A lot is brewing in the world of The Reticent. New members added to the live show, a free EP, and the next full-length.
Recently, The Reticent recruited former Oracle guitarist Robert Kerns as the new resident lead guitarist. This has allowed The Reticent to again return to the stage and begin playing some select live dates.
Fans of the band were quite excited to hear from mastermind Chris Hathcock that there are not one but two albums in the works this year. The first is an EP of unique interpretations of some yet to be disclosed cover songs. The EP will be titled “Artifice” and will be made available for free (!) via download through Heaven & Hell Records’ website for a limited time. Said Hathcock, “I wanted to do something where I could explore some lesser known songs I enjoy and take some more well known songs and rearrange them. I’m not at all interested in covering bands that The Reticent is already compared to nor covering anything that is already in the ‘progressive’ sphere.
It’s far more interesting to step away from expectation and explore, in my opinion. I think a lot of people will be surprised by some of the tracks on the album and hopefully they won’t be too awful to listen to.”
“Artifice” will be recorded this Spring with a late Spring or early Summer release.
Hathcock also gave a lot of insight into the anxiously awaited fourth full-length album from The Reticent following the well-received “Le Temps Detruit Tout” last year. “In many ways this will be the angriest The Reticent has ever sounded and in some ways the most sorrowful. A better way to put it is that it will be the most honest and exposed I’ve ever been.”
Hathcock said via the band’s Facebook page. The album, titled “Chronology Of My Disgrace”, is set to be a concept album in which every song revolves around a single narrative which is aimed to give the listener a ride along a very revealing and personal journey. Due to the amount of material to complete this vision, “Chronology…” may very well end up as a double-length CD.
When asked about the album, Hathcock said, “It is the next step in the evolution of this band. That’s not to say it will be great but it will be different. It will be much heavier than the last album while also being more honest and sorrowful. Elements of jazz and experimental music will be there right along with elements of death metal, prog rock, etc. So hopefully it will be if nothing else a dynamic listen. But don’t listen to me, artists are terrible judges of their own work.” Hathcock plans to head to the studio to begin work on “Chronology Of My Disgrace” this summer with a release next winter.
Chris Hathcock (The Reticent) recieved fan submitted questions about his influences, recording process, among many other topics. Here is one of the two Youtube video created answering those questions.