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Founded in London, UK in 2009

HATS OFF GENTLEMEN IT'S ADEQUATE is the creative vehicle of composer and musician Malcolm Galloway together with Mark Gatland (bass). Both in the studio as well as on stage he has a fairly regular cast of fellow musicians that helps out, depending on what's needed for the occasion, consisting of Kathryn Thomas (flute), Rudy Burrell (drums), Ibon Bilaboa (guitars) and Sam Brown (vocals, guitars). So far two full length albums and three EPs have been released by this project, all on Galloway's own label Glass Castle Records.

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2.83 | 5 ratings
Invisible
2012
2.96 | 8 ratings
When The Kill Code Fails
2015
2.97 | 10 ratings
Broken But Still Standing
2017
3.49 | 15 ratings
Out Of Mind
2018

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1.67 | 3 ratings
Frail Hurricane
2012
1.00 | 1 ratings
Wait For The Storm
2012
2.40 | 5 ratings
Head in a Jar
2014
2.50 | 4 ratings
Solace
2015
1.00 | 1 ratings
Stand Up / When I Was A Ship
2018
3.80 | 6 ratings
Ark
2019

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 Broken But Still Standing by HATS OFF GENTLEMEN IT'S ADEQUATE album cover Studio Album, 2017
2.97 | 10 ratings

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Broken But Still Standing
Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars The third album, 2017's 'Broken But Still Standing' is yet another concept. It follows the story of human evolution, from LUCA, the last universal common ancestor of all current life on earth, via Lucy, one of the possible precursors of our species, to conflict and eventual symbiosis with artificial intelligences. The general theme of the album is that life has progressed by forming coalitions, whether between the primitive cells that engulfed each other to become the cell and the mitochondria (the power stations of the cell), between individuals to form communities, or between different forms of life in the future. As the last album can be seen to be a continuation of the debut, so this can be seen to be a direct follow-on from the second in the way the music is more varied, more complex, yet without losing the angst and anger which shows the indie roots. The flute on "Almost Familiar" is the perfect foil for the guitar, while both follow on from delicate vocals and layered keyboards. The drums are kept front and centre, ensuring we don't relax too much into the music. The instrumentals are delicate and dreamlike, introducing us to different characters within the album, with "Luca to Lucy" taking us from the last common universal ancestor of all life on earth through to the earliest found ancestor of homo sapiens.

But contrast that delicacy to "I Fell In Love With A Mechanical Dragon", which is back to the HOGIA of old with repeated lyrics, repeated melodic phrases, full of angst and passion. Simplistic keyboards reminiscent of Pulp are the backbone of this, and in the right environment this would be a hit single. I find it both incredibly infectious and annoying at the same time, yet is probably the single song of theirs I have played most as there is something about the naivety which really works for me, and I'm still not sure why. HOGIA are a contradiction in many ways, producing music which would be embraced by many in the prog community and plenty others which would be shunned. The attitude reminds me somewhat of Poisoned Electrick Head while managing to sound nothing like them. Exciting, interesting, and certainly never conciliatory this is indie prog worth investigating. My favourite album of theirs to date.

 When The Kill Code Fails by HATS OFF GENTLEMEN IT'S ADEQUATE album cover Studio Album, 2015
2.96 | 8 ratings

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Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars 2015 saw Galloway return with the same line-up, this time with a science-fiction/artificial intelligence themed concept album. Musically this is a far more diverse album than the debut, with more keyboard layers and synths, and this time we are taken on a musical journey as well as a lyrical one. The delicacy of "Broken Wave" has far more in common with Galloway's solo work than one would expect from his band project, but it provides a nice delicacy and interlude. My favourite on the album is "Head In A Jar" which is a lovely angular progressive rocker, with an emphasis on the rock side. Lyrics are repeated as Galloway gets more and more angry, and this feels like a direct continuation in style from the debut.

The indie attitude is still prevalent for much of the album, which will be quite disconcerting to those who like their prog to be wrapped up in a certain style box with a nice ribbon tied around it. If they had been around in the early Nineties then I am sure that the mighty Organ would have been incredibly vocal proponents of the band as this is the sort of music they lapped up back then. The way they move seamlessly from electro into prog into angular indie rock and flashes of hard rock is always an interesting journey. I can't say I always really enjoy what they do ("Link" uses a drum machine which should have been taken out the back and destroyed), but I admire them for what they are doing. This is a different refreshing take on the prog scene, and worth investigating for those who want something quite separate from the norm.

 Invisible by HATS OFF GENTLEMEN IT'S ADEQUATE album cover Studio Album, 2012
2.83 | 5 ratings

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Invisible
Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars HOGIA are based around Malcolm Galloway, who is also known for his minimalistic orchestral recordings, and on the debut album 'Invisible' from 2012 he was joined by Kathryn Thomas (flute), Mark Gatland (bass), Rudy Burrell (drums) while guitarist Ibon Bilbao also helped on one track. On Prog Archives the band have been listed under Crossover, which is sometimes used as a dumping ground for bands who are deemed to be worthy for inclusion on the site yet none of the other sub-genre teams will take them. It has taken a long time for me to find a way of describing them, and the best I can get to is Indie Prog, as opposed to Indie Rock. The vocals can be angular and abrasive, lyrics are often repeated, sometimes to distraction, the music can be clunky and sharp and certainly isn't what one would expect from the nice laid-back world that is prog. Galloway has a real passion and there are times when his voice fractures as he is attacking the microphone, and he reminds me of an angry Damon Albarn mixed with David Byrne.

This isn't prog to be reflected on, either lyrically or musically, but is music which belongs in a live environment and I can imagine the band went into the studio, laid it down, and were back with the master tapes in a very short time indeed. This isn't what people think prog should be about, as there is an intensity and energy which is rarely seen in that environment unless it is with the more metallic and heavier bands. But this isn't metal, it isn't pronk, but it does have some of that attitude. I first played this album when I was moving a load of manure (honestly, I live on a farm), and somehow it seemed the perfect accompaniment to the task at hand. They aren't always in your face, and so slow it up when they feel the need, but it is never for long, and soon they are back in your face again demanding you pay attention. Interesting and refreshing.

 Ark by HATS OFF GENTLEMEN IT'S ADEQUATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2019
3.80 | 6 ratings

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Ark
Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

4 stars "Hats Off Gentlemen, It's Adequate" is basically a Crossover Prog duo founded in London in 2009, which also incorporates an "as needed" group of musicians for their albums and EPs. In August of 2019, they released an EP called "Ark" made up of 3 tracks exclusive to this release. The band (for this particular EP) is made up of Malcolm Galloway (guitar, keys, synths and vocals), and Mark Gatland (bass and guitar). One of their regular musicians, Kathryn Thomas, provides flute on the 3rd track. The overall time for this EP is 25 minutes.

The first track is the title track "Ark" (11:47). This track is inspired by Malcolm's grandfather's (Richard Galloway) WWII flight logs. Richard served on the aircraft carrier known as the Ark Royal which has an interesting history, including taking part in the sinking of the Bismark. The music specifically relates to incidents as it plays, the description of which is on the band's Bandcamp site for those that are interested. It does make everything interesting to follow along. The track is dedicated to Richard and those that fought against the Nazis. Malcolm plays everything on this track except for bass (played by Mark). A light, meandering section starts off the track mostly made up of keyboards and light guitar. Synths bring in a orchestral feeling and a very nice guitar plays over a beautiful twinkling piano background and the rhythm is nice and smooth giving the impression of smooth sailing. The music becomes tenser and darker at 3 minutes signifying preparation for confronting the enemy and is driven by synths and keys. At 5 minutes, the music becomes dramatic signifying the confrontation of a U-boat, which proved the vulnerability of the aircraft carrier, but it eventually sunk by a separate war ship. The music quiets down leaving just keys and light guitar work, but remaining tense as the hunt for The Bismark begins. At 8 minutes, the guitar brings back in full instrumentation for a climactic section. The Bismark is sunk, but the last section represents the sinking of the aircraft carrier. After nine minutes, the music becomes soft and twinkling again and ends beautifully.

"Chasing Neon" (5:34) is composed by Malcolm, but he only plays keys and synths while Mark takes over on guitar and also plays bass. It begins softly with synths, but soon a funky synth comes in and a steady percussion pushes it quickly forward. The synths establish a melodic, repeating pattern, and then the guitar comes in creating a darker atmosphere while the beat continues. The instrumental is quite straightforward, but it is still pretty good. The last track is the traditional Irish folk song "She Moved Through the Fair" (7:48) which features Malcolm on vocals and everything else, except for the flute which is played by Kathryn Thomas. The song is about a man who loses his love with her untimely death after she went to the fair. He is later visited by her ghost who ays it won't be long until their wedding day. The song is made up basically of 3 verses, which the song continues in a slow march-like tempo in a minor key. Malcolm's vocals are great and expressive for the material, adding to the dark, mysterious tone. After the second refrain, the flute comes in for the instrumental break, layered with the synth and soft guitar and percussion. It's a very nice rendition, keeping the folk roots, but not sounding dated. Later, there is a more intense instrumental break as all instruments come in, but it all ends with a slow repeat of the last phrase of the lyrics.

This is really quite a satisfying EP, and everyone of the tracks would have contributed to an excellent album especially if the material continued as on this EP. Whether this material will become available on a later album is anyone's guess, but for now, this is quite an excellent EP and will definitely inspire the listener to want to seek out other material for the band. The centerpiece track, "Ark" is the most impressive, but even the last track is done quite well. This is a great EP for anyone to check out and it won't even cost you a lot of time to do so. Easily 4 stars but more material in a similar vein to this would have probably earned it another star. Very nice.

 Out Of Mind by HATS OFF GENTLEMEN IT'S ADEQUATE album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.49 | 15 ratings

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Out Of Mind
Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars This is my first experience with HOGIA (I am not going to keep the full band name throughout this review!), which is primarily Malcolm Galloway (vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and producer) and Mark Gatland (bass, backing vocals, keyboards and co-producer), although they are often joined by Kathryn Thomas (flute), and when playing live they have other guest performers including Rudy Burrell (drums) and Ibon Bilboa (guitar). According to the band they 'combine prog/alt-rock, funk, metal, ambient, contemporary classical, minimalist, and electronica elements, and often explore scientific themes.' The latter I am sure is down to Malcolm's other life, as he told me he is a part-time musician, part-time neuropathologist and medical schoolteacher about the brain. Who says musicians are dumb?

I must confess it took me a little while to get into the album, just because there are so many different styles on offer. If we take 'Stand Up' as an example, and just listened to that one song, then I would say we were back in the very early days of Credo and the line-up which appeared on the debut album, with keyboards used as an accent, guitars crunching hard and Mark Colton at his most venomous. I honestly can't play this without thinking of the toilets such as Egham Compasses where we used to gig back then, 25 plus years ago. But then compare that with the following track, 'I Miss The Stars' which is far more Floydian with a swirling sound, almost spoken vocals, and a guitar which cuts through the mist with a strident but gentle sound, the gently picked notes combining well with keyboards. But 'When I Was A Ship' (which is about spaceships taking over mind-wiped slave bodies), has far more of a piano basis, with some wonderfully delicate basslines, which totally changes tack halfway through and moves from a proggy ballad to something which is far more of a frenetic shuffle.

This 2018 release was their fourth full-length album, so I am very much late to the party, but at some point I will be reviewing their other releases as well as Malcolm's solo minimalist classical outings. This does take a little getting used to due to the way the guys switch it up, and they sound quite different again when the flute comes in, but certainly repays repeated playings.

 Out Of Mind by HATS OFF GENTLEMEN IT'S ADEQUATE album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.49 | 15 ratings

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Out Of Mind
Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars UK band HATS OFF GENTLEMEN IT'S ADEQUATE can celebrate their first decade as a band this year, at least if my information about their history is up to speed. And in that initial decade of existence, the band have released four studio albums. "Out of Mind" is the most recent of these, and appeared towards the end of 2018.

Those who prefer their progressive rock to be accessible, inviting and made with a focus to create and explore moods and atmospheres should find this latest album by Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate to be right up their alley. With solid nods in the direction of late 70's Camel and Pink Floyd as well as some token winks towards early 90's neo-progressive rock, this is a band and an album that deserves to be given a spin by progressive rock fans with a particular fancy for those parts of the progressive rock universe.

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