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A couple of Festivals then the Autumn Tour 2014 gets under way. A few dates for 2015 coming in too.

Sat 23rd August - The Great British R & B Festival, Colne (British Stage - 8pm)
Sun 31st August - Weyfest Music Festival, Farnham, Surrey (Village Green Stage 7.45pm)

Thurs 4th September - The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (with Danny Bryant)
Fri 5th September - The Citadel, St. Helens (with Danny Bryant)
Sat 6th September - The Arc, Stockton (with Danny Bryant)
Sat 13th September - The Box, Crewe
Wed 17th September - The Robin 2, Bilston (with Roger Chapman & The Shortlist)
Sat 20th September - The Supporters Club, Hartlepool - ANDREW PIPE SOLO (with LaVendore Rogue)
Fri 26th September - The Blues Café Bar, Harrogate

Fri 3rd October - Back Stage @ The Green Hotel, Kinross
Sat 11th October - The Stables, Milton Keynes (Hall 2)
Thurs 23rd October - The Roadhouse, Birmingham
Fri 24th October - The Tropic, Ruislip (with Larry Miller)
Sat 25th October - The Red Lion, Gravesend
Sun 26th October - The Fiddlers Elbow, Camden

Sat 1st November - Guisborough R & B Club
Sun 9th November - The Memorial Hall, Newmarket (with Wishbone Ash)

2015

Sat 7th March - Legends Of Rock Festival, Great Yarmouth
Fri 17th April - The Blues Cafe Bar, Harrogate
Fri 1st May - The Tropic at Ruislip
Sat 2nd May - Guisborough R & B Festival
Sat 9th May - The Cluny 2, Newcastle
Thurs 14th May - The Maltings, Farnham
Sat 16th May - Stourbridge Blues Festival
Fri 29th May - The Musician, Leicester (with Dr. Feelgood)
Fri 4th Sept - The Blues Cafe Bar, Harrogate

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Great video of Danny Bryant and Andrew Pipe, guitarist of The Mentulls jamming at a recent sold out gig at The Arc, Stockton. Danny introduced Andrew as the best young guitarist in the UK !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtBm3uWgGpM

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Once again, well crafted acoustic set from Andrew, warming folks up nicely at Hartlepool for LaVendore Rogue. Super mix of Mentulls' favourites and influences (any excuse to raid Wishbone Ash's back catalogue).

These performances are a rare treat, so if you get chance, I recommend you try and catch one.

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........

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Guisborough R'n'B Club - Nov 1st.

Can't believe that it's almost a year ago since I last saw The Mentulls in full-flight (not counting Andrew's tasty solo acoustic sets), opening for Ryan McGarvey down in Hartlepool; even longer if I take it as seeing them headline in their own right, so last Saturday was a treble treat; catching up with the full band, headlining and on their "home ground" at Guisborough.

Wow, they are sounding loud, tight and hairy-chested; the new material, especially so. Once over Jamie just used to be content to steam away in the corner on the keyboards but now, on the new tracks, like Commotion, he's leading with the kind of dirty rif you'd expect more from Ken Hensley. Not to be outdone, Nick on the drums must surely have the fastest, young hands on the circuit the way he rounds the kit, making every hit count and even manages a bit stick-juggling in his own solo spot, despite Guisborough's low, low ceiling; a ceiling that was constantly under threat from Andrew's cue-jumping. And what can you say about Andrew that hasn't already been said; soloing is blazing, but, these guys are a BAND and the feed and bounce round each other like veterans.

The set was a mix of newer Mentulls material, showcase instrument(ulls) and one or two covers, but for their closer, the absolutely nailed Theme From An Imaginary Western in tribute to the recently lost Jack Bruce.

On the strength of this, and the new material aired, these lads are out for blood.

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........

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Thanks for the review Mike...............another great review from a recent show in Birmingham from Maximum Volume Music a couple of weeks ago.

"The Mentulls are so talented it’s almost ridiculous. The three – Andrew Pipe on guitar and vocals, his brother Jamie on Keyboard’s and Nick Colman on drums – have criss-crossed the country at breakneck speed over the last few years, and have played with anybody who is anybody in that time. Often lazily tagged as purely a blues band, there are prog and classic rock elements to this mix that make the band pretty unusual as well as unusually good.

One minute they are tearing through the organ heavy instrumental “Reflections” the next it’s Hendrix’s “Red House” and it’s that type of eclectic evening. It’s also a night which sees the band try out some new material ahead of a follow up to their “Time Flies” record, which is due next year. One of these fresh tunes, “Commotion” has a rock feel, while older number, “On The Road Again” is choc-full of bluesy intent, and allows the guitarist to play a stunningly dexterous solo before it’s end. However, the three are able to move so effortlessly between genres that it scarcely seems important, and one glorious jam sees Deep Purple mix with Led Zep before Colman is given his moment in the spotlight with a drum solo.

Another new song, “Passage Of Time” is aired, and seems to distill all that’s great about this band into about four minutes. It’s got rock, groove, blues, Hammond Organ, and it is absolutely superb – if this is the type of thing we can expect in 2015 then the new album might be a touch special, a thought that is only cemented by “Be Home Tonight,” which immediately follows. It is nothing less than timeless rock music, with it’s roots in the classic 70s sound, pretty much like The Mentulls themselves.

As well as being prepared to doff their caps to the greats of the past, the band show a refreshing willingness to not restrict their covers to those you might expect, with Aynsley Lister’s “What’s It All About?” getting a spruce up.

Their own material is best, though, and “After The Rain” has a fragile quality, before exploding into an enormous blues piece, it is perhaps is the best thing played in this 90 minute set. A jaw-dropping solo follows, but they leave us with “Theme From An Imaginary Western.” Covered by many, yes, but rarely this well."

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Little treat from the lads; their take on Jack Bruce's Theme from an Imaginary Western

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2bNYLUVgZg

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........

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Confirmed dates for Spring 2015....

Sat 21st Feb - Fibbers, York (w/Larry Miller)
Sat 7th March - Legends Of Rock Festival, Great Yarmouth (on stage 7pm)
Fri 17th April - The Blues Cafe Bar, Harrogate
Fri 1st May - The Tropic at Ruislip
Sat 2nd May - Guisborough R & B Festival
Sat 9th May - The Cluny 2, Newcastle
Thurs 14th May - The Maltings, Farnham
Fri 15th May - The Red Lion, Gravesend
Sat 16th May - Stourbridge Blues Festival
Fri 29th May - The Musician, Leicester (w/Dr. Feelgood)
Sat 30th May - 02 ABC, Glasgow (w/ Larry Miller)

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Below are the confirmed dates for Spring 2015....

Sat 7th March - Legends Of Rock Festival, Great Yarmouth (on stage 7pm)
Fri 17th April - The Blues Cafe Bar, Harrogate
Fri 1st May - The Tropic at Ruislip
Sat 2nd May - Guisborough R & B Festival
Sat 9th May - The Cluny 2, Newcastle
Thurs 14th May - The Maltings, Farnham
Fri 15th May - The Red Lion, Gravesend
Sat 16th May - Stourbridge Blues Festival
Fri 29th May - The Musician, Leicester (w/Dr. Feelgood)
Sat 30th May - 02 ABC, Glasgow (w/ Larry Miller)
Thurs 4th June - Bannermans, Edinburgh
Thurs 25th June - The Railway Venue, Bolton

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Newcastle; Cluny2 - May 9th

In recent years, I've been to Newcastle's Cluny a fair few times and I've seen a good number of bands blow the roof off the place (and credit to Linda & John Valentine for arranging many of them); but I think this is the first time I've seen a band do it from the basement and not the main room. That's an amazing testament for a young band making their Newcastle debut.

That's the only way I can put it. I've followed these lads for 5 years now, since they first made the ear-hair tingle in that "you're -listening-to-something-special" way, so they're now stage-green. And in that time, they amassed quite an impressive gig resume, so it's is a bit of a surprise to learn that Newcastle & The Mentulls hadn't yet met, until Saturday night, and that what made it an "interesting" night in prospect.

If there was a "down" to the night, then it was the low turn out (and I can't believe many prospective punters plumbed for Lene Lovitch upstairs), but then Newcastle can be funny to those who've never played before. If this deterred the lads, they didn't show it, they took to the stage, glad to be finally playing The Cluny, and straight away threw three new number from their upcoming new album at the audience (50% confirmed fans and 50% curious newbies) and from that opening, it was obvious that Andrew, Jamie & Nick were on top form. The first cover of the evening and I usually rib Andrew about his choice of the Hendrix evergreen Red House, and how bands should pay to play it, but the way he attacked it on Saturday, I think I owe him £25.... (shhh). That kind of set the template for the night, Andrew's guitar alternated easily between dirty, rocking riffs and melodic soloing that would be best described as "Trower-esque".

Mind, you must remember, this is THE MENTULLS and unless you get a really good sound guy, which we were fortunate to have on Saturday, you have to pick your seat wisely to make sure you get the full effect of what brother Jamie is doing on the keys. On demand, he's matching Andrew's riffs with swirls of rich Hammond before instinctively dropping to piano to back and fill the more melodic parts; all the time his left hand is playing smooth bass runs. All the time, nailing it together from the back is Nick Colman on the drums; for my money one of the best young drummer in the country. Always tight and neat but deceptively fast with runs and fills that come and go like machine-gun fire: always a joy to watch are his solos where he uses every bit of kit and every moment to the full and stil finds time for some cheeky juggling.

So, we got a full show, split over 2 sets where the guys worked to mix a good percentage of newbies from the soon-to-be-released new album and cherry-picks from Time Flies. Covers wee kept down in the main sets, Red House in the first and the sublime Theme From An Imaginary Western to close the second, before a mix-up of Starship Trooper and Just Got Paid made for the sort of encore that leaves people smiling.

No two ways about it, the lads are growing up and took on Newcastle; and they left their mark. Just like a couple of other Teessider / N.Yorks folks we could name.....

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........

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Thanks for the review Mike. Here is a video from the show:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7nHvik57tY

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** NEW ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT **

THE MENTULLS
'REFLECTIONS'

Official Release Date: Friday 10th July

We are pleased to announce that our new album, called 'Reflections' is set for release on Friday 10th July. Coming soon will be information on how to pre-order the album closer to the time of release.

If you can't wait to get the album, we will be selling pre release copies at gigs starting this week.
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The Mentulls have become known for their refreshingly unique sound that sets them apart from the rest of the crowd. This is certainly the case on the band's new studio album 'Reflections' which features nine genre defying tracks. Each member of the band grew up listening to a wide variety of music, especially 60s and 70s classic rock and blues, and a healthy portion of the earliest progressive bands.

Although the average age of the band is just 20 years old, this does not make it a novelty, this is serious music that begs you to delve in and discover the details and lose yourself in the lush soundscapes.

"We have made a really layered album that we've all worked very hard on", says British Blues Award nominated guitarist and vocalist Andrew Pipe. "We believe it's got something for everyone on there. We wanted to approach the way we recorded this one differently, taking time to get the arrangements interesting and to further develop the sound of the band".

The album, which was recorded at Superfly Studios in Nottinghamshire and produced by award winning producer Wayne Proctor (King King, Aynsley Lister, Oli Brown), is very much a multi-faceted album, with many different textures and flavours. "It was great to work with Wayne on this", adds drummer Nick Colman. "His drive and dedication are incredible".

"We had done the ‘everyone sets up in the room and you press record’ thing, but now was the time to dig deep, and spread our wings creatively and see what else we had to offer, and make this our classic album”, says keyboard player Jamie Pipe.

The album also contains a guest appearance from UK guitar hero Aynsley Lister playing a solo on the track 'Time To Focus'.

The band also enlisted legendary mastering engineer Ray Staff, who mastered classic albums such as Led Zeppelin’s ‘Physical Graffiti’, ‘Duke’ by Genesis and ‘Hemispheres’ by Rush, to work his magic on the album.

The album was engineered by Andrew Banfield and mixed by Steve Wright and Wayne Proctor. It also features the impressive artwork of Chris Robinson.
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Keep checking our website and social media for updates about the album in the lead up to its release.

Thanks for your continued support,

The Mentulls

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Fantastic news!!! Need I bother saying "sign me up for a copy (or 2)"?

Only one question - any word on a release party?

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........

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Great review of the new album 'Reflections' (which is due for release on 10th July) by Pete Feenstra of Get Ready To Rock.

"The curious thing about prog rock is that what once was a ground breaking musical genre now clearly defines a particular retro period of rock history – arguably the late 60’s to the early 70’s.

That’s not to say that over four decades later it’s irrelevant, as this album offers a robust defense to the contrary. It’s a recognizable musical form that pre-dated the intensity of punk, the vacuous nature of new wave, the clatter of hip-hop and rap and always stood above the infantile gestures of heavy metal.

It was and remains the music for the more cerebral rock fan who loves nothing more than to immerse him or herself in a progression, which after several twist and turns and the occasional solo, resolves itself in a meaningful way.

The Mentulls are a contemporary version of a prog rock blues band. Listen to the dreamy lyrics and crashing chords of the title track for example, and you will be drawn in by Andrew Pipe’s sinuous guitar line, full of Trout style volume swells, a substantial vibrato, repeated bombastic chords and a belated Peter Green style touch and tone. The piece is cushioned by brother Jamie Pipe’s keyboard embellishments, before a double tracked harmony guitar resolution.  Except that its not completely finished, as there’s a heavier coda on ‘Reflections 11’  with a droning keyboard part on another example of the band’s progressive feel, before Andrew perfunctorily drops down for a gentle outro.

It’s prog rock by any other name, but reconditioned by fine songwriting and guitar playing that reflects the mood and feel of the composition and as such is an integral part of the piece.

The Mentulls are a guitar, keyboard and drum trio who liberally dip into the past to redefine their own future and do so with a layered sound, a melodic bent, the searing guitar work of Andrew Pipe and the ever present influence of Wishbone Ash.

The combination of double tracked harmony guitar lines, strong melodies and a bluesy undertow is essential Ash, though The Mentulls’ adventurous arrangements are less so, and reflect their relative youth and exuberant search for something more.

The band derive their own style from their intricate interplay, a sense of balance that always hones in the more extended pieces, and Andrew Pipe’s warm vocal style

The layered sound is graphically represented by the front cover art work which blends together the sky, the land and the ocean floor. The sky might represent the band’s grand musical vista, rooted (to the land) by Wayne Proctor’s disciplined production. He highlights the sonic qualities of an album full of moods, feeling and textures, but always keeps the band coherently focused, via the fluid track sequencing and the tight arrangements.  The sea simply represents the band’s musical depth.

The lack of a bass player does occasionally hamper their soft focus style. Listen for example, as Andrew’s guitar picks up the melody line of ‘Commotion’ with an uplifting feel before working towards a dual guitar finish.  Drummer Nick Colman adds his muscular support and Jamie drops in an organ fill, but it sounds a touch too laboured, rather than the smooth underlay that their music demands.

They open with Trower style riffs and a hint of Clapton on ‘Silverbird’ and weave their way through 9 tracks that immerse themselves in several progressions.

The riff driven ‘Home Again’ is one of their strongest songs, complete with a couple of pregnant pauses, a tougher guitar line, and a good hook on a concise song which builds incrementally, while ‘I Can’t Slow Down’ has a vaguely funky feel with lashing of wah-wah and a vocal not too far removed from Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, a style well suited to the song.

‘Passage of Time’ has the same disarming heavy guitar and contrasting lighter vocal as on the opening track ‘Silverbird’ before it rebuilds itself with more wah-wah and steely licks.

And so having toyed with prog, FM rock and lingering melodies, Andrew Pipe teams up impressively with guest guitarist Aynsley Lister on ‘Time To Focus’, an unadulterated, twin guitar-led homage to Wishbone Ash (with perhaps a half pun on the band Focus).

It’s so good you could imagine both Andy Powell and Martin Turner would love to have written the two-part anthem, with outstanding guitar lines that so clearly evoke both the band and the prog rock era.

There’s still time for some glistening vocals over a subtle keyboard wash on ‘Speaking In Silence’ before a final guitar avalanche.

Whether we’re supposed to read more into the album title ‘Reflections’ than we first thought is something only the band will know, but suffice it to say that The Mentulls have struck a wonderful balance in enhancing the past, while drawing the listener into their future musical vision. Prog rock it seems still has a future, and it’s called The Mentulls. ****½

Review by Pete Feenstra"

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Just heard the album and it sounds great to me.

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Some great reviews coming in for the new album 'Reflections' (released 10th July):

"Possibly the best album I've heard all year" - Classic Rock Society

"An uncompromising rocker with shades of Whitesnake & Rainbow - Impressive" - Blues In Britain

"The guitars are blues rock, the keyboards are proggy, songs like ‘Silverbird’ and ‘Time To Focus’, with a guesting Aynsley Lister are utterly delightful" - The Rocker

“The trio can really captivate…..'Reflections' is a heck of a song.....A very strong album......Passage Of Time', 'Reflections' and 'Silver Bird' are the big outperformers on this fine album” - Blues Magazine NL and Roots Time BE.


The album is also available to pre-order on ITunes and Amazon:

Pre-order on ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/refle … 1005678367

Pre-order on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ZTEJ45E

The album will be available to buy on CD from our website www.thementulls.com from 10th July.

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Hey Netherlands,

You might want to put these dates in your diaries:-

14th October  Blues Moose Café  Groesbeek, NL
17th October Baeker Blues Side  Beek, NL

Go along and get "mentull-ed".....

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........

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** NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'REFLECTIONS' NOW ON SALE **

The new studio album 'Reflections' is now available and can be purchased on the bands website:

www.thementulls.com

Some great reviews already coming in:

"Possibly the best album I've heard all year" - Classic Rock Society

"An uncompromising rocker with shades of Whitesnake & Rainbow - Impressive" - Blues In Britain

"The guitars are blues rock, the keyboards are proggy, songs like ‘Silverbird’ and ‘Time To Focus’, with a guesting Aynsley Lister are utterly delightful" - The Rocker

“The trio can really captivate…..'Reflections' is a heck of a song.....A very strong album......Passage Of Time', 'Reflections' and 'Silver Bird' are the big outperformers on this fine album” - Blues Magazine NL and Roots Time BE.

"Whether we’re supposed to read more into the album title ‘Reflections’ than we first thought is something only the band will know, but suffice it to say that The Mentulls have struck a wonderful balance in enhancing the past, while drawing the listener into their future musical vision. Prog rock it seems still has a future, and it’s called The Mentulls. ****½" - Get Ready To Rock

“Such is the quality of young blues bands breaking through right now that merely being good isn’t good enough. The Mentulls can point to the awards they’ve won. So can a lot more of bands. They can talk about their live shows. So can hundreds of others. In short, in 2015, it’s hard to stand out. Unless you are as superb as the Mentulls are, that is. When MV first saw the band, a couple of years ago as opening act for a southern rock band, we tipped them for stardom. Now on album three, nothing has changed, except perhaps one thing: The Mentulls have delivered on their promise. “Reflections” is stunning 9.5/10" - Maximum Volume.

Full autumn 2015 tour dates to promote the new album will be announced shortly.

The band would like to thanks everyone for their continued support.

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Order in at 7:58am.......  Been looking forward to this release.  Would you ask the lads to sign it please.....

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........