Most people have heard of progressive rock (or prog rock, or simply prog) but the great majority of them treat it with mild disdain (at best) or outright hatred (at worst). Most of the criticism is a mindless rejection based on current trends and a misunderstanding of the genre; “dinosaur” is a common term of abuse, neatly parodied by Adrian Belew on King Crimson’s 1994 album Thrak
There is an increasing quantity of literature on the subject, ranging from the analytical or academic (Edward Macan, Rocking the Classics; Kevin Holme-Hudson, Progressive Rock Revisited) to the fairly straightforward lists (Charles Snider, The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock.) There are also thousands of fans out there who not only continue to attend concerts, but also contribute to a growing network of fanzines and on-line forums. Fans are even served by Prog, a glossy magazine from Future Publishing now in its ninth year, entirely devoted to prog in all its forms
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Gary Bennett - Are We There Yet?
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WALFAD (We Are Looking For A Drummer) was founded in 2011 by Wojciech Ciuraj. This young band from Wodzislaw Slaski has now recorded four albums, including 2018’s Colloids, all of which have been warmly received both in Poland and around the world
Intense concert activity has increased their popularity and in recent years they have shared the stage with leading homegrown bands playing ambitious rock and also with Procol Harum, Marillion, Riverside and Ray Wilson. Labelled “a new force in Polish progressive rock” by music journalists, they insist their work, though centred in modern progressive rock, transcends genres with passionate melodies, youthful energy and thought-provoking lyrics
A complete biography of Walfad and a review of Colloids can be found here
Gary Bennett (Yak, Oktober) has just put out a 24 minute-long instrumental track Are We There Yet? playing all instruments apart from bodhran (provided by Fez Powell). It has the feel of an early 70s epic, carefully built up in layers and employing the appropriate choice of instrumentation, incorporating four themes which appear throughout the piece.
It’s a very satisfying piece of music that should appeal to fans of Camel, Gordon Giltrap, Steve Hackett, Jon and Vangelis and Mike Oldfield
Read about it and watch the video here