Progressive Gears Presents IT
with support from Servants of Science + Taikonaut
Wednesday 14th March
First band 7:45
Tickets £6 advance, available here
£8 on the door.
Beginning life as a psychedelic, multi-media group, IT is a band with a colossal sound that shakes the bones, with a barrage of images that feeds the mind. IT’s sound fuses the classic melodies of prog rock’s past with a passion and intensity usually only found in punk or metal bands. Politics, religion, war and sexuality all come under the band’s lens for critical examination. Lyrics are intelligent, challenging and occasionally darkly humorous. The bottom line is that the IT experience will inform your thinking, feelings and memory long after the last notes have ended. IT formed in 1994 when Nick Jackson recorded and produced the band’s first full-length album The Stranger Inside the Self. This was also when the band first began using multimedia during live shows with the inclusion of short films playing behind the group on stage. The band followed this up with the album Two Worlds in early January 1995.
The band’s third album, Over & Out, was released on June 21st 2002. It was created as a concept with a story line and was performed by IT live in its entirety accompanied by projected visual montages created by Nick Jackson. In 2004 IT began to redefine itself as the band line-up grew and become more permanent, particularly with the addition of Andy Rowberry on lead guitar. He also no contributes to a lot of the song-writing alongside Nick Jackson. The fourth album Departure was released in July 2009 to critical acclaim with the accompanying bonus DVD giving an indication of the powerful onstage visuals that had by now become an integral part of the IT experience. There then followed something of a hiatus whilst the band formulated the ideas that would eventual become…
We’re All In This Together explores themes of austerity, inequality and an uncertain future for younger generations. Conceptually-based, it comprises 10 brand new tracks, including the debut single, Revolution, which was released back in October 2016, and supportedwith a strong video https://youtu.be/gk82tpzginU depicting rogue youth against an establishment protected by police.
All the tracks were written and produced by Nick Jackson and Andy Rowberry with 3 of the tracks co-written by James Hawkins (bass) and Will Chism (drums). James and Will have become established members in the band – contributing to its unique sound.
The global official release date is 01st March 2017 via the Progressive Gears Records label in both digital and physical formats.
Servants of Science
Servants of Science formed in Brighton, England in 2017 when Stuart Avis presented Andy Bay with some keyboard ideas to add guitar to. The pair have been playing music together on and off for 20 years. Stuart: “Andy is my right hand man when it comes to making music, he seems to instinctively know what I’m after and always delivers, we share a lot of musical tastes, it helps that he’s such an accomplished musician and a cool, laid back guy too”. Once the ideas started turning into songs it became apparent someone would need to sing them. Stuart: “This was a no brainer, Neil Beards and I had collaborated on stage within an hour or 2 of knowing each other back in 2006 and hit it off. We did some occasional collaborations online after, again we share a lot of musical tastes, I knew this would be right up his street and he’d be perfect for it having become a fan of his own band – The Amber Herd. I sent Neil some demos with me singing, he then totally transformed the songs with his own unique and amazing vocal which took everything up several levels”. As the story for the debut album, “The Swan Song”, started to evolve, a female character was introduced. Stuart: “I’d worked with Helena DeLuca on a cover version for another project the year before and it was just the easiest and most fun session I’d ever recorded with a vocalist. She came in loaded with ideas and an incredible, unique voice full of personality, there was no question as to who I wanted to sing the female vocal parts”. The final piece of the puzzle was replacing the programmed drums on the original recording. Andy and Stuart had played in bands with Adam McKee for 20 years, a fun, vibrant personality who’s perfect for those lengthy rehearsal sessions when you’re shut away in a room playing the same songs for hours, damn good drummer too.
Taikonaut are an exciting 4 piece heavy art rock band from south london, Formed by driven pro musicians bored of the shiny production of the pop and rock scene. Taikonaut play skilled, raw, thinking man’s rock music.
Taikonaut are the definition of the DIY outfit, writing, producing, mastering and distributing all their own material, with emphasis on songwriting and artistic freedom.Hooks, Riffs, groves that move you and the occasional musical outburst typify this new band of experienced hands.
The band members have toured extensively through England, Europe and Canada, and cut their teeth working in Teaching and recording studios in and around London. Brought together by a shared desire for a back to basics approach to live music, Taikonaut fondly evoke an old school ethos with some new school Ideas.
Progressive Gears Presents IT
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