British band Tinyfish have recently shot their first DVD during their appearance at the first edition of the progressive rock festival, Progrock 2009, which took place in Katowice, Poland on 16-17 February. The fantastic stage at the Wyspianski Theatre has witnessed live shows of many important bands like Pendragon, Credo, Final Conflict, SBB, Satellite, Arena, Landmarq, Galahad, and Caamora, to name a few. The shows at the theatre are acquiring a cult status among the fans of progressive rock, but also among the artists themselves - the Wyspianski Theatre turned out to be not only a convenient place for such shows but also a very atmospheric, magical place.
Tinyfish is a four piece band based in South London with a deep and abiding interest in all forms of progressive music. The group formed in 2005 as part of an informal collective of musicians who enjoyed playing the acoustic open mic spots of London. Although profoundly influenced by the UK progressive scene, the band were keen to break from as many of the traditional prog clich?s as possible. "I would die of boredom if I thought we were just recycling the songs and sound of the 70s" said lead singer and songwriter Simon Godfrey.
To that end, Tinyfish chose to write and perform without the aid of a keyboard player, using guitar synths, electronic percussion and a myriad of special effects to obtain their distinctively melodic sound. "It forces us to think differently and keep away from musical comfort zones," adds lyricist Robert Ramsay. The band?s self-titled debut album from 2006 received enthusiastic reviews from worldwide media and brought them many devoted fans?
2008 saw the band sign to respected UK progressive label F2 Records. Their first release for the label was a rarities mini-album called Curious Things. The band have also begun work upon on their new album The Big Red Spark.
2009 appears to be a busy time for the band, with a live album and The Big Red Spark to be released this year as also a DVD having been filmed in Poland by Metal Mind Productions. The footage documenting Tinyfish?s great concert at the Wyspiański Theater will feature a selection of the band?s best songs taken from their previous releases as well as of the tracks which will appear on their forthcoming album.
The release of the as yet untitled DVD is scheduled for early July. More details will be revealed as the work on the DVD progress.