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Progress update / MSJ review 

We just received some good press in the Music Street Journal. Check out the review of our debut album here:
http://www.musicstreetjournal.com/index_cdreviews_display.cfm?id=104659

Also, a little update re: what we've been up to: I've been hard at work on the foundation and instrumentation of the new album for the past 8 months or so. As of right now, we have 5 songs in various stages of recording (and a 6th in the early stages of writing). The songs are averaging about 10 minutes in length -- some a bit longer, some shorter. It's been a time-consuming process, as I'm developing and recording almost all of the instruments and parts myself (although I will be bringing in a bit of outside help for some of the guitars - more on that at a later time). But I've been making some great progress, and I'm very pleased with the way the music is developing, as the layers are added bit by bit. With this next album, we'll be taking what I think/hope will be a substantial leap from the foundation we established on Looking Backward. Much of what I've been doing in the studio this year has been focused on experimenting with new sounds and new ways of doing things that ultimately (hopefully) serve the music in the best possible way. Jody and I will start getting together sometime in the next few months to begin working out the vocal parts.

The album is evolving into something more than I originally intended, but it's a good thing; we'll be releasing more music than we had planned. When we finished Looking Backward, our original intention was to just pick out a few finished (or almost finished) songs from the backlog of material written during the same Looking Backward period, re-record them and maybe change/re-write a few things, and then put out a 25-min EP. We weren't anticipating a lengthy recording process.

But instead, I've ended up significantly re-writing whole songs.... to the point where probably about 80 percent of the material for this album is new. Five-minute songs become 12-minute songs, and next thing you know, I've got a beast on my hands. And I've tried to just travel wherever the music leads me.

So, we've decided to make the "EP" a full-length album, 5 songs. This will be the "standard" edition of Supplements. However, we will still be offering an "expanded, limited edition", which will include some additional songs. This expanded edition will be limited to 300 copies total pressed, and this is the version some of our supporters from the last Kickstarter campaign will be receiving. It's hard to say at this point how long it will take to finish the album. It will likely come out sometime next year, but that's about as specific as I can be right now.

As always, thanks to everyone for the continued support. And feel free to email me with any questions or comments: stormchronicles@yahoo.com

More to come soon...

David Burr

Press, Aural Moon rotation and follow-up update 

We recently received a very favorable review of our debut album in the Equal Ground to kick off the New Year. Check it out here. We are also now in regular rotation on the progressive rock internet radio station Aural Moon. Tune in to hear some great music and request our songs.

We plan to begin working on our follow up release in the next few weeks. We took a couple months off for the holidays, but now we're beginning to get back into the swing of things. Although we expect to be immersed in the the current album cycle and promotion for some time, we'll be simultaneously working on our next album. We've decided to take a somewhat unorthodox approach with our follow up.

Our next release will be entitled Supplements, and we plan to make it available in two different versions: both a full-length album version and a condensed 5-song EP. The full-length "special edition" version will be strictly limited to 300 copies on CD, while the EP will be distributed without any such limitation. However, the full version will also be available for digital download. The limited edition physical CD is just our way of offering something a bit more unique to our collector and audiophile friends who prefer the uncompressed listening experience over MP3 download. Those who pre-ordered the EP during our last Kickstarter campaign will receive the full-length Limited Edition version of Supplements.

We do not yet have a concrete time frame for the release of the follow-up, as we're still in the process of mapping out the album and sorting through our existing backlog of demo material to focus on. But we can say that much of the material is already written and ready to be recorded for release sometime this year. We will keep everyone updated on the progress of our next release in the coming months.
 

Aural Moon airplay 

We will be featured in a 20-minute segment on Aural Moon radio on 11/18/13 at 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST). The New Moon on Monday broadcast is a 2-hour show that spotlights new progressive rock album releases. It will also re-air on 11/20/13 at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) and and again on 11/22/13 at 2 a.m. PST.  We are honored to have caught the attention of this fantastic station. Big thanks to host Mat Sgattoni. Tune in here: www.auralmoon.com
 

Prog airplay 

We were recently added to the rotation on Progulus (www.progulus.com), a great progressive rock internet radio station that highlights a number of talented independent prog artists. Visit the website here to tune in and hear some great music.

Also, our song "Individual" recently debuted on Shaun Geraghty's show "The Prog Mill", which broadcasts on Stafford Radio in the UK every Sunday at 10 p.m. UK time (3 p.m. PST here). Big thanks to Shaun for giving our music a spin! The station can be streamed at www.staffordradio.com.

Radio Interview 

We'll be doing an on-air interview Sunday at 12 p.m. PST on 89.1 KMHD2 HD radio out of Portland, OR with Vinni Tallbut. You can tune in at www.KMHD2.org. We'll be chatting about the music and our project, and Vinni will be playing some cuts from our new album. Check us out! Also, check out KMHD2's facebook page at www.facebook.com/amusicrevolution.
 

Press release on new Storm Chronicles CD and helping other indie artists 

Our focus lately has been to spread the word about what we're doing musically and how we're also helping other indie artists with this CD release. We've spent the last few weeks sending out our press release to a number of media outlets (print media, online publications, and internet radio stations). But of course, word of mouth is always going to be our most powerful ally. If you dig our music, tell a friend!

Check out the press release we issued when the album was released in September...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

NEW SEATTLE-BASED ROCK GROUP HELPS OTHER INDIE ARTISTS WITH DEBUT CD

September 17, 2013 (Seattle, Wash.) -- After nearly 20 years in development, the Storm Chronicles released their debut album today and are donating a portion of the proceeds from sales to help other independent artists running fundraisers on kickstarter.com.
 
The CD release, entitled Looking Backward, resulted from the group's own successful Kickstarter campaign in April. Each month, the Storm Chronicles will contribute 5 percent of profits from CD and digital sales of the album to other Kickstarter fundraising projects.
 
"We believe strongly in giving indie bands more exposure," explained David Burr, Creative Director for the Storm Chronicles. "Indie artists provide people with more choices, and they effectively diminish the power of the big record companies that selectively decide who should gain exposure and who should not."
 
The endeavor is part of a program known as Kicking It Forward (kickingitforward.org). Burr discovered the program while running his own Kickstarter campaign for the Storm Chronicles.
 
"There are a lot of quality artists out there that few people have ever heard of," continued Burr. "Sure, we naturally want to establish ourselves and sell records too. That's no secret. But we're doing this because we also genuinely believe in the importance of advancing the indie movement overall. And we know how hard it is to establish yourself if you're an unknown act."
 
The Storm Chronicles plan to announce the contributions and promote each band they back on the group's Facebook page every month.
 
The Storm Chronicles consist of Burr, who resides near Seattle, Wash, and lead vocalist Jody Dietz, from Longview, Wash. Burr is responsible for the majority of the duo's songwriting, as well as the instrumentation and production. The Storm Chronicles' sound can be characterized as adult album alternative rock, and it's reminiscent of a wide range of quasi-retro influences -- including Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, and Tears For Fears..
 
Burr developed his music and skills during the course of nearly 20 years, and he began working with Dietz 3 years ago to transform some of his demos into the final Looking Backward recordings -- as well as officially launch the Storm Chronicles project. With a significant backlog of material, the Storm Chronicles plan to release a follow-up EP sometime early next year.
 
For further information, contact David Burr at stormchronicles@yahoo.com or visit stormchronicles.com.
Digital cover artwork available upon request.
 
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Debut album release and new website 

Welcome to our new home on the net! We are pleased to announce that we have just released our debut album, entitled Looking Backward. This release celebrates the official launch of the Storm Chronicles music project, an endeavor that has been in development for almost 20 years in one form or another. Our new album is available for purchase right here on our website as both an mp3 digital download and a full, uncompressed CD.

To accompany our release, we have just launched this newly-redesigned website with some new features. Not only can you purchase our album, but you can also chat with both us and other Storm Chronicles enthusiasts in our new discussion forum. We're available to chat about the music, answer questions, and more. We'll also be posting any YouTube videos, images, and any other multi-media we develop on our media page. For example, we've just added a great new promotional video for "Run". It's nice and cheesey. Check it out if you're interested in a little sensory overload! Some features are still in development, such as the store. We'll eventually have a full merch store integrated into our website. In general, think of our new website as sort of a central "hub" for all things Storm Chronicles, designed to provide you with the best online Storm Chronicles experience possible.

Thank you to all of our supporters/friends who have stuck by us over the years as we've worked to get this project off the ground. We are just getting warmed up, and we look forward to bringing you much more Storm Chronicles music for many years to come. At this point, we have at least a couple hours of unrecorded music already written, and our next step is to get to work on our follow-up EP, entitled Supplements. The 5-song EP will be more or less an extension of Looking Backward and consist largely of additional material written during the same period.

Questions/comments are always welcome in our discussion forum, via email, or on our social networking sites. Feel free to let us know what you think of the new album.

Welcome to our world!
 
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