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EVOLVE IV

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Evolve IV biography
After being approved by the Administrators Team, I asked Peter Matuchniak of the band to send us a biograpy of EVOLVE IV and just received it.

Iván Melgar - Morey


Short story of how the band was Formed

Peter Matuchniak and Mike Eager founded the group Evolve IV and were later joined by Paul Sheriff and Jim DeBaun. Four strangers that came together on the internet looking for collaborators to write and record the kind of music that leaned on their collective, and predominantly progressive influences. Peter and Mike hit it off immediately and formed a strong writing partnership that is the basis of all the compositions -- there's a backlog of material that's enough for at least two or three more albums.


Influences and Sound

Evolve IV is a modern take on progressive rock but still clings to the idea of a classic style with the freedom to twist and turn a bit. The main influences come from the past classics (Genesis, Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, The Beatles) to more modern bands (Radiohead, Killers, Fountains of Wayne, Coldplay). Peter Matuchniak and Mike Eager come from either side of the Atlantic and bring their own set of experiences and styles. Peter, originally from England, was part of the UK neo-progressive scene of the 1980's with Janysium and Mach One that attracted the attention of Keith Goodwin (press agent for Marillion, Yes, Black Sabbath, etc.).


Future Plans

Evolve IV is currently in the process of recording songs for a follow-up CD called "Falling Ash" (tentatively set for release in late 2009). So far the songs are turning out to be longer with more instrumental passages, perhaps leaning more towards our progressive roots and a little darker in mood. The band had discussed doing a small selection of gigs at the suggestion of Midge Mathieson (former stage manager for Jethro Tull) who offered to provide some assistance. However, apart from practical issues in terms of time and getting together and so on, the band chooses to focus more on writing and recording at the moment, and ultimately putting their family lives first.

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Decadent Lights
2007

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 Decadent Lights by EVOLVE IV album cover Studio Album, 2007
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Review by Windhawk
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3 stars A slightly odd creation this debut album from transatlantic collaborative project Evolve IV.

The band explore a form of complex music that falls withing most criterias for progressive music; with the guitarwork in particular being quite quirky at times. Double or triple layered guitars are indeed key assets in this production, that is very much a guitars and vocal driven affair.

Clean, undistorted guitars are the chosen sound for most of these tunes though, melodic soloing and mellow licks dominating through and through along with well-performed pleasant vocals; that mixed with effective but often slightly simplistic rhythms create a distinctly commercial sounding atmosphere.

It's hard to compare these guys in terms of style though; some sort of hybrid mix of acts like Rush and Man comes to mind; sans any heavy guitar explorations and with less keyboards. Well mad and well performed though; but the compositions aren't spectacular by any means at this stage of the band's career. In time this could be a very intriguing act - one to follow for those enjoying the lighter side of prog.

 Decadent Lights by EVOLVE IV album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.00 | 5 ratings

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Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

3 stars Being honest with myself and with the readers, I must say that when I received the CD called "Decadent Lights" by the USA band EVOLVE IV, I was unimpressed, found very little Prog to comment and for that reason I had no interest in the, but being that is was hard to send a mail to Peter Matuchniak (Founder of the band) telling him I had to reject his brainchild, specially being so nice, I gave them another listen.

And guess what? The band started growing on me more and more with each listen, I still believe they are not the most Prog band in history, but they have enough Progressive elements to be in Prog Related or maybe even in Crossover. So asked for their induction and they were admitted by the Administrator's team, something that pleased me a lot.

What can I say about the album?

Well, it's a nice blend of styles, characteristic of bands that come from USA in the XXIst Century, they present us an interesting fusion of various elements that go from simple mainstream to Heavy Prog, passing by some sort of Symphonic with Jazzy leanings, ambient, a bit of Country Music hints, and even good classic Rock & Roll with Power ballads.

If Progressive Rock consists in blending of different genres, well these guys do this with great style, so they deserve by own right to be in Prog Archives.

Michael Eager is always sober and competent in the vocals, but even better in the guitar, Peter Matuchniak is in charge of the keyboards and with all his experience fdoes an excellent job, both musicians well supported by a solid rhythm section formed ny Jim DeBaun (Bass) and Paul Sheriff in the drums. It's obvious we're in front of skilled musicians who will be outstanding when they find a unique sound in one determined sub-genre.

All the tracks are enjoyable, but the ones that impressed me more are the ever changing "Number 16", the jazzy "Listen Up", the incredibly well elaborate Rolling Along and of course the mysterious "Saturday's Gone".

Now, please don't consider my star rating too seriously, because we have guidelines, 5 stars is for a Prog Masterpiece, and this is not the case, 4 stars is for essential addition for any Prog collection, I believe they could be close to essential but for a music collection or even Rock collection, not for the case of Prog exclusively.

So I have to give them 3 stars, because that's what the guidelines indicate, but they deserve more despite not being totally Prog. If you are a Proghead who likes his favorite genre blended with other styles, this is your band, and in my case, "Decadent Light" is still spinning in my CD player.

Thanks to ivan_melgar_m for the artist addition.

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