Gong Expresso announce new album entitled Decadence.
Gong alumni Francois Causse (drums, perc), Benoit Moerlen (vibes, marimba) and Hansford Rowe (bass) join HRIII guitarist Julien Sandiford for the recording.
Rowe says: “Decadence is the title tune on the new Gong Expresso album. Here the word means ‘falling away.’ I hope this tune and all the music on the album somehow addresses this in an unadorned, direct way.
“When I play with these three musicians, I am convinced there is something special happening. Benoit, Francois and I began playing together in early 1977 in Pierre Moerlen’s Gong and our rapport is of the kind only long-term relationships can provide.
“On the other hand Julien is 25 has been alive less time than I have been playing with the others. Yet our musical relationship feels infinitely long.”
He adds: “We are recording in two cities – Paris and Montreal. Francois' studio in Paris is a tuned percussion church and Piccolo Studios in Montreal is owned by Denis Savage who is co-producing with the band.”
Gong Expresso have opened a pre-order campaign for the new album via www.PledgeMusic.com where fans can also get hoodies, bass strings, t-shirts and CD bundle packs. In addition, there are signed guitars and the opportunity to visit the Montreal studio for a day to see the recording process in action.
Further album details will be revealed in due course.
As a special bonus for pledging you will receive a never before heard 1979 live version of PM Gong's classic 3 Blind Mice featuring legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth available for immediate download!!! This will not be made available to the general public.