapple Thief. Bruce Soord explains the idea behind the album “Gavin went through the entire TPT back catalog and picked out some songs he felt we could revisit. As soon as I heard what Gavin was doing, it inspired me to completely rework the songs too. Gavin would suggest adding new parts, chopping things around, bringing in extra verses and I was completely open to all of it. I also ‘closed the story’ lyrically on a lot of the songs which I felt were left too open-ended. It was a lot of fun to do, even if it felt a little strange at times going back in time.”
The Pineapple Thief – Give it Back (Rewired) [Official Lyric Video]
Gavin Harrison comments “When I first started working with The Pineapple Thief I had only played on the album “Your Wilderness”, so when the time came to play live, I obviously had to approach quite a few songs I didn’t know and hadn’t played before. Having spent some years in King Crimson (where this challenge was often presented to me), Robert Fripp suggested that you should approach every song as if it were new regardless of when it was written. So with the blessing of The Pineapple Thief, I developed my own take on some of the earlier material. As the tours went by, I got curious about their huge back catalog and found myself listening through and applying the ‘old song/new song’ process and imagining how I could (sometimes radically) rework them – initially just for the purposes of finding other songs to play live. However, Bruce encouraged me to go as far out as I wanted (including writing whole new sections) – after all, the original already existed – so why not breathe new life into these earlier songs? This isn’t a compilation album or any kind of selected ‘best of’ record – but rather the tunes that gave me inspiration to rearrange, rework, rewire.”
The title track from the album is the first single to be released on 22nd February. Bruce explains“One of the first songs that Gavin picked out from the back catalog was Give it Back. We completely re-recorded and re-worked the entire piece. It feels like a completely new song and it’s already part of our live set.”
The ‘Give It Back’ album artwork has been created by Carl Glover.
Following the release of Dissolution,The Pineapple Thief announce their new concert album Hold Our Fire captured during their 16-date European headline tour in September 2018.
Holding up a mirror to our chaotic, social media-fixated society, Dissolution is a modern masterpiece that pulses with charged emotion – the perfect album for the times.
Hold Our Fire features eight concert performances of Dissolution tracks, including the singles “Far Below“, “Try As I Might“, “Threatening War” & “Uncovering Your Tracks“, as well as “3000 Days” from 2010 studio album Someone Here is Missingwith extra guitars from new guitarist George Marios.
The band’s virtuoso drummer, also known for his work with Porcupine Tree and King Crimson, Gavin Harrison reveals more about their performances for Hold Our Fire“I feel this live recording really captures the energy and spirit of the band playing together in front of a great enthusiastic crowd.”
It’s a feeling shared by frontman, composer and guitarist Bruce Soord“It’s a great souvenir from such a memorable tour. I am really looking forward to taking the show over to North America in November and mixing the record reminded me just how much fun we have playing live.”
1. Try As I Might (live) [04:49] 2. Threatening War (live) [06:43] 3. Uncovering Your Tracks (live) [04:38] 4. All That You`ve Got (live) [03:26] 5. Far Below (live) [04:46] 6. Not Naming Any Names (live) [02:16] 7. White Mist (live) [10:35] 8. Shed A Light (live) [05:44] 9. 3000 Days (live) [07:17]
Bruce Soord – guitars and vocals Gavin Harrison – drums Jon Sykes – bass Steve Kitch – keyboards George Marios – guitars and backing vocals (live)
Mixed by Bruce Soord (drums mixed by Gavin Harrison)Mastering by Steve Kitch
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”
The Pineapple Thief have launched their brand new video for “Try As I Might”, the new single from their forthcoming new studio album Dissolution. The highly anticipated follow up to 2015’s Your Wilderness, is the band’s second album to feature King Crimson and Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison.
(photo credit James Cumpsty)
Vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist Bruce Soord explains his dystopian view “The video follows the theme of the song and the album – if you sign up to this hyper-connected world we live in, then you have to live with the consequences. Try as you might to get out of it.”
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “TRY AS I MIGHT” HERE
The futuristic clip was created by Blacktide Phonic/Visual (www.black-tide.co.uk) director George Laycock, who expands on how he created the film “When The Pineapple Thief came to me with their track ‘Try as I might’, they had a broad basis for an idea for a music video that dealt with a social media obsessed ‘connected’ world.
This had nods to previous films and television like ‘The Truman Show’, ‘Black Mirror’, the ‘Big Brother’ landscape and its preceding shows, so it was about creating a storyline using these broad influences and encapsulating into an obscure 3-minute film on a budget.
I was interested in the concept of ‘in eye cameras’, scary technology I am sure isn’t too far away from us. We decided to go down the optical medical route and follow our character on a journey from first pre-operation, to surgery, recovery and then trying to battle the decision he has made, whilst battling with the corporation he has signed up too. The film hopefully leaves the viewer to create their own conceptions on his outcome.
We filmed it all on the Dorset/Devon coastline around where I live and were fortunate to be able to secure great locations to shoot in with a few favors, including a remote seaside post-modern house, a private beach and a real working hospital and opticians.
To keep the cast down to a minimum I decided that the camera that is watching Bruce would become the main supporting actor and his nemesis, appearing in scenes without anyone operating it. This allowed us to see the cameras point of view and tell the story to the fictional viewer. This old broadcast camera weighed an absolute ton, and carrying through remote woods, down a mile-long steep cliff path to a beach was a challenge on some of the hottest days of the year. Filming in the water at the end was a welcome refreshment.
Many thanks to all those who helped with the film, especially everyone involved at Yeovil hospital for allowing us such amazing access, and to Bruce for being so amenable about having scalpels inches from his eyeball.”
The Pineapple Thief have grown to become one of the leading lights of Europe’s experimental rock domain, 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, and their new album Dissolution promises to propel the band to even greater heights.
Not Naming Any Names [02:05]
Try As I Might [04:26]
Threatening War [06:37]
Uncovering Your Tracks [04:29]
All That You’ve Got [03:27]
Far Below [04:36]
Pillar of Salt [01:25]
White Mist [11:05]
Shed A Light [05:20]
Dissolution will be released in the following formats – all available to pre-order now HERE https://thepineapplethief.lnk.to/DissolutionPR CD Black LP –pressed to audiophile 180g vinyl Limited Edition Crystal Clear LP edition – pressed to audiophile 180g vinyl Blu-ray – features a 16-page booklet, the album plus bonus music in a 24/96 DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound mix and 24/96 hi-res stereo audio Deluxe 4 disc edition – features 52 pages containing exclusive additional artwork, the original album on CD plus a second CD of bonus music, and is topped off with a DVD and Blu-ray featuring the album and bonus material in a 24/96 DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound mix and 24/96 hi-res stereo audio. All digital & streaming platforms
The Pineapple Thief will be taking Dissolution on the road starting in September 2018, with new dates added for March 2019. This tour includes their biggest show to date at London’s prestigious O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – tickets are on sale now and selling fast: http://www.pineapplethief.com/tour/ ;
The Pineapple Thief – Dissolution Tour 2018/2019
Sep 15 – FR – Paris – La Maroquinerie
Sep 16 – BE, Brussels- La Madeleine
Sep 17 – DE, Bremen – Schlachthof
Sep 18 – DE, Hanover – Musikzentrum
Sep 19 – DE, Berlin – Lido
Sep 21 – PL, Warsaw – Stodola
Sep 22 – CZ, Olomouc – S-Klub
Sep 23 – CZ, Prgaue – Rock Cafè
Sep 25 – AU, Wien – Szene
Sep 26 – DE, Munich – Backstage Werk
Sep 27 – DE, Aschaffenburg- Colos-Saal
Sep 28- DE, Cologne – Live Music Hall
Sep 29 – NL, Amsterdam – Melkweg
Oct 4 – UK, Edinburgh – Liquid Rooms
Oct 5 – UK, Sheffield – Leadmill
Oct 6 – UK, London – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Feb 22 – IT, Roma – Largo Venue
Feb 23 – IT, Milano – Santeria Social Club
Mar 3 – DK, Copenhagen – Vega
Mar 5 – SE, Stockholm – venue tba
Mar 6 – NO, Oslo – John Dee
The Pineapple Thief are:
Bruce Soord – vocalist, guitarist, composer
Gavin Harrison – drums
Jon Sykes – bass
Steve Kitch – keyboards
The Pineapple Thief have announced a string of European dates for early 2017 in support of their highly acclaimed new album, ‘Your Wilderness’. The band will be joined by virtuoso Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson) on drums. Special guests and label mates Godsticks will be providing support.
20.01 Patronaat, Haarlem NL
21.01 Uden, De Pul NL
22.01 Zwolle, Hedon NL
24.01 Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal DE
25.01 Oberhausen, Eisenlager DE
26.01 Berlin, Frannz club DE
27.01 Prague, Futurum Music Bar CZ
28.01 Dresden, Tante Ju DE
29.01 Hamburg, Knust DE
31.01 Maastricht, Muziekgieterij NL
01.02 Paris, Le Divan Du Monde FR
09.02 Glasgow, ABC2 UK
10.02 Manchester, Sound Control UK
11.02 London, Islington Assembly Hall UK
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