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Prog Issue 102

Since its arrival at the tail end of the 60s progressive rock has offered the world some of the most fascinating music ever heard, in varying guises over the years. Prog magazine brings you the stories behind the people who create these astounding sounds and amazing music, be they the classic originators such as Genesis, Pink Floyd and Yes, to the 80s revivalists such as Marillion and IQ, all the way through to those musicians today who have done so much to help rejuvenate the genre such as Muse, Radiohead, Steven Wilson, Opeth and Anathema. In depth and behind the scenes stories of classic albums and tours sit side by side with widespread coverage of what‘s happening at today’s cutting edge of progressive music.

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2 min
ed’s letter

Hello and welcome to issue 102 of Prog Magazine. As I sit here typing this and the team beaver away closing this issue, the Progressive Music Awards are just one week away. It goes without saying it’s our favourite night of the year, getting to honour the great and the good of the prog world, from brand new Limelight artists to the Prog God. If you missed the live stream on the night, keep an eye on Facebook, Instagram and our website for coverage of the night as it happened. In our Camel cover story which starts on p34, Andrew Latimer discusses the fact he sees far more women at Camel gigs these days than in the band’s 70s years. “Not only that,” he adds, “but they come along for the…

7 min
bloody well write

FRUUPP’S UP Delighted to see the release shortly of a 4CD Remastered Box set by Esoteric Recordings complemented with Sid Smith’s piece on one of the most exciting prog bands ever, Fruupp. A great band who I had the pleasure of seeing on one occasion when they played a gig at Dublin’s Liberty Hall following their debut album, Future Legends. Fruupp were an extremely slick outfit and produced some incredible songs and music, whose style set the bar high for many of their successors. I’ll certainly be buying the box set. Thanks, Fruupp, for being the foundation of my many years of progging. Henry Oliver, Dublin You’ll be pleased to know, then, Henry, that we have an interview with the band coming up in Prog 103.– Ed. WHAT’S IN A NAME? I’ve only been buying…

1 min
tweet talk

JAKKO M JAKSZYK @JakkoJ A review of Saturdays Mexico City show starts “The light green color of Gavin’s face and Jakko’s sweaty visage made it clear these two gentlemen were still suffering the consequences of the previous day’s food poisoning, but they struggled manfully to get through.” HAWKWIND @HawkwindHQ Thank you for all of the lovely messages! 50 years… Who would have thought it? It’s been quite a journey. Big love to all of the folks who have joined us on this amazing voyage. Band, crew, fans, we couldn’t do it without you all. Here’s to the future… and beyond! <3 xxx MIKE VENNART @Vennart if you like Tool then check out the new album by Tool it sounds JUST like Tool #tool DEVIN TOWNSEND @dvntownsend Today Im mixing the acoustic show from Leeds on the last run, that will be…

3 min
leprous to release their most challenging material yet

Leprous are describing Pitfalls as their “most controversial album so far”. The nine-track, which will be released via InsideOut on October 25, is a melting pot of avant-garde, jazz, trip hop, modern progressive rock and spinetingling vocal harmonies, made even more powerful by singer-songwriter Einar Solberg’s personal lyrics. “I wrote [opener] Below on the piano right before the biggest period of anxiety and depression that I’ve had in my life. I’ve never opened up publicly about personal things before but I could feel that something was wrong and it was a very spontaneous song,” he reveals. “It’s a very versatile album and you don’t know what’s coming round the next corner which, in a way, represents the uncontrollable nature of anxiety and depression.” Solberg used the songs both to chronicle and help treat…

1 min
flying colors: airborne again!

More than five years after their last studio album, Flying Colors release Third Degree through Mascot on October 4. Keyboardist Neal Morse and drummer Mike Portnoy are joined again by bassist Dave LaRue, Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse and Alpha Rev vocalist Casey McPherson. “None of us wanted it to take this long,” says Portnoy of the gap between Second Nature and Third Degree. “But we’re all very busy and it’s always hard to get the five of us in the same room. It’s especially hard for Steve because Deep Purple keep him on a tight leash. Because of that, we have to take what we can get.” The band penned 10 new songs during writing sessions in December 2016 and December 2018. Nine of those tracks, including the singles More and…

1 min
pink floyd announce box set of their later years

More than 13 hours of unreleased material is included on a new 16-disc Pink Floyd box set out on November 29. The Later Years: 1987-2019 features rare footage from live shows and jams as well as the band’s last three studio albums, including an updated version of A Momentary Lapse Of Reason with additional production from David Gilmour and long-time collaborator Andy Jackson. “[The original] had this bombastic sound which had become quite dated so we re-recorded the drums with Nick [Mason] and that freed up a lot of space,” explains Jackson. “We wanted to get some more organic playing from Rick [Wright] so we went back through the live recordings, which was mostly Hammond playing. We approached the mix as a classic Floyd album so it sits in the canon…