Formed in Los Angeles in the summer of 2012, Heliopolis set out determined to celebrate the uplifting power of music. They began writing their debut album, City of the Sun, while simultaneously undertaking a string of acclaimed live performances where the band proved their viability and commitment to excellence onstage, wowing audiences with their energy, intensity, musicianship and songwriting.
Comprised of former members of acclaimed progressive rock acts Mars Hollow, Rocket Scientists, Ten Jinn, and Genesis tribute Gabble Ratchet, Heliopolis features veteran musicians Jerry Beller (drums and vocals), Matt Brown (keyboards and vocals), Kerry Chicoine (bass and vocals), Mike Matier (guitars), and Scott Jones (voice). Together they form a forward-thinking musical collective on a mission to deliver the very best in contemporary progressive rock music paired with an ultimately optimistic message.
“These days there seems to be a disproportionate emphasis on darkness,” says bassist Kerry Chicoine. “We find exploring the balance between despair and optimism a more challenging and creatively satisfying approach.”
Heliopolis compose intricately detailed long-form songs based on memorable melodies, 4-part vocal harmonies, outstanding musicianship and thought-provoking lyrical subject matter, delivered by five musician friends who share a commitment to passion, sincerity, and integrity.
“At the end of the day, we believe in the greater good,” says lead vocalist Scott Jones. “Our focus is on creating musical landscapes reflective of our shared outlook.”
“We enjoy mixing our influences, putting ideas in a blender and, hopefully, surprising ourselves with the results,” says keyboardist Matt Brown.
“There are no limitations,” continues guitarist Mike Matier.
“We are honored (RoSFest founder) George Roldan has asked us to play the 2015 festival,” says drummer Jerry Beller. “We are 100% committed to bringing the discerning RoSFest fans the very best in contemporary progressive rock.”
Heliopolis are signed with 10T Records (www.10TRecords.com).
Official site: www.heliopolisband.com