WITH IT BITES, reply Bob Dalton (italian
by Giancarlo Bolther
Your band has started in the eighties, at the time prog music wasn't
very popular, what do you remember about the difficulties to play
prog music and why things are changed nowadays in your opinion?
Personally I don’t think we are just a prog band…we
have lots of influences like pop and rock included in our songs. This
meant we had more avenues open to us as a band than just a pure prog
What happened when you decided to break up and why did you
decide to get back together?
Frank decided he didn’t want to do it bite anymore
and left the band, which was a major let down in our lives. And when
he decided he didn’t have enough time to do a reunion we asked
john Mitchell to join…and he did. We had released a DVD live
in Tokyo a couple of years earlier and it did ok, enough to make us
think about doing some gigs.
Can you describe to us your meeting with John Mitchell and
how have you made him involved?
John first came to light as far as with it bites with the
Kino tour. Myself and john beck both did the live dates and when we
did a couple of it bites songs to fill out the set we realized he
did it really well. So we asked him to join the band after a rehearsal
Do you think that the actual moment of grace for the prog
music helped your come back?
Not really, pure coincidence
What emotions have you experienced with your comeback and
what kind of audience do you have now, after so many years?
We had a great reaction to dates we did n 2006 which prompted
the making of the tall ships and this too has been a great response
from the fans, most of whom are long time fans id say. We do have
a healthy amount of new fans though, young people mainly. Sons and
daughters of old fans plus friends\converts if you like.
Are you planning to reprint your back catalogue?
Err….no but virgin might???
Can you tell us about the songs from the new album?
All the songs are new and have been written by john beck
and john Mitchell. So although I am involved I am in a place where
I can comment as a listener and id say this is a top album of songs
and im once again proud to be involved with such talented people.
Does there is a concept behind?
All killer no filler was the only idea we had for this album.
We only had 50% of the original band and a back catalogue to live
How are going the responses to the new album, do you are
surprised in some ways?
Again a listener i'm not surprised at the response we have
had so far as it is a great album they have written
In your opinion, which are the differences with your early
I think tall ships captures all three of our previous albums
and says. here we are now, here is a summary of what we do. The next
will be different again I’m sure, as they all have been
What do you think about the actual progressive scene, there
is something that you like?
Ocean size are a good band I went to seethe recently with
john Mitchell. Very good
Today English prog artists are very few and the scene is
poor in comparison to its tradition, how do you live this situation?
It is difficult but we do have a wider appeal than pure prog
so that helps too.
What can you tell me about the prog scene in your country
Not a lot I don’t follow it. Sorry
A lot of old school prog fans hate the new prog artists from
the '80, what's your opinion about?
Que sera sera….
Are you planning a tour to support the new album? There will
be some Italian dates?
Yes we tour with saga in the spring 09.no italian dates though
Which are your future projects?
we go out and do some more dates in the uk in February followed
by a tour in japan and then the saga dates. Hopefully then do some
festivals and on to the next album.
Thanks a lot for this interview. Feel free to end with a
message or a salute...
please have a listen to the tall ships and we hope to see
you on tour soon.
(only in italian): The Tall Ships