Wednesday, April 13, 2016

HAKEN release 'The Endless Knot' lyric video

HAKEN are set to release their fourth full-length studio album 'Affinity', on April 29th, 2016. With just a few short weeks to go, the band are pleased to launch a lyric video for brand new track 'The Endless Knot'. 

Check it out here:

The band had this to say: 
"The Endless Knot explores ideas of human survival instinct and the power of unity in the face of extinction. Musically, you could say this is new territory for us as we've taken sounds from dance and electronica music and blended them with our own brand of rock/metal. The end result hopefully gives the song a nice and upbeat, energetic feel. The visuals loosely follow the life-cycle of a star and Miles Skarin at Crystal Spotlight did an awesome job with the animation on this one!"

They also recently released a video for the track 'Initiate' which you can see here:

You can now digitally pre-order the album here:

Preorder the album on iTunes or Amazon and receive this track immediately: 

Recorded during the winter months of 2015, 'Affinity' marks a new approach to the song-writing process for Haken, as vocalist Ross Jennings explains; "It is the most collaborative we have ever been on an album. We wanted to develop and expand our sound by having every member contribute initial ideas from the very beginning of the process. It naturally takes longer to filter through the mass of material and fit it all together coherently, but this approach has helped to create something completely fresh whilst maintaining the core elements of Haken's sound."

The band once again called upon Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Between The Buried And Me) for mixing and mastering duties. "He is a wizard in this department! We are always confident his mix will bring out the best from our performance and this is no exception," remarks keyboardist Diego Tejeida.

Like much of Haken's previous music, 'Affinity' is full of surprises and 'The Architect', the album's centrepiece, is no exception. Blasting through a dizzying array of instrumental insanity coupled with down-tempo atmospheric tenuity, Haken welcomes friend and Leprous frontman Einar Solberg mid-song for a spot of guest vocals! Just one of many twists and turns throughout this 60-minute musical lobotomy, Haken's 'Affinity' will open up a new dimension in this UK sextet's trajectory.

'Affinity' will arrive as a Limited Edition Media Book (incl. bonus disc with instrumentals), 180g Gatefold 2 LP Edition (incl. album on CD), Standard CD Jewel Case, Digital Download and Deluxe Digital Download (incl. instrumental version of the album as bonus).

The full track-listing for the album is as follows:
1. affinity.exe [1:24]       
2. Initiate [4:16]
3. 1985 [9:09]
4. Lapse [4:44]
5. The Architect [15:40]
6. Earthrise [4:48]
7. Red Giant [6:06]
8. The Endless Knot [5:50]
9. Bound By Gravity [9:29]

The band has also confirmed their first European tour dates, and you can find those below:
25.05.16  Bristol, The Fleece [UK]
26.05.16  London, The Garage [UK]
27.05.16  Zoetermeer, Boerderij [NL]
28.05.16  Verviers, Spirit of 66 [BE]
29.05.16  Paris, Divan du monde [FR]
30.05.16  Pratteln, Z7 [CH]
31.05.16  Lyon, Marché Gare [FR]
02.06.16  Barcelona, Razz 2 [ES]
03.06.16  Madrid, Caracol [ES]
04.06.16  Peralta, Minnuendo Festival[ES]
06.06.16  Milan, Legend Club [IT]
07.06.16  Munich, Backstage [DE]
08.06.16  Karlsruhe, Substage [DE]
09.06.16  Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal [DE]
10.06.16  Berlin, Maschinenhaus [DE]
11.06.16  Warsaw, Progresja [PL]
12.06.16  Gdynia, Klub Atlantic [PL]
14.06.16  Stockholm, Bryggarsalen [SE]
15.06.16  Oslo, John Dee [NO]
16.06.16  Copenhagen, Spillestedet Stengade [DK]
17.06.16  Hamburg, Logo [DE]
18.06.16  Cologne, Gebäude 9 [DE]
19.06.16  London, Stone Free Festival [UK]
25.06.16  Tel Aviv, Gagarin [IL]
26.06.16  Tel Aviv, Havana Club [IL]
17.07.16  Joensuu, Ilosaarirock [FI]

Look out for more information in the coming weeks.

LONG DISTANCE CALLING - launch video for 'Getaway' featuring German actor Ralf Richter

Long Distance Calling are set to release their new album 'TRIPS' on April 29th, 2016 via InsideOut Music. With just a few weeks to go, the band have launched the brilliant 80's-inspired video for the albums opening track 'Getaway', featuring German actor Ralf Richter (Das Boot, Bang Boom Bang). 

You can watch the video here: 

The band had this to say: "Ladies and Gents, here´s the brand new video clip for the song ´GETAWAY´. It was great fun to work with German actor Ralf Richter (Bang Boom Bang, Das Boot, etc), who played in a lot of cool movies which we really like and which we grew up to. We are big fans of movies from the 80ties and you might get a taste of that in the clip. The video shoot was fun and as you can see in the video, it was probably more fun for him than for us, haha. ´Getaway´ is the opening track on 'TRIPS' and we can´t wait to play it live. Tell all your friends!"
Love LDC

The band also recently launched a lyric video for 'Lines', featuring Norwegian vocalist Petter Carlsen. You can watch the video here:

You can pre-order the album from the InsideOut Music Shop.
and iTunes:

The album has already been receiving some great reactions, and you can find a selection of them below:

"This is a group that can swell with the range of an orchestra in terms of tone, texture and volume...How Long Distance Calling progress from here remains to be seen, but they couldn´t have asked for a better start." - PROG Magazine

"Incredible! Long Distance Calling at their very best!" - Boris Kaiser/Rock Hard

"... Long Distance Calling defy all expectations and deliver yet another masterpiece" - Metal Hammer Germany

"Germany's most exciting band transcending prog and metal!" - VISIONS

"Moving and intense! The best album of their career!" - eclipsed

"Fascinating hooks, spheric melodies and great songs - an exciting trip to the dark side of the moon" - GUITAR

Further to this, the band also recently announced the first European tour dates in support of the new album, and you can find those below:
28th April - Skater's Palace, Münster, Germany
29th April - Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, Germany
30th April - Mau Club, Rostock, Germany
2nd May - UT Connewitz, Leipzig, Germany
3rd May - Musik & Frieden, Berlin, Germany
4th May - Kulturkirche, Köln, Germany
5th May - Backstage Halle, München, Germany
6th May - Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany
7th May - KiFF, Aarau, Switzerland
8th May - Le Batofar, Paris, France
9th May - 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
10th May - Boston Music Room, London, UK
11th May - Exchange, Bristol, UK
12th May - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
13th May - Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, UK

Support on all dates comes from Pil & Bue (featuring Petter Carlsen) plus Tiny Fingers (April 28th - May 6th) & Rendezvous Point (May 7th - May 13th).




Upcoming Strawbs Hero And Heroine 2016 Tour

(Electric Strawbs) Strawbs are: frontman/guitarist David Cousins, guitarist/singer Dave Lambert, bassist Chas Cronk, drummer Tony Fernandez AND new member—keyboardist Dave Bainbridge.
In June 2015, ROLLING STONE named the Strawbs’ HERO AND HEROINE one of the 50 Greatest Prog albums of all time.  The magazine’s insightful writer Ryan Reed noted HERO AND HEROINE, as the bands “heaviest, most symphonic album,” and cited leader Dave Cousins’ “ambitious prose” as some of the album’s power.
Inspired by this new intention, ROSFest invited the Strawbs to headline its Festival on Friday, May 6 (the fest runs May 6-8), and the band’s booked a tour around it.  North America has an amazing relationship with Strawbs, as the group has sold more records in the USA and Canada than anywhere. In the USA the band had seven consecutive albums in the Billboard Top 200.  
Dave Cousins, founder member, has been described by All Music Guide as: “the most talented Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of England.”  He recently released his long awaited, and critically acclaimed, autobiography Exorcising Ghosts: Strawbs and Other Lives. It was listed by ALLMUSICGUIDE writer Richie Unterberger in his “Top 10 of 2014 rock books.” 
Strawbs are often mentioned in the same breath as progressive rock bands like Yes, King Crimson, and The Moody Blues.  It is well-documented that Rick Wakeman left Strawbs for Yes. Rick was followed by Blue Weaver - who left Strawbs to join the Bee Gees, John Hawken – from the original Renaissance, Don Airey - now with Deep Purple, Adam Wakeman, and Oliver Wakeman, who, like his father, left Strawbs to join Yes!
Strawbs emerged out of the British Folk Movement of the mid-1960s, starting life as the Strawberry Hill Boys playing bluegrass. They moved into the mainstream in 1967 by making the first Strawbs album, All Our Own Work, with Sandy Denny, a full year before she recorded her first album with Fairport Convention. The album attracted the attention of A&M Records in Hollywood who signed Strawbs as the first British band on the label.
Strawbs albums Hero & Heroine, Bursting At The Seams, Ghosts, and Grave New World define the music. The current Strawbs line-up comprises Dave Cousins, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, bass player Chas Cronk, and drummer Tony Fernandez, who has been in the Strawbs for the last 10 years and was first in the band in the 1970s (and Rick Wakeman’s drummer for 35 years). They are joined by keyboard virtuoso Dave Bainbridge of Iona, a band whose mystical blend of rock, folk, Celtic and ambient music has endeared them to audiences across Europe and North America for the last 25 years. 
May 5  Towne Crier, Beacon NY
May 6   ROSfest –  Gettysburg PA
May 7   Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA (afternoon show added) 
May 10  BB King’s, New York City, NY 
May 11  Strand Centre for Arts, Lakewood NJ
May 12  Mohegan Sun/Wolf Den, Uncasville CT
May 13  YMCA Boulton Centre, Bay Shore NY
May 14  St Ann’s Hall, Wilmington DE
May 15  Ukranian Cultural Center, Whippany NJ
May 17  Rams Head, Annapolis ML
May18   AMP by Strathmore, N. Bethesda ML
May 20  Arcade Theater, St Charles IL
May 22  Turner Hall, Milwaukee MN
May 24  Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland OH
May 25  Lovin Cup, Rochester NY
May 26  Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton MA

Contact: Anne Leighton: 718-881-8183