The Rock Show: Off the Air

October 4, 2014

Thank You Scientist: New Prog at its Finest

Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music!  Back on 9/25 I had the pleasure of seeing Coheed & Cambria play at the Tower Theater, and every time Coheed tours I’m always interested in seeing who they bring along as an opener.  They’ve had some very interesting openers in the past, but the one who opened the 9/25 show was by far the most unique.  The band is Thank You Scientist, the first artist to be signed to Coheed’s independent record label.  They played close to 40 minutes, and in that time they proved that they’re a musical force to be reckoned with.

It’s tough to pinpoint exactly what style Thank You Scientist plays.  There’s a lot going on–they had the normal instrumentation of a rock band (guitar, bass, and drums), but they also had some brass instruments and an electric violin present.  All instruments played a part, too, including an extensive violin solo that sounded just as intense as any guitar solo.  The songs were widely varied, touching on some jazzy passages reminiscent of bands like ELP and Yes as well as passages that sounded closer to emo and punk, often similar to Coheed & Cambria and bands like them.  Every song was quite lengthy (surely over five minutes each) and they all contained pretty extensive instrumental passages (won’t say jams, as prog rock tends to be much more exact and technical).  Best of all, the crowd really sounded like they were into it, which is quite an accomplishment for an opener.

They’ve got an EP out called The Perils of Time Travel and an LP called Maps of Non-Existent Places.  The LP has been rereleased on Coheed’s label (Evil Ink Records) as of September 30, though it was originally put out back in 2012.  For experimental, proggy music, the songs are actually quite catchy and memorable.  The musicianship is top-notch.  Give them a listen and judge for yourself–it’s doubtful that their brand of prog will get mainstream attention (when has prog ever really achieved that?), but they’re sure to develop a cult following.  Let’s get them the support they need!

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