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Gareth Page On Ark, Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate skilfully capture the majesty of the Ark Royal, from its building and launch represented by the minimalist motifs in the introduction (I come from a ship building town) up to its eventual sinking. Closer to a contemporary classical-rock fusion rather than the prog/post-rock of HOGIA's 2017 and 2018 albums Broken but Still Standing and Out of Mind, Ark is a well-constructed, stately piece of music. Favorite track: Ark.
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Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate's EP 'Ark' has three tracks -

1) Ark (A-side)
2) Chasing Neon (B-side)
3) She Moved Through The Fair - Traditional Irish folk song (bonus track)


"Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate “Ark” is nothing short of a brilliant masterpiece that depicts a truly remarkable piece of World War 2 history. I am in awe of its magnitude and of its glory. The epic splendor and tragedy of war is depicted here through the musicianship and the storytelling of Malcolm Galloway, Mark Gatland, and company. A lot has went into this 3 song EP. The story behind it is fact based and documented from the flight logs of Richard Galloway, the grandfather of Malcolm Galloway. The Ark Royal, a British ship, is the focal piece of this 3 song EP, and it was an aircraft carrier pivotal in its contributions to sinking the battleship Bismark, the most powerful ship in the German Navy on May 27, 1941.

The soundtrack is absolutely stunning and the 11 minute, 47 second track that kicks things off, “Ark”, has some of the best music I have ever heard. It takes you upon the journey of The Ark Royal from its first inception to its ill fated sinking. I have to say that the passion in the bands playing has never been more heartfelt. The second track, “Chasing Neon”, picks up where the first leaves off with some of the most eloquent and beautiful melodies.

The sheer musicianship of these extremely talented individuals shines on all three of the tracks on this sure to be masterpiece! “She Moved Through The Fairway” is a wonderfully fitting piece and concludes the EP. I was left feeling as if I had been to a powerful and thought provoking movie after finishing “Ark”. And I felt so close to this band whom I’ve reviewed twice before. Closer to them than I’ve felt before. After all, this was something near and dear to them, not just a part of history.

Immediately afterward, I watched the video for “Ark” and was touched even more as the music took to vision and the spirit to journey. In a word, “Ark” is breathtaking in every sense of the word. Once again, my hat is off to the band for creating something that is truly special and for sharing a part of history that will forever be remembered in this moving musical testament! God Bless Richard Galloway, his family, his memory, and the families and memories of all who served on The Ark Royal!" - Lee Miller - Bandwagon Network Radio


released August 14, 2019

Malcolm Galloway - guitar (1, 3), vocals (3), keyboards/synths (1-3), producer (1-3), composer (1-2), arranger (3)
Mark Gatland - bass guitar (1, 2), guitar (2), co-producer (1-3)
Kathryn Thomas - flute (3)

Artwork - Malcolm Galloway, using public domain photograph. Background texture image by MercuryCode -


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Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate London, UK

Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate are Malcolm Galloway and Mark Gatland on their own or with Kathryn Thomas (flute).

They combine prog/alt-rock, funk, metal, ambient, contemporary classical, minimalist, and electronica elements, and often explore scientific themes.

Hard Rock Hell magazine -unlikely stars who stole the show’

Recommended by Steve Hackett

Beasties Rock Show's Album Of The Year
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Track Name: Chasing Neon
Track Name: She Moved Through The Fair
My young love said to me
My mother won't mind
And my father won't slight you
For your lack of kine
And she stepped away from me
And this she did say
It will not be long now, before our wedding day

She went away from me
And she moved through the fair
And fondly I saw her go
Move here and move there

And she made her way homeward

With one star awake

As the swan in the evening moves over the lake
Last night she came to me
My dead love came in
So softly she came
Her feet made no din
And she came close to me
And this she did say
It will not be long love, until our wedding day

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