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Presto Ballet bassist Bobby Ferkovich has issued the following announcement about the band finishing work on a new album:
"First, the new album is finished! Musically, that is.. We're still working on the album art and packaging and PR and all that good stuff, but musically, it's done. And that's a huge weight off! It will be called 'Relic Of The Modern World.'
"As Kurdt has blogged about before, we are going to do a vinyl release in addition to CDs and downloads. We're really happy with this one, and we want it to reach our audience on a deeper level than you'll get from downloading singles on iTunes all day. While not a concept album, it does touch on themes of people young and old, of times modern and past. I was thinking about this a lot today, as I was working out in the gym in Bellevue, Washington. It's a great place, but I have one big giant problem with it - the god-awful dance club music they insist on playing at volumes loud enough to permeate my very soul. I've debated the staff there numerous times on the musical merit of that style, and if indeed you can even call the mindless beats created by machines 'music' at all. They themselves have admitted they play it just for background noise while they're teaching fitness classes - it literally gets played because it's so easily ignored. How did that become okay??
"Now far be it from me to impune anyone's taste in music, but the members of Presto Ballet come from a generation where musicians took the time to really learn their instruments. We played 'til our fingers bled, working for weeks learning pieces of music, and we connected with it far more deeply than any connection I can imagine anyone having with those throwaway generic dance beats. It is our intention to bring back that connection!
"We'll be working on new merch soon, but for now if you come to our website here we've got a limited number of shirts for sale from our first run. I believe we only have 3 size XL left as of today, plenty of L and M though. We won't be producing this design again, so grab them now! Of course all our music is available also. A big thank you from all of us for being a fan of the band!"
Ronny Munroe (Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Ex-Metal Church) has stepped down as vocalist of progressive metal band Presto Ballet, the band founded by Ex-Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof.
The following is the statement posted on Munroe's Facebook page:
"I must regretfully announce my departure as lead vocalist of Presto Ballet. My continued involvement with the Trans Siberian Orchestra has made it impossible to leave me with enough time to fully dedicate myself to such a great band as Presto Ballet. I'm wishing Kurdt Vanderhoof and the rest of the guys continued success, and I thank Kurdt for allowing me the chance to share in, and be a part of, his vision."
Monroe joined Presto Ballet in 2010 and performed vocals on the band's latest LP "Invisible Places" (2011). More...