Sound and Style
Thirteen of Everything is a modern symphonic progressive rock band founded in 2000 in Austin, Texas, whose debut album, "Welcome, Humans" (Musea Records, 2005), received wide acclaim. Thirteen of Everything's music is informed largely by the pioneers of progressive rock, combined with elements from other genres. A variety of influences are present with emphasis on long pieces with intricate, syncopated arrangements while maintaining a strong focus on emotive melodies and thematic development. Though a melancholy ambiance is a hallmark, there is also humor. Each song may sound quite different from one to the next with a variety of moods (even within each piece) yet, in a feat not often accomplished, despite this variety the music still retains an identifiable and unique style that is distinctly Thirteen of Everything.
A Brief History
Founders Ted Thomas (drums, vocals) & Mick Peters (Chapman Stick, bass guitar, acoustic guitar vocals) met while waiting in line to attend a local concert by ProjeKCt Three (a King Crimson side-project) and discovered their mutual love for progressive rock. After a few jam sessions as a duo, they invited one of Thomas's co-workers (who had expressed a fondness for prog-rock), Patrick McFarland (keyboards) to join them in making original progressive music. After a year or so of working out various musical arrangements, the three then met Joe Funk (guitar) who played in a local progressive instrumental trio called Two Sheds which later disbanded allowing Funk to join the new as-yet unnamed band. With the four basic musical ingredients now in place, the quartet made plans to record and perform.
In early 2003, the group settled on the band name Thirteen of Everything, recorded a home demo and distributed it freely among friends and music labels at the annual prog-rock festival NEARfest. McFarland left later that year and was replaced by Thad Miller. The band then proceeded to rehearse intensively with Miller and play gigs in the Austin area. Later that year, the demo recording paid off when French record label Musea Records offered the band a world-wide licensing/distribution contract. Rather than use the original demo recordings, the band preferred to make a better quality recording of the material for official release, so they spent all of 2004 meticulously re-recording all the songs as well as a new side-long suite. The resulting album "Welcome, Humans" was released in spring 2005 and received many positive reviews.
Writing/Recording New Material:
Rather than return to live performance after the debut album was released, the band decided to focus on writing new material. In January 2007, Miller left and was replaced by Bruce McIntosh. After a long period of intermittent activity (rehearsal, writing, recording, including various set-backs and delays), McIntosh left in early 2016, at which time Miller was invited to return.
Return to Live Performance and Continued Writing/Recording:
In early 2016 the band returned to live performances, but at the end of that year, Funk left and was replaced in early 2017 by Brett Cosby. Throughout 2017 and most of 2018, the band continued to perform as well as write and record more new material. In September 2018 Miller left again.
2nd Album Release + Writing/Recording for 3rd Album + Search for New Keyboardist
In late 2018, Thirteen of Everything finished the final mixing and mastering of their long-awaited sophomore release, while also working on new material for a future third album, and also LOOKING FOR A NEW KEYBOARDIST to contribute creatively to new compositions, as well as eventually perform both new material and a few of the older pieces (more information here).
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