Thursday, March 05, 2009

"Classic Rock Presents Prog" Magazine

Unbelievably, Classic Rock magazine are publishing a new quarterly magazine devoted exclusively to prog rock! Has prog rock become popular and no one told me about it!! I wonder what prompted the decision that this was a viable proposition. It does seem that prog is no longer the dirty word it once used to be. In fact it does seem to be hip to have your music described as “prog”.

With the success of bands like Muse, Radiohead and The Mars Volta maybe there is a market for a publication devoted to more risk taking rock music. The tide does seem to have turned and rock music is becoming more progressive. Both looking to the future and the past. Take the Brighton band Diagonal for example. They look and sound old school prog. Lots of Crimsonising going on, but they add their own slant and take things off in different directions. Pure Reason Revolution are about to release a new album which by all accounts is as much electronic/dance orientated as it is prog.

I think this is an exciting time for rock music at the moment. Bands do seem to be taking risks again and that a mainstream music publication reflects that in producing a new magazine is timely indeed. It looks like they are going to cover the traditional prog bands like Yes, Genesis and ELP as well as newer acts like The Reasoning, Demians and Frost*. I really hope this is a success as the music I love deserves this type of coverage. Out of the closet at last!!


Blogger alcockrj said...

Unbelievable! Great news!

6:57 AM  
Blogger Cathedral Man said...

Hey Barrie, I'm Graeme, The Reasoning's manager, and doing all I can to help publicise this brilliant magazine! Your comments are spot on!

12:50 AM  
Blogger pulsefloyd said...

Great news...lots of new progressive bands out there pushing the boundaries.....many of them appear at The House of Progression in Kingston.....anyone picked up on HAKEN yet? Awesome band including Tom and Hen from To-Mera and Charlie from Linear Sphere and Anchorhead legend, plus three other accomplished and exciting musicians.....great live band....multi layered sound with two keyboardists and two guitarists, creative drummer Ray and charismatic front man Ross on vocals. Check them out at the House of Progression on Saturday 21st March.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Barrie Sillars said...

Thanks Graeme for your comments. The Reasoning are a fantastic band and hopefully the new mag will give them even bigger exposure.

By what "pulsefloyd" indicates prog is quite healthy indeed!

11:48 AM  

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