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Fine Soft Day: From folk to prog!

Fine Soft Day - You Are Here

Fine Soft Day are a progressive rock influenced band from Manchester, who emerged from folk roots. Their epic new album, You Are Here, is released on digital platforms worldwide on 1st July 2019. Fine Soft Day were regular performers across the folk rock scene. In the summer of 2018, however, the band reformed with the intention of trying out some new material and to record some of the older songs which had never been committed to the studio.

The new album incorporates strong influences of progressive rock, containing elements of early Genesis, Yes and Pink Floyd to name a few. The band’s original folk roots were now replaced by soaring guitars, sweeping keyboards, strident bass lines and rich, complex vocal arrangements. It’s a significant departure from our earlier sound in some respects but then again, it’s the album we were always going to make. The track Roll Up The World, Part 1,

You Are Here is a concept album, unashamedly. Built around a themes of hope and humanity stretching across two points in history but connected by a single point on the earth – the weaving together of time and space. The album features lyrical and musical motifs that recur throughout the material, in different guises, leading to the culmination of the 14 minute epic finale, Roll Up The World (Part 2). But alongside the progressive influences, there are elements of country rock, lending a flavour of R.E.M and Neil Young amongst others. The track River,

Fine Soft Day was formed on the back steps of a house in Rusholme, Manchester. It’s the summer of 1996 and, at a party in the suburbs of the city, three friends take their drinks into the warm evening air and, being nowhere else to sit, they settle on the old stone steps. The conversation is about music, about the bands they are in and the band they would like to be in. And soon, it’s there, the band they want to be.

The band states, «We had met through mutual musical acquaintances a few months before, having gigged round the North West of England in various guises and groups for a few years. We had all gravitated towards the folk rock scene. We shared a passion for music that was original, well-crafted and authentic. We wanted to move beyond the rut we felt we were getting stuck in. So we had a few drinks, spoke some more and then agreed. Some days later, the first writing sessions start and the first gigs are being planned».

And so begins the Fine Soft Day story with a roller coaster ride through many gigs, recording sessions, festivals, personnel changes, escaped trailers, dodgy agents and flying ashtrays.

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (2688 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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