The Tangent, the progressive rock group led by Andy Tillison, have released their new ninth studio album 'The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery' today! To celebrate, watch Andy discuss the making of the album in this new interview:
Andy comments: "This is our furthest reaching, most ambitious and genuinely heartfelt album since we began our career together. It is the result of our experiences, friendships, disasters and successes over 15 years. We believe in not just OUR music, but the ability of Progressive Rock to be a real life movement in today's world. This album is our attempt to prove this philosophy true."
The album is available here:
The album has been receiving some fantastic reactions from press, you can find a few of them below:
"Eloquent, far-reaching prog" - Prog Magazine
"sophisticated and spot on" - Classic Rock
"This is essential listening" - Powerplay
"simply masterful...The Tangent are indeed back." - The Prog Report
"one of the most unique-sounding and technically-impressive groups ever to come out of the British Isles" - Get Ready To Rock
Listen to an excerpt of the track 'Slow Rust' here:
Listen to previously released track 'Two Rope Swings' here:https://youtu.be/s9ins8XqqRI
The line-up for this album once again features Tillison on keyboards, vocals (and for the first time on a Tangent record - drums), Jonas Reingold on bass, Luke Machin on guitars and vocals, and Theo Travis on sax and flutes plus new member Marie-Eve de Gaultier on keys and vocals. There are also guest appearances from author/playwright and Chumbawamba founder Boff Whalley on vocals, and upcoming DJ/producer Matt Farrow.
The album sees The Tangent in political commentary mode once again - this time often focussing on the horrendous plight of refugees from war torn parts of the world - and the way in which they are treated by the West, and in particular by the tabloid press. The album laments the new trend in building walls and defending borders across the world yet takes time to look at the breakup of friendships and other more personal issues - along with a song about the fate of wildlife in the modern consumer world.
And it's a Progressive Rock Record. Full of intricacies, long developed pieces, challenging arrangements and virtuoso playing from all members. New sounds and styles (the band have brought a DJ on board for some sections) - new voices and techniques (first female vocals in The Tangent since the "Not As Good As The Book" album 10 years ago). A new producer in the form of Luke Machin whose open and deep/clear sound is a major factor of this album, a new drummer in the form of Andy Tillison who decided at long last (after drumming for 30 years) to let his own performances guide the rest of the band rather than adding another musician later. And after 13 years of asking, Jonas finally agreed to play some double bass in a song where Luke also plays some Scat guitar and Andy does a full on drum solo.
"The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery" also features stellar artwork from Marvel / DC Comics artist Mark Buckingham. The sleeve of the album is totally based on the music it contains and was especially created for this project.
1. Two Rope Swings
2. Doctor Livingstone (I Presume)
3. Slow Rust
4. The Sad Story of Lead and Astatine
5. A Few Steps Down the Wrong Road
The band will head out on tour in support of the new record, once again joining forces with Sweden's Karmakanic to present albums by both bands. The full list of dates is as follows:
Aug 26th 2017 - Bierkeller, Reichenbach, DE
Sept 1st 2017 - 2 days of Prog +1 Festival, Veruno, Italy
Sept 9th 2017 - The Boerderij, Zoetermeer
Oct 8th 2017 - SUMMERS END Festival, Chepstow, UK
Oct 21st 2017 - Progtoberfest, Chicago, USA
Oct 22nd 2017 - Shank Hall, Milwaukee WI, USA
Oct 24th 2017 - Token Lounge, Westland MI, USA
Oct 26th 2017 - Roxy & Dukes, Dunellen NJ, USA
Oct 27th 2017 - The Regent Theatre, Arlington MA, USA
HE TANGENT online:
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