After basking in the delights of seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi (you can hear my musings about to on the 5D Podcast at https://t.co/mAnRX2HdTF) it was a nice diversion to concern myself with something a little different from the 5D norm. I was contacted by Malcolm Galloway, who just so happens to be vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and producer with the band, Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate. Malcolm said that he would be very grateful if I’d consider having a listen to their new album released on their own independent label. The album is a mix of prog rock, rock, ambient, experimental and electronica, and follows a story of evolution from the beginning of multicellular life to symbiosis with AIs. At live gigs they play the rockier tracks.
Now for those who don’t know my musical tastes, well it’s safe to say that they tend to be rather eclectic. It’s also safe to say that those tastes do include rock, prog rock and ambient music – so when Malcolm went on to mention that he has released a new video that goes with the first five tracks of the album (the more ambient bit before it gets rockier) recently then I thought I would do what comes naturally to me (no, not that) and have listen for myself…… and holy moly, I’m glad I did!
Words such as ‘dreamlike’, ’emotional’, ‘atmospheric’ and ‘captivating’ abounded as I immersed myself in the 15 minute video that carried me along its melodic journey. Whether it be the hauntingly beautiful flute, shimmering guitars or the cleverly hypnotic drum rhythms, it matters not, because the combined experience is simply wonderful. The great thing about ambient rock is that the places it transports you to are entirely subjective from person to person; for me it was to long hot summer afternoons drifting in fields of kaleidoscopic colour and texture…….no, it really was. If you don’t believe how good this music is then just listen for yourself on the link – I promise that you won’t regret it.
Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate is a proggy, funky, defiant and sometimes poignant London, UK based rock band. Broken But Still Standing, the band’s third album, is a science/science-fiction themed concept album. It follows the story of human evolution, from LUCA, the last universal common ancestor of all current life on earth, via Lucy, one of the possible precursors of our species, to conflict and eventual symbiosis with artificial intelligences. The general theme of the album is that life has progressed by forming coalitions, whether between the primitive cells that engulfed each other to become the cell and the mitochondria (the power stations of the cell), between individuals to form communities, or between different forms of life in the future.
Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate’s previous album ‘When The Kill Code Fails’ was recommended by Steve Hackett (Genesis) and was Beastie’s Rock Show’s Prog Album Of The Year. It is musically diverse with progressive rock, classic rock, electronica, metal and minimalist influences. It is over 70 mins long and contains 17 tracks.
Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate are Malcolm Galloway (vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and producer) and Mark Gatland (bass, backing vocals, keyboards and co-producer), on their own, or with one or more of Kathryn Thomas (flute), Rudy Burrell (drums) and Ibon Bilboa (guitar). They are based in London, UK.
Malcolm and Mark have been playing together since they were at school. Malcolm and Kathryn are married (to each other). This album also includes spoken word and backing vocals from their children James and Ethan Galloway, and James co-wrote two of the tracks.
Their music combines progressive rock, classic rock, acoustic, blues, metal, folk, funk, minimalism, and electronica, and often explores scientific and philosophical themes.
Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate came to national attention in November 2017 when they were last minute replacements for a band with a broken arm on the main stage of Hard Rock Hell’s Prog Festival, opening for Magnum, Focus and Carl Palmer, and playing to over 1000 people. They were described by Hard Rock Hell magazine as ‘unlikely stars who stole the show’, and by eFestivals as the highlight of the festival. They regularly play at leading London venues and regularly put on charity gigs (including for Save The Children, Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Ehlers-Danlos Support UK, and Brain Tumour UK). They have been broadcast on over 50 radio stations/shows/podcasts.
The lead video from their first album Invisible has been broadcast on over 70 television channels, including channels in the UK, Canada, South Africa and USA. Their second album (“When The Kill Code Fails”) was recommended by Steve Hackett (Genesis) and was awarded Beasties Rock Show’s Prog Album Of The Year Award. They were shortlisted for Radio Wigwam’s Single Of The Year award, and were finalists in Banks Radio Australia’s awards in the best album and best producer categories
You can find out more about the music of Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate at the following links;
Bandcamp – http://www.hatsoffgentlemen.bandcamp.com (CDs, signed CDs and digital download)
CD Baby Link – https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/hatsoffgentlemenitsadequ5 (CDs, digital download and free streaming)
Spotify link – https://open.spotify.com/album/46eGfJJn3nFtOnQfRfX0tL (free streaming)
iTunes link – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/broken-but-still-standing/id1293986198 (digital download)
Amazon link – http://amzn.to/2g1UkYy (digital download)
Video preview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ef9xnWvL1U