Time for Prog Mile Marker Zero- A Thousand Nights

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edited June 2010 in The Rock Band Network
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Mile Marker Zero-From the moment they formed in 2003, New Haven, Connecticut quintet Mile Marker Zero have taken a slightly off-kilter, multi-tiered approach towards rock music that bordered on duality. Their songs are epic and ambitious, filled with unconventional arrangements and challenging rhythms yet they also flow with powerful melodies and memorable choruses. Even their name is a dichotomy.

“If you take a physical object, like the Mile Marker Zero down in Key West, it’s either the beginning of a journey or the end of a journey,” says vocalist Dave Alley. “We really believe in bringing things full circle, and the music features a lot of elements that simultaneously express two sides of a thought or idea.”

Such sonic chemistry usually doesn’t come without training. Every member of Mile Marker Zero has a solid background in music theory and classical performance, which he vigorously applies to songs such as “A Thousand Nights,” which combines the atmospherics of Pink Floyd with the dramatic tension of A Perfect Circle, and “The Reaping Tide” a faster, more turbulent track that sounds like a hybrid of Metallica and Dream Theater. Alley, Tim Rykoski (bass) and Mark Focarile (keyboards) have honed their chops together for years before they met guitarist John Tuohy, where they were all attending Western Connecticut University’s school of music. Interestingly their fields of study didn’t directly correlate to their roles in Mile Marker Zero. Tuohy earned his degree in jazz guitar and Alley actually majored in percussion.

“My degree is in classical percussion,” he says. “I used to play drums and sing for the group, but we wanted a singer who could be a little more dramatic, so I took up the lead singer role and my brother Doug (drums) who’s a phenomenal drum set player decided to join us.”

When Alley became the front man, he started writing songs with Focarile. Soon they were releasing songs online and selling them at shows. Mile Marker Zero’s debut, Zero, came out in the winter of 2004, followed by two EPs, including The Haunted EP, which was released in August 2006. The release earned the band airplay on WPLR and WMRQ, and Mile Marker Zero were subsequently voted CTMusic.com’s band of the month.

As more listeners heard the band’s songs, word rapidly spread. Music fans who had grown weary of predictable arrangements and watered down melodies were attracted to Mile Marker Zero’s sense of adventure. Combining well-crafted songs with technical proficiency, and raw energy with sonic intensity, the band creates gritty hard rock that bristles with progressive rock influences.

“We’ve always wanted to write music that was a real experience for the listener,” says Alley. “We grew up listening to early progressive rock so we liked epic songwriting, but we were also into mid-90s rock which was much more direct. So we really wanted to be kind of grandiose and over the top, but we wanted to be strongly melodic and didn‘t want to be over people‘s heads.”

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