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Into the arms of infinity

I’ve been dreaming of this moment for a long, long time. 3 years, in fact. 3 years, an demo and a name change later, I’m proud to bring you the Is This Revolutionary? review of Signals to Vega’s debut album, Into The Arms of Infinity. Anyone who’s been following this blog knows my infatuation with this band. From the moment “Faster, My Friend… The Old World Is Behind You” began, I was head over heels. I’ve gotten to know David, Ricky, Joe and Zac since 2010, and they are as fantastic musicians as they are people. Their music has gotten me through the darkest of times, and I only hope you can take away from it what I can.

The album starts, and you are immediately brought into the fold of what Signals to Vega is all about: big volume & big emotion; “Redshift” grabs onto your heartstrings and never lets go. What I love about this song, which is reflective of the entire album, is the incredibly full song structure due to the combination of the guitar parts. Their wall of sound is so warm and inviting, and pairing that with such a beautiful second guitar creates an atmosphere that is unlike any other. Each moment you’re listening, whether you’re alone in your car or in a crowded subway station, your soul fuses with the sound and you become one with the music. If any stronger evidence is needed, 3:48 of “Oh, Rhien” is the strongest example of how well they pull it off. It may seem simple, but the way they build up, slow it down, and then resume without any loss of momentum takes a whole lot of artistic skill and creativity. The hidden gem is the drums, which are overlooked because of the show-stealing guitars. If you take a good listen, you’ll realize how talented of a musician that man is, and how he really provides the grounding that allows the entire band to work.

Rating: I almost feel this section is unnecessary. I have seen this band grow and develop over the past three years (all the different copies I have of “Fear Not the Cycle of Life” as proof) and their ability is unmistakable. I will stake my entire reputation on this claim: Signals to Vega is the pinnacle of post-rock. Into The Arms of Infinity is proof that what I said on November 22, 2010 was correct, “[Signals to Vega] will rise as one of the best post-rock bands in the next decade.” If you don’t believe me, take a listen. You’ll never be the same again. 5/5 kegs as probably the best album I’ve had the pleasure of listening to.

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Signals To Vega Release New Single, “Redshift”

Posted: April 12, 2012 by Is This Revolutionary? in Reviews, Video
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2010 seems so long ago. Ricky had JUST taken me on to write for Is This Revolutionary?, and in my search for new music to post, I came across a band called Some Are Gods. I instantly fell in love; their demo tape still is one of my favorites of all time. After a review, some PR and an interview, I had really gotten to know the band personally and followed them through the ups, the downs and the band name switches. When I was told Signals To Vega had decided to call it quits, I died a little inside and wrote a memorial article capturing everything I had been feeling. Now, two years and several new additions have injected new life into Signals To Vega, and they’ve put out their first song to the public, entitled “Redshift”. More or less the same feel as their previous incarnations, this is not something to be missed, as they will rise to the top of the post-rock world in due time.

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Something has been off for the past month. I didn’t know what it was until just this morning. I was informed of the news about a month ago, and I have just kept it all inside, but I feel like I’m more upset about this than I should be.

Signals To Vega started out as Some Are Gods, a band we featured quite frequently here at Is This Revolutionary?. The reason why is that on top of them being such great guys, their demo touched me in a way that few bands truly have, and it was only their demo. I just felt so alive listening to those three songs, and I couldn’t wait for them to finally make it big. There were so many times, if I wanted to escape, I’d put on their music and just drive around for hours. Each note struck something inside my head and inside my heart, and it has been a feeling I’ve never let go.

Then, a short while ago, Some Are Gods switched their name to Signals To Vega. I was informed by David McMichael that I’d never hear those songs ever again. I was heartbroken, but he assured me his new stuff was going to blow me away. He sent me over a ten-minute song, and I got chills every minute. They hadn’t lost their touch, and expanded upon their sound in a way I couldn’t even imagine. I jumped on the Signals To Vega bandwagon…

…until it fell off. I woke up from a nap to Dave’s text, and I couldn’t believe it. I jumped on my computer, and I saw their final message:

After certain situations prevented us from keep doing what we love to do, we’ve decided to lay the band to rest. What’s done is done. THANK YOU to everyone we have played with, ran into, hung out with, and everyone that has enjoyed our demo and supported us. You will never be forgotten.

-David, Joe, Ricky & Derek

Jaw dropped, mind in total disbelief, I jumped right into that Some Are God’s demo like I had before and got lost for one last time. I haven’t had the courage to listen to it since, and maybe some of you may think I’m a freak, but knowing the band is over is more upsetting than I like to admit. I watched them grow, and they watched ITR? grow, and it just felt so right. I felt like I needed some closure, so here it is:

In this post, I’m enclosing not only the download and link to the Some Are Gods Demo, but also the last song Signals To Vega ever wrote, never before released. I feel like anyone listening should listen to what was up ahead for these guys. The good news is that the band has issued the statement of “It’s not a permanent thing… we will be reunited in due time”. As for now, let it change your life as it has changed mine.

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