United Progressive Fraternity (UPF) is passionately committed to empowering change in the world by leading an artistic & musical movement dedicated to sustainable environmental practices as our planet is on the verge of collapse.
UPF is supported by a growing collective of international artists, musicians, producers, promoters, etc.who give freely of their time to support this critical mission to bring about a much needed change in our troubled world.
“We have said before that UPF isn’t just about being a band and making music. More than this, it is what the band and its music stand for – a message to humanity about our environment and how we can make a change to save our distressed planet. You are there with us on this journey and that is why our concept exists in the form that it does. The more people that are involved to help us, whether it be from a musical, artistic, or a networking/media, the better our success will be in this. Your commitment to our cause is tremendously valued and we really appreciate all that you do. We still have much to do and we hope that you will continue to be with us on the way and that you continue to enjoy the trip! From the comments some of you have given us, we know that you do!”
Zap Niles (a nom de plume) is not only a former professional musician, songwriter, and recording artist, having spent more than twenty-five years in the music business with five recording contracts under his belt, but is also an avid music collector. Indeed, since purchasing his first LP way back in the early ’70s, he has accumulated more than 7,000 albums. And although he enjoys quite a number of musical styles, mostly in the “Rock” genre, his all-time favorite style is Progressive Rock in all its various forms (Neo-Prog, Prog-Metal, Heavy Prog, Symphonic Prog, Eclectic-Prog, Canterbury Prog, etc.).
Zap is also a multiple award-winning author of both novels and short stories, and currently works as an editor in the publishing industry and as a freelance writer. Several years ago, deciding to combine his love of music with his writing skills, he began his “Zap Niles – Musical Musings & Album Reviews” website, where he posts his hundreds upon hundreds of album reviews and other music-related articles, as well as keeps a discography of every single album within his vast collection, along with his ratings for each of them.
As the name implies, his show, “Prog-Scure: Obscure Bands on the Prog-Rock Scene (Past & Present),” focuses on artists that either time has forgotten or current artists who still remain shamefully undiscovered or ignored by the masses. Additionally, he may also play lesser-known tracks—”B” sides, rarities, bonus songs—from popular bands on the Prog-Rock scene, or Prog-Rock music released by artists not even normally associated with the genre itself.
Concert: The Dear Hunter w/ Pathos, Pathos
Venue: The Social in Orlando, FL
The Dear Hunter have been on a national tour as the opening act for Coheed and Cambria over the last few weeks. On a few off nights, the group have scheduled a handful of headlining shows where, thankfully, they get to perform more than the standard 45 minute opening set. This night in Orlando was one of this joyous evenings. The Social in Orlando is a small club but with a perfect layout. The stage is laid out on one side of the club parallel to the bar on the other side with the rest of the open area allowing for a perfect viewing spot regardless of where you stand. Local act Pathos, Pathos gave an entertaining opening set, their music a mix of Death Cab for Cutie and Violent Femmes. At just around 9pm Casey Crescenzo and the band took to the stage.
For bands that are so impressive sonically on their studio recordings, it is often difficult to recreate the magic on stage, especially when the band is trying to do this in a club and not with a multi-million dollar PA system as you might find in an arena. That immediately is the first thing that is impressive with The Dear Hunter. Opening with the first 2 songs from their latest release, ACT V, “Regress” and “The Moon/Awake”, the band sound tremendous. All the orchestration and overlayed vocal harmonies are in place and the energy is palpable. Casey’s ability to hit each high note with ease and equal emotion, places him as one of the top voices in rock today. Each of the 6 members on stage handles his tasks brilliantly as they run through the first 9 songs, all from their last two albums, Acts IV & V.
Many fan favorites were played including tracks like “The Bitter Suite parts IV and V”, “Waves” and “The Revival” which invite the audience of nearby college goers and older fans to sing along, at times overpowering the music coming from the stage. It is not a requirement to be one of the indoctrinated to enjoy a Dear Hunter show, but it certainly is more fun. There are certain known points that fans sing or add yells and cheers, as if they know the secrets to these songs. Witnessing a young crowd enjoying such brilliance is also something that provides hope for live music. For a band that dips its toes into the Prog waters, this was certainly not a typical Prog audience of 40-60 year old males.
The band closed out the remaining 30 minutes by featuring songs from ‘The Color Spectrum’ for 4 out of the remaining 6 songs. They finished with the rockous track “This Body”, but not before segueing into the ending of “She’s So Heavy” from The Beatles. Casey Crescenzo is an amazing talent, able to write some of the most adventurous music out there today, but do not be fooled into thinking this band might not be as good in concert, because nothing could be further from the truth. Run, don’t walk to a show by The Dear Hunter and get indoctrinated as soon as possible.
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