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REGAL WORM is a progressive rock project by Jarrod GOSLING of Sheffield, England based electronic pop psych outfit I MONSTER and maverick Jazz influenced proggers HENRY FOOL, which includes NO-MAN's Tim BOWNESS. The first musical scene that he got into was the Two--Tone movement/reggae after which he grew hair (everywhere) and got into hard rock/metal...MAIDEN, RAINBOW, PRIEST, PURPLE etc. The rest of the 80s was spent listening to mainly hair metal, melodic poodle perm metal and drifting through a number of bands as a bass player.

After getting bored of metal he switched to keyboards (a Korg DW600) and went off to college at which he became interested in indie and dance stuff. The early WARP label (from Sheffield) was a big influence and around 1990, Jarrod met Dean HONER who was also into the same vibe. Together they decide to get together and make some noise. Electronic noise. I MONSTER was born.

The next 8 years were spent making long bleepy experimental electronic music, similar to APHEX TWIN, AUTECHRE and BLACK DOG. Around 1998, they decided to add weird samples and use them in a different way. Most of this from old charity shop easy listening vinyl. They added lyrics and started making a sort of weird electronic/60s sounding pop hybrid and also sampled prog stuff (CMU, Manfred MANN, CHAPTER 3...). GOSLING and HONER co--produced two tracks on MOBY's 'Play' album and then made their first album, which included the original version of hit--single Daydream In Blue'.

Following the intervention of Jonathan DICKINS (now ADELE's manager) a reworked Daydream in Blue hit the UK Top 20 in 2001. GOSLING and HONER went on to remix artists such as THE DIVINE COMEDY, PULP, FEEDER and GOLDFRAPP. One track from the second I MONSTER album 'Neveroddoreven' was used as the main title theme to 'Shaun Of The Dead' and at this time their music was being used all over TV in shows, films and adverts. 'Daydream In Blue' was sampled in its entirety by US rapper Lupe FIASCO, which GOSLING and HONER also co--produced and which went on to win a Grammy.

In 2005, Jarrod purchased a Mellotron M400 plus further cool instruments like a Rhodes, analogue synths, Rickenbacker 4001 bass, early 70s Rogers jazz kit and a Hammond organ. I MONSTER made a further album 'A Dense Swarm Of Ancient Stars', the cover of which, designed by GOSLING, featured in the Storm Thorgerson book 'Classic Album Covers Of The 60s'.

Around 2010, GOSLING and HONER started a...
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 Use And Ornament by REGAL WORM album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.90 | 21 ratings

Use And Ornament
Regal Worm Crossover Prog

Review by MJAben

3 stars Great fun this record, no shortage of creativity and extremely well played throughout. There are some lows on the album, the floyd-like 'Apple Witch' and 'Morning Sentinel' aren't quite as strong or inventive as some of the other songs here and, as far as openers go, Zinc Ferment isn't exactly exciting or engaging and I'm not sure if it properly introduces the madness that is to come. 'Cherish that Rubber Rodent' is exciting and out there (even for this record) and the jazzy / spacey Mardi Gras has really grown on me in repeated listens.

The real highpoints on this album however are the mammoth songs 'Confessions from a Deep and Warm Hibernacum' and '6:17 PM the Aunt Turns Into an Ant' which really take the listener on a ride. The former, although opening with a melody that filled me with 80's synth drenched dread, expanded the idea through the next several moments into more ideas and themes than I can even hope to give insight to before introducing the strongest moment on the album where the female vocals come in. Wow. In the near half-hour masterpiece, the Aunt turns into an Ant, we see a development of themes ideas that take the listener on quite the ride and, although it doesn't feel erratic, you don't feel like you're listening to the same song through it.

If I had to name some issues with the album, which I'm reluctant to do given its high quality. I have to point out that the album does, at times, feel jumpy and erratic and at times it's hard to gain a real sense of what the band is, even after repeated listens. The other issue I have is that the album seems to be based off of EXTREMELY strong ideas, interluded with synth-drenched filler as connectors between these ideas. As a result I get a mixed feeling from this cd, I want to applaud it for its inventiveness, its daring nature, its genuinely crisp feel and sound. This doesn't feel formulaic, this is prog in its purest sense. By the end of it, when you've been listening to the album for over an hour, you don't feel weary or tired, the album stays at a high quality and you don't feel as though there are any filler songs (the worst you have are experiments that don't quite work for you).

On the whole though, the album is erratic and its inventiveness may in fact be the albums downfall. While you do have some absolutely brilliant moments it seems strung together haphazardly which is a real letdown. With more time in the oven perhaps, and more of an emphasis on making the songs work as songs and not just ideas within I could see this album getting an easy 4 or even a 5 star rating, but as it stands it just falls flat (which is a shame because this is a really strong record with some absolutely amazing moments.)

3/5 stars


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 Use And Ornament by REGAL WORM album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.90 | 21 ratings

Use And Ornament
Regal Worm Crossover Prog

Review by Progfan97402

5 stars Wow, this totally blows me away. This is perhaps one of the finest new prog rock bands I have heard in a long time. Regal Worm is a Jarod Gosling project, he was in I Monster and Skywatchers, plus for the progheads, he appeared in the last Henry Fool CD, Men Singing. Unbelievably great and complex prog, influenced by the Canterbury scene, as well as King Crimson and perhaps a bit of Gentle Giant. Seriously, this music doesn't stay in one place for very long, although there are a couple more straightforward pieces. Lots of organ, Mellotron, flute, sax, vintage synths (including an EMS Synthi AKS), Mellotron simply all over the place making this totally essential for the tron fan as well as adventurous progheads! This is just a bit over an hour long, but nothing that overstays its welcome. Many of these songs bear twisted and lengthy titles, no doubt inspired by Hatfield & the North, like "6:17 PM The Aunt Turns Into an Ant". But this is not actually a Canterbury album, although there's that influence, there are plenty of outside influences too. The occasional Fripp-like guitar brings the Crimson comparison. I am no kidding that I seriously believe this might end up near the top of my all-time favorite prog releases. I get a kick off the end of "The Ant Turns into an Ant" where they do a short folk-influenced piece that goes: "At the end of my rainbow / I wanna find a pot of gold / Don't wanna find a crock of s@#t / At the end of my rainbow" showing the less serious side of the band. Of course, some might think this was a bad mistake for the band, but it's short, and the rest is simply fantastic prog of the first class. Plus I love the production. Lots of prog in recent years sound like it was knocked off a PC and seem sterile. Not here. It's a bit over an hour long, but never outstays its welcome, which I really love, because too often in the last 20-25 years, there's been too much of a habit of bands (prog and non-prog alike) trying to cram in as much as they can on one CD, but it's a real chore to listen to as it's obvious they only have enough good material for half that length, if that much. Not with Regal Worm. Much of this has this wonderful retro thing going on, only a couple parts have a more contemporary feel. This music is largely instrumental, and I often forget there are occasional vocals, female and male vocals. Highly recommended for the more adventurous progheads out there!


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 Use And Ornament by REGAL WORM album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.90 | 21 ratings

Use And Ornament
Regal Worm Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Regal Worm is a progressive rock project by Jarrod Gosling of Sheffield, England based electronic pop psych outfit I Monster and maverick Jazz influenced proggers Henry Fool. Regal Worm sees Jarrod striking out on his own and is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream ever since he listened to his dad's cassettes of Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes, Mike Oldfield and Rick Wakeman. The debut 'Use and Ornament' was recorded in Jarrod's 'Pig View' studio utilising dangerous vintage machinery (including his prized Mellotron M400). What I find really interesting about this album is that many ways it is pronk mixed with psychedelia which is not what one would expect given the list of artist he says inspired him.

The music is quite jangly, with sharp edges, and it is obvious that Cardiacs and Poisoned Electrick Head have been listened to by Jarrod, as he has incorporated some of their quirkiness into an album that seems more rooted in the Eighties than the Seventies.As I played this album for the first time I wasn't really sure to make of it, as the music shifts back and forth, twisting and changing as it goes. It is mostly instrumental, but 'Confession From a Deep and Warm Hibernaculum' is a delicate number with some wonderful female vocals (sorry ' no idea who the singer is). But, it is '6:17 PM The Aunt Turns into an Ant' that grabs the attention. It is the best part of 30 minutes long, and it incorporates countless styles as it moves through the piece, somehow always keeping the listeners' attention, whether it is some gentle harp, or jangly melodies. It finished with a musical box, which immediately made me think of Genesis ' maybe I am reading too much into it, but that to me was a wonderful homage at the end of a prog epic.

Definitely from left field, this is an album that rewards those prepared to spend some time with it. Very British, angular and pronk, it is great fun.


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