Members: Ed Hale, Fernando Perdomo, Roger Houdaille, Allan Gabay, Ricardo Mazzi, Bill Sommer
Hallelujia Hallelujia!!! TRANSCENDENCE finally resurfaces from the recording studio with TWO NEW ALBUMS!!! And they are asking fans and friends to help choose the first singles!!
As many of you know, the group has been holed up without a break for the last five months in the recording studio finishing their newest CD, "All Your Heroes Become Villains", an intense labor of love that took almost two years to complete.
Not only did they finish that one, but they tracked and finished another tasty full-length release as well, which is being called "The Great Mistake." When the producer that was recording the group and mixing the "All Your Heroes" CD in Studio B would leave for the night, the group would grab an engineer and head into Studio A where they tracked 13 more songs into the early morning hours.
While the "All Your Heroes" CD is on the deep dark heavy moody and conceptual side, "The Great Mistake" CD is more of a sweet simple catchy sweaty garage-rock and power-pop morsel that tastes like a mouthful of Skittels. The band has never sounded more lively rocking and tasty. For a moment it would appear, it seems they put their eclectic experimental agenda aside, picked up their instruments, and just rocked the house, recording most of the songs live as a five-piece band.
In fact, what you hear exclusively here on purevolume.com are "all faders up, live in the studio" versions of the songs that have not been mixed yet. The band is currently in talks with larger record labels about releasing the CD, so there is no official release date yet to announce, but they wanted to get the 'rough mixes' out so fans could get an advance listen.
In the meantime, YOU can play an active role in helping the band decide what the first single from both the new albums will be. The band has posted four new songs from the "All Your Heroes" CD to their MySpace page and five new songs from "The Great Mistake" CD to this, their purevolume page -- All potential singles.
Simply listen to the songs from each album, and tell us what you think the hottest track is. OR, what your FAVORITE is. Post a comment or send the band a message or just come back each day to listen to your favorite song. (it's free, why not.)
[We will be able to tell just by the song with the "most listens."] The band and its label will then be able to get valuable feedback as to what might be the best track to release to radio and internet radio stations first to best represent the new discs. Enjoy the new tunage, and as always the band thanks you for your love and support.
SO WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM THE NEW ALBUMS?
"All Your Heroes Become Villains" was produced by long-time supporter and super-producer-extraordinaire, Fred Freeman (Dashboard Confessional, New Found Glory), who also produced the band's Sleep With You CD. It has a modern harder-edged sound for the band that is deeply emotional, dark, heavy, moody, and brooding, with a socio-political bent that is ripe for the times. The album also adds a remix DJ, orchestration, a lot more piano, gospel singers, electric sitar, hand drums, and the addition of trumpet and trombone to the mix.
"All Your Heroes Become Villains" is a concept album where all the songs are tied together musically and thematically that packs quite a wallop. Sometimes achingly soft and tender, other times more like a two-by-four to the head, "All Your Heroes" is a 50 minute 'put your headphones on' head-trip.
Tracklist for "All Your Heroes Become Villains"
01.All your heroes become villains main theme
04.Waiting for Godot
05.All your heroes become villains - part three - taking the fall
06.Here it comes
07.We are Columbine
09.Messed it up again
11.Last stand at the walls of Zion
12.Bonus Track: All your heroes become villains - part two - what machine r u raging against?
THE GREAT MISTAKE
While "All Your Heroes..." may be a deep dark beautifully emotional head-trip, "The Great Mistake" CD would be the soundtrack to a 'put the top down and drive fast' American road trip.
It is a collection of 12 songs the band recorded live in the studio with a stripped down drums, bass, two guitars, electric piano and vocals format. No DJ, no producer, no orchestration, and no additional outside musicians to the band's basic five-piece line-up.
Simply put, "The Great Mistake" is a rocking good time with some of the catchiest songs the band has ever recorded -- all falling under the three-minute mark -- in sharp contrast to the "All Your Heroes..." CD, the longest song clocking in over seven minutes.
Tracklist for "THE GREAT MISTAKE"
04.Nobody's Listening To You
07.I remember you
09.The Divine Miss M
10.Who Ya Gonna Fuk
12.Quand Tu Mmm (Lust In Central Park)
To listen to songs from the new TRANSCENDNCE CD, "All Your Heroes Become Villains," head to the band's myspace page. www.myspace.com/transcendence
For a lot more TRANSCENDENCE and to SIGN UP FOR THEIR MAILING LIST, head to their official website at www.transcendence.com
All TRANSCENDENCE albums can be downloaded at iTunes or purchased through amazon.com or cdbaby.com or purchased at your favorite music retailer.
NEW!!! You can now watch endless streams of video clips of the band on the road and in the recording studio uploaded daily on YOUTUBE.
GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFO
The music group that call themselves TRANSCENDENCE is a tough nut to crack. Like a lot of incestuous rock bands around America, the group is made up of various members of a long-standing local scene who play in many different bands at the same time. Taking it a few steps further, though Transcendence originally formed in Miami and is normally considered a Miami band, one of their two or three (depending on who you ask) drummers lives in Atlanta, and their singer lives in New York, while the rest of the band still resides in Miami. Tricky.
The band just finished four months holed up in the infamous indie-rock sanctuary known as Dungeon Recording Studios in Miami, FL finishing the mixes for their soon to be released new CD All your heroes become villains. In another room at the same studio they found time to track another new CD that will soon follow called The Great Mistake, The Transcendents, depending on you ask. While the former sparks of a heavier more modern Bowie, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, or U2, a sound which the band is already well known for, the newer new CD they crafted sounds like it could be the Raconteurs or the Strokes, or the Stones for that matter. The two albums couldn't sound more different. But they were made by the same group of guys. At the same time. In the same studio.
"In Transcendence, you have a group of five or more (laughs) totally hyperactive, obsessive, insane guys with severe cases of ADD and an extreme passion for music, all running around trying to make sense of everything they are listening to and each wanting to create their own personal artistic statements -- the chances of that translating into any two albums sounding remotely similar is going to be pretty slim," [New Times Magazine 2004] says lead singer Ed Hale, in a recent interview explaining the wide variety of musical boundaries the band has covered in their three CD releases since 2002's eclectic world-music-meets-modern-rock debut Rise and Shine.
The musical group known as Transcendence is a tight-knit collective of some of the most notable musicians from the Miami and New York music scenes who first came together in 2000. The band is known for their reverence for melody, and an often eclectic and sometimes unnerving yet enticing tendency toward stylistic changes. "Smoothing across genres like a skater on ice, Ed Hale and company show amazing songwriting skills throughout Rise and Shine. They have just released a debut on TMG Records that is one I cannot listen to less than twice a week... Fusing such styles as brit-pop, Brazilian, R&B, rock, new wave and classical - among others - Transcendence create a wild array of songs but somehow hold them together with left-field bite. [Marcus Pan, Legends Magazine]
The band was originally put together by singer/songwriter Ed Hale, who first came to local prominence with the legendary Broken Spectacles in his teens and a few solo albums. Drummer Ricardo Mazzi (Tereso, Prole, Fuse) joined because of their shared interest in world-music. The already infamous guitarist-extraordinaire Fernando Perdomo (DC3, Fulano, Christian Castro) joined just out of high school because of his shared passion for early seventies pop and rock with Hale. Soon followed the cute, quiet, and multi-talented bassist Roger Houdaille (Father Bloopy, The BJ Experience) who is the youngest member of the group, who also happened to share their passion for early seventies glam rock. This seems to be the core of the band.
Boston native Jon Rose (Jon Secada, Fulano), studying music at the University of Miami, acts as the groups musical director and pianist. New York native and Brooklyn Academy of Music graduate Allan Gabay (Jorge Moreno) then joined, adding additional piano and keyboards, contributing a more avant garde element to the groups already eclectic sound. University of Miami music school grad Bill Sommer (Blinking underdogs, the Shut-ups) signed on as a second drummer a few years later, adding a more modern and indie-rock vibe to the band.
Various other fifth member local notables regularly contribute to Transcendence albums as well including Derek Cintron, Tony Medina, Zach Ziskin, and Karen Trophy Wife Feldner, making the group more of a musical collective than your standard rock band. Basically what it comes down to is if people from the scene hear that Ed is down from New York and we are tracking a new album then they stop by the studio just to hang out or catch up, and then they end up adding something of their own to whatever we are working on. Its like that, bassist Houdaille comments.
The Great Mistake [not yet released]
All Your Heroes Become Villains [not yet released]
Nothing Is Cohesive 
Sleep With You 
Rise And Shine 
Hot on the heels of the genre-defying Rise and Shine, released in 2002, which garnered the band international media and fan attention with its unique blending of multiple styles tucked into a tasty alterna-rock all their own -- along with the two college radio hits Better luck next time and Do you know who you are -- the band then released Sleep with you, turning the musical tables with a Brit rock swagger reminiscent of Radiohead, early David Bowie, or Lou Reed. Sleep With You featured the college radio favorites Minnie Driver, Vicodin, and Girls. The controversial new CD was produced by Fred Freeman of Dungeon Recording Studios, who had just recently completed work on other South Florida break out bands, New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional, Diecast, AAA, Further seems forever, etc.
The CD was filled with over the top rock guitar and soaring vocals, pounding bass and drums, and sex and drug allusions galore, keenly observed by the closing statements of the CD's review in All Music Guide which gave the CD 4 out of 5 stars, "rock & roll from the Paris Hilton set, out to lunch, out of time, and unconcerned about anything but their own vanity. So yes, it's deluded and occluded, but it still rocks like nothing else out there. Get it." (Thom Jureck)
The more straight-ahead modern rock of Sleep With You earned the album regular rotation on college radio stations nationwide, top ten status on XM radio (I'm not the only one), best indie band in Florida status from the Bigtime talent awards, national distribution, then management, then booking contracts, and charted for weeks on the Specialty Show charts throughout 2003.
But it was the single Superhero girl released to commercial alternative-rock radio in the summer of 2004 that pushed the group over the edge. The song was added to regular rotation on stations all over the country charting as high as #5 in some cities. It also guaranteed the band feature slots in the music festival circuit including the NEMO Music Festival in Boston and the CMJ Music Festival in New York and a tour of Europe during the summer.
A flurry of buzz continues to surround their latest CD, released in late 2004, entitled Nothing is Cohesive, a bold and beautiful collection of post-modern garage rockers and lush seventies-style piano ballads that the band recorded in their garage studio. The album has received rave reviews across the board, earning the band enormous street-cred with critics. Five-star and A+ reviews, and being lauded as one of the most important breakthrough albums of the year by Hellfire Promotions in 2005, it is easy to understand why some call it their best effort to date, which says a lot coming from the very prolific group.
Nothing is Cohesive is raw, unrefined, and surges with an honest musical sensuality that gloriously demonstrates how much the band loves making music together. It mixes a variety of classic and modern rock styles in a surprisingly cohesive listen -- despite its title-- for how far out the band was willing to travel in their sonic explorations to achieve something completely different from last years Sleep with you.
Besides the critical attention, Nothing is cohesive topped the charts on many college radio stations across the country and hit the top forty of many more upon its release.
In November the band released their first live DVD, Transcendence: Live at Jazid. There is also the new one-hour documentary by Asheville, NC based Journey of Dreams Productions about the band and the making of their new CD entitled Transcendence: Everything is Cohesive, that can be viewed on youtube.com or google video.