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Prog Magazine did a wonderful job at planning the event. So a big thanks to Jerry Ewing and all at Prog Magazine for staging such an excellent show.
It’s a truly strange feeling to be hobnobbing with some of your personal music heroes. People that you’ve grown up listening to and watching on countless DVDs or VHS tapes as it was when I was a kid.
There were a couple of surprises in store for us throughout the evening, Bill Oddie’s speech being one, and surely Rick Wakeman has a parallel career doing stand up as he was just hilarious!
It was also a pleasure to see so many of our friends and supporters of Sanguine Hum: Carl Glover, Pete Morgan and Tim Bowness from burning shed, Matt Stevens who lights up any conversation and Mark and Vicky at Esoteric.
Just when we thought it was all over and we were on our way home Matt struck up a chance conversation with Gail Zappa who was very gracious in talking to us about Frank’s music, new releases and many other aspects of Zappa minutiae…what more could we have asked for!
Sanguine Hum have been nominated in the Breakthrough Artist category for this years Progressive Music Awards, sponsored by Orange amplification. Now this is where we need your help! The winner will be selected based on the number of votes cast by their fans and the readers of Prog Magazine. Votes for Sanguine Hum can be cast after registering by clicking the word here. It’s an honor for us to have been nominated and it would be spectacular for Sanguine Hum to actually win this award! Sanguine Hum needs your vote so please go forth and vote like the proverbial wind!!!
In support of the new Sanguine Hum album The Weight of the World the band will be playing four summer shows across June and July.
Sanguine Hum will be performing with label mates Tin Spirits and Matt Stevens on June 7th at the Borderline and then again on June 21st at the Band on the Wall in Manchester.
On July 6th we’ll be playing a 45 minute set at the 2nd Eppy Fest held at the Lansdown hall and Gallery in Stroud. We’re looking forward to this show as Eppy has been a longtime supporter of Sanguine Hum running many features about the band on his podcast show.
Finally we’re particularly excited to be appearing at this years Night of the Prog festival, which takes place at Loreley amphitheater, situated on the river Rrhine in southern Germany. Sanguine Hum will be appearing alongside Sound of Contact, Pineapple Thief, Crippled Black Phoenix, Magma and Steven Wilson It will be an honor to share the stage with such an amazing line up!
Check out the Live page for more details and tickets.
We are hoping to put in a few more appearances later in the year so check back to get an updated list of Sanguine Hum gigs.
Greetings, we’re excited to announce the release of Sanguine Hum – Live in America, featuring 12 beautifully recorded tracks from the band’s performance at this years ROSfest.
Before we get onto the details of this release it’s time to ask you “troopers” for your support. We are raising funds for the recording of Sanguine Hum’s next studio album The Weight of the World from the sales of Live in America. Every purchase of Live in America puts us one step closer to completing the new studio album! Thank you in advance for your continued support, we really couldn’t do it without you! And now…
Sanguine Hum – Live in America
Released as an exclusive download at Troopers For Sound, this hour long, 12-track album captures the band opening up proceedings on the final day of ROSfest in the wonderful surroundings of the Majestic Theatre in Gettysburg. And for those only familiar with Diving Bell, Live in America offers a unique glimpse of Sanguine Hum’s prior existence as the groups Antique Seeking Nuns and Joff Winks Band with the audience being treated to a selection of music from ASN’s EPs Double Egg with Chips and Beans and a Tea and Mild Profundities and JWB’s album Songs For Days. The instrumentals Cat Factory and Earthsong with One Sugar show off the band’s fusion credentials with nods to Zappa and the Canterbury scene all detectable in the complex yet infectious playing. Double Egg displays the absurd humour behind much of the Antique Seeking Nuns project, whilst at the other end of the lyrical spectrum Before We Bow Down shows the thoughts of the band at its most considered.
Other highlights of the show include a one off solo Rhodes piano piece – Son of Bassoon, played as a completely unplanned “encore” when a guitar had to be restrung. Live in America also features previously unreleased material, the atmospheric and hypnotic track Derision, which is to be recorded as part of a future studio album, but for now receives its first ever release. The rest of the album sees the band focus, not surprisingly, on the debut record Diving Bell, with six tunes to be found here in energetic and vital live arrangements.
Live in America also marks a shift in the band’s line up as a change of drummer sees Andrew Booker (No Man) join original members Matt Baber, Joff Winks and Brad Waissman. This recording marks Andrew’s second gig with the band, and from the evidence of this performance he has already made the music his own.
As mentioned above Sanguine Hum will be using all funds raised from this release to help complete their next studio album, The Weight of the World – due early 2013. Thank you for your support we really do appreciate your dedication to Sanguine Hum and our music!
We’re back!! Thanks so much to everyone who made our first US trip so enjoyable…Rosfest was a great experience and we had a blast during the gig!! Thanks especially to George, Krista, Darryl, Al, Fred and of course the amazing Kevin and all the crew at the Majestic – and not forgetting Donna for guiding us through the magical embassy process! You can hopefully look forward to an audio/visual release from the gig at some point as the show was expertly recorded and filmed by Mike Potter and Adele Schmidt respectively.
Following that we have another Sanguine Hum announcement that won’t come as too much of a surprise for anyone who saw us on Sunday – sadly, at the end of last year our long-time drummer Paul Mallyon decided to move on to pastures new and so played his last gig with the band at the Leamington Assembly show back in Nov’2011. We wish Paul all the best for his future projects, and you should be able to hear his drumming quite soon as he has recorded his parts for the new Thieves Kitchen album (along with Brad Waissman on bass) which we believe should be coming out later this year. Filling his shoes, and already familiar to those who caught us at the Underworld or the Majestic Theater, is Andrew Booker. Andrew has had a busy music career having released music under his own name as well as performing improvised music in the groups Improvizone (with Micheal Bearpark) and Harmony in Diversity (with former Yes guitarist Peter Banks). But you will most likely have heard him recently as the drummer for the live version of Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness’ band No Man – Andrew is featured on the Mixtaped DVD and the brand new live album Love and Endings. Andrew learnt the entire 90min Rosfest set in just 3 months – a real trial by fire! And so now the four of us are looking forward to heading in to the studio to make Hum album no.2. Welcome aboard Andrew!
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Esoteric Recordings announce the launch of a front line label for 2012.
Cherry Red Records’ imprint Esoteric Recordings has announced the launch of a new imprint dedicated to new, front line album releases Esoteric Antenna.
Since its launch in 2007, Esoteric Recordings has gone from strength to strength as a catalogue label specialising in the genres of Progressive, Psychedelic and Classic Rock.
Along with Esoteric’s sister labels Atomhenge (home of the Hawkwind catalogue between 1976 – 1997), Manticore and “Kraut Rock” label Reactive, the imprint has built a catalogue of 300 titles and has worked with artists such as Jack Bruce, Barclay James Harvest, Tony Banks, Bill Nelson, P.F.M., Ray Thomas (of the Moody Blues), Tangerine Dream and many more.
In April 2011 Esoteric released the new studio album, “A Grounding in Numbers”, by the legendary Van Der Graaf Generator to great acclaim and success. Esoteric Recordings label manager Mark Powell said; “The success of the Van Der Graaf Generator album brought many new album projects to our door, leading us to look into the feasibility of launching a front line label. As a result, we are taking the step of establishing a label specifically for new, front line albums, ESOTERIC ANTENNA”.
The first release on ESOTERIC ANTENNA will be a new edition of the album DIVING BELL”by Oxford based band SANGUINE HUM on March 30th 2012, which will also include several new tracks. This will be followed by the release of the new album by SQUACKETT, the collaborative project from YES bass guitarist CHRIS SQUIRE and former GENESIS guitarist STEVE HACKETT in May.
ESOTERIC ANTENNA will continue to champion the “new guard” of Progressive Rock by releasing new studio albums by PANIC ROOM in late June and THE REASONING in September. Legendary progressive acts will be further represented by the release of “PARACHUTE REBORN” in late April, a superb, newly recorded revisiting of the classic Pretty Things album “PARACHUTE” with additional material, by the XPT’s (a band featuring original Pretty Things members WALLY WALLER, JON POVEY, PETE TOLSON and SKIP ALAN).
ESOTERIC ANTENNA’s schedule will continue in the Autumn with a new album from JOHN LEES’ BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST expected in October (accompanied by a UK tour to be announced shortly and further European concerts).
Further releases by classic Progressive acts are also expected in 2012. Powell added; “I’m pleased and proud to say that we have an exciting roster of releases planned for 2012 which draws on the best of the up and coming new wave of Progressive rock groups and also some new material by legendary artists with a wonderful recorded legacy. We are honoured to have such a fine line-up of artists to launch the first year of Esoteric Antenna”.
Sanguine Hum’s Diving Bell has been chosen as the best album of 2010 in the Epileptic Gibbon Show’s most recent podcast (the download of Diving Bell of course came out just at the tail end of 2010). We were up against such fine company as Thumpermonkey Lives!, Mars Hollow, Matt Stevens and many others and we’re thrilled that Diving Bell claimed the top spot. And also, what a great way to celebrate the launch of the CD edition of the album! So thanks Eppy, and the full show featuring 18 of the best albums from last year can be downloaded here: http://epilepticgibbon.wordpress.com/
Sanguine Hum were played this week by Steve Davis on BBC 6 Music. Steve was sitting in for Jarvis Cocker and so gave listeners a chance to explore some of the exciting music from the “progressive” universe. Sanguine Hum appear about half way through, and the whole show is well worth checking out. It’s available to stream for a week from here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012h6dk
Meanwhile. we’re still on track with the Diving Bell CDs and we hope to get stock back from the factory by the end of this week! Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered!!
Sanguine Hum’s Diving Bell album is now available for pre-order.
This CD version of the record comes in a cardboard slip case with 6 page fold out booklet, all beautifully designed by Carl Glover.
Order this week using the discount coupon DIVING BELL and you will receive a 20% discount. Discount ends 4th July 2011.
Sanguine Hum are featured in the latest edition of Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine. The band are interviewed as part of the on the threshold feature, accompanying a very positive review that you can read here!
“Although originally rooted in what some called the Canterbury Sound when they first appeared a few years back, by the time Prog caught up with them at last year’s Winter’s End festival, Sanguine Hum had developed into an altogether different but appealing proposition. True, there are still elements of Caravan’s melodic quirk to be found within the band’s sound, but on this, their debut, there’s also a more contemporary air to the Hum’s work, aided by guitarist/vocalist Joff Winks’ vocal similarity to 3′s Joey Eppard.
That, and the brevity of much of the material on offer, may make the likes of The Ladder and No More Than We Deserve appear like a band flirting with a progressive sound, but dig deep into the gentle carousel swirl of Nothing Between Us, or the Rush-like guitar of Coast of Nebraska and you’ll discover a more than worthwhile well of engagingly progressive music.
That said, anyone doubting the worth of this hugely impressive Oxford-based quartet only need listen to the intricate twists and turns of the title track and There’s No Hum to be convinced we’ve got another little progressive gem on our hands”.