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Great news for all of us!  God bless, Laura Meade and IZZ!

Happy 2018 to our loyal IZZ fans! We wanted to take a moment to let you know that there is new music on the horizon.

In late Spring, Laura Meade will release her first full-legnth studio album which features special guest artists including several of her IZZ bandmates. Written by Laura Meade and arranged and produced by me (John!), Laura’s album combines her passion for musical theatre with her art-rock sensibilities. Doone Records will have an announcement about the release date in the near future.  On Wednesday, May 9th, Laura will be joining District 97 and Schooltree in Arlington, MA at the Regent Theatre for a night of Female-fronted art-rock, presented by NewEars.org. More information to follow.

IZZ is also back in the studio in full recording mode after writing together for the better part of a year. We are really excited about the freshness of the songs and can’t wait for you all to hear what we have been working on. We recently got together to film one of our final rehearsals before we went into the studio to start recording and we plan on releasing some of that footage later on this year in conjunction with the album release. We really enjoyed having a camera crew there filming as a “fly on the wall” of our rehearsal. They were able to capture some great stuff, including a new interview where we discussed a wide range of topics for the first time together on film.

So stay tuned…We have exciting new music in store for you in 2018.


John Galgano
Bass / Vocals / Songwriter

Existentialist Prog–John Galgano

John_Galgano_Real_LifeA review of John Galgano, “Real Life is Meeting,” (Doone Records, 2012).

You may not like what I say.

You may not like the way my eyes stay straight.

But I tell the truth.

–John Galgano, “Real Life is Meeting, Pt. 1”

Appearing amidst a whirligig of CDs in that prog annus mirabalis, 2012, John Galgano’s first solo album barely got noticed.  And, this is to the great loss of all of us who love beautiful things.  For Galgano’s art is of the highest quality, and this CD would be regarded by any sane person as a must-own, prog masterpiece.

From the beginning note to the last word, the CD breathes integrity and a real wholesomeness.  It is, clearly, a labor of love.  The lyrics, the performances, the packaging.  Everything.

Each instrument performs spectacularly.  None, though, stand out in terms of quality more than the bass.  Indeed, the bass work is nothing less than extraordinary.  If there is a failing to this album (and this would be the only one), however, it is that the bass is way too low/quiet in the mix.  When I listen to the album, I have to strain to hear the bass–but it’s worth it, as the bass soars in both subtlety and craftsmanship.

But, the highest of the high–that which holds the entire album together–is the combination of the voices of Galgano and Laura Meade.  Alone, each is stunning.  Galgano has a distinctive voice, and it’s as clear on this solo CD as it is on IZZ albums.  He possesses a warm, charismatic, and inviting voice.  In part, this is just a gift of nature, but it’s also a result of his integrity.  That is, it’s rather clear to any listener that Galgano believes in what he’s singing.  But, Galgano is at his best when signing with, around, and next to Meade.  Together, they sound like a chorus of the heavenly muses.  If these voices are the ones I hear seconds after death, I’ll be confident I’m heading to the right place for eternity.

There are nine tracks, ranging from a minute and a half (bizarrely called “Galgano Bonus Track) to the full-blown epic, “1000.”  Common themes–relationships, suffering, depression, redemption–predominate.  When Galgano and Meade sing of love, it’s difficult to know if that love is transcendent of earthly.  Regardless, it’s good.  To be sure, it’s very good.


Nothing Added to nothing

Gives us lots of Nothing

The only thing

The only thing

The only thing

Is Love.

–John Galgano and Laura Meade, “The Only Thing”

Most readers of Progarchy know Galgano as one of the essential parts (and persons–let’s not be too uncouth here!) of the astounding American prog band, IZZ.  In recent advertisements and billings, John Galgano solo is presented as “IZZ Lite.”  From my listening of/to his excellent solo album, I can’t quite agree with the advertising, but I understand the meaning.  Perhaps it might be better to state: Galgano solo is IZZ while the whole band is IZZ completed.  Regardless, whether one might call this IZZ or IZZ Lite or IZZ completed, this solo album is an amazing and beautiful piece of art, radiating conviction in every one of its aspects.

Even Galgano’s CD package itself is a thing of beauty.  The colors and fonts are tasteful, the image of the front cover, entitled “Cathedral” is quite stunning in a late-1950s Dave Brubeck-artful kind of way.  [The title, the inside information reveals, comes from a line in Jewish humanist and existentialist Martin Buber’s, “I and Thou.”]  Even the lettering of the lyrics is quite nice.  While I love packaging in general, I rarely find anything beyond the actual artwork worth commenting on.  Here, though, it’s worth praising.  Overall, the packaging, the fonts–everything–is just, well, like the music itself, tasteful.  The one thing I don’t get are the three dates subtly in the background: 1945, 1974, 1923.  I’m sure these have some kind of meaning, but no explanation is offered.

It would be a crime to all art, all rock, and all prog should this release continue to be barely noticed by the music community.  Sadly, I did not know about it until last December when I was playing around a bit at the IZZ website.  As soon as I saw it (and the title captivated me, as it has great significance for many of my personal heroes, including T.S. Eliot, C.S. Lewis, and Christopher Dawson), I ordered it.  Had I known about it earlier than the last month of the year, I would certainly have included it in my top CD picks of 2012.

I’ve been meaning to write this review for nearly five months now.  Finally, here it is.

Order “Real Life is Meeting,” and cherish it.  It’s a rare and precious thing, and it deserves every ounce of support we can offer.

galgano love

Real life is meeting

I have known this house

There is copper in the soil

–John Galgano, “Real Life is Meeting, Pt. II”

3RDegree and John Galgano Show

concert 3d degree galganoThis was just posted on Facebook, and I’m now thinking it might be worth a car trip to Connecticut!

3RDegree is pleased to announce John Galgano (and Izz Lite) will be opening up the show on May 13th at Marisa’s Ristorante in Trumbull, CT as part of the PROG ON THE SOUND concert series. John is a driving force behind Izz who have been a fantastic generator of great prog rock albums since the late 90’s and John’s solo album REAL LIFE IS MEETING is a highlight of 2012. Sharing the stage with him has been something 3RDegree has wanted to do for a while.

From my perspective, each made one of the best albums of 2012.  Sadly, neither has received enough attention.  May this be rectified in 2013!

Excellent Jerry Lucky interview with John Galgano of the fabulous IZZ

I’ve been slowly (way too slowly) getting up a review of IZZ’s latest album, CRUSH OF NIGHT.  From my perspective, it’s one of the best albums of this past year.

As I’ve been listening and prepping, I came across this excellent interview.

Jerry Lucky: Let’s start at the beginning. What’s the short-story as to how Izz came into being?

John Galgano: IZZ started when Tom was in College with Greg DiMiceli and through Greg met Brian Coralian and Paul Bremner. Being Tom’s brother, I was sort of already involved and working with the guys. We had originally gotten together to work on a piece called Deafening Silence that ended up being on the album My River Flows. Tom had written that piece of music and we all played on it for a few live shows. After that, we began writing material as a group and used that material for what became Sliver of a Sun.

JL: Who came up with the name? And what’s it all about?

JG: I’m a big fan of the New York Mets and at the time we started thinking about band names in the mid-90s, they had these three young pitchers who were supposed to be the next great pitchers for the Mets. One of the guys was Jason Isringhausen who was nicknamed “IZZY”. I loved this nickname and mentioned it to Tom and as we talked it over, we decided to drop the “Y” and just make it IZZ. It seemed to work well and we liked the way it sounded

To keep reading, please go here: http://www.jerrylucky.com/interviews_054.htm