There's a saying amongst musical critics and journalists, that the same styles of music become popular every 15-20 years with a contributing hybrid of influence to create a specific genre to call it somewhat different, yet the same. For example, the punk scene of the late 70's compared to the punk scene of the early 90's illustrates this cycle or the pop culture of the 80's compared to the pop culture of the late 90's and 2000's can be exemplified. Even the New Wave of American heavy metal in the early 2000's draws comparison to the New Wave of British heavy metal in the early 80's. Music scenes tend to run in cycles where the listener is always waiting for the next Led Zeppelin, the next Nirvana, the next Michael Jackson and any band or artist that has been dubbed the "next" has quickly faded into an obscurity as if they never were. However, there are the bands that spring up with no attachments, no forewarn, and no branding and they become the band that leads the avid listener of music to the excitement and belief that the vast space of their musical universal has yet to be entirely explored.
According to the pre-eminent art critic, John Ruskin, of the 19th century, "When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece." Spero Lumina is the consummate band of musical innovation that guides the listener on an epochal journey through darkness towards a promising tangible light. It's rare when a band has a novelty of ideas that are identified, personified and transformed into music that embraces the joys and pleasures of life, yet pleads for forgiveness in the humility of their spirituality. Spero Lumina originated from Ramona, CA as 21Rest where four young boys exposed their personal struggles, their brokenness, and their turmoil to each other and embraced the outlet of music to demonstrate their confidence within themselves and their defiance to the social norm and grew into men of shared visions, memories, heartaches, ideas, and a brotherhood. The divine chemistry of Spero Lumina sinks deeper than a musical camaraderie, but the intrinsic characterization that the four of them were meant to be together.
Aaron Rowan is the lead singer of Spero Lumina. Accompanying his infectious guitar work are his lyrics that resonates a fusion of pain and triumph. He is the emotional leader behind the music, the messenger, the narrator; the evocator of comfort, joy, sadness, perseverance, deliverance, and inspiration.
Weston Boucher takes the place as guitarist and back-up vocalist. He accentuates the musical additive that evokes fervor and euphoria within the realms of the guitar whilst steering the music into a dichotomy of eccentricity and pragmatism.
Sean Orion Antony is the sensualist of the bass guitar, with a decree that keeps the music of the band intact. His low-tonal mastery ,using the extended-range models of the five (BEADG) string bass, swings the mood of the songs from a dark fragmented state to an induced belief of hope and progress.
Brant Bolton is behind the drums. His intuitiveness towards innovation directs the music through an existing realm of controlled chaos into a soft dynamic state that implores redemption. His precision commands a motivating vigor that charges the band into prominence. In the words of Jimmy Chamberlin, "I've always seen my drumming as lyrical anyway".
So the album is now officially wrapped up and has been sent off for duplication as we speak. With that said, anyone who has or still plans to pre-order the album at our website www.SperoLumina.com will exclusively receive the first single off the album, "Saturn's Rings" right after purchase. We'd love to hear what you guys think of the song as it's one of the band's favorites off the new album. If you really dig the song please share about it on your facebook and myspace pages along with a link to our site. You will receive a download link at the email address you use for your paypal checkout account. PLEASE, for those who have already pre-ordered, check your SPAM boxes as an email has already been sent to you for download of the song. Enjoy! Album officially releases on September 19th!
Please come join us Sunday September 19th to celebrate not only Spero Lumina's final album release but to also remember our beloved friend and band mate Aaron Gabriel Rowan who contributed his amazing musical talents to this album just weeks before his passing. The event will be a celebration of the band's 12 year history as Spero Lumina and 21 Rest. It will be held at a cool new bar/lounge in downtown San Diego called "The 923".... We would LOVE to see all our Spero/Rest fans to share in this incredibly special celebration and closing of over a decade of creating, recording and performing music together.
It's still early but we're planning to have select acoustic performances by other musicians, a listening of the entire new album, unheard and unseen audio/video/stills, as well as merch such as Spero Lumina shirts and of course the new album "Stained Glass Maze" for sale so consider bringing enough cash to help support the event/band. IMPORTANT!!!: If you plan to buy the album or shirt at the event PLEASE leave a comment below on this event page so we can get an idea of how much to print before the event, it would be greatly appreciated :). The venue has a capacity of just barely over 200 so please only RSVP if you are relatively certain of your attendance. If capacity is reached, the bar next door is also owned by the same company and they have a shared walkway between the two. Due to our limited resources, having a larger venue was not possible but WE are very grateful to 923 for letting us host the event there so tip your bartender! ;) BTW those who pre-order the album will receive it slightly before the event as well as an unreleased single from the album even sooner! Pre-ordering available at the link below...
On April 13th 2010, our band tragically lost our singer/guitarist to a vascular disorder known specifically as ehlers-danlos type IV which lead to an aneurysm. He was unfortunately genetically predisposed as this disorder also took the life of his younger brother, his father, and aunt. As a band we wrote and performed music together for 13 years; we shared a rare musical bond and a love for music that turned into a long chapter in our lives that we will forever cherish. Words cannot express how much of a loss this is for us and everyone who loved Aaron as a person and for his undeniable musical gifts. Interestingly enough, we were in the studio recording our first full length album when Aaron passed and he actually finished recording all of his vocal and guitar tracks just weeks before his death. As a band we are so grateful to have this amazing memory of Aaron forever preserved in this album. We couldn't be more proud of the album as we put years of writing into these songs and did it all independently. We know that Aaron's spirit will live on through the music as his vocals and musicianship on this album are incredible. Having listened to the album inside and out as a band, the experience that it brings you speaks to your very core, it's simply surreal. We should also add that Aaron designed the cover of the album and the album art will also feature more of his work as an artist.
We'll keep everyone posted on pre-ordering the album, the release itself, the new website launch and the album release event.
Weston, Brant, Sean
2nite's the night everyone! Please help! From 8pm-11pm tonight 91X, FM949 and ROCK 1053's local music show request lines will be open and "Spero Lumina" has the chance for airplay! It all depends on the amount of requests so please be a pal and help a local band like us get heard! Here's the info...
Spero Lumina SONGS TO REQUEST: 1. Saturn's Rings 2. Drinking Rain 3. Light Show
91X Loudspeaker: 619-570-1919 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting619-570-1919end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting619-570-1919end_of_the_skype_highlighting
FM949: 8pm-10pm: (no area code) 570-1949
Request Online: http://www.fm949sd.com/eforms/studio.aspx
ROCK 1053: (858) 570-1053
Request Online: http://www.rock1053.com/pages/requestasong.html
*******It may be hard to get through by phone so feel free to use the online option!!!
So our site designer Travis Dahl has been putting all the finishing touches on our new Spero Lumina website for the new album release and it's looking amazing! The site will feature a pre-ordering option to purchase the new album in digital format, physical format, or both. Sound samples from the new album will also be featured on the site in an integrated media player along with lots of other Spero Lumina content. The site will continue to have more and more Spero Lumina media added after the launch so be sure to check back often. The band would like to thank Travis Dahl for graciously lending his outstanding creative talents and time; it's an incredible blessing that he offered to take on this site project.
Live HD footage from a June 11th, 2009 show @ Canes in San Diego, CA.
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