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Out of the Beardspace / Press

“This is quirky, offbeat stuff, filled with twisting time signatures, intriguing jazzy bits, noodling solo passages, gorgeous and quite poppy vocal harmonies, and some occasional metallic bursts, all from a bunch of young guys who met at the Cherry Hill, New Jersey chapter of the School of Rock. Whether it's the straight Canterbury styled prog of the "Train Ride Samba" suite (National Health meets Gryphon anyone?), the grungy prog of "Grungadelic" , or the ripping prog-fusion of "Jasmine", complete with some scorching Zappa/Petrucci styled guitar solos, there's intriguing music at just about ever corner. "Back to Now" channels vintage Genesis as well as early Spock's Beard, while the booming bass, sizzling guitar, jazzy sax, and soaring vocal harmonies of "Twenty-Seven" are a can't miss for any prog fan.”

"For all of the great local acts that our city’s had to offer this year, we had to mention some of our noteworthy favorites...from hip-hop (Ground Up, Lushlife) and psych-prog (Out of the Beardspace) to avant-jazz (Sonic Liberation Front), roots-rock (Hoots & Hellmouth) and electronic (Sun Airway)...The fact that there were too many artists to name should tell you something about our musical landscape. Let’s hope 2013 is just as good."

Bryan Bierman - Philadelphia Weekly

“Ethan, Sam, Zach, Matt, Jeremy and Kevin decided it was time to unplug. The young musicians had always shared a common desire to learn more about farming and sustainability, so once they located a property in Virginia, they hit the road. All six members left New Jersey and relocated to rural Virginia to live off the grid, without electricity or the comforts of home. While living in tents and cooking all their meals over an open flame, the band members learned about self-sufficiency and what it takes to live according to nature’s rules. And, of course, there was music. Everyone played instruments they brought with them or wrote music and lyrics each day, sometimes together and sometimes alone.”

“From your dad, your IT guy, all the way down to your friendly, neighborhood music critic—everyone loves prog-rock. If you like your music in suites (and your copy of Tales from Topographic Oceans is worn out), Jersey collective Out of the Beardspace will soothe your jangled nerves. An offshoot of Sexoffice, the Beardspace boys met while attending the Cherry Hill, N.J., chapter of the School of Rock, the Philly-founded music academy for kids. In fact, several of the members are still under the legal drinking age, though that hardly affects their performance—shifting time-signatures, jazzy bass lines, existential lyrics (it is prog-rock, after all)—their level of skill is tremendous. So, while other bands are on their fifth Jägerbomb, Beardspace will be practicing Lydian scales and seeing the face of God. ~Bryan Bierman, Philadelphia Weekly”

“Much like many of the their predecessors, Out of the Beardspace serves up a dish of maniacal jazz fusion with sweaty fists, furrowed brows and minds hungry for a challenge. Some moments on this EP, like the majority of “Conspiracy” or the intense middle section of “Broken Lomas,” seem like the creations of a couple of callous-hungry prog freaks, unsatisfied with zipping up and down the fret board for covers of “Echidnas Arf” and “Power of Love”—which they are. Beardspace, a group of disgruntled young virtuosos, has crafted some extremely intricate melodies and structures that straddle the fine line between chaos and suave. ”

“Out of Beardspace brought a heavier note to the evening with their rock, electronic style making people outside stop and wonder what they were missing. It was a zany, keyboard plunkin’, guitar riff extravaganza.”