The London based progressive rock band SYNAESTHESIA, made their U.S. debut recently at this years RoSfest at the Majestic Theatre in Gettysburg PA and did not disappoint. The Rites of Spring Festival or RoSfest is an annual progressive rock festival that takes place at the end of April or the first week of May. The 3 day festival has taken place every year since 2004 with the intent of bringing an international progressive rock festival to the United States. Progressive rock bands from around the world have played at RoSfest.
SYNAESTHESIA joins an impressive list of bands that have played throughout the years that include Caravan, The Flower Kings, Riverside, Sound Of Contact, Nektar, Renaissance, Spock’s Beard, Wishbone Ash and IQ to name a few.
SYNAESTHESIA played to a near sold out Majestic Theatre during the Sunday portion of the festival on May 3rd 2015. Most all of those in attendance have heard a lot about the band and their music (SYNAESTHESIA’s self-titled album was released in January of 2014) and were eager to see them play live.
The band had an awesome set and really did surprise all of those who were on hand for their first show here in the States. The highlight of the show had to be their 22 minute epic “Time, tension & Intervention” which just happens to be the first track on their new album. Their performance had earned them a very well deserved standing ovation and most all of those attendance waited patiently in line after the show to meet the band during their autograph session.
SYNAESTHESIA came together in 2012 with Adam Warne (keyboards and vocals), Samuel Higgins (guitars and vocals), Robin Johnson (drums), Peter Episcopo (bass guitar and vocals) from Italy and Joey Frevola (guitars) from the U.S. They recently signed a record deal with G.E.P. in the U.K. and signed a management deal with Graham Collins and his company AAUK Management.
Graham has worked with the best in the business that includes Phil Collins, Simon Collins, Peter Gabriel, Alan Parsons, Art Garfunkel, Goo Goo Dolls, Steve Hackett, Oasis and many more. They have had a very successful 2014/2015 so far having opened for Marillion, IQ and Anathema. They have also been nominated for the “Limelight’ Award (Best New Band) at the Progressive Music Awards held each year in the UK.
During the week leading up to their show (4/30 and 5/1), I met up with the band and Graham Collins in NYC for a photo shoot. We visited the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge first before heading over to Rockefeller Center (Top of the Rock) for some great views of Manhattan and Central Park. The following day we found ourselves at S.I.R. Studios for a day of rehearsals. We parted ways after the rehearsals and met again the day of the show on May 3rd. After a very successful show on Sunday, we headed to Washington DC for another day of pictures before the guys returned to London.
I must say, I left very impressed with both their music and their friendship. I am thankful to my friend Graham Collins for considering me with this assignment. I am glad I did not miss this one. SYNAESTHESIA is back in the studio this May and will be back on tour this fall for Spock’s Beard in Europe. I am looking forward to their next visit to the States.
Here is a look at the setlist from RoSfest…
TECHNOLOGY KILLED THE KIDS (Part II)
THE LAMB, THE BADGER AND THE BEE
TIME, TENSION & INTERVENTION
TECHNOLOGY KILLED THE KIDS
LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT