OCTOBER THORNS pays tribute to the late bassist DAVID Z with single “Circle Game”, out now (audio)
More than two decades after their formation, Brooklyn-based progressive rockers October Thorns (with the late David Z on bass) have released “Circle Game,” the lead single from the band’s long-awaited album, Circle Game, which will be released next year via Divebomb. Folders.
“After all these years, we’re thrilled to finally be able to share these remixed and remastered songs with fans around the world,” said vocalist Paul LaPlaca. “‘Circle Game’ was the first October Thorns track I sang on, so it means a lot to me that this particular song serves as an introduction to the band for a lot of people.”
“Circle Game” is available today through all major digital providers, here. Listen below:
Formed in 1999, October Thorns quickly became a mainstay in Brooklyn’s “rock capital of the world”, L’Amour, and found themselves traveling from state to state to perform at every metal festival in the continent. Despite numerous line-up changes, the band held on and began to receive international acclaim from the Dutch Aardshock and the German Heavy Oder Vas? with the release of their one and only six-song demo.
By 2001, interpersonal issues, disagreements over musical direction, business decisions and presentation had taken their toll and October Thorns disbanded, playing only two reunion shows in New York in the years that followed.
LaPlaca went on to play with Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Ted Poley (Danger Danger), Carnivore AD and currently plays with Drift Into Black, while David Z has made a name for himself with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Joan Jett, Jeff Scott Soto and his own band, ZO2. On July 14, 2017, David Z was tragically killed in a car accident while on tour with Adrenaline Mob. The news sent shockwaves through his extended community of friends and family, and the David Z Foundation was established in his memory to continue the work of music education through school programs and scholarships at the School. of Rock and Brooklyn College.
Over the past 20 years, interest in publishing the only official October Thorns release has remained constant. Now, with the help of Icefish keyboardist and engineer Alex Argento, those early recordings have been brought up to modern production standards and are ready for release. In addition to “Circle Game,” the full album will include previously unreleased mixes of the songs “Leviathan” and “Sounds of Life,” as well as previously unreleased demo tracks.
“While we want this release to cement October Thorns’ legacy, it’s equally important that it serve as a tribute to Dave,” LaPlaca says. “He was an immeasurable talent that was taken far too soon, and this is a showcase of his remarkable skills and abilities.”