By Royal Appointment ….
Ok, so you may have clocked the artwork on our website for “The King”. This was commissioned following another one of those quirky coincidences that follow this band around (or was it part of the divine comedy by Dionysus).
Andy’s long time friend Andrew Hancock held a house party which was attended by Andrew’s “Uncle Gav”. Andy had met Gavin Mayhew a few times prior to this party having previously admired his paintings adorning just about every wall of Andrews house. Being aware of their mutual interest in the arts, the conversation turned to the new album and would Gav be interested in doing the artwork? Naturally he was and a meeting was arranged in the Black Bull, Wolsingham (where DeeExpus were formed). Andy rang Tony to inform him of said meeting and had he heard of a local artist called Gavin Mayhew? “heard of him?” Tony replied, “I’ve been sick all over his carpet and fallen asleep in his studio several times”. It turned out that Gav, once a native of Wolsingham, was renowned for holding bacchanalian parties of which Tony was a frequent attendee. Tony was thrilled at hearing Gav was to do the artwork as his work is synonymous with Weardale and can be seen throughout the region (including just about every pub sign). This seemed fitting based on the King’s origins.
The meeting was held accompanied by a couple of cheeky beers and the general precise of the story was relayed to Gav. Some brainstorming later and a clear direction that we wanted to avoid the cliched and overused heavy metal look of knights, skeletons, blood, demons etc and Gav had a basic premise on which to create.
All went quiet from Mr Mayhew for a while until one day Andy sent Tony an email with no text and with an attachment entitled “The King”. Tony opened it with a sense of excitement and… The result is what you see here. Tony was delighted at the way Gav had encapsulated certain elements of the tale and is sure that when you hear “The King..” you’ll be drawn into the picture as he was.
You can see more of Gavin’s fantastic work at HERE
Here are all of the previous items from our old website for those who are interested. None of the links remain active.
22nd April, 2011
Firstly, apologies for the lack of updates here. The
paucity of information could lead the casual observer to
think that all was quiet in the world of DeeExpus; no
news = nothing happening. Well fair friend, that is an
almighty misassumption. Like a swan, we have been
beautiful to look upon from above, serene and quiet as
we gracefully glide across the placid lake of prog. Yet
take a look beneath the waterline of this calm facade
and you will see the hidden hive of industry as we
propel ourselves purposefully onwards towards the
completion of album two. Unfortunately all comparisons
to swans must end there as we aren’t the property of the
Queen and we can’t break your arms with one flap of our
The writing is complete on the album, minus the odd bell
and whistle here and there, and we are now in the
painstaking process of committing what has been written
to record, or more correctly in this modern age – hard
Some songs are almost complete, others not so but
Suffice to say that we are incredibly pleased with what
we’ve done so far and we’re itching at the bit to
release this to you, oh unsuspecting reader.
Also coming soon is a brand new band biography giving a
level of insight into DeeExpus like never before.
We will keep you updated here on our progress (more
frequently than once a year, we promise!) and hope that
you are as excited as we are regarding the impending
arrival of “The King”
8th May, 2010
We have just released the remaining stock of the ‘Half
Way Around The World‘ tee-shirts on our store.
Click HERE to purchase this specially commissioned design.
6th May, 2010
“DeeExpus Kicks Ass at ROSFEST
a fan’s view by Sean Murphy
“I have just got to say that I had a chance to meet
these guys at the ROSFEST in Gettysburg, PA. Let me just
tell you that this is the most down to earth band I have
ever met, not to mention they put on ONE HELL OF A SHOW. They
definitely have a fan in me and my friends. We’re gonna
do our best to spread the word of DeeExpus here in the
States, and I want to see you guys here SOON!”
5th May, 2010
Favourite ROSfest 2010
usaprogressivemusic is holding a poll to find the
‘favourite’ performance from ROSfest 2010. We already
know who it should be, don’t we?
If you were there and would like to vote click HERE.
20th February, 2010
We are delighted to have been asked to support
Pendragon at the Robin 2 on Sunday May 16th. This will
be DeeExpus’ first appearance at the Robin, should be
fun! 2 Award winners, 1 show, don’t miss it. See you
there!! 18th January, 2010DeeExpus win the Classic Rock
‘Best New Band’ of 2009 Award
“We are incredibly proud and honoured to have won ‘Best New
Band’ of 2009 at the Classic Rock Societies Band of the
Year Awards and would really like to thank all who voted
for us. We are made up
We’d really like to thank the CRS for
all their support and encouragement and especially Miles
for inviting us to do some great gigs. We’d also like to
thank Agnieszka Kulpinska from Metal Mind who continues
to be our little star and godsend Extra Special
thanks to Rob and Adam for keeping shtum and announcing
our award, thereby rendering us speechless. For a
See you ALL a bit later in the year!”
Pictures of the award being presented HERE & HERE
13th December 2009
‘Half Way To A Gig’ – A
This is a reproduction of a reader’s letter submitted to the recent edition
of Classic Rock
Last night I went to see Touchstone and DeeExpus at the
Wesley Centre in Maltby and what a great gig it was. I already owned both Touchstone CDs but DeeExpus were completely new to me and I was most impressed. So much so that I decided to buy their CD, but by the time Touchstone had
finished their set DeeExpus had cleared their merchandising desk.
So this morning I ordered their album ‘Half Way Home’
from their website. and expected to receive it in the
I then went up into the loft which I was clearing of old
rubbish, when about 1pm my wife called up the stairs to
say some men were here ‘from the CRS’. I went downstairs
and found DeeEXpus on the drive personally delivering my
CD – they were passing close to my Maltby home on their
way to Southend for the Sunday night show and thought
they would deliver the CD. That is what I call good
service – two hour delivery by the band themselves. I
would just like to thank the band for doing this and to
say that it was great to meet them albeit very briefly
as they had to rush off to get to Southend by 5pm, I
look forward to seeing them at the CRS again soon.
The actual letter can be read HERE together with the
Please note: delivery of DeeExpus merchandise by the
band in person is not guaranteed J
11th November 2009
An interview with Andy has been published by Musical
Waves, a French on-line music resource.
Click HERE to view.
11th October, 2009
Work has started on the title
track for the new album ‘The King of Number 33‘.
Tony has penned some cracking
lyrics and today I started the music. We’ll post
updates on a regular basis and hopefully a couple of videos.
18th August, 2009
We are very happy to announce that DeeExpus have been asked to
join Tinyfish for a one off
show at The Peel, Kingston on 5th
More details HERE
25th June, 2009
DeeExpus are delighted
to have been asked to play three dates as guests with Touchstone on their “London
to Los Angeles” Autumn tour (though they seem to have
overlooked the Los Angeles leg. bummer!). Their
critically acclaimed album “Wintercoast” has been on the
DeeExpus CD player for about a fortnight now, and
features some powerful driving prog married with superb,
and at times haunting, vocals courtesy of Kim Seviour.
Cracking stuff! Get yourself along to one (or all!) of
the following, we guarantee you a stonker of a night!
Can’t wait meself
Sat 26th September
CRS – The Wesley Centre
Sunday 27th September
CRS – Riga Music Bar
228 London Road,
Sat 3rd October
The Orange Box
See ya there!
10th June, 2009
Due to commitment issues, Kev Jager is no longer
We are delighted however, to announce the arrival of a
very talented young drummer to the DeeExpus Throne.
Since conception, The Band has been crying out for
someone of his calibre, someone who can not only cope
with the parts but can bring Enthusiasm, Finesse, Vibrance and damn fine Ass Kick to them. Already
established in the Progressive scene, winning second
place as CRS Prog drummer of the year in 2007; Ladies
and Gentlemen, can you please welcome
Mr Henry Rogers!!
We’ve been waiting a long time to announce this, but
finally, DeeExpus are HONOURED to be confirmed for RoSfest 2010. Happy Days.
Click HERE to visit the official festival website
23rd May, 2009
DeeExpus have been confirmed to play at the Cambridge Rock Festival on
Saturday 8th August, 2009.
More details to follow, click HERE for more info on the festival.
6th May, 2009
New store online now
Pre-order the exclusive autographed
Home – only available HERE
28th April, 2009
We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Glenn Povey Management. All
future enquiries regarding management, promotion and booking should
be addressed to him. His contact details can be found HERE. 27th April, 2009DeeExpus confirmed to
play The Classic Rock Society’s Rotherham Rocks on Saturday 9th May supporting the legendary Pendragon.
For further details and Tickets click HERE. 22nd April, 2009A New Store will on-line
soon for purchases of CDs, DVDs and Tees. The new
DVD/CD ‘Far From Home‘ will
be available to Pre-order. 3rd April, 2009“Far From Home” the
first DeeExpus DVD is due for release by MetalMind
Productions in Europe on 8th
June and in the United States on 16th June.
The DVD will be available in 3 formats: DVD, limited
DVD+CD edition, including bonus audio CD with songs
recorded during the gig at the
Wyspianski Theatre, Poland,
and CD digipak (limited to 1000 copies).
The full press release can be viewed HERE, view DVD artwork HERE.
8th March, 2009
We have added a link to an image gallery on the
‘live’ page. The gallery includes some excellent photos
from ProgRock 2009 courtesy
of Marta Tluszcz – images
from other gigs to follow. 13th January, 2009We have added a video section to the site with some
footage taken at the band’s rehearsal studio – videos
courtesy of Andrew Hancock,
30th December 2008
We’re off to Poland.
DeeExpus are proud to have been asked to perform at ProgRock 2009 at the Wyspianski Theatre, Katowice,
Poland on Feb 17th. The show will be filmed for a DVD
release later in the year by Metal Mind Productions.
Progrock Festival 2009
16 – 17 February 2009
Katowice, Wyspiański Theatre
Day I: SBB (PL), Shadowland (UK), Tinyfish (UK)
Day II: RPWL (DE), Overhead (FI), DeeExpus (UK)
2008I’m very saddened to learn of the death of an old
friend of mine Michael Lee,
a fabulous talent and an incredible drummer whom it is a
privilege to have worked with. My thoughts go out to his
family and close friends.
31st October, 2008
Having had set back after set back over the past
year, the addition of Kev has finally pulled the band
sound together and rehearsals are going very well
indeed. So well in fact, that we are pleased to announce
a single date in January 2009 to get us underway. The
Venue will be The Forum Music
Centre in Darlington UK on Saturday January 24th with support from Aimless Mules. Tickets are now
available priced at £7.50 each. To order click HERE and
we will send you an email confirmation followed by your
tickets once we receive them back from the printers. 29th October, 2008Firstly, some disappointing news. A few weeks ago Leigh Crowther reluctantly
announced that he could no longer afford the time
commitments to the band and left. The band were sorry to
see him go, but realise that some things in life need to
take priority. Leigh has been very committed over the
past year and his effort and enthusiasm were second to
none. The band would like to take the opportunity to
thank Leigh and wish him well for the future.
So now for the uplift! – We are very pleased and proud to welcome Kevin Jager to the band – Kev is
a fantastic drummer and joins us from prestigious prog
cover band “Prognosis”. Those of you who attended The
Classic Rock Society gig in Rotherham last year may have
already witnessed his prowess. Kev has settled in VERY
nicely and is adding immeasurably to the sound of the
8th October, 2008
As well as working on material for the next album the
band are currently recording acoustic versions of some of the Half Way Home
album, call back soon to hear exclusive sound bites. 3rd October, 2008Half Way Home reviewed in the latest issue of the
Norwegian progressive music magazine Tarkus. 29 September, 2008A fabulous review of
Half Way Home by Geoff Feaks can now be found on DPRP’s
website HERE. 29 September, 2008′Seven Nights’ is on the coverdisc of this months Eclipsed Magazine (Germany), a feature and interview
with Andy to feature in the October edition. 7th August, 2008″Greed” to feature on the Mighty Bruce Dickinson’s Rock Show on Friday 8th August. 30th June, 2008Half Way Home Now Available On iTunes As An Mp3
Download. 26th June, 2008Half Way Home Now Available At CD Baby As CD Or
Download. 21st June,2008
Album Review By Frans Keylard:
“Half Way Home” Is The Debut Album By UK’s DeeExpus
Project. Musically, “Half Way Home” Occupies A Rare
Crossroads Between The Progressive Guitar-Rock Territory
Carved Out By Porcupine Tree’s “In Absentia” And The
Exquisite Pop Sensibilities Of A-Ha’s “Minor Earth,
Major Sky.” This Album Delivers Big On Memorable
Moments, And Begs Further Exploration During Successive
I Just Can’t Get Over How Surprisingly Solid This
Release Is, Considering It’s A Debut Album. Throughout
There Is Excellent Song writing, Timing, And Musicianship
- Nothing Is Wasted. Half Way Home Is A Contender For One
Of The Year’s Best Releases, And I Will Be Surprised If
This Band Remains Unsigned For Long!
Frans Keylard The Rogues’ Gallery
Massive Thanks To Frans Keylard Who Featured Greed,
Pointless Child And One 8 On Last Weeks Rouges Gallery
On The Dividing Line. Not Content With Half Of The
Album; One Day, Seven Nights, Pttee And The Full 17
Minutes Of Half Way Home Feature On This Weeks Show
Along With Yet Another Interview With Andy. Both Shows
(Numbers 255 And 256) Along With Every Other Show, Can
Be Downloaded Here 9th June, 2008Interview With French Progressive Rock Website
Www.Progressive-Area.Com Now Online (Scroll Down For English Version). They Are
Also Running A Competition To Win A Copy Of Half Way
Home. 6th June, 2008Andy And Tony Are Appearing On NE1FM’s Sunday
Morning Rock Show On Sunday 22nd June To Play Some
Tracks From Half Way Home Along With Some Of Their All
Time Favourites. NE1FM’s Rock Show Is Broadcast Every
Sunday From 10am Until Noon. You Can Tune In Around
Newcastle And Gateshead At 102.5fm Or Listen Online Here 29th May, 2008First Review Of Half Way Home By Gary Grainger Can Be Found Here 6th May, 2008As You May Know, Our Listening Party Will Take Place
From Around 6pm On 25th May 2008 At The Green Tree In
Tudhoe Village. The Pub Website, With Directions, Can Be
Found Here. 19th April, 2008Half Way Home Is Now Available To
Pre-order. Those Of You Coming To The Listening Party
Will Get The Chance To Hear It Before Anyone Else And
Can Pick Up Your Copy Nice And Early. If You Pre-order It
Here, Your Postage Will Be Refunded On The Night. 3rd April, 2008We Are Having A Listening Party On Sunday 25th May
(The One Before The Second May Bank Holiday Monday) In A
Picturesque Little Pub In A Picturesque Little Village
Just Outside Of Durham City Where Hopefully We Will Have
Our Finished Album Half Way Home Mastered, Packaged And
On Sale For The First Time. Due To The Size Of The Room,
Spaces Are A Bit Limited And Are Invite Only. If You
Fancy Coming Along For An Hours Worth Of Prog Rock, Food
(Free), Drink (Not Free!!!) Followed By A Party In The
Bar, Pop Us An Email Through To Gardenparty@Deeexpus.Com
And We’ll Be In Touch. 11th February,
2008One8 Is Finished And Now Playing
In The Media Section. The Song Has Been Reworked From
The Original Demo, And Now Features A Cracking Little
Solo From Phil At The End. All The Guitars Have Been
Redone By Phil And Myself Along With A Fresh Set Of
Vocals From Tony. For Those Who Are Interested, The
Lyrics Refer To A Group Of ‘Friends’ Who I People
Watched, In A Pub In Grimsby Of All Places. Lets Face
It, There Wasn’t Much Else To Do. Enjoy The Track, Andy.