|Format: CD / Cat No: EWCD29 / Released: 10/08/2015
Track Listing: 1. Earthborn / 2. 'Til We're Old / 3. Dark Corner Of The Sky / 4. Bad Men / 5. My Gravity / 6. Wings / 7. First Light / 8. Autumn / Hidden Bonus Track: 9. Silence
More information: It’s been close to four decades since THE ENID released their pivotal debut album, ‘In the Region of the Summer Stars’. In 1976, at a time when the new wave of Punk was about to change the music industry forever, The Enid began a movement of their own. Winning over punks with politically incorrect covers of ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, The Enid’s early music was largely instrumental and more Classical and Romantic in nature than other rock music. The Enid later made history with their 1983 release ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’, becoming the first ever band to become entirely self-funded through their fan club, ‘The Stand’. The band continue with this same pioneering crowd-funding system today, running an independent record label (Operation Seraphim) funded by their own private arts council, ‘The Enidi’. The band now return with their thirteenth studio album THE BRIDGE, following the success of the critically acclaimed 2012 comeback album INVICTA.
THE BRIDGE is part one of THE BRIDGE TRILOGY. “Over a year ago I spoke to ROBERT JOHN GODFREY about my wish to do a purely classical album.” Joe Payne explains “I felt that there was still a lot of development needed to bring my voice closer to its full potential. On the last album INVICTA I had pushed my voice to its limits, but it made me addicted to learning more about the instrument. The process of development has been a difficult journey, but I was delighted to find that it has inspired the other new generation members of The Enid JASON DUCKER and DOMINIC TOFIELD to take their own journeys of development. The sequels to this album will star them in their roles as Guitarist and Percussion.”
A diversion from recent Enid works, THE BRIDGE features no drums apart from Timpani. Vocalist Joe Payne’s semi operatic voice is accompanied by Godfrey’s lush and unfathomably deep orchestrations. Jason Ducker’s ambient guitars provide a psychedelic wash, steering the sound away from the purely classical. An immense choir, provided by Max Read, completes the soundscape.