European Tour Blog #1

As is generally known here - The Tangent and Karmakanic are currently vibing up for the Summers End Festival and have already completed a short series of gigs on the EU Mainland. We have had a fantastic time so far and totally enjoyed ourselves through trials tribulations and plain old fashioned "Good Times". We know that more of all of these will lie ahead and we await them with relish. So today here's part one of the story so far - the preparations we made, the things that went wrong and had to be sorted out.. and the coming together (and near falling apart) of Tangekanic...

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Karmakanic/Tangent Live in 2017 CD Pre-Order

I´m very pleased to present the next Karmakanic/Tangent output. It will be a live CD from the upcoming European/US tour this fall. To be released Jan 2018.

So let me start bitching about this even before the tour has started and nothing is recorded yet. Why? That's a valid question and I will try to answer it to the best of my knowledge.

WE NEED THE MONEY!!!! PERIOD!!!

We lost a well payed gig in Boston that was one of the anchor gigs to finance this tour. We run into totally overpriced VISA application costs. Do you know how much a application cost for a band like us? 2500 US dollars, just to get in. Then add flights, accommodation, hiring a van, gas, hiring a rehearsal room, paying salary for the band members, domestic travels prior the rehearsals and all other little things that I´ve forgotten right now and you´ll probably understand that the numbers are totally in the red.

So why even think of doing this? Why just not cut the whining and throw this project right out of the window? I´ll try to answer that too.

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The New Album

The new album by the Tangent is called "The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery". Released on July 21 2017 this is the bands 9th studio album for Insideout. The album is a long format single CD (79 minutes) and a Double Vinyl Album. The album features only 5 pieces and therefore it follows that most of these pieces are long and involved.

It's one of the more complex and ambitious pieces the band have done, having many similarities in format to the "Sacre Du Travail" album of 2013, yet it's a different kind of beast altogether. Less classically influenced, the album is a massive fusion of styles from straight Prog Rock through Jazz Fusion, calling at Punk , Electronic Dance and even something that could almost be thought of as Rap.

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Every Story Tells a Picture...

Nearly everyone in Progressive Rock Music, musicians and audience alike, are hugely aware of the symbiotic nature of the artwork and the music. After the first few albums, we never got to see the typical "Group Shot" of Yes again. With Genesis, Pink Floyd, Greenslade, and ELP.. the same rarity of such things was pronounced. There were exceptions, usually Live recordings or compilations etc... and of course "Love Beach". By and large, the history of Progressive Rock albums is as much about Paul Whitehead, Roger Dean, Patrick Woodroffe and Storm Thorgerson - even H R Giger as it is about the bands they helped to develop.

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Drums! Drums in the Deep!

The Tangent AND Karmakanic are pleased to announce that the drummer on the forthcoming tour will be Steve Roberts.

Steve will be well known to many Tangent supporters as he has drummed frequently with our friends Magenta, also with his band Godsticks. He's been a busy fella over the years having a pretty full CV.. MAGENTA (2 live albums/dvd)(dr), JOHN SLOMAN (dr), NODDYS PUNCTURE ELP tribute (live album feat. K Emerson) (dr), GODSTICKS (3 albums/1 EP) (dr/kb), CYAN (dr), BILLY PEZZACK TRIO (dr), DOLENNU (1 album) (dr), KENNY DRISCOLL BAND (dr), BILLY THOMPSON/PETER LEMER QUARTET (dr), AMLEDD (1 album)(dr), HEAVY QUARTET (3 albums)(dr), MONKJACK FUNK (kb), THEY WALK AMONG US (2 albums)(dr), THE DOSTOYEVSKYS (1 album)(dr).

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We Do Things Differently Here

Welcome to the New Tangent Website.

The Tangent are a Progressive Rock Band with a strong and long pedigree. Formed in 2002 by Andy Tillison (at that time leader of the largely unknown Parallel Or 90 Degrees) the band has spent the past 15 years involved in the creation of nine studio albums and a couple of live DVD outings. Over the years a pool of musicians have helped the central core on their way, members of King Crimson, the Flower Kings, Gong, Chumbawamba, Porcupine Tree and Soft Machine have contributed and the band has a distinctive and highly varied style.

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The Music and The Message

I have always seen my job as a musician to have several areas of focus. Of course - most obviously - the one where we make a collage of sounds, melodies and rhythms to create a (hopefully) pleasing result is the one where we define that what we do is make MUSIC, rather than say sculpture or painting. If that's the one that defines us, then the lyrical content of our music is one that individualises us within the broader definition - along with the differences in styles, techniques and genres.

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What We're Listening To...

  • UK
    As we approach the release of "Slow Rust" - here's the first of 10 albums which I feel have been part of the inspirational makeup of The Tangent over the years. It's not a "best of" or a chart, there...

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  • Van Der Graaf Generator
    Here's the second of 10 albums which I feel have been part of the inspirational makeup of The Tangent over the years. It's not a "best of" or a chart, there is no Number One. The first one featured was...

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  • Joni Mitchell
    As we approach the release of "Slow Rust" - here's the third of 10 albums which I feel have been part of the inspirational makeup of The Tangent over the years. It's not a "best of" or a chart, there...

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  • Rush
    Here is the FOURTH of the albums I have chosen to represent some of the influential albums on The Tangent's career. Once again to stress that this is not a chart, a "best of" - nor is it an effort...

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  • Strawinsky - Rite of Spring
    This continues a series of articles about albums that have been influential on The Tangent's music. It is neither a complete list, nor is it a list that would be the same if you asked me next week, it is...

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  • The Sex Pistols
    It's only in the past 30 years or so that the word "Reboot" entered our lives and even less time since it gained its alternative use as a metaphor to indicate "starting something already established again in order to get...

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  • Egg
    Today's album is "The Polite Force" by Egg. In truth though it's not EGG per se that I'm referring to - really the career of Dave Stewart and a whole raft of bands that we refer to as The Canterbury...

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  • Refugee
    This one just happens to be one of the best albums ever made. My love for this album is well documented, but despite its brilliance, this album has managed to remain THE great lost masterpiece of Prog - highly regarded by...

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  • The Flower Kings
    There are a number of reasons why this album is so important to our history and by far the biggest reason is that it is a brilliant, brilliant record. Also of great importance is that it's one of the albums...

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  • YES
    And finally in our series of "Albums that make the Tangent Tick" here's the one that has been a frequently mentioned benchmark A Goal. A Gold Standard. As before though, this was not a chart, This is not number one...

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  • Theo's Choice
    A couple of days ago we finished off a series of 10 albums that have been inspirational to the sound and style of our own band. But all those reviews were rather focused on my own opinions and influences. And...

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