Nick Toczek & Signia Alpha
The Columbus Memoirs - new album released June 4, 2022.
THE COLUMBUS MEMOIRS
Album Release Date: 4 June 2022
Artists: Nick Toczek & Signia Alpha
Musical Formats: Blue & white marble vinyl, CD and download
Label: Mutiny 2000 Records
THE COLUMBUS MEMOIRS AND OTHER TALES
Accompanying 120-page book of lyrics, recording details and back-stories of artists.
Imprint: Mutiny 2000 Publications
The Columbus Memoirs is the third album from Nick Toczek and Signia Alpha.
The vinyl album consists of ten brand new songs including Dignity which was released as a single in January 2022 and Another Shoreline which will be the album’s second single. The music ranges from guitar-driven new wave indie-rock to Zappa-tinged jazz grooves. Paul Gray (The Damned, Eddie & The Hot Rods, UFO, etc) contributes his distinctive bass to four of the ten tracks. Added to this soundscape are the powerful lyrics of performer-poet and storyteller Nick Toczek.
The CD consists of these ten songs plus a further nine sample tracks taken from the two previous Nick Toczek & Siugnia Alpha albums, Walking The Tightrope (2021) and Shooting The Messenger (2020).
The heavily illustrated 120-page book contains the lyrics of all three albums, details of each recording, and the back-stories of Nick Toczek, Matt Webster (aka Signia Alpha), and all twelve guest musicians.
Four And A Half
This free download-only single is the third single to be taken from The Columbus Memoirs, the third album from Nick Toczek & Signia Alpha.
To download click on 'Get Single'
Order The Columbus Memoirs here:
Shooting The Messenger, the debut album by Nick Toczek & Signia Alpha, was released as a limited edition, heavyweight purple vinyl LP on 20 November 2020.
This release is a reworked and remixed version of the CD and download album, released earlier in 2020 on Mutiny 2000 Records.
Vocals and lyrics are provided by Yorkshire poet and author Nick Toczek. The music is by Signia Alpha, the musical project of drummer and producer Matt Webster (who also features on guitars, bass, mandolin & keyboards) which is augmented by a fluid line-up including Mark Cranmer (bass), Keith Jafrate (saxophone), Chris Walsh (flute), Jack Atkinson (guitar), Dee Bo General (vocals), Stephen Andrews (Guitar), Jonny Botterell (bass) and Emmanuel Williams (guitar).
A limited number of advance copies are available to order via this link: https://www.nicktoczek.com/nick-toczek-signia-alpha
You can choose to buy either a pristine copy or one signed by the two lead artists, Nick Toczek & Matt Webster.
The 12 track vinyl album comes with an inner sleeve with full lyrics and artwork and includes a download card (with five bonus tracks) which can be redeemed via:
The original CD version contains 17 tracks and comes with an eight page colour lyric booklet
‘The laid back, funky, jazz-rock vibe that characterises most of this album complements Toczek’s distinctive and, as ever, reassuringly calm, but equally commanding Yorkshire burr perfectly.’
Vive Le Rock!
‘Toczek has teamed up with producer and multi-instrumentalist Matt Webster and a number of high-calibre guest musicians to once again set his powerful verse in a dynamic context. Wit and cynicism are carefully balanced with a keen eye for the beautiful.’
‘Signia Alpha provide deep funk-bass… tight jazzy sax and clattering percussion around the thoughts stampeding through Nick Toczek’s brain. Poems you can dance to, stream and download.’
‘...just what the spoken word and jazz fans have been waiting for.’
Louder Than War
Walking The Tightrope, the second album by Nick Toczek & Signia Alpha, is available as a limited edition transparent yellow vinyl LP and as a limited edition CD.
The album is a blend of Nick Toczek’s poems and spoken word over dynamic funk and rock grooves with driving bass and guitars with sections of laid back jazz.
Central to the whole project are the lyrics and vocals of performer-poet Nick Toczek and drummer and producer Matt Webster.
The album features contributions by many distinguished musicians, including a guest appearance by Paul Gray, bassist with The Damned, Sensible Gray Cells, UFO and Eddie & The Hot Rods, on the track ‘Best Wishes’.
Contributors: Nick Toczek (vocals, lyrics), Matt Webster (drums, guitars, bass, keyboards), Keith Jafrate (saxophone), Chris Walsh (flute), Dee Bo General (rap vocals), Mark Cranmer (bass,), Wulf Ingram (guitar), Jack Atkinson (guitar), Simon Nolan (guitar) and Paul Gray (bass).
The eleven-track transparent yellow vinyl album comes complete with a free download, full lyric sheet, inner photo sleeve and full-colour artwork throughout.
****LIMITED ADVANCE COPIES ARE AVAILABLE NOW**** The full album is available as a free download from Nick’s website: https://www.nicktoczek.com/walking-the-tightrope
Also available to stream from all the usual services: iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, YouTube etc