Steve Petch The Progmeister Show

 

 

Within certain genres of music if you aren’t one of the upper echelons then it is difficult in the present climate to make your mark. With what many know as Prog or Prog Rock it began with E.L.P.  Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis and King Crimson. Their legacy continues with band like IQ, Marillion, Pendragon and The Tangent who all bare the hallmarks of their forbears. Yet even in the present climate there are talented musicians and bands screaming to be heard who without the kudos and media coverage, heritage and reputation of the more well-known artists struggle to raise their profile above that of social media. It has never been as tough for musicians to do this and for all professional musicians to make a living through their creativity. One such artist/band that need to be heard is Dreaming David K & Organic. Throwing out more than a nod and a wink to most of the above with a new album Mr Passive Progressive.

The band is headed up by David Koracevic (David K in the equation)-lead vocals/Synthesizers/organ/piano/sound effects, Marco Magnani-Guitars/bass, Alexander Savva-drums and percussion and Gavin Beckwith-Lead and harmony guitar/bass/penny whistle and violin. These form the main nucleus of the band though a cast of supporting musicians include Ian Bally-Flute/saxophone, Jo Devall-vocals, Ed Bandstead-trumpets, Geoff Duckworth-flute, Michael Scott-6 and 12 string acoustic guitars and electric guitar and Jerome Bannigan who provides second drums on some songs in an early Genesis live configuration. All seasoned players David K himself having served a tenure with post punk rockers Killing Joke lend a very musical feel to all of the songs and veer from time to time from the righteous path of Prog into electro/synth pop and even tinges of folk.

Opening the album with the never more poignant Save The Human the swathes of synth and Spanish guitar soon give way to a rockier, hard hitting plea highlighting the massive human and environmental crisis we find ourselves in. Gavin Beckwith’s guitar adds extra grip to David K’s excellent keyboard foray’s whilst drums and bass give an almost sense of relief that they are the real thing helping full band sound rather than a one-man army. This continues into Lost In Space, touted as a single with its own YouTube video and sporting a second drummer Jerome Bannigan to add further weight and pace to the piece. A little flute is thrown into the mix courtesy of Ian Bailey lightening the sound a shade. There is even a pause for Gavin Beckwith to introduce just a hint of violin to the mix too. “Cosmic man”, as the title suggests. Instantly loveable and very well-orchestrated.

 

There are quite a few moments throughout the album where familiar musical passages and themes emerge, one of them being A Prayer. Borrowing a little of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular bells theme (unintendedly I suspect) A Prayer exudes a vibrant sound full of interesting sounds like an electric sitar sound which I am informed is created with a homemade guitar synth whilst David K plays a crisp electric piano and synth. Celestial voice is provided by Jo Devall who lends a spiritual feel theme as the title of the song would suggest. In sharp contrast Personality Game melds genres to create a variety pack of styles contained within one song. Once again, some great keys though I have to admit to being fooled by the jaunty synth motifs into thinking it was more a Eurovision style piece rather than a Prog, rock or standard pop song. The spoken word explains the premise of the song and the previous electro build up dies to a meaningful electric folk pastiche in the vein of Donavan et al. Darkness prevails though hidden withing the lyrics exploring the grey part of the human condition lightened only by the tenor sax and trumpet.

The Big Picture finds David K questioning the whole of our being and perhaps the meaning of life? The timbre of a real baby Grand piano intro is beautifully recorded with a reprise of earlier themes in true Prog tradition. This song highlights the splendour and fluidity of David K’s piano playing too. However, moving into a more rock idiom Topsy Turvy Lady brings with it a little light hearted humour just as many E.L P. albums used to do with the likes of Benny The Bouncer and The Sheriff. Ed Banstead’s trumpet gives a jazz band feel towards the song’s conclusion which left a smile on my face. Turning into a more serious mode In The Moment finds David K back at the baby grand to introduce a tranquil opening to yet another poignant lyrical loaded song. Along with flute and electric piano there is even a nod and a wink to the Genesis classic The Knife though this may be more obvious to the listener rather than the recording artist? The message contained within the lyrics may be simply live for the moment and make the most of what we have?

Its Electric introduces an Andalusian vibe with its choppy sound aided and abetted trumpet and sax. Though lyrically sparse Its Electric showcases the talents of the band in a predominantly “well err”, electric manner. The Spanish/Mexican theme continues in a grander style with Don Quixote turning the dark tales of the character of Miguel de Cervantas ancient novel into a musical interpretation. Amidst the grandeur of such an epic yet another Genesis classic is revisited with a riff remarkably similar to the crescendo of the much-revered Musical Box. There is a fair dose of Spaghetti western going on here and I for one simply loved it. A reprise of earlier themes like Lost In Space and A Prayer can be found in the all too brief Time Is Shallow This song seems to serve as consolidation for all that has gone thus far in its somewhat dark brevity. In addition, the piece can be viewed as bridge to the finale One Last Chance. As the old saying goes, “they saved the best till last”. One Last Chance really does have a hit single about it. There is a fabulous guitar break at approximately 3:06 which reminded me very mush of Andy Latimer of Camel’s style. A big up to Gavin Beckwith for that and indeed the rest of the supporting cast. One Last Chance is a huge plea shared by many I suspect and can be taken on so many levels. Personally, collectively or on someone’s behalf about so many issues. A fantastic way to end a highly musically charged endeavour.

In an age where the music industry is governed by commerce and the ability to sell units to the mass audience it is refreshing to hear small independent artists purveying music of such imagination and quality. Mr Passive Progressive may not be accompanied by expensive artwork and or packaging costing the prospective buyer a small fortune, but what it does have in spades is musicality. I would strongly recommend this album in what ever guise you decide to consume your music. I found joy in equal measures whether listening to the CD on my hi-fi or the Mp3 files from my tablet/laptop etc. From David Kovacevic’s beginnings in a Prog band at school through his post punk tenure with Killing Joke he has come full circle claiming “I have been dreaming up this music since I was a teenager” he writes on the CD insert. Listening to this collection of impassioned songs wearing their influences on their sleeves I can well believe it.  A breath of fresh air.

 

You can buy the handmade CD here for £10 including postage and find out all you need to know……

 

https://www.dreamingdavidk.com/

 

https://music.apple.com/gb/album/mr-passive-progressive/1507728410

 

 

 

 

Watch Lost In Space here……

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXCmG6amUMw

 

 

 

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  1. The Key To Her Farrari – Thomas Dolby
  2. Keith Don’t Go (live) – Nils Lofgren
  3. Call In The Night Boy – Talk Talk
  4. Market Square Heroes(live) – Marillion
  5. Nostalgia For Infinity – Hats Off Gentlemen its Adequate
  6. The One You Left To Die (live) – The Pineapple Thief
  7. Lost In Space – Dreaming David K & Organic
  8. Astrologers – Dyble / Longdon
  9. Iv’e Seen All Good People (live) – Yes
  • Nothing At All – Deep Purple
  • Beyond The Firing Line – Tim Bowness
  • Spirit Of The Dance (live) – Greenslade
  • Wonderland (How Can This Be Love?) – Three Colours Dark
  • Hocus Pocus (live) – Jan Akkerman
  • Land Downunder – Colin Hay & Delta Goodrem
  • Dystopia – Lesoir
  • Thru The Silence – Nova
  1. Godawful Small Affair – The Mighty Handful
  2. Cinema Show (live) – Genesis

 

 

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Asteroid – Pete Morgan

 

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  1. Why Don’t We Run – Pattern Seeking Animals
  2. Rendezvous 6:02 (Live) – John Wetton
  3. Familiar – Agnes Obel
  4. Hey Nineteen (Live) – Steely Dan
  5. The Midas Touch – The Tangent
  6. Slow Yourself Down – Live
  7. Combination Head – Combination Head
  8. See Emily Play Judy Dyble
  9. She Said (Live) – Barclay James Harvest
  10. Run Sonny Run – Kraan
  11. Big Eyed Beans From Venus – Captain Beefheart
  12. The One You Left To Die (Live) – The Pineapple Thief
  13. Solar Gain – Kit Watkins
  14. Awake And Nervous (Live) – IQ
  15. The Life Of The Honeybee And Other Moments Of Clarity – Abel Ganz
  16. Crazy Horses – The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
  17. Still – Colin Bass And Daniel Biro
  18. Curator Of Butterflies 9Live) – Big Big Train.

 

 

 

The Progmeister theme (Theme to Department S) Edwin Astley

Asteroid (Pearl & Dean theme) Pete Morgan.

 

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The Progmeister On Progzilla

Broadcast 12th July 2020

  1. How Dare You – 10CC
  2. Life On Hold – The Tangent
  3. Wake Up And Make Love With Me – Ian Dury And The Blockheads
  4. Eternal Return – Zopp
  5. Some Things Never Change – Supertramp
  6. Si Senor The Hairy Grill – Yello
  7. Red Blood On White Stone – Nick Magnus
  8. Mainline Florida – Eric Clapton
  9. Forever – Kanataka
  10. Ride Like The Wind – Christopher Cross
  11. Between Blue And Me – Family
  12. The North Plain – Rick Wakeman
  13. You Lie Down With Dogs – The Alan Parsons Project
  14. A Gift From God – Magenta
  15. Something In The Air – Thunderclap Newman
  16. Darktown – Steve Hackett
  17. The Light Shines Out – Abel Ganz
  18. Watcha Gonna Tell Me – Caravan
  19. Prayin 4 A Miracle.

 

The Progmeister theme (Theme to Department S) Edwin Astley

Asteroid (pearl & Dean theme) Pete Moore.

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  1. World – Phillip Swinburne
  2. Tarkus Suite – London Philharmonic Orchestra / Keith Emerson
  3. Faces – Colin Bass / Daniel Biro
  4. Small Hours – Dec Burke
  5. A Man A City – 21st Century Schizoid Band
  6. Inside You – Karibow
  7. Starting Over – The Strawbs
  8. The Scream – Chimpan A
  9. The Ice Cream Man – Mary Coughlan
  10. John Wayne – John Martyn
  11. Heartsong – Gordon Giltrap
  12. Fake News – Tony Patterson/Doug Melbourne
  13. Sylvia – Focus
  14. Crowded Star – Nada Surf
  15. Walk On By – The Stranglers
  16. Talk Talk – Talk Talk (Gary Miller mix)
  17. Where Does Music Come From – Jon Anderson
  18. Starbright Park – Quantum Jump.

 

 

 

The Progmeister theme (Theme to Department S) Edwin Astley

Asteroid (pearl & Dean theme) Pete Moore.

 

Want to get in touch with The Progmeister @ Progzilla? Email stevepetch259@gmail.com

 

 

 

  1. World Machine – Level 42
  2. Remember A Day – Pink Floyd
  3. Holy Drinker – Steven Wilson
  4. Where Did It Go – Burt Bacharach
  5. Burn – Deep Purple
  6. Up Hill From Here – The Tangent
  7. New York Minute – John Wetton and The Les Paul Trio
  8. The World Through My Eyes – Chimpan A
  9. Cherokee Chief – Jerry Harrison
  10. All The Love Of The Universe – Santana
  11. Waterfall – IO Earth
  12. Zero Hour – IQ
  13. Station Theme – Monarch Trail
  14. Big Money – Rush
  15. Silent Stone – Deaton Lemay Project
  16. I am Free –The Who
  17. Ice – Camel

 

Theme To Department S (The Progmeister’s Theme) – Edwin Astley

Asteroid – Pete Moore

 

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The Progmeister On Progzilla

12th April 2020

  1. Fanfare For The Common Man – Aaron & Ethan Emerson
  2. Everything – Pendragon
  3. The Starfish And The Moon – Pendragon
  4. Give Blood – Pete Townsend
  5. I Wish – Ms Amy Birks
  6. The Lady Lies – Genesis
  7. Down In Mexico – Manfred Mann
  8. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – Propellerheads
  9. Zero – Zopp
  10. Dreamweaver – Gary Wright
  11. No Fear, No Hate, No Pain (No Broken Hearts) Eurythmics
  12. Brother Arnold’s Red And White Striped Tent – Man
  13. Fall At Your Feet – Judy Tzuke
  14. Here In My Autumn – Pattern Seeking Animals
  15. Main Theme From Bullitt – Lalo Schifrin
  16. The Permanent Way – Big Big Train
  17. Solar Huntress – Gandalf’s Fist
  18. 21st Century Schizoid Man – Todd Rundgren/Brian Auger
  19. Calling All The Heroes – Francis Dunnery/John Wetton/Marillion/Jem Godfrey
  20. More Than A Dream – Unitopia

 

Theme To Department S (The Progmeister’s Theme) – Edwin Astley

Asteroid – Pete Moore

 

The Progmeister On Progzilla

Broadcast Sunday 9th February 2020

  1. Wildest Dreams – Asia
  2. Inhale – Plini
  3. Strange Ritual – David Byrne
  4. The Storm – Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear
  5. Theme One – Nick Magnus
  6. Vroom Vroom – King Crimson
  7. The Ridder’s (opening theme) – Neil Innes
  8. Hunting Girl (live at the Montreux jazz festival – Jethro Tull
  9. Third World Man – Steely Dan
  10. Casual Match – Suzanne Vega
  11. Silver Arrow – Pymlico
  12. Drift And Fall – Madsonik (featuring Lola Marsh)
  13. The Spirit Of Radio – Rush
  14. Five Steps To Nowhere – Panoply
  15. Leave This Town – Patterson/Melbourne
  16. The Solitary Path Of A Convicted Man – Bruce Soord
  17. Electric Fire – The Flaming Lips (featuring Mick Jones)
  18. Carter Takes A Train – Roy Budd
  19. Vampires – Francis Dunnery
  20. Intro/Flashflood (live) – Tangerine Dream
  21. Think Of England – Glacier

 

 

The Progmeister Theme (Theme to Miss Marples) Ron Goodwin

Asteroid (Pearl & Dean) Pete Moore

 

  1. Il Nino (Live with orchestra) – Steve Hackett
  2. First We Take Manhattan – Jennifer Warnes/Leonard Cohen
  3. I Believe In Astronauts – Yuval Ron
  4. Belladonna – John Cooper Clarke
  5. Once In A Lifetime – Journey
  6. Reptilia – The Strokes
  7. Hey Now – London Gramma
  8. Unser Lied – Kraan
  9. Jump They Say – David Bowie
  10. Hurt – Johnny Cash
  11. Home – Depeche Mode
  12. Blackbird – Cazimi
  13. Eventide – Guranfoe
  14. Night Circus – The Lee Maddison Band
  15. Martha’s Madman – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
  16. Love You To Pieces (Edit) – No Man
  17. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey – Paul & Linda McCartney
  18. I Talk To The Wind – Judy Dyble
  19. Lionheart – Philip Swinburne
  20. Time Freeze – Yello
  21. Triple Point – Panoply
  22. Dreams Wide Awake – National Health.

 

 

The Progmeister Theme (Theme to Miss Marples) Ron Goodwin

 

Asteroid (Pearl & Dean) Pete Moore