After hearing The Root, The Leaf and The Bone, Manning’s new opus I seriously felt that I needed to speak to this prolific and very, very talented man. As ever Guy Manning was very accommodating and cordially invited me across to his abode to talk. On arrival, the door opened, I was graciously welcomed and in I stepped. What followed was an hour and a half of non stop chat, believe me, I could of talked to Guy all night, as not only is his music / lyrical prose interesting, something that is very much mirrored in his personality, but he is also a very amusing man……… Put your feet up and enjoy
Vienna Circle is a project of Paul and Jack Davis. The brothers grew up in the rural Wiltshire (UK) and got hooked on progressive music from an early age onwards. Paul and Jack recently released their second studio album Silhouette Moon and are eager to start writing music for their next album. Paul & Jack were kind enough to explain how it all started and how they manage to control the whole process from writing music to selling an album.
One of Holland’s best ‘progressive’ bands from the seventies and certainly one of the first was a band called Solution. Based in Groningen, built on the ashes of several local bands, Willem Ennes, Tom Barlage and Hans Waterman played soul music as Soulution. Covers from among other Blood, Sweat & Tears were core business. They had a genuine singer and horns and they played really funky stuff. However once the singer and the horn-section were out of the band, Tom, Willem, Guus Willemse’s predecessor Peter van der Sande started to play a mixture of rock, pop, soul and jazz…………………………
Anima Mundi, a Cuban prog rock band, has presented a new album this year. They’ve got a new vocalist who was already on the lineup touring Europe this summer. In fact, it’s a new musical direction for the band, and now we have a chat with one its leaders, Roberto Diaz, about their new music, as well as mysticism, prog, guitars, philosophy and… fun!
Purson is a relatively new band with an early ‘70s retro outlook but yet they are all still in their early 20s. In a Southend-on-Sea pub we caught up with Rosalie Cunningham, the band’s leader and, to date, the creative force behind Purson and their music. We talked about how difficult it was to get the band up and running, the revolving door of band members, what makes a twenty-something want to play and listen to ‘70s-style music, the album The Circle And The Blue Door, Rosie’s background and influences, and much more.
Seems like we’ve been waiting a very long time for the debut Maschine release, but with Rubidium finally hitting the streets, DPRP’s Tushar Menon spoke with Luke, Dan and Elliot about the band’s history, compositional approach and of course the album itself.
Before getting caught up in the juggernaut of the Dream Theater machine as they get ready to release their latest album, Impermanent Resonance, James LaBrie and his songwriting partner, keyboards player Matt Guillory had a chat with DPRP’s Tushar Menon.
That home to the eclectic and wonderful, Italy’s AltrOck label, is also home to what in my humble opinion is one of the best avant rock bands working today. That band is Yugen and their leader is guitarist Francesco Zago, and together with Yugen’s keyboard player, Paolo “Ske” Botta, they have formed an Italian avant-prog supergroup of sorts, under the cryptic name of Not A Good Sign.
With the release of the much anticipated Le Sacre du Travail, DPRP’s Dave Baird once again caught up with Andy Tillison for an in-depth chat around the new album, the stellar line-up he managed to assemble and the full story behind the break-up of the previous band.
Bob Mulvey spoke earlier this week to Bulbs’ Neil Campbell about their forthcoming release “On” and also what the audience might expect to see at the CD launch party on 21 June 2013 to be held at The Capstone Theatre in Liverpool.