“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
“Silence Revealed” – Music by Andrew Colyer, Darin Brannon, and Bill Shannon. Lyrics and vocal melodies by Randy McStine. Additional vocal harmony arrangements by Andrew Colyer, Natalie Brown, and William Spillane. Guest electric violin solo by Joe Deninzon.
Circuline’s debut album features 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 (Mark Wood Rock Orchestra), seen in the above video, is the new bassist with the band.
Video recorded at the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, New York,; New Jersey ProgHouse, Dunellen, NJ: and Enigma Dance Hall in Milan, New York. Additional video courtesy of Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius.
Video editing: Darin Brannon | Marketing and Advertising: Andrew Colyer
Band Management and booking: Thomas Palmieri
Legal Management: Ronald Bienstock
Much-needed sarcasm and general snarkiness: Natalie Brown
Circuline manager Thomas Palmieri, Darin Brannon, William “Billy” Spillane, attorney Ronald Bienstock, Natalie Brown, and Andrew Colyer. Absent from the photo is bassist Paul Ranieri.
The answer is: veteran entertainment attorney Ronald Bienstock.
Circuline Music, LLC has just signed veteran entertainment attorney Ronald Bienstock! (Ron also happens to be a badass bass player.) Ron’s entertainment law firm has a wealth of knowledge and clients, including: King Crimson, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Leslie West, Beth Hart, and many instrument manufacturers. This is a very exciting step for this “growing band”!
Also in the above photo is new Circuline manager Thomas Palmieri. We are so happy and grateful to have Tom as an addition to the team!
Circuline’s second album is slated for a March 2016 release date! Andrew Colyer (keyboards/vocals/sound design), Darin Brannon (drums/keyboards) and William “Billy” Spillane (guitars/vocals) are working in The Cave, composing and recording the second album. Here are some photos from the August writing and recording sessions.
Andrew Colyer and Darin Brannon working on Circuline’s second album.
William “Billy” Spillane working on guitar parts for Circuline’s second album.
Andrew Colyer’s Circuline workstation at The Cave.
Darin Brannon between the keys at The Cave.
Andrew Colyer mans the computer during recording sessions in The Cave.
William “Billy” Spillane plays a custom guitar built by his brother.
Darin Brannon writing at the keyboard for Circuline’s second album.
Andrew and Darin recording Circuline’s second album in The Cave.