Neo-prog is a slippery slope for me as a listener. Many bands cite Genesis, Marillion and IQ as influencial but far too many of them churn out boring as fuck, watered down fluff that sound like anything you’d hear a dive bar. Somewhere along the line, musicians who love prog have assumed making neo-prog is easy and anyone can do it. TCP is fortunately not one of those bands!
TCP (Temporal Chaos Project) is made up of four highly skilled musicians who actually PUSH their sound to be more than basic neo-prog and truly harkens back to 70s prog. This is more than what many other similar bands are doing. The thing that will stand out to you first is the voice of keyboardist Henry Tarnecky, who sounds to me like Peter Hammill run through a Fish filter. He has a VERY distinct voice which MIGHT be off putting to some. I think it’s one of the main reasons that TCP is interesting and rather eclectic.
Unfortunately for me, rather than let their unique vocalist sing everything, they have Nicole Tarnecky sing on a few of the tracks. She’s got a good voice but for me, Henry has such a different style and tone that it’s hard to shift to a voice that’s COMPLETELY different. It winds up being distracting for me rather than complementary.
Musically, these guys can play and special kudos to Jack Wright who handles guitars AND drums. He is great at both. I’ve always said a band is only as good as their drummer, the engine that drives them, and Wright’s a damn good drummer. The album starts with the quirky “Torn Apart 1000 Sparks” which sounds like Happy the Man to me. That works for me since I love Happy the Man.
Songs tend to be more dramatic than the opener like “Forest of Lovelies” and “Impetus” which both remind me more of older Genesis. “Chrysalis” is one of the tracks with the odd vocal paring and while they can sing together, it’s really like oil and water. I do like that track regardless. A good song is a good song and this album has the songs. The closing epic “In the Flame” has a Van der Graaf Generator edge mixed with a Genesis melodic sensiblity. It’s a great closing number.
TCP clearly make music because they love music. This isn’t about being famous or showing off how great they are at playing. “Temporal Chaos” isn’t a perfect album but it’s a very solid album musically with some great performances by each member of TCP. If you’re tired of prog rock becoming stale, TCP is well worth checking out.
1. Torn Apart 1000 Sparks
2. Forest Of Lovelies
4. The Forces
6. Fantasize/Into The Blue
7. Third Eye Limited
8. In The Flame