Sound of Contact is the new progressive rock band from producer & solo recording artist, Simon Collins.
2013 saw the release of their debut Sci-Fi concept album ‘Dimensionaut’, and was immediately met with rave reviews and critical acclaim.
Co-produced by Collins and Sonic Reality’s Dave Kerzner, the band hears Collins behind the kit as well as being the lead singer.
He is joined on the album by Matt Dorsey with musicians Dave Kerzner, Kelly Nordstrom and a guest appearance from Hannah Stobart.
Sound of Contact have created a unique sound, while paying homage to the greats of Classic and Progressive Rock.
They were voted “Best New Band” taking home the “Limelight Award” at Prog Mag’s 2013 Progressive Music Awards and also topped many radio stations and music critics’ “Album of the Year” polls.
With 3 solo albums under his belt, Simon Collins (son of legendary musician Phil Collins) decided to finally form the band he had been working towards throughout his career.
Having grown up on tour with Genesis, Simon had a rare and unique perspective that inspired him at an early age to pursue his own music career and eventually created, Lightyears Music, his own record label to release all his solo albums, and now his new band.
After 15 years of writing, producing and promoting his solo work, Simon had worked with a plethora of talented musicians, but continued to work closely with some who he shared a strong connection and a rare chemistry. With this shared vision and strong musical bond, they embraced what was clearly an organic evolution and decided to bring their creative forces together. That came to form what is now the band, Sound of Contact.
With their debut album “Dimensionaut”, they hit the ground running with a deep concept album about a dimensional time and space traveller making wild discoveries on a trek to expand the boundaries of the human experience. The album features a wide range of styles and dynamics from dark and mysterious progressive rock to nostalgic classic rock to high energy alternative to sci-fi film score-infused “space rock”. With a plethora of atmospheric instrumental segues, melodic radio-friendly vocal tracks and an 18+ minute long epic grand finale, “Dimensionaut” offers a refreshing balance of adventurous musical styles and aims to bring back the art of the concept album to a new generation of listeners.
“This is the prog genre distilled down to its purest form’ – Prog Magazine
“I’d love to talk about this album all day, it’s one with which I feel I’m going to be spending a big chunk of my life” – Wave Maker Magazine
“Lush and awe-inspiring” – Renowned For Sound
“Utterly Magical” – Audioholics
“A unique album to repeatedly savour” – Classic Rock