Band on the Wall welcome back Soft Machine, one of the pioneering British psychedelic groups and arguably the most influential band to emerge from the Canterbury scene, instrumental in the birth of both progressive rock and jazz rock, now in their 53rd year. Featuring the talents of John Ethridge on guitar, John Marshall on drums, Theo Travis on saxophones and Roy Babbington on bass. This show features material from throughout the band’s extensive career.
Their work, from their earliest performances as a psychedelic band who were contemporaries of, and shared stages with, Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, all the way to being one of Europe’s best known ‘fusion’ groups, has influenced several generations of bands, and continues to be name-checked by today’s hip experimentalists.
Whilst the line-up of Soft Machine may have changed many times since the heady days of the late 1960’s, the band’s spirit of musical adventure, and the ease with which it freely avoids being pigeon holed and can move from powerful progressive jazz fusion to atmospheric psychedelia to free improvised jazz-rock to ambient loop music continues to make it both unique and totally contemporary.
This is a standing show.