Superb in every way. Its not often we get honored with such a great band especially ones that remind us of Pink Floyd, in fact I would go one step further and say they are the modern day Floyd which is going to please the old school fans big time. There diversity is what makes them as they use old and modern instruments and sounds to create music which is artistic, creative, passionate and spiritually enhancing. Vocally superb, Lyrically supreme and the music is just psychedelically awesome.
Influenced by the classic likes of Pink Floyd, Preacher are updating the psychedelic rock tropes in a modern day setting and turning heads along the way. Their album launch made them the very first unsigned act to headline the ABC1 02 in Glasgow, which speaks to how much impact their new material has.
Fronted by Martin Murphy, the backstory of Preacher is almost as incredible as the music. The album concept started when Murphy suffered a severe stroke seven years ago, a near death experience which served as a reason to think about life’s priorities. It was this that inspired Martin, with melodies and lyrics which would eventually make it onto the ‘Signals’ album already written down by the time he left hospital.
It’s been a tumultuous ride since then, with a debut LP seven years in the making while the band worked on building their live reputation. They also had to replace a lead guitarist with health issues – a position eventually filled by Martin’s son Greg Murphy, who impressively went from Guitar Hero novice to self-taught virtuoso in the space of 16 months.
After all that, Preacher has become something of a family affair, whether by blood or shared experience of getting this album ready for release. It all culminates in 2015, with the single and album out in April, followed by a summer festival which will see them share a stage with rock royalty in Status Quo.
As is often said – good things come to those who wait.