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Ron Grainer's Doctor Who theme, as realised by Delia Derbyshire was an early classic in electronica, but each successive arrangement tended to elaborate on the original, culminating in the orchestral version – with all its counterpoint melodies – that is used today. New Earthlings have sought to get back to the original, but in a hard rock style. It's released digitally on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify on August 23rd (to coincide with the new series), and may be pre-ordered now.
360 Mag's review of New Earthlings' album sampler, currently on Soundcloud. They seem to like what they hear, especially the production, because they mentioned it twice! It's reproduced below.
"New Earthlings has a dynamic sound. A hybrid of rock, pop, alternative and contemporary. Great production, good instrumentation, nice vocals and top notch production. Very reminiscent of many of the early greats, like Led Zeppelin, this ensemble proves to be lyrically solid. The sky is the limit for such a psychedelic powerhouse. Their music could easily be used for a indie film or a quirky HBO show. Their innate talent and creativity has earned them a spot on our #360WatchList."
New Earthlings now on The Music Mag! Full bio and album tracklisting can be viewed by copying and pating the following link into your browser: http://www.themusicmag.com/unsigned-music/new-earthlings/
The single, '(Like a) Jigsaw' at 3'07" is nearly two minutes shorter than the album version, and is a bouncy, rocking tune that tells a mindful story. "My life's in pieces like a jigsaw", goes the chorus. Guitarists will be interested to know that the heavy, overdriven guitar sound was obtained using nylon strings, not steel.
New Earthlings' eponymous debut album, 'New Earthlings' will be released later in the year.
New Earthlings play a one-off gig at Properstock.
Down ‘n’ dirty, psychedelic ‘70s-flavoured driving guitar riffs, strong stadium rock vocals & tight melodies with Led Zep & Thin Lizzy influences.
3:30pm at the Psychedelic Fun Barn...ProperStock! Music Festival 2013 Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes
be there! B-)
The main vocals (and much of the harmony vocals) for the album were completed on Saturday, 9 February by John, who also finished the lyrics for two of the songs, now named "One More Try" (formerly Rock Ballad One) and "Your Own Worst Disguise" (formerly Never). Only the remainder of the keyboard parts and a few bits and pieces are left to record, then the final mixing will begin. We're actually beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Powerhouse vocalist John Swain laid down the first five tracks for the album last weekend and we are totally psyched up about it! MOHIT!
Geoff and John completed the guitar tracks for the album over the Jan 4/5 weekend through John's mighty Marshall JCM2000 stack. Next: keyboards and vocals and the big mixdown!
We're now getting close to finishing the album, with drums, courtesy of Chris Davy, all recorded and mixed, giving a big, big sound. Bass and guitars are also down and we're halfway through keyboards. Vocals and overdubs will be added in early January, with a view to a release later in the spring of 2013.
We'll send out the next update in January, where we'll release the final track listing and other details.
This is the demo of (Like a) Jigsaw with lyrics for the chorus only. As before, Geoff plays all the parts. John is writing the verses for it. Still more demos to come.