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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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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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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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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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Mothertongue signs to Bad Elephant Music!

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We’re delighted to announce that Manchester six-piece band Mothertongue has joined the Bad Elephant Music family!

An inspirational, progressive-pop melting pot with touches of punk and ska thrown in for good measure, Mothertongue defies any form of categorisation. Infectious and fun, the band’s stated influences include anything from science fiction to imaginary numbers, oh, and dinosaurs, mustn’t forget the Dinosaurs….

With its incisive, intelligent lyrics and first-class musicianship, the band’s debut album Unsongs is unlike anything you will have heard in recent years. The music will lead you on a roller-coaster journey of acid jazz inventiveness that’s a big heap of noisy and light and also includes a lot of brass because everyone likes brass, right?

John Simms (Mothertongue...

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Matthew Parmenter joins The Elephants!

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Bad Elephant Music is proud to announce the signing of Matthew Parmenter, vocalist/keyboard player and main writer with cult US progressive band Discipline, to its burgeoning stable of well-respected artists.

Matthew’s third solo album All Our Yesterdays is a stunning piece of work, best experienced as a single, all-encompassing musical odyssey. Each track can be taken on its own individual merit but the full, immersive effect is most evident when they’re all heard in succession. The listener is transported on an allegorical journey and emerges transformed at the close of the album.

Apart from four tracks on which Paul Dzendzel appears on drums, Matthew sings and plays all the instruments – yet the album still has the feel of a full rock band.

Matthew Parmenter: “Thanks to the infamou...

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The Rube Goldberg Machine joins BEM.

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Bad Elephant Music is thrilled to announce the addition of London based Progressive Rock band The Rube Goldberg Machine to its diverse roster of artists.

Fuelled by an insatiable desire to create music, Elliot Coombes, Jordan Brown and Dan Bowles came together through a chain reaction of cause and effect, to create diverse, dynamic and exciting songs based on Elliot’s politically and environmentally conscious lyrics and complemented by Jordan’s views on the nature of relationships.

The band’s debut album Fragile Times is a product of two years of fleshing out ideas – after all, as with any other machine, every piece has to be perfectly engineered.

 The Rube Goldberg Machine’s Jordan Brown: “We are absolutely delighted, proud and honoured to be working with Bad Elephant Music, the Enf...

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Twice Bitten – Late Cut

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Bad Elephant Music is proud to announce the release of Late Cut, the CD album celebrating the 30th anniversary of legendary ‘heavy wood’ duo Twice Bitten’s No Third Man album.

Late Cut comprises the seven songs originally recorded for No Third Man in 1985, lovingly restored and remastered for CD, together with two brand new tracks (including the duo’s concert favourite, Crocus Point) recorded by renowned engineer Dave Hadley (Gomez, Pulp, The Mission) and mixed by Kevin Feazey (The Fierce And The Dead, The Murder Barn).

“It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time”, says Rog Patterson of Twice Bitten. “All that ‘we’ll release it in a minute’ rubbish is a thing of the (extremely distant) past...

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The Fierce And The Dead – Magnet EP pre-order

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Cult North London instrumentalists The Fierce And The Dead release their first new material in two years this August via Bad Elephant Music. The critically acclaimed band’s new EP, titled “Magnet” features 6 songs including 3 new tracks, a re-recording of the song Flint from the band’s first album and 2 songs recorded live in rehearsal (one of these is a bonus on the CD). The EP is released on the 14th of August, the week before TFATD play the Arctangent festival alongside acts including Dillinger Escape Plan, 65daysofstatic and Deerhoof.

“I think this EP represents a different sound for us, it’s important to keep moving forward. It more joyous and intense with bigger riffs and more of an electronic feel.” says Dead guitarist Matt Stevens...

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