EARTHSIDE Issue “Mob Mentality” Video

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New Haven-based progressive ensemble, Earthside, will release its highly anticipated debut album, A Dream in Static, on October 23. Today, Earthside has teamed up with AllMusic.com to reveal the music video for “Mob Mentality” featuring guest vocals from Sevendust frontman Lajon Witherspoon and a full orchestral arrangement composed by guitarist Jamie van Dyck and performed by the Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO). Check out the new music video, directed by Patrick Kendall, at: www.allmusic.com/blog/post/video-premiere-earthside-mob-mentality/.

“Making this video was a fulfilling process because as such a transdisciplinary project, it crossed our paths with talented individuals across the arts,” van Dyck explained. “We worked with dancers, choreographers, directors, editors, colorists, professional orchestral musicians, a conductor, an orchestra contractor, a wardrobe/costume person, and of course a rock star vocalist. Involving all these people in our art reaffirmed the value of what we’re doing and sets the stage for the collaborative spirit we hope to continue to embody as we reach across the arts into the worlds of film, dance, video games, and other visual arts.”

An epic undertaking of cross-continental collaborations, A Dream in Static was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden under the watch of renowned producer and mix engineer, David Castillo (Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath), and additional mix and mastering engineer, Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, The Ocean, Devin Townsend). The instrumental collective recruited several acclaimed guest vocalists, including Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT, ex-Skyharbor), Björn Strid (Soilwork) and Eric Zirlinger (Face the King, ex-Seer), to provide their prowess across four of the eight cinematic tracks, as well as the Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO) for live orchestral compositions.

“Earthside is excited and very proud to finally be releasing our debut album A Dream in Static,” commented keyboardist Frank Sacramone. “This record has been incubating for several years now between initial writing and demoing all the way through nailing down a release date. Along the way we’ve worked with so many different artists across disciplines and across continents. Now the fruits of our global project finally get to see the light of day and hopefully move listeners in a similarly meaningful way as the music moved us and our collaborators. We can’t wait for you all to hear these songs and to get out on the road and perform them for you guys.”

The first A Dream in Static single, “The Closest I’ve Come,” can be streamed on YouTube at: youtu.be/AL_v5U2AeIs.

A teaser video for the album can be seen on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG5rMe3KTV4.

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‘A Dream in Static’ track listing:

I. The Closest I’ve Come

II. Mob Mentality
Featured Guest Vocalist: Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust)
Featured Ensemble: The Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO)

III. A Dream In Static
Featured Guest Vocalist: Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT, ex-Skyharbor)

IV. Entering The Light
Featured Guest Performer: Max ZT — Hammered Dulcimer
Featured Ensemble: The Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO)

V. Skyline

VI. Crater
Featured Guest Vocalist: Björn Strid (Soilwork)

VII. The Ungrounding

VIII. Contemplation Of The Beautiful
Featured Guest Vocalist: Eric Zirlinger (Face the King, ex-Seer)

Through organic layers of living, breathing orchestra and an eclectic arsenal of world music-influenced instrumentation, Earthside fashions an ever-changing sound that is equally engrossing alongside a work of cinematic art as it is resonating throughout a densely packed concert venue.

A Dream in Static, the group’s conceptual mission statement, is a story of purposeful sacrifice and existential yearning told across sweeping instrumental movements, interwoven with adventurous vocal compositions featuring premier voices from across the rock and metal worlds.

Stay tuned for more information on Earthside and A Dream in Static.

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Jamie van Dyck – Guitar
Frank Sacramone – Keyboards
Ben Shanbrom – Drums
Ryan Griffin – Bass