Tuesday, February 15, 2005

So many plans, so little time...

You might have heard about the Sophia duets album that was scrapped, but I recently bumped into 2 other projects that never materialised:

In 1994, after Jimmy passed away and The God Machine came to an end, an interviewer asked Robin what his plans for the future were. Robin answered this: "We’re planning to gather and write some music for a ballet. A part of The God Machine repertoire will emerge in this too, although in a more acoustic setting. It seems like a great way to be able to do something with all this beautiful music after all. A sort of last concert."

And in 1999 Robin seemed to plan a side project with a Swiss singer-songwriter called Polar (www.polar-music.com). This comes from a Swedish fan to whom he mentioned the project:
"Robin is preparing for a new one-off project, together with a guy from Switzerland called Polar. They haven't yet decided what the name of the cooperation will be, but it will result in a CD, pressed in only 1000-5000 copies or so, only for the hardcore fans, and then maybe some live shows, nothing decided yet."
It kinda sounds like this was the first step of what later turned into the May Queens project. But without the Polar guy...

Friday, February 11, 2005

1995: Robin + Swervedriver

A blast from the past post. The guys at Swervedriver.com have been digging into their personal archives and put a lot of stuff online. Between all that stuff Frédéric Aellen (from the SundayVelvet site) found two interesting scans from the Swervedriver fanzine.
Swervedriver were asked by Robin to play at a Flower Shop night in Bristol (17.05.1995) and Robin even ended up playing with them. Apparently that was the was the very first time he played live since The God Machine. (The first Sophia gig was in October 1996).
Anyway read for yourself here: page 1 and page 2

New photos by Verena

German photographer Verena Knemeyer posted a couple of new pictures of Robin on her website: www.verena-knemeyer.com The photos are posted under number 7.
There's already several pictures from this series in our sophiamusic.net gallery, but like I said: these are new ones.
Don't forget to check out her other work too. This girl's pretty good!