New England Art (Progressive) Rock Society - New England's Ear on Progressive (Prog) Rock Music
What is NewEARS? A not-for-profit organization of progressive music lovers. The primary goal of NewEARS is to create a community of music enthusiasts dedicated to sharing and promoting progressive rock in the New England area.

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NewEARS Album Of The Month

Rise Twain

"Rise Twain is a Philadelphia-based duo offering material ranging from anthemic to plaintive, grand to intimate, fertile to destructive. They are the union of Brett William Kull (producer, audio engineer, and member of Echolyn, Grey Eye Glances, and Francis Dunnery's New Progressives) and J.D. Beck (Beck-Fields, The Scenic Route, author & playwright), forward-thinking songwriters that have cast their debut album with eloquent structures fit for both the heart-wrenching and star-clenching. They bring with them many collective years of direct and varied experience in writing, performing, and recording music."

"I'll translate that for you, what do you get if you put two great modern songwriters together and give them free rein to write an album? You get the mightily impressive self-titled debut album Rise Twain, ten songs of beauty, raw emotion and intelligence that live long in the memory after the final note has been played.

Rise Twain have delivered one of the most impressive debut albums I have heard in quite a long time. The fragile beauty will touch you and the profound depth will move you like nothing else, if you only listen to one new album this year then I implore you to make it this one." MH-TPR

"This truly amazing album contains ten songs, which feature musical influences of Radiohead, Toto, Beardfish, Anathema and even Jeff Buckley; especially in the song Golden, Kull sounds like Buckley.... The sound of this album is hard to describe as it is prog, art-prog, neo-prog, pop, rock, neo-pop and lots more in fact as Golden is a kind of indie-rock song with excellent vocals, while the semi-acoustic Death Of Summer is completely different. Into A Dream shows some remarkable guitar work while That Is Love sounds like the musical highlight of this album." BM



Essential Track: "'Rise Twain closes on the profound high of “That Is Love”. Possibly the most meaningful five minutes of music you will hear this year, simple, stripped back and yet every note resonates within you and makes a mark on your soul." MH-TPR



Read the complete review on The Prog Report.

Listen to samples and buy the CD from Inside Out Music or wherever great prog music is sold.


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New England Events

  • 2019-10-24
    Rise Twain (Brett Kull of Echolyn) with Katie Barbato at The Burren - Somerville, MA at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests Katie Barbato album release party for “Long Night Moon”
    $12 adv, $16 door

  • 2019-10-25
    Kansas - Point of Know Return Tour at Capitol Center for the Arts - Concord, NH at 08:00 PM
    $50 - $125

  • 2019-10-25
    Steely Dan - Aja + Hits at Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA at 07:30 PM
    With Special Guests The Pat Bianchi Trio
    $49.50- $250.00

  • 2019-10-26
    Steely Dan - The Nightfly + Hits at Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA at 07:30 PM
    With Special Guests The Pat Bianchi Trio
    $49.50- $250.00

  • 2019-10-29
    Steely Dan - Gaucho + Hits at Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA at 07:30 PM
    With Special Guests The Pat Bianchi Trio
    $49.50- $250.00

  • 2019-10-30
    Steely Dan - The Royal Scam + Hits at Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA at 07:30 PM
    With Special Guests The Pat Bianchi Trio
    $49.50- $250.00

  • 2019-11-01
    SABATON: THE GREAT TOUR at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 08:00 PM
    $28.50 - $43.50

  • 2019-11-01
    Steely Dan - Greatest Hits at Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA at 07:30 PM
    With Special Guests The Pat Bianchi Trio
    $49.50- $250.00

  • 2019-11-02
    Steely Dan at Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT at 08:00 PM
    $36 - $66

  • 2019-11-06
    Styx - The Mission & Greatest Hits Tour at Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA at 07:30 PM
    $45.00-$89.50

  • 2019-11-08
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd: The Wall @40 at Garde Arts Center - New London, CT at 08:00 PM
    $33 - $49

  • 2019-11-17
    Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve and Other Stories at DCU Center - Worcester, MA at 03:00 PM
    $46.50 - $76.50

  • 2019-11-17
    Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve and Other Stories at DCU Center - Worcester, MA at 08:00 PM
    $46.50 - $76.50

  • 2019-11-23
    Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve and Other Stories at SNHU Arena - Manchester, NH at 03:30 PM
    $59.50 - $79.50

  • 2019-11-23
    Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve and Other Stories at SNHU Arena - Manchester, NH at 08:00 PM
    $59.50 - $79.50

  • 2019-11-24
    The Pineapple Thief (with Gavin Harrison) at The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA at 08:00 PM
    $30 - $35

  • Featured Show

    Rise Twain - October 24th
    The Burren - Somerville, MA



    Rise Twain is a Philadelphia-based duo offering material ranging from anthemic to plaintive, grand to intimate, fertile to destructive. They are the union of Brett William Kull (producer, audio engineer, and member of Echolyn, Grey Eye Glances, and Francis Dunnery’s New Progressives) and J.D. Beck (Beck-Fields, The Scenic Route, author & playwright), forward-thinking songwriters that have cast their debut album with eloquent structures fit for both the heart-wrenching and star-clenching. They bring with them many collective years of direct and varied experience in writing, performing, and recording music.

    From first listen, Rise Twain compels. Kull’s background not only as a musician but also a producer feeds into the album’s rich sonic tapestry. The music itself weaves elements of alternative and progressive styles with the instantly appealing pulse of radio emissions buzzing in the brain. Kull and Beck stir an awareness of sound into this evocative, sublime collection. They’ve found uniqueness in these 10 original songs that meld engaging, relatable lyrics and serene, organic vocals with stealthy music that possesses an undercurrent of patient but brooding power. “Everspring” hits abruptly from the start. It charges in, reminiscent of the blues, lit with shadows of a desperate waltz. “Golden” and “Falling Skies” display the dynamic range of the band – serene to bombastic – while soulful songs such as “Oh This Life” and “Prayers,” a pair that deepens the album at its mid-point, are inviting, intimate experiences.

    About the album’s delicate dance on the fine line of accessibility and bravery, Beck notes, “There’s not a typical structural theme that we use over and over and over. ‘Organic’ is a word that comes to mind. Seeking openness through simplicity and allowing the complexity of music to exist without the necessity of overly packing it or overly processing it. With that we were able to achieve such a broad spectrum of sound, and a colossal sense of its existence, without having to have a billion guitars and a billion things put over top. There’s some coloring with strings and other embellishments, but it really is something very simple and stripped down, and it’s awesome.” Kull adds, “There’s a lot of complexity in this, but it’s not overt in the least bit. But yet, when you get into it, there’s all this really rich harmonic and dynamic stuff going on. Bad prog happens when all this overt stuff is going on, but there’s something very difficult about tackling sublime stuff and have it be that way without drawing a circle around it.” Music is a kind of secret language…Beck and Kull have formed it into a most mesmerizing communicative device, relaying emotion and drama in vivid colors. Nothing unnecessary added, all things in their right place. Compelling, calming and Zen; intimate yet stealthily intense.


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