Fish’s former players produce intelligent pop prog as Tilt
Never judge a book by its cover, they say, and in Tilt’s case, such advice is well founded. On paper you might expect three members of Fish’s band to be making music indebted to that of their illustrious paymaster. In fact, reflecting a set of diverse CVs that includes Deacon Blue and Sugarbabes alongside Camel, Tilt’s full-length debut, Hinterland, offers a sumptuous mix of hard rock, pop and more ambient themes.
The group’s core – Steve Vantsis, Robin Boult and Dave Stewart – began colluding while backing Fish. The result was a debut five-song EP called Million Dollar Wound, featuring three lead singers. However, their decision to forge ahead with just one frontman has paid dividends. Though pretty much an unknown quantity till now, a strong emotive delivery places Edinburgh native PJ Dourley among the most exciting discoveries of recent years.
For the longest time it wasn’t an album, more like a Dropbox file that we would all add our little bits and pieces to.