Fish has announced an eleven-date UK tour in December 2017 including two nights at London’s Islington Assembly. The dates are as follows:
Fri 8 Leeds University
Sat 9 Manchester o2 Ritz
Sun 10 Leamington Assembly
Tue 12 Cardiff Tramshed
Wed 13 Bristol o2 Academy
Fri 15 London Islington Assembly
Sat 16 London Islington Assembly
Tues 19 Cambridge Corn Exchange
Wed 20 Newcastle Wylam Brewery
Thurs 21 Glasgow o2 ABC
Billed the “Weltschmerz- Clutching at Straws tour”, the shows will feature a full performance of Marillion’s 1987 album “Clutching at Straws” alongside material from his forthcoming album “Weltschmerz”.
These will be his only 2017 live appearances, though a European tour is planned for 2018.
Italy’s Ufosonic Generator seek to combine the sounds of 70s classic hard rock with that of more recent doom metal, and end up succeeding very well at summoning something of the spirit of Black Sabbath from circa 1971. They’ve clearly listened to enough Sabbath to recognise that there’s more to it that just copying Tony Iommi’s signature downtuned guitar sound; drummer S. McManchester captures that jazz-inflected vibe that gives them that vital groove.
Not that this album is a mere retread of “Master of Reality”, there are plenty of other influences in there too, with the band citing Thin Lizzy, Uriah Heep and Cathedral amongst others, and guitarist DD Morris has his own raw and powerful sound. Lyrical themes cover space and ritual magic fuelled by booze and weed, and songs have enigmatic titles like “Meridian Daemon”, the title track “The Evil Smoke Possession” and “Mowing Devil”. The end result is a record that, while it doesn’t really do anything groundbreakingly radical, is still an enjoyable listen.
A new solo song nu Anne-Marie Helder of Panic Room and Luna Rossa fame.
In her own words:
“January’ is a little ditty about this strange, bleak first month of the year ~ A time when all the Christmas decorations have been taken down, The days are too short, the nights are too cold… It’s grey outside, & we’ve got no money left. We’re supposed to be getting healthy after all that overindulgence, but we can’t be bothered. All the parties are over, and there are no festivities left to save us from the interminable grey days of winter.
On the bright side, here’s a little song for you. A reminder you that you’re not alone. It won’t last forever… Soon it’ll be February!
Touchstone have been added to the bill of Planet Rock’s Winter’s End festival, held on 24-26 February at Sandford Holiday Park in Poole, Dorset. The emphasis is on hard rock and blues, and also features Chantel McGregor alongside headliners The Answer, Toseland and Inglorious.
Tim Bowness has released a lyric video for “You Wanted To Be Seen” from the forthcoming album “Lost in the Ghost Light”.
In true prog fashion, it’s a concept album revolving around the onstage and backstage reflections of a fictional classic rock musician in the twilight of his career, and addresses how the era of streaming and ageing audiences affects creativity, how a life devoted to music impacts on family life, and how idealistic beginnings can become compromised by complacency and the fear of being replaced by younger, more vital artists.
Tin Bowness has a lengthy blog post covering the making of the record and eleborating the ideas behind it.
Thirty-year-old Metal Hammer magazine and stablemates Classic Rock and Prog have been given a new lease of life after being saved from closure by Future Publishing, owner of titles including Guitarist, Total Film and T3.
The titles, along with the Golden Gods Awards and the Classic Rock Awards, suspended publication and faced closure after owner TeamRock, which fashioned itself as the self-styled “home of rock and metal”, went into administration in December.
No word yet on how many former staff are likely to be rehired, but let’s hope for the best. These are good people who are passionate about music.