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Yes, you read that right. Our final gig this summer will be 31st July at Berkeley Tavern, Whitley Bay as part of the Under The Dome festival.  We'll be playing alongside some stupendously talented folks. So for a paltry five quid you'll get: dreamy yet dark alternative pop from Joe Allan, Gameboy-fuelled lo-fi surf punk from Euan Lynn, and female-fronted synth rock goodness from Fractions. And us. After this we'll be locking ourselves away to record a new single, which we'll release in the autumn, and then continue work on our next EP. Anyway, here's the deets : VENUE: Berkeley Tavern, Whitley Bay DATE: 31st July 2015 DOORS: 7.30pm TICKETS: (also available on the door) RUNNING ORDER: 7.45: Joe Allan 8.30: Euan Lynn 9.15: What We Call Progress 10.00: Fractions MORE INFO:


We're supporting the mellifluous Lunacre this Friday 3rd July at the Head of Steam alongside Plaza and Nico Cara. Tickets £4 advance, £5 on the door. Check the Facebook event page for more. Hope to see you there.

Evolution Emerging 2015 TOMORROW NIGHT YOU GUYS!!

You've got less than 24 hours to buy your tickets for Evolution Emerging tomorrow night, 10pm at Ernest - that's Saturday 23rd May for those of you reading this in the future. Tickets are £5 and you can get them here: We'll be giving away copies of our latest single, Pack of Cards: We've also got a limited number of copies of Massa Confusa's new single, Forget, featuring a remix from us: All that PLUS a special surprise giveaway which you'll only find out about if you buy a ticket and get yourself down to Ernest tomorrow night for 10pm. See you there!

BBC Introducing Interview

Ahead of our Evolution Emerging headline slot at Ernest, John did an interview with BBC Introducing in the North East. Go here  and skip to 1:47:00 ish. Tickets for the gig are available here:


Eugenie Johnson, web editor for NARC. Magazine, has recommended that you come and see us at Evo Emerging 2015 : "Also, I’d love to recommend some of the more electronic musicians on the bill; ako, Symmatik and What We Call Progress in particular are all well worth checking out if you’re looking for something a bit different to the indie scene!" As a reminder, we're playing at Ernest on 23rd May. Tickets are £5 + booking fee in advance . You can see the line-up in the handy clash-checker:

"With a clutch of impressive and well-crafted songs under their belt... it wouldn’t be surprising if the pair were one of the bands to break through at this year’s Evo Emerging festival."

Thanks to Eugenie Johnson for reviewing our Head of Steam gig on the 18th April. You can read the words that she wrote about it here: The beats are simple but not boring, the synths brooding and melancholic and John’s electric guitar adds another, almost indie dimension that separates them slightly from the masses. With a clutch of impressive and well-crafted songs under their belt, including recent single Pack of Cards, it wouldn’t be surprising if the pair were one of the bands to break through at this year’s Evo Emerging festival.

"A sepulchral slice of glitch-pop... It's excellent" - The Crack

Those lovely people at North East art-culture-film-music magazine, The Crack , have reviewed our new single, Pack of Cards, in the latest issue (April 2015). Using the magic of the internet I have taken two pictures of the review and joined them together into one convenient whole: Don't forget you can download it from our Bandcamp .


Hello. We have done some interviews. You can read about our recent single, Pack of Cards , in the Evening Chronicle (local Newcastle paper) here: You can read me and John talking about ourselves in NARC. Magazine as part of their new doorstep interview series here:


Come and see us play live music with guitars and singing and synths and flashy buttons! We have three gigs coming up in April and May with a host of other local talent and you can find out more about them below. April 18th, Head of Steam, Newcastle Matterhorn presents... What We Call Progress, Emile's Telegraphic Transmission Device, therunningchelsea, Worry Party for a night of electronic and experimental pop. Tickets £4 on the door. Here's how to find Head of Steam: April 24th, The Globe, Newcastle ENDLESS WINDOW #2 presents... What We Call Progress, Craig Clark as well as a DJ set. "After the joy and jubilation of our first event at The Globe, it would have been unthinkable not to plot a return. But what a return this is - two more brilliant local acts, as well as another opening up of the Endless Window vaults." Tickets £3 advance from WeGotTickets. Here's how to find The Globe: May 23rd, Ernest, Newcastle - Evolution Emerging We'

SINGLE OUT TODAY: Pack of Cards!

Hello. You can stream and download our new single, Pack of Cards, via our Bandcamp page (name your price): Pack of Cards by What We Call Progress Pack of Cards is a dark synth pop take on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It's about those who have power and how they use it, but it's also about the spaces and possibilities which exist to undermine and subvert that power. Aphasic  is inspired by and includes an extract from " Theses on the philosophy of history " by Walter Benjamin. Benjamin is a Marxist writer who is commenting on the painting, Angelus Novus  (The Angel of History), by Paul Klee. History is not unending progress, but rather can be viewed as an unceasing accumulation of ruins.

Pack Of Cards Cover Art

Here's a sneaky peek at the artwork for our new single, out on 30th March. Belta.


Here's a quick preview of Aphasic , which will be the "B-side" of our new single, Pack of Cards . It's out on 30th March via :


OMG GIG NEWS!!! We're playing Evolution Emerging 2015 on May 23rd alongside the likes of Lisbon, Hyde & Beast and Shields. You can read more details about the line-up over at NARC . We're headlining at Ernest , playing with acoustic singer-songwriters Joe Ramsey , Melissa Rose and Lesley Roley : At Ernest, guitar/electronic duo What We Call Progress, purveyors of everything experimental glitch-house with a touch of early David Sylvian, are headlining the event. Middlesbrough-born singer-songwriter Joe Ramsey joins them, alongside Northumberland-based songstress Melissa Rose and haunting acoustic star Lesley Roley.

MORE RADIO STUFF: Tonight on BBC Introducing in the North East!

Pack of Cards, our new single being released at the end of this month, will be played tonight on Nick Roberts' Introducing in the North East show from 8pm. Listen online, on 95.4FM or on digital radio. LINK:

RADIO NEWS! Hit the North (East) playing Pack of Cards TONIGHT!

NE1FM, home to the rather fabulous Hit the North (East), are playing our track, Pack of Cards, this very evening. They're on air now (from 7-9pm) and you can listen to the whole thing online at NE1FM . We'll release Pack of Cards via our Bandcamp and SoundCloud pages at the end of this month.

PREVIEW TIME! Pack Of Cards 30/03/2015

We're releasing our new single, Pack Of Cards, on 30th March. You can hear a quick preview HERE  ↓↓↓


We're recording vocals for Pack of Cards. We'll be releasing this, plus one other song as a single in the next month.


We are sorry we have been quiet. We are still here. Here are some things we have been doing and are planning in 2k15: We have been working on songs for a new 7-song EP, which we're planning to release this summer. We don't have a name for it yet, or a definite release date, but we will let you know when we do. We will release another song in the next month or so for free. It's called Aphasic. We're currently working on getting some gigs around the Newcastle area. Details, dates and line-ups are still being worked out, but they are likely to be in Spring. So there you are. Not a lot of information yet, granted, but at least you know we are still alive...