Thank you so much to Jerry Ewing and Matt Parker for the great review of “Counterpoint” in PROG Magazine Issue 68, featuring Jon Anderson as the 2016 “Prog God”!
“Feels tighter than a duck’s hindquarters……healthy doses of Yes, Rush, and Gentle Giant, but there are also creeping, Wilson-esque atmospherics, cinematic soundscapes and modern tonal beef…..powerful harmony vocal arrangements…..the bevy of guest guitarists…..an intriguing, impactful record that spans the classic and modern prog worlds.”
PROG Magazine Issue 67 features Circuline in THREE places! 1.) The Limelight Award nomination. 2.) News column about the new album. 3.) RoSfest performance, with a great head shot of co-lead singer Billy Spillane. Thank you so much to Jerry Ewing and the whole staff at Classic Rock Presents PROG.
“Forbidden Planet” – Music by Andrew Colyer and Darin Brannon. Lyrics and vocal melodies by Randy McStine. Additional vocal harmonies by Andrew Colyer, Natalie Brown, and William Spillane. Guest guitarist is Alek Darson (Fright Pig, Meridian Voice Project).
Circuline’s newest release, “Counterpoint” (May 2016), features an All-Star lineup of SEVEN guest guitarists: Randy McStine (The Fringe, Lo-Fi Resistance); Doug Ott (Enchant); Alek Darson (Fright Pig, Meridian Voice Project); Ryche Chlanda (Fireballet, Renaissance, Flying Dreams); Alan Shikoh (Glass Hammer); Matt Dorsey (Sound of Contact, Dave Kerzner); and Stanley Whitaker (Happy the Man, Oblivion Sun). The compositional team of Colyer/Brannon returned for this second album, partnered with the songwriting of McStine, and the vocal arrangements of Spillane/Brown/Colyer. Immediately, the album started garnering praise and new fans.
Performing original cinematic progressive rock, Circuline was founded in 2014 when former progressive rock tribute band Downing Grey members Andrew Colyer (keyboards, vocals), Bill Shannon (guitars, vocals), and Darin Brannon (drums, percussion) had a burning desire to write original material. Lead vocalists Billy Spillane and Natalie Brown were up for the challenge, having performed in countless venues as singers, actors, dancers, and rock musicians. New guitarist Beledo (as of January 2016) brings a whole new dimension to the band’s compositions and live performances.
Circuline’s debut album, “Return” (released Spring 2015), featured Guest Artists Matt Dorsey (Sound of Contact) on bass, Randy McStine (Lo-Fi Resistance) as a songwriter and vocalist, and Joe Deninzon (Stratospheerius) on electric violin. Paul Ranieri (Shadow Eden, Mark Wood Rock Orchestra) joined the lineup as touring bassist in late 2014, and joined the band for their second album starting in summer 2015.
Art direction, graphic design, and video editing: Darin Brannon
Band marketing: Andrew Colyer
Band management and booking: Thomas Palmieri of NicJoy Productions
Legal Management: Ronald Bienstock
Photography by Rob Shannon (Fotopic.com)
Much needed sarcasm and general snarkiness: Natalie Brown
“Circuline’s new album, their second effort, Counterpoint, shows the evolution of this band from its primordial beginnings to a very advanced stage of cinematic progressive music. The balance between extreme instrumental and vocal gymnastics has been harnessed and the results are clearly evident. This band is a maturing organism that is evolving into a juggernaut, not only in the progressive music genre, but in the general music scene. I’m not sure I can even handle what the third release may bring!” — Marty Dorfman (AKA The Prog Doctor), House of Prog
The New Jersey Prog House will bring Circuline back to perform for the second time, for their CD Release Party! Special guest Ad Astra will open the show. All paid attendees will receive a copy of the new CD “Counterpoint”, first drink ticket, a slab of bacon, and a chocolate chip cookie in a good bag! Plus your name will be entered into a drawing for a free house concert! Plus we’re working on some other cool stuff to giveaway…….please come and join us!
Date: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 Location: Roxy and Dukes, Dunellen, New Jersey
Time: Doors at 7 pm; Ad Astra 7:30 to 8:30 pm; Circuline 9 pm to 10:30 pm