Transatlantic Reveals “The Absolute Universe 2022 Tour” Dates

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Transatlantic will hit the road next year in support of its latest album.

The band made the announcement in a news release distributed Monday. The document states the band will launch its tour, which is in support of its latest album, The Absolute Universe (2021), April 15 in Glenside, PA. The North American leg of the worldwide tour is scheduled to run through April 30 in in Cross Plains, TN before the band winds things down with the “Cruise to the Edge 2022 from May 2-7.

Following some down time after the North American leg of the tour, the band will head overseas and launch the tour’s UK/European leg on July 22 in Sibiu, Romania. That brief tour is scheduled to run through July 28 in Paris, France.

Drummer Mike Portnoy offered the following comments about the tour’s scheduling.

“Between releasing our latest album in the middle of a worldwide pandemic & shutdown, and the already difficult task of trying to align our different schedules even in the most normal of circumstances, it was uncertain if Transatlantic would ever get to play any shows in support of The Absolute Universe,” he said. “But now with the world slowly re-opening and the band already committing to a few one-off appearances in 2022 (Cruise To The Edge, Morsefest and a Festival in Romania), we’re excited to announce we were able to wrangle up some headlining shows surrounding these one-offs! (April in North America and July in EU/UK) 

Portnoy added, “These are the ONLY shows we will be doing in support of The Absolute Universe so if we can’t make it to your area, it may be worth traveling to come see us and share these special shows with us. While we wish we could do a full proper tour, getting to play ANY shows for this album is an unexpected treat that we weren’t sure would ever happen…so better late than never!”

The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

North America dates:
April 15th • Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater
https://www.axs.com/events/409822/an-evening-with-transatlantic-tickets
 
April 16th • Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater
https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/02005AFEFC0F7014
 
April 18th • Quebec City, Quebec – Palais Montcalm
https://palaismontcalm.tuxedobillet.com/main/transatlantic
 
April 19th • Montreal, Quebec – M Telus
https://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/31005B03CBCC1934?lang=en-ca&brand=mtelus
 
April 21st • St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4311193/transatlantic-stcharles-the-arcada-theatre?_ga=2.14751414.123937637.1628201559-79101957.1628201559
 
April 23rd • Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/09005B05AF17211D
 
April 24th • Berkeley, CA – UC Theatre
https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4360146/an-evening-with-transatlantic-berkeley-the-uc-theatre
 
April 29th & 30th • Cross Plains, TN – MorseFest 2022
 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/morsefest-2022-tickets-164759830087
 
May 2nd to 7th • Cruise To The Edge 2022
https://cruisetotheedge.com/book-now/
 
UK/Europe dates:
July 22nd – Sibiu, Romania – ARTmania Festival
 
July 24th – Cologne, Germany – E Werk
https://www.myticket.de/de/transatlantic-the-absolute-universe-2022-tour-tickets
 
July 25th – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
https://www.ticketmaster.nl/event/272933?CAMEFROM=013&brand=nl_013web
 
July 27th – London, England – O2 Forum Kentish Town
https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F005AFE183A8DE7
 
July 28th – Paris, France – Olympia (ON SALE ON AUG 18TH)
www.olympiahall.com/evenements/transatlantic/

More information on Transatlantic’s new tour and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.transatlanticweb.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TransatlanticMusic

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/transatlantic99

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Prog-Rock, Transatlantic Fans Alike Will Agree The Band’s New Album Was Worth The Wait

Courtesy:InsideOut Music

More than seven years after the release of its then latest album, Kaleidoscope, prog rock super group Transatlantic returned this year with its fifth album, The Absolute Universe.  The then long-awaited album has since proven to be quite the interesting presentation from the band – Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings), Neal Morse (ex-Spock’s Beard, The Neal Morse Band, Yellow Matter Custard), and Pete Trewavas (Marillion).  One key point of interest in this latest offering from Transatlantic is its very presentation.  This will be discussed shortly.  The arrangements that are featured throughout the expansive record add their own level of interest to the record.  They will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.  It will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this album.  All things considered, they make The Absolute Universe a unique new addition to this year’s field of new rock albums.

Transatlantic’s recently released fifth album, The Absolute Universe is a presentation that its fans and those of the band’s members will agree is itself absolutely interesting.  That is proven in part through the album’s presentation.  The presentation in question is that of a concept record.  The catch here is that while the expansive recording is a concept record, it is not the typical presentation that audiences expecting a story-based concept album will expect.  Rather, it is based on one, central theme, according to Portnoy.  Portnoy said in a recent interview of the concept, “The storyline is about the struggles facing everyone in society today.”  Stolt expanded on Portnoy’s comments, stressing, “We didn’t start out with the idea of this being conceptual. The way things work with us is that we have a load of ideas, and these are developed spontaneously when we meet up. Everything happens in the moment.”  So essentially what audiences get in this album is a concept record that technically is concept in the loosest sense of the word possible.  That aside, the fact that the songs’ lyrical themes are so accessible and do in fact work with the noted overarching theme here, it all combines to make the record unique in this aspect.  Case in point is ‘Swing High, Swing Low.’  This song is clearly about the myriad emotional ups and downs that a person experiences daily in life.  ‘The World We Used To Know’ is just as clear.  It is a person commenting on the state of the world today.  This is something that every generation does.  To that point, it is just one more way in which the album’s overall presentation generates a certain engagement and entertainment and just the tip of that proverbial iceberg.  The arrangements that are featured throughout the album add their own layer of interest to this presentation.

The musical arrangements that are featured throughout The Absolute Universe are of interest because of the various influences that are evident throughout.  From one song to the next, the songs show influence not only of the band members’ own work past and present, but also evidence of vintage prog influence.  Case in point is ‘Heart Like a Whirlwind.’  The layered keyboard line immediately lends itself to comparisons to works from Emerson, Lake & Palmer as well as hints of The Flower Kings.  At the same time, audiences can also clearly hear a Spock’s Beard influence here when the keyboards are joined with the guitars and vocal harmonies.  On another level, the influence of The Neal Morse Band is just as evident.  The addition of the classical music tributes peppered throughout the album makes for even more interest here.  One can ever argue that there are hints of influence from Transatlantic itself at other points here.  Simply put, the arrangements featured here are everything that audiences have come to expect from this band.  Taking this into consideration along with the album’s unique presentation, the album gains even more interest.  It sill is not the last of the album’s most important elements.  The album’s production puts the final touch to its presentation.

The production that went into The Absolute Universe is important to examine because of its role in the album’s general effect.  As noted, there are a lot of influences exhibited within each song.  What’s more, there is a lot going on in each arrangement in terms of items, such as instrumentation, dynamics, and even vocals.  The production in each song pays off because it takes all of that into account.  The result is that each song evokes a wide range of emotions and thoughts from listeners as they remain engaged and entertained in each composition.  Considering the impact of the record’s production, its featured arrangements, and its very approach, the whole presents itself as a truly unique new offering that any prog-rock fan and Transatlantic fan will find interesting.

Transatlantic’s latest album, The Absolute Universe is a presentation that will appeal to any prog-rock fan as well as those of the band.  That is proven in part through the band’s approach to the album.  The approach taken to the album is that of a concept record that defies the standard definition of a concept album.  Rather than being story-based, it is a concept album that instead centers on one overarching theme.  The musical arrangements that are featured throughout the album add their own interest to the album.  That is because of the diversity that they show in regards to their influences.  There are hints of vintage prog influence as well as the influence of the band’s own work and that of the band members’ own projects.  The production of those arrangements rounds out the most important of the album’s elements, as it brings everything together.  The production ensures that everything is balanced in each song, thus evoking the fullest emotional response and impact.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the album a work that prog-rock and Transatlantic fans alike will agree was worth the wait.  The Absolute Universe is available now.

More information on Transatlantic’s new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.transatlanticweb.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TransatlanticMusic

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/transatlantic99

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Transatlantic Debuts ‘Looking For The Light’ Video

Transatlantic debuted the video for its latest single this week.

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Looking for the Light‘ Tuesday. The song and its video are the third from the band’s forthcoming album The Absolute Universe. The song’s premiere follows that of the album’s first two singles, ‘The World We Used To Know‘ and ‘Overture/Reaching for the Sky.’

The video for ‘Looking for the Light’ is an artistic presentation that features Transatlantic’s band members — Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, Roine Stolt, and Pete Trewavas — performing their respective parts to the song in what is meant to look like a vintage 35mm film reel. the song’s musical arrangement is a mid-tempo composition that boasts the band’s familiar vintage prog sound, but with a slightly heavy kick.

The lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement was not explained in information distributed about the song. However, the song’s title and its content seem to hint at a message of people trying to get through difficult times in their lives, to a point.

The Absolute Universe is scheduled for release Feb. 5 through InsideOut Music on two separate editions, The Breath of Life (Abridged Version) and Forevermore (Extended Version). Pre-orders are open. The album’s track listing is noted below.

The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life (Abridged Version)’
Available as:
Single CD Edition, Gatefold 2LP+CD, or Digital Album

Track-listing:
1.     Overture
2.     Reaching For The Sky
3.     Higher Than The Morning
4.     The Darkness In The Light
5.     Take Now My Soul
6.     Looking For The Light
7.     Love Made  A Way (Prelude)
8.     Owl Howl
9.     Solitude
10.  Belong
11.  Can You Feel It
12.  Looking For The Light (Reprise)
13.  The Greatest Story Never Ends
14.  Love Made A Way
 

‘The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Version)’
Available as:
2CD Edition, 3LP+2CD Boxset, or Digital Album

Track-listing:

Disc 1:
1.     Overture
2.     Heart Like A Whirlwind
3.     Higher Than The Morning
4.     The Darkness In The Light
5.     Swing High, Swing Low
6.     Bully
7.     Rainbow Sky
8.     Looking For The Light
9.     The World We Used To Know

Disc 2:
1.     The Sun Comes Up Today
2.     Love Made A Way (Prelude)
3.     Owl Howl
4.     Solitude
5.     Belong
6.     Lonesome Rebel
7.     Looking For The Light (Reprise)
8.     The Greatest Story Never Ends
9.     Love Made A Way

More information on Transatlantic’s new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.transatlanticweb.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/TransatlanticMusic

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/transatlantic99

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Transatlantic Announces New Album Release Date, Specs

Transatlantic will open the new year with a new album.

The prog super group is scheduled to release its fifth album, The Absolute Universe Feb. 5, 2021 through InsideOut Music. Its release will come more than six years after the release of the band’s then most recent album Kaleidoscope, which was released in Dec. 2014 through Metal Blade Records.

Drummer Mike Portnoy talked about the forthcoming album during a recent interview.

“We’ve got two versions of this album. There is a two CD presentation, which is 90 minutes long, and a single one – that’s 60 minutes,” he said. “However, the single CD is NOT merely an edited version of the double CD. They each contain alternate versions and even in some cases, new recordings. We wrote fresh lyrics and have different people singing on the single CD version tracks as compared to those on the double CD. Some of the song titles have also been changed, while others might remain the same, but compositionally what you’ll hear has been altered. You must appreciate that what we have done is unique. We revamped the songs to make the two versions different.”

Portnoy’s Transatlantic band mate Pete Trewavas expanded on Portnoy’s statements with his own comments.

“We did write some new music for the single CD,”he said. “What’s more, there are also differences in the instruments used on some of the tracks across the two records.”

Each presentation of Transatlantic’s album will be available on CD, digital, and LP. The platforms’ details are noted below.

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

‘The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life (Abridged Version)’

Special Edition CD Digipak

Gatefold 2LP+CD

Digital Album

‘The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Version)’

Special Edition 2CD Digipak

3LP+2CD Boxset

Digital Album

‘The Absolute Universe: The Ultimate Edition’

Limited Deluxe Clear 5LP+3CD+Blu-Ray Box-set – contained within a foil-finished lift-off box with extended 16-page LP booklet & 60x60cm poster

According to information provided about the album, it is a concept record. Portnoy said of the move and the album’s concept, “Well, the idea of Transatlantic deciding to do a concept record this time around won’t shock anyone, right? What we have is essentially one giant composition, split into chapters. The storyline is about the struggles facing everyone in society today.”

Fellow Transatlantic band member Roine Stolt (also of The Flower Kings) added to Portnoy’s comments.

“We didn’t start out with the idea of this being conceptual,” said Stolt.“The way things work with us is that we have a load of ideas, and these are developed spontaneously when we meet up. Everything happens in the moment.”

Initial tracking for The Absolute Universe started in September 2019 in Sweden. Portnoy had the following to say about the process.

“Over a period of 10-14 days, we mapped out the songs,” he said. “Then we all went back to our home studios and did the recording. That’s the way we always do it. At one point, though, it was suggested that instead of doing what was by that time going to be a double album, we should just be content to do a single CD.”

Stolt picked up where Portnoy left off.

“What happened was that everything kept expanding and expanding,”said Stolt. “Therefore we decided it made sense to make it a double album. It was Pete [Trewavas] and Neal [Morse] who then came out and said they felt this would be too long, and we should reduce it to one…But we were already recording, and it didn’t seem feasible to cut it back. There were so many pieces that each of us loved in what we were planning and didn’t want to lose. That’s when we ended up in discussions over the best way forward.”

More information on Transatlantic’s new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.transatlanticweb.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TransatlanticMusic

Twitter: http://twitter.com/transatlantic99

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Neal Morse Announces Release Date, Specs For New Album

Cover Art by: Thomas Ewerhard/Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Veteran prog-rock composer/singer/songwriter Neal Morse will release his new album this fall.

Sola Gratia is scheduled for release Sept. 20 through InsideOut Music.  The album is a concept record that focuses on the Apostle Paul.  It came from a discussion that Morse had with his wife years ago, according to comments made by Morse himself in a recent interview.

“I was talking to my wife Cherie about debuting this new piece at Morsefest 2020 (Morse’s annual fan convention in Nashville) and she said she thought it would be good for me to do a solo album,” he said. “ However, I thought she said ‘Sola album’ and – because some of the new ideas involved Paul’s aggressive pursuit of the early Christians, I could see a link to some of the themes of persecution in ‘Sola Scriptura’.”

Sola Scriptura is Morse’s 2007 album about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sola Gratia feaures famed drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs, Transatlantic), Randy George (The Neal Morse Band, The Prog World Orchestra, Ajalon), Eric Gillette (The Neal Morse Band, Tree of Life, The Swon Brothers), Bill Hubauer (The Neal Morse Band) and Gideon Klein (Delta Rae, Jewel, The Neal Morse Band) adding their talents to the whole.

While many of the artists featured on this record work with Morse in The Neal Morse Band, he [Morse] explained that the album was still going to be a Neal Morse album instead of Neal Morse Band album.

“With the Neal Morse Band, the whole band works together on the writing, and while Eric Gillette plays some guitar and Bill Hubauer has added some keyboards on this one, neither of them wrote – or is singing – on this album,” he said.

Sola Gratia will be available as CD/DVD digipack (including making of documentary); 2LP/CD combo pack; CD and digital release.  Thomas Ewerhard created the album’s artwork.  The record’s track listing is noted below.

 

The full track-listing is as follows:

1.Preface
2.Overture
3.In The Name Of The Lord
4.Ballyhoo (The Chosen Ones)
5.March Of The Pharisees
6.Building A Wall
7.Sola Intermezzo
8.Overflow
9.Warmer Than The Sunshine
10.Never Change
11.Seemingly Sincere
12.The Light On The Road To Damascus
13.The Glory Of The Lord
14.Now I Can See/The Great Commission

 

Sola Gratia will receive its official release Sept. 18 and 19 at Morse’s annual Morsefest.  Due to COVID-19 regulations, a limited number of people will be able to attend.  Tickets are available here.

Pre-orders for Sola Gratia will open July 17.

More information on Neal Morse’s new album is available along with all of his latest news at:

 

Website: http://nealmorse.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nealmorse

Twitter: http://twitter.com/nealmorse

 

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American Idol Star’s Latest LP Takes Top Honors In Phil’s Picks 2019 Top New Rock Albums List

Courtesy: Big Johnson Records

Rock fans had a lot of reason this year to raise their horns.  From January right up to this month, rock music fans received lots of strong new offerings this year.  That includes both mainstream and independent acts.  Buckcherry’s new album Warpaint, which came out early this year, proved to be everything that audiences have come to expect from the band.  DuG Pinnick’s King’s X side band KXM also released a new record this year — Circle of Dolls — that was a step up from its predecessor.  80s rockers L.A. Guns even produced its own strong new effort in The Devil You Know while prog rock star Neil Morse’s Jesus ChristThe Exorcist developed its own fans, too.  Between those albums and so many others, rock fans had a lot to be happy about.  It made creating the list of this year’s top new rock records quite difficult to arrange.

This year’s list, like others from Phil’s Picks, features the Top 10 picks as well as five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  The list was compiled from consideration of the titles’ overall musical and lyrical content.  That content taken into consideration made this list anything but easy.  No offense was meant to any of the band featured on this list.  With that in mind, here is Phil’s Picks 2019 Top 10 New Rock Albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2019 TOP 10 NEW ROCK ALBUMS

  1. Caleb Johnson — Born From Southern Ground
  2. Set It Off — Midnight
  3. Neal Morse — Jesus ChristThe Exorcist
  4. KXM — Circle of Dolls
  5. Buckcherry — Warpaint
  6. Collective Soul — Blood
  7. Aree & The Pure Hearts — Never Gonna Die
  8. The Sh-Booms — The Blurred Odyssey
  9. Lullwater — Voodoo
  10. The Magpie Salute — Highwater II
  11. Queensryche — The Verdict
  12. L.A. Guns — The Devil You Know
  13. Them Guns — From The Shadows
  14. Myrath — Shehili
  15. Stone Leaders — Stone Leaders

 

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‘Morsefest 2015’ Release Date, Specs Announced

Courtesy: Radiant Records/Metal Blade Records/SONY

Courtesy: Radiant Records/Metal Blade Records/SONY

The Neal Morse Band will release its latest live recording next month.

Morsefest 2015 will be released on Friday, March 24, 2017.  The extensive concert recording will be released on separate 2 Blu-ray and 2 DVD + 4 CD sets and on digital platforms including iTunes.  Both will be released via Radiant Records via Metal Blade Records/SONY.

Pre-orders are available online now here.  A trailer for the upcoming release is available here. The concert was recorded over the course of two nights in 2015 and spans more than five hours.  It features from some 38 musicians including drummer Mike Portnoy.

The show includes complete performances of Sola Scriptura and Question, songs from Morse’s time with Spock’s Beard (featuring vocal performances from Nick D’Virgillio) and Transatlantic and more.

Morsefest 2015 includes as bonus material an hour-long documentary.  It features candid footage from the band, crew and other musicians

More information on Morsefest 2015 is available online now along with all of Neal Morse’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.nealmorse.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nealmorse

Twitter: http://twitter.com/nealmorse

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Next To None Debuts Lyric Video For New Single

Courtesy:  InsideOut Music

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Up-and-coming progressive rock band Next To None has debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Blood on My Hands.’

Courtesy:  InsideOut Music

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

The video’s premiere comes a week ahead of the band’s debut album A Light in the Dark (InsideOut Music). The song, which closes out the album, is a commentary on the recent outbreak of shootings that have plagued the country in recent months. As vocalist/keyboardist Thomas Cuce explains, “At the time [I wrote the lyrics] it seemed like every day there was a different person going crazy somewhere and shooting up a building or whatever, and I would ask myself ‘Why does this keep happening? What was that person thinking? What led them to do this?” He added, “So I tried to put myself in this person’s head. I created a character and started from the aftermath of the event, which is where we first hear about it in the news.” Of the song’s extended arrangement, he says, “It took us months to write this song and then months to learn it. We had a big dry erase board that we used to chart out all the parts with the time signatures until we had them memorized.” Audiences can check out the video online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qFfHWrXyMk&feature=youtu.be. Audiences can also check out a stream of the song ‘You Are Not Me,’ online now via SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/officialinsideoutmusic/next-to-none-you-are-not-me/s-rVJzu. ‘You Are Not Me’ is also one of the tracks included in Next To None’s upcoming album. Pre-orders for A Light in the Dark are available now online at http://www.radiantrecords.com/products/577-next-to-none-a-light-in-the-dark-cd.aspx.

Next To None is: Thomas Cuce (keyboards, vocals), Ryland Holland (guitar), Kris Rank (bass) and Max Portnoy (drums). The band’s album was produced by Max Portnoy’s famed father Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, Winery Dogs, Liquid Tension Experiment). It features guest appearances from Guns N’ Roses guitarist Bumblefoot on the song ‘A Lonely Walk’ and prog-rock legend Neal Morse (ex-Spock’s Beard, Transatlatic, Yellow Matter Custard). The complete track listing for A Light in the Dark is noted below.

A Light in the Dark’ tracklist:

  1. The Edge Of Sanity
  2. You Are Not Me
  3. Runaway
  4. A Lonely Walk
  5. Control
  6. Lost
  7. Social Anxiety
  8. Legacy
  9. Blood On My Hands

Digital-only bonus tracks:

  1. Fortune Cookie
  2. Deafening

 

More information on Next To None, including its latest news, is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.nexttonone.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NextToNoneband

 

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Spock’s Beard Announces Album Release Date

Courtesy:  InsideOut Music

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

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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