Writing on the Wall
EVERY WAKING HOUR is not ashamed to say they play prog rock. Heck, they're proud of it. Guitarist Tim Kestle boasts, "We think prog is about epic songs, spooky moods and twisting instrumental passages, and that's where we live musically". Their new CD "Writing on the Wall" is proof positive of this.. Kestle and keyboardist/drummer/vocalist Paul McLean have been collaborating on and off for more years than they are willing to admit. They were first drawn together by a mutual love of classic prog bands like Yes and Genesis as students back in the 1970's. In time, they moved to opposite coasts but eventually found themselves living in Denver. Picking up where they left off, they recorded "Writing on the Wall" in their home studios. Giving a modern twist to the classic prog sound proved a challenge that brought out their best as musicians. Songs like 'At Any Price' have echoes of mid-period Marillion, while 'The King is Dead' morphs surf rock into prog and tosses in smattering of Styx-like vocals to boot. 'Over Now' is bombast, pure and simple. McLean even goes the extra mile by hand building some of his own synthesizers. Every Waking Hour is rounded out by some guests including ace vocalist Jeff Burkett.