M-Opus: Let’s have a whole catalogue!

M-Opus - Origins

In the past year many has struggled to accept bands due to the eclectic nature of the music to the bands, but M-Opus is a classic symphonic band that respects the original 70’s sound but without being afraid of adding a modern touch.

M-Opus are a prog rband from Dublin in Ireland. They are a real band, but have a fictional history. They record their albums today, but the albums have release dates in the past, reflecting the style of music at the time of the release. The albums will be made public, one by one, but can be from any date since the 60s.

Their first album to come to light was 1975 Triptych from 1975. The next was Origins from 1978 released January 13, 2020. The track Infinite Within,

The track Waiting To Be,

Jonathan Casey sings as the character Miller on Origins, and in addition he plays bass, guitars and keys. He explain about his musical choice, «One afternoon in 2009, I made a decision. Having composed and written songs in all sorts of commercial styles for years, I paused and asked myself, what is it that I Really want to do. Forget about the practical, the sensible, and the marketplace, what sort of music would I write, for the love of writing. 70s prog rock, of course!». The track Waiting To Be,

«Great. OK, where to begin? See, I have a problem with total freedom; without a goal on the horizon, I just totter about aimlessly in creative confusion. I need an end point to direct myself. So I thought up an end point that has a lucrative route – I am writing an historic band’s musical output. I am wearing 70s heels, returning to forever and composing within the framework of a band’s history».

«This means I’ve to come up with material from different eras, a discography that’s cohesive, essential enough to maintain its own weight, winningly predictable but excitingly new. I have heard modern artists plow similar furrows, Lenny Kravitz did a faithful early 70s blues rock, La Roux did their 80s pop, but where the fun is if you don’t go all out and take the time-travelling musicality to its Nth degree! Let’s not have just one song or two that seem to arrive in the present from another era in the past – let’s have a whole catalogue! ». The track Overture,

«So this project will result in a number of M-Opus albums, released in non-chronological order. As mentioned before, the first is from 1975. The next release will be from 1978.  And as James Brown says, It’s going to be a mother».

The bands background, Jonathan Casey (vocals, keyboards) started on the musical road as a member of the David Cross (ex-King Crimson) Band. They toured and recorded two acclaimed albums together. Then Jonathan Casey and session guitarist and best buddy Colin Sullivan (guitars) found success at home as jobbing musicians in Ireland, so Casey settled back and found further creative exploits as a TV and Film music composer. He also composed concert music for orchestra, which has subsequently been performed many times by orchestras all around the world.

After 1000s of gigs as players, Jonathan Casey and Colin Sullivanset-up M-Opus, a platform to perform and write original music in their favorite style, symphonic rock of the 70s. Additional band members came and went, but recently M-Opus locked in with the addition of Darragh Dennis (bass) and Mark Grist (drums).


About Ulf Backstrøm (7226 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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