Lifesigns is a British progressive rock band. As of 2014[update], the band's members were John Young (Bonnie Tyler, Scorpions, Greenslade, Qango, Asia) on keyboards & vocals, Jon Poole (ex-Cardiacs, Wildhearts, Dowling Poole) on bass & vocals, Martin "Frosty" Beedle (ex-Cutting Crew) on drums, percussion & vocals and formerly Niko Tsonev (ex-Steven Wilson Band) on guitars & vocals. Niko departed the band in August 2016. Dave Bainbridge, (Iona, Celestial Fire, Strawbs) replaced Niko on guitar and also plays additional keyboards. Steve Rispin (sound engineer) is the band's fifth member.
Lifesigns was conceived in 2008 by John Young. Working together with sound engineer Steve Rispin, John started to lay the grounds for the Lifesigns album in 2008. In 2010, John was joined by longtime friend Nick Beggs on bass, Chapman Stick and background vocals, and by drummer Martin "Frosty" Beedle to complete the first lineup of the band.
The band worked for over two years to complete their self-titled debut album, with notable guest stars such as progressive rock legend Steve Hackett (Genesis), Jakko Jakszyk (King Crimson), Thijs Van Leer (from Focus) on flute, and Robin Boult (from Fish) on guitar. "Lifesigns" was released on 5 February 2013.
The band began live performances in 2014. As Nick Beggs was busy with other musical endeavors (notably touring with Steve Hackett), Jon Poole was recruited to handle bass and vocals, while Niko Tsonev (departed the band August 2016) took up the guitar duties. The band performed on the progressive "Cruise to the Edge" in the Spring of 2014, as well as appearances in England and continental Europe. In addition to the entire Lifesigns debut, other songs performed included material from the John Young Band, as well as new material.
A live DVD "Under the Bridge - Live in London," filmed over two nights in January 2015, was released in October 2015. The band has made two other appearances on the "Cruise to the Edge" (November 2015 and February 2018).
In September 2017, Lifesigns released their second studio album, "Cardington." The tracklist (which was revealed in February 2017) includes the title track, studio versions of Different, Impossible and Voice In My Head, and new songs Touch, Chasing Rainbows and N. Like the debut, the album has several guest guitar players, including Dave Bainbridge (Iona, Strawbs, Celestial Fire), Niko Tsonev (Steven Wilson Band, Lifesigns), Robin Boult (Fish, The Freemasons, Phats and Small), Menno Gootjes (Focus). It was announced in June 2017 that Dave Bainbridge had joined the band and will be providing guitar/keyboards for live shows.
2018 has seen the band perform several live dates throughout the U.K., with further live dates in March/April 2019 in Europe. Also on the agenda for 2019 is writing/recording studio cd #3, which is expected to include writing/arranging input from Dave Bainbridge.
- Lifesigns (2013)
- Cardington (2017)
- Under the Bridge - Live in London (DVD - 2015)
Steve Rispin, John Young, Niko Tsonev, Jon Poole, and Frosty Beedle, prior to the Under the Bridge performance and DVD taping.
Lifesigns track listing
- Fridge Full Of Stars
- At The End Of The World
Cardington track listing
- Voice in My Head
- Chasing Rainbows
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