The Australian neo-prog outfit Aragon has combined the ambitions of progressive rock with the instrumentation of modern pop. Recording three albums worth of concept material in the 1990s that featured epic tracks and intellectual lyrics, Aragon's keyboard-led sound is also dominated by drum machines and sequenced bass parts.
Aragon was formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1986 by Tom Behrsing (keyboards), John Poloyannis (guitar), and Les Dougan (vocals). The trio spent several months writing material, than added two new members to their lineup -- Rob Bacon (bass) and Tony Italia (drums). The group performed in the Melbourne area for several months while recording their first demos. Aragon's first release, Don't Bring the Rain (1988), came out as a mini-LP. Surprising the band with its success in Europe, Aragon returned to the studio to record extra tracks for a full-length CD re-release. However, unhappy with his bass playing on the record, Bacon decided to leave the group to return to music school. The band searched for, but could not find an adequate replacement for Bacon and so decided to use a sequencer for all future bass parts. Italia left the group in 1991 because of marital difficulties and was also not replaced.
Despite the loss in personnel, the heart of the band remained and decided to tackle a two-part concept album. The first part of this effort (but the last part in the story), was released in 1992 as The Meeting. In 1993, Rocking Horse, a CD of demos from the group's early days came out. Work on their concept project soon became stalled due to difficulties obtaining studio time, and the 30-song Mouse was not finished until 1995. 1997 saw the release of Mr. Angel, another concept album, this time based on the painting Time and Space by Lorraine Izon. In 1999, the entire Mouse project was released together on two CDs.