Former Touchstone keyboardist and songwriter Rob Cottingham has formally announced his new band Cairo:
After what I can only describe as amazing support from the industry, I am proud and delighted to announce my new band, CAIRO.
The band comprises Rachel Hill on vocals; James Hards on guitars; Paul Stocker on bass, Graham Brown on drums and myself on vocals and keys.
I was after a new sound with the same sensibilities as in my previous writing but with heavier passages, as well as more ambient, electronic soundscapes – plus more time spent on crafting the blend of male and female vocals within the overall production of the music.
We have just recorded our debut album “Say” at Outhouse Studios, with the mighty John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Lonely Robot, Arena) at the helm, and we will be releasing the album in October. Album launch shows are scheduled in the UK for November with our special guests, Luna Rossa.”
With the Pledge Music campaign now at 98% of the target, Panic Room have confirmed that the recording of the live DVD is now definitely going to happen, and the band have booked Islington Assembly Hall for a gig on Sunday 16th October. They’ve also extended the Pledge Music campaign for another month to get that final 2%.
The band will be making two other live appearances this year. The first will be at Off The Tracks festival on Saturday 3rd September on a bill headlined by Ozric Tentacles, the second will be a Christmas gig at Bilston Robin 2 on Friday 2nd December.
Former bassist Joe Bouchard posted the sad news on Twitter this afterron: “Sandy Pearlman manager and visionary for Blue Öyster Cult and others passed away last night. Very sad”.
Sandy Pearlman was the producter and main lyricist in their early years, making him the effective sixth member of the band. With enigmatic lines like “By silverfish imperetrix, whose incorrupted eye/Sees through the charms of doctors and their wives” or “Don’t forget my dog, fixed and consequent“, the high weirdness of his lyrics came to define their identity.
Today comes the news that Yes’ Alan White is being replaced for the next run of shows with a relative unknown, due to White needing urgent surgery to deal with a back injury. Though the plan is for White to return to the band once he’s fully fit, it does leave guitarist Steve Howe as the only remaining member of the classic 70s band.
I know the music is greater than the musicians, and they’re already without any remaining founder members since the tragic death of Chris Squire. But isn’t it getting a little bit silly now?
Heather Findlay has announced some new live dates, a warm-up show for the Cambridge Rock Festival, at The Post Office Social Club on Monday 25th July, and four dates in The Netherlands in November.
There are also some changes to the lineup; the band says goodbye for the time being at least to Alex Cromarty and Chris Johnsom, who had been part of her band from the very beginning, and to John Mitchell.
Joining the band in their places for this run of gigs will be former Cloud Atlas guitarist Martin Ledger and Touchstone drummer Henry Rogers, alongside Stu Fletcher, Angela Gordon and Sarah Dean.