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MIKE HYDER : 'CRAFTSMAN'
Brand new solo album by Songwriter/Bandleader of
World Wide Release 5th May 2014
Nearly 50 minutes of top flight rock music, with a full colour booklet, including lyrics and a sealed copy at that, hot off the pressing plant (we received the consignment on Friday).
The album contains four lengthy pieces which take in Mike Hyder’s broad songwriting style, adventurous arrangements & meticulous production.
Genre hopping through classic hard rock, psychedelia, folk, blues, a hint of jazz, a dash of country, exhilarating symphonic passages, multi-layered guitar orchestrations & vocal harmonies, seamlessly woven together with a pop sensibility.
An album that retains the true freewheeling spirit of traditional prog, with all its mid-song, key and tempo changes. Thrilling.
CRAFTSMAN/THE ROCK/EDEN/THE ORGANISATION
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Latest album by THE TREAT.
'Lepers & Deities'
This is the group’s long awaited and much anticipated fourth album, and follow up to their critically acclaimed ‘Audio Verite/Deceptive Blends’ album three years ago.
A broad sweep of styles and musical colours can be heard on THE TREAT’s latest album, something we have come to expect by now from this colourful, eccentric, intensely creative and fiercely independent progressive group. From the acoustic flavoured, protest Prog-Folk of ‘Falcon & the Iron Rain’ to the gorgeous, heartfelt, yet muscular, British R’n’B flavoured love song ‘Sparkle’, via the power chord, ‘Who’ influenced Classic Rock of ‘Headcase Baby’ (replete with it’s Psychedelic, Syd era Floyd keyboard solo), the Neo-Folk rock of ‘Little Treasures’ and glorious 60’s tinged Pop sensibilities of ‘Valerie’. Also, the title track, ‘Lepers & Deities’, begins with it’s Yes influenced guitar harmonics and builds into a mini epic, using Mellotrons, neo-Gregorian chants and rich, arabesque, cascading Violins. Simply quite breathtaking!
On ‘Lepers & Deities’, THE TREAT’s songwriter, Mike Hyder, is at the top of his game, writing his best collection of songs so far. He uses a wide spectrum of Acoustic and Electric Guitars to paint a distinctive sonic spectrum : the Acoustics form the bedrock of the songs, interweaving in and out of the mixes, with flourishes of tasteful Electric Guitar played with a sense of scale, economy and taste. THE TREAT’s Multi-instrumentalist, Dave Hart has added more instruments to THE TREAT’s sound. Accordion, Glockenspiel and Vibratone are heard for the first time on a TREAT album, as is the Harp (played by MH) and Violin, played by guest, Flora Curson, a brilliant newcomer to the Prog scene. Dom Lash, renowned as the least flamboyant member of THE TREAT, shows off a wide range of Bass duties, performing on both Double Bass, as well as Electric, weaving his subtle magic from Hard Rock, through Jazz and Folk flavourings, all the way to the incredibly funky bass lines on ‘My Old School’.
The band as a whole have never sounded better, showing they are equally adept at tackling fast paced rockers, such as ‘Headcase Baby’, as much as they are on more reflective pieces, such as ‘Falcon & the Iron Rain’.
THE TREAT effortlessly halve and double tempos and change keys mid-song, for extra dynamics, while retaining momentum and groove, as amply demonstrated on ‘Bougainvillaeas In The Sand’, ’Little Treasures’ and ’Valerie’ (with it’s Ukrainian Folk inspired middle section). The group’s ability to construct arrangements, displaying light and shade, soft and loud soundscapes is equally apparent on tracks such as ‘SPT’, which begins as an acoustic Psyche-Folk piece and builds into a gargantuan, sonic electric assault, part Led Zep styled blues stomper, part jazz-folk tinged classic era Jethro Tull. Mmmm!. Delicious.
This release is absolutely essential listening for any music lover in 2012, who has a love of Classic Rock and Progressive stylings in the broad sense, with an added dash of Psychedelia. If there is one TREAT album you should have, then ‘Lepers & Deities’ is the one ! All of it performed, produced and presented in the unique style of THE TREAT for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!
TRUST/SPARKLE/LEPERS & DEITIES/BOUGAINVILLAEAS IN THE SAND/HEADCASE BABY/THE FALCON AND THE IRON RAIN/SPT/LITTLE TREASURES/MY OLD SCHOOL/VALERIE
LEPERS & DEITIES
'Agent 555' - No.1 single (10 weeks!) - Magazine Chart
The debut album by this powerhouse trio contains 10 tracks of neo-classic rock grooves and soaring sing along melodies. Ideal for blasting out of the car stereo with the volume cranked all the way up. Also contains some of their most popular and enduring tunes, The Hunger, Rock You and Agent 555. The latter song spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the 'Magazine' Show Listener's Chart.
CD INCLUDES 10 PAGE FOLD OUT MULTI-COLOURED LYRIC BOOKLET.
'Top 3 best rock album of 2008' - BCFM Rock Show
This is THE TREAT's breakthrough album, which garnered rave reviews in the UK national press, most notably in Classic Rock and Rock'n'Reel. The album was heavily played on various internet rock radio stations, most notably ARFM and BCFM. The album was voted Top 3 best rock album of 2008 by the listeners of the BCFM Rock Show. The album were playlisted on Radio 1.
'PHONOGRAPHY' contains nearly 50 minutes of top quality music, written, arranged, performed and produced to the high standard and quality The Treat are fast gaining a reputation for. The combination of music & packaging makes this a must have for any connoisseur of rock music.
The album comes with a foldout poster sleeve, with all the lyrics of the songs written on the back.
'AUDIO VERITE/DECEPTIVE BLENDS'
'Top Ten Best Album of 2009' - 'Classic Rock Presents PROG'
The brand new album by THE TREAT & the long awaited follow up to the critically acclaimed 'Phonography' album.Packed full of 20 tracks, giving nearly an hour and a half's worth of music, the album is a Double CD and covers a wider range of styles than on 'Phonography' and sees THE TREAT adding elements of folk, jazz, funk, country & ethnic music to their continuing love of progressive, psychedelic & classic rock styles. THE TREAT have broadened their sonic palette by introducing mandolin, banjo, theremin, sitar, tablas, timpani, melodica & harmonium to enrich their sound yet further.
Ever the purists, THE TREAT have divided the CD into 4 themed 'sides' (2 per CD) - as would have been the format on a traditional vinyl album - to take in 'Rock', 'Acoustic', 'Electric' & 'Experimental' facets of their work.The album has the usual high production values, excellent musicianship, arranging and songwriting craft that THE TREAT are now known for. The double CD album comes with a full colour lavish 12 page booklet, with many photos and the lyrics to all the songs.
'Top Ten Best Album of 2009' in the Critics Choice in 'Classic Rock Presents PROG' as voted for by senior writer Geoff Barton
"Infectious, arresting pop-tinged hard rock with a dose of the blues. A remarkable proposition".- Martin Popoff
The band's debut album, In Technicolor, does not simply evoke general comparisons to the gods of classic rock -– it is classic rock, direct and unmitigated. - Ink19
“It sounds fresh & completely different from anything in the UK” - Strutter
"They have bundles of integrity for classic rock, and Lord, do they play it well!" - Room 13
“Full marks for non-stop energy and enthusiasm” - Oxford Courier
"A cross between Zeppelin and The Clash, not only in terms of style, but also in it's depth. Unlike many modern bands, The Treat know a way with a melody" - Let It Rock
“This is bloody brilliant ! The epitome of "driving music". If you're ever on the road, this is one of the albums to have blasting out the open window" - Daily Vault
"A competent band with much to recommend. Tracks such as the pacey, straightforward rock of 'Burnin'', The pumping pace of 'Rock You', and the excellent head bobbing 'Let's Get Beautiful', show a style and maturity that point to good things ahead for the band". - Powerplay
'A commendable start...well worth checking out'.
"A bravery of sound and one hundred percent rock'n'roll attitude make The Treat look like no other hard rock band". - Metal Kings
"I found these tunes rolling through my head all day" - Music Mayhem
“A ten track slab of tough guitars, and catchy melodies“ - Oxford Mail
“Classic hard rock elements, with a fresh & modern sound. An album that will lift your spirits from the moment you press ‘play’” - Rock Pages
"Consistently stylistic with their music, mixing Led Zep and Van Halen influences with pop-rock writing to create a great rock album" - This Is Not TV
“This is dirty, greasy, beer sodden sore-throat-in the-morning rock & roll man!” - The Thread
"Hard Rock in the vein of AC/DC, with a little bit of the Beatles" - From The Underground
"The music is bright and spirited, with strong, clear vocals, reminiscent of the Stones at their best” - Oxford Bands.Com
"They’re more Stones than The Strokes or The Hives could muster" - Smother
'These songsters of music show to own enough personality to challenge the chart champions of rock -The Silent Scream
“The Treat” kick out cleanly executed, tight fitting, classic rock but have added a modern style to it. - Hard Rock House
'One of an up and coming crop of ...mind blowing bands delivering the goods in spades'
- Classic Rock Magazine
'Phonography...pushes radio-friendly power pop to the edges of heavy metal in considerable style...an accomplished piece of work from the Oxford based trio'
'Phonogrphy...demonstrates a new level of maturity'
- Classic Rock Society
'One of the best albums of the year'
- Let it Rock
'An excellent overall package that hits the spot'
‘Phonography ....shows how a classic hard rock album should sound and look in 2008'’
- Metal Revolution
'With a catchy tune like 'Roaming', the band has a hit on their hands!'
- Strutter 77
'The music has a far greater range, and as a whole the album is better produced showing a real maturity'
'These rockers have the talent for writing good songs'
- Metal to Infinity
‘The Treat not only incorporate a lot of British rock styles from the late 60s and early 70s, but they manage to do it seamlessly and make it fresh, drawing on everything from the raw bluesiness of Led Zeppelin to the grandiose prog of Genesis’
'Phonography' is a belter, the more I play it the more I like it'
-Jon Wisbey (The BCFM Rock Show)
'The album just seems to get better with each listen!'
- Paul Baker (Soundscapes, ARFM)
- Richard Allen (DJ Magazine Programme on hearing an advance copy of ‘PHONOGRAPHY’)
‘Entertaining, enthralling and effervescent’
- Classic Rock Presents PROG
‘An explosion of talent’
- The Big Takeover
‘It’s impossible to convey the scale and ambition of this album in a review. Suffice to say The Treat pull off a huge undertaking with aplomb’
- Classic Rock
‘The band's third work is undeniably their best so far. This is art rock wandering through genres, while at the same time trying to be as accessible as possible’
- Metal Perspective
‘This sprawling collection has some really good stuff’
‘The musicianship, instrumentation and package as a whole is tremendous’
- Classic Rock Society
‘Oxford's finest are back and they have blown the expectations out of the water’
- Room 13
‘Enough variety and quality to justify a long and happy musical relationship’
'Each track introduces something new and colourful. The album is quirky, undeniably eclectic, creative, idiosyncratic, indulgent, brave, experimental, and yes, ambitious'
- Blog Critics
‘Audio Verite/Deceptive Blends feels like the spiritual successor to The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’. A tasty Treat, indeed’
BURNIN'/DON'T THINK TWICE/AGENT 555/ROCK YOU/LET'S GET BEAUTIFUL/24/7/SILVER EYE/THE HUNGER/NIGHTCLUBBING/HYPERTONIC
FANFARE FOR THE KING/MAKE YOU CRAWL/THE DEATHDAY PARTIES/BOLIVIAN DIARY/ROAMING/MEADOWLAND/HAITIAN MOURNING DRESS/TOO LATE/CLUTCHING AT JAGGED GLASS/EFFERVESCENCE/BLACK CAT WHITES/ERASED/THE WEDGE
THIS IS THE ONE/SHOWTIME/DRAWING LINES/ON THE WATERFRONT/FOR A REASON/BEAUTIFUL WAY/CYCLES/SWEET JASMINE/BY THE SEA/THE DRAGON DEN
MASSIVE ATTACK/ANGER MANAGEMENT/CYBERNAUT/SILENT VOICES/FARMER JACK'S TREE/CITIZEN OF THE WORLD/THE ART OF DECEPTION/FAN THE FLAMES/LITTLE FLY/IN MY OWN TIME
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