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MIKE KERSHAW

Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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Mike Kershaw biography
I live in Wakefield, UK. In 2007 after 22 years working for the same company I found myself out of work and looking for something to engage my mind. By 2009, between project work and short term contracts, I had written & produced three albums which (as I was still looking to my find my feet musically) I released under the name Relocate to Heathrow.

In 2010 I made a drastic life change, swapping finance management for music and 2013?s 'This Long Night' is the second album released under my own name.

My music is for the most part atmospheric/symphonic progressive rock but I leave myself free to move in any musical direction I choose within the... structure of an album. My songs explore a range of emotions but have a melancholy core, whilst still remaining powerful and lyrically interesting.

I do try and create something fresh and different every time and strive to find that combination of songs that give an album an identity. I?m already working on the follow up to ?This Long Night? titled ?Ice Age? which will be completed sometime in the first half of 2014 and have just released an eclectic quartet of songs as a seasonal EP called ?Winter?.

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2.00 | 1 ratings
Reason to Believe
2012
3.05 | 2 ratings
This Long Night
2013
3.50 | 2 ratings
Ice Age
2014

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Winter
2013

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 This Long Night by KERSHAW, MIKE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.05 | 2 ratings

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This Long Night
Mike Kershaw Crossover Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

3 stars Although Mike Kershaw isn't a new musician he is new when it comes to releasing records under his own name. He's been doing so since 2011 and so far he has 2 records, Reason To Believe (2012) and the newest This Long Night (2013).

I'm new to this musician's work, so my review is focused on This Long Night (2013) alone. This album is pretty much the one that goes along the Symphonic Prog path. Besides having a few more influences I would say that this is the general sound of the album.

This Long Night (2013) begins with the track 'Miracles' and I really thought that Mike Kershaw's music would be the classic 'one man band instrumental poor playing' case. But that's not the case really. The second track 'Into The Sun' takes my first impression off the album as this track has vocals and guess what? very good vocals. Including melodic backing vocals all around. Mike Kershaw's music turned out to be really interesting, although there's one thing that bothers me.

By the time of the third track (the longest on the album with 12'37) 'A Kind Of Hell' I was sure what was bothering me, it was the drums. Using programmed drums wasn't really the best option for Mike's music, they sound too 'robotic', especially in this particular track. 'A Kind Of Hell' has many twists and turns and so many interesting ideas and many things are happening in the background all the time. But the drums just can't follow the music.

While the title track is more of an interlude, the next one 'Causes' begins in fade in, and it really seems weird because of that. And once again my complain stays with the drums. Mike has good songs, a real drummer would do wonders to his music.

'Words Of Love' is the weirdest track on This Long Night (2013) but at the same time it keeps the same pace of the previous tracks with slow ethereal vocals, space keyboards and rhythm guitars. 'Spectres' has a great melody, ELO style. The follow up 'The Fire' is dense with a thick atmosphere created by keyboards and bass. I would say that this track is completely Space Rock. 'Our Journeys Done' closes the album as a melodic and romantic instrumental piece, a nice one!

Mike Kershaw's This Long Night (2013) is a very good album, especially if we take into account that it is only his second release. The album has many great ideas and good compositions. Unfortunately, the overall production and especially the drums, down rate the final result. The drums case is particularly heavy, it can really kill some of the best songs on the album. But I can honestly say that Mike's next album will turn out to be a great one. Especially if the points I stated could be solved.

Worth a listen!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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 Reason to Believe by KERSHAW, MIKE album cover Studio Album, 2012
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Reason to Believe
Mike Kershaw Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

— First review of this album —
2 stars Located in Wakefield, UK Mike Kershaw is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer, who had been recording music under the moniker of ''Relocate To Heathrow'' for quite some time.However in 2011 he decided to continue his journey under his birthname and in March 2012 he launched digitally the first chapter of his new career, entitled ''Reason to Believe''.The album was also available through a number of CD copies and both formats were available for purchase via bandcamp.

Kershaw seems to draw influences from a variety of groups and artists, while the closest comparison seems to be PINK FLOYD of the ''Division bell'' era along with MAGUS and maybe FONYA.His compositions have certainly an accesible Neo Prog flavor with a modern edge, dominated often by the strong use of electronic soundscapes, while the material is usually vocal-driven, surrounded by electroacoustic parts.The music is mostly atmospheric, split in powerful grooves with a PORCUPINE TREE vibe and more laid-back segments with keyboards in evidence, always performed tightly.A number of issues still hold the quality of this release to a lower level.The questionable songwriting and vocals along with the somewhat annoying programmed drums and some very digitally-sounding synths make the whole style a bit inhuman and emotionless, although Kershaw appears to have put some true effort on the sensitive side of his composing.The album lacks also some uptempo tracks and energy at moments, but at least half of them contain some very interesting ideas, combining spacey, almost cosmic soundscapes with atmospheric songwriting and sufficient, distorted guitar parts.

This shouldn't be among a Prog fan's priorities, but if you happen to come across this album, be sure that you enjoy the most atmospheric and synth-based side of Prog.The potential is there, a couple of upgrades should be definitely taken into consideration for a great comeback in the future...2.5 stars.

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