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HIGH SPY

Neo-Prog • United Kingdom


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HIGH SPY is a band based in the Midlands region in England, and is the latest in a long line of bands and projects involving keyboardist Mark Price (formerly of EXECUTIONER, FINAL CONFLICT, FRAMEWORK, GRACE, PROXY MUSIC, ECHOBASE, COLONIAL MOVERS). In this particular case he is the founder of the band, which he decided to form in February 2006.

Ade Peddie (vocals, guitar, harmonica) joins in March 2006, which becomes the official formation month of the outfit, and in June 2006 Lee Weston (bass, vocals) is added to the line-up. With the addition of Arran Powell (drums, percussion) in December 2006 the line-up is complete.

In January 2007 they decide to go for HIGH SPY as their official band name, and February 2007 marks the launch of this outfit as a live act. Following that concert the rest of the year is used to write and record new material and playing live on a few select occasions. In July they release the compilation CD "Rebirth: The Big Machine", a production consisting mainly of older work by Mark Price - reworked and rearranged during 2006. A live CD, one of many to come, is also issued in 2007, and the band's MySpace page and homepage are launched.

In 2008 HIGH SPY has played live on several occasions, have released a handful of live CDs, and more new material has been written and recorded. The planned studio release gets postponed for various reasons; and when Mark Stokes (guitars) join the band in August 2008 additional guitar parts needs to be recorded, prolonging the finalization of the album.

WHY THIS BAND IS INCLUDED IN THE ARCHIVES:

HIGH SPY is a UK-based outfit specializing in keyboard-driven progressive rock with careful and often atmospheric guitarwork; in a manner that should appeal to fans of classic Neo Progressive bands in general and early MARILLION in particular. The band was suggested to and quickly approved for addition by the Neo Progressive team.

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2.50 | 2 ratings
Rebirth: The Big Machine
2006
3.22 | 11 ratings
Head for the moon
2009
4.33 | 3 ratings
Ignition
2012

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Revolutions
2007
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The Gardeners
2008
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The Greenstar
2008
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Live at the Rigger
2008
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The Gardeners 2008
2008
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And Then There Were Five
2008

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Rock on the Rocks
2008

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 Head for the moon by HIGH SPY album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.22 | 11 ratings

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High Spy Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars High Spy from UK is quite an obscure neo prog band that fail to make it big in prog circles, despite the good music offered. Head for the moon is a studio album released in 2009 after some live releases puted on market by the band. I ike what I've heared here, is the type of neo prog I like constantly to listen, even the production and overall sound is not crystal clear. Nice passages from more up tempo dominated by guitars dueling with keybords to more calmer almost Floydian in aproach this release is a winner in my book. Similaritis are with Final Conflict another lesser known neo prog act, and also they remind me a lot with Mangrathea also from UK. The music is as other reviewers observed , old fasion, vintage, sometimes sounded like in 80s. The arrangements are powerfull, the guitar is present all over, the keyboards same, there are long instrumental sections very similar with Comedy of Errors in apraoch. All in all fairly decent towards great.. Quite unnoticed band, they released a new album few months ago. 3.5 stars for sure, very nice, catchy neo prog.

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 Head for the moon by HIGH SPY album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.22 | 11 ratings

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High Spy Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars With their first real teamwork yet to be released, Mark Price's High Spy decided to throw in the market several live releases and even a couple of DVD's to keep their fan base updated around the upcoming material.More than 5 live CD's and video footages were released between 2007 and 2008, while the group had a refreshed line-up with Mark Stokes as a second guitarist and new drummer Arny Wheatley in the place of Arran Powell.Their new work ''Head for the moon'' was eventually self-released in 2009.

Ok, this group has some history along the lines of early-80's British Prog with experienced members on the crew and ''Head for the moon'' is the best proof for the fact.This is old-fashioned British Neo Prog, like if it was recorded in early-80's, with Price being the main contributor, but having also interesting guitar parts in the process.The tracks are full of nervous synthesizer solos and floating keyboard textures akin to early MARILLLION and the guitar runs are also close to the Scottish masters as well as ABEL GANZ with quite a DAVID GLMOUR-ish touch in the more sensitive solos.This albums surely revives the dark Prog years, the silver period of the genre, blending the powerful, raw synth explosions of the 70's British groups with a slightly poppy flavor in some catchy overtones or the accesible choruses.But the music can get really bombastic at moments, leaving the pleasant and optimistic tunes for sharp, keyboard-based textures, backed up by strong guitar lines and solos.Good thing is the compositions are pretty well-crafted with plenty of enjoyable parts, while the shadow of 70's Prog covers the whole work.

Things are pretty clear.If you love early MARILLION, IQ, PALLAS, TWELFTH NIGHT, ABEL GANZ and PENDRAGON, this work is 100% sure to please you.The great keyboard work and a fair dose of beautiful melodies are among the highlights of a recommended, overlooked album.

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 Head for the moon by HIGH SPY album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.22 | 11 ratings

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High Spy Neo-Prog

Review by Armchair

4 stars Having seen the band playing live on a number of occasions, I was intrigued as to how they would sound in the studio. The recent addition of an extra guitarist had certainly beefed up the band's live act and so hopes were high. The album clearly draws influences from a wide variety of prog genres aswell as from the various band members own past, with members at various times featuring in Grace, Framework and Final Conflict. It could be argued that too many influences can create confusion, but clearly these guys have picked the bits that work for them and have created a thoroughly enjoyable and highly competent album. There is something on the album to tick most prog lovers boxes. The quirky keyboards of Friend, the catchy hooks of Thunder and Time Of Your Life, the thoughtful Secret Garden and modern prog of All American Alien. The album comes across as a stepping stone from their last album, Rebirth: The Big Machine, and shows plenty of promise for bigger and better things in the future. If you get the opportunity, catch the band live as the songs really come alive on stage.

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