PROG LOG #3. Our Week In Prog
Not the busiest of weeks gig wise, but as issue 26 lurches towards it’s final week of the production schedule, the slight sense of panic that frequently hovers above Jo Prog like the dark clouds that hung over most of the country last week can start to feel all too palpable. Still, that’ll be nothing compared to what things will be like in the office this Friday as we try to hit our 6pm deadline!!
Gigwise, nothing happened til Wednesday when Jo Prog went off to see electronic-experimentalists Fairewell at the St. Pancras Old Church, a 60-seater 19th Century chapel. By way of explanation our Deputy Editor offered “he mixes the Incredible String Band with black metal via a laptop”, which sounds pretty intriguing to everyone, aside from Art Ed Russelll, who sat rocking to and fro in his seat mumbling “bet it’s not as good as Wishbone Ash!”…
We ran into Mikku Von Hertzen from the Von Hertzen Brothers for a few drinks midweek. What a charming bloke he turns out to be, over in the UK to promote the band’s excellent new Best Of CD, whilst Knifeworld man Kavus Torabi dropped off a bunch of competition prizes at Prog Towers, including a signed snooker cue from Prog columnist and his radio partner-in-crime Steve Davis, who we proudly spotted commentating from the Crucible at this year’s World Snooker Championships wearing a Gong t-shirt. Oh, and No-Man’s ever-affable Tim Bowness also put in an appearance at Prog Towers. You can read a blog from Tim later in the week.
On Thursday we were rocked by the news that the Roadrunner UK offices are to close. In a typical example of a major record label’s ability to make the wrong decisions, parent company Warner’s have taken upon themselves to close the operation’s European and Canadian offices. You can read our news story about it here. Having worked with the people at Roadrunner Records for many years, we can only say they’re good people who know what they’re doing with their artists, which is more than can be said for most major labels. They might also have a fair few prog bands on the label, but despite some doom mongers predicting the end of our genre as we know it, we here at Prog suggest it’ll be far less, for reasons that we’re sure will become apparent over the next few months. And we look forward to working with our friends at Roadrunner in whatever new and undoubtedly successful endeavours they choose to undertake.
Sarah Worsley and Malcolm Dome were both down at Ian Anderson’s triumphant show at Hammersmith on Friday, although not in the biblical sense we hasten to add, whilst the Ed raised himself from his sickbed to accompany Dome and Jonathan Selzer to a packed Comus gig at London’s Borderline on Saturday night. It was a terrific night that managed to end a strange week on just the right note.
And finally, this little gem from Viz magazine turned up, which certainly put a smile on everyone’s faces at just the right moment…