Most people are well aware that Progressive Rock is my very favorite music genre. And, as you’ve likely already gleaned from my studio name, Rush is my #1, for over 40 years now.
Out of the clear blue sky, I happened to run across a Prog band called “Paradigm Blue” on YouTube a few weeks back.
They’re so “Rush-ian”, it’s incredible…
What do I mean by that? Their tunes immediately made me think, “This could easily be new music from Rush today, had Neil Peart not passed away.”
Wow, that’s nearly poetry on my part. Hey Neil, you up there still messing with my mind? 😉
Although all three of these guys are obviously virtuosos heavily influenced by Rush, the vocals and bass guitar work of Ruben Moreno (on a Rickenbacker, no less) completely floored me. He almost sounds more like Geddy Lee than Geddy does!
This is simply a demonstation of outstanding musicianship, which is the main thing that drew me to Progressive Rock in the first place. They’re one hell of a kick-ass Prog Band.
Here’s a video of the song “Bravo Sierra”, from their new album, “Transist“. The whole thing has been in my daily rotation ever since I first heard it… But, don’t take my word for it, you be the judge.
On a distant moon Tomorrow couldn’t come too soon Outside her window vast accretion bands would gleam And glisten through her dreams Heart of gold and nerves of steel Stuck in a wheel of her own making Her mind on matters lined with lead She’ll sleep when she’s dead Looks to the sky Possessed by a grand design Wrench in hand Engine dying Keep on trying So much space and not enough time Bravo, Sierra It doesn’t matter what they say There must be a better way If not today It’ll be tomorrow, Sierra That ship would never fly, they’d cry and declare That heart never got you anywhere But she’s discovered what they’ll never find The heart’s a different engine from the mind Wrench in hand Spark of life Speed of light Folding space to buy enough time I’ll chase the light and trace the stars And race right through the final wall Cause an engine makes all the difference When the distance is so far I’m superluminal Bravo, Sierra It doesn’t matter what they say There must be a better way If not today It’ll be tomorrow, Sierra Bravo, Sierra It only matters what you do An endless future lives inside of you Bravo, Sierra Someday the stars will know your mind And build upon the light they find And your drive will carry far
Another recent find: A brand-new album by Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave) entitled “The Atlas Underground Flood” has just been released, and includes a tune named, “I Have Seen The Way”.
So, what’s so special about that? Along with Morello, the song features guitarists Alex Lifeson (Rush), and Kirk Hammett (Metallica). 🤯
Admittedly light on lyrics, there’s certainly no shortage of excellent guitar performances by these legends. I know this unique collaboration has never been heard before, and I doubt it ever will be again.
That said, be sure to give it a listen!