Cathedral, the legendary symphonic progressive band, has released it's new work, "The Bridge". Still using vintage equipment, alongside the latest gear, their sound remains clearly "Cathedral" but also breaks new ground. They are rhythmic, melodic and exciting with a well rehearsed stage show.
Cathedral’s music is a labor of love. That love is embedded in the “Majestic" School of the Progressive Rock Movement. The band may add or take away elements but that essence will always remain. Cathedral is dramatic. It is dynamic. Cathedral creates beautiful, huge walls of sound. “Retro” would be the wrong word, although many of the classic analog tools have been dusted off and put to use. The new work represented on this CD, “The Bridge”, examines the roots of progressive music, but true to that school, it “progresses” into new sounds and combinations of forms all woven around the original Mellotron and hard-core bass fueled engine.
Cathedral was formed in 1975 out of the ashes of a psychedelic band “Odyssey”. Fred Callan was their bassist and Tom Doncourt was signed on as mellotronist. When Odyssey disbanded, Fred and Tom inherited it’s “progressive legacy”. The new group, Cathedral, plowed through the Long Island club scene, a unique thing for a primarily original band to do.
By 1978 Cathedral had recorded and released “Stained Glass Stories” through Delta Records. Delta records was basically a studio located in Times Square above the Palace Theater. They had access to distribution with major chains, making them a kind of prototype to the independent labels. Cathedral had Duke Ellington’s band doing sessions in the room next door and Allison Steele, the famous “Night Bird “ of 70’s radio, popping in to listen to mixes. Some foley sound effects devices were found in an old music store around the corner and used on tracks. New York City was a very rich environment for a progressive band. “At this point we were taking old movie theaters and turning them into concert halls for a night. We built stages, lighting and sound rigs, whatever it took to get up and play” says keyboardist, Tom Doncourt. 10,000 copies of “Stained Glass Stories” were printed and sold. Cathedral had interest from and meetings with Atlantic and RCA records.
The Progressive movement seemed to end in 1979, but interest in the “Stained Glass Stories “ album did not. It became a sought after collectable, eventually being hailed as “the best American progressive rock album ever”. In 1990 Syn-Phonics rereleased it on CD. With the growth of the internet, interest in Cathedral was rekindled. It was not until 2003, however, that Fred Callan called all his former band mates to resurrect the group. They experimented for three years. After a year in the studio “The Bridge “ was completed.
Cathedral has recently returned to the concert stage to premiere their new work and to pay a tribute to the old. The audience that filled the Boulton Theater for the Performing Arts on August 25, 2007 found it obvious that Cathedral is a live band and belongs in the spotlight!
"Stained Glass Stories" 1978
"The Bridge" 2007
"Satellite" from "The Bridge" has been played on FM radio. Both albums are featured on online radio stations.
Samples from "The Bridge" can be heard on www.myspace.com/cathedralprogrock, iTunes, CDbaby and various other sites.
We play a ten song concert:
This is an hour and a half show.