The Prog Mill Long Ones Special featuring just six epic tracks from Lee Abraham, The Samurai of Prog, Gandalf’s Fist, Third Quadrant, IQ and Big Big Train.  Broadcast Sunday 26th June 2016, is now available to download or listen to any time you like. Prog Mill Progzilla Logo

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Kiss Kiss King Kong, a power trio from Bergen in Norway released their debut offering “Too High To Say Hello” last year. In an interview for Prog Sphere, Eirik Utne and Einar Olsson discuss about the mentioned album, playing live, touring, and more.

Your debut album titled “Too High To Say Hello” draws influences from many different music styles. How would you describe your music to someone who didn’t hear your music before? What artists do you think have inspired you most directly?

Eirik: Growing up in the 90’s I think it’s fair to say that we do take a lot of influence from the alternative rock and metal scene of the late 90’s/early 2000’s – in particular trios like for instance Dinosaur Jr. and Motorpsycho, the latter being one of our absolute favourite Norwegian bands of all time. At the same time the sound and feel of the 70’s are important to us. Bands that had their basic setup of drums, bass, guitar and vocals, like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and in particular The Who show how explosive and fun a power trio can be.

Kiss Kiss King Kong is a trio. What in particular each one of you brought to the table while working on the songs from “Too High To Say Hello”?

Einar: Usually, someone comes up with a riff or an idea and then we all work on the song structure together. Morten and me spend a lot of time working out the groove and the rhythmical structure of the songs – basically just jamming and trying out different things.

Eirik: Most of our music is based on a few basic ideas that we bring to our rehearsal room and jam with together. I spent a lot of time getting the guitar sound right for each track, and also filling in on old wacky organs wherever it felt natural. At the same time I tried not to think too much about whether we were playing in a major, minor or whatnot scale, and just do whatever felt right.

Did you map out any of the elements before starting to write “THTSH”?

Eirik: It’s a mix between old and new ideas; we actually changed a lot of the tracks during the process. We’ve released the album on vinyl, where you need to put together two sides that make sense musically and have the right length. At the same time, some of the ideas were great fun but felt old, where we just wanted to bring some new and untested stuff into the mix.

Einar: I think that the limitations of vinyl, as far as playing time goes, actually worked in our favour in many ways. We had to think really carefully about how we where going to physically fit the songs onto each side of the record, while still retaining the feeling that they work together as an entity. The record would probably have been much less focused if we had the opportunity to include a lot more songs.

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Breaking down the album’s structure, it’s easy to notice that each one of you have parts where your instrumental work is really good. What is your way of putting these improvised instrumentations in an entity called song?

Eirik: One of the major reasons for starting the band was to have a project where we could do whatever we wanted! And that is more or less what we’ve done. We get together and jam on songs and make time for improvisation when we feel that the song needs it and we want it. Also, in a live format, that’s what makes us have that extra bit of fun on stage – where we don’t always know what’s going on but we have a great time with it.

Einar: Thanks! I used to listen a lot to Miles Davis’ live recordings from Isle of Wight in 1970. This is barely a year after he recorded Bitches Brew, and the music consists of long collective improvisations based on riffs and cues with short, composed phrases. That level of musicianship and courage is inspirational and influential beyond anything. We basically try to use the same kind of approach structuring our more jam-based material.

How does the album title affect the material presented on the album? Give me a snapshot of the topics you explore on these songs?

Eirik: I’ve been too high on music to say hello many times, walking around with songs in my head not noticing people passing by. I’ve guess we’ve all been there. Many of the songs reflect this distance and melancholy that can grow in a place where it’s easy to long for summer during winter and winter during summer.

So, what is with the name of the band?

Eirik: We’re too high to remember.

You had quite a few opportunities to present your work in front of live audiences. What is the general response you guys receive?

Eirik: The live format is extremely important to us, and a major inspiration for the record. We usually aim to do stuff live that is slightly above our skills and which we haven’t thought through properly – something that results in a bit of craziness that our audiences seem to appreciate.

Einar: Also, because we approach the songs in such an improvisational and loose manner, we rely heavily on on-stage communication between ourselves. There´s always a feeling of “unsafety”, for lack of a better word – that there is a chance things might fall apart at any minute. That makes it exciting for the audience.

Are there any plans for hitting the road and touring Europe or North America?

Eirik: We’re in the midst of planning a tour around Europe autumn/winter 2016/17.

Einar: We have also started looking into SXSW in Austin in 2017, so there might be some gigs in the US around that time.

How do you sense the future?

Eirik: We listen to the winds of the fjords and the voices of our foremothers – which I sense could be the title of our next album.

Grab a copy of Too High To Say Hello from iTunes.

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=17111&IdCompany=8

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KANSAS, America’s legendary progressive rock band, will release their intensely anticipated new studio album “The Prelude Implicit” on September 23, 2016. The album is the first new release in 16 years for the band that has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and is famous for classic hits such as ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ and ‘Dust In the Wind,’ to progressive epics like ‘Song for America’ and ‘Miracles Out of Nowhere.’

“The Prelude Implicit” features 10 all new tracks written by the band and co-produced by Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, and Richard Williams. KANSAS’s signature sound is evident throughout the album. It showcases Ronnie Platt’s soaring lead vocals, David Ragsdale’s blistering violin, Williams and Rizvi’s rocking guitar riffs, the unmistakable sound of David Manion’s B3 organ and keyboards, Ehart’s thundering drums, and Billy Greer’s driving bass and vocals.

KANSAS returned to the studio in January 2016 after signing with Inside Out Music. Says Inside Out founder and president Thomas Waber, “KANSAS is the biggest and most important Prog band to come out of the United States. I grew up listening to them, and their music is part of my DNA. ‘The Prelude Implicit’ undoubtedly adds to their already impressive musical legacy. I can’t stop listening to it, and we are proud to be releasing the album.”

The result of the time in the studio was even more than the band imagined. “This is definitely a KANSAS album,” remarks original guitarist Richard Williams. “Whether it is the trademark Prog epic like ‘The Voyage of Eight Eighteen,’ biting rocker such as ‘Rhythm in the Spirit,’ or mindful ballad like ‘The Unsung Heroes,’ there is something on this album for every kind of KANSAS fan. After years of pent-up creativity, the entire band is very proud of ‘The Prelude Implicit.'”

Lead Vocalist Ronnie Platt adds, “Recording ‘The Prelude Implicit’ was an incredible experience, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It is my hope that, knowing the intense listeners that KANSAS fans are, the continuity yet diversity of this album will be pleasing to them.”

The album title, The Prelude Implicit means, “Without a doubt, this is a new musical beginning,” explains Ehart. Tattoo artist, Denise de la Cerda, did the oil painting of the front and back cover. “It shows a Phoenix flying from the past into the future.”

“The Prelude Implicit” will be released September 23, 2016, on Inside Out Music and is distributed by RED. The album will be available on CD, Double 180 Gram Vinyl, and digitally on iTunes and Google Play. Pre-order opportunities will be available starting later this summer at KansasBand.com and Amazon.com.

The Prelude Implicit Track Listing:

  1. With This Heart
  2. Visibility Zero
  3. The Unsung Heroes
  4. Rhythm in the Spirit
  5. Refugee
  6. The Voyage of Eight Eighteen
  7. Camouflage
  8. Summer
  9. Crowded Isolation
  10. Section 60

KANSAS will be debuting songs off “The Prelude Implicit” this fall, live in concert, as part of their Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour. More information on the tour, including tour dates, can be found at www.kansasband.com

For more information on KANSAS, The Prelude Implicit, and the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour, please visit:

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Northern Star  23rd June 2016

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  • Austria, – Weather Report  Seventh Arrow
  • Belgium, cosmic Trip machine Zorba Goes to hell
  • Bulgaria, FSB To Play Gamma
  • Croatia, Go Run Donkey Hot!  Jutros
  • Republic of Cyprus, Quadraphonic Social Suicide
  • Czech Republic, Votchi  – Stereo (out of jail)
  • Denmark, Sky Architects The Hollows
  • Estonia, Phlox Augustin
  • Finland, malady – Unessakävelijä
  • France, Lazuli – La Lierre
  • Germany, Eloy – The dance in doubt and fear
  • Greece, Ciccada – Elisabeth
  • Hungary, Nostradamus Divine Comedy
  • Ireland, Horslips Faster than the Hound
  • Italy, New Trolls Paolo E Francesca
  • Latvia, Artifical home – Inflamed
  • Lithuania, the Skys the broken sounds of truth
  • Luxembourg,light Damage Heaven
  • Malta, Athelstone Jaaz
  • Netherlands Mescaliner Cloak of roses
  • Poland, Riverside Time Travellers
  • Portugal, Sonic pulsar Schizophrenics playground
  • Romania, Bucium – Voievozii
  • Slovakia, Sisterhood of Klangpedal Cyril
  • Slovenia, Cynicism Management TV Turns on you
  • Spain, Cheetos Magazine Basket case
  • Sweden Anekdoten   King Oblivion
  • UK Jump The wreck of the St Marie

Repeat Shows  Saturday 3.00pm GMT + 1

Sunday at midnight GMT + 1

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  • Pallas  Northern Star Theme
  • Budgie – Crime against the world
  • Roy Harper – I hate the white man
  • Tin Machine – Video crime
  • Kindred Spirit – Feed the fire
  • Queensryche – Breaking the silence
  • Stanley Clarke – Black on Black Crime
  • Unto Us – Human Landscape
  • Boston Shakers – Body mind and Soul
  • King Crimson – Talking Drum
  • The Watch – Scene of the crime
  • Tim Minchin – Prejudice
  • Supertramp – if everyone was listening
  • Talk Talk – Hate
  • Mystery – Between love and hate
  • Cockney Rebel – Sebastian
  • Crippled Black Phoenix – Nature Dictates the downfall of humans
  • Lonely Robot – Humans being
  • John Martyn – The downward pull of human nature
  • Fairport Convention – Who knows where the time goes
  • Rick wakeman – Crime of the century
  • Brian Johnstone – Uzjed Tarantella (taste the fear)
  • Fish –  Fearless
  • Porcupine Tree – Way out here
  • Peter Gabriel – I am amazing
  • Anderson/Stolt – Knowing…

 

 

Repeat Shows  Saturday 3.00pm GMT + 1

Sunday at midnight GMT + 1

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The Emma Free episode due to a glorious Technical SNAFU by yours truly. This a pure music playlist

  • Pallas  Northern Star Theme
  • Led Zeppelin – Carouselambra
  • Wolverine – Sarah
  • Lia Ices – Wish you were here
  • Tarja – Lost Northern Star
  • Winter In eden – Oblivion
  • Yannis Glezos – The Shield
  • All About Eve – Martha’s Harbour
  • Tilt – Hinterland
  • David Bowie – Time
  • Frost* – TOWERBLOCK
  • Rush – La Villa strangiato
  • Macc Lads – No Sleep Till Buxton
  • Preacher – Vinyl
  • Tangerine dream – Cloudburst flight
  • Whitesnake – Blindman
  • Yes – Onward
  • Weather Report – Birdland live 78
  • The Divine Comedy – The Wreck of the beautiful
  • We Are Kin – The Hard Decision
  • Violet District – Homage to the irretrievably lost
  • Pink Floyd – Shine on you Crazy Diamond

 

Repeat Shows  Saturday 3.00pm GMT + 1

Sunday at midnight GMT + 1

Podcasts of all the shows are available here

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