Thursday, April 6, 2017

Rikard Sjöblom's Gungfly Sign to InsideOutMusic; new album to be released in May

Rikard Sjöblom's Gungfly Sign to InsideOutMusic; 
new album to be released in May

Following last year's disbanding of Sweden's much-loved progressive rockers Beardfish, vocalist and driving force Rikard Sjöblom has turned his attention to his solo project Gungfly, and signed with InsideOutMusic for the release of the next album 'On Her Journey To The Sun' on May 19th, 2017.

Rikard had this to say: "Gungfly was born out of necessity, songs came to life whenever there was downtime with Beardfish or if a song didn't quite fit within Beardfish's (otherwise quite broad and eclectic) frame of styles. I basically started recording songs, mainly pop-oriented material, but being the type of songwriter and musician I am, some prog slipped through the radar as well. With the break-up of Beardfish all of the prog-related material I write needed to go somewhere and Gungfly was ready and able for this step!"

Watch a teaser for the album here:

"I recorded what was to become the first album between 2007 - 2008 and it was released in 2009. The name Gungfly is a Swedish word meaning unsecure ground, and it came from a novel I read where it was used to describe that someone didn't have grounds to back up their statements, so I liked it and chose to call the project that!" Rikard continues: "I've always been writing and recording lots of music and when I formed the live band to perform these songs for the first time I got to pick some of my oldest friends to play with and thankfully they wanted to be part of it! Petter and Rasmus Diamant (yes, they're brothers) on drums and bass have always been the backbone foundation in this line-up and sometimes we actually do gigs as the Gungfly trio. Sverker Magnusson has been behind the keys since the start and was recently joined by Martin Borgh too to be able to cover all of the keyboard work on the albums, so sometimes we do three keyboard players on stage at the same time! This is made possible by the fact that guitarist David Zackrisson (Beardfish) is in the band as well. Me then? I do what I've always done; sing, play guitars and a bunch of vintage keyboards (mainly Hammond organ) - and I have lots of fun."

Rikard Sjöblom is perhaps best known as the multi-instrumentalist frontman of Beardfish, who established themselves as one of the most consistently brilliant modern-day progressive rock bands over the course of eight studio albums. In recent years, he has also become known for his work with English progressive collective Big Big Train, playing live with them as well as performing on their 2016 album 'Folklore'. That year also marked the release of his most recent solo album under his own name, 'The Unbendable Sleep'.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spock's Beard announce original member Nick D'Virgilio to play drums on next album!

Spock's Beard announce original member Nick D'Virgilio to play drums on next album!

Legendary Prog group Spock's Beard are back at work on the follow up to 2015's 'The Oblivion Particle'.  The band are now pleased to announce the return of original member Nick D'Virgilio on drums for the next album.  D'Virgilio played with the group on the recent Cruise to the Edge in Feb following the departure of drummer Jimmy Keegan. 

The band had this to say about the D'Virgilio's return. 

"Spock's Beard is super excited to announce that the amazing Nick D'Virgilio has agreed to play on our next album!

Nick of course is well known to SB fans as our former drummer/lead singer/all around awesome dude as well as for working with artists such as Genesis, Mike Keneally, Peter Gabriel and Big Big Train among others. Nick was with us when we first started and we are over the moon to have him back with us for this album! We know you'll be as excited as we are to hear what we will be able to create with him back pounding the skins. We've been writing new material and plan to start recording in earnest in late May, so stay tuned!"

D'Virgilio was the group's original drummer from 1995-2010 and was the band's lead singer for 4 albums from 2003-2010 before leaving the band.  Vocalist Ted Leonard and drummer Jimmy Keegan were brought into the band following his departure and recorded two albums with that lineup.

The band's 12th studio album 'The Oblivion Particle' was released in August 2015 on InsideOutMusic, and was a successful follow up to the band's 2013 release "Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep", and charted all over the world.   

More info on the upcoming album to come.



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Lonely Robot launches official video for 'Everglow'

Lonely Robot launches official video for 'Everglow'

Lonely Robot, the project masterminded by producer, guitarist and singer/songwriter John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Arena), recently announced that their much-anticipated second studio album 'The Big Dream' will be released on April 28th, 2017. Today sees the launch of the official video for the track 'Everglow', directed by previous collaborator Lee Blackmore. 

Watch it now on VEVO here: 

John Mitchell had this to say: "Everglow is the first song I wrote for The Big Dream, and here is my ace pop video for it. It features what I call an anti-chorus...if you need to vindicate yourself on a public platform you're looking in the wrong place :)"

A series of interview clips were recently launched, where John Mitchell discusses how Lonely Robot came together, and the new album in detail. Watch the latest one here: 

Following 2015's acclaimed debut 'Please Come Home', 'The Big Dream' has a core theme running through it - one that sees The Astronaut, the central character in the Lonely Robot adventure, emerging from a long period in stasis.

Mitchell explains: "The Astronaut wakes up from a cryogenic sleep but finds he's no longer in space, and is instead in a woodland area surrounded by a group of strange people with animal heads! It's a little surreal, a little 'Midsummer Night's Dream' to some extent. This is something of a solipsistic haze, for want of a better description!"

Mitchell explains more about his Lonely Robot concept: "I have always envisaged the storyline of The Astronaut's journey evolving over the course of three albums. And I always knew where I wanted to go with the second album - taking The Astronaut away from space and into a strange and unfamiliar environment. Right now, I have no thoughts of what will happen for the third one but I'd better start thinking about it now!"

"The key inspiration for Lonely Robot comes from my love of science fiction films, and the atmospheric soundtracks that often accompany them - such as Alan Silvestri's compositions for 'Contact' and Clint Mansell's work for 'Moon'."

The album once again features drums by Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson), with all other instrumentation on the album delivered by Mitchell himself.


'The Big Dream' will be available as a special edition digipak CD (including 3 bonus tracks), gatefold 2LP + CD & digital download. 

Pre-order the album from here: 

The track-listing is as follows:
1.     Prologue (Deep Sleep)
2.     Awakenings
3.     Sigma
4.     In Floral Green
5.     Everglow
6.     False Lights
7.     Symbolic
8.     The Divine Art Of Being
9.     The Big Dream
10.  Hello World Goodbye
11.  Epilogue (Sea Beams)

Bonus Tracks:
12.  In Floral Green (Acoustic Version)
13.  The Divine Art Of Being (Acoustic Version)
14.  Why Do We Stay? (feat. Kim Seviour)

At the end of 2015, Lonely Robot played a triumphant show at The Scala in London, and Mitchell wants to play further live dates in 2017, with a few already confirmed. "The only condition is that I want them all to be special; and now we have two albums of material from which to choose the set."

Lonely Robot will be brought to life on stage with Craig Blundell on drums, Steve Vantsis on bass & Liam Holmes on keyboards (pictured above). The following dates are currently confirmed:

Thu, April 27 - Sub89, Reading, UK (album launch show)
Fri, April 28 - Marillion Convention, Leicester, UK
Sat, May 27- Trinity Live, Assembly Rooms, Leamington Spa, UK

Lonely Robot's debut album Please Come Home received fantastic reviews upon release, with Prog calling it "one mighty statement of intent" and Fireworks stating it's "one of the finest pieces of Prog Pop".

Look out for more information in the coming weeks at John Mitchell's brand new website:



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Sunday, March 26, 2017






March 23rd, 2017 - KANSAS will be expanding their highly successful Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour to more parts of the United States in the fall of 2017! Billboard announced the expansion of the tour in an exclusive article and interview here:

For the first time in its 43-year history, the band is performing the hit album in its entirety. The tour showcases more than two hours of classic KANSAS music including hit songs, deep cuts, and new songs from their new album, The Prelude Implicit.
Based on incredible demand, dates have been confirmed for a final U.S. leg of the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour across cities such as San Francisco, CA; San Diego, CA; Houston, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Topeka, KS; Champaign, IL; Wichita, KS; Knoxville, TN; Toledo, OH; Jacksonville, FL; and many more.

"We are having so much fun doing these Leftoverture 40th Anniversary shows, we just want to keep doing them," comments KANSAS guitarist and original member Richard Williams. "We had no idea when we started doing these, last fall, that they would be so popular. When we first started discussing this concept, we were just hoping to be able to do ten of these type shows. We would not have predicted we would end up doing nearly 70 of them. I can't think of a better way to wrap up 2017, before taking a break from the road at the beginning of 2018, to record a new studio album."

Tickets for most new tour dates can be purchased starting on March 31. More information is available at Additional presale and VIP package information will be available at the band's Facebook page

In 1976, KANSAS released the album Leftoverture. Containing the smash hit and million- selling single "Carry On Wayward Son," along with fan favorites such as "The Wall," "Miracles Out Of Nowhere," and "What's On My Mind," Leftoverture became the band's breakthrough album. The album peaked at #5 on Billboard's Album charts and reached sextuple-platinum status with more than six million copies sold. They are performing the album in its entirety on this tour.

The Prelude Implicit, the band's most recent album, which was released on September 23rd, marked KANSAS' biggest selling week in the Soundscan era, and the highest charting release since Power (1986). The album reached #14 on the Top 200 album chart, #41 on the Billboard 200, #5 for Rock Albums, #6 for Physical Albums, #17 on the Vinyl Albums chart and more. The Prelude Implicit is now available for purchase in stores and online at Best Buy, Amazon, Apple Music, FYE, Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, Spotify and Independent Record Shops. 

Links to select retailers can be found below:
iTunes/Apple Music -
Independent Record Shops -

March 24        Salina, KS             The Stiefel Theatre - SOLD OUT
March 25        Tulsa, OK              The Brady Theater
March 31        Des Moines,           IA Hoyt Sherman Place - SOLD OUT
April 1            Peoria, IL              Peoria Civic Center Theater
April 7            Louisville, KY         Louisville Palace
April 9            Charleston, WV     The Clay Center
April 18          Denver, CO           The Paramount
April 20          Salt Lake City, UT  Delta Hall at Eccles Theatre
April 22          Las Vegas, NV       The Smith Center - Reynolds Hall
April 23          Chandler, AZ         Chandler Center for the Arts
April 26          Los Angeles, CA     The Wiltern
April 28          Portland, OR          Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
April 29          Seattle, WA           Moore Theater
July 16           Loreley, Germany   Night of the Prog Festival

August 25         Shreveport, LA            Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
August 26         Baton Rouge, LA         Baton Rouge River Center Theatre
September 8     Santa Rosa, CA           Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
September 9     Stockton, CA               Bob Hope Theatre
September 12   San Francisco, CA        Warfield Theatre
September 13   Thousand Oaks, CA      Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
September 15   Bakersfield, CA            Fox Theater
September 19   San Diego, CA             Poway Center for the Arts
September 21   Wichita Falls, TX          Memorial Auditorium Wichita Falls
September 22   Amarillo, TX                Amarillo Civic Center
September 29   Corpus Christi, TX        Selena Auditorium
September 30   Houston, TX                Cullen Performance Hall
October 6         Topeka, KS                  Topeka Performing Arts Center
October 7         Sioux City, IA              Orpheum Theatre
October 13       Champaign, IL             The Virginia Theatre*
October 14       Evansville, IN               Victory Theatre**
October 20       Dodge City, KS             United Wireless Center
October 21       Wichita, KS                  Hartman Arena
October 27       Knoxville, TN                Knoxville Civic Auditorium
October 28       Huntsville, AL               Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
November 3     Saginaw, MI                 Dow Events Center Theater
November 4     Toledo, OH                   Stranahan Theater
November 10   Waukegan, IL               Genesee Theatre
November 11   Appleton, WI                Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
November 17   Madison, WI                 Capitol Theater
November 18   Minneapolis, MN            State Theatre
November 24   Buffalo, NY                   University at Buffalo Center for the Arts
November 25   Akron, OH                    The Goodyear Theater
December 1     North Charleston, SC     North Charleston Performing Arts Center
December 2     Jacksonville, FL             Florida Theatre
December 8     Pembroke Pines, FL       Pembroke Pines City Center
December 9     The Villages, FL            Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center

*Public On Sale is April 7 at 10AM local time 
**Public On Sale is April 14 at 10AM local time 

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Knifeworld to play Cruise To The Edge 2018; new live video launched

Knifeworld to play Cruise To The Edge 2018; new live video launched

London-based psychedelic octet Knifeworld have confirmed their appearance on Cruise To The Edge 2018, taking place 3rd till the 8th February and sailing from Tampa to Belize and Costa Maya. They join the likes of Yes, Marillion, Gong, Anathema, Haken & more, on what will be the band's first US visit.

Kavus Torabi comments: "Ahoy there. This will be the first real opportunity for our US fans to see Knifeworld live. We will be performing two full electric sets and an acoustic one. Over the three performances we will be plunging into the deep, reedy waters of our four albums and making seaworthy a few rarely heard gems. I'll also be performing with Gong, so if the cut of my jib doesn't resonate with you in the correct fashion you will have plenty of sunbathing time.

After one of the performances at least two members of Knifeworld will be walking the plank in real life. We hope you can join us for this, at least."

The band have also launched a new live video, filmed at last year's headline show at Bush Hall in London. 

Watch the live clip for 'Me To The Future Of You' here:

You can also watch a clip of 'I Must Set Fire To Your Portrait' here:

 'Bottled Out Of Eden' received much acclaim upon release, seeing them perform live in session on Marc Riley's show on BBC 6 Music as well as nominated in two categories at the Progressive Music Awards 2016. You can find just a few of the great reviews of the album below:

"Bottled Out Of Eden is a vivid mix of soaring, curiously structured melodic songs" - Mojo

"this is what truly progressive music sounds like in 2016" - Prog

"simply gorgeous pop songs" - Louder Than War

"a big, vivid, lysergic joy." - The Guardian

Watch the promo videos for 'High / Aflame' and 'The Germ Inside' below:
'The Germ Inside':

You can order 'Bottled Out Of Eden' from the links below:

The follow-up to 2014's 'The Unravelling', described by The Guardian as "an ingenious, joyful exercise in exploratory zeal", BOOE is a subtler but more immediate record than any other Knifeworld release. At times beautiful and uplifting & at others melancholic, haunting and otherworldly, the album remains surprisingly accessible and frontman Kavus Torabi had this to say:

"After The Unravelling, which took over a year to complete, we deliberately wanted to change the variables. To alter the approach in order to make something different. I love The Unravelling but it was a very difficult record to make. Rather than spending so long in the studio, constructing, arranging, recording, re-recording and adding layers of additional instruments and noises, this time round we wanted something rawer, more live sounding."

Torabi continues:
"Once we had the title, 'Bottled Out Of Eden', the songs came very quickly. For me, the title has three possible interpretations and all the songs fall under at least one of them. I always like to have a definite theme, it allows you to map out the territory making it far easier to identify which songs that will or won't fit with the overarching idea giving the record a far greater cohesion."

 'Bottled Out Of Eden' fuses elements of English psychedelic pop, folk and art rock, with NY minimalist inspired horn arrangements and typically unconventional song structures that take full advantage of the bands 8-piece line-up. The tail end of last year saw that full band out on tour in the UK with their friends in Vennart where they road-tested several songs from the album. 

Kavus continues:
"One aspect of Bottled Out Of Eden is the idea of a self-made Heaven or a self-imposed Hell, that agony or ecstasy are often a choice. I look back on the twenty five years of making the kind of music I do, particularly the last six with Knifeworld and just feel so fortunate for the friendships, experiences and absolute joy it has brought. I wanted the album to be as much about that, a celebration of this all too fleeting life, as it is a reflection on death and its impact on everyone that is left behind."



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Thursday, March 9, 2017

RIVERSIDE - Successful comeback shows; European tour starting next month!

RIVERSIDE - Successful comeback shows; European tour starting next month!


After a longer break from any live performances due to the tragic passing of founding member and guitarist Piotr Grudzinski on February 21st, 2016, Progressive Rock masters RIVERSIDE have just successfully completed their return to stages with two very special sold-out tribute shows in their hometown of Warsaw, Poland in front of more than 4,000 people.

The band has checked in with the following comment:
"Two amazing, cathartic, unforgettable, one-of-a-kind evenings with a one-of-a-kind audience. 
Now we know. We are definitely moving on.

And our tour in April and May will also be cathartic and unforgettable - The opening of the new chapter."

Next month RIVERSIDE will embark on a European tour dubbed "Towards The Blue Horizon", consisting of the following dates:

RIVERSIDE - "Towards The Blue Horizon" Tour 2017:
20.04. Olsztyn (Poland) - Nowy Andegrant
21.04. Gdansk (Poland) - Stary Manez
22.04. Poznan (Poland) - B17
23.04. Wroclaw (Poland) - A2
26.04. Walbrzych (Poland) - Stara Kopalnia
27.04. Katowice (Poland) - Mega Club
28.04. Bielsko Biala (Poland) - Rude Boy
29.04. Bydgoszcz (Poland) - MCK
05.05. Berlin (Germany) - Columbia Theater
06.05. Worpswede (Germany) - Music Hall
07.05. Hamburg (Germany) - Markthalle
09.05. Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
10.05. Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
12.05. Lyon (France) - MJC Ô Totem
13.05. Barcelona (Spain) - Salamandra 1
14.05. Madrid (Spain) - Teatro Barcelo
16.05. Bordeaux (France) - Krakatoa
17.05. Paris (France) - Divan du Monde
19.05. Edinburgh (UK) - Liquid Room

20.05. Bristol (UK) - Marble Factory
21.05. Leamington Spa (UK) - Assembly
22.05. London (UK) - Islington Assembly Hall
24.05. Maastricht, (The Netherlands) - Muziekgieterij
25.05. Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) - De Boerderij
26.05. Zwolle (The Netherlands) - Hedon
27.05. Uden (The Netherlands) - De Pul
28.05. Cologne (Germany) - Die Kantine
30.05. Kraków (Poland) - Laznia

Last October RIVERSIDE released a complementary instrumental album entitled "Eye Of The Soundscape", including 13 experimental and highly atmospheric compositions, which showcase RIVERSIDE's ambient electronic side. The release entered the sales charts in various European countries as follows: Germany # 69, Switzerland # 92, The Netherlands # 60, Belgium (Flemish) # 122, Belgium (Wallonia) # 112 and Poland # 4.

"Eye Of The Soundscape" compiles all the special instrumental RIVERSIDE tracks previously used as bonus material for the "Shrine Of New Generation Slaves" and "Love, Fear And The Time Machine" albums, alongside rare cuts as well as 4 new songs ("Where The River Flows", "Shine", "Sleepwalkers" and "Eye Of The Soundscape") into a massive playing time of +100 minutes, available as 2CD-Mediabook, 3LP (With both CD's as bonus and an etching on Side F!) or as Digital Download.

A video clip for the track "Shine" can be seen here: 

The release's opening track and first single, "Where The River Flows", can be checked out here: 

The album's physical formats are available from the InsideOut Shop here: 

Or digitally here:




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