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Big Big Train release first track with new singer Alberto Bravin

Big Big Train
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UK prog rockers Big Big Train have released a new video for Last Eleven. It's the first material released by the band to feature new vocalist Alberto Bravin, and the first material they've written since the tragic death of former frontman David Longdon.

"When I was at school, I was definitely not one of the cool kids," explains Greg Spawton."At a time when everyone else seemed to be into playing rugby and listening to punk and new wave, I could be found playing Dungeons & Dragons and listening to rock music. This song is based on those memories of school days and is about doing your own thing, finding your own way and not worrying about what other people think.”

"Last Eleven was the first Big Big Train song I worked on, and it immediately lit a spark in me," says Bravin. "The lyrics hit deep inside.” 

The song will feature on the band's next studio album, which is to be recorded in Italy in 2023. The video for the track was created by Steve Cadman.

Drummer Nick D’Virgilio adds: "Greg sent me his initial, stripped-down demo and I was inspired immediately. The lyrics speak eloquently to what so many go through in life, Alberto's singing is beautiful, and the music is just cracking!!”

The band recently were forced to cancel some live shows in Europe owing to the cancellation of HRH Prog XIII in Leeds this September and the moving of the event to Sheffield in April 2023. Big Big Train will not be appearing at the rescheduled event.

However the band do have three live shows remaining for this September. Keyboardist/vocalist Carly Bryant is unable to join the band for these dates for family reasons and will be replaced on these shows by Oskar Holldorff of Norwegian art rockers Dim Gray.

Big Big Train live dates

Sep 01: Southampton Thordon Hall, UK
Sep 02: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, UK
Sep 03: Zoertemeer Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Netherlands

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Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.