41POINT9 is great modern prog/metal/jazz/pick-your- drawer stuff – Tony Carey (Planet P)
AOR Prog Ensemble 41POINT9 is premiering the first video and single from the band’s forthcoming album “Mr. Astute Trousers.” “Confessions At Midnight” is the risqué new video that has been accepted into a service providing music to over 2500 strip clubs in the US making the single the first ever Prog Rock single and video to be accepted into this type of market. Yes, you heard that right, for the first time thanks to 41POINT9 you can hear Prog in a Strip Club. Gentlemen, you’re welcome.
Watch 41POINT9’s “Confessions At Midnight”
Says bassist Bob Madsen, “What started as an inside joke has actually become a pretty cool lil’ tune. One evening the band was wondering why you never hear Prog in a Strip Club? That just seemed unfair. So 41POINT9 set out to rise to the challenge and correct this tragic wrong. Hence, ‘Confessions At Midnight’ was born. For the first time Progsters can now hear ‘Prog In A Strip Club.’ Gentlemen, yer welcome… This video tells the story of a burlesque dancer that falls in love with her Emcee and the sparks sure do fly! Enjoy!”
41POINT9 came about in a dark, cobweb filled corner of Bob Madsen’s mind. One day whilst navel gazing, he thought to himself, “My, there’s a lot of lint in there.” Err…umm…scratch that…what I meant to say is… he thought to himself, “If its unlikely I’ll ever make money making music, then I’m just gonna make music that I want to hear and that I enjoy making.” With that decided, he went back to wondering why the lint was blue when he was wearing a red sweatshirt…
Such was the genesis of this group of misfits from Northern California. In 2011 they released their debut album “Still Looking For Answers” to critical acclaim and way more success than was warranted based on the small budget they had for marketing.
From 2013 to 2016 the band took a break and dealt with life. In the process the band has consolidated to two core members: Brian Cline (Guitarist/Vocalist) and Bob Madsen (Bassist/Producer). In early 2016 Bob started The Highlander Company Records with renowned Engineer/Producer Tom Size (Journey, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth etc) Tom immediately remixed the band’s first album and was halfway through mixing the second, “Mr. Astute Trousers” when he succumbed to cancer in October of 2016. The guys were fortunate enough to enlist the help of Matt Wallace who just happened to be one of Tom’s old students. Matt finished the album in the summer of 2017 and helped get them introduced to AISA, LLC who provided 41POINT9 with access to international distribution and manufacturing. Both albums were remastered by the award winning mastering engineer Dave Collins (Elton John, Soundgarden etc) and the results are astounding.
For the past year Bob and Brian have been producing a series of high quality concept videos for songs on “Mr. Astute Trousers.” These videos are set to be released this summer with the albums slated for release on September 21, 2018.
Here’s what some of our friends are saying about the album:
“What a great Progtastic album by 41POINT9. The compositions, playing and production by Bob and the boys is superb. Listen out for some familiar players on the excellent collection of tracks” – John Payne – Asia, Dukes of the Orient
“In my mind this is a band that melds two of my favorite things about music; Pop sensibility and progressive complexity. Delivered in droves by, not only the songwriting but by the vocals from Brian Cline (the original vocalist of Enchant) and the Bass playing of Bob Madsen (who has guested on numerous Enchant releases) Love it.!!!” – Ted Leonard – Spocks Beard, Enchant
“41POINT9 is great modern prog/metal/jazz/pick-your- drawer stuff, driven by Madsen’s elegant basslines and composition skill, and genre-busting guitars by Chad Quist. The record sounds fantastic, this is a great mix by Tom Size and Matt Wallace. From a bit Gothic to a bit Fusion to a lot of Metal and performed with skill and confidence, this is good stuff. I wish I’d played on it.” – Tony Carey – Rainbow, Planet P, Tony Carey Solo
It’s a very powerful and touching video, a sort of experiment in between a music video and a documentary. The stories shown are not fiction. The two characters are real people and we take part to their everyday extraordinary life: a girl who is a boxing champion in Catania (Vissia Trovato) and a Russian ballet dancer (Aleksandr Chelidze).
“Two very distant stories, not only geographically, a video clip-documentary about two people that face their life with courage and folly.
Music has always been able to make fun of conflicts and cancel distances and differences. We want to prove that the human being has the strength and the capacity to fight in a world where the darkness seems to prevail.”
The Milanese art-rock band Le Folli Arie, considered to be one of the most interesting new acts of the Italian indie scene, after the success of the first 2 singles in English “It’s not easy” and “Shot in the dark”, releases the video of the third single “A better day tomorrow”.
NY Art Rockers Jack and the Jukebox just released their official music video, drawing on the talents of a veritable host of artists, actors, poets, freethinkers, nihilists, and libertines. Verne’s Jewels is Jack and the Jukebox’s first single from the upcoming sophomore album.
The band is more than a little cagey about the meaning of the song and they pointed out that art must be interpreted by the creativity of the viewer. There are a few hints that it might have been inspired by 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. The tumultuous battle of archetypes within seems to be a mythical clarion to greater inspiration and poesis on the part of the viewers. The subliminals seem intended to sell popcorn. (Just Kidding).
Music by Jack and the Jukebox
Directed & Edited by Timothy B. Parker
Performers (in order of appearance)
Bradley A. Dorville
Glen Trygve Wilkinson
Alexander Medlin II
Timothy B. Parker
Featuring Amelia the Human Skull xoxo
Assistant Direction by Betsy Bamford
Timothy B. Parker
Timothy B. Parker
Railey Leo Henry
Alexander Medlin II
HAKEN are set to release their first-ever live album, titled ‘L-1VE’, on June 22nd, 2018.
Now they are pleased to launch the second clip taken from the live set, and you can watch ‘The Endless Knot’ live in Amsterdam here:
The band comments: “The Endless Knot is one of our Live favorites; the crowd reaction when the opening riff kicks off always sends goosebumps, knowing we’re all in for a wild ride of brutal riffing, mosh-friendly dub-step and epic sing-a-longs! It’s just a chance for everyone to let their hair down while simultaneously showcasing one of our shorter, yet more complicated tunes to play.”
‘L-1VE’ will be released as a 2CD/2DVD Digipak package & as a digital download. The DVD will include 4 bonus tracks filmed at ProgPower USA 2016 that also includes Mike Portnoy’s cameo appearance on gong, as well as all of the official videos from the ‘Affinity’ album. The main show and the bonus material on the DVD are also mixed in 5.1 surround sound.
6.As Death Embraces
10.The Endless Knot
DVD Bonus Material
1.Falling Back to Earth
Also includes music videos for Initiate, Earthrise & Lapse
Following the release of the band’s much-acclaimed fourth studio album ‘Affinity’, they embarked upon their 10th-anniversary tour across Europe & North America. Recorded and filmed on April 13th, 2017, at the legendary Melkweg venue on the Amsterdam stop of that tour, this represents the band’s first ever live document with tracks from across the band’s discography.
“The release of official live material is a project that is long overdue and we know our existing fans have been crying out for this for some time now. Whilst we have filmed and recorded many shows in the past we have always felt there were elements of our shows that could be improved ‘visually’ before we documented and immortalized this for the world to see and that the timing for a live release never felt right for us. This is just our nature as creative people to be so extremely self-critical and constantly strive for perfection. It is largely due to the will of the people that the idea of this project became a reality. Both the band and the label were inundated with emails requesting a live release in some shape or form, and it was actually rather flattering, so giving the people what they wanted just felt like the right thing to do.”
The artwork was once again produced by long-time collaborators Blacklake, who continued the love of 80’s culture that they demonstrated on artwork for ‘Affinity’. The live audio was mixed by Neal Morse & Winery Dogs alumni Jerry Guidroz.
The band has also revealed they have started work on their fifth studio album. They comment: “We’re currently getting our teeth stuck into the writing process for Album 5 and great ideas are forming and evolving as we speak. It’s still early days but there is a sense among us that Haken may take a darker path with this one. However, the playing field is still wide open and the direction this record takes could alter at any point. One thing is certain: We will endeavor to stick to our mandate of strong melodies and Killer riffs! ”
New York, NY – IZZ vocalist, Laura Meade’s debut full-length studio album, Remedium, is scheduled for release on May 18, 2018.
Meade’s background in musical theatre helps define her unique approach as a lyricist and musician. Remedium combines Meade’s love of art rock with the emotion of musical theatre. In addition to being a vocalist for the progressive rock band IZZ, her career includes performances around the world with many different artists and on a multitude of stages.
Remedium features progressive, adventurous extended tracks such as “Sunflowers at Chernobyl” and “Dragons” as well as songs with art-pop sensibilities such as “Conquer the World”. Meade’s incredible range and versatility as a vocalist is evidenced throughout the album and particularly on songs such as “Every Step” and “What I See From Here”.
Meade is joined by her IZZ bandmates on several songs as well as Randy McStine (The Fringe, Lo-Fi Resistance) on “Sunflowers at Chernobyl” and Jason Hart (I and Thou, Renaissance, Camel) on “Irradiation”.
Watch the new video for “Sunflowers at Chernobyl”
Laura Meade’s Remedium will be available for purchase on iTunes, at Amazon.com and at your favorite online retailer as well as on all streaming music services on May 18, 2018.
1. Sunflowers at Chernobyl
2. Conquer the World
3. What I See From Here
4. Never Remember
5. The Old Chapel at Dusk
7. Home Movies
8. Your Way
9. Every Step
Darrel Treece-Birch has chosen The Stand as the second video release from the album Healing Touch released October 27, 2017. The Stand represents that which we achieve against the greatest of odds, finding the inner strength that only the soul can muster. The gravitas of the journey and the magnitude of the achievement can only be captured in imagery which we can all relate. A child of the space age, Darrel simply and with great elegance takes us on a journey to space to look upon our home, humanities “stand” against gravity. Each of us is on a journey, and though we find ourselves moving in our own time, and to the beat of our own drum we find commonality for at some point we stood fast, and we held strong; to defy that which tried to hold us back from our great potential. Healing Touch is an album that speaks of a journey to renewal with the pivotal moment being – The Stand.