Having released the album of his latest project Travellers, Wojtek Szadkowski allows himself no rest. Instead, he keeps working on the first Strawberry Fields DVD as well as on that same project’s new studio material.
“Live Strawberry Fields” DVD was recorded on the 20th of April 2011, at Silesian Theatre in Katowice, Poland, were the band presented to their audience their very own, unique, subtly simple, magic and, at times, trip-hop-like brand of prog music, crowned with Robin’s – the band’s lead singer’s – mesmerizing, sensual voice. Szadkowski and Robin were accompanied on stage by the former’s fellow musicians from the band Satellite – Sarhan Kubeisi (guitars), Jarek Michalski (bass), Krzysztof Palczewski (keys) and the band’s new guitarist Michał Kirmuć. Together they presented their fans with a musical feast by performing songs from Strawberry Fields’ debut album “Rivers Gone Dry” as well as one previously unreleased song – “Problem” . Also, the band surprised the audience by playing new versions of two memorable songs from Satellite’s repertoire – “Don’t Walk Away in Silence” and “Is It Over” – as also a classic Collage song “Living in the Moonlight”. “Live Strawberry Fields” DVD perfectly captures the magic of that exceptional evening.
The concert at the Theatre was also a special event for the band themselves. Strawberry Fields’ singer Robin comments: “Silesian Theatre in Katowice is a beautiful venue, magical even. The atmosphere of that place perfectly fit and contributed to the mood of that evening. The live DVD shows a different side of Strawberry Fields than what you can find on ‘River’s Gone Dry’. First and foremost, this is because we’re harmonious as a band, our mutual energy keeps us going and we really enjoy playing live. Most of the songs were re-arranged into live versions. It is owing to this that the band became more consistent, its character was defined better. We hope that ‘Live Strawberry Fields’ will let people look at Strawberry Fields from a different perspective… that it will let them see it as a ‘band’. For me, the greatest pleasure was performing Satellite’s and Collage’s songs. I was genuinely touched. Of course, it’s not the same as hearing the original versions, it’s merely a substitute, but it’s enough to allow for a sentimental journey back in time.”
The release date of “Live Strawberry Fields” DVD is scheduled for October, 17th in Europe and November, 22nd in USA (via MVD).
“Live Strawberry Fields” DVD
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MMP DVD 0195
Genre: atmospheric rock
Release date: 17.10.2011 Europe / 22.11.2011 USA
1. Open Your Eyes
5. River’s Gone Dry
9. Your Story
10. Don’t Walk Away in Silence (Satellite cover)
11. Living in the Moonlight (Collage cover)
12. Is It Over (Satellite cover)
* previously unreleased
Interview with Wojtek Szadkowski
Interview with Robin