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PROCOSMIAN FANNYFIDDLERS

Eclectic Prog • Norway


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PROCOSMIAN FANNYFIDDLERS is a seven-members collective formed in 1995 in Trondheim, Norway. They're providing a delightful exploration of folk, medieval music,avangarde, tinged with heavy music and what not - often with humourous spice. The members are: Geir Venom Larzen (drums, guitar, keyboards, vokal), Erik Andås (bass, vocal, keyboards), Ole Peder Teigen (Keyboards, vocal), Øyvind Eriksen (vocals), Heidi Larzen (vocals), Mette Jensen (lute(?)), Fløyte (vocals, keyboards) and Bente Marit Ekker (violin).
As you can imagine, this populous flock is capable of real energetic bursts and cacophony - all that intertwined with some really great melodic lines. If you are looking for quirkiness of GONG, stepping in all possible various directions, including punk, this is the band for you.

Highly recommended. A word of warning though: their burlesque is often stepping into the realm of scatology.

They released 8 albums so far.


Moris Mateljan, 2010.

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1997
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...And Silver's Quality
1998
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Fisted Lady
1999
3.66 | 4 ratings
The Rolling Court Massacre
2001
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Return of the Sweaty Owl
2003
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Father Dog
2005
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Horse From Hell
2008
3.14 | 3 ratings
Requiem Fatigue
2009
3.74 | 12 ratings
Interference Number 9
2012

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 The Rolling Court Massacre by PROCOSMIAN FANNYFIDDLERS album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.66 | 4 ratings

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The Rolling Court Massacre
Procosmian Fannyfiddlers Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars This Norwegian band with the unusual name was formed in 1995 in Trondheim as a quartet with Geir Larz on guitar/drums/vocals, Erik Andas on bass/vocals, Ole Peder Teigen on keyboards/vocals and Oyvind Eriksen on lead vocals.They established their own Langt Lem Records and their first three releases were all pressed in vinyl format, thus they are quite rare.With each album the band introduced a new member to the public and by the end of the decade they featured also female singer Heidi Santos Larz and Mette Jensen on flute.All members used obscure nicknames like Pornographic Johnson, Eric The Awful etc. and in 2001 they came up with their fourth album ''The rolling court massacre'', the first time an album by the group was also released on CD, introducing another flutist, Boddus Lut.

The album is divided in two long, multi-parted suites, about 25 minutes each, delivering the strong vintage influences of the group, which sounds a lot like legendary acts such as YEZDA URFA, GENTLE GIANT, THE MUFFINS or MAELSTROM. Procosmian Fannyfiddlers play a quirky Progressive Rock with dominant Folk and symphonic influences, although their sound is generally offered as a Fusion of different styles.The music is complex with endless thematic changes and complicated textures, full of impressive interplays, delicate, rural instrumental lines and more grandiose, keyboard-based preludes.This whole charming package is colored by over the top, sarcastic and humourous male and female vocals with a very ZAPPA-esque approach, while another band close to their style is Americans RASCAL REPORTERS.The different movements are nicely connected with dense instrumental passages and sudden breaks, often flirting with a chaotic atmosphere, and the armour of the group includes heavy flute doses, plenty of Mellotron and organ waves as well as electric guitars and mandolins.The female-fronted parts have also a nice and ethereal Scandinavian flavor, quite useful for the flow of an otherwise very complex album.However, the music is at moments fantastic, equal to the Prog league's monster names, with frenetic shifts and technical efficiency, delivered in trully retro-drenched stylings.

Unknown but trully talented group, offering an emphatic and devastating Prog/Symph/Folk Rock with plenty of interesting moments.Requires a respectable number of listenings, but its value is guaranteed at the end.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 The Rolling Court Massacre by PROCOSMIAN FANNYFIDDLERS album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.66 | 4 ratings

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The Rolling Court Massacre
Procosmian Fannyfiddlers Eclectic Prog

Review by Voje

5 stars I'll first start this off by stating that this is one of my favourite bands. They have a rawness, combined with complex music, good use and variety of time signatures, that make them - by my standards - top 5 when it comes to the musical side of it, and i simply love their lyrics!

This ia an album that is actually a rock opera. So to get one thing clear, this albumed cannot be enjoyed truly, without the lyrics at hand.

The album starts of with the opening scene, when you can clearly hear that a gun is fired, then it breaks into an accoustically driven, folkish melody, which eventually goes out in flames. From there on, we have a vocal piece, where a woman called Aunt Mary is being arrested, after some talking, music starts, in the style as the opening song, and there is a dialogue between Aunt Mary and Chief Inspector Gene van Damn - and implied by the lyrics, perhaps an ex-boyfriend - and the song ends with her being dragged to The Rolling Court where she is to be trialed.

After a short introduction to the case, witnesses of her obscenities are on stand, giving their testimonies - all while music is played in the background. This is the song where the main theme of the song is being introduced, and this theme is nicely fitted into the overall sound of the record. It is a beautiful mix between guitar and mellotron/organ and the theme is one of the main spectacles of the record.

The next song is bit of a puzzle, suddenly we hear something reminicent of a drum-machine, but i have been assured by secure sources that it is just the drummer playing in an insane tempo. There is also some oriental guitar plucking in there. Mix this weird time signature with a vibrant mellotron, and you have one crazy, but excellent track. All the while, Aunt Mary is confessing her actions, but not regretting any.

For the next piece, the testimonies goes on, while the music is, once again a nice mix between guitar, organ and good drumming.

Now comes the end of act 1, and we have the introduction of a flute. It is a short piece, where the judge proclaimes that there wil be a break, but that there is no time to use the WC. This is followed by an instrumental, signaling the pause. This is a nutty tune, with people chatting, pictures being taken, while the band plays a jazzy, muzak, elevator song, joined by an accordion

From here on, the music is the same style, but it is clear that is increasing in intensity, and that there is a climate to come. You get some more testimonies, accompanied by great music. This is my favourite part of the record, and it can't be explained in words, it has to be heard. The music is the same style, only more intense and - i would say - more harmonious. I'll just skip the words, and let others hear for themselves

Track 12 has some excellent drumming and track 13 - the closing piece - has some excellent interplay between the mellotron and guitar. In Track 11 and 13, the main theme is again reintroduced and played beautifully around. And for the lyrics, I will not reveal how it ends, I won't take the fun out of it.

This is an album that I urge people to hear! It is one of the most accesible, but best albums that Procosmian has made, in my opinion. If you are keen to get into this band - which i promise you that you won't regret if you do - this is a good start.

The story is FANTASTIC, the music is splendid, and the vocals are doing an excellent job telling this story! I for one, love the voice of Hebbe Santos!

5 big stars from me!

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 Interference Number 9 by PROCOSMIAN FANNYFIDDLERS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.74 | 12 ratings

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Interference Number 9
Procosmian Fannyfiddlers Eclectic Prog

Review by zravkapt
Special Collaborator Post Rock Team

4 stars Procosmian Fannyfiddlers is a strange group with a strange name from Norway. I have not heard any of their earlier albums but from what I've read this album doesn't sound too different to what they were doing previously. The vocals are all in English while the music is generally some kind of mix of 'prog folk' and 'avant-prog'. There is lots of acoustic instruments but also some sampled Mellotron as well. The music can be somber or more playful and they know how to rock out when they want to. Sometimes the music here reminds me of Samla Mammas Manna. The sound and production is not the greatest but the music itself is fantastic and well played.

The album opens with backwards sounds and a clock ticking before "Captain Mystique" brings us some dark folky symphonic rock. Later just acoustic guitar arpeggios and female vocals. Some wind-like sounds. After awhile the rhythm section joins in, then the sampled Mellotron first appears being followed by wordless harmony singing. Male vocals towards the end as the song builds to a symphonic climax then goes back to the acoustic guitar and female vocals. "Lingerie" has some modified percussion and female vocals. After she says "I talk to the dead" it goes full-throttle into some kind of punkabilly. Then some jazzy classical oriented rock. Later the music gets folkier and jazzier with male vocals. After some 'chorus' like female vocals the music turns into dark symphonic rock.

"Vinegar Woman" starts off as some kind of post-punk/goth rock/chamber rock hybrid, then goes folky and acoustic with female vocals. Male and female vocals do the 'chorus' part. Lovely violin before it briefly turns into some sort of folky math rock. Back to the folky part but now with the whole band backing. "Cult Of Coal" begins with 'Here Comes The Bride' played on organ. Then it quickly switches to a darker atmosphere featuring picked guitars and vocals. Gets lighter with the male vocals and return of organ. Full band and female vocals come in; the music is much more folky now. Out of nowhere comes some indie/alt. rock guitar playing with flutes playing over top. The drummer really stands out in the last half of this song. Nice 'Latin' beat at the end.

"Tautology Of Love" opens with the sounds of children playing. Then the music goes chamber prog and then folky and then a mix of the two with some jazz-rock thrown in. I like the guitar tone in this song. Great drumming in this track...too bad it wasn't recorded better. "Crying At The Crap Show" opens with mournful violin before some slightly jazzy guitar leads the band into some bouncy folk-rock with alternating male and female singing. The 'chorus' part here is fairly memorable. This song changes between lower-key and more bombastic moments throughout. Backwards sounds and skronky trumpet at one point. Gets very symphonic at the end.

"Procession For A Floating Body" starts out like a procession for a dead body. The funeral march turns into a folky section with female vocals. Gets jazzier in the middle with a little bit of trumpet. Ends as folky symphonic rock. I could see how this would not be everyone's cup of whatever but it may appeal to some. Nothing truly original here but this does not sound like your typical prog album of 2012. The almost lo-fi sound quality adds an atmosphere to the music but the rhythm section still should have been more clear sounding and upfront in the mix. More high points than low points on this one. I'll give it 4 stars.

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 Requiem Fatigue by PROCOSMIAN FANNYFIDDLERS album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.14 | 3 ratings

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Requiem Fatigue
Procosmian Fannyfiddlers Eclectic Prog

Review by avestin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars I've heard of Procosmian Fannyfiddlers before but never did listen to them. This is therefore my first exposure to their music; Music, which is eclectic in nature, drawing from folk and rock, lyrics that are at the same time serious but funny; this is a band that is to be taken lightly and seriously at the same time.

This is a funny album. Read the lyrics and listen to the goofy tunes and the way they're played. From the cover of the album down to the lyrics and the cheerful tunes, this album just oozes from silliness and I find it fun to listen to.

Requiem Fatigue is their eighth (8) album, said to be written on acoustic guitar. The music is frenetic but not overwhelming with a wide instrumental palate: guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, violin, flute, piano and vocals. This last "instrument", the vocals, which each member "plays", are a driving force in each song, led by Hebbe Santos (female lead vocals) and Pronographic Johnson (with his rasp and drunken-sounding vocals). At times I was reminded, for some reason, of Hammers Of Misfortune's vocals, particularly in their first work, The Bastard, where a medieval-like, troubadour-like vocals type is employed. This is first and foremost what gives the Fannyfiddlers' charm. To that is added their intricate playing, shifting time signatures and humorous lyrics.

A melodic affair, this album is entertaining with explicit language and weird and funny stories with each song having a distinct melodic line. But I sense a lot of people will be deterred by the style of this band and what may appear as amateurish and completely silly approach. Reviews I've read on other websites (DPRP and Sea Of Tranquility) prove this assumption. However, while I don't subscribe to their disdain of this release and while finding merits in this album and its music, I can understand why they prefer to veer out of its way. But for me the downsides in this album have more to do with the musicianship and vocals (which at times have a fault) and with being too goofy for humour's sake (as I perceive it, which may very well be totally wrong).

That being said, if you'd like to venture out into "foreign and uncharted" progressive territories and listen to something unusual, even if not of too high quality or standards as others perceive it, then this eccentric release is a good place to try it out.

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