Formed in 2006 and comprised of lead
vocalist Dave Solar, keyboardist Tim
Swanson, bassist Mark Vasquez, guitarist Dan
Figurell and drummer Phil Goodrich, Ideamen
made their recorded debut with a strong
five-song EP called "Progress." Now, they've
followed that up with an even more melodic,
precisely arranged and gleefully inventive
album entitled "May You Live in Interesting
Times," to be released next week by the Los
Angeles indie label Rotten Records.
If the vocals can become a bit helium-squeaky at times--hardly a new problem in prog (see also: Jon Anderson of Yes and the guys in Supertramp)--the melodies and rhythms are powerful enough to hold your interest through all the time changes and unexpected detours.
These sounds can be sampled online at www.myspace.com/ideamen, you can read more about the group at www.iloveideamen.com and you can catch it onstage at the Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, during a combination CD release show and Halloween Extravaganza starting at 8 p.m. on Oct. 30.