The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra & Unified Past
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The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra:
The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra has been freakin' minds since 2009. They stretch their own
musical limits with album after album of intensely energetic ART-ROCK. Definition of ART-ROCK: A type of rock music, often with poetic lyrics, characterized by sophisticated harmonic, dynamic and technical complexity based on forms derived from classical (and jazz) music and requiring performers of considerable training and skill. It sounds so serious, but when you combine that type of music with four fun-loving musicians who don't take themselves too seriously and who have a love of so much music beyond art-rock (which is why the band covers songs from Otis Rush's All Your Love toWhipping Post to When the Levee Breaks to YYZ), you get a bit of magic in live music form. The band writes and performs music that excites them and has a blast doing it! The GCO appreciates and aspires to superior musicianship while combining their love of a good riff, hummable melody and groovy jam... over a jazz/jazz-rock musical bedrock. It all culminates in an intensely energetic live performance because "we freakin' love what we do and love that the fans dig it too!! "
What other bands do we sound like? We have been compared to King Crimson, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Dixie Dregs, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.
Unified Past is a power progressive rock band from Syracuse, New York. Their new recording, “Shifting the Equilibrium”, is planned for a September 2015 release. The recording contains 6 power prog compositions,clocking in at 55 minutes. The addition of grammy award winning vocalist Phil Naro show’s that the band is continuing to grow and evolve and that they are a band that prog rock fans should really get to know. Guitarist Stephen Speelman possesses a master’s degree in classical guitar performance, bass player Dave Mickelson is currently a member of Joey Belladonna’s Chief Big Way and thunderous drummer Victor Tassone has appeared on several independent artist releases as well, including Corvus Stone and Andy John Bradford’s Oceans 5.
While there is most certainly plenty of chops to be found in this band’s music, their overall sound focuses more on melody and song composition than it does on technical gymnastics.
Unified Past's 2013 release, "Spots", on Melodic Revolution Records (MRR CD 22005) was their most gripping recording yet and connected with many fans of the progressive rock genre.
Shifting the Equilibrium (MRR 22113) is the band’s 7th release and their third for Melodic Revolution Records. The CD is a 6 panel digi pack containing a 12 page booklet of lyrics and photos, designed by international fantasy artist Ed Unitsky, who also designed “Spots” in 2013. The stunning artwork is supplemented by the photography of Rochester’s Scott Hamilton. The visual presentation in combination with the sonic experience, makes this a recording that will most certainly introduce the band to a larger audience.
If you are a dedicated fan of progressive rock music and you are not familiar with Unified Past, the time is now to discover this power prog artist.