Toronto has gained a reputation for being the safest of the major cities in North America because they have so little crime. Instead of crime, the city has a sparkling music environment. One of the best band is Vermillion Skye and the last day of November they released the album Zebra Mentality. The album is Vermillion Skye’s sixth studio album and the sophomore singing effort for Jeff Johnston, the band’s keyboardist and composer. Here are the song Tottenham from the new album and it is written about the 2011 race riot in London England.
The album’s title track explores the herd mentality that humans exhibit day to day. When you try to be like everyone else, what is your real identity? The title track itself challenges the norm by being an African-rhythm tune written in 5/4.
There’s even a blues tune written in 7/4 appropriately called The 7/4 Blues which surprisingly one could dance to.
There are progressive time signatures sprinkled throughout the album and in addition compelling lyrics. Zebra Mentality have passionate performances distinguish this guitar and keyboard-oriented progressive rock quintet. Wide-ranging influences from the Alan Parson Project, Yes, Genesis to The Cure, account for the band’s tight, precise musical style that is on one-hand, technically complex, yet highly accessible to many listener.
In 1984, vocalist Bill Reill formed the band Act 1 with writer/keyboardist Jeff Johnston and drummer Steve Gerlewych. Twelve years later, these three members added bassist Chris Robertson and formed Vermillion Skye.