GONG RETURN WITH INTERSTELLAR NEW ALBUM 'UNENDING ASCENDING' -
AVAILABLE ON BLACK VINYL LP and CD
Following the passing of visionary & founding member, Daevid Allen, whose importance was celebrated in 2016's 'Rejoice! I'm Dead!' album & the forging of their own creative vision in 2019's 'The Universe Also Collapses', Gong continues their upward trajectory in 2023 with 'Unending Ascending'.
The album is a return to relatively shorter songs, an eclectic eight-song cycle that forms a pan-galactic suite, veering between the ecstatic, apocalyptic, meditative & catchy, often within the same song.
Opener 'Tiny Galaxies' crackles with the electricity of supercharged sixties psych-pop, while 'My Guitar Is A Spaceship' is as close to an anthem as anything Gong have previously recorded. This up tempo, single-riff stomper is already a live favourite, garnering a positive reaction from a crowd of 90,000 Blur fans at Wembley Stadium in July 2023 when Gong frontman Kavus Torabi dropped it into his DJ set before Paul Weller took to the stage.
'Ship Of Ishtar' is a rapt cosmic hymn where Gong makes time itself stand still. Jet streams of kaleidoscopic melodies envelop 'O, Arcturus', to be followed by the lively polyrhythmic angularity of 'All Clocks Reset'. 'Choose Your Goddess', a surprisingly muscular slice of ritualistic trance rock, ratchets up the intensity yet further. On 'Lunar Invocation' the band summons the Moon deities of yore with ululating feedback & squalling cymbals before the post-credits of 'Asleep Do We Lay' lull lugubriously, gently beginning the cycle all over again.
'Unending Ascending' is a curious peep through the telescope that takes the listener on an ecstatic voyage to witness aural supernovas explode, galaxies die & clocks reset. From the star-spangled oceans of the cosmos to the salty sea bottom".
The universe of Gong began in 1969 when Daevid Allen was inspired by a profound psychedelic vision. A founder member of Soft Machine, Allen incorporated his spiritual & metaphysical leanings into an evolving collective. More a mythology than a band in the conventional sense, Gong established itself as one of the most unique, innovative & experimental rock groups of the seventies, through an exploratory mix of rock, jazz & psychedelia with elements of mysticism & surrealism, unafraid to deliver its messages directly, obliquely or whimsically. The current incarnation, who were put together by Daevid for his swansong album with Gong, 'I See You', honour his intention that Gong do not die with him, urging the band to "carry it on into new unknown heights & depths far beyond anything I could ever imagine myself".
The collective of Kavus Torabi, Dave Sturt, Fabio Golfetti, Ian East & Cheb Nettles is the most stable in Gong's illustrious history, having written, recorded & toured together for eight years since Allen's passing. A dynamic, powerful & explosive live band, their music draws from the credo of the original Gong while remaining committed to pushing the composition, performances & message into new realms, paying no mind to nostalgia. Gong in 2023 continue the ethics, attitude & lifestyle that was always woven into the fabric of the band.
Gong will be touring extensively throughout the UK from November to December 2023 with another UK tour in March 2024.
Further tours are to be confirmed in the US, South America & Europe.