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Jason Bieler shares 5 of his favorite prog songs

Jason Bieler (not Bieber) & The Baron Von Bielski Orchestra are currently in the studio recording the follow up to the critically acclaimed debut “Songs For The Apocalypse” set for an early 2022 release, with a single expected to drop this fall. Here Jason tells us about some of his favorite prog rock songs.

Genesis – SquonkI have a circuitous route to discovering classic prog. As a kid, I was more aware of the Genesis Phil Collins mega-hits with just a smattering of the Lamb Lies Down tunes with Gabriel. I was fascinated by the fact that while obviously more complex compositionally Genesis was still first and foremost writing actual songs. Sometimes these bands seemed more interested in getting together and solving complex math problems or in purposefully making things difficult rather than songwriting…Genesis managed to do both. New fan, first-time caller!

King Crimson – Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part 1)Robert Fripp was always a guy I felt compelled to say nice things about publicly yet I was completely unexposed to his actual playing. Like Radiohead…it is just accepted that at posh music cocktail parties you must simply nod in agreement when one nearby muso says…”did you hear the new Radiohead remix by the ambient hemp farmer from Lapland…it is transcendent!!!” So in my late to the party style, I was forced to learn this tune for reasons that cannot be divulged at this time…(top-secret government stuff.) Imagine my delight when having never played in a cover band in my life I was charged with learning this piece. My joy can be best summarized like this:

“What Mr.Fripp did was very spiteful, but it was also very brave and very honest and I respect him for doing that. But the content of what he played has made me hate him. So there’s a layer of respect, admittedly, for his brilliant achievement, but it’s peppered with hate.”

Haken – Cockroach KingLOVE this band from the first second that I heard them, this tune just floored me, it has elements of Queen, Jazz, prog, rock…but it all felt real, and made sense rather than “look at what we can play.” At the end of the day for me…it has to be song first, then the technical boundary-pushing stuff. Rare is the band that can do both! Viva La Haken!

Devin Townsend – EvermoreThere are so many things I love about Devin, not the least of which is his fearless sense of adventure which could also just be a blatant disregard for giving a crap about what anyone else thinks…either way he is like the Lewis & Clark of sonic exploration if there was only one of them…so maybe we’ll call him the Sir Edmund Hillary of modern compositional travels! All that, plus he is a delightfully kind person and was beyond helpful to me more than a few times. So technically I could be thought of as the Tenzing Norgay to his Sir Edmund, yes yes! The Tenzing of Pseudo Prog! The catalog of his achievements is vast and diverse and fearless…this is just a brilliant tune from Empath…dig deep there is a world in there!

Jason Bieler – Annalise  – As the self-proclaimed King Of Prog I would be remiss if I did not mention this peppy number from my new record Songs For The Apocalypse…I still have no idea what the actual time signature is, so to increase my prog street cred I think I will proclaim it to be “polyrhythm.” I have always felt that my undeniable good looks have made it harder to be taken seriously as a new world prog composer…which is why I now feature a VIP package that offers Dungeons & Dragons playtime with the crew. While touring I exclusively travel in a Saruman The White costume, and all support personnel are instructed to choose and dress as a Tolkien character during our cosplay after parties.

‘Song for the Apocalypse’ showcased a diverse array of styles with Bieler working with an eclectic group of musical friends including some notable prog rock names, such as Todd LaTorre (Queensrÿche), Devin Townsend, Bumblefoot (Sons of Apollo), Pat Badger (Extreme), Butch Walker (ex-Marvelous 3), Dave Ellefson, Clint Lowery (Sevendust), Benji Webbe (Skindred), Kyle Sanders (Hellyeah) and more.

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Jason Bieler working on follow-up to ‘Songs for the Apocalypse’

Jason Bieler (not Bieber) & The Baron Von Bielski Orchestra are currently in the studio recording the follow up to the critically acclaimed debut “Songs For The Apocalypse” set for an early 2022 release, with a single expected to drop this fall.
‘Apocalypse’ showcased a diverse array of styles with Bieler working with an eclectic group of musical friends including some notable prog rock names, such as Todd LaTorre (Queensrÿche), Devin Townsend, Bumblefoot (Sons of Apollo), Pat Badger (Extreme), Butch Walker (ex-Marvelous 3), ,Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), Clint Lowery (Sevendust), Benji Webbe (Skindred), Kyle Sanders (Hellyeah) and more.

Jason checked in with the following update.

“I’m in the process of creating an even more adventurous hook-laden record that will hopefully be worthy of your fractured attention and earn repeated deep dives without causing a case of the bends. Music you can listen to with friends while drinking the blood of infants at posh parties of the Hollywood elite like George Clooney or Oprah. The kind of music that subliminally suggests that your annoying racist neighbor would make a great candidate for a human sacrifice…but also gently reminds you of your fear of forced prison sex and in doing so keeps you from committing the actual deed. So very much like Harry Style’s “Watermelon Sugar.”

Regarding “Songs For The Apocalypse” success he added;
“To be honest I had no expectations or delusions of grandeur with Songs For The Apocalypse so the success and worldwide acceptance caught me a bit off guard. Now I even have a stalker, hanging out at the end of my driveway almost every day at nearly the same time…my family keeps telling me it’s just the amazon prime guy…but I think we all know better. Fame can be a fickle bitch. #puffywasright”

Jason will also be doing a handful of dates alongside legendary interpretive dance icon Jeff Scott Soto this October. A full tour by The Baron Von Bielski Orchestra is expected in early 2022.

Jason Bieler & Jeff Scott Soto:
9/30 Bluffton SC – The Roasting Room
10/1 Atlanta GA – 37 Main Avondale
10/8 Boca Raton FL – The Funky Biscuit TKTS – https://bit.ly/3seQudp
10/9 Tampa FL – The Attic Ybor TKTS – https://bit.ly/3dRBf4U
10/16 Chicago – Reggies TKTS – https://bit.ly/3wP2dTv

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Jason Bieler and The Baron Von Bielski Orchestra – Songs For The Apocalypse (Album Review)

Not one to normally travel in the world of prog, rocker Jason Bieler, known for his time as guitarist/singer and songwriter for 90s rock band Saigon Kick has created an album that is perfectly titled for these times in ‘Songs For The Apocalypse.” Listed under the moniker Jason Bieler and The Baron Von Bielski Orchestra, the album presents a diverse array of styles and finds Bieler working with an eclectic group of musical friends including some notable prog rock names, such as Todd LaTorre (Queensrÿche), Devin Townsend, Bumblefoot (Sons of Apollo), Pat Badger (Extreme), Butch Walker (ex-Marvelous 3), ,Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), Clint Lowery (Sevendust), Benji Webbe (Skindred), Kyle Sanders (Hellyeah) and more.

It is hard to know what to expect going in.  Bieler has always been an eclectic artist going back to the early Saigon Kick albums like platinum selling The Lizard and the extremely diverse Water, their last on Atlantic Records.  Since that time, Bieler has run a successful record label, putting out albums from bands like Karnivool, Sikth, and Nonpoint, as well as releasing more than 100 songs of various styles on streaming platforms.  But this is his first official solo album, and it is a quite impressive outing.

Fans of classic Saigon Kick will immediately recognize Bieler’s style in the main opening track and first single “Apology”, a powerful, heavy track with the catchy chorus filled with his unique harmony style.  There could not be a better track to kick off the festivities.  The next track, “Bring Out Your Dead,” gets even more aggressive and features an unexpected solo by Devin Townsend, not known for guesting on many albums.

From here is where things really get interesting.  “Annalise” is a completely strange yet captivating track that channels Beiler’s inner prog musician.  The various time signatures of the drums, guitars, and vocals, all playing off each at once shouldn’t make sense, but it completely does.  This is one of the highlights on the record and as a listener, you can’t help but think, what might be next?

You have three rock tracks up next. “Stones Will Fly” enters Foo Fighters territory with the drums heavy on toms, building towards a grungy chorus, “Down In A Hole” a darker entry with a latin-groove breakdown, while “Anthem for Losers” is a fist-pumping arena rock jam.  But, the next few tracks that follow are completely different.”Horror Wobbles The Hippo” is a dark instrumental with some great guitar work, “Beyond Hope” contains a reggae-style rap, while “Crab Claw Don” is half circus anthem and half gorgeous ballad.

“Born in the Sun” reintroduces the heavy guitars with a riff that would work on a Dream Theater track. “Alone in the World” is pure Saigon Kick with the signature tom-tom drums and vocal harmonies. The last full track “Very Fine People” is a sarcastic acoustic ballad where Bieler sings “We all need love, we all see who you are.”

This is a completely fun, interesting, and entertaining album that is heavy, melodic, and diverse.  It is a great reminder to Saigon Kick fans why that was one of the 90s most underrated bands. Welcome back Mr. Bieler. Highly recommended.

Released on Jan 22nd, 2021 on Frontiers Music

Key Tracks: Apology, Bring Out Your Dead, Annalise, Born of the Sun

Tracklist:
1. Never Ending Circle
2. Apology
3. Bring Out Your Dead
4. Annalise
5. Stones Will Fly
6. Down In A Hole
7. Anthem For Losers
8. Horror Wobbles The Hippo
9. Beyond Hope
10. Crab Claw Dan
11. Born Of The Sun
12. Baby Driver
13. Alone In The World
14. Very Fine People
15. Fkswyso

https://orcd.co/jasonbieler

Line-up:
All instruments and vocals by Jason Bieler unless listed otherwise below:

Apology
Drums: Todd LaTorre
Bass: Kevin Scott
Solos: Andee Blacksugar

Bring Out Your Dead
Drums: Edu Cominato
Bass: David Ellefson
Solo: Devin Townsend

Annalise:
Bass: Kevin Scott

Stones Will Fly:
Drums: Ricky Sanders
Bass: Pat Badger
Solo and extra guitars: Butch Walker

Down In A Hole:
Drums: Edu Cominato
Bass: Kyle Sanders
Extra Guitars: Stephen Gibb

Anthem For Losers
Drums: Ricky Sanders
Bass, Piano, Guitar Twanging: Clay Cook

Horror Wobbles The Hippo:
Extra guitars solos and soundscapes: Emil Werstler

Beyond Hope
Guest Vocals: Benji Webbe
Drums: Ricky Sanders
Bass: David Ellefson
Solo: Bumblefoot

Born Of The Sun:
Drums: Edu Cominato
Bass: Kyle Sanders
Solo: Clint Lowery

Alone In The World:
Drums: Ricky Sanders
Guest Vocals: Jeff Scott Soto

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Jason Bieler Interview – Songs for the Apocalypse

Not one to normally travel in the world of prog, rocker Jason Bieler is set to release his new solo album, “Songs For The Apocalypse,” under the moniker Jason Bieler and The Baron Von Bielski Orchestra, on January 22, 2021 on CD/LP/Digital. The album presents a diverse array of styles and finds Bieler working with an eclectic group of musical friends including some notable prog rock names, such as Todd LaTorre (Queensrÿche), Devin Townsend, Bumblefoot (Sons of Apollo), Pat Badger (Extreme), Butch Walker (ex-Marvelous 3), ,Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), Clint Lowery (Sevendust), Benji Webbe (Skindred), Kyle Sanders (Hellyeah) and more. A full list of musical cohorts can be found below.  For those not familiar with Jason Bieler, he is the guitarist/vocalist/producer of the band Saigon Kick.  Yes, the band that had the hit “Love Is On the Way”.

Here Jason joins the podcast to talk about his new solo album Songs for the Apocalypse which features guests like Devin Townsend, Bumblefoot, Todd La Torre and others. We also talk about his long career as a member of Saigon Kick, owning his own record label, and more.

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Pre-order/save the album HERE: https://orcd.co/jasonbieler

Tracklist:
1. Never Ending Circle
2. Apology
3. Bring Out Your Dead
4. Annalise
5. Stones Will Fly
6. Down In A Hole
7. Anthem For Losers
8. Horror Wobbles The Hippo
9. Beyond Hope
10. Crab Claw Dan
11. Born Of The Sun
12. Baby Driver
13. Alone In The World
14. Very Fine People
15. Fkswyso

Line-up:
All instruments and vocals by Jason Bieler unless listed otherwise below:

Apology
Drums: Todd LaTorre
Bass: Kevin Scott
Solos: Andee Blacksugar

Bring Out Your Dead
Drums: Edu Cominato
Bass: David Ellefson
Solo: Devin Townsend

Annalise:
Bass: Kevin Scott

Stones Will Fly, My Only Hope:
Drums: Ricky Sanders
Bass: Pat Badger
Solo and extra guitars: Butch Walker

Down In A Hole:
Drums: Edu Cominato
Bass: Kyle Sanders
Extra Guitars: Stephen Gibb

Anthem For Losers
Drums: Ricky Sanders
Bass, Piano, Guitar Twanging: Clay Cook

Horror Wobbles The Hippo:
Extra guitars solos and soundscapes: Emil Werstler

Beyond Hope
Guest Vocals: Benji Webbe
Drums: Ricky Sanders
Bass: David Ellefson
Solo: Bumblefoot

Born Of The Sun:
Drums: Edu Cominato
Bass: Kyle Sanders
Solo: Clint Lowery

Alone In The World:
Drums: Ricky Sanders
Guest Vocals: Jeff Scott Soto

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Jason Bieler releases single “Bring Out Your Dead” feat. Devin Townsend and Dave Ellefson

Not one to normally travel in the world of prog, rocker Jason Bieler is set to release his new solo album, “Songs For The Apocalypse,” under the moniker Jason Bieler and The Baron Von Bielski Orchestra, on January 22, 2021 on CD/LP/Digital. The album presents a diverse array of styles and finds Bieler working with an eclectic group of musical friends including some notable prog rock names, such as Todd LaTorre (Queensrÿche), Devin Townsend, Bumblefoot (Sons of Apollo), Pat Badger (Extreme), Butch Walker (ex-Marvelous 3), ,Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), Clint Lowery (Sevendust), Benji Webbe (Skindred), Kyle Sanders (Hellyeah) and more. A full list of musical cohorts can be found below.  For those not familiar with Jason Bieler, he is the guitarist/vocalist/producer of the band Saigon Kick.  Yes, the band that had the hit “Love Is On the Way”.

Today, Bieler has released the new song ‘Bring Out Your Dead’ featuring David Ellefson (Megadeth), Devin Townsend, and Edu Cominato (SOTO, Jeff Scott Soto).

“As someone who tends to avoid guest appearances, I had to make an exception for the hyper-snuggly Jason Bieler as a direct result of a show he played in Vancouver I saw when I was 18 that I found super inspiring. Its my honor to be involved with such a snuggly, talented dude. =)” – Devin Townsend

“Jason Bieler is the modern-day Frank Zappa of our time. This record shows incredible diversity, melodies for days and an incredibly sophisticated view of the world through the eccentric lyrics and music of Mr Bieler. This record took me to new musical voyages I had never before explored and for that alone I’m thankful for the privilege of playing on this album.” – David Ellefson (Megadeth/Ellefson)

 

Pre-order/save the album HERE: https://orcd.co/jasonbieler

Tracklist:
1. Never Ending Circle
2. Apology
3. Bring Out Your Dead
4. Annalise
5. Stones Will Fly
6. Down In A Hole
7. Anthem For Losers
8. Horror Wobbles The Hippo
9. Beyond Hope
10. Crab Claw Dan
11. Born Of The Sun
12. Baby Driver
13. Alone In The World
14. Very Fine People
15. Fkswyso

Line-up:
All instruments and vocals by Jason Bieler unless listed otherwise below:

Apology
Drums: Todd LaTorre
Bass: Kevin Scott
Solos: Andee Blacksugar

Bring Out Your Dead
Drums: Edu Cominato
Bass: David Ellefson
Solo: Devin Townsend

Annalise:
Bass: Kevin Scott

Stones Will Fly, My Only Hope:
Drums: Ricky Sanders
Bass: Pat Badger
Solo and extra guitars: Butch Walker

Down In A Hole:
Drums: Edu Cominato
Bass: Kyle Sanders
Extra Guitars: Stephen Gibb

Anthem For Losers
Drums: Ricky Sanders
Bass, Piano, Guitar Twanging: Clay Cook

Horror Wobbles The Hippo:
Extra guitars solos and soundscapes: Emil Werstler

Beyond Hope
Guest Vocals: Benji Webbe
Drums: Ricky Sanders
Bass: David Ellefson
Solo: Bumblefoot

Born Of The Sun:
Drums: Edu Cominato
Bass: Kyle Sanders
Solo: Clint Lowery

Alone In The World:
Drums: Ricky Sanders
Guest Vocals: Jeff Scott Soto

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Album review: ELLEFSON – No Cover

ELLEFSON - No CoverCombat Records/earMUSIC [Release date 20.11.20] Ellefson, the solo band of Megadeth bassist and co-founder David Ellefson, have a double album of covers for your enjoyment. Even the cover artwork is a homage to Def Leppard’s ‘On Through The Night’ album … Continue reading

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Jason Bieler releases single “Apology” feat. Todd La Torre on drums from upcoming solo record

Not one to normally travel in the world of prog, rocker Jason Bieler is set to release his new solo album, “Songs For The Apocalypse,” under the moniker Jason Bieler and The Baron Von Bielski Orchestra, on January 22, 2021 on CD/LP/Digital. The album presents a diverse array of styles and finds Bieler working with an eclectic group of musical friends including some notable prog rock names, such as Todd LaTorre (Queensrÿche), Devin Townsend, Bumblefoot (Sons of Apollo), Pat Badger (Extreme), Butch Walker (ex-Marvelous 3), ,Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), Clint Lowery (Sevendust), Benji Webbe (Skindred), Kyle Sanders (Hellyeah) and more. A full list of musical cohorts can be found below.  For those not familiar with Jason Bieler, he is the guitarist/vocalist/producer of the band Saigon Kick.  Yes, the band that had the hit “Love Is On the Way”.

The first single and video, ‘Apology’ features Todd LaTorre (Queensrÿche) on drums, Kevin Scott on bass, and a guest guitar solo from Andee Blacksugar (KMFDM), with Bieler handling lead vocals and all other instruments.

Watch the video for ‘Apology’ HERE:

Pre-order/save the album HERE: https://orcd.co/jasonbieler

Tracklist:
1. Never Ending Circle
2. Apology
3. Bring Out Your Dead
4. Annalise
5. Stones Will Fly
6. Down In A Hole
7. Anthem For Losers
8. Horror Wobbles The Hippo
9. Beyond Hope
10. Crab Claw Dan
11. Born Of The Sun
12. Baby Driver
13. Alone In The World
14. Very Fine People
15. Fkswyso

Line-up:
All instruments and vocals by Jason Bieler unless listed otherwise below:

Apology
Drums: Todd LaTorre
Bass: Kevin Scott
Solos: Andee Blacksugar

Bring Out Your Dead
Drums: Edu Cominato
Bass: David Ellefson
Solo: Devin Townsend

Annalise:
Bass: Kevin Scott

Stones Will Fly, My Only Hope:
Drums: Ricky Sanders
Bass: Pat Badger
Solo and extra guitars: Butch Walker

Down In A Hole:
Drums: Edu Cominato
Bass: Kyle Sanders
Extra Guitars: Stephen Gibb

Anthem For Losers
Drums: Ricky Sanders
Bass, Piano, Guitar Twanging: Clay Cook

Horror Wobbles The Hippo:
Extra guitars solos and soundscapes: Emil Werstler

Beyond Hope
Guest Vocals: Benji Webbe
Drums: Ricky Sanders
Bass: David Ellefson
Solo: Bumblefoot

Born Of The Sun:
Drums: Edu Cominato
Bass: Kyle Sanders
Solo: Clint Lowery

Alone In The World:
Drums: Ricky Sanders
Guest Vocals: Jeff Scott Soto

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