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"Entropy Review"

...An array of artistic talent graces these four individuals. They portray a keen sense of creativity and originality, as well as a spot on recording... - Boston Noise


"Making progress"



Making progress
Of the Hour stretch out on Entropy
BY BOB GULLA
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OF THE HOUR: self-described 'prog rock without the chops.'

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Of the Hour’s new album, Entropy, has some grand aspirations. In parts it sounds like modern prog-ish outfits like Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree. At other times, when it rocks out, they have the conviction of a band like Live (where are they now, incidentally?), and when they take it down a notch, the quartet spews vibes like mid-’70s era Pink Floyd. All of this means that Of the Hour isn’t your standard issue rock band, and Entropy, their debut, is anything but a hackneyed outing.

There’s something to be said for stepping off the trail, for setting your sites on a goal not often fired at. Sure, it’s good and all to be a punk band or, say, a thrash outfit, but think of how difficult it is in those cases for a band to set itself apart from the pack. Ain’t nothing wrong with a punk, like I said. But there is something strangely boring about 30 punk bands in the same town trying to rearrange the same three chords night after night after night.

Anyway, Of the Hour doesn’t have that problem, since they tread across vastly different soundscapes from song to song. "Evolution of Things," for example, is a polished and cohesive exploration of Jeff Buckley-era passion-rock mixed with a prog-ish arrangement. "Strange the Way It Is" begins with a crawling guitar line, which leads into a spidery, Rush-like chorus. It’s introspective and rich, with excellent attention paid to detail, melodically and lyrically, and just enough subtle shifts in motif to keep the experience slightly off balance.

"Like Sun To a Vampire" illuminates the band’s potent use of dynamics, as it shifts and swells through electric, acoustic, quiet, and heavy passages. The band’s ability to write both effective melodies and counter-melodies — with impressive production/fidelity — points to the fact that these guys have been there before in some way or shape. Dave Witham (vocals, keys), Josh Karten (guitars), Nick Sollecito (bass), and Alex Chapman (drums, percussion) like to refer to themselves as "prog rock without the chops" and the fact is there is probably no better five-word description for Of the Hour. And besides, who says you have to play "lights out" when the genre du jour is prog?

Witham sums it all up in the band’s website bio. "Music is supposed to be a reflection of the artists’ personality, so it seems fitting that the music should encompass all parts of human emotion, like fear, love, hatred, humor, joy, or whatever other emotions that could be felt at one point in one’s life." One must agree, musn’t one?

- Providence Phoenix


"Wow"

Next up was Providence, RI's very own OF THE HOUR. Now many of you have read my previous blogs or have talked to me about this band and it is fairly evident that this is my current favorite band, so I was obviously excited and was never more blown away by a live performance in my life. For those that know me, you know how very rare it is to see an honest to goodness smile on my face. Well for 35 minutes it just would not go away. From the opening note I was mesmerized. If you like the 3 songs on MySpace or have gotten a demo from me all I can say is that if you think that is good, you NEED to see them live. The band captivates with its sonic wall of sounds, pulls you in further with the tightness of true professionals and then blows you away with such an intense performance that you fell transported to a diferent time, a time when there was actually something more to the godforsaken industry than image or merch designs or marketing. A time when the MUSIC was what was important. These guys flow seemlessly from a spacey airy sound to a pounding rock machine in the blink of an eye and then back again. Personal favorites were the 2nd song in the set, Strange The Way It Is and of course Evolution of Things (even though Ronnie douched out). I now know what it feels like to be a kid at Disney World now. Fucking brilliant.
- A Blog by DXN, DJ and Program director for Syracuse Station Rock105 The Dog


"WBRU Rock Hunt Semi Finalists"

OTH is now in the WBRU rock hunt semi finals. - oth


"Breakthrough act of 2005"

Of The Hour was voted best breakthrough act of R.I for the year 2005! - R.I Motif.


"Huge OTH projo article"

Rhode islands biggest paper did a sunday FRONT PAGE spread on Of The Hour! Check out the behind the scenes stuff with the band here...


http://www.projo.com/extra/2005/of_the_hour/
- Providence Journal


"Garageband"

OTH's song "Evolution of Things" is currently ranked #1 in Progressive Rock! - Garageband.com


"OTH on XM Radio!"

Of The Hour was featured on Xm Radio's "The Radar Report"! The show is broadcast worldwide, showing off hot new unsigned acts!
"Evolution of Things" and "Strange the Way It Is" were both played on the show! - XM Radio


Discography

Of The Hour - promo disk (3 song pre-release)

Entropy-11 songs, 3 songs available for download/stream @ www.myspace.com/ofthehour
or at our website.

Radio play in Syracuse, NY on Rock 105 the Dog, WBCN in Boston, Ma, and on WBRU and WHJY in Providence, RI. "Robot Affliction", "Evolution of Things" and "Strange the Way it is" are usually the songs played on the air.

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Bio

Of The Hour isn’t your typical band it seems. The band jokingly coined the phrase “Prog rock without the chops” to sarcastically label its genre bending music.
The cast of characters, with their diverse musical background, contributes to OTH’s always changing music; Witham, (Keys/Guitars/Vocals) was raised on prog-rock and fusion, West (guitars) has been a jazz musician for most of his musical life, Sollecito (Bass, Fx) an indie rock kid, and Colangelo (Drums/Programming) is a jingle writer for a living. All of these ingredients together, are the only mix capable of making Of The Hour’s music.
The last year has been a busy one for OTH. After the release of their first album, “Entropy”, the band was named “Breakthrough Band of The Year” by the publication, RI-Motif. Two of the bands songs; “Strange the Way It Is”, and “Evolution Of Things”, were also featured on XM Radio’s “The Radar Report”, a worldwide satellite radio broadcast, showcasing hot new unsigned bands. In addition to all of this, the band has had airplay on stations such as 95.5 WBRU (Providence, RI), Rock105TheDog (Syracuse, NY), and WBCN (Boston, Ma). The band has also been tearing up the charts on www.garageband.com . Two of the bands songs, “Robot Affliction”, and “Evolution of Things” have climbed up into the top echelon of their assigned genres, the songs currently ranked at #10 (out of 1,644) and #94 (out of 16,489). All of this exposure was topped off with a huge front page article in the Providence Sunday Journal. In the article, writer Wayne Miller followed the band for a few months, to get an inside look at the trials and tribulations of a small unsigned touring band on and off the road. This feature alone, generated some 10,000 web hits for the band in a single day.
OTH is currently planning to go and record their second release in the late winter of 2006. The recording will feature more lush arrangements, as well as showcase the bands growing electronic style. This recording, plus an expanding touring schedule will keep the band busy in 2006.