Art Rock Show – If/When (Week 39)

Deze week stellen we u The Tea Club, een rockband uit New Jersey aan u voor. De groep bestaat uit de broers Patrick en Dan McGowan, Jamie Wolff, Joe Dorsey en Dan Monda. De band heeft 5 op haar naam en toerde met Beardfish en Thank You Scientist…

Thomas Hatton van Proglodytes: “The Tea Club is a band I’ve loved from the moment I first heard them. Their last album Grappling became one of my favorite progressive rock albums, ranking even higher than many of the classic prog albums I grew up with. Why? I think I always wanted a band like The Tea Club to exist- a band that takes the best parts of classic prog rock from the 60s and 70s, and injects it with fury and energy that manages to create something new and novel. (…)

I feel like this album achieved what the band set out to do: If/When is both their boldest and their most polished work to date. They don’t shy away from their progressive foundation, evidenced by their incredible epic track “Creature”, but they let melody take over, which makes for a more restrained and tasteful product. There are several jaw-dropping moments throughout the album (in vocal lines and instrumentation), but they are not at the forefront, allowing these incredible displays of talent to serve the song instead of distract (a tricky feat for a band as musically skilled as The Tea Club). The audio engineering sounds better than ever, with a really balanced, ethereal mix.

If/When is a definite milestone in this band’s development. While progressive rock remains a niche genre, albums like If/When should serve as a representative gateway to the modern progressive rock movement. It’s ambitious and progressive, but is also highly listenable and palatable, thanks to careful songwriting and good production. I know we’re a little over halfway through 2019, but I can enthusiastically say that If/When is one of my favorite releases of this year.”

Naast The Tea Club met If/When hebben we deze week: Beardfish (Mammoth), Advent (Silent Sentinel), Discipline (Captives of the Wine Dark Sea), Out of the Beardspace (Endless Pursuit) & Seven Steps to the Green Door (Step in 2 My World).

  • Thursday/Donderdag 12.00 – 24.00
  • Friday/Vrijdag 12.00 – 24.00
  • Saturday/Zaterdag 12.00 – 18.00
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