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3rdegree - 2012 The Long Division

ARTIST: 3rdegree
ALBUM: The Long Division
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2012


LINEUP: George Dobbs - Lead vocals, keyboards * Eric Pseja, Patrick Kliesch - guitars, backing vocals * Robert James Pashman - bass, keyboards, backing vocals * Aaron Nobel - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 You're Fooling Yourselves * 02 Exit Strategy * 03 The Soci-Economic Petri Dish * 04 Incoherent Ramblings * 05 The Ones To Follow * 06 A Work Of Art * 07 Televised * 08 The Millions Of Last Moments * 09 Memetic Pandemic * 10 A Nihilist's Love Song



New Jersey prog band 3rdegree has been around for some time although up to this point I've shamefully ignored their output until the good folks at progressive distributor Kinesis recently listed the band's new offering 'The Long Division' with the following description and I quote: 'The music is drawn from 1970s influences such as City Boy, Genesis, Crack The Sky, Greenslade and Utopia'. Yeah, the short list of some of my favourite bands and that's all I needed. Quicker than you can say '' I yanked out the credit card and gave these Garden State boys a shot, oh and bonus, the full colour digi-pack cover is very reminiscent of Crack The Sky's 'Animal Notes' album.. how cool is that!

The Songs
Nice and yet despite my ga-ga goo-goo love affair with late 1970's prog and 3rdegee potentially being the new saviors of 'real music'; in an era of melancholy post rock progressives and metal happy Dream Theater wannabes, my expectations prior to removing the shrink wrap were not very high and indeed it took a few plays of 'The Long Division' to really warm to it. Production wise, it definitely has that familiar feel and the mastering by Dennis Drake whose credits include the 1990 Rush compilation 'Chronicles' only adds to the fun. Lead-off track 'You're Fooling Yourself' has all the influences Kinesis mentioned, a solid tune that's both catchy and complex and perhaps the best cut on the disc. Follow-up 'Exit Strategy' has a vaguely Greenslade feel, in particular the voice of George Dobbs who sounds at times like Dave Lawson although if I have one quibble it's the political undercurrent running through the disc. Not too heavy-handed, but we all know the system is a mess, Banks are running the show and the little guy is getting screwed and unless you are Neil Young or an Occupy Busker, I'm of the strong opinion politics should be kept out of music. That said, songs like the City Boy styled 'The Soci-Economic Petri Dish' are immensely enjoyable and while the 70's timeframe is on full display it's not all a nostalgia trip as there are a few modern rock influences and jazzy touches scattered about not forgetting 'A Trick Of The Tail' indebted 'Memetic Pandemic' which is the cherry on top of one of the best prog albums of the year - so far.

In Summary
This is the 3rdegree's first studio release in five years and apparently they don't play live very often. Hard to say if they will take this sound further on their next disc, if there is one but 'The Long Division' is a good sign that progressive rock with stylistic ties to the more accessible side of the golden era is very much alive and well and 3rdegree are in the thick of it.

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#1 | gdazegod on July 22 2012 07:36:49
Love the promo vid!
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#2 | gdazegod on July 22 2012 07:38:06
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