Exposé Online banner

Discipline — Live Days
(Strung Out Records SOR 6807, 2010, 2CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2013-04-01

Live Days Cover art

Fronted by Matthew Parmenter, arguably the most dynamic front man ever to grace an American prog outfit, Discipline built a following during the 90s prog revival largely through word of mouth and concert appearances. Their two albums from that era, 1994s Push and Profit and 1997s Unfolded Like Staircase cemented their standing as one of the USA's best groups, with their 1999 live album closing out that chapter in the band's history. They've been on hiatus until 2011's To Shatter All Accord, but Cyclops Records — no doubt wanting to capitalize on the band's return to active duty — have obtained the rights to a huge pile of old live recordings and the result is this two-disk set, taken from appearances at ProgDays '95 and '98, Orion Sound Studio (1996 and 1997), and a couple Michigan clubs: Lili's 21 (1996) and Magic Bag (1997). The performances are uniformly excellent with Parmenter and guitar player Jon Preston Bouda stealing the majority of the spotlight, though honorable mention goes to drummer Paul Dzendzel for tearing into his kit on an exhausting rendition of "When the Walls Are Down." The Orion performances are the best in terms of recording quality, while the club gigs reveal the limitations bands often have to deal with when playing small venues. For those who already own the Discipline Live disk you may be wondering why you need this, especially considering that every song on that release can also be found here. The answer comes both in terms of the power of these performances, plus the appearance of several unreleased songs including the excellent "Mickey Mouse Man" and "Wrists." Discipline are one of those bands that are best experienced in a live setting, so until you get your chance this will be the next best thing. Highly recommended.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 40, 2010 releases

Related artist(s): Discipline

More info
http://www.strungoutrecords.com

Latest news

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Born Again Floozies - 7 Deadly Sinners – After last year's five-song debut EP Novelties, Addenda & Ephemera, the release of this Indianapolis band's first full length CD was a highly anticipated event here at Exposé central. Sporting a...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues