District 97 release cover of Bruford's Fainting In Coils

District 97
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Chicago prog rockers District 97 have released their own tribute to Bill Bruford and the late Allan Holdsworth by releasing a video of their cover for Fainting In Coils. The song is taken from the debut 1979 Bruford band album One Of A Kind, which saw the former Yes and King Crimson drummer hook up with guitarist Holdsworth, former Hatfield And The North/National Health keyboard player Dave Stewart and bassist Jeff Berlin (the same line-up who'd appeared on the drummer's first solo album Feels Good To Me a year earlier).

"Bruford's 1979 release One Of A Kind is one of my father's desert island discs, and was thus an album I heard umpteen times throughout my childhood," drummer Jonathan Schang explains to Prog. "In that sense, getting to play the whole thing live and capturing it for posterity really felt like coming full circle. In my teen years, UK's debut was a pivotal album for me, so it's nice to round out this collection with a couple tracks from that record. The response from our Inside The Vault Club Keyholders to this limited-edition release has been phenomenal."

As Schang says, the song was originally released through the band's Inside The Vault subscription service which they launched three years ago and which features exclusive audio and video material available to subscribers every month. It's from a limited edition live CD Two Of A Kind:  A Tribute To Bill Bruford And Allan Holdsworth of which there are 250 copies available to Vault members. 

District 97 released their fourth album Screens last year. You can find out more about the Inside The Vault Club.

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.