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DeeExpus

Far From Home DVD

Review by Ron Fuchs

When I was first exposed to DeeExpus I played the heck out of their debut CD Half Way Home, which was released in 2008. Upon reading more about the band, I found that it was originally a project by Andy Ditchfield (multi-instruments) and Tony Wright (vocals). The project needed to evolve especially to play live. So Ditchfield found some musicians to do that task. They are Tony’s brother Steve Wright (guitar/ backing vocals), Ian Raine (bass), Kev Jager (drums) and Marc Jolliffe (keyboards).

In February 2009 the band was invited to play the inaugural ProgRock Festival which was held in Katowice, Poland at the Wyspianski Theatre. This event was recorded for a DVD release thanks to Metal Mind Productions. It was perfect way for fans such as myself to be able to witness the band in a live format, without leaving my couch. I must say, that group played very much like a seasoned touring band. The songs featured are true to their studio counterparts with very little improvisations.

DeeExpus performed their entire debut album, Half Way Home, although, in a different order. In addition they played a song not on the album called “Red“ (no, not the King Crimson song). The highlights of the set, for me, were the opener “Greed” and the 17 minute title track from Half Way Home. It’s about a friend of theirs who took his life in 2006. Tony Wright also dedicated it to those that may have lost someone before their time. It’s a very moving song that doesn’t have a dreary or gloomy vibe.

Like most concerts today, the band was brought back out to perform an encore. The encore completes the entire proper album. There are some cool DVD extras included, like an informative behind-the-scenes documentary that shows the genesis of the band from a project to a full band playing live. There’s also an equally informative interview with Andy Ditchfield and Tony Wright. The concert has been made available in two formats, a DVD and a “limited edition” DVD/CD. This gives the fan a choice of what they want.

This is highly recommended for established fans and newer ones such as myself. Fans of the modern progressive rock will also need to buy this concert DVD ASAP!

Originally published at Prognaut.com


This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2010  Volume 5 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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