THE ROOM are a melodic rock band from the Southeast of the UK. The five band members bring together a broad range of musical influences which has helped form The Room’s distinctive style. Smart songs with great melodies are the essence of the band’s sound.
Formed in 2010 with Martin Wilson and Steve Anderson from neo-prog rock band GLD were joined by Andy Rowe, Andrew Rae and Steve Checkley. The band started writing their first album over the winter 2011, recording it at Platform Studios in the summer of 2012. Melodic Revolution Records signed The Room on an album deal and Open Fire was released in Dec 2012. March 2014 saw the arrival of new drummer Chris York. The band signed a deal for album two with UK label Bad Elephant Music in 2015 and the album, Beyond The Gates of Bedlam was released in November 2015 to further critical acclaim. Nominated in the Best New Band category at the 2016 Classic Rock Society awards The Room always deliver an outstanding show. Following a series of highly successful supports for Inglorious, Lifesigns and Soft Machine, a busy festival season and some headline shows, The Room filmed their final show of 2016 at The Robin 2 for release on DVD in 2017. 2017 was all about writing for the new album although the band did play a number of festivals and shows trying out some of the new material. In February 2018 The Room announced album 3 was to be released in November 18 and it would be recorded with legendary producer John Mitchell at the controls. 2018 also saw the departure of keyboard player Steve Checkley to be replaced by Mark Dixon.
The line up was strengthened with the introduction of guitarist Eric Bouillette with both new members appearing on the 3rd album.
LAST FLIGHT TO PLUTO is fronted by Alice Freya, a veteran of the cover circuit in her homeland of South Wales, UK. Herself and drummer Daz Joseph, who some might remember from 90’s prog band EZRA, had had enough of playing vacuous pop to satisfy others. ‘It’s about time we start playing music that we enjoy, but if we played a Rush cover, half of our crowd would leave!’ Freya said. That sparked an idea in Daz’s head, it felt like the right time to try and get back on the prog scene after years of absence. It was easy finding the right musicians to play on ‘See you at the end’ after all, the covers band had played hundreds of gigs together, apart from bass player and Rockfield engineer Jon Con, but Freya and Joseph had always admired his playing, and decided he was the right man for the job. 17 year old ‘whizz kid’ guitarist Jack ‘mcGinty’ Parry has been playing since the age of 4, he has a great old school approach to his playing. With some of his influences being: David Gilmour, Graham Headley Williams (Racing Cars) and Alex Lifeson. ‘What on earth is prog?’ asked other vocalist Brett Andrews, who was also in his teens during the album recording. His taste and style of music being R&B, he had a big eye opener in the studio, but he kept an open mind, and loves to sing no matter what it is. Eventually, he discovered a new love in progressive rock. With most of the players being under 30, ‘See you at the end’ has a new modern twist on prog but their influences, Rush, Massive Attack, Genesis, King Crimson, Camel and Pink Floyd, really shine throughout this 6 track, hour long album. Then came time to find musicians for the live band…………….