The first two reviews of the Pray for Brain CD 'None Of the Above' are in.

First , many thanks to Mel Minter for his fabulous blog write up: 

Fair warning number one: the music on the premiere release from Pray for Brain, featuring Mustafa Stefan Dill (guitars, oud), Christine Nelson (bass), and Jefferson Voorhees (drums, percussion), may induce you to dance naked in the backyard and howl at the moon.

That may also be a good way to describe the genre of music the trio writes and plays.

Arabilly, indofunk, sufisurf, and countryeastern—terms the group has coined in an attempt to convey what they do—don’t quite cover it.

It’s easier to say what it isn’t. It’s not power-trio rock, surf music, or funk. It’s not Sufi devotional music, bhangra, or jazz. It’s not bluegrass, jam band, or flamenco. In fact, as the title says, it’s None of the Above, but it does incorporate elements from all of the above, sometimes within the same song. It’s an ecstatic dance party perfumed with coriander. ...

Read his full take here at this link.

The CD also got reviewed in Pasatiempo, the Santa Fe New Mexican's weekly arts magazine:

The group’s more intense moments are evocative of hard/experimental rockers like Primus (during that band’s more mellow moments), as in “Grind Responsibly,” in which a driving straight-ahead intro in five quickly transitions into a jazzy swing feel and comes all the way back to the beginning by song’s end. The album has been a long time in the works.... But the wait was worth it, particularly for anyone who enjoys unique crossover music that is familiar enough to not deter the ear and sounds as fun to play as it is to listen to.

 Catch the full review at this link.


 More review copies are being sent out, we'll post the feedback as it comes in.

 

I'm happy to share some exciting news:

We've worked out distribution arrangements for the CD with both the 7d Media label and the Indian labelRooh Music (a division of Rooh Media Pvt Ltd).

Needless to say we're very honored and excited by this development!

Founded by former King Crimson member >Trey Gunn the 7d Media label distributes and promotes a select group of progressive artists from around the world, including works by Gunn, The Crimson ProjeKCt, Matte Henderson, Pat Mastelotto, Tony Levin, KTU, Under The Psycamore, Quodia, TU, Stick Men and others.

That's some esteemed company to be with, and all the more so since Gunn seldom takes on projects outside of people he's already worked with.

Artistically, it's a perfect fit, and we couldn't be happier. It truly feels like home.

We're also honored to have drawn the attention of the Calcutta-based Rooh Media Pvt Ltd group, who will release the CD for India, Bangladesh and Malaysia.

Together it's a formidable team and helps us take this music further and wider.

The CD should be out in April or May, and we're working out a special deal for our Kickstarter backers who helped us get to this point!

The full press release is available here as a pdf to download.

 

As part of the advance press for our show last June, I did a lengthy interview with Benito Aragon of New Mexico Mercury.

We talked about the philosophy behind what we do,  our working process, world music, and many other ideas.

Someone  told me the other day they thought Pray For Brain was making the most truly genuine American music they've ever heard, because of how we meld things. I was flattered and humbled  by that.

The last time I did an interview this in depth was about 20 years ago with a German guitar magazine. So refreshing to have good questions and the chance to go deep.

You have to respect all of your inner truth, not just the truth of some music you've bonded with or heritage you have...All the love that life feeds you gets processed and we just try to  give it back in the most honest way we can.

Many thanks to New Mexico Mercury ! The full interview is here at this link.