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THERE'S ORANGIE

Summer Indoors

 

Crossover Prog

2.96 | 8 ratings

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3 stars Quite daring the fact for a band to be set up in 1987 with an aim to play technical Rock.But British Summer Indoors gave it a shot back then with Mark Jordan on drums, Jon Dahms on guitar and Chris Dempsey on bass, recording the demo ''Funny old world''.Then their sound enginner Rob Williams joined them on lead vocals and keyboards for the upcoming lives, but his limited time prevented him from trully dedicating to the band.Thus Dempsey decided to take over the vocals and keyboardist Shaun Milsom was recruited for a second demo ''There's orangie'', which was sent to various labels.By the time SI contacted the band Milsom was replaced by John Sayer and a further four songs were written and recorded to offer a full-length album of 60 minutes.''There's orangie'' was eventually released in 1993.

Reputedly Summer Indoors were heavily influenced by RUSH back in 1987 when they first kicked off and apparently this is their main source of inspiration in the more guitar-driven tracks with plenty of powerful leads, sharp solos and more sensitive strokes over rhythmic and well-developed structures with an intense lyricism and a great vocalist like Chris Dempsey.Things often go a bit further.There are lots of pieces with a balanced keyboard-guitar offerings close to the tastes of ENCHANT and more impressively even in the shortest track some instrumental moves are thrown in for good measure.And then there are these pieces, which seem more tightly linked to the British school of 80's Prog with JADIS and PALLAS being the more appropriate comparisons.The sound remains fairly guitar-driven, incorporating some hard-hitting, rockin' moments but also some beautiful melodic parts, while there are some intense synth flashes here and there to offer the familiar Neo Prog flavor.Now, the rest is pretty much known, depending on the band's main influence.The rhythm section is pretty powerful and the quartet keeps a well-drawn line between groovy parts, slightly orchestal keyboards and smoother melodies for an album, which sounds like a standard SI release.

Music, performed with the colors of RUSH, ENCHANT and JADIS.Heavier at moments, more melodic during others.But always well-played.Recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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