December 9, 2011

Prog Rock Featured Artist: Days Before Tomorrow

Probably the most misunderstood label you can slap on a rock band today is to call them progressive rock. Too many people have such different opinions of what the description means that almost nobody thinks of the same thing when they hear it! But Days Before Tomorrow certainly fit their own description of this label.

When Days Before Tomorrow think of progressive rock, they picture bands like Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, and Marillion. But when you ask someone over 30 what prog rock means to them, you'll routinely hear them mention bands like Yes, Rush, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Jefferson Starship, Kansas, and Styx. Somewhere in the midst of all that debate is where you’ll find Days Before Tomorrow – a nod to the past with a sound for tomorrow.

At a minimum, great prog rock features outstanding musicianship that inspires other musicians, has a strong vocal identity, big hooks, and has songs that take the listener on a journey from the beginning of the first track all the way through to the end of the album. Themes are often present throughout an album, and many songs stretch well beyond typical three-minute fare. After all, even the finest works of classic literature weren't short stories — they were novels. At its best, great progressive rock incorporates the elements above and presents them in a way that is accessible to the mainstream rock fan.

Days Before Tomorrow delivers on all fronts: music that appeals to serious music lovers tired of the same old boring radio fare, and music with catchy melodies and strong hooks that casual listeners and rock lovers alike can latch onto.


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