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Tony Bronsdon, Will Hack, Tony Lowe

sunn creative is pleased to announce the release of  Bram Stoker’s ‘Cold Reading’ – featuring Tony Bronsdon, Tony Lowe & Will Hack on 27th January 2014; Bram Stoker’s first official band release since ‘Heavy Rock Spectacular’ (Windmill Records) in 1972.

Two original band members – keyboard player Tony Bronsdon, whose classically influenced Hammond organ led Bram Stoker’s trademark sound, and guitarist / bassist Tony Lowe – recruited talented drummer / vocalist Will Hack to co-write and record ‘Cold Reading’. Original bassist Jon Bavin also collaborated in writing two of the new compositions. ‘Cold Reading’ was produced by Tony Lowe, who subsequently worked as a musician with the likes of Julian Lennon, Roger Daltrey, Simon Townshend, Visage, Pet Shop Boys and Phil Ramone and has produced artists such as Flying Colours, Toyah & John Foxx, since Bram Stoker broke up in 1972. Tony Lowe also just completed production on an album with David Cross & Robert Fripp (King Crimson). David and Robert’s wonderfully evocative instrumental work ‘Starless Starlight’ is grown from the famous ‘Starless’ theme and is due for release in Spring 2015.

Songs from Cold Reading include a re-recording of Fast Decay and Fingal’s Cave along with eight new compositions.

Tony Lowe on the new production:  “The hard part was capturing the essence of what the band was doing back in ’71 and marrying that somehow with a contemporary production. With the two re-recordings, the arrangements really didn’t need changing and so I re-recorded everything with a slightly more up to date approach to sound quality. The original recordings were a little rough around the edges as the album had to be recorded pretty much in one day. But the energy and enthusiasm was there, and I hope I captured some of that. I never saw a band that could merge classical music and rock the way Bram Stoker did.

Writing new material with Tony and Will was another matter. It was a case of recreating some of the original qualities and although the music is complex the new songs seem to flow easily with the three of us.

We also looked at a different side to Bram Stoker, the author, and found he was an interesting man with a penchant for the occult and Victorian spiritualism, along with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and William B. Yeats. Although Bram Stoker was interested in mesmerism he was also wary of occult fraud (in which Cold Reading plays a part) believing in the replacement of superstition with more scientific ideas. This overall theme is reflected in the album, Cold Reading.”

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The music is available as a CD digipak and on download formats.

Sounds like: ELP, Pink Floyd, Camel and early Genesis

HISTORY

Bram Stoker was one of the first prog rock bands on the music scene in the 1970s, often compared to early Genesis and Yes. The band was formed by Keyboard player Tony Bronsdon in 1969; they soon built up a strong and devoted following at live shows. Playing the Marquee in London, they were supported by a little known band called ‘Queen’. They played regularly in London at The Roundhouse, The Marquee, The Greyhound – Croydon and The Speakeasy. Touring clubs, colleges and University in the UK and Holland they were appreciated by many well known artists of the time.

Bram Stoker enjoyed significant interest from the music industry during the period from 1969 to 1972 and this is shown in the wake of album “Heavy Rock Spectacular” – from its original vinyl release by Windmill Records in 1972, the album became a collector’s items. Inevitable bootlegging ensued and CD copies of “Heavy Rock Spectacular” appeared on various labels world-wide.

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