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Hailing from Newington, Connecticut, 1974 is a five-piece progressive rock band that conjures up the massive and powerful emanations of a bygone era. Since 2007, the band has been awing audiences with powerful guitar driven riffs, rich vocal harmonies, catchy melodies, and high-energy stage shows.
With a flair for the dramatic, guitarists Mike Forgette and Adam Clymer harmonize guitar leads and throw solos back and forth at each other from across the stage. Bassist Gary Dionne’s playing has been described as an eccentric, bombastic, and virtuosic manifestation. Drummer Tim Moore’s soulful vocal style adds an empathetic layer to the music while his progressive-influenced drumming drives the band into powerful and uncharted territories. Parker Hu masterfully pounds away at the keys in front of her, but her soft, pensive voice keeps the audience riveted to their edge of their seats.
Released in February of 2011, 1974 & The Battle for the Lazer Fortress garnered mass critical praise from fans and the media. Though the band took its time crafting complex time signatures and punchy guitar riffs, the music is sweetened by layers of catchy melodies that evoke several modern indie rock influences. The interwoven rock and pop facets created a recipe which propelled 1974 & The Battle for the Lazer Fortress into CT.com's list of 2011's Top 15 albums.
In 2012, 1974 took a break from their progressive sci-fi musical storytelling and intense performance schedule to release two EPs. The Return was applauded by CTindie.com as “a unique mix of softer sounds and bang-your-head-to-this interludes...They're  clearly setting out an ambitious project for themselves.” The Hartford Advocate celebrated 1974’s performance and song writing on The Return while predicting that the band “has a chance to stamp the CT music scene into broader national consciousness. This album, just like the full-length before it, deserves the listener’s immediate and undivided attention.” The second EP, A Soldier’s Tale, was released at the end of 2012. CT.com had only praise for the EP, calling it “an album [EP] that not only raised the bar, at least locally, for what a band could do with a concept album, but also re-introduced the listener to one of the most talented bands in the state.”
2013 saw the band performing at larger venues and to broader audiences. 1974 made their first appearance at CT’s famed Infinity Hall, performed at the annual Daffodil Festival, and earned a spot on the annual Vision & Grit Festival. Tireless in their pursuit of realizing their collective visions, the band also recorded and released their sophomore full-length album entitled 1974 & The Death of the Herald. Always well-received locally, 1974 would start to see immense praise on an international level, receiving positive reviews from as far and wide as Sweden, Brazil, Japan, and England, to name a few.
1974 remains a band on an upward trajectory. With new material in the works and a slate of impressive live performances planned for the near future, 1974 is a band that will continue to be one of the hardest working indie bands in the world.