UNITED PROGRESSIVE FRATERNITY

(AUSTRALIA)

FALL IN LOVE WITH THE WORLD

(2014)
LABEL:

INSIDEOUT MUSIC

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Low vocals, Symphonic
"Born from the ashes of Unitopia, United Progressive Fraternity takes up its main components and offers a magnificent debut album that won't disorient fans of the late Australian band."
PETER HACKETT (05.12.2014)  
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After Unitopia's split, Mark Trueack, the charismatic singer of the group, brought together three other former members, David Hopgood (drums), Tim Irrgang (percussion) and Matt Williams (guitar) to form the backbone of his new project called United Progressive Fraternity. Three musicians far from being strangers have come to reinforce this base: Dan Marsh on bass (Maschine, The Tangent), Marek Arnold on sax, clarinet and keyboards (Seven Step To The Green Door, Toxic Smile) and Guy Manning on keyboards, guitars, etc... (Mannning, The Tangent).

To complete the presentations, let's add the participation of some celebrities such as Jon Anderson, Steve Hackett or Claire Vezina, to name only the most famous. With such a UPF line-up, one could have fallen into Unitopia's plagiarism or sterile technical demonstration, but from the very first seconds of listening, doubts or suspicions vanish. "We Only Get One World" opens the album with a sound of oriental flute and gradually takes on a symphonic dimension with the appearance of choirs and an orchestra bluffing with realism. This opening instrumental takes us for four minutes on a dreamlike journey between Era and Vangelis.

The particular timbre of Mark Trueack's voice incites, as soon as the vocals appears, a rapprochement with Unitopia, and the musical filiation is undeniable. The compositions are rich in changing moods and tempos, the long developments punctuated by sometimes exotic sounds. Here an Arabizing violin will evoke the secrets of the East, there ethnic percussions will bring us closer to the primal pulsations. These colorful sonic touches found in the six short to medium-length tracks (between 3'50 and 9') are exploited without parsimony in the epic of the album, "Travelling Man", which spreads treasures of inventiveness.

This first UPF album could have been released without shocking under the name Unitopia, so much is the soul of the late group present. The thunderbolt of creative inspiration seems to have struck Trueack & Co to the delight of the imaginative and well-crafted progressive rock lover.
- Official website
SIMILAR BANDS:
KANSAS, UNITOPIA, DAMANEK

TRACK LISTING:
01. Overture
02. Choices
03. Intersection
04. The Water
05. Don’t look back
06. Travelling Man (The Story of Eshu)
07. Fall in Love with the World
08. Religion Of War

LINEUP:
Daniel Mash: Basse
David Hopgood: Chant / Batterie
Guy Manning: Chant / Guitares / Claviers / Mandoline
Marek Arnold: Claviers / Saxophone, Clarinette
Mark Trueack: Chant
Matt Williams: Chant / Guitares
Tim Irrgang: Percussions
Brittany Trueack: Guitares / Invité
Holly Trueack: Guitares / Invité
Ian Ritchie: Invité / Saxophone, Flûte
Jon Anderson: Chant / Invité
Mary-kathryn: Chant / Invité
Steve Hackett: Guitares / Invité
Steve Unruh: Invité / Violon, Flûte
   
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