On February 23rd, 2018, Frontiers Music srl will release the self-titled debut album from Dukes Of The Orient!
Who is Dukes Of The Orient? Well, it is what you get when you match a Brit from London who loves American AOR with an American from California who grew up on British Prog! Dukes Of The Orient is the masterful pairing of vocalist John Payne (Asia featuring John Payne, GPS) with keyboardist Erik Norlander (Last In Line, Lana Lane), who now present their eponymous debut album, ten years in the making.
The two are backed by a world-renown ensemble of top musicians including: Jeff Kollman, Guthrie Govan, Moni Scaria and Bruce Bouillet on guitar and Jay Schellen on drums. Payne provides bass guitar and additional lead and rhythm guitar parts to complete the audiophile production. The album was mixed on a traditional analog console to preserve and enhance the natural depth, clarity and soul of the tracks with great care taken to avoid over-compression, extreme equalization and distortion.
Payne says of the album: “With "Dukes of the Orient" we have dug deep with analog soundscapes, superlative musicians and song-driven epics. Add to this the masterful artwork of Rodney Matthews and a journey that started with the supergroup ASIA, we give you the next chapter, one we are extremely proud of”.
More details and the first taste of music coming in January!
1. Brother in Arms
2. Strange Days
3. Amor Vincit Omnia
4. Time Waits for No One
5. A Sorrow’s Crown
6. Fourth of July
7. Seasons Will Change
8. Give Another Reason
Produced by: John Payne
Studio: ADA Recording Studios (Las Vegas, NV), Think Tank Media (Placerville, CA) and Ocean Studios (Burbank, CA)
Recorded by: John Payne and Erik Norlander
Mixed by: John Payne
Mastered by: Joe Bozzi
Band Members: John Payne (vocals, bass, guitars) and Erik Norlander (keyboards)