Los Angeles, CA – There must be something in the water of Endicott, NY. Not only is that small city of roughly 12,000 souls the origin of one of the largest, most innovative corporations of all-time, IBM, but it is also the birthplace of some of America’s most demented geniuses including the man who transformed TV in the 1960s with his series The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling, as well as the comic sibling pair of Amy & David Sedaris, and finally the most celebrated voice in metal and the artist who gave us the heavy metal horned salute, Ronnie James Dio! But there can be only one King Of Endicott, one artist whose fearless and uncompromising vision allowed him to both transcended that little town of Endicott and yet embody all of its otherworldy qualities. And that man is Gary Wilson!
This legendary figure of low-fi bedroom funk has become known the world over for his unique–yet highly palatable–brand of experimental music. Though he achieved enduring cult status in 1977 with his classic album, You Think You Really Know Me, he had been recording original music since his pre-teen years, and even studying composition privately with John Cage before moving to New York to become the toast of that city’s well-known underground music scene. But it’s those early years in Endicott that Gary harkens back to on his newest album The King Of Endicott, the years when his passion for music, art and film was at its rawest and most imaginative. For evidence, just view the vintage clips assembled for the video to the eponymous single. There you’ll see Gary flanked by a host of local characters who film weird short films, post for pictures and of course put on musical performances the likes of which no one in Endicott (or really even the world) had ever seen!
View the video here:
The King Of Endicott will be available everywhere starting February 8 via Cleopatra Records.
Look for a record release party celebrating this important album at The Factory in downtown Los Angeles on February 9th!
“Passin’ the dutchie from coast to coast/like my man Gary Wilson rocks the most.” – Beck (“Where It’s At”)
Track List: 1. The King Of Endicott (Intro) 2. The Town Of A Thousand Lights 3. The Lonely Park 4. Walking In The Rain Tonight 5. I Think I’m Falling In Love 6. The King Of Endicott 7. I Don’t Want To Be Alone 8. Lugene Lived In Johnson City 9. I Dream Of My Secret Girl 10. Midnight In Endicott 11. A Perfect Day In Endicott 12. May Walked Away 13. Another Dimension 14. It’s Summer Time 15. Hail To The King
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, the legendary Italian progressive rock band, is proud to announce the worldwide signing with Inside Out Music / Sony Music group. Their new record ‘Transiberiana’ will be the first studio album in 25 years and is scheduled to be released on April 26, 2019.
Thomas Waber of InsideOutMusic comments: “We are really honored to be working with one of the most legendary and important prog bands to have ever come out of Italy. There is a lot of history and I hope we can really help them on this new album!”
Founding member Vittorio Nocenzi states: “I’m happy after working such a long time on this new Banco del Mutuo Soccorso album for Inside Out. It fills me with joy and satisfaction as I was truly inspired from the very beginning! For too many years, the band was only dedicated to live performances, so it was about time we would go back to composing, playing and producing new stuff! By choosing the ‘Transiberiana’ concept for this new piece of work, there are two main issues I’d like to point out: first the new Banco line up consisting of great musicians and great people, secondly, the presence of my two sons in the project: Michelangelo co-writing the album and Mario Valerio, who took care of a marketing and communication strategy related to it. These two elements have been the best gifts I could possibly imagine to receive! And this is an extra motivation if ever needed to do my best for reaching our goals. I can only wish fans will enjoy this incredible project and look forward to see them live when we will go out to perform the album and classic Banco-tracks around the globe with Filippo Marcheggiani (lead guitar), Nicola Di Già (rhythm guitar), Fabio Moresco (drums), Marco Capozi (bass), our singer Tony D’Alessio and myself!”
The last Banco del Mutuo Soccorso album, ‘13’, was released back in 1994 and after all those years and the loss of two historical former members, the band is back to confirm its place in the international progressive music scene.
‘Transiberiana’ will feature the following track-listing: 1. Stelle sulla terra (6:06) 2. L’imprevisto (3:29) 3. La discesa dal treno (6:16) 4. L’assalto dei lupi (5:35) 5. Campi di Fragole (3:36) 6. Lo sciamano (4:01) 7. Eterna Transiberiana (6:20) 8. I ruderi del gulag (6:06) 9. Lasciando alle spalle (1:47) 10. Il grande bianco (6:33) 11. Oceano: Strade di sale (3:39)
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso (which translates to “Bank of Mutual Relief”) were formed in Rome, Italy back in 1969 and under the influence of British greats Gentle Giant, Genesis, Jethro Tull and Emerson, Lake & Palmer forged a truly original sound equally complex, melodic and dynamic. In 2019, ‘Transiberiana’ will prove that this style is very much intact and creative mastermind Vittorio Nocenzi promises an “autobiographical journey” lyrically, musically and in terms of concept. ‘Transiberiana’ is not only an impressive new album by Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, but also reflects upon a storied career and redefines what the group is all about.
“Winds Of Change” is the long-awaited follow-up to Jim Peterik’s now legendary “Jim Peterik’s World Stage” album. Set for release on April 26, 2019, “Winds of Change”, is another musical masterpiece featuring brand new Peterik songs in collaboration with a who’s who of melodic rock’s greatest superstars, including Kevin Chalfant (ex-The Storm), Dennis DeYoung (ex-Styx), Matthew and Gunnar Nelson Band, Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), Lars Safsund and Robert Sall (Work of Art), Toby Hitchcock(Pride Of Lions), Danny Vaughn (Tyketto (The Official)), Mike Reno (Loverboy), Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Jason Scheff (ex-Chicago), and a very special previously unreleased track by the late, great Jimi Jamison.
“Since the success of my first World Stage album back in 2001 and countless shows since, I have wanted to create a new musical legacy with this format,” says Jim. “Listening to voices blending as one has always inspired me, going back to the Beatles and other great vocal groups. I have always considered myself as much a fan of great bands and artists as I am an artist myself, so a project like World Stage is a dream come true since I get to pay homage to those whose music I love, by writing and performing with them. With “Winds Of Change” I was honored to work with some of the best, adapting my writing and production styles to fit a particular act. Many of the songs were actually co- written with the artists appearing too.”
Jim Peterik and World Stage arose from the initial idea that the musical and spiritual collaboration of great artists and friends could be something truly special. The resulting album clearly displays the many talents of Jim Peterik, enhanced and embellished by a cast of noted singers and musicians. “Mike Reno…I would always watch from the wings back in the 80’s when Survivor played dates with Loverboy. I’d see the crowd go nuts when they hit “Working For The Weekend”, so that’s the vibe Mike and I tried to recreate with “Without A Bullet Being Fired”, say Peterik. He continues, “I am still pinching myself that i am now writing songs with Dennis DeYoung for his new album. “Proof of Heaven” is one of my proudest moments. Same inspiration was behind the title track “Winds Of Change” with Don Barnes and Danny Chauncey (.38 Special). Kelly Keagy and Kevin Chalfant and i had a blast capturing the energy of Night Ranger and The Storm’s hits with “I Will What I Want” and “Sometimes You Just Want More”. respectively. And of course “Just For You” with the great Kevin Cronin is a very special moment for me. When I watched Danny Vaughn perform at Frontiers Festival a few years back, I immediately started planning to make him a part of World Stage. “The Hand I Was Dealt” is the result, which we co-wrote. “Home Fires” with the incredible Toby Hitchcock is a song I think any fan of Pride Of Lions will take to heart. And I have created new friendships with Work Of Art and Jason Scheff because of this record.”
“I am a rabid fan of every artist on the album and it was such a thrill to try and bring out their best essence, but for me the most touching moment of this record is reviving an amazing lost track by the late great Jimi Jamison. As I mixed the new version, it was again like having Jimi in the studio with me as his stunning voice came through the monitors. There was not a dry eye in the room. With “Love You All Over The World”, his spirit is still with us all,” adds Peterik.
In conclusion, Peterik says, “World Stage, which I created soon after I parted ways with Survivor back in 1996, was my way of bringing together the melodic rock community. Setting aside any competition between us to create great melodic rock for the audience that craves it. Since then, every World Stage show has been a total love fest with each show featuring an ever changing array of great artists.”
“Winds Of Change” certainly carries on that tradition and shows are in the planning stages that will reflect the line-up of this record.
Jim Peterik, through the years, has written or co-written some of rock’s most memorable songs: “Vehicle” by the The Ides Of March (on which he was lead vocalist), “Eye Of The Tiger,” “The Search Is Over,” “High On You,” and “I Can’t Hold Back”, hits for .38 Special such as “Hold On Loosely,” “Caught Up In You,” “Fantasy Girl,” and “Rockin’ Into The Night”, “Heavy Metal” with Sammy Hagar, and many many more. Peterik, now a part of Pride of Lions with vocalist Toby Hitchcock, is one of the most esteemed and loved recording artists and songwriters, not only on the Frontiers label, but in the larger melodic rock community.
Tracklist: 1. Winds Of Change (featuring Danny Chauncey and Don Barnes of .38 Special) 2. Without A Bullet Being Fired (featuring Mike Reno of Loverboy) 3. Proof Of Heaven (featuring Dennis DeYoung) 4. Sometimes You Just Want More (featuring Kevin Chalfant) 5. Home Fires (featuring Toby Hitchcock of Pride of Lions) 6. Just For You (featuring Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon) 7. The Hand I Was Dealt (featuring Danny Vaughn of Tyketto) 8. Where Eagles Dare (featuring Lars Safsund and Robert Sall of Work of Art) 9. I Will What I Want (featuring Kelly Keagy of Night Ranger) 10. You’re Always There (featuring Jason Scheff) 11. Avalanche (featuring Gunnar and Matt Nelson) 12. Love You All Over The World (featuring Jimi Jamison)
Jim Peterik- Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals Mike Aquino- Guitar- Lead And Rhythm Ed Breckenfeld- Drums And Percussion Dave Kelly- Drums Colin Peterik- Drums Klem Hayes- Bass Bill Syniar- Bass Bob Lizik- Bass Jeff Lantz- Orchestral Arrangement Of “You’re Always There”
Featuring Simon Phillips, Matt Bissonette, Greg Howe, Jeff Babko, Dennis Hamm & others!
“We Have 12 years to Limit Climate Change Catastrophe” Warns the United Nations IPCC
“Earth’s Carbon Dioxide Levels are Likely the Highest They’ve been in 15 Million Years” University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences
“Technologies built for our survival, Back on Earth made us a dominant rival. Working as one, we conquered all nations, All networks now under our communications. Resources rationed, ideas controlled, An intelligent regime to save our souls. Children of the future, Return to the light, Saving our Planet from our self-inflicted plight.” — DarWin, For Humanity
“The Revolution will come in waves.”— DarWin, Artificial
Welcome to the near-future: the world of DarWin. An intricate musical fantasy concept that launched in November 2018 in the UK only with the ambitious single release of “Escape The Maze,” followed by the full length album “Origin Of Species.”
The album is now available internationally on all major digital distribution platforms, with an epic cinematic video of “Escape the Maze” available on YouTube, Facebook and iTunes. More DarWin videos can be found on YouTube and Facebook.
Who is DarWin?: An Introduction to the “Escape the Maze” video saga.
It’s roughly ten years from now into the future, 2028. An exhausted ecology, and global conflicts, have led to a huge upheaval of the world order, straining and diminishing human populations. The lives of everyday people and families have been turned upside down by the intense ecological pressures related to climate change. No longer just a theory discussed by scientists and politicians, climate change is wreaking havoc on the world. Chaos and confusion reign as fighting for basic resources continuously escalates. “Day Zero” has occurred, when nuclear attacks punctuated what had for many years been a civility between nations and people. As Earth rejects life, those of us who remain struggle to survive.
“Escape The Maze” is the first installment in an evolving saga that addresses the challenges of mankind in our coming era. It depicts the role of a changing planet, and the potential, as well as limitations, of technology to help solve mankind’s greatest challenges. The story of “Origin Of Species” is represented through music, graphic storytelling and videos.
A complex project that’s eschews the hollow immediacy of much contemporary art. A narrative that demands attention and imagination. With music sweeping in scope, at times evoking hard rock virtuoso shredding, alongside grand orchestral compositions, warm harmonies and soaring choruses.
The music seeks to capture the listener in the spirit of the greatest concept albums that have helped to define the history of rock. Heavy riffs and killer grooves lead way to delicate ensembles, only to pick up the pace again with searing guitar solos. The genre is decisively Prog Rock, but DarWin begs to be appreciated by a large global audience of music enthusiasts. Key tracks to discover the narrative include: For Humanity, Walk Away from Earth, the Last Chance and Artificial. Emotionally powerful songs for a wide audience include One Horizon, Cosmic Rays, and Forever.
It’s time to enter the saga. It’s time to join DarWin on his journey…
The “Origin Of Species” album features legendary drummer and producer Simon Phillips, who, in addition to playing drums, percussion and keyboards, also engineered, mixed and drove the production on the album. Veteran bass player and singer Matt Bissonette performed a rich array of lead and background vocals and bass. DarWin himself drove the songwriting and conceptual vision while playing various guitars.
The album features guest performances from the likes of Jeff Babko (keyboards and quartet arrangements), Greg Howe (blazing lead guitar solos), Dennis Hamm (keyboards), Ernst Tibbs (bass), Katisse Buckingham (Flute, Soprano Sax), Samuel Sim and Peter Nickalls (orchestral and quartet arrangements), The Origin of Species Quartet (Los Angeles), The Reykjavik String Quartet (Iceland), and The Chamber Orchestra Of London (Conductor Matt Dunkley)
The album was recorded at Simon Phillip’s Phantom Recordings, Sherman Oaks, CA, with additional recording at Abbey Road Studios (Studio 2, the “Beatles Room”), London, United Kingdom, Sundlaugin Studio in Reykjavik, Iceland, The Doghouse, Woodland Hills, CA, Rose Lane Studios, Carpenteria, CA, and Megatrax, Ventura, CA.
The album was produced by DarWin and Simon Phillips. They are continuing to work on new music together at an undisclosed location. The saga will continue…
1 FOR HUMANITY 2 THE LAST CHANCE 3 TAKING CHANCES 4 ESCAPE THE MAZE 5 WALK AWAY FROM EARTH 6 GUMMY BEAR 7 FOREVER
8 WAR AGAINST MY MIND 9 ARTIFICIAL 10 ONE HORIZON 11 MODERN INSANITY 12 COSMIC RAYS 13 LIFE IS A MYSTERY 14 SLOWLY MELTING 15 RISE 16 JUST ONE MORE DAY 17 PROLOGUE
The album is released by Origin Of Species LLC.
D2C Store (Pre-order the CD) – https://darwin.tmstor.es 25th February 2018 is the physical CD release date on D2C and Amazon.
Boston-based art-rock band Bent Kneeare about to embark on a full European tour alongside label-mates HAKEN, and to celebrate they are launching a brilliant new video for the track ‘Boxes’, taken from their most recent album ‘Land Animal’. Watch the video now here:
The band comment: “When memory becomes tainted, what remains of the self? Boxes focuses on our collective fear of dementia — how we cling to our fading, distorted memories as we age. When filmmaker Brett McLoughlin approached the band about directing a video for the song, we jumped on the chance to bring a visual representation of the track to life. His team did a spectacular job. The result is a haunting, melancholic dreamscape that marries beautifully to the music.”
The European tour with Haken begins this Friday 15th February in Manchester, UK and for this run they are also joined by Danish proggers VOLA. This will mark the Bent Knee’s first visit to many countries and cities, and you can find the full list of dates below.
HAKEN with VOLA & BENT KNEE *Bent Knee replaced with Ben Levin Group 15.02.19 MANCHESTER (UK) Academy 3 16.02.19 GLASGOW (UK) St. Luke’s 17.02.19 BRISTOL (UK) The Fleece 19.02.19 COLOGNE (DE) Essigfabrik 20.02.19 FRANKFURT (DE) Batschkapp 21.02.19 HAMBURG (DE) Ubel & Gefahrlich 22.02.19 COPENHAGEN (DK) Lille Vega 23.02.19 OSLO (NO) John Dee 24.02.19 STOCKHOLM (SE) Debaser Strand 26.02.19 BERLIN (DE) Columbia Theater 27.02.19 KRAKOW (PL) Kwadrat 28.02.19 BUDAPEST (HU) A38 02.03.19 VIENNA (AT) Szene 03.03.19 PRAGUE (CZ) Futurum 04.03.19 LEIPZIG (DE) Conne Island 06.03.19 STUTTGART (DE) Im Wizemann 07.03.19 MUNICH (DE) Backstage Halle* 08.03.19 AARAU (CH) Kiff* 09.03.19 MILAN (IT) Magazzini Generali* 10.03.19 LYON (FR) Transbordeur* 12.03.19 MADRID (ES) Mon Live 13.03.19 BILBAO (ES) Kafe Antzokia 14.03.19 PARIS (FR) La Maroquinerie 15.03.19 ZOETERMEER (NL) De Boerderij 16.03.19 LONDON (UK) Islington Assembly Hall
Bent Knee formed in Boston in 2009 as a democratic collective determined to push the boundaries of pop and rock, combing myriad influences into a seamless, thrilling whole. Lead singer and keyboardist Courtney Swain’s soaring vocals are instantly arresting. Guitarist Ben Levin is one of the most dynamic and versatile guitarists around, shifting between the raging and raucous to the sublime and meditative. Bassist Jessica Kion and drummer Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth combine into an enthralling rhythm section that’s equal parts powerhouse and nuance. Chris Baum’s kinetic violin work provides drama, grace and intrigue. World-class producer and live sound designer Vince Welch weaves it all together with a captivating, expert touch. Fiercely innovative, the group bridges the gap between the experimental and the familiar, merging texture and style into music that’s moving, addictive, and unapologetically original. The band has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Their last three albums, 2017’s Land Animal, 2016’s Say So and 2014’s Shiny Eyed Babies, were hailed as significant art-rock achievements, and the band continues to be garnished with praise for their live show, performing hundreds of concerts worldwide to date.
Watch the band perform the track ‘Holy Ghost’ live here:
“Mind boggling… the grandest and subtlest ideas are on the table” –NPR “The silo-smashing Bent Knee’s unique mix is equal parts ingenuity and deliciousness” – The Wall Street Journal “Bent Knee breaks new stylistic and temperamental ground” – The Boston Globe
Video Information Directed by Mark Astorga Taken from the new album “Eclipse” Produced and mixed by Roy Z Mastered by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering – California – USA “maorappelbaum.com “
Flor de Loto is: Alonso Herrera: Vocals and guitar Alejandro Jarrin: Bass Sergio Checho Cuadros: Quena Gabriel Iwasaki: Keyboards Alvaro Escobar: Drums
Eclipse Tracklist: 01. El Cóndor Pasa/Locomotive 02. Tempestad 03. Animal 04. Eclipse 05. Esclavitud de tu ser 06. Támesis 07. Paraíso 08. Almas Perdidas 09. Eterna Proyección 10. Líneas de Nazca 11. Bonus track: El Cóndor pasa/Locomotive (Live at Rosfest 2018)
Album Info Produced and Mixed by Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Helloween,etc) at Mountain View Studios, Los Ángeles CA Pre-production by Roy Z Mastered by Maor Appelbaum Recorded by Roy Z and Eddie Plegue at Dragón Verde Studios, Perú. Digital Editing by Caverao Additional Recording by Kenneth Quiroz at Lunch Box Studios, Perú. Album Cover and Booklet Artwork by Estefania Fernandez “Fania”