New York to San Francisco in 20 minutes.
Join the Tangent on The Celluloid Road, a lightning fast journey across an imaginary United States Of America where all the landmarks loom out of the silver screens of our minds.
From Sidewalk Steam and Gangster turf wars on the East Coast - we follow the eternal yellow line, sometimes by chopper bike, or by truck, by car, horseback or on foot -through the deserts, mountains and vast plains of the country all of us visit, wherever we happen to live in the world.
Our journey will see us at Defcon 1, we'll have to climb down the face of Mount Rushmore at night, we'll be chased by Cropduster planes, we'll catch a Greyhound Bus, drive our cars off clifftops, drive buses at exactly 50 miles an hour - all the good stuff...
We'll camp in the desert, we'll cook some crystal meth in a Winnebago, steer a white Dodge Challenger into bulldozers, hold up a diner or two and arrive in San Francisco to watch it being destroyed by every conceivable method known to man and monster.
Most importantly, we'll find out which band gets all the Chicks.....
Only The Tangent can take you on this journey. The Celluloid Road is ahead of you. Join us on the ride of a lifetime.
Andy composing the piece in late 2013!
"The idea came to me while watching "Breaking Bad". This remarkable TV series is set in the area around Albuquerque in New Mexico an area not too often visited by American TV in the past. But at the same time "True Detective" went for Louisiana, Fargo for Dakota and it just occurred to me that you could just about travel through America using your TV. So we decided to put the idea into music.....
The construction of the piece required research for the lyrics, but even more so for the music itself. We investigated music from classic TV shows, Lalo Schiffrin, Isaac Hayes & Quincy Jones. We worked on Brass arrangements, and Luke went off to France and studied Steely Dan there for a couple of weeks! We spent weeks listening to Tower Of Power, Funkadelic, The Blackbyrds, Earth Wind & Fire, reviewing old Road Movies like Easy Rider and Thelma & Louise. All members of the band worked hard to get the American feel which we needed to pull this off.
Jonas and Morgan laid down some of the most organic hard funk rhythm tracks that have graced feet and eardrums for some time, and Luke's homage to Isaac Hayes' wah-wah guitar from "Shaft" makes for seriously good icing on a very fruity cake.