An International prog special featuring:
+ support Half Past Four (Canada)
Show starts 8.00pm
SOUTHERN EMPIRE is Australia's newest, most exciting progressive rock band.
Formed by Sean Timms after the dis-banding of Unitopia, Southern Empire will astound the listener with great songs, amazing musicianship and a harder, more edgy sound perfectly suited to today's generation.
For those who enjoy Dream Theater, Transatlantic and Porcupine Tree, this is the band you've been waiting for.
Featuring the cream of Australian talent, Southern Empire will be recording their debut album early 2015 and touring soon after.
Danny Lopresto - Lead Vocals/Guitar
Danny is a seasoned performer with many years of live and studio experience. With a huge vocal range and mad guitar skills, he is the epitome of the rock and roll front man. His work with nationally renowned band Clearway and the highly successful sold out Queen/Zeppelin Show sees him regularly playing to packed houses. His vocal prowess and infectious enthusiasm for the songs is a breath of fresh air. I can’t wait for you to hear his voice! INCREDIBLE STUFF!!!
Cam Blokland - Guitar/Vocals
Cam is lauded nationally as one of Australia’s premiere guitarists…so much so that he was the face of the 2014 Adelaide International Guitar Festival and shared the stage with some of the world’s finest guitarists including Guthrie Govan. Able to play in a myriad of different styles from jazz fusion to metal shredding, he has to be heard to be believed! Cam is putting the finishing touches to his debut jazz/fusion album which will be released in the very near future. He is also an amazing vocalist in his own right. Truly one of the most spectacular players I’ve ever worked with!!!
Brody Green - Drums/Vocals
Brody is one of the rare breed of drummers that is not only great at hitting things with sticks, but is also a stunning vocalist with a supersonic range, guitarist, keyboardist and song-writer. His taste in music goes from Symphonic Metal to musical theatre and everything in between. He is also the regular drummer for international celtic folk/world act The Borderers. Inventive and passionate, Brody is a true musician’s musician.
Jez Martin - Bass/Vocals
Jez is a highly in-demand bass player whose talents can bee seen and heard with the Bill Parton Trio, Lather (The Frank Zappa Tribute Band), The Dream Theater Tribute Show and many musical theatre performances. He can switch easily from punk to rock, theatre to folk and jazz to metal making him one of the most versatile and musical bass players in the country. He is also an accomplished vocalist and flugel horn player.
Sean Timms - Keyboards/Vocals/Saxaphone
Sean was the main song-writer, producer and keyboard player with Unitopia. After their disbandment, Sean had the desire to bring a team of the best musicians he could find together in the one band. That band is here.
That band is Southern Empire.
HALF PAST FOUR
Half Past Four is one of the best progressive rock bands to have emerged from Canada. Over nearly two decades, they have developed a unique sound, employing traditional prog-rock music laiden with folk, country, jazz, heavy metal and classical genres, among others.
Each member of Half Past Four is a virtuoso in their own right. Together, they form somewhat of a familial gestalt. Each band member brings a proficiency, originality and respect for the whole that propels their combined efforts into a place beyond simple classification.
Half Past Four has been compared to early-80s King Crimson. Yet any comparisons can only truly function on a per-track basis. While one piece might sound reminiscent of late-70s Yes, listeners might feel the influence of early Pink Floyd in the next piece, followed by a piece that harkens Primus in the 1990s. Or Kate Bush in the mid-80s. Like the best of progressive rock music, the listener cannot predict where the band will take them next.
It is this shifting flow of sound and feeling that distinguishes Half Past Four. They are an aural tapestry, weaving 50+ years of musical influences into mellifluous melodies and rhythmic resonances that take their listeners on a journey to states that are both fresh and familiar.