Burned at the Stake is from Laura Meade’s new studio album, The Most Dangerous Woman in America, due on May 21, 2021, on Doone Records, marks Meade’s follow up to her solo debut, 2018’s Remedium and 2019’s Don’t Panic with New York progressive rock septet IZZ.
1. UNSELF (1:05) 2. SELF (2:56) 3. KING GHOST (4:06) 4. 12 THINGS I FORGOT (4:43) 5. EMINENT SLEAZE (3:53) 6. MAN OF THE PEOPLE (4:42) 7. PERSONAL SHOPPER (9:49) 8. FOLLOWER (4:39) 9. COUNT OF UNEASE (6:08)
“The Future Bites” deals with two recurring themes of my musical output, identity and technology. It picks apart our 21st century utopia, while also allowing for moments of personal growth and optimism. It’s less a bleak vision of an approaching dystopia, more a curious reading of the here and now” – Steven Wilson
“SELF is about our new age of narcissism and self-obsession, one in which a human race that used to look out with curiosity at the world and the stars now spends much of its time gazing at a little screen to see themselves reflected back in the mirror of social media. In that sense everyone now can take part in the notion of celebrity, and has the potential to share their life with an invisible mass of people they will never meet. The video takes things further by exploring the idea that anyone can now project a version or “self” that has no bearing on reality, and by using only well known faces the deception is made transparent.” – Steven Wilson
We hope you and the people you care about are in good health and Covid free!! In these strange times we can imagine you want to visit some cool concerts again. We feel thesame about being on stage. To bridge the time we hope you like our new video!
It’s a brand new live video from our song 24/7 Smile, and it’s released 12 PM today. You can watch it here!
Vocalist Legrand about the lyrics he wrote to the song: “A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear .. and preferably 24/7. Imposed by the media and environment, the girl in the text can barely meet this 24-hour smile. But that 24/7 fake smile makes real emotion more and more difficult for her. Only when she cuts herself she feels real and alive, but she also thinks about the youth she wanted to forget …”
When all that’s happening without reason Makes her sad and shaded All those mend to fit pieces Now form out of shape faces Frightening
Reach down in time Try to get the fragments you left behind Reach down in time Try to get the pieces all in line
You might look for a lifetime But will never ever find The truth when it’s hiding Locked between wrong and right Girl, you better line up the pieces Girl, you better let them decide Let them decide
Reach down in time Trying to get the fragments you left behind Reach down in time Trying to get the pieces all in line
There’s a fine line that ties sense to reason There’s a fine line that keeps Heaven from Hell So said the Priest to the blind man “Then like a spell” For only the sane can see without eyes to tell
While the common and plain just live their lives So not you girl For some of them life plans otherwise Your mother left you with your dad when you were ten years old All because of you it was you knew it was your fault So you cut as deep as you can And hope it’s deep enough for her to return
Dear Lord praying for her to return Dear Lord for so long I’ve been riding My personal custom made losing streak Been riding that trail now for so long Been riding Tell me what the hell did I do What the hell did I do wrong?
You might look for a life sign You might look for me You might look for a life sign Your wounds might have healed But you cannot hide the scars from me
Strange thing they call it time As seen through a child’s eye Who cannot stop crying In search for excitement
There’s a fine line that gives sense to reason There’s a fine line between Heaven and Hell So said the Priest to the blind man “Then like a spell” For only the sane can see without eyes to tell
The track was recorded during our concert in Willem Twee Poppodium last year, months before the Covid-19 era, and appears on our ‘Out Of The Freakshow‘ album, which is still available on CD and 2LP.
Wish You Were Here is from the debut album of “Black Floyd,” “titled to honor the roots of Rock and Roll, as we revisit the genre.” The McBroom Sisters are Durga McBroom and Lorelei McBroom, former backing vocalists for the legendary Pink Floyd and many others. On this album they sing both lead and backing vocals on a combination of classic Pink Floyd covers and their own original songs co-written with Jon Carin, Guy Pratt, Lemmy Kilmister, Paul Litteral, Dave Kerzner and more.
This is the debut album of The McBroom Sisters called “Black Floyd,” “titled to honor the roots of Rock and Roll, as we revisit the genre.” The McBroom Sisters are Durga McBroom and Lorelei McBroom, former backing vocalists for the legendary Pink Floyd and many others. On this album they sing both lead and backing vocals on a combination of classic Pink Floyd covers and their own original songs co-written with Jon Carin, Guy Pratt, Lemmy Kilmister, Paul Litteral, Dave Kerzner and more.
Tracklisting 1. Gods and Lovers 06:22 2. Money Don’t Make The Man 05:35 3. Wish You Were Here 05:21 4. What Do You Want From Me 04:18 5. Love of a Lifetime 04:15 6. Poles Apart 07:03 7. Have A Cigar 07:23 8. Goodbye Blue Sky 03:06 9. A Girl Like That 05:55 10. On The Turning Away 05:58 11. The Great Gig In The Sky 04:37 12. Forgotten How To Smile 06:13 13. Intermission 00:39 14. Cocoon 09:07
Black Floyd by The McBroom Sisters features vocals by Lorelei McBroom, Durga McBroom and special guest vocalists Louise Goffin, Lara Smiles and Emily Lynn. Guitars by David Domminney Fowler, Fernando Perdomo, Randy McStine, Billy Sherwood and Steve McElroy. Keyboards by Dave Kerzner, Jon Carin, Jason Sawford, Dave Innis, David Domminney Fowler and Paul Grant. Bass by Fernando Perdomo, Ricky Howard and drums by Derek Cintron, Paul Bonney, Nick Mason and David Domminney Fowler. Trumpet Paul Litteral, Saxophone Mike Kidson and Violin by Lili Haydn.
“Storm Surge” is about the anxiety we all feel in these uncertain times. With the global pandemic, the fight against racism and the continuing struggle for social justice, climate change, political upheaval, economic turmoil, and a future of uncertainty, there is a storm that’s raging inside of us right now.
….”as stated by Joe Deninzon” A little over a year ago, my son Max was playing a short piano piece by 19th-century composer Friedrich Burgmüller, called “The Storm.” The piece was stuck in my head because I would hear him practicing it every day. I started to imagine it as a rock power ballad and began to sketch out a slowed-down version with the basic chord changes and structure.
I was imagining a cello replacing the ostinato part played by the left hand on the piano, so I asked my friend Ruti Celli, who I met on Cruise to the Edge last year when we played with Dave Kerzner and In Continuum, to contribute her beautiful part.
Our drummer, Jason Gianni, had a sketch he never finished that he thought would be a perfect fit in the middle of the song. I layered a huge string orchestra on top of that section and recruited the great guitarist/producer Fernando Perdomo to lay down a soaring guitar solo.
Next, I was hearing a flute during the breakdown section that followed. We have never had a flute, or any woodwinds for that matter, on one of our recordings! I asked the genius multi-instrumentalist Rachel Flowers to play the flute and lay down a piano track for the song. Rachel has been blind since age 3 and plays piano, flute, bass, guitar, drums, stick, sings, and records and mixes her own albums! I’ve met and worked with a lot of gifted people in my career, but don’t think I have ever met a person with this level of talent! Check out the documentary about her, Hearing is Believing, on Amazon Prime.
Finally, I’ve been into the idea of using outside singers in Stratospheerius. Up until his time, I have always been the lead vocalist. The new album we are slowly putting together will feature many special guests. We’ve been longtime fans of the 80’s Canadian band SAGA best known for hits like “Wind Him Up” and “On The Loose.” When we played at the ProgStock Festival afterparty back in 2018, Saga’s lead singer Michael Sadlercaught our set after his performance at the festival, and was raving about the band! We were incredibly humbled to receive such words of encouragement from such an iconic artist.
We felt Michael’s voice would be perfect for this song! He ended up contributing a jaw-dropping vocal performance, enhancing the melody, and adding Queenesque harmonies. As a side note, he and his wife Gwen turned out to be some of the nicest and most gracious people I have ever worked with.
Stratospheerius is: Joe Deninzon – lead vocals/electric violin Jason Gianni- drums Michelangelo Quirinale – guitar Paul Ranieri – bass
Special Performances on Storm Surge Video and Single Michael Sadler – Vocals Rachel Flowers – Keys and Flute Yulia Ziskel – Violin RutiCelli – Cello Fernando Perdomo – Guitar
Tracked by Rave Tesar (Renaissance) Mixed and mastered by Rich Mouser (Spocks Beard, Dream Theater)
Blood Like Red is the 3rd track from the 2014 Music From An Expanded Universe album. The video features Leon Alvarado on Keyboards and Drums. Trey Gunn (King Crimson, The Security Project) on Warr Guitar and Bass and Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates) on Taos Drums percussion. Produced by Leon Alvarado, Engineered by Leon Alvarado, Trey Gunn and Mastered by Andy Jackson
For years I had wanted to add visuals to what it is one of my favorite pieces from my music. Leon Alvarado
Leon Alvarado is Texas-based prog drummer, keyboardist, composer, and illustrator, Alvarado has recorded with many talented musicians including Bill Bruford (Gong, Yes, Genesis, Earthworks), John Goodsall (Brand X, Fire Merchants), Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Paul McCartney), Billy Sherwood (Yes, Asia), Rick Wakeman and Tony Levin.
On the graphics front I have done album covers and touring materials for bands such as Brand X, Genesis, Phil Collins, Jethro Tull, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Roger Waters, The Australian Pink Floyd Show, and King’s X.
A Critics Point of View
This is not one of those balls-to-walls prog-rock affairs. For instance on “Blood Like Red,” the artists execute a slowly moving and budding rock pulse, steered by Gunn’s prominent bass lines, in support of the leader’s polytonal voicings, sounding somewhere in between a mellotron and synth strings type soundscape. Moreover, Alvarado layers a tabla vibe to incorporate a world music background into the mix, followed by Gunn’s stinging and crunchy Warr guitar notes. All About Jazz
“Blood Like Red” starts and ends with atmospheric wind effects with the middle brimming with Alvarado’s spacier synth exploits and Gunn’s textural Warr guitar crunch. It is here the band really gets into a full but subtle groove. Jon Neudorf – Sea of Tranquility
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