Gavin Harrison & 05Ric have just announced their first ever tour. The duo will be playing a set of UK dates, co-headlining with Tony Levin & Pat Mastelotto's Stick Men (dates listed below). The shows follow the release of The Man Who Sold Himself, their new album which was released on Kscope in February. The album was described by Prog as ‘a deft, dynamic duo is carving out its own neat, nerveless niche... the rewards are plentiful'.
Gavin and 05Ric recently spoke to Kscope about their plans to play live, click below or visit 'The Man Who Sold Himself' mini-site to watch the video. The mini-site also features more info on the album, videos, a free MP3 and more.
Tour dates just announced for June are as follows;
June 3rd Manchester Manchester Academy 3
June 4th Birmingham O2 Academy2 Birmingham
June 5th Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
June 6th Bristol O2 Academy2 Bristol
June 7th London O2 Academy Islington
'The Man Who Sold Himself' is the third album from the collaboration between Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison and 05Ric, the multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter . The album was released on Kscope on February 2012 as a 2 disc set which, alongside the stereo mix of the album on CD, features a 5.1 mix on DVD, allowing fans to enjoy the intricate complexities of the album in full surround glory.
In addition to being voted best Progressive Drummer four years in a row he was also recently invited to perform on the David Letterman show as part of his Drum Solo week.
Best known for his work with Porcupine Tree, Gavin has also played extensively with King Crimson as well as providing session drumming for a host of respected artists but his work with 05Ric has allowed him to develop some of the work that he has created outside these projects.
05Ric uses his voice, extended range bass and guitars to turn his love of sound into sonic tapestries. His vocals, virtuoso playing and a chance meeting between the two has led to one of the most interesting and complex musical collaborations in recent years.
The union of 05Ric’s distinctive style with Gavin’s extraordinary drumming has already produced some unique results but Gavin has stated that with The Man Who Sold Himself, 'we have continued to push the boundaries of our rhythmic and harmonic possibilities, I believe these are some of the wildest rhythmic concepts that I have ever conjured and 05Ric has snaked his bass around.'
05Ric goes on to explain that lyrically the album deals with themes “based on the greed that caused the financial global crisis, the empty shallowness of goal seeking without passion or for its own sake and the destructive force left behind by selfish behaviour - but the central character through heightened awareness and right action discovers his true calling.”
The album, which was written over the last two years and recorded in mid-2011, is the duo's first release since Circles in 2009. Circles was described by Classic Rock Prog as 'bristling with instrumental technique and firepower... it is peppered with a pulsating, muscular funk that pushes through generic barriers to create its own unique space.'
The Man Who Sold Himself looks set to push these barriers even further.
DISC1 – CD / DISC2 – DVD-A
The Man Who Sold Himself
For more information, downloads and audio, visit the mini-site: kscopemusic.com/gavinharrison/themanwhosoldhimself/
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