Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tim Bowness enters studio to record third solo album

Tim Bowness has been in NAM studios recording for his forthcoming album, to be released on the InsideOut label. Due in late Summer, the album is a follow-up to 2014's acclaimed Abandoned Dancehall Dreams and features Bowness' live band (including Porcupine Tree's Colin Edwin), alongside Anna Phoebe, Peter Hammill, Andrew Keeling and other guests (to be announced shortly).

Tim had this to say: "If Abandoned Dancehall Dreams was something of a bolder and more dynamic extension of No-Man's 'Schoolyard Ghosts,' I'd say that the new album is something of a bolder and more dynamic extension of 'Abandoned Dancehall Dreams.' A logical step forward with some surprises, I hope. It's been really exciting working with the band on most of the pieces and getting some special contributions from the likes of Anna Phoebe, Peter Hammill and Andrew Keeling."

Abandoned Dancehall Dreams was released last year to critical acclaim, with Classic Rock calling it a "cinematic, contemporary classic and Prog Magazine naming it "arch art-progger Bowness's masterpiece." Prog Magazine also included it in their top 20 critic's albums of the year 2014.

You can watch the video for "The Warm-Up Man Forever" from Abandoned Dancehall Dreams here:

Tim Bowness is primarily known as vocalist/co-writer with the band No-Man, a long-running collaboration with Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree). In addition to releasing six studio albums and a documentary DVD with No-Man, Tim has worked with popular Italian artist Alice, Robert Fripp, Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine), OSI and Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera, amongst many others, and is a member of the bands Henry Fool and Memories Of Machines.


England's HAKEN to tour North America in the spring!

Highly-regarded proggers Haken will be visiting North American shores for ten dates in the spring, including a headlining appearance at the 12th annual
Rites of Spring Festival (aka ROSfest) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Supporting the band on most dates is Next to None, the band featuring Max Portnoy, son of prog drummer extraordinaire Mike Portnoy.  InsideOut label mates Spock's Beard are on the bill for the dates in Quebec City and Montreal.

Haken guitarist Charlie Griffiths had this to say about their imminent visit:

"One of our biggest ambitions since the beginnings of the band has been to tour the USA. For it to actually be happening is an amazing feeling. We honestly can't wait to get over there and play our music.

We've only had a couple of opportunities to meet our American friends before; first at Prog Power USA in 2011 and then at Prog Nation at Sea in 2014 and the fans were incredibly passionate about the music. We're looking forward to visiting some new places and hopefully seeing a lot more new faces.

We've put together a great set list covering the whole Haken discography and I really think they're going to love it. For a couple of the Canadian shows we're going to be sharing the stage with Spock's Beard, which is crazy because we've been fans of theirs for years.

We also have the pleasure of bringing Next to None along with us. I saw them play on the cruise and although they're young, you wouldn't know it by listening to them - they kick ass! When Haken was starting out we depended on the kindness of other bands to give us opening slots, so it's great to now pass that on to the next wave of musicians. I think this will be a great package. Don't miss it!" 

Tour dates are as follows: 
4/25/15 - Token Lounge - Detroit MI (with Next to None)
4/26/15 - Reggie's - Chicago IL (with Next to None)
4/27/15 - TBC - Toronto ON (with Next to None)
4/28/15 - Imperial - Quebec City QC (with Spock's Beard)
4/29/15 - Club Soda - Montreal QC (with Spock's Beard)
4/3015 - Studio at Webster Hall - New York NY (with Next to None)
5/1/15 - Bull Shooters Saloon - Philadelphia PA (with Next to None)
5/2/15 - RosFest - Gettysburg PA
5/3/15 - Empire -Springfield VA (with Next to None)
5/5/15 - Circo Volador - Mexico City

Haken released their third album, The Mountain, on InsideOut in 2013 to great acclaim. In late 2014 they dusted off and recorded three early songs for the Restoration EP. Their fourth full-length album is due on InsideOut worldwide later in 2015. Stay tuned.

Haken online: