Here's a wonderful progressive rock outfit, The Tea Club, from nearby Philadelphia. While this is my first experience with the band, they offer their sixth full-length album, Quickly Quickly Quickly. This is a genuine case of classic progressive rock, read things akin to the Seventies and Eighties, invigorated and brought forward to the 21st century.
But, I suspect, they probably get tired of hearing that description. Nevertheless, when I listen to Quickly Quickly Quickly I hear both Peter Gabriel and Gabriel era Genesis with maybe some Marillion and Poland's Riverside, because TTC can be melancholy at times. For certain, The Tea Club swerves away from most every modern rock trend. If anything they have some big stones, the album starts out with a nearly 18 minute opus, Firebears. Make no plans to raid the fridge while you listen as you'll definitely miss out on something special.
And that's basically the case throughout Quickly Quickly Quickly: lots of musical innovation and intrigue. Then there's the simple fact the lyrical matter of the songs have nothing to do with the title of the songs. Firebears, by example. That alone certainly smacks of Seventies psychedelic prog. Add the terrifyingly terrific and obtuse artwork and you have the makings of some genuinely eclectic but intriguing progressive rock. However, don't think for a moment that I'm suggesting Quickly Quickly Quickly to be inaccessible. Not in the least. It's quite entertaining, but also different; engaging, but also wistfully inventive, progressive rock. I dig it. Easily, and strongly, recommended.
The Tea Club's Quickly Quickly Quickly is quite entertaining, but also different; engaging, but also wistfully inventive, progressive rock. I dig it. Easily, and strongly, recommended.
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