SPOCK'S BEARD Release "To Breathe Another Day" Studio Documentary; Video
April 12, 2018, 5 years ago
Legendary US progressive rockers Spock’s Beard will release of their 13th studio album, Noise Floor, for May 25th. For this album, Ted Leonard, Alan Morse, Dave Meros and Ryo Okumoto were joined in the studio once again by drummer and original member Nick D’Virgilio.
The band recently launched a music video for the first single, the album's storming opening track "To Breathe Another Day", and have now released the "To Breathe Another Day" studio documentary. Watch both below:
"To Breathe Another Day" studio documentary:
"To Breathe Another Day" video:
Spock's Beard is a band that is in a continual state of evolution, as is always the case with genuinely creative musicians. And their new album, Noise Floor, fits perfectly into this process.
“We are always about evolution, not revolution. But what we have done this time is make the songs more melodic,” believes vocalist/guitarist Ted Leonard. “We still love our crazy prog, but now appreciate how important it is to grab people's attention early on.”
As with all Spock's Beard songs, most of the new album was written by the individual members, and then brought to the rest of the band as high quality demos. “We all do this type of thing in our home studios,” adds Leonard. “So, by the time they reach the stage where the entire band get to judge them, they are really developed, and therefore everyone can make a reasoned judgement.” Much of what you will listen to here is very much the product of fresh inspiration from the Californian band.
One key change on this album sees the return of drummer Nick D'Virgilio, who originally left in 2011. There are also two violinists, a cello player, a viola player and an English horn featured on the album, thereby giving the sound a slightly more evocative and persuasive twist.
The album was once again engineered by long-time collaborator Rich Mouser and will be released as a 2CD digipak (featuring an EP of material from the same sessions), gatefold 2LP + 2CD & as digital download.
Disc 1 - Noise Floor
"To Breathe Another Day"
"What Becomes Of Me"
"Have We All Gone Crazy Yet"
"So This Is Life"
"One So Wise"
"Box Of Spiders"
Disc 2 - Cutting Room Floor
"Days We’ll Remember"
(Photo - Kat Mueller)