STEVE HOGARTH & RICHARD BARBIE - Not The Weapon But The Hand (CD)
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KSCOPE RE-ISSUE THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM STEVE HOGARTH (MARILLION) & RICHARD BARBIERI (JAPAN,
PORCUPINE TREE) ON MID-PRICE CD
As an ex-founder of the new-wave pioneers Japan, Richard Barbieri was a leader in creating the ground-breaking
synthesiser sound that defined the band and influenced the likes of The Human League, Duran Duran, Gary Numan, Talk
Talk and a whole raft of artists to follow. Together, the band record five studio albums culminating in the
groundbreaking Tin Drum, which stayed in the UK Albums Chart for a year. Following Japan, Barbieri joined Steven
Wilson to form the legendary progressive outfit Porcupine Tree, and has since released two solo studio albums and
announced a third, Planets + Persona, due for release 3rd March 2017.
Hogarth is best known as the frontman of Marillion, the progressive rock legends that he joined in 1989, following spells
in The Europeans and How We Live. Marillion are enjoying the successes of their 2016 studio album F.E.A.R., and the
album's worldwide tour is continuing into the Aumtumn of 2017.
A few years before the release of Not The Weapon But The Hand, Porcupine Tree played some shows
with Marillion and Steve invited Richard to be part of The H band on his Ice Cream Genius album. This association
developed into what Hogarth describes as ?an easyworking relationship which rapidly became an understanding beyond
music.? It wasn?t surprising then that the duo decided to collaborate on a joint project, a venture they have been working
on for the past few years, the results of which can be heard on their debut album together.
"It also goes beyond what you might expect from the two of us... The album consists of music which is at times moving,
complex, multi-layered (both instrumentally and vocally) spooky, goofy and of course, very personal to me."
Not The Weapon But The Hand was completed in late 2011 and features occasional appearances from Danny
Thompson on double bass, Arran Ahmun (John Martyn) and Chris Maitland (ex-Porcupine Tree) on drums and
guitar and string arrangement contributions from Dave Gregory (XTC).
Kscope are releasing Not The Weapon But The Hand as mid-price CD digipack with an 8-page booklet a few weeks after
the release of Richard Barbieri's hotly anticipated third solo album, Planets + Persona.
Cat No: KSCOPE474
Packaging: CD Digipak
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