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April 25, 2019

French Bassist SHOB Returns With 3rd Album "Solide" In May 2019


France - Less than 2 years after the release of “Karma Obscur,” which had brought him all over Europe (Norway, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Slovaquia, France) for more than 30 shows (NattJazz w/Cory Henry, St Emilion Jazz fest w/Maceo Parker, Boerderij/Zoetermeer, MAI/Nancy, Bordeaux w/Greg Howe…), Shob is back with “Solide,” 11 Fusion/Afro/Funk tracks which will be released on May 3, 2019 (Inouïe distribution/La Route Prod). On April 15,  SHOB and his musicians will be playing at London's famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club opening for guitarist Scott Henderson.

“Solide” showcases 11 tracks with Afro/Punk colors (Hostile, Vertige, la Brèche), Hip Hop moods with heavy brass riffs (Totem, Mémoire), or even Electro/80's sounds (Solide). The whole thing led by the powerful and precise drum parts of Morgan Berthet (Myrath, Eths, Kadinja), who also performed on the first two albums.

Rocky and funky guitars are amazingly played by the two newcomers: Johary Rakotondramasy & Jean Lou Siaut, who are also on stage for live performances. There is even some New Orleans color with the really fresh track “Cure,” which reminds one of John Scofield's best moments (guitar played by Christophe Maroye).

Brass section with FM Moreau & PJ Ley gives the album a strong Funk and Afro beat influence, reminiscent of Fela Kuti, Maceo Parker, Trombone shorty or Ibrahim Electric.

Finally, the wild and groovy percussion played by Ludo Lesage bring a real “back to the roots” ambiance.

Except two tracks with vocals (“Solide” w/Célia Marissal & “Totem” w/Lyne & Hugo Senbei), the album is mainly instrumental and leaves a great space for improvisations, with solos on every track. The songs on “Solide” were specifically written to be played live.

Again, it's a really mixed variety of music that SHOB and his friends will be playing on stage from April 2019 through an European tour which will bring them to Germany, UK, Austria, Latvia, Poland and France.

Tour line up:
SHOB (bass), Simon Renault (drums), Tony Lavaud (key), Johary Rakotondramasy/JL SIaut (guitar)

SOLIDE tour 2019 :
24/02/19 FR – Bordeaux -  Le café brun
16/03/19 FR – Carignan – Salle de la mairie
15/04/19 UK- London – Ronnie Scott
24/04/19 DE – Fûrth – Kofferfabrik
25/04/19 DE – Karlsruhe – Kohi
26/04/19 AT – Hard – Kammgarn
27/04/19 DE – Mainz – Jim
30/04/19 FR – Nancy – MAI
19/07/19 LV – Saulkrasti Jazz Fest
27/07/19 DE – Herzberg -  Burg Herzberg Festival

“More Solide than ever” - Bassiste mag

“Best fusion album of the year” - Planet Waves 

“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

To purchase SHOB's “Solide”:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/fr/album/solide/1458804879
Smart URL: http://smarturl.it/Solide
Physical copy: https://www.paniermusique.fr/les-cds/2825-shob-solide-3760231768496.html

Videos:
SHOB's youtube channel has more than 1 million hits and 4000 followers: www.youtube.com/user/shobkubiack
SHOB “Karma Obscur”:


SHOB “Enclosures live”:


SHOB “La Brèche”:


SHOB “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

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