Regardless of the hostility often received by the critics, progressive rock is a genre that renews itself constantly thanks to the loyalty and dedications of fans.
DeeExpus debut “Halfway Home” (2008) was critically acclaimed all over the world and the band secured the Classic Rock Society’s award for “Best New Band” just the following year in 2009.
DeeExpus’ first album drew comparisons to bands like Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, Riverside and... the early Marillion-sound.
Marillion have been defined the fathers of the new prog movement in England. They sold millions, to develop in a sophisticated art-pop band with a following second to no other, since singer and songwriter Steve Hogarth joined the band in 1989.
The first four albums, so rich of progressive references, remain among the favourites for the fans of the most classical prog sounds.
It was with great joy and surprise that many prog rock fans welcomed the news that for the recording of DeeExpus’ second studio album “King Of Number 33” they joined forces with no other than Marillion’s founding member and keyboarder Mark Kelly.
With this, Kelly returns to his musical roots, before returning to Marillion for their long awaited new studio album, due in 2012.
DeeExpus’ current line-up also consists of founder and mastermind Andy Ditchfield (keyboards, guitar, vocals), lead vocalist Tony Wright (music,
lyrics), Steve Wright on guitar, John Dawson on bass and Henry Rogers on drums.
Written by Andy Ditchfi eld and Tony Wright, “King Of Number 33” centers around the 27 minute epic title track ‘King Of Number 33’.
The six chapter long song describes the downfall of a local eccentric from singer Tony Wright’s childhood, arising from the lunatic’s obsession with busses and past King and Queens of England. To this tale, Andy Ditchfield applies his broad musical palette.
The album features a vocal guest appearance by no other than the biggest mid-1980’s teen idol Nik Kershaw (‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’) on the song ‘Memo’, the closing track of “King of Number 33”.
Nik is joined by Ainsley Wills, a great friend of the band and one of the North East’s finest guitarists. Ainsley lays down the fi rst of two guitar solo‘s in ‘Memo’.
“DeeExpus is the first project I have worked on outside of Marillion since 1994. It has been a great experience making the 'King of Number 33'.”
The true story of how DeeExpus came to be.