27.03.2020 - ALBUM & TOUR POSTPONED
It is with heavy heart we have to announce that due to COVID-19 both
the release of our new album ‘Holding On / Letting Go’
and the forthcoming European tour have been postponed. Don't worry
we are now in the process of frantically rescheduling everything for
the Fall so you will still see us soon.
If you were one of the pre-orderers you will also have received a
note from Robin and we promise to keep you fully updated here as more
news/detail becomes available as well. Stay home, stay safe and stay
06.03.2020 - NEW ALBUM PRESALES / FIRST
TRACK 'ALIVE' / EUROPEAN TOUR
So it’s finally here! The new Sophia album 'Holding On / Letting
The album artwork by John Hobbs is this gorgeous interpretation of
the original chart devised by the Bauhaus school's music teacher Gertrud
Grunow and her visualisation of the correlation between colour and
This the track list. Listen to the new song 'Alive'
by clicking on the track name below.
1. Strange Attractor
2. Undone. Again.
5. Gathering The Pieces
8. Road Song
9. We See You (Taking Aim)
10. Prog Rock Arp (I Know)
Album presales start right now over on the Sophia
The limited edition “Twelve Tone” version of the vinyl
will be made using the 12 colours that constitute Gertrud Grunow's
"twelve-tone circle of colour" and thus the album's artwork.
There will only be 100 of each colour...
We're working with the amazing Dunk!Pressing
on this and they will literally have to hand-match each and every
colour as they are pressing the vinyl: "It’s going to be
a process where we hold the cover in one hand and fresh vinyl in the
other, adjusting the color mix until we have a match suitable for
You can do the maths yourself but there will be 1200 in total so there
will be 1/3 for pre-order, 1/3 for the upcoming Sophia tour and 1/3
for the various European and worldwide distributors.
And...WE'RE GOING ON TOUR (update: the tour has been
postponed to the Fall)
28/04: Maastricht (NL) - Muziekgieterij 29/04: Brussels (BE) - Les Nuits Botanique SOLD OUT
30/04: Frankfurt (DE) - Das Bett Facebook
01/05: Bielefeld (DE) - Forum
02/05: Brandenbourg (LU) - ARCE NOCTU Night Festival
12/05: Amsterdam (NL) - Bitterzoet
14/05: Tourcoing (FR) - Le Grand Mix
15/05: Münster (DE) - Gleis 22
16/05: Köln (DE) - Helios37
17/05: Berlin (DE) - Privatclub
19/05: Hamburg (DE) - Nochtspeicher
20/05: Trier (DE) - Mergener Hof
21/05: Münich (DE) - Folks Club
22/05: Zurich (CH) - Rote Fabrik
23/05: Milan (IT) - Circolo Ohibò
05.02.2020 - NEW ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT
/ FIRST GIG IN BRUSSELS
Robin Proper-Sheppard and his Sophia Collective (now frequently referred
to as Sophia 2.0) are set to release their latest album 'Holding
On / Letting Go' (The Flower Shop Recordings/PIAS) on 24/04/2020
and are very excited to announce that they will be kicking off the
release at Belgium’s very own Les
Nuits Botanique Festival (Brussels) on 29/04/2020.
The recording of the new album has continued along the now much lauded
path of somber, yet at the same time increasingly frenetic and heavy,
live shows that highlighted the return of Sophia’s 2016 album As We
Make Our Way (Unknown Harbours) and showcases all of the Sophia 2.0
live entourage (including Belgians Sander Verstraete, Jesse Maes and
Bert Vliegen) as well Sophia long-time drummer/percussionist extraordinaire
This new line up, and it's mastery of their quietest of quiet and
loundest of loud dynamics, received resoundingly positive acclaim
from fans both old and new and saw the band make no less than four
full tours throughout Europe during the As We Make Our Way (Unknown
Harbours) campaign and we are certain that Les Nuits Botanique will
soon be the beginning of yet another very successful return to the
fans of Sophia.
18.10.2019 - VALENTINE'S DAY SESSION
& DE NACHTEN VINYL / NEW ALBUM /
The Valentine's Day Session is getting its own release on red vinyl
along with it's own gorgeous artwork.
For those of you that don't know: this was a live solo-acoustic performance
with string quartet that was broadcast live on Valentine's Day by
Radio FM4, Austria. The Valentine’s Day Session was initially
only available as a bonus disk with 'There Are No Goodbyes' and so
outside of the 2000 cd’s out in the wild, you most likely wouldn’t
have heard these recordings. It’s live, intense and very raw
(and all the better for it).
Also 'De Nachten' is available on deep blue vinyl for the first time.
You guys and girls have been asking for this to be issued on vinyl
since the day it was first released over eighteen years ago!
Both releases were remastered by Charlie Francis and are individually
numbered limited prints of 1000 copies. A handful of copies are still
available via sophia.bandcamp.com
More copies will become available at a later time.
In the meantime Sophia are recording their new studio album in Berlin.
More news on that soon!
Robin will take a break from recordings to hit the road once again
with Giardini Di Mirò for a short Italian tour. Robin will
play a solo acoustic set and then join the band for some songs.
08.01.2019 - SOPHIA IS THE SPECIAL GUEST
AT GIARDINI DI MIRO'S CONCERT IN MILAN
Giardini di Mirò will kick off their club tour on the 18th
of January at the Santeria Social Club in Milan.
Special guest that night will be Sophia's Robin Proper-Sheppard, who
will open the night with a short acoustic set and will also be joining
Giardini di Mirò for 'Hold On', the song Robin co-wrote with
the band on their latest album Different Times. More details in this
20.11.2018 - COLLABORATION WITH GIARDINI
DI MIRO Giardini
di Mirò, a post-rock band from Italy, have just released the first
track from their upcoming album 'Different Times'. It's called 'Hold
On' and was made in collaboration with Sophia's Robin Proper-Sheppard.
Hold On is an enveloping and disruptive ballad, co-written and sung
by Proper-Sheppard. Check it out below. 'Different Times' will be
released November 30 on 42
Records. It's available on cd and limited (300 copies) white vinyl.
07.05.2018 - HANDFUL OF GIGS COMING UP
Sophia are hitting the road for 3 concerts in Belgium and Germany.
Come and say hi at one of the following gigs:
NOSTA, Opwijk (BE)
19.05.2018: Orange Blossom Special, Beverungen (DE)
20.05.2018: Muziekodroom, Hasselt (BE)
If you're not near one of these towns, do stay tuned for more Sophia
later this year: new recordings, vinyl reissues and a guest appearance
from Robin on another band's album!
15.11.2017 - LIVE ALBUM RELEASED -
AVAILABLE DURING FALL TOUR
Ladies and gentleman, we are very very proud to announce that ‘As
We Make Our Way - The Live Recordings’ is now available for worldwide
download or streaming through your preferred music outlet. We went
through over 45 concerts (all concerts were recorded in full multi-track)
song by song and chose what we felt best represented each song. What
you get is also essentially exactly what you would get if you came
to one of the “As We Make Our Way” shows: the album played non-stop
from start to finish and then a vast selection of classics by (what
many call) Sophia v2.0. Some of these songs have changed rather dramatically
and if you’ve only ever heard the album versions you might be quite
The limited pre-order of the vinyl and CD’s has now sold out but the
remainder will available on tour. If any are left over after the tour,
we’ll send out a little note to the mailing list and let you know
We'd like to remind you that the European tour starts today with a
sold-out Luxemburg gig. Sophia will be taking a break after these
shows as Robin will start work on the next Sophia album. We hope to
see you on the road!
This is the full track-list of the 3CD/3LP:
1. Unknown Harbours (Ghent)
2. Resisting (Ghent)
3. The Drifter (Ghent)
4. Don't Ask (Ghent)
5. Blame (Ghent)
6. California (Ghent)
7. St. Tropez / The Hustle (Ghent)
8. You Say It's Alright (Ghent)
9. Baby, Hold On (Ghent)
10. It's Easy To Be Lonely (Ghent)
11. So Slow (Luzern)
12. If Only (Luzern)
13. Oh My Love (Stockholm)
14. There Are No Goodbyes (Groningen)
15. The Desert Song No. 2 (Brussels)
16. Darkness (Brussels)
17. The River Song (Brussels)
18. Last Night I Had A Dream (Bruges)
19. Another Friend (Bruges)
20. Ship In The Sand (Ghent)
21. Razorblades (Utrecht)
22. Bad Man (Stockholm)
23. Bastards (Cologne)
24. I Left You (Le Mans)
25. Directionless (Rome)
13.09.2017 - LIVE ALBUM + FULL FALL TOUR
We're happy to annouce that Sophia will release a triple vinyl - or
triple cd, whatever floats your boat - live album this Fall: SOPHIA
v2.0 THE LIVE RECORDINGS. The current v2.0 line-up of the band is
on fire, so this was the right moment to record a live album.
The album will contain 25 tracks recorded during the 'As We Make Our
Way (Unknown Harbours)' tour. The first disc will be a live rendition
of the full 'As We Make Our Way', while the two other discs will venture
through the rest of the Sophia back catalogue.
The release of the live album will coincide with a European tour of
which these are all the dates:
15/11: Luxembourg (LU) - de Gudde Wëllen (SOLD OUT)
16/11: Amsterdam (NL) - Melkweg
17/11: Düsseldorf (DE) - New Fall Festival
18/11: Hanover (DE) - Cafe Glocksee
20/11: Berlin (DE) - Musik & Frieden
21/11: Heidelberg (DE) - Prêt à Écouter Festival
22/11: Kortrijk (BE) - Wilde Westen
23/11: Paris (FR) - Espace B
25/11: Brno (CZ) - Kabinet Múz
26/11: Prague (CZ) - Futurum Music Bar
28/11: Dresden (DE) - Beatpol
29/11: Vienna (AT) - B72
01/12: Monteprandone (IT) - Centro Pacetti
02/12: Carpi (IT) - Mattatoio
03/12: Zürich (CH) - Bogen F
01.07.2017 - FALL TOUR - 2 GERMAN DATES
While Sophia gears up to rock the Cactus
Festival in Bruges on the 9th of July, they're already looking
further ahead as well. A European tour is in the works for November
and the first 2 dates have been announced:
New Fall Festival, Düsseldorf (DE) new-fall-festival.de
18/11/17: Café Glocksee, Hannover (DE) www.cafe-glocksee.de
More dates will follow.
10.02.2017 - CACTUS FESTIVAL AND 'BAD
Sophia have been added to the line-up of the 2017 Cactus
Festival in Bruges, Belgium. They will play in the beautiful Minnewaterpark
on Sunday the 9th of July. Other bands from the Sunday line-up are
Goose, Explosions In The Sky and Kevin Morby. More names will follow
In other news: on the Sophia
Bandcamp you can now find a free download of the first studio
recording of 'Bad Man'. 'Bad Man' was originally only available on
the 'De Nachten' live album from 2001. This is one of a number of
songs the current live band decided to record on a little day-off
day-trip to the studio during the Fall 2016 tour.
In Robin's words: "One of things that has made this last
year so great is the way the new Sophia Collective has managed to
continue growing from strength to strength as a band. Our live shows
really have gone to another level with this line-up (original drummer
Jeff Townsin joined by new bass player Sander Verstraete, Jesse Maes
on guitar and Bert Vliegen on keyboards/guitar) and while we’re
currently multi-track recording each and every concert (more news
on that soon!) I really wanted to let you guys and gals (especially
those that can’t make it to any of the shows) have a little
taste of what we’re sounding like these days."
28.01.2017 - SPRING TOUR TAKING SHAPE
Sophia are taking 'As We Make Our Way (Unknown Harbours)' back on
the road in March. Here's a whole batch of new dates which will bring
Sophia to Scandinavia, Belgium, The Netherlands, germany, Switzerland
and the UK.
07.10.2016 - FRENCH DATES ADDED TO FALL
It’s been a long time but rest assured we are slowly and surely
making our way back to your lovely country! To help us kick off our
reintroduction we’ll be starting out in Le Mans (our first show
of the Fall tour!) before continuing our way to the our 2nd show that
grace’s the banks of La Seine at Petit Bain. (Only 19 years
later - not sure if any of you will remember our first show in 1997
at La Peniche?)
And let’s keep our fingers crossed that you will be seeing us
in France, this time a little farther afield, in Spring 2017!
18/10/16: Le Mans (FR) - Les Saulnières
20/10/16: Paris (FR) - Petit Bain
14.09.2016 - ITALIAN DATES ANNOUNCED
We promised more dates for the European tour. Well, here's another
batch of Italian dates for the beginning of November.
Find ticket links in the On Tour section of the site.
07/11/16: Milano (IT) - Arci Bellezza
08/11/16: Ravenna (IT) - Bronson
09/11/16: Roma (IT) - Monk Roma
11/11/16: Firenze (IT) - Viper Club
12/11/16: Torino (IT) - Spazio211
10.09.2016 - DUTCH AND FRENCH GIGS ADDED
TO FALL TOUR
Four gigs in France and the Netherlands have been added to the upcoming
The Heerlen after-party will even have a DJ who named his daughter
after the band. Now, that's dedication.
Tickets are already on sale.
Le Mans (FR) - Les Saulnières
20/10/16: Paris(FR) - Petit Bain
22/10/16 Heerlen (NL) - Nieuwe Nor
28/10/16 Eindhoven (NL) -
29.08.2016 - ROBIN TO PLAY SOLO GIG
AT HAMBURG'S REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL
On Saturday the 24th of September Robin will play a solo gig at the
Festival in Hamburg, Germany. To make the concert that extra bit
special the gig will take place in the baroque settings of the Hauptkirche
Sankt Michaelis. Also playing that night at the church is Villagers
Tickets for the festival are on
This will be the only Sophia solo gig before Sophia heads out on a
full band European tour at the end of October. More dates for that
tour will be announced soon.
22.05.2016 - SOPHIA FALL TOUR - GERMANY
Ladies and Gentlemen, Sophia 2.0 are happy to announce that we will
be continuing our slow, steady and rather noisier than expected march
to a town near you this Fall. Tickets for the German leg of the tour
are now on sale. Many more shows will follow.
29/10/16 Köln, DE - Stadtgarten
30/10/16 Karlsruhe, DE - Jubez
31/10/16 Frankfurt, DE - Zoom
01/11/16 Berlin, DE - BiNuu
02/11/16 Leipzig, DE - UT Connewitz
04/11/16 Schorndorf, DE - Manufaktur
05/11/16 Linz, AT - Ahoi-Pop-Festival @ Posthof
18.05.2016 - SOPHIA FALL TOUR - BRUSSELS
After a succesfull club tour, Sophia will be back in October &
November for a bigger European tour.
The first date has just been announced and goes on sale tomorrow.
Sophia will play the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels on October 21st.
Presale starts at 11AM on the AB
15.04.2016 - ALBUM OUT NOW - LIMITED
EDITON ORANGE VINYL
The 6th Sophia studio album 'As We Make Our Way (Unknown Harbours)'
is officially out today.
The album is available on CD digipack, 180 gram vinyl and a special
limited edition orange vinyl (500 copies). For ordering please go to our
site at Music Glue. All sales via Music Glue will now
be serviced and shipped worldwide by Remedy Fulfilment.
Due to a delay in manufacturing the vinyl, LP's will only be shipped
in the first week of May. You will receive an immediate download when
ordering the album.
Sincere thanks for waiting all these years and we hope you enjoy!
07.04.2016 - SOPHIA TO PLAY PUKKELPOP
Belgium's Pukkelpop festival just anounced a new
batch of acts for the upcoming edition. We're glad to announce that
Sophia has been added to the 2016 line-up. The band will take the
stage on Friday the 19th of August.
This will be Sophia's 4th gig at Pukkelpop and their first appearance
since the legendary 2007 gig with the woodwind section, Malcolm Middleton
on guitar ànd Melanie De Biasio on additional vocals.
Tickets for Pukkelpop 2016 are already on sale and they're going fast
too. Get your hands on them here: www.pukkelpop.be.
04.04.2016 - ALBUM LAUNCH EVENT IN BRUSSELS
+ CONTRIBUTION TO MOGWAI ALBUM
To celebrate the release of Sophia’s first new album in almost 7 years,
Robin Proper-Sheppard invites you to a special album release event.
Get your hands on a copy of the new album before the official release
date, meet the artist and hear some of the new songs live and acoustic
for the first time ever!
The release event takes place at 7PM on April 14th at the [CHEZ
PIAS] venue in the brand new [PIAS] headquarters in Brussels.
The event has a limited capacity so please confirm your attendance
here: firstname.lastname@example.org (update: now sold out!).
On a side-note: Mogwai just released their new 'Atomic' album. The
record comprises reworked versions of their soundtrack for 'Storyville
- Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise', a documentary on the dawning
of the atomic age that aired last year on the BBC. Robin Proper-Sheppard
contributed guitar on the excellent 'Tzar'.
19.03.2016 - NEW SONG AND 2 EXTRA CONCERTS
DATE IN DRESDEN AND MAASTRICHT We
can now introduce you another new song from 'As We Make Our Way (Unknown
Harbours)' called 'The Drifter'.
Described by Robin as a countrified version of The Cure (remembering
one of Robin's all-time favourite albums is The Cure's 'Seventeen
Seconds'), 'The Drifter' takes the stripped back purity of Harvest-era
Neil Young, layers it with the dark glowing ambiance of a vintage
Juno 60 synth (a rumoured favourite of, you guessed it, The Cure)
and ties it all together with a reverb-drenched guitar hook that could
have come straight from a Morricone soundtrack.
Head over to the Sophia
Bandcamp to have a listen.
Two shows in Maastricht and Dresden have been added
to the upcoming European club tour:
23/04/16 Maastricht, NL - Muziekgieterij
29/04/16 Dresden, DE - Beatpol
And we should remind you to get tickets for the other shows as soon
as possible. Berlin and Brussels are sold out and there is only a
handful of tickets left in places like Hamburg and Cologne.
26.02.2016 - SOPHIA ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE,
NEW ALBUM AND CLUB TOUR
After a nearly seven year hiatus Robin Proper-Sheppard and his Sophia
"Collective" are set to reintroduce themselves back into this lovely
world of sadness and sorrow with what could arguably be considered,
in the world of Sophia at least, one of their most positive and upbeat
numbers ever: 'Resisting'. The song hits the airwaves
and the Sophia
Don't let the absolute avalanche of an intro, all throbbing low-end
and ear-splitting shards of noise and glass, fool you.
Don't let the opening lines of "We could have cried all day, And yeah
some days I suppose we did" lure you into thinking that this is the
Sophia we've always known.
Because while it is, at the same time it isn't. This is different.
Somehow sad. Yet somehow positive too.
It's hard to explain but you feel it.
Sophia's sixth studio album 'As We Make Our Way (Unknown Harbours)'
will be released 15/04/2016 on The Flower Shop Recordings.
MP3/WAV, CD and vinyl pre-sales (via iTunes, Bandcamp,
Glue) start 05/03/2016.
Sophia is also very very happy to announce that on 22/04/2016 they
will be commencing on their first full-band tour of Europe
since 2009. Tickets will available at the links below.
22/04/16 Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso @ Bitterzoet
23/04/16 Maastricht, NL - Muziekgieterij
24/04/16 Köln, DE - Artheater (SOLD OUT)
25/04/16 Hamburg, DE - Nochtspeicher (SOLD
26/04/16 Brussels, BE - Botanique/Rotonde (SOLD OUT)
28/04/16 Munich, DE - Ampere
29/04/16 Dresden, DE - Beatpol
30/04/16 Berlin, DE - Kantine am Berghain (SOLD OUT)
01/05/16 Prague, CZ - Divadlo Dobeška
02/05/16 Vienna, AT - Chelsea
03/05/16 Graz, AT - Postgarage
05/05/16 Zurich, CH - Bogen F
06/05/16 Bologna, IT - Covo
09/05/16 London, UK - The Lexington