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F2g is the coming together of musicians Pete Riley and Andy Nixon. Both Pete and Andy have for many years played together in the Pink Floyd tribute band Dark Side of the Wall, an award winning Midlands based band that has toured the UK from Whitehaven to the Isle of Wight ? ?That?s how we both met.?

Unbeknownst to them at that time, on the 13th March 2010 the seed was sown for what would become Freedom To Glide.

The tribute band were playing a concert in Manchester and after the band had sound checked Pete was chatting to Andy about a song ?Hypnotized? that he was recording. The song needed some acoustic guitar so he asked Andy if he?d be interested in taking a listen and maybe laying down the guitar. A week later, the track came back not only with guitar, but drums, bass and backing vocals! ?It was just awesome. The song had now taken a totally new direction. Andy?s input had changed everything, musically we just simply clicked ? Thinking back, it was one of those eureka moments.?

Soon after ?Hypnotized?, Pete sent Andy a keyboard intro with all sorts of military radio chatter and sound effects and the simple statement ? ?it?s a song about WW1 soldiers falling like rain on the battlefield, fancy a crack at this one too?? The reply came back ?Roger that??

Rain was born!

During April both Andy and Pete worked on ?Rain? but that wasn?t the only track that was being written. Andy wrote demo?s for ?Wind? and an instrumental track that would later become 'Price of Freedom'?. This was getting serious.

Geographically we live over forty miles apart. Andy in West Midlands and Pete in Derbyshire. This hasn't been an issue though. We both have our own studios at home and the recording is done separately then it comes together electronically via the Internet and hard copies on discs. In fact we could be on the other side of the world and still be creating music together. You don?t need to be in the same room to create ideas and demos, but we do get together for the important stuff like mixing and idea discussions ? after all we are a band.

So we had a concept for an album, we had the first set of demos songs steadily building but one thing was missing ? we didn't have a name?

This proved to be the hardest part about our collaboration so far. We spent hours and used up nearly all of our free text messages sending ideas to and thro, but a name just simply came out of nowhere, a phrase ...
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3.96 | 36 ratings
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3.49 | 7 ratings
The Wait
4.50 | 2 ratings
Rain EP
4.00 | 2 ratings
3.50 | 4 ratings
Sick To Death
4.00 | 3 ratings
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3.50 | 2 ratings
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3.50 | 2 ratings
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 Fall by FREEDOM TO GLIDE album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.73 | 21 ratings

Freedom to Glide Crossover Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

3 stars This album is innocuous and listenable enough but there's nothing here drawing me back. The music is too simplistic and too computer-generated (with agonizingly poor computer sound generations of all strings and synths). M. Nixon is a good guitarist, okay vocalist (VERY similar to ROINE STOLT), fair songwriter in the PINK FLOYD vein, but many of his compositions lack sophistication and high production standards.

1. "Fall" (1:55) nice intro to the album--though it's dynamic extremes give us a misleading feel for the style and pace to follow. (9/10)

2. "Silent Code" (7:19) easily the best song on the album with the best instrumental arrangements and sound engineering plus an excellent, unusual jazzy guitar solo at the end. (9/10)

3. "Names In The Stone" (4:54) sounds EXACLY like a ROINE STOLT composition. (8/10)

4. "Toll" (3:02) nice mostly instrumental song despite poor sound engineering. (8/10)

5. "Playing God" (5:04) a very good song that sounds/feels oddly familiar. NOSOUND? MYSTERY? PT? NINE STONES CLOSE? (9/10)

6. "Exit Wound" (5:38) a nearly-unlistenable opening section is saved by a wonderful middle and end section. (8/10)

7. "Enigma" (8:02) a pleasant piano-based song that sounds a lot like ROINE STOLT--even the Gilmour-like guitar solos. (8/10)

8. "The Middle Game" (7:45) another pleasurable near-prog, mostly Pink Floyd-ish song that proves forgettable. This music is so close to that of TONY PATTERSON's wonderful work on his 2016 release, Equations of Meaning, only lacking something. (Nick Magnus?) (8/10)

9. "Trough Of War" (4:06) an irritable guitar sound opening turns my mood against this one. Unfortunately, nothing much happens to change my mind. (6/10)

10. "Solace" (1:04) pleasant, creepy instrumental interlude. (8/10)

11. "Sleep Under The Flag" (3:14) pretentious poetry reading that you or I could do on our computer. 'Strings' arrangement at the end are the only redeeming factor. (7/10)

12. "Another Same" (3:32) catchy acoustic guitar piece that could fit on any indie rock album. (8/10)

13. "October" (5:43) pure Roger Waters drivel. (7/10)

14. "Exit Wound (Let It Go...)" (5:40) a remake of song #6. I just can't get over that opening section. (8/10) (bonus track)

3.5 to four star record; try it for yourself.

 Fall by FREEDOM TO GLIDE album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.73 | 21 ratings

Freedom to Glide Crossover Prog

Review by PH

5 stars Wonderful FREEDOM TO GLIDE have come up with a second full-length release that neatly follows on from the critically-acclaimed CD 'Rain'. Totaling over 61 minutes of material, new record is comprised of 13 songs with a plethora of suggestive effects and soundscapes. It gives a truly kaleidoscopic gamut of the F2g's ethos to showcase the ideal combination between authentic Floyd-ism and intelligent rock music, resulting in holistic approach. From the evidence of 'Fall', Pete Riley and Andy Nixon continue to use 'anti-war concept' as the lyrical backbone, and I'm of admiration for this kind of enormous undertaking. The British duo makes people believe that progressive genre could actually give something special! Very few modern groups have managed to do such a feat. OK, let's order... The title track 'Fall' begins with a restrained piano and calm vocal, creating a vibe of dramatic tension. It serves like a good introduction to the enthralling album. Next up, 'Silent Code'. F2g lead us in their vision of a WWII soldier who's returning home from captivity. This composition is dedicated to Andy's grandfather. Musical entourage features a transparent beauty of guitar playing whilst the polished keyboards glide on the background. By surprise, the outro brings a memorabilia of PF legacy ('High Hopes'). Retaining the similar pace, 'Names In The Stone' follows then. Arguably, things get soaring on the fourth tune 'Toll', when awesome guitar licks take the center stage. Coupled with the piano flourishes, graceful harmonies provide an extra dimension for the final section. The next chapter 'Playing God' has the unobtrusive sonic palette. A much more sophisticated piece, 'Exit Wound' comes to incorporate the different characteristics. This serving has experimental nature, eclectic and innovative. The text is about post traumatic stress disorder in the present days... Although there are plenty of excellent themes and melodies on entire album, the composition that stands out for me is superlative 'Enigma' which gradually evolves from a gentle keyboard-line accompanied by heartfelt singing to the captivating musical attraction. Andy Nixon decorates this venture with a mind-blowing guitar performance - it would make even David Gilmour jealous. Successive 'The Middle Game' holds the interest. Compared to what we have heard thus far, 'Trough of War' is something peculiar. It bursts out in livelier tempo. And I think of The Beatles once in a while. Textually, the weapon dealers are accused here. Intended to throw off the intensity of tempo, amazing 'Solace' has a slow pitch which in turn gives way to elegy, 'Sleep Under The Flag'. This time, Pete Riley comes on proscenium, narrating the story about the repatriation of a dead soldier. Again, the keyboard figures are simply impeccable. Appropriated to make the transitions of mood and pace, 'Another Same" resembles a couple of smash-hits together ('More Than Words' by Extreme and 'Wild World' from Mr.Big). But maybe it's just the splash of surrealism in my mind?.. At the core of final track 'October' is a tight mixture of catchy vocals, melodic guitar work, the sustained keyboard chords and driving rhythm section. In proper place, the melodic route transforms to soft pattern, before gradually subsiding and fades away. Now you feel as though you have spent the past hour traveling on a time machine. All in all, immersive, remarkable CD 'Fall' is a high contender for ALBUM OF THE YEAR!..
 The Wait by FREEDOM TO GLIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
3.49 | 7 ratings

The Wait
Freedom to Glide Crossover Prog

Review by PH

4 stars FREEDOM TO GLIDE is the musical endeavor between Andy Nixon (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals, bass, drums) and Pete Riley (keys, piano, vocals, sampling, programming). Their collaborative affair started in a Pink Floyd tribute band Dark Side Of The Wall. It'd be an indication of F2g's main influence. Emergent duo rapidly caught the attention of fans, media and prog-radio DJ's. Some material on mini-album 'The Wait' is quite close to mighty PF, though in general Freedom To Glide are imposing their own stamp. There are various references to be found here. They swirl from balladic sections to mid-tempo dramatic grooves with a lot of breathing space. The opener ('Wind and Gales') gives a taste of things to come: a well conceived and executed 24-min. opus. Andy Nixon's voice is wrapped in strong harmonies to revel in a guitar web and hypnotic key layers, while atmospheric soundscapes and rhythmic parts afford an enthralling interplay that impresses with flourishes. Surprising variations of main motif are smartly arranged to build a recurrent theme. The ultimate credit goes to Pete Riley whose superb work presents a solid foundation without being dominant. The lyrics are representative and typify so apt for engrossing concept. One of the six tracks is instrumental. Definitely thumbs up! It's not easy to pick out only one favourite, but I'm hooked by a closing number 'Hypnotized' (stylistically, it would be at home on 'The Wall')...' Freedom To Glide is a unique tandem who can create historically based musical theatre geared towards the ears and mind. Cos' I shall keep an eye out to see where F2g goes from here...
 Rain by FREEDOM TO GLIDE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.96 | 36 ratings

Freedom to Glide Crossover Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Being a military historian and a fan of pacifism, (no it's not a contradiction), I always get a kick from any album that deals with the two cataclysmic catastrophes of our time, the grim and unjust WW1 and its evil cousin, the vile and hideous WW2. Strangely, prog war epics are not that plentiful, outside of Floyd's the Wall being utterly obvious, there was a Big Big Train recording that dealt with the Battle of Britain and the glory of the RAF, so has Vienna Circle and its impressive debut, 'White Clouds' and Xang's grim "The Lasts of Lasts" dealing with the Verdun tragedy and an outright military holocaust, because slaughter is too tame a word for what happened there!

The music of Freedom to Glide (F2G) is a sensorial tapestry of clever songs, firmly embellished and utterly progressive, even though there is an undeniable Pink Floyd vibe, surely due to the fact that the 2 artist-musicians are also part of a PF tribute band. Andy Nixon handles all guitars, bass and vocals while Peter Riley is the keyboard master. But at closer inspection, it's more multi-faceted in scope and style than their mentors, lots of acoustic guitar to temper the Gilmourian episodes, which are daring and frequent. Diversity is something that keeps F2G nicely rounded and thoroughly grounded, using various tones and textures that are quite unlike PF. Yet, Rain has a very modern sheen and spectral glimmer, talking about a bygone age when young 19 year olds went to die , in horrific condition, where gas attacks, bayonet charges and cannonades that buried soldiers alive in their trenches. In a rather highly personal style, F2G opted to focus the storytelling via the very real existence of Cpl Robert Wilson, a gallant British soldier in WW1, who suffered through Gallipoli and the Somme, mustard gas attacks, muddy excrement and body parts-laden trenches, prisoner executions, mass cratered graves and ultimately being saved by an enemy doctor (their website tells the whole gory story). This very real man passed away in 1986.

In order to stamp the progressive seals on this masterwork, there is a 4 part title track suite that separates tracks instead of following each other into the open field. What a glittering opening then, "Rain part1" really sets the mood quite eloquently, brooding, whispery, moody and highly atmospheric. Solemn, forlorn and deeply melancholic, the wind swept synthesized effects add a dimension that is inescapable, a sense of impending catastrophe that words simply cannot honor. There is a valid nod to Gilmour as the guitars wail, yet the voice of Andy Nixon has little in common with either Floydists, though guest Francesca Genco does get into the Clare Torry art of wailing superb choir notes.

The keyboard-fueled oboe patch on "Anywhere Else but Here" is a tremendous addition, both somber and hopeful, the grim contrast of the reality of war where valor and horror shake the hands of the Devil. This track is exquisite in its despondence, a shivering cry in the night, from a young soul that would rather enjoy life than to, willingly, take someone else's. The segue into the starker "Path of Reason" is self-explanatory, the style almost familiar as if Simple Minds have decided to go prog, but the lesson is never really learned , 'just an endless rhyme', a futile meat grinder from which there is no rest and no escape.

"Riders on a Wave" has some clever aspects, the 'wave' being an assault borne by fearful and desperate soldiers thrown into struggle, 'fooled by those in whom we put our faith' and the breezy indifference of hopelessness, Nixon weaving nicely on acoustic guitar, a whiff of some Americana, a discreet nod to the Californian bad boys The Doors.

"Price of Freedom" is the classic marketing spiel used to inspire young men to throw their lives away willingly in some foreign land, for some obscure cause determined by the social tyrants (kings, emperors, 'fuehrers and duces'). Anesthetized by fake concepts of chivalry, valor, courage and bravery, the two opposing military sides line-up their entire budding youth, loaded with unfulfilled Mozarts and Einsteins, ready for the eternal meat grinder. This piece represents a high point in the set-list, a mercurial display of emotional atmospherics (that surreal oboe-patch doing its trick again), lyrics decidedly convincing and the carving guitar stings nastily. Poignant, resolute and unfathomably naive.

On the fragile, piano-driven "LU 2", the serenity becomes overpowering as Nixon sings the anthem of exhausted desperation, as Riley caresses the ivories with tremulous ennui, that slowly leads lovingly into "Rain part 2", brave young men falling like raindrops on a mud- soaked battlefield moonscape, mowed down by spurting death bullets propelled by Lewis or Mauser. Nixon unleashes a brief but explosive barrage as the orchestral bravura ends the piece.

The deadly "Angels & Stones" is another highlight piece, both lyrically and instrumentally, an arsenal of spooky electronics , echo-laden voice and mechanical percussion that meanders purposefully, beyond the blood-drenched front-lines, floating over mists of yellow matter mustard dripping from the dead men's eyes. "Rain 3- Wind and Gales" elevates the hypocrisy to stirring heights, increasing the pain and the horror to nearly sarcastic levels. Brothers in arms, sworn enemies that have only language as differentiators, the rest being nothing more than blind obedience dictated by the elite cowards that choose to lead us, almost always very poorly. Brooding electric piano haunts the trenches, metronome beat, distant thunder and rumbling eeriness, all combine to provide the dark musical shadows and a sad refrain. Barbed-wire bass keeps the pace alive and panting, mud and blood united as one. There is a strong Alan Parsons Project vibe, albeit in a way proggier context, an ear-friendly vocal delivery being the prime witness.

"When the Whistle Blows" is the epic piece directed specifically at Cpl. Robert Wilson's plight , a sprawling diatribe that chooses to infuse historical context (Cumberland to Gallipoli, the Somme, Kitchener), a scathing anti-war rant that crucifies lives in the name of King, Kaiser and country. "Red rivers flow when the whistle blows" swoons the sad balladeer. Rolling bass and a screeching guitar solo gives the mood a harrowing pulse, fully laden with bluesy despair. As the morning mist flutters away, ladders are raised at perfect intervals, crazed officers blow the whistles signalling another lethal charge, a manic obedience that leads to dismemberment and innards spilling outwards. A grueling yet impressive cinematographic arrangement, with loads of special effects and serene dialogue.

"Rain part 4" is the final chapter in the by-now familiar theme, a reoccurring sense of comfort amid the strewn carnage, crying guitar drops, meandering with the blood and the sweat of so many young heroes and martyrs. "So my brothers fell like rain" is repeated endlessly, in choir form, as if the mutilated corpses hurled one last hurrah for eternity. "Home again" is the ultimate torture, the survivors feeling guilty to not have died along with their comrades in arms. The silence, the routine and the inevitable lack of remembrance is perhaps even worse than dying. Bells peal in the background, preparing the stage for a rendition of Taps, the final bugle call to the departed.

Strangely, "Not a Broken Man" appeals to the urge to survive, live on and prosper. A promise of peace and resurrection that sadly will not surface until well after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, WW2 being a direct and literally uninterrupted consequence of the first great conflagration. Sweet acoustic guitar paints a pastoral theme of scars and callouses, human will and wounds that never heal.

Impressive story of that Great Horrible War, a history lesson that still fails to convince the world that strife is NOT the answer, foolishly repeating the same distasteful errors of the past, like some Dennis the Menace brat that refuses to listen to reason. From Luxembourg to the Channel coast, endless streams of military cemeteries remind too few 21st century humans of the millions of lives lost in the brutal siege of Verdun, Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, Ypres, Cambrai and those two river battles, the Marne and the Somme. Little territorial change occurred yet millions died, senselessly.

Listen and learn...

4.5 Big Berthas

 The Wait by FREEDOM TO GLIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
3.49 | 7 ratings

The Wait
Freedom to Glide Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars The seeds of this British project were set in 2010, when Pete Riley asked some help with the recording of a song from his bandmate Andy Nixon.They both played in the Pink Floyd tribute band ''Dark Side of the Wall''.A collaboration on original material started between the two musicians with ideas being sent via internet and Freedom to Glide were originally born in 2012 with the release of their first EP ''Rain'' in May.Soon after Riley and Nixon started working on the concept mini-album ''The wait'', dealing with the life of a soldier of World War 1 and his inability to capture the meaining of a war.The album was released independently in November 2012.

As both Riley and Nixon came from a Floyd tribute band, there are certain glimpses of a Floyd- ian enviroment throughout the album, delivered in the more lyrical side of the group with modern Prog touches and slight psychedelic leanings.The style recalls more recent UK acts such as EDISON'S CHILDREN and RIVERSEA, while there are also shades of Hogarth-era MARILLION and NEAL MORSE's more mellow songs.The music is rather laid-back with light orchestral parts and deep vocal lines, dealing with the concept, whie in a couple of pieces a heavier electric atmosphere is presented through the use of doomy, guitar riffs.There are also some spacey, ambiental textures in orded to deliver a more emotional feeling to the listener and the vocals of the album remain clean and expressive throughout.Heavily relying on acoustic guitars and background keyboards, the album lacks some nerve, almost intentionally, with a straight aim to serve the needs of the concept.However it is this pair of tracks with the electroacoustic changes, that makes Freedom to Glide's sound really interesting and more challenging.

A decent first step and introduction to the goals of this British duo.Emotional modern Prog/Art Rock with MARILLION and PINK FLOYD touches, working in a sensitive concept.Recommended.

Thanks to tszirmay for the artist addition.

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