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The new Kindred Spirit Band album, "Elemental" is launching at All Hallows Church Hall, Twickenham, on Saturday, November 2nd. The new album has 11 original tracks and a bonus cover number. The front cover can be seen (left) and the rest of the album art has been designed and produced by Elaine herself. Read more about everything connected with the album on the "Elemental" page. You will be able to order a copy of your album from this page soon too, should you not be able to come to the album launch concert!
Tickets on sale now
Money from sales of the new album is going to be donated to the excellent, local charity, "Home Start", so we urge you to come along
and support this event buy your ticket
The title track, "The Alchemyst", from "Elemental", is going to feature on the cover mount CD of the September issue of Prog Magazine, issue 102 (which is expected to be published on September 21st.
'Prog' is a glossy, global magazine, which prog rock lovers can either purchase in well known high street shops, like WH Smiths, or subscribe to. 'Prog rock' is actually quite a wide catchment of musical genres, most usually synonymous with the qualities of virtuosity of musical skill, the expansive nature of lyrical themes and more unusual melodic and rhythmic structures, which can result in longer that average track lengths!
The response from putting our "Alchemyst" track "out there" will be exciting for us, since the last time we placed the title track of our previous album, "Phoenix Rising" on a cover mount CD of Prog magazine, our albums were purchased globally and we picked up distribution in the UK and abroad! It also lead to enough exposure for the band to be featured in Prog Magazine, in turn leading to some high profile festival gigs!
Recording of the new, Kindred Spirit Band album at Skyline Studios resumed from 18th May!
The six remaining tracks now only need Martin Ash's overdubs on violin and viola (and possibly some more mandolin), some vocals from Catherine, extra percussion and finishing touches before mixing and mastering!
The last six tracks are:-
1. Make A Change - a positive song with a foot tapping, world music vibe.
2. Need Your Love - a cosmic experience, based around the Philip Pullman, 'Northern Lights' trilogy, with an with Eric Clapton rock feel.
3. No Smoke Without Fire - the bluesy rock number which won the March song competition. See more below.
4. Alchemyst - an epic, scientific, historical and intriguing number, which Elaine wrote after reading about the life and work of the astrologer, alchemist and advisor to Queen Elizabeth 1st, Dr. John Dee.
5. Vikings - another epic piece, laced with myth and featuring a Viking invasion and battle. It has a Game of Thrones feel in places and some interesting time signature changes!
6. Feelin Good (a cover made famous by Nina Simone and Muse, which we have made our own and which fans have asked us to record.)
The final touches to the recording are being made in August and work begins on the CD artwork from now!
Alleya is a currently London-based musician working in a variety of creative and unique experiences. Her current work includes performance and composition with South-East London band Lucien Chase and solo bookings. She recently performed on The X Factor UK in an all female ensemble supporting singer Grace Davies. Alleya began learning violin at a young age, studying under Margaret Escobar and later with Emelinda Escobar. Her professional studies began at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she earned her Bachelorís Degree in Violin Performance.
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New Song Wins Competition
Elaine's new, "No Smoke Without Fire" song will be featuring on the band's forthcoming, new album and recording of the album at Skyline Studios continues from 18th May! Exciting! Click the link to hear the song as performed at the competition:-
Tour Kicks off in July
Last year the Kindred Spirit Band recorded the first half of the new album including a very special population song.
The song hopes to explain why the growing global population is so damaging to our future and how the people of the world can act in a positive way, without the need to wait for government action (which looks like coming too late to prevent environmental disaster)!
Please have a listen to the song and share, share, share the web page for this song.....
Band Go Down A Storm at HRH Prog Fest 7
A five hour drive saw us arrive at Hafan Y Mor Caravan Site in beautiful (and sunny) Pwllheli, North Wales on November 17th. Following two radio interviews, for HRH Prog Radio and Midlands Metalheads Radio, the band played a 95min spot on Stage 2 (overlapping with headliners, Hawkwind, on Stage 1, but capturing the
of a packed crowd)!
Garry Foster, presenter of the "Unchained & Prog Rock Files" (101.8 WCR FM) said,
Garry said this about his impression of the Kindred Spirit Band at HRH Prog Festival (click to hear this audio clip from his programme)
If you would like to see lots more photos and view a video with some antics from Martin Ash, take a look at the band Facebook Page
Rock Society Magazine Feature
Here is the first page of our three page feature in Rock Society Magazine. If you want to read the whole article, you can obtain your copy here
First Batch of New Tracks Ready!
The band have been back at Skyline Studios since February 2018 recording six new numbers (see details of the numbers below). Check out the recording process we went through here.
We now have six, new song tracks to release as singles via digital downloads or to add to a physical CD, if we decide there are enough people wanting a physical CD to justify the cost of manufacturing one. We have created approx 1 minute clips of each one for you to have a listen to them, below!
Jez Larder at Skyline Studios
Shall we make a new CD?
We are still deciding whether to make a physical CD album, to present our newly recorded songs or whether to just have digital downloads. You can influence this decision.
If you want a CD speak up and join our "New Album" list. If you join the list you will be the first people to get the physical album (if it comes out, for a £10 fee). You don't need to pay anything "up front" and you will get exclusive access to extra audio and video of the recording and creating process in a special, extra "New Album" newsletter, being dispatched monthly!
Whatever happens, we plan to record another 6 tracks (only 2 of which have yet to be written) and we hope to be ready to do this in the autumn, ready for a possible album launch in late January / early February.
Please note that some problems were experienced with joining this list, which have now been fixed!
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Band to play HRH Prog Fest 7, in November
HRH Prog Fest 7
Twickenham Arts Centre
Since the Kindred Spirit Band were going to be performing at it on March 23rd and quite a few people she spoke to seemed unaware of it, Elaine has written an article about Twickenham's spectacular new arts centre, to help introduce it to everyone. She has written it like a tour around the centre with excellent photographs by RP Photography Solutions. Take a look below.
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Music Legends and the Kindred Spirit Band
Following the passing of music legend, Ray Thomas, one of the original members of the Moody Blues, who the Kindred Spirit Band met at their concert with "Blue Onyx", in December 2010, at Leatherhead Theatre, Elaine has written the article below describing the musical legends who have been drawn to the Kindred Spirit Band since their formation after the dawn of the new millenium.
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Elaine received an inspirational email from a new fan just before New Year's Eve, and felt compelled to write the article below , which she hopes will inspire everyone for 2018!
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