TRANSCENDENCE singer/songwriter/guitarist Ed Hale spent New Years Eve filming the Lennonesque homage BED PEACE 2008 video project, pajamas and all, spending four days in bed “for peace” and releasing the ten minute film on YouTube. “The problem was how to celebrate the New Year respectfully with all of the recent violence, turmoil, and humanitarian crises happening around the world. Especially the brutal battle going on in Gaza and Palestine. To do the usual party to party scene all night just didn’t seem appropriate at the time… still doesn’t. The idea just grew from there… Then it just came down to if we had the energy and the commitment to really do something. That’s what it always comes down to isn’t it? The idea was how much can we do if we focus 110% on peace in the world for three or four days and nights? That was the question. What CAN we do? Luckily I was with someone who was willing to play along and go for it… Imagine if every single one of us did something, anything, using whatever skills or talents or ideas we had and just focused three or four days a year on nothing but peace in the world… it wouldn’t be long… We’d be there by now.”
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All the members of TRANSCENDENCE have been keeping themselves busy while patiently waiting the release of the group’s new CDs. There are three now rumored to be in line to come out this year – including a new rarities and unreleased collection. The band’s drummer Bill Sommer trekked off to the Big Island of Hawaii to voluntour on an organic farm for a month, while singer Ed Hale has been jetting around the globe playing goodwill ambassador and finishing a new book. Bassist Roger Houdaille released his first solo album Ginger Baby under the name Father Bloopy, and guitarist Fernando Perdomo has been burning the candle at both ends musically lending his hands and ears to several projects.
He recently completed composing music for a French short film entitled “Gri-Gri” along with Marc Charioud, and Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Jorge Moreno. The film is the acting debut of superstar rapper Diams. Fernando co wrote and played Guitar, Bass, Moog, and Drums on the theme song “Gang Star”.
Perdomo is also currently producing the English language debut of Moreno — tentatively titled “The Great Tribulation”
Broadway’s Cry Baby star James Snyder’s debut album “L. A. Curse” is out on Lion’s Gate records. Perdomo also lent his talents to this project – playing lead guitar and bass, and arranging the album’s horn parts, and choir parts.
Those lovable eclectic unpredictable and undefinable indie rockers TRANSCENDENCE have just launched a new website. Same great taste and even easier to use with a lot more features. The new website is now a fully dynamic and interactive Web2.0 site that allows a lot more interaction amongst fans and easier communication between fans and the band. Hey, if you’re reading this, chances are you’re already there. If not, you can find the site where it’s always been: www. transcendence.com. The official website for the rock band TRANSCENDENCE. The band is keeping the old site up for diehards and nostalgia but will no longer be updating it with the latest. As always if you want to keep up with the latest news and goings on with the band, subscribe with your email address or just grab the RSS Feed and add it to your homepage.
If you’re a Facebook user (and you are right?) look for the band’s official Facebook page and join up to get the latest even faster. Not quite the speed of light, but damn close to it.
Ed Hale – who has been hard at work on his new book Revolution in Me while awaiting the release of the band’s new CDs – will begin a regular weekly guest blog for a few months on the official Sundance Film Channel website in the coming weeks focusing on his peace delegation visit to the country of Iran and how it relates to all things GREEN: the environment, peace, war, oil, nuclear energy, and most importantly humanity. The blogs will be similar to his regular posts on his long-running Transcendence Diaries blog but will be shorter in length of course. The blog posts will feature photos, and links to videos and photo slideshows from his trip, as well as guest interviews with authors, scientists, and experts in various fields. Stay tuned for the first installment.
In the meantime, Transcendence does indeed have three new CDs releasing this year including the band’s official two new albums, The Great Mistake (EMI) and All Your Heroes Become Villains (DVG), and a new rarities and unreleased tracks album called The City of Lost Children. Stay tuned for release dates.
Ed Hale will be performing a rare solo acoustic set on Saturday June 28th 2008 in New Jersey at the Concert with a Cause Benefit Concert. The TRANSCENDENCE singer/guitarist will pull out a 30 minute set featuring some new gems and some old classics. He is scheduled to go on at 4:30 PM. All proceeds to benefit the Habitat for Humanity Home Building project in Cambodia. See information below for more details.
Katie and Arlan
Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 3:00pm
With two new albums due to release this year, both the conceptual alt-rock All Your Heroes Become Villains – featuring the singles Blind Eye, Waiting for Godot, and Solaris, and their ragged bubblegum pop & garage rock set The Great Mistake, TRANSCENDENCE has announced that it will be releasing yet a third – a digitally-exclusive rarities and unreleased set entitled The City of Lost Children (the title comes from the 1995 classic movie CitÃ© des enfants perdus, La, and seemed appropriate for the album’s material)
The new album contains 14 never before released songs consisting primarily of outtakes that have been floating around in various form for years on the internet. For fans the album should be a welcome surprise and tasty morsel because it contains everything from outtakes from all three of the band’s prior albums, plus outtakes from the band’s two new as of yet unreleased albums, along with a few odds and ends including some demos and instrumental pieces.
“This just might end up being one of my favorite TRANSCENDENCE albums ever just due to the fact that it features songs from our entire spectrum…. you know, the band has gone through so many style and sound changes over the years and this album really illustrates that for the first time all in one collection,” commented the band’s singer/guitarist Ed Hale.
The collection will include everything from the sultry r&b tinged Whenever I’m with you – which has been heard on various TV shows numerous times over the last eight years, to the band’s September 11th tribute song Rebuild America – the proceeds of which will go to the Robinhood Relief Fund to benefit victims’ families of the 9/11 attacks in New York. The album also features the first song the band ever officially recorded, Kill the monkey, originally slated for their Rise and Shine album, but scrapped at the last minute.
Stay tuned for more information but the album will definitely be available for download by the 1st of September.
TRANSCENDENCE is set to sign a deal with Attack Records/EMI to release their two new albums. The company – owned by multi-platinum producer Mark Berry, and distributed by Caroline/EMI – will also pick up the band’s entire back catalogue including the band member’s solo albums as well. The deal stipulates that the label will pursue a full-scale release for the band’s Great Mistake album and have it out by late August of 2008. They will release the band’s other new album All Your Heroes Become villains digitally for the first few months to gauge fan response though oddly will release the thundering alt-rock song Blind Eye as a single to commercial radio. More details as they come.
ED HALE & THE TRANSCENDENCE is scheduled to appear at this year’s South by South West (SXSW) music festival in Austin, Texas in March – the nation’s largest and longest running independent music festival now in its 20th year. Though the band has performed at Boston’s NEMO and New York’s CMJ music festival, this will be their first appearance at SXSW. With two new albums due out this year, the show could not have come at a better time.Â A big congrats to the guys. The band’s venue and time-slot has not been released yet. Check back for more.
TRANSCENDENCE is currently contemplating and negotiating a record deal offer from Pyramid Records on the Universal Music Group label to release its Great Mistake album recorded last year and due out in the fall of 2008. The deal has not yet been signed. The band is also considering offers from Powerline Records, Attack Records/EMI and IDN, though have not ruled out going it independent for this one. Fans can hear rough mixes of a few of the tracks on the band’s MySpace or Pure Volume page.