Under A Banner – ‘The Wild Places’ – release date and pre-order

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Pre-orders are now open for The Wild Places, the new album from Midlands-based rock band Under A Banner ahead of its release on 30th September.

Incorporating a heady blend of influences from across the musical spectrum, Under A Banner combine intelligent composition with Adam Broadhurst’s coruscating lyrics, producing a hard, uncompromising sound with powerful injections of raw emotion.

Their previous releases have received considerable acclaim: their 2014 album Close to the Clouds was described by Liverpool Sound and Vision as “an album of great maturity and depth”, and Midland Mosh praised their “great vocals, talented musicians, and a nice unique style”. Under a Banner’s fourth official release, the EP Victory Time, was awarded a five-star review and the coveted accolade of...

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Sphelm join BEM and announce debut album

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In furtherance of our determination to capture the best of the Manchester music scene we’re delighted to announce that duo Sphelm have joined Bad Elephant Music.

Initially a solo project from Mike McKnight (ex-Cyril Snear) as a creative outlet to explore a different side of his musical personality, with guitarist and keyboard player Tim Powell joining after initial shows, Sphelm have been quietly building a following across the North West of England while working on their debut album, These Roots Know No Boundaries. The band describe themselves as “electronic/twin guitar crossover, laden with soundscapes, beautiful guitar and vocal harmonies, set within digital space”, and like so much great music they totally defy easy categorisation...

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New Emmett Elvin album now available for pre-order

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Bad Elephant Music is delighted to announce that Assault on the Tyranny of Reason, the new album from English composer and multi-instrumentalist, and Knifeworld, Chrome Hoof and Guapo keyboardist Emmett Elvin, is now available for pre-order ahead of its official release date, 23rd September.

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The Brackish sign with BEM and announce new album.

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We’re delighted to announce that Bristol-based instrumental rock band The Brackish are joining the Bad Elephant Music family for the release of their second album.

Led by the twin guitars of Luke Cawthra and Neil Smith, The Brackish have been delighting audiences in the UK and across Europe with their “spiky, energised instrumentals” (Prog Magazine) since their formation in 2013. Their 2014 debut album, Big Guys, met rave reviews, being described variously as “true musical genius” (drunkenwerewolf.com) and “a tour de force in genre-hopping musicianship”. Liquid of Choice, their second album, will be released by BEM in October of this year.

“We are delighted to be releasing our second album and with BEM”, says Luke...

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Matt Stevens to release ‘Archive’ via Bad Elephant Music

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Bad Elephant Music is delighted to announce the forthcoming release of a new CD from acclaimed guitarist and composer Matt Stevens.

Entitled Archive, the album comprises a live set recorded in 2014, together with rarities, some of which are available on CD for the first time with this release. The live cuts are taken from all of Matt’s four solo releases, and are very different in presentation to the studio versions.

Says Matt: “This represents the end of my solo career for now, you need to know when to quit and after playing some amazing gigs with Steve Rothery, Jon Gomm, Nick Harper and many others I feel I’ve taken the solo guitar format as far as I can...

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Paradigm Shift sign to BEM; announce album

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Bad Elephant Music is proud to announce the signing of their latest band: London-based progressive quartet Paradigm Shift!

Originating as a two-person project in 2007 and soon growing into a fully-fledged band, Paradigm Shift combines a diverse range of influences, from metal to electronica, to create a distinctive and wholly British sound: heavy yet precise, with a strong political edge that comes through especially powerfully on their upcoming first album, Becoming Aware, mixed by Rob Aubrey, who has worked with Spock’s Beard, IQ, Big Big Train and many others, and mastered by TesseracT’s Acle Kahney.

Singer and keyboardist Ben Revens says: “BEM seem like one of the rare few labels who really are ‘for the artist’, and we can’t think of a better platform from which to release our...

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Jack Arthurs – Treasure House released today

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Bad Elephant Music is delighted to announce that Treasure House, the new album from renowned singer/songwriter Jack Arthurs, is released today.

With Treasure House, Jack draws from a deep well of poignant and reflective experiences to deliver a delightful collection of acoustic tracks that come straight from his heart and are like a breath of fresh air. He is tremendously excited to bring these stripped back, uplifting songs to life.

Just one man and his guitar, Jack has written ten insightful and moving tracks that, together with his haunting vocals, lead you on a captivating musical journey into the depths of his soul. The superb cover and artwork (provided by Martin Matthews and Thomas Bewick) only add to this bewitching experience.

Treasure House has already received some glowing revi...

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An Evening with Bad Elephant Music

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Saturday 13th February 2016

Boston Music Room, London N19

Ticket only – £22.00 available from Seetickets
Ticket and Awake & Dreaming album bundle – £30.00 available from Bad Elephant Music

BEM in association with the House of Progression and Prog Magazine is proud to present ‘An Evening of Bad Elephant Music’ on Saturday 13th February 2016, at the Boston Music Room in Tufnell Park, London.

The evening will see performances from four of BEM’s family of artists and bands – The GiftTwice BittenTom Slatter, jh and We Are Kin.

With their powerful and hypnotic songwriting, The Gift are supreme purveyors of the storytelling art and the perfect band to headline this event. The band will be staging a performance of their classic first album, Awake and Dreaming...

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Christmas sampler

2016 is going to be a bumper year for Bad Elephant Music – and to whet your appetite for what’s to come here’s a sample of our first seven releases for the New Year, featuring Jack Arthurs, The Rube Goldberg Machine, Mothertongue, Konchordat, Matthew Parmenter, N.y.X and Mike Kershaw.

A very merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Bad Elephant Music!

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Konchordat joins the BEM family.

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We’re delighted to announce that London progressive heavy rock band Konchordat is the latest addition to the Bad Elephant Music family.

Hailing from Southeast London, this four-piece produces music that is epic with an emotional heart, fused with a driving rock edge. Majestic and grandiose, ‘Powerprog’ sums up their intensely focused sound perfectly.

The band’s third studio album Rise to the Order sees them refresh their signature prog-rock pomp with an injection of fresh, contemporary heavy rock, and what they deliver is provocative and exciting.

Steve Cork (Konchordat): “We’re very excited about joining the BEM roster...

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