Quantum Pig is a progressive rock band from London UK, and the band consists of Ian Faragher and Mark Stevenson. The debut album Songs Of Industry And Sunshine will be released in February 2019 by White Star Records. It’s mixed by John Mitchell who also guests on it and features also Craig Blundell on drums. Quantum Pig maintain they are a prog band and not a prog band simultaneously!
The first song from the record, Citizen And State
Quantum Pig is citing influences as diverse as Carl Sagan, Queen, Maya Angelou, Frost*, R Buckminster Fuller and Hüsker Dü. Songs Of Industry And Sunshine manages to be an unashamed love letter to Prog whilst breaking new ground! Lurching merrily and with chaotic grace from punk to pastoral Floydian vistas via pop, brass band, electronica and classic rock.
Formed by in London’s experimental music scene Ian Faragher and futurist and author Mark Stevenson the band’s scope is refreshingly broad. Initially conceived as side-project to allow the two musicians to scratch their prog itches the result is something much greater than the sum of the parts. They manage to mix Faragher’s encyclopedic and adventurous musical brain with Stevenson’s pop sensibilities and lyrical chops.
The second song, Statement Of Intent
Stevenson’s civilian job as a futurist lends the band a wide and truly progressive conceptual palette to work with. Of his bandmate Faragher says, «Mark is unlike any lyricist I know, there’s almost no subject he can’t tackle. He’s also got a way with a melody that allows us to deliver that lyrical punch with real beauty».
The admiration goes both ways. «Ian is a machine» says Stevenson. «His ability to merge styles or effortlessly leap from post-punk to electronica to chamber music in a single track is off the scale. It means there’s nowhere we can’t go musically and that’s incredibly liberating».