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By: Charlie & Gaz
Ahead of this year’s HRH Prog festival, which starts on Thursday, we sent two of our resident progheads, Charlie Gardner & Gaz Cloud, out to talk to some of the bands on the bill. In this episode, they talk to Bojan Preradovic from EYE.
(((o))): What can we expect from EYE at HRH Prog IV?
Well, it’s a daytime performance for us, which automatically means that we won’t be doing the projected visuals that have become one of the hallmarks of our shows throughout the years. Nonetheless, there’s nothing that communicates the energy of the music that we write more powerfully than a live setting. So that’s definitely one of the things the lovely people at HRH Prog can expect from our set this year – an interchange between sweeping melodies and blistering riffs.
(((o))): Which of the other bands on the bill will you try to catch, and why?
We’d have loved to catch Soft Machine, who play on the day we’ll be arriving in the UK and playing our first date in Swansea with Voices From The Fuselage. But we’re sharing the stage with Jethro Tull’s legendary Ian Anderson, as well as other prog heavyweights like Focus, so we’re really excited about catching their sets after our own performance on March 19.
(((o))): Do you think it’s important prog has its own bespoke festival?
We only wish that there were more festivals like HRH Prog that really dig into classic prog as well, and not just the really heavy, modern-day stuff – not that we don’t absolutely love that variety of prog too. And bespoke prog festivals are fantastic, but what we’d love to see is more prog acts mixing with metal performers at some of the bigger, mainstream rock festivals like Download, etc.
(((o))): What are your plans in the months following the festival?
We’ll be recording our upcoming, third album, which we’ve been writing and tracking on and off for the past few months.
(((o))): What should any self-respecting prog fan make sure they pack before heading off to a chalet festival on the Ll?n Peninsula?
A winning personality?
(((o))): What does the term “prog” mean to you?
When answering that question, it’s tough to not come across as trying to sound like a smart ass, or as oversimplifying things and coming out with what amounts to a sound bite. In short, it means creative freedom: the audaciousness to really explore some of the deepest, darkest crevices of musical composition and create something truly emotionally and intellectually engaging. It’s the ability to produce art that’s genuinely impactful and meaningful. That’s what we aspire to with the music that we make.
(((o))): What would be your weapon of choice in the event of a zombie apocalypse?
In a zombie apocalypse, you have to follow the rules to survive – and we’re terrible at following any! So the question becomes redundant. We’d probably be amongst the first to fall to the epidemic…
(((o))): The organisers ask you to play an ad hoc unplugged at the top of Snowdon. Are you mad enough to do it?
TesseracT played atop a manmade iceberg in Lapland, Finland’s northernmost region. So yeah, why the f**k not?!
(((o))): Additionally, what Bowie track would you choose to play as an encore?
It’s really tough to decide. “Chubby Little Loser” (that he sang to Ricky Gervais in Extras)?
Empty Yard Experiment play HRH Prog IV on Saturday 19 March, 2016.