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ALL ABOUT LONELY ROBOT

John Mitchell had long thought about embarking on a solo project and when he found a break in his schedule due to plans for the next It Bites album being delayed, he finally took the opportunity.

“People had suggested I do a project like this for a long time, but I procrastinated so much that in the end, it took Thomas Waber from InsideOut to push me into doing this. Musically, Lonely Robot is very proggy, but more about atmosphere than technical expertise. It reminds me in places of Kino and Frost*, but stands apart from both.”

John also put a lot of thought into the overall project name. Lonely Robot isn’t just the juxtaposition of two disparate words.

“It represents the human condition. I’m not suggesting that human beings behave like robots, but so many people lead regimented lives and it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and not realise or know how to get out of it.”

ABOUT THE BIG DREAM

Following 2015’s acclaimed debut ‘Please Come Home’, ‘The Big Dream’ has a core theme running through it – one that sees The Astronaut, the central character in the Lonely Robot adventure, emerging from a long period in stasis.

Mitchell explains: “The Astronaut wakes up from a cryogenic sleep but finds he’s no longer in space, and is instead in a woodland area surrounded by a group of strange people with animal heads! It’s a little surreal, a little ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to some extent. This is something of a solipsistic haze, for want of a better description!

I have always envisaged the storyline of The Astronaut’s journey evolving over the course of three albums. And I always knew where I wanted to go with the second album – taking The Astronaut away from space and into a strange and unfamiliar environment. Right now, I have no thoughts of what will happen for the third one but I’d better start thinking about it now!”

“Musically, Lonely Robot is very proggy, but more about atmosphere than technical expertise. It reminds me in places of Kino and Frost*, but stands apart from both.”

JOHN MITCHELL