Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate is a proggy, funky, defiant and sometimes poignant London, UK based rock band.
Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate’s previous album ‘When The Kill Code Fails’ was recommended by Steve Hackett (Genesis) and was Beastie’s Rock Show’s Prog Album Of The Year.
Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate are Malcolm Galloway, on his own, or with his colleagues Kathryn Thomas (flute), Mark Gatland (bass), Rudy Burrell (drums) and Ibon Bilboa (guitar). They are based in London, UK.
Malcolm and Mark have been playing together since they were at school. Malcolm and Kathryn are married (to each other).
Their music combines progressive rock, classic rock, acoustic, blues, metal, folk, funk, minimalism, and electronica, and often explores scientific and philosophical themes.
Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate regularly play at leading London venues and regularly put on charity gigs (including for Save The Children, Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Ehlers-Danlos Support UK, and Brain Tumour UK). They have been broadcast on over 50 radio stations/shows/podcasts.
Their video of ‘While I Still Can’ won the runner-up prize in the 2012 London 48 hr music video competition. It has been broadcast on 74 television channels, including channels in the UK, Canada, South Africa and USA. Their second album (“When The Kill Code Fails”) was recommended by Steve Hackett (Genesis) and was awarded Beasties Rock Show’s Prog Album Of The Year Award. They were shortlisted for Radio Wigwam’s Single Of The Year award, and were finalists in Banks Radio Australia’s awards in the best album and best producer categories.
“Cross-Genre Song Builders from London – I think the reason I like these guys so much is because when I first listened to “While I Still Can,” I was instantly brought back to prog rock haze of the mid-1970s. Don’t get me wrong; I say that in a most reverent way. The bluesy vocals, the wailing guitar solos, the crashing percussion, and damn, that seriously rockin’ flute (Flautist Kathryn Thomas of the award-winning Galliard Ensemble is to credit here – making it impossible not to elicit sweet Jethro Tull flashbacks)… it’s all just so comfortingly familiar. And yet, modern production values and all the musical history and life history since that time influence their sophisticated sound. Though the lyrics can at times be rather dark and depressing, the music feels defiant and celebratory. In quieter moments, it’s very pretty. Though I felt the need to immediately trumpet the unabashed prog rock of this fine band, I must say that they are not strictly beholden to any style.” – Julie Stoller, Ryan’s Smashing Life – Music and Entertainment blog (Feb 04, 2013)
“Soaring guitars, rock vocals, and rock flute, I’ve still got a smile on my face after listening to ‘While I Still Can’. Absolute Class!'” – Stevie Bee, SM Radio
“This is a wonderful track. I love that track, it is very very atmospheric and very emotive. I know the vocal may not be everybody’s cup of tea, it’s very raw, but that’s what I love about it. It cries out in that vocal, its almost like he’s imploring you, beseeching you. I think it is such a stirring and moving vocal. I could listen to that all day, everyday, it’s wonderful. I will be playing more of their material as soon as I get my mitts on their new album” – Steve Beastie, Beastie’s Rock Show, 5 Towns FM (about ‘Invisible’).
“Not your average “She doesn’t like me and I’m sad” or “She likes me and I’m happy” album. This is some incredibly ambitious shit. That being said, this album is really really fun. Listening to it a few times through while reading the album notes gave me a great hour and really captivated me, which doesn’t always happen with this kind of conceptual music.
Quench your thirst for some good old-fashioned conceptual prog rock here.” – Pete’s Music Box
“I give Malcom & his compadres a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for this stunning music; “EQ” (energy quotient) rating is 4.99/5.” – Improvijazzination
“Almost simultaneously genre blending and genre defining, ‘When the Kill Code Fails’ is both a brilliant continuation of the band’s sound and strong declaration of their potential.” Anthem Review
“A lovely song that again shows that not only is prog rock back… but it is doing some genuinely beautiful things. Hats off to you indeed gentlemen…” Eric Blackwood – Edison’s Children
“David Bowie, Brian Eno and Pink Floyd level prog rock. Cool.” VA Rocks
“I’m not ashamed to admit that I welled up when listening to this… I genuinely feel as if I have arrived somewhere new. As it says in the last song on the album… “I want more”!” Music Vs World
“A great album” Sci-Fi and Horror News
“Wonderful” The Invisible Side Of Rock
“This is band that you will want to hear more from. I would recommend this to those that like Rock, Electronic, Industrial, Experimental and Progressive genres. When the Kill Code Fails truly delivers and this is code for, Get and listen to this now!” Music Reviews
“Lyrical genius” Runnin’ On Empty
“A concept compilation that’s both ambitious and adept. Its riveting rock tunes are blended well with its cinematic instrumental interludes, working together to deliver a dynamic listening experience. Check it out now.” Pure M Zine