Our Top 10 Prog Albums of 2016

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1 BIG BIG TRAIN – Folklore
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2 MARILLION – F.E.A.R.
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3 HAKEN – Affinity
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4 RIVERSIDE – Eye Of The Soundscapetop5-riverside-eots

5 THANK YOU SCIENTIST – Stranger Heads Prevailtop5-tys-stranger-heads

6 SYD ARTHUR – Apricitytop5-syd-arthur-apricity

7 STEVEN WILSON – 4 1/2top5-sw-4-1_2

8 VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR – Do Not Disturbtop5-vdgg-do-not-disturb

9 STICK MEN – Prog Noirtop5-stick-men-prog-noir

10 OPETH – Sorceress
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Thank You Scientist – Mod Club Toronto, 1st September 2016

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Thank You Scientist are supporting Haken on their ‘Affinitour v2.0’ across Canada and the US in September 2016.  To coincide, the New Jersey seven-piece have just released their second full album ‘Stranger Heads Prevail’ (on the Evil Ink label) which is receiving rave reviews. I caught up with the band at Toronto’s intimate Mod Club…..Review and photos by Tim Darbyshire.

Thank You Scientist are hard to define. They have been described as progressive, progressive metal, post hardcore, jazz fusion – helpfully their FaceBook page has their genre as ‘post genre sweet potato polka’.  Watching the band set up pre-gig , it’s clear we are in for something refreshingly different, with trumpet, sax and violin players. There’s no keyboards at all.

What is evident from the outset, is that the band is having a lot of fun. Bundle of energy front man Salvatore Marrano dances around the stage, his soulful vocals managing to cut through the backdrop of sax, trumpet, violin and crunchy guitar riffs. When it’s time an instrumental break, Marrano joins the crowd, preferring to watch from there.

The set is made up from tracks from the new album,  the funky ‘Mr Invisible’,  ‘A Wolf In Cheap Clothing’, ‘Caverns’ and the set opener ‘The Amateur Arsonist’s Handbook’, and cuts from 2014’s ‘Maps of Non-Existent Places’ including ‘Feed The Horses’, ‘Blood On The Radio’ and ‘My Famed Disappearing Act’. The set is concluded with a cover of The Beatles’ ‘I Am The Walrus’.

Thank You Scientist already have a loyal fan base, with a sizeable proportion of the enthusiastic young crowd joining in the fun singing along to every word. The queue to buy their cds after their set would suggest they are picking up new devotees every time they play, including yours truly…… I hope they’ve brought plenty of cds with them on the tour!

Thank You Scientist remain happily uncategorisable – funky, jazzy, proggy, often all at the same time – it’s an intoxicating melange of styles. Catch this tour if you can, their merch/cds are available direct from the band  here.

Thank You Scientist are:

Salvatore Marrano – Vocals
Tom Monda – Guitar
Cody McCorry – Bass, Theremin
Odin Alvarez – Drums
Ben Karas- Violin
Ellis Jasenovic – Saxophone
Andrew Digrius – Trumpet

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Tour Dates with Haken:

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Haken Announce North America 2016 Tour Dates

London’s Haken return to North America this August/September – including 3 dates in Canada -to promote their excellent new album ‘Affinity’.

The ‘Affinitour’ kicks off in Chicago with support coming from American prog band Thank You Scientist. Tickets are on sale now for most gigs.

Dates are as follows:

30.08.2016 REGGIE’S  Chicago, IL, USA
31.08.2016 RAPIDS THEATER  Niagara Falls, NY, USA
01.09.2016 MOD CLUB Toronto, ON, Canada
02.09.2016 CLUB SODA  Montreal, QC, Canada
03.09.2016 L’IMPERIAL  Quebec City, QC, Canada
04.09.2016 BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL  Boston, MA, USA
06.09.2016 MARLIN ROOM  New York, NY, USA
07.09.2016 FOUNDRY  Philadelphia, PA, USA
08.09.2016 CAFE 611  Frederick, MD, USA
09.09.2016 CANAL CLUB  Richmond, VA, USA
10.09.2016 PROGPOWER USA  Atlanta, GA, USA
13.09.2016 GAS MONKEY BAR & GRILL  Dallas, TX, USA
14.09.2016 ROCKBOX  San Antonio, TX, USA
16.09.2016 JOE’S GROTTO  Phoenix, AZ, USA
17.09.2016 COMPLEX  Los Angeles, CA, USA
20.09.2016 EL CORAZON  Seattle, WA, USA
21.09.2016 ASH STREET SALOON  Portland, OR, USA

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