With Progfest 2018 only a few weeks away, we sat down with some of the stellar acts on this year's lineup to get to know them better. First up: Alithia.
Who are we chatting to and what do you do in the band?
Tibor Gede – Bass.
Who are your biggest influences?
El Bicho, The Mars Volta, Tunderground, Besh-O-Drom, Pearl Jam (early records).
What do you love about making music?
The freedom to imagine, the opportunity to create with your dearest friends in search of pushing the boundaries, and the joy of playing it live, leaving nothing but your sweat and blood on the stage.
What drew you to progressive music?
Transmission by The Tea Party was probably the first form of ‘progressive’ music I heard when I was 17 years old. There was a beautiful fusion of modern rock with Middle Eastern music and electronica, and it opened up my ears to new forms of music. It represented opening gateways to new sounds. Years later I heard De-Loused in the Comatorium by The Mars Volta, and it was a total sonic attack on my senses. I was so insanely inspired by this; I was never able to turn back.
If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
I would go back to Spain and see El Bicho play after they released ‘Siete’. This band played four hour plus sets of part-improvised fusion flamenco prog under the stars. I never felt happier seeing this band live. I would also go back and see Pearl Jam just after they released Ten. They had a fire in their live show that I don’t think anyone has ever matched since.
What can a punter expect from your live show?
Seven loose cannons sweating chaos, colour, and blood.