AUDIO

 

'SOUND BITES (The Best Of The Treat Volume 1)'

Release Date : 10th November 2014

Contains over 60 minutes of music. 16 tracks selected by the band, from 4 studio albums. 3 brand new mixes. 1 previously unavailable radio edit mix. 36 page full colour booklet containing many new and previously unpublished photos. Extensive essay on The Treat’s history and music, written by band leader, Mike Hyder. Detailed notes on all 16 tracks. Song lyrics included.  

This compilation is an excellent document of The Treat’s music so far, ideal for both new and existing fans alike

The track listing on the album is as follows :

AGENT 555/VALERIE/MAKE YOU CRAWL/ON THE WATERFRONT/ROCK YOU/MEADOWLAND/ROAMING/SWEET JASMINE/CITIZEN OF THE WORLD/FOR A REASON/THE ART OF DECEPTION/THE HUNGER/FANFARE FOR THE KING/BY THE SEA/SPARKLE/EFFERVESCENCE

PLAY!

Make You Crawl

On The Waterfront

Meadowland

Roaming

Sweet Jasmine

Citizen Of The World

 For A Reason

The Art Of Deception

By The Sea

Effervescence

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MIKE HYDER - 'CRAFTSMAN' (Solo Album)

Release Date : 5th May 2014

Brand new solo album by Songwriter/Bandleader of THE TREAT

Nearly 50 minutes of top flight rock music, with a full colour booklet, including lyrics.  

The album contains four lengthy pieces which take in Mike Hyders broad songwriting style, adventurous arrangements & meticulous production. Genre hopping through classic hard rock, psychedelia, folk, blues, a hint of jazz, a dash of country, exhilarating symphonic passages, multi-layered guitar orchestrations & vocal harmonies, seamlessly woven together with a pop sensibility. An album that retains the true freewheeling spirit of traditional prog, with all its mid-song, key and tempo changes. Thrilling.

The track listing on the album is as follows :

CRAFTSMAN/THE ROCK/EDEN/THE ORGANISATION

 

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'LEPERS & DEITIES'

A broad sweep of styles and musical colours can be heard on THE TREAT’s latest album, something we have come to expect by now from this colourful, eccentric, intensely creative and fiercely independent progressive group. From the acoustic flavoured, protest Prog-Folk of ‘Falcon & the Iron Rain’ to the gorgeous, heartfelt, yet muscular, British R’n’B flavoured love song ‘Sparkle’, via the power chord, ‘Who’ influenced Classic Rock of ‘Headcase Baby’ (replete with it’s Psychedelic, Syd era Floyd keyboard solo), the Neo-Folk rock of ‘Little Treasures’ and glorious 60’s tinged Pop sensibilities of ‘Valerie’. Also, the title track, ‘Lepers & Deities’, begins with it’s Yes influenced guitar harmonics and builds into a mini epic, using Mellotrons, neo-Gregorian chants and rich, arabesque, cascading Violins. Simply quite breathtaking!

On ‘Lepers & Deities’, THE TREAT’s songwriter, Mike Hyder, is at the top of his game, writing his best collection of songs so far. He uses a wide spectrum of Acoustic and Electric Guitars to paint a distinctive sonic spectrum : the Acoustics form the bedrock of the songs, interweaving in and out of the mixes, with flourishes of tasteful Electric Guitar played with a sense of scale, economy and taste. THE TREAT’s Multi-instrumentalist, Dave Hart has added more instruments to THE TREAT’s sound. Accordion, Glockenspiel and Vibratone are heard for the first time on a TREAT album, as is the Harp (played by MH) and Violin, played by guest, Flora Curson, a brilliant newcomer to the Prog scene. Dom Lash, renowned as the least flamboyant member of THE TREAT, shows off a wide range of Bass duties, performing on both Double Bass, as well as Electric, weaving his subtle magic from Hard Rock, through Jazz and Folk flavourings, all the way to the incredibly funky bass lines on ‘My Old School’.

The band as a whole have never sounded better, showing they are equally adept at tackling fast paced rockers, such as ‘Headcase Baby’, as much as they are on more reflective pieces, such as ‘Falcon & the Iron Rain’.

THE TREAT effortlessly halve and double tempos and change keys mid-song, for extra dynamics, while retaining momentum and groove, as amply demonstrated on ‘Bougainvillaeas In The Sand’, ’Little Treasures’ and ’Valerie’ (with it’s Ukrainian Folk inspired middle section). The group’s ability to construct arrangements, displaying light and shade, soft and loud soundscapes is equally apparent on tracks such as ‘SPT’, which begins as an acoustic Psyche-Folk piece and builds into a gargantuan, sonic electric assault, part Led Zep styled blues stomper, part jazz-folk tinged classic era Jethro Tull. Mmmm!. Delicious.

This release is absolutely essential listening for any music lover in 2012, who has a love of Classic Rock and Progressive stylings in the broad sense, with an added dash of Psychedelia. If there is one TREAT album you should have, then ‘Lepers & Deities’ is the one ! All of it performed, produced and presented in the unique style of THE TREAT for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!  

The track listing on the album is as follows :

TRUST/SPARKLE/LEPERS & DEITIES/BOUGAINVILLAEAS IN THE SAND/HEADCASE BABY/THE FALCON AND THE IRON RAIN/SPT/LITTLE TREASURES/MY OLD SCHOOL/VALERIE

PLAY!

Lepers & Deities 

Sparkle 

Valerie 

Headcase Baby 

Little Treasures
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'AUDIO VERITE/DECEPTIVE BLENDS'

'AUDIO VERITE/DECEPTIVE BLENDS' is the brand new album by THE TREAT & the long awaited follow up to the critically acclaimed 'Phonography' album.

Packed full of 20 tracks, giving nearly an hour and a half's worth of music, the album is a Double CD and covers a wider range of styles than on 'Phonography' and sees THE TREAT adding elements of folk, jazz, funk, country & ethnic music to their continuing love of progressive, psychedelic & classic rock styles. THE TREAT have broadened their sonic palette by introducing mandolin, banjo, theremin, sitar, tablas, timpani, melodica & harmonium to enrich their sound yet further.

Ever the purists, THE TREAT have divided the CD into 4 themed 'sides' (2 per CD) - as would have been the format on a traditional vinyl album - to take in 'Rock', 'Acoustic', 'Electric' & 'Experimental' facets of their work.

The album has the usual high production values, excellent musicianship, arranging and songwriting craft that THE TREAT are now known for. The double CD album comes with a full colour lavish 12 page booklet, with many photos and the lyrics to all the songs.

The track listing on the album is as follows :

THIS IS THE ONE/SHOWTIME/DRAWING LINES/ON THE WATERFRONT/FOR A REASON/BEAUTIFUL WAY/CYCLES/SWEET JASMINE/BY THE SEA/THE DRAGON DEN/MASSIVE ATTACK/ANGER MANAGEMENT/CYBERNAUT/SILENT VOICES/FARMER JACK'S TREE/CITIZEN OF THE WORLD/THE ART OF DECEPTION/FAN THE FLAMES/LITTLE FLY*/IN MY OWN TIME

(All songs written by Mike Hyder except * written by Mike Hyder/Dom Lash)

PLAY!

On The Waterfront

Sweet Jasmine

Citizen Of The World

 For A Reason

The Art Of Deception

By The Sea

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'PHONOGRAPHY'

'PHONOGRAPHY' contains nearly 50 minutes of top quality music, written, arranged, performed and produced to the high standard and quality The Treat are fast gaining a reputation for.

The album comes with a foldout poster sleeve, with all the lyrics of the songs written on the back.

There is also a beautiful pen and ink inlay tray drawing.

The combination of music & packaging makes this a must have for any connoisseur of rock music.

This is THE TREAT's breakthrough album, which garnered rave reviews in the UK national press, most notably in Classic Rock and Rock'n'Reel.

The album was heavily played on various internet rock radio stations, most notably ARFM and BCFM. The album was voted Top 3 best rock album of 2008 by the listeners of the BCFM Rock Show.

Tracks from the album were playlisted on Radio 1.

 The track listing on the album is as follows :

FANFARE FOR THE KING/MAKE YOU CRAWL/THE DEATHDAY PARTIES/BOLIVIAN DIARY/ROAMING/MEADOWLAND/HAITIAN MOURNING DRESS/TOO LATE/CLUTCHING AT JAGGED GLASS/EFFERVESCENCE/BLACK CAT WHITES/ERASED/THE WEDGE

(All songs written by Mike Hyder)

PLAY!

Make You Crawl

Fanfare For The King

Too Late

Effervescence

Roaming

Meadowland

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'IN TECHNICOLOR'

The debut album by this powerhouse trio contains 10 tracks of neo-classic rock grooves and soaring sing along melodies. Ideal for blasting out of the car stereo with the volume cranked all the way up. Also contains some of their most popular and enduring tunes, The Hunger, Rock You and Agent 555. The latter song spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the 'Magazine' Show Listener's Chart.

CD INCLUDES 10 PAGE FOLD OUT MULTI-COLOURED LYRIC BOOKLET.

 

Track listing :

BURNIN'/DON'T THINK TWICE/AGENT 555/ROCK YOU/ LET'S GET BEAUTIFUL/24/7/SILVER EYE/THE HUNGER/NIGHTCLUBBING/HYPERTONIC

(All words & music written by Mike Hyder)

 

 

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