Says Tony Levin:
“The album is somewhere between being the best of our current compositions, and having a unifying concept overall. Part way through the our recording process, the 'Prog Noir' title, lyrics and idea came up - it sort of shone a dark, noir light on what had come before, and it influenced what came after (including some 'noir' instrumental interludes that will be part of the box set version.) For me that's a good way to go - I like a concept involved with an album sometimes, but I don't feel it needs to encompass every piece.”
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“What's unusual about 'Prog Noir' is that we spent years composing it. Usually we get the ideas and quickly turn them into an album or start playing them in on the road. The imperative of a band like ours, that's out on the road touring a lot of the time, is to have new material each year. But this time the idea was to really refine the material, reject all but the best (indeed, there are some very nice pieces that didn't make the cut) and create a really special album that might define our band in terms of where our journey has taken us.”In support of Prog Noir Stick Men will tour Europe in October 2016, then again in January/February 2017 in the U.S. and Canada. The dates are yet to be announced.
Prog Noir is available in pre-sale in 3 formats:
- Signed Limited Edition Combo Package - Deluxe Box Set (2LP/2CD/Poster) with T-Shirt
- Regular CD and Download (WAV, FLAC, ALAC and/or MP3-320 formats)
- SIGNED LIMITED EDITION COMBO PACKAGE DELUXE BOX SET (2LP/2CD/POSTER) + T-SHIRT
The combo package includes:
• 2LP 180 grams gatefold (the LP has a, 11 minute bonus tracks on the Side B of the second LP, which is not included in the regular CD package)
• 2CD special edition of the new album, Digipack. (Disk One is the regular 10 track album. Disk Two contains 8 bonus tracks.)
• Full color poster of the album artwork (17x22 inches)
• Full color T-Shirt (front only). Available in Navy Blue and Black.
This special box set includes digital pre-order of Prog Noir and will be signed by the band. Fans will get 4 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.
1. Prog Noir
4. The Tempest
6. Rose in the Sand / Requiem
8. Trey's Continuum
9. Embracing the Sun
10. Never the Same
To pre-order your copy you can go to Bandcamp HERE (for orders placed from North, Central and South America, Middle East, Africa and Asia) or HERE (for orders placed from Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia)
Source: Press release