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“Mark is a friend, and the stars were aligned… it was the right song at the right time”Ville Valo

MGT’s cover of ABBA classic ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ with Ville Valo of HIM was released as a single on SPV records back in April this year, with an accompanying video shot & directed by noted videographer Ville Juurikkala.. now 6 months later the video has now surpassed over ONE MILLION views! We’d both like to take this opportunity to thank all of the fans out there for enjoying the video and for buying the single and the MGT ‘Volumes’ album, which also features the full length version, given a dark brooding hard rock twist by Thwaite & Valo!

“I’d had an inspiration to record a dark and brooding version of ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ a few years ago.. the solo album was in the works during last summer, so I recorded the music for it, lovingly reconstructing the parts and melodies based on the ABBA version, and then sent the completed music demo to Ville, who came back with his fantastic vocals, perfect for the song..” Mark Gemini Thwaite

‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ single edit is available on iTunes and Amazon [HERE]

MGT ‘Volumes’ including full version of KMKY available on CD / MP3 at these links:

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Just in: MGT INTERVIEW in TONE REPORT WEEKLY

Check out this weeks issue of Tone Report Weekly magazine with a deep dive 12 page feature interview discussing  MGT’s new album & career, the Schecter Guitars MGT Signature model and the relaunched Dirty Chorus pedal by Pro Tone Pedals! Click on cover image below…

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http://www.magazine.tonereport.com/mag/0804920001474050675?page=20

MGT ENDORSED BY MESA BOOGIE AMPLIFICATION

In other news, MGT is proud to confirm his endorsement by legendary California premium amplifcation company MESA BOOGIE.. Thwaite has played various Mesa amps since the last 1990s and continues to rate them as his favourite amps bar none! Click on image..

MGT plays Mesa Boogie amplifiers

http://mesaboogie.com/artist/mark-gemini-thwaite.html

MGT is also proud to play SEYMOUR DUNCAN pickups and effects pedals.. the MGT Signature model has Mark’s choice of Duncan JB and Alnico Pro II pickups..  check out the MGT artist page on the Seymour Duncan website [here]

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Here’s the official video for “The Reaping” from my forthcoming debut solo album ‘Volumes’, featuring The Awakening‘s Ashton Nyte on vocals! You can finally preorder the album now on Digipak CD or Digital download, featuring the smash single ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ with Ville Valo of HIM.. Preview and order the album on CD/digital now and receive “The Reaping” as an advance instant Grat download!:

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Valo is not the only guest musician on Volumes, which has turned into a veritable all-star recording. Other appearances include Wayne Hussey of MGT’s previous band The Mission, Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls of The Wonder Stuff, Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy), Raymond Watts (Pig/KMFDM), Saffron (Republica), Julianne Regan & Andy Cousin (All About Eve), Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), Carlo Van Putten (Dead Guitars), Jorgen Munkeby (Shining Norway) and Goth legend Andi Sex Gang. Click below to preview and pre order now!

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“Mark is a friend, and the stars were aligned… it was the right song at the right time” – Ville Valo

Along with the release of the single ”Knowing Me Knowing You” on April 15th, British guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite (aka MGT) premiered his new  video starring Ville Valo (HIM), the featured vocalist on the ABBA cover. Now over 600k (half a million) views! Stream or download the single here: https://MGT.lnk.to/KnowingMeKnowingYou

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The video was shot in the California mountains and Helsinki Finland during February and March with well-known Finnish video director & photographer Ville Juurikkala (The 69 EYES, APOCALYPTICA, HIM). Juurikkala is known for his very unique way of catching pictures, blending in colours, and with the layered shots in this video, he creates a kind of James Bond feeling to it.

MGT gave the following comment about the video shoot:
“ABBA released ‘Knowing Me Knowing You” nearly 40 years ago in the winter of 1977, and the single sleeve and their video had a wintery feel to it, so when we decided to shoot a video for our version, both myself and Ville Valo agreed we should try and capture some of the feel of the ABBA version and have a winter vibe to our video as well.. So we shot my footage up in snow covered mountains, and Ville’s close-ups in front of a fire place in a secret place in Hell-sinki.. we’re pleased with it, and director Ville Juurikkala did a fantastic job!”

Order link: Digital single includes two mixes – the original rock version plus the exclusive trance remix by award winning producer YOUTH! Click this link below to choose your prefered vendor/streaming servicehttps://mgt.lnk.to/KnowingMeKnowingYou
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Also check out recent interviews with MGT below discussing the inception of the KMKY single with Ville Valo, and more info on the forthcoming album ‘Volumes’! Click on the banners below for each interview.. HIM Mexican Team and Eatmusic (Russia):

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The video premiered 14th April on metalhammer.de in Germany, the same at 3pm GMT in UK on teamrock.com and in Finland on iltalehti.fi and metalunderground.com (USA).

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MGT Solo album “Volumes” out in late June 2016 on SPV records
Single ´Knowing Me Knowing You` out on 15 April worldwide – pre order below!
ABBA cover version featuring Ville Valo of HIM! plus additional Youth remix!

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Now it’s official: British guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite, MGT for short, has signed with Hanover record imprint SPV and is scheduled to release his first solo album “Volumes” at the end of June. The lead single, ´Knowing Me Knowing You`, a cover version of the Abba classic featuring guest vocalist Ville Valo of HIM, will be available from 15 April, complete with new video with director Ville Juurikkala, featuring Ville Valo and MGT.  Valo is not the only guest musician on Volumes, which has turned into a veritable all-star recording. Other appearances include Wayne Hussey of Mark’s previous band The Mission, Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls of The Wonder Stuff, Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy), Raymond Watts (Pig/KMFDM), Saffron (Republica), Julianne Regan (All About Eve), Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), Carlo Van Putten (Dead Guitars) and Goth legend Andi Sex Gang.

Pre order links below – more links to come soon.. Digital single includes two mixes – the original rock version plus the exclusive Youth trance remix!
iTunes Finland: https://goo.gl/uIow9V
iTunes Germany: https://goo.gl/5rCvqo
Amazon Germany: https://goo.gl/QGWzzX
iTunes Italy: https://goo.gl/FdXS4v
Amazon Italy: http://goo.gl/IHtwph
iTunes Spain: https://goo.gl/CW68qZ
Amazon Spain: https://goo.gl/hsypei
iTunes France: https://goo.gl/8EnLXc
iTunes Denmark: https://goo.gl/orQN7V
Amazon France: http://goo.gl/pPsV8Q
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Originally from Birmingham UK, MGT appeared on over 20 albums. He worked with The Mission, Peter Murphy (Bauhaus), Tricky, Gary Numan Official, Ricky Warwick (Thin Lizzy), Al Jourgensen (Ministry), P.J. Harvey, Roger Daltrey (The Who), members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morissette, Warrior Soul as well as Tommy Victor and Prong to name a few.

During his joint concert with Ricky Warwick/Black Star Riders at London’s Kentish Town Forum, Mark Gemini Thwaite, Silke Yli-Sirniö (Tough Enough Promotion) and Gero Herrde (A&R SPV) met to sign the contracts. They later spoke about the recently sealed collaboration:

Mark Gemini Thwaite: “Having been a member of The Mission for many years I have a longstanding relationship with Gero Herrde and SPV, a great independent label who have released several of our albums and live DVDs over the years. Now that I am finally releasing a solo album, I feel at home releasing the record through my friends at SPV!“

Silke Yli-Sirniö, Management Tough Enough Promotion: “When Mark first sent me the tracks last autumn, I was immediately enchanted! No doubt that I wanted to be part of this project after being asked so kindly. A big THANK YOU actually goes to Ville Valo of HIM who first brought my attention to MGT. I am happy that at least some people are still making music like this in 2016 – and that people like Gero Herrde of SPV still believe in this kind of music!“

Gero Herrde, A&R at SPV: “Mark and I have known each other for many years; we never really lost sight of each other since our work with The Mission. With such a brilliant musician it was only a question of time before he started working on his own solo album, recruiting the crème de la crème of independent rock vocalists for his project. Now the album is here at last and I’m proud to have the opportunity to release it on SPV!”  http://www.spv.de

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MGT recently sat down with REGEN magazine and revealed plans for his upcoming solo album, including collaborations with Ville Valo of Finnish Love Metallers H.I.M, also Miles Hunt of The Wonder Stuff, Wayne Hussey of The Mission, Ricky Warwick of Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy, Saffron from Republica, Youth of Killing Joke, Ashton Nyte of The Awakening plus many more, as well as his career and guitars of choice..

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REGEN magazine MGT interview Oct 2015 (click here or above)

In a distant time in a land far away (well.. London in 1996 to be precise) MGT formed a band called BLUEMAX with Andy Cousin of his old band The Mission and Andy’s previous band All About Eve. They recruited Darren Scullion on vocals and an amazing drummer Tony Peart. Mission keyboardist Rik Carter also made an appearance on several recordings as did All About Eve vocalist Julianne Regan, including a stella appearance on the band’s beloved cover of ‘Superstar’ made famous by 70’s band The Carpenters (see video below).

Many fine ales were quaffed and they recorded an albums worth of material during 1996-97 but sadly never got signed despite some label interest.. the band dissolved as Mark joined Tricky‘s live band in 1998 (and later the reformed Mission) and Andy rejoined the reformed AAE. The unreleased album languished for many years… until now!

The album has been lovingly remastered and released by Emission records and is now available in digital formats via iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Tidal etc.

Amazon UK: http://goo.gl/39OYGJ
Amazon USA: http://goo.gl/c4IpYM
iTunes: https://goo.gl/2LoKNA
Google Play: https://goo.gl/2BQwV1
Tidal: http://tidal.com/us

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For more info visit the band’s official Facebook page:

 www.facebook.com/bluemaxofficial

http://www.markthwaite.com
http://www.themissionuk.com
http://www.julianneregan.net