Put away your trimmers because California progressive rock sensation Spock’s Beard ain’t going anywhere! Dave Meros, bassist for the band, announced on his personal Facebook the intent for the band to release their thirteenth (!!!) studio album titled Noise Floor. It has a drop date of May 25, made possible by Inside Out Music.
Guitarist Ted Leonard states, ‘We are always about evolution, not revolution. But what we have done this time is make the songs more melodic. We still love our crazy prog, but now appreciate how important it is to grab people’s attention early on’. Couldn’t agree more! One key change that fans will want to note is that this new album marks the return of founding drummer Nick D’Virgilio. As noted by Meros and the band, he hasn’t tracked new music for Spock’s Beard since their 2010 album, X (a personal favorite). Interestingly, Noise Floor is also going to gain some more session instrumentalists with the purpose of fleshing out their clean and classic prog rock sound: ‘There are also two violinists, a cello player, a viola player and an English horn featured on the album, thereby giving the sound a slightly more evocative and persuasive twist‘.
This album will come with a treat: the first disc will be Noise Floor proper, but there’s a second disc cheekily called ‘Cutting Room Floor’ which will contain four additional tracks that, I assume, didn’t cleanly fit into the sound of Noise Floor itself. Although there’s no preorder details or single quite yet, the band did disclose that the album will be sold as a CD digipak, gatefold double LP and digital download when the time comes.
And that’s about it! The only other thing we have to go off of is the cover art which looks like the ball from the cover of TesseracT‘s Altered State decided to make a cameo appearance on a hot new drum and bass artist’s cover. More information will be coming in the following weeks, so keep an eye out!