have become one of the most exciting bands on the prog/festival circuit
in recent years. Their debut 'Discordant Dreams' was released in
2007 and featured new vocalist Kim Seviour. They consolidated the
critical success of that album with 'Wintercoast' (2009) which boasted
an intro narration by Jeremy Irons.
third album 'The City Sleeps' coincides with an exclusive long-term deal
with SPV/Steamhammer and is released on October 10th.
Touchstone were formed in 2003 by keyboard player/vocalist Rob Cottingham and
guitarist Adam Hodgson, and the current line-up was completed by bassist Paul Moorghen in 2006, vocalist Kim Seviour in 2007, and drummer Henry Rogers
in June 2010.
first release was the limited edition 'Mad Hatters' EP in 2006 which
introduced elements of their trademark sound (the EP was reissued with bonus live tracks in 2010).
winning 'Best New Band' at the Classic Rock Society Awards in 2008, the
band toured with It Bites. Their second album 'Wintercoast' lifted
Touchstone's profile even higher, winning them a series of prestigious
appearances at such major American Festivals as the Rites of Spring in
Philadelphia in Spring 2009 and CalProg in California in October 2009.
2010 saw the
release of 'Live In The USA', a double album of 14 live tracks recorded
at the 2009 gigs, which received glowing reviews. Classic Rock's Geoff
Barton rated 'Live In USA' 8/10 in the magazine's September 2010 issue,
stating "The quality of the songwriting always shines through and never
gets swamped by complexity. In fact, 'Joker In The Pack' and 'Strange
Days' might just be the two best commercial-sounding prog tunes written
in the last ten years. No Kidding."
opened the first ever High Voltage Festival in London's Victoria Park in
2011, 'The City Sleeps' boasts a mixture of Touchstone trademark dynamic
moving epics such as 'The City Sleeps' and 'When Shadows Fall', but also
ventures into more melodic rock areas than before.
On 'The City
Sleeps', the sequel to the title track of their last album, 'Wintercoast',
Anna-Marie Wayne, actress and daughter of 'War Of The Worlds' composer
Jeff Wayne, adds her substantial voice-over talent to the title track.
Shadows Fall' is the sequel to the song 'Shadow' from Touchstone's first
album, 'Discordant Dreams', and picks up a few decades later, while
'Horizons', 'Half Moon Meadow' and 'Sleeping Giants' all mark exciting
departures for the band as they embark on a new melodic rock journey.
there is the downright crazy 'Good Boy Psycho', where the mental twists
and turns of this psychotic rollercoaster of a track leave you gasping
Interview by David Randall
GRTR!'s David Randall
talks to Touchstone's Kim Seviour on Sunday 4 September in his weekly show at
22:00. Including first plays for tracks off the new album, 'The City
information and listen in (repeated 5 September and 9 September at 22:00)