Head with Wings

Head with Wings are storytellers of sound. Textured, ethereal, and blissfully haunting, the U.S. – based quartet creates boundary-pushing rock songs that straddle the aesthetic line between art music and narrative drama.

A musical tapestry that spans epochs in terms of style, sound and substance.

https://linktr.ee/HEADWITHWINGSMUSIC

Members

Andrew Testa – Drums
Brandon Cousino – Guitars
Steve Hill – Bass
Mike Short – Guitars
Joshua Corum – Lyrics, Lead & Backing Vocals

Discography

Comfort in Illusion

Comfort in Illusion | Head with Wings (bandcamp.com)

1.Of Uncertainty 07:00
2.Contemplating the Loop 04:52
3.In a House Without Clocks 06:02
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What the critics are saying:

“The band fits perfectly into my listening portfolio and provides me with everything I expect from a modern, progressive band. Veritable songwriting meets crisp riffs and quite powerful, modern rock, which does not come along without a well thought-out concept and catchy melodies.”
9/10 Soundmagnet EU

“Listening to this album I hear an amazing performance, great musicianship, creative songwriting and a superb recording. This is a band I would love to hear live and hear more in the future.”
Oasis Entertainment

“This set displays the true meaning of progressive by pushing the limits of music.”
JP’s Music Blog
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releases July 16, 2021

Comfort in Illusion was recorded at Silver Bullet Studios (Burlington, CT) between December 2019 and March 2020. The EP was tracked, edited, mixed and produced by Greg Thomas with additional tracking and mixing by Chris Teti. Mastered by Kris Crummett at Interlace Audio (Portland Oregon) in Fall 2020. All songs were written and performed by Head with Wings.

On this EP, Head with Wings is:

Andrew Testa – Drums
Brandon Cousino – Guitars
Steve Hill – Bass
Mike Short – Guitars
Joshua Corum – Lyrics, Lead & Backing Vocals

Comfort in Illusion Track Order:

1) Of Uncertainty (7:00)
2) Contemplating the Loop (4:52)
3) In a House Without Clocks (6:02)

Run time: 17:54

Art Direction & Layout – Darcy Kelly-Laviolette // darcykellyl.myportfolio.com
Album Design Concept – Joshua Corum & Darcy Kelly-Laviolette

Comfort in Illusion Expanded Edition

Comfort in Illusion Expanded Edition | Head with Wings (bandcamp.com)

1.Of Uncertainty 07:00
2.Of Uncertainty Remix by Vikram Shankar 07:02
3.Contemplating the Loop 04:52
4.Contemplating the Loop Remix by Vikram Shankar 04:54
5.In a House Without Clocks 06:02
6.In a House Without Clocks Remix by Vikram Shankar 05:46
7.Contemplating the Loop Instrumental 04:52
8.Of Uncertainty Instrumental 07:00
9.In a House Without Clocks Instrumental 05:58
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released July 16, 2021

Comfort in Illusion was recorded at Silver Bullet Studios (Burlington, CT) between December 2019 and March 2020. The EP was tracked, edited, mixed and produced by Greg Thomas with additional tracking and mixing by Chris Teti. Mastered by Kris Crummett at Interlace Audio (Portland Oregon) in Fall 2020. All songs were written and performed by Head with Wings.

On this EP, Head with Wings is:

Andrew Testa – Drums
Brandon Cousino – Guitars
Steve Hill – Bass
Mike Short – Guitars
Joshua Corum – Lyrics, Lead & Backing Vocals

Comfort in Illusion Expanded Edition Track Order:

1) Of Uncertainty (7:00)
2) Of Uncertainty Remix by Vikram Shankar (7:02)
3) Contemplating the Loop (4:52)
4) Contemplating the Loop Remix by Vikram Shankar (4:54)
5) In a House Without Clocks (6:02)
6) In a House Without Clocks Remix by Vikram Shankar (5:46)
7) Contemplating the Loop Instrumental (4:52)
8) Of Uncertainty Instrumental (7:00)
9) In a House Without Clocks Instrumental (5:58)

Run time: 53:26

Art Direction & Layout – Darcy Kelly-Laviolette // darcykellyl.myportfolio.com
Album Design Concept – Joshua Corum & Darcy Kelly-Laviolette

Remixes arranged, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Vikram Shankar. http://www.vikramshankar.com

Contemplating the Loop Remix by Vikram Shankar

Contemplating the Loop Remix by Vikram Shankar | Head with Wings (bandcamp.com)

released July 9, 2021
This remix was arranged, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Vikram Shankar. http://www.vikramshankar.com

Original recordings and arrangements by Head with Wings and Greg Thomas.

Art Direction & Layout – Darcy Kelly-Laviolette // darcykellyl.myportfolio.com
Album Design Concept – Joshua Corum & Darcy Kelly-Laviolette

Contemplating the Loop

Contemplating the Loop | Head with Wings (bandcamp.com)

Green yard, white picket fence —
These are the tools of governance.
Those willing to abide by
All the tropes in life,
That act as a guide,
To keep you on a rope.
They prey on your dreams,
Prey on your hope.

Come leave this life behind.
(they profit off your time)

You’ve been yearning
To break the wheel.
Despite all your searching,
Nothing yet yields.

Let me make up your mind.
(You can’t see
Your life is a lie)

I won’t back down from you.
So come out of hiding.

I won’t back down from you.
So come out of hiding.

Sitting on perdition’s ledge,
Forgetting all I’ve been fed.
At last, I’m in control.

New perspective — deep regret.
Without a purpose, I just exist.
It’s time to take some chances.

My legs remained
rooted,
But this time
I’m not afraid
to fall.

You’ve come out of hiding.
(I struggle to believe in
the merit — the truth in me
distractions set me free)

Friday comes
And then I’ll justify
The reckless acts that make
The time go by.
Fill the hours with complacent crimes.
Bend my will and fill it with lies.

Yeah,
Fill it with lies

Stagnate within the loop,
Or hop the fence and fly the coop.
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released June 25, 2021
Contemplating the Loop was recorded at Silver Bullet Studios (Burlington, CT). The single was tracked, edited, mixed and produced by Greg Thomas with additional tracking and mixing by Chris Teti. Mastered by Kris Crummett at Interlace Audio (Portland Oregon). All songs were written and performed by Head with Wings.

On this EP, Head with Wings is:

Andrew Testa – Drums
Brandon Cousino – Guitars
Steve Hill – Bass
Mike Short – Guitars
Joshua Corum – Lyrics, Lead & Backing Vocals, Additional Guitar Arrangements

Art Direction & Layout – Darcy Kelly-Laviolette // darcykellyl.myportfolio.com
Album Design Concept – Joshua Corum & Darcy Kelly-Laviolette

Of Uncertainty Remix by Vikram Shankar

Of Uncertainty Remix by Vikram Shankar | Head with Wings (bandcamp.com)

released June 11, 2021
This remix was arranged, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Vikram Shankar. http://www.vikramshankar.com

Original recordings and arrangements by Head with Wings and Greg Thomas.

Art Direction & Layout – Darcy Kelly-Laviolette // darcykellyl.myportfolio.com
Album Design Concept – Joshua Corum & Darcy Kelly-Laviolette

Of Uncertainty

Of Uncertainty | Head with Wings (bandcamp.com)

From where I’m holding down,
Relentless.
Protecting my
Relaxation.
Or so I thought.
I began to
question it all.

Doubt from within,
Strangled my wits,
To choke out the best
Part of my being.
I fed it backwards.
Back towards my gut.
Yet I still hunger.

Yet, I’m not broken —
Bent at the knees
Though I’ve been here before.
Don’t you judge me
While I’m pushing for change.
Sound the alarms because
I am awake.

Feast —
Feast From within.
First it craves.
And then devours.
It starts in my throat.
Then drips to my loins.
Then it comes out
In undesirable ways.
I laugh at myself ‘most everyday.

Yet, I’m not broken —
Bent at the knees
Though I’ve been here before.
Don’t you judge me
While I’m pushing for change.
Sound the alarms because
I am awake.

From where I’m holding down,
Relentless.
Protecting my
Relaxation.
Or so I thought.

I began to question it all.

Yet I’m not
Broken.
(From where I hold
From where I’m holding on)

Bent at the knees
Though I’ve been here before.
Don’t you judge me
While I’m pushing for change.
Sound the alarms because
I am awake.

He cannot control it.
He can no longer sit still.
He can’t stop believing
That he’s not getting ill.

Pardon my uncertainty,
There’s a wall breaking my pace.
Shame it’s one I’ve built
To stand in my own way.
And I won’t sit still
When there’s more to build.

Even if I had a chance,
There’d be an excuse to find an easier way
To make my day to day.

But I won’t let disappointment pave my way.
And I can’t let disappointment pave my way.
And I won’t let disappointment pave my way.
Pave my way x3
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released May 28, 2021
Of Uncertainty was recorded at Silver Bullet Studios (Burlington, CT). The single was tracked, edited, mixed and produced by Greg Thomas with additional tracking and mixing by Chris Teti. Mastered by Kris Crummett at Interlace Audio (Portland Oregon). All songs were written and performed by Head with Wings.

On this EP, Head with Wings is:

Andrew Testa – Drums
Brandon Cousino – Guitars
Steve Hill – Bass
Mike Short – Guitars
Joshua Corum – Lyrics, Lead & Backing Vocals, Additional Guitar Arrangements

Art Direction & Layout – Darcy Kelly-Laviolette // darcykellyl.myportfolio.com
Album Design Concept – Joshua Corum & Darcy Kelly-Laviolette

In a House Without Clocks Remix by Vikram Shankar

In a House Without Clocks Remix by Vikram Shankar | Head with Wings (bandcamp.com)

released April 30, 2021
This remix was arranged, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Vikram Shankar. http://www.vikramshankar.com

Original recordings and arrangements by Head with Wings and Greg Thomas.

Art Direction & Layout – Darcy Kelly-Laviolette // darcykellyl.myportfolio.com
Album Design Concept – Joshua Corum & Darcy Kelly-Laviolette

In a House Without Clocks

In a House Without Clocks | Head with Wings (bandcamp.com)

The difference with today
Is that there’s no more limitations.
We’re better off this way —
Escape the clutches
Of humiliation.

Would you consider
A life without a path?
Or a day without a cap?
Or would you fear
It would all just fall apart?
The plan that never started.
The waters left uncharted.
I’m no exception to the rule
Sure hate to see you
Wind up like a fool!

Higher! Higher!

I’d strap a bomb to brick
To watch the clocktower blow up.
They’ll label me a terrorist.

Would you consider
A life without a path?
Or a day without a cap?
Or would you fear
It would all just fall apart?
The plan that never started.
The waters left uncharted.

Higher! Higher!

I’d strap a bomb to brick
To watch the clocktower blow up.
They’ll label me a terrorist.

In only
a moment.
Crippling sense that
went unnoticed.
Of a life
that I accepted.

It was revealed
to me as I stood straight
upon fractured bones that lost their weight.

(Go down in flames or claw your way out
I can only see, one way out
Go down in flames or claw
Your way out)

If how you are now,
Is how you’ve been lately,
Let’s take another moment,
To analyze the signs,
And find the sanctity in your mind.

This was revealed
to me as I stood straight
Upon fractured bones that have lost their weight.

I strapped a bomb to brick
To watch the clocktower blow up
They’ll label me a terrorist.
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released April 9, 2021
In a House Without Clocks was recorded at Silver Bullet Studios (Burlington, CT). The single was tracked, edited, mixed and produced by Greg Thomas with additional tracking and mixing by Chris Teti. Mastered by Kris Crummett at Interlace Audio (Portland Oregon). All songs were written and performed by Head with Wings.

On this EP, Head with Wings is:

Andrew Testa – Drums
Brandon Cousino – Guitars
Steve Hill – Bass
Mike Short – Guitars
Joshua Corum – Lyrics, Lead & Backing Vocals, Additional Guitar Arrangements

Art Direction & Layout – Darcy Kelly-Laviolette // darcykellyl.myportfolio.com
Album Design Concept – Joshua Corum & Darcy Kelly-Laviolette

From Worry to Shame – The Album Piano Medley ft. Vikram Shankar

From Worry to Shame – The Album Piano Medley ft. Vikram Shankar | Head with Wings (bandcamp.com)

This medley covers the nine chapters of ‘From Worry to Shame,’ the debut album by Head with Wings.

Official piano performance music video here: youtu.be/r4VDWjchw_M

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released June 7, 2019
Track produced, mixed and mastered by Vikram Shankar.
Piano arrangement and performance by Vikram Shankar
www.vikramshankar.com

Head with Wings is Joshua Corum, Brandon Cousino, Andrew Testa, Steve Hill and Mike Short

Artwork by Darcy Kelly-Laviolette
darcykellyl.myportfolio.com
Design concept by Joshua Corum

Somewhere, Something Gives – The Piano Rendition ft. Vikram Shankar

Somewhere, Something Gives – The Piano Rendition ft. Vikram Shankar | Head with Wings (bandcamp.com)

“Somewhere, Something Gives” originally appears on the album ‘From Worry to Shame,’ by Head with Wings

Official piano performance music video here: youtu.be/GbDhPXfUTNQ

Album version music video here:
youtu.be/pkglE4zkD9g
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released May 30, 2019
Track produced, mixed and mastered by Vikram Shankar.
Piano arrangement and performance by Vikram Shankar
http://www.vikramshankar.com

Head with Wings is Joshua Corum, Brandon Cousino, Andrew Testa, Steve Hill and Mike Short

Artwork by Darcy Kelly-Laviolette
darcykellyl.myportfolio.com
Design concept by Joshua Corum

From Worry to Shame

From Worry to Shame | Head with Wings (bandcamp.com)

1.Goodbye Sky 05:49
2.Somewhere, Something Gives 05:13
3.In Memoriam 06:08
4.Misanthropy 05:40
5.From Worry To Shame 05:17
6.Beyond The Wall 03:42
7.Stepping Stone 04:38
8.In Dark Motel Rooms 05:15
9.Treading Lightly 07:18
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What The Critics Are Saying:

“From the moment the picked guitars of opener “Goodbye Sky” make their sun-kissed presence felt, it’s clear this is an album boasting an embarrassment of riches on the melody front.”
Planet Rock Magazine ★★★★ 4/5

“There are more than enough points of melancholic majesty to make this well worth a listen.”
PROG Magazine

“There’s a passion in the vocal delivery that matches the subject matter.”
Powerplay Magazine

“In many ways there are more interesting musical ideas in one Head With Wings track, than on entire albums of other so-called “progressive” bands.”
The Prog Space ★★★★★ 5/5

“An imaginative, passionate and nurtured work of art that is more than worth your time and certainly its $7 cost. I cannot fault it.”
Metallum Sub Terra ★★★★★★★★★★ 10/10

“Head With Wings has the gift of transporting the listener in his introspective universe, at once ethereal by the emotion and sensitivity deployed, radically real by the subject addressed in the texts and very organic with the use of many natural sounds. Feet firmly rooted in reality and the spirit that tends to tear off. Rarely will a group have so well named …”
Music Waves ★★★★ 4/5

“Catchy, beautiful and haunting, they seem to have found a winning formula.”
Metalmance

“Although at times melancholic and stark with lyrics to match, Head With Wings have put out a winner with From Worry To Shame. I also commend the band for tackling some societal issues that many bands wouldn’t touch. A thought provoking and rewarding listen, both lyrically and musically. Recommended.”
Sea of Tranquility ★★★★ 4/5

“From Worry To Shame is an outstanding, dark, sincere album that is sure to take this duo to the next level.”
Distorted Sound Magazine ★★★★★★★★★ 9/10

“The music is delicate and flows organically from the deep lyrics and obvious passion that the band has for both art and humanity.”
The Prog Mind 8.5/10

“Head with Wings have made a very impressive debut album. Fans of Agent Fresco, Dredg and Coheed & Cambria are welcome to lend an ear.”
Betreutes Proggen

“In particular, the vocals of singer Joshua Corum prove in songs like “Somewhere, Something Gives,” that the aftermath of the 1990’s is still to be found today.”
Streetclip

“Like a good hunter, Head with Wings steal gently and carefully in the opener “Goodbye Sky,” to the unsuspecting listener. Like the tides on the beach, the mood changes in the song, giving it an incredible fascination.”
Hooked on Music

“Head with Wings create a successful long-playing debut with ‘From Worry To Shame,’ which excels with its fine, varied guitar playing and clear sound.”
Musikreviews

“Outstanding feature, however, is the voice of Joshua Corum, who is able to set the accents with his high and haunting vocals. Somehow, this reminds me of Dredg or sometimes the actual output of A Perfect Circle.”
Metal Glory

“The mix is ​​unquestionably promising, and with a little tweaking, Head with Wings have the potential to break even commercially. Post and alternative rock fans who do not always want to hear the same lyre, the album “From Worry To Shame” is already recommended for check-in.”
Whiskey-Soda

“From Worry to Shame is a great and promising debut album that has big potential.”
Empire Music Magazine

“With this delicate subject, Head with Wings achieved a masterful debut album of maturity and emotion. This album is proof that the prog does not have to be outrageously technical to succeed in touching.”
Koid’9 Magazine Rock & Progressif ★★★★★ 5/5

“A musical tapestry that spans epochs in terms of style, sound and substance, the restless and incredibly infectious energy that infuses this dynamic release almost gives it a life of its own.”
Prog Radar

“This album, inspired by and in memory of those lost in the Sandy Hook school shootings, is a remarkable and heartfelt achievement that examines with aching beauty the fragility of life without once sounding preachy, saccharine or pompous.”
The Day

“The end of the story isn’t about people living happily ever after. But a feeling of defiance, of gathering strength, pervades the rest of the album. We might not be able to put everything back together. But it doesn’t mean we give up, either.”
The New Haven Independent

“I’m on my twelfth or thirteenth listen, and I always find interesting things. The production is impeccable, flawless delivery and undeniable quality. Is this not the making of a great album?”
Profil Prog 8.1/10

“From Worry to Shame is a special whole, where both text and music radiate an extraordinary amount of intensity.”
Progwereld

“The atmosphere, regular use of the acoustic guitar and the message in the lyrics are important for this duo and not so much rousing solos or bombastic arrangements.”
iO Pages

“Tackling a story and issues that must be heard to truly comprehend, this emotionally driven masterpiece flows through so many dynamics of all shapes and sizes.”
That Drummer Guy

“FWTS is a very interesting work, in which the musicians combined many uncooperative aspects, such as dynamic musical presentation with sad content of songs, complex guitar parts with simple melodies and the densest wall of sound with pure perception of each instrument. We should pay tribute to the ingenuity of the musicians of Head with Wings, who with guitars alone, could draw the most beautiful musical canvas. A very serious start for a fairly young group!”
DA Vision (Russia) 8.3/10

“It is an incredibly intense album, both lyrically and especially musically, so much so that at times it feels there is a weight, a physical pressure, being delivered. It is all part of the presence and forethought which has gone into it. Overall this is a wonderful debut, and I for one am certainly looking forward to the next one with great interest.”
Kev Rowland, Progressor ★★★★★ 5/6
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released June 1, 2018

Head with Wings is:
Joshua Corum – Lead Vocals, Guitars
Brandon Cousino – Guitars
Andrew Testa – Drums
Mike Short – Guitars
Steve Hill – Bass

All songs written by Brandon Cousino & Joshua Corum, except “Goodbye Sky,” written by Joshua Corum, Brandon Cousino & Jamie Van Dyck

Produced by Earthside members Frank Sacramone & Jamie Van Dyck

Pre-production & writing assistance by Jamie Van Dyck & Frank Sacramone (2014/2015)
Recorded by Frank Sacramone & Jamie Van Dyck between 2015 and 2017
Drums and Bass recorded by Frank Sacramone & Andrew Oedel at Northfire Recording Studio in Amherst, MA (2015)
Electric & Acoustic Guitars recorded by Frank Sacramone at Studio Benoit in Wallingford, CT (2015/2016), at Frank’s House (2016/2017) and at Adorea Recording Studio in Hamden, CT with Travis Bell (2017)
Additional Guitars recorded by Jamie Van Dyck (2016)
Additional Guitar Re-amplification by David Castillo at Studio Gröndahl in Stockholm, Sweden (2017)
Vocals recorded by Frank Sacramone & Jamie Van Dyck at Frank’s House (2017)
Edited by Frank Sacramone, Jamie Van Dyck, Brandon Cousino & Joshua Corum (2015-2017)
Mixed & mastered by Forrester Savell (2017)

Additional credits & performances by:
Andrew Testa – Drums & Percussion
Joe Elliott – Bass Guitar & Additional Backing Vocals
Frank Sacramone – Additional Electric Guitars
Jamie Van Dyck – Additional Guitars & Backing Vocal Arrangements
Ben Shanbrom – Additional Backing Vocals

Featured guitar solo on “Treading Lightly” by Jamie Van Dyck

Art Direction & Layout – Nick Robinson // http://www.slightlyawake.com
Album Design Concept – Joshua Corum
Photography – Nicki Chavoya, Joshua Corum, Brandon Cousino, Nick Robinson & Joe Elliott

Living with the Loss

Living with the Loss | Head with Wings (bandcamp.com)
1.Harboring the Disease 04:08
2.Time Will Never Leave Me Be 03:58
3.Humble Beginnings 03:44
4.For When You’re Gone 05:52

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Pure baby-making while jumping off a bridge music.

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released March 5, 2013

Head with Wings is:

Joshua Corum- Vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Brandon Cousino- Electric guitar
Andrew Testa- Drums & Percussion
Joe Elliott- Bass guitar

All songs written by Brandon Cousino and Joshua Corum

Producer(s)- Frank Sacramone (Earthside) & Head with Wings

Pre-Production & Writing Assistance by Jamie Van Dyck (Earthside) with additional help by Frank Sacramone

Recorded by Frank Sacramone at Adorea Recording Studio in Hamden CT, USA

Mixed by Frank Sacramone

Instrumentation Credits for the Head with Wings Collective:

Joshua Corum- Vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Brandon Cousino- Electric guitar
Andrew Testa- Drums & Percussion
Joe Elliott- Bass guitar
Frank Sacramone- Electric guitar and vocals
Jamie Van Dyck- Electric guitar and vocals

Violin Arrangements for “Harboring the Disease” by Frank Sacramone

Violins performed by- Tessa Sacramone

Edited By- Angelo Quaglia at AQ Creative Production Studios in Chicopee, MA USA

Mastered by- Mats “Limpan” Lindfors at CuttingRoom Studios in Stockholm, Sweden

Artists:

Charlotte Gilroy- Album Artwork
Daniel Stewart- Album Logo

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Reviews

Prog Ensemble Head With Wings To Release New Concept EP “Comfort in Illusion”

By glassonyonpr

For Immediate Release

Prog Ensemble Head With Wings To Release New Concept EP “Comfort in Illusion”

“We often start naive and green and either blossom into something remarkable, or we fizzle out – resigning to the life that we feared all along; the one we’ve been resisting – an uncertain path, a repetitive/menial existence, and the promise of a life without limitations. How far are you willing to go to either abandon or protect the way of life that you’ve been leading?”

These words paint the scene for the first act of alternative progressive rock quartet Head with Wings’ next chapter.

Amidst sweeping changes felt on a global scale, aspirations were put on hold, radiant futures dimmed, lives ended prematurely, and dreams were left to rot on the vine. For so many, the struggle was a silent one – a daily war waged alone.

On their forthcoming EP, “Comfort In Illusion,” Head with Wings draws the listener into the isolated, agonizing, and momentarily euphoric struggle for self-actualization amidst the stifling frame of an increasingly unfamiliar world.

The collective’s first output since 2018’s critically-acclaimed debut, “From Worry to Shame,” presents a concise summation of the group’s collective growth as artists and individuals. “Comfort in Illusion” dives deeper into the quartet’s textural and emotive sound exploration with a timely personal narrative of self-discovery and the anxiety of change.

Says lead vocalist Josh Corum, “‘The Comfort in Illusion’ EP has a two-fold meaning, but we realize that it’s subject to the listener’s interpretation and we fully embrace that. To the band, it operates in a binary fashion narratively; connecting to the protagonist of our debut album From Worry to Shame (2018), while also paving the way for an alternatively surreal story, that is told in tandem with a specific point in the protagonist’s timeline on the debut (parallel to the songs “From Worry to Shame” and “Beyond the Wall”).  Admittedly, this wasn’t my initial intention, but intuitively I wound up here some years down the line after these songs were initially conceived. The music on this EP isn’t motivically or thematically linked to the debut, but rather, connected through narrative/thematic concepts and visual interpretations through our music videos.”

“Of Uncertainty’s” hypnotic sway and surreal acoustic and electric voice-painting opens the three-movement suite in arresting fashion. A fitting bridge from the world of old to that of the new, the single embodies everything in seven crisp minutes that make Head with Wings a singular presence in a rock landscape that has been all too content to echo the hallmarks of yesteryear.

Andrew Testa’s inspired and mature drum performance radiates intention; giving the song an addicting sense of weightless movement, while Brandon Cousino and Mike Short’s soulful and dexterous lead guitars shade and illuminate the scene around the striking vocal character of Joshua Corum. These qualities are further enhanced by the single’s immersive visual accompaniment provided by Black Soil’s talented animation crew.

Cathartic and soothing, “Contemplating the Loop” exercises the group’s fluid command of abstract rhythm, leaving the listener to feel, rather than think their way through its floating, ever-shifting pulse. Anchored by Steve Hill’s silky bass runs, the song sets the constant ebb and flow of self-doubt and willful determination to sound.

Finally, the tumultuous, mathy voyage of “In a House Without Clocks” brings the concise three-track journey to a poignant coda. Bittersweet and overflowing with yearning, Corum leaves the listener with the parting questions: “Would you consider a life without a path … or would you fear it would all just fall apart—the plan that never started, the waters left uncharted?”

The odyssey feels both hopeful and grave—reckoning with an ever-fleeting sense of a gratifying future drifting further away each day, and the uncertainty of correcting course. The dark side of pursuing one’s dreams and the toll time takes on ambitions that were once so vivid are laid bare. Swelling into heart-searing vocal peaks and commanding streaks of expressive lead guitar, “In a House …” sets the tone for a pivotal moment of change, with Corum rising to the occasion as one of the eminent voices in modern alternative music.

The delicate beauty and lushness of “Comfort in Illusion” was carefully captured by Greg Thomas (END, Misery Signals) and Chris Teti (The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die) at Silver Bullet Studios. Thomas’ spacious, engrossing mix is heightened by Kris Crummett of Interlace Audio’s adept mastering – delivering a shimmering, modern sound that listeners will discover in new ways with each pass.

The themes of conviction and change, etched into the fibers of these songs, are also reflected in the band, whose own internal makeup shifted in a similarly bittersweet way. Capturing what amounts to founding drummer Andrew Testa’s most stylistically-definitive performance, the EP also serves as a fitting send off for a member who was integral to crafting the core architecture of the band’s sound. His legacy will be continued and expanded upon through the deft percussion skill of Head with Wings’ resident multi-instrumentalist, Mike Short, who shifts from his co-lead guitar role on the recording of the new songs to drums going forward.

We can never again return exactly to where we have been, and the same can be said of the distinctive lineup of performers in their designated roles on this special output—a moment in time faithfully preserved.

“Comfort in Illusion” features a unique release format, with each song being followed by a cinematic companion piece delivered by the remarkably talented Vikram Shankar. The prolific composer, who was heralded for his expressive piano interpretations of songs on “From Worry to Shame,” expands his contributions to the Head with Wings collective with fully reimagined arrangements of each movement of the forthcoming EP. These remixes transform each track’s mood into a palpable visual scene listeners can explore in their own personal way.

June 25th marks the launch of the Bandcamp pre-order for the “Comfort in Illusion” digipak CD/standard digital edition, along with the pre-order for the digital expanded edition, which contains the Vikram Shankar remixes and instrumental mixes.  As of today, all three songs from this EP are represented by animated music videos on the band’s YouTube channel.  All formats of “Comfort in Illusion” will be available on July 16th.

Says Josh, “Truthfully, each of our songs has its own message and baggage, but globally, I think the band would be in agreement that we want people to push themselves to lead a life that is self-fulfilling and not one that was either chosen for them, expected or assumed. We want people to find themselves in this world and then double down on who they are. Part of being an artist is giving yourself to the unknown and unabashedly believing in yourself, sometimes to the point of delusion. It doesn’t matter what you do, but that you love doing it. Have no regrets about believing in yourself. This band travels through darkness to find empowerment and we want people to feel that too.”

All of the music/lyrics on this EP were written before the pandemic/quarantine. However, the band was dwelling on concepts of isolation and withdrawal on “From Worry to Shame,” where coincidentally, the protagonist withdraws from society for one year and then begins his reemergence as a “new man.” This EP occurs during his year of isolation.

The band is currently in pre-production for the next album, which will be the finale to the saga that was started on their debut. There’s talk about shooting a music video with Ingwar Dovgoteles (The Black Soil) in Ukraine for the next one and that is certainly exciting. Says Josh, “We’re looking to shoot more live action music videos, as we’ve really gone down the rabbit hole with animated videos. Regarding gigs, we’re taking stock of the venues and festivals that are re-emerging, as society crawls out of the clutches of the pandemic. Though we’ve been rehearsing, we haven’t played a show since our 2019 tour in Germany (where we played Euroblast Festival).  We’ll be announcing new shows for late summer/fall on our Facebook page as they get confirmed. There is one festival on the books for us on May 20-22, 2022 which is Festival Terra Incognita in Quebec City.” Head With Wings is scheduled to perform at Space Ballroom in Hamden, CT opening for Moon Tooth on August 5th.

“Comfort in Illusion” was recorded at Silver Bullet Studios (Burlington, CT) between December 2019 and March 2020. The EP was tracked, edited, mixed and produced by Greg Thomas with additional tracking and mixing by Chris Teti. Mastered by Kris Crummett at Interlace Audio (Portland Oregon) in Fall 2020. All songs were written and performed by Head with Wings. Releasing July 16th.

On this EP, Head with Wings is:
Andrew Testa – Drums
Brandon Cousino – Guitars
Steve Hill – Bass
Mike Short – Guitars
Joshua Corum – Lyrics, Lead & Backing Vocals

Comfort in Illusion” Track Order:

1) Of Uncertainty (7:00)
2) Contemplating the Loop (4:52)
3) In a House Without Clocks (6:02)

Run time: 17:54

Art Direction & Layout – Darcy Kelly-Laviolette // darcykellyl.myportfolio.com
Album Design Concept – Joshua Corum & Darcy Kelly-Laviolette

Here’s what the press has said about Head With Wings:

From the moment the picked guitars of opener ‘Goodbye Sky’ make their sun-kissed presence felt, it’s clear this is an album boasting an embarrassment of riches on the melody front.” – Planet Rock Magazine

There are more than enough points of melancholic majesty to make this well worth a listen.” – PROG Magazine

There’s a passion in the vocal delivery that matches the subject matter.” – Powerplay Magazine

Although at times melancholic and stark with lyrics to match, Head With Wings have put out a winner with ‘From Worry To Shame.’ I also commend the band for tackling some societal issues that many bands wouldn’t touch. A thought provoking and rewarding listen, both lyrically and musically. Recommended.” – Sea of Tranquility

The music is delicate and flows organically from the deep lyrics and obvious passion that the band has for both art and humanity.” – The Prog Mind

With this delicate subject, Head with Wings achieved a masterful debut album of maturity and emotion. This album is proof that the prog does not have to be outrageously technical to succeed in touching.” – Koid’9 Magazine Rock & Progressif

It is an incredibly intense album, both lyrically and especially musically, so much so that at times it feels there is a weight, a physical pressure, being delivered. It is all part of the presence and forethought which has gone into it. Overall this is a wonderful debut, and I for one am certainly looking forward to the next one with great interest.” – Kev Rowland, Progressor


Pre-order link on bandcamp: https://headwithwings.bandcamp.com/album/comfort-in-illusion

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Apple Music https://music.apple.com/us/artist/head-with-wings/635032165

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

Prog Ensemble Head With Wings To Release New Concept EP “Comfort in Illusion” | Glass Onyon PR

Brilliant American band from New Haven, Connecticut.
They use layered textures of progressive, art rock, melancholic, alternative, experimental and metal on an atmospheric background.

Released today the album Comfort in Illusion and its extended version by the way a show, including versions of strings and keys by Shankar.

Material edited with exquisite refinement, marked by immersive, narrative, thematic, creative melodies, very well elaborated and structured, with beautiful chords, fingerings and sharp, precise, distorted riffs, driven by a powerful and engaging vocal, a prominent bass and a guiding percussion in both times.

Its cadence is smooth and growing, it explores with amplitude all the scenarios, showing a sensitivity that erupts in chords and arpeggios delivered with an impressive mastery and a singular and precise synergy.

The refinement and polishing is the hallmark of this album, compared to the wonderful “From Worry to Shame” its debut album, preserving and creating every nuance without losing its excellence.

I thank Joshua for sharing this gem, it was a privilege to appreciate your work, success for all.

Aryon Maiden

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