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BAND OF RAIN

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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Chris GILL's first gig was in 1968....playing bass. There followed a whole series of school bands, as well as playing in sheds with mates all over Bedford, which is where he really learned how to play as there were so many musicians in the immediate surroundings in the 70's..

He spent the next couple of years drifting from festival to festival, playing with people like LOL COXHILL - THE GLOBAL VILLAGE TRUCKING COMPANY - THE MIKE WESTBROOK ORCHESTRA - And some regulars who ended up as IAN DURY'S BLOCKHEADS... I moved to the USA in November 1975...Spending 4 years in Texas and a year in Los Angeles. It opened up a whole new ball game for him, and he suddenly found there were many places to play, and could keep pretty busy. The band he was in was undertaking a small tour of Universities in 1976, when the van we were in left the highway in the desert near Tucson, Arizona. The end result was that both his hands were broken, so he moved to Los Angeles where a friend got him a job helping actors to speak with an English accent. After a year of this he moved to Germany where he remained for 6 years, and got into synthesisers. He still hadn't enough use of his fingers to play guitars.

Chris returned to the UK in 1985, and after another five years bought a guitar and worked hard on getting his fingers working again. His work had begun to take him away from music, and he almost lost it completely but then in the space of about 3 months, he met up with Adrian BELEW and Nick MASON . Having met these 2 giants of the industry, he knew what he wanted to do and quit the 9 to 5 and got back into music.

In 2004 the first album 'DEEP SPACE' came out, and it went down a storm. That was it - Chris was hooked again. He continued recording and released 'GARLANDS' in 2005 and in 2007 recorded 'ARTS & ALLUREMENTS 'with Billy FLEMING on drums and Sharon LESLIE performing and writing the lyrics for the album. They did a few live dates in 2007 in London and Birmingham but didn't stay together. BAND OF RAIN were then signed by a new Record Label in the USA founded by Kenny SOLOMON and Janie LINDENBAUM of Progressive Soundscapes Radio called AMBECA....Kenny however had to stop everything he was doing to look after his folks after an accident.

The latest album 'SUN IN VIII' was released in 2011. On this album Chris was helped by Rainer STRUCK, a great orchestrator from Hamburg, and Ria PARFITT a great vocalist from Hereford UK. They are currently writing an...
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4.48 | 3 ratings
Deep Space
2004
4.00 | 1 ratings
Garlands
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
Arts and Allurements
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
Sun In Viii
2011

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 Sun In Viii by BAND OF RAIN album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Sun In Viii
Band Of Rain Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars For this 2011 release Chris went back to basics, in that this is actually a solo effort (apart from vocals and narration by Ria Parfitt on one song). Chris has used sound effects in places to enhance the overall sound, a vocoder in others, and has created an album where the songs are actually quite different to each other as well as being very removed indeed from the previous album. Not only is this instrumental, but often the guitars are much more in your face than before, and "Ghost Planes of the Peak District" actually turns into a Wishbone Ash number with strong twin melody guitars before Chris decides to let that slowly drift away and instead make the keyboards the main lead. There is a real sense of adventure in this album as Chris looks back much more to what was happening in 'Garlands' than 'Art', creating something that contains space rock, psych, gothic rock and so much more.

The two albums are actually so different that they feel as if they are from separate artists, and in many ways they are as Chris has move from the band format with an external producer to one where it is simply states 'written, recorded and produced by Chris Gill' in small print on the rear cover. In many ways this album is more broad in that it contains so many styles, but the earlier one is more focused and more of the sort of thing that I would listen to for sheer pleasure. But, why not go to Chris's site at www.bandofrain.com and find out for yourself as it is possible to stream songs from each album and here is an artist well worth discovering.

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 Arts and Allurements by BAND OF RAIN album cover Studio Album, 2007
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Arts and Allurements
Band Of Rain Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
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— First review of this album —
4 stars One of the best things about Facebook is that it is possible to easily get back in touch with people that you haven't spoken to for a while, and this is what happened here. Chris Gill saw a post of mine, and then contacted me directly and we soon worked out that the last BoR album I had heard was 2005's 'Garlands'. So, a short while later two CDs arrived in the post, of which this is the first. Released in 2007, this album saw a shift in the band both musically and in terms of structure, as Chris now made this a proper outfit with only drummer Billy Fleming surviving from the previous album. Chris provided keyboards and guitars, while he also brought in new singer Sharon Leslie (along with guest Jason Illidge on bass, and guitarist Mike Leivers on one song).

The more I played this the more I enjoyed it, and also I found that I kept thinking more and more of Incubus Succubus. The reason for that is that there is a real gothic feel to much of this, and Sharon's voice reminds me of Candia, and that is before we even get onto the subject matter ('Vampire', 'Pan' etc). What makes it so very different though is the musical backing, where Chris can be providing a gentle melody in counterpoint yet also allowing himself with another guitar to provide Gilmour-style noodlings over the top. There is a real depth and haunting quality to this album throughout, and when I heard the 'Blessed Be' refrain at the end of 'Drusilla' I found myself thinking just how much these guys would complement Legend in concert.

There is a gentle wave of music in the background, broken by the soloing guitar, while Sharon's vocals are very much to the fore and her controlled approach suits the music perfectly. The result is an album that can be dreamy or gothic, but always extremely good. For more details on this and others then visit www.bandofrain.com

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 Deep Space by BAND OF RAIN album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.48 | 3 ratings

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Band Of Rain Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by dglenday

4 stars This record's title describes the music far better than its somewhat pedestrian, terrestrial cover art does. It is indeed deeply spacey. By definition, space music is a series of textures and wide sonic landscapes, ethereal and without substance, often without rhythm or melody or conventionally sung vocal components, leading to a floating ambient sense of consciousness. It's easy to imagine space music in movie soundtracks - and you've probably heard a lot of space music in that context. On its own, it sometimes challenges the patience, which probably explains why the genre has a somewhat specialized audience. Think Ozrics and Hawkwind. That space music definition describes many of the elements on Band Of Rain's debut CD, but fortunately for most of us, many sections on most tracks rescue Deep Space from being too spaced out. With occasional singing, nice guitar work and good bass lines, it's a tad more approachable than most space music. There's plenty of electronica here, but the band injects enough analog components to give it character. Despite an insistent percussion, "Casanova Of The Cliff Dwellers" is 4 minutes of repeated soft electronic lines, an interesting but repetitive guitar riff, then on to more electronica with a repeated piano motif and a series of odd effects, all far back in the mix. Yet the very next song has a pleasing dual guitar line that rescues the record it from the formless waffle that is the trap of so much space music. The first 3 minutes of "Last Wave Goodbye" features a British maritime weather and conditions report laid over formless ambient music, and the rest of the track follows that stream-of-consciousness kind of sound that goes through various changes but never really develops into anything stronger. There are places in the record where it seems you can actually hear the start and end of the loop, and the programmed percussion might frighten some listeners off. "Cloudburst" is the standout track here, going through several clearly defined sections with well managed tempo changes, a good 'groove' and an underlying theme that guides the piece through its full 4 minutes. "War and Peace" is quite fun as well, with control of the song alternating between war effects played over crunchy power chords and blazing lead guitar, and an elegantly peaceful motif. Rather progressive, somewhat spacey. There is singing on four of the tracks, with the voices being soft and relaxed and somewhat folksy. Songwriter and founding member Chris Gill claims influences from '60s psychedelia and '70s prog, and given the style of this music it's no surprise that he confesses that his favorite bands are Gong and Ozric Tentacles. Band Of Rain has completed their second CD, and we already have a copy for review. Early indications are very favorable, so watch this space...

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Band Of Rain Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by carlosvaz

— First review of this album —
4 stars Band of Rain - Garlands Im very happy to introduce a special band. The Band Of Rain has a big heavenly orchestral sound and another example of pure Music - played and written at it's heart. The guys on the band play an incredible Symphonic Progressive Rock music, adorned with Hard Rock textures, blending elements from many sources such as Electronic Space Rock, Heavy Metal and Classic Rock, and even modern chamber music into a cohesive whole. The musical elements are extremely well balanced, all the instruments are clear, audible, with delicate arrangements, the main highlights on the songs are the killer guitar sounds, sometimes symphonic and sometimes heavy, driven by precise and very dynamic rhythms, while the floating synthesizer and orchestral keyboards add a touch of symphonism to all songs. In fact, the members on the band are highly talented musicians, who do not focus on one style, but show on their works how versatile they are. Its hard classify the influences from Band Of Rain but, I can say that, they sounding like a hybrid of "Pink Floyd", "Mike Oldfield", "Yes", "Flamborough Head" and "Porcupine Tree". Band Of Rain is definitely recommended to Progressive Rock fans around the world. Brilliant and magnify absolutely recommended discovery, highly recommendable...

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 Deep Space by BAND OF RAIN album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Band Of Rain Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Melodramatica

5 stars This album has touched the deep space in my soul... this is yet another album that is hard to place in one single genre for it has fluidly encompassed several (classic prog, psychedelia, electronica, hard rock and metal) and merged them together creating a sound that is unique and fantastic.

Chris Gill is the lead guitarist/founder member/writer for Band of Rain. According to him the album is about space - room to move - and that is one thing he has managed to do. He has created a sense of space for the listener - space in which one can move to get in touch with oneself. He has also created space for himself - to move without boundaries and limitations. For those who loved Hawkwind's Doremi Fasol Latido and Space Ritual this album is a must have.

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