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Member since: 5/6/2005 • Forum posts: 10151 • Last visit: 1/27/2015 10:40:40 AM EST
Location: Hereford, UK

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Hello Folks,

Who is Fandango??

My real name is Jared Butcher, I am 40 years of age and am a 'caretaker' of a small Youth Hostel in rural Herefordshire, on the England/ Wales border; an organisation I have worked for, for the past 11 years, at 5 different sites. I am single, primarily on the grounds that I've never been able to find anyone to look after me, but to be honest I've never really exerted myself too much in looking.

Fandango's Early Years

My introduction to progressive music is similar to many of my age group, especially those living in the UK. Having been born too late to enjoy the classic wave of progressive rock during the early '70s, my initial introduction was through Marillion, Pallas & Signals era Rush, where I discovered that rock music could be slightly more interesting than the then popular AOR/ MOR/ Stadium Rock bands would have us believe. Latching on to the fact that music by Genesis and Yes had once been more inventive than Shapes and 90125 respectively, I was fortunate to find a number of slightly older friends, whose collections of these bands, Rush, Kansas, BJH & Alan Parsons Project I subsequently rifled through.

Fandango's Middle Years

During the 1990's, I stuck tenatiously to the meagre, once every 4 year releases by the above bands, believing that progressive rock was effectively dead, however I remember clearly the day in 1992 that my sister (pictured on my MS page) of all people leant me two Dream Theater tracks on a complilation she'd picked up...and I was utterly hooked. For me, hearing Images & Words was as a defining moment as first hearing Rush: Signals had been a decade earlier, and filled me full of hope, that the legacies of Genesis & Yes could be carried forward within a new format, for a new generation.

Fandango on MySpace

You will see from my MySpace page (please become my friend!) that I presently champion traditional, symphonic progressive metal; a genre which I particularly love, especially as there have been so many talented, imaginative young bands emerging from the genre over the past 5 years. Bands to look out for in the future and therefore worthy of particular mention would be Circus Maximus, Suspyre, Seventh Wonder, Pathosray, Spheric Universe Experience, Thought Chamber, Anubis Gate & Venturia, just to name a few.

Having said this, my enjoyment of Progressive music goes some way beyond this particular narrow sphere, and would suggest I also have a broad appreciation of Symphonic, Neo & Heavy Progressive Rock, Art Rock and some Space Rock, too. I am reasonably open minded, but do like my music to have a strong melody, underpinning the time change driven 'virtuosity'. While appreciating the levels of skill involved, the 'Spiral Architects' of the progressive world do nothing for me, I'm afraid.

Fandango on Gig Attendance

As you will be aware, the UK has at present a burgeoning Neo Progressive scene, principally supported by venues such as Robin2, Bilston & Lydney Town Hall, where I try my best to attend (unsocial working hours permitting) to support some of our excellent female fronted bands such as Mostly Autumn, The Reasoning, Magenta, Panic Room & Karnataka, as well as the likes of Pendragon, Threshold & Marillion. I do this because aside from the embarassment of attempting to whip a crowd of 40 into something approaching enthusiasm, many of these bands could do with the income and moral support to keep going, so next time a progressively related band come anywhere near your town, PLEASE temporarily separate yourself from the sofa and go out of your way to support them! Sermon over.

Fandango on PA

PA is somewhere I have been lurking, on and off for well over 3 years now. It is a great site; arguably the best and certainly my favourite progressive rock resource on the web. Through these pages, I have learnt more about the genre and its bands than from every other resource combined, in my lifetime, and for that I have many people on this site to thank. Progressive rock fans from all over the world contribute their spare time for free to the monumental task of adding to these pages and keeping them updated, moved principally by their love of the music and forged by the friendships they have made online.

Besides having contributed an annual 'Festivals' guide for Europe & North America in the Gigs & Festivals section of the site, I have, along with the significant help of Steve (Progmetalhead), also recently formed a 'Forthcoming Prog Metal Releases' thread, in the Press Releases section, which has started to attract quite a bit of interest (nice one, Steve!!). We'll keep it going as long as users believe it to be a useful resource.

The Heavy Prog Team

More recently however, my primary function has been to become a member of the Heavy Prog Team, helping David (Atavachron) & Colin (The Whistler) assess new bands for inclusion to this genre's section of the Archives. I am very grateful to both of them for their enthusiasm, kindness and confidence in me. Although it is early days, under David's guidance, the team is gelling very well, and we are proving to be a happy, productive little unit. That said, if you have a serious objection to the inclusion of any particular band within the HP section, please address your concerns to David, and not me!! LOL.

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Progressive Metal3423.66
2 Prog Related1073.38
3 Neo-Prog1063.24
4 Symphonic Prog983.30
5 Heavy Prog733.36
6 Crossover Prog472.83
7 Experimental/Post Metal293.41
8 Psychedelic/Space Rock203.50
9 Proto-Prog173.29
10 Eclectic Prog123.42
11 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal113.27
12 Prog Folk53.40
13 Post Rock/Math rock13.00
14 Progressive Electronic13.00

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