Landmarq

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Landmarq
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Progressive rock
Years active 1990–present
Associated acts Quasar
Website [1]
Members Uwe D'Rose
Steve Gee
Tracy Hitchings
Mike Varty
Danny Martin
Past members Dave Wagstaffe
Steve Leigh
Rob Lewis-Jones
Damian Wilson
Ian 'Moon' Gould
Gonzalo Carrera

Landmarq are a UK-based neo-progressive rock band. Since forming in 1990, they have so far released a total of ten albums, four of which were recorded live at various concerts in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.

History[edit]

Initially signing to a Dutch record company, SI Music, then forming their own label, Synergy Records, the band have established themselves within the world of progressive rock, though their style may also extend into album-oriented rock, melodic rock, hard rock and even a slightly jazz edge.

Vocalist Damian Wilson left the band after three very well received albums to concentrate on his solo career and the band found a replacement in Ian 'Moon' Gould. 'Moon' spent a year with the band, playing various gigs in the UK and the Netherlands, before deciding to move on. It was at this point that Landmarq decided to go for a radical change to their sound and recruited the long-time friend of the band, Tracy Hitchings, who formerly sang with Quasar.

Landmarq have played concerts in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Poland, Italy, the US and Mexico; both as support and as headliners at various festivals and music venues. The band have worked with many well-known artists including Marillion, Focus, John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson, Roxy Music), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Hugh McDowell (ELO, Wizard), Nik Turner (Hawkwind), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), IQ, Pendragon, Arena and even Suzi Quatro.

Apart from making strong in-roads into Europe and America, Landmarq have reached further territories worldwide, as far afield as Russia, eastern Europe, the Far East, and Australia through various magazine/webzine articles, interviews, radio air-play and also compilation CDs from various music magazines.

The band's first DVD was released in March 2006. Entitled Turbulence – Live In Poland, it features Landmarq filmed in concert at the Wyspianski Theatre, Katowice, in November 2005. The DVD was released by the Polish label Metal Mind Productions and has received some of the band's best reviews to date. The DVD also comprises a wealth of bonus material including audio and video archive tracks, an interview with the band, a huge photo gallery and much more.

Following an enforced break for a few years, Landmarq re-emerged on to the Prog scene early in 2012 with the release of their eagerly-anticipated fifth album, Entertaining Angels, a Special Edition double-CD set. This proved to be a triumphant return for the band as they received many glowing reviews from fans and music press alike. This was followed up with "Angels On Tour", a series of live dates through 2012-2013, that saw Landmarq performing in various festivals and venues again in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Also to much acclaim and some excellent reviews.

A few review snippets for Entertaining Angels:

"...a triumph...full of power and passion..." Geoff Barton, 'Classic Rock' magazine, UK - May 2012

"...Without doubt, "Entertaining Angels" is the strongest album of their career..." Nick Shilton, 'PROG' magazine, UK - March 2012

"...I can only congratulate Landmarq on such an outstanding band performance and highly recommend it to all..." Uli (Magic Dragon Music), Germany - February 2012

Personnel[edit]

Members[edit]

Lineups[edit]

1990-1991 1991-1993 1993-1995 1995
  • Uwe D'Rose - guitar
  • Steve Gee - bass
  • Steve Leigh - keyboards
  • Rob Lewis-Jones - vocals
  • Dave Wagstaffe - drums
  • Uwe D'Rose - guitar
  • Steve Gee - bass
  • Steve Leigh - keyboards
  • Dave Wagstaffe - drums
  • Damian Wilson - vocals
  • Uwe D'Rose - guitar
  • Steve Gee - bass
  • Steve Leigh - keyboards
  • Dave Wagstaffe - drums
  • Ian 'Moon' Gould - vocals
  • Uwe D'Rose - guitar
  • Steve Gee - bass
  • Steve Leigh - keyboards
  • Dave Wagstaffe - drums
  • Damian Wilson - vocals
1995-2002 2002-2005 2005-2012 2012–present
  • Uwe D'Rose - guitar
  • Steve Gee - bass
  • Steve Leigh - keyboards
  • Dave Wagstaffe - drums
  • Tracy Hitchings - vocals
  • Uwe D'Rose - guitar
  • Steve Gee - bass
  • Dave Wagstaffe - drums
  • Tracy Hitchings - vocals
  • Gonzalo Carrera - keyboards
  • Uwe D'Rose - guitar
  • Steve Gee - bass
  • Dave Wagstaffe - drums
  • Tracy Hitchings - vocals
  • Mike Varty - keyboards
  • Uwe D'Rose - guitar
  • Steve Gee - bass
  • Tracy Hitchings - vocals
  • Mike Varty - keyboards
  • Danny Martin - drums

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Solitary Witness (1992)
  • Infinity Parade (1993)
  • The Vision Pit (1995)
  • Science of Coincidence (1998)
  • Entertaining Angels (2012)
  • Entertaining Angels - Vinyl 2-LP Set (2014)

Live albums[edit]

  • Thunderstruck (1999)
  • Aftershock (2002)
  • Turbulence - Live in Poland (2006 - DVD, 2009 - CD only)
  • RoadSkill - Live in The Netherlands (2015 - DVD+CD set)

Compilations[edit]

  • SI 10th Anniversary Compilation Disc (1991 - SI Music) was the first-ever CD featuring Landmarq. This compilation, from the band's first record label in the Netherlands, features the abridged version of "Suite: St. Helens".
  • SI (Germany) Compilation Disc Too (1992 - SI Music) features a track not used for first studio album Solitary Witness, entitled "Borrowed Mind". This track was later included on the Japanese release of Infinity Parade.
  • Progressive & Melodic Rock Vol. 1 (1993 - SI Music) features "Terracotta Army".
  • Progressive & Melodic Rock Vol. 3 (1994 - SI Music) features "Gaia's Waltz".
  • Master Volume Perfect Compilation Series Vol. 5 (1994 - Zero Corp) is a Japanese compilation CD featuring "Embrace".
  • Classic Rock (1994 - SI Music) features "Embrace".
  • Hard Rock Magazine Ltd Edition (1996 - CNR Music) features "Cutting Room" and "Bed Of Nails".
  • Mellotron 20 (1998 - CD Sampler) is a compilation CD from Mellotron magazine (Argentina) featuring "The Overlook", taken from Science Of Coincidence.
  • Music From The Underground (1998 - sysy) is a compilation CD from German magazine Eclipsed featuring "The Vision Pit" from Science Of Coincidence.
  • The Hawke Chill-Out Sessions (2006) is a CD compiled by radio presenter and DJ Terry Hawke, with artists he has featured on his show on Harborough FM. It includes the track "Heritage" from Aftershock.
  • Mellotron 35 - Decimo Anniversario (2006 - CD Sampler) is a 10th anniversary compilation CD from Mellotron magazine featuring "Thunderstruck", taken from Turbulence - Live in Poland.
  • Origins: A Landmarq Anthology (2014) is a 2 disc compilation CD featuring songs since their entree in 1991. Features songs taken from their debut till their 2012 album.

DVDs[edit]

  • Turbulence - Live in Poland (2006)
  • RoadSkill - Live in The Netherlands (2015)

External links[edit]