PROG LOG #4. Our Week In Prog
Press week. Mild neuroses giving way to extreme panic rounded off by sheer exhaustion. That was the week that was then. But of course, we still managed to find time to do our bit for the prog cause.
The week started quietly with News/Reviews Editor Grant Moon ghosting into the office to wrap up the news pages. Never the loudest of people, you can learn more about Grant by listening to Prog contributor Phil Wilding’s The Perfect Ten podcast with Phill Jupitus which you can find here. It is, er illuminating. And as Grant says, “My mother is so proud!”. Other than that there was a phone call to take from Rush’s Geddy Lee to discuss the band’s forthcoming album Clockwork Angels, a hugely enjoyable and candid interview you can read in the next issue.
On Wednesday Natasha Scharf took her little self off to catch Mothlite and North Atlantic Oscillation at London’s Tabernacle, an old circular church based in Ladbroke Grove and former Hawkwind hang-out, which she deemed the perfect setting for Mothlite’s melodic goth prog NAO’s glistening prog pop melodies. The Ed caught up with documentary film-maker Sam Dunn for a swift half and a natter, mostly about Rush (Sam directed Beyond The Lighted Stage) and Sam’s recent Metal Evolution series (the one that featured the old Big ‘Ed in the Prog Metal episode) as well as his forthcoming documentary about, of all things, Satan!!
Thursday basically rocked! The entire team hot-footed it off to the aptly named Angel Recording Studios in Islington to hear Clockwork Angels in its entirety on very big, loud speakers. And a big thumbs up was given by all, although a few disconcerted looks were aimed at the direction of Art Ed Russell who proclaimed he thought a bit of it sounded like “Wishbone Ash”!! Don’t worry, it most certainly does not!
As for gigs, well, talk about jam-packed. There was Manfred Mann’s Earth Band at the Jazz Cafe, Crippled Black Phoenix at the Garage and Anathema supported by Amplifier at Koko. Everyone split three-ways and again, a top night was had by all if reports were anything to go by. On the one hand, it was great to have three excellent bands all performing at the top of their game and packing out their respective venues. On the other, it would have been far more preferable had they not all coincided. Will promoters ever learn? Answers on a postcard etc…