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NICK PROL AND THE PROLETARIANS

RIO/Avant-Prog • United States


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The main project of composer/singer/guitarist Nick Prol, The Proletarians are a group of musicians that believe in and share Nick's vision of a mix of accessible and avant-garde and help elevate his melodies by adding their own creative touches and textures to his songs. The band is made up of saxophonist Dave Newhouse of classic avant-jazz rock group The Muffins, who has collaborated with the likes of Fred Frith and Sun Ra's Arkestra as well as bassist/multi-instrumentalist Ben Spees and drummer Connor Reilly of adroit progressive/experimental rock group, The Mercury Tree.

The Proletarians' debut album Loon Attic features guest appearances from a long list of respected collaborators including DIY progressive popster R. Stevie Moore, Bob Drake (solo, Thinking Plague, 5uus, etc), Rob Crow (Pinback, Heavy Vegetable, etc), Thymme Jones (Cheer-Accident), Moe! Staiano (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), Matt Lebofsky (Secret Chiefs 3), Dave Willey (Thinking Plague, Hamster Theater), Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth (Bent Knee), Paul Sears (The Muffins), Carla Diratz (French experimental vocal artist), the members of Sterbus (Italian prog-pop band), and Mo Ha Dev (Stop Motion Orchestra). The album is produced by adept audio shamans Ben Spees & Ian Beabout, host of the online radio programme Prog Rock Deep Cuts.

Loon Attic is available now at http://proletarians.bandcamp.com

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 Loon Attic by PROL AND THE PROLETARIANS, NICK album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Loon Attic
Nick Prol and The Proletarians RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by brennanyoung

4 stars After having this project on my radar for many months, in which time I tried not to give it too much attention, rather waiting to hear the finished work, nothing quite prepared me for the diversity I encounter on this collection of songs and... pieces by Nick Prol.

A huge part of the pleasure here is the excellent musicianship. A quick look at the personnel involved in this project may very well reveal some familiar names from other notable projects. The roll call alone would be enough to whet my appetite. Another is the adventurous recording and mixing, by main collaborators, bassist Ben Spees and Ian Beabout.

The playing is nonetheless loose enough to veer off into accident, or apparent accident. The ghost of Trout Mask Replica seems to haunt several pieces, and there's a real RIO-improvisational feel about some parts. As for the actual songs, just when some notion that a genre has begun to be expressed (even if ironically), completely new figures are likely to invade the ground, sometimes like jesting streakers, sometimes like viking hoards.

At these moments, the sense that 'the wheels will fall off at any moment' comes urgently, channeling the spirit of Bob Drake who even makes a kind of hallucinatory cameo at one point. I'd like to say "he was there in person" but the sound space at that moment is so outlandish that it would be impossible to say quite where "there" might be.

And then before the inevitable breakdown or runaway happens it's over, and we pass on to the next exhibit in this bewlidering cabinet of curiosities... or what is it? A menagerie? A pick-n-mix counter of thorned fruit? A frieze of grotesques? A garden of heterogeneous vignettes? What else to call it but a "Loon Attic"!

There's a lot of humour in this set. Nobody could accuse the Proletarians of taking themselves too seriously. And amongst all of the zany racket, are a good handful of really great new-wave type art-rock songs, with flavours of 10cc, XTC, Cardiacs, and many others. Some of these are as beautifully melodic as the best work by those artists, which makes the digressions into dissonance all the more awesome.

The humour does not detract in any way from the strength of the performances, the sense of adventure, and the evident attention to sonic detail. What could be a bunch of unrelated experiments seem to be working together, like circus sideshow people, apparently unaware how deliciously creepy they all are.

 Loon Attic by PROL AND THE PROLETARIANS, NICK album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Loon Attic
Nick Prol and The Proletarians RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by ProgressiveHypocrite

4 stars Good, non-pretentious art-pop. Album of the year for me thus far. It's really grabbed me; I've listened to it at least six times since purchase, and it continues to dazzle and reveal layers upon layers of inspiring awesomeness. Some of the songs seem to have an over-arching story, but whether there is a concept at work is mere speculation on my part. Great cast of musicians, including R. Stevie Moore, Bob Drake, members of the Muffins, Bent Knee, and Mercury Tree, and more! If you like Zappa, Beefheart, Cardiacs, Beatles, or XTC, or if you just like good music in general, give it a listen. You may be surprised.
 Loon Attic by PROL AND THE PROLETARIANS, NICK album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Nick Prol and The Proletarians RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Nogbad_The_Bad
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

4 stars Nick Prol and The Proletarians are a very welcome addition to the wonky avant pop scene. This is the debut album from the group put together by Nick to play his particular style of catchy pop with experimental sounds, found sound and avant-prog element, along with bucket loads of humor. This is really Pop In Opposition. The songs are typically 1 to 3 minutes long with 23 on the album. This clearly reminds one of Bob Drakes style of short punchy high energy pop that doesn't stick around to overstay its welcome. Other clear influences are XTC, Mr Bungle, Cardiacs while it has a personality of its own. Clearly the rest of the band and guest musicians have also added their creative touches to make this a collaborative effort.

In addition to Nick on guitar and vocals the band is made up of saxophonist Dave Newhouse of classic avant- jazz rock group The Muffins, who has collaborated with the likes of Fred Frith and Sun Ra's Arkestra as well as bassist/multi-instrumentalist Ben Spees and drummer Connor Reilly of adroit progressive/experimental rock group, The Mercury Tree.

The guest list is a literal who's who of the avant scene, including but not limited to, Bob Drake (solo, Thinking Plague, 5uus, etc), Thymme Jones (Cheer-Accident), Moe! Staiano (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), Matt Lebofsky (Secret Chiefs 3, Mirthkon, MoeTar), Dave Willey (Thinking Plague, Hamster Theater), Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth (Bent Knee), Paul Sears (The Muffins). All ably pulled together by the producers Ian Beabout & Ben Spees.

A funny, bouncy, punch peach of an album.

Thanks to nogbad_the_bad for the artist addition.

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