20th November 2013
It's Christmas (Sing Out Loud) Pre Order Now!
Hello one and all!
Sorry for the delay - it's been all go with promotion for 'It's Christmas (Sing Out Loud)' but here it is, as promised. The 'It's Christmas (Sing Out Loud)' Pre-order!
It's Christmas (Sing Out Loud) Pre Order
Please, please, please keep spreading the word like you have been doing and continue to do. It would be so good to see all your hard work pay off and show the world that is can still be done. Let's put a smile on people's faces...
You lot really are the best. Thank you and we know it's not yet but, "It's Christmas (Sing Out Loud)"
14th November 2013
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
Trinity Show 2014...
We bring you some news regarding 2014's Trinity project, which features The Reasoning, Touchstone and Magenta. Very regretfully, Magenta have had to withdraw from these shows for very personal reasons. As many of you already know, Christina has been diagnosed with breast cancer, meaning that after Christmas she will have to under go various forms of therapies to beat the condition. We are all greatly saddened by this, and we wish Christina all of the love and support we can offer. We know that she will win the battle, and be back on stage in the not too distant future.
After much consideration about the implications for Trinity, it was decided that, rather than seeking to alter the intended line-up, it would be fair and, more importantly, respectful to postpone the shows until a later date. The shows WILL still take place (at the same venues), and as soon as Christina is fit and well, we will announce the revised dates.
For those of you who have already bought tickets for either show, there will be a very special whole day event taking place on May 18th at Leamington, for which all of your existing tickets will be valid. This will be a fundraising event for Cancer charities. Almost all of us knows at least someone who is undergoing their own battle with cancer, and we believe that, with your help, we can put on a show that will lift spirits, raise awareness and also raise a load of cash for a good cause. Chris Lynch, the owner of Leamington Assembly, is very kindly giving us the bar profits from the show, whilst The Reasoning and Touchstone will waive their fees. All monies from ticket sales for the event will also go towards the cause. Additional bands will be added to the bill very soon, and extra events around the main show are being planned, to bring you a full day's musical experience. More news on that over the next few weeks.
All tickets are valid for this new event, although full refunds will of course be made if required. The wonderful team at Prog magazine have been amazingly supportive as always! They are fully behind this new event, and will continue to sponsor the rescheduled Trinity shows as and when they go ahead.
Thank you all for your incredible support towards these shows and for appreciating our need to postpone them at this stage. We promise to deliver a day to remember on the 18th May, and to raise some serious awareness and cash for something very important. We'll have more news very soon. Watch this space and take care. Be good.
Matt, Adam, Rob and Jerry.
6th November 2013
It's Christmas (Sing Out Loud)
Greetings to you all!
As you will have observed, 2013 has - purposefully - been a quiet year for The Reasoning in terms of gigs and releases. Contrary to this illusion of inertia, however, things have been busier than ever underneath the surface (recalling once more Michael Caine and his famous duck quotation). Album 5 is taking shape very nicely, and we're already looking forward to an action packed 2014.
As if this were not enough, here at Comet HQ our very own Mr Mattivator (see what we did there) was overcome by a festive epiphany, and finally wrote the Christmas song he's been itching to write for years.
The band loved it immediately, as did the few select "judges" who were sent a sneaky preview... And so we decided to seize the moment, and release the track as a Christmas single. The entire song was written and recorded in under a week, which is a pretty fine turnaround by anyone's standards!
Our recording session took place at Rob Reed's studio (he of Magenta, Kompendium and Chimpan A notoriety), and suffice it to say we had an absolute blast. In an unexpected twist, Mr Reed also very kindly performed all the keyboard parts for the track, since our own Rob Gerrard was at home receiving an important delivery of his own in the form of a new baby daughter. Congratulations to Mr and Mrs G!
One of our motivations for this release was our exasperation with contemporary Christmas songs that just don't seem to hit the spot anymore. Where are the bells and the glockenspiels that evoke such a powerful nostalgia at this time of year? What happened to all the fun?!? You'll find it all here in this gloriously catchy, upbeat, sing-a-long song: we could all use a bit of good feeling in our lives right now, and here it is!!
After completing work on the full band version of the track, Matt was keen to also record an acoustic alternative, to cater especially for those of you who - like Dr. (Bah Humbug) Rach - might prefer less explicitly "Christmassy" Christmas tunes. The final result was a piano and vocal version that gives Gabrielle Aplin a serious run for her money. Do not listen without a handkerchief. You have been warned. Huge thanks to Rob Reed to his fantastic work as keyboard wizard, recording engineer extraordinaire and mixing guru. You're a star.
So - you have two tracks to choose from! The title of said song is It's Christmas (Sing Out Loud), and both versions will be available from iTunes and all other digital outlets from the 25th November 2013.
Now to the serious part - WE NEED YOU!!
We're going to make a concerted effort to get this song into the charts, just to prove to the music industry that audience power is stronger today than it's ever been. Pre-orders are now available, and even if you're not usually fond of downloads, please get behind this one and help us show a cynical world just what bands like us can achieve with the support of amazing people like you. If you really can't bear the idea of an MP3, there will also be full "flac" versions on our Band Camp site, but do remember that these purchases don't count towards our chart position, so you'll have to buy both (insert naughty Christmas giggle).
It may be a long shot, but we'll have fun trying!
Want to appear in the video for the full band song as well? It's easy! Here's what you need to do: send us a four second video of you playing any instrument, wearing your best Christmas finery, and generally being as silly as possible. The best contributions will be edited together and released to accompany the song. Send your video as a .MOV file to email@example.com.
Thanks for reading, for listening, and for sharing this with us - we really want you to be a part of the whole experience. Let's try and make Christmas a truly special one this year, with plenty of laugher, song and merriness.
Love to you all as always. TR xxxxx
11th September 2013
Good afternoon, lovely people of t'Internet land. We hope we find you in fine fettle!
This coming weekend - 14th and 15th September - we Reasoning folk are convening in Cardiff for an album 5 (and beyond) planning session, which will undoubtedly lead to much beer, wine, Sambuca, Jagermeister and curry. Why are we telling you all of this? Largely because, in addition to the usual TR family faces, and Big Dave (ha!), there will be someone else joining us... we'd therefore like to introduce you to our new, live vocalist and acoustic/electric rhythm guitarist, Mr. Carey Beor.
Many of you will remember Carey from 2010, when his great band Acoustic Zeppelin opened for The Reasoning on their Adverse Camber tour. The connections reach far further back than that, though: he and Rachel have been good friends for over two decades, and have worked together in various bands many times before. They've recently embarked together with keyboard/vocalist James Laws on a new acoustic project called The Ragged Tigers: more news on that soon.
So - what is Carey's role with TR, you may ask? Carey will be a member of our touring band, and although his vocals will be added to any future recordings, he will not be a part of our writing unit. The Reasoning will remain a 5 piece core band for the foreseeable future. For our live shows, then, Carey will lend us the male counter vocal that we've always loved. He also brings a wonderful rhythm guitar sparkle to the songs. He and Rachel work beautifully together as vocalists, and the performance dynamic between them will add something really special, as well as restoring the rich harmonies and intricate vocal interplay that have been central to The Reasoning's creative vision from the very beginning. Along with Rob's keyboard prowess, his voice is also excellent, and with the other band members adding their voices as well, we'll be creating the type of music we initially set out to make. Work has already begun on the arrangements from our Awakening album which, of course, we'll be performing in its entirety at the TRINITY shows next May.
So there you have it! We're forging ahead with the determination for which The Reasoning are renowned, and also with a huge amount of excitement! We can't wait to get back out there on the road. The future, as always, is bright and bountiful. Safe to say we'll be coming back at y'all with such gusto, you won't know what hit you. Love to you all.
27th August 2013
A brand new, mini touring festival called TRINITY is launched! The first phase of this event will bring you three hugely popular bands - Magenta, Touchstone and The Reasoning - each performing one complete album from their own back catalogue. The albums in question (just to whet your appetites even further) will be Seven, Discordant Dreams and Awakening. The initial shows will take place in London and the Midlands, on May 17th 2014 and May 18th 2014, in Islington Assembly Hall and Leamington Assembly Rooms. Tickets for these shows are available NOW from the following links:
There will also be unique and event-specific merchandise on sale at the festival.
For an affordable price of just £20, these fantastic larger-scale venues will enable each band to perform more spectacular shows, and to deliver their sets with drama, style and panache. Given the rapidly increasing costs of many individual shows these days, we think you'll agree that musical value for money doesn't get much better than this! The festival is also part of a long term project: one that is intended to expand and develop in subsequent months and years thus allowing further shows, that will include different artists, and changing line-ups, although always based on this same three bands/three albums model.
We're also proud to tell you that, for these first shows, the festival is sponsored by the fabulous Prog mag, so you can expect to read all about it there, too. A TRINITY website www.trinitylive.co.uk and a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TrinityLiveConcert have both been set up already and will be going live very soon: all news and important information about the festival will be available there, and will be regularly updated. We look forward to sharing it with all of you!
24th August 2013
50 Seconds in the Life...
'The View From Where I Stand Begins To Change'
Things at The Reasoning HQ recently are much resembling Sir Michael Caine's famous quote: "Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath". We're incredibly busy behind the scenes, thinking, writing, planning, organising, and generally shaping things up for next year's album and tour. We felt that it was high time we reconnected more closely with all of you wonderful people, and so we bring you something special that we'll be sharing with you every Sunday from tomorrow until the album is released.
Every day of every week at noon, each member of the band captures a 2 second video snippet of whatever they're doing, wherever they are, at that time. The clips are then edited together (thank you, Jake!) and set to a newly written / recorded musical soundtrack (thank you, Matt!)... creating a 50 second movie for you to watch every week via our official YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/thereasoning!), via our Facebook and Twitter pages and of course, via this site. This gives you a brief glimpse into our lives (expect the unexpected: nothing too rude, though), and is also rather magical, because it means that all five of us are virtually - spiritually, if that's your thing! - connected with one another for those few moments at the same time each day. It's proving to be quite emotionally powerful already, and we're loving the whole process.
We're sure you'll love it too, and we're thrilled with the idea. Let's see whether we can send it viral! We shall also watch with great interest to see whether we inspire a host of similar projects in our little corner of the music scene. Remember: you saw it here first!
So: welcome to our worlds. Enjoy. We'll see you soon.
Love as always
Rach and TR xxxxx
1st August 2013
We Bring You News...
Summer greetings to you all! We bring you news.
Back in 2011, you'll recall Rachel saying in an interview with Prog magazine that The Reasoning have never been afraid of change. This willingness to embrace the unexpected is something that we all feel very strongly about indeed; and we've certainly experienced our fair share of it on our collective musical journey.
Earlier this summer, Tony approached us stating that for very personal reasons, he had found himself with no choice but to relinquish his position within the band. Whilst this was a shock and a disappointment to us, we fully understood his predicament, and supported his decision unconditionally, such that we came to accept his resignation.
The band has developed a close emotional bond and a very powerful sense of solidarity in the wake of events over the past 18 months or so, and it's certainly true to say that another big change was the last thing we anticipated. The three and half years that we've spent with Tony have been absolutely wonderful. The band has learnt to share deeply personal feelings during this time, and lifelong friendships have been forged as a result. We'd like to thank Tony from the bottom of all our hearts, for his friendship, his outstanding musicianship, for being there with us throughout the highs and the lows, and for his wonderful sense of humour and always being able to make us laugh. We will miss you, Tony, and we wish you all the best of happiness and health for you and your family, and look forward to enjoying your future musical endeavours.
WeÔÇÖve known about Tony's decision for quite a while, and we're very thankful to him for having graciously allowed us the time to find a new fifth member of the band before making this news public. With the process now complete, we're delighted to be able to announce today that - after extensive auditions - the position has been filled by an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist Robert Gerrard. For the past six months, we've been planning The Reasoning's fifth studio album: writing is well underway, and we already have a title! The writing process will now continue unabated, and with Robert as part of the line-up.
So there you have it! Another unanticipated change for us, perhaps, but it's certainly fair to say that The Reasoning have demonstrated their resilience and adaptability in the face of enormous challenges many, many times before. We've shown you what we're capable of, and will continue to do so. Rest assured that we'll be bring you an incredibly forward-thinking and exciting album in 2014, supported by a substantial tour and a number of additional musical projects. Next year promises to be one of our busiest to date, and you can expect to be seeing a great deal of us!
Thank you - as always - for your love, support and encouragement. We couldn't do any of it without you, and we can't wait to see you all very soon. In the meantime, we now hand over to Tony and Robert, to speak to you directly and, importantly, in their own words.
"I'm sorry to announce that as of this summer, I am no longer a part of The Reasoning. This is totally my own choice, and down to where I am at the moment in terms of time, health and head space. The band have been incredibly supportive and whilst not wanting me to go, whole-heartedly respected my decision. My reasons are not the ones normally associated with someone leaving a band ÔÇô fighting, dislike or the good old-fashioned "musical differences" (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) - and every member of the band has become a dear and close friend over the course of the last 3 years (or year in Keith's case).
Those 3 years have not always been easy for us but the compassion and strength of the people in the band has always been the glue that holds things together; that same compassion has been extended to me in my decision, and that same strength is what is continuing to see the band write great music and develop, and gear up for getting back into the tour bus next year. For me though, as I said to the band, this is the stop where I get off the bus. As it leaves, I hope it travels far and successfully and keeps them all safe; I will miss them greatly as comrades and musicians. If any of them are ever passing by my stop in the future, they have promised me they'll drop in. As I will be on them.
It just remains for me to thank you, the fans. The people who love and support the band have always been amazing, and I am very grateful to know so many of you on first name terms. I know you will all enjoy the next phase of The Reasoning's career and the new album is shaping up to be an Absolute Monster. For now, I'll see you on a different bus at some point in the future.
Love & Peace
"The unexpected things in life are often the best. When I first heard The Reasoning several years ago I felt this was the kind of music I'd like to make, and now I find myself looking forward to doing just that. I have great respect for what has gone before, and a huge sense of anticipation for what will develop - what the band produces with me in the mix will still be The Reasoning but there's bound to be something new about it. That's the buzz that comes with creating music, and it's why I can't wait to get started."
30th April 2013
Something For Everyone!
Good morning to you all on this truly beautiful day. We are getting a lot of e-mails about our back catalogue. Just to clarify, we have practically run out of all stock now. We have a few copies of "And Another Thing EP" and "Adverse Camber" left plus a small quantity of "Acoustically Speaking": and the DVD "Highway To High Voltage". "Adventures In Neverland" is alive and kicking and can be found almost everywhere, except of course on our website as this is an Esoteric licensed recording. Once the Comet Music releases are gone, they are gone until next year when, we will be re-releasing them alongside our new album (which we now have a name for, by the way ***tease***). If you want all the releases in digital format, then they are most certainly available.
In response to the above, we are putting a very special little package together for you. We will be selling 40 or 50 "TR" emblazoned 4Gb memory sticks that will contain the following albums in high quality MP3 format -
"And Another Thing......."
"The Bottle Of Gettysburg - Live In The USA"
We will also be selling the remainder of our "Adventures In Neverland" T-Shirts. You can buy everything in the following format -
1) Memory Stick with all the above albums - £15.00 + P&P
2) "Adventures In Neverland" T-Shirts - £10.00 + P&P
3) Memory Stick + T-Shirt Package - £20.00 + P&P
Anyone who purchases option 3 will also get a free 'Adventures In Neverland' wristband - WHILE STOCKS LAST!
These will be up for sale by the middle of the month and again, once they're gone, they're gone. We're literally clearing the decks for what lies ahead of us and trust us, there's a lot happening.
Finally, congratulations to The Netherlands and all our Dutch friends on the coronation of your new King, your first in 120 years. Have a wonderful day celebrating.
See you all soon and take care. We miss playing for you guys and loves you all. TR xxxxx
26th February 2013
Q&A, Jamm Studios, and HRH PROG!
Cardiff based rock band The Reasoning features Rachel Cohen (vocals), Tony Turrell (keyboards/vocals), Matthew Cohen (bass), Jake Bradford-Sharp (drums) and Keith Hawkins (guitars). Between them the band have over 20 years experience in nearly all aspects of the music industry.
The band's career to date has included many highlights, from guest appearances by Marillion's Steve Rothery and the first official single (a cover of the Duran Duran classic The Chauffeur) reaching No.2 in the Amazon Download Chart, to opening the final day of the inaugural High Voltage festival in London and performing at the Rites of Spring Festival (RoSfest) in the USA.
Having established an excellent fan-base - and garnered much coverage within the UK music press - The Reasoning signed a worldwide deal with the dynamic Esoteric/Cherry Red Records in 2012. The first album for the label, Adventures In Neverland (Sep 2012) has gained critical acclaim, and has remained in Cherry Red's top 25 bestseller list since its release.
The band are delighted to be playing at the superb Jamm Studios facility in St.Helens as part of their lead up to appearing at the inaugural Hard Rock Hell Prog festival on April 6th. Starting with a Q&A workshop with some acoustic numbers, the band will then play an electric set of around an hour. A bar will be available in the venue for any thirsty people. Doors are at 7:30pm, with the workshop due to start between 8:00-8:15pm and the electric set around 9:00-9:15pm.
More info and tickets at www.BrownPaperTickets.com! - TR xxxxx
11th January 2013
Back on iTunes!
We are very pleased to announce that ALL of our recorded work is now back up on iTunes and some for the very first time.
Click here to head straight to iTunes! - TR xxxxx
9th January 2013
Welcome To The Future Of The Reasoning!
Hello, dear friends!
Wishing you a very Happy New Year... We trust that you all had a wonderful festive holiday. We band members spent our time engaged in a variety of different activities, but all with similar results, that is, plenty of booze, friends and merriment. Perfect! So: what does 2013 hold for The Reasoning? Let us tell you.......
We'll begin with some brief reflections on 2012. Given that last year featured two key releases: our independently issued EP (entitled And Another Thing.......) in March, followed by our fourth studio album - Adventures in Neverland - released in September via our new label, Esoteric/Antenna, The Reasoning hit the ground running. We headed straight out on tour throughout Europe and the UK, starting off with a support slot on home turf with the mighty Marillion. What a fantastic way to introduce new music and to start a tour. We then took to the road with our old pals Touchstone that was a truly wonderful experience in every sense and one that solidified our friendship - it really was a huge group of people acting as one and helping each other out every step of the way. The tour also showed us that the support and love for this band and its music is unequivocally steadfast and true. We played to much larger audiences this time around, comprised of many old friends as well as lots of new ones, all of whom sang their hearts out and made each show something really special. We rounded off the tour, of course, by opening for FISH at his convention in Leamington: a mind-blowing experience that will live long in our collective memory as a roof-raising all-time best performance.
Reviews for Adventures in Neverland continue to arrive in their dozens, and the general consensus has been incredibly positive, with many critics and writers identifying this as our best album to date... A perspective with which we couldn't agree more! Many compliments have been made about the musical development of the band, Rach's exquisite vocal performance, and the strength of our newest line-up. Plenty of observations too about the album marking our foray into far more adventurous musical territories, and yet retaining those trademark Reasoning irresistible melodies. We've been thrilled to witness so many old friends returning to the fold and embracing The Reasoning and its music again: a phenomenon that really has meant the world to us.
Now that 2013 is here, we're already looking well ahead and into the future, and we have some incredibly exciting plans in the pipeline! Whilst we're not at liberty to disclose all of the details immediately, we can confirm that we intend to tour in the summer, and that we will be bringing the whole of Adventures in Neverland to the stage for the first time during these shows. You can also expect to hear the usual suspects, of course... As well as some not so usual suspects, perhaps. We plan to play a handful of shows across the UK, with additional dates in Europe and Scandinavia, and will release the dates as soon as they're confirmed.
What about a new album, then? Our next album is at the planning and writing stage as you read this newsletter, and is a shaping up to be something of a huge - and very unique - project! We are steadfast in our determination to give this project the time and energy that it deserves in order to fulfill its potential, and have therefore decided to dedicate the whole of 2013 (and perhaps the early part of 2014) to finish it in style. We're already talking to some new studios, producers and engineers, because our plans are very special and very specific. This will be an album with a real difference. No more details on that until we are ready to tour, so sit tight and prepare to be very excited indeed!
In the meantime, we have decided to re-release some of our back catalogue, since demand for some of the older albums remains high, and our current stock has run dry. Interestingly, many of you have also asked us to consider re-releasing these in vinyl format, and your wish is our command! The first of these vinyl releases will be our debut album Awakening: this will be entirely repackaged, and available as a very limited run only. Expect further news about this before summer 2012 and, if you are one of the parties interested in registering for this limited edition pressing, please forward to your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subsequent albums will follow suit at a later date.
And there's more!
2013 will mostly be organised around writing for album 5 (and our tour dates), and so each and every band member will also be venturing out on their own with some side projects. It's important to point out that these projects are as well as - and not instead of - The Reasoning... Just to make that very clear!
Matt and Keith have formed a new project called Foxbat, that will release and tour a new album this year. This band is a much more traditional, riff based rock band, which will deliver the kind of music that has influenced the boys from an early age, but with somewhat of a contemporary twist. Four of the band's five final members are already confirmed at this stage, and the line-up is as follows:
Bass: Matt Cohen
Guitars: Keith Hawkins
Drums: Ian Harris (Chris Rea, Tony Hadley, Mica Paris , Karnataka incarnation two of three)
Joining the boys on vocals is Simon Hobson, a London-based singer with a serious set of pipes! A Hammond player will complete the band's line-up very soon, and a full press release on the project will be issued sometime during February, when a brand new website will also be launched. For now, you can follow progress at Facebook.com/foxbatrocks and Twitter.com/foxbatrocks - check the pages out!
As many of you are already aware, Jake is currently working with a three-piece side project called Echochain. The band have several gigs under their belt already, and have released a 4 track EP and a download single. Later on in 2013, they hope to secure a record deal, and release a full length album, following the appointment of an additional member and front-person. More news soon at echochain.co.uk
Tony is currently in his final year of music college, but he is also busy in the studio finishing up his new solo album. He can of course also be seen on stage fairly regularly all over the UK with his covers band: the wonderful Purple Rain.
Rach has been invited by a few well-respected artists to guest on their new projects: more details to follow on this once things are finalised. She also has a busy semester about to begin in her extra-musical role as an academic, having designed a brand new module, entitled Popular Music and Identity, that she will be teaching to final year Undergraduates at Cardiff University's very prestigious School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. The Reasoning may well feature quite a bit. It would be rude not to, after all...
So there we have it, dear friends, there are a(nother) very busy couple of years ahead of us. We can't wait to bring you all of our new music, and we're already excited about furnishing you with all the additional details.
See you soon!
Love as always,
Matt, Rach, Tony, Jake and Keith xxxxx
The Adventure Continues!
26th November 2012
We are absolutely delighted to announce that on the 12th December at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton, we will be joining the mighty It Bites and the wonderful Alan Reed on stage for what will now be our last gig of the year. It's no secret that we love It Bites and have done so for a long time so, when we were offered this gig last week, we just jumped at the chance.
Even though we will only be on stage for a shorter than usual time, we intend to bring a little splash of Christmas to the proceedings plus an awful lot of rock and fun. Can't wait to see you all there and we can't wait to see It Bites and Alan Reed live. Game on! xxxxx
Adventures So Far...
12th November 2012
Evening all. Things are very busy behind the scenes here at TR HQ especially booking a tour for 2013. We will have more news on that very soon, we promise. Also, everyone has gone straight back in to their respective studios and started writing new material, which we are starting to get very excited about all ready.
We have just been sent this from Cherry Red and are so pleased with it. Between July and up to and including September 2012, we were the 15th highest selling band on their roster. That is just incredible considering the album wasn't released until the later part of September. We were also the number 1 prog band on the emusic charts plus, we got into the top 10 for Radio Caroline too - bonus. Just amazing stuff. Thank you so much for getting behind us, you guys are truly brilliant. The reviews are starting to come through now and so far, the response has just been fantastic!
Catch you all really soon and as soon as we are able to announce the tour dates, you will be the first to know. We plan to make these shows very different from anything we have done before and have something very special planned. Have fun, be good and see you all soon - TR xxxxx
The Past, The Present & The Future...
19th September 2012
Good afternoon one and all. Everything is really kicking off now and we're running to catch up with ourselves. So many things happening and have happened. We started the proceedings with an invite to the PROG Awards at Kew Gardens in London. Man was that something to dine out on. We have never seen so many musical heroes all in one place. Jerry Ewing and his team did an outstanding job of organising such a huge event. We were even sat on the head table, which was a complete riot. Thank you to all who voted for us, it really means the world to us and though we didn't win the category, we know how special we felt because of you. Also, did you see Matt on BBC Breakfast? Just typical he had to have a drink in his hands as always. We're amazed he didn't have some curry there too.
After that, we then headed to our hometown of Cardiff to support the mighty Marillion at Cardiff University. The audience and the reaction from you was just mind blowing! It just made the whole evening such an amazing experience and Marillion, well, WOW, what a set and what an album. A huge thank you to them for letting us be a small part of this monumental tour and a special thank you to you all for literally making us feel on top of the world.
The tour in support of our album kicks off in The Netherlands, with Touchstone next week (27th September) which will see us play Germany for the first time and then, we head back to the UK a little later in October for 6 shows culminating in a support with FISH at his convention in Leamington Spa. We cannot wait to get out there, play some new songs from the album and to catch up with many new and old friends. We are very lucky to be able to do this and to have you guys with us on this mad but wonderful journey.
This leads us nicely on to the big news we want to share with you today. We are very honoured and happy to announce that The Reasoning have been confirmed for the inaugural "Hard Rock Hell Prog Festival" which is taking place in the impressive setting of the MAGNA Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham on the 6th and 7th April 2013. HRH have been putting on incredible festivals for several years now and they are always an amazing experience so to have them put on a Prog event in conjunction with PROG magazine is just bloody wonderful.
We will be playing on Saturday 6th April on the Main Stage alongside many awesome bands. We're not sure what time yet but more details will be released as we have them. For more details on tickets, line up and accommodation etc. go to -
We can also confirm that there is a 10% discount for HRH PROG / HRH AOR is now available until 1st November. If booking online use promo code HRHVET13
If booking for HRH Prog you will automatically have access into HRH AOR arenas and vice versa this applies to all bookings made prior to 1st November
Finally, as you are aware, our 4th album, "Adventures In Neverland" hits the shelves on the 24th September 2012 via Esoteric / Antenna. We are so excited to get this album out to you and to coincide with the release, we have produced some album artwork T-Shirts that can be bought directly from us at our shop. Be aware that once these are gone, they are gone so get them while you can.
Buy T-Shirts here->
There you have it folks, amazing things happening all the time and long may that continue. We love doing this and we love you guys for sharing it with us. See you on tour and get those voices warmed up, you really are going to need them! All tour details can be found on our website - Tour
Be good! Love as always,
Matt, Rach, Tony, Jake and Keith xxxxx
Adventures In Neverland Preorder
11th August 2012
The past couple of years have been an extraordinary journey in every sense: with all of us being tested to the absolute limit. Nevertheless, in the face of much soul searching from us all, we closed ranks, talked about many things and found the strength to get up off the floor and to write and record what we believe to be our most adventurous, exciting and dynamic album to date. We are therefore delighted to announce that our fourth full-length album - Adventures In Neverland - is now completed and ready to order via our new record label Esoteric Antenna. This CD is brought to you with our heartfelt emotional investment, and encapsulates our collective journey to this point in time. Given that it was for some while rather uncertain as to whether this collection of songs would ever actually be recorded (yet alone released), for us to be able to sit here, listen to, and enjoy our new songs - and tell you about them - means the world to every single member of this band.
We're not going to try and explain everything about this album, because, as always, the proof is in the listening! We can however say that if you want ROCK - you'll find it here! If you want Prog - you've got it here too! If you want bombastic riffs, you've most definitely got those! If you want beautiful music and vocals to lose yourself in, it's all here! And, if you want melodic hooks and the kinds of earworms that will stay in your head for a long time to come… guess what: you've got it! We might even have thrown in a little funk and fusion for good measure: but you'll just have to wait and see.
Suffice it to say, we haven't held back with this album, and we can quite categorically state that it marks a huge step forward for the band musically and in every other sense, too. Even the band name now has its own unique, distinctive typeface. The artwork, as you can see, was brought to you by a wonderful artist called Dan Powell, and we really believe it is our most striking piece of artwork yet, even though we've had some great album covers over the years. This is a whole new Reasoning: but, of course, we haven't lost sight of what brought us here and why we started this crazy journey. Our history has made us who we are, and has motivated us to be the very best we can be.
This is also the longest album we have recorded, and contains 10 songs, coming in at just over 56 minutes. The track listing is as follows -
The Omega Point
The Glass Half
Stop The Clock
End Of Days
No Friend Of Mine
The Forest Of Hands and Teeth
Adventures In Neverland
It can be pre-ordered now directly from Cherry Red at the following link -
The CD will also be available at ALL of our forthcoming shows, and the official release date Worldwide and in all major retail outlets is the 24th September 2012. We will be releasing some snippets of songs over the coming weeks. Check this site, our Facebook page and our Soundcloud page for those exclusive previews.
So there you go dear friends, a whole new adventure begins and we can't wait to share that with you! Our first gig for this album will be on the 9th September in Cardiff, with the amazing Marillion. We then head out on the road with our rock buddies Touchstone at the end of September, heading to Europe and then back to the UK in October for more fun and madness. We then round off the first leg of the tour by supporting FISH at his convention in Leamington at the end of October. After that, more touring is planned, and work has already begun on new Reasoning material. It's going to be hectic, but it's going to be wonderful.
Thank you to everyone that has stuck by us, and a very warm welcome to those who will hopefully join us. Thank you also to those who have been and gone: we hope to see you again one day in the future. Enjoy the album as much as we have enjoyed recording it. You are all wonderful.
Love as always,
Matt, Rach, Tony, Jake and Keith xxxxx
Love as always,
New Blood Category Nomination
7th July 2012
We're absolutely delighted to announce that The Reasoning have been nominated in the New Blood category for the 2012 Progressive Music Awards. Awesome news!!!
Please vote for us (and ask your friends... and your friends' friends... and their cats...) to vote for us at the link below and make us winners!
Progressive Music Awards 2012
Beers are on us...
Rach, Matt, TT, Keith, Jake and Comet xx
Adventures In The City Tour
11th May 2012
Two of the UK's most rapidly rising progressive/melodic hard rock acts TOUCHSTONE and THE REASONING have announced that they are to join forces for a co-headline tour of Europe this autumn.
The ten-date "Adventures In The City" tour unites the two bands as The Reasoning prepare their new studio album 'Adventures In Neverland' for September 2012, and Touchstone celebrate the release of their back catalogue and new album 'The City Sleeps', which entered the UK rock charts at No.36 on its release at the end of 2011. It will also mark an important year for the bands, having both recently signed new record deals (Touchstone with German label SPV/Steamhammer and The Reasoning with Cherry Red's dynamic front-line label Esoteric Antenna).
Both Touchstone and The Reasoning have enjoyed a busy and successful eighteen months after each being asked to open the inaugural High Voltage Festival in London's Victoria Park playing alongside legendary acts such as ELP, ZZ Top and Black Label Society. This year alone, both bands' respective front women Kim Seviour and Rachel Cohen have been awarded plaudits for being amongst the top ten female vocalists of 2011 by Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine and the Classic Rock Society readers and critics.
The two bands are excited to be heading out on the road together for what will be their biggest headline tour yet:
"It's been nearly half a decade since the last time we shared a stage with The Reasoning" explains Touchstone guitarist Adam Hodgson. "Getting to play out in Europe properly as well as in the UK with some great friends will be amazing."
The Reasoning's bassist Matt Cohen comments:
"Touchstone and The Reasoning have developed so much as artists over the years so the versions you see today are lean, mean rocking machines with more fire and drive than ever before. We are going to bring you one hell of a gig experience! The New Avengers of Prog are coming to a city near you in 2012 so join the adventure!"
UK show tickets on sale from Wednesday 16th May.
ADVENTURES IN THE CITY TOUR - SEPT/OCT 2012:
- 27-09-12 Poppodium W2 Den Bosch NL
- 28-09-12 Poppodium Nieuwe Nor Heerlen NL
- 29-09-12 Dru Cultuurfabriek Ulft NL
- 30-09-12 Bergkeller Reichenbach Ger
- 01-10-12 Logo Hamburg Ger
- 12-10-12 The Garage London UK
- 13-10-12 TBC
- 14-10-12 The Globe Cardiff UK
- 15-10-12 The Robin 2 Bilston UK
- 16-10-12 The Duchess York UK
Album 4 Title Revealed
10th May 2012
We promised you excellent news from The Reasoning HQ… and here's the first instalment. This is, of course, the tip of a very exciting iceberg in terms of our plans for this year and beyond, so do keep your eyes and ears peeled over the next few days.
Today, we are delighted to bring you the title of our brand new studio album, which is of course due for release this September via our label Esoteric/Antenna. The album will be called
Whilst this title captures the dynamics and complexities of the album's musical and lyrical content, it also rather aptly symbolises the professional and spiritual journey that we have undertaken as a band over the last couple of years.
So: there it is! Exhilarating times are upon us, and we'll be back here tomorrow with more important updates.
Rach, TT, Mat, Jake and Keith xxxxx
Two Diva's and a Piano
5th May 2012
Do you fancy hearing Reasoning material in a stripped down, intimate fashion? If so, then your desire can be gratified! Rach & Tony are venturing out to play some acoustic shows, with the intention of showing off Reasoning tunes in a form where nothing can be hidden and the songs can speak for themselves; first on the Play List is THE RAILWAY Venue in BROMLEY CROSS, BOLTON on THURSDAY MAY 24th.
Situated right next door to Bromley Cross railway station, The Railway Venue is a good sized pub that regularly hosts quality live music; favourite UK haunt of Dan Reed (Dan Reed Network, obviously) for his solo gigs, the venue is welcoming, serves reasonably priced drinks and offers a great setting to see any band in a live situation. On a Thursday night, the pace is less frantic then their often sold out weekends and Rach & Tony will be looking to provide a more chilled out vibe for your entertainment.
Tickets are priced at £5 each (max 4 per order), and can be obtained below. Alternatively, some should be available on the door on the night. So, if the idea of a more sophisticated night out appeals, come down and see us!
Address:The Railway Venue,37, Chapeltown Road, Bromley Cross, Bolton BL7 9LY
2nd May 2012
As you will have observed from our recent posts and updates, things here at The Reasoning's HQ are shaping up very nicely indeed for a busy 2012 and beyond. We've recently announced with great excitement our inclusion on the forthcoming Marillion tour: and we are absolutely honoured to have been invited to open for them on their first UK date this Autumn. Since this show - at the Great Hall, Cardiff University on 9th September - is not only in our home town, but also at Rach's place of PhD study, this is a double delight! Marillion have of course been truly wonderful to us over the years, and we're thrilled to have been offered another opportunity to share the stage with such a fantastic band.
Our next piece of Big News is this: the appointment of a new guitarist to The Reasoning fold. We have been incredibly privileged to have played with (the wonderful and talented) Owain, and our search for someone who might bring a similar dedication, enthusiasm and musicianship was always going to be a tricky one… not to mention that this quest was also wholly unexpected and unforeseen.
We have taken the time to explore many different possible options - in the shape of several fantastic guitar players - and would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all involved. One of these musicians connected with us and our music especially well, and we hope that you will join us in welcoming Keith Hawkins to the band. We are extremely confident that Keith will make a new and exciting contribution to The Reasoning, and to our ongoing journey together whilst, importantly, remaining sensitive to the music and the experiences that we have already shared.
Brand new band promo images are being organised as we write but, by way of a sneaky preview, here's a picture of the man himself, surrounded by a few of his friends!
Further news on our album and forthcoming tour plans will be released very soon, so please do keep your ears and eyes wide open for announcements. We look forward to seeing you all again in the very near future: it really has been too long. Whilst we press on with our work, Owain will of course remain in our hearts and minds - and we will continue in our efforts to bring him home to his family and loved ones.
Keep the faith.
Much love as always,
Matt, Rach, TT, Jake and Keith xxxxx
A word from Keith:
I'm honoured to be asked to take on guitar duties in The Reasoning and am looking forward to contributing to the band's future sound. With enjoyment, I have listened to the development of the band's music from "Awakening" to the present "And Another Thing....... EP" and I will endeavour to play the many different styles in back catalogue as faithfully as possible. It's going be a blast playing future live dates with such a talented group of musicians and I can't wait to see you out there on tour soon.
The Reasoning: Then, Now and After.
18th April 2012
Hello, dear friends. The past month or so has been an extremely difficult and emotional time for us as a band: we have experienced many different and very powerful emotions which have, on several occasions, been nothing short of overwhelming. Understandably, during this period, business pretty much came to a stop for The Reasoning, as we talked things through together, shared our feelings, and offered support to one another, trying to assess where - and how - we might go from here. This statement is the result of our many thoughts and discussions, and we offer it to you so that we can let you know first-hand about our onward intentions.
Deciding how we were to progress - if, indeed, we were going to progress at all - has not been an easy task for us. This year began on such an incredibly high note: we secured a brand new record deal in January, whilst February saw the release of The Reasoning's first new material in two years, with the And Another Thing....... EP. We had been meeting regularly, and all five of us were in high spirits, excited about the future of the band, and ready to take on all of the challenges that 2012 might have in store. Our delight at having begun a new working relationship with Esoteric was tangible, and we were all revelling in a renewed passion and energy.
When Owain first told us about his personal situation later that same month, we felt for him very deeply and did, of course, what any good friends would do under the circumstances: all of us rallied around him immediately. We did everything in our power to protect him, giving him all the time and space that he needed to get himself better and, after much discussion with Owain and with his family, we arranged for him to take 3 months respite from the band. This was mutually agreed to be a temporary arrangement: a means of ensuring that no additional pressures and demands would be felt by Owain, given his already delicate situation. We spoke with him on many occasions, talked in depth about his feelings regarding this plan, and kept him up to date with progress on the new album. Owain gave his blessing to us all with regards the continuation of the album, since he was fully aware of the fact that we have a contract to fulfill and, further, that he wasn't at that stage able to help us meet the deadline for completion.
Our last conversation with Owain was on Friday March 9th : the day before he disappeared. This was an open, honest, friendly, and heartfelt chat, as always - punctuated as usual with moments of his wonderful sense of humour. There was no indication whatsoever during this conversation of that which was to come: we simply signed off as usual, and arranged to talk again the following week with a view to meeting up properly in early June to discuss whether he felt ready to return to the fold. There are simply no words capable of describing the distress that we felt the following day when Lisa (Owain's girlfriend) called to tell us that he had gone missing.
You are all aware of the story from that point until the present moment and, to that end, we would like to say a huge thank you for the amazing support and love that you have shown: not only to us as a band, but also to Lisa, her children and Owain's family. You really have been quite incredible and it is something that we will never, ever forget.
And so to the future… what does that hold for the band? As we've already stated here, we have talked in much depth with all of the parties involved in this dreadful situation, and have now reached a conclusion. We dearly hope that you will understand the decision-making processes behind it.
The first thing that's important here is a consideration of what Owain would want us to do at this point: and of how he would feel about the future of the band if he were here to tell us. Owain adores his role in The Reasoning - a sentiment he expressed often - and he had been becoming increasingly more involved with the writing side of things, which was wonderful to see and hear. Like all of us, he had been extremely excited about the prospect of a brand new album and touring properly with a real label behind us. For these (and many other more personal) reasons, then, we have decided to continue The Reasoning's journey onward. We are currently searching for a new guitarist to join the band on a permanent basis, but it must be emphasized that this is not an attempt to replace Owain: something we cannot and do not wish to do. Rather, we are now looking for someone who will bring something new to the music, someone with their own identity, but who is sensitive to the band's history, and will therefore be able to help translate Owain's parts passionately when we perform live. We will not be holding "open" auditions, but will be searching for the right person away from the public eye, and out of the spotlight. When we have found this person, we will make a separate announcement as soon as we are ready to do so. We feel very strongly (as do Owain's family and friends) that, wherever he is, he does not want us to call it a day, and he knows what the band means to all of you.
Esoteric have been incredibly supportive throughout all of this, giving us plenty of space and time to come to this conclusion. We will be recording the album in June and it will still be released, as scheduled, in September/October of this year via the Esoteric label. Our aim is to secure contributions to the album from several different guitarists although, when we resume live performances later this year, a new permanent member will take the stage alongside us. Just prior to Owain's disappearance, we had begun making tour plans for Autumn 2012, and we're pleased to say that those plans are still going ahead. Whilst we can't give you any more news at this stage, we will say that there are some very exciting plans in the pipeline, and also that the tour will cover both the UK and Europe. As soon as we have more details, you will be the first to know.
So, dear friends, there you have it. We're fully aware that some of you will support our decision, and that others will question it. We respect your thoughts, feelings and opinions either way, and can only hope that you appreciate just how difficult the last few months have been for all involved. None of our decisions were made lightheartedly, and not without a great deal of soul searching, heartache and tears. The experience has brought the four of us much closer together as we move forward, never, ever losing sight of our dear friend Owain. His legacy with The Reasoning is, and will always be, safe and we are proud to have had the privilege to laugh, cry and play together, and to share some very special moments with him during the past four years.
Our keenest hope is that Owain will be found, or that he decides to come home of his own accord to his family and loved ones very soon. This is an issue far more important than the future of the band and, whilst his time with The Reasoning has been a very meaningful part of his life, his safe return to his family and loved ones far outweighs either of these things.
Owain: we love you, and we always will. You know where we are, and we will always be here when you decide to come back to us all. This is for you and if you are reading and/or watching, thank you for everything. Thank you for being such a wonderful part of our journey to date, and for helping us to forge so many happy and hilarious memories. If it's ok with you, we're going to make some new memories: ones that we want to share with you later down the line. You are always in our hearts.
Matt, Rach, Tony, Jake and Comet xxxxx
1st April 2012
We hope that you've been enjoying this amazing Spring weather over the past week: t'is good for the spirit indeed.
This statement is offered in heartfelt response to the many, many emails and messages that we have received recently, asking whether The Reasoning will still be performing at next month's Esoteric showcase gig, which is taking place at The Underworld in London on Saturday April 14th.
As you are aware, the last few weeks have been terribly difficult for all of us, and we have already issued an apology for the delays that customers have experienced in relation to merchandise orders. Sales services have now resumed, and the backlog will hopefully be cleared before too long, so thank you for your patience.
We WILL still be performing at this show, and will be opening the evening as planned. Whilst our thoughts, of course, are very much with Owain and his family, we remain absolutely committed to making sure that this event goes ahead: especially given that many of you have already purchased tickets. Indeed, as per our press release issued in March, our good friend and musical peer Dave Foster will be joining the band for this show. We will be issuing an official press release shortly afterwards, which will provide details of The Reasoning's schedule for the remainder of 2012.
Thank you all, as always, for your incredible love, support and encouragement. Quite simply, we couldn't do it without you… and we will continue to do it for you. There are memories yet to be made.
Love and light,
Matt, Rach, TT, Jake and Comet xx
Police concerned for safety of missing Cardigan man Owain Roberts
12th March 2012
"Police are concerned for the safety of a missing man from Cardigan, who was last seen early yesterday morning, Saturday the 10th March 2012. Owain Roberts, 36 years old, is described as a white male, 5ft 10' inches tall and of a slim build with short brown hair and clean shaven. He has 4 earrings in his left ear. He was last seen wearing a black V necked jumper and jeans. He was also in possession of a black hooded top and carrying a grey rucksack. It is believed that after leaving his home in Cardigan yesterday he intended to walk the coastal path, but he hasn't been seen since. Anyone who may have seen Mr Roberts since yesterday morning or has information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Police immediately on 101. (Outside Dyfed-Powys Tel. 01267 222020)"
Dyfed-Powys Police - Press Release
The new EP has landed at Comet Towers!
24th February 2012
Hello gang, we hope all is well? We just wanted to share this with you if you don't mind? And Another Thing....... EP has landed at Comet Towers (as you can see). This is a very poignant / significant occasion for us, because 5 years ago exactly our first Comet Music release - Awakening - was delivered to us with much anticipation. Now, 5 years on, and with our excitement levels higher than they have ever been before, we have taken delivery of the last release through Comet Music and we are very, very proud of it.
What an amazing, sometimes bumpy - yet ultimately fulfilling - journey it has been... but the best part of this has been "meeting" all of you, and finding that we genuinely have the most loyal friends that enjoy sharing this journey with us. Please enjoy And Another Thing....... as much as we enjoyed creating, recording and playing it: this really is for you. The next time you hear from us musically we will have a brand new home in the shape of the wonderful Esoteric / Antenna label who will release album 4 later this year. Thank you one and all, we loves ya loads.
Rach, Tony, Owain, Matt, Jake and Comet xxxxxx
15th February 2012
The Reasoning regret to announce that, due to illness, our guitarist - and dear friend - Owain will be taking several months' respite from the band. Our love and thoughts are with Owain and his family, and can we please ask that you respect their privacy at this time. We look forward to his return following his recovery.
In the meantime, we are very fortunate to be able to welcome our good friend Dave Foster (Mr So and So) into the fold, who will be standing in temporarily on guitar duties for The Reasoning during Owain's recuperation. Dave will be performing with us at our forthcoming showcase gig in London this April, and will also feature on our new album, which is due for release this year.
As always, we are hugely grateful for all of your support, enthusiasm and understanding: you mean the world to us. Despite these unhappy circumstances, we would like to reassure you that our plans for 2012 will still go ahead. Writing for album 4 is nearing completion, and is still on schedule for release via Esoteric/Antenna in September. More news on that in due course.
Owain, we're thinking of you: get well soon.
Rach, Tony, Matt and Jake xxxx
First Gig Of 2012... STOP PRESS!
7th February 2012
We are absolutely delighted to announce that our 1st show of 2012 will be as part of the Esoteric showcase at The Underworld in Camden on 14th April.. We are have the great honour of opening the show which includes the wonderful Tin Spirits, Sanguine Hum and fellow Welshies, Panic Room. This is going to be a night to remember and we, The Reasoning, promise to knock your socks off from the very start.
Get your tickets now :o) xx
For more information read on:-
Esoteric Recordings are delighted to announce we will be holding an Esoteric Antenna Showcase event on the 14th April 2012 at The Underworld in Camden, London.
Esoteric Antenna is the new "frontline" label from respected Cherry Red label "Esoteric Recordings" and will specialise in new studio albums by new and already established artists, particularly in the Progressive Rock/Classic Rock genre.. Following recent signings we are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase some of the best new talent out there and who will have releases out on Esoteric Antenna in the coming months.
As its only a 250 capacity venue-booking is advised
Date Saturday 14th April 2012
Venue The Underworld, 174 Camden High St, London
Doors 4.45pm (re-admittance is fine!!)
The Reasoning 5.30-6.15 www.thereasoning.com
Sanguine Hum 6.45-7.30 www.troopersforsound.com
Panic Room 8.00-8.45 www.panicroom.org.uk
Tin Spirits 9.15-10.15 www.tinspirits.co.uk
You will receive an e-ticket.
Tickets are £17.50 for the whole event
EP Pre-Orders Now Available
1st February 2012
Hello, dear friends, we hope that all is well with you. So... (finally) our brand new EP, entitled And Another Thing....... is recorded, mixed and ready for mastering. This is somewhat of a milestone for The Reasoning, since it will be the last of our products to be released via our independent label Comet Music. This makes it a very special CD for us, not least because it marks the end of an era and the beginning of a whole new one. The EP is also the first release that's fully representative of our (now nicely established) 5 piece line-up: all band members have contributed to the song-writing for the first time, making it a real team effort. We're SO excited about you hearing these tracks!
So: how do you get hold of it? We have decided to do one last pre-order: this time, you'll be able to get the CD a week before the official release date (12th March 2012), and the first 500 copies will be signed by the band. We have kept the price as low as possible, and pre-orders will be separated into territories - UK / Europe / Rest Of World. This is so that we can be fair when it comes to the pricing of postage, etc.
Anyway, we suppose you want to know the track listing... which is as follows:
1) One By One
3) Pale Criminal
4) 21 Grams
All the songs were produced by Matt and mixed by Matt and James Kennedy (who fronts a band called Kyshera: do check them out). In our opinion, these songs sound fantastically fresh and alive - and there are a few little surprises in store as well. We'll be making available a sample clip of all the songs sometime around mid February, so watch this space.
So there we have it, folks. The Reasoning on Comet Music is no more! The next time we release new material, it will be via Esoteric / Cherry Red. In the 7 year operation of Comet Music, we have released 3 studio albums, 1 single, 1 DVD, 1 live album - and now we finish this in style with an EP. A full set! Comet Music will now concentrate on signing other bands, and will post news on how to submit demos etc. in the very near future. For now, it's back to album 4 and making all the exciting plans we have in store come to fruition.
Thanks for all your incredible support during the "Comet" years and here is to you and the future. See you on the other side.
Love as always,
Rach, Owain, Tony, Matt and Jake xxxxxxx
Happy New Year... STOP PRESS!
5th January 2012
The Reasoning are delighted to announce that they have signed a worldwide deal with Esoteric / Cherry Red for their new album which, we can exclusively reveal, is due for release in September 2012. Working independently over the last few years, the band has established an excellent fan-base in the UK, and their music has been critically acclaimed. There now begins a new and exciting journey for The Reasoning, enabling them to reach a far wider audience, and to build significantly upon the success that they have achieved to date.
Much of the new album (title to be announced in due course!) is already written, and the next few months will be spent hard at work in the studio. There are plans for plenty of live shows - both in the UK and much further afield - throughout the year. The band are very excited to be working with this dynamic and forward-thinking label, and would like to thank them for this fantastic opportunity that has been offered.
As always, The Reasoning are committed to the progress and development of the music for which they are so passionate. The future is bright, and the band look forward to sharing it with all of you. Thank you for your enduring love, support and encouragement: see you on the road very soon, with album #4!
Rach, Owain, Tony, Matt and Jake xxxxx
And a word from Esoteric
ESOTERIC RECORDINGS ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF A FRONT LINE LABEL FOR 2012
Cherry Red Records' imprint Esoteric Recordings has announced the launch of a new imprint dedicated to new, front line album releases. Since its launch in 2007, Esoteric Recordings has gone from strength to strength as a catalogue label specialising in the genres of Progressive, Psychedelic and Classic Rock. Along with Esoteric's sister labels Atomhenge (home of the Hawkwind catalogue between 1976 - 1997), Manticore and "Kraut Rock" label Reactive, the imprint has built a catalogue of 300 titles and has worked with artists such as Jack Bruce, Barclay James Harvest, Tony Banks, Bill Nelson, P.F.M., Ray Thomas (of the Moody Blues), Tangerine Dream and many more. In April 2011 Esoteric released the new studio album, "A Grounding in Numbers", by the legendary Van Der Graaf Generator to great acclaim and success. Esoteric Recordings label manager Mark Powell said; "The success of the Van Der Graaf Generator album brought many new album projects to our door, leading us to look into the feasibility of launching a front line label. As a result, we are taking the step of establishing a label specifically for new, front line albums, ESOTERIC ANTENNA".
The first release on ESOTERIC ANTENNA will be a new edition of the album "DIVING BELL" by Oxford based band SANGUINE HUM on March 30th 2012, which will also include several new tracks. This will be followed by the release of the new album by SQUACKETT, the collaborative project from YES bass guitarist CHRIS SQUIRE and former GENESIS guitarist STEVE HACKETT in May. ESOTERIC ANTENNA will continue to champion the "new guard" of Progressive Rock by releasing new studio albums by PANIC ROOM in late June and THE REASONING in September. Legendary progressive acts will be further represented by the release of "PARACHUTE REBORN" in late April, a superb, newly recorded revisiting of the classic Pretty Things album "PARACHUTE" with additional material, by the XPT's (a band featuring original Pretty Things members WALLY WALLER, JON POVEY, PETE TOLSON and SKIP ALAN).
ESOTERIC ANTENNA's schedule will continue in the Autumn with a new album from JOHN LEES' BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST expected in October (accompanied by a UK tour to be announced shortly and further European concerts). Further releases by classic Progressive acts are also expected in 2012. Powell added; "I'm pleased and proud to say that we have an exciting roster of releases planned for 2012 which draws on the best of the up and coming new wave of Progressive rock groups and also some new material by legendary artists with a wonderful recorded legacy. We are honoured to have such a fine line-up of artists to launch the first year of Esoteric Antenna".
In addition to the schedule planned for Esoteric Antenna, the Esoteric Recordings imprint will continue to reissue albums of classic Progressive and Psychedelic Rock, including a series of releases from TODD RUNDGREN's personal recorded archive, whilst COCTEAU DISCS will release further titles from BILL NELSON's back catalogue and Esoteric Reactive will continue with its reissue programme of TANGERINE DREAM titles. Further details will be announced closer to release dates.
23rd December 2011
Well, that's another year gone... and what a year it has been for us! So much has happened that, on occasions, it has been hard to keep up with all of the events that have unfolded. We will say that everything that has developed this year - and over the past 18 months - has produced a happy, shiny and very focused Reasoning. We end 2011 with a wealth of brand new material, several great gigs (and some truly fantastic reviews!) under our belts, and a drive, determination and positivity that we have never experienced before. We enter 2012 with extremely exciting and positive plans laid out before us: all will be revealed in the New Year, we promise :o)
It goes without saying that we couldn't do any of this without your enduring love and support, and your amazing enthusiasm - for this, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 2012 is going to be dedicated to you all. Thanks again, have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful, happy and successful New Year. You all ROCK and we can't wait to bring you new music and new adventures throughout the year and beyond. Get those voices in shape and those bouncing shoes on... you're going to need them.
Love as always,
Rach, Owain, Tony, Matt, Jake and of course Comet xxxxxx
P.S. The EP "And Another Thing....." Is going to be mixed in early January and released in February / March 2012 as a download and CD as many of you want a physical product. This will be only available exclusively through Comet Music, so watch this space xx
29th November 2011
We are very lucky to have such amazing friend of the band and because of such wonderful people we are able to offer not 1 but 2 competitions for you. The 1st one is the opportunity to win a "Gold Ticket" that we were giving away with pre-orders of "The Bottle Of Gettysburg". This ticket entitles the owner plus a guest of their choice, to attend any of our headline concerts next year and also turn up for a meet and greet at the sound check before. This ticket was initially won by Graeme Tennick but due to the fact he lives in Africa, it might be a problem for him to get to one of our gigs. So, thank you Graeme for giving up your prize, you are a star. Here is the question to win -
"Which festival was our first live album "The Bottle Of Gettysburg" recorded?"
To enter, please send an e-mail with your name, address, post code and answer to email@example.com and please head your mail "I Want To Win A Gold Ticket"
Secondly, we are offering 2 free tickets to our Christmas show on the 9th December in Cardiff. This comes courtesy of Mike Durie who is no longer able to attend unfortunately. If you want to win a ticket to our Christmas show for you and a friend, answer this simple question. What is the missing word in this famous Christmas number 1 -
"I Wish It Could Be Christmas.... What?"
To enter, please send an e-mail with your name, address, post code and answer 'a, b or c' to firstname.lastname@example.org and head your mail "I Want To Win Tickets For The Reasoning Christmas Show"
Good luck everyone and the competitions will end at 6pm on Monday December 5th.
Love as always,
The Reasoning xxxxx
Bottle Of Gettysburg Pre-Orders
4th October 2011
We are delighted to announce that our very first live album will be available for pre-order, exclusively via The Reasoning's website shop from Tuesday October 4th 2011. Entitled The Bottle of Gettysburg, this 80 minute album was recorded during our show at this year's RosFest in the USA.
The official nationwide release date for the album is 14/11/11: and all pre-orders will be dispatched at least a week before this. Please note that the closing date for pre-orders is 1/11/11.
To celebrate the event, there are some very special prizes to be won.
10 Gold Winners' tickets, 5 Silver Winners' tickets and 5 Bronze Winners' tickets will be randomly distributed throughout our pre-order packages, so please open yours very carefully when it arrives!
Gold ticket: entitles ticket holder (and one guest) to free entry to ONE Reasoning show of their choice throughout 2012**. This will also include a pre-gig meet and greet with the band as well as a signed photo.
Silver ticket: entitles ticket holder to ONE free download of our forthcoming EP, entitled And Another Thing........ (available from December 2011)
Bronze ticket: entitles ticket holder to a free bottle of very special (and VERY hot) chilli sauce.
All lucky recipients of winning tickets must inform us by email immediately to activate their prize, citing the unique code printed on the ticket: write to email@example.com
>> DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES! <<
We have three remaining live shows this year, and The Bottle of Gettysburg will be on sale at these shows. We'll also be adding several new tracks to the set. Join us at:
The Borderline, London - Saturday November 12th
The Robin, Bilston - Sunday November 13th
The Globe, Cardiff (Xmas Party Show) - Friday December 9th (Tickets)
DON'T FORGET - Our brand new EP And Another Thing....... will be available for download this December.
Heartfelt thanks to you all, as always, for your enduring support and enthusiasm. We can't wait to see you so... and you can expect to be seeing a great deal more of us in 2012. That's a promise.
Love from The Reasoning xx
**Please note tickets are valid in the UK ONLY, and valid only for those shows at which The Reasoning are the headline act, and which are promoted by The Reasoning and/or Comet Music.
Globe Tickets Available From The Site
12th September 2011
This december the band are putting on a very special Christmas show at The Globe in Cardiff with support by the wonderful Mr So & So. This show is also coinciding with the release of our 1st EP "And Another Thing.......".
If you fancy going, head over to our ticket page for more information and access to ticket purchasing.
See you there.
The Reasoning xxxxx
Review in Classic Rock Presents Prog
5th September 2011
This is the Recent Review in Classic Rock presents Prog from our sold out Borderline show in London. This sums up the 5 of us so well and is exactly how we feel about our band and music. We are so pleased and can't wait to get back out there and play some more rip roaring shows for you, Don't forget to join us at The Y Theater in Leicester on Saturday 17th September and if you want to buy tickets, get them here - http://www.leicesterymca.co.uk/y-theatre-whats-on-details.php?listing=1002.
See you soon.
The Reasoning xxxxx
Cluny 2 Gig Postponed
3rd September 2011
Sorry to say that our Newcastle gig tonight is postponed due our drummer Jake being very ill. We'll be back.
Love as always,
Rach, Owain, Tony, Matt & Jake xxxxx
York Date Postponed
30th August 2011
We have an update on the York date on 8th October. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, this gig has to be postponed until a later date.
All tickets sold are valid for the new date to be announced soon.
If however, you require a refund, then please speak to the point of sale and they will sort that out. Morpheus Rising will still be playing this, so go check them out.
Love as always,
Rach, Owain, Tony, Matt & Jake xxxxx
The Reasoning Press Release
7th August 2011
Once upon a time... well... in May 2011, to be exact, The Reasoning made their first collective journey to the USA to perform at the much hallowed and loved ROSfest. Many things happened during our stay and, as the age old adage goes, "what goes on the road stays on the road". We don't always respect that, of course!
Anyway, much fun was had, not least the stupidity of Owain and Matt who decided to try the "Hottest Sauce In The World" and (quite literally) almost killed themselves in the process. We have all of this on video, which will be released via Comet TV soon enough. A few more useful things happened, too, because our concert was recorded... and you'll be glad to know that we are to release our first official live album (this is not a bootleg!), entitled Live in the USA: The Bottle Of Gettysburg. The album will contain 80 minutes of said show, and the track listing is as follows:
Diamonds & Leather
The Nobody Effect
Shadows Of The Mind
The Thirteenth Hour
How Far To Fall?
A release date is being set for November, so we'll keep you updated: confirmation of the exact date coming soon!
It doesn't stop there though, naturally! As you are aware, we are currently working on our fourth studio album (more details about that soon as well), for which we have over four hours of material at the moment. We're very excited about deciding exactly what to include on the album itself - and those of you who attended our recent shows will have heard two of the new tracks, entitled The Omega Point and No Friend Of Mine - the latter already being described as one of the best tracks we've written to date...
We've also written some new songs that we didn't feel would "fit" with the emerging theme and feel of album four, but were simply too good to keep to ourselves. For this reason, we will also be releasing a four-song EP this December, which will be available for download only. Each song is written by a different member of the band, with all lyrics and melodies written by Rachel, as always. The EP is called And Another Thing.... and will be released via Comet Music. We'll have the full track listing and some artwork available for your perusal soon, so do watch this space.
In the meantime, we intend to release Album 4 during the first quarter of 2012, and so you can look forward to a good 60-70 minutes of brand new material! Exciting times ahead! We're making tour arrangements for next year too, and can't wait to get out and bring the new stuff to your good selves.
See you all soon - get ready for some serious rocking!
Love as always,
Rach, Owain, Tony, Matt & Jake xxxxx
6th July 2011
Due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, The Dave (Dave Foster of Mr So & So) will unfortunately no longer be playing The Borderline gig on the 22nd July with The Reasoning.
However, we are extremely pleased to announce that "Pete & Rob's Musical Whimsy" (Pete Trewavas of Marillion / Transatlantic & Robin Boult of Howard Jones / FISH) have kindly offered to step in as our very special guests with their wonderful acoustic set.
It is a real honour to have them share a stage with us. This promises to be a night to remember and we are so looking forward to seeing you all and sharing some laughs, beers and music.
If you haven't got a ticket yet, get them while you can at "BUY BORDERLINE TICKETS HERE". See you soon and take care.
The Reasoning x
27th May 2011
Good afternoon folks. Well, we have just come back from a very cool and fun trip to the USA where we played at the wonderful ROSfest festival. The whole experience was just amazing from the organisation through to the playing. Everyone was so friendly, enthusiastic and the back stage crew were some of the most professional people we have ever had the pleasure to work with. We made many new friends and we hope to get back to the US with the new album. What a place and what a reaction. Thank you George and all involved at ROSfest for giving us a million wonderful memories to cherish. We will have a full ROSfest report for you soon and a full Comet TV edition of our trip including Owain & Matt doing the US version of their curry challenge that involved the hottest sauce in the world and some jalapeño beef jerky. It's messy.
So now it's time to get back to album 4 and the other little ideas we have in the pipeline. Firstly though, we are pleased to announce some gig dates for 2011. We are missing the road and you guys so much, that we have decided to get it together, book some gigs and start rocking again. It has been too long. Anyway, here are the first confirmed dates below and we have quite a few more to book, so when they are confirmed, you will be the first to know. These set of dates will also be the first time that we will be introducing new songs from album 4 and also songs from the other albums that we haven't played in a while. The Cardiff date is going to be our very special Christmas show and we hope to have some very special and fun things for you. More news and other developments coming your way very soon! Look forward to seeing you all soon and stay in touch. Take care.
Love as always,
The Reasoning xxxxx
|9th December - Friday||The Globe, Cardiff||Mr So & So||Tickets|
|13th November - Sunday||The Robin 2, Bilston||Godsticks||www.therobin.co.uk|
|12th November - Saturday||The Borderline, London||Matt Stevens||Borderline Tickets|
|8th October - Saturday||The Duchess, York||Morpheus Rising||www.theduchessyork.co.uk|
|17th September - Saturday||The Y Theatre, Leicester||Steve Lawson||www.leicesterymca.co.uk|
|3rd September - Saturday||The Cluny, Newcastle||Stolen Earth||www.thecluny.com|
|2nd September - Friday||The Black Flag, Wakefield||Steve Lawson||www.blackflagvenue.com|
|22nd July - Friday||The Borderline, London||Pete & Rob's Musical Whimsy||Borderline Tickets|
|21st July - Thursday||The Fleece, Bristol||Also Eden||See Tickets|
9th May 2011
Hello one and all and we hope you have recovered from you extended Bank Holidays and wedding parties. Some of you know that we are busy in the studio at the moment getting pre-production demos done for our all new album 4. Things are progressing very well and we are getting extremely excited about what is coming out of our speakers.
During the "Dark Angel" Sessions, we decided to have a break from the studio and play some live gigs to keep our hand in and we called it "The Cabin Fever Tour". Well, we have decided to do it again and called it "The Cabin Fever II" tour.
We are pleased to announce that on Thursday 21st July 2011 we will be playing at The Fleece in Bristol with special guests Also Eden and on Friday 22nd July 2011 we will be playing The Borderline in London with special guest The Dave (Mr So&So fame). These gigs will see us presenting new material and some of our big "hits" and all at inflation busting prices. So, get into the Summer swing of things and join us for lots of laughs, stacks of music and pleanty of beer, wine, spirits or whatever takes you fancy.
Catch you soon and be good.
Love as always,
The Reasoning xxxxx
5th April 2011
Hello all and I hope you are well? As you can see, we now have a rather wonderfully shiny, new website. We decided that in the lead up to album 4 we would give everything a complete makeover and in the process tie in all our associated sites such as our forum, YouTube etc, with the same theme so you always know that you are at an official Reasoning page.
To celebrate the launch of the new site, we have decided to lay on a very special shop sale for you all. All CDs are now only £5.00 and our DVD and T-Shirt are both priced at a ridiculous £8.00 These are inflation busting prices that will hopefully add a little extra sunshine to your day. Grab a bargain while you can. This sale will only last until 1) the end of April when prices go back to normal and / or 2) when stock runs out.
Now for a quick update for you on album 4. We have already done extensive writing at our respective studios over the past couple of months plus, we had a 4 day writing session here in Cardiff in March. Out of that session, we got some incredible ideas that have us very excited. In essence, we have 4 songs in their raw state which are now in the hands of Rachel who is busy writing some incredible lyrics and melodies. This week, we head to Colchester for the next writing session, which again, is for 4 days. After that we will start constructing the album ready for recording. The drum session has been booked for early July with the rest of the instruments being recorded in July too.
The new material really is sounding wonderful with everyone contributing making this the first album to be written as a complete band. We cannot wait to get the songs out to you and more importantly, play them live. We are currently booking tours and exploring many new and exciting avenues to get our music out there so, as soon as we have news on all these things you will be the first to know. Rest assured we will be covering a lot of ground in the coming months and years. On top of that, our first gig of 2011 at ROSfest in the USA, will feature at least 2 new songs from the album. So, we had better get to work quick smart!
Finally, tickets for our Borderline gig on the 22nd July 2011 are selling really quickly which is wonderful news and thank you - get them while you can. This will be our first UK date of 2011 and we will be playing all our past "hits" and introducing new future "hits" as well. It's going to be one hell of a party.
Enjoy the new site and we all look forward to seeing you very soon. Be happy and take care.
Love as always,
Rach, Owain, Tony, Matt & Jake xxxxx
22nd March 2011
Good evening one and all. The sun is shining, life is busy, music is flowing and life feels rather good. So, what news do we have for you? Well, basically, LOADS! There is way too much to cover here so we shall start with the all important gig news today. As some of you may remember, a couple of years ago during the recording of "Dark Angel" we decided to head out for a couple of dates to clear our heads of the studio and named it "The Cabin Fever" tour. Well, we're doing it again. On Friday 22nd July 2011 we have booked The Borderline in London to play a special show for you all where we will be playing some new material from our forthcoming 4th studio album. We also thought it might act as a nice pre-High Voltage warm up show to get you in the mood for the week-ends festivities of rock. To cap it all off, we are very lucky to have along as our very special guest, The Dave (Dave Foster of Mr So & So / The Wishing Tree) who will be playing music from his solo album "Gravity". Not only is he a lovely guy and a great friend but he is also an awesome guitarist that will have you dribbling when you hear and see him play.
Tickets are now on sale from the Borderline website and are priced at an inflation busting £10.00 in advance and £12.00 on the door.
BUY BORDERLINE TICKETS HERE - 22nd JULY 2011.
Get them while you can and come and share a night of music, laughs and, quite obviously, beer. See you all then and hopefully we will be announcing one or two more shows soon. Be the first to hear all new Reasoning material before they are officially released later in the year. Take care.
Love as always,
Rach, Owain, Tony, Matt & Jake xxxxx
16th February 2011
Hello everyone and I hope you are well. After a lot of messing about, we have decided to close our forum. This forum has been getting hundreds of spam applications and we have been spending all our time trying to figure out how we stop it and also, deleting all the spam. We have come to the conclusion that phpBB2 is not capable anymore of dealing with this and the only way to combat it is to delete this forum and set up a new one.
Now, we are aware that the forum format is slowly becoming less popular because of all the other forms of social networks available but, we at The Reasoning, feel that forums still have a place for the people who want to keep up to date with us and have an option to discuss openly, all things related to the band and any other topic as well. Therefore from midnight tonight, this forum will no longer be in operation but you will be able to join in the chat at our new home which is http://thereasoning.forumotion.co.uk
This is a much more secure site and looks an awful lot better too. We hope many of you will join us there and continue the chat. We love hearing from you; talking to you and we promise that the band will have a more visible presence than ever before.
Thanks for a great couple of years on our old forum and here is to many amazing talks. We look forward to the next step with you as our travel companions. Take care and lots of news coming soon. Take care.
Love as always,
Rach, Owain, Tony, Matt & Jake xxxxx
26th January 2011
The Reasoning send you all a huge hug and tonnes of thanks for voting for us in the latest Classic Rock Presents Prog, best of 2010 poll. What amazing support / love you have shown us and for which, we are eternally grateful. You really are the best.
Best Band -
1) Porcupine Tree
4) The Reasoning
Best Album -
2) Anathema - We're Here Because We're Here
3) Mostly Autumn - Go Well Diamond Heart
4) Tinyfish - Big Red Spark
5) The Reasoning - Adverse Camber
Best Drummer -
1) Mike Portnoy - ex Dream Theater
2) Gavin Harrison - Porcupine Tree
3) Neil Peart - RUSH
4) Nick D'Virgilio - Spock's Beard
5) Jake Bradford-Sharp - The Reasoning
2010 was so amazing for us and we had the best time so, let's make 2011 even better!
We really love you all.
Rach, Owain, Tony, Matt & Jake xxxxx
24th January 2011
Well here are, 2011. We hope you had a great one and that the new year is treating you kindly so far. For The Reasoning, it has been straight down to business. We have numerous plans on the go at the moment and more news as things develop, will appear here soon. Trust us though, we are going for it this year like never before. So get ready!!
We have had quite a few requests about the selling T-Shirts and we are pleased to say that the option to buy said T-Shirts is now available from our shop. If you haven't seen them, here is a picture of our beautiful model wearing one of these T-Shirts. Treat yourself to a new year gift now while stocks last.
Finally, we will be asking you very soon to get involved in a new little project we have on the go. So, keep checking back and when we have everything in place, we will be knocking at your door. Take care and speak to you all soon and roll on what is ahead of us.
Love as always,
Rach, Owain, Tony, Matt & Jake xxxxx
24th December 2010
The Reasoning would like to wish all our dear friends an extremely Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for being so wonderful - your love and support is very dear and precious to us. 2010 has been incredible for lots of reasons so, we cannot wait to come back and see you in 2011 with new songs, a whole new drive and outlook.
We love you, have fun, take care and see you very soon.
Rach, Owain, Tony, Matt & Jake xxxxx
17th December 2010
We are so incredible pleased and proud of the fact that we made the Top 20 albums of 2010 in the Classic Rock Presents Prog recent poll. Number 12 in fact and among incredible company to boot. We were also in a lot of the top 20 for the writers / contributors - an amazing honour and a great way to end a superb 2010. We can't wait for 2011 to arrive when we intend to up our game in every respect.
We also had a wonderful comment made by Malcolm Dome on the Classic Rock blog page that went like this -
"The Reasoning proved at High Voltage earlier this year that they're a class act. Now you can see the young prog band's set that day on the DVD Highway To High Voltage (Comet Music). You know what? They really were damn good that day. The band also enhance their growing reputation with acoustic album Acoustically Speaking (Comet Music), proving that the combination of quality musicianship and good songs is a winner."
We also had an e-mail in from from Jeff Collins of Sunshine FM Radio, it seems we are in their Top 40 albums of 2010 and to make things even better, we made number 5 behind Black Country Communion (1), Iron Maiden (2), Slash (3) & The Last Republic (4) - WOW!! That is just incredible and we are so, so happy
This is what he said -
"Prog-Rock giants in the making! The Reasoning are destined to break into the mainstream with their gorgeous vocals and haunting emotional songs that simply rock...."
See you really soon and thank you for being so wonderful. we are very, very lucky.
Rach, Owain, Tony, Matt & Jake xxxxx