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October 8, 2011

Soundsphere’s review of “All Your Heroes Become Villains”

The fourth studio album by itinerant project Ed Hale And The Transcendence brings together new contributors and a collection of songs intertwining the talents and influences gathered together. The album opener offers uplifting soul vocals accompanied by a blissful piano and trumpet melody which ebbs and flows during the eleven tracks. Intermittent phrases of dialogue, another recurring motif carried throughout, consolidate a cinematic feel of the LP as the prelude segues into the next.

‘Here It Comes’ is the track infused most with the spirit of Britpop; the anthemic instrumentation, the rousing chorus and the soaring strings all present and correct. Hallmark elements of the Britpop sound also surface in ‘Solaris’, where Hale’s vocals, carried along by jaunty acoustic guitar chords, echo Bono and Alex Kapranos in parts; ‘After Tomorrow’, seven minutes in length, apes the likes of the mellow vibes and extended outro of ‘Champagne Supernova’ and the close backing harmonies of ‘Hey Jude’.

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August 30, 2011

Release Date Finally Announced For New Ed Hale and the Transcendence Album

 While Transcendence singer/guitarist Ed Hale continues to hole up in the recording studio with other band members working on his next upcoming solo album, Dying Van Gogh Records finally announced a formal release date for the long awaited new album from the band, the much anticipated concept album entitled All Your Heroes Become Villains. The band’s last official release was 2009’s The City of Lost Children, but it was a b-sides and rarities collection. Their last album of new material was 2005’s classic Nothing Is Cohesive, considered by many to be the group’s best album to date.

But the band and its record label hope to change that. The All Your Heroes.. album is by far the most commercial, provocative and ambitious collection of songs the band has ever assembled. From start to finish the album took over four years to record, with most of the band members working straight through the night for often days at a time. Recorded in Miami, Florida at both Hit Factory Studios and Dungeon Recording Studios, the album was produced by Fred Freeman (Dashboard Confessional, New Found Glory) who also produced the band’s second album Sleep With You. Freeman purportedly worked the band tirelessly to obtain the best performances out of them. Lead singer/guitarist and chief songwriter Ed Hale felt that the time was right for the band to expand beyond albums that were mere collections of songs and instead attempt something more thematically cohesive and structured.

What came out of the process is the heaviest, deepest and darkest album the band has ever created, eleven mini-rock operas featuring a wide variety of instrumentation that take a sledge hammer to the band’s trademark Brit-pop sound and turn it into a whole new beast entirely. With song titles such as “Waiting for Godot,” “Blind Eye,” “Last Stand at the Walls of Zion” and the suicide letter in song “After Tomorrow” the album also offers a rich template of political, philosophical and emotional lyricism that is intense, thought provoking and at times sheer stunning.

The album will be officially released on November 15th nationwide and on November 17th in the United Kingdom. It will be available for pre-order exclusively on iTunes and on October 18th. The first single from the album is scheduled to hit college radio in mid-September and Modern Rock commercial radio stations on October 1st.

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August 24, 2011

New Album: All Your Heroes Become Villains

With each and every Transcendence album, one is never quite sure what to expect. During the nine years since their genre-defying breakout debut Rise and Shine, Ed Hale and the Transcendence have been musical shape-shifters, willing to assume whatever form and go in whatever direction their music demands. On their latest release, their fourth album, entitled All Your Heroes Become Villains, they harness the best of their previous efforts and multiply it by a gazillion. It was the result of a long, grueling recording process, appropriate for an album as equally accessible as it is complex and eclectic. Haunting melodies, rock-God guitar riffs, rhythmic adventurousness, bold sonic experimentation, inspired songwriting and Ed Hale’s impassioned vocals create a highly memorable experience for the listener that could easily be called a concept album. Each song seems integral to the work as a whole.

All Your Heroes Become Villains comes off like an instant classic – stylistically and lyrically unified and thematic and by far their most ambitious work to date. This masterpiece is dark and heavy, and yet every bit the catchy ear candy that fans of the band have come to expect. Hale sings of hope, victory, loss, suffering and blind idealism on a personal and global level in his signature tortured baritone while the band weaves together their trademark post-modern rock meets Brit pop creating an aural soundscape that is truly unforgettable. Features the hit singles “Blind Eye,” “Waiting for Godot,” and “Solaris.”

Out November 15th, 2011 (US) November 14th, 2011 (UK).

August 19, 2011

Ed Hale and Transcendence Sign Deal With Leading UK Music PR Agency

Ed Hale and The Transcendence during recording at Dungeon Studios Miami, FL

Hot on the heels of the announcement of the official release date for their first album of new material in over four years, the much anticipated All Your Heroes Become Villains album, the Brit-pop/Modern Rock group Ed Hale and the Transcendence have just been signed by Great Britain’s leading Music PR Agency, Prescription PR. Prescription PR is the leading music PR, music promotion and digital marketing agencies in the UK, based near London, and home to such artists as Rufus Wainwright, Eddie Izzard, the Kinks, Pink Floyd, and Beck. A seemingly perfect fit for the eclectic genre-defying Hale and Transcendence, who many US media outlets over the years have mistakenly identified as “a British rock band” in the press.

“I think it’s just because we are always classified as a Brit-pop band,” bassist Roger Houdaille claimed. “Our sound is a lot more U2 or Radiohead or Coldplay than the American rock bands. We don’t even know the names of most of them honestly. The US rock market has become so formulaic and perfect sounding if a band wants to be on the radio. There’s no room for experimentation or veering from all these very strict rules.”

“Yeah exactly,” chimes in singer/guitarist Ed Hale. “It’s all so freaking cookie cutter on rock radio now. It sucks. So for that we’re happy to be called a British band at this point. At least in the UK listeners are still open to artists being creative. Over here [in the US] we are literally forced into all these incredibly restrictive rules regarding how we record our songs. ‘Vocals have to come in in five seconds, the chorus has to start before forty seconds, the song can’t be more than three minutes and thirty seconds’. They’ve sucked the lifeblood out of what used to make rock so freaking awesome.”

The true test for Hale and the Transcendence  collective (the five piece band, who first got together in 2001, added several more members to its lineup for the All Your Heroes recording sessions) will be how receptive American rock radio is to the band’s new album and the album’s first single, most likely the scorching “Blind Eye” which sounds like a cross between Incubus, Radiohead, Foo Fighters and even Metallica [no joke]. Though the album is by far the most commercially accessible album Hale and Transcendence have ever produced, it is also the most fierce and intense. Biting lyrics, thundering drums and bass, screeching guitars aplenty, and Hale’s vocals at times sounding as though they are going  to jump right out of the speakers and into the room to grab you by the throat as he rallies against everything from war to dishonesty, unrequited love to betrayal, loneliness and deceit in desperate cries of passion and angst. Of course the album also finds Hale at times singing at his most tender.

Prescription PR owner and Publicist, James Parish, states that he first heard a bootleg of the album on the internet on his cell phone at a pub at eleven o’clock at night and immediately wanted to speak with the band. “I can’t wait for the British public to hear this album. We are all very much looking forward to working with the band and its label on this new album. I believe Transcendence is going to be huge in England. They’ve just got that perfect sound for where things are right now. The album is quite brilliant.”

The band can only hope that American listeners will be so kind. Hale and Transcendence have always done well at the college radio and indie rock level, their last Top 40 hit on commercial alt-rock radio was 2005’s “Super Hero girl,” a generally more standard and predictable rock record. All Your Heroes Become Villains is a much bigger sounding monster. Time will certainly tell. The album’s first single hits college radio in October when the album becomes available for pre-order on the 18th.

All United Kingdom and European Media requests can now direct correspondence to:
Prescription PR C/O James Parish
+44 (0) 1223 505328
47-51 Norfolk Street
Cambridge, CB1 2LD, United Kingdom

August 9, 2011

Ed Hale music video “Hello My Dove”

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