Progfest brings together the very best Australian Progressive bands, with an international headliner in Norway’s Leprous! Progfest is an Australian Summer institution, and a great way to catch a diverse range of music. The Sydney leg of Progfest takes place on January 20 at the Factory Theatre, while in Melbourne Progfest hits the Corner Hotel on January 27. In addition to Melbourne and Sydney, Progfest will also be hitting Brisbane with its main line-up at the Triffid on January 21.
BREAKING ORBIT (NSW)
Led by Matt Quayle’s distinctive vocal stylings, Breaking Orbit ride the wave of Dylan Mitrovich’s electronics that provide the cosmic Progressive feel. Alongside expansive programming, Breaking Orbit are grounded in the heavy bass rumble provided by Ayden Mitrovich. The inclusion of the viola amongst other instruments, courtesy of drummer Mark Tyson, solidifies Breaking Orbit as a unique band within the Sydney musical landscape.
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Enlight are a transcendentally beautiful, female-fronted five-piece with a style reminiscent of early The Gathering, infused with elements of Caligula’s Horse and modern Opeth. While their music is typically flowing and soulful, lead guitarist Nguyen Phambam, who is currently touring Europe with fellow Progfest band Alithia, brings in heavier and even unsettling moments to expand Enlight’s musical palette. His harsh vocals stand alongside cleans from bassist Sam Quinlan, and angelic lead vocals provided by Rachael Graham. Enlight are currently working on the follow-up to their debut EP, Voices.
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Meniscus are a four-piece instrumental band who are unique in that one of their members, Marty Wong, live mixes the band’s video projections. Meniscus have international clout, having recently completed a European tour with We Lost the Sea and Dumbsaint. Meniscus’ lovingly-crafted soundscapes are expansive and soothing, drawing the listener along on a beautiful journey that evokes both the terrestrial and celestial. Fans of early Porcupine Tree will no doubt find a lot to like about Mensicus.
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ORSOME WELLES (VIC)
Frontman Michael Stowers leads Orsome Welles with charisma and aplomb, his vocal delivery somewhere between classical and cabaret. What’s more, he performed the last Progfest in a dinner suit, which was truly a sight to behold! Orsome Welles’ most recent offering, the EP Rise, spawned two music videos produced by none other than Caligula’s Horse guitarist Adrian Goleby. Orsome Welles’ music is both heavy and filled with groove, with Matt Manders providing a bassline you can really move to, while guitarists Nick Toohey and Steven Angell keep up the pace and crunch. With an avant-garde flavour like the lovechild of Steve Vai and Serj Tankian, Orsome Welles are a truly unique act and will no doubt be a highlight of Progfest.
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OSAKA PUNCH (QLD)
Formerly known as The Kidney Thieves, Osaka Punch relocated to Manchester for a time, where they no doubt picked up some excellent mojo from the legacy of bands like Joy Division and the Sex Pistols. Now Osaka Punch are back in Australia, with their latest track ‘How we Operate’ dripping more groove and funk than you’d expect would be legal on a Progfest line-up. Osaka Punch have justifiably been compared to such avant-garde acts as Mr Bungle; one might also compare them to what might happen if The Mighty Boosh were to create an anime soundtrack. Can’t imagine it? Check them out for yourself!
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