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‘Give It Back’ Tracklisiting
- Wretched Soul (Rewired) [05:26]
- Dead In The Water (Rewired) [04:43]
- Shoot First (Rewired) [03:43]
- Build A World (Rewired) [03:42]
- Start Your Descent (Rewired) [04:23]
- Give It Back (Rewired) [06:20]
- Boxing Day (Rewired) [03:25]
- Someone Pull Me Out (Rewired) [04:00]
- Last Man Standing (Rewired) [05:15]
- Little Man (Rewired) [03:51]
- 137 (Rewired) [05:06]
- Warm Seas (Rewired) [03:59]
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The Pineapple Thief announce details of ‘Give It Back’ OUT NOW
‘Give It Back’ is an album of newly recorded re-worked classic tracks from their impressive catalogue now featuring Gavin Harrison
Band set to begin second leg of their ‘Versions Of The Truth’ European tour on 23rd February
The Pineapple Thief are one of the leading lights of Europe’s experimental rock domain, led by post-progressive mastermind Bruce Soord and reinforced by Gavin Harrison (King Crimson) on drums.
In the lead up to their extensive forthcoming 2022 European and US tour (23 Feb through to June) in support of their latest studio album ‘Versions Of The Truth’, The Pineapple Thief present 'Give It Back' which is due for release on 13th May through Kscope.
‘Give It Back’ is a new album featuring 12 new versions of earlier works including songs taken from the albums ‘Little Man’, ‘All The Wars’, ‘Tightly Unwound’. The band have completely re-recorded all of the tracks to complement brand new Gavin Harrison drum parts and new song arrangements. The result of this process is a unique release of reworked songs which showcases the evolution of The Pineapple Thief. Bruce Soord explains the idea behind the album “Gavin went through the entire TPT back catalogue and picked out some songs he felt we could revisit. As soon as I heard what Gavin was doing, it inspired me to completely rework the songs too. Gavin would suggest adding new parts, chopping things around, bringing in extra verses and I was completely open to all of it. I also ‘closed the story’ lyrically on a lot of the songs which I felt were left too open ended. It was a lot of fun to do, even if it felt a little strange at times going back in time.”
Gavin Harrison comments “When I first started working with The Pineapple Thief I had only played on the album “Your Wilderness”, so when the time came to play live, I obviously had to approach quite a few songs I didn’t know and hadn’t played before. Having spent some years in King Crimson (where this challenge was often presented to me), Robert Fripp suggested that you should approach every song as if it were new regardless of when it was written. So with the blessing of The Pineapple Thief, I developed my own take on some of the earlier material. As the tours went by, I got curious about their huge back catalogue and found myself listening through and applying the ‘old song/new song' process and imagining how I could (sometimes radically) rework them - initially just for the purposes of finding other songs to play live. However, Bruce encouraged me to go as far out as I wanted (including writing whole new sections) - after all, the original already existed - so why not breathe new life into these earlier songs? This isn’t a compilation album or any kind of selected ‘best of’ record - but rather the tunes that gave me inspiration to rearrange, rework, rewire.”
The title track from the album is the first single to be released on 22nd February. Bruce explains“One of the first songs that Gavin picked out from the back catalogue was Give it Back. We completely re-recorded and re-worked the entire piece. It feels like a completely new song and it's already part of our live set.”
The ‘Give It Back’ album artwork has been created by Carl Glover.
‘Give It Back’ is out now as a 2 disc CD & Blu-ray (Audio - Hi-res Stereo/DTS-HD MA 5.1/Dolby Atmos), CD, black vinyl LP and digitally.
The Pineapple Thief release the multi-format Nothing But The Truth the band's mesmerising live performance film
(coming 12th November in North America).
The Pineapple Thief have released the multi format release of Nothing But The Truth on Kscope on 22nd October (12th November in North America).
Following the release of their latest studio album Versions Of The Truth in September 2020, the band were preparing to start the album’s live campaign, when like so many other artists their plans were put on hold by the continuing global pandemic.
Eager to still perform and connect with their fans across the globe, in April 2021, The Pineapple Thief filmed an extravagant on demand live event entitled Nothing But The Truth directed by band videographer George Laycock (Blacktide Phonic/Visual).
Bruce Soord explains “The Pineapple Thief is equally about the studio and the stage, so it was hugely disappointing that we were unable to tour, especially as we were excited to be able to perform the new album “Versions Of The Truth” live for everyone. Being able to do this film, especially under the circumstances, was invaluable. It was such an alien time and an alien thing to do. Yes, we had all performed in front of cameras before, but this was different. We were playing a brand-new set, one time only, to stream to every corner of the globe, standing in a circle on our little islands with cameras everywhere. The pressure was on. We simply had to nail it!
We all knew we did not want to shoot a film of us standing on stage staring at an empty room. We wanted something special, something 'cinematic' so we have created something unique and something very, very special that I am proud to have been a part of. I can't wait for people to see and hear it. It really is the icing on the cake to see our show being released in a ‘physical’ format. For the first time we have included a Dolby Atmos immersive mix on the blu-ray as well as DTS-HD 5.1 and high-definition stereo. The deluxe edition is wonderful and I for one will give it pride of place in my collection. A special souvenir of a special day.”
Nothing But The Truth captures The Pineapple Thief at their very best performing songs from their illustrious catalogue including for the first time live, songs from Versions Of The Truth.
Nothing But The Truth – Performance tracklisting
AUDIO DISC 1(Nothing But The Truth)
1. Versions Of The Truth [05:39]2. In Exile [04:59]3. Warm Seas [04:00]4. Our Mire [07:17]5. Build A World [03:40]6. Demons [04:33]7. Driving Like Maniacs [03:29]8. Someone Pull Me Out [04:00]9. Uncovering Your Tracks [04:26]10. Break It All [04:28]
AUDIO DISC 2(Nothing But The Truth)
1. White Mist [09:46]2. Out Of Line [03:56]3. Wretched Soul [05:21]4. Far Below [04:33]5. Threatening War [06:37]6. The Swell [04:14]7. The Final Thing On My Mind [09:42]
Nothing But The Truth is out now on the following formats (12 November in North America)
Deluxe 4 disc hardback book containing:
DISC 1: Blu-ray (Audio - Hi-res Stereo/DTS-HD MA 5.1/Dolby Atmos)
DISC 2: DVD (Audio - Hi-res Stereo/DTS 5.1)
- The blu ray and DVD discs feature the full performance plus a dedicated Gavin Harrison 'drumcam' option
- Includes 4 bonus songs not seen on the streamed event
- 4 music videos “Demons”, “Break it All”, “Versions Of The Truth” and “Driving Like Maniacs” all with Dolby atmos mixes.
- 6 documentary shorts from the band
- 60 page hardback book containing lyrics, exclusive photos from the performance and much more
DISC 3: CD ONE (audio)
DISC 4: CD TWO (audio)
(first 300 pre-orders of the Deluxe edition from the Kscope store will receive a band signed Nothing But The Truth postcard)
Blu Ray Edition – contents as above
With the audio soundtrack being released on
Gatefold double LP on black vinyl
The Pineapple Thief’s UK & European tour begins on 6th October 2021 in Glasgow, with special guest Canadian Singer Songwriter Alex Henri Foster, plus the band have also announced their highly anticipated return to the stages of North America in 2022.
The Pineapple Thief to release The Soord Sessions Volumes 1-4
THE COMPLETE SESSIONS FROM FRONTMAN BRUCE SOORD’S ACOUSTIC LIVE PERFORMANCES STREAMED DURING LOCKDOWN
THE DELUXE 4 DISC HARDBACK BOOK EDITION IS OUT NOW
Over the last half-decade, The Pineapple Thief, led by Bruce Soord and bolstered by the involvement of master drummer Gavin Harrison, has rapidly ascended to the upper echelons of Europe’s Alternative Rock scene.
To acclaim from the worldwide media and fans, September 2020 saw the release of Versions Of The Truth, the latest instalment in the band’s discography. This was due to be followed, almost immediately, by an extensive live campaign which sadly due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation has been postponed until 2021.
Bruce Soord, not wanting to disappoint fans, announced he would perform a solo acoustic live streamed performance of songs from across The Pineapple Thief’s illustrious catalogue. Due to the success of the initial performance, 1 session turned into 4 across the summer.
Bruce Soord explains “Back in the spring of 2020 I decided to perform a live acoustic show from my attic studio. I figured I could set up something with a bit more production than just a face peering down a mobile phone. I created a little haven of guitars, pedals, loopers, microphones and webcams and mixed them all together ready to send out to the world.”
Bruce Soord had never streamed a live show before and most of the songs he had never performed solo before - some he had never performed at all.
“I played my first show, diving head first into the unknown and I soon learned how many people had enjoyed it and that resulted in another 3 sessions over the following weeks, playing songs from the 20 years I had been writing with The Pineapple Thief and more recently my solo work.”
The Soord Sessions Volumes1-4 will be released as a deluxe 4 CD hardback book edition. With the 4 CDs covering 36 tracks from The Pineapple Thief discography & Bruce Soord’s solo albums. The 48-page book features an extended forward and notes on each session by Bruce Soord plus previously unseen photos from the attic studio and images from the live streams along with technical and personal information on the equipment used.
The Pineapple Thief's new album Versions of the Truth is OUT NOW!
Throughout the album, The Pineapple Thief explore vast swathes of sonic territory, with minimalist passages building to explosive crescendos and instrumentals which blend disparate elements into flowing expressionism to create an immersive dichotomy.
It’s an album that holds up a mirror to the chaos and conflict of 21st-century life and tries to make sense of the distorted reflections that gaze back at it. A blurring between the real and the perceived, between meaning and intent. The title says it all: this is the soundtrack for a post-truth world.
“When you have conflict, the truth gets bent and kicked around, the facts get changed,” says Soord. “That’s why people argue or get divorced or fight – because nobody can agree on what the truth is. That idea of different versions of the truth especially applies to the world we’re living in right now. All these things are happening where nobody has any idea of what the real truth of anything is because everything is so distorted.”
Revealing their first single to be “Demons”, a track that combines sweeping soundscapes with infectiously pensive choruses, it is a swelling and expansive journey from subtle ambience to immersive climaxes, underscored by exotic orchestral flourishes and carried by emotive vocals.
“The lyrics really speak for themselves,” explains frontman Bruce Soord. “It's a very simple sentiment, but actually one that was quite difficult to sing when it came to it. It was one of the first songs we wrote for the new album and the emotions that fed into the track were still very raw at the time. I'd like to think writing songs like this would prove to be cathartic, but in reality those demons just don't go away and it's really a case of learning to live with them.”
The band followed with “Break It All” “One of the darker, more sinister tracks from the album, 'Break it All' attempts to make sense of narcissistic destruction and the fallout”, Bruce comments. “I remember this song developed really quickly, with Gavin (Harrison) firing back new ideas that sent me off in all kinds of directions. We seem to have developed our shared musical understanding even further with this album. Sometimes I listen back and wonder where on earth it all came from.”
The darkly anthemic title track, and third single – “Versions Of The Truth” opens the album and sows the seeds for what follows. Alluding to broken friendships and how the truth becomes the first casualty even in the most personal conflicts, it finds Soord approaching the subject from two opposite yet connected perspectives. “This track probably doesn’t need too much in the way of explanation,” says Soord. “I came up with the title when we started writing the record back in October 2018. At the time, the world around me seemed to be losing respect for ‘the truth’. Any version of the truth, it seemed, was fair game as long as it got you what or where you wanted. I never expected the song to be even more pertinent today.”
There is a very personal undercurrent flows beneath the entire album. The haunting and nocturnal ‘Driving Like Maniacs’ paints a vivid picture of a friendship always destined to crash and burn, while the seven-and-a-half minute ‘Our Mire’ finds Soord addressing the consequences that come in the wake of a broken relationship.
The themes of the album – ever-changing perspectives and malleable truths – are reflected in its artwork. An etching by the late German artist Michael Schoenholtz, it features a series of kinetic, abstract shapes that seem to reveal a different image to whoever looks at it. Gavin Harrison came across the etching just as the band were finishing Versions Of The Truth, and showed it to his bandmates.
“That particular etching just seemed to resonate with me,” says Harrison. “Within five minutes we had all chosen the same image. It was the fastest selection process of a band that I’ve ever witnessed. As is often the case with modern contemporary art, different people find different meaning within it. Personally I see it as an intriguing maze that depicts the mental process of creativity. It never has straight lines.”
Produced by the four members of the band – vocalist Bruce Soord, keyboardist Steve Kitch, bassist Jon Sykes and drummer Gavin Harrison – Versions Of The Truth marries a stellar musical breadth to a spectrum of emotions that run from anger and confusion to sadness and regret and even glimmers of hope. In places, the album is starkly autobiographical. In others, it confronts the chaos of modern life head-on.
What has emerged stands as The Pineapple Thief’s finest album yet. It takes the creative and commercial triumphs of their last two albums, 2016’s breakthrough ‘Your Wilderness’ and its follow-up ‘Dissolution’, and magnifies them. Musically bold and lyrically thought-provoking, this is the sound of a band determined to push themselves forward.