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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Great Prog Rock for the New Millenium: Noise Floor

New Music Discovered

Being a musician, I come across many types and flavors of bands over the years. Well, folks, I just discovered Great Prog Rock for the New Millenium: Noise Floor.

Not screamers, not teeny bopper pop, or little girl fantasy-songs, here's real musicianship. Not sure who their influences are but I hear touches of Yes and Chilliwack.

The lead singer is Stewart Turcan who also plays lead guitar. Stewarts voice shows true emotion and sensitivity about what he sings. His voice is a pure blend for some of the guitar fingering with Dakota Allemang's jazz-tinged bass playing. And drummer Quincy Johnson, keeps a perfect beat without trying to ham it up like John Bonham (RIP). The first tune I heard was "Lilt". What a relief it is to hear this rare kind of music.

This is from their bio on Reverbnation:

. . . from Hamilton, ON. The trio that makes the band consists of three audio technicians who met during their time perusing higher learning. In the last year they have recorded and mixed their very own first full length album titled, "...And So It Begins".   . . .With dynamic tonal and structural writing styles, Noise Floor seeks to maintain the attention of the audience throughout each song. Their ability to seamlessly interchange between various time signatures while still providing the listener a rhythm they can tap their foot to. Their chemistry on stage gives the audience a sense of how close the three of truly area not only as musicians but the true roots of very close friends.
"Time signatures", how many new groups know what that even is? Shows how serious Noise Floor takes their music.

I then saw their video of a live performance and although the initial acoustics were of the club where they were performing a little irritating (it's live so what do you expect?) the music was clear and moving. The guitar had that retro sound of Emerson Lake and Palmer and other similar monumental bands of the prog rock era. Yet, this stuff is fresh.

I also noticed Dakota playing an eight string bass. Yeah! His playing is very clean and precise, on not overbearing.

Here's that live video of their song Sonar:

Hey it's good, isn't it?
Visit them online and show your support.

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