Members: Dave Witham + Derek Kerswill
Restricted Release in cooperation with Angle Side Side today confirms October 26 as the North American release date for One Little Light Year, the debut album from New England-based TANGENTS. Recorded and mixed at Stillwork Recording Studio in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the album was produced by the band with producer/engineer Benjamin Jon (All That Remains, The Acacia Strain).
TANGENTS is not what most will expect musically from drummer Derek Kerswill (Unearth/Seemless) and Dave Witham (Of the Hour/Flat-12). Kerswill's musical diversity and rhythmic approach provides a solid foundation for the album, propelling the tracks forward with great intensity. Add to it the lush and organic sound of vocalist/guitarist Dave Witham and TANGENTS soars in the vein of Jeff Buckley, As Tall As Lions, even Radiohead. Witham's magnificent voice rises over a spiraling sonic backdrop with dazzling control and splendor. The album's ambitious songwriting creates the catchiest music either musician has released to date.
Over a year of intense effort went into the creation of One Little Light Year. Witham reveals, "the recording process was unlike one we have ever been apart of before. We did a lot of work remotely. In fact, the only time Derek and I really got together for was to do some of the pre-production work and when we were tracking the drums. It came out remarkably well considering the limited amount of time we actually spent together in the same room."
"Recording this album was one of the greatest recording experiences of my life," says Kerswill. "We worked on pre-production together for awhile, which made recording the record so much easier. I was so well-versed in what I was doing drum-wise that I tracked ten of the twelve songs on the first take with zero edits. After drums were done, Dave pretty much tracked everything else."
Awareness regarding TANGENTS has been on the rise for months. The PRP, Exploding in Sound, and other popular news sites have posted early news about the duo and the album's ongoing progress. The obvious queries have revolved around the band's sound. Kerswill reveals, "a lot of my peers and 'music' friends know that although I play metal and have been involved with many 'aggressive' projects and bands, metal is probably the least of what I actually listen to. My biggest influences songwriting and style-wise," he says, "have always been classic rock, whether it be Led Zeppelin and Yes, or ZZ Top and Allman Bros. But in the mid-90s, Radiohead and Jeff Buckley pretty much changed my life and there was a whole knew place I wanted to take myself musically."
Witham notes, "I think that we pretty much wear our influences upon our collective sleeves as far as inspiration for the writing of the album. Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, and Muse are the most obvious influences on the surface. But we are both avid, freakishly nerdy fans of Fiona Apple, Jon Brion, and tons of others that I feel quietly shine through on this particular album."
TANGENTS have yet to make their live debut but are planning performances close to the album's release date. Just prior to release, Kerswill will complete his touring commitments with Unearth. Details will be announced as TANGENTS performances are confirmed.
In celebration of the album's completion and forthcoming retail release, the duo has already launched preorders for the record. Early fans will have opportunity to receive the record in advance of its scheduled release date by visiting (NEED ORDERING URL).
Track listing for One Little Light Year is: 1.) Arrow in the Heart, 2. Homecoming (Victory Song), 3. Fall Asleep Again, 4. Static, 5. (Missing) One Little Light Year, 6. The Pieces Fall, 7. Nothing Left Undone, 8. When Will It End?, 9. Hyde, 10. What the Scanners See, 11. Blind Spots, 12. Watch You Go.