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Theatrical Art Rock
There's not a lot of Canadian rock artists around who are willing to take risks like WILTON SAID.... While many bands follow the tried boring alternative/grunge or punk-pop trend, WILTON SAID... (lyricist, composer, vox, keys), and his band consisting of Guitarist Chris Reid, Bassist Andrew Buntain and Drummer Richard Rizzo create their own style independent from the masses using theatrical, complex and progressive rock elements. The current CD titled "The Butterfly Plague" which delivers an assault of psychotic mood swings, time changes, and perversely intriguing lyrics is indeed a risk, but an artistic one, in this age of safe cookie cutter rock and pop.
Listening to "The Butterfly Plague", one can't help notice the influences which helped shape WILTON SAID...s writing, Kate Bush, Andrew Lloyd Webber's and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar, Queen, Genesis, Supertramp, Radiohead, Marillion to name a few. While some of these influences may be rooted in the Progressive Rock style, WILTON SAID...'s "The Butterfly Plague" manages to sound fresh, vibrant, edgy and relevant. This is partly due to his band members who, while also having an appreciation for the above artists, manage to incorporate additional edgy influences into the instrumentation such as Garbage, Tool, and Dream Theater.
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