Welcome To Rate The Tracks

We are interested in providing a home for artists that want to have their tracks evaluated by seasoned professionals in the music business and fans alike. If it's a demo or the finished product we want to hear your tracks! This is intended to be interactive between the artists and listeners. Providing feedback to the artists will assist them in developing their music.

April 15, 2019

Featured Track: Shadow Forest-Somewhere In Time

Our track feature is a multifaceted electronica dark wave production by one man show Shadow Forest titled "Somewhere In Time."

My first listen left a good impression and to be honest, I loved it. Now I will have to check out Dead Can Dance because that band is sited as one of the influences of this track and the album. I always wondered about that band!

Shadow Forest Said:

"I got my inspiration for the track via looking through turn-of-the-20th-century post cards and Jack Finney's novel Time and Again."

There is also a fascination with time travel back centuries that helped to get this project off the ground.  Strangely enough that is something I have always dreamed of doing myself!

Check out the streams I have made available and contact the artist or stream the album Twitter an RETWEET !

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck




April 10, 2019

Prog Legends The Pineapple Thief To Begin Eagerly Anticipated Tour of North America in November 2019!


Featuring drummer Gavin Harrison (King Crimson, Porcupine Tree)

The Pineapple Thief will be heading out on an eagerly anticipated tour of North America in November 2019. The band, now complete with full-time drummer Gavin Harrison (King Crimson, Porcupine Tree) will be heading to the USA, Mexico and Canada for the first time ever.

Frontman Bruce Soord says: “People have been clamouring for us to bring our show to North America since I can remember. We've completed 4 tours of Europe with this lineup with Gavin. And now we are finally able to bring it over the pond. I for one cannot wait!”



Tour Dates:
Nov 19 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Nov 20 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
Nov 21 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
Nov 22 - Philadelphia, PA -  Union Transfer
Nov 23 - New York City, NY - Sony Hall
Nov 24 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
Nov 26 - Quebec City, Canada - Palais Montcalm
Nov 27 - Montreal, Canada - Corona Theatre
Nov 28 - Toronto, Canada - Mod Club
Nov 29 – Cleveland, OH -  Beachland Ballroom
Nov 30 – Detroit, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom
Dec 1 – Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
Dec 3 – Guadalajara, Mexico - C3 Stage
Dec 4 - Mexico City, Mexico -  Lunario del Auditorio Nacional
Dec 6 – Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
Dec 8 – Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
Dec 9 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
Dec 10 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Dec 12 – Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
Dec 13 – Vancouver, BC, Canada - Rickshaw Theatre
Dec 14 – Seattle, WA - Neumos

The band will once again be offering VIP upgrades which proved so popular during recent European tours. Fans will get the unique opportunity to hang out with the entire band, take photos, get stuff signed and ask questions. Numbers are limited to keep the event intimate and special.

More details, tickets & VIP upgrades: http://www.pineapplethief.com/tour

The band's 2016 album, “Your Wilderness” produced 4m+ album streams, a #7 in the UK Independent Charts and two extensive headline European tours culminating at London's Islington Assembly Hall where the concert was recorded for the live release “Where We Stood.” Their recently released album “Dissolution” has seen the band propelled to even greater heights, having gained a #1 position in the UK Rock Charts and #22 in the German national album charts. The band have garnered high praise across the worldwide media as can be seen in the small selection of review quotes below…

Prog Magazine – Album Of The Month - “a varied album that pulls together the band’s diverse styles into nine cerebral but very accessible songs”
Kerrang Magazine - “Its existence makes the world a slightly better place”
Total Guitar - “this is essential listening for fans of contemporary prog”
Slam (DE) - “Just a beautiful, melancholy record, powerful and full of hymn-like harmonies”
Lust for Life (NL) - “Dissolution ticks all the boxes”
RockTribune (BE) - “an album to cherish”
Rockerilla (IT) - “a beautiful album from the beginning to the end, where every track is a piece of a mosaic of enchanted sounds”

The Pineapple Thief are:
Bruce Soord - vocalist, guitars
Gavin Harrison - drums
Jon Sykes - bass
Steve Kitch - keyboards

Promo, logos and assets:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0kdllzd8xmgkgu7/AAA-invx4bt_sEIKHGd2Uf3Ua?dl=0

Videos:
“Threatening War” (Official Video from “Dissolution”): 


“Try As I Might” (Official Video from “Dissolution”):


“In Exile” (Official Video from “Your Wilderness”):


“Alone at Sea” - Live 2017:


“In Exile” - Live 2017:


The Pineapple Thief online:
Website: www.thepineapplethief.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thepineapplethief
Twitter: www.twitter.com/pineapplethief
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thepineapplethief
Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/4lrBMUSk8PiNnCEZfsmPAk
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE6401DB011BD837E
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/the-pineapple-thief/id278648772

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

April 1, 2019

Innovative Guitarist Jon Durant Releases New Solo Guitar Album "Alternate Landscapes"


Portland, OR - Following his acclaimed CD “Parting Is,” Jon Durant returns with a new solo album “Alternate Landscapes.” While both records are solo guitar, that’s also where the similarity ends.

Alternate Landscapes expands the idea of solo guitar to include MIDI guitar triggering old school synthesizer sequences and breathy wind instruments alongside Jon’s signature cloud guitar textures. The result is a strikingly original blend of highly unusual sounds and textures with the additional context of vintage synthesis all translated through the guitar. In addition, each of the four expansive tracks take the listener on an extended sonic journey through a multitude of aural landscapes.

Durant commented: “For my entire musical career, I’ve steadfastly refused to wear my influences on my sleeve. If I ever do something that sounds too much like someone else, I have always discarded it. This time I allowed myself to let, for example, my Tangerine Dream influence come to the fore, and decided to make a statement that offered homage without being too derivative.”

Continuing, Durant spoke of the very different nature of how he approached his guitar playing on “Alternate Landscapes” relative to his previous work: “I’ve always had a great love of melody, and on all my earlier work whether solo or with Burnt Belief my lead guitar was a centerpiece of what I did. The cloud guitar textures, for which I have gained a certain reputation, were usually placed in a context underneath a more obvious lead guitar melody. On Alternative Landscapes, however, I have almost eliminated the lead guitar voice in favor of letting the cloud guitar textures become the dominant theme.”

“Two of the songs, “Aragon” and “Ciel du Cheval” are solo guitar pieces, performed live in the studio with no overdubs. All the percussive elements on “Aragon are a loop played on guitar, over which I played my fretless guitar. “Ciel du Cheval” is solo cloud guitar piece all played on guitar with an E-Bow. Listeners might be reminded of the landmark work of Fripp & Eno in it’s scope and approach, though not necessarily in the sounds that emerge.”

The other two tracks involve the use of guitar synthesizer, and also include sounds of voices and trains recorded on an iPhone and played back through the pickups of a guitar and processed through Durant’s complex effects rig to render those sounds completely indistinguishable from where they began.

Guitarist Jon Durant brings a unique sense of texture and melody to his instrument. His distinctive “cloud guitar” soundscapes and engaging lead work have graced numerous CD recordings and film soundtracks. His 2018 release “Parting Is” was nominated for “Best Ambient Album” in the Zone Music Reporter awards. In 2019, several highly regarded recordings feature Jon’s work as a session player, including Stephan Thelen’s landmark “Fractal Guitar” on which Durant can be heard alongside David Torn and Marcus Reuter and many other innovative guitarists.

As executive producer of Alchemy Records, he produces recordings for internationally acclaimed artists in his small home studio. Alongside Durant's six solo albums and three Burnt Belief records (with Colin Edwin of Porcupine Tree), Alchemy has also released albums by artists Michael Manring, Gary Willis, Leni Stern/Wayne Krantz and others.



To Purchase Jon Durant's “Alternate Landscapes”:
https://jondurant.bandcamp.com/album/alternate-landscapes
https://www.amazon.com/Alternate-Landscapes-Jon-Durant/dp/B07NRF9ST6
https://burningshed.com/jon-durant_alternate-landscapes_cd?filter_tag=jon%20

Video for Burnt Belief, “Ghosts Aquatic”:


Video for Burnt Belief, “Dissemble”:


Video for Burnt Belief, “Semazen”:


Jon Durant's official website: http://www.jondurant.com

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

March 22, 2019

The Neville Staple Band Release New Single "Put Away Your Knives"


Check out this amazing song, “Put Away Your Knives”, by the Neville Staple Band, with its 2Tone influenced punky ska and reggae mix, along with the on-point lyrics that focus on the current knife crime problem sweeping the Nation!

The Legendary Neville Staple (ex The Specials, Fun Boy Three, Special Beat, Judge Roughneck and more) and wife, Sugary Staple (who recently co-wrote the highly acclaimed ‘Rude Rebel’s Album with Neville), both collaborated with Dandy Livingstone, another legendary ska figure and originator of Rudy, A Message To You, to produce this lyrical and musical cry to the young people involved in knife crime. This follows the fatal stabbing, just 6 months ago, of Neville’s 21-year-old grandson Fidel Glasgow. The killer has still not been caught.

Neville has said, “We are dedicating the song to my grandson Fidel and to everyone else out there, who has been affected by violent crimes. It’s time we take back some control and teach the youth right from wrong, and the consequences of their actions. This song is highlighting the pain and the anger being caused to the families too. It asks the youths to just stop, think and put down the knives! Even while we were in the studio recording this, my wife Sugary and I became very emotional. It hurts bad when you lose someone so young in the family, but it’s even harder when you know that someone took their life early. No one said we were all ready to have Fidel taken away from us. I shed a tear on stage every time we make a dedication to him and to my daughter Melanie, so Sugary takes over and speaks out for me to the crowd. Then I get angry at just how easily the youth find it now, to carry weapons around. They seem to have no thoughts for who they are really hurting, including themselves. It is us, all the generations above them that must step in now and help fix this mess. This disregard for life! No one else is going to sort it out!”

“We had some violent crime when I was a young guy, but not like this. And we feared consequence. We messed about a bit then you grow up and make some better purpose for yourself.”

Sugary said, “We talk to young offenders and go to some schools and chat about the seriousness of violent crimes and talk about ways of staying away from it. Some were even young parents themselves! I asked if they would want their child to know that they cut someone or even killed someone. What kind of a role model is that! I have said over and over again, if you don’t feel safe going to that place without carrying a weapon, then don’t go to that place. Just don’t go! It can’t be a good place to hang out anyway, if weapons are needed. And if you feel pressured into carrying a knife or any other sh**, talk to somebody you trust. If this is not your parents, then maybe a cool cousin, a great uncle or auntie, a grandparent or even a friend. This includes those who are groomed into that life. I also call upon all the ‘good’ young people out there, to join forces in saying #PutAwayYourKnives to other friends who are carrying. Why not make it a cool thing to share that message and separate yourselves from the negatives.”

“I say it is all our responsibility. Everyone please look out for each other. Look out for the young people around you. Check them. See if they need guidance or support in going the right way. My stepdaughter Melanie has lost her only son. Her life as a mother has been destroyed. Many others have been through similar pain. Step up people, this is all our problem. Don’t wait for it to hit your family”

Neville and Sugary decided to also use the song to support the great work of Victim Support, to promote their services and encourage more support and donations, for what Victim Support do for families affected by knife crime. Diana Fawcett, Chief Officer of independent charity Victim Support said:

“Working closely with victims and bereaved families we know just how destructive these shocking crimes are for everyone impacted. We’re really pleased to be working with the renowned Neville Staple and his wife Sugary Staple to help raise awareness of the issue and raise vital funds to allow us, as an independent charity, to continue our work.

“Families and communities are being devastated by knife crime and it is so important that we all come together to tackle this - organisations, government agencies and all communities.”

Please download “Put Away Your Knives”, today. Starring Neville Staple, Legendary front man of The Specials, Fun Boy Three, 2Tone and Special Beat, also known as The Original Rude Boy, and who now celebrates 40 years of his successful music career, with a variety of awards which include: MOJO, NME, Gold, Silver & Platinum discs – along with his award winning wife Sugary Staple, who spearheaded the Skamouth weekends and has been acting, singing and running events for over 30 years, along with the top drawer Neville Staple Band of top music professionals who have worked with top selling artists, as well as written material of their own.

Stream the single here: http://open.spotify.com/album/1GquX9iGNuaFbMQ7TWUFe1
Buy the download here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/put-away-your-knives-feat-sugary-staple-dandy-livingstone/1456682714?ls=1
Watch the video here:


Neville Staple/Sugary Staple/Dandy Livingstone
www.originalrudeboy.co.uk

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


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