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Lifesigns: Progressive in a nice way with major chords!

Lifesigns - Altitude

Lifesigns is according to themselves progressive in a nice way with major chords! Altitude is their last offering and the album have close to an hour with music! Lifesigns consists of experienced and very skilled musician former seen in well-known prog band. Veteran keyboard player John Young known from The Strawbs, John Wetton, Bonnie Tyler, The Scorpions, Fish, Uli Jon Roth and others realized in 2008 that he had never done a pure prog album. The band Lifesigns, is the direct result of that realization.

Lifesigns was as mentioned above the brainchild of John Young (keys/vocals) and he soon recruited Frosty Beedle (drums), Steve Rispin (sound) and Nick Beggs (bass/vocals). Their first album, Lifesigns, was released in February 2013 and sold well, briefly reaching the UK top 100 album chart. Guests included Steve Hackett (Genesis), Robin Boult (Fish) and Thijs Van Leer (Focus).

The band started touring the following year with Jon Poole joining to replace Nick Beggs who had other commitments. The line up was completed by former Steven Wilson guitarist Niko Tsonev. Fifty shows were played over the next year with highlights being appearances at Cruise To The Edge in the USA and Night of the Prog at Lorelei in Germany as well as the Ramblin’ Man and Cropredy festivals in the UK.

In addition to this Live In London, a DVD and double audio CD was released. This was recorded at Under The Bridge at Chelsea Football Club.

In 2017 a new album Cardington was released. The album was funded via a pledge music campaign that met its target in just 48 hours. The album features guest appearances from Robin Boult (Fish), Dave Bainbridge (Iona) and Menno Gootjes (Focus). Niko decided to pursue his own solo career after having played on the album, and he in turn was replaced in the band by Dave Bainbridge on guitar and second keyboards. Cardington reached the top ten in the Amazon national chart and was number 4 in the UK Indie chart, all without any mainstream airplay.

In 2018 Lifesigns took to the road again with a third appearance on Cruise To The Edge and a UK tour. 2019 saw the band perform further live dates both in the UK and Europe.

February 2020 saw the release of the single Impossible, a radio friendly edit of the track from Cardington, which brought the band to a new audience. A short tour in March 2020 was to culminate in a fourth appearance on Cruise To The Edge in the USA, but the cruise has now been postponed to April 2022. June 2020 marked the end of Frosty Beedle’s time with the band and the arrival of Zoltán Csörsz.

Tracklist:

1. Altitude (15:18)

2. Gregarious (4:38)

3. Ivory Tower (7:42)

4. Shoreline (7:38)

5. Fortitude (10:07)

6. Arkhangelsk (0:57)

7. Last One Home (6:14)

8. Altitude (reprise) (1:50)

Total Time 54:24

Line-up:

John Young – keys, vocals

Dave Bainbridge (Iona, Strawbs, Celestial Fire) – guitar

Jon Poole – bass, vocals

Zoltan Csorsz (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic and The Tangent) – drums

   With

Robin Boult (Fish) – acoustic guitar (3)

Peter Knight – violin (1)

Juliet Wolff – cello  (1)

Lynsey Ward – backing vocals

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About Ulf Backstrøm (7226 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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