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THEIGNS & THRALLS New Album + Music Video “Today We Get To Play” – Debut ft. Guests From Korpiklaani, Ensiferum And More!

Album Out April 8th, 2022

Theigns & Thralls,the brainchild of Skyclad vocalist and songwriter Kevin Ridley, are celebrating the release of their debut self-titled album via Rockshots Records with a new music video for the track “Today We Get To Play”.

“This is one of the oldest tracks I wrote for this album. It is a ‘back on the road again’ track and went through a few changes of lyrics until I was happy with the story. It is also based on the quote by John Lennon that ‘life is what happens to you, while you are busy making plans. Again, it is an up-tempo singalong type of track to celebrate getting out and playing live (of course, made relevant given the recent pandemic restrictions).” adds Ridley.

Watch the video at https://youtu.be/qo2vYCBmsAk​

Theigns & Thralls was created by Skyclad vocalist and songwriter Kevin Ridley. Originally, it was intended to be an ‘occasional band’ to perform songs from Ridley’s back catalogue of songs from Skyclad and his solo album while working around Skyclad’s touring plans. However, when the 2020 global pandemic struck, his plans changed. Being stuck in lockdown, the project became a collaborative recording project building on a few demo ideas. At first, musician friends were contacted to add a bit of violin here and a whistle there. But then things gathered momentum and friends of friends were also asked and players across Europe joined to contribute. The response was, to say the least, overwhelmingly positive and, in the end, twenty-five musicians from bands such as Korpiklaani, Ensiferum, Cruachan, Waylander, Celtibeerian, and Metal De Facto as well as solo musicians (new and old acquaintances of Ridley) contributed everything from drums, bass, guitar, violin, whistles, bagpipes to hurdy-gurdy and vocals.

“I think that because a lot of the album was written and recorded in a fairly short space of time, there is a certain feel and continuity to it. There is a blend of Celtic Speed-Punk, Folk-Metal and Classic Rock influences. Added to that, in terms of lyrical content, there is a strong appreciation of history, literature and humanism that comes together.” adds Ridley.

The name Theigns & Thralls (which basically means masters and servants) was settled on and it was also decided to make an eponymous album so that Theigns & Thralls was the band’s name, the name of the album, and the name of one of the songs. This was to help clarify the band’s ’mission’ or ‘raison d’etre’.

As well as putting out the album and videos, the next phase of the band’s evolution will be to put together a ‘touring band’ when permitted, not only to do what was originally intended, but also to perform the new original songs – perhaps with a few guest artist appearances – and to become a force in their own right.

As well as putting out the album and videos, the next phase of the band’s evolution will be to put together a ‘touring band’ when permitted, not only to do what was originally intended, but also to perform the new original songs – perhaps with a few guest artist appearances – and to become a force in their own right.

Recommended for fans of Skyclad, Cruachan, Fiddlers Green, Flogging Molly, and Volbeat, “Theigns & Thralls” is available as of April 8, 2022 at the following links:

Album CD – https://bit.ly/theigns-thralls​

Album Digital – https://bfan.link/theigns-thralls

Music Video – Drinking – https://youtu.be/nr87Qjd1NrU​

Lyric Video – Theigns & Thralls – https://youtu.be/6H2dyML_Ugc

Track Listing:
1. Procession
2. Theigns & Thralls
3. Drinking (Thralls mix)
4. Strive
5. The Lords Of The Hills
6. Life Will Out
7. The Highwayman
8. Today We Get To Play
9. The New Folk Devils
10. Flora Robb
11. Not Thru The Woods Yet
Bonus Tracks:
12. Over The Hills And Far Away
13. The Queen Of The Moors
14. Drinking (Theigns mix)
15. Strive acoustic version
16. Life Will Out (KärtsyMegatommy mix)

Theigns & Thralls is:
Kevin Ridley (Skyclad). vocals, guitar and mandola
John Ryan (ex-Cruachan), violin, Cello and backing vocals
Dave Briggs (Waylander), guitar, whistles and backing vocals
Arjon Valk, bass and backing vocals
Mike Verhof, drums

For more info:
Theignsandthralls.com
Facebook.com/theignsandthralls
Instagram.com/theignsandthralls

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