We will be back in rehearsals today at Unit One, Colchester. We are again looking to keep things tight and perfect our set for our gigs later this year. We will continue to put more expansive footage of these sessions up onto YouTube for 2023.
We will be back at Unit One Studios in Colchester today for our regular rehearsal sessions. As seen from last week’s video (play above) we will be doing more extensive videos from our sessions going forward into 2023 as part of our strategy to help grow the band’s reach and improve the content going into 2023.
This will include more of the travel, the band working, and the creative process than we have included in previous years’ videos.
We are back at Unit One today for our usual rehearsal sessions. We will be looking to tighten the set up and continue to add to it following our gig at the Hot Box on Thursday night.
We have launched our new EP, Extinction After with two new songs today, Evil I and Evil II. These are two brand new tracks not featured on our album After Extinction. The CD release will be available to Patreons paying £3 and up, which will be sent outside our multi-disc Falling Through Freedom package, a new shirt, and a patch very soon. You can still grab all this merch for just £3 here.
We have further evolved our band’s sound to a darker, thrashier, and heavier tone than our previous releases. Please click the play icons above and below to hear the tracks. The EP will be coming to streaming services at a later date.
We are back at Unit One Studios for the first time in 2023 today. We will be having a refresh session as well as working on our set for our gig at the Hot Box in Chelmsford on January 19th. You can buy tickets in advance from here and Band Backer Patreon’s can attend the gig for free by clicking here. The footage of today’s session will be uploaded onto YouTube next week.
Mixing and editing has been completed for the Extinction After EP. This EP includes 5 brand new songs, not on our most recent album, and was recorded by Wayne Thompson at Unit One Studio’s last year.
Once the final tracks go back, both Patreon CD releases will go to the printers alongside the Falling Through Freedom 10th anniversary patch and t-shirt. We are sorry about the delay. Once this is completed an announcement for the 2023 Patreon pack will be made, and this will be a very special release.
I thought I would do a write-up on the year with the band given it’s been our busiest ever. In the early part of the year, we played a run of gigs put on by One Eye Toad Records which really helped us get back on the road again after the Covid-era restrictions were finally lifted in most cases. Most of these gigs were with Neverworld and Planet Fatale, two bands we have played with on a number of occasions over the years and with who we enjoy playing alongside. It’s worth mentioning that John Morter who organised these gigs and helped us get back to a regular gigging schedule sadly passed away last month. For all of his hard work and dedication to the scene, he will be greatly missed.
During that run of gigs, we had a one-night-only reunion with Anthony Murch on lead guitar. Ant was in the band from 2012-2015 and played on our first two albums. Anthony again played songs from both his time in the band and later albums since his departure. He’s currently playing alongside our former drummer Chris MacKinnon (who likewise joined in 2012, but after our debut album before leaving in 2018) in a band called It’s Not A Phase Mum, covering the 2000’s era classics which can be found here.
We made our return to two of our favourite venues this year too, both the Melbourn Rock Club and the Rock Den in Hatfield, both of which were fun nights.
A large portion of the year has been taken up with recording, editing, mixing, mastering, and so on. We worked extremely hard to get our new album After Extinction finished this year, as well as recording a further 10 tracks for two EPs, one of which has been released digitally and the other is currently being worked on. I have said previously that I cannot remember a time the band has been busier and 2022 certainly was a challenging year, but I feel a great relief to know everything on our end is now completed and there is very little remaining to do going into 2023.
It is worth mentioning that there will be a new Falling Through Freedom t-shirt and patch coming to all our Patreon’s soon, with two EPs (which include a multi-disc set) on CD heading out to everyone paying £3 or more ASAP. We have been slightly delayed in getting these out due to the Extinction After EP still being finalised! These will be with you soon, depending on Royal Mail strikes!
In August of course we joined the Lillian Axe/Riot Act (ex-Riot) tour as a replacement for Kim Melville. This is the first tour this line-up has done, and we had an amazing time on the road, and we are very thankful for the opportunity to play with two exceptional bands here in the U.K.
We aptly finished the year with two hometown shows in Colchester both at the Brewhouse on the 25th of November and Coda, on the 14th.
We also introduced a new Patreon tier, a band backer tier which was to help the band fund an opportunity we were recently offered. Without giving too much away at this stage, an official offer/contract has come through and we used some of the new Patreon funds to have the offer independently accessed by an expert, as well as general guidance on the best route forward for the band in 2023, with more the be revealed at a later date.
On Friday the vocals and backing vocals were tracked for the Extinction After EP which means the recording is now complete and the release can now be edited, mixed and mastered. You can hear a preview here.
Later the same day we played the Brewhouse, Colchester for the first time alongside Heathen Kings and Osmium Guillotine. It was absolutely jam packed and it was great to see so many people supporting live Heavy Metal in Colchester. We will be back in Colchester on the 14th at Coda! You can attend by clicking here.
Today we’ll be rehearsing as a three piece at Unit One as Toby has come down with a very nasty flu.
Rage will be heading over to Gallow Wood Media on Sunday (13th) to complete the recording of the Falling Through Freedom EP vocals and Unit One Studios on the 25thfor the 2021 EP. These will hopefully be the final recording sessions for both Patreon EPs.
The 2021 EP will contain 5 brand new songs not included on the recent album After Extinction and the Falling Through Freedom EP will be re-recordings of 5 songs to celebrate the release of that album 10 years ago which will include two songs, not on the original album. These will only be available on CD through Patreon. You can get both from £3 here.
We are back at Unit One Studio’s, Colchester for our gig next week at Poco Loco in Chatham. Tickets are available on the door from 8pm or in advance for a reduced price here. We’ll be playing alongside Stormborn and Konkrete.
The album has made some progress in recent weeks with the addition of keys and some last-minute changes to some of the vocals. The reason this album has been more complicated than previous releases is it has been recorded between two studios (Unit One and Gallow Wood Media) and both studios have had a hand in the editing process whereas I and the band have overseen the mixing process in a more involved way than previous releases. It’s not where our expertise is, but due to the UK Lockdowns over the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to work in this way. This has also meant the costs associated with the album are much greater than our previous releases. Broadly speaking the project is almost finished and we are sorry about the delay.
Kaine 21’ EP
All the instruments have been recorded, I am in the final stages of finishing the lyrics before I book in vocal recording sessions. This EP contains 5 brand new songs and has been delayed largely because of the backlog to do with the new album. So far all of the recordings have taken place at Unit One Studios and no editing or mixing has taken place.
Kaine 22’ EP – Falling Through Freedom Anniversary Box Set
We have finished recording all the bass and guitars for the new EP at Gallow Wood Media, with Liam currently working on what he would like to do with the drums. This EP will be included in the anniversary set of the album, which will include the “demo” album, recorded by the 2011 line-up, the original 2012 album, the 2016 remaster, and the new EP.
Lillian Axe and Riot Act Tour
I have also been very busy working on the tour. I am pleased to say the transport and hotels are now all booked up. In terms of crew, Alex Odinson and Charles Franklin will be handing roadie duties which include everything from loading in, to providing tech support, looking after merchandise, and recording video footage of the gigs.
All t-shirt pre-orders have now been sent out with signed posters. In recent weeks I have written to a number of our Bandcamp buyers via the post with invitations to the tour, I have been using our emailing lists to send our targeted emails and videos to promote the events and obviously running an extensive social media campaign. I have also been supporting Lillian Axe with their social media campaign.
We will be using this tour to promote our most recent album Reforge The Steel, which was released just before the Covid-19 pandemic and this restricted the number of gigs we could do to promote it.
Opportunities like this do not come around often, and whether or not we get this kind of opportunity again depends on the success of this tour, which is why I am working flat out to try and make every show a sell-out. You can get tickets from here.