by Nick | Apr 10, 2017 | Uncategorized
Mark Truey Trueack & Sean Timms (Unitopia) have linked up to form a one-off live band called U.N.I.T. dB. They are joined by Southern Empire’s Danny Lopresto (guitars, vocals) and Brody Thomas Green (drums,vocals), and Steve Unruh (flute, violin) from Resistor/The Samurai of Prog.
We hope this message finds you well. Recently, there has been some speculation regarding the status of the friendship between Mark & myself. As you may be aware, during the making of our (unfinished) album ‘Turn Left’, Mark & I had a disagreement over some issues that were dear to both our hearts. We disbanded Unitopia and we started our own projects, Mark with United Progressive Fraternity and myself with Southern Empire. Both projects have been met with great success and we are respectively very proud of them.
About 6 months ago, Mark & I had the opportunity to talk about a few things unrelated to Unitopia and we found that our respect and care for one another was still there, despite the damages of the past. Mark was extremely supportive throughout a difficult business situation that we were both involved in and this gave us hope that a rekindling of our friendship was possible.
Where does this leave Unitopia you might ask?
As of this writing, there are no plans to re-form Unitopia, but there are some exciting projects that both Mark & I are working on together. These will be announced in due course and we hope you’ll get behind them as you’ve done for every other project that we’ve been involved in.
UPF and Southern Empire are still our primary focus and there will be some very exciting announcements concerning all three bands very soon.
Thank you for your continued support of our music. It means a great deal to us and we are constantly humbled and honoured to have such a wonderful and caring fan base.
Cheers… Sean Timms & Mark Truey Trueack
Artwork by Ed Unitsky
by Nick | Oct 23, 2016 | News
just a little update on the Planetary Overload album.
We are taking our time with this one as we want to make sure that every song gets the attention and focus that this project needs.
Firstly the track “What happens Now” is with Guitar guru Matt Williams I am sure he will be laying down some very tasty bits.The track has drummer extraordinaire Jerry Marotta.
The Epic “Seeds for Life” arranged by Gordo Bennett is taking shape and I plan to lay my vocals down in the next 3 weeks.This track will feature some wonderful players including Dan Mash (bass), Marek Arnold (sax), Steve Unruh (flutes, violin production) Steve Hackett (guitars) Nick Magnus (keyboards)
This song is arranged by Jose Manuel Medina and written by Mark Truey Trueack its the next track in which I am working on now, the orchestration is wonderful and the sound is quite lush. Most of all the message comes through, I am yet to choose the musicians for this track.
I will be recording some of these tracks at Timms Tunes with some direction from Sean Timms along with some other secret stuff
More updates soon….
Mark Truey Trueack
United Progressive Fraternity – UPF Links
by Nick | Sep 12, 2016 | News
I spent my music time this weekend recording violin and flute for the next King of Agogik album! As usual, it was a thrill ride to solo over bizarre time changes and difficult key signatures. And it was, as usual, fun and rewarding.
So that’s that. The Samurai of Prog’s 2016 album, Lost and Found, is out. The new Decameron box set is out. The Resistor Box Set is headed to the manufacturing plant. The master CD of new Resistor album (Underground) is done – just awaiting development of the artwork. Other than my 9th solo album (which I’m getting used to procrastinating), all my ongoing projects are wrapped.
Onward into the Fall, with primary focus finally shifting to UPF – with apologies to Mark Truey Trueack and the guys that I went 2 months over schedule. (And I will occasionally carve out a little time for The Samurai to keep from delaying TSoP’s next album due to missing input from me, plus of course we’ll hold weekly Resistor rehearsals).
It feels good. I wanted to do a top-notch job on these projects. I think I have done so; none of them got shorted, and I’m quite happy with most of them. (And truly thrilled with some.) It will be a welcome change of style and focus to make UPF top priority for several months… the end of this weekend marks my musical focus shift.
For all those who care about this stuff, I thank you! I love what I do, and it’s a pleasure when others want to share it.