Following on from David's recent post about 2013, here is a brief look ahead to our plans in 2014.
As we've mentioned before, we are now gearing up for some live activity. This is a major undertaking for us as Big Big Train hasn't played any gigs since earlier incarnations of the band and, when the current BBT started working together in 2009, we did not expect to be in a position to be playing live again. This meant that the songs on our studio albums became multi-layered recordings (with brass and strings and all sorts of things) and these are not easy to perform live.
We did have the option of stripping the tracks back to more basic arrangements for live performances, but we like the sound of the music we make these days and want to perform the songs in as full a fashion as possible. So, we've decided that we'll be aiming for performances with brass and strings and have been working hard on preparing a number of songs to test out in our August rehearsals at Real World studios. Once we're happy that everything is sounding strong, we'll be looking to make some announcements about a live show or two (not sure where yet but certainly in England to start with.) As we've previously mentioned, we'll also be filming the Real World performances for a Blu-Ray and DVD release at a later stage.
In working through the songs, we've identified a need for a strong additional keyboard player, guitarist and vocalist. I am very pleased to announce that we will be joined at Real World and for live shows by the wonderful Rikard Sjöblom from one of our favourite bands, Beardfish. Rikard is a fine keyboard player, guitarist and singer and so is able to fill all of our requirements in one person. He is a also a top chap which is very important to us.
Alongside our Real World preparation we are well into recording a new studio album, and work continues on Station Masters where we are revisiting some of our earlier songs with the new line-up. So, we are extremely busy and, if you see a little less of us in the BBT forum from time-to-time it's simply because we're working hard on new music, old music, or both.
Finally, the subscription copies of Prog magazine have started to arrive today ahead of going on sale in the shops on the 8th January. I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank-you to everybody who took the trouble to vote for us in the readers' polls in the magazine. The results Big Big Train achieved in the Prog polls (in band, album, vocalist and drummer categories) have given us a wonderful start to 2014.
Looks like 2014 could be a great year for the band and fans alike. Something to look forward to.
The band is going from strength to strength!! Great news and a hearty welcome to Rikard Sjöblom who I'm certain will compliment the already fabulous music!!
Love this! Makes life easy! Amazing to follow you and the band, Greg! :-)
Great news! I can't wait for the live shows and the Station Masters idea is long overdue - it will be amazing to hear the new line-up do some of the old songs. Keep up the good work. Go Trains!
Greg and the rest of the Chaps, first thank you for keeping us passengers in the loop. All the best and success in what sounds like one of the biggest BBT undertaking. As a fan anything I can personally do on this side of the pond in terms of promotions, graphics, etc. Please do not hesitate to ask. BBT has given me and others so much, It will be a delight for me personally to give of myself without recompense. Good luck with everything blokes!
Thoroughly enjoying Full Power and looking forward to live shows hopefully in 2014. Lets hope the Box Steam Brewery provide liquid refreshments.
Where do we think the live shows will be ?
One week ago I'd never heard of Big Big Train. By tomorrow I'll have purchased everything I can get my hands on. I picked up English Electric on a whim and a recommendation and was overwhelmed. Truly great material, and I'm heartened to know that someone out there is making music this majestic, and this beautiful. I probably buy upwards of 200 albums a year and don't impress easily, so kudos - and then some. Thanks...
I agree would you consider playing at the picturdrome Holmfirth oop North?
Stunningly good music I've been waiting for
I hope BBT come up north
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