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American Idol Goes Prog Rock!

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American Idol Goes Prog Rock!

Postby District97 » 20 Sep 2010, 07:08

Hi everyone,

My name is Jonathan, and I'm a drummer/composer from Chicago. I'm new here, and first I want to say that I'm a huge fan of The Flower Kings. I thought you guys might like to check out some new music that draws a bit of inspiration from their work. Yep, I've got a Prog Rock band called District 97, and our debut album "Hybrid Child" was just released worldwide on Tuesday 9/14 by Laser's Edge. The kicker that seperates us from any other prog band is that we feature 2007 American Idol Finalist Leslie Hunt and Chicago Symphony Orchestra virtuoso cellist Katinka Kleijn. Here are some links you guys can check out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZaPUJrykAg (Music Video)
www.district97.net (website)
http://www.seaoftranquility.org/reviews ... nt&id=9610 (Sea of Tranquility review)
http://blog.billkopp.com/?p=306 (Bill Kopp review)
http://www.goldminemag.com/blogs/americ ... -goes-prog (Goldmine article)

If you guys like what you hear, you can pick it up everywhere online for sale or download. Either way, I'd be curious to hear the thoughts of some like-minded music fans!


Get the CD at http://www.lasercd.com/Products/Distric ... -1057.aspx
www.district97.bandcamp.com (free download)
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Re: American Idol Goes Prog Rock!

Postby wowie » 20 Sep 2010, 09:28

1st of all, great to see that you (all) managed it to get this band working and playing!! RESPECT!!!
Very ambitious project!

I had a listen to the D97Music channel.
It sounds like very uncompromising symphonic rock with a touch of prog-metal, (specially guitar) as i read you were an LTE inspired instrumental band, and a fine touch of pop (specially vocalwise).
I like that - a bit more indie modern or chamber canterbury sound and i would even love it :D
The vocals are great. The keys and bass are fine. And i also like the cello, all very good balanced!
The composing is pretty good but not that unusual - like the band name. Have a look for the details and more accentuation. But this is hi-def profi stuff so dont hesitate, keep it going!! This works out by the time.
i would always beware that it doenst take too long. If you take the example of the dancer, watch this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3oxqmKGM5g (dynamic, precise, strong and/or subtile expression)
keep it unique and with pathos!! In every note!! And always widen your emotional range!!
Listen to all the good stuff out there and learn!!
Genesis and Yes are still one of the best when it comes to composing - listen and learn!!
As i saw on your myspace they are number one influence.
And i think many composer have the problem to overview the whole emotional spectrum.
So dont be shy and fear for slow or soft melodys. There is always something that goes better or that has the power to fascinate.

"It takes forever" is a wonderful track!!
Its hard to link the softness and swinging glory of this one with the hard structures of LTE. In the jazz you can learn a lot about that!!
Porcupine Tree and Rush are very good in that area. Some bands :)

The same goes for the drum sound. Care for the sound on your drum and your production.
If you manage to increase the quality of that (and maybe a bit more subtile creative guitar sound) you are already VERY GOOD and you can play with the big ones i think!!

Some bands where you can get inspiration for composing and production:
Sunfold, Broken Social Scene, Coheed & Cambria, Edison Glass,
and do you know Sieges Even, this could suite you
(The Art of navigating by the Stars - recommended!!)
and JAZZ ... a lot of jazz!!!

So i like what i see and hear, i wourd rate it with a 6/10 at the moment.
If you increase the qualitys here and there you can be 7.5 maybe with the next album already!
Very promising young stuff!!

keep it going and i hope you dont mind and you can use my open words
I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST and i stay tuned!!
“I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices.” - IDIC
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Re: American Idol Goes Prog Rock!

Postby projeKct » 20 Sep 2010, 22:01

Wow, I must admit it's pretty impressive! :shock:

I only watched the YouTube music video and I want to hear more...

Very unique sound I think...
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Re: American Idol Goes Prog Rock!

Postby District97 » 21 Sep 2010, 02:51

Thanks for checking it out folks. Wowie, if you get a chance to pick up the disc, I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on the album in its entirety. I do appreciate your in-depth analysis!

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Re: American Idol Goes Prog Rock!

Postby wowie » 21 Sep 2010, 07:01

I'll have a look!
You sell over e-music?
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Re: American Idol Goes Prog Rock!

Postby District97 » 23 Sep 2010, 03:20

wowie wrote::D
I'll have a look!
You sell over e-music?

Yes! www.emusic.com/album/District-97-Hybrid ... 18272.html

Hope you like it!
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Re: American Idol Goes Prog Rock!

Postby District97 » 15 Dec 2010, 05:50

Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know that our entire set from CalProg 2010 is up for download at http://www.district97.bandcamp.com. There's no minimum price to download, but those who donate are entitled to some very cool gifts from us (credit on the next CD, signed merch, even play on the next album!). All proceeds will go directly towards recording our next CD. Think of it as a holiday gift to the future of creative music!

Some pertinent links:
http://district97.bandcamp.com/track/pr ... ack-in-nyc (our medley of Presto Vivace/Back in NYC)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xHSebY_zgo (live video from CalProg)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL3rXmCiUa0 (Our singer Leslie Hunt talks about "Live at CalProg")

The download and gift specifics are at http://www.district97.bandcamp.com. Thanks!
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Re: American Idol Goes Prog Rock!

Postby District97 » 01 Feb 2011, 05:34

Hi folks,

Just want to let you know that we have a brand new music video for "Termites", from our 2010 Laser's Edge release, Hybrid Child. You can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V_qBdYgG30. If you like it, please share it with others!

Secondly, Thursday's a great chance for any Midwesterners to come catch us when it's not past your bedtime, and it's all ages so you can bring the kids! Doors open at 6 PM, and we're on shortly thereafter. We'll be joined by the iconic German Metal band, Gamme Ray.

Thursday, February 3rd
Reggie's Rock Club (2109 S. State)
6 PM, $25, ALL AGES
District 97
Mindwarp Chamber
Act of Destruction
Gamma Ray

For those of you hoping to see us with our cellist Katinka, fear not, she will be there. Hope to see you out, should be a fun one!

Additional News
-Here's a new interview with Jonathan for Singapore's MadAboutAsia: http://madaboutasia.com/2011/01/intervi ... strict-97/
-Our "Live at CalProg" download is still going strong at http://district97.bandcamp.com/album/di ... at-Calprog. Download a full show and get some gifts from us while you're at it!
-Follow us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/District-97/250928325595
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Re: American Idol Goes Prog Rock!

Postby District97 » 09 Feb 2011, 06:01

For anyone who's been contemplating picking up our CD, you can now do so directly from us in our new online store. T-shirts and more are available too. This is by fat the most effective way to support us: http://district97.net/merch.html

Here are some quotes regarding D97 from folks you may know:

Bill Bruford: I love the CD...the sheer skill and gusto with which they tackle it makes you laugh out loud. Great drumming. Jonathan plays and writes like a demon. Congratulations to them. (Watch Bill and me duet! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izGV61jdyXc and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR7VPkaA_XE)

John Wetton (King Crimson, UK, Asia): 'Can't take you with me' is dynamite. I wish you luck, you're a good band, and deserve success, see you on the broad highway.

Roine Stolt (Flower Kings, Transatlantic): Your band is one of the very few I can see a real true potential in and I'm sure you have many new fabulous albums coming in the near future.

Jonas Reingold (Flower Kings, Karmakanic): Your band is great...I really dig your stuff, it would be fun to do something together in the future, keep up the good work, you´re one of the most talented progressive bands I´ve heard lately, good luck.

Jim Derogatis (NPR's "Sound Opinions", Rolling Stone Magazine): District 97 is a wildly ambitious progressive-rock group whose youth belies its accomplishments onstage and on its new "Hybrid Child" CD.

Paul Bielatowicz (Carl Palmer Band, Neal Morse): We made our way back to the hotel and I put on District 97's CD while finishing my nachos – what a GREAT album!
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Re: American Idol Goes Prog Rock!

Postby District97 » 25 Jul 2011, 22:38

Hi Folks,

We are delighted to be undertaking more shows in support of Hybrid Child before we hit the studio to start our next CD! Here are the dates/venues:

Wednesday, August 3rd in Cleveland/Lakewood, OH, w/Gravity and On The Air.
8:30 PM. $12 door/$10 advance, 18+. Get advance tickets at http://holdmyticket.com/ev​ent/27102.
Thursday, August 4th in Philadelphia, PA, 8 PM
$12, 21+. Get advance tickets at http://www.ticketfly.com/e​vent/49013?utm_medium=api. Also featuring The Tea Club and Transit Method.

Friday, August 5th in Brooklyn, NY, 7 PM
$12, 21+. More info at http://www.barmatchless.co​m/events.html. Also featuring Jolly, Karma Exchange, and Nicky Egan.

Saturday, August 6th in Pittsburgh, PA, 8 PM
$10 Advance/$12 at door. To reserve your tickets contact [email protected]. Information needed: Name, # of tickets, and e-mail address. You will then be contacted with your reserved ticket information. ALL AGES.

If you live in the vicinity, we'd love to meet you. If you don't, tell your friends!

IN OTHER NEWS, here are some new fans/T-Shirt models we're very proud to have.
Mr. John Wetton (pictured with Jordan Rudess and Mike Mangini)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/District- ... =1&theater

Steve Walsh of Kansas:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/District- ... =1&theater

We are hitting the studio the day after we get back from the tour, Monday 8/8. It's still not too late to donate towards what promises to be a very expensive undertaking, and in the process get your name in the liner notes, signed merchandise, and perhaps even guest on the CD! You can donate through http://district97.net/merch.html or our live album download at http://district97.bandcamp.com/album/di ... at-calprog. Thanks to all who have donated thus far, you've really helped us!

Hope to see you on the road!
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