Robert Lamm of American legends Chicago has told Prog that he checks out younger bands all the time.
“I enjoy hearing fresh music in a genre that seems to be concerned with extended compositions, rather than only songs,” says the keyboard player. “A lot of today’s music does have a connection with early Chicago, in that sense. And perhaps some of the more recent Chicago sounds as well.”
Lamm reveals that he enjoys the lyrical approach taken by some bands.
“I like the subject matter they deal with. Much of what they write is hopeful, spiritual and uplifting. That is, when it’s not heartbreaking.”
He is also impressed with the music’s diversity.
“Some of it is synth driven, and quite ambient. While other bands are guitar driven. Yet others are heavily slanted towards the vocals. For the most part, these artists require patience when you listen to them, which is not a bad thing. It’s a treat to hear the complexity and competence of the playing.”
So, which bands have impressed Lamm? “I quite like TesseracT, Transatlantic, Coshish, No-Man, BigElf. Oh, and Opeth and Anathema. There’s just so much great talent out there in the progressive world. I want to keep up to date with it all.”