Bands from my younger days that you typically don’t hear a lot about these days 
 and then suddenly 
.

Nektar

Reformed Nektar launch Kickstarter for new studio album. – without Roy? It won’t be a ‘Tab In The Ocean’ 😊

Mark-Almond

Remember that UMG fire in 2008 – turn out MarkAlmond’s back catalogue was destroyed in it. – I know – so did a lot of other artists (including another favorite Colosseum), but Mark-Almond were special to me, so I’m taking it personally.

The Enid

A new album – with Robert John Godfrey at the helm 
 surprising – given that he was diagnosed with Alzheimers three years ago and handed over the control of the band to others 
 still – need to visit this when available and give it a listen.

As a long time fan of Nice, I am surprised that this one got away from me at the time, but is now available through Burning Shed.

Remastered 3CD set featuring the one and only Refugee album from 1974.

Formed in 1973 by Lee Jackson and Brian Davison – both former members of The Nice – alongside future Yes keyboard virtuoso Patrick Moraz, Refugee quickly established itself as a Progressive powerhouse.

Featuring the studio album and two complete concert recordings, this 2019 edition of Refugee provides a dazzling document of the brilliant but short-lived group.

Pre-order for 30th August release.

Then again … maybe not!

One of the bands I am happy to have recently discovered is The Main Squeeze – a funk and rock band, based in the US. I first discovered them through their covers on their YouTube channel, like this one for Pink Floyd’s Have a Cigar. They have a wonderful singer and the rest of this five-piece band is top-notch as well.

But while I liked to watch their cover videos, I didn’t explore further, namely I didn’t go to listen their original material. Then, out the blue, my former/currently-remote bandmate of my late 90ies band, Gray Eclipse, Michael, asked me if I heard a specific song by them, called I’ll Take Another (Apple Music link). It’s a song from their first eponymous EP, released in 2012. This song surprised me, in a good way. My main taste in music is based on classic/progressive/art rock and jazz/rock fusion. This song didn’t disappoint. It’s a 9-minute track that has it all – heavy guitar riffs, interesting singing, funk, and mellower, fusion parts.

The Main Squeeze album cover

I then listened to the whole album and it’s all good – not something common these days. Mostly it’s well-done funk, with a prominent brass section, drum and bass solos, in additional to the more traditional guitar and keyboard ones.

Now I need to try check out their next two albums.

Not sure how many people receive the InsideOutMusic Newsletter, but this fresh in today ….

InsideOutMusic are pleased to announce the signing of Philadelphia-based duo RISE TWAIN to the label, for the release of their self-titled debut album on September 6th, 2019. The union of Brett William Kull (producer, audio engineer, and member of Echolyn, Grey Eye Glances, and Francis Dunnery’s New Progressives) and J.D. Beck (The Scenic Route, Beck-Fields, author & playwright) bring their collective years of direct and varied experience in writing, performing and recording music together for their impressive debut.

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Anyone have anything to add about Rise Twain? I found this promo on YouTube.