LIVE PREVIEW - Edensong, Mothertongue & Voronoi at The Ruby Lounge
The spirit of the Progathon lives on with three wildly creative bands and a huge range of instruments
Words: Phil Weller
When Manchester Rocks hosted three Progathon events at Rebellion, the event captured the heart of the city's progressive music scene and ignored its sense of comradey and community. Now, with New York's orchestral/folk rock songsmiths Edensong heading into town, it presents the perfect excuse for the spirit of those events to make a long overdue return.
A band hailed by Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson as "a great example of the contemporary face of Progressive Rock", Edensong arrive on English shores for their first UK tour in what feels, for frontman and guitarist James Schoenn as a pivotal moment in the lifetime and career of a highly creative and enthusiastic musician.
"Growing up, I feel like the vast majority of my musical influences were British so there is something about this trip that feels like we're completing a circle. There are just so many incredible artists that have come from the country, especially during the 60s/70s, and I think that a lot of that stuff creeps into our music, particularly in the more acoustic and folky elements of our sound. As for the recommendation from Ian Anderson, that's just an incredible and unexpected honour. I think the Tull catalogue has probably shaped my musical sensibility more than anything else out there, so gaining appreciation from my greatest musical influence feels incredibly gratifying."
"I'm hoping that the end result of this show and the tour as a whole is connecting us with a new audience over here, meeting some fans, networking with bands and having a good time," Schoenn continues. "I hope it's not the only time it happens, but I'd urge anyone interested in our music and the genre to come out and support!”
"It's a really interesting time in the trajectory of Edensong, as we're 'between projects' right now. I view this as the final tour off the back of our most recent album, Years in the Garden of Years, so we'll be featuring quite a bit of material from that. However, we have a new lineup and one of the main focuses at the moment is to develop some new music that's more reflective of the current band/instrumentation, so we'll be showcasing quite a few brand new songs as well. Add to this that it's the 10 year anniversary of the release of The Fruit Fallen, Edensong's debut, so we had to break out some of the classic material as well. All in all, it's gonna be a fun show: Flute, koto and a whole lotta rock.”
Joining them on the night - Thursday 11th October at The Ruby Lounge - are Manchester's lovable quirky sextet Mothertongue whose latest album Where The Moonlight Snows is a vivid, picturesque and romantic collection and sharp-witted songs. Leeds' troupe Voronoi meanwhile will be bringing their brand of apocalypse rock to the night complete with jolting rhythms with drums and bass colliding with pianos and synths.
Across the three sets there is a huge scope of sounds on offer, all painstakingly detailed and diverse which should help make the evening a glorious celebration of British and American progressive songwriting.
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