Steve Thorne is a prolific singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from England. He has been the founding member of Colony Earth and The Salamander Project, as well as playing as a solo artist.
Steve's debut album Emotional Creatures Part One, released in 2005, is a great combination of melodic songs, varying influences from Folk to Indie and to Prog Rock, which in these, you can hear notable bands such as Jethro Tull, Peter Gabriel, Tears for Fears, as well as some of modern day artists. Steve was wise enough, to call a good bunch of very talented musicians, as well as having a big fame in the prog world, like Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Liquid Tension), Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard, Genesis, Tears For Fears), Geoff Downes (Asia, Buggles, YES) and some members from IQ and Jadis, which by the way, Steve has contributed to Jadis.
Steve's second album, Emotional Creatures Part Two, follows the same varied style, with again, a wide range of musicians, from well known Prog bands. Somewhat repetitive in ideas, but still, clearly showing a different album.
Steve might not be your usual Prog solo artist, featuring complex structures, nor excessive amount of virtuosity, despite the wide range of musicians contributing. Still a highly enjoyable songwriter, often compared to the mellower songs of Porcupine Tree.
Steve Thorne returns with his fourth album, playing the majority of the instruments bar Nick D’Virgilio (Cirque Du Soleil/ex-Spock’s Beard) and Bob White on drums with Tony Levin and Gary Chandler (Jadis) also guesting. Also former IQ member Martin Orford pops out of musical retirement to play flute on two songs.
What I like about Steve Thorne is his strong and topical lyrics, coupled with melodies that transcend the prog rock genre he is often lumped in. A bit like It Bites, Steve Thorne’s music can take in many musical influences to create an entertaining and enjoyable listen.
‘Already Dead’ looks at modern culture and how modern technology can turn us into a nation of zombies. Good way to start the album with the heaviest and most aggressive song on the album. ‘Everything Under The Sun’ is a lovely piece of music, albeit rather sad as an older person looks back on their life and realises how alone they are now. The melodic vocal and subdued music add greatly to the song. ‘Distant Thunder’ is the nearest to classic Brit prog rock on the album, whilst Martin Orford’s flute expands the sound of ‘Moth To A Flame’ nicely. ‘Bullets & Babies’ again sees the heavier side of Steve Thorne’s work come to the fore tackling the subject of boy soldiers and how war affects people from an early age.
An artist where you can start with any of his albums to date and not be disappointed. As mentioned previously Steve Thorne can appeal to the prog rock fans but also a wider audience who appreciate melodic rock with thought provoking lyrics.