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Galactic Cowboys are back

Started by The Letter R, September 27, 2017, 08:23:35 am

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The Letter R

After a 17 year break ( excluding a couple of 1 off shows ) the Galactic Cowboys are back with their new album Long Way Back to the Moon - official press release here from Blabbermouth - let's hope we get some UK Dates off the back of it. May have to do a mini stalker tour across the Country if so.....


Youtube link to first track they have released - noticed a Permanent Waves Picture on the wall behind Ben  8)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK2fbpIOG3s
Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group has announced the signing of '90s progressive metal adventurers GALACTIC COWBOYS. The band's reunited original lineup -- lead vocalist Ben Huggins, drummer/vocalist Alan Doss, guitarist/vocalist Dane Sonnier and vocalist/bassist Monty Colvin -- will release its first album in seventeen years, "Long Way Back To The Moon", on November 17. They descended upon Doss's studio in Houston, Texas in early 2016 to write and record.
A video for the track "Internal Masquerade" can be seen below.
GALACTIC COWBOYS has always been a musical enigma. Hailing from Houston, Texas, the band combined melodic thrash, progressive metal, and BEATLES-esque harmonies into a genre of its own creation. Blending these considerable musical chops with a quirky sense of humor, the band quickly distinguished itself from anyone else in the world, garnering fans amongst some of music's biggest stars. Their first time around, though, they were the right band at exactly the wrong time. On this outing, they shoot for the moon again, and celebrate the journey back.

The COWBOYS' most notable fanbase became other musicians--an exclusive club that included other 1990s musical misanthropes such as JELLYFISH, KING'S X and Kevin Gilbert. Reflecting both the musicality and diversity of the band, GALACTIC COWBOYS toured with two hard rock/metal legends, ANTHRAX and DREAM THEATER.

Said former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy: "The GALACTIC COWBOYS were (and still are) one of my favorite bands to emerge from the '90s. Great songwriting, killer players and euphoric harmonies. They were always criminally underrated and overlooked, which led to their premature demise in 2000. My last seventeen years have had a hole in my musical palate without them and I couldn't be happier at the announcement of their return! Welcome back boys... I missed you!"
The eleven new tracks (and two bonus tracks) included on "Long Way Back To The Moon" harken back to the COWBOYS' iconic songs, but are infused with a contemporary hard rock sound. In the tradition of ALAN PARSONS PROJECT, Steven Wilson and PERIPHERY, the album is completely organic: engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by the band -- even all the artwork. One trapping of contemporary production set aside by the band was an over-reliance on studio trickery -- no Pro Tools, drum triggers or even vocal tuning. Just real music by real musicians.
The album's sound is alternately heavy, whimsical, charging, and crunching, combining inescapable atmosphere with the drive of a band on a mission. Old fans will feel at home, but hard rock fans who have never heard GALACTIC COWBOYS before will also be instantly hooked. As with all GALACTIC COWBOYS albums, the songs are emotional in topic, and often including a large dose of ironic humor. Each song is performed, sung, and written with intense passion.
Said Colvin: "It was an absolute pleasure getting back together with the guys to record this album. I think we've all grown as musicians and as people since we first got together in '89, and I think our fans will really love this new stuff."
The song "Zombies" is a tongue-in-cheek study on finding love on the last day of human existence, blended with social commentary regarding modern society's obsession with its electronic screens. Timely topics continue with "Next Joke": from kids' sports in which everyone gets a trophy to Disney telling kids to wish upon a star and all their dreams will come true, our unrealistic expectations have set us all up for failure: the joke is on us. "Internal Masquerade", the album's first single, examines the turmoil endemic to the human experience and the difficulties in keeping self-generated darkness at bay, themes revisited in darker "Blood In My Eyes".

pdw1

Brilliant news.
Hopefully we will get a European tour and uk dates.

Pump up the space suit!
Better drowned than duffers if not duffers wont drown

The Letter R

Quote from: pdw1 on September 27, 2017, 08:25:53 am
Brilliant news.
Hopefully we will get a European tour and uk dates.

Pump up the space suit!



Indeed!! 8) :)

Analog RH

Excellent news.
Remember watching them gobsmacked when they supported King's X at The Astoria back in the day. What a band they were.  8)

The Letter R

Quote from: Analog RH on September 27, 2017, 17:55:35 pm
Excellent news.
Remember watching them gobsmacked when they supported King's X at The Astoria back in the day. What a band they were.  8)



Exactly the same for me  :)

pdw1

I just remember the sound of jaws hitting the ground as they played.
A unique band.
Better drowned than duffers if not duffers wont drown

The Letter R