Chatham’s Falling Edge releases prog rock album

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A Chatham progressive rock band recently completed a long journey and has released their debut album.

Falling Edge, which formed in 2004, is currently comprised of Kevin Tetreault, drums, percussion, vocals; Matt Broadbent, bass, vocals; Chris Rupert, guitar, keyboards, lead vocal; and Steve Kubica on keyboards.

Just this past year, their self-titled album was released.

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Rupert said the album isn’t like the typical music you hear.

“It’s progressive rock,” he said. “Most bands release an album nowadays and it’s going to be punk or metal.

He said their CD contains 58 minutes of music, but is comprised of only five songs.

“The first song is 17 minutes, another is 13 … there is a lot of instrumental stuff in it,” he said.

Rupert said in terms of the albums scope, “it’s like old Yes or the 2112 era of Rush.

“It’s pretty unique because there aren’t that many people out there doing this kind of music anymore,” he said.

Rupert said the album has gotten rave reviews.

“We have had quite a few reviews of the CD. It has been played on Internet radio a fair amount. We just had a magazine that specializes in progressive rock. They just did a review of the album, rated it a 14 out of 16.

“It’s nice, especially nice when you look at some of the other albums being reviewed,” he said. “It’s not all independent guys, there are some big names. There is not a whole lot of prog music that is a household name exactly, expect maybe Yes or Rush, but there is a lot of them out there… and it’s cool that we’ve gotten a better ranking than they did. Not that it’s a competition, but it kinda gives you an idea of what the playing field is like.”

Rupert said the band enjoys a wide range of different music.

“The big thing that got me going into music was like Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Van Halen, that kind of stuff,” he said. “As I got into my later teens, I started getting into those kind of bands like Yes and Rush … just got more into that, but listen to all kinds of stuff. The drummer likes a lot of the heavier stuff. We have a new bass player who is really into blues. There is a wide range of musical interests.”

Rupert said with the length of their songs, it is difficult to get traditional radio play.

“We recognize that this is an uphill battle,” he said. “You’re not going to get a radio station to play anything that is more than four minutes. In terms of radio, the Internet is a lot more fertile of a field.”

Rupert said the band is currently working in the studio on its follow-up album.

Keep up to date with the band at fallingedgemusic.com.

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