We had a very American sound, and when we came over, bang, it just fitted... A common theme with articles about classic European bands is their failure to ‘crack America’. It seems strange that bands that are household names over here, or even part of the British or European psyche, are virtually unknown to our..
Geoff Tyson is a California-born guitarist with a long history, but who is only just now releasing his first full-on solo guitar instrumental album. Tutored on classical piano as a boy, Tyson’s world was turned upside-down when he first heard Eddie Van Halen and became a guitar convert. As soon as he hit his teens..
Everything was put on hold. The initial diagnosis was dire... So here we are, barely halfway through 2020, and already we have been subjected to the horrific scenario of Australia burning, a crisis in the Persian Gulf that threatened to provoke a third world war, some of the most catastrophic floods in British history (and..
I think with this record we found the perfect mix of songs, dynamics and emotions... Dutch band Lesoir’s output is generally described as art-rock rather than prog, but it’s clear the genres cross at some point, and this might be it. Lesoir toured as Special Guests of the Polish band Riverside in the spring of..
I’m the guy who comes up with the ideas, sees the big picture, and puts it all together... “I just love recording my various projects in the studio,” says Arjen Anthony Lucassen, mastermind behind the soaring series of concept albums set in the Ayreon universe, “but I’m not a live performer. I’m the guy who..
It was Eric Bell who came up with the idea of Tin Lizzie, like the comic spelling. It was on a kind of a shortlist, and I remember sitting there going ‘Nah, that doesn’t sound too good…’ In my mind, I am whizzing back in time to the early 1980s. The New Wave of British..
A foot-stomping, hard-rocking piece of jugband blues, punctuated by Fish’s cigar-box rocking slide guitar, the coloured lights filtering through her bobbing, Monroe-inspired coiffure. Félix Rabin - photo by Robert Sutton Islington Assembly Hall found itself completely sold out for this gig by popular Kansas City blues babe Samantha Fish. Her opening act on this tour..
Exponents of prog ukulele are thin on the ground... There are some instruments that seem to lend themselves to certain types of music – you know, electric guitars and drumkits were made for rock’n’roll, while it’s difficult to imagine an orchestra without a violin section. Other instruments are rare in certain circles; hard rock harpists..
Andy Scott swaps his red Strat for a gold one which he plays with an (empty) baked bean can for some reason... When I was a kid in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, one of the upsides of catching some flu bug was getting to bunk off school, and another was special radio privileges...
I can’t honestly say I had a conversation with Syd Barrett. We had a few shots at it, but it really didn’t work... “I have often said, I wish Relayer wasn’t called Relayer, I wish it was called Gates of Delirium,” muses the artist Roger Dean, sitting at a huge wooden table in a large..