Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Theo Big O Records 2015


Theo should play an important part in the future of progressive rock.
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
In the progressive rock circles the keyboard / organist member is usual there to add a little sonic splendor to a genre that has become a little predictable to some but not here. Critically acclaimed keyboardist Jim Alfredon leads the charge for Theo and with a welcome contemporary type flourish. A somewhat risky approach for a debut release finds this outing with lyrics of a somewhat more contemporary if not conceptual nature.
Theo takes a look at the status quo of the powers that may and issues a direct challenge to power all while pulling from such influences as Yes, ELP and Pink Floyd. The other musical co-conspirators are certainly solid in their performances but here the keyboard is front and center yet with a subtle nuance of sound that develops a unique organic heartbeat.
Analyzing a debut release can be a challenging endeavor yet the new sound and lack of ostentatious pretention has Theo a band to watch!
For More Go To: www.theoHQ.com


Jim Alfredson - lead & backing vocals, keyboards
Gary Davenport - bass, Chapman stick, fretless bass
Kevin DePree - drums, percussion, backing vocals
Jake Reichbart - guitars

Special guests:
Zach Zunis - lead guitar on The Game of Ouroboros
Greg Nagy - 12-string guitar on The Game of Ouroboros, chunky rhythm guitar and backing vocals on Exile