Torment Behind Psychic For Radio Album
ProgRock Records boss Shawn Gordon has completed his Psychic For Radio album Standing Wave – at what he calls the “saddest and darkest time” in his life.
It’s taken five years to realise his ambition of producing an “ego free” work with a one-off band and special guests alongside main collaborator Henning Pauly.
Gordon cites influences including OSI, Genesis, Howard Jones, Spyro Gyro and Alan Parsons. He says: “After many years of hard work we will be shipping on October 9. I think you’ll find an interesting combination of music.”
But he tells Prog: “The reason it’s a sad occasion is that the closing song, How to Go On, is a tribute to my wife’s brother, who was killed five years ago. He was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver that they never caught. The song is based on a final letter from my wife to him after his death that I found, and turned the letter into lyrics. They were very close their whole lives.
“Three weeks ago, my wife of 20 years, that I have two wonderful children with, filed for divorce. I can’t understand – and I have this heartfelt tribute to her brother on my album at the same time.”
Psychic For Radio, which Gordon says will change for future recordings – “assuming there is more than one album” – features the label boss on guitars and keys, Pauly on guitar, bass, keys and drum programming, Miles Gordon on bass and Mark Zonder of Fates Warning on drums. Vocals are delivered by Rick Livingstone, Adrian O’Shaughnessy, Todd Plant and Maya hard Zebley.
Guest appearances come from Martin Orford (ex IQ), Mike Alvarez, Randy George (Neal Morse Band) and many others.
Gordon adds: “I’m also proud to say my son Miles contributes bass on the album.”
Standing Wave track list
1. On My Own
3. Shed My Skin
4. She Knows
5. Blood (Into Wine)
6. Pushing the One
7. Once Begun
8. Blacken What is Grey
9. School’s Out
10. Get Me Out of Here
11. How to Go On