The Fierce and the Dead to Release Live USA 17 Oct. 4

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 3rd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Back I guess when one could still travel from the UK to play a show or two in the US, London’s The Fierce and the Dead made the trip to historic Gettysburg to take part in the Rites of Spring Festival, or RoSFest, for the more acronym-inclined. I’m not sure who else was at the proggy shindig that year, but if you look at the 2020 lineup, they’ve got Martin Barre playing a special set celebrating the 50th anniversary or Jethro Tull, and that’s pretty rad. The Fierce and the Dead — who were also at Freak Valley earlier this year and who released their latest studio LP, The Europhoric, in 2018 — recorded the set they played in Pennsylvania, and they’ll issue it through Bad Elephant Music as Live USA 17 on Oct. 4. Because if you’re going to make the voyage, make it count.

Preorders are open now, and the instrumental psychedelic rockers are streaming the finale of their festival performance ahead of the arrival of the actual record, so all the better to dig in. The following came down the PR wire:

the fierce and the dead live usa 17

Bad Elephant Music is thrilled to announce that The Fierce And The Dead’s new album, Live USA 17, will be released 4th October 2019.

A truly epic live album, Live USA 17 exemplifies The Fierce And The Dead’s performance at the legendary RoSFest, a progressive rock festival, in Gettysburg, PA in 2017 which won over many fans from the USA. This album includes some of the best-loved tracks from If It Carries On Like This We Are Moving to Morecambe and Spooky Action, and previewed 2018’s breakthrough album, The Euphoric.

This album showcases the amazing instrumentals that Matt, Kev, Steve, and Stuart weave. Their opulent psychedelic sound is hypnotic and addictive. Each track melds impressively into the next for a picturesque escape into the band’s musical world.

Matt remembers the concert: “For four lads from Rushden playing a live show in America was about as likely as walking on the moon. I hope you enjoy this document of that unlikely adventure.” He adds, “It represents the end of an era for us, just before we started adding the keyboards live. I’m really pleased with it.”

BEM’s David Elliott is equally excited for the release. “It was a magical weekend and The Fierce And The Dead’s performance was one I was privileged to witness myself. The album captures a mature, working band at the full height of their powers.” Live USA 17 will be available on CD and digital download. You can catch The Fierce And The Dead live on 10th November with Dub Trio at The Underworld Camden.

The Fierce and the Dead are:
Matt Stevens – guitar and noises
Steve Cleaton – guitar and other noises
Kev Feazey – bass
Stuart Marshall – drums

The Fierce and the Dead, Live USA 17 (2019)

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