Backstage with Iris! Interview with Sand Snowman (Part II)

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The seventh episode of Backstage with Iris! Interview with Gavan Kearney, better known as Sand Snowman!

Gavan Kearney made a lot of beautiful albums under the name Sand Snowman. He’s also an artist who makes wonderful artwork. Iris and Gavan talk about his music, his favourite artists, life and more!

Not just your regular interview, but a very funny, interesting interview with an amazing artist! You don’t want to miss this! In between the interview parts you will hear music from Sand Snowman!

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Backstage with Iris! Interview with Sand Snowman!

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The sixth episode of Backstage with Iris! Interview with Gavan Kearney, better known as Sand Snowman!

Gavan Kearney made a lot of beautiful albums under the name Sand Snowman. He’s also an artist who makes wonderful artwork. Iris and Gavan talk about his music, his art, his collaboration with Steven Wilson, why he came up with the name Sand Snowman and more!

Not just your regular interview, but a very funny, interesting interview with an amazing artist! You don’t want to miss this! In between the interview parts you will hear music from Sand Snowman!

You can listen to the show here:

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Honourable mention: Big Big Train – Folklore (2016)

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Oh my, where to start? Well, I have to admit, I never heard of the band Big Big Train before, until I listened to Stacy Doller’s Prog Britannia show (which used to be on Progrock.com, and now on Progzilla Radio). I really liked the songs that I heard, so I started to do some research. I thought it was a pretty new band, but I found out that the band exists for quite a while! I also just started to work for Background Magazine back in the early summer of 2015. I got my first batch of albums, and it included the Wassail EP of Big Big Train. I was very impressed by that EP, especially because of the title track Wassail (you can read the review of that EP here). Continue reading

Iamthemorning – Lighthouse (2016)

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Lighthouse is the third studio album by duo Gleb Kolyadin (piano, keyboards), and Marjana Semkina (vocals), better known as Iamthemorning. A very good duo in my opinion, both are very skilled. Some great guest musicians are contributing on this album, including two members of Porcupine Tree. Colin Edwin provides the bass and Gavin Harrison the drums and percussion. Mariusz Duda (Riverside, Lunatic Soul) provides additional vocals on the title track Lighthouse. The album itself is a concept album about a woman fighting against the progression of a mental illness. I had no idea what to expect of this album, even though I’ve seen them perform live once as an opener band for Gazpacho (you can read my review of that gig here). Sometimes the musical compositions do remind me of that band. It’s a mixture of different music styles and genres, like folk and jazz. Some of the compositions lean towards classical music. The music sounds very good, and has its dynamic moments. Continue reading

The Royal Spuds & Heylel, Cab03 Leiden, 22 May 2016

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A strange, but bold combination. Ok, it’s quite common that two bands do a co-headliner show on the same evening, but the two bands could not be further away from in terms of their music genres. The Royal Spuds are a folk punk band, while Heylel are a progressive rock band with gothic influences. Punk versus Prog? Wow, that must be a spectacular combination to watch live! The Cab03 itself is a very cozy, intimate location (I know the people who’ve been there know what I mean), and the room was slowly filling up with dedicated fans of both bands. The light effects were far from spectacular and the room was very dark, so taking good pics was a bit difficult for me. Luckily the light was only a small minor point, because the rest of the evening was a fabulous performance of both bands. Continue reading

Quill – Brush With The Moon (2015)

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Quill are a seven piece country/folk/rock band based in Birmingham, England. The album Brush with the moon is their debut album. The band is formed by experienced musicians, including Bev Bevan who played with Electric Light Orchestra, The Move and Black Sabbath. The album is a collection of songs written by the late Ben Brain, the husband of lead singer Joy Strachan-Brain. The artwork is also made by Ben. I really like the artwork and his style of drawing. Every track got its own artwork in the booklet.

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