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Detroit's Tiles is prog and proud of it

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2015

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It will be spring by the time the Detroit prog rock group Tiles releases its next album -- which will be an eight-year interim, the longest in the quartet's career, since 2008's "Fly Paper."

But guitarist Chris Herin has a different way of looking at the timing.

"The new album is two CDs, so we get to divide (the gap) by two and stay on our every four year schedule," Herin, 53, says by phone from his home in Trenton. "That's how I'm spin-doctoring it, at least."

"Pretending To Run" is hardly short on ambition, however. The 96-minute set is a conceptual piece about "an individual who's faced with some unsuspecting and surprising events that requires him or her to face some trauma through different phases of the revelation and the experience and, kind of, the recovery. It's about unforeseen, unpleasant circumstances, life-changing events. Everybody can relate to that."

Herin adds that, "It sounds a little dry and academic, but it's not. It plays out really well."

Tiles has company on the project. Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson guests, as does former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, jazz guitarist Mike Stern, Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin and prog violinist and Stratospheerius leader Joe Deninzon. Rush's longtime designer Hugh Syme is handling album art, and the album is set to be mastered in November.

And Herin acknowledges that he and his bandmates, who have been at it since 1993, are chomping at the bit to get "Pretending To run" out.

"You reach that point where you've lived with the music for so long you're kind of done with it," Herin notes. "You want to release it and promote it and play it live and see how it's received. That's always the big question mark at the end of the process."

Sonic Voyage Fest featuring Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, Tiles, Faded Main and Discipline

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23.

The Diesel Concert Lounge, 151 23 Mile Road, Chesterfield.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Call 586-725-2228 or visit dieselconcertlounge.net.

Web Site: www.dieselconcertlounge.com

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