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Steve Hogarth and Richard Barbieri have cancelled the tour on which they were set to perform their 2012 album Not The Weapon But The Hand in full.

The trek, which included shows in Manchester and London in September, has been called off as a result of financial issues.

Marillion frontman Hogarth says in a statement: “We have worked hard and planned carefully to make this tour a memorable musical event. We assembled a brilliant creative unit of talented musicians and performers and were careful to communicate to our respective fan-bases the intention to play a spectrum of music from across our careers.

“Unfortunately, the process has seen expenses spiralling beyond our initial estimates, and tough economic times have led to a slow take-up of ticket sales so far. Financially the tour just won’t work.

“We can’t compromise the quality of the band or the performance; and, in this instance, we’re not backed by a large corporation. All expenses and losses will have to be incurred personally. This has left us with little alternative but to pull the plug on the project.”

The pair hope to stage the tour at some point in the future, when their respective Marillion and Porcupine Tree schedules allow.

Hogarth adds: “We’re grateful to those of you who rushed out early and bought tickets. We will do all we can to ensure existing ticket-holders are refunded.

“We do appreciate that there may be people who have incurred travel and hotel expenses in connection with our tour and, especially during these tough times, we are truly sorry if you are out of pocket over this.”


 

The Worldengine remix of Your Beautiful Face

Here is the third in a series of remixes of tracks from Not The Weapon But The Hand, the second from Worldengine. Worldengine are a team of remixers from Brazil, who have remixed for several Kscope artists in the past, check out their Remix channel on Soundcloud to hear more of their work.

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The Worldengine remix of Only Love Will Make You Free

Here is the second in a series of remixes of tracks from Not The Weapon But The Hand from Worldengine, check out their Remix channel on Soundcloud to hear more of their work.

 

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Richard Barbieri on BB6Music

Richard Barbieri was the guest on Tom Robinson's show on BBC 6Music on Saturday evening. You can now listen to the interview, in which Richard discusses the recent album Not The Weapon But The Hand with Steve Hogarth, his work with Porcupine Tree and The Bays and his early career with Japan, on the BBC iPlayer (interview with Richard starts around 39mins)

 

The Beloved Aunt remix of Lifting The Lid

This is the first in a series of remixes of tracks from Not The Weapon But The Hand by Beloved Aunt, Suzanne Barbieri's musical project.

Steve Hogarth & Richard Barbieri - Lifting the Lid (Beloved Aunt Remix) by Kscope

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Steve Hogarth & Richard Barbieri interviewed by Billy Reeves for the Kscope podcast (full interview)

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Following on from his beautiful promo for Anathema's 'Dreaming Light', Christopher Kenworthy has created this promo for 'Naked'.

Steve Hogarth & Richard Barbieri - Naked (from Not The Weapon But The Hand) from Kscope on Vimeo.

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Here is the recent Kscope Podcast, featuring new music and an interview with Steven Hogarth and Richard Barbieri

 

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The debut album from Steve Hogarth (Marillion) & Richard Barbieri (Porcupine Tree, Japan)

UlverKscope is pleased to announce the release of Not The Weapon But The Hand, the new album from Steve Hogarth and Richard Barbieri.

Hogarth is best known as the frontman of Marillion, the progressive rock legends that he joined in 1989, following spells in The Europeans and How We Live. In addition to the 12 studio albums Marillion have released in this time, he has also recorded and toured as a solo artist, under the moniker H.

In recent years Richard Barbieri has been a core member of Porcupine Tree playing keyboards on all the band’s albums since 1993 as well as releasing two solo albums, Things Buried and Stranger Inside. Prior to this, it was in the new-wave pioneers Japan that he originally came to prominence, helping to create the groundbreaking synthesiser sound that defined the band and influenced the likes of The Human League, Duran Duran, Gary Numan, Talk Talk, Kate Bush and a whole raft of other artists, including Hogarth.

The band also influenced Hogarth, at that point playing keyboards in The Europeans; 'when I was in my mid-twenties Japan's 'Tin Drum' album was a firm favourite and truly a groundbreaking work... Japan were one of those rare bands where each musician seemed to have reinvented his instrument overnight. Central to this sound was the unmistakable synthesiser programming/playing of my, now, chum Mr B.' 

Many years later, Porcupine Tree played some shows with Marillion and Steve invited Richard to be part of The H Band on his 'Ice Cream Genius' album and subsequent tour ('I asked him "Can you make me a sound which starts off like a gong and turns into a jet engine?" - it took him roughly 2 minutes...') and this association developed into what Hogarth describes as 'an easy working relationship which rapidly became an understanding beyond music.'

It wasn't surprising then that the duo decided to collaborate on a joint project, a venture initiated by Barbieri as Hogarth recalls; 'I remember where I was when the email from Richard arrived airing the possibility of a collaboration. I was in Starbucks in Leeds on tour a few years back. From that day forward it was on my mind fairly constantly. The only problem was finding the time to collaborate in between my Marillion schedule and his Porcupine Tree schedule. This year - a week here and a week there - we have managed to do it. Richard has sent me a number of beautiful and unusual instrumentals and I have found lyric ideas to create sometimes songs, sometimes narratives against his musical landscapes. 

‘It also goes beyond what you might expect from the two of us... The album consists of music which is at times moving, complex, multi-layered (both instrumentally and vocally) spooky, goofy and of course, very personal to me.'

'I am now as excited about this album as I was at the prospect of the collaboration in the first-place.  Ain't it great when a plan comes together?!...'

Not The Weapon But The Hand was completed in late 2011 and features occasional appearances from Danny Thompson on double bass, Arran Ahmun (John Martyn) and Chris Maitland (ex-Porcupine Tree, No-Man, Blackfield) on drums and guitar and string arrangement contributions from Dave Gregory (XTC).

 

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Release Date 27th February 2012

Tracklist:
Red Kite
A Cat With Seven Souls
Naked
Crack
Your Beautiful Face
Only Love Will Make You Free
Lifting The Lid
Not the Weapon But The Hand

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Steve & Richard discuss the album, track by track (part two)

Steve Hogarth & Richard Barbieri - Not The Weapon But The Hand (track by track part two) from Kscope on Vimeo.

Steve & Richard discuss the album, track by track (part one)

Steve Hogarth & Richard Barbieri - Not The Weapon But The Hand (track by track part one) from Kscope on Vimeo

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