Geoff Banks is an excellent radio host, and Andy Tillison is an equally interesting guest. Banks and Tillison are talking about the nature of progressive rock as well as engaging one another on a variety of topics. On the nature of Prog: Geoff is arguing that prog is ”music that will stand the test of time.” It is the classical music of our day. Andy’s response: Progressive rock is “serious electric music.”
Andy, sounding very much like Owen Barfield or J.R.R. Tolkien of the Inklings stated that his brainchild, The Tangent, is much bigger than himself or a supergroup. He hopes it will keep going long after he’s retired.
The chat room is especially interesting: Alison Henderson, Blake Carpenter (Minstrel’s Ghost), Sally Collyer, and Matt Stevens are all contributing.
This Sunday, 2pmEST, Geoff Banks will be presenting his ten best prog albums of the year. Geoff is a master not only of prog, but he’s also an excellent host (no matter how humble he is about this). Make sure you tune into his show, PROG DOG, this Sunday.
December 16: http://myradiostream.com/progdog
Great news this weekend. First, from Matt Stevens:
Hope you’re good. It’s been crazy here, a weird kind of post gigging come down. The Jazz Cafe gig was great fun, they treat you well there, blimey. Dressing rooms and beer!
I made a Spotify playlist with a “best of” my solo stuff. Is there any chance you can share it on your Facebook, Twitter, Groups or on any Forums you are a member of? This stuff makes a MASSIVE difference to obscure/DIY artists like me. The URL is:
I know Spotify is controversial but for me at the moment the important thing is to grow the audience for the music. Your help is really appreciated, thanks loads.
Also if anyone is voting in the Prog magazine reader awards at:
And fancies voting for for Fierce and The Dead or me it would be really appreciated Exposure in these sort of polls really helps Hopefully all the gigging this year has raised the profile a bit…
I’ve no more gigs booked now so the next months will probably be a bit quiet while we write and record the new Fierce and The Dead record and plan my new solo record. Busy busy. The new Fierce And The Dead demos sound really good. They may be some sort of Pledge Music type pre-order. I’ll let you know.
Also we’re planning to tour outside the UK so please let us know where you’d like to see us. Thanks
And, I had the great privilege of listening to about 75 minutes of Geoff Banks’s Prog Dog Radio Show this afternoon. He announced some exciting news from The Tangent. Pre-sales for their next album will be open beginning tomorrow afternoon.
On Friday, The Tangent released this on their Facebook page:
OK Folks the wait is over here is the very first chance to hear BRAND NEW work (in progress) from THE TANGENT. email email@example.com to get updates and find out how you can be part of a pre-pre order campaign to support this project.
So much good coming out of the progressive rock community right now, it’s more than a bit overwhelming. Of course, it’s the kind of overwhelming any lover of the genre craves.