All of us know Phil Collins well. Growing up with Genesis, with his solo hits from the 1980s — “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now),” “Easy Lover,” “Sussudio,” and more, they are part of the soundtrack of our youth, for many of us.
Phil Collins’ son Simon Collins has a band, too, called Sound of Contact, and he, like his father, is a singer and a drummer. Formed in 2009, Sound of Contact is inspired by astronomical themes, and their new CD, Dimensionaut
, reveals space-related stories.
Here is a press release on the new work:
Sound of Contact is the new space-inspired progressive rock band from vocalist/drummer/composer/producer and solo recording artist Simon Collins (son of legendary musician Phil Collins). With a distinguished musical familial lineage, Collins has established himself as a preeminent performer with the release of several solo albums. Melding elegant melodies with electronica-tinged hard rock and intimate lyrics, Collins has created a distinct sound all his own.
With this project/musical collaboration, Sound of Contact, Collins delves further into the futuristic aspect of his songcraft, all the while incorporating elements of progressive rock that are his musical heritage. You can check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the new video for “Pale Blue Dot” on USAToday.com. The stunning, cosmic-inspired video is taken from the band’s debut album, Dimensionaut
, and follows the journey of a time and space traveler’s mission back on Earth to bring about world peace, one human experience at a time. The “Pale Blue Dot” single will soon go for ads at radio.
Sound of Contact’s debut concept album, Dimensionaut
, was recently released internationally via legendary prog rock label InsideOut, alongside Simon Collins’ own label Lightyears Music, resulting immediately in rave reviews from fans and critics alike. The UK’s Classic Rock
to be a “unique album to repeatedly savor,” while global music website Renowned For Sound dubbed it “lush and awe-inspiring.” Sound of Contact were just voted “Best New Band,” taking home the “Limelight Award” at Prog Mag’s 2013 Progressive Music Awards. Sound of Contact will soon take their music to the masses, with upcoming tour dates in North America to be announced shortly.
Co-produced by Collins and Sonic Reality’s Dave Kerzner, Dimensionaut
finds Collins at home behind the drum kit as well as out front, handling lead singer duties. He is joined on the album by Matt Dorsey (guitars and bass, backing vocals), Dave Kerzner (keyboards, backing vocals, sound design), and Kelly Nordstrom (guitars and bass), with a guest appearance by The Wishing Tree’s Hannah Stobart (vocals) and Wells Cunningham (cello, violin). Dimensionaut
was mixed by Nick Davis (Genesis, XTC), mastered by Grammy-Award-winning Gavin Lursen and features futuristic artwork designed by visionary graphic artist Taavi Torim.
You’ll find more information here