Formed in 2005. Imploded in 2014. Ended 2015.
An experience, a journey, a battle, a live entity.
5 albums, 1 live album, 1 EP, 2 singles, 1 DVD.
And now this.
2019 : Re-Awakening
27/09/2019 – Cardiff, The Globe
28/09/2019 – London, The Borderline
29/09/2019 – Bilston, The Robin2
It is with much excitement we can announce that The Reasoning has reformed for some special one off shows in September 2019. Founder member Matthew Cohen (currently of Ghost Community), explains –
“It has been 3 long years since the band I formed back in 2005 imploded and eventually ended on 2nd March 2015. I had no alternative in the matter and therefore did not get a chance to say “Goodbye” to something that was a huge part of my life, for so many years. There was no goodbye opportunity either for the loyal and much respected fans, whose support was always so valuable, right from the start.
If I had known that the first Trinity concert was the last time I would play The Reasoning songs, I would have made contingency plans to make sure it continued uninterrupted.
It wasn’t until recently that the thought of bringing back these songs to the live stage even occurred to me. After much deliberation and consultation with trusted friends, I realised that the music The Reasoning created was very important to people, and united them on so many levels. The band and its music, to my genuine surprise, continues to receive genuine affection from a wide reach of people. I feel it is time to go and play these songs again, for the last time ever, so we can say a proper “au revoir”.
“What about the lineup?” I hear you say. Well, I can confirm that joining me on stage will be my old compadres and former Reasoning members, Jake Bradford-Sharp, Keith Hawkins and Robert Gerrard. As for the singers, I will be announcing them very soon. I can say however that there will be, one male singer and one female singer and, they are absolutely wonderful. You are in for a real treat.
So there you have it. That’s the news. The mini tour will be called – “Re-Awakening” and there will be just three dates, for which the venues and dates will be announced, very soon.
One final thing that must be addressed and understood, this IS a last “Hurrah”, the final “Goodbye”. I am not resurrecting this band to write new songs, record albums or, to do more tours. There will definitely be NO MORE Reasoning shows. We all have our main music priorities and as mentioned in the opening salvo of the news release, I and the boys would like the opportunity to close a chapter we weren’t allowed to close. This is our goodbye to the music and we so want you to come and share in this momentous occasion. It’s nothing without you all.
The View From Where I Stand Begins To Change…
The band’s 2006 debut album Awakening, which boasts a guest appearance from Marillion’s Steve Rothery, garnered worldwide critical acclaim, whilst its successor Dark Angel, released in 2008, continued to expand the band’s rapidly widening international fan base, and saw them firmly established for their breath-taking live performances. In 2009, The Reasoning’s first single – a cover version of the Duran Duran classic The Chauffeur – peaked at #2 in the Amazon Download Chart, and Adverse Camber, their third studio album, (April 2010) was commended for demonstrating a new confidence and maturity in the band’s style and approach. This was recognised in the 2010 Prog magazine readers’ poll, in which the band were nominated in three separate categories.
Responding to public demand, Acoustically Speaking, an album featuring luscious acoustic re-workings of audience favourites was released later that same year, followed by a four-track EP of new material, entitled And Another Thing……. in spring 2012.
In early 2012, after several successful years on their own independent record label Comet Music, The Reasoning signed to Cherry Red Records subsidiary Esoteric/Antenna for a one-album worldwide deal. The resulting release, Adventures in Neverland, and its promotional tour were widely covered in the UK music press, and also significantly broadened the band’s international following. The band was nominated in the Best New Blood category at the much publicised Prog magazine awards that same year.
Equally innovative and productive both in the studio and on the road, The Reasoning have appeared at several high profile live music events, including the inaugural High Voltage festival in London in 2010 (a performance captured on DVD and released shortly afterwards), the USA Rites of Spring Festival (RoSfest) in 2011, subsequently released as a live album entitled Live in the USA: The Bottle of Gettysburg, and a main-stage slot at the UK’s notorious HRH Prog festival in 2013. They have also opened a number of UK and European shows for rock icons Marillion, and toured the UK with FISH in 2008.