THIS WEBSITE IS SHORTLY TO HAVE A MAJOR OVERHAUL

 

NEWS JAN 7 2017 - REPURPOSING PROGRESSIVE ROCK

PRE PRE ORDERS

The Tangent are pleased to announce PRE-PRE Ordering of their album "The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery" due to be recorded in 2017. For those interested in helping support the project - this is a 2 tier crowd funding mechanism and the details are HERE. However, the album will be available at regular pre-order prices later in 2017 so you have the choice to wait. (Not quite) INSTANT GRATIFICATION awaits you - because those who partake in this scheme get access to an hour or so of updating demos of the project so far (five good length songs as of now) and access to these is given as soon as one of us checks our emails.

Click Here to find out More!

THE TANGENT LIVE IN 2017

Yes - the band will be playing in the second half of 2017 and one of the highlights of this will be an appearance at the SUMMERS END festival in the UK. The band will once again be playing split shows as The Tangent and also as Karmakanic. The lineup of these bands is as yet to be announced but will for sure include Andy, Jonas and Luke as well as new Tangenteer Marie Eve De Gaultier who also plays with Luke's band Maschine.

Gigs In EUROPE and the USA will include festivals in ITALY and CHICAGO More details VERY SOON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

MOST RECENT TANGENT ALBUM

A Spark In The Aether was voted no. 3 album of the year 2015 by a group of 30 reviewers from the Dutch Progressive Rock Page. Bearing in mind they had, between them, reviewed more than 800 albums in that year, all members of The Tangent are very happy with that result.


OLDER NEWS

FIRST REVIEW :

"Well, one thing, when (The Tangent) go back to doing what they do best, Progressive Rock, with the heavy emphasis on ‘Rock’, there are few to touch them. The insightful, humorous lyrics and excellent musicianship that have always been a cornerstone of this band are there in spades. ‘A Spark in the Aether’ has bucket loads of funk, jazz, prog and rock and is as essential a purchase as you can get this early in the musical year, gentlemen, I salute you!"

Written by Martin Hutchinson for his new site Progradar - you can find the full review there. http://www.progradar.org/

 

The new album with its classic Ed Unitsky sleeve will be the Eighth official studio release by the band now in its twelfth year of existence. It's gong to be available on CD, Download and DOUBLE VINYL album.....

Andy Tillison: "This is an album that seeks to return to the core of what The Tangent means to me... after our big orchestral opus that we delivered in "Le Sacre Du Travail" we're, to an extent, reining in the instrumentation to the 5 piece electric Prog Rock band and focussing a little more on that all-important second word of the genre name 'Rock'. At least (grins with less than average teeth) for the first half!"

Ian Oakley, long term friend of the band and former manager: " "This is my favourite Tangent album in years. Full of thoughtful and amusing lyrics, singalong melodies, uplifting choruses, great guitar and synth leads (and just wait till you hear the brass!) Real "Prog & Roll""

A.S.I.T.Æ. is not without its ambitious pieces though. The one "long" track The Celluloid Road (which occupies the whole of side 3 of the vinyl edition), is a nostalgic, wistful and humorous journey across the USA from coast to coast, using famous movies and TV programmes as the landmarks along the way. The group does expand into larger intrumentation here, this time into the world of brass sections which are used to evoke the atmospheres of shows and films like Kojak, Ironside, Dirty Harry, Shaft, Easy Rider, Thelma & Louise, Breaking Bad, Pulp Fiction, and more.

Dirty Harry. made in the same year as "Fragile" by Yes

 

The album, overall, has a somewhat familiar theme....

"I think there's an element of it being "The Music That Died Alone 2" smiles Andy. "A lot of the subject matter in the lyrics to the first few songs is revisiting the state of Progressive Rock 12 years after the original album was made. That's obviously been a big big change. There's no apparent sign of the music being dead at all... but I still feel we have dangers and that we're not out of the woods yet. We all have a part to play in the development of this genre and becoming stilted and over safe is not the way to play this game. We need to support the younger guys as much as possible."

The Musicians featured on the project are:

Andy Tillison Diskdrive: Keyboards & Vocals

Luke Machin: Guitar

Jonas Reingold: Bass Guitar

Theo Travis: Saxes & Flutes

Morgan Agren: Drums

 

There were no guest appearances after all - the band deciding to work in the classic 5 piece lineup.

The album is due for release on 20th April 2015 in Europe and 21st April 2015 in the US. 

Enjoy the Tangent? Po90? Multiplex? Fog? Murk? Well this is a night for you!!! A little bit of everything!

Get your tickets for this concert which is to be recorded. You can get your tickets HERE

THE ANDY TILLISON MULTIPLEX

A JAZZ ROCK SOLO PROJECT...

ELECTRIC SINFONIA No. TWO

 

Andy has recently finished a completely new project he's been working on in parallel with the Tangent's forthcoming release. Well... perhaps not completely new, as the title of the album suggests, it's a second piece in the series that began with "Le Sacre Du Travail" It's described as being a continuation of some of the musical ideas that he brought to "Sacre" but this time it is much more Jazz-Oriented and, for the most part it's instrumental.

In fact.. have listen!!

Andy: "The Tangent's always been a band that was made up of around 70 percent Prog with the rest being made up of various types of Jazz. During "Sacre" with the long format of that piece I found I was really enjoying working in that particular area. So I've been writing a sort of follow up to "Sacre" - but it's not a lyrical, conceptual or really even musical follow up. It's just a new long linked piece. And it's kinda like The Tangent except with those ratios I mentioned the other way around. It's got loads of influences from other favourite musicians that I've had to leave out of other Tangent stuff - artists like Chick Corea, Jacques Loussier, Bruford, Brand X and of course my beloved National Health. In fact, I was about half way through it and I suddenly though "it's a JAZZ ROCK album" - you know, I've been referring to this kind of stuff as 'fusion' for a long time and I just think that's a bit vague. It's kind of to not insult great musicians like Chick I guess. Anyway, I'm Andy Tillison, not Chick Corea, so you can call it Jazz Rock and I'll still be proud!"

The album is expected to be released on the 1st December of THIS year on CD with pre-ordering and advance listening available from 23 August!

 

 


 

T A N G E N T - B L O G

At long last the site has a blog. It's a fledgling right now, a place where Andy and others are going to be able to discuss things beyond news and releases. The Tangent and Po90 websites have always tried to be more than advertisements and news bulletins, so if you want to read a little deeper into what we are, do and think, well please make sure you visit, comment, take part in an exchange.

We've started off with some articles about the new album.

"The Spritual Atheist" looks at why a composer who is so devoid of belief in any God is writing an album that is based around something as vague and unquantifiable as "The Aether" or "Quintessence"

"Justification For Making Another Album.... when none of the others made me rich" is fairly self explanatory

"At The Sharp End Of A Legacy" is a look at how it feels to be continuing the work of legends, mostly without the support of those legends. If you enjoy the taste of very sour grapes, you'll enjoy this article

The blog is full of its own self importance, pretentious and overblown. There's a chance you'll enjoy it if you like the music to start with.


M A S C H I N E

Tangent guitarist Luke Machin and former bass player Dan Mash are of course predominantly members of the band Maschine (see what they did with their names there?) the band are one of a growing number of younger bands to display an enormous amount of reverence for Progressive Rock in their music. Now signed to the same label as the Tangent, Insideout Music, their debut album "Rubidium" was released last year, picking up some very healthy reviews and prompting some enthusiastic words from Steve Hillage no less.

At present they are "in the studio" working on a second album, and busy recovering from a successful tour with their label-mates Haken and Leprous. More details of course over at their site which you'll find here

 

 

The Tangent release official YOUTUBE video of their amazing agit-prog epic "A Few Steps Down The Wrong Road", setting a new benchmark for the band and a potential new doorway for the genre as a whole. Official Insideout press statement Below

YOU DON'T GET IT UNTIL YOU WATCH/HEAR ALL OF IT!!!! NO JOKE!

 

 

OFFICIAL PRESS STATEMENT FROM INSIDEOUT MUSIC

EU progressive rock band The Tangent have returned, following band leader Andy Tillison's heart attack last year and subsequent recuperation. Never one to shy away from confronting issues head on, Andy has enlisted his band-mates in The Tangent including Luke Machin, Jonas Reingold & Theo Travis, to create one 20-minute long piece titled 'A Few Steps Down The Wrong Road' which you can hear now here: [above]


The track sees The Tangent joined by author, playwright & former Chumbawamba member Boff Whalley, for what is a preface to a new album that finds the band focussing on politics and the practice of mass migrations in the contemporary world.

Andy Tillison had this to say:

"Inevitably, after a very upbeat and nostalgic album that revisited our early career with "A Spark In the Aether", I wanted to turn my head again towards the more socially aware music that I have written since I was a teenager. The idea has been building with me for some time, and now it's time for me to get on with it. In the light of the UK's decision to leave the EU, a political framework where the Tangent flourished as an international positive idea, it's obvious that I want to say something about that. I've never been good at political debate, but in song I find my courage and I'm not letting this pass me by." more follows...

 


The track, and the forthcoming album, is accompanied by artwork created by UK comic artist Mark "Bucky" Buckingham, whose images have graced comics for both DC and Marvel. You can see some of the early work he has done for The Tangent above. Andy continues:


"We in the west decimated the lives of so many in other parts of the world - in generations gone by and right up to this moment. We're doing it now. The Chilcott report on the Iraq War identifies this frequently occurring British/American behaviour and attributes much of the desperate actions of people to that very behaviour pattern. When people travel to escape the chaos in which we had a hand either by political interference or by selling their Warlord governments weapons, they follow the trails WE left for them. We should not be surprised or indignant that they are coming. We left the invitations open when we left those people destitute once before. They will continue to come. Being ready for this is not about building walls to stop them. It's always been about making good for the past. Whether we can - in our current "economic state" - handle this is really a question as simple as this....

If there was a Tsunami that destroyed half of Southend On Sea, would they build a wall around Basildon to stop the resulting refugees?
Your answer to that question is what England (and I mean England) IS. Or perhaps your answer is what it COULD be. We could make it better. Economics is a consideration, not another brick wall.

Tangent means Tangent. Go off on one. Think again."

 

NEW SOLO ALBUM

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Durch is now available featuring 4 new pieces of varying styles, from the dreamy yet trance-dance laden political epic "The Pursuit Of Oil" to Out and Out prog of the Title Track and a full expanded rendition of Russian Classical composer Alexander Borodin's "In The Steppes Of Central Asia" Mainly instrumental so people who aren't too keen on Andy's rather individual voice can enjoy the keyboards....