SNAPPER MUSIC ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A NEW DEAL WITH PORCUPINE TREE TO REPRESENT THEIR TRANSMISSION LABEL WORLDWIDE
Snapper Music have held a close relationship with Porcupine Tree since the release of the 1999 album ‘Stupid Dream’ on their Kscope imprint. The label acquired the band’s early work on the Delerium label in 2006 and later the Warner ‘Lava’ years material in 2017.
The first Transmission release on the new deal in November will be a deluxe 13 CD box set chronicling the evolution of Porcupine Tree, bringing together all of the band’s recordings issued by the Delerium label between 1992-97. A deluxe multi-disc edition of the band’s 2005 acclaimed album ‘Deadwing’ will follow in 2021.
Snapper Music MD Frederick Jude comments “20 years on we greatly appreciate the successful working relationship we have maintained with the band.” Porcupine Tree founder and frontman, Steven Wilson comments: “Myself and the band are very happy to have all our work united on our Transmission imprint through Snapper Music, a label we’ve had a long and extremely positive relationship with. We are discussing many exciting possibilities for the catalogue going forward, plans that will take in definitive special editions of existing albums, but also open the vaults to archive material.”
“The Archaeology Project” is a compilation of prog music artist Tim Morse’s music from 2005-2020. There’s no real concept for this release, given that it is a compilation album, however the title and the artwork ties the music of different eras together.
Says Tim, “It seemed like a good time to reflect on the last fifteen years of being a recording artist. It was fun revisiting these songs and choosing what I consider to be the best examples of my songwriting to feature on this collection. I’ve remastered the older songs with Craig Long and I have to say the music has never sounded better. I was so pleased with the work that I ended up remastering more music than could fit on one CD and so I’m offering five extra songs as a download for no additional charge. There is also a new solo guitar instrumental, a remix/new vocal for the Mangoes song ‘200 Yards’ and my cover version of the classic Pink Floyd song ‘Dogs’ on ‘The Archaeology Project.’ I especially like the imagery that Jay Leek came up with for the project – it has a nice ‘Hipgnosis’ feel to it.”
It was an interesting experience for Tim compiling the album and noting his growth as a singer/songwriter. He felt it was nice to be able to offer a cross section of his music and include a real rarity as a bonus download (the first demo he did with Mark Dean – an early version of “Present Moment”). Says Tim, “The Guitar Etude that opens the album includes a bit of a melody that I wrote in my first song. I was never really happy with my vocals on the original version of ‘200 Yards’ and so it was nice to redo the vocal and remix the song. Lastly, the cover version of ‘Dogs’ is something I’ve wanted to do for years. I’ve always loved that song and it was a fantastic experience to put my stamp on it with a fantastic group of musicians: Bret Bingham, Andrew Glasmacher, Charley Langer and Hope Rogers.”
Tim Morse began his instrument instruction at a young age and started composing immediately upon picking up the guitar. He later moved onto the piano and studied as a music composition major, writing extended pieces such as a string quartet and two piano sonatas. During this time Tim performed with various rock and fusion bands and played on many recording sessions. Tim’s first album of original music was entitled “Transformation” and was released in 2005. The album was well received by the Progressive Rock community and recognized as an original voice, in the tradition of Yes and Genesis, yet recorded and performed with a modern edge.
His second album “Faithscience” was released in 2012 and musically it picked up where “Transformation” left off, continuing to explore the best of Progressive Rock. In addition to this release Tim became a member of the Jerry Jennings band and formed The Mangoes with Bret Bingham. The Mangoes released their debut album in 2014 and it was appreciated for its pop sensibility and quirky humor. His latest solo release “III” was also warmly embraced in 2018 by critics and fans alike.
Tim’s recent cover version of the classic Yes song “Awaken” has received the ultimate compliments from members of Yes – Rick Wakeman enthused, “Best YES cover I’ve heard …well done to everybody” and Jon Anderson said, “Great job with ‘Awaken’…the fact you sat around and decided to perform it is a treat….not an easy work!” Composer/musician Adam Holzman was so impressed by this performance of it that he offered to do his own remix of the song (both versions can be found on Tim’s Youtube channel and website).
Here’s what the press has said about Tim Morse’s previous albums:
(Tim Morse III) “Tim Morse III is an engaging, appealing album that seamlessly bridges melodic rock and progressive influences.” – Anil Prasad, Innerviews
“There’s no doubt fans of symphonic prog will find much to enjoy. Recommended.” – Jerry Lucky, The Progressive Rock Files
“Musically, III is enjoyable – occupying the lighter end of the Yes style spectrum.” – PROG Magazine
“Recommended for fans of melodic rock with some progressive touches.” – Jon Davis, Expose
(Faithscience) “Tim Morse deserves to make it into the mainstream, as he surely one of the greats of the genre.” – John Bollenberg, iO Pages
“A smartly arranged, melodic-symphonic opus.” – John Collinge, Progression Magazine
“Probably the biggest surprise of the year…and highly recommended to fans of classic prog.” – Kinesis
(Transformation) “Transformation is a work truly realized, an impressive work of creativity that grows on one even more after repeated listening.” – Andres Valle (Mellotron)
“An interesting and expansive collection of symphonic prog songs…it not only rewards repeated listening, it demands it.” – DPRP
Tim is also a published author and his book “Yesstories” has sold over 20,000 copies worldwide. His book “Classic Rock Stories” was published by the St. Martin’s Press and was featured on the Howard Stern show. He has also written for music magazines over the years including Mix, Guitar World, Keyboard and Bass Player.
Tim will be doing videos and PR to support the release of “The Archaeology Project.” He’s also working on a Mangoes EP with Bret Bingham that should be released in the New Year. As for live performance, that is completely up to what happens with the pandemic and the interest/demand for shows.
In closing Tim has this to impart, “I hope that everyone is safe and healthy in these uncertain times. Also, I’m always grateful when anyone takes the time to listen to my music, even if they didn’t like it or were critical of it. In this modern age of endless distractions it is a lovely thing when someone will truly listen to music.”
Having released their latest and most accomplished album to date Inescapable, to media and fan acclaim in February, Godsticks proudly present their new single and video “Breathe”.
The track ‘Breathe’ is another prime example of frontman Darran Charles contemplating his inner demons, bringing them out of his mind and into the lyrics of this hauntingly tranquil song. Combined with one of the band’s more restrained performances, they project the eerily prescient tale of someone wanting to leave this troublesome world behind.
As Charles notes, “‘Breathe’ is the story of wanting to escape from stress by running away from it, but then being faced with the eventual realisation that no matter how far you run, there can no escape; because a lot of unhappiness and stress is caused by how we internally react to external problems. I suppose it’s the story of learning how to recalibrate my emotional responses, or it could also be interpreted as my stealing some of the tenets of cognitive behavioural therapy and passing them off as my own!”
The video, created by guitarist Gavin Bushell, was filmed at Llantwit Major beach in South Wales (the same location the band used for their ‘Surrender’ music video), the beautiful but harsh surroundings perfectly capturing the mood of the song.
Inescapable – The Album
With Inescapable the band have channelled their energy and technical ability into the melody, phrasing and vocal performance, allowing emotion to take centre stage. Their mix of heavy rock, progressive and alternative metal with a dynamic range of angular riffs and emotional depth is leaving listeners reeling. On this release Godsticks found a definitive theme running through the songs, one of being more open and more personal; ultimately one that shines an inquisitive light on Charles’s struggle with inner demons which give the songs a new level of intimacy. Inescapable was produced by James Loughrey (Skindred) and recorded at the famed heritage Monnow Valley studio.
13 Winters, a comprehensive sonic journey through the dynamic, daring and exciting past releases of UK’s FROST* will be released through InsideOutMusic on November 20, 2020. Spanning eight discs, the group’s mastermind Jem Godfrey is looking forward to share this anthology artbook.
“It’s been a long time coming and has been a lot of work, but we’re finally there! My thanks to everybody at InsideOut for all their hard work on getting this together and also to Paul “Vitamin P” Tippett for the amazing new take on the album art!”
The “13 Winters” artbook is limited to 3.000 copies worldwide and also features liner notes by Nick Shilton (PROG). Presales are available now: https://frost-band.lnk.to/13Winters
Check out a trailer for this massive set here:
In addition to the limited physical edition, all discs included in this set will be available digitally on November 20, 2020.
A new album by FROST* is expected to be released in Spring 2021!
FROST* – 13 Winters
Disc 1 – Milliontown (2006) Remaster 2020 1. Hyperventilate (Remaster 2020) 2. No Me No You (Remaster 2020) 3. Snowman (Remaster 2020) 4. Black Light Machine (Remaster 2020) 5. The Other Me (Remaster 2020) 6. Milliontown (Remaster 2020)
Disc 2 – Experiments In Mass Appeal (2008) Remix/Remaster 2020 1. Experiments In Mass Appeal (Remix/Remaster 2020) 2. Welcome To Nowhere (Remix/Remaster 2020) 3. Pocket Sun (Remix/Remaster 2020) 4. Saline (Remix/Remaster 2020) 5. Dear Dead Days (Remix/Remaster 2020) 6. Falling Down (Remix/Remaster 2020) 7. You/I (Remix/Remaster 2020) 8. Toys (Remix/Remaster 2020) 9. Wonderland (Remix/Remaster 2020) 10. The Secret Song (Remix/Remaster 2020)
Disc 3 – Falling Satellites (2016) Remaster 2020 1. First Day (Remaster 2020) 2. Numbers (Remaster 2020) 3. Towerblock (Remaster 2020) 4. Signs (Remaster 2020) 5. Lights Out (Remaster 2020) 6. Heartstrings (Remaster 2020) 7. Closer To The Sun (Remaster 2020) 8. The Raging Against The Dying Of The Light Blues In 7/8 (Remaster 2020) 9. Nice Day For It (Remaster 2020) 10. Hypoventilate (Remaster 2020) 11. Last Day (Remaster 2020)
Disc 4 – Falling Satellites – Instrumentals (2016) Remaster 2020 1. First Day (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 2. Numbers (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 3. Towerblock (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 4. Signs (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 5. Lights Out (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 6. Heartstrings (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 7. Closer To The Sun (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 8. The Raging Against The Dying Of The Light Blues in 7/8 (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 9. Nice Day For It… (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 10. Hypoventilate (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 11. Last Day (Instrumental/Remaster 2020)
Disc 5 – Falling Satellive – Live 2017 1. Numbers (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017) 2. Towerblock (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017) 3. Signs (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017) 4. Lights Out (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017) 5. Heartstrings (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017) 6. Closer To The Sun (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017) 7. The Raging Against The Dying Of The Light Blues In 7/8 (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017) 8. Nice Day For It… (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017) 9. Hypoventilate (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017) 10. Last Day (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017)
Disc 6 – Others – EP 1. Fathers 2. Clouda 3. Exhibit A 4. Fathom 5. Eat 6. Drown
Disc 7 – The Philadelphia Experiment – Live 2009 1. Intro (Live at The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, 2nd May 2009) 2. Hyperventilate (Live at The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, 2nd May 2009) 3. Wonderland (Live at The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, 2nd May 2009) 4. Black Light Machine (Live at The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, 2nd May 2009) 5. Snowman (Live at The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, 2nd May 2009) 6. Saline (Live at The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, 2nd May 2009) 7. Milliontown (Live at The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, 2nd May 2009) 8. The Other Me (Live at The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, 2nd May 2009)
Disc 8 – This And That – B-Sides And Rarities 1. The Dividing Line 2. Lantern 3. British Wintertime 4. The Forget You Song 5. Numbers (Day 1 Demo) 6. Towerblock (Day 1 Demo) 7. Heartstrings (Demo) 8. Closer To The Sun (Demo) 9. The Raging Against The Dying Of The Light In 7/8 (Day 1 Demo) 10. Last Day (Demo) 11. Hyperventilate Hypoventilate Paulstretch Test
Devin Townsend will release ‘Order Of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1’ on 23 October 2020, a document of his Winter 2019 European tour that saw him taking on possibly his most ambitious live show to date.
Today sees the launch of the second clip from the release, and you can watch Devin and the Empath Volume 1 live band performing the track ‘War’ here:
Devin comments: “Hello folks, here’s another song from the Order Of Magnitude Blu Ray. Amidst the chaos of recent times, I look back at this concert as being another world in a lot of ways, and although the DVD has many different feels throughout the concert, this song, ‘War’ is indicative of the beginning vibes of the show. The whole idea with this concert was to experiment with playing songs from my catalog that didn’t rely on backing tracks or clicks, so assembling 10 people onstage to do this was no small feat. I wanted to create an experience for band and audience alike that was creative and without boundaries (to the best of our abilities), and I am very proud of it. The next song we will release will be a different vibe, but for now, please enjoy this take on a song of mine from the Infinity era. It was originally about fighting back against your own self destructive mechanisms and thoughts, so maybe that’s appropriate for what has been going on recently. Again; Thank you for the support and I hope you are finding the strength to get through this chaotic year.”
Watch the previously released clip for ‘Genesis’ here:
Recorded in December 2019 in London, UK on the penultimate night of the tour in support of his latest album ‘Empath’, this run of shows saw Devin joined by an incredible line-up of musicians. The band was made up of guitarists Mike Kenneally (ex-Frank Zappa) and Markus Reuter (Stick Men, The Crimson Project), drummer Morgan Ågren (Kaipa, Mats & Morgan, Frank Zappa), bassist Nathan Navarro, Haken keyboard player Diego Tejeida, and guitarist/vocalist Ché Aimee Dorval, as well as vocalists Samantha & Anne Preis and Arabella Packford.
Devin’s plan for the Empath touring cycle was to divide it up into three ‘Volumes’, and this was Volume 1. The idea behind the shows was a simple one: none of the backing tapes or click tracks that had long been necessary to bring the kaleidoscopic cacophony in his head and on his records to life in the flesh. This would just be Devin Townsend and a band of genius-level musicians getting up there and trying to keep it from spinning off into outer space. Or maybe just letting it spin-off into outer space for the sheer hell of it.
“The whole objective was that I wanted to make that statement: This is by the seat our pants,” he says. “Because it’s important to me to represent this hyper anal-retentive music that I’ve made over the years, but in a human way. Rather than it just being, ‘Well, here it is, perfectly done.’”
“I was overwhelmed by the fact that all these brilliant people that I have so much respect for were willing to come together and play this weird shit with me,” says Devin. “I had these unique players and this interesting instrumentation that allowed us to interpret the music in different ways. It was clear to me that I could just have fun and be me and know that they would be effortlessly be able to follow that.”
That sense of fun and freedom was evident to anyone who was there on the night. Visually, it was an assault on the senses in the best possible way. A digital screen projected vivid images throughout the show. A giant gleaming mirrorball hung from the ceiling. There were multiple costume changes and a tiki bar onstage (a tiki bar!).
‘Order Of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1’ will be released as a Limited Deluxe 2CD+Blu-Ray+DVD Artbook (including expanded artwork & photos), Limited 2CD+DVD Digipak, Standalone Blu-Ray, Gatefold 3LP+2CD vinyl box-set & as a Digital Album. The Blu-Ray disc includes a bonus behind the scenes documentary, and both DVD & Blu-Ray feature a 5.1 surround sound mix. Pre-orders are now available here: https://Devin-Townsend.lnk.to/EmpathLiveVol1/
The track-listing is as follows:
Borderlands Evermore War Sprite Gigpig Jam Coast Gato Heavens End Ain’t Never Gonna Win Deadhead Why? Lucky Animals Castaway/Genesis Spirits Will Collide Disco Inferno Kingdom