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
19th August – Islington Assembly Hall w/ TILT & Kepler Ten
20th August – Thekla, Bristol w/ TILT
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’.”
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