who: Sonus Umbra | Might Could
http://www.shadowsmadeofsound.com | http://www.mightcould.net
when: Sunday, January 17, 2016 | 5:30PM Show | 4:30PM Doors
where: Roxy & Dukes | 745 Bound Brook Rd, Dunellen, NJ (map)
Cost: Online Presale $22 ($20 plus $2 processing ) | Walk ups day of show $30 (Cash Only) Beginning at 4:30PM
The past is but prologue.
Back in the early 90’s, three science students from the national university in Mexico City, Andres Aullet, Ricardo Gómez and Luis Nasser got together to form a band called RADIO SILENCE. From 1991 to 1994, the band played on, gaining a large cult following and a reputation for intense, unpredictable live performances. Inevitably, the band broke up, but the music and the meme lingered on.
In 1995, Nasser and Gómez moved to the East Coast of the USA under the pretense of pursuing scientific doctoral degrees while finding other players to continue what RADIO SILENCE had started. Two fruitless years later the search was abandoned and the band entered into its first indefinite hiatus.
In 1997, Nasser joined Baltimore-based band KURGAN’S BANE, led by guitarist Pete Laramee and his brother, drummer Jeff Laramee; a crisp, crunchy hard rock band of exceptional musicianship that had parted ways with their bassist and were on the eve of recording their debut album “Search from Sea to Sea”. These sessions resulted in a good friendship between Nasser and John Grant of Secret Sound studios in Baltimore, and the discovery of a vast network of websites promoting underground prog rock. What might the internet crowd might think of the material performed by RADIO SILENCE, back in the smoggy, boozy daze of Mexico City?
Nasser and Grant set upon the task of embellishing a demo of original material recorded on 8-track tascam tape machine for release. During the course of this project, Nasser invited Gómez and Aullet back to the fold, and the end result was a disc called “Laughter In The Dark” which, to everyone’s astonishment, earned rave reviews, sold out in months, and inked the band a record deal with the now defunct indie label “Moonchild Records”.
Nasser’s musical chemistry with Jeff Laramee in KB made his addition to the band as a full member in 1998 inevitable, and certain unfortunate legalities forced the band to re-name itself as SONUS UMBRA, which in pig latin roughly means “Shadows Made Of Sound”. Since then, they have released three more critically acclaimed albums: “Snapshots From Limbo” in 2000, “Spiritual Vertigo” in 2003 and “Digging For Zeros” in 2005.
SONUS UMBRA went on indefinite hiatus due to the stress of continued existence in spite of vast geographical limitations: Gómez returned to Mexico City in 2000 where he is professor of mathematics at the National University. Nasser is a professor of physics at Columbia, Chicago and remains committed to recording and performing with his main band MIGHT COULD. Aullet is coding furiously in Sandy Point Idaho and Laramee remained steadfast in Baltimore, drumming with Pete Laramee and running a warehouse with his unusual gifts as both stunt fork-lift driver and a master of depraved English.
Working closely with his MIGHT COULD bandmate (and drummer extraordinaire) Andy Tillotson, Nasser wrote music that eventually became “Winter Soulstice”. The process began in late 2008 and concluded in 2013. A new incarnation of the band was formed to record the music featuring some of the most accomplished veteran musicians of the Chicago rock music scene, including Rich Poston on guitar and keys, Steve Royce on Flute, and keys, Tim McCaskey (also of MIGHT COULD) on guitar, and the amazing vocal talents of Roey Ben-Yoseph and Brittany Lee Moffitt. From 2013 to 2015 SONUS UMBRA promoted the material live during the band’s most extensive tour to date, including performances at ROSfest, Terra Incognita and Progtoberfest in Chicago.
After the end of the tour in May, SONUS UMBRA completed their sixth studio album, called “Beyond the Panopticon” and will embark on a tour of the Mid West and the East Coast to promote its release on January 5th, 2016. Thanks to the support of the fans through indiegogo, this tour will be a full multimedia presentation that is not to be missed. Don’t believe us? Come hear us live, form your own opinion
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Might Could consists of Andy Tillotson, Tim McCaskey, and Aaron Geller on acoustic guitar, and Luis (Gordo) Nasser on acoustic bass. They’ve been writing fun and engaging instrumental music featuring tightly interlocking guitar parts for over a decade.
Originally based in Maryland, where the band went to school together, Might Could mostly relocated to Chicago, but Aaron is still in Maryland and Andy is now in the Middle East. Their latest release is The N.E.S.F.A.N. Trilogy, an homage consisting of NES covers (remember Motherbrain!?) and the eponymous trilogy featuring rerecorded and improved tracks for the first two previously-released installments as well as a brand new epic 13+ minute part 3 (again, expertly composed by Aaron).
2013 brought the release of Relics From The Wasteland, a long-awaited album after 2007’s Wood Knot. Relics features more percussion (even some V-Drums!), a pair of covers, and their most collaborative songwriting to date. Their first full album together was 2005’s All Intertwined.
Might Could’s influences are rock, metal, classical, jazz (including gypsy jazz), and (of course) video game music.
2016 will see Might Could playing shows wherever they can in the mid west and east coast, plus a trip to Mexico for the band’s first shows south of the US border.