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Prog Issue 108

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

Welcome to the new issue of Prog. I’ve written some editorials in my time. Making comment on the passing of some of my musical heroes, or even announcing what might have been the final editorial I would write for the magazine when TeamRock went bust in 2016. But none have ever matched the circumstances surrounding the words I write for you now. Of course I refer to the current coronavirus pandemic that has the world in its grip. These are unprecedented times and no one knows for sure what our immediate future holds with things changing on a daily, even hourly, basis. I write this editorial on my laptop sat on my sofa, as, like many of you, we’re confined to working from home as our offices are closed. However, I can…

6 min
bloody well write

YES? ERM, NO! The Yes Top 40 [Prog 107] was an interesting read. The Top 20 spoke volumes either for the age of your readers or the quality of songs. The most recent Yes song in the Top 10 was from 1977, 43 years ago. Doesn’t really say much for stuff released since. And three of those were the same album from 1972, damn near 50 years ago. In the Top 20, all songs were from the 1970s except one from 1983 – a mere 37 years ago. Living in the past for both fans and band, methinks. Roy Watson-DavisSuffolk POWER TO THE PEN I was extremely fortunate to grow up in the late 60s/early 70s when music leapt forward at an incredible pace, mainly due to the musicians from the beat groups maturing…

1 min
tweet talk

MATT HALPERN @MattPeriphery This tour ripped. Thank you to all who attended – we’ll see ya next time! KAVUS TORABI @Knifeworld Excitement and nerves as I prepare to drop the needle on the test pressing of my album, Hip To The Jag. See you on the other side… #HipToTheJag MATT COHEN @MattCohenBass Me old chum, Rob Reed of that popular pop group @magentabandUK sent me a new song that isn’t released until May of this year. Crikey, it’s Progtastic mate. Love it. Full of melody, lovely changes, great playing, ace production & all played out over 10 minutes. You’ll love it PENDRAGON OFFICIAL @PendieHQ Bring us sunshine JOHN MITCHELL @LordConnaught I’ve gotta say, I do like making music on occasion. It’s quite rewarding. It’s all the other baggage that comes with it that ruins it for me ANNA PHOEBE @AnnaPhoebe My trip to @esa inspired me to…

3 min
steven wilson dabbles with electronica on latest disc

Steven Wilson will release his sixth solo album on June 12. The Future Bites is billed as “an exploration of how the human brain has evolved in the internet era.” It will be accompanied by a stylised website developing the album’s theme of “high-concept design custom-built for the ultra-modern consumer.” “The course of the evolution of the human race has obviously been altered by technology,” Wilson tells Prog. “I only have to look at my kids. Their relationship to technology is completely different to mine. The way they interface with computers, it’s almost like becoming one with the tech. Systems are altering the way we behave, think and interact with each other. I’m not being the grumpy old man about it – I’m fascinated – but the species doesn’t understand the…

1 min
genesis are back!

Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks are reuniting for the first Genesis tour in 13 years – and they may play Supper’s Ready. “At the moment we’re considering parts of it,” Phil Collins tells Prog of their 1971 classic. “Parts of it are probable.” “I’m all in favour of doing a bit of it, particularly for an English audience, because I feel it’s such a strong part of our history,” adds Tony Banks. “At the moment it’s on the fringes, so we shall see.” After much rumour and speculation, the trio finally confirmed that they would be touring the UK in November and December 2020 under the banner of The Last Domino? tour. Collins’ physical health issues mean he will be sitting down during the shows, as he did during his recent solo…

1 min
god is an astronaut soar to the studio

Post-rock pioneers God Is An Astronaut will record their 10th album in May, ahead of a release in early 2021. The trio initially planned to play the new material – which frontman Torsten Kinsella describes as “shoegaze punk prog noise” – on tour before tracking, but the coronavirus pandemic nipped those plans in the bud. “It’s faster and noisier than anything we’ve done before,” Kinsella tells Prog. “We wanted to move on; in fact, the album is all about movement. There’s a ghostly feeling about it – like there’s evil spirits around – and it’s intense and noisy.” He says track titles include In Flux, Catatonic and Spectres, and a rough album cover shows aeroplanes hovering instead of crashing. The record features a series of unusual time signatures, with only one song…