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    Posted: February 08 2013 at 09:23
Sorry to hear of this band's demise. They're definitely "progressive" in my book and a lot better than Umphrey's for my time. At least there's an unofficial statement about the guys calling it a day. There are some other cool bands that have dropped off the face of the Earth with nary a whisper (Darediablo, anyone...?).
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 30 2013 at 18:37
Haha...the bluegrass thing was more of a joke. (Though I'm by no means well versed in the area I do like Bela Fleck )


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Originally posted by Man With Hat Man With Hat wrote:

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^ No problem, and it IS a shame.  A great band for sure.  I suspect that as individuals, they will be putting out more music in the future.  The only thing I know of at the moment is that their violinist is in a blue grass group (which I think is the music he enjoys playing most).  It's just a local thing in upstate New York, no recordings that I know of.  Anyway, I always felt they were a bit under appreciated by prog fans, maybe because they are American, didn't tour much (only one tour of Europe) and have few albums relative to their years of being together as a group.
 
If you hear of anything please let this thread know! It would be great to hear from them in the future (in some form or another) either together or seperate.
 
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Will do!  Thumbs Up  Don't worry, I only mentioned the bluegrass because that was the only thing I knew for sure one of the band was doing Big smile   I'll only update with prog or prog related stuff here Smile
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Agree , great band, Creatures is to me their best album, somehow their next 2 albums Fortunate observer and Bateless even are more then ok in musical terms  are little uninspired. Nevertheless an underated band IMO.
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Originally posted by infandous infandous wrote:

^ No problem, and it IS a shame.  A great band for sure.  I suspect that as individuals, they will be putting out more music in the future.  The only thing I know of at the moment is that their violinist is in a blue grass group (which I think is the music he enjoys playing most).  It's just a local thing in upstate New York, no recordings that I know of.  Anyway, I always felt they were a bit under appreciated by prog fans, maybe because they are American, didn't tour much (only one tour of Europe) and have few albums relative to their years of being together as a group.
 
If you hear of anything please let this thread know! It would be great to hear from them in the future (in some form or another) either together or seperate.
 
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I love bateless edge. But my colleagues do not! This morning I was playing it in the office and they all went mad at pasta fazeuhl. Unfortunately they outnumbered me and the boss was there too. So it was back to the radio.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote infandous Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 24 2013 at 10:57
^ No problem, and it IS a shame.  A great band for sure.  I suspect that as individuals, they will be putting out more music in the future.  The only thing I know of at the moment is that their violinist is in a blue grass group (which I think is the music he enjoys playing most).  It's just a local thing in upstate New York, no recordings that I know of.  Anyway, I always felt they were a bit under appreciated by prog fans, maybe because they are American, didn't tour much (only one tour of Europe) and have few albums relative to their years of being together as a group.
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Originally posted by infandous infandous wrote:

I know the bass player, and basically the band is done.  The keyboardist has carpel tunnel in both hands, so can't play keys anymore (though still plays trumpet).  There has been talk of doing a different project/band with various members, but haven't heard anything beyond that.  It's possible they might do more in the future (with a different keys player, obviously), but probably just studio work (Frank, the guitarist, has tinnitus and won't do live work anymore).



Well this is a shame to read. A great band who put out a bunch of absolutely fantastic prog rock over the past decade or so. BE was tremendous, something that will hopefully be considered a classic in due time. I do hope they manage more studio recordings though, even if it is a different keyboardist involved.

But thanks for the update. It's good to hear news even if its bad news.
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I was afraid that that might be the case.  I'm sorry to hear that band members have health problems as a result of playing their music.  They are a really enjoyable band so it sounds as though we will have to keep our ears open to see if they come up with something else, even if under a different name.
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Also, there is still a Facebook page, but it hasn't had an update since 2011.
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I know the bass player, and basically the band is done.  The keyboardist has carpel tunnel in both hands, so can't play keys anymore (though still plays trumpet).  There has been talk of doing a different project/band with various members, but haven't heard anything beyond that.  It's possible they might do more in the future (with a different keys player, obviously), but probably just studio work (Frank, the guitarist, has tinnitus and won't do live work anymore).
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Bateless Edge is a really nice album.
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Haven't heard Creatures.  Keep meaning to get that one.  Embarrassed  But I loved Fortunate Observer of Time and the Bateless Edge.  
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Haven't heard anything. I know their first album, Creatures, and Bateless Edge, but they never seem to really captivate me. I may have to revisit them some time soon.
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I haven't heard anything, sadly. :\
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Their 2010 release Bateless Edge may have been their best album yet.  Does anybody know what is happening with Frogg Cafe?  There are no updates on their homepage and their Facebook page appears to have been shutdown. 
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I can't claim to be a huge fan, but the Frogg's are definitely worth exploring.
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I bought ' Fortunate Observer..' after reading about the band here on PA . There are some parts of that album I really enjoy and some that are ok but not necessarily outstanding . ' Abyss of Dissension ' is one of my fave tracks [ great bass line and building guitar solo in the earlier stanza ].

Haven't ventured into anything else yet but this new album sounds like it might be the go . The band definitely deserves wider recognition imo.
Looking still the same after all these years...
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Yeah, I've known these guys personally before I ever heard their music.  We have hung out at a number of Nearfests together, very fun bunch of New Yorkers.  Creatures is a great album, but I'm partial to the last one myself (Fortunate Observer).  A great conceptual piece with interlocking themes and melodies (except the song Abyss Of Dissension which isn't part of the concept, as it was written by the bass player).

My understanding is they plan to have it out within the next month or two.  They are all full time music teachers and have families, so getting an album recorded is a big job in their free time.  As I understand it, it's also the most difficult material they've ever come up with, especially Frank Camiola's stuff.  I'm psyched he's back in the band, as he's the band member I am closest to personally.


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Great band - check out their double live cd The Safenzee Diaries, which is great place to start.
 
According to the band's Facebook fan page, the new album is out "in the fall" which i spose means anytime now. Can't wait!
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