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

The Tangent announce new album ‘The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery’

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The Tangent, the progressive rock group led by Andy Tillison, have announced the release of the first new music since 2015. Their new ninth studio album ‘The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery’ is set for release on 21st July 2017. The line-up for this album once again features Tillison on keyboards, vocals (and for the first time on a Tangent record – drums), Jonas Reingold on bass, Luke Machin on guitars and vocals, and Theo Travis on sax and flutes plus new member Marie-Eve de Gaultier on keys and vocals. There are also guest appearances from author/playwright and Chumbawamba founder Boff Whalley on vocals, and upcoming DJ/producer Matt Farrow.

Band leader Andy Tillison had this to say: “Roger Waters did prove the ability of Progressive Music to act as a vehicle to communicate ideas about the current world scene. In both Pink Floyd’s “The Final Cut” and his “Amused To Death” albums, Waters set a challenge to others in the genre. A challenge which has not been frequently accepted.”

The album sees The Tangent in political commentary mode once again – this time often focusing on the horrendous plight of refugees from war torn parts of the world – and the way in which they are treated by the West, and in particular by the tabloid press. The album laments the new trend in building walls and defending borders across the world yet takes time to look at the breakup of friendships and other more personal issues – along with a song about the fate of wildlife in the modern consumer world.

And it’s a Progressive Rock Record. Full of intricacies, long developed pieces, challenging arrangements and virtuoso playing from all members. New sounds and styles (the band have brought a DJ on board for some sections) – new voices and techniques (first female vocals in The Tangent since the “Not As Good As The Book” album 10 years ago). A new producer in the form of Luke Machin whose open and deep/clear sound is a major factor of this album, a new drummer in the form of Andy Tillison who decided at long last (after drumming for 30 years) to let his own performances guide the rest of the band rather than adding another musician later. And after 13 years of asking, Jonas finally agreed to play some double bass in a song where Luke also plays some Scat guitar and Andy does a full on drum solo.

“The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery” also features stellar artwork from Marvel / DC Comics artist Mark Buckingham. The sleeve of the album is totally based on the music it contains and was especially created for this project.

The album will be available on limited digipak CD, gatefold 2LP + CD, and digital download, and you can find the full track-listing below:

  1. Two Rope Swings
  2. Doctor Livingstone (I Presume)
  3. Slow Rust
  4. The Sad Story of Lead and Astatine
  5. A Few Steps Down the Wrong Road
  6. Basildonxit

The band will head out on tour in support of the new record, once again joining forces with Sweden’s Karmakanic to present albums by both bands. The full list of dates is as follows:

Aug 26th 2017 – Bierkeller, Reichenbach, Germany

Sept 1st 2017 – 2 days of Prog +1 Festival, Veruno, Italy

Sept 9th 2017 – The Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands

Oct 8th 2017 – SUMMERS END Festival, Chepstow, UK

Oct 21st 2017 – Progtoberfest, Chicago, USA

Oct 22nd 2017 – Shank Hall, Milwaukee WI, USA

Oct 24th 2017 – Token Lounge, Westland MI, USA

Oct 26th 2017 – Roxy & Dukes, Dunellen NJ, USA

Oct 27th 2017 – The Regent Theatre, Arlington MA, USA

Look out for more information in the coming weeks!

The Tangent online: www.thetangent.org

https://www.facebook.com/groups/alltangentmembers/

Big Big Train: new Meadowland video

We recently spent a few days at Real World studios and took the opportunity to record and film a live performance of one of the songs on the new Grimspound album. The song is called Meadowland, and if you haven’t yet seen the film it can be watched on our YouTube channel here:

https://youtu.be/mDvZs7puSlI

Here is a new interview with Greg about Grimspound and Big Big Train on Echoes and Dust:

http://echoesanddust.com/2017/04/greg-spawton-from-big-big-train/

And here is a new audio interview with Rikard on Prog Report where Rikard talks about his experiences being part of Big Big Train and his forthcoming Gungfly album:

http://progreport.com/rikard-sjoblom-gungfly-big-big-train-interview/

Grimspound is available now at our official stores:

Burning Shed (for vinyl and CDs):
https://www.burningshed.com/store/bigbigtrain/

The Merch Desk (for merchandise and CDs):
http://themerchdesk.com/merchdesk/index.php?route=product/category&path=87_115

Bandcamp (for hi-resolution 24/96 downloads):
https://bigbigtrain.bandcamp.com

Grimspound is also available from Amazon and all other good music retailers and for streaming on Spotify and other streaming sites.

After a flurry of recent emails about the new album, this will be the final one from us for a while. We hope to see many of you at the London gigs in the autumn and will have news of gigs in 2018 in the next few months.

In the meantime, for the latest news on Big Big Train, please like our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/bigbigtrain/

And for discussion about Big Big Train, progressive rock and other matters of interest, please join our forum at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigbigtrain/

Big Big Train’s new, album, Grimspound, is released today

Highly recommended album, includes a duet with Judy Dyble (ex-Fairport Convention). They excel at pastoral prog rock/folk and I recommend you give them a listen.

The album is now available for listening to on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/album/3YBGYpPgEcC8Tszi9ufIYS

and at Apple Music and other good streaming services.

Double 180g gatefold vinyl and CD versions are now available with immediate shipping from our official store at Burning Shed: (each vinyl copy includes a code for a complimentary hi-res download)
https://www.burningshed.com/store/bigbigtrain/

The CD version and exclusive merchandise is available with immediate shipping from our official merchandise store at The Merch Desk:
http://themerchdesk.com/merchdesk/index.php?route=product/category&path=87_115

And hi-resolution 24/96 downloads are available for immediate download at our Bandcamp store:
https://bigbigtrain.bandcamp.com

Grimspound is also available to purchase at Amazon and all other good progressive rock retailers.

With the first two shows sold out, only a handful of tickets remain for the third of our London gigs at Cadogan Hall in the autumn:

http://www.cadoganhall.com/event/big-big-train-2016/

For live and promotional videos please visit our YouTube channel:
youtube.com/c/EnglishElectricRecordings

For the latest news on Big Big Train, please like our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/bigbigtrain/

And for discussion about Big Big Train, progressive rock and other matters of interest, please join our forum at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigbigtrain/

Gig review: LONELY ROBOT Sub89, Reading, Thursday 27 April 2017

Sub89 is a decent sized venue in a less than salubrious part of Reading, McD’s and Nandos being the classier places in the street! It has a decent sized stage and the only downside was the sound which wasn’t great at times. Local band Louder Still were the support act, a fresh faced four piece who love to play classic hard rock and loud as their band name suggests. Very impressed by them, with a vocalist who wasn’t shy in geeing up the crowd. They had a decent set of tunes, with the faster paced songs going down well with the crowd – no mean feat as some prog rock fans are not always the most open to hard rocking! They were hampered by sound issues as hard to hear the guitar at times, still impressive stuff and a band to catch live if you get the chance. They would be a perfect fit for the HRH and rock festivals circuit.

As this was the album launch gig for John Mitchell’s Lonely Robot’s new album, ‘The Big Dream’, there was a decent sized crowd, including fellow musicians Go West’s Pete Cox, former Threshold vocalist Damian Wilson and John Beck (It Bites). Instrumental ‘Airlock’ opened the set, allowing John Mitchell to get a guitar solo in early. The set was geared heavily to the debut album as the new album wasn’t officially released until the day after the gig, although the gentle refrains of ‘In Floral Green’ from said new album fitted in nicely to the flow of the set.

One of the things that sets Lonely Robot apart from other prog rock bands is John Mitchell’s ability to pen a decent pop tune, none more so than ‘The Boy in the Radio’. He did say he hoped he could do the vocals justice, as on the album Pete Cox sings this one and having him watching in the audience must have added a little more pressure! ‘A Godless Sea’ taps into the cinematic sound, highlighting the musicianship on the stage. Kim Seviour came onstage for ‘Oubliette’ to reprise her vocal parts and one of the set highlights song wise for me.

The encores started with a drum solo from Craig Blundell – he is like a human windmill when in full flight – before the band joined him for ‘Everglow’ off the ‘The Big Dream’. Brave move to have the two encores off an album not officially released, although both ‘Everglow’ and set closer, ‘Sigma’ have been aired on YouTube.

Another fine gig by Lonely Robot and if you don’t have ‘The Big Dream’ album what are you waiting for, go grab a copy now.

Review by Jason Ritchie

THRESHOLD new album and tour dates

Threshold have announced their new album will be called ‘Legends Of The Shires‘ and will be released next year on Nuclear Blast. They have announced European tour dates for the end of next year. Production duties will be handled by Karl Groom.

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