BTBAM Releases Details For Upcoming DVD, Tour

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

The members of Between The Buried and Me announced on Friday that the band will record a brand new live DVD next month.  The as yet untitled recording will be for the band’s album The Future Sequence.  As front man Tommy Rogers notes of the upcoming DVD, “We are very happy to announce that we are finally doing a DVD for The Future Sequence. In this age we live in you can watch us play any of our songs live online. So we wanted to give our fans something a little different… an intimate live performance of us playing in a studio. It will be a wonderful experience and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we enjoy playing these songs.”

The upcoming live DVD will be recorded at the Fidelitorium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and will be directed by Justin Reich.  Jamie King, who has worked with BTBAM for a number of years, will handle mixing and mastering the recording’s audio.  The completed package is expected to be released Fall 2014.

Before the band sits down to record its new DVD, it will hit the road once again in support of Future Sequence beginning this Wednesday, February 20th.  The band’s latest North American tour kicks off at the Empire in West Springfield, VA and runs through March 23rd in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Between the Buried and Me will be joined by Deafhaven, Intronaut, and The Kindred on its upcoming tour.  The band is scheduled to perform at Charlotte’s famed Tremont Music Hall on the closing date of its North American tour.  The band’s complete North American tour schedule is listed below.

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
Tour w/ Deafheaven, Intronaut, The Kindred

02/20 West Springfield, VA Empire
02/21 Huntington, NY Paramount Theater
02/22 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
02/23 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub
02/24 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
02/26 Montreal, QC Corona Theater
02/27 Quebec City, QC Imperial De Quebec
02/28 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/01 London, ON London Music Hall
03/02 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
03/04 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
03/05 Palatine, IL Durty Nellie’s
03/06 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
03/07 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
03/08 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
03/10 Reno, NV The Knitting Factory
03/11 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro
03/12 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
03/14 Lubbock, TX Jake’s Sports Café
03/15 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
03/16 Grand Prairie, TX South By So What?! Festival
03/18 Sauget, IL Pop’s
03/20 Ybor City, FL The Ritz Ybor
03/21 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
03/22 Athens, GA 40 Watt
03/23 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall

More information on the new DVD from Between The Buried and Me, The Future Sequence and the band’s upcoming tour is available online at http://www.facebook.com/BTBAMofficial, http://twitter.com/btbamofficial, and http://www.betweentheburiedandme.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

The Safety Fire Streaming Sophomore LP For Free Ahead Of Album’s Release

Courtesy;  Inside Out Music

Courtesy; Inside Out Music

UK based five-piece prog-rock band The Safety Fire will release its sophomore album next month.  The band’s new album, Mouth of Swords, is scheduled to be released overseas next Monday, September 2nd.  Pre-orders for the album’s U.S. release can be made now for the album, which was self-produced by the band’s guitarist Derya “Dez” Nagle.  It follows up the band’s 2012 debut release, Grind The Ocean.

The band is offering audiences a special treat to build excitement for its sophomore release.  It can be streamed in its entirety online at YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogsAP4qMChA. The complete track listing for the album is available below.

Mouth of Swords

Glass Crush

Yellowism

Beware The Leopard (Jagwar)

Red Hatchet

Wise Hands

The Ghosts That Wait For Spring

I Am Time, The Destroyer

Old Souls

 

In coordination with the upcoming release of the album, the band will also join North Carolina based prog-metal band, Between The Buried and Me, later in September as it tours in support of its new album, The Parallax II: Future Sequence.  In the meantime, The Safety Fire is touring overseas.  It will be at The Garage in London on Wednesday, September 4th.  The most current list of the band’s tour dates is available on its official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/thesafetyfire.  More updates and news from the band is also available on its official website, http://www.thesafetyfire.com and via Twitter at http://twitter.com/thesafetyfire.

Courtesy:  InsideOut Music

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

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Between The Buried And Me Announce Details For Upcoming Fall Tour

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records/Entertainment One

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records/Entertainment One

North Carolina’s own and recent Metal Blade signees, Between the Buried and Me, will hit the road this Fall.  The band will be touring in support of its most recent release, The Parallax II and will perform the whole of both Part I and II at each stop on its upcoming tour.  It won’t be touring alone once it hits the road beginning Friday, September 13th.  Also coming along for the tour will be The Contortionist, which will be touring in support of its most recent album, Intrinsic.  Also along for the ride this Fall will be The Faceless and The Safety Fire.

Fans of BTBAM in North Carolina will get two chances to see the band on its upcoming tour.  The very first date on the tour will be at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem.  The band’s only other North Carolina tour date will be the penultimate performance of the tour on October 24th.  The band is scheduled to perform at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC.

Tickets for the tour are available for purchase now online at http://www.SHOWstubs.com.  General admission tickets will go on sale at local outlets beginning Friday, July 12th.  VIP packages are being offered to the shows via http://www.SHOWstubs.com.  The VIP packages include the choice of a general admission ticket or deluxe bundle featuring an exclusive t-shirt, necklace, button pack, poster, loaded flash drive, or a flexi-disc with the live version of ‘Astral Body.’  The video for ‘Astral Body’ is available for viewing online now at http://www.betweentheburiedandme.com.

A full list of the bands’ upcoming tour is available below.

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
Tour w/ The Faceless, The Contortionist, The Safety Fire
09/13 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s
09/14 Knoxville, TN NV
09/15 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
09/16 Jacksonville, FL Brewster’s Roc Bar
09/17 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
09/19 Houston, TX House of Blues
09/20 Austin, TX The Mohawk
09/21 Dallas, TX House of Blues
09/23 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
09/24 Salt Lake City, UT Murray Theater
09/26 Mesa, AZ The Nile
09/27 W. Hollywood, CA House of Blues
09/28 San Diego, CA House of Blues
09/29 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
09/30 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
10/01 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
10/03 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
10/04 Seattle, WA El Corazon
10/05 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
10/07 Calgary, AB The Republik
10/08 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
10/09 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Centre
10/11 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
10/12 Chicago, IL Metro
10/13 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
10/14 Louisville, KY Headliner’s Music Hall
10/16 New York City, NY Best Buy Theatre
10/17 Worcester, MA The Palladium
10/18 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
10/19 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
10/20 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s Downunder
10/21 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre
10/23 Baltimore, MD Sound Stage
10/24 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
10/25 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom

All the latest tour news and more on BTBAM is available online at http://www.betweentheburiedandme.com, http://www.metalblade.com/btbam, http://www.facebook.com/BTBAMofficial, http://www.youtube.com/btbamofficial, and http://twitter.com/btbamofficial.

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Scale The Summit Impresses Once Again On Its New LP

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Metal Blade Records was a powerhouse of a record label in 2012.  It led this critic’s lists of the year’s best rock records, best Hard Rock/Metal albums, and Best Albums overall with releases from Horisont, O.S.I., Gypsyhawk, and Trioscapes, just to name a handful.  But with 2013 now halfway over, this critic’s list of the year’s best Hard Rock and Metal albums at least is being controlled by a different label.  This year, Prosthetic Records leads the way in the world of Hard Rock and Metal.  Holy Grail, which is being touted as the second coming of Judas Priest tops the list of the year’s best metal records with its sophomore album, Ride the Void.  And now with the upcoming release of its brand new album, The Migration, Scale the Summit becomes the second band signed to Prosthetic Records to make this critic’s list of the year’s best Hard Rock and Metal albums.

The Migration is an impressive introduction to this Houston, Texas based band for first-time listeners.  It’s just as welcome a return for long-time fans.  The band wastes no time getting right into the swing of things with this album.  Its opener, ‘Odyssey’ is a fittingly titled piece.  In its roughly five-minute plus run-time, the band—Chris Letchford (7 & 8-String guitars), Travis Levrier (7-String Guitars), Mark Michell (6-string bass), and Pat Skeffington (drums, percussion)—takes listeners on a three movement opus that boasts three completely different musical emotions.  Most interesting about this is that those listeners that are open minded enough will be able to close their eyes and truly take in all three movements and understand the emotion being presented in each one.  It is a song that more than makes for a solid re-introduction for the band after having spent the past couple years touring in support of its previous release, 2011’s The Collective.

‘Odyssey’ as a whole is an impressive opener to the Migration.  Looking deeper into the song, the transition from the song’s slower, more subdued third movement into ‘Atlas Novus’ is another factor to note in the success of the upcoming album.  The transition itself is notable as it’s not the only time on this album that this happens.  It is just one of so many transitions that make The Migration one of those rare albums this year, which audiences will enjoy taking in from start to finish without skipping songs.  That’s not to say that The Migration is some instrumental concept album.  It’s anything but.  It’s just that the sequencing (along with the equally impressive production and mixing) has made this album so easy on the ears.

Getting back to the songs as a whole, ‘Atlas Novus’ is more subdued than ‘Odyssey’ by and large.  But it also has its own kick.  Fans of fellow experimental rock band Animals as Leaders will appreciate this piece with its controlled guitar and bass runs throughout its run time that also comes in at just over five minutes.  In an odd way, it proves the old adage that less truly is more.  That’s because as impressive as the song’s runs are, Letchford and company prove in the song, that some of the best riffs are ones that are not loud, shredding riffs, but softer, more controlled pieces.  Drummer Pat Skeffington gets his own opportunity to shine here, too.  Skeffington shows that he’s just as good as Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, ex-Dream Theater) or any other far more experienced drummer here and throughout the album.  He shows that he can handle some extremely tough polyrhythmic patterns without missing a beat and even some simpler rhythms, too.    

So much was done right with this album that one could ramble on for some time on everything right with this record.  As already noted, it’s not just the songs, but the album’s sequencing and its general production that makes it one more record that the band’s long-time fans will enjoy just as much as new listeners.  The variety of musical styles from harder edged prog-metal to a slightly progressive jazz sound to something a little softer make this album worth more than just one listen, too.  It will prove with each listen to be an album that grows on listeners more each time.  Considering all of this, it may end up even on this critic’s list of the year’s best albums overall.  The Migration will be available in stores and online Tuesday, June 11th.  It can be ordered online via the Prosthetic Records store at http://www.indiemerch.com/prostheticrecords/item/19303.

The band is currently on tour in support of its new album.  Fans in North Carolina will get to see the band live in Charlotte on Saturday, June 22nd at the Tremont Music Hall.  It will be joined by Intronaut and Mouth of the Architect.  The show is slated to start at 9:00pm.  Tickets range from $13 – $15.  They can be purchased online at http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/244625?skinName=tfly&utm_medium=api&wrKey=AF9450BAA81C7D8C2DAA1CA5ED7CAC4F

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As I Lay Dying, BTBAM Making Tour Stops In NC

Metal Blade Records’ bands As I Lay Dying and Between the Buried and Me will be coming to North Carolina in support of each band’s new releases.  As I Lay Dying recently released its sixth full length studio album, titled, Awakened in 2012.  Between the Buried and Me released its new album, The Parallax II: Future Sequence last year, too.  The album became the band’s highest charting album yet, peaking at #22 on the Billboard Top 200.  It also marked the biggest one week sale for the band in its near ten year long history. 

 

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

As part of its current tour, As I Lay Dying will make a stop at Amos Southend in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday, March 13th.  The band will be performing with The Devil Wears Prada and special guests The Chariot and For Today.  This performance will be an all ages show.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  And there will be an extra $3.00 surcharge for guests under the age of 21.  For more information on the show, AILD’s fans can go online to http://www.amossouthend.com/pages/calendar.html, http://www.asilaydying.com, or http://www.facebook.com/asilaydying.

 

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

While As I Lay Dying will be in Charlotte on March 13th, Between the Buried and Me will be in town three days ahead of that show as part of its first stateside tour in support of The Parallax II: Future Sequence since the album’s release.  The North Carolina based band will be at The Fillmore on Sunday March 10th.   It will be joined by Coheed and Cambria.  Doors for the band’s show at The Fillmore open at 7:00p.m.  Fans of BTBAM can get more information on this show online at http://www.betweentheburiedandme.com, http://fillmorecharlottenc.com, http://www.facebook.com/BTBAMofficial, and http://twitter.com/btbamofficial

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Trioscapes Announce Final Performances For Year

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

North Carolina based experimental jazz act Trioscapes has announced a new pair of live performance dates coming up very soon.  The band will be performing next Saturday and Sunday, December 15th and 16th in Winston-Salem and Charlotte, respectively.  Next Saturday’s performance will be at Krankies in Winston-Salem.  The band will follow up that performance with a live show the next night at The Milestone in Charlotte.

These new live performances will be the last shows of the year for the band.  This final pair of shows for the year cap off quite the year for Trioscapes.  The band saw a very well received tour with Prosthetic Records band, Scale The Summit post album release.  The band’s debut album, Separate Realities was a Top 10 debut on Billboard’s Traditional Jazz Charts.  That album is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered http://www.indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords/item/14052.  After ordering the band’s CD online, fans can also get all the latest news and more including a live performance of its latest song, ‘Curse of the Ninth’ from Trioscapes on its official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/trioscapes

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Between The Buried And Me Shows Its Growth Again On Its New LP

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The men of Between The Buried and Me have done it again.  This North Carolina based band has once again bent the needle of the metal community, crafting what can only be described as one of the most intriguing and bizarre metal records of the year.  The follow-up to the band’s 2011 LP, The Parallax:  Hypersleep Dialogues, continues the band’s tradition of taking that proverbial road less traveled, making it largely unlike any other band out there.

The Parallax II: Future Sequence takes the best elements of Lamb of God, Nevermore, Dream Theater, and The Devin Townsend Project to make an album that is an original, hands down.  The album’s opener, ‘Goodbye To Everything’ is the first strike showing how much BTBAM has grown since its split with Victory records.  With its ethereal, almost Pink Floyd style sound, it sets the stage for what’s to come.  The band follows that up with an equally interesting piece in the form of ‘Astral Body.’  The best way to describe this song is a mish-mash of Dream Theater and Lamb of God.  That’s one heck of a combination.  But it’s also one that any true open minded member of the Metal Nation will appreciate.  Things get really interesting on the album’s third track, ‘Lay Your Ghosts To Rest.’  This is where the obvious Devin Townsend influence begins to come in to play.  Note it’s where the influence begins.  As with the album’s first two songs, the various prog influences are infused throughout this record’s twelve tracks.  And while the songs on this record may not be the shortest, anyone real fan or anyone with a long enough attention span will come to appreciate the finer detail of each song.  The band’s members show on every track that they aren’t just metal heads, but well trained musicians.   By the end of this epic, listeners will have realized that they have experienced something very special, especially for a metal record.

The band is currently wrapping up its tour down under in support of The Parallax II.  It will return stateside in the first part of the New Year with a performance in the nation’s capital on February 4th.  It will have a semi-hometown show on March 10th when it performs at the Filmore in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Fans can get a listing of the band’s tour dates and all the latest news from the band online now at http://www.betweentheburiedandme, http://www.facebook.com/BTBAMofficial, http://twitter.com/btbamofficial, and http://www.youtube.com/btbamofficial.      

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Trioscapes To Tour With Scale The Summit

Trioscapes, the brainchild of Dan Briggs (Between The Buried and Me) has made huge waves since releasing its debut album, “Separate Realities.”  The album went as high as #2 on the iTunes Jazz Chart, and #80 on Billboard’s New Artist Chart.  It has also reached as high as #9 on Billboard’s Traditional Jazz Chart, #12 on the Billboard Current jazz Chart, and #197 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart.

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Now the band will head out on the road in September for a week-long tour with the metal instrumental act Scale The Summit.  The seven-day tour starts in Dayton, Ohio on September 15th.  It will wrap up September 21st in Greensboro, NC.  Along with the Trioscapes tour, Briggs is also touring with Metal Blade label mates Between The Buried and Me.  Trioscapes’ fans can get the latest news and more from the band online at http://www.facebook.com/trioscapes.  A video for the song ‘Blast Off’ is now available online at http://www.metalblade.com/trioscapes.

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Between The Buried and Me, Job for a Cowboy join Summer Slaughter tour

AGOURA HILLS, CALIFORNIA–Metal Blade label mates Between The Buried and Me and Job for a Cowboy have announced their addition to this year’s Summer Slaughter tour.  The bands will join Faceless, Periphery and a slew of other metal acts.  Job for a Cowboy joins the tour fresh off the heels of the release of its new album, “Demonocracy.”  Between The Buried and Me will start work on the follow-up to its metal Blade debut, “The Parallax:  Hypersleep Dialogues” after completing its tour. 

North Carolina fans of the bands will get their chance to see all the bands on the bill when the tour makes a stop at Amos’ SouthEnd in Charlotte on August 3rd.  Between The Buried and Me and Job For a Cowboy will continue on together to play three dates together to close out the month of August after the Summer Slaughter tour ends.  Those shows will be in Arizona, Oklahoma and Missouri on August 28th, 29th, and 30th respectively. 

More information on the Summer Slaughter tour and both bands is available at the Metal Blade website, http://www.metalblade.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/metlabladerecords, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/metalblade.

One on One with Trioscapes’ bassist Dan Briggs

1)  Trioscapes and Between The Buried and Me are as opposite as two bands
can be. So as metal as BTBAM is, you must have been a fan of other forms
of music for a long time.  Have you always been a fan of the Mahavishnu
Orchestra, or was that one song just something that’s always caught your
attention?

-I got into John Mclaughlin and Mahavishnu when I was in high school
browsing through my dad’s cd collection. “The Inner Mounting Flame” and
“Bird of Fire” albums were so appealing to me because of the sheer force
of the playing and how raw the unison lines between the guitar and violin
were.  MClaughlin’s playing with Mahavishnu has been an inspiration for
years, and more recently his playing in Shakti is proving to be a whole
new level of inspiration and motivation to constantly pursue new way of
reinventing my playing.

2)  This one’s for all three of you.  The band’s bio states that Dan
actually contacted Walter and and Matt.  When Dan told you two his plans,
what was your first reaction to his proposal?

-Only Dan on this interview, but I had talked to both separately at
different times about playing together, so I dont think it was much of a
shock. The main shock was probably when we were all in the same room
together playing for the first time and realizing how tough some of the
material was.

3)  Trioscapes is being marketed as a jazz fusion band.  But I personally
get a prog rock feel, too.  So how would you guys classify yourselves?

-Yeah I’m not big on thowing a lable on everything under the sun, and with
this group in particular I feel like every song is kind of its own
different thing. I dont think you can really lump the song “Separate
Realities”, which is 11 minutes of mayhem and high energy in the same
category as “Gemini’s Descent” which is kind of “Discipline” era King
Crimson like with a bass drone and a miriad of lush textures thrown over
top. But then I can see how  a song like “Blast Off” lends itself to being
considered more of a fusion song. I dont know, the jazz thing is funny to
us, fusion seems to obvious, progressive rock is a huge part of our make
up…it’s just burst of creative explorations.

4)  The album’s opener, ‘Blast Off’ is a perfect way to open the album.
It really mixes prog rock and jazz fusion seamlessly.  Can you guys expand
on how that song came to life?  Which one of you came up with the original
skeleton of that song? Did it just grow naturally?

-”Blast Off” and “Curse of the Ninth” were two songs I brought in early on
that were pretty much finished compositions. When I went to Georgia to
play with Matt for the very first time, he played me this crazy beat that
he had written, I jotted down the time signatures and wrote a line to go
along with it and it became the post-solo section outro for the tune.

5)  Speaking of a prog vibe, I noted in my review that I felt a kind of
Liquid Tension Experiment/Attention Deficit feel.  Are the three of you
fans of progressive rock?  If so, do you have any favorite prog bands?

-All of us have connections to different progressive rock bands. Alot of
my favorite music falls into that category, so there’s quite a few…to
name just a couple though, obviously King Crimson, Genesis, Gentle Giant,
Yes, Dream Theater. More recently, Astra, Unexpect, Sleepytime Gorilla
Museum, Field Music, Pain of Salvation, etc…Matt’s a huge King Crimson
fan, Bill Bruford is one of his main drum inspirations. We all obviously
love forward thinking, interesting music.

6)  Getting back to Dan for a moment.  You’re also a member of Between The
Buried  Me.  they’re going to be out on tour this Summer.  Has it been
difficult trying to balance that tour with potential new dates with
Trioscapes?

-Nope, it’s very easy. BTBAM’s year gets laid out way in advance so I’m
able to fill in the gaps whne I can.
7)  Staying on the subject of BTBAM, it’s an N.C. based band.  Did that
play a role in Trioscapes recording “Separate Realities” in Winston Salem?
What led you to record it at The Basement Studios?  How did you come to
your choice of producers?

-Jamie King has had a hand in every record that I’ve done since 2005. All
the BTBAM stuff, my other band ORBS, and now Trioscapes. It’s a comfort
thing recording with Jamie, and I was curious to see what he could do with
Trioscapes. We wanted to keep it simple and present like how you would
hear the band live. The only real overdubs we did were a few layered bass
distortion lines and doubling a few sax parts with flute. Aside from that
though, it’s just the songs the way we’d play them live and Jamie captured
it really well.

8)  “Separate Realities” has been received to pretty positive feedback
from every direction.  Considering that, do the three of you see the band
working on another record any time in the near future, or do you see this
simply as a one-off record?

-In the near future, no because we will be touring on this record for a
while. We all have a few little things written though. I’m sure we’ll
start throwing around ideas before too long. And no, this is not a one-off
record.

9)  What would you say is your favorite song off of this album?  Songs
aside, do any of you have any favorite moments from the recording process
for this record?

-Walter and I tracked “Gemini’s Descent” together and that was really fun.
We turned the lights down and did about 5 or 6 different takes and then
that was it. We wanted to capture the vibe we had while jamming it at the
rehearsal space. I’m really excited to finally play the song live, we’ll
be playing our full album at our CD release shows coming up next week. I
can tell you that “Separate Realities” is maybe the most stressful song
I’ve ever played live haha, but it’s also one of my favorites. Super high
energy and just non stop. I’ve never had to be so locked in to every
single second of music like I am when playing that.

10)  The video for ‘Blast Off’ was so simple.  But it shows you guys
really getting into the groove of the song.  It’s proof that the K.I.S.S.
formula works.  So came up with the idea for the video?  How did you
decide on using Symmetry Studio for the video?

-Our friend Johnny Davis runs Symmetry Studios, he tracked Matt’s drums
there for the record and they sounded awesome. He’s a super talented
engineer and being that he’s a friend we knew it’d be easy to set up. We
actually went down and played the whole album, not just “Blast Off”. Those
videos will be available before too long. There were just no live videos
that had popped up that were a good quality, so we thought this would be a
good representation for people that haven’t been able to see us live.
Although, there’s much more energy live.

11)  I’ve got one last question before I have to go.  As well received as
Trioscapes is already what do you see the future of this band being?

-We’re going to go hard and do as much as we can when I’m free and not
busy with BTBAM. We have a tour confirmed for September that we’ll
announce soon, some stuff in June/July that’s being worked out, and
hopefully a full US in November/December. If we all exist past doomsday,
then I’m sure we’ll have alot more in our future.