Caravan Announce New Studio Album

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It’s None Of Your Business

The new studio album out on 8th October

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Prog legends Caravan announce the release of their new album It’s None Of Your Business to be released on CD format on 8th October 2021 and as a vinyl LP, on 8th November, on Madfish Music.

It’s None Of Your Business is Caravan’s first album since Paradise Filter (2013) and features nine new songs plus one instrumental track influenced, to a degree, by the events and restrictions placed on society over the past 18 months.

Caravan are Pye Hastings (guitar, vocals). Geoffrey Richardson (viola, mandolin, guitar), Jan Schelhaas (keyboards) and Mark Walker (drums). Lee Pomeroy (ELO, Rick Wakeman and Take That) has guested as bass player, following the departure of Jim Leverton, while Jimmy Hastings has also guested on flute.

The album was recorded, as restrictions allowed, ‘in the old-fashioned way’ between 24th June and 4th July 2021 at Rimshot Studio, Bredgar near Sittingbourne. “Sitting round in a circle having eye to eye contact, a large sound room was required,” Pye Hastings explained. “I much prefer this method because you can bounce ideas off each other as they occur, and voice encouragement when the whole thing begins to click.

And it is much more rewarding to be able to throw insults at each other in person rather than down a telephone line or via email. This is something we are all very experienced at, believe me!

This togetherness characterises It’s None Of Your Business with Caravan’s trademark warmth and humour and, also, a sensitivity reflecting the times in which we are living. Sitting among Caravan’s typically whimsical tales Down From London and If I Was To Fly sit the heartfelt and poignant Spare A Thought and Every Precious Little Thing which looks forward to a return to normality.

’Spare a Thought’ is a song that I hope will jog people to remember those unfortunate people caught up in the pandemic,” Hastings explains. “‘All those people who denied’ refers to the idiots who don’t follow the scientific advice. I get angry about that and the line ‘Sure are interesting times’ refers to an old Chinese saying: ‘may you live in interesting times’.”

Lyrics can sometimes be my Achilles Heel, trying to find anything meaningful to write about. But sitting in front of a blank screen with a pandemic raging all around, it was hard not to be influenced by the dreadful events going on. The lockdown certainly focused the mind when it came to writing the lyrics.”

It’s None Of Your Business cover and artwork has been created by renowned illustrator Bob Venables. Check out his website HERE.

It’s None Of Your Business Track Listing:

  1. Down From London (4.03)
  2. Wishing You Were Here (3.55)
  3. It’s None Of Your Business (9.40)
  4. Ready Or Not (4.45)
  5. Spare A Thought (4.06)
  6. Every Precious Little Thing (4.25)
  7. If I Was To Fly (3.23)
  8. I’ll Reach Out For You (8.07)
  9. There Is You (4.26)
  10. Luna’s Tuna (3.14)

Produced, engineered and mastered by Julian Hastings with assistant engineer Mike Thorne.

It’s None Of Your Business is released on 8th October 2021 on CD & digitally with the LP on black vinyl  released on 8th November through Madfish Music. PRE ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW HERE.

CARAVAN LIVE

Caravan will also be on tour, supporting the release of their new album, in the UK in October:

Wednesday 6th October         Basingstoke                     The Haymarket
Thursday 7th October                Islington                             The Union Chapel
Friday 8th October                        Gloucester                         Gloucester Guildhall
Saturday 9th October                Brighton/Hove              The Old Market
Thursday 14th October             Chester                                 The Live Rooms
Friday 15th October                      Leeds                                      The Bridenwell
Saturday 16th October              Bury                                         The Met
Sunday 17th October                   Wolverhampton          The Robin 2 (Bilston)
Thursday 21st October               Bury St Edmunds        The Apex
Friday 22nd October                     Newcastle                         The Cluny
Saturday 23rd October               Glasgow                              Òran Mór
Wednesday 27th October        Bristol                                  The Fleece
Thursday 28th October              Exeter                                  The Phoenix
Friday 29th October                      Dover                                    The Booking Hall

About Caravan

Caravan are one of the doyens of the progressive rock and the ‘Canterbury scene’, formed in 1968 and blending rock, jazz, folk and classical influences into a warm and distinctive sound.

Founder member Pye Hastings (guitar/vocals) remains as Caravan’s guiding light and primary songwriter. Geoffrey Richardson (viola, mandolin, guitar) first played with Caravan between 1972 and 1981 and returned to the fold in 1995. Their previous 14 studio albums and numerous live recordings have seen them attract a large and faithful following and Caravan toured regularly until the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have a UK tour scheduled for October 2021 and have interest, from abroad, for overseas tours to Japan, Canada and South America.

The legends of the Canterbury scene band are being celebrated in a lavish 37-disc box set, entitled Who Do You Think We Are, released on Madfish on 20th August.

Caravan – It’s None of Your Business Released on 8th October
Pre-order the album HERE

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