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The New Jersey-based quartet SPIRALING (keyboardist/vocalist Tom Brislin (Yes, Camel), bassist Bob Hart, guitarist Marty O'Kane and drummer Paul Wells) gained national exposure with its self-produced independent release "Transmitter". Critical and public response to the album was immediate and enthusiastic. The Star-Ledger of New Jersey hailed, "There isn't a dull moment on the band's self-released, immaculately produced debut album "Transmitter"." It also attracted the attention of The New York Times, among a host of other national publications. Most had a hard time pigeonholing the group's dynamic, synth-infused modern rock sound, though none could deny its appeal. On the strength of tracks such as "(Get Your Own) Holy Grail" and "(I Don't Want to) Grow Up", the disc was soon spinning on college and commercial stations across the country, including NYC's Q104.3 FM and 92.3 FM K-Rock.

Buoyed by its success on the road, SPIRALING returned to the studio in 2004 with a renewed focus. As Brislin explains, "We definitely wanted our follow-up to Transmitter to evoke more of the power and energy of the band's live show, so we decided to concentrate on capturing intact performances rather than just recording parts." To accomplish this, the band recorded the new EP live in the studio, with as little overdubbing as possible. Honed by the previous year's touring experience, the group nailed down most of the tracks in one or two takes.

What results is Challenging Stage, arguably Spiraling's most compelling and kinetic effort to date. While it showcases the sophisticated songcraft and airtight musicianship that the group's fans have come to expect, Challenging Stage finds Spiraling rocking with a new sense of determination and verve.
I reccomend this group for fans of Alternative and Pop.

Why this artist must be listed in :
This band is a fusion of Pop, Alternative and Prog. While they might not be for everyone especially [people locked in the 70's, Spiraling ,In the vein of groups like Radiohead and The Mars Volta is poised to keep progressive rock in the limelight for a new generation. This group had rave reviews opening up Calprog this year.

Transmitter, studio album (2002)
Challenging Stage, studio Album (EP) (2004)
Spiraling Live in New York City, live (2004)

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2.29 | 5 ratings
3.75 | 4 ratings
Time Travel Made Easy

SPIRALING Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 1 ratings
Spiraling Live in New York City
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sprialing Live at Steamers 2006

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SPIRALING Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.05 | 3 ratings
Challenging Stage
0.00 | 0 ratings
Christmas Single


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 Transmitter by SPIRALING album cover Studio Album, 2002
2.29 | 5 ratings

Spiraling Crossover Prog

Review by ClemofNazareth
Special Collaborator Prog Folk Researcher

2 stars Hey, who decided these guys were progressive? This is unquestionably indie rock (well- done maybe, but indie rock nonetheless). A group of young turks from New Jersey who tossed together a clever and bouncy collection of tunes on an independent label that briefly made them the 15-minute darling of the affected and pretentious music press and college radio. Isn’t that pretty much the textbook definition of indie rock?

Not to say the music is bad (although it’s not really very interesting or exciting either), it’s just not progressive, or really art rock even. Not unless one wants to expand the definition of those genres to include an uncomfortably large number of bands with a presence on mySpace, or an occasional cut on the free CD in Paste, or a Local Favorites listing in the back of Rolling Stone, or a Street Teamę. All three of which I’m pretty sure apply to these guys (and apparently I’ve been spending way too much time reading about indie bands lately).

Oh God, I just checked their web site – they do have a mySpace site, a Street Teamę, have been featured in The Onion, and recently appeared on MTV. Go figure.

There are a couple songs that stand out, but for the most part this is pretty much cookie-cutter college indie. “Girl on Top of the Piano” has an interesting sequence of keyboards where one is a bit moody and spacey while the other is almost a dance rhythm. Very catchy. “This is the Road” has a great driving beat with vocals that remind me a bit of dredg, and the title track has a really cool synth sequence. But that’s about it really.

The claim to fame here is that keyboardist and band guru Tom Brislin toured with Yes. I must admit that is impressive. But most of this music isn’t, I’m afraid. Pretty forgettable, and mostly interesting to their fans I suppose. Two stars.


 Challenging Stage by SPIRALING album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2004
3.05 | 3 ratings

Challenging Stage
Spiraling Crossover Prog

Review by Garion81
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars It is hard to give more than a two or three star rating to this because there are only 4 songs. Given the fact that the CD sells for $5 on their website and all songs are new moves it up to a solid three. Now for the music. Spiraling tried a different tactic on this their second studio release. Instead of overdubbing and using studio tricks this CD was recorded live in the studio. It has a raw element to it that Transmitter does not have.

"A Face for Radio" starts this CD off in a big way. This sound is like the Cars on steriods. One heavy riff through the song but underlying is some subtle keyboard work by Tom Brislin. Short and to the point with some entertaining lyrics. The second song Ah, Sugar is a very pop radio friendly song that is a satire on the vices of our society. Lyrics such as "I got a secret to it all and its called alcohol, one drink and I'm as brave as if I were ten feet tall, I know it makes me funny 'cause they all laugh when I fall. I'm a joke without my alcohol" The harmonies both vocal and instrumental take on almost a Beach Boys quality while again Brislin makes it more than it is with some very nice keyboard embellishments that are almost orchestral. "Texas is the Reason" starts out with some nice bass and drum work. A really fast walking bass line with energetic drums and a great Hammond bottom and inspired vocal make this song good to listen too. Some great instrumental action in the break gives Spiraling a definitive sound. They use the whole of their parts to achieve a strong sound. The last song "You Can't Get There" is the best song of the CD. The band uses a variety of sounds under the vocals to archive some very proggy parts to the music. This subtlety is the strength of Spiraling. Listen to the mellotron, guitar and piano in the instrumental section for the best example of this. Paul Wells drumming is outstanding here also.

A long review for a three star EP but I think this one is worth listening too. I just wish there was more to it.

 Spiraling Live in New York City by SPIRALING album cover Live, 2004
3.00 | 1 ratings

Spiraling Live in New York City
Spiraling Crossover Prog

Review by Garion81
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
3 stars This CD is a great starting point to explore this exciting new band. The music here is cross blend of many different influences. On the Spiraling Myspace page they list over 50 bands as influence as varied from Yes, Gentle Giant to the Foo Fighters, Radiohead and the Cars. Very interesting uses of new music with prog keyboards and drums. A Face for Radio is good straight ahead rocker to open this CD. Good use of breaks and time changes. Tom Brislin has a good sense of humor and comes across in the lyrics of this song. My three favorites are the last three songs. Are You Here Parts 1-2 is a New Song that they added to this CD. A very nice melody and keyboard arrangement in the first part ending with a bolero type ending in part 2 that builds to a great climax. I have seen them perform this song and it is stunning. The last two songs Texas is the Reason and You Can't Get There show off the band at its best blending a sound or atmosphere rather than individual virtuosic performance (although they are quite capable of that).

I find this CD refreshing in a sea of medicore pop/rock music.

Thanks to garion81 for the artist addition.

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