Lonely Robot, the project masterminded by producer, guitarist and singer/songwriter John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Arena), recently announced that their much-anticipated second studio album ‘The Big Dream’ will be released on 28th April 2017. Today they launch the first track from that album, titled ‘Everglow’, and you can listen to that here:
John Mitchell had this to say: “Everglow is the first track I wrote for The Big Dream, it encapsulates the still present feeling that despite being surrounded en masse, we are a synthesised society barely truthfully communicating with each other on a less than superficial, soap box sermon level. Everglow is the hopeful ray of light when the phones go away and the eyes finally make contact. Coming from me, that’s almost ironic!”
You can also watch the first in a series of interview clips with John Mitchell, talking about Lonely Robot and the new album, here:
Following 2015’s acclaimed debut ‘Please Come Home’, ‘The Big Dream’ has a core theme running through it – one that sees The Astronaut, the central character in the Lonely Robot adventure, emerging from a long period in stasis.
Mitchell explains: “The Astronaut wakes up from a cryogenic sleep but finds he’s no longer in space, and is instead in a woodland area surrounded by a group of strange people with animal heads! It’s a little surreal, a little ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to some extent. This is something of a solipsistic haze, for want of a better description!”
Mitchell also explains more about his Lonely Robot concept: “I have always envisaged the storyline of The Astronaut’s journey evolving over the course of three albums. And I always knew where I wanted to go with the second album – taking The Astronaut away from space and into a strange and unfamiliar environment. Right now, I have no thoughts of what will happen for the third one but I’d better start thinking about it now!”
“The key inspiration for Lonely Robot comes from my love of science fiction films, and the atmospheric soundtracks that often accompany them – such as Alan Silvestri’s compositions for ‘Contact’ and Clint Mansell’s work for ‘Moon’.”
The album once again features drums by Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson), with all other instrumentation on the album delivered by Mitchell himself. The Big Dream’ will be available as a special edition digipak CD (including 3 bonus tracks), gatefold 2LP + CD, and digital download.
At the end of 2015, Lonely Robot played a triumphant show at The Scala in London, and Mitchell wants to play further live dates in 2017, with a few already confirmed. “The only condition is that I want them all to be special; and now we have two albums of material from which to choose the set.” Lonely Robot will be brought to life on stage with Craig Blundell on drums, Steve Vantsis on bass & Liam Holmes on keyboards (pictured above). The following dates are currently confirmed:
Thu 27 April – Sub89, Reading, UK (album launch show)
Fri 28 April – Marillion Convention, Leicester, UK
Sat 27 May – Trinity Live, Assembly Rooms, Leamington Spa, UK
Look out for more information in the coming weeks at John Mitchell’s brand new website:
LONELY ROBOT online: www.facebook.com/johnchristianmitchell
INSIDEOUTMUSIC online: www.insideoutmusic.com