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« Reply #165 on: Apr 2nd, 2007, 09:45am »

This is Roine's latest blog. Basically it seems the subtext is clearly saying,'Nov, you've been an arse'! Don't think you are going to mind when you've read it though!!!!


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Hi ALL.

I just returned from a fabulous week in the studio,where all of the band were laying down the basic tracks for our new CD .

First of all , a big NO ,Hasse Froberg is not leaving the band and he have no plans
or no desire whatever to go to India to teach,nor have his wife or kids .(april fools..)

Then a big YES ,Zoltan Csrsz have recorded with the band and we are all VERY
excited about the quality and the sheer committment that Zoltan have put into this recording.
It's too early to tell if Zoltan will play on the tour,but we won't rule it out ,it all depend
on our individual schedules,what however seems unlikely at this point is that Marcus will sing lead (april fools) or can commit 100% to drumming on this tour or future tours,more news to follow later.

The recording week have been a great experience for us all,we've been in a great studio facility that have tons of vintage gear and we've had it 24/7 so we've lived there and we've worked with our trusted team of Petrus Knigson as engineeer and we've had Per Nordin there videofilming the sessions,so we have hours and hours of filmed material.

The result is as far as we can see a great symphonic & progressive rock album that
have more of the Retropolis/Stardust/Flower Power vibe but perhaps a bit more
"progressive" in the sense there are no short easy listening songs ,however
there are very melodic and likewise catchy sections integrated in these epics.
A few of these songs were really difficult to play,the intricacy of time signatures
had us on our toes,but it was great fun .
Yes there are similarities to songs like Stardust We Are or Garden Of Dreams
but perhaps even as much to the Transatlantics epics.

The energy level was on a hi all the time and I guess it shows, again Zoltan did a terrific job behind the kit,easily as good or better than his work on UTF,it even has a bit of Terry Bozzio tom tom extravaganza and a few short solo spots that are all terrific.

The sound quality is head and shoulders above what we got from the Medley on Paradox Hotel,Petrus is a genious and the Varispeed studio with it's 3 NEVE desks and old U 47 Telefunkens,Neumans etc. is the coolest and the best studio I've ever recorded in,the result is top notch and the vibe there was all
late 60's and early 70's.

We had the pleasure to use a custom modified ( by expert Brian Davenport) Hammond B 3 that sounded just fabulous and along with that we will, or have used real Minimoogs ,Wurlizer,Fender Rhodes pianos and a Grand Piano.
This means that this album will see more of the vintage keyboard sounds than on any other TFK record,I feel it goes well with the songs that have great melodic and warm melodies that take me back to the glory days of Procol Harum,ELP,Genesis,Yes,Focus,Gentle Giant,Jethro Tull,Deep Purple and The Beatles.
I have tried to remember the feeling of standing on stage when the band sound great
and we really feel like we're moving air and we're moving peoples hearts and I've tried to write from that perspective,perhaps with a less intellectual style and more of a direct soulful vibe.

Now we have a few weeks of overdubbing vocals and percussion,xtra guitars and
keys and hopefully by mid June we have delivered a steaming hot new CD album
to Inside Out that we're proud of and that will take you back to the glory days of prog.

In my opinion TFK have never sounded better and never delivered such a compact
collection of what we do best, I admit we took a few (interesting) detours but this is what defines the band,this is as close as it gets to what I set out to do 12 years ago.

btw, Did I mention that Hasse will be singing with us next tour ......and next ......
And we'll make shure to prepare the drumkits with asbest too........
and no drummer will take the lead mike,nor will we turn our amps up to more than 11,
we will try keep it just below that 11 mark.

Roine (april 2nd 2007) .





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« Reply #166 on: Apr 2nd, 2007, 10:13am »

on Apr 2nd, 2007, 09:45am, Nov wrote:
Then a big YES ,Zoltan Csorsz have recorded with the band and we are all VERY excited about the quality and the sheer committment that Zoltan have put into this recording. It's too early to tell if Zoltan will play on the tour,but we won't rule it out ,it all depend
on our individual schedules




I have tears in my eyes over this paragraph alone! This is my TFK dream come true, and a 60s/70s style prog album on top of it all. I am speechless beyond this point lipsrsealed

My heroes! Just imagine Zoltan where Marcus is (sorry Marcus tongue)
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« Reply #167 on: Apr 2nd, 2007, 12:13pm »

quin·tes·sence (kwĭn-tĕs'əns)
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Definition:
1. The purest, most highly concentrated essence of something; ie, What The Flower Kings are to progressive rock music.

2. The fifth and highest essence after the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water; thought to be the substance of the heavenly bodies and latent in all things; ie Flower Kings music.

The Quintessential Progressive Rock Band
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Zoltan, Jonas, Roine, Hasse, Tomas grin
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Stardust We Are
http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=797212841

Church Of Your Heart
http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoID=938453176

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on Apr 2nd, 2007, 12:13pm, CountingOutTime wrote:
quin·tes·sence (kwĭn-tĕs'əns)
noun

Definition:
1. The purest, most highly concentrated essence of something; ie, What The Flower Kings are to progressive rock music.

2. The fifth and highest essence after the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water; thought to be the substance of the heavenly bodies and latent in all things; ie Flower Kings music.


Crumbs CoT. This is all amazing stuff.

I'm so glad that there are other people that feel as strongly as me about them. I really wish they could have an explosion of popularity - like 10 times more people buying their albums than already do. They so deserve it.

I'm really loooking forward to this new album already and can't wait to see them later in the year (whoever is drumming).

How many times have you seen them?



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« Reply #170 on: Apr 2nd, 2007, 2:27pm »

on Apr 2nd, 2007, 2:04pm, Nov wrote:
How many times have you seen them?


I live in Southern California and have yet to see TFK live in concert. If they were to come to Anaheim, L.A. or San Diego (or any points in between), I'd be scooping up tickets big time. My wife, a music buff, loves TFK, which enriches my life tremendously cool

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« Reply #171 on: Apr 2nd, 2007, 2:33pm »

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NOV, can we assume it's the music you like the most cheesy
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« Reply #172 on: Apr 2nd, 2007, 2:37pm »

on Apr 2nd, 2007, 2:27pm, CountingOutTime wrote:
I live in Southern California and have yet to see TFK live in concert. If they were to come to Anaheim, L.A. or San Diego (or any points in between), I'd be scooping up tickets big time. My wife, a music buff, loves TFK, which enriches my life tremendously cool

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I think Nikki is gonna like that one wink


My wife quite like's them but whenever I listen to them she'll say stuff like "oh, is this a Yes album I don't know?" just to wind me up a bit.

I so hope you get the chance to see them. When they came on stage in Rotherham last December, I was honestly as thrilled as when I first saw Genesis and Yes when I was much younger. I'm just as in awe of them as I was those guys. The powerful live sound they create is just over-whelming and you can't quite capture that, even on the excellent DVDs.




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« Reply #173 on: Apr 2nd, 2007, 3:49pm »

I am truly looking forward to the new album. It is, without doubt, my number one priority this year.
It will be great to have Zoltan back. But I have to say I hope Marcus doesn't leave. We haven't seen enough of him yet. I think he is also a fine drummer, even if his style seems less complex than Zoltan.
Maybe they will share the drumming duties on tour, going for that 'big drum' sound by playing together, like Peelip and Bill Bruford, or Chester Thompson did. That would be something, wouldn't it?
Of course, that won't happen, but TFK do love to use percussion a lot....
TFK have been lucky to have had three excellent drummers throughout their career. I still rate Jaime Salazar highly. Great musicians, great band, great songs... great Scott, Bring on the album! grin
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I live in Southern California and have yet to see TFK live in concert. If they were to come to Anaheim, L.A. or San Diego (or any points in between), I'd be scooping up tickets big time. My wife, a music buff, loves TFK, which enriches my life tremendously cool

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Good grief! It's just like looking in the mirror! How amazing! wink
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Good grief! It's just like looking in the mirror! How amazing! wink


Do you live with 4 other blokes then?

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Do you live with 4 other blokes then?

Fancy.....


Er...well...oh, ok, I'll admit it! I live with The Flower Kings! We all share a big house in Uppsala. I am actually playing lead guitar on the new album as Roine has hurt his hand - he hopes to be fit in time for the tour or else yours truly will have to stand in for him. (Again)
Well, you did ask... grin
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« Reply #178 on: Apr 3rd, 2007, 09:05am »

Even more details about Marcus & Zoltan from Roine :

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Re: Marcus & future drumming in TFK.

Well, the only thing we know for shure at the moment is that Marcus could not, or did not want to let TFK have priority over his own popgroup Clark this month.

This has been the case a few times since he started with the band and even if we can understand and respect his decision it will still leave a very big "IF" for us everytime we plan a tour or a recording.

Personally I felt that if Marcus prefer to go do gigs with his pop
group rather than recording an album with Flowerkings it probably means his feelings for TFK and the music genre are not hot and will probably not change for the better in near future, Marcus simply is not a big prog fan ,nor a fusion or "weird music" fan.he prefer more mainstream pop productions with solid drumming,I love that too but I feel TFK are going in a different direction.

So reality is that Marcus love and prefer another type of music than
the average TFK fan, even if he did a great job on both PH and Instant Delivery, so goes his priorities, without doubt.

This means we cannot predict the near future 100% but it seems less likely he will change his position and join TFK full time and we'll
have to look for a new drummer if we want 100% commitment.

As for Zoltan ,we will see how things develop, all we can agree on at this time is that he just did a fabulous job on the new CD and that his playing style may fit our music better as it have developed on this new record, besides he's a sweet guy deep down and really passionate about his music and his drumming. After all, what didn't work out 100% around 2004 might work out today, but it's too early to tell.........stay tuned.

But there's always that young dude & great drummer, Mike
PornToy.....................

Roine .



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Just to inform u all.....

Marcus is still a full member in TFK.

Tomas


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And Tomas added :

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Just to inform u all.....

Marcus is still a full member in TFK.

Tomas



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Tomas:”The main reason for letting Zoltan go is that he isn’t the most suitable drummer for the Flower Kings music. I believe that Zoltan is one of the best drummers we have when it comes to improvisations and jazzy jams. Still playing in TFK requires a more kind of organized play (i.e. playing song in right tempo).

Tomas: Zoltan is a super gifted drummer when it comes to free improvised parts, a real world-class performer. However, I feel that he is not that person that holds other values like; keeping the tempo intact, start up a song in right tempo and remembering arrangements very high. Zoltan is mainly a jazz player not a prog drummer. So no I don’t feel we’re breaking up a winning team. Besides our new drummer Marcus is just as good as Zoltan. - Bullsh!t (my two cents)

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Roine: There were a couple of different things, one of them being that Zoltan is a fantastic drummer and a great, great improviser and a lovely guy when it comes to drumming, I absolutely adore his playing but a small problem that did arise after a time was that he had problems remembering breaks in songs. I think it's part of his personality, he has been growing up playing jazz so he's really into the improvising and he does that very well, he's very much into living in the moment and that works out really well for him but then having to remember two and a half hours of Flower Kings songs, it's complicated, you know. I can understand that but it really didn't work out 100%, it made the rest of the band a little bit insecure, the tempos weren't right, the breaks weren't in the right places. So that was one problem but then also there were a couple of personal problems between him and the band members and I, as the band leader, I have to make sure that everyone has to be happy and work well together and as it wasn't working out 100% I decided that perhaps Zoltan wasn't the right drummer.

Roine: Some people like Marcus more and some preferred Zoltan. That's just the way it is, and it was the same story with having Daniel Gildenlöw on the two previous albums and then now we don't - some people will like it more and some will say, "I miss Daniel". There are as many opinions as there are people.

Interesting interview with Roine http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:8SPjLPnTTYAJ:www.dprp.net/specials/2006_stolt/+zoltan+tomas+interview&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=11&gl=us
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