Thank You Scientist

Thank You Scientist

For the uninitiated, Thank You Scientist was forged from the music program at Montclair State University in New Jersey when guitarist Tom Monda met saxophonist Ellis Jasenovic and trumpeter Andrew Digrius. The three bonded over their love for Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Beatles and Harry Nilsson. Those influences would become the seeds for what Thank You Scientist would evolve into today.

With the addition of vocalist Salvatore Marrano, bassist Greg Colacino, drummer Odin Alvarez and violinist Ben Karas, Thank You Scientist’s lineup of virtuoso musicians was complete. The band would go on to self-release an EP, The Perils of Time Travel, in 2011 followed by their debut full-length, Maps of Non-Existent Places, in 2012, which caught the ear of Sanchez, a fellow purveyor of progressive stylings, and led to his signing of the band.

To pinpoint Thank You Scientist’s sound would be inconceivable. On Maps of Non-Existent Places they hold a virtual master class on musicianship, fusing elements of progressive rock with jazz fusion, classical, metal, psychedelic and pop for a head spinning, mind-blowing listening experience. The seven-piece band, who collectively play some 20 instruments, boasts a hyper-composed sound which is indebted to their experience and formal training in both classical and jazz idioms.

A Frank Zappa for the indie generation? Incubus jamming with the Mahavishnu Orchestra? Mr. Bungle and Steely Dan joining forces to fight Godzilla? King Crimson and the Brecker Brothers serenading you at your bedside? It all seems so strange on paper, yet it’s sure to satisfy your ears in the best of ways.

THE MEAT
Kindo (The Reign Of Kindo) has become one of the most unlikely phenomenons to infiltrate the modern music world. Almost ten years since their debut EP hit #5 on the Billboard Middle Atlantic Heatseekers chart in 2007, this band has only just begun to emerge from their decade-long journey from rags to... better rags with resumes. In an industry where big money and privilege can buy you radio play, TV appearances and audience, Kindo managed to rack up over 3 million views on youtube, over 2.5 Million Spotify plays, & Sell over 30,000 records across the globe, all without the help of any major label. It has become evident, theirs is the sort of sound that so many music lovers are eager to discover and enjoy.

The band has become prolific in recent days; writing and producing a brand new song every month since late 2016. These efforts are made possible by a continually impressive showing of support from their most devoted fans on Patreon. (Patreon.com/thereignofkindo) Patrons receive a brand new song each month, at least a year before it is compiled onto an album to be released in the marketplace. They are currently set to release their 4th full length, 'Happy However After' in April of 2018. The new body of work is a continued exploration of neo-soul, post-rock, R&B as well as the next chapter in the story of their unique blend of sounds.

It's worth noting that every Kindo track since 2006 has been produced in-house by the band, engineered & mixed by frontman, Joey Secchiaroli. This allows the band to create without compromise. The music is made solely with the band & it's fans in mind.

Most recently the band has been re-joined by their founding keyboardist, Kelly Sciandra. The collaboration between Sciandra & Pizzarro on keys will give birth to a new era in their musical journey.

THE POTATOES
Kindo's sound can be heady and refined like contemporary jazz, but not without the grit and backbone grooves of rock riffs and and pop vocals.

It is driven by jazz-influenced piano & keys (Robert Glasper meets Hiromi, meets Dave Brubeck), in a body of polyrhythmic - rock 'n groove drums (Mutemath meets Pat Metheny Group meets Radiohead), sophisticated blues rock bass grooves (Pino Palladino meets Stone Temple Pilots) and an expressive but pop-sensible vocalist (Justin Timberlake with Jamie Cullum & Jeff Buckley tendencies). Not to mention a supporting cast of guitars that make sure to span the gamut of genre bending that each song calls for. (Too many different artists to reference efficiently. Not that a bio this long could be considered efficient by any means, but you get the point.)

It is Piano-Driven Alt-Jazz, and keeps the mistress of Latin and R & B close by its side. It's members can shift and change, but it's sonic mantra remains. It is a musical playground.

THE GRAVY
In 2006, the band released TROK-EP, as well as their debut full length - Rhythm, Chord & Melody on OneEleven Records (owned by former 90's boy band member, Brad Fischetti of LFO). Not long afterwards, Rob Poland released the band's latest two full lengths, as well as two 8-bit remix albums (remixed by the bands own Steven Padin & Mike Carroll) on his internet-famed instrumental guitar label, Candy Rat Records. The band has sold out venues across the globe in places like Tokyo, Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paulo, NYC & Los Angeles. They've shared the stage and the road with a wide variety of world-class artists such as Andy McKee, Cynic, Paul D'Amour of TOOL and his band 'Lesser Key', Scale The Summit, MONO, as well as Matthew Santos (who wrote and sang hooks for Lupe Fiasco), just to name a few.

From the band's humble blue-collar beginnings in the rust belt town of Buffalo, NY, Joey Secchiaroli (Vocals & Guitar), Jeffrey Jarvis (Bass) & Steven Padin (Drums) have since made the difficult move to NYC where they now produce music professionally, and tour internationally with Multi-platinum artists (Vertical Horizon, Gin Wigmore). Additionally, Joey does the music scoring and sound design for Michael Bay's new graphic novel company '451 Media', and is the Director of Audio & Music at End Of Era Studios in Midtown, Manhattan. Danny Pizarro (Piano & Keys) is an actual real life hero serving as a Buffalo firefighter. Every day he puts his very life on the line to save countless civilians from gunshot-wounds to drug-overdoses, to blazing infernos. When he's not putting out fires, he's producing artists and is the music director at his father's church. GC (Geraldo Castillo) holds down all things percussive and is one of the most sought after percussionists in the Buffalo area. The NYC trio (Joey, Steve & Jeffrey) met the latest member of the band and Brooklynite, John Baab (guitar) shortly after their move to the metropolitan music mecca. Johnny performs professionally all over NYC as well as the globe with a wide variety of world class musicians.

SAWCE is an instrumental progressive/math rock band from New Jersey. Their sound is influenced by many artists such as CHON, Polyphia, Vasudeva, Washed Out, Toro Y Moi, The Fall of Troy, The Contortionist and countless others. SAWCE just wants to have fun and make fun music.

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