Vincent Cavanagh: “I Don’t Listen to Prog or Know What It Is”

Anathema's Vincent Cavanagh

Anathema have just put their tenth studio album called Distant Satellites via Kscope, receiving positive feedback from both fans and media. Metalwani has recently conducted an interview with the band’s singer and guitarist Vincent Cavanagh, and couple of excerpts can be read below.

On band’s evolving over the course of time Cavanagh says:

It’s one of the things that sets us apart and makes as interesting. It makes our catalogue of releases very interesting.

Standing back and looking at all our releases it is an interesting evolution and not one many bands can say they have come close to. Another thing about experimentation and evolution in music is you have to be prepared to lose fans.

He also said that the band is already working on new material:

We’re onto the next album already now, pretty much straight away working on new material. We never really stop and it’s not something you can stop.

It is a cycle but for us it is a continuous day by day process of writing. Over the next few weeks we will get together at my place in Paris to run through our ideas and see where we are with that but we are already focussing on when and how to do the next record.

We have no sign of slowing down or taking foot of the pedal. Sometimes the sheer momentum of being creative and putting records out it really helps.

Finally, whether Anathema is prog or not, Cavanagh says:

People think we are a prog band and I don’t know how this has happened. I don’t listen to prog or know what it is. I know its Rush, Yes and Genesis and bands like that but I couldn’t name you a single tune by those bands.

It’s not my music at all but whatever – we’ll just have to keep people guessing.”

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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