Copied from our website (www.disconnecttheband.com), and written by my much more eloquent band mate...Cheers folks!
As we bid goodbye to the winter months, I am pleased to announce we are more than halfway through the recording of our upcoming album 'Planned Obsolescence'. The album is shaping up to be another 5-track production, as was the case with last year's release 'Enough Blame To Go Around'. Not so much by design as by guidance of the Muse, as our intention when we share our initial demos with one another is never "this song can't be less than 15 minutes in length". The songs present themselves to us and we become their conduit. Sometimes that song may be 6 or 7 minutes in length - while others demand more screen time. As Brian and I mature both as songwriters and engineers, we realize the necessity of taking more time on each track to make certain the final product is worthy of the Muse. In the past we have cranked out new albums in the space of roughly 9 months. We expect 'Planned Obsolescence' take a little over a year in total - which targets a tentative release in late summer or early fall 2013.
In the late 70s and early 80s, prog experienced a critical backlash for being too gaudy and self-serving. Accusations flew in all directions of the song serving the musicians rather than the musician serving the song. My assessment is that progressive rock today is at its most relevant point of its history, even rivaling that of the golden era of the early 70s when bands such as Genesis, King Crimson, Pink Floyd and Yes were (arguably) producing the finest work of their respective careers. Today's prog landscape is beautifully monstrous and the delineation between sub-categories of the genre is becoming more & more difficult to distinguish. When contemporary bands as diverse as Big Big Train and Meshuggah are both identified as prog bands, you need look no further for evidence. There has been a renaissance in the past 10-15 years within progressive rock which has even allowed independent prog bands (such as ourselves) to have the confidence to put forth our music and let the worldwide prog community assess our work. This is also due in no small part to advancements in studio technology and "indie portals" which provide bands such as Disconnect the ability to have their music distributed without the need for a label. But that revolution is across all genres of music and not specific to our beloved progressive rock. Since forming our little project in late 2009, we have become cognizant of the vast worldwide prog community. Even a tiny, independent American prog band such as Disconnect has listeners in Brazil, Argentina, the Netherlands, Sweden, Russia, Germany, France, Indonesia....and even Mongolia. We are grateful to the prog bands who paved the way 40+ years ago and equally grateful to the flagship prog acts of today for continuing to cultivate audiences for the genre of progressive rock.