SPOCK’S BEARD announce new album ‘Noise Floor’

Legendary US progressive rockers Spock’s Beard have announced the release of their 13th studio album ‘Noise Floor’ for 25th May 2018. As announced previously, for this album Ted Leonard, Alan Morse, Dave Meros & Ryo Okumoto are joined in the studio once again by drummer & original member Nick D’Virgilio.  

Spock’s Beard is a band that is in a continual state of evolution, as is always the case with genuinely creative musicians. And their new album, ‘Noise Floor’, fits perfectly into this process. “We are always about evolution, not revolution. But what we have done this time is make the songs more melodic,” believes vocalist/guitarist Ted Leonard. “We still love our crazy prog, but now appreciate how important it is to grab people’s attention early on.”

As with all Spock’s Beard songs, most of the new album was written by the individual members, and then brought to the rest of the band as high quality demos. “We all do this type of thing in our home studios,” adds Leonard. “So, by the time they reach the stage where the entire band get to judge them, they are really developed, and therefore everyone can make a reasoned judgement.” Much of what you will listen to here is very much the product of fresh inspiration from the Californian band.

One key change on this album sees the return of drummer Nick D’Virgilio, who originally left in 2011. There are also two violinists, a cello player, a viola player and an English horn featured on the album, thereby giving the sound a slightly more evocative and persuasive twist.

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The album was once again engineered by long-time collaborator Rich Mouser and will be released as a 2CD digipak (featuring an EP of material from the same sessions), gatefold 2LP + 2CD & as digital download.

The track-listing is as follows:

Disc 1 – Noise Floor

1.       To Breathe Another Day

2.       What Becomes of Me

3.       Somebody’s Home

4.       Have We All Gone Crazy Yet

5.       So This Is Life

6.       One So Wise

7.       Box of Spiders

8.       Beginnings

 

Disc 2 – Cutting Room Floor

1.       Days We’ll Remember

2.       Bulletproof

3.       Vault

4.       Armageddon Nervous

 SPOCK’S BEARD Online:
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https://www.facebook.com/spocksbeard/
https://twitter.com/SpocksB
http://www.youtube.com/Spocksbeard

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Fifty Gigs In A Day – thank you for your support :)

Fifty Gigs In A Day was a great success with over £190 raised and lots of interest and awareness raised in the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity. There was an acoustic gig on Facebook by Paul Stead of the Darker My Horizon (which can still be viewed here), mentions at shows by Fairport Convention, Erasure (who’s tweet about Fifty Gigs raised lots of responses and retweets), Will Lawson, the Tannahill Weavers and Josh Taerk, plus Michael Armstrong with his wonderful cover of Love Affair’s ‘Everlasting Love’, which was number 1 back in February 1968. I have thoroughly enjoyed it, discovering some wonderful new music along the way including Will Lawson, Josh Smith and Dorja and most importantly getting Nordoff Robbins and their amazing work in musical therapy more widely known.

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A BIG thank you to my daughter for the Fifty Gigs logo; my wife for her patience and support as this idea started back in June last year and Mark Shaw for helping drum up some support amongst musicians and to all the musicians and comedians who supported Fifty Gigs In A Day, namely –

Accept, Michael Armstrong, Tim Arnold, Bill Bailey, Alistair Barrie, Black Moth, Brad Mitchell and Bread Over Bombs, Alex James Brierley, Ed Byrne, John Coghlan’s Quo, Credo, The Darker My Horizon, Dorja, Erasure, Fairport Convention, Fisherman’s Friends, Five Grand Stereo, Steve Hackett, Half Man, Half Biscuit, Dave Hanson, Richard Herring, India Electric Co, IT,  The Jive Aces, King’s Singers, Will Lawton, John Young/Lifesigns, Mama playing the music of Genesis, Marillion, Massive Wagons, Moon Safari, PictureHouse, Progressive Gears, Eddi Reader, Josh Smith, Josh Taerk, The Tannahill Weavers, Steve Vantsis/Tilt, Uncle Sid, Rufus Wainwright, Adam Wakeman  & Damian Wilson, Dan Walsh, Yes. Y&T

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiftygigs

Thank you all for your support be it by reading these emails, the blog posts, visiting the artists and Nordoff Robbins websites, making a donation or going to/watching one of the gigs.

Fifty Gigs In A Day – tomorrow 8 February :)

The idea started back in May last year when I was thinking of how to celebrate turning fifty and raise some money for charity. I wanted to involve my love of music, but not do another gig like I did for my fortieth as that has special memories and I doubt it would be topped. So by harnessing the modern age of social media Fifty Gigs was born! I am very grateful to all the artists taking place, be they performing live and/or posting on social media. Please do support them where you can and if you are going to a one of the gigs below do get in touch as would love to hear from you and about the gig.

Online now is Michael Armstrong’s re-recording of Love Affair’s ‘Everlasting Love’, which was number one on 8 February 1968. You can have a sneak preview below before it goes live at the weekend…

Everlasting Love (2018) –

Award yourself bonus points if you were at any of the live events shown in the video – I was at Hyde Park to see Jeff Lynne’s ELO 🙂

From the Darker My Horizon

On Thursday 8th February at 8pm (UK time) we are streaming a live acoustic performance by Paul Stead from our official The Darker my Horizon Facebook page.

It’s for the Nordoff Robbins charity.

Donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiftygigs

It’s free to watch, and your support – and knowing you are tuned in – would mean the world to us.

https://www.facebook.com/events/187593638490681/

Paul will be playing songs from #Acquiesce, #NoSuperhero and#PhoenixVol1.

Watching & interacting would be extremely cool of you, but if you could donate just a couple of £€$ to the cause as your concert ticket price we’d be extremely grateful, as would Nordoff Robins. Thank you kindly. #TDmHfamily#NordoffRobbins

The gigs –

8 February 2018

Cruise to the Edge (3-8 Feb) featuring Yes, Steve Hackett, Marillion, Moon Safari & Lifesigns – all kindly plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins on 8 February

Accept – KOKO London

Bill Bailey – Victoria Hall, Hanley (also on the 7 February)

Black Moth – Boston Music Room, London

Ed Byrne – Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

The Darker My Horizon – live Facebook gig

Dorja – The Lounge, London

Erasure – Manchester Apollo *SOLD OUT*

Fairport Convention – Gala Theatre, Durham

Fisherman’s Friends – Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Half Man, Half Biscuit – Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton

Richard Herring – Chorley Little Theatre

King’s Singers – Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany

Will Lawton – Grapevine, Norwich Guildhall

Mama playing the music of Genesis – The Cavern Club, Liverpool

Eddi Reader – Hawk’s Well theatre, Ireland

Josh Smith – Under the Bridge, Chelsea FC

Tannahill Weavers – Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

Rufus Wainwright – Walt Disney Theater, Dr Phillips Center, Orlando

Adam Wakeman & Damian Wilson – Falmouth on Feb 9

Dan Walsh – 4th Wall, New Plymouth, New Zealand 7:30pm

9 February 2018

India Electric Co – The Greytones, Sheffield

The Jive Aces – Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea

Massive Wagons – Rockmantic weekend in Carlisle

John Coughlan’s Quo – Sub 89, Reading

10 February 2018

Josh Taerk – Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta

Here is the News…RUSH, CHICAGO, SLAYER

Alex Lifeson said in a recent interview that Rush are ‘basically done’, with no plans to tour or play live.

Slayer have announced via their Twitter page they will embark on one final world tour.

Former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent recently broke his silence after twenty years with a new interview. There may be new material due with Vinnie Vincent’s Invasion if all goes well.

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Escape Music re-issue Drive, She Said’s ‘Real Life’ album on March 23rd.

Chicago have had two long-term members leave, lead singer Jeff Coffey and drummer Tris Imboden.

Kelly Nordstrom and Simon Collins have left Sound Of Contact, who’s future now remains unclear.

KINO are back!

Straight to the top of my eagerly anticipated releases of 2018. Kino’s debut album ‘Picture’ is still one I play regularly all these years later.

KINO return with new album Radio Voltaire; 13 years after their debut

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Kino have announced the release of their new album ‘Radio Voltaire’, arriving 13 years after the band’s much-loved debut ‘Picture’ back in 2005. Out on the 23rd March 2018, it sees John Mitchell (It Bites, Lonely Robot) & Pete Trewavas (Marillion) teaming up once more, with Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) on drums & John Beck (It Bites) guesting on keyboards.

Recorded at the end of 2017, writing began at the end of that Summer. “We actually began the writing process in late August” says John Mitchell. “Pete had a few tunes and so did I, and we went from there.” Mitchell and Trewavas were both a crucial part of the original band more than a decade ago, with the former providing lead vocals and guitar parts, while the latter played his trademark bass lines and also contributed backing vocals.

Keyboard player John Beck, who is also a bandmate of Mitchell’s in It Bites, has been brought back. But while he was fully involved on the debut album, this time his role is that of a guest musician. “Yes, I am delighted to say we’ve got John on board. His keyboard playing is splattered throughout the album, and I’ve also done the odd keyboard part myself.” The task of drummer this time fell to Craig Blundell, as Mitchell explains: “This time around Craig was the obvious choice to be the drummer, as far as I was concerned. I have worked with him so much that there was nobody else in the frame.”

Of the albums direction, Mitchell illustrates: “The title sounds very cool and obviously there’s a connection with the band Cabaret Voltaire. But Voltaire himself (the 18th century French philosopher) had a fascination with death, which appealed to me. He also stood for freedom of speech and freedom of religion. On top of that, I love the idea of a radio station that would reflect his views on life and cut through the bullshit which seems to be all over politics. Now, that is the type of radio station I think would reflect what a lot of us want to hear.”

The album cover has been designed by Paul Tippett, who is one of the most in demand artists of the modern era. “I like what he’s done with this sleeve. It reminds me of Moulin Rouge meets ‘Live And Let Die’. It is very striking, and I am sure everyone will have their own interpretation of what it reminds them of.”

The album will be available on Limited CD Digipak (including bonus tracks), Gatefold 180g Double Vinyl (incl. CD) & Digital Download. The tracklisting can be found below:

1.       Radio Voltaire

2.       The Dead Club

3.       Idlewild

4.       I Don’t Know Why

5.       I Won’t Break So Easily Any More

6.       Temple Tudor

7.       Out of Time

8.       Warmth of the Sun

9.       Grey Shapes on Concrete Fields

10.   Keep The Faith

11.   The Silent Fighter Pilot

Bonus Tracks

12.   Temple Tudor (Piano Mix)

13.   The Dead Club (Berlin Headquarter Mix)

14.   Keep The Faith (Orchestral Mix)

15.   The Kino Funfair 

www.kinomusic.com

www.facebook.com/KINObandofficial/

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www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV

www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic

www.twitter.com/insideouteu

Fifty Gigs In A Day – MOON SAFARI

Moon Safari appear on Cruise to the Edge and they are a band that know their way around a good melody and amazing harmony vocals. They plan to release ‘Himlabacken Vol.2’ later this year.

Here Is The News…

Cheap Trick have started work on new music as they continue their current purple patch of releasing new music.

Vocalist Oni Logan has left Lynch Mob again and plans to work on a new project in 2018.

Lawless will start work on new music although no release date has been given.

FM release their new album ‘Atomic Generation’ on Frontiers on March 23rd.

80’s rockers Salty Dog have ‘Lost Treasures’ released on Escape Music on March 23rd.

Clive Nolan said in a recent Facebook post that Arena will start recording their new album this week.

PENDRAGON – 40th anniversary shows

November  9th   229 – London – UK

November 10th  The Boerderij – Zoetermeer – NL

November 11th  Z7 – Pratteln – CH