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Egoband - Neo-Prog • Italy

Even though they started out on Musea, EGOBAND is another Mellow Records Italian obscurity. What does that mean? It means it's hard to find band information. But there is enough to paint a picture. The first album's lineup consisted of Alessandro Accordino on vocals and keyboards,
Fabio Cioni on drums,
Massimo Fava on guitars, and Alfonso Capasso on bass. However, only Accordino and Capasso would be consistent with the group over its four-album career. This, along with the fact that there were no live efforts, leads to speculation that EGOBAND may have been more of a project than a band (a la Steely Dan). They went through interesting changes over their career. Starting out purely Neo, with heavy AOR tendencies, and ending up almost in Canterbury territory by the time they got to "Earth." "Trip in the Light of the World," and "Fingerprint" firmly true Neo albums, but not exactly the same. The first album took a more Heavy Prog approach, and the second showed more of a blues influence. For "Fingerprint," Andrea Brogie played the drums, and Simone Coloretti took the guitarist position. The evolution of the sound was much more apparent on "We Are..." That time the direction was psychedelic. Simone Coloretti stuck around for this "trip," and the percussionist position was filled by Jacopo Giusti. Five years passed, and they decided to go in a completely new direction for "Earth." The same lineup continued, except for the addition of David Matteucci on oboe and sax. As I mentioned before, this album went into Canterbury land. So much so that comparisons have been made to Soft Machine, Caravan, and National Health. This would also explain the need for a horn player. "Earth" was released in 2000, and there has been nothing heard from them since.  Being that the lineup was relatively stable for the last two albums, makes me wonder how true the project concept is. Whatever the case may actually be, it's not really important. Being an Italian band with vocals in English, and eclectic variation, EGOBAND remains one of the more dynamic acts of Neo Prog.
H.T. Riekels (bhikkhu)

(Mais um "achado" do Mestre Peter Hammil)

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