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The Infinity Ball

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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"HIGH-ENERGY ROCK WITH A TOUCH OF PROG"

HIGH-ENERGY ROCK WITH A TOUCH OF PROG

By Don Thrasher
Contributing Writer
Dayton Daily News 08-13-10

Progressive rock is a tag often placed on Cincinnati band The Infinity Ball. However singer and guitarist Rick Reed says that label isn’t entirely accurate.

“There certainly are progressive elements, but we’re more focused on songs and melody,” he said. “Whatever fusion elements you’re going to bring in, you want to that in a way that makes sense to the song and serves the songs. The only reason we don’t like progressive is simply because it tends to be more self-involved, or at least has that connotation.”

Although he bristles at the prog-rock label, Reed does take an open-minded approach to songwriting. Infinity Ball’s debut album, “Undressed for Success,” was released in May 2009 and reveals an adventurous pop-rock act that covers a vast sonic terrain without seeming unfocused. However, it’s more akin to David Byrne than Robert Fripp.

“I like to try to explore different musical styles,” Reed said. “I try to listen to a lot of jazz and different Latin rhythms to try to create a different feel.

“I didn’t want the album to sound like the same exact style all the way through, but I definitely wanted it to rock,” he continued. “Not to sound like an ‘80s hair band or something like that, but you definitely want to be able to kick it when you want. The main thing is you’ve got to have some dynamics.”

The band, rounded out by John Stickney (guitar, vocals), John Hoerr (bass, vocals) and Tom Jansing (drums), returns to Fraze Pavilion on Wednesday, Aug. 18.

“We played at Fraze last year for the first time, and it was great,” Reed said. “We’re doing their free-concert series again this year. It was definitely a good experience. Even though the weather didn’t cooperate particularly well, everything else was fantastic.”

While Infinity Ball varied the mood on “Undressed for Success,” on stage the focus is primarily on upbeat rockers.

“We’ll play a mixture of original music and cover material,” Reed said. “A fair number of covers will be reinterpreted in a way that makes sense to sound like who we are. The original stuff is very straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll, sort of in the vein of Barenaked Ladies/LedZeppelin.

“Then people will hear some covers they’ll recognize, but are different,” he added. “And they’ll hear a substantial number of songs that are straight covers that people know. It’s just a good high energy rock ‘n’ roll show.”

- contact contributing arts and music writer Don Thrasher at donaldthrasher8@aol.com
- Dayton Daily News


"HIGH-ENERGY ROCK WITH A TOUCH OF PROG"

HIGH-ENERGY ROCK WITH A TOUCH OF PROG

By Don Thrasher
Contributing Writer
Dayton Daily News 08-13-10

Progressive rock is a tag often placed on Cincinnati band The Infinity Ball. However singer and guitarist Rick Reed says that label isn’t entirely accurate.

“There certainly are progressive elements, but we’re more focused on songs and melody,” he said. “Whatever fusion elements you’re going to bring in, you want to that in a way that makes sense to the song and serves the songs. The only reason we don’t like progressive is simply because it tends to be more self-involved, or at least has that connotation.”

Although he bristles at the prog-rock label, Reed does take an open-minded approach to songwriting. Infinity Ball’s debut album, “Undressed for Success,” was released in May 2009 and reveals an adventurous pop-rock act that covers a vast sonic terrain without seeming unfocused. However, it’s more akin to David Byrne than Robert Fripp.

“I like to try to explore different musical styles,” Reed said. “I try to listen to a lot of jazz and different Latin rhythms to try to create a different feel.

“I didn’t want the album to sound like the same exact style all the way through, but I definitely wanted it to rock,” he continued. “Not to sound like an ‘80s hair band or something like that, but you definitely want to be able to kick it when you want. The main thing is you’ve got to have some dynamics.”

The band, rounded out by John Stickney (guitar, vocals), John Hoerr (bass, vocals) and Tom Jansing (drums), returns to Fraze Pavilion on Wednesday, Aug. 18.

“We played at Fraze last year for the first time, and it was great,” Reed said. “We’re doing their free-concert series again this year. It was definitely a good experience. Even though the weather didn’t cooperate particularly well, everything else was fantastic.”

While Infinity Ball varied the mood on “Undressed for Success,” on stage the focus is primarily on upbeat rockers.

“We’ll play a mixture of original music and cover material,” Reed said. “A fair number of covers will be reinterpreted in a way that makes sense to sound like who we are. The original stuff is very straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll, sort of in the vein of Barenaked Ladies/LedZeppelin.

“Then people will hear some covers they’ll recognize, but are different,” he added. “And they’ll hear a substantial number of songs that are straight covers that people know. It’s just a good high energy rock ‘n’ roll show.”

- contact contributing arts and music writer Don Thrasher at donaldthrasher8@aol.com
- Dayton Daily News


"Band Description for Midpoint Music Festival"

Lead singer Rick Reed has a voice that channels Maynard from Tool, and the Infinity Ball's tunes are groovy, with funky melodies fused to melancholic stories. They describe their sound as infectious groove-based Rock with Jazz and Latin tonalities, plus memorable harmonies and lyrics steeped in dry humor. The band is currently recording tracks for their debut album.

Dig It: Barenaked Ladies on a lower dosage of Prozac. (DP)
- Citybeat


"Band Description for Midpoint Music Festival"

Lead singer Rick Reed has a voice that channels Maynard from Tool, and the Infinity Ball's tunes are groovy, with funky melodies fused to melancholic stories. They describe their sound as infectious groove-based Rock with Jazz and Latin tonalities, plus memorable harmonies and lyrics steeped in dry humor. The band is currently recording tracks for their debut album.

Dig It: Barenaked Ladies on a lower dosage of Prozac. (DP)
- Citybeat


Discography

Full Length CD:
Undressed For Success (2009)

Five songs of the album can be found here at Sonicbids, or listen to the entire CD at our website www.theinfinityball.com.

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The Infinity Ball came together in January 2005, and quickly gelled to create a unique, dynamic sound that fuses infectious groove-based rock with jazz and latin elements. These are tied together with memorable harmonies and lyrics steeped in dry humor. Fuse the sounds of Barenaked Ladies, Steely Dan and Led Zeppelin and you have an idea of the sound of The Infinity Ball.

We are heading into the studio in winter 2012 to record our second CD.

www.iballmusic.com
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www.theinfinityball.com