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March 17, 2018

Dave Kerzner Releases New Music Video "Dirty Soap Box" Featuring Steve Hackett

Sound of Contact co-founder Dave Kerzner has released a new music video from his second solo album “Static”. It's for his song “Dirty Soap Box” which features a guest appearance from the legendary Steve Hackett, former guitarist of Genesis.

“I wanted to make reference to my deep rooted influences of early Genesis in this song,” says Kerzner. “Having Steve Hackett join us for this modern day 'Broadway Melody' type adventure through current events completed the picture for me.”

Watch the music video for “Dirty Soap Box”:

This is the second guest appearance from Steve Hackett on Kerzner's songs. Previously Hackett guested on Kerzner's song “Stranded” from his debut album “New World”. Other musicians featured on “Dirty Soap Box” are guitarist Fernando Perdomo, drummers Nick D'Virgilio of Big Big Train and Derek Cintron with bassist Matt Dorsey also from Sound of Contact.

Kerzner's previous music video from “Static” was “Chain Reaction”:

Dave Kerzner's album “Static” is available from iTunes, Amazon and popular download sites. It's distributed on CD world-wide by Cherry Red Records and available here: http://geni.us/Static ;

“Static” is also available from Kerzner's Bandcamp page: http://sonicelements.bandcamp.com ;

For more info: http://www.davekerzner.com ;

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

February 28, 2018

Norwegian Art-Rock Prog Ensemble Gazpacho to Release New Studio Album Soyuz

Norwegian Art-rock progressive outfit Gazpacho are set to release their brand-new studio album Soyuz through Kscope on 18th May 2018.

Known for their distinctive art rock that balances tense and beautiful arrangements, sinister and soulful melodic lines, Gazpacho's Soyuz furthers their experimental output. To launch Soyuz the band have revealed their first single “Soyuz One”. Watch the video here:

A band who are used to seizing headlines with bizarre stories, including The Independent (UK) branding Molok as “An album that could destroy the world”, Gazpacho have a holistic approach to the album writing process, imbuing each with a captivating concept. The themes of Soyuz were born from the idea of how beautiful moments pass and cannot be “saved for later”, so within Soyuz are interconnected tales of people and lives “frozen in time”. Taking inspiration from a multitude of eras and subject matters, including the doomed Russian space capsule Soyuz and its iconic captain Komarov; the Tibetan Buddhist funeral practice in “Sky Burial”; the inclusion of the oldest recording of the human voice from 1860 and the Hans Christian Andersen inspired “Emperor Bespoke”.

Recorded at Krypton Planet & St. Croix Fredrikstad in Norway, engineered by Thomas Andersen, Kristian Torp and Mikael Kroemer, mixed by John Rausch and mastered by Sonovo Mastering's Thor Legvold. The artwork, designed by painter Antonio Seijas, is inspired by Russian Cold War colours and fonts from the Soyuz One flight era.

Soyuz Tracklisting 
1. Soyuz One
2. Hypomania
3. Exit Suite
4. Emperor Bespoke
5. Sky Burial
6. Fleeting Things
7. Soyuz Out
8. Rappaccini

Soyuz will be released on CD / LP and digitally (with pre orders receiving “Soyuz One” as an instant download) and is available to pre-order: http://smarturl.it/GazpachoSoyuz

Gazpacho have confirmed they will be taking Soyuz on the road this summer with a series of headline shows and an appearance at Be Prog! My Friend Festival in Barcelona, with more dates to follow

Soyuz Tour 2018
24/05 – NL -  Maastricht, Muziekgieterij,
25/05 – NL-  Uden, De Pul
26/05 – NL-  Zoetermeer, De Boerderij,
28/05 – UK - London, The Dome
31/05 – DE - Aschaffenburg, Colos-saal
01/06 - DE - Cologne Die Kantine,
02/06 – NL – Leeuwarden, Neushoorn,
23/06 – NO – Oslo, John Dee
30/06 – ESP – Barcelona, Be Prog Festival
For tickets see www.gazpachoworld.com

Gazpacho are:
Jan Henrik Ohme (vocals)
Thomas Andersen (keyboards, programming)
Jon-Arne Vilbo (guitars)
Mikael Krømer (violin, mandolin)
Kristian Torp (bass)
Robert Risberget Johansen (drums & percussion)

Follow Gazpacho online:

Kscope: 1st floor, 52 Lisson Street, London, UK NW1 5DF

Press inquiries (North America): Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

February 16, 2018

French Bassist Shob To Release Second Album "Karma Obscur" In April 2018

Talented French bass player Shob, who has collaborated with many artists (Roger Biwandu (Zawinul Syndicate), Patrick Rondat (G3), PapaGuyo (Sly & Family Stone), Patrick Bebey, Charles X, Eths...), will be releasing his second album “Karma Obscur” in Spring 2018! His critically acclaimed debut “Pragmatism” (2015) received over 500,000 hits on youtube, more than 600 physical copies sold, 10,000 downloads sold!

Shob's new album “Karma Obscur” is a progressive rock/funk album with a really tight and meticulous production. Sixteen guests have participated in the recording, all amazing musicians. The album is described as “Dark Funk,” which was really Shob's state of mind when it was written. Throughout the record, you will encounter crazy beatbox parts (Beasty), amazing soul vocalist (Laurène P Magnani), insane metal guitar solos (Pierre Danel/Kadinja), body-builded drum parts (Morgan Berthet), African percussion and grooves (Ludo Lesage)….Always cleverly mixed.

In support of his forthcoming album, Shob is preparing to tour Europe in April 2018 covering 7 countries: France, Germany, Holland, Slovaquia, Italy, Austria, Norway. His band features Morgan Berthet (Myrath, Eths, Klone, Kadinja) on drums, Denis Cornardeau on guitar and Tony Lavaud (Charles X, Santa Machete) on keyboards.

Shob's music is described as intense progressive rock/funk played live by amazing musicians, and has been compared to Snarky Puppy, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, Oz Noy, and Larry Graham. He has played more than 1000 shows over the past 6 years, and his solo project allowed him to open for great Jazz artists such as Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin, and Gary Novak. He played some of the greatest places such as: Hell Fest open air (Mainstage France), Graspop fest (Bel), Wacken Fest (Ger), Ziget fest (Hung), Madrid electric fest, Elysée Montmartre (Paris), ST Emilion Jazz festival, Moscow, Rio, Sao Polo, Santiago Chile, Barcelone, St Barth, and Europe.

One thing defines Shob's shows: GROOVE. Audience must be prepared to burn the dance floor out on this crazy fusion funky sound. This said, technical virtuosity lovers won't be disappointed. Shob's quartet are some of the greatest musicians in their category. Also, there's a large part of improvisation during the ensemble's shows, in which each musician can express himself, and interact with the audience…which makes every show UNIQUE.

Shob “Karma Obscur” Tour 2018
02.04.2018 FR-Marseilles, venue TBA
05.04.2018 AT-Frauental, Bluegarage
06.04.2018 SK-Bratislava, Museum
07.04.2018 AT-Vienna, Reigen
08.04.2018 AT-Linz, SMARAGD CC     TBC
09.04.2018 DE-Passau, Cafe Museum
10.04.2018 DE-Fürth, Kofferfabrik
12.04.2018 DE-Karlsruhe, KOHI
14.04.2018 NL-Tilburg, Paradox
16.04.2018 DE-Celle, Herzog-Ernst
17.04.2018 DE-Göttingen, Nörgelbuff
19.04.2018 DE-Unna, Kühlschiff
20.04.2018 DE-Nordhausen, Cyriaci-Kapelle
21.04.2018 DE-Rodgau, Maximal Kulturinitiative Rodgau
22.04.2018 NL-Zoetermeer, Boerderij (afternoon show)
24.04.2018 FR-Nancy, MAI France

Shob also has been teaching master classes since 2010 with his amazing musician and friend Morgan Berthet (drums for Myrath, Klone, Eths, Kadinja...) He's also known for his tutorial bass video on youtube and bandcamp. Shob is sponsored by Sandberg basses, Aguilar Amplification.

“Best fusion album of the year” - Planet Waves / 2014

“Not only for bass players, those who look for groove and various musical colours will be pleased.” - Pavillon 666

“This kind of album is timeless and in 50 years from now, we still can play it, it won´t get old at all” - Metal is the Law / Webzine

Watch Shob's new video: 

To purchase Shob's “Karma Obscur”: 
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/karma-obscur/id1228600280 ;
Bandcamp: https://shob.bandcamp.com/ ;

Shob's youtube channel has more than 500 000 hits and 2500 followers: www.youtube.com/user/shobkubiack
Shob “Karma Obscur”:

Shon “Green Elephant”:

Audio/Video sample “Sacerdoce”:

Audio/Video sample “Enclosures”: 

For more information: www.shob.fr

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Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

January 26, 2018

Southern Rockers OTIS To Tour Europe & US In Support Of New Album "Eyes Of The Sun"

“Stunning!” - Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top

From the American South, Kentucky, comes southern blues rock champions, OTIS, who released their critically acclaimed second album “Eyes Of The Sun” on Purple Pyramid Records in September 2017. The album was Executive Produced by Grammy winning Blues/Rock guitar great Paul Nelson (Johnny Winter, PNB). Now in support of the release OTIS is hitting the road in Spring 2018!

Says OTIS, “We’re excited to hit the road again to share our music with our fans all across the world by looking to the example set by fellow home town friends ‪Black Stone Cherry‬ and ‪The Kentucky HeadHunters.‬ Their guidance and support over the years has been very humbling for us and has helped us develop into the band we are today.  We are thankful and blessed to be able to be ourselves whenever we get to play live onstage and that’s all that any artist could every really hope for. Can’t wait to see all of our Otis family on the road in Europe and the US in 2018!”

OTIS Europe & US Tour Dates:
02.03. UK London - Boston Music Room
04.03. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg
06.03. DE Düsseldorf - Pitcher
07.03. DE Hamburg - Hafenklang
08.03. DE Köln - Blueshell
09.03. DE Frankfurt - Nachtleben
12.03. DE Munich - Backstage Club
13.03. AT Klagenfurt - Mammut Bar
14.03. AT Wien - Arena Beisl
03/22 - The Local, Nashville TN
03/23 - Midtown Billiards, Little Rock AR
03/28 - Preservation Pub, Knoxville TN
03/29 - Sidetracks Music Hall, Huntsville AL
03/30 - The Hummingbird, Macon GA
03/31 - Thirsty Devil, Tupelo MS
04/04 - Backstage Lubbock, Lubbock TX
04/05 - Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Albuquerque NM
04/06 - LoudHouse Rock and Roll Bar, Phoenix AZ
04/07 - Arcadia Blues Club, Arcadia CA
04/11 - The Walnut Room, Denver CO
04/12 - Duffy’s Tavern, Lincoln NE
04/14 - Gibson Music Hall, Appleton WI
04/19 - Winchester Music Tavern, Cleveland OH
04/21 - Riblickers Smoke Shack, Glasgow KY
04/28 - Reggies, Chicago IL
05/18 - John Browns, Marion IL

“If ever there were a band to fill the new top spot in the Jam Blues Rock scene and the void left by loss of groups like the Allman Brothers... 'OTIS' is it. This tight unit of talent from the back woods Kentucky has everything it takes to become one of music's next great classic Blues Rock Bands!”- Paul Nelson

The band has earned accolades from ZZ Top guitarist Billy F. Gibbons who hailed the band's “fine singing, sweet guitar tones...all around enjoyable listening!”

Check out the video for the band's new single “Blind Hawg”:

Deep in South Central Kentucky authentic music is alive and well through native musicians who are still testifying to brothers and sisters all around the world. OTIS has taken in a steady diet of Roots, Blues, and Classic Rock and Roll, and created their own unique sound. OTIS draws from the raw electric sounds of Muddy Waters and stirs in a heavy influence of Southern sounds, courtesy of The Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, and more. This sums up what the sound of OTIS is musically and gives a glimpse into the sound and soul of the four-piece band.

The members of OTIS consist of Boone Froggett vocals/guitar, Steve Jewell guitar, John Seeley bass, and Andrew Gilpin drums. The members of OTIS share the same vision of writing and creating organic music while taking their audience to church by hitting on all emotions. If a stage filled with vintage music gear and Blues flavored Rock and Roll music is something you enjoy, then it's time to drink from the healing waters of OTIS! The OTIS electric Rock 'n' Roll revival is coming soon to a town near you!


To purchase OTIS's “Eyes Of The Sun”:
Buy the CD: https://www.amazon.com/Eyes-Sun-Otis/dp/B073W334CW
Buy the digital version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eyes-of-the-sun/id1274340760?ls=1&app=itunes

Press inquiries: 
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158