Exposé Online banner

Lisker — Lisker
(Lost Vinyl LV-016, 1979/1995, CD)

by Mike Ohman, Published 1996-03-01

Lisker Cover art

Featuring a no-keyboard lineup and two guitars, Lisker don't immediately seem likely to be a source of good olde prog. But this offbeat Basque group are not to be written off so easily. The heavy flute presence more than makes up for the lack of keyboards, and the twin guitar attack is unique to this band alone. With the two guitars alternating between acoustic and electric, six- and twelve-string, and occasionally phased, processed and fuzzed, Lisker manage to coax a vast array of tonal colors wielding only their axes. Let the record show that this is prog, not psych. The perpetually upbeat rhythm section keeps things flowing with their percussive energy. It's hard to draw comparisons to other bands, with their more rocking style and lack of a folk base, Lisker are certainly not like other Basque bands I have heard. Jethro Tull is closer to the mark, though that really doesn't do them justice. Still, if you're sure you won't miss the keyboards, and the idea of the strong interplay between a flute and two guitars sounds appealing, you may be onto a winner here.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 9, 1995 releases, 1979 recordings

Related artist(s): Lisker

Latest news

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Bruce Main - Layers – Layers is the second album by Bruce Main, a mostly DIY one-man-album type thing that Main wrote, recorded, and has made available on CD Baby. Brian Phraner from Phreeworld, for those who remember...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues