PROJECTEDthe group featuring SEPTEMBER members John Connolly (guitar) and Vince Hornby (bass) alongside ALTER BRIDGE/CREED drummer Scott Phillips and guitarist/singer Eric Friedman (a.k.a E-Rock; TREMONTI), will release their third studio album, “Hypoxia”June 24 through Rat Pak Recordings. The sequel in 13 tracks from 2017 “Ignite My Madness” was followed at Barbarosa Studio in Gotha, Florida with producer Michael “Elvis” Basketballwho has worked with SEPTEMBER, ALTER BRIDGE and CUTamong others.
The official clip of the “Hypoxia” the title track can be seen below.
Connolly explains, “We wanted a performance video, but we wanted to literally cut it down to the band and the song with an atmosphere. It was cool to just jam without worrying about anything else.”
Regarding the “Hypoxia” PL, Connolly previously said, “To me personally, this feels like the most cohesive work we’ve done, especially since this is the first time we’ve all been in the studio together. That in itself has had a huge impact about the songwriting process. And it took a while it’s time to finally come out, but I feel like we’ve matured a lot as a band.”
“Hypoxia” shows a band building on their established foundations while incorporating new and exciting elements. After the moody album intro “Consequences”listeners are then greeted by the crushing guitar riffs of Connolly open the gallop track “Dead weight”setting the stage for the rest of the album’s journey.
PROJECTED shows great variety on its latest offering, establishing catchy, singable moments in songs like “Stain”, “to have as a goal” and “Scars” while expertly creating classic nu-metal styles in “The Thing That’s Real” and “Hypoxia”. songs like “Dark” and “Death is mostly permanent” showcasing the band’s ability to slow things down while maintaining a thrilling pulse.
“Hypoxia” track list:
02. Dead weight
03. The thing that is real
05. have as a goal
07. Without you
09. my addiction
12. Death is mostly permanent
13. At your window
“Ignite My Madness” was a two-disc collection featuring 21 tracks. ALTER BRIDGE/TREMONTI songwriter Marc Tremonti co-authored “Rectify” and “Call Me the Devil” and SEPTEMBERit is Morgan Rose co-authored “Grant” with PROJECTED.
In a 2017 interview with Shockwave magazine, Connolly said about PROJECTED: “With PROJECTEDit’s something that gave me a ton of opportunities, while in SEPTEMBER, we all know our parts. If I’m having a bad day at SEPTEMBER, I have to remember that I’m only 20% of the puzzle and when the other guys are online they can pick me up. Freedom and creativity are endless with PROJECTEDand it definitely took me to a place where I’m not used to, but it’s so much fun, and it’s so easy to work with these guys.”
When asked if he had formal training as a lead vocalist, Connolly says, “Honestly, no. My background is basically the 20s with SEPTEMBER, and everything I do is the wrong way. Other singers probably cringe when they hear the way I do it. I hope one day I can take some time off and someone will guide and train me. It’s funny, I can wake up and sing half a song one day, not feel it, then the next day a song. Then some days I’m on, I just go on and blow my voice. My friends will ask, ‘John, are you okay?’, and I’m fine, but I’m just pushing the limit. Then I will have to stop for a few days and then everything will be fine.”
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