Gegründet wurde die Band von Jan-Henrik Ohme (Gesang), Jon-Arne Vilbo (Gitarre) und Thomas Andersen (Keyboards, Produzent), die 1996 begannen, zusammen Musik zu machen.
Die Produktionen der ersten Jahre wurden durch Gastmusi-ker vervollständigt, bevor Mikael Krømer (Geige, Coproduzent), Robert R. Johanson (Schlagzeug) und Kristian Torp (Bass) feste Mitglieder von Gazpacho wurden.
Die Band benannte sich nach einem Titel des 1995 erschienenen Albums Afraid Of Sunlight ihres Vorbilds Marillion.
For nearly twenty years, Gazpacho have reigned as the kings of atmospheric and affective art rock. Their latest observation, Fireworker, is no exception. In fact, it is undoubtedly among their greatest achievements, as well as one of the most profound pieces of music you will hear in 2020. Gazpacho’s career has been full of great performances and glowing praise, they have played festivals such as Be Prog! My Friend, Night of the Prog, Midsummer Prog Festival, and Cruise to the Edge, where they delighted audiences alongside exceptional brethren like iamthemorning, Anathema, Pain of Salvation, Caligula’s Horse, Riverside, The Neal Morse Band, and Steve Hackett.
Conceptually, the album follows the band’s tradition of blending grand philosophical quandaries, stimulating literary leanings, and haunting personal turmoil. In a way, it acts as the culmination of the themes and techniques that’ve decorated earlier collections, combining the fatalistic isolation of ›Night‹ and ›Missa Atropos‹; the ill-fated narrative drama of ›Tick Tock‹ and ›Soyuz‹; and the hefty theological / scientific contemplations of ›Demon‹ and ›Molok‹. Beyond that, its central premise (that humanity has always been controlled by an infallible and omniscient creature determined to propagate at any cost) means that Fireworker comes across like the overarching umbrella under which all its predecessors occur.
Keyboardist Thomas Andersen elucidates: »There’s an instinctual part of you that lives inside your mind, separate from your consciousness. I call it the ›Fireworker‹ or the ›Lizard‹ or the ›Space Cowboy‹. It’s an eternal and unbroken lifeforce that’s survived every generation, with a new version in each of us.«
Gazpacho are planning to play the album in its entirety via a livestream this summer, alongside a Q&A about the concept and a few oldies. In the meantime, they suggest, you should internalise the record as much as possible to eventually »research your own ›Space Cowboy‹.«
»Fireworker« will be presented as a 5-track gatefold double LP on black vinyl, with three sides of audio and the fourth side as an art etching.
»Für viele Progfans dürfte der ›Fireworker‹ ein Klassiker von morgen sein.« (Audio, Januar 2021)