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Noctorum – The Afterlife (Schoolkids Records 15 February 2019)

Noctorum (Marty Willson-Piper, Dare Mason) present ‘The Moon Drips’ off ‘The Afterlife’ LP

Noctorum, a duo comprised of guitarist/singer-songwriter Marty Willson-Piper and producer Dare Mason, present their new single ‘The Moon Drips’ ahead of their fourth album ‘The Afterlife’ and following the singles ‘Piccadilly Circus in the Rain’ and ‘A Girl With No Love’.

This is the duo’s first long-play in seven years. Slated for release on February 15, this album will be made available on heavy-weight gatefold vinyl, CD and digitally via Schoolkids Records. Fortunate PledgeMusic contributors received an advance copy after Noctorum’s campaign successfully achieved 113% of its target for the album.

‘The Moon Drips’ is the album’s opening track. It tells the tale of a perilous journey on a mysterious caravan that takes the unwitting across the Texan-Mexican border to a geographically impossible jump, landing in Bohemia and Prussia. As these two worlds collide, winds howl, trumpets blast, violins yearn and 19th century sequencers outmode harpsichords as creatures of the night fly silhouetted against the glowing disc of the moon, a backdrop for realised shadows as they pounce on reality itself.

Named for the village Noctorum, located near to their childhood homes on The Wirral (near Liverpool), Dare and Marty liked its association with night and its Latin derivation. This collaboration has an eclectic focus, making the quiet loud and vice-versa, singing words that might be spoken and playing indoor instruments that should be heard outside. It has to be imagined to exist.

Formed in 2002, Noctorum released their debut album Sparks Lane’ on Heyday Records in 2003. In 2006, they followed up with the album ‘Offer The Light’ on that same label, later re-releasing it as a digipak in 2010 via Second Motion Records. Heyday released their third album ‘Honey Mink Forever’ in 2011.

Marty Willson-Piper has been writing and performing internationally for over 35 years. He is best known as a long-time member of Australian psychedelic rock band The Church, who he was with from its inception through to 2013. He joined All About Eve in the ’90s, releasing two studio albums and several live albums with them. He is also lead singer and lyricist with Swedish band MOAT and a touring member of Swedish Prog legends Anekdoten. Since the mid-1980s, Willson-Piper has maintained a steady solo output, releasing six solo studio albums and three live solo albums to date. He has also co-written music with many artists, including Grace Slick, Aimee Mann, Susannah Hoffs and Linda Perry.

As a house engineer at London’s world famous Townhouse Studios, Dare Mason has worked with the likes of Prince, Paul McCartney, Boy George, Tina Turner, Ravi Shankar and Soul II Soul, among others. After becoming a freelance producer/engineer in 1991, he produced albums for The Grid, The Church, Placebo and AC Acoustics, working in London, New York, Sydney and Stockholm. He finally moved to Cornwall, where he set up the VIP Lounge studio in 2001. Nowadays, Dare is mainly known as a mixing engineer, having mixed recordings by Brix Smith (ex The Fall), Cinerama and Tommy Tokyo. Dare is also a composer, songwriter and accomplished guitarist, singer and dabbler in keyboards, usually contributing musically to the artists he produces.

All three singles are now available across online stores and streaming platforms like Spotify. The full album ‘The Afterlife’ album will be released on February 15, and can now be ordered in all formats via Schoolkids Records.

CREDITS
Marty Willson-Piper – lead vocal, electric lead and rhythm guitars, bass, swedish cittra
Dare Mason – keyboards, backing vocals
Olivia Willson-Piper – backing vocals
Richard Evans – trumpet
Steve Jackson – drums
Written and produced by Marty Willson-Piper & Dare Mason
Lyrics by Marty Willson-Piper
Recorded and mixed by Dare Mason at the VIP Lounge, Penzance, England
Mastered by Poppy Weinberger for Riverfish Mastering
Design by Olivia Willson-Piper & Lizzie Tucker

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Posted by on February 1, 2019 in Rock

 

Twilight Fields – Songs From the Age of Ruin (1 February 2019)

Twilight Fields pays homage to Bruce Cockburn’s wisdom ahead of new LP ‘Songs From The Age of Ruin’

As a tribute to Canadian songwriter activist Bruce Cockburn and a reminder that these issues are just as relevant now as they were in 1984, when he released his ‘Stealing Fire’ album, Twilight Fieldspresents his own rendition of ‘Lovers in a Dangerous Time’.

This track is one of 14 found on the new album ‘Songs from the Age of Ruin’, slated for release in early 2019. This new single follows up the  rather politically-charged single ‘Demagogue’, an expression of anti-populist sentiment.

Twilight Fields is the solo moniker of singer-songwriter Allister Thompson, who single-handedly handles all writing, playing, engineering, mixing, mastering for this project, in addition to designing everything himself from his home studio in North Bay, Ontario.

‘Songs from the Age of Ruin’ is a warning to the present and an apology to a possible future. This uneasy but compelling song cycle begins with the bombing of Hiroshima and absurdities of the atomic age and proceeds to tackle such difficult topics as homelessness and economic inequalities (‘Lazarus’), the evils of populism and political repression (‘Demagogue’, ‘Taken Away’), the toxicity of social media communication (‘Offended’), animal rights (‘The Animal’s Song’), and the utter stupidity of war (‘Soldier Song’). It concludes with a three-part “climate change suite” (‘Loss’, ‘Barren Planet’, ‘Why Did We Do It?’) that lays bare the tragic human consequences of catastrophic climate change.

“I wanted to pay tribute to one of the greatest protest singers in music history, my fellow Canadian Bruce Cockburn,” explains Allister Thompson. “This is his most famous song, but probably also his best, known for its timeless lyrics. However, those lyrics about keeping faith in dark days have never been more timely, 35 years after its original release. My version pays homage to the original arrangement while amping things up a little. The video shows environmental destruction but also the brave people who fight against it.”

This album pays grateful homage to such artists as Billy Bragg, New Model Army, Killing Joke, Midnight Oil, and The Levellers, as well as other artists influencing his music like Leon Rosselson, Bob Dylan, Robert Wyatt, and Phil Ochs. Apart from the current single, the album also features a cover of Thin Lizzy‘s song ‘Holy War’.

“While growing up, certain passionate, activist musicians were very influential to me. So much so that I’d say they changed and shaped the person I would eventually become. There has never been a more crucial time for musicians to step up and add their voices to the chorus of reason necessary to take us back from the brink of total destruction,” says Allister Thompson.

“The year 2019 finds the human species standing at a crossroads, with only two possible directions: survival or extinction. Artists should contribute their strong and clear voices to dialogues that could lead to our survival and renewal.”

Allister Thompson has had a varied musical career, initially playing with Toronto-based glam-rock band Crash Kelly, together with Sean Kelly (now guitarist for Nelly Furtado), and opening for such notable artists as The Black Crowes and Alice Cooper. He later veered towards making traditional folk music, progressive rock and ambient music, recording several ambient rock albums as Twilight Fields and numerous albums of ambient / Krautrock / psychedelia under the monikers The Gateless Gate and Khan Tengri.

‘Demagogue’ is now available via online stores and streaming platforms, including Spotify and iTunes. The full album ‘Song From The Age of Ruin’ LP will be released on February 1, 2019 and can be ordered via Bandcamp.

TRACK LIST
1  Prologue: The Ruined City
2  Bomber
3  Lazarus
4  Demagogue
5  Offended
6  Taken Away
7  The Animal’s Song
8  Soldier Song
9  The Holy War
10 Maximum Darkness
11 Lovers in a Dangerous Time
12 Why Did We Do It? (The Last Ones)
13 Loss
14 Epilogue: Barren Planet

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Posted by on January 17, 2019 in Rock

 

Noctorum – Piccadilly Circus in the Rain (Schoolkids Records 8 November 2018)

Noctorum (Marty Willson-Piper, Dare Mason) preview ‘Piccadilly Circus in the Rain’ off new album ‘The Afterlife’

Noctorum recently announced the impending release of their fourth album ‘The Afterlife’ – the duo’s first long-play in seven years, which will be released exclusively on CD and gatefold vinyl to PledgeMusic contributors in November 2018. The general release of this album will happen in February 2019 via Schoolkids Records.

Noctorum is guitarist/singer-songwriter Marty Willson-Piper and producer Dare MasonThe duo present their new single ‘Piccadilly Circus in the Rain’, following up the first single ‘A Girl With No Love’.

Named for the village Noctorum, located near to their childhood homes on The Wirral (near Liverpool), Dare and Marty liked its association with night and its Latin derivation. This collaboration has an eclectic focus, making the quiet loud and vice-versa, singing words that might be spoken and playing indoor instruments that should be heard outside. It has to be imagined to exist.

“Perhaps city-living is by definition a difficult slog – high rents, a constant pressure to earn, an uphill battle that traps you in a vicious circle that has you so focussed on the job of survival that your aspirations, your dreams, are swept aside, pushed out of reach as all your waking hours are spent treading water, your imagination drowning, your ideas lost in the rush hour,” says Marty Willson-Piper.

“Piccadilly Circus In The Rain addresses the struggle and questions the romantic notion of London as a cultural melting pot – music, galleries, nightlife, history, energy, red double decker buses, unarmed friendly Bobbies, the cover of Abbey Road and the Queen. Singling out this city is purely coincidental but in truth, for most people with artistic tendencies “London brings you to your knees”.

Having formed in 2002, Noctorum released their debut album Sparks Lane’ on Heyday Records in 2003. In 2006, they followed up with the album ‘Offer The Light’ on that same label, later re-releasing it as a digipak in 2010 via Second Motion Records. Heyday released their third album ‘Honey Mink Forever’ in 2011.

Marty Willson-Piper has been writing and performing internationally for over 35 years. He is best known as a long-time member of Australian psychedelic rock band The Church, who he was with from its inception through to 2013. He joined All About Eve in the ’90s, releasing two studio albums and several live albums with them. He is also lead singer and lyricist with Swedish band MOAT and a touring member of Swedish Prog legends Anekdoten. Since the mid-1980s, Willson-Piper has maintained a steady solo output, releasing six solo studio albums and three live solo albums to date. He has also co-written music with many artists, including Grace Slick, Aimee Mann, Susannah Hoffs and Linda Perry.

As a house engineer at London’s world famous Townhouse Studios, Dare Mason has worked with the likes of Prince, Paul McCartney, Boy George, Tina Turner, Ravi Shankar and Soul II Soul, among others. After becoming a freelance producer/engineer in 1991, he produced albums for The Grid, The Church, Placebo and AC Acoustics, working in London, New York, Sydney and Stockholm. He finally moved to Cornwall, where he set up the VIP Lounge studio in 2001. Nowadays, Dare is mainly known as a mixing engineer, having mixed recordings by Brix Smith (ex The Fall), Cinerama and Tommy Tokyo. Dare is also a composer, songwriter and accomplished guitarist, singer and dabbler in keyboards, usually contributing musically to the artists he produces.

As of November 8, ‘A Girl With No Love’ became available across online stores and streaming platforms.

CREDITS
Marty Willson-Piper – lead vocal, electric lead and rhythm guitars, bass, swedish cittra
Dare Mason – keyboards, backing vocals
Olivia Willson-Piper – backing vocals
Richard Evans – trumpet
Steve Jackson – drums
Written and produced by Marty Willson-Piper & Dare Mason
Lyrics by Marty Willson-Piper
Recorded and mixed by Dare Mason at the VIP Lounge, Penzance, England
Mastered by Poppy Weinberger for Riverfish Mastering
Design by Olivia Willson-Piper & Lizzie Tucker

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Posted by on January 9, 2019 in Rock

 

SUNDAY RADIO INTERVIEW – Michael Ciravolo

Michael Ciravolo has been recording and touring with Human Drama for about 30 years.
He has also played live and recorded with Michael Ashton’s Gene Loves Jezebel since 1998.
This year, Ciravolo, who is perhaps best known as President of Schecter Guitar Research, decided to put together his personal project, Beauty In Chaos, and released in September the album “Finding Beauty in Chaos“.
The abundance of guest stars on this album is phenomenal. Members from The Mission, Cheap Trick, The Cure, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Offspring, Kings X, Human Drama, The Awakening are adding their personal touch.
So we came together to discuss about this beautiful album…
To listen to the show CLICK HERE
 
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Posted by on December 9, 2018 in Interviews, Radio, Rock

 

New Zero God acoustic Live @ Closer – 9 December 2018

Four men, two guitars, one drum, one voice.

New Zero God announced on the official web site of the band, the release of a new vinyl LP early in 2019.

This will be the fourth full length album for the band and the second one that will be available on vinyl format.

If you are keen on putting your hands on New Zero God releases and merch, you can visit the band’s Bandcamp page.

More info about the forthcoming album will follow soon on their official site but you can also check the New Zero God Facebook bandpage as a new photo is posted every day from their “Photo Session of the Spooks” with photographer Elias Moraitis.

With the intention to get closer to their friends and create a party atmosphere, the band will give a very special free acoustic show on Sunday 9 December at Closer bar (Navarinou 12, Exarchia) playing lots of surprise covers, New Zero God numbers as well as Flowers of Romance tunes.

NEW ZERO GOD DISCOGRAPHY

Studio albums:

o Fun is a Four Letter Word (CD Greece 2010)
o MMXIII (CD UK 2013, Greece 2014 – different covers and bonus track on the Greek version)
o Short Tales & Tall Shadows (CD, LP Greece 2016)

Mini albums:

o Club Bizarre (CD UK 2012)

Singles:

o Second Chance (digital, 2011)
o The Night Calls Your Name (digital, 2013)
o Destination Unknown (Digital & Greece Limited Collector’s 7” Vinyl Edition 2013)
o Redemption (UK, Greece – Limited 7” split vinyl single with Savage Cut 2016 available only on gigs)
o Under the Influence of Captain Pan Ikatac (MC Custom Made Music USA 2018)

Live albums:

o Zona Pericolosa (digital, recorded live in Italy 2015)

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2018 in Concerts / Performances, Rock

 

New vinyl from The Chemistry Set, nick nicely, Touch and Elfin Bow – on Fruits de Mer Records

THE CHEMISTRY SET – ‘FIREFLY’
30 years after their first release (a cassette!), The Chemistry Set celebrate by recording two new psychedelic rock tracks that ooze class.
Phasing, Farfisas,  Rickenbackers and Mellotrons – they’re all in there, with probably the best production job the band have ever achieved. What a way to celebrate 30 years!
Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, we’re adding in a free bonus CD that includes two extended remixes by Astralasia of The Chemistry Set’s cover of The Moody Blues’ ‘Legend Of A Mind‘  – we must be mad.

nick nicely – ‘ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER’
Nick (best known for his legendary  ‘Hilly Fields‘ and ‘49 Cigars‘  singles) continues to redefine psychedelia for the 21st century; he has recorded two new tracks exclusively for FdM, creating an electronic wall-of-sound and then building Dylan’s ‘Watchtower‘ behind it.  And he presents a new song – ‘The Doors Of Perception‘ for the other side that’s equally epic and jaw-dropping.

TOUCH – ‘WE FEEL FINE’
a three-track 7″EP from a US band that released one remarkable LP in 1969 and then split up. Their music was somewhere between (and occasionally beyond!) psychedelia and progressive rock, with touches of Zappa and a whole lot of other things thrown in. Hendrix called in on the studio sessions and was apparently suitably impressed. Mojo called the album a “buried treasure”.
Our single includes two outstanding tracks from the album and a third from an unreleased 1968 single that’s never been released on vinyl before. Includes a mini fold-out poster

ELFIN BOW & GARY LLOYD –WHO KNOWS WHERE THE TIME GOES’
Elfin Bow entranced the audience at this year’s Dr. Sardonicus festival with a solo rendition of the Sandy Denny classic. But here she is joined by Gary Lloyd and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for a beautifully rich version.
The b-side is also backed by the orchestra as she revisits her own song, ‘The Wisdom‘.
If the charts still meant anything, this would be in there.
Comes is a rather lovely gatefold sleeve.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2018 in Psychedelic, Rock

 

My Demons Galore will hit you with a blast of fast-paced, hard music comprised of distinct energy and vigor

Big, edgy, anthem rock which focuses on the issue of mental health and overcoming the hardships of all things related.

My Demons Galore is an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2015.

The group’s first official music video “Empty Bottles” was self-released on Youtube and promoted across social media on August 31st, 2016, followed by the release of their self-titled EP “My Demons Galore” which came out on November 31st, 2016.

After a minor hiatus, as well as parting ways with some of the original members, the band rearranges the sound by incorporating heavier electronic elements into their new style and releases their second music video on September 14th, 2018 – “Carry Your Own Light”, which focuses on the issue of mental health and overcoming the hardships of all things related.

Being heavily influenced by the acts of Queen, Muse, 30 Seconds To Mars, Twenty One Pilots, Biffy Clyro, among many others, the band members describe their overall style and musical direction as “big, edgy, anthem rock”.

With striking lyrics, anthemic choruses and bigger-than-life personality, My Demons Galore are an NYC-based alternative rock band that will hit you with a blast of fast-paced, hard music comprised of distinct energy and vigor.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2018 in Rock