Known for his narrative songwriting and costumed performances as front man for the band Discipline., Matthew PARMENTER unveils his highly anticipated solo release, "Astray". The 68-minute CD features all new tracks including the 21-minute song suite "Modern Times". Produced and engineered by PARMENTER, "Astray" is decidedly psychedelic in atmosphere. Songs unfold into dreamlike improvisations that surround the listener.
Produced and engineered by PARMENTER, "Astray" is decidedly psychedelic in atmosphere. Songs unfold into dreamlike improvisations that surround the listener. Bassist Mathew Kennedy appears throughout the CD, the sole guest musician on "Astray". PARMENTER covers vocals and other audibles, including piano, guitar, drums, saxophone, violin, organ, synthesizers, marimba, Theremin, and Mellotron sounds.
Strung Out Records originally released Discipline.'s studio CDs, "Push & Profit" and "Unfolded Like Staircase". Following the success of "Unfolded:", Stereo Periferic released and distributed both DISCIPLINE CDs in Europe.
Worldwide sales, interviews, reviews, and hundreds of Internet postings on Usenet discussion groups such as rec.music.progressive helped to establish PARMENTER and DISCIPLINE as mainstays of the underground progressive rock movement.
In addition to his work with DISCIPLINE, PARMENTER has performed with other bands on stage and in the studio. PARMENTER provided descant violin for the band Tiles on their CDs "Presents of Mind" and "Window Dressing". At Chapel Hill's ProgDay 2000, PARMENTER sat in on Tiles' set, and later performed a solo set the same night. Detroit's alternative rock group Radium recently featured PARMENTER's violin in performance. Last year, PARMENTER gave a 45-minute sneak preview of his solo material in support of DARK AETHER PROJECT's CD release concert at Orion Studios, Baltimore's progressive rock showcase.
As DISCIPLINE's singer-keyboardist, PARMENTER toured Norway with the band and performed numerous shows throughout the U.S., sharing bills with new and established artists such as Ozric Tentacles, Steve Howe of Yes, Anekdoten, and echolyn.