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Sleep Deprived Music Review: The Wizards of Winter

The Wizards of Winter

The Wizards of Winter has released their latest album, The Christmas Dream, just in time for the holidays. So if you want a break from Hallmark Christmas movies but still want to be in the Christmas spirit, then The Wizards of Winter will be perfect for you. It would also be good for playing while doing your Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping.

 

The Wizards of Winter play rock and roll holiday music and it is awesome. They are more along the lines of Trans-Siberian Orchestra but with more rock. The Wizards of Winter have been described as a progressive rock Christmas band. Personally, I like them slightly better than TSO. No offense TSO. I think I could even take the boyfriend to their show and he wouldn’t be miserable at all.

The band members have been in other bands like Styx, Def Leppard, Deep Purple as well as playing with Yngwie Malmsteen. (Side note: I’ve been practicing how to say Yngwie Malmsteen for about five years now.)

The band is based in Frenchtown, New Jersey. They’ve been together since 2009. The Wizards of Winter started when they performed for a concert to benefit a local food pantry. Every year since then they’ve progressed from holiday benefit concerts to albums and a tour.

Links:

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Instagram

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Who is in the band?

THE WIZARDS OF WINTER is:

Scott Kelly – Founder, Keyboards

Sharon Kelly – Vocals/Flute

Fred Gorhau – Lead Guitar

Greg Smith – Bass

John O’Reilly – Drums

Steve Brown – Lead Guitar

Vincent Jiovino – Vocals

Karl Scully – Vocals

Alexis Smith – Vocals/Auxiliary Keys

Kornelia Rad – Violin/Vocals

Tony Gaynor – Narrator

Tour dates:

11/29 – Patchogue, NY @ Patchogue Theatre

11/30 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre 

12/1 – Englewood, NJ @ Bergen PAC

12/5 – Angola, IN @ T. Furth PAC

12/6 – Pontiac, MI @ Flagstar Strand Theatre

12/7 – Johnson Creek, WI @ Gobbler Theatre

12/8 – St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theatre

12/12 – Wisconsin Rapids, WI @ Wisconsin Rapids PAC

12/13 – Harris, MI @ Island Resort Casino

12/14 – Harris, MI @ Island Resort Casino

12/15 – Wabash, IN @ Honeywell Theatre

12/17 – Canton, OH @ Canton Palace  

12/19 – Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall               

12/20 – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penns Peak   

12/21 – Roanoke Rapids, NC @ Roanoke Rapids Theatre

12/22 – Bristol, TN at Paramount PAC

12/27 – Portland, ME @ Aura


Meet and Greet: Underwing

Underwing

Who: Underwing of Arendal, Norway

What:

They describe their music as progressive grunge. They just released a cover of “The Pot.”

Where: You can find the song in all of the usual places.

Spotify, iTunes

Why: I mean, why not. It might be your new favorite old song.

Interview with . . . In the Presence of Wolves

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done an interview – mostly because it’s always naptime. Since I really like the band, In the Presence of Wolves, it’s time to stay awake and do this interview. In the Presence of Wolves rhythm guitarist, Jim Ellis, provided the answers that you all want to know.

 

Have you read “In the Presence of Wolves” by Art Wolfe?

No, but I cried like a baby while reading “Into the Wild.”

 

Who has influenced you the most musically?

That’s so hard to narrow down. We all come from a relatively similar background but all of our influences have really seeped their way into the new album. Chris is massively into jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. Vini and Jim are fanboys of Circa Survive and Coheed and Cambria. Mason takes a lot of cues from The Dillinger Escape Plan. So, I supposed we’re a melting pot of sorts.

Why do you think people get so wrapped up in labels?

For the longest time, labels were really the only way to get your music out there to a mass audience. Now with the advent of the internet and social media, you can reach a kid over in Thailand who just so happened to stumble across your music. Now, getting signed by a label is a milestone most bands will never achieve, and while having the connections, tour support, and endorsements certainly help a hell of a lot, there’s no reason why a band doing the DIY thing can’t make a name for themselves.

 

Has anyone ever tried to put you in one category of music or another?

Of course, that’s what people do. Especially like promoters who have to book a “hard rock” or “prog metal” night at a club. It’s just easier to handle. We don’t really mind it all that much. It boils down to us not really fitting in too well anywhere haha, we’re either too heavy, not heavy enough, too rock vs. too prog. But because of that, we always stand out, and people usually dig it.

 

Who would you like to share the stage with?

We would love to support The Dillinger Escape Plan at least once before they’re done for good. Either them or a hologram of Prince.

 

What’s on your bucket list?

We’d love to hit Europe. We’ve made some friends in bands over there from some festivals we attended this past year. I’d say if things keep going the way they are, we might be able to do at least two weeks to a month in 2018.

 

Tell me something about Philadelphia that most people don’t know. Any great bars or coffee shops that people miss?

There’s a middle aged African American man that like to hang around South Street dressed up as Hulk Hogan. It’s amazing.

Favorite “Rocky” Character

A. Rocky

B. Apollo Creed

C. Clubber Lang

D. Mickey

Apollo Creed

 

What do you want people to know about In the Presence of Wolves?

We’d love for people to know the lyrics so they could sing along at shows. Also Vini like to get naked on tour. He calls it the naked worm. It’s uncomfortable.

 

 

Sleep Deprived Music Review: In the Presence of Wolves