Exposé Online banner

Discipline — Push & Profit
(Strung Out Records 128764-01, 1993, CD)

by Dan Casey, Published 1994-02-01

Push & Profit Cover art

Discipline are a young five-piece band from Detroit, Michigan, whose instrumentation includes the usual bass / drums / keys / guitars with the fifth and front man doing vocals/violin/keys/guitar. While they unashamedly borrow their name from King Crimson, as well as cite Crimson, Zappa, Yes and Gentle Giant as major influences, they end up sounding nothing like Crimson at all really. The overall sound is more like Peter Gabriel, Marillion, Pink Floyd, and Gentle Giant. Push & Profit is a 1993-recorded collection of eight songs written between 1987 and 1992. Each song on this album is remarkably separable from the others, each offering a distinct and different style that the band is capable of. Unfortunately, the end result is an album of some tracks that are always worth listening to and some that are always worth skipping over. The best tracks are the Gabriel-esque "Diminished," the Floydian "Systems" and the obviously Giant-influenced "The Reasoning Wall," by far the best track on the album. This song has a strong verse melody with some unique intervals, and lively counterpoint instrumental break in the middle. Clearly, the drummer and keyboard player are the best musicians in the band, and this song shows that Discipline is capable of writing some complex and fascinating music full of neat time and tempo changes when they put their minds to it. In fact, its not too hard to imagine this song being performed by Giant themselves! However, some of the other tracks on the album show that the band is unclear about their direction. A couple of the tunes have little to do with progressive at all, really. The inconsistency in the music is paralleled by an inconsistency in the lyrics too, but fortunately when the music is at its best, so are the lyrics. The album seems to lack energy when taken as a whole, since many of the tempi are very slow, but taken in small chunks, this flaw isn't so obvious. The production and engineering are totally professional, well above what many other independent bands have put together for their first release. The lack of consistency is the biggest hurdle the band still has to overcome and because of that, Push & Profit is definitely not one for the "highly recommended" category. But because of songs like "Systems" and "The Reasoning Wall," it is an album (and a band) certainly worth a listen.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 2, 1993 releases

Related artist(s): Discipline

Latest news

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ken Field - Under the Skin – We all know saxophonist Field from his many years with Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, and of late, his Revolutionary Snake Ensemble also. His solo albums tend to be lesser known, perhaps because they are...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues