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September 16, 2007

Ed Hale On Mission Trip in Ghana, Africa

While the band awaits the release of their new All Your Heroes Become Villains CD, and mixing and mastering of their second new CD, The Great Mistake, both due out in early Winter, Ed Hale made a quick mission-trip across the pond to the country of Ghana, on the northwest coast of Africa for a homebuilding trip with Habitat for Humanity. Two weeks. Two houses completed in the small village of Mabang outside of Tepa. Said Hale, “We built almost two complete houses. We kicked some serious butt for a small team of 19 Americans. And we left HOMES for people who had none. It was humbling. It was magnificent. And it is very addictive. Once you go to Africa you never come back. It stays in your heart, beneath your nails, under your skin. The people, the terrain, the sights and the smells, the feelings. It is all I think about now. Africa… Africa is where it’s all at now. It’s the new thing.”

Luckily, Ed is speaking metaphorically, as he is indeed back and the band is gearing up for the release of two new CDs this year that were a long time in the making. Stay tuned for more updates.

To watch a video series of the trip on YouTube click here.

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September 11, 2007

New Music Video for the Never Before Released September 11th Tribute Song “Rebuild America” by TRANSCENDENCE Is Finally Released

On the morning of September 11th, 2001 TRANSCENDENCE singer/guitarist Ed Hale was at a school in Costa Rica when he heard the news. [For more back story, see the “news section” from 2001 of the band’s website] The rest of the band was in the recording studio laying down basic tracks for their new CD — what was to eventually become the Sleep With You album.

To watch the video NOW on YouTube, Go Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf8W8CEJaSs

When flight restrictions were finally lifted, Ed flew back to the States and into the studio to resume work on the album. But first Hale played them a new song he had written the days following the catastrophe on September 11th. The song was called Rebuild America. They quickly recorded the song, each laying down their own tracks one by one and finished the entire song that first night. Because the song did not fit the content or format of the Sleep With You album – for fans familiar with the disc, this is obvious — it wasn’t placed on that CD and was never formally released. Instead it floated around the Internet and sat on the band’s “unreleased songs” page of their website for years.

Interestingly, it was the band’s webmaster G2, while browsing “viewing stats” of the band’s website who noticed that the song was receiving a lot of “clicks” and plays from that page though it had never been released or even publicized that it existed. Another event that propelled the band to actually do something about the never before released track was that they would occasionally receive emails from Fire and Rescue Workers from around the country who wrote to say that they “really liked the song and send their buddies the link to listen to it.”

The most recent email the band received about “Rebuild America” was from first response emergency rescue worker Matthew Tartaglia from Perkasie, PA who worked at the World Trade Center site for two months straight after the attacks. Thank you for your email Matthew. So after six years the band decided it was time to get the song out there, and the fastest way to do that was through YouTube. Why not make it showcase the victims and the heroes through photographs.

Bassist Roger Houdaille commented, “Rebuild America was the first song I ever tracked with TRANSCENDENCE. It didn’t seem to have anything to do with the rest of the songs we were recording at the time like Superhero Girl or Minnie Driver, but I knew Ed was really into us recording it because of what happened and all. I think it’s still one of our strongest tracks so I’m glad that we’re at least putting it out there.”

“The way this song came together was amazing,” stated drummer Ricardo Mazzi, “the cause was much greater than the need of creating music or art, it was larger than that. And we all knew it. The fact we’re talking about 9/11, remembering fallen heroes, calling for unity in our song is an honor to me and I have this band to thank for it. Everyone put their heart and soul in this song and completed their parts rapidly but thoroughly, from the tracking, recording, mixing, and mastering.”

Hale commented, “Rebuild America is a hard song for me now, just because of everything that we have seen come out in the last four or five years since September 11th. It’s hard to know what really happened that day… what we do know is that a lot of innocent Americans died. And you know that’s why we recorded the song. That’s why I wrote it. When you listen to it now you can really hear the optimism of what it felt like those first few days after September 11th. I mean, you can feel the patriotism of the song, which is so different than what we feel in the air now in America. So the song is hard for me now. I was really amazed how the whole country came together those first few months to rebuild. You know? And now with the invasion of Iraq… it’s just hard to know what to feel. I still like the original idea of the song itself. And I like the idea of turning it into a video, just to celebrate how people came together those first few months… and to mourn the loss of the lives of those people who died that day… those were different times… But the song captures that.”

Indeed Rebuild America may be one of the most emotional songs the band ever recorded – every player contributed something unique and passionate and brilliant of their own to the song’s touching and poignant message. The fact that the band is so associated with activism now and the song has such a patriotic feel to it makes it a slight anomaly in their catalogue to be sure. But as the band members freely admit, it was recorded just after the days of 9/11 when the world was a different place and America was in a different place entirely. So for the first time ever they decided to officially release the song as a photographic slide show in honor of the victims and the rescue workers of that momentous time in American history.

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May 20, 2007

Transcendence Music on MTV

The song “Girls” from the “Sleep With You” album was used on the MTV show Made. It was used during an episode where the girls learn how to play volleyball evidently. If that’s your thing, listen for it. The song “Minnie Driver” from the “Sleep With You” album was used on the Ellen Degeneris show. It was used during an episode where the girls learn how to play volleyball. The song “Cool Rider” from the Ed Hale solo album “Acoustic in New York” was used on the Oprah Winfrey show. It was used during an episode about Michelle Pfeifer.

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September 21, 2006

Watch the band on youtube on TranscendenceTV — video clips updated daily!!!

To watch an endless stream of video clips of the band TRANSCENDENCE on the road, in the studio, goofing, ranting, raving, jamming, cutting tracks, and general revelry, check out their YouTube channel TranscendenceTV. New clips uploaded daily.

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July 18, 2006

NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR Caetano RELEASED

A brand new music video is now available for your viewing pleasure for the song “Caetano” from the band’s current album Nothing is Cohesive. Though the song has not turned into THE radio single from the album – that spot has unequivocally gone to the album’s opening number Somebody killed the DJ – the song is often cited by fans as their favorite on the album. Many people have written in asking what Caetano is about. The song is an homage the band wrote to the great Brazilian singing legend Caetano Veloso, who the band lists as a big influence on their music. Although Caetano is not well known in America, he is an absolute legend in Brazil, Europe, and South America.

July 8, 2006

BRAND NEW RISE AND SHINE T-shirts ARE NOW AVAILABLE AND IN THE STORE!!!

For all you RISE AND SHINE fans, a brand new series of specially designed RISE AND SHINE T-shirts have just been released. The shirts feature the eye-catching RISE AND SHINE sky-blue CD cover and are all highest quality American Apparel sweatshop-free shirts. Available in all sizes in both girls and boys styles, including super cool baseball jerseys!

Go to the merchandise section to check them out.

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July 5, 2006

New rare LIVE track available exclusively on myspace.com

A new LIVE version of the song CAETANO from the band’s latest CD Nothing is cohesive has just been released exclusively through myspace.com. The electrifying performance of the song finds the band in top form. It was taken from their performance last year in New York at the CMJ Music Marathon. Listen to the song here (now offiline; listen here)

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July 1, 2006

Nothing Is Cohesive Released To Alt-Rock Radio

The latest TRANSCENDENCE CD, NOTHING IS COHESIVE, has just started to hit alt-rock radio stations around the country this week. The new album was the best reviewed album the band put out yet. Increased radio airplay should help the band gain more exposure to new fans. Fueled by the album’s eclectic opening tracks SOMEBODY KILLED THE DJ and I WANNA KNOW YA, the CD is already receiving heavy rotation on many top taste-maker stations. Fans that want to catch the band on their favorite local rock station can check the schedules of the “specialty shows” in their hometowns from the list below. If you want to show the band some support or just request to hear your favorite song from the album on the radio, fans can call the stations. 2004’s heavier SLEEP WITH YOU album climbed up to #23 on the charts. Here’s to NOTHING IS COHESIVE doubling that effort and going all the way to the top. Good luck guys! KACV Amarillo, TX, “Under the Radar” KATT, Oklahoma City, OK, “Spy Radio” KCRW, Santa Monica, CA, “Brave New World” KCRW, Santa Monica, CA, “Morning Becomes Eclectic” KDHX, St Louis, MO, “Juxtaposition” KDLD/Indie 103.1, Los Angeles, CA, “Dead Air” KEXP, Seattle, WA KFMA, Tucson, AZ, “Test Dept” KIWR, Omaha, NE, “New Day Rising” KKUP, San Francisco, CA, “No Pigeonholes” KLLP, Pocatello, ID, “Off the Record” KMBY, Monterrey, CA, “Buzz Cutz” KNRK, Portland, OR, “Bottom Forty” KPFT, Houston, TX “Sound Awake” KPNT, St. Louis, MO, “New Music Sunday” KROQ, Los Angeles, CA “Rodney on the Roq” KS95, Atlantic, IA, “Dirt Road Radio” KSPI, Stillwater, OK, “Rock & Roll Adventure” KTCL, Denver, CO, “Adventure University” KTCZ, Minneapolis, MN, “Freedom Rock” KTEG, Albuquerque, NM, “Underplayed” KUCI, Irvine, CA, “Play It As It Lays” KUPD, Phoenix, AZ, “The Lopsided World of L” KUSF, San Francisco, CA, “Menace’s Attic” KUSF, San Francisco, CA, “Just Another Menace Sunday” KVGS, Las Vegas, NV KXRK, Salt Lake City, UT, “Xposed”/ “O’Brien Public Radio” The Local Show Live Radioio.com, Worldwide RichmondIndieRadio, Worldwide 3wk.com, Worldwide Undiscovered/Clear Channel WRN, Syndicated, “Out of the Box” WARQ, Columbia, SC, “The Eleven O’Clock News” WAVF, Charleston, SC, “The Cutting Edge” WAVF, Charleston, SC, “Critic’s Choice” WBER, Rochester, NY, “First Impressions” WCYY, Portland, ME, “Spinout” WDYL, Richmond, VA, “Under Exposed” WFNX, Boston, MA, “First Contact” WFRD, Hanover, NH, “Uplink” WHRL, Albany, NY, “That New Music Smell” WHTG, Neptune, NJ, “The Underground” WKGB, Binghamton, NY, “Incoming” WKQX, Chicago, IL, “Crash Test Radio” WKZE, Sharon, CT, “Off the Beat-n-Path” WKZQ, Myrtle Beach, SC, “The Flight Test” WLZX, Northampton, MA, “Operation New Noise” Worldspace Satellite Radio, “Aural Fixation” WOXY.com, Worldwide WPGU, Champaign, IL, “Shrink Wrap” WPGU, Champaign, IL, “Off the Record” WPLA, Jacksonville, FL, “Forbidden Planet” WQKL, Ann Arbor, MI, “Left of the Dial” WQKL, Ann Arbor, MI, “Under the Radar” WQKL, Ann Arbor, MI, “Fine Tuning” WQXA, York, PA, “Sunday News” WRZX, Indianapolis, IN, “Hangover Cafe” WSFM, Wilmington, NC, “The Other Side” WXDX, Pittsburgh, PA, “Edge of the X” XM, Satellite Radio, “Radio Unsigned RADAR Report” Yahoo! Music, Worldwide

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June 20, 2006

Ed Hale Lends a Hand in the Gulf Coast

On Friday June 30th, TRANSCENDENCE lead singer Ed Hale boarded a plane headed for Gulfport, Mississippi. This isn’t unique. Entertainers travel. A lot. But the reason for the trip was not for a concert with his band, nor for the recently launched new TV series, Transcendent Television. Rather it was for a week’s worth of manual labor in the hot Mississippi summer sun on a home rebuilding mission trip. He would spend seven days helping to rebuild homes of victims of last year’s devastating hurricane Katrina. This was the second trip he has made this year.

Ed writes in from Biloxi, Mississippi:

“In the simplest terms, since I have written about it a lot already, America’s Gulf Coast still looks like a giant bomb went off there. Tens of thousands of people are still without homes. Living in trailers or family’s homes, or in shelters, or nursing homes. Buildings and restaurants are demolished or gone entirely… very devastating to behold your first time here. Looks like a third world country down there. If there is money coming in from the government to help, you don’t see it down there yet. Perhaps they are still building infrastructure, I don’t know.

“That’s the bad news. But the good news is that every week tons of new groups fly down there from somewhere in America to help those people rebuild. When you are on the plane it is literally filled with people from all over the US who are flying in to help for a week. I have made two trips so far. You meet people from all over the US on these planes. You usually can stay somewhere for free and your food is also provided. All you have to do is work all day.

“All over the region you see groups of people of all ages building homes or clearing rubble of some kind. All volunteers. You can jump on a group through the Red Cross, UMCOR, Hands On America, or Habitat for Humanity, or through other groups as well I am sure. I go through UMCOR, the group which trained me. I have also been trained through the Red Cross. You can look up any of these groups online to find a trip down there to help. There is always one leaving every week.

“Normally you sleep at a hostile or a church on an air-mattress on the floor which you bring yourself so the accommodations are pretty sparse but you get used to it pretty quickly. The fact is that after a day or two on the field helping these older people rebuild their homes so they can move back in them, you forget about your sleeping arrangements or the fact that you may be sharing one bathroom with twenty other people and you just get really focused on helping all these poor people get their lives back as best they can.

“Their stories break your heart and you cannot believe sometimes that it is really happening. It is the looks on their faces as they come to their house every afternoon to check on the progress that keeps you going. It is so heart warming and inspiring that you don’t ever want to leave… you just want to stay till the job gets done. But the truth is that it will be years before this region is rebuilt and all these people are back in their homes. So you just play your little part for that week and go back to your life. But the gift that you seem to receive is immense. A very powerful experience. It is truly a ‘service to others’ experience. That’s the new “hot thing” now it seems, service to others. Because it feels so damn good. Bout time. Once you go down there once, it is almost as if your whole life changes forever. The mission of your life seems to change. Your focus changes. It is very humbling. And perhaps you repent and cry a bit as you come to realize how selfish and self obsessed and materialistic you have been throughout your life.

“As painful as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina were, I truly believe that these tragedies somehow changed us for the better. America seems to have woken up to a new sort of giving mentality… People from all walks of life are filling planes headed for the Gulf Coast taking their vacation time from their jobs to lend a helping hand for a week to do hard labor in the hot sun for no apparent material gain but just to help. It is truly awe inspiring.

More comments on some of the photos:

“This particular house like most of them was filled to the ceiling with water during the storm. Everything these people owned in the world was gone, destroyed. The couple that lived there woke up to the water and ran upstairs to the attic. And that’s where they stayed for the night and the next day and the next. Without food or water. Horribly sad. Their whole house had to be gutted. They lost everything. The house was completely gutted from floor to ceiling. The house had to be re-studded, re-insulated, re-wired, re-drywalled, re-floored, re-ceiling… everything… and we tried our best to get a little portion of that done. A group of twenty of us did a good portion of that to four different houses in a week for people too poor or sick to do it themselves.

“In a few of the pix you will see us with some older people. These are the actual home owners. Every few days, sometimes everyday in some cases, they would stop by to check on the progress of their home. In one of the pix you see this old lady crying because she is trying to express how shocked and happy she is that strangers keep flying down to help her rebuild her home and don’t ask anything in return. You feel blessed to be one of those strangers.

“And yes, I would be remiss to not mention that it occurs to one more than once that all the people flying down to help are young and white and the people needing the help are old and black. It tugs at one’s soul subtly and unceasingly with its implications.

“They were calling us angels, because we came when no one else would. These people are mostly old poor people in their sixties or seventies, mostly sick people with no money and no where else to turn, and all of them are African American. The looks on their faces everyday when they come into their house to check on the progress… man no words can describe the joy in their faces when they see walls going up or roofs being put back on their destroyed houses after so many months… and no words can describe the feeling we have as the blessed souls who are so privileged to be allowed to be a part of it…

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April 9, 2006

Transcendence in studio to complete new album.

TRANSCENDENCE have been holed up in Miami’s Dungeon Recording Studios for the last four weeks putting the finishing touches on their follow-up to last year’s Nothing is Cohesive. Fred Freeman, who produced the band’s 2003 release Sleep with you is in the producer’s role again on this new CD which will be titled All Your Heroes Become Villains. With Freeman behind the board again, the new disc promises to be a tightly-controlled more coherent and heavier sounding collection of songs than the band’s self-produced last release. The eclectic Nothing is Cohesive, which the band recorded in their garage on their own had a seventies pop-rock flair with a wide variety of sounds and textures and earned the band top slots on many college radio stations across the country last spring, rave reviews from the critics, and was called “an important and breakthrough album” by HELLFIRE PROMOTIONS.

So what can we expect from the new album? All Your Heroes Become Villains has a modern harder-edged sound that is dark, heavy, and brooding, with a socio-political bent on several tracks. Freeman says he worked the band members hard, often re-recording the drum and bass tracks four or five times if he had to in order to get the right performances. The album also adds orchestration, a lot more piano, a gospel singer, electric sitar, and the addition of trumpet and trombone to the mix. Mixing has begun on the songs and the album should be out by mid-summer.