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No new European Perspective this week – hopefully back with another action-packed show next weekend – so I thought it might be nice to re-run a blast from the past.
Back in August 2010 I was lucky enough to air the premiere of Tinyfsh’s now-classic album, The Big Red Spark. In the succeeding two and a half years the band has played the album live to wide acclaim – including at RoSfest in 2011 – and although currently on hiatus from concert performances Tinyfish are still very much alive and kicking, with writing planned for the next album release.
Here’s what I said about this episode of the show back in 2010 – and I hope you all enjoy hearing it again, or maybe for the first time!
This week’s episode of The European Perspective is a sort of ‘listening party’ for the release of the new album by English proggers Tinyfish, entitled the Big Red Spark. Three years in the making this partly conceptual record cuts completely new ground for the band, and also for the genre in general, incorporating the Tinyfish brand of modern progressive rock with Robert Ramsay’s innovative use of narrative elements in both song lyrics and spoken word, and is most certainly one of the key releases of the year.
I’ve been lucky enough to have the collaboration of all of the members of the band, and particularly Simon Godfrey and Robert Ramsay, who effectively co-present this show with me. First there’s a review of the Tinyfish catalogue to date, with the tracks selected by the members of the band’s internet forum, The Fishtank. Then we examine some of the influences though a compilation of songs selected by each band member as being either influential on them as musicians, or on the Big Red Spark album itself. Finally we present the new album in its entirety, with insights from Rob and Simon on its production and content. There’s also a couple of surprises along the way!
View the playlist for this show.