|......................................THE BAND AND RECORD OF THE MONTH|
Finally, there is something truly adventurous on the music scene and, of course, we are talking about The Tangent, a Progressive Symphonic Rock band that reflects a wide variety of influences while retaining a sound that is amazing and also very catchy. The band has a strong sense of melody, great musicianship, and they have done all their best to exceed the limits of Progressive Rock elements, with talented and skilled musicians, where they are using bright instrumental explorations, capturing the real essence of Progressive Music,
because the musicians don't hesitate to adventure themselves into long instrumental passages, with a seventies sensibility that appeals to many Prog rock aficionados of today. "A Place In The Queue" is well recorded and well written, full of synthesizers with pompous electronic textures, great harmonies, complex compositions and extended instrumental explorations... just simply terrific, in fact, The Tangent is a band for all lovers of the best in Progressive Rock music around the world. A special and particular attention to and my favourite songs are: "In Earnest", "Lost In London", "Follow Your Leaders" and "A Place In The Queue" (Really one of the best track on the album). Brilliant and amazing release, highly recommendable...
actual musicians on The Tangent are:
The Tangent has a highly improbable history, that turns on a couple of tiny events for the lack of which the band would never have existed. They were "formed" in 2002, they've already had numerous changes in personnel. Perhaps that's all you need to know. If so, have a look at the family tree which is more fun than wading through all this text. If you want the details though... read on.
The Meeting - Spring 1999
In May 1999 Andy Tillison and Sam Baine's band "Parallel or 90 Degrees" did a gig at Rotherham supporting a Swedish band that they'd never heard of called "The Flower Kings" Rest assured that the reverse was also true. Andy and Sam were pretty impressed with what they saw... "It was like a wake up call" says Andy "this band were showing that the music I loved so much could still be played and still be relevant in the fast approaching new millennium." The Kings don't actually remember Po90's set that night......
The Idea Percolates 2000- 2001
And the music that was put to one side began to gather digital dust.... until Andy had a row with a Flower Kings crew member Ian Oakley.
Realisation - The Music That Died Alone 2002/2003
Ian Oakley sent Andy's demo to Roine Stolt of "The Flower Kings", Roine liked it, offered to play on it, invited Jonas Reingold and Zoltan Csorsz to help out on drums and bass, suggested we got a saxophonist on it and Andy happened to know David Jackson's telephone number and hey presto the lineup for the solo album was almost complete. Fellow Po90 keys player Sam Baine and long term friend Guy Manning were added to the seven piece project which suddenly changed its name to "The Tangent"
"Well I could hardly claim credit for it alone" says Tillison, "it didn't sound remotely like a keyboard player's solo album, it just sounded like a band - so we gave it a name Having heroes old and new like Roine and David just seemed too good to call by my own name". The fact that it did sound like a band was rather surprising actually. the "band" had recorded it in four different studios in two different countries without actually, for the most part, meeting each other. You can read much more about some of the bewildering and sometimes hair-raising problems that the band have had to face while recording in the "Making The Music" section of The Tangent articles page.
Reception - Autumn 2003
Ian Oakley did another bit of management magic, and before long had Theo Travis secured for the follow up album. Theo had recently worked with Gong and Porcupine Tree, and had also been named as Jazz player of the year a couple of times in the Financial Times. The Tangent decided that he was the guy for the job, firstly because he was an amazing player of both Sax and Flute, and secondly because they all wrongly assumed he would be rich. Work commenced on "The World That We Drive Through" in early 2004 in Malmo, Sweden. Just Andy, Jonas, Roine and Zoltan were there, Guy Theo and Sam did their parts individually as before.
The Tour that we Lived Through Oct/Nov 2004
The gig was amazingly well received though, despite the dissatisfaction of the band's members with it. 5 nights later the band had improved so much that the event at Ashaffenburg in Germany became the band's first live CD "Pyramids and Stars". Journalist Michael Gardiner who followed the tour says "We were watching over a few nights the birth of a band, like a sped up film. Saturday we were watching Amateurs, a week later we were watching seasoned pros who'd been doing it for years"
All Change - Upheavals Removals and 56k Modems
"This was amazing News" says Andy, "My first musical job in France was to mix the live gig for the Pyramids album. It would have been a fairly miserable affair, had it been a farewell swansong to the band. But I was able to mix it as a going concern. In fact I was so geared up by the news that I started to demo a new studio album at the same time". The first few months were rather difficult, because as Andy & Sam found out to their horror, there was no broadband internet available in their part of France. This, for The Tangent and their way of working is a bit comparable to not having any electricity....
They worked around it though, and CDs were as usual distributed by post and the new band began to learn the songs for the album and for the live appearance at the USA festival in 3 different countries instead of the previous 2!! In April 2005 a six piece lineup of the Tangent met up in France to prepare for the USA "Rosfest" gig, discuss the new demos and do a low key tour of Europe to warm up and learn to play with each other. Theo Travis was with the band this time, Krister Jonsson from Jonas' "Karmakanic" had taken over Roine's role, and Andy was delighted that Jaime Salazar, another ex drummer from the Flower Kings had agreed to take the drumstool in the new band.
A Place In The Queue - Summer/Autumn 2005
"A Place In The Queue"
CD: Special Edition Only
Artwork by Ed Unitsky. Recorded in France, England and Sweden for a record company in Germany. Produced by Andy Tillison, Jonas Reingold and Theo Travis.
"A Place In The Queue" is an excellent addition to the growing catalog of InsideOut Music, the perfect home for The Tangent.
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