Written by: Music: E Grassby, Walker, Pringle, Lloyd, Talbot, Wolstenholme, Tomlinson; Lyrics: E Grassby, Lloyd, Pringle
Rhombus, the English favourites or the alternative underground, are proud to release their third studio album Here Be Dragons. The album was funded using the PledgeMusic crowdsourcing website and reached a staggering 167% of its goal, reflecting the years of support by fans from all around the world.
Jokingly titled “Forever Delayed” by fans of the band, the follow up to 2010’s well received “Open The Sky” was due to be released in late 2012. However Rhombus prefer to meet expectations rather than deadlines and ensure that every release exceeds the high standard of the previous release and goes one better.
Over the last eight months Rob, Ian, Mya and Edward have been giving everything they have to ensure this release meets the highest possible standard and repays the support of their fans and supporters with interest.
Joined by Ed Wolstenholme on fiddle and in a first for Rhombus, Lee Talbot on drums, the band have crafted their most complex an complete collection of songs. Drawing on all their strengths and diverse influences, Here Be Dragons delivers their most accessible album to date.
Written and developed over the last two years, this collection of songs details and documents the lives of both the band and members across what proved an intense and eventful period. Here Be Dragons is a voyage through dreams and desires, fears and failings, wilfulness and weakness, courage and compassion, adversity and triumph as Rhombus explore the concept of time.
Rhombus never take the easy path, the amount of time and efforts spent on these songs is plain to see. Lead guitarist Rob says “We probably spent more time on the artwork this time than we did on the whole of Remembrance Day”.
Once completed, Rhombus handed their work over to Gordon Young (Dream Disciples/Pretentious, Moi?). Under the watchful eye of Ian FTG, Gordon had the challenging task of distilling each song to a recipe pure enough to bring out the individual flavours of each contributor and then bottle a final mix at 120 proof.
Beyond their ‘core of four’ Rhombus have always welcomed contributions from a group of semi-regular guest artists and friends. As you would expect ‘Red Fraggle’ Claire Tomlinson together with her fellow Rhombette Victoria Briggs have made significant contributions to ‘Here Be Dragons’ with Claire earning her first song writing credit.
Rhombus were also delighted to welcome contributions for Andrew Birch (The Last Cry), Alixandrea Corvyn (Last July), Chris Tuke (Berlin Black), Martin Aylward (Liquid Head) and Phil ‘Spooks’ Green (Dead Eyes Opened). Each artist was given free rein to submit their own vocal performances to various songs. Nowhere is this more evident than on the future classic “What You Wanted” which sees all of them combining behind Edward, Mya and Ian to deliver a vocal punch that will be ringing in your ears for some time to come.
Available to buy in the Rhombus Digital Music Store.