"Prog - where different genres of music come to play..."
- Fearful Symmetry -
We’re rock and prog-rock fans, (but not exclusively), going way back, who wanted to create something new, inspired by the ‘progressive’ music we’ve listened to over the years.
The music on our debut album, 'Louder Than Words', is an affectionate homage to classic prog: new compositions, but aiming to convey a familiar and beloved sound and feel.
‘Fearful Symmetry’ is not so much a band, more an aesthetic - a set of principles defining our approach to this music - not constrained by genre, but seeking to capture and blend a mix of styles.
How we arrived at this concept wasn’t born out of pre-conceived notions. It evolved from conversations between two cousins, both with a love for music - listening and playing.
Suzi: “We wanted to create something from past - and some current - influences that would be new but would feel familiar. We think it ticks all the boxes: gongs; animals; esoteric lyrics; time signature changes; bombast; self-indulgence even; a sense of humour; a hidden joke; a concept album. But which concept?“
Jeremy: “When Suzi came up with the exciting idea of creating a Prog Tribute album, the only kind of album it could be was a concept album. I knew at once that William Blake – poet, artist, visionary, and spiritual revolutionary – was the only possible choice for our subject matter.“
And so, the idea for our first album grew. ‘Louder Than Words’ features eight tracks: seven with vocal elements and one instrumental. We have been lucky to have some wonderful guest musicians agree to be a part of this project, which we hope will give listeners some fun and even a little joy.
The standout revelation has been Yael Shotts - her voice becoming integral to the band and its music, her interpretations articulating resoundingly the emotive force of the songs.
However you feel about the concept, it’s probably best to let the music speak for itself.
Thanks to all the bands and musicians that we have enjoyed, and that have influenced us over the years - including some new friends: Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, Camel, Steve Hillage, Steely Dan, Return To Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Van der Graaf Generator, Dream Theater, Project RnL, Yossi Sassi, Ray Livnat (Project RnL, Anakdota + more), Sharon Petrover (Project RnL & more), Ben Azar, Daniel Weiss (Square To Check)… and so many more.
Thanks also to Yonatan Kossov (Bardo Studios, Jaffa) for his expertise and assistance in recording Ray’s vocals and Sharon’s drumming, as well as his invaluable advice on mixing, and his mastering of the album.
Thanks to Arbel Berman for adding the professional touch to our album design.
Thanks to our family and friends who have had to put up with this for the past few years since conception.
Jeremy and Suzi
The album is dedicated to Barbara and Alan Shotts – proof absolute that Love and Joy may be born out of the Marriage of Contraries.
Physical CDs are now available (Oct 2019):