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Morpheus Rising at the BBC!
03/05/2015. We were featured on Bob Harris’ BBC2 show last night. Bob spoke to Steve Pilkington from The Classic Rock Society about the best new Rock, and featured Day Number One on the show.
Many thanks to Bob, Steve and everyone at the CRS! Check it out here – we’re featured at 1:15:55.
Light at the end of the tunnel for Nige!
20/02/2015. You may already know that Nige has been off games for some months now struggling with a problem with his right arm, meaning he is unable to drum at all, and was referred to a specialist by his GP. That appointment was yesterday and he’s now had some results from that, and the prognosis is good.
He needs an operation in his neck to replace a disc, which has been causing problems with the nerves in his arm. Apparently it’s a 2-3 hour operation but he will be expected to make a full recovery, after some recuperation and physio to rebuild the muscles in his arm.
So now he must wait for an appointment for the operation, which may not be for 2 months unless he gets a cancellation. We have all been very touched by all the messages of support for Nige over the last few months, thank you all. At last there’s light at the end of the tunnel! We’d also like to thank all the guys who have stood in to keep the band on the road in Nige’s enforced absence!
Great Feature on MR in Rock Society Mag!
22/02/2014. There’s a great feature by Graeme Stroud on Morpheus Rising in issue 205 Jan/Feb 2015 of The Classic Rock Society magazine, Rock Society. Graeme has a chat with Si and Pete on all things MR, the current album, and the future! We’ve reproduced the text here!
Check out the Classic Rock Society here!
New dates confirmed for 2015
03/01/2015. We’ve just added details of the first shows confirmed for 2015. Check them out on the Tour page.
Check your diaries, there’s dates as far off as December, some more close to hand, and we’re really happy to be touring in the summer with the brilliant Hi-On Maiden in Newcastle, Edinburgh, Carlisle and Bilston…
We’re talking with venues for more shows yet, so keep an eye on the website for more shows and more details of these ones as we have them!
03/01/2015. We’ve just updated the gallery with some fantastic images from the Glasgow ABC show on the Graham Bonnet tour. Many thanks to Lenny Warren of Warren Media for these amazing shots of a fabulous show! All copyright Warrenmedia.
Here’s to 2015
30/12/2014. What a fantastic year we’ve had in 2014, some great shows, supported some big names, a new album and some fabulous stand in musicians and continued wonderful support from you guys. There would be little point without that last part, that makes it all worthwhile. Read more…
A Fantastic Week with Graham Bonnet
12/12/14. It’s already been a week since the final show of the tour with Graham Bonnet in at the O2 Academy Birmingham, where has the time gone? What a week it was. We played London, Sheffield, Liverpool, Glasgow, Birmingham, and had a five fantastic shows.
Graham and the whole band made us feel so welcome on their tour, and we really enjoyed their company! And the crowds were amazing. You guys welcomed us with open arms as tour support, and we’ve had fantastic comments and messages since via email, Facebook and Twitter!
Thanks to Graham Bonnet and his management who gave us the opportunity, all the venue staff, sound and lighting guys who made it all look and sound great, but most of all to you guys who turned out to see the shows and showed your support! That makes it all worthwhile!
We’ve exciting stuff in the works for 2015, so keep in touch and we’ll see you down the front again soon!
Daymo signs up with Jaden Rose Guitars
28/11/2014. A message from Daymo, “I am very excited to announce that I am now a Jaden Rose Guitars endorsee!
“If you have not already seen any of Jaden’s guitars before then I urge you to pop over to his facebook page and check out his master craftsmanship. These guitar’s truly are works of art! I am very proud to be working with such a top bloke with a talent like no other. Having made the 440 mile round trip to Wales to visit Jaden, we have now come up with a custom design for a one off guitar like no other! I can not wait to see what he creates, excited doesn’t even begin to cover it!
“I am really looking forward to working with Jaden, and discovering what the future holds.
“Meanwhile, in other exciting news….if you would like to come and show your support and see me play with my awesome band Morpheus Rising, come and see us on the U.K part of the Graham Bonnet tour from the 1st of December to the 5th at an O2 venue near you! Or you you could pop over to the Morpheus website and purchase a copy of either (or both!) of our studio albums. Not to be missed!
“Also, (shameless self promotion here ;-p) you can also check out some of my playing on my youtube channel where I have uploaded a few videos from previous years (just a bit of fun really), with the aim being to use my channel as a teaching platform for guitar lessons etc… which for those of you who didn’t already know, is what I do full time alongside session and dep work. Click here!
“So with all that said, just thought you’d like to know! Here’s to the future! Cheers everyone! :-)”
Heading out on the road with Graham Bonnet!
27/11/2014. We’re gearing up and rehearsing this week for next week’s tour. We’re out on the road again, supporting the one and only Graham Bonnet, former Rainbow and Alcatrazz frontman.
We supported Bonnet at Fibbers in York earlier this year, and we’re very excited to have the chance to tour with him across the UK next week
All the info and links are right here but we’ll be at Islington O2 Academy on Monday night (Dec 1), Sheffield O2 Academy on Tuesday, Liverpool O2 on Wednesday, Glasgow O2 ABC on Thursday and Birmingham O2 Academy on Friday
So dig out your MR shirts and show us your support! See you down the front!
Acoustic show in Histon, Cambridge
24/11/2014. Following on from a cracking night rocking York with Electric Mary, we had a fantastic but somewhat quieter night at The Boot in Histon, Cambridge last Saturday, playing a special acoustic show for Hazel Woods. Hazel pledged as part of the Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for Eximius Humanus. It was a great challenge to re-imagine some of the MR stuff for acoustic guitars.
Thanks to everyone who came down and were part of a very special evening, and to the staff at the Boot. But an extra special thanks to Hazel and Mark and family for their amazing hospitality and support!
Next, we’re gearing up for the tour with Graham Bonnet, hope to see you on the road next week!
Halloween special at the Snooty Fox
02/11/2014 Great night last night at The Snooty Fox with Aonia, Temples Fall and Devils-Answer. Thanks to Malc all the staff at the Snooty Fox and everyone who came out to make it happen! Next up, Electric Mary at Fibbers: Live Music Venue, November 12
Morpheus Rising to tour with Graham Bonnet
30/10/2014. We are very excited to announce that Morpheus Rising will be tour support for Graham Bonnet on his December UK tour! Having supported Graham Bonnet at York Fibbers in earlier this year, we’re really looking forward to this! It’s going to be a great tour and one not to be missed – get it in your diaries!
This tour will see a slightly different line up, with Craig Hill depping for the injured Nigel Durham, who is currently off games and nursing a shoulder injury, and the irrepressible Yatim Halimi (Panic Room, Steve Rothery Band) filling in for Andy Smith on bass whose Mostly Autumn commitments mean he is unavailable for the tour.
The dates are London O2 Academy Islington December 1st, Sheffield O2 Academy 2 December 2nd, Liverpool O2 Academy 2 December 3rd, Glasgow O2 ABC 2 December 4th and Birmingham O2 Academy 2 December 5th. We’ve been dying to announce this for a while but now everything is signed and sealed so we can finally spill the beans.
Great to have the chance to get out on the road again, and even better to have a chance to support Graham Bonnet again! So dig out your MR shirts, come down to the shows and show us your support! See you down the front.
Halloween Special at The Snooty Fox
28/09/2014. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be back at The Snooty Fox in Wakefield on Saturday November 1st, headlining their Halloween Special all dayer! More details to be announced soon, but this will be a fantastic event. Can’t wait! Get this in your diary – we’ll see you down the front!
Great night at Maltby
07/09/2014. Fantastic night on Saturday with HeKz and Winter In Eden at The Wesley Centre Maltby. Good to see so many familiar faces there and make some new friends too! Many thanks to everyone who came out to see the bands, The Classic Rock Society team who made it all run so smoothly and not forgetting Tim for looking after the sound.
01/08/2014. We’ve just updated the gallery with loads of great new pics from the Robin 2 last month. Many thanks to Stephen Turner and Tim Hall for these fantastic images. Check out the gallery here!
Newsflash – Last Minute Substitution!
11/07/2014. We have to announce a last minute substitution for the show on Sunday at The Robin 2 in Bilston with Fahran. Due to a shoulder injury, Nigel Durham is not match fit and will be unable to play.
Erstwhile MR sticksman, Paul Gibbons, will be stepping in on drumming duties for this show. We are very grateful to Gibbo for stepping in at very short notice and helping out and wish Nige a speedy and complete recovery! All the gig details on the tour page or check out the Facebook Event.
More new shows announced
14/05/2014. We’re pleased to announce a further three shows later in the year in addition to the Bilston show with Fahran on July 13.
First of these is a headline show at the Snooty Fox in Wakefield on August 2, which we’ll be filming and recording. So if you want to be part of a little piece of MR history, make sure you’re at this show! Support for this show will be announced soon.
And finally we’re very excited to announce that we will be supporting Electric Mary on November 12 at Fibbers in York. Looking forward to a great at show there after such a fantastic night there with Graham Bonnet.
We have more shows in the pipeline, so watch this space – or like us on Facebook for all the latest updates! See you down the front!
New show announced at Bilston Robin 2!
We’re very pleased to announce a show at Bilston Robin 2, on Sunday July 13. Support for this show will be the excellent Fahran, for one big night of Rock! Looking forward to this immensely! More info here.
We have more shows in the pipeline, which we’ll announced as soon we have confirmation!
Fibbers packed for Graham Bonnet & MR
18/03/2014. A spectacular night at a packed Fibbers last Sunday supporting the legendary Graham Bonnet on the opening night of his tour. Shoulder to shoulder all the way back to the bar – thanks to everyone who came out to the show, Mr Bonnet and his band, and to Tim, Callum, Nikki, Sophie and everyone at Fibbers! You all ROCK!
Rocking the Asylum
09/03/2014. Fantastic night in Birmingham with Also Eden last night at The Asylum Venue. Great to see the AE guys again – it’s been too long. Fantastic to see lots of familiar faces at the gig too – big thanks to everyone who came to see us! And thanks to the bar staff and everyone at the venue.
Next up, York Fibbers supporting THE Graham Bonnet next Sunday!
07/03/2014. We’ve added some great new photos to the gallery from the EXIMIUS HUMANUS album launch show a couple of weeks back courtesy of Marc McGarraghy at Yellow Mustang Photography. Marc’s managed to capture some fantastic images of this show, it wasn’t easy picking which ones to include in the gallery! Click here.
Eximius Humanus – Two great reviews!
01/03/2014. Two great blogger reviews! Firstly of the album, from Ian Massey on his blog “Not Quite Music Journalism”. “Behind a stunning Dylan Thompson cover, comes an album that builds on the previous release…” “…Eximius Humanus is not a perfect album. It is, however, a very good one and one which I suspect will be featuring in my top ten at the end of the year.” Read the whole review.
Secondly, a review of the launch gig from Tim Hall on his blog “Where Worlds Collide”. “With new drummer Nigel Durham they’ve gone up another gear as a live band.” Read the whole review.
Eximius Humanus has left the building
24/02/2014. Your Kickstarter and pre-orders have been shipped today. Depending on where you are in the world, they should start arriving with you guys tomorrow!
Oh what a night! – Bilston Robin 2 Album Launch
24/02/2014. WOW! We are speechless. Really. Such an amazing night for us, and I am sure we will all talk about this for ages!
Firstly, as a band, we want to thank our brother Nigel Durham for showing utter true grit and sailing us through this important night. He has been fighting a particularly nasty bout of flu for a few days, and yet he powered us through to the end in glorious style, and as any of you who were at the show will know, he spent every last ounce of energy getting us there! – true star!
Luna Rossa were everything we knew they would be – awe-inspiring, captivating, and enchanting – story-telling and song-craft personified – Thank you Anne-Marie and Jonathan Edwards, we love ya ! (as always)
I STILL try to find the right words to express how we feel regarding the faith, support, and friendship that we feel from our fans, but I feel that I fall short every time – old fans and new, you really power us on! This album only came to life thanks to that very same faith, support, and friendship. Our Morpheus Rising family surrounded us and backed us all the way, so that here we are – “EXIMIUS HUMANUS”!. It’s Latin for “Super Human”, and although it may be titled as such as a reflection of its content, it is also a title, and an album, for you – Super Humans x
EXIMIUS HUMANUS has arrived
21/02/2014. It has arrived! We have finally got our hands on the CD copies of Eximius Humanus!
Much later than we had planned but just in time for the launch, it looks absolutely fabulous. Dylan Thompson’s artwork is outstanding! Dylan’s work was featured on the first album, Let The Sleeper Awake, but he’s really outdone himself here!
Kickstarter copies and Pre-orders will be shipped on Monday – we’ll be packing jiffy bags and signing CDs till all hours to make that happen!
We also now have stock of the album T shirt – with the album cover on the front and MR text logo and album title on the back, in S, M, L and XL. Both are available in the shop page – click here
21/02/2014. Kickstarter announced in the news this week that they had been the victim of a hacker and that security had been breached. They believe that password and email information had been stolen and recommend that anyone who uses the site should change their password at Kickstarter and anywhere else that password is used.
We have changed all our passwords as a precaution and would strongly recommend that you do to if you haven’t done so already if you were part of our Kickstarter campaign last year.
White Logo Hoodies Now Available
09/02/2014. It’s been a great weekend rehearsing ahead of the Eximius Humanus album launch at the Robin 2 in Bilston in a couple of weeks. It’s been great to get cracking on preparing the new songs for live shows, and running through some old favourites from Let The Sleeper Awake. Nige’s new Crush kit sounds fantastic.
We now have hoodies available in the Shop. We’ve been asked about getting hoodies for some time, and we’ve now done just that. They feature the white Winged Man logo on the front, and the Morpheus Rising text logo on the back.
Be the first among your friends to get your hands on one of these! Just the job for this weather!
Nige signs with Crush Drums
29/01/2014. Nigel Durham has recently become an endorsee for Crush Drums, and has just taken delivery of his new kit. Looks great – and we can’t wait to put it through it’s paces at rehearsals! We’ll post some pics when we do!!
First review of Eximius Humanus…
28/01/2014. The first review of the new album we’ve seen is right here www.kalyr.com. And it’s a great review too – phew! Thanks Kalyr!
Pre-Sales goes live, plus gig news…
24/01/2014. It’s been pretty hectic here at MRHQ over recent weeks, so we’ve been a bit quiet in terms of posts, but we’ve some stuff to announce today…
First up, the pre-sales of EXIMIUS HUMANUS are now live! You can order it right here on the website – hit the music tab at the top of the page or click here http://music.morpheusrising.co.uk. The CDs have taken a little longer to prepare than we’d though so they are currently in production, but as we did with LTSA, if you order the CD from us, you get the download immediately so you’ve got that to be going on with…We’ll send them out as soon as we get them.
Kickstarter folks should have had an email this morning with a link to download the album, so if you’ve not had that yet, check your spam folders and get in touch if it’s not there!
There’s gig news too, with two shows to announce. So new we’ve not had time to add them to the gig list yet…
Firstly, Saturday March 8 we will be playing a double header show with our good friends Also Eden at Birmingham Asylum 2. It’s been a while since we last played a show with AE, and we’re looking forward to catching up with the guys. This will be a great night, and good to get back to Birmingham too.
Then the following weekend, Sunday March 16, we’ll be at Fibbers in York, supporting the one and only Graham Bonnet on his Catch The Rainbow tour. Home show for us too, so make sure you get out for this one! Been a while since we played Fibbers!
More news on both those events nearer the time, and we’ll be setting up Facebook events for both. Details on the tour page soon.
Production is underway!
06/12/2013. After two days of drum work by the astonishing Nigel “Captain Quantize” Durham, we’re now into final production work on the new album, Eximius Humanus. Initial rough mix from last night of Bending Light sounds great this morning, the amazing Mr Spence is doing a fantastic job! Really excited to start seeing this all come together at last!
Great night in Bilston with Panic Room
04/12/2013. We had a great night in Bilston with Panic Room on Sunday night at the Robin 2. We’ve supported Panic Room several times there now for their now traditional Christmas show – and earlier this year in July too when Pete was on double duties depping on guitar with Panic Room too.
The Robin is a great venue and it’s always a great atmosphere and a wonderful crowd. Many thanks to Bill the sound man and all the venue staff, and to everyone who came out on a positively arctic evening – and to Panic Room for having us back yet again! Easy night for Pete this time too – just the one gig to play. Looking forward to the album launch there in February!
So, this week sees us at Fairview in Hull for (hopefully) the last few sessions to complete the new album. Can’t wait to see this all start to come together. Nige is on duty first and then we’re into production and mixing…
Bilston Robin 2 with Panic Room this weekend!
30/11/2013. We’re taking a little break from work on the new album this weekend for the now traditional Panic Room show at the Robin 2 in Bilston. We’ll be supporting Panic Room again this year – and we’re rehearsing today for that. It gets pretty intense as the things come together for an album, so we’re really looking forward to this!
It’s always been a good show this one, we’ve supported Panic Room on their Christmas show at Bilston for the last few years, so if you can make it this is one not to miss… All the info is here!
T shirts back in stock
18/11/2013. We have fresh stock of the 2013 White Logo T shirts available in the shop, and stock is available right now in S, M, L and XL. If you’ve been holding out for one of these, now is the time before they run out again!
MR2 album news!
09/11/2013. We are proud to announce that the second MORPHEUS RISING album will be entitled EXIMIUS HUMANUS and will be available in three stages.
The kickstarter privilege release will be 24th December 2013, digital download and CD pre-order release will be January 24th 2014, and general release will be 23rd February 2014.
To coincide with this release date, we are also pleased to announce that we will be holding our album launch at the The Robin 2 Bilston, also on 23rd Feb 2014. We will be playing your MR favourites, and of course, performing tracks from EXIMIUS HUMANUS live!
We can also announce that our good friends, the wonderfully talented LUNA ROSSA will be supporting us to make it a night to remember!
Tickets, doors, and all other news and special info regarding this event will be posted very soon, so for now, put this date in your 2014 calendar, as it will be a night not to be missed!
“MR2” Pre-Orders now available
28/10/2013. We’re now taking pre-orders for the as yet untitled new album via the website! The standard version CD is just £10 plus shipping, and will include an immediate download of the album in a choice of formats – MP3, WAV, FLAC… The release is scheduled for late January, and we plan to ship pre-orders a little earlier than release date.
We’ll be announcing more info within the coming weeks – track listing, artwork and of course the long awaited album title too, and we’ll update you right here and add more details to the music page as we finalise things. Pre-order here!
Panic Room Support at Bilston Confirmed
13/10/2013. We are also able to announce this weekend that we’ll be at the Robin 2 in Bilston again with Panic Room for the now traditional Panic Room Christmas show on Sunday December 1st. PR were kind enough to ask us back for a third year. We’re looking forward to that – this will be a great night at a fantastic venue with great friends. Don’t miss this one if you’re anywhere near Bilston! More details here!
Another amazing week at MRHQ
13/10/2013. Well it was quite a week last week at MRHQ. It’s taken a couple of days to get our heads round it and once again, it’s all because of the amazing support from you, the MR fan family.
First of all, the Kickstarter crowd funding campaign were running reached its deadline at lunchtime last Tuesday (October 8th). We were asking for £6,000, but the final total was not just better than that, but way better than that. All told, the total reached £7,432, which is absolutely outstanding. Read more…
Friday night (October 11th) saw us head over to Selby to the Riverside to support Tygers Of Pan Tang. Tygers were part of the original NWoBHM movement way back when, alongside Maiden and Saxon and all those guys. We had a very short slot – just 30 minutes – to leave time for four bands – Thirteen16, Hellion Rising, Morpheus Rising and the headliners Tygers Of Pan Tang. It was also Nige’s debut show, and what a show! We had a ball, and managed to get three of the new songs into the set too! Nige did an outstanding job – well done mate, welcome aboard!
£7,432 in 30 days – Thank you!
08/10/2013. Outstanding! Not just funded but 123% funded! The clock stopped on the Kickstarter project today at 12:57pm UK time, with a grand total of £7,432 pledged towards our £6,000 goal, with the final pledge just moments before the deadline – just as the first was just moments after we pressed “go” a month back! Read more…
Kickstarter Update 6: The end is nigh! 115% and counting
05/10/2013. Is it really almost 30 days since we pushed the big green button and launched this project? How did that happen? We’re into the final weekend of the Kickstarter campaign this weekend, and we’re still going strong! Read more…
Kickstarter Update 5. You did it! 104% and counting…
29/09/2013. It’s official! We have reached the Kickstarter target! In fact, we’ve passed it. So as of early yesterday evening, funding for the new album is going to happen.
The way Kickstarter works is that unless the funding target is reached, it doesn’t happen, nobody pays anything and the project doesn’t get any money. But you guys have smashed that target – we passed the £6000 target yesterday evening, and more has come in since – the total is currently £6263, that’s 104%. Read More…
Kickstarter Update 4. Two weeks to go… Nearly there!
Well, we’re half way there in terms of time – 15 days into this project and we’re less than £750 to go! Amazing! Thanks for everything you’ve done and pledged already, just another couple of weeks and we’ll stop pestering you. Keep spreading the word…
New date supporting Tygers Of Pan Tang!
18/09/2013. We have just confirmed a new date for October 11 supporting Tygers Of Pan Tang at Selby Riverside. This will be a fabulous night, don’t miss this!
More info and links here.
Kickstarter Update: An amazing first week!
15/09/2013. This time last week we pressed the big green “Launch” button to go live with this project. It’s been an amazing week! We’ve been asked about the new album over the last year, when it will be, and will we do pre-orders, but we didn’t really know what to expect when we put this crowd funding idea out there…
Last weekend for free carriage on merchandise in the shop!
14/09/2013. If you want to buy anything in the online shop, do it this weekend… The free carriage offer ends on Monday! Don’t miss out and place your orders before that happens!
Second Album Kickstarter Crowd Funding Project!
08/09/2013. We have launched a 30 day project with Kickstarter.com to complete the currently untitled second album – already affectionately known among the band and the faithful as MR2
For anyone unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it’s crowd funding platform which allows you, the fans, to get involved in making this second release happen – you can pre-order the album, you can pre-order a deluxe version… get your name in the artwork… dinner with the band… a part in the next video… lots of great stuff.
Please get involved, exciting things are happening around the band right now, and we would love you all to be part of it!
More News Coming This Weekend
04/09/2013. We have a major announcement to make this Sunday. We’re dying to tell you now, but we’re still finishing off a couple of little details – dotting the “i”s and crossing the “t”s and running it through the spellchecker, just to make sure it’s just right.
New Merchandise Available Online
01/09/2013. We’ve updated the shop page with the new 2013 white logo T shirts (sadly only L and XL currently, M and S will be with us shortly), beanie hats, badges and picks…
UPDATE: We seem to have had a problem with the shop page since the update yesterday – thanks to Bruce and Hazel for pointing it out! I think it’s fixed now. So if you tried to order something in the last 24 hours and gave up, please try again! We’ll not be charging shipping on any order placed before 16/09/2013 by way of apology!
Nigel Durham joins Morpheus Rising
21/08/2013. We are very pleased to announce that Nigel Durham (ex Saxon/Oliver Dawson Saxon) has joined Morpheus Rising as our full time drummer. Nigel has an outstanding pedigree, and we’re very excited to welcome him into the band…
We owe massive thanks to Henry who’s done an outstanding job standing in while we found a permanent sticksman! Read more…
New photos added to the gallery
13/08/2013. Just added more photos to the gallery from the Robin 2 in Bilston last month! Thanks to Tim Hall for the images!
Looking forward to more of this on Saturday at Bikes Bands & Booze down at Chalgrove near Oxford! It’s going to be a great day out – loads of bands, stalls, food, maybe a beer or two – gates open at 10am! All the info on the event’s facebook page!
Morpheus Rising sign to Melodic Revolution Records
06/07/2013. We are delighted to announce that Morpheus Rising has signed to Melodic Revolution Records in the USA. The deal was done last week, and it’s been all we can do to keep it quiet until now! Based in Orlando, Florida, Melodic Revolution Records has a great roster of acts from across America, Europe… read more here!
Big news this week – stay tuned!
05/08/2013. We promised big news this week… So stay tuned, we’ll be making an announcement tomorrow. Can’t wait…
Got An Android Device?
30/07/2013. Got an Android phone or tablet? If you have, you can keep up with all the latest from us on the go… Just download the free app here!
This free Mobile App lets you listen to music, check out photos and videos, read blog posts and get updates straight to your mobile device! All for our favourite price… Free!
Sorry, but there’s no Apple version at the moment, hosting an app – even a free one on the Apple Store is prohibitively expensive!
Pete interviewed on ARfm
29/07/2013. Pete was interviewed on Paul Baker’s show on ARfm radio yesterday. Paul played a couple of tracks from Let The Sleeper awake and chatted to Pete about the band, the album and the future.
In case you missed it, the nice people at ARfm tell us the show will be repeated at 6pm UK time on Wednesday 31/07.
New date announced
24/07/2013. We’ve confirmed a bike festival show for next month. We’ll be headlining the Bike Bands and Booze day at Chalgrove near Oxford on August 17.
This is a charity fundraising event put together by Wessex 81 and Oxford Deviantz Brotherhood in aid of CLIC Sargent, raising money for children with cancer. There’s all sorts of stuff going on, and bands all day, including Guns 2 Roses!! More info on the event’s facebook page here.
This will be a great day out at a regular Oxford event. Bikes Bands and Booze – what more could you want? All the info is here.
Cornerstone Supports Cancelled
21/07/2013. Sadly, we have had to cancel our support appearances with Cornerstone which were scheduled for August 8th and 9th at the Snooty Fox in Wakefield and the Duchess in York, due to circumstances beyond our control. We’re very disappointed not to be able to play these shows, but we wish Cornerstone well with their tour.
We hope to be announcing an exciting new show in the next day or so for later in August. Watch this space!
New images uploaded
21/07/2013. We’ve just uploaded some great shots taken by Marc MacGarraghy at the last show at Manchester Sound Control to the Gallery. Marc took loads more, you’ll find them all on his his Facebook page: Yellow Mustang Photography, along with shots of Panic Room that same night and loads of other great images…
There’ll be more images from the tour over coming weeks. Check out the Gallery here!
We’ve also uploaded a short video insight into life on the road heading home after the last show here, enjoy!
What a fantastic tour!
15/07/2013. So the tour is over and we’re already missing our Panic Room buddies. It’s been a great tour taking us to Derby, York, Norwich, London, Bilston and Manchester and we need to thank some people for making it all happen.
First of all, we need to thank Panic Room for having us along. These guys are so welcoming and helpful, making sure we had time to soundcheck every night, even helping load the gear too. Good eggs, the lot of them. Anne-Marie Helder, Jonathan Edwards, Yatim Halimi and Gavin Griffiths, we love you guys! We had a blast and we’d do it all again in a heartbeat!
Next up, Henry “yeah baby” Rogers. What can we say? He stepped in and drove the shows with some amazing drumming! Thanks, Hen, you’re a star!
Our “Spare Andy”, Andy Gooby, stood in for the first two shows in Derby and York, as Andy Smith was away on Mostly Autumn duties. Thank you Andy for your sterling work and two great performances.
Somehow, Sophie Goodhall managed to survive life on the road with a bunch of musicians, she was there every night making sure we had enough money for fuel to get to the next show or back home by selling you the merch… Thank you Sophie (please don’t send us the bill for the therapy!).
Not forgetting the venue staff, sound and lighting engineers who sorted out monitors, in ear mixes, places to store empty cases, found lost stuff… and generally made the magic happen…
…for you guys. Which is why we were all there in the first place. You came out despite the glorious weather and sweltering venues to support Panic Room and ourselves and we appreciate that. You bought the merch, you cheered in the right places and without you we couldn’t have done any of it. Seriously, thank you. You guys Rock.
We look forward to seeing you all again down the front soon.
Final two shows of the tour…
10/07/2013. We’ll be heading off again this weekend for two final shows to finish up the Panic Room SKIN tour. And if last weekend was anything to go by, they’ll be a two fantastic nights – possibly even hotter than last weekend? Phew what a scorcher!
First, on Friday night, we head to The Robin 2 in Bilston, which we’ve played twice before with the Panics. It’s always been a fabulous night there, and with both bands on top form, we’re expecting more of the same.
And the last night of the tour will be at Sound Control Manchester, not a gig we’ve done before but if the crowd last time we played in Manchester was anything to go by, it’ll be a cracking night. This is the last chance to catch us on the tour… Be sure not to miss it!
A great and very hot weekend in Norwich and London
08/07/2013. What a fantastic weekend. And what about that weather! We headed off last weekend for the middle of three pairs of gigs supporting Panic Room on their SKIN tour, and what a great time we were in for!
First up was Norwich Arts Centre, not a venue we’ve played before but one we’d love to visit again, an old church, full of character! Then on Saturday, it was off into the capital to play the Garage in Islington, this time with Touchstone on the bill as well.
Despite the perfect “stay at home and have a barbecue” weather, you turned out in force to support live music, and both MR and Panic Room played to large and enthusiastic crowds. We had a ball! Thank you all for turning out and putting off the barbecue for a night! We appreciate it! You guys Rock! Thanks also to the venue staff, sound engineers and lighting techs!
So next weekend we’ll be in Bilston at the Robin 2 on Friday and the final show of the tour, Sound Control in Manchester on Saturday! Looking forward to two more amazing nights… Can’t wait. See you down the front!
01/07/2013. Another great night at the Duchess in York Panic Room on their SKIN tour, despite a couple of technical gremlins which snuck in between soundcheck and showtime! Great to see so many familiar faces at the front – and some new ones, too!
Next up, a few days to recharge the batteries before next weekend’s outing to Norwich Arts Centre and The Garage in London – particularly Pete who, apart from playing with both Panic Room and Morpheus Rising, was on driving duties too!
Great Night in Derby
29/06/2013. A fantastic opening night in Derby last night supporting Panic Room on their Summer SKIN tour 2013.
Great work too from Henry Rogers who’s drumming with us on this tour and Andy Gooby who’s covering for Andy Smith this weekend who’s away on bass duties with Mostly Autumn in the Netherlands. These guys ROCK!
Tonight, more of the same at the Duchess in York – home gig for us – but if you can’t make this one, you can still catch us in Norwich and London next weekend, and in Bilston and Manchester the following weekend. All the tourdate info is right here.
Sneak Preview – Mega City One
11/05/2013. Ladies and Gents, as promised, here is a sneak preview of a track we’re working on for the as yet untitled second album. It’s not in it’s finished form yet, but we wanted to give you an feel for what we’re up to…
We’re excited about this, but see what you think – and let us know here! So without further ado… Mega City One.
Important Announcement from MRHQ
05/05/2013. Sadly, we have to announce that Gibbo and Morpheus Rising have agreed to part company and he will no longer be part of MR..
Gibbo has been with us from the start, and his drumming has been an intrinsic part of Morpheus Rising from the very beginning, both live and recorded. Behind the scenes, Gibbo has contributed a huge amount of time and hard work to the band and we are sorry to see him go. We will miss him and wish him all the best in the future.
We will be joined for the summer tourdates by Henry Rogers, who many will know as sticksman with DeeExpus, Touchstone and Nerve Toy Trio. We’re very grateful to Henry for stepping in to fill the vacancy, and look forward to rehearsals for the tour with Panic Room.
Great night at the Duchess York
17/03/2013. Another great night at the Duchess on Friday night, despite a few technical gremlins.
Thanks to the staff at the venue for all their help, to BastRad for another great support slot and for filling that spot at short notice, and specially to you guys for coming from all over the place to be there and show your support – as far afield as Leicester, Cheltenham and even Cambridge! You guys are amazing! You Rock!
Looking forward now to the tour with Panic Room in June and July, and then Cornerstone in August… can’t wait!
MR Beanie Hats
12/03/2013. You know that we care about you guys, so bearing that in mind and given the current cold weather, we have ordered up some Morpheus Rising beanie hats for you…
So far we have limited numbers, so initially they’re only available at the show on Friday at the Duchess in York. After that, we should have more and we’ll make them available on a Morpheus Rising website near you…
BastRad at York Duchess
10/03/2013. Sadly, due to circumstances beyond their control, Also Eden have had to cancel their appearance at the Duchess with us next Friday. We will, instead, be joined once again by the fabulous BastRad, who have stepped into the breach to fill the slot.
All the details are here.
Panic Room Supports Confirmed
05/03/2013. We’ve just confirmed another five shows in June and July with Panic Room. We’ll be visiting Derby, Swansea, Norwich, Bilston and Manchester with them on their Summer UK tour.
We’re really looking forward to these shows, and of course it’s possible that Pete will be playing with both bands!
Keep checking back, we hope there will be more shows confirmed soon. All the current tour info is here.
UPDATE: York Duchess just added too…
Pete to dep at Panic Room
04/03/2013. As you may have read elsewhere, Panic Room’s guitarist, Paul Davies is stepping down from the band, and our very own Pete Harwood will be standing for the next few shows, alongside guitar duties here at MR.
We’re all very sorry to see Paul go, he’s a great guitarist with whom we’ve had the privilege to share a stage on several occasions. We wish him well.
More on Panic Room’s Facebook page, here.
New Dates Supporting Cornerstone!
Stay tuned… we hope to be announcing more dates in the next few days!
Less than a month to go…
18/02/2013. The first chance to see Morpheus Rising live this year, first chance to hear some of the new material AND we’ll be joined by the fantastic Also Eden… York Duchess, Friday 15 March 2013. Don’t miss this, it’s going to be a great night! More info here.
Advanced online ticketing, click here.
A Little Taste Of Things To Come
07/02/2013. Writing for the new album is almost done, so as a little taste, here’s an early demo of something new. Ladies and Gents… Bending Light… Enjoy!
Background Magazine review LTSA
16/01/2013. Great review of Let The Sleeper Awake from Background Magazine in the Netherlands. Thanks, guys!
“…an impressive album for those who haven’t forgotten their metal roots and who like powerful and well-played music with an outstanding vocalist.”
Read the whole review here
05/12/2012. We’ve just added some great new photos from last weekend at the Robin 2 at Bilston to the gallery! Many thanks to Tim Ellis for the images!
Click here to check them out.
A great night in Bilston
03/12/2012. What a great night last night with Panic Room and Howard Sinclair at The Robin 2 in Bilston last night.
It was the final night of Panic Room’s S K I N tour in support of their fabulous new album. And what a great night to round off the year. Pete was even dragged kicking and screaming back onstage to jam with the Panics in the encores!
We had an absolute ball, and it more than made up for the disappointment of losing the Darlington show on Saturday after the venue failed. Many many thanks to everyone at the venue and of course everyone who came down to see the show and make it such a great night
We’ll be busy working on the new material and shooting more footage for the new video in the coming weeks… rest assured, we’ll keep you posted here and on Facebook!
More shooting for Gypsy King
20/11/2012. Another session shooting footage for the Gypsy King video with Dave Thorpe and Flash Frame Productions.
Today is Daymo’s turn in the spotlight, we’re concentrating on his solo and close up shots.
We’re really excited about how this is all going to turn out, and from what we’ve seen so far it’s going to look amazing. Can’t wait to see the final product!
The Borderline and The Snooty Fox Rocked!
12/11/2012. Wow, what a great weekend! Two fantastic shows. Thanks to everyone who came to see us at the Borderline and The Snooty Fox – and to everyone who watched online! And of course to the amazing Panic Room who made us feel so welcome again! You guys all Rock!
We’re looking forward to hooking up with Panic Room again at the other end of their S K I N tour for the final two shows at the Hub in Darlington and the Robin 2 in Bilston again on 1st and 2nd December. Last year’s Bilston show was a scream, be there or miss out…
Meanwhile, work continues on the new film with Flash Frame Productions. Watch this space!
London and Wakefield this weekend
The Wakefield show will be streamed live online, just follow this link!
As ever, check out the Tour page for all the info.
02/11/2012. We’re busy filming for the next video at the moment, and having a great time. We’re working with the same production team that put together the video of Lord Of The North, Dave Thorpe and Flash Frame Productions, and we’re all very excited by what we’ve seen so far. Dave’s great to work with and we can’t wait to see the final result! Watch this space, we’ll keep you posted!
Now that we’re all back on the same continent again, we’re gearing up for some more live dates – supporting the superb Panic Room touring in support of the fabulous new album S K I N – we really do recommend you check it out.
We’ll be at the Borderline in London with Panic Room on Saturday November 11th and at Wakefield Snooty Fox for a headline show on Sunday November 12th. See you back on the road! All the gig info is right here.
Wakefield date announced
30/08/2012. We’ve just confirmed another date for November, at the Snooty Fox in Wakefield on November 11th.
We’ll be stopping off on the way home from the London date on November 10th, and we’re looking into doing more shows around this too…
More tour info here!
Panic Room Supports Confirmed
15/08/2012. More gig news… We have just confirmed we will be supporting the fabulous Panic Room on three dates on their ‘S K I N’ tour later in the year – London Borderline on November 10th, Darlington Hub on December 1st and Bilston Robin 2 on December 2nd.
These are the first night and the last two nights of Panic Room’s UK tour, and will mark a return to the Robin 2 in Bilston, where we supported them last December.
We’re really excited about these dates. They will be great nights if last year’s Bilston show was anything to go by!
For all the tourdate information, click here.
New Whitby date announced
15/08/2012. We’re delighted to announce a new show for next month. We’ll be at Whitby & District Rifle Club on September 21st, with support from Crimson Dream.
More information right here.
We’re hoping to announce some more shows in the next few days so keep watching this space!
LTSA reviewed at Musikreviews.de
10/08/2012. Great review of the album at Musicreviews.de, rock, metal and prog webzine.
“York’s Morpheus Rising deliver a substantial album true to classic British metal, while adding elements of the modern, harder American approach…”
Read the whole review here.
25/07/2012 Great night last Friday at the Ringside in Hull, despite a couple of technical gremlins.
Many thanks to the staff at the venue and to Pastel Jack and Innersylum for supporting us, and to the staff at the venue and everyone who came down on a miserable Friday night! Looking forward to a being back in Hull soon – hopefully without the technical gremlins
Update: Diamond Head show cancelled
04/07/2012. We’ve just heard from Fibbers and Diamond Head. Unfortunately, tonight’s show in York has been cancelled. DH’s drummer Karl Wilcox is not well enough to play tonight, and despite attempts to reschedule and or find a dep for tonight, it just wasn’t to be.
We’re obviously disappointed not to be playing tonight, but we wish Karl a full and speedy recovery, and look forward to a rescheduled opportunity to play with Diamond Head when schedules allow. Karl’s health must come first!
Fibbers tell us that refunds will be available through the usual channels.
Diamond Head’s drummer has hospital treatment
03/07/2012. We’ve just heard that tonight’s Diamond Head show in Islington has been cancelled as drummer Karl Wilcox has been taken ill and has had hospital treatment today.
Diamond Head’s Facebook status says “Following the cancellation of the show in London tonight, we can now update you.
“Karl has had hospital treatment today and should be fit again by tomorrow morning.
“The show on Thursday 5th July at Wolverhampton, and the remainder of the tour will go ahead as planned.”
We would like to wish Karl a very speedy recovery and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for tomorrow’s Fibbers show in York. Please check with Fibbers before travelling for this show.
13/06/2012. Great review of Let The Sleeper Awake from Paul Jerome Smith at Rocktopia. “A dynamic and melodic debut”.
Check out Paul’s review here.
A word from Si
12/05/2012. I know that some people travelled quite a fair amount of miles to see us in York last night, so a HUGE thanks to them for their loyalty and support.
Also, thanks to the now regular faces AND all the new ones that are catching on! – we sold many more albums last night which means we are still finding new fans in our hometown, which is brilliant.
Thanks also have to be given to the Duchess and all the staff for providing a professional and smooth event. Callum was his usual excellent self on sound, and mathew worked the lights a treat!
It is always a pleasure to play to people who “get” where we are coming from, and thats what drives us on, so, once again, thanks! – Si.
Morpheus Rising confirmed for Yorkshire Pudding 2012
06/05/2012. We can now confirm that we’ll be playing at Yorkshire Pudding Rally near Sheffield on Friday 3rd August. This is a great weekend and we’re really looking forward to being part of it!
More info and tickets from YPR’s website here: YorkshirePuddingRally.co.uk
Morpheus Rising to support Diamond Head!
05/04/2012. We’re very excited to announce that we have been confirmed to support the one and only, mighty Diamond Head at Fibbers in York on July 4th.
Formed in 1976, Diamond Head are among the originators of NWOBHM, and are named by such names as Metallica and Megadeth as influencing what they do…
We’re honoured and very excited to be one of the bands to support them on only a handful of UK dates over the summer. Don’t miss this one, this is going to be an amazing night! More gig info here.
More airplay for Let The Sleeper Awake
04/04/2012. It’s been a good week for airplay already this week – with Shane Carlson featuring four tracks from Let The Sleeper Awake on his show on ARfm on Sunday. You can listen to Shane’s show here.
Johnny Doom continues to play Lord Of The North on his nightly show on Kerrang! Radio, and will be featuring an interview with Pete in the near future.
Kerrang! Radio interview
26/03/2012. Pete was interviewed by Johnny Doom for Kerrang! Radio this afternoon about rock, metal, the new album and all things Morpheus Rising.
We’ll keep you posted about when it’ll be broadcast, but in the meantime, keep it tuned at Kerrang!. You can catch Johnny Doom’s show every weeknight from 10pm to 1am.
Classic Rock Presents Prog reviews Let The Sleeper Awake
14/03/2012. Another great review of Let The Sleeper Awake – this time in the hallowed pages of Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine. If you haven’t already got it, rush out and buy a copy now! And if you do but you missed the review, you need page 102!
“…those who enjoy a spot of heavy riffage with soaring guitar parts and vocals to match will not be disappointed…” “…if you don’t get the album at least see them live, because something tells me they put on a very good show.”
Hull date announced
13/03/2012. We’re very pleased to announce that we’ll be returning to the Lamp in Hull on 20 July. We know it’s a little way off yet, but July will be here before you know it! Stick it in your diaries now so you don’t forget
Bradford Gasworks show cancelled
13/03/2012. Unfortunately, due to touring commitments and circumstances beyond our control, we have had to cancel our show at Bradford Gasworks scheduled for Friday 13th April. We’re very sorry to have to pull out of this date, but we will reschedule a new date as soon as possible!
Graceful Degradation reviews Let The Sleeper Awake
03/03/2012. Another great review of the album, this time from Graceful Degradation.
“…Morpheus Rising’s Let The Sleeper Awake is an extremely good listen, really infectious in places, and at times you will be breaking out the air guitar. And this is just their first album – it’s a damn good debut!”
Read the whole review here
12/02/2012. Johnny Doom will play Lord Of The North from Let The Sleeper Awake tomorrow night on Kerrang! Radio… Be sure to listen in between 10pm and 1am tomorrow night – Monday 13th on 105.2 FM, DAB, Freeview or online at http://www.kerrangradio.co.uk/
Let The Sleeper Awake T shirts now available from the shop!
11/02/2012. We now have stock of Let The Sleeper Awake T shirts available right here on the website. Great quality black Gildan T shirts with the Morpheus Rising logo and red Winged Morpheus on the front, and the logo and Let The Sleeper Awake on the back.
Available in medium, large and extra large, these great shirts were previously only available in person on the tour, so as a special offer, we’ll pay the postage and packaging on orders placed before the end of March 2012!
The perfect gift for the rocker in your life! Click here…
New dates confirmed…
10/02/2012. We’ve just confirmed two new dates… Bradford and York. Better yet, the Gasworks show is free… so there really is no excuse! More details as soon as we have them, so watch this space!
Let The Sleeper Awake review…
08/02/2012. Great review from Your Music Blog of Let The Sleeper Awake… “Seems this year so far has brought me a lot of new discoveries. The latest being UK band Morpheus Rising with their Let The Sleeper Awake album.” …read the whole review here.
Going cold turkey
03/02/2012. One week on from the end of the tour, we’re just about recovered and already itching to get out and play again. We had a great time, playing shows in 13 cities across the country in 17 days, clocking up some 2000 miles along the way… Read more
Last few shows
26/01/2012. We’re into the last few shows on the tour now. We’re having a great time, but we’re beginning to run low on some of the T shirts! If you want to get a shirt and we haven’t got any left, do not despair!
Be sure to let us know what you want so we can restock the right quantities of the right things and we’ll send them out when they’re back in stock!
You guys are great, we tried to anticipate what to order based on the industry rule of thumb and you’ve taken us completely by surprise! Sorry about that!
Right, that’s quite enough time off…
25/01/2012. Today we set out on the final 4 show run of the tour. Tonight, the Lamp in Hull, tomorrow we’re at Sheffield Corporation, Friday at the Roadhouse in Manchester and Saturday is the final show – a home town show in York at the Duchess. All the details are here.
We’re on the home stretch now, and it’s shaping up to be a Rocking week with great supports – so don’t miss it!
1500 miles and still rocking…
22/01/2012. The Morpheus Rising circus takes a couple of days off now after nine shows, one or two KFCs, far too many “milkshakes” and a broken bass string.
Time to recharge the batteries, catch up with what’s been going on at MRHQ, restring some guitars, send out the CD orders, and record a radio interview before heading to Hull on 25th to start the final leg of the tour which has seen us clock up 1500 miles so far across England, Scotland and Wales.
We’re having a ball, and it looks like you guys are too, from what you tell us and the posts on Facebook. So come and join us in Hull, Sheffield, Manchester or York for the final shows of this adventure! It’s going to ROCK!
1000 Miles and rolling
20/01/2012. We’re half way through the tour in Swansea tonight, and we’ve just passed 1000 miles since we left home. It’s been a great tour so far, and we’re looking forward to more of the same.
After Swansea tonight, we’re heading over to Cambridge tomorrow night at the Man On The Moon, then Leicester Soundhouse. Then next week more of the same, ending up on the last night at a home gig in York at the Duchess!
Here’s to the next 1000 miles, see you on the road!
Yorkshire Pudding Rally
20/01/2012. We’re really excited to be able to announce that we have been asked to appear at The Yorkshire Pudding Rally near Sheffield this year, which will be held over the first weekend of August. The actual date we’ll be playing is yet to be finalised, but rest assured we’ll keep you posted!
17/01/2012. We got back yesterday after four great shows in Wakefield, Carlisle, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and after one night at home with the pipe and slippers, we’re already climbing the walls and dying to get out there and play more shows.
Tomorrow we head out again for a five show run, Mansfield, Birmingham, Swansea, Cambridge and Leicester this week… Can’t wait! All the tour info is here
See you on the road! Keep up with the latest madness on Twitter or Facebook too, just click the links at the top of the page…
And so it begins!
13/01/2012. We’re off! The tour kicked off last night with a great night at the Snooty Fox in Wakefield. Great to get back out on the road again. Many thanks to City of Conquest and Syanide for support slots, to the staff and everyone at the venue, particularly Malc – you’re a star, mate – and especially to everyone who came down to see us. We had a ball!
Next, we head North, for shows in Carlisle, Edinburgh and Glasgow… hope to see you there for more of the same!
10 days and counting…
02/01/2012. Happy New Year! With just over a week to go before the first show, it’s all go here gearing up for the tour. We can’t wait to get out on the road – it’s what the band’s all about, we love it!
See you on the road.
Let The Sleeper Awake featuring on Minster FM
20/12/2011. Minster FM’s Chris Marsden is featuring Morpheus Rising and tracks from Let The Sleeper Awake on Tuesday to Friday this week as part of his Unplugged feature at 9:45pm! Be sure to listen in tomorrow for more!
Minster FM is on 104.7 in the York and Thirsk area.
Planetmosh reviews Let The Sleeper Awake
17/12/2011 We’re getting some great feedback from all over the place on the album, and Planetmosh has published a great review of Let The Sleeper Awake… “If you think the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Saxon are dated then let me introduce you to Morpheus Rising, a York based traditional metal band with a 21st century kick to it…” Read more here.
You’ll also find “Lord Of The North” on the cover disc with this month’s Classic Rock Society magazine, Rock Society, and the 2012 tour dates adverts in Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Rock Society. It’s all shaping up to be a great start to the New Year.
Let The Sleeper Awake launch gig
10/12/2012. What a great night last night at York Fibbers to launch the album! We had an absolute blast.
Many many thanks to everyone involved, to Tim Hornsby and Fibbers staff, to Also Eden for a great set opening up for us, but most of all to all of you who came out and made it such a great night. You guys really do make a difference to the band on stage… You ROCK!
And to everyone who bought Let The Sleeper Awake last night, thank you! We hope you enjoy it! We certainly enjoyed making it.
Lord Of The North Video Uploaded
10/12/2011. The more eagle eyed among you may have noticed that we’ve swapped out the video stills at the top of the home page for the Lord Of The North Video itself. We had hoped to get this online for the album launch last night, but ran into a last minute technical hitch, which is now solved.
We love it, and many many thanks to everyone at Flash Frame Productions for all their hard work – above and beyond the call of duty. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it!
Let The Sleeper Awake – Out Now
09/12/2012. The day has finally arrived to unleash the album. Let The Sleeper Awake is available as of today!
You can buy it from all the usual online outlets (although with some it may not be online yet) but if you buy it from us as a CD or a download – you’ll get 2 bonus download tracks not available anywhere else! AND, if you buy the CD from us, you can have the download including the 2 bonus tracks immediately so you can enjoy the album now while you wait for the postman.
06/12/2011. It’s finally here… The Monster has arrived – the first copies of Let The Sleeper Awake have arrived here at MRHQ. And it looks great. We’re really pleased with it. Sounds pretty good too.
Still a few ‘I’s to dot and ‘T’s to cross, but we’re winding the spring now ready for the launch on Friday, so pop back then and order your copy! Oh yes and don’t forget the launch party at Fibbers THIS FRIDAY, with Special Guests Also Eden. It’s shaping up to be a fantastic night.
We’ve also just taken delivery of the MR tourbus too, so all in all it’s been an exciting few days. See you on the road.
06/12/2011. What a fantastic gig at Bilston, supporting the amazing and really lovely Panic Room. We’ve known Anne-Marie for ages, in fact, she was the photographer for our first proper photoshoot as a band. It was amazing to get the chance to share a stage with the band. They are a truly lovely bunch of people who made us feel so welcome.
So to all the Panics a huge heartfelt thank you. And additionally, thank you to everyone who came down to the gig and gave us such a warm welcome, we had a great night and look farward to seeing you again – hopefully some this weekend in York, and again in January on the tour. You rock!
23/11/2011. We’re really pleased to be announce some of the bands who will be appearing with us in January. So far, Sianyde, Dog Moon Howl, Shorthorse, Jewels, Shadow Of The Sun, and Pastel Jack are all confirmed as special guests during the tour. We’ll post more info as more details are confirmed.
Full info and links to the bands’ own websites are on the tour pages.
January 2012 tourdates announced
21/11/2011. January 2012 will see the band touring the UK to support the new album, “Let The Sleeper Awake”. The tour kicks off in Wakefield on January 12th, and the band will be on the road for almost three weeks, with shows across the UK. Supports will be announced as they are confirmed.
We’re dying to get back out on tour again, and look forward to seeing you out the road.
Check out the tour page for full info.
The Monster has left the building
21/11/2011. The album is mastered, and has left the building to go for manufacturing… We’re all very excited and dying to get our hands on the final product here at MRHQ.
We’ve heard the tracks as they will be on the CD, we’ve seen all the artwork… but there’s nothing quite like seeing the actual CD in your hands… All on schedule for the launch at Fibbers in York on December 9th. We can hardly wait!
10/11/2011. At last, we can finally reveal details of what we’ve been working on for the last few months… The new album, Let The Sleeper Awake, will be available from December 9th!
More than that, there’s a home town Launch Party show at York Fibbers, with the amazing Also Eden on the bill too to help us celebrate. Tickets are available here in advance, or catch one of us out and about if you can!
Let The Sleeper Awake has been a labour of love for us over the recent months, trying to capture something of the band’s live performance into something studio based. The album features some firm favourites from the live show, such as Lord Of The North and Those Who Watch, alongside new tracks like the title track Let The Sleeper Awake and Daylight…
It’s been great fun and hard work, taken lots of coffee, several chocolate biscuits and one or two beers to achieve, but finally, it’s almost finished. One or two tweaks here and there just to finish it off, but essentially it’s done, and we’re think it’s something very special. We’re very very pleased with it, and we really hope you’ll enjoy it just a fraction as much as we have creating it.
There’s a whole bunch of folks we need to thank for helping along the way, but most important at this point is to thank all of you who have supported us over the years, helped us keep the faith and encouraged us to push just a little harder. Without you, this wouldn’t have happened. You guys ROCK!
Panic Room date confirmed
01/11/2010. We’re very pleased to announce that we will be supporting the amazing Panic Room at the Robin 2 in Bilston on December 4th. Anne-Marie Helder has been a great friend of the band since the very beginnings, and we’re really looking forward to this opportunity to work with Panic Room at long last. This is really going to be a fabulous night with Panic Room, Sarah Dixon and Morpheus Rising on one bill… Can’t wait.
We have more exciting news and dates to announce very soon, so keep an eye on this news feed and the tourdates page for all the latest!
Kingston and Swindon dates with Also Eden
31/10/2011. Many many thanks to Rich Harding and everyone at Also Eden, we had an absolute blast supporting them at The Peel in Kingston Upon Thames and Swindon 12 Bar. A big thank you to Sarah too for all her help. An honourable mention should also go to Liam at the 12 bar for a fantastic welcome despite losing repeatedly to Morpheus Rising at pool…
York Guitar Weekend
16/10/2011. We had a great time at Fibbers last night as part of York Guitar Weekend. Many thanks to everyone who put the whole event together, particularly Phil, Lynne and all at MOR, Tim and all the staff at Fibbers – and everybody who came down to support the bands and raise money for some great local charities!
York Guitar Weekend
13/10/2011. We’re really pleased to be playing as part of York Guitar weekend. Loads of live music and events all over the city all weekend, all put together by our friends at MOR Music. All in aid of a variety of local charities too.
We’ll be onstage at Fibbers for a quick half hour taster set at 6:30PM – with bands all day from 11AM!! This will be a great day – hope to see you there.
Oh yes, and it’s free entry too!
11/10/2011. We’ve just updated the gallery with some pictures from last weekend’s gig at York Duchess. Many thanks to Jon Hudson for the photos! Click here for the gallery.
Great night at the Duchess.
10/10/2011. York Duchess, Saturday night – what a great night! Supports from Cryptic Age and Lost Effect and a great crowd who more than made up for the miserable cold and drizzly night all made for a fantastic show. We’d been on a video shoot all day which we can’t wait to see the footage from, so it was great to get back into the warm and even better to get back onstage again… feels like an age since Cambridge!
Many thanks to everyone who came down to see the show – and thanks for braving the weather. Here’s a review from Valkyrianmusic.com.
Busy Busy Busy…
07/10/2011. It’s been full steam ahead over the summer, working hard on the album. Recording is complete, we’re into the production stage now, and it’s sounding great. We’re really excited as it starts to come together. We begin work on a video this weekend too…
Better yet, we’re back out on the road again this weekend – with a show at York Duchess this Saturday, The Wesley Centre, Maltby Rotherham next weekend, and then heading South for supports with Also Eden at the end of the month… All the dates here.
Can’t wait to get back on stage! Seems an age since Cambridge!
New tracks uploaded!
15/09/2011. We’ve uploaded 3 tracks to the Music page for you to play and download! These latest pre-studio versions of Lord Of The North, Those Who Watch and Let The Sleeper Awake (previously unreleased anywhere) feature Si Wright’s vocals and reflect the band in 2011.
We’re hoping to get a chance to hear how things are sounding in the studio over the weekend, before getting stuck into finishing off the recording of more songs next week. Meanwhile, enjoy! Click here.
05/09/2011. A very busy week last week saw Pete and Daymo in the studio continuing the guitar work for the album, meetings to go through plans for artwork and details of the album itself. We’re really excited about the cover, it’s going to look fabulous. Gibbo has been busy too making plans for the next few months and into 2012.
More of the same this week, plus the beginning of the production work for the album, which we’re really looking forward to!
There’s exciting times ahead for MR, and we’ll announce it all as soon as we can. Stay tuned!
The show must go on…
30/08/2011. Due to circumstances beyond their control, The Reasoning have had to postpone their show in York at the Duchess on October 8th, and will reschedule for a later date.
Morpheus Rising will now take over the headline slot for this show, with supports to be announced very soon. Watch this space!
Back in the studio and yet more gigs
23/08/2011 Daymo and Pete are in the studio this week working on guitar parts for the album, and report back that it’s sounding huge! We can’t wait to hear it here at MRHQ…
We’ve also been able to confirm yet more dates to the October tour. We now kick off with a headline show at Sheffield Corporation on September 30 and support Final Conflict at The Wesley Centre, Maltby, Rotherham on October 22nd. On top of that, we’ll also be playing a short set as part of the all day show at Fibbers for York Guitar Weekend on 15 October.
October is shaping up to be a great month for MR, full info on all confirmed shows and links for tickets here.
New dates announced…
18/08/2011. Following on from appearances on the Classic Rock Society stage at Cambridge Rock Festival, we’re really pleased to announce that Morpheus Rising will be supporting Also Eden at the Peel in Kingston Upon Thames and the 12 Bar in Swindon on 28th and 29th of October 2011. More info soon!
More dates are in the works for the Autumn so keep an eye on the tourdates page… click here.
10/08/2011. What a weekend! Over a hundred acts on four stages over four days, a great family atmosphere, spectacular organisation, a great bunch of people behind the scenes and a fantastic crowd, plus a little luck weather wise. The band had a blast. As Gibbo put it when we left the site on Monday morning, “That was mint!”
We arrived on Friday morning – good job we set off early as it turned out, we understand that there was a horrible hold up after a crash on the A14 and many people got held up. We’d not have made our slot on Friday afternoon if we had got caught up in that! We wish anyone hurt in the crash a speedy and complete recovery! We’d always planned to stay for the duration, and we’re really pleased we did we had such a great time all weekend, catching up with old friends, meeting new ones and enjoying the music, the atmosphere – and the beers…
We played The Classic Rock Society Stage on the Friday afternoon, following Also Eden, a band we’d heard great things about – and Pete had met Rich Harding briefly a couple of years back at a Marillion Convention in the Netherlands, so it was great to have a chance to hear the band (albeit while getting our gear set up behind the scenes). Inevitably at a festival, we had to trim the set back a little from the usual longer show, but we really enjoyed the show and the crowd seemed to enjoy it too. Morpheus Rising standard Lord of the North seemed particularly popular! Many thanks to Les and the guys who did the sound for us and on this stage all weekend – both monitors and Front of House, the onstage sound was absolutely fantastic. And out front the sound was huge from what people are saying. Thanks mate! We’ll be adding the best of the photos of the show in the coming days.
All too soon it was all over and we were heading off to build the tented village (nicknamed Morpheus Rise by Pete who’d even brought a nameplate for his tent), and crack open the first of far too many beers over the weekend. We soon found ourselves in amongst the York mafia – our neighbours were Mostly Autumn, Heather Findlay and Stolen Earth. Excellent company!
Musical highlights? Almost too many to mention… Panic Room, Mostly Autumn and Stolen Earth (ok, we admit, we’re biased, but they were great), Also Eden, Mr So & So, Credo, Kyrbgrinder, Chantal McGregor, The Quireboys… the list goes on.
Non musical highlights? Where to start? Rob and Alexis’ monster new Land Rover, meeting Chantal McGregor (who is lovely), spotting a guy with wearing last year’s Morpheus Rising Tour shirt (and finding our name on the CRF 2011 shirt), meeting all sorts of lovely people with some great comments about the show… Far too much to mention here!
We’d love to be back at CRF next year – but that’s up to you guys! Please tell Cambridge Rock Festival if you enjoyed the Morpheus Rising and want to see us again – and tell the Classic Rock Society too – they put us on the bill this year on their stage, so it’s all their fault!
We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the festival – Dave and Julia Roberts, all the organising staff, catering, stewards and festival crew, lighting and sound engineers, bar staff, stallholders, all the bands and musicians, and of course everyone who came and enjoyed the whole event. And above all, Miles Bartaby at The Classic Rock Society for giving us the opportunity to play. You guys Rock! All of you!
Morpheus Rising debut new line up at York Fibbers
02/08/2011. Last week was a big week for the band with a trip to see Iron Maiden at Manchester MEN and a chance for Pete to catch up with friends backstage, and a fantastic first show with Si at Fibbers in York, we’re all ready for Cambridge Rock Festival this weekend. Bring it on!
Gibbo, Daymo, Si and Pete went over to Manchester to see the mighty Maiden at the MEN Arena last Thursday – normally a relatively easy journey in itself, but it turned into something of an adventure when trains ground to a halt completely at Leeds due to a signal failure. Nothing was moving in either direction, so we had to resort to a taxi – there was no way we were going to miss this! It was worth it though, a great night, Iron Maiden rocked as always – one of the greatest bands of all time.
Pete and Dave Murray’s guitar tech, Colin Price have worked together at Marillion, and Colin gave him the full guided tour backstage – Eddie(s), guitar worlds, hospitality, the works. Pete can also vouch for the fact having watched their show from stage left that all of Airborne’s 12 stack guitar backline is plugged in and powered up! Old school, no dummy cabs there! Just the way we like it here at MR! Many thanks to Colin – you’re a star.
Saturday night saw the first show with the new line up at Fibbers in York. A home gig for us, it was a chance for the band to run through the set live before appearing at Cambridge Rock Festival this coming weekend. And a great night it was too, an excellent way to welcome Simon Wright to the band. Si put in a sterling debut performance and we’re all really looking forward to hitting the stage this weekend. Many thanks to all who came down to Fibbers and made it such a great night!
This week sees us gearing up for Cambridge Rock Festival. We’ll see you on the Classic Rock Society Stage at 2:35 on Friday 5th August. We’ll be staying for the whole weekend, so come and say hello!
CRF11 Warm Up Show announced
The band have added a show in York as a warm up for the Cambridge Rock Festival, at Fibbers in York on July 31st. This will be the first chance to see the new line up in action with Si Wright fronting the band, ahead of the show at Cambridge Rock festival a few days later on August 5th.
This should be a great show, being a home gig for the band – and a return to Fibbers after the final show of the old line up there at the end of May. Don’t miss this one!
Support for this show will be MöRDERSTEIN.
Morpheus Rising at Cambridge Rock Festival 2011
The band will be appearing on the Classic Rock Society stage at Cambridge Rock Festival on Friday August 5th, adding to the York based bands on this year’s roster, alongside Heather Findlay, Stolen Earth and Mostly Autumn.
With such a strong line up for this year’s CRF, the band is looking forward to a weekend of great music and great company, with the opportunity to catch Panic Room, Mr So & So, and Credo as well as the York contingent, and meet up with friends and fans from all over the country and further afield too.
Be sure to come and say hi!
Simon Wright to join Morpheus Rising
We’re pleased to announce that Simon Wright will be joining the band to fill the vacancy left by the departure of vocalist Graeme Tennick. Simon will be making his debut fronting the band at the Cambridge Rock Festival on August 5th.
Simon’s outstanding vocals with Burnwylde prompted MR drummer Gibbo to get in touch, and the rest is history. Once Simon had recorded a couple of vocals on MR tracks it was immediately apparent that his powerful and versatile vocals were a great match for MORPHEUS RISING. Simon will continue to front Burnwylde as well as MR.
In addition to the first show at Cambridge Rock Festival (see separate story), the new line up will return to the studio to continue recording the debut album, a project which was put on hold temporarily while personnel changes were completed.
Following Grae’s final shows at the Forces Festival at Double Hedges near Bulford on May 29th and York Fibbers on Bank Holiday Monday May 30th, Grae is due to head to pastures new in Kenya but will remain very much part of the team. He will continue to look after the band’s online presence, a role which he has filled behind the scenes since the band’s beginnings back in 2008.