Niacin’s New LP Makes A Big Mark In Its Debut

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Prog-jazz trio Niacin’s new album, Krush has made quite the splash on the Billboard jazz charts this week.  The album debuted at #19 on the Billboard “Current Traditional Jazz” chart and #36 on the “Current Jazz” list.  The debut marks the very first appearance ever by a band and/or artist signed to Prosthetic Records.  The album is the first for the band—Dennis Chambers (drums), Billy Sheehan (bass), and John Novello (guitars)—in eight years.  It has been hailed by Revolver magazine as “a high-octane thrill-ride (with) all-star chops.”  Fresh off the heels of the debut, bassist Billy Sheehan will hold a series of workshops at Guitar Center stores across the country, many of which will be held along the West Coast and Southwest.  Fans that attend these workshops will get a chance to win some very valuable prizes including: Sheehan’s bass amplification rig or an autographed pack of Rotosound Swing Bass 66 strings.  The bass rig includes:  an LH 1000 Bass Amplifier and AK410/AK115 Bass Cabinets.  A listing of the workshops is available below:

Billy Sheehan Guitar Center Workshops:
5/13 –  Guitar Center West Los Angeles @ 6pm (10831 W Pico Blvd)
5/14 –  Guitar Center San Jose @ 6pm (3677 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara)
5/16 –  Guitar Center Reno @ 6pm (6663 S Virginia St)
5/17 –  Guitar Center Phoenix @ 6pm (8949 East Indian Blvd, Scottsdale)
5/19 –  Guitar Center Albuquerque @ 2pm (6001 Menaul Blvd NE)
5/20 –  Guitar Center Denver @ 6pm (9647 E County Line Rd, Englewood)
5/22 –  Guitar Center New York City @ 6pm (25 W 14th St, Manhattan)
5/23 –  Guitar Center Danbury @ 6pm (15 Backus Ave)

Krush is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/krush/id626832219, Amazon mp3 at http://www.amazon.com/Krush/dp/B00C2IGG6K/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365453388&sr=301-1, and the Prosthetic Records online store at http://www.indiemerch.com/prostheticrecords/item/18625

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Billy Sheehan Announces Guitar Workshops Schedule

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Niacin bassist Billy Sheehan has schedule a series of clinics at Guitar Center stores across the country.  The announcement comes on the heels of the release of Niacin’s most recent full length album, Krush.  The series of free workshops run through the month of May.  They will feature a live performance, Q&A session, meet-and-greet, and autograph signing.  Every fan that comes out to the workshops can pick up a copy of Niacin’s new album and can also enter to win Sheehan’s Hartke bass amplification rig or autographed pack of Rotosound Swing bass 66 strings.  The rig includes: an LH1000 Bass Amplifier and AK410/AK115 Bass cabinets.  

The full listing of workshops is below:

Billy Sheehan Guitar Center Sessions:
5/13 –  Guitar Center West Los Angeles @ 6pm (10831 W Pico Blvd)
5/14 –  Guitar Center San Jose @ 6pm (3677 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara)
5/16 –  Guitar Center Reno @ 6pm (6663 S Virginia St)
5/17 –  Guitar Center Phoenix @ 6pm (8949 East Indian Blvd, Scottsdale)
5/19 –  Guitar Center Albuquerque @ 2pm (6001 Menaul Blvd NE)
5/20 –  Guitar Center Denver @ 6pm (9647 E County Line Rd, Englewood)
5/22 –  Guitar Center New York City @ 6pm (25 W 14th St, Manhattan)
5/23 –  Guitar Center Danbury @ 6pm (15 Backus Ave)

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Niacin’s New LP One More For 2013’s Best New Releases List

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Neo-progressive jazz/rock trio Niacin returns next month with its sixth full length album.  Krush will be released Tuesday, April 2nd through Prosthetic Records.  While 2013 is still a very young year, this album has proven itself worthy of this critic’s list of the year’s best overall albums.  The album is made up of fourteen tracks that will impress any prog rock and fusion fan from start to finish.  The whole thing opens with the album’s high energy title track.  All three band members are in fine form throughout this four minute-plus track.  Dennis Chambers (drums) is astounding in his ability to play such an interesting polyrhythmic part without losing a beat.  And keyboardist John Novello’s musicianship on the song’s keyboard part is just as impressive.  It’s amazing the ability of the pair and [Billy] Sheehan to all seemingly be doing their own thing yet make this song come together as one cohesive opus.

The energy exuded by the album’s title track hardly lets up even after the song has run its course.  The band keeps that same energy running strong through the more retro ELP style song, ‘Tone Wheels.’  Again, Novello’s keyboard work takes center stage here with Chambers and Sheehan adding their own extra touch to the song, too.  It’s another sold piece that any real audiophile will enjoy.  Just as complex as the album’s opening pair of tracks is its third composition, ‘Stormy Sunday.’  Billy Sheehan finally gets a chance to really show off his chops here in the song’s opening moments before Chambers and Novello come in on the drums and keyboards to make this piece even more interesting.

‘Tone Wheels’ is just one of so many tracks that make Niacin’s new LP a work worthy of any true music lover.  Just as impressive is the controlled chaos of ‘Cold Fusion.’  This is another of those pieces whose separate pieces sound like they don’t belong together at all, when examined by themselves.  But somehow when put together as one unit the trio of sounds make an opus that will create any amount of discussion for their strange balance among listeners.  It would be interesting to find out how the writing process for this piece in particular started out, and whether each part was written separate from the other or if they all were written in conjunction with one another.  As already noted, this is just one more example of what Krush has to offer listeners.  Listeners get just as much to talk about thanks to tracks such as ‘Electorcity’, ‘Prelude & Funky Opus’, and the album’s closer, ‘Triple Strength.’  It makes for both a fitting title and a fitting final statement as the trio proves to be at full power—or Triple Strength—as it presents one last multi-faceted work of music genius to listeners.  By the time the six-minute plus song is over audiences who are open minded enough will find that they have experienced something very special in this album and will in turn potentially also find it to be one of the year’s best new albums.  The album will be available in stores and online Tuesday, April 2nd.  It can be ordered online via the Prosthetic Records store at http://www.indiemerch.com/prostheticrecords/item/18625.  No performances have been scheduled for the band at this time.  Though, audiences can always find out about the latest tour dates, news, and more online at http://niacinb3.com.

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