F A R F R O M T A N G E N T I A L
Andy Tillison uses The Tangent as sounding board for provocative topicalities
BY JOHN BOBO BOLLENBERG
With The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery, British act The Tangent recently delivered its ninth album (12 if you also count live and demo releases). Leader Andy Tillison stands at the ready to take us on a guided tour of this latest work, the man’s brightly dyed red hair and fair anglo complexion suggesting he also might be supporting his favorite Premier League soccer team, whose colors are red and white. No BBC Match of the Day analysis here, though, but the full story behind the new album exclusively for Progression readers!
Before Tillison begins speaking his mind—and clearly, he is an astute observer with much to say on many topics—a bit of background is called for.
The composer/singer/keyboardist recently returned to action after being sideline three years by a serious health scare. On the live circuit, The Tangent has joined Swedish group Karmakanic for performances of shared repertoire, Karmakanic leader/bassist Jonas Reingold also a longtime member of Tillison’s band. (The unusual merger officially is billed as Tangekanic.)
While firmly in the progressive rock camp stylistically, Tillison remains proud of his early years as a punk rocker, from which he retained a rather, shall we say, “reactionary” mindset on sociopolitical issues. Thought-provoking, keenly populist global perspectives continue to color his work with The Tangent lyrically and thematically as well as with Tillison’s other group vehicle, Parallel or 90 Degrees.
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