September 26, 2004

Marillion in San Francisco

Marillion is coming to San Francisco next week. Since I moved to the US, I haven't had a lot of opportunities to watch my favorite progressive rock bands on stage, since most of them are European. So far, only Yes, Camel, Spock's Beard and the Flower Kings have made it to the West Coast, so I am quite happy to get a chance to watch Marillion on stage again after so many years (last time was ten years ago in France).

Marillion has always had a special place in my musical portfolio, because they were the second progressive band I completely fell for after reeling from the shock caused by the music of Genesis. My first Marillion album was Misplaced Childhood and I was sold right away. Clutching at straws is a solid favorite Fish-era album of mine and it's hard not to be haunted by the title track of Script for a Jester's tear.

I was quite sad to see Fish leave and the next two albums that followed with the new singer Steve Hogarth left Marillion fans worried that their favorite band had abandoned them. And then, Brave came out, and it absolutely blew me away. Even to date, Brave is one my top five favorite progressive albums of all times, next to Genesis' The lamb lies down on Broadway.

The next album, Afraid of Sunlight, was also a real pleasure, but since then, I have to say that Marillion seems to have drifted again away from my personal tastes. This strange engine, Radiation, and Anoraknophobis didn't do much for me.

With their latest album, Marbles, Marillion seems to have come back to a kind of music that I find more inspired and melodious, varying themes both musically and lyrically.

At any rate, I am more than happy to watch them on stage again, even if I feel I have somewhat wandered away from the music they produce these days. They remain an outstanding set of musicians and I am quite looking forward to discovering their new set list (which I didn't look up, because I like to be surprised).

Listen as the syllables of slaughter cut with calm precision
Patterned frosty phrases rape your ears and sow the ice incision
Apocalyptic alphabet casting spells the creed of tempered diction
Adjectives of annihilation bury the point beyond redemption

Posted by cedric at September 26, 2004 11:01 AM


Although, of course, "Selling England by the Pound" is a lot better than "The Lamb", thanks for the advice - I stopped listening to Marillion after Fish left and will check out "Brave" now ...

Posted by: Stefan Tilkov at September 26, 2004 02:49 PM


Check out those guys, quite not the same style, but I think they might get quite big here in the UK:

Ohhhh.. they are my neighbours, nice people...

But, who wants a band living as your upstairs neighbours :-) ?

Posted by: Thierry at September 26, 2004 03:12 PM

i also stopped listening when Fish left the band. Unfortunately, both, Marillion and Fish as solo artist never touched me like the old Marillion tracks. To be honest, nowadays i dont even hear the old Marillion CDs anymore, somehow my muscial taste went to eletronic and Jazz.

But wait, there was one song of the new Marillion which was quite nice, i dont know its name anymore, i believe "The party". It was about a girl who went to a party and strange things happended, thats at least what i can remember.

Posted by: Marc Logemann at September 26, 2004 04:36 PM

me again, after i read your blog, i wondered what is fish doing nowadays, then i read this VERY interessting interview. The music industry killed his soul, but perhaps we will see him in some other function in the future. Read it, its kinda cool and tragically funny sometimes.

Posted by: Marc Logemann at September 26, 2004 05:39 PM

damn, the link gets stripped:

Posted by: Marc Logemann at September 26, 2004 05:40 PM

Progressive "Rock" ... well pop might be the appropriate word.

Posted by: Steven gild at September 26, 2004 10:26 PM

Marillion ... toute une époque !! Je reste un grand fand de Clutching at Straws également. Tu connais NMA ? Ca se passe bien chez google ?

Posted by: Kador at September 27, 2004 05:31 AM

Cedric, you might want to check out Opeth. Their "Damnation" album is heavily influenced by Camel, Marillion, etc., and produced by Porcupine Tree's Steve Wilson. It's also the only full prog-rock album in their catalog. The rest of their oeuvre is swedish death metal + prog rock, which I think is brilliant, but the growled vocals can be an acquired taste.

Posted by: Stu Charlton at October 7, 2004 03:53 AM

Allemagne, Irlande, Royaume-Uni, Pays-Bas, Italie, Espagne... pas la France... dommage !

Posted by: Christophe at October 14, 2004 01:59 AM
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