Multi Story

Multi Story are a band from the South East corner of Wales, formed in the 1980's.

In 1984, the band were invited up to the BBC Maida Vale studio in London to record a session for Tommy Vance's Radio One Rock Show. Three tracks were recorded, "Ahead Of Your Time", "I Marcus" and "The Willow And The Sun". The session was then broadcast on the show a few weeks later and has subsequently been repeated.

 

The band were then signed with Heavy Metal Records, featuring on their new FM label.

Liam Sternberg, who had worked on the successful debut albums for rock act Ratt and pop starlet Rachel Sweet, was chosen as producer of their debut LP. Liam's other claim to fame is, during the production of the album, one of his songs had been chosen, to be recorded by The Bangles. So, Multi Story were privileged to hear first hand, an unplugged version of what was to become one of The Bangles biggest hits, "Walk Like An Egyptian".

 

The debut album was recorded during February and March 1985, in Monmouth's famous Rockfield Studios. Ted Sharp, who has worked with many famous artists, engineered the recordings. The tracks that were eventually chosen to be put on the album were, "East West", "Breaking Ground" (Breaking New Ground), "Traveller" (Star Traveller), "Ahead Of Your Time", "Carrie", "Come Alive", "The Wire" (Willow & The Sun) and "Heroes" (I Marcus), with "East West" being chosen as the title for the album. After several warm up dates, the band were then put on Magnum's "On A Storyteller's Night" tour as support, which comprised of 20 dates throughout the UK. Venues on the tour included Cornwall Coliseum, Birmingham Odeon, Manchester Apollo, Edinburgh Playhouse and London's Dominion Theatre.

 

The tour was a big success, resulting in the band securing a headlining slot at the Marquee Club. An appearance on ITV's music programme "Rock Steady" saw the band play a storming 20 minute set in front of a very enthusiastic audience. Towards the end of 1986 the band went into Loco Studio's, with producer Kit Wolven, who had worked on Magnum's successful album "On A Storyteller's Night", to record their second album for FM records.

 

The second album was recorded with Gary Davies, drums and Grantley Nicholas, later of Feeder fame on vocals, following the departure of Steve and Paul from the band. Released in 1987, the tracks on the second album "Through Your Eyes" are "Hold Back The Night", "All Out Of Love", "Through Your Eyes", "Rub It Off", "Heart Of Mine", "Hot Seat", "Further Than Now", "Spirit Of Love", "Turn Me Onto". However, the album did not quite capture the reaction the debut received. The band subsequently parted company with the FM label by mutual consent but were attracting a lot of interest from other labels. Several showcases in Britain followed and a memorable festival appearance with Scottish progressive rock band Pallas, in Holland. Since then the various members of Multi Story have continued to perform live with separate careers, including production and film projects.

 

Writing partners Rob Wilsher and Paul Ford got the creative juices flowing again and started casually working on new material as a duo, with the view of maybe releasing it as an album. The material was reaching completion when Rob met with brothers Jordan Neale and Aedan Neale on another music project, which sparked the idea of re-working the material to accommodate a full band and fire the Multi Story machine back into life with a new line up.

 

Work then started on the material for the album Crimson Stone, with new members and new musical voices, the songs started to take shape. The band then featured in the Classic Rock Society magazine and released a single version of "Sly Dream Catcher" from the upcoming Crimson Stone album to be included on the New Species Volume XIX CD. After a long search for the right person to fill the role of bassist, Kyle Jones stepped in, already an acquaintance of the band, he fit straight in to complete the line up. Multi Story then played a handful of shows during 2015 whilst still working on the album. Roger King (virtuoso keyboard player/producer for Steve Hackett/The Mute Gods) offered his services and worked his magic mastering Crimson Stone, until finally it was complete. Crimson Stone was released July 18th 2016 on the F2 Music Label and received excellent reviews and regular airplay. The band now armed with a fresh sound and new music are back and firing on all cylinders. To support the release of "Crimson Stone" Multi Story  embarked on the "Crimson Stone Tour" mid 2016, performing at top venues and festivals across the UK and played a varied selection of material from all releases "East West", "Through Your Eyes", and "Crimson Stone". Multi Story concluded the tour at Acapela Studios in Cardiff, the show was recorded and subsequently released via F2 Music as a double Live album titled "Multi Story Live at Acapela" in October of 2017. Fans of the band will be pleased to discover that the band will continue to push the envelope and carry the momentum into 2018 and beyond with new music and more shows across the UK & Europe.

 

Testimonials

Stacy Doller: "Multi Story are one of the cult heroes of British Progressive Rock. Since first hearing them in session for BBC Radio back in the 1980’s their albums have been an important part of my record collection. I’ve followed the band through every line up change and album release, and I can honestly say they are one of the few bands in the Progressive Rock scene to continuously evolve their sound over time. Crimson Stone was right up there with the very best releases of 2016, and the future looks very bright."

 

Howard Sinclair: "Multi Story are one of the most instantly likeable, danceable and hummable Prog bands on the current circuit. Lead by fantastic front man and raconteur Paul Ford and ably assisted by fellow founder member Rob Wilsher on Keys, this is an act from the 80s who refused to stay there and be forgotten as nostalgia. They have updated and upgraded their sound with a dynamic duo of brothers in the shape of Jord and Aedan Neale (drums and lead guitar respectively) and the addition of seasoned session player Kyle Jones on Bass. Live they are a force to be reckoned with, yet in person they are humble, generous and professional to a man. I would recommend booking them in a heartbeat, and know that every venue they've played on the recent tour has invited them back with open arms."

 

Clive Hewes: "Intergenerational Prog Rock at its best. These guys blew me away the first time I saw them at Danfest in Leicester. A bunch of lovely guys who have made a blistering album, Crimson Stone and are a blast live................Did I say they are pretty good?"

Alex Wigg: "With Crimson Stone they brought together various genres of rock, giving us a rich and diverse album. They then gave the same treatment to their first records, giving us a truly amazing live sound, delivered with outstanding performance."

Sam Holt: "I was told I'd enjoy Multi-Story by several friends, who knew my taste in music. But that's not for me, I wanted to see for myself. I've since seen them twice and lined up a third gig already"

 

Lasse Schelin: "Since the mid-80's Multi Story has always been a great part of my music life, I have all their releases. Their music is inspiring and it always makes me happy. The members of the band are kind and care a lot about their fans - a great band!"

 

Danny Mayo: "Having saw Multi Story in the 80's, I was delighted to see they were active again. An easy decision to bring them to my Danfest5 festival in 2015, and after a fantastic performance they certainly didn't disappoint. Their latest album Crimson Stone is a highlight of this year and the band are one of my top tips for greater things in 2017."

 

Glenn & Rhian: "As an avid Multi Story fan I was taken aback when I heard they were getting back together after all these years. Couldn't believe my luck.

 

Been to several of the concerts and they are just as good if not better than they were in the 80's.

 

My wife was only a youngster back in the early 80's and only ever heard them on cd and was instantly hooked when she heard them in the flesh and now she is now just as hooked on them as myself. Both of us cannot wait for the next show and next album."

 

Rob Golby: "Multi Story comprises consummate musicians across two generations,  and the blend of polished performers and youthful exuberance is electrifying on stage. Latest album Crimson Stone is a strong contender for album of the year."

© Multi Story 2015

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