An eerie moon with two eyes and mouth agape provided the pre-set backdrop for Steven Wilson’s show Friday night at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia, just before whispers were projected in over the speakers to create a stir within the capacity crowd.
As Wilson took the stage with his on-point collective consisting of guitarist Guthrie Govan, woodwind player Theo Travis, keyboardist Adam Holzman, bassist Nick Beggs and local drummer Chad Wackerman, there was a palpable sense of excitement and almost uncertainty as to what was to come.
You see, Wilson isn’t really known for creating tight four-minute tracks that are radio-ready. Instead, the Porcupine Tree frontman is known for his epic opuses, whether it is with his typical band or as a solo artist.
In fact, his latest album, the critically-acclaimed The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories), is comprised of six tracks that clock in with over 50 minutes of material. Friday’s performance pulled from several of those compositions to the delight of the rapt audience.
Wilson, who carries the progressive rock banner for such acts like Yes, Genesis and King Crimson, perfectly commanded his band while regularly switching between acoustic and electric guitars, bass and keys. (more…)
Currently in the middle of their own headlining tour in Europe, Cleveland metalcore band Affiance is mere weeks away from the biggest tour of their career, as the group is set to hit the road with metal heavyweights Killswitch Engage and Miss May I this summer.
While there is certainly a lot of traveling on the docket, the chance to play tracks off their latest album The Campaign – and to be able to do it with their upcoming tourmates – marks an exciting time.
Charvel.com recently caught up with Affiance guitarist Brett Wondrak to talk about what lies ahead for the band. (more…)