The Tangent Announce Split
The Tangent have split up just ahead of their planned tour with IO Earth, mainman Andy Tillison has announced.
It’s the second time he’s shut down a lineup of his outfit, after doing the same to a Swedish-based collective in 2008.
He aims to continue under the title but says financial, logistical and other problems have forced the decision on him.
Tillison says: “After many months of trying not to, I am going to dissolve the current lineup. Head and shoulders above all reasons is the continuing financial impracticality.
“The Tangent until now have managed to exist as a 100percent professional band since 2003. This has been my living, and I’ve had to fight to stay alive against many competitors.
“The huge number of bands coming into this arena now, along with the public’s acceptance of piracy as the norm, means I have less and less money to finance tours.
“This whole summer we met once, to play the Celebr8 concert, and once at a Maschine gig. We haven’t recorded or rehearsed together since July 7. Along with that are numerous other issues far too complex to recount.”
Tillison thanks fans for their support and issues an apology to IO Earth. “They are a true ‘heart and soul’ investment band who work their bollocks off,” he says. “One stressful night in Leicester they managed to save the day for The Tangent. It makes me kick myself that I have to let them down on a tour they enthusiastically promoted and worked hard for.
“In place of the full Tangent show, Guy Manning and I will do four special one-off shows with IO Earth. The set will feature songs from our careers and will be rehearsed here at home – making the trip at least possible if not profitable.
“I sincerely hope Tangent fans will still support the events and help to make this a profitable tour for IO Earth and the fantastic promoters that risk everything to keep prog alive in the UK.”
Tillison is continuing to write new music and plans to keep working under the Tangent title, adding: “I believe I have earned the mandate to use the name without the hurls of ‘tribute band’ levelled at some. This is an ongoing story, and always has been.”