Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate is a Proggy, Funky, defiant and sometimes poignant London, UK based rock band. – Broken But Still Standing [Glass Castle Recordings GC4155 barcode 191924266037]. It is officially released on CD on 6 Jan 2018.
Broken But Still Standing, Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate’s third album, is a science/science-fiction themed concept album. It follows the story of human evolution, from LUCA, the last universal common ancestor of all current life on earth, via Lucy, one of the possible precursors of our species, to conflict and eventual symbiosis with artificial intelligences. The general theme of the album is that life has progressed by forming coalitions, whether between the primitive cells that engulfed each other to become the cell and the mitochondria (the power stations of the cell), between individuals to form communities, or between different forms of life in the future.
Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate’s previous album ‘When The Kill Code Fails’ was recommended by Steve Hackett (Genesis) and was Beastie’s Rock Show’s Prog Album Of The Year.
It is musically diverse with progressive rock, classic rock, electronica, metal and minimalist influences. It is over 70 mins long and contains 17 tracks.
More detailed information about the album than anyone could plausibly be expected to want to read can be about the album is available at http://hatsoffgentlemen.com/broken_but_still_standing (including album story and lyrics).
Bandcamp – http://www.hatsoffgentlemen.bandcamp.com (CDs, signed CDs and digital download)
CD Baby Link – https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/hatsoffgentlemenitsadequ5 (CDs, digital download and free streaming)
Spotify link – https://open.spotify.com/album/46eGfJJn3nFtOnQfRfX0tL (free streaming)
iTunes link – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/broken-but-still-standing/id1293986198 (digital download)
Amazon link – http://amzn.to/2g1UkYy (digital download)
Video preview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ef9xnWvL1U
Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate are Malcolm Galloway (vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and producer) and Mark Gatland (bass, backing vocals, keyboards and co-producer), on their own, or with one or more of Kathryn Thomas (flute), Rudy Burrell (drums) and Ibon Bilboa (guitar). They are based in London, UK.
Malcolm and Mark have been playing together since they were at school. Malcolm and Kathryn are married (to each other). This album also includes spoken word and backing vocals from their children James and Ethan Galloway, and James co-wrote two of the tracks.
Their music combines progressive rock, classic rock, acoustic, blues, metal, folk, funk, minimalism, and electronica, and often explores scientific and philosophical themes.
Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate came to national attention in November 2017 when they were last minute replacements for a band with a broken arm on the main stage of Hard Rock Hell’s Prog Festival, opening for Magnum, Focus and Carl Palmer, and playing to over 1000 people. They were described by Hard Rock Hell magazine as ‘unlikely stars who stole the show’, and by eFestivals as the highlight of the festival. They regularly play at leading London venues and regularly put on charity gigs (including for Save The Children, Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Ehlers-Danlos Support UK, and Brain Tumour UK). They have been broadcast on over 50 radio stations/shows/podcasts.
The lead video from their first album Invisible has been broadcast on over 70 television channels, including channels in the UK, Canada, South Africa and USA. Their second album (“When The Kill Code Fails”) was recommended by Steve Hackett (Genesis) and was awarded Beasties Rock Show’s Prog Album Of The Year Award. They were shortlisted for Radio Wigwam’s Single Of The Year award, and were finalists in Banks Radio Australia’s awards in the best album and best producer categories.
“Cross-Genre Song Builders from London – I think the reason I like these guys so much is because when I first listened to “While I Still Can,” I was instantly brought back to prog rock haze of the mid-1970s. Don’t get me wrong; I say that in a most reverent way. The bluesy vocals, the wailing guitar solos, the crashing percussion, and damn, that seriously rockin’ flute (Flautist Kathryn Thomas of the award-winning Galliard Ensemble is to credit here – making it impossible not to elicit sweet Jethro Tull flashbacks)… it’s all just so comfortingly familiar. And yet, modern production values and all the musical history and life history since that time influence their sophisticated sound. Though the lyrics can at times be rather dark and depressing, the music feels defiant and celebratory. In quieter moments, it’s very pretty. Though I felt the need to immediately trumpet the unabashed prog rock of this fine band, I must say that they are not strictly beholden to any style.” – Julie Stoller, Ryan’s Smashing Life – Music and Entertainment blog (Feb 04, 2013)
“This is a wonderful track. I love that track, it is very very atmospheric and very emotive. I know the vocal may not be everybody’s cup of tea, it’s very raw, but that’s what I love about it. It cries out in that vocal, its almost like he’s imploring you, beseeching you. I think it is such a stirring and moving vocal. I could listen to that all day, everyday, it’s wonderful. I will be playing more of their material as soon as I get my mitts on their new album” – Steve Beastie, Beastie’s Rock Show, 5 Towns FM (about ‘Invisible’).
“Not your average “She doesn’t like me and I’m sad” or “She likes me and I’m happy” album. This is some incredibly ambitious shit. That being said, this album is really really fun. Listening to it a few times through while reading the album notes gave me a great hour and really captivated me, which doesn’t always happen with this kind of conceptual music.
Quench your thirst for some good old-fashioned conceptual prog rock here.” – Pete’s Music Box
“I give Malcom & his compadres a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for this stunning music; “EQ” (energy quotient) rating is 4.99/5.” – Improvijazzination
“Almost simultaneously genre blending and genre defining, ‘When the Kill Code Fails’ is both a brilliant continuation of the band’s sound and strong declaration of their potential.” Anthem Review
“A lovely song that again shows that not only is prog rock back… but it is doing some genuinely beautiful things. Hats off to you indeed gentlemen…” Eric Blackwood – Edison’s Children
“David Bowie, Brian Eno and Pink Floyd level prog rock. Cool.” VA Rocks
“I’m not ashamed to admit that I welled up when listening to this… I genuinely feel as if I have arrived somewhere new. As it says in the last song on the album… “I want more”!” Music Vs World
“Lyrical genius” Runnin’ On Empty