Brutal Architecture - 2007 Remastered Edition

by Rocket Scientists

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From the original 1995 press release:

Rocket Scientists is an astounding blend of past, present and future, drawing on influences both new and old. Led by producer / keyboardist Erik Norlander and vocalist / guitarist Mark McCrite, the band paints broad sonic landscapes with their unique brand of progressive rock on their new Kinesis release Brutal Architecture.

Rocket Scientists' 1993 debut album Earthbound captured international acclaim from fans of both progressive and pop music. The follow up release, Brutal Architecture, takes the band into more experimental waters with long, instrumental pieces with stylized solos contrasted by Beatlesque vocals and sharp studio production.

Erik Norlander was born in Hollywood, California during the late 60s. Music was an essential part of his growing up, with bands like ELP, ELO and Yes instilling in him a fascination with synthesizers and electronic devices. Norlander's love of science fiction and literature blended well with his musical aspirations, defining very early on a vision for the fantastic and arcane. Favorite writers Heinlein, Moorcock and Asimov have affected his lyrical style and choice of subject matter from the beginning. Deeply moved by production, Norlander is quick to point to Alan Parsons and Jeff Lynne as major influences on his studio craft. In addition to previously mentioned artists, Norlander lists his favorite bands as Jethro Tull, Rush, UK, Supertramp, Procol Harum and King Crimson. Norlander has produced scores of tracks for film and television, and has worked with many recording artists on various labels including metal guitar icon Joshua and progressive keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson. He also directed sound development of several products for Alesis Studio Electronics, including the QuadraSynth Plus, QS8 series and Andromeda synthesizers.

Mark McCrite was raised in Atlanta, Georgia where he was heavily exposed to 70's Southern Rock during his formative years, which naturally caused him to gravitate toward the guitar. His passion for music led him to choose his instrument while still in grade school. The Allman Brothers solo ethic of "melodic yet extended and dynamic" has always been a goal of McCrite's, not only in his guitar playing, but in his songwriting as well. In addition to his Southern Rock roots, McCrite has always been a tremendous Beatles fan. The spirit that inspired Sgt. Pepper's is what turned him on to progressive rock. To quote McCrite: "It is my goal for Rocket Scientists to take well written, timeless, melodic songs and present them in an ambitious, challenging context. Sound familiar?" In the past year or so, McCrite has found inspiration in recent works by Porcupine Tree, King Crimson, Crowded House, Kevin Gilbert and Fish. Outside of Rocket Scientists, McCrite continues to produce a vast array of music scores and also acts as an independent music consultant for the video industry. McCrite is also in the midst of producing an album for the LA rock band River, for whom he writes and plays guitar.

Don Schiff grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and is the only member of the band that has played with Elvis. Three weeks after graduating high school, Don moved to Las Vegas where he soon became the house bass player at the Flamingo Hilton where he played with Ike and Tina Turner, Perry Como and many others. In the 70's, Schiff heard about the electric stick and drove his wife and dog to Los Angeles to meet Emmett Chapman. (See the Stick instruction book "Free Hands" to see Don and Pete the dog.) Schiff would like it known that he played the Stick for Raquel Welch, and would like to say hello if she's reading. Since his Vegas days, Schiff has written for many artists (including Pat Benatar, who got him his first gold record) and scored several films. His score for "Live from Death Row" featured liberal application of the Stick, which became the sound of that film. Schiff has recently played on albums by Eddie Money on Sony, Kerri Anderson on Impact/MCA, and Lance Matthew on Virgin/EMI.

In 1994, Rocket Scientists backed vocalist Lana Lane on her debut album, Love is an Illusion, which is now being widely distributed and gathering international acclaim.

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released July 1, 1995

Mark McCrite - vocals, guitar
Erik Norlander - keyboards, vocals
Don Schiff - Chapman Stick, bass
Tommy Amato - drums

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Rocket Scientists El Dorado Hills, California

Formed in the late 1980s by keyboardist Erik Norlander and vocalist / guitarist Mark McCrite, the two released their first CD in 1993 joined by bassist Don Schiff who soon became a part of the band. RS has played many festivals and concert dates across North America and Europe and continue to release new music. Memorable songwriting and innovative instrumentation are Rocket Scientists hallmarks ... more

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Track Name: Wake Me Up - 2007 remaster
Fly my pretty angel hanging right above my head
She can't see my fingers move
She thinks I must be dead

Throw me a line, I'm going down for the last time
Give me a sign, I'm going under again

Time rushes by, when it's gone it's gone forever
Wake me up and say
I'm dreaming

Underwater I can breathe in aquamarine blue
I can see her reaching out
But she won't pull me through

Throw me a line, I'm going down for the last time
Give me a sign, I'm going under again

Time drifts away like a boat out on the ocean
Wake me up and say
I'm dreaming

Days rushing by like a river to the ocean
Wash me overboard
Time slips away, when it's gone it's gone forever
Wake me, wake me, wake me
Track Name: Mariner - 2007 remaster
I travel deep blue oceans
Far from fields of green
I long for lack of motion
I dream for a change of scene

Dark are the days
Cold are the nights
Deep are the oceans below
But strong are the winds
That carry me home
I sing you the mariner’s song

I leave from ports familiar
Set sail to points unknown
To pierce the heart of darkness
Where the seeds of nightmares are sown

Dark are the days
Cold are the nights
Deep are the oceans below
But strong are the winds
That carry me home
I sing you the mariner’s song

Dark are the days
Cold are the nights
Deep are the oceans below
But strong are the winds
That carry me home
I sing you the mariner’s song
Track Name: Stardust (feat. Lana Lane) - bonus track - 2007 remaster
Sail Away
Twilight falls on me
Time is passing much too quickly for my soul
Winds of Change
Cliffs of Dover
I’ve seen the Fates and I am getting older

Byron, Keats
Shelley, Coleridge
Words of love and life will never fade away
Memories, songs that linger
Harmony of spheres let timbre catch my soul

It’s alright
It’s alright
It’s only stardust maybe
If we write and if we sing
We’ll live on through eternity
Tomorrow

I’ve seen the fall, rain and thunder
Patter on the rooftops of this golden age
Ships of gold, ivory towers
Falling in and out of favor endlessly

It’s alright, It’s alright
It’s only stardust maybe
If we write and if we sing
We’ll live on through eternity
Tomorrow

Scarlet sun, violet ocean blue
The palette of the spheres
Lay down in every hue
Fill my sails, warmest westerlies
Take me on and on and on into infinity

It’s alright, It’s alright
It’s only stardust maybe
If we write and if we sing
We’ll live on through eternity
Tomorrow