MGT / JYRKI69 US TOUR (MARCH 2018)
[23 March 2018]
Fantastic final show of our MGT / Jyrki69 tour at The Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood, California! Thank you to all who came out and to Jyrki69, Ace Von Johnson, Kyle Cunningham, Ashes & Garret D Heitshusen for being such fabulous tour partners! Extra thanks to our very special guest Mr Burton C Bell of Fear Factory for joining us on ‘Dystopia’ on the eve of his Ministry tour last night! Biggest thank you to our wonderful drummer Jared Shavelson for joining our circus 48 hours before the first show & not only playing phenomenally but for being a phenomenal human being! Photo by Anabel DFlux
New album "Gemini Nyte" out now!
[23 FEB 2018]
New album out today on Cleopatra Records by The Awakening frontman Ashton Nyte and Mark Gemini Thwaite (Peter Murphy / The Mission). The duo are known as MGT and the long awaited album is called "Gemini Nyte"!
Purchase/Stream Gemini Nyte:
Amazon - http://amzn.to/2Ca1FyJ
Apple Music - https://apple.co/2CBaEoe
BandCamp - http://bit.ly/2sM1K7K
Google Play - http://bit.ly/2CCL0iJ
Spotify - http://spoti.fi/2EOc70k
All The Broken Things - https://youtu.be/RBmMg9ulHxg
Every Little Dream - https://youtu.be/Z9IKc7dN-wM
Atlanta - https://youtu.be/Uj-WM49Lt4w
I was introduced to Mark in late 2015 by Adrian Skirrow and our first collaboration was on MGT's debut album, "Volumes". We co-wrote 2 songs on "Volumes" and we just kept writing. It seemed logical to grow MGT into our own shared project and here we are today with the second MGT album, "Gemini Nyte" ushering in a new chapter for us both. I hope you enjoy!
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MGT’s sophomore album, Gemini Nyte, features 13 new songs written and recorded by guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite (THE MISSION/PETER MURPHY) and vocalist Ashton Nyte (THE AWAKENING), plus drummer Paul Ferguson (KILLING JOKE) and guest appearances by Burton C Bell (FEAR FACTORY) and Lol Tolhurst & Pearl Thompson (THE CURE) on 'the Assembly Line' single.
Read what critics are saying about Gemini Nyte"
“If you like your goth along the likes of HIM or The 69 Eyes, or if you like it more old school, there’s something for everyone here.” - Pure Rawk
“MGT sound amazing.. If you like the ’80’s gothic rock/new wave sound, you’re going to absolutely love this” - YELL Magazine
“With 'Gemini Nyte' MGT hits its true stride” - Intravenous Magazine
“A gothic rock lover’s dream.. MGT has an upcoming release that will make even the darkest of hearts swoon” - Rock Revolt Magazine
“This is what Ashton Nyte and Mark Gemini Thwaite have successfully accomplished with ‘Gemini Nyte’, they have made a style all their own that is exciting and modern” 4.5 / 5 - Cryptic Rock
“they've resurrected the classic goth rock / darkwave sound” - Loudwire
MGT US TOUR MARCH 2018
[29 JANUARY 2018]
Very pleased to announce that I will be on tour with MGT this March! We are touring in support of our upcoming new album "Gemini Nyte" and will sharing the bill with the lovely Jyrki69 of The 69 Eyes.
Fri, March 9 - Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
Sat, March 10 - Fullerton, CA @ Slide Bar
Sun, March 11 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Tue, March 13 - Portland, OR @ Analog Lounge
Thurs, March 15 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Fri, March 16 - Boise, ID @ Grainey's Basement
Sat, March 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joe’s
Sun, March 18 - Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
Wed, March 21 - West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FROM ASHTON NYTE OUT NOW
[25 OCTOBER 2017]
It gives me great pleasure to share the video for my single with you today. The Crying Game is one of those timeless songs that has kept me company for most of my life. It is an honor to finally sing it and share my version with the world. The song is available now exclusively from the Ashton Nyte website. It will be released on all other digital platforms on November 8th.
ASHTON JOINS SCHECTER GUITARS
[27 April 2017]
Not only is today my birthday but I am proud to announce that I have joined the Schecter Guitars family! It is a tremendous honour to share a home with Prince (RIP), Robert Smith, Wayne Hussey, MGT and so many of my favourite artists and friends. Many thanks to Michael Ciravolo and all at Schecter Guitar Research for making this birthday extra memorable and thank you to Todd Davis Photography for this wonderful photo. Ashton x
ps - The guitar in this photo is a Schecter Corsair Custom.
pps - The coat I’m wearing is made by Rose Mortem.
[1 Dec 2016]
Big announcements to be made soon. 2017 is shaping up to be quite a year. Heaven knows we all need it to be...
Thank you to eraserhead.at for the photo from our show in Vienna (Oct 2016).
LIVE ACROSS EUROPE
Last night was the last show of a glorious 17 date European tour with The Mission! Much gratitude to all who came out to the shows, sang along, met us at the merch table and made our lives richer for knowing you. A massive thank you to the wonderful extended Mission family: Wayne, Craig, Simon, Mike and their lovely guest vocalist Evi Vine, George at Anger-Management, fabulous crew members Marek, Poggy, Stevie and Paddy, Nathan at Complete Tours and merchandise wizard Mark Lee for making this tour the memorable experience it has been. (ps - Thank you Adrian Skirrow for setting the tour wheels in motion). Right now we're on a ferry back to the UK, before flying to the US on Wednesday. Already looking forward to touring again next year (after a whole lot of sleep, massage and finally finishing that new album). With love, as always. Ashton x
Photo by Jurgen Golombek - Thank you!
Wonderful in depth interview with Ashton, covering The Awakening's upcoming tour with The Mission, duetting with Wayne Hussey, the early years & the birth of "Risen", new projects and more! Thank you to Nils at Graffiti Punctuated (London) for some revealing questions.
THE AWAKENING TO TOUR EUROPE WITH THE MISSION
[29 June 2016]
We are delighted to announce that The Awakening will be the special guests on the European dates of The Mission’s 30th Anniversary Tour! The Awakening will be joining The Mission on 17 dates, starting on 8 October at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London (an extra special show that includes Peter Murphy on the bill) and finishing at Pandora Hall in Utrecht, Holland on 31 October. Last year I had the absolute pleasure of joining the inimitable Wayne Hussey on stage to sing ‘Butterfly On A Wheel’. It is a song I used to attempt on acoustic guitar in my bedroom as a teenager, and singing it with the man who wrote it was a dream come true. Supporting The Mission now, as they celebrate 30 years of releasing beautiful music, is one of the greatest joys of my career. The Mission was most definitely one of the bands that inspired and influenced the birth of The Awakening. The dream just became an exquisite journey. Ashton x
THE REAPING BY MGT + ASHTON NYTE OUT NOW
It is here! The full length video for "The Reaping" by MGT (Peter Murphy, The Mission, Gary Numan) and The Awakening's Ashton Nyte premiered on Sonic Seducer today! Ashton provided lyrics and vocals for this powerful song off MGT aka Mark Gemini Thwaite's debut album, which also features Ville Valo (HIM), Wayne Hussey (The Mission) and many more! The album will be out on 24 June on SPV but you can pre-order now and get "The Reaping" immediately. Video editing by the wonderful Montster Filmworks known for their work with the brilliant Killing Joke.
NEW VIDEO BY ASHTON NYTE OUT TODAY
[11 January 2016]
Devastated and somewhat unraveled by the passing of David Bowie. Like so many other humans, I have been inspired, comforted and perplexed by the genius of his contribution to my life. A myriad of memories are once again vying for attention: asking my Dad to buy a “best of Bowie” record at the age of 7, after hearing Ground Control desperately trying to make contact with our hero; dressing as a makeshift Ziggy Stardust to a party at age 14, complete with black leggings borrowed from my Mom and dyed red hair (much to the chagrin of my headmaster); anxiously weighing up my art against his and falling dramatically short time and time again; the spiritual experience of the David Bowie IS Exhibition in Chicago last year; being within spitting distance of the man himself at an art exhibition in Johnannesburg in the mid 90’s and not having the courage to tell him all he already meant to me.
Thank you so very much David. I had wanted to wait until the pain had subsided, so I could write something beautiful and poetic but I’m not sure that will be possible.
So, I’ll conclude with the anguished affirmation that heralds the climax of my favourite song:
“Oh no love! You’re not alone”
[8 April 2015]
Happy to confirm that I will be touring South Africa in May 2015! I have confirmed some theatre shows with the fabulous Wayne Hussey (of The Mission) and have a few glorious headline shows lined up. Check out the Tour Details here! We are currently confirming dates and details for the US in September / October and Europe thereafter. More to be announced soon...
The new album from The Awakening's front man will be released on 3 March 2015! Some Kind Of Satellite is available for pre-order now! The album is available in CD format and digitally. The first single, "Dressing Like You" is available instantly when pre-ordering the album from iTunes.
ASHTON NYTE NEW VIDEO PREMIERE
The video for the first single from The Awakening front man Ashton Nyte has just been released! The video premiered on the Auxiliary Magazine site today. The single, "Dressing Like You" is from Ashton Nyte's upcoming album, "Some Kind Of Satellite", which is available for pre-order now!
The 18 track Digipak CD and 21 track Digital Downloads are available from our store now! The album features remixes, re-inventions and 2 new songs, "Fault" and "Beneath Your Feet".