Thursday, August 13, 2015

Rock project A-Frame releases 'A-Frame' LP album

The rock project known as A-Frame have released their eponymous LP record, “A-Frame.” The record includes 13 original tracks for an approximate total listening time approaching one hour. It has been proudly published on the Nonya Entertainment independent music label without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Rolling like thunder, roaring with intensity and exceptionally well written, composed and performed, “A-Frame” is both the definitive A-Frame release and a comprehensive introduction to this startling rock crew from Arizona.

Asked to cite some artistic influences, A-Frame mention Korn, Volbeat, Queensryche, Fall Out Boy, and Young and the Giants, in that order. Elements of Korn and Queensryche shine through A-Frame's own individualistic style, which blends the bleakness of post-grunge with the expert playing and songwriting of progressive metal groups such as Dream Theater and Vanden Plas.

“A-Frame”'s self-titled LP is not genre-specific, however. Instead, it showcases the elastic songwriting and broad instrumental capabilities of the band members by freely moving throughout the spectrum of modern alternative rock music.

Also notable is A-Frame's vocal duality. Having a dedicated primary singer but also a second who often performs as lead vocalist allows the group to explore themselves in largely different overtones. These modal shifts compliment one another better than the music fan might think probable, adding texture and agility to a sonic character that is already eye-openingly unique.

The short history of the band and the long list of its members' accolades are also worth considering.

A-Frame started with Tommy Gibbons of Phoenix, AZ. Since the age of 13, Gibbons has been racking up titles, including Guitar Center Guitargeddon Best West Region Guitarist of 2003 and 2004, Phoenix College Louis Armstrong Jazz best soloist award 2012, and LA Music Awards Best Rock Guitarist of 2014. A sort of Renaissance man of rock, Gibbons is also proficient at bass, drums, banjo, violin/fiddle and other instruments. He maintains his industry-grade music studio, Kompound Studios, in Litchfield Park, AZ, where he works as a professional producer and sound engineer. Gibbons has been sponsored by companies such as KRANK Amps, Tsunami Cables, Swiss picks, Schecter guitars, Miktek Mics, Coldcock Whiskey, Dirtbag Clothing and Larson acoustic guitars.

The first addition to the band came in the form of Scott Benedict, who was introduced to Gibbons by manager Crystal Nonya. Nonya describes Benedict at the time as, “unbelievably talented yet undiscovered,” in A-Frame's current official bio. Slated at first to sing just a single track, Benedict was quickly asked to join on a more permanent basis and in a larger role.

The trio of Gibbons, Benedict and Nonya make up the tripartite “A” frame (like the hiking gear) from which the group takes their name.

Gibbons and Benedict wrote the first 13 tracks in A-Frame's repertoire and had them recorded, mastered and otherwise finished in a process that took four months from concept to completion.

10-year bass guitar vet Zane Storto followed, selected by A-Frame for “his stunning abilities, excellent work ethic and the great attitude he displayed during his auditions.” Storto replaced the bass tracks on their album with his own highly stylized playing and in this way became braided into the A-Frame sound.

Drummer Zack Sewell of Phoenix, AZ, has been called “an extremely talented and hugely sought-out beat keeper within the Phoenix area,” and is an explosive addition to an already highly volatile rock band.

“A-Frame” by A-Frame is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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