Scene News: Marty Willson-Piper presents Noctorum ‘The Moon Drips’ off ‘The Afterlife’ LP + UK tour

MARTY-WILLSON-PIPER is best known for his decades-long involvement with THE CHURCH, but also decade with ALL ABOUT EVE and as a collaborator with Grace Slick, Aimee Mann, Susannah Hoffs and Linda Perry,but also through his current involvement in MOAT and Anekdoten. You also know Noctorum-mate producer DARE MASON through his work with The Grid, The Church, Placebo, Brix Smith (ex The Fall), Cinerama andTommy Tokyo and also Prince, Paul McCartney, Boy George, Tina Turner, Ravi Shankar and Soul II Soul before that.Ahead of this, they present the single ‘The Moon Drips’, about which Louder Than War says “Marty Willson-Piper is still at his pinnacle as far songwriting and performance goes.

Noctorum – The Afterlife

Noctorum (Marty Willson-Piper, Dare Mason) present ‘The Moon Drips’ off ‘The Afterlife’ LPFOR FANS OF: The Church, Marty Willson-Piper, Porcupine Tree, King Crimson, The BeatlesNoctorum photo by Olivia Willson-Piper

The Moon Drips

Piccadilly Circus in the Rain

Girl With No Love

Making of The Afterlife Part 2

Tour tickets

A breath of fresh air with just the right mix of upbeat instrumentation and an attractive tandem of male and female vocals. Gentle, mellifluous guitar lines are whisked about by a brisk drum beat, while Willson-Piper’s sweetly soft and fluid vocals offer up a bittersweet portrait of Londontown… superb and stands up to anything ever released by The Church or All About Eve” – Big Takeover Magazine”Bristling with energy and rock and roll groove but retaining that slight psychedelic infusion that served his formative band so well, it is that trade off between its underground nature and hooky accessibility that will see it pick up fans across the spectrum” – Dancing About Architecture”Everything we’ve heard from the new Noctorum album gives every indication that this is a smashing album and that Marty Willson-Piper is still at his pinnacle as far songwriting and performance goes… Dare Mason’s production up to par with his past works for The Church, Placebo, The Grid, Brix Smith (ex The Fall) and Cinerama” – Louder Than WarNoctorum, a duo comprised of guitarist/singer-songwriter Marty Willson-Piperand producer Dare Mason, present their new single ‘The Moon Drips’ ahead of their fourth album ‘The Afterlife’ and following the singles ‘Piccadilly Circus in the Rain’ and ‘A Girl With No Love’.This is the duo’s first long-play in seven years. Slated for release on February 15, this album will be made available on heavy-weight gatefold vinyl, CD and digitally via Schoolkids Records. Fortunate PledgeMusic contributors received an advance copy after Noctorum’s campaign successfully achieved 113% of its target for the album.‘The Moon Drips is the album’s opening track. It tells the tale of a perilous journey on a mysterious caravan that takes the unwitting across the Texan-Mexican border to a geographically impossible jump, landing in Bohemia and Prussia. As these two worlds collide, winds howl, trumpets blast, violins yearn and 19th century sequencers outmode harpsichords as creatures of the night fly silhouetted against the glowing disc of the moon, a backdrop for realised shadows as they pounce on reality itself.Named for the village Noctorum, located near to their childhood homes on The Wirral (near Liverpool), Dare and Marty liked its association with night and its Latin derivation.

This collaboration has an eclectic focus, making the quiet loud and vice-versa, singing words that might be spoken and playing indoor instruments that should be heard outside. It has to be imagined to exist.Formed in 2002, Noctorum released their debut album ‘Sparks Lane’ on Heyday Recordsin 2003. In 2006, they followed up with the album ‘Offer The Light’ on that same label,later re-releasing it as a digipak in 2010 via Second Motion Records. Heyday released their third album ‘Honey Mink Forever’ in 2011.Marty Willson-Piper has been writing and performing internationally for over 35 years. He is best known as a long-time member of Australian psychedelic rock band The Church, who he was with from its inception through to 2013. He joined All About Eve in the ’90s, releasing two studio albums and several live albums with them. He is also lead singerand lyricist with Swedish band MOAT and a touring member of Swedish Prog legends Anekdoten.

Since the mid-1980s, Willson-Piper has maintained a steady solo output, releasing six solo studio albums and three live solo albums to date. He has also co-written music with many artists, including Grace Slick, Aimee Mann, Susannah HoffsandLinda Perry.As a house engineer at London’s world famous Townhouse Studios, Dare Mason has worked with the likes of Prince, Paul McCartney, Boy George, Tina Turner, Ravi Shankar and Soul II Soul, among others. After becoming a freelance producer/engineer in 1991, he produced albums for The Grid, The Church, Placeboand AC Acoustics, working in London, New York, Sydney and Stockholm. He finally moved to Cornwall, where he set up the VIP Lounge studio in 2001. Nowadays, Dare is mainly known as a mixing engineer, having mixed recordings byBrix Smith (ex The Fall), CineramaandTommy Tokyo. Dare is also a composer, songwriter and accomplished guitarist, singer and dabbler in keyboards, usually contributing musically to the artists he produces.All three singles are now available across online stores and streaming platforms like Spotify. The full album ‘The Afterlife’ album will be released on February 15, and can now be ordered in all formats via Schoolkids Records.


Marty Willson-Piper – lead vocal,electricleadandrhythmguitars,bass, swedish cittra

Dare Mason – keyboards, backing vocals

Olivia Willson-Piper – backing vocals

Richard Evans – trumpet

Steve Jackson – drums

Written and produced by Marty Willson-Piper & Dare Mason

Lyrics by Marty Willson-Piper

Recorded and mixed by Dare Mason at the VIP Lounge, Penzance, England

Mastered by Poppy Weinberger for Riverfish Mastering

Design by Olivia Willson-Piper & Lizzie Tucker


Mar 14 LONDON, UK – The Betsey Trotwood (downstairs) SOLD OUT

Mar 15 LONDON, UK – The Betsey Trotwood (upstairs) SOLD OUT

Mar 17 BIRMINGHAM, UK – Kitchen Garden Cafe

Mar 18 BRISTOL, UK – Salt Cafe

Mar 19 MANCHESTER, UK – Gullivers Lounge

Mar 20 LEEK, UK – Foxlowe Arts Centre

Mar 21 EDINBURGH, Scotland – The Voodoo Rooms

Mar 22 LIVERPOOL, UK – Smithdown Social Club

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