"This is a very thought provoking album by a duo who definitely punches a hole through the more established forms of Prog and creates their own sound." (USA Progressive Music)
"Gravity Tree is one of the more interesting progressive bands around, a duo who covers all the instruments of a four piece band, plus vocals; and they do this live too...Their material bears a stamp of currency, yet also features the conceptual ideals of classic progressive rock. Their influences likely include Zappa, Happy The Man, Van der Graaf, and Gentle Giant, which they assimilate well as they explore new musical territory..." (Exposé Magazine)
Ten songs in all comprise the latest studio monster experiment Gravity Tree has cooked up: ULTIMATE BACKWARD. It's an entree of sound design sprinkled with 16th note triplets, served up on a hot plate full of guitar-drenched progressive flavor. This chef's special leaves no choice of dessert this time, however.
It is a new noise, a 21st century flavor that bears little resemblance to the sounds of modern radio airwaves. Why? Because everything you hear is performed and generated not by machines, but by 2 human beings. Those aren't drum loops. That's not a sample riff. And they aren't playing anything that can be easily categorized by today's industry.
ULTIMATE BACKWARD features several brand new songs, including the next musical chapter in the NO REST journey, NO REST PART III. Also brand new is the nearly 9 minute epic, INTERFERENCE; and WAIT, a favorite on many music website playlists when it was released early as an album preview piece.
A few more old Gravity Tree prog 'standards' finally make it off the stage and into the recording studio. These include CAN (known live as "the Funk Tune"), GO AWAY (whose early live working title was RAIN), MOTION SICKNESS, and the band's live intro piece, IN.
Gravity Tree is pleased to include a new remix of AIM TO PLEASE. This piece was originally only available on the Bay Prog compilation CD, released a couple of years ago by Expose Magazine in limited quantities. A streaming clip from the song has held the number one spot on the Progressive Charts at NumberOneMusic (even though downloads were not offered). But now Aim to Please is available in its entirety to everyone, on ULTIMATE BACKWARD.
Finally, one of the band's oldest pieces is released for the first time. To answer the musical question "what does punk and prog rock have to do with each other", comes the musical adventure that defines Progressive Punk, CONVERSING WITH THE DEAD (Just in case you thought we weren't experimental).
Sprung out of progressive rock influences ranging from King Crimson to Gentle Giant, from Fred Frith to Al di Meola, and from Laurie Anderson to Frank Zappa, Gravity Tree mixes decidedly guitar focused modern experimentation with old school prog rock foundations.
This ain't Top 40. Listen if you dare...
(WARNING: this music is not intended to function as or represent dance music. Gravity Tree shall not be held accountable or liable for any injuries sustained or resulting from attempts to dance to the odd time signatures and angular polyrhythms contained in "Ultimate Backward".)