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PROGRESSIVE ROCK HEAVY HITTERS MILE MARKER ZERO PREPARE TO RELEASE NEW MUSIC IN 2014
New 2014 Tour Dates Announced!
New Haven, CT – (December 13, 2013) – Since releasing their acclaimed full-length self-titled debut album back in 2009, which received much praise from industry insiders and press including a four star review from progressive rock website SeaofTranquility.org for their “superlative musicianship, and lyrical ability,” the members of the Connecticut-based prog-rock quintet MILE MARKER ZERO have been hard at work writing and recording new music planned for release in 2014.
Led by vocalist Dave Alley, John Tuohy (guitars), Mark Focarile (keyboards), Tim Rykoski (bass) and Doug Alley (drums), MILE MARKER ZERO have shared the stage with some stalwart names such as Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob, The Winery Dogs), Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche), Porcupine Tree, Periphery, The Disco Biscuits, Spock’s Beard, and Scale the Summit to name a few.
"The past couple years have been interesting for us as a band. We have all gone through so much in our personal lives and it's present in our new material,” says vocalist Dave Alley. “It's been exciting to take a step back and look at our sound and writing from an objective point of view. I feel we are finally coming into our own as songwriters. The material we have been creating recently is something really special and something we think fans of the band/genre will appreciate. Our forthcoming material showcases the juxtaposition of our heavier instrumentation and our more classic sound in the keyboards and vocals.”
As part of a series of cover/rewrite mashups released earlier this year, MILE MARKER ZERO took to combining Justin Timberlake’s “Blue Ocean Floor” with Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb”. Check out the cleverly arranged rendition here: http://youtu.be/uE0YKE1W5d0
Alley adds, “With our cover series online, we experimented mashing aggressive guitars and drums with poppy and pleasing vocal tracks. This started heavily influencing our new material and the way we look at composition. However, when it's all said and done the core of our writing has been "the song". We have always worked hard to write a great song that has individuality amongst the crowd. This time around it has only become more obvious that we are a band that take pride in writing tunes that are not only fun for us to play, but are really memorable and impactful to our audience. We are very excited for everything coming in 2014 and look forward to getting out and playing for everyone, everywhere."
The group is set to kick the new year off with a string of northeast dates beginning on January 10th at Le Grand Fromage in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
1/10 – Le Grand Fromage – Atlantic City, NJ http://on.fb.me/1kqjWn4
1/11 – The Rusty Nail – Ardmore, PA http://www.thenail1.com/
1/28 – Tammany Hall – New York, NY http://tammanyhallny.com/calendar/
2/22 – Legendary Dobbs – Philadelphia, PA http://www.dobbsphilly.com/
In related news, the band will be giving a special holiday acoustic performance on December 27th, at The Outer Space located in Hamden, CT. For more info, visit: http://www.theouterspace.net/
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Also, whether you’re a seasoned player, intermediate or just starting out, be sure to check out Mark Focarile’s latest keyboard video blog where he presents a tutorial on how to perform the intro to "Foreplay/Long Time", off the eponymous debut album from celebrated American rockers Boston.
View the performance clip here: http://bit.ly/JeSptA
Watch and learn how to play it yourself here: http://bit.ly/1e5JEQ9
More on MILE MARKER ZERO: From the moment the band formed in 2003, the quintet have taken a slightly off-kilter, multi-tiered approach towards rock music that bordered on duality. Their songs are epic and ambitious, filled with unconventional arrangements and challenging rhythms yet they also flow with powerful melodies and memorable choruses. Vocalist Dave Alley, bassist Tim Rykoski and keyboardist Mark Focarile have honed their chops together for years before they met guitarist John Tuohy, where they were all attending Western Connecticut University school of music.
The group’s songs ''A Thousand Nights'' and ''Reaping Tide'' were both featured on the popular music video game Rockband developed by Harmonix Music Systems for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 game consoles.
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