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After a month in a almost hiatus (again) hopefully in couple of days our website domain will be up again (yey!!!), And we hope to have some updates on the site including new articles and artists. So make sure check back soon this week.
Hello, Is been a while the last post here and a lot of things are happening around. Since June Park Rock Music, been in a hiatus status and decisions are been made, i been thinking about close PRM (again!) or move it to tumblr. I know tumblr is not really a blog for a serious page or professional imagine but is an option right now, by the end of this month the decision most be done if going to continue the website or move to tumblr. But for now the website will still up, i really want to continue doing this and hope to do so. I move from Alaska to Virginia which will give me a better change for make my website progress but my life seem to want to move up on other things i have been planning for years. PRM is not a weight on me, i really like what i do but i am all alone here and make me feel overwhelmed sometimes see that is not like other major christian websites, but i try my best.
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I been thinking a lot about what I am going to do with “Park Rock Music” I still thinking, sometimes I want to close it and sometimes wants to give it a chance to survive more longer. My life been weird the last 3 years I don’t feel I am me anymore that’s a tough thought but it does I need to…
Earthsuit, began in 1995 as a collaboration between Adam LaClave and Paul Meany, who began composing music together after being introduced at a church in New Orleans. In an interview with Family Christian Stores, Meany explained that a sermon was the inspiration for the band’s name: “…This man was preaching about how humans are really spirit beings encased in fleshly bodies. The term “earth suit” came up. At the time we liked it, and we took it.” The two regularly performed at Café Joel, a small coffeehouse their church had started where Meany was music director. These performances helped cultivate their unique sound and introduced them to future band member David Rumsey.
In 1997 they released a self-titled EP, which is sometimes called the Headless Clown EP due to its album cover. The record featured an early version of “One Time” (of which they later made a music video) as well as portions of live performances where Earthsuit covered Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly”, albeit with re-written lyrics. Rumsey helped produce the EP and played guitar; however, the official band lineup only comprised LaClave and Meany. Shortly after, Rumsey officially joined along with bassist Roy Mitchell, another Café Joel regular. The band played and ministered in their hometown and did not tour much. In 1998, the band recorded and released a second EP, entitled Noise for Your Eyes. The EP included a remix of “One Time” and early song demos, which were interspersed with short clips of live performances. Drummer David Hutchison joined the band after they met him through a friend. In 1999, Earthsuit performed two sets at the Cornerstone Festival, one in a label showcase and the other opening for P.O.D. on the main stage. This garnered the attention of several major Christian labels, and the band subsequently signed to Sparrow Records. The band began working with Prince producer David Leonard on their debut record, which excited Meany: “[Sparrow] loved what we were doing musically, and they wanted to find the producer who would capitalize on that.” Kaleidoscope Superior was released on June 20, 2000 and elicited positive reviews from critics. It also received a Dove Award nomination and experienced some success on Christian radio stations. Christian rock peers Rebecca St. James and dc Talk members, Kevin Max and Michael Tait, expressed excitement over the record. The same year, Earthsuit embarked on a tour called Festival Con Dios with other Christian bands, such as the Elms, PAX 217, and Switchfoot. The following year saw the band embark on their “Do You Feel The Distortion” tour with Ill Harmonics and The Benjamin Gate.
Despite critical reception, Kaleidoscope Superior would remain the band’s only commercial release; they were soon dropped from Sparrow’s lineup due to “creative differences and marketing conundrums”. Earthsuit disappeared from the public eye and began posting on a website about a new independent album. In September 2001, Hutchison left the band so he could spend more time with his family. Rumors began circling that the band would break up. In 2003, Earthsuit revealed they were disbanding and released their last record, The Rise of Modern Simulation. The final collection featured six original studio songs and ten bonus tracks, including a live remix of “Against the Grain”, practice sessions of concert material, and covers of various songs. The album could only be purchased on the internet. Meany would later state “most people didn’t care when [they] broke up”.
Shortly after Earthsuit’s break up, Meany began working with drummer Darren King in a production team called “The Digitals”. The name later changed to “Math” while the group helped produce music for Christian music stalwart TobyMac. The band recruited guitarist Greg Hill and changed their official name to Mutemath. To accommodate new recordings, Meany and producer Tedd T started an independent label named Teleprompt Records. Their first release was an EP titled Reset in September 2004. Earthsuit alumnus Roy Mitchell joined the venture in 2005. Teleprompt later signed a distribution deal directly with Warner Bros. Records, allowing Mutemath to release a full-length self-titled album on September 26, 2006.
Adam LaClave formed two bands, Macrosick and Club Of The Sons. Macrosick has released only an independent CD titled demodisk; the Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005 forced the band members to go on hiatus. LaClave then turned his attention towards Club of the Sons with friend and bassist Jonathan Allen. They released an EP called The Roughs in spring 2007 and an album entitled Young Quanta on July 7, 2009.
Petra, is a music group regarded as a pioneer of the Christian rock and contemporary Christian music genres. Formed in 1972, the band took its name from the Greek word for “rock.” Though formally disbanding in 2006, incarnations of Petra have played reunion shows in the years since and released an album in November 2010. With a style initially similar to The Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Petra’s sound evolved into a more energetic, driving rock sound in the early 1980s akin to Foreigner, Styx and Journey. Throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, Petra was undoubtedly the world’s most popular Christian rock band, with each of its albums during that period selling hundreds of thousands of copies while the band sold out arenas and regularly placed songs at the top of Christian radio charts. With its lyrics, music and style, Petra influenced numerous other artists at a time when Christian rock experienced strong opposition from many conservative pastors and churches. In more than three decades, the band experienced numerous lineup changes yet released 20 studio albums, as well as three Spanish-language and two live albums, selling nearly 10 million copies while being nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, winning four, and winning 10 Dove Awards. Its biggest hit, “The Coloring Song,” reached the top position on three Christian radio charts simultaneously, and at its peak, the band’s tours rivaled Amy Grant’s in popularity among Christian audiences. Petra was the first rock band inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the first Christian band whose memorabilia was included in the Hard Rock Cafe restaurant chain. The band announced its retirement in 2005, launching a farewell tour that was recorded for release on CD and DVD. Petra’s 33-year career ended with a performance in the early hours of January 1, 2006. Band members subsequently reunited for concerts in 2007 and 2010. In November 2010, a resurrected form of the band’s mid-1980s lineup, using the name Classic Petra, released a CD titled Back to the Rock featuring new material and re-recordings of hits from that era. The band released a companion live CD and DVD in 2011.
Circle of Dust was formed in New York City by Scott Albert after his former late 80s thrash metal outfit Immortal (USA) disbanded. Albert recorded and produced all of the Circle of Dust material himself, and was signed to R.E.X. Records in 1991. The debut self-titled album was released in 1992 and has been described as “post-Pretty Hate Machine industrial pop”. That same year, Albert also teamed up with the president of R.E.X., Doug Mann, to create a project called Brainchild while using the pseudonym Tox. The Brainchild album was released with the title Mindwarp in 1992 and was more extreme than Circle of Dust, showcasing dark cyberpunk-esque lyrics that were largely political in nature, and harsher, more thrash-influenced metal guitars. Part of the song ”Deviate” was used as the intro for a long time in the now defunct MTV Sports show. After the release of both albums, Albert also put together a compilation titled Metamorphosis. This compilation, released in 1993, brought together outtakes from Circle of Dust, Mindwarp, and Living Sacrifice’s Nonexistent, on which Albert had done some programming work. The compilation also included remixes of songs from each of those three albums done by Albert himself.
In 1994, R.E.X. got a new distribution deal and pressed Albert for a new release. As a stopgap measure, he had R.E.X. re-issue Mindwarp as a Circle of Dust album, with the title of the album switched to Brainchild. The re-issue featured a newly recorded parts to update several songs as well as an new audio mix and altered cover art to reflect the change in band and title. After this, however, R.E.X. wanted a brand new album from Albert, who was busy with touring; he instead opted to completely re-record the debut Circle of Dust album, the sonic quality of which he had been strongly dissatisfied with. This re-issue, which came out in 1995, scrapped three of the old songs and included four new ones, but kept the same artwork. The musicianship and recording quality overall were vastly improved. Circle of Dust toured heavily to promote both re-issues. The live touring band, by this point, included Daren “Klank” Diolosa on guitars, Chris Donohue on bass and keyboard, and Jason Tilton on drums.
When touring ended in 1995 and the members of Circle of Dust were making plans to write and record new material, R.E.X. lost its distribution deal and slid into bankruptcy. The label was unable to pay the musicians money they were owed, would not be able to distribute any new music they did create, and would not let them out of their contract to seek another label. As a result, Albert opted to disband the touring lineup and put Circle of Dust on hiatus while awaiting the outcome of R.E.X.’s financial situation.
In between touring and recording for Circle of Dust, Albert kept busy by having his hand in a variety of other projects. In 1994 he contributed to and produced a side project of members of The Crucified called Chatterbox, which put out one album called Despite. Also in 1994, Albert teamed up with friend Buka and began work on his own side project Argyle Park under three pseudonyms, Dred, Deathwish and Celldweller. Argyle Park would go on to attain notoriety equal to that of Circle of Dust, losing the distinction of being a mere side project. In 1996, Albert produced and programmed Still Suffering, the debut album of his former Circle of Dust guitarist Daren “Klank” Diolosa. The unreleased songs that Klank had written for Circle of Dust the year before ended up on this album.
After Albert lay Circle of Dust to rest in 1995, he began to work with illusionist Criss Angel to work on a theatrical music and magic show called Angeldust. It was at this point that Scott Albert changed his name to Klay Scott, a nickname given by Angel to denote his ability to “take sounds and shape them as if they were clay”. Scott and Angel worked for over two years to finalize their multi-media show and released an initial album of music in 1998 called Musical Conjurings from the World of Illusion. During that same period of creativity, Scott was also putting together a posthumous Circle of Dust album as a formal gesture of farewell.
“Disengage” Released in 1998 by Flying Tart Records, Disengage marked the formal end of Circle of Dust. The album contained the remnants of songs that Scott had written from 1991 to 1995, some of which had been intended for a new Circle of Dust album in 1995. These old songs had been rearranged and melded with the new forms of music Scott had been experimenting with in the meantime, becoming hybrids of Scott’s older, faster riff-based industrial metal style and newer influences of dance and ambient, with a stronger focus on songwriting. Thus the album was markedly different, musically, from the old Circle of Dust and Brainchild albums. The album was closed out by a selection of remixes, two of which were done by Dan Levler, whom, it was later revealed, was Scott’s younger brother and later went on to become a solo industrial/electronic artist himself, recording under the name Level. The liner notes of Disengage contained bits and pieces of an interview Scott had done in which he explained why he had chosen to disband Circle of Dust and start anew with Angeldust.
Much like Scott’s experiences with R.E.X., his short deal with Flying Tart provided a number of frustrations: initially scheduled for release in 1997 with the remixes being released beforehand on their own EP, Disengage was pushed back to 1998 and appeared with the remixes tacked onto the end, as the EP had been canceled. The album’s art booklet, created and designed entirely by Scott, was also cut back by the label, and Flying Tart itself was bought out and dissolved two weeks after Scott signed the contract, ensuring that the album saw very limited distribution, contrary to what had been promised.
PLEA will be playing our final U.S. shows alongside, long time friends, AS HELL RETREATS in August and September of this year. The run has been dubbed the “QUIT YOUR BAND AND GET A JOB TOUR.” The last seven years have been amazing. Come have one more party and a few more stage dives with us at one of these final shows.
w/ As Hell Retreats
8.10 Little Rock, AR // Downtown Music
8.11 Fort Worth, TX // Tomcats
8.12 Jackson, MS // The Carter
8.17 Jacksonville, FL // Murray Hill Theatre
8.18 Douglasville, GA // The 7 Venue
8.19 Chattanooga, TN // TBA
8.24 Dayton, OH // The Attic
8.25 Owensboro, KY // TBA
8.26 Herrin, IL // HTTS
8.31 Greenville, SC // The Channel
9.1 Lynchburg, VA // Crosspoint
9.2 Annapolis, MD // Knights of Columbus
9.7 Birmingham, AL // The River
9.8 Nashville, TN // Rocketown
PLEA also has a string of dates throughout the summer.
6.21 Wilmore, KY // ICHTHUS FESTIVAL
6.23 Knoxville, TN // Building B
6.25 Akron, OH // STRAIGHT HATE FESTIVAL
7.8 Springfield, IL // Black Sheep Cafe
7.9 Rockford, IL // Frontline
7.11 Willmar, MN // SONSHINE FESTIVAL
7.15 St. Paul, MN // Station 4
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