Our thanks go out to all the team at Prog and everyone who has supported the album and our live shows this year. It really does mean a lot to us especially because we were up against some tough opposition!
Of the show, Vincent said 'it has been a personal ambition of mine for a long time to visit India and now to have the chance to play there is absolutely fantastic! Anathema will be playing a 2 hour set and we can't wait to get out there in the New Year'.
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Anyone who has seen us live this last year will have seen Daniel behind the keyboard rack with us. Some of you will know his production skills with our friend Anneke van Giersbergen, Head control System and many other works. Others of you may know him as one of the most bad ass drummers working in Europe today.
Our man Cardoso is such a complete musician who adds so much to our line up that the thought of working closer with him has been growing on my mind for some time. I simply love the way he plays and we share a common sensibility and understanding of the music and how it should sound. So I came to the conclusion that the strongest incarnation of Anathema, in the studio as well as on the road, is with Daniel in the line up, full time.
I now feel that alongside the brilliant and rarely gifted songwriter John Douglas, who remains integral to what we do, with this addition we can now accomplish anything musically that we might imagine. Everywhere I look in the band I see great talent.
It's important for the fans to know and understand that that the long standing Anathema songwriting team of Daniel Cavanagh, John Douglas and Vincent Cavanagh stays intact and remains strongly bonded and unchanged.
Our philosophy is - if it isn't broke, don't fix it. This songwriting team is important to our continued growth.
What Daniel Cardoso will bring is another string to our bow, a different musical talent and an opportunity for the band to push the music to its limit and accomplish anything musically that it wants to achieve.
The move is welcomed by John Douglas, who said: "Daniel is one of the lads and we already have a great working relationship. I think he can add to our music even further and I welcome it. It's a bit like a football team and he's a very good addition to the squad."
To quote Daniel Cardoso: "I remember being a teenager and being very disappointed to know that the drummer of one of my favorite bands left the band and didnt play on one of their albums. That band was Anathema and the album was Alternative 4. I was delighted when he rejoined and helped write the classic album 'Judgement'. So it's pretty exciting for me to get to this point where I'm bandmates with the great JD but at the same time I'm able to drop some tough beats here and there, when the music asks for it. Because thats why we're here.. for the music. And we do have a kickass team."
So that's it folks, Anathema now has TWO drummers! One of them is a uniquely gifted musician who created awesome Anathema classics such as 'Storm before the calm', 'A fine day to exit' and 'Universal', - and the other is a bad ass incredible player for any songs that might require that different style that he can bring.
Synth and keyboard duties in the live arena will still be largely handled by Daniel Cardoso with additional synth work from Vincent and Daniel Cavanagh and John Douglas - the musical roles changing according to the needs of the song.
We look forward to continued growth and musical exploration together.
The band would like to thank Andy Leff for encouraging the belief that the musicians must serve the music, and for his clarity in helping us to realise this musical ambition.
We're pleased to reveal that to round off the tour, tonight's show in Tilburg, Netherlands will also be recorded for the bluray which will be released in 2013 by Kscope.
Here's a message from Vincent and Daniel regarding what you can expect tonight. If you don't already have tickets you'd better grab them quickly, this show is set to be full to the rafters!
Details here for our Spanish fans:
Mañana tendrá lugar la grabación del concierto de Anathema en los estudios de RTVE para el programa de Radio 3.
Las primeras 50 personas en escribir (nombre completo y DNI) confirmando su asistencia al programa, podrán asistir de forma totálmente gratuita. Todas las solicitudes a esta direccion de email> firstname.lastname@example.org
- A las 12:00 hrs. del mediodía en la caseta de Recepción del complejo de RTVE de Prado del Rey, con su DNI.
- Un compañero de Relaciones Públicas de RTVE irá a recogerles a esa hora para acompañarles al estudio de Música 1 de la Radio, por lo que todo aquel que llegue más tarde se quedará sin poder acceder.
- Cómo llegar:
RTVE - AVDA. RADIO TELEVISION, 4 ---- 28223-POZUELO DE ALARCON.
Ó TAMBIÉN CARRETERA DE HUMERA A CARABANCHEL --- (Es la M-502)
La Avda. de Radio Televisión es una calle interna del recinto de RTVE, por lo que es probable que no salga en todos los navegadores.
* EN GOOGLE: Av de Radio Televisión, 28223, Pozuelo de Alarcón - Enlace directo
* TRANSPORTE PÚBLICO, la parada del Metro Ligero “PRADO DEL REY”, deja exactamente en la puerta del recinto de RTVE.
Also there will be a free acoustic show at FNAC Callao : 19:00 hrs.
Hope to see some of you there tomorrow!