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Rob Cott

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Location : Next to large puddle in the fabled land of concrete cows and ye olde roundly-shaped abouts, Blightey
Registration date : 2008-07-31


Firstly - an apology. This is the first chance I have had to announce this on the forum. For whatever reason, I could not access the forum on my iPad to add a note - only to read it. Odd.
Irrespective - for those forum members who have not seen the announcement in the press or on our Facebook page, a press release was issued on 1st August by SPV announcing our deal with them.

Wording is below and can be found on their website given at the end of this note.

Before you read the below - I just want to get across to you how important this is to us; how delighted we are - but mainly - how we really could not be at this point in our musical career without the support of our family, friends and fans.
People like you. Very Happy
We simply cannot thank you enough for your fantastic support - and we see this signing as a tribute to every person who has had faith in us and purchased our music and supported us one way or another throughout the years.
We really hope you love our new album and will continue to support us as whilst it is great to be signed - ultimately, it is about how the new album is embraced or not by you and the general public at large that really matters.
The album was mastered yesterday, and it really does kick serious, serious butt. It also has some surprises, musically, which we hope you will like. They all have that Touchstone 'essence' in my view.
And in case you're wondeing where Jeremy is - his filming schedule simply took over, but he is keen to play his part, so we expect him to be on our next album - we will keep you informed! In the meantime the voice over by Jeff Wayne's daughter, Anna Marie, is fantastic.
Anna Marie was born around the same time as War Of The Worlds first charted - how cool is that? Cool
As well as being a lovely, lovely person, she is an actress to watch, we can assure you...

So - enjoy the press release wording below and thanks again for your wonderful support! And please keep it up, we need to show SPV the power of our fans!!!

See you in October! bounce

Touchstone the five-piece rock band with prog/rock/alternative influences have signed an exclusive long term World Wide deal with SPV Records covering new recordings and three back catalogue recordings. Their much-anticipated new album, The City Sleeps, is due to be released on 10th October 2011 on SPV’s Steamhammer label. The release of the new album will be supported by a UK tour in October 2011 with European dates to be announced and a US Tour planned for the second half of 2012.

Founding band member, Rob Cottingham, said in a statement: "TOUCHSTONE are delighted to be signed to SPV's Steamhammer label for the release of our new album, The City Sleeps. SPV/Steamhammer has a long tradition of highly successful rock bands and for the band we see this as the next natural step up for us to reach a broader rock market, across a more global geography. We are very grateful to Frank Uhle, Del Taylor and the SPV team for their fantastic support and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship”.

In this exciting new album, the band venture into familiar 'Touchstone Rock' territory with the dynamic, moving epics: The City Sleeps, and When Shadows Fall.
The City Sleeps is a sequel to the title track of Touchstone’s previous album, Wintercoast and we can exclusively reveal that Anna-Marie Wayne, actress and daughter of Jeff Wayne, adds her substantial voice-over talent to the title track.
When Shadows Fall is a sequel to the track Shadow from Touchstone’s first album, Discordant Dreams, and picks up a few decades later.
There are also some exciting departures for the band venturing into the more melodic rock areas. And then there is the downright crazy in Good Boy Psycho, where the mental twists and turns of this psychotic rollercoaster of a track leave you gasping for breath!

All the music is written by Touchstone, with lyrics by Rob Cottingham and Kim Seviour, and the City Sleeps concept and narrative written by Adam Hodgson, who also designed the album artwork.

Kim Seviour – Vocals
Rob Cottingham – Vocals, Keyboards , SFX
Adam Hodgson – Guitars
Paul Moorghen – Bass Guitar, Bass Pedals and Backing Vocals
Henry Rogers – Drums

25 Aug 2011 - (UK) Peterborough Beer Festival, The Embankment, Peterborough

THE CITY SLEEPS UK Launch Tour 2011
special guests Heather Findlay (ex Mostly Autumn) & Chris Johnson

13 Oct 2011 – (UK) Mr Kyps - Poole
14 Oct 2011 – (UK) The Borderline - London
15 Oct 2011 – (UK) Riverside - Newcastle
16 Oct 2011 – (UK) The Robin 2 - Bilston

SPV Website


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