Steve Davis sits down with Gong frontman Kavus, bassist Dave Sturt, their new album “Rejoice! I’m Dead!” on vinyl and a few beers for a full album commentary
Stream the album – http://smarturl.it/GONG_REJOICE_STREAM
Order a physical copy – http://bit.ly/GongShop
Tracklist and start times:
00:16 – The Thing That Should Be
03:38 – Rejoice!
14:00 – Kapital
17:15 – Model Village
24:07 – Beatrix
26:57 – Visions
30:54 – The Unspeakable Stands Revealed
42:51 – Through Restless Seas I Come
49:42 – Insert Yr Own Prophecy
Davis, the unofficial psychedelic expert and radio presenter alongside Kavus on the Interesting Alternative Show, certainly knows his Gong references and so makes the perfect companion to critique each new song and discuss what makes a Gong album unique.
A few beers in, the trio cover contributions from “Hillage the Spillage” and Daevid Allen from beyond the grave, and the individual band roles that came together to create a “banging”, magical release worthy of a similar sit down and listen.
Filmed by George Laycock of Blacktide Phonic/Visual
Gong have also announced a headline tour of the UK in November, in support of Rejoice! I’m Dead! throughout the UK (and one gig in Norway) For tickets, head to http://madfishmusic.com/g
Nov 20 – Lewes
Nov 21 – Cardiff
Nov 22 – Leicester
Nov 23 – London
Nov 24 – Manchester
Nov 25 – Allendale
Nov 26 – Glasgow
Nov 27 – York
Mar 10 – Oslo
Mar 17 – Pwllheli
Rejoice! I’m Dead! is classified as the band’s 28th album and the Gong legacy is the strongest it has been since 1974. Every member was key in the development of each new song – Kavus Torabi (vocals/guitar), formerly of Cardiacs, who joined Gong in 2014 in time for the last album unaware of the direction his new gig as a guitar player would take, Fabio Golfetti (guitar/vocals), Dave Sturt (bass/vocals), Ian East (sax/flute) and Cheb Nettles (drums/vocals) take on the mantle of steering the Teapot further into outer space and the inner ear. The voice of Daevid Allen features on 2 songs – “Model Village” and “Beatrix”, and the album also features guests – Steve Hillage playing a guitar solo on “Rejoice!” and Didier Malherbe’s duduk can be heard on “Model Village” and “Through Restless Seas I Come”.
‘Reflections that reveal the mystery further . . . . .’
Shakti Yoni is no more
[posted Tue 23 August]
Gilli died at mid-day in Australia surrounded by loved ones. She had been admitted to Byron Bay hospital with pneumonia a couple of days ago. She was 83 and also ageless.
Her unique stage presence and vocals manifested and determinedly represented a vital, deeply fundamental feminine principle within the Gong universe. She last performed with the band in 2012.
The two images of Gilli that spring to mind when I think of her are reading a newspaper, feet up on a tour bus, in our kitchen, in 100s of dressing rooms – she was never without a newspaper whatever country we were in, or laughing – a little Gilli semi-supressed chuckle at the absurdity of pretty much everything.
We will miss her. Love to the Good Witch and all who feel her loss.
The November tour is officially announced . . . click on the link for ticket details –
Gong’s New Album
As daevid always hoped Gong would continue without him he would be delighted that not only does it continue, it thrives. Recording for the new Gong album has sucessfully progressed for some time, all will be completed by the end of April. Basic tracks were recorded by the band, Kavus Torabi, Dave Sturt, Ian East, Cheb Nettles and Fabio Golfetti, who decamped to the UK from Brasil for the duration, live at Brixton Hill Studios.
Due to some welcome guests, in places the album will witness the mingling of essence of Gongs, perhaps including a little touch of an alien in the night. Fingers crossed, as long as nothing changes the album is scheduled for release in September.
(from Planet Gong website, posted Sun 13 Mar)
Gong are pleased to announce they have signed the deal for a new album with Madfish. This follow-up to ‘I See You’ will be released later next year. Friends from across the Gong Universe are being invited along for the ride.
And on that more sobering matter…
“We, the current Gong band, wish to make it clear that we do not endorse the new BYG/Charly Records Trilogy release and stand firmly alongside the earlier band members in asking that you, the fans, only purchase releases that have been approved by Gong musicians.”
love and light Ian, Dave, Fabio, Kavus and Cheb.
GONG are very pleased to announce a short UK tour in October, featuring Ian East, Dave Sturt, Cheb Nettles, Kavus Torabi and Fabio Golfetti.
20/10/15 – Bilston, Robin 2
21/10/15 – London, Dingwalls
22/10/15 – Leicester, The Musician
23/10/15 – Glasgow, Audio
24/10/15 – Manchester, Band On The Wall
03/11/15 – Liverpool, The Kazimier
“When it became clear that Daevid wouldn’t tour again we all decided it was imperative that the Gong band continued. This was Daevid’s passionate wish. So here we are on the road once again fellow travellers.
Fill up your teapots and come join the ride!
Love and peace Gong 2015”
This was Daevid’s last message to the current Gong band…
“I feel you are all equally on the brink of a whole new era of Gong, musically, lyrically and spiritually and that pretty much all you have each done until now has been a preparation for this time.
I want you to know I am 100% behind you with this project and I wish you huge success in every way you decide to measure that success.
I am really proud of laying the foundation for the Gong tradition and have done my best to make it as multi layered, wide ranging and open ended as I possibly could so that almost anything was possible as a result.
At last I am free to let go of it so now it is up to you guys to carry it on into new unknown heights and depths far beyond anything I could ever imagine myself.
Thank you for being there and going for it and may the rewards be unimaginably powerful for each!
Love and massive soulful hugs
Daevid Allen, the eccentric frontman of the prog-psych-space-jazz fusion group Gong, has passed away last friday.
According to an official statement: “Daevid passed peacefully in Australia today, Friday 13th at 1.05pm, surrounded by his boys. Everything has stopped here in a house of tears. Tears first, celebration later – Jonny x”
Daevid has lost a battle against cancer. In a previous statement, Daevid said the cancer for which he had previously been treated has returned and spread to his lung. He said he would not be pursuing further treatment.
Allen, who was born in Australia in 1938, moved to the UK in 1961. He was a founder member of Soft Machine in 1966, but had to leave the band after being refused entry to the UK for overstaying his visa following a European tour. He remained in Paris, where he formed Gong, only to have to flee France for Majorca following the 1968 student riots.
Gong’s best known work was the Radio Gnome Trilogy, consisting of the albums Flying Teapot (1973), Angel’s Egg (1973) and You (1974).
Though Allen left the band in 1975, and spent most of the 80s in Australia, he returned to the UK and a version of Gong was playing again by 1991. They have continued to play and record intermittently since. Allen’s illness prevented him joining the band on their most recent tour, late in 2014.
Gong most recent album is called I See you (2014) and it was the last recording that Daevid has done.
Let’s celebrate his music with ‘Syllabub’ taken from Gong’s last album: