In posting yesterday's update on RosFest, we overlooked an earlier update:
"We're happy to announce that The Fierce and the Dead will be the opening band for Sunday at Rosfest 2017. This slot at the festival is often dubbed The Church of Prog; the truly dedicated audience filling these chairs on an early Sunday morning, receptive to good music and eager to spread the word about it, is the equivalent of a congregation in progressive rock circles.
The Fierce and the Dead formed accidentally, beginning with the recording of UK artist Matt Stevens' solo album and instead leading to the formation of a band. This band has become so popular that Matt's solo career has taken a back seat. After signing with Bad Elephant Records in 2013, the band released their second album Spooky Action, followed by the EP Magnet in 2015, with more material on the way.
Depending on the point of view, The Fierce and the Dead play either post-punk, post-rock, math metal or a King Crimson-oriented variety of progressive rock. Their songs are instrumental, quirky, fairly difficult to pigeonhole, and at times rather challenging to digest. Despite of, or because of, these traits, their stature has risen steadily in the 6 years since their formation. They've received numerous top end placements in the best album of the year lists in 2013, have been nominated as best new act by the Prog Magazine, and have a steadily growing fanbase.
"We can't wait to see this band make their live US debut at ROSfest 2017, and we're certain that our first-rate audience will give Matt Stevens, Kev Feazey, Stuart Marshall and Steve Cleaton a warm welcome."
RoSFest also unveiled their 2017 poster - which you can see in full at their refreshed website and in brief at left.
The full lineup so far is: Änglagård, The Aaron Clift Experiment, The Fierce and the Dead, The New Morse Band, and Unified Past.