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Druckfarben is a progressive rock band from Toronto, made up of Phil Naro (voice), Ed Bernard (guitars, voice), Will Hare (keyboards), Peter Murray (bass, voice) and Troy Feener (drums).

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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!

Second Sound features bold new colours in such songs as “An Answer Dreaming”, “In Disbelief” and “Liberated Dream”, and concludes with the 19-minute “Second Sound” suite. “This is a natural progression from our first album,” says guitarist Ed Bernard, “but also introduces musical elements that might be surprising to those who know our music so far.”

NEW (2nd album) TRACK LISTING
1. An Answer Dreaming 06:59
2. In Disbelief 03:29
3. Dandelion 05:07
4. Liberated Dream 04:26
5. Long Walk Down 05:03
6. Surrounds Me 07:23
7. Another Day 05:23
8. Second Sound 18:48

Released 22 March 2014

"Artifact" is a document of the first live performance of the debut Druckfarben album, recorded at the Mod Club in Toronto, on March 8, 2012, with 10 cameras. The entire album was performed as well as a version of the Yes classic, "Siberian Khatru". Also included in the DVD is "Oopart: A Druckumentary": a 25-minute documentary chronicling the band's origins and plans for the future.

DVD TRACK LISTING
1. Intro: Pennyfarthing
2. Sons of Anakim
3. Influenza
4. Walk Away
5. Nat Nayah
6. Seems so Real
7. Nonchalant
8. Smaller Wooden Frog
9. Elpo
10. Dead Play Awake
11. Siberian Khatru
12. Oopart: A Druckumentary

Released 22 June 2013 
Phil Naro - Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Ed Bernard - Guitar, Mandolin, Violin & Vocals
Will Hare - Keyboards & Vocals
Peter Murray - Bass, Octave Mandolin & Vocals
Troy Feener - Drums & Percussion

DEBUT ALBUM TRACK LISTING

1. ELPO 02:35
2. Influenza 05:26
3. Smaller Wooden Frog 04:40
4. Dead Play Awake 06:47
5. Walk Away 03:05
6. Seems So Real 04:31
7. Nat Nayah 05:43
8. Sons Of Anakim 03:58
9. Nonchalant 07:34

Released 26 September 2011

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At 5:47am on October 3, 2012, John Orsi said…

Greetings Team 7th Day - much appreciation for the add!

At 10:59am on September 9, 2012, REGINA SWARN (GIN) said…

Thanks Nick, have a great week!

At 2:25pm on August 11, 2012, Len Rice said…

Thanks for the add!

At 6:40am on March 18, 2012, Flammärion said…

Hi guys! Thank you for your support in featuring our debut album "Ignition". We truly appreciate it and hope you enjoy listening to our music at least as much as we enjoyed creating it!

Regards,

Flammärion

At 11:44am on November 13, 2011, Rick Henry said…

Guido, congrats mate. Looking forward to the new Soul Apart album soon.

At 3:00pm on November 6, 2011, Cédric Avril said…
the disc was scratched.
At 7:48am on October 23, 2011, Pasi Koivu ~ Psychedelic Eye said…
Thank you, it feels so fantastic to be featured here!
At 12:15pm on October 16, 2011, Rebecca Avelar said…
congrats on, for and during the 7th day!
At 4:29pm on October 9, 2011, Carlo D'Anna said…
Way above the cut! Great Prog! Older influences, but a lot of fresh sounding elements. Which is refreshing!!
At 7:17pm on October 8, 2011, Tim Parkhurst said…
Nicely done!! Refreshing to hear a band with the old influences, but a new sound!

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