The life of Pye
CONSIDERED by many to be the unsung heroes of the British prog rock movement, Caravan arrive at the Wharf Tavistock tonight as part of a tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of their fabulously titled album For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night.
Originally formed in Canterbury in 1968, they were at the heart of the Seventies's burgeoning Canterbury rock movement and, according to taste maker NME at the time, produced their own brand of "superior pop music, full of taste, craftsmanship and hard work" which resulted in packed venues worldwide.
Founder member, chief songwriter, guitarist and frontman Pye Hastings recalls: "A journalist once stated that Caravan would never go out of fashion because we were never in fashion.
"We have always just bubbled along but we're so lucky to have the most loyal of fans which has allowed us a big cult following.
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"Nowadays grandparents bring their grand children and we regularly see three generations together at shows," he continues.
"But we're also attracting new audiences, too. We played in Israel a couple of years ago for the first time ever.
"The crowd was our youngest, ranging in age from 14 to 44, and what was remarkable was most seemed to be singing along, word perfect!
"I think we have the internet to thank for that."
However part of the real secret to their longevity is no mystery as Pye is happy to point out.
"We've been going 45 years, but not continuously. Once every five years or so I'll get bored and go off and earn money doing something else none-music related for a couple of years. Then I'll miss the band and we reform.
"In between I've done labouring jobs, engineering, I ran a small plant hire business.
"It's refreshing to have a change and it gives you a clear head.
"The key is not to be too proud – a job's a job and you soon forget the rubbish bits."
There are currently ten new songs on the back burner ready for the next album and two or three will make an appearance in the set, but there'll also be plenty of offerings from another favourite album In The Land Of Grey And Pink.
Making up the band for their first full tour in around ten years are also long serving member Geoffrey Richardson on viola, guitar, flute and vocals plus Jan Schelhaas on keyboards, Jim Leverton on bass and vocals and Mark Walker on drums and percussion.