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Beginning life as a psychedelic, multi-media group,IT is a band with a colossal sound that shakes the bones, with a barrage of images that feeds the mind. IT’s sound fuses the classic melodies of prog rock’s past with a passion and intensity usually only found in punk or metal bands.
Politics, religion, war and sexuality all come under the band’s lens for critical examination. Lyrics are intelligent, challenging and occasionally darkly humorous. The bottom line is that the IT experience will inform your thinking, feelings and memory long after the last notes have ended.
IT formed in 1994 when Nick Jackson recorded and produced the band’s first full-length album The Stranger Inside the Self. This was also when the band first began using multimedia during live shows with the inclusion of short films playing behind the group on stage.
The band followed this up with the album Two Worlds in early January 1995. The band’s third album,Over & Out, was released on June 21st 2002. It was created as a concept with a storyline and was performed by IT live in its entirety accompanied by projected visual montages created by Nick Jackson.
In 2004 IT began to redefine itself as the band line-up grew and become more permanent, particularly with the addition of Andy Rowberry on lead guitar. He also now contributes to a lot of the song-writing alongside Nick Jackson.
The fourth album Departure was released in July 2009 to critical acclaim with the accompanying bonus DVD giving an indication of the powerful onstage visuals that had by now become an integral part of the IT experience.
There then followed something of a hiatus whilst the band formulated the ideas that would eventually become…This explores themes of austerity, inequality and an uncertain futurefor younger generations. The CD comprises 10 brand new tracks and was released in March 2017. The global official release date was 1st March 2017 via the Progressive Gears Records label in both digital and physical formatsto universal acclaim leading to a Limelight feature in Prog Magazine (October 2017).
After a 4 years hiatus, the band returned to the stage with a stunning performance at Progtoberfest in London on 29thOctober 2017 followed up with more of the same at the inaugural Fusion Festival in March 2018 and a series of acclaimed gigs that year culminating in a nomination in the Prog Mag Awards.
2019 saw the band put on a stunning show at the first PGR Presents event – headlined by Zal Cleminson’s Sin’Dogs – at Warehouse23 in Wakefield (March) followed by successful shows in Belgium and Holland with Burntfield and Naryan (April). The upshot of this was an invitation to appear at ProgDreams (September) at the famous Boerderij Cultuurpodium in Zoetermeer where the band played a rousing set that won over an appreciative audience.
This latter event was recorded and released in November 2020 as a CD/DVD.The band is currently locked in Spacehouse Studio working on an updated reissue of The Stranger Inside The Self and gathering material for a new album. Shows have already been booked for late 2020 and throughout 2021 with many venues outside of London in the diary for the first time.Social Media Links
Ghost of the Machine
Five ex members of the West Yorkshire based progressive rock band ‘This Winter Machine’, have joined forces with vocalist Charlie Bramald (ex Harmony Of Spheres), to continue work on their debut album. The guys are trading ideas, both new and old, to create a new album of melodic progressive rock music.