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Everybody is familiar with the feeling of chaos in dreaming; where everything simultaneous moves counter to logic but somehow still makes sense in the moment. In this notion, the members of Los Angeles-based instrumental rock outfit, Night Verses, found the core concept of their sophomore Equal Vision / Graphic Nature Records full-length, From The Gallery of Sleep. Starting with over 30 open-ended interviews with friends regarding what they experienced while dreaming, Aric Improta (drums/sampling), Nick DiPierro (guitars) and Reilly Herrera (bass) set out to create the sonic equivalent to the world we all enter when we go to sleep. More of a multimedia examination of dream sequencing than a standard record; From The Gallery of Sleep takes a non-linear approach to composition that creates a soundtrack of chaotic transitions and dynamic shifts that somehow manage to surprise the listener while feeling perfectly logical. In doing so, the band was able to strive for innovation while taking a unique approach to maintaining listener relatability.
Since the mutual parting of ways with vocalist Doug Robinson in 2017, Improta, DiPierro and Herrera have challenged themselves to find a sound that will push the boundaries of what an instrumental rock outfit can accomplish. While Robinson's departure was never expected, no longer being tied to a vocal melody has opened the door for the remaining members to explore a myriad of new directions musically. They've taken full advantage of this opportunity to construct something unlike anything they've created in the past, and the result is 13 songs that explore a wide array of influences that wouldn't seem to fit naturally together; from classical music (i.e – the extended lack of drums in several moments of the album) to the abstract vocal samples that serve as additional instrumentation they borrowed from 90's trip hop, From The Gallery Of Sleep is a seamless integration of the entire lexicon of popular music translated through the form of a heavy, instrumental rock masterpiece.
With such ambitious goals in mind, Night Verses turned to producer Will Putney (Every Time I Die, Body Count, Knocked Loose, Amity Affliction) to help realize the sound they've sought their entire careers. This was undoubtedly the right choice, as Putney was incredibly in-tune with their varied influences and was able to bring the best performance out of each member. The fact that he shared a very similar pedigree with the band allowed them to integrate each of their, often obscure, influences into something both cohesive and unlike anything the band has put out previously. Putney was able to guide them in a way that would apply it as if it were a filter that delivered what the band wanted from the reference while still staying in line with what they were trying to accomplish within the bigger picture.
Already beloved by critics and fans alike, look for Night Verses to reach new heights in their role as torchbearers not only in heavy rock, but in regards to the wider world of progressive music with the release of From The Gallery Of Sleep.