EMQ’s with THE STONE EYE – PART 2

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EMQ’s with THE STONE EYE – PART 2

Hi everyone! In August 2020 we did our first EMQ’s with Philadelphia, PA based Fuzz/Prog/Stoner Rock band The Stone Eye, care of vocalist Stephen Burdick. With a new single out and album on the way they have returned to tackle it again. This time it has fallen to drummer, Jeremiah Bertin, to offer his perspective on the band. Many thanks to him for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Jeremiah Bertin, and I play drums in The Stone Eye. I first met guitarist Stephen Burdick in 2013. We went to the same high school, and we were introduced to each other by a mutual friend, Christian Mechem, who would end up joining the band on guitar in years to come. Since then, we’ve released 4 albums, and a 5th one will be released very soon via Eclipse Records. We’ve also toured extensively on the East Coast, and have made it out to the Midwest as well.

How did you come up with your band name?

When I started working with Steve, the project was called Cycle. However, after playing together for a year or two, we decided that our music was moving in a different direction and that the name didn’t quite fit any more. We spent a while debating on the name of the band. We knew we wanted to have something with “stone” in it, or some sort of variation of the word. Eventually, one of us came up with “The Stone Eye”, and the name stuck.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from the United States, specifically Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The stoner rock scene is very tight-knit, and there are several bars in the city, such as Century and Ortlieb’s, that have become venues that have smiled brightly on the burgeoning scene in the city. People in the area definitely like their metal around here.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

On June 11th, we released our song ‘Witches & Raptures. A music video for the tune was released a few days later. It is the first single off our upcoming album “South Of The Sun”, which will be released on October 15th.

‘Witches & Raptures’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

For the band as a whole, I would probably say Alice in Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, and King Crimson. In terms of my personal drumming influences, Danny Carey from Tool, Jimmy Chamberlin from Smashing Pumpkins, and jazz fusion drummer Billy Cobham have been very influential on my playing. Those three guys are some of the most talented people to ever pick up a pair of sticks.

What first got you into music?

My father. He showed me classic rock, world music, funk, and all other different kinds of stuff when I was growing up. He also plays drums too, and he had various percussion instruments scattered throughout the house that I would bang on and play with. I’ve been immersed in music my whole life, and music has shaped my personality a great deal.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

I’d love to jam with the guys from Black Midi.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Primavera Sound in Barcelona. I’ve always wanted to go to Spain, and every year they have killer line-ups spanning many different music genres. I’d love to go there, play, and then relax and see the other entertainment.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I haven’t really gotten any physical gifts from fans, but once when we were playing in Pittsburgh, a woman kept flashing us her breasts. I’m glad she enjoyed our music enough to make us know, but it was certainly very weird.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Listen to our music with an open mind.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Kurt Cobain. I’d just be very curious about what he would think of our society nowadays.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy playing songs that I like onstage the most. And I hate the fact that I always have the most to lug to every gig.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I’d get rid of industry plants.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One album that I’ve really been into recently has been “Music Has The Right To Children” by Boards of Canada. I just picked it up on vinyl a week or two ago.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I personally like vinyl the most, but to each their own.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

A few years ago, we played at the New England Stoner and Doom Festival in Connecticut in front of about 150 people. That was a very fun experience to go up there and play, and also see the other great bands.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Probably interning at a law firm or doing some sort of analysis of data pertaining to a global conflict.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

George Washington, George Patton, Napoleon Bonaparte, Alexander the Great, and Julius Caesar. It would be fascinating for me to pick the brains of some of the greatest military minds in history.

What’s next for the band?

The record is coming out in October, but in the meantime, we’re going to try and play some local shows. Then, after it comes out, we’re going to tour for several weeks.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Pre-order “South of the Sun”:
www.ffm.to/ssun
Merchandise Shop:
www.thestoneeye.bigcartel.com/
Bandcamp:
www.thestonedeye.bandcamp.com/album/south-of-the-sun

Stream Witches & Raptures:
Spotify
www.spoti.fi/3iAxg0S
Apple Music
www.apple.co/3cx9lLG
Deezer
www.bit.ly/3gdIarz
Amazon Music
www.amzn.to/3gaGSh9
iHeart Radio
www.ihr.fm/3gphraD

www.facebook.com/TheStoneEye
www.twitter.com/thestoneeye
www.instagram.com/thestoneeyeband/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m going with biscuit. It would be too obvious if they were cakes.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Keep on rockin’ in the free world, folks.

The Stone Eye Promo Pic (Credit Kenji Fong)
Picture by Kenji Fong

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Pentesilea Road – Pentesilea Road

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Pentesilea Road – Pentesilea Road
Self-Released
Release Date: 26/02/2021
Running Time: 71:00
Review by Simon Black
6/10

This is pure Prog. Originally starting life as a solo effort from all round instrumentalist Vito F. Mainolfi, the outfit has extended over lockdown to a wider project, although clearly Mainolfi remains front and centre given that he is delivering guitars, bass, programming and assorted other instruments. The record has actually been available digitally for a while, with a physical version now available this month.

Opening with the lengthy instrumental ‘Memory Corners’, this band deliver pure 70’s influenced Prog from the opening bars and throughout its, quite lengthy, seventy-one minutes of run time. As you would expect, there’s plenty of instrumental breaks and nearly all of the twelve tracks clock in over six minutes of run time, so experimentation is very much the order of the day. Lorenzo Vincenzo Nocerino has a slightly more edgy vocal tone than is normal for this sort of Prog, where cleaner than clean is the norm but actually it works quite well, but the strongest song is when the vocals open up and goes full on rock mode with the guest appearance of Ray Alder from Fates Warning on ‘Shades Of The Night’ being a good example – although he does feel like he has been added to the mix quite latterly.

Recording remotely through lock down has been a challenge many acts have had to manage in the last eighteen months, but many at least have had the advantage of working together physically before Covid called a halt to travel. That’s important here, because with contributions coming from band members and assorted guests located in The Netherlands, Italy, Spain and the USA who have not worked together face to face there comes the risk of fragmentation.

There is some great playing here and I cannot fault the skill of this, but where the album is weaker is the song-writing. Even though by its very nature Progressive music is not going to opt for over-simplification of song-structure, this one rambles just that little bit too much in many places. It’s worth noting that even the masters of the genre can lose focus in this way though and there’s a fair number of noughties-era Dream Theater records for example that suffer from this sort of meandering and slightly lost feeling. The trick would appear to be to have a strong core song structure and then play around the edges, whereas in this instance the experimental parts have been allowed to predominate. It will be interesting to see if the same thing happens again when all of the players are in the same room together when material is written and recorded, as all this could simply be the product of the fact that the core material is based on Mainolfi’s original demo’s, with everyone else added later and remotely.

In fact ‘demo’ is probably the key word here. This very much has the feel of a record that is only at the pre-production stage and is missing that crucial studio phase when the artists develop their short hand interactive personal chemistry (perhaps more vital in Prog or Jazz than any other musical genres) and where a firm handed producer focusses them on tightening up the arrangements. Get these guys in a room together to polish for a few weeks, then I suspect the end product will be quite formidable.

‘Memory Corners’ (Visualiser)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Memory Corners (feat. Mark Zonder)
02. Stranded
03. Genius Loci
04. Spectral Regrowth (feat. Mark Zonder)
05. Stains (feat. Michele Guaitoli)
06. Give Them Space (feat. Mark Zonder)
07. Shades Of The Night
08. The Psychopathology Of Everyday Things
09. Noble Art (feat. Ray Alder)
10. Pentesilea Road
11. A Tale Of Dissidence
12. Shades Of The Night (feat. Ray Alder)

LINE-UP:
Vito F. Mainolfi – Guitars, Bass, Backing Vocals, Programming & Whatever Else
Ezio di Ieso – Pianoforte & Keyboards
Alfonso Mocerino – Drums
Lorenzo Vincenzo Nocerino – Vocals

Special Guests:
Ray Alder – Vocals on ‘Shades Of The Night’, ‘Noble Art’
Mark Zonder – Drums on ‘Memory Corners’, ‘Spectral Regrowth’, ‘Give Them Space’
Michele Guaitoli – Vocals on ‘Stains’
Paul Prins – First Solo on ‘Give Them Space’

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with PECULIAR THREE

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EMQ’s with PECULIAR THREE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Livadia, Greece based Hard ‘n’ Heavy Rock/Prog band, “peculiar three”. Huge thanks to lyricist, vocalist & bassist, Valantis Dafkos, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hi Rick and thanks for having us!

I am Valantis Dafkos, lyricist, vocalist and bass player for the “peculiar three”. We are a studio project trio and we play hard ’n’ heavy rock with prog and metal elements since 2013, when we decided that playing in a cover band was just not enough for us and formed a “vessel” in which we could be ourselves musically and lyrically, as well as enjoy creating something from scratch! So, I together with Panos Karkanas (guitars & keys) and Paris Gatsios (drums) formed the band! As “peculiar three” we released our first EP “P3culiar” in 2014, followed by its remastered edition in 2019. Our debut full-length “Leap of Faith” was released in 2020.

In addition, you may also hear the π3 members play in “Redeye Caravan”, “The Magic Bus” and “Beyond This Earth”, too!

How did you come up with your band name?

We all love literature and a few years back, we accidentally found out that we had read the same Arthur Conan Doyle book at around the same (young) age! The book was “A Study In Scarlet” and we decided that we should use it somehow in our band. So, we “borrowed” one of the main character’s beloved phrases as part of our band’s name! Furthermore “peculiar” as a word has a strange ring to it, also meaning “strange/special”, just like the ideas we like to put on our music and lyrics! And since there’s three of us… “peculiar three”!

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

The band is based in Livadia, a small city near Athens (Greece) with all the pros and cons you can imagine of such a place! It has a few beautiful spots, nice people and good food! Close to Livadia one can also find ancient monuments, like the well-known Delphi – the ancient religious sanctuary dedicated to the Greek god Apollo, home to the Oracle of Delphi and the priestess Pythia. Despite its low population numbers, Livadia’s music scene is alive and strong, way better than anyone could probably anticipate! New bands pop up frequently and many of them consist of young people, thirsty to rock!

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

A few months back we released our first full-length album and a few days back we released the first lyric video of the album! ‘Caliban’s End’ is an almost classical / orchestral oriented song, something we tried for the first time and we’re really glad we did! Lyrically it’s about Caliban, a peculiar W. Shakespeare character from the play “The Tempest” and my interpretation on his tragic storyline’s end. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it as much as we did!

‘Caliban’s End’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We were all “raised” musically during the 90’s, the rock and metal influences of that period are subconsciously present in our music, although our personal preferences seem to differ between us! There’s a lot of good old prog rock for sure, but all the classics of the metal world are there, too. In “Leap of Faith” you can detect these influences in our music and lyrics, but they’re all distilled through our personal prism and character!

What first got you into music?

I was passionate about music from a very young age. I remember myself in the early nineties, through the…“tough” years before the internet, trying to discover more and more by any means necessary (recording radio shows on cassettes – man, what a bummer it was when the producer talked during a song! Watching any music video I could find on tv or searching for music related magazines!), while really paying attention to every detail. At around the age of 10, my parents bought me a keyboard (a “safe” instrument if you live in an apartment!) and that was the time my personal musical journey began. As years passed, I also tried classical and electric guitar, drums, darbuka, bouzouki, baglama and ultimately the bass, while singing all the way through. Then came the bands, the live shows and the recordings, dealing with them every time like it’s the first time! Music was and always will be a huge part of my life…

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Occasioned by “Caliban’s End” it would be truly fantastic if we could collaborate with a band like “Rage” and do something special together, along with their “Lingua Mortis Orchestra”!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

There’s no question about it: “70000 Tons of Metal” it is! A Heavy Metal festival, on a cruise ship, for 5 days and a Caribbean shore day…all right, what could possibly top that?

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Nothing weird so far, haha! There was this girl once that saw my “Legend of Zelda” related t-shirt and right after the show she brought me a handcrafted Zelda logo, which was really nice actually!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

“Support your local scene”! It may sound a little tedious, but is, in fact, what matters most for the underground scene and thus we hope more and more people would appreciate many of the upcoming bands!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

There are so many that had so much more to give and left so soon…I think it would be John Lennon.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Music is, above all, a passion to me and as such I serve it with pure love! If I had to choose only one, I’d have to say the gigs! Although creating something by yourself, composing, recording and in the end holding your own record in your hands is an amazing thing, the true experience and communication happens only during a live gig! Especially these times with the quarantine still on, I really miss playing in front of a crowd regardless if it’s a small pub or a big festival stage. Of course, there are some aspects that I wouldn’t…miss if they were to disappear, such as the after-show instrument, amp etc packing – God what a pain in the ass the after-show packing and packaging is, haha!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Although it’s just a midsummer night’s dream, I would somehow create equal media exposure possibilities for every band, giving them the opportunity to grandstand in their own ways!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

This must be the first time someone asks that question properly, with the key words being “one of”!!! Since it’s also ONE OF my all-time favourite books, Blind Guardian’s “Nightfall In Middle-Earth” is ONE OF my all-time favourite albums!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Depending on the occasion, they can all be the best! I would surely prefer the mp3 format when I’m driving, since I enjoy music variety as much as I enjoy long road trips, therefore it’s only fitting. When listening to music at home, I usually want to “touch” the music, so I’d prefer the vinyl (especially if the artwork is really detailed) or the CD (especially when my kids are playing too close to my record player), so I can enjoy reading the lyrics as well. Nope, no sound arguments here, sorry “sound purists”, it all just comes down to your actual medium and speakers’ quality, haha!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

I always like to say that the best one is the one to come next! That being said, I had the time of my life when I played in my city sharing the stage with my “personal heroes”, the band I used to hear since I was a little child!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

In fact, I am a teacher, an elementary school principal! My whole family (parents and sister) are teachers, too! It was something I somehow knew from a very young age that would be the perfect job for me, and I have no doubts so far…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Let me tell you about the best dinner parties I’m regularly having these past few days: My little son invites me in his bedroom for an all-you-can-eat Playmobil stuff buffet along with Ironman, Peppa & George pig, and baby Shark…cool gang, I should probably invite them over to my room sometime soon and have a blast with my Lego, hahaha! (Best Answer Yet – Rick)

What’s next for the band?

There’s a video clip and a second lyric video on the way, so…stay tuned! As for the future, we’ll surely start composing and writing again when we feel like we have something new and interesting to say!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

You’re welcome to find, hear and purchase both our albums digitally on Bandcamp (www.peculiarthree.bandcamp.com/) and also on most digital distribution platforms, such as Youtube (www.youtube.com/channel/UCX8fw1uaRazcX_8DyOdkTbg), Discogs, Spotify, Soundcloud, Amazon Music, iTunes, Deezer etc.

Of course, as romantics ourselves, we could not but release “Leap of Faith” in physical format too, as a sweet digipak CD, limited to three hundred copies, so send us a message on our Facebook’s like page (www.facebook.com/peculiarthree) for details!

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I wanted to say biscuit so much, but Wikipedia disagrees with me: “Jaffa Cakes are biscuit-sized cakes introduced by McVitie and Price in the UK in 1927 and named after Jaffa oranges.” And it’s a court decision – even if it’s just for tax purposes – so I guess we should comply…what a bummer, haha!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

We’re the ones who should be thanking you for your time and hospitality! We wish for you and your readers to remain adventurous while discovering new music and bands! Take care, stay healthy and…support your local scene!

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Photo by Sotiris Kotsonis

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Gentle Giant – 50th Anniversary Vinyl Reissues

Gentle Giant – 50th Anniversary Vinyl Reissues
Gentle Giant/Acquiring the Taste/Three Friends/Octopus
Alucard Music
Release Date: 03/04/2020
Running Time: 37:00/39:26/35:24/34:09
Review by Paul Monkhouse
8/10
6/10
8/10
9/10

One of the originators of Prog Rock and active between 1970 and 1980, Gentle Giant were a unique band and their mix of rock with jazz, folk, soul and classical music made them certainly stand out from the crowd. They were also certainly prolific, releasing eleven albums that charted their arc from their experimental titular first release through to the hard rock of “Civilian” at the end of their career. Having allegedly turned down Elton John as their vocalist, the core of the band consisted of three brothers, Derek, Ray and Phil Shulman, accompanied by Kerry Minnear and Gary Green with the line-up changing only slightly over the years with Phil leaving in 1973 and three various drummers coming in and out of the fold. The first four albums have now been re-released in their full glory and certainly make for interesting listening, their content at times challenging but always nothing less than rewarding and hugely enjoyable.

Their debut, “Gentle Giant” (8/10), treads a path that blends more traditional rock and blues with the classical, the multi-instrumentalist musicians and was produced by superstar producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie / T Rex). From the sweet ‘Funny Ways’ to the Beatle’s like eccentricity of ‘Isn’t It Quiet And Cold’ and onto the heavier psychedelic guitar-centric ‘Why Not’ the album bristles with great tracks that capture the spirit of their late 60’s origins and add a very new decade sensibility. It’s certainly a captivating experience and one that bears real exploration as you go on this fantastical journey with a band who were determined to break new ground.

Things got even more experimental on the follow up, “Acquiring The Taste” (6/10) which at times delves much more into jazz and electronica passages that mix in orchestral instruments and motif. With Visconti at the desk again, tracks like ‘Edge of Twighlight’ are a real melting pot of ideas and sounds with barely a hint of the more straight ahead influences rock shown in the first album. Whilst some things did stray off an entirely different path there are other moments that really work magnificently such as the blues and heavy soul album closer ‘Plain Truth’ which winds its merry way through some thrilling passages.

Gentle Giant seemed to reign in some of the more excessive limits of their musicality and head to calmer waters with “Three Friends” (8/10) and this concept album is considered one of the real highpoints of their career. With the band growing in confidence, they took over the job of producing themselves and created something that gave no quarter but sounded exactly how they wanted it to. Mixing their flair for classical music arrangements and some heavy R&B, the album follows the lives of its titular subjects as they grow up and go their separate ways in the world. Highlights include the fantastically evocative ‘School Days’ and the heavy blues bluster of ‘Strip The Paint’ as Gary Green’s guitar tears things up in no uncertain terms.

1972 was obviously a very fertile year for the band as “Octopus” (9/10) came hot on the heels of “Three Friends” and is considered by most people to be the finest in their canon. Lulling you with two relatively gentle tracks, the third, ‘A Cry for Everyone’ sees Gentle Giant heading into definite hard rock territory and the track shapes up to be their heaviest yet. More jaw dropping sideways moves and staggering musicianship draw the listener in to what is still an utterly compelling listening experience forty-eight years later. Of special note are the closing duo of tracks ‘Think of Me with Kindness’ with its lush and ever-changing patterns and the virtuoso ‘River’ that seems to pull in all their finest ideas into one perfectly formed six-minute track. If you’re brave and want something that will both challenge and entertain, you can’t go wrong with the brilliance of “Octopus”.

TRACKLISTING:
Gentle Giant (1970):
01. Giant
02. Funny Ways
03. Alucard
04. Isn’t It Quiet & Cold
05. Nothing At All
06. Why Not
07. The Queen

Acquiring The Taste (1971):
01. Pantagruel’s Nativity
02. Edge Of Twighlight
03. The House The Street The Room
04. Acquiring The Taste
05. Wreck
06. The Moon Is Down
07. Black Cat
08. Plain Truth

Three Friends (1972):
01. Prologue
02. School Days
03. Working All Day
04. Peel The Paint
05. Mr Class & Quality
06. Three Friends

Octopus (1972):
01. The Advent Of Panurge
02. Raconteur Troubadour
03. A Cry For Everyone
04. Knots
05. The Boys In The Band
06. Dog’s Life
07. Think Of Me With Kindness
08. River

LINKS:
www.gentlegiantmusic.com/GG/
www.facebook.com/gentlegiantband/
www.twitter.com/GGIANTMUSIC
www.instagram.com/gentlegiantband/

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Matt Jones/Twisted Illusion – Live From The Flat

Matt Jones/Twisted Illusion – Live From The Flat
Somewhere in Manchester
20/03/2020
Review By Beth Jones

So… Its been a week since ‘THE EVENT’ really took hold in the UK. We are listening to Mitchell & Webb’s advice of ‘REMAIN INDOORS’ (if you’re not up on British comedy, google it). The kids are now off school indefinitely, and the only way to stop cabin fever setting in is going to be alcohol and live streams! The first of our live streams was to be the heart, soul, and lifeblood of Twisted Illusion; main man, Matt Jones. As with any other muso at this time, shit is difficult. Gigs cancelled, festivals postponed, merch sales unlikely, the future uncertain, livelihoods in the balance, and the ability to do what musos live for – performing live to a room full of people – curtailed for god knows how long. Times are bleak, but our community is two things – caring and resourceful. And to that end, we’ll pull together and get involved, right? It was also Matt’s birthday, so all the more reason to tune in and show our support.

If anybody has experienced Matt Jones and Twisted Illusion before, you’ll know that he is one talented guy, but this is unchartered waters for all of us. This is up close and personal, with nowhere to hide, just Matt, in his flat, with a guitar, a mic, and the lovely Hannah reading out the comments and requests from the gathered ‘watchers’ on Facebook. To that end, I have to commend Matt on his absolute stalwart tenacity to bring music to the people, by whatever means. This was his soul, right here on our tablets, or smart phones or TV, and it was a great and, if I’m honest, an emotional thing to witness. Yes, it was rough around the edges, yes it wasn’t the same as watching it in a bar or venue, yes it’s all a bit weird for everyone, but adopt, adapt and improve, right? (thanks for the quote John Cleese).

Matt has produced some amazing covers recently, which have been posted on Youtube, and he was taking requests for this performance! My favourite of his covers so far has been Jeff Buckley’s ‘Hallelujah’. He performed it at my birthday back in December, and obviously I requested it again for this gig. And again, he delivered the goods, and choked me up in the process. It’s been a fairly emotional couple of weeks for everyone to be fair, but this really hit me in the feels. He also covered Ace of Spades superbly and hit us with a bit of the Tenacious D classic, ‘Tribute’, too, which is always a crowd pleaser!

The covers were interspersed with some TI songs too, which really is what Matt does best. His song-writing imagination is huge, and he has come up with some masterpieces that deserve more recognition than they get. I would recommend everybody check them out. If you like proggy hard rock/classic metal sounds, or anything Devin Townsend has ever done, you’ll like Twisted Illusion.

This show was definitely an experiment and ‘dipping toes in the water’ for Matt, yes he’s done live noodling before, but not a live streamed show of any formality. There wasn’t a set list, there was a lot of half songs and banter, it wasn’t the professional production that we’d see from a ‘bigger band’, but that made it endearing and real.

Whilst it wasn’t perfect, it was a great start in this new field of bringing music to the people. He started to look more comfortable as it went along, and this was definitely the biggest crowd he has pulled and sustained in a live stream to date. Who knows how long this way of delivering live music will be for, but I sincerely hope that Matt and Twisted Illusion are a big part of that. You can catch the next live stream from him on Friday 27th March 2020 by clicking on this event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/614868202435132/ Be sure to tune in!

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/OfficialTIband/
www.twitter.com/officialtiband
www.twistedillusion.bigcartel.com/
www.twistedillusion.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCK0IxAnfXG7ibOx4HUyOHQQ
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2ieaLzCnFgOvKhImBVWp0P

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