Our last show of the year is at The Blackheart in Camden, London this coming Thursday (that would be the 16th of October). An excellent line up has been put together, Mannheim, Trojan Horse and Sumer so expect a big night out. And to top it all off we will be playing two brand new tracks for you. So please help us and spread the word about this one. I know many of you are not UK or London based but sharing the news wherever you are will always help!
To celebrate we are giving away one pair of tickets donated by the excellent Nightshift Promotions. All you have to do is go to the FB event page, share it and add the hashtag #letsstartacult and you’ll be added to the draw. We’ll let you know on Tuesday evening if you’ve won via FB.
Here’s the event page link:
After this show we are heading back to the studio to finish off a new e.p. we’re working on and to start writing album 3. A few other projects on the way too!
Kev, Matt, Stuart & Steve.
Perhaps it is Dan Flynn who wrote the best review of U2’s Songs of Innocence:
Songs of Innocence follows the creative holding pattern that began after Pop ventured too far from the mainstream for the stalwarts there from the raw-rock beginnings of Boy. It reminds listeners of the back catalogue, which may be the point.
Conclusion? This isn’t U2 but a robot tribute act playing Coldplay playing U2. Surely the busker bazillionaires, particularly the world saver on vocals, can no longer spare the time for mere music.
Still, if it’s worse than U2 past, it’s better than radio present. “Song for Everyone,” an acoustic ballad that builds into a soaring anthem, deserves to knock Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Justin Bieber off the airwaves, even if for four minutes. And if it fails in that noble mission, it will at least serve as the soundtrack for when the twelve-pack becomes a one-pack. “If there is a dark/within and without/There is a light/don’t let it go out.”
Guys in their fifties generally fail to match the artistic output of their twenties in as thumotic a genre as rock ’n’ roll. Songs of Innocence isn’t Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree, or Achtung! Baby. But it isn’t exactly post-Tattoo You, phone-it-in Rolling Stones, either. U2 on an off day hits the ears better than no U2 at all. And with fans thirsty for a drink after five dry years, going back to the well works well enough to satiate. Listeners get more than their money’s worth at the price.
U2 keeps making the same album. … There’s a payday in safely playing like the heyday.
Steve Babb’s rather stunning Lay of Lirazel (closely related to the story as told in Glass Hammer’s Inconsolable Secret) is now available as an ebook. Only $2.99 at amazon. Well worth it! It’s a gorgeous story.
The new District 97 live album One More Red Night is out… and it is completely AWESOME.
John Wetton is superb, and the band does a mind-blowing job with all these Crim classics!
1. One More Red Nightmare (4:41)
2. The Great Deceiver (3:38)
3. Lament (4:19)
4. The Night Watch (5:31)
5. Fallen Angel (5:47)
6. Book Of Saturday (3:07)
7. 21st Century Schizoid Man (5:25)
8. Starless (4:47)
9. Easy Money (5:27)
Produced by Jonathan Schang
Recorded live on October 17, 2013 at Reggie’s Music Joint, Chicago, IL
John Wetton-Lead Vocal
Leslie Hunt- Lead and Backing Vocals
Jim Tashjian-Guitar, Backing Vocals
Rob Clearfield-Keyboards, Additional Guitar
Wow, is this band ever the real deal!
I can’t wait to hear the new studio album that is in the pipeline, thanks to their amazingly successful Kickstarter campaign.
Rock on, District 97. You are today’s upper-echelon prog, and you carry us on your mighty shoulders.
Yes, indeed. Faithful to all the best inspirations of yesteryear, Leslie and the boys are rigorously maintaining the interstellar standards of excellence which define the essence of prog.
I love this album! My friends, play it loud; and play it often.
You will be stunned at how good this album is!! I was not expecting this, but here it is.
It is now undeniable. District 97 has assumed the mantle!
I received a very kind (every note from John is kind!) note from John Young yesterday. He and his band, Lifesigns, have decided to raise money for their forthcoming CD/DVD. I can’t encourage this enough. Why?
1. These are great, great guys, and their music is equally great. Melodic prog–gorgeous compositions and equally gorgeous vocals. Viva, Lifesigns!
2. Every one of us knows how quickly the music market is changing and has been over the past two decades. The explosion of the internet has undermined record companies. This, to my mind, is ultimately a good. Good riddance to corporatizing music. But, it also means that we as fans and consumers must support the music we love in every way possible. I will go as far as to claim we have a duty to make the new world work and work well.
3. Forgive me for being a historian, but I can’t help but note that the greatest art of western civilization prior to the 19th century was through a patron. Sculpture, painting, and music all came from a charitable aristocrat. That world has long gone. As the western world democratized–prior to being corporatized in the early 20th century–art came from subscription. The corporate may rule much of the western world (blech!), but it most certainly does NOT have to rule us.
4. progarchy has proudly thrown whatever influence it has toward supporting the present and future of metal, Leah McHenry, and she was able to raise $50,000 for your forthcoming album. We’ve done much the same for Andy Tillison, though he is, thankfully backed by a good label. Again, very proudly.
5. I would like us to do the same for John and co. Lifesigns is more than worth supporting. So, please go to the link below, click it, and give what you can. http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/lifesignsdvd
P.S. To make all of this even more glorious, Lifesigns will donate a portion of what they raise to “Save the Children.” Win, win.
here from Lifesigns, please excuse the generic letter but we need your help.
We hope you enjoyed our first album, and we are pleased to announce that we are looking at further writing and recording in the months to come.
We decided the best way forward is crowdfunding. As such YOU become our record company and give us the freedom to make the music we believe in, unhindered by industry opinions and trends. To this end it is vital that we work with the friends and fans who appreciate our efforts.
You can pre-order anything from the download to the DVD/CD. Should you wish you can even become an executive producer the choice is yours.
It should be quite a ride:-)
To pre-order/pledge for our new DVD please feel free to join us
John Young, Frosty Beedle, Steve Rispin, Jon Poole and Niko Tsonev.
Well, it has been exactly one year since I first joined Progarchy, and what a positive experience it has been. In celebration, I have decided to briefly give another shout out to my friend Dennis Lee Askew of the band Universe, one of my favorite American prog bands. I very much enjoyed reviewing his first album in an earlier post. Dennis recently issued a new album (pictured above) containing some songs from his first album and a few others previously unreleased. If you enjoy the sounds of psychedelia, space rock, acid rock, and prog, you will enjoy this album. It is a superb blend of Pink Floyd and The Moody Blues with some Yes added for good measure. My two favorite songs on the album are I Am, which is keyboard driven and definitely has an early Pink Floyd vibe, and The Axiom, which features a cool synth opening and some great guitar work. You can support Dennis and his work by visiting his website and purchasing the album.
Earlier today I searched YouTube for some suitable music to post on Sally Collyer’s Facebook timeline since it’s her birthday and all. What would be more suitable than a nice piece of footage from a Tangent gig, I thought! :) And really perfect it would be if I could find a clip from the gig I attended, the one in my old hometown Kungsbacka, south of Gothenburg, Sweden. Imagine my joy when I actually found these two clips from the absolutely fantastic Monday evening, when The Tangent and Karmakanic joined forces for the last time on the short but intense tour they were out on in the last week of May and beginning of June. They started out with two gigs in Sweden, continued with three shows in Germany and The Netherlands and played, what first was meant to be the end of the tour, for an apparently ecstatic audience at Celebr8.3 in London. But, alas, the festival gig wasn’t the last, so they actually flew back to Sweden again to finish the tour at Kungsbacka Teater! Which, naturally, I’m so very happy they did! And so, watching the clips this morning made me again feel the happiness to be here, now, in this very time, being able to enjoy all the wonderful music being played by fantastic bands like The Tangent and Karmakanic. And soon, oh soon it’s time for the highly anticipated gathering of friends, also known as Big Big Train Live at King’s Hall, which probably will be The Pinnacle of my life as a music lover. :)