Hawkwind announce All Aboard The Skylark NEW album.
By Paul Davies.
Cherry Red announce the brand-new studio album by the legendary Hawkwind. All Aboard The Skylark is the band’s 32nd studio album and a storming return to their space rock roots.
2019 marks the beginning of the band’s 50th Anniversary year and All Aboard The Skylark picks up effortlessly from their conceptual Top 40 charting albums The Machine Stops (2016) and Into The Woods(2017).
Musically the solid quartet of Dave Brock (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Richard Chadwick (drums), Niall Hone (bass, keyboards) and Magnus Martin (guitar, vocals) have created a tight, psychedelic groove that runs through the spine of the album, but embraces each musician’s individual talents along the way.
Opener Flesh Fondue is a classic Hawkwind space rock number; alien creatures feeding on the inhabitants of planets, carried by Brock’s characteristic guitar and vocals and underpinned by Chadwick’s superb rhythm and hypnotic drum fills. Nets Of Space is a bass driven trip, complimented by swirling guitar loops and rhythmic drumming while the conceptual Last Man On Earth and We are not Dead…Only Sleepinglead us headlong into the free-spirited psychedelic groove of All Aboard The Skylark. The contemplative 65 Million Years Ago, with haunting Brock vocals is followed by the melodic lament, In the Beginning, which leads to the expansive and multi-layered The Road To…, and closes with The Fantasy of Faldom, (based on a Hermann Hesse fairytale).. This is an exciting and unmissable addition to the Hawkwind canon.
Bonus disc 2 – Acoustic Daze
Following a live tour, when Hawkwind opened their own shows with an acoustic set, the band went into the studio and recorded Acoustic Daze, acoustic versions of some classic Hawkwind tracks.
Including Psy Power, Down Through The Night andWe Took The Wrong Step Years Ago, this shows another fascinating side to the band. Stripping back the songs to their roots doesn’t dilute any of the raw power, highlighting the depth and musical perception that Hawkwind have forged over the past fifty years.
The 50th Anniversary celebrations this year have already seen the band headline the acoustic stage at Glastonbury and play a headline slot at the metal festival Graspop in Belgium, alongside a host of other UK and European festivals, including a free Easter festival for their Hawkwind Passport Holder fan club.. They’ve been nominated for awards and are planning a special 50th Anniversary Hawkfest for the end of the year. There will be a nationwide tour in November culminating in a show at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall on November 26th.
Sunday November 10 – Theatre Royal, Brighton
Monday November 11 – Grand Opera House, York
Tuesday November 12 – Corn Exchange, Ipswich
Wednesday November 13 – The Anvil, Basingstoke
Friday November 15 – Albert Hall, Manchester
Saturday November 16 – The Queens Hall, Edinburgh
Sunday November 17 – O2 Academy, Glasgow
Monday November 18 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Tuesday November 19 – Anson Rooms, Bristol
Wednesday November 20 – Tramshed, Cardiff
Friday November 22 – Rock City, Nottingham
Saturday November 23 – Town Hall, Birmingham
Sunday November 24 – Empire, Coventry
Monday November 25 - G Live, Guildford
Tuesday November 26 – Royal Albert Hall, London
All Aboard The Skylark
Nets Of Space
Last Man On Earth
We Are Not Dead…Only Sleeping
All Aboard The Skylark
65 Million Years Ago
In The Beginning
The Road To…
The Fantasy of Faldum
Hymne To The Sun
Intro The Night
Down Through The Night
Get Yourself Together
Ascent Of Man
We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago