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November 11, 2011

Transcendence’s Ed Hale on Heroes, Villains, & an “All-Star Lineup”

After catching up with Ed Hale last week in the first part of my interview with the singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboard player for the former Miami based band Transcendence, today we delve further into the group’s current status and the making of their latest album, All Your Heroes Become Villains.

I encountered an interesting parallel story during a recent weekend in New York. During lunch with musician pals Richard X Heyman and Edward Rogers, an obscure British musician named Jimmy Campbell came up. Campbell wrote a few mildly successful hits in the mid ’60s during the full flush of the British Invasion. Few Americans know of Campbell, but Hale sure does. His label, Dying Van Gogh, has a multi-artist tribute planned and Rogers is contributing a track to the effort! Anyhow, here’s the rest of my little chat with Mr. Hale.

Read the full interview here.


November 8, 2008

TRANSCENDENCE Singer Ed Hale Recording New Solo Album

The TRANSCENDENCE lead singer/songwriter and guitarist is at it again. Ed Hale is in the studio once again recording 11 new songs for a yet another “new album.” TRANSCENDENCE just released a 14 song rarities collection entitled The City of Lost Children on the Dying Van Gogh record label in September, which featured their September 11th tribute song Rebuild America — the first time the song, recorded in 2001, was officially released for sale to the public. The label has announced that they will be releasing two other new albums – both of new material – All Your Heroes Become Villains and The Great Mistake this year as well. Good news that should finally satisfy frustrated fans since the albums have been completed, hyped, and talked about since late 2006, but were being held up due to various business problems in a constantly changing and challenging industry which has seen CD sales drop dramatically and the closing of Tower Records, many Virgin Music Stores, the bankruptcy of the band’s distributor, and thousands of smaller mom and pop music retailers around the country.

So in predictable untraditional fashion, fans will get THREE new albums by the band in one six month period. It is a sign of the generally confused state of the music business itself at this time. To make matters more confusing the band was almost finished recording the 24 song two-disc set nicknamed “the girls album” (due to all of the songs being about and having girl’s names in the titles) – the actual title being L’intrigue de Femme and Finding Francesca – but the recording of that album was postponed midway through production in 2007 with no word on when they will resume work on it.

So what to do? Evidently, record another album! Less than a week after meeting with Iran President Ahmadinejad during the United Nations General Assembly Meeting, Hale flew down to Miami, Florida to spend five weeks in the studio with fellow TRANSCENDENCE guitarist Fernando Perdomo – who is also playing the role of producer on this one – to record a new solo album set to be released in early 2009. This will be Hale’s first solo album since 1996’s Acoustic in New York.


March 30, 2008

TRANSCENDENCE Members Lend a Hand to Newcomer Hilary McRae on Debut CD

If there is one unifying aspect that connects the individually eclectic members of the band TRANSCENDENCE, it is that all the members are passionate music lovers. Not just as creators – whether in TRANSCENDENCE or in their various spin-off solo projects – but also as listeners and fans. They may not always have the same taste or agree on everything musical, but each member is just as obsessed as the next about MUSIC in general. This collective passion seems to transcend all styles, countries, and ages. One may find it perplexing looking in for the first time on a TRANSCENDENCE rehearsal to see the group sitting around a living room floor till dawn surrounded by stacks of CDs, vinyl LPs, and iPods for hours passionately trading quips, anecdotes, and hyperbolic testimonials about “the greatest album of all time” rather than standing around with guitars strapped on running through their own set lists.

This also might explain each individual member’s interest and exploits in the musical projects of so many other artists around the world as well as the band’s own releases. (Two of the band’s members own their own labels to release the music of other artists that they love — Dippy Records and TMG Records, and the band is now forming a new label called Dying Van Gogh Records to add even more artists to their roster.)

At some point in the not too distant past TRANSCENDENCE longtime scene-mate, guitarist/producer/engineer/vocalist/songwriter Zach Ziskin who through the years has acted as everything from guitarist, background vocalist, arranger, producer, and engineer for TRANSCENDENCE discovered a young singer/songwriter named Hilary McRae whose vocals and keyboard playing he almost instantly fell in love with. Ziskin then brought McRae to the attention of TRANSCENDENCE guitarist Fernando Perdomo. [Ziskin mixed the band’s critically acclaimed 2005 CD Nothing is Cohesive and played guitar on most of the songs on the band’s new album All Your Heroes Become Villains.]

Ziskin liked what he heard in the young McRae and so did Perdomo so they agreed to produce and engineer an album for the singer. Perdomo played the basses, many of the guitars, and co-wrote the album closer, “Where Will We Be.” Ziskin as he always does engineered and produced a professional catchy and tasty pop feast of tunes that garnered attention of industry insiders quickly. The rest as they say is history. Ziskin made a few calls. McRae was picked up soon thereafter and her debut album “Through These Walls” is now out on Starbucks Hear Music records. Hilary is on tour this summer opening for Teddy Geiger. Not bad for six months worth of work.

The online pop-culture magazine Pop Culture Madness quoted in a recent review “Luckily, one can find solace in the song Where Will We Be, which is the last track on the album and the only song that was co-written by Hilary McRae and TRANSCENDENCE guitarist Fernando Perdomo. This song fits her voice brilliantly and allows her to bust out and truly satisfy her voice’s distinctive sound and style.”