Ok.. So I didn't quite get the new album ready for a December release, but I can confirm that the new album will be released on the 30th March this year. It's called 'After All The Wishing…' and will be available on CD and as a download. You can pre-order the album from this site and will receive an instant download of the album track 'Count Your Coppers' when you do!
Writer & Storyteller Damien Moran…
He trashed my Race 'n' Chase set when we were kids, but that's all water under the bridge…..Chris Thomas returns on drums & percussion providing his finest work to date..
It's a great privilege to be reunited with virtuoso saxophonist Craig Crofton on this album….. We shared many an escapade during our Monk & Canatella days.
Here he is performing with his Jazz quartet Freight..
I've put together an album teaser to get you in the mood, so when my new album is released you will all be rushing out to buy a copy!
Providing the bass on the album is the great James Eller
I met James in Bristol 20 years ago after he stopped me in the street and asked if I was a singer, which almost led to me singing in a band he was putting together with his former The The band mate Johnny Marr. Nothing materialised out of it at the time, but I dropped him a line when looking for a bass player for this album, and after checking out the demos, he turned up for the recording sessions at the Ladder Factory in Oxfordshire to lay down his instantly recognisable bass.
Here he is hard at work performing alongside one of my favourite guitarists with the band The The..
This will be the first time since our 1994 band rehearsal brawl that I've been reunited with all three members of my previous band Saturnines on a recording, with Chris Thomas (center) returning on drums, and Dom Flook (right) guesting on vocals on three of the tracks.
Here we are circa 1993 in Bristol's prestigious Royal Fort Gardens..
Also guesting on one of the new album tracks is the Bristol Post-punk legend that is Mark Stewart
who features on the track "My Schizoid Fairytale"…
From my early involvement with Monk & Canatella and the diverse scene associated with it I would often hear Mark Stewart's name mentioned whenever it came to conversations about the Bristol music scene. I really wanted to bring in some of Bristol's musical heritage on this album and his name kept springing to mind.
Here he is in collaboration with Factory Floor with a track taken from his last album Politics Of Envy..
Guesting on vocals on three of the new album tracks is the amazing Annie Gardiner from The Hysterical Injury
I wanted a female voice on the album and was looking for someone contemporary with an attitude…. I'd encountered Annie through her amazing illustration work, and as soon as I'd checked her music out I knew straight away that her voice would fit right in on the album.
I'm in the finishing stages of mixing the new album with producerStu Rowe
in the lighterthief bunker… It's sounding epic! It should be ready for a December release……Fingers crossed ;)