74 Miles Away interviewed after their show at Vk* concerts, jan’14
A fully instrumental set from this cool keyboard combo a group who’ve recorded previously for Melting Pot and Brownswood, but who somehow sound even greater here than ever before! The group features two guys on keys including Fender Rhodes, moog, and Wurlitzer mixed with guitars and samples, and some sweet funky flute too all at a level that trips easily between 70s and 80s spacey funk modes a vibe that handles all aspects of influence from Herbie Hancock, plus lots more exciting bits from the underground too! There’s plenty of jazz in the mix, but the
"Gear Change"- LP now on sale at Dusty Groove
New unreleased track (sept ‘13) from the MonkeyRobot vaults.
BRUSSELEIRO (OFFICIAL VIDEO CLIP) from album GEAR CHANGE by 74 Miles away
This clip gives you a look into our live experiences and backstage moments. The idea was basically to gather a sufficient volume of footage and content, during almost 2 years of live showcases, and to throw all those intense “on stage & backstage moments” into a video.
We take you back on a trip that all started in March 2011, where 74 Mies Away made their first introduction on stage. Discover images from gigs at Dour Festival (Dour), Gentse Feesten (Ghent), Bruksellive (Brussels), Elb Jazz Festival (Hamburg), local monkey business in the Bar du Matin (Brussels), … to radio showcases & interviews at Studio Brussel, Ferarock radio (FR) and Groove Merchants Radio Show (Vienna)
Hours and hours of footage that carefully has been handled and synced by our friends at saladetout.com
I’ve written before that if you want to make your music to stand out on the radio - make it dynamic. That bears repeating - crushed, hyper-compressed “loudness war” style music sounds even more lim…
Explaining the project “Gear Change” on local TV-station TV Brussel (in dutch, sorry :-) )
Two years after their eponymous album, we celebrate the release of 74 Miles Away’s second effort “Gear Change”.
It’s always a pleasure to announce a new album, like a newborn baby that is being introduced for the very first time amongst friends and relatives.
After 2 years of relative silence (since the release of our first eponymous album on Melting Pot Music back in 2011), 74 Miles Away slaps back with a full-grown and anticipated sequal. This time we decided to go for a full “in- house” production (without record label), in collaboration with our trusty partner from Laid Back. Distribution though, will be handled by the fine people at Pusher Distribution (vinyl) & Fine Tunes (digital).
As we were (and still are) too eager to play and please, we put emphasis on our dynamic live shows during the last 20 months. Having the honour to play a dozen of nice venues and several awesome festivals (national & international), resulted in this new album entitled ‘Gear Change’. An 8-tracks, fully instrumental album mostly based on our live-gig experience.
We’re also glad to welcome flutist Stefan Bracaval as fourth band member. With other words, changing gears on the staff was nescessary to make this album happen. The input of Stef, his background and experience, his expressive flute sound, and the symbiosis with lead keyboard player Pierre Anckaert (they are playing together for years now in several other jazz-related projects) made it possible to elevate this project to another level. On the other hand we must admit that our full time day jobs various musical projects, kiddies and other time-consuming activities,… didn’t make it easier to gather everybody for the recording sessions.
As our material was written for the live gigs, we had to work the other way around during the recording process. By decomposing every song into suitable and studio friendly layers. With the help from our engineer, Jean Vanesse (owner of Greenhouse studio), we managed to record the album in 2 days. Though often less precise than practiced studio-arrangements, a live recording offered us a more realistic, exciting and raw feel (all musicians & instruments took place in the same room, beside the amps). Very few overdubs were executed to keep that organic and unpolished sound.
We all love the live album format, the idea that the moments or evenings they document are epochal and worthy of preservation, the narratives they aim to present and the stories they sometimes tell in spite of themselves. A lot of influences can be found on ‘Gear Change’, from 70’s jazz-funk to stomping boogie joints, all drenched in vintage analogue synths with a 2013 modernist feel.
This is what “Gear Change” is all about. An album without words where the music speaks for itself.
Pierre Anckaert : Fender rhodes piano – Korg leads – Nord Stage
Louis Van de Leest : Moog – Wurlitzer piano – Synths
Eric Paquet : Controllers - Sampler – Guitar
Stefan Bracaval: Flutes
All tracks written & produced by 74 Miles Away
Recorded and mixed by Jean Vanesse @ Greenhouse studio
Mastering by Vincent De Bast @ Sonar studios
Distribution by The Pusher Distribution & Fine Tunes
Powered by Julien Mourlon @ Laid Back
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