Circuline has made the decision to part ways with bassist/engineer Joel Simches. For the past two years, Joel has worked with Circuline, starting as their live sound engineer, then working his way into the bass position, often performing double duty on the road as a stage monitor mixer. Highlights have included Joel performing live with Circuline on the traveling Sonic Voyage Fest, Chicago’s Progtoberfest, and the inaugural 2017 ProgStock Festival in New Jersey. Joel also served as the mixing engineer for the forthcoming CircuLive::Majestik CD/DVD/Blu-Ray product. Joel has also been very active in helping to enthusiastically promote the band, both online and publicly in person. We can’t thank Joel enough for his contributions to Circuline from 2016 to 2018.
We know this is upsetting news to many friends and fans of Joel’s, and we are very sorry for that. This decision was not an easy one, nor was it one we took lightly. There are many variables that brought us here, issues about which we will never comment publicly, out of respect for all parties involved.
The creative process is a tricky thing, all the right elements must be in place, and every band member must find it an environment in which to thrive.
Joel is a great guy, a great musician, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
“Circuline’s Hollow is a song with many faces. What starts out as a genteel piano piece soon transforms into a war march, before then hurtling headfirst down spasmodic passages of blurred notes and shifting meters. While it may be hard to follow, it’s very easy to applaud.” — PROG Magazine Issue 79
Thank you to Jerry Ewing and all the staff at PROG Magazine (UK) for featuring the Counterpoint track “Hollow” on their “Issue 79 Postcards” Covermount CD Sampler, included with their August 2017 Issue!
Fright Pig‘s Alek Darson (and now, Circuline’s newest band member) was the guest guitarist on this track, and he also mixed the entire Counterpoint album.
Thank you, John Collinge and Progression Magazine for the three-page feature on ProgStock2017! (You’ll see the photos of bassist-drummer Joel Simches, and co-lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist William “Billy” Spillane above.)
“a classy breathe of fresh air…..fascinating changeups into mini-ensemble cameos…..nothing short of exhilarating”