It is hard to mention the Prog Rock scene, which started in the late 60s to early 70s, without mentioning Jethro Tull. Not only is Jethro Tull an iconic genre-defining band, but they have an unmistakable sound. If a song of theirs graces your ears, it’s not long before you realize you’re listening to Tull. Behind it, after all these years is founder, primary songwriter, frontman, flutist, and multi-instrumentalist, Ian Anderson.
We’re on a journey to The Land Of Grey And Pink, as we recently caught up with veteran guitarist, and Prog Rock icon, Pye Hastings of Carvan.
John’s burning passion and fire to play the music which has come to define his legacy is readily apparent throughout the album.
We’re back at it again, with Vital Signs: Ten Overlooked Rush Deep Cuts Part II. This time, we’re digging even deeper into the depths of Rush’s long, and varied career. We aim to go places others haven’t, and in greater detail.
There is a tremendous amount of history to cover when it comes to The Moody Blues, from the invention of Prog Rock to the mid-70s break, and subsequent rocky reunion, and a whole lot more. John was an absolute pleasure to speak to, and we cover it all in this career-spanning interview.
From humble beginnings in Hungary, at an early age, Mandoki developed an affinity for both Jazz, and Prog Rock, and sought to bring to fruition, an ambitious vision of combining the two while coupling the music with Mandoki’s socio-political leanings.
Kings of Prog Rock? Maybe. The world’s great power trio? Definitely. Rush will always be a polarizing band. Likewise, Rush will always be unique. Their steadfast refusal to conform to a popular, or mainstream sound, or any particular uniform approach to recording, and making music resulted in one of the most varied, and storied careers in all of Rock music.
Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking with veteran guitar virtuoso, Steve Hackett. Among other things, we touch on what he’s been up to during the lockdown, his early career with Genesis, the development of his guitar technique, his newest music, and what he’s looking forward to most once COVID-19 breaks.
Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking with legendary Trapeze, and Uriah Heep frontman, Peter Goalby. Among other things, we touch on what he’s been up to during the lockdown, his early career with Fable, recording and touring with Trapeze, his time with Uriah Heep, his new record, and what he’s looking forward to the most once COVID-19 breaks.
Too often Progressive Rock is thought of as “nerdy,” “overcomplicated,” or “self-indulgent,” but maybe it’s time that we flip the script, and see Prog Rock as the inventive, nuanced, brain-bending, mind-opening, soul-scraping genre that it really is. While any self-respecting Devil’s Advocate could make a heady case for all of those things being true, at the end of the day, music is about taste. Sure, I love Cock Rock, and Hair Metal as much as the next person, but I love a hearty dose of Prog Rock too. In fact — make it a double.