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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/devin-townsend-project-on-hiatus/
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT Albums Ranked

Devin Townsend announced that Devin Townsend Project is going on an indefinite hiatus, sharing the following update through his Facebook page:

Hey guys, Devin here.

So after 8 years of touring with DTP, I’ve decided to take a break from this band and focus on a number of other projects I’ve been really wanting to do for some time now.

The band have been there with me through thick and thin and we’ve shared some pretty great moments – I can’t say enough good things about them – and in the future, I’m sure we’ll work again.

I have 4 new albums I am currently working on. I am currently in the finishing stages one of the grandest and most overwhelming projects that I have been fortunate to do. It’s certainly my favorite DVD release of them all and is a powerful moment, if I can say so myself. Ocean Machine Live In Plovdiv (tentative name).

Mixing the orchestras, choirs, the ‘by-request’ set and the full ‘Ocean Machine’ album in that magnificent setting has been hugely rewarding. Seeing this spectacle come to life is a testament to this period of work and I can’t wait for you to see and hear it.

Life is short and I have a lot I need to say in some new and different avenues. I will certainly continue to play live in several new ways (starting next year) and I’m excited about some collaborative things that have also come up as well.

I salute the band, the team, and the audience for allowing us to do what we have done and the patience to accommodate my persistent morphing.

As someone whose music is connected to his personal growth, I feel an obligation to follow this muse wherever it leads. To not do so would be in direct opposition to what it is I have fundamentally done for all these years. Peace and respect, Devin Townsend

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/devin-townsend-project-on-hiatus/
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT Albums Ranked

Devin Townsend announced that Devin Townsend Project is going on an indefinite hiatus, sharing the following update through his Facebook page:

Hey guys, Devin here.

So after 8 years of touring with DTP, I’ve decided to take a break from this band and focus on a number of other projects I’ve been really wanting to do for some time now.

The band have been there with me through thick and thin and we’ve shared some pretty great moments – I can’t say enough good things about them – and in the future, I’m sure we’ll work again.

I have 4 new albums I am currently working on. I am currently in the finishing stages one of the grandest and most overwhelming projects that I have been fortunate to do. It’s certainly my favorite DVD release of them all and is a powerful moment, if I can say so myself. Ocean Machine Live In Plovdiv (tentative name).

Mixing the orchestras, choirs, the ‘by-request’ set and the full ‘Ocean Machine’ album in that magnificent setting has been hugely rewarding. Seeing this spectacle come to life is a testament to this period of work and I can’t wait for you to see and hear it.

Life is short and I have a lot I need to say in some new and different avenues. I will certainly continue to play live in several new ways (starting next year) and I’m excited about some collaborative things that have also come up as well.

I salute the band, the team, and the audience for allowing us to do what we have done and the patience to accommodate my persistent morphing.

As someone whose music is connected to his personal growth, I feel an obligation to follow this muse wherever it leads. To not do so would be in direct opposition to what it is I have fundamentally done for all these years. Peace and respect, Devin Townsend

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=22184&IdCompany=8

LA progressive rock outfit Perfect Beings have just released their latest album and debut for InsideOut/Sony Music, Vier.  The album finds the band at their experimental best with a diverse collection of tracks including the first two singles, “Anunnaki – Patterns of Light” and “Vibrational – Mysteries, Not Answers.”
 
In a new video, members Ryan Hurtgen and Jesse Nason, along with Sean Reinert,
(Johannes Luley does not appear in the video) talk about the new album, how Reinert joined the band and upcoming shows. 
 
You can see the video here:
https://youtu.be/a23IC8vURpU
 
“…their most adventurous record to date.”
-Prog Magazine
 
“Vier is a fascinating work. Not only does it possess astounding variety and scope internally, but it also expands the group’s formula in stunning ways.”
-The Prog Report
 
“The genre has been around for so long that you would assume that it’s all been done by now. And then a band comes along that actually pushes things forward and challenges the listener. Perfect Beings are that band.”
-Progressive Music Planet
 

Videos from ‘Vier’:
“Vibrational – Mysteries, Not Answers”  https://youtu.be/uPLs6x82VmE
“Anunnaki – Patterns of Light”  https://youtu.be/IgRYwPnHyfY

The album is available on CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP(+CD) & digital download here: https://perfectbeings.lnk.to/Vier

Vier tracklisting:

Guedra – 18:23
01. A New Pyramid
02. The Blue Lake of Understanding
03. Patience
04. Enter the Center

The Golden Arc – 16:47
05. The Persimmon Tree
06. Turn the World Off
07. America
08. For a Pound of Flesh

Vibrational – 18:17
09. The System and Beyond
10. Mysteries, Not Answers
11. Altars of the Gods
12. Everywhere at Once
13. Insomnia

Anunnaki – 18:42
14. Lord Wind
15. Patterns of Light
16. A Compromise
17. Hissing the Wave of the Dragon
18. Everything’s Falling Apart
 

About the band:
Singer Ryan Hurtgen originally met Johannes Luley as a client in Luley’s Los Angeles-based recording studio, My Sonic Temple. Luley, who was instantly impressed with his personality, song-crafting skills, and voice, asked Hurtgen to join him on a new project. This new group was going to continue the path Luley’s former band Moth Vellum had set out on. The two became fast friends and soon put together a full band which would also include founding member Jesse Nason on keyboards. After releasing Perfect Beings (2014) and II  (2015) to critical acclaim, a few personnel changes occurred that left the band without a rhythm section. The guys decided they wouldn’t be deterred, even by such a major setback. Instead, they hired Minneapolis transplant Ben Levin to play the drums on their next album, with Luley taking over the bass spot in addition to playing guitars. The result is the exhilarating double album, Vier. As the group got closer to completing the record, they approached InsideOut, whose label chief Thomas Waber had shown interest a couple of years earlier. The parties agreed to join forces and release the record in early 2018. Levin dropped out and progressive rock drumming phenom Sean Reinert joined the band to add even more life force to an already powerful and highly skilled group, which also includes Jason Lobell on bass. The band can be seen in its current lineup at RoSfest 2018, early May in Gettysburg, PA.

Perfect Beings are:
Ryan Hurtgen – vocals; piano
Johannes Luley – guitars; bass
Jesse Nason – keyboards
Sean Reinert – drums; percussion
Jason Lobell – bass
Brett McDonald – sax and flute
 
 
Perfect Beings online:
perfectbeingsband.com 
https://www.facebook.com/perfectbeingsband/
https://twitter.com/perfect_beings?lang=en
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7fJNN670oDFsmbLzd0HLCw



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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/blindboss-our-tribe-review/
Blindboss - Our Tribe

Blindboss, a one-man band from Costa Mesa in California, is set to launch a new album entitled Our Tribe on February 23.

The project, founded by multi-instrumentalist Max Histrionic, who previously released music as Chameleon Technology, ties together elements of rock and punk into his sound, and for 2018 Blindboss does it on a very high level. The transit themes of the comings and goings of everyday life are some of the motifs that spiral throughout the 12-track album. Also, rolling with the high-energized concepts, there are hints of the musician striving to fulfil a bigger sound. There are instances where it looks like Blindboss is attempting to fill their songs with a more classic rock approach to their music. In this case, this works in a more expansive way to fulfil their themes whilst melding title to track.

“Roman Coke” opens Our Tribe on a high note with sounds that don’t spiral out of control. There is an order to the pacing and everything is executed in excruciating detail. The music comes off as clear and concise, yet with a slight hesitation to let loose that comes off as a bit strained. But once the vocals come around, this seems to set the band at ease and everything comes across as more rhythmic. The piece soars with vocals of Histrionic.

“Jaguar’s Creed” comes off as rather intense, what has to do with power chords transition, courtesy of, again, Max Histrionic, and his powerful singing. Rhythm section is nothing less powerful in providing the strong backbone through the over-the-top bass lines and heavy hitting. Listeners will catch the exciting sounds of the high-powered chorus in “Kelsey Rae,” “Newport Douche,” and “Toad.”

Blindboss’ template of hard work and uplifting crossover rock music with elements of punk and metal works. This has allowed for him to own his own sound, instead of tapering off sounds from other bands that reside in the similar circles. Blindboss’ music is a great find for someone looking for more edgy take on the rock music.

Our Tribe by Blindboss is available for pre-order on Bandcamp.

Tracklist:

1. Roman Coke
2. Newport Douche
3. Ego Echo
4. R.A.L.U.
5. Matriarch
6. Jaguar’s Creed
7. Toad
8. Kelsey Rae
9. Bug’s Log
10. Our Tribe
11. Roy
12. Shade Struck

Links:

blindboss.net

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/blindboss-our-tribe-review/
Blindboss - Our Tribe

Blindboss, a one-man band from Costa Mesa in California, is set to launch a new album entitled Our Tribe on February 23.

The project, founded by multi-instrumentalist Max Histrionic, who previously released music as Chameleon Technology, ties together elements of rock and punk into his sound, and for 2018 Blindboss does it on a very high level. The transit themes of the comings and goings of everyday life are some of the motifs that spiral throughout the 12-track album. Also, rolling with the high-energized concepts, there are hints of the musician striving to fulfil a bigger sound. There are instances where it looks like Blindboss is attempting to fill their songs with a more classic rock approach to their music. In this case, this works in a more expansive way to fulfil their themes whilst melding title to track.

“Roman Coke” opens Our Tribe on a high note with sounds that don’t spiral out of control. There is an order to the pacing and everything is executed in excruciating detail. The music comes off as clear and concise, yet with a slight hesitation to let loose that comes off as a bit strained. But once the vocals come around, this seems to set the band at ease and everything comes across as more rhythmic. The piece soars with vocals of Histrionic.

“Jaguar’s Creed” comes off as rather intense, what has to do with power chords transition, courtesy of, again, Max Histrionic, and his powerful singing. Rhythm section is nothing less powerful in providing the strong backbone through the over-the-top bass lines and heavy hitting. Listeners will catch the exciting sounds of the high-powered chorus in “Kelsey Rae,” “Newport Douche,” and “Toad.”

Blindboss’ template of hard work and uplifting crossover rock music with elements of punk and metal works. This has allowed for him to own his own sound, instead of tapering off sounds from other bands that reside in the similar circles. Blindboss’ music is a great find for someone looking for more edgy take on the rock music.

Our Tribe by Blindboss is available for pre-order on Bandcamp.

Tracklist:

1. Roman Coke
2. Newport Douche
3. Ego Echo
4. R.A.L.U.
5. Matriarch
6. Jaguar’s Creed
7. Toad
8. Kelsey Rae
9. Bug’s Log
10. Our Tribe
11. Roy
12. Shade Struck

Links:

blindboss.net

Facebook

Instagram

YouTube

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This news story was originally published here: http://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2018/01/30/rtfact-life-is-good/

Life wasn’t good under the old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Among the many things that were banned were jokes, conducting an orchestra and Beatles moptops.

Western music was derided as imperialist and decadent, and a threat to the Soviet way of life. Donna Summer, Julio Iglesias and The Clash were among the many mainstream acts whose material could only be obtained expensively on the black market or as poor-quality flexi discs made out of discarded hospital X-rays.

Imagine then trying to find Genesis, Yes or King Crimson. But this only made Soviet music lovers more determined to track down their albums – and they were treated as precious artefacts, a musical glimpse into an exciting, forbidden world.

The result of this deprivation is that modern-day Russian prog lovers have a reverence for the music that may even exceed our own here on The Progressive Aspect. And those who have the talent to compose and play progressive rock inevitably draw heavily from the bands they worship.

Such is the case with RTFACT, whose debut album makes no secret of its classic ’70s influences. From the opening strains of what could be a Rick Wakeman medieval rock opera to the Gentle Giant-inspired vocals to the cod classical keyboards of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Life Is Good is a blatant throwback.

Luckily, it’s also chock-full of great tunes, superb playing and a generally upbeat, joyful attitude that should bring a smile to the face of all but the most hard-bitten, cynical listeners and Roger Trenwith.

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The title track is a bold, optimistic statement of intent that rocks nimbly along while packing in plenty of Yes and Jethro Tull-ish moments. Artifact is a mostly keyboard-driven instrumental that jumps between being frenetic and stately before ending on a triumphant clash of percussion.

I Got Money In My Pocket could be something Trevor Rabin might have tried out with Yes during their “let’s have a hit single” period, while Gotika only needs a knife driven through the keys of a Hammond organ to complete its tribute to ELP.

Sometimes there’s a dollop of cheese, such as the 1980s power-ballad opening of Hail To The Winner, but it is done with such a lack of pretension and an obvious love for the music they are creating that you just have to go along with it.

Everything is held together by the keyboards of Edward Tsiselsky and Dmitry Ilugdin, while drummer Joel Taylor is nimble and inventive enough to make tempo and time changes sound effortless.

And there’s a host of special guests here, including Steve Hackett’s vocalist Nad Sylvan, guitar virtuoso Oz Noy and saxophonist Gary Meek, but none of them hog the limelight. Instead they blend in nicely to give the entire album a cohesive feel.

RTFACT are not breaking any musical boundaries. But they are celebrating the music that helped them break the political boundaries that imprisoned them in their own country.

Some people credit The Beatles in helping to bring down the old Soviet Union. Perhaps prog played a part too, by inspiring young people to break their own boundaries through creativity and exploration. Life may not be good in Vladimir Putin’s Russia but it might be a little better than it was.

TRACK LISTING
01. Life Is Good (6:04)
02. Artifact (6:24)
03. I Got Money In My Pocket (6:13)
04. Gotika (5:03)
05. Hail To The Winner (Part I) (3:35)
06. Hail To The Winner (Part II – Tarantella) (3:28)
07. The King, The Master, And The Timekeeper (4:30)
08. Hollywood Walk Of Fame (6:02)
09. Life Is Good (Remix) (1:16)

Total Time – 42:35

MUSICIANS
Edward Tsiselsky – Keyboards
Dmitry Ilugdin – Synthesizers
Eugene Sharikov – Bass
Joel Taylor – Drums
~ With:
Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals
Nad Sylan – Vocals
Will Champlin – Vocals
Oz Noy – Guitar
Jeff Kollman – Guitar
Rafael Moreira – Guitar
Josh Smith – Guitar
Gary Meek – Flute, Sax

ADDITIONAL INFO
Record label: AFL Music
Country of origin: Russia/USA
Date of Release: 18th August 2017

LINKS
RTFACT – Facebook | Bandcamp

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=22183&IdCompany=8

German instrumental rock powerhouse Long Distance Calling are set to release their sixth studio album ‘Boundless’ this Friday 2nd February 2018. To celebrate its imminent arrival, the band have launched an album player featuring snippets from all the albums tracks.

Listen now here: https://youtu.be/EjBVH6HiIR0
 
Watch the recently released video for ‘Ascending’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU7WE1XejEk
 
Watch the video for ‘Out There’ (directed by Iconographic), here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Dh5vUlQdl4
 
The album will be released as a special edition digipak CD, Gatefold 2LP + CD (incl. etching on side D) & as digital download. Pre-order & stream the singles now here:
https://longdistancecalling.lnk.to/Boundless
 
 Following the release of two albums that saw the band exploring the addition of vocals to their sound, the band have gone back to basics and created a purely instrumental record.
The band comments: “We are happy to announce our new album ‘BOUNDLESS’ which will see the light of day on February 2nd 2018. This time around the four of us locked ourselves in a room over a couple of months and pretty much got back to where we started as a band to catch this “go with the flow” feeling. This is probably the purest LDC album ever, no guests, no vocals, all instrumental.  We´re stoked how it turned out and this album got a lot of energy, heaviness, melodies and twists, we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.”
 
The track-listing of the album is as follows:
1. Out There
2. Ascending
3. In The Clouds
4. Like A River
5. The Far Side
6. On The Verge
7. Weightless
8. Skydivers


 
Further to the above, the band recently announced new tour dates in support of the new album release. Two new dates have been added to the list, in bold below. See here for the full list of dates:
 
LONG DISTANCE CALLING Tour:
Presented by VISIONS, GITARRE & BASS, METAL.DE, ECLIPSED, METAL HAMMER, GUITAR

02.02.2018 – Dortmund (D), FZW (‘Boundless’ Release Show/followed by Visions Party) – SOLD OUT

23.02.2018 – Saarbrücken (D), Garage (Club)
24.02.2018 – Laufen (CH), Biomill
28.02.2018 – Hannover (D), Lux
01.03.2018 – Berlin (D), Musik & Frieden
02.03.2018 –  Hamburg (D), Indra
03.03.2018 – Kiel (D), Die Pumpe
04.03.2018 – Bremen (D), Tower
05.03.2018 – Köln (D), Gebäude 9
06.03.2018 – Wiesbaden (D), Schlachthof (Kesselhaus)
07.03.2018 – Stuttgart (D), ClubCann
08.03.2018 – München (D), Kranhalle
09.03.2018 – Wien (AT), B72
10.03.2018 – Prag (CZ), Nova Chmelnice
11.03.2018 – Dresden (D), Beatpol
12.03.2018 – Nürnberg (D), Club Stereo
 
Long Distance Calling tear everything down and let it blossom again. ‘Boundless’ sounds like freedom found again, sometimes weightless, sometimes oppressively heavy.
 
 
LONG DISTANCE CALLING online:
www.longdistancecalling.de/
www.facebook.com/longdistancecalling
www.instagram.com/longdistancecalling
https://longdistancecalling.merchcowboy.com/

This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/atomic-shadows-hiraeth-video/
Watch ATOMIC SHADOWS' Samurai-Inspired Video for "Hiraeth"

Belgrade, Serbia-based metal four-piece Atomic Shadows has recently launched a video for the new single “Hiraeth,” taken from their upcoming full-length release. The animated video for the song can be seen below, and was signed by Bosko Davidovic (BossCo Production).

The band commented: “The story of ‘Hiraeth’ is primarily an expression of nostalgic feelings, the times you lived through, the desire for what has been and longing for what could have been. Sense of fulfilment for overcoming bad things but also scars and painful moments in the past and the struggle with them on the present journey in life. The song is concepted so the listeners can find they’re own stories and meaning behind metaphorical lyrics.

The visual side of the song is based on a concept reflecting the Samurai story and journey.

To complement the song, scenes with different seasons represent time and graveyard reminds you of how fragile life is. Story begins with a Samurai practice, leaving home, fighting, climbing the hill to look at his home from distance and burning, in the last scene. The video was made with silhouettes with the simple background drawings so it gives you a dreamy feel,” the band continues.

It is expected that Atomic Shadows enters enter the studio in a few weeks and finish the recording of the album, which is expected to be launched before Summer 2018. A few more singles and videos will be released in the meantime.

They say, “the main focus after that are the gigs and expanding our audience in Europe. We are in contact with some gig organisers and we’re preparing and working hard in rehearsal studios to give the audiences something different and exciting.

Watch a video for “Hiraeth” below.

Atomic Shadows line-up:

Dragisa Beric – vocals
Djordje Radunovic – guitar
Jozef Covic – bass
Aleksa Dinic – drums

Follow Atomic Shadows on Facebook and Instagram.

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/atomic-shadows-hiraeth-video/
Watch ATOMIC SHADOWS' Samurai-Inspired Video for "Hiraeth"

Belgrade, Serbia-based metal four-piece Atomic Shadows has recently launched a video for the new single “Hiraeth,” taken from their upcoming full-length release. The animated video for the song can be seen below, and was signed by Bosko Davidovic (BossCo Production).

The band commented: “The story of ‘Hiraeth’ is primarily an expression of nostalgic feelings, the times you lived through, the desire for what has been and longing for what could have been. Sense of fulfilment for overcoming bad things but also scars and painful moments in the past and the struggle with them on the present journey in life. The song is concepted so the listeners can find they’re own stories and meaning behind metaphorical lyrics.

The visual side of the song is based on a concept reflecting the Samurai story and journey.

To complement the song, scenes with different seasons represent time and graveyard reminds you of how fragile life is. Story begins with a Samurai practice, leaving home, fighting, climbing the hill to look at his home from distance and burning, in the last scene. The video was made with silhouettes with the simple background drawings so it gives you a dreamy feel,” the band continues.

It is expected that Atomic Shadows enters enter the studio in a few weeks and finish the recording of the album, which is expected to be launched before Summer 2018. A few more singles and videos will be released in the meantime.

They say, “the main focus after that are the gigs and expanding our audience in Europe. We are in contact with some gig organisers and we’re preparing and working hard in rehearsal studios to give the audiences something different and exciting.

Watch a video for “Hiraeth” below.

Atomic Shadows line-up:

Dragisa Beric – vocals
Djordje Radunovic – guitar
Jozef Covic – bass
Aleksa Dinic – drums

Follow Atomic Shadows on Facebook and Instagram.

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/interviews/the-kreutzer-sonata-interview/
The Kreutzer Sonata

February 14 marks the release of a new album from Chicago hardcore punk four-piece The Kreutzer Sonata entitled ‘The Gutters of Paradise,’ out via Don’t Panic/Collision Course/No Time Records. The band has launched two singles off of the album, available now for pre-order via their Bandcamp. In a new interview for Prog Sphere, they give us an insight to the new album, influences, and future plans.

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Describe the musical vision propelling your upcoming album The Gutters of Paradise.

With The Gutters of Paradise, more so than a unified vision, there were themes that popped up through random batches of song writing, that ended up being strung together as one work commenting on the social and political state of the world and its affect on our microcosm of living and working in the city of Chicago. With the instrumentation it seems we have always maintained a growing vision of fast paced high energy punk music taking influence from old school street punk and hardcore, while bringing a modern guitar sound into the mix. Karl and Adam have been writing together from the start in 2011 and have always focused on trying to write guitar riffs, songs and lyrics unique to their own lives. We wanted to write hardcore punk albums that strayed away from the cookie cutters while still being catchy. And we wanted to take the personal effect of old rock and folk music story telling through music but onto the hardcore stage. This ended up with the group of songs that we dubbed The Gutters of Paradise.

What made it the right time to pursue that vision?

In early 2016 the band was at a crossroads. Long time members Kat (Bass) and Skyler (Drums) had departed the band for various reasons and we ended up meeting up with Jack (current bass player) and Logan (current drummer). Instead of dwelling on the old material, we took time off to write and learn the 15 tracks that would make up The Gutters of Paradise. On October 28th, 2016 we played our first show with the new lineup, opening up for Total Chaos and One Way System in Lombard, IL with local punks, The Horrids. That show kicked off a year of multiple tours and out of state bouts, opening up for World/Inferno Friendship Society, recording the tracks at Atlas Studios in Chicago and hooking up with Don’t Panic Records and subsequently No Time and Collision Course Records for this Vinyl/CS release. I guess you could say it happened organically once we found the right people.

The Gutters of Paradise

Tell me about what you’re communicating with the album cover.

The Gutters of Paradise itself can come across as an oxymoron. Why would a paradise have its gutters? It insinuates things are not as they seem. The hyena has always been an interesting animal to us as it is equally misrepresented and misunderstood. There is a duality to the animal. Often viewed as evil and associated with witches and cowardice and in the same time living in a chaotic society where the female of the species are more courageous and tougher than the males and adorn false phallus that have confused humans for years. In reality an animal is an animal and the symbolism humans give natural bodies are just ways of explaining the world to themselves. The world will always have a balance of good and evil and people’s interpretations of that will always vary. Paradise will have its gutters and often people or animals viewed as filth (punks included) are cast aside in society despite their merit. Thus, the misrepresented Hyena, and the name The Gutters of Paradise. It also works as a little jab to people blindly believing in the greatness of modern America when most of the nation is currently living poorly. This theme is definitely discussed in the second to last track “Old Glory.”

What was the creative process for The Gutters of Paradise like?

Usually Karl and Adam will come up with an individual song and record a quick scratch track of it on a computer program. If Karl doesn’t have any bits of lyrics, the song is sent to Adam to listen to for a bit and come up with lyrics. The songs usually sit in files on our computers for months and sometimes over a year before they are brought to Jack and Logan and learned as a band. There edits are made to give the song better flow, style and hooks. We mess around with the vocal and backing vocal styles and then start on a few months of practicing and adding songs to learn each week. Once we had enough rough demo files added up we picked and chose what tracks would make the cut to record the full length and sat on the rest. Some songs just get thrown in the trash forever, and some of the songs on the album are revisited from years before.

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Speaking of the album’s creative process, provide some insight into it. How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

Karl has some garage band type program on his home computer, and we record basic guitar and bass (no vocals) then add in a bare-bones computerized drum track and send it out to the rest of the band to mull over and decide if it works for us. Once we introduce songs into the live performance we like to film our gigs with some cheap camera equipment, often VHS, but we have moved on to go pro. Adam and Karl often go over the image like a sports team would a athletic reel and see what we wanna change about the songs going into the next slew of gigs.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

The dynamic flow definitely develops over time. Usually whoever composes the music will have a vague idea of dynamics and song structure open to changes when they are actually practiced. Once we get to real instruments and a live practice flow, the energy and vibe of the song usually changes to sound more natural and aggressive and we start to get ideas of the sound and structure that should be upheld.

Which bands or artists influence your work?

In The Kreutzer Sonata we all have a varying range of influences. Logan our drummer listens to a lot of mathy, intricate and rhythmic obscure punk bands, definitely some more lo fi stuff than our sound. In the van on tour we usually get more of a taste of Logan‘s musical style on the long rides.

Karl is a great example of our range of influences because you can find him rocking A Global Threat and Morning Glory but then in his downtime at work recording motown and Elliot Smith style covers on his guitar.

Jack is a huge World/Inferno Friendship Society fan with probably the worlds largest collection of T-shirts of said band, and also listens to metal bands like Ghost as well as hardcore punk. I’d say our biggest similar influence through out the band is A Global Threat.

Adam listens to 80′s/90′s hardcore and street punk mostly. He is a big Monster Squad and Unseen fan, but at the same time can be found listening to Tom Waitts and The Pogues for inspiration.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

The reason a lot of us got into punk and hardcore as kids was because for people truly into the genres the music always serves a purpose intertwined with a lifestyle, attitude, community and sub culture. The message of punk has always been important to all of us, and instead of regurgitating a lot of the old stale punk slogans and lines, we strive as a band to add our lives to the general message and inspiration of punk while staying true to our roots with the music. Playing music is enchanting to a lot of young people because you see the opportunity to have a voice and inspire and get your views across, and that stays with us today. So ideally somewhere, someone if at least one person would listen to The Gutters of Paradise and find some sort of hope, motivation or inspiration.

What are your future plans?

We are already at work on some new songs believe it or not. We are also trying to make some more videos of The Gutters of Paradise tracks to put online, and hit the road a little bit for some weekend runs. We are going to do a release show for the vinyl in Chicago in March with label mates and friends in Bombflower, who play a really dark reggae and political ska punk sound. At this point we are just trying to hit the ground running and never stop.

The Gutters of Paradise is out on February 14th; pre-order it from Bandcamp. Follow The Kreutzer Sonata on Facebook and Instagram, and visit their official website for more info.