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BIG NEW for Lines In the Sky fans! Our first full-length album, "Hilasterion", is now available on iTunes and for streaming on Spotify! Here are the links:
"Hilasterion" marks a game-changing point in Lines In the Sky's growing sphere as a band. LITS is becoming a sonic magnet for fans who love anthemic rock landscapes that feature excellent progressive musicianship, and the early streaming numbers show that fan base is out there and active. LITS' summer dates include the 10-day MusikFest in Bethlehem, PA.
Nashville, Tennessee’s majestically accessible Lines In The Sky mine a staggeringly mature aesthetic for a band of three un-worldly guys. The trio’s anthemic choruses, moody textures, and impressive instrumental prowess are tastefully contextualized in a concise, and hooky modern rock approach.
The three-piece’s latest EP, Dig Deeper, is making quite an impression. The band’s transcendent hooks and ambient dynamics have garnered favorable comparisons to MuteMath, Circa Survive, Muse, U2, Rush, and the Police. The emotive and soaring single, “Threads,” was featured as “Song of the Day” and hit #40 on the “Top 20 + 20 Modern Rock Song” site www.top20modernrock.com, putting Lines In The Sky alongside Gaslight Anthem, Jack White, Smashing Pumpkins, and Muse, among many other established acts. The track’s hauntingly beautiful music video was viewed in over 25 countries worldwide, and had over 1,000 views in less than two and a half weeks since its release. No small feat for a regional indie band.
Demos of the EP’s six revelatory tracks so impressed legendary British producer John Eden—highly-regarded for his work with Vinx (a Sting discovery, Eden co-produced with Sting), Tony Banks of Genesis, Nazareth, Andy Fraser, and Climax Blues Band—that he signed on to assist the unsigned band in its self-producing efforts. “This exciting new band rattled the bones of this old bloke when I first heard their initial tracks. It’s been a pleasure to work with these chaps,” Eden enthuses. Grammy-award-winning engineer Richard Dodd—esteemed for his work with Tom Petty, Dixie Chicks, ELO’s Jeff Lynne, and the Traveling Wilburys—mastered the project. "I am impressed by the attitude of this young and talented band. Lines In The Sky show how talent, effort, attitude, and passion can add up to success,” Dodd says.
The EP compacts the transporting dynamics of progressive rock into innovatively concise and catchy rock. The expansive “Threads” pairs gorgeously ethereal verses with a surging arena rock chorus. The composition features a rich tapestry of powerfully emotive vocals, mesmerizing interludes with impassioned but controlled guitar playing, supportively inventive bass work, and deftly dynamic peaks-and-valleys drumming. “The song is about a traumatic event that keeps you up late at night,” Jesse Brock reveals. With a stirringly angelic vocal he sings: Release this time bomb / Ticking in my head /Hearing what you said was more than honest/ But this still hurts me/ It’s burning through my skin/ It goes to show that I can’t fight in bed with fallacies/ Don’t believe yourself/Sleep now.
A stunning moment on the EP is the joining of the dreamy instrumental “Sonata” with the minor key jangle of “I Had A Dream That Everything Broke.” The union makes for an epic musical journey rich with goose-bump inducing dynamics. The EP’s evocative title track envelops you with melancholy chiming guitars and a propulsive ambience that manages to be grand, eerie, and sublime. “I see a lot of visual images when I write, and sometimes these are different than a song’s intent. ‘Dig Deeper’ is a breakup song, but I see a lot of robots, sci-fi imagery,” Jesse says.
Lines In The Sky is Jesse Brock, vocals, guitars, keys, bass; his younger brother, Bowman Brock, “Bo,” drums, percussion; and their close friend, Zack Wakefield, bass. The current lineup has been together two years and grew from various members’ forays into metal, pop, and pop-punk. Jesse encouraged and guided his younger brother, Bo, into becoming a drummer. Zack and Jesse and worked together in previous bands.
Jesse plays piano, violin, bass, marimba, mandolin, drums, guitar, and percussion. Zack provides woolly basslines that are both technically astounding and warmly vintage. “Seventies rock is a big influence on me, and I just wanted to learn everything, every detail about rock n’ roll. Led Zeppelin’s bass player, John Paul Jones, is a big influence,” Zack says. Anchoring the band is Bo Brock, and his sense of nuanced dynamics is astounding for such a young drummer. Kyle Jones, Bo’s drum teacher, and a highly sought after professional musician whose credits include Quincy Jones, Janet Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, and an Emmy win for his TV scoring says: “Bo is one of the most outstanding young drummers of our time.”
Jesse is the band’s creative compass. His formative inspirations have been artists as varied as Stevie Wonder, Sting, Muse, U2, and Rush. “Sting is the biggest influence from back in the day. I loved his chords, his voice, and just the way he built music with interesting textures. He was so smart and precise,” Jesse explains.
Despite the songwriting being mostly a singular vision of frontman Jesse, the music and camaraderie is that of a family band. “We’re goofy, we know each other’s inside jokes,” Jesse says. “We fight about logistics like when we’re practicing, but with writing and learning music, we don’t fight.” Bo adds: “Playing in this band is the best feeling I’ve ever had. It’s wonderful to share a true passion for music with other guys that completely understand it.”