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November 5, 2019

New Group RUFFYUNZ Featuring Guest Artists Pat Travers & T.C. Tolliver To Release Debut Album


Featuring Pat Travers and members of The Plasmatics and Cactus!

RUFFYUNZ is a partnership between Randy Pratt (Cactus/The Lizards), Emmy winning engineer JZ Barrell, and singer Ed Terry and a collection of drum and guitar masters. Guest artists include guitar legend Pat Travers and drummer T.C. Tolliver from The Plasmatics. The songs are mainly about sex, animalistic sex, with a couple of “Dark Dread” numbers thrown in for bad measure.

“Funky, Heavy & Tight” is RUFFYUNZ credo!

Bassist Randy Pratt on bass, pedals and riffs and is best known for his work with The Lizards & Cactus. Singer Ed Terry has sung live with Stevie Wonder, Sister Sledge, John Oates, Sissy Houston, Slash and recorded with John Lennon, Keith Richards, Talking Heads, Simply Red, Little Steven, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, David Lee Roth, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner! JZ Barrell handles recording, engineering, mixing and arranging…he earns his writing credits. Jesse Berlin is the band's “go-to-first guitarist” usually and helps set a bedrock with embellishments.

The band's concept is to use “known” drummers and guitarists as guests on their records. Once the guest guitarist has done his or her thing, Jesse trades solos with them…and he really throws down the gauntlet, as he SHREDS!!

Says Randy, “The songs are written bass/drums first, creating a lot of grooves and BIG RIFFS. From decades of reading Bass Player magazine, it seems most song writing bassists don’t write on bass…so I hope that gives us a bit of a unique vibe….plus my ever growing collection of uncommon effect pedals, not intended for bass, influence the way I play and the stuff I come up with. After the sessions, my partner JZ Barrell arranges the music into more  defined song form. Usually, Ed Terry writes his vocals and lyrics, quickly, and records them at his home studio. Amazingly, it seems like we go with his first takes 90% of the time! Also, he writes most of his vocals to bass and drums, which is 'different', too, isn’t it? Josh and I produce the records. Then guitar is added to make the compositions come alive, searching for that sweet spot where James Brown and Black Sabbath collide.”

RUFFYUNZ next record is in the works now with and exciting new cast of guest players!

Listen to RUFFYUNZ new album:
To purchase: genius@optonline.net

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

October 31, 2019

THE FINAL ON VINYL PODCAST: INTERVIEW WITH TODD WULFERS


Ted Wulfers has a new album and it is a diverse mix of rock, blues, jazz, pop, well, you name it and he does it. Check out my interesting interview now on my Podcast and you can read my review here if you are interested  https://www.thefinalonvinyl.com/article.html?id=123.


October 29, 2019

District 97 Announce the Release of New Studio Album "Screens" – OUT NOW!


DISTRICT 97 is undoubtedly the most musically adventurous rock band in the world to feature an American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist. For over a decade, this quintet from Chicago has melded an adventurous instrumental prowess with the look, sound, and stage presence of Leslie Hunt.

Bill Bruford on Screens: “It’s almost intimidatingly skilful; tremendous refinement on previous work – you’re doing what you do only better. Great recording sound.”

Mike Portnoy: “District 97 continue to prove to be one of the most unique bands in modern Prog!”

Through world tours and a stream of studio and live releases, the band has garnered a worldwide fan base; collaborating with the late John Wetton and drawing praise from numerous rock luminaries along the way.

“Screens retains the essential elements of the District 97 sound, while also incorporating fresh, exciting influences” the band says. “The synergy of the new lineup is well beyond what we could have expected. We're so excited for everyone to embark on this next chapter of District 97.”

District 97 will celebrate the Screens CD Release in Chicago at Martyrs' on Wednesday, 11/13. Tickets available at http://www.martyrslive.com/wed-nov-13-8pm-12.

Look for Spring 2020 dates with Prog/Fusion masters Brand X to be announced soon.

A video for one of the new compositions “Sheep” can be seen here:


Screens and its accompanying live show are their most ambitious effort to date.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

The album can be bought/streamed digitally here: http://district97.net/news/screens-now-available

The CD is OUT NOW and available here: https://geni.us/D97004CD

For more information: http://www.district97.net/shows

Press inquiries (North America): Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

October 21, 2019

Bruce Soord, The Pineapple Thief Frontman, Premieres New Video For "All This Will Be Yours" - Title Track From New Solo Album on KSCOPE Oct. 25, 2019


Ahead of the release on 25th October, of the new solo album, All This Will Be Yours from Bruce Soord, the multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and frontman for The Pineapple Thief, Soord has revealed his video for the title track.

Take a good look
As all this will be yours

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “ALL THIS WILL BE YOURS” HERE


The new album, described by Soord as an observational record, it is inspired by the joy felt by the birth of his third child juxtaposed by the local deprivation in his hometown and with the release of the title track Soord explores these themes more “This song was literally inspired by walking with my new-born daughter in my hometown of Yeovil. I love my hometown, but it's got its fair share of problems. I was taken by the contrast of this smiling soul staring up from her pram, surrounded by lost souls. Drunks, addicts, the hopeless. Near me is a notorious drug den. No windows, no electricity, no running water. But nevertheless, it is a hive of activity. Lifeless addicts drifting in and out. So our only choice was 'to push past 158'. Myself, turning a blind eye. The community turning a blind eye.  But don't get me wrong, I love my hometown. And the people in it. All this will be hers.”

Bruce continues “The video was created by George Laycock and produced by Blacktide Phonic/Visual, who I’ve worked with previously, was shot in London rather than Yeovil as a way of, hopefully,  reflecting the universal themes of the song. Talking of the themes, they are not universally bleak. There is plenty to be worried about. But there really is plenty to be hopeful for as well”.



Tracklisting:
1. The Secrets I Know [02:24]
2. Our Gravest Threat Apart [04:14]
3. The Solitary Path Of A Convicted Man [03:44]
4. All This Will Be Yours [06:04]
5. Time Does Not Exist[03:33]
6. One Misstep [04:00]
7. You Hear The Voices[06:54]
8. Cut The Flowers[04:35]
9. One Day I Will Leave You [05:17]

All This Will Be Yours will be released on CD, LP, digitally and as a deluxe hardback book 3 disc edition featuring the album on CD, with an extra CD of acoustic re-workings and bonus studio tracks plus a DVD with All This Will Be Yours as a Hi-res 24/88 WAV stereo album, Hi res 24/88 WAV acoustic album and Hi res 24/88 WAV bonus studio tracks, all of which will also be available in 24/88 DTS 5.1 surround. PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE HERE
https://brucesoord.lnk.to/AllThisWillBeYours

Hi-res images available here: www.kscopemusic.com/media/brucesoord
Photo credit: Steve Brown www.stevebrowncreative.com

Press for Bruce Soord – the debut album:

“He’s created something remarkable” - Classic Rock

“A journey that would please fans of Floyd and Steven Wilson” - Total Guitar

“Soord has genuinely created something truly outstanding” - Prog

“Deceptively simple, emotionally rich, this album shows Soord at the peak of his powers” - Echoes and Dust

Bruce Soord has confirmed he’ll be supporting his new album with live shows beginning early next year – look out for more dates to be announced soon:

Jan 25 – NL – De Cacaofabriek, Popzaal, Helmond
Mar 20-21 – NL – Prognosis Festival – Eindhoven

THE PINEAPPLE THIEF will be playing their first ever North America tour in November and December 2019:
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

Bruce Soord online:
Facebook, twitter & Instagram: @bsoord

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 (North America): Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

October 10, 2019

Kim Reilly's SeaSide Fragments Featuring All Star Ensemble Covers Ace Classic "How Long?"


Feat. Members of Firefall, Ambrosia, Clarence Clemons Temple of Soul & John Ford Coley!

SeaSide Fragments is Created and Produced out of the Love for the Music and Musicians who wrote, created and produced in the 60's and 70's. Each track is carefully thought out, yet recorded in between sound checks and shows, and are collaborations of our friends and artists from these decades and tracks! Each song was recorded in 1 to 2 takes, all musicians live in the studio together with no rehearsal or planned structure, only what was in my vision. Finally mixed and mastered to reflect the analog, vinyl era of Music!

Says producer Kim Reilly, “SeaSide Fragments is basically my idea of doing old classic songs from the 70's era that are special to me. I have asked, and continue to ask  some of the artists I work with over the years and have become good friends to help me in this vision. Every friend/artist I have approached so far has been more than happy to join me and be a part of this vision and labor of love, and has come either to the studio pre sound checks of one of my shows with me, or has flown in tracks to implement. I have never been asked for anything in return. I feel as though I am fortunate in this business to have the relationships I have! The music industry is a cut throat, cruel world, and this has proven to me that it is not that way for everyone!

“'How Long': this track was recorded in 2 takes with just 2 hours of a window between my sound check and show that day. The artists really had no idea what was going on until we arrived at the studio. I told them how I wanted to song revised, and they just nailed it. Dave Muse was added after the fact as I chose a Flute to be part of this track. Billy Livesay (of Clarence Clemons Temple of Soul) was also added in after the fact. The rest of the track was done on the spot! Here is a segment of the SeaSide Fragment intentions.

“I chose this song 'How Long' not only because of it's catchy hook, but because the song is reflecting 'the Bass player performing in another band without the band's knowledge, and then returning.'” 

Paul Carrack, original lead vocalist for Ace, responded favorably after hearing the new cover of “How Long” by SeaSide Fragments. The track was produced by Kim Reilly and SeaSide Music Management.

Watch the video:


SeaSide Fragments:
Vocals - Jimmy Williamson
Background Vocals & Bass - Joe Puerta (Ambrosia"Founder and Original Member"), (Bruce Horsnby and The Range, Original Member)
Background Vocals- Kim Reilly
Drums - Burleigh Drummond (Ambrosia, Founder, Original Member) (Bill Champlin's, Wunderground, Tin Drum)
Guitar - Doug Jackson (Ambrosia)
Guitar - Billy Livesay (Clarence Clemons, Foghat)
Keys - John Ford Coley (England Dan and John Ford Coley)
Flute - Dave Muse (Firefall, Original Member) (Marshall Tucker Band)


Recorded at Powerstation Studios

In closing Kim says, “I have 6 other songs completed, with artists such as Eliot Lewis (Hall and Oates, LFDH and Average White Band), Brian Dunn (Hall and Oates, LFDH, Howie Casey, Paul McCartney and Wings), Steve Rodgers (Paul's Son) and so on! 'Love is the Answer' will be my next release! I plan to continue to record these classics with different artists, until...”

Special Thanks to my Friends:
Powerstation Studios
Recorded by Paul Kronk
Mixed by Ross Pallone
Mastered by Mike Fuller of Fuller Sound

Available Oct 31, 2019 for free download: www.seasidemusicmgmt.com

SeaSide Music Management
Inside MusiCast
OffShore Talent
Technical Productions - Ray Durso, Chief Engineer
www.seasidemusicmgmt.com
www.insidemusicast.com
Find us on Facebook and iTunes Worldwide
561-350-3867

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

October 2, 2019

Crystal Beth Unleashes Her Debut Album PUSH THRU on Trey Gunn's 7D Media– October 18


Crystal Beth is what happens if you cross Frank Zappa, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, and Janice Joplin

Crystal Beth unleashes her first full-length studio record, PUSH THRU, a solo incarnation using wailing vocals, amplified clarinet, beat-boxing and electronics to weave a sonic universe all her own. The album will be released on Trey Gunn's 7D Media on October 18, 2019. Beth has been described as “world music from an imaginary planet..quite compelling & magical” (Seattle Times), “a supremely versatile and virtuosic maverick” (The Stranger), and “one of the most fearless and innovative musicians in the city…” (Earshot Jazz). Known for crafting aural rituals that encompass industrial chants, alien disco breaks, heart gushings, and robot love songs, Crystal Beth redefines the possibilities of the voice and clarinet in tight experimental pop songs and undulating, cathartic noise cries. Crafting moments that ricochet between meditation and a full body purge, she is an electric, adrenaline inducing performer voted Seattle's Best Classical Musician and nominated for NW Vocalist of the Year.

Rooted and defined by singing in her own syllabic language, Crystal Beth began in 2010 and she performs solo using loop pedals and delays, and a five-piece rock outfit (the Boom Boom Band) to craft and explore her idiosyncratic and distinctive original music. Seattle's The Stranger magazine writes “You can find {Crystal Beth} fearlessly indulging her wildest creative inklings whenever she materializes in a musical forum…Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band falls somewhere between the grisly skronk-punk of Stickers and earthy freak-indie of tUnE-yArDs, but even fans of those left-of-center acts will be thrown for a loop. Wailing vocals not bound to any conventions but {her} own, paired with percussive 'Bethnic chants,' are set over freely drawn jazz figures and world-y rhythms.”

The music on this record is primal and visceral, sweet and expansive. It's a completely solo work- recorded in 2 days of full live takes at Studio Litho with engineer Floyd Reitsma (Pearl Jam, Audioslave, Dave Matthews Band), mixed by Marcel Fernandez (Foo Fighters, ZZ Top, Molotov), and mastered by Michael Cozzi (Sky Cries Mary, Security Project, Bill Rieflin). With artwork by Mexican artist Ale De la Torre, Crystal Beth's PUSH THRU is available on vinyl, CD, and digitally.

With the reflexes of a mongoose, Crystal Beth spins cathartic hardcore purge pop art punk - sweaty, trance inducing, heart-pouring – these are sonic cupcakes for your soul.



Crystal Beth has 20 years of professional international performances under her full name, Beth Fleenor, where she has been featured on recordings with polymaths including Wayne Horvitz, Jherek Bischoff, and Julie Slick, and includes performances with David Byrne, Terry Riley, Butch Morris, Bobby Previte, Trey Gunn, Robin Holcomb, Joshual Kohl/Degenerate Art Ensemble, Matana Roberts, Skerik, Tamar Kali, LaFrae Sci, Seattle Symphony, Wordless Music Orchestra, Samantha Boshnack, Led To Sea, Mirah, Soko, William O. Smith, Eyvind Kang, Malcom Goldstein, Jessika Kenney, Paris Hurley / Object As Subject, Timothy Young, John Tchicai, Gretta Harley, Mike Dillon, Briggan Krauss, Parenthetical Girls, Gino Yevdjevich/Kultur Shock, Amy Denio, and Shane Parish & Ryan Oslance / Ahleuchatistas – often doing upward of 170 shows a year in different genres.

Her work has been heard in 100,000 seat rock festivals, maximum-security prisons, and some of the most prestigious concert halls, museums, clubs and theaters in the world. Believing that “art is the discipline of being,” Fleenor uses sound to open the channels of communication between and within individuals and environments. Her work as been heard in live music, recordings, theater, performance art, installation, modern dance, and film. She believes that “an emphasis on creativity in a culture gives rise to creative solutions to social problems.”

Along with the straight-forward stamp of “excellent” from the New York Times, Fleenor has been called an “exceptional clarinetist” by the Seattle Times, and The Seattle Weekly writes, “If you’re getting tired of music that’s even remotely formulaic, Beth Fleenor is for you. Her experimental mixing of genres is powerful and refreshing.” Earshot Jazz has described her as “one of the most fearless and innovative musicians in the city…” and City Arts Magazine remarks “Beth Fleenor transcends labels – a multi-talented, creative force in Seattle.”

Crystal Beth began after Fleenor spent years collaborating with other musicians and artists, when she starting bursting at the seams with her own compositions. After years as a free improviser, Crystal Beth is Fleenor's first project that focuses entirely on her original songs.

She speaks personally about the project, “I believe in the power of sound to clear the body and cleanse the soul. Music is a powerful tool as a listener and as a maker. It changes the state of things internally. I think we need a way to deal with ourselves so that we can better deal with each other….and when we have that, it leads us to a different way of conducting ourselves – a way of empathy, compassion, awareness, consideration, communication – a mutual respect of shared experience. We need focusing agents that help us process experiences – a way to make sense of it all – a way to get it to move through our bodies. Transcendent happiness, and deep tragedy, and everything in between, we need some kind of a ritual to catch up with ourselves in the present moment, to be able to move forward in a state of personal alignment. Crystal Beth is how I deal with myself, how I heal myself, how I Push Thru to the deepest parts of myself, and begin again every single day. My hope is that by sharing my most vulnerable self, perhaps it will offer a moment of the same catharsis and solace to others.”

RECORD RELEASE PARTY
Thursday, October 24 at Substation (Seattle)
Crystal Beth with special guest Alex Faide, Trey Gunn, RGK + the Alternative Facts, and Devils in Skirts 

Fleenor holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Classical Clarinet Performance from Cornish College of the Arts. Her work has been supported by Jack Straw Productions, 4Culture, Allied Arts, Artist Trust, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Crystal Beth's solo record PUSH THRU was brought to life through patrons on the Indiegogo platform. Born in Bristol TN/VA, she has been based in Seattle since 1998.



Here's what the press have said about Beth Fleenor:

“Beth Fleenor transcends labels – a multi-talented, creative force in Seattle.” (City Arts Magazine)

“Crystal Beth creates her own sonic cult through stage thrashing her way through 'cathartic hardcore purge pop,' and wielding psychedelic clarinet melodies and bethnic chants.” (The Stranger )

“Crystal Beth – is an undeniable, unstoppable musical force, and one of Seattle’s treasures. She uses her voice and clarinet to channel strange, disturbing, and beautiful sounds into existence from beyond most of our imaginings. ....Beth’s chants and shrieks bypass the language centers of the brain and drill directly into the deepest, primal folds, beckoning you to surrender to sound, to find peace and clarity through a modicum of musical insanity.” (Ball of Wax)

“If you're getting tired of music that’s even remotely formulaic, {Crystal Beth} is for you. Her experimental mixing of genres is powerful and refreshing.” (Seattle Weekly)

“…a supremely versatile and virtuosic maverick” (The Stranger)

 “exceptional clarinetist” (Seattle Times)

“Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band are what happens when accomplished jazz musicians decide to take a reckless holiday in the rock realm.... a kind of artful, deranged rock that recalls the Dirty Three and the Geraldine Fibbers at their most agitated and, alternately, at their most lugubrious.” (The Stranger)

“one of the most fearless and innovative musicians in the city…” (Seattle's Earshot Jazz)

“alternately buoyant and ponderous, transfixing and exceptional” (City Arts Magazine)

 “….fare perhaps best described as world music from an imaginary planet….quite compelling and magical….” (Seattle Times)

AUDIENCE REFLECTIONS

“Some crazy combination of Bjork & Mike Patton, but with a voice truly her own.”

“Brian Eno meets the Beastie Boys in Mumbai and they have a spirited discussion about Alice Coltrane”   

“Crystal Beth is what happens if you cross Frank Zappa, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, and Janice Joplin” 

“Experimental primal scream punk meets world meets prog meets jazz meets the Dali Lama…and I'm not exaggerating…”. 

To purchase:
 https://crystalbeth7d.bandcamp.com/album/push-thru

For more information:
Web: www.crystalbethboom.com
Instagram: @crystalbethboom
Facebook Band: https://www.facebook.com/crystalbethboom/
Facebook Personal: https://www.facebook.com/beth.fleenor.3

Video links:

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

October 1, 2019

The Pineapple Thief Announce The Release Of Their New Concert Album 'Hold Our Fire' On November 15th

Photo credit: Diana Seifert dianaseifert.com 

Reveal First Track “Threatening War”

First Ever North America Tour Begins With Drummer Gavin Harrison

Following the release of their latest studio album Dissolution, through Kscope, The Pineapple Thief, one of the leading lights of Europe’s experimental rock domain, announce their new concert album Hold Our Fire captured during their 16-date European headline tour in September 2018. The new album is due for release on 15th November, ahead of their debut North America tour in November / December.

LISTEN TO "THREATENING WAR (LIVE)" HERE


Holding up a mirror to our chaotic, social media-fixated society, Dissolution is a modern masterpiece that pulses with charged emotion – the perfect album for the times. The album earned them their highest UK album chart entry to date at #36 and also #1 in Rock and Metal, as well as reaching #22 in the German album chart, #4 in the Netherlands Platomania album chart and #14 in the Finland album chart.

Hold Our Fire features eight concert performances of Dissolution tracks, including the singles “Far Below”, “Try As I Might”, “Threatening War” & “Uncovering Your Tracks”, as well as “3000 Days” from 2010 studio album Someone Here is Missing with extra guitars from new guitarist George Marios.

The band's virtuoso drummer, also known for his work with Porcupine Tree and King Crimson, Gavin Harrison reveals more about their performances for Hold Our Fire: “I feel this live recording really captures the energy and spirit of the band playing together in front of a great enthusiastic crowd.”

It's a feeling shared by frontman, composer and guitarist Bruce Soord: “It's a great souvenir from such a memorable tour. I am really looking forward to taking the show over to North America in November and mixing the record reminded me just how much fun we have playing live.”



Hold Our Fire track list
1. Try As I Might (live)
2. Threatening War (live)
3. Uncovering Your Tracks (live)
4. All That You`ve Got (live)
5. Far Below (live)
6. Not Naming Any Names (live)
7. White Mist (live)
8. Shed A Light (live)
9. 3000 Days (live)

Hold Our Fire will be released on CD, LP and digitally on 15th November worldwide. Fans can also pre-order Soord's new solo album All This Will Be Yours, which is due to be released on 25th October.

PRE-ORDER / PRE-SAVE HERE
https://music.apple.com/us/album/hold-our-fire-live/1480606486?app=music&lId=3724ad13-1c1d-44b8-8295-9c3bccbbd08f&cId=d3d58fd7-4c47-11e6-9fd0-066c3e7a8751&src=Linkfire&sr=1


Photo credit: Diana Seifert dianaseifert.com

THE PINEAPPLE THIEF will be playing their first ever North America tour in November and December 2019:
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

Tickets & VIP packages on sale now - pineapplethief.com/tour

The Pineapple Thief are:
Bruce Soord – guitars and vocals
Gavin Harrison – drums
Jon Sykes – bass
Steve Kitch – keyboards
George Marios – guitars and backing vocals (live)

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

Hi-res images available here: https://kscopemusic.com/media/the-pineapple-thief

Press for Dissolution and The Pineapple Thief's 2018 tour:
“Poetic, erudite, emotionally powerful, and chock-full of musical imagination” - All Music
“Their ability to move from lo-fi intimacy to 21st-century Floydian rock is fantastic” - PROG
“They delivered fabulously constructed, atmospheric music, built on sublime melodies” - Record Collector
“TPT live is an increasingly exciting proposition... they've recently struck some gold. 9/10” - Powerplay

Press inquiries (North America): Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

September 30, 2019

Laura Espinoza and Lunden Reign Release New Single Feat. Missing Persons Legend Dale Bozzio


“Somewhere There Forever” ft. Dale Bozzio by Laura Espinoza and Lunden Reign

Dale Bozzio, legendary lead singer of Missing Persons, makes a special guest appearance and joins Mindy Milburn on vocals to record Laura Espinoza and Lunden Reign's newest single, “Somewhere There Forever.” This is a quirky, eclectic song about a person who doesn't want to let go of someone they love and miss very much, but that person is now only in their memories.

“Walking down a graveyard path near here, 
Drinking in the moonshine chasing fears,
You are calling so loquacious, You are falling so impatient
Then I realize you have disappeared”

Along with Dale Bozzio, Mindy Milburn & Laura Espinoza, “Somewhere There Forever” also features some of LA's most talented musicians including Geoff Pearlman (Echo in the Canyon Band); Michael Bluestein (Foreigner); Matt Denis; Noel Jasso, Miranda Miller & Julian Tomarin.

Listen to “Somewhere There Forever”: 



“'Somewhere There Forever' takes me back to the '90s with No Doubt's 'Tragic Kingdom' and 'Letters to Cleo.' This is the sound that I had hoped those bands would continue with on the radio, but that never happened. You continue to create music we wish we heard on popular radio. Great job.” - Warren Kurtz, Goldmine Music Magazine

“Somewhere There Forever” will be released world-wide on October 1, 2019 on all major music platforms including: iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify.

This is the second single released this year by Laura Espinoza and Lunden Reign. Their song “Follow Me to the Sun” was released in April, 2019. Both will be combined into the bands upcoming third album slated for release in mid 2020. Both songs written by Laura Espinoza.



The band features Laura Espinoza - guitar; Mindy Milburn -lead vocals; Matt Denis -bass & Noel Jasso - Drums and will be performing in the fall on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood.

To purchase “Somewhere There Forever”: 
iTunes:https://music.apple.com/us/artist/lunden-reign/725277210

“Somewhere There Forever”

Music & Lyrics by: Laura Espinoza

Walking down a graveyard path near here
Drinking in the moonshine chasing fears
You are calling so loquacious
You are falling so impatient
Then I realize you have disappeared

Is this really a life without you?
An hourglass without sand

When I met you I never ever
Thought I’d see you there
Lying somewhere there forever.

Driving down the coast without a care
Speculating you are sitting there
Music blaring, people staring
Moonlight glitters, thrills we’re sharing
Then I realize you aren’t really here

Am I really just holding onto
Dreams without you here
Venerating, just speculating
You are waiting there
Waiting somewhere there forever.

This is just how I feel
This is why life always matters
This is just how I deal
When it’s time for the ever-after

Is this really a life without you?
An hourglass without sand
When I met you I never ever
Thought I’d see you there
Lying somewhere there forever

Walking down a graveyard path near here
Drinking in the moonshine chasing fears
You are calling so loquacious
You are falling so impatient 
Then I realize you have disappeared
Then I realize you have disappeared
Then I realize you aren’t really here

© 2019 by Laura Espinoza

Laura Espinoza: Laura is a songwriter/guitarist, playwright, and TV producer. She is the primary songwriter for the critically acclaimed original alt rock band Laura Espinoza & Lunden Reign. Laura recently won a NARAS songwriting contest, exclusive to Grammy voting members where she participated in a private songwriting workshop with Busby, Rodney Jerkins, Shane Stevens and Sarah Hudson. She has performed on stage with Luis Maldonado (Train), Terri Nunn (Berlin), Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons) & Prescott Niles (The Knack), and started her career with Matt Sorum (Guns n' Roses) She has recorded at Capitol Records, Hollywood, Abbey Road, UK and is the host of “The Rock Radio Show” on KBU-FM, Malibu.

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September 24, 2019

Bruce Soord, The Pineapple Thief Frontman, Releases New Solo Album 'All This Will Be Yours'


REVEALS FIRST TRACK “THE SOLITARY PATH OF THE CONVICTED MAN”

KSCOPE – Digitally Released on October 25 and CD / LP Released on November 1

Bruce Soord, the multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and frontman for internationally renowned experimental rock outfit The Pineapple Thief, has confirmed the release of his second solo album. Entitled All This Will Be Yours it will be released through Kscope digitally on October 25 and CD / LP on November 1, 2019.


Photo credit: Steve Brown www.stevebrowncreative.com

Oh this path falls away from you
On this path there’s just one thing I must do

LISTEN TO “THE SOLITARY PATH OF THE CONVICTED MAN”


Taking elements from the recent musical developments with The Pineapple Thief, as well as an ambition to experiment with his own sound, All This Will Be Yours is an album of acoustic and personal vision from Bruce Soord. Described by Soord as an observational record, it is inspired by the joy felt by the birth of his third child juxtaposed by the local deprivation in his hometown.

Bruce explains, “Emotionally it was a pretty unique & eventful time, my wife was due to have our 3rd child at any time but she managed to come to see the final date of the TPT tour at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, after the show that night we returned home to Yeovil and the next day our baby girl arrived.  So, we had this new life in our lives and it introduced a very different perspective on the world around me. I was totally inspired and started writing almost immediately.”

He continues, “You’d like to think that something as simple as having a child shouldn’t impact on how you view things, but even the sight of a serene, sleeping baby in my studio while I was writing and recording, impacted on how I was inspired to write.  I was still observing. Taking walks in my hometown, witnessing the deprivation, the ‘incarcerated souls’ shuffling to my local drug den ‘number 158’, the screaming children on their commute to school. And the incessant sounds of sirens. I would take a mobile recorder out with me and some of these sounds made it onto the record. The kids, an old man walking along the street singing outside my house (‘Our Gravest Threat Apart’). And the sirens. The sirens appear throughout the record.”

The sound of All This Will Be Yours features modern production elements, as well as acoustic guitars delicately layered with samples. Ever present are Soord's familiar vocals, which deliver an emotive and accessible view into his contrasting feelings when writing about austerity whilst his newborn dozed in the studio. The audio has been recorded as two continuous linear pieces to replicate the pleasure of listening to an album on vinyl and was mastered by fellow The Pineapple Thief member Steve Kitch.

The new album, All This Will Be Yours, builds on Soord's momentum gained by The Pineapple Thief's multiple headline Europe and UK tours in support of 2018 UK #1 Rock album Dissolution and 2016 summer hit album Your Wilderness.  November 2019 sees The Pineapple Thief embark on their first North American tour. A prolific musician, Soord has also previously collaborated with Katatonia’s Jonas Renkse on fan-favourite album Wisdom of Crowds and produced 5.1 mixes for the likes of Katatonia, Opeth & Anathema.

Tracklisting:
1. The Secrets I Know [02:24]
2. Our Gravest Threat Apart [04:14]
3. The Solitary Path Of A Convicted Man [03:44]
4. All This Will Be Yours [06:04]
5. Time Does Not Exist[03:33]
6. One Misstep [04:00]
7. You Hear The Voices[06:54]
8. Cut The Flowers[04:35]
9. One Day I Will Leave You [05:17]

All This Will Be Yours will be released on CD, LP, digitally and as a deluxe hardback book 3 disc edition featuring the album on CD, with an extra CD of acoustic re-workings and bonus studio tracks plus a DVD with All This Will Be Yours as a Hi-res 24/88 WAV stereo album, Hi res 24/88 WAV acoustic album and Hi res 24/88 WAV bonus studio tracks, all of which will also be available in 24/88 DTS 5.1 surround. PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE HERE
https://brucesoord.lnk.to/AllThisWillBeYours

Hi-res images available here: www.kscopemusic.com/media/brucesoord
Photo credit: Steve Brown www.stevebrowncreative.com

Press for Bruce Soord – the debut album:

“He’s created something remarkable” - Classic Rock

“A journey that would please fans of Floyd and Steven Wilson” - Total Guitar

“Soord has genuinely created something truly outstanding” - Prog

“Deceptively simple, emotionally rich, this album shows Soord at the peak of his powers” - Echoes and Dust

THE PINEAPPLE THIEF will be playing their first ever North America tour in November and December 2019:
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

Bruce Soord online:
Facebook, twitter & Instagram: @bsoord

The Pineapple Thief online:
Website: www.thepineapplethief.com
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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE6401DB011BD837E
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/the-pineapple-thief/id278648772

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September 23, 2019

DAVID HASSELHOFF Releases Second Single "HEAD ON" Featuring THE CARS' ELLIOT EASTON!


Los Angeles, CA - Iconic star of the screen and stage and multi-platinum selling singer David Hasselhoff will be releasing his new album Open Your Eyes on September 27. The album is a new peak in an already illustrious career finding The Hoff joined by a host of equally legendary guest musicians including such talents as film composer Tyler Bates, producer Todd Rundgren, country singer Charlie Daniels, and The Stooges’ guitarist James Williamson who joined Hasselhoff on the album’s first single, the titular track “Open Your Eyes!”

Watch the video for “Open Your Eyes” here:


Now, Hasselhoff is ready to release his next single, this time backed by superstar guitarist Elliot Easton of The Cars on a superb cover of The Jesus & Mary Chain’s neo-psych stunner “Head On.” The song was a major hit for the Reid brothers back in 1989 and Easton and Hasselhoff’s version remain true to the song’s overall structure while adding a bit more swagger courtesy of Hasselhoff’s excellent vocal performance and Easton’s precise playing. Easton’s extraordinary skill as a guitarist helped propel his band The Cars into last year’s induction class to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Sadly, the music world mourned the passing of Cars’ frontman Ric Ocasek earlier this month.

Meanwhile, The Hoff continues his preparations for the upcoming 30th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a much anticipated tour through Germany, Austria & Switzerland beginning October 2!

2 Oct - Swiss Life Hall - Hannover, Germany
3 Oct - Max-Schmeling-Halle - Berline, Germany
5 Oct - Haus Auensee - Leipzig, Germany
6 Oct - Olympiahalle München - Munich, Germany
8 Oct - Congress Room Dogana - Innsbruck, Austria
10 Oct - Wiener Stadthalle Halle D - Wien, Austria
12 Oct - Stadthalle Graz - Graz, Austria
14 Oct - Samsung Hall - Zürich, Switzerland
15 Oct - MHP Arena - Ludwigsburg, Germany
17 Oct - Jahrhunderthalle - Frankfurt, Germany
18 Oct - König Pilsener Arena - Oberhausen, Germany
20 Oct - Barclaycard Arena - Hamburg, Germany
For more tour info, visit: http://davidhasselhoffonline.com/

OPEN YOUR EYES TRACK LIST:
1. Open Your Eyes feat. James Williamson (The Stooges)
2. Head On feat. Elliot Easton (The Cars)
3. I Melt With You feat. Steve Stevens (Billy Idol)
4. Lips Like Sugar feat. A Flock of Seagulls
5. “Heroes” feat. Tyler Bates
6. Here I Go Again feat. Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns)
7. Jump In My Car feat. Todd Rundgren
8. Rhinestone Cowboy feat. Charlie Daniels
9. If You Could Read My Mind feat. Ava Cherry
10. Sugar, Sugar feat. Steve Cropper
11. Mit 66 Jahren feat. Patrick Moraz (Yes/The Moody Blues)
12. Sweet Caroline feat. Ministry
13. That's Life

Pre-order the CD: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/david-hasselhoff-open-your-eyes-cd/
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September 10, 2019

DAVID HASSELHOFF Asks The World To "OPEN YOUR EYES!" In A Video For His New Single And Album!


Los Angeles, CA - Although most recognizable for his starring turns in the hit TV shows Knight Rider and Baywatch along with numerous feature film appearances (Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, Kung Fury, Click, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Dodgeball, and Marvel’s original Nick Fury: Agent Of Shield, among others) and roles on Broadway and the West End in productions of Jekyll & Hyde, Chicago and The Producers, megastar David Hasselhoff is ready to tackle a different role - the role of passionately earnest pop star singing for a new global consciousness in these difficult and troubled times. It’s a role not unfamiliar to Hasselhoff whose historic performance of the chart-topping single “Looking For Freedom” on the rubble of the newly fallen Berlin Wall in 1989 became a rallying cry not just to a reunited Germany but for all of the burgeoning democracies that were swept up in the winds of change.

For his new single, “Open Your Eyes,” Hasselhoff has resurrected a song from that same decade by dark rockers The Lords Of The New Church and brought it into the present where it sounds as fresh and vital as ever. “Open your eyes to the lies right in front of you” goes the chorus, echoing the growing discomfort felt everywhere by today’s media-saturated, politically marginalized population. Hasselhoff sings the refrain with legitimate fury and conviction against a backing track created by producer Adam Hamilton and renowned guitarist for the Stooges, and member of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, James Williamson. As Hasselhoff says, “I found a very relevant song that tells our story and am very proud to sing our story through this song. ‘Open Your Eyes’ is as relevant today as it was 30 years ago when it was written! Let’s make the world great again!”

To help bring the single to life, Hasselhoff has enlisted the video-making talents of Vicente & Fernando Cordero of Industrialism Films who, along with LA-based artist Dan Dowding of Media Pollution, have crafted a visual representation of the song. The video also leverages the power of social media by incorporating footage of Hoff fans from all over the globe who participated in the #EyesForHoff campaign. The final product is a video rich in spectacle but also carries its message just as effectively as it entertains.

Watch the video here:


Hasselhoff’s new album, also called Open Your Eyes, is set to be released on September 27, his first with LA-based label Cleopatra Records. The album features 12 other fierce new takes of classics such as Modern English’s “I Melt With You,” Echo & The Bunnymen’s “Lips Like Sugar” and David Bowie’s inspirational anthem “Heroes,” each of which is brought to life in collaboration with one of a diverse array of artists ranging from industrial wild child Al Jourgensen of Ministry, major film composer Tyler Bates (Guardians Of The Galaxy, John Wick franchise), country legend Charlie Daniels, Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame nominee Todd Rundgren, ‘80s new wave icons A Flock Of Seagulls and many more! Open Your Eyes will be available on both CD in a deluxe digipak with a special collectible “Hoff Army” patch, on vinyl in limited edition RED vinyl and on all digital formats starting September 27!

Hasselhoff will also be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with an explosive tour through Germany, Austria & Switzerland beginning October 2!

Tour Dates:
2 Oct - Swiss Life Hall - Hannover, Germany
3 Oct - Max-Schmeling-Halle - Berline, Germany
5 Oct - Haus Auensee - Leipzig, Germany
6 Oct - Olympiahalle München - Munich, Germany
8 Oct - Congress Room Dogana - Innsbruck, Austria
10 Oct - Wiener Stadthalle Halle D - Wien, Austria
12 Oct - Stadthalle Graz - Graz, Austria
14 Oct - Samsung Hall - Zürich, Switzerland
15 Oct - MHP Arena - Ludwigsburg, Germany
17 Oct - Jahrhunderthalle - Frankfurt, Germany
18 Oct - König Pilsener Arena - Oberhausen, Germany
20 Oct - Barclaycard Arena - Hamburg, Germany
For more tour info, visit: http://davidhasselhoffonline.com/

OPEN YOUR EYES TRACK LIST:
1. Open Your Eyes feat. James Williamson (The Stooges)
2. Head On feat. Elliot Easton (The Cars)
3. I Melt With You feat. Steve Stevens (Billy Idol)
4. Lips Like Sugar feat. A Flock of Seagulls
5. “Heroes” feat. Tyler Bates
6. Here I Go Again feat. Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns)
7. Jump In My Car feat. Todd Rundgren
8. Rhinestone Cowboy feat. Charlie Daniels
9. If You Could Read My Mind feat. Ava Cherry
10. Sugar, Sugar feat. Steve Cropper
11. Mit 66 Jahren feat. Patrick Moraz (Yes/The Moody Blues)
12. Sweet Caroline feat. Ministry
13. That's Life

Pre-order the CD: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/david-hasselhoff-open-your-eyes-cd/
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September 9, 2019

Rock Legends Angel Return With New Album "Risen" – Oct 4


Los Angeles, CA - Legendary rock band Angel are releasing their new album Risen on October 4th on Cleopatra Records. The album will have 17 solid tracks featuring 15 brand new songs written by original members Punky Meadows and Frank Dimino along with current member Danny Farrow and a remake of the classic track “Tower.” They describe the songs as very diverse ranging from Heavy to very Melodic with real strong hooks featuring many elements of the classic Angel sound. This album will appeal to all Angel fans of every era and previous albums.

“I am very proud of this album and Angel fans will LOVE it! It really kicks ass and is very diverse with songs that will satisfy every Angel fan and take you on a musical journey! The band played their asses off! Play it from top to bottom, you will not want to miss a beat.” - PUNKY MEADOWS

“This is an album that will take you on a journey to many different roads, all exciting. Enjoy it and play it loud!!!” - FRANK DIMINO

Along with Original members Punky Meadows, and Frank Dimino are Danny Farrow, Charlie Calv, Steve Ojane, and Billy Orrico.

Angel has released the first single from the album titled “Under The Gun” and it is getting an amazing reaction. Check it out here:


Angel will be doing two record release dates on October 3rd at VAMP'd in Las Vegas and October 4th at The Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA. Where they will be performing a full set.

Get tickets and meet and greets at: www.angelbandofficial.com

TRACK LIST:
1. Angel Theme
2. Under the Gun
3. Shot of Your Love
4. Slow Down
5. Over My Head
6. 1975
7. We Were the Wild
8. I.O.U
9. (Punky's Couch Blues) Locked Cocked Ready to Rock
10. Turn Around
11. Desire
12. Our Revolution
13. Tell Me Why
14. Don't Want You to Go
15. Stand Up
16. My Sanctuary
17. Tower - Bonus Track

Pre-order the CD: https://www.amazon.com/Risen-Angel/dp/B07VSJ77JR
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June 27, 2019

Martin Barre Drummer Dave Schoepke To Release Innovative Solo Drum Album "Drums On Low"


Drummer Dave Schoepke will be releasing his first solo drum album titled “Drums On Low” on July 15, 2019. Schoepke is an accomplished North American drummer, who has had the pleasure of working with the legendary Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre. Dave toured with Martin's band in 2017 and in 2018 for the “Cruise To The Edge” Tour. He's also been the primary drummer for The Willy Porter Band since 2002, and has loved every second of his time with the band. Dave has toured with Willy Porter on a number of occasions over the years, and has numerous television and radio appearances on his record. The amazing part is that Dave is able to do all of this, and still has time to devote to his own band Tweed. Tweed has been a mainstay touring in Europe for the last few years along with a number of other blues and soul groups.

Dave said this about “Drums On Low”: “The music and recording are a direct response to my life changes. Post the birth of my son I was inspired to craft and assemble this album. The concept is simple: to make an album in response to the overwhelming feelings I had about my family and where I was as a musician at this stage of my career. What flowed out was soaked with the spirit of love and harmony between our family unit and the reality that rhythms of life which bind us are always there in the ways we talk, feel, think, breathe and react to one another. I was motivated to write music that to me resonated those elements.”

The completion of this album was the realization of a dream of Dave's since age 16 to make music solely on drums and percussion instruments. Until now, that was an unattainable goal due to work demands, recording capabilities and costs. Written and recorded at Dave's home studio in the first 2 months after the birth of his 2nd child, this collection of pieces reflects the joy, wonder, and sleeplessness of being a new parent. The music was assembled in bits and pieces in between naptimes and family maintenance.

“My wife was very supportive in that when there was some free time, I was able to run downstairs and work on the music. Often, I began recording a piece only minutes after changing a diaper, feeding my son or some other family business. It was nearly impossible to separate the elements which is the biggest part of this whole story. The music is so directly informed by my day to day family life, and it's as much a reaction to those things as it is to my purely musical pursuits. At times I just sat down and the music flowed with no thought or preconceived ideas, nothing but reaction to life with my family. Ultimately the content on the album is 1/3 pre-formed pieces, 1/3 sketches that were embellished on and 1/3 full improvisations. I had the intention of having it all ready to go ahead of time, and a lot of things were finished, but when inspired I was able to turn on a dime and go with where the muse took me, which often happened in the midst of working on another piece. My overall goal with this album was to create a body of work that reflected where I had been as a musician but with the intent that the pieces come across as songs rather than solos. All of the music was recorded live with no overdubs, punch-ins, or edits/splicing on a combination of drum kits with varied tuning schemes.”

Some of the pieces are more melodically driven with the pitches, “Window, War Of The Grasshoppers, and Eleven Three” are examples of pieces that reflect that approach with mallets being the choice to draw the tones out. “Which One ARE You and N'ging” are informed with more traditional approaches and are considerably more aggressive. Some tracks are more experimental in form and approach, “Sound On Low” uses free spinning metal shakers on various snare drums and micro percussion alongside a detuned 26” kick drum, while “The Thing From The Darkness” is a flat out free expression coupled with audio from an old 1930's radio show.

“At times I wanted to abandon any concept of bars or strict form to the pieces, which I felt would restrict me and inhibit my transference of ideas. If I added a beat, dropped one, or the form floated away from my original intent, I went with it rather than be beholden to anything other than the moment. I wanted to disregard any of the common notions of form, tempo, tuning, and theory in favor of feel, attitude, flavor, vibe and excitement. There was no fixing or editing on anything, so if there are mistakes, odd sounds, and any quirkiness that didn’t take away from the flow and intent of the piece, I left it in and in turn feel it adds more human element to the production rather than an over polished product. All in all, 20 songs were recorded and 11 selected to represent where I was at that time. Because this was to be my first solo endeavor and one I longed to do since childhood, I felt like I had a lot to get out. Concurrently making this album has inspired me to work on building this facet of my career, as I have a slew of concepts and ideas I'd love to share.”



Watch the video for “Which One ARE You?”:


Dave said this about the video, “This is about an illustration of dualities in life. The two girls symbolize struggles that sometimes exist within people, good and bad, yin and yang, whatever. The music informs the manic-ness and chaos that can exist. I wanted to express chaos to the form of the song and do away with measures and structure at points, while returning to a rabid unrelenting ostinato that symbolizes the need to walk the line in life. The fight within people is often so much greater and out of control than we can comprehend. I learned this firsthand from a bi-polar suicidal father who took his own life when I was 10.”

When Dave is not touring with Martin Barre, touring Europe or holding down the drum throne for Willy Porter, he can be found in the studio recording. He is an extremely busy session musician with over 50 albums to his credit. These albums cut across all genres of music. He has also done dozens of instructional CD's for the Hal Leonard Corporation (One of the world's largest music publishers). Dave also heads up the improvisational recording project, Blank Radio, and is the chief engineer and curator of hundreds of sessions with musicians from all over the greater Milwaukee area, culminating 23 full length album releases since 2008. These albums feature improvisations in all styles from ambient soundscapes to classical, jazz, and seething progressive rock.

Currently Dave makes his home in Milwaukee and is a private lesson instructor at Cascio Interstate Music. He has done dozens of clinics and been billed with legendary drummers Ed Thigpen, Paul Wertico, Dom Famularo, Greg Bissonette, Ernie Adams, and Carmine Appice. He maintains a busy schedule of teaching, touring, clinics, and sessions, and is always striving to evolve in every facet of his music making. Dave proudly endorses Ludwig Drums and Paiste Cymbals and was named 2009 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) drummer of the year. In support of the release of “Drums On Low,” Dave is booking shows for August/September 2019

In closing, Dave has this message to impart to his listeners, “Joy and exploration. To make music with joy in the heart devoid of the constraints and trappings of the business and analytical side of the music industry.”

To purchase: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/1466733343

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May 30, 2019

Featured Track: Love Ghost-Quiet Voices


Love Ghost is back with their second track feature on Rate The Tracks. 

"Quiet Voices" is not so quiet really. The artwork is most certainly dark and demented, and the music is a good match to what they are trying to convey in the song.

I think what the message is here is that the "quiet" voices can be just as effective and dangerous as the ones that scream.

They pull out all the stops and make this a real alternative rock-punk juggernaut. The seemingly quiet voices from the lead singer turn into a more convincing and powerful one to go along with the crashing rhythm section and in your face guitar lines.

"Quiet Voices" is like an early morning wake-up call and a warning as to what is to come if you don't pay attention. They really do get your attention on this track in every way possible!


 Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


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May 14, 2019

"Folly Bololey: Songs from Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom" by The North Sea Radio Orchestra feat. John Greaves & Annie Barbazza Limited Edition CD & Vinyl Available May 17th!


500 ONLY AUDIOPHILE HANDCRAFTED AND NUMBERED DARK BLUE VINYL WITH INSERTS AND GOLDEN EXPANDED CD 

999 AUDIOPHILE HANDCRAFTED AND NUMBERED GOLDEN PAPERSLEEVE CD

Cover notes by Robert Wyatt and Jonathan Coe

Italy - Critically acclaimed as one of the best records ever, Robert Wyatt's 1974 masterpiece “Rock Bottom” has been re-arranged by Craig Fortnam for his amazing North Sea Radio Orchestra. Featuring long time Wyatt's collaborator and Henry Cow founder John Greaves on bass guitar and vocals and the amazing vocalist Annie Barbazza as lead singer, “Folly Bololey: Songs from Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom” is a hearfelt, fantastic tribute to Robert Wyatt's music.

The limited hand numbered edition of 500 LP audiophile blue premium vinyl with gimmix foldout cover and bonus golden CD & 999 Cardboard sleeve hand numbered audiophile golden CD will be released on May 17th on Dark Companion Records.

“This concert is a beautiful event, for me. These musicians seem to me to have have really grasped what my songs are about; but at the same time, created an entirely fresh way of putting the music together. I feel so honored and so grateful.” - Robert Wyatt, March 2019

“One of the greatest albums of the 1970s, beautifully reimagined and re-written for orchestra. I have listened to Rock Bottom hundreds of times, and thought I was familiar with it: but this brilliant new version opens up new depths, fresh vistas, hidden truths. An amazing achievement.” - Jonathan Coe, March 2019

“When John Greaves asked me about producing this album and the concert at Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza, for Dark Companion I immediately replied 'yes'. I already knew North Sea Radio Orchestra and respect Craig as one of the most talented musicians in today’s British scene. ‘Rock Bottom’ is my favourite album ever and John Greaves my closest friend whom I respect very highly and have had the honour of releasing one of his finest albums to date on Manticore. Annie Barbazza? Well she is a marvelous singer and musician and I very much agree with the late Greg Lake who was really amazed by her voice and went on to produce her first album for Manticore as well. So I hope you enjoy what I think is a fantastically soulful, heartfelt and graceful tribute to the poetry of Robert Wyatt.” - Max Marchini, April 2019


John Greaves & Annie Barbazza

Watch the promotional video:


Track listing:
1. Sea Song 5:54
2. A Last Straw 5:27
3. Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road 5:04
4. Alifib 7:45
5. Alifie 5:19
6. Little Red Robin Hood Hit The Road 5:18
bonus tracks:
7. The British Road 6:25
8. Maryan 5:41
9. Shipbuilding 4:47
10. O Caroline 5:09

Personnel:
Annie Barbazza: Lead Vocal/Farfisa Organ
John Greaves: Bass guitar/Vocal (track 4 and 11)/Spoken Word (track 3, 5 and 6)
Nicky Baigent: Bb Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Spoken Word (track 5)
Luke Crookes: Bassoon
William D. Drake: Piano/Farfisa Organ/Vocal (track 2,3 and 5)
Harry Escott: Cello
Craig Fortnam: Guitar/Farfisa Organ/Vocal (track 7 and 9)
Tommaso Franguelli: Vibes/Percussion
Cheb Nettles: Drums
Laurent Valero: Violin/Viola/Recorder/Bass Recorder

Arranged and directed by Craig Fortnam
Executive Production by Max Marchini
Recorded live, mixed and mastered by Alberto Callegari at Elfo Recording
Studios, Tavernago, Italy during “Musiche Nuove a Piacenza Festival”,
November 30th, 2018

Annie Barbazza appears by courtesy of Manticore Records

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