Gift Of Gab (Tim Parker) and Chief Xcel (Xavier Mosley) met at John F. Kennedy High School in 1987 in Sacramento, California and formed the group in the early 1990s. They released their first recording, "Swan Lake", on solesides records. The Solesides Crew consisted of the duo, as well as other friends of theirs they had met at University of California - Davis, including DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born and Lateef The Truth Speaker. The single was an underground hit, but label trouble prevented the duo from immediately capitalizing on their fame.
The Musical Box is a Canadian band founded in 1993 known for staging near-perfect re-creations of famous Genesis shows from the 1972-1975 era. It is the only band officially licensed by Genesis and Peter Gabriel. Ever since their start in 1993 they have been perfecting their Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway shows. They make extensive use of the same instruments and sound equipment used by Genesis during the 70's, exact replicas of special stage props including Peter Gabriel's costumes, and copies of the original slides shown during Genesis concerts.
Jadis is formed in 1982 in Southampton by Gary Chandler on vocals and guitar, Les "Ledge" Marshall on guitar (ex Lens), Trevor Dawkins on bass and Mark Ridout on drums (ex Lens). Marshall joins IQ in the late 1989, before he dies in August 1990 which brings the IQ members to put the band on hold for nearly two years. So from the start of Jadis it is already clear they have a tight connection with IQ, also since for quite a long period Chandler is the guitar roadie of IQ.
The Strawbs started existence as The Strawberry Hill Boys, playing American bluegrass in London. They eventually shortened the name and started playing original, and more English, music, first in the realm of folk-rock, then adding electric instruments and leaning towards progressive rock. Lead singer Dave Cousins has been the only constant in the band. Sandy Denny was an early member of the band before she joined Fairport Convention; Rick Wakeman also did a stint for two albums before moving on to Yes.
The Chair are an eight piece folk band. They come from Orkney , islands off the tip off northern Scotland .
Mat created Mons as an outlet for his lifelong love of sound. In particular, the sounds of fuzz boxes, drums, drum machines, vintage synths as well as the cheapest Casios, theremins, vocoders and randomly captured conversations comprise but a few of the tools in his arsenal. Over the course of 3 albums, including Stimulus Frequency For The Localization of Sound in Space, released in 2004, a wide array of sounds, textures and tones have resulted from his chaotic yet pure approach. Mons continues to be exclusively a studio recording endeavor from inside the confines of his Washington, D.
There are at least 2 bands with the name Dillinger 1. Dillinger (born Lester Bullocks on January 25, 1953) is a prominent reggae artist. Dillinger was part of the second wave of DJ Toasters who sprung up around Jamaica during the mid 1970s. Inspired by Big Youth, U Roy, and Dennis Alcapone, Dillinger was known for his quick wit, humorous lyrics and vulgar content ("crab in my pants"). As a youth growing up in Kingston, Jamaica, Dillinger would hang around Dennis Alcapone's El Paso Setup. This exposure would eventually lead to a full time gig at Jackie's sound system.
Polish doom/heavy metal band formed in Lublin (Poland). Also a black metal band from the USA, with lyrics about medieval times. One demo (Sampler), one EP (Legend om Skog), one full length album (S
Combination Head is a new British progressive rock band helmed by keyboardist Paul Birchall. While Paul doesn't seem to have world-wide acclaim he seems to be in demand in the UK music scene, working with a number of recording artists. Combination Head doesn't just focus on Birchall's prodigious keyboard work. Keith Ashcroft hands bass and guitar while ex-Camel/10cc/Jethro Tull drummer Paul Burgess fits in perfectly. The music is very melodic and has a wonderful flow to it. Excellent stuff that takes me back to the 70s --> real fast! Highly recommended.