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Nova Collective - The Further Side album review

The best of Prog you can get this month

Cover art for Nova Collective - The Further Side album

Haken guitarist Richard Henshall and Between The Buried And Me bassist Dan Briggs take no prisoners on their debut, a jazz-fusion thrill ride, fleshed out by Trioscapes drummer Matt Lynch and ex-Haken keyboardist Pete Jones. Crisp production, sublime musicality and the odd curveball – Ripped Apart And Reassembled is a hybrid of Gentle Giant and Robin’s Nest – posit a jaw-dropping new unit.

Jo is a journalist, podcaster, event host and music industry lecturer with 23 years in music magazines since joining Kerrang! as office manager in 1999. But before that Jo had 10 years as a London-based gig promoter and DJ, also working in various vintage record shops and for the UK arm of the Sub Pop label as a warehouse and press assistant. Jo's had tea with Robert Fripp, touched Ian Anderson's favourite flute (!), asked Suzi Quatro what one wears under a leather catsuit, and invented several ridiculous editorial ideas such as the regular celebrity cooking column for Prog, Supper's Ready. After being Deputy Editor for Prog for five years and Managing Editor of Classic Rock for three, Jo is now Associate Editor of Prog, where she's been since its inception in 2009, and a regular contributor to Classic Rock. She continues to spread the experimental and psychedelic music-based word amid unsuspecting students at BIMM Institute London, hoping to inspire the next gen of rock, metal, prog and indie creators and appreciators.