Music News Blog

What’s happening in the world of prog and other related scenes. News about gigs, record releases, new videos and band changes.

Marillion’s F E A R

Reviews of F E A R

My review of Marillion’s F E A R has now been published in The Guardian, not just in the online edition but in Friday’s print edition as well.

And yes, the album really is that good.

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Riverside: And The There Were Three

Riverside have made a statement on the future of the band after the tragic untimely death of guitarist Piotr Grudziński.

We have decided that we are not going to do a casting for a new guitarist. Thus we have ceased to be a quartet and have become a trio. In this line-up we will prepare our new studio album. Both in the recording studio and on tour – if we get back to touring – we will be playing with session guitarists, who are our friends, whom we know and like. But the line-up of Riverside will be as shown in the picture.

Yes, we do realise that this is not going to be the same band. We know that for many of you the story of Riverside ends here, this year, and that “Eye of the Soundscape” might be the last Riverside album you’ll buy. We know that some of you can’t imagine this band without the characteristic guitar of Piotr Grudziński and for you Riverside has ceased to exist. But our story is not over yet; with a flaw, with a scar, with a wealth of new experiences, we have decided to go on.

The band will be working on a new album, which may be “heavier and more intense”. In the meantime there’s the instrumental album “Eye of the Soundscape” combining music previously released as bonus material for earlier albums along with some brand new tracks,

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Opeth – The Wilde Flowers

A lyric video for “The Wilde Flowers”, from the forthcoming album “Sorcoress” to be released on 30th September.

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CSMA: Trans-Pennine Express

Electronic music and First Trans-Pennine class 185s. What more can you want?

The music is from a live performance at Catford, London in 2016. The filming is by Chrissie Caulfield in Leeds, Darlington, Marsden, Huddersfield and around Standedge Tunnel.

I always associate the North Trans-Pennine line with gigs in York. I wonder which band is playing Fibbers and either Manchester or Bilston on consecutive nights?

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Mostly Autumn announce details of October Leamington show

Mostly Autumn have announced detials of the Leamington Spa show in October

We have a very special gig coming up at The Assembly, Leamington Spa on Sunday 9th October. This will be from 3pm until 10pm and will feature a Mostly Autumn acoustic set, where there will be performances by individual members, as well as the full band. This was received extremely well last year at the same venue – who knew Alex could play the guitar and sing?

We also have the absolutely amazing Papillon (Anna Phoebe and Nicolas Rizzi) – they captivate us every time we hear them, as I’m sure all of you who have seen them will agree.

Mostly Autumn will play two sets, the first being a set of songs which have inspired the band members – guaranteed some Pink Floyd and who knows what else!!! The second, a set of their own music in their own inimitable style, with Anna Phoebe as guest on a few numbers .

There will be an hour or so interval, during which there will be some time to say hello to the band.

Please join us for this festival of Mostly Autumn – back following the overwhelmingly positive feedback from last year. We’re looking forward to seeing you.

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Heather Findlay replaces Knight Area at Summer’s End

Dutch neo-proggers Knight Area are out of Summer’s End festival.

As reported by Prog

The band say: “Due to technical demands which cannot be met, we have to withdraw from Summer’s End. Both organising committee and we as a band decided together in good harmony that we would not be able to take care of a top-notch show as the technical conditions we need to give our audience the show they deserve could not be fulfilled.

“Knight Area will be part of the Summer’s End festival in a future edition of the festival and we look forward to this. We feel sorry not to play, especially for the fans who bought tickets, but we hope you will understand that we only want to play if we can perform to the standards we think are necessary for a good show.

One can only specululate as to what these technical demands might be. But those of us with long memories may remember The Classic Rock Society’s Octoberfest in Wath-upon-Dearne way back in 2009.

Knight Area were special guests, with Breathing Space headlining on a bill that also included Mermaid Kiss (playing a very rare electric set) and Tinyfish. Despite not being the headliner Knight Area insisted on using their own sound board and sound engineer. This caused a significant delay to the start, throwing out the entire schedule, and forcing the headliners to play a truncated set because of the venue’s curfew. None of the other bands on the bill were impressed.

The replacement on the bill for Summer’s End is The Heather Findlay band, who were on superb form at the Cambridge Rock Festival in August.

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Doris Brendel – The Devil Closed the Door on Me

A hilariously sllly video for the song from Doris Brendel’s most recent album “Upside Down World”. Doris will be supporting Wishbone Ash in October and November on the following dates:

  • Friday 14th October 2016 – Haymarket, Basingstoke
  • Saturday 15th October 2016 – Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford
  • Tuesday 18th October 2016 – Princess Theatre, Hunstanton
  • Friday 28th October 2016 – The Jam House, Edinburgh
  • Saturday 29th October 2016 – The Lochgelly Centre, Lochgelly
  • Sunday 30th October 2016 – The Iron Works, Inverness
  • Wednesday 2nd November 2016 – ARC, Stockton-on-Tees
  • Thursday 3rd November 2016 – 53 Degrees, Preston
  • Sunday 6th November 2016 – Pontardawe Arts Centre, Pontardawe
  • Tuesday 8th November 2016 – The Arts Centre, Swindon
  • Wednesday 9th November 2016 – Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea
  • Saturday 12th November 2016 – Cheese & Grain, Frome
  • Wednesday 16th November 2016 – Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden
  • Thursday 17th November 2016 – The Flowerpot, Derby
  • Friday 18th November 2016 – The Picturedrome, Holmfirth
  • Saturday 19th November 2016 – Ashcon, The Grand, Clitheroe
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What next for The Enid?

Max Read with The Enid at HRH Prog 3

Following on from the recent departure of vocalist Joe Payne, guitarist Max Read and drummer Dave Storey are now leaving the bamd.

The loss of half the band suggests that The Enid are in disarray, though the statement from Robert John Godfrey quoted in Prog Magazine is a little more upbeat.

“Big seismic events, such as those which have been going on within The Enid, always lead to changes in the landscape. These destructive upheavals are just a reflection of life itself. There is always a future in the aftermath and the unexpected nearly always happens.

“Dominic was due to take over from Dave at the end of the year. Unfortunately Dave’s planned hip operation was rescheduled, leaving him un able to do the gigs planned. Dom Tofield is now The Enid’s drummer.

“Max has decided to follow my example and step down from appearing on stage with the band.

“My personal goal is to help The Enid find the next generation of music fans who are passionate about change and could relate to The Enid as it goes forward with its plans.”

With mainman Robert John Godfrey himself stepping down from active duty a year ago, The Enid were always going to be navigating uncertain waters without him at the helm.

There is nobody else quite like The Enid, and their ambitious symphonic music is, in a sense, the very definition of Progressive Rock. Let us hope these “big seismic events” represent a new beginning rather than the beginning of the end.

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Voodoo Vegas – Tied Up

Voodoo Vegas’s new album will be out soon. In the meantime, here’s a song from their 2015 EP “Hypnotise”.

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Cairo album demo

Some brief samples of songs from Cairo‘s forthcoming album”Say”, the new projecr from former Touchstone keyboard player Rob Cottingham.

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