Morpheus Rising chose Bilston Robin 2 as the location for the launch of their second album, both as an excellent rock venue with great acoustics, and as a central location that’s accessible for fans across the country. Not only that, the show also marked the live début of Luna Rossa, Anne-Marie Helder and Jon Edwards’ acoustic Panic Room side project.
Luna Rossa played a beautiful set, drawn almost entirely from “Sleeping Pills and Lullabies”. Shorn of the strings and additional instrumentaion of the album, the stripped-down sound of just voice, piano and guitar emphasised the strength of the songs. Jon Edwards’ expressive piano and Anne-Marie’s equally expressive voice make a perfect combination in a live setting, and songs like “Heart On My Sleeve” came over especially well. The one all-new song was an atmospheric piece featured electric piano and some of Anne-Marie’s flute, and offered an intriguing taster for the next Luna Rossa album. They closed with the multi-layered “Gasp”, the one time they resorted to backing tracks for a song that wouldn’t work without the strings and looped backing vocals.
Then it was time for the twin guitar classic hard rock of Morpheus Rising. Their shows supporting Panic Room last hear had previewed quite a few of the new songs, one of two of which even became live favourites. But for the launch show the band played the whole album including the two download-only bonus tracks. The whole thing came over very powerfully live, so much so that it’s hard to pick a single highlight, though “Bending Light” with Pete Harwood’s e-bow solo came over especially strongly. With new drummer Nigel Durham they’ve gone up another gear as a live band.
They had intended to continue with the highlights of their first album, but unfortunately a poorly drummer forced them to curtail their set, making for a slightly confusing ending. They did come back for one more number, a rousing rendition of “Lords of the North”. But the slightly premature end failed to take the edge off a fantastic night. On paper, the two very different acts sharing a bill ought never to have worked. But the combination of delicate acoustic beauty with full-on rock and roll ended up complimenting each other extremely well, and the whole thing made for a remarkable evening.
As readers of this blog ought to have noticed, I’m a big supporter of co-headline gigs, where two highly complementary bands not only give audiences good value for money, but both bands gain exposure to each other’s fanbases.
Also Eden and Morpheus Rising have played on the same bill before, and they’re together again on March 8th at The Asylum 2 in Birmingham. This ought to be a great night.
Morpheus Rising are now taking pre-orders for their album “Eximus Humanus”. The band funded the album with a successful Kickstarter campaign. Those of us who backed the have already downloaded the digital version of the album, and it’s exvellent. Now is the turn of those of you who missed the kickstarter.
Morpheus Rising will be playing a launch gig at Bilston Robin 2 on 23rd February, with Luna Rossa as the support, which ought to be an excellent night.
Morpheus Rising have annonced the launch gig for the Kickstarted-funded second album “Eximius Humanus”, at Bilston Robin 2 on Sunday 23rd February 2014.
With a strong crossover fan base, Morpheus Rising deliver an energetic and powerful show which appeals to the Classic Rock and Prog fans alike. This will be the band’s first headline show at the Robin, having previously played shows supporting the likes of Panic Room.
Not only that, but the show will also be the first even live appearance of Luna Rossa, Anne-Marie Helder and Jonathan Edwards superb acoustic project.
In this, their first ever live performance as ‘Luna Rossa’, the duo will explore the stripped-back splendour and beauty of their debut album ‘Sleeping Pills & Lullabies’. A rare treat for any fans of Panic Room or those who love the magic of timeless, entrancing songwriting.
This is looking like a show not to be missed.
Congratulations to Morpheus Rising for hitting their Kickstarter Target for their long-awaited second album with nine days to spare.
Happy Birthday to Andy Smith, bassist for Mostly Autumn and Morpheus Rising, and all round top bloke.
Morpheus Rising have launched a Kickstarter campaign for their second album.
This project will enable us to finish recording, mix, master, and manufacture the long awaited second Morpheus Rising album.
We’re a British twin guitar based rock band, currently working on our second album. We’ve been busy writing, arranging and recording a new batch of songs for this release, and we’re ready to mix, produce, master and manufacture it ready for you!
We recently signed with an independent label in the US, but the days of massive advances to pay for albums are long gone. So we need to fund this ourselves – and we’re well on the way! The new songs sound fantastic so far and we’re very excited!
The new song certainly sounded impressive when the band played them live supporting Panic Room back in July. This will be an album well worth investing in.
Big announcement from Morpheus Rising today.
We are very pleased to announce that Nigel Durham (ex Saxon, ex Oliver/Dawson Saxon) has joined Morpheus Rising as full time drummer. Nigel is a fantastic drummer with an outstanding pedigree, and we’re delighted to welcome him into the band.
Nigel is no stranger to rock audiences, having played on Saxon’s Destiny album, and several albums with Oliver/Dawson Saxon, including Re:Landed and It’s Alive. We are really looking forward getting stuck into rehearsals with him, preparing current material for the live set and new songs for the album sessions.
We are extremely grateful to the one and only Henry Rogers for stepping in to the breach and filling the drum vacancy for the recent tour with Panic Room, and the Bikes Bands and Booze show last weekend. Without all his outstanding hard work and dedication at relatively short notice, we could not have done these gigs, and we’ve really enjoyed having him as part of the MR gang – even if only briefly!
We’re all looking forward to the new album and a new era with Melodic Revolution Records, and with Nigel joining the band too, we’re really hungry to get cracking. As Nigel says “Can’t wait to get my teeth into Morpheus Rising!”
Morpheus Rising are the latest band in the “scene” to sign a record deal with US Label Melodic Revolution Records. As stated in their press release:
Melodic Revolution Records is proud to announce the signing of British Hard Rock Act Morpheus Rising.
Morpheus Rising is a five piece hard ‘n’ heavy British rock band formed in 2008. The band is heavily influenced by their peers; Saxon, UFO, Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden. Morpheus Rising has forged a reputation for their stage shows and music by incorporating precision twin guitars, power chords and fast guitar solos, upbeat tempos, soaring melodic vocals, rounded out by a tight rhythm section. The band has incorporated many elements of the NWOBHM bands of the late 70’s and early 80’s which set the standards and made these bands famous.
As the band say in their own announcement.
Based in Orlando, Florida, Melodic Revolution Records has a great roster of acts from across America, Europe and the UK. We’re very excited to be part of this family of creative, like minded people, artists and bands and looking forward to working with Nick Katona and MRR who will be fighting our corner in the USA. We’re already making plans with them for the new album which we also hope to announce very soon. Don’t worry, we’re not selling out, we are still in complete control – nothing has changed creatively!
Exciting times, and with a promise that they won’t start sounding like Nickleback. Interesting that they’re signing to a US label, though.