I’m sat here copying the final mixes to a USB stick ready for mastering tomorrow at Aubitt Studios with Rob Aubrey. When Age has Done its Duty has taken 18months of my life in agonising over writing, recording, mixing, production and it’s all condensed here on a tiny bit of silicon chip encapsulated in green plastic.
BRIT Prog, it’s the future, I’ve tasted it.
To be honest, looking back, I can hardly believe how far this has come.
WAHDID came about after the unearthing of family history following a death of my Great Aunt who brought up my Mum in rural Shropshire. I was asked to read at the funeral and I wrote a piece that contained the line, ‘When Age has Done its Duty, our bodies, weak become’. This was the lightbulb moment, and the start of the concept album.
Some of the music had been written months before. In fact the classical guitar parts on ‘On which we Stand’ were rattling around my head, and the house to the annoyance of the family, for months before. A large part of the reading I made in a packed church in Cleobury North Shropshire also made it’s way into the lyrics on the same track along with the great writing input from Simon Rogers who weaved the beautiful 12 string and Ebow parts into it.
I think a new trend is developing in Prog currently. BRIT Prog. At the vanguard of this is Big Big Train. Their wonderful album ‘The Underfall Yard’ was a big inspiration for me with it’s quintessentially English themes, and musical feel. Tinyfish, Also Eden, and Sean Filkins amongst others are all producing the most wonderfully British music at the moment and it all tells wonderful stories, expands the imagination and tickles our nostalgia bones. I’m proud to consider this album is very much part of the same genre.
I really hope people give it a go.
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Cosmograf Music Reviews
Cosmograf - When Age Has Done Its Duty, "When the party music stops, we start to age” is part of the prophetic lyrical introduction to the sprawling 13-minute title track following a recitation of Matthew Arnold’s poem ‘Growing Old’…and is another achingly wonderful masterpiece that really does underline how very special Robin Armstrong’s third Cosmograf album is. I cannot stress how badly you need this if your musical interests encompass the greats and upcoming members of the “Britprog” community. It’s absolutely fabulous…!!"Paul Jerome Smith http://www.Rocktopia.co.uk
"Finalement 'When Age Has Done Its Duty' est un bien bel album de rock progressif que l’on pourrait taxer de "à l’ancienne" si le talent de Robin Amstrong n'était pas là pour lui permettre de se démarquer."Pete T http://www.musicwaves.fr
Cosmograf - End of Ecclesia, "I had a great time listening to the songs Rob Armstrong wrote and performed. It reminded me a lot of the album Focal Point made by his fellow-countryman Paul Cusick, another multi-instrumentalist who released an album on his own .... try this fine piece of art. Robin Armstrong deserves to be heard by many people."Henri Strik http://www.backgroundmagazine.nl
Cosmograf - End of Ecclesia, "Fans of epic songs can immerse themselves in the 10 minuter Who Will You Serve, replete with church choir, and alternating monster guitars and widdly keyboards."Silhobbit http://www.silhobbit.com
Cosmograf - When Age Has Done Its Duty, "There’s no doubting the individuality or creativity of what he achieves. You hear motifs that bring to mind so many of the pioneering giants. But he also has a firm grasp on how to combine finesse and power in a modern idiom. With It Bites drummer Bob Dalton involved, this is an album to savour."Classic Rock Magazine http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/
Air Drum Auntie Glen Big Big Train Black Sabbath Bob Dalton Buzz Aldrin DIY EP Epiphone Dot Evolution Railroad F2 Records Graeme Twig Bell Green Day Hammond B3 Italian V8 Joe Cocker Jon Lord Ken Oakley Kyle Fenton La Iglesia Lee Abraham LIVE Master Picks Matt Stevens Mr Blackmore Renaissance Neil Armstrong Next Step OK PC Phil Collins Pro Tools Radio Caroline Rob Aubrey Robin Armstrong Royal Naval Commando Sea Part Simon Rogers Steve Dunn Steve Hackett Steve Thorne Thankfully Rob Think Yes UK WAHDID YES
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