News: According to a post on Prog Ears, band leader Mike Sary states a new album is in the works. That would be a very quick turnaround, as French TV have really slowed down their release schedule. I'd like to see the band get back to being more melodic, and less angular myself. No matter what they do at this point, their historic legacy is set, and they deserve the high praise and respect they have earned.
Overview: French TV are a long running group from Louisville, Kentucky. They started more in fusion realms, with a slight Canterbury edge. Over the years, they added more grit and complexity, and certainly are a key contributor to what is now know as the Avant Prog genre. They always had a great sense of humor, and definitely their politics ran left of center, as to be expected for a group such as this. But since they were primarily a instrumental group, it only comes out in their commentary accompanying each release, and honestly is quite fun to read. Not sure why all the online discographies have Virtue in Futility as from 1994, as I remember distinctly Craig playing it on the radio here in Dallas, and that would have likely been 1992 (the date Gnosis has). It is also the one of two I currently do not own (the live Yoo-Hoo being the other), as I sold it off years ago, but probably should pick it up again. French TV are certainly one of the best American progressive rock bands of the last 30 years. Over time, I hope to fill in notes/reviews for all of these.
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