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The Pinder Brothers’ New ‘Melancholy Sea’ Makes Waves With Sing-a-long Melodies & Crafty Alt-Rock Arrangements

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The Pinder Brothers’ New ‘Melancholy Sea’ Makes Waves With Sing-a-long Melodies & Crafty Alt-Rock Arrangements

Sons of Moody Blues founding member Mike Pinder carry on the tradition, as their own SoCal followers continue to burgeon

Los Angeles—The Pinder Brothers may not be the first pair of siblings to proffer an intrinsic fusion of vocal harmonies, but add to the mix crafty sing-a-long melodies and enough of a rock edge to engage the masses. That is the musical mantra of these brothers in arms’ third full-length release “Melancholy Sea.”

Of course, the many current fans of Matthew and Michael Lee are already aware of one other essential factor. Let’s call it pedigree. Their dad Mike Pinder was a founding member of the legendary Moody Blues, who not only fulfilled the enduring band’s mellotron duties, but also contributed harmony vocals.

The Pinder Brothers mesh the harmonies of Crosby, Stills and Nash alongside the songwriting style of Simon & Garfunkel, and ultimately add their own modern spin. Listeners will hear all of this and more in “Melancholy Sea,” which the pair wrote, plays and arranged.

The project’s masterfully penned lyrics create a sonic tapestry that dazzles the ear… much like the colors of a seashell inspire the eye. The brothers’ voices harmonize beautifully, accompanied by arrangements that deftly ease from a bed of crunchy electric guitars into warm overdriven tones that layer as naturally as sheets and a blanket.

“There are many themes that are explored in the lyrics of our new project,” Michael says. “With today’s manic lifestyle, we sometimes miss out on absorbing the beauty that is all around us. Our mission is to maintain that sense of wonder. It could be right in front of us in a scene that we pass day after day. That is the overall theme of our new album.”

Among highlights, “Here We Go” illustrates how such a rapid pace can interfere with the simple enjoyment of the moment. The lyric relates: “Life seems impossible sometimes, It’s hard to just go with the flow.” Other tracks delve into bends in life’s journey, exploring other universal themes fortified with endless sonic surprises throughout the eloquently crafted album. And as a wickedly wonderful bonus: founding Moody Blues members Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas make a guest appearance on the album’s finale track “Summer Moon.”

It could be said that The Pinder Brothers have 60’s Brit-rock heritage in their DNA, with a healthy dose of California style thrown in. Hailing from Northern California, Matt and Michael Pinder grew up playing music and performing together whenever possible.

How could they not, with the sounds of the lost chord echoing softly in their ears. Thankfully, Mike Pinder’s innate talent has been passed on to his sons—who are now creating their own legacy.

Audio samples and purchase of The Pinder Brothers’ “Melancholy Sea” at: cdbaby.com/cd/thepinderbrothers22

For more information: http://www.pinderbros.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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Front Row Features Interview with Mike Pinder

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Box Set Commemorates Mellotronic Man Mike Pinder

By ANGELA DAWSON

Front Row Features

HOLLYWOOD—Growing up in Birmingham, England during and just after World War II, Mike Pinder would steal away to a wooden box in the backyard where he would lay down and stare up at the moon and the stars, imagining what it would be like to travel to different worlds. His love for all things celestial earned him the nickname Mickey the Moonboy.

As he grew older, Pinder developed a passion for music, playing guitar and piano, as well as writing and singing. He formed his first band El Riot and the Rebels as a teenager, but then joined the British army, where he wound up stationed in Germany. That’s where he first heard The Beatles on the radio. It was a life-changing moment for Pinder. He decided it was time to get out of the military and back into music. Luckily, he had a very understanding commanding officer, who released him due to a minor foot deformity.

Once free to return to England, Pinder got together with a friend, Ray Thomas, a flautist, and formed the Krew Cats. They soon added a drummer (Graeme Edge), a singer/guitarist (Denny Laine) and bassist (Clint Warwick), renaming themselves The Moody Blues in 1964. Their first album, The Magnificent Moodies, yielded the hit single “Go Now.” Other hits followed, including “Nights in White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon” and “Dawn (is a Feeling) on other albums.

For the rest of the bio and the interview, please visit the Front Row Features website!


Esoteric Recordings Release Deluxe 3-Disc CD & DVD Set Of ‘The Promise / Among The Stars’ Featuring New Bonus Material By Moody Blues Founding Member Mike Pinder

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Esoteric Recordings Release Deluxe 3-Disc CD & DVD Set Of ‘The Promise / Among The Stars’ Featuring New Bonus Material By Moody Blues Founding Member Mike Pinder

London, UK – Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce release of a Deluxe 3 Disc CD & DVD set by MOODY BLUES founder and keyboard player MIKE PINDER. Noted for his pioneering use of the Mellotron on the “Classic Seven” albums by the Moody Blues, Mike recorded a solo album, “The Promise”, (released in 1976) before departing the Moody Blues during sessions for the “Octave” album. Settling in California, Mike pursued many interests before releasing a follow up solo album, “Among the Stars” in 1994 as a private mail order release.

This deluxe boxed set features remastered versions of both albums, along with three new bonus tracks, “If She Came Back” by Mike and “Waves Crash” and “Empty Streets” by the Pinder Brothers (featuring RAY THOMAS on flute), produced by Moody Blues producer, the late Tony Clarke.

It also includes a DVD (over an hour in duration) with extensive interviews with Mike on his time with the Moody Blues, his personal philosophies and exclusive solo performances of his music.

NB. The DVD featured in this set is in NTSC and REGION FREE format and playable in any country.

CD ONE

“The Promise”:

Free as a Dove
You’ll Make it Through
I Only Want to Love You
Someone to Believe In
Carry On
Air
Message
The Seed
The Promise

CD TWO

“Among the Stars”:

The Power of Love (Can Survive)
You Can’t Take Love Away
The Best Things in Life
Hurry Home
When You’re Sleeping
Fantasy Fight
Among the Stars
Upside Down
Waters Beneath the Bridge
The World Today

New bonus tracks:

If She Came Back
Waves Crash –
The Pinder Brothers (with Ray Thomas)
Empty Streets –
The Pinder Brothers (with Ray Thomas)

DISC THREE – DVD

Exclusive extended interviews with MIKE PINDER
& solo performances

To purchase: Mike Pinder – ‘The Promise / Among The Stars’ Deluxe 3-Disc CD & DVD Set: http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4389

For Further information: http://www.cherryred.co.uk/
Email: esotericarts@btconnect.com

Mike Pinder official website: http://www.mikepinder.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, Billy James, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA),
glassonyonpr@gmail.com
Mike Pinder is available for interviews.