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Bad Elephant Music

MIKE KERSHAW - WHAT LIES BENEATH - RELEASED 27th MAY 2016

Bad Elephant Music are excited to announce that pre-orders for 'What Lies Beneath', the new album from the well respected British progressive rock musician Mike Kershaw, are now open, ahead of its official May 27th release date.

Blending strong textures with powerful lyrics, Mike’s haunting music can perhaps best be described as ‘atmospheric progressive rock’ but ever the iconoclast he regards this as a framework rather than a prison, and very simply takes the music where it needs to go.

Mike continues to develop his own style, and his latest album 'What Lies Beneath' is his most complete work to date. To supplement Mike’s prodigious talent there is an impressive roster of guest artists including guitarist Gareth Cole, Leo Koperdraat (Fractal Mirror) and Tom Slatter, to name but three. Leopold Blue-Sky (Unto Us) is at the mixing desk, as well as contributing bass guitar. The striking artwork is provided by Steven J. Catizone.

Bad Elephant’s Martin Hutchinson: “I’ve known Mike for quite a while now and have always been a fan of his richly rewarding music. Detailed and complex, it is a perfect fit with what BEM has become known for. Add in the fact he’s a fellow Yorkshireman and we can’t go wrong, can we?”

Those that pre-order will get an immediate download of two of the songs, 'Two Eyes' and 'The City Of My Dreams'.

'What Lies Beneath' will be available from 27th May.

Order your copy now from the BEM Music store:

https://mikekershaw.bandcamp.com/album/what-lies-beneath

MIKE KERSHAW JOINS BAD ELEPHANT MUSIC.

We are proud to announce that Mike Kershaw, well-respected British progressive rock musician, has joined our family of artists.

Blending strong textures with powerful lyrics, Mike’s haunting music can perhaps best be described as ‘atmospheric progressive rock’ but ever the iconoclast he regards this as a framework rather than a prison, and very simply takes the music where it needs to go.

Mike continues to develop his own style, and his latest album ‘What Lies Beneath’ is his most complete work to date. To supplement Mike’s prodigious talent there is an impressive roster of guest artists - Gareth Cole, Stuart Nicholson (Galahad), Leo Koperdraat & Frank Urbaniak (Fractal Mirror), Joshua Leibowitz (Leibowitz), Stuart Stephens (Whitewater), Clare Stephens, Marco A Vásquez L., and Tom Slatter. Leopold Blue-Sky (Unto Us) is at the mixing desk, as well as contributing bass, guitars and keyboards. Artwork is by Steven J. Catizone.

Mike Kershaw: “I am honoured and delighted to be joining Bad Elephant Music and its fabulous roster of musicians. I’ve worked with David Elliott on post-production with my last two releases and I’m over the moon to enhance our association. BEM is a unique, friendly label and I’m proud to be a part of it.

Bad Elephant Head of PR, Martin Hutchinson: “I’ve known Mike for quite a while now and have always been a fan of his richly rewarding music. Detailed and complex, it is a perfect fit with what BEM has become known for. Add in the fact he’s a fellow Yorkshireman and we can’t go wrong, can we?”

‘What Lies Beneath’ will be released through Bad Elephant Music in the second quarter of 2016. Check out the teaser video trailer below!

https://youtu.be/Z97qwnsXqBs



If you are interested in hearing more of my work please head over to:

http://mikekershaw.bandcamp.com

 
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New Album available to pre order now

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NEWS

What Lies Beneath  

"I am very happy to announce that Rohan Jordan-Shah, who previously played with Unto Us on their last tour, has brought his considerable drumming skills to one of the key tracks on my forthcoming album.  

Rohan is joined on What Lies Beneath by a very talented list of musicians. 

Leopold Blu-Sky of Unto Us and Darkhill Studio plays bass, guitars, keys, pedal steel and drum programming as well as producing and mixing the album. 

Gareth Cole plays guitars throughout, with a splash of piano on The City Of My Dreams. 

Frank Frank L. Urbaniak of Fractal Mirror adds his fabulous drumming to 5 tracks. 

Leo Koperdraat of Fractal Mirror co-wrote and played guitar and keys on Two Eyes. 

Tom Slatter co-wrote, played guitar and sang on Wounds. 

Marco A Vásquez L co-wrote and played keys on The City Revealed. 

Joshua Leibowitz of Leibowitz provided the driving drums on Gunning For the Gods. 

Thanks also to Stuart Stephens (Whitewater) Clare Stephens and Allyson Blu-Sky 
( Garden of Live Flowers) for contributing backing vocals. 

I would also like to mention Stu Nicholson of Galahad who provided great vocals for the track ‘Fear’. We decided rather late in the process that we could do more with this song and therefore decided to restructure it – and perhaps to build other tracks around it. At that stage in the process we did not have enough time to do this, so we decided to hold back Fear for the next release. Work will start on this very shortly."

Bad Elephant Music 

MIKE KERSHAW JOINS BAD ELEPHANT MUSIC.

We are proud to announce that Mike Kershaw, well-respected British progressive rock musician, has joined our family of artists.

Blending strong textures with powerful lyrics, Mike’s haunting music can perhaps best be described as ‘atmospheric progressive rock’ but ever the iconoclast he regards this as a framework rather than a prison, and very simply takes the music where it needs to go.

Mike continues to develop his own style, and his latest album ‘What Lies Beneath’ is his most complete work to date. To supplement Mike’s prodigious talent there is an impressive roster of guest artists - Gareth Cole, Stuart Nicholson (Galahad), Leo Koperdraat & Frank Urbaniak (Fractal Mirror), Joshua Leibowitz (Leibowitz), Stuart Stephens (Whitewater), Clare Stephens, Marco A Vásquez L., and Tom Slatter. Leopold Blue-Sky (Unto Us) is at the mixing desk, as well as contributing bass, guitars and keyboards. Artwork is by Steven J. Catizone.

Mike Kershaw: “I am honoured and delighted to be joining Bad Elephant Music and its fabulous roster of musicians. I’ve worked with David Elliott on post-production with my last two releases and I’m over the moon to enhance our association. BEM is a unique, friendly label and I’m proud to be a part of it.

Bad Elephant Head of PR, Martin Hutchinson: “I’ve known Mike for quite a while now and have always been a fan of his richly rewarding music. Detailed and complex, it is a perfect fit with what BEM has become known for. Add in the fact he’s a fellow Yorkshireman and we can’t go wrong, can we?”

‘What Lies Beneath’ will be released through Bad Elephant Music in the second quarter of 2016. Check out the teaser video trailer below!

https://youtu.be/Z97qwnsXqBs

Bandcamp/VAT update & Departure EP 

Fortunately the issue of VAT has been resolved by Bandcamp so everything is back to where we were.

My new EP Departure will be available on 19th January through Bandcamp as both CD and Download but is available now as a download through CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes etc

All the best

Mike
 

Bandcamp/VAT 

Due to the imminent new legislation forcing anyone selling digital media in Europe to be VAT registered. I have had to bring the release of my new EP Departure forward to 19th December in order to fulfil the pre order digital sales. CD orders will be fulfilled as soon as I receive the discs which I now expect to be between the 7th - 14th January 2015.

Before the end of 2014 I will have to disable the digital download option on Bandcamp, though It will still be possible to buy CD's from this site for the time being. Full functionality will be restored to my Bandcamp page sometime in 2015 when Bandcamp resolve the issues required for them to take responsibility for the VAT. Until then Departure and my other titles will soon be available to download digitally from CD Baby and most major digital media retailers and I will update my website to reflect when these are live.

Thank you for your support and understanding on this matter.
Best regards
Mike

After the Ice Age 

Thanks to everyone who has bought, listened and supported Ice Age. Its been my most successful release so far both in airplay, sales and reviews. However I don't ever really stop writing songs so I'm well underway with an EP consisting of 5 songs to be released in December...hopefully. This will feature some other musicians on two of the tracks. Rather talented musicians as well but more on them nearer the release date.

The tracks are:

Origami (from the Ice Age sessions but deliberately left to head up this EP)
Frances Mary Chambers (new track)
Farewell (new track)
Old News (new track)
An Ordinary Poison (a complete reworking of a song I previously released in 2010 under my old recording name Relocate to Heathrow)

Once the EP is finished (I am currently at mixing stage) I will begin writing the next album. I will hopefully be working with other musicians all the way through the recording of this but don't expect that will start until 2015. There is every likelihood something else will be going on in between but I'll report any news as and when it happens.


All the best 
Mike 

Ice Age 

Ice Age will be released 2nd June 2014 and is available for pre order...I will post more information very soon and have a track from the album playing on my website.

Until then....take care and thanks for visiting

Mike

Winter 

On 11th November I will be releasing a 3 track EP titled 'Winter' on Bandcamp. It will be available elsewhere but It will be sold on a pay what you want basis on Bandcamp so thats the place to go. Any sales will be used to fund the printing and promotion of the next album.

This is a seasonal EP with 3 quite different songs.
I decided to record this whilst writing for my next album 'Ice Age' as there was a track that didn't fit exactly with the feel of the album and along with a couple of songs that referenced Xmas which I could never have put on a normal album release.
Land of Gloom is a short, fun, upbeat track that at face value is Christmas standard but the lyrics suggest something else.
Silent, Silent Night is an altogether more serious track and the lyrics speak for themselves really.
Reason to Believe was the title track of my 2011 album and I thought it would fit nicely alongside these other songs. However rather than just including it in its original form I have re-recorded a good deal of it and given it a new sound. a song of hope.
Snowman was a track specifically written for 'Ice Age' that on reflection didn't fit with the mood of the album but was too good to discard. Baiscally a love song with Mellotrons!

Work on 'Ice Age' the follow up album to 'This Long Night' is progressing well and is due to be released May 2014.



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