Modern progressive rockers announce catalogue reissues with bonus material and spring UK tour.
Rapidly rising effervescent British progressive/modern melodic rock five-piece Touchstone are set to release their back catalogue on April 30th through SPV/Steamhammer. The group, who are currently promoting new album The City Sleeps, will embark on a mini UK tour in the spring to mark the occasion.
The reissues, which include the enhanced edition of the band's first EP Mad Hatters (2006) as well as debut full length album Discordant Dreams (2007) and Wintercoast (2009), will contain rare and previously unreleased live bonus tracks recorded at 2010's High Voltage Festival in London's Victoria Park, as well as additional never-seen-before artwork by guitarist Adam Hodgson.
The Wintercoast album release will contain fully mixed and mastered live renditions of ‘Shadow’ and ‘Joker In The Pack’, whilst Discordant Dreams will feature the epic ‘Wintercoast’ and energetic crowd favourite ‘Strange Days’. Full track listing for the releases is below.
Touchstone released new studio album The City Sleeps on SPV/Steamhammer in October 2011 to critical acclaim. The album went straight into the UK Top 40 Official Rock Charts at No. 36 and featured in the top 20 of Classic Rock Magazine and Classic Rock Presents PROG’s Best Albums of 2011 Critics Choice.
Spring headline tour dates are as follows, and a European tour is currently in the pipeline for autumn 2012:
30th March – The Duchess, York + Heather Findlay & Chris Johnson
31st March – The Peel, Kingston-Upon-Thames + HAKEN
1st April – The Tunnels, Bristol + Shadow Of The Sun

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November 2012

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Rapidly rising effervescent British progressive / modern melodic metal rock five-piece Touchstone have inked an exclusive long term deal with SPV / Steamhammer to release their much anticipated third studio album, ‘The City Sleeps’ on January 9th. ‘The City Sleeps’ boasts select sweeping, classic ‘Touchstone Rock’ trademark dynamic moving epics such as ‘The City Sleeps’ and ‘When Shadows Fall’, but also ventures into more melodic rock areas than before. On ‘The City Sleeps’, the sequel to the title track of their last album, ‘Wintercoast’, Anna-Marie Wayne, actress and daughter of ‘War Of The Worlds’ composer Jeff Wayne, adds her substantial voice-over talent to the title track. ‘When Shadows Fall’ is the sequel to the song ‘Shadow’ from Touchstone’s first album, ‘Discordant Dreams’, and picks up a few decades later, while ‘Horizons’, ‘Half Moon Meadow’ and ‘Sleeping Giants’ all mark exciting departures for the band as they embark on a new melodic rock journey. And then there is the downright crazy ‘Good Boy Psycho’, where the mental twists and turns of this psychotic rollercoaster of a track leave you gasping for breath!

Touchstone, who were formed in 2003 by keyboard player / vocalist Rob Cottingham and guitarist Adam Hodgson, were joined by bassist Paul Moorghen in 2006, vocalist Kim Seviour in 2007 and drummer Henry Rogers in June 2010 to complete the current line-up. After the release of the band’s warmly received debut 4 track EP, ‘Mad Hatters’, in 2006, incredible young vocalist Kim Seviour joined the band and they recorded their debut album ‘Discordant Dreams’ with John Mitchell (Kino, It Bites, Arena, Frost*) mixing and Tim Turan (Motorhead, Marilyn Manson, Frost*) mastering the LP. After winning ‘Best New Band’ at the Classic Rock Society Awards in 2008, the band toured with It Bites. Their second album ‘Wintercoast’, featuring Oscar winning actor Jeremy Irons performing the prelude narration, lifted Touchstone’s profile even higher, winning them a series of prestigious appearances at such major American Festivals as the Rites of Spring in Philadelphia in Spring 2009 and CalProg in California in October 2009.

2010 saw the release of ‘Live In The USA’, a double album of 14 live tracks recorded at the 2009 gigs, which received glowing reviews. Powerplay’s Andrew Haunt awarded the album 10/10, enthusing “The vocal interplay between Kim and Robert is sublime, and certainly the centrepiece of the Touchstone Sound as well as its secret weapon…They have the ability to be both hard hitting and extremely personal in the same song. Not a single note is wasted with their tunes…These are the early days of one of the genre’s future icons, and ‘Live In The USA’ is about as perfect a place to start as you can get.” Classic Rock’s Geoff Barton rated ‘Live In USA’ 8/10 in the magazine’s September 2010 issue, stating “The quality of the songwriting always shines through and never gets swamped by complexity. In fact, ‘Joker In The Pack’ and ‘Strange Days’ might just be the two best commercial-sounding prog tunes written in the last ten years. No Kidding.” Touchstone opened the first ever High Voltage Festival in London’s Victoria Park in July 2010, prior to the likes of ELP, ZZ Top, and Black Label Society, whose main man Zakk Wylde commented “Great set – you guys will never be 1st on again!”

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11th November 2011

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