Progger began as a jam session at a rehearsal space in Austin, but within a few years found that it had become a tri-coastal collection of talented musicians held together by a common love of nasty beats, pretty chords, and infectious melodies. The group’s upcoming fourth album, to be released on Ropeadope Records in early 2018, will be the follow-up to its internationally critically-acclaimed Ropeadope debut, “Scattering.”
Crash Chords (Brooklyn, NY) says Progger is “Gripping… Tight as hell. It will lift your heart in a very special way.” The Daily Prog (Germany) calls them “vibrant and renewing,” while Soul and Jazz (UK) says they’re “amazing.” Grammy-winning producer and bandleader Michael League simply says “Progger rocks.”
Progger’s personnel includes contributors to such music luminaries as Erykah Badu, Snarky Puppy, Col. Bruce Hampton, Kool and the Gang, San Fermin, and Elliot Moss, among numerous others. Building on inspiration from artists as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Soundgarden, D’Angelo, Parliament-Funkadelic, and Maurice Ravel, the group has synthesized a unique and fearless original sound that cohesively combines exciting influences while creating a uniquely personal atmosphere.
The group’s first two self-released albums, Beatmaker (2013) and Populace (2014), were greeted by critical acclaim and a warm reception by fans. Scattering represented a number of exciting departures including the incorporation of new personnel, production techniques, and a recording process that involved two cities 1,700 miles apart, Austin and Brooklyn. Progger’s regular personnel were joined by some of New York’s finest young musicians, including Nate Werth (percussion) and Justin Stanton (keyboards) of Snarky Puppy, to explore larger textures and a hugely diverse sound palette for the new music. Album number four will continue this trajectory, and fans and critics alike eagerly anticipate its 2018 release.
Progger perform extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and their sights are set on Europe, Australia, and Asia for the near future.