After releasing several groundbreaking albums and maintaining a multi-country touring schedule, NYC instrumental trio Consider the Source have perfected their global sci-fi fusion sound. This relentless drive has earned them an eclectic audience, ranging from jam-band hippies to prog nerds and metalheads. Their new album, You Are Literally A Metaphor, is the apotheosis of their career thus far. Blending fiery prog-rock maximalism with hooky, anthemic songwriting and traditional music from across Eastern Europe and Asia, Bassist John Ferrara, drummer Jeff Mann and guitarist Gabriel Marin have wrought an astounding album from seemingly disparate elements.
Metaphor is focused yet frenetic, confident yet vulnerable and stylistically broad while still singular in its vision. The album will thrill longtime fans, while serving as the perfect entry point for new listeners. As they enter their second decade of existence, Consider the Source have wrought their finest work to date, and cannot wait to share it with their ever-growing legion of devotees.
You Are Literally a Metaphor will be available on March 1 at Consider the Source’s Bandcamp page and on all major streaming services. Download, CD, and double vinyl pre-orders are available here. The track "Enemies of magicK" is available as a downloadable track when the album is pre-ordered.
Sci-fi fusion trio Consider the Source defy easy categorization. If intergalactic energy beings, upon their initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built a pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine powered by psychedelic math...it would sound like a cut-rate Consider the Source cover band. With their blend of progressive rock and improvisatory jazz, soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, the band blends disparate elements into an utterly original whole. A relentless touring schedule has earned them a fervent following around the world, with fans ranging from jam-band hippies to corpse-painted headbangers.
Their latest album, You Are Literally a Metaphor, is the culmination of a fifteen-year musical journey. Packed with the same fury and dazzling virtuosity of their previous work, Metaphor is also a portrait of three musicians reaching new levels of maturity.
From the bluesy swing of “When You’ve Loved and Lost Like Frankie Has” to the ethereal electro-synths of “Sketches from a Blind Man”, Consider the Source’s minimalist pop instincts stand shoulder-to-shoulder with progressive metal and freewheeling improvisation in a true expression of their omnivorous musicality. Three of Metaphor’s nine songs are Eastern European traditionals but could easily be mistaken for the band’s original tunes, so singular has their sound become.
Consider the Source retain their signature fiery maximalism while pushing the hooky, anthemic songwriting to the forefront. Bassist John Ferrara’s new Taurus bass pedals and guitarist Gabriel Marin’s new custom Vigier double-neck guitar add new dimensions to the band’s already diverse sound.
This is an album born of comfort and growth. In the four years since World War Trio, the band has toured extensively, Marin and Ferrara have released side projects, and drummer/percussionist Jeff Mann has gone from a relative newcomer to a road-hardened veteran. After all this time, the band knows how to create space for each member, how to finish each other’s musical thoughts and sentences, how to think as three individuals but speak with one voice. You Are Literally a Metaphor is a statement of confidence, an assertion of identity from a band with no reservations and nothing to prove.
CTS have performed in a half-dozen countries across three continents. They have shared the stage with a wide variety of artists, including: Victor Wooten, King Crimson Projekt, Wyclef Jean, Ozric Tentacles, Soulive, The Disco Biscuits, Papadosio, Turkuaz, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Wayne Krantz and many others. They have performed at festivals and events including: Electric Forest, Peach Fest, Gathering of the Vibes, Resonance, Summercamp, Shakori Hills, ProgDay, and Progtober.
In support of their new release, Consider the Source are setting out on their ‘2019 MetaTour,” which began on January 31 and runs through March. Tour dates are:
1.31 Brothers Drake Meadery - Columbus, OH
2.01 Winter Werk Out @ The Bluestone - Columbus, OH
2.02 King's Rook Club - Erie, PA
2.21 The Press Room - Portsmouth, NH
2.22 Putnam Place - Saratoga Springs, NY
2.23 Buffalo Iron Works - Buffalo, NY
2.28 The 8x10 - Baltimore, MD
3.01 Rough Trade NYC - Brooklyn, NY
3.02 Strange Brew Pub - Norwich, CT
3.06 Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, OH
3.07 The Stache @ The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
3.08 Octave - Covington, KY
3.09 Reggies - Chicago, IL
3.13 Whiskey Junction - Minneapolis, MN
3.14 Redstone Room - Davenport, IA
3.15 Encore Room @ Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MO
3.16 Reverb Lounge - Omaha, NE
3.20 Mohawk - Austin, TX
3.21 Last Concert Cafe - Houston, TX
3.22 Sundown @ Granada - Dallas, TX
3.23 Dan's Silverleaf - Denton, TX
3.28 Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
3.29 Lost Lake - Denver, CO
4.03 Aisle 5 - Atlanta, GA
4.05 The Pour House Music Hall - Raleigh, NC
4.06 Visulite Theatre - Charlotte, NC
5.17 Proper Family Picnic - Norridgewock, ME
5.25 StrangeCreek Campout - Greenfield, MA
For more information, visit www.considerthesourcemusic.com.