The Kinky Wizzards are one of the most audacious, exciting and fun instrumental rock jazz bands to have exploded in the music scene. The Welsh trio, comprising of bassist Mathew ‘Miffy’ Griffiths, drummer Jonathan ‘Jiffy’ Griffiths and guitarist Ryan Elliott offer an unforgettable pyrotechnical kinky display of musical wizardry where you can expect anything from flying drum sticks to slapped bass to indulgent yet infectious guitar solos, all packaged in ludicrous song titles such as ‘Door Dancing Penny Collector’ and ‘Stomp Foot Syndrome’.
Since releasing their debut album ‘Tasting Toadstools’ of predominantly bass and drums, the band has sold records worldwide and has already garnered a solid reputation, having played the London drum show to an audience including Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, been featured on DrumTalk TV and opened for Frank Zappa’s band members, The Mothers of Invention. The band has also endorsed and demoed gear for worldwide manufacturers Mapex and Seymour Duncan.
The band released their sophomore record ‘Quirky Musings’ in March of 2017, introducing Elliott’s writing to the catalogue. The record has sold internationally and has been praised by fans and critics alike for the instrumental prowess on display from the trio, as well the playful interplay, grooviness and sense of fun. All of which is showcased in their live performances.
The Kinky Wizzards are three extremely dedicated musicians who set out to push musical boundaries whilst always holding their notorious sense of humorous wit that will thrill any lover of instrumental music.
Eden Shadow is one of the youngest and freshest bands to appear in the art and progressive rock scene. Led by Welsh musician Ryan Elliott, the band sets out to make records that are both musically and conceptually grand in its scope, eclectic and outright ambitious and audacious. Eden Shadow also presents their music in a way that aims to capture all the magic of the ‘golden’ era of the album from bands in the 70’s such as King Crimson and Pink Floyd whilst also looking forward to the future and the opportunities that the modern musical age has to offer.
Eden Shadow released their debut album ‘Phases’ in January 2014 through White Knight Records whilst Elliott was studying at the academy of contemporary music. The album was a collection of material that Elliott had written from the age of 16 and was produced and released with the introduction of bandmates, Alex Broben on Bass and Tom Burgess on Drums; the album also featured a guest appearance from Hawkwind’s Nik Turner. ‘Phases’ was well received in the progressive community by reviewers and fans alike, and has sold copies in UK, USA, countries across Europe, Russia, Brazil and Japan.
In October 2016, Eden Shadow released their sophomore album, Melodies for Maladies an intense, ambitious and hard edged record that has widened the bands’ profile. The record featured a new line up with Aled Lloyd on drums as well as artwork from Colin Elgie, (the same artist who created Pink Floyd and Genesis covers) and a guest appearance from woodwind and saxophonist extraordinaire Theo Travis. The record has received critical acclaim amongst the progressive metal community. The album conceptual explores dark themes such as subterfuge, the media, politics of fear, war, anxiety, depression and loss. Despite a heavy exploration into the melancholy, there is always a sense of subtle optimism.
Read an interview with Elliott https://progarchy.com/2016/10/19/interview-ryan-mark-elliott-of-eden-shadow/