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A big thank you to Dec Burke for adding some magnificent guitars on the new Shineback album sessions.

Things are really starting to come together.

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As the recording sessions for the follow up Shineback album draw to a close, BEM label manager, David Elliott, shares a moment from back in 2013, just before the release of the debut album.

Everything changes.

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Bad Elephant Music

Rise Up Forgotten, Return Destroyed will be released by Bad Elephant Music on 1st July 2013.

Fusing pop, prog and electronica into a story of abuse, betrayal an...d madness, Rise Up Forgotten, Return Destroyed is the new album from Shineback, solo project from Simon Godfrey of Tinyfish. The album - with lyrics from Simon's writing partner in Tinyfish, Robert Ramsay - centres upon the story of Dora who undertakes a fantastic, yet disturbing journey into her own dream word where she encounters dark revelations about her past buried in memory.

To aid Simon in this venture, artists such as Matt Stevens (Fierce And The Dead), Dec Burke (Frost*, Alpha Flood, Darwin's Radio, Dec Burke Band), Henry Rogers (Touchstone, DeeExpus, Final Conflict), Andy Ditchfield (DeeExpus), Hywel Bennett (Dec Burke Band) Paul Worwood (Tinyfish) and Danny Claire (Ion Blue, Michael Angelo) have contributed their time and talents to make this a truly genre crossing record.

We are taking pre-orders for the album - and for limited edition Shineback T-shirts - at The Merch Desk from 1st April. If you pre-order before 15th June then you will receive, by email, a code to download an exclusive bonus track from the album sessions, I Have Good Days, I Have Bad Days. This track will only be made available to those who pre-order the album. Furthermore, pre-orders for CD and T-shirt bundles will be at a special price, again, only available if you order before 15th June.

A download-only 'single' from the album will be released on 3rd June together with a 'B-side' that isn't on the CD.

http://www.themerchdesk.com/

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BEM label boss has some thoughts upon Shineback.

Yes it does take time to make.

As many of you will know, David Elliott has set up the Bad Elephant Music record label, and, showing his lack of commercial acumen, has asked me to join him. I jumped at the chance for fame, fortun…
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Elephant talk pt 2... tonight Shineback Here Come the Envoys. This took many takes just to get this little snippet.. I underestimated the toughness!

Courtesy of James Hendry and Karin Bergman, they noticed the recent Shineback EP on sale in Tokyo, Japan.

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Shineback/Dial/2018

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Logic Pro X 10.4 new toys are absolutely fekkin' amazing.

New dedicated Mellotron plugin
Horns and string sections
Pultec Style EQs...
Phat Comps/Dist/Verbs
Rhythmic gating
New Chormaverb reverb
New loops and samples
Two additional drummers with brush kits

Smart Tempo feature means the DAW can now automatically map to the tempo of live performances and the audio warping features means that existing audio can now be made to fit on top of other material.

This update has relegated half of my third party plugins to the sidelines and I'm not complaining as in one go, Logic has cut my yearly upgrade costs in half!

Well done to the Logic Team. Magic stuff!

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Because work never stops.

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The very first track I ever wrote for the Shineback project is featured this week on the BEM page.

A very happy memory for me and stuff like this makes it all worthwhile.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: SHINEBACK - 'IS THIS THE DREAM?'

This week's track of the week is a serious throwback: the first track of the first album BEM ever released, ...Shineback's 'Rise Up Forgotten, Return Destroyed'. Has it really been almost five years already? I mean, evidently.

If we say so ourselves, this piece, as well as the rest of the album, has aged very well indeed. Infectious dance beats plus Godfrey's skilled lyrical touch equals something well worth the £4 (£4!) the album will currently cost you on Bandcamp:
http://shineback.badelephant.co.uk/…/rise-up-forgotten-retu…

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Shineback is featured on the BEM page this week. It’s an interesting choice of track too as Is This The Dream? Was the first the first song I ever wrote for the project.

TRACK OF THE WEEK: SHINEBACK - 'IS THIS THE DREAM?'

This week's track of the week is a serious throwback: the first track of the first album BEM ever released, ...Shineback's 'Rise Up Forgotten, Return Destroyed'. Has it really been almost five years already? I mean, evidently.

If we say so ourselves, this piece, as well as the rest of the album, has aged very well indeed. Infectious dance beats plus Godfrey's skilled lyrical touch equals something well worth the £4 (£4!) the album will currently cost you on Bandcamp:
http://shineback.badelephant.co.uk/…/rise-up-forgotten-retu…

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from the album Rise Up Forgotten, Return Destroyed
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Shineback update. Just received some spoken word audio back from my co-writer Robert Ramsay.

Verdict; fantastic.

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Quite unlike any other Shineback track out there.

Minotaur by Shineback

The nine minute title track from the Minotaur EP, released this year by yours truly under the name Shineback. Inspired by artists such as ...Radiohead, The Chemical Brothers and Spiritualized, this track is an homage to that classic 90s slow build to sonic climax.

I've never done anything like this before and probably never will again.

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Shineback; it’s a dark and f*cked up place to make music. It is also the best creative outlet I’ve ever had.

The long term idea behind Shineback has always been that I put down my primary writing instrument (the guitar) and try to create honest and deeply personal music using instruments, sounds and techniques that I would not immediately employ.

The reason behind this is to try and short circuit the lazy aspects of my imagination and force it to extend its reach. Sometimes... what I drag up from the emotional depths is not the most wholesome and flattering aspects of the human condition but it possesses a resonance that I find compelling.

The upside is that I have a great chance of surprising myself with what I create. The downside is the process can be a slow and intensive one. This means the songs created are to my ear at least, more exotic in tone and feel but they take a chunk out of my psyche in doing so.

There is also a much more pronounced cinematic or atmospheric flavor to Shineback as I try hard to write to the fullest extent of my creative capabilities, without the worry of playing the music live. As my long term co-writer Robert Ramsay told me many years ago ‘Write the best music you can and then worry about everything else later.’

Because of all this, I was genuinely in two minds about returning to the world of Shineback. In my own mind, I worried that perhaps the project was merely a singular creative moment in time and I would not be able to revisit that musical avenue with the same level of intensity. As hard as it is for me to admit it, the engine that drives the project comes from a deep seated sense of anguish and self loathing inside. Rise Up Forgotten, Return Destroyed was a purging of many elements of the past for me and I wasn’t sure if I truly wished to go back there again.

As a result, I decided that rather than dive straight in and write another album, I would instead record and EP to see if I still had anything useful to say both musically and lyrically under the Shineback persona.

The good news was that unlike the first album, I found myself being able to revisit some of the darker areas of my past on the EP without fully re-living them and I knew then, that another full length record was possible.

It’s not going to be a walk in the park as the second album has many emotional elements that I still find extremely difficult to confront in both myself and other people but Shineback remains the only vehicle I have to explore those themes is a positive and cathartic way.

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Believe it or not, Shineback existed during the 1990s but back then we called ourselves Men Are Dead.

We looked a little different too.

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