Our new album, Prufrock
You may be asking yourself, "What is this all about?" or "What is a Prufrock?"
Prufrock is shorthand for the T. S. Eliot poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, written way back in the early 1900s. Tony came up with the idea of setting Prufrock to music way back before we had bald spots in the middle of our heads (and then some), and actually even before we released our first album, At The Door in 1984. In fact, some of the basic tracks on this album were actually recorded at the same sessions as that album! For a variety of reasons, the project was put on the back burner, but it seemed the perfect piece to bring to life all these years later, in Heresy's first new album since 1989.
Despite origins dating back to the last century, this is very much a new work. Having made the decision in 2015 to revisit Prufrock, numerous tracks have been newly written or substantially altered for the album's release. For an example of the latter, compare "Mermaids" to the song "Take Me Home" on our 1989 A Far Cry CD. That piece of Prufrock had been re-purposed for that album, but the newly re-written version appearing here is musically quite different (the rhythms remain, but the chords and melodies have taken a more melancholy turn).
Assembling the entire work was an interesting process... deciding what to keep from the early version, what to build on, what to change, what to throw out and replace completely. In the end, while it took decades to realize the concept, we feel it actually ended up quite a bit better than what we would have done at the time. And part of that is also due to the additional musicians who subsequently brought their own unique talents to the project, so we offer them our thanks again!
Something else that changed over the years was the discovery of an unpublished "lost" section of the poem, which T.S. Eliot deleted from the original manuscript. That has been set to music as well. However, those Prufrock fans who would consider it "heresy" to listen to the poem with anything other than its original words can skip track 7. (But do give it a listen some time…)
Tony has more to say on the topic of the poem and its author, which you can find here.
Tony Garone - vocals, guitars
Scott Harris - keyboards, vocals
John Sergio - bass, mandolin, flute (track 4, bonus tracks)
Chris Camilleri - drums (except tracks 7 and opening section of 16), vocals
and on electric guitar:
Ed Clark (tracks 5, 14, 15, 18, 19, 23)
Dave Kaelin (tracks 3, 4, 6, 11)
Joaquin Lievano (tracks 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16; add'l guitar on 5)
Billy Brown (add'l guitar on track 23)
Steve Vai (tracks 20, 22)
with (tracks 1-16):
Jason Brower - drums (tracks 7 and opening section of 16)
Max Darche - trumpet
Andrea Ekezian - additional vocals
Alan Lin - violin
Christiano Lourenco - spoken word introduction
Joe Meo - saxes and flute
and Ann Marie Garone - additional vocals, track 17
Tracks 1-16 produced by John Sergio
Bonus tracks produced by John Sergio, Scott Harris, Chris Camilleri
Additional engineering by Billy Brown, Don Casale, Mark Unger