THE FLOWER KINGS are back after 5 long years with a new album. The record is called “Banks Of Eden” and will be released on June 15th, 2012 in Europe via InsideOutMusic.
“The album is a reflection of my thoughts on the world of today, I would say. I think this is where Roine Stolt as a person stands today. There are elements of both politics and religion, but I try to write lyrics without lecturing the fans. Still I always try to put something of a true wisdom of life or poetic beauty into the lyrics that hopefully stays with them.” says Stolt.
THE FLOWER KINGS emerged as one of the most famous bands of the early 90´s Prog scene and became one of the leading new icons together with Porcupine Tree, Spock’s Beard and Dream Theater. The band proved to be a worthy and solid live act and after years of touring Europe, USA, South America and Japan the band return to form with a new powerhouse drummer Felix Lehrmann, to prove that they are at the top of their game. With a big tour to follow starting with a 27 date European tour.
"Banks Of Eden" was recorded with the band playing live in one room in a studio in January 2012, a recording much like in the old days of classic prog. "If we can't play it live it's not worth recording". "We're a band - regardless what some may say - a democracy at work - OK, definitely with myself at the wheel, but all the guys have made themselves a sound that is recognizable and TFK wouldn't be the same without them". "We aimed for the classic big warm vinyl-sound of old records by Queen, Genesis, Zeppelin or Deep Purple" so Stolt.
........................................................................ The Flower Kings will go on an extended headlining tour across Europe in September & October!
Fri June 8th - SWE - Sweden Rock Festival
Sat July 7th - DE - Loreley Night Of The PROG Festival kl. 17:00
Sat Aug 18th - SWE - Gothenburg Slottsskogen
Tue Sep 4th BE Verviers - Spirit of 66
Wed Sep-05 DE - Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
Tue Sep-06 CH - Pratteln - Z-7
Fri Sep-07 IT - Veruno - Prog Festival
Sat Sep-08 IT - Verona - Caselle di Sommacampagna- Sala Polivalente
Mon Sep-10 ES- Barcelona - Music Hall
Tue Sep-11 ES - Madrid - Sala Live
Wed Sep-12 PO -Lisbon - Paradise Garage
Fri Sep-14 ES - Peralta - Auditorium
Sun Sep-16 FR - Paris - Divan du Monde
Mon Sep-17 NL - Uden - De Pul
Wed Sep-19 DE - Karlsruhe - Substage
Thu Sep-20 DE - Bochum - Zeche
Fri Sep-21 NL - Zoetermeer - De Boerderij
Sat Sep-22 UK - Leamington - Leamington Spa Assembly
Sun Sep-23 UK - Holmfirth - Picturedrome
Mon Sep-24 UK - London - Scala
Thu Oct 4 - Israel - Prog Stage Festival
Sat Oct 20 POL Warsaw Progresja
Sun Oct 21 POL Krakow SOPHISCAPES 2012 Festival
Mon Oct 22 SK Bratislava - Randal
Tues Oct 23 HU Budapest Ship A38
Thur Nov 1st SWE Stockholm - Bryggarsalen
Fri Nov 2nd FIN Helsinki - Nosturi
THE FLOWER KINGS – premiere brand new interview from London + medley of 26 min. epic “Numbers” via UK´s PROG Magazine website!
In the light of the album’s impending release date, THE FLOWER KINGS are now debuting a medley of the almost 26 mins long opening track “Numbers” plus an interview that PROG did in London earlier this year via UK’s Prog Magazine exclusively here:
“The album is a reflection of my thoughts on the world of today, I would say. I think this is where Roine Stolt as a person stands today. There are elements of both politics and religion, but I try to write lyrics without lecturing the fans. Still I always try to put something of a true wisdom of life or poetic beauty into the lyrics that hopefully stays with them.” added Stolt.
More Tourdates : June 8th Sweden Rock Festival . kl 21:45 July 8th - Loreley Night Of The Prog Festival 17:00 Aug 8th - La Coruna TBC Aug 18th Slottsskogen Goes Progressive Gothenburgh Tue Sep - 04 Verviers - Spirit of 66 Wed Sep-05 Aschaffenburg Colos-saal Tue Sep-06 Pratteln Z-7 Fri Sep-07 Veruno Prog Ver1no Festival Sat Sep-08 Rome tbc Mon Sep-10 Barcelona Music Hall Tue Sep-11 Madrid Sala Live Wed Sep-12 Lisbon Paradise Garage Fri Sep-14 Peralta Auditorium Sun Sep-16 Paris Divan du Monde Mon Sep-17 Uden De Pul Wed Sep-19 Karlsruhe Substage Thu Sep-20 Bochum Zeche Fri Sep-21 Zoetermeer De Boerderij Sat Sep-22 Leamington Leamington Spa Assembly Sun Sep-23 Holmfirth Picturedrome Mon Sep-24 London Scala Thu Oct 4 Israel, Genesaret ProgFest Sun Oct 21 - Krakow Poland ProgFestival Fri Nov-2 Helsinki Finland Nosturi
Watch Video fun : Wizards of fluff, The FLOWER KINGS get wasted in the STUDIO & talking bull about new album, underware, hats, political downfall, John Cleese, revolving doors and the hidden gold. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a95OZnNIYX4&feature=player_embedded
The Flower Kings - New Album Pre_sales started : www.flowerkings.se
CD Pre-Sales "Banks Of Eden" start NOW.
The album will come as : Jewelcase standard (1 CD) - Digibook (2 CD) - Vinyl gatefold ( 2x LP + 2 x CD)
We will try autograph as many as possible at a first come first served principle. If yours is not one of them - just bring it to the concert. (Yes we will play your area sooner or later )
Here is the tracklisting incl. the 4 bonus tracks:
THE FLOWER KINGS – “Banks Of Eden”
1. Numbers - 25:20 2. For The Love Of Gold - 7:30 3. Pandemonium - 6:05 4. For Those About To Drown - 6:50 5. Rising The Imperial - 7:40
BONUS CD (LTD digipak ) 6. Fireghosts (Bonus Track) - 5:50 7. Going Up (Bonus Track) - 5:10 8. Illuminati (Bonus Track) - 6:20 9. Lo Lines (Bonus Track) - 4:40
Extra Material: VIDEO Interview with the band in the studio - 20min.
The album will also be available as a double gatefold orange vinyl - inlimited edition with stunning artwork by Silas Toball. The album opener is a 26 minute centrepiece that displays a few new harder, darker and more angular sides of the band.
VIDEO TEASERS :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a95OZnNIYX4&feature=player_embedded http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9igp5RIeznE&feature=relmfu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1NnWP0CBac&feature=youtu.be
Film & interview by Per Nordin
. Our "nice" website prices includes shipping worldwide:
THE FLOWER KINGS - Banks Of Eden - Jewelcase (Standard -1 CD ) - Price: 18 Euro (shipping worldwide included )
THE FLOWER KINGS - Banks Of Eden - Digibook ( LTD - 2 CD ) - Price : 20 euro (shipping worldwide included )
THE FLOWER KINGS - Banks Of Eden - Vinyl Gatefold (will be announced shortly )
For more information visit: www.flowerkings.se www.facebook.com/pages/The-Flower-Kings/107921532569197 http://www.reverbnation.com/theflowerkings http://www.myspace.com/cosmiclodge
The Flower Kings are back with a new album called "Banks of Eden" and it's the result of work in progress since December 2011. The updated version of the band showcases the classic lineup of Stolt, Bodin, Reingold and Froberg with the addition of new German prodigy powerhouse drummer Felix Lehrmann.
The new album "Banks Of Eden" was recorded with the band playing live in one room in Varispeed studio in January 2012, a recording much like in the old days of classic prog, before computers hit the market and this time with plenty of original 60's and 70's recording equipment, for a true warm analogue vintage sound. "We aimed for the classic big warm vinyl-sound of old records by Queen, Genesis, Zeppelin or Deep Purple," says Stolt.
INSIDEOUTMUSIC online: www.insideoutmusic.com
Direct your Interview requests to PIRATE SMILE : firstname.lastname@example.org
FLOWER KINGS: BANKS OF EDEN (Ltd 2CD-Enhanced Edition Of 2012 Album / Digi-Pak) 2CD
FLOWER KINGS: BANKS OF EDEN (Standard Single CD Edition Of 2012 Album - ) 1CD
FLOWER KINGS: BANKS OF EDEN (Ltd 2LP Heavyweight Vinyl ) 2LP
"To show that we're real men we decided to start the new album with a 25-minute epic centrepiece that is not easy listening, but the material also has all classic elements of the FLOWER KINGS style with all the dreamy melodic & cinematic glow sprinkled all over, that the band's fans have come to love over the years. My advice is: just give it time and it will be very rewarding." RS.
Track List - CD1 01. Numbers (25:20) 02. For The Love Of Gold (7:35) 03. Pandemonium (6:05) 04. For Those About To Drown (6:50) 05. Rising The Imperial (7:40)
Track List - (Bonus) CD2 01. Fire Ghosts (5:50) 02. Going Up (5:10) 03. Illuminati (6:20) 04. Lo Lines (4:40) 05. Interview with the band in the studio - Video Feature (18:12)
Keep a eye open and log in here again to see what this combo will offer in the near future. This is phase two of The Flower Kings empire rising.
Very soon we will have both snippets of songs from new album and a full tourplan for those of you who live in Europe. Don't fret we have not forgotte the Americas - but look for agents and partners in the USA that we can trust. Stay tuned .