Critically acclaimed UK progressive alt-rockers Kyros return with the expansive new single ‘Illusions Inside (Feat. Dominique Gilbert)’ (July 28th).
Having built a reputation for their innovative sound, high octane live shows and fiercely DIY approach, the band have been gradually building hype with a unique sound which brings together the melodic hooks of pop with the musical complexity and depth of progressive rock and metal, Kyros has carved out a unique niche and built a feverish fanbase.
The new single ‘Illusions Inside’ offers another taste of the band’s unique ‘Synth-Prog’ sound. Featuring guest vocals from DMNIQ alongside the band’s vocalist Shelby Logan Warne, the band once again showcase their unique blend of expansive synths, punching drums, distorted guitar lines and driving bass to create an 80s influenced, explosive prog rock soundscape.
Topped with the bright, urgent yet considered, soaring dual lead vocals, the track is given a central melodic hook as it moves restlessly through emotive lyricism and infectiously catchy vocal lines.
A striking, complex yet accessible offering, ‘Illusions Inside’ offers a sense of the band’s uncanny ability to craft intertwining complex, playful musical ideas and riffs, with moments of virtuoso instrumentation delivered with a sense of infectious energy.
Speaking on the track, Kyros explain: “‘Illusions Inside’ is about that inner voice that reflects on your past and influences your current decisions in an attempt to capture those more innocent days. The track explores themes of inner turmoil, lost innocence and longing for simpler times. The difference between an easy and carefree existence versus feeling emotionally drained and broken.
The song was all written off the back of several bass riffs which eventually became the backbone for the song. It resulted in a track that feels very ’same but different’ for us.
As the song developed, we organically saw the need to get in a featured vocalist for the first time. Initially, we only wanted her for the choruses, but Dominique killed it so much that her role became something much more integrated through the song. One of those happy collaboration moments, for sure.”
Having already received widespread acclaim from the likes of Prog Magazine and Prog Rock Journal, the band have toured across Europe (with Spock’s Beard), supported the likes of Marillion and IQ, performed at festivals all over Europe as well as playing a joint headline tour of the east coast of America. These include ROS Fest in North America, Prog Dreams and A British Prog Invasion in the Netherlands, 2 Days Prog + 1 in Italy, and Night of the Prog IX in Germany to name a few.
Now back with more material, Kyros look to further solidify their place as one of the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming Prog bands.
Hello everyone, The time has sadly come to announce the departure of our bassist, Peter Episcopo. This was by no means sudden to the rest of the band as we’ve been aware of this decision for a while. Our recent shows were our last with Peter and the feeling was incredibly bittersweet and we feel privileged and grateful that more people than ever came out to see us and share the send off with us. We will all continue to be close friends with Peter and look forward to many more happy memories ahead outside of Kyros. Let’s all wish Peter the best of luck for his future endeavors! A few words from the man himself:
“Hi all, My last note with Kyros was a D#, at the end of Cloudburst at the Lower Third in London. I never wanted it to end on that note, but hey.. After almost 10 years, it feels surreal to be announcing my departure from Kyros. The band has been a big part of my life ever since Shelby graced me with bass duties back in 2014. Playing with Robin, Joey and Shelby has been an absolute honour, a treasure that I will always hold dear. They’re insanely gifted musicians and keeping up with their skill level has been one heck of a challenge. I remember walking into our third ever rehearsal with a shirt saying ‘Sorry girls, I’m gay… The bond grew strong. Fellow musicians quickly became friends. Friends became family. Jesus, so dramatic… All I’m trying to say is that I’m very fond of them. My eyes got watery when I last hugged them at the end of our last show together. I wish them all the best and will always be a fan of their music. I’m massively looking forward to the new material and I’m very proud of what we have achieved and to have been a part of this adventure.
I would like to take this opportunity to also thank you all for the continuous support over the years. I’ve met many lovely people and have played alongside many incredible bands on this journey. I don’t know where, I don’t know when, but I know we’ll meet again. All the best, Peter”
And with our next shows a mere four months away – we must press on ahead and the search begins for a new bassist for Kyros Time is of the essence but we are determined to find someone who fits our ethos, drive, determination and tenacity. We are ideally looking for a bassist who is based in the south/midlands of England, has a good ear for learning parts aurally, is capable of basic keyboard playing and backing vocals.
If you think you fit the bill, we’d love to hear from you ASAP.
To get started – send us some footage of you playing, plus some brief words about yourself to [email protected]
We’ve been Kyros. You’ve been amazing. Here’s to the future. Shelby, Joey & Robin
By now, some of you may know that ESP has backed out of this year’s festival. Needless to say, I am extremely saddened by this, but totally respect their wishes. All I’m saying is, it’s a very wise decision on their behalf and I thank them for letting me know so much in advance to give me time to sort a replacement. Now, I did toy with the idea of just absorbing their set, but NO – we sorted it last year when Leafblade had to drop out !! Therefore, I put wheels in motion, sent out scouts, spent some time on the interweb and thus I can now announce their replacement as I had final confirmation this morning – please welcome onboard (drum roll please) – The Blackheart Orchestra !!!! They will be taking the same slot as ESP, 1.25 – 2.10 pm on Saturday 21st………. WooHoo.
Caravan/Motor Home/Tent Hard standing pitch (with water and electric) – £26 per night, Grass Pitch – £22, Small Tent – (max capacity 2 persons) – £17. Non-Electric pitch – deduct £4.00 per night Literally, a 15-20 min walk to thevenue, along the river !!!
It is with great regret that we must announce Sam’s departure from
the band. Sam joined Kyros before the release of the then self-titled
‘Synaesthesia’ album and has played a
key role in performing, singing and writing material since. Having
contributed significantly towards the writing and playing on ‘Vox
Humana’ and the next album too. Please read Sam’s statement below:
“It is with regret that I must announce my departure from Kyros. The band has been a massive part of my life over the last 6 years, and I am very proud of the things we have done in that time. I still love the music we made, as well as the direction the band is taking it moving forward, and the guys remain amongst my dearest friends, but sadly it is time for me to move on. The inherent challenges of working with a band with members spread so far across the country and beyond, have simply become incompatible with my day to day life, and too often these challenges have clouded the joy of being a band and making music, as well as distracting me from other sources of joy in my life.
Moving forward, my primary focus is on my music teaching, my family, and friends. In addition to this, there are new creative projects on the horizon, which I am very excited to start bringing into fruition. I wish Kyros all success and happiness moving forward, and know that they will carry on taking the music to places I could never have seen coming!”
Sam’s last performance with us was our appearance at
Veruno’s 2DaysProg+1 Festival back in September. Following much
discussion regarding how to move forward, we have decided to carry on as
a four-piece with Joey taking on full guitar responsibilities and with
that, our debut as a four-piece will take place at the UK Prog Invasion
Fest at Duycker in Holland next month. We wish Sam all the very best in
his future endeavours. Let’s wish him all the very best of luck!
US band, Edge of Reality, has been an ongoing venture for many years, initially instigated by Joey Frevola (Kyros) back when he was still in high school. He revived the band in 2014 and the same year they released their debut album, “Elephant in My Pajamas” by some critics described as a meeting of minds between Snarky Puppy and Haken. Some line-up alterations later and a second album, “Vicious Circle” was released. Following this, the band has released a couple of singles, self-released just like their albums, and a third studio album is planned for a 2018 release. Current band members are Brandon Center (drums), Jesse Brock (vocals), Jesse Peck (guitars), Joey Frevola (guitars) and Nick Mills (bass).
The band describes their music as being eclectic art metal, and that is, in fact, a useful indication about what to expect from this band. Like so many younger prog bands these days, they do like to have a go with both harder riffs and majestic riff and keyboard arrangements, but they are just as fond of shifting towards a more atmospheric laden, neo-progressive sound as well as quirkier details closer to the likes of Bent Knee. Complete with the occasional detours into jazzier landscapes.
We do like to sign and support our homegrown bands at RoSfest, documenting to our fellow Americans as well as to our faithful visitors that Made in America is still a mark of quality. Edge of Reality is a fine addition to the roster of homegrown progressive rock bands and we expect them to stimulate your musical palate once they hit the stage. RoSfest 2019 will take place on May 3rd through May 5th, 2019 at the Sarasota Opera House, Florida.
The final line-up and schedule for the festival are still TBA. Confirmed bands to appear so far are Riverside, Karmamoi, and Traverser.
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