NEWS JULY '12:
Founder member of Touchstone Rob Cottingham set to release solo album.
A band based in London. They released their first EP in 2005; CURIOUS ANGEL, followed by another EP
called: MAD HATTERS.
Good wel crafted Prog songs, in the vein of IQ and Landmarq. Excellent EP from a great promising band.
The line-up was:
Rob Cottingham - Vocals, Keyboards, SFX.
Adam J Hodgson - Guitars, Backing Vocals.
Paul Moorghen - Bass Guitars, Backing Vocals.
Alasdair Melville - Drums and Percussion.
Discordant Dreams ('07)
Is their latest release and i may say they have made another big step forwards. Apperently a year of gigging arround, doing small festivals, changing the line-upp has bring this band to higher level.
A Rocking Prog album with a lots of keyboard and guitar interplay and pounding bass and drums, and Kims voice is giving these elexcent musicians a boost.
In January 2008 i saw them again doing the support act for The Reasoning.
And i really liked their act, they've changed and there was a good welcrafted band playing with a hell of a frontlady who
knew what she did and who has a good voice.
Adam on guitar played some really great solo's and Moo on his bass layed down some fabulous loops. Rob on keyboards and vocals understood his job and builded up a rocky structure to the proggy songs.
So please keep an eye on those guys and beautiful gal. They're indeed a new promise on the Prog/Rock scene.
Wintercoast album came out late May ('09). As with the band's debut Discordant Dreams, the recordings have been undertaken at Reading's Outhouse Studio and mixed by John Mitchell (who coincidently guests on the new album). Wintercoast also features a guest appearnce from "internationally-renowned actor" Jeremy Irons.
They played on "Winters End": have look here, with Crimson Sky and others .
High Voltage Festival 2010 London Victoria Park 24-25 July 2010.
Touchstone mad impression on this super event.
They added a new drummer called Henry Rogers (deep Expus, Final Conflict).
The Festival lines up was something like this; Emmerson Lake & Palmer, ZZ Top, Asia, Foreigner, Uriah Heep, Focus, Wisbone Ash, Pendragon, Touchstone & The Reasoning! More info @ www.highvoltagefestival.com/.
Touchstone at High Voltage 2010.
Picture by Bert Treep, more at this place.
City never Sleeps ('11).
The release of the new album will be supported by a UK tour in October 2011 with European dates to be announced and a US Tour planned for the second half of 2012. Founding band member, Rob Cottingham, said in a statement: "TOUCHSTONE are delighted to be signed to SPV's Steamhammer label for the release of our new album, The City Sleeps.
Touchstone are to have their back catalogue reissued by SPV/Steamhammer on March 26.
These reissues will include the enhanced edition of the bandís first EP Mad Hatters (2006) as well as debut full length album Discordant Dreams (2007) and Wintercoast (2009), will contain rare and previously unreleased live bonus tracks recorded at 2010ís High Voltage Festival, as well as additional never-seen-before artwork from guitarist Adam Hodgson.
Pictures by Neil Palfreyman:
Pictures by Neil Palfreyman.
SOLO / SESSION:
Riversea / Mark Atkinson ('11).
Released a solo album called 'Behind The Orchard Tree ('01).
His new album will be called: Captain Blue and will be released somewhere after the summer of 2012.
He describes as a "cross-genre-ational, eclectic mix with hints of rock, pop and prog, plus a few surprises thrown into the bag". Words and music are by Rob who advises that the album very much revolves around the themes of "time, death, self-realisation...and not taking yourself too seriously...".
Rob is delighted to announce that Heather Findlay
will be sharing vocal duties with him on his solo album, Captain Blue.
In a statement, Rob advised "I am extremely honoured to have Heather on board. I obviously knew of Heather and her great vocal talents, but it was when she and Chris Johnson were sound checking their acoustic set in Newcastle in October last year that her voice really drew me in. I was originally going to ask Heather to duet with me on one song, but then the more I wrote, the more I realised I wanted Heather across the piece, and sure enough her contribution lifts the vocals up to the headiest of heights."
The line upp of the new album will be:
For more information about the Captain Blue album, please see www.robcottingham.co.uk and a promo video, which can be seen on the new website as well as on YouTube, here www.youtube.com/.