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ONTOLOGICS

Providence, Rhode Island, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Providence, Rhode Island, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
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"02/21/2017 Prog-Sphere Ontologics Interview “Dynamic Alterations”"

02/21/2017
Prog-Sphere Ontologics Interview “Dynamic Alterations”

-See link for full interview - Prog-Sphere


"Relix Magazine / Jambands.com Top 30"

Ontologics’ debut album and sophomore release reached the Top 30 on the Relix Magazine/
Jambands.com national college radio chart for over three consecutive months and breaking the Top
10 with both records. - Relix Magazine


"Bill Copeland Music News - Album Review "Drones From Home""

Bill Copeland Music News - Album Review "Drones From Home"
"Ontologics prove masterful on Drones From Home"
"Cruising into a psychedelic territory, the duo creates an intriguing soundscape that reflects the thoughts
inside the human mind." - Bill Copeland Music News


"03/30/2016 Ontologics Interviewed by Wheelers Weekend Jams LIVE AND DIRECT"

03/30/2016
Ontologics Interviewed by Wheelers Weekend Jams LIVE AND DIRECT
"Wheelers Weekend Jams chats with the guys from Ontologics. This Skype interview talks about their latest
album, 'Drones From Home.' We all also discuss how their albums have evolved, working with P-nut from
311, favorite gear and much more. Thank you for watching this interview." - Wheelers Weekend Jams


"12/20/2015 Camel Let Go, Japan (translated) International review of "Drones From Home":"

12/20/2015
Camel Let Go, Japan (translated) International review of "Drones From Home":
"This work "Drones from Home" is full album of the second work. Based on the hip-hop, progressive rock,
world music, jazz, of Ontologics a mix of electro sounds, we finished in a unique avant-pop...gradually tilted
to the strange pop from reggae "Drones from Home" and, instrumental space rock tone "Stretch Armstrong",
dry slash-pop "A Wizard's Touch For All You Skeptics", such as it is addictive clarity." - Camel Let Go / Japan


"Crash And Ride Music reviews "Drones From Home""

Crash And Ride Music reviews "Drones From Home"
"Crash and Ride Music's favorite prog-hop band...Drawing upon influences of progressive rock and jazz,
"Drones From Home" again dazzles its listeners with its distinctive and fresh sound..." - Crash and Ride


"05/12/2016 The Dutch Progressive Rock Page - Album Review "Drones From Home""

05/12/2016
The Dutch Progressive Rock Page - Album Review "Drones From Home"
"I definitely suggest this album as listening for everyone. It is not merely for rap lovers, nor specifically for numetal
lovers. Even less for progressive rock fans. It's potentially for everyone!" - DPRP THE DUTCH PROGRESSIVE ROCK PAGE


"02/12/2016 Daily Vault - Album Review "Drones From Home""

02/12/2016
Daily Vault - Album Review "Drones From Home"
"There was never a doubt regarding the phenomenal musical ability of this outfit, but to exploit this skill fully
and translate it into an album as brilliant as their debut requires equally skillful songwriting chops...the
musicianship on par with its predecessor and even the songwriting is every bit as good...Drones From Home
certainly has a more proggy sound because of the muscular guitar-driven music, which also means lead
vocalist Ian Campopiano's passionate rapidfire vocals and drummer Matthew Walshe's insane drumming are
more hard-hitting than ever from start to finish." - Daily Vault


"Roots Time, Belgium (translated) International review of "Drones From Home" 01/01/2016"

Roots Time, Belgium (translated) International review of "Drones From Home":
"...On Drones From Home, some will hear rock influences from groups like...Rage Against The Machine and
Red Hot Chili Peppers. Others will hear more psychedelic rock influence by groups like Pink Floyd. And still
others will hear some jazz-fusion influence reminiscent of guitar great Al Di Melola on tracks like "Stretch
Armstrong." Ontologics' lyrics show a sort of political and social awareness by Campopiano and Walshe..."
http://rootstime.be/ - Roots Time


"Top 30 on Jambands.com and Relix Magazine for 4 consecutive months."

01/22/2015
Ontologics' debut album, "Something to Needle Over", broke the Top 30 for four consecutive months at Jambands.com/Relix Magazine; this time at #27. - Jambands.com


"Something to Needle Over Album Review (Crash and Ride Blog)"

I had a musical experience occur to me recently. I was searching through Bandcamp last week, and an epiphany struck me like a lightning bolt. I noticed that the majority of what I have been finding and listening to have been bands that are independent, unsigned, or small-time artists. Despite the basically non-existent presence these bands have in relation to the entire music industry, I believe these artists and bands that I’ve been listening to are churning out higher quality, more thought-provoking, and simply more interesting albums. Because of this epiphany, I’ve decided that I want to give more attention to such bands, the ones that are out there making awesome music despite their status. I feel it is my duty to help these bands out in such a dog-eat-dog industry.

With all that said, this first band’s music is what I was listening to when this epiphany occurred. I think it occurred because of the absolute experimental sound they have, and is the first band that even steps as far as being considered “hip-hop influenced.” Not too many bands get me to listen to that far out of my comfort zone, but the band Ontologics did just that, and I thank them for it.

All the way from Rhode Island, Ontologics is Ian Campopiano on vocals/guitars/synths/keyboards/samples/bass guitar and Matthew Walshe on drums/percussion. These gentlemen have come up with the most interesting sound I can possibly imagine, a combination of progressive and experimental rock, jazz, electronica, and hip-hop. I imagine this band is the result of bands like Gentle Giant and Tool having a child with the Beastie Boys. Let’s just call it “progressive hip-hop” from now on, ok? Nonetheless, Ontologics’ latest release “Something to Needle Over” is something to… well, needle over.

Ontologics Matthew Walshe
Photo by Ontologics (Flickr)
Everything about this album is unique, a completely contemporary twist on the word “progressive.” Using a number of synths, keys, machines, and other modern sound effects, the entire album is one massive pushing-of-the-envelope for an already extensive genre. The programming and work done by Campopiano borders the production and sounds of bands like De Facto and 311. The songs “Lions To Go” and “The Clever Cat Kills Another Friends” show the collective use of these modern gadgets, and creates a sound that Money Mark would be proud of. I thoroughly enjoy the genre of “acid jazz,” and this album satisfies those cravings.

Besides the more modern instruments, these two also play every other traditional rock instrument. Walshe is a beast on the drums, creating a very snare-heavy sound reminiscent of reggae and jazz beat styles. The songs “From Then Until Now” and the title track “Something to Needle Over” provide the greatest examples of Walshe’s rhythm and flair. I can’t help but think of the percussion in Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s side projects when I hear his amazing drumming. In addition to the marvelous bass lines and keys, Campopiano provides the vocals as well, a slightly-less-than-rap style that reminds me of Anthony Keidis from Red Hot Chili Peppers. With a poignant delivery, I am easily moved by Campopiano’s style and lyrics.

Despite all the contemporary sound instilled in this album, my favorite thing about “Something to Needle Over” is the subtle but incredibly groovy lead guitar. Throughout the album, the guitar is heard by the listener, but plays a much smaller role compared to most progressive rock albums. From the heavy guitar intro on “Storm the Gates,” the tremolo-laced guitar in “From Then Until Now,” the rhythm/lead work on “Dug Until The Rest Could Drink,” and the almost improvisational lead in “Soundscape,” the listener can hear the multi-faceted Campopiano at work. I absolutely love the many moments of guitar brilliance on this album.

I was able to contact Oncologics, and hold a mini-interview with Ian Campopiano:

Keno: What are some of your musical influences?

Ian: We’re influenced by different genres of music such as prog-rock, hip-hop, jazz, and metal. Growing up, bands like King Crimson, Tool, Beastie Boys, Peter Gabriel, and A Tribe Called Quest were influential for sure.

Keno: How did your band start up?

Ian: Ontologics formed in 2009 with lineup Ian C. & Matthew W. Prior to Ontologics, we played together in a prog-rock band, MOI (2000-2004).

Keno: What was it like recording “Something to Needle Over” in the studio?

Ian: Recording our first LP, “Something to Needle Over” was an 11 month process. Now we are working on our new LP (title and release date TBA), which has been more condensed. We really dug in and recorded most of the album in four weeks.

Keno: Any recent Ontologics news worth sharing?

Ian: “Something to Needle Over” broke the Top 30 for four consecutive months on the Jambands.com Radio Chart and is Featured in Relix Magazine in their January 2015 and March 2015 issues. The album also became available on Pandora radio earlier this year and our follow-up record may feature 311 bassist, Pnut, on a track.

Ontologics
Photo by Ontologics (Facebook)
If your musical taste buds are looking for something new, I definitely recommend you listen to Ontologics. They’re the perfect band to fuse friends of hip-hop and friends of rock music together. Please support this band by visiting their Bandcamp page, or by following them on Facebook and Twitter for news and announcements. I can’t wait to hear their follow-up album, which I can only assume will be another experimental masterpiece. - Kenny Norton; Crash and Ride Music Blog


"Pnut of 311 gives props to Ontologics on NECR interview"

12/23/2014
Pnut of 311 gives Ontologics some major props in an NECR interview from July.

An excerpt can also be found on the Ontologics' Youtube Channel. - NECR


"#9 on Top 30 Jambands.com and Relix Magazine"

11/23/2014
Ontologics' debut album, "Something to Needle Over" is #9 on Top 30 at Jambands.com and will be featured in the January/February 2015 edition of Relix Magazine. - Jambands.com


"Sub Modern Charts and National Specialty Radio Charts"

The lead single HOLOGRAM FOR THE HOLLOW MAN, had outstanding success on national specialty radio, getting spins all over America and charting at #11 on the Alternative Specialty singles charts (KKBB) and #12 on album charts. The album also reached #16 on the FMQB top 200 SubModern chart in 3/05/14, breaking their debut indie album into the top 20. - FMQB & KKBB Su


"National and College Radio Charts for Ontologics album "Something to Needle Over""

National & College Radio Charts:
# 1 CMJ on WRFW River Falls, WI
# 9 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
# 11 KKBB Singles
# 12 KKBB Albums
# 12 KKBB Singles
# 16 Top 200 Submodern Albums (FMQB)
# 16 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
# 18 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
# 19 CMJ on KRFP Moscow, ID
# 27 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
# 29 CMJ on WVIA Pittston, PA
# 40 CMJ on WVIA Pittston, PA - Magnotta MGMT


"Pnut of 311 giving props to Ontologics"

"...The cool thing about 'Ebb and Flow' as the 'Go' demo is that it was covered by a band called Ontologics, who did their own version of it and it kills. I played it for Scotch before we started writing the lyrics and the melody to set the bar. I was like, 'Listen to what these guys did. Like they turned this song into like a science fiction masterpiece. And if we can’t beat that, I think we should just do a cover of their song'..." - Popdose.com


"Top DIY Albums of 2014 by the Indie Rock Cafe"

01/02/2015
Ontologics' album, "Something to Needle Over", was voted one of the Top DIY Albums of 2014 by the Indie Rock Cafe. - Indie Rock Cafe


"#16 on Top 30 Jambands.com and Relix Magazine"

10/21/2014
Ontologics' debut album, "Something to Needle Over" is #16 on Top 30 at Jambands.com/Relix Magazine. - Jambands.com


"Top 40 Songs of 2014 on RADIO XENU"

01/01/2015
Ontologics' song, "Something to Needle Over", made the RX (Radio Xenu) Top 40 Songs of 2014, coming in at #28. - Radio Xenu


"Interview on KCR San Diego University Radio"

Transcription to come at a later date.... - KCR San Diego University Radio - Rick Keyes Music Caravan Eclectic Show


"Review of Ontologics debut album from The Dutch Progressive Rock Site"

12/14/2014
The Dutch Progressive Rock site (DPRP) reviews Ontologics' debut album, "Something to Needle Over".

"All of it is highly structured, and has for me, the feel of the jazz-inflected work of Frank Zappa, where precision, mixes with a restless, fidgety approach to the melody and song structure." - DPRP


"Ontologics "Something to Needle Over" Album Review"

"...from crunched up guitars to floaty synth drops, shredding solos and even glockenspiel sections, something to needle over is an intense orchestra of styles and sounds. get it into your ears already." - Red Lion Soul Blog


"Ontologics Album Feature/Review"

Ontologics, SOMETHING TO NEEDLE OVER, described as a cool instrumental album on Seth's Rock Report ! - Seth's Rock Report Blog


Discography

Vinyl Releases:

Limited edition / 12" Hits From The Abyss (Dec 2nd 2017)

Compilation of LP I & II select cuts / includes "Primal Discourse" feat. Aaron Wills aka P-Nut of 311.


Full Length Albums:

1. DRONES FROM HOME (Released 11.6.2015)

14 Tracks. Featuring Aaron Wills aka P-NUT of 311 on track "Primal Discourse".

http//ontologics.bandcamp.com/ 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/drones-from-home/id1053202183

http://www.amazon.com/Drones-Home-Explicit-Ontologics/dp/B0178PNPGK/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=...

2. SOMETHING TO NEEDLE OVER (Released 12.10.13)

11 Tracks. 

http//ontologics.bandcamp.com/ 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/something-to-needle-over/id778699440
http://www.amazon.com/Something-Needle-Over-Explicit-Ontologics/dp/B00H8IQ8B2/


EP's:

1. EP PART 1 "Demo Collection" (Released 6.10.10)
http://www.amazon.com/EP-Part-I-Ontologics/dp/B007O64SXS/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ep-part-i.-single/id513296726

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Bio

ONTOLOGICS BIO
“This duo is dynamite, and they explode thunderously” - Daily Vault
ONTOLOGICS is an experimental, multi-instrumentalist duo that has been recognized for fusing
genres like progressive rock, hip-hop, electronica, and jazz with sharp lyricism and an explosive live
presence. Based in Providence, RI, the duo features singer/songwriter, Ian Campopiano and
drummer, Matthew Walshe.
Their latest release, sophomore album, Drones From Home (11/06/15) features PNUT/Aaron Wills of
311.
Prior to working with Ontologics, PNUT said of the duo, “they turned this song into like a science
fiction masterpiece. And if we can’t beat that, I think we should just do a cover of their song" -
P-Nut, popdose.com interview, referencing “Go” demo
Ontologics’ debut album and sophomore release reached the Top 30 on the Relix Magazine/
Jambands.com national college radio chart for over three consecutive months and breaking the Top
10 with both records. The band achieved outstanding success on national specialty radio, reaching
#16 on the FMQB Top 200 SubModern chart and #11 on the Alternative Specialty singles chart
(KKBB).
Albums, Something To Needle Over, and Drones From Home have received scores of reviews and
features noting their eclectic artistic depth and exploration of genre blurring.
"Ontologics prove masterful on Drones From Home...Cruising into a psychedelic territory, the
duo creates an intriguing soundscape that reflects the thoughts inside the human mind." - Bill
Copeland Music News
"There was never a doubt regarding the phenomenal musical ability of this outfit, but to exploit
this skill fully and translate it into an album as brilliant as their debut requires equally skillful
songwriting chops...the musicianship on par with its predecessor and even the songwriting is
every bit as good...” - Daily Vault
"All of it is highly structured, and has for me, the feel of the jazz-inflected work of Frank Zappa,
where precision, mixes with a restless, fidgety approach to the melody and song structure." -
DPRP (Dutch Progressive Rock Page)
“...some will hear rock influences from groups like...Rage Against The Machine and Red Hot
Chili Peppers. Others will hear more psychedelic rock influence by groups like Pink Floyd. And
still others will hear some jazz-fusion influence reminiscent of guitar great Al Di Melola on
tracks like 'Stretch Armstrong.' Ontologics' lyrics show a sort of political and social awareness
by Campopiano and Walshe." - Roots Time, Belguim
Something To Needle Over was named one of the top DIY Albums of 2014 by the Indie Rock Cafe
and has received numerous press features and reviews.
National Acts performed with: Afroman, Gangstagrass, Godsmack, Michelle Branch
National & International sal es: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, LA, MA, MI, MN, NV, PA, RI, TN, TX,
VT, WI, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, UK

NATIONAL & COLLEGE RADIO CHARTS:
National & College Radio Charts:
Drones From Home
# 1 CMJ - KXUL, LA
#7 CMJ - WKKL, MA
#7 CMJ - WUMF, ME
#21 CMJ - WRST, WI
#26 CMJ - SCAD, GA
#27 CMJ - WCFM, MA
#9 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
#22 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
#29 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
#37 FMQB Submodern Top 200 Albums
#67 FMQB Submodern Top 200 Tracks
#11 KKBB Top 100 Songs
#14 KKBB Top 100 Artists
Something to Needle Over
# 1 CMJ on WRFW River Falls, WI
# 9 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
# 11 KKBB Singles
# 12 KKBB Albums
# 12 KKBB Singles
# 16 Top 200 Submodern Albums (FMQB)
# 16 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
# 18 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
# 19 CMJ on KRFP Moscow, ID
# 27 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
# 29 CMJ on WVIA Pittston, PA
# 40 CMJ on WVIA Pittston, PA


Band Members