August 19th marked the release of the self-titled debut of SiX by SiX. The collaboration between Saga‘s guitarist Ian Crichton, singer, producer and bass player Robert Berry, and Saxon‘s drummer Nigel Glockler will impress the most demanding progressive rock fans out there.
Six By Six was born when Robert and Ian started exchanging ideas and sewing them onto proper songs. A year’s worth of work went by until the duo was confident that they had something special in their hands, and Nigel was brought into the fold to add his beats to the material. The end result is prog-rock at its best: from the positive message of “Yearning to Fly”, through the political leanings of “China”, all the way to the heavy riffing of “Save the Night”, the trio brims with confidence, and shows their potential to go even further. While the chemistry of the band transcends audio speakers and their sound is distinctly their own, comparisons to other power trios past and present will likely be inevitable. SiX by SiX boldly say, “Bring it on!”
Certainly, discerning listeners will hear an expansive guitar-driven pallet, paired sonically with the unique flavor of the Crichton/Berry songwriting collaboration. If you don’t already know Ian, Nigel, or Robert individually or collectively as SiX by SiX, you’ll likely know them soon. Management is in place; the record company has assembled an enthusiastic support team and a tour is in the works.
Nigel Glockler might be more famous for pounding the drums with British metal legends of Saxon, but he’s no stranger to prog-rock. Having been part of the super-group GTR and Asia in the 80’s, and being influenced by Italian proggers PFM and many more, he displays a different side of his playing on SiX by SiX. The band is really excited with the recent release, and plans for a tour are well underway.
Sonic Perspectives collaborator Rodrigo Altaf is a longtime Saxon fan, and was able to sit down with Nigel to discuss the new band, the highlights of his career, and future touring plans. Watch or listen to their spirited chat on the links below and remember that for more interviews and other daily content, Sonic Perspectives is on Facebook, Flipboard, Twitter and YouTube, where you can be notified about new content we publish on a daily basis.