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Brand new studio album!

 
February 27, 2012

Ed Hale Live On-Air Radio Interview at 4PM EST on HealthyLife.net Radio

Transcendent singer/songwriter Ed Hale will be interviewed live on air by PJ Grimes on the Backstage Gourmet radio show broadcast over the internet radio network HealthyLife.net, 4pm EST. Fans can tune in and listen live by clicking the stream on HealthyLife.net or check out the archive of the show after broadcast here: http://www.healthylife.net/RadioShow/archiveBSG.htm. Tune in to hear The Ambassador discuss his favorite vegetarian recipes, in addition this his music, activism and other healthy passions.

Healthy Life features eclectic talk programs with a positive twist. Their mission is to help eliminate fear, advance positive thought and encourage the concept that we are all one here for the greater good of all.

February 1, 2012

Sloucher reviews All Your Heroes…

A concept album of sorts, Ed Hale and the Transcendence‘s All your heroes become villains is a collection of songs tackling different genres. Not too diverse to be disparate but still different enough to be dissimilar, it harks to some brit pop, some prog rock and, of course, some blues based rock.

After a strange, chaotic and almost cacophony-laden intro (‘All your heroes become villains – Main Theme’), the band goes for a more straight up approach. ‘Blind eye’ has a foot clearly planted in 70s arena rock with some good ol’ riffing (rocking moments there). It’s a wild song and it’s a safehaven after the more experimental nature of the opening track.

Read full review: http://sloucher.org/2012/01/10/ed-hale-and-the-transcendence-all-your-heroes-become-villains/

January 14, 2012

Call Upon The Author reviews All Your Heroes…

Let’s get one thing straight before we go any further – I had not heard of Ed Hale or The Transcendence before CUTA editor Matt passed me this album with a glint in his eye. I make this statement because by the time you finish reading this review, I’m hoping that your never having heard of them either won’t stop you from giving this cracking album a go. Because that’s what it is – a cracking album. I mean, sure, there’s a lot going on, and it’s a little bit nuts, but since the fateful day when Matt handed it over, I haven’t stopped listening to it. I’m listening to it now, while I write this review. It’s intriguing, addictive, maddening, impossible to pin down…yeah. Like I said.

November 15, 2011

Transcendence Singer Ed Hale Talks Death and the Band’s New Single “Solaris”

Out of the 11 songs on the new Ed Hale & the Transcendence album, All Your Heroes Become Villains, there are only 3 that offer any kind of hope, optimism, or hopefulness: track 3 entitled “Solaris,” track 6 “Here it Comes,” and the album closer “Last Stand at the Walls of Zion.” The rest of the album is a dark heavy brooding downward spiral into the lead character’s disillusionment with everything in his life. From the album’s trance-hop/operatic instrumental opening, which starts with a slow dirge-like pace and rhythm and then builds to a climactic crescendo of dissonance punctuated by two competing melodies – one played by trombone and the other sung by guest vocalist Dee Dee Wilde’s gospel tinged moaning and wailing — all the way through to the album’s closing track, All Your Heroes Become Villains feels like the soundtrack to the end of the world.

Song by song the lead character vents his anger and disappointment with the society he lives in and his own personal life, aiming his rage at everything from the political system (“Blind Eye” and “We Are Columbine”) to God and religion (“Waiting for Godot”) to friendship and romance (“Indian Princess” and “Messed it Up Again”). The climax of the album is track 10, the majestic seven minute ‘suicide letter in a song’ entitled “After Tomorrow” where it appears that the lead character has had enough of blaming the world around him and has turned inward only to discover that he doesn’t have what it takes to continue any further in a world full of hate, war, disease, crime and betrayal.

And yet amongst all this drama and pathos there is the beauty and hopefulness of the song “Solaris.” In their traditional Britpop meets post-modern rock style, Ed Hale and company deliver a near perfect pop song clocking in at three minutes and thirty seconds that shines a bit of light on the stage of their apocalyptic rock opera. Sweet and tender and yet mysterious, “Solaris” seems at first to be a love song. But the female character being sung to doesn’t appear to even be alive, at least not alive on planet Earth. Rather, the lead character sounds as if he is singing to someone far removed from all his earthly troubles, someone who is far far away, living in another galaxy called “Solaris.”

Lead singer Ed Hale summed it up this way, “A girl I knew, someone very close to me, had just passed away. And I found it impossible to deal with emotionally. Right around the same time, I had a chance to see the DVD of this old film called “Solaris” starring George Clooney. The film was based on the book by Stanislaw Lem. Seeing that movie just hit me at the right time. I had my guitar with me and while I was watching the film I just started strumming these chords and creating this song about my friend… What I did really, was just place her, Julia, into the movie… in order to bring her back to life for myself. I just felt that because it was unbearable to contemplate her passing that at the very least I could make her alive in some other form, like she’s still living but in a different dimension. So the song “Solaris” is just me, or the lead character of the album if you will, saying a prayer to her, talking to her… asking her how she’s doing… like “how’s life in your new world Julia?” It made me feel better. And although it isn’t enough to keep the lead character alive by the end of the album, I think it gives him some hope along the way to his final decision… like that.”

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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.

 

October 18, 2011

All Your Heroes Become Villains pre-order on iTunes

Preview and Pre-Order the New Ed Hale and Transcendence album All Your Heroes Become Villains on iTunes or Amazon.com Starting Today!


Watch the trailer for the new All Your Heroes Become Villains album exclusively on YouTube!

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Photo Courtesy of Gina Rowland: pictured from left to right are Ricardo Mazzi (drums), Zach Ziskin (guitar), Ed Hale (vocals, guitar), Fernando Perdomo (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Allan Gabay (piano, keyboards), Karen Feldner (background vocals),  Roger Houdaille (bass, vocals), Kamran Green (DJ, Remixer), Leor Manelis (drums)


The new album, All Your Heroes Become Villains, is now available for pre-order on iTunes.
Click here for US iTunes, or UK iTunes.

Alternatively, if you wish to pre-order a physical copy, please visit http://edhaleandthetranscendence.bandcamp.com/

 

October 14, 2011

ED HALE AND THE TRANSCENDENCE RETURN WITH A MONSTER OF A NEW ALBUM ALL YOUR HEROES BECOME VILLAINS SET TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 15TH (DYING VAN GOGH RECORDS)

Ed Hale and the TranscendenceAll Your Heroes Become Villains is certainly titled appropriately for the times we live in. Like a shadow of today’s chaotic world, “The Villains album,” due out November 15th on the Dying Van Gogh Record label, is dark, moody and heavy, and yet every now and then it glimmers with hope and those catchy ear-candy melodies that fans of the band have come to love and expect.The collective, which reached up to 12 members during the recording process of their latest, weaves together their trademark post-modern rock meets Brit pop — creating an unforgettable aural soundscape that is larger than life and will leave you humming.

Hale and the band worked for over a year, bringing in other musicians when needed as varied as a gospel singer, a second drummer, a Los Angeles DJ, and various horn players. The result is a mashup of sounds but highly cohesive as an album still recognizable as having “that Transcendence sound.” Haunting melodies, bold sonic experimentation and Hale’s richly layered and impassioned vocals all come together to create a highly memorable and moving listening experience. Sounding more like a rock musical or a concept album, the songs both musically and lyrically tie into one another seamlessly in one cohesively bold brash and powerful listen more akin to Pink Floyd or David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs.

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 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
www.prescriptionpr.co.uk