Hello folks! We’ve just returned from playing the Progdreams Festival in Holland at the first class venue Boerderij Cultuurpodium. The hospitality and crew there were the best I’ve ever experienced in all the years I’ve been playing live music. Arie Verstegen and his staff know how to do it right!
The lineups, the organization, the food and drink were all incredible. Above all, the crowd, people from all over were one of the best audiences we’ve ever had. Serious music listeners! From myself and the band, we’d like to thank you all for such an incredible experience. You are a shining example to the world on how it should be done.
We’d also like to thank Manuela Willems and The Dame for the introduction and sharing the experience with us. A big thanks to BJ (John Woodard) for accompanying us and helping with driving duties and merchandise sales. And of course Progressive Gears for the never ending hard work and support!
It is likely this will be the last of live gigs for IT this year, as our focus is now in the studio to bring you a lot of new music, whilst making extensive touring plans starting early next year. Stayed tuned folks.
We are pleased and proud to announce that we’ve been nominated for best Limelight
(up and coming) artist in this year’s Prog Rock Awards.
This is a huge achievement for us as a band and – we feel – recognition of the
impact of our recent album ‘We’re All In This Together’.
This nomination is also a recognition of everyone that has supported us: our label,
our visual artists, our families, our friends, and the bloggers, interviewers and radio
stations out there bringing our music to a wider audience.
Thanks also to Jerry Ewing and the Prog Mag team for their part in making the last
18 months some of the best in the land of IT.
We would love for that support to continue by as many of you as possible giving us
your vote via this link:
It has been a busy busy few weeks surrounding the band, with many shows! So I thought I would take the time do do a round up of the last few shows!
Starting off at The Rock Den, Hatfield. To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect from this event, however Dean over at the venue was one of the first promoters to get back to me with any enthusiasm. This show was with our good friends The Gift, and that is never a bad thing, so we agreed with an open mind. I am glad we did, it was a great show, despite getting off to a shaky start with the opening act deciding to pull out at showtime!
A review of the show can be read here, and here is a brief run down:
“Saturday, February 24th saw Prog come to town at the Den in the guise of IT and The Gift. And what a gem of a gig it was too. Opening proceedings, and making their debut at the Den, was London based IT (pronounced ‘it’). Wow! Not to sure where to start with this. ‘It’s Prog Jim but not as we know it.’ There were the obvious melodies associated with classic prog, but it combined this with a sort of doomy, metally, vibe. Even dreamlike in places. Excepting tracks, Standback, God is Dead and Departure (Departure 2009), the set focused on tracks from their stunning 2017 album ‘We’re All In This Together.’ While a sort of socio-political commentary on today’s world which, for the most part, has a dystopian feel, it paradoxically, leaves you feeling happy! Dulux would struggle to offer more shades of light and dark. Tracks, The Working Man, Last Chance, Gamble The Dream, Voices, House and the excellent Power and Revolution, have it all. Great vocals (Nick Jackson also guitar) catchy choruses, awesome guitar riffs (Andy Rowberry), powerful bass (Ricky Kinrade), clever, intelligent lyrics and all ably backed by Tom Ashcroft on drums. Even without Ryan McCaffrey on keyboards, this was an excellent set. The band has obviously worked hard on the production of this album and has managed to transfer its intensity to the stage. Considering the complexities of the album, not an easy task. The use of a backing track to assist in this was done to perfection. You could shut your eyes at times and almost feel you were listening through headphones while simultaneously having the ‘live feel’ course through every inch of your body. A powerful, stunning and highly addictive sound. This band should not be judged on a quick listen to the odd track online, but rather fully immersing yourself in their work. Better still, get out and see them live and stand in awe as the band grows on you quicker than a turbo-charged triffid. Fantastic.”
The following Sunday saw the band head down to The Talking Heads, Southampton. Again, with the fantastic Gift gents, to play to an enthused crowd, at a venue that was a total first for us, but a great place! We will look forward to doing it all again there at some point!
Finally we hit London last week, with a headline show to remember at the 229 Club, with the fantastic Taikonaut and Servants Of Science! Both supports were excellent, and full of enthusiasm despite it being a cold Wednesday night, and the audience left happy and excited. It was great to meet so many new people, and so many friends! We were also given an award from those lovely folk at The Wrinkly Rockers Club for our performance at the Progtoberfest Show last October. You can see their video from 229 below!
2017 has been a huge year for the band, and in particular, the album ‘We’re All In This Together’. Here we have compiled who put IT on their albums of 2017. We are grateful for the ongoing support all these people have given us, and continue to give us! I have tried to provide links to the relevant FB pages, give them a follow! Thanks again!