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C Sides Projects: The music industry is a strange business…..

C Sides Projects - Differente Plain

C Sides is a progressive rock band based in South Wales, and Different Plain is their fifth album.

In 2007, three ex-members of Magenta – Allan Mason-Jones (drums, percussion), Dan Fry (bass, voices), and Martin Rosser (guitars, keyboards, voices) – formed another project named C Sides (aka The C Sides Project) with massive inspiration by early 70s Rush.

The music industry is a strange business and it is ultimately music lovers who triumph over the machine. The internet has liberated music from the grip of the record industry and this has made it possible for those of us passionate about our chosen genera to find the sounds we love amidst the plethora of plastic pop being peddled by commercial radio.

A thorough search on the internet, Band Camp, Reverb Nation or other similar platform will often be rewarded with great new music. This is because there are many bands you would be unlikely to ever here on commercial radio. These bands play the kind of music that they are passionate about, not for the money, but for the love of playing good, honest and well-crafted music. The C-Sides Project is such a band.

Members of the C-Sides Project have come of age, and their musical journey has culminated in a coming together of musical minds. Their innovative form of progressive rock nods to the classic prog bands of the 1970’s – Rush, Yes, Genesis, while at the same time finding new and surprising ways of using rhythm and melody to create a kaleidoscope of sound that is all their own.

This quintet of seriously competent musicians is able to tell wondrous stories in music and lyrics that transports the imagination to wherever they will take you. Their writing is totally fresh and imaginative with every new recording seeing the band’s style develop in new and ever expanding forms.

Each band members brings something new and exciting to the mix. The vocals have depth, range and emotion, and all songs have a completeness which is largely down to well written lyrics. The guitar work is fluid, accurate and creative, capturing the mood of the lyrics by providing rhythm and melody in exactly the right places.

The superb drumming drives the sound, adding definition to the arrangements and delighting the ear with in-song changes to time signature and tempo. Bass guitar completes the rhythm section and compliments the music, providing contrapuntal melody lines within the arrangements while at the same time adding depth and girth to the overall sound. Keyboard parts are competently handled and provide colour and texture within the songs for extra impact.

Tracklist:

1. Stigler (9:08)

2. Crossing The Rubicon (6:54)

3. Circles (8:21)

4. Different Plain (5:29)

5. 250 Feet (6:03)

6. Old Friends (3:48)

7. Beneath The Sky (6:38)

Total Time 46:21

Line-up:

Allen McCarthy: Bass & Vocals

Sian Elson: Vocals

Martin Rosser (Magenta): Guitars

Kevin Dawson: Keyboards

Allan Mason-Jones (Magenta): Drums and percussion

   With

Lucy Elson: Vocals

Tracklist:

1. Stigler (9:08)

2. Crossing The Rubicon (6:54)

3. Circles (8:21)

4. Different Plain (5:29)

5. 250 Feet (6:03)

6. Old Friends (3:48)

7. Beneath The Sky (6:38)

Total Time 46:21

Line-up:

Allen McCarthy: Bass & Vocals

Sian Elson: Vocals

Martin Rosser (Magenta): Guitars

Kevin Dawson: Keyboards

Allan Mason-Jones (Magenta): Drums and percussion

   With

Lucy Elson: Vocals

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (6684 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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