Mariusz is finishing the recording of the fifth Lunatic Soul album. Its release has been scheduled for September 2017 and, as we read from the artist himself, the album is going to be different both in terms of music and colours. The theme has been inspired by personal events and the graphic design is going to dominated by red.
The new Lunatic Soul album will be released on Kscope worldwide and on Mystic Production in Poland.
One of the most fascinating things about being an artist is the possibility to create your own alternative world. A world in which you can lock yourself up as if it were a box and, with your knees under your chin, hide away from the non-alternative world.
One of the most graceful things for an artist is the possibility to create an alternative world inspired by the disgracefulness of the real world. And the more disgraceful the world is, the more room there is in the box. You can even stretch your legs and, in general, have more freedom to move so you are stronger after you get out of it.
And the strength translates to greater self confidence. Self confidence – to greater creative audacity. The boundaries and fears disappear somewhere and instead there is a need to introduce greater changes. And although I’m still a conscious prisoner of my own aesthetic, this time you can really hear some differences. My soul and body demanded that I settle accounts with the recent past, piece together what had been scattered, glue up the broken bits, stitch up the tears. Tell a story of how it felt when everything shattered into smithereens.
Perhaps because of those sharp edges the music will not be like it was before. Lunatic Soul has changed. It’s been transformed and entered the world of completely different colours. They’re still dark but not so conservative.
I’ve been working on this album since April 2016. I’m entering the last stage of recording. The last fillers, improvements, and vocals. Initially, I had planned a double album but I have made a relevant selection. I don’t want to spread myself thin – I’m leaving the essence of what’s best. Of what I’ve always wanted to be the reflection of my soul. “I did not look good in red”, I once wrote in reference to the cover of one of the albums.
We wish that the coming 2017 brings you health, joy and peace, and a wealth of great musical experiences which we're hoping to bring you as well.
2016 has not been a good year, we've been through a lot together but in spite of all, we have managed to put certain plans into practice and pave the way for new experiences. All this wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for your continuous support, for which we are very grateful. Thank you!
Next year, Riverside will play live again. We'll start from two special evenings on 25th and 26th February, which will be both a farewell and a beginning of a new way. We're going to tour, in a new line-up, in a new place, in a new time. And we're also going to start working on new music.
We are hoping to be able to come back to life and be a part of what will make 2017 better for you. After all, the darkest hour of all is the hour before day and there's always calm after the storm.
It gives us great pleasure to announce that today is the release date of another album co-created by Mariusz Duda.
Somewhere beyond Riverside and his solo project, Lunatic Soul, he managed to find some time for a completely different, very rock-oriented band called Meller Gołyźniak Duda. Their debut album, full of dirty rock riffs as well as melodies and space, is titled "Breaking Habits" and Mariusz sang, played the bass, and wrote all the lyrics on it.
Here is the line-up: Maciej Meller - guitar Maciek Gołyźniak - drums Mariusz Duda - bass guitar, vocal
The artwork was prepared by an incredibly talented Polish painter and graphic designer, Jarek Kubicki. "Breaking Habits" is released on Rockserwis.
1. Birds Of Prey 5:20
2. Feet On The Desk 5:46
3. Shapeshifter 3:30
4. Breaking Habits 5:42
5. Against The Tide 4:25
6. Tattoo 4:16
7. Floating Over 9:52
8. Into The Wild 4:44
Our first concert after the break, which we are going to play for you on February 25th, 2017, in Progresja club in Warsaw, was sold out in one day! Due to huge demand, we'd like to announce another date. On the following day, February 26th, we're going to play another concert. The tickets will go on sale on Monday (14.11) and they will be available only on Progresja club website, in the club and in Vintage Vinyl shop.
On March 6th, 2004, Riverside performed for the first time in a new line-up. Due to huge demand, on the following day, March 7th, we played another concert. "Two concerts in Progresja" are going to happen again after 13 years, in a new place, at a new time, with emotions we have not felt before. Thanks to all of you who are going to come and see us on the 25th and 26th of February 2017. These will be extraordinary and unforgettable evenings.
A few days after the first anniversary of Piotr's death, on 25th February 2017, we are going to play our first concert after the break. The concert, which will be both the most import and and the most emotional for us, is going to take place in the club which has been connected with Riverside for many years, in Progresja in Warsaw. The concert, to which we have invited a few of our friends, will mark the beginning of a completely new chapter in our history.
25th of February 2017 will be marked by a very special and unique event. For Grudzień, for Riverside, for each of us.
Tickets will go on sale on November 7th 2016. You will be able to buy them in the club, Vintage Vinyl shop and on Progresja club website.
First of all, we would like to thank you very much for your support and for showing interest in our new release, "Eye of the Soundscape". We hope that you like our instrumental journey and that you will enjoy a lot of memorable moments while listening to it.
We would also like to let you know that we have started rehearsing again. The beginning was difficult but we're slowly finding ourselves in our new reality. We are rehearsing in preparation for the special gig which will mark the anniversary of Grudzień's death. We're planning to play on Saturday, February 25th, in Progresja in Warsaw with our guitarist friends and other guests. We'll let you know soon when and where to get the tickets.
And in the meantime, thanks again for positive feedback and good words!
October is one of my favourite months. Not as gloomy as November but it's no longer September which always reminds me about the passing of time and getting older. In October I buy a lot of notebooks, the ones with hard covers and plain sheets, and I make plans for the coming year, or two, or three. In October I usually get a "positive reflection", because I make a summary of things that have happened and I go through the previous notebooks, the ones that have been scribbled in and crumpled - the past future plans. In present tense.
The year 2016 has mangled me a little. Piotrek in February. My Dad in May. Additional personal issues in the meantime. Somehow, I've managed to survive, finalise many of my earlier plans, and still keep my head up. A lot is happening so let me put it together here and make sense of it all both for you and for me.
The band is now a trio. We have made an official announcement about it because I know that we can pull through as a trio. We will be making another album next year. Without pressure. But before we start, let me say one thing: I will do everything to keep the heart and soul of Riverside music in the right place.
We have released "Love, Fear and the Time Machine" in 5.1, and we are going to release "Eye of the Soundscape". It's actually not long until it's out on October 21st. I am very happy about this album for many reasons (of which I will tell you more in a separate comment closer to the date). We are also publishing our biography, "High Resolution Dream". Maurycy Nowakowski has done a great job, most of all, he motivated us to finish all the interviews. We have opened ourselves up in that book but since we're all about honesty in our music, we have to be honest here too. The book will be published in mid November (Polish version only... at least for now). Gigs? Towards the end of February 2017 Riverside will play the first gig after the break. We'll let you know about the tickets soon. It will undoubtedly be a very emotional and stirring event for all of us but I believe that we will be ready for it.
Soon, a videoclip for "Shine" will be released. It was prepared by Sightsphere (the people who did the "Found" clip, so no worries, we're in good hands :)). "Shine" comes from, let me say that again, our newest release, a double instrumental album we have always wanted to have in our discography. I'm looking at it right now and I must say... it's a beautiful thing.
Meller Gołyźniak Duda
Maciej Meller – guitar, Maciej Gołyźniak – drums and Mariusz Duda – bass guitar and vocal. We have named our project "Meller Gołyźniak Duda" because we couldn't come up with a better name ;) What is it all about? Three years ago, Maciej Meller, whom I had known from the time of Xanadu and Deep River, invited me to join his project. I agreed but kept missing deadlines. First I couldn't because I was finishing the new Lunatic Soul album. Then I couldn't because I was finishing the new Riverside album. And then I couldn't because everyone died on me and I didn't feel like doing anything. But we finally made it happen and the album called "Breaking Habits" will be out on November 18th this year. It's a completely different music world. Very dirty rock live kind of playing. We recorded the whole album live in the studio, reel to reel, and I added vocals later. It's released by Rockserwis. You can find more information about it on the Facebook profile of the band.
I know that I have already posted pictures from the studio. There have also been brief comments on various subjects but nothing specific so far. It's still too early for details but I can already say this: the fifth Lunatic Soul album will be released in the spring of 2017. In April or May. I still don't know myself when. But the album has already got a title and I know that it will be a very intimate and a really powerful release. By the way, it will also be the longest album I have ever done (after EOTS, that is).
As I said, I have the title but I will not reveal it yet. I have an idea for the lyrical content too and this I can tell you about. The album will be about coping with the death of someone close to you. It won't be about wallowing in misery, it will be about how to get back on your feet. I need a positive message. So it will be about death again (as all the LS albums) but from the other side.
The new Lunatic formula will be a little different too, more electronic, even more... alternative (?), and the most musically daring of them all. I will venture to claim that it will be the most daring of all the albums I have released so far. I'm definitely dealing a new hand here. Usually, I was making "Lunatics" between Riverside albums, between tours. This year, because we had cancelled all our concerts, I had the time to think everything through more carefully. The new Lunatic Soul will be a very rich album musically and probably the most emotional too.
There is nothing more beautiful about being a musician than the possibility to create your own music worlds. I know that, within reason and proper aesthetics, you can have a few of them. Creating something out of nothing, dressing it up in colours, collecting and sorting it up. Putting on your shelves such worlds of paradoxes, on the one hand stripped of all boundaries and determinants, and on the other, very carefully put together. Planning certain things two, three, ten years ahead, looking at different situations from a broader perspective allows for creating universal, more valuable worlds. I'd like to create something like that. Something meaningful. Something that helps not only me but others as well.
So thank you all for your faith and loyalty. For being interested and being there for me. Thanks to you I can still create and feel that I'm not doing it only for myself. Thanks to you October keeps getting better every year and I am crazy excited about future plans. I keep buying the silly notebooks and I really feel that in spite of everything, in spite of all the shitty stuff around, life is truly beautiful.