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Dukes Of The Orient

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DUKES OF THE ORIENT Debut Out Feb 23

Friday, February 23, 2018
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What do 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​, ex-Original Asia​, GPS) with keyboardist Erik Norlander​ (Last In Line​, Lana Lane) who now present their eponymous debut album, ten years in the making.
 
Dukes of the Orient will release their self-titled debut February 23rd via Frontiers Music Srl. The first video and audio offering from the album for the track “Strange Days” can be seen below
 
 
“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,” says Payne.
 
Payne’s powerful arena-seasoned vocals carry soaring melodies and lush harmonies over the sea of classic synthesizers and keyboards artfully painted with Norlander’s signature sonic palette.
The two are backed by a world-renowned ensemble of top musicians including Jeff Kollman, Guthrie Govan, Moni Scaria and Bruce Bouillet on guitars 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.
 
Dukes of the Orient has its origins in 2007 as ASIA Featuring John Payne, a band that continued on after ASIA keyboardist, Geoff Downes, left to re-form the original 1982 lineup. Payne recruited Norlander to join Guthrie Govan and Jay Schellen for tour dates in the US and initial recordings, some of which endured to appear on the Dukes of the Orient album here. Govan left the band to form The Aristocrats and was replaced by guitarist Bruce Bouillet followed by Jeff Kollman and Moni Scaria. The final lineup resulted in the track “Seasons Will Change,” released as a video in 2013 and also now appears on the Dukes of the Orient album. Following the death of original ASIA vocalist, John Wetton, in early 2017, Payne and Norlander decided that these recordings should give birth to a new band, both out of respect for Wetton and for clarity with the Downes-led ASIA.
 
Track Listing:
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
 
Band Members:
John Payne (vocals, bass, guitars)
Erik Norlander (keyboards)
With
Jay Schellen (drums)
Jeff Kollman, Guthrie Govan, Moni Scaria and Bruce Bouillet (guitar) 
 
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Fri
15
Dec

DUKES OF THE ORIENT Debut Out Feb 23

Friday, February 23, 2018
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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 LineLana 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.
More details and the first taste of music coming in January!
TRACKLISTING:
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)
 
Fri
15
Dec

Introducing DUKES OF THE ORIENT With John Payne & Eric Norlander

 
We are delighted to announce our "new" band, Dukes of the Orient, with John Payne (vocals, bass, guitars) and Erik Norlander (keyboards) supported by an extraordinary cast of top guest musicians. Our eponymous album, 10 years in the making, will be released on February 23, 2018 on Frontiers Music srl The first video will be released in January. More news to come! 
 
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