NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, it'd probably just sound like a CTS tribute band. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole. Dubbed "Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion", the band's music strikes a rare balance between cerebral andemotional, intellectual and primal. A relentless touring schedule has won the band a fervent following from California to Israel, with fans ranging from jam-band hippies and jazz cats to corpse-painted headbangers and prog geeks.
Formed in 2004, Consider the Source features Gabriel Marin on fretless double-neck guitar, bassist John Ferrara, and drummer/percussionist Jeff Mann. Called "the guiding light for his generation of six-stringers", Marin channels the mystical fury of McLaughlin and Coltrane into wailing melodies, kaleidoscopic soundscapes and boneshaking riffs. With a background in classical musics both Eurpoean and Indian, and an instinct for avant-jazz and destructive metal, Marin's hypnotic fusion of styles is ever unpredictable. Ferrara's propulsive, percussive attack, equally suited to simple grooves and impossible chords, can ground the music or launch it into space. His madcap gumbo of slap bass, Indian rhythms, earthy minimalism and complex tapping constantly pushes into strange new worlds, whilst still dropping thick booty-clap beats. Underneath them lies Mann's rolling thunder; dense rhythmic architecture built from pure swagger and bounce. Half double-bass prog-metal, half crackle-pop Buddy Rich swing, with African and Balkan swirls, Mann's muscular, freewheeling polyrhythms are the engine fuel for Consider's multiversal mischief. Even when not improvising, Consider's music is always a conversation, a roiling stew of dynamic interplay. Each member of Consider the Source alternately leads and follows, spars and assists; in any single song, alliances are made and broken, bargains struck and divorces finalized.
Touring from coast to coast, as well as Europe and the Middle East, has not only earned the band thousands of fans, but has allowed them to perform with wide variety of well-known artists, including Victor Wooten, Wayne Krantz, King Crimson Projekt, Kris Myers (Umphrey's McGee), Wyclef Jean, Andy Statman, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Dumpstaphunk, Keller Williams, George Porter, Jr., Jeff Sipe, Panzerballet (Germany), Eatliz (Israel), Freak Kitchen (Sweden), Morglbl (France), and many others. They have performed at numerous festivals and events, including Catskill Chill, The Big Up, Burning Man, Sun Seekers Ball (Canada), Mid-Summer Meltdown, Rootwire, the NYC Fretless Guitar Festival, and the NYC Gypsy Festival. The band's latest album, "F**k It! We'll Do It Live" is available at considerthesourcemusic.bandcamp.com.
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KINGS OF PRUSSIA:
Kings Of Prussia is a four-piece progressive electronic metal/rock band based out of Asheville, NC. Originated in the suburbs of Miami, FL, the group moved to Asheville in early 2006. They have spent the intervening time making a name for themselves all over Asheville and North Carolina, playing shows at local venues and festivals. With extensive touring under their belt, Kings Of Prussia has played shows all over the southeast U.S., including music festivals such as Bele Chere and LAAFF Fest, shows with Straight Line Stitch, U.S. Christmas, SkeletonWitch, Rusty Cooley, Flaw, and with Every Time I Die, Norma Jean, Cancer Bats, Consider The Source and others at The Orange Peel. The band's show covers a wide range of territory, with beautiful melodic structures and movements intertwined with thrashing heavy explosiveness, an intricate visual display and lighting show, and distinctly original artistic style. With a stage show heavily involved in visual art and design, Kings of Prussia is an expansive, driven experience. With an all original repertoire, Kings Of Prussia is blurring the distinction between visual and musical expression.
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ASIAN TEACHER FACTORY:
Everyday through the streets of Taipei, a scientist rides his bike to his robot factory run by school children. As the technicolored lights flash by, the music of Asian Teacher Factory plays in his mind. Half way across the world in Asheville, NC, Asian Teacher Factory creates this music in their mountain haven rich with fine teas and kava. A collaborative effort to make rock music with an edgy drive through ethereal compositions, Asian Teacher Factory is a keyboard, drums and guitar trio dedicated to furthering the psychedelic mind in asian science education.
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