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Dredg Returns with The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion

Los Gatos Prog Rockers Play Velvet Jones with Rx Bandits

Since busting onto the alt-rock scene way back in ‘93, Dredg have never shied away from experimentation. In 1998, the band’s first full-length, Leitmotif, followed one man’s global travels to cure his unnamed disease. In 2002, the band released El Cielo, based on Salvador Dal- and his struggles with sleep paralysis. And in 2005, the band’s Catch Without Arms attempted to conceptualize contrasts and opposites in its two-part format.

Now, some four years later, the Los Gatos four-piece (made up of singer Gavin Hayes, guitarist Mark Engles, bassist Drew Roulette, and drummer/keyboardist Dino Campanella) return to the fold with The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion. The 18-track record draws from the band’s more prog-minded roots while remaining surprisingly listenable, incorporating everything from spiraling instrumental tracks (“Stamp of Origin: Pessimistic”) to pop-infused rock-outs (“Saviour,” “Pariah”). Oh yeah, and the whole thing is inspired by Salman Rushdie’s essay, “Imagine There’s No Heaven: A Letter to the Six Billionth World Citizen.” In fact, the band are slated to pair up with Rushdie this fall for an AIDS/HIV fundraising event called Liner Notes at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York City.

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Progress has always relied on bold and courageous efforts to cut the ties to old traditions, trends, and beliefs,” Hayes said in a recent press release. “Salman Rushdie is a living example of such courage and one of the reasons why we chose to use his essay : as an outline and inspiration for our new record and its artwork. We are extremely excited and flattered to share an evening with such a talent.”

Rushdie references aside, the band are very much hard at work, having recently hit the road in support of The Pariah. This Saturday, August 29, Dredg makes a stop at Velvet Jones (423 State St.) with fellow tourmates Rx Bandits and As Tall as Lions at 8 p.m. Known for their high energy and hard-rocking live shows-not to mention their legions of devoted fans-the band are sure to draw quite the crowd. For more info and tickets, call 965-8676 or visit

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