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The Druckfarben story began in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough in the mid 1980s, where guitarist Ed Bernard and drummer Troy Feener began exchanging musical interests in grade 9 art class. Ed introduced Troy to the progressive rock of Yes and Gentle Giant—and soon the two started playing music together. One day, outside their store-basement rehearsal space, the young musicians discovered some black barrels with a strange word stenciled on them… Druckfarben. As they tried to imagine the contents of the mysterious barrels, Ed joked that one day they would be in a band together, and they would call it Druckfarben.

Meanwhile, at a nearby high school, young keyboardist Will Hare was working out on Bach and Rachmaninoff; at Jarvis Collegiate in downtown Toronto, young bassist Peter Murray was gaining a reputation as the guy who could play “YYZ” by Rush; and, further south in Rochester, New York, singer Phil Naro was already a full-fledged professional front-man in the metal band Talas, alongside legendary bass virtuoso Billy Sheehan. The five musicians, still for the most part unknown to each other, shared two notable traits: all were very talented on their chosen instruments, and all were big fans of progressive rock.

Years went by—and not surprisingly, all five became professional musicians. This entailed separate stints with unsigned and signed original bands and artists; cover bands and tribute acts; teaching and writing; jingles and studio work. All became highly respected in their local scenes. But the prog rock that had initially inspired them all seemed to be left behind—the stuff of nostalgia, of fantasy. It wasn't commercially or professionally viable; to form a prog band was simply unthinkable. At least for a while…

Many years later, Troy became the main drummer for Classic Albums Live, a collective of musicians who perform classic records note-for-note. He longed to put on a prog show, and eventually the powers-that-be agreed to stage a recreation of the Yes albums Close to the Edge and The Yes Album. Predictably, all the future members of Druckfarben were called for the gig. Peter had to pass because he was producing an album in Germany at the time, but he attended the now-historic show at the Phoenix Concert Theater in Toronto on September 20, 2007. Performing this challenging, brilliant music inspired the forming of a band... and Druckfarben was born.

Druckfarben started off performing covers of prog classics by Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Kansas, Rush and others, and the band's first set (March 1, 2008 at Roc ’n Doc’s in Port Credit, Ontario) kicked off with the tour-de-force “Close to the Edge.” The band solidified their chemistry with a monthly gig at Toronto’s Orbit Room (co-owned by Alex Lifeson of Rush) and a monthly prog jam (perhaps the world's one and only!) at Roc ’n Doc’s. Area prog fans had much to celebrate, as a new community of musicians and fans was born, with Druckfarben at the center. As the band’s reputation grew, audiences included Kim Mitchell, Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard), Terry Brown (Rush producer) and other prog luminaries.

Although Druckfarben built up their collective performance chops on prog classics, the band always intended to apply the fruits of those labors to their own music. Work on original material soon started, with Ed leading the songwriting and production charge, and in October, 2011, the band's debut self-titled CD emerged in all its glory. It’s a tribute to the enduring love that all members of this quintet have had for progressive rock since their high school days. Maybe they should have been doing this all along... but two things are for sure: firstly, there could have been no shortcuts to where Druckfarben is now—the band is the sum of its varied and extensive collective experience. And secondly: the road ahead is long and scenic!

 

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At 7:33pm on January 21, 2011, Christopher Stewart said…
hey Druckfarben ! thanks for your friendship ! :o)

have a proggin' 2011 !

best wishes,
Chris
At 7:14am on January 3, 2011, Theories of Prog-ability said…
Glad to meet you here @ Power of Prog.
Thanks for the add & greetings from Orlando, FL
Brian aka Theories of PROG-ability
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At 9:58pm on December 17, 2010, Brook Breland said…

Really good tunage......

At 1:47pm on December 17, 2010, Brook Breland said…

I just love it......more and more Christian proggers getting aquainted....blessings guy's...

At 1:45pm on December 17, 2010, Brook Breland said…

Thanks a lot for your friend request....looking foreward to hearing some more great music and getting better aquainted......thanks again and blessings

At 1:12pm on December 17, 2010, Phil Snow said…

Hey Guys, thanks for the add request. Glad to be friends and look forward to hearing more of your music! PS:Your singer hass a very good name....   ;-)

At 8:14am on October 31, 2010, Colin Tench said…
I really like this. All the vocals especially!
At 6:30pm on September 19, 2010, Peter B Jeffery said…
Thank for the invite, so good to hear a "real" hammond in there. Love the music!
 
 
 

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