An Interview with Rael

Here now, in its barely-edited glory, is my recent interview with Rael from the Prog Rock show on Voice FM in Ballarat, Australia.

Huge thanks to Rael for the long chat and for featuring so many songs from both my albums on the show.

Listen below as we hit on such topics as dueling banjos, Star Wars, Barry Williams, cloth-eared nincompoops and English accents (in that order).

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New Interview – Music Web Express 3000

I recently was interviewed by Robert Silverstein from about the reissue of my first album, Two False Idols. It’s a terrific in-depth piece which gives away all sorts of dark and dirty secrets about the making of the album and how it evolved from a band project to a solo record.

Read on, if you dare.

Ready To Flange The Chorus

Here’s a rough mix of Ready To Lose, from the studio session with the three-piece a few weekends ago.

In the absence of a crowded roomful of musicians, there are a few different touches to the arrangement instead. They might have well gone into the original recording had I thought of them at the time..

Things To Come

Last Saturday the three-piece got together in the studio for an all-day session to capture our current live arrangements. This, we hope, will address our current habit of forgetting them. There were also a number of cameras present, so now there’s a double-whammy of audio and video waiting to be mixed and edited together. It captured a great moment in time and I’m hoping it will see an official release down the track.

Here is a sneak-peek of the opener, Diabolique. Just pretend your eyes are closed. Featuring Chad “The American” Borchard on bass, and Jason “Bloke Falling Down A Long Set Of Stairs With Drum Kit In Hand” Green.

New Interview – Yes Music Podcast

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the Yes concert in Sydney, and I was recently interviewed for Yes Music Podcast about the experience! Fortunately I got to talk about Yes, and not myself.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Somehow in the interview I forgot to mention one of the funniest moments of the evening. During the meet-and-greet afterwards, a young girl handed poor Steve Howe a copy of the Trevor Rabin-era Talk CD to sign (yes, I find this sort of stuff funny). I could see Steve considering it for a moment, and then I think he must have decided it was best to make his fan happy.

One of the absolute highlights of my night was stalking asking Chris Squire to sign my Rickenbacker 4001 bass pickguard. I hate to think the guitar might be out of action now since I’m scared the autograph might rub off.

No Specific Rehearsal

Well, that’s not entirely true. This clip of No Specific Harm was filmed in rehearsal last Friday night, 30 March.

Somehow, in a power trio configuration, we’ve managed to whittle down the grand orchestras and sweeping desert landscapes to just the three of us. This is hopefully a musical taste of the live show we’re putting together. Featuring Chad Borchard on bass and Jason Green on drums. Filmed by Renae.

Now let me leave you with some footnotes.

1. Stage socks are the new black.

2. In the 21st century some of us still have box air conditioners.

3. Wiggling the tremolo arm madly in an attempt to coax some more sustain out of the guitar at the end of the song was a bad move. In a world’s first for me, the trem arm actually broke off later that night as I tried to remove it. Stay in school, kids.

4. This was the first time we’d got together in two weeks, poor old Chad having had eye surgery the week before. It never occurred to me what a powerful effect the bright studio lights would add to the mix. Performing sans sunglasses, sans eye-patch and sans blast-shield left Chad lying on the ground in urgent need of a combination of heavy painkillers and special medicine.

What price art!

Great & Terrible Potions – Vinyl now available!


As some of you have already argued, this is the way Great & Terrible Potions was meant to be heard – on vinyl.

Well, the records have arrived, and are ready for shipping!

The album is pressed on 180 gram heavyweight “audiophile” vinyl, and factory-sealed in a magnificent gatefold sleeve designed by the great Roger Dean.

This is a limited production run and at present there are no plans for a repressing.

If you purchase the album from my Bandcamp site, you’ll get an immediate digital download of the CD version to go with it. I specifically mention “CD version” because the track running order and mix are slightly different for vinyl:

Side 1
1. Diabolique
2. Nobody Dies Forever
3. Aquamarine
4. Ready To Lose
5. The Conjurer

Side 2
1. No Specific Harm
2. Solace
3. Great & Terrible Potions

A quick note on international shipping. I’m not a fan of Australia Post’s prices, especially since they have no competition. I’ve managed to minimise the shipping cost by keeping the weight of the package just below 500 grams (this saved $20!). The flat fee I’m charging is the actual cost of postage and packaging to the US, and this amount is cheaper than most other countries.

So, Great & Terrible Potions on vinyl is now available at If you don’t already have the CD, you can order a combined package and save on shipping costs!

Now excuse me while I go find my anti-static carbon-fibre groove-cleaning brush.

Two False Idols – 2012 remix

Some of you might know that in 2006 I released an album called Two False Idols under the name of “Tunisia”. It started out life as a band project and went through a number of changes before being branded with a solo moniker.

Two False Idols by Tunisia was a lush production with a spacious sound and dense atmosphere. A version in 5.1 surround was even released. During the making of Great & Terrible Potions my sonic preferences changed. I wanted to revisit the first album to bring out all the parts more clearly in the mix. I also re-sequenced the track running order to improve the flow of the album.

Here then is my new take on Two False Idols, this time released by “Ben Craven”, and remixed with the benefit of hindsight. You can listen to it in its entirety at my Bandcamp site (and even purchase it for as little as AUD $5).

Press Updates

The Press page has been updated to include the latest reviews and news since the beginning of the year. Here’s a sample of some of the reviews:

Progressive Rock Central
Background Magazine
Music Waves (French)

And if you’re in the Netherlands, keep an eye out for issue 106 of the print magazine io Pages, which features a lengthy interview touching on topics like working solo, Roger Dean, Pink Floyd, and my thoughts on cover versions.