Spock’s Beard is back. To be more exact, Spock’s beard is coming back. The stalwart L.A. based prog-rock band will release its eleventh full length studio release this Spring. The band’s new album, Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep is currently slated to be released April 2nd on InsideOut Music.
The upcoming release will feature new faces as Nick D’Virgilio has been replaced by longtime member Alan Morse on vocals. D’Virgilio had originally started out as the band’s drummer, but took over vocal duties after the departure of front man Neal Morse in 2002. Jimmy Keegan now takes over drumming duties. Guitarist Ted Leonard will also make his debut on the highly anticipated album. Speaking of Neal Morse, he actually returns on this record too. Though, it’s mainly in a songwriting capacity. Bassist Dave Meros explains how the collaboration with Morse came about. “Al and Neal are brothers, of course, and keep in regular contact with each other. What happened was that Al spoke to Neal and told him he was working on some ideas. Neal said he’d love to help, so Al went down to Nashville, where his brother’s now living, and they collaborated on the songs.” Meros went on to explain what to expect from the new album. He described it as being “quirky, edgy, and reminding us [the band] a little bit of older times in the band, but also taking us further forward.”
The band currently has a performance scheduled for Saturday, April 13th at the Alvas Showroom in San Pedro, California. The show is a CD release celebratory performance and is the only show currently scheduled. However, more dates are sure to come. To keep up with the latest tour news and more from Spock’s Beard, fans can follow the band online at http://www.facebook.com/spocksbeard, http://www.spocksbeard.com, http://twitter.com/spocksb and http://www.insideoutmusic.com. Fans can also check out the band’s music online through its YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/Spocksbeard.
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