The 1980s neo-progressive rock scene spawned many bands that are still loved by prog fans decades on. Twelfth Night were arguably among the most inventive and the most overlooked. One of the band’s signature pieces, ‘Sequences’, is an excellent example of the band’s gifts for experimentation and re-invention, having changed shape over the course of the band’s lifetime.
In November, a new release ‘Sequences’ will celebrate the evolution of the twenty minute epic, and mark the centenary of the end of WWI. The new recording will the first time the vocal version of the song will have been captured in the studio environment.
Full details can be found in the below press release.
Of all the second division prog bands of the 70s – those who never quite made it to household name status with Yes and Camel – Greenslade are, perhaps, the band who’ve most been relegated to history. Despite a few high profile BBC appearances and four albums released between 1973 and 1975, they’ve never quite been given their full dues. If Greenslade get mentioned at all, it’s for their second album ‘Bedside Manners Are Extra’, released at the tail end of 1973. ‘Spyglass Guest’ – released the following year – is arguably a much better album.
At the beginning of 2018, it was announced that this year would finally see the release of the long anticipated 3CD ‘Definitive Edition’ of Twelfth Night’s ‘Fact & Fiction’.
The original album has long been a favourite for fans of the Reading proggers, and for those fans who’ve purchased previous albums as definitive editions, each passing month suggested that the newly expanded ‘F&F’ could be the best of the lot.
After 32 years, Todd Rundgren’s 70s prog outfit have re-united. Rundgren has kept himself extremely busy recording and touring during that time, of course, but there were always a core of fans who hoped the band would one day return.
In 2018, Utopia will be touring the US, stopping at various major cities. They’ll also be releasing a limited edition box set containing all 7 of their studio albums.
The last couple of years have really seen British art-rock band The Fierce And The Dead gathering momentum. Their ‘Magnet’ EP contained some of their best work to date and also appeared on the Prog stage at the Ramblin’ Man Fair.
Quite understandably, there’s a fair amount of buzz surrounding their upcoming album, ‘The Euphoric’. The album’s launch show at The Black Heart in London (May 18th) is the band’s biggest London headline show to date…and the forthcoming album promises some of their biggest sounds.