For those unaware, What do you get when you take a bass player from the 70′s, a keyboard player from Juilliard, a musical savant playing guitar, two theatrical lead vocalists, and a drummer with progressive rock in his DNA?
All veteran musicians? Sure, but collectively you get the new American modern progressive rock band Circuline.
Performing original and classic progressive rock, Circuline was founded in 2014 when former progressive rock tribute band Downing Grey members Andrew Colyer (keyboards, vocals), Bill Shannon (lead guitars, vocals), and Darin Brannon (drums, percussion) had a burning desire to write original material.
With their influences ranging from Genesis to Sound of Contact, from Electric Light Orchestra to Steven Wilson, from Emerson, Lake, & Palmer (ELP) to Evanescence, and from Gentle Giant to Jethro Tull, et al, the band are readying to bring forth an incredible CD, Blu-ray & DVD package entitled CircuLive::NewView (due out October 9th, 2020, via Inner Nova Music).
Having already brought forth two well-received studio albums, Return and Counterpoint, this brand new live CD/Blu-ray/DVD is the culmination of two years of touring those two albums.
1. 'Intro + Erosion'
2. 'Black Sun'
3. 'One Wish'
4. 'Nautilus '
5. 'Piano Challenge'
7. 'Return' (acoustic)
8. 'Fallout Shelter'
9. 'Pale Blue Dot'
10. 'Forbidden Planet + Drum Feature'
Recorded and performed at the 2017 International ProgStock Festival, at the beautiful Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey, this simply divinely perfect musical work of art opens with a short 'Intro' (from their management) before sliding into the originating build of 'Erosion.'
Backing that with the funky lead guitar and slap bass groove of 'Black Sun,' one of my own personal favorites is the lush, all-encompassing Prog-Pop of 'One Wish,' and then come the powerhaus vocals and guitars of 'Nautilus,' the magnificently profound, and totally enthralling opus 'Piano Challenge' (featuring both Darin Brannon and Andrew Colyer), and then the free flowingly epic 'Hollow.'
Featuring the band members at the time - Darin Brannon (drums/keys/percussion), Andrew Colyer (keys/vocals/percussion), Natalie Brown (vocals/percussion), William "Billy" Spillane (vocals/guitars/percussion), Joel Simches (bass/drums), and Alek Darson (guitars/percussion) - next up an acoustic version of their melodically progressive 'Return,' which is backed by the divinely inspired, industrially-cultivated, higher yearning vibe of 'Fallout Shelter' and an immaculate Sound of Contact cover, 'Pale Blue Dot.'
With their mission statement being one to create music that will move people, sometimes making them happy, sometimes even arousing within them intense emotions, and sometimes, well, they just want you to think about things, trust me when I say that this new live recording will assuredly have all those feeling free flowing within you come the end!
Next up is the hauntingly ornate vibe of 'Forbidden Planet' (which itself flows seamlessly into a short, but sweet, bout of all-encompassing drumming), the orchestrated, low key ambiance of 'Inception,' and then rounds out with the drum-led, synth enlightened majesty of the soaring 'Summit,' coming to a close on the joyous instrumentation (and, watching the Blu-ray, band interaction) of another stand out track, 'Stereotypes.'
"The piano challenge was something Andrew and I wanted to do since we started the band," Darin Brannon reveals. "The drum-off was something I remember seeing Gentle Giant doing, so that was inspired by them."
"We thought it would be more entertaining to see everybody involved in that section as opposed to just seeing me bashing away up there behind the drums!”
The Bonus Video Content (Blu-ray only) features a veritable plethora of delightful goodies, such as the entire concert with an Audio Commentary, Backstage and Behind the Scenes footage, Official Music Videos, an Onstage Photo Slide Show, and even a Concert Posters Slide Show!
"Our band is constantly evolving, with the music creation, songwriting, and presentation," explains Andrew Colyer. "This concert is quite different from our last large-scale event that was captured on audio and video, and we wanted to document the changes and progress that we've made."
"We want you and future fans and booking agents to see what we're capable of doing on a large stage."
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