Monday, June 17, 2024

Focus Release Brand New Music

Legendary progressive rock band Focus has just released new single ‘Fjord Focus’, ahead of their forthcoming album, Focus 12, due 5th July through Spirit Of Unicorn Music.

‘Fjord Focus’ – as with much of the new album – was written by stalwart band leader and progressive music legend, Thijs Van Leer. About the single, bassist Udo Pannekeet commented “’Fjord Focus’ is a beautiful, classic composition by Thijs with wonderful 12/8 rhythms provided by drummer Pierre van der Linden.”

The track features an epic guitar solo from Menno Gootjes, that was recorded in just one take. Pannekeet recalled: “It is one of the best solos we’ve ever captured in the studio. I remember I had goosebumps listening back. I couldn’t believe he (Goojtes) nailed these Coltrane-like chord changes in one go!”

When asked to comment on the new single, Gootjes simply said: “I just think it’s great. Just put it on and be taken on an adventure.”

Focus 12 was recorded at the world-renowned Wisseloord Studios, in the band’s native country of the Netherlands and is produced by both Pannekeet and Gootjes. It will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally via streaming services and can be ordered by clicking here.

Set to be an exciting Summer for Focus, July will not only see the release of Focus 12 but the band will also fly to the USA and Canada for a string of 21 live shows, as part of the Heat Of The Moment Tour alongside other progressive music greats, Asia, Curved Air and Martin Turner – ex Wishbone Ash.

 “To me, it is a fairy tale,” said the band’s enigmatic commander in chief, Thijs Van Leer, and it’s true the band has risen to the occasion with this release. ‘Fjord Focus’ is available to download now from all good streaming services, and you can check out the video here at RAMzine.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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