Five years have passed since the last album. A period in which the future of the Ozric Tentacles seemed uncertain. Now the English Psych/Space-Band is back with the new album "Space For The Earth".
Founded in the early 80s, the Ozric Tentacles have quickly established themselves in the psychedelic/space-rock scene. Their unique style - a mix of bubbling, colorful sounds, melodies and grooves - has made them legendary. The only constant in the band, which has gone through countless line-up changes, is founding member and multi-instrumentalist Ed Wynne. eclipsed spoke to Mr. Ozric Tentacle.
eclipsed: Before "Space For The Earth" you released a new album with the side project Nodens Ictus and your solo album "Shimmer Into Nature". What influence did this have on the new Ozric Tentacles album?
Kevin Gilbert's concept album "The Shaming Of The True", which is about the rise and fall of rock musician Johnny Virgil, is one of the great unknown prog masterpieces. Since Gilbert could not complete the work on his opus magnum due to his early death - he died in 1996 at the age of 29 - his friend Nick D'Virgilio, who was drumming with Spock's Beard at the time and is now in the service of Big Big Train, stepped in. D'Virgilio helped finalize the album and set the final tracklist. In 2000, "The Shaming Of The True" was released in a first edition of 1400 copies, but the audience response was so great that two remastered reissues followed in 2008 and 2011; the album will be released as a double LP at the end of 2020. So it's high time to shed light on the exciting genesis of Gilbert's stroke of genius
Nine years have passed since the last solo release "Oceana" - a long time, but one in which Derek Sherinian was of course anything but idle: Two albums with his band Sons Of Apollo have been produced, and the keyboard player went on tour with different formations. But about a year and a half ago, the time had come: "I had developed some material and got together again with my long-time mentor and colleague Simon Phillips, with whom I finally wrote six songs for the album." Simon Phillips, who has played as drummer on albums by Jeff Beck and the Michael Schenker Group, among others, is one of several musical heroes that Sherinian was able to win over for the project, either newly or once again
It has now become a nice habit that every new Gazpacho work is dominated by a comprehensive concept, in which bandleader and keyboardist Thomas Andersen repeatedly serves up incredible stories to his listeners, whose truthfulness he fervently defends. There was, for example, the mysterious old book, which he happened to have been allowed to look into, with which one could conjure up the "Demon". Or the short sound at the end of "Molok", which, according to a certain algorithm, could trigger a new big bang in one of several billion cases and thus the end of the world ..
In 2008 Mother's Cake were founded. The Austrian trio has made a handful of releases with a mix of hard rock, psychedelic and funk. But the new album "Cyberfunk!" puts everything they have done so far in the shade and comes up with a special concept. Drummer Jan Haußels was available to answer questions.
eclipsed: Which feeling do you have shortly after the completion of the new album?
Jan Haußels: We are super proud of it. The studio sessions in Mannheim were productive and creative. We wrote it together, even though most of it was done by our singer Yves Krismer.
eclipsed: "Cyberfunk!" seems to go even further into stylistic breadth than your previous albums.
With the literary inspired albums "Island Noises" (2011) and "A Day In June" (2013), the German band around singer Philip Griffiths, son of the Beggars-Opera legend Martin Griffiths, and keyboarder Philipp Jaehne increasingly developed from an ambient formation to a prog and art rock band. Four years ago, PGM had set themselves the difficult task of making absence tangible in terms of sound. Now, on their new concept album "Here Now", they think about the quality of the moment. Guitarist Stefan Glomb gives information.
eclipsed: What's "Here Now" about?
Stefan Glomb: It's the counterpart to "Absence", because it's no longer about absence, but the opposite, the here and now, which we play through in different facets, just like its predecessor. "Absence" emphasizes the transience of the moment, "Here Now" now emphasizes the ever-present of the same moment. Two sides of the same coin.
The Corona crisis crippled the events industry overnight. Living room concerts are no real substitute and live concerts with seats, with appropriate safety distances and hygiene rules, are still only possible on a smaller scale depending on the location of the state. But the live industry is showing itself creative and is trying to master the difficult situation and restrictions with new concepts. One of these innovative projects is Behind Closed Doors, initiated by Tangerine-Dream mastermind Thorsten Quaeschning and concert promoter Thorsten Sohn of MFP-Concerts (Marillion, Midge Ure and others).
Derek Sherinian and Kevin Moore (both ex-Dream-Theater), Aquiles Priester (ex-Angra), Luis Conte (Phil Collins, among others) and Conner Green (Haken): Florian Zepf was able to win them all for his project The Progressive Souls Collective. He himself, on the other hand, is a blank sheet in the scene. "I've been listening to all kinds of progressive music since I was a teenager, but I've been on the road in other genres in the meantime," says the guitarist and composer. His best known station so far was the soul and funk band Candycream, which toured with Lionel Richie and was "quite successful" at the "German Rock & Pop Award" 2005. But there has always been the dream to create a progressive work