Pictured here is James and Shane Atkinson preparing to record guitars for Evership’s 3rd and 4th albums
The recording is going well for Evership’s next project: a two-hour, two-album rock opera adapted from a work by American author Harold Bell Wright in the previous turn of the century. He has the distinction of being the first American author to gross a million dollars from fiction writing and sell a million copies of a novel! More than fifteen movies were made from his stories.
Music composition and demos are done. Lyrics are three-quarters complete. Drums are half-way. The Evership II band is back; Ben Young will be recording bass guitar this month on Part I. Acoustic guitars will be recorded on music row in Nashville in March with John Rose. Last weekend Shane went to Atlanta to record brother-magic (lead guitars) with his brother James.
In other news
Evership’s Shane Atkinson was interviewed with around twenty other modern progressive rock artists (including among others, Robert Berry, Echo Test, Soul Enema, Magenta, Life After Mars, Wobbler) in a new book by Vasileios Yfantis entitled “Is Prog Rock Really Progressive?”. Shane lays out some insights on the matter. You can support this project on Amazon; in paperback and ebook. Very interesting to hear all the different takes on this subject!
Is Prog Rock really progressive anymore? How do the current Prog bands feel about the genre and its legacy? Do they feel that there is progress in the music they perform? Different Prog artists/bands are being interviewed and answer 5 questions about the current status of the Progressive Rock and its culture. This exploratory research focuses on exploring the present and the future of a music genre that survived through the years due to its innovative nature.
While most of the previous Prog books focus on historical facts of the genre, this journalistic effort is a self-criticism of the genre through the looking glass of modern and active Prog musicians. The book starts with an introduction to Prog Rock by VIAJERO INMÓVIL Records (Argentina) and the rest of the material is divided into chapters that include the musicians’ answers to the following discussion themes:
1. What is progress in Progressive Rock? 2. Is Progressive Rock really progressive? 3. Accepting other music genres as progressive music 4. Next step for the progress of Progressive Rock 5. Technology and Progressive Rock
The participating Prog artists/bands that are being interviewed: Aisles, Anubis, Ant-Bee, EchoTest, Evership, Karakorum, Kotebel, Life After Mars, Light Freedom Revival, Lars Eric Mattson, Liquid Orbit, Magenta, Mouth, Process of Illumination, RTFACT, Robert Berry, Seven Impale, Soul Enema, Sproingg, Terra Collective, Time King, Wobbler, Yang.
The book was written by Vasileios Yfantis who has also authored other thematic books on Punk, Metal and music technology. Next plans for Vasileios Yfantis include the release of a Prog musical album in 2020 and a new book on melodic rock scheduled for release during the early 2021.
About the author Vasileios Yfantis has been working in the music industry for more than 20 years as a freelance music journalist. Moreover, he holds 2 Master Degrees in Information Technology and he is a Phd candidate in University of West Attica in Greece. Vasileios has presented conference papers in both Europe and Africa. The main areas of his research interests feature: Musicology, Marketing, Information Communications Technology, Digital Entertainment Industry.
Bibliography 1. V. Yfantis, “The Commercial Exploitation Of Color As A Consumer Stimulus” (Greek Edition), Createspace, 2013. 2. V. Yfantis, “The Lost Lyrics” (Greek Edition), Createspace, 2013. 3. V. Yfantis, “Punk Goes Science: The Academic Punk Bibliography”,CreateSpace, 2014. 4. V. Yfantis, “City Streets Of Europe”, Lulu, 2017. 5. V. Yfantis, “Metal Goes Science”, Createspace 2017. 6. V. Yfantis, “Disadvantaged Populations And Technology In Music”, Createspace 2017. 7. V. Yfantis, “Hip Hop Goes Science: Volume I”, Createspace 2019.
Well its been a long road of daily diligence, and we’re proud to announce to our loyal listeners that Evership II will be released on October 19, 2018! What took 10 years has been done in 10 months! An exhausted but excited Shane is currently mastering an hour and five minutes of new Evership music before making the drop to the retail machinery the day before the band leaves for New Jersey to perform at ProgStock! The new album has the same stunning artwork style as the debut, by Philip Willis.
Cover art and illustrations by Philip Willis.
1. The Serious Room (7:52)
2. Monomyth (10:42)
3. Real or Imagined (8:17)
4. Wanderer (7:39)
5. Isle of the Broken Tree (I. Castaway, II. Meadow of Shades, III. My Father’s Friend, IV. Hall of Visions, V. My Own Worst Enemy, VI. The Tree and the Door) (28:24)
All words, music, arrangements, production, engineering, programming, recording, mixing, mastering and art concept by Shane Atkinson, with the exception of “Meadow of Shades”, with words and music by Shane Atkinson and Dan Bracken.
Beau West: Lead Vocals
Shane Atkinson: Keyboards, Drums and Percussion, Vocals
James Atkinson: Lead Guitars
John Rose: Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Classical Guitar and Slide Guitar
Ben Young: Bass and Chapman Stick
Joel Grumblatt performed a portion of drums on The Serious Room (Recorded live at RoSFest in 2017)
Jesse Hardin performed a portion of the guitar solo on The Serious Room (Recorded live at RoSFest in 2017)
Additional Backing Vocals: Mike Priebe, Amelia West
Orchestra: Allison Cowan, Asa Graham Hartley, Nicelle Priebe, Gracie Staggenborg and Emily Walsh
Featuring the Charles Heimermann Chorale
ProgStock is celebrating its 2nd year as a Progressive Rock Festival held in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center on October 5th, 6th, & 7th, 2018.
Patron Ticket Sales will end at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, June 12th, 2918
Regular Ticket Sales begin on the same day at 12:00 NOON!!
All remaining tickets will be on sale at that time and will be priced at $195 for lower level seating and $165 for mezzanine seating for the entire three days of ProgStock including our late-night events!!
The final artist line-up is listed below, however, Eddie Jobson, Michael Sadler, and Tom Brislin have not yet confirmed who will play in their bands, so there will be more artist news as it develops.
The performers at ProgStock 2018 are talking to each one other and should result in some special musical collaborations onstage during the festival weekend!!
3:30 pm-4:30 pm – Orpheus Nine
4:30 pm-5:30 pm – break and meet & greet with Orpheus Nine
5:30 pm-7:30 pm – In Continuum
7:30 pm-9:00 pm – break and meet & greet with In Continuum
9:00p m-11:00 pm – Michael Sadler
11:00 pm – meet & greet with Michael Sadler
12:00 pm – ProgStock Late Night Event: House of Prog’s Progressive Coffeehouse featuring Dark Beauty, Steve Unruh, Rachel Flowers
11:00 am-12:00 pm – Ryche Chlanda & Flying Dreams
12:00 pm-1:00 pm – break and meet & greet with Ryche Chlanda & Flying Dreams
1:00 pm-2:15pm – Accordo dei Contrari
2:15 pm-3:30 pm – break and meet & greet with Accordo dei Contrari
3:30 pm-4:45 pm – Tom Brislin & Friends
4:45 pm-6:00 pm – break and meet & greet with Tom Brislin & Friends
6:00 pm-7:30 pm – Enchant
7:30 pm-9:00 pm – break and meet & greet with Enchant
9:00 pm-11:00 pm – IQ
11:00 pm – meet & greet with IQ
12:00 pm – ProgStock Late Night Event: Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, Fernando Perdomo & Out to Sea-Band
11:30 am-1:00pm – IZZ
1:00 pm-2:30 pm – break and meet & greet with IZZ
2:30 pm-4:00 pm – Evership
4:00 pm-5:30 pm – break and meet & greet with Evership
5:30 pm-7:30 pm – Mystery
7:30 pm-9:00 pm – break and meet & greet with Mystery
9:00 pm-11:00 pm – Jobson Plays ‘UK’
11:00 pm – meet & greet with Jobson Plays ‘UK’
THE PROGRESSIVE COFFEHOUSE – LATE-NIGHT FRIDAY
Steve Unruh (Resistor, The Samurai of Prog, UPF – United Progressive Fraternity)
Robert Schindler aka Robeone
LATE NIGHT SATURDAY NIGHT BANDS
Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius
Fernando Perdomo and the Out-To-Sea Band
Visit the ProgStock website for information about hotels, transportation, and Rahway hospitality!! http://www.progstock.com
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