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Former IQ and Frost* men unite in Rain

Rain
(Image credit: GEP)

Rain, the new band featuring former IQ and Arena bassist John Jowitt and former Frost* and IQ drummer Andy Edwards have signed a record deal with GEP Records. The band will release Singularity, their debut album this November.

Joining the pair are vocalist Mirron and guitarist, keyboard player and vocalist Rob Groucutt. You can see a live in lockdown video of the song Devil's Will Reign in full below.

“It’s been about ten years since I played with Andy, in both IQ and Frost - it’s a really instinctual rhythm section," says Jowitt. "With Rain, Andy has had the chance to show what an all-round musician he is. Rob and Mirron are both amazing musicians, songwriters and singers, and it’s just a great combination. I’m really pleased that our old friends at GEP have shown faith in the band - it’s one of those albums that I would have bought if I’d not been on it. It’s prog, Jim, but not as we know it.."

“Rain isn't a project, it's a band and we want to make more and more music,: adds Edwards. "This is the dream team as far as I am concerned - everyone is very talented but in different areas and so the whole is greater than the parts. And Rain is pure prog too, no ifs or buts, it does everything it says on the tin. This album has been one of the easiest albums I have ever made, everyone loves what everyone else does, it's been a joy having all these ideas come in!”

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.