A long awaited return! “Europa Minor” is the debut album by Tugs, the historical rock ensemble from Livorno (Tuscany, Italy). It’s the arrival point of a long and amazing path, made of many theatrical rock shows where the band represent a 100% Made in Italy excellence. “Europa Minor” is the soundtrack of an ambitious, personal and exciting rock opera based on a ‘humanistic’ and ‘other’ vision of Europe.
One of the most loved bands from Livorno, Tugs were founded in 1978 and brought on their mix of rock theatre and progressive principles coherence even during the difficult decade of the ’80s; after a long break, they have reunited and finally released their first LP. Already successfully played live, thanks to the suggestive interaction between actors and musicians, “Europa Minor” is a passionate and cultured work that tells about some important historical events in Europe, from wars to reconstructions, from tragedy to hope, from blood to poetry.
Tugs have waited for the right moment to complete their project, taking back to life songs that were originally written years ago, thanks to an organic of ten elements, a true ‘little rock orchestra’ characterized by the storytelling voice of Pietro Contorno and the fine playing of keyboardist Marco Susini. Tugs recall the great progressive tradition – the fairy and romantic one by Genesis as well as the Mediterranean one of PFM and Le Orme – blending it with folk elements. The album confirms the vitality of a touching and engaging rock opera, amazing even on the physical music support.