BIG BIG TRAIN announce surprise summer album

Following the April release of “Grimspound”, Big Big Train are releasing a companion album, “The Second Brightest Star”, on Friday (June 23rd).

The album features 40 minutes of new songs and instrumentals which explore landscapes, rivers and meeting places and take the listener on voyages of discovery across the world and to the stars.

Alongside the new tracks, there is a bonus selection of 30 minutes of music where songs from the “Folklore” and “Grimspound” albums are presented in extended format.

You can hear the title track at: https://soundcloud.com/big-big-train/the-second-brightest-star/s-q7qZY

“The Second Brightest Star” is available to order now for delivery commencing on 23rd June from our official stores:

* Burning Shed – https://burningshed.com/store/bigbigtrain
CD and limited edition double gatefold 180g seafoam green vinyl. (All vinyl copies will include a code for a complimentary hi-res download.)

* The Merch Desk – http://themerchdesk.com/merchdesk/index.php?route=product/category&path=87_115
CD

* Bandcamp – https://bigbigtrain.bandcamp.com/album/the-second-brightest-star
Hi-res download

The album will be released on Spotify and other download and streaming services in July.

Best wishes,
Andy, Danny, Dave, David, Greg, Nick, Rachel & Rikard

Von Hertzen Brothers announce UK tour & new album titled “VII – War is Over”

Finland’s most acclaimed progressive rock group Von Hertzen Brothers are excited to announce that they will be releasing a new album titled “VII – War is Over” this coming autumn and will be supporting it with an extensive UK tour.

The “War is Over” Tour will kick off at Nottingham Rescue Rooms on Sunday November 5th and will run until Nov 18th at Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms and will also include appearances at London’s Garage on Thursday 16th, as well as appearances at Winter rock festivals including Hard Rock Hell & HRH Prog. They will play alongside bands such as Uriah Heap, Magnum, Threshold and many more. Supports for the tour are also due to be announced shortly.

The band are currently locked away in a studio in Helsinki Finland, where they are mixing down the last tracks for their much anticipated new album.

Singer Mikko Von Hertzen says: “ We (The Brothers) are so excited by the songs on our new album. We took a little breather to give space for seeds to sprout and for musical ideas to grow and flourish. So what we now have is a beautiful garden of all different kinds of songs. We feel there is a new fresh magic and energy in this record that we are all extremely excited about and we cannot wait to unleash these songs across audiences in the UK”

NOVEMBER

SUN 5 – NOTTINGHAM, RESCUE ROOMS, UK

MON 6 – MANCHESTER, REBELLION, UK

TUE 7 – SHEFFIELD, LEADMILL, UK

THU 9- NEWCASTLE, THINK TANK, UK

FRI 10 – GLASGOW, G2

SAT 11 – NORTH WALES, HARD ROCK HELL,UK

SUN 12 – BRISTOL, THE FLEECE

TUE 14 – NORWICH, WATERFRONT STUDIO, UK

WED 15 – SOUTHAMPTON, TALING HEADS, UK

THUR 16 – LONDON, THE GARAGE

FRI 17 – NORTH WALES, HRH PROG 6, UK

SAT 18 – WOLVERHAMPTON, SLADE ROOMS, UK

For more information contact and to buy tickets go to:

http://www.vonhertzenbrothers.com

https://www.facebook.com/vonhertzenbrothersofficial/

To watch the Von Hertzen Bros  video for their single New Day Rising click below.

 

To watch the video to the bands award winning single Flowers and Rust click below

Craig Blundell – Rhythm Is Everywhere

Really cool video showing you can make a beat/rhythm from everyday objects and sound effects. Love the dog’s surprised expression when Craig Blundell starts to drum the dog bowls!

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THRESHOLD Unveil first photo of new line-up

THRESHOLD have released the first official picture of their new line-up featuring returning vocalist Glynn Morgan.

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The band are currently at Thin Ice Studios in England putting the finishing touches on their new concept album ‘Legends Of The Shires’. The record is due for release through Nuclear Blast later this year and it will be the band’s first ever double album.

Karl Groom commented: “The music just would not stop flowing during the writing process. We decided that while the ideas were of a high standard, we would keep writing and are very excited by what we have.”

THRESHOLD will be back on the road across Europe at the end of the year, kicking off in Athens on November 12th and rounding off with a homecoming show in London on December 10th. Glynn Morgan will also play guitar during the shows, which will include tracks from ‘Legends Of The Shires’ as well as plenty of blasts from the past!

THRESHOLD – ‘Legends Of The Shires’ Tour 2017
12.11  GR       Athens – Kyttaro Live Club
17.11  UK       Pwllheli – HRH Prog
w/ DAMNATION ANGELS, DAY SIX
28.11  NL        Weert – De Bosuil
29.11.  D         Hamburg – Markthalle
30.11.  D         Berlin – Lido
01.12.  D         Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
02.12.  D         Munich – Feierwerk
03.12.  CH       Pratteln – Z7
05.12.  D         Stuttgart – Club Cann
06.12.  D         Hanover – Musikzentrum
07.12.  B          Kortrijk – De Kreun
08.12.  D         Essen – Turock
09.12.  NL        Zoetermeer – Boerderij
10.12.  UK       London – O2 Islington Academy

CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL 2017 3rd-4th-5th-6th August 2017

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The Cambridge Rock Festival 2017 will be held at Horseheath Lodge, Linton, Cambs. CB21 4PT. This is following a new sponsorship arrangement with Cambridge’s Black Barn Records. The owner of the site, won the jackpot in the Euro-millions lottery, and is an avid music lover. This is a stunning location in 90 acres of rolling parkland, Festival director Dave Roberts said “This will be our 13th full festival and we aim for it to be the start of a new chapter in the life of the CRF”.

There will be the usual 3 undercover stages, Main Stage, Blues Stage and Acoustic Stage. There will be bars within the Main Stage and the Blues Stage. There is also a disabled seating area in the main stage.

Amongst the bands confirmed for 2017 are: FM, Tygers of Pan Tang, Chantel McGregor, Eddie & The Hotrods, Son of Man, John Otway Big Band, Atomic Rooster, Magenta, Deborah Bonham, Mostly Autumn, and exciting young band, Bad Touch.

More bands include, Space Elevator, Buster James, Laurence Jones Band, Ben Poole, Pearl Handled Revolver, The Mentulls, and Roadhouse. Lots of other great bands and solo artists can be found on the Cambridge Rock Festival website. http://cambridgerockfestival.co.uk/

The Thursday night, as usual will have its fair share of Tribute Bands, which is always a crowd pleaser to the local music lover.

The CRF is known for its great selection of Beers, Real Ales, Lagers and Ciders, some from local breweries, including 50 from Micro-Breweries, all at affordable prices.

There is camping for tents, caravans and motor homes, in close proximity to the stages. Free parking for day visitors.

Dogs are welcome, but please bring poo bags.

Access to the site, is mainly by vehicle. It is close to the M11 and A11.

The Rockin’ Chair forum now open :)

The Rockin’ Chair has a forum. Please do feel free to join in on music & books, includes mix tapes, blogs, gigs etc. It’s all there and keen to engage with fellow music fans and readers.

LONELY ROBOT + TILT tour dates

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Lonely Robot, the project masterminded by producer, guitarist and singer/songwriter John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Arena), released their much-anticipated second studio album ‘The Big Dream’ just over a week ago, reaching number 6 in the UK Rock Album chart. Now they are pleased to announce 3 Prog Magazine-sponsored, UK headline dates in August. Joining them on all 3 dates will be TILT, featuring Lonely Robot live band member Steve Vantsis and fellow Fish collaborator Robin Boult, and in London only they will be joined by Southampton’s melodic, progressive trio Kepler Ten.  

The full list of dates can be found below:

18th August – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester w/ TILT

Tickets: https://www.therubylounge.com/

19th August – Islington Assembly Hall w/ TILT & Kepler Ten

Tickets: http://islingtonassemblyhall.co.uk/

20th August – Thekla, Bristol w/ TILT

Tickets: http://www.theklabristol.co.uk/ 

Tickets also available here: http://themerchdesk.com/merchdesk/index.php?route=product/category&path=155 

Lonely Robot will be brought to life on stage with Craig Blundell on drums, Steve Vantsis on bass & Liam Holmes on keyboards’  

Prior to that tour, Lonely Robot will headline Trinity Live at Leamington Spa Assembly on the 27th May, alongside Touchstone, Ghost Community, Kim Seviour, Dec Burke Band & A Formal Horse. 

A stunning new video for the most recent single ‘Sigma’ has recently launched here: https://youtu.be/usJwSq9Gudk 

He also recently sat down to discuss each track on the album in detail, and you can find the latest of these chats here: https://youtu.be/5T_763XPg3M 

‘The Big Dream’ has been receiving a great response, and you can find some of the reviews below:

“heavy on drama, big on hooks…quite literally out of this world.” – Prog Magazine

“John won’t be restricted by formula, convention and normalcy. Not with his abundant imagination.” – Powerplay 

Pick up the album on all formats, including special edition digipak CD (including 3 bonus tracks), gatefold 2LP + CD, and digital download here: http://smarturl.it/LonelyRobotTBD 

Following 2015’s acclaimed debut ‘Please Come Home’, ‘The Big Dream’ has a core theme running through it – one that sees The Astronaut, the central character in the Lonely Robot adventure, emerging from a long period in stasis. 

Mitchell explains: “The Astronaut wakes up from a cryogenic sleep but finds he’s no longer in space, and is instead in a woodland area surrounded by a group of strange people with animal heads! It’s a little surreal, a little ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to some extent. This is something of a solipsistic haze, for want of a better description!” 

Mitchell explains more about his Lonely Robot concept: “I have always envisaged the storyline of The Astronaut’s journey evolving over the course of three albums. And I always knew where I wanted to go with the second album – taking The Astronaut away from space and into a strange and unfamiliar environment. Right now, I have no thoughts of what will happen for the third one but I’d better start thinking about it now!” 

“The key inspiration for Lonely Robot comes from my love of science fiction films, and the atmospheric soundtracks that often accompany them – such as Alan Silvestri’s compositions for ‘Contact’ and Clint Mansell’s work for ‘Moon’.” 

LONELY ROBOT online:

www.facebook.com/johnchristianmitchell

www.johnmitchellhq.com