2. Do you find it important to be classified as a progband and /or do you see yourself as a progband? Or you couldnt care less about classification genre wise..as long as people recocnize/like your music?
LIAM: I've always thought that the nature of 'progressive rock' is that by definition it crosses over musical borders and mixes styles so that really it is a coming together of musical genres and represents an open, imaginative and unfettered approach to music – but this 'free form' song-writing approach has been labelled prog – Dead Heroes Club very much belong to this 'song for song's sake' category of music, and we acknowledge that we are prog for all the right reasons. Having said that it is not vital to us that listeners immediately connect us with progressive rock and we hope that the songs stand up as just good songs.
GERRY: I don't think it's important in any vital terms but seeing as all bands get pigeon holed whether they like it or not we might as well be classified alongside bands we admire. I like to think we are a bona-fide Prog Rock band and as long as people appreciate our music they are free to call it what they wish.
MICHAEL: I fear progrock may be unhealthily obsessed with categories and sub categories. The reason for this is beyond me.
WILSON: I really love the whole freedom of prog but I'm just glad people are enjoying our music.
3. Do you find cover art important? Please elaborate.
LIAM: Yes the art is all part of the package that is the album; the cover art of an album is like the gateway into the music and a good cover should reflect some of the themes and mood of the music within. We were lucky enough to have secured the services of Ted Nasmith, the JRR Tolkien estate official illustrator, for the artwork on 'A Time of Shadow'. The cover art, after a consultation period in which he discussed themes and motifs in the lyrics with us, is his interpretation of the album title
4. Which comes first in your process of composing/creating music, the lyrics or the music?
LIAM: It's an organic process really and has no fixed format. Sometimes the music and lyrics grow, develop and evolve together. The mood of the music can suggest a theme in the lyrics or visa versa.
5. Which bands/artists/genre would you name as your inspirational source? Please elaborate and individual perspectives would be great.
LIAM: One of my 'Dead Heroes' is Elvis Presley; I love his approach to music - he always gave his heart and soul to each performance. Also I'm a fan of a lot of bands and artists from progressive rock particularly Genesis (all eras), and performers such as Francis Dunnery and Greg Lake. The Police and U2 are bands that I greatly admire also.
GERRY: Classic Prog Rock bands such as Genesis, Floyd, Camel, Tull, Yes. Later Prog Rock bands such as It Bites, Marillion, Pendragon, Porcupine Tree, Sylvan, Sieges Even. Kate Bush for her inimitable originality, consistency and unashamedly skewed approach to music. More traditional Rock bands like Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and anything with a smattering of inventive and innovative guitar playing.
MICHAEL: Very varied influences - but here's a few: Toots Thielemans/Bjork/Mahavishnu Orchestra/Tom Waits.
WILSON: Everything you hear makes you the player you are. For me though a lot of blues players really showed me the way.
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