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Interview with SAM VALLEN, guitarist with Brisbane Prog Metal quintet, CALIGULA’S HORSE. In the rich scene of Australian progressive metal, one of the biggest success stories in recent years has been Brisbane five-piece Caligula’s Horse. Each release has enhanced and expanded their virtuosic approach to song craft, ably juggling technical prowess and soaring emotion. And while the band are always forward thinking in their creativity, they are about to embark on a short tour with an unusually nostalgic bent. Entitled the Let It Grow Tour (the name taken from a lyric from Bloom), audiences will experience an epic set where the band perform not one, but two, of their classic albums. The records in question are their 2013 opus The Tide, The Thief & River’s End as well as its 2015 follow-up Bloom. Maximum Volume senior writer Matt Thrower, managed to catch up with one of the band’s key members, guitarist Sam Vallen and discussed the tour, songwriting and how the band has evolved over the years.

Sam affirms that it has been a fascinating experience reliving these records in full. Scenestr-NSW-40. Search Social Share Twitter Facebook Google Linkedin Print Go Search. “A Real Nostalgia Trip” – An Interview With Jim Grey (Caligula’s Horse) Artists’ creative processes and journeys are eternally fascinating areas of study and discussion. Where do creative people’s ideas come from? How do they form? How do creatives develop and nurture their ideas? How do they take them from raw thoughts and initial ideas through to fruition, to the fully realised works of art that the public sees/hears? Is the journey more enjoyable and important than the completion? All compelling questions. Jim Grey, legendary frontman for and one of the major creative forces behind Brisbane’s progressive rock powerhouse Caligula’s Horse, has a highly unexpected response as to where his initial ideas come from. “Believe it or not, listening to all-instrumental music leads me to write better lyrics,” he reveals, “anything that provides me with that next level, overwhelmed with emotion type of feeling.

The rest of 2019 is going to be a very solid combination of concerted writing for the next album and touring for the band. CALIGULA'S HORSE Announce Exclusive Acoustic Sets Performed By Special Guests! Presented by Heavy Mag & Wild Thing July 17, 2019 Australia’s foremost authority on progressive rock, Caligula’s Horse, are just weeks away from kicking off their Let It Grow tour which will celebrate their cult classic The Tide, The Thief & River’s End and breakout progressive masterpiece Bloom by playing them back to back! To make these special evenings that much more unforgettable, Caligula’s Horse have just announced their support acts, who will performing exclusive unplugged sets. Watch ‘Turntail’ – Caligula’s Horse In Brisbane, Hazel Mei, will deliver a set full of ambient flair and poetic lyrics that are enveloped in folk tinged progressive rock with a jazzy twist. For Sydney and Melbourne something extraordinary and very exclusive has been arranged.

Sydney will be treated to a very intimate set from Glass Ocean’s lead vocalist Tobias Atkins and guitarist Nguyen Phambam. With raw vocals and guitars, the true power of their songwriting will be on display. Connect with CALIGULA’S HORSE. Thesoundcheck. They're the galloping, gallant gents of prog who have continually challenged and crafted the Aussie progressive world, and now Brisbane's beloved Caligula's Horse are gearing up for a busy couple of months ahead; traipsing overseas, working on new music and briefly bringing a dollop of nostalgia to their homeland stages with the swiftly impending Let It Grow Tour set to bust out cult classic The Tide, the Thief & River's End alongside the monumental Bloom kicking off this weekend. Marking the group's first headline tour in a year, Let It Grow promises a night of jaw-dropping tunes, acoustic supports and a guitar masterclass from the C-Horse lads.

But before they saddle up and bring their explosive live show to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, we grabbed guitarist-extraordinaire and all-round awesome dude Sam Vallen to chat albums, audiences and artistic influences. Full audio interview below. Adrian Goleby - Caligulas Horse by Heavy Decibels Show. Sam Vallen – Caligula’s Horse (Audio Interview) – Wall Of Sound. You’ve been asking for this tour for a fair while, and finally we have it! For their five(ish) year anniversary for albums The Tide, The Thief & River’s End (2013) and Bloom (2015), Caligula’s Horse are putting on a run of shows featuring these bad boys played in full.

If you’re a diehard fan, you’d be mad to miss the Let It Grow Tour. Wear some comfortable shoes and stay hydrated because it’ll be a lengthy set showing off the albums that really propelled Caligula’s Horse into the forefront of Australian prog metal. Have a listen as we chat to guitarist Sam Vallen about playing these two albums and the masterclasses he and Adrian will be running as well. Interview by Ebony Story Caligula’s Horse – Let It Grow Tour Aug 10th @ The Zoo, bris Aug 16th @ Factory Theatre, Syd Aug 17th @ Max Watts, Melb Tickets Here Like this: Like Loading... Caligula’s Horse: Announce Exclusive Acoustic Sets Performed By Special Guests! CALIGULA’S HORSE Announce Exclusive Acoustic Sets Performed By Special Guests. Australia’s foremost authority on progressive rock, Caligula’s Horse, are just weeks away from kicking off their ‘Let It Grow’ tour which will celebrate their cult classic ‘The Tide, The Thief & River’s End’ and breakout progressive masterpiece ‘Bloom’ by playing them back to back!

To make these special evenings that much more unforgettable, Caligula’s Horse have just announced their support acts, who will performing exclusive unplugged sets. In Brisbane, Hazel Mei, will deliver a set full of ambient flair and poetic lyrics that are enveloped in folk tinged progressive rock with a jazzy twist. Check out their music video for Put That Bottle Down, directed by Caligula’s Horse guitarist, Adrian Goleby.

For Sydney and Melbourne something extraordinary and very exclusive has been arranged. Circles and Glass Ocean will perform in acoustic mode. No drums, no wall of sound, just acoustic guitars and vocals. With raw vocals and guitars, the true power of their songwriting will be on display. INTERVIEW: Sam Vallen of Caligula’s Horse On Upcoming ‘Let It Grow’ Tour. Interview by David Cheney. Caligula’s Horse are on the rampage. After numerous Australian and international tour runs, the Brisbane progressive metal powerhouse are paying respect to their roots and touring their two early records, ‘The Tide, The Thief and River’s End’ and ‘Bloom’ back to back.

Lead guitarist and band mastermind Sam Vallen took some time out of a rigorous rehearsal schedule to chat with Dave Cheney about the band’s rise, meeting their musical heroes, the impact of progressive movements on pop music and the diplomatic value of the Nintendo Switch. Hey man! “It’s been good, full of lots of practice and preparation with the tour right around the corner.” The ‘Let It Grow’ tour!

“It’s something we’ve fielded requests for in the past, even before the ‘Love Conquers All’ last year where we played ‘In Contact’ in full. It’s a fresh way of building a show, sounds like you’re really wanting to give the fans something special? Very true. “It’s a fascinating nostalgic experience. Letting Life Grow with CALIGULA'S HORSE. Shares Share Tweet Pin Email Listen to the interview below or on Spotify and iTunes Podcast: Last year’s success of the Love Conquers All tour saw Brisbane’s prog heroes Caligula’s Horse perform their 2017 album In Contact in its entirety over three evenings, and from that, a catalyst emerged.

The band has decided to once again capture another milestone and celebrate the anniversary of albums The Tide, The Thief & River’s End and Bloom by performing them both in their entirety on an East Coast tour titled Let It Grow on the same nights this August. Guitarist Sam Vallen gave HEAVY Magazine his thoughts, interpretations and explanations on writing their three seminal albums plus insights into what Caligula’s Horse fans can expect when attending the masterclass featuring both him and fellow CH guitarist Adrian. “We have this very particular outlook on what we do when writing an album,” Sam says. Sam discusses how the two guitarists will deliver such an experience: Get HEAVY Magazine In-boxed. CALIGULA'S HORSE supports to play acoustic sets. Shares Share Tweet Pin Email Australia’s foremost authority on progressive rock, Caligula’s Horse, are just weeks away from kicking off their Let It Grow tour which will celebrate their cult classic The Tide, The Thief & River’s End and breakout progressive masterpiece Bloom by playing them back to back!

To make these special evenings that much more unforgettable, Caligula’s Horse have just announced their support acts, who will performing exclusive unplugged sets. For Sydney and Melbourne something extraordinary and very exclusive has been arranged. Sydney will be treated to a very intimate set from Glass Ocean’s lead vocalist Tobias Atkins and guitarist Nguyen Phambam. With raw vocals and guitars, the true power of their songwriting will be on display. Melbourne’s most prominent progressive powerhouse, Circles, will swap their mind bending, pounding rhythms and rumbling bass lines for a stripped back set featuring Ben Rechter’s soulful vocals accompanied by guitarist Ted Furuhashi. Caligula’s Horse announce exclusive acoustic sets performed by special guests.

Australia’s foremost authority on progressive rock, Caligula’s Horse, are just weeks away from kicking off their Let It Grow tour which will celebrate their cult classic The Tide, The Thief & River’s End and breakout progressive masterpiece Bloom by playing them back to back! To make these special evenings that much more unforgettable, Caligula’s Horse have just announced their support acts, who will performing exclusive unplugged sets. In Brisbane, Hazel Mei, will deliver a set full of ambient flair and poetic lyrics that are enveloped in folk tinged progressive rock with a jazzy twist. Check out their music video for Put That Bottle Down, directed by Caligula’s Horse guitarist, Adrian Goleby.

For Sydney and Melbourne something extraordinary and very exclusive has been arranged. Sydney will be treated to a very intimate set from Glass Ocean’s lead vocalist Tobias Atkins and guitarist Nguyen Phambam. Let It Grow will be the first headlining tour from Caligula’s Horse in a year. Post | Music World Media | Music | Australia. CALIGULA’S HORSE Announce ‘Let It Grow’ Tour. Australia’s foremost authority on progressive rock, Caligula’s Horse, have announced the ‘Let It Grow’ tour for August. The tour will celebrate their cult classic ‘The Tide, The Thief & River’s End’ and breakout progressive masterpiece ‘Bloom’ by playing them back to back!

‘River’s End’, released in 2013 featured the single, Dark Hair Down, the video for which is closing in on 150 000 views! 2015’s ‘Bloom’ saw Caligula’s Horse reach truly a global audience for the first time, with the album being released by European prog powerhouse label, Inside Out. The album featured music videos for Firelight and Turntail – both clips are now closing in an a quarter of a million views! Frontman Jim Grey comments: ‘After the Love Conquers All tour when we played In Contact in full, we were inundated with requests for full performances of ‘River’s End’ and of ‘Bloom’.

As with their previous tours, ‘Let It Grow’ will feature a 60 minute guitar masterclass from Sam Vallen and Adrian Goleby. Like this: Caligula’s Horse: Announce Let It Grow Tour. Caligula's Horse let it Grow | News. CALIGULA'S HORSE Announce 'Let It Grow' Tour - Overdrive Music Magazine. Australia’s foremost authority on progressive rock, Caligula’s Horse, have announced the ‘Let It Grow’ tour for August. The tour will celebrate their cult classic ‘The Tide, The Thief & River’s End’ and breakout progressive masterpiece ‘Bloom’ by playing them back to back!

‘River’s End,’ released in 2013 featured the single, Dark Hair Down, the video for which is closing in on 150 000 views! 2015’s Bloom saw Caligula’s Horse reach truly a global audience for the first time, with the album being released by European prog powerhouse label, Inside Out. The album featured music videos for Firelight and Turntail both clips are now closing in an a quarter of a million views! Frontman, Jim Grey comments: ‘After the Love Conquers All tour when we played In Contact in full, we were inundated with requests for full performances of River’s End and of Bloom.

As with their previous tours, Let It Grow will feature a 60 minute guitar masterclass from Sam Vallen and Adrian Goleby. Like this: Like Loading... Caligula’s Horse announce “Let It Grow” tour dates. Australia’s foremost authority on progressive rock, Caligula’s Horse, have announced the Let It Grow tour for August. The tour will celebrate their cult classic The Tide, The Thief & River’s End and breakout progressive masterpiece Bloom by playing them back to back!

River’s End, released in 2013 featured the single, Dark Hair Down, the video for which is closing in on 150 000 views! 2015’s Bloom saw Caligula’s Horse reach truly a global audience for the first time, with the album being released by European prog powerhouse label, Inside Out. The album featured music videos for Firelight and Turntail both clips are now closing in an a quarter of a million views!

Frontman Jim Grey comments: ‘After the Love Conquers All tour when we played In Contact in full, we were inundated with requests for full performances of River’s End and of Bloom. So to celebrate the 5th birthday of these two albums that helped shape who we are as a band, we thought we’d go all in and play them both back-to-back. CALIGULA'S HORSE Headline Tour Dates Just Announced.

Caligula’s Horse just announced an Australian, East Coast, headline tour “Let It Grow” for August! The tour will include: The Tide, The Thief & River’s End and Bloom — playing them back to back! ”After the Love Conquers All tour when we played In Contact in full, we were inundated with requests for full performances of River’s End and of Bloom. So to celebrate the 5th birthday of these two albums that helped shape who we are as a band, we thought we’d go all in and play them both back-to-back.

It’s going to be a beautiful night of nostalgia for all of us, and I’m sure there are plenty of die-hards out there who can’t wait to chuck a cheeky mosh to some OG C-Horse material,” says frontman Jim Grey. As with their previous tours, “Let It Grow” will also feature a 60 minute guitar masterclass from Sam Vallen and Adrian Goleby. Tickets are on sale now – don’t miss out! Tickets ➤ Letting Life Grow with CALIGULA'S HORSE. Caligula's Horse: Announce Let It Grow Tour.

CALIGULA’S HORSE Announce ‘Let It Grow’ Tour. Thesoundcheck.