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SIGNS OF ONE

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The history of Canadian outfit SIGNS OF ONE goes back to 1997, when Phil Prince (drums, percussion) and Steeve Tremblay (guitars, vocals) formed the cover band Hanniball with schoolmates Victor and Marie-France. These schoolmates leave the band the following year though, but as the year moves on Dan Gagnon (bass, vocals) hook up with the band, shortly followed by David Shram (vocals) and Mouse. At this stage the band starts writing their own material, and they agree that progressive rock is the style they want to explore.

1999 sees Mouse leaving, and some time after this the band change their name to SIGNS OF ONE. Following this they hit the studio, recording 40 minutes of original material.

Yannick Lapointe (keyboards, vocals) joins the group in January 2000, and with a stable line-up in place it's time for the band to hit the live scene.

During the following three years the band play concerts - mostly performing cover tunes - they rehearse extensively; and continue writing and fine-tuning songs. They hit the studio again in 2003 to record their debut album, "Here and There, Now and Then", self-released and distributed by Ipso Facto Records.

In 2004 and 2005 writing new material and rehearsing is yet again the main focus for the band members, when not spending time at work or taking care of families that is.

Still, by February 2005 they have written most of the material for their follow-up release. They decide to record and release three compositions as a demo, which is sent out to various labels with the purpose of getting signed.

Following the production of this demo, SIGNS OF ONE rewrite and rework their other compositions, and hit the studio for recording sessions from June 2006 and onwards. These recordings are finished early 2007, and not long after they get signed by progressive rock specialist label Unicorn Digital, who release their sophomore effort "Innerlands" in November 2007.


WHY IS THIS BAND LISTED AT PROGARCHIVES:
SIGNS OF ONE explore a style of music that mix hard rock with elements from neo progressive, symphonic rock and prog metal. These progressive leanings are strong enough to warrant inclusion in the database as a prog related act.

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2.97 | 4 ratings
Here and There, Now and Then
2003
3.54 | 8 ratings
Innerlands
2007

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 Here and There, Now and Then by SIGNS OF ONE album cover Studio Album, 2003
2.97 | 4 ratings

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Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Quebec-based new Prog group, formed in 1997 as Hannibal by schoolmates drummer Phil Prince and guitarist Steeve Tremblay.It wasn't until 1998, when the seeds of a more stable formation were set with Daniel Gagnon joining in on bass and David Schram handling the microphone.They played music inspired by the likes of Rush, The Ramones and Radiohead, while in 1999 they change their name to Signs Of One.By the millenium Yannick Lapointe had joined the band on keyboards and what follows were two years of cover songs, rehearsals related to original pieces and several gigs.In 2003 Signs Of One launched their debut ''Here and there, now and then'' on Ipso Facto Records.

Compatriots RUSH is the most obvious influence of the band, but their sound was actually fairly comparable to the style of Americans 3RDEGREE.They use the unusual dynamics and breaks of the Canadian legends along with the deep and powerful rhythmic patterns, featuring an aggressive, young vocalist, but their music goes beyond these limits.Atmospheric, melodic guitar solos along the lines of MARILLION, poppy sensibilities in some memorable choruses, guitar/keyboard textures in the vein of ENCHANT and even some slight Alternative Rock aesthetics in series of crunchy electric riffs showcase the band's depth and mood for exploring new territories.The CD contains only six tracks for a total running time of just less than an hour, so prepare for a couple of long epics, where the young Canadians display their already mature style of composing and playing.These pieces not only feature the aforementioned Heavy Rock stylings or the more accesible Neo Prog feel, but there are even hints of a more vintage approach with clear 70's influences, KAYAK and PINK FLOYD are definitely two names to come in mind through the lovely Symphonic Pop passages or the more emotional, electric soundscapes.The material can switch from mascular guitar riffing to ultra-melodic themes with comfort, without hurting the consistency of any of the presented tracks, and this fact alone make Signs Of One a group with a pretty personal and charming sound.

Little-known but very cohesive and diverse work of modern Prog Rock.Heavy/Neo Prog with Pop and modern Rock touches, wrapped up in confident and detailed arrangements.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 Here and There, Now and Then by SIGNS OF ONE album cover Studio Album, 2003
2.97 | 4 ratings

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Review by SentimentalMercenary

3 stars Here and There, Now and Then was the debut album for the young Canadian band Signs of One. Came by it at the record store and decided to give it a try. Good decision, for this is a quite interesting release.

I am not sure how this band ended up being classified as "prog-related" because from what I can hear, they are genuinely prog. Influences appear to range from Rush to Fish-era Marillion, with some psych, classic and metal touches. Overall, this is an album best described as "heavy neo-prog".

The compositions are fairly complex, with several movements and nice melodies. The flows are nicely done as the songs go from mood to another mood very smoothly.

Honestly, this is an album with virtually no filler (only the fifth track Please seemed to me that it could have been shorter) and with a number of great moments. The epic War (clocks at 16:39) is brilliant on the whole. Very recommendable track, as good as prog can get. The lively opener Ice Cream Silence, as well as the sublime and inspired long guitar solo closing the album, also make for excellent musical moments.

Actually, I find that if this album has a significant weakness, it lies in the audio quality, something that oft happens with newcoming bands recording their first release. Thus a 4 or 5 stars rating is not accessible. The sound product is not at a pro level but nevertheless, I quickly forgot about it after a minute. I think this is an album worth trying, especially for heavy prog or neo-prog fans, whereas those who might be even more picky than me with the sound may elect to avoid it. Pretty good album overall.

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 Innerlands by SIGNS OF ONE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.54 | 8 ratings

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Review by Rivertree
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4 stars A valuable album by this canadian band with a cornucopia of ideas telling the story about a mysterious book which changes the protagonist's mode of thinking. Concertante - something like a rock musical with a seventy minute permanent suite divided in several parts. Bombast with Queen leanings here and Kansas attributes there. Beguiling flute and violin, piano interludes and symphonic keyboards, hard riffing guitars, nice melodies and polyphonic vocals.

Quite complex arrangements are the trademark - rocking, funky, balladesque ... they must have spent a long time to work out this one for sure. Only to remark some of the songs - the impulsive Confusion appears in a neo prog habit followed by the art rock ballad Wise Man and the fluffy The rain comes. A happy flavour dominates Rainbow Elves with some funfair organ whereas Legend Lives surprises with Dream Theater alike moments.

'Innerlands' is a colourful symphonic effort with AOR transitions which is recommendable in any case - 4 stars are well deserved.

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Review by Windhawk
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3 stars This sophomore release from Canadian outfit Signs of One is interesting in many ways, but also a quite frustrating release to go through.

First and foremost it's a concept album - so die hard fans of those will want to get this one no matter what. Besides the lyrical side, there's not much of a red thread going through this album though. Musically they try out most styles of progressive rock under the sun, adding in elements from mainstream music and metal as well. Most songs change style or pace quicker than you can utter the word impulsive, and quite often at that. Pop, metal and prog in an experimental, eclectic and quite mixed release in many aspects.

As influences go the only one I could pick out were Rush - but as indicated above the dominating musical trait here is that there isn't one - so fans of that trio may not find this band that interesting. But it's an easy influence to catch in this musical quilt.

Fans of experimental progressive rock incorporating a multitude of styles and tempo changes; often in the same song; might find this one interesting. Others are advised to listen to some of their tunes before deciding; as this one won't have a universal appeal.

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