Delicate Flame Of Desire
The band spent much of 2002 in the studio working on the follow-up to The Storm with Warner Music producer Steve Evans. The band had returned to Rockfield studios in October 2001 to record the drums. Delicate Flame Of Desire was recorded over an 18 month period.
The album was mixed by engineer Joe Gibb who had previously worked with Catatonia, Leftfield, Texas, Janes Addiction, Madonna, Travis, Top Loader, Robbie Williams, The Kinks, Deep Forest and many more.
The album was mastered at Abbey Road and released through Voiceprint on February 10th 2003.
The band were keen to expand their sound and introduce some of the harmonies from the album recordings. Anne-Marie Helder, who had previously provided backing vocals for the band during their DVD recording, was invited to join the band on a permanent basis.
Promotional photo taken at Craig Y Nos Castle near Swansea.
Photo by Chris Walkden © 2003
All About Eve, Robert Plant & Wayne Hussey
The band toured extensively during 2003 performing 50 dates around the UK, including eight dates with All About Eve in April 2003, a support slot with Wayne Hussey and opening for Wishbone Ash at Plymouth Pavillions in October. The band was invited back to perform at The Canterbury Festival in 2003 (22nd-24th August). The line-up featured: The Inspiral Carpets, Shed Seven, Ian McNabb, Adom, Byrne (all Friday), Robert Plant, Roy Harper, Incredible String Band, Deborah Bonham, John Otway Big Band, Theo Travis (all Saturday), Love with Arthur Lee (and the Forever Changes Orchestra), The Buzzcocks, Bob Weir’s Ratdog, Cosmic Rough Riders, The Yards (all Sunday).
The band headlined the opening night of the Southsea Folk & Roots Festival on August 25th.
Live In The USA DVD Sept 2003
Live In The USA was released on September 8th 2003 through Classic Rock Productions.
Art-Rock Bahia De Cadiz Festival 2003
Karnataka headlined the ART-ROCK BAHÍA DE CADIZ FESTIVAL 2003, Spain on September 20th.
Classic Rock Society Awards 2003
In December 2003 the band won the Best Female Vocalist, Best Band and Best Album categories at the annual Classic Rock Society Awards.
In March 2004 the band were special guests of Status Quo at two shows – The Waterfront Belfast March 6th and Dublin Olympia March 8th.
The band recorded two full shows towards the end of the 2003 tour – The Borderline and The Limelight. After reviewing the recordings it was decided that the live album would use only The Limelight recording.
The live album was mixed by Joe Gibb and Steve Evans at Mighty Atom studios in Swansea and released on April 19th 2004. Following the release of Strange Behaviour the band embarked on a 17 date UK tour.
Isle of Wight Festival
The band performed at the Isle of Wight Festival June 11th – 13th 2004. Other acts performed Stereophonics, The Who, Manic Street Preachers and David Bowie.
The Isle Of Wight show was to be the final performance for this line-up of the band. An announcement followed later that they would be going their separate ways citing ‘personal issues’ as the reason behind the split.