The great gigs in the sky


It’s always sad when great bands die, doubly so when they haven’t perhaps received the attention one feels is their due. Pure Reason Revolution are such a band. Between 2005 and 2011 they produced just three studio albums but in terms of assimilating 40 years-worth of top quality pop music and finding a strong voice of their own they’ve punched well above their weight.  From ploughing a folk-tinged Space Rock furrow on their 2006 debut, The Dark Third, to the moody synth rock of 2010’s Hammer And Anvil they always retained the strong vocal harmonies – courtesy of mainstays Jon Courtney and Chloe Alper – and mystical lyrical bent that became their trademark whatever the musical arrangements.

It seemed as though they were on a steady upward curve which made the following press release all the more shocking:

Pure Reason Revolution announce Farewell Tour – November 2011

“Valour” EP
Release Date: 6th Nov 2011

“PRR has been a labour of love for many years, but our individual changing circumstances necessitate a time to finish. It’s been a long and winding journey and we want to thank you all for the support you have given us. By way of showing our gratitude and saying goodbye we will play 6 final shows in the UK.” – Pure Reason Revolution

Pure Reason Revolution are set to bid farewell on their final UK tour this November. The band will also release an EP entitled “Valour” for a limited time only, which will include a new, exclusive track called “Tempest”.

After researching his Great Grandfather’s WW1 history, songwriter Jon Courtney wrote their last studio album “Hammer & Anvil”. Jon said, “I was both saddened & staggered by the sheer enormity of loss, peoples valour & the mass destruction.”

All proceeds from the donation only EP download will be given to: War Child and The Royal British Legion

The EP is now available to download from here:

So dig deep music lovers, you know it makes sense, and in the meantime, lets refresh our acquaintance with some of the lovely music PRR have given us over the last few years:

And if you like what you hear there’s one last chance to check ’em out live:

Tour Dates:
Weds Nov 23rd – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms … ution.html
Thurs Nov 24th – Bristol, Thekla … ution.html
Sat Nov 26th – Norwich, Arts Centre B/O: 01603 660352
Sun Nov 27th – Holmfirth, Picturedrome
Mon Nov 28th – Glasgow, King Tuts B/O: 08444 999 990
Wed Nov 30th – London, Heaven … ution.html


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