Wednesday, 28 March 2018

DAMANEK + SOUTHERN EMPIRE 'IN FLIGHT' TOUR 2018

"IN FLIGHT" DAMANEK + SOUTHERN EMPIRE + SEVEN STEPS....
We can now finally reveal our tour plans for Autumn 2018!!!
GEP Presents “Damanek and Southern Empire ‘In Flight’ tour of the U.K. and Europe November/December 2018”

In November 2018, internationally renowned progressive rock bands Damanek and Southern Empire will join forces and embark upon their debut tour of the United Kingdom and Europe.
Damanek, featuring members from three different nations, is the brainchild of visionary multi-instrumentalist / singer-songwriter Guy Manning. The group released their debut album ‘On Track' in early 2017 to critical acclaim appearing in many ‘Best album of 2017’ polls and will release their follow-up album ‘In Flight’ later this year through GEP Records.

Guy Manning, commenting on the upcoming album and tour stated, “Since we played that memorable set at Summers End X Festival in 2016, I have been constantly asked ‘When are you going to play live again?’ and I have always had to say “…as soon as we can”…but now I can say “SOON!” The new album “In Flight” will be ready for the tour and it has some fantastic new pieces on it, which we are keen to perform live along with some of the favorites from ‘On Track’. Should be one hell of a show!”

Southern Empire, hailing from Adelaide, South Australia will also release their second album mid year through GEP.

Led by composer / producer / keyboardist Sean Timms, Southern Empire was formed from the ashes of symphonic prog. band Unitopia in 2014 and have quickly established themselves as one of the premiere live and studio acts of the current prog. era.

“It’s always extremely exciting to release a new album and then take those songs on the road.

I think we have a very strong set of new songs to compliment the older material and we’re really looking forward to bringing our unique blend of ‘prog ’n’ roll’ (as Danny Lopresto, our lead vocalist calls it) to our friends and fans in the U.K. and Europe.” - Sean Timms.

For the European leg of the tour, Damanek and Southern Empire will be joined by special guests / friends Seven Steps to the Green Door.

“It’s great to be back on stage with Damanek two years after our first set at Summers End festival and promoting a brand new album. For the European dates of the tour, my mates in "Seven Steps to the Green Door" will join in for a triple bill of great songs from all the current albums and from our forthcoming new album THE?LIE, which will be released right in time for the tour!
– Marek Arnold.

Southern Empire

17/11/18 - HRH PROG Festival, Pwllheli, North Wales.

Damanek, Southern Empire and Seven Steps to the Green Door

Wed 21/11/18 - Bergkeller, Reichenbach, Germany.

Thurs 22/11/18 - Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium.

Sat 24/11/18 - De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands.

Damanek and Southern Empire

Wed 28/11/18 - Talking Heads, Southampton, U.K.

Thurs 29/11/18 - The Robin 2, Bilston, U.K.

Fri 30/11/18 - Boston Music Room, Tufnell Park, London, U.K.

Sat 01/12/18 - Classic Rock Society (CRS), Maltby, U.K.

Please note: As joint headliners on the tour, Southern Empire and Damanek will be alternating and mixing up the final slot of each night to allow both bands a chance to play slightly extended sets…however we are not telling who / when!

Damanek: www.damanek.com / www.facebook.com/DamanekBand
Southern Empire: www.southernempireband.com / www.facebook.com/southernempireband
Seven Steps to the Green Door: www.ssttgd.de

Sunday, 18 March 2018

"IN FLIGHT" - Album Progress

"IN FLIGHT" - Album Progress
Work in earnest has now started on converting the new album demos into the finished product "In Flight".
In time for the planned Autumn tour dates, the album is to be released around Sept 2018 time.

News of these planned dates are to be announced very soon!

We have reunited most of the wonderful cast that we assembled last time together plus there maybe some other names added...later on...

Guy, Sean, Marek & Dan will be abetted by Luke Machin, Antonio Vittozzi, Thomas Brody Green, Tim Irrgang, Julie King, Kev Currie, David B and the Santucci Horns.

The track list (in best guess running sequence) will be:-

01 Ragusa
02 Skyboat
03 The Crawler
04 Moon-Catcher (Heaven Song Part 2)
05 The Crossing
06 Big Eastern (Parts I-III)

It is sounding very good even at this stage if we do not mind saying so ourselves, so please come back for updates on all thigns DAMANEK as they come in

Very exciting times ahead for us with lots being planned in - watch this space!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

DAMANEK Promotional Videos Now published

We are pleased to announce that 2 supporting Promotional videos for the DAMANEK "On Track" have now been released

Both have been created by our fabulous friend Ted Ollikkala and bring to life the subject matter of the pieces perfectly we think!

DAMANEK – THE COSMIC SCORE (Heaven Song Part 1)

We had the invaluable help of Nick Magnus on this piece. Nick took the demo and added his own wonderful arranging skills and keyboard performances to it…the end result speaks for itself.

So, the next time you take a look up at the beautiful night sky, please take a moment to think of this song…it may change the way you see things!!

“The Cosmic Score” footage can be found up on our Damanek YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r84uBiSV_c

DAMANEK – LONG TIME, SHADOW FALLS

You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRb-k5GbA-c
A very evocative visual treat highlighting the plight of African Wildlife, diminished and becoming extinct at the hands of Man.
Please watch right to the end as the credits include site links to informational resources to do with the subject matter ie. the decline of African Animals at the hand of Man.
Let's put a stop to this together!

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!.
Damanek

Saturday, 29 April 2017

ON TRACK now available to pre-order from the GIANT ELECTRIC PEA STORE / PROG MAGAZINE

The debut DAMANEK album, "On Track", is now on pre-order at the store - http://www.gep.co.uk/store/cd-s/damanek.html A track from the album, "long Time, Shadow Falls" is also featured on the new PROG MAGAZINE (Issue 76) Covermount CD

Thursday, 16 March 2017

DAMANEK SIGN TO GEP

DAMANEK sign to GEP Following an impressive debut show at last year’s Summer’s End festival Damanek (Guy Manning: vocals, keyboards, guitars; Dan Mash: (‘Maschine’) bass; Marek Arnold: (‘Toxic Smile’/’Seven Steps to the Green Door’) saxes & clarinet; and Sean Timms: (‘Southern Empire’/’Unitopia’) keyboards, backing vocals) will release their first album ‘On Track’ with GEP in May 2017.

‘On Track’ is a genre-defying collection of sophisticated songs that manage to combine impressive technical proficiency with catchy hooks and vast soundscapes. Sean Timms’ sleek production adds to the overall sense of quality and class on this impressive debut.

The recording of ‘On Track’ is completed by a stellar list of guest musicians including:
Brody Thomas Green ('Southern Empire') – drums;
Tim Irrgang (‘UPF’) – percussion;
Antonio Vittozzi ('Soul Secret') – guitars;
Luke Machin ('Maschine'/’Kiama’/’The Tangent’) – guitars;
tephen Dundon ('Molly Bloom') – flute;
Nick Magnus – keyboards;
Phideaux – vocals;
Ulf Reinhardt ('Seven Steps to the Green Door') - drums.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

2016 - DAMANEK - Updates and more...

DAMANEK - Updates and more...

Happy New Year!
Arranging, re-arranging and recording has started for the DAMANEK project now

Getting involved so far are:
Guy - Vox, Keys, Acoustic things...
Marek - Saxes, Clarinet, Keys
Dan - Bass, BVs

Plus we are very pleased to announce that our Principal keys player will be Mr. Sean Timms (Unitopia, Southern Empire). Sean is already hard at work on the first of the album pieces contributing to the conveyor belt of change which then moves on to Marek and Ulf Reinhardt (Seven Steps to the Green Door.) recording the drum sections.

Antonio Vittozzi (Soul Secret) is also working with Guy on the Electric Guitar arrangements too......so off the starting blocks we go...

Nick Magnus has kindly played keys and arranged parts on one piece for us already and Mr. John Hackett has allowed us to be able to employ his considerable talent as flute parts are needed!
Other discussions for more contributors are under way too...more on that later..!!!!!

Whist all this has been going on, Guy has also had time to write most of the lyrics for Marek's forthcoming CYRIL II album, plus has also contributed lyrics to the wonderful "FETISH" album newly released by Seven Steps to the Green Door. This is a beautiful sounding album crammed with fantastic arrangements and performances..I urge you to go hear/buy it :)

....and, as if this was not enough....the other 15 or so pieces remaining after the DAMANEK selection and now being bundled together to provide the debut material for yet another Project/band Again...more new on all that when that is firmed up.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

DAMANEK

Marek Arnold and Daniel Mash paid me a visit at the end of July 2015 to discuss plans for a new project/venture.

The three of us are of course involved with UPF (See News below) and on tour, we got on so well that now, back at home, we thought we would carry on the collaboration as we are the European arm of that band.

We sat patiently in the studio at BURNSIDE and reviewed all the demos that I had started and they were able to pick out 10 that they wanted to work on with me.

These, plus other tunes from Dan and Marek, will form the basis of a new future band/album

The working title of this outfit is DEMANEK

I will keep you updated as to progress on this plus on the next UPF album too.

However as there are so many new songs of mine now demoed, there will be likely to be yet another project put together to work on those too...so...busy busy busy!!! Guy