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Glass Hammer to Release 17th Album
01 Jan. 2015

Glass Hammer to Release 17th Album


Glass Hammer confirm the release of their 17th album on March 31st. ‘Breaking Of The World’ is the follow up to 2014’s ‘Ode to Echo’ and respected studio engineer Bob Katz calls it the band’s “Most progressive album yet”.

 Steve Babb and Fred Schendel are joined by Carl GrovesKamran Alan ShikohAaron Raulston and Susie Bogdanowicz.

Babb tells us, “It is certainly (IMO) the best sounding Glass Hammer album we’ve released in years. The songwriting was really focused, and our current line-up has genuine chemistry. That’s just my opinion of course. The fans will decide for themselves very soon. But I think they’ll be very happy with The Breaking Of The World.”

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‘The Ones That Nearly Got Away’ (bite sized reviews from 2014)
01 Jan. 2015

‘The Ones That Nearly Got Away’ (bite sized reviews from 2014)


You all know that I cannot write short reviews, they are always in depth and take an album apart to give a track-by-track breakdown of the record. I also try to give a decent biography of the artist involved and a convoluted introduction.

This seems to work when reviewing the type of music that I do, I give the reader a level of intelligence that means they have the time and inclination to look deeper into the music I am reviewing.

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The Resonance Festival
09 Sep. 2014

The Resonance Festival


The Resonance Festival and the Joy and Satisfaction in Being Myself

To some it may seem childish and conceited but, to me, one of the highlights of The Resonance Festival was wandering around wearing an ‘Access All Areas’ laminated pass all weekend. One of the many fantastic, down to earth people I met, Graham Harris, says it best so I’ll let his comment get down to the heart of the whole event.

I have a drawer full of laminates. Each one tells a story. But the Resonance one holds the best story of all.”

Resonance Laminate

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Mike Morton Interview Part 3 – Musical Heroes and Resonance Festival
05 May. 2014

Mike Morton Interview Part 3 – Musical Heroes and Resonance Festival


The Gift2In part three of my interview with The Gift’s Mike Morton. We conclude our discussion by talking about Mike’s musical influences and the state of progressive music today. Furtjermore, we find out about The Gift playing live and Mike’s major involvement with the Resonance Festival in London later this year.

Progradar – What were your first musical influences? Who was the first artist that really connected with you?

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Mike Morton Interview – Part Two – Recovery, Land of Shadows and Resonance
05 May. 2014

Mike Morton Interview – Part Two – Recovery, Land of Shadows and Resonance


Mike singingWelcome to part two of my interview with the enigmatic Mike Morton, front man with British progressive rock band The Gift. In this instalment we hear how Mike overcame the fallout from Awake and Dreaming and set about reforming The Gift and the agonies and ecstasies that went into the writing and recording of Land of Shadows. We also discuss the unique sound of The Gift and what goes into producing it.

Progradar – Obviously, there was a lot of time between the writing and recording of the two albums. Did you ever think you were going to write and release another record?

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