So what is it? A livudio release, ‘unleashed in the studio’… no that one’s taken. Either way, it’s a hybrid and probably the one of the first of its kind.
One of my personal favourites from the ‘Signal Fire’ album ‘All I Need Is You’ is given the acoustic treatment and sounded magnificent, with the vocals and the guitar bouncing off the walls of the church providing warmth and depth.
The loose, fluid, almost made up on a whim, medley of classic rock and pop tracks from the 70s, 80s and 90s showed just how versatile this band can be when they want to. It also served to paint the widest of grins on the faces of most of the people present.
On ‘Fight Another Day’, “I heard somebody’s making some bootlegs out there. Just let Graeme [Bell] know and he’ll send you the artwork!”
“Champion deals with the concept that we are what we eat, not just our physical health but our soul’s well-being,”
To coincide with their UK & European tour, Dan Reed Network talk about the concept behind music video for their sublime and exhilarating new single, ‘Champion’.
I’ve got a song called “99 Lashes” that’s about a really heavy subject about a woman from Iran that’s been sentenced to death for cheating on her husband and she got the standard sentence that women get when they’re accused of infidelity. They’re being whipped 99 times.
Dan Reed Network are back. Of that there is no doubt. A musical wilderness, that saw Dan Reed enter a Buddhist monastery, tear up all of his contacts in the music industry, live in India and Jerusalem before finding his musical muse again and slowly re-emerging into the light, is all forgotten now as the band enter their 3rd year since a ‘one-off’ show on NYE in Portland. The new lease of life, a son and a new album with Frontiers Records in the pipeline, means that Dan has, not surprisingly a lot to say right now. The first of our two part interview is below;
With a new album about to be recorded through Frontiers, personnel changes with Blake Sakamoto leaving the band for personal reasons, a lot is going on in the world of DRN at the moment. The album will be their first new studio output in over 20 years and Rob Daiker is doing a fine job as Blake’s replacement. A long time friend and collaborator of Dan Reed’s appearing on much of his solo work, Rob is a natural fit in the band and has helped ensure the tour is going ahead as planned.
Support comes from Scotland’s ‘The King Lot’ (I see what they’ve done there…!) and Sweden’s ‘Electric Boys’.