NJ Proghouse Presents: Rise Twain | The Tea Club | Katie Barbato
Sat, Apr 11, 2020 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse
745 Bound Brook Road, Dunellen, NJ
Adds Beck, “I just knew I had to work with Brett on a higher level. When I came in to cut the vocals on the Scenic Route album, the way we worked together, … some people you just gel with, and then some people you have a barrier with. Brett and I gelled.” They spoke of one day collaborating on their own project, which finally surfaces as Rise Twain.
From first listen, Rise Twain compels. Kull’s background not only as a musician but also a producer feeds into the album’s rich sonic tapestry. The music itself weaves elements of alternative and progressive styles with the instantly appealing pulse of radio emissions buzzing in the brain. Kull and Beck stir an awareness of sound into this evocative, sublime collection. They’ve found uniqueness in these 10 original songs that meld engaging, relatable lyrics and serene, organic vocals with stealthy music that possesses an undercurrent of patient but brooding power. “Everspring” hits abruptly from the start. It charges in, reminiscent of the blues, lit with shadows of a desperate waltz. “Golden” and “Falling Skies” display the dynamic range of the band – serene to bombastic – while soulful songs such as “Oh This Life” and “Prayers,” a pair that deepens the album at its mid-point, are inviting, intimate experiences.
About the album’s delicate dance on the fine line of accessibility and bravery, Beck notes, “There’s not a typical structural theme that we use over and over and over. ‘Organic’ is a word that comes to mind. Seeking openness through simplicity and allowing the complexity of music to exist without the necessity of overly packing it or overly processing it. With that we were able to achieve such a broad spectrum of sound, and a colossal sense of its existence, without having to have a billion guitars and a billion things put over top. There’s some coloring with strings and other embellishments, but it really is something very simple and stripped down, and it’s awesome.”
Kull adds, “There’s a lot of complexity in this, but it’s not overt in the least bit. But yet, when you get into it, there’s all this really rich harmonic and dynamic stuff going on. Bad prog happens when all this overt stuff is going on, but there’s something very difficult about tackling sublime stuff and have it be that way without drawing a circle around it.”
Fronting the band is the songwriting team of brothers Patrick and Dan McGowan, whose unorthodox guitar playing and fervent singing form the core of the group’s distinctive style. Bassist Jamie Wolff, keyboardist Joe Dorsey, and drummer Dan Monda complete the ensemble.
Formed in 2003, the band has independently recorded and released four EP's and five full length records
They’ve performed hundreds of shows including the Progday Music Festival, the NJ Proghouse Music Series, the Indie Music Festival in Atlanta, the Progstock Festival, and the Terra Incognita Festival in Quebec City, Canada. They've opened for Haken and have toured the U.S. with Thank You Scientist, Bent Knee, Moon Tooth, and Beardfish. In May of 2020 they will play alongside Big Big Train at the Rites of Spring Festival in Sarasota, Florida.
If/When, their fifth and latest record, released in July of 2019, is daringly personal, exploring themes of death, failure, new life, and hope. Complex and cerebral, unguarded and intimate, If/When is a thoroughly heart-felt addition to the band’s immersive catalog.
Heralded by Prog magazine as “Challenging, modern, and frequently scintillating...one of those few acts in recent years who have the musical audacity and potential to become major players.”, The Tea Club continue to explore new ways of communicating deep feeling through their art.