Edison’s Children – The Disturbance Fields

Another appeal by a (prog) band to the human race to take more care of the environment one lives in, the World of you and me. 

Edison’s Children is a British / American band around the duo Pete Trewavas and Eric Blackwood. Pete Trewavas met Eric Blackwood in 2005 as a band member of Marillion. He provided the sound check at an American Marillion concert because Marillion guitarist Steve Rothery had something else to do. The collaboration was born and the two started writing songs in 2006. Initially, the duo called in colleagues to record their albums and performances according to their wishes. For example, band members from Marillion already played along, just like drummer Henry Rogers from DeeExpus Project. 

The first feat of arms of Edison’s Children took a while, since it dates from 2012 with the debut album In The Last Waking Moments. This was followed by The Final Breath Before November in 2013 and Somewhere Between Here And There in 2016. Now, again after three years, Edison’s Children is back with the album The Disturbance Fields. And it now appears to be in a solid formation. A formation with, alongside Pete Trewavas (guitar, bass guitar, vocals, orchestrations), Eric Blackwood (guitar, bass guitar, vocals, orchestrations) and Henry Rogers (drums), with striking names. So we meet Rick Armstrong, son of the Neil Armstrong, on guitar and bass guitar and Lisa Wetton, widow of the John Wetton, on drums. 

The Disturbance Fields is about the anger that mother nature can have against humanity as a result of the poor human treatment of oceans, rainforests and the ever-increasing growth of cities. This has led to the climate changes that we experience daily worldwide. With all its destructive consequences. The album contains only one song, the epic song with the title Washed Away. What you take on a journey of a man who fights against all the forces of the wrath of mother nature. 

Immersive and penetrating. Sometimes threatening. Those are the key words that I remembered while listening to this 68-minute album. Not only the music, but also the vocals of Pete Trewavas and Eric Blackwood. The men are not technically special singers, but their voices and intonation fit perfectly with the statement they want to convey. The music of Edison’s Children is fairly independent. There are vague agreements with Pink Floyd. You hear hints of Marillion and Neal Morse, nothing more. A Random Occurrance, The Confluence, The Tempest and The Surge are dynamic, harmonious and melodic songs that contain a good dose of drama. The harsh weather conditions that this album is all about are palpable. 

Not all songs are complex. Although A Cold Gray Morning is also a long song, the structure is much easier. Indigenous is simply threatening. Propelling guitar work goes together with spoken vocal lines. Resurgence has several intertwined guitar lines, including a roaring bass guitar and solid drums. Epitaph is well chosen as the title of this song. You hear a sort of resignation in both music and singing from Eric Blackwood. 

Edison’s Children remains a special formation with a close fan base. That proves the more than two pages with fans' names in the colorful and really beautiful CD booklet who had signed up in advance. The Disturbance Fields is a true masterpiece that preceded years of preparation. If you do not know the group, this album is the ultimate opportunity to get acquainted.

 

Review: Toon Ladder © 2019